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HOW TO GET OVER POST-HOLIDAY BLUES





Is there anything more horrendous than realising reality after a week or two in paradise? NO, THERE ISN'T.
The silver lining on this is that it is the season for post holiday hell so on the plus side, we're all in this boat together my babes. 
We've all put on a bit more timber, we've got no money and we're back to work in 12 hours, when 48 hours ago we were laying on the beach sipping fruity cocktails in the boiling sun, it doesn't get much worse, right?
Well today's post is just for you in this painful limbo, so don't feel sad anymore, there are ways for us to get through this together, hand in hand, I AM HERE FOR YOU. 
Get yourself a cuppa, stop crying into your Instagram feed and exercise some of these helpful tips to get through another post holiday hell hole...


#1 MAKE PLANS, SET GOALS.

For some reason being away from reality let's me put things into perspective quite a lot, as I lay on the beach I think about how can I make this more of a regular occasion? How can I make mine and my growing families life more free flowing and give us the opportunities to enjoy the life we have together? It usually really motivates me to sit down when I get back and write plans, work things out and see what we can do to make our lives better. Writing plans can be so exciting and really motivate you for the time ahead without a vacation, work on what you consider to be your weaknesses and what strengths you can use to take things next level for you. Treat this time between vacations as development time to step up before your next holiday, whatever that step up may be it's important to have goals to work towards.


#2 RESEARCH YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY

Sit down and think about potential places that you want to visit next, what did you love and what did you hate about your last holiday that you could incorporate into your next decision on holiday destinations. Is there special events on around the world or the country that you want to experience? Maybe you want something a little more relaxed or even the opposite, a wild one with the girls? Researching new destinations and holidays can be really beneficial to curing your holiday blues, especially if you're getting excited about a particular place.

#3 PAMPER 

Pampering fixes everything! It doesn't need to be an extreme expensive spa weekend, unless you're in the market for that of course. I like to have a fresh colour on my hair and paint my nails a fresh colour in the lead up to work after my return from holiday. It's simple but effective, if you feel good, you look good, and who doesn't want to look good? Even when we're suffering from post holiday blues. 

#4 ALWAYS BOOK A FEW EXTRA DAYS OFF

There is nothing more painful than going back to work after holiday, but even worse if you have 24 hours to get yourself back into reality. It's really important for me to have some down time and some time at home sorting my house out, so I always book at least an extra 2 days off to get the washing pile at least down half way and catch up on all the television I have missed. This is a great way to get yourself back into reality before a week back at work, it's important to have a clear head and a few good night's sleep. 


That's all the tips I have for you on curing the post holiday blues, of course if at least one of these you should probably starting researching ways to travel and make a living from it, but that's a whole new post. Leave me a comment below if you're suffering from the holiday blues and what you do to make yourself feel better. 

PREGNANCY UPDATE - 14 WEEKS & FIRST TRIMESTER OVERVIEW.

Happy Friday my little strawberry milkshakes!
Today's post is a chatty one all about how my pregnancy is going so far, the high and the lows.
I am writing this currently feeling extremely nauseous and suffering with the worst cold I have ever had. I mean, who gets colds in June for goodness sake?


PASS ME A BUCKET...
My pregnancy so far has caused mixed states for my body.
Some days I feel so good and I wouldn't even know that I was pregnant, other days I am falling apart. This is my second child if you didn't already know so I know a thing or two about pregnancy already, and I am grateful to say that my sickness is a lot more mild than it was with Harper. I lost about 3 stone in my pregnancy with Harper and I was extremely ill for the majority of the first 20 weeks. I could only stomach roast potatoes and stuffing balls and eggs would make me throw up at the thought of them.
 This time around my sickness is caused by either an empty or a too full stomach rather than particular foods or smells. It's usually at it's worst around 5am or after dinner around 8pm at night. I have also been known this time round to laugh so hard I projectile vomited everywhere, so very nice.
  I have been slightly more sleepy but it may be to do with the fact I am struggling to sleep past 5:30am ever since I got pregnant. I have always been an early riser and early sleeper so this hasn't changed a lot for me, however I do get extremely sleepy at around half two and cancelling coffee out of my diet completely has proved slightly more difficult than I anticipated.

