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Attempting to make sense of parenthood, life, love, and my own mind.

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Self Care and Supplements

You spend nine (ten) months carrying your baby. You watch what you eat, you’re careful not to overdo it, you make sure you rest. You know that the priority is the baby, and tell yourself the baby is ok as long as you are.

Then that precious cargo enters the world, and exits your womb. Suddenly self-care is the last thing on your list of priorities, your needs are bottom of the pile and that’s the way it stays for longer than any of us would like to admit.

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New Baby Gift Ideas

Buying gifts for a new baby can be a minefield. There is so much out there advertising itself as essential and perfect for newborns, in actual fact a lot of it is crap that nobody needs (or really wants to be honest). I think this is especially difficult if you don’t have children yourself – I know when I had TI I was inundated by soft toys, completely impractical outfits, and even a few pairs of baby sunglasses…

So I’ve put together a collection of items we would actually like to receive, things that are useful, beautiful, and helpful for new parents and their babies. (And if it also serves as a slight hint…ideal!)

(None of these products are ads, they are all things I have either bought or intend to buy and love! Unless anyone wants to send me some freebies of course, I am now unemployed after all…)

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Push Presents

I know as an English woman I’m supposed to reject all traditions rooted in American capitalism. But I happen to be an English woman who loves me a present, so really, any excuse.

The idea of a push present is something I’m majorly on board with. You’ve just watched the woman you love grow your child inside her for over 9 months, probably not very comfortably, then you’ve either seen her push said child out of a very small hole or be sliced in half and had it pulled out. Either way, I’d say girl’s earned a present.

Not to mention your house is about to be filled with gifts and admirers, none of them for her. Having a newborn can be seriously isolating, even when you’re surrounded by people who love you they are often more focussed on the new tiny person and don’t really think to ask about you.

I shouldn’t need to justify this, buy her a damn present! I’ve compiled a list of some things that would definitely have you on the front cover of Good Daddy Weekly.

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Mini Babymoon

I’ll admit it, I always thought the idea of a babymoon was a bit wank. I don’t know if it’s the horrendous name, the ultra-smug Binky and JP style photos of a two-week break in Hawaii, or just me being a grumpy cow, but I never thought a babymoon was something I’d get on board with.

Considering I’m always happy to find an excuse to run away for a night or two it does seem a bit stupid that this was one I was willing to ignore. But luckily I had a last minute change of heart and booked us a night away in a beautiful hotel with a pool and an amazing restaurant and boy am I glad I did!

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas time, mistletoe and far too much wine…and destroying your credit rating in an attempt to fulfill everyone’s wish lists. We spend so much time spending at Christmas that it can become more of a mad dash to fill the stockings with whatever is nearest the check out in Accessorize or what Amazon suggests than an actual attempt to find something our loved ones will not only like, but love. So here I am, my selfless self, to help cut down the stress and give you a nudge in the right direction (while hopefully giving a few clues for my own gifts, win win).

Also, everything listed here comes from small companies owned by real people who are working their arses off creating and curating wonderful and beautiful things. I am a firm believer in shopping small (although am swayed by Amazon far too often) especially at Christmas time. Some are bigger than others, some are featured in fancy gift guides and stocked in fancy stores, some still sell through Instagram and are in their baby stages. All are awesome.

So make everybody happy, the recipients of your gifts, the creators of your gifts, and you – for being damn awesome…

(None of this is sponsored, these are all brands that I personally love and happily spend my money on…probably too much money…)

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Leopallooza – The Festival You Should Be Attending

When it comes to blogging I am not the most constant. I’m not one of these people who manage to produce a wonderfully written, well thought-out blog three times a week. It’s just not who I am, mostly because when it comes to writing I can only write about something I’m truly passionate about.

This blog is about something I’m really, honestly passionate about.

Leopallooza Festival. 

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Disneyland Paris – my tips

If you follow me on any form of social media you might have picked up on the fact that we were in Disneyland Paris last week? Before we went I trawled hundreds of blogs, reviews, and forums for tips on doing Disney with a Tiny Idiot, however a lot of the tips (and things moaned about) did not match up to our experience at all, so I’ve thrown together my own list of must-dos, must-misses, and must-avoid-at-all-costs!

Plus it’s a great excuse to share some of the photos again.

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Last Minute Mum Gifts

If you’re reading this I’m going to suggest that you probably opened the link with a ‘FUCK! It’s Mother’s Day soon? So soon I’m having to use a last minute gift guide?!’. My answer to you is yes, dumbass. It’s on Sunday.

But worry not my little last minute idiots. I’ve put together a gift guide of things your mum/wife/girlfriend will not only actually want, but you can make sure you get in time. Mothers are awesome and deserve a day of being spoiled, like, really spoiled. Because mothers do so much. So quit slacking and get on it. Got that? Matt?

This list will not include anything Cath Kidston, compilation CDs that include Ellie Golding, baking sets, or flower-shaped egg rings. Because I’m a mum that doesn’t want that shit and I am surrounded by mums who don’t want that shit. Sound like the sort of thing the mums in your life would like alongside the hand-drawn card thrown at their face at 6am on Sunday morning? Perfect, follow me. Continue reading “Last Minute Mum Gifts”

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