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The Auntie Life

This is the behind the scene reason as to why I decided to change my blog name from ‘KimzKardz’ to ‘Life of an Auntie’…. because I adore my nephews so much and they bring me so much fun and laughter each and every time I see them.

I first became an Auntie back in 2008, I was just 21 when my sister had a little boy who she named Jack. I was so excited when I first found out I was going to be an Auntie. Jack was finally born on the 21st March in the early hours of the morning at Solihull Hospital after my sister had been in slow labour most of the day but she didn’t realise.  Me, my mum and my dad all went to visit the next day and meet the little fella.  Meet Jack Joseph Hayes.

This is Jack a few hours old
This is Jack a few hours old

They only had to stay in hospital for a couple of days then both mum and baby were allow home. At the time Jack was born my sister was still living at home with us. It was lovely to have my nephew home and be able to watch him grow, interact with him, dress him, bottle feed him and put him to bed.

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Watching him grow over the years has been amazing watching him learn to walk, talk and play, go to nursery for the first time and growing up into a young boy and hearing him say Auntie Kim for the very first time.

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Just a few photos above of Jack with me (Bottom left), My mum (second down from top on right), My dad (Bottom Right), My Grandma (Top Left) & My Grandpa (second from bottom on left).

He was always a happy little boy, laughing and smiling as he grew up, I remember the first day it was his turn to go to nursery, the first steps he took, when he started reception and year 1 & year 2 and now he is nearly 8 years old and turning into proper young man.  He brings so much joy to all our family.

In 2011 my sister in Law Rachel found out she was expecting her first baby and the excitement started all over again.  On June 11th I became an Auntie again to Harrison James, he was born at Heartlands hospital.

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Watching Harrison grow up and develop into the young boy he is today is lovely, Harrison will be 5 this year and I don’t know where the time has gone, he’s started school and really enjoying it too.

When Jack first met Harrison

Jack holding baby Harrison

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This is one of my favourite pictures of Harrison and me, he had just got out the bath.

The boys get on so well together and playing together.

Just over 12 months later Rachel found out that she was expecting again in October 2012, a little brother for Harrison it was going to be and another nephew for me.  Alexander Thomas arrived into the world on the 29th October 2012.

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Harrison was a fab big brother to Alex.

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They get on together so well.  Harrison showing Alex how things are done etc…

Then a couple of years later Rachel announced that she was expecting her third baby.  Benjamin Rhys arrived on 28th November 2014.

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Ben has recently started walking and he is getting his hands on everything.  Love seeing photos of my nephews that my sister-in-law puts on Facebook.

Three gorgeous boys/brother and nephews for me.  They are all growing up so quickly.  Jack will be 8 years old this coming March, Harrison 5 in June, Alex 4 in October and Ben 2 in November.

Have you got any nieces or nephews and how many?

Fresh Meat, Wedding Brochures & Homemade Lasagna #LittleLoves

Well Hello there March… Where did you come from so quickly?  This week has been crazy at work as it’s the beginning of the month, so I have to get lots of different reports out to all partners and managers in my team.

This week Little Loves consists of:

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Lots of wedding brochures and trying to decide where and when we would like to get married.

Watched

The new series of Fresh Meat… It’s a comedy about uni kids/adults.  Me and my fiance were excited when we heard this was back on Channel 4 but unfortuantly its not around to stay for long as it is for the last time.

Fresh Meat Series 4: (Zawe Ashton as Vod, Greg McHugh as Howard, Kimberley Nixon as Josie, Charlotte Ritchie as Oregon, Joe Thomas as Kingsley, Jack Whitehall as J.P.)

Wore

Waterproof and warm shoes & clothing again because in the space of a week we have had every season possible in Birmingham, Rain, Snow/Sleet, Sun and Wind.  Roll on Summer if we possible ever have one.  I was not born to be cold all the time.

Made

A new design in my wedding stationery collection.  All designs can be found on my Facebook page KimzKardz

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Homemade lasagna aswell.  I love cooking but this week we have got friends over from spain for the week to stay so cooking for 4 people instead of 2.

Heard

That we had smashed our Billing target at work by a lot, this was a massive achievement for my team as it is something that can be very challenging.

And Finally…

Some BIG exciting news will all be revealed next week hopefully.

