Now I LOVE Easter Weekend… it is always well celebrated in our household and unlike previous years where little man has not entirely understood the concept of searching the garden for eggs, this year he was ON IT! Easter Weekend also saw me and the husband celebrate our First Wedding Anniversary by taking a well earned getaway to Brighton, just the two of us. If you are familiar with my blog or know me personally, you will know that our honeymoon, although beautiful and stunning, was not the greatest of idyllic adventures due to personal circumstances. A weekend in our favourite British Town was perfect; as was coming home to a chilled Easter with our small dude and family.
I have been off of the blogging grid for a while and since my return have slowly started to get my blogging mojo back; so I grasped a fleeting opportunity from an inspiring email I read about the upcoming Mums Enterprise Roadshow in September and was lucky enough to be offered an interview with on of the founders; Lindsey Fish.
No Easter holidays would be complete without the appearance of the Hot Cross Bun and this year I thought Id have a go at baking my own and share this simple recipe with you all! Wether you like yours warmed, toasted or just as they are; smothered with butter, jam or whichever spread your heart desires, these gorgeously spiced buns will no doubt cheer your soul and put a spring in your step at the right time of year.
However many times you have been pregnant I think there are alway going to be slight differences , but between your very first and your second those differences seem to be more apparent and much more major. From the differences in your own body and how it copes the second time round, to your lifestyle through a second pregnancy; there are some major things that come as quite a surprise when you initially think “Oh I’ve done this before I know what to expect”!
Now before I begin I have realised this may come across as a negative or warning post of some sort; but that was not my intention! I have just found that there are some major differences I had not considered… but in no way does it lessen the magic of having a second child!
Since having my little man I have had SUCH a sweet tooth and Im a sucker for puddings; crumble, I have found, is so so easy once you know how and makes a great after dinner treat and quick family recipe for when you haven’t got much time.
Mothers Day is on the horizon, so what do Mothers REALLY want? The answer: A break, a happy family day out wth no tears, a clear mind, a tidy house, an interrupted bath, a day to herself. I think what Mothers REALLY want this Mothers Day is not so much the flowers, the chocolate, the cards (however nice and thoughtful they can be)… it is simply a day just for her; I mean isn’t that the reason its called Mothers Day?
Here are some ideas, if your struggling to grasp the concept, of how this could be achieved; Mama Guilt free might I add! YOU DESERVE IT, so stop telling yourself for whatever reason you do not!
Its a pretty tough road, Motherhood, but there are so many reasons why every Mama needs to know that they ARE in fact NAILING Motherhood; however much it feels like you are failing miserably.
There are days where you may feel like you are staring into a deep, black abyss and every other Mother around you seems to be keeping a swan-like grace; but trust me below the water we are all flapping our feet, crazily trying to stay afloat!
I think that however Insta-Perfect everyone, including yourself sometimes, may seem, it is OK to be vulnerable and let your troubles be known because despite them… you are doing an amazing job! Every Mama needs a little boost and so I came up with 11 of them to cheer your soul on those dark days…
As Pancake day fast approaches the nation will be looking to their recipe books or phones for a basic pancake recipe; I can tell you that you don’t need to look any further than right here as believe me I have tried them all and this one is THE BEST pancake recipe EVER!
When you think about Valentines Day you are often faced with the usual pink or fluffy tack that lines many high street stores and you think ‘this is all just over commercialised rubbish isn’t it?’ WELL.. although I firmly believe in trying to live by your means and attempt a frugal lifestyle, i also believe in love. I believe that couples, especially those with children, do not spend enough quality time with each other expressing their emotions, or even having the time to express them. Valentines Day for me, is a gentle nudge to get back to basics and spend some time with your partner, just rekindling that spark that gets oh so very lost in our daily humdrum lives; and Uncommon Goods can help you do just that… with no tack in sight!
So Valentines Day is fast approaching and finding the right gift to show you care can be an irritating task; so here at Rock and Roses Mama I have collated a few ideas of both amazing (and some delicious) gifts AND more frugal ways of saying ‘I Love You’.
The Rock and Roses Mama household were kindly invited to sample the new menu at our local Carvery, The Inn By The Sea in Lee-On-Solent, that has recently been refurbished as a Stonehouse Pizzeria; as we are a family of foodies there was no doubt in my mind that we would accept and take Jude to test its ‘toddler-ability’ and family friendliness too! I was wary at first as Jude has recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and it is sometimes a struggle taking him to places that can overstimulate him; but we are always determined to give things a go and so off we went, and we were all suitably impressed! Especially Jude when it came to that joyous time of… pudding!
SO after a long blogging break I am officially pleased to say that I will be returning Rock and Roses Mama to the blogosphere! IM BACK! As some of the more avid readers of my blog will remember I had a few family and personal reasons why taking a break from something as consuming as blogging had to be done. To be honest my time is no less packed in but our little (and expanding – more on that in a bit…) family is definitely back on its feet and ready to take on the blogging world once more. This post is mainly just to say a refreshed Hello and to update you all on a few things that have been going on in our lives before I get on to the hard stuff again…