What I Ate Wednesday {22.5.18}


Breakfast
Today I made scrambled eggs on toast for Alessia which always makes me crave it for myself! I make mine with two eggs, almond milk, salt & pepper. I put it on slice of wholegrain seeded toast with butter and I also had a black coffee & water. 


Lunch
I had an OB appointment in London so after that we went for lunch at Natural Kitchen which is our favourite spot! I always get the same thing, it's the falafel salad with hummus, tzatziki, mixed leaves & couscous. This is so good and filling! I also got the Cleanse smoothie but it wasn't as good as the Green Machine one I normally get. This one is a healthier version with ginger, cucumber and kale but it's very watered down and not as sweet as the other one! I also took my bottle of water with me and drank that pretty much all day.


Afternoon Snack/Coffee
When we got home I was exhausted and made myself a frothy coffee using the Almond Breeze barista milk and had it with a blueberry frusli bar. I actually featured these in my favourites because I love them so much! 


Dinner
For dinner we had prawn curry with leeks, red peppers, onions, coconut cream and brown rice. This is one of our family's favourite go-to meals! The only difference was I used brown instead of white rice as I'm trying to do more wholegrains. It took a lot longer to cook but it was really yummy and the kids didn't complain!  


Dessert
After dinner I had an Oreo ice-cream stick (these are to die-for). Much later in the evening I also had a dark chocolate spelt cookie and about four of those hazelnut & cocoa wafer rolls I normally put in a bowl of ice-cream...I wasn't even particularly hungry but was stressing about a stupid lost library book! Looking back I felt kind of stupid for getting so stressed out but pregnancy hormones will do that to you! To drink I just had lots of water. I ended up filling my water bottle up about three times which is the norm for me. 


And that's everything for this week's What I Ate! You can watch my video from today above. Let me know if you ever get stressed about stupid things...hahaha! I definitely do! 

Spring Favourites 2018


What I'm Wearing

Outfit
Top - Mamalicious (ASOS)
Trousers - Mamalicious (last pregnancy, now out of stock)
Shoes - Valentino (same style, different colour here)
Watch - Michael Kors
Earrings (Rose Gold) - Tiffany's
Bracelet - Van Cleef & Arpels
Necklace (Gold Plated) - Anna Saccone

Makeup
- Benefit Porefessional Primer
- Bare Minerals Concealer in Summer Bisque
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Golden Nude
- Bare Minerals Bronzer Warmth
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Love Glow Blusher
- BareMinerals Crystalline Glow Highlight Palette
- Benefit FoolProof Brow Powder in 03
- Benefit 3D Browtones in 02
- Benefit High Brow Glow
- Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
- YSL The Shock Mascara
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude
L'Oreal Color Riche Beige A Nu Lipstick
- Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Kim K.W.

How beautiful is our wisteria right now?! I am obsessed with the colour and how it looks in bloom...this was one of the first things I noticed and loved about our house when we viewed it a little over four years ago! It has also really inspired me to plant some and replicate the same look on our new house when we (eventually, finally) move in! 

Today's video was all about my spring favourites which included beauty, skincare, hair, a little fashion and of course the best part, food. Below I have linked all of the products/items mentioned. Hope you enjoy the video!

Items Mentioned



27 Weeks Pregnant & How I "Do It All"

 

Sorry this blog post is a day late but yesterday was a bit mental! We had meetings all morning & a filming session for an Irish TV show in the afternoon...this was on top of all the editing and filming I usually do on a daily basis and unfortunately the lovely girl who normally looks after Alessia for me when I'm working was sick so it was "bring your baby to work day" and we all know how those go! (Not very well...I can tell you right now!) Still we somehow managed to hustle and get everything done that we needed to but my blog will always be last on the priority list, hahaha...sorry!! My poor old blog! 

This all got me thinking about a question I get asked countless times in interviews or press that we do and even from some of you: how do you do it all?? The answer is very simple...I don't! I never want any of you fellow mums out there reading this to think for one minute that I do...there is no way that it would be possible. I have three small children, six dogs, a full-time job and I'm pregnant. I am very fortunate to have the ability to work from home but that can sometimes be both a blessing and a curse because the lines get very blurred. Vlogging/blogging, social media and working with brands is my full-time job and although it's not as traditional as perhaps a doctor or a teacher, in order to make a decent living from any profession you need to put in full-time hours.

So when people call me "supermum" or tell me they're amazed at how I manage to keep it all together I just have to laugh...I am no supermum, there are plenty of single mums working two jobs that deserve that title a whole lot more than me. Or the mums dealing with children with learning difficulties or physical disabilities...that's a superwoman in my mind. The stay at home mums who sacrificed their careers to look after their children full-time, or the working mums who are made feel guilty every single day for the time they spend apart from their kids but have no choice as they need to put food on the table. No matter what your situation is, we are all hustling and we're all just trying to do the best job we can do as mothers.

None of us have it all together, even if it might look that way on social media or from the outside looking in. I would be lying if I said that I could accomplish everything I need to in one day with zero help...trust me when I say that there is a whole lot of blood sweat and tears that goes into running a business together with your partner while raising a family and it really does take a village! I have help with my house, I have childcare on the days I work full-time, I have someone who walks my dogs three times a week. Jonathan and I also share a PA who looks after all of the admin involved (which is a whole lot more than you would think!) and we have a whole management team. This isn't a one-woman show, or a one-man show either for that matter, so don't ever think that it is! 

Of course Jonathan & I both pride ourselves in being very hands-on, both with our children and our business but there is absolutely NO WAY that we would get our jobs done without some kind of assistance. I also know that by writing this blog post I'm probably going to get the usual judgement from a few little trolls...but I'm used to it and I'd rather that than any of you feeling bad about yourselves. I get the "lazy mother" card thrown at me allll the time for having help (especially when it comes to childcare) but the fact remains that I work my bum off every single day for the job that I have, I know what it's like to have nothing and I don't take anything for granted. I love my children more than anything but I'm also not wiling to give up my career. I take a break from a lot of work commitments during the first 12 months of each of my babies' lives because I breastfeed exclusively and that's important to me. But that doesn't make me better than anybody else! 

The main thing I want you to take away from this post is never to glamourise anyone or think they're "doing it all" because honestly there is no such thing, and at the end of the day we are all just trying to do our best. Also remember that no matter how much you think you see of people's lives on social media, it's always just a small portion and there is so much else going on behind the scenes that doesn't get shown! Nobody's life is perfect and even if you think somebody has it all together I can guarantee that she/he is struggling just as much as anybody else. I hope that doesn't sound preachy because that is not my intention at all. I just know how easy it is to feel rubbish about yourself due to social media, all because you're looking at the highlight reel of somebody else's life.

This is why honesty has always been so important to me and on that note, here is another very honest pregnancy update! Where I talk about my symptoms at 27 weeks, the dreaded weight gain & feelings that go along with that, as well as a look at how much the bump has grown since last week! Hope you enjoy the video & are having a wonderful weekend!



What I'm Wearing

Outfit
Blouse - mByM 
Trousers - Next Maternity (last pregnancy, but similar style available here)
Shoes - Valentino (same style, different colour here)
Watch - Michael Kors
Earrings (Rose Gold) - Tiffany's
Bracelet - Van Cleef & Arpels
Necklace (Gold Plated) - Anna Saccone

Makeup
- Benefit Porefessional Primer
- Bare Minerals Concealer in Summer Bisque
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige
- Bare Minerals Bronzer Warmth
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Love Glow Blusher
- BareMinerals Crystalline Glow Highlight Palette
- Benefit Browzings in 03
- Benefit 3D Browtones in 02
- Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
- YSL The Shock Mascara
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude
- MAC Honeylove Lipstick
- Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian

What I Ate Wednesday {15.5.18}


Breakfast
Today's breakfast was quite boring but it's something I reach for when I'm feeling lazy and couldn't be bothered cooking anything! I had Weetabix with almond milk (I fill the bowl with milk and put it in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds) topped with chopped banana & blueberries. I also had my coffee (black in the mornings) and water!


Lunch
Lunch was a caprese salad with mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, black olives, basil, olive oil and balsamic glaze on top. Today was quite hot so a fresh salad sounded good...though I also added a slice of bread because mama needs her carbs!!


