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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!




(The only pictures I took on my iPhone! The rest are on my Canon)

So here I am, writing my last post for 2014.

We pretty much did the same thing we did last year, as a family.

We went out for lunch to London Street Brasserie. The service was amazing, as usual. The food was brilliant, but child wise... I wouldn't recommend it. Just because it's such a small space. They literally DON'T let you come in if you've got a pushchair. I know, shocking. The same thing happened to us before, but each time, they always find us a good space. The only downside to this is... If you've got a 15 month old baby who wants to be free, and there's no high chair for him anywhere (as they don't actually have any) then, it sucks big time. I also made the biggest mistake today, by forgetting his pacifier at home. So you can only imagine how stressful this child of ours was. But we soon gave him some food and he wasn't that fussed about life anymore, thank God.

Anyway, I'm not going to bore you with what we did afterwards, so.... Happy New Year to anyone who's reading this. Enjoy your night and be safe.

See you in 2015! :)

Lots of love, hugs and kisses.

xxo

Monday, 29 December 2014

NEW YEAR NEW ME.



Photo cred: pinterest.com

Okay so here we go with all the 'NEW YEAR NEW ME' bullshit. I know some people can get a little sensitive when it comes to this, but I just want to say that I do support your goals, and your vision, but why wait until the new year? Why not start now? 

There's only 3 days left until January the 1st. If you want to make changes, and your WANT is big enough, start now.

If you want to give up fast food and start eating healthy, start now. 

If you want to get a new job, start searching and send out your cv's today. Not tomorrow. Not the day after tomorrow, but now.

If you want to start the gym, go ahead. Start now.

All these excuses you're making in your head as to why you can't start now is only holding you back even more. If you want anything in life bad enough, you'll make everything in your power to get it. Making excuses for yourself is not going to get you any results. Stop waiting for shit to happen, and make it happen. 
 
To be honest with you, I don't really believe in New Years resolution. I don't believe in waiting for a whole year to make changes in my life. Of course I did it when I was younger, but that's because I didn't know any better. Plus everyone else was doing it, duh. 

I love setting goals for myself and I need someone to hold me accountable when I'm not achieving them. Someone that cares. That doesn't mean I broadcast it to everyone, I only tell the mister what my goals are, and he holds me accountable. He's VERY good at that. Of course there's some days were I feel lazy, not motivated at all and in a 'can't be bothered' mood but at the end of the day, he cares about my goals just as much as I do. We all need a wake up call every now and then.

If you're gonna make changes in your life, practice what you preach. Don't broadcast it to the whole world because the truth is-- no one cares. People love to see you fail. 

Whatever your goals are, just remember that you're not going to get results straight away. So don't give up after a few days later! Especially on the days when you don't feel motivated, that's the day you need to get up and get motivated! 

Hope everyone has an amazing 2015 with lots of love and laughter.

Ps. It's really important that you remember 2014 in a positive light, despite of all the negatives that's happened in your life. I promise this post wasn't to offend anyone. That was not my intentions. This is just my opinion.

xx

Monday, 22 December 2014

NAMING YOUR BABY



I remember when I was pregnant, naming my son was thee most hardest thing ever. My family wanted a traditional name, but the Mister and I-- not so much. We wanted something different. Something unique that no one in our family had.

In my opinion, my family were pretty ignored when it came to naming my son because they were pressuring me to follow their ways. I tried explaining to them that both the mister and I are from different cultures. He is British, and I'm East African. Therefore, we wanted both of our cultures to come in our sons name.

The Mister and I had our own lists of names, and at that point, all we cared about was giving our son a GOOD name. That was just our choice. All the pressure I was getting and the situation that I was in, was absolutely horrible and I couldn't wait for it to be over. 

After our son was born, we found the perfect first and middle name for him. I only told a few people his real name and the rest his middle name because I didn't want any drama. 

My family didn't know my sons first name for a good 12 months. They used to call him by his middle name. I only told them my sons real name a little bit after his 1st birthday. I was expecting them to be shocked, but they knew deep down I wouldn't listen to them, LOL! 

