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‘You Can’t Go Wrong’ Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day seems to have sprung out of nowhere this year! I blame the snow for that as usually it feels much more spring like by this point in the year. Mother’s Day means all sort of things to different people. For some it is about celebrating their own Motherhood, for others it’s for their Mum and for some it is simply a day of celebrating the significant women in their life. Whatever Mother’s Day means to you, I’ve put together a gift guide that will hopefully include something for everyone’s tastes. I feel like most of these items are things you really can’t go wrong with, hence the name of the post! My own Mum is actually notoriously hard to buy for, and if I got her anything from this list, it almost certainly would go wrong. But if you have a Mum who is easy to buy for then this is the list for you!

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So, We Co Sleep Now?

Ahhh sleep. I honestly feel I could dedicate this whole blog to the subject of sleep and never run out of things to talk about. Don’t worry, I won’t do that, but you get my point! To put it nicely, we’ve been on a bit of a… journey with Darcie’s sleep recently. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my daily rants on the subject over the last month or so, but up until this point I have kept it off the blog. I had this idea that I would just wait until all our problems were solved and then write a long post about it all. But the weeks keep going by, and the problems aren’t going, just changing. So I thought I would do a little update now, mainly because I just need to pen my thoughts to paper (obviously not literally, this is the 21st century duh!). Continue reading “So, We Co Sleep Now?”

Dear Darcie · Mum Life · Uncategorized

Dear Darcie, You Make Me Better

Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve been loving it. All day today I have seen inspiring messages from both men and women about women who inspire them, motivate them and educate them. I love that we have a day all about celebrating women and so I wanted to write a post of my own, to mark this day. Last year I wrote International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter and so this year I wanted to look at it from the other side. This is a letter to Darcie, my darling daughter. This is a thank you for all of the things that you have taught me and shown me so far in your little lifetime. Continue reading “Dear Darcie, You Make Me Better”

Fashion · Mum Life · Pregnancy · Reviews · Uncategorized

Treat Yourself With Boohoo Maternity this Mother’s Day

I’m sure I’m not the only person who tends to lose their way a bit when it comes to maternity fashion. (If it is just me, then somebody please tell me the secret!). My maternity wardrobe basically consists of a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and lots of stretchy tops. Which is fine for the most part, but every so often I find myself so totally bored by my maternity wardrobe and completely uninspired as to what to wear. I’m conscious of my changing body and while I try hard to celebrate my bump and embrace the changes, sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done. I know that clothes play a big part in my self confidence. If I feel happy and confident in what I’m wearing, it really shows. So that’s why I’m trying harder this pregnancy to find some maternity clothes that actually make me feel really good, and ‘like myself’. I lost myself last time I was pregnant, the clothes I was wearing weren’t anything I would normally wear, and I felt so conscious of that at the time. Continue reading “Treat Yourself With Boohoo Maternity this Mother’s Day”

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Affordable British Destinations For a Family Staycation

pexels-photo-297642.jpegWith a growing family, the cost of going abroad can really add up. For some parents too, the thought of taking the kids on an airplane can seem a little daunting. So it is no surprise that many people to choose to have a staycation instead of going abroad, at least once a year. There is so much to see and do in the UK that it really is possible to have a great family trip without some of the hassles that come with going abroad. You don’t have to change money or learn a new language, and you know what the food is going to be if you’ve got a fussy eater or a child with an allergy. There are so many options for amazing staycations in the UK that it can be hard to know where to begin. I’ve put together some ideas to give you some inspiration for your next trip. Continue reading “Affordable British Destinations For a Family Staycation”

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Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel

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Driving. Driving has become my nemesis. At this moment in my life, driving is the biggest battle that I need to win. I’ve spoken about this frequently on the internet and even more frequently with friends and family. While I am obviously not proud of my fear of driving, I am also not ashamed to admit it. I find the whole concept of getting in a car, with my precious daughter and driving on the roads, absolutely terrifying. Continue reading “Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel”

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I Had The Best Day With You Today

Sometimes it’s the days you least expect to be anything special, that make you thankful for the life you lead. For me, Friday was one of those days. After a week of too many small things going wrong, I had almost written it off entirely. My original plan for the day was to take Darcie to our local farm. However, when I woke up and realised how cold it was I decided not to do the long walk to the farm with Darcie freezing in the pram, but instead to take her for a little walk in some woodland nearby to us. At least if she was walking she wouldn’t get so cold and we could both get some fresh air and relieve some of that cabin fever we were both suffering from after a rainy week indoors. Continue reading “I Had The Best Day With You Today”

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Ways To Save Money This Year

January is well known for being a difficult month. The excitement of Christmas is over and extravagant spending over the festive season could well have left you feeling more than slightly strapped for cash. I’ve been very open on my blog about the fact that we are always trying to save money. Although Dan works very hard and earns a very good wage, it is still only one wage, for three (soon to be four) people. We try to be as frugal as possible and so I am always on the lookout for new and smart ways for us to save money. We are currently saving up to buy our first house and so every penny really does count. I know I’m not the only one trying to find new ways to save money as all my other money saving posts have done well in the past. So, here is an updated list of ways that you could be saving money this year. Continue reading “Ways To Save Money This Year”

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Family Holidays Wishlist

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One of things that Dan and I love to do the most, is to travel. Pre baby days saw us gallivanting off on adventures left, right and centre. Any spare money we had went on saving up for the next trip and we’d spend our evenings and weekends planning where we wanted to travel to next and dreaming of exotic countries and exploring different cultures. I know some people seem to manage travelling with a toddler, you hear stories about women who use their maternity leave to travel the world or families who just uproot to go and live on an island somewhere, away from the stresses of modern life. And while that sounds great, that just hasn’t been a reality we have even wanted to attempt. For a start I could never imagine taking our baby far away from her family and for them not to have the chance to know her properly. I take my hat off to people who make it work but that’s just not the path we have taken.  Continue reading “Family Holidays Wishlist”

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Finishing Touches With Desenio

When we moved into our current home I loved so many things about it; the layout, the garden, the space in the lounge. There was just one problem, the decor! Luckily we have been able to change the decor to suit our own tastes which we have been doing, slowly but surely, since we moved in. The worst room by far was definitely our bedroom. Orange carpet, orange curtains, badly fitted wardrobes, do I really need to say more? The wardrobes were the first to go, which then revealed a ceiling that needed to be plastered and a carpet that definitely needed changing.

One fresh new ceiling, one lovely grey carpet, three glorious white walls and one simple grey wall later and it was finally starting to feel more like our bedroom and less like something the eighties had left behind. Continue reading “Finishing Touches With Desenio”