Are we going to have another baby?

Hi friends!

Sorry about the lack of blog posts last week, life has been super hectic these past 2 weeks! As I’m typing this, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and it’s only 6.30pm – so please forgive any spelling errors etc. I thought I would finally update on our TTC plans seeing as I haven’t talked about it since around this time last year.

If you followed my pregnancy journey with Hunter, you will know it was difficult to get pregnant and then it was difficult to stay pregnant. At 20 weeks I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix and had to have emergency surgery at 21 weeks to place a cerclage. Long story short, Hunter was born at just 33+6 weeks and spent 3 weeks in the NICU/SCN.

Fast forward to this time last year when we decided we were ready to have another baby. By this point I had done just about all the research I possibly could on an incompetent cervix and the options for a future pregnancy. My best option looked to be a TAC which is a Trans-abdominal Cerclage which is placed before you get pregnant – via a laparoscopy. So we went and saw a specialist Doctor in Brisbane to discuss my options. Long story short, I had an MRI and an internal and the doctor said my cervix was measuring 2.5cm which is half the length it should be when you aren’t pregnant. It is also far shorter than is safe during pregnancy. I would have absolutely no chance of carrying a pregnancy to term with my cervix that short and would struggle to even make it to viability, let alone to 28 weeks where bub would actually have a decent chance at life. So my only option would be to have the TAC placed. We went ahead and booked the surgery in for the following month, however, about 2 weeks before the surgery I called my doctor just to make sure this was the right decision – and he expressed his concerns of me living rurally during pregnancy and explained that he would constantly feel nervous during any pregnancy I have whilst I live here as we don’t have the best health care services locally (the closest hospital that can deliver premmie babies is 2 hours away and even then they don’t deliver before 32 weeks) and urged me to have money put aside in case I had to move into a city again. Due to this we decided to cancel the surgery until we had at least $10,000 saved up just for that.

About 8 months ago, Jamie and I looked into surrogacy – as I have so many issues falling pregnant and during pregnancy, we thought we’d explore all of our options. However, we came to discover how difficult and expensive it is to have a baby via surrogacy in Australia. Medicare does not cover any of the associated costs (IVF etc) and including legal fees and medical bills, we would need to have between 60k-100k put away for it. After a lot of discussions, we decided that seeing as we already have one amazing little man, it would be selfish and wasteful to spend that amount of money trying to have another baby – with no guarentee of it actually working.

So after a lot of conversations and thinking about what we want, we have decided not to have any more children. Now, if we have a “whoopsie” then obviously we will have another baby or if we miraculously win the lottery then we might consider surrogacy again. But in reality, its probably never going to happen for us. We are both content with our little family and I am focusing on my career and my studies for now.

I know that was super long-winded, but I wanted to explain how we came to our decision and the fact that there still is a very, very small chance that we may have another baby some day – but it’s not currently in our plans whatsoever.

If you’ve had complicated pregnancies, how do you feel about having more children? Or do you know someone who has been through surrogacy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for taking the time to read yet another long-winded blog! Your support is always appreciated.

I just wanted to sneak in here that I may have a super exciting announcement within the next few months. It’s all very new at the moment, however if everything goes to plan I will have something amazing to share with you all soon – so watch this space!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Kimberly XO

Spring is Coming & Finding Inspiration!

Hi friends!

Can you believe we are already a week into August (seriously, where did the year go)?! Which means we are only a few short weeks away from Spring! I only realised this yesterday when Jamie came inside and told me our Mulberry tree is covered in green mulberries. I didn’t believe him so went out there last night with a torch and sure enough, we have mulberries! And not just a few, we have literally HUNDREDS growing!

Mulberry tree 07.08.17

Our whole tree is covered in these beautiful little berries – there are far more here than what we will be able to eat so once they are ripe I’m going to try making jam for the first time. I always had Mulberry jam at my Grannie’s house when I was little and absolutely loved it. So if I manage to make some and it tastes decent, I’ll share the recipe on here.

