Category: Family Life

5 Ways to get stuff done with a Toddler in tow

5 Ways to get stuff done with a Toddler in tow

A Mama’s work is never done is it? I seem to have this never ending to do list filled with all of the things I *should* be doing, need to get done, but frankly some days I barely even make a start. Since Florence started […]

Preparing Florence for Big Sisterhood

Preparing Florence for Big Sisterhood

Now that we are past that half way mark, I have been thinking a lot more about how we are going to prepare Florence for becoming a big sister. With time speeding by and the next few months being busy with all sorts of events […]

Twenty Five

Twenty Five

Twenty five.

It sounds so grown up when you say it out loud. I’m caught between feeling way too young to be in my mid twenties and being already older than my years and it’s a really strange one! Today I’m as close to thirty as I am twenty and that is quite a scary thought.

I’ve spent the day in the company of my favourite people. Woken by a croaky “Mama” from the next room I was greeted by a soggy kiss and a big Florrie cuddle and frankly I can’t think of a better way to have started the day.

My sister gave me my card & presents before setting off for school. She spoiled me rotten with a bunch of flowers and a Pandora charm and a really lovely card.

Sean had no work today so it meant we could have a day together as a family to do whatever we pleased and after a slow, cooked breakfast filled morning, we headed out to one of our favourite places to finally take advantage of their play park. We met my friends and her children there and just had a lovely couple of hours playing and chatting.

Florence is full of cold at the moment so when we got home, she fell sound asleep of her own accord on my chest like she used to as a baby. It was quite wonderful to just let the world stop for a little while and soak up those rare sleepy snuggles with my big girl.

I managed to book a last minute, but well overdue, appointment at the salon as a little present to me from me. That hour of time out just for myself was golden. It’s so easy to let those simple self care things fall to the bottom of the pile but I find it makes such a difference when I pop it at the top every once in a while. The ladies at the salon even arranged cake & sung happy birthday!

I came home to open the rest of my cards and presents with my mum, sister, Sean & Florrie and we had a Chinese for tea. I’ll admit, dinner time was hardly the relaxed joyful event that previous birthday Tea’s have been thanks to a Florence melt down but would I have changed it for the world? Really? Probably not. We had cream cakes for pudding and then once Florence was bathed and ready for bed, Florence & I headed upstairs to wait for Sean and get cosy before watching a watch a film all together.

It’s been a different kind of birthday this year but if you’re a Mama reading this you’ll completely understand that it’s been just as perfect, even more so maybe, because I got to be a Mama too.

Today I turned twenty five. Twenty five!

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Pregnancy #2: 26 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 26 Weeks Pregnant

This last fortnight has been a super busy one. As well as the usual day to day madness raising a toddler brings I have been busy work wise too – a wedding I’ve been working on for the last few months came around so I […]

The Weekend Blog #1 | Park Trips & Parties

The Weekend Blog #1 | Park Trips & Parties

I’ve been meaning to start writing these little weekly weekend posts for a while. I had thought about doing weekend vlogs but I’m rubbish at filming out and about so I thought maybe a blog alternative might be a nice little to way to record […]

What Mama Wore: Keeping Cosy in Pink Blush Maternity

What Mama Wore: Keeping Cosy in Pink Blush Maternity

We have finally arrived in chunky knit season – officially my favourite time of year! I mentioned in my post last week that I have been on the hunt for some new maternity clothes to see me through Autumn & Winter and I’ve recently teamed up with Pink Blush Maternity to showcase some of their latest collection. The first being this beyond cosy pink cardigan, which I have to tell you, is 100% my cup of tea! 

Perfect for the cooler temperatures it’s made from a luxuriously soft chenille wool which combined with it’s over sized style enables you to wrap up and feel snug. This cardigan has become my go to cardigan for day to day Mama life and tend to team it with a t-shirt, jeans and trainers for a casual look. It has an open front with no buttons etc and so is great for showing off your growing bump but also for layering up with a chunky scarf when it’s chilly or even statement necklace for a more glamorous look.  Also this has two really good sized pockets on either side which as any Mama knows,  are a must for keeping all of the little essentials that kids need on the go.

I really love the diamond pattern which runs through the back and arms as it just adds a lovely bit of detail to what might otherwise be a bit of a plain outfit. 

I think if I were to order something like this again, I’d probably opt for a smaller size, just because the arms are quite long on me and being fairly short that’s a problem I have quite often.

I was gifted this Pink Chenille Diamond Knit Maternity Cardigan as part of my collaboration with Pink Blush Maternity. All of the words and opinions in this review are my own.

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Refreshing my Autumn Wardrobe with Debenhams Maternity Range

Refreshing my Autumn Wardrobe with Debenhams Maternity Range

I’ll be completely honest, I have found myself in a bit of a slump when it comes to fashion this pregnancy. I loved dressing my bump last time around but I’ve really lost my confidence this time and so I tend to just opt for […]

Pregnancy #2: 24 week pregnancy update

Pregnancy #2: 24 week pregnancy update

Hello 24 weeks! Today I’m 24 weeks pregnant which means we’ve made it to viability – such a huge milestone in every pregnancy. We are officially counting down rather than up now and there’s only 16 weeks to go! Symptoms Other than tired beyond belief […]