Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Taylor's 9 month Update

Taylor James' 9 month Update

9 months already? I can't believe he's been here as long as I was pregnant for, although that definitely felt longer!! ;)
He's getting so big and grown up now, it's crazy! He understands so much and tries to say a few words. He's getting really cheeky and thinks it's hilarious when I tell him 'No' with a serious face. He's still very much a handful, never stays still and is on the go constantly. He's just not interested in the huge box full of toys he has, he'd rather touch everything he's not supposed to! :)
He understands lots of words now such as 'Mummy, Daddy, Bradley, breakfast, lunch, din-dins, no, bottle, juice, diddy, muzzy, toys, wave...' 

I haven't taken him to be weighed again this month, I might book him in soon though.

He's still in 9-12 months clothing. Although I did put him in 12-18 month leggings the other day as I was behind on laundry, and they fit him lovely :) I think I'm going to have to go buy some 12-18 month vests as his are getting tight now. 
Did I mention he was a 3F shoe size? He's due a fitting at Clarks though so I'll have to see if that has changed since.

He's still loving his food and pretty much eats everything. A typical days meals include, an Organix cereal and some fruit for breakfast, sandwiches, toast, crumpets etc for lunch with fruit, salad, cheese, cooked meats etc, and then a cooked meal for dinner; pasta, or meat, potatoes and veg etc. Or if we have dinner late, or a takeaway at the weekend, he'll have half a Hipp or Heinz toddler meal. He still spoon feeds himself with a pre loaded spoon, and his pincer grip picking up foods is coming on great!!

He had one night where he slept right through, in his own bed, which for a 9 month old doesn't sound too special right? But it was a huge achievement for him. We woke in the morning and ran to his cot to check he was okay as we just wasn't used to this!! Most nights he still wakes during the night and refuses to settle, until we give in and bring him in our bed. Totally making a rod for my own back I know, but it's the only way any of us gets any sleep. Everyday I do say, 'Not tonight, tonight I'm going to try everything!!' but soon give up and bring him in for snuggles! :/
Daytime naps he still has 2-3 30 minute naps, one about 2 hours after he gets up, one after lunch and sometimes one about 3-4pm, this is sometimes skipped though. I do have to rock him off for these naps though, as he fights them but gets super grumpy when he's tired.

Bedtime Routine...
Still the same bedtime routine, 6pm bath; he often baths with Bradley which is super cute and allows me to get everything ready for bedtime knowing he's safe with Bradley. He has started to attempt to climb out of his bath seat though, so I've bought a bath mat for him to sit on instead. Then he gets dry on my bed, into his vest, snuggles and bottle, then into bed. He's pretty good at settling himself at night time and goes straight to sleep.

He has been trying to take a step, he's desperate to walk and I don't think it'll be long. He practically runs around the house with his push along walker, he walks along the furniture super quick and will walk with our hands. He just randomly stands up in the middle of the room sometimes. :) He understands a lot more words too. And he's started waving. :)

What he's loving this month...
Touching everything he's not meant to!! ;) 

Mummy's post partum body...
Although Ive had a couple of comments saying I look as though I'm slimming down well, I actually put a few pounds on this month! :(

Mummy's Best Bits...
Him waving is super cute and walking with my hands, he's just getting so big, he's adorable!!

Daddy's Best Bits...
'I love that he can stand up! And I love when we chase each other around the house' :)

Bradley's Best Bits...
'I love when he comes into my room to play, the fact that he's learning a lot of new things, I just love him!'

Until next month...

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Project 365 | 2015 | Week 21

A photo a day, every day, for a year.

I think it's a fab way to document my week and look back on my year at the end.

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Week Twenty One
May 18-24

Day one hundred and thirty seven:
I love this photo. I'm very lucky that as a working at home mum, I get to do this now and then. Sleepy cuddles are the best!

Day one hundred and thirty eight:
My big man turned 11 today!! He had a bowling party, where I had to manage 9 crazy 11 year old boys by myself! I was so ready for my bed when I got home!! :)

Day one hundred and thirty nine:
Taylor on Daddy's shoulders. Cute shot! :)

Day one hundred and forty:
Taking some shots of the letterbox cake I reviewed this week. Twas very yummy! :)

Day one hundred and forty one:
My anxiety has been high this week, and this quote pretty much summed up how I was feeling. Sometimes life is messy!

