Baby Name Tag

In the last few months, I have seen a lot of Youtubers dot the baby name tag and it has become one of my favouite videos to watch because I am noisy and like to see what other people think of names. I actually saw my lovely friend Emily do it on her blog so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do it as well.

1. What is your favourite boy and girl’s name from the top UK names list?

For a girls name I think I would have to go with the name Scarlett which I think is just such a pretty and really girly name without sounding too cute and young. I do not actually know anybody called this at the moment but I am sure this will change now I have said it.  For a boy my favourite name is Logan which I think is all to do with Xmen but for me it a really strong and powerful name which is maybe the reason behind why I like it so much.

2. What is your least favourite boy and girl’s name from the top UK names list?

For a girl it has to be Jessica, I know the reason why it is my least favourite because this is what so many people ask if Jess is name actually is when you tell them her name. No, it is not I feel like getting her a t-shirt which says Just Jess maybe that could be her blog in the future she was one of only 15 Jess’s registered in the UK in 2015.  For a boy it has to be Bobby there are some personal reasons and the fact is that I just don’t think the name Bob would suit a child now. Sorry if your kid’s names are these.

3. If you had twins, what would you name them? (G/G, B/B, B/G)

Oh, this is a hard one I think girls would be Scarlett & Daisy, boys Jacob & Harry, Boy and girl would be Scarlett & Jacob. For some reason  it is a lot harder for me to think of boy names I like maybe because I seem to know a lot more guys than I do girls and their names remind me of so many people.

4. If you could change your name to anything what would it be?

No, I wouldn’t even though my name is super common it has not done anything to annoy me too much and it has lasted me 22 years so why change it now.

5. You have four children, any gender, their first names all have to start with the same letter. What would their names be?

Jess, Jacob, Jordan, Josh I don’t think I could have all J names thought it would confuse me way too much and I would be pretty outnumbered.

6. What’s your favourite animal inspired name?

Leo which is Latin for Lion I think this is a name which I like and an animal name which people wouldn’t think is too out there and different.

7. What’s your favourite colour inspired name?

Violet without a doubt it is such amazing name for a little girl and it is not one which you seem to hear too often. 

8. What are your top 3 favourite boy names?

Jacob, Harry & Matt 

9. What are your top 3 favourite girl names?

Scarlett, Daisy & Masie
10. What is your favourite celebrity baby name?
I had to have a google because I can never remember celebrity baby names however, I really like Luna which is John Legend’s little girls name I think it is something which is super different and so cute and very pretty without been too unique as well. 
11.What is your ultimate guilty pleasure name?

I guess I don’t have one because how can a name be a guilty pleasure I really do not understand this. 

12. What are your most hated baby names?

I don’t hate it any baby name as this is very strong word but a name which I am not a huge fan of is the name Bear I don’t know why maybe it is just cute while they are young but I do not see a grown man called Bear.

13. A baby name based on a food / drink?

I think I am going to have to say Louie which is a crab I think it is one which you could use and people would not think that it was too unique and I do not think there are many people who I actually know who have this name. 

14. A baby name based on a month?

This for sure is not a name I would use at all because I do not think you could get away with it but September I think it is different but who knows I might start a new trend and this might become a new name. 

15. Choose a baby name from a movie?

Logan, of course,  I think this is a beautiful name and of course, it is from the Xmen which is one of my favourite series of films so it only seems fitting. 

16. Choose a name that is already in your family.

Noah, I think is a really beautiful name, however, I know so many people called this now so I do not think I would be using this in the future should I have any more children.

What do you think of the names I have chosen. If you have not do this tag and would love to please do, leave me your links in the comments because for sure I will check them out.

Charlotte x

Small Random Home Bargains Haul

Randomly a couple of weeks ago I was near a home bargains store so I decided that I was going to pop in it is not a store which I go in a lot because I never seem to be close to one which is annoying because I love it. If you have not see what Jess wore for Halloween that outfit was actually from home bargains if you have not seen what she wore it is on my Instagram that whole outfit only cost me £5 which is very impressive or I seem to think so. I will be checking out their seasonal items are because I forgot how nice some of their items are. Anyway on to some of the other items which I picked up.

