Travel whilst pregnant 

Being 22 weekend pregnant my husband and I decided we would take the opportunity to go on a baby-moon which is essentially a holiday whilst pregnant to just be a happy couple and have a bit of us time.

When me and Andrew first got together we went to Venice for our first holiday and it was great although we stayed in a hostel so wasn’t as romantic as it could have been so we decided to go again but this time stay in a hotel. It was much better. We stayed for 4 days 3 nights and really enjoyed it

Before we set off I made sure the travel insurance we purchased covered us should something happen involving my pregnancy and photocopied my pregnancy notes. I even bought flight socks which as I’ve never used any before I can say they are actually surprisingly comfy and my legs didn’t feel quite as “heavy”.

Whilst away I had growing pains once a day for about half an hour and Henry had a growth spurt or more accurately I did. I woke up the day after getting there and my stomach seemed to have sprung out of nowhere but apparently that’s a thing that happens…. Something else which provided entertainment is it was whilst away on this romantic getaway my breasts decided to start leaking clear fluid… Why is pregnancy so God damn sexy!

Packing was a bit hit and miss I wish I had brought lip balm and a different moisturiser for my stomach. It was that cold being January and all, I didn’t wear any of the nice clothes I packed and ended up wearing as many layers as possible and my coat the entire time!

Andrew was really patient with me which was amazing he didn’t rush me and constantly reminded me to go and pee before we left anywhere. Was always there to rub my back when Henry decided to push or pull or whatever it is he has been doing on the inside. So all in all it has been an amazing and very enjoyable trip. I just need a holiday now to recover from this holiday ha ha 😂

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The chicken incident

Hello everyone!

So i have a story to tell and it is a little strange.

A couple of weeks ago my husband and i decided we would go meat free for a week to shake up the food we ate as we have realised we are eating far too much meat as humans and individuals.

The week went well with only one slip up involving cheese and Andrew was really looking forward to eating meat again but in a more ethical way… organic, free range meat, not every day of the week. I however have gotten rather emotional about everything. When i found out that gorgonzola had calf rennet i did a lot of Internet research about what other seemingly meat free products had a dark secret. I didnt dive straight back into meat eating and in fact it was Tuesday this week when we were out shopping and tired we decided to go to Nandos, i ate my usual plate of chicken and felt non plussed about it all.

When i got home i started doing a big morrisons shop and was checking out the organic chickens…

£6.50 each shocked at the price i looked at non organic at 2 for £5. I showed Andrew who then said… its crazy isnt it how we think £6.50 is expensive for a whole animals life….

That was it! The flood gates opened, i burst into tears and  i suddenly got it.

Ive always known that we eat animals… ive known where they come from… somehow through Andrews choice of words it all became clear.

I have made a choice… i will no longer eat meat. I started this a few weeks ago just trying to make better decisions, make a difference in my own choices and i have come through the other side different. Even writing this im getting rather emotional.

Seeing my very emotional response to that organic chicken, Andrew has said he will support me in my choice not to eat meat as best as he can.

May all the chickens live long happy healthy lives!

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The sacred truth

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I went into lush the other day and asked one of the advisors about what would be best for dry skin. Ive tried one from Lush that had oats in it and although it did help at first by the time the next day arrived it was as dry as ever. With this information i was told that The Sacred truth was the next best for moisturising and i should give that a go. He also gave me a sample of Skin drink moisturiser to try after the mask.

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The mask its self is really thick, green and slimy. I loved the smell of it tho! Its busting full of natural ingredients like lavender oil and jojobah oil smells great! When you put it on its really quite cool and refreshing on your face and you can feel the little bits of exfoliating matter throughout the mixture.

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After leaving it on for the required time the mask itself didnt set as such but you could tell a difference between just putting it on and theend result. Washing it all off was quite easy and didnt cause quite as much mess as is usual.

Both mine and Andrews skin felt great afterwards really soft and my face felt slightly plumper but not in an alarming way. The moisturiser we used afterwards was also quite thick so we didnt need to use very much of it and it definitely made a difference.
This morning when i woke up my skin still feels lovely so its already better than the last one i tried!

