7 Surprising or not so surprising effects Sleep Deprivation has on us humans

Feels like I'm at my breaking point. Like at full breaking point, I need sleep.
Hugo hasn't been well & he's not slept for well over a week - before that : Yes i was in Italy (Child free) however I wasn't laying back & relaxing, we pretty much backpacked over Italy through Pisa, Florence & Venice. It was amazing but exhausting, Then add the flight being delayed so not getting home till gone 2am...

Last night I lay there after getting up with Hugo at 12 he then woke every 10-15minutes.

I'm pretty sure no one knows what tired is until you have children.
You can't just go to bed when you feel like it when your a parent.
Typically Hugo will sleep anywhere in the daytime...

Lack of sleep really is bad for you, today i am so tired I feel like an emotional wreck to put it bluntly. 
Did you know sleep deprivation can cause :

Sleepiness causes accidents :

Sleep loss is a big public safety hazard every day on the road. Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as drink driving,
Studies also show that sleep loss can also lead to accidents & injuries on the job. 

Sleep loss dumbs you down :

Ha it really does, sleep plays a critical role in thinking & learning, It impairs your attention, alertness, concentrating, reasoning & problem solving. 

I presume this is where the 'baby brain' came from either being pregnant or having a new born lack of sleep will make you forget everything.

Sleepiness is depressing :

Over time, lack of sleep can contribute to the symptoms of depression. 
At the moment all I want to do is cry. Yep cry & cry & cry. 
I'm exhausted.
Insomnia & depression feed on each other. sleep loss often aggravates the symptoms of depression, depression can make it more difficult to fall asleep... 

Sleep deprivation AGES YOUR SKIN :

Oh my god I know now why after having children my face has really suffered. 
Bags under your eyes - check
Extra wrinkles - check
urgh.

Sleepiness makes you forgetful :

Well you can say that again.... Sleepiness makes you forgetful.....
My days have all blurred into one very blurry day recently. 
I try & put my milk into the dishwasher & my dirty bowl into the fridge. 
I even forget when I've finished my coffee go to take a sip to UH OH IT's ALL GONE!

I recently read that lack of sleep may increase risk of death ... 

I don't fancy talking about dying anytime soon so I'll ignore that 'fact'.

Lack of sleep kills your sex drive :

I'm not one to talk about what happens behind closed doors however what I will say is :

"Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame.
For men with sleep apnea, a respiratory problem that interrupts sleep, there may be another factor in the sexual slump. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002 suggests that many men with sleep apnea also have low testosterone levels. In the study, nearly half of the men who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone during the night."





Bottles perfect for pink lemonade Wedding


With the months counting down I'm slowly but surely getting there & starting projects like these:

Cute bottles that will be filled with pink lemonade on the drinks table next to the cakes, scones & sandwiches will just finish that Vintage Tea Party feel. 


They are so easy & super cheap to do too. 

I got the bottles from old J20 & Ginger beer bottles. 
The lace was in my crafty stash of beautiful things.
The stickers are from East of India - Wedding Stickers for just £1.54 for 30 (FREE delivery)
It's as simple as that.



I removed the metal rims from the bottles by using scissors.
Washed all the bottles to soak off the original stickers.








I can't wait to have lots of them all done displayed on the table. 


Annual STEPS Charity Sponsored walk London

It's that time again when we try & get sponsored for doing our 5 mile walk around London. I can't even believe it was a year ago we done it last - we raised a massive £3,015!! This year we've not even come close yet... We would love you to donate just a small amount all would help massively Just giving.com/londonstepscharitywalk/
Text donations now available for the sponsored walk on the 1st August. Text CLUB61 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 and donate the corresponding amount to the event page. 

Keep calm & walk for STEPS Charity.

If you would like to get involved in the walk 01/08/14 then drop me an email & we can give you more details.

We had such a good time last year & such a fab turn out.


Looking forwards to updating you all This was last years walk...

