I have been a huge fan of dry shampoo since it was invented. Not because I don’t take showers...eww...but because my hair gets quite oily after only a few days, and worse if I style it with flat irons.
So to keep my hair lasting longer between washes, I use dry shampoo. BUT, I had no idea you could make your own until recently!! This all-natural DIY dry shampoo is the easiest recipe to put together, is cheaper than store bought options, has no toxic yucks in it, is environmentally friendly (no aerosols needed), AND lasts for AGES!
This recipe dōTERRA have offered is even more impressive because it has a ‘dry shampoo for brunettes’ option and the best bit...you smell delicious, quite literally like choc-mint ice cream!
To grab the recipe, let me know in comments below why you love dry shampoo and if you’d like the recipe for light or dark hair. X
Cheers to surviving another week! 🥂
ICYMI: This week was full of fun Disney announcements. Most were Halloween 🎃 party related, but yesterday we also got a sneak peek at the 2019 D23 Expo. And it’s definitely on my must-do list!
Follow the link in my bio to read it all- and to make it easier to find all things “spelltacular” I’ve added a Halloween tab on the blog menu. Hop on your broomstick and fly over now 🕸
✨This has probably got to be one of my favourite pictures✨
Trying to pack for a holiday and manage to get a 7 month old baby on the coach and have everything you came with was definitely a challenge! On the 3rd day me and Jai decided on to go walk on the beach at 9pm and it was the most tranquil walk ever. All the stress of getting there just went away. I have always loved beaches growing up but sharing moments like this with your family is priceless. 👨👩👧 .
I have forever wanted a family of my own and I am so blessed to get what I have wanted for so long. I’m not going to lie, it is hard. But it’s worth it and I hope I have many more of these moments that even in the stress of times, we can just take a 5 min time out with each other and take everything in.
What’s your favourite moments with your family? 🌸🌸 .
The highlight of my day today was hearing the health visitor say that Tyler is now 10 pounds! Its so amazing how quickly they grow.
I do feel a little bit annoyed after majority of these visits from the health visitor though, including when Jaylen was a baby. It just all seems a patronising at times and i cant help but wonder if its because I’m a young mother. Maybe I’m just being paranoid but it’s definitely lingering in the back of my mind when she says things that are purely common sense like i don’t have any 😂. I just remind myself she has a job to do and let her get on with it.
Had to show you all a few purchases from the Aldi baby event (which I was so excited for - how sad!) and I just could not resist these organic cotton sleepsuits! There’s 3 in a pack for £6.99 I believe! They are so incredible soft and have the cutest patterns. I went for the pack that had this adorable bumblebee pattern, bright yellow and stripey yellow! Gave them a wash and they’ve come up beautifully soft! Fave purchase! Then swipe left and you’ll see the other goodies! 12 pack of wipes - £5.65 (I think?) can’t have too many wipes! Baby bonjela, in preparation for toothy pegs! (I like to be prepared) and the one thing i was most excited for... the nappy caddy (I actually had dreams about this! 🤪) tried a little box with nappies etc carried from bedroom to front room and didn’t work, so tried a box in each room and it just looked untidy so got this (£7.99) and I’m in love! So many pockets and room for everything and a perfect little holder to carry! Was going to get the beautiful muslins they had with llamas all over them but because we have about 30 muslins as it is, I thought I better not 😂but I’m still so happy with my buys 😃 It’s the simple things in motherhood isn’t it? #aldibabyevent#aldifinds#mumblogger#mumbloguk#singlemum#mumblog#mumbloggeruk#mummysgirl#mummybloggeruk#mummytoher#mummy#mumlife#motherhood#aldihaul#babyhaul
I’ve not been up for play, and Misha’s been getting super bored. Arts and crafts seems like a mission and I have been trying to cut down as much screen time as possible. We tried drawing and colouring but Misha wasn’t happy. I then remembered I’d bought these books a few months ago, which we didn’t get to finish the last time. @usborne_books lift the flap books have been a favourite of mine recently. We found them really interesting when we bought them and I read them to Misha the first time but second time round I feel it’s too much information for Misha to take in yet. But that’s not a negative point, as she will grow with them. Her favourite questions were, “Where does the moon go at night?” and “Where does the sun go in the day?”. And she loved learning about how far the countries she wants to visit are from each other. Mission accomplished.
