Saturday, 23 March 2019

Hello Loves!

Recently, It is no secret that I have been pretty absent from the blogging scene I lacked total motivation for blogging. I allowed myself to become lazy in respect of my blog as I was so preoccupied with my actual job which resulted in me not wanting to blog anymore. I actually wasn't sure for some time wether or not I did want to continue blogging, however now I am on maternity leave I feel so much more motivated to get back on to the blogging scene. Heres how I plan to save my blog from total destruction.

1: Bring Back A Schedule

I hope to bring back a blogging schedule so you guys know when to expect posts from me. As many of you may know consistency when you are a blogger is key therefore a schedule is vital. I think it is so important also as I have been inconsistent for so long it, in a way will allow me to prove myself again. I am hoping to post Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays although I might throw in some bonus posts here and there. This schedule might change depending on how it works for me as three times a week for a first time mum I imagine will be quite hard however I plan to give it my best shot! 

2: Be More Consistent On Social Media 

Again much like writing blog posts. I lacked motivation on the social media front too, I allowed myself to get so caught up and beat down over numbers I no longer enjoyed posting. I don't think that I took into consideration the fact social media changes all the time. Pretty much everyone has majorly upped their game on Instagram which is something I didn't make the effort to do, honestly it was because I couldn't be bothered. I have been spending more time on Insta recently and have felt so inspired to start creating again. I recently went out and bought a whole load of new photo props meaning I have so many Ideas on content I want to create, I feel as though I have my creative spark back and I couldn't be more excited!

3: Plan + Pre Write Posts

I am hoping to plan and pre write lots of posts so I am always ahead of schedule. I plan on using the last 3 weeks I have of pregnancy to pre write as many posts as I possibly can to ensure I have back up posts for when I am adjusting to motherhood. I figure that with strict planning and pre writing I will be less likely to deviate from the schedule since if I'm having a bad day and don't feel like writing I can allow myself that as the post should already be written and ready to go. This is something I used to be really good at so hopefully I still have the knack for it haha! Something new which I am trying is a blog post spread sheet on google docs, I got the idea from Its Lauren Victoria.

4: Try To Be More Creative With Photography

In the blogging world these days I have noticed that pretty much everyone has seriously upped their photography game meaning it is really important for me to make sure I am making the most effort in the images I create. It is all too easy to get lazy with blog photography which is such a shame since it is also one of the most fun parts of writing a blog post. I have recently gone out and bought lots of new props which has allowed me to come up with so many different ideas. 

5: Care Less About Stats

Now this is something I see bloggers talk about all the time, myself included. Algorithms etc means growth is much more difficult these days which as a blogger is kinda, you know... very important. This issue, however with being so obsessed numbers means it adds stress and completely takes the fun out of being creative. The worst thing you can do is compare your stats and work to someone else's as there is always going to be people 'ahead' of you which is so disheartening, hence why I plan to care more about my content and effort and less about how many followers I have.

Hopefully sticking to this plan will help me get back into the swing of blogging. I am feeling so excited and inspired for the future content I plan on making on both my blog and Instagram. If you have any other Ideas on how I can 'save' my blog I'd love to hear about them in the comments! 


Friday, 22 March 2019

Hello Loves!

In todays post I thought I would share with you the changes I have been experiencing during the third trimester. I have (for the most part) been enjoying pregnancy despite the complications I have experiences but more on that later...I am now however starting to feel a little fed up, the bigger I get and more impatient to meet my baby boy by the day!

Date: Tuesday 19th March

Baby Size: A Pineapple

Maternity Clothes: I have actually been super lucky on the clothes front, I am still fitting in most of my pre pregnancy clothes. I am super grateful that I still fit in them as It means I'm saving money which Is essential as babies ain't cheap! 

Movement: My placenta is towards the front which means I don't feel as much movement as those with their placenta towards the back, I guess mine acts as a cushion. Having said that my baby boy really comes to life at night, like super late he's a night owl I guess!

