Rediscovering ‘Me’ Post Baby and Being Braver

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I remember one of the things I wanted to achieve 2 years ago was to be more present in photos, both on the blog and off it. I think I did really well through pregnancy, but since having Ben nearly a year ago now, I've definitely fallen back into obscurity. I looked back over my Instagram feed the other day and realised there were barely any photos of me, just of the boys. That first year after you have a baby is such a difficult one for a woman and I think my confidence really took a knock. It's understandable - your body emerges from pregnancy looking so different than it did before. Even aside from the body hangups, you're left ...

Hop Little Bunny! Baby Fashion With The Disney Store

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It's coming up to Easter and my thoughts are filled with all things eggs, daffodils and bunnies. And when you have a cute little baby, the temptation to dress them up whenever you get the opportunity is just too good to miss! We're huge Disney fans in our house; I often think that Disney was the foundation to my childhood, and it's so lovely to be reliving it all again as my sons discover it for the first time. I was so thrilled when the Disney Store got in touch to see if we'd like to test out some of their baby range with Ben. But I was even more excited when I saw what they'd sent us through - a ...

From A Mother To Another {with JoJo Maman Bébé}

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Every year around Mother's Day, JoJo Maman Bébé run their FAMTA campaign: From A Mother To Another. If you've not heard of it before, it's one of the loveliest charity campaigns I've come across. It was launched by JoJo's founder, Laura Tenison, and the idea is that you can donate your used clothes to be reused by people who desperately need them. By making up a little package and dropping it off at your nearest JoJo store, you can help mothers across the UK, and the many Syrian refugees in Lebanon.   JoJo have run this campaign for 3 years now, and this year it will be running between 18th February 2018 – 11th March 2018.    How can I get involved? All you need to do is ...

We’re Going On A Dinosaur Hunt {with JoJo Maman Bébé}

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I've found it so difficult to carve out time for just me and Max since Ben came along. I often feel like Ben gets me to himself 2 days a week, while Max is at nursery, but for Max, it's rare for the two of us to get time alone together. So last weekend the two of us headed out into the woods for a little walk, and we took with us Max's Olli and Ella basket filled with little toy dinosaurs.     We headed into the woods, his little hand grasping mine tightly, as we negotiated the sticky, oozy mud (and there was lots of it!). I tasked Max with choosing the perfect spot - a bit off the beaten track, ...

Christmas Shopping at The Lexicon {Bracknell}

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The Lexicon is Bracknell's newest shopping centre, having opened back in September, and it's really put Bracknell on the map as a shopping destination. I grew up just down the road, but for a long time Bracknell was seen as pretty downmarket and I rarely headed there to go shopping, preferring to go to Reading instead. But with a beautiful outdoor pedestrianised shopping village, filled with fabulous brands like Joules, Fenwick, Fatface, Paperchase, M&S, L'occitane, and lots of places for eating and drinking, it's become somewhere that has a real buzz about it.       I was invited by The Lexicon to a blogger event to find out about everything they have going on this Christmas - and they're definitely embracing the Christmas ...

The Perfect Nursing Bra from Bravado Designs – Review

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I'm ashamed to admit that first time around, I had no idea that you weren't supposed to wear normal bras during pregnancy, or that such a thing as a nursing bra existed. I had to send my husband out, two days post birth, to hurriedly purchase a nursing bra! This time around I'm a bit better informed. Nursing bras are recommended as the underwire in normal bras can restrict the developing milk ducts, and once you're nursing, can cause blocked ducts and mastitis. As well as the convenience of having the little clips to detach the strap for feeding - the last thing you want to be doing when feeding in public / the middle of the night is struggling ...

A sneak peek at the JoJo Maman Bebe AW17 range

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JoJo Maman Bebe have to be one of my favourite children's clothing brands, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have a sneak peek at their Autumn / Winter 2017 range this week. They're known for their bright, fun, colourful prints, which are right up my street, and they've definitely continued this theme with their AW17 collection. The first thing to really catch my eye was the amount of fox themed clothing - if you're a fan of a fox print (and I know I'm not alone in my love of foxes) then you definitely won't be disappointed. Whether you have a baby or a toddler, there are lots of different fox options for you - a fox sleepsuit ...

Maternity Shopping with JoJo Maman Bebe in Kingston

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JoJo Maman Bebe is one of my favourite children's / maternity shops, so when I was invited to their Kingston store for a VIP maternity shopping event I leapt at the opportunity. I have to admit that although Kingston is my closest JoJo store, it's not one that I've been to often before, more often visiting the Guildford store. The biggest selling point of JoJo Maman Bebe in Kingston has to be their extensive Maternity department. One of the most frustrating things when shopping as a pregnant woman is the lack of maternity clothes in stores. So often you're forced to buy online, and not knowing the stores specific maternity sizing, combined with an unfamiliar new body, results in lots of ...

Whatever the Weather Style with Lighthouse Clothing

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Getting out and exploring the countryside is one of my favourite activities to do as a family. Max isn't a child who likes to be indoors - he's much happier running around outside, exploring nature, and that's something that I want to encourage in him as he grows older. However he's also not a fan of the cold, so it's important that he has the right clothing as winter sets in. So I was thrilled when the lovely folk at Lighthouse Clothing got in touch to offer to introduce us to their Autumn/Winter 2016 range of coats. Lighthouse Clothing is a new Belfast based brand, launched in March 2016, and their philosophy is to inspire your inner adventurer to get outside ...

Summer style in your 30’s

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Where does a mum in her 30's shop for clothes? I think like most mums I lost my interest in fashion and style in general after having Max. The completely all-encompassing aspect of having a newborn, combined with insecurity in my different body shape, and the limits that breastfeeding puts on the clothing you can wear, all added up to mean that it was a long time before my love of clothes returned. But I think once you emerge from the newborn fog (which can take longer for some people than others!), you start to crave things that make you feel good again, and clothes are one of those things for me. But all of those shops that I used to trawl ...