The first item I picked up was these Aspire drinks if you remember at the start of the year I was sent some of these too review and have only seen them in shops such as Holland and Barrett so when I spied these for only 39p each I knew I had to purchase some. These are great when you want a cool drink but you do not want it to be too super fizzy I love these in the summer but I am sure they are going to be perfect when I am really warm and need something to cool me down. I hope that they have them in the summer as well because they are something which I will be stocking up on. I defiantly recommend these ones and they have both flavours which is always a bonus. 
The next couple of items which I picked up are for Jess and they are the Heinz biscuits which are peppa pig that are strawberry and peach and the paw patrol ones are peach and apricot. Jess sometimes does not have a snack in the afternoon at nursery which means that she needs a snack when she gets home to go with her milk.  These are perfect because they are very small biscuits which means that she can always have a few in a little bowl and they were only 69p for this pack which is great as they are resealable because you can save them for other nights. Jess does like them because in nearly a couple of week Jess has managed to eat a pack I recommend these if you have a toddler. I think I will be going back to see if they have any more of these because she adores them and it is always great to find something which she loves. 
Cotton pads are something which I do not love to spend a lot of money on at all so I picked up these amazing Johnson ones because at the moment I have an ear infection which means that I have to put cotton wool in my ear in order to get the junk out. I also love to remove my make up with make up remover and cotton wool and this pack was under £1 and I needed some of this so I thought I would pick these ones up. I would recommend them but I do not have a favourite brand or anything. 
The next item I picked up is some of these no kink hair bobbles. I have managed to break some of the ones which I have had previously however, I do not find that they do not leave my hair kink free so I thought I would try some of these cheap ones I think they were about 69p. I do not spend a lot on bubbles because I either snap them or end up losing them I am sure any girl has this problem. I will let you know how I get on with these bubbles. I do like it keeps my hair up and off my face which is something I want from a hair bobble. 
The next items some Heinz ready meals for Jess as I said sometimes she does not have snack at nursery or for some reason she is not eating with us and we need to fed her quickly so I picked up these for £1 each. I got the spaghetti bol, sweet and sour chicken and hot pot. Jess has had one and seemed to love it so I think I might stick up on these as they are handy to have in the cupboard when you have a busy life like us. They only take 1 min in the microwave and then this is ready to eat which is always great if you have a toddler screaming that she is hungry you do not want to be waiting a long time for food to be ready. 
I picked up this little lunch bag which comes with a plastic box this comes with an insulated bag which means that your food will keep cool which is not something I need at the moment as the weather is not very warm at the moment. This bag only cost me £3 I think it was I need a new one as I had left my old one in the library a couple of weeks ago which I know was stupid and from then on my sandwiches were getting squashed which is something which I was not loving. I have been using this and the only thing which annoys me is that the box takes up nearly all of the bag which is kind of annoying as you can’t put much in more than a couple of sandwiches. 
Any student will tell you that they need energy when it is coming up to this time of year some of the deadlines are coming up which means that we have to spend hours in front of a computer team this with late nights and early mornings like I have and Monster is your best friend. So when I saw these were only 89p when in stores they can be around £1.50 so I has to pick a few up because it means that I can save the pennies which is important because it is Christmas very soon.  They have a couple of different flavours like the no sugar one so if you like monster it might be worth a trip over to home bargains. 
 Yes I have not gone crazy I actually purchased 3 of these toothbrushes and they are the wisdom toothbrushes for the little people between the age of 0-2 years which Jess is still in. These are perfect because she can try and brush her own teeth because she is such an independent little lady. She brushes her own teeth and then I go over and do them again the reason we needed 3 is because they are so much cheaper at home bargains than we have found anywhere else she needed a new one for at home as hers needed changing the same could be said for the one which she has at Daddy’s house and I thought I would pick up a spare one because you never know when she is going to need one. I think these are something like 69p and I have only seen them for around £1.29 now and they are something which Jess loves so I decided to stock up and let her continue these toothbrushes. 
The final item I picked up was this travel mug because it is getting colder in the mornings and I need coffee to be able to function. I actually dropped my costa one in August and this means that I could not use it any longer I have been debating purchasing another one. I actually saw these when I was in the store and it was around £3 which is very cheap as the costa one is around £5. I have actually noticed that since I have been using it the rose gold dots have started to wash off and I have not been putting this in the dishwasher. I do think this does look a lot like something which you would have in Kate Spade I know that the quality is not as high as a Kate Spade one however, this was only £3 which is a fraction of the price. 
I think this is a store I need to visit more because you really do seem to be able to pick everything up in there and so much of it is so cheap but good quality which is always important to me. 
Have you had any bargains from Home Bargains recently?
Charlotte x

Falling For Fall Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Sarah from mummycatnotes she is a lovely fellow Mummy bloggers who is you have not checked out you should. I am so thankful that she tagged me because autumn/fall is one of my favourite seasons of the year.

What is your favorite Fall scent? 

