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Me & my brood

Lying here at midnight with my new baby girl in my arms, my house is silent and everything is beyond still. I look at my beautiful baby and I’m filled with so much love and butterflies in my tummy that I could literally burst. It’s feeding time and I’m hoping that Purdeys tiny, kitten like cry isn’t going to wake any of the children up who are fast asleep in the room next to us. It’s moments like these I wish I could bottle, that I could live in forever, where everything is peaceful and care free also most importantly, quiet.

Because quiet is a luxury in our house, in fact I’d go as far as saying I’d hate to live next door to us, not that we’re bad, horrid, unkempt, rowdy, party throwing ASBO holders, but we are in fact a noisy larger than life bunch who purely based on the number of us tend to stand out from the crowd.

Myself and my husband are proud mummy and daddy to six vibrant little people, three of whom are currently under the age of two and a half. We own a very large Labrador crossed with a blood hound who takes up half of any room due to his sheer size as well as eight fluffy, squeely guinea pigs. Along side this I also have my own nonprofit guinea pig rescue, so can double the amount of piggies at any time.

Our house is in fact a madhouse. It’s a madhouse that I’m so proud of and I love very very much, it’s a house I invest a lot of time and care into, a house that I organise and keep clean and tidy at all times, not because I have to, but because I want to, I think most people would assume a house of eight people would be impossible to care for and have any pride in but it really isn’t. My house is not perfect I still have a full washing basket from time to time and yes my skirting board in the living room could do with a touch up, the kids rooms have to be tidied daily but between us all we manage it and we do while filling this little house with lots of noise, giggles, laughter, smiles, farts, burps and smelly feet and most importantly, love.
This is where I’ll be writing my blog that will be full of tales of living with a large family, there’s never a dull day in our house and there’s always something to relay a story about which is exactly what I intend to do. Even now, as my number four comes into our bedroom after vomiting all over the place for the second time today, there is always something eventful going on.

Keep up to date with my tales as a mummy of six and wife of one, you can follow me on instagram as well as signing up to my blog for regular articles and updates.

Happy reading.

Purdey makes 6 X

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Review

Younique Make Up Product Review

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So as an avid make up fan since a very early age, i relish any chance to put my face on at any time.  So when i received a Younique make up kit in my blogger mail this weekend, i have to say i was pretty excited!!!

For anyone who doesn’t already know Younique make up is a range of make up and skincare products that you can buy from your local distributors, mine comes in the shape of a lovely pair of gals called Clare and Amy.

So within my kit, i received a range of make up (including a lip splash id had my eye on, bonus!) as well as a couple of skin care products.  Being ever efficient, the girls had even popped some disposable brushes in there to boot.

The bag itself was fabulous, a metallic purple made it really stand out and made the contents seem all the more exciting. Full of pockets there was room to fit everything you could imagine in there.

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So after oooooing and ahhhhing at every piece and flashing each colour at my very uninterested hubby (miserable sod), i decided the best thing to do was to prep my skin first, so out come the Pore Purifying Cleanser…..

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I already had clear skin as id not worn any make up for two days so prior to using the cleanser i had used a facial wash of my own that i use every day.  The cleanser doesn’t have much of a distinctive smell to it, it is just a very subtle, fresh smell, the directions are literally to massage into damp skin and rinse, its that easy.  Very different to other cleansing washes I’ve used in the past, the tiny blue bits in the solution were not harsh at all, i didn’t feel like i was washing my face with a rough toilet brush, i could apply plenty of pressure and it was still comfortable.

Once i rinsed my face i literally felt like i’d been given new skin, it felt lovely.  I suffer with dry skin on my forehead and down my nose due to sun damage as an inexperienced, sun worshipping 18 year old, and its never left me. No matter what products i use I’ve never been able to get rid of this shiny, red skin; that the second foundation or even worse powder is applied i start to look like a scabby old leaf.  Being called Rudolf the red nose reindeer by my dad at Christmas sounds cruel, but i have to admit i do think i’d make a good candidate for Santa if his main man is ever out of action.

Anyway i digress, so the nose was pretty shiny, as was the forehead, cheeks and chin, but i say shiny as in clean, absolutely pristinely clean, not a dry patch or blocked pore to be seen, i really do love this product.  Previously i have used a very expensive facial kit by a well know brand (mentioning no names, Clinique) and i’ve used it for a very, very long time; i do have to admit this product is in fact on a par with my favourite brand, its just as lovely and doesn’t smell too dissimilar, it does what it says on the tin and i would recommend this product to any skincare fan to be used before or after their make up regime.  It left my skin feeling clean and fresh and thats good enough for me.

So once the face was cleaned and prepped it was time to use the foundation….

