Tag Archives: Bump

Being a Glammy Mammy to Be

15 Feb

Hi folks ✨

I hope you’ve all had an amazing Valentines weekend ❤️

Over this last week I’ve been out & about wearing my stunning maternity dresses that I was sent from Mothercare.

On Tuesday I went out for tea & cake with a friend to one of my favourite places in the little Village where I live. I decided to wear my Oh Ma! Grey & Navy Knitted Maternity Dress which is priced at £40. This dress is so lovely, comfortable & fits perfectly over my bump. I’m now 33 weeks pregnant & my bump is increasing everyday – I’m already pretty big in the bump department haha. 

There are no zips or buttons. So this literally just pulls on which is great. The knit is very generous too. Before becoming pregnant I was a size 12 & now I’m a size 16. The dress I’m wearing is a large. It’s great as it’s roomy & not restricting at all. I’m actually considering taking this into hospital with me & wearing it as my outfit for coming home in. I wore the dress with a pair of black maternity leggings. I love the dress as I felt trendy & glam. I’ve found that some maternity brands can make you feel fat & frumpy. I’d seriously recommend this garment… you could easily dress it up or down with the right make up & jewelry. 

 The second dress I was sent to try is the Blooming Marvelous Stripped Midi Dress priced at £32. Like the Oh Ma! dress, this dress has no buttons, zips or fastenings. It’s a pull on style of dress. I went for the size 16 & it’s a very generous fit with plenty room to grown into. I wore the dress with a pair of black maternity tights. Yet again – super comfy & I felt really nice & dressed in it. I actually wore this Valentine’s weekend. 

 I found that the colours & design are super flattering & I even got a few compliments on it. Now a compliment is always very much appreciated when you feel the size of a whale! Again, with the right jewelry, make up & accessories – this dress can easily be dressed up. 

 The great thing about both dresses are the lengths. ‘Non-maternity’ wear can ride up & make you feel a little exposed. Both dresses are a great length. I’m 5ft 8″ & the lengths are perfect. 

Now I just need to get more social events scheduled in so I can show off my lovely dresses!

I was also sent a lovely pale pink Night Dress & Robe Set priced at £30. 

 I’ve popped these straight into my hospital bag ready to take in with me for when my little bambino arrives. I will give a more in depth review of the robe & nightdress after my hospital stay. But, what I can say is that I love that it’s breast feeding friendly with drop down clip/straps. I have this in a size large – well you want your night wear nice & loose & roomy don’t you. The robe is perfect for hospital as it’s a lovey thin cotton. Anything thicker is just too stiffling for when you’re in hospital as it’s always so hot & stuffy in there.

 Last but by no means least… I was also sent the Mamascarf in Navy which is priced at £17.99. Again, my full review will come after my beautiful bambino arrives. I’m super excited to try the Mamascarf as I’ve been a little anxious about the thought of breastfeeding in public. I’m such a clumsy person & the thought of exposing myself in public just fills me with dread. But this beautiful scarf will hopefully protect my modesty. So please keep your peepers peeled for that!

Well, once again – I hope you’ve found this review useful & thanks so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Beauty Box Obsessions and Being Busy Busy Busy!

19 Jan

Hi folks ✨

I didn’t get round to blogging yesterday as I was so super busy. I’m also currently waiting for the formatting of my new website to be tweaked… it’s viewing fine on a regular desktop computer or laptop, but the mobile view just isn’t right yet. Hopefully, it’ll be perfect by the end of this week. If you want to have a little looksie at my website, you can view it here: www.hayleythorne.co.uk Like I say – the mobile view is still not right… but on a laptop it will look fine. I wanted a place I could host all of my reviews, recipes & a place to view this blog along with my other social media channels.

Yesterday was also spent talking to lots of different companies about reviews etc… Lots of things coming in the pipeline 💕

 I’ve been melting some beautiful scents at home… In the kitchen I’ve been using a Cleaves Candles Lavender Soy Wax Melt & upstairs I’ve been melting the gorgeous Baby Powder. Honestly I cannot tell you enough how beautiful these fragrances are & for such a decent price too! Hit the embedded link to their facebook for more info. The Teddy Melts are priced at £2 & the Lavender Clamshell is priced at £4. Postage is 2nd class at £2.80. 

Today has been another pretty busy day really… I was up early to head into work to drop some keys off. It was so lovely to catch up with a few people. I decided to have a little looksie around town… but being 30 weeks pregnant with a fairly big bump… It’s just so tiring… so I didn’t wander far lol 💙 

 When  I got home I had some much needed lunch of:  baked potato & low fat cheese with a salad of spinach, rocket, carrot, chick peas, bulgar wheat, couscous, pomegranate, peppers & sunflower seeds. It was so yummy & I think bambino liked it too as he was kicking away straight afterwards lol 💙 

 I’ve also received a lovely steriliser from MAM UK. I can’t wait to use it & get a review written up about it. It came with a pair of tongs, 2 bottles & a cute little soother. 

