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5 Reasons You Don't Want Big Boobs

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Boobs are an interesting topic. A lot of girls with small boobs want big boobs, and those with big boobs want small boobs. Each side knows the cons of what we have and I suppose the grass is always greener. Personally, I'm on the big boob side. I wear a 28H bra - possibly the most awkward size in existence. Small back size, big cup size. I know that's something a lot of girls want but it's something I absolutely hate. I'd be flat chested in a heart beat if I had the choice. Big boobs aren't all they're cracked up to be.


1. The Underwear (of lack of) - 'Big boobs look so much better in underwear' they say. Really? Even if it's a black, white or nude plain t-shirt bra with industrial sized straps? That's basically our choice from size E upwards. Say goodbye to pretty sets from Primark - your ugly tan bra comes with matching granny pants. Yep, for some reason all the 'fuller bust' ranges seem to assume that we also need huge pants and a VPL. 

2. The Cost - If that's not bad enough, they make you pay twice as much for your t-shirt bra and granny pants/five-man tent. For a bra that properly fits, you'll pay upwards of £30. You might occasionally be fooled and shop the new affordable 'fuller bust' range in high street shops, only to realise that they've got their own weird sizing rules and it.just.doesnt.bloody.fit. Congratulations, you've saved yourself £20 and now have 4 boobs instead of 2. 

3. The Bounce - I'm convinced I'd be an Olympic runner if it wasn't for these things weighing me down. Even with the best sports bra, nothing holds them completely in place and if the pain in your lower back doesn't stop you running, the worry that your causing long-term sagging damage will. 

4. The Clothes Struggle - If you listen really closely, you can hear big-boobed girls all around the world sighing with disappointment as they realise that pretty top on ASOS that's perfect for their night out, is backless, and therefore completely out of the question. And don't even suggest a strapless bra because above a certain size, they are completely and utterly useless. It's not just backless things either, any top or dress that threatens to reveal those ugly thick bra straps is a no-go unless you're prepared to use 34242,35235,352 rolls of sticky body tape to keep things in place and by that time, it's usually not worth the effort. Lacy bralets are out the question too, by the way, see point 1.

5. The Back Pain - Boobs aren't very well placed, in my opinion. If you read a health and safety manual, it tells you not to carry heavy objects at chest height but it seems us humans didn't get that memo. Lower back pain is real, even with a well-fitting bra. You also have to fight the constant urge to hunch your shoulders forward to bear the weight. 

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I could definitely go on, but I think you get my point. Of course, everyone is different but if you've always wanted bigger boobs, remember this post when you're looking at pretty bralets in Primark or buying 3+ bikinis for a week's holiday (bikinis are included in points 1 and 2, by the way). If you're bigger chested like me and agree with the points above, let's all just stick together in our practical nude bras and granny pants and remember that there's more important things to worry about in life. Like, for example, how many misdirected google hits I'm going to get now that I've mentioned the word 'boobs' so many times in one post. 


Baby | Sleepyheads Deluxe Review

Wednesday, 11 January 2017
'Is this worth the money or is it a gimmick?' 

A question I find myself constantly asking when I'm looking at baby products. There are so many out there, and the prices range from super cheap to ridiculously expensive. You never know if it's going to be worth it, or if you're just paying for a brand name or what's essentially just a fashion trend. I asked myself this when I first saw the Sleepyheads Sleeping Pod*. 

The pod is a bit like a portable baby mattress with a thick outer edge that cocoons the baby. Newborn babies can feel anxious in big spaces because they've been in the womb for so long. The Sleepyheads is made to mimic that for the baby and make him/her feel much more secure. After reading countless reviews praising the Sleepyheads for giving parents' a good nights sleep, I realised it must be more than just hype. It seemed expensive at around £180 but one quote from a review stuck in my head;

'..it's nothing when you realise how much your sleep is worth'. 

When it arrived, I was surprised by how sturdy it was. It's a lot more than just a big cushion, that's for sure. It came in a large plastic zip-up carrier so you can easily take it with you if you're travelling.