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The first thing I loved about the Mineral touch Liquid Foundation was the application, the dispenser acts like a pipette to remove the liquid from the bottle, I used the colour Velour and it was so perfect for my very fair, very pasty complexion I was very pleasantly surprised. It is difficult to colour match other foundations, I’m either to dark or too pale but I have to admit this was a very happy medium.  The foundation itself was really nice, very light, smooth, silky and gave a really nice finish. For anyone with unmarked skin a thin layer of this make up would be fine, my skin is not looking it’s best at the minute so I did need to apply extra to certain areas.  The product was easy to blend and even gave the old nose a bit of a new look.  While it didn’t hide my nose and fod of all it’s dryness, it did hide a considerable amount which I was really pleased with.

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I know I look like someone’s just ran over my cat but it gets better.

So next, i applied the moodstruck precision pencil eyeliner crayon, one word, PERFECT!!!!! full coverage, smooth, so easy to apply with really dramatic effects, no need for multiple applications; what more can i say, its everything you could ask for in an eye pencil!!!!

Now was the time to use the Moodtruck Addiction Shadow Palette, number2.

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My eyebrows are tattooed on so i used my own eyebrow powder.

So for my upper brow, directly under my eyebrow i used Romantic, directly underneath on my lower brow i used Blissful, on my upper lid i used Perplexed and on my lower lid, i used Peppy.  As an additional i also used Romantic in the corner of my eye by my tear duct which brightens the eye and i also used blissful on top of the lower lid to add some gold tones directly over the eyeball.  As mentioned above i have tattooed eyebrows so to get a definite feature i pencil over them to define them and give them shape, one of my biggest beauty regrets, as i now cant go anywhere without pencilling my eyebrows or i tend to look like Leo the Lion with a nice shade of blue over my eyeballs thanks to the ink discolouration.

This palette is gorgeous, the colours are so sparkly the photographs really don’t do them justice at all. The colours are easy to apply, good to blend, can be layered and darkened very easily so they can be used as a light daytime style or dark smokey shade for an evening out.  Gorgeous and highly recommended.

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3D Fibre Lashes

Following my eye shadow and eyebrow application, it was time to try the Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lashes kit…..

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Now the idea of this product is to build your lashes up to a length that you want, do you want slight and subtle? or big, bold lashes that look like false lashes? either way you can do this with this kit. I was a bit dubious that the initial application would do anything, but the thickener did actually make a difference on its own so i was pleasantly surprised when i added the second application.  My eyelashes were definitely thicker and darker and i was pretty impressed, if you like your eyes bold i’d say give this kit a go, over time i think it would save a lot on false lashes.

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So once my eyes and brows were sorted all it left, after a quick splash of my own blusher, was my lips.  This was the piece of kit i was most looking forward to using. I applied the Moodstruck Splash Liquid Lipstick in Superstitious, i absolutely love it!!!!

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It goes on so easy and it doesn’t need multiple layers for it to be bold, it literally comes out the colour you see on my photographs, its thick but not heavy, eye catching and really makes you stand out.  I love bold statement lips, as I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs, my colour of choice is normally red, but this colour changed my look so much and i felt a lot more different than i would picking my usual colour.  The lipstick lasts really well, but just beware of smudging your lips because it does show, not because of the product itself but more so the colour.

One thing it didn’t do that red lipstick is known for is stain my teeth BONUS!!!! i do tend to spend a lot of time licking my own teeth when i wear red lipstick or gloss, i tend to look like an excited Labrador that has a cheeseburger waved in front of him, because im so aware of the life of its own red lippy has, this on the other hand was fine and did stay put.  Until that is, i had a cheeky smooch with the hubby who then looked like he’d caught some unsavoury disease and belonged in a coffin.  Clare was on hand with a quick tip of removing the lipstick with baby wipes which worked a treat, but i personally removed mine in the shower.

I really do love this lipstick and i will be trying some other colours also, they didn’t dry my lips out and didn’t spread onto my skin at all so i was very happy with the result.  All i need was to sort my bonce out to complete the look….

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Victory rolls and blue lips

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In all i really enjoyed using these products, they are reliable, nice on your skin, light, hard wearing and long lasting.  I would say that this brand of make up are on a Parr with any other high street make up, the joy of these products is that you don’t have to trawl the shops endlessly to find what you want, these products are all delivered to your door whenever the fancy takes you.  I will definitely be purchasing some items myself in the near future and would advise anyone to contact you local distributor and get buying.

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Review

Cookie Cups Review SJEliteInteriors

I love a brew! and when i say i love one, i really do mean i love one!!!!!

My biggest problem is, i can’t have a brew on its own, its not normal to just have a lovely warm drink just sitting there cooling away all on its lonesome, its like there’s always something missing, that component that makes the whole brew situation work.

My brew has to have the added bonus of a biscuit to go with it, i say biscuit i actually mean biscuits, as in plural, as in at least 3, or maybe 4, OK its 5 i have to have 5 biscuits at a time.  Anyway when i have my little hug in a cup and i leave my biscuits on the side waiting to be dunked, you can bet your life on the fact one or two will be missing before i go back to have a slurp, the kids or the hubby will have ran off with them, i can guarantee it every single time!!!

