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DECORATING FOR AUTUMN

November 13, 2018
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Autumn is by far my favourite season of the year. It’s certainly the cosiest, with all the leaves changing colour and the colder temperatures setting in. Although I’m a self-confessed water baby, I always look forward to Autumn the most. Especially after the long and steaming summer we’ve just had, it feels so good reaching for chunky knits and hibernating inside in front of the fire with a big mug of tea. I also love this season because of the fresh air and all the incredible colours, which is also why it’s the time that I’m the most inspired when it comes to my home. Every season is an excuse to re-decorate. Nothing too drastic or crazy; just adding a few new pieces, textures and colours, to add a bit more warmth and cosy feeling to the rooms you spend the most time in…  Continue Reading

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

MUMMY DIARIES: THE 12 MONTH UPDATE

November 9, 2018
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I know I keep saying this every single update, but I really can’t fathom how fast this year has gone! This time last year Rio was only 3 weeks old, and I was in a total bubble of love and bliss (running on adrenalin), yet a degree of pain (breastfeeding/Mastitis), and totally overwhelmed. I now look back at this time and can truly say that, despite the discomfort I was in, it was probably the happiest I have ever been in my life – and if I could turn back time to this little bubble I was in with Rio, I would. That’s not to say I’m not happy now, but that precious time right in the beginning, was incredibly magical. So much has changed these past 12 months, and there’s been a lot of ups and downs, tests and trials every single day, and most notably, I have grown and developed more than I thought I would (in a good way). This is the last update for now (I might check in at 18 months, and will no doubt be covering certain subjects as well – make sure you e-mail or leave a comment with your requests!). So here goes, Rio and mummy at just gone 12 months.  Continue Reading

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MY TOP BABY BUYS: 0-6 MONTHS

October 17, 2018
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Rio has just turned 1 years old (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!), and one of the things I get so many messages about from fellow mum’s or new mum’s-to-be – is a list of all my top baby buys from the very beginning up until they’re around 6 months. There are so many things people recommend, so many different products and gadgets you get told to buy or that you just have to have. Granted, there were a lot of things that proved to be useful to me, but also a lot of stuff which I didn’t really get using! Being a parent is already costly enough (especially in the beginning when you just consume like mad, without really knowing what you’ll end up using), so I thought I would pull together my personal must-have essentials the first 6 months. I know this list might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but please know that you don’t have to own all of these things – this is just what I personally found very useful. So take from it what you want, and leave me a comment below if you have any questions!  Continue Reading

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MUMMY DIARIES: THE 10/11 MONTH UPDATE

September 20, 2018
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Another two months has gone by, so again I decided it would be easier to compile month 10 and 11 together this time as well. I mean, since Rio’s been on the move, I feel like I haven’t sat down to rest for weeks and weeks! It’s been so full on, with days and months going into one another, and I can safely say that I’ve never been this tired in my life. Not just mentally, but physically, as Rio’s such a big boy. Don’t get me wrong, I love that he’s so solid, strong and healthy – but it’s been pretty heavy and strenuous for me (especially with him going through the most intense separation anxiety for the past few months). When that said, these past few months have been so much more fun and rewarding! Yes, even though it’s been a quite tiring with the constant clinginess – it’s still pretty amazing that he now fully knows who I am, and although he’s a super active and boisterous boy, it’s been so much fun seeing him develop at such speed. So read on for all the various updates, news and any advice I’ll be sharing from the past few months – including his new routine, a sleep update, some breastfeeding news, a typical meal plan for Rio, his favourite toys and activities, including some personal wellness updates which are making all the difference to my health…
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INTERIOR LIVING

NEW WALL ART

September 11, 2018
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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had a thing for interiors. I used to re-arrange and re-style my bedroom near enough every week for years and years; I just loved playing around with objects, layouts and spaces (and still do to this day). My main thing was that I would so easily get bored with a certain look, so I would keep changing things around. Slightly annoying for my parents I guess, but at least it kept me entertained for hours! And although I’m much more confident and decisive when it comes to interiors now; that need for constant change and newness within my home is still there… Continue Reading

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE (NOW THAT I’M A MUM)

August 14, 2018

I think this might be my most requested post (ever), so it’s about time I shared it with you guys! Albeit, a day in my life right now, is quite radically different from a few years ago… A lot changes when you get a baby. I mean, EVERYTHING changes. Where even the smallest, simplest and dullest task, like going to the post office, needs to be planned and prepared for. Sound crazy? Fellow mum’s: if you know, you know! Anyways, I have tried my best to stick to structure and some kind of routine in my days, a long with some work here and there (and running errands and popping to the gym, when time allows it). But as you can see, on a day-today basis, it all pretty much revolves around Rio’s schedule (which I obviously wouldn’t change for the world), and although no day is ever the same, from Monday to Friday, it pretty much looks like the below. So here goes – a typical day in my new life as a mama!

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MUMMY DIARIES: THE 8/9 MONTH UPDATE

July 30, 2018
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A lot has happened in these last two months, so much so, that I simply didn’t have the time to write Rio’s 8-month update several weeks ago, so I decided to compile month 8 and 9 together. And boy, has there been some major developments during this time, with Rio advancing in leaps and bounds… He can now crawl, pull himself up and stand, he claps, waves, gives kisses (kind of), has nearly 6 teeth, and is a little chatter box (not talking yet, of course, just a lot of ‘baby talking’!). As for me, I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of motherhood and have definitely become more relaxed, which has a lot to do with several recent ‘out of routine’ holidays! I’m generally feeling better and getting stronger, although I’ve still got a few issues which I’m working on getting sorted – but all in all, things are pretty good! Read on for all of our updates, developments and general motherhood bits and bobs…  Continue Reading

LIVING MOTHERHOOD TRAVEL

MY SUMMER PACKING LIST FOR TRAVELLING WITH A BABY

June 7, 2018
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I’m by no means proclaiming to be an expert in travelling with a baby, with Rio being just 8 months old – but in his short life so far, we’ve already been on three holidays abroad (one long-haul), as well as numerous of travels within the UK (and preparing for Ibiza in just a few days) – so there’s been a fair share of packing, organising and planning! And following quite a lot of requests from you guys, I thought I would share my go-to packing list for travelling with a baby during the summer with all my must-haves…  Continue Reading

LIVING WELLNESS

THE VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS I TAKE

June 1, 2018
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I’ve always been pretty vigilant with my daily supplements and vitamins, but even more so now that I’m a mummy, as I don’t have time to be ill! I was left feeling super weak after the pregnancy (naturally), as well as my immune system and gut health being pretty shot after 4 rounds of antibiotics in the past 6 months. As I’m also still exclusively breastfeeding (for nearly 8 months now), it’s crucial that I stay on top of my health (which sadly wasn’t the case in the early months of motherhood). I’m pleased to say that I’m finally back on track and starting to feel myself again, all thanks to the following supplements below…

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MUMMY DIARIES: THE 7-MONTH UPDATE

May 23, 2018
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Another month, another motherhood update for you guys! It’s just crazy how fast time flies. I now understand why so many fellow mama’s kept warning me to cherish every second, as they grow up so quickly! Rio has really done a big leap from 6 to 7 months, and it’s so fun and rewarding seeing a proper personality develop (with early tantrums and all!). Scroll on down for Rio’s new routine, weaning, sleep update, new activities, supplements, toys and gadgets we love, and lots more…

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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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MUMMY DIARIES: THE 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: THE 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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