Friday, 30 September 2016

September Degustabox

It's a new month which can mean only one thing... it's Degustabox* time!
The September Degustabox is as good as always with a great mix of old and new brands with lunch, dinner and snacks covered. I still really love getting the boxes through the post, and discovering new foods and brands. I've really enjoyed learning about lots of different brands, and have really fallen in love with different foods from them over the last few months.

You can get your own box delivered direct to your home with my special £7 money off code at the end of the post.

So inside the September box splits rather perfectly into the larder, snacks for work or play and plenty of hydration.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Formula feeding - a helpful guide

Being a new mum is a complex thing. You have to navigate a maze of information and advice, whilst trying to understand your child, and attempt to do what is best for them and for you.

One of the biggest and hottest debates on the parenting circuit is how to feed your baby! Which is better? Which is harder? Which is going to cause the least amount of pressure and stigma? 

The thing is you're kind of in a catch 22 situation. No matter what you do, someone is going to have a different opinion to you. Breastfeeding is great,until you do it in public and then Bob thinks it's wrong and distasteful. So you formula feed, but Jill is disappointed that you aren't breastfeeding because it's 'better for baby'!! It's a lose lose situation!! 

I started out breastfeeding - three weeks exclusively - but decided to wean to formula because I was struggling on a mental level (you can read about the decision here). Over the course of seven weeks we gradually replaced breastfeeding sessions with bottle feeds until at 10 weeks Henry was fully formula fed. And it works for us. It really does. And we haven't lost that special bond, but it does mean Dann can help out. 

Unfortunately there isn't a lot of advice out there for formula feeding mums, especially for those that start breastfeeding and decide to move on.
From my experience I thought I'd share a few little pointers for weaning and working with formula.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Updating your homeware

One of the things I love the most about owning my own home is that I can decorate it however I please and not have to ask anyone's permission (sorry Dann I know you'd probably like some say in the house decor, but nope!).
The only downside is that homeware can be very pricey, especially if like me, you change your mind a fair amount!

We bought our house in March 2015 and have only decorated once in the time - go us! However I'm feeling a bit of an update is needed for a couple of the rooms. Our bedroom is going to be having an entire overhaul, but I'll probably post about that separately when we actually get round to doing it. The other room I want to update is our living room. It's the hub of our home, and one of my favourites. It's had a few changes made to it since Henry arrived (and just before during my nesting stage) including the rearrangement of our seating area, a tidy of our storage, and movement of the artwork and entomology on the walls.

Now I'm looking at creating a new feel to the room by adding a splash of colour to the otherwise quite neutral pallette we have. I toyed with a couple of ideas - I am in love with orange as a colour at the moment - and have landed on gold and navy blue as my extra colours. I'm hoping the gold will and a little brightness and sophistication, and the navy will be good against stains (kids eh!) and add a new depth to the room.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Maternity Leave isn't all its cracked up to be

Before I had Henry I was so excited to go on maternity leave. I felt massive, I was getting a bad back, shooting pains down my legs when walking, peeing every half an hour and to be honest was getting a little fed up of being in a constant state of uncomfortable.

The stress of finding a new job had been lifted as I had secured a new job after two and a half months out of work part way through my pregnancy, so I felt better about taking time off for the baby and still having enough money to live.

But until you live in maternity leave you don't really get it. It is just that, it is leave from your normal day job. It is not a break. It is not time off. It is not a holiday or relaxing.
I'll be the first to admit that I referred to maternity leave as a break, but I'll now tell anyone that it really is not a break. You'd be delusional to think it is after a week. And it really isn't the relaxed and lovely time off that it is made out to be.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

#3 30 days of gratitude 17 - 23

Back in August I was approached bAurĂ©lie of Bump and Blush to take part in her 30 day photo/blog challenge all in the name of expressing your gratitude. Today's post covers days 17 to 23.

Basically we have a theme each day and we talk about and focus on the brighter side of life. It's especially important to remember the highlights of your life when you're struggling, or when you're going through a major change in your life, which is why I'm taking part. Being a new parent is a huge change - my life literally couldn't be more different - so it's nice to stop each day and focus on a positive and remind myself that I've actually got it pretty good over here!

I've been taking part over on my Instagram each day - but have pulled them all together into posts for each Saturday in September so you can have a read.