Beauty box’s… I love a beauty box subscription. At the moment the only beauty box I’m subscribing too is My Little Box. Well… I say ‘beauty box’… really it’s more of a lifestyle box as you get various gorgeous items for day to day life, not just beauty items. I’ve been subscribing to My Little Box for well over a year now & I have to say that it’s consistently fabulous each & every month! This month I received a stunning little hard back Diary, little bracelets, Too Faced Lippy, Lip balm & Ren Cleanser. I also loved the Walt Disney Quote enclosed. You get a little illustrated quote card each month… I have them all saved… I keep saying I’m gonna frame my favourites ✨

 Being a bit of a subscription box connoisseur or beauty box obsessive lol… It’s landed me with a huge collection of pretty box’s. One of our bedroom cupboards is just totally stocked full of them. Some of them are so super pretty though… I’m going to have to get myself on Pinterest to find some good tutorials on maybe making them into a cutsie set of make up drawers. 

 Anyways… I’m gonna leave this post here & go make a much needed cup of tea.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday ✨

Thanks again for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Eventful Weekends 

17 Jan

Hi Folks ✨

Wow… The last few days have been super busy! I literally feel as though I’ve never stopped. 

Friday was the day I got to meet our Health Visitor… I was so ridiculously nervous about it. I think it was just the thought of someone coming into my home & being a snoop lol… I’m so suspicious of people it’s unreal. Wellobviously, that wasn’t the case at all. She was so unbelievably lovely & a total fountain of knowledge when it came to breast feeding. I think she would’ve left sooner, but once you get me talking, you quite literally cannot shut me up lol. I showed her bambino’s nursery… I showed her all of my scans pics & told her all about this blog. So if you’re reading this… Hi & it was lovely to meet you on Friday 💙  

 I even tried to get my make up just right… You know, just in case that was something I’d get marks out of 10 for from the Health Visitor lol… Well – you just never know! ☺️

As our health visitor came in the morning, it meant we had a free Friday afternoon! That’s so rare with us both working Mon-Fri full time. But with me being on annual leave & the hubster taking the day off – we had a fun Friday afternoon of shopping & lunch. The hubster treated me to some new clothes from H&M as my bump is quite literally getting bigger & bigger lol & he also bought me some new sparkly gel pens & a colouring book.  

   Honestly… Colouring is so therapeutic. It really helps me to unwind & relax. 
We also bought Baby T a few more books for his reading corner in the nursery  

 We headed to our local Hungry Horse pub for a purse friendly lunch. Mmmmmm Piri Piri Fajitas… I would’ve taken a pic – but I was too excited to eat it all & forgot to take a pic… Oooopsie! 

Saturday was ‘girlie Afternoon Tea’ day ✨ It was so nice. I headed to The Georgian Tea Rooms (I’ll be doing a full review soon) with Rachel & her Mam. Our food was so nice… Rachel even had a special gluten free afternoon tea stand made for her  

   Afterwards, I felt as though I’d snaffled my own body weight in cake! Lol. I was showered with gifts whilst there which was so lovely & kind… This Mammy to Be lark is fun! 💙
I gained top marks for being a fab-tastic wife by fetching the hubster a wedge of Red Velvet Cake  

 Saturday evening was so lovely & chilled out. We watched trashy Saturday Night TV & a dodgy horror gore film called ‘Girl House’. Oh, we also had a naughty Chinese take away for supper & I drank lots of pink lemonade ✨ Oh &… The best part was that it snowed!!!  

 When I woke up super early this morning, I was disappointed to discover that it hasn’t snowed much in the night. I was hoping to be able to build a snowman in the gardens 😩 So I’m hoping it may snow again later on. 

This morning has been spent doing loads of work on my website. I’ve now added plenty of content… All the links seem to be working… There just needs to be a few tweaks on the formatting of the mobile device view. Once that’s all sorted… It’ll be utterly perfect ✨ We’ve also purchased a new camera for my upcoming make up tutorials & beauty tip videos. So many people have contacted me telling me I should ‘Vlog’ or do some make up tutorials on Youtube… So that’s what I’m gonna do ✨ 

After hours spent tarting up my website & sending a blog post off to Sugar Babies, I’ve decided to reward myself with a lovely bubble bath. 

So… After my bath I think I shall be getting into some clean PJs & chillaxing for the rest of the day ✨ Oh, as well as making a yummy Steak & Dumpling dinner 😋 

Hope you’re all having a fantastic Sunday & thanks so much for reading… Since yesterday I’ve had over 1200 views… So that’s utterly amazing – thank you! ✨ 

 As ever… If you’d like to me to review your products or brand… You can email me at: ixxypoco@gmail.com 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx