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28 Feb

Hi folks,

Wow… I cannot believe that Seth turns 1 year old in 2 weeks time!!! It’s just so surreal. It seems like only yesterday I was holding him in my arms for the very first time. As you can imagine – I’m in full birthday mode. I’ve already sorted the party bags, the cake has been ordered, Seth has a new outfit & the gifts have been wrapped! I’ve organised a little tea party of close family & friends & then, we’re off to Centre Parcs. So we shall be there for his actual birthday. I just can’t wait for a little break in my most favourite forest.

This year has just simply flown by. Time seems to move so fast when you’re Mammy-ing. Everyday goes so super fast & everyday just feels like a dream. I don’t think this elation of finally being a Mammy will ever leave me. I love spending my days with Seth. He’s developed & learnt so much, but so have I. This whole journey into MammyHood has been such an eye opener. I think I’ve actually become more fun & carefree. Things that used to bother me, really don’t anymore. Everyday is like a little party when you’re with Seth. His sparkling personality is just so infectious. He just smiles & giggles all of the time. He’s my perfect little dreamboat. Although… he does keep you on your toes… he crawls at the speed of light. No time for putting your feet up I can tell you.

Seth is now walking!!! He started last week at only 48 weeks. He’s my little star! He’s also saying: Mama, Dada, Hiya, All Gone, Dog, Good Girl & Coco! I think Coco is his best friend… he literally adores her & Coco seems to have taken it upon herself to be his body guard. It’s just so super cute watching them together. I can’t wait for more family days out in the better weather… altogether picnicking & making memories. The best part about him walking now is that he’s slower than his crawling lol… so I shall enjoy this small dose of respite before he learns to run!

So… what have I been up too… well…

Driving is becoming so much fun! I’ve had 13 lessons so far & love it. I feel like I’m actually making so much good progress now. At the beginning I was just like… whaaaaaaaat!? But now I can drive pretty much ‘stall’ free lol. However… if you’re ever behind me on York Road in Saturday traffic at the traffic lights… I do apologise if I hold you up. This will be my year to pass my test. I’m so determined. Getting a bus places with Seth is totally manageable… but if I’m to have another bambino… I just couldn’t face it… 2 under 3 on a bus… no thank you. I NEED to drive! Then there’ll be 2 cars on the drive & a fight over who keeps the current car & who will get a newer car. It won’t be a new new car though… just ‘newer’ lol.

I’ve got some fab reviews coming up! So keep your peepers peeled for that!

Me & Seth have been lunching lots & generally just being social butterflies as per really. We’ve also just gotten a place in a new Music Bugs class for older bambinos. So tomorrow shall be our last day at ‘Baby Bugs’ & next Monday we will start our new ‘Bigger Bambino’s’ class. I don’t actually know who enjoys it more… me or Seth lol. Well, I’m saying we’ve been social butterflies… last week Seth came down with laryngitis & tracitis… It’s been so awful! I hate it when he’s not well as it makes me feel so helpless. We totally experienced our very first sleepless night too. For 3 nights on the trot he was just inconsolable bless him. He just wanted cuddles all night. So, after 3 nights of cuddles in our bed – we decided we needed to upgrade to a Kingsize bed lol. Sunday morning… we went out & bought a one. I so cannot wait for it to arrive. But, you shall all be pleased to know that Seth is back to his usual 11 to 12 hour sleepies through the night. Pheeeeew! See… Mammy-life is so much fun lol. Thank God for make up & coffee! I tell you… life’s never been so glam lol.

I’m still plodding on with my long term weightloss journey. I love cooking & coming up with colourful, healthy creations. But, sometimes ‘life’ gets in the way with it’s ups & downs & suddenly you find yourself snaffling a Greggs pasty & a greasy fat pizza. Yes… that totally happened when Seth was poorly. Also, there shall be cake, pie & goodies at his party… ooooops! This is why I always refer to my ‘diet’ as longterm. It’s a lifestyle. I eat healthy & I eat bad. But 80% of the time it’s good choices. Life is all about balance & I need to teach Seth good habits. Everything in moderation. I’m currently a size 14 & around 13st 4lbs… pretty good going I’d say. But… I shall be 12 stone once again… at some point. I shall strive for it, slowly & sensibly. I’m no longer that 19 & a half stone girl… that’s what I have to tell myself. I’ve come a long way. I’m also working toward a blog post all about healthy eating & feeding your family on a budget. I’m currently experimenting with lower priced products to see how it all matches up & compares to higher priced goods. Once I’m done with my research… I shall be sharing my post & findings on saving money but eating well.