A TODDLER & EARLY PREGNANCY...
Being pregnant with a 2 year old already in tow has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Harper has been so interested in everything so far and it has always been so important for me that she's always extremely involved in all aspects of this pregnancy. Harper came to the scan with us last week and she loved it... for about 30 seconds haha, she constantly keeps asking if she can get in my belly so that she can cuddle baby for a little while, and often asks if her cousin Oliver can get in my belly too, in which I have to explain but she doesn't really understand. She also every Monday morning before she goes to her auntie's asks "Is baby coming this week?" and I have to use milestones like birthdays and occasions on the calendar to explain that baby won't be here for a while. I'm sure the bigger I get the harder it's going to be with Harper, she's extremely affectionate and always wants big cuddles, so we'll see how we get on in the weeks to come.





WEIGHT GOING BACKWARDS...
Since becoming pregnant I have been extremely healthy, no smoking and a change to my diet has meant I have lost a significant amount of weight already, which I expected. So far I have lost 19 pounds and counting. I have been following slimming world recipes for tea and basically eating whatever I like during the day. I have been craving crisps a lot so although I am losing weight it is mainly because of lack of appetite and a smaller appetite at that. I have also been more conscious about my weight and the dangers that can be caused by this in pregnancy. I have been making sure I work on keeping  I want to lose another 2 stone during this pregnancy so we'll see how things get on. I am kind of stuck right now at 19 pounds loss, I am hoping to drop 9 pounds before my next scan which will take me down to the next stone down, fingers crossed for me.
If you're interested in what recipes I am cooking from Slimming World check out my Pinterest board which is full to the rafters with recipes and alternatives to your fave snacks
 https://uk.pinterest.com/allthatbekka/slimming-world/


SCANS, SCARES AND SAFETY...
When it comes to our scans we have had two so far, one was an emergency scan due to extreme pain in my ovaries which saw me spend a stint in the early pregnancy unit last month. Luckily, baby was healthy and happy, we were so relieved to see our precious little miracle. A week later we were in for our dating scan and baby had grown so much. They had measured me at a week less than I thought I was so we are now due on 2nd December 2016. 
 Because of complications during my pregnancy with Harper I will be having 3 extra growth scans every 4 weeks from 28 weeks onwards. It's nothing to worry about but it is better safe than sorry, so we're so thankful we get to watch our baby grow in the final 12 weeks. The consultant also thinks I had preeclampsia in my previous pregnancy that wasn't completely picked up, so we're watching for that too, but shouldn't rear it's head until towards the end of my pregnancy.

PINK OR BLUE?...
So the big question is will I be finding out whether it's a girl or a boy? 
Those who know me, know I am the ultimate control freak, it's not even funny. I HATE surprises, so yes I will be finding out as soon as possible. I do think I am having a boy, in fact I am about 85% sure that I am having a boy. Everyone close to me thinks we're having a girl, including Justin, but you just know don't you? I knew with Harper she was a girl, without a doubt from the minute I got pregnant and this time I can't even imagine this baby being a girl and I have never considered that it could be. 
I have a few names already for a boy or a girl, we love Charlie, Harry and Grayson for a boy. For a girl we love Penelope, Violet and I love Darcie for both genders, but Justin isn't into it. 


I hope you have enjoyed this pregnancy update and not too bored from all the rambling. I could've sat and written a million more words on everything that has gone on since being pregnant. I will be next updating at 20 weeks, so in 6 weeks time and by then we will know the sex. I'm just really excited to go on holiday in a few weeks, relax for a few days and devote my undivided attention to Harper for a week. Thank you for reading, should you have any questions or want me to include anything else in my pregnancy update for next time, please leave me a comment below or tweet me over at @3beksbabe on Twitter. I would also LOVE to know what you guys think on the sex? Girl or boy? You decide. 












LIFE UPDATES AND SPRING FAVES

Long time no speak you beautiful bunch so prepare for a chatty post and a little life update!
Once again I have just fallen off the blogging bandwagon and I just couldn't get back on. I have been feeling completely uninspired and even though I was desperate to blog I just didn't want to fill my blog with meaningless crap.



When I say I have been feeling uninspired I mean I have been feeling extremely pregnant hence no time to read blogs or brainstorm ideas and being unable to stay awake past 7pm means that I have struggled to join in twitter chats too. I will be writing a pregnancy update this week, so I won't dive in too much on that, for all of you that are interested in my pregnancy progress check back in on Friday. 

As most of you know I work three days a week in sales and marketing which I love so much but having sole responsibility for the whole department during the first trimester of my pregnancy was proving quite intense and my anxiety at work was spilling over like crazy. So when the lovely lady who was sales manager before her maternity leave returned two weeks ago, I could've thrown a party at how excited I was to see her and be able to share the load with her. As a result of this I have decided to spread my week a little better in a bid to fit in blogging, being pregnant and being around for Harper's school holidays and generally spend more time with her. I now work a Saturday shift instead of a midweek shift and it already feels SO good that I am now home for 3 days straight with my little princess and being able to sit here and work on my blog that I so desperately miss. 


