Friday, 3 March 2017

15 weeks pregnant and tired!

I'm up the duff! Harrison is one excited little boy.
 I shared the happy news with the world last week that Pete, Harrison and I are expecting a new addition to the our little family. However exciting this new is, it doesn't stop the feeling of pure exhaustion I am experiencing right now. Since finding out I'm pregnant, I have been feeling sick, tired, had sore boobs and have what I would call  a superhuman sense of smell. Although I haven't actually been sick, every time I smell something my newly pregnant body doesn't like, I wretch. My lovely husband, Pete, says that I sound like a dinosaur and my son, Harrison, now often imitates the sound - what a lovely pair of boys I have! I've also gone off everything I would normally love, in particular lush products, smelly candles and chocolate. It's like I'm a different person - newly discovering my likes and dislikes.

As I have previously mentioned, I am a teacher - a very full on and tiring job. This week the exhaustion has got so bad that I've had to come home from work this week and take a couple of days off. Now enters the mum guilt. I feel guilty that I'm not at work doing my job properly; I feel guilty that I can't play with Harrison as much; I feel guilty that I don't fancy doing the dinner or housework. Why is it that us women carry so much guilt?! I love my husband but when he gets in from work and goes straight on his computer instead of doing housework or playing with his child, I highly doubt he feels any guilt at all. Perhaps it's because we women are more of an emotional sex but it's draining and I do wish I could let it go every now and then.

I've been studying a lot about mindfulness recently and have discovered, understand and now use a little saying whenever I am worried, stressed or feeling low; 'it is what it is until it isn't'.  Simple words that say so much; there really is nothing I can do about the way I'm feeling at the moment, apart from of course eating and sleeping well - both of which I feel I am doing. I believe that feeling this tired is my body's way of saying "Alice, you are growing and carrying a small human being and you need to have a bloody rest!" So maybe for once I should listen to my body, take some rest and hopefully, as everyone keeps promising me, get my energy back in a few weeks time. Here's to hoping!


baby at 13 weeks :)


Any other expecting mums out there - I feel for you! Share your pregnancy experiences; every single one is different and even this pregnancy is nothing like my last one.

Have a great weekend!

Alice
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The wisdom tooth is out...

I can safely say my top right wisdom tooth was removed today. Now, as soon as my friends and family found out I was having the tooth removed, all I got was "oh that's really aweful" and "ouch, it  hurts so much!" I heard all the horror stories to the point that when I got to the dentist I was absolutely petrified. Now I've been quite stressed recently and suffering with panic attacks and I knew one was imminent when I arrived. As I lay in the plastic coated seat hyperventilating, the dentist popped some numbing cream in my mouth,  injected my gum, which was the worst bit but by no means as bad as shoving a child out of my vajayjay; a quick pull 5 minutes later and it was out! It didn't hurt at all although unsurprisingly is sore now so either everyone is making a fuss for nothing or my dentist is a miracle worker. What do you think? Have you had a wisdom tooth out? Was it that bad? Let's discuss! 
I must say I did receive an adorable bag containing my tooth along with a little message reminding me to put it under my pillow for the tooth fairy. I look forward to her visit tonight...
Over and out.
Alice
X

Monday, 7 November 2016

busy busy!


Well it has certainly been a busy few months! We have had some amazing times! Let me give you the low down...
We visited Venice, just the three of us. Venice is absolutely beautiful and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves a view and picture perfect moments. However, I wouldn't recommend visiting the area to anyone who has a three year old toddler. Probably should have thought this one through... there is a lot of water...and no barriers... and lots of steps which are not ideal for buggies...we spent the majority of the time chasing Harrison and having him ask 'Is there a park?' By the end of the trip we were exhausted so we managed to locate a park, a boat trip away and stayed there! It's also very easy to get lost there so I would recommend a Venice site seeing app that has GPS!




Picture perfect

Said grumpy toddler



Had an amazing bubble bath whilst watching Bridemaids.
As you do when in Venice...