I think one of my scents is the cold mornings because it is amazing I love the crispness in the air because nothing like it at the other time of the year. I am no one who loves the sweet scents which come out because of Halloween I love the licorice scent of candles which come out for sme reason at the time of year as well. 
Do you prefer apple stuff or pumpkin stuff?

This is a hard one for me because I do not think I have ever had a pumpkin I like the scent I know this thanks to Lush and their bath bombs but I think I would have to say apple because it’s so fresh and crisp as well. 

What is one thing that you look forward to every single Fall?

I would say bonfire night I don’t think that there is anything more magical than getting wrapped up all cosy and warm heading out somewhere to watch pretty colours pop and fill up the skies. I hope that Jess does change her mind on them because currently, they are something which scares her. 

How do you like to spend the more chilly/cloudy days in the Fall?

In the ideal world where I do not have uni work coming out of my ears, I would love to spend it all cosey on the sofa maybe with a blanket or something watching a good children’s film may be something from Disney because there is a lot of them that I am yet to see. I would love something like a huge mug of hot chocolate as well. 

Which do you prefer: Halloween or Thanksgiving? 

Due to the fact that I am in the UK and we do not have Thanksgiving I would have to say that I prefer Halloween, however, this is a holiday which I would say we do not do much for at the moment. Currently this year the only plan is to dress Jess up on the day for a party which they are having at nursery. It’s not something we go crazy about this may change when Jess becomes a little bit older who knows.

What is one way you do to embrace the Fall season? 

I think its boots because they are so amazing they keep your feet dry and it is a way that you can rock the fluffy socks which keep my feet super warm. For some reason, they are something which I do not get out until the autumn but I wish I could them on all year long with leggings. 

What photos would you like to get this Fall season?

I would love to be able to get some amazing pictures of Jess playing in the leaves I think because it is the first year she can properly walk which means that being an outdoors child she is always going to be want to be outside so I have the chance of this. I have a picture in my head of her in a nice coat and her boots playing walking along in the leaves. 

Favorite childhood memory from this season? 

Just returning to school after the holidays and the excitement of the build up to Christmas and all huddling around the single radiator that works in the school or sitting on the pipes which used to be warm. Always having some amazing roast dinners which you seem to eat more of when the weather becomes a little bit rubbish. 

What is your favorite trend (fashion/makeup/etc) so far this season? 

As a mum who is always busy I have has a lot of time to look but I would say it is ankle boots because they are something which is are always really comfortable and on the top of my list. I think in a couple of weeks I will have to get them out because so far it has been way to mild so I have not had them out. 

Describe what the Fall weather really looks like where you live. 

Windy, bit wet at the moment, being in England where its pretty much always raining and a nice temperature however, this year we seem to be having warmer days and it does not seem to be raining that much at the moment however, I am sure this is something which is going to change in the coming weeks. 

I am not going to tag anyone, because Fall is nearly over I guess but if anyone wants to go for it do it and leave your link in the comments and I will check it out. 

Charlotte x

Tell Me More Tag

I was looking through my blog and the posts which I want to share with you in the next few weeks and realised that a lot of them are hauls as I have been purchasing a lot of things since I have a lot more free time since I finished university for the summer, Or reviews and tips of things which I feel could be useful to people this summer. While scrolling through social media which I do when I am looking for inspiration I noticed Sian from Theenglisheverygirl had done thing tag which shares a little bit more information about yourself with your readers. I realised that this is something which I have not done in the longest time so I though I would do this tag.

What’s the story behind your blog name?

When I was looking for a new name for my blog following the relaunch I had a lot of ideas and to be honest the name cupsofcharlotte comes from the fact that I want my blog to be like having a cup of coffee or something with a friend. I thought the best way to incorporate this idea within my name and that is how cupsofcharlotte was born.
What’s your real reason for blogging?

The main reason when I started was because I want somewhere where we can look back in a few years time when Jess is older and look back and see what we were doing what at any time. How we felt and also I feel like blogging is a great way for family to keep up with what Jess is doing as you know a few of them do not live close so it is a great way to get updates I know that Joe reads at the moment for this reason and also to see if he has had a mention. 

Best thing about blogging?

Actually been able to write and say what you want as a student I do a lot of writing however, the majority of it is for assignments where I do not have the chance to be creative say what I want and write in my own style. However, on my blog I have full control and I love it even taking pictures to remember memories helps as I think I wouldn’t take as many pictures if it was not for my blog. 

Worst thing about blogging?

The way that people can change once they get a big following you can go from speaking to them so much and almost speaking every single day to them not even bothering with you and unfollowing you on social media once they have a large enough following. I am not saying this happens to everyone once they get a larger following but losing friends is the worst part of blogging. 

