Wednesday, 18 March 2020

How Our Story Developed

This is very weird.

Right, so the week before Christmas I downloaded an ovulation app. I decided that I wanted to start tracking my very irregular periods, so I could begin to try and work out when I ovulated. I popped in my dates, and it worked out that I had ovulated when Gav was on nights! I did joke with Gav that I may have a baby in my tummy, but I knew it hadn't happened when it really needed to. 

The app pushes notifications (and it emails) you daily to input every intimate detail. Physical, emotional etc. Since having the boys I've *roughly* had a 35 day cycle. I had input sore boobs, bloated etc, and the app said "2 days until you can do a test". I had some very old test strips so I thought what harm will it do, so I tried and it was a negative. The following morning I began spotting. That was it. It was over. I was surprisingly upset. More than I thought I'd be. We hadn't actively tried. It was all a bit silly. 

The spotting continued for the next 3 days. This was pretty normal for me. Of course the app continued popping up, and I was adamant to keep it up for the next month, so continued entering details everyday. The app then said "you should do a test". I was baffled! Why? So I grabbed another one of the cheap/ out of date dip sticks and did another test. It came back negative, and I threw it in the bin. Stupid app! Getting my hopes up again 🙄

That evening I was sorting the boys out in the bathroom, and looked into the bin. There was another line. I called Gav in, and he was shocked. Not for the reading, because I had told him nothing. He told me that it was 14 hours old, and unreliable. I agreed and that was that.

Overnight I went over and over it in my head. Again I knew I had a clear blue in the cupboard, but 18 months out of date. Those things are expensive, so I didn't have the heart to bin them. The next morning I used it before anyone was up. There is was Pregnant 1-2 weeks.
You can tell it was early.
I've had to put the brightest up to see it.
I gave it to Gav and told him to look. I told him I wanted to get to the supermarket and buy some that were in date. I remember reading that the morning is the best time to test, so I planned on leaving it. Gav was on nights, and I couldn't stop thinking about the tests upstairs. I picked up the +/- one and thought I'd give it a go. The + came up really quickly, and I text Gav a photo right away. 
GULP! WE’RE HAVING A BABY!
It was really bugging me that the test before said I was 1-2 weeks, as this didn't match my dates at all. The following day I did the other test, and there it was Pregnant 3+. That made me feel so much better. 

*orignally written 17/01/2020*

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Instagram Hashtags


It might seem really uncool to hashtag your posts, but it’s so important if you want to be seen. 
  • If your account is private, hashtags simply won’t work. 
  • You can use up to 30 hashtags per post, and I'd recommend using as many as possible
  • You can put hashtags either in your caption, or enter as a comment.
  • If you over use hashtags you won’t show up under them anymore, so keeping them rotating is so important.
  • Keep the hashtags very strict to the image, eg. If it’s a kitchen, don’t use bathroom hashtags.
  • Try to stay away from hashtags that have been used 1 million times or more. I aim to use ones that are between 10k-500k.
I keep my hashtags in my notes section on my phone, and that way I can track what I’ve used. Remember overusing can lead to becoming shadow banned, so maybe use half one time and half the next.

This is how I organise my list in my notes;

Pregnancy
#bump #bumpstyle #bumpie #pregnancyjourney #mumtobe #pregnancyblog #pregnancyannouncement #xxweeks #dueinx-month-x #mumtobe 

Newborns/Babies 
#newbornphotography #newbornphotoshoot #newbaby #newbornbaby #babyfever #lifewithanewborn #borninx-month-x #x-month-xbaby 

Toddler
#toddlerlife #toddlerfashion #toddlermomlife #ootdtoddler #lifewithlittles #illuminatechildhood #followtheirchildhood #magicofchildhood #candidchildhood #littlestoriesofmine 

Children
#toys #kidsgames #educationalfun #activitiesfortoddlers #activitiesforkids #learningmadefun #learnthroughplay #playoutside #playinside #toyreview #thingstodowithkids #sensoryplay #thingstodowithtoddlers #activitiesforkids #messyplay #childrensbooks #storytime 

Parenting
#documentingmotherhood #dailymamamoment #ig_motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram #bloggingmama #bloggingmum #parenthood #dailyparenting #realmotherhood #mummybloggeruk #momtruths #honestparenting #parentinghacks #ukmumsquad #mummyblogger  #mumblogger #mummy4mummy #mummyinfluencer #emmasdiaryparentpowerpanel #motherhoodunplugged #coolmumclub #motherhoodrising #mumsnetparents #thismamaloves #mumsofinstagram #ig_motherhood #mumshustlehard #mummyblogger #mbloggersuk #mumbloggeruk #cameramama #mblogger #mybeautifulmess #mumsnetparents #channelmumvillage #netmumsloves #parentsquad

