Sharing Memories with BagsofLove.co.uk

Once upon a time in a not so far off place, there was a larger than average family with a Father, a Mother and 5 adorable children. They use to love spending time together and going on lots of new and fun adventures.

With each new trip, the family would create many of greatly adored memories but due to the family’s very busy and hectic life they never have much time to sit down and reminisce about all the fun adventures they had been on together.

The mother tried so very hard to make sure the children remembered. So she placed photo’s all around her home and created cute little photo books that told the stories of their past. But as the number of her children increased and the older children grew the photographs changed and the photo books became ripped or faded.

The thought of not having anything to show and share with her children made the mother’s heartbreak. That was until she found BagsofLove. It was here that the mother was able to find loads of exciting and different products that contained her photo’s and memories. Best of all she was able to share these things with her family.

There were pillows, pictures, cups, mats and mugs but the mother didn’t want something for herself she wanted something the family could all use. After searching the site for a few more minutes she found a beautiful blanket that she could print a collage of her family and the adventures they had been on. Straight away she knew would be perfect. They could snuggle together under the blanket on cold days, spend story time wrapped up the soft fabric that was covered with their smiling faces and it would be there to make them feel better when they were ill.

Next, she had the funniest but the hardest part of the process, she had to design and choose which images she wanted on the family blanket. The hours whizzed by as she chose her photos while tweaking and changing her design to something that she loved.

And so with a few simple clicks on her laptop the Mother had ordered this fantastic blanket. It arrived within days and was beautifully wrapped. As soon as the mother felt the soft fabric of fleece blanket, she knew that this was just what she wanted. The quality and finish of the prints photos on the fabric was unbelievable, not a single memory was blurred or distorted.

It was then that the Mother knew she had got the best gift for her family to share together and that this blanket was going to be a source of love, comfort and security, as well as reminding her family of all the amazing things they have seen and done together.

 

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*I was sent this product in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Being a Stepparent isn’t easy

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Being a Stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

Instead of loving just one person, it could be two or three or more.

The family is ready built, for you to be a part of,

but first, you must respect, where the family started off.

This family use to be whole before it split in two,

And even though it wasn’t your fault the kids will still blame you.

They will paint you as the worse person to ever walk the earth,

But this is because deep down they carry a lot of hurt.

Being a stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

There will be plenty of times you will want to run for the door.

But if you want to earn their trust, they have to know your there.

So be prepared for your parenting to be met with an icy glare.

They’ll say “You’re not my parent, you can’t tell me what to do!”

When this happen stand your ground because they should respect you.

You may not be their parent, but you open up your heart to them,

And it not ok for them to throw that out in every silly argument.

Being a stepparent isn’t easy, of this, I am completely sure.

But the reward of them accepting you is worth so much more.

It won’t happen overnight, so don’t be in a rush.

Because they will resist, the more you try to push.

Just give them time and let them know you will always be there,

Play games with them, engage with them and show them you care.

Don’t try to replace their parent, instead just be their friend,

Because that’s all they will really want in the end.

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The Great Mummy Escape

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I have planned a great escape,
Because I am a woman in serious need of a break.

For 3 weeks and 2 days I have looked after my brood.
I have dealt with the tears, the tantrums and the moods.

“The summer holidays are great” they said.
So why do they only ever fill me with dread?

I no longer feel like a mum but a referee,
And I spend most of the day wondering if my kids even listen to me.

I decided that today was the day,
I was going to go out and have things my way.

No mini people arguing about which is better Pokemon or Batman,
I was going to leave the house alone, I was a mum with a plan.

As soon as the hubby walked through the door,
I would no longer answer to mum, that’s for sure.

I grabbed my bag and as quick as I could,
And ran for the door faster than I probably should.

Nothing was going to get in my way,
“Mummy’s going to do some work” I hear the hubby say.

As true as that statement may be,
I am actually going to have some time for me.

Because mummy is a person too,
And she needs to look after herself, as well as you.

