On the 7th September 2016 you started your school life in Reception. For some reason I felt nervous, I don't know who starting school is worse for the child or the parent.

This is not the first big change you have experienced, in January I moved your from a private nursery in to a school nursery and I spent the night before you were due to start worried in case I was making the wrong decision because even though you had gained a place in the nursery it didn't automatically guarantee you a place in reception at that same school so what if I was moving you from somewhere you were settled in to this new place with lots of new faces and then I would have to move you again.

You soon settled in to your new school and loved each day playing with your friends and the change in you was amazing to see you were growing and learning new things each day. I knew then that I had made the right decision for you.

Back in June I found out that unfortunately you hadn't got a place in reception at your previous school and you would have to leave behind not only your friends but also your lovely childminder who you loved. I began to feel nervous again at the thought of having to move you in to a brand new school.

We got to have a couple of trips to your new school so that both of us could get to know the school and you liked your new school straight away and by the time the end of the summer holidays you were looking forward to starting your new school but again mummy was nervous.

The 7th of September arrived the day you were to start your new school life and you couldn't wait to get to school. Seeing you in your new uniform made me so proud of you my beautiful boy. I could sense you were slightly nervous about your first day but by the time we got to the school and were waiting for the classroom door to open the nerves were gone and you were keen to get into your new classroom. I didn't want to leave you that morning but you were completely fine and waved me off with a huge smile on your face.

I couldn't be prouder of you my beautiful boy you take the big changes in your stride nothing seems to phase you at all.

Love from mummy
Do you find it difficult to believe that even a busy mother’s life can be full of fun and excitement if she lives it the right way? Yes, you got me correct! A mom’s daily responsibilities of making breakfast for her child or helping her child in studies, all seem to be fun if she herself manages to stay happy always. 

Such happiness can be experienced if a mom engages in something really interesting in her free time after doing the chores. There can be many activities a mom can opt for like watching her favourite tv program, going for a walk, joining her hobby class, taking a beauty therapy service and similar others. 

A daily dose of your favourite program would never fail to relax your mind and surely brings a smile on your face after your hectic routine. A walk for sometime either in mornings or evenings would also refresh you up as you get a chance to take in healthy and fresh air.

A hobby class can also keep you happily engaged in some activity in which you have a passion for and a desire to learn. You can sometimes also go for beauty parlor services to pamper yourself with foot or head massages or others.

Likewise, there so many activities under the sun with which a mother can take a relaxing break every day. But the most exciting activity among them that can delight a mother effortlessly in minutes is a game of online bingo. The world of online bingo showers you with fun-filled games, amazing prizes and promotional offers with witty chat hosts to assist you that simply make your day. 

So if you are a mother today and want something out of the box to chill out with in your break time, then bingo is just the thing for you. Sign up on www.newlookbingo.com and experience the grandeur of online bingo on the popular site. Play, win and get friendly on the same platform- have a memorable motherhood!
Even though I have been a mum for nearly 4 years I still feel like a new mum in many ways, every day is still a learning curve. I still come up against new challenges almost daily and I am sometimes left not knowing what to do for the best. Single parenting can be very lonely at times, don’t get me wrong I have amazing support from my family, friends and boyfriend. However there are times at home when it’s just Thomas and I it can be a struggle especially when he is playing up it can feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall when I am trying to discipline him and I have nobody there to back me up. Plus it gets me down when some days it seems like all I am doing is telling Thomas off for something or other I’m left always playing bad cop.

When it comes to making big decisions in Thomas’s life it is normally left to me I try and involve his dad but I rarely get anything back it’s normally “It’s up to you” Like for example when a place came up and the school nursery I made that decision myself and it was a tough one because even though I knew it would be beneficial for Thomas to be in a school environment he may only be there until the end of this school year and they he may have to start a different school in September. I didn’t know what to do for the best for him and I lay awake the night before he started school wondering if I had made the right decision. Luckily it seems to have been the right decision for Thomas he has settled in really well and has come on leaps and bounds since starting school but there is that worry about what happens when September comes.