Sleepyheads Sleeping Pod is it worth it

Oliver slept solely in the sleepyheads for the first few weeks of his life. It was bliss being able to sit him next to us on the couch when he fell asleep and when he was wrapped up in a big blanket, the raised edges kept everything together. I think he felt like he was still being held. We had a few weeks where Oliver refused to sleep on his back, mainly due to acid reflux (see this post) but now that we've got that under control, he's back in the Sleepyheads every night and sleeping like a pro. We put the pod into the Chicco Next to Me bedside crib - it fits perfectly in there and make it much more cosy and comfortable for him. It's perfect for during the day as well. It's super light, doesn't take up much space and it's easy to move about from room to room..

The fabric cover is really thick and can be wiped clean, or completely removed and put in the washing machine. The only downside for us is that Oliver can still be quite sick so we would need to wash it a lot, and waiting for it to dry over the radiator can be a pain. However we just put a muslin cloth at the head end now to avoid having to wash it so often. 

If you're expecting or have a little one already, I'd definitely recommend trying the Sleepyheads. The pod can be used for little ones up to 8 months old so you do get a lot of use out of it and if it helps you get a good nights sleep for up to 8 months then you've more than got your money's worth. 

Do any of you use the Sleepyheads? What was your must-have item with a newborn?

Find more information on this product here.


*item is pr sample provided in exchange for review

A Breastfeeding Rant

Sunday, 8 January 2017
The 'breast is best' debate is something that instantly gets my blood boiling for a number of reasons. I'm not arguing that, scientifically, breast milk is the best thing a baby can have but I think the way that breastfeeding is promoted or, rather, forced upon new mothers is awful. My experience with it, in particular the NHS, has left me feeling a little bitter about the whole thing.

Like any other mum to be, I started to think about how I was going to feed my baby during pregnancy. I knew little to nothing about bottle feeding or breastfeeding. I knew about the health benefits of breast milk but I had visions of sore, bleeding nipples and to be quite honest, the thought of pulling my boob out in public was daunting. When it came to bottle feeding, I had no idea how to make a bottle and was worried about keeping everything sterile. I had loads of things I wanted to know before I made my decision.

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I quickly discovered that it's almost impossible to get genuine facts anywhere. NHS staff are told to promote breastfeeding at all costs and all their information is intended in pushing you towards that. One of my antenatal classes was taken by a 'feeding specialist'. It was clear after a couple of minutes that she was well and truly biased. Every question about bottle feeding was met with a negative response. We were told that the only way to make a safe bottle of formula is to follow the NHS approved guidelines which is a 30 minute process, even during the night. We were told not to 'risk' using the Perfect Prep machine which makes them in two minutes, as it's not NHS approved. (spoiler alert - we used this for bottles and it's totally fine and so convenient)

Breastfeeding, on the other hand, was painted as a complete walk in the park. It shouldn't hurt at all if you're doing it right, it's free and it's so much easier to feed during the night. An obvious choice, you'd think. It was blatantly obvious that she was pushing breastfeeding, which meant we didn't trust any of the answers given about bottle feeding. We knew there must be negatives to breastfeeding, and positives to bottle feeding but no one was willing to tell us for the fear that we'd chose not to breastfeed. We all left that class feeling unsure, confused and manipulated.

Despite still being completely undecided when I went into labour, I ended up breastfeeding Oliver purely because he latched quite easily after he was born and I thought it was worth giving it a go. I quickly found out the reality of sore nipples, leaking boobs, painful contractions while feeding. It may be easier to pull your boob out during the night rather than making a bottle, but the feeding specialist failed to mention that breastfed babies feed much more frequently. You might not have to get out of bed, but you'll be awake nursing most of the night - which was the reality I was facing. You might save money on formula, but it's not free - you spend on nipple cream at £10 a pop, nursing bras, breast pads. These are the things that we should have been told. 

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Even when I'd already made the decision to breastfeed, I couldn't seemed to get past the 'breast is best' barrier when speaking to the midwives. They refused to say anything negative about it. When I was stressing out about the cluster feeding for hours on end, I was met with a condescending smile and a 'oh, he's a hungry boy!' comment. Not one person said, 'do you know what? It is bloody difficult. It's hell for a while, but it gets better'.

