Eva education 

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So I basically went for a job role as an Eva educator last year and was successful in gaining the position. 

I am incredibly excited for this and what this position brings to me as a hairdresser and a person.

For a brief description il basically be going round salons on request to carry out demos for colouring, styling etc and all aspects of hairdressing I enjoy! Then eventually educating within a new academy which is in the process of being organised and set up. 

The company il be doing this through is Savvy&Shine based in Antrim, which are the only uk distributors for Eva and Evo professional hair care. 

I can not express my love for this brand enough the colours are fabulous and highly pigmented lasting longer and being shiny and vibrant. 

Training has started and I can’t wait to get stuck right in!! 

2017

So it’s been a while since I have added to my blog
Since the last time 

We have enjoyed my littlest loves first birthday 

I have got an another job as an Eva Educator which is the colour brand we use in salon

Enjoyed a hectic and joyful Christmas which was more exciting as Isla was a little bit more involved this year

And celebrated my wonderful husbands big 30th birthday with friends and family!! 

To be honest I do find it difficult between working, being a wife and mother to find the time to post on this… though it’s something I really enjoy and fingers crossed 2017 brings me a little extra time to add to this 

Wedding hair 

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Most people that know me know one of my favourite areas as a hairdresser is bridal.. I absolutely love styling a bride and her bridal party for the most exciting and most important days of her life.

The hair to me is extremely important as everyone attending a wedding or scanning Facebook for pictures Is looking at 

  • The dress
  • The hair
  • The makeup 

Everything else follows, I try and excel myself and go above and beyond to make the bridal party happy, comfortable and relaxed. I love interacting with everyone and being apart of their special day. 

Few recent images


All images can be seen on my Facebook and Instagram pages 

https://m.facebook.com/samsurgenorhair/

https://www.instagram.com/samsurgenorhair/

Target Dry location shoot 

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So it’s been a busy month…. Finally off on two weeks holiday… Sun please come out.

I had the fantastic opportunity a few weeks ago to be selected to style hair for Target Dry clothing company.. Location shoot!!! 

As it is something I hadn’t done before I was apprehensive…I have plenty of experience with bridal hair and styling all within a lovely warm salon!! 

With the prospect of no electricity i agreed to the shoot, lucky enough at the first location in Murlough Bay we were lucky enough that a local family run bar/restaurant opened early in the morning for access to electricity. 

Hunters Bar, extremely friendly owners and beautiful premises with 5star customer ratings.

Onto Murlough bay, grass green as can be sand cream as can be but the live stock run free… Sheep most definately invaded what a would consider a comfortable distance radius… 


The scenery is breath taking.. We really do not understand how beautiful our Wee country is, this location is a place I had never heard of but is indeed to location for some filming of Game Of Thrones.

The weather at most was fantastic, the trek on other hand was something I definately was not use to and didn’t exactly dress correctly for the occasion (riding boots, leggings, fitted long padded coat) Not the easiest attire to climb, slide, drag, pull in…


The over all experience was a fantastic example of a passionate professional shoot, working along side Target Dry and fantastic photographers and makeup artists, I am so keen to continue to work on photoshoots now Iv had a taste for it 

I will share professional photos at a later date as to not give away the new fall collection of the products ( I might add I would never of considered outdoor clothing for myself until I seen these products, so modern and fashionable would be ashame for you to not check them out and there stock listers are available on their website) 

All links available below 

http://norwoodphotography.co.uk/blogcomp.html

http://www.targetdry.com/

http://www.acamodels.com/joinus.php

Maternity is over….

So… Since the last time Iv posted.. Isla is now 9 months I’m back to work and have clocked a massive 30 hours(5 shifts) although I miss my kids and hubby and my little bubble at home that surrounds us I’m actually glad to be back to work.

I can not describe the nerves and anxiety the night before… Would she be ok? Would she settle? Would she feel abandoned? How would I feel? The night more I was bathing my little girl and realising the last 8 months had flown in she was sitting, laughing and splashing!! Smiling at me not having a clue I would be away from her for a whole day!! The tears flowed all from me… I felt awful.. But trying to catch myself on I was only going back two days a week and she would be fine.. 

I’m all for stay at home mums, part time or full time working mums! Which ever one your path is its your choice for yourself and your family.. Though I do not consider my work a job… It’s a career which I absolutely love and always have its exactly what I was suppose to do.. And I really believe the saying “if you love your job you will never work a day in your life” Iv always put my family first and consider the affects of all our actions. 

