Precious Moments, Pregnancy

Have I missed something?

26 weeks pregnant with our second set of twins, I read a post about the last time you pick up your baby or have them on your lap. 


While I’ve been pregnant I’ve not been able to lift up my (5 year old) babies. And my ever growing belly means no one can fit in my lap. 
When the new twins arrive and I can start picking up my first twins how much will they have grown. Will I still be able to lift thier weight? Will they have grown that much they no longer need me to pick them up?? Reading that blog post I can feel the tears pang of the things I’ve missed while being pregnant. 

The times that daddy has carried them to bed because I simply couldn’t lift them.  

Lifting them to see over a fence. Because on the other side is something special but ordinary. 

I feel like I’ve  missed a lot this pregnancy and feel that when these new babies are here I really need to make up some time with the first set. 

Nina

Wishlist

Father’s Day Gift List – 10 Clutter Free Ideas

As I am trying to reduce the amount of stuff that’s already in our home I also need to reduce stuff coming into our home.

So with that in mind and fathers day fast approaching I need to think of alternate gifts this fathers day.

10 Clutter free Father's DayGift Ideas

10 Clutter Free gifts for dads

  1. Tickets to the cinema or theatre show – This could be a family outing or something he goes to as a date night or with friends.
  2. Tools – I don’t know about you but in our house tools tend to go missing like socks! Could you replace some of his tool kit? You could wrap it in a unique way like a tool hamper.
  3. How about a Flight or Driving Experience  – I bought hubby a glider flight last year.
  4. Keep his pocket clutter in one place with a Tray tidy, or coin tray.
  5. A crate of his favorite beer – This wont take up much room for long I expect!
  6. On a similar note what about a gift hamper of his favorite snacks.
  7. Does he already buy a magazine from the shop each month? why not buy him a years magazine subscription?
  8. Gift Cards are a great non clutter gift – My hubby works in london and often nips out for a costa, A gift card for a month worth of coffees could be a great gift.
  9. Clothing gifts don’t have to create clutter if its something he really needs Like a new pair of slippers, or a new tie for work –  Quick tip, Use a one in one out policy for your wardrobe. That way you wont ever get overwhelmed by clothing pieces.
  10. Buying for Hubby? Date night tokens are a great gift – Plan a few months of date nights, print out and place in a jar or envelope then he can just take one out each month.

That’s my 10 ideas what else can you think of?

Leave in the comments below.

 

Blogging, Friends, Goals, Health & Wellbeing, Precious Moments, Pregnancy, Travel, Travel with Twins, Wellbeing

Jan – May recap June Action Plan

It’s been an odd start to the year!

  • Firstly we celebrated New Year at our second home Lanzarote.
  • We came home and I managed to sneak in a couple of days working at the local Theatre doing Panto (My Favourite time at the theatre)
  • Then I was late on my monthly cycle
  • So took a pregnancy test 
  • Then went for an early scan to make sure there was only one
  • And we found out there were 2
  • Had a lot of tears
  • Sold my beloved Delilah – She wouldn’t have lasted another year  😦 img_1649
  • Went back to Lanzarote for February Half Term
  • Took the twins on their first visit to London 
  • Started work on the house to prepare for an extra two people
  • Stayed in denial about the two new lives growing in my tummy
  • Attended BlogON
  • Finally bought something for the new twins

So now were in June and I need to pull on my positive pants (If they fit because of this ever-growing tummy)

I need to embrace this pregnancy and start feeling as excited as people keep telling me it is!


So I’m devising a plan!

I’m not going to lie my mental health has gone down hill since finding out about these two new people. I’m worried about PND and the hard work that it was with the last set of twins.

This month I am going to try to tick off a list of things that will help me feel more positive.

June List

  • Finish playroom decorating  ( I have enlisted the help of a decorator
  • Decorate and move the office
  • Decorate and furnish Nursery
  • Move kids toys into playroom
  • Declutter and purge kids toys  – I am currently obsessed with Allie Casazza and want to try and live a more minimal life – I’m not going as far as one plate per person (so my friends won’t need to bring a plate with them) but I’d like to adopt some concepts into our life!
  • Carrying on with the Minimalist theme I want to redo my wardrobe – I know this is not really practical at over 6 months pregnant but I know some pieces that I will probably never wear again. and when the twins arrive and I lose the bump I will be able to top up my wardrobe with some key autumn pieces (Minimalist  shopaholic!)
  • I will continue my search for the perfect but affordable vehicle for our expanding family. – We currently have a Vaxhaul Zafira which although is 7 seats, its 7 seats and not enough boot space to fit in a suitcase let alone a pushchair!  I would really like a VW Caravelle but I want to pay cash and the price for a decent one is out of our cash price range!

Events in June

  • Friends Little One’s Christening – Both Hubby and I are God Parents
  • Mum’s 65th Birthday
  • Hubby’s Dad’s 70th Birthday

So looks like a busy month I also have numerous appointments in June with Diabetes checks, consultant appointments, midwife appointments and scans all already booked in!
I have also been slacking at swimming due to focusing all my time on the decorating and building work. I think it has had an impact on my mental health so I would like to go back to swimming at least twice a week. Even it’s only just to take the weight off my bump!