I’m so looking forward to tomorrow… My Mammy is coming to visit – yey! Not so yey though that I have a hospital visit on Thursday. But Friday shall be Mammy/Daughter/Seth day. I’m sure it will involve going out for lunch. My Daddy will be coming down at the weekend too. So it’ll be a lovely family weekend. Then… next week shall be the countdown to the BIG 1st BIRTHDAY! Seth will have both sets of Grandparents & all his God parents here… I’m sure he’ll be one spoilt little boy.

Well… I think thats everything!

Oh my God… I’m so not finished! I almost forgot the most important bit! I bought a sparkly new kettle! I mean… it’s actually sparkly AND… it has a massive diamantè on the lid! Now come on… nothing says class like a big diamantè knob mind lol. £24.95 from B&M… utter bargain! Makes a good brew too! (the pics totally don’t do the glitter surface justice at all… I promise you it’s nice!)

Oh &… before I forget… if anyone would like to buy a Cofi Coo Quillow, I have been sent a unique discount code to share with you all. Head to their website & enter code: IxxyPoco for free delivery & 10% off!!! I’ve ordered a one for my niece as a little non-chocolate Easter gift.

Well… I shall leave it there. Thanks so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx


Let’s Have a Gossip 

16 Jan

Hi folks,

Right… let’s have a wee catch up! So far 2017 is getting off to a lovely little start. Well apart from the continued appointments I need for this abscess/cyst I have on my shoulder… the steroid injections really hurt. And… I now have physio fortnightly too, to help with the pain in my back. But… as long as they work/help… then it’s all worthwhile.

I’ve been in full ‘1st Birthday’ planning mode. We’re taking Seth on holiday to Centre Parcs for his first birthday, but I’m thinking I’d like a little low key birthday tea party at home before we go maybe. I’ve already bought Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Plates, Party Bags, Napkins & a Banner lol. Eeeeeck! Of course there’s gonna have to be some kind of Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake too. I’m just so excited. I can believe in 2 month time my little handsome man is going to be 1 year old!

We’ve also got a lovely little beach holiday coming up too at the end of May on the Northeast Coast… So excited. I’ve so many great memories of holidaying on the Northeast Coast when I was little. Admittedly… it may not always be the warmest… but the scenery is stunning & the Fish & Chips always seem to taste nicer.

I was asked to write a lovely little guest blog piece for a fantastic, creative little company called Cofi Coo. Once my post is up on their blog – I shall pop the link on here.

I’ve some fab reviews coming up for you all – been chatting to some lovely brands & PR folk… watch this space.

I received a fantastic package from Nuby UK today. 5 gorgeous items for me & Seth to review.

  • Trainer Sipeez
  • Toddler Training Spoons & Forks
  • Toddler Training Suction Plate
  • Octopus Hoopla
  • Build a Buddy

    I love the Nuby brand… well made & vibrant. Seth is just so in to everything right now. He’s loving playing with toys & exploring all of the textures & shapes. I shall be reviewing each item & writing a full review with lots of pics 🙂

    We discovered a new tooth yesterday! I can’t believe my little boy has 8 teeth! He’s standing up unaided too. When people said to me that time flies when you have a baby.. I don’t think I actually appreciated just how fast! I mean, today I was yet again sorting through clothes that are too small for him. I have them all packaged up in the loft. Hopefully to use again if we’re blessed enough to have another bambino at some point in the not so distant future. I just love being a Mammy so much. I feel like I waited so long to be a one.

    I’m totally into my healthy eating right now too. When I’m eating healthy I’m always so much happier. Healthy foods seem to make you feel happier & more positive about everything. Low fat, low sugar & lots of colour.I need to get my website updated so badly with some new recipes. Tonight for tea I made a really yummy turkey stir fry with freekeh grains & salad. Freekeh is very much like bulgar wheat – I love it. And, it’s practically impossible to ruin when you cook it!

