Do we spend too much time on our phones as parents? #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh GIVEAWAY

Culture, Musings

Spending lots of time on your phone as a parent seems like the total norm these days, and I certainly, being a Motherhood blogger and influencer am extremely guilty of that nearly all of the time to be honest! A new picture book for children, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh explores the simple message that we should all try and encourage in our parenting lives; put down the phone. Corine has also been generous enough to offer one of my readers the chance to win a copy of this spanking new book in another Rock and Roses Mama Giveaway!

Bad-Moms-Film

Movies to make you happy: You’ve got this Mama

Culture, Top Rockin' Tips

All Mamas need a boost from time to time and these Movies are bound to make you happy! There are times when the crazy world of parenting just gets too much and it all comes tumbling down on top of us; when these moments strike I find a good movie can be the best cure (accompanied by copious amounts of ice cream and wine of course!) So after the kids are in bed, or napping, take some time out to chill and get lost in these uplifting and power fist worthy cinematic beauties. 

The Best Fathers Day Gift Guide

THE Rockin’ Fathers Day Gift Guide

Culture, Top Rockin' Tips

So Fathers Day is on the horizon and I am super excited to be able to share with you my Gift Guide jam packed with some pretty amazing products that will make your ‘Rad Dad’s’ day extra special and unique; I don’t know about you but I always try and find something both practical and unique, save it being dumped into a cupboard or drawer for eternity! 

Easter in the Rock and Roses Mama Household

Culture

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.

BEST CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS 2017

The best and most beautiful Easter Eggs this year and where to find them

Culture, Product Reviews, Top Rockin' Tips

As I mentioned in my previous Easter post ‘A list of gorgeousness to make Easter special’ we are an Easter friendly household and have been back generations. My husband has never really experienced this in his family and was totally new to the idea of decorating for Easter, hinting for eggs and having special food with special easter cakes, hot cross buns a lovely roast lamb (not a while one obviously… that would be ridiculous…) Of course he was aware of things of this ilk but had never indulged of really thought much of it; when he got with me that all changed! One of the most important and undoubtedly delectable parts of Easter Sunday if the eggs, of course. So here are a list of the most beautiful Easter eggs I have found this year and where to find them. 

GORGEOUS EASTER SUNDAY DECORATIONS

A list of gorgeousness to make Easter special from Giftwink

Culture, Product Reviews, Top Rockin' Tips

Now I’m aware that to a lot of the population, Easter Sunday isn’t generally considered a special ‘thing’; like it’s not even anywhere close to being like Christmas Day. In our household however, we treated it as a similar entity, we always did! It was a generational thing; I remember seeing photos of my own Mama in my Nanas garden with a little basket and dressed up in her Easter Sunday best. There are also pictures of me and my sister egg hunting in my Nanas garden as I always remember my Mama putting up decorations the house; little pastel painted eggs, chicks and flowers and hiding eggs every Easter Sunday for us to collect in our special Easter baskets (My little sister is genuinely dressed as a bunny rabbit in one family photo!) So in attempt to spread the Easter joy I have created a list of gorgeousness with the help of Giftwink to make everyones Easter Sunday special!

A family day out to Portchester Castle with English Heritage

Culture, National Trust Sites, Places

So every week we try and take the small man on a family day out; an adventure, work permitting. We were lucky enough to be gifted National Trust membership for Christmas so we have been looking up our local National Trust haunts (yeah… so I totally downloaded the National Trust app in order to do this… “you know your getting old when…”) and collated all of the super cool places that we want to take the little dude. Although it is not a National Trust site and actually belongs to English Heritage, we took inspiration from my fellow Mummy Blogger and Rockin’ Mama Carly Stirling and her gorgeous fam and set our sights on Portchester Castle in Hampshire.

There’s a spring in my step: Farewell February… bring me the Spring.

Culture

So February has been month of waiting I feel… waiting for warmth, waiting for my wedding and ultimately waiting for Spring. Don’t get me wrong I have had some amazing opportunities open up for me in the last month and seen a spike in the support for Rock and Roses Mama which is so lovely to see; thank you all! February has also seen the most amazing weekend that I have had for a long long time, my hen weekend! So I am welcoming March and all it ill bring for this rockin’ lil fam and saying a final goodbye to February.

FAMILY DAYS OUT IN HAMPSHIRE

Parklife: An afternoon with my favourite men in ‘Stanley Park’. A Review

country parks, Culture, Places

I don’t know about you and your fam but my lovely men aren’t much for exploration of local parks in the winter months; much like bears they tend to hibernate inside and then emerge when the crisp goes from the air and the days are brighter. The summer holds so much more for us in terms of the great outdoors but I have been determined to get my little soldier out into the wild and run free. So last weekend we went for a springtime explore of our local ‘Stanley Park’.

Our first New Year’s Eve together: Photo Booth fun, fireworks and festivities

Culture

So it occurred to me this morning, as I was dragging my sleep deprived body to work at 5.30am in a hope that the fresh winter air would drive some degree of work ethic into my eyes so that they would remain open, that just one week ago was New Years Eve. Now this made me smile as this year was the very first year that me and my man have ever spent New Years Eve together. We are usually miles apart, separated by a guitar and a baby. The Mr is the guitarist in Rock of the Pops and I have stayed at home solo with the little man asleep all tucked up oblivious to the nights frivolities. This year, it was going to be different, the frivolities were to come in the form of photo booths, fireworks and fun.

*Christmas* in the Rock and Roses Household

Culture

Well its been a lovely little blogging break but every good thing must come to an end right?! Not that I particularly wanted to take a blogging break it just seemed necessary in tying with the whole season that has recently surpassed us called Christmas. That time of year that gets us all stressed and insanely busy bee-d… know it well!? Well I managed to, in fact, remain relatively calm this time of yule and made a stand to stay at home and let family come to us. It was our first year just me and my little men all day at our own home, so it was pretty special and I thought I would share it with you all. If anything, to potentially inspire the masses to do the same in years to come; to avoid the unnecessary frantic Christmas rush and calm the soul for letting in the true meaning of Christmas, appreciating those that mean the most to us. I’ve popped in some nifty Christmas tips for you all too…

Christmas-Tree-Decorations

Christmas Traditions in the Rock and Roses household

Culture, Top Rockin' Tips

Everyone loves a good ol’ fashioned Christmas tradition and they are rife in our family! Some span back to before I was even born and have been going on for generations of Rock and Roses ladies; others are brand spanking new and I have conjured them for my little family to enjoy. I think that Christmas is not all about the day (don’t get me wrong it is important obviously) but about the season as a whole. There is a certain warmth and joy to creating the Christmas spirit in your home for your children to bask in. The magic of Christmas can be found in the sparking of imagination from the start of Winter right though to the end; Christmas Traditions are an amazing way of making this possible.