Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood.

Who needs tough skin when you can have beautiful skin

How do you feel in your skin? That’s a question you might ask yourself from time to time – more often when you’re having a bad day, admittedly. But how does your skin feel about your lifestyle is something that you’ve probably never considered. However, your skin deserves more attention than it generally receives. For a start, your skin is the largest organ in the human body. Then it’s actually not inside the body, but it’s the only organ that is on the outside. Two rather pointless facts, you think. Well, think again. Dealing with your skin as an organ means that it is tightly connected to your overall body health. Then, from the fact that it is on the outside, it means that it can be affected by external factors, plus internal transformations can show via your skin too. So with this new knowledge, it’s time to help your skin to stay good throughout the many events of life. 
 

Bell Pepper, Capsicum, Red, Sweet Pepper, Cutting





Protect it from the elements
Your skin shields your body from the external elements. You’ve probably noticed that the skin on your hands gets so dry in winter when the temperatures are colder, that it sometimes cracks. That’s one of the main reasons why you should apply moisturising cream or oil every single day. Not just in winter when the impacts of the weather are more visible, but throughout the year. Keeping your keep well moisturised is your way of protecting it from the wind, the heat and the cold. Dehydrated skin is a common complaint in bad weather. And there’s no denying that dry skin is more exposed to diseases and infections. So look after your skin like a knight looks after his shield: it’s your sole protection from the outside world!








It’s stretchy but not infinitely

Your skin is elastic, thanks to its natural collagen. What this means is that, not only can you bend your limbs without breaking your skin, but it also adjusts to weight loss and gain situations. If you’ve put a lot of weight on, you will not be bursting out of your skin, for instance. However, the skin loses its natural collagen after 40. While it will continue to stretch if you put on weight, it will have difficulties stretching back to its original tightness if you lose weight. Loose skin is a common issue experienced by patients who undergo a liposuction treatment without looking after their skin. When the fat cells are removed abruptly, the skin struggles to adapt to your new shape. But don’t despair though, you can help tighten your skin with the right diet and collagen additives.





Don’t let poor food choices show

The food you eat is fuel for your body can help your skin maintain its health. For instance, for a healthy and tight skin, the consumption of citrus fruits and bell peppers can boost the production of collagen. Oysters are a good choice to influence the elastin production, through their high content in selenium. For a clean skin, avoid processed fat and sugar foods that clog up the pores and reduce the elasticity of your skin.




It’s time to change the priorities and to make your skin feel good in your life with the right protection and collagen support. And who knows? You might feel better in your skin for it!




Apartment Living Done Well: How To Make More Of Smaller Spaces






Whether you currently live in a cozy studio apartment or are planning on moving to a one or two bedroomed place, you may be worried about the space that comes with an apartment. Admittedly, apartments are not the largest spaces in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t make great homes, because they can do - it’s just a case of being smart about how you design and decorate your apartment space, that’s all.

There are some people who are profoundly rich and still choose to live in apartments. Why? Because they know how to do apartment living well. They’ve learnt the secrets of making the most of smaller spaces and have created homes that are unimaginably spacious and roomy. Whether you are considering buying a new launch property or are currently living in an apartment, it’s important to understand how you can make the most of the space that your home offers. A cramped home is not nice to live in, which is why it’s so vital to understand how to do apartment living well and what it takes to create spacious spaces within a small home. For all of the best hacks for making more of apartment living, read on.


Create zones

In a small home, zones are a vital part of the decor. For each room within your apartment (if you are lucky enough to have rooms, that is), create zones. Think about all of the things that you use each room for, for instance, take your living room as an example - what do you use this space for? Is it simply where you relax and watch TV at the end of a long day or does it double as a dining room, home office, or entertaining space? Whatever each room is used for, try to establish different zones for each activity. Say you use your lounge to relax, work and eat, use furniture to create different areas within one room, or how about adding a curtain or room separator? Get creative, and you can make one room feel like many rooms, without it being too cramped.

Multi purpose furniture is vital

For homes that are on the small side, pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes are vital. For example, by choosing a dining table that can be used for eating, working and studying will help to reduce how cramped your living room is, making it feel more spacious. Don’t need a whole table? Just invest in a half moon table then, that can sit snugly against the wall, saving you space. Or, take your sofa, for instance, this can double as a guest bed if you choose a design that comes with a fold out bed within it. Instead of having a normal coffee table, use two or three stalls to make a DIY coffee table, that way when guests come over, they can double as extra seats.

Trick the eye

With a few smart slight of hand design hacks, it is possible to trick the eye into believing that an area of your home is larger than it actually is. The key to success is creating a space that looks and feels as light as possible because light spaces always feel larger than darker spaces. To create a sense of a lighter and larger space, strategically placed mirrors that reflect natural light into the room, can help to significantly improve how large the space feels. As can decorating in light shades; the lighter the colours used, the lighter the space will look and feel.