Proudest moment so far?

I would say working with some of the amazing brands we have had the opportunity to work with. When I started never did I think that I would be lucky enough to be send products to try and share my opinions with you all. Another product moment which if you have a blog you will understand is my DA hitting 21 which means I have more opportunities now. 

What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don’t be shy!

Blogging for me is only a hobby as much as I love it is not something I can see myself doing full time to be honest however, should that happen it would be amazing.  One thing which I would love to do is get into coding more and maybe one day self host my own blog but I know that this will not be for at least a few years yet.

If you released a book, what genre would it be?

I would be shocked if I ever wrote a book to be honest but it would be a rom-com style something which is really easy to read because that is the type of book I like to read so I would have to publish something I would be likely to read. 

If you released products, what would they be? Homeware, beauty, or something unexpected?

If I was to bring out products I would love a few different ranges I would love to have my own candle brand as they are something I have a huge passion for, I think I would also bring out a kids clothing line like the brands you see on Instagram. Finally I think I would bring out some stationery because everyone loves it and with out I could not be as organised as I am. 

What would you name the products and why?

I have no clue I have’t thought about it in enough detail because I know it is only something which I can dream of doing.
What has blogging taught you?

That it doesn’t matter if your friends are miles away from you they will always have your back and be able to help you should you need them.  Being nice to actually pay off because if you are a bitch nobody is going to want to be friends with you and you will not succeed. 

Sum up your blog in three words!

Lifestyle, Family, Me

If you do the tag let me know in the comments I would love to read them 

Charlotte x

Soundtrack To My Life

Thank you to the amazing Nicola from Mummytodex for tagging me in this post all about music that have defined a period of my life. Back in the day music actually used to play a huge part in my life at the moment, it doesn’t play as much of a part but I am sure this will change again in the future. Without further ado this is the soundtrack to my life you will realise that I listen to so many genres.

Status Quo – Rocking over the world. I think this song reminds me of so many memories I remember it been played when Hull FC had won the Challenge Cup way back in 2005. I was only 10 at the time but remember vividly after the club song that this was played. I have been lucky to see Status Quo twice with my Mum and they were amazing I think this is where the love for rock music comes from.

Meatloaf- Paradise by the dashboard lights is another oldie but goodie this song reminds me when we used to have tapes in the car who else remembers that? My dad used to always put meatloaf on on the way back from my Nan’s house who lived around 45 mins away we used to turn the music up so loud and sing at the top of our lungs. I think I might still know every word to this song clearly my parents have good musical taste.

The first song which I had to mention was My Chemical Romance- I’m Not Okay (I Promise) back when I was in high school this song used to be one of my favourites. I went through a full-on emo stage and was always listening to bands like MCR. We always used to blast this out throughout mobile phones and then sing along to it who else remembers doing this. 

Avcii – Wake Me Up this song reminds me of the summer before I went to university which was a strange time for me because of the fact my parents had just got back together after nearly a year apart. I was in a relationship with someone now I know I didn’t love which ended shortly after starting uni. As soon as I hear this song I think back to this time. I think I wanted to wake up when I had moved and started my new life.
Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness is one of the most random songs the reason that this song is on the list is because I vividly remember that this was the song which Joe was blasting out pretending to be cool when we first met. I must admit that it is not the best song which he could have been playing because I am sure that it is actually about a breakup but I will never forget him blasting it out at my first university house when we met for the first time after months of talking.  

The final song for now is Calvin Harris – How deep is your love the reason behind this is because this was the song which was playing when Jess was born. I had a C-section as some of you may know and in the theatre, they had a radio on and as she was born this song which was playing so this song is always to play a massive part in my life. This song was one which changed my life as such. 
I know that there will be important songs in my life in the future which will be the song track to my life. 
I am not going to tag anyone but if you want to do this tag feel free and leave me a link if you do in the comments below.
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Charlotte x

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I really love reading more about people behind the blogs I think I am going to try and share more about me in the next few months because I actually want this to feel like a personal blog and like you actually know me personally.  I was tagged by the lovely Beth who if you don’t already read her blog you should she set me 10 questions in which I am going to answer in this post. 

1. What made you start blogging?
The reason why I started blogging on this blog was because I wanted to record memories of Jess while she is growing up because I have seen fellow bloggers do this and I feel like this is a really good idea because she can look back when she is older. I love been able to share my thoughts with you as well because I have learnt so much from other bloggers hopefully I will be able to help at least one of you in the future.

