Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Our Wedding in Cyprus | Wedding Series

We had such a beautiful day. I loved every minute of our wedding day and I am so happy with all the choices we made.

We booked through Thomson last May to get married in Cyprus, Paphos at the Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. It was a family hotel so was also perfect for Sonny's first holiday abroad.

When we arrived, we discussed everything with our wedding planner and booked any other extras we wanted for the day. We then met up with a guy from the hotel to arrange table plans and meal plans. These two very so helpful and was willing to do anything for us.

The next morning was a trip to the town hall with all the paperwork to get that all ready for the big day.

All our guests started to arrive on the next couple of days and in total we had 40 guests. Some stayed in the hotel and others stayed outside and just come in for the wedding day. We were so surprised of the amount of people that come out to see us get married.

The Wedding Day

The morning of the wedding me and Darren went our separate ways. I took Sonny for breakfast and then I passed him over to Darren and went off to meet my Bridesmaids at 11am. All 3 bridesmaids were booked in the hotel spa to have their hair and makeup done then I was after them.

I had my dress and the men’s suits steamed in my room while the bridesmaids were getting made up. I also managed to sneak in a quick bath in-between as well. I slipped on my BRIDE TO BE dressing gown and heading down at 12 to get my hair and makeup done.

I then went back to the room and met everyone at 2pm, we met the photographer and took a few photos and opened some champagne. The girls helped me get ready in my dress which was a little tricky.

It was time to head down to the ceremony. It had been raining all morning and five minutes before we headed out the sun come out. The wind however was so strong and I didn’t realise how strong until we headed towards the sea.

Sonny was such a good boy and walked me down the aisle with no trouble holding my hand the whole way. We walked down to The Piano Guys 'A Thousand Years'

We signed the register with our witnesses to the song The Script 'I'm Yours'

Apart from the wind being so strong, the ceremony ran so smoothly. We walked back down the aisle to Bruno Mars 'Marry You' with everyone throwing the confetti. Then we then had out group photos taken the then the photos of just the two of us.

Me and Darren (now Mr and Mrs Heslop) went and joined the rest of guests where we had cocktails made to our colour theme and the cake cutting. The cake was just a one tier with some fresh flowers on top. After the cake cutting me had a tower of champagne glasses and poured champagne into them. I loved this idea. We made a toast and then everyone chilled out and had a few drinks for a couple of hours.

Our wedding reception was supposed to be in the beach bar down by the sea. The wind was so strong so last minutes we changed it to an inside room. I was a little worried it would look awful down there, but with our decorations and extras it looked nice.

We headed down at 6.30pm to be seated and our guests had their starters while we headed off to have our sunset photos taken with the photographer. These photos look amazing and the clouds made them look even more magical.

We went back to have our meal with our guests, our menu was

Smoked Ham with Melon

Cream of Tomato Soup

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mozzarella
Light Cream Sauce
Skin Potatoes
Fresh Market Vegetables

Crème Caramel on Fresh Fruit Brunoise

Filter Coffee

The food was nice and they even catered for our vegan and a gluten free guests. We had wine on the tables and had waiter service to order any extra drinks.

The DJ turned up and we danced the night away. Me and Darren later that evening had our first dance to James Arthur ' Say you won’t let go'

Everyone got on so well and had a wonderful time. Sonny played up during the evening but one of my friends took him for a walk and he fell asleep for the rest of the party.

We received our photos and DVD the following week and they came out so perfect and looked amazing.

I really loved our wedding day it turned out even better than I had pictured.

If anybody has any questions about getting married abroad please just ask below.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 19th June 2017

Tuna pasta bake (Slimming world recipe from recent magazine)

Jacket potatoes with cheeese and salad

Gammon, crushed new poatoes with spring onion and beans

Chilli con carne with brown rice

Homemade fish and chips (or maybe frozen hehe)

Homemade pizza made with tortilla wraps with wedges

Sausage, mash and peas with gravy

Monday, 12 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 12th June 2017

Roast chicken salad with jacket potatoes

Chicken and vegetable stew (with the leftover chicken from Monday)

Vegetable stew

Tuna steaks with salad and new potatoes

Naked burgers with salad and homemade chips

Buffet food. We have our home wedding party.

