Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Why I Have Chosen Bespoke Sliding Door Wardrobe for My House

A house just isn’t complete without the perfect wardrobe. Be it a huge sprawling mansion, a quaint cottage or a tiny box sized apartment; we always need space to hang our clothes on and store our shoes and bags in. We need space that is roomy enough to contain all our stuff while at the same time small enough to fit within the required dimensions.

So when I was planning to have a wardrobe built inside my house, I have put a lot of thought into the project. After designating the space where I wanted it to be in, I surfed the Internet for various different kinds of wardrobe styles that were available. I browsed through countless designs and frames until I decided on the perfect one for my house. I chose the bespoke sliding door wardrobe from Bravo London.

Why I Chose Bespoke Sliding Door Wardrobe for My House

First things first, what does the term bespoke wardrobe even mean? 

During my search for the perfect wardrobe, I had to look this up first! Well, as it turns out, it literally means ‘made to measure’. So a bespoke wardrobe is one that is carefully constructed inside a specifically measured space and is not something that can be store-bought and simply fitted into place.

So I opted for a bespoke closet because of two main reasons:

-         Since it is made to measure, it could give me the largest space possible. It is the best way to utilise available area and make the most out of it.
-         It can be personalised as much as I want it to be! I can have it narrow and high, low and wide or a combination of both dimensions. It really can be adjusted per my wishes; how amazing is that!

Why go for a sliding door wardrobe? This must be the second question in your mind. Well, I chose the sliding door style because of the following reasons:

-         I found it to be the best looking! No kidding, while browsing through pictures I saw that I absolutely loved the look of a sliding door wardrobe. It felt like an incredible combination of modern style and regal class.

-         It is the most convenient. Remember how with the changing weather, doors either get tightly stuck or too loose and just open on their own no matter how hard you bang them shut? A sliding door solves this problem! So it is the most convenient to use.

-         It takes up less space. Yes this is actually true. When you have an ordinary hinged door you need to always have some cleared up space around it so that you can pull/push that door open. But for a sliding door you don't need to because it only moves along its track, so this setup takes up less space.

-         It has the most variety. It could be made from simple hardwood, warm mahogany or any other kind of material, and the glass can be plain, etched, frosted or tinted. So there is a lot of opportunity to play with the design and have the door styled according to the accent of the whole room.

These are the reasons why I chose a bespoke sliding door wardrobe for my house as it seems to me to be the best wardrobe style. You should try one out for your house too! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Win a Barcelona 5 Piece Rattan Garden Cube Set with Rattan Direct!

I know it only seems a matter of weeks since Christmas, but the fact of the matter is... Easter is arriving this weekend! You can't have missed all of the Easter Eggs on the shelves? They arrived at point of sale on New Years Eve if memory serves correctly! 

Rattan Direct are huge Easter fans, and as they love a good competition, I thought it would be nice to share their latest giveaway with you all, which is in the form of a Rattan Direct Easter Egg Hunt!

What do you have to do?

All you have to do is head on over to their website (link above!) and watch the video on the competition page. While you watch the clip, you just need to keep your eyes on the lookout for eggs and chocolate bunnies that have been hidden away in one of Rattan Direct's most popular outdoor furniture sets!

Keep a count of how many Easter Eggs and chocolate bunnies you spy in the video, and then fill out the contact form below the video, including your answer of how many you spy! 

Make sure you double check your total to make sure that you haven't missed one, and then everyone who gets the answer right will be entered into a prize draw! The winner will be announced 7 days after the competition ends (It ends on the 30th April 2017). 

Rattan Direct

This would be an amazing addition to any patio this Summer, and it really would look the part. 

So if you fancy your chances of winning this beautiful piece of furniture, then head on over to the competition page and get your entry in!

Good luck! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

How Positivity Can help With Child Birth

As your due date approaches, you will be filled with excitement and anxiety in equal measure. For some, the fear of giving birth can reach fever pitch, preventing them from enjoying the birthing experience.

Giving birth to your children is one of the most moving experiences there is – or it should be. But, with fear and anxiety clouding your vision, you may struggle with labour, giving birth and the first few weeks of being a new mum.

Newborn Baby

HARTMANN Direct look at seven steps to enjoying being pregnant and giving birth.

The Birthing Stories

As soon as you announce your pregnancy, you will be showered with congratulations as well as more than a few stories about how and when other mums had their babies. Your own mum may enjoy sharing your birth story.
Inevitably, there will be people who have horror birthing stories to tell and how it was the most panful/frightening/horrendous time.
There will be other mums however, who will tell you that they had a great experience and will suggest to you to take time throughout your pregnancy to face your fear and take positive steps to managing your pregnancy and birth as you want it.