Choose every piece of furniture wisely

When you live in a small space, such as an apartment, it is vital that you choose every piece of furniture wisely. What you want to do is select pieces that offer maximum functionality and are small space friendly. Taking note of what feng shui says about decorating and furniture organization can be something that is worthwhile too, to help improve the flow of the room.

Neutral shades are your best friends

In smaller spaces, neutral tones are your best friend. Neutral tones create a sense of calmness and tranquillity, these tones help to trick the eye into thinking that the space is larger than it actually is. To add texture to the space, it is vital to combine a range of textures and patterns, such as on soft furnishings and pieces of wall art. However, sticking to a neutral color palette for these is vital.

Be smart about storage

The fact is that in any apartment (or small house) storage should be one of the top priorities. If a home lacks storage space, keeping it neat and tidy is always going to be a struggle. That’s why storage space should always been seen as a priority. When it comes to keeping a small apartment neat and tidy, having adequate storage is a must. Ideally, you want this storage space to be built-in and to utilise every inch of space. However, if built-in storage isn’t an option, there are plenty of other storage options that you can take advantage of. If you are stuck for ideas and inspiration, then browsing sites like Pinterest, for instance, could be a good idea. Storage is something that often has to be tailored to suit each individual property, which is why working with a specialist brand can often be a good idea, as this will allow you to get storage solutions that have been tailored specifically to your home and needs.

The fact is that apartment living can be incredible, it’s just a case of knowing how to make the most of the space that you have. If you are smart about the design and layout of your apartment, you can make a lot of it. The fact is that apartment living isn’t for everyone - not everyone is able to adjust well to living in a smaller space. However, if you know how to make the most of the space that you have by making smart design and layout choices, apartment living can give you plenty of space.


Loves

Jade Priscilla



What's in my hospital bag





If you are planning on having a hospital birth is best to have a bag prepared for when your due date arrives. Even if you are having a home birth it is often recommended to have a bag ready just in case you have to be taken into hospital during or after labour.

Having had my bag packed from 33 weeks I thought I would share with you some of the items in mine.

Bag

Many people choose to have multiple duffel bags or one large suitcase which is the option I have  opted for. It will be easy for me to wheel into the hospital or for my birth partners. I didn't buy a new or fancy one specifically for the hospital, just one I brought from TXmaxx a few years ago for a holiday.

For Mum 

  • Nighties or Vest Tops- It is always nice to have some clean nightwear for post-delivery, with Lei I wore one of mine during labour, but found it too hot so I have also packed a vest top this time so that I am not completely in the nude! An open nightshirt or vest top is also good for easy access for skin to skin or breast feeding.
  • Maternity bra- Brilliant for breast feeding
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity towels
  • Towel
  • Flipflops/slippers
  • Disposable or black underwear
  • lipbalm
  • Makeup
  • Toiletries
  • book/magazine- Now, I am not sure when during labour I think I will have time to squeeze in a couple of chapters from a book but I always carry one with me for just because sake. 
  • Thank you cards- The midwives are amazing and its always nice to show appreciation for them, of course this is optional.
  • Maternity notes- Most important

For Baby
  • Baby grows and vests- I have packed some in a mixture of sizes as I'm not sure if this little Bean will be a tiny tot like big sister or perhapes a little bigger. It's good to have a few different sizes.
  • Hats and socks
  • Nappies
  • Blanket 
  • Towel
  • Cotton/water wipes
  •  Pre-made bottles- If you plan on bottle feeding these are good if your hospital no longer provide bottles. Also if you are struggling to breastfeed, these can be good to relieve the pressure.
For Birthing partner(s)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • loose change for parking
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Gift for other siblings- When Lei was born, the youngest in our family was my little sister who was 8 at the time and we decided it would be quite sweet for Lei to give her Aunty a little present on her arrival. This time it will be Lei getting a gift, nothing fancy or extravagant just a small bag of a few of her favourite things.   
Have I missed anything? Tell me your 'must haves' in the comments below

Loves

Jade Priscilla

En France: Romance, Culture And Adventure







 
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Over the last couple of decades, France has become one of the most popular countries in the world for people to vacation in. This is no surprise, though. The country is one of the oldest in the world, giving it a rich and vibrant history which can’t be beaten by many other places. It is famous around the world for its culinary fortitude and, of course, for making some of the best wine in the world. But, to top it all off, France is also home to some of the most famous monuments on the planet. To help you to choose your perfect holiday in France, this post will be going through some of the exploits it has to offer.

Despite the size of France, traveling around it doesn’t have to be painful. The country has a vast network of trains and other public transport which can take you around, making it easy to get from one side to the other. In the South, you have beautiful countryside, spending much of the year in the sun. In the North, you have Paris, along with several other cities, giving you loads to explore. Of course, there are many other areas in this stunning country. But, to find them all, you’ll have to do some digging for yourself.

