• DixysBits,  Fitness,  Mum stuff

    Finding Fitness

    Firstly, let me make some things very clear about myself: I have no fitness qualifications and everything that I am sharing it just my journey I do not have a flat tummy and I have never seen an ab on my body, ever I do not have an athletic build with muscles popping out, in fact I have a part time muffin top which likes to come out and party sometimes I eat everything and do not have a restricted diet I have had two kids, both of which were massive (8.8lbs and 9.5lbs respectively) and my body shows the excess skin, the body changes and stretch marks that come…

  • Beauty,  DixysBits

    Face: School Run Ready!

    I am a self-confessed makeup addict and I have tonnes of stuff, but in reality my routine needs to be snappy and ain’t nobody got time for fourteen layers when the school run awaits. I have always had dark circles, I remember being asked by a girl in a Science lesson in Year 9 why I had bruises under my eyes, I didn’t know either. Turns out they are just genetic dark circles which are in a monogamous relationship with me. This coupled with two years of really poor sleep (the little one is a terrible sleeper and despite trying every possible sleep training method, he doesn’t give a shit),…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    ‘Raising Boys’- The Book That Made Me a Better Mum

    Becoming a mum was one of things that I had always daydreamed about. What would my children look like? How would they inherit our features? What names would we give them? I would imagine playing with them, cooking for them, reading with them, cuddling them… you know, all the cute lovely filtered mum stuff. I also now acknowledge, that most of my daydreams included girls, boys weren’t really in these daydreams. I think this was down to the fact that in my own household there was just my sister and I, and my extended family is predominantly girls. Boys didn’t feature because I didn’t have a reference point for them.…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    I Got Kondoed!

    If you don’t know who Marie Kondo is, you must have been living under a rock since the new year. She has a series called ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix and it has been a must watch for many. I first heard about Marie Kondo and the Konmari Method about a year ago from a best friend of mine. She and her husband has been watching some minimalism documentaries and felt inspired to give their flat an overhaul. In fairness, my friend is already a minimalist so this project was more focused on her husband with her by the side giving guidance. She briefly told me about the…

  • Beauty,  DixysBits

    My Happy Addiction

    I love makeup. I love everything about it. The textures, the gloss, the sheen, the glow,  the matt, the satin, the shimmer, I want to say glitter but I’m a bit shy of it, but you get my drift. My mum was one of six children and she was the only girl so she kinda lived a tom-boy existence and didn’t have many cosmetics. When some women discuss their love for beauty stemming from watching their mum,  I can’t really relate. I remember at Diwali my mum would allow my sister and I to apply a little bit of her one blusher which was a maroon shade and a dab…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    Three Children’s Books I Am Loving Right Now

    So I know it’s all about finding books that your kids like, but what about us parents?! Over the last five years, I have totally rekindled my love for children’s books and I genuinely enjoy reading them. I think the warmth you feel towards a book can help your kids develop a general love for reading. Let’s not get it twisted, there are some books that the boys like which I try to hide because I’m so fucking sick of reading them. If I think they’re a bit shit or yawny, I put the undesirable ones at the back of the bookshelf for a few days so they are more…

  • Beauty,  DixysBits

    She’s pretty for a dark girl

    “She’s pretty for a dark girl”, said by an older Indian auntie of mine about me, April 2018 I come from a lovely big Indian family and there are quite a lot of girls among us. As a young girl, I was always very girly and eagerly played with Barbie and Cindy dolls creating imagined worlds of glamour and adulthood. I absolutely loved it and this imagined world continued until I was about 10 or 11, which I think is quite old to still be playing with dolls by today’s standards. Anyway, I digress, I think what I’m saying is that I fantasised about being older and adult, but my…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    How to survive Year 1 homework

    I remember getting my first piece of homework when I was in Year 5. Mr Kay was my teacher and he was strict AF. I was shit scared about it and even woke up at 6.30am (that seemed like in the middle of the night as far as my 9 year old self was concerned) to get it done as I was so scared that it wouldn’t meet his expectations. Big boy is in Year 1. He gets homework. (Shook face!) He is generally a bright enough boy, a very curious thing who tends to know more than one would expect a 5 year old to know. He’s just that…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

    I’m not talking about MMR, that shit is FOR REAL and I am definitely pro vaccine. It’s chicken pox that I’m on about. I had it when I was 3 and I kind of considered it a right of passage as a British sprog. When big boy was a little boy, some of my lovely mummy friends said they had vaccinated their children. (Note: they were not brought up in the UK and vaccinating for CP seemed totes normal to them.) I remember looking into it briefly and then seeing that it was £130, and swiftly moving on to other things like the billions wash loads that need doing etc…