Thursday, 29 September 2016

Robin's 1 Month Update

Robin is now 30 days old, and I honestly cannot believe it - where did my tiny newborn baby go? We've adjusted quite quickly into becoming a family of four, and Dylan has stepped up to the plate to be a big brother, I'm so proud of him. I thought I would post a monthly update on how Robin is progressing, as I always like reading these types of posts - hopefully you will enjoy them too! 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Welcome...

If you follow me on any form of social media, you might have noticed that two weeks ago I welcomed my second child to the world! Little Robin, born on 31st August, and already proving to be practically perfect in every way. 

Following from a pretty natural - and somewhat surprising - arrival, he's been a contented, happy little baby and so far he's slotted into family life and the 'little brother' role. Dylan's absolutely smitten with the new arrival, although he did seem a bit gutted that we didn't bring home a sturdier child who could help create Lego masterpieces... 

I'm hoping to ease back into blogging soon, but these days I tend to spend most of my time just cooing and gazing into that sweet, little face <3

Chelsea x

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Recently Read #2

It's been highly documented that I've fallen off the reading wagon in recent times, and due to this I haven't actually featured a book review on here since erm... March. Whoops! In all fairness to me, I did start a new job and become pregnant, so I guess you all have to let me off. I've actually read eight books since March, so I've no idea why I didn't review them on here, but instead of rattling off all eight into one post I'll just share a few favourites. Sound good? Good! 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

It's The Final Countdown!

Some unrelated but rather pretty flowers.
Guys, I am due to have a baby in five days. FIVE DAYS. Whether I have a baby in five days or not is another matter altogether, but I cannot believe that the final days are creeping up! I've been trying to keep as busy as possible, and we successfully managed to visit my family up north for a family wedding - much to the surprise of most of my family! I'm pretty sure everyone was certain I'd chicken out, but the lure of a parmo was greater than my fear of giving birth on the side of the M5! 

Since getting back from the north, I haven't really ventured out too far from home and instead have tried to keep on top of boring householdy things like tidying up and sorting through all the tiny baby clothes I have recently acquired! I've also had a little baby shower thrown for me this week, which was a nice surprise. I'd like to say that I have some nice, relaxing things planned for before the baby arrives but I'm more likely to be fancying a nap than a manicure at this stage! 

In all honesty, I don't think I'll have my bundle of joy by my due date, as I've just got a feeling he'll be late! Dylan came the day after he was due, but as each baby is different you can't really compare that sort of thing. Who knows, he might surprise us all and be an early bird - watch this space! 

Chelsea x

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Back To School Without Breaking The Bank*


With the return to school looming, many parents will be shopping to get their kids ready for the start of the new term. This can be expensive as all the necessary items – clothing and stationary, for instance – mount up in cost. If your child is going to a boarding school like Rossall, where they will be away from home, there may be more to keep in mind that a public school, for example. However, regardless of where your child is going there are a few simple tips you can follow, which can help you get your kids ready to go back to school, without breaking the bank.

Spread the cost

Firstly, try not to buy everything in one go. Consider spreading the cost by buying things piece by piece. Doing this, while doing the weekly grocery shop, for instance, means you can include the cost of different items, such as stationary, pencil cases and lunchboxes, as part of your weekly budget.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Have You Noticed The Change in Office Etiquette?

When I carried out my internship last summer, it was my first venture in to office life. I'd always worked in a customer-facing environment before that, so it was quite a culture shock to suddenly sit down at a desk for eight hours a day. To be honest, I had based most of my office knowledge on The Office, but luckily I haven't had to endure any David Brent characters, yet... 
When Calibre asked me to write about the changing behaviour of the office, I couldn't believe how recent some major changes had been! It seems insane to think that less than 10 years ago, people would smoke in the office. As a pregnant lady, I'm really glad that I didn't have to sit in a stuffy room with stale smoke affecting me and my baby! I didn't really think that drinking in the office was officially a 'thing' either, it just seemed like something Mad Men did to keep Jon Hamm looking suave as Don Draper. The office I work in is predominantly women-led so I could imagine wine sales going through the roof if we still had office-drinking in place today. Not sure how many calls we would answer, though.  

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Win! A bundle of Scooby Doo DVDS!

It's finally here! I'm heading off up North on Friday! As I'll be busy fitting in visiting my entire family, attending a wedding and catching up with my Northern buddies, I thought it would be the perfect time to host a little giveaway. I've always loved Scooby Doo - in fact we even had a Great Dane with similar markings when I was growing up - as it reminds me of my Dad a bit. He likes to think he does a cracking Scooby impression, so whenever I think of Scooby dooby Doo, it just makes me think of him! 


Anyhoo, if you'd like to be in with a chance to three Scooby collections - with a whopping 13 episodes and 5 feature length films to keep the kids (big and small!) entertained - all you have to do is enter the competition below! Competition ends 19th August, so don't hesitate to get your entries in!

Good luck everyone! 
-Open to UK participants only 
-Competition ends 19/08/16
-1 (one) winner will receive 1 (one) Scooby-Doo! 2 DVD Summer Edition (containing a double bill of content) and (one) Scooby-Doo! 3 DVD Summer Edition and (one) 13 Spooky Tales
-The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address
-There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner
-The promoter of this competition is Fetch Dynamic Ltd
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