I haven't written this post to bash breastfeeding as there are positives about it too but it was really difficult and I'd walked into it blindly, misinformed and unaware of the hard work it would involve. It was no surprise that it didn't work out. I was so exhausted and frustrated that I gave up breastfeeding after 10 days and as it turns out, me and Oliver were much happier this way.

If I'd been told the real truth about the pros and cons of breastfeeding and bottle feeding, I really think I'd have enjoyed my early days with Oliver a lot more. I might still have chosen to breastfeed, but I would have been much more prepared for the challenge and probably would have researched tips and ways to make it easier. Instead, I had the reality of it thrown at me when my whole world was already up in the air. If I'd chosen to bottle feed, I'd have been more confident in what I was doing from the beginning and not felt like I'd been forced into it as a 'plan b' option.

There's so many decisions to make when you're having a baby and it's one of the most uncertain times in your life. It's not fair that the NHS feel they can make that decision for us by withholding the facts. No one expects it to be easy any way. There's pros and cons to both and we deserve to be given the facts to make our own decision and to be supported with whichever method we chose.

Did any of you have similar problems getting good advice on feeding? 

Baby | How We Got Oliver to Sleep in His Crib

Thursday, 29 December 2016
In our 8 week battle to get Oliver to sleep in his crib, we tried just about everything. The hot water bottle in the bed, the piece of clothing so he can still smell me .. even Ewan the sheep and his therapeutic white noise wouldn't settle our little one. He'd fall asleep so easily in our arms but no matter what we did, he'd wake up as soon as we put him down. We'd persevere, but after five or six cycles of rocking/singing him to sleep, waiting for him to get into a deep sleep, putting him down and then comforting him when he cried hysterically minutes later, we'd give up. 

For the first 8 weeks of his life, I slept (or dozed at the most) propped up with pillows surrounding me while holding Oliver on my chest. It broke all the rules on safe sleeping, but it was literally the only way we could function. I spent the first months dreading night time and the mental torture of trying the same failed methods with a tired baby screaming in my face and on top of that, I had the guilt of co-sleeping and the worry that something might happen.

We'd spoken to parents who have had a similar problem (and had also ended up co-sleeping) and all of them said the same thing - it's trial and error. Keep trying different things and eventually you'll find the winning combination. Every baby has their breakthrough night eventually. 

So we kept going and two weeks ago we went from sleepless nights to a full 9 hour sleep, with Oliver in his side-sleeping crib. When he woke for a bottle at 5am, I'd already been awake for twenty minutes staring at him in disbelief! I thought it might have been a fluke (as we'd had a few of those) but since that night, he's slept in his crib every night(!) and everything seems to have fallen into place. There's a few things that I think contributed towards Oliver settling at night but here's the top 3 and the most important ones in my opinion. Here's our winning combination - our breakthrough!

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1. Acid Reflux - We noticed that Oliver would often grunt, cough and cough up when laid on his back. He wasn't bring up his milk, it was more like an acidic water and after reading online, it became clear he had all the symptoms of acid reflux. Things got worse around 5 weeks and after trying baby gaviscon (which just made him constipated and even more unhappy), we were prescribed Ranitidine. This is a liquid medicine given in a syringe into his mouth three times a day. It took around a week to have a noticeable effect but he's been much better. He still coughs up every now and then but it's no where near as bad. We noticed it was working when he started enjoying being on his changing mat!

2. Swaddling - I always knew that Oliver needed to be swaddled because his startle reflex would often be the thing that woke him up, but he just wouldn't let us do it. If we managed to wrap him in a blanket, he'd fight his way out within a few minutes. One night (at around 3am I'm sure), I discovered these velcro swaddles on Amazon and had to give them a try. On the first night, I watched Oliver startle himself several times but since the velcro held the swaddle completely in place, he didn't wake up. It must have made him feel like he was being held. Swaddling is definitely the best way to stop the startle reflex and I'm so glad we kept trying!