 

What are your June plans, goals?

Do you have any tips for me to get through the month?

 

Nina x

Health & Wellbeing, Wellbeing

To the one who thinks I have it together!!

To the one who thinks I have it together.

I feel like a fraud when you tell me who calm I seem. The truth is I’m so far from having it together.

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So even though I may be chilled when I get around the corner to school that’s because I already lost my shit over the breakfast table. The kids wouldn’t eat and as we were up late I was feeling bad that I should have got up earlier. I felt bad that I had to rush them to eat breakfast but not as bad as I would have felt had I took them to school with no food.

I may look like my kids are dressed well but the truth is I forget to wash last night and the last jumper they had was covered in some kind of stain about 20 mins ago but I scrubbed it with the dishcloth and it’s actually still wet in places!

My daughter’s hair is in a French plait this morning, however, that’s because she slept in it last night!

I may look like I am ok with this twin mothering stuff but in actual fact, I’ve spent most of today in tears or shouting because I have so much going on in my life at the moment that I’m not handling anything very well.

After half term I may look like I have it together, however, I will be feeling guilty that I’ve wasted the half term anxious and upset with myself!

I will have plans on being a better mum during the 6 weeks when in reality I will be almost full term in this pregnancy and fighting against fatigue and anxiety again!

I may look like I have my shit together, look calm, but inside my head is swimming and my heart pounding and it’s all I can do some days to get my kids to school on time just so I can have a hot cuppa and not play referee for the day!

Some days I’m that late my kids run in without even saying bye, then I spend half the morning worrying about them. worrying that if something happened to me or them that I never hugged them when they went into school that morning!

So Thank you for saying I seem like the calm mum who has it together but in reality, I’m really fighting the same battle as other mums on the school run!

 

Nina x

Dreaming of..., Travel, Travel with Twins

Dreaming of …..Converting an old bus

Converting an old bus and travelling around Britain & Europe. 

I’m not sure if it’s my hormones or that I’ve started following people on Instagram & facebook that lives a “simpler life” but I’m constantly dreaming of buying an old bus and converting it for our family to travel & sleep in.

Here is an inspiration board of my ideas.

 

I love the idea of being able to lay in my bed and see a view like this
With two more children on the way, we would need a lot of sleeping space  I love this idea!

So armed with my Pinterest board of ideas I now need to see if I can find a bus to convert!

I’m thinking we could take a year out to travel Europe!

I love the idea of living simply for a while, Living with less stuff, spending time together!

Visiting places on our bucket list, spending time at the beach, living more outdoors!

I’m not sure of the places we will visit. maybe I’ll need a new Pinterest boards for the actual road trip!

Why not head over to Pinterest and follow me.
Ready For A Cupppa

Nina

Pregnancy

1st half of pregnancy  symptoms (pregnant with twins) 

Hi all,

I’m here today with a rundown of to how my first trimester went.

From my two lines at just 3 past my period due date to 20 weeks.

  • Started with extreme fatigue. So much so that by 4 o’clock I could be so tired I couldn’t function.
  • Morning sickness that actually lasted most of the day.  Brushing my teeth always brought on sickness.
  • Bleeding gums when brushing.
  • Sore boobs from around 7 weeks. Especially in the evening. I ended up buying a non-wired support top to sleep in.
  • My regular clothes started not fitting around 12 weeks.
  • Quite a bit of anxiety crept back in.
  • Crying at everything.

I manage I’d to combat a bit of the sickness by eating a small snack or biscuit at regular intervals through the day. And not eating too much at mealtimes.

I felt so much better if I could manage to get a nap before the afternoon school run. Still do.

I have kerbed a bit of the anxiety by keeping busy, exercise and fresh air.

I’ll be back in  a few weeks with my  2nd-trimester symptoms

Nina

Cuppa Of The Week, Friday Morning Chat & a Cuppa., mums day off

A Quiet Cuppa

Sitting in the corner the whole sofa area to my self, people come and go.

I love having a bit of time to myself to drink a hot cuppa.


I often take my note pad so If new ideas pop into my mind I can write it down!

There are an older couple across from me. They are talking over the days plans. On another table is what looks like a business meeting.

I over hear a conversation happening by a group of mums about the disasters they have had that week. I cant help but smile knowingly to myself. I suddenly dont feel like I’m alone.

I grab a slice of cake to go with my cuppa and have a quick chat with the ladies who work there. We discuss holidays and babies and more. 

I love to go for a coffee at the local coffee shop sometimes working from home and being a stay at home mum and housewife can get a little lonely.

I go to the coffee shop for a little company. 

It’s a like a little hoilday. A break from chores. A chance to breath. 

Nina 

Pregnancy

I’ve got a secret. 

First of all I’m sorry if this post is a little all over the place. 

Here goes. 

Back at the beginning of the year I had such plans for my blog and vlog. 

I had even wrote up ideas in my planner. 

But then something happened. 

Something that has had me feeling ill for a while. 

Something that sent my anxiety soaring. 

Something wonderful and nerve wracking at the same time. 

