Making Time For You

I think all mamas can relate to the feeling of losing yourself a little. Once you’ve had children, you’re no longer just you; you’re now responsible for an extra person (or persons) who is solely dependant on you. You love them more than life itself, would do anything for them, but while you’re busy looking after them, who is looking after you?

I’m incredibly lucky to have a lovely, helpful husband who is the best dad to Daisy and Zac and a really supportive family. After having Daisy though, it took me a while to realise I wasn’t just a mother, I was still Emma. Emma, who had a pre-baby life. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean your life is changed completely… just that it’s enriched with a whole new experience (and a lot less sleep!). This time around, I’m more conscious of making a bit of time for me; even if it’s a twenty minute bath, with HOT water and no foam letters (if you know, you know!).

Recently, I was lucky enough to become a brand ambassador for a gorgeous local spa, The Rose Retreat. My mother, mother in law and I went for our first treatments there the other day and we have already decided, it’s going to be a monthly thing. We each had an AMAZING facial, a few hours relaxing and just being Sian, Maureen and Emma with no distractions. It was lovely!If you are local, I would absolutely recommend it there. Nestled into our local park grounds, it’s cosy and inviting as soon as you step over the door. The ‘girls in purple’ are talented, friendly and honestly can’t do enough for you. I had the Caudalie Vine (Active) Detox Facial, which included an eye and lip cleanse, face cleanse, tone, scrub and elixir, massage, face mask (hand, arm and shoulder massage while the mask activates), then tone, serum, eye cream and moisturiser elixir to finish… to sum up; I swear my skin is smoother than Zac’s! We finished with cake in the relaxation room and left feeling completely chilled. Highly recommended! The only problem I had was that Daisy was pretty jealous, so we’re off for a ‘Mummy & Me’ afternoon in January, which sounds so cute! As much as I love my children, it’s important to remember that I’m still Emma, not just ‘mammy’. A little TLC goes a long way and can help to recharge those batteries, ready for sleepless nights and school runs all over again. Look after you, and it’ll be easier to look after your littles.

Emma x

I was very kindly gifted the facial experience, but all views and opinions are my own.

Working with Mamas & Papas

A few months back, I was lucky enough to earn a place on the Mamas & Papas UK Parent Approved Panel. As soon as I saw the application advert, I knew I had to give it a go. Their products are so gorgeous and well made, but I didn’t really think I had a chance. Cue my happy dance when I had the congratulations email! You can see my entry video (and the other panelists) here.

I’m on the panel with ten other lovely parents and until spring/summer next year, we’ll be reviewing products to see if they’re ‘parent approved’. Our first review was for the stunning Jewel Collection Ocarro pram, which you can view here on their website. It’s such a fantastic pram with so many brilliant features; I absolutely love it! With the weather getting colder now too, we’ve just had the Cold Weather Footmuff and it’s so cosy! We had an Urbo2 pram from Mamas & Papas for Daisy as a baby and the footmuff was one of my favourite things.Even on the coldest of days, she’d be like toast inside! The new one is black velvet and way more luxurious than anything I’ve ever slept in; nope, not jealous of Zac one little bit… not at all… okay, maybe a little… a lot… okay, I need an adult sized version and pronto!We’ve recently been lucky enough to have some nursery furniture and interior accessories for Zac’s room too. You can read our review and watch a little video of Zac’s room here. Everything is of such good quality and I’m so privileged to work with them and the other lovely parents too. I’ll list their Instagram tags below, as they’re all worth a follow.

You can read a bit more about the panel here.

Emma x

Parent Approved Panel:

Baby Carrier Convert – Review of the Caboo +Organic Multi Position Baby Carrier

When Daisy was a baby, I had a baby wrap for her and a standard baby carrier, but didn’t use them an awful lot. I always found the wrap a little stressful, especially with a crying babe and the standard one we had was all buckles and rough material… not the ideal place to cuddle your little one.

We’ve been using the Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier for the last few weeks now and I can honestly say, it’s amazing! It’s saved my sanity on more than one occasion; I don’t know what I’d do without it!Firstly, the fabric is soooo soft! It comes in a few colours; we opted for Midnight, which is a gorgeous dark blue with fine stripes running through it. It’s got plenty of stretch and one size fits most; I’m around average size (with a few extra post baby rolls!) and there’s loads of surplus fabric when pulled taut.

My favourite thing about it is how easy it is to use. You simply pop over your head so the Caboo logo is centred on your back, slide your little bundle in with legs either side, position the fabric over their back and pull the sides tight. Lastly, you tie the additional piece around your back and that’s it! To take your baby out, pull the side rings to loosen and lift out. Zac doesn’t even wake up when we take him out, as it’s so seamless!The design is fantastic as it puts Zac into the most comforting position, right on my chest and ‘close enough to kiss’ as they advertise. I think his record for staying awake so far is around five or six minutes, so it’s perfect for those days where he’s a little grouchy or just wants to snuggle.

