Welcome to the world!

My partner and I are so proud and exhaustedly happy to announce that our baby boy we were expecting, has finally arrived into this world. Jackson Leslie Thomas arrived into this beautiful world on the 2nd November 2017 at 4:30am. I know not every reader is going to be interested in my birth story. But this post is more for my records, to look back on.

I must start by saying, I have a newfound appreciation and respect to every mother out in this crazy world. I have to say this was the most difficult and intense end of pregnancy journey ever. I had an idea that labour and birth wasn’t going to be easy and very painful, however I wasn’t expecting what I felt. It”s an extremely intense feeling of pain.

In preparation for the big day, I had my hospital bag packed, and a birth plan written. Although everything happened so fast, and there was somethings in my plan I just couldn’t do. I originally planned to be as active as possible through labour. However, the contractions were just so intense, I just couldn’t deal with it. Because of my difficulty dealing with it, as the contractions got way worse, and my partner phoned the hospital back up, they told us to come straight it in, and they’d have a room set up for us, and the water birth pool ready.

I must say that trip back to the hospital felt like the longest 15/20 minute drive felt like forever. When we got to the hospital, the security guard got me a wheelchair, because between contractions I could not walk. It was 3am when I got into the pool, and labour was established. My original plan was no painkillers, as natural as possible. I ended up having a little gas and air, but I didn’t feel like it had much of an effect on me. This lead to me barely using it. For my first time, labour only lasted an hour and a half.

Jackson arrived 6 days late, on the 2nd November 2017 at 4:30am.

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If you head over to my instagram (rebeccaklxo) : you’ll see more of our Jackson, as I just post so much baby spam.

~RebeccaKLxo

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Jigsaw: Film Review.

Not going to lie, thank goodness my little one is deciding to stay all safe and snug inside. I only say this because this gave em a chance to see an early screening of Jigsaw, last night. This is something I’ve been looking forward to, since I first saw the trailer back in March 2017. As I’m clearly a horror fan, it should be no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Saw franchise. My admiration for this franchise means I have a very high expectation of this film.

One of the main things I love about the Saw franchise, is the creative torture traps inside the film. The gore keeps getting better and more graphic too. The entire cast and crew did an amazing job bringing this 8th installment together. The traps this time around were creative and considerably more gorier then past installments. So be prepared for that, in my opinion the motorcycle trap (without giving away too much) is probably the most gruesome.

It was obviously great to see Tobin Bell back as Jigsaw. You really can’t have a Saw film without him. The entire storyline to this film was great, made sense if you’ve seen all the films. However I did binge watched the franchise before seeing this latest film, and I still got a tiny bit confused, trying to keep up with the present and past tense of the film.

I’ll happily watch the film over and over again! I personally wasn’t disappointed by this installment, and would recommend it to other fans of this franchise. It’ll definitely be a good choice for a date night film, over the halloween weekend. If that’s the type of film, you are into.

~RebeccaKLxo

Third Trimester Struggles.

I’m writing this as I just hit 39 weeks into my pregnancy, though this won’t be posted until I’m closer to 40 weeks. With just a week to go until my estimated due date (27/10/2017). This could very well be my last blog post, until the little bubba has arrived. Seeings he could arrive anytime.

I must say, although the early part of my pregnancy has been pretty breezy, with a lack of morning sickness, and having a fully healthy pregnancy and fetal development. From the booking appointment with the midwife, where I don’t have any genetic issues with family history. I feel like other women going through the pregnancy journey, in a way ‘hate’ me. I don’t intend this to be a brag by any sort. It’s just my personal pregnancy experience.

However my third trimester has actually been quite struggling. I seriously can’t wait to meet my baby. Not knowing when, is making me actually very nervous. I want to share what I’ve found to be particularly struggling.

Firstly, sleeping really is pretty much non existent. Not only does it take me like 3 hours to get comfy, I then have to get up to use the bathroom every 2/3 hours. That but from lying down, it takes a good 5/10 minutes. So much so that a lot of nights I don’t get to bed until about 3 or 4 am. This is what’s making me in an extremely bad mood. It doesn’t help going to bed that late, and then getting woken up at like 9am.

Secondly, I’m at the frustrating time where I keep getting asked that dreaded question. ‘Is he here yet?’ Or any labour signs yet? I also keep getting told that I’m not far off my due date, or that it’s close. I know I’m close to my due date, I am pregnant. I obviously know my own due date. Plus even the due date isn’t accurate. The baby will come, when they decide to come. My partner and I will call all family, informing them, and we will do an announcement, for friends.

