Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bump Watch: 24 Weeks and 5 Days!

Bump and I at Old Hills Common, Worcestershire over the weekend :-)

Silent Sunday 24th July 2011

Rocking the Bump: Being a Lush Mummy!

What do you normally think of when you think of maternity clothes? Frumpy, flowery, unattractive, tent like or boring possibly. Well, maternity clothes have improved a lot in recent years  but some clothes manufacturers still think that women want to hide their bumps, not show them off. I am 24 weeks pregnant now and I love my showing my Bump off, especially when I go out for special occasions.

I have been lucky when it has comes to maternity wear as I have a blog sponsor in the form of Lush Mummy. Lush Mummy was set up by Amy and Anna, two sisters who work in the City of London who both got pregnant and then could not find anything to wear that they liked, that was suitable for in the office. As they originally came from Korea and already had clothes brought over from there for them. They started ordering maternity/breastfeeding clothes for themselves and their friends too and this is how Lush Mummy got started.

I have been wearing their clothes now for a couple of months and I have been very impressed with the quality, the style and the price. My absolute favourite item is the Diamond Dress in black. I love it! I have been looking for a proper little black dress for years and have finally one. I would wear it if it I was not pregnant as the fit is that good.  I feel fabulous in it. I highly recommend it!

The second dress I have been wearing is the Peachy Orange dress. I wore this during the day at my friend Ali’s wedding in Somerset, a week and half ago.  I changed into the Diamond dress on the evening as it is more suitable for partying. The peachy orange dress is good quality but the cut is larger than the diamond dress so more suitable for bigger bumps than mine currently is. It was slightly on the large size for me but no one could tell and I got lots of lovely compliments for it. I am sure it will look great as my bump gets bigger throughout the rest of the summer.

The third item I have been sent is the Pandora maternity/breastfeeding top. This top goes well with jeans, trousers or leggings and has a stretchy band that goes around the waist showing your bump off really well. It has discrete zips for breastfeeding that are well hidden under a floaty material layer at the top. This top will last you throughout pregnancy and beyond. I really like the top, although it took a bit of getting used too as I do not really wear floaty material things. I love how it shows the bump off though and cannot wait for the next chance I get to wear it!

Thank you to Amy and Anna for sending me these lovely clothes. It is much appreciated :-)

This is how I have been rocking my bump. Please come and tell me how you have been rocking yours :-)

PS: If you like cupcakes, you must enter the competition I am having on Jo’s Kitchen. You can win a cupcakes class with Cupcakes By Chrissie. How fabulous is that!

Dreaming…

Vanessa Kimbell, my friend, food writer and now cookbook author is challenging bloggers to share their dreams at the moment as she has just achieved her dream of becoming a food writer.

At the moment, I have two dreams. One sort of big dream that I would really like to achieve but am not sure I ever will and one dream that I hope will be achievable, especially with a little one on the way.

My big dream is to become a recognised full time food writer and cookbook author. My hero whose job I am aiming for when I say this, is Nigel Slater. I love his approach to food and how he gets to make recipes, potter around his garden and really enjoy food for what it is. Simple and honest food that gives people a really good meal that does not use extravagant ingredients or complicated techniques. I have no desire to be a chef as I do not think you can be very creative in the job, unless you get to a very high level in the profession. I also have no desire to be shouted at to get the steaks out every night of the week. Therefore, I think Nigel Slater has my dream job and I would love to achieve even a tiny bit of what he has done.

My smaller and hopefully more achievable dream is that I can find a job, whether it be in food or GIS (my day job at the moment) that means I can spend as much time as I can at home with my child to see them growing up. I also hope to earn enough money that I can give them everything they need in life, without them being spoilt. To achieve this,  I have thought about setting up my own GIS business or setting up some sort of private cookery lessons company that travels round to people’s homes and teaches them how to cook simple, not too expensive meals to feed their families with. I do not know exactly what I want yet but I do know that I want to see my child as much as possible. I would like a happy child who knows that their parents will do as much as they can to make sure it has the best start in life and is ready to face our ever changing world.

These are my dreams. What are yours?

Silent Sunday 10th July 2011

Week 21-22: Up and Down

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lots of photo posts recently. Bump, Stuart and I sneaked a holiday to Majorca last week. We had a fantastic time and for the first time in ages, I actually felt the right temperature. I have been feeling warm for months and over there, it did not matter as it was warmer anyway. It wad great. Bump is doing lots of moving and growing, which I love. Its like having a little friend with you all the time. I am generally loving being pregnant at the moment, except at the start of this week, I pulled a muscle in my back and I brought a bug off holiday with me too.

I am feeling much better now but at the start of the week, I felt awful and all you can take is paracetamol. Paracetamol does not cure all illnesses. I wish it did. I have started pregnancy yoga and did my second session on Wednesday. It sorted me out and made me feel really good about myself again. I love it.

For the first time in a while, I actually felt confident about my body while I was on holiday.  The last couple of years I have felt that I have had a bit too much weight on me, but this year it did not matter. It’s a great feeling and one I do not have very often. I brought this costume from Bras 4 Mum’s and I love it. It was featured in Mother & Baby this month too.

This weekend is another busy one. I am hoping it calms down soon so we can start sorting out the nursery. Tomorrow, Bump and I are going to a cupcake class with Cupcakes by Chrissie and on Sunday, my friend Ali is getting married and I will be wearing this lovely dress from Lush Mummy.

Hope you all have a great weekend :-)

Bump in Harrods!

While we were in London, we took Bump to Harrods as it was a rainy day. Here are a few photos from our time there. :-)

Bump, we would love to buy you all these things but unless we win the lottery, that will not be happening. Hope you will understand. We did buy you a Harrod’s bib so at least you have one thing from there. Love Mummy and Daddy x

In one of the pictures above, I am wearing a fabulous Pandora maternity/breastfeeding top from City Lush Mummy. Those clothes are fantastic and make you look amazing unlike some maternity clothes on the market. I will be doing a more detailed post about them in the future and how their clothes have transformed me into a Lush Mummy!

We had a lovely time in London and we hope you all enjoyed our adventures too! :-)

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