It’s a Mama Life…
We all know that I’m all over #StressFreeMamahood, which usually refers to kicking out the guilt and pressure to perfect. But I will admit there are also some handy places, products and mama resources which make my life a bit easier, reducing just a little bit more pressure… You know what they say; every little helps! Speaking of little…
I just can’t go on about the guys over at Little’s enough! I’ll admit that in a pinch, really any old coffee will do, but this stuff is a staple next to my kettle, and I’m pretty precious over it too! You might not know that before (and after) I had Amelia I was crazily overweight. I weighed a good 5-6 stone more than I do now, and when I decided enough was enough I really went for it. One of the things that had to go was my daily (or more) hits of mahoosive, sugary, cream topped Starbucks.
The Little’s range is fab, because it offers all the flavour of a coffee seeped in syrup, but without the calories. All their coffees are free on Slimming World, and I’d hazard a guess that I do about a jar a week.
This mama runs on coffee.
As much as I love a good old fashioned pram, all big and cosy for baby to lie down, there comes a time when only a stroller will do.
You get sick of huffing around whopping prams bigger than your wardrobe pretty quickly, and they’re not exactly public transport friendly either.
Our Maclaren has survived both Amelia & Wills, and I love how sturdy and durable it is, while also being lightweight 7 compact. It has loads of shopping space underneath, and when we needed to replace the raincover it was simple to do and cost less than twenty quid.
I’m deadly serious when I say I don’t think I could actually cope without Aldi.
We live on a tight budget, and Aldi allows me to feed a family of four healthy, home cooked meals (almost) every day without breaking the bank. The absolute best part is that I have enough in my teeny tiny budget each week for treats to shut the kids up with for the little darlings when they’ve been angels. ;-P
I’m not ashamed to admit that my kids have time with their tablet. Granted, they aren’t on them for long or very often, but kindle time is seen as a big treat and we all honestly love the Kindle. I didn’t bother getting the kids edition because I worked out that it’s just the fire HD with parental controls and a case. But they double the price. The parental controls I set up myself, and I bought the same case they sell the fire for kids with for £10.
I love with the kindle that Amelia has access to all the movies & shows we get with out Amazon Prime account, but I can still have it password controlled so she doesn’t start shopping away on our account!
I also LOVE the fact that I can set a timer in parental controls that not only sets a time of the day she can’t use it past, but also a max usage time fore each day. Even better than that is being able to set different usage time for different apps and days of the week. So she can have longer on educational apps during the week and less time watching shows, whereas we can give her longer at the weekends.
‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’ by Pamela Druckerman
I remember reading this book and thinking I just want to be French! I think in terms of my parenting style, I basically am. Just hand me a striped shirt and some garlic and I’ll be away (bad joke alert).
There were a few things in this book that I wasn’t completely sold on (there are times when it all felt a bit too mean, even for me) but the vast majority of it had me nodding into my coffee cup.
I read this book in a couple of days, which says it all, really.
‘I Don’t Know Why She Bothers’ by Daisy Waugh
This was another book that I devoured in less than 48 hours. There were aspects of Daisy’s very upper middle class life that I really couldn’t resonate with, but again for the most part I felt acutely connected to her style of parenting.
This book confirmed to me that I was totally okay with my style of parenting, and also planted the seed of inspiration for #StressFreeMamahood and all it’s components. Daisy articulates almost every thought I’ve ever had about the guilt involved in parenting. I highly recommend it.
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Dealing with all the pressure and guilt involved with modern mamahood is a total nightmare. Social perceptions of what the perfect mother is supposed to has so many of us worried that nothing we do is right.
Stress Free Mamahood is about learning to ignore and overcome social expectations, get rid of mama guilt, and banish the pressure to do all the stuff. It’s about accepting and embracing the wonderful mama you are just by doing you. There a lots of resources & tips and tricks, and you can also join the Facebook community which is where all the fun happens with absolutely zero judgement 🙂