Blogging, Wellbeing

The BedTime Tag

So last week I was tagged by Baby Not Included in The Bedtime Tag

I’ve never really thought about my bedtime as being part of routine but I thought I would take a look and join in anyway!

Here goes…..

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  • Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Lately, I have been going to bed at the same time as the kids. Daddy is often late home as he works all the way in London. Usually what happens is I make a cuppa for me and fill the kids water bottles head upstairs read in my bed with them then they go to their bed and I have a bath while watching YouTube or I grab a magazine and flick through that in my bed while I drink my decaf tea!

When hubby gets home We stick on something light Like not going out or Miranda Stick on a sleep timer and fall asleep!

  • What are your favourite pyjamas?

I love my Jammers that I bought just before Christmas they have pockets and are really comfy. I tend to wear them with a coordinating vest top or my But first coffee t.

  • What is your current bedtime reading?

I used to read books all the time but since having the twins I just can’t seem to get into them! I tend to pick up a magazine now at bed time!

  • What would I find on your bedside table?

I like to take my Vitamins at night so they are in my drawer , In November I was diagnosed with silent reflux so I have a bottle of Gaviscon and I have to take one 5ml spoon before laying down, a bottle of water to drink before I go to sleep and first thing after waking I have to hydrate in a morning or I can’t function! , my empty tea-cup, When I get to bed I remove my I watch, Pandora Bracelet & Glasses so they are also on my bedside.

  • What scent makes you sleepy?

Chamomile tea, I have a tea that’s blended to help promote sleep so now when I smell it, it makes me sleepy.

  • What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

I tend to go to bed around 7.30 / 8pm but sleep around 9.30 / 10pm. I hate these dark mornings but I try to wake up around 6.30 to give me a good half hour to have a cuppa before the kids wake up!

  • What are your top three bedtime products?

My Jammers, Sleepy time tea, and my jammers

  • What is your most common sleeping position?

I like to lay on my tummy with my left leg straight and my right leg bent up towards my tummy, my hands under my pillow!

  • Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

My cuppa!

  • What is your worst bedtime habit?

Like a lot of people, I think Its looking at my iPhone just before trying to sleep! Studies have shown that being on your phone increases dopamine, the same feel-good chemical that’s released from the brain when people take drugs or drink!

I really need to stop this addiction!

So that’s my bedtime, not really a routine but it is what it is! I think having looked at it wrote down like this I really need to shake my routine up a bit. there’s no wonder I don’t sleep very well!

I’m tagging fellow bloggers

10 Questions

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.
  2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
  3. What is your current bedtime reading?
  4. What would I find on your bedside table?
  5. What scent makes you sleepy?
  6. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
  7. What are your top three bedtime products?
  8. What is your most common sleeping position?
  9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
  10. What is your worst bedtime habit?

Rules

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. (save the picture)
Step 3: Answer the ten questions included above.
Step 5: Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

Fancy Taking part in this tag?

Why not answer the questions in a comment below!

I’d love to find out a bit more about this little community we have!

Nina x

Goals

I’ve missed the slipstream!! 

We are half way through January and I’m still not feeling the new year. I’m happy enough but I’m also overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to get done this year.

The theme for our family this year being something to do with growing love decluttering stuff.

All I want to do is drink tea and binge watch box sets.


I started the year in Lanzarote our families paradise. The isle that one day we hope to live.

While we were there my head filled with plans of what i wanted to to when i got home.

We got home and I volunteered to help out at the last few shows of panto.

Now I feel I’ve missed the new year slipstream.

I still want to declutter the house and today I made a start.

Do I feel better? No!

I’ve only done a little bit.

Maybe I need to jump on the Chinese New Year for my new year??

Catch that slipstream?

I know people say there’s no time like the present but I need that slipstream. I need the good vibes all around.

Next week maybe I may find it.

Who knows


Does anyone else feel like this?

Is it just me?

Have you managed to get on with your new year goals??

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Goals & plans. 

So it’s that time of the year. 

The first day of the year. 

Resolutions and goals  have been made and people all over are signing up to gym memberships they will only use once. 

There are people throwing Ciggys in the bin only to fish them back out later when the kids are doing their heads in. The alcohol has been poured down the sink. All apart from that trifle sherry at the back of the cupboard that you know you’ll regret drinking later. 

I this year am doing away with resolutions and sticking to my goals list. 

Work goals 

I would love to call my blogging & vlogging my work  so one of my goals is to be more disciplined with my blog. Connect and contact more brands & companies for opportunities. 

