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Our First Family Holiday | Haven Greenacres Holiday Park

   



If you follow me on social media (mainly Instagram @fromrachael_claire you will know that last week myself, Aaron and Teddy headed to Wales on our first family holiday. We booked through Haven holidays and stayed in Porthmadog at the Greenacres Holiday Park. We had the best time & really didn't want to come home. We spent our days exploring the surrounding towns, Caernarfon & Criccieth, swimming in the park's pool and going for lovely walks with the pram. We were really lucky that it only rained one day, which I think for Wales in October is amazing! I had never actually been to Wales before but Aaron had been plenty when he was younger. The journey from our house just outside of Manchester to Greenacres should have taken just over 2 hours & 30 minutes but with it being our first time travelling with a baby and not knowing what to expect, it took us around five hours which included two stop offs. I have a whole other post coming up on travelling with a baby and how we found it. I thought I would give you a little run down of what we did and some mini reviews of the places we visited.


Dear New Mummy....

      
A Letter To New Mums


Dear New Mummy...

First of all, congratulations! You have successfully evacuated a tiny human from your body. Whether that was through your vag or a sunroof delivery (c-section). Or maybe you are an adoptive mama who has opened her heart to welcoming a new babe into your family. However it's happened; you're fucking amazing.

There is nothing more scary or exciting than what is about to happen. Nothing can quite prepare you for raising a baby. Those books you read, those questions you asked & those classes you took will all mean fuck all in the first few weeks. Possibly even months. I honestly wondered what the hell I had done and whether there was a return policy on tiny crying humans. Don't ever feel guilty or ashamed if you feel that way. Ever. You are taking on one of the biggest and toughest challenges there is. It doesn't help that everyone starts shoving their two pennys worth it, spouting off how THEY did it. If one more person pipes up about a fucking routine, i'm gonna drop kick a bitch. I swear. I go more into detail with this in my "10 Things Not To Say To A New Mama" post

The Autumn Tag

   

I was tagged by the lovely Amy at "Mama Mighalls" , Caitylis over on her blog "Caitylis.co.uk" & Eileen from "2 Nerds & A Baby" to do the Autumn Tag! I did the Autumn Tag in 2013 and I also did "10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT AUTUMN" two years ago which will give you more of an insight into what I really love at this time of year.

I know it's a complete blogger cliché but I really do love this time of year, the colours, chunky knits and snuggly evenings are what I live for. There are 10 questions to be answered and I have tagged some lovely bloggers at the bottom, who you should all definitely check out!


01.What Is Your Favourite Autumnal Lip Colour?
I absolutely love deep berry or plum shades for Autumn. I'm also a sucker for a red lip..

02.What Is Your Favourite Autumnal Nail Colour?
Again, deep berry's or red. However I recently made a trip into Primark and picked up a lovely moss green shade and a light grey, lilac shade that I love!

03.Favourite Autumn Drink?
Unpopular opinion alert, but I don't like tea..or coffee. So that pumpkin spiced latte crap isn't for me. I tend to stick to hot chocolates or hot vimto in this weather if I want a warm beverage! I am currently not-so-patiently waiting for the Costa Christmas drinks range, their brownie or chocolate orange hot chocolates are de-lish!

04.Favourite Autumn Candle?
I am currently burning a candle I picked up from B&M Bargains called "Marshmallow Fireside" and it is just the perfect amount of cinnamon & spiced. I'm not a HUGE autumn or Christmas scents when it comes to candles. I tend to stick to citrus or fresh scents..

05.Favourite Autumn Accessory?
My huge tartan scarf that I picked up from Primark..(I think) a couple of years ago, it is absolutely HUGE and could also be used a shawl. It's so snuggly and perfect for throwing on in the colder weather.

06.Haunted House or Scary Maze?
Hell to the fucking NO. Neither. Both are honestly my worst nightmare!

07.Favourite Halloween Movie?
Hocus Pocus every time! I could quote that film to you all damn day long. I love horror films but hate watching them, if that makes sense...

08.Favourite Halloween Sweets?
All of them? Is that an acceptable answer because i'm not over exaggerating. Literally, all of them. Halloween is just around the corner and the shops are currently filled with multipacks of sweets galore!

09.What Are You Dressing Up As For Halloween?
A zombie mama, cos that's how I feel. Picture a gal with no sleep, greasy hair, pjs with crusted milk around the nipple area, a slight smear of vomit on the shoulder and that'll be me.

10.What's Your Favourite Thing About Autumn?
The way the leaves change colour, dressing Teddy in really snuggly baby grows and wrapping us both up in layers before we head out for a walk, I can light all our candles, turn on the fairy lights and just make the house feel really cosy. I also love Autumn because that means it's nearly CHRISTMAS! WOO HOO!

I tag the following bloggers & I would love you to check them all out!

