The Weekly Showcase 19-09-11 0-3 months

Facing The Fear

Now, let me tell you, changing rooms (at least in Hastings), are *not* made for people with babies. Getting myself and Sophie in to our swimming cossies was a feat in itself, let alone getting anywhere near the pool. Thank GOD she’s a good baby. She must have wondered what the f*ck was going on – watching me dance naked around a changing room trying to get a tankini on whilst trying *not* to touch the floor with my bare feet, while she lay on my towel on the floor of said changing room with a bemused look on her face. Like this? Read more…

The plastic bag is dead, long live the home-made grocery bag!

Not sure how the rest of the world views plastic carrier
bags, but in the UK they’re definitely an endangered species.I’ve carried a motley assortment of bag-for-life type carriers for many years but they are still plastic and well…not the most stylish accessory. Although I do get a peverse pleasure out of using the ‘wrong’ carrier in a supermarket…Asda bag in Tesco’s, Tesco’s bag in Waitrose (when I’ve been paid), Sainsbury’s bag in Aldi (when I’m broke…) That’s just the rebel in me……But enter the home-made and decidedly more chic grocery bag (shopping bag, tote…call it what you will). Like this? Read more…

…and Three’s a Crowd
I think I may have seen The Light. The Light of hope and promise that people talk about when your second child turns two. The Light you think about when you’re pacing the landing with your crying baby, knowing your older child will be up at six. I think I’ve had a glimpse of it.My children have been playing together for 45 minutes. All by themselves. Upstairs. Knowing that absent, quiet children under five usually means mischief, I have been to check. Like this? Read more…

Recycled Stickers

 Kit loves stickers – every child does, don’t they?

He also insists that practically all of his artwork be stuck up on the wall, so we now have a living room wallpapered with sticker and scribble covered paper – but he’s so proud of his work, what can a mum do!Lots of sticker usage causes lots of empty sticker sheets…BUT they aren’t empty are they!!Being frugal, and posing as environmentally friendly I was wondering what I could do with all the leftover sticky bits from the used sticker sheets. Like this? Read more…

Pregnant with a long distance relationship 

I used to think how could anybody be in a ‘long distant’ relationship…

How is it a relationship when you dont see each other, Surely they dont work out in the end!?Well, My partner(K) lives over seas a 1000miles away. The sea between us makes our relationship stronger than ever,

I always think if it was any different im sure it wouldnt work.I didnt realise that 2011 would leave us hardly seeing each other, Working it out it will add up to a whopping 32days we spend together this year!… Like this? Read more…

Conkers Schmonkers!!It’s too early yet for proper leaf kicking fun so I didn’t feel too bad that Nathan wasn’t with me (a school day). Actually to be honest, it’s just dawned on me that this year he may feel he’s too old to run and kick into leaves with his mum and dad, or look for conkers without protesting a little…. *Pffft* conkers schmonkers!!

My family are plenty silly, bonkers and young at heart so there is no way this kids childhood fun is ending anytime soon ! #FACT. Like this? Read more…

Reasons to Run

I went running today. Nothing unusual in that. I tookmy 9 month old daughter in her very un-aerodynamic buggy despite been told not to by her mother. Nothing unusual in the latter part of that, but I’d never taken her running with me before. I knew i wouldn’t get a chance later on in the day, so I decided to go for it. Everything turned out just fine.Sometimes I just have to run…. Like this? Read more…

Where I Live!

I am very lucky indeed to live where I do, but it dawned on me today that even though I have shared where inEngland I live, I haven’t actually shown you any pictures.I live in a normal street, in a bog standard brown pebbledashed 1930’s semi. My house looks out at other brown, dull semi’s. That part I hate.My view is as dull and brown as the house I live in, but my little cul-de-sac, has a little gate.Actually it has two gates, each leading onto the moor, one at either end of the street. Like this? Read more…

Minibreak Mummy says Relax

Why? Because a few years ago it felt like my body was falling apart. I had breathing problems, stomach problems, back problems and was losing weight no matter what I ate. I was diagnosed with IBS, then I was diagnosed with asthma and given an inhaler. I also had some physiotherapy for my back. But a doctor told me I was heading for serious trouble long term if I didn’t learn to relax. So I took the doctor’s advice, and now I try to squeeze relaxing things into everyday life.This is what I do:Sing! – in the shower, to my little boy, and best of all with other people in a local female voice choir.

Breathe! – good breathing, conscious breathing, with a longer out-breath than in-breath, can be done anyplace, anytime, anywhere. In the early hours of the morning; if I can’t sleep; when I’m anxious about something I’m about to do; or just because I have a few spare moments.

Laugh! – with friends, with my little boy, when reading a funny book or watching a funny tv show.

