Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Mums

As we’re now in November and Christmas will very quickly be upon us, it is only apt that I share some of my finds with you all. I have come across some amazing small UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, and so each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. I have created a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog, and this is the second of the series, a Christmas Gift Guide for Mums.

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1. “Be A Nice Muggle” Print 

I’m really getting into having prints in the house along with photos this year, and love this one from Cloud2print. Mitch will be happy to know that he can finally have something to do with Harry Potter up in the house lol!

Cloud2print currently have an offer on- any 2 unframed A4 prints for £16, or 3 A4 prints for £21!

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This print, along with others can be found by searching @Cloud2print on either Facebook or Instagram.

2. Glitter “Mummy” Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift for any mummy you know! It is so easy to pair with any outfit, I love the glitter letters and how they are each a different colour. This jumper is super comfy to wear and is always a go to in my daily life!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. “Stay Positive” Print 

As mentioned, I’ve been loving finding small businesses that do prints, and this is another. There’s lots of different prints available, as well as the option to personalise. These make the perfect gifts as they’re incredibly versatile and can be made to suit individual homes and styles.

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This print, along with others, can found by searching @the_art_of_words_dorset on either Facebook or Instagram.

4. Blush Pink “#MumLife” T-Shirt 

Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe is primarily comfy t-shirts and jumpers to pair with jeans or leggings. This is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, it’s super comfy and has a baggier style which I love.

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. “Shh Mum Time, No Kids Allowed” Vanilla Candle 

Who doesn’t love a candle? I know that I could never have enough candles! What’s so lovely about this candle is its amazing smell, a lovely, comforting ‘very vanilla’, I’m thoroughly enjoying burning this candle. The pot itself is well made and looks luxurious, with its detailing across the wooden lid. The designs on the front of the candle vary, a selection are shown in the image below. The candle arrived packaged brilliantly, there was no chance it would be damaged on route. Couldn’t recommend this product more!

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This candle, along with others, can be found at Thecandlebrand.

6. Pink Personalised Mum and Children’s Name T-Shirt 

What’s so lovely about this t-shirt is that it can be personalised with not only the names of you child or children, but also with the year you became a mummy, which I think is just such a great touch! You can choose the colour of the t-shirt as well as the writing, which means you can create a really lovely t-shirt of your choice. I love wearing mine and often get questions as to where I got it from!

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This product, along with others can be found on Darcieelledesigns.

Thank you for reading. 

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Motherhood, Tattoos

Tattoos & Breastfeeding

This blog post is about getting tattoos whilst being a breastfeeding mother. Although this is quite a niche topic, I found that when searching for answers myself there was little to no reliable information out there to help. Therefore, hopefully this will help someone searching for particular answers on this topic.

Mitchell and I had booked tattoos as part of my ‘pushing present‘ for having Florence. (If you know, you know lol) I didn’t have a baby shower, so thought I would at least make the most out of one of these American pregnancy traditions! However, when the time actually came I suddenly had a little panic over whether or not I would even be able to get mine done as I was breastfeeding. After a quick google I was left even more unsure about whether it was safe to go ahead or if I would need to cancel and have them done once I was no longer breastfeeding Florence.

It was only after speaking to my tattooist (and him speaking his partner who’s a midwife) that is was agreed we were completely fine to go ahead as long as I fully understood the information. I was told that getting the tattoo itself is absolutely fine as the ink does not transfer into the milk. Obviously choose to go to a respectable and clean tattooist to minimise any chance of infection, as it is only if the tattoo becomes infected and you have to go on antibiotics you will have to stop breastfeeding.

Thank you for reading. 

 

Motherhood

Top Tips for New Mums

Becoming a parent can be a daunting task, and even though this was my second child, it was a completely different experience to having my first. I’ve put together some key things to remember during this period of time with your family, in the hope that it resonates with some of you, whether you are in this position now or have been in the past. It is important to note that everybody is different, and whilst these things have been important to me, they may not work for everyone!

  • Accept the help that is offered 

I think we are all guilty of trying to juggle to many things at once and spreading ourselves too thinly. This is not the time to try to do everything on your own. Accept the help and support that is offered, whether this is family, friends or health professionals.

I love the quote,

 “It takes a village to raise a child” 

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No one is going to think any less of you as a mother if you reach out for help. Becoming a mother is hard, for anyone and everyone, at any age. You are not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. People are there to help, so take them up on their offers!

