Thursday, 3 November 2016

#33 Find your perfect winter bag/baby bag.......Primark Limited Edition

Hey beautifuls,

So the the challenge continues....with #33 Find my perfect Winter Bag/Baby Bag.
Well after much consideration and research. Research meaning I checked what I have and I currently have 0 handbags (bout 20+ 'going out bags') but nothing that I'd class as an all round day bag. However I do have 3 baby bags so I felt this challenge only right to be one for me.

So here it is......
Primark Limited Addition Leather Bag
And as the Title of this blog post states....This is a Limited Edition bag from Primark.......Yes i shall say it again if you didnt hear/read correctly this is a LIMITED EDITION bag from Primark. I'm not making it up honest! To be fair I didn't even know that Primark did anything limited addition! The reason I fell in love with it is because it has every colour that I love (Black, Brown & Dark Red) on it and I am a bit of a lover of the old Leopard  Print...My friends do like to call me 'Bet Gilroy' from time to time (Old Coronation Street Barmaid) due to my love of this wonderful print. The bag is real leather and had a price tag of a whole £22! Which I think is steep for Primark however I did by it with my Birthday money and I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it. As my readers know I do love a bargain but this really took my fancy it did.
The bag is quite big (Room for baby stuff just over A4 size) and comes with a small handle at the top and also a long handle to give you the option of wearing it over the shoulder to free up the hands which you need being a mummy in fact you need more hands! And as an added extra it comes with a protective bag so at the end of usage,winter or if you want to store it you can and it will stay pristine and dust free!
The bag also has a pair of gloves to match it however I didn't buy these as they looked a bit like patchwork and too busy for gloves so bought myself the old faithful black leather gloves so I can look like Richard Hillman (Yet another old Murderous Character from Coronation Street!) and no need to take off when driving. Is it my age or should driving gloves become mandatory? Ha ha it's instant poshness.


So there you have it a beautiful winter bag that can be used for my things and baby things while still looking fabulous. I would give it a rating of 9/10 and that's only because I feel it should have more dividing sections/pockets inside it for it's size.

Toddle Pip

Yorkshire Pud xxx

P.s Have you found your perfect winter bag yet?
P.p.s This is Bet Gilroy from Coronation Street..










And this is Richard Hillman...
Nuff Said!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

#28 Carve a pumpkin......Well most of It (but links with challenge #24 Soup!)

Hey Buttercups!

Number 28 on my list of 50 Things to do in Autumn & Winter Challenge.....Carve a Pumpkin...Happy Halloween.

So yeah this one is a bit late but we did it and by we I mean me and George dug out the middle! and George and his dad then carved it out!
This was the first year me and George had done anything like this together as George's attention span and strength are greatly jeopardised by his illness (Rubinstein Taybi) so it was officially amazing!
We both washed our hands and got cracking! I've kept the inside and going to make this into a soup tomorrow so that should be number 24 off my list of challenges also! Exciting times are ahead haha.



Not a bad effort! Hopefully Arthur will get involved too next year!

Toodle Pip!

Yorkshire Pud xxx

P.s Did you do something fantastic with your pumpkin this year?

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Yorkshire Pud's Christmas Gift Giveaway! (Worth over 50 quid!)

Hey Lovelies
So to start off the new month and with only just over 7 weeks to go till Christmas I feel the need to help and do a little giveaway of gifts in order for you to either one... use them to send out to your lovely friends and family or two... keep them all to yourself and give yourself a big smile!! Mine mine mine!

Just look at this lot! Loads of princesses, fairies, cartoons, retroness and unicorns of course! Who wouldn't want to win all this for nowt (as we say in Yorkshire!).......More pics and full gift list below the competition box.

This competition will be running until 1st of December 2016 so you have loads of time to enter and you can earn extra entries daily by giving a tweet a day on twitter. The winner will be selected at random by rafflecopter so don't forget to leave any details asked for so I can get in touch with your lovely face if you're the winner of this lot!

