My TOP 5 favourite blogs !

  
Blogs are such a great way of social networking and finding out loads of great information and advice. They are especially fab for mums that may not have a chance to get out as much as they would like. You can find out the latest fashion trends, baby tips, home decor ideas and so much more.

I have listed my top 5 GO TO blogs, you really must check them all out!

1)MISSLEOTE www.missleote.com

  
2)OH SO AMELIA www.ohsoamelia.com

  
3)SALT AND SAND www.saltandsand.co.uk

  

 4)CHALK KIDS  www.chalkkids.co.uk

  
5)MY LOVE AND BEYOND www.myloveandbeyond.com

  
Love Gracie xo 

Jaxon James | New online store Feature ☆

A parents monochrome shop perfection! This fab new store that has only just opened its virtual doors is already becoming a very popular online store. Filled with beautiful monochrome inspired clothes, toys and soft furnishings what more could you want.

I am THE biggest monochrome lover and could buy everything.!!

Jaxon James is run by a passionate mum ‘Camilynn Baker’. She has 3 beautiful boys, Jack-5 , Leo – 2 , and Tom – 8 months. Being a mum of two little boys and running a business I have absolutely no idea how she does it with an extra little person thrown in the mix!

Here’s a little something ‘Cam’ ( as she likes to be called) wrote for you all to read :

‘I have always loved fashion and quickly got fed up with the same old stuff on the high street. I always get my mum to send me clothes for my boys from America or South Africa (where I was born). I researched for about 8 months and slowly JaxonJames was Born!Everything is done by myself, with some assistance from the management team (my boys lol). Before I had children I worked in project management & business development but now I’m a full time mum and couldn’t face an ‘office’ job! Running Jaxon James from home with my boys is my dream job and I love it. Every single part of it! ‘

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A few of my favourite pieces from Jaxon James are these monochrome goodies listed below and I’m pretty sure they will be all working there way into our home very soon!

Milk print long sleeve tshirt
XO print knit blanket  
Knot cushion

Gone Batty leggings

Panda Cushion
Mini Wooden Wardrobe

One of my favourite things about this store is that they have so many brands from over seas that would normally take and cost ages to arrive but these guys are based in the UK !!

****Exclusive Discount code for BeingMummy followers, just enter  ‘ MSS44BX ‘ at the checkout to receive 10% off your order! ***

You all really must head over to Jaxon James now and have a look at all their beautiful stuff. I have also listed all the Brands they stock at the bottom of this post ♡

JAXON JAMES →
Love Gracie XO

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Believe ModeBlu Sky Baby

Candi&co
Dill Clothing
Freddy Alphabet
Huusje Design
JoeyJellyBean
Juniper Wilde
Liten Landa
Little pop studios
Lil’Zippers
Lucky No7
Maveriks
My little echo
Puurrr
Rice baby
The milk collective
To the moon and back kids
Studio Inktvis
Code 37

Being Mummy and you! 

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It is true that when you have children you give yourself completely over to them. But why do you have to let yourself completely go…… The answer is you don’t!! Obviously you don’t have the time you had to go shopping and take hours on your makeup but you can be a mum and still look great. This should be for yourself and no one else! It’s hard work being a mum and you should make sure you make time for you and making yourself feel good.

I was so uninterested in clothes when I was pregnant with Charlie. That’s all I wanted to wear was big jumpers and leggings and hardly ever put makeup on my face! So when I had Charlie I think I was craving to feel good about myself again.

So this post is about me sharing with you all my favourite buys recently that have made me feel great when I wear them. Simple, easy to wear clothes that look great.

Something I missed so much when I was pregnant was wearing jeans!! I’m such a jean person. I found these great jeans in Topshop and I’ve been living in them. They are high wasted and really stretchy  material,  great for making your belly look a bit flatter and so comfy to wear.

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Light weight baggy tshirts are my new love. They look great but you don’t feel self-conscious in them at all because they hide everything.