 

  • Filter Unwanted Advice

Now I can assure you that people are going to offer you advice left right and centre when you are pregnant or have had your baby. Whilst this is usually coming with the best of intentions, it isn’t always helpful or needed. This is your baby, and believe me, you know what is best for the both of you. Everyone has different ides and experiences, and whilst one mother swears by something, it won’t necessarily work for you. Politely listen and thank others for the advice, but don’t feel bad for not then doing as they suggested. Just like this blog post- not everything will be true for yourself, and it is okay to filter out the parts that don’t help!

  • Buy More Muslins 

You’ve probably heard people say you need to purchase a few muslin squares for your newborn. This is not the case. Rather, I urge you to accumulate as many muslins as you can, you will NEVER have too many!

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  • Don’t get caught up in the ‘Mum Awards’ 

Some mums would lead you to believe there are certified ‘Mum Awards‘ for the best mothers. This is not the case! There are no prizes and there is no such thing as the perfect parent, we all have our good and bad days.

So don’t feel you have to succumb to the social pressures of juggling to much at once, trying to please everyone but yourself. Go with your gut and trust your own judgement. What has worked for one mother will not necessarily work for the next. Each experience is different and nobody is perfect.

  • Enjoy Quiet Time 

The most important thing during this time is that you and baby are healthy, everything else comes second. So don’t feel guilty about just sitting back and enjoying those precious moments alone as a family with your newborn- as I hate to sound like an overplayed song- but it really does fly by and they’re not babies for long. The guests can wait, the housework can wait, no one will mind- and those that do mind aren’t worth the fuss.

So take the all important time to breathe in their newborn smell, stroke every hair on their heads and stare at the most amazing gift of life that your body has created and birthed. Motherhood is simply amazing!

Thank you for reading. 

memories, Motherhood

The Christening

16.09.2018 

Baptism of Kaden & Florence

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We celebrated the Christening of both Kaden and Florence last Sunday at St Thomas’ Church, followed by a small party afterwards. We had such a lovely day and cannot thank everyone enough for coming to celebrate our faith and our children on that special day. It was the first time the families had all been together, and was lovely!

The church service was short and sweet, with a really wonderful vicar leading the baptism. Kaden was brilliant and enjoyed having the attention on him, especially when the vicar let Kaden splash him with water too!

We had chosen Godparents for the children, and would like to thank them for accepting their roles in our children’s lives.

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Florence wore a beautiful white Christening gown, the exact one her Nan Lorraine wore for her Christening day years ago. Although she slept through the majority of the day, she was a little star and couldn’t be more loved by all.

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Kaden thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of his family and friends together for his special day, and was even more overjoyed at all the Lego he received as a result!

It was such a special day spent with the people we love the most, and will definitely be remembered and spoken about for years to come.

Thank you for reading. 

memories

The Summer of 2018

 A roundup of Summer 2018.

JULY

Just as the summer holidays began we were blessed with the safe arrival of our daughter, Florence Grace. So the first few weeks were spent welcoming visitors at home to meet her and send their well wishes. We had our newborn photoshoot when Florence was one week old.

 

AUGUST

Our first ‘big’ trip out for the day was to Skegness. By this point I was comfortable breastfeeding in front of family, but this was a test to get used to breastfeeding publicly. It was fine (thank goodness) and although it’s still a learning process, both me and Florence are getting better at it as it becomes easier with time. We’ve taken Florence to Hunstanton, Leicester and Sheffield for day trips, so she certainly hasn’t been bored!

Kaden spends a lot of time talking and singing with baby Florence, it’s obvious how besotted he is with his little sister. I worried so much about how this new arrival would affect the dynamics of our family, and yet it is as if nothing has changed. Florence has easily entered our world and it feels as if she has always been here somehow. All of our hearts are very full.

We’ve spent time with Mitch’s family as they prepared for Mason to go to University in September.

 

SEPTEMBER

Kaden returns back to school, ready for Year 2. It will be an adjustment back into the school routine from the rather relaxed summer. I am also returning back to one of my jobs this week, I’m looking forward to getting back into it and having something to do during the week! This job involves admin, social media, and website editing, and as I can do most of it from home I don’t mind going back so soon. It will be good to have my mind busy again.

Other exciting things we have planned for September are that both Kaden and Florence are being Christened in just a couple of weeks. It will be lovely to get the family together and celebrate both the children. Then both me and Mitch are getting new tattoos. So there is a lot to look forward too!

Thank you for reading.