So apparently, I'm THAT mum. The one that puts my children in matching clothes. I love my girls to wear the same matching outfits, and whilst my eldest (almost 4) thinks it's fun, I'm making the most of it. Soon enough she will be refusing to dress like her little sister.
Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated Noa's first birthday. I remember Frankie's first birthday, and feeling really emotional about it, but for Noa I didn't feel that way, just excited that she had turned 1 (and that hopefully life would start to get easier?! haha who am I kidding!).
We threw Noa a cowgirl themed birthday party to honor her Texan roots. If I'm honest, it was a last minute throw together as my time management since working has been diabolical, and her birthday just seemed to creep up on us.
Luckily I have a very organized friend Chrissy who was all to help out with some decorations (See Noa sign below) and give me a little inspiration.
It was just a small party with family and friends in our home. The cake was pink and white with stars and a little cowgirl sat on top. The plates and cups all had little cowgirls on (from Amazon) and we had a cowboy boot piñata for the garden (Amazon). Not wore a custom made outfit by Momma makes, it was cactus print leggings, catchy bib and hair tie teamed with a little Next cream top.
She received some really lovely gifts and was truly spoilt rotten. She received a particularly exciting delivery just this week from our lovely friends in Texas, her very first pair of cowboy boots!
It was a lovely afternoon and Im so glad we decided to celebrate her birthday with our loved ones. I have filmed a 1st birthday haul which will be up on my youtube channel shortly.
When we were living in Houston, something I decided that I really wanted to invest in was getting laser hair removal. For anyone who is unsure about what laser hair removal is, it is a laser light that destroys the hair follicle. For many people (but not everyone!) this stunts hair growth and can easily maintain a hair free look with a top up laser session (about 40GBP) or two a year. As I mentioned, it doesn't work for everyone, as my husband is living proof of that!
Since having the girls, I barely get time (or remember) to shave my legs etc and its usually when I decide to wear a nice summery top that I realize that I have big bushy armpits...YIKES!
SO after months of me moaning about it, my parents very kindly paid for a handful of laser sessions for me ( and I will pay for the rest as I go along) as a birthday gift.
I decided that I would get my armpits, bikini and toes (yeah, I have a crazy toe hair problem!!) lasered and pay for my legs as I can afford it.
Before you can start treatment, a full consultation takes place. Asking about your health and medical conditions etc and only when that has been given the OK can you then book in for your first session.
Going for my first session was nerve wracking to say the least. I was especially nervous as I knew I wanted my bikini to be done, and I really didn't know what to expect ( or how much flesh I would have to reveal!).
The lady was very professional and really reassured me that to her any area of the body was exactly that, just an area.
She started with my armpits. I put on my protective eye wear then the lady quickly shaved any missed hairs and then wiped the area with an antiseptic wipe and started to use the laser light machine.
The laser just felt like a small pin prick or an elastic band pinging the skin. It wasn't painful at all just a little uncomfortable. I think the strangest part was the smell of burning hair as the laser hit a hair follicle. My armpits and toes were virtually pain free, my bikini however was a little more uncomfortable. Not because it hurt, but I think more because I was very conscious that I had my fanny out and lets face it, after 2 kids no-one needs to be seeing that! After my bikini area was done she asked me if I would like my butt crack to be lasered... cringing and dying inside I said "Yeah sure, why not". I want to reiterate that the lovely lady made me feel so comfortable and at ease the whole time. So , on she went layering my butt as I pulled my cheeks in different directions, wishing time would go quickly so I could put my kecks and jeans back on.
I was very impressed that after my first session, the hair barely grew back at all. I had been told to keep shaving to encourage the root to fall out which I did.
I have since had another session ( which I of course got my postpartum period back 5 minutes before I walked into my session- rolls eyes!!) and am virtually hair free.
I have another few sessions booked in so will keep posting little updates. So far though I have to say that it has been one of the best things I have done. I feel so clean all the time, well until I remember (once again) that I've not shaved my legs haha!
Have you ever had Laser hair removal? Is it on your wish list?
Thanks for reading!
Im not going to lie. 2016 hasn't been kind to us. Between losing our American Visa's, to almost being arrested, to moving back to England, to having a mysterious illness that 9 (YES 9) rounds of antibiotics can't cure, has been exhausting. And thats just a snippet of our hellish year.
I have always been an advocate for exercise and getting those wonderful endorphins flowing. However in the last few months Ive become insular, lazy and a little depressed.
In order to try and motivate myself I signed up for a half marathon. But with moving house and a few more excuses I've barely trained at all.
Last night for a split second, I was in the mood to go for a run. I knew that if I didn't go right that second, that I would soon change my mind and think of another excuse. So thats exactly what I did. Swiftly put on my running gear, grabbed my headphones and shouted "off for a run- back soon" to my husband as I was half way out of the door.
I hadn't run in a while so I had told myself I would just do a few km. But as I was running, I felt so free. I took in the beautiful rolling hills around me, ran through the quaint and pretty village (Which has some adorable shops that I must go visit). It was the most relaxed I had felt this year.
Then it began to rain. Beautiful light raindrops. The rain you see in films, so refreshing and dewy.
Running in the rain felt so imperfectly perfect, it was exactly what I needed. It was a little escape.
I ended up running for 6 miles (about 10km) and I loved every second of it.
Im going to try and run twice a week. I need those endorphins and also the break from the housework and children was much needed.
Do you take time to work out?
Thanks for taking the time to read!
p.s. The happy rain running moment was OBVIOUSLY selfie worthy.