Some things that I'll never get used to having a Talipes baby:

Talipes baby hugo boots and bar 

It's strange to say my son has to wear boots & a metal bar to bed.
This saying I thought by now I would be used to it.
I thought it would at least be getting easier as he is getting older.
Hugo is 2 and a half years old & EVERYTHING seems to be hard work.

I will never get used to the battle of trying to get his boots on everyday.
I will never get used to the fact that he hates his bar & fights it for hours every night. "Bar off Mumma"....
I will never get used to how heavy my son is whilst he is wearing his boots and bar. He weighs down like a bag of sand due to him not being able to wrap his legs around me.
I will never get used to that fact that from just 5 days old my baby wasn't like all the other babies & had casts on both legs right up to his waist.
I will never get used to the awkwardness of getting him into the bottom bunk bed due to his boots & bar getting stuck.
I will never get used to him not being able to get to the toilet at night in time....
I will never get used to being kicked in the face or legs or tummy by the boots and bar whilst he's thrashing around in anger.
I will never get used to having him in our bed whilst he wears his boots and bar...(On a rare occasion now)
I will never get used to him never being able to get to of bed himself due to him wearing boots and bar
Boots and bar Hugo talipes
I will never get used to him waking up almost every hour demanding I take his bar off...
I will never get used to him waking up so tangled in his duvet he is having a panic attack.
I will never get used to being trod on whilst he is wearing his boots (ouch ouch ouch)
I will never get used to the boots and bar 
However Hugo having Bilateral Talipes has changed our life for the better in so many ways, If I could turn back time I would want it all to be the same. 
He is a talipes baby.
I will never forget that proud moment in Miami when he started walking at 18 months old.
Our milestones for our Talipes Baby seemed so much more surreal that little bit more amazing...
I of course try to stay as positive as I can I never speak badly about the boots and bar but my goodness they are hard work...



MAXI-COSI LAUNCHES ‘MAXI-COSI CARES’ ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT WORK WITH CHARITIES‏

Maxi Cosi 
Maxi-Cosi – a leading innovator in child car seat safety for 30 years – is launching an online campaign called ‘Maxi-Cosi Cares’, starting Monday 28th July, to highlight the important work it does with charities.
Maxi-Cosi is currently working in partnership with road safety organisation Good Egg to deliver special clinics across the UK to help parents understand the vital importance of correct car seat fitting in order to potentially save children’s lives.
Maxi-Cosi has also worked with hip dysplasia charity STEPS to develop the Opal HD, a car seat specially designed to give children with hip dysplasia more support, flexibility and comfort.
Opal HD 
And Maxi-Cosi Sales Director Steve Howell is currently riding his bike almost 1,000 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for Theodora’s Trust. Theodora’s Trust is a charity that sends ‘Giggle Doctors’ to work in collaboration with hospital staff to bring fun and laughter to around 30,000 children in hospitals including Great Ormond Street each year.
For a week from Monday 28th July, Maxi-Cosi will be using its Facebook page to highlight its work with each of these charities. There will also be a chance to win a travel system by guessing how many miles he will manage on his gruelling charity bike ride each day.
Andrew Ratcliffe, Managing Director of Maxi-Cosi UK, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on being a brand that really ‘cares’, and ‘Maxi-Cosi Cares’ is a great way of highlighting that we really do.


“We are very pleased to be able to support these charities and hope to raise further awareness among our customers and online fans about the incredibly important work they do.”
The Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl – the first i-Size car seat to be introduced to the UK market – and the Pebble with 2wayFix Base were both been awarded Which? Best Buys in the latest testing.

Do you ever need reminding that your not just a Mummy...