And here we go!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
So this is what you'll be getting...
1. Christmas Elf/Fairy/Pixie Door.
2. Key for your Fairy Door.
3. Stripey Paper Scroll for you to put your Christmas list on.
4. Flat wooden red glitter present for decoration.
5. Green glitter fairy dust.
6. Pricess Belle from Beauty & the Beast Glitter Keyring.
7. Powerpuff Girls Keyring.
8. My Little Pony Unicorn Necklace.
9. Cath Kidston Print Ditsy Christmas Necklace.
10. Crazy Unicorn Lady Keyring with detachable Silver Plated unicorn charm.
11. Flat wooden red glitter present for decoration.
12. Flat wooden silver glitter present for decoration.
13. 2 x Packets of Ghostbusters Popping Candy.
14. Ariel The Little Mermaid Keyring with Starfish Charm.
15. 3 x Disney Princess Nail Files/Emery Boards Cinderella, Rapumzel, Ariel.
16. Pair of Pokemon Pikachu Socks.
17. Ariel The Little Mermaid Socks
18. Little Princess Secret Notebook with Pen and Lock 
Once the giveaway has been drawn I shall be in touch for an address to send these beauties to you. This giveaway is worldwide so please join in from all corners of the globe and will be sent recorded or tracked post.

Good luck! and Toodle Pip!

Yorkshire Pud xxx

P.s Have you told your mates about this awesome giveaway?

#50 Enjoy my birthday!! Not a hard one but it's happening this month! (50 is optional! hahaha)

Hey lovelies,

So back on with the challenge after an eventful October....Where is time going?? Number 50 of the Autumn and Winter 2016 Challenge...Enjoy my birthday!

So yeah I turned the ripe old age of 36 on the 23rd of October and to be fair I don't feel my age and never have! haha. I'm still currently around the age of 19 in my head. How's about you? Physically though I'm starting to feel it and need to get off my fat arse and do a bit more exercise but with 2 small children it's hard to be fair but gonna try and give something a go soon.

Here are a few photo's from my birthday.....

Charlie - Did this on my Lightbox (Addicted!)
Me, Charlie and Lilli enjoying the fancy dress in Home Bargains!

Lilli - Clearly looking amused at the head wear she was sporting!

The table at my (Mr & Mrs C's) Parents set out with Elsa from
Frozen napkins and table cloth......What else?

And to finish off the evening my Unicorn Fairy Rainbow Cake!!
Made by Mr C!

And here again in the light.....Oh my days how amazing?!?!?!
Everything I love all in one cake.


 Very quiet lovely day but very childlike clearly!

So the challenge continues and as I stated above I need to get my arse into gear as of today only 4 months left!

Peace out!

Yorkshire Pud xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

#21 - Start a new craft....Fairy Doors!

Hey there lovelies,
So as part of my new 50 Things to do in Autumn & Winter Challenge 2016 I have decided to have a go at #21 - Start a new craft research and see where it goes. Well to be fair I started this a couple of weeks ago but it is relatively new so thought I would use this for that challenge.

So the craft is Fairy Doors if you had not got this from the title. I've had a fairy door in my bedroom now for a couple of months. As you know I love all things magical and even at my age every fairy needs a door to be able to get into your house! hahaha.

So like the title says research your new craft....

What is a fairy door? 

A fairy door is a decrotive item that is place in the home or garden usually on a skirting board or base of a tree and it supposed to symbolise and exit and entry as to where fairies can come in and out of your life without being seen.....Magical right?

You don't only just have to have a door you can also create a little space around your door with fun items in order to give your fairy something to do when the arrive. There are loads of companies should you have a butchers through google to find one online or you could support local businesses and visit local craft emporiums like where I have a stand at The Indie Arcade in Sheffield. My Fairy Doors and Accessories will be there soon!

So what does a fairy door look like?







All pictures taken from Google Images

So As you can see these are magical little items that can bring lots of magic into your home. If you're like me and believe that magic should never leave your imagination or home then these are the items for you as you need to be involved as an adult to to keep the magic going for things like the Tooth Fairy, Christmas Elves etc....And as you can see you don't just have to stop at the door you can add all sorts of little accessories to your door space for more ideas visit my Pinterest Board that I update with new things I find about these magical decorations.

So I have started making a few of these already and also have my own fairy space of which I will post pictures of all very soon.