Joe Wicks cottage pie

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Louis Phaethon Hotel, Cyprus | Sonny's First Abroad Holiday

We took Sonny on his first holiday abroad on 17th May. We went to a Thomson family hotel in Cyprus, Paphos. The hotel we stayed in was called Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. I cannot fault this hotel and I would recommend this for anyone looking for a lively family hotel. It was very clean and tidy and all the staff was so friendly.

I was dreading the flight with Sonny but we were very lucky to have a spare seat next to us so he didn’t have to sit on my lap the whole flight. The flight went really well and me and Darren even got to enjoy our bottle of champagne while Sonny napped for an hour.

Me and Darren also got married out in Cyprus on this holiday but I will write more blog posts on this later. As we were getting married it meant we had lots of family and friends on the holiday with us. I loved having family and friends out there with us, it was so nice to have people to hang around and socialise with us. Sonny also loved having his grandparents out there with us.

I was so worried about how well Sonny would get on being somewhere different and hot. I didn’t need to worry he enjoyed every moment and he was also very well behaved.

He kept us on our toes and as soon as l let him out of his pushchair he would run off and explore. We took it in turns to chase after him, which meant we all had time to chill and sunbathe at some point.

The pools were still very cold as it was May and some morning it did rain but cleared up during late morning. Sonny hated the pool to start with, I bought him a shark inflatable to sit in which helped encourage him loads. By the end of the holiday he loved the pool and I couldn’t get him out.

In two weeks Sonny’s speech is clearer and he has leant more new words. I can’t believe how much he changed in two weeks of being on holiday.

We had such a lovely first family holiday together and I cannot wait to book our next one for 2018. I am already looking at hotels and prices now.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Vileda Easy Wring & Clean TURBO Mop Review

One thing I haven’t owned since living in our family home for two years is a mop and bucket. I would always get down on my hands and knees with floor wipes and clean the floors that way.

I always needed a mop and had it on my list of things to buy for the house and just never got around to buying one.

I was contacted to review the Vileda Easy Wring & Clean Turbo mop and bucket which I was excited to try out. You can tell I am a Mummy now I get excited about cleaning products.

The first thing I noticed about it when I received the box was how nice and big the bucket was. It also states clearly where the max fill line is.

I have used this mop and bucket a couple of times now on the kitchen and bathroom floors. It was so easy to put together the first time I used it. It’s as easy as just twisting the pole together to tighten the extension.

I loved the Turbo Wring pedal on this bucket. I used to be rubbish at wringing mops out in the past and the floor would end up soaking wet. Using the turbo wring stops this from happening and just makes life so much easier. It also makes the whole cleaning situation quicker.

The mop itself cleaned the floors so good and even picked up some of the crumbs left on the floor. It does say on the box it picks up particles +20% which I will agree.

I think another great thing about this mop is you can take the bottom part off and put it in the washing machine. How great is this, as you can keep your mop nice and clean when it gets grubby. I haven't done this yet but I will be in the future when I have used it a few more times.

The bucket itself is easy to carry and even has a hole on one of the ends to make it easier to pour the water out once finished.

I even cleaned my bathroom tiles around the bath with it, as they are hard to reach unless I stand in the bath but this mop reached the tiles easily and makes cleaning the tiles a lot easier.

The mop is a great shape and reaches the corners of the flooring perfectly so you do not miss any parts of the flooring out. I noticed this worked so well when I used it.

I was honestly 100% happy with this mop and bucket and would recommend to anybody looking for a new floor cleaning product to buy. I give this a 10/10 as I cannot find any bad points about it.

