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Update

Jul
24th
2019

We're off on an adventure!

24 Jul, 2019

It’s been a while! 3 months have gone in a flash of many more sleepless nights and busyness – which is why I hate it when I stop blogging because I can’t remember what I’ve been doing!

Here are some highlights…

Nancy turned 6 and 7 and 8 months old.

6 months

6 months

7 months

7 months

8 months

8 months

AND SHE’S SHARTED SLEEPING THROUGH *gets out the party hat and streamers*

She’s an absolute peach. “No bother” is the general comment about my youngest and “I love her face”. Haha!

Both statements I can endorse as I feel the same.

We’re in a great routine (that Mike is still struggling with – “she eats at 4, right?” was the question yesterday. No, love, it’s 5.), and while that does make my days feel a bit groundhoggy, it allows me non-baby time as she’ll sleep in her cot for a couple of hours a day that way.

Groundhog Day is my favourite movie anyway.

Siblings

Reuben adores her and she adores him too 💕

She’s loving learning to eat. I keep worrying it’ll go tits up at 12 months, like it did with Reuben, but I managed once, eh? Plus, it might not.

Weaning

Getting Away

I’ve had a couple of lovely trips away. 

The first was with my friend, Jeannie (who has just been accepted into the GB masters team for the half-marathon. She’s really inspired me on my fitness journey!!), to Sweatlife in London. It was completely exhausting as we had to be up at 4:45am on the Saturday and didn’t get home until 11pm on the Sunday. It was also a great big workout – loads of classes to do and unlimited yoga (and Jeannie also did a hill training session in the middle – LOL!!)… I spent more time in the mediation room (yes, I was sleeping), than in classes, but it was inspiring, exciting, exhilarating (the Yoga Rave in particular was EPIC) and while mummy was away Nancy learnt to sleep through. Win win.

The second was the nicest weekend ever for our friend’s wedding in a beautiful hotel right on the edge of Windermere. No kids. It was the perfect date weekend, with time on our own but also loads of fun with friends (including ‘clubbing’ in Bowness at 1am).

Date weekend

We swam in the lake the morning after the wedding to clear our heads… Ah.Maze.Ing.

Windermere

 

Windermere

Writing

During nap times I’ve been working on my book! I talked quite a bit about this last year, as I was on a creative writing course and had started an older children’s book; then pregnancy and doubt stopped me. So, reinspired, a few hundred words a day has turned into 20, 000 words. According to Neil Gaiman (of Coroline success), that’s half way through…

Finding Why

I’ve taken a break from writing since the wedding as I’ve been back on the old ‘deep thinking’ train. Urgh. I’m trying to work out WHY I want to blog so much… I can’t seem to just get on with it so something mustn’t be quite right. So I’ve been reading Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why.

I’m really enjoying it and totally get the reason for establishing clarity behind what you do so everything you do makes sense and will help other people, who also share your values and beliefs, find you… I just can’t quite put my finger on exactly what my WHY is. I’m worried it’s tied with external validation, but maybe that’s something I need come to terms with? Can you reach out and be part of a community without it?

Through all this searching for meaning, however, I have my old friend and fellow blogger, Aby’s words ringing in my ears – just get started. Isn’t that always the worse bit after a break?! So, with that in mind…

Epic roadtrip

We have bought a motorhome and we’re going away in it in a matter of days on a European road trip for FIVE WEEKS!!!!!!! 3 kids and a dog. Shiiiiit!

motorhome adventure

dog passport

Mike and I are getting a little antsy about making sure we have everything we need.

I’ve been having anxiety dreams about running out of milk (I stopped breastfeeding Nancy a few weeks ago – terrible timing in terms of this trip as milk bottle prep in a confined space isn’t much fun but good timing as she’s now sleeping through and that is definitely something you want in said confined space)!

motorhome

Yesterday I filled a large Waitrose bag with Ella’s kitchen products and extra milk… I’ve no idea why as I hear Europe also have babies? But I’m hoping it’ll stop the dreams!

My other concerns relate to entertaining the kids (without too much reliance on devices), clothing, sleeping arrangements for Nancy (I’ve got 5 sleeping bags with togs from 0.5 up to 2.5, plus extra blankets), packing enough coffee, pooing – we have a loo but……. and Reuben’s Birthday is also in the middle of this trip. #winning

On the flip side, I’m so freaking excited!! I recon the first week will be a bit of test but we’ll soon get into the swing of things, plus we’re going to see some amazing places. We’re starting in Amsterdam, working our way through Germany’s Black Forest to see the original Disney Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle, then circling back so we can meet my family (my parents and older brother’s family) in France. It’s going to be epic and involve a lot of swimming in lakes I recon. Lush!

Have you ever been away on a Motorhome Holiday? What do I need?!

I plan to keep a journal on here as I love documenting what’s going on so I can look back (and I’ve stopped doing it). So if you have any tips for travelling with a family, or want to see what I’ve packed, let me know!

motorhome packing

Baby Swimming

Feb
10th
2019

1st time in the pool

10 Feb, 2019

We took Nancy swimming for the first time yesterday. It brought back so many memories of baby swimming with Reuben and our lovely mates! Here’s a video from waaaaay back…

Baby Swimming for the first time

Firstly, it was a last minute thing so we had to rush about Hexham looking for a swimming costume. In the end Tesco came up trumps. Although the smallest size they had was 9-12 months it was fine and it will do until she’s, well 12 months. Score!

baby swimming

Secondly, I didn’t want to go in. I totally get that my body is awesome and has done amazing things and continues to as I feed Nancy… buuuuuut, that doesn’t mean I want to squeeze said body into a cossie and parade around my local pool just yet.

