what i've been up to...

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

Hello Eyebrows!!!!

2nd November 2016

Morning,

I promised I would update my blog a little more frequently in the next few weeks so here I am again. Let me set the scene here - I'm in PJ's and dressing gown (how cold has it been overnight) sat at the dining table with a brew having just scoffed smoked salmon and scrambled egg. I have the darkest tea ever as we only had a drain of milk and I'm not brave enough to try Minnie's just yet.

Minnie is in her Bumbo seat next to me at the head of the table and Ted is always close by - trying to steal any food she may drop or offer out.

It's Day 3 of my new brows. I had them tattoo'd on Monday. I had them done once before but unlike normal tattoo's they do fade a little over time and I usually have to draw them on everyday. I thought with getting married and going away it would be good to have them done again. This time I drove to Southport to see a lady called Dot - who had come highly reccomended. Tattoo's are a pretty serious business and when it's on your face you want to make sure it's done properly. She explained the whole process, and the sterile one use equipment and we picked a colour and away she went. She does a hair like line so they never look fake or harsh. I have never plucked my eyebrows but they are thin and light at the ends so she helped even them out and even gave me a little arch that I'd always craved.

This was the before and after!!!!

What do you think?

If you fancy a free consultation Dot is at Second Glance salon in Handforth this Saturday and you can book in on 0808 189 1477 or you can follow her on Instagram @dorothymaepmu and on twitter @DorothyMaeSPMU

I collected my wedding ring yesterday - OMG I love it. I actually had it on about 5 times yesterday - can't wait to wear it.

I'm struggling a little with Minnie since the clock change - she's shouting wide awake at 5am - I did tweet this morning and I know alot of you are in the exact same position - how do we fix this, it's driving me mad! I have read it can take a week to settle back down again, grreeeeaatttt!

Poor Teddy is having an op on Friday. She's being spade - so she went for her haircut yesterday in preparation. Me and Ben are all sad and worried as we hate the thought of her feeling poorly, but we know it's the best thing for her.

Right best dash - I have the gym this morning and baby swimming - having my hair done tomorrow too which I cannot wait for!

Update you all soon,

Chelsea x  

As Quiet As A Mouse....

27th October 2016

So I've been a bit quiet recently - but here I am, back again!

If I'm honest I found the whole leaving Key103 thing a bit tough - and there were some pretty low points. It's strange when you've done something for so long and then all of a sudden it's gone and the people too - feels a bit like a bereavement, but I'm glad to say I'm feeling alot better now.

 

I've been super busy working for the BBC out of Media City. Thank you to all of you who have tweeted and followed by career path and also listened to the shows I have been a part of. I started with a Saturday morning show 9-12pm working with the lovely Phil Trow. I then filled in on breakfast with him whilst Ali recovered from an op. And then I even had a little foray into the World of presenting on my own. Something I had never done before. I was quite nervous as it's a completely different experience but the team at Radio Manchester are so supportive and the people who came on the show like the 'Lunchtimers' made me feel right at home - they even made me cake. And it was lovely to see Jennie McCalpine from Corrie there too - as she hosted a couple of shows the week before me - she's a natural.

Away from radio - I've been busy putting together my Christmas Spectacular event. You HAVE to come! November 20th at Hallmark Hotel, Handforth 12-6pm with FREE ENTRY. It will be completely decked out for Christmas - we have ebtertainment, and live demonstrations about make-up, semi permenant make-up, drop a dress size for Christmas advice, personal styling, fashion shows and 60 stalls packed with local people selling everything from art, to books to home interiors, Christmas decorations and childrens toys and gifts - all the family are welcome and I cannot wait! If you're interested in exhibiting by the way - there are just a few stalls available and you can email me on chelsea@chelseanorris.co.uk

Minnie has started crawling! Wow things have really gone up a notch now. You have to have eyes everywhere. Bless her though she is so pleased with herself and this part of parenting is really fun - watching her change everyday and learn new things. She really is a delight and we love her so much.

I'm also getting married next month - did I emntion that? Eek!!! That has cone round so fast. The pressure is off really as Ben and Minnie and I are going away to do it - but I did order a wedding dress online from Australia without a) ever actually seeing it b) trying it and c) I order a size too small God I just love putting pressure on myself don't I? Anyway - the good news is it HAS arrived, it IS gorgeous and it DOES fit! Phew!!!! Just waiting to pick up my wedding ring, which was actually a ring I've had for ages and never worn - so I've had it melted down and re-used so it saved a bit of money. 