“Everyone says that…”

Unfortunately, when you announce your intentions for a drug-free, home or water birth etc. you may well be met with derision.
There are medical emergencies with childbirth but there are also plenty of pregnancies and births that result in fantastic birthing experiences for mum, dad and baby – and the rest of the family.
Don’t be put off by what other people say or tell you will happen because great births do happen!

7 Steps to a Positive Experience

Even if the birth doesn’t quite go according to the plan you had in mind, it can still be a positive experience…

#1 Face Your Fears

Watching TV programmes from fly-on-the labour-ward documentaries to soap operas all make birth look like a horrendous time in which you will shout and scream.
Some women have a paralysing fear of giving birth and this is a condition which will need to be carefully managed and treated. For others, it is the fear of the unknown.
Face your fear, understand where the fear is coming from and take the next positive step.

#2 Practice Relaxation

You will have heard of the ‘flight or fright’ principle. With a surge of adrenalin, you will either stay and fight or flee the danger.
When neither of these are an option, you need to face the situation but do so in a way that is calm. Practice relaxation techniques during pregnancy to help you stay calm.

#3 Focus on Your Breathing

When we are shocked, stressed or excited, we tend to hold our breath. The trick is to learn to focus in on breathing and make sure that exhaling and inhaling is following a calm, regular pattern.
Slower, deeper breaths will increase oxygen to your muscles, essential in labour and will also help you to relax.

#4 Include Your Partner

With so much focus on you, it is easy to forget your partner. Many men and birthing partners will promise to be with you during the birth but they too may in a state of such high anxiety and stress that they too fail to enjoy what they are about to witness.
Give your partner chance to express his or her fears too.

#5 Stay in the Moment

Labour is the final step before your baby arrives. And it is easy for you to allow your brain to race ahead and with ‘danger’ ahead, give you panicky messages and thoughts.
Stay with your labour, work with every contraction and understand that each one is a step to giving birth.

#6 Use Your Senses

Your sense are important triggers for relaxation. When you practice relaxation, choose a scent or a sound for example, that your mind associates with a peaceful, happy, relaxed place.
Have that scent or sound on hand when you are in labour to help your mind focus.

#7 Stay in Touch

The sense of touch is supportive and a strong message that you are not alone. Have your partner touch you, if this is something that soothes you. Not every labouring mum wants to be touched, so don’t worry if this is case but stay connected with your partner.
Labour is uncomfortable and giving birth can be painful but it is rewarding, an amazing show of the combined power of Mother Nature and you. Enjoy it!

HARTMANN Direct are an online supplier of incontinence products. They have a wide range of products in various absorbencies, suitable for use during pregnancy and after birth too. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Getting Fit: Why I did it

Emily Skye Transformation
3 years ago I had reached a point where I hated the idea of shopping for myself. I didn't feel comfortable in any of the clothes I owned, and the idea of buying a new dress filled me with dread. I wanted to be able to treat myself and feel good about what I was wearing, but I was so aware of the spare tyre that had accumulated around my abdomen and how my thighs clapped together as though they were preparing to give me a standing ovation. 

I spent my time shopping for Leo, I didn't even feel the need to have a look in the shops that I used to love. I watched girls on the street walk past me looking absolutely beautiful, I saw how confident they looked and I felt green with envy. 

How these girls looked in their crop tops and hot pants over the summer months, how they pulled off the risque dress choice that I would have loved to have been able to wear. 2014 was the year that I finally got my bottom into gear, I did it for many reasons, but one of the biggest factors was so that I could wear whatever I wanted and feel comfortable and confident enough to do so (not to mention that I would have the pleasure of replacing my entire wardrobe at the end of it, I was shopping on Love the Sales most days!).

If there is one word that I would use to describe myself, I would have to go with 'Determined', a word that other people might use is 'Stubborn', but whichever way you look at it, whether it was sheer determination or the drive to prove people wrong... I achieved my goal.

Emily Skye Transformation

I have thoroughly enjoyed treating myself to new clothes, it has allowed me to be more daring than I have ever been in my life when it comes to fashion. If you are looking to make a change and apply a new lifestyle, there is no better way than setting yourself a shopping trip treat for once you have hit a certain milestone. This worked wonders for me, and actually pushed me to go further in the grand scheme of things! I still can't help checking out the dress sale on Love the Sales!