Day one hundred and forty two:
Tunnel time! I loved how he went straight through to the other side. Fearless! :)

Day one hundred and forty three:
Taylor turned 9  months old today. I uploaded this '9 months in, 9 months out' picture. :)

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cake... through your letterbox?? | Review

Cake cake cake.

Have I got your attention?? ;)
Cake delivered to your door. Fantastic concept if you ask me. But hey, I LOVE cake [as you can probably tell! Hips don't lie!] so when Baker Days contacted me asking if I would review their letterbox cakes, it didn't take me long to accept, and set about waiting beneath my letterbox, mouth wide open. [Okay I jest ;)]

So, Baker Days let you design your own cake, online, and pop it into the post to you, if you order before 2pm it'll arrive the very next day!
The cakes are handmade, using their very own fresh buttercream and they guarantee that your cake will arrive fresh, on time and in tact! ;)

Their cakes come in 4 different sizes ranging from a small 5 inch letter box cake, up to a large 12 inch party cake.

I was reviewing their letter box cake.
I set about choosing my design. There are so many categories to choose from, you will find a cake for any occasion, a birthday cake, a new job cake, a thank you cake or just an 'I think you're great' cake.
I chose a 'Keep Calm...' design. Then from 5 different recipe options I chose a 'vanilla sponge', filled in my details and it was done.

Within a few days, and almost perfectly timed on James' birthday, a small parcel popped through the letter box.
Inside was this cute little tin, some balloons and candles. Unfortunately the candles had started to melt over the balloons, which was a shame. 
Inside the tin, packed in special packaging, this amazing little cake.

We tried some that evening, it smelt gorgeous and tasted really lovely and fresh. 

Soft, moist vanilla sponge finished off with a yummy buttercream underneath. We all agreed it was lovely!!

I would definitely use Baker Days again, I think it's such a fab idea to send someone a little cake through the post, even if just to tell them you're thinking of them!
The cakes can be personalised with names and photos for that extra special touch. 

Letterbox cakes* are available for £14.99 from 

What do you think? 
Would you try cake through your letterbox?

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Project 365 | 2015 | Week 20

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Week Twenty
May 11-17

Day one hundred and thirty one:
It didn't take long for Taylor to start darting around the room with his walker, I just can't keep up with him!! :)

Day one hundred and thirty two:
It was Big Brother Launch Night and I was made to watch it on the iPad as the football was on. How rude? ;)

Day one hundred and thirty three:
I've been feeling a bit run down and fed up this week and came across this little quote that perked me up a little.

Day one hundred and thirty four:
The Double Dozen at Krispy Kremes has to be done right? I've been waiting YEARS for my hometown to get a KK so must make the most of it!! The diet has gone out of the window this week anyway! :)

Day one hundred and thirty five:
It was James' birthday today. We spent the day carpet and wallpaper shopping, bless him! But he's super excited that the house is almost finished so he was happy to do that. :)

Day one hundred and thirty six:
Taylor keeps randomly standing up in the middle of the room and I managed to snap a quick picture! As you can see by the dribbling, he's teething a lot at the moment, we had both top teeth cut through today!!

Day one hundred and thirty seven:
Preparing party bags for Bradley's birthday this week. Can't quite get my head around the fact that come Tuesday I will have an 11 year old!! 

How was your week?

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Babymoov : Babyni Playpen | Review

As part of our ambassadorship with Babymoov, we're lucky enough to get the chance to review their products, to share our thoughts with you. 

Today we're reviewing their Babyni - A multi function playpen*.

The Babyni can be used from birth as a portable, comfortable little travel cot, which with SPF50+ sun protection and removable mosquito net, makes it perfect for those upcoming summer holidays and days out with the family. 

It comes in it's own handy little travel bag and is super quick and easy to put up. It has a little handle, so it's easy to grab on the way out of the house, which is great, as let's face it, we have enough to contend with when leaving the house with a baby!! ;)

It comes with an easy to assemble playpen, a mosquito nest, a comfortable mattress and 3 removable toys to entertain baby.

