Growing up too fast!

So it happened.  Even though I was (kind of) expecting it, I still think she is far too young!  Even though it’s the most natural thing to happen in a girl’s life, you’re still never 100% prepared when it’s your little girl.  My beautiful, eldest daughter, who is 11 years old, shouted me last week: “muummmmyyy come here”,and I just knew what was coming as I walked up the stairs.  She is a big girl for her age and, although very athletic, she is very well developed (well, far more so than I or my mum was!).  “I think I have started my period”.  She looked a little shaken but to be honest, quite composed.

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She is such lovely, patient, polite girl (or should I say young lady now?).  In some ways she is quite mature, but in lots of others not so!  I am always telling her to sit up and close her legs and “sit like a lady”!  And she is probably a messier eater than my 3 year old!  Oh, and she hates washing her hair!  It’s naturally curly so it doesn’t look great if she doesn’t look after it.  I think all this will change when she goes to secondary school as there will be boys, which I’m sure she will start noticing sooner or later!  Hopefully later!!! I looked at her little face, asked if she was ok and gave her a big hug.  As we were on holiday at the time the first thing she asked me was “does this mean I can’t go swimming?”, bless her.

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I had explained everything to Halle a few years ago as she started asking me questions.  I was pregnant with Lola and I told her about the birds the bees, as well as everything that us women have to go through on a monthly basis…boys just have it so easy!  She took it all in her stride and went on her way.  I have always believed that, when your child asks questions about nature and the facts of life, there is little point in filling their head with rubbish.  Maybe if more parents were straight talking about things like this we may have less teenage pregnancies?  Too many young people think silly things, like ‘you can’t get pregnant the first time’!?  I feel it’s our responsibility as parents to educate our children on such a sensitive matter and it shouldn’t just be left for the classroom.  A room full of teens sniggering and laughing and not paying attention because they are too embarrassed isn’t overly useful to anyone!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel sex education in school is very important, but it’s not usually done until mid secondary school.  I think even though we all hope our children wouldn’t even be thinking of having any sexual relationships until a lot later, we all know it happens!  It seems girls are developing earlier now and by the time they hit year 6, for some, a talk, is just a little too late.

I am lucky enough to have had a very open relationship with my mum and always felt I could tell her anything (well most things! Ha!)  This has allowed me to be the same with my girls and I am so grateful for this as I know it isn’t always the case.  Anyway, she had a bit of a tummy ache, and for a day or two she was a bit quieter than her normal bubbly self; nothing that lots of mummy cuddles couldn’t sort out and she definitely didn’t let it spoil her holiday!  I am just praying the mood swings don’t kick in next month!

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I am so proud of her as she grows before my eyes and it makes me so emotional.  She is beautiful inside and out with a sensitive and kind soul!  I sit watching her organise her sisters and their friends.  Halle has the ability to command the attention of all the girls; usually by making up dances with them (it’s like she already has her own little dance school going on).  She is the best big sister my other two could ever wish for, and the best eldest daughter a mother could ever wish for!

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Killer Heels!

I love beautiful shoes! I suppose I do prefer to buy clothes, but that’s only because I have a high instep and, due to my childhood hobby gymnastics, my feet have hard soles (as well as having a really narrow and boney foot).  Don’t get me wrong, I still manage to dance all night in a pair of killer heels, and after a few drinks, if the music is good, I will dance til’ the end of the night!  Then, when it’s time to go, I’m always the one limping out of the club because my feet are in agony. Ha!

Louboutins are the ultimate sexy shoe! I wanted them so badly for my wedding day that I went back and forth to Paris to have a pair designed and made just for me.   I even had extra cushioning in the soles as I knew I would be on my feet all day and night (always thinking!).  They are so beautiful; they have the date we got married in crystals on the heels and the eternity sign around the edge of the platform!

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Yesterday Louboutin launched a nail polish in the same colour as his famous red soles, and the bottle is the same length as the spike heels he designed.  This is his highest ever shoe; even with extra cushioning I doubt I would be dancing home in the early hours!