When most people visit France for the first time, they will choose to stay in Paris. Of course, this makes sense, as this part of the country is where you’ll find all of the action. From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc De Triomphe, you have plenty of history to soak up. Along with this, though, you should also sample some of the street food on offer, as well as the wide range of restaurants you have to choose from. Paris has loads of little gems to discover, making it the perfect starting point for your exploration of France.

Finding a hotel in Paris shouldn’t be any trouble at all. In fact, the hardest part of this will be choosing the hotels you don’t want to stay in. Like any large city, Paris is filled with hundreds of inexpensive and luxurious places to stay. The Hotel Eiffel Kennedy, for example, offers access to loads of attractions at a very low price. But, Shangri-La Hotel, on the other hand, will cost you a lot more to put you at the heart of the action. Use hotels comparison sites to find the best prices and deals.


Once you have a hotel booked, the last job you have left to do is booking your travel over there. With a few quick searches, it’s easy to find cheap flights to Paris. Being such a popular tourist destination, flights are usually fully-booked, allowing companies to charge lower prices. Along with this, you can fly to France from most airports. This gives you loads of freedom when choosing your flights. But, don’t forget to use comparison sites to ensure that you get the very best deal that you can.

Hopefully, this post will give you all of the inspiration you need to pack your bags and jet off to France. A lot of people never get to experience this breathtaking country. This is a shame, though, as it isn’t a hard place to get to, and it’s definitely worth going.

The pregnancy diaries: Gender Frustration







Eight years ago my first baby was always going to be a surprise. Our hospital would not allow us to find out the gender of our baby so unless we went private we would just have to wait nine months to find out if baby was team pink or blue. Ideally, it would have been great to find out and many a times my mum and I would pinch at the pretty pink blankets and baby grows, adamant in our hearts that the unborn baby was a girl. However, we never brought anything and instead stuck to the obligatory yellows and whites. 

Over the years the hospital policy has changed so mums and dads to be can now find out at the 20 week scan the gender of their baby if they so wish. We were so excited to find out, on the day, I even took playful bets as to what everyone thought the baby might be.
So with my bladder full and hospital notes tucked firmly beneath my arm, we all waited in the waiting room for my name to be called. I say we, because we decided to make it a full blown gender reveal party of our own with my partner, mum and little girl.  When my name was called we all trooped in, a flurry of coats and bags and apologies for being in the sonographers way. I got comfortable on the bed and waited for the cold gel to be smothered onto my bump.
Baby was so much bigger than the last scan, and seemed so content belly surfing on my placenta. Yes, throughout the entire scan, little bean decided to stay in the same position, merely waving hand at us as if to say, “ hello, hello, you can leave now” and leave we did. Disappointed that we were none the wiser but with hopes that on the second scan( We had to be rebooked as due to the baby’s position not all the measurements could be done) we might find out.

Three weeks later.

This time I was taking no chances. I walked the length of the corridor, had a sugary breakfast and some orange juice all in the hopes of Bean revealing his or her gender.
And the process began….
All trooped in
Coats and bags
Lie on the bed
Cold gel
Baby will appear on the screen…..
Baby did appear on the screen, belly surfing AGAIN!  The frustration! 

The first time, I was so annoyed, we didn’t even request for a picture, but this time, I decided I might as well have something to show little bean.
The good thing was that all the measurements were taken this time so there was no need to book any further scans. 

We discussed going to a private scan but to be honest, at this point I was nearly six months, not long until we found out for ourselves.
In the meantime, I have had many people guess or be adamant they know the gender of my baby, with many assuming that I would be disappointed if I had another girl. This is so far from the truth. I have come to realise that many people’s ‘predictions’ are based on the fact that I already have a girl so it must be a boy or they hope for my sake it’s a boy. Whenever, I am asked, whether I want a boy or girl, my honest answer is that I really don’t mind. Either way, boy or girl, this baby is going to be so loved and Lei cannot wait to have a baby brother or sister.

Did you find out the gender of your baby? 

Loves

Jade Priscilla

7 w e e k s




7

The number of weeks until I will be holding on to my partner's arm tightly as we make our way through the doors of the delivery suite with anticipation and excitement at the arrival of our second baby.

For the past 33weeks we have been savouring the news, sharing only with close friends and family and really getting used to the fact that our family of 3 is about to become 4.

It has been a long time- 8 years to be precise since we had our last bambino so of course we wanted to enjoy every trimester because surprisingly it feels all new to us. In those eight years so much has changed, so many more things have been added to the list of foods to avoid and precautions to be aware of.

Introducing the Pregnancy diaries where I will be sharing my general musings and ramblings on all things pregnancy and parenting related as well as sharing a glimpse into my hospital bag and baby hauls.

See you soon!

loves

Jade Priscilla
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