What I've learned from that is, as much as I respect my parents, I had to do this a team. Just me and my mister. And so I've told them, don't worry. I've got this.

If you're going through a similar situation.. it's really important that you stand up for yourself and what you believe in. It's okay to say NO. It's okay to NOT follow their ways if you don't want to. This is your own family now. You and your partner make the choice together, without everyone trying to tell you what to do. It is your life, you're carrying that baby, and you'll be pushing that baby out. Yourself. With the support from your partner. So name he/she whatever you want to. Regardless of whether they'll like it or not. 

xxo

Monday, 15 December 2014

20 FACTS ABOUT ME



I know I haven't been bloggin' much, but I'm still here you guys. I thought I'd share 20 facts about myself (besides the obvious) since I literally cannot sleep. 

winter is my favorite season. // I am very indecisive. // I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. // I'm a hopeless romantic. // I hate seeing kids with crusty/ snotty nose. Seriously, like how hard is it to clean your child's face? I'm constantly cleaning my babes.. // Call me crazy but....If I could go back and give birth all over again-- I would. // ^^ It's the best thing I've ever done // I could watch the notebook and ps. i love you over and over again and not get bored. // I am PETRIFIED of creepy crawlers. Just thinking about it, is making my skin crawl. //  Pizza is the way to my heart//  my middle name is my dad's first name. // I love tea. // I have what you call a high metabolism, so putting weight on is nearly impossible even though I can eat like a horse. // I take way too many pictures of everything. // I'm 5'3 // Thursday is my favourite day of the week // I love napping. I don't get the chance to nap anymore though. // I love travelling and exploring new places. // whenever I order dominos or any takeaway for that matter-- I always order the same thing. // after i do the dishes or every time i wash my hands-- i have to quickly moisturise them straight away otherwise the feeling of dry hands really makes me cringe.  

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A NAIL IN MY FOOD






I don't know about you, but i absolutely love those days where I don't have to cook. Today was one of those days. We went out for a meal to Nandos. The atmosphere, and the service was really great until I found something which LOOKED like a nail in my teeth-- AFTER I finished my food. Let me tell you, I was ready to be sick in my own mouth. I showed it to the staff, and they all started panicking and quickly got the manager. The manager then later reassured me that it wasn't actually a nail (even though one of the guys who worked there told me it was) but anyway, she was really, really nice and I believed her in the end. Even though I know what I saw, the manager handled the situation very well, and she was a kind babe, and gave us desert on the house, as she wouldn't take no for an answer.

The bottom line is-- I don't think I'll be going back there again, as much as I like their chicken. The Mister wasn't impressed either, as he's not the type to cause a scene. I just wanted to make sure that someone's disgusting nail wasn't in my food. Apparently it was from the sauce or the rice. I'll never know. 

Anyway-- after that we went to some shops to get some bits and bobs and ended up in Primark. How cute is this darling pyjamas my bambino is wearing? I can't cope with all the cuteness. He really needed these in his life. They were really cheap, so I thought, why not?! 

Oh and BTW- does anyone else go shopping for themselves and end up getting nothing but always something for their child? Surely I can't be the only one!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

PIZZA DATE











I am in love with this season. I love the Christmas lights all over town and the German market (even though the one in Birmingham will forever have my heart) but yeah, basically everything looks better in the dark. And a lot prettier. And people are actually happy and smiling for once! 

So last night, my little bambino and I took our favourite person for a pizza date for his birthday, as he was working on his actual birth day. On Saturdays in our house, we have pizza. Without a fail. So it was only right. 

...with Christmas approaching, everyone's running around like headless chickens, trying to get their Christmas shopping out of the way. As you can imagine, the centre was packed, and the same for the restaurants. Every single one of them was choca block! So we decided to go to the quiet bit of town and found good old Pizza Express. Finally! We got a table so fast my eyes nearly popped out its socket! We were SO hungry and at this point just wanted to be fed asap, but it felt like they were taking ten years with our food.