In the end I did and it wasn’t so bad. My cossie wasn’t as tight as I feared and once I was in the water my boobs looked way better. Screw you gravity!

We live in the middle of nowhere so our local pool is in a hotel where a) there are seats around the outside and b) you don’t look like a weirdo if you take a white dressing gown – which I did.

baby swimming

Nancy loved swimming, which I wasn’t surprised about as she’s a big bath fan but its the getting out bit that’s always a struggle. Which is where the seats and dressing gown came into their own. After Nancy had been in for 25 mins she lost her sh*t the second we got out!

I popped on my dressing gown and sat by the edge of the pool feeding her while Mike and Reuben carried on playing. It worked out perfectly!

does your little one like swimming?

and how do you work the getting out routine to avoid any loosing of sh*t? I’m not sure I’ve be brave enough to take both kids on my own just yet for that reason! Do share your secrets below or over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page or Instagram.

Bunny Onesie up for grabs...

08 Mar, 2016

After the huge success of the Valentines Competition with The All in One Company, I have cheekily asked if they would also like to do an Easter 2016 competition with us and they have kindly said YES!

The All in one company Easter Bunny Onesie Competition

I am still completely in love with my onesie and although Spring may be nearly here, I can’t see me not putting it on in the early hours (thank you, Reuben, for the unwanted wake up call) for quite some time yet!

And, with an early Easter, what could be better than seeing your little ones running around collecting eggs in a cosy bunny onesie?! I can’t wait for Reuben’s to arrive, I’m already planning a special video to show it off!

Win your very own Easter 2016 All-in-One!

In the meantime, for your chance to win your very own easter bunny onesie (up to £100 to spend on your design – and it doesn’t have to be a bunny if you’d prefer something else!) please enter the competition below.

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10 Feb, 2016

Oooh it’s nearly Valentines – I don’t know why I love it but there’s something about those funny valentines critters that get me every year. I’ve been looking for some fun ‘new’ crafts to do this Friday (New Thing Friday) with Reuben and his little friends, so I’ve pulled together 10 of my favourites.

My Funny Valentines - Crafts for little ones (more…)

Bridgestone Press Trip - Part 2

03 Feb, 2016

Yesterday I shared a post about what this trip to Monaco and Cannes with Bridgestone Tyres was all about, which you can read here: Bridgestone DriveGuard.

This is part 2 which is all about the more social side – the pinch yourself stuff – because (and I do believe I said this a few times while we were there)…

There ain’t no party like a Bridgestone party!

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

I’ve put together this little video from my personal highlight, Driving around the French Riviera in Classic Cars!

From McDonalds in Monaco to Classic Cars in Cannes…here’s what we got up to! *warning it’s selfie heavy*

Monaco

After a fun flight with a bunch of UK bloggers and journalists, we arrived at our humble abode – The Fairmont Hotel in Monaco, which, if you’re a fan of the Grand Prix, is on the hairpin.

The views were spectacular so we got out for a spot of photography and a quick bite to eat (this is the McDonalds bit – we didn’t want to peak to early later on!).

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

With Aby from You Baby Me Mummy and Sally from Raring to Go

And took a walk along the promenade as the sun was setting.

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

This is the view back towards our hotel – doesn’t it look like something from Tracy Island?!

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

After our stroll, we had a little time to enjoy the facilities and get ready for the evening’s entertainment.

We were escorted along the same promenade to an exclusive Nightclub and Restaurant, with stilt walkers to greet us and a champagne reception. We were then placed onto tables for a 3 course meal – I chose the King Prawn Caesar Salad and the Tuna, and Aby chose the Goats Cheese Tart and the Veal.

It was all gorgeous and accompanied by so much wine I can’t really remember pudding!

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Then we went to the Monaco Casino, which is insanely ornate and, while the others had a flutter, I propped up the bar with Robin, the Managing Director for Bridgestone Europe, because neither of us can see the point of gambling!

Then when I got back to my room, I found a little present with a clue to what was in store for the following day, which you can read all about here.

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Cannes

After the Bridgestone big unveiling event at the Chateau, we made our way to our next humble abode (ha!), the Martinez in Cannes.

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Again, we had a little time before we needed to be ready for dinner so we took a very quick walk along the promenade – mainly because I really fancied a Martini in the Martinez to celebrate my Tyre win!

Look this view.

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

After a long night in some of the finest places in Cannes (a gorgeous family run restaurant and an open bar back at the hotel, need I say more), the next morning we were greeted with a looooong line of fabulous cars. I have never seen anything like it and I used to work in Transport.

My driving partner, Steve, and I could literally pick a car and then we drove in convoy up the mountain to an amazing viewing point…wait until you get a load of this!

15 Degrees, beautiful sunshine, an MG…I felt like Grace Kelly!

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

At this point we could swap cars so Steve and I went for this little number…

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

After our driving experience we did a spot of cooking, then it was off for lunch in the glorious sunshine looking out over the bay. We had a few hours to relax before our flight and then it was homeward bound.

Monaco and Cannes - Bridgestone Press event

So that was our press trip in a nutshell!

Have you ever been to Monaco or Cannes?

I’d love to hear about what you got up to in the comments below. Or come and join the conversation over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall!

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