Elf Adventures

Ok so I’m back with the next installment of what those mischievous elves have been getting up to in our home since they arrived…. This one is a little later than I wanted but we have been so busy I just haven’t found the time to sit down and get it all done. So here goes………

Those mischeivous elves have been up to all sorts over the last few weeks, from playing boats in the bath to messing around with talc those monkies have been causing trouble everywhere they go. I have been a little hit and miss forgetting to take pictures, but I have remembered most I think. 

The elves have brought some amazing treats when the girls have been good, a skittles rainbow which if you haven’t seen this one in action then there is a video over on my instagram and I think I may  have it on my facbook too. most recently they came back from the North Pole with letters and a certificate from the big man himself along with a special bauble elf cam. So now the girls are very aware that the elves and santa are always watching.

Over the last few nights they have gone back to their mischeious ways causing havoc such as eating all the christmas chocolates, attempting to sneak into Megan’s school bag so they could go to school thinking we wouldn’t catch them in the act. This week they have managed to get tangled in our airbed hose and they thought it would be funny to get all Georgie’s soft dough and cutters out to play with…..But bless the magic of the elves everyday is just fantastic. Got some good ideas hopefully for the last few weeks of having the elves in our home.

We’d love to hear from you guys, has an elf or elves visited your home this December? If so what mischievous things have yours been upto. I really hope you enjoy reading about our elves adventures. There will be at least one more elf related post before Christmas.

There is a few posts linked in with our YouTube channel to come in the next few weeks too which I am very excited about. So please keep a look out…..

Kayleigh x

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My Story- The Beginning Part 1


I am going to do this in 2 parts because it is a very long story and I don’t want to bore you guys with putting it all in the one post. Well this one has been a long time coming to be fair, I was awaiting on my baby pics in April time but then other things got in the way so I have never come back round to the subject of me. It is a subject I find it a little difficult to talk about but things are extremely good at the moment and I feel I am in a good place to talk about it all. Be aware I am writing this not for pity or for people to be negative. This is a subject that is extremely close to mine and my families heart and I don’t think its heard of as often as it should be. But please know I am no way a medical professional I am just writing  from experience. I will source some links and medical jargon for part 2.  Be prepared for tissues and baby pics…….

Okay so to begin back in 1985 when my mum was pregnant with me, my parents we’re made aware that when I was born there would be problems. At the time my parents did not know if I was a boy or girl as it was slightly different in the 80’s……anyway on the morning of July 12th 1985 I was born by C-Section and it was apparent there were issues, I was born with whats known as an Eptopic Bladder which meant I was born with my bladder on the outside and not where it should be inside my tummy. So at around 3hours old I was whipped away in an ambulance with my dad by my side from Shropshire to Alderhey Children’s Hospital in Liverpoool, where I would be back and fourth for various check ups and operations. So I was taken to theatre to perform an operation to place my bladder back inside and into the correct place.

Didn’t want to put in one of the pics as I was worried it was a little too much for people to see as it shows my bladder all wrapped up.

So I was in hospital and my parents were told my bladder was back in the correct position and as I got older it should grow as normal. I was back an fourth for check ups and scans etc from the time I was discharged to the age of 3 when sadly it was discovered my bladder just wasn’t growing in the way it should and I would eventually need a huge operation to fix this which for my mum and dad and all my family was pretty dam scary and also by the time I was 3/4 my mum was pregnant with my brother who was born without issue. When it came to the huge operation at the age of 6 and my brother being 2/3 it was an emotional time. My dad worked as a lorry driver and my mum had to come and stay with me, being away from everything we knew was dam hard.


The day I left hospital the nearly a month after I was born
Alderhey by this time was like a second home to me, my amazing consultant Mr Tony Rickwood (sadly no longer with us) well him and his amazing team were to perform an operation to reconstruct my bladder in a way. Bladder Extrophy I think is the medical term for the operation I had, but please don’t take that as gospel as I am not 100% on that. From what I know from my folks and what I remember from various doctors part of my bowel was used to help reconstruct a fully functioning bladder for me, from this I would have to do something called self cathetherisation for the rest of my life. The other option I believe was a bag, which wasn’t the option used, There were minor complications during recovery which extended my 3 week stay by an extra 3 weeks. I had tubes and bags whilst I recovered in hospital,but when I would eventually return home it would be different. 

Me age 1….