Parenting can sometimes feel like you are constantly swimming against a tide when you are trying to get a stroppy threenager to cooperate with you particularly when they maybe don’t fully understand what you are asking of them and this is something that I need to remind myself of more. I don’t want to be a mum who constantly seems to nag and I don’t want Thomas to grow up thinking that all I ever do is moan, but then on the other hand I don’t want him to see me as being a pushover.  I guess it’s all about picking your battles and letting the things that don't really matter slide a little.

Being a mum is one of the hardest, tiring, most rewarding and amazing thing that I have ever and will ever do. Even when I am having a crappy time I still thank my lucky stars that I am a mummy to such a beautiful little boy. With each tough time you go through as a mum they are outweighed by good times. Just one single smile, cuddle or "I love you mummy" and you instantly forget the latest tantrum.

 I’m a big fan of candles all through the year but especially during the Autumn/ Winter months I love the cosy feeling they create. How quickly I go through candles I really begrudge paying Yankee prices for candles as you are just burning money, I much prefer buying cheaper candles which can give off just as much scent as buying a more expensive candle.

Primark have really upped their game with candles lately, well with their homeware in general really but I am particularly enjoying their candles 

My favourite for the scent it this Oriental Spice & Ginger one which is the jam jar style one below the scent is gorgeous and definitely fills the room. I also love the packaging I think it looks really expensive when I saw it was only £3 I had to have it.

Another of my favourites is the tea light holder just behind which is quite old now and unfortunately I don't know if you can still get them but I think it was only £3

Primark also do small candles like the Sea Salt & Lavender one below that was just £1 and they have lots of different fragrances. The scent payoff on these isn't the greatest but they are pretty good for small rooms and for £1 you can't go wrong.

Finally the last candle I have been loving is in a beautiful holder with blue floral decoration on it. The scent on this is Vanilla & Coconut which smells beautiful and even when the candle isn't lit you can still smell it.

Have you tried any candles from Primark what did you think?
I have always wanted to go for Afternoon Tea, so as a treat after my mum's 50th birthday and just before Mother's Day I thought I would treat her and my Nan to afternoon tea. I wanted to take them somewhere a little special as none of us have ever done anything like this before so I chose The Upper House in Barleston and I have heard that there afternoon tea is really nice and a great price too.

The tables were all set out beautifully with locally made tea sets of course I adored this I love anything vintage and cute.

We had a lovely 3 tier cake stand filled with lots of little treats, we all had 4 little sandwich fingers each, there was tuna and cucumber, coronation chicken, cheese and onion and ham.

There were two tiers of beautiful little cakes there was a brownie square each, a Viennese whirl and a mini Victoria sponge and if that wasn't enough after we had finished there were warm fresh out of the oven scones with a choice of raspberry or strawberry jam and clotted cream.

By the end I was definitely suffering from a major sugar rush! In fact I couldn't even finish the scone I was so full. 

The afternoon tea was only £14 per person which I thought was brilliant for the amount you get, we all agreed it was definitely enough for us. The Upper House is also a lovely place we felt so relaxed just sitting having a natter whilst sipping on tea and coffee. If you are local to the Upper House I would definitely recommend booking in for Afternoon Tea it is definitely well worth the money. I'm just wondering when I can go again.

I wanted to share with you my new favourite dress which I recently got from Miss Selfridge. I'm not really much of a Miss Selfridge fan to be honest I can't remember the last time I even stepped inside a shop but. I recently went to my local Outfit store to collect a parcel and thought I would browse the shop whilst I was there.

I spotted this dress and instantly thought it would go perfectly with my leather look jacket

I also those these new ankle boots that I got recently from Topshop. I really needed a new pair of black boots. I've been wearing a previous pair that I got from Tesco last year, or maybe the year before to death and it's really beginning to show so I thought it was time to get some new ones as I know I will definitely get the wear out of them. At under £40 I thought that was a really good price for boots from Topshop.

A few weeks ago I fell in love with this coat from Ark, now sadly Ark has gone in to Administration and so my local store was having a closing down sale and when I went out for a meal a couple of weeks ago with the lovely lady that looks after the marketing for intuPotteries she was wearing this coat and I knew I had to have it.

As soon as I got home I went straight on to Ark's website to look for this leopard print coat but they only had a size 6 which I am definitely not! The next day I went back to town to have a look whether still had this coat in the store and they didn't I was gutted.