So for me i needed a sure fire way of keeping those little fingers away from my biccies and that came in the shape of a fabulous idea sent to me in my blogger mail this week.  I was sent a Cookie Cup from a lovely home ware shop called SJEliteInteriors. The mother and Daughter store is full of quirky, beautiful, original pieces and all priced so reasonably you would really struggle hard to find an excuse not to buy something from them.

So my Cookie Cup came in the shape of a lovely little pink haired unicorn, even better, although im 35 years of age, any excuse to have something with a unicorn on is a welcome gift.  Now much like any other mug the drink is poured into the top of the cup, and below is a little compartment (that doubles as the unicorns mouth) to store your biscuits!!! brilliant! where my brew goes so do my biscuits.  The compartment is big enough to hold roughly 3 chocolate Digestives, not 5 but it will save my waistline in the long run.

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I fell in love on the spot!!!  Now although i do love my brews, tea or coffee im not picky, i very rarely finish one, purely because i have a tendency to buy HUGE mugs that hold practically a gallon at a time, mostly because i love the pattern on them; but this mug holds far less liquid due to the compartment at the bottom for the biscuits.  So i can actually finish a brew!!!!

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Another problem i have as an avid biscuit dunker is sometimes certain cups aren’t big enough around the top to fit the biscuit in, so i try to break the biccie, it breaks in about 7 pieces and the rest just crumbles EVERYWHERE!!!!,

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Aside from my biscuit and brew obsession, i have to say this novelty cup is a lovely item to have, family and friends that have visited have all commented on how lovely it is and such a brilliant idea.  Obviously if biscuits arent your thing, you could fit something else in there; chocolate or sweets, if warm drinks and sweets float your boat, then each to their own give it a whirl!!!

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I also cant recommend SJEliteInteriors enough also, they are efficient at replying to messages, they are friendly and helpful and they genuinely have such nice stock you will be spoilt for choice as to what to buy from them.  I have included their Instagram link below as well as my own, so make sure to add them on your social media to keep an eye out for what new lovelies they have in stock.

Huge thank you once again i will be most definitely be back in touch soon xxxxx

 

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https://www.instagram.com/purdey_makes_6/?hl=en

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Review

Beauty Blvd Products Review

I woke up yesterday morning to a very much needed, very lovely package having been delivered by the post man.  My parcel was from a fabulous UK company Beauty Blvd or alternatively known Glitter Lips UK, the girls had sent me a range of Hydra Gel facial, lip, eye and neck masks.  My God what a dream!!!! my prayers were answered, it was pamper time!!!!!!

As a mum of 6 just the joy of having a shower without an audience or a screaming baby is enough to make my day a triumph, this was a different matter all together.  These products demanded peace, tranquillity, quiet and ALONE time!!!!! something im really not accustomed to, but desire on a daily basis.

So i waited patiently to open my package until all the sprogs were off on their own little jaunts, after examining each package and taking in the glory of the gorgeous packaging (sparkles are always a winner). I carefully placed them away until the children’s bed time, id quietly remove them from their safe place every once in a while filling myself with giddy excitement at the thought of a well deserved relax and pamper.

Once our bedroom routine had clearly finished and id had a shower, i was well and truly ready to relax, my hair was tied back the TV was on with Coronation Street ready to play and the couch was beckoning me, so it began, my night of indulgence.

The first product i tried was the ‘Divine Hydra Gel Gold Radiance Face Mask‘, this mini gold face staring back at me was covered in what looked like glitter, gold sparkly pieces looked like they were floating around and made the mask look far less scary than it first seemed.

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I opened the package to find it was very wet and cool, perfect as the product was recommended for dehydrated skin, package instructions suggest popping the mask in the fridge which i personally did not do, i’m what my mum would call “very nesh” so i like warmth all the time, i found the mask cool enough for my personal preference and i think if it had been any colder i would have been uncomfortable wearing it, but that’s just me, i know a lot of other people who would love it that way, so it really is down to personal choice.

I found lying down with the mask on was more comfortable (as per instructions) as the solution on the mask was beginning to drip off my chin whilst sat up, so it was a perfect excuse to just spread out and enjoy the rest.  Every now and again i did need to readjust the mask, the holes carved out for eyes nose and mouth are obviously just a general guide so my button nose and pea head did make it slide off a little.

The serum used in the products contains antioxidants to help re hydrate skin and along with toners and collagen boosts it can also prevent ageing as well as plumping the skin and helping any fine lines or wrinkles disappear.

After a little while i almost forgot i was wearing the mask, i was lost in my soaps and had no other choice but to chill and relax.  I left it on for approximately 50 minutes, it can be left on for up to 4 hours but with other products to test i felt nearly an hour was a good start.  As i removed the mask i could feel the difference already, my face first felt very wet, but quickly dried and soaked into my skin. My skin felt like silk, i suffer from dry skin on and around my nose and middle of my forehead, even before putting on my foundation i have to moisturise and its not always guaranteed to keep my skin smooth, this mask worked a treat, my dry skin was soothed and felt lovely. While i don’t really have many fine lines or wrinkles at this stage, i did feel like my skin was a lot plumper than normal as well as smoother.

