My first trimester

Monday, 25 May 2015

So I’m finally sitting down to write a little post about my first trimester! I meant to do this a couple of weeks ago but finding time between working and sleeping has been rather difficult. I’m now just over 17 weeks pregnant and have the anomaly scan in 3 weeks, so I thought it was about time I got this post up!

I found out I was pregnant on 26th February. I’m not going to lie it was a huge surprise to us all but definitely a good one! Family is the most important thing to me and I’ve always wanted to be a mum, so even though it’s come a few years earlier than we expected both James and I, along with our family are so, so happy.

Taking the test… 
It took four pregnancy tests before I actually believed I was pregnant! I had to go out and buy one of those Clear Blue pregnancy tests that tell you how many weeks since you conceived before it actually hit me (I’m sure I’m not the only one!)

In terms of pregnancy signs before I did the test, the only thing I really noticed other than being late was that my boobs were bigger (which when you hardly  have any boobs is very noticeable) and were so painful! Sorry if that’s TMI but what do you expect from a pregnancy-related post?

Pregnancy symptoms… 
Over the first few weeks, I did experience a lot of tiredness. I felt so blessed to work for myself at home though, as it meant I could take a quick 10 minute nap if I needed to! Another thing that made me feel really lucky was that I didn’t have morning sickness. Sure I went for weeks feeling nauseous (unless I was eating) but the only time I was actually sick was before my dating scan because I was so nervous! Typical Meg.

I can’t imagine how awful it must be for women who have severe morning sickness. I almost feel guilty not to have had any, though it didn’t surprise me, as my mum didn’t have it with either of her pregnancies.

Food aversions… 
Although cravings tend to come a little later on, I found that in the first few weeks of pregnancy I went off so many things. Even though I’m a vegetarian and have been eating Quorn for years, I went off it completely. I also went off salad for a few weeks, which was strange since I’ve always loved salad. The things I liked most in the first few weeks of pregnancy were crisps and potatoes. Thankfully I’m back to eating normally and healthily now (minus the Quorn)!

I’ve not missed drinking alcohol one bit. I was never a big drinker so it’s not an issue for me. I was however a big coffee drinker, so I bought some decaf to try but I couldn’t face it for a good few weeks. I’ll have a little cup of decaf coffee every day now but I don’t miss the real thing.

Telling friends… 
Obviously James and I told our families very soon after we found out but we had the dilemma of whether to tell friends or not. He was happy doing whatever but I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to keep it a secret until I’d had the first scan. I had already told one of my best friends and she was so, so happy and excited that it made me want to tell everyone else!

The thing is, I have a really close-knit group of best friends and I decided that even if the worse did happen (which thankfully it didn’t) I’d want them to all be there for me anyway. Telling them was so exciting and their reactions were amazing!

One of my best friends is in Australia at the moment but she'll be back at Christmas to meet the little one. Another best friend is jetting off on her travels at the beginning of September so I'll be sending her regular pictures and video updates.

I feel so lucky to have such a supportive family and best friends.

The dating scan… 
I had an appointment with my midwife when I was about 7 weeks pregnant, which was great because it started to feel more real but it mainly consisted of filling in lots of forms! The thing I was looking forward to most was the dating scan – the day we’d get to see our baby for the first time.

And it was everything I’d hoped. I can’t even describe the wonder of seeing your little baby on the screen. He or she was wiggling about to start with and then decided to have a little nap just before we needed to get the fluid measured for the Down's syndrome test! I ended up having to wiggle my bum, cough and have my head lowered almost to the floor on the chair just so the baby would jump up! We got there eventually though and the lady said that baby looked perfectly healthy. The results from the Down’s syndrome screening also came back low risk.

My skin…
I found that my skin simply couldn’t make its mind up during the first trimester! One day it’d feel quite dry and the next it would be oily / spotty. I decided to just strip back my skincare routine back to the basics and not use any extra treatments – sometimes letting your skin just sort itself out is best. 

I started using the Sanctuary Mum To Be Stretch Mark Oil quite early on, as I read the sooner the better in terms of keeping stretch marks at bay. I think for some people they’re just inevitable though. Although I didn’t really get any in my first trimester, I’ve got a few on my hips now my bump has appeared. I can’t say I’m bothered - it’s all part of being pregnant.

Baby names...
We had two girl names we absolutely loved and we've narrowed it down to just one now. Boys names were so much harder to decide on! I'm pretty set on one now and I think James is too (at least most days he is haha). I think I'll keep them a secret for now though just incase things change.

Bye bye symptoms… 
Towards the end of the first trimester, I started losing all the symptoms such as the tiredness, nausea and boob pain (haha), which worried me at first. Apparently it’s completely normal though as the hormones start to settle down. Now I’m just enjoying feeling (slightly) more energetic and don’t miss the sick-feeling one bit.

