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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

The idea of visiting a Santa beforehand feels cute and the picture opportunities could be endless, but how do you go about explaining that little gem? Let’s be honest, sometimes those Santa’s can be questionable in the authenticity of their appearance

Home and away

I’ve never been a fan of New Year resolutions and I’m not about to start, however I am one for taking a fresh approach. I’d always encourage others to so I’m going to listen to my own advice – it’s a busy and sometimes stressful time of the year and this time around I’m determined to go with a relaxed approach. Bring on the mince pies!

The unwavering dedication of toddler questions

We are living in the thick of questionville with our three year old – we are up to our eye balls in daily, hourly, minute by minute questions from her sponge like little mind.

Whole lotta history

I don’t remember feeling lonely in the slightest when I first became a mum, but this time around it’s been a prevalent feeling and one that I didn’t see coming. I’ve found the last eight months to have incredible highs and some rough lows, and at points I’ve craved a repeat of the experiences I had

Women support women…don’t they?

I’m not sure anybody could say with a straight face that all women in the work place support each other because they’ve been through the exact same things and therefore will have some sympathy.

The newborn bubble

The first few weeks with our little lady weren’t that easy because both she and I found breastfeeding pretty tough so some of our initial days together were spent back in hospital, but very definitely still in a bubble.

Miscarriage and mental health

At the end of October 2015 we found out I was pregnant with our second baby. On December 4th 2015 we found out that rather than being the 10 weeks pregnant I thought I was, I had in fact had a miscarriage.

The Mum Sweats

Maybe she had worn herself out or maybe as I relaxed so did she. I rarely react to comments like we had at this meal in that way – I try to think if people wanted a meal without kids around they wouldn’t go to a family restaurant that’ll be packed full of them, so whilst I would never let my kids run riot or just leave them to cry, there’s only so much you can do with a tiny tot.

SOS

I am horrendously bad at asking for help. I am the living version of the phrase ‘it’s easier to do it myself’. I’ve known this for about 10 years now, and whilst I’ve had pockets of time where I’ll really face into it and get a grip I’ve never managed to nail it.

Go forth and de-clutter

The further into adulthood I’ve moved I’ve begun to realise something – all the spares, the ‘just in case’ packs of goodness knows what and the stock piled cleaning products have started to have a detrimental impact on me. I was surrounded by clutter and it was cluttering my brain. There’s probably an official name for it (will google at some point) but when there’s too much material ‘stuff’ around me I can become borderline miserable.