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I'M A BAD PARENT AND BLOGGER!!!!!!!

6th November 2017

Errrmmmm it's been a while since I last wrote - apologies!

But if I told you I moved house - and you've ever moved house you may know some of the pain I'm referring to. OMG NEVER AGAIN!!!

We are super settled now in our lovely new home but there was alot to do. Having lived in my other house for the last 12 years you don't mean to but you do end up stockpiling a load of crap lol. Throw in a husband, baby and dog and you end up with rather a lot of tat! Cue many a clearout, then constant form filling, endless cardboard boxes and no blog!

Couldn't have done it without these guys at PODS who dropped a load of boxes, then came the day before to help wrap and pack and then spent 12 hours with us on the move day taking down Minnie's cot and re-building as well as our bed - LIFESAVERS!

They did laugh at me though - as I am soooooo organised that each box packed was numbered to coincide with the new room numbers in the new house - hence making unpacking much easier. There wasn't a single box left after about 3 days. They laughed as the lounge was being accessorised before they had even left the room - I know I'm strange but I can't help it. Anyway I am NEVER moving again thats for sure.

I know loads of you have been getting in touch to ask where you can find them. So head to http://www.ukpods.co.uk

There wasn't alot to do in the house but we were desperate to add our own stamp onto things so there has been a few new doors - 17 to be exact! Thanks Tom for fitting. Who knew hanging a door was so complicated!? Me now - I know a lot more than I did. And a LOT of painting and wallpapering. Luckily I am a whizz at wallpaper and love nothing more than a good plug socket and alarm box to cut around. I love a challenge! It's coming on now and most things should be finished before Christmas which was my goal.

Ben and I are preparing for our 1st wedding anniversary. Can you believe it's been nearly a year. First year anniversary gift is paper. Trying to pursuade Ben that Louboutins displayed in a CARDBOARD box count as paper but I'm not sure he's buying it :(

My friend Jo and I are arranging another Christmas Spectacular Shopping Event. Nov 19th at the Hallmark Hotel near Handforth between 11-5pm. Loads of local stalls, many handmade items and just perfect for all your Christmas shopping. There is a grotto and the hotel will be serving food and most importantly a prosseco bar. We cannot wait. There are still a few stalls available if you'd like to exhibit - just drop me an email events@chelseanorris.co.uk or just bob down on the day and support with an optional donation of £1 going to Once Upon a Smile.

Minnie is doing amazingly well. She's such a lovely little girl and we just idolise her.

She's still going swimming each week and has done since she was 5 months old - so proud of her and how she is doing there. We also do Mini Movers and a Church nursery group on a Thursday - she has a better social life than me. Last weekend Ben and I took her to Blackpool. We stayed in a hotel there and she had a little ride on the Pleasure Beach and saw the illuminations. I dont think I had seen them since I was about 8 so it was lovely to go and she absolutely loved it.

Still not many words from her. Definitely knows Mama, Dad, Nan and NO!!!!!!

This week we are tackling potty training in a big way! Tonight we had 2 successful wee wee's on the toilet.

Well I must dash - getting late.

Won't leave it so long next time xxxxx

Parent and Toddler spaces and Ladies Who Lunch!

11th July 2017

Hi,

Are you enjoying this lovely Summer? I must say it's a tad sporadic isn't it? I often leave for work dressed for Winter and am sweltering by the time I get home. I've been flat out with Minnie - no one warned me they get more difficult as they grow lol. She's nearly 18 months now - going on 18 and I have no idea where she gets that from ;)

She's doing really well - and knows everything we are saying and she's also doing so well at Swimming. I've been taking her since she was 5 months old. They do say at her class in Gee Cross if she started at 5 months and carries on until the age of 2 - if she fell into water she would be able to save herself and thats been important to me. She loves it too!

Ive been ranting on social media this last week or two about Parent and Toddler spaces again! Nothing angers me more than seeing people without kids in them. It's lazy on their part. The reason the spaces are wider is to allow the doors to open fully so the baby seat and/or child can get out - no one wants to be parked next to a person trying to get a car seat out - you'll get doors damaged. I don't care they are nearer the front I would rather be at the back and walk further - it's the width not the distance covered. I was sent this hilarious thing by my friend the other day - it made me chuckle.

I do apologise for the language but it tickled me.