If your interested in this product you can find out more on the below link

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 17th April 2017

Seasoned chicken breast with homemade chips and salad

Tuna steak with jacket potatoes and salad

Pork steaks (lean cut) with sweet potato mash and vegetables

Chill con carne with brown rice

Homemade turkey curry with brown rice

MY HEN DO so food out

Cottage pie with vegetables

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt | National Trust


At the weekend we had such beautiful weather with a temperature of 25c. We had to get out and make the most of the nice weather, so decided to try out an Easter egg hunt. Best to go this weekend in case we have bad weather for Easter.
I am already a national trust member and our favourite place to go is Lacock Abbey. It only cost £2.00 to join in with the hunt.
We had to walk around and find 18 bunny signs which gave us a clue to lead us on to find the next bunny. Sonny loved the bunny signs he would walk up and say hi and even give some of them a kiss, so cute.
It was so lovely watching everyone else getting involved and Sonny loves going out and exploring. He loves walking and running around while exploring all the things around him.
At the end of the hunt he got three bunny chocolates which he had to have one of before we had even got back to the car.
I got a few photos of the day which turned out nice. I will link them below.
This is something I will definitely be doing again next year at the national trust and properly make its a yearly tradition.
I also vlogged the day and put a video up on YouTube which is linked below.


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Sonny's Easter Basket

Sonny's Easter Basket

This year I have decided to do an Easter basket for Sonny. He will be 22 months old at Easter this year.
It will be full of fun things for us to do over the long Easter weekend. Some of the items inside will be new to Sonny and it's our first time trying new things out together.

So here is a list of what's inside the basket

A garden windmill
Chick balloon on a stick
Peppa pigs Easter egg hunt book
Peppa pig egg suprise
Peppa pig cake mix box
Paint your own egg
Easter stamps
Kinder egg
Plant seeds
Chick head band

So over Easter we can spend some time out in the garden planting his seeds into pots. We also have some cakes to make which we have never done before. Then we can do some crafts with the paint the egg and stamps.
I think he will love his Easter basket this year and I cannot wait to give it to him to enjoy the items together.

I have also put up a YouTube video to show more clearly what's in Sonny's Easter basket. The link is below

Weekly Meal Plan | 10th April 2017

Chicken and bacon salad

Jacket potatoes with tuna and salad

Lemon and herb chicken with cous cous salad

Slow cooker beef with veg and Slimming World roast potatoes

Friday (Good Friday)
Chicken Stir Fry

Beef tacos with salad

Sunday(Easter Sunday)
Roast Dinner

Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day


Sonny had a letter from nursery to say that everyone was dressing up for World Book Day and there would be a competition for best dressed. I got so excited as this was our first dressing up experience for nursery.
I looked on the internet for dressing up book day ideas for toddlers. I came up with the idea of 'Funny Bones' and thought we could just re use Sonny's Halloween outfit. I remember this book from when I was younger.
Here are a few photos from the day

We also filmed a DITL on World Book Day and here is the link if you would like to go along to YouTube and check it out.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mummy has a PAMPER DAY



I think every mummy deserves a pamper day every now and then. I decided to book a day off work and treat myself to a spa day at a local hotel. I had a voucher given to me from work, so I used this which made it a free day.

I went along to the Bishopstrow Hotel in Warminster which is part of the Longleat Group. Me and Darren have been here a couple times before and you may have seen this in past vlogs on my YouTube channel 'Bexmorts'.

I dropped Sonny off to nursery then quickly done the weekly food shop and then headed off for my relaxation day.

I took along the latest issue of the Gurlge magazine and I am also reading a book at the moment so took that along also. As I was going on my own I wanted things to keep my occupied.

I decided to go along on my own as I find this more relaxing.

I went for a swim and Jacuzzi then headed for a sun lounger and chilled out and done some reading.

I had my rasul mud therapy room treatment as 1pm, this was mud all over the body where you sat in the steam room then showered. After this is was lunch time.

I had a two course lunch included with my voucher.

Starter was cauliflower and blue cheese soup, so yummy.

Main was a tomato and mozzarella risotto.

The food was delicious and I also treated myself to a lovely glass of white wine.

I chilled out for a little more at the pool and went for another swim.

I really enjoyed my relaxation day at this spa. The spa is lovely and I would recommend it to anybody who lives local or anybody planning on visiting Wiltshire/Bath area. This spa just has a relaxing atmosphere to it.

Every mum should take time out to relax and if you can’t make it to the spa do a home spa when the children are not around. It makes a huge different to the way you feel.

What do you do to relax as a mummy?

