Friday, 17 October 2014

Finding "The One"


Something a little bit different today, and frankly expect it to be a long one from some actual facts to me rambling on but guarantee at some point you have experienced some of this and will relate.
finding the one
If you are a friend or regular reader then you will know a couple of months back I was involved in a break-up and was heartbroken. But you see the thing is, it was a couple of months ago now. I spent ages being upset but I had to put a smile on my face every day and act as if nothing was wrong, for Corey's sake. One day them smiles weren't fake any more, I just had to get on with it.

Any ways a few weeks ago, my friend made me sign up to a dating app. I wasn't overly impressed or keen on the idea. I didn't expect anything from it, I just had a little nosey at some of the local guys and cringed when people I went to school with were on it - like hot ones who do not need a dating site. As a stay at home mum, I don't get much time to go out and socialise or meet new people so dating site was the only way. One day a couple of weeks ago, a  nice guy said hi. Frankly, we haven't stopped talking since whether it be on the phone or texting - all day every day. Before I knew it, a date has been arranged. To be honest, he is pretty awesome.

The other night, I actually felt guilty for being happy about this though. Which is silly isn't it? Why don't I deserve to be happy. Whether this thing is short term or long term. Who knows at this point but lets just go with the flow and see.

I saw an amazing article which is 45 life facts written by a 90 year old lady, and I actually came across it whilst writing this so it was perfect timing. A must read which you can view here. This is a few of my favourite quotes that stood out to me:

"Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present"
"Life is too short for long pity parties"
"Time heals almost everything. Give time time"

This old lady is so right, the one thing I need to do - is let go of my past. I never do! I am going to have major trust issues and think everything is a lie because that is what my past relationship came too. But why should I let that stop me from what could happen in the future? Not every guy is the same, and one day I may find "the one". Do I really want to screw my chances up of that because another guy played with my heart? I believe everyone deserves a second chance, including hearts.

Now I was always so set on how my life would turn out when I was younger. I wanted to go to college, fall in love, get married and have children by the time I was well 21. Life didn't exactly go how I planned, but I do have the most amazing kid obviously - which I wouldn't change for the world!

On Facebook. I asked fellow bloggers how old they were when they met "the one" specifically for this post. I thought maybe no one finds true love at this age, remember I am 21. Do we or don't we? Here is some statistics from fellow bloggers:

(out of 56 people - all various ages)

They ages they found their one:

17 & under .. 15
18 - 20 .. 18
21 - 25 .. 6
26 - 30 .. 11
30 + .. 6

Something my friend, a fellow blogger Paige from Paige's Preferences said really put everything into perspective for me and she is right so I just had to share:

"I think you just know, you get that feeling. After a wreck of relationships of thinking you love someone when you meet that one person everything just falls into place"

I agree with Paige so much on this. I've decided to finally go with the flow of things and whether I like it or not I am going to have to let go of all the hurt, and just be happy. Everyone deserves to be happy - even me. Every guy I always thought would be the one, wasn't and then I found someone else. So maybe someone else will come along again. If it is meant to be then it will be.

When I was younger, I imagined love to be falling in love at a young age, getting married and staying like that until death do us part. Why is it that it seems the older generations, they could do it? If you look at your grandparents, I guarantee they are still together. I read once that an old couple said how they didn't throw something away when it was broken, they fixed it. Are their morals better than our generations? Don't get me wrong, if someone cheated then I would kick them to the curb but life has issues so instead of running from them. We should be working on them, to fix it and come out stronger! A couple who fight together, love together and so on - hand in hand all the way.

So I don't actually know why I wrote this post at all to be honest, it sounds like a random mix of random rubbish. Sometimes you don't ever find "the one" do you? When you have children, they are all you need. So I am not saying I will find "the one" maybe I won't or maybe I will. But I won't ever be alone or unhappy when I have Corey :)

Who knows what the future will hold for any of us, but we can only hope for the best and see what happens. I will leave it at that for today, bit of food for thought I guess. Here is another life fact from the 90 year old lady which we should always remember:

"The best is yet to come"

Love, Gemma xo

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Pampers Unicef Campaign - 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine


I am helping raise awareness for these because it is important causes that I fully back and want to do my bit in helping spread the word and also joining in the campaigns myself. As I am doing my bit, please keep reading to find out why and how you can join in too!