So....THE LADIES LUNCH IS BACK!

Are you coming? It's a great day out (Gays are welcome lol - I've had that question asked so many times in those words) Treat your Mum, your friend, your daughter or buy as a birthday gift.

It's Friday September 15th 2017 at Hallmark Hotel, Handforth 11-4pm. Although I've done 10 before this is my 1st independant and I'm so excited. A huge thanks so my Headline sponsors Slater and Gordon and Redrow Homes at Woodford Garden Vilage and to Piccolino, Bramhall for sponsoring our amazing After Show Party.

Here are the details....!!!!

Tickets are £45 and available at www.chelseanorris.co.uk/events NOW! 🍾 🥂 👠 👗

The lunch is raising funds for St Anns Hospice (where my Nan died) and Once Upon a Smile childrens charity. (Who have been working so hard to help children and victims of the Manchester bombing)

We have an amazing day lined up - Lights courtesy of Letters Celebrate and Balloons from Balloon Ur Room. There's prosecco on arrival served by butlers in the buff. There's home interior shopping and clothing and jewellery stalls. There's also a beauty village including Eds Hair from Bramhall and Hayley from Lux Make Up Studio in Gee Cross.  Also so pleased to have the amazing Dorothy Mae semi permanent make up artist join the beauty village at the Ladies Lunch on Sept 15th 2017 between 11-4pm.

They will all be on hand to chat and give tips, advise and demonstrations.

The Manchester Show Choir performing as you are wined and as you dine you'll be serenaded by the amazing singer songwriter Liam McClair and the very talented Emma Halpin.  And fresh from X Factor boyband YES LAD!

This year we also have comedy from the brilliantly funny Stephen Bailey - fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (He may offend lol)

I'm hosting with a little help from celebrity guests!

There's fashion from Cheadle Hulme based Fuzzy Goose with a special scene of nurses from St Anns Hospice.

There's a chance to win a Boodles diamond as well as other meals and overnight stays.

Auction items include a one off Mcr Bee Rovers Return piece of artwork from talented Nick Frankin, a weekend cruise, a car for the weekend as well as spa stays at Titanic Spa and an overnight stay at Tarporley based The Hollies lodges.

And there's more to be announced!! This little one might even make an appearance :)



Please support and get your tickets now! You can buy tables or individual tickets

Available at www.chelseanorris.co.uk/events NOW!

Thank you and can't wait to see you there xxxxx

Hello.....Only Me!

9th May 2017

Hi, It's been ages since I last wrote and thank you to all of you for tweeting me to give me a nudge!

So.....the big news is....I'm doing a Ladies Lunch. I've done them for the last 10 years and so I didn't see why this year should be any different. I wanted to help charities close to my heart and so this year the lunch will be in aid of St Anns Hospice and Once Upon A Smile. I've been a patron of St Anns for 10 years and my Nan passed away there so the reasons for helping is obvious and since having Minnie I felt it important to help a childrens charity too - and I know the work Once Upon a Smile do is incredible.

The lunch is September 15th 2017 at the Hallmark Hotel, Handforth between 11-4pm.

There will be an after show party at Piccolino, Bramhall with *free drinks and canapes 

We have a welcome drink, 2 course lunch, prosecco bar, blow dry bar, makeover station, stalls selling homewares, clothing, and jewellery.

We also have fabulous music, celebrity guests, musical performances, auction and raffle with dozens of prizes.

I would love you to come - and if you've been to any of my previous ladies lunches you'll know how fun they are!

Tickets are selling incredibly fast - grab yours here: www.chelseanorris.co.uk/events

Apart from all of this - I'm busy with my new show on BBC Radio Manchester. You can hear me Monday to Friday 3-6pm on 95.1FM.

It's been a sharp learning curve being on my own and also learning how to drive the desk - but I've managed it and I'm having a blast. Today I have Nicky Campbell on the show chatting about tonight's Long Lost Family which is one of my favourite TV shows of all time. Get your tissues ready as I believe it's a tearjerker.

Minnie is doing amazingly well - she's walking now and trotting everwhere. She is so cheeky! I have no idea where she gets it from ;)

She's growing up incredibly quickly and we just love her so much.