Home
#interior123 #myhomestyle #hincharmy #hinching #mrshinch #myhomemystyle #houseremodel #familyhouse #housetransformation #interior444 #beforeandafter #interior125 #houserenovation #renovationproject #newbuild #transformationtuesday #exteriordesign #interiordesign #exteriors #storagegoals #storagesolutions #organisedhome #organisationgoals #homedecor #ourluxuryhome #passion4interior #livingthedream #myhousebeautiful #pocketofmyhome #roommakeover #teamhomecommunity #inspire_me_home_decor #homedecorblogger #homerenos #houserenovations #bedroommakeover #lifestyleblogger #homeblogger #greybedroom #bedroommakeover #bedroomdecor #greyhome #interior4u1#passion4interiors #interiors4all #teamhomecommunity #bedroomideas 

Women’s Fashion
#mumstyle #over30fashion #ootd #wiwt #whatmamawore #womensfashion #mummyfashion #wearablefashion #fashionblog #fashiongram #lifestyleblogger #ootd #whatmummywears #myoutfittoday #myoutfitcollection #outfitinspo #lookoftheday #styleinsta #independentmum #mummymodel #iwish #fashionmum #mumwear 

Small Shops/ Kids Fashion
#supportsmall #cutekidzz #kidsfashionfeatures #totsphoto #cameramum #pixel_kids #childrenofig #littlefierceones #letsgolittles #worldoflittles #funseekingkids #curiouslittleexplorers #explorerkids #worldoflittles #happylittlebuttons #childhoodunplugged #myhappycapture #perfectandproud #lifecloseup 

Weightloss
#slimmingworld #slimmingworlduk #swukinstagram #slimmingworldjourney #slimmingworldmafia #slimmingworldsupport #slimmingworldfollowers #slimmingworldfamily #swuk #slimmingworldmeals #slimmingworldmotivation #progressnotperfection #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandduringweightloss #progresspic #slimmingworldmember #slimmingworldfolloweruk #vegetarianrecipes #swrecipes #slimmingworld #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #slimmingworldrecipes #swfollowers#weightwatchersuk #slimmingworld #slimmingworldfamily #slimmingworldfriends #weightlossprogress #weightlossjourney #swfollowersuk

Days Out
#daysoutwithkids #daysoutinherts #hertsbedsbucks #hertfordshiremum #mumtribe #stalbansmum #septemberdaysout #summerholidays #schoolholidays #funseekingkids #worldoflittles #londontrip #londonfamily #familyblogger #familyactivities #londonwithtoddlers #familyday #ukexplore #capturingtheday #travelfamilyblogger #familydaysout #londondaysout #oureverydaymoments #familyfestival

Giveaway 
#giveaway #win #competition #freebie #inittowinit #5kgiveaway #10kgiveaway #15kgiveaway #20kgiveaway #freebiefriday #instagramgiveaway #entertowin #prize #comp #competition #winning

Can't see what you're looking for? Head to a page thats doing well, posting a similar image and copy some of their hashtags! 

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

How To Deep Clean Your Pushchair (Using No Harsh Chemicals)

To give you a little background. When the building work finished early December, we had lots of stuff still hanging about, so we were using the car to take the stuff to the dump. We popped our double pram in a nearby garage to we could use the boot. Then we had all the hospital trips etc, and we were taking the singles. 

Today we popped there to pick some of our bits to bring back here, and we saw it. It was so mouldy. I could've cried! I thought I'd share what I did in case any one else is ever caught in the same situation.
To be honest, it possibly went away damp (when is it not raining!). It always had food caught in the seats. There was sand, suncream... you name it!

I pushed it back to ours, and got straight in the car and headed to B&M Bargains. I picked up a bottle of Stardrops white vinegar spray (79p), a bottle of elbow grease (89p) and a pack bicarbonate of soda (99p). 
When I got home, I initially brushed the whole thing down with a dry scrubbing brush. Most the the mould same off instantly, so that showed me the mould was more on the surface.
Then I sprayed every inch of it in the vinegar. The vinegar will kill any bacteria growing. I made it pretty wet, and then used another hard brush to really give it a good scrub. I did remove the sun canopy for ease of getting into all the areas.
I then sprinkled bicarbonate of soda all over. It's a natural deodoriser, so takes the nasty vinegar smells away. I then left it outside to dry on for a while. After a while I then vacuumed the whole thing, sucking up all the bicarb, sand, food still suck in the nooks etc. At this point it looked pretty good to be honest. It hadn't got the greasy suncream marks off though, and I wanted to know it was 100% okay.

I brought it inside, and focused my attention to the marks that had been on it a while. I sprayed a little elbow grease on the suncream marks, and used a clean cloth to wipe. 

Finally I used my steam cleaner, with the upholstery tool (which I hadn't used before) and popped a little Zoflora into the water canister. I put it on the hottest setting, and I went over and over,spending a lot of time on the straps etc. I filled the canister twice. Once the fabric was done, I did all the metal, handles, foot rests, wheels...
The newer version is currently on Amazon for £36.99 #aff
Tap the photo to view!
Honestly I can't believe how good it looks. It honestly looks brand new! We have a company where I live that charges almost what I paid for this buggy to give it a similar treatment. I'm going to give the single buggies a similar treatment next!
#mould #mouldy #pushchair #pram #buggy #stroller #clean #deepclean #wash #noharshchemicals #steamclean #cleaning #hinching #mrshinch