Yesterday I was tagged in The Mummy Tag by Katy from KatyKicker.com. In the past I’ve done a post for her about Younique and we’ve been good friends for a while now – we’ll be meeting for the first time at the SHO-MO conference in September 😀
1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?
I’m a stay-at-home working Mum. I currently work from home doing various roles such as blogging, mystery shopping, matched betting and direct sales (Younique and Jamberry). I feel very fortunate to be able to bring in my own income while being at home for my son.
2. Would you have it any other way?
This is a hard question to answer. I do love being around for my son, I love that I can go to the school events and if he’s ill then I’m here for him but I do miss the social aspect of being out to work. I have a really good support network within the working from home community with people such as Katy and Jon from The Money Shed, as well as The Money Shed community but actually being around people is missed.
3. Do you co-sleep?
Only if my husband is away for the night and even then at my own risk 😉 #octopuschild When he was a baby I didn’t, I was too scared of hurting him and I actually wanted to get some sleep. I had him in a moses basket next to my bed until he grew out of it then in a cot in our room until about 6 months old – he has had his own room since.
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Oh wow, this was like seven years ago now. I’d have to say either the FisherPrice Rainforest Bouncer, he loved that thing and it gave me a chance to do necessary house things such as having a cuppa. Also, more from a practical view – Muslin cloths, I bought a huge pack of them and still used them when he was around three years old. I used them as light blankets, to clean up mess, as a peek-a-boo toy, cold compress and many other things.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Just Eban. We tried for five years for a second but it wasn’t meant to be. I suffer from PCOS which can cause fertility problems so when I got to 30 we decided that we would stop trying and my husband went for the snip. I’m happy and feel very lucky to have Eban in my life, I do worry about him being an only child sometimes but it does mean we can do so much more for him without worrying we’ve stretched ourselves (and our income) too thin.
6. Date nights? How often do you have them?
I feel really lucky as I have my mum and sister just up the street. My sister has Eban one Friday or Saturday night a month for us (he loves going to play with his cousins), and my mum has him every other Friday afterschool for tea and overnight on a Thursday in the holidays – she is also available if something comes up like a gig. My father-in-law will also have him for a night or two every couple of months so with all that support we have plenty of date nights…at least once a month.
7. Your child’s favourite show?
Pokemon or Horrid Henry – he flicks between the two. The only problem is when he’s on a Pokemon fix because it’s all he talks about, the little geek!
8. Name one thing you brought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
I don’t think we got anything we didn’t use, there were things we got but didn’t use as much as we thought we would such as the baby bath – we only used it for the first couple of weeks while he was so tiny.
9. Your child’s favourite food?
Picky tea – this consists of lots of little bits of foods like fruit, veg, yoghurt then added protein and carbs. So a typical picky tea is apple, grapes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, cheese/ham/nuggets, rice cake and maybe a little treat like a biscuit. If you ask him what he’d like 99% of the time it’s a picky tea.
10. How many cars does your family have?
One. I don’t drive anyway.
11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
Before pregnancy I’d lost about two stone, we got married in the October and fell pregnant at the end of November. I gained one and a half stone during pregnancy which was all baby – I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans within a week of giving birth. Now? well, lets not talk about that haha
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
Anywhere there is a beach and things to do. Eban adores the seaside (like his mum and dad) so if there is a beach then he’s happy, as are we. He’s also developed a love of photography like his dad which we’re encouraging so places to walk that have great photo spots. I recently went to Northumberland with my mum, Eban and my nephew which was perfect; we visited castles, animal parks and beaches.
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
I have many places that I’d love to visit without a small child but are completely different so I’d love to do a proper relaxing holiday somewhere with clear warm waters, cocktails in coconuts, massages and pure pampering but I also want to do culture such as city breaks (Rome, Paris, Amsterdam).
14. How has your life changed since having kids?
I don’t think anything dramatic has changed, not that doesn’t happen to every parent (more tired, less money etc). I have developed a few additional phobias which have come along since having him such as this overwhelming fear of driving, I now flat out refuse to drive because the thought paralyses me. Also my fear of heights has become worse which has often left me holding the bags at the bottom of an attraction and worrying about the ones going up.
15. Finish the sentence “It makes heart melt when…”
I watch Daddy/Son time. With Aaron working as much as he does I love watching them spend time together because I worry about Eban wanting me too much as leaving Daddy out. Cuddles on a night, watching a documentary together or general silliness makes my realise how much I love my little family.
16. Where do you shop for your kids?
I don’t really. I think the only things we’ve bought since birth has been school uniforms, dress up outfits and underwear. My mum is forever buying clothes and he gets a huge pile for his birthday and Christmas. She shops for him at Matalan and Asda.
17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
My entire make-up collection is Younique, most of it I’ve got for free but I’ve gone from being a mascara and eyeliner girl to owning a full set of make-up including primer and contouring. I do really love the products, I know people are sceptical of Presenters saying that but I do really, REALLY love the products. Skin care is somewhere I need to improve as I do tend to go cheap or whatever is on offer which might explain why I still have the skin of a 15 year old – spotty not young and soft 😉 Younique launch a new range in September so I’m thinking out treating myself to it and giving it a try but at the moment I have Nivea moisturiser unless I’m doing my make-up then it’s Younique’s Divine and a charcoal based face wash and clay mask.
**I’ve included links to the Younique products I use because the Skimlinks plugin I use will just link them to random products anyway.
18. Huggies or Pampers?
Neither, I hated both – especially Huggies wipes. I used Aldi’s own most of the time or Asda’s Little Angels.
19. Have you always wanted kids?
Yes. I always wanted two but hey-ho. Aaron and I actually started talking about kids really early on and started trying after a year of being together; we were living together after two weeks and engaged after three months – when you know, you know!
20. Best part of being a mum?
I love being able to share my love of things with Eban, he has the same music tastes as me so being able to share that with him is awesome. Teaching him about things in the world and seeing his face light up when he learns something new, knowing that I’m helping him learn and grow.
I’m going to be a rebel and not tag any specific mummy bloggers in this, if you are a mummy blogger who decides to do The Mummy Tag after reading this then please let me know below so I can check it out 😀