Sunday, 26 July 2015

10 Things I've Learnt In Pregnancy & Beyond

Today marks Sadies four week birthday (yes I'm making this a thing) so I thought it was time I shared a few things I've learnt during my pregnancy and in the first month of being a mum. The kind of things no one tells you that you wish you knew, so whether you're expecting your first baby, fancy some insight or have been there, done that and wanna say amen sister then you're in the right place.

 1. Listen to your body. If you fancy that donut then go for it, feel absolutely shattered, take a nap - your little one is taking everything it needs from you so now's not the time to count calories or be superwoman.

2. Life will slow down, embrace it. Two weeks ago Craig and I were in Meadowhall, normally I'd dash supermarket sweep style into the shops, grab what I need and head home. With a baby you'll make maybe one or two shops before feeding time needs to happen and you know what? It's ok that things take longer, it's actually enjoyable plus you get to visit a whole lotta Costas and Starbucks.

3. Packing your hospital bag? You need a facial spritz (nothing keeps you cool in labour like it) and when you're buying breast pads and maternity towels, go big or go home. Trust me, you'll go through these quicker than a jar of Nutella.

4. If you manage to dodge stretch marks throughout your pregnancy (I loved Argan+ mum to be stretch mark oil) they may creep up on you after you welcome your little one into the world. I'm told they fade and hey, they mark the arrival of something special.

5. The first few weeks with your new little family are precious so don't be scared to say no to guests or worry about limiting how long they can stay for, it might seem mean but you've got to prioritise.

6. Breastfeeding? You need an Emma Jane nursing bra in your life, perfect until you're ready for something a tad more supportive. Oh and if you thought your pregnancy boobs couldn't get any bigger, trust me when I say they can and they will. One last thing on breastfeeding (I could write an entire post) if you haven't fed bambino in a while you will experience a pins and needle sensation in your boobs, just like on Bad Neighbours. 

7. If the sex of your baby is a surprise then you must check out John Lewis, Mothercare and The White Company - those guys know how to do neutral basics that'll suit both a boy and a girl. While we're talking clothes how cute are these handmade booties and hat set? Find out more about my friends friend who made them here.

8. It's ok to have moments where you doubt yourself and wonder if you can do it - having a baby is a huge learning curve, throw hormones into the mix and things can feel cray but it's worth it, I promise. I find having a bar of Dairy Milk handy works wonders.

9. Muslin cloths will become your new best friend, stock up and keep them everywhere.

10. Grab any me time with both hands, whether it's taking an extra five minutes in the shower, having a nap or catching up on blogs - make the most of it and more importantly, sleep when the baby sleeps! Don't be tidying up and writing blog posts.... It can wait.

What do you wish you knew in pregnancy and beyond?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Sunday Catch Up: Becoming A Family

Paperchase haulin' - It's all about the garden picnic - Stay classy Sheffield - Nandos feels - I only went in for cotton wool - What a difference make-up makes, 40 weeks pregnant + 5 days - All of the french toast - The latest addition to our bathroom - Becoming a family

My a lot has changed in the last three weeks and two days since my last blog post, today Craig and I are celebrating the fact that our daughter is three weeks old. It genuinely doesn't feel like two minutes ago since I was sat feeling fed up that baby Wild was sitting tight in my stomach instead of making a grand entrance - fast forward to Sunday 28th June and at 7.30am we became parents to Sadie Florence via emergency caesarean. They say nothing can prepare you for becoming a mother but I can honestly say I'm loving it. Sure you have moments of tiredness, times where you wish you had more than just one hand free and a constant longing to wear anything that isn't button down #feedingproblems but I honestly wouldn't change being a mum for anything. 

When it isn't feeding time Craig and I have been getting out as much as possible - so far we've brunched at Bills, taken long walks to the park, made two trips to Meadowhall and I've even managed to squeeze in a much needed hair cut (an appointment for hair colour is in the diary). This week I'll be cherishing every single moment before Craig returns to work, cue general panic and how will I do everything on my own thoughts. Wish me luck?

