What We Did in January

I have decided that I am going to share with you hopefully every single month a reflection of the month and sharing with you what we have been up to. The reason behind doing this is because I love been able to look back and seeing what we were doing at a certain period of time. It also allows family who may not see Jess a lot to see what she has been up to as we can forget what we have been doing when we have not seen them for a long time.

January has not been the most exciting month even though I think we have done a lot this month the reason behind this is because I feel like everything seems to be a little bit dull after Christmas when everything seems to be all glitzy and bright.

We celebrated New Year with a meal on New Year’s Eve at Joe’s Uncle’s house we had a roast beef Christmas dinner if this makes any sense. We even had the crackers as you can see from the picture above I will state now Jess was actually laughing at this not crying she could have been from this picture.  I could not believe that she managed to eat all what she was given which was a lot and then she managed to polish off a desert as well. Over new year Jess made a new friend which is a dog called Dixie apparently they were friends at first but the next day they were best friends Jess wanted to play with her toys constantly and have her by her side at all times it got that bad she even wanted to eat dog treats what more can I say they must have become really good friends.

We had a few family walks this month which included around Rutland Water even though it was pretty cold when we visited for a quick family walk it was so beautiful. This may be a place which I will have to visit when the weather is warmer than it was when we actually visited. 
January saw Jess take so many baths she must have had a couple of Lush baths at least and they are supposed to be treats. I might limit this back to once a month again because otherwise, she will dent her mummy’s collection even though she has at least 15 in her own collection.  She has had so many baths this month because she is a huge fan of them even without Lush she seems to want to get super messy so she can have a bath. I think she must really love the new toys which she has in her bath and they are warm which I think is her favourite Jess for sure does not like been cold. 
This month also saw Jess spilt her month between our house and then her Nanny and Grandad’s house which is always nice when she gets time to spend with them because this is something which she does not get to do a lot. This meant that we spend one of the weekends travelling back to Yorkshire it does not take long to do but it is one which we never like doing. I think this is because we actually get so bored and this is the reason why we do not like doing this drive that often. 
We have had a lot of chill days this month because as some of you may know I have had a couple of exams and they may not have been the greatest but let’s hope I passed them. I found them so hard because of the fact that Christmas was not that long ago and we have too I found it hard to actually find time to revise for them but let’s hope I did well enough. Currently, I have had two assignments back both 2:2 but not that far off a 2:1 which I would need to apply for my masters. I had a week of which saw us declutter quite a lot I donated so much to the local charity shop however, I do have loads which I will be putting up for sale currently I have a small amount on Ebay but I am thinking about creating a second Instagram and selling some items there let me know if this is something which you would be interested in. 
The only other adventure we took this month was taking Jess’s Great Nan to York which as some of you may know is my University city and a place I spend more time in than I do my own city. We had a lovely walk around the city even though it was pretty cold we managed to have a good mooch around the shops. We took a trip to Lush because Lush York is my favourite and I have Jess addicted as well as Joe but I haven’t managed to get the future Grandma in Law I might have to buy her some at some stage so she will see how amazing lush is. We had a lunch at slug and lettuce which was not as amazing as when we had previously visited. We also visited the designer outlet and this meant that I got my first liquid lipstick from MAC which was super exciting. 
Currently, I do not know what we have planned for the month of February I think that we might have a few meals out because one it is actually Valentines.  We have grandma’s birthday which means that I get to do some shopping which is going to be super fun for me. We might even manage to get a trip down to see Joe’s family but this may not happen because university is going to get super busy again. We also have the start of the rugby season which is something very exciting for me because it’s a sport I adore and it’s a kind of escape from me.
What have you been up to in Janury? What do you have planned for February?
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

2016 Reflection Tag

The end of another year has approached we have had some amazing highs and lows this year. Memories which will be treasured for a long time to come with some people who we hope are going to be around for a long time. Let’s hope the curse of ill health does not follow us into 2017. I was tagged by the lovely Lorna to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the upcoming one. 

What was your highlight of 2016?
Personal I would say it was been accepting into York St John after my year out because I was doubting if I would ever be able to finish my degree, I might have had to go back a year so am in my second instead of the third year but this is something I am so thankful for. Being a mummy I would say my other highlight is spending more time with Jess and watching her grow up with some amazing people around us.

Name one thing you are likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time?

I will never forget my rugby team winning at Wembley for the very first time. I had started to believe that we would never do it telling people that Warrington was going to win the challenge cup, not Hull FC. The last 4 minutes of that game I thought I was going to have a heart attack I was crying and couldn’t watch because I thought we would ruin it but we didn’t shock I wish I could relive that day again. 

Sum up 2016 in one word

Name one word of wisdom from 2016 you will carry throughout 2017
Live life to the fullest you never know when it is going to come to an end

Do you have any new years resolutions?
Not really to make sure I take time for myself as well as make as many memories as I can both with Jess and with others. 

How are you seeing the new year in?
Joe and I are going to order a Chinese, maybe take a lush bath each and chill watching some shitty tv, We both are not really big drinkers anymore and would rather spend some quality time with each other as this is not something we get a lot of.  

What would you like to do most in 2017?
Again I would love to make memories and travel to at least one new place next year even if it is only in the UK there is some much I have not explored yet. 

What are your main goals for 2017?
I am going to say as well as making memories I am going to try and work super hard at university and on my blog. I would love to grow a bit and who knows what is going to happen in the future. 
What are your highlights of 2016 and goals for 2017?
Charlotte x