THE PURE JOY OF HAVING A SON – MY MAX

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THE PURE JOY OF HAVING A SON – MY MAX

My beautiful boy Max came into the world 2 weeks late by a very stressful emergency cesarean. We thought we’d lost him & then Tony thought he’d lost me too & if it wasn’t for the amazing medical team at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary that could have happened. Isabelle had been a textbook natural birth with absolutely no problems & everyone told me your second birth was easier but that certainly wasn’t the case with my second birth. With this stressful start to his life Max & I had to stay in hospital for 4 days which ended up being wonderful. Not the stay in hospital particularly, I was desperate to get home to Tony, Isabelle & the comforts of my own home, but it was amazing to have those 4 days of Me & Max and I think I just stared…

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HELLO AUGUST 2019

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HELLO AUGUST 2019

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Woohoo!!! 3 whole weeks off to be with my children & family. Quality time and I just cannot wait. 

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH

  1. Going to watch a recording of Loose Women live at the ITV studios in London & Jason Donovan, my teenage crush, was the guest!
  2. Isabelle doing a weeks summer school at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey, my old college, and watching her in the show on the last day
  3. A fabulous girly day with Isabelle having a makeup lesson, tea at Harvey’s Huddersfield & a cinema trip to watch ‘Yesterday’  ‘Me and my Belle’ 💗
  4. Max enjoying a fab few days away on an activity trip with school with his mates
  5. Isabelle having a fabulous school trip to Wimbledon & Chessington World of Adventures. Lucky girl! IMG_9311
  6. Watching Britains Got Talent live at Wembley Stadium
  7. Both kids getting fabulous school reports
  8. Max’s fantastic…

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HOW TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF (TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE)

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HOW TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF

(TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE)

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IGNORE THE NEGATIVE VOICES

Who is that annoying person in your head that causes self doubt and insecurities? IMG_9770My promise to myself this year was ‘new year new me’ and to find my confidence again and I’ve really stuck to it. A couple of low points in my job over the last couple of years had knocked my confidence a little but at the end of last year I took a step back and reminded myself of all the many things I’ve achieved and gave myself the hard word. I’ve started believing in myself again and I’ve had to get tough with myself but now the voice in my head is saying ‘yes you can’ instead of ‘no you can’t’! The positive thinking has a knock on effect and so far 2019 is shaping up very well.

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LIFE SKILLS I WANT MY CHILDREN TO MASTER BEFORE THEY LEAVE HOME

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LIFE SKILLS I WANT MY CHILDREN TO MASTER BEFORE THEY LEAVE HOME

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Money Management, Budgeting & Paying BillsIMG_8329

Putting money into a savings account

Basic DIY

Be able to cook a small repertoire of basic meals (or more if they have a flair for cooking)

Learning to Drive & Navigational Skills 

Be able to do basic household tasks – Managing a home 

 Know how to deal with a car breaking down

Social Skills, Good manners, Empathy with others, 

How to get themselves places on public transport such as mastering the subway/tube in big cities 

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Good grooming and personal maintenance 

How to ask for what they want be it something small such as in a shop or restaurant or something bigger for their career 

Basic Time management & Organisation, Getting up in morning being on time etc 

Communicating with others face to face not via…

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LEARNING TO SLOW DOWN

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LEARNING TO SLOW DOWN


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After a few weeks of feeling a little overwhelmed, down and just not quite myself – I realised I needed to take a step back and really think about my priorities more. Luckily I now have 3 weeks off work to enjoy less stressful days of not constantly looking at my watch and also a little time to wind down at the end of my days. I’m always an advocate for self care but the hardest part of that is always practising what I preach. A little sunshine, a little self care, recharging my batteries and some time with Tony, Isabelle & Max  and already I feel so much more in tune with myself and everyone else. I’d love for you all to take a little time for yourself this week whether that’s a pamper night, time with friends or tackling something that’s been playing on your mind –…

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THE ‘ME’ IN ‘ME AND MY BELLE’

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THE ‘ME’ IN ‘ME AND MY BELLE’

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My name is Zoë, mum to my 14 year old daughter Isabelle & 11 year old son Max. I’ve been blogging a couple of years now and so I thought I’d just put together a few facts about myself for my lovely followers. 

  1. My favourite flower is a daffodil IMG_7001
  2. I love cocktails, Pink G&T & champagne
  3. My favourite films are Ben Hurr & Dirty Dancing
  4. My guilty pleasure is watching Corrie, Emmerdale & The Real housewives of      Cheshire
  5. I hate Curries
  6. I love Steak
  7. I have been a dancer since the age of 2
  8. I’ve travelled the world extensively as a professional dancer
  9. My children are my world
  10. I met my husband Tony on a catamaran in Barbados
  11. We nearly lost both Max & myself when he was born during an emergency csection
  12. I love glamour, glitter and dressing up
  13. I…

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A DAY ON THE LOOSE WOMEN SET

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A DAY ON THE LOOSE WOMEN SET

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Watching ‘Loose Women’ live on set is a little bucket list thing I’ve wanted to do for a while so, knowing I had a couple of days in London planned this July I went on the website and successfully booked tickets for my mum & I. A few weeks later I was very happy to find out my first teenage celebrity crush Jason Donovan was going to be that days guest. 

We arrived at the ITV studios very very early but it gave us time to have a nice breakfast in one of the surrounding restaurants on the grounds of the studios. Loose Women ticket holders also get good discounts in these restaurants. 

As soon as we saw a couple of other ladies arriving we joined the queue so we were very near the front as there’s no guarantee of getting in even…

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