TTFN

Yorkshire Pud xxx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

50 Things To Do In Autumn and Winter Challenge!.........2nd Time Lucky!


Hey Lovelies!
Well its officially the beginning of October and I'm officially starting this blog post a month late however let try and have a crack at it. I tried to do this 4 years ago (Blog post here) but failed miserably but I have been wanting to do it again ever since but 2 children, 2 house moves later and I feel I'm ready to have another crack at it.
I've adapted this list in order for it to fit in more with family life however if you don't have children and want to have a bash see the one from the old blog post above. You'll see the ones I've changed as some are virtually impossible with little ones. i.e Number 1 in the old list is...Have a Duvet Day! #nochancenow Hahaha. If you are doing it please leave me your Blog/Twitter etc details below so I can have a nosey.
This challenge will have it's own page in the sidebar so you can have a nosey yourself when things are completed.

TTFN

Yorkshire Pud xx

#1 Get orgnaised in the home (This can be anything!)
#2 Experiment with Winter Makeup/Nail Varnish
#3 Enjoy some fireworks!
#4 Have a gathering with friends and family
#5 Bake something...This should be fun!
#6 Turn the bathroom into a spa for yourself.
#7 Go for walks......wherever the pram wheels can go!
#8 Check everyone's hat glove and scarf situation ready for the cold.
#9 Have a face mask 
#10 Collect woodland treats to make Christmas decor
#11 Experiment with different types of tea
#12 Survey your/the local horse chestnut trees for conkers
#13 Send out 5 thank you cards – Just thanking people for anything!
#14 Go to the theatre or a show 
#15 Wear your biggest cuddliest jumper! Or find one!
#16 Watch a classic film that I haven’t seen before 
#17 Make the ultimate Sunday Roast 
#18 Find some charity shop bargains for you or the home.
#19 Throw out all my holey tights and invest in new ones - heavy deniers welcome!
#20 Find and watch some good TV box-sets and review
#21 Start a new craft...Research and see where it goes!
#22 Make some Christmas crafts with the kids.
#23 Make some preserves - these could be little favours for friends
#24 Make a big batch of soup
#25 Do something for you!
#26 Make a Christmas playlist.
#27 Do crafts with friends/kids
#28 Carve a pumpkin...Happy Halloween!
#29 Have lunch in a country pub, Yorkshire puddings and the lot!
#30 Surprise someone with a morning coffee and breakfast in bed 
#31 Get re-aquainted with my PJ's
#32 Watch 'Arthur Christmas' ...Great as my boy is called Arthur!
#33 Find your perfect winter bag/baby bag
#34 Brew some mulled wine
#35 Update an old piece of furniture
#36 Prepare an autumnal/winter care package for my cupboard 
#37 Get some new winter slippers
#38 Keep the sweet jar stocked, in case of emergencies
#39 Make an autumn/winter craft feature for my home
#40 Make a stew using the great Autumn root veggies available
#41 Do some top notch Christmas wrapping with a few crafty pieces
#42 Get in the snow! (If it does if not create some!) 
#43 Go to a Christmas Market/Fair
#44 Do something for Charity
#45 Find out all my Christmas Film Collection and watch.
#46 Decorate and make your Christmas Tree look fabulous this year!
#47 What's your style? if you don't know find one or who's your icon?
#48 Do something cultured by going to a museum/gallery or point of interest.
#49 Blog photographs of my city and post about it
#50 Enjoy my birthday!! Not a hard one but it's happening this month!
(50 is optional! hahaha)

..........And Breathe!

6 Months On....New Baby, New House, New Life!

Hi Guys,

Thank you to everyone that has supported me over the last 6 months after what feels like a whirlwind has blown me from one corner of the universe to the other and 6 months on I feel I'm back to myself the Yorkshire Pud I knew so well but she went missing. I'm not going to dwell on the sad things that have happened to us but only look forward and begin our new life. So what lovely things have happened?.....

Well this little beauty arrived on the 30th of May 2016 weighing 7lb however my labour was quick 2 hours 40mins to be precise but little Arthur had done a poop inside of me and had to be in intensive care for his first 3 days as he'd swallowed loads and caused some damage however the little sprite is on it now and is a wonderful addition to our family! Here he is....Meet Arthur.


After living at my mums house with 2 babies for 3 months on the 1st of July we moved into our lovely new home a vintage looking terrace house just across the road from my mum's house its beautiful and everything we need in order to build our foundations together. There will be pictures of our lovely home up on the blog soon as I create and build.

