Twin Tummy

pregnant twin tummy

This is me.

A very pregnant me with my twins, six years ago now. Actually it was around this time of year in 2009 that I found out I was pregnant, although I didn’t know I was expecting twins until quite a few weeks later!

How big is that tummy?

This was taken a couple of days before I went in to have my C-section in August, and by this point (35 weeks) I’d had enough. My tummy was incredibly heavy, as you can imagine it would be with two good sized babies inside, I was uncomfortable and everything was a struggle, but on the flip side of that I was also very attached to my bump and I didn’t want it to go.

I loved being pregnant with all of my children. Four children but three pregnancies! It’s such a beautiful, special time that I found indescribably magical. I know not everyone feels this way but apart from the early weeks with this one when I didn’t feel well, I loved every minute.

My twin pregnancy was obviously double that feeling. I felt brilliantly smug and clever at times that I had conceived twins, as though it pushed my Mummy status up a notch! I was just so proud.

However, my pregnancy was fraught with complications from the start and was very stressful. I needed to do all I could to ensure the wellbeing of my tiny sons and by this time in my pregnancy, after weekly specialist scans, I knew I was almost there. My boys had got to a good weight and this was the point my doctors had all hoped for so it was really the happiest time of my pregnancy.

After months of worrying, my identical twin boys were born healthy 🙂

I did love my tummy though, I look at this now and want to go back in time to experience it all over again, just for a little while!


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Holidays Blues

We haven’t got a summer holiday booked this year… well OK we’ve just been to Butlins which was fabulous,  but I mean an aeroplane type holiday abroad somewhere HOT! We didn’t go last year either due to heavy building work starting on our house (which is still going on I might add!) but we did go the year before to Gran Canaria and it was amazing. I desperately want to go back to the very same place because I loved it so much!

My favourite part was this infinity pool which has stunning views across the beautiful bay. It was simply heavenly and my children spent most of the holiday in it!!

infinity pool gran canaria

Gran Canaria


infinity pools

infinity pool

I could overload with photo’s but I won’t. I was just reminiscing and feeling depressed that I haven’t got a holiday to look forward to so thought I’d share some of these with you!


A Butlins Family Selfie :)

family selfie


I absolutely love this photo! It was taken last week at Butlins by Teen (here on the left) for a group selfie!!

The reason I love it is obviously because I have all my children together. I never, ever get a photo of my kids all together because, well, Teen doesn’t want to pose of course! Not that I blame him, it IS slightly awkward when someone wants to take your picture, how to stand, how to smile etc! Younger kids don’t care, they’re usually happy to oblige, and Teen is happy doing his own selfies to post on his countless social media channels but to pose for me? No way, absolutely not!!

We were sitting having some refreshments in the little coffee shop within the Wave Hotel where we were staying at Butlins. I’d had a coffee and we were all chilling out on the large comfy seats! The twins were cuddling up to me so I grabbed my phone hoping to get a snap of me with them. Teen was in happy spirits and jumped in, took the phone to take the shot and my daughter jumped in too!!

Very spontaneous but then the best things usually are aren’t they?

I love all my children so so much and even though it’s not the most flattering photo of me…. I could just look at this photo all day long, staring at my beautiful babies! We had such a lovely time at Butlins and this photo for me sums it up. Happy faces, happy times 🙂

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What’s the Story?/Magic Moments – Butlins

Skegness Beach

This photo is of my gorgeous twin boys and was taken yesterday on Skegness beach at Butlins Resort.

At the end of the summer last year I was chosen (still can’t believe it) to be Butlins Ambassador for the year 2013/14.

This weekend was our first official ‘Ambassador’ meeting. It was rather delayed to be honest because the poor organiser, James, from the social media team at Butlins, couldn’t organise a date that all the Ambassadors could make, he tried quite a few! But I think in the end he was never going to please everyone so he just decided to pluck out a date and hope for the best!

I was able to make all the previous dates but this one clashed with the Tots100 blog summit (typical) which I’d been lucky enough to bag a ticket for! Aargh!!!! I now had a dilemma. I so wanted to go to blog summit, I went to Britmums last year and loved it and wanted to experience the Tots one as I know they’re lots of fun too. But I didn’t want to miss our Ambassador meeting!

