I don't really do these type of update posts anymore I don't really know why to be honest, I guess when a child reaches 2 they aren't changing so dramatically as they do when they are younger so I like to space update posts a little more so that I'm not just saying the same thing all the time.

The biggest change I have noticed recently is in Thomas's speech, it is really coming on well now, his sentences are getting longer and it is as if we are starting to have conversations now. Thomas has also finally started to say his own name and it is absolutely adorable. I didn't think he would ever say it as he just called himself  "mus" yet he could say the names of most of his friends at nursery. Thomas has also started to sing along with songs he especially likes “The wheels on the bus” and “Baa baa black sheep” and I catch him singing that to himself quite often and every single time it melts me.

We have started to introduce Thomas to the potty, I wouldn't really say we are potty training at the moment because I just don't think he is ready to start properly as I don't think he properly understands yet. So maybe I will still keep trying it every so often but I don't the time is right to properly push him on the potty front just yet.

I don't want to jinx things by saying this but it seems like Thomas's tantrums have died down a lot lately. When I think back to how he was towards the end of last year and early this year the tantrums were terrible to the point where I didn't know how I could carry on coping on my own particularly with the headbanging he use to do. Over the past few months they have certainly calmed down a lot, of course we still have blips now and then where we have mini tantrums but I don't mind them so much as they aren't often at all.

Thomas's appetite gets bigger and bigger everyday! before he was 2 it was getting to be a struggle to get him to eat much at all. I would collect him from nursery and everyday they would go through what he has ate during the day and it would just be half his dinner or a couple of spoon fulls of a meal but now everyday he eats everything that is put in front of him and he even has second helpings. I have also pretty much cut out biscuits and chocolate at home in fact it's rare I even buy them anymore but Thomas seems just as excited to have a banana or blueberries (Or boobies as Thomas calls them) and a yoghurt for a snack instead of biscuits and chocolate buttons.

Thomas's current obsession is buses, he has two at home he plays with all the time. When ever we are in the car he points out every bus we seen on our journey. Most boys love trains and cars but not Thomas, show him a bus and he almost loses his head with excitement!

Before Thomas came along I use to be a quite the book worm I could finish a book in a couple of days, I would spend any spare time I had curled up and lost in a book. These days I never get the chance to really get stuck in a book, any spare time I have I seem to be able to find a 101 other things that I need to do before settling down with a book. Which is kinda sad really when I think about how much I use to love reading.

I always said when I had a child I would read to them every single night and I went through phases where I would keep that up with Thomas and then it would fall by the wayside. However I have started that up again with Thomas over the past couple of months and I make a conscious effort to read Thomas a book every night. When I moved Thomas in to his toddler bed we struggled at first to get him to stay in his bed and it made bedtimes a nightmare. So I decided to get him in to more of a routine so that he knew when I put him to bed that he needed to stay there and not to get out as soon as I left the room.

I started to read Thomas two books a night every night so that he would understand that this was our quiet time together he could snuggle down, mummy would read two books and then it would be time for him to go to sleep. At first he would still cry and cause a fuss when I explained that it was time for bed after the last book but he soon started to realise that when I finished his last book it was time to go to sleep. Now he pretty much goes to sleep soon after I leave his room, of course some nights he tries his luck and asks for another book but I stick to my guns and explain to him that he has had his two books and now he needs to go to sleep. Some nights he lays chatting to himself for a while but we very rarely have the fuss and tantrums that we use to.

It's not only Thomas who enjoys the story time, I do too. I love that 10-15 minutes of quiet time we have together at the end of the day. I love seeing Thomas enjoying listening to me read him a story and I love that he starts to join in at the end of sentences copying what I say, his little way of learning more and more words. I love that he gets involved with what is going on in the book, he points to all different things on the pages and tells me what they are and what is happening.

Thomas already has quite a sizable collection of books but now we are reading two a night I think we will have to update his collection soon for some new reading material for us both. 
I'm not going to claim to be the best when it comes to blogging, in fact I'm no where near there are a lot of wonderful, well established bloggers out there I'm just a very small fish in a massive blogging pond. I have been blogging for about two and a half years now (that actually shocked me when I thought about how long I had been blogging for) And in that time I have picked up a few little helpful tips and tricks along the way.

Social Media is your best friend, I find that blogging relies very heavily on social media if you want to try and get your blog off the ground after all that is how you spread the word about your blog and find new readers the quickest. I use to dedicate a lot of time to social media when I had more time to spend on blogging and I definitely noticed a big difference when it came to my daily page views so it is definitely beneficial to use social media.