So while I drink my coffee and chill,
Just know mummy loves you and always will.

 

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The Mummy Tag

I was tagged in The Mummy Tag post by the lovely Beth at Twinderelmo ages ago and I am only just now getting round to actually finishing and answering the questions about my family and our lives. Hopefully you will enjoy my answer and it will give you more of an insight into our lives.

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Are you a stay-at-home or a working Mum?

I am a stay at home mum.

Would you have it any other way?

Honestly, yes and no. I would love the extra money and to be able to enter the world and have adult convocations on a daily basis but I know my kids need me at home to help take them to their appointments and to help clean the house and do the things that I do around the house plus I enjoy being here when they get home from school.

My Newborn must-have?

A bouncy chair or swing that has an in-built vibrating motion or rocking sensation. That way when you want to have 5 seconds to yourself to help you breathe and recuperate after just having a baby. You can and the motion of the chair or swing will keep the baby happy. That is until they poop, needs feeding or burping or just realises you’re not actually hold them and you have to hug, shhhhh and rock them back to sleep.

How many kids do you plan on having?

If I could I would have more because that little broody voice inside me reminds me of all the cute little baby toys and how everything with LM is the last time and now she is getting older and is a fully fledged toddler. That voice has started to get loader.
Luckily I was smart though when I fell pregnant with LM and I told my hubby he had to have the snip because I was done having kids and 4 is more then enough for me, plus we don’t have anymore room in our 3 bedroom house because there is already 7 of us living here.

Date Night – How often?

A date night where we go Out-Out is very rarely. I think once every 3 to 6 months, the hubby and I get an evening away from the kids and go out on a date. But We love our date nights, so we will do them at home about once a week and we will feed the kids and then once their all in bed the hubby and I have a meal together or order a take out and watch a film or sometimes just listen to music and talk.

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What’s your child’s favourite TV show?

E loves Doc Mcstuffins and Paw patrol, LM is starting to get into Micky mouse clubhouse and Something Special. The boys love Adventure time, Regular show, Nexo Knights, Lego Ninjago and Yokay Watch I think it’s called. I have normally switched off by that point because all the shows are basically the same and have weird names.

What’s one thing you bought for your newborn and never used?

One of those milk bottle warmer things. I brought it but never used it or the insulated bag that came with it, as I tried to breastfeed all my kids and when we stopped I use to make the bottles fresh.

Child’s favourite food?

I know I am going to win every parenting award going for this answer. My kids favourite food is take out.

How many cars does your family have?

None. Both my hubby and I don’t know how to drive.

Weight Gain – Before, During and After Pregnancy?

I have always been on the bigger side and with my first pregnancy I gained over 5 stone, that I have never really been able to get rid of. When I was pregnant with P I lost weight during the start of my pregnancy and the same with E and LM. By 8 months gone with P I had put on a stone in weight and I still fit on my jeans from before I was pregnant (but only just). After P I continued to lose weight but I think that was because I was a single parent and going to college, I was almost got back to my pre babies weight until I met my husband and got comfy. With E and LM I continued to lose weight after they were born until around 3 months and then I would start piling it on again.

What’s your dream family holiday?

I would love to take my kids to Disneyland either in Paris or Florida. My all time dream holiday would be for my family and I to go to Hawaii and spend long days walking the beach or hiking through the many trails around the different islands.

What’s your dream holiday without the kids?

This year was the first year that I have actually ever been on holiday without my kids. My husband and I went to Rome and it was amazing but I missed my kids the whole time and found it really difficult to relax without them. So I don’t actually dream of a holiday without my kids right now because I know I would spend the whole holiday missing my kids.

How has life changed since having kids?