Two lines

I’m now just over 20 weeks and I’ve just got back from our 20 week scan. 

The reason I’ve been keeping it a secret is im not sure how I felt about this pregnancy. 

I feel ashamed as yes we took the decision to stop using contraception to “see what happened” 

To have J & M we had 5 years of trying followed by being pushed here there and everywhere for fertility treatments and then finally after a round of fertility drugs we had a big fat positive.   

Anyway  with morning sickness and extreme fatigue we booked for an early scan to make sure the pregnancy was valid and I joked to make sure there’s only one this time. 

The sonograper had only just turned the screen around………

F**k

F**k is exactly what I said. Then proceeded to cry. 

Yes that two sacks. Two foetus. Two heart beats!!!!

Omg not again.

Last time was so hard. 

Two more means a new car. A double pushchair. And missing out on all the things I missed out on last time because there are things I couldn’t do with 2. Like swimming, like sling carrying. Like having one to one time. Even baby massage and playgroups were an issue. 

As I said I’ve just been for my 20 week scan. And I’m still not sure it’s sunk in. 

20 weeks marks the start of my constant consultant appointments. Scans every 2 weeks. 

I’m hoping to be a little more active on my social media, blog and maybe even you tube channel. 

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to tell you where I’ve been. But it’s been hard to admit that I wasn’t over the moon especially as I know some people who follow me are struggling with infertility. 

Until next time. 

Nina x 

Friends

It’s like Internet dating through Instagram 

Today I went out for breakfast. While there I spoke to a lady who was asking about the internet for the coffee shop 


She had come to this particular coffee shop to meet someone she has only spoken to on Instagram. 

I got to telling her that I met up with a lady in Lanzarote that I had only ever spoken to on twitter. Who I’m now friends with and meet up with when we are over there. 

How funny is this world that we are friends with so many people in the digital world. That we have never met in the real world. 

It must be daunting to meet a digital friend in real life as you never know if they have shown the honest side of life. 

On Instagram especially you can sometimes only see the green grass of people’s lives. 

I try to show the honest side of my life on every platform but I think most of us are guilty posting cropped parts of life as they get more likes & coments. 

The ladies seemed to get on really well. I bet they will stay in real life contact for sometime to come.  

Have you met up with  digital in real life?

Did you have a good experience? Or was it a disaster?

Leave a comment below and let me know your story. 
Nina x

Collaborations

Budgeting, & free Samples Scoring The Best Free Samples: How To Get Products While Avoiding Spam

So this year I’m all about how to save money & budget better. 

I was asked to collab on this informative post with Free Stuff Baby. Free samples can make great gift basket items. 

Have a look below to see how you can get the best free samples. 

 

If you know where to look, there are a lot of free samples out there. Companies want to draw in new customers, so they give away products to get them interested. However, while this can be great for you, you also need to know how to avoid junk mail, spam and scams in the process.

 

Scoring Free Samples

 

There are a lot of websites that devote themselves solely to finding the best freebie deals out there. They do the work and you can reap the benefits. Occasionally, you may have to interact with the site in some way to get the sample. For example, you may need to provide your email or complete a survey to be eligible.

 

Free Stuff Baby is a great place to start your search. Be aware, however, that the site simply lists the deals. It is up to you to determine if you feel the company giving out the freebie is legitimate.

 

Set Up A Special Email

 

When you go after freebies, you can expect to receive a lot of spam mail as a result of sharing your email address. Therefore, set up an email specifically devoted to your freebie pursuits. That way, the email you use to connect with family and friends will not get bogged down with junk. Make sure that you don’t put in a false email in order to get the freebie. You might need to check shipping information or take additional steps to get your product, so the address needs to be valid.

 

Figure Out The Good From The Bad

 

Some offers out there are simply not legitimate. If you carefully consider an offer, you can likely figure out which ones are real and which ones are fake. Most companies, for example, only give out a sample size of a product so you will be enticed to buy more later. If a company is offering up an expensive product for free, like a tablet, they are probably not legitimate and just want your contact information.

 

Don’t Give Out Certain Details

 

When signing up to receive a freebie, you will naturally be asked to provide a certain amount of information. For example, you have to give your email address if you want to receive the product. You also need to give out your name. There is not much else that you should have to provide though; a phone number may be necessary, but if you give it out, know that you could get phone calls from telemarketers. If you are asked to provide a lot more personal information, it should raise a red flag.

 

Be Quick

 

Some offers are only good for a certain number of people. For example, you might have to be one of the first one thousand people to enter your email address in order to get a product. Make sure you are ready and waiting for these deals. If you have to log into a site, do so before the offer starts.

 

Celebrate Your Birthday

 

There are a lot of businesses that give out freebies for birthdays. For example, you may be able to get a coupon for a free dessert with your meal. Simply look for birthday freebie sites and choose the offers that appeal to you.

 

Never give out your credit card information in order to get a freebie; you don’t necessarily know who you are giving your information to. Even if you determine that the website is on the up and up, it isn’t a good idea to set up a “free” trial. Unless you are vigilant, your card is likely to be charged as soon as the trial ends. Therefore, proceed with caution in these circumstances. It is usually better to move on to the next deal instead.