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I’ve never been a trainer lover but I bought these white Nikes recently and haven fallen in love. They are SOOO comfortable and a great thing for mums to throw on in the morning when you rushing out the door. I think the clean white colour makes them easy to match any outfit.

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A key necklace  can instantly make you feel nice. Adding a bit of jewellery to an outfit just brightens it up an makes you feel like you’ve made a bit of an effort.

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The perfect Cardigan! have worn this River Island Cardigan most days since I bought it. It’s light weight fabric makes it not too hot but still keeps you warm in the mornings. There’s nothing worse than getting hot and flustered when your trying to sort the kids out!! It works with so many outfits an makes me feel great when I wear it.

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Having another Jean in a different colour and a few different tops you can mix and match and always look great.

MAKEUP //

Us mums know that finding time for a full face of makeup is impossible with little ones around. I have 5 key items that I wear everyday for a really light easy look. It takes me no more that 5 minutes to do.

1||Foundation- I used to use DIOR but I’m now using LOREAL True Match, it’s a great light look that’s so easy to put on.

2|| Mascara- Rimmel, THE COLOASSAL. This is such a great Mascara. It has a curved edge on the brush that rally helps give more of a lift and curve to your eyelashes.

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3||Bronzer- I use this Dior Bronzer. It gives a great natural glow and doesn’t make you look orange!!

 

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4|| Eye liner – Maybelline eye liner pot lasting drama in brown. One quick line across the top of the lid can make your eyes stand out but it gives a really natural look.

5|| lipstick – Mac ‘myth’ . I love this lipstick. It’s such a great shade for the day. A really sift look.

 

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I hope this post has given you some inspo and if you have any questions please comment.

Love Gracie xo

Charles Birth Story

Hello!

This post has been on my mind to write everyday since I had little Charlie but adjusting to life with an extra little person has been full on! Amazing though!

I still can’t believe its all over and he’s here…..at home….and normal life is back.It only feels like yesterday we were in the conservatory having cuddles with our little boy ready to go into hospital.

 

I was absolutely terrified I’m not going to lie….. I did some research on birth trauma and I definitely think I experienced it with Frankie. If anyone wants any information on birth trauma i found this website amazing: www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

So heres how it all went down!!

When my mum dropped us off at hospital waving goodbye to Frankie was so emotional, it was the weirdest feeling leaving my little baby to go and have another baby…… it didn’t help that he just waved out the window and said bye bye. Emotional wreck wasn’t even the word.

We walked through the doors and instantly my heart started to beat out of my chest and reality seriously set in…. soon i will be in A LOT of pain.

I have to say that Saint Marys hospital in Manchester is truly amazing. The care and warmth that all the staff give mums is second to none. Since having Frankie they have changed the rules and you have your own room when you are being induced, it had a telly and a really comfortable seat in for Tom AND he could stay with me. I was over the moon as last time he had to keep going home and understandably  I just wanted him there.

The nurse came in and put me on the heart beat monitor for twenty minutes to check Charlies heart beat was all good…… I was on it for 3 hours because he was having such a party in there he wouldn’t give a regular heart beat reading. You couldn’t blame the poor boy…my heart beat was probably going crazy!!

They finally gave me the first gel that you have to start helping the cervix dilate. The first one was fine and I did start having a few contractions about an hour later. I was trying to do everything possible to make everything move as quickly as possible, bouncing on the ball walking and drinking loads of water. After about twenty minutes on the ball I had to stop because it relieved all the pain from my back but made my legs feel like they were going to explode.

At about 11pm that  night they gave me the second gel, I hadn’t dilated but my cervix had moved down. yaaaaaayyy we were on the move. Tom and I were very relaxed and started watching a bit of telly ( i felt so posh having my own room with a telex and a bathroom!!) when a  nurse came in and told us that even when you get to 2 cm and your ready to have your waters broke the waiting list is up to 4 days!! I was nearly sick! how could they leave you there for 4 days having contractions when your ready. I really think telling people this is a bad idea because it stressed us out so much and we ended up going down within 24 hours so it was just all unnecessary.