I had my first child at the age of 17. So as you can probably guess I had to grow up pretty quickly. However my life hasn’t really changed that much. I still have to ask my mum and dad if I can go out, it’s just now it’s because I need them to babysit. When I do actually get to go out then I have a curfew and if I come in late I am met with and icy reception. I still have to make sure I don’t fall asleep when I am not supposed to, except now instead of the fear of waking up with no eye brows, it’s the knowing that if I do try to sneak a 5 minute snooze on the sofa I will to wake up with some disaster area in my living room or covered in felt pen or other undesirable substance, while my naked 2 year old is giggling and drawing/smearing the same substance on the walls.

So yeah life hasn’t changed much since having kids except that I am happier then I have ever been and on a daily basis I have atlas one mini person that I helped create tell me that I am the best mum in the world and that they love me.

Finish the sentence – It makes my heart melt when…

When a child looks up at you with that “You are my whole world” stare. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Where do I shop for my kids?

George Asda, Nutmegs, Next, Primark and some times i’ll get something from Boots or Mothercare, if I think it’s really cute.

What’s your favourite makeup and skincare?

I don’t really have a favourite because I only really wear eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, with the odd bit of lipstick and only when I’m going out somewhere like a night out etc. But I tend to buy most of my make up from Avon.

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers. My kids always seem to react badly to Huggies nappies and I found that when T and P where babies if I used Huggies they would get really bad nappy rash. So I stuck with pampers.

Have you always wanted kids?

No, When I was little I always wanted to grow up and be a mum and I had dolls right up until being a teenager. Then when I was about 14/15 I realised I could have a life, I could go out drinking (underage) and just have fun. It was at that point I decided I didn’t want kids because I wanted to live my life and see the world. At 16 I met my first serious boyfriend and I went to go on the pill was told to wait for my next cycle to start and then I could start my first course. I ended up having to wait 9 months before I could start them as T was already being created.

Best thing about being a Mum?

Having someone there who loves everything about you no matter what and means everything to you. Oh and the mummy snuggles when your little one curls up in your arms and falls asleep 😀

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So I hope you liked my answers and that this made sense. I now have to tag some more mums to answer the same questions.

I tag;

Claire from Mumsy Mum

Latoya from Pure Nourish

I hope you take part and I can wait to see what you write.

Nikki x

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Why I wish I could have another baby!

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There is a sort of magic that happens when those 2 little lines appear on that little stick. In that one moment your whole life changes, as you go through a rollcoaster of emotions. Excitement, terror, hope and probably a bit of nausea, that will all be caused by this new tiny bundle growing inside you.
Once the fact that you are going to have a baby sinks in. Your mind will start to wonder, as you watch your stomach bloom and grow.

What sex will your bundle be?
Will they look like you or their dad?
What colour eye and hair will they have?

These questions will only become more frequent as your stomach swells, then come the best bit. No one can explain how amazing and exciting it is the first time you start to feel those magical little flutters of your bundled wriggling around.

You will start looking forward to those nudges as you bond with your bump and communicate in your own secret sort of morse code. A little kick when you drink something cold, a happy wiggle when you eat something yummy and the washing machine summersaults as you both try to get comfy on a night. Each of these prodes and pokes will become a source of encouragement as they let you know that your little one is happy in their.

As the months roll on and you become bigger and more uncomfortable, your excitement will grow because soon you will meet this little bundle that you have been growing for so long. This little person who has already captured your heart and you feel like you know completely but have yet to meet.

When the time comes for your baby decides to make their appearance, you will push through every wave of pain, as your contractions rip through your body and you bring your little miracle into the world.

Nothing can beat the feeling you have when you hold your baby for the first time. You can sit there in complete awe as you drink in this beautiful creature that you helped create and they look up at you with such love and astonishment like you have known each other forever but actually you have just met this amazing little person and you can’t imagine life without them.

These are just some of the reason why I wish I could have another baby and I regret my husband having a vasectomy while I was pregnant LM, because now LM is getting older and is no longer a little baby anymore my arms are aching to cuddle another little bundle.

Even though I know in my heart that my family and my home couldn’t hold another baby, the urge to expand my family never seems to go away.

x Nikki x

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