    I know this is probably really sad… but I’m already planning for this coming Christmas too! Well, you all know it’s like my most favourite time of the year! I’ve gotten most of my Christmas cards already, gift wrap & ribbons & bows. We’ve also booked a lovely Winter Wonderland holiday to Centre Parcs again. We’ll be away Christmas week – so that means we’ll be celebrating our 6th Wedding Anniversary while we’re holidaying in the forest. We will be home for actual Christmas though. I just cannot wait. I love to have things to work toward & look forward too. Seeing Seth’s little face as he met Santa etc… was just magical. That’s why we just had to book & do it all over again. If you’ve always fancied going to Centre Parcs – I truly recommend going around Christmastime… it’s just so magical. I mean, we’ve been at all different times of the year… but it’s most magical during the Winter Wonderland season.

    Talking of Christmas… luckily last week we had some gorgeous storage arrive from Mothercare to home some of Seth’s new toys. Since he plays downstairs – obviously, it kinda makes sense to have most of this toys in the sitting room. Although, we have had to add more shelving in his room for his Charlie bear & various Disney Characters. I love how excited he gets when he’s playing with all of his toys.

    My driving lessons are going well… I’ve had 8 lessons now. I so wish I’d just bitten the bullet years ago & learnt to drive when I was a lot younger. But I always used being a poor student as an excuse. But really… it’s not an excuse. I’ve kind of waited to the point where I NEED to drive. I need to be able to drive my little bambino around to all of his social engagements, rather than just relying on the hubster all of the time to be our chauffeur lol. Although, I guess it is kinda nice to be chauffeured 🙂 I am so happy though that my leg doesn’t seem to pose a problem. That’s been such a relief.

    Oh, I’d like to say a big thank you for the fantastical & positive response I had to my article in New! Magazine. I was so nervous… but everyone seemed to love it – so, thank you so very very very much.

    I did make a shocking discovery last week actually… You may already know this but, did you know that the series Stalker has been cancelled? I mean… why!? I loved that series! It was so good & I really wanted to know what was going to happen between Jack & Beth! And, an even bigger shocker… Grimm has been cancelled too! So this next series that is to start soon, is only like 11 episodes long & that’s it! No more!!! I’m simply heartbroken! Why do I feel so sad when a series comes to an end? It’s like that same sad grieving feeling you have when you watch the last episode of Friends. I love me a good TV series. At least the new Prison Break is starting soon… YESSSSSS! That should help with those sad feelings of loss.

    Apart from that… life has been same old same old really… Going out for lunch, going to Music Bugs & Play Group, etc… I’m kind of a creature of habit really. I know what I like… & I like what I know lol. honestly… I’d eat out at the same place every time if the hubster would let me get away with it lol. I’m one of those annoying people too who literally orders the same thing off the menu too lol.

    So… there you have it… that’s what I’ve been up too.

    Thanks so much for reading… it’s lovely to see so many new countries being added to my reader statistics.

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx



    New Year Observations 

    9 Jan

    Hi folks,

    First of all… I’d like to start with saying a massive Happy New Year to you all. We have had such an amazing Christmas. Seth’s first Christmas has been truly magical. He was well & truly spoilt.

    Over the festive period I pretty much snaffled any food & treats I fancied… I drank sparkles… & basically just over indulged. But I have some observations from my 2 weeks of sheer indulgence… My skin is appalling! I’m pretty lucky in that I don’t really suffer from the dreaded spot. But… over Christmas I have had some major outbreaks! I’ve also suffered with some pretty harsh headaches too. When I was at my largest size – I suffered so bad with headaches. I totally 100% believe that my over indulgent diet has caused the spots & headaches. I’ve gone back to my usual healthy diet & my spots have gone, the redness in my skin has died down & my headaches have lifted. How bad is that… that eating over salty, fatty & stodgy foods has done that. I’ve also gained 5lbs!

