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.
Having kids means that the prospect of having a hangover and dealing with said kids whilst hungover makes you dread the actual night of drinking right?! But we NEED nights out with our friends, with our partner or with ‘the girls‘… it is necessary to let loose every now and again and have fun; if only for your sanity! We have all been there the next day though… and I’m certain children somehow know. Its like they purposefully go out of their way to make our decrepit, hungover selves feel 100% worse right?! Like a sixth sense. With my Birthday weekend approaching, and the prospect of a sever hangover by me and many of my friends, I wanted to share my wisdom on this subject to hopefully ease such days of hungover mess with children.
We have all been there, Hands up who HASN’T suffered at the hands of sleep deprivation? Im sure there aren’t many! Learning how to cope with sleep deprivation can be another matter entirely. It is not easy to parent muddled and in a tired haze but we all do it nearly every day none the less; but what if I told you that with a bit of motivation you could push through and make your day a little easier and less like you are one of the walking dead?
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 recently posted about how utterly integral it is to your well being to find a circle of Mum friends after you have children, if you want to know why this is super beneficial and could seriously save your sanity head over to ‘The importance of finding your Mama Tribe’. Motherhood can be a lonely place and forming relationships with fellow Mamas will just transform your parenting experience and give you a serious backbone of confidence and empowerment to muddle through together. This magical feat can be entirely daunting and I wanted to share with you how you can confidently connect with other Mums in a few places online and off that I have found super useful!
Since my little man was…well… little, I have been of the opinion that whatever my feelings were at the time, even well hidden ones, he would pick up on them. Babies are like emotional meerkats and always are completely attuned to their Mothers worry, stress, sadness or happiness (obviously any other emotion applies here… I’m not listing them all out for you…) As the little man has grown in age and independence her still seems to feed off my emotions in a big way; and Ive noticed that my the Mr does too; a happy Mama really does make for a happy home.
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 I recently interviewed the lovely Penelope Magoulianiti, the author of inspirational self help book ‘Women, Motherhood and Independence’ and it sparked talk of a possible interview with one of my most admired blogging mum bosses Vicki Psarias, founder of Honest Mum.
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’.
The all important entity that is ‘Mama Time‘; we all know how amazing it can be for us and how much it can ease our stress filled days with a little chill out, but do we set aside time for ourselves in our busy bee schedules? If we do set aside time, are we really doing something that is totally and utterly relaxing; that can take us to a place that is far away from the stresses of our reality? Well reading is the perfect getaway, so when I was asked to review fellow blogger Deborah Stansil from My Random Musing‘s new novel ‘The Mirror’ I jumped at the chance; a perfect excuse to get lost in a good book.
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.
Motherhood can be a very lonely existence without the right support networks; I have rambled on before about how integral I feel it is to find your Mama clan and hold them tight. But sometimes you can’t always be wth them and you, god forbid, might actually need to venture out of your home solo with your child. Be it to do the food shop, to go grab a bite to eat, even just to get some fresh air for the two ( or however large your brood) of you. So why when we are actually attempting to do normal, everyday tasks and culture our children by taking them out of the house do we get made to feel hideous if they make the slightest noise or decide they want to have a wander instead of sitting absolutely, statuesquely still and silent?