• Fourth trimester struggle is real - The Growing Mum

    The fourth trimester struggle is real – especially with added chicken pox!

    It seems so long ago since the third trimester update. You probably don’t want the full birth story (well maybe in a separate post) so in short we walked in, Baby got pulled out then we left the next day. Suddenly the newborn memories we selectively forgot came flooding back! The crying, pooing, feeding, crying, pooing, feeding and sleeping (not just talk about baby here haha). Now that he’s 3 month old boy there’s a bit of playing thrown in there too. So what’s this Fourth Trimester thing? Apparently, it is the period after birth until your baby is 3 months old. It’s usually characterised by plenty of change in…

  • Breastfeeding week 2018

    Breast is best, fed is best, informed is best, let’s call the whole thing off!

    It’s World Breastfeeding Week so naturally social media is full of controversial feeding-related posts around “Breast is best”, “Fed is best” and “Informed is best”. Is a feeding slogan needed? Probably not! Is it helpful? I very much doubt it! Does it raise awareness? Unlikely! Well, unless there women out there who do not know the biological function of boobs. I am currently breastfeeding our latest addition but I’m fully aware that there’s a wide spectrum between breast and bottle.   Let’s take a moment to admire these beautiful breastpads by Bambooty and the look on Baby J’s face. He can see that the feeding gloves are off! I get a similar…

  • Flat lay of eco by naty products from nappy to body wash for review post

    Eco by Naty Nappies – Baby and Toddler Review

    We started off using cloth nappies full time but lack of sleep and a baby who required multiple changes led us to disposables at night. During my rather over-the-top cloth nappy research, I came across Eco by Naty nappies but was unsure about its eco-credentials and effectiveness. However, with every trip down the baby aisle, my eyes were always drawn to their attractive packaging, willing me to give them a try! I recently got the chance to do just that so here’s how the baby and toddler got on! Baby and Todder vs Naty Nappies Fit They fit perfectly around the legs and waist on both Baby J and Toddler…

  • Shopper holding a tablet for Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018 Post

    Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018

    Every year I get less and less excited about Amazon Prime Day but I still have a browse anyway. They never have deals on the items I need and there’s only so many Kindles and Firesticks a family can have! I like being armed with a wishlist though otherwise I would probably buy another, er, Kindle. Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 1. Camelbak Water Bottle I’ve lost count of how many dedicated kids water bottle we’ve tried. They either leak or are just hard to use. My toddler actually gets on with my Camelbak so need to get one as they now do nice funky designs. Mine is a plain and…

  • How to get a £12 Build-a-bear voucher following the pay-your-age fiasco

    My first thought when a friend sent through a screenshot of the Build a bear pay-your-age promotion in a WhatsApp group chat was “surely this is fake news”. A quick online search proved it to be an actual event so I let myself get very excited. It’s one of those brands I walk past on the High Street but never actually venture in so this was the perfect way to reel me in. Unfortunately the execution was exceptionally poor and the company is now having to issue vouchers to disappointed families. The ladies in our group chat planned to go there for the 9am shop opening time. Naively assuming it’d…

  • Vintage phones hanging on the wall for cheap international calls from UK post

    Phoning home – the search for cheap international call rates

    Living on a different continent to my parents and extended family is anything but ideal so I’m glad they’re at the other end of the phone. I ring them every other day at least but it’s been a real struggle to find a reasonably priced phone service. After a chance discovery, I’ve switched from Lycamobile for an eye-watering 5 times saving every month. I get a lot more minutes for my bucks too. I dread to think how much money I’ve wasted over the years! Before my mum flew the nest (yes she’s the one that left me on a different continent haha), she used one of those scratch card…

  • 2 people working at a desk for worries about working with significant other blog post

    Worries about working with my significant other

    We are about to embark on a joint venture! It is very exciting but it is also making me slightly nervous as it’s uncharted territory. Remarkably, we have never worked together professionally eventhough we met the good old clichéd way – at work! My main concern is not being able to switch off from work. It’s a side project we’ll be doing in our spare time. He has a full time job so this will actually help him switch off from that – like a hobby. However I’m currently on maternity leave so it’ll take up the “work” space in my head and be all I think about, well after…

  • God of Justice (We Must Go) – Music Musings

    Students from a nearby Bible College had an outreach weekend in our town, using our Church as a base. As their host, the Church hour involved too but as usual, I had a pretty good excuse for not getting involved (newborn + toddler under 2 = overwhelming tiredness). On the last day, they shared their mission experiences after a worship session. We sang about Jesus our Saviour, God the giver of life and all the earth singing his praise. Here are some of the songs that were on the playlist: God the Uncreated One This I Believe This is Amazing Grace Great Are You Lord Although  God of Justice was…

  • fathers day card craft yoda popup geeky

    Father’s day last minute Yoda card craft & present

    I love a good craft project though what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm! My kids now give me the perfect excuse to indulge in various “holiday” crafts. Father’s day is no different. Yes, I know it’s made up. Yes, daddies should be celebrated all year round not just on one day. However, I’m not feeling it this year. Last year I, I mean we, made a card and got cute family photo magnets. I love looking at those on fridge. The good news is that I decided to make a card this year. But it’s the day before Father’s Day (a Saturday) and my husband…

  • TopCashback Summer Treats 2018 – Clues and Answers

    I never really bothered with competitions. That is until I won a blender set in a giveaway I accidentally entered recently. So I’m going to up the ante in this year’s TopCashback summer treats giveaway to see if I can win more than the 30p or so I got last year! I’m also involving my husband this year hoping that more frequent visits to TopCashback will remind him to do so for future online purchases. It irks me when he forgets to check for potential cashback. Anyway, onto the giveaway! TopCashback Summer Treats: Rules, Clues & Answers From 11th June to the 1st July 2018, there’ll be a gift-carrying Hummingbird…