• We are well on the way to re-forging our stress free mornings, and all through some simple fixes. We reconnected a bit, just by taking the time to listen.

    Stress Free Mornings with Kids: Overcoming Wardrobe Malfunctions

    Over the last few weeks we have been having some serious meltdowns in the mornings (I say we because I’ve pretty much ended up melting down just as much as the 3-year-old). These meltdowns eventually culminated in a flat out refusal to leave the house to get to nursery.   I’m not joking. Last week Amelia was so upset leaving for nursery that she pulled away from me, turned around and walked back to the house. She let herself in, closed the front door and sat herself on the sofa. The rest of the day was a write off.   But, once we’d all calmed down, Mr C and I…

  • I decided we needed some shelving. The room needed more warmth. I had some pallet wood left in the garden, so I decided to create a pallet shelf.

    Simple Pallet Builds: Bespoke Budget Pallet Shelf

    One of the things I was most looking forward to when we moved from London in July was having an actual garden. Some outside space, something we had never managed to achieve in London. It goes without saying that having a garden has been amazing for the kids. Wills is an outdoor boy through and through, and you’ll find him in the garden in pretty much all weather. Amelia’s a little more accustomed to the indoors, but is still at her happiest rooting around her shed/play house for dress up outfits, musical instruments, and anything else she can be creative with. But it’s not just the kids who have benefitted…

  • 5 Stages of Toddler Meltdown: Staying Sane at Home

    Being at home full time with both kids has been a challenge on a level I have no shame in admitting I was probably only half prepared for. When I was working full time, I’d always empathised with my SAHM mum friends, knowing full well that what they were doing must be bloody hard (understatement of the century much?!) When I left my career and took on a part time role, I understood a hell of a lot more what those friends had been talking about. Making the decision to stay at home full time wasn’t an easy one, and I knew that I’d find aspects of it seriously tough.…

  • This week the blogger burnout was real, as was the mum burnout. In fact, it was very real; at one point I felt as though everything was falling apart.

    Blogger Burnout: Why Taking A Break is Important

    Blogger burnout is a real thing. It’s no different to the burnout that any other working adult experiences, and it’s pretty similar to Mum burnout. In fact, couple it with Mum burnout, or regular job burnout, or even squish ALL THREE into one big burnout, and you have a recipe for some serious meltdowns. The most important thing that you can do for yourself to avoid any of these burnouts (or even a combination of them!) is to give yourself a break. Metaphorically and actually. Regular jobs have holiday allowances for a reason. Most of us know how it feels to go back to work after a break; yes there’s…

  • Sing & Rhyme Time: Why I’m the Mum with the Kids Who Don’t Join In

    When we moved to Wiltshire in July, I knew that I needed to find places to take the kids as soon as possible. We’ve never really been the family with jam packed schedules, but we’ve definitely always been partial to a good soft play centre and a little group here and there. We were regular visitors to our local library’s sing & rhyme time, so I thought that would be as good a place as any to start. Aside from the initial shock of realising that time actually had moved since I lived here briefly in my teens (I found the library had moved buildings!) it wasn’t difficult to find…