A Liverpool Hen-do: Nude life drawing and more... (plus photos!)

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For the most part of this year I have been working hard preparing a hen party for my twin sister in Liverpool! The hen do finally took place in April and yes, true to my usual form for special occasions, I managed to fall ill and miss the entire thing! I have some great photos though, plus some helpful info, advice and feedback for anyone looking to do the same (plan a hen do that is, not fall ill and miss it!)

Children Changing Careers p8: Laura from Maybimoo


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Welcome to part 8 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.
You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.
This week's post features Laura from Maybimoo

You can see more from Laura on Facebook and via her FakeBake shop.

Here is her career changing story...

Children Changing Careers p7: Nicola from 'Too Much (Mothering) Information'




Welcome to part 7 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.
You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.


This week's post features Nicola from Too Much (Mothering) Information - TM(M)I
You can see more from Nicola  on Twitter, Instagram and her Blog

Here is her career changing story...

Am I a parent or a child? - dancing with a toddler



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Arthur dancing on my feet

Every now and then in life we have those moments when we don't know whether we feel more like a child or a parent.
This was one of those moments...

Children Changing Careers p6: Karen from Two Tiny Hands



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 Welcome to part 6 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.

You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.


This week's post is a little bit different! Featuring Karen from Two Tiny Hands who's 'career change' is one that I think many mums can relate to, with her new 'job title' being stay at home mum - or simply, motherhood.
 Choosing to stay at home and look after a child is just as important work as any, the only difference being you don't get a wage slip at the end of the month for doing it! Nevertheless, making such a decision and dedicating your time to raising a child or children is no less inspirational.

You can see more from Karen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google.

Here is her career changing story...

Children Changing Careers p5: Vicki Psarias from Honest Mum




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Welcome to part 5 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children!

You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.

This week's post features award winning film maker, Blogger and mum of two, Vicki Psarias from Honest Mum.

You can also see more from Vicki on her Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Here is her career changing story...

Children Changing Careers p4: Bonnie Doman from BON LDN





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Welcome to part 4 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A feature for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children!

You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.

This week's post features Bonnie Doman from BON LDN.

You can also see more from Bonnie on her website and Instagram. Here is her career changing story...

Our day filming for bareMinerals SkinSorials campaign in London






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A few months ago I was invited to take part in a skincare trial for the new bareMinerals skincare range - SkinSorials, and then review the products ahead of their launch (review available here). I was also given the opportunity to go down to the London Head Office and meet and have lunch with Lee Etheridge - the International education director for bareMinerals, have my makeup done by one of their makeup artists and then shoot some promotional videos on my experience of the SkinSorials skincare range.Now my blog post title says 'our day' because the only way I could manage to take part in this amazing opportunity was to take Arthur with me!

bareMinerals SkinSorials skincare Review. Skinlongevity. #SkinSoGood




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A few months ago I was given the opportunity to test and review the new bareMinerals skincare range, SkinSorials, ahead of shooting some promotional videos at their London Head Office ready for their launch in June.
Now anyone who knows me well can attest to my absolute obsession with the bareMinerals brand, so this project filled me with a lot of joy and excitement (and quite a lot of nerves for the filming part!) The hardest part was keeping it under wraps, as the moment I started using the new products I really just wanted to tell everyone how amazing they were! I am very lead by my nose when it comes to most things and so the minute I opened the products and realised how wonderful, but also natural, they smelt - I knew I was onto something good!


Win a FREE cake from BakerDays for Father's Day (or just for yourself!)





This week BakerDays contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their 5” Letterbox Gift Cakes and holding a Competition for one of my lucky readers to win one too!

Clearly, all I had to hear was the word 'cake' for my tummy to seal the deal, before my brain even had a chance to think about the important questions, such as, " how quickly can it be here?!" - turns out THE VERY NEXT DAY is the answer! - a good job too, as we were in desperate need of cake today in this house, and it left me just enough time to write this post ready for #FreebieFriday!

Children Changing Careers p3: Dani from Deluxe Blooms





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Welcome to part 3 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A feature for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children!

