Blog Blues: When life gets in the way…

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I have done a lot of opening up recently and in writing my recent musing ‘Learning To Open Up: Letting Down The Barriers’ I felt an immense sense of relief and support from the crazy awesome work that is The Blogosphere. I am a bit late in this weeks musing and within it are the reasons why… 

9 Hacks for Healthy Days Out with Kids this Summer

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I mean what Mama doesn’t need nifty hacks for keeping kids healthy during the Summer months? Wether you are surviving the school holidays or troublesome toddlers, it can be tough getting through the heat, keeping children entertained whilst trying to keep them healthy and yourself not feeling drained, exhausted and in need of an entire bottle of wine every evening! My little dude loves days out and can get pretty stir crazy if we keep him inside so we try and go on outdoors adventures frequently, but this does often mean that the heat and humidity can lead to tantrums and exhaustion and I never thought we’d be able to get through them without the lure os crisps and treats; but using these super easy hacks I have managed to survive the Summer months with a healthy troublesome two toddler and had fun along the way! 

The fine line between being cool and lethargy; between being organised and stressed

Musings

Do you find yourself in a slob like state when you have told yourself to have a ‘stress free day of doing nothing’ but then feel even more tired and lethargic? Do you feel like make stress is good for keeping yourself organised and on top of your game? So every week, as my regular readers will know, I post a *Musing* that I have been pondering at the time, and where at times they might touch upon issues that are affecting our country at the time or personal struggles that I am facing myself (Last weeks saw an amazing response so thank you so much if you had a read of ‘Learning to Open Up; Letting Down Barriers’), this week I am debating a issue that I think affects everyone at some point and definitely Mothers. 

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Top Tips to help you brave going out without the pram

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Wondering wether to brave going out without the pram? It is a question I have been asking myself frequently recently (See my *Musing* on this) as we enter the stage in our little mans life where he is becoming more independent and is wanting to roam free when we are out and about. The worry however, when you have a wild child like mine, is wether or not they will stay with you; will they just bolt? Will they come back when you ask them to? Will they understand what happens if they loose you? It has been a lengthy transition  and we do still use the pram at times but I have learnt a lot and can offer you some top tips to hep you go it pram free! 

Days Out With Kids The New Forest

If You Go Down To The Woods Today: Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, The New Forest Review

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Although sometimes I do lust after a more carefree and possibly non-UK way of life, I am surprised and also so thankful for the places we have right on our doorstep. I like to find places to take the little dude in the surrounding areas near where we live in Hampshire that are low in cost and super fun; you can read all of my other reviews of amazing places right here on the blog too! Yesterday me and amazing fellow Mama Carly Stirling took the bambinos to The New Forest on an adventure through Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary; needless to say it was incredibly fun and exploratory for the kids and actually quite relaxing for us too! 

Learning to open up: Letting down the barriers

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So as some of my more regular readers and Instagram followers may already be aware of… this little fam have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster recently. Yes from the outside and fleeting glimpses it may seem like our life has been at an all time high; Our Wedding Day was spectacular, we recently went on our Honeymoon and I have been remaining a strong Mama by seeing friends, finding time for myself and hoping to inspire empowerment in the Motherhood community. However behind the scenes we have been dealing with demons and although I have briefly touched upon how this has made me feel, I have not opened up about the cause of these feelings. Well ladies and gents… today is that day.

Rockin’ Mama Interviews: Nyomi Winter from Nomipalony

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As part of my quest to inspire Mamas to realise their potential to rock Mamahood whilst still being able to retain their own self identity and individuality, I started an interview series where I share the stories of fellow ‘Rockin’ Mamas’. Recently I have interviewed an array of fellow Mama Bloggers, including Vicki from Honesy Mum, Lauren from Dilan and Me and most recently Sophia from Tattooed TeaLady; Today I am interviewing not only a fellow Blogger but one that I have recently met in person at the fabulous BlogOn Conference in Manchester and she took me under her wing! I could not be happier that she has chosen to let me share her answers with you! 

Bloggy Bride Goes on Honeymoon: Italian Style

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So as many of you may already know (as I bang on about it often enough!) if you follow the #bloggybrides MASSIVE on Twitter, I got married a few months ago to a lovely man, my very own rock god.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the lucius Wedding Photographs of the day then take a gander in my post ‘Bloggy Bride gets Married’ 

Well the time came a week ago when we jetted off on our honeymoon adventure to Italy, the land of our favourite cuisine (and also a massive driving force is our joint adoration for The Sopranos!), and today I am sharing with you all our amazing week of sunshine, cocktails, cuisine, history and amazing sights. 

Farewell England: Ciao Italy!

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So as some of you may have seen in my post ‘Bloggy Bride Gets Married!’… I got married recently! Really?!?!? Surely not?!? So in true post Wedding style me and the husband are jetting off to our favourite place (well… we like all things Italian… I have been to Italy but the Mr hasn’t!) on Friday to leave the English nonsense behind for a week and bask in newlywed bliss. 

Rockin’ Mama Interviews: Sophia from Tattooed Tealady

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As part of my quest to inspire Mamas to realise their potential to rock Mamahood whilst still being able to retain their own self identity and individuality, I started an interview series where I share the stories of fellow ‘Rockin’ Mamas’. I have been lucky enough to interview amazing Mama bloggers too like Honest Mum and Lauren from Dilan and Me and today I am sharing with you another truly inspirational Mama blogger who has turned her love for lipstick into a career; Sophia aka Tattooed Tealady. 

Cherish: In these turbulent times, cherish the little moments and people around you

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After the atrocious events that have unfolded in recent weeks that have added greatly to my emotional strain, I have been thinking about all of the amazing and incredible things in my life I am utterly grateful for. We have been faced with some seriously distressing times recently, over the election, the terror attack in Manchester and the horrifying images we saw this morning from those should at Grenfell Tower in London, and it has made me so determined to cherish my family and little man as I struggle to deal with what the future holds.

Easy Ways To Lift Your Mood When Your Feeling Down

15 Incredibly Easy Ways To Lift Your Mood When You’re Feeling Down

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Familiar with the crippling feeling of being down? Need easy ways to lift your mood? Through the crazy rollercoaster that is parenting and Motherhood we all become incredibly susceptible to low moods and cabin fever; I know I have at least one day per week where I don’t want to leave my pyjamas or house! There are some simple ways that can really save you when times get hard and you find yourself lacking energy and motivation and they happen to be pretty easy, quick fixes too!