2. What’s your signature dish to cook for dinner?

I am not one of those who gets to cook a lot but I would say one of my signature dishes when I do get to would either be a pasta dish or a stirfry these are things which I am usually cooking if I actually cook. I don’t have a set recipe usually I just end up freestyling and doing what I want so it comes out every time. 
3. What’s been your proudest parenting moment so far?
I am going to be one of those really annoying people who say that they can not select just one proud moment Jess makes me proud every single day she has adapted to commuting and going to nursery so well. I think I so proud when she does something like a big girl at the moment she is learning to use her reins so she can go for walks and she is so tidy she loves to put things in the bin as well as been so helpful, They are just a couple of reasons why I am so proud of my little girl. 
4. Who is your celebrity crush

I have to say Sam Burgess oh wait can I be greedy and say his twin brothers as well. If you do not know who they are they are rugby league players for South Sydney they are just so beautiful. I met Sam before he went to Australia and he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. 
5. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Currently, I have a few people at the moment seem to be grinding my gears the main one for me at the moment is people who do not move out of the way of my pram. Usually, I am in a rush I either need to get to University or for a train and people will stand right in front of my wheels which means I can not move past them. As some of you may know some parts of York are narrow and it can mean me having to go on the road. Another thing which annoys me is people who sit in the disabled section when there is nothing wrong with them I store my pram usually with Jess in it and will move if someone needs it more than me however, this is not common a lot of people don’t and this means Jess can not see me and I end up sitting in the luggage rack. 
6. What is the thing you would most like to achieve this year?
I would love to complete my second year of university with a decent grade hopefully a 2:1 but if it is a 2:2 and I have more work to do next year this is not something which really bothers me. I also would love to achieve my blogging goals because it is something which has become a huge passion to me again this year and I am already seeing the benefits of the work I am putting in 
7. Where is the best place you’ve been to on holiday?
I have been so lucky to go on some amazing holiday’s so I could not choose one I think that I would say that somewhere like Egypt because it was so beautiful where we stayed as well as Cyprus can you tell that I love the heat. This year it doesn’t look like I will be travelling abroad but this does not bother me too much because hopefully I will get to explore some amazing parts of the UK but currently have no plans booked
8. What’s your go to midnight blogging snack?
I can’t make it to midnight without a snack for me it is more like ten maybe if we are lucky half ten. As Joe found out near the Christmas period I love toasties I think I had him making them nearly ever night when I was at his and blogging it is something I love. Twiglets are also something else which I love to eat while blogging maybe I should find something healthier in the future. 
9. Are you a messy play lover or hater, and why?
I do not get to do a lot of messy play due to the fact that we only have the weekends and there are a lot of people in the house when we could do it. I think when we have some time off during the summer months I will find out because Jess will not be at nursery as much and this is where she does a lot of her messy play and I have a feeling that she may end up missing it.
10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I think that I have had a multiple but they are all around the same element of not caring what people think and doing what you want to this is something which I live to every single day because I have come to realise that you can not please every single person so why try to do this.
I am going to tag a handful of bloggers
Claire from dearmummybear
Amy from allthingsamy
Katie from golddust
Emily from babiesandbeauty
The 10 questions I have for them are:
What’s you biggest blogging achievement?
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Which is your favourite social media?
What’s one tip for new parent you wish someone has told you?
What kind of music do you listen too?
You can only eat one meal for the rest of your life what is it?
What is one thing you would love to achieve this year?
What is your favourite Disney movie?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Who is your celebrity crush?

I hope you learnt a bit about me from this tag and you enjoyed it please check out everyone I have mentioned in this post because they are all amazing girls?


The Bedtime Tag

I thought today I would share with you how I wind down on a night this is a tag which has been featured on many blogs in the last couple of weeks. I was fortunate to be tagged by the lovely Lisa from babynotincluded a big thank you to her for doing this.

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

This can vary so much for Jess depending on what time we get home as sometimes it is not till 8pm which means it literally is giving her some milk putting her, pjs on and then straight to be luckily this semester I only have one night every other week when it is going to be like this. Her normal routine is get in from nursery around 7pm because we have an hour commute back home then I allow Jess to play for a little while usually with her uncle and then we do the bedtime milk a little cuddle pjs and in bed for 8pm. It might sound harsh not to give her long wake when we are home but we have to be up before 6am because of the commute to university on the train.

I usually am on my blog till around 10pm whether it be doing social media or actually writing post this usually makes me super tired because I am usually on my laptop most of the day when I am at university. This is then when I put my pjs on and hop up to bed I usually still end up on social media till around 10.30 and usually testing my boyfriend before I end up drifting off to sleep sometimes I will admit we do end up falling sleep when we are texting each other.