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New shoes, Kindle and To Do Lists #LittleLoves

Well that’s it the last Friday of February…Where has this month gone? Seemed to havr blinked and it’s just vanished.

This week Little Loves are:

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My kindle in bed while the OH was out with his brother on a night out.  So calming and relaxing a whole double bed to myself too.

Watched

Watched…not much.  Just the usual every day soaps such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

Wore

I had to buy some new shoes for work, so I’ve been wearing these…nothing special, just some flat black plimsole.

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I have a “To do List” of the things that need doing round the house, I know we have only been in the house just over 12 months but its the little things that are bugging me the most e.g. no door handles on any door in the house.

Heard

The scary (not mentioning expensive) news from the dentist that I need a filling, I hate the dentist at the best of times.

And Finally…

Looking at more wedding venues.  There are so many to choose from and so much to take into with organising and planning a wedding.  But I am so EXCITED!!  To get better and write better #LittleLoves posts on a weekley basis and take more photos.  Next week I’ve got friends coming over from Spain to stay with us for a week too.

Hope you have all had a great week?!

Cinema’s, Pancakes and Ugg Boots #LittleLoves

Well this week has been another crazy week and we are nearly at the end of February…. How and where has this month gone already I seemed to have blinked and it’s gone.

This week Little Loves are:

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Lots of emails at work, lots of requests for work.

Watched

Me and my Fiance went out to watch the new “Dirty Grandpa” Film at the new cinema at Resorts World Birmingham.  It was brilliant, really funny, it is rated 15 as it has scenes of sexual nature and swearing.

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My amazing warm ugg boots, they are so comfy and in this freezing, wet weather have kept my feet super toasty.  I have been wearing them to work too as my office has been cold too.

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PANCAKES – A little late but we had pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.  They were delicious, I have my plain and simple with just lemon and sugar.

Heard

That one of my best friends had finally given birth to her 3rd baby and it was a boy, weighing 8lb 1oz.  He was 2 weeks early and I cant wait to go and meet him and have cuddles.

And Finally…

Looking at more wedding venues.  There are so many to choose from and so much to take into with organising and planning a wedding.  But I am so EXCITED!!

I do hope you have all had a great week?!

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I was tagged by the lovely Rachel from Parenthood highs and lows to answer 73 question about myself.  Apparently all the celebraties are doing it for Vogue but I have never heard or read Vogue but here goes.

So here are mine 73 questions.

1. What’s your favourite movie?

Mamma Mia

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

Dirty Grandpa

3. Favourite Hitchcock film?

Never seen any

4. A book you plan on reading?

Any that attract my attention

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you

There wasn’t one

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Suits

7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?

9

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone.

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now

ermmm….Moi!!

11. What’s your favourite food?

Tuna Pasta Bake

12. Least favourite food?

Fish

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Lots of cheese, pepporani and meat

14. Favourite drink?

Vodka

15. Favourite dessert?

Warm Chocolate Fudge cake

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea, hate coffee

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?

N/A

19. What’s your favourite band?

I’ve got quite a few

20. Favourite solo artist?

Sam Smith

21. Favourite song?

Got quite a few but at the moment it’s Lucas Graham 7 years.

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

5 seconds of summer

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Flute…. I used to play it

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

I already have two but want another ones on my foot and wrist.

25. To be or not to be?

That is the question.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

Bird-watching.

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?

When my boyfriend proposed

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

I have no idea, given too many

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

Christmas presents.

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Monopoly

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

Cyprus

33. What’s the last country you visited?

Turkey

34. What country do you wish to visit?

Australia

35. What’s your favourite colour?

Purple

36. Least favourite colour?

Black

37. Diamonds or pearls?

erm…Diamonds.

38. Heels or flats?

Heels

39. Pilates or yoga?

Pilates – even though I have never tried it.

40. Jogging or swimming?

Jogging…cause not a great swimmer

41. Best way to de-stress?

Making my handmade cards

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Been able to fly

43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Never really thought about it

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Any…but love carnations

45. When was the last time you cried?

A couple of weeks ago…when my guinea pig died,I got tears in my eyes.

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Nope it’s a mess

47. Do you bake?

Yes but not very often

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

My Teeth

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?