    For the last week I’ve gone back to my healthy home cooking & limited my processed food intake. Healthy clean food is back on the menu. Don’t forget that I have a diet journey page where I post recipes etc…

    I mean, over Christmas & New Year… I have had far too many cheese boards, baked Camembert & waaaaaaay too much bread. It’s yummy at the time – but the bloating just really lowers your mood & self confidence. When I revert back to my healthy lifestyle – I don’t remove all treats from my diet, I just live by the golden rule of: Everything in Moderation. So, I’ll not be eating pudding in the house – but I may have one now & then if I’m out for a meal. I do have a drink, but not in the week. I’ll have a drink on a Saturday evening when Seth is in bed. Either some sparkles, a gin & slimline tonic or wine. I don’t drink on Fridays as I usually have a driving lesson on a Saturday morning. If I fancy some chocolate – I’ll have some. I just won’t gorge on a full bar. I just try to keep myself in check. I’m currently a size 14/16 & I just can’t wait until I’m back to a size 12. I don’t go in for body shaming etc… I was once over 19 stone… I’m nowhere near that anymore… therefore I am proud.

    Who read my article in New Magazine last week? Eeeeck… that was so exciting. It was so weird seeing myself in print. It feels right though to get my story out there. When you hit rock bottom… the only way is up! I’m forever the optimist these days & I intend to stay that way. Having 6 major surgeries over 5 years, was pretty tough. But I didn’t let it break me… It actually made me stronger. Cheesy… but true.

    So… what’s coming up? Well… I have some lovely reviews coming up for you all. I’ve had some rather exciting emails this year so far… So I’m hoping this is going to be one sparkly, fantastical year! And… let’s not forget Seth’s first birthday too!

    Well, I shall leave this post here as I’m super sleepy from a very full on busy day! Oh, before I go though – don’t forget about my website! I actually need to add more recipes… I must get that done soon.

    Thanks so much as always for reading!

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx


    “To Vlog or Not to Vlog… that is the Question!” 

    10 Oct

    Hi folks,

    My life just seems to be getting busier & busier… But I love it. Just to make things even busier, I’ve decided to start vlogging. So many of you have contacted me over the years about setting up a YouTube channel… Now is the time I think. I want my videos to be pretty much like this blog really… I want to review, chat, bargain hunt, cook, do make up, discuss weightloss & just life in general. So please stay tuned for the big reveal! It’ll be me in my very noisy, busy & sparkly home just generally being me.

    Oh… I have a review coming up soon actually. I’ve been testing & trying some of the Make Up Revolution Palettes which I have a new found love for. Such pretty pigmented shadows.

    So… What have I been up to? Driving lessons are going really well & I’m still really enjoying it. So much so that I’m already looking at cars lol. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll end up with our Hyundai & the hubster will get a new car. I’ve been continuing with my healthy eating & I’ve managed to lose a further 10lbs in the last 4 weeks! I feel like a bit of a fraud though really coz in that time I’ve had a MacDonalds, Dominoes & a Chinese Take Out. Not to mention Sparkles & Wine! Talking of sparkles… Ocado are doing a fab offer at the moment on Gift Boxed Black Label Lanson – 2 bottles for £40! Perfect for stocking up for Christmas. I bought a bottle of Vintage Moet for £30 from them a few week back… that shall be our Christmas Dinner Sparkles. I’ve got a right little stockpile of Christmas goodies going on in our pantry lol. Thing is though, Christmas is such an expensive time of the year that you need to plan well in advance to spread out the cost.

    I’ve been super busy with work, so much so that I’m neglecting my blogging again. But I’ve had loads of exciting emails with regard to it & that’s what is giving me the push to branch out into vlogging. Plus it’ll give you all a chance to find out a bit more about me & who I am etc… Well for those of you who don’t know me in person that is. Normally the first thing that people tend to say is; “Wow… your accent is so broad… you sound like Sarah Millican” lol. I’ve also got an event coming up too which will involve a trip down to London. I can’t wait to cover that. Maybe I could do a Facebook Live video?

    Seth is getting so big now. He will be 7 month on the 15th of this month!!! Where is the time going!? He has 2 teeth… He can crawl… He’s sitting up on his own… He’s also now trying to stand up on his own by pulling himself up on the furniture!!! He’s such a little tinker… but so utterly scrumptious. He’s just the cutest. I’ve just bought him 10 books from The Works for £10. They’ve got some right online bargains at the moment. They have such a large selection of Christmas books. I’m going to do the whole Christmas story everyday day over the month of December thing. I know Seth can’t read yet, but he loves being read too & he just loves looking at books. Oh I can’t wait to introduce him to Christmas… I’m just far too excited. Well you all know what I’m like… I’m already feeling Christmassy.

