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RIO – 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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LIVING MOTHERHOOD

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

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

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

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

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

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

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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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

LIVING MOTHERHOOD

9 MONTHS

September 19, 2017
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So we’re officially 9 months (and 11 days) pregnant today (yes, who knew pregnancy is actually 10 months long!), and it’s only just now where I both mentally and physically, am so ready to have this baby. Not only are we naturally super excited to meet the little one and see how he looks like after all of this time of waiting – but my body is really feeling it too, with the extra weight, constant tiredness, sluggishness and aching body. When that said, I have absolutely loved being pregnant, and loved seeing my growing bump week by week. So much so that I wanted to capture our 9 months of pregnancy, in one of our favourite spots in the U.K…

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BABY DIARIES #5 | MY ESSENTIAL SHOPPING LIST

September 6, 2017
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I remember a few weeks after announcing my pregnancy, a few of my friends and various acquaintances started sending me all these ‘must-have’ shopping lists for the impending arrival of our baby. I mean, some of the lists were serious Excel spreadsheets, categorised and colour coded, with over 100 (!) items on them. To say I started to get slightly overwhelmed at this stage, would be a minor understatement (however grateful I was with the kind thought behind of providing me with this list). But I soon got on top of it, and managed to narrow it down, pinpointing my own essentials that would work for us…   Continue Reading

FOOD LIVING MOTHERHOOD WELLNESS

BABY DIARIES #4 | HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET DURING PREGNANCY

August 25, 2017
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A lot of you guys have been asking me about my diet during my pregnancy. I was always very curious to see what my cravings would be, if I had start to introduce specific food groups such as dairy or meat (which are not usually part of my diet) to support the pregnancy, and just in general; what types of foods one should be having to stay healthy (with the occasional treats of course!). If you read my last Baby Diaries post, you would know that I was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, which has meant that I’ve really had to alter my diet with a low sugar, low carb, high protein diet. The good thing is I will be super healthy for my baba – the annoying part (which is obviously very insignificant); no more treats for me! Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of teaming up with top London Clinical Nutritionist, Kamilla Schaffner, to guide me a long the way, and has also collated all her top tips for a healthy and wholesome pregnancy, as well as how to manage a low sugar diet if you happen to have Gestational Diabetes (or if you’re just looking to cut out sugar in general).

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BABY DIARIES #3 | WHY I’M GOING SUGAR-FREE IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER

August 3, 2017
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Whoever said pregnancy was easy? I know I for one have had my fair share of ups and downs (as you might have already gathered!). But in general, since discovering we were finally pregnant (and minus the standard first three months with tiredness and sickness) – I have absolutely loved the pregnancy so far! Sure, I have had a bad back, sleep hasn’t been the easiest, the struggles with getting used to your ever-changing body shape, declining cardio levels and constantly feeling like a baking hot oven… But who cares? I literally cannot wipe the smile off my face, and just feel so incredibly lucky to be carrying a healthy baby boy. But then as with most pregnancy and it’s many (many) curveballs – I had a bit of shock news a few weeks back… Continue Reading

BEAUTY MOTHERHOOD

THE LUXURY PREGNANCY SKINCARE BRAND WORTH BUYING INTO

July 26, 2017
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There’s definitely no coincidence that I have upped my beauty skincare game since becoming pregnant. I thought I was pretty savvy before; but in the last few months, I have researched, trialled, tested and read about the latest innovations, launches, must-have and under-the-radar products, like there’s no tomorrow… And as much as I love and adore so many cult beauty classics and rely on several reputable and tested brands for results; I love nothing more than coming across those under-the-radar beauty gems, which turn out to be skincare game-changers – especially now that I’m moving into my seventh month of pregnancy (when the need for luxury and beauty combined, is even more important than ever)… Continue Reading

FASHION MOTHERHOOD

DRESSING THE BUMP #3 | SUMMER BOHO

July 17, 2017
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Another week, another outfit post as part of this month’s ‘Dressing the Bump’ series. This week, it’s all about that lightweight, summer boho dressing… We’re in the height of the season, and I for one have invested heavily in a variety of soft and feminine dresses – which also just happen to be the perfect piece of clothing when your bump is growing rapidly by the day…

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BABY DIARIES #2 | SECOND & THIRD TRIMESTER, SELF-CARE & WELLBEING

July 15, 2017
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This pregnancy is going by so fast, I can’t believe I am 7 months already, with only 12 weeks to go! Although we cannot wait to meet our little man this Autumn, and feeling so desperate to cuddle and touch his little face and body – I am personally finding it all a tiny bit daunting… I guess it’s the unknown, and all those question marks. Do I have everything for the labour, for the nursery, for the house? Car seat, pram, enough clothes, will I be able to breastfeed, how will I know what he wants? Luckily I am a firm believer in trusting your own instinct, and I am pretty sure the strong mother’s instinct will help guide me along the way, if I ever feel a bit lost and overwhelmed (which I am sure I will)… But for now I am going to run you through the remaining of my 2nd trimester and the unknown of moving into the 3rd trimester.

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FASHION MOTHERHOOD

DRESSING THE BUMP #2 | BODY ENHANCING

July 10, 2017
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So from last week´s easy breezy chic all-black look – to something a bit more casual this week, and certainly, a lot more bump enhancing! As I was saying before; I am not usually one for bodycon dresses and styles – however things can certainly change – and funnily enough, now that I am pregnant, I am actually more into the tight shapes than ever! I mean, the bump is there, and it’s pretty special and beautiful – so why not show it off from time to time?  Continue Reading

BEAUTY MOTHERHOOD

MY 4 BEAUTY HEROES FOR PREGNANCY & BEYOND

July 6, 2017
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As some of you might or might not know, I am the Brand Ambassador for ELEMIS this year, one of my all-time favourite skincare brands. I would like to say it was a very natural and organic fit – seeing as I have been using their products and spa services for so many years! Their skincare just works, especially for my skin type. I have always been a big fan of more natural skincare brands, which fuses scientific methods to create active formulations to genuinely transform your complexion. As I have been using the brand for so many years, I naturally have quite a lot of personal favourites – but in the recent months during my pregnancy, there have been four products in particular, which has been true skincare saviours (during a time when I have needed it more than ever)…

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FASHION MOTHERHOOD

DRESSING THE BUMP #1 | BREEZY CHIC

July 3, 2017
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As so many of my readers seems to be interested in maternity style and curious to see how I am currently styling up the pregnancy – I thought I would do a little mini style series for you this July! So every week this month I will be sharing a different styled up look and shape that could work with a growing bump. This week it´s all about the loose-fitting, breezy and all-black chic outfit – which I so often tend to go for anyways; and even more so now that I am nearly 27 weeks pregnant…  Continue Reading