The second i stepped into the beautiful log cabin to pamper my bridal party I felt relieved and in the zone… I had missed my job, I loved the rush and the buzz of running around working the ladies hairs and them admiring their styles and being thrilled.. I love the feeling when I look at someone’s face and see how happy they are with their hair.. And knowing I am the reason… I loved being in the salon and feeling like and adult… No shit snot or vomit over me, makeup and hair done for the day… Being Sam not just wife and mummy!!! 

I love the fulfilled feeling of contributing and providing for my family… Setting a good example for my kids knowing mummy and daddy worked hard.. I’m lucky financially I can afford to go back just two days… Sure I would like more money who wouldn’t? But I wouldn’t sacrifice my time and attention towards my kids for more hours away from them and more of the missing out.. 

I feel like when they are little time needs to be treasured and not to waste a moment.. 16hours of a week are enough for me for now.. I will always aim high and push myself and career… Once they are older… But for those 16 hours I love getting a little part of myself back in the most unselfish way I know how 

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Brothers and sisters 

Expanding the family can be a hard time on all but especially for the only child at the time, I  was so nervous giving Alfie a brother or sister. Alfie has always been number one, first child, first grand child, great grandchild etc it is an understatement to say he was spoilt rotten and demanding attention from every family member.

I for certain I never wanted him to be an only child, I felt like an only child most of my life as my baby brother is severely disabled, being 21 now for the best part of his life I helped care and nurture him. I did feel lonely at times and that I had a huge responsibility. I would of loved more siblings or someone to play with at times though I never missed out having plenty of friends and family.

My brother was diagnosed at 19 with a genetic condition therefore leading to question of wether I carried the gene that could pass to my children, at the time believing it was 50/50 chance and that the disorder only affected men but could be carried by woman.. Either I didn’t have it or Alfie was extremely lucky to be born completely fine and no trace of the disorder. 

I had the blood tests done but deep down I think I knew all would be fine, we longed for a baby after we were married, the wait was Killing me and the gap between Alfie and the next child was getting larger and making me more uneasy. I never wanted a large gap but life got in the way at times. I rang nearly every two days for roughly 2 months waiting for the results and the go ahead… They came it was fine… Straight onto baby making!!!! 

We tried to prepare Alfie as much as possible about how life would be when the baby came etc and how he could help and be involved and how fun it would be. I was extremely nervous and really didn’t know how Alfie would react. I felt like for 9 whole months I was continuously saying “when the baby is born” this and that I’m sure he was starting to get sick of it. 

The night before the baby came I was all over the place so many mixed emotions, how would Alfie feel? Would he be jealous? I felt bad he had to share me and his dad with this new person. 
All the bad thoughts I might of had about the situation soon faded with Alfie’s reaction to it all, Iv never seen the look on his face before that he had peaking round that hospital curtain the day he came to meet his sister. 


We had 4 hard months after Isla was born that was extremely hard on the family, she had silent reflux and we were exhausted I felt I was endlessly telling Alfie in a minute and I can’t play right now all the things I said I would make time for before she was born I found myself having no time for at all, fast forwarding 7 months and my son is no longer the baby he has grown over night and matured to an extent I didn’t see possible at 6, he adores his sister, nearly mothering at times asking if Iv put sun cream on her etc, he plays with her holds her and kisses her. All this off his own accord and not being asked, last night the three of us lay in bed I nursed Isla and he rolled over pecked her on the back of the head and rolled over again, he doesn’t bother with her because he has to or for attention of others but because he loves her unconditionally, the way they look at eachother I could never fully describe its magical, he is her hero and protector. I believe and hope they will always be close and look to eachother for friendship and times of need.

Sunny days 

As we all know In sunny Northern Ireland we really do need to make the most of this fabulous weather this week…. So far it has been all go from cutting the grass and weeding to supervising power hosing( not my kind of job) for them few short hours after school and before dinner we’ve been trying to keep a hyper 6 year old entertained.

Today we went to buttermilk bridge with the kids, auntie and cousins. The kids deciding to do a nature trail and collect insects, whilst some of us jumping at the birds and trying to dodge them along the trail, I am not a bird person I do not like them I am actually quite scared but needing to remember who’s watching and not installing a fear in my children. 

So feeding ducks, rabbits etc then ourselves with ice cream finally deciding to finish up at the park hoping to tire the kids out… Realising I love these days the simplicity of it all and the happiness it brings to children and the good for the soul natter and laughs for the adults, I realise that Children do not need money and expensive places to go all the time, I for one love taking my son bowling or zoo etc, but these lovely walks and company Is sometimes all they need. 

Seeing a smile continuously on a child’s face is the confirmation we need to know they only want your time and ears. Always having time to spend and ears to listen. The older I am getting I’m trying harder to stop what ever I am doing either cooking dinner or tackling an ironing pile that resembles a tiny slemish mountain and look at my child when he talking to me and telling me something. 