Volunteering 

I volunteer at the theatre and I love it. I love the buzz of working back stage on a show night but as a mum of two small children and a wife to a geek who often works away it’s not really an option to make this my career. So whenever I have the opportunity I am going to continue volunteering at my local theatre. 

Health 

The past few years I have let my health slip. It’s hard to consentrate on yourself and look after two tiny humans at the same time. So this year I’m making it a priority. This is not just my physical health but most importantly for me my mental health. 

Family 

I would like to develop my relationships with my family not just as mother & child/ren but as a wife & stepmum and as a daughter to my mum. 

Me

Ive mentioned my mental health above but I think al good portion of this can be lack of me time. I need to get better at giving my self breaks not just from being mum, wife but from social media & screens. I need to start giving myself time to craft or meditate. 

Money 
The past year we have lived pay packet to pay packet. Often worring if we had enough at the end of he month. This year I need to get better at budgeting and finding deals living a little more frugally. 

Clutter free 

I often blame the fact that we are a house where 5 year old twins live on all the clutter in the house. This year I need to get rid of some of the clutter. It’s not good for anyone’s mental health. It’s not good for the children who have some much stuff they don’t know what to play with. 
So that’s my goals for the year. What are yours? Do you make resolutions? 

Hit that follow button to see how I get on with all of these goals. 

I will also be making videos on out some of my goals during January over on my YouTube channel. So head over there too and hit subscribe. 

See you next time. 

Nina x 

“Any journey can be an adventure if your on it with the right people.”

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Hello 2017 

Today is the last day of 2016. 


I have made many blogging friends this year. I have found confidence again in my words. And I have started developing my YouTube channel & social media presence. 

I am loving every moment of it. 

I hope that 2017 can see me calling it my job. I would love to earn a little from my hard work. 

I love writing about what is passionate to me. 

I would never blog or vlog about something that doesn’t fit with my family or that dosent quite sit right with me.

Everything I review is 100% my own views. 

Thank you all for supporting me this past year. 

I hope that next year I can connect with more of you. 

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We can develop our village online together. 

So look out for exciting vlogs, emotional blogs and more Instagram photos from me in 2017. 

See you all in 2017. 

Nina. X 

Meet Other Mums Posts

It’s our turn! 

Last week J came bouncing out of school with the dreaded class bear!
If you don’t know about the class bear let me explain.

The class bear “Rainbow Bear” as ours is called is what we used to call the class pet. You know a hamster or rabbit you had to look after & keep alive for the weekend. Nowadays though it’s a non living pet. You take home the bear on Friday, then on Monday morning (when you have to remember a dozen other things like PE kit, snack money, book bag)  you take back the bear.

So all the children in school get a turn with the bear – The ones you don’t want to follow that have been on a some fancy trip or done really exciting things. Those you don’t want to follow because well you know the bear isn’t able to have a bath between his sleepovers. :-/

Then there is the ones you don’t want to follow because the child has set a bar of writing in the book themselves.

This! This is the one I had to follow.

So J who hates writing decided on Sunday night he would write all of his entry!  (for this I’m very proud of him)

Yes I’m aware That we have now become the one you don’t want to follow.

On Sunday evening we spent an hour printing pics out for the bears diary and spelling out the words J wanted to write.

The words Friggin Bear came to mind a few times.

The bear has gone back to school for now but as J & M are twins in the same class I’m sure he will be back soon.

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Just a quick hello 

I’ve put down my pen or rather my keyboard during December to participate in Vlogmas. 

I just can’t seem to do both. Editing a daily blog is hard work. So I decided just to concentrate on one.


So I just thought I’d come over here and say a quick hello.

In a few days time we will beawaiting Father   Christmas and eating so much we just need to sleep. I will be awaiting Dr Who and drinking Bailieys. 

Then it will be time to think about New Year. 

I will head over between Christmas and new year to tell you a few of my 2017 plans & goals. 

I’m also planning a video for Goals of 2017 so head over to My YouTube for that. 

So I’ll see you again in a few days. 

Blogging, Christmas, Elf On The Shelf

December blog & YouTube Plans – Vlogmas 

Our elves have landed and there is flashing lights everywhere. Yes it’s December people. img_1776

So this month on the blog…

I want to tell you about a message from a special person.

I will be uploading an elf roundup towards the end of the month.

There is my regular post that first appeared on Meet Other Mums.

And I may stick in a couple more of I really need to tell you something.

However. It is December which means the festive busyness has begun.


Over on my YouTube channel I have started Vlogmas.

Uploads every night except Sunday up until Xmas Eve.