Symptoms: I have been getting a little heartburn more recently but nothing too bad thankfully. I have found the bigger I get the worse my spacial awareness becomes, which is a total nightmare when you are already naturally clumsy! I have been getting more lower back pain which is annoying but manageable. Finally I have been experiencing Braxton-Hicks, they haven't been majorly painful just uncomfortable. 

Sleep: I have been really lucky so far when it comes to sleep since I haven't had much trouble at all. I have noticed however that I have been getting much more tired recently similar to how I felt during the first trimester. Thankfully I am now on maternity leave so I have time to sleep if I need to!

Mood: For the most part I have been super happy and not too hormonal however I have been getting more stressed out recently which I am about explain why that is...

So, this pregnancy for me hasn't been completely straight forward, I have had bleeding throughout which of course has been a huge stress despite the fact it isn't due to anything serious. I am now having to have appointments at the hospital twice a week, one being a standard monitoring and the other a growth scan.

I had a growth scan a couple of weeks back which led the midwife to discover that baby boy was measuring quite small thankfully he looks super healthy. Since he is measuring quite small I am no longer allowed to carry to 40 weeks I am going to have to be induced at around 36/37 weeks which is terrifying but necessary. I also had a hospital stay about a week ago as I thought my waters had gone and I tested positive for amniotic fluid. Luckily my waters hadn't fully gone, it was more like either a small hole or tear. I had to stay in for 24 hours for monitoring, antibiotics and steroid injections.  Sine then however things seemed to have calmed down which I am so thankful for. Baby boy still has some baking to do!

If you've had children I'd love to know how you found your third trimester to be.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Hello Loves!

In todays post I thought I would share with you a few books in which I think would be great reads during the spring time. I absolutely love to read, reading means I can transport myself somewhere else for a little each day which some days is totally necessary!

This book is for sure a page turner. It is about a family on a private island, 4 friends whose friendship turns distractive; an accident and a very big secret. I found myself engrossed in this book from the get go, I just didn't want to put it down. It was fast paced and let me tell you...WHAT A PLOT TWIST!

Abbi Glines is by far one of my all time favourite authors. Her writing is so effortless and intriguing, her character development always leaves me falling in love with all of the different characters she creates. Breathe is the first book in the sea breeze series it follows Sadie, a teenager who is taking on the responsibility of her mother. She of course meets a boy...A rich boy and you guessed it a feel good whirlwind romance is on the cards. These books are the perfect fluffy YA romance books which will leave you wanting more.

This book left me feeling literally every emotion possible. There were times whilst reading this book where I had to set it down, and literally take a moment to bask in my thoughts. It was a hard but beautiful read. I think this book is best to go into without knowing much at all. It essentially follows two people whom have both experienced the worst life could offer, healing and learning to breathe and be happy once again.

This book follows a woman called Rachel, or the girl on the train. Rachel is a people watcher she likes to give strangers names, Identities and uses her imagination to create a make shift life for these strangers. This suspense thriller left me wanting more I could not put it down. One thing I will say is, read the book before the movie! The book is much, much better! 

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any book recommendations?

Single Mum At 21

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Hello Lovelies, I'm Back!

So as some of you, (if you've stuck around) you'll have noticed that I haven't posted on the blog for almost a whole year! Somehow I lost the love for blogging big time, It just didn't feel the same anymore as the community has changed massively since I started back in 2015. A lot has changed since then...If you haven't already gathered by the title of this post.

Let's go back in time...07 September 2018, 7 days late. That was the day that my life was (in my mind at the time) turned upside down. It was the day that I found out I was pregnant. It was about 6:30am and I was 7 days late, If you personally know me was not uncommon however for some reason I decided to take a pregnancy test. I took the test and thought it was negative as I watched the one little line appear. I finish in the toilet, look down again and see another line...not just a faint line I saw TWO dark red lines. My words to be exact were 'oh, fuck'. My heart was racing and the tears came, I instantly phoned my big sister and literally wailed down the phone 'I'm pregnant'

My *how I found out story* seems dramatic and it bloody felt that way too however now the crazy thought of becoming a mother has sunk in I am over the moon. My situation is unconventional since the father is not involved, however my baby boy will have more than enough love and care from me and my family. 