If you grow any sort of fruit or vegetables I’d love to see photos! I really love having fruit trees – we only have our Mulberry tree (which we’ve only had for 2 years) and a kumquat tree which was here when we bought the house. It’s kind of a useless tree though, because kumquat’s are too sour to eat so the only thing you can do with them is make marmalade and no one in our house eats it – so we’ve just kept it for a shade tree for Shadow. Eventually I’d love to grow mandarins and oranges too. Oh and we also have a passionfruit vine that we planted in April – so far it isn’t growing overly well so fingers crossed it hangs in there and we get some decent fruit from it next year especially seeing how expensive passionfruit are these days.

So the other day I was listening to one of Jenna and Julien’s old podcasts (I like to listen to podcasts instead of music whenever I get ready for work in the mornings or when doing mundane tasks like the dishes etc.) and they were discussing who inspires them the most and it got me thinking. If you’ve read my recent blog posts, you will know that I have some pretty intense confidence and self-esteem issues and often what comes with that is envy and jealousy. I always found myself scrolling through Instagram and seeing people with seemingly perfect lives or with things I wish I had – whether that be bigger boobs, a fancier house or just seemed to be a perfect wife or parent – and I would find myself feeling extremely jealous and envious. Now, this isn’t something I like to admit because it sounds incredibly immature, but if you’ve ever dealt with confidence or self-esteem issues you will be able to relate. You always feel as though others have it better than you and a natural emotion that comes along with that is jealousy and often times – at least for me – resentment. I found myself having to unfollow some people because I would look at the photos and literally roll my eyes and scoff at them because they’re “perfectness” pissed me off so much. I think some of it comes down to the fact that I can’t stand fake people or people who portray their lives as perfect – I just don’t think it’s good for anyone’s self esteem – whether you have issues or not. The younger generation are basically growing up on Social media and frankly I personally believe that all of these “influencers” posting heavily photo-shopped pictures is a joke. No one has blurred, pore-less skin in real life, it provides teenagers with impossible to reach standards and puts more pressure on them to grow up before they need to. Anyway, as I was saying, Jenna and Julien were discussing who inspires them the most and it made me realize how much I have progressed in the past few months. I’ve unfollowed anyone who comes across as completely fake and have started following people who inspire me more. Instead of wishing I could keep my house clean like other mums, I got my shit together and deep cleaned my house. I can honestly say my house has never stayed this clean for this long. I can guarantee you it doesn’t look as nice as the houses of the bloggers I follow, but it is finally at a standard of cleanliness and tidiness that I’m happy with. Instead of feeling jealous of other’s achievements, I have chosen to change my way of thinking and be inspired by these people instead of wallowing in self-pity.

I had a really good think after listening to that podcast about who inspires me to be the best version of myself and I hope this blog encourages you to do the same. The biggest inspiration in my life has always been my Grannie. She is the most selfless, kind and caring person I have ever encountered. She made my childhood infinitely better by always providing a fun and loving environment for us on school holidays and has made my life as a mother so much better too. I often call her for advice, whether it be regarding parenting, cleaning, baking or just general life stuff, she always has great suggestions that I hadn’t thought of and always reminds me to give myself some grace when I’m being too hard on myself. I inherited my love of baking from my Grannie and her chocolate slice is still something I bake to this day. She is always incredibly patient, understanding and wise and I always hope that I will grow to become at least half as great of a person as she is. Anytime I ever decide to improve anything in my life, I always think of her – she is just one of those people who makes you a better person just by being in their presence. I feel incredibly lucky to have someone so wonderful to look up to.

Grannie and Hunter

Grannie & Hunter reading together during a visit last year

Another person who inspires me is one of my best friends, Laura. She is one of the most chilled out, relaxed and funny people I’ve ever met. She inspires me to go with the flow more and just have fun – and she looks like a damn supermodel so she makes me want to actually put effort in and work out. I’m not quite there yet, but if I ever consider working out, it’s because of Laura haha. We share a lot of the same interests, which I’ve never really found in a friend before. The only problem we have is the fact that we both share a love of makeup so whenever I ask whether I should buy something or not, the answer is almost always yes – she’s a bad influence when it comes to that haha.