The following day i expected the results to have disappeared as is normal with facial treatments but i can honestly say my skin felt just as lovely as it did the previous evening, i even commented to my husband how nice my make up felt that day, it was as if id slept in the mask all night.

In my opinion this face mask comes highly recommended, having compared it to other products on the market i can safely say its more unique, you have no choice but to relax and take time out and the results are fantastic, i felt like a benefited a lot from this product.  I don’t wear make up every day but when i do i do wear a lot so my pores were in dire need of unclogging and i can say hand on heart this product did just that, plus what other item on the market calls for relaxation for up to 4 hours at a time!!!!

Next i tried the Divine Hydra Gel Neck Mask, now if i was buying the products for non blogging reasons i would have probably wore the face and neck masks at the same time, but i felt reviewing them separately would give me a better idea of how they worked.

Much the same look as the facial mask, the neck mask is how you would expect it, in a neck shape so easy to apply, gold flakes were visible and looked really, really pretty, once placed on the skin you are transformed into some futuristic character that is highlighted completely in gold, much like Avatar but not Blue!!!!.

Again as per instructions, the mask is very wet so lie down and possibly place a towel at the back of your neck for any solution that escapes.  The instructions and results are the same as the face mask, i would imagine by pairing them up at the same time would be a lovely experience, very cool and therapeutic, once again a perfect excuse just to relax and literally chill!!!

The Divine Hydra Gel Eye Mask is where i became a little confused, not because of anything to do with the product or instructions, i have to hold my hands up and blame stupidity on my part.  The instructions and photographic packaging state clearly that the mask is for UNDER the eyes, my lack of judgement and gung ho’ness resulted in me placing the mask OVER my eyes and wondering why the solution was a little bit stingy, it took my 10 year old daughter to walk in and shout at me that they in fact go UNDER my eyes for me to realise that it is always a good idea to read instructions even if you do think you know what you are doing.

Obviously I knew what I was doing, NOT!!!!

I have to say that this product was in fact my absolute favourite of the four sent to me, i felt so refreshed, awake and alert it was unreal.  I suffer a lot with my eyes as i do wear glasses and i dont have a great deal of sleep for most of the time, late nights and early mornings can make my eyes feel saggy , tender and at times my skin a little bit thin.  This product literally reversed everything, my bags felt tighter, my skin felt smooth and i just generally felt like under my eyes had a new lease of life.  If i was to shout it from the hills about any of these products, this would be a must have for anyone that likes to look after their skin, its fabulous and such a treat for tired eyes like mine.

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The final product from my parcel was the Divine Hydra Gel Lip Mask, much to the amusement of my husband who thought i looked like Mick Jagger gone wrong, it actually felt really lovely on my lips, to the point i could have left it on all night.  At the start of my treatment my lips were feeling a little dry i do wear red lipstick on a regular basis and the particular brand i wear (mentioning no names) can spread onto my skin after a full day of wear.  I have to say this mask did in fact remove the staining id acquired today from wearing quite a few layers of gloss. The aim of the mask is to plump, moisture, contour and repair damaged lips, now while my lips did feel plumper i cant say they visibly looked any different but the dryness had gone and they did overall look a lot smoother than they did at the start, i also noticed the dry skin around my mouth seemed also to be repaired, most likely to be from the antioxidants contained in the ingredients.

Mick Jagger eat your heart out!!!!

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Another point i must mention is that in each package there is in fact two masks for you to try, with the exception of the face mask (just the 1), so if like my husband, the man in your life likes to look after his skin, you can in fact make your relax night for the two of you, throwing in plenty of chocolate and vast amounts of Prosecco will result in an extra fabulous, alternative date night.

Overall i would say these are really lovely products to use either for yourself or as presents for relatives and friends, your skin will feel refreshed, plumper, smoother, cleaner and rejuvenated, and as mentioned earlier you yourself will feel chilled, calm and relaxed after each treatment, so that is always a bonus from my perspective.

I have posted links for the products within this blog (just click the blue buttons) as well as Beauty Blvd themselves, they are so lovely and helpful and i can’t thank them enough for my lovely treatments.

From a very tired mummy (and hubby) i’m now off for a very relaxed, contented sleep.

Sweet Dreams!!!!

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

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Babies First Nursery

Today I write this with tears in my eyes. Two of my youngest are starting nursery. Their first day of many to come, a day where their learning starts and lays the foundations for their future lives.

Okay that’s stretching it a little bit but possibly they will always remember this day. I remember my mum taking me to nursery in my buggy I think of it every time I go past, it’s one of my earliest memories along with my dad dressed as Santa waiting for me with my presents as well as falling off my neighbors wall, I can’t have been more than three years old in both cases.

Anyway it was a huge day for my babies the excitement in the house was electric, just going shopping at the weekend for their new bags and water bottles brought about such big smiles on their little faces, so the morning of ‘nursery day’ was such a lovely experience not only for the kids but us as well.

