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Who Is The UnNatural Mother ?

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So who is the UnNatural Mother? Some of you may know me pretty well by now but some of you may only just have started following me. I have wanted to do an updated Q&A for quite a while so it was perfect timing when I was nominated by Donna from What The Red Head Said  to answer the below questions and let my readers know who I really am. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better.

 

When was the last time you cried?

I am a total wet blanket. Since having kids I can’t watch anything slightly sad without shedding a few tears. My most recent blubber was at my son’s Easter show at his school last week. I do have to add they were tears of joy as he is a little Superstar and I was so proud of him.

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes, I am a nice person. My mum always said ‘It’s nice to be nice’ and that how I live my life and bring up my children. I am extremely genuine too and loyal to my close-knit circle of friends.

 

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Every another word??? I use sarcasm far too much but it’s part of my personality. I use it to make people laugh but never to be rude.

 

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their eyes. I am a big believer that someone’s eyes can tell you a lot more about a person than their mouth ever can. I fell instantly in love with Lee the 1st time we met as he has the most beautiful brown eyes and I couldn’t stop staring at them while we were talking. I love talking to people and having full eye contact with them. One of my biggest pet peeves is people looking away while you are trying to have a conversation with them.

 

Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy Ending. I am a total romantic and love any type of feel good, happy ending Hollywood mush. I enjoy my sleep too much so nightmares about killer clowns or aliens attacking Earth is definitely not on my ‘must watch’list.

 

Favourite smells?

Lavender oil to soothe and calm after a stressful day.

The smell of the Lime, Basil & Mandarin Candle from ALDI

Harry & Charley’s freshly washed hair

The smell of Blue Jeans eau de toilette by Versace takes me back to when I first started dating Lee 16yrs ago.

 

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Thailand is the furthest distance I have ever travelled, but as I worked in the travel industry for 12 years I have visited a lot of countries through work trips & holidays.

 

Do you have any special talents?

I can fake Irish Dance, good enough that people believed I was one of the original cast of River Dance ???  ( don’t ask )

As Lee is awful at DIY  I have had to learn to do it so I am now an expert at putting flat pack furniture together.

 

Where were you born?

Blackpool !!  Me & Lee moved to Preston for 10 years but as soon as we had kids we moved back to our hometown.

 

What are your hobbies?

I don’t think I have any official hobbies. My blog is my ‘happy place’ so I use this as my hobby and if you count shopping then that too.

I am hoping to take up golf soon as I have always wanted to give it a try, so watch this space.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. She always looked like she was having fun and to have her closet would have been worth anything.

 

How many countries have you been to?

About 15. I am pretty well-travelled.

 

What was your favourite/worst subject in School?

Favourite was drama as I am a total Drama Queen and love being the centre of attention ( at least I am honest )

Worst was maths as I just don’t see the point of algebra or when I would ever use it in adult life.

 

What is your favourite drink? 

During the day a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea but at night it has to be an Appletini Cocktail.

 

What would you (or have you) name your children?

Harry  & Charley-Rose. After naming Harry and meeting the other 3,00000000 called Harry we wanted something a bit different for our 2nd child. We had a gender scan done at 19 weeks and it took a long time to get the results as Charley was in the totally wrong position. They told us we were having a girl but we decided to choose a name that could be used for a boy or a girl. When we went to register the birth I decided I wanted her first name double barreling to Charley-Rose instead of having a first and middle name.

 

Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?

Lydia Elise Millen

In The frow 

Carly Rowena

 

How many boyfriends have you had?

About 8 ????  I have been with Lee since I was 20 so not a huge amount.

 

Favourite memory from childhood?

Meeting Mickey Mouse at a Travel show when I was about 5 years old. This was at Blackpool Winter Gardens. It took another 22 years to actually cross the pond and meet him in Florida.

 

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Contradicting itself !!  I am either dressed to the nines in head to toe designer pieces or wearing my Primark mummy clothes for running around after the kids. I never seem to have a middle ground. Today’s outfit is black dungaree’s, an old T-shirt and converse trainers. Tomorrow I am going into the office in heels, a leather shirt and a silk blouse.

 

Tell us one of your bad habits!

Biting my nails. I normally have beautifully manicured nail extensions done but when on occasion I don’t my nails are a total bitten mess. It’s a disgusting habit but like any addiction, it’s been a hard one to conquer.

 

I hope that you feel you know a little more about the Blogger behind The UnNatural Mother. If you have any questions you would like to ask me then leave them in comments below. I now nominate Jen, Maria ,Becky & Georgina to fill their readers in on all their deep, dark secrets.

 

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Living Room Inspiration With Cox & Cox

Cox & Cox Living Room Mirror

To say we purchased our house nearly 12 months ago we have really struggled to find the time or energy to redecorate the Living Room. The problem we have is we do most of our entertaining in our big open plan kitchen and the kids use the living room more like a playroom. We hate our uncomfy, old black leather couch but due to having 2 small children who cover it with sticky fingers, glasses of Vimto and bits of jammy toast we don’t want to waste money buying a beautiful fabric one just yet. There have also been several accidents in this room. The square table in the corner did showcase a beautiful indoor palm tree until last month when Harry kicked a ball at it, knocking the pot off the table into 1,0000 pieces across the floor. The pictures on the wall have fallen down after Harry knocked them bouncing on the sofa and not forgetting when Charley poured milk all over the Sky Box. Maybe it’s time for new children instead of a new Living Room ??

