– Casualty, Watches, Demolition… Little Love 35/52 –

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

We are officially back to school on Monday!! Where has the summer gone? It has sped past and I feel thoroughly depressed about getting ready on Sunday evening for two children to be packed of to school!!

Without to much waffling, this is what I have been loving this week…

Read

I read so many lovely comments on my C word post. It was really hard to write and although the news is still quite raw and waiting for appointments is really frustrating {which has led to a few panic attacks!} I read every single message. It means a lot when people comment, so thank you!

Watched

CBB is back, and I tend to fall into the trap of watching it. This year is pretty horrendous and so far its actually annoying the hell out of me. I like it that you get to see people celebrities for who they actually are!

My weekend mornings were taken up with watching Casualty.. I absolutely love it {not a patch on Greys though} I have watched it since I was a child and I love Sunday mornings so I can catch up with it in my pjs. Imagine my horror when Charlie went through hell.. I was not impressed.. Glad he is ok though! Although Zoe was wrong I hope her and Max sort it out because strangely I adore them as a couple.

Heard

John Lewis seem to nail their adverts.. Their latest has hit the jackpot yet again and I laugh all the way through it. Me and Mr B always say the little girl is Moo all over! Been listening to good old Elton this week thanks to the advert. If you have not seen it, Ive added it for your viewing..

Wore

After everything that has happened within the last few weeks, Mr B felt like he needed to cheer me up. Since the release of the  watch this year I have wanted one. My plan was, for my birthday to put together my money but it didn’t quite work out. We popped out last week and Mr B did a d-tour and bought me one. I have been wearing it ever since and I am in love with it. Some people say its a gimmick but I have used it for everything, and I am determined to start running again so it will help me reach goals!

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Made

Not a lot.. I made the decision to slow down on the blog over the coming weeks and after having a weeks break I feel a little redundant. I opened up WordPress today to write this post and I realised how much I missed it. Sometimes people really don’t understand what blogging means to some people and I have really really missed it. Sometimes its better to carry on than take a break and use the blog as an outlet. I am making the decision to throw myself back into it!

‘And lastly..’

I am so excited, as with everything that is going on with me, we have finally made a start on our bathroom. We have smashed all the tiles and hopefully when you read this the plaster would have been! The Mr has never done anything like this and he is quite stressed about it all, but he is doing fantastically! Its not fun having to rely on other people for showers, so hopefully the bath will be in soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

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– Beets Blu Scale with Smartphone Tracking {Review} –

A few weeks ago I was contacted and asked to review the new Beets Blu Scale with smartphone tracking. I am one for gadgets and although I don’t weigh myself all the time, after reviewing this item I think now I will keep a constant check on my weight with these scales.

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They arrived in speedy time from Amazon and they came well packaged. As soon I I pulled them out of the box, I fell in love with the design. Sleek and shiny! They are so thin that they can slot down the side of my bathroom cabinet with ease, or can be laid flat. I inserted the batteries {which came in the box} and downloaded the free app in record time. From then on it was really easy to set up. Adding my gender, age and height and bingo you were ready.

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The scales weigh your fat, muscles and BMI and it is sent wirelessly to your phone and you can keep track of the months weigh-ins. It helps you track and analyze the data and choose the most apt way to track your weight loss. If you are using the IOS platform then it automatically updates all the information to your Health app, which for me is really handy as I have all my health data on it and it saves time in me sitting and adding it manually!

When you weigh yourself, have the app open ready and stand on the scales, once the reading pops up on the scales within 10 seconds the data is miraculously sent to your phone. Its so easy and Beets Blu have definitely made it really really simple {which is always a huge bonus when it comes to technology!}

I am really really impressed with these scales. I rely on my iPhone for quite a lot of things and this has given it that little bit of extra pizzazz. To help me track my weight is quite wonderful and I know that I will use them daily.

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Compatibility list:

– iPhone 4s (or later)
– iPad 3 (or later)
– Any smartphone with Android 5.0 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0
– Samsung smartphone with Android 4.3 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0

**I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review, all opinions and views are my own**

– Must-Haves {The Headphone Edition} –

I often listen to music when I am doing the house chores, or the weekly shop. I find it a hell of a lot easier when I have my favourite songs giving me a boost to get into gear. I have been lusting after some proper headphones for some time now, and although I am using the bog standard Apple in ear phones I have seriously been contemplating in big earphones of late. Definitely adding to my wish list, and maybe even the christmas list {did I really mention the C word in August?!}
Must-Haves {The Head Phone Edition}
BOWERS & WILKINS P3 Mobile Hi-Fi over-ear headphones // BEATS BY DRE urBeats in-ear headphones //
FRENDS Taylor Headphones // MONSTER Clarity HD in-ear headphones //
Frends Ella Earphones // BEATS BY DRE Mixr on-ear headphones

– Summer Endings, Liev Schreiber, Cups… Little Loves 34/52 –

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

Cannot believe we have one full week left of the summer holidays. Its been a good six weeks and I know I am going to miss the kiddies when they go back!

Without to much waffling, this is what I have been loving this week…

Read

Not a lot this week.. I have had to read quite a few leaflets about bits which I am still trying to get my head round. I have not felt like reading my book this week. I received some pretty terrible news about my op I had a few weeks ago, I have blogged about it here as a release in hoping it would make me feel better, it did for all of 10 minutes…  I have been doing lots of research and trying to get my head around everything that is happening.

