Staycation

It seems the sunshine has said goodbye for another year, maybe making a few ‘post show’ encores in September. In all honesty, it’s a bitter sweet goodbye for me. That British in-between seasons feeling is upon us, which makes us crave the coming change in temperatures, kick off the flip flops and get on our socks and boots. The idea of wrapping up in a coat seems a little bit lovely, and (dare I say it) I’ve heard people start talking about Christmas,

This week is what’s become our ‘holiday week’ ; usually Mr G takes the 2 weeks in August which span his birthday, and our wedding anniversary, and we try to go away, do major days out and make the most of the peak summer weather.

This year we were in need of a different kind of holiday.
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Baby Led Weaning: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Pre-kids, I’d never heard of baby led weaning, BLW. But, in those early days of motherhood, it’s one of the concepts that you’ll be worrying about frighteningly quickly once you’ve recovered from the shock of owning a real live mini person.

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you know what it is, but just in case…. The idea is, that instead of spoon feeding your weaning baby pureed up fruit, veg, meats, combinations of the aforementioned, you allow them to pick up whole pieces of food themselves and gnaw away at the goodness. The benefits allow children to learn the textures, flavours, colours of real food themselves, and will stop eating when they are full.

So, in my experience of weaning x 2 here’s my honest (as always) review of baby led weaning (BLW):
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When to ditch the monitor?

Disclaimer 1: This post has nothing to do with minions

Disclaimer 2: Not likely to be a groundbreaking read, in fact if you don’t have kids, stop right here.

We moved little Baby G into her own room at 6 months, just 4 months ago. (Have you figured how old she is yet?!).

The thing is, things aren’t going so great. She goes to bed amazingly by 7 every night, and sleeps… ‘Like a baby’ until the nanosecond I get into my own bed and close my eyes. Then, she’ll wake every hour or couple of hours till the morning.
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7 quick wins to being a healthier mum

I’m no health guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have a go at trying to look after myself here and there. As a busy mum of two, it’s easy to put yourself last, so here’s a few tips and cheats to share. I’m sure some of them have helped me squeeze back into my pre baby jeans, and, even more importantly, given me the energy to get through each day!
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Toddler Hair Envy

Thanks Becky over at cuddle fairy  for inspiring me to crack on with this post that’s been burning a hole in my blog-pocket. Her post taught me yesterday I need to invest in a  Tangle Tamer. Heres why…

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Blogging or Jogging; Achieving a Blog-life-balance

Blogging or jogging*?

*May be substituted with cleaning, bathing, shopping, socialising, sleeping, internet browsing, watching, cooking.

As a new blogger, and a mum of two young children, I’m having doubts about where this new ‘hobby’ will fit in to my already hectic life.
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‘I am the mum who’…..blog inspired by Laura Summer, Blogging 101 homework!

So today’s blogging 101 homework challenged me to write a blog inspired by another blogger, which I commented on yesterday. I read many, but this one stuck in my mind, from www.laurasummer.co.uk, Laura’s lovely blog. It’s a fun meme on what kind of mum she is which she was nominated for by another blogger. I’ve seen a few of these ‘chain letter’ style blogs now and they are a great way to get your blog out there, and get introduced to new great writers.

  
Laura’s blog got me thinking. What kind of mum am I?
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Buying baby cups….a personal obsession?

Last week I had a major clear out of baby / toddler drinking cups, as I noticed one I grabbed out for a visitor was looking pretty ropey. TG is 3 1/2 now so some probably needed to be autoclaved…failing that, binned.
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10 things I’ve learnt about blogging… 4 weeks in.

It’s been a crazy 4 weeks since I stepped into the unknown. Here’s a few conclusions about blogging so far.
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Pulling my hair out…..of the carpet / plug hole / hair brush…..

When I imagined life as a mum there were a few parts of the deal that were pretty unpleasant, but I was happy to brace myself for. Sleepless nights, putting my career on hold, having a wobbly tummy. There was one thing however I must have missed in the small print, and certainly had never heard of before.

Post partum hair loss. AKA Telogen effluvium.
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