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Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

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A Quick Update on Max…

A Quick Update on Max…

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Baby’s First Trip to Accident and Emergency

Baby’s First Trip to Accident and Emergency

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Can you get a fake tan in the shower?

Can you get a fake tan in the shower?

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The Things You Do When You’re Awkward AF

The Things You Do When You’re Awkward AF

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How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight With a Toddler

How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight With a Toddler

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Bonjour

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m a first-time mum on a mission to prove that there’s still life after parenthood.

I mean, I’m mostly failing in that mission, but I’m trying – and that’s the main thing, right?

This blog documents my attempts to regain my sense of style, have some adventures, and figure out parenthood, one blog post at a time. Want to know more?

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I also wrote a book...

I wrote a book about crying in the shower, quitting my job, and figuring out how to make a living by writing about my life on the internet.

My Blogging Secrets is the story of how my husband’s kidney transplant changed both of our lives. It’s also a realistic guide to blogging, filled with tips and advice from a full-time blogger.

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Parenting & Pregnancy

I used to consider myself childfree for life, but one day I decided I was tired of getting to sleep as much as I wanted and wear clothes without spit-up on them, so I had a baby. Yes, it surprised me too, to be honest.  Baby Max was born by elective c-section in December 2017, after one miscarriage, one ectopic pregnancy, and a lifetime’s worth of health anxiety and tokophobia. I wrote a pregnancy diary for (almost) every week of my pregnancy, and my parenting posts cover my journey so far, as well as providing some honest advice for first-time parents.

Style Advice & Outfit Inspiration

I’ve been photographing my outfits for over 5 years now. It’s less weird than it sounds. OK, no, it isn’t. It has, however, allowed me to build up a fairly comprehensive style diary, which I’ve categorised by season and style: so, you can browse my outfits for spring, summer, autumn and winter, or take a look at my casual or maternity outfits, depending on what you’re looking for. I also have some style advice and sample capsule wardrobes for you: come and take a look!

Blogging & Social Media

I’ve been making a living from blogging for over a decade: here’s everything I’ve learned, including how to start a blog, how to grow a blog, how to make money from blogging, and what it’s really like to make a living online.

Travel & Adventures

I love to travel: and I’d also love to take you along with me. Er, metaphorically speaking, I mean. Like, you can read my blog posts, but you can’t actually come on holiday with me, because that would just be weird, OK? Where was I? Oh yeah: having lived in Scotland my entire life, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the country (And, well, visiting all of the Outlander filming locations I can find…), and my posts on Scotland cover all of our adventures here. Once you’re done with those, you’ll also find info on my travels within the rest of the UK and Europe, and to the United States. Finally, although I’m in no real position to be handing out travel advice, I’ve written some anyway, including posts on how to pack a suitcase, what to wear to the airport and more. Or, of course, you can simply choose to read all of my travel blog posts in chronological order: enjoy!

I try beauty products so you don’t have to

I got 99 problems, and skin like a vampire is one… Trying to find products suitable for redheads is another. Oh, and my habit of getting myself into trouble by buying magnetic eyelashes online, or letting my husband do my makeup, say, is another.  Over the past few years I’ve had my eyebrows microbladed, tried eyelash extensions and hair extensions, and I’m currently in the middle of a smile makeover. I try beauty products/treatments so you don’t have to – so whether you’re wondering whether Alpha H’s Liquid Gold really is as good as everyone says it is, looking for ways to get rid of sleep lines, or on the hunt for the best foundation for pale skin, I’m here to help. Or to TRY to, at least…

AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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AD | Time for a...

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
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(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
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They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
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If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
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Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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I posted this on Stories...

We’re back home in not-so-sunny Scotland, but my feed is still stuck in Florida... New post is up on the blog (direct link in Stories..), talking about how we’ve been dealing with toddler jetlag, and why I always hate coming home after a trip...
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We’re back home in not-so-sunny...