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Another Marvellous Bank Holiday Monday!

Welcome back to Marvellous Mondays. Finally we can all breathe a small sigh of relief as we enjoy another bank holiday Monday, and I will be breathing an even bigger sigh of relief on Wednesday when my long awaited maternity leave finally starts! I’ll be counting down to babys arrival over the next few weeks just as most of you lovely lot will be counting down to the exciting Brit Mums Live event this year. I really did think this…

Lifestyle

May Favourites

May has been all about sleeping better, feeling better and looking better, and so all of my May favourites are actually beauty and body products. Earlier in the month I went to MAC with my little sister for her wedding make up consultation, and as much as I tried to keep the focus completely on her whilst she was having her make up done, by the time we got to the end I was itching to buy a few bits…

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A Space Of My Own..

I remember getting my first desk when I was seven years old. It was white with orange legs and had a matching black padded chair. It was small and compact, but perfectly accommodating for a seven year old and her collection of colorful rubbers, pencils and notebooks. I remember my parents surprising me with it one day after school and feeling very grown up sitting at it for the first time, with good intentions to do my homework at it…

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#BreastfeedingStories Featuring The Secret Life of Mum

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features Sadie from The Secret Life of Mum who shares her 11 month exclusive breastfeeding journey, reminding us that it is perfectly normal and ok for there to be both highs and lows along the way. When…

Baby No.2

8 New Baby Essentials!

Angel Care Bath Support | SnuzPod | Angel Care Baby Monitor | Widgey Nursing Pillow |Aden + Anais Muslins | Tiny Love Baby Mobile | Gro Egg | Gro Egg I was reflecting on a conversation I had on twitter earlier this week around new baby essentials and whether there was anything I would recommend. So I dug out this post that I wrote not long after we had the little lady just under three years ago and updated it…

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#BreastfeedingStories Featuring Wife Mama Life

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features Debs from Wife Mama Life who shares her story about breastfeeding her son until her was two, and how they achieved it by setting themselves small goals taking it day by day and month by month…

Baby No.2

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 32 – 34

Symptoms Its been a fun few weeks filled with yet more Braxton hicks, period type pains and a dose of lightning crotch here and there for good measure. Baby has had a massive and quite noticeable growth spurt which has led to lots of regular comments at work about how big I’m getting (always lovely to hear) and the feeling that baby is running out of space. Given that we have around another six weeks to go, I really hope…

Baby No.2

Maternity Leave Plans

Anyone who follows my blog and has been reading my bump updates will know that work has been incredulously busy since I took on a new role in January. Perhaps not the most ideal timing being three, going on four months pregnant, but it was a bit of a career opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t say no. It has been as much as opportunity as I had imagined if not more. Stretching me and catapulting me into some…

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#BreastfeedingStories Featuring Dais Like These

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features Daisy from Dais Like These who shares her experiences of breastfeeding her three children with surprisingly different results. Going from wanting to move on from breastfeeding with baby one and two, to wanting to carry on…

Baby No.2

Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials!

The third trimester is definitely one of the hardest of the three and I wouldn’t be able to get through it without my eight pregnancy essentials. Some of these I used during my first pregnancy, loved them and so have used them again during this pregnancy. But some I have only just discovered and started using them in this second pregnancy, wishing I’d found them the first time round! 1.Dreamgenii Maternity and Nursing Pillow The Dreamgenii pillow is one of…

Baby No.2

Favourite Baby Boy Summer Rompers

After  having our daughter in the middle of a hot, sticky summer almost three years ago, I vowed never to have another summer baby. But three years down the line I find myself in exactly the same predicament with another summer baby on the way! My only hope is that with baby number two being due a month earlier than the little lady is that it’s a little cooler this time round. However the good thing about having already had…

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#BreastfeedingStories Featuring Pumping Mummy

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features Zoe from Pumping Mummy who shares her three breastfeeding stories and the wealth of experience she has with pumping and tongue ties. This time last year we were happily a family of 4 with a pigeon…

Baby No.2

The Third Trimester Fog…

Last night I went to bed at 9.30pm. I don’t remember the last time I went to bed that early. Probably in my first trimester. After having my whooping cough injection yesterday afternoon, come early evening I was feeling like I’d been hit like a bus, physically unable to keep my eyelids open by the time 9pm rolled round. A coincidence or a side effect of the jab, who knows. But waking up this morning I felt like sleeping beauty…