After bathing and getting the gruesome twosome dressed it was time to get in the car, I braced myself with a deep breath as I felt like I was going to cry and hurried them to the car.

We arrived at nursery in what seemed like a fraction of a second. We were there, this was it, what was going to happen, will they want us to leave, will they cry?!?!?!??!

Well the answer was no, they quite happily trundled off together with a kiss and a wave they were gone. Thanks kids!!!!! I heard faintly in the background “love you mummy, love you daddy” from Ruben. “Love you too” I shouted back like a sad, lonely, overbearing mess, they weren’t arsed, they had gone, gone into a  nursery fog, a fog of fun and excitement and a room full of toys all of which they could play with when they liked.

After what seemed like forever, it was time to pick our babies up, I was greeted by Ruben with a painting that cheered me up so much, he happily threw it at me while eating a pear I’d put into his bag incase he got hungry, first thing he did was hub me and ask where Nell was, they had been separated into different classes, he’d missed her and it made my heart melt. After waiting for a few minutes, Ruben ran off to find her, he couldn’t wait any longer when suddenly a very loud “HIYAAAAAAAA” came out of nowhere, my Belly belly was here! She was so excited to see us, she had loved nursery, she had stood back with a dolly and watched everything going on, she’s not quite plucked the courage up to do anything but suss everything and everyone out with just the company of a dolly out the toy box, my baby girl never ventures out of her comfort zone unless she’s 100% certain of what’s going on. Ruben on the other hand dives in feet first with everything, he wants to do it all right now no matter what, very opposite ends of the spectrum.

Once in the car we bombarded them with a list of the usual questions “did you have fun” “what did you do” “did you make friends” then the loaded question, “did you miss mummy and daddy”, there was a pause!!!!!! “Yes mummy”!!!!!!

(Right Answer)

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Freedom of childhood

 

Oh to be three years old again! That time in your life where you are starting to become old enough to appreciate little things in your life, birthdays, cake, crayons, the list is endless.  

Its also a time where in my opinion, you are at your most free, not in the sense of time but more in the sense of who you are and the traits that you have, everything comes extremely natural, you are who you are.  Insecurities such as low self esteem or self doubt are usually limited and you do and say exactly as you want.

One of my favourite quotes is “out of the mouths of babes” and this is so true, you will always get an honest opinion or response from a small child, there will never be that option of “well i might hurt mummy’s feelings if i tell her i don’t like my dinner so i’ll just say i do”, this doesn’t happen, children are programmed to say it like it is.

This is something for me that i feel so strongly about, I want my children to be free to be exactly who they are.  I don’t want them to conform to societies standards and change their natural persona, in fact I encourage my children (all 6 of them) to be exactly who they are, whether they are interpreted as “odd” or “strange” in later life who cares! noone worth their time at least.

Myself and my husband are quite alternative in our relationships with our children, don’t get me wrong we are strict when the situation arises, but we do our best to allow the children to have their own freedom and not stifle who they are.

An example of this is my 6 year old son Oliver, he loves anything alternative, he says when he grows up he wants to be a train driver and a rock star.  Rather than dampening his spirit I will encourage him, if that’s what he wants to be then that is exactly what he can do.  

He asked for green hair and a Mohawk not long ago and while the Mohawk was something we worked around by spiking the middle of his hair with dads gel, we did allow him to colour his hair green with a temporary colour that washed out.  He was on school holidays and how was it any different from dressing up at Halloween? it wasn’t.  

I did have reservations, would the children in the street pick on him or no longer want to be his friend? I expressed my concern to Oliver but he wasn’t giving it a second thought, he was a ball of confidence, that hair colour made him feel like a rock star and with a splash of his sisters dark nail varnish, his look was completed.  It was a phase that lasted about a week, the novelty wore off and now he just wants to be a train driver, but that’s ok we both told him, as long as he is happy he can be whatever he wants to be and he will be brilliant at that.

All 6 of my children have their own quirks and I love them all the more for embracing them.  My eldest Jack wants to become a politician, where he got the passion from I do not know, but that is what he wants to do and we will support him as much as we can. My eldest daughter Ava loves to dress in a very quirky manner, she is very beautiful but she has her own fashion style where she will stand out from the crowd instead of blending in, Go for it I say. Our two toddlers Ruben and Nell are rarely seen without the other so as you can imagine they get up to a lot of trouble, with just a year between them they are like twins and they cause double the chaos.  They both have a tendency to get dressed together of a morning, Ruben dresses himself and ALWAYS purposely wears his clothing back to front, Nell tries but needs help from myself, within half an hour her pants have disappeared as have her shoes to be replaced with her older brothers shoes, highly likely Oliver’s school shoe on one foot and Rubens Croc on the other, she is happy to strut around all day pants less and odd footed all day, if she has a temper tantrum the top and nappy comes off so that’s Nell naked for the day, she likes the freedom as does Ruben and who are we to argue, Ruben uses the toilet but we do insist Nell wear her nappy.

