Do you have hoarded of Easter chocolate left over? Wondering what to bake with it? I don’t know if your kids are anything like mine and decide to open every singe chocolate egg and mini egg and jets about any foiled item available in a chocolate Easter frenzy?! The little man embarked on a de-foiling adventure around Easter and I was left with a whole bowl of random bits of chocolate that he had discarded along the way (also to attempt to get it out of his vision so that I could control his sugar intake!) As we had SOOOOO much chocolate I decided to get my bake on… Ive never been good at making brownies, they have always been either too dry or too runny and never have that luscious crispy top. But this time… miraculously… they worked!
I have been having a reflect over our wedding photographs (If you haven’t had a gander at them in all their glory yet, have a look at my most recent #bloggybrides post ‘Bloggy Bride gets married’) and I realised something that I had forgotten about since we opened up all of our amazing gifts and cards; we are loved. We were so overwhelmed by the kindness and happiness that everyone bestowed upon us! So today I am using my weekly musing to make it known that you really should never underestimate how much you truly mean to your friends and family.
So wedding season is upon us and planning a wedding with a toddler in tow is an utterly daunting concept! I know how stressful it can be to consider your perfect day with a toddler in tow; If you haven’t had a cheeky gander already he’d over to my recent #bloggybrides post ‘Bloggy Bride gets married’ to see all of the photos of our gorgeous day! You spend years, potentially, meticulously planning your special day and you more than anything want you small person to be involved, but there is a part of you that dreads and worries for them and how it will all pan out with the unpredicablility of a toddlers whim. Here, and from personal experience, are my 7 essentials to help you on your way to the perfect day, stress free!
So its been a week since the Easter weekend and as I can’t exactly go all out spammy on my Instagram feed I thought I would share with you are marvellously sunshiny weekend of splendour! So without further ado I give you… Easter in the Rock and Roses Mama Household.
So where are these elusive places for Moms to meet I hear you ask? It is a commonly known fact that when craving an adult interaction it is quite another matter finding the right place to indulge said cravings. There are plenty of places that label themselves as ‘child friendly’ or made for kids specifically, but are they made for adults to enjoy some solace and steal a few moments of conversation about anything other than animated shows or when the next meal is! I have explored an array of places with some of my Momigos and none have matched up to The Wendy House.
As you may know if you follow my blog, I run Rock and Roses Mama alongside working part time in Retail Management; I know a lot of Mothers strive for this balance but believe me the struggles of a woking Mom are harsh… My ‘working Mother’ story is a little long winded so today I am sharing it with you in the hope that it will inspire other Mothers to share their story and provide clarity in the Mothering community.
I am an avid believer that taking Mum time out is essential to Motherhood and with the help of the amazingly talented Siobhan from One Mama One Shed I am letting you all know why relaxation is so important for Mothers. I have delved into this topic before in my post ‘Maxin’ Relaxin’: Why ‘chilling’ is the secret to Mamahood’ and I have now been given the opportunity to stress the matter even more with a fantastic GIVEAWAY for two lucky Rock and Roses Mama readers (with an obligatory muffin and mug of tea of course!)
Now everyone makes these slightly differently but my Easy Easter Chocolate Nests are made with shredded wheat; other options are of course cornflakes or rice crispies, but for the authentic ‘nest’ like appearance I think shredded wheat is best. I also like to top them with the traditional Easter pastel shades of mini eggs; they tend to taste fabulous too (any other mini egg addicts out there? Just me?) This is also a great recipe to get your kids involved with as, honestly, is so easy!
Does crying make you happy? Relieve stress through crying? Hear me out… I have always thought that after a good cry I have somehow felt a sense of relief in a way; after watching an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (If anyone has not watched this show you need to jump on that bandwagon immediately… breakfast watching for the win!) and seeing the main lady attempting to explain this to her husband I thought… its not just me then! I started to do some research and I found that in fact crying can make you happy, and here is why.
I recently posted about how utterly integral it is to your well being to find a circle of Mum friends after you have children, if you want to know why this is super beneficial and could seriously save your sanity head over to ‘The importance of finding your Mama Tribe’. Motherhood can be a lonely place and forming relationships with fellow Mamas will just transform your parenting experience and give you a serious backbone of confidence and empowerment to muddle through together. This magical feat can be entirely daunting and I wanted to share with you how you can confidently connect with other Mums in a few places online and off that I have found super useful!
Ive been seeing a lot of Mama bloggers posting their answers to White Camelias‘ #rockingmotherhood tag and I have actually now been tagged in by two fabulous ladies, Becki from The Mum from Brum and Emma from Emmaology, and can’t wait to share with you all why I think I am rocking Motherhood. It is so important for Mamas to know and be reminded that they are doing an amazing job, it is so easy to be hard on ourselves and feel the dreaded Mom Guilt. But we are all muddling through and doing the very best we can for our gorgeous little people.
So this is it, the Bloggy Bride post you have all been waiting for with baited breath! Last week Clara from Utterly Feral talked all about ‘How to have a feral hen party’ and I cannot WAIT to see her post all about her own! This week, as we received our official photographs back yesterday (… thank god because otherwise I would have had to think of something else to post about!) so this is my official unveiling to you lovely people of the blogosphere! It was such and amazing day, went totally to plan and ran extremely smoothly; I could not have wished for a better day! So without further ado… Bloggy Bride get married!