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It would make a stunning present that any girl would adore, and at £36 it won’t break the bank!  Red is a great way of adding a splash of colour in autumn/winter; it’s definitely on my list of things to buy this season!  If you want to grab one you will have to be quick because they may be limited stock.  Also, keep an eye out for more colours coming very soon!

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Power of a Smile

My mind is always racing at the moment and it’s difficult to focus on one thing at a time.  There are so many changes going on around me and in my life; things are a little bit scary but also very exciting!

As a way of centring myself and calming down, I regularly go and see Vikki Gadd for some crystal healing.  It’s a method used to clear all of your negative energy and ground you; it connects the shakras throughout your body using crystals.  There are lots of people who don’t believe it because they can’t understand how this would help you.  It is easy to believe they are just stones; but I believe everything in this world has an energy which affects everything we do and think.

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I think we all know that positive thoughts brings positive energy and negative the opposite.  If you read my friend’s book, ‘Just a Girl Who Got it All’, Tanya Bardo explains, in much more detail, how this works.  After reading it I find myself talking to people the way she does in the book, and telling them to do the things she suggests as I really feel it has encouraged me to change. For instance, if you are driving and make a mistake which causes someone to react to you, by reacting back  (shouting and showing some rude hand gesture…we have all done it) the situation only gets worse.  However, if we apologise and smile and mouth the word ‘sorry’, it will defuse the mood of the person considerably, and although they may still be cross, they will have little choice other than to forgive and forget about the incident and go on to have a better day because of it!  

Anyway, I have been having crystal healing treatments for a few years now and during that time I truly feel I have let go of some deep rooted demons.  There are things that have happened in my life which have affected me more than I realised, and I feel I am in a much better place now; mind, body and spirit!  I honestly believe that people who are nasty and hurtful, and say things to put you down, are usually the ones who are hurting themselves.  It is their own insecurities which cause them to lash out at others.  We are powerful enough to change a person’s mood or make them smile, simply by the way we look or react to people.  I am naturally a happy, smiley person and I know that people feed off happy vibes.  Just smiling at a stranger and saying hello can change their whole day!  I know I have my mum to thank for my friendly character.  I used to watch her how she talked to people and had time for everyone and I am sure that has passed on to to me, and then on to my children!

We are all equal.  Regardless of who we are, how we look, how much money we have or what we own!  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I am this happy positive person all the time because I know i’m not, and occasionally things get to me.  We are just human at the end of the day, but now, because of the crystal healing, and because of things I have learned from Tanya, I am much more aware of my attitude and how to change the way I am thinking!

Everyone owns a smile and it’s a powerful tool; we should use it.  Take risks, have no regrets, hold your head up high and always think positive.  You may just be surprised at how quickly your life could change! 

My Three Little Angels ❤️

I have been determined to get back to gym this week and today I had my first boxing session with my friend, Ampika, at Bells Gym in Altrincham. We had such a good time. The feeling you get from any exercise is so energising and uplifting; it set us up for the day (as well as being a good way to get fit, of course), we absolutely loved it! I also bought my first pair of boxing gloves, so Wes better watch out!

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Getting to the gym is always made a little easier at the weekends because my wonderful Mum comes over to spend some time with us (and help me out!). Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without her. So after the gym we all went to Marks and Spencer’s to use up some of my M&S card vouchers; in particular the hot drinks vouchers (there’s one for the MailOnline!). So the girls enjoyed some hot chocolate whilst I stuck to green tea…but I never have been able to resist a bit of cake!

Last Autumn we had some pictures done of the girls and today I had them hung up in the house (it took me long enough!). I am so pleased with them. Emma at ak54photo is so talented and she got some amazing shots of the girls! Halle and Lilia loved every second of being little models for the day, and although Lola got a little restless (she was only 2 at the time), Emma managed to keep her attention long enough to capture some beautiful moments. I also got some fab little coffee table photo books!

