It is now 7 days until I am a married lady and as I write this post, in exactly 7 days time we will all be sat down at the wedding breakfast enjoying some good food.
The last month has absolutely flown by and everyone is commenting on how the wedding has come round so quick in general. For the last 4 weeks however I have been trying to prep my body for the big day with a big focus on skin and hair.
One of the perks of pregnancy is that your hair and nails grow quicker and I have noticed this with my nails but my hair has decided to do whatever the heck it wants and resembles a shrub most of the time. Don’t get me wrong it’s got the length but sometimes it’s flat but full of static and others it’s like I’ve been dragged through a hedge. John Frieda luxurious volume products have been my go to lately and I’ve found that they’ve helped to tame my mane.
I’ve been using the 3 products above religiously for the past 4 weeks and can hand on heart say my hair definitely has a bit more volume in it. My hair is naturally wavy so unless I get some heat on there, it looks like a lion’s mane but I have definitely seen some improvement in the way it looks.
Now moving onto skin and this has become the bane of my life throughout my pregnancy so far. Hormones have launched a full-scale attack on my mug and spots have set up base. This has meant a complete overhaul of my skin care and even a couple of weeks break from using any products at all.
I decided to go back to using my Dermalogica favourites; the special cleansing gel and multi-active toner. These products have really helped to stop a mass eruption on my face but don’t get me wrong, I am still getting a few spots. These aren’t miracle products at the end of the day! I also added a light moisturiser to my routine: L’oreal Triple active anti shine. I’ve had this product in my stock for a few months and bought it in Wilkinsons on a whim one day but I do love how light it is on the skin and doesn’t feel greasy. It also does mattify the skin which is great for use as a primer before putting on your slap.
The downside of pregnancy is that your hormones are changing all the time so these products all might work at the minute but they may not continue to do so and a switch up may be needed again. For the minute though I am enjoying these products but hope that if you’re reading this and thinking you might give them a try, don’t forget nothing works miracles and it’s all about trial and error sometimes.
*some of the products in this post were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and photos are my own*
Last month my family dog Millie received her first ever invitation to an event. That’s right my dog’s getting invites to events nowadays! Millie and I worked with the lovely folks at Monster Pet Supplies last year when Millie was sent a fantastic box of food and treats to review. This year it was Millie’s turn to meet these lovely folks in person as well as some of the other fantastic dogs that they have worked with recently.
Millie was invited to the Brand Reps Day at the Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds. Having never been there before, Millie immediately wanted to have a snoop round when she arrived and sniff out the best spots.
Millie was joined by myself and my mum and were introduced to Ada & Emma from Monster Pet Supplies before some of the other dogs arrived.
Millie was then treated to the celebrity treatment with her photo shoot and the chance to eat lots of treats and try lots of toys….
Millie wasn’t a fan of the photos if I’m honest, she never is at home either. However she carried on like a trooper and her face is now famous on the Royal Canin section of Monster Pet Supplies website.
Millie was then spoilt with her own Easter egg hunt round the park and once she knew what she was looking for, she was off like a shot to hunt those eggs. She then realised there were treats inside and was even more eager to get them open before we could stop her.
Millie had a fantastic day meeting the other dogs and playing in the park, and was thoroughly exhausted when she got home and had a nap.
Fame has not gone to her head though and she is still the same down to Earth pooch she was before.
Thank you to Monster Pet Supplies for inviting Millie to their brand rep day and for giving Millie lots of lovely treats to enjoy at home.
If you follow me on social media then a couple of weeks ago you would have seen that I announced my pregnancy.
That’s right I’m another pregnant blogger! It feels like this year has been the year of bloggers announcing their pregnancies and it’s a fab time to be part of the community and share the ups and downs with.
I’m now just over 17 weeks pregnant and well into my 2nd trimester so feel it’s about time I share my thoughts about my first trimester. It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is different so what I’ve been through is different to other lovely mums-to-be out there.
We found out I was pregnant right at the start of February which seems like forever ago and at a mere 4-5 weeks pregnant, it felt like a slog until the glorious 12 week scan when you get to see your baby for the first time.
I did have a little scare at 7.5 weeks and ended up having an early pregnancy scan which showed us our little kidney bean sized baby and that things were doing ok!
In terms of pregnancy symptoms I didn’t experience morning sickness which was fantastic but instead was whacked with afternoon nausea which kicked in at 3:30pm and lasted until 7pm every night. This lasted 3-4 weeks and when it finally stopped, I was relieved to be able to eat my evening meal without feeling sick all the time.
The other symptom that started immediately and has remained on and off has been crazy hormone skin. That’s right ZITS galore have appeared on my face which is not ideal given I get married in 3 weeks!!! Luckily I’ve ditched a lot of skincare and am favouring simple cleansing and moisturising which has helped this to ease in the most recent weeks.
Lastly I started to notice the feeling of tiredness and bloating and boy do these both suck. I haven’t been able to fasten my jeans together for a few weeks which is crappy and have instead resolved myself to using a hair bobble to fasten them. The tiredness hasn’t eased at all and just a couple of hours activity absolutely shatters me. Every day at work around 3pm I think it would be great to have a little nap but have to power through and then collapse on the sofa when I get home.
Needless to say it has taken some getting used to and with the wedding on the horizon as well it has been lots to take in, but is also super exciting and both Bob & I are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents in October. We will hopefully find out the gender of our baby in a couple of weeks and I will be sharing more baby related posts with you along the way.
Thanks for taking the time to read the first of my pregnancy/baby related posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.