A few weeks later I decided to nip in again to see whether they had any and they did! Just one coat left in a size 8 I knew I had to get it and it was a bargain at just £12.50 down from £50. I't quite an over sized coat so even though i'm normally at 10/12 it fits me beautifully.

What do you think? I'ts not to everbody's taste my sister hates it but I love it. It's very out there and quite out of my comfort zone but I love it. Even though I love the pink fur I think that's what drew me to the coat to begin with, it is detachable. I think it will fast become my most worn coat.
A little while ago I was asked if I would like to review a bouquet of flowers from Blossoming Gifts of course what woman doesn't like to receive flowers.
After looking at their website I just couldn't decide which to pick so I asked them if they could surprise me and what a beautiful surprise it was.

I received a beautiful bouquet of avalanche roses, antique carnations and lillies as soon as I opened the box I was hit with a lovely floral scent and I was also very impressed with how the flowers were packaged. I've never actually received flowers this way before so I didn't know what to expect as I know postmen aren't that careful when handling boxes and packages but the flowers were in perfect condition.

What also strikes me when looking at the other bouquets on the website is how they have quite a country chic feel to them with the colours that are used and how the bouquets are arranged they are just so pretty.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner I definitely recommend sending your mum a beautiful bunch of Mother’s Day Flowers from Blossoming gifts and I also have a code which gives you 33% off using BGIFTS33 the only flowers that are exempt is the flowers by post range.

Blossoming Gifts don’t only do flowers they also have a wide range of hampers for everybody’s tastes, wines and personalised gifts it could become your one stop shop for birthdays and other special occasions.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favourite photo editing that I use quite often to edit the photos that I take on my Iphone.

I have all of my photo editing apps grouped together in a photography folder as I can't bare to half apps just mish mashed all over my home screen.

So firstly I have the layout app which does exactly what you would think you can use it to create collage photos. It's a pretty basic app but it does just what you need it to.

Next I have ABM which is A Beautiful Mess it's quite an old app now but I like to us it to add words or symbols over the top of photos.

One of my favorite apps is Big Lens which you can use to create DSLR style photos. Basically you take your photo and you trace around your subject like I have done with Thomas in the example below

And then there are different filters that you can use, You can make the photos more vivid, you can warm them up or cool them down and one of my favourites is turning the background greyscale whilst keeping your subject in colour. I would definitely recommend you download this app I think it cost about 79p but I think it's well worth the money.

Rhondda Designs is quite similar to ABM in as much as you can add text, banners, symbols ect to a photo I find this one has a lot more choice than ABM.

Picfx has been around for quite a while now it was quite popular a while ago it has lots and lots of different filters and effects that you can add to photos as well as different bokeh effects. Can you remember a couple of years ago when everybody use to have the little hearts all over their instagram photos? Yeah that.

Pro HDR is again another app which has a lot of filters but you can also mess around with the filters as well so you can change the contrast, brightness, saturation ect, ect. I don't tend to use this app that much but it is still quite handy to have.

Finally on to the bottom we have some apps that I have only recently started to play with. Mirror is an app you can use to create mirror images of photos like I have below (How brilliant is this coat btw) and you can flip the photos all different ways and then add filters and frames.

PS Express or Photoshop Express is a very handy app to have you can basically do anything with this app, Add filters, crop photos, flip photos around, Sharpen change exposure, ect. You can remove red eye and even sort out blemishes. If you only download one photo editing app make it this one.

Do you have any other photo editing apps that you recommend? let me know in the comments

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest which I am completely obsessed with and I spotted some pins about Bullet Journaling. After getting completely lost on Pinterest I knew I had to get myself a little note book to have a go at Bullet Journaling myself.

Now when you look at Bullet Journaling on Pinterest you will see that a lot of people choose either a Moleskine or leuchtturm1917 notebooks but for somebody who is just starting out with this kind of thing I didn't want to spend that much money for something that I might not stick to. So instead I chose a basic pink NU A5 case bound notebook which was under £5 and I found it in Wilkos but I think you can find them in any supermarkets or stationary shops.