You can find a link to all the posts in this series via the pinterest board page here.

This week's post features Dani, who's former career was Head Receptionist. She now runs her own business called Deluxe Blooms.
Dani came into contact with me through Instagram, and amazingly, we soon realised that we had already met as she lives next door to a little boy who I look after twice a week! such a small world!

You can find Dani on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and via her website. Here is her career changing story....

Children Changing Careers p2: From Marketing Manager to Business Owner of French Children's Boutique/Outlet Tendre Deal




Welcome to week 2 of the blog series  'Children Changing Careers'! A feature for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children!

Perhaps you are thinking of doing the same and would like some inspiration, some insight or even just some good old advice from someone who has taken the plunge? Remember: It's never too late to be what you could have been...

This week we are joined by Alexandra from Tendre Deal! 

You can follow Alexandra on her Blog,  InstagramYouTubePinterestGoogle, Facebook and Twitter.

Ilkley Beauty Clinic - CACI facial and Bare Minerals make-under review




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It is no secret that I am a little bit obsessed with Bare Minerals makeup, (in fact anything beauty related!) so when Zoe from Ilkley Beauty Clinic contacted me and asked if I would like to try out their CACI non-surgical facelift facial, followed by a Bare Minerals make-under....how could I possibly refuse?! Throw in the fact that the salon is a 5 minute walk away from my house, it was a no brainer really...plus the results were actually amazing! Before and After photos included...

Children Changing Careers p1: From Menswear Buyer to CEO of Little Hotdog Watson childrenswear






Welcome to week 1 of the blog series  'Children Changing Careers'! A feature for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children!

Perhaps you are thinking of doing the same and would like some inspiration, some insight or even just some good old advice from someone who has taken the plunge? Remember: It's never too late to be what you could have been...

This week we are joined by Emma from new childrenswear fashion line - Little Hotdog Watson 

You can follow Emma on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.

I first came into contact with Emma via Instagram last year when she was looking for product testers for some of her amazing children's hats. Arthur still loves to 'test' his hat out now and I am so excited that these products are now available to buy and I can finally post a photo of Arthur looking cool in the hat that Emma sent us to try out! Here is her career changing story:

Children Changing Careers - have you had a career change after having children? I'd like to hear from you!





Just a really quick post today to tell you about a series I am running.
I currently run a weekly blog series on parents who have had a career change after having children. I’m looking for writers/guest bloggers to take part and share their stories.
I'd love to hear your stories and advice for others who may be looking to do the same but are unsure of what to do next or how to make the change!
If you’re interested in contributing please email me at Arthurwears.email@gmail.com  or comment below (please include your contact details so that I can respond).
And remember you don’t have to already be a blogger to join in. Just willing to answer a few questions about your current and previous life and career!
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Naptime cheat - why it's ok to cherish the moment




Naptime cheat...because sometimes it's ok to just think 'stuff it' - I'm tired too, and this won't last forever. One day I'll wish my arm would go dead from the weight of his little sleeping body as he snores away on my shoulder. The washing can wait. The parcel I just missed can wait. Even I can wait, because soon he will be an hour older and that hour will turn to days, days to months and months to years...and I'll probably wish I'd just spent a little bit more time just doing this: Nothing...and everything X 


Why not read some of my other posts:

Dealing with colic and reflux in babies

For all the Mummies going back to work...this one's for you

Having a baby - the things they never told me about pregnancy, labour and motherhood

The diary of a 9 month old escape artist

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Arthur's 12- 13 month toddler update




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Arthur has just turned 13 months, so I thought it was about time I did another update (I'm sure I'll be looking back and comparing when we have more children!), although 'time' isn't something I have had much of lately! From a nasty winter cold to his 12 month jabs, 2016 so far has been full of snot, sniffles and separation anxiety!

Mums on Facebook! (That's us btw...)


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I will admit right now, the title of this blog post is actually stolen from a comment one of my NCT/mummy friends made whilst we were all trying to organise a night out (through Facebook-obviously!) and until this point, not once in the last year had it even occurred to me that I am now one of 'them' - you know, *whispers* "mums on Facebook!"