We have also booked a party for our return. We think it will be a nice celebration when we get back - we have invited about 100 guests and all of them are coming so it should be a great night and I get to wear my dress again so it's worth it.

Now the beauty treatments begin. I'm having all my hair re-coloured next week. I actually don't do alot to my hair as it got badly damaged once and it scared me - however I am having a new colour and some tape hair extentions from http://www.rapture-professional.co.uk I've had this type of hair before and it's amazing as it doesn't dasmage your hair at all - there's just something about having longer hair that makes you feel all feminie and glamourous and I cannot wait. I am going to update you all next week and show you some pictures so keep watching for that.

I'm also having my eyebrows re-tattooed. I've had it done once before and I know some people are pretty scared about it. Mine are just a bit thin and faded - they've never grown that well but they've got loads better since I've having HD Brows at Lush Nails and Beauty in Romiley. It really encourages them to grow and now if I ahve them tattooed it will make them even better. It's a new technique which looks like hair - so looks really natural. Will update you with some pictures of that too.

I'm also off to learn how to do my own make-up. I'm that girl that's ahd the same make up bag forever and do my makeup the same day and night and whilst I am away and will be doing my own wedding make up I think it best I learn how to do it. My friend Tally is a make up artist and so I'm off to her salon @promakeupacademy to learn how to do my own so I don't look like a dogs dinner - no pressure Tally! 

Right must dash - off to the gym this morning to meet Ben @benpostma to do some boxing and then off to Bramhall Hall who have a Christmas Market Day which sounds fun.

Won't leave it so long next time I promise!

Would love to hear from you as usual - you can always tweet me @radiochelsea or email me chelsea@chelseanorris.co.uk

Chels xxxxxxxx

 

 

It's Been A While......

7th September 2016

How are you?

Sorry it's been a while - things have been a bit hectic to say the least since I left Key103.

Did any of you tune into BBC Radio Manchester for my first show last Saturday? I was really honoured to be asked by them to host their Saturday show for the month of September with the Breakfast Show host, a lovely guy called Phil Trow. I was a bit nervous that morning as it's quite a change from what I am used to - but the show was really fun and the people there are so lovely and kind, Media City is also a mega place. I'd never really been before all this - but wow it really is like it's own City. I am back on air this Saturday 9am-12pm so listen in if you can.

I'm also busy doing other stuff - I have been asked to event manage a swanky event for a hotel in Manchester. This is something I do through my business White Wedding Company www.whiteweddingcompany.co.uk where I plan weddings and event manage small events. It's been really great getting my teeth into something and making it happen.

Not only that - myself and a few friends have got together to arrange an amazing Christmas Shopping event. It will be local and in November and FREE. But it will be an amazing day - with makeup, hair, eyelash stations as well as clothing advice, fitness advice, stalls selling childrens clothes, ladies clothes, handbags, home interiors and more - all decorated for Christmas with fabulous musical entertainment. There are amazing sponsorship opportunities and we need quality stallholders too - so if you'd like your logo all over our artwork and on all our PR or to have a stall please email chelsea@chelseanorris.co.uk now!  Watch this space for more details soon but hope to see you there!

Minnie is doing amazing! 7 and a half months now - can you believe it? We start Aquababies again this week after a short Summer break and Baby Sensory starts Friday too. I was a bit skeptical about it at first - but she absolutely loves it. She is at the very beginnings of crawling I think. Rocking forwards and standing with a little help. Ben and I really want her to walk down the aisle when we get married in November so we are watching eagerly. It will be here before we know it - I think I've found my dress eek! And all my nails and brows are booked in with Francesca at Lush Nails and Beauty in Romiley. These girls have become real friends over the years of going there and I love them to bits. Myself, Ben and Minnie recently went to our friends little boy's 1st birthday and she had a photographer who kindly offered to take a few pictures for us - hence the one above. We love her little face on them.

I'm just about to sit down and attempt to write a speech after I post this (if Minnie will allow - as I type this I've given her a Curly Wurly to occupy her ;) I'm honoured to have been asked to be a guest speaker on Monday night at Salford City College graduation ceremony. It's always very inspiring to be at events such as this in front of young people who have their whole lives ahead of them. I've also been asked to be a part of Stockport College's event also in November - so again a very privileged opportunity.

Right I best dash - the Curly Wurly has melted and Minnie currently has a tea towel on her head!

Won't leave it so long next time, I promise.

Chelsea x x

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