The Basics

To me Bullet Journaling is all about creating a journal/ planner that suits you own personal needs. There are so many planners that are on the market but they can be a little pricey for people living in the UK as planners seem to be a big thing in the USA and are practically non existent in the UK.
When I was reading up about Bullet Journals I made lists and pinned lots of ideas and things that I wanted to include in my journal that I thought would be helpful for me

The Key

When planning my week out I use a key for my tasks, events and appointments which I already find makes it easier to see what I have got on for the week

Setting out my month

Okay so I have only been using my Bullet Journal for a couple of weeks but this is how I set out my February  month plan. On one page I have done a quick month to view list which just shows a very basic list of what I have going on in my month.

I also have a monthly goals lists... Lets see how we get on with this part I'm not really that good at sticking to goals. I have also added a monthly to do list which I like as it shows me what important things I really need to get done in the month.

Setting out my week

At the minute I am playing around with the different weekly layouts which I quite like. I have been looking on Pinterest for different layout ideas and I am enjoying getting creative. But I think I may start adding a weekly to do list every week as I have found that comes in quite handy.

Things to add

I already have ideas about what I am going next month.

Monthly blog planner - Okay so I am getting back in to blogging again so I have been thinking that creating a monthly blog calendar may be a good idea so I can make a list of post ideas and then a calendar or when posts are going up.

Monthly spend/ save chart- I really need to start cutting down on my spending and start putting money in to a savings account to that I can actually have a holiday this year so this needs to be done so I can see exactly where I am wasting money.

I will post an update of my Bullet Journal after a few more weeks use to show how I am getting along with it, hopefully with better photos too!
A few months ago when I visited my hairdressers they had a new toy which was the GHD Creative Curl Wand which my hairdresser tested out on my hair and I instantly knew I had to have it.
I have a love/ hate relationship with wearing my hair curled, I love having my hair curler but I hate curling it.

I have tried quite a few different curling tongs and wands my favourite of which prior to the GHD wand was the Enrapture Totum Syler which I reviewed here but after it broke I needed to get something new.

I already had a pair of GHD straighteners but I just can not curl my hair with them, I have tried and tried and watched numerous tutorials but I just can't do it. So I decided to invest in the Creative Curl Wand as I loved my hair when the hairdresser used them.

Okay it's love
It was love at first use
I love how quick and easy this is to use, before I used to have to hold my hair on curlers for quite a while to make sure that it curled properly but with this because it is has an advanced ceramic coating it curls your hair beautifully in just a few seconds.

In the past I have always had trouble in getting my hair to stay curled no matter what hairspray I use, in fact that normally makes my hair drop quicker but with the GHD wand I find that my hair does stay curled a little longer. This has definitely been the best hair tool I have ever used.

I have been living on my own (Well just me and Thomas)  now for just over 2 years although it does feel like a lot longer now as when I was with Thomas's dad it felt like towards the end I was practically living on my own. Even though it's only been 2 years I already can't remember what it was like to live with somebody and what is even scarier is that I can't imagine living with somebody again.

You control the television. Need I say more? No more watching sport.

Using the bathroom without closing the door. We all do it and there is no need to deny it.

Singing and dancing whilst nobody watches. I particularly like to sing as loud as I can to the most cring-worthy songs in the shower and I really like to dance in my kitchen whilst cooking tea and the only person who can see is Thomas and he joins in so it doesn't bother him

The fridge and cupboards are filled with food only you like The only downside to this is there is nobody else to blame if you don't have anything in you actually fancy eating

When you don't feel like talking, you don't have to We all have those down days where we just don't feel like talking or being a people person and living on your own is perfect for those days and you have nobody complaining that you are being miserable.

Want to spend the morning slobbing in bed... you can Okay so this only happens about once a fortnight when Thomas is with his dad but I love it. I can snooze until whatever time I please make myself a cuppa and then get back in to bed and just slob. I actually think this is good for you.

You can decorate exactly how you want. If you want hearts and candles and pretty girly things all over your home you can

Your house your rules. There's nobody to answer to, nobody to tell you what you can and can't do

You can have friends around when ever you want without having to check with anybody. If I want a girly night in with a friend I can whenever I want without having to worry about checking if it's okay with anybody else

You don't have to be tidy all of the time. Can't be bothered to do the dishes right after a meal.. meh it'll wait there's always tomorrow. Clothes been folded on the side for a few days now... who cares they will find their way upstairs before anybody comes over.