A lot of you, if not all of you will already know that I am due May 05 this year. I have received an overwhelming amount of love, support and well wishes and I couldn't be anymore thankful. I don't know a single thing about being a mother however I am lucky enough to have an amazing family who are guiding me through it. 

I have reevaluated the blog and have made the decision to transition over to a mummy blog. I will still have beauty related posts as thats what this blog was built on however my life is changing, in the most magical way and I want to share it with the world. My aim is to share the real side of motherhood, the good and bad days. I am hoping that by me sharing my journey it will help at least one mumma out there. It takes an army to raise a child. I'm expanding that journey to the world. 

I hope you enjoy the changes which will happen on the blog and that you embark on this crazy journey with me. I'd love to hear some post suggestions you might have, in the comments or on twitter.  Love you always. 

To keep up to date don't forget to check out my social media. Twitter, Instagram, Snap @chlodanielle

Profusion Cosmetics

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hello Lovelies!!!

IM BAAACK! Just incase you hadn't noticed, I haven't posted on the blog in way over a month. But I am back and ready to get my blogging pants on.  To kick start me being back on the blogging game I have decided to review some beautiful products I was sent by an amazing brand, Profusion Cosmetics. Profusion is an entirely cruelty free makeup brand founded in California, they pride themselves on their on trend, high quality and affordable products.  

Define Brows - £12.95

People in the beauty industry are constantly upping their game when it comes to makeup, brows are something which have evolved massively over the years. You look back 5/10 years and everyone and their mothers rocked the over plucked, barely there eyebrows. Nowadays, brows are the glue that pull your entire makeup look together, make or break. Palettes like this one have become increasingly more popular and I totally get it. You have everything you could ever need for a brows on fleek moment in one palette. Profusion have completely killed it with this palette, every product is incredible and have become staples in my daily makeup routine. The only thing in this palette I haven't used is the stencils however they would be perfect for someone who is new to the brow scene. For just £12.95 you have everything you could possibly need for fleeky brows.

Eye & Cheek Palette - £12.95

This gorgeous palette has it all, mattes, shimmers, highlights...literally the perfect travel companion. What I really appreciate with Profusion is the brushes they include in their palettes, you won't have to deal with the pointless foamy applicators that no one uses, you actually get a decent soft brush. 

The shades in this palette are literally my kind of shades, they are neutral and warm..on trend and simply beautiful. The quality of these shadows is just incredible especially when you compare it to the tiny price tag. They are vibrant, creamy and pigmented. They blend like a dream and last amazingly well. I have been obsessed with using this palette since I received it, I even used some of the shadows from it when getting ready for my 21st birthday night out...say no more.

Pro Eyes Palette - £14.95

This palette is the perfect palette for travelling. You have eyeshadow primer, shadows, concealer, brow powders and even gel liners. I have mostly used the eyeshadows from this palette since I suck at gel liner and (bad beauty blogger confession) I am usually too lazy to bother with concealer. Again the products in this palette are incredible. I am so impressed with the products profusion produce, they can easily compete with the higher end brands. The eyeshadows blend like a dream and stay put all day. 

The only negative thing I could say about this palette is, some of the matte shades are slightly chalky however with a little extra blending you'll get a perfectly flawless finish. The shimmers in this palette are incredibly, they are the smoothest, blendable shimmers I have ever used and with a little fix+ you get a gorgeous foiled finish to them. 

Profusion cosmetics are absolutely killing it with their products, I now want to try everything they have released. I have seen so many other bloggers who have been loving Profusion just as much as I have, They have managed to produce such high end quality products at such affordable prices. If you want quality and affordable products then check out profusion cosmetics HERE. I'd love to know what you guys think of these products by leaving a comment below.

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