I'm also busy hosting various awards ceremonies - I've just spent a day with Jo Frost for BookTrust which was so interesting - about the importance of a bedtime routine for children including a bath, book and bed. I'm hosting the LABC Building Awards again this year for my 4th year running and I'm honoured also to be hosting the New Childrens Hospital Staff Awards in June. I clearly love to be busy haha.

Right best dash - I'm off to work via the Post Office where I need a Postal Order - something I have never done!!! lol!!

Promise I won't leave it as long next time.

Chelsea xxxxx

 

*a glass of prosecco per guest and canapes between 4-6pm.

Sorry It's Been A While!!!!

27th January 2017

I am so sorry it's been a while. So much so, I've started to receive tweets asking where my blog has gone.

The truth is - I've just been sooooo busy.

I got married, then it was Christmas, then it was my birthday, then it was Minnie's first birthday! But there's no excuse - so here I am making up for it.

The wedding was perfect, just me and Ben and Minnie and whilst it wouldn't be for everyone to go away and get married it was perfect for us. Dubai has always been a special place for us as that's where we went on a few holidays and always had an amazing time and that was naturally where we chose to get married. 

It's not easy to get married in Dubai. You can't get married on the beach or in a hotel - there is only one church and that's where we got married - that's why we then had a blessing on the beach in the Maldives afterwards. Some people also wouldn't take their baby but Minnie is part of our family and it felt right that she was there and we had an amazing two weeks all together. Ben works a lot during the week here and it was lovely for him to spend so much time with Minnie (and see all the little things that we have to do ;) It was a very special Island and the guys at Ozen, Atmosphere did so much for us. When we arrived at the blessing spot they had been building all day - they had also got little lads from a nearby island who all sang for us and played drums - it made us cry. We planted a tree too with our name on it and now we want to go back to see it grow. A lovely idea!

Christmas was lovely we just had it at home, Minnie's first so that's always a very special one. What do you buy a baby though? They have just about everything you can imagine and even when you buy them the best gift they still want to play with the box. This was a bit of a learn when it came to her first birthday.

She turned one on January 21st. And we marked it with a baby sensory party in Bramhall where she goes to her baby sensory classes each week. Jo who does the classes did her party which was nice because she knew her and we invited lots of our friends and their babies too. They all loved it and Minnie honestly smiled the whole time. We think she really enjoyed it and then slept for about four hours when she got home she was tired out bless her.

We decided that we would move her into the bigger bedroom at home and so for her birthday with been manically painting and decorating and buying new curtains to make it look really special for her.  She's not moved in yet but we're hoping this weekend she will be able to. 

Thank you also for all of your birthday wishes. I turned 36 on 8th January and Ben surprised me with a weekend trip away to a log cabin in Tarporley. We have been before and we absolutely love it - took Minnie as well and it was so much fun.

I've been working really hard to try and lose a few pounds - definitely put some on over Christmas and after the wedding. My jeans started to feel uncomfortable and I knew enough was enough. The last two weeks my food have been on point and I've been training in the gym with Ben 3 to 4 times a week. Ben is super supportive - sometimes it leads to arguments when I feel I can't do any more and he says I can. Usually he is right but don't tell him that.  I've managed to lose about half a stone quite a few inches so far so on pleased. 

I watch a lot of these programs that have been on TV about crash diets and what works. I get quite frustrated when I see people trying juice diets. Of course if you've been used to eating lots of meals and then you replacing it with juices you lose weight but it's not sustainable - you can't do that for the rest of your life. What happens when you go for a family meal or it's a birthday? Or you have to eat normal food? As soon as you do that you pile the weight back on again. It's always better to find something that you can do quite easily, that doesn't affect your life massively, that you can do with the rest of the family, whilst on holiday or in any restaurant in the world.  I guarantee you'll lose weight slower but it will stay off.  Did you know that juice diets nearly always lead to people putting more weight on than before? Right rant over!!!!!

I've really enjoyed being off work with Minnie all these months. Next week I start breakfast on BBC Radio Manchester covering for Alison Butterworth for three weeks so please tune in to 95.1 FM from 6 till 9am where I'm on with Phil Trow we also do a Saturday show together from 9 till 12.

This Monday however we have a special announcement so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.

Right best dash - off to Baby Sensory with Minnie. Won't leave it as long next time.

 

Chelsea and Minnie xxxx

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