Thirdly, a big part throughout pregnancy and midwife appointments are urine samples. By the end of your journey, you would of got very good at doing this. However they do not tell you how difficult it is to do one while 38 weeks pregnant, with a bump in the way. The acid reflux is also extremely uncomfortable, and hasn’t subsided. I have tried taking medication to help manage, but that went really badly and mad me ill. So I made my decision to just battle it out. Also have read an old wives tale about acid reflux, saying apparently the baby will have a head of hair, If this is true, and  with the amount I’ve suffered with this, I hope my baby has a decent head of hair.

Thanks for following my journey, and first time experience. I honestly can’t wait until I can just hold him. Or even my partner and I to meet what we created, it’s such a magical experience.  This means that after this post, it’ll be highly unlikely that I’ll blog again until after the birth. But thanks for the support, well wishes and those who have followed!

~RebeccaKLxo

The Blogger Recognition Award 2017

Last week I was nominated for the blogger recognition award 2017 by Miss Monet (Blog Link) I’m finally catching up, and doing my post for the awards, as well as making my nominations. Better late than never. I don’t consider myself as a ‘professional’ blogger, but I’m honoured that I’ve been recognised by a fellow blogger. I hope to spread the love in this community.

The Blogger Recognition Award exists within the blogging community. It’s a blogger to blogger chain, that supports and recognises hard work, passion and writing. It’s there to help readers discover new blogs through recognition.

How RebeccaKLxo was conceived?

I came up with this blog, just as a hobby of mine. At the time I thought it’d be a great thing to document my life, struggles and happiness, with the goal of maybe one day becoming a full time blogger. I class my niche as lifestyle, as I try to cover a wide range of subjects, from fashion, beauty to film reviews etc…

Advice to new bloggers.

My advice to new bloggers may sound pretty cliche but I feel like it’s still important. Firstly, don’t start a blog with the hopes of becoming like internet famous. I feel like this is a big misconception. Of course hard work is rewarded, but there’s loads of bloggers out there. I think support between bloggers is more important. Second piece of advice, is to stay true to you. Blog what you enjoy, and what you are passionate about. The passion will shine through in your writing.

My Nominations for this award.

Lauren Ann – Blog Link

Kirsty Ann Thomson – Blog Link

Andie Carmel – Blog Link

Lucky Orchid – Blog Link

Jaynie Shannon – Blog Link

Next Steps: 

As one of our nominees, you should pass on this award to the other worthy bloggers  with the rules below:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. ( I added a few more tips lol)
  • Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Thanks for reading and the nomination, I can’t wait to see my nomination posts!

~RebeccaKLxo

Coming Soon: Valley Rose Sews 💐💐💐

I do feel like this title is pretty self explanatory. However I do want to keep my readers up to date; with projects, especially ones that I’m super excited about. I’m excited about this project because it’s a mother/daughter project. I’m super happy and excited to be able to start this venture with my mother. This project came about, as I wanted to get my sewing machine out, and ignite my creativity again. My mother has also got a sewing machine, so we’re going on this journey together.

Our project is called Valley Rose Sews. It’ll be an online handmade accessories store. While we’re finding our feet, we will be focusing on mobile phone cases. I’m totally in love with our name. It is formed with our initials, so it feels like there is a part of each of us in the title. Valley would be for Victoria (my mother) and Rose for Rebecca (myself).

As part of spreading the word, we will be a boutique that welcomes bloggers. As a blogger myself, I’m seeing that this is the new and upcoming way, to spread the word; across blogs and social media. Because of this, we will always have PR opportunities available. For more more information please email: valleyrosesews@gmail.com. We are also on twitter too: @valleyrosesews.  You can follow us on twitter for updates, and we’re on Instagram too as: valleyrosesews. Here you can get a sneak peak into our day at the office and any new fabrics etc, which would be coming soon.

Thanks for taking your time in reading, and for all your support in our early days of starting this project. I hope you guys are as excited as we are!!

~RebeccaKLxo

My First Maternity Photoshoot 💙

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to my first maternity photoshoot.  As a nice little treat and keepsake for my first pregnancy. After answering a makeover shoot casting, I chose Bombshell Photography UK. I saw Alison’s work on her portfolio, and loved her images. I will include her social media links at the end, for you to check her out yourself.  I highly recommend shooting with her.

I just wanted to document my experience, so I can look back on it, in the future. It was a home studio shoot, where I was very welcomed, especially on a morning with very bad weather. Alison started with doing my make-up and hair. My make-up was kept very natural, as I don’t wear too much make up in my everyday life. My hair was styled with some light curls.