After we spent hours in Pizza Express, stuffing our faces, we went to see the Christmas lights being put on by this Danny dude. I don't really know who he is. All I know is that he's in hollyoakes, which I don't watch. Why couldn't they bring back Robin Thicke?

There was quite a bit happening in the Riverside too. All the singing and the fireworks on top of the Oracle car park. Overall, we had a great night. This is definitely the season to be jolly, haha! I'm also so thankful for a well behaved baby, who just loves waving and smiling at every person he comes in contact with. You can tell he's my son.

How was your weekend? What did you all get up to? 

Friday, 14 November 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BESTFRIEND, MY LOVE, MY SOUL MATE AND THE BEST DADDY IN THE WORLD.

"Thank you for being a YES dad when Mama says NO." - L

XXXXXXXXX

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sniffly babe


With the season changing, my little babes immune system is under attack, hard. He's had a dry cough and a cold for just over 3 days now, and it's heartbreaking to see him coughing and not being able to breathe through his nose which leads him to waking up in the middle of the night feeling uncomfortable! 

I went to Morrisons (as you do) and searched for something that could help him sleep better without having to give him calpol as I want to keep it as natural as possible. This lovely lady helped me pick this 'snuffle babe vapour rub' and it's worked its magic.

I rubbed a little bit on his chest, his back, his throat and his feet and then put socks on them. It's not as bad as it was couple of days ago, in fact, it's slowly going. Deep down in my heart, I'm happy that my sniffly babe is getting better and that I get to wave goodbye to those late sleepless nights. 

I would definitely recommend this product if your babe is under the weather. The tub is very tiny but it's well worth £2.48 which isn't a lot, especially when it makes a massive difference to your babes breathing and sleep.

disclaimer: I have not been paid by Morrisons to write this good review.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Picture hoarder!!!











What are your plans for tonight? I got so caught up with life that I totally forgot that it's bonfire night tonight. The same thing happened last year, sorry 5th of November. You are really hard to remember. Especially when you become a working Mum with a little babe who's in bed by 7pm. Ha! I used to go and watch the fireworks with my friends when I was younger, and it was just the best. I would love for my babe to experience it when he's a little bit older. 

So I'm sat here drinking tea, attempting to clear my camera role because I'm such a picture hoarder, and it just hit me so hard that 2015 is only around the corner. Can someone tell me where this year has gone?

Also, is there such thing as a throwback on a Wednesday because I came across these precious pictures on my camera roll and I can't get myself to delete any. It was my nieces 3rd birthday and I miss this day so much. It's a real tradition of ours, spending birthdays together. Every year we have two joint birthdays. Isn't that just amazing? We don't go crazy on birthdays, we keep it so simple. Simple is always the best. 

I hope I'm not the only one who is a picture hoarder. My memory is always full and it takes me months and months to delete one photo. Is that a bit weird? Ha! 

Enjoy your night and be safe! xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gratitude



I was watching something with the Mister and it got me thinking...

We as human beings are always complaining. Whether it's about our lives or the weather. We don't realize that some people have got it worse than others. We focus so much on the negatives happening in our lives that often we forget that we actually have so much to be grateful for.

So here are 16 things I'm grateful for. 

1. I'm grateful for my sight. Even though I have to wear contacts/ glasses, and I complain about how blind I am, I am grateful for at least seeing.

2. I'm grateful for my hearing.

3. I'm grateful for my health. 

4. I'm grateful for the food that we have in our home.

5. I'm grateful that we get to sleep in a warm, comfortable bed at night.

6. I'm grateful for both of my legs and my feet that take me everywhere.

7. I'm grateful that god chose me to be the mother to my beautiful son. 

8. I'm grateful that my son is healthy and happy.

9. I'm grateful that we have a roof over our head. 

10. I'm grateful to live in a very friendly neighbourhood.

11. I'm grateful for my family. 

12. I'm grateful for my incredible best friends. 

13. I'm grateful that I'm able to read, and write. 
 
14. I'm grateful that I'm alive.

15. I'm grateful for the money that we have so that we can pay our bills and also knowing that we can do something as a family.