I recovered well in hospital giving the doctors and nurses the run around, having various visitors to give my mum a break but I do not fully remember all this as these days have become a haze (a distant memory). I was discharged from hospital my mum was given the training she needed to catheterise ,me as for a 6/7 year old it was an extremely daunting prospect. So over the next few years or my mum and Nan were both able to catheterise me and I had a teaching assistant/helper who was trained to help me out during my primary school years. I don’t remember what age I had reached but what I do know is I was adamant in refusing to do the catheterisation myself which was becoming an issue as I got older. I felt embarrassed but it was becoming too much for my family so I was taken back in to Alderhey to be trained myself to do what was needed in preparation to start secondary school. I was there a week and within the first few days I had mastered it myself…..

Ok so I will end this one here and get part 2 may be a while as there is still so much to cover on all this. And I need to get some more pics of when I was in hospital for my major operation. I hope you enjoy the read of this blog post and it doesn’t upset people.

Thank you for reading

Kayleigh xx

Elf Invasion



And so it starts, those pesky elves are back to cause mischief in our home for the next few weeks. Of course the girls are ecstatic about it as they love to see what the they get up too. How is it DECEMBER again….. Every year I plan to have a list of  ideas and always forget then its too late!!!! But hopefully over the coming weeks in the run up to Christmas you will enjoy a few elf diary posts.

 So we have 3 mischievous trouble makers in our home Ellie, Kristoff and Elfie already they have brought treats in the form of Advent calendars and a new message board, they’ve also attacked the tree and sadly been on strike. But we will keep up to date with their adventures each day as we go along before leaving  us on Christmas Eve. 

All I can say is thank god for Pinterest and checking out other peoples elf antics to spur on ideas, otherwise I would keep forgetting to move the mischief makers, I have a few ideas in the planning for the coming days/weeks of what we can make them do, we just love seeing the surprise on Megan and Georgie’s faces the next morning seeing what their little Santa spies have been getting up too. The MAGIC of Christmas is very much alive in this house and after a rough year its just what we all need.

Apologies for the short post on this one as we are only on day 3 there isn’t much to report but I will report back next week with some more elf antics from our 3. I hope you enjoy the read. Lots more to come from Mama to Moomin and Bear leading up to Christmas and beyond. Including the very long awaited My story beginning post and a few other bits.

Thank you & Merry Christmas to all 

Kayleigh xx

I went networking & actually spoke 🙊🙈

Well that was a whole new experience for me but I must say being pushed completely out of my comfort zone and into a totally new environment was somewhat liberating.  So Ben has always done networking in dribs and drabs in the whole 12 years I have known him and it doesn’t faze him in the slightest. I have been with him a few times in the early days but I hardly ever got involved, my anxiety hits a high and I just lose all confidence  in myself which is hard.

But on Tuesday morning not totally bright eyed and bushy tailed but with my game face on and a statement red lippy I headed to a Networking brunch with Ben called Yoo2be. One I have never been to before,but with both girls at school I thought why not…….I need to do this for me, so I put on my big girl pants so to speak and off we went. Now the whole way there and actually even before we left home I was adamant and kept telling Ben there was no way I was getting up to do the 60  seconds intro round because my anxiety was high and I did not want to talk to anyone. To be quite honest I felt physically sick, and was trying all I could not to go in at all.

Fast forward half an hour and we arrived at the most gorgeous golf and country club, we were the first ones there, which helped calm the nerves and ease the feelings of anxiety and sickness. But sure enough people began arriving, some of which I knew which made it easier to approach and chat, but I was still by this time adamant there was absolutely no way I was doing the 60 seconds…….More arrived and I managed to string sentences together that actually made some sense…… 😥😳 Yay my positive mindset kicked in and I kept telling myself I can do this I am a strong independent lady and I don’t need to hide in hubby’s shadow, I can be confident.

Sandwiches,chips and drinks all provided, we all settled for the meeting and the Chamomile tea was really helpful in calming my nerves. Looking round the room I soon came to the realisation I was the only female in a room of 10 business men, and there was little old me with my little written out script with help from Ben……..I still wasn’t sure I could do it, I felt sick and I’d never gotten up and spoken before,because the other networking group we attend together I have refused to get up at all. Anyway they went round the room, all telling the group a little about who they were and about there business, when it finally came to me…………..🙈😳. But I took a huge breath in and out and I stood up, legs wobbly, stomach doing somersaults and my anxiety looming over me. But the words came and I managed to divert a little off script and get through my 60 seconds, and I could not be more pleased with myself. If last week you’d told me at just a week later I would get up in a room full of established businessmen and told them about me and my little blog and you tube channel and also managed to gain some work for next year on a workshop then I’d have laughed at you and said you were mad.

I was commended on how well I did with it being my first time, I am excited to go back in a fortnights time. I have come to the conclusion that the more I do it and the more I try the better I will get and the better I will feel. You’ll only know if you can push through your anxieties by doing and from now on that’s how I want to approach new and scary situations.

 Thank you so much for reading                                                                           

Kayleigh x                                                                                                                 

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Oh My God Georgie is 4!!!!