So I think that’s everything! I’m planning on doing a gender reveal post once I know if we’re having a little girl or boy. I think girl, James thinks boy so we’ll see who’s right (not that it matters one bit!) I’ll also share a second trimester update, since a few things have obviously changed over the past few weeks.

I hope you’ve found this post interesting! I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I really want to document bits of this pregnancy so I can look back on it in the future.

Oh and if you have any questions about pregnancy, the first trimester etc I’m more than happy to answer them! I’m no expert but I’m happy to share more about my experience so far!


Sharing a BIG secret

Monday, 4 May 2015

As you'll know from the title of this post, I've been hiding something from you lovely people for the past few weeks. It's part of the reason I've not been blogging much but I'm so happy that I can finally share my wonderful news with you...

Pink collarless coat - Damart* // Stripy bardot neck top - New Look // Jeans - Next

I'm pregnant!

James and I are so excited and we are very much looking forward to being parents to a beautiful baby.  I've really struggled to keep it a secret but I wanted to wait until after the first scan before saying anything on here. The scan day was definitely one of the best days of my life. I can't describe how wonderful it is to see your little baby's heart beat and movements on screen. I feel incredibly lucky.

The baby's due date is 31st October (Halloween) and we are planning on finding out whether we're having a girl or boy at the 20 week scan. There's lots to do in preparation for the little one but I know we're going to enjoy and cherish every bit of it.

I'm just over 14 weeks now, so officially in the second trimester - I can't believe how quickly it's going! I've already had to buy my first pair of maternity jeans as I just wanted to be comfortable. I've also been sent this lovely pink coat from Damart, which isn't maternity but fits like a dream. It's such a gorgeous colour and there's even a little room for my growing bump so it will be perfect for wearing throughout the rest of the spring and into summer. Comfort is definitely key in pregnancy but there's no reason you can't look stylish too!

In terms of blogging, I'll still be posting my usual beauty / lifestyle content but I am keen to do a few pregnancy related posts from time to time. I haven't really worked it all out yet but if there's anything in particular you are interested in hearing about then feel free to let me know and I'll see what I can do!

I'd just like to round this off by saying thank you to our family and best friends for your love and support. It means the world to us.

Lots of love xo

PS, If you know of any good baby blogs please send me the links!

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Jazz and Oby Pet Post: Meaty Sweetie dog treats review

Friday, 24 April 2015

After ‘walkies’ Jazz and Oby’s favourite word to hear is definitely ‘treats’ so when Pure asked if they would like to try their new Meaty Sweetie treats* I knew their answer would be yes!

Meaty Sweeties are healthy low calorie treats that are made from fresh, human grade ingredients. They're suitable for dog of all sizes and breeds and contain a number of healthy ingredients including coconut oil, which is meant to improve their coats, prevent infections and promote a healthy metabolism. Meaty Sweeties can be fed complimentary to a balanced diet and come in two different flavours: Chicken & Coconut and Duck & Apple.

Meaty Sweeties Chicken & Coconut - £5.99*
 The boys were sent the Chicken & Coconut Meaty Sweeties to try and they can’t get enough of them! They seem to like them equally as much as their other favourite treats, which include dental sticks and rodeo sticks.

What I like about giving Jazz and Oby Meaty Sweeties is that you know they’re doing them good – the same of which isn’t true of all dog treats! I can imagine they’d be great if you were trying to train your dog, as they’re just the right tidbit size.

The funniest thing is that my cat Thomas loves them too. He’s 16 and getting on a bit now bless him, so we pretty much just let him decide what he wants to eat. He’s never really been into cat treats but he loves these ones for dogs! 

Meaty Sweeties were a definite hit in the Hunt household!

Jazz and Oby were also lucky enough to get to try the Pure Complete Dog Food a while back, so head on over to my reviewpost for a quick read.

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Worth the hype?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer - £7.99 // Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (Nude Mauve) - £8.99
It's not very often that I give into beauty blogger hype! Even though I take interest in beauty products that are being raved about, I very rarely buy them myself but after hearing so many good things about the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer and Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes, I simply couldn't resist trying them myself. But were they worth the hype?

I had very high expectations of the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, so high in fact that I was initially a little disappointed. I think I was expecting it to get rid of my dark circles (which have been worse recently) completely, rather than simply helping to cover them up - probably because every beauty blogger under the sun seemed to be raving about it. After giving it the benefit of the doubt and continuing to use it, I've decided that I do actually quite like it. If applied immediately after moisturiser, it definitely helps to cover the dark circles and brighten the under eye area but don't be fooled into thinking it's a miracle worker!

For some reason when the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush arrived, I didn't think much of it. The packaging looked a bit naff and the colour a little dull - probably because I'd chosen the plainest shade 'Nude Mauve.' However upon trying it I was very pleasantly surprised! The blush is a beautiful peachy nude shade that adds a subtle yet beautiful wash of colour to the cheeks. It's definitely on the shimmery side, so I don't usually bother using a highlighter with this. To me it's a blush and highlighter all-in-one. I've been using this blush every day and it's quickly become one of my go-to spring makeup staples - so this one is definitely worth the hype!