I’ve been able to carry on with housework, do the school run, go shopping and even get some decorating done all while he’s snoozed away in there. When Jon is working late, having my hands free is brilliant for Daisy’s bedtime. I can give her my full attention, helping her to brush her teeth, tuck her in and read a bedtime story without asking her to “wait a minute”, something I’m conscious of since Zac has joined the family.As Zac grows, he’ll be able to go into the side position as well and comfortably look around at the world. I genuinely couldn’t be without the Caboo now and it goes everywhere with us. Forgetting the carrier is just as bad as forgetting nappies in this house, it’s an essential.

Emma x

The Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier was kindly gifted to us by Close, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Get your own Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier here.

Daisy’s Bedroom Reveal

facetune_18-06-2018-10-47-16I posted a while back about our plans to update Daisy’s bedroom before the baby arrives (you can read a bit about it here). Well, we FINALLY got it finished recently and I couldn’t love it more! It had always been a bit dark and moody, in spite of all the pink, glitter and girliness, so I wanted to make it a lot lighter.facetune_18-06-2018-11-07-57We started by painting the whole room white (just your basic trade pot of white paint, nothing fancy!). Straight away, the room was bigger and brighter. We updated Daisy to a new big girl bed from the mothership that is Ikea (I would highly recommend these day beds if you have the space). It’s a single bed as standard with two stacked mattresses, but pulls out to a double. It’s already proved handy for any guests and for weekend sleepovers, with a movie and snacks. It also has three huge drawers for storage; I changed the drawer pulls to some jute knot ones I found in TKMaxx.facetune_18-06-2018-11-06-02I found these super cute printables on Etsy and sprayed some metal shelves gold to pop a little against the white walls. I used some cushion covers I already had to make the bed cosy and more of a settee during the day. Plain white bedding means I can swap out the cushions and throws anytime to change things up a bit.facetune_18-06-2018-10-53-40I found this amazing peacock chair on Gumtree for £20 and updated the £25 Ikea Rast chest of drawers with a splash of yellow paint and some gorgeous drawer pulls from Homebargains. I also painted the inside of the door in the same yellow.facetune_18-06-2018-10-50-21We moved Daisy’s play kitchen to her room to give her a bit more space in the playroom and it’s worked great. She plays with it far more now, as it’s separate from her other toys. It may also have something to do with the new bits and pieces I got for it, including tea towels, utensils and a little dish brush.facetune_18-06-2018-11-02-34It’s such a sunny space now and feels like summer even on the rainiest days. Daisy loves spending time in there, playing, reading and watching the sheep and horses on the mountain out of her window. I’m still considering a feature wall of some sort, but for now I’m so, so pleased with it.facetune_18-06-2018-10-43-40facetune_18-06-2018-10-45-30facetune_18-06-2018-10-58-28facetune_18-06-2018-10-54-07facetune_18-06-2018-11-05-09

Emma  x

5 Things Making Me Happy This Week

The past few weeks have been a little up and down to say the least. In all honesty though, I think it may have all seemed a little tougher given that usually we don’t tend to have a lot of ‘drama’ and life is normally all good. By no means am I boasting, just trying to look at things positively and realise that we’re pretty lucky most of the time. In light of that, I thought I’d note down a few things making me smile this week.

Lighter Evenings

Okay, so the rain hasn’t exactly made this as good as it could be, but how lovely has it been to not be dark at 5pm?! The promise of barbecues, watering plants and paddling pools is on the horizon and I cannot wait to be out in the garden, embracing warmer weather and laughing at Daisy, who will likely be naked and looking slightly feral most evenings.

Reading

I go through phases of reading; either I struggle to get past the first chapter of anything, or I devour one book after another. Months pass between the phases, but I’m definitely in the ‘reading at every chance I get’ camp at the moment. It has always helped me to nod off to sleep and with the amount of disturbed nights I’ve had recently, it’s definitely proved better than browsing Instagram at 3am. I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s Origin, although I’m normally a grisly thriller kinda gal.

Baby Movements

I’ve blogged before about how active this little one is, but it’s really been making me smile recently. Whenever things are a little stressful or it’s just been one of those days, taking five minutes to feel and watch all those movements instantly perks me up. Every time I see my bump wriggle or feel kicks and prods, I feel incredibly lucky and in awe of how amazing the human body really is. Like, there’s a real little person in there!

Hot Cross Buns

As much as I love hot cross buns, I’m pretty sure my hips will be glad to see the back of Easter. I’ve become something of a connoisseur the last few weeks; Jon has been bringing me home all the ‘special’ flavours he’s come across. ‘Blueberry and Maple’, ‘Extra Fruity’, ‘Apple and Cinnamon’, ‘Chocolate and Fudge’… I could continue but I’m starting to salivate and I don’t want to drool on the laptop. By this point, I’m 90% hot cross bun and I fear I’ll need to wean myself off them. I can confirm though, M&S Salted Caramel and Chocolate are the best…mmm…

Daisy’s Songs

I’ve previously mentioned how much Daisy’s speech has come on in the last year and now we quite literally can’t shut her up! It’s true what they say, kids really do say the funniest things. Daisy has loved singing songs for a while now and picks nursery rhymes up so quickly. She’s regularly coming out with a verse or two of something she’s heard at school or on TV, but this week she literally made my heart burst. Sat on the settee together, she started singing ‘Rockabye Baby’ and told me she’s going to sing it to the baby! Apparently she learnt it in school and it’s THE cutest thing ever. All the mama feels! Emma x