It really is simple to put up, it pops open and the little 'sticks' around the sides fit nicely into straps to hold it in place. It only takes a few minutes, so no faffing while baby is getting restless.
With the sun hood and mosquito net, I think this is perfect to take on holiday, to the beach, the park, anywhere, knowing baby will be comfortable and safe.

Here is Taylor sat playing with his toys in the Babyni.
He is possibly a little big to use it as a travel cot / nest now, he's far too active, never stays still and would just try and climb out!! :)

So, we decided to roll back the sun hood and turn it into a little ball pit!! What do you think??

We love this multi functional playpen. It's perfect for keeping very little ones safe from the sun, and a comfortable place to sleep whilst away from home. Then as they get a little older it can be used as a fun playpen, like we have done.

The only problem I have with the Babyni is I struggle putting it back into the carry bag after use. But if I'm truly honest, I think that's me and my impatience rather than the product!! ;)

The Babyni can be purchased from the Babymoov website  at £59.99 and is also available in a smaller version.

We can't wait to show you lots of other fantastic products from Babymoov.

What do you think of the Babyni?
Is it something you'd use?

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Project 365 | 2015 | Week 19

A photo a day, every day, for a year.

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Week nineteen
May 4 - 10

Day one hundred and twenty four: 
One of my best friends Lisa married her long term boyfriend Dan on Monday, it was such a beautiful day, I was so so happy for her!!

Day one hundred and twenty five:
Can we just take a look at this selfie?! I look about 12 here?! It must've been a good nights sleep hahaha!!

Day one hundred and twenty six:
Ball pit!  :)

Day one hundred and twenty seven:
Little trip to Toys R Us to get some toys for Taylor.

Day one hundred and twenty eight:
Busy creating resources for work today! These are some of the Choice Boards I designed which are really popular.

Day one hundred and twenty nine:
Taking some shots for my April Favourites post.

Day one hundred and thirty:
It was my nieces 3rd birthday party on Sunday, how amazing does the cake look?? :)

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

April Favourites & Update

I'm always late posting these!! But life is pretty chaotic so I'm short of free time lately. 
So, April. 
We ate chocolate at Easter. We enjoyed a few weeks of sunshine. We went on a few fun family days out. We were busy with our jobs. Taylor started crawling, life changed!! :) Another month went by and we're still not in the new house. So we're living out of boxes, and struggling to sleep train Taylor while he's still in our room, but hopefully we'll have better news on that next month.

Anyway, onto my Favourites of April...


Skincare Product of the Month...
Find me a super toner better than anti blemish treatment, Skinetica (£7.00)!! I've been using this for a couple of years and I LOVE it. My skin has never been so clear. I use it as part of my evening skincare routine, every other day. 

Haircare Product of the Month...
I'm going to say my Mark Hill Style & Shine Hairdryer (£24.99/Boots), it dries my thick hair really fast, and keeps it shiny and smooth with it's infused morrocan oil. LOVE!! It's currently half price in Boots so snap it up!

MakeUp Product of the Month...
Ive been reaching for my old faithful MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (£23.00) a lot this month, I hadn't used it for a while, it slipped to the bottom of my make up box and I'd been using other products. But I found it one morning and it's been something I've been using a lot since.I love the finish it gives and leaves my skin looking fresh and highlighted.

Bath/Body Product of the Month...
I can't get enough of my The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Shower Cream (£4.00) its really thick and luxurious and smells amazing!! My Dad and Step Mum buy me some every Christmas so I'm never short! :)

Fragrance of the Month...
As we had a few really warm weeks, I reached for one of my favourite fragrances from last summer, the The Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist (£7.50), it's such a gorgeous, fruity smell that reminds me of sunshine and fun, summer days.

Baby Product of the Month...
I bought 4 different beakers but Taylor just wouldn't take to any, until we received the Nuby Grip N Sip No Spill First Cup (£2.99) in last months Sassybloom box and he took to it straight away due to its soft silicone spout. And he soon learnt to hold it himself to drink.

Read of the Month...
Bradley and I are still reading The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, after we went to see the theatre play. It's actually really entertaining for the both of us, which I love.