Watched

This week has been a week of catch ups and we managed to watch a fair amount that was on our box. We had a Ray marathon mid week, which cheered me up no end.. Live Schreiber is quite a hotty. We also watched the normal GBBO and I have been indulging myself further with Greys {Bit like last week really!}

I did watch The Poundshop Wars on BBC before GBBO.. just throwing it out there as something different! I seem to watch the same ole same old lately!

Heard

Firstly, I heard the husband say they had left a stitch in my wound! Luckily it was hanging out, so he just got some tweezers and got it! Bit naughty as I had them out over two weeks ago!

Secondly Moo loves this song and I quite like it too. I have played it quite a bit in the car on Moo’s request so its grown on me.

and thirdly, I have only just recently seen Pitch Perfect, this has made its way into my playlist too!

Wore

This is down to H this week. I bought a cap for him a while ago now and he insists on wearing it everywhere with sunglasses to match! The fashion sense of a 4 year old is out of my hands!

Made

I made some fairy cakes this week. I put the recipe up on a recent post. Very simple and very effective in making two children happy!

‘And lastly..’

We are having friends over for a BBQ this weekend and I am hoping the weather stays nice! Its been pretty hit and miss with the rain so far this week! Monday we are off out with the whole family. We go for a picnic every august bank holiday and its something I really look forward to!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

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– The C Word –

I still cannot actually say the whole word as I am still in a bit of shock. I wasn’t going to blog about it, but this blog is about my life, family and how we cope with parenthood, no matter what it involves, and its actually been quite nice and a bit of a release to get it out.

I mentioned a while ago about having to have a minor op to remove a mole. Nothing serious, just one on my neck that had changed in colour and become a little itchy. I was rushed through and although it happened really quickly it wasn’t something I was overly concerned about. We went on holiday and the following Monday once we returned I was having the mole removed. It was a three week wait for the results.

Today I got those results, 3 weeks to the day of having it removed, and it really was not what we were expecting. Although it crossed my mind, I still wouldn’t think about it, but when they phoned on Tuesday to rush me in to see the consultant for today I started to actually worry that something could be wrong. They only call you in if something is seriously wrong, right?

The words that fell from the consultants mouth hit me like a train and I cried, I cried a lot. I felt Mr B touch my shoulder and squeeze it and I cried even more. I actually could not stop silently crying. I am 32 how is this possible? I hate the sun, I don’t sunbath, I don’t sit out in it religiously hoping to go a nice shade of brown, I would prefer to sit under a tree and be out of harms way.

I laid down on the bed whilst I was checked for more moles and I giggled a bit, It was a nervous giggle and I couldn’t stop. I then got upset again and started to cry. For someone to tell you, you have a melanoma is a little overwhelming. It transpires that I need to have another mole removed and the original mole that was removed needs to be cleaned up and some more tissue taken away. I will then be seen every 3 months for the next 5 years.

Its quite raw, to think that I have it, have had it, whatever, scares me and I am so glad I went and got it seen to when I did. I am now waiting on a consultation for plastics. The wait is not nice. The last three weeks seemed to have dragged by and it feels like months ago I had that first consultation. Its a strange feeling but knowing I am being treated and looked after in the best way possible is making me feel at ease.

The tears are slowly easing, its just when I am not doing anything I tend to wander with my thoughts I am slowly coming to terms with everything. The next five years are definitely going to be a worry and tough with constant trips to the hospital. I have a wonderful family who are there for me, and are being really supportive and telling me what I need to hear.

I feel heavy, sad, teary, scared, anxious, worried, uneasy, tense, strained, stressed, the list could go on. I want to feel normal again, I want to feel happy and not have this over me.

Again I keep asking myself Why Me?

– Must-Haves {The Ballerina Shoe Edition} –

Shoes and bags are my thing, and although my shoe collection is nowhere near as bad as my bag obsession, I like to think that I have a pretty good sense of style when it comes to dressing my feet. Summer is slowly drawing to a close and although its still mildly warm outside I have managed to find myself some enclosed toe ballerina style shoes which I have added to my wish list and I am currently lusting after..
Must-Haves {The Pointy Ballerina Shoe Edition}
Nly Shoes Pointy Ballerina // ALDO Oleven //
Gianvito Rossi Metallic Leather and Transparent Ballerinas // ALDO Lucania //
Nly Shoes Pointy Ballerina Cream // Nly Shoes Pointy Toe Ballerina Black //
Madewell The Kendra d’Orsay Haircalf Flats

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– Raspberry Fairy Cakes –

I had some raspberries left over this week and before they “turned” I thought I would pop them into some cakes. Fairy cakes are easy peasy and such a good little bake to bake with the children. I need practice with decoration. I am useless at decorating… Fact…

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Ingredients

  • 125g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g sifted flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 24 raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat the the oven to 180°/160° fan assisted and line a cup cake tray with 12 cake cases and add two raspberries into each case
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until soft and creamy
  3. Add the sifted flour, baking powder and eggs gradually and beat together until fully combined
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

Icing

  1. Sift 225g of icing sugar into a bowl and add 3 tbsp of water. Mix together until its to a thick consistency
  2. Decorate the cakes by spreading on the icing sugar and adding sprinkles

I normally add vanilla or almond extract to my cake mixture, I decided against it this time and regretted it instantly! Cakes taste so much better with an added flavour to them.