Kimmy and Laura

Myself & Laura before a beach party earlier this year.

Of course the next 2 people who inspire me are my husband, Jamie and my son Hunter. They inspire me every single day to be a better wife and mother. Jamie inspires me to do more of what I love and Hunter inspires me to find the fun in every situation and to find the joy in the little things.

Hunter and Jamie

Jamie & his mini me Hunter ❤

Last but not least, the last 2 people who inspire me are Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita. Obviously, I don’t know them personally, but they have changed my life substantially. Whenever I feel stressed or anxious I watch one of Julien’s vlogs or Jenna’s ridiculously stupid and hilarious videos and I listen to their podcast religiously every single week. Jenna inspires me to be exactly who I am and not to be ashamed of being kind of weird – as long as you’re a kind person that’s all that matters. Julien inspires me to work for what I want in life and to follow my dreams. They both seem like genuinely kind and caring people and they both manage to always put a smile on my face. They are by far the coolest people on the internet. If by some miracle you haven’t heard of them or haven’t seen their content, you can find Jenna’s videos here and Julien’s videos here.

So that’s it for this incredibly long winded blog, I hope this encourages you to look for those who can inspire you and tell them what an inspiration they are to you!

Who are you inspired by? If there’s anyone you think I should follow, link them in the comments! I’m always looking for new inspiration.

As always, thanks for reading and if you ever need anything, feel free to send me a message – all of my social media is listed below. Have a great week everyone!

Love,

Kimberly Xo

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Life Update – July 2017

Hello friends!

(Guys this is a damn long one – get a snack, maybe even some kind of alcoholic beverage if that’s your thing (I’d suggest wine, but I don’t really want to suggest that you drink something that I think tastes like rotten grapes) because clearly I cannot stop rambling today –  when you’re using brackets inside of brackets you know it’s time for you to step away from the computer)

I thought I’d finally give you all a little life update seeing as it’s been quite a while since I’ve really filled you in on our life. I’m so sorry I’ve been so MIA lately on most of my social media accounts, to be honest I’ve just lost all motivation and inspiration when it comes to my blog and YouTube. Unfortunately, I’m one of those annoying people who replies to messages in my head and never actually physically replies and the same goes for my blog. I swear I’ve written a good 5 blogs in my head and then never actually get around to writing them and posting them, but hopefully I’ll get back to posting a little more regularly.

Life has been pretty crazy busy this year. I’ve been working longer hours recently and I’m also studying for a Diploma of Hospitality Management which takes up a lot of my time and energy. Add that to trying to be a decent Mum and wife and that’s pretty much all my time gone (and I still feel like I’m failing at that as well – I’ve even written a blog about it – which you can read here). Hunter is in daycare 2 days per week now, which is hard because I work both of those days, which doesn’t leave much time for me to get any study or housework done without him around. He was attending a different daycare 3 days per week, but as time went on he began to really dislike going and was completely miserable – so we moved him to a more family orientated daycare and he is much happier there and has even finally made a little friend – I honestly think he gets overwhelmed with lots of kids around – so going to a smaller daycare (there’s only about 5 – 8 kids depending on the day) is really helping him get over his shyness.

We recently bought a little mini quadbike, which Hunter absolutely loves – we have to ride it with him as it is a little bigger than it looked in the picture – but I’m quietly happy about it because it means I can ride it too without breaking it haha.

We also have a new family member called Nitro.

Nitro 15.07.17He’s just turned 10 weeks old and is a purebred blue American Staffy. He is too cute and has settled in SO well with our little family and other pets. I just took him to the Vet last week to get his 2nd vaccination and everyone was saying what a sweet boy he is. We really got lucky with Nitro, he’s such a gentle, cuddly and kind-natured dog.