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Quick and Easy Banana Pancakes

Pancake Day Recipe
This recipe is so quick and easy and a great alternative for a healthy pancake for Pancake Day.
All you will need for this recipe is
1 egg
1 banana
Coconut oil
All you need to do it mash the banana in a bowl and then mix in the egg.
Add the coconut oil to the frying pan to heat up.
Pour some of the mixture into the frying pan just enough for a mini size pancake.
Keep on medium heat and cook 2 minutes each side.
You can add some toppings or sides to these. I had strawberries with mine and they were so delicious.
I would give this recipe a 9/10 and would definitely recommend it for this Pancake Day which is Tuesday 28th February.
Let me know if you give these a try and also if you have any different pancake recipes.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Living Arrows | Muddy Puddles | 20th February 2017

Living Arrows | 20th February 2017

Sonny and I had such a lovely weekend. On Sunday we popped to Heaven’s Gate and had a little adventure. Sonny loved running around and splashing in the puddles.
It’s a nice open space where he can be let loose and I don’t have to worry about him.
I love his cute granddad cap which I got from Matalan and his cute rucksack he got for Christmas which had his drink and snacks in.
What made me laugh is when we stopped for snacks he didn’t eat all of his chocolate buttons, he just wanted to get back up and do some more walking, running and exploring.
It’s the first time we have been out and had fun in muddy puddles. It’s safe to say this is one of his new things to do. He would sit in them if I would let him.
Sonny is looking so grown up in these photos and becoming such a handsome little boy.
I took so many photos and they all came out really nice. Here are a few for the Living Arrows link this week.

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Living Arrows

Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 20th February 2017

Cheese and onion omelette with homemade chips

Slow cooker chicken casserole with mash potato

Chilli con carne with rice

Chicken stir fry with noodles

Burgers in pitta bread with salad and homemade sweet potato wedges

I think we may go on a date night

Joe Wicks chicken pie with veg

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Nothing will beat last year with the engagement proposal.
This year was completely different as Valentine’s Day was on a Tuesday and we were both at work all day while Sonny was at his Nanny’s for the day.
I still wanted to do something special even if it wasn’t much.  I popped to Tesco in my lunch break to look for a gift for Darren but there is nothing to get him unless it’s chocolate so decided against a gift.
I decided just a nice quick meal on the night would do the job. A special meal but one I could just chuck in the oven. It was to avoid ordering an expensive unhealthy takeaway.  Tesco were doing a meal deal on their special range. See below the deal and the meals I selected. There were lots of choices to pick from.

1 Main, Lemon and herb chicken
1 Side, Lemon and thyme roast potatoes
1 Desert, Chocolate Truffle and champagne profiteroles
1 Drink, A bottle of white wine
ALL FOR £10, I saved in total £8.60 it was such a good deal. I know a lot of the shops are offering deals like these on Valentine’s Day nowadays.
I also got 2 love themed cupcakes from work with a donation to the Alzheimer’s charity for £1. Just a little gift for Darren and Sonny.  Sonny loves cakes at the moment so perfect little gift for my little boy.
I also got Sonny a valentine’s themed helium balloon which he also loved and kisses and cuddles it as it has teddy bears on it.

Darren spoilt me and got me some pearl earrings and pearl bracelet to wear on our wedding day.  I got a card from Darren and also from Sonny. It is so cute getting a card from my baby boy.

Darren went to the gym till about 7pm then we sat and had out nice meal and that was all we done to celebrate this year.

Its mad to think I will be Darren’s wife next Valentine’s Day.
What did you get up to this Valentine’s Day? Hope you all had a LOVEly time.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 13th February 2017

Jacket potato with tuna mayo and salad

Beef stew and dumplings

Sausage casserole in the slow cooker with mash

Diet coke chicken with rice (slimming world recipe)

Fish, homemade chips and peas

Chicken curry with rice

Roast dinner

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

It’s so sh*t being a full time working Mummy


Just got back to work after my lunch break and I am realising even more how shit it is being a full time working mum. I had a 45 minutes lunch break which I drove home and cleaned the kitchen top to bottom (didn’t have time for floor). I run round like a crazy women trying to get things done in my lunch breaks as it’s the only way to get everything done.