Move! – walking, swimming, dancing around the living room with my little boy, pushing the pushchair, doing a few stretches in the morning. Like this? Read more…

1st Day in the Office!!

I struggle to get out of the house most days before 10am, 2 babies and one mummy (who insists on having her make up on EVERY day or I don’t go out!!) we are never ready early! I will be hopeless when it comes to school/nursery runs!! So getting up at 8am, when I needed to leave at 8.45 was not the best start to my day!!Of course Molly was a monkey, I got her dressed and ready and then by the time I had then dressed Alfie, she was of course undressed!! She spilt her drink all over the carpet (that will teach me for allowing her to have her breakfast siting in the living room so I could get myself ready!!). Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong!!

Of course it would when you need to be somewhere it always does!!! Like this? Read more…

It’s blog-o-clock

I watched one of the twins playing with her toys today. She was trying to squeeze a large toy brick into one of the holes in her shape sorter. There was no way it was going to fit but she was getting so frustrated. Although, she’s only 15 months she’s already going through the terrible two tantrums. She screams with frustration and there’s nothing you can do to help because you can’t tell her it’s just too big. I feel the same way about my evenings. Every night I have a whole lot of plans for what I’m going to do with my precious child-free time, and it’s just not possible to squeeze it all in. The girls are in bed and asleep by eight (if we’re lucky). In order to get eight hours sleep I should be in bed asleep for eleven. This gives me three hours. Like this? Read more…

Treasure Baskets

Georgie & I headed to our local Sure Start Children’s Centre today for our “1st Time Moms” baby group. It is held twice a month during term time, and we learn about a different baby/parenting topic each session – which is really helpful when you’re a clueless first timer! Today the topic was “treasure baskets”, which happens to be a concept I love. We have a few of these baskets at our Friday baby group and they are always a big hit with the babies. Like this? Read more…

Unwanted parenting advice

Why is it that people think it’s perfectly acceptable to offer unsolicited advice about parenting as soon as you’ve had a child? Not just people who know you, but random strangers. Not just people with children of their own, but people who have never had children. We desperately wanted children but found it difficult to conceive at all and then lost one before my son was born. I didn’t feel overwhelmed at his existence, I willingly followed his lead. He was an easy baby and we bonded immediately.It was reading a piece by Nikki Cawood that got me thinking about the random advice that I and my friends received when we became mums for the first time. Nikki’s standpoint is not to apologise for the parenting choices you make, but this can be quite difficult in the face of people who clearly think they are doing the right thing. Like this? Read more…

Èlodies outfit of the the week!

Ooooh this is just delicious! A 2 piece outfit with plenty of bows and frills just as we like it! Mudpie have the most gorgeous outfits for little ones and if you love bows and frills as much as we do then you will definitely love them too! We bought this from a little boutique in Newquay England and it cost £24.99 for the outfit. The sun hat is also by Mudpie and cost £14.99, we just couldn’t resist! Like this? Read more…

Running a Baby Signing Franchise – What’s really  involved?

There may be a few of you out there wondering what is really involved in running a baby signing business where you are delivering regular weekly classes. Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying a baby classes franchise or setting up classes of your own and wonder how the day to day routine might fit in with your family. Well hopefully this post should help.

Rather than describe my routine by day I’ve broken the tasks down into various categories to give you an idea of what you need to consider. Like this? Read more…

Why every home should have a blackboard

So writing on a blackboard is fun, yeah? And it allows creativity in a different, freer way ’cause we can just wipe it off when we are finished or if we don’t like it or want to try again. But as far as development is concerned there is so much happening. Like this? Read more…

Begging for ‘likes’ for personal gain?

I hadn’t really thought about this much until today when I entered a Twitter competition to Win an Ipad2, then suddenly I had to validate my entry by registering with the company – fine I don’t mind that at all, infact many of my competitions here on my blog work in a similar way where you have to head over to the companies page and repeat a quote I have given you – to do this you need to ‘like’ that page, i usually make this an additional or bonus entry requirement/option Not a must as I know how annoying it can be to be told to enter you must do this.Like this? Read more…

Patience is not my thing.

For example, I hate the rain cover for my double buggy with a passion. It will only work and cover both children when assembled exactly the right way, an inch wrong and your stuffed. So picture me in the street today, and it suddenly starts to rain heavily. I pull the rain cover out from under the buggy. This in itself is ridiculously difficult. The buggy in question is a Phil and Ted’s. My daughter is sat in the underneath seat, the rain cover in the basket beneath her feet. Just pulling the cover out without her ending up injured is a challenge.Then I try and assemble the thing over the children, while getting soaked myself.I’m literally wresting a huge unwieldy piece of plastic over my buggy’s frame. Milo (my preschooler) then starts kicking his feet out against the rain cover pushing it in completely the wrong direction.Hair wet and dripping into my eyes I resist the urge to shout at him. There are onlookers, so I use my best I’m a good mother voice and say “darling please don’t kick the cover, mummy needs you to help her by being still”. Honestly what I wanted to say was “stop itsnotface or mummy’s head is going to explode!.”Like this? Read more…

Child Labour? How Much Housework does your Child do?