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Lovely Lunch with My Ladies

Today was a lovely one.  My middle child, Lilia (usually labelled the difficult one!) was staying at her friend’s.  I don’t know what it is, but although there are 4 years between each of my girls, if one of them is at a friend’s they seem to behave a little better (although I really can’t complain as they generally do play so beautifully together, and it makes me so proud to watch them all).  My eldest, Halle, is just so patient with them and as she is crazy about dancing (and girls being girls) they just love to make up routines and dress up.  I love it and feel so blessed to have them!

Anyway, back to my day.  After doing some much needed (and not as much as I should have)exercise, we went to The Botanist in Alderley Edge to catch up with some of my girlfriends…. Dani, Jess and Chantelle.  We talked non stop, told our news and ate my fave hanging chicken kebab! Sooooo scrumptious!!

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As you can see Lola joined us for the afternoon and I have to say how impressed I was with the effort they made with her lunch.  She had a gardening tray with a little bucket of beans and chicken fingers, as well as a watering can filled with lettuce.  Lola loved it (and it kept her entertained while we had a little gossip!).

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For me, it was a lovely excuse to dress up a little.  I wore my trusty Topshop jeans which I love and I even got to take my newly purchased Valentino bag out (I got it in the sale at an amazing price).  It matched perfectly with my Camilla Skovard shoe boots which I got about 3 years ago, they are the same colour…result!

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Trip to Windsor

So, we’re on our way home on the train after a great couple of days, it was so nice spending some time together as a family!

We absolutely loved the Oakley Court Hotel and I would definitely recommend it. It has such a beautiful setting; with the deck chairs on the lawns and fascinating tree sculptures (not to mention the amazing architecture). Looking right on to the river it felt like I was actually in a movie from the 1950’s!

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The girls loved it too, we hired a boat to the riverside brasserie before indulging in a delicious meal! There is a swimming pool and jacuzzi too, just enough time for a quick dip by the time we got back!

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Legoland on the other hand was not so great! Having never been there before I was quite looking forward to it but was shocked to find out the price of entry per person!! Luckily my friend Zoe remembered there was a buy 1 get 1 free offer on cereal boxes, so we stopped off at Tesco to buy 3 boxes of frosties and saved ourselves £138 (well worth it as when we actually got inside we ended up spending an extra £120 on the equivalent to fast passes to bypass the queues…shocking but necessary!) The rides were dated and there wasn’t much to raise the heartbeat (to be honest even my 7 year old wasn’t impressed). Halle, who is 11, was far from catered for. Oh, and they ran out of hotdogs! Ha!😳 Unfortunately we will not be going again! We would definitely have been much better off spending the day in and around the hotel and the countryside! 👍

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School Holidays…

With so many design ideas constantly flying around my head, the school holidays come as small inconvenience! However, I love being able to spend time with all three of our girls, so we have taken this opportunity as an excuse to leave the madness of home and escape to Windsor for some relaxation (and a whole heap of madness at LegoLand).

We have recently invested in a restaurant, The Riverside Brasserie in Bray Marina, and the children are more than keen to sample the culinary delights (with 4 out of the 5 of us being more than enthusiastic foodies).

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The restaurant is on the river so the girls loved the boat trip from The Oakley Court Hotel and the weather was perfect so we managed to eat outside into the early evening. The menu is relatively small, yet manages to cater to all tastes. We made the most of it by ordering one of pretty much everything and sharing between us; and by the time the dessert menu came it was pretty safe to say we were stuffed. But fear not, I will never let you down, we ordered a small portion of everything on that menu too! The kids enjoyed chicken and burgers; and even the fussy eater managed a steak, as well as an impressive bowl of strawberries and ice cream (I don’t think I have ever seen her so happy!).

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Eventually we jumped back onto the boat and took our full bellies back to the hotel. The kids enjoyed a swim before they were tucked up in bed ready for our busy day ahead. LegoLand here we come!