Fashion wise, I took various outfits and styles. I kept one simple, with a black, long sleeved crop top and matching leggings. My favourite dress I took to is a beautiful blue evening gown, from Stardust Boutique. I thought this fitted well, as I’m expecting a boy. It also created my two favourite shots from the whole set.

I also took along a little baby vest, with cars on as a prop. This requires an explanation for it to make sense. My partner, the baby’s father is really into cars. So I thought the baby vest was a cute idea.

Below are a few looks at the final images. You can see the full album on my facebook page: Link <-

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I hope you enjoyed the images as much as I love them! I can’t wait to share them with my baby when he’s a bit older. Photographs are by Alison Ward. Her social media accounts are below:

| Instagram: bombshellphotographyuk | Facebook: Bombshell Photography UK  |

Thanks for sharing my first maternity shoot experience with me!

~RebeccaKLxo

The Liebster Award!

I’m honoured to have been nominated for The Liebster Award, by Hebah Pervaiz (Link). This award is very pronounced within the blogging community, for discovering new bloggers and bringing bloggers together in this online community. In honour of this award, I will be answering some questions given to me to answer.

    1. What was your worst travel experience?  I used to do a lot of travelling when I was younger. My worst travel experience is probably any time I’ve caught a train. I’m not a fan of how confusing train stations are. The worst train ride, was back when I was 19 years old. I was on my way back from a few days in Lincoln. This isn’t a one train journey trip. You have to change over trains in Birmingham. This second train journey was
    2. What is the furthest away you have been from home? I travel for pageants. The furthest of which have been driving up to Glasgow twice. Which is about an 800 mile round trip.
    3. Where would you like to live in the future? If I could move to any place to live, I would for sure choose Los Angeles, California. I choose here because I’ve always dreamt of moving to the United States, and living the American dream.
    4. Would you like to have children one day? If so, how many? Yes. I’m currently expecting my first child with my partner. We hope to have at least two children. The ideal nuclear family.
    5. What is your all-time favourite book? I don’t actually read too often. But the book I’ve just currently finished is American Gods. So this has to be my favourite.
    6. What is your pet peeve? I feel like my biggest pet peeve, is a common one. Ignorance is my biggest pet peeve. Individuals who form opinions on subjects without educating themselves first, really do grinds my gears.
    7. What is your worst habit? I think my worst habit might be repeating myself. I tend to repeat myself when talking to people because I sometimes forget what I’ve already said.
    8. What is the weirdest thing you have ever done? I’m always told by my partner that I have a few weird eating habits. From eating tuna straight from the can, baked beans cold from a can, to eating plain crackers. Apparently all of which is weird.
    9. If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what three things would you do in the time you had left? If I knew I was going to die in 24 hours. I would have no idea to begin with, probably because of shock. Firstly I’d get married to my partner, that way if I was to die 24 hours later, at least I got that. Secondly I’d eat as much junk food as I could possibly eat, I’d be dying anyway. Thirdly, I’d probably more selfishly, ring up as much debt buying clothes as I could. Build up my dream wardrobe. It’s not the right thing to do, but I’d be dead.
    10. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I consider my greatest achievement to date to be my relationship, because it’s hard work to maintain. If you ask me this question around November this year, the answer will change. This is because I’m due to have my baby at the end of October.
    11. Would you rather visit the world 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future? I had to think about the answer to this question for a while.

In no particular order, my nominations for The Liebster Award are…

  • Jazzy’s World (Link).
  • Miss Monet. (Link).
  • I Travel Jo (Link).
  • Miss Perry’s Beauty Blog (Link).
  • Simply Apostolia (Link).
  • Elle May. (Link).

The questions I’d love for my nominees to answer are below:

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world whom would you want as a dinner guest and why?
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  3. If travel was something everyone did as a rite of passage growing up where would you recommend they go and why? (one country only)
  4. What would be the best travel memory to have and how does it compare to what you have?
  5. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters:
  6. What is your favourite dish?
  7. Would you ever travel the world in a camper van?
  8. Give a travel tip for travellers:
  9. What do you think of selfie sticks?
  10. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out?
  11. Who you gonna’ call?

Thanks for taking the time to read my post, as well as checking out all the nominee blogs, which I have linked. I can’t wait to see the nominees posts. Don’t forget to tag your nominator ( ME!) haha.

~RebeccaKLxo

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Emmy Awards 2017: 5 Best Dressed Actresses.

