Friday, 31 July 2015

Me & Mine: July 2015

Our Me & Mine photos this month are very from a special event we had recently...Noah's Christening Day!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Fog

I can hear the voices calling out, "Mummy! Look! Come see!"
But my feet won't move, my body heavy, I just don't feel like me.
They'll be fine without me for a while, infact they'll have more fun...
I'll stay here wrapped up warm in bed, comfortably numb
I don't want to go through the motions today, I don't want to fake the smiles
I just want to watch the world go by and lay here for a while.
I close my eyes and wait for sleep to take it all away...
all the sadness, all the guilt, all the fear I feel each day.
I hear my babies coos and cries, and wonder if he knows
That his Mummy isn't always like this, so full of all these woes
He has a very different mother to the one his brother had,
so full of fun & excitement, and none of all this sad.
I want to get her back again, for his sake and for mine
I want to want to hold him and to cuddle him all the time,
But my feelings seem so muted now, nothing feels quite real
Everything is darker now and gloomier I feel.
I feel as though I'm covered in a cloud of thick, dark fog...
and no matter what I try to do I can't escape this smog.
I'll find a way to carry on and find a way to cope
But I'll keep searching for the sunlight, I'll find it soon I hope.
You might have noticed there's been some radio silence on my blog recently...
Infact it's been 11 days since my last post went live and longer still since I actually sat here and wrote anything. A good 3 or 4 weeks or so infact, which is probably the longest break I've ever taken from my blog.

The Dream of Winning the Lottery

All I do the whole night through is dream of you… 
Every mom is a working mom, whether she spends her days behind a desk or chasing the kids around the houseWhile maintaining a career and raising a child are satisfying, sometimes a mom has to stop and dream a little.  
Winning the lottery is a dream for many of us out there. Perhaps this is because it's an equaliser. Most extremely wealthy people are born with a silver spoon – wealth begets wealth. There are a few stories of people who have become wealthy on their own, but this is usually due to a great business acumen or athletic talent. The only people that see millions of dollars cheques are movie stars, athletes, CEOs, and the sons and daughters of such people. 
But with a single lottery ticket, normal folks can enter a world of luxury and financial security without Harvard business degrees or Michael Jordan-level athletic ability. 
If you're occupied all day, it's sometimes difficult to get out and buy a ticket at the local shop. For Jenn Burston, a 27-year-old mum-of-two and part-time administrator, playing the lottery online was the winning solution. 
According to an interview with the Mirror, Burston always buys her lotto tickets online. Last December, she purchased her usual Lucky Dip, and when she checked her numbers, she thought she had won £3000. She took a second look and realised she had something much more valuable -- her ticket netted her £3 million! What a dream Christmas that must have been for her and her family. 
Not only is buying lottery tickets online convenient, but it also allows you to play lotteries from around the world like Powerball or Mega Millions – lottery tickets that are not available for purchase in British stores. 
How do people spend their lottery winnings? 
For those who are lucky enough to hit the jackpot, how do they spend their winnings? A study conducted in 2012 by the National Lottery, revealed that lottery millionaires spent the most money on real estate. 82% of the 3,000 lottery winners surveyed bought a new home, spending an average of £900,000 on the property. 
Investments and gifts to friends and family were the second most costly thing for lottery winners. Hopefully their relatives were grateful and the investments were made wisely. 
Cars and holidays were also top priorities for lottery winners. Over £460 million was spent on vehicles by the 3,000 millionaires. Audi was the most popular choice for the winners and the average amount spent on a single car was a little over £46,000. 
The US was the most common holiday destination, followed by the Caribbean, Dubai, and the Canary Islands. Most of these holidays were luxury-level with 68% of winners staying in five-star hotels during their trips. 
What if your dream of winning the lottery came true? What kind of house would you buy? Would you quit your job and travel around with the kids as much as possible?
 These are just hypotheticals right now, but with the lottery, you never know when luck will come your way!

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

4 Effective Ways to Reduce Acne Scarring

Acne is a common skin disorder that affects many people and leaves them feeling self-conscious about their face and skin. Acne, which presents itself in mild, moderate and severe forms, is perhaps most common among teenagers through their adolescence years, with scarring affecting them well into adulthood. Fortunately, modern technology and medical science has found a number of ways to clear acne and reduce scarring to limit the impact it has on sufferers’ lives. 

Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is a cosmetic treatment that is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin and is usually used on the face to treat long-term acne scarring. Chemical peeling works by removing the top layer of skin to make way for the smoother, regenerated skin underneath. While some chemical peels can be purchased without a prescription, if you want effective results, it is important to seek professional advice from a cosmetic surgeon, dermatologist or skin specialist such as  Cosmetic Surgery For Women. Chemical peels often have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory affect on acne, so your skin will be left feeling smooth and rejuvenated after the treatment, and it can also help skincare products penetrate your skin’s lower levels. 

Medicated Skincare 

To maintain acne and prevent it from resulting in further scarring, a medicated skincare treatment can be prescribed by your healthcare professional. Salicylic acid, retinoic acid, benzyl peroxide and antibiotic washes and lotions are common to treat acne and manage scarring on a long-term plan. Just be aware that some applications can have side-effects, so ensure that you are fully informed on what these could be, if applicable. 

Mineral Make-up

Cosmetic and skincare products often contain a high level of toxins and chemicals that do more harm than good to your skin. Instead, opt for organic and eco-friendly brands with natural ingredients and use mineral make-up rather than liquid based ones. Liquid foundations especially are known to clog hair follicles and trap oils underneath the skin, allowing bacteria to develop into pimples and blackheads. If your skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, you should certainly consider switching to mineral make-up products and organic cosmetic, skincare and hygiene brands where possible. 

Laser Treatments

Once acne has been banished, laser treatments are used to reduce scarring and repair the skin. Laser treatments work by causing a controlled wound to the deeper layers of the skin, which makes the body heal itself by producing more collagen fibres and repairing the skin on the surface. Laser treatments can dramatically alter the texture of your skin, so if you have severe scarring that causes low self-esteem, laser treatments could be a good option. 

While acne is frustrating and disheartening for sufferers, it is a condition that can be treated, managed and cleared with the right procedure. If you have acne or suffer from
long-term scarring, consider the tips above and seek professional advice before undergoing any treatment.

Do you know of any other possible treatments or solutions for acne scarring? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below!

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Our Trip To The North East With Park Resorts

A few weeks back, we received an e-mail kindly inviting us to try out a family break at a Park Resorts caravan site - we are huge fans of traditional British caravan holidays so we jumped at the chance!

Park Resorts have 49 sites across the UK so we were spoiled for choice when it came to deciding on a destination.

With two very young children we are always tempted to opt for holidays close to home just to make travel easier, and with living in Devon we are pretty spoiled for great beaches and so tend to stick to Cornwall as it's so close by...but we thought we'd use this opportunity to go a little further afield.


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