My eyes

50. Who do you miss most?

My grandparents

51. What are you listening to right now?

Lucas Graham on you tube

52. Favourite smell?

I have too many, but Yankee candles

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My dad

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

My fiance

55. A sport you wish you could play?

Netball

56. Hair colour?

Browny/ blonde

57. Eye colour?

Brown

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?

Summer

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

James Corden, The Queen and The Beckhams

61. Hugs or kisses?

Kisses

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

The Beatles. But not a fan of either.

63. Where were you born?

Sutton Coldfield- Good Hope Hospital

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Cyprus

65. Sweet or savoury?

Depends on my mood – but usually Sweet

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Lipgloss

67. What book have you read again and again?

I haven’t read any books more than once

68. Favourite bedtime story?

Don’t have one

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

About me.

70. Favourite sound?

Sound of the sea

71. Favourite animal?

All of them, I love animals

72. Who is your girl crush?

Michelle Keegan

73. Last photograph you took?

This one…We took a valentines day trip to Sutton Park and took our dog.  It was a lovely day little chilly but the sun was shining.

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I now tag Sally from These Junebug Days to answer the questions

Vets, Wedding Stationery and Car Expenses #LittleLoves

How are we nearly half way through February already?

This weeks little Loves consists of…

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Reading over engagement letters and risk management at work to make sure that I have Included everything that is needed before sending out to clientsto be signed.

Watched

The ‘Super Vet’, what an absolute amazing inspirational man who will do anything and everything to help bring the animals back to good health.  Brings a tear to my eye everytime I watch it.

Wore

More warm clothing as the weather seems to be going from one extreme to another week to week, Just want it to be summer already.

Made

I am desperately trying to get my wedding stationery buisness up and running so I have been experiementing and making some new designs of wedding invitations.  See my designs here KimzKardz

Heard

Not the greatest news that the reason my car isn’t/wasn’t working is that the main ECU switchboard like thingy has failed which explains why my car wouldnt work as the ECU is the main brain of the car, But on a better note atleast I can get my wheels back after been without for 2 weeks.

And Finally…..

I know I mentioned it but my car is back home after 2 weeks without it.  Been to look at potential Wedding venues too, so excited.

How has your week been?

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Careers

For those that know me they will know I have had quite an array of different jobs in my life time so far.  I started off when I left school that I always wanted to be a vet nurse, so I went to a college in Warwickshire called Morton Morrell and started studying Vet nursing, then after being there 6-8 months and working in a vets I came to the conclusion I couldn’t carry on because of the fatalities it was really hard and upsetting so I left and found a job in administration.

After a few years had passed I chose to go back to college and study again in animal care at Solihull College, I studied for 2 years doing Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care then Level 3 subsidiary in animal Management, I achieved both of these with a Distinction *.  While I was at College I chose to get a part-time job to keep me ticking over with an income. Just some of the places I have worked are:

Amicus Vets, Boots, Argos, Iceland Food,Cupboard Love (Kitchen refurbish Company), Npower (Mitie Management Services),GVA Grimley, Hatton Country World, Willows Veterinary Practice, Canon and finally, PWC (PriceWaterHouseCoopers).  I loved working in retail and got to met lots of different lovely people, but again you had to work 7 days a week.

I have had various different jobs, and I still don’t honestly know what I want to do but I suppose that is part of life. I do honestly think I have ruled out becoming a veterinary nurse now though as when I was at Willows as an ACA (Animal care Assistant), I had only been there a few months so was still new to the game and I was working 14 hour days to cover sick and holidays, don’t get me wrong I didn’t mind, but the money wasn’t great and the work you do is very physical, but you are helping make the animals better, plus working 10 hours on weekends and bank holidays, I just didn’t feel like I had any time for myself. After I left the vets I got myself a temp/perm position at Canon where I would take all the inbound calls from companies that were having issues with their printers and fax machines I did this for 12 months before moving on, it was a great job, the people I worked with were great too,  but the job just wasn’t for me, too slow and not always busy enough to keep me occupied and the days would drag.

Eventually in October 2015, I was successfully chosen to start work at PWC for a Tax Client Administrator position.  I didn’t know what the outcome would be as I didn’t have any experience in that area of work. I have now been there for nearly 4 months and love it, it can be long days to try to meet deadlines and lots of meetings but I have something different to deal with everyday.