16. I'm grateful for my hard working, selfless, loving mister who is ever so patient with me.  

So today, I want you all to be grateful for all the positive things happening in your lives. Let's wake up and think about those unfortunate ones. Those that have less than us, who still remain to find happiness in their lives.

Ps. Tell me what you're grateful for?


Friday, 17 October 2014

a quick update




How on earth has it already been a month since my bambino's birthday. It feels like we were only celebrating him yesterday! Here's a quick update...

He loves bath time, screams when you get him out. Attached to that teddy in the picture that isn't even his (it's my little niece Duran's, and when she finds out she'll probably go crazy haha. She's a little diva) he calls him 'ted' hugs him all the time and takes him everywhere he goes in the house. Apparently I only get hugs when I pretend to cry but first he'll cry with me and take my hand of my face, what a little sweetheart. If he's hungry or wants to show me something, he'll drag me by my hand haha. If he does something naughty, and I tell him off, he'll smile and laugh (con artist, but a cute one). He loves books but sometimes I catch him nibbling on them. Did I mention how much he loves food?! Food is definitely the way to his heart. Give him food and you'll be his best friend. I am loving this age with all my heart. I can't believe how fast it's all going. I love love this boy, he's just thee best, and I'm so glad I get to call him mine.

Enjoy your weekend, friends! xxo

Monday, 13 October 2014

Motivational Monday


*Picture above is from Pinterest*

Happy Monday friends!!!!

 I know a lot of people hate Mondays with a passion, but to be fair...I love Mondays. It's a new start to the week and to be honest, I never really understood why anyone would hate that because this is how I see it.... It's the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Why wouldn't anyone want that? It's all so simple, have a better attitude than every single person that you come in contact with today. Be that person that faces their fear and don't sweat the small stuff. Start your day off on a positive and go out there to make it count. Be a yes person in everything that you do. When was the last time you spoke to someone that you don't know personally? We come in contact with strangers every single day. I don't know about you, but i smile at every single person that I come in contact with, or even say a simple 'Hello, how're you?'. So how about you change things up a little bit today and actually compliment a stranger, or even smile at them. Can you imagine how much of a difference it makes when someone smiles at you? It makes you feel good about yourself right? And that's exactly what you're doing. You're making that stranger feel good about themselves. We do like to be noticed after all. You never know...You might actually learn a thing or two from that stranger that you speak to today. So are you going to follow the crowd today and let the world know how you 'hate' Mondays Or are you going to make today count and be the best person that you can be? Separate yourselves from all the negatives that you might face today and have a great day you guys! xxo

Sunday, 12 October 2014

We live for the weekends!




This weekend was well deserved. After being away for nearly 3 weeks, we finally reunited with our darling papa! It has been the longest, and the hardest of all. I mean, we've never been away from each other for that long, but it feels SO good to be back home in my Misters arms! Home is where he's at! I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved spending time with my family..especially my Mum and my sisters, none stop belly laughing but in my mind, I couldn't help but wish time away because after being there for so long... I got home sick and as corny as it may sound... Home is definitely where the heart is.

Bambino and I  got on our train around 1 O'clock ish yesterday, and got into reading about an hour and a half later. We went to the Misters office and got all the hugs and kisses we've been missing out on and later went out for a late lunch in Ask Italian. We love that restaurant. It's one of our favourites to go to. I am really boring when it comes to food and also very indecisive. I literally only order the same thing every time I go there. Pizza is what my heart knows. It can never disappoint me. And trust me, this pizza was so satisfying, even though it's only basic. I used to get another one with prawns but they've stopped doing that. Boohoo. The mister had lasagna and little mr bambino had some of our food. He was playing with it most of the time though.

And today, well...let me tell you that Sundays are our favourite! We live and breathe Sundays. I missed our morning routine. The mister wakes up with the babe and they have their bonding session whilst I get to have another 15 minutes in bed. We ate breakfast, talked, played with the babe and napped together because that's what Sundays are about, right?  So I'm gonna end this post with a bit of corn on the side. I'm not too keen on PDA, but today, I don't care. I love this man. He melts my heart every time. I don't think I've ever met anyone as patient as he is towards my crazy self, and for that I am SO grateful for having him in our lives.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, friends. Get excited for the week ahead of you! xxo

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

the toddler life!





