Mummy Mondays – Celebrating Halloween with My Kids 

I’ve never really been big on Halloween. As somebody completely obsessed with Christmas, I’ve just seen it as a stepping stone to the festive season starting. In past years I’ve enjoyed dressing up for a drunken night out.  But since having the children, I’ve started appreciating it more and getting involved with fancy dress, pumpkin carving and spooky films.  One tradition I don’t take part in is trick or treating. I...

Foodie Friday – Healthy Eating – Getting Back on Track 

So, just over a week has gone by since baby Benjamin was born and although I’m by no means looking to be back in my size 8 skinny jeans any time soon, I do feel like kicking my generally awful post baby diet.  I got into very bad habits during the last few months of my pregnancy. I would comfort eat the worst junk food because all I wanted was...

Beauty – My New Mum Beauty Essentials

Just over a week after giving birth, I’m just about getting used to the sleepless nights, feed and change patterns and chance of being peed on that comes with becoming a mummy again. The following products have been helping me function.  Unfragranced Body Wash  As I’m breastfeeding, I have a seperate body wash to Ed which is completely fragrance free. This is to prevent my natural scent from being masked,...

Wedding Wednesday – Preparing for Young Children & Babies at Your Wedding

When we get married next September, we will not only have our three children, we will also have several other young children and babies in attendance (in fact, they take up a third of the overall guests due to the intimacy of our wedding).  Some people prefer to keep their wedding child free, but for us this was not only impossible (we can’t exactly go abroad and leave the kids...

Mummy Mondays – Our First Few Days with Baby Benjamin 

Benjamin is now 6 days old, it will be a whole week tomorrow since he came into the world and it’s totally flown by! I’m trying desperately to appreciate every single moment of this newborn stage as I really think this will be my last baby.  Monday Musings is now being replaced by  Mummy Mondays as a way to help me keep track of everything going on not only in...

Foodie Friday – Family Favourite – Spaghetti Bolognese 

Ok, so I may have mentioned before about spaghetti bolognese, I just love how quick, easy and damn tasty this meal is.  The other thing I love is that my two very fussy children love it as well, which is excellent as it beats resorting to frozen processed food for their dinners at least one night a week. They didn’t always love it until I realised that the main thing...

My Birth Story – Baby Benjamin Octavius James Longden

So if you read my latest Monday Musings post you will have seen me pre-empt going overdue… Ever one to be proven wrong, later that morning I had to go in for an emergency scan after reduced movements over the weekend and when the scan showed that the baby appeared to have stopped growing, I was booked in for an induction the next morning, on my due date.  It was...

Things I’ve Realised Since Having a Newborn  

So I only had baby Benjamin two days ago, but already I have remembered some of the key points of having a newborn baby that I had forgotten since having Carly almost 4 years ago…  I Totally Underestimated the Blood Loss  I bought what I considered a fair amount of maternity pads (two packets of 10). This was gone within the first full day. Always overestimate rather than under estimate....

Beauty – Pregnancy  Pampering

Apologies if all I ever seem to post about is pregnancy but it does tend to take over your life a little. In the last few weeks, as my due date approached (and passed), I’ve been clinging on to anything that has had the power to make me feel a little bit more ‘me’, a little bit less whale. In case there’s anyone else out there suffering in silence (or...

Wedding Wednesday – Things I’ve Realised Since Planning my own Wedding 

Working in the wedding industry, I’ve obviously had experience of all things wedding prior to planning my own wedding. However, it isn’t until you start plans yourself that certain things become clear. I thought I would share some of the things I’ve noticed since booking our wedding with you…  You Find Out Who Your Friends Are  I think this one has been more pronounced for us because we are getting...