I wanted to start posting roundups of our past months in pictures. So here is the first of my new monthly series: it is a good one to start with as Autumn has so much to offer a Mama (Who doesn’t love walking through a sea of spicy orange pumpkins and indulging in the occasional leaf crunch?!)
Im back ladies and gents… and in true Elsa style, singing at the top of the mountains “… let it go…” This week has felt utterly exhausting (Three 6am starts at work has seen me totally not with it by the end of them – I got used to my ‘toddler that actually sleeps until 7.30am sleeping habits!) and has seen some major faux pas in the baking world, possibly due to the depleting energy levels actually! So in true Sunday style I am willing myself to let it all go!
So today ladies and gents… I am extraordinarily tired. I am tired of working from 6am every morning, I am tired from having appointments and meetings after work each day and I am tired of having no food in the house as it is the week before payday (Thankfully my man is amazing in every way and has been supplying me with chocolate and Oreo donuts to make me smile – yes they DO make those!) I don’t know about you but when I feel this deflated with the struggles and time juggling of Mum life, it comes hand in hand with feeling as though I am exhibiting terrible parenting when not having the cheerful ‘Barbie doll smile’
Here at Rock and Roses Mama blog I am all about Mama Time, and am determined to promote and inspire Mamas across the globe take some quality time out for themselves and their relationship. If only there was a way we could promote this concept to our bambinos so that they somehow begin to understand our parental plight! Well… look no further than The Large Family; Jill Murphy and Walker Books have served us up a treasure trove of children’s books that hilariously detail the struggles of two parent elephants trying to spend some time with themselves and each other.
Apart from the fortunate few, all Mamas fall victim to the ‘Mum-bod’ post pregnancy and the anxiety and depression that comes with it. With every ounce of extra weight that is gained, every extra inch that surrounds our once slim waistline and every stretch mark, comes a certain deflation that leaves us longing to be our former trim selves. I however have decided, after two years of attempting to exercise and diet, that our bodies never truly return to their pre-pregnancy beauty. So that is why I am rocking my post-baby body, and you should too!
Cake! We all love a bit of cake right?! Well I know I certainly do! Us parent types work super hard whatever we do day to day and we deserve a little chill time with a steaming cup of our beverage of choice and a slab (note: slab… not slice) of a sweet treat. I am usually a glutton for shortbread and have shared my recipe for that here, but this week I fancied making a huge beast of a cake for the return of the small mans Nana the weekend just gone. She had been away for a few weeks and she had missed her little sunshine boy loads, so I thought I would make an event of her return and in true Marie Antoinette style ‘Let them eat cake.”
So I feel I’ve neglected this little corner of my blog which I was so enthusiastic about when I started as I felt like it was a great outlet for Mamas to have a giggle and share their #letitgomoments with the rockin’ Mama tribe! I have not seen much response as of yet which I have to admit was a little disheartening so I am pushing on and starting it up again as I have faith!
‘Cause I gotta have faith…
If you follow my blog then you will know how important i have always said I think it is that we busy bee Mommas spend little time for ourselves; getting a chance to do things that we wish we had the time for now we have little people running us in circles any in day out. I find the best time is during my little mans afternoon nap, but as those days dwindle and the napless days become more frequent, it is getting more and more difficult to get shit done.
So after the release of my Rockin’ Mamas Christmas Gift Guide, with fervent response, i thought it appropriate that I should also add a Rockin’ Toddlers Christmas Gift Guide to the mix! We have learnt from previous years that we don’t actually have to spend very much on our little man for Christmas as our family and friend circuit is so vast that he gets inundated with presents! We have opted for just one big main ‘tree present’ and then are filling his stocking (which I made for his first Christmas) with little bits and bobs! I have concocted a list of my fave finds this year that can serve as amazing little stocking fillers;
In previous posts about why I started Rock and Roses Mama and reviewing breaks aways and date nights with my man, I have mentioned the importance of investing time in your relationship after becoming a parent. I thought I would write in a little more depth about why I feel this is of such importance, as it really is… important.
I was so excited that November was here, as it meant that I could get my Rockin’ Mamas Gift Guide live for you lovely peeps to peruse, that I missed out on reflecting on one of my favourite Holiday seasons of all. I have always held a certain penchant for Halloween as I do love a good dress up session (no… Im not talking Ann Summers style!) Since I was a kid I have always loved fancy dress and one of my best friends was half Canadian so held the BEST Halloween parties!