Everyone asks me if I’ve found any differences in having girls and boys...YES!! This boy never stops!! I remember the girls being pretty full on at this age, but they equally would be happy to sit and play with toys, have a story and cuddle up. This one doesn’t even like to sit down to eat! He also climbs on everything, bangs his head against most things (and thinks it’s funny!) and likes to head to the bathroom to put what ever he can down the toilet (or in this case he put the towel in the bath that the girls were in...🙄🤦🏼♀️) to name just a few things...Is it the difference between boys and girls? Or is it that he’s my third child? Or that each of them have completely different personalities? Maybe it’s a bit of all of these things! What I do know is that I absolutely love this stage...seeing his character and personality grow and develop is just brilliant and I feel so lucky to be able to witness this happen! No day is ever easier or perfect and I remain permanently exhausted and guilt ridden for all sorts of silly things. Having a third child has been a rollercoaster journey! But I can’t imagine life any other way now he’s here. He’s my whirlwind and we absolutely adore him (even when he is rolling around having a tantrum and holding his breathe...yup this is a whole new thing that I’m experiencing 3rd time round!!) #myboy#boys#girls#siblings#toddler#differences#challenges#life#mummy#mummyof3#mumblog#mummyblogger#mumbloggeruk#lifeasweknowit#rollercoaster#journeys#funtimes#keepingmeonmytoes#lucky
If it doesnt feel easy... it needs to change.
When things feel difficult, stressful, exhausting & frustrating.. the universe is nudging us on the shoulder, whispering a silent message to try something different..
Shuffle things around a bit..
Ask for something...
Make a change...
Sometimes its just a matter of slowing down & dropping something..
‘But its too hard’ we say...
We are afraid of the unknown..
But until we can try to rewrite that story, the one that is playing havoc with every cell in our being..
We continue to drown.
Get me back to the sunshine ASAP, I can’t cope with all this rain. I was back at work for 2.5 days this week and oh my god did my heart ache for my baby. I think spending a couple of weeks off with him is making it much harder to go back and be apart from him all day. I’ve still got 1.5 weeks holiday left so need to make the most of it!
This is me! I'm mum to 3 children - Poppy 9 - talks too much, my live in nanny, the well behaved one, loves sports and watching crap on you tube and smearing slime round her bedroom carpet! Albert 6 - the feral one, middle child syndrome, hyper, smashes everything up, makes mess, eats everything, breaks bones and generally drives me to despair daily, and Stanley 6 months - still waiting for him to sleep through the night, but I have a newfound fondness of the baby stage as although it's hard, I look at the other two and think - shit it went fast, enjoy it (apart from 2am when I'm playing hairdryer noises out my phone to get him to sleep in his cot rather than in our bed attached to my face) he is a good baby really, happy little chap and makes us laugh! I've set this up to document my daily mum life, give me somewhere to vent and bitch about motherhood! We try to go out a lot as they trash our newly renovated house, plus I go out my mind indoors with them, we live near the seaside and I swear a lot! #mumblog#newblog#mumof3#outnumberedmum#followforfollowback
Hoy me mandó un mensaje muy lindo la mamá de mi amiga Geo, con quién crecí y a la que le sacamos canas verdes en el colegio y me puso a pensar en todas las mujeres que influyeron en mí mientras crecí, y que siguen influyendo hoy en día.
Mi mamá siempre estuvo en el centro por supuesto, y es a quien le debo la mayoría, pero ella no estaba sola.
Mi abuelita, mis hermanas mayores, mis tia Ceci y tia Enoe, las mamás de mis amigos. Doña Maria Marta, doña Lucia, doña Eugenia, doña Patri, doña Maga, doña Ceci, doña Adriana, por solo decir unas cuantas. Todas fueron maternales conmigo y todas formaron parte de quien soy hoy. Todas son ejemplos que sigo a la hora de ser mujer y mamá. A algunas ya no las tengo tan cerca, pero las sigo admirando muchísimo.
Y mi papá y muchos de los papás de mis amigas como Don Carlos, Don Cayito y Don Antonio también. ¿Qué tal si no somos únicas en la vida de nuestros hijos?¿Qué tal si somos tribu y todas y todos estamos velando por la niñez y adolecencia no solo de nuestros hijos si no de los demás?