I do.
I need to remember I'm not just a Mummy.
I need to remember my name.
I need to remember who I was before the children came along.
I need to remember how I was with my husband before he became Daddy.
I'm not just a Mummy. 
I have a Name, That isn't just "mum"
I have a fashion style that suits me that doesn't automatically make me look like a Mummy.
I need to remember how to hold a Gucci Handbag & not use the Pushchair for a changing bag.
I need to remember I can leave the house without baby wipes.
I need to remember I can still wear heels.
I need to remember to still be me.
I need to remember my name.
I'm not just a Mummy.
I have a name, I have a name.
I need to remember that I can look pretty. 
I need to remember I can wear make up.
I need to remember I can go get my nails done.
I have a name, That isn't just "mum"
I need to remember my name.
I have a name, I have a name.
I'm not just a Mummy.
I need to remember I can go to the shops on my own.
I need to remember I'm not just the family bank.
I need to remember I'm not just "mummy doctor" when one of them hurt themselves.
I need to remember there is so much more to just being a 'mummy'
I'm not just a Mummy.
I need to remember my name.
I have a name, I have a name.
I'm not just the Mummy who takes the children to school.
Nor just the Mummy who takes them to hospital appointments.
I'm not just the Mummy who wipes away the tears.
I'm not just the Mummy who makes sure Breakfast, lunch & dinner is ready as well as snacks too.
I'm not just a Mummy.
I have a name, I have a name.
I'm not just a Mummy....
I need to remember my name. 

Natural Beauty Tan Tablets


Tan Tablets by Natural Beauty Slimming - real people, real results.
I have been using these tablets for the past 4 weeks with results being noticeable within the first 2 weeks. 
An all over glow rather than just my arms/legs that have been tanned by the sun, 

How Tan Tablets work:

They rely on a number of carotenoids - natural pigmentation 
It's a build-up of the carotenoids in the skin that causes change in your skin colour.
This tan is by no means a 'real' tan & does not offer any protection against UV sun exposure. 
The coloration of the skin is only temporary and this fades once the course of the tablets has stopped. 
Once the tablet is taken the canthaxanthin is distributed through the body & is absorbed were it attaches itself to the subcutaneous layer (fat cells) that is found under the skin. This fat layer is darkened by the pigment & shows through the skin, it will take 1-2 weeks for colour to show.  

I've got a packet of 90 tablets & the directions of use are as follows:

Tablets must be taken after your main meal on a full stomach.
You can use tanning tablets to increase your tan whilst using sun beds.
Always use an SPF when in the sun, The tan tablets can help you tan faster.
Discontinue use and consult doctor if adverse reactions occur. 
Do not use under the age of 18 years .


The Ingredients

- Para-Aminobenzoic acid 200mg
- L-Tyrosine 200mg
- Copper Gluconate 2mg


Where can you buy from?




Italy Trip Child Free!

I was asked if I fancied a Mother/Sister short break away to Italy child free, I of course jumped at the chance. Hugo is over 2 & half years old & so far I've only been away from him one night. It was amazing I treasured every minute of it. I love my children of course I do. However I am with them pretty much 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I needed this break.
You can never leave an airport without a Starbucks or a Costa
Extra leg room on the plane!

5 days to be me. Five whole days that I'm not Mumma.

It was amazing.

We started our Trip in Pisa you know the Tower of pisa... it was brilliant to see everyone doing that whole optical illusion stuff with their camera pretending to be holding up Pisa itself... I saw some bizarre things. 
The plane journey to Italy was like luxury I could read my book & nap & not fuss 



Pisa

Then we jumped on a train to Florence I say 'jumped on a train' it was obviously all in Italian we did get a little confused & then the train ride itself was erm... interesting the train was packed & we had over an hour journey standing in the train corridor, with what looked like ticket dodging passengers (whist being on some kind of drug)...
Once we had arrived in Florence I was amazed by everything, of the buildings of the scenery, everything was so beautiful so elaborate. 
We found our hotel it was pretty basic but nice enough (comfy mattress!!) 
We went searching for dinner; stumbled upon this outside restaurant more like a pop up restaurant I suppose, The burgers were by far the most unreal I have ever tasted. We all agreed. Then a huge & I mean HUGE rat ran past... I wasn't too fazed; though I was worried my feet would get bitten. It was quite funny though.

We woke up to Florence almost flooding ok a bit of an exaggeration.... it was raining hard & the roads were flooding in parts. I took my flip flops off & walked bare foot it was so refreshing, It was a little gutting having rain, *Especially as the UK was sunny so typical. 

