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WORKING OUT WITH A BABY (& THE 3 CORE MOVES TO GET YOU FIT FOR SUMMER)

April 18, 2018
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Finding the time to work out when you have a baby, is not necessarily an easy, or straightforward task for us mummies. Whilst I have finally signed up to a gym which has a creche for Rio, there are many times when I’m craving working outside in the nature, or just to be more flexible and free moving; especially now that we’re transitioning into the warmer summer months. Aside from my weekly power walks in the park with the pram, I also love wearing my trusted Ergobaby carrier. However, I had never thought about being able to actually work out in my carrier, both safely and effectively… Scroll on down to watch me in action (and my 3 go-to moves to get you fit for summer in no time).

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LIVING MOTHERHOOD

MUMMY DIARIES: A 6-MONTH UPDATE

April 12, 2018
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I can’t believe my baby boy is 6-months today. I know they say time flies when you have children, but seriously – where has the time gone?! It genuinely doesn’t feel like six months since I went into the hospital… In so many ways I feel like everything is happening way to fast, and he’s growing up too quickly. Then on the other hand, I’m just loving seeing Rio developing. I feel like every single day that goes by, he’s getting more alert and curious, and it truly is the most rewarding feeling in the world. So scroll down if you want to read about Rio’s updated routine, sleep update, first weeks of weaning, my journey with breastfeeding, what activities he’s been enjoying now that he’s a bit older, and lastly, how I’m finding time for myself…

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PERSONALISED BABY GIFT IDEAS

March 15, 2018
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Whether it’s for a baby shower, birthday present or christening… I often struggle with kids gifts. With that said, it’s not like we’re running short of choice or anything, with the amount of stuff out there now. It’s all about finding that extra special gift, one that stands out a bit more, and which feels out of the ordinary… You might already have noticed that I’m sucker for monogramming and personalising a lot of my things (who isn’t?), and since becoming a mama, I’ve definitely been adding that personal touch to many of Rio’s things as well. So, after some requests from you guys to share baby gift ideas here on the blog – I decided to team up with My 1st Years – my go-to site for all things personalised, picking out some of my favourite items this season…
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FASHION LIVING MOTHERHOOD

MY NURSING FRIENDLY STYLE EDIT

March 12, 2018
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Hey fellow mamas (or mamas to be!). Apologies that this has taken a while to pull together (you know, life happens + a 5 month old baba!) – but here it is: a round up of all my favourite nursing friendly pieces (all affordable from the high street, of course), along with some style recommendations and tips. I’m not proclaiming to be a master expert by any means – as most of the time, I just tend to get on with it, and basically wear what I like. When that said, when I know I’m out and about for a full day, or I’m going to a restaurant/cafe to meet friends in public – I make sure I adjust accordingly to make the whole process easier – and have therefore rounded up the typical style of clothing, and pieces that I can’t live without when it comes to nursing out and about.

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FASHION MOTHERHOOD

MINI STYLE FOR SPRING

March 9, 2018
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There’s no real surprise that I have become pretty obsessed with Rio’s wardrobe (nearly as much as mine!). I’m loving discovering all the various kids brands (which is obviously a totally new territory for me), creating outfits and building a real look for our little man. Sam is pretty involved in his outfit choices too (already an evidence in Rio’s ever growing trainer collection!). We both have a pretty minimal and neutral style, and it’s not surprising that we’ve naturally conveyed that in terms of what brands and quality of clothing we have been investing in for Rio…

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POWER 10 WITH LAURA BUTLER-MADDEN, INTERIOR DESIGNER & LIFESTYLE BLOGGER

March 5, 2018
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I got to know Laura last year, a fellow blogger and super talented interior designer – after we mutually started following each other on Instagram. I was blown away by her gorgeous interior account, and we got even friendlier when she offered to help me with Rio’s nursery during the end of my pregnancy (when the hormones were taking over!). Not only does she have an impeccable eye for design and detail, she’s also such a warm, down to earth and inspiring lady – who I’m now also so fortunate enough to call a friend. Her determination and drive is incredibly inspiring, and of course, her interior taste is nothing less than exquisite. Click on through to get to know Laura below!
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MUMMY DIARIES: A 4/5-MONTH UPDATE

March 1, 2018
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I can’t believe I’m writing this, and Rio is nearly 5 months old in just a few weeks. It still feels like yesterday, when he was as light as a feather, I was a walking zombie (gladly, no more), and everything was all so new and exciting/exhausting/surreal… So much has changed since my last update, when Rio was just over 3 months. Not only has he nearly doubled in size, but he’s really developed into a proper little person with a proper personality! My routine has also changed and evolved, the sleep situation is better, and now that he’s older, there are more fun ways to play and activities we can do together! And finally, after months of trying and testing – I have summarised what baby essentials and brands we can’t live without…  Continue Reading

LIVING WELLNESS

POST-BABY WELLNESS: 5 WAYS I HAVE BEEN GETTING BACK INTO SHAPE

February 19, 2018
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I’ve been getting a lot of requests to share my post baby wellness routine here on the blog, and what I’ve been doing to get back into shape. And to be totally honest with you, the first few months – I did absolutely nothing. Obviously, my main priority was to rest and recover after the birth – taking it super easy, preserving all my extra energy to look after Rio. And of course, you’re not supposed to do any exercise at all until after your 6 week check up (if you’ve had a natural birth). So I did just that – relaxed, and didn’t even worry, or prioritise getting my body back into shape after pregnancy. But after a few months had passed, I started to feel the urge to build up some strength, tone back up and focusing on a better diet – and here is how I did it…

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MUMMY DIARIES: A 3-MONTH UPDATE

January 25, 2018
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I can’t believe how fast time has flown by, and that Rio is now 15 weeks already… I’ve been getting a lot of requests to share more about motherhood with Rio – my schedule, sleep, activity, etc. So I thought I would give you guys a little insight into what I’ve been doing, what’s worked/what hasn’t worked, and why I decided to create a routine with him already at 7 weeks….