Snack
After lunch I was still a bit hungry so I had some chopped fresh strawberries with natural yoghurt on top. I ate this outside and it felt so summery! I also drank my water.


Afternoon Coffee
Later that afternoon I made myself a whole milk cappuccino/latte/frothy coffee. I think I've mentioned this before but the whole milk really does help with my heartburn! 


Dinner
Dinner wasn't anything exciting as I had planned to make shepherd's pie but Jonathan was feeling really unwell, it was very hot and we had plenty of leftovers! So I had leftover chicken korma with rice, peas, mushrooms & onions which was our meal last Sunday. Jonathan had a veggie burger wrap and the kids ate leftover veggie burgers & sweet potato fries from the day before! To drink I just had water.


Dessert
After dinner I had one of these amazing Oreo stick ice-creams which I am obsessed with! The shell of the ice-cream is what gets me...I swear they put some kind of addictive stuff in here because it makes me crazy! The only downside is you only get three of these ice-cream sticks in a pack :( So I need to get more as I've eaten one everyday this week...hahaha! If you haven't tried these, you should. They are even better than Oreos! 


If you'd like to watch the video version of this post, you can see it here! 

Maternity Try-On Fashion Haul


What I'm Wearing

Outfit
Jumper - Wildfox
Jeans - Supermom
Shoes - Converse (out of stock)
Watch - Michael Kors
Earrings (Rose Gold) - Tiffany's
Bracelet - Van Cleef & Arpels
Necklace (Gold Plated) - Anna Saccone

Makeup
- Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer
- Bare Minerals Concealer in Summer Bisque
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige
- Bare Minerals Bronzer Warmth
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Love Glow Blusher
- Benefit Gold Rush Highlight
- Benefit Browzings in 03
- Benefit 3D Browtones in 02
- Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
- YSL The Shock Mascara
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude
- MAC Honeylove Lipstick
- Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Kim K.W.


Today's video is a try-on fashion haul where I show you some maternity, non-maternity and breastfeeding friendly pieces I picked up in the ASOS sale. I decided to do a try-on haul because this gives you a better idea of how everything looks like on, although please do bear in mind that my filming set-up isn't ideal at the moment! When we eventually do move house I will hopefully have a better set-up but for now we're working with natural light and a rather cramped filming space in between my bed and vanity table! 

This outfit features look number one, which is one of my favourites for casual wear...I have been living in this jumper and was so happy that it went on sale as it was quite pricey! But Wildfox do make amazing quality items and they last forever, wash really well and just get softer with age. Below I will link the rest of the pieces I got if you want to pick them up for yourself! Although I did end up returning the wide leg trousers...they just weren't my style!!


What I Ate Wednesday {2.5.18}


Breakfast
Here's a look at what I ate last Wednesday! For breakfast I had natural yoghurt with mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries & raspberries) buried under granola! This is the yummiest breakfast for when the weather gets hot and I'm craving something fresh. I also had a black coffee & drank my water. My water bottle is from HydrateM8 by the way! I get so many questions about it and I actually bought one for Jonathan as well because they are so easy to use and remind you to drink throughout the day!  


Lunch
For lunch I had a crab wrap which I've shown how to make in a vlog before but basically it's just crab meat (the white stuff, I'm not a fan of the brown one!), mayonnaise and a boiled egg. It's seriously my favourite wrap at the moment...in fact, anything with hard boiled eggs makes me happy lately! I also had some cherry tomatoes & cucumber and drank my water.


After lunch I was craving something sweet so I grabbed this apple & cinnamon Frusli bar. I recently started buying these and they really remind me of my childhood! My mum used to put Frusli bars in our lunchboxes when we were growing up and I don't think I had had one since then! I mostly like them because they're chewy, I can't stand hard granola bars! 


Afternoon Snack
A few hours later I was hungry again so I made myself a latte/cappuccino (I think this is more of a latte to be honest...I use the largest milk setting on my aeroccino!) with whole milk which has really been helping with my heartburn. I also had a handful of walnuts because I have to keep reminding myself to eat nuts...I just always forget about them and eat fruit instead!