St. Mark's Square
As this was during the Easter holidays I have another week off so I decided to go to Spain with my parents and Harrison (Pete was back at work) in their motorhome with their yappy dog, Phoebe.  Spain was amazing and I would definitely love to return (much more child friendly) but I don't think I thought through (there's a pattern here) all of us sharing a small enclosed space for a long period of time including a two day journey through France to get home. Harrison was actually very well behaved. I, however, was climbing the walls! I like to stop and see the sights so next time we go we will be flying! We saw some absolutely beautiful sights in Spain...

said yappy dog



Guadalest - a beautiful town in the mountains of Spain. Well worth a visit! Heavenly.



the port in Barcelona. Such a beautiful city!



A beautiful sandy beach, somewhere near Benidorm.
 
We had a reasonably quiet June half term and were off holidaying again in the summer holidays. This time it was to our home away from home in France. We have a house in the Deux Sevres region of France; a tranquil location in the middle of the countryside with the nearest neighbour a mile away. When out in France we visited Terra Botanic. I would say it's well worth a visit there - especially with kids but just as much for adults too.


They had these super dressed up characters.
The scare the hell out of me but H loved them.


Lots of beautiful picture opportunities. Here I am in the Japanese
hydrangea garden.
 



Terra Botanic is a great place to go if you
love plants and nature.
 
One of my favourite sites in France is Saumur, a town situated beside the Loire river. We went to a jazz night at the wonderful Gratien et Meyer, a wine celler (if you like wine, Saumur is a good place to go). I think we paid something like 8 euros and got free bubbly and live jazz music as well as a stunning view as it is based on top of a steep hill.

H and Pete having a great time.



The gorgeous views up in Gratien et Meyer.
 My favourite town along the coast in France has to be La Rochelle. The old town with its cobble stone roads has such a great atmosphere, particularly in the summer months when the night market is in full swing and street entertainers line the roads; not to mention the food - fresh seafood and ice-cream of all flavours. Yum!



A picture perfect town


You can park and ride a boat into the town centre.
Then in September it was back to reality and back to school! As well as all of the amazing trips, I have been working very hard on my singing and have been picking up more gigs. If you or anyone you know need a singer, check me out at Alice Loates Singer . I will be back soon with an update on work and mum life!
 
Have a super week!
 
Alice
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

My two fave eggs

Hello and welcome back to Alice's Wonderland!

So, by popular demand (the one person who commented when I shared my last post on Facebook hehe) I am going to write about my two good eggs, AKA my besties. I have two amazing best friends and here they are. We met when I used to work at a financial services company about 4 years ago. I have since left and my husband has taken my place which is weird cause I feel like he sees my besties more than I do! However, on the flip side I have amazing spies and naggers, so swings and roundabouts. When we first met I was like "wow, these ladies have some sass about them!" We hit it off straight away and have been so close ever since. I love them to the moon and back. What do we do when we're together? Well mostly giggling and eating food! That and watching re-runs of Bridget Jones, Sex and the City or Bridesmaids - on loop! I do occasionally try to encourage them to watch a wider range of films but we always go back to our roots! We LOVE quoting from Bridesmaids - it cheers us up and gets us through the day.

Bridesmaid quote www.officialbridesmaid.co.uk:






 One things these girls will do is tell it like it is and that's what I love about them. If we've got a problem, we spill and we sort it out. We can discuss just about anything as well and share all our problems while giving honest opinions. After all, we want what's best for each other! One of the gals recently persuaded me to get my nether regions waxed. "It will change your life!" she said. It was the first wax I've ever had and oh my, did it hurt like a bitch! However, it does feel amazing now and I know it will last. So, there you go, I really do trust them with anything! 









  












As well as having these two crazies, the gang does extend every now and then for trips out (we love a road trip to Frinton!) and games nights. Whatever we do together, we always have such a laugh which is what you want I guess!          
      

 
                                                                                                                                          






















Not only are the girls amazing friends, they are also great with Harrison. They often offer to babysit to give me and Pete a break and they are so good with him. We appreciate their support so much, even when we sometimes come home late to find him sitting eating chocolate watching tv and having a lovely time ;)


 





















Finally, no matter what we do to one another we can always make up for it with a good cuddle. So there you go, my favourites, Elle and Robyn. I love them and always will. As long as they don't find a new bestie and bugger off!  

X

 I'm sure there are those of you out there who can relate - comment and share your stories. I don't think a girl can get through life without her besties.

That's all from Alice's Wonderland tonight. Have a great one.
                                                       


Monday, 18 January 2016

New year, calmer me!