    Halloween… Now there’s something I can throw myself into to try & calm me down about Christmas. Me & the hubster have bought a few spooky decorations to hang outside. Last year we only did pumpkins really… so we’ve decided to up our game a bit this year. We’ve not gone totally crazy though… we’ve only bought some spooky bunting & a full sized floating ghost lady thingy that shreaks & glows. I’ve actually already put together my treat bags for the Trick O Treaters. I do like to be organised. Oh & of course Seth has a few new outfits for it.

    Well I’m gonna leave this post right here. But, if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in my vlogs… Just let me know! Stay tuned for them coming soon.

    Thanks for reading!

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx



    September… already? What? It’s almost October!? 

    28 Sep

    Hi folks ✨

    Sorry it’s been a while since my last blog post… but time is literally running away from me. I just seem to be so busy these days & there’s simply not enough time to fit everything in lol. But you know what!? I thrive on being busy & having lots to do. I’m such a ‘doer’. I hate having nothing to do. 

    Seth is getting so big. He had his half year birthday 15th September… can you believe that!? So… what’s happened since my last post? I’ve managed to lose another 9lbs! Woo hoo! I’ve sent out Seth’s Christening invitations for his Christmas Christening back up in County Durham. The hubster has started his new job teaching in a private university. I’ve started my new job. Oh &… I’ve started driving lessons!!! Check me out. I’ve literally hadn’t had any lessons before… I did the whole education thing… you know he one… poor student life with my only pennies being spent on ready brek… alcohol & handbags. Then, when I started to work full time I lived so close to work I didn’t need to drive nor want to really. We’ve always lived close to my work. Then, I had like a million operations blah blah blah… so I just kept putting it off. But, now I have Seth… I need to be able to drive. I mean the hubster can take me places when he’s not at work, but I need a car of my own. Especially for if/when we have baby number two! So… I had my first lesson on Sunday. I was so petrified… but I loved it! I have an amazing instructor & I think I did pretty well. So, every weekend I shall be on the roads learning. People of South Yorkshire… you have been warned! 🙂

    I’ve become a professional juggler of life I think… balancing work, mammy-ing, running a house & having a life too… multi tasking at its finest! In a way, I think I’ve become even more organised if that’s at all possible. Like… I’ve already got my Halloween Sweetie bags ready for out ‘Trick O Treaters!’ As if! Lol. Hey I may just have to get those Christmas Cards written out! Yep that’s right… I have all my Christmas cards already. Along with everyone’s Christmas gifts up in my loft ready to wrap! I know I know… I so super sad. But seriously… it’s so much cheaper to get ahead. It means that comes December all of our pennies can be spent on sparkles & partyine. Well… when I say partying… I don’t mean anything mad… to be fair we’re generally asleep by 9pm these days lol. 

    Seth’s now crawling & he has his first tooth! I just can’t believe how much he’s grown. He’s just an utter joy… we’re so blessed to have such a scrumptious little pudding 💙

    So… the plan for the next few months is to really knuckle down & lose the rest of this weight. I’m so determined to be the healthiest I can be for my little family. You can follow my progress on my diet page here

    Right… well I’d best crack on with being busy 🙂 

    Thanks so much for reading! 

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx

    Living ‘Sparkly’ the IxxyPoco Way

    9 Aug

    Hi folks ✨

    Well… It’s no secret that I like fancy things. I love to live life sparkly & being surrounded by nice things & designer labels. I like eating nice food & drinking sparkly yumminess. But, I like all of these things at the best bargain price. 

    I’m the Queen of coupons & the Princess of bargain shopping. There’s no shame in bargain hunting. The cost of living has become so high that quite often treats are forgotten. Well, life is for living & I love a treat. 