Blank Canvas

The good thing about this room is it’s a blank canvas with no horrendous wallpaper to strip or brightly coloured walls to hide.The paint on the walls is off-white and the room its self is also large and gets lots of sun. I would love to get an interior designer in and let them inspire me with colours and fabrics but until I have a few thousand built up and spare in the bank I will just have to stick to creating a mood board of my dream Living Room. Cox & Cox has long been my go-to interior design website with so many luxurious and inspiring designs your online shopping basket soon start filling up.As soon as we are through the sticky finger stage I will be putting my order in to style my dream Living Room. The room needs to be practical as we are still going to need it as a family space but I dream of having a living room that once the kids are in bed can be used to relax in and I can be proud to entertain in. To keep the room feeling big and bright I want to keep the neutral tones and add to the brass and gold accessories we already have within the room. I love the thought of having a big statement chair in the corner with a fur lining and cushions. Somewhere I could curl up in and watch Real House Wives Of Cheshire with a large glass of pinot. Candles can add a romantic, relaxed atmosphere to any room and with such a wide selection from Cox & Cox  you certainly won’t be disappointed. I am a very keen amateur photographer so photos are a big part of all the walls within our house. I really love the brass frames for their simplicity and effect that could be dotted around the room. So here is my mood board for what I would like to feature in my new Living Room. I may have to wait until next year and the sticky finger stage to be over but I can enjoy planning and design while I wait.

 

Cox & Cox Living Room

Featured Pieces 

Sofa 

Rattan Feature Chair

Rug

Cushion Selection

Bronze Floor Lantern

Chandelier

Hanging Brass Frames

Abstract Wall Canvas

Guided Angel Wings

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This post was in collaboration with Cox & Cox but all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

You Have To Be In It To Win It

You have to be in it to win it

You may or may not know that last week I won the title of ‘Working Parent Blogger Of The Year’. An award I am extremely proud of and worked hard to get. I was up against some very established and much bigger Bloggers than myself, like Mother Pukka & Laura’s Lovely Blog, but little old me took the award. It truly was a shock to actually win but then I did believe I could win, otherwise, I wouldn’t have put myself forward to be nominated. I have written many times about how you need to have confidence in yourself to get anywhere in life. This doesn’t mean you have to be up your own bottom and I hope I don’t come across that way, but you do need to believe you can achieve your end goal before you start out. The 6 months it took me to complete my Social Media Management Course was hard. Hard work that wasn’t paid, was on top of running my blog and being a fulltime mum of 2. There were times when I saw my old colleagues off on fancy ‘away days ‘ and buying the latest Mulberry handbags that my heart sank and I wondered if I had made the right decision, then I would give myself a virtual slap around the face and remember what I was working towards.

You have to be in it to win it

Every one of us has a passion for life, whether it’s a hobby that will always stay a hobby or something we dream will eventually become a business. You may have seen a new job online or heard about a promotion but it takes that extra bit of effort to apply and put yourself forward. As the old saying goes ” You have to be in it to win it “. As women we can come up with 101 reasons not to take a risk, to stick to what we know but with the ever-increasing gender pay gap and fight for equal rights, how can we stand up and be counted if we refuse to move off our chairs?

Not for one second am I telling you all to quit your jobs and take the financial risk of setting up a new business without a care in the world, but I am telling you that you need to stop making excuses and push for what you want. That ‘more’ could be to apply for flexible working hours to be able to pick the kids up from school 3 nights a week or it could be to audition for the lead role in your drama society next musical. At some point, we all need to take ourselves out of our comfort zone, cross our fingers and believe we can achieve our personal goal. So next time you find yourself making excuses and putting your dreams & ambitions off for another day, remember ‘ You have to be in it to win it ‘

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15 Me-Time Ideas for Busy Mums

On an average day, how much me-time do you get? May you be thinking ‘Me time? What me-time?’ and you’d be right. This is because according to a study, the average mum only gets 17 minutes to herself a day.

As mum’s, we are constantly on the go – our work is never done. But we should also make some time for ourselves. Why? Because although our kids are our world, we’re important, too. You may be a mum but you’re still a person and you deserve some time to yourself.

Having said that, it can be difficult. To help, here are some me-time ideas.

20 Minute Ideas

  • Put on your favourite playlist and dance around – it’s the perfect way to workout, release those endorphins and reduce stress.
  • Take a relaxing soak in the tub knowing you won’t be interrupted. Add bubbles, candles and enjoy a cuppa for a truly relaxing 20 minutes.
  • Have a power nap. Sometimes there’s nothing better than catching a few Z’s.
  • Unwind with a good book. You could read a chapter or zone out with an audiobook.
  • Talk a walk. You can stretch your legs, enjoy some fresh air and clear your head.
  • Turn your home into a yoga studio. It’s the perfect way to stretch and unwind.

2-Hour Ideas

  • Go for lunch. Whether you take yourself out or catch-up with a friend, you can enjoy just being an adult for a couple of hours.
  • Enjoy a long drive. Turn up those tunes, sing along at the top of your voice and stop at a drive-thru.
  • Put your feet up with a film. You could go to the cinema or relax on the sofa in your pyjamas. Either way, popcorn is mandatory.
  • Pamper yourself. Book an appointment to get your hair or nails done.
  • Go on a date night with your partner. You can enjoy some quality couple time.

Full Day Ideas

  • Take a spa day. Treat yourself to a day retreat, like Urban Retreat‘s luxury Moroccan spas, where you’ll be seriously pampered.
  • Go on a mini road trip. Venture alone, with a friend or your partner and explore a new city or enjoy a day in the country. Make sure to stop off somewhere lovely for lunch.
  • Spend the day shopping. You deserve to treat yourself to some clothes that aren’t covered in baby sick or stains.
  • Or enjoy a day in bed. And yes, chocolate is mandatory for this one.

Hopefully, these can help you to enjoy some well-deserved me-time. Do you have any other ideas?

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This post was a collaboration with  Urban Retreats