Me and Justin have been together four years as of yesterday and it feels like a really short time considering we're onto our second child. I have known Justin since I was 16 years old and back then neither of us would've ever believed that we would end up being together let alone engaged with a daughter and another baby on the way. I just feel so lucky to have found my soulmate and my ultimate best friend who loves me for me, at just 24 years old. We haven't celebrated at all yet but we're going away for a little family break on the 13th of June so we're saving every penny like crazy to give Harper the best little break ever, we'll go for dinner and we'll celebrate when we're away with our greatest achievement together - our little girl. 



That's a little life update for you, there's so much more to tell but like I said my pregnancy update will be up on Friday and will include everything I have missed and more. I haven't uploaded my scan pictures to social media but I will be adding them to my blog post on Friday, so if you're interested make sure you're following me over on Bloglovin or on Twitter to see when the post goes live! Today's post is a Spring favourites post as I never do these and feel like I need to add in everything I have been loving in March, April and May, so prepare for a long post if you haven't already clicked away yet. 



ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM BALM.




I have been suffering with extreme sickness, dehydration, a bad cold and wearing lots of matte lipsticks, all of these things don't exactly do wonders for your lips. My lips are the one thing on my body that I think are almost perfect and because of this I am extremely protective of them. I have known for a long time that people swear by 8 hour cream for their lips and I decide to give in to the hype. I'm so glad I did, this balm is magical, and my lips have never been so smooth despite the traumas they have suffered the last few months. This balm doesn't just work for lips, it has dried out and cleared up spots, softened the skin on my feet and so much more. It's expensive for it's size but so worth it, I am currently recommending it to EVERYONE. 


MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONTOUR TRIO 



Ever since I bought this contour trio around 4 months ago I have used it every single day. It cost me £4 and as experienced readers will know, I don't do cheap when it comes to makeup. I wasn't holding much hope for this particular product if I am completely honest, but I was wrong, so wrong. This contour trio smashes my sisters ABH contour kit, no competition. I have never been complimented so much on my contour and highlight until I started using this. I recommend it to anyone who asks me for contour tips and I have stocked up on this product so that I never run out. So pigmented and the trio of colours are so well put together it's ridiculous not to purchase at just £4. 



GARNIER MICELLAR WATER



I continuously rave about this product and here I am again, as I have rediscovered micellar water this past month. I got really lazy over the winter months and hated spending time taking all my makeup off thoroughly so I committed the ultimate beauty skin and used baby wipes/make up wipes. Not using micellar water over the winter period really reflected and showed me the difference in my skin. I also can never lift my mascara with wipes and it left my eyelashes in a right state. So now I am back to micellar water and really noticing the improved difference. 


V BY VERY GHILLIE SANDALS



I don't know why, but I am so picky when it comes to sandals. I don't like a lot of foot flesh showing (LOL) so the super summer trend of Ghillie sandals is my favourite right now. I really love Very and they always have the odd must have piece that I fall in love with instantly and these sandals were no exception. If you're as in love as I am you can buy these beauts right HERE for just £20.


MEGHAN TRAINOR - THANK YOU

This album is AMAZING! I love Meghan Trainor so much already, so when her new album dropped onto Spotify I was like oh heeeeey bbz. I really loved her first album title so I was so excited for this album and it really is so very good. It's extremely feel good and makes me want to dance all the way to work when I listen to it. My favourite songs on the album are I Love Me, Better and Kindly Calm Me Down. 



KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS SERIES 12

Couldn't end this post without a basic bitch selection could I? 
I have been spending a lot of time in bed ill during nausea and sickness days that I have been frequently experiencing since I became pregnant so obviously I have been watching lots of television. By lots of television I mean lots of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and as a forever fan who has seen every single episode, in fact every single anything that includes the Kardashians, I have to say I am loving the new series more than any other. 
The Blac Chyna, Rob Kardashian situation and return of Lamar has seen me shouting at the screen and bawling my eyes out too. Kourtney is quickly becoming my favourite Kardashian, she's magical and is looking unreal. So no, I can't stop watching and I am HOOKED to this series!



I hope you have enjoyed this life update/spring favourites post, sorry if it's been a bit of a ramble but I just wanted to update you on everything that has been happening the last few weeks. Remember to come back on Friday for pregnancy updates and make sure you're following my blog or me on social media for more new posts coming soon!