Let’s talk morning sickness. Whilst it is all for a good cause, it is pretty hard to stomach for many pregnant woman. For the extra lucky ones, you will not only suffer morning sickness but all day sickness (its me, I’m lucky). Its best compared to an all day hangover, without any of the fun antics from the night before. You will be nauseous but not necessarily throw up. You are hungry yet cannot stomach anything. And all you want to do is TAKE. A. NAP. Sound familiar? Never fear, there are lots of morning sickness remedies which can help you to feel a lot better. These treatments will alleviate the morning sickness symptoms which in turn will help to masque your early pregnancy from your friends, family and work colleagues. And if all else fails, just complain loudly at the person who got you into this situation.
I’m a strong believer that is is important to travel with kids. Why, I hear you ask? With all the extra organisation, costs, luggage and restrictions associated with travelling with your kids, surely its easier to stay at home? Well, some of my favorite memories as a mother have been my daughter’s first birthday in Budapest or our family holiday to St Maarten in the Caribbean. Personally I think it is important to travel to experience a different way of life and to open up your children’s minds to new things. Escape the daily routine, forget about the chores and learn to appreciate what you have at home. It also plays a part in character building, establishing resilience and being confident in new environments. Not to mention the precious time together as a family creating memories.
Travel does not have to mean a trip to a far flung exotic destination or staying at a luxe resort. It might mean camping an hour from home, visiting family, your annual trip to a holiday home or even a day trip to a big city. Recently, I took the opportunity to speak with 6 fellow family travel bloggers about what family travel means to them and why they think it is important to travel with kids.
Recently my daughter turned 2 years old. Yes, the terrible twos are well upon us! However it got me to thinking that there is a minefield of gifts and presents to buy for toddlers. And what do they actually want or need at this age? Previously I have prepared a list of toys to keep toddlers occupied on a plane, which includes toys that are convenient to travel with. Now I have collated and present to you “the ultimate guide of gifts for 2 year olds“. This list is a selection of gifts that were very well received by our 2 year old on her birthday, along with some suggestions from my mummy friends. So if you are looking for the perfect present for your child, keep scrolling!
When Stickerscape reached out and asked if we would be interested in trying some of their kids wall stickers, I jumped at the opportunity. We moved into our home 3 weeks before Mackenzie was born. Just a few months prior we had relocated from Australia to England. We had no furniture and just basic home wares, which meant that our little girl was never given an Instagram worthy nursery. She recently turned 2 and is quickly becoming a ‘big girl‘. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful toddler bedroom with some kids wall stickers from Stickerscape.
Looking for the ultimate travel packing list for a baby? Well you have come to the right place! Travelling with a baby might seem like a daunting prospect, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. Sure, there are a few extra challenges, but with the right equipment and a calm mind, you can expose your little one to all the amazing wonders of the world. Our daughter traveled to 10 countries in the first 12 months of her life, so I would safely consider ourselves somewhat of experts when it comes to traveling with a baby.
Lets talk breastfeeding essentials! Whilst pregnant I figured that I would ‘give it a go‘ when it came to breastfeeding, and quite literally did not give it any further consideration. I just thought I would whack the baby on the boob, they would feed merrily and I would get on with my life. Wow, did I get a rude shock! I did not enjoy the experience at all and recall desperately wanting to give it up. Unfortunately for me, my daughter refused to take a bottle, whether it was expressed milk or formula. And whilst I am pro-breastfeeding, I also very strongly believe that fed is best. Because happy mum = happy baby. So if you want or need to stop breastfeeding for WHATEVER reason, that is okay too.
Feeling sexy after motherhood – is there such a thing? The answer is, yes of course! In those early days of becoming a mother it is very difficult to see how. Your body is no longer your own as your recover from birth and (quite literally) give life to your newborn if you choose to breastfeed. Maternity bras, pads the size of a surfboard and that pouch affectionately known as the ‘mum tum’ do not exactly scream sexiness. However, like everything with pregnancy and motherhood, it is all a phase and will soon pass. Before you know it, you will be back to feeling somewhat like your old self … or at least enjoying your new self. So, how do you feel sexy again after motherhood?
- Earlier this year I was asked by Escentual to partake in a 3 month trial of the product, Klorane Quinine Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray. This spray is a thinning hair treatment said to strengthen hair which has suffered from thinning as a result of things such as stress, seasonal changes and post pregnancy.
- Many mums-to-be struggle to fall to sleep and stay asleep during pregnancy. As your body changes, the hormones go into overdrive and the little person inside you grows, it can definitely lead to you staring at the ceiling and desperately counting sheep. I remember experiencing insomnia to some extent during my pregnancy. I would also wake through the night either because I was hungry or uncomfortable. So I thought I would compile a list of items and suggestions to help you sleep better during your pregnancy.
Recently Mackenzie and I had the pleasure of participating in a mummy daughter photo shoot in York City Center with the lovely Framed by Laurie. Laurie was looking for some ‘models‘ for her portfolio and I thought it was an excellent opportunity for Mackenzie and I to have some photographs to help us remember our time in York (and where she was born!). The results are beautiful and I wanted to share my favorite captures with you all. They are very special to us and as my husband put it, they have captured ‘every emotion‘ of our little girl.