I love awards season, and watching the red carpet arrivals. Seeing all the beautiful designer gowns, on my favourite actresses. I don’t think I know any girls that don’t love at least seeing all the beautiful gowns. It’s such a dream of mine, to be invited to an awards ceremony so I can dress up like one of these real life princesses.

As last night was this years primetime emmy awards. I thought I’d take a look at all the dresses that walked down that carpet, and pick out the top 5 best dressed. Please remember that this is in my opinion. There was so many dresses that I had a hard time narrowing the choices down. But I managed to do it! There was an array of well known designers to new upcoming ones, in an array of colours and styles.

  • Sofia Vergara: No stranger to being in best dressed lists. Sofia Vergara always slays the dress game every awards season. Her beautiful mermaid style white gown; designed by Mark Zunino, is made for her curvaceous figure. A soft silver criss cross detail running through the bodice. This gown is pure bridal inspiration.
  • Nicole Kidman: For this carpet, Nicole Kidman chose a beautiful red gown styled dress; designed by Calvin Klein. It’s a bold choice, that I feel does her justice, from the neckline downwards. It’s a ball gown silhouette that’s cropped at the ankles. Details include silver chain around the neckline, to the subtle definition at the waist. It was perfectly paired with silver strapped stilletos.
  • Shailene Woodley: Her chosen dress, gave a modern twist on a hollywood classic look. Designed by Ralph Lauren. The deep forest green colour complimented her skin tone. A decadent material choice of velvet added to the luxurious look. The deep plunging neckline detail gives this the modern twist.
  • Kiernan Shipka: A modern take on looking like a princess. Her nude, princess inspired gown was designed by Miu Miu. The colour of the dress compliments her complexion perfectly. The full length gown has silver glitter detail as the straps and around the bodice of the gown along with the tulle skirt.
  • Sarah Hyland: I always look forward to seeing what Sarah Hyland chooses. As her choices are always on point. Her printed dress is designed by Zac Posen. This dress sported a cleverly done cut out in the bodice, which in my opinion was done tastefully. This is print done right, not any details, but the cut out and a high neckline.

I’d love to hear your opinions. Like I said there was so many amazing dresses, I could of been here for months writing out all the best dressed picks. So these were my absolutely favourite five.

~RebeccaKLxo

 

Logan Lucky: Film Review.

The film choice a couple of days ago was Logan Lucky. I saw the trailer for this film a few times, and it hooked me in. Truth be told, the poster with a Ford Mustang on actually draw me into this film. Everyone knows that this is my future dream car. I thought it was going to be quite a funny film.

I really did enjoy Logan Lucky. Although there was a few negative points to the film, like it not really making sense at the end.  If you see this film, you may understand what I mean by this. The crew and cast did a great job in this though. Daniel Craig was unrecognisable in his role. Where on the other hand, Adam Driver’s role was made for him. In my opinion, Adam Driver is the best part of the entire film. Channing Tatum did well too, although I wasn’t a fan of Katie Holmes in this movie. I thought her heavy put on southern american accent was too over the top.

As I wrote this short film review a few weeks late, It’s probably the shortest review I’ve written, but several weeks later, without watching the film again, my memory is a bit short of the film, to be able to write a full review.

I’d still love to know what you thought if you managed to watch Logan Lucky yourself.

~RebeccaKLxo

It: Film Review. (2017)

As an all round lover of horror films. It would of been a pretty obvious guess that this remake of It, was going to be on my to watch list. I’m also very scared of clowns. So that was probably going to be a bit of a proposed problem when watching this film. Nonetheless I was super hyped to watch this film at the midnight showing. To me there’s not a better time to watch a horror film then at midnight.  Accompanied with cinema must haves of popcorn and an lemon ice blast, which the little baby seems to enjoy making me crave.

I enjoyed the film. It was very well done, and when a remake gets the approval from the author themselves, like Stephen King did. I thought this was going to be amazing. The cast and crew did an amazing job redoing this film. I wasn’t a big fan of the shapeshifting, though it did make sense in the movie. I cannot commend Bill Skarsgard enough. Pennywise was by far the best part of the film, even though It really scared me. The younger actors playing the children also deserve credit. So many great acting moments, all around the topics of fear, abuse and bullying.

The only criticise I have about the movie is; there was way too many jump scares. I get a horror film relies on jump scares for the fear factor. But I found that Warner Bros’ have heavily relied on this throughout the movie. It got a little bit predictable.  Other then that, I would still recommend watching this film when you get a chance. I would love to hear what you thought via social media.

~RebeccaKLxo