• Booking a trip has made me think a lot about why we as Mama's so often deny ourselves time away like this. Having time away from the family is hands down one of the best self care activities for any Mum.

    How to Prioritise Self Care Activities as a Mama

    This weekend I went away to London for a friend’s 30th birthday. I could have just gone for the night and come straight home, left Saturday morning and come home Sunday morning. But I decided to extend the trip, leave on Friday evening and return Sunday evening. Booking the trip has made me think a lot about why we as Mama’s so often deny ourselves time away like this. Having time away from the family is hands down one of the best self care activities for any Mum. Mama Needs More Self Care Activities Any brief Google search will tell you that self care activities include things like; having a…

  • There is a bigger picture and a future we're working towards as a family. We all have different parenting styles and we each have our own reasons for them.

    What Kind of Mum Do I Want to Be?

    It’s probably a bit late for me to start worrying about parenting styles now, specifically my own, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. In fact, it’s something I think about a lot in general, especially if we’ve had a bad few days.     So many parenting styles to choose from.. No matter how much I go on about stress free mamahood, not conforming to the idea of the socially accepted ‘perfect’ mum, or allowing mum guilt to rule my life, I feel guilty about my parenting just as much as any other mama. The days when I have loads of work to do – guilt. Longing…

  • I wanted to put it into perspective a bit. When I say my kids sleep well, I mean that they have a pretty decent routine ingrained into them. I mean that they usually go down without too much fuss. I'm saying they generally don't wake up at 5am or stay up past 7:30pm.

    The Truth About Bedtime and Good Sleepers

    I think I’ve probably mentioned before that both Amelia and Wills are pretty good sleepers. Before you look at your screen like I’m the devil woman, I’m not here to rub in the 10.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep I get every night. In fact, far from it! I wanted to put it into perspective a bit. When I say my kids sleep well, I mean that they have a pretty decent routine ingrained into them. I mean that they usually go down without too much fuss. I’m saying they generally don’t wake up at 5am or stay up past 7:30pm. The key to all of that, though are the words…

  • But I wanted to find out what exactly she is expected to be able to do, and what she needs to know before starting school.

    Have I Made the Right Early Choices for my Child?

    You might have noticed that Amelia starting school in September is very much in the front of my mind at the moment. I’ve been thinking about whether she is ready for school, whether I’m ready for her to go to school, and how our lives are going to change when she starts. I’m not usually a worrier, but it’s difficult not to think ahead  and wonder just how much we’re all prepared for the milestone. I’ve found myself suddenly extremely worried that we’ve done too much playing and not enough learning. What if she doesn’t know everything she needs to know before starting school? This weekend I started thinking about…

  • The ordering process with My Name Tags is fab, and you completely design your own stickers from scratch. I let Amelia design hers, and she had so much fun choosing

    Getting Ready for School with My Name Tags & WIN A Set for Yourself!

    I’m really forgetful. Like really forgetful. And also clumsy, a bit club footed, and a total butter fingers. It’s a wonder I’ve never actually dropped or forgotten one of the kids tbh. My phone on the other hand…   For a long time Amelia got into the habit of asking me every time we left the house if I’d forgotten anything (I usually had) and it was actually a huge help. These days, though, she’s about as forgetful as me, and she’s stopped asking. Which is probably only fair seeing as that’s most likely supposed to be my job as her mother.   Almost every time I pick her up…