There's nobody to think you're weird if you talk to yourself. I do this all the time and do you know what sometimes I even answer myself do I care? Nope

You don't have to worry about waking anybody if you roll in at 2am drunk. Obviously this only happens if it's a Thomas free weekend. I can have a night out with the girls and come home with donner meat and chips and get in bed and watch old episodes of Geordie shore without a care in the world and there is nobody there to stop me.

You can walk around in the nude without a care in the world Again it's something that we all do and yes there are times I walk around my boyfriends house starkers but you are always wondering what you look like from behind. Does my bum wobble as much as I think it does when I walk?
But when you are in the comfort of your own home with the curtains closed of course you can walk around completely naked without giving a monkeys what you look like from different angles..

I'm sure there are many more reasons why living on your own is great I would love to hear your reasons.
Of course there will come a day when I will live with somebody again (hopefully anyway) but for now I am loving having my own freedom but of course I would love to be able to teleport my boyfriend over whenever I wanted snuggles or a bit of company though.

Do you love getting engrossed in to television series? I do, but once I start I can't stop until it's finished and it is the only thing I will watch until I have finished it. I have a couple of different subscription services I use which are Amazon Prime, Now TV and my boyfriends Netflix. So I thought I may share 5 of the series I have been engrossed in lately.

If you haven't heard of Making a murdered then where have you been for the past few weeks? There has been a huge buzz around this Netflix original documentary series about a man from American who was convicted for 18 years for a crime but did he commit it? I loved this I was gripped right from the beginning after my boyfriend told me to start watching it. It was the most frustrating thing I have ever watched. If you haven't already watched it then you need to.

Luther is a new one for me I've only recently started watching it over the last week but I am hooked already. If you like crime drama and Idris Elba then you must give this a go.

I put off watching Stella for quite a while as it didn't really look like something I would enjoy. I recently signed up for a free trial on Now TV and thought I might as well give it a go. I LOVE it! Ruth Jones is brilliant and it was so funny and plus I love the welsh accent so it's a good all rounder for me.

Oh Walking Dead, I love The Walking Dead. I hadn't watched anything about Zombies before and to be honest I didn't think I would like it but I kept hearing people talking about it so I decided to watch the first few episodes and I fell in love with it. I watched all 6 seasons in a couple of months and it starts back on Valentine's day and I am even more excited for that than I am Valentine's Day.

Finally an old favourite of mine, Pretty Little Liars I first started watching this I think May time last year and loved it. Every episode is a cliff hanger so you keep thinking I will just watch one more then Oh my god I need to watch the next and before you know it, it's 2am. The mid season break has felt like it'd gone on for months and months but it's finally back and I can't wait to see what happens next.

What series do you recommend I watch next?
Laser Treatments and Other Anti-Aging Tips The aging process can be stressful, especially the impact that it can have on your skin. After all, we all want to look our best at all times, right? That's why it's so important to understand all of the options you have for keeping your skin healthy. So, here are some anti-aging tips to keep your skin looking

Make Your Skincare a Daily Priority 

First of all, you need to understand that your skincare should be a daily priority. It's much more difficult to treat a major skin problem later in life than it is to prevent it by doing simple things to protect your skin each day. For example, always protect your skin from the sun. An easy way to do that is to use a daily moisturizer or cleanser that is SPF rated for sun protection. Even when it's cloudy, the UV rays from the sun can easily damage your skin. You can't see the damage that day, but it definitely adds up. Of course, no matter what you do it may not be enough to keep wrinkles and other skin problems away forever. Eventually they are bound to pop up, but a good skincare routine can delay the process. And the even better news is that there are different treatments you can use once those problems do appear.

Understand All Aspects of Your Skin 

You need to understand all aspects of your skin before you can treat the issues that you have. All skin is different. Even siblings have skin with different properties. For instance, how oily is your skin? Maybe it's not oily at all. It could be too dry instead. Also, are you prone to acne outbreaks, redness, or other skin irritations? Those are all things you need to take into account before you have any clinical anti- aging treatments, such as fixing your skin problems with medical laser equipment, Botox injections, or chemical peels.

