• Blog self-assessment highs and lows of 2017- The Growing Mum

    Blog Self-Assessment: Highs and Lows of 2017

    Having only just started blogging, there’s not much to assess yet but in a way, it is a perfect time for an evaluation! Am I still enjoying it? Did I choose the right niche? Will I have time to keep doing this when baby number 2 arrives? Let’s find out.   Posts Published I published 21 posts between September and December, an average of about 5 per month. I was aiming for about one a week so this is encouraging but I definitely skipped a few weeks. Oops. Top-performing Post According to the stats, it was Alternative Halloween Activities post. It was the first post I actively promoted on social media and…

  • First day of 2018 – How did it go? 

    Hello, first day of 2018! New year’s eve was meant to be a quiet one for me but the fireworks squashed that plan. Poor little one was very unsettled by the loud bangs and nothing I tried would get him back to sleep. So I was having a late night for very different reasons to some who may be nursing a sore head this morning or recounting exciting tales! How did we start the year At midnight, I had a child trying to sit on my face while I reached round to wish my husband Happy New Year! At least we were all together for it. Mental note: check if…

  • Hopes, goals and plans for 2018 The Growing Mum

    Hopes, Goals and Plans for 2018 

    There’s something about the limbo period between Christmas and New Year that gets people in the reflective mood. What have you done with your life? You can’t even recall what day of the week it is let alone what you did in January! So we start thinking about the upcoming year and changes we’d like to make. I’m no different! However, as the word ‘resolution’ is becoming synonymous with ‘unrealistic after January’, I’ve gone for Hopes, Goals and Plans for 2018. Catchy! Goals I have written down quite a few of these. Don’t worry I won’t list them all. They are mostly along the lines getting more organised like better…

  • English Words 16 Months - The Growing Mum

    English Words at 16 Months 

      After 6 months of being in the baby room at Nursery, it was time for my toddler to move on. He was graduating from a Starfish to a Seahorse.  Who comes up with these names? I found out about the impending move via a form in his Nursery bag. Most of the questions were irrelevant as they were tailored to a new joiner. The baby and toddler rooms had the same workers and functioned as one entity as there were only ever 1 or 2 babies present so they were familiar with his routine. My responses were somewhat passive aggressive with a running theme of ‘As per current routine…

  • Struggling with Christmas Presents This Year

    I used to be that person who kept an eye out for the perfect Christmas presents throughout the year. I’d make a formal list for everyone around  early November and there’ll be genuine excitement as each item was ticked off. Shopping for others was a joy regardless of whether I’d get anything back. This year I’m really struggling with Christmas presents and the culture around it. My NCT group decided to only do secret santa for the babies which was a great relief as last year it was pressies for the mums and that was hard. I suggested family secret santa and that was initially well-received. Then as a few…

  • The Christmas Tag 2017 - The Growing Mum

    The Christmas Tag 2017

    3 sleeps before Christmas and I still haven’t sorted out all the presents or made any plans towards the pudding courses I’m in charge off. So to procrastinate further, I thought I would do a Christmas Tag post. Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings tagged me in hers so here goes:   What’s your favourite Christmas movie? I don’t really have one as I didn’t grow up with the tradition and I don’t really like watching the same movie over and over again. Have you ever had a white Christmas? Yes. Quite a few years ago but not since I moved to the South of England. Where do you usually spend your holiday?…

  • Canva Android App Start - The Growing Mum

    Canva Android App is Here

    I am ecstatic that the Canva android app is finally here. The website has been crucial to me but I needed something that I could with on the go. A phone app for designing graphics is a must as finding time to sit at a PC is tricky with a toddler.  The free apps I’ve tried so far do not get the end result I want without a lot of effort.  So you can imagine my excitement when the pop up appeared informing me of the impending arrival of an android app. The Good You can create quick designs on-the-go with more than 60,000 templates to choose from covering social…

  • Rush hour street parking - the growing mum

    What’s With The Rush Hour Street Parking Mayhem?

    I admit, I’m not a huge fan of driving even though I’ve been driving for a number of years now. However, I’m always baffled by the road parking mayhem during rush hour. The Mayhem Imagine the familiar scene: you’re crawling along in traffic and suddenly the driver in front of you stops. Why? To squeeze into a parking space they’ve just spotted. Drive on! Come back to the space if you must but don’t cause confusion on the road and stress to other drivers especially if you’ve already gone past the said space. Sometimes the space is too small and they have to carry on anyway. Well, except the few…

  • Family Fridays #3 - The Growing Mum

    Family Fridays #3

      Daytime Frolics (or lack of) Having been back at work for just over 3 weeks but still getting very little sleep at night, I’m glad to have taken Fridays off for a bit. We had to wait in for the plumber to fit a new shower so didn’t get up to much fun outdoors. Ta-da Here is the short exchange with my other half after I sent him the above:   Evening Another reason for the lazy day was that I was going on my first ever night out for over a year. I had planned to nap, get my outfit ready and take it nice and slow leaving…

  • Survival tips for new mums and mums-to-be - The Growing Mum Blog

    General Survival Tips for New Mums and Mums-to-be

    I was completely thrown when a friend, who is expecting, asked for my ultimate tip for a new mum. I quickly scanned the memories of the last year in an effort to come up with one advice but there were just too many to choose from. I ended up rambling and saying something like: You’ll be given lots of advice on every aspect of parenting. If there’s anything you don’t agree with, listen, smile then follow your instincts in your own home. Back home, I replayed the conversation in my head and thought of different things I could have said as is always the case. Curious as to what other…