They do have a tendency to walk out in the front garden when the children are playing out in the street but i’m pretty vigilant in bringing them back in, while im happy for them to be free spirits in the home I don’t encourage nakedness in the big wide world.  My youngest is 6 months old and who knows what quirks or traits she will have but one thing is certain, that she will be treated exactly as the other five have been, be free, be herself!!!

That’s all i want for them in life, free, with freedom comes happiness and i know this from personal experience.  Yes there are times when we all have to stifle our freedom somewhat but these times are few and far between, im talking about occasions where school, work, etc doesn’t come into the equation, im talking in their own time.  

So if my children don’t want to go to university, or they want to become an art student (like myself) or just dress up in a flamingo outfit with a wok on their head then that is totally up to them, whilst they aren’t hurting anyone, myself and my husband are happy to give them their freedom and hopefully it will make them more confident and content in who they are as they grow into beautiful people in the future.

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House Proud Mummy cleaning hints and Tips

Hi everyone, I’ve posted the link to a new group I’ve started on Facebook.  I’ve called the group House Proud mummy (because i am one) Cleaning Hints and Tips.  (click here)

I love cleaning and i’m a bit obsessed with cleaning products in particular at the moment Lavender Zoflora.  This is a platform for me to pick up new tips for my own home and to give anyone that needs help with their own, a helping hand.  The easier we can make cleaning the better, so hopefully this will help.

 

Please add yourselves and share any posts you think we might find helpful.

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

 

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The Weekend Off

I’m on my “Let’s get rid of this baby weight diet” and up to now i’m doing well if i do say so myself. I’ve lost quite a few pounds now and my clothes are feeling distinctively bigger on me.

I’m sticking to my protein shakes during the day and reasonably low carb meal of an evening , the only thing i will admit to missing is snacks.  I do become quite hungry late afternoon and late on in the evening.

Previously the hubby and I would stuff our faces watching telly while we drank copious amounts of sugary coffee (well i did, the hubby goes without).  I could easily eat a huge slice of cake as well as a large bar of Dairy Nut to myself, then if i was staying up particularly late more biscuits or even a late night take away on a few occasions, the latter didn’t happen very often but it did happen.

coffee-sugar

The more i write about my diet, the more i see how i got as fat as i am.  I love food (obviously) and although i do love a lot of healthy food  such as veggies and salad, i also love all the wrong foods. Pasta, bread (oh i love you bread), cheese (oh i love you too cheese), cake, chocolate, chocolate biscuits, pizza, oat biscuits, Indian food and all the munchies that go with it.

While i do like a wide range of food i tend to stick to the same crap all the time.  I’ll have a huge plate of bolognaise and justify the cake and biccies afterwards because i had a massive pile of salad to go with it, not to mention the garlic bread the salad was wedged between.  I’m opening my own eyes the more i write, im literally shocked by myself.

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Anyway enough of the being down on myself, i have literally done a u turn on my habits, except on Saturday night when i allow myself the evening off after being weighed at tea time.  Only then can i have whatever i want to eat and copious amounts of red wine to wash it down with if i feel like it.

weighing

Weigh In Day!!!!! That’s me 4th from the front with the “why did i eat that bastard Frey Bentos pie” look on her face.  (i dont like Frey Bentos pies by the way but you get what i’m saying).

But i must admit, as the weeks are going by i’m finding it more difficult to enjoy the fabulous tasting shite i used to eat, my body just can’t seem to take it, it literally goes into sheer panic.  Last Saturday evening for example i was weighed to find i’d lost a good 5 lbs so i decided a takeaway of tikka burger and chips and a few slices of pizza thrown in, along with some chocolate cookies, a hand full of popcorn and a bottle of red wine would be my treat of the day.  Over a few hours i ate and drank it all along with sugary coke, by the time id put the last piece of food into my mouth i literally couldn’t move.  That’s weird i used to easily be able to do this.

I was watching a film with my hubby and my eldest son (Trainspotting 2 for anyone interested and it was alright, not as good as the first), All i could do was lie back with my legs up on Anthony like a literal couch potato, King Eddie’s had nothing on me, i felt vile.  I was hot, beyond thirsty (more coke thanks) and my stomach was a huge ball that was uncomfortable to say the least.

5198855-mr-and-mrs-potato-head-620x350 Me, just not on a couch, i literally was Mrs Potato Head watching a film.

I went to bed about two hours after the film finished and the food had gone, i was still the same my body seemed to go into shock, i felt like if someone squeezed me i’d pop.  I lay in bed for a good hour or so just trying to get my greedy, overindulged body comfortable.  Throwing in a little panic attack, I think i fell asleep from exhaustion eventually,  i couldn’t help but wonder how i used to eat like that? on a regular basis, how do i have panic attacks from just being full? and i think it’s my body’s response to the wear and tear i’m putting on it, it’s telling me to stop, to look after it, it’s my body’s way of telling me that what i’m doing is wrong.

I got up the next day and instead of repeating my usual habit of “oh it’s Monday tomorrow i’ll start then”, i got straight back on it, bottle of water and a protein shake down the neck and i was right back on track, i also felt so much better in myself by doing so.  My day actually lifted, i felt in a better mood and my head and body felt a little clearer.