Amy - Amy Jane and Baby
Zoe - Mummy and Liss
Gee - Gee Gardener
Maisie - Love Maisie
Maya - All Things Pink
Fern - MumConventional
Hanna - Little Snippets
Becca - My Girls & Me
Claire - Dear, Mummy Bear




Staying Healthy During Pregnancy | Ode2Fitness

   



Todays post comes from the lovely Rachel! Rachel is a personal trainer and fitness blogger, based in Manchester. She blogs about a range of things including fitness, nutrition and lifestyle. Rachel is also pregnant and due any time now. I'm so excited for her little girl to arrive as I have been following her pregnancy journey since she announced it!



Gone are the days of wrapping pregnant women in cotton wool, we are now actively encouraged to exercise.  Before finding out I was pregnant, I qualified as a pre and post-natal exercise specialist so I knew all about the advice for mums to be.  So as someone whose life revolves around fitness I always expected to be the epitome of health during my pregnancy.  But the reality of growing a life means what you want to do, and what your body will allow you to do may be so different.
Staying active is important in pregnancy, and there are a lot of benefits. Women who exercise throughout pregnancy are likely to gain less weight, have shorter and possibly even less painful labours.  It can also ease some of the not so pleasant pregnancy symptoms.  Gastrointestinal discomfort, swelling, leg cramps and circulation problems for example.  Pregnancy however is not the time to worry about weight loss, or improving fitness levels.  But maintaining fitness levels can really help prepare our bodies for labour and will assist with post-natal recovery.  So if you already exercise it is definitely worth keeping it up, and if not now may be the time to take up some light exercise.  


The general advice is that you can carry on as normal for the first trimester.   But for me and a lot of other women the first trimester is tough.  Tiredness and sickness can take a serious hold, and for me this was the reality.  Generally if I wasn’t working I was sleeping.  And any attempt I did make to stick to my usual training regime left me completely wiped out for the day.  I wanted to keep active, and stay as healthy as possible so I had to find alternatives.
For a couple of weeks one of the only forms of exercise I could manage was walking.  So I tried to fit extra steps in where I could.  Taking the long route home from work, and getting out at the weekend when I could.  And if you don’t normally exercise but would like to in pregnancy, walking is great.  Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial.  Just half an hour of walking each day can be enough.  On days where I felt a little better, I managed to do some short full body weight lifting sessions.  These can be a great alternative if you usually weight train but can’t manage your usual regime.
One of the biggest changes for me during pregnancy has been to listening to my body.  If I feel too tired to do any exercise I don’t.  In the past I may have worked through this tiredness but that is just not worth it in pregnancy.   Your body is already working super hard to grow a mini human, so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t exercise as much as usual.
You can find Rachel's blog & social media here, I really hope you go and follow her!

B L O G: http://www.ode2fitness.co.uk/blog/
I N S T A G R A M: https://www.instagram.com/ode2fitness/
T W I T T E R: https://twitter.com/ode2fitness

50 Parenting Blog Post Ideas

   
50 PARENTING BLOG POST IDEAS

I absolutely love blogging but sometimes you can hit a brick wall and the ideas for posts just won't come! It can leave you feeling really unmotivated when you are running out of ideas and when you are trying to stick to a schedule or a dead line, that is the last thing you want! I thought I would write a list of parenting blog post ideas to help give you some inspiration!

01. Your favourite Mummy/Daddy bloggers/youtubers
02. Easy beauty tips for busy mums
03. Meal planning for your family on a budget
04. Easy sensory play for babies
05. Your top baby purchases
06. How to organize your mornings
07. An open letter to...
08. Breastfeeding journey and top tips.
09. Confess your biggest parenting fail
10. Favourite baby/kids clothes shop
11. What's in your changing/toddler bag
12. Interview another parent
13. Share a personal story about parenting so far
14. Describe your favourite day as a mummy/daddy
15. Share your organizing tips
16. Top 5 favourite activities for kids
17. 10 wishes/hopes you have for your child's future
18. Share your favourite family traditions
19. Write about a controversial topic; breastfeeding vs formula feeding, co-sleeping or not..
20. Favourite parenting apps
21. Birth story
22. 10 things you have learnt since becoming a parent
23. How to baby proof your home
24. Post-Partum recovery and tips
25. Outfits of the week
26. Things new parents need to know
27. Daily routine for your child
28. Things you shouldn't say to a new parent
29. Things you should never say to a pregnant woman
30. Tips on travelling with a baby/toddler
31. Favourite family days out
32. Roles of a parent
33. How to make bath time fun for children
34. 5 things to do when you are child-free
35. Date night ideas at home
36. How to survive the sleepless night
37. Nursery/kids room tour
38. Tips for transitioning from cot to toddler bed
39. Favourite baby led weaning meal ideas
40. A day in the life
41. Activities for toddlers
42. 10 things to do an a rainy day
43. Baby/toddler haul
44. Teething tips and tricks
45. Preparing for a new sibling
46. Tips for single mums/dads
47. Things you miss now that you are a parent
48. Why you don't attend baby classes/mummy groups
49. What it is like to be a stay at home mum
50. Going back to work after maternity

So there are 50 parenting blog post ideas! I hope they help and inspire you, or help you get back into the swing of things.

What are your favourite posts to read? What do you do when you are lacking inspiration?