3. The Swing - A huge turning point has been getting Oliver to sit on his own during the day. Until then, he'd always need to be held throughout the day unless he was being pushed in the pram. He would cry in his vibrating bouncy chair or if I'd sit him upright on the couch with pillows. My mum bought him this swinging chair and it's been a total life changer. Oliver really enjoys being in the swing and it's adorable to watch him smiling and looking around. If he's tired, he will quite happily go for a nap in it and this has got him used to sleeping on his own and out of my arms. 

Did any of you have a baby that wouldn't sleep on his back? What was your breakthrough? 


5 Things I've Realised As a New Mum

Tuesday, 20 December 2016
When you're expecting a baby, some people are overly keen on telling you how your life is going to change. It may have been my pregnancy hormones in overdrive, but I always felt there was a slight negative tone to some of them. Masked by a slightly passive aggressive laugh, they would basically tell me to enjoy my life now, because it's going to be pretty hard when the baby arrives. 

It's definitely true that your life changes. But I'm far from looking back at my old life and wishing I had that again (except a full nights sleep, but that'll come back eventually). In fact, being a mum has made me realise a lot of negative things about my 'old life' ... 

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1. I used to waste so much time - When you have very little time to yourself, every minute counts. I can get showered, dressed and do my hair and make up in twenty minutes now whereas before, I could have taken up to an hour. That included several breaks to check my twitter, whats app my friends, send snapchats. Looking back, I wonder how many hours in every day that I wasted staring at my phone like a zombie. Oddly enough, now that I have less time to myself, I get so much more done.

2. Walking is the best therapy - Since me and Oliver have been going on long walks together, I've realised how much I love being out in the fresh air and how it can totally perk up my mood. There's nothing that refreshes me more than wrapping up in a hat and scarf and going out for a long walk with my little bear in the pram. Oh and the cup of tea to warm up when we get home .. bliss.

3. A little mess ever hurt anyone. I used to stress out in a messy house and it was always a priority to get the place clean and tidy before doing anything else. But now, during the day when I'm home alone with Oliver, it's inevitable that the place ends up a bomb site by mid day. I could find something to distract Oliver to let me tidy up, but then I'm missing out on fun times with him and to be honest, it'll end up messy again within a few hours. Life's too short to worry about mess all day. Now, I give the house a quick tidy when Andy gets home and just enjoy my time with Oliver during the day.

4. The little problems don't matter. It's a cliche but when you have a baby, your whole perspective changes. When you realise how lucky you are to have a baby, you stress a lot less about the unimportant things such as Tilly scratching our carpet to pieces (true story) or the length of time it's taken us to finish decorating! As long as Oliver is healthy and happy, everything else can wait.

5. I said all the things I now hate. I know this kind of contradicts the above but as a new mum there are a lot of things other people do, that you cant help but find irritating. The annoying same questions I heard throughout my pregnancy? I used to ask them. The vague/cliche/inexperienced advice people offer about babies? Pretty sure I did that too. Almost all of them are innocent on the other persons behalf but now I've heard it from the other side, I won't be one of those people again. 

Let me know what you think and leave a comment below!

Home | Printed Frames on a Budget

Saturday, 17 December 2016
If you've read my home styling posts before, you'll probably have a good idea of how much I love framed prints. I love the style of layering different frames on a shelf, and how you can add so much colour or style through the prints that you chose. You can pick up frames pretty cheaply from most homeware shops, but the actual prints can be a bit pricier if you want something good quality.

I recently discovered a little trick that can give you beautiful framed prints for so much less. I was in M&S picking up a birthday card when I spotted a few of the cards in the 'just to say' section which had really pretty designs. They had copper foil prints, cute quotes and different textures and I realised these were actually better quality than some of the prints I was buying on line. 


I bought a couple and framed them and I'm so happy with how they've turned out. It's something I wouldn't have thought of doing before, but framing cards is a much less expensive option and, compared with the lower price 'print your own' designs on etsy, much better quality. My favourite cards at the moment are from Marks and Spencer but Next have some really nice designs too. 


You could easily put together a lovely framed print for less than £10 or even £5 if you used a cheaper frame from Ikea or similar (this one above was £2.75!) With Christmas just around the corner, these would make a perfect present for a secret santa too. 

What do you think? Where's your favourite place to buy prints? 


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