Cagney and Lace is still my jam but posts may not be as regular as usual, I'd love to be that girl who's incredibly organised with scheduled posts in the bag but that's not how I roll. I hope you'll all stick with me and enjoy the content that will come, promise. I'm also itching to get outfit posts back up on my little corner on the Internet but please bear with. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more regular updates and cute Sadie pics.

I wish you all the brightest and sunniest of Sundays!

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Blogger Induced MAC Haul

Since blogging has become such a part of my make up (no pun intended) I've found myself coveting products I'd previously never given a second thought, I think they call it blogger enabling? In my teens MAC was the only place I'd buy make-up from but as I got older matured I discovered a whole host of head turning brands. That said I recently noticed my Notes section getting busy with products from the black and white packaged power house that I keen to try, enter a free next day delivery code and the rest is history #overduebabyproblems.

The first two items to 'fall' into my basket were the Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Rubenesque and single eyeshadow in Expensive Pink, a duo that says aloha Summer and one that I couldn't get out of my head since watching Estees tutorial. With Estee rocking similar colouring to myself (big up fair skin and blue peepers) I thought this mermaid-esque paint pot and pinky eyeshadow combo might look just as swell on me as it does on Estee, I'll be sure to let you know.

Next up was a limited edition lipstick from the MAC Is Beauty range called Make Me Gorgeous. This addition was spurred on by Abigail Alice who not only has a beautiful blog but looks awesome in this Crosswires meets Costa Chic shade. Did I need it? Probably not. Will it be the perfect pick me up shade post bambino? Absolutely. Finally after much debate I snapped up the forever sold out Lip Pencil in Soar - not to achieve Kylie Jenners pout but to recreate Lilys combo of Soar and MACs Mehr, a lipstick which I picked up recently with a Debenhams voucher that I've fallen hard for (see me sporting it here).

Now don't you think all this make-up deserves a new place to rest it's head? Maybe it's time I was enabled with some make-up bag recommendations?

Do you find yourself drawn to MAC products? 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Lifestyle: Eating At Bills, Sheffield

So yesterday was my official due date, everyone was ready with champagne bottles, streamers and balloons (well not really but you get the gist) and nothing happened - pretty standard for first time babies I hear so to mark the occasion my mum and I decided to take our behinds to the just-opened-yesterday Bills in Sheffield. Now anyone who knows me well will know just how into Bills I am, every time I visit a different city which is home to one I like to chow down. Not only have I never had a bad meal there but I love the laid back, relaxed vibe and general ambience so I've been counting down the days to the Sheffield opening - you'll be pleased to know it didn't disappoint. 

On arrival a lovely lady was giving out apples, menus and mini bars of chocolate (never a bad thing) while inside the friendly manager seated us and told us all about the new store. While my mum and I perused the menu our server took our drinks order and asked when my baby was due. She shortly returned, not only with our beverages (the chocolate brownie milkshake and a ginger beer) but a beautifully wrapped bottle as a special soon-to-give-birth treat, easily the most thoughtful act I've ever experienced in a restaurant, thanks team Bills! Now you're probably wondering where my rave ends but it genuinely doesn't. My mum and I shared three courses from the lunch menu (the heirloom tomato bruschetta, the crunchy kale salad and the warm donuts) and each course was more delicious than the last. The staff were complete babes and even though you could sense some opening day nerves they were all incredibly attentive plus the music was just perfection. 

In true Hannah fashion I'm already planning my next visit hopefully with Craig and a mini us in tow, either for brunch or one of their rather appealing afternoon teas. They looked beyond epic!

Have you visited Bills before? Are you a huge fan like me?

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Sunday Catch Up: All The Flowers

Oh Sunday you are my fave, any day which starts with Nutella and fruit stacked pancakes followed by pottering around the house in pyjamas before donning clothes just to eat a carvery is always going to be a winner. This week has been a mixed bag as I've experienced all the ups and downs of being 39 weeks pregnant. I try not to whinge as it's unattractive but I've definitely found this week one of the toughest yet - I put this down to baby being so close to making an appearance even though it still feels so far away! Tomorrow is my official due date so fingers crossed baby Wild will fancy saying hello, if not I'll be heading to Bills (a Sheffield branch finally opens tomorrow) for the biggest of brunches. Well I've got to mark my official due date somehow. 

