Showing posts with label Mum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mum. Show all posts

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Feel like a princess every day

Before I had children I was under the illusion that my life would change that much.  How naive I was.  At three months pregnant I went out and bought myself two pairs of stiletto heeled boots, determined that I would be a cool and trendy mum to be.  At seven months pregnant I walked into the same shoe shop and demanded a pair of flat shoes.  The sales assistant asked if I wanted to try them on.  Try them on?  I couldn't bend over that far (well, not in public for the sake of my own dignity).  I just took them.  My high heels didn't see the light of day for quite some time.

By eight and a half months pregnant all rings had also been removed due to my fingers swelling.  I was gutted as I've always loved my jewellery; but at least that was one thing I could surely keep wearing post children, right?  Wrong!  I discovered the hard way that small children love pretty, sparkly things when my son nearly throttled me with my necklace.  So that was the end of that.  I got so used to not wearing any jewellery other than my wedding and engagement rings, that any time I put some on to go out it felt really strange and would inevitably end up being taken off and put in my bag for the rest of the night.

Now my youngest son is two and has stopped being transfixed at the sight of anything shiny, and I feel that it's time to discover my fashion identity again.

I filled out a form on the Tru Diamonds Facebook page to apply to be a Tru Diamonds trend setter and was utterly shocked and amazed when I received an email to say that I was one of the finalists! So now I get to try out some lovely jewellery and tell everyone all about it.  How great is that?

I had followed Tru Diamonds on Twitter for a while before this and loved the concept.

"The world’s finest simulated diamonds, offering a range of superior quality simulated diamond jewellery, inspired by celebrity styles, at an affordable price."

I've got to admit that I love diamonds.  To me they are ooze class and charm.  I want to be Marilyn Monroe when she's holding all those sparkly jewels.


Diamonds are a girls best friend
Unfortunately, however much I may love them, my finances certainly don't.  The only real diamond I have ever owned is the one in my wedding ring.

I always wanted a diamond solitaire necklace.  I used to gaze longingly at the jewellers window displays, but ended up borrowing my sisters to wear on my wedding day.  It just wasn't meant to be.

So imagine my surprise when I opened up the lovely solid cherry wood box to find this little beauty.


It's a 3 carat, platinum clad princess cut pendant and it is absolutely stunning.

My two year old has got so used to seeing me wear it that he brings it to me to put on as soon as I get out of bed in the morning (he also gives my my iPhone; the child has got his priorities right).

It's been so nice to wear jewellery again.  Whether I've just been popping out to take the children to school, dressed in my casual clothes.......

School run

Meeting at work
.......  or dressed up for a meeting at work, my Tru Diamonds necklace has come with me.  It just seems to work with every outfit.  Even when I pop it on under my fleece top on those cold winter mornings, I know it's there and it adds a bit of sparkle and shine to my day.

Even when I get to work in my smart clothes and look down to see that my shoulder is covered in snot and dribble (my childs, not my own), at least I know that no-one will notice that.  All they'll see is the 3 carat diamond glinting in the light.

They'll have no idea that it isn't real, because it looks exactly like a real diamond.  If they wanted to test it, it would even cut glass!  If you don't believe me, just read these testimonials.

I sit and gaze at all the pretty things on the Tru Diamonds website but for once my hubby isn't biting his nails anxiously when he sees the prices.   These diamonds aren't just a girls best friend.

Celebrities wear simulated diamonds so they don't have to worry about security, and nobody is any the wiser.  If they can get away with it then so can I.  I've just got to remember to keep my mouth shut and nobody will ever know that they aren't the real deal......



Friday, 24 August 2012

Disorganised mum

There's just over a week to go before my older two boys go back to school.  My oldest will be starting Year 2 and my middle boy will be going into Reception.  They are both looking forward to seeing all their friends and I am looking forward to no more fighting seeing their happy, smiling faces at the school gates.  I can't wait to see them back in their uniforms, with their new shoes and packed lunch bags.  The only problem is I haven't actually bought any of them yet.

I'll make all the usual excuses now.  The holiday has flown by, it's hard to go shopping with all three boys, work, life, money, children, everything seems to get in the way.  The truth is though, I'm really disorganised. I spend a lot of my time planning but never actually doing anything about it.  It's all in my head but I find it difficult to put things into action.

I am very much the type of person that likes to work under pressure; I find I get more things done when I've got a deadline looming.  I'll sit and think about everything I've got to do but unless it needs to be done instantly I file it away somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind.

Then I have these really proactive days where I get loads done, I feel full of energy and positivity and life is good.  The problem is that these are few and far between.

Every so often I decide that I need to get organised and make lists of everything that I need to do and not wait until last minute.  Then all of a sudden it is the last minute and I haven't done anything again.  How does that happen?

I've always called myself a lazy mum.  I don't believe in making things difficult for myself and will always try to find the easy option.  My children all slept with me when they were babies as I was breastfeeding and so it meant I didn't have to get out of bed to feed them (and I also liked having them in bed with me).  I even used to joke that I breastfed because I was too lazy to make up bottles (that really is a joke as breastfeeding isn't the easiest thing to do, not in the early days at least).

I do get things done (eventually) and I don't think that it has any real detrimental effect on anyone (though it probably frustrates friends and family who expect things done quickly).

This is even a disorganised post.  I intended to talk about getting my children ready to go back to school and I end up going off on a tangent.

So, back to school.  Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait.  I like to enter competitions and today I won a £25 voucher for Clothing at Tesco, so this will go some way towards buying their uniforms.  That will be a huge help as there's a lot to get for the two boys.  I'm also going to get their school shoes this weekend so that'll be another item ticked off my list (if I had one that is).

I know I'll get it all done.  I did last year.  Don't my boys look handsome in their uniforms?


So I've decided that I'm going to make a list of everything I need to do and buy over the weekend.  By the time I go back to work on Tuesday it will all be bought or ordered.  But perhaps I'll write my list tomorrow.  After all, it's late now and I've got tweets to write cleaning to do before bed.

If anyone has any tips or advice to help cure me of my laziness and rescue me from my disorganised life then I'd love to hear it.  Otherwise a slap across the face may work.