There is No Perfect Answer 

 When it comes to anti-aging treatments, there is no perfect answer. If there was, there would only be one universal treatment. Instead, there are many different options you could try. That's because every situation is different, and so is every treatment. For instance, laser devices are often thought to be best for those who have light colored skin. They can also be bad for anyone whose skin produces too much oil. However, IPL and other treatments might work well for those with dark skin, depending on the issues they are trying to treat.

Finding Your Own Perfect Skincare Answer

The good news is that there may be a perfect answer for you, at least as far as a short-term treatment goes. Finding the one that works best for you should be easy when you ask an expert for help. They can compare your skin color and type against the different options available and come up with an optimum solution. Although, most clinical solutions, including laser treatments, will need to be repeated if you want to maintain the results and not have your wrinkles or other skin issues come back.

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This year I never made any resolutions simply because I know that I never stick to them so I thought what was the point? Instead this year I am going to try and write monthly goals at the beginning of each month and then at the end of the month I am hoping to do a monthly round up.

1, Carry on blogging - I feel like I am slowly falling back in love with blogging so I am hoping to carry on blogging through the month as at the moment I am feeling really inspired again.

2, Read at least 1 book - I can't actually remember the last time I read a book I think it may have been last summer which is really bad for somebody who used to love reading so I am hoping to start having at least 2 nights a week where I get in to bed early and read.

3, Get up to date with Project Life - I have fallen quite far behind with my Project Life I think I am currently at August time! which is terrible but I have just had a load of photos printed off so I am hoping to get up to date pretty soon.

4, Engage more on Twitter - I used to be obsessed with Twitter but haven't really used it in the longest time and I have lost touch with such a lot of people I used to speak to on there so I really need to start using it more.

5, Eat better - Over the past couple of months I have put on a bit of weight and I can definitely tell, I feel really sluggish and uncomfortable in my clothes I want to start eating better more fruit and veg and I want to make a conscious effort to drink more water too.
Now that January has come to an end and we are over the longest month of the year it wont be long until Spring is upon us. Especially now that it is nearly half term once the children go back to school it will be practically March. It’s got me thinking about Thomas’s wardrobe at the minute it is full of big thick jumpers and cosy thick coats, hopefully it wont be long until the weather starts to get a little warmer and we can start to wear lighter clothes

I have been looking on the Joules website  for some ideas and inspiration for some Spring/ Summer clothing to update Thomas’s wardrobe with. I order some bits from Joules a couple of months back, one of which was a lovely fox jumper for Thomas it is such good quality and it washes really well which I get a little worried about when washing woollen jumpers. So I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing Thomas more clothes from Joules as I know even though it’s a little more expensive you can definitely tell that the quality of the clothing is better.

Even though the weather supposed to get warmer during Spring Thomas will still need some jumpers and I love the colours of this crew neck sweatshirt even though the colours are great for Spring it will also keep Thomas warm.

How cute it this dark blue rocket print t-shirt I love it and I think any little boy would think this is so cool!

Finally as the weather gets slightly warmer it will be time to swap Thomas out of his big thick winter coats and in to a lighter coat and this showerproof would be perfect to keep him sheltered from wind and rain but without making him too hot. 

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A couple of days ago I took part in a Valentine's Evening at intu Potteries with 2 other bloggers Charl and Terri which you can read about here. After we had finished our shopping task we had a table booked at Coast To Coast a new restaurant that has opened in The Hive which is part of intu Potteries where the restaurants and Cineworld are based.

Stoke to me has seemed like it has been stuck in the dark ages for a while, it has always lacked different places to eat. During a shopping trip you are seriously limited if you want to take a dinner break you only really have McDonalds, Weatherspoons and a couple of smaller places none of which really appeal to me. If you wanted to go out for a meal at night Hanley was a bit of a no-no.

Now we have The Hive hanley is suddenly back on the map we now have a Nando's, Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny's, Bon Pan Asian, Chiquitos, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and of course Coast to Coast which is where we chose to go. You may see this list of restaurants and think they are old news now but for Stoke on Trent to get these new places to eat is a big, big thing and long awaited.

