Monday, 23 October 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 23rd October 2017


Monday
Beef curry with rice and nan bread (left over beef from the roast dinner on Sunday)

Tuesday
Stir fry pork with vegetables and Chinese sauce

Wednesday
Gnocchi Bolognese

Thursday
Lemon and herb chicken with salad roast potatoes and beetroot

Friday
Gammon, egg and chips

Saturday
Out for dinner

Sunday
Toad in the hole with mash, broccoli and peas

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch




I love autumn and I am so excited of all the fun activities we can get up to.

There are not many Pumpkin Patches near to where I live. I managed to find one after doing a little research online.

We visited Farrington’s Farm at the weekend to attend there Pumpkin Festival. I met up with a friend and her niece. It was such a lovely autumnal day out. When we got there we headed to the Pumpkin patch and looked for a little pumpkin for Sonny. I loved walking round the field taking photos. Sonny didn’t enjoy it much as he found it tricky walking through the field without tripping over the pumpkins.


After picking the perfect pumpkin we then went to wash them off, we managed to get ourselves wet in the process of doing this.

They had an activities tent where you paid £2.50 per child and got a carving kit with this. We went and carved our pumpkins in the tent, although Sonny couldn’t get involved in this he was too little and just watched or tried to run away.


We then went to the story barn to listen to a story about a square pumpkin, they were showing the movie as well but we never got round to watching this.




There were other activities going on but as it’s the only pumpkin patch around the area it was so busy and manic we didn’t get round to doing them all.

We grabbed some fish and chips and had some lunch before heading home.

Sonny loved talking to his pumpkin when we got home. He wasn't so keen on the movie, which I ended up buying on DVD for him. Maybe he will enjoy this more next year.

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a great autumn/halloween activity to do and I think it will become one of our halloween traditions now.

Have you visited a pumpkin patch this year? If anybody know of any good ones in the South West of England let me know in the comments for next year.

Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

x
I also filmed my weekend and you can view this on YouTube on the below link
https://youtu.be/oOES9XQUgqg
 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 18th September 2017



Monday
Stir fry beef with vegetables and noodles

Tuesday
Spaghetti bolognaise with garlic bread

Wednesday
Tuna jacket potatoes with salad

Thursday
Crispy chicken fajitas with Mexican rice

Friday
Breaded cod with skinny fries and peas

Saturday
Slow cooker curry with rice

Sunday
Roast dinner

Monday, 4 September 2017

Pregnancy Announcement with Baby Number Two



I can finally announce I am pregnant with baby number two. I had my scan on Tuesday 29th August and everything is all good so I can now shout about it.
It all happened so quickly actually within the first month of trying. Darren was very shocked but obviously very happy as well.
My due date is 7th March 2018 which I think is a lovely time to be pregnant just in time for the nice weather to kick in.
I was so nervous about the first scan and it seemed to take ages to come around. I guess you’re more aware of how important the scan is the second time around. The scan photos come out so clearly and the baby was in a good position.
This was just a quick blog post to announce the pregnancy and I will be sharing more on my blog during my pregnancy.
Let me know if your pregnant also and we can go on this journey together.
Thanks for reading
Bexmorts

xx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A visit to Oceanarium Bournemouth



I managed to get us some free tickets through my Tesco Clubcard points to have entry to the aquarium in Bournemouth. We visited Oceanarium on Saturday as a family.

When we got our tickets, we were told it was an all day ticket. I thought that was really good, we could pop in and out throughout the day if we wanted. The feed times are throughout the day, so if missed them you could pop back later to watch them if you wanted to.

Its costs around £12 an adult and Sonny was free as he is age 2. We got in free as mentioned above as I used my Clubcard points.

Its a lovely little aquarium and has a range of sea life, otters, penguins, jelly fish, turtles, crocodile, shark, puffer fish and many more.