What are your favourite pyjamas?
I would not say I have a favourite pair of pyjamas I have some amazing pairs just from primark however, I usually end up wearing old tshirts which I got from when I was at Chester uni and then some like jogging bottoms because it is what I find comfy. I only wear this because I never would wear them otherwise. When they have worn out I deffo will be using some of my beautiful primark sets. 

What is your current bedtime reading?

I would love to say I had a book which I was reading every bedtime however for me this is not the case maybe due to the fact that Jess is still in my room due to lack of space. I feel like I can not put the big light on and read also I do not have a bedside table with a lamp on so I spend this time on the internet instead. This is something which I would love to change in the future though. 

What scent makes you sleepy?
I wouldn’t say I have one but I really do love jumping into bed if I have fresh sheets

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
Currently my bedtime is between 10-11pm and I wake up at 5.45am ready for my long day ahead.

What are your top three bedtime products?
I would have to say the superdrug vitamin e night moisteriser because my skin at the moment is so super dry I need anything to give me more moister back in. I don’t think I can think of another two products I would have to say my phone if pushed but I know its not a product just because I sometimes watch a little bit of youtube in bed usually this is when I fall asleep. 

What is your most common sleeping position?
I love to be laid on my left side facing the wall for some reason this is my comfy position almost like been a little spoon when spooning if this makes any sense. 

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
Usually just my phone because I have no man to take up to bed as mine doesn’t live with me we are currently saving up for a house so maybe in the next 2/3 years this will happen. 

What is your worst bedtime habit?
Either forgetting to take my make up off which really annoys me when I do this because my skin will not thank me for it or actually been on my phone for too long and spending time when I should be asleep playing on it. This is not something which is good at all. 

I’m going to tag a couple of bloggers to do this tag

Rebecca from Becster
Hollie from Thriftymum

The rules of the Bedtime Tag are included them:
Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. 

If you have done this tag leave your link in the comments I am so nosey I would love to know your routine. 

Charlotte x

Reasons Why I Am Rocking Motherhood

Motherhood is something which people make look super easy but I can tell you from my own experience sometimes this is not the case. If you are like me sometimes you will feel super guilty for doing certain things like currently, I feel guilty because I have not spent a lot of time with Jess recently because I have been revising for my exams.  I also feel like I may miss some of the milestones which she is the achievement because of uni but I know in the long run it is for the best. I also feel like I do not celebrate enough of the amazing achievements which we have together.  I was tagged by Katie from livinglifeourway to post 10 reasons why I am rocking motherhood.

  • I feel like I am constantly winging it when it comes to parenting I have never actually read a book on it at all. I am always following my own instincts and I seem to be doing pretty good at the moment because Jess is still alive.
  • I spend more money on Jess than I do on myself this girl has a way better wardrobe than me and I would not have it any other way because she really is my princess. 
  • I love cuddles of Jess if I have any worries she seems to be able to take them away with just one simple cuddle and she does not know how much it actually means to me. 
  • I make sure that I have one day a week usually on a weekend were I do not do any work till Jess is in bed then it means that she does not always think that I am working either on my blog or university work. 
  • There is nothing I would not do for Jess to keep her healthy, happy and safe
  • I can speak Jess because she is now trying to talk more and more, however, I am sure that some people can not understand what she is saying but Mummy knows what she means I can translate and then tell you what she is trying to say. 
  • I actually love Paw Patrol and I feel like I could watch this without Jess at least this is better than Peppa Pig which I used to love but can not stand anymore. 
  • I now can not eat a meal without Jess trying to eat something off my plate but this amazes me because she will try and steal fruit and I know some children will not try fruit or vegetables. 
  • I don’t think that baths have ever been so fun sometimes we even treat Jess to a lush bath and when she gets one of them her face is just amazing. This makes me so happy I know she is super excited and loves having a treat when she has been a good girl.
  • I can’t believe how I have mastered commuting an hour each way every single day and we actually do it on the train. Most people hate commuting but can you imagine it with a one-year-old well this is what I do.

I tag the following awesome mamas to take part in this challenge too:

Emily from:Babies And Beauty

Paige from Paiges Preferences
Hannah from The Amphletts
Claire from Dear Mummy Bear
Lauren from lauren-ohara-x

Here are the Rules
1.    Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.2.    List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind.)3.    Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.4.       Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar

How are you rocking as a Mum?
Charlotte x

100 Question Nobody Ever Asks Tag

Hi Guys

I decided that today I was going to a tag which have previously done before but update it and share it with you today.The tag is 100 questions that nobody ever asks tag and I remember it been done on youtube a lot around this time last year and this is what inspired me to update and repost it. Also I feel lik becuase I have been blogging more there is a lot of new people here who might not know this about me

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I sleep with mine closed but Jess’s open because she has to many clothes for them all to fit in her wardrobe can you believe that. 

