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Quick & Easy Beauty Routine For Mums On-The-Go.

Friday, 21 July 2017
      


It's no secret that life as a parent is extremely hectic! People warned me that I wouldn't have much free time once Teddy arrived and I just laughed and thought *bollocks*, how can a tiny human being take up 24 hours of the day?!

Silly Rachael...

Turns out, those people were right! I don't know how they do it, but babies really do take up every free minute of your time. 'Me' time is officially over and that excessive skincare & makeup routine is a thing of the past. You barely have time to pee, let alone take twenty minutes trying to do your winged eyeliner! My nice twenty minute showering days are gone, it's literally a case of deciding whether you wash your hair or shave your legs & armpits, because you don't have time to do both!

  

In the early days of motherhood, everything I used to do as part of my daily routine went out the window. Cleanse, tone & moisturise?! Yeah, alright pal. You try doing that with a baby hanging from one boob whilst the other drips milk all over the floor. Too much information? I'm not even sorry! However, since Teddy has got older and can now spend a maximum of fifteen minutes by himself with the help of his cot mobile for a distraction, I've started sorting myself out and I've finally got a skincare routine that works for us and also benefits my skin.

Liz Earle is my all time favourite skincare brand and I've used their Cleanse & Polish and Skin Tonic religiously for about 3 years. If I am having a shower (I tend to do this when Aaron's home either in a morning or evening depending what shift he is on) I will take my cleanser and muslin cloth in the shower with me and kill two birds with one stone. I then come out and quickly spritz on my toner before applying a generous amount of the Simple hydrating moisturiser to my face and neck.

  

I used to love wearing makeup. Not everyday mind, but on my days off or when I was off out, I used to love sitting at my dressing table and applying my favourite products. I think I've possibly worn makeup...twice, since having Teddy almost 10 weeks ago. By makeup, I no longer mean a full face but more of a, you have five minutes until the cot mobile stops playing it's sweet tune and you'll have a very angry Teddy on your hands. 

Concealer is a must for obvious reasons, sleepless nights don't do good things to your skin let me tell ya. The Collection Lasting Perfection is my favourite and does the job without spending a small fortune. I apply a quick lashing of mascara to make it seem like I am more awake than I actually am and if i'm really pushing my luck, i'll apply some eyeshadow with the help of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo! A quick run through with an eyebrow pencil or palette, I use Benefit's Browzing which I LOVE and then to finish it all off I apply a bit of tinted lip balm! Gone are the days of applying a bold lipstick as I tend to forget I have it on and end up giving Teddy a giant lipstick mark on his face! I have been using the Maybelline Baby Lips as they are really moisturising and just give a slight tint of colour to your lips.

As I said before, I have only managed to wear makeup twice since having Teddy because lets face it, if it's a choice of extra time in bed or applying makeup? Sleep wins every single time.

How do you manage to have 'me' time? Is it just me that struggles with self care and feeding a hangry baby?

Teddy's Two Month Update.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I can't believe Teddy has been here for two months already! It has gone by so quickly yet I can't remember life before him. What did we do with all our free time? What are lie-ins again? Where has my tiny newborn baby gone?!

He seems to have changed and grown so much over the past month, both in size and mentally! He seems to have gone from a tiny baby to a real little boy in the blink of an eye. Everyday his personality is really shining through, his cheeky personality and gorgeous smile are my absolute favourite thing! We have just about survived a huge developmental leap, where I honestly thought I was going to have a mental breakdown I am not gonna' lie and also his first lot of jabs! I feel like this month we've finally found our feet and I don't feel quite so overwhelmed by my tiny human.

He has been gaining weight quickly and has really filled out, his little face has become more rounded and he has little rolls, I just wanna' squish him! He is such a smiley baby, especially first thing in the morning when we wake up.
   

Teddy's Second Month

Feeding:

Teddy is still exclusively breast fed, woohoo! I'm still really enjoying it and it would seem he is to. We actually introduced a bottle a couple of weeks ago with some expressed breast milk, just to see if he would take one and what he would make of it. I fed him myself first so he wasn't starving and then got Aaron to give him the bottle. We actually only owned one bottle from MAM, that I got free as part of the Boots Parenting Club, as I didn't see the point in buying loads when I was pregnant because; firstly I was planning on breastfeeding and secondly, because some babies are really fussy and will only take certain types of bottles.
He took to it like a champ! He did just play around with the teat for a little while but we expected that as obviously it's a new texture for him but once he got the hang of it, he guzzled down 4oz that I had managed to express. We've been giving him a bottle a couple of times a week just to make sure that he definitely will take one and it wasn't just a fluke the first time! We got him weighed last Tuesday and he weighed 12lb 5, the 75th percentile. I love our little chunk!