Hey everyone!

So, I appreciate I have left it far too long between posts, I've just had a very busy Christmas period and am now finally feeling like I can breath again! School was hectic with the nativity. We did 'A Midwife Crisis'. Look it up - it's great! Then there was the Christmas shopping for all of my family and friends and of course all of Pete's - the woes of a woman, ey? I'm not gonna lie - loved every minute as shopping is my favourite hobby hehe.

I had a great Christmas break with Harrison. We did all sorts from turning our house into a grotto to making yummy Christmas cookies. They're super easy to make and just like the Millie's Cookies ones. Let me know if you'd like the recipe. We got Christmas sprinkles from Aldi - nice and cheap and so easy  to use with a bit of icing. These are great to make all year round!
a reindeer chandelier. We don't work by halves!
 



 I thought I'd share a couple of pictures from my classroom for any teachers out there. We studied Mog's Christmas and completed lots of Christmas crafts. We made a Christmas tree out of smaller Christmas tress that the children decorated.






I got myself a book called Calm with a voucher I received for Christmas. The title drew me in as I have a very hectic lifestyle and wanted to feel less stressed. I have been dipping in and out of the book as well as starting to meditate every day and completing a journal. In the journal I have to write something that has made me feel calm, something I am grateful for and 3 highlights of the day. Sometimes I write what I feel are mundane things like watching a great film but I feel like writing this information down helps me to concentrate on the positive things in my life and let go of any negative feelings a lot quicker. I certainly feel calmer in myself and am learning to live for now. After all, yesterday is history and tomorrow - who knows?! We need to live like every day is our last!


Following on from the above, I want to do more writing this year as it's something I have a great passion for. Please let me know what you would like me to write about. I have lots of loves - teaching/shopping for anything/being a Mummy/craft bits/cooking. I also plan to record more vlogs which I will share on here as and when.
 
That's all from Alice's wonderland today!

X




Saturday, 7 November 2015

My first video and fireworks night

Harrison having a lovely time with Grandma and Grandad.
Well, it's been a pretty eventful day! I have finally uploaded my first vlog on youtube, which you can find here woop woop! I talk about bits and pieces I've found over the last few weeks and loved, including a super cosy jumper (which of course has something sparkly on it) I bought today and a great book I'm reading at the moment. But do you know what I haven't added to the video that I'm so excited about? FROSTED FANCIES! My favourite little cakes in the whole wide world! They are vanilla-y and soft and just so yummy and they remind me that we are fast approaching Christmas season!

Me sporting a cosy poncho from Primark
SO, fireworks night! Harrison decided that fireworks were 'too noisy' so we just did some quiet ones in our garden. We had a lovely time and still got a free show from the view out of our window all night! I LOVE fireworks - they are so beautiful, they warm my heart. I won't lie, the child in me was a bit upset when Harrison seemed so un-keen on going to a display! But as a lot of you out there know, we adapt and make sacrifices as parents.  Flossie (the cat) didn't seem phased at all by the fireworks; not much bothers Flossie. She's sat curled up on the fluffy rug in front of the fire as I type.

Beautiful sparkler

I hope you enjoy my first video - the editing is a bit naff but I'm sure I'll get better as I go along :) 


Peter having a lovely time




















I hope you all have a lovely rest of the weekend!

Alice
  X

Friday, 6 November 2015

Oh hey!

The Bub and Hubby
Me! 
So this is my very first post. I had better introduce myself! My name is Alice and I am a full time working Mum. (Bloody hard work if you ask me!) I have a husband called Pete, a 2 year old son called Harrison and a cat called Flossie (can't forget her, she pretty much rules the roost). My likes - makeup, beauty, Music (I'm a singer), interior design (Pinterest is the best for help with this), anything sparkly and  just spending time with family and being a Mummy!! My job is a lifestyle in itself - I'm a primary school teacher which takes up quite a lot of my time. I absolutely love it though and wouldn't want it any other way!
Floss cat

This blog is going to include a mixture of lifestyle, babies, beauty and anything else I can think of really! I will add tips, reviews of products and any handy ideas I pick up along the way. Please comment below if there is anything you feel you'd like me to talk about/ give advice on and I will do my best.