I've finally found me!..And by that I mean the toll that the last year has put on me I have actually learnt to embrace who I am! I'm a 35 year old Disney Princess who loves fairies, unicorns and all things magical and did you know I still believe in Father Christmas?! I'm so much more confident in my likes and dislikes and appearance and have learnt to let go of what makes me unhappy. I have a new life and new outlook and nobody or nothing is going to change that now. So get ready to see more positive from the old Yorkshire Pud!

TTFN

Yorkshire Pud xx

Friday, 29 April 2016

Is it ever good to hold a grudge?.......Karma is a bitch! with Quiz!

Hey All,
After the last few weeks it got me thinking about grudges and how letting go makes you feel so much better than planning revenge and making life just so much more difficult for yourself. Holding onto a grudge not only means your not letting go of the problem thus not letting go of the emotion and still keeping hold of the anger!!! The list could go on but you certainly wont feel any better.

Something happening in your life which could mean that you would need to hold a grudge is not always an easy situation to be in. As a person I have been brought up to see the best in people and to make sure that everyone has a fair chance regardless of who they are. But when someone really crosses your bows what are you supposed to do? Let it go and be bigger person or go back guns blazing? Me? I prefer to chose the first one especially now I have children maybe a few years ago I might have been that person who went absolutely crackers and mental in order to make sure that the person, people or thing that had hurt me paid for sure!

Now with my babies (George and Baby Bump Arthur) that feeling has totally subsided. How I feel now is that everyone is who they are and if they've decided to be awful, calculating and hurtful to another human being and actually know they are doing it then that's sooooooooo their own choice and therefore must be able to accept the consequences of any wrong doing. I believe that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to those that decided to live their life as a though they are the only ones in it and take, hurt and disregard others.

I am a firm believer in Karma and feel that it will come round to bite those people that decide to ignore it (Haha like its magical....or is it?)
Me? .........I'm just going to wait for Karma to do what is needs to do and smile.


    Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).
Are you a believer in karma? Have you got any mad stories that put Karma to the test? Try this quiz to see what kind of Karma do you have?

Peace Out
Yorkshire Pud xxx




Tuesday, 19 April 2016

My Weeks 14-15 - 2016 - "Forget your troubles, come on get happy!!!" plus....5 Ways to a positive daily life

Hi All,

So weeks 14 and 15 have passed so quickly and a lot quicker than I thought!) and they are right what they say about time being a healer! For those of you that follow YP's Diary you'll get where I'm coming from. At first I cried then I got confused then cried and I got angry and then negative and the only way from that is to look at everything positively although I am still slightly confused but don't think that will go away just yet but definitely working on it as there is no point dwelling.
I love being positive in fact I'd say I've lost so much of my sparkle and outlook over this last year that I found it hard at first to feel any kind of positive at all and then being diagnosed with Prenatal Depression on top didn't help but it's all ok and I'm getting stronger. We all generally want to be happy....What's wrong with that? And maybe sometimes you have to go through sad and bad times to find you're true happiness and to be fair I'm sick of writing how sad and poorly we all are rather than the fun stuff! Life is way too short to be unhappy for long.

So where are we with positive notes this past 2 weeks....

* Top of the list - My beautiful little boy George who has Rubenstien Taybi Syndrome managed to climb a full set of stairs aged 2 years 5 months and this is a massive accomplishment for us and a very  positive one at that...Well done baby boy check it out on my Youtube.

* Mama YP, George and Arthur the bump are at Mum and Step Dad's house in a cosy room it's ok but really need to get on with finding our own pad (Watch this space got a few irons in the fire)

* I only have 2 weeks of work left before my maternity starts!! Got to get some buns for the last day (Or shall I make some? haha)

* 6 weeks to go before the arrival of Arthur and baby bag is packed and ready to rock and roll just need to do mine.....comfy pants and bras etc.....

* I'm eating again!.....By that I mean eating more after every break up your eating can change and luckily I'm back on the grub already! One because it's not just about me and 2 I'm generally hungry.

* I have managed to get more steps in daily which has made me shattered but I feel loads better for it.

Yorkshire Pud xx
34 Weeks Pregnant


I found these amazing 5 steps to happiness here on the tinterweb and I think it's a great way to look at stuff (Follow the link for more info) And I definitely will be from now on.