    I’m such a handbag & purse pervert… I’m always scouring glossy magazines for the latest stunning arm candy. Once I have my heart set on a new bag – I’ll stop at nothing until it’s mine. Generally I’ll head to my current bags that I own & I’ll either have a cull & sell anything I’ve not used in the last 12months & put the money toward my new purchase. Or… I’ll get down to some good old saving. Even if it’s just £5 a month… I’ll save until I have the pennies to buy it. I’ve just sold 5 handbags & with the money I’ve managed to buy myself a new Kate Spade Purse & a Vivienne Westwood Tote. It’s a great way of freeing up some room as well as buying something new. And, your old bags go to a new home. It’s kind of like recycling really. I really need to start organising ‘swishing’ parties. A Swishing Party is basically where everyone brings something they no longer want, then you swap with someone else. So you could bring clothes, shoes, bags, scarves… Anything really! Such a good idea & a money saver! Plus, it’s a good excuse to get the girlies over to sip some sparkles. Talking of sparkles…

    Sparkles ✨ Now, we all know I love a glass of sparkles. Whether it be a good bottle of Champagne or a cheap Cava. The whole reason I call it sparkles is so it’s very ambiguous as what’s in my glass. It’s always bubbly, it’s always dry… But is it always Champagne? Heck no! I’d love to be sipping Moet every weekend, but that’s become rather pricey! So, my wine rack consists of Cava that I’ve bought at £4 on offer, Prosecco when it’s 5 for £25 & Champagne when there’s money off. Even Moet, Lanson & Veuve go on offer sometimes. When they do I tend to buy a bottle to keep for a special occasion. Places like Aldi & Asda are great for picking up a bottle of Champagne for £10… Sometimes cheaper if you’re lucky. 

    Food… Now I LOVE food! I cook from scratch & I make my own sauces. Meat etc… Can be a bit pricey at times. But it’s all about where you shop & quantities. If you follow my diet page you’ll know I use my Crock Pot a lot. I buy my meat pre-frozen from Asda which saves a lot. I tend to buy whole fresh chickens as it’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken sometimes & then it’s lasts a good few days. There’s so many different things you can make with chicken. I buy rice & pasta in bulk. I’m lucky & have a big walk in pantry which is great for storage. I tend to buy giant sacks of pasta & rice which is so much cheaper. I also buy tinned items in bulk too whenever I see an offer. If I see a vegetable offer in a local market I’ll buy it in bulk then blanch & freeze them. We eat well… We have gorgeous food… But at a good price. 

    Make up… I couldn’t live without the stuff. Again I buy when there’s an offer. I buy most of my make from Debenhams & Boots. Both places have excellent points cards. It’s the best way to buy. Make sure you use the offers & coupons to boost your points. That way you build up a good balance to spend at a later date. I can get up to £200 worth of boots points on my card within 6 month. It just makes your pennies go that little bit further. I also have some amazing acrylic storage which I bought from Muji. It’s so much cheaper than a Kardashian Acrylic Cube. 

    Somethings in life I won’t scrimp on like SKY TV (sad I know lol) Eating Out & things for Seth. But that’s fine because I try to get everything else at a bargain price lol. 

    So there you have it… This is my sparkly way of living life ‘fancy’ & Sparkly ✨ 

    Thanks for reading & have a great day 💕

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx

    Separation Anxiety, Good News, Good Luck & Change

    20 Jul

    Hi folks ✨

    I hope you’ve all been enjoying the Summer sunshine? We have ☀️ Going for walks around our village with this beautiful weather makes me feel like I’m living in the South of France.

    So, this weekend I learnt something new about myself: I have major separation anxiety. This weekend was my friends hen party. I’m bridesmaid next month for the 5th time. As the hen party has been approaching I have been feeling a bit anxious about leaving Seth. It’s not that I don’t think he’ll be well looked after… It’s more that I just can’t bear to be apart from him. The plan was to stay in York overnight. I managed to do the day part… But as soon as it crept up to Seth’s bedtime, I just needed to be home. I could feel an overwhelming ball of hurt filling my chest… So much so that I couldn’t breathe. I literally had a panic attack on my way home & cried the whole way. As soon as I got home, the feeling went. I’m just simply not ready to be apart from my little bambino. Now I definitely know I cannot return to a workplace even for part time hours. It’s just not going to happen. No way can I leave him several times a week. So watch this space for that blog post coming soon… New Career… New Chapter 💙

    I’ve had my hair chopped!!! Eeeeeeck! It’s so short – well for me it is. I decided to go for the chop as it’s such a chore washing & drying my ridiculously long, thick curly hair. I was spending 2 hours straightening my hair to then tie it up. My hair is so long that it was getting in Seth’s face etc… I’ve been so paranoid about it becoming wrapped around his fingers & toes & potentially hurting him. So, it’s been cut. It’s so much quicker to do. I’ve made the decision to keep it shorter while Seth is little. Makes sense. 