Dinner
Wednesdays are usually date night but I was feeling really unwell last week as I caught a cold from the kids and as I'm pregnant I couldn't take anything for it :( So I powered through but by the end of the day I was feeling pretty rotten. We decided to stay in and get a takeaway instead of going out to eat and got curries from Giggling Squid, our favourite Thai restaurant. I got red Thai chicken curry with brown rice and it was just what I needed! 


Dessert
You know there's no way I would skip dessert (have you read my bio?!) so after dinner I had a bowl of ice-cream. This is my current absolute favourite flavour/brand ever, it's Crema di Grom which is an Italian vanilla ice-cream with bits of biscuit inside...I am obsessed! I even made it fancy for date night with these two hazelnut wafers, hahaha!

To drink all day I had water...I probably filled that bottle about three times which is a lot more than what I was drinking before! I hope you enjoyed this week's What I Ate, feel free to watch the video from today below. And let me know if you try this ice-cream...it is honestly the best!


My Baby Routine


(I'd just like to state for the record that is not a giant dog poo in the corner of these pictures...it's moss that's fallen down from our roof...hahaha! Also this outfit is from a few weeks ago, before the heatwave and the bump got massive!)

How did I get my babies into a routine and how do I get them to sleep through the night? That is the million dollar question I seem to get asked over & over again so I thought I'd address this all in one place so it's easy for you all to find! I'm no sleep training expert by any means but I am a mum of three, soon to be four and I have experienced the dreaded "2 under 2" situation which I'll soon have to deal with all over again! So I like to think that puts me in a pretty knowledgable position when it comes to babies and getting them into routines. I've had a lot of success with getting each of my breastfeeding babies into a routine and all three were completely sleeping through the night from about 8-10 months, that's if you count the "dream feed" which I'll explain later. 

So how did I do it? I can tell you right now that it was not plain sailing by any means and it did require effort, discipline and perseverance but in the end it was totally worth it. I completely attribute getting our babies into a routine to me keeping my sanity, especially whilst surviving two under two. When I had Emilia (my first baby) in 2012 I picked up this book, The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford. In it is a strict schedule which include timed feedings & naps according to the age of your baby. When we had Emilia, my husband Jonathan & I weren't on a typical schedule anyway. We worked from home so we didn't have to be up for any particular time...we were quite relaxed and used to just doing what we wanted when we wanted to. Luckily for us Emilia was a very chilled out, easy baby and I breastfed & co-slept with her until she was 8 months old. This is totally against the "rules" of the book, but it's what worked for us at the time and that is fine! At that point, we didn't really need structure or routine as much because we just had one child, flexible jobs and it was working for us. 

The one thing I did take from the book though was that a baby of about 6-12 months needs no more than around 2-2 and 1/2 hours of daytime sleep (that is a HUGE generalisation by the way, please refer to the book for accurate timings according to the age of your baby!) and that was the one thing I implemented with Emilia from about the time she started solids. This seemed to work well and little by little she transitioned into her own cot (I started her on daytime naps until she got used to it) and by 8 months she was sleeping in her own cot...by 10 months she was sleeping through the night. What I'm trying to say here is, if a strict routine doesn't work for you that's okay. You can pick & choose elements you like from the book and use them to fit into your lifestyle which is exactly what we did with Emilia.


By the time we had our second baby Eduardo, Emilia was 18 months old and I just knew that with two under two a routine was going to be crucial. So I was a lot more strict and followed the Gina Ford method to a tee from much earlier on. Some of the timings were probably a little different...for example instead of waking up at 7am and going to sleep at 7pm it was more like 8-8 but we made it work and by 6 months Eduardo was sleeping in his cot in the nursery. What really helped me run this routine like clockwork was the fact that using this system meant the two of them went down for their afternoon nap at the same time everyday. For any sleep deprived mama, this is an absolute god-send. Knowing you have those two hours free to catch up on work, laundry, cleaning, or better yet SLEEP!! That was 100% worth it to me. I can't remember exactly when Eduardo started sleeping through the night but I am pretty sure it was around the 9-10 month mark.   