Sonny really enjoyed walking round and seeing all the different things, he loved just watching the fish in the big tanks. I think it's a great age to take a child to the aquarium as he seemed amazed by it all. They also had a little play area and a café which we didn't actually try out but it did look good. The café looks out to the beach and the sea so it has amazing views.

I love how close you can get to everything and see everything so clearly. They also have feeding times and presentations throughout the day. They have the times for these out on a board outside the aquarium but they also give them to you when you buy a ticket. We didn't attend any of these as Sonny wouldn't stay to listen for long enough.

Sonny was tired so we didn't stay in the aquarium too long and he fell asleep as soon as we left.

Although I thought it was quite small and it only took us around an hour to walk round I would still visit again. I am unsure if I would pay full price to visit and I would probably buy the tickets through the Clubcard points again.

Next year we plan to visit Weymouth Sealife which I hear is better than the Oceanarium.







Which is your favourite aquarium?

Thanks for reading
Bexmorts
xx


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bridesmaids and Flower Girls | Wedding Series





I was so lucky to have my two best friend’s book to come away to Cyprus for our wedding. I had been bridesmaids for both my best friends Claire and Sarah so I really wanted them to be there for my day.

So I asked Claire and Sarah to be my bridesmaids and they were delighted. I also asked Darren’s sister at Christmas if she would also like to be my bridesmaid and she also was happy and said yes.

For my little flower girls I had Claire's daughters Evelyn (5) Elsie (3) and Sarah’s daughter Lily (4).

The flower girls dresses were the easiest to find. We didn’t want to drag the little girls around the shops so ordered 3 different dresses from Next and found one that everyone loved straight away. Even the little ones loved it and they felt like little princesses in them. That was the easy part.

For the big girl bridesmaids I knew what colour I wanted it was just finding the right dress in that colour which was the hardest part.

We looked everywhere online and also tried a few from Next but they looked awful when we received them. I finally found a perfect one on Very.com and luckily everyone loved it and they fitted each bridesmaid so lovely. We went for a mint colour which I thought would be perfect for a wedding abroad.

I let the bridesmaids pick their own shoes as I wanted them to feel comfortable on the day.



I ordered some flower girl baskets off amazon and they were so cheap, I also ordered them a few fake rose petals to go inside and the girls loved these.

For the big girl bridesmaids I ordered them a single Ivory rose which was fresh on the day. it was wrapped in a light pink ribbon to match my flowers.

I think they all looked so beautiful on the day and made my day that extra special.

Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

MARIGOLDS ARE 70 THIS YEAR



I was kindly sent some Marigold products to celebrate their 70 year anniversary.

I was just expecting to receive some rubber gloves but I had a small box of goodies all by the Marigold brand. I never realised they there was so many different products. You can now not only get gloves but scrunchie and cloths as well.

In the box I have

Wipe away clothes
Scrunchies
Longer bathroom gloves
Handy lightweight gloves
Cleaning me softly sponges

The Marigold gloves are so good and can be used for many things. Washing up being the most popular, but also they can be used for cooking, cleaning and DIYing.

I love using the Marigold gloves for cleaning the cooker or BBQ as the cleaning products I use for these can sometimes have strong chemicals so I like to protect my hands. I also like the fact they come in different sizes, I have quite small hands so this is handy for someone like me.

Being a mummy I wash up so much during the day so using Marigolds stops my hands from drying out and protects them.

I think everyone has heard of Marigolds and has used them at some point in their lives.

One lady at work said that she can’t use other branded rubber gloves as she has a reaction but she never seems to get a reaction with the Marigolds.

I used the scunchie to clean my oven as it needed a good scrub and clean and this helps get the grime off the cooker while using the gloves to stop me from getting dirty and to stop the chemicals from touching my skin.

I think Marigolds is a fantastic product which will continue to grow and sell for many years to come.

Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

xx






Monday, 31 July 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 31st July 2017



Monday
Jacket potato with cheese and beans

Tuesday
Fish cakes with salad and sweet potato fries

Wednesday
Sausages with mash and peas

Thursday
Taco's with salad

Friday
Homemade Tortilla pizzas

Saturday
Chicken korma with brown rice

Sunday
Roast dinner

Monday, 24 July 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 24th July 2017






Monday
Tuna jackets with salad

Tuesday
Taco's with salad

Wednesday
Beef stew with dumplings

Thursday
Spaghetti carbonara

Friday
Hot dogs with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

Saturday
Lamb Rogan Josh and brown rice

Sunday
Roast dinner

Monday, 17 July 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 17th July 2017




Monday
Stir fry beef with vegetables and noodles

Tuesday
Chicken salad with roasted new potatoes

Wednesday
Sausage and bean casserole with sweet potato mash and peas

Thursday
Spaghetti bolognaise with garlic bread

Friday
Fish, chips and peas

Saturday
Chicken korma with brown rice

Sunday
Roast pork dinner

Monday, 10 July 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 10th July 2017



Monday
Sausage and bean casserole with mash

Tuesday
Fish with jacket potatoes and salad

Wednesday
Cheese and bacon pasta bake

Thursday
Cottage pie with vegetables

Friday
Homemade slow cooker beef curry with brown rice

Saturday
Naked burger with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

Sunday
Roast chicken dinner

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Flying with a Toddler



Lets talk about flying with a toddler. I was so worried about this from the moment we booked the holiday right up until we got on that plane a year later. Talking to a lot of mums its a big worry for most and some even put off going on holiday because of this. I have put together a few tips that helped me through the flight.

Go prepapred with a bag full of goodies, toys, sweets and drinks. We took along lots of snacks and got him plenty to drink when we got to the airport.
I put together a rucksake of toys and things to do which I reserached on social media for ideas. I made a video of what I packed for the flight which is linked at the bottom of this post. A good idea is to go into Poundland and pick up a few new toys so they should hopefully find this more exciting and interesting when you get them out on the flight. Try and get a toy out each half hour or something depending on flight time instead of all at once.
We used Darrens old tablet and downloaded a few CBeebies programmes on it to help entertain him on the plane which worked really well. One thing I will mention though is he has some toddler headphones but because the sound isnt very high on them he couldnt hear them very well due to the noise of the plane.

To help with the ears we made sure Sonny had his dummy for take off and landing which seemed to have worked really well. Other ideas I would suggest is a drink or bottle or even some sweets to suck on if they are old enough.

After a while Sonny did want to get up and move about so we went to the toilet and changed his nappy. At one point we walked up and down the plane to stretch our legs, only problem with that is he kept wanting to do it after that but I wouldnt let him.

Hopefully they will sleep for a little bit so remmeber to take a blanket or pillow to help with this. We were lucky Sonny slept for an hour there and most of the flight on the way home as it was a night flight.



I hope these help anyone who is worried about a flight with a toddler. If anybody else has any tips or advice please comment below. Always remember no matter what happens its ony a few hours of your life :-)

Thanks for reading
Bexmorts
xx

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sonny's 2nd Birthday





Sonny's 2nd Birthday, how has this moment arrived already??

I dragged the celebrations out for a whole week.

On the Sunday before his birthday we went to Southampton to visit Darren’s sister so that Sonny could see his aunty as she was busy his birthday weekend. We popped along to a lovely farm called Longdown Farm for a few hours. Sonny loved looking and feeding the animals and we had a fun day out with Steph and her friend. We then went home and had cake. They made him a hedgehog cake which he was obsessed with as it was covered in chocolate buttons. We ended the day with a takeaway and then headed home with one tired boy.



The night before his birthday I put all of Sonny’s decorations up in the lounge and led out all of his presents. The banner was amazing and a bargain buy from EBay. I went with a Mr Tumble theme which was easy as just lots of random colours to go along with the theme. Sonny is obsessed with Mr Tumble at the moment so he loved his banner and kept pointing at it the next day.