Jamie and I have been doing really well too. I really feel like I fall in love with him more each and every day (sorry, I really should have put in a “prepare to roll your eyes and be grossed out by the mushiness disclaimer before I wrote that). It’s funny – people always said you will love your partner more once you see them with your kid/s and I always used to roll my eyes thinking “how could I love him any more than I do now” but it is SO true. I’m actually thinking of dedicating a blog to relationships and how to make them work when you have kids (because I just wrote a big spiel about it and ended up deleting it because this blog is so f*cking long already) . Marriage can be rocky sometimes and all relationships have their ups and downs – and considering how much Jamie and I have been through as a couple and separately I think it could be interesting for others to read about? I don’t know, let me know what you think in the comments below or on any of my social media accounts (all linked at the bottom of this post). We recently went to a friend’s 21st and it was the first time that we had a full night out together without worrying about Hunter in almost 6 months (thanks to Granma – Jamie’s Mum – for coming over and watching Hunter for us! ❤ ). I will admit I had pretty severe anxiety about going because – to be honest, I don’t really get out much – other than work and grocery shopping I am basically homebound most of the time, so this was tough for me. I ended up having a panic attack soon after we walked into the party and said happy birthday, but after some fresh air and a few tears I was fine and we had a wonderful night. I always find that when I have a panic attack and force myself to stay in the situation that’s causing the anxiety, I will end up crying and then the panic attack goes away. It doesn’t always work, but if I can be strong enough to ride out the panic attack and let it reach its peak – which is usually me crying – I end up being fine for the rest of the time. It doesn’t always work out that way, sometimes I have to leave the situation because I just don’t have the strength to push through, but when I do manage to stick it out, I always end up feeling so proud of myself. Anyway, side tracked yet again, here is a photo of Jamie and I from the party.

Jamie and Kimmy 19.07.17

(P.s how HOT is my husband?! Since January, he’s been working so hard in the gym and has managed to lose over 10kg!)

Alright, I think I’ve rambled on long enough – oh I actually just realized I didn’t address the one thing I/we get asked the most – “when are you having another baby?” and I feel kind of bad doing this, but you’ll have to wait for another blog to find out. Before you get excited, it’s not going to be an announcement of any sort (spoiler alert: I’m not pregnant). I just have too much to include when discussing the subject of TTC and more kids that it would make this blog far too long if I included it in here. But, hopefully I’ll be able to get my sh*t together and write an update about that for you soon.

If you managed to make it this far without skipping anything, we are now best internet friends and you’re stuck with me (totally kidding, but seriously, how the f*ck do you make new friends as an adult?). But thank you for reading and sticking around, even when I go MIA for months on end.

I hope you’re all doing well and if you aren’t, I hope things get better for you soon.

Sending lots of love and positive vibes,

Kimberly

Xo

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Chocolate Fudge Easter Cookies

Okay so I came across this recipe whilst searching for Easter themed treats on Pinterest and holy Easter batman, these are GOOD! But, also really not healthy. Like, at all. So keep that in mind. Now, I have changed the original recipe quite a bit which is why I thought I’d do a blog post rather than just posting a picture of the deliciousness on Facebook and linking the original recipe (don’t worry, I’ll link the original recipe below too!). Also, if you’re after a crispy, crunchy cookie this isn’t the recipe for you. These cookies are chewy at the edges and fudgey in the middle and have a similar texture to a brownie. These would also make a great gift, just package them up in some cellophane and tie off with a ribbon – I can guarantee they will be asking you for the recipe!

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So without further rambling, let’s get into it!

For this recipe you will need;

220g Baking chocolate – Now here’s where it gets a bit tricky, the original recipe calls for semi-sweet (dark) chocolate, but I didn’t quite have enough. So I mixed about 165g dark chocolate and about 55g milk chocolate melts. But you can do whatever you like really. Just remember that using all milk chocolate will result in a sweeter, less chocolatey cookie.

2 large eggs

5 tbsp. butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated (caster) sugar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

About 3/4 bag of Cadbury Easter Eggs (the candy coated ones)

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking trays with baking or parchment paper.

Melt chocolate – you can do this in a double boiler (bring a pot of water to a simmer, place another bowl over the top, making sure it doesn’t touch the water and gently melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Make sure you don’t overheat it or get any water in it or it will seize!) or you can do this in the microwave, I’d suggest going with 30 second increments to begin with – stirring each time and then take it down to 10 seconds when the chocolate begins to melt. Allow to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until combined and light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Pour the egg and butter mixture into the melted chocolate and mix until fully combined. Add in your dry ingredients (I sifted mine in but you don’t have to, I just do it because my cocoa powder is always lumpy) and gently mix. Your batter should be very thick – but not dough like – more like thick brownie batter.

