• 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 clich√©d 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…

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    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

    Update: This TopCashback giveaway is over but the current one is here. 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…

  • #beatplasticpollution for World Environment Day 2018

    The use of plastics has dominated the news recently with plenty of pleas to replace disposables with reusables. Just one change could make a massive difference to the planet! So share your switch photo(s) using #BeatPlasticPollution for #WorldEnvironmentDay to raise awareness and maybe inspire a person or two. My Switch Photos for World Environment Day 2018 Water Bottle I carry one everywhere for me and the toddler. I also save money by not buying expensive water when out and about. Reusable Nappies Probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m now using mine for baby number 2. The design has moved on quite a lot from what some people remember…

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    Tidy Tot with Our Messy Tot: Review

    Feeding babies is messy! And that’s without throwing baby-led weaning into the mix – which I did! When offered the chance to review the tidy tot kit, I instantly jumped at it. I just had to find out whether it lived up to the claimed expectations. What’s a Tidy Tot It’s a tray and bib combo that aims to keep the food mess away from high chair crevices, most of your child and the floor. The tray surrounds the child and the sleeved bib attaches to it via velcro. This means there isn’t a gap between the chair and the child. Sounds good so far! So we put it to…

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    GDPR is coming! Why the panic?

    If you haven’t yet heard of GDPR then you are one of a very lucky few! Businesses are being made more accountable on the collection and handling of our personal data like getting explicit consent for marketing communication. It’s been on the horizon for quite some time. I’ve even been lucky enough to do the terrible training at work – where you are forced to click progress points – before going on maternity leave. With the deadline of tomorrow, this last week has seen a flurry of ironic emails in my inbox asking for consent to continue getting emails! However, I find those informing me of privacy policy updates more…

  • Baby J’s Due Date – May the Fourth Be With You

    Baby J’s due date at the 12 week scan was 04 May, which to us, was just a date. It wasn’t until we got a few bemused, almost doubting responses, that we tweaked the significance. Not sure how my husband, who really loves Star Wars, managed to miss it! He can’t even blame the hormones haha. I quickly put together the below to share the news with the remaining friends and family. Could have done so much more if we’d realised sooner. And before we knew it, baby’s due date had come round. What better way to mark it than to dress my babies up in star wars vests and…

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    Choosing a Name for our Second Baby

    It’s getting really close to the wire and we’re yet to decide on a name for our second baby. First time round wasn’t easy but we eventually came to a decision for each gender with time to spare before the birth. This time round is proving more involving! Probably because we’re having the same gender again so can’t use our already prepared name. So what’s on the criteria list? 1. Complements the other names There are names that go well together and others that go too well together – like alliterations. Saying it out loud has really helped us weed out quite a few. We also write it down and…

  • Baby lying down with cushion aid for maternity - expectation versus reality post

    Maternity Leave: Expectation vs Reality

    I worked up till a week before my due date, in the height of summer, so I was more than ready to start my maternity leave. I was looking forward to having more time to spend on me, baby and those projects I have been putting off. I had no close mummy friends yet for the “real” experience so phrases like ‘Bet you can’t wait to be on holiday for a year’ just fuelled my excitement. Oh the naivety! Expectation: Regular meet up with friends Reality: Leaving the house became a monumental task. On the rare occasion I made it on time, I felt I deserved a medal. In the…