On his actual birthday (Thursday) Darren was at work all day, so we decided to leave Sonny's presents and open them when he got back from work.

Me and Sonny popped to the new soft play in town. We met up with one of my friends and her little girl. It was small but nice and quiet and Sonny’s had a fun time there. We also had lunch there but Sonny didn’t eat any of his. He napped when we got home then we waiting for Daddy to come home to open his presents.

Sonny got some lovely presents and loved them all. His main present’s from us was a Micro Scooter and a slide for the garden. He was so good on the scooter first time. He is such a clever boy and amazed me all the time.

We ended the day with his second cake the caterpillar from ASDA. He loved it and again it was chocolate his favourite.

We celebrated with family on the Saturday with a family BBQ. The weather was so lovely and we had a lovely time with family eating and drinking. My mum had paid for a special cake to be made with a Mr Tumble theme. It was amazing I was so pleased with it. We all sang Happy Birthday and again ate more chocolate cake.


We had some a great week celebrating.

I also filmed the week which you can view on my YouTube channel, the link is below.

https://youtu.be/tbp0C4JD7l4

Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 3rd July 2017



Monday
Stir fry steak with vegetables and wholegrain noodles

Tuesday
Roast chicken with jacket potatoes and salad

Wednesday
Fish cakes with rice and vegetables

Thursday
Cheese and tomato omelette with salad 

Friday
Cheese and ham tortilla pizza and skinny fries

Saturday
Date night at Smash Burger in Bath

Sunday
Spaghetti bolognaise with turkey mince

Friday, 30 June 2017

Sonny is TWO


Sonny you are 2 and we are so incredible proud of you.


You have changed so much in a year. You are now able to walk and run. You run so fast Mummy can’t keep up with you. You are so active and do not stop moving. The only way we get you to stay still is if you are eating or watching Mr Tumble (Something Special) on TV.

Your favourite TV programmes this year have been Something Special, Teletubbies, Bing, Twirlywoos and of course In the night garden.

You have started to speak more and you are learning new words every day. Some of your favourite words are car, Daddy, Nanny, bubbles, keys, ball, shoes,

You had your first holiday abroad and also watched Mummy and Daddy get married. You even walked Mummy down the aisle and Mummy was very proud of you as you were so well behaved.

You love the park and you are really getting into the slide more now, but you also still love the swings.

We love how outgoing and sociable you are. You will talk to anyone and play with everyone. You love running around with all the other children especially at nursery.

Your kisses and cuddles are the best and we love you so so much.



Happy Birthday SONNY JAMES xxxx




Monday, 26 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 26th June 2017




Monday
Slimming World Lasagne with Salad

Tuesday
Jacket potatoes with cheese and salad

Wednesday
Hot dogs with corn on the hob and sweet potato fries

Thursday
Sonny's 2nd birthday so may have a takeaway as a birthday treat and because we will be busy all day.

Friday
Herb chicken with minted new potatoes and roasted vegetables

Saturday
Family BBQ for Sonny's 2nd birthday

Sunday
Roast chicken with salad and new potatoes

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Dress | Wedding Series




I was never one of those girls who dreamed off her wedding day and the wedding dress.

When it came to dress shopping I have no motivation to go shopping. I was looking for shortcuts to avoid this. I looked online and found some in China after reading some reviews I went off this idea.

I then looked online for wedding dresses. A lot of big named shops sell wedding dresses now which I was surprised about.

In January 2017 I found one I liked on Monsoon which looked stunning so I ordered this and when it arrived I invited the girls round for a try on. When I tried it on it was horrendous. It didn’t fit me properly and I looked nothing like the model on the website. I sent this straight back.

One of my bridesmaids said I was cutting it really fine with getting one in time as we were now In February. I was so chilled and not panicking until she said that.