In the end it all came down to a personal choice of what I felt was more important to me.

I was thrilled to be chosen as a Butlins Ambassador and I knew that I would make every effort to be at our first meeting. It was being held at one of their resorts, not the one we have chosen to review which was a real bonus as I would get to sample not one, but two resorts over my Ambassador year.

Skegness is a fair distance from us though, up on the East Coast of Lincolnshire, a three hour drive but being able to take my family for the weekend meant we could make the most of it and we did!

We had a great time. The resort was fab (I will be writing a separate post about our weekend later this week), the meeting was interesting, and I got to spend some quality time with my family at the seaside, which we was brilliant!

The kids loved it and I cannot wait to take our 5 day break at the end of next month down in Bognor Regis. 🙂



New Job. New Exciting Times!

Back to work

It’s funny how things happen in life, how you can turn a corner and something new happens, something unexpected.

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a friend, a bit of a whinging session, I was feeling fed up and a bit pissed off to be honest. She’s a friend who I met through my daughter as her daughter and mine are best friends, in fact, I wrote about their friendship a little a while ago!

Anyway, my friend runs her own business, in fact she runs two…. she’s very successful and out of the blue asked me if I’d like to go and work for her!

I was completely taken aback, I wasn’t expecting it at all… she KNOWS me for gods sake, I would never have asked her for a job, even if I was looking for one because a) I wouldn’t want to put her in a position to have to say no and feel bad and b) I would’ve thought she might not want her perpetually late, scatter brain friend anywhere near her offices lol!

But she said she needed someone a couple of days a week to help out within her new venture and thought I’d be perfect for it, plus I have a sneaky suspicion she thought it would be good for me to get the hell out of the house now my twins are at school 🙂

I haven’t worked properly for years, I’ve enjoyed being a stay at home mum and being completely absorbed in all things kid related, so the thought of engaging my baby brain for something other than my blogging was slightly terrifying!

The role actually involves a lot of the things I’ve dabbling with at home in recent years during various projects, things along the lines of using WordPress, updating website content, PR and social media marketing!

I can do that!

I can actually do that?!

Of course I can. I do it most days in some way or another, but I never in a million years would’ve thought about applying for a job doing it…. yet here was someone putting her faith in me, offering me a fantastic role and giving me the opportunity to return into the workplace in a job that can fit around my children, where I can expand on my current skills and learn new ones.

And I absolutely LOVE IT!

I’ve been at work (feels weird saying that!) now for a few weeks. The offices are literally round the corner from my kids school and the hours are 9-3 which couldn’t be more perfect…. just gets better doesn’t it? The other members of the company are also Mums who are lovely and it feels great to be part of a team who are all striving to grow the business together, which is recruitment for Mums and a community based website.

I love getting ready for work too, wearing something a bit more interesting than my usual jeans and Uggs! Not that I’m dissing Uggs, I love mine. But it’s nice to get dressed up and look smart for a change, much dusting off of heels and skirts has been carried out! It’s feels good to be in an office again, having adult conversations and feeling  as though I’m part of a team!

Being out for the two days takes some getting used to though as it’s two days of housework/blogging that I’m losing, which needs catching up on. But hey, a small price to pay for the experience I’m gaining in my new venture 🙂

Our crazy #teamhonkrelay day for Sport Relief 2014

Team Honk 2014 blogger Relay

Bit late writing this post up! Wanted to get it up last Monday but didn’t get round to it as I was ill and wanted to link it up with my favourite Monday linky’s so here it is today instead 🙂

My initial post can be found here where I have written more specifically about how the relay worked and the idea behind it

The Hemal Hempstead / St.Albans lot (us) had our day to shine as part of the amazing, fabulous, super duper Team Honk Relay team on Tuesday 4th February (almost two weeks ago).

And what a fun filled morning it turned out to be, but not without it’s hiccups!

Myself and three other ladies, Afra from Mad Mum of 7, Mary from My Model Mummy and Claire from Laid Back Mum of 4 decided we were going to cycle from Hemel Hempstead to St. Albans. When I say cycle, I mean cycle, drive and trolley dash! Cycling alone would’ve covered about 6 miles…. a fair stretch for an unfit bunch! We would’ve done it but another blogger had to pull out due to work commitments on the day so our connection from bikes to car was lost and due to a few ailments the decision was taken out of our hands! We decided to get there any which way we could!!!!