Post consistently, It's no secret that blogging has taken a bit of a back burner in recent months but lately I have been trying to make more of a conscious effort to blog more regularly. Now I don't mean you need to blog everyday or even every other day but just frequently enough so that your readers know to keep coming back to catch up with your blog and they know they can expect fresh content and are more likely to follow your blog.

Get to grips with SEO, SEO is pretty important if you are trying to increase your readership . By using SEO effectively it will help move your blog further up Google rankings so that your blog is returned in web searches which will bring in more readers. I am still trying to get to grips with using SEO myself but here are a few little things I have been trying to do.
Try and use good descriptive blog titles and phrase them with what you think people would type in to Google.
Pick a key phrase for your blog post and try and incorporate it a few times in to the post, preferably is should be the same if not similar to the post title, but try not to make it too obvious what you are doing.
Get in to the habit of renaming your images, this will help you images show up more in searches and so will redirect people to your blog so instead of saving images as "sgozfojfbnewo" get use to renaming them.

By trying to incorporate the above tips in to your blogging you will soon find that you blog will slowly start to grow. Don't be put off if it does take a while to get your blog off the ground but it you keep at it you will notice your hard work will start to pay off.  If you are wanting to start working with different companies and brands you will find as your blog starts to get more established you will start to get contacted more. PR companies and agencies such as Total media which is a digital agency in London as they will start to notice your blog more as it works it's way up Google rankings.

Use good clear photos I try and make sure all of my photos are nice and clear good quality photos most of the time. People tend to be drawn to photos first, I know I do, if I see a blog with big good quality photos I am more likely going to spend my time reading through their posts rather than a blog with tiny poor quality photos. They really do sell your blog.

Have a good clear layout, I am a big fan of good looking blogs, like with good photos people are drawn to easy to read, eye catching blogs. It's not something that you need to spend a lot of money on in fact it's not something you need to spend anything on. There are so many easy to follow tutorials on Google which show you basic HTML that you can use to make your layout more suited to you.

Enjoy yourself, as hard as it is you need to try not to get caught up too much with worrying about stats and followers. First and foremost you should be blogging because you enjoy it. Your readers can tell whether you put your heart in to your blogging or whether you just do it to see what you can get out of it which is completely the wrong reason to start blogging but sadly has become the main reason for a lot of people starting a blog.

I would change quite a few things about myself if I could, one of the first would be my eye sight. Without my contact lenses I am blind as a bat and that is no exaggeration. I have to wear contacts or glasses at all times or else I can't see anything. I wear contact lenses full time partly because I don't like wearing glasses as I have never been able to find any that suit me but also because I hate that with glasses I can't just have a quick glance down or to the side because I can't actually see anything but a blur which probably doesn't make sense to those of you with good eyesight.

I will almost definitely get laser eye surgery at some point during my life, I have already read quite a lot about it and have spoken to a few people who have had it done and don't have a bad word to say about it. The only thing stopping me is the fact that you have to have had a steady prescription for two years which at the moment I haven't had as my eyes are forever changing as they get use to wearing contact lenses full time.

I have read and watched so many stories from people who have undergone laser eye surgery and it has changed their lives like this one for example.

If you already have perfect or near perfect vision you probably don't realise how much you take for granted. For glasses or contact lense wearers simple things like swimming can be extremely daunting when you rely so much on something to help you see properly. I would love to be able to go swimming and not be constantly worrying about getting water in my eyes ( I know you aren't suppose to wear lenses in water but otherwise I can't actually see much) As silly as it sounds I would love to be able have naps during the day or to fall asleep on the settee without worrying about having to take my lenses out first it's the silly things like that people take for granted.

I am just so hopeful that one day I can finally have corrective surgery on my eyes and then I can finally take my contact lenses out and bin my glasses for good! I would love to hear if you have had laser eye surgery and how it went.

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If you walk in to my house you will soon see that I love having family photos all around, well I say family photos there is only actually one photo of myself and Thomas the rest are just Thomas. We really need to get some more actual family photos.

A month or two ago Thomas had some photos taken at nursery but as usual they were so expensive to actually get them printed out and even more so if you wanted the photo put on to canvas so when I was asked soon after if I would like to review a canvas from www.thecanvasprints.co.uk I immediately said yes as I had the perfect photo for it.

The order was processed and it was delivered pretty quickly which I was impressed with and it come really well packaged so it didn't get damaged in the post.
I am really impressed with the size of the canvas for the price which you are looking at £30 for a 18"x12" canvas which is really good in my opinion.

The quality of the canvas is really good, the image quality is good it doesn't look blurred in the slightest which is a problem I have come across in some canvases.

Thecanvasprints.co.uk also offer various other sizes and styles of canvases such as photo splits which I think look really good especially if you have a really nice landscape photo to use, I would love one of these if I had a big enough spare bit of wall. 