El hecho de que así sea, y acordarme de las experiencias lindas que tuve con las diferentes "mamás" y "papas" que me topé en la vida, me acuerda que está bien recibir ayuda de otros, que también son influencias importantes para mis hijos, que no estoy sola yo tampoco.
Solo una reflexioncilla porque ando "con el violín".
While I was firmly telling Zac off for running in a car park this morning I couldn’t help but burst out laughing.. my two year old pretended to be asleep so I couldn’t tell him off.. who can tell off someone who’s asleep right? I picked him up the flopped over my shoulder like he was actually asleep, the whole time from putting him in his car seat and strapping him in he didn’t break the act not a smile, laugh nothing. What a delight🤗 #mumblog#diaryofatoddler#tooclever#likeforlike#followers#toddlerproblems#mumofboys#sendhelp
Most of our afternoon looked like this in our bed, napping and cuddling with our little monkey. He’s been sooooo cuddly which although is lovely it is unusual and just really not himself. I can’t believe our little babe has tonsillitis and I also can’t believe when I took him to the Drs yesterday and the Dr told me I nearly burst out crying about it. He had such a high temperature it was so worrying and if it hadn’t improved he said to take him straight to A&E. I know in perspective there are obviously worse things that poor children and parents go through or are going through but it really makes you stop and think. Also it scares the crap out of you! It’s so very hard seeing our bubbly happy little guy be so sad and not full of his bouncy happy spirit as usual. After sleeping in with him last night we all had very little sleep and have been pretty much zombies today, daddy’s in with him tonight and I miss them both but I’m hoping tonight is a lot better mainly for him. As a parent it hurts when they are hurt, it makes you panic like you’ve never panicked before and I could’ve never have understood or been able to describe that before I became a Mum. Fingers crossed he’s better tomorrow. Thank you for all your lovely get well messages, you guys are so sweet. Oh and excuse my postpartum side burns and fringe lol. 🤷🏻♀️ ❤️❤️❤️
This photo represented more than just a ‘cute photo’ failure, it showed just how things never go to plan & that’s okay.
During this journey into becoming a family of four we’ve gone through a lot together already from having her 4 weeks early to not being able to take her home for a while. We weren’t all together for a long time and even now, we still aren’t- we’re at my parents whilst my fiancè is at home during the night because of work.
My day to day life includes doing pretty much nothing. I planned to be able to breastfeed, that failed. I planned to be up & running after birth, that failed and is still on going and I planned to be able to do things just like before. All these ‘plans’ I now realise was just wishful thinking. I am unable to do most things still, I am lucky if I manage to make food and eat it within 20mins or get dressed, even though I have nowhere to go.
For now, my life is one big ‘I’m winging it’ scenario and probably wont be changing anytime soon. Newborn stages are tough as hell!
😱 Let’s talk about OVERWHELM 😱
Kids. Housework. Food shopping.
Cooking. Laundry. Freelance work.
Bath times. Bed times.
More housework. More laundry.
Oh, and YET MORE laundry.
Today, for a few horrid minutes, it all just got too much and I did a Charlotte in SATC2: I hid in the kitchen and sobbed and for a little second I wondered how I’d pull myself together enough to make the children lunch, reload the dishwasher and get everyone out to take the dog for a walk.
This is my littlest one, probably getting on for two years ago. She was, and still is, an absolute beaut.
Time goes fast and of course we should seek to appreciate our little ones at every stage - but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Some days, in fact, it is very bloody hard.
Here’s to you if you’ve had a shitter of a day, have cried actual tears of frustration over your little darlings’ selective deafness, are really just OVER the school holidays now and are doing your absolute best - yet still feel, sometimes, like you’re an uber crap mum.
(You’re not 😘).
New Shoes ~ new shoes for my mini me....today we went to Exeter to get some bits for school and some new shoes. We also spent an hour in Exeter museum as it’s one of Perrys favourite places to visit...
Today marks a big day for me 😍
Today I walked out of my job, and stepped into 2 weeks of annual leave before starting my maternity leave. I cannot believe how free I feel.