 I look at the photo on the left (top of this post) of me 3 years ago, and it's hard to remember a time that this was me. I remember how I felt taking that photo, I didn't like what I saw in the mirror, I was just starting to take those tentative baby steps to try and change my attitude towards food, and to try and take control back over my body and provide it with the TLC that it really needed.

Now I look at that photo and I see just how far I have come, I never expected to achieve everything that I have done, all I aimed to really do was lose a bit of weight and carry on with my life. I never expected to fall in love with fitness, and I never expected to be continuing it 3 years later!

This journey has been one hell of a learning curve, and even now I'm learning as I go. It's safe to say that it's not only a physical transformation that I have worked towards over the last couple of years, but it's also an emotional one that has helped me pick my confidence back up from around my ankles, where it had fallen and gathered dust and didn't have the momentum to propel itself back to life on it's own.

Emily Skye Transformation

I've shared my journey for many reasons, it's helped me motivate myself to keep going, it's allowed me to reach out to other ladies who feel like they are past helping themselves (I was one of them!), it's connected me with ladies all over the world and provided me with inspiration to keep going forward and it's helped me capture how much I have grown and learned.

I've realised that not everyone is going to like what I do, and that's fine. Although I share my journey, it's not for them, it's for me. If someone doesn't like my body or how I train then that's absolutely fine, because this is me, it's who I am, and I'm happy in the skin I'm in and you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm proud of my achievements!

You are always going to be too much for some people, you can't please everyone and you shouldn't attempt too, all you can do is keep moving forward and take strides towards your goals and smile at everyone who tells you 'you looked better before, but where are your boobs though? Too muscular, too skinny' because those kind of comments SHOULD not distract you from your hopes and dreams.

And if you are anything like me... It is those sorts of comments that will just keep you focused on the task at hand. who do you think will have the last laugh?

It won't be them. It will always be you.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Why Personalised Gifts Are Loved and Adored by Expectant Moms

baby gifts online
Everyone loves receiving personalised gifts, especially moms who are expecting. It makes them feel special, loved, and that they belong to a group that care about their baby, whether it’s during their happiest or toughest time in pregnancy.

That’s why personalised baby gifts online are becoming a trend. A mother receiving a unique gift for her baby makes her feel appreciated by people. Thus one of the reasons why personalised baby gifts are adored by most moms.

baby gifts online
Here are a few more reasons why it’s a great idea:

1. The Feeling of Being Loved

A personalised gift means the person knows the mom well and what they want for their baby. They think about what she had gone through her pregnancy as well as what she’ll probably go through when the little one is born.

Even a simple personalised gift can create the sense of love and belonging. Whether it’s a simple teething ring that she mentioned was “cute” or that pair of shoe she always looks up from her favourite baby gift store online. Having a loved one give you something personal will always convey love.

2. Personalised Baby Gifts Make Moms Feel Special Too

One of the many mistakes people make when buying presents for babies is the failure to communicate on what they’re getting because this makes it possible for two or more people buying the same gift. And when that happens, it’s hard for a person to assume that not much thought was given to buying these identical gifts.

The journey to having a baby is a special one because it’s a choice of two people bringing another life into this world. Thus, people bringing gifts for their loved ones who are expecting should invest some time in figuring out the perfect baby gift. And with personalised baby gifts nowadays, it’s not that hard to find one.

3. Being Personal Builds Trust

Being personal makes a mother feel that she is in a trusting and safe environment. That everyone around her thinks and cares about her and her child’s well-being. This feeling of security can lessen her anxiety and keeps her mood stable. Which overall, is good for both the baby and the mother.

4. It Helps Her Get Through The Hard Times

Before getting an expectant mom a baby gift, it may help to know what she needs first. Pregnancy has its toll to a woman’s body. It makes them weak, craving for various foods, and climbing up and down with mood swings. A personalised gift is not only used for showing affection but also to give a mom some well-deserved comfort.

A mother will do anything for her pregnancy to be more comfortable and less painful, not to mention that it also benefits the baby. So some massage oils and bath salts may not be a bad idea together with those baby body suits.

5. Immortalises The Moment

Baby gifts aren’t just shallow material things. They can also be a significant reminder of the special moments a mother has gone through while being pregnant. Also, your personalised gift can be something their child can cherish even when they grow old. Making that moment a permanent memory to reminisce about.

Being In Their Shoes

To further understand why an expectant mom will always choose a personalised gift over a typical one, it will help to experience being in their shoes. A mother only wants what is best for their young ones. And nothing says “best” like a carefully thought out baby gift given at the right time, and at the right moment.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Spring is coming!