*fyi he was just chilling in the car


Yesterday marked a year since we moved to Reading. My son was only two weeks old, and now that he's a one year old, he does these cute things that I never want to forget, and always want to remember. So I've decided to write 10 things that I can think of right now on why  being one years old awesome - minus the teething btw!

1. My son has turned into the most sweetest little todd. He is constantly either hanging or hiding behind my legs. I find it SO cute. He does it when I'm about to go somewhere (literally hangs of my legs) or hides behind them when he's just being cute or shy... I can't help but turn into a mushy mush mush when he does that, especially when he's also saying 'mamaamamamamamama.

2. When I laugh, he laughs with me or if I'm having a conversation with someone he will walk fast towards me and then laugh with us and then go back to what he was doing before. The face he pulls when he does that is absolutely hilarious. He literally scrunches up his face and laughs. He also laughs when I'm being serious so he can get away with things...I don't know who he thinks he is.

3. He'll stare at people and when he realises he's been caught, he'll smile at them.

4. He's started to mimic and repeat after my siblings or people even...and tries to have a full on conversations with them. Most of the time, he'll repeat the exact word someone is saying, which causes my ears to fall off cause I'm just like wait what?! When did this happen?! 

5. If he REALLY likes you, he'll give you a knee hug.

6. He loves walking but prefers to walk without shoes on so I always catch him trying to take his shoes off. Silly boy. 

7. Oh yeah, if you've got food, this guy is and will be your best of friend forever without a doubt. He's all there hugging you and hinting to have some of whatever you're having. 

8. When he's playing with his cars - his face says it all...please do not disturb me, otherwise he'll literally get up and walk away LOL.

9. He realised that the fake crying no longer works on me so when he does it for a second he quickly changes it to a laugh. A fake one. 

10. When I'm fixing the bed or my sisters, and he sees pillows on the floor, he'll rest his head on it in the middle of the room. I can't breathe with this child of mine. He's just so funny! 


Happy first day of October friends! Xoxo

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Nostalgic.











today, i am feeling very nostalgic as it was around this time last year that I moved to Reading with a brand new newborn babe. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. Packed up our things and went on a 1.5hr car journey with a crying newborn babe in the back.. I don't know how I did it -- but I did it. I think when traveling with a newborn, it's all about being calm because really and truly, a one week old babe just wants to be cuddled up with his mama. It was hard trying to keep him entertained, especially when I couldn't take him out of the car seat, so I put on a sweet lullaby to keep him relaxed. Thank you Youtube. What would I have done without you, hey!

 Last week Wednesday -- 17th of September, my baby bambino turned the big ONE. I am sure I had anxiety attack the night before his birthday because I just couldn't believe that it was going to be the day that I gave birth to this amazing little human being. I felt this weird feeling that I have never felt before, and my heart was full of all kinds of emotions. I love this boy. He is so smart, and funny. I know that it's only been about a week, but being 1 years old is absolutely fantastic. He is walking.....falling here and there, but he's quite independent and he lets you know when he wants to hold your hand -- which is hardly ever. He's even walking backwards, which is SO adorable! For his birthday, we had a tea party. My amazing friend, her sweet daughter, and my dearest cousin made his birthday so special! We all went to Marks & Spencer and did some food shopping. My cousin had already bought a cake from Marks & Spencer -- the one in London, but let.me.tell.you it was delish! Everything came together so perfect. He ate loads of yummy food, and erm...loads of yummy cake ....i mean, you're only 1 once right? Putting him to bed that night was the hardest thing ever, he literally stayed awake until his papa came home. The mister had work the whole day, so he only spent the morning with our babe, but when he came home, they spent some more time together playing and catching up. And that's how we ended the night!

Right now, we're in Birmingham and have been here since last week Friday. We came to celebrate some more and eat more birthday cake with our family. We're also celebrating Eid here, how great is that!

Happy weekend, friends! Xoxo