TV of the Month...
I got super excited to see Vanderpump Rules return. I have a huge love/hate thing with Stassi!!

Film of the Month...
I dont think I had time to watch any films during April

How was your April?

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Welcome To My World : A Day in the Life of Me!

If you haven't read my blog before, Hi!
I'm Lianne, a 31 year old WAHM to an almost 11 year old, an 8 month old... And an almost 32 year old ;)

Welcome to my world. 
A typical day in my life. 
This is me, attempting to be a half decent mum, girlfriend, employee, friend, woman, human being... 
Here for you to judge me as you please...

4.40am - Taylor wakes up, like clockwork, refuses to settle so bring him into my bed for snuggles, falls back sleep.

7.00am - Wake up to an elbow in my eye socket and a baby hanging off the edge of the bed. Bradley comes in, lays on the bed with us, nice little moment with my boys before Taylor decides to attempt to throw himself off the bed again, so get up to get his bottle.
Taylor has his bottle in my bed while I lie back and check my personal emails and notifications on social media. Tell Bradley to do his jobs and get himself ready for school.

7.20am - Run a bath. Do Bradley's lunchbox. Remind Bradley to do his jobs and get himself ready for school.

7.30am - Bradley plays with Taylor in the lounge while I have a quick bath. Take a moment to notice how nice the new fake tan I've been trying looks. :) 
Get dressed, no ironing been done so grab yesterdays leggings and a stretchy top from the ironing pile. Lazy attempt at my morning skincare routine but manage a quick cleanse, tone, eye cream and moisturiser.

7.45am - Breakfast. Fruit & Fibre for me [thats my Slimming World Healthy Extra A & B for the day ;)], Weetabix and Satsuma segments for Taylor. Taylor decides that today he prefers to grab the Weetabix from the spoon with his hands rather than take the spoon and feed himself. 

7.50am - Bradley goes to School. I get Taylor cleaned up and then dressed. We've gone for stripey leggings and an I Love Mummy top. He squirms and throws himself around as he wants to get up and play. Takes twice as long as usual.

8.10am - Clean up the highchair and dining table and take breakfast bowls into kitchen. Taylor follows me. Finds Daddy's nose hair trimmer which has been left lying around on the hallway table. Remove nose hair trimmer from Taylor's mouth. Also retrieve £1 coin from his hand which is slowly making it's way towards his mouth, which his brother has also cleverly left on the hallway table. :/

8.15am - Half arsed attempt at make up, getting this 'face done in 5 minutes' malarky down to a T! Manage foundation, quick sweep of skin finish, one eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and a slick of Vaseline on the lips. In this time Taylor has thrown the remote on the floor, sent the batteries flying under the bed, sucked on a lip pencil and practically emptied the contents of my make up drawer. Daddy pretends he's still asleep. Shove hair up in a stretchy hair tie on top of head.

8.20am - Change Taylor's nappy. He has recently decided he hates his legs being held during a nappy change, so he fusses and screams and wiggles around. Foot ends up in poo. Change socks. Full on tantrum. Is it really only half 8!?

8.30am - We find 'diddy and muzzy' [dummy and muslin cloth] and have  Mummy cuddles on the sofa watching Baby TV. He starts to fall asleep. He usually has his morning nap in his cot and this is the only time I get to work on my blog, but he's fallen asleep on me so I take the opportunity to rest with him. This doesn't happen very often I can tell you!! :)

diddy, muzzy and mummy cuddles

9.00am - Wakes up. Daddy gets up for work. Moans he doesn't have a shirt ironed. Take pleasure telling him that I did tell him yesterday that since Taylor has started crawling and refuses to go in his Jumperoo, it isn't safe for me to iron around him and I had planned to do it yesterday on his day off, but he went out for the afternoon and therefore no ironing has been done. So there. ;)