5 Steps to a Happy Life with Positive Attitude
Step 1: Believe Happiness is a Choice
I can choose to be happy?
Sure, this isn’t always easy, but it is always, always an option. Teaching myself to see that happiness is a choice has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself.
Now when I find myself in a bad situation, I know that it’s up to me to find the good, to be happy regardless of what’s happening around me. I am no longer pointing fingers, placing blame. I realise that everything happens how it happens and it’s up to me to choose how I want to feel about it. I am in control of my happiness level and no one can take that away from me.

Step 2: Rid Your Life of Negativity
If you want to live a positive, joyful and happy life, you cannot –- absolutely CANNOT -– be surrounded by negative people who are not encouraging your happiness. When I was a pretty negative person, I tended to attract other negative people.
When I decided to make the change to live a more positive life, I had to rid my life of all of the negative people in it. This, as you can imagine, wasn’t easy. Getting rid of people hurts -– even when you know they aren’t good for you or your current lifestyle.
Not only did I have to get rid of the negative people, but I also had to get rid of the negative things too. I had to stop doing certain things that were causing negativity in my life. I had to take a step back and examine which behaviours were good for me and which were not.
I learnt to focus on the positive things I was doing and let go of the negative ones. This process was not easy and to be honest, is still ongoing, but I know this: having negativity in your life prevents you from living a truly positive existence.

Step 3: Look For the Positive in Life
There is the positive aspect in everything. In every person, in every situation, there is something good. Most of the time it’s not all that obvious. We have to look. And sometimes we have to look hard.
The old me just sat back and allowed things to happen by default. If I saw negative, I went with that feeling. I didn’t want to look harder or think too much about the good. I found it much, much easier to sit back and just accept what I saw (which was usually the bad).
Now, when I’m faced with a difficult or challenging situation, I think to myself, “What is good about this?” No matter how terrible the situation might seem, I always can find something good if I take the time to think about it.
Everything –- good and bad -– is a learning experience. So, at the very least, you can learn from bad experiences. However, there’s usually even more to it than that. If you really take the time to look, you will usually find something good, something really positive, about every person or situation.

Step 4: Reinforce Positive in Yourself
Once I started thinking more positively and adapted to a more positive attitude, I realised I had to reinforce these thoughts and behaviours in myself so they would stick. As with any sort of training, practice makes perfect, and, yes, you can practice being positive.
The best and easiest way to do this is to be positive when it comes to who you are. Tell yourself you’re awesome. Tell yourself you look good. Tell yourself that you love and accept yourself completely. Tell yourself you did an awesome job at work or raising your kids or whatever it is you do.
Be honest with yourself, but do your best to look for the good. And, whatever you do, don’t focus on the negative. Nothing good can come of telling yourself that your butt’s too big or your latest career goal wasn’t met.
It’s okay to not like everything about yourself (yet), but don’t spend energy dwelling on the negative. Remind yourself of the good in you. We all have positive attributes and it’s up to you to remind yourself of them every day.

Step 5: Share Happiness with Others
Not only do you need to be positive with yourself for this new positive attitude to really take effect, you also need to be positive with others. You have to share your wealth of positivity with the world.
The best way I’ve found to do this is quite simple and basic: be nice. Be nice to other people, no matter what. Tell someone he or she looks nice today. Tell someone they did a great job on that presentation. Tell your parents or children (or both!) how much you love them and how great they are.
When someone is feeling down, do what you can to cheer him or her up. Send flowers. Write notes. Don’t gossip. Be kind to all living things. All of these things sound basic enough, but, for someone like me, they didn’t used to come easily.
In the past, I didn’t wanted to see the good in myself and, therefore, didn’t want to see it in others either. I used to be critical and condescending. Now I strive to be encouraging and supportive. I try not only to treat others, as I would like to be treated, but also to consider how they would like to be treated.
People appreciate positivity and the more you are sharing it with others, the more you are practicing it and reinforcing it in your own life.

Parting Words on the Positive Attitude Habit
When you start feeling like the idea of being a positive person is daunting, tell yourself this: “If someone who really used to struggle with a negative attitude, turned her life around with these five steps, then I can too!”
If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would be writing an article about developing a positive attitude and living a happy life, I would have laughed right in their face. I would have said, “Why in the world would someone want me to write about positivity?”

But here I am, writing this post, believing in these words, and knowing that every single day I am getting closer and closer to living the happy life I’ve secretly dreamt of living. If I can do it, you can do it. Believe in yourself and remember the most important lesson of all… a positive outlook is a choice. Choose to be positive. Choose to be happy. Life is short.