We arranged to meet at Radio Dacorum’s offices where Mary and Afra are presenters so we could go live on air to shout about what we would be getting up to that day, and to drum up some support and donations!

We dressed up in pyjamas for the relay! From left to right: Afra, Claire, Me and Mary!!  Don't we look gorg!

We dressed up in pyjamas for the relay, just to make it funny! From left to right: Afra, Claire, Me and Mary!! Don’t we look gorg!

My lovely Sport Relief T-Shirt... so members of the public didn't think we were random nutters - we were dressed like this for a reason!

My lovely Sport Relief T-Shirt… so members of the public didn’t think we were random nutters – we were dressed like this for a reason!

Another member of our little team was Paul from I’m Well Confused who was brilliant at organising us and our route, he was also going to be amazing and cycle the WHOLE way… over 10 miles.

The amazing Paul who cycled over 10 miles

Paul at Dacorums office, just about to set off dressed as Charlie Brown!!

We cycled, drove and trolley dashed what seemed like forever to hand the baton over to the Mayor of St.Albans at a local school, where some of the children had waited patiently to make a baton swapping train down to the rest of the St.Albans bloggers!

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Us four climbing the last slope to get to the school…. worn out but check out that big grin on Mary’s face!

It's Me!! Handing the baton over the St.Albans Mayor! I was knackered and so glad to see her :)

It’s Me!! Handing the baton over the St.Albans Mayor! I was knackered and so glad to see her 🙂

Here she is with the Baton heading off to meet the other St.Albans bloggers who scooted, ran and caught the train to hand the baton over to the London leg! The Mayor was pretty amazing I have to say

We had the best laugh, honestly, on our journey….

Team Honk

Afra in a trolley lol

Pulling another trolley with  some of our supplies...

Pulling another trolley with some of our supplies…

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves, we giggled non stop… it was a great experience, a chance to get together and really make a difference by raising lots of money for Comic Relief.

On the day, we raised over £800. The team target for the whole of the UK relay was £20000 and so far, collectively, we are at £18750, with a fair few teams to go so hopefully we will not only meet but smash that target.

You can still donate….

You can also donate via your mobile phone, simply text: Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief .

We thank you in advance.

Some of the other St.Albans gang, including Actually Mummy in a Buzz Lightyear outfit!

Some of the other St.Albans gang, including Actually Mummy in a Buzz Lightyear outfit!

When it was all over we treated ourselves to this slap up meal…

sport relief picnic

This went down well I can tell you!

Why not check out this cool video made by the lovely people at Radio Dacorum 🙂







Gymnastics Champion

Gymnastics girl

Yesterday my Girl competed in her very first gymnastics competition.

She’s only been doing gymnastics two terms and only one as part of the squad. I was a little reluctant to let her start in the squad as it meant jumping from the one hour a week recreational gymnastics, to three times a week, two hours per session full on training!

I was worried that it might be too much. That it would spoil her enthusiasm for it by becoming too pressured! I’d also heard a few minor horror stories about this particular gym school – that they were a bit too strict and upset some of the girls.

But I was wrong. She loves it. She loves all of her coaches. Yes they do a lot of strengthening at this stage, preparing them for the more difficult movements and to compete within the squad but my Girl is absolutely loving it.

She had been training for yesterdays competition for a number of weeks, learning small routines for the four apparatus – Beam, Vault, Bars and Floor.

We all went along to watch and support her as a family. I felt extremely nervous but she didn’t bat an eyelid. She was too cool for school – Breezed through all four routines and won!

She was the overall Champion of her group!!!

She was amazing. And what was even more lovely to see was all the girls supporting each other. They were all brilliant and it was a close call but my Girl won bars and floor and just pipped the others to the overall winner’s spot which was fantastic for her! She’s not at all competitive really and would’ve been happy for any of the others to win which makes it even more special to me that it was her and that all her hard work paid off!!

Proud Mummy doesn’t even cover it! x

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