9.15am - Taylor is sat playing with his toys so I take the opportunity to go do the washing up. Taylor of course follows. He pulls the clothes horse on top of him. Twice. All before I've poured the Blackberry and Rhubarb Washing Up Liquid into the bowl! 
Wash the bottles. Put them in the steriliser. Stand on babies hands. Baby cries. Give him a cuddle and an organic banana rice cake to make it all better. ;) 
Start the rest of the washing up. Taylor has found he can open and slam the cupboard door. Manages to open cupboard door and attempts to get out my oven dishes. Replace oven dishes and give him some plastic cups to play with. Back to the washing up. Taylor pulls clothes horse on his head again. Then amuses himself for a while by chatting to his reflection in the washing machine. Starts to alternate between pulling the wet clothes from the washing machine and trying to climb into the washing machine. Cries as he can't get in the washing machine. Give him an Ella's Kitchen organic baby cookie. Back to the washing up. Notice the woman over the back, like clockwork back from the school run and sat in the garden for a cigarette and her first glass of WKD Blue of the day! :/ Washing up done. Taylor has found an opening behind the bin, with a bag of hoover nozzles. Wipe down and anti bac the work tops, fill up the Perfect Prep machine. Remove a piece of Dyson from child's mouth.

9.45am - Hoover. Attempt to fight my way through the moving boxes and half packed bags of clothes in the hallway. We were meant to be moving house after Christmas. The house still isn't ready. But don't get me started on that.:/ Taylor chases and shouts at the hoover. 

10.15am - Enter the bathroom to tidy up after the boys. Put the seat down and anti bac the toilet. Curse the boys for making so much mess! Taylor follows me and pulls half of the contents of the toiletry stand off. 

10.30am - Taylor starts getting grumpy and showing signs of tiredness. Remember that lately he's been having a longer morning nap and since earlier was only 30mins, we grab diddy and muzzy and have cuddles. I rock him off whilst watching a bit of This Morning. He falls sleep so I pop him into his bed.

11.00am - I spend a little time on my blog. I usually have time to post blog links on my social media, read and reply to comments, check emails, link up to some linkys and blog hops and visit some other blogs. If I'm lucky I might get time to write a little, but this is rare. It takes me a good few days to do a blog post nowadays!! :) Text my friend Debbie for a while, she's getting married soon. Very exciting. 

11.20am - Taylor wakes. Nappy change. Another tantrum about having his legs held. Get him some juice [water with a splash of baby juice] and he sits 'playing' [pulling all the DVDs out of the stand and pressing the buttons on Daddy's PlayStation]

11.25am - Contemplate going out to do the Post Office run for work. Wonder if it's about to chuck it down. But then James calls to tell me that a delivery of a sink and a mobile phone is on the way. That's that decision made. Taylor can't quite work out why Daddy's voice is coming from the phone, alternates between looking excited at hearing Daddy, and confused as to where he is.

11.45am - Prepare lunch. Cheese spread sandwich, cucumber, cheese, pork loin, satsuma segments and yoghurt for Taylor. Tomato & Herb Pasta Mug Shot and some pork loin [SW Free] for me. 
While Taylor eats happily and I wait for my Mug Shot to 'stand', I pick up all the DVDs from the floor and clear up the kitchen.
Whilst eating I quickly take the opportunity to check work emails and reply to some customer queries.
Taylor has definitely found his big voice lately and squeals as loud as he can for more food on his tray. Throws his yoghurt covered spoon on the floor after every mouthful, missing the mat under his high chair. Bend down to wipe the yoghurt from my floor. Hit in head with yoghurt covered spoon. 

lunch time

12.00pm - Take delivery for a new sink [for the new house] and a mobile phone [Bradley's birthday present].

12.30pm - James pops home after a doctors appointment. Taylor gets super excited to see him. James leaves to take new sink to new house and back to work.
It's now throwing it down so no chance of Post Office run or any trip out today.

12.45pm - Pop onto Facebook to confirm plans for an upcoming weekend away with ladies in my baby group later this year. Taylor routes through my work boxes which are sat underneath my dining table, which resembles an office. A messy one. Be glad when we move into new house and I have my own cupboard for my work materials. Plastic wallets and ring binds all over the floor.

1.00pm - Taylor and I play on the floor for a while, although he's more interested in pulling himself up the TV stand and wiping his hands all over the TV.