When we were growing up, my siblings and I, admittedly, didn’t do much to help out around the house. I would, occasionally, put the hoover round, hang the washing on the line and partake in a little drying up of the dishes (this was a decent amount of housework compared to what my older brother and younger sister ever did), but these were probably the only occasions that my ‘helpful nature’ cared to make an appearance. The thing is, our mum did everything for us as children: she cooked our meals, washed our clothes, made our beds, hoovered, tidied our rooms, brought our dinner to us as we sat watching TV in the living room, collected the plates (as we sat watching TV in the living room!), ironed our clothes, put our clothes away in our drawers… I won’t go on, mainly because every time I add something to the list, I tend to wince with embarrassment. Our mum did a lot for us. Too much, in fact. Like this? Read more…

Friday Feeling

The things that you don’t realise about being a SAHM is that it’s boring and LONELY. Not the child rearing part, although at times that is tiring, frustrating etc but the chores and washing etc that come with it, the sheer mundane aspects of running a house and cleaning a house and two children. And in my case, I generally only speak to the dog and two toddlers all day long, then when the husband gets home, I have my head stuck in a book/laptop and glass of wine and he is tired from work so we just kinda circle each other around the house, grunting at each other occasionally till we collapse into bed and slip deep into sleep. Like this? Read more…

If I could have any job in the world…….

If I could have any job in the world I think I would have to be a Detective. I think this mini passion started with watching The Bill as a teenager (I actually really wanted to go into the police but at the time I would never have been accepted due to my short-sightedness, things have changed now but now I’m older I don’t think I could handle having to be a ‘beat bobby’ until I made it as a Detective). Now before you say it, I know The Bill isn’t real. I get that the job isn’t half as glamorous as they make out and that in reality I would have probably ended up never even making it into the ranks of Detective but a girl can have a slightly off-track view once in a while can’t she?In my spare time I fuel my secret desire to be a Detective by reading crime novels. I devour them, I love getting inside the mind of the killer/criminal or the detective and watching as the evidence unfolds. Like this? Read more…

Cherish Your Cherubs – Project Praise

I feel that babiesneed praise almost as much as food and air. They thrive on it. I praised Joshua this week for having a gorgeous smile, learning how to run, telling me his nappy needed changing, lying still while I changed his nappy, eating all his dinner. holding my hand while he walked, giving great cuddles and kisses, going straight to sleep, being a good boy at the shops, the doctors and school, and being gentle with books.Praise and encouragement is so necessary for children. They need to know that they are a valued and appreciated and important member of the family. They need to know that you notice when they put in an effort to be good or have done a kind thing for somebody else. Like this? Read more…

Tummy Bug Time

The reason is in the title – a tummy bug is toblame. It’s not me though, it’s the wee one, which I have discovered is 1000 times worse than being ill myself. It’s the first time she has really been ill and I hate it. Ok, she’s had a cold, she has been teething and she has had off days, but this is different. It started on Sunday night, when she was ‘big girl’ sick – I’ll spare you the details, but it required a sheet change for the bed, and a bath & hair wash for her. Like this? Read more…

A-Z of Me Me Me!

I have been tagged in this meme, created by theReal Housewife of Suffolk County, by the beautiful Cat from Yellow Days, so am now honour-bound to spill my guts to you all in an alphabetical fashion. Hold on to your hats peeps…ANORAK…Do you have a sad side?

Oh God yes! I am a nerd. I like science, and pencils, and rulers, and lists and have just a teeny bit of an OCD problem.

BODY…What physical attribute would you most like to change?

I would like to change my stomach. I want the one I had when I was 19 back. Now. Please. My pre-baby boobs weren’t too bad either so would happily switch back to those if the body-changing fairy, or Santa, is reading this.

CELEBRITY…Which one would you most like to date and why? Like this? Read more…

Making Me Smile This Week

My Trusted Trainers!: Helping me to (hopefully within 2hrs!!) complete my first Half marathon tomorrow at Lake Vyrnwy; making me smile with nervousness but also actually looking forward to it! Plus the Sunday Lunch and Pint of Guiness which I have booked for afterwards at our local – get in! Like this? Read more…

A simple white loaf

As anybody who follows me on twitter or facebook may be aware, I am a big fan of the Great British Bake-off on BBC2 (Tuesday nights at 8pm). I love the concept; sort of like the masterchef of cakes and other baked goodies. A few of my posts have been inspired by the show and this one is no different.