I work 5 days a week 8 till 4.30pm but by the time I collect Sonny from childcare or his nanny’s house I sometimes don’t get home till 6pm. Sonny usually has bedtime milk at 6pm so its PJs milk and ‘In the night garden’ then bed. No time for fun or to spend time with my little monkey.

Sonny is 19 months old and I have been doing this since he was 9 months old. I have missed out on so much of his growing up, I hate that. Before I know it he will be starting school.
When I returned back to work after maternity leave I wanted to return part time but that wasn’t an option and my company only offered full time. My whole maternity leave I had it in my head I would be a part time working mum, this didn’t go to plan and it was hard and still is.
The reason I went back to the same company was because although I didn’t want full time I like my job and the people I work with and I am lucky to have that. The wage isn’t that bad neither for my area where I live. I said I would give it a try and I have just got on with it.

Some mornings I have to wake Sonny up and take him out in this icy cold weather. I feel so bad. He is so used to it now though and he just gets on with it. I am so lucky to have a happy little boy.

One of the problems with this working all the time is I just want to spend all weekend long with my boy as it’s my only two days I get with him. This means I avoid invitations out with friends and even date nights with Darren as it would usually mean Sonny sleeping somewhere else for the night and not being with me first thing the next morning. Some friends have got distant but my closest are still about as they have children and understand. It’s also the same for family. I used to see my sister most weekends but I am lucky if I even see her once a month now. I just don’t have time to fit everyone in and get everything done at the weekends.

My house is always a mess and I can’t keep on top of the house work. Tempted to get a cleaner but just can’t justify wasting the money on one. I get so stressed with all the mess in the house. Spending time with Sonny comes before cleaning and tidying the house and it will always be that way.
The benefits are Sonny is very independent and never gets upset when I drop him off in the mornings. He loves nursery and going to his nanny’s. His development is coming along quicker from nursery I have noticed. He is a very sociable little boy and it’s so lovely to see that when I am out and about with him.
The main thing is that Sonny is happy, which I can see he totally is. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing any of this.

Things need to change in the next year though and if I can’t go part time in the future it would mean leaving my current job, this would be sad as I have worked here for 11 years now and it would feel strange working somewhere else.

Do you work full time as a mummy? How do you feel working and being a mummy? Any advice? Please comment below.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 6th February 2017

Jacket potato with beans and cheese

Chicken korma with brown rice and broccoli

Fish finger sandwich with sweet potato chips

Slow cooker sausage casserole with broccoli

Beef burgers (no bun) salad and homemade chips

Homemade pizza

Sunday dinner

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup | RECIPE OF THE MONTH


 This is a great recipe for busy working mums but of course for anybody. I literally just stuck all the ingredients in the slow cooker and set it to low all day. Once I got home I liquidized everything together and I had my soup. It’s as easy as that.
I think the hardest part was trying to cut up the butternut squash which in the end I made Darren do. If anybody has any advice on an easy way of cutting one of this please comment below and let me know. You could always buy some that’s already been cut up in the shop to make things easier.

1 Butternut squash
1 Large red pepper
2 Small onions
1 Potato
Smoked paprika 3 tsps
3 Cloves of garlic
1.5 Pint of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to season

I actually got everything chopped and ready to go the night before. The next morning I just added the stock to the pot and put it on ready to go.
This is a healthy recipe which is slimming world friendly.

Any left overs can go in the fridge ready for the next day.

I served mine up with fresh seeded bread and butter. Yummy.

Darren scored this 8/10. I liked it but it was a bit spicy so I would prob put less paprika in next time.

Let me know if you try this recipe and if you enjoyed it. Anybody who has any other slow cooker recipes they would like to share please link below. I am always looking for new ideas.


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Monday, 30 January 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 30th January 2017

Jacket potato with tuna (or prawns) and salad

Chicken with Salad and new potatoes

Meatballs in tomato sauce and butternut squash spaghetti

Butternut squash soup with fresh bread

Slow cooker lamb curry with brown rice

I am out with the girls for dinner at Prezzo

Cowboy Pie (Slimming World recipe) with broccoli