Month: June 2017

What to watch on TV (and Netflix)

Lately, I have found myself spending more time away from my laptop and watching TV. I think my mind is so drained by the end of the day that I need to just vegetate and watch TV rather than try to do any blog work. With the recent end of winter programmes/ start of summer programme period I have found myself trying to find some new things to watch and so I thought I would share with you some of the programmes I have been watching…

LOVE ISLAND

If you haven’t heard of Love Island you must have been under a rock for the past few weeks! It seems to be taking over the majority of the reality TV loving population – even passing out Big Brother this year by the looks of it. It is pretty much exactly what you think… an island full of people looking for love (just so they can win £50k!). It’s on every night on ITV2 at 9pm.



PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

This programme has taken 7 years of my life. If the final episode this week doesn’t make my jaw hit the floor I will be disgusted! PLL is on it’s seventh and final season at the moment (all seasons are on Netflix). It begins with 4 girls whose best friend has died. They begin to recieve weird text messages with information only she could know…….

Another one loved by the masses. OITNB is based in Litchfield women’s prison and follows the goings on inside. I have just started to watch season 5, the newest one and I am hoping it lives up to the last one.

RUPAULS DRAG RACE

YAAAAASSSSSS Queen! I only began to watch drag race when Finn was born! Fast forward couple of months and I was totally up to date. There are 9 seasons in total now (and 2 all star seasons which are possibly even better!) – some of which are available on Netflix. It is a competition where drag queens compete to become America’s next drag superstar. And win $100,000! It is so funny and some of the make up skills are jaw dropping!

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

An oldie but a goodie – I remember watching this when it was on television years ago and loving it! To me it’s like FRIENDS, one of those programmes that stays with you probably for the rest of your life (does that sound kinda sad? haha). I decided to rewatch it and already there are so many parts I had forgotten about!

THE CLIENT LIST

Ok, so this is kind of a love-hate currently. I really enjoyed the client list. It is an easy to watch, light programme. It had enough drama and suspense to keep you hooked but wasn’t too hard to follow or anything. HOWEVER, there are only 2 bloody seasons and it ends on a massive cliffhanger!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m still upset about it?




Let me know what you’ve been watching in the comments below because as you can see a lot of my shows are coming to an end soon.

 

Makeitwithwords – Perfect ‘Instagram’ Gifts | Review

I am one of those people who loves to buy someone ‘the perfect gift’. At times like Christmas, I prefer giving presents than receiving them (I still love getting presents too – don’t get me wrong!) and can spend lots of time and money on each one. Last week the lovely people from Make It With Words emailed me to ask if I would be interested in some of their products. A quick look at their site and I could immediately tell it was right up my street! Their range is right on trend with monochrome, brush prints, baby name frames and so much more.

They also have a Father’s Day range – because I know I definitely find men the hardest to buy for! It has personalised coasters, prints, luggage tags – all useful but thoughtful gifts!

If you’ve been around a while you will know that we have just moved house so instead of picking one of those gifts for Clayton I decided on the ‘home sweet home’ Handbrush Print. It was something that I think he will really like and it fits perfectly with the decor of our living room (something I’m sure he is totally oblivious to). ‘Home’ is such a massive thing to him and I thought that this was the perfect gift when I saw it! It arrived in a beautiful white box frame with the fittings already on (nothing worse than a frame you have to add bits to before you can even hang it). It is a high-quality frame and fitting which you would expect for an extra €30. The print alone costs €29.99

 

Another thing that is obviously massively important to him are the boys so I went with the Children’s Personalised Photo Print (which you can get a caption underneath but I honestly didn’t know what words were ‘perfect’ enough. I chose the only photo of the two boys together smiling. It is such a huge step in our family and a moment we don’t ever want to forget so it is something we will both cherish. This print costs €34.99 with the option again to add a frame for an extra €30.

Overall, I think the quality and range of products is fantastic. There is a gift for everyone on the site and they are personalised and unique. The turnaround time was only a few days so it could be ideal if you’re running out of time too. (And if anyone is wondering what to get me – I have my eye on the Baby ABC block frames *hint hint*)

*DISCOUNT CODE! If you are planning to order something for Father’s Day you can bag yourself 20% off with the code ‘MAKEITFORDAD17’. All orders or Father’s Day must be in by Tuesday 13th of June to guarantee delivery by Sunday.

Life Update | Moving, Autism, Vegan

Life Update – surely every post a blogger writes is a life update of sorts? Anyway, considering I have been pretty absent on here especially in relation to our life and what has been going on I thought the best way to get back would be to catch you up to where we have been and what’s been happening.

So where do I begin?

We moved house.

Originally it wasn’t by our choice but in the end, we actually could have stayed at our old house if we wanted. By pure chance, we found this house and we all love it! I got the decorate it all how I want, and while it is still nowhere near finished I am happy with how it is coming along. It is not far from our old house, which means it’s not far from my parents or Clayton’s work either and the school we plan to send the boys to is really close by.

I originally wondered how Aidan would adjust. Overall he can handle day to day change but his bedroom is somewhere he is most relaxed. It is his personal space away from all the struggles of the world. We brought him up a good number of times before we moved in (we lived with my parents between houses because our bed and sofa deliveries took FOREVER!) and he seemed to really like his new playroom. We also kept his room the same colour as before and all his furniture came too. He took it all in his stride overall and he has settled in brilliantly. Finn sleeps better here than he ever did in his life – thankfully because we were literally running on empty for far too long.

There is a house tour video on our Youtube channel if you want to check that out.

Autism.

Some of you are probably wondering what is going on with Aidan and our autism journey but honestly, that is a post in itself. It is such a LONG and complicated process – so for parents who may be searching the internet looking for as much information as possible (like I did/do), I don’t want to skim over anything. I promise to do an update on where we are with Aidan’s journey and any information I have gained along the way soon.

Going along with that we are nearing our 1 year GFCF anniversary (is that a thing? If not it should be because it is an achievement!). So I also plan to do a post on that and I will include other GFCF blogs and pages I have found with great recipes and success stories. While I know it doesn’t work for everybody I have heard so many great stories that I think if you’re on the fence TRY IT! (Do I sound like those people selling Forever Living? I’m sorry!)

Vegan.

Oh, I have also started eating a plant-based diet (I find when I say vegan people judge me). This means cutting out meat and any animal products. Why? Not because of animals or the environment (sorry real vegans!) but because of my acne. I found that I was always having breakouts in the ‘hormonal’ areas – so my chin and jawline.

I found a video on Youtube and it kind of turned on a lightbulb for me. Everyone knows by now that there are growth hormones in meat and dairy in order to bulk up animals or help produce larger volumes of milk, etc. so it stands to reason that this may be what is causing my own hormones to act up and resulting in breakouts specifically in that area. I didn’t know how I could live without cheese or chocolate but guess what – I really don’t miss them. I know acne can be something lots of people struggle with so I might do a post about my results in case it helps anyone.

 

So, that is really it – our life update. Probably not very exciting considering I have been gone so long but I am always on Instagram and Snapchat (ellen.okeeffe) if you want to see me daily. Not that considering that’s how I update you after 5 months I’m not really selling myself very well!