I don't think I've ever done as much walking as I have the past few days. Not that I'm complaining amazingly I coped better than I thought. 

We done the whole tourist thing walking looking in most shops, around the museums the buildings all so magical. So far of what I've seen of Italy it has all looked so magical. Almost as if words can't describe it. (You'll have to book your next holiday there)

Our first stop was trying to find the Gucci Museum out of the whole trip this was something I had got most excited over, Reading about Guccio Gucci was amazing hearing he was a lift attendant serving the wealthy gave him the drive to make something of his life. Seeing pictures of Audrey Hepburn with Guccio she was beyond beautiful. 
Seeing the Gucci Cadillac I was most fascinated by. Seeing the Gucci in such detail in the seats on the wheels in the stitching. 

Walking around the museum seeing Gucci over the years was ah well I felt like I was in heaven. 

It was STILL pouring down with rain so it was a no brainer to have lunch in the Gucci cafe with Gucci plates ect ect.  

Then we went to Florence Cathedral of course. the queues in this place were crazy... Then we get to the front & this board outside says you can't have short shorts on or shoulders on show. Well my two sisters had one or the other wrong. They weren't allowed in, my older sister put her scarf around her waist whilst my younger sister tied her denim jacket around hers & they were welcomed in only just though. 
The Cathedral is beautiful. 

The days went so fast yet felt the longest days ever with looking back at the morning thinking it felt like a lifetime ago. 

The following day (our last day in Florence) was when I say literally spent queuing for The Accadamia & Michelangelo's Museum for over 2 hours to then just walk away from the que... without ever actually seeing Davids willy. Nope that never happened. We had pre booked our train & time was rapidly running out (Today was also SUNNY) We queued in the shade most of the time....
We ended up going down to Mc Donalds for a wee more than anything Oh & a cheeky milkshake. 
I asked for a banana one & when the worker said they have Strawberry, chocolate & mango... My mother's response was... "& by mango you mean???" worker..."I mean Mango..."... Not banana then... no mango... Oh my gosh I so wish I witnessed this although no doubt i would of wet myself literally I really did need a wee that badly & that would of been way too much to not burst out laughing for...

I somehow lost all my written postcards somewhere in between Florence & Venice too. Heartbreaking!!  I had to write more. 

The Train to Venice was fab it was modern spacious & we had allocated seats I read (in peace for two hours) then the walk to the hotel once we got there, our hotel was in main land Venice & we had to jump on bus number 4 to get to Venice that we know & love... 

Venice was amazing but the tourists were everywhere (I know I know I AM A TOURIST) I'm fully aware of that. Just the hustle & bustle of it all was at times quite over whelming. 

Until we got further into Venice the quieter parts were beautiful & we spent our second day at St Marks Square, then onto the Peggy Guggenheim museum. Did you know Peggy herself had Lhasa Apso doggies. (Molly my dog is one)... The Guggenheim was breathtaking I loved the art & the sculptures were out of this world I saw real Henry Moore work ... I love art galleries I loved seeing Andy Warhol flowers up close too!! 

Then we went to find St Marcos Square that was probably one of the busiest areas, & lots of pigeons too... people where kneeling down with food on their arms to attract the pigeons to sit on them for a reason my brain can't & won't comprehend .....

The atmosphere was electric. 

We had lots of Ice cream, lots of pizza & pasta, lots of walking, spent far too much money & had the most amazing time. A time I will never forget.
Italian Pizza

Most of all the company I was with was the best we totally laughed more than I laughed in my entire life in just 5 days. 

So super lucky to have such amazing family (Ok getting too smushy slushy for my liking bluegh) 


If you want to be nosey you can go find my Instagram to check out some more pictures....

We've been on Planes, Boats, Busses, Trains, Cars & walked miles & miles....

Now to plan where to go next year....

Emilyn's last ever day at Pre-school.

Will actually be next Wednesday but I'll be in Italy so today is the last day that I will take her to Pre-school. The last day I will put her Pre-school uniform on.
The last day I will do her hair for Pre-school. 
The last day I will be with her in the Pre-school playground. 
The last day I will go to pick her up.