Alfie is extremely random in the sense he will just ask me everything I know about sea turtles or who do I think would win in a fight between two of his latest favourite characters, then my lovely 7 month old who’s started enjoying her walker following me about shouting and demanding my attention 99% of the day, I try hard to have in my head the housework can wait it’s not worth it relax cuddle and enjoy your children stop stressing… Sometimes easier said than done but when they are grown and not wanting my attention or play time il have the house work, the young years can not be relived, we really do need to make the most of it.

Writing this whilst getting a cuddle of my daughter sleeping in my arms I really should of put her down 15minutes ago, hoovered the floors, moped, straightened the bedrooms etc but who cares 😉

Organic baby 

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So when weaning my daughter I decided after baby rice I would prepare and cook my own food for her. I never liked jars, not that there was anything wrong with them but remembering stories of mothers saying their babies had orange noses from colourings in baby jars.

I researched Google and read reviews on the best machine to buy, as I have to make dinner for the rest of my family I wanted something quick and easy to use along side or prep, store and freeze for future use. The best reviews were from this VonShef machine. Iv used every type of fruit and veg in it and it is brilliant, literally diced, fill with water put timer on and when it’s finished turn to blend. Definately worth the money link in bio 

I do lot of the food prep on a Saturday or Sunday and it takes no time at all. 

Some dishes Isla has enjoyed are 

  • Avocado and apple
  • Banana and pear
  • Sweet potato and butternut squash 
  • Snap peas, baby corn and baby potatoes 
  • Carrot, turnip and swede 
  • Broccoli and cauliflower 
  • Mango, strawberries, apricot 
  • Peaches 

Etc I like to use a variety of fruit and vegetables in for flavouring and she loves it. 

Sharing my love 

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This picture was taking the night before I went to be induced to have my daughter… The whole family was excited and nervous we lay like this for a while taking in the bliss of the 4 of us(my son, husband, pug and myself)! We had always been a great team.. I remember all the important memories of my little mans milestones… I’d look into his eyes many times and get that magnificent stomach flip, lump in the throat feelings.. He was mine.. 

When you watch your child grow and develop Infront our your eyes you are always filled with pride… Everything our families have done in this perfect little persons life is to raise, guide and nurture him. On the build up to having our second child I couldn’t help feel guilty.. Guilty that he wouldn’t have my full attention, guilty he would have to share me… And on the other hand how could I possibly ever love another child the same… Riddled with anxiety at the thought everything was going to change.. He was my baby my only baby and I felt I was betraying him.. How would he cope? Would he be jealous? Would he like his sibling? 

Il never know why I ever doubted my little man.. He was amazing from the second my daughter was born, he is caring, loving, gentle, sympathetic and much more. Il never forget the pride and love that filled his face when he stepped around that hospital curtain and met his little sister… He has amazed me in the last 6 months my little baby turned into a big boy over night.. Looking at him many days and finding it unbelievable how he’s grown up Infront of my eyes. 

Becoming a big bother he has matured, been patient, always kind, loving and sharing, no flicker of jealousy, no confusion. He’s so patient when I say again “wait a minute son”, “two seconds I’m feeding, rocking, bathing, changing etc your sister” his response always “ok mum”. Im so proud of him, he leaves me speechless continuously whilst seeing his amazing qualities shine through and his lovely personality taking form. 

I always plan to let him know how important he is to me, how much I love him and how good of a big brother he is. I’m lucky he is the way he is and adapted so well, he will always be my number one and my little boy because il never not tell him. It’s shocked me I love my children the same I never thought I’d would, I clearly have enough love to share. 

Ambitions 

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If there’s one thing I love to read.. It’s quotes and inspirational ones at that.

Life is extremely short as most of us are aware, wishfully fun and full of happiness. I believe fully and forcefully we need to make the absolute most of it. Many people state that good things come to those who wait or people make their own luck etc I think we need to grab life with firm hands..push.. Excel and dream. Make your own luck, work hard for your successes. Nothing comes easy, if you really want something you need to believe it will happen and not stop until it does. If it’s not worth fighting for it isn’t worth having. 

Whether these goals are for careers, skills, or humble family life. We need to take charge..make things happen. Aim to be the best in whatever you desire. Don’t wait for an opportunity to arise go and make that opportunity happen. 

Hard times are sent to test us, if we can over come trying obstacles with strength we have the strength to fulfil our ambitions. If you want to change career, reeducate yourself, start a business venture do it now, why wait, aim high then higher again. If you want to do something you can, everyone is smart and capable enough todo so, self belief encourages the people surrounding you to believe in you too. Stepping up and taking charge doesn’t have to be chaotic with a heavy heart and level head.