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!)
I don’t know about you but when I first used baby wipes I realised that they are the most magical creation in a parents life; my first thought actually was ‘why have I not been using these my entire life!?’. I genuinely use them in all circumstances where it is possible so when I was approached by Water Wipes to test and review their natural, water based baby wipes I could NOT say no!
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.
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!
Mothers Day; what does it really mean to you? I have always grown up to think that it is a day to spoil your mother… buy her flowers and shower her with gifts. On Mothers Day some people have big family meals and take their Mothers out for the day; I tend to think now that I am a Mother that in actual fact Mothers Day, aside from obviously celebrating how amazing Mothers all area and what an incredible job they are all doing, should be for giving Mothers a break. So I have gathered for you a list of all of the things that a Mother could possibly want to pamper, relax and indulge for the day; my Rockin’ Mothers Day Gift Guide.
So the season of spring is upon us and that can only mean one thing… time to clean up and refresh our tired and cluttered home and gardens that have suffered the wrath of Christmas and Winter! I don’t know about you but I find myself dreading the big ol’ overhaul of my house and garden so I thought it entirely necessary to enlist the assistance of a few leading brands to show me the way through the trauma; I have actually found that I am now rocking my spring clean and declutter and enjoying it, weirdly… so these are my helpful tips to help you rock your own spring clean.
My little man loves a good book, so when I was invited to trial and review a new and upcoming app Ebookadabra, I was intrigued. It has been made my Moondog Books in partner with leading publishers like Disney, Harper Collins, Parragon and contains hundreds of books at the touch of a finger and great educational games and activities. I have tried different apps before with the little man and although initial interest was definitely there, it did fade at times. With Ebookadabra, however, as it is just a sea of books the small dude was captivated! Especially when he saw that it included his favourite characters from Disney movies such as Frozen, Finding Dory, Monsters Inc etc and stories we had read him at bedtime like ‘No Matter What’ and ‘Doing The Animal Bop’. This one is a winner.
So I know there are a lot of you out there who don’t buy in to the whole ‘Valentines Day’ thing, and I have to agree that it is far too commercialised, red and plastic heart orientated; but there is some good that can come of its celebration. Love. And free chocolates of course! Now what I also know, is that you should show love and appreciation all year through; however what is the harm in having a day where you get the prerogative to just spoil yourself and your other half with some well earned adoration? Maybe you are trying to impress someone you are not yet in a relationship with, but are simply admiring. If your parents then it is vital to spend time as a couple, getting back to basics; Valentines Day provides a non excusable opportunity to reignite the spark! So if you need some inspiration… here is my favourite things to do and gift in my ONE… and ONLY (not now Chesney…) Rockin’ Valentines Guide.
When I was asked to review the book ‘Women, Motherhood & Independence: A Guide to Financial Freedom, Confidence & Beauty after Birth’, I was immediately struck with wonder and awe at the concept behind it. It seemed perfectly in fitting with what I also hope to inspire in women through Rock and Roses Mama; that you CAN achieve success and still be an amazing Mama, it IS possible to balance YOU and your children. I was sent a little about author Penelope and felt a kinship on her mission in supporting women and mothers everywhere to succeed in their niche. When asked if I would like to Interview her also, I was even more pleased. So I am sharing Penelope’s, and my own, passions with you all in the hope it will inspire you to feel supported to go forth and achieve your dreams!
I know it can’t just be me that has encountered the undoubted struggles at mealtimes caused by Christmas and its showering of sweet treats and snacks. The festive season is very welcoming to food, we relish the opportunity to have a yule tide feast and invest in bountiful snacks and delicacies we would usually not think to buy day to day. But the feasting must come to an end (for us it is slowly getting there but there are still signs of Christmas in our cupboards in the form of chocolates and packets of nuts) and unfortunately children, especially toddlers, must face the reality that they cannot continue to eat the volume of snacks and chocolate provided to them over the last few months. I have a few tricks up my sleeve though Mamas, so do not fear. This is how to conquer your meal time struggles and the apparent ‘post Christmas food aversion’.
I have always been partial to a diary; I tend to try not to use digital means too frequently for my day to day activities, just list making. No, your day to day life needs a good ol’ fashioned diary and so in contrary to previous years I sought out to find a ‘family’ diary that would help me organise my growing family and busy lifestyle. I had a look at a few styles but the exceptional reviews steered me towards the MUM’s Office brand. I ordered a snazzy burn orange number and waited impatiently for the post man to bring me my epic tool for rocking 2017 and truly getting organised.
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.