Scoop tablespoon sized cookies onto the tray, leaving a few centimeters in between each cookie to allow for expanding. Press 2 or 3 Easter Eggs into each cookie. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are just set. The cookies will look doughy still, however they will set once out of the oven. Leave to set on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire wrack to cool.

These cookies are very rich and decadent, but so delicious!

If you make these, I’d love to see them! Please tag me in your photos on Instagram @kimberlyrose_xo

If you eat them before you manage to take a photo – I’ve been guilty of that before! – please let me know what you thought!

Here is the original recipe: http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/chocolate-cadbury-egg-cookies

Kimberly

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Homemade “Perfect Playdough” Recipe – No Alum or Cream of TarTar 

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! This past weekend was a rainy one so I wanted to find something fun we could do inside. I searched online for a playdough recipe and all of the required Alum or Cream of TarTar as we call it in Australia and of course I didn’t have any. There was no way I was dragging Hunter out in that miserable weather all for a ton of powder I will most likely never use again. So I searched and searched and finally found a recipe without it, but the comments said it didn’t work all that well. I decided to wing it and alter the amount of ingredients and it turned out perfectly! Just like the bought stuff except without the nasties. Here is my “Perfect Playdough” recipe! 

  
1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup salt

3 tsp lemon juice 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

Food colouring

Pop it all in a pot over medium heat and cook until it’s play dough consistency. If adding different colours, separate the dough and knead the colours in. 
You could probably try 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of oil instead of 2 as it was a touch greasy but I prefer it like that as it doesn’t dry out as quickly. I also suggest dusting your bench with flour before kneading the colours into the dough. Oh and if you don’t want your hands looking like mine did, maybe put some gloves on!

  
Let me know how you go if you try this recipe out! I’d love to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or feel free to send me a snap on Snapchat! All social media is listed below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Kimberly Xo

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Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hey guys!

So I figured instead of clogging up the description box of my videos with all of the products used etc, I’d post everything I used in individual blogs instead. That way its easy to find & come back to rather than having to go onto YouTube for a list of products. I’ve also included links of where I buy the products I use from, that way if you’re interested in a product, you won’t have to go searching for it.

If you haven’t seen the tutorial yet, you can check it out here!

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For this look, I used the following products;

Stila One Step Correct Primer http://mecca.com.au/stila/one-step-correct/V-008322.html

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette http://mecca.com.au/urban-decay/vice-4/I-022545.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/anastasia-beverly-hills/anastasia-beverly-hills-self-made-eyeshadow-palette.html

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in #110 & #220 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fitme-matte-poreless-foundation-30-ml

MAC Fix Plus http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/9863/32212/Cult-Classics/Prep-Prime/Prep-Prime-Fix/index.tmpl

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #10 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fit-me-concealer-1-ea

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette http://www.sephora.com.au/products/kat-von-d-shade-and-light-contour-palette

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/laura-mercier/laura-mercier-loose-setting-powder.html

Milani Blush in Coralina http://milanicosmetics.com/Baked-Blush.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe & Chocolate http://www.sephora.com.au/products/anastasia-dipbrow-pomade

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en/product/gimme-brow-volumizing-eyebrow-gel

Covergirl The SuperSizer Mascara https://www.priceline.com.au/covergirl-the-super-sizer-mascara-by-lashblast-in-800-very-black-12-ml

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cher & Ecstacy http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/gerardcosmetics/hydramatteliquidlipstick/

 

Eyeshadow Brushes Used;

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/228luxecreasebrush/

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/231luxepetitcreasebrush/

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush http://www.sephora.com.au/products/sigma-beauty-e40-tapered-blending

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know so I can include it in my next post!

Love,

Kimberly Xo

Tantrum City – When the Terrible Two’s Come Early…

I want to start this blog off by saying of course I love & adore my son, even when he is throwing a tantrum of Godzilla proportions. Right, moving on….