1.30pm - He starts to get tired, so we have cuddles and rock him in my arms whilst watching a bit of telly. He falls sleep so I put him down in his cot. 
Pick up plastic wallets and ring binds. Check work emails and reply to customer queries. Add a spa experience for me to our trip to Butlins with the boys this summer. :) Bit of pampering will be nice! :)

2.00pm - Start some ironing. Manage 10 minutes before Taylor wakes up. He wakes up quite upset with bright red cheeks so give him some Ashtons & Parsons teething powder.

2.15pm - Give Taylor his afternoon bottle. Have a quick nosey at Facebook. Have a look through my friends photos of their recent trip away. They were once my best friends, then I had a baby. :/ Think how amazing they all look. Feel shit about my own body. Vow to squeeze a workout in at some point today.

2.25pm - Taylor manages to find the TV remote, although I'd hid it behind a pillow. He changes the settings on the screen. Have to text James to ask how to change it back.

2.30pm - Do the laundry. Put ironing away. Sort through dry clothes. Empty washing machine onto clothes horse. Fill washing machine with another load. Taylor is climbing up the Hoover.

3.00pm - Nappy change. He doesn't cry this time, instead he shouts and claps, almost as though he's praising himself for being a good boy ;)

3.15pm - Bradley home from school. Taylor super excited to see him. We talk about his day at school. They play for a while and I chat with the ladies in my baby group while we make a few more plans for our weekend away.

3.30pm - Bradley goes to his friends. Taylor and I spend the next hour playing and watching Baby TV. We build and knock down bricks and he screams with delight. Video him and upload it to Facebook to share with friends and family. 

play time

4.30pm - Start to prepare dinner. Taylor follows. Prep veg whilst attempting to steer Taylor away from the hot oven.

5.00pm - Bradley comes home. Ask Bradley to play with Taylor while I finish off and serve the dinner. 

5.15pm - Eat dinner at the table with the boys. Tell Bradley off for sitting with his knees up at the table. We talk more about his day at school. Tell Bradley off for using his fingers. We talk about his poorly knee and I remind him to stop playing football to let it heal. Tell Bradley off for refusing to eat his vegetables. Clear away dinner plates and clean Taylor up.

5.40pm - James comes home from work. Serve his dinner which was keeping warm in the oven. We play with Taylor and talk about his day at work. Bradley goes back out to his friends. Text my friend Rose for a while, she's also getting married, in Barbados!!! So excited for her!!

6.00pm - Take delivery of work supplies. Shove them on the massive pile of work supplies in the corner of my lounge. Moan about them taking over my lounge and not being able to get into anything in the corner anymore. Wish we could hurry up and move so I can put it in my work cupboard.

6.15pm - I run the bath for Taylor. I get everything ready for his bedtime while James baths him. Then I get him dry and ready for bed. Taylor screams on the changing table, like clockwork. Still dont understand why he does this, it's been the same routine since the day he was born. Cuddles and last feed of the day, then zip him in his sleep bag and put him in bed.

6.30pm - Phone call from my sister in law while I set the dining table up for work. Taylor fusses a little but James goes to settles him. Bradley comes home. 

7.00pm - Start work. My job is to design, create and produce resources and paperwork for Early Years settings [preschools, childminders etc] I'm busy making up orders and liaising with customers.

products I'm making up for work 
7.30pm - Taylor starts screaming. James goes to settle him but he's screeching and not calming down so I go to see whats wrong. He's throwing his head back, tensing and screaming out, almost in pain. He won't settle even with Mummy cuddles. He feels clammy and his head feels hot, James fetches Calpol. He's still screaming. I don't think I've seen him act like this before. Eventually I settle him on my bed and he falls back to sleep. James takes over so I can get back to work.

9.00pm - I take a break from work to read with Bradley before bed. We read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Kiss him goodnight. Back to work.

10.30pm - I finish for the night. It's been a productive evenings work, big pile of parcels for the Post Office tomorrow. Remember I forgot to do a work out. Far too tired now.  

11.00pm - Off to bed. Try to be really quiet so not to disturb Taylor. He's still in our room, until we move. Did I mentioned that we've STILL not moved. Half arsed attempt to take off make up with micellar water. So tired. Check emails and social media notifications. SLEEP!!

So, that was my day. How was yours? :)
Please tell me you can relate?? Even a little? ;)

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