Last week on the show they tackled bread. I have never attempted to make bread myself, I vaguely remember making it with my Mum as a child but I have never tried it all by myself. So this weekend I set myself the task of making a simple white loaf.

So I pulled out my Great British Bake-off book and found Paul Hollywood’s recipe for a basic white loaf, it said it was the prefect starting place for beginners! Brilliant! So off I went to my kitchen… Like this? Read more…

Baby books – love them or loathe them?

I am a compulsive planner who loves routine. My father’s in the Army and our whole family is used to being very regimented! So when it came to my pregnancy, I thought I better get reading and planning…after all failing to plan,is planning to fail.

Or is it? Can we really put schedules around tiny babies and keep our sanity? Is it fair to our children to impose rigid timetables on them?I’ve had a mixed response from the parents I’ve asked. Gina Ford seems to be one of the most divisive childcare gurus out there. For every person who told me her Contented Little Baby book was a lifesaver, another has told me the plan is ‘evil’. I read an updated version of her notorious book and to me it seemed fine actually – there was no mention of refusing to feed your baby if it’s not at the right time and she suggests only letting them cry for 10 minutes or so as a last resort. But the very packed schedule has frightened even me, and I love timetables! Like this? Read more…

Toys Don’t Have To Cost The Earth

Treasure baskets are baskets or boxes you can put together full of interesting household objects for baby to explore (wooden spoon, pine cone, leather wallet, ribbons, etc). Obviously babies should not be left unsupervised with anything which is not meant to be a toy, but they should be allowed to explore the objects without being shown what they should do with them or which object they should pick up next, as the idea of treasure baskets is to let the baby make their own choices. Make sure everything is clean and nothing is broken or small enough to choke on and sit close by so you can step in if you need to… Like this? Read more…

Friends…

Everyone seems to have 100’s of online ‘friends’ but howmany of you can tell me something about them that isn’t on their profile? I like to limit my FB friends – as much as its nice to add that girl from primary school to compare lives 20 years on, I don’t feel the need for it.I have a huge array of friends. I know I am extremely lucky. My problem is I moved 200 miles away from my friends aged 23. Does anyone have any idea how hard it is to make friends as an adult?? I would like to think my two colleagues from the office are my friends – they came on my hen do and, if I had realised, they would have joined Ashbash and I for our wedding in Rhodes – I think this qualifies them as friends.Other than those two (who have HUGE amounts of mates as they have lived locally all their life), I can honestly say that I have maybe two other locals that I would (and hope they reciprocate this) call friends. One of them, I have known for quite a few years the other started as a ‘mummy’ friend but I now feel I can count her as a true friend. Like this? Read more…

Pre-School Jitters

So it’s that time of the year when everyone’s babies become little people and start on their journey to becoming independent people.

Kayleigh started pre-school back in May when she turned 2 1/2. We pay for her to attend 7 hours a week, spread over 3 afternoons. I wont lie, it was a bit of a nightmare for the first 2 weeks. Like this? Read more…

Reasons to be cheerful

1. We have had a successful back to schoolweek..we were “in the line for five to nine” every day and we didn’t lose one item of uniform..yet!2.Meg my staffy and the new rabbits are getting on famously. No chasing or worrying and although not “bonded” yet they can sit in the same room together. Its a good sign. Like this? Read more…

Here’s mummy!

The amount of times I refer to myself as mummy throughout the day is increasing. Truth is I can’t stop myself: Come with mummy, Mummy’s here (for those little pangs of separation anxiety), Here’s mummy! (as part of my new role as family clown to get a beautiful laugh), Mummy is getting food ready, Mummy will get it, Let mummy dress you and a very long etcetera. It’s the never ending mummylary, a vocabulary restricted to the word “mummy”. Like this? Read more…

Welcome to Bumps 2 Babies

I spent many days thinking, ummming and ahhhhing about whether I should take the plunge into the blogging world or not. I have decided to ignore the little voice of doubt in my head and here I am writing my first post for my little blog. Like this? Read more…




7 comments on “The Weekly Showcase 19-09-11 0-3 months

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  2. Impressive collection of genius bloggers Mrs! Loving it! Are you exhausted putting all of this together??
    Well done to everyone!
    🙂 Karin @ BritMums

  3. Yeah right, it must be extremely hard work putting all this together! Well done though, it is a fab idea and nice to have lots of blogs in one place – I have found some great ones so far today x

  4. Rachel Dove says:

    Brilliant, loved them all, great content, well done everyone!

  5. emmysmummy says:

    Such a brilliant group of new blogs all in one place! Well done everyone x

  6. Wag Doll says:

    I’m proud to have been included here, thanks so much lovenewblogs, and well done to ll my fellow bloggers, there’s a wealth of talent here 🙂

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