I then booked an appointment at the wedding dress shop in town and took my two bridesmaids along to try some on. That day I knew I couldn’t leave that shop without finding a dress.

I picked up a few wedding dresses to try on but I didn’t like the feel of them and also didn’t feel comfortable in them. They felt so big and heavy and that’s not what I wanted for a wedding abroad in hot weather. One of my bridesmaids mentioned trying on some bridesmaid dresses and that I could order them in the ivory colours.

I tried two bridesmaid dresses on and loved them both. One was long and the other was a short Tea length. I decided for the shorter style as it was more me and I thought it would be a better style for when I am abroad in the heat and also it would be easier when chasing Sonny around.

I ordered the dress but the shop said it wouldn’t arrive till 2 weeks before I was due to fly out. I even paid for express delivery. It also needed altering by a seamstress so I was cutting it fine.

However the dress arrived a week early which gave me plenty of time to get it altered. The lady who altered my dress was really quick and done it in four days. The alterations cost me £90 which I thought wasn’t too bad.

I had to squeeze the wedding dress into a small box for the flight and take it on as hand language. Luckily Thomson supplied the box for me as an incentive. I managed to get the dress easily in the box as it wasn’t a huge dress. As soon as I arrived at the hotel I hung it in the bag in the wardrobe. We got the dress and suits steamed on the day.

The dress looked perfect for the day and everyone commented on how nice it looked. When I told people it was a bridesmaid dress they were shocked. It definitely looked like a bridal dress.

So there is a little secret for anyone trying to save money on their wedding dress, check out the bridesmaid dresses and see if they can be ordered in an ivory colour.


Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

xx

'TRUE BRIDE DRESS'


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Our Wedding in Cyprus | Wedding Series


We had such a beautiful day. I loved every minute of our wedding day and I am so happy with all the choices we made.

We booked through Thomson last May to get married in Cyprus, Paphos at the Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. It was a family hotel so was also perfect for Sonny's first holiday abroad.

When we arrived, we discussed everything with our wedding planner and booked any other extras we wanted for the day. We then met up with a guy from the hotel to arrange table plans and meal plans. These two very so helpful and was willing to do anything for us.

The next morning was a trip to the town hall with all the paperwork to get that all ready for the big day.

All our guests started to arrive on the next couple of days and in total we had 40 guests. Some stayed in the hotel and others stayed outside and just come in for the wedding day. We were so surprised of the amount of people that come out to see us get married.



The Wedding Day

The morning of the wedding me and Darren went our separate ways. I took Sonny for breakfast and then I passed him over to Darren and went off to meet my Bridesmaids at 11am. All 3 bridesmaids were booked in the hotel spa to have their hair and makeup done then I was after them.

I had my dress and the men’s suits steamed in my room while the bridesmaids were getting made up. I also managed to sneak in a quick bath in-between as well. I slipped on my BRIDE TO BE dressing gown and heading down at 12 to get my hair and makeup done.

I then went back to the room and met everyone at 2pm, we met the photographer and took a few photos and opened some champagne. The girls helped me get ready in my dress which was a little tricky.

It was time to head down to the ceremony. It had been raining all morning and five minutes before we headed out the sun come out. The wind however was so strong and I didn’t realise how strong until we headed towards the sea.

Sonny was such a good boy and walked me down the aisle with no trouble holding my hand the whole way. We walked down to The Piano Guys 'A Thousand Years'

We signed the register with our witnesses to the song The Script 'I'm Yours'

Apart from the wind being so strong, the ceremony ran so smoothly. We walked back down the aisle to Bruno Mars 'Marry You' with everyone throwing the confetti. Then we then had out group photos taken the then the photos of just the two of us.

Me and Darren (now Mr and Mrs Heslop) went and joined the rest of guests where we had cocktails made to our colour theme and the cake cutting. The cake was just a one tier with some fresh flowers on top. After the cake cutting me had a tower of champagne glasses and poured champagne into them. I loved this idea. We made a toast and then everyone chilled out and had a few drinks for a couple of hours.