Tom ended up going home to get a good night  sleep as I was feeling ok. The minute he left I started getting such bad contractions and ended up having a bath at 3am in the morning! First time for everything! The hot water did ease the pain but it made my contractions a lot more clearer. I was having them every 1 minute 40 and they were staying for 50 seconds each time. I got back into bed, the pain was so horrendous up until about 6am when I finally gave in and had the injection to take away the pain.  I was so annoyed, I really didn’t want it again……  with Frankie it made me feel so weird for ages after. That thought quickly disappeared as the pain almost instantly subsided and I managed to get some sleep till about 11am, no thanks to everyone coming in every two minutes asking me millions of questions.

I woke up to a lovely surprise, my little munchkin was standing at the bottom of my bed. He was in a crazy mood and nearly destroyed the whole room in 10 seconds flat so he didn’t stay long and was far too excited to give me any attention.

The nurse gave me a 3rd gel at 11 am on Wednesday morning and my god did it hurt, I had to have gas and air for that one! I am a woos at the best of times but the gels do make everything a lot more fragile. When she checked an hour later I was 2 cm dilated!! Woop Woop!!

So now they wait started,

It was such a beautiful day that day so we went walking loads, spend far too much money in the Marks and Spencer across the road, drank about two litters of water.

I hardly had that much pain all day. It was so frustrating that id given in and had the injection in the morning, I just felt id slowed everything down but apparently that isn’t true…….

At about 8 clock that night wed just put a film on the iPad ( Gone GIRL – don’t watch it, its terrible but the book is a must read) and the midwife came in and said I was next to go down! We were both so relived that we weren’t going to have to wait days! So I started to pack up my things and it started to dawn on me this is it, oh my god I’m about to go through the whole labour. I was terrified!

Early the next morning, 3.30am the midwife came in and said a bed was coming down for me now, we both sleepily got up and ready.

On the way to my room we went past the room that I’d had frank in and I started to feel a wave of emotions that I was actually about to meet Charlie…. I just had to get him out first! Hearing a women scream going into my room was no the best thing for my nerves.

So the bit I’d been dreading most of all was here……having my waters broke. The midwife we had was so lovely and had been working on the labour wards for over 20 years so I knew I was in good hands. Surprisingly my water broke within about a minute and it hardly hurt at all! This instantly relaxed me and put me in the calmest of moods. The drip went in my hand,  it was so painful so the midwife had to take it out and put it in the other arm. I am not the best with needles at all, I was so upset that the first one hadn’t worked I had a mini melt down and got a bit overwhelmed. Tom was amazing he just kept joking with the midwife and making me laugh.

At about 11am I was put on the drip and after about 2 hours of regular contractions I had an epidural. I wasn’t hopeful at all about it working, my experience with Frankies was horrendous and just didn’t work no matter how much they’d give me. But this time it started to work straight away and I could hardly feel any pain. Tom was starving so I sent him for food, to my horror he walked in eating a subway! If I could’ve actually felt my legs I think I would’ve got out the bed and punched him!! We all need up in fits of laughter…. when I look back on the time we spent in the labour room it really was so relaxed and filled with laughter. the epidural working meant that we all just chatted about nonsense, I know every detail about my midwives sandwich shop she runs with her family!

By 5pm I’d dilated to 8cm and the pain was coming back quite strongly. I was given more of the epidural drug but it didn’t work at all! I was having gas an air but nothing was working. for about 2 hours I was in agony! I think I nearly broke Toms hand in the process. There must be a niche in the market for a glove a partner can wear whilst your in labour, every guys hand after having a baby must be broke.

I was pretty out of it when the anaesthetist came in, I opened my eyes and shouted its you! So embarrassing I though it was the anaesthetist that I’d had with Frankie but it wasn’t…. he said it was the nicest greeting he’d had walking into a room. I begged him to give me more and said what they had been giving me was not working at all. He said don’t worry Grace were going to get you comfortable…… and he definitely did. He gave me a much bigger dose and within half an hour my pain was almost completely gone!