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Much Love Helen x

Superstore Manchester

To celebrate being a vegetarian for a whole week, myself, Andrew and my mother went out for a meal!

Andrew has decided that he is going to start eating meat again and but that he is going to make a real effort buying organic meat when possible.

I however have decided to carry on not eating meat. I don’t know how long this will go on for but I’m not in any rush to start again.

The only part I’ve found difficult is lack of choice in the town i work in. There is a gregs which alternative’s are egg or cheese… i know totally spoilt or Marks and Spencers and spend half my wage in there!

Anyway back onto topic! Superstore! I had the Superstore salad! It was the only thing vegetarian on the menu! It was pretty amazing tho! Andrew and my mum had the beef burger! It was huge and neither of them enjoyed it very much! Ha vegetables win!!

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The menu itself is overly confusing. Its a mix between a tapas bar and a regular restaurant. Although there isn’t much choice, they also have a specials board but that was over by the time we got there about 6.30pm. It is rather expensive for what it is too.

Andrew and i have been before on a sunday and had a Roast dinner and that was much much better.

It was rather busy even tho it was a Thursday night and service was slow. The waiter did warn us about this but we decided to wait anyway, although Andrew and my wish they hadn’t bothered.

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I guess we may just have had a bad experience or maybe they would have been better getting the vegetarian option like me! As i enjoyed mine!

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Much Love Helen x

Day one Vegetarian Thursday

So today has been the first day meat free!
Breakfast i had some fruit a yoghurt and a cup of coffee 🙂

Lunch time was the hardest meal of the day to not have meat. I took to work a salad but it was plain… i was walking around marks and Spencers like wtf do i have with a salad thats not meat?
Anyway i got chilli sweetcorn dip, it was really yummy!

For tea i bought some pre rolled pastry… put it on a bit of parchment paper, put the oven on 200°c spread pesto over the pastry, butterfried some courgettes, spread them out over the pesto. Chopped up some tomato and mozzarella and put into the oven for 20 minutes. Once its out spread a bit of feta and there you go!!

Super easy and super yum!!

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Glossybox review

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Noxidoxi – Enhancing serum base.

A serum is the power-house of any skin care regime. From Bordeaux born brand noxidoxi, this has a CRC6 moisturising complex, which hydrates the skins surface as well as the deeper layers, while a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories protect the skin. Layer under moisturiser. Full size £33.46
Www.noxidoxi.com

Helen thinks:
It is a really watery consistency and it smells like baby wipes. It did make my skin feel smoother and tighter (in a good way) and once it has soaked into the skin after just a few seconds, my skin felt nice and soft. Not sticky at all which is great! However i cant see any noticeable difference with the cream on. Maybe its something i will only notice after prolonged use.

Lollipops – lip balm delicieuse

A wonderful french find. This rich and creamy balm immediately soothes and softens with antioxidants and vitamin e, as well as protecting the lips from UV damage. Perfecr for the summer! Full size £4.15 http://www.lollipopsmakeup.fr

Helen thinks:
It tastes amazing, smells even better but looks like ive got vaseline all over my mouth. It also doesnt work well as a base for lipstick!

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals – perfect skin refiner

With hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin, 10% glycolic acid to help resurface the skin and calming ingredients to reduce irritation. Start by using it every other night (you’ll feel a mild tingling at first), and as with all potent treatments, a high SPF is a must during the day. Full size £70 http://www.teoxane-beauty.co.uk

Helen thinks:
It smells really chemically (not sure if thats a word) makes the surface of the skin feel a little numb when you have just applied it. I cant say if my face needa much plumping as i cant see a massive difference, but may be different on someone with a few wrinkles. It definitely felt different.

Yves Rocher – comme une evidence eau de parfum

This quintessentially french musky floral scent is light, feminine and airy. It intertwines notes of violet leaves, rose, lily of the valley and patchouli for a subtle scent that lasts all day (or night) long. Full size £24.50 http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Helen thinks:
The perfume has come in such a sweet looking bottle and box! It really does look classy and expensive! Im normally into musks that arnt flowery but i actually really like this. I dont think i would want to wear this at night but would be nice during a warm summers day. 🙂

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Much Love Helen x