Sleeping:

Following on from last month when he would only sleep in our bed, we have actually made some progress! He now goes down in his crib from 10ish until his first feed which can vary depending what mood he's in, usually around 1/1:30a.m, although one night last week he slept through until 4! After his feed, he decides he doesn't actually like the crib and ends up in bed with us. It's so nice to have those few hours of star fishing before I get my snuggly baby back who takes up more of the bed than we do! I'm not going to push him to sleep in his crib all night until he is ready to. As I said in his last update, that you can read here, there are worse things that could be happening than my little boy wanting night time cuddles!

  

Teddy Loves:

His hand! He has finally discovered that he can suck his fist and if he isn't feeding or sleeping, you'll hear him chomping away on his little hand. It is unbelievably cute! He also loves being naked. He could be screaming his head off but as soon as you take his clothes and nappy off, he'll instantly stop and turn into the happiest little boy again.

Teddy Hates:

Sitting down when being held! If he is over tired or worked up, you have to stand up with him over your shoulder. It's like he has a sensor as soon as your ass approaches a surface to sit down and he'll instantly turn on the water works.

As sad as I am that the time is going so quickly, i'm also really excited to see what new and exciting things Teddy will learn and discover next!

Lessons I've learnt Since Becoming A Mummy | Guest Blogger Series | MyGirls&Me

Monday, 17 July 2017
  



Hi Everyone, my name is Rebecca and I have two gorgeous babies. Rosie who is 4 years old and Miyah who is four months. I am the proud owner of my blog, www.mygirlsandmesite.com.




I never thought I would become a parent. My family had enough children and I was always surrounded by little tiny feet, and I was happy about that. Then in March 2013 I found out I was pregnant at the age of 14. It was not how I ever imagined and I knew I had to step up. 

   


Five Things I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mummy

  1. All babies are different. I watched my sisters and cousins grow, thinking that having a baby would be easy. Oh how wrong was I?!

2. It isn't all about you anymore. I thought I would still have all my friends and I could still be the person I was before. I wasn't at all. My life was devoted to keeping this little human safe.

3. You can learn to go a whole day on only two hours sleep, and you can do it well!

4. You soon learn to know the difference between cries, from hungry to pain and you know exactly which one it is.

5. You can do everything one handed, it's a parenting skill! Baby in one hand and baking a cake in the other!

How Is Motherhood Different?
Motherhood is so different to how I expected. To be honest I never though I was going to be a mum so this is strange. It is so difficult from a stroppy 4 year old to a crying newborn but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I get amazing cuddles and lovely smiles everyday from them both. Being a mum has taken its toll, I don’t have much of a social life neither do i ever think of anything I could buy for myself. Everything is about kids but that is what happens when you become a parent. Everything is about your kids, and that’s the way I love it!


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My Top New Mummy Essentials.

Friday, 14 July 2017
   



Teddy will be two months old tomorrow and in those two months I feel like I have learnt A LOT! From the fact that babies really enjoy shitting as soon as they have a nice clean nappy on, to how you can never have too many breast pads. It has definitely been a big learning curve but two months in and I think I have found my favourite things that make the madness a little easier to deal with.


Fire Stick- I actually bought Aaron a Fire stick for Christmas last year and we used it on and off when we fancied, but since I've been on maternity and Teddy arrived, I have used it almost everyday. It keeps all the on demand channels in one place, along with Netflix and Amazon video. Nothing gets you through the cluster feeds like binge watching a new TV series. Netflix especially has been a god-send, they've recently added some new films and it's also home to lots of true crime programmes which I love!

Snacks- All the food. All of it. I don't know if it's the breastfeeding or the fact that I am a greedy bitch..but I am always so hungry! Whenever I place a food order online now I always make sure there are plenty of snacks to fill my cupboards and fridge with. Not gonna' lie, the majority aren't healthy but hey. Can't win them all.

Comfy Clothes- I pretty much live in loungewear at the minute. If we aren't out & about and just enjoying a chilled day at home, I guarantee you will find me in a comfy pair of jogging bottoms and baggy, booby accessible t-shirt. That is if I've managed to change out of my PJ's...

Amazon Prime- You think you've bought everything you could possibly need for your baby before they arrive? Think again. Next day delivery has been a god send! There is nothing like realising you are down to your last pack of nappies and they'll only last a day or two (at a push) due to the fact your kid loves nothing more than explosive thunder shits!

Kindle- Mine is the original kindle so the screen doesn't light up, so I have actually been making use of the Kindle app on my phone! I love reading but find it hard to find the time during the day so to pass the time during the night feeds, I've been catching up!

Large Water Bottle- Especially during the night feeds! I fill it to the brim with my beverage of choice, usually vimto *yum* before we head up to bed and drink it throughout the night. I get so thirsty, particularly at night and I don't want to waste time whilst Teddy is sleeping, running downstairs to make a drink.