I will still have Saturday nights off, its something i need to do or i won’t stick to my plan throughout the week, and every diet i have ever done has involved me having a night off, it’s just now i will limit myself to a couple of treats instead of a whole weeks worth in one go. I need to remind myself that not everything fits in my mouth and my belly.

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note to self!!!!

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

me

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am very proud to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  This was very unexpected as im a relative newbie, but I’ve certainly enjoyed writing my post and reading posts that other nominees have posted.

Firstly a huge shout out to Teeshares for my nomination, it was and is greatly appreciated, for anyone who hasn’t already checked out their blog on the link above, you won’t be disappointed i promise.

Secondly, as part of the nomination i have to answer 11 questions set for me, so here goes:

1.What made you start your blog

I have 6 children and i have quite a busy life, we have a happy home and share quite a lot of funny times and i always felt like i should be sharing those moments, even if it was just for myself to read back on as the kids got older.  I also loved the freedom of being able to write about literally anything i wanted, i had complete freedom and i loved it.

2.What’s your most favourite post you’ve written?

I thin my favourite post I’ve written has to be my Saturday Morning Chaos blog post. Its a recurring situation i find myself in a lot of the time, it literally is chaotic, i wrote the blog when i had not long had my most recent baby and was settling into mummy hood as a mummy of 6, which at first i did struggle with a tiny bit, the remainder of the day i’m writing about was in fact a good day, the chaos i wrote about disappeared as the day went on, and for me it sums our family up and gives me a warm little feeling in my tummy as how lucky i am to have this experience.

3.What are your top 3 hobbies?

First and foremost, writing, closely followed by drawing and lastly reading.  All of which i need to be left alone for so i do have to set out a time each day to be able to do this and keep my sanity ha ha.

4.If you were to name one person as your favourite person, who would they be AND WHY?

My favourite person is my husband Anthony.  I couldn’t say why but since the day we met I’ve never tired of his company.  He’s my go to person for literally EVERYTHING!!!!! We spent a period of time as friends and i think that built the foundation to our relationship, we do everything together.  From changing my dressing after our babies births to checking my piles (no i’m not joking) he does anything i ask him to.

Although the days of him writing me love notes and poetry just because he felt like it are no more, he can be incredibly romantic and thoughtful.  He knows me better than anybody and has seen every side to me possible, good and bad, and he’s never got up and ran away.

He took on my eldest 3 children as his own (i was married previously) and he’s never treated any of them differently to his own biological children and i will always be grateful for that.

There are many sides to Anthony and i’m lucky to say i’m the person who can say they’ve seen them all. He’s my best friend and we are both very passionate about each other, within minutes of our first ever conversation we both agreed we felt like we had known each other forever and hopefully we are one of the lucky ones and our “old school” relationship will forever remain like that.

5.What’s your favourite colour?

I have a few but i’d probably say clothing wise, black, black and more black with a splash of red for good measure.  For my home i would say grey, cream and any other pastel colours that take my fancy at the time.

6.If you were to eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Buttered Toast, Thick white bread, would never tire of it.

7.Who did you look up to growing up, and why?

Marilyn Monroe (apart from the being dead bit), i thought she was beautiful, the mystery surrounding her death mesmerised me and still does to this day.  She lived in an era i would kill to go back in time to, she was so glamorous and literally lit up a room.  I just thought she was timeless and i loved that about her, my obsession grew and grew and even at 35 years old i’m still transfixed on her life story and the red lipstick!!!!.

8.What’s your biggest wish in life?

To have a long, happy, healthy life and watch my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up into beautiful people with wonderful lives.

9. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes totally. I fell in love with my husband before i’d even met him (we spoke on the phone for 3 weeks before eventually meeting up) and i told him on our first date that i loved him and was going to marry him.  I wasn’t wrong!!!!!!

10. What are you most proud of in your life?

My children and the life I’ve built for them.

11.What’s been your favourite holiday destination so far?

Id say Florida, in my late teens my mum and dad took me there twice and the second time i was about to turn 18 and it was the last family holiday we had where it was just the three of us (i’m an only child).

So there are may questions answered, all that’s left to do now is nominate 11 fabulous blogs, which you will find below, click the links and have a good mooch, lets show them as much support as we can:

  1. tring tot spot
  2. Muma on the Edge
  3. Confessions of a working Mum
  4. Too much (mothering) Information
  5. Mother of all Lists
  6. Mama, Eden & Me 
  7. just saying mum
  8. bigbawdyburlybeauty
  9. Be healthy Live Happy
  10. yummy lummy
  11. Cate in the Kitchen 

For all you fabulous bloggers that i’ve nominated, here are my 11 questions to you:

  1. Other than blogging, what do you spend your day doing?
  2. What is your favourite blogger?
  3. Who inspires you in life?
  4. 3 desert Island foods?
  5. What is your best trait?
  6. What is your worst?
  7. What perks you up on a bad day?
  8. What item could you not live without in life?
  9. Who puts the biggest smile on your face?
  10. Whats your signature dish if you are cooking for friends and family?
  11. Whats your biggest dream for the future?

