Mum Life · Other Good Stuff

So You Want To Start A Blog?

img_5720I wrote my very first blog post in July 2016 after thinking about starting a blog for a good few years. It began solely as a personal project that nobody knew about and it’s only in the last few months that I have started to put more time and effort into it to really make it into something to be proud of and to bring in some income. I’m by no means a big blogger but I thought I would share some of the things that I have learnt along the way to help anyone reading this who might be thinking about starting a blog.

1. Think about why you want to start a blog Continue reading “So You Want To Start A Blog?”

Mum Life · Reviews

Making The Most of Rainy Days

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I’ve never been one to let the weather dictate what I do and since becoming a stay at home mum, I’ve really made a point of not allowing the rain to keep us cooped up inside. I’ve often felt the term ‘stay at home mum’ is quite ridiculous because I don’t think many of us actually stay at home that much. The cabin fever can become only too real if you fall into the trap of staying in the house too much and I always think it’s much healthier for your body and your mind to get outside as much as possible. I have also found that now Darcie is really a toddler it has become much harder to keep her entertained at home than it is to bundle her up out the door and find something to really capture her attention. Continue reading “Making The Most of Rainy Days”

Mum Life · Other Good Stuff

How To Look Like You’ve Got It All Together (Even When You Really Don’t!)

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We’ve all been there. You’ve been really organised the night before and you’ve been rushing around since 6am, but come 9 o clock when you need to be out the door, the baby has a poo explosion or your toddler decides to try and climb up the chimney. Or there are the days when your house looks like a bomb has hit it and you get a call to say someone is on their way to see you and you have to run around like a maniac with the toy box and the Febreze before they arrive.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to have it all together; you just don’t. And it’s in these times that I think it’s handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve so at least Judgemental Judy won’t cotton on to how hectic your morning (or your life) has really been. This doesn’t just apply to parents; I’ve always been a disorganised, lastminute.com kind of girl! So I asked some blogger pals for their best tips to share with you all to help you fake it till you make it and at least look like you have it together even if you really don’t. Continue reading “How To Look Like You’ve Got It All Together (Even When You Really Don’t!)”

Days Out · Mum Life · Reviews

Winchester Harvest Festival

If you read my post 10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017 you would have seen me mention Hampshire Harvest Festival that was held in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral this weekend. I don’t know if we’ll manage to go to all of the things on that list, but the Harvest Festival was one that I definitely wanted to tick off. So on Saturday afternoon we set off after lunch to have an afternoon wandering around the stalls. Continue reading “Winchester Harvest Festival”

Dear Darcie · Mum Life

Dear Darcie, Welcome to Autumn

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I really think you’re going to love this time of year. Already we have been for so many puddle-splashing adventures and you’ve spent hours playing with sticks and acorns. I always want you to continue to find joy in every season. We’ve had a summer of hot sticky days; you’ve had your first ice cream and discovered how fun it is to play in the sand and run away from the cold British sea. Now it’s time for us to find new and exciting things to do in Autumn, it’s time for warm coats and pom pom hats and for us to enjoy this new season. Welcome to Autumn, Darcie May. Continue reading “Dear Darcie, Welcome to Autumn”

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All Aboard The Judgement Bus // Should I Be Asking My 16 Month Old To Be Quiet?

IMG_5824.JPGOne of the best things about writing a blog is having a platform to vent when things wind you up in your day to day life. And that is exactly what I have come her to do tonight; so, if you’re in the mood for a rant grab yourself a cuppa and get stuck in and if you’re not, then I suggest you click away now. Continue reading “All Aboard The Judgement Bus // Should I Be Asking My 16 Month Old To Be Quiet?”

Mum Life · Other Good Stuff · Uncategorized

20 Facts About Me

IMG_4390.JPGAbout three months ago I was tagged by the lovely Cassandra at Gorgeous George’s Mama to do the 20 facts about me tag. As I was searching through my drafts for posts to rescue from the pile, I came across this post totally finished just lacking a picture so here we are. The picture that I’ve added is 21 year old me, around 4 months before getting pregnant and I look so young and carefree! I enjoyed writing this because as you probably know, usually I just write about Darcie but it was nice to write about me for a change. Continue reading “20 Facts About Me”

Days Out · Mum Life

10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017

pexels-photo.jpgAfter a particularly dreary end to the summer here in England, I think a lot of us have started thinking about Autumn sooner than we usually would. I’ve always been a Summer lover myself, but each year I find myself increasingly drawn to Autumn, dreaming of cosy nights in with blankets and hot chocolates, those crisp, bright mornings and streets lined with burnt orange leaves. Becoming a family of three has made me keen to make the most of each season, to make as many memories together as possible and to teach Darcie to find joy in everything she does no matter the time of year. I’ve been looking up activities and events near us that I would like to go to this year and have compiled them into a handy list for anyone else local to Hampshire. Continue reading “10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

What A ONEderful Age

IMG_5851.JPGI had always intended to do Monthly updates for Darcie on this blog but, of course, life got in the way and that hasn’t happened. At all. I did one Six Month Update and then never got around to it again. She has now just turned 16 months, but I thought rather than play catch up on all the updates I have missed, instead I’m just going to do a general post on life with a one year old.

I’m sure this post will end up being a long one, but the upshot of it is this: I love this age! Continue reading “What A ONEderful Age”

Breastfeeding · Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

Dear Darcie, This Is The Last Time

IMG_5641Dear Darcie,

Tonight I fed you for the last time. Don’t worry, you’ll still be getting solid food and coconut milk and all of your favourite things but this is the last time you’ll have my milk. This moment has been gradually approaching for months and I know in my heart that you are ready to stop now. I think that really you have been ready for a while and that it was me that needed to carry on. I really needed you to keep needing me. I wanted to keep providing you with the one thing that only I can provide. Or so I thought. But as I sit here now, holding your soft warm little body in my arms, I realise that it’s not true. There are so many other things that only I can do for you, because I am your Mum and that is something that nobody else can ever be. Continue reading “Dear Darcie, This Is The Last Time”