I have been looking for products to help my skin look more healthy, glowing and radiant for a while now as after I had Thomas I noticed my skin had started looking tired and dry and just generally not that good, hooray for hormones giving us bad skin.

I have a nice little selection of products now that I turn to on a daily basis which help me achieve a more glowing finish to my make up. I find it best to start with a good base for your make up and using a product like L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer. I have talked about this product before I think it is brilliant for creating a nice glowing base for your make up.

I would say my skin type is dry/ combination and so I have found that there are a few foundations I like to use for a dewy finish to my skin and they are Rimmel Perfect Match, Rimmel Wake me up, No7 Instant Radiance, L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation and lastly quite a new purchase for me Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. I love all of these foundations and find they are all pretty perfect for helping me achieve the glowing finish I want to my skin and also they give me the right amount of coverage I need without looking cakey in the slightest.  As I said my skin is pretty dry so I can’t really comment on whether these foundations would suit oily skin types or they might be a bit too much for your skin.

The final product I turn to, to help with a more dewy look is  a Seventeen highlighter which I have mentioned here on my blog before it really helps to add a glow to your cheeks and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a highlighter.

What are your favourite products for glowing skin?
Every 6 to 12 months I spend a few hours going through mine and Thomas' wardrobes and I have a good sort out to clear out clothes that don't fit us anymore or perhaps clothes that have been worn to death and don't really look their best anymore.

I thought today I would share a few of my top tips for organising and clearing out your wardrobes

First things first I take things a drawer at a time and I find the best place to start is the underwear drawer simply because I find it the easiest. Let's start with Bras as they only tend to have a 4-6month lifespan before they are past their best. So if you have Bras with misshaped cups, under wire that pokes out or they simply don't support you as much as they use to it is time to throw them away.
Next sort through the rest of your underwear and bin everything that looks like it is tired or over worn.

When dealing with the rest of your clothes I find it easiest to split them up in to different piles.

Clothes that look like they are past their best - Faded, worn out, bobbly ect.
Clothes you haven't worn since the last time you had a clear out - If the last time you had a wardrobe clear out you kept a pile of clothes "just in case" and you still haven't worn them in 4-6months, you probably wont wear them again it is time to get rid of them for good.
Clothes that don't fit anymore - I find that some clothes don't wear that well. Especially clothes from cheaper shops just don't wash well. It's time to get rid of jeans that are now too baggy around your bottom and a little too short because they just wont look good again. Same goes for jumpers that don't fit as good as they use to.

Don't be a shoe hoarder. - Cheap shoes don't last well at all as they can stretch and scuff very easily so if your shoes don't look their best anymore it's time to throw them away because you don't want your shoes letting you whole outfit down.

Clearing out your wardrobe doesn't mean you need to be wasteful. If the clothes you no longer want or need still look good and have a bit of life left in them why not try to resell them and make yourself a bit of money or donate them to a charity shop. One woman's junk is another woman's treasure.
It has been quite a while since I did a post featuring my everyday make up products and I have been using quite a few different products over the past few months so I thought today I would share with you my current favourite make up items that I turn to on a daily basis.

Primer is a product I don't really use everyday but when I do need my make up to last longer I turn to L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer it creates a really nice base for foundation whilst giving your face a really nice healthy glow without looking shiny or glittery.

My concealer of choice is Benefit Boi-ing at nearly £20 for a little pot of concealer it is definitely much more than I would normally spend but the fact that I am on my second pot of it speaks for itself. I love it! It lightens and covers dark under eye circles as well as conceals spots.

I have a few foundations on the go at the moment but my favourite is Rimmel's Match Perfection which is a foundation I have bought over and over for a good few years now. I love the shade it is pretty perfect for my skin colouring, it never leaves me looking orange and the coverage it gives me is just what I am looking for.

I have recently started using a highlighting product daily which I have never bothered with for on my quest for dewy looking skin and the product I use it Seventeen Instant Glow. At under £5 I think it is pretty perfect! The downside for most "cheap" highlighers is that they can look too glittery but this doesn't it gives you skin a nice little shimmer and doesn't make you look like you belong on the set for Twilight.

My blusher changes on almost a daily basis but my favourite is Benefit's Bella Bamba again it is a product that I wouldn't normally spend much money on but I really do like and enjoy using this product.

I'm kinda stuck in an eye shadow rut and my go to combination is Bootycall & YDK from the Naked 2 palette. They go so well together and look nice and subtle for everyday wear as I don't like to look like I'm ready for a night out everyday.

The last 2 products I use on a daily basis is my Liz Earle kohl eye liner in black and my Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara which is quite a new purchase for me and so far I am really enjoying using it, it definitely makes my lashes appear fuller and longer.

How often do you switch up your daily make up products?