I was instantly impressed when we arrived at Coast to Coast the staff were very friendly and welcoming. It's a very good job we had booked a table as it was heaving with a constant stream of new customers arriving there was definitely a buzz about the place.

The drinks menu was brilliant I was definitely spoilt for choice on the cocktail front but I decided to go with a cocktail called Coast to coast. Which was very yummy and refreshing if I wasn't driving I would definitely have tried more.

Everything on the menu sounded so good I was spoilt for choice again. After checking out the menu earlier in the week I was going to order the meatball pasta bake which sounded delicious but then I noticed the Cajun chicken melt which was served with crispy bacon rashers, melted cheese, onion rings, fries and a corn on the cob.

The food was absolutely delicious, I had heard a couple of negative reports from a couple of people who had visited Coast to Coast shortly after it first opened but after visiting myself now I am guessing they were just teething problems as I haven't a bad word to say about the place. For a very busy Friday night the service and food was great I shall definitely be returning once I have tried all of the other restaurants the Hive and intu Potteries has to offer.

Last Friday I was invited to my local shopping centre which is intu Potteries with two fellow bloggers from Stoke. Each of us were given a pre loaded gift card with three different amounts on them £15, £35 and £50 and given the task to buy a Valentine's gift for either ourselves or our partners. Of course we all chose ourselves (Women huh?)

Luckily I picked the £35 voucher at random so I was immediately thinking what would I like to receive for Valentine's day which was kinda difficult I have never been in a relationship where we have made a fuss of Valentine's day if truth be told so I don't really have much experience of giving or receiving presents.  I thought about what I needed which is what I would appreciate for Valentine's day and that is new perfume. I am running rather low on my two favourite Jo Malone perfumes so I am trying not to use them as much.

I visited Debenhams first and had a little mooch around there perfume section which is really good they have all the top brand perfumes which you would expect to see. However I wanted to get a gift set as I think when you are giving presents perfume looks better as part of a gift set. So I went to have a look in The Perfume Shop. I instantly spotted the Marc Jacobs Daisy gift set which was priced at £29.99 which when you look on the website it is still marked up at £51!

As you can see the gift set comes with the usual shower gel and body lotion which I shall be keeping in my bathroom. 

I love this fresh smelling scent it's perfect for spring, I like to switch around my perfumes throughout the year and I leave my deeper scents for winter time preferring a lighter fragrance in the spring/ summer months.

I love the bottle too, I mean how cute is that lid! It looks beautiful on a dressing table but maybe not that great for keeping in your handbag.

What would you choose as a Valentine's day treat for yourself?

After our little shopping trip we had a table booked at a new restaurant in the newly opened Hive which is part of intu Potteries which I shall be talking about here on my blog very soon.

Yes that’s right Thomas has started school, I mean he was only born a short while ago and now he goes to school! A few weeks ago I phoned by old primary school which is my second choice for Reception next year just on the off chance to see whether there were any places in the Nursery for Thomas. Partly because over the past month I came to the realisation that I should have started Thomas at a school nursery back in September but as he was already in a private nursery full time I didn’t but after speaking to other parents and hearing about how much their child had come on whilst being at a school which made me regret not putting Thomas in.

Luckily Thomas got a place meaning he was off to school! The few days before I felt really nervous about it and starting having second thoughts wondering if I was doing the right think starting him at a school now that he may not even get in to the reception class come September.  With Thomas going to school it meant that he would also need to start before and after school club and a childminders which I was also really nervous about because it is throwing a lot of newness at a 3 and a half year old all in one go.

Monday came around I dropped Thomas off at school I was half expecting him to be a little clingy being in this new environment with 60 new faces but he wasn’t he did brilliantly he just sat with me whilst the teacher asked me a few questions and then we hung his coat up on his peg and then I gave him a kiss and cuddle and then he waved me off and went back in to the classroom with the teacher.

The teacher has been telling me about how well he has been doing since he started and how well he is settling in. Thomas has also started the before and after school club and childminders like I mentioned and he has been doing really well with both of them, they have both said it's like he has always been there. I'm already noticing changes in Thomas especially with the things he comes out with like he tells me to talk in a little voice and if he wants me to do something for him he will ask me if I want to be his special helper its ever so sweet. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he develops even more in the coming months