If you are a parent, then you will no doubt heard of Pampers nappies. By far my favourite and the only nappies I have ever used on my baby. For as long as I can remember I have always seen adverts, some of which can be really upsetting on how if you buy Pampers, for each packet they will give 1 vaccine to the charity Unicef who provide vaccines in poorer countries who don't have proper health care like we are fortunate to have.

So a little bit more about the back round of this all, Pampers have been doing this campaign annually since 2006, so this is their 9th. It has funded over 300 million vaccines, eliminating disease is 15 countries. Which is just an outstanding amount. But there are still babies in over 24 poor countries who are still at risk.

Do you remember when those firsts you had with your child? I do and they are the best moments of my life, and I will never forget them. Many of you may be aware that Corey was a premature baby and he was very poorly in hospital for the first few weeks of his life. But I remember the moments when he was like 2 weeks old and got to wear his first baby grow and stop being a little naked baby or the first time he actually got to feed from a bottle. That moment was one of the most precious to me, I got to feed him that bottle and here is that picture:

pampers unicef campaign

As for Christmas my favourite time of year - Corey was born 6 days before so his very first was spent in hospital non the less. But the year after, we got to celebrate his first Christmas at home. It was a great day and I have this beautiful picture of us two that is still by far one of my favourites ever that I will cherish forever.

pampers unicef campaign

All the other firsts too which I don't have a record of but first words, first steps, first everything. Every child, no matter whether they are your first or last - those firsts are just magical every time. Something to cherish, but firsts last for a lifetime. I am 21 and I still have firsts that I will take, like first (and hopefully only) marriage, maybe first degree etc.

The unfortunate thing is many children out there don't get any firsts because their lives are taken too early, for many reasons all over the world. But by the help of Pampers and Unicef, these poor countries will receive help to fight the main causes of child death of diseases which can be prevented by vaccinations. We all make sure our children get the vaccinations that our NHS provides, just encase to give them the chance and help them fight against nasty stuff we would never wish upon anyone, even our worst enemy.

These children everywhere need help, our help. We may not be able to ever come to world peace, even if we ever do, unfortunately death will still be a part of life. But we need to help charities to help fight illnesses and even create cures. One day we can hope this is all possible to help give people a fighting chance of prolonging lives to be healthy like we all want to be.

Now Emma Button - the famous Spice Girl, amazing designer and brilliant mum is actually the Ambassador of this particular campaign for the second year in a row. This is a 2 minute video of Emma explaining a bit more about the campaign and see some of the amazing work that has come out of helping some babies in Madagascar through the help of Pampers campaign:

Here is a another great video on Pampers YouTube, of many wonderfully cute babies having some of their firsts, please take a moment to have a quick view as it will make you smile. But whilst watching, remember the realisation of some babies that don't get their firsts like these, it is a heart breaking thought.

For every like or share of this video, Pampers will donate 1 vaccine. So think 100,000 likes means 100,000 vaccines. So please I ask of you to quickly give this video a like (and share) to help save a babies life.

Here is a little collage of some more precious moments with Corey over the years. I am so lucky I have been able to watch him grow and have these moments that I shall cherish forever with many more to come :) From that little baby above having his first bottle by me his mummy, to pictures from the past years. Not all are some of his firsts, but all great memories we have created and each pictures has a different reason to why I love him so much :) 

pampers unicef campaign
pampers unicef campaign

If you can share this post with someone too whether it be by email, social media via Twitter, Facebook etc then it will mean someone else can read this and be aware of the good work that is going on in the world and maybe they will like the video and help donate a vaccine to save a babies life. It doesn't take long and won't even take a few minutes of your time so please I ask you to like and share to help a baby, so every baby gets the chance to have their firsts and share it with their parents.

Remember that every 1 pack of Pampers you buy in any shop, will be 1 vaccine for a baby! 

I would love to hear about your most precious first moments with your child or children? :)

Also a very big thank you for taking the time to read this if you managed the whole way through to this point. I appreciate this is a very long post but I hope you took a moment to just like the video and help save a life - myself, Pampers and Unicef will be very grateful if you can :) 

Love, Gemma xo

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Silent Sunday #14


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