At about 8 o clock I was fully dilated and had the earge to push…. It was so Wierd not having much pain! I was one of those women I scream at on ‘One Born every Minute’ that just sit there not making a noise!

So I stared pushing. Because i couldn’t feel any pain I was a lot more with it and it was so frustrating! I felt like we weren’t getting anywhere and that he was never going to come out! But after twenty minutes Charlie  Joseph Mooney came into the world. I was so overcome with emotion when she handed him to me, I just couldn’t stop crying! the most amazing thing that we did was donate Charlie’s cord blood so that he could maybe save someone’s life with it one day. The only thing you have to do is have a blood test, fill in the form and instead of it being thrown away it goes to save someone’s life.

We had our tea and toast that you get after having a baby and it was THE most amazing tea and toast I have ever had. If id  eaten it on a normal day I probably would’ve thought it was horrible but after 18 hours of child birth it was like eating gold dust!

We went up to the ward and Tom went home to get some sleep. I just sat there for what felt like minutes staring at him and then realised it was 2 in the morning! So I went to sleep next to my beautiful little baby boy feeling the proudest person in the world.

 

 

 

Love Gracie x

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‘ I managed to get washing detergent in my eye’

Walking into a quiet waiting room and saying out loud ‘ I got washing detergent in my eye ‘ was possibly the most embarrassing thing I’ve had to do in a while.

After finishing writing my blog yesterday having a trip to the eye A&E department was NOT on my list to do! I was having such a productive day and finally getting on top of all my washing. I went to put my second wash in and had to open a new bottle of washing luquid, there was a little plastic pull back bit to open the little hole and when I pulled it back a massive blob of it flew and landed straight in the corner of my eye!!! REALLY, SERIOUSLY why did that have to happen. Continue reading

Count Down!

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So we finally have a date!

3rd of February 3pm I will be walking into the hospital to have my little man.

We went in yesterday morning and it all went surprisingly smoothly… We had the scan and saw our little guys face for the first time as all the other times he’s been naughty and hidden it! I was hoping he would look more like me this time around but that has been confirmed already that it won’t be happening…. He has Toms nose and a bum chin.. definitely his daddy’s boy!
My doctor wanted him to be healthy enough to come out so when he measured him and found out he was nearly 7 pounds already he said yep lets get this day booked in! If I went to full term he would be 9 pound + , how have I made such a massive baby???
So the inducing is decided on… Continue reading

Frankies Room

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I was trying to think of my next Blog post and I thought it just had to be about Frankies Room.
If it wasn’t for his room I wouldn’t have been introduced to the amazing world of Instagram and all the lovely ladies behind the beautiful handmade shops.

Gone are the days of borders and the classic pink or blue room! FINALLY! Just because it’s a child’s room why does it have to be messy, unloved, multicoloured and just not thought out!
When Frankie was born I never had a proper nursery for him as we rented and the spare room had a huge ugly double bed in it and just not a lot of room, and frankly I didn’t really know how to decorate and work with what I had! So he just had a cot in the room and that was it really, but every time I walked in it made me miserable, I hated it! So I would just walk in get Frankie and get out, shut the door and pretend it wasn’t his room.
We finally moved into a two bed house in June this year and the spare room was empty so I had my blank canvas finally!!

My main inspiration for Frankies room I’ve got to say is from a beautiful unique website called ‘This Modern Life’ it is owned by a lovely lady called Suzanne who has the most amazing taste in home decor. She has carefully selected all these different little shops to create one of, if not the best online store for your home. Everything on the website, from the cushions to the smallest things like the wall hangers you will want to buy. It’s really is a must to go and visit!

http://thismodernlife.co.uk

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The centre of his room is really all about his reading corner, I wanted to create a cosy quiet little place that after his bath we could go and read. Pillows pilled high a soft rug and a shelf with all his books, and it was as simple as that, Frankie’s reading corner was created. Continue reading