I'd love to know your mummy essentials?! What got you through the early days?

Milk Monster Review | Baby Bottle Timer.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017
   


Teddy has been exclusively breastfed since he was born and as much as I absolutely love it, I aint gonna' lie..my nipples could do with the occasional break. When Teddy turned 7 weeks old we decided to try him with a bottle of expressed milk, just to see if he would take it and what he would think. I am going to a concert in October and have a Christmas do planned in December, which I know are months away, but I really didn't want to be panicking nearer the time about whether he would take a bottle or not. So we figured it wouldn't hurt to introduce him to the idea of taking a bottle and get him used to it.

We only had one bottle that I received free with the Boots Parenting Club, which is a small MAM bottle and luckily Teddy has taken to it like a champ! The Health Visitor advised us to sit him up when we give him the bottle as it makes sure that he still has to work for the milk, like he would on the boob, rather than the milk just dripping into his mouth.

  

It wasn't until looking into bottles and how they are made up, that I realised that milk for babies has a very short life span! Formula only being safe for 2-3 hours and breastmilk around 5-6 hours. The longer formula or breastmilk is left out, the nutritional value decreases and results in the increase of harmful bacteria. Life with a newborn baby is extremely hectic and it's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind going on around you, that keeping track of when your bottle was made is really the last thing on your mind!

The Milk Monster* is the perfect gadget for every parent! They are a group of four different coloured monsters (Piim, Tej, Susu & Meiko, all meaning milk in four different languages!) that attach to any bottle of any size using the rubber band attached to the outer shell. You can set the timer yourself to select the safe duration that suits your milk, as you know baby best and can take in all the important factors, e.g. the outside temperature or any vulnerabilities your baby has.

  

Throughout the night, I actually breastfeed as it's much easier but on the Milk Monster there is also the useful feature of a glow-in-the-dark and backlit screen feature to help allow you to locate the bottle and read the timer in the dark. The fact that you can also put the outer shell in the dishwasher to clean is a life saver!

We absolutely love using our Milk Monster and will continue to use it on every bottle that Teddy has. It's brilliant for ensuring that no milk goes to waste, because lets face it, pumping aint' fun! Nothing pisses a breastfeeding mum off more than having all that good stuff in a bottle, only to have to throw it away because you can't remember how long it has been out the fridge.

Do you pump or bottle feed? I'd love some tips!


Lessons I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mummy | Guest Blogger Series | Mummy&Lissy

Monday, 10 July 2017
Hi everyone, I’m Zoe. Young Mummy to Alyssia who is now nearly 1 and a half. I run a blog over at www.mummyandlissblog.com and we are based in Somerset.




10 things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming A Mum

  • The World Is a Scary Place – Everything affects you when you’re a parent, you worry for your children more than ever & you will do all that you can to keep them safe. 
  • Being a mum is bloody hard work – Its not easy, and anybody who says it is (is lying) Whether you’re a mum of one, two or even ten… parenting is hard!  
  • Never Underestimate the healing power of a hug – If you’re ever feeling down, a hug from your little one will make everything better. There has been a few times where I have just broken down in tears & a cuddle from my little girl has made the world such a better place to be. Parenting isn’t easy, so don’t be so hard on yourself. 
  • Parenting is not all sunshine & rainbows –  I hate to say it but quite often its shitty nappies, sweat and tears.. There will be days where you just don’t want to parent anymore, you will be running round the house like a crazy lady packing bags & getting everything ready to go to baby group for your child to do the biggest poonami ever which not only means that they’ve ruined their brand new outfit, but its also made you late for babygroup.. Sometimes its just easier not to bother, have a pyjama day & chill out! 
  • You will probably find yourself crying over the most ridiculous things – But that’s okay, parenting isnt easy. 
  • You need to take wetwipes everywhere you go – We’ve all done it, we’ve all braved it and gone out without the changing bag.. Note to all new mums – Don’t do it! It is 99.9% guaranteed that the one time you don’t take it because its just a ‘quick pop to the shops’ your child will leak through their nappy and you will wish you had taken the changing bag in the first place. 
  • The Mum guilt is unreal – You will worry that you haven’t spent enough time with your little ones even though you’ve given them your full attention for most of the day. This happens to me all the time, I will spend a whole day entertaining my 1 year old but as soon as she’s gone to bed, I miss her like crazy and start to wonder if I’ve spent enough time with her.  
  • You will love more intensely than you ever thought was possible. – This is true, so very true. I have never felt a love like this before it really is amazing. 
  • When your child spills something on the floor, don’t shout & scream - just say ‘uh oh’ mop it up and carry on.. even if you did just spend all morning cleaning those floors. There has been a few times now where I have steam mopped the floors, blitzed the kitchen etc & my daughter has thrown a yoghurt on the floor or poured a drink everywhere.. It’s almost like they do it to test you. 
  • You probably won’t pee in peace ever again - Sorry, but its true. When your baby is young, good luck trying to leave the room without them screaming – the amount of times I used to have to take the bouncer into the bathroom with me just so that I could have a wee without my child screaming the house down. And I hate to say it but when they grow into a toddler you still won’t be peeing in peace, they’ll follow you everywhere.. and even if you close the door behind you I can assure you that they will be their banging on the door waiting for you to finish..