    This last week has consisted of lunches out, playing in the garden & sparkles. There’s been lots of good news here in the Thorne Household ✨ after many years of surgery & bed luck… Good news is such a welcome! I can’t share our good news bits right now, but soon… Very soon I shall be spilling the sparkly beans. We just need to sort out a few things first. 

    The weightloss is still happening. Well, it’s slowly coming off… But I’m fine with that. I’d rather lose it slow & steady to make sure it stays off. These walks in the sunshine are definitely helping ☀️

    Well, I had best go as I’ve so much work to do ✨

    Thanks so much for reading as always… I do need to start blogging more regular again. Things have just been so hectic here with all of these new changes I shall be telling you all about soon 💕

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx

    Learning On the Job

    23 Jun

    Hi folks ✨

    We had such a fun day yesterday… Not only was the sunshine shining (it’s so sad that I get excited for a hot sunny day as it means I can get my washing out lol) but we had our first class at Music Bugs. It was so cute. Seth adored it. I think it may have been sensory overload for Seth though as he fell asleep 10mins before the end. But, he is by far the youngest in the class. I would totally recommend this class to anyone with bambino’s. Here’s a link to their website if you’re interested in finding out a little more info.

    We’ve got our name down for a few more other classes that will be starting  in September. Mammy/Baby meet ups are fun & lovely, but with Music Bugs I feel like Seth is learning too. He already loves his books, we’ve got some lovely touch & feel board books. He loves the textures & the colours. So a few other classes to go with Music Bugs will be lovely. 

    Mammy-ing can be such a minefield. The patenting arena can be so competitive… Do you breast feed? Does your baby sleep all night? Do you use soothers/dummies? Cloth or disposable diapers? Dress like a baby or a mini adult? Allow your pets to interact with your baby? Wean at 4 or 6 month?  Honestly… Does it matter? Whatever happened to Mother knows best? All of our bambino’s are different & we nurture according to their individual needs. 

    Seth has been a tummy sleeper since he was 3 weeks. A lot of people disagree with tummy sleeping… But it’s the only way Seth likes to sleep. He can push himself up & he can move his head side to side. It also eased his colic 100%. Seth also has a soother. He doesn’t sleep with it, but he has his soother whenever he wants it through the day. Seth will not settle in a GroBag at night. So he has a blanket…. Again – something I was told NOT to do. Seth was breast fed for 9 days, but when my milk disappeared I switched exclusively to formula. I use Pampers or Aldi Mamia disposable diapers. I plan on weaning him from 4 month. Seth has slept all night from 8 weeks. All I can say is that I have a happy content baby… I don’t do things by the book… I’m learning on the job. I do what I feel is right for Seth. 

    When you share with the world that you’re expecting a gorgeous bundle of joy, everyone suddenly becomes an expert. I think I listened too much to everyone else’s opinions. After a while it makes you feel really crap. Those people may be experts with their own babies… But the only expert for your baby is you. I’m very relaxed with my nurturing/parenting methods. I feed on demand – he has as much or as little as he likes. I get him dressed each morning then Pjs on an evening so he becomes accustomed to daytime & nightime. I let him nap when he wants to nap, etc…. The result is a happy contented Seth. 

    Through the day I try to make things as exciting as possible for him. I do this around blogging & running our little business… Hopefully big business one day lol & still while trying to prepare & cook healthy meals. We sing songs… Have tummy time… Go for walks… Have baby meet ups… Sit in the garden… Play on his baby gym or just play on a blanket with soft toys & interactive toys. Seth just loves being talked too & sang too. They’re like his ultimate fave things. These things work for us… But not for everyone. 

