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Note To Self: Go At Your Own Pace

Roses - Note to self: Go at your own pace

The last couple of weeks have been full of revelations for me. I don’t know why, but something has clicked in my mind. Last week I began seeing the benefits of my new mantra, ‘Done is better than perfect’ and this week I’ve realised whether in blogging or everyday life, I should go at my own pace. This is new to me because I’ve always been quite ambitious and worked hard to move up the career ladder, get our home looking lovely...

My First Bloggers Conference – Eek!

Blog On Conference

Call me foolish or a risk-taker, but I bought a ticket to attend Blog On in Manchester before I’d even registered a domain name!  For anyone that hasn’t heard of this super-friendly event, it’s a bloggers conference full of fantastic speakers, interactive sessions and an opportunity to connect with brands. I’ve read such positive things about Blog On that I just knew I needed to attend early in my blogging life. To be honest, I also knew that having the deadline...

My Decision List #1

Decision List - be happy always

What they don’t tell you about parenting is you’ll make more decisions in the first few years of your child’s life than you have during your entire existence. The questions come thick and fast before you even give birth…What type of delivery? Will you breastfeed? Do you have a name? In the pre-baby excitement you relish planning and choosing all these things, but further down the line you realise that the questions, and ultimately your decisions, are never-ending. From choosing the...

‘Done Is Better Than Perfect’ – A Mantra To Live By

Sunflower - 'Done is better than perfect'

‘Done is better than perfect,’ was famously said by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. When I first heard it I remember thinking, no, I totally disagree. But this week I’ve been pondering the pressure I put on myself to reach the heady heights of perfection and what it means to be perfect. So it was very timely to read one of Aby’s posts over at You Baby Me Mummy – The Truth About Being Successful. In it she writes,...

Teddy Bears’ Picnic 1st Birthday Party

A few months ago it was Tutti’s first birthday and we chose to celebrate it with a teddy bears’ picnic in the garden. As with all outdoor occasions in the UK, there was a certain amount of trepidation on planning an entire event around it not raining. In the run-up to the party it rained every day for a week. I thought we were doomed. But when Saturday arrived the sun shone and we had the most glorious afternoon. As I’ve...

Stay-At-Home Mums Deserve A Weekend Too

Weekend

I’m at the beginning of my stay-at-home mum adventure, but one thing is for sure – I look forward to the weekend. Recently I read a forum conversation where someone commented to a stay-at-home mum, ‘Why are you so excited for the weekend? It must always be like a weekend for you.’ Umm, pardon, what?! I nearly choked on my martini that is required most evenings, in order to recover from the trauma of a full day with a toddler. Here we go...

A Snip In Time – A Poem For Tutti’s First Haircut

Rocket man having his first haircut!

This weekend our little rocket man hit another milestone…his first haircut. He didn’t have loads of hair, but there was a definite mullet-esque look appearing! Of course in my head I imagined us all in a TV movie, smiling and laughing, as his baby curls were trimmed. Why do I never learn? All was calm to begin with, as he happily listened to the clippers and hairdryers. But as soon as he realised he would be on the receiving end...

My Cat Knew I Was Pregnant Before I Did!

Purdy cat on bench

I know it sounds loopy, but I genuinely believe our cat Purdy could sense I was pregnant before I’d even taken the test. At the time I frantically Googled the phenomena and found several articles concluding that this was indeed possible. In fact, it is said that cats (and other animals) can detect illness too. Since my little rocket man has speedily crawled all over the house, Purdy has become a target for his over-enthusiastic attention. She has been so...

Get Organised – Tips to Make Every Day Easier

Tidy Cupboard

When I was pregnant and talking to friends about life with children, one of them said, ‘It all comes down to organisation and planning. If you get organised, things will be a lot easier.’ This stuck with me and although I’m naturally an organised person, the everyday challenges of motherhoodery have made me up my game. I’m by no means perfect and my life feels more chaotic now than it ever has done, but doing the things on this list help me stay...

Surviving The Mayhem of Life With A Little One

Messy Eater

I’m a recovering neat freak. On good days I deftly wander past wooden blocks invading windowsills, toy cars rammed into my washing basket and puzzle pieces strewn across the floor. These are the days I feel I’m winning as a parent. ‘This is what it’s all about,’ I tell myself. ‘Let them be little,’ rings in my ears. But on bad days I want to run for the hills, screaming ‘Give me my house back!’. I like things neat and tidy (for ideas on...