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!
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’.
Being a crafter myself I know how special and unique any handmade product truly is. I came across Art Apple when I was searching for newborn gifts for a friend and they were generous enough to offer my readers an amazing Giveaway of a product of my choice! Incredible!
So the Summer Holidays are in full shwing… (yes… spelling mistake intentional… if you are a Wayne’s World fan you’ll know what I’m talking about…) and as we live in England it is undoubtedly going to be full of days where the weather decides to strike out full force and leave us bound to the confines of our homes. Do not fear mama! There are some amazing products out there that can keep the kids entertained to save you from the inevitable cabin fever that is to ensue! I think a winner is always going to be apps that you can access for free on your iPad or Tablet, and Vodafone have your backs…
Keeping your children safe and clean from germs and nasties, especially when still very little, is probably one of the most important things on your radar as a parent. It is often such a headache looking through different products and wondering which brand is the best to go for, but Milton has been the number one for sterilising for over 70 years and it is still going strong today. Changing with the times, from the age old ‘Sterilisation Tablets’, Milton have brought out new and exciting products to suit the modern times and I am lucky enough to be offering one of you a Milton Hygiene Kit of your own in this exciting Giveaway!
As busy ass bee Moms we need quick meals or face the reality of not eating at all! We all know the familiar meal time struggle when preparing the kids meals and leaving yourself very little time to actually make, let alone actually consume your own chow down worthy eats. There are lots of ‘snack’ foods available that could potentially fulfil this void, but there are none that feel quite like eating an actual meal like Mr Lee’s noodles and I am able to offer you the freedom to have a go yourself with an amazing GIVEAWAY for one lucky Rock and Roses Mama reader!
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!