Is parenthood different to what you imagined?

Yes definitely, I don’t think you can ever really prepare yourself for becoming a parent.. You can try but nothing will prepare you completely. I have always wanted to be a mummy, growing up I was surrounded by baby dolls and I always loved looking after the other children in the family. Before I had my little girl all I ever saw pregnancy as was cute and exciting.. in which it is, but its not that easy. When I had my daughter I soon realised that the reality of being a mum is actually quite different to what I had thought.  

Absolutely nothing goes to plan, pregnancy being one of them. There’s not really much point in a birth plan if you progress as quickly as I did (I was 10cm and already pushing when I arrived at the hospital) Weaning being another, I thought it would be plain sailing but Alyssia was diagnosed with a CMPA which made things 1000% harder. I was na├»ve, I thought that being a mum would be easy (lol) but in actual fact its bloody hard work.. I appreciate my own mum a lot more now. I thought that having children would make relationships so much better and we would be ‘family goals’.. I mean yeah, It has made us stronger in the long run and I love him more than ever now but at first I resented him so much and the tension between us at times has been unreal. If you want to learn about somebody else’s flaws – have a baby with them. Don’t have a good nights sleep for maybe a year? And If you are still in love after that, you know its real haha. Your sweet baby wont always be sweet, they’ll grow up one day and have a meltdown in the middle of a shopping centre. Parenting is hard work at times and anybody that says it isn’t is lying..

Zoe x

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Five Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now.

Sunday, 9 July 2017
     

The past few weeks with a new baby have been pretty hectic and it has definitely taken me some time to adapt to the changes. I've got so caught up in the whirlwind of motherhood, that I have found myself feeling really overwhelmed and my anxiety had started rearing its ugly head again. I was lucky enough that my anxiety actually calmed down during pregnancy which I was quite surprised about as your hormones are all over the place.

However since Teddy has arrived, along with the sleepless nights and breastfeeding demands, it seems to have made a slight comeback. I have spoke to my Health Visitor about this and she's been really helpful and supportive! It isn't anything worrying but it has reminded me to just take five minutes each day to concentrate on the things that are making me happy, OUTSIDE of motherhood.I need to remember that although being a mummy is my favourite thing and my main priority, it is okay to put myself first for a few minutes each day. 

Mummy Friends// I honestly don't know what I would do without my Mummy Club. There are four of us in an Instagram group; Myself, another Rachel, Chelsie & Terri and by chance we have all had little boys! We actually met through sharing our pregnancies on Instagram, a few months ago, and we started a group chat and I think we've spoke everyday since! Sharing our struggles through pregnancies, giving them a play by play of our labours AS they happened and now all being in the early weeks of motherhood. They have been such an amazing support network and I don't know how I would have survived without them! They never judge when I tell them that Teddy has been a bit of a fucker or when I'm having a down day and struggling with being a mummy. They are always there to share advice or let me know that their child is also being a fucker. It's nice to know you aren't alone.

Love Island// Praise the lord, Love Island is back! I absolutely LOVE it! It's such trash TV but I can't help being addicted. I never watched the first series as I didn't actually know it existed. Last series was my absolute favourite and I routed for Cara & Nathan from the beginning so I literally fangirl screamed when they won! This year is good and I will continue to watch it religiously every night, it just doesn't have the same feel as last years. 

Ben & Jerry's// Ice cream..cookie dough..brownie..all that delicious goodness..need I say more?!

Home Comforts// Nothing makes me happier than being at home with my family. I love my one on one time with Teddy during the day whilst Aaron is at work but my absolute favourite time is when we are all at home together as a family in the evenings. I love nothing more than lighting all my candles, turning on the fairy lights dotted around the house and snuggling up on the sofa watching whatever crap is on TV, because lets be real, there's very rarely anything decent on these days...

Blogging// I have completely fallen back in love with blogging these past few weeks! I've been blogging on and off for about six years (which is crazy) & sometimes during that time I've had to force myself to blog which I hate and ends up with me not blogging for months at a time. However, recently I actually really look forward to writing new content and sharing my ramblings. I have struggled for so long finding out where I fitted into the blogging world and what I really felt passionate writing about and I've definitely found that in lifestyle and parenting. I feel like i'm finally writing content that I love!