My toddler has been throwing tantrums since he was about 10 months old, however they were only very occasional and mild. As he has gotten older, the tantrums have obviously increased, both in frequency & in volume, but still haven’t been too bad. Until today. Today I feel like I am living in tantrum city, where nothing is okay and everything is infuriating, except I don’t know what’s causing it or how to fix it & I really want to get back to Pleasantville ASAP. Hunter has decided that today anything and everything is infuriating & that nothing is good enough. His toys aren’t doing what he wants them to, the cat won’t let him punch it (actually the cat (and us) never let him punch it, but apparently today that isn’t acceptable to Hunter), he wants to drink out of a cup but not THAT cup, or that one, the one that I am placing in the dishwasher because it’s dirty, that’s the one he wants. He’s tired and wants to go to bed, but doesn’t want you to leave, then once you go back in there he doesn’t want you there. 

Obviously I knew this day was coming, but I’m going to be honest here…

We’ve all been there right? In the days before we had kids, while we were leisurely strolling through the aisles of the shopping centre buying whatever we wanted (and not having to budget because we didn’t have to allow for nappies, wipes & the endless amount of bananas toddlers need) we’d come across a toddler throwing a ridiculous tantrum & would think “MY child will NEVER throw tantrums like that”. Well, I was right. My toddler doesn’t throw tantrums like the one I saw in Woolies, my child throws even bigger ones! Hard to believe right? Seeing as I was going to be the perfect parent with the perfectly behaved child. As per usual, life has given me a giant smack in the face of reality in the form of a toddler who has inherited my short temper, thanks a lot genes. 

Kids are going to be kids. Toddlers are bound to throw tantrums. It’s the only way they can express such big feelings that they don’t quite understand yet. I totally get where they are coming from, when I’ve got PMS I throw tantrums that can easily rival my toddler’s. Last time I was PMS’ing I was so angry for no reason that I actually wanted to get away from myself. Side story – my husband was listening to a chick’s cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself (while I had PMS), & this thought actually crossed my mind – I’m not even joking here, “I wonder if he’s messaging her, what if he’s cheating on me with her?!” Yep because my husband would TOTALLY cheat on me, NOT! & if he did it would definitely be with a famous Aussie musician. I’m a deadset idiot when hormones are coursing through me at peak levels. 

This is all part of the joy of motherhood, some days are a lot (a fuck load) harder than others & some days are so wonderful & fun you wish you could relive them over and over. 

So now I am left to try & work out what to do when my son throws a huge tantrum. What do you do? Do you walk away and ignore it? Do you do time outs? Cuddles or distraction? Leave a comment below or on my social media (links are down the bottom of the page) letting me know what works for you & your toddler. 

As always, feel free to send me a message on Facebook if you’re having a tough day or even just for a chat 🙂 clearly I’m an open book haha

Have a lovely week! I’ll be back on Friday with another Easter DIY.

Kimberly Xo

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Christmas Series

Hello everyone!

So it’s safe to say I failed the October Blogging Challenge EPICALLY! I was so motivated and determined to see it through, however I found a lot of the topics didn’t relate to me, so I ended up calling it quits on that one! But I have something very exciting to announce…

If you know me in person, you will know that I am obsessed with Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love decorating & buying gifts, making festive treats etc. so I figured, why not do a blog series on my favorite thing?! Starting next week I will be posting 2 to 3 blogs weekly with recipes, DIY decorations & DIY gift ideas to get you in the festive mood. A lot of the recipes & gift ideas would make fantastic teacher’s gifts too.

But that’s not all… I will also be running a few Giveaways! Yep you read right, few as in plural! One will be a children’s gift (which will be particularly good for the hot weather!), one will be a mini pamper set and the last one will be a big collective giveaway of a few different things! Most of which will be featured here on the blog! That’s right, you could be in the draw to receive some of my HAND MADE gifts!

The first Give Away will be announced at the end of next week within one of my blog posts, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for them if you’d like to enter!

Kimberly

Xo