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?

I have done this if the shampoo smells nice I really don’t know why because I have more than enough shampoos and conditioners at home.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I sleep with them out nobody has time to tuck them in before sleeping right once you get into bed all you want to do is sleep.

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?

No this is not something I have done they are way to high to steal

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?

Not really because they always seem to come off and on the floor so I don’t tend to bother.but this is something which I think I am going to start to use more when I go back to university in order to make me more organised,

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them

Yes I am the worst for this from boots magazines and such like thinking I am going to use them yet never actually do but I guess it keeps me from spending money which I don’t need to spend.

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?

I think that I would rather be attacked by a big bear because bees kind of scare me

8. Do you have freckles?

I do on my nose and I hate them I always try and cover them up with make up

9. Do you always smile for pictures?

I sometimes do it depends on what I am doing with the picture. I love to pull really random faces when I am doing pictures or more recently do a pout because I hate having my photo taken anyway,

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

I could be here all day but I think that when people talk too loud when on public transport girl I don’t need to know your life story.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Sometimes when I am really bored or when I am trying to take my mind off something.

12. Have you peed in the woods?

I don’t think so but who knows I might when I was young

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?

I don’t think so but again this could have happened when I was young

14. Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?

I do you should see me when I am alone in my room I can do sometimes just because I have a song stuck in my head or something.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

This is a habit which I must admit I really used to do but recently it is something which I don’t seem to do as much maybe I have grown out of it.

16. How many people have you slept with this week?

I have only slept with my daughter this week when she has been having a nap

17. What size is your bed?

I only have a single bed which sucks but i don’t need any bigger right now

18. What is your song of the week?

I currently don’t have one I have listened to so much this week 

19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink?

Of course it is fine why is there still gender stereotypes in this ages 

20. Do you still watch cartoons?

Of course I watch them with Jess 

21. What is your least favourite movie?

I don’t think I have a least favourite film I don’t watch films I don’t think I will enjoy

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

This is a secret because you might steal it

23. What do you drink with dinner?

Usually orange or coke

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?


25. What is your favourite food?

Chicken Nuggets or the wraps which you can get at Mcdonald’s healthy I know 

26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
Any Marvel films 

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?

I feeling it was Jess 

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No I was not

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

Maybe even though I hate my body

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

I actually can not remember

31. Can you change the oil on a car?

I don’t have a car so nope

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

No I haven’t

33. Ever ran out of gas?


34. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?

Nice big fresh sandwich/ manwich 

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?

Crumpets or Bacon sandwich 

36. What is your usual bedtime?

I don’t have one my sleeping pattern is ruined but it is around 10pm at the moment as I have to be up early

37. Are you lazy?

I can be when I have nothing to do 

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?

I don’t think I really did halloween was not huge when I was young in the UK 

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?

I am a pig

40. How many languages can you speak?

I can only speak English said I know 

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

No not anymore I found I didn’t read them 

42. Which are better: legos or lincoln logs?

Lego because I have never heard of lincoln logs

43. Are you stubborn?

I can be just ask my other half

44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?

I don’t know

45. Ever watch soap operas?

I used to watch the soaps but I have no had a lot of time recently to watch

46. Are you afraid of heights?
Nope I am not well I don’t think I am 

47. Do you sing in the car?
I am always singing and it may annoy people

48. Do you sing in the shower?
Of course I can how else am I going to practice

49. Do you dance in the car?
Oh yes
50. Ever used a gun?

No but it is something which I fancy doing

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

I was still in school I am sure

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

Not really but some can be 

53. Is Christmas stressful?

It can be but then been away from home till really close is always stressful

54. Ever eat a pierogi?

No I haven’t even heard about it 

55. Favourite type of fruit pie?

Cherry is something which I like

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I always wanted to be a sports physiotherapist and still do 

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
I don’t know I don’t think so 

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

All the time

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?

No I don’t

60. Do you wear slippers?

I do if my feet are cold usually I have my shoes on all the time

61. Do you wear a bath robe?

I do if I need something to be thrown on 

62. What do you wear to bed?

I sleep naked if it is warm enough if not joggers and a big top

63. What was your first concert?

I think it was Mcfly 

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?