I am so proud of her, look at how much she has grown up.
Emilyn on her first day at preschool - 25/05/2012! & today 18/07/2014! 

Hugo was so funny this morning when I asked Emilyn for a photo he wasn't impressed ....

Might have something to do with being awake all night too due to that awful Thunder storm. 
I feel rotten today.

preschool Emilyn's last day.

Pre-school last day.

the next chapter in Emilyn's life will start in September at Primary School.
In her school uniform 


Sticky9 is nearly 3!‏

Three Happy Pears

On Friday 18th Sticky9 are going to celebrate their 3rd birthday! They've changed a lot in just 3 years & always improving things.

As we all know 3 is the magic number... So this week until the 20th they will have an ongoing competition where every day, three people will each win a large set of magnets. What do they want? They wants snaps of things related to '3'. It could be 3 favourite things, cool photography of the number 3 or a camel with 3 humps. Or your child wearing three things.. Three headbands/three necklaces... Get three-ative.
Three glasses
Three Headbands

But this is just a small part of what's happening... On the 21st July their daily winners will have the chance to win the SUPER-AWESOME final prize. The mega-winner will be able to get his/her hands on a fantastic QCamera, which allows snaps to be shared directly to his/her social media channels. This is super exclusive since this camera is not yet available to order. (HOW AMAZING)

Besides the QCamera, the winner will get a copy of the book "This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram". And since it's our 3rd birthday, there's a third prize. But that one they can't really reveal right now, though our celebratory birthday video might give you a clue...

Go get creative with three snap happy things & take some photo's - you can find my Instagram HERE
I've been #Sticky9birthday & #happybirthdaysticky9 - you can find sticky9's Instagram HERE

Three glasses

Three little fishes 


Three pairs of converses 

Pastel wooden breakfast chairs pale pink

I suppose you can tell its pink? - pastel wooden breakfast chairs
I've finally got around to painting the last chair... I've had many wooden breakfast chairs in my little house (I've only lived here a year)



I bought a new type of spray paint to try out - Kobra KOB-10073 400ml Aerosol Spray Paint - Pink
apart from it being so pale you can hardly see it's pink.. I was hoping for the candy pink I've used before 

pastel wooden breakfast chairs 
I actually preferred using this spray paint over Rust-Oleum Satin Spray Paint - The Kobra spray paint was easier to use & didn't hurt my fingers. oh the pain of using the Rust-oleum spray paint I couldn't use my hands for hours after painting.
The price of the Kobra is pretty good too... just £4.99 with free delivery. (from amazon)





took around 10 minutes to paint & it dried so quickly. Drip free too. 


I suppose you can tell its pink? - pastel wooden breakfast chairs



Why 'renew' our vows ?

Our wedding day

Simple : what are our reasons behind having a blessing/renewing our vows... especially as we have only been married 3 & half years.

Those of you who don't know me I'll briefly explain our wedding day :

A very intimate wedding with just Mr.H & I, Emilyn who was 17 months old & our two best friends (+photographer) We had the smallest of small do's because for us we wanted to have a wedding to be married not have a wedding to throw a party at that specific moment of our life, to cut a long story short we had a rough start to the year & with a sudden loss of a close family member we realised just how short life is & we wanted to grab it with both hands. 

I didn't want the stress of a real wedding simples, The whole big white wedding thang just didn't appeal to me. 

Almost four years down the line with my little family complete Mr.H & I have decided now is the right time to 'get married' in front of our family & loved ones then throw a wonderful party after (I love being a party planner) 

I've heard people say "I just don't get why people renew their vows when they've only been married five minutes...." blah blah blah. 

Well we didn't really have the wedding at the start so it's a belated wedding & to celebrate to all our loved ones that we really are happily married. 

As it's not our real wedding day I don't have the stress I'm finding it all quite fun actually. 


I'm TOTALLY addicted to Pinterest my wedding day 

Our wedding day 

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