Our wedding reception was supposed to be in the beach bar down by the sea. The wind was so strong so last minutes we changed it to an inside room. I was a little worried it would look awful down there, but with our decorations and extras it looked nice.

We headed down at 6.30pm to be seated and our guests had their starters while we headed off to have our sunset photos taken with the photographer. These photos look amazing and the clouds made them look even more magical.

We went back to have our meal with our guests, our menu was

Smoked Ham with Melon

Cream of Tomato Soup

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mozzarella
Light Cream Sauce
Skin Potatoes
Fresh Market Vegetables

Crème Caramel on Fresh Fruit Brunoise

Filter Coffee



The food was nice and they even catered for our vegan and a gluten free guests. We had wine on the tables and had waiter service to order any extra drinks.

The DJ turned up and we danced the night away. Me and Darren later that evening had our first dance to James Arthur ' Say you won’t let go'

Everyone got on so well and had a wonderful time. Sonny played up during the evening but one of my friends took him for a walk and he fell asleep for the rest of the party.

We received our photos and DVD the following week and they came out so perfect and looked amazing.

I really loved our wedding day it turned out even better than I had pictured.

If anybody has any questions about getting married abroad please just ask below.

Thank you for reading

Bexmorts

xx











Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 19th June 2017





Monday
Tuna pasta bake (Slimming world recipe from recent magazine)

Tuesday
Jacket potatoes with cheeese and salad

Wednesday
Gammon, crushed new poatoes with spring onion and beans

Thursday
Chilli con carne with brown rice

Friday
Homemade fish and chips (or maybe frozen hehe)

Saturday
Homemade pizza made with tortilla wraps with wedges

Sunday
Sausage, mash and peas with gravy

Monday, 12 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 12th June 2017










Monday
Roast chicken salad with jacket potatoes

Tuesday
Chicken and vegetable stew (with the leftover chicken from Monday)

Wednesday
Vegetable stew

Thursday
Tuna steaks with salad and new potatoes

Friday
Naked burgers with salad and homemade chips

Saturday
Buffet food. We have our home wedding party.

Sunday
Joe Wicks cottage pie

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Louis Phaethon Hotel, Cyprus | Sonny's First Abroad Holiday




We took Sonny on his first holiday abroad on 17th May. We went to a Thomson family hotel in Cyprus, Paphos. The hotel we stayed in was called Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. I cannot fault this hotel and I would recommend this for anyone looking for a lively family hotel. It was very clean and tidy and all the staff was so friendly.

I was dreading the flight with Sonny but we were very lucky to have a spare seat next to us so he didn’t have to sit on my lap the whole flight. The flight went really well and me and Darren even got to enjoy our bottle of champagne while Sonny napped for an hour.

Me and Darren also got married out in Cyprus on this holiday but I will write more blog posts on this later. As we were getting married it meant we had lots of family and friends on the holiday with us. I loved having family and friends out there with us, it was so nice to have people to hang around and socialise with us. Sonny also loved having his grandparents out there with us.

I was so worried about how well Sonny would get on being somewhere different and hot. I didn’t need to worry he enjoyed every moment and he was also very well behaved.

He kept us on our toes and as soon as l let him out of his pushchair he would run off and explore. We took it in turns to chase after him, which meant we all had time to chill and sunbathe at some point.

The pools were still very cold as it was May and some morning it did rain but cleared up during late morning. Sonny hated the pool to start with, I bought him a shark inflatable to sit in which helped encourage him loads. By the end of the holiday he loved the pool and I couldn’t get him out.

In two weeks Sonny’s speech is clearer and he has leant more new words. I can’t believe how much he changed in two weeks of being on holiday.

We had such a lovely first family holiday together and I cannot wait to book our next one for 2018. I am already looking at hotels and prices now.








Thanks for reading

Bexmorts

xx