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MY BIRTH STORY

January 9, 2018
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I know a lot of you have been curious about my labour and what happened in the end… Especially as I had been sharing so much with you all in the lead up to everything – via my Baby Diaries series, and not to mention, my journey with Hypnobirthing and our birthing preferences. I say ‘preferences’ instead of ‘plan’ – as I was fully aware that things don’t always happen the way you want it to – yet, I was never quite prepared for how extreme that would be in the end, with it taking over 50 hours from start to finish…  Continue Reading

INTERIOR LIVING MOTHERHOOD

NURSERY TOUR

December 15, 2017
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I am so excited to finally share the long awaited (and requested) nursery tour with you guys! I have been fortunate enough to have renovated several properties in the past, with lots of different rooms to decorate and style – but this particular space has been the most memorable and special one to do up (for obvious reasons!), and definitely my proudest work to date…  Continue Reading

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OUR 1ST CHRISTMAS

December 8, 2017
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If there is ever a time to be over-sentimental and soppy, it’s around Christmas! Which also just happens to be my favourite time of the year – I feel like I’m always just so happy and excited the whole of December. And needless to say, this year is going to be a very special one for us, with our new little precious bundle of joy…

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MONTHLY FAVOURITES #40

November 28, 2017
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After missing a few of these over the last two months (for obvious reasons), the Monthly Favourites series is now back! And I have a lot of goodies to share with you guys – from my new fave booties, arm candy, beauty favourites, my go-to skinny pants, and more…

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BEAUTY MOTHERHOOD WELLNESS

MY TOP POST-PREGNANCY BEAUTY & WELLNESS ESSENTIALS

November 23, 2017
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My pregnancy seems so far away, a lot longer than just 5 weeks ago… And although I overall really enjoyed being pregnant, the last month before labour was incredibly hard on my body. So in the time after the birth, I was more than ready to start getting my skin and body back on track. And granted there has been very little time or energy for any pampering on my behalf – it’s been a great way to distinguish some real key beauty and wellness essentials that work in my new ‘mummy schedule’, when time is of an essence and I need products which really work, giving quick and instant results (don’t we all?).  Continue Reading

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD, RIO EZRA BUSH

November 13, 2017
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I guess you’ve all figured out why it’s been radio silence here on the blog, and if you follow me on Instagram, you would definetly know why… Sam and I welcomed our little baby boy to this world, Rio Ezra Bush, on the 12th October – and we could literally not be more in love. He is just perfect in every shape and form. And although the birthing plan went totally out the window and it took me nearly 50 hours (!) until we finally got to meet our little man, I would still do it all over again in a heartbeat. That instantaneous love, is indescribable.  Continue Reading

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BABY DIARIES #7 | THIRD TRIMESTER UPDATES

October 7, 2017
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I am not going to lie, the third trimester has not been the easiest. Or, let me re-phrase that just a little bit – the last few weeks have not been the easiest. And it’s hard not to just focus on that, when I am in the middle of what is in my opinion, the hardest part of the pregnancy. I say ‘hard’ – as I am just days away from giving birth (hopefully just day, and not weeks – but who knows), and never have I felt so strange, swollen, sore, tender, heavy… Suddenly my bump has reached it’s maximum limit and space, and day-to-day things such as walking, breathing, sleeping, are becoming increasingly harder. When all of that said, I am of course so happy and positive as well – as I know I will soon be meeting my precious one, and we will finally be a family.

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INTERIOR LIVING

A YEAR ON: UPDATED HOME TOUR, PART 2

October 2, 2017
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Following on from Part 1 one of my updated tour, I am super excited to share with you the rest of the house – with the remaining of the first floor, with my walk-in-wardrobe, and moving up to the second floor, with another two more bedrooms and a bathroom. To shortly recap from the first post, I decided to do this updated tour, following on from the original Before & After Home Tour I posted shortly after we’d just renovated – as after living here for nearly 5 years, things have naturally changed slightly and the home just feels a lot more lived in and well, homely. Hope you think so too!
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BABY DIARIES #6 | OUR JOURNEY WITH HYPNOBIRTHING

September 23, 2017
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Years and years ago, way before we had even started to think about having children – I was always so incredibly petrified by the thought of giving birth, the unknown, the excruciating pain – you know, everything we thought we knew about childbirth from watching various blockbuster movies and T.V… Fast forward 10 years, and I am weeks away from giving birth, and I am actually feeling incredibly excited, elated, empowered, and most importantly, so calm. And much of this, is thanks to my recent Hypnobirthing course, which has completely transformed my current state, and frame of mind (and certainly my idea of childbirth!). Continue Reading