What was your dream Job and what do you do now?

Deaths, Plants and Wedding Venues #LittleLoves

This week has just flowned by in a blur,  I cant believe we are at the end of the first into February.

Anyways onto this weeks little Loves…

Read

Reading up about Wedding Venues….We are thinking/planning about getting married in 2017.

Watched

The new series of Suits, it’s a TV series about Lawyers, and it is certainly keeping me on the end of my seat wanting to know what is going to happen.  Then the one and only Take me out too. “No likey, No lighty”.

Wore

With working full time I live in mainly dress, work trousers and skirts, then when I get home from work it is go get changed straight into my comfy PJ’s and snuggle down.

Made

I don’t think you can class it really as made but I am growing a plant my friend brought me for christmas.  I planted it one night as I opened it to have a look and it had already starting sprouting.

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Heard

The very sad news of the passing away of Terry Wogan, he was a fantastic Television presenter and also sadly one of my guinea pigs died too.

And Finally…..

Unfortuantly my car is still at the garage and they can’t find out what is wrong with it but i’m still hoping and praying it is nothing to serious or expensive.

What have you been up to this week?

Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces

Since as far back as I can remember, was when I first figured out I had a phobia.  I had gone away with school on a trip to Redridge and we had gone to some caves and there was a very tiny cave called the nutcracker, which I tried to go inside but it was that small and tight, I just panicked, I remember getting really upset because I really wanted to do it but I just couldn’t.

It is something that has affected me quite alot even in simple every day things.  I have worked alot in adminstration in large building which consisted of quite a few floors the biggest been Alpha Tower in Birmingham where there are 27 floors and I managed all 27 of them.  Walking up 27 flights of stairs was not an option to speak to clients.

Lifts are one of my major hurdles that I have had to try and get to grips with, they are in the majority of buildings and places that I have worked and visited,  this has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to overcome, going into hot sweats when I even thought or saw a lift. When I was in a previous job, my boss pulled me in the office and said this can’t go on, I need proof from your doctor that you have claustraphobia, I was so angry I was still doing my job to the best of my ability walking up 3 flights of stairs whenever I needed too or putting stuff in the lifts and running up the stairs save carrying it etc (Health & safety and all that) so I made an appointment with my doctors and got the letter I needed.

I realised after that I really need to get help with it, as it felt like it was taking over my life.  Gradually I started going in lifts providing someone was with me but that wasn’t always practical.  So one day I bite the bullet and took my first step into a lift on my own, I remember it like it was yesterday, how scared I felt, feeling sick to my stomach listening for every little noise etc and gradually each day, month and year past I got better and better, I was determind to kick this phobia where it hurt and prove I could over come it.  A few years on I still have my good and bad days but I am working on it and i’m sure as time passes it can only get better.  One day at a time.

Do you have a phobia? What is is and how are you overcoming it?

Arguments, Broken Car and Work Clothes #Little Loves

Unfortuantly this week hasn’t been very exciting i’m afraid, it’s been the busiest week ever as it is the end of month billing for us so I have to make sure all the bills are raised, drafted and finalised before the end of the month so we hit targets.
Anyway enough already from me, onto this week’s Little Loves…

Read

A few different blog posts when i’ve had 5 minutes spare and my Kindle on way to work on the train.

Watched

I’m not a TV person as I mentioned in previous post but have been watching a few films from netflixs and Friday night I watched Fast & Furious.

Wore

Same old clothes different day, because I work full time I wear casual/smart clothes to work like Trousers, skirts and tights or dresses and tights with a cardigan to finish it off.

Made

Sadly this week I haven’t made anything but food for tea when I’ve got home from work, but I do quite enjoy cooking. Plenty of cups of tea at work to keep me going through the most busiest week ever.

Heard

My neighbour arguing next door, with his girlfriend A LOT…. We live in a semi-detached house and trust us to be put next to the crazy one.  Without fail every day you will hear him shouting at anything he can wether it be the TV, Girlfriends or just generally…He is crazy.

And Lastly….

Sadly my car has had to be towed away to the garage this week as it won’t start, it is an 8 year old Vauxhall Corsa and i’ve had it since it was pretty much brand new.  It has been a great little car but i just don’t know what is wrong with it.
How has your week been?
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