Have you tried either of these makeup items? What did you think of them?

Meet Sherlock, The Great British Teddy Bear

Friday, 10 April 2015

Sherlock Holmes - £29.95*

For as long as I can remember, I've loved teddy bears. There's just something so comforting about them that makes them loveable, no matter how old you are. Even at 24 I still very much love teddy bears, so when The Great British Teddy Bear Company offered to send a bear of my choice, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up on!

As a huge fan of Sherlock, there was really no contest. I had to go for the gorgeous Sherlock Holmes bear, which comes complete with a deer stalker hat and jacket, pipe and magnifying glass. He's absolutely adorable and probably the best made teddy bear I've ever come across.

Just looking at Sherlock, you can tell he's been made to a  high standard and they even ensured his safety during transportation with a little canvas drawstring bag! The company describes the teddy bears as a new type of collectable that is made to be played with. They're washable and built to last, so even if you do give one to your little one to play with, it'll still stand the test of time.

About The Great British Teddy Bear Company

For those who don’t know, The Great British Teddy Bear Company is a family run business who set out to make high quality bears at an affordable price. After seeing bears that costs hundreds of pounds in Harrods, they wanted to offer something equally as good quality yet without the ridiculous price tag.

What I like about the company is that it’s quintessentially British. All of the teddy bears are designed with British royalty, historical figures and heroes in mind. As well as the Sherlock Holmes Bear, they also have Shakespeare Bear, Veteran Bear, Roger, The Bomber Commander Bear and many more. There’s a bear for everyone out there!

Something else that really warmed my heart was the fact the handmade teddy bears are dressed by injured ex-military personnel at The Poppy Factory in the UK. The Great British Teddy Bear Company also joined forces with The Poppy Factory in 2012 to create a range of Armed Services Bears that represent the brave men and women serving our country.

You're never too old for a teddy!

If like me, you think that you're never too old for a teddy bear, head on over to the site and have a little browse. There are so many beautiful bears to choose from and I think they'd make such a special gift for loved ones young and old!

Tell me, which is your favourite Great British teddy?


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Boots beauty buys

Saturday, 4 April 2015

After getting endless reminders of Boots 3-for-2 makeup offer, I finally caved and treated myself to a few new bits and pieces. There were a couple of makeup items I really needed (the two concealers) but the rest were items I have had my eye on for a little while.

In addition to my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, I decided I would finally try the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer. I've heard so many good things about it, so I'm looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the claims!

Another blogger inspired purchase was the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush, which everyone and their mother seems to be talking about at the moment! I decided to go for a fairly reserved shade in Nude Mauve, as I fancied a new blush that I could wear on a daily basis. I'll probably do a little review on this soon, as you know, I like to give my two cents on these things.

I also treated myself to the L'Oreal Perfection Brow Artist Plumper, which I've had on my beauty wishlist for a while. It's the first brow gel I've ever tried and it's taking some getting used to but I think it's growing on me. Again, I'll write a review once I've given it a good go.

Last but not least we've got the Maybelline Color Drama lipstick in the shade Nude Perfection and the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Shadow in the shade Copper. I knew I was going to love the lip pencil, as I already own it in Keep it Classy but one look at the Shimmer Shadow and I was disappointed. I probably should have viewed swatches beforehand but rather than being copper, it's more of a bronzy shade. Don't get me wrong, it's very pretty, just not what I thought I was buying! Still, I'll definitely give it a go and report back.

Have you made a Boots order recently? What did you buy?
Don't forget the 3 for 2 on makeup offer is still on!

Love Captured

Monday, 30 March 2015

Image credit: benjaflynn on Flickr
There are all kinds of love in this world and eHarmony is choosing to celebrate them in it's latest Love Captured competition. All you need to do to enter is upload a photograph that captures the nature of love. It could be the love you share with your partner, best friend, family member or even your pet dog! You can be as creative as you like!

Don't worry though, you don't have to be a professional photographer to win. eHarmony is looking for snaps that capture emotion, whether it's happiness, sadness, excitement or whatever love makes you feel.

The winning entry will win £1,000 and eHarmony is also giving out weekly prizes on Twitter too! If you fancy entering, simply head on over to this page to read the rules and upload your photograph. Remember to get your friends and family to vote for you by 'liking' your picture, as the most popular image from each UK region will automatically go through to the final 25!

To get in the spirit of things I decided to enter a picture of James and I on our first holiday to Woolacombe, somewhere that is so special to us both. If you're not entering yourself, I'd love it if you could vote for us!

Need a little inspiration? Check out last year's winner and runners up to see the sort of photographs eHarmony are after.

Will you be entering the Love Captured competition?