When I had my third baby Alessia, Emilia and Eduardo were four and three so they had since grown out of naps. However I knew the benefits of getting into a routine quickly and having a strict sleep schedule so I started her off the same way I did Eduardo. Like with all my babies though, I did what felt right to me. Although the Contented Little Baby Book routines start at two weeks, I felt that was a bit too young so I pushed it out by a few more weeks. By the time Alessia was three months we were in a schedule but prior to that her feedings/sleeping times were a little sporadic. The other thing I never paid much attention were the feeding times, especially in the first six months. As all my babies were 100% breastfed, I would just feed them on demand and whenever they were hungry. The only thing I stuck to rigidly were the sleep times and this is what I believe helped get them all sleeping through the night at quite a young age. 

As with Eduardo, Alessia transitioned to her own cot at 6 months and by 9-10 months was sleeping through. Before this happened though, the book encouraged a 10/10:30pm "dreamfeed" which is where you wake the baby for a top-up feed right before you go off to bed. This ensures they do not wake again until morning and you can get a much better night's sleep as a result. I did this with both Eduardo and Alessia and I can tell you it made things a whole lot easier!

I know a baby routine is not for everyone and that is completely understandable! I don't think every mum operates the same way, nor do they need the same things. But for me, I thrive on having some sort of structure in my life and I think the more our family grows, the more necessary a routine becomes. It just helps everything run smoother and it suits our current lifestyle. However like I said with Emilia when we only had one and were a lot more flexible, it just wasn't for us and that is fine too! I hope this blog post helped...to watch the full video on how I put my babies into a routine you can hit play below. Let me know if you have been successful with putting your babies in a routine in the comments! I know I intend on using the same method with baby number four, especially as I'm going to have such a small gap again this time! 



Outfit Details: 
Maternity Nursing Wrap Top in Blush - Next Maternity
Green Jeggings - Next Maternity (last pregnancy, similar style in navy here)
Blake Suede Ankle Boots - YSL (out of stock)
Written in the Stars Engravable Bar Choker in Gold - Anna Saccone
Perlée Signature Bracelet in Yellow Gold - Van Cleef & Arpels
Box it Bracelet - Louis Vuitton
Soleste Earrings in Rose Gold - Tiffany's
Rose Gold Watch - Michael Kors

Makeup
- Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer
- Bare Minerals Concealer in Summer Bisque
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige
- Bare Minerals Bronzer Warmth
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Love Glow Blusher
- Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Moon Glow
- Benefit Browzings in 03
- Benefit 3D Browtones in 02
- Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
- Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude
- MAC Honeylove Lipstick
- Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Kim K.W.

What I Ate Wednesday {18.4.18}


It's been a long time since I posted a What I Ate Wednesday but I know you guys miss them and I always get requests to bring them back so here you are! This was actually from two weeks ago when we were experiencing that heatwave (which is now long gone...sob). 

Breakfast
For breakfast I had two boiled eggs and a slice of wholegrain toast with butter, a black coffee and bottle of water. Jonathan and I have since switched to re-usable bottles and a water filter but this was right before then...just wanted to add that in as I know the environmentalists will be on my case! 


Lunch
Between breakfast & lunch we took all six dogs for a walk together and by the time I got home I was starving! I had a ham & cheese sandwich (yes, this is the same exact bread I had for breakfast..haha!) with sticky pickle on the inside and toasted with a drizzle of olive oil on the outside. This makes it nice and crispy! I also had some pickles & cherry tomatoes as well as another bottle of water.


Snack
Later that afternoon I had a snack of carrot sticks & hummus. This was right before we had to take one of our dogs, Nivea to the vet as she got a tick :( She is fine now by the way! 


After getting home from the vet's I made myself a coffee using almond milk (the barista blend by Blue Diamond), an aeroccino frother and our Nespresso machine. 


Dinner
Wednesday nights are date night and we ended up going to Bill's where I got my usual! This is the halloumi burger which comes with sweet chilli sauce, roasted peppers, red onions and hummus. I get mine with sweet potato fries and it comes with a garlic mayo dip. This is the best thing on the menu in my opinion! To drink I had water (super boring, I know).


Dessert
You can't end date night without getting dessert...that's just the rules! Jonathan and I both got the cinnamon donuts which are so delicious! They come with strawberries, caramel & chocolate dipping sauce (the caramel one is the best). We are both obsessed with this dessert and even though I always promise myself I'll try something new I end up going with this one every time! 



That was everything I ate today! Hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to check out the video above! 

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