Friday, 23 June 2017

BLOGGING: How to Keep Organised

As I started maternity leave this time I really wanted to concentrate on my blog and social media platforms. I really enjoy writing, photographing and editing, it was the perfect project to focus on once I had finished work. When I was on maternity leave with Isabella I'm sure blogging kept me more level-headed and certainly less lonely. It gave me a focus every day and challenged my skill set, things I wanted to continue to do throughout this maternity leave. Now of course, this time around I have Isabella to look after too so it was never going to be as easy as last time. I needed to up my organisational game and get my productive attitude on point.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

BABY #2: Birth Announcement and Name Reveal

After keeping us waiting for 12 days past her due date my bump finally became a baby at 9.46pm on 14th June 2017 weighing 8lbs 13ozs. A mere 8 hours after the induction process began, with established labour only lasting 1 hour 25 minutes! It couldn't have been a more different experience to Isabella's birth. I'll be writing up my birth story soon, as well as my experience of the induction process.

Friday, 16 June 2017

RECIPE: Soft Baked Earl Grey and Sultana Cookies

I'm not sure if 'cookie' is the best thing to call these, but I'm not sure what else to call them either. The texture is soft and airy with a crisp outer shell, a much lighter version to your standard chewy cookie. They go perfectly with a cup of tea or crumbled over vanilla ice-cream on these summer evenings. These are best eaten fresh from the oven (and cooled slightly), as they will dry out pretty quickly after a day or so. The perfect excuse to invite your friends/family around to enjoy a batch!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

TODDLER ACTIVITY: Personalised Canvas Painting - perfect Fathers Day gift!

As it's Father's Day this weekend I thought I'd share a recent craft activity Isabella did that would be ideal as a special gift for any lucky Daddy. It's simple, effective and takes minutes to make, with minimal mess made in the process. What's not to like? By using stickers you can create an image or word/phrase that will stand out once your child has done some painting. I've used a similar method before to create a daffodil out of masking tape, which worked really well.

Monday, 12 June 2017

PREGNANCY #2: My Reality of Being Overdue

I honestly can't believe I'm writing this post or that I even have the time to write it; I really thought our second baby would have arrived by now. But despite all the bouncing on the ball, eating spicy food, pineapple and drinking raspberry leaf tea this baby hasn't made an appearance yet. On the whole I feel okay about this, after all life right now is surely a lot easier than life with two children? But it's not all relaxing baths, breakfast in bed and full nights sleep.

Friday, 9 June 2017

#LittleLoves: Love Island, Babys Position and Voting

Yet another week I really thought I wouldn't be able to write this #LittleLoves post, yet I am. Despite having pains throughout most nights and her feeling extremely low labour hasn't started and we still haven't met our baby girl! I'm booked in for an induction next week, so I definitely won't be publishing next Friday and that feels all a bit surreal. I really don't want to go down the induction route again, but if that's the way it has to be then so be it. I'm just so eager to get the pain of labour out of the way!
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