It's not been all doom and gloom though - days have been sun drenched, I've eaten my body weight in lemonade lollies/Magnums/Fabs and I've enjoyed looking at the beautiful blooms on almost every surface of our downstairs. You know it's a good flower week when you're putting flowers in a jug as all the vases are taken. Another winner this week was the loss of my White Company bedding virginity as my mum (she's the best) treated me to a rather Pinterest worthy set. The new Meadowhall store is so on point I fear I'll be losing a hefty chunk of my bank balance in the upcoming weeks. On the opposite scale of proceedings I did a teeny haul in Primark and have my eyes on these Topshop Aquazurra dupes, it's all about that high low mix.

Tonight I'm looking forward to painting my nails with my newly purchased Essie duo while binge watching Peaky Blinders, yes I'm totally late to the Netflix party but after finally signing up last night Craig and I have been enjoying this gangster filled drama set in Birmingham in 1919. Now the only question left to ask is what do I start watching next? Pretty Little Liars? Orange Is The New Black? Answers in the comments please.

Have you had a stellar week? Is Netflix your jam?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Review: The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection

If there's one drink I've been relishing during pregnancy it's a virgin mojito, the Queen of all mocktails. Ain't nothing like lime and mint muddled together to make you feel like you're on holiday so you can imagine my delight when Body Shop announced their latest limited edition collection, Virgin Mojito*. Created with base ingredients of zesty lime and fresh mint from the Caribbean team Body Shop couldn't have hit the Summer scented nail on the head better if they'd tried. I've been testing out the body scrub and body sorbet from the five product strong collection and must say I'm pretty impressed. 

Now I'm pretty diligent when it comes to body moisturisation but exfoliation is another matter, is anyone else a poor show on the body scrub front? I could however become a convert with the Virgin Mojito scrub, not only is the scent heavenly but it's incredibly light in formulation, in fact it's completely different to The Body Shops usual scrubs which can be heavy and a tad oily in consistency. The tiny grains in this scrub leave skin silky smooth while the whipped, gel like texture is just dreamy, perfect for those humid balmy days which seem to be making an appearance right now. 

If you're a Cagney and Lace regular you'll know how much I dig a body butter (just read my empties posts) so I must admit a Body Sorbet isn't something I'd usually gravitate towards. That being said this light, almost frosty formula still packs a moisturising punch whilst being incredibly cooling - ideal for taking on holiday or on swollen pregnant legs. Take your pick ladies, I know which I'd prefer!

What do you make of the new Virgin Mojito collection? Are you a huge mocktail fan like me?

*PR Samples, all thoughts and zesty opinions my own.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Lifestyle: New On The Bookshelf

Blogging outside could possibly be my new favourite thing, June sunshine you've finally pulled through. I'll not ask what took you so long. Today I'm having the ultimate chill day fuelled by Chocolate Nesquik #pregnancyproblems before dining out to celebrate Craigs sister birthday, hello Italian fodder. Last night I got to take the bump partially on the tiles for part one of my friends hen party, probably one of the only times I've missed a cheeky glass or six of prosecco. Sadly I'm missing part two in one of my favourite European destinations so I was super pleased to see my pal have a grand evening and I got to witness Mr & Mrs my favourite bride to be game, result.

Todays post is a little different from my usual hauls, while there's been little point in filling up my wardrobe I've been treating my bookshelves instead. My picks? The Girl On The Train, a book I hear is the next Gone Girl, which was seriously up my street - even my friend Gemma who struggles to complete a book finished TGOTT in just a week! Next up is Front Roe by ex-pat Louise Roe which you may remember from my birthday wish list post. I've admired Louises style forever so I'm keen to get to grips with her taste making words, especially as I'm feeling a serious wardrobe overhaul post bambino. Last but never least is the second offering from Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere, one of the first blogs I ever followed. Emily has a real eye for interiors so it's no surprise she's launched an interiors laden book. I'm yet to fully devour CACAH for fear of wanting to redecorate our entire house but have no doubt it'll be full of Pinterest worthy images and savvy styling tips.

Are you having a fun weekend in the sun? Do you enjoy an Amazon haul?

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