I am due to go back to work on the 1st June 2019, and I vow now that I will not be going back. My business will be replacing and exceeding my current income so I do not have the need to go back. I am sharing this to hold myself accountable, so a year from now when this pops up on my memories, I can say... I DID IT!!! You see here's the thing, in February I made the decision to train to be a personal trainer, this meant I would be able to work around Joshua and Faith once they're both at school and be there for them.
The thing I didn't account for, was the following month, I was going to be blessed with my little mr bump 💙✊🏻 and this kind of changed my plans (don't worry I will still be pursuing personal training, I'm not giving that up), I needed to come up with another plan though.
I didn't always feel like this either. When I first found out I was really upset, my health was not in a great place, we hadn't planned it, we live in a tiny little 2 up, 2 down house and finances were tight. I panicked and yes we explored every avenue and I sought advice from my consultant of 18 years because I didn't know if it was safe for me and my health to have another baby. His support has always been invaluable to me and I can never thank him enough. So yes it's not all been plain sailing, it's been fucking hard and it's taken a lot for me to get my head around being a Mum again 🤰🏻 Here's the thing though, I now know this was all meant to be. This little guy I'm holding here is meant to be, and I cannot wait to meet him. His brother and sister already adore him, and his Daddy already dotes on him as much as he does all of us. So our family of 4 will become 5, and I just know deep down, it's meant to be and everything will work out just fine.
This little man who I'm yet to meet has already created waves and put us all, as a family, on the path we are meant to be on.
Forever grateful and I cannot wait to meet you! 🙏🏻 Hurry up little man 💙 only 11 weeks to go 😬
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So yesterday was our second consultant appointment and I’m currently 22+3 weeks pregnant, the consultant wants to see me every 4 weeks due to some problems with medication. At the moment my seizures are very minimal and any that I’ve had have been minor, which is obviously great for me and baby. As I said before there are high risks for labour, pain being a trigger of my seizures and labour being extremely painful! With Willow they recommended an epidural which I agreed too having been my first baby and first experience of labour (I had a horrible experience with the epidural) but a lovely experience of labour and birth although I want it to be different this time. Having an epidural was never really my choice, it was recommended so I agreed, but I know my body better now, I had the epidural 15 hours into labour (not established labour is I went from 3-10cm in the space of 20 minutes and Willow was born an hour and a half later) but my point is I’d already endured quite a lot of pain so I know my body/epilepsy can take it, although I was in control mentally with Willow’s birth I wasn’t physically, I was pinned to the bed and I wanted to be able to move around, move and breath through each contraction, which is my plan this time. The consultant has agreed that I can try labour without the epidural but have to have another good pain relief on standby should I need it. I am going to buy the digital pack from @thepositivebirthcompany to help me with my breathing and getting through labour calmly. @benmacnamara was an incredible support last time and it makes me so excited to have him by my side for the birth of our second little girl 💕
When you get home from the surgery center and someone left a bit of breakfast on the counter and all the lights on... 💡
This kind of thing used to upset me. I’d start by getting frustrated that no one could do anything for themselves and eventually spiral into it’s obvious no one has any respect for me and what I do for them. 😩
My anxiety would take over and it affected my relationships and my perception of reality. After experiencing life, growing older, and some pretty great meds, I feel so much more in control of myself that I actually find I’m way more go with the flow than I ever realized.
Now I look at that half-eaten rice cake and think about my younger two kids and how thankful I am that they are responsible enough to get up, get ready, care of the dogs and get to school on time all by themselves so I can be with their sister while she gets her tonsils out. I am all too aware that soon I will have a perfectly clean house and I will miss the chaos. Embrace the messes, mamas. ❤️
Rosie 2 hours old.. my labour journey started well however after having reduced movements I went to labour ward to be monitored.. every contraction I had Rosie's heart rate dropped.. I was kept in for monitoring almost 24 hours later and getting to 10cm and pushing for 2 hours I was took to theatre.. Rosie had decided to go back to back we tried forceps which failed so resulted in have a emergency Ceaserian.. I honestly had no idea what was happening I was falling asleep on the operating table.. Rosie was born at 19:50pm and rushed to neo #mumlife#mumblog#blogger#channelmum#emmasdiary#labour#csection#firstimemum#mystory
This is my current mantra!! Need to start living by this, at times things, of course, seem hard, impossible sometimes but its so important to keep going even if you currently don't see the light at the end of the tunnel it will come! Just keep going! .