The Conception Diaries – trying to conceive

As the title suggests, we are about to embark on cycle 9 of trying to conceive baby number 3.  I won’t lie and say I am totally relaxed about it all as at the end of cycle 8 I cried and cried. If you saw my instagram you’ll have seen that I was about 3 or four days late before I was finally put out of my misery, actually I was put into misery, by Mother Nature.  Life can be cruel.  I am never usually that late.  Why wasn’t I late when I was in Barcelona and my cycle decides to end ON MY 30TH BIRTHDAY?!

Anyway, it’s taken me a few weeks to bring myself to face the fact that I’m still not pregnant.  I can’t help think that if we had caught when we first started trying then I would be due very soon.  I try and stay relaxed during the month but the last week or two and I go a little bit mental looking for symptoms which, as I’m sure some of you know, are very similar to PMS symptoms.

Over the last few weeks I have learnt of a friend who has become pregnant which is amazing news as she and her hubby to be are amazing with children but it’s pretty hard to not be obsessed and talk baby talk ALL the time.  I swear she thinks I am going to steal her baby.  I’ve also spent some time with my husbands niece who is also pregnant and had a bit of a rough time with the sickness and all.  Being around her helps as it reminds me not to be in such a rush to feel so tired and sickly all the time!

On the up side we booked a  holiday earlier this week.  We’d always planned to take some kind of holiday in 2015 but due to work and baby plans being a bit all over the place we’d held off.  Our lovely friends in Telford had booked a week or so in Cyprus at the end of August and I said how much I’d love to go as I’ve never been to Cyprus yet everyone I know raves about the place.  Anyway, after much discussion hubby and I decided it was stupid to book a holiday at the end of August when the temperatures at its peak and we may well have a newborn baby.  So, sensibility prevailed and we booked for April.  We’re off to Fuerteventura! Hurrah!!! We’ve not told Logan yet but he will be over.the.moon!  It’s something to look forward to once the NY is over and done with.

I guess, looking at it, I have kind of relaxed a bit on the TTC front.  I have run out of Pregnacare supplements and not bothered replacing, I have stopped logging when we do a little ‘baby dance’ and I have stopped using the forums.  I’m also busier then I have been previously as Florence is out of nursery more, so although I am working in my day job less I have more ‘running around’ to do with the little madam.  It’s just come to the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week and I send all my love and best wishes to those who I know either personally or through social media who have suffered a loss.  It makes me feel greedy writing posts like this when I know people have conceived and lost.  It also makes me count my blessings and realise life isn’t that bad.




The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation Charity Campaign

I try not to fill my blog with spam about products and things which aren’t relevant but this seemed like a worthy cause and worth sharing.

Rachel Stevens, celebrity mum of two and new ambassador of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser, launched the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation Charity Campaign in Central London recently by donating the first blanket to the cause.

The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation aims to promote the dangers of bacteria on blankets and highlight the shortage of blankets available to infants of disadvantaged families.

Dettol and Rachel are encouraging mums across the UK to “keep the memories – not the bacteria” by donating a blanket via Freepost and sharing their special recollections and photographs of their babies blanket on social media.  Once collected the blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol before being redistributed to families in need.  Dettol also pledge to donate £1 for every blanket collected to children’s medical research charity, Sparks.

Donations of blankets will be taken until the end of December.  Memories can be shared @dettolblanket #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Facebook page.  More info can be found at

Blankets can be donated via Freepost to:

Dettol Baby Blanket Donation
The Hay Loft
Balcombe Place Stables
RH17 6AZ

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#afterschoolchefs challenge with Birdseye

We’ve teamed up with Britmums and Birdseye to take on the #afterschoolschefs challenge.  Birdseye have kindly offered a helping hand to busy families, just like mine, by ensuring that meal times are happy times!

All parents will know that feeding hungry toddlers and school age children healthy, easy meals can be a challenge at the best of times let alone when you’re in a rush after the school and nursery run. So we’ve stocked our freezer with easy tea time solutions from Birdseye in hopes that our meal times are hassle free.  We got our products from Tesco and it seemed most of the Birdseye range was on offer so I only paid a £1 or £2 for each item – we managed to fill both our freezers for £20!!  The Fish Fingers even had 3 extra free in each pack. Here are just some of the items we bought…


Logan’s always been a great eater but when he gets hungry boy do we hear about it!  That’s why I love these ‘Field Fresh’ steam bags. They were so quick and healthy and despite being steamed in the microwave they weren’t at all soggy or flavourless.  I’ll definitely be purchasing these for the future.  One bag does two kids or one adult so a great product to keep tucked away in the freezer for when the kids need a little vitamin boost!



Florence quite often comes home from nursery starving despite having had breakfast, lunch and dinner there.  She get’s irritable if we sit at the dinner table eating when she’s already eaten so the veg packets are perfect to keep her busy and nutritious too.  Far better then giving her a slice of toast but ready in just the same amount of time.


This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page.


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On a mission!

To celebrate the launch of its ‘Super Soft’ wraps, Mission Deli is #OnAMission to show the UK how important soft play can be for adults, not just kids.

As a thank you for writing this post I was provided with a huge bean bag for all the family to enjoy and enjoy we did!  The kids used it as a launchpad, as a chill out zone, as a boat, as somewhere for rough and tumble….it lived in our lounge for weeks on end as the kids just loved it so much. It was great to see the kids playing together rather then separately and their little imaginations came to life.


Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to amuse you all but hubby and I had fun too – it’s not getting on the bean bag that’s the problem, it’s getting off! It’s so supportive you need hoisting out!

Why soft play?

Somewhere along the road from childhood, many of us have stopped playing and it may be more likely that you’ll find us watching TV or playing on a tablet. With the hectic lives we lead, we need to find a way to take our minds off work and family commitments and have fun!

Existing research shows that play can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults. It can also be a fun way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and improve your mental health.


So why not get you and your family involved in play! There doesn’t have to be a goal beyond having fun and enjoying yourself.

Besides the soft play, we have been creating some delicious meals from our Mission Deli Super Soft Wraps.  One of my favourites was this kind of ‘pizza quesadilla’.  So quick and simple to create but delicious, healthy (depending on your fillings) and satisfying. PicMonkey Collage

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