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April Favourites

April has been a bit of a month for beauty and well-being with three out of four of my favourites being focused on body and mind. As I get nearer to the end of this pregnancy I am definitely starting to feel like I need to get prepared which I think is reflected in this months finds. 1. Mindful Hypnobirthing Book The closer we’ve gotten to our due date, the more I’ve started to feel like I need to start…

Baby No.2

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 29 – 31

Symptoms Almost as soon as I went into the third trimester I noticed that my energy levels started to dip again. Just like the first trimester, I’ve started to feel quite tired and fatigued and have felt like I’ve been dragging myself around just trying to get through the days. I’m really hoping this is a temporary dip as opposed to what’s in store over the next 10 weeks. However, what has been quite exciting, although very uncomfortable, is the…

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Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Tag

I don’t usually tend to do many of these types posts, or havent done for a year or two at least, having really been focused on writing posts about our general every day life and fewer posts on blogging and the blogging community. Plus, I don’t seem to be organised enough to be able to fit them in alongside everything else that I want to write about, even with the best efforts and intentions. But I do think some of…

Baby No.2

15 Ways Pregnancy Is Different Second Time Round!

They say no two pregnancies are the same, and I’ve definitely noticed that the second time around. There are some similarities of course, like the first trimester nausea and fatigue but there are also lots of differences. Not just physically, but in the way that you approach, think and feel about a subsequent pregnancy after having already been through the journey a first time and birthed a baby. Reflecting on this recently, I thought it would be nice to share…

Baby No.2

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 26 – 28

Symptoms Thankfully I’ve been feeling ok over the last week and most importantly the long Easter weekend, but I managed to catch a horrible cold and cough that had been doing the rounds two weeks ago. I don’t know whether it was because I’m pregnant that it felt really severe and prolonged, but I ended up having it for about a week and a half which is a lot longer than it would usually take me to get over a…

Baby No.2

A Very Special Easter Egg Hunt & Surprise …

At last, after what has probably been the longest and most drawn out gender reveal, we can finally share our little video with you all! We shot it over the Easter bank holiday weekend in what I had anticipated and hoped would be the perfect reveal after 8 long weeks of trying to come up with a concept (I know, I can’t believe it’s been that long either!). I can’t remember a time when I have felt more frustrated or…

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March Favourites

March has been a pretty good month for new finds and buys, more so than usual it feels like. Which got me thinking about starting a new monthly feature of my favourite buys for each month, because there are just some things that are too lovely not to share. These might be big things or small things, things for me or the house, the husband, the little lady or bump. I think it’ll be nice to show another dimension of…

Baby No.2

Baby No.2 Wish List

4Moms Baby Rocker | Bloom Fresco Baby Chair | Ollie Ella Moma Nursing Chair | SnuzPod | Snuz Designz | Mamas & Papas Muslins | Medela Swing  | Groswaddle Swaddle Baby Blankets The great thing about having a baby second, third or even forth time round, is that you have most or at least some of the things that you already need. Luckily, we kept most of our baby things after having the little lady as we knew we would…

Baby No.2

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 23 – 25

Symptoms Exhausted most definitely sums how I have felt over the last few weeks. Work is relentless and has been since January, and life is generally pretty busy. I definitely get the sense that I need to slow down and my body is starting to tell me that every morning when I wake up. It’s such an effort to drag myself out of bed and get through each day at the moment. Whats worse is that we ended up in…

Parenting

This Girl is My Heart

Two years, seven months and fourteen days. 959 days. 137 weeks. 23,016 hours. 1,380,960 minutes. Three Christmases, two birthdays and now three mothers days with this little girl who captured my heart from the moment she was born. Like any other mother and parent, words can’t even begin to describe just how special she is to me. There is no rule book for being a mother or being a parent. We are all making it up as we go along.…

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It’s Time For Your Weekly Dose …

Welcome back to Marvellous Mondays! This week the lovely Kaye is off on her baby-moon with her lovely little family and I’m counting down my last week at work before maternity leave starts so its a very exciting week for us both. Throw in the count down to the Bank Holiday Monday next week and hopefully we all have something to be a little bit excited about! If you’re joining us for the first time then Marvellous Mondays is a…