I am so ready to wave goodbye to Winter now. As I type this the puppy is insisting on going out into the garden, leaving the door wide open behind him so that he has the freedom to come in and out, in and out, in and out. Don't get me wrong, when the sun is shining and it's warm outside I would love nothing more than to be able to give Lux this kind of freedom and let the warm breeze roll into the kitchen. As it happens though, It's February and it's cold, and that cold wind is not welcome in my cosy space while I work.

It won't be long until the days are warming up and we are finally able to get back outside again, I look forward to being able to take the laptop outside and work from the garden. April is perhaps one of my favourite months of the year, it's starting to warm up, the days are brighter and it makes me want to get outside the most. Last year I was getting up at 6am and heading out for a run, by the time I got home the sun was blaring and everything just looked beautiful. 

Now I have Lux we do spend a lot more time outside, rain or shine, but when the weather improves I will want to be outside as much as I can be. We spend quite a lot of time at my Parent's home while I am working because their garden is so big, it means the dog can burn a bundle of energy while I get on with my to do list. I keep thinking how lovely it would be to help my parent's do up their garden. I keep looking at the garden selection on Fishpools as they have some gorgeous pieces. I would love to surprise my Mum with one of these Rattan Sofa Sets, it would make the perfect place to sit in the garden with my laptop and watch the dog do laps of the garden. 

The garden is a area that has such huge potential, but no one has ever really had chance to do anything with. We all like to get out there, but I know that if we could get on top of it all, there would be even more reason to bring the BBQ out and make the most of that time in the year where we can sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Keeping this puppy of mine entertained really will be so much easier once I can leave that back door open, or better yet go and sit outside with him. Currently he is in the process of taking whatever he can find out into the garden. He is like a magpie and gathers a collection of things he likes, underwear, bras, tea towels, paper that he shreds, plastic bottles that he likes to chew until they are ready to be recycled. 

That puppy certainly keeps us on our toes but we wouldn't be without him. 

My Top Tips on Flying with Children

Tips on Flying with Children

We have traveled with Leo since he was a baby in arms, and that is something that I would highly recommend families do with their little one's from a young age. I remember thinking how daunting it felt at the idea of flying with a baby, but the actual process and experience was so much easier than I could ever have dreamed it would be. 

I remember really working myself up about the whole milk situation, because these days you cannot take liquid through security into departures, and as I cast my mind back, this was actually my main concern. I was worried that the sterilised baby bottles with cooled boiled water would be confiscated and I would be without the means to feed my baby. I really stressed myself out of it, but when the time came to walk through security on Leo's maiden voyage out of the UK at a mere 5 months old, they literally just asked us to taste the water, so they could rule it out being something malicious disguised as baby essentials. 

That was literally it, we just needed to taste test each of the 4 bottles I had prepared to bring on our journey, and that was it. As we walked through the gates into the departure lounge to embark on our journey to Tenerife I couldn't understand why I had worked myself up so much for it to be such a simple demonstration. 

I actually found it easier to fly with a baby than I did when Leo had turned 2. Baby's don't talk, baby's don't get up and try to walk around, but 2 year old's certainly do. When we flew out to Cyprus it was a really early morning flight, so I had convinced myself that Leo would sleep most of the way there... Well I couldn't have been more wrong if I had tried. Leo was awake for the entire flight, well apart from when he fell asleep 5 minutes before the plane landed. I was exhausted as I couldn't even contemplate closing my eyes, because I had a 2 year old who would have been everywhere but in his seat. How I missed that 5 month old baby at that very moment in time, the baby who sat on my lap and slept the flight away, and when he woke up smiled and giggled and had everyone around him cooing.

Tips on Flying with Children

Tips on Flying with Children

Of course now that Leo is older, flying has got easier again. He will happily sit and watch a film on his iPad, or play some learning games as we fly away to warmer climates. There are companies that you can book family friendly holiday's through, Tots To Travel handpick family friendly villas and cottages all over the globe which really can help take the stress out of travelling.

My Top Tips on Flying with Children 

- Make sure you have plenty of drinks/snacks to keep them going.

- Pre-load the iPad with films/games/activities for the children to play while air born. I highly recommend the 'Teach Your Monster to Read' app, Leo loves it and it was a life saver on our flight to Crete last year.

- Bring colouring books/story books to complete together.

- Take a blanket so that they can have quiet time and go to sleep if they wish.

- Take a portable DVD player and a selection of DVDs.

- Take a Nintendo DS and game selection

This year we are flying to Crete in May, and Leo is already counting down the sleeps. At least now he is 5 I don't need to worry about him trying to escape the confines of his seat...