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MY TOP ESSENTIAL 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 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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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

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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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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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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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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

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MUMMY DIARIES: THE 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

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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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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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