Wow I feel like we have blinked and the last 4 years have gone by in a flash, which has got me feeling all kinds of nostalgia. I definitely wasn’t totally ready!!!

How can our can our little baby bear be 4??? When we found out I was pregnant with Georgie it came as a huge shock because well, we just weren’t trying. So she was our amazing little surprise. Now our tiny 6lb 1 baby girl is 4 and loving life and really coming into her own lovely personality, and I know I am biased but I just love her and her big sister so so much. They are our world……

Anyway I am straying off track and waffling…..So back to Little Bear turning 4, as a family we have suffered some heartbreak in the last few weeks and to be fair Georgie’s birthday could not have come at a more perfect time. We have had a super duper weekend, spending time with family and Georgie requested a party and although it was all a little last minute rush organisation she absolutely loved it,we got a few of her nursery friends and some family and headed to a local play pit. I was unable to video or get many pics due to the general public being in there too. But i have got a few pics from the weekend and from her actual birthday on Monday which she spent with myself and daddy running a few errands and seeing a bit of how daddy does his work.

Turning 4 is a start to a huge new adventure for Georgie, it means 7 months left in preschool before she heads off to School in September. An adventure to which she may be more than ready for, but mummies emotions may not be…….I feel like we have only just sent Megan off to school 5 minutes ago…….How can we be getting ready to send off our baby to school? My heart is totally not ready for it all.

Apologies I have waffled on again, but I wasn’t quite sure where I was heading with this post other than celebrating Georgie turning 4.

Just as an ending to this short waffle (I am sorry I will be better), November 14th marks a year since I set up the blog and I have many exciting things to come to send my blog and my new you tube channel soaring.

Thank you for reading

Kayleigh x

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Wow I’ve been blogging a year!

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My gosh that’s gone by quick how have I been blogging a year next week!!! How the hell did that happen……well anyway its been a crazy 2018 of ups and downs, work picking up and starting our you tube channel.

I haven’t always been as active as i’d like to be but in the coming months and as we edge closer to 2019 I want to make a proper go of things and build my following both on here and my channel. There are many exciting things to come on of which I am unable to disclose as yet but I promise its coming…..

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I started this blogging thing as an outlet really somewhere for me to voice my ramblings but I have written many different things and I must admit I have loved it, be it parent ramblings, days out, product reviews, and many other subjects. I intend to devise a proper plan over the coming months so I have regular posts coming out, some linked in with you tube videos. As myself and Ben have our own media management business we invested in some up to date equipment which meant I got my own Canon G7X which the girls absolutely love especially Megan as she is able to wander off and get her own footage, which daddy lovingly edits for us.

So I know this is only a short post but I would love to know what you guys would love to see on the blog in the  future I am open to anything. Also if there’s anything you’d like us to film for the  you tube channel again we are open to anything.

Things to watch out for are an amazing project I have been privileged to be a part of and an amazing collaboration

Thank you for reading

Kayleigh x

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Oktoberfest weekend

So a last weekend we were at Oktoberfest all weekend which was amazing. Got to love a festival! There are a couple of videos up on our you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnCqVemIcuz1QMJ0qzHJZuA

Please check them out on the above link.

What a fun filled weekend it was spending time with friends and family, myself and Ben letting our hair down on Saturday with a child free afternoon/evening whilst our babies were at Nannie and grandads.

Lovely as always to catch up with Ben’s uncle and chill with a good drink and some good food. Was great being in the VIP area right next to the music stage with a seat and a blanket for when the weather dropped cold which it inevitably did later on in the evening. 

Few of the lovely drinks I personally sampled some in my complementary Shropshire Oktoberfest glass.

My amazing sloe gin cocktail from the equally amazing Monkhide.

Shropshire festivals are the best and most amazing festival company in Shropshire and the festivals they put on are always amazing.

Sunday was family day at the festival so as our family tradition goes we took the girls for a fabulous day out and Megan absolutely loved vlogging our day, Georgie even had a go with the camera too which was great.

We partook in Volvo’s carpool karaoke and had fun in the mud, lots of great food the girls got ice creams and large marshmallows. We made more great friendships and listened to great music. Family day also meant exciting things for the girls to do including the giant inflatable assault course. Sadly I didn’t get this on the vlog or any pics but it’s safe to say they absolutely loved it.

After a long busy weekend the girls were shattered on the Sunday night and eventually went to bed 🙈

I think I’ve rambled on alittle too much in this one. Hope you’ve enjoyed it though,if your ever in the Shropshire area you should check out a Shropshire festivals event if there’s one going on. The next one and final one for 2018 is winter festival coming in early December.

Thank you for reading

Kayleigh x

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