Now for the 4 very simple rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (that would be me).
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

That’s it, simple as!!!! hope you all enjoy taking part, i’m really looking forward to all the replies.  Please feel free to comment, all comments are welcome (apart from nasty ones but i’m sure we won’t have any of those!!!!)

Enjoy Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

 

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The let’s get rid of this baby weight Diet

Day 3 and all is well!!!! I’ve started a low carb high protein diet this week, i have been on a diet practically since my baby was born in January, well i say ive been on a diet, half a packet of chocolate digestives every day with sugary coffee unfortunately doesn’t count as your one a day, mores the pity.

My favourite oat biscuits

I’ve tried off and on to do the chicken and rice diet, slimming world and the starvation i cant feel my stomach because i just had a csection diet, none have worked but now I’ve changed my approach to dieting and I’ve done something I’ve never done before, researched.

I’ve literally googled myself out with diet tips and hacks to quick weight loss (there are none by the way).  But having a mooch through my blog one Saturday evening i came across endless articles on the clean eating/ caveman diet, although eating just meat is not for me, i have combined it to a diet that is fresh and new for me and pretty manageable.

Ordinarily i wouldn’t be looking for a quick fix diet and be trying to shred weight in as quick a time as possible but i am on a time limit unfortunately.  I have suffered with my gall bladder for a long time, in 2013 i was admitted to hospital for a week with gall stones and an infection in my gall bladder, the infection eventually spread to my liver and i was pretty poorly to say the least, pushing out a 8.5lb baby with no pain relief and an episiotomy sounded far more appealing than this week from hell in the worst hospital ward known to man.

8.5lb baby

Surgeons wouldn’t operate until the infection was clear and by the time that happened i was pregnant with my 4th baby Ruben so the op got postponed.  Over time things died down and my symptoms disappeared, i had two more consecutive pregnancies then a couple of months ago the dreaded pains started again, vomiting in the hood of my expensive coat in our car on the way to Wales for a day with kids, was not my finest hour.

The above mentioned expensive sicky coat before it was sickied in

The weeks that followed included a referral to see surgeons, having a scan to be told i had a rather “juicy” gallstone that turned out to be the size of 3/4 of my gallbladder, the surgeon was well impressed to say the least, he’d never in his entire career even heard of anyone having a gallstone that big and asked my permission to write a paper on it for student doctors lectures.

I felt a right dickhead, i know there are worst things to be embarrassed about but my rosy cheeks were a dead giveaway that i was mortified with myself, i thought it couldn’t get any worse until i was told i needed to be weighed!!!! oh my Christ!!!!! how heavy is that!!!! how did i get that big? having three babies one straight after the other that’s how. Oh and the above mentioned half pack of chocolate digestive biscuits a day, not to mention cheese on EVERYTHING, full fat fizzy drinks and being partial to the hubby’s baking skills, i was practically turning into a cross between a Victoria sponge and an oat biscuit by the second, the occasional drinky pooh’s with the hubby on a Saturday night didn’t make things any better either.

The Victoria Sponge, baby belly. Stretch marks I can cope with I’ve had 6 kids for god’s sake but this bad boy needs to be gone

 I was told in no uncertain terms that the surgeon will not operate on me until i lose weight, right i thought, this is a good kick up the arse i need, how much weight are we talking?  3 stone! THREE STONE!?!?!? Apparently i may have to be cut open the old fashioned way to get my stones and gall bladder out, usually this is done with key hole surgery but due to its size my incision will be bigger, how did i let myself get into this bloody state, i was so ashamed and angry with myself.

So since then I’ve danced around with cutting back and flipping from diet to diet unable to cope with the pressure i would be great all day then give in of an evening so having lost half a stone in my first week i proceeded to maintain it then subsequently start to put it on, and more!!! once again the vicious circle had returned.

So this week after visiting my doctor for some moral support, I’ve put a plan into place that so far im quite happily sticking to.  I’m having zero carbs during the day but filling myself up on protein for breakfast and lunch, drinking 2 litres of water, having fruit for snacks and a small amount of carbs more protein and lots of veggies for my evening meal, i’m still allowing myself coffee minus the sugar and my milk has been replaced with Soya milk.

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Not too bad in coffee cant taste the difference

I really do hope i can keep this up and im not denying myself what i want so once a week i’ll have an evening off once I’ve been weighed.  I’m peeing past myself with all the water but im noticing i feel a lot less bloated even just after a few days, i’m regimental with my eating times etc so i don’t have to go hungry and i’m actually satisfied with what im having.

I know i’ll hit a wall sooner or later but at the moment i’m focused, enjoying what i’m doing and taking things a day at a time.  I’ll be keeping you all up to date with how its going and also posting daily on my Instagram, make sure you follow me and any tips or encouragement will always be welcome.