Mondays – Weekend Vlog

Tuesday – Friday DITL (day in the life)

Saturday – Sit-down Chatty vlogs.

So head on over to join us through December.

Check out day one here.

 

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Meet Other Mums Posts

She Went Into Labour

A friend went into labor today. Her waters broke at 4am and I was so exited for her and for myself. A new baby to play with!

I posted a while back how myself and my husband had decided that despite wanting a big family it would be best to concentrate on getting my wellbeing on track! Dealing with my mental health issues instead of thinking about having another baby.

But you see, I knew my friend bringing her baby into the world would have an impact on me and today when she went into labour, I had all those feels of not having a “real” birth. The feeling in the pit of my stomach that I had somehow missed out because I had a c section!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying having a c section is the easy way out.  I’m not judging anyone, this is just how I feel about my own birth story.

Today I cried. I cried that my friend had to go through another labour only to be wheeled to theatre for another c section. I cried with jealousy because she had gone into labour – something that I have never felt. I cried with relief that the baby was born. I cried because even though I said I want to concentrate on my wellbeing I still feel like I would like to try again!  I’m 36 my husband 47 in December we are not getting any younger. I feel like I’m just getting into the swing of things.

The sleepless nights, the crying, the green nappies and the projectile vomit are on my list of cons against another.

The instant love, the new baby smell, the watching a new little human develop, in a selfish way the attention you get when you’ve just had a baby! That. That’s why I’d want another.

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My instagram feed is full of babies at the moment and it’s only adding to my broodiness.

When I meet this baby I’m going to be a mess. I just know I’ll be back thinking what a good idea it would be to try again!!

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This post first Appeared on Meet Other Mums 

Meet Other Mums is a great platform for sharing stories & for meeting other like minded mums from your area!

12 Weeks Of Christmas, Blogging, Christmas, Collaborations, Days Out, Travel

12 Weeks to Christmas – Surviving The Christmas Market

Lincoln Christmas Market is one of the Biggest Christmas Markets in Europe. In just under two weeks I will be joining the 250,000 + visitors soaking up the festive feel.

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But heading to a festive market especially with anxiety can be a daunting prospect!

Here are a few things to help me survive my day out!

  • Travel – How am I going to get there? Make sure your not already stressed from taking a wrong turn or because your running late for a train. If its a big Christmas Market be aware that some roads may be closed
  • Parking – Is there a park and ride? DO you have change for the meter?
  • Clothing – Make sure you have suitable clothing & footwear. There will be alot of walking and you will no doubt have lots of bags to carry.You dont want to get to hot!
  • Have your Christmas list with you! That way you know who your buying for and roughly what you want to get
  • Get a shopping list too – Are there some things you would like to purchase on the day? A snow globe, some christmas potpourri maybe?
  • Stick to your budget! – If you have a budget for the day dont go over it! Do you really need another candle holder?
  • Make stops throughout the day for food & Drink – Don’t just fill up on samples and Glühwein Make sure you hydrate with water or a cuppa!

This is the first year I’ve been to the market since I was a child and I’m really looking forward to it!

Have you been? What stalls can you recommend I visit?

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel As I will be Vlogging through December! So you will be able to see how I get on at the Market!

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I have set up a pinterest board for my 12 weeks of christmas posts If you want to join in with this series why not join in with the weekly Link Up!


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12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SERIES

  1. 12 weeks of Christmas- Welcome
  2. 12 Weeks Of Chritsmas – Bucket List
  3. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Days Out
  4. 12 weeks of Christmas – Shopping List 
  5. 12 weeks of Christmas – Plan with me
  6. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Advent Calendars 
  7. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Elf On The Shelf 
Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday – 2 minute silence??

On Sunday we had M’s first remembrance parade with rainbows. 

The parade went well it was cold but the sun was shining. 

Afterwards there was a church service we all went to. Both J & M were very well behaved. 

However when we went outside for the placing of the poppies and the 2 minutes silence things changed. 

J asked what we were doing after. I had promised to take them for hot chocolate. 

He asked if he could take his iPad. 

When I said no he put up a fight. 

He cried and shouted “I want my IPad” the church bells stopped ringing 11am and everyone around us had bowed heads. 

OMG it’s 2 minutes silence. 


J was still screaming about his IPad. 

I ended up walking him out of the church yard and up the street. 

I was so cross with him! 😦 

We ended up postponing hot Chocolate. 

Why is it they kick off at the worst moments. 

Joining in with Brummy Mummy of 2’s #wickedwednesday