    The best advice I can give anyone who is about to embark on their journey of parenthood is:

    1. Don’t have expectations… Go with the flow
    2. Enjoy it all… Even those sleepless nights  at the start… They don’t last long
    3. Buy lots of muslin cloths!!! 

    Mammy hood is the best job I’ve ever had. There’s no induction pack or probation period… You’re thrown in head first… But it’s AMAZING!!! I simply cannot wait to give Seth a  baby brother or sister. That won’t be for at least 18month, but it’s definitely on the cards 💙💕

    Thanks for reading folks… I’ve noticed more countries & readers popping up on my stats… I really appreciate it ✨

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley & Seth xxx

    Body Magic 

    3 Jun

    Hi folks ✨

    It’s Fri’Yay!!! Woo hoo! I started today with 2.5 mile of body magic. I’m no way a gym bunny… & a keep fit class scares me that I may not be able to keep up with my nerve damaged leg. So… Me & the bambino have been going on lovely walks around our beautiful village. I can go at my own pace & there’s no pressure… Perfect! I’m loving the FitBit Alta too! I was scared it wouldn’t be accurate with me pushing a pram whilst walking, but it seems to be working fine. I was so hungry after our walk though… So I needed a decent helping of fat free yogurt to keep me going until lunch time.

    Last night I made some breadless garlic bread as an accompaniment to our tea. I used blitzed up cauliflower, egg & low fat cheese to make the base. It was surprisingly yummy! If you want the recipe, give my Facebook page a like: 

    It was such a busy day here yesterday. Lots of work was had… All whilst watching Cinderella & snuggling the bambino. At one point he was sat in his bouncer gurgling to me bless him 💙 I think in his own little way he was helping me. I’ve always been a passionate driven person… But now Seth is here I feel more determined than ever to make new ventures work & succeed. I want to be a Mammy he can be proud of, whilst being there 24/7 for him & be able to contribute financially all at the same time. I’m good at multitasking… So hopefully this will all work out with plenty of hard work ✨ Watch this space ✨

    I’m so hoping that our lovely weather returns this weekend. This week has been simply awful! It’s been so cold & dark… I’ve had the heating on! I want the summer weather to return so we can have days out to the beach, BBQs in the garden & lovely sunny walks ☀️ I’m sure I jinxed us by getting my sunglasses out! As soon as they see the light of day… The sunny heat disappears! 

    I’ve been updating my website:

    I need to get lots more of my recipes on there. As soon as I do – I shall let you all know!!! 

    Well I’d best go as I have guests arriving shortly! 

    Thanks again for reading ✨

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx

    Getting Back On It

    23 May

    Hi folks ✨

    Well, I’m focused & I’m back on the weightloss/healthy lifestyle bandwagon. The morning Seth was born I was 16st 1lb. Today I’m 13st 6lbs & Seth will be 9wks old tomorrow. I’m aiming for a weight of 11st 4lbs. I want to be as healthy as I can be for our gorgeous little boy &… If we try for baby Thorne number 2, then I want to be über healthy to get me through the pregnancy. 

    So… I’m back to planning meals & I’ve started going on epic power walks with Seth. I’m lucky to have very pretty surroundings where I live. So going on walks isn’t a chore at all. Now that Seth is over a stone in weight, it’s an extra work out pushing his pram. All I need now is something to count my steps & calories burnt so I keep track of my activity. I have to be a little bit careful with the nerve damage in my right leg, but as long as I don’t go too mad with the exercise I’m fine. Walking is definitely a manageable activity for me. Plus, it’s getting Seth lots of lovely fresh air. 

    If anyone  wants to join me on my weightloss journey, I have a page on Facebook:

    I don’t go in for any of these faddy diets or meal replacements… I cook things from scratch & eat in moderation. Eating this way helped me to lose over 6st. So it can be done. It’s just not a quick fix solution… It’s a healthier way of life. I lost weight in the first place to get pregnant & so that when I had children I’d have my weight under control & I wouldn’t pass on any of my unhealthy food obsessions. 

    Anyway, I have a million & one things to do today so I’m gonna have to leave this post short & sweet. 

    Thanks so much for reading ✨

    Oh & don’t forget to check out my Instagram & website 💙

    Love & Huggles,

    Hayley xxx