I live in the UK so don’t have these

65. Nike or Adidas?

I like both can I say this

66. Cheetos or Fritos?

Neither I am in the UK I can’t get either

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

Peanuts all the way
68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

No I have not 

69. Ever take dance lessons?

No I didn’t I was more of tom boy

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

Who knows this is a secret

71. Can you curl your tongue?

I can actually 

72. Ever won a spelling bee?

No but I have never been in one 

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

Yes I have actually 

74. Own any record albums?

No I don’t 

75. Own a record player?

I don’t have one 

76. Do you regularly burn incense?
No but I do burn candles a lot 

77. Ever been in love?

Yes I think I have

78. Who would you like to see in concert?

I think I could right a whole post on this 

79. What was the last concert you saw?

Status quo I took my mum for christmas

80. Hot tea or cold tea?

Hot tea 

81. Tea or coffee?

Coffee all the time 

82. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?

Normal cookies

83. Can you swim well?

I can but I have not done this for ages

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

Yes I can 

85. Are you patient?

I can be 

86. DJ or band at a wedding?

I think that I would want both 

87. Ever won a contest?

I don’t think I actually have 

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?

I have I had it as 18 months old

89. Which are better: black or green olives?

I don’t like olives at all 

90. Can you knit or crochet?

No I can’t 

91. Best room for a fireplace?

Maybe the lounge

92. Do you want to get married?

Maybe in the future

93. If married, how long have you been married?

I am not married 

94. Who was your high school crush?

I did not have one 

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

I can if feeling childish

96. Do you have kids?

I don’t 

97. Do you want kids?

Well I already have one 

98. What is your favourite colour?

Purple or black 

99. Do you miss anyone right now?

Yes I do 

100. Who are you going to tag to do this video/tag next?

Anyone who wants to do it .

I hope you enjoyed this tag as uch as I did doing it. 

Charlotte x

Five Under £5 July 2016

Hi Guys

Today I am joining in with my first ever link up post which was created by the lovely Julia who blogs at Rainbeaubelle. I have seen the Vicki from Letstalkbeauty do this for a few months and I thought this is something I would be interested in sharing as well. The aim of it is to share 5 items which you have purchased that month which have cost less than £5 items which normally may not have made it into a haul. This month I have decided to pick items which I have purchased for Jess as I haven’t really purchased much for me under £5.

The first item is a Fisher Price stack & explore blocks the point of these is that Jess stacks the bricks up and learns with them as they have numbers on the top, dots to show which number it is on one side on another side it has a raise up pattern to feel, finally on the other two sides it has pictures of animals. This was around £3.99 from Home Bargains and I feel like this is something which Jess will come to love as she gets bigger at the moment she loves to bang the cubes together to make noise rather than stacking.

This Tommee Tippee essentials first cup is exactly the same as the one she has but she loves it so much I decided to repurchase another one as during the hot weather Jess has been needing to drink so much juice it’s hardly had time to be washed. At least if one is in the wash she can have the other one to have her juice in. This cup cost only £1.79 in Boots so at that price you can’t go wrong and at least if she managed to lose one we always have a spare on hand.

Due to the number of days out we have planned meaning Jess will be having a packed lunch I picked this cute Minnie Mouse lunchbox up for her. This will stop us having to search for a plastic container for her sandwiches to go in when we want to make her packed lunch and also stop them getting all squashed and horrible.I managed to find this in Poundland so it only cost £1 and they had a range of Minnie Mouse and also Minions but I choose this one instead. Even if this doesn’t last very long I will not get upset due to the fact it was very cheap.

The next purchase may seen a very random one to most parents more so if you are not a parent of a young child. This is a fresh food feeder and the reason behind this purchase is due to the fact that if I give Jess some raspberries she ends up swashing them in her hands and they end up all over. However with this little device you can put a few raspberries in at a time and then she can suck them through the netting and she gets the fruit but minus all the mess. I picked this up in the poundshop again because I am unsure how long she will actually use it for and I also picked up another one for Daddy’s house so she doesn’t make to much mess there either,

Finally the last item this is Minnie Mouse related as well it is a wash sponge which Mummy can put her hand in and clean all of Jess’s body. This is so handy when she is in the bath and you don’t have to put the baby wash on your own hands making it sticky and slippery. It also shows Jess what to do and she has now started to use it after I have cleaned to to practice cleaning herself. This cost me £1 from Primark we already have one but decided to pick another one up in case one is in the wash and it’s bathtime we can still have one to use.

Have up picked any bargains up under £5 this month if so why not let me know what they were ? Or if you are taking part in this why not leave me a comment and I will be sure to check it out.

Charlotte x