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When I became a mum for the first time, I was quite blissfully naive. None of my friends had children and while I knew that this would be a life changing thing, nothing could have prepared me for the total turnaround that my life was about to take. It took a lot of adjusting to really feel like I had found my feet as a mum and just when I got to that point – we decided to have another one! Second time around I knew more of what I was letting myself in for, I knew that my baby would cry (a lot) and I knew that they (probably) wouldn’t sleep very well. But the one thing that I felt completely ignorant to was just how life would be with two children. How would I cope at home with them both by myself? Would Darcie be mad at me for having another baby? Would they get on? The list went on! Now here we are, one year down the line, and I thought it would be a great time to look back to all those thoughts, hopes and fears that I had before becoming a mum of two. Adding […]
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We recently celebrated Darcie’s third birthday. The fact that I am even having to write that on here shows how long I’ve been neglecting this space for – however, if you follow me on Instagram you would be more than aware of that fact (sorry again blog for the recent neglect). It can be really hard to know what to buy for birthdays, especially these days when the options seem endless. With that in mind I’ve put together a list of products that Darcie is loving at the moment in the hopes that it can be useful for anyone currently in a present buying panic. This was never intended to be a ‘girly’ gift guide however when I rounded it all up a strong unicorn/fairy/pink theme became apparent. (I don’t even know if you’re allowed to say girly these days, but it just seemed like the best way to sum it up. All of these items could be for boys or girls). My Buddy Wheels Balance bikes are popular around this age anyway, but the My Buddy Wheels bikes take things up to a whole new level. They currently come in three variations; horse, dinosaur and unicorn. I’m sure it […]
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I think a lot of us have had a love hate relationship with Instagram for a long time now. I know that my own relationship with it has been through many different phases. I used to have an Instagram account way before I knew that you could even do Instagram. I posted photos of my coffee, my lunch and my everyday life with the occasional selfie thrown in for good measure. I didn’t open the app everyday, only when I had something I wanted to share, which would be in the moment – ‘instant’ and I absolutely never cared about how many likes a picture got or my follower count. Then I became a mum and started my blog. I knew I wanted a Instagram account alongside my blog but because no one ‘in real life’ knew about my blog at that point, I created a new account. I still posted what I wanted, when I wanted but it was usually in support of my blog. I’d share a picture when I published a new blog post and talk about my everyday life as a mum. I enjoyed it and really liked that it made me feel like I was […]
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We are lucky enough to live within easy driving distance of some truly lovely parts of the country. Not only do we have the New Forest right on our doorstep but we are also close to some gorgeous seaside towns such as Bournemouth. The beaches around the Bournemouth area are so gorgeous that it’s easy to spend a whole day just soaking up the soft warm sand and beautiful views. However if you venture out of this sandy little comfort zone, Bournemouth actually has so many other things on offer too. Seafront cafes, bars, restaurants and lots of green spaces and beautiful gardens. It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway and there are also some fabulous hotels in the area! We decided to visit Compton Acres, which is somewhere that I went a few times as a child and have fond memories of. It’s always a bit surreal taking your own children down memory lane and there’s always the risk that things won’t be as good as you remember. Luckily Compton Acres did not disappoint on any level! It’s a privately owned house with the most stunning gardens that are open to the public, there is also a garden […]
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If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me talking at length about the six week nutritional plan that I took part in recently. I had a lot of questions over the six weeks and so I thought the best thing to do would be to collate all of my thoughts, feelings and frequently asked questions into this blog post. I hope this will be helpful for anyone looking to take part in the course. Why I Signed Up Fitness and nutrition are both things that I have struggled with throughout my adult life. I tend to go from indulging to restricting and back again, in one huge vicious circle. I have a shocking ‘treat yourself’ mentality which I can basically use to justify eating and drinking whatever I fancy despite the consequences for my health. I think the main problem for me is that up until recently I never looked at food as a way to fuel my body. I’ve always seen certain foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and as such I have binged or restricted my diet depending on my mood at the time. When I first heard about ‘Mindful Mummies‘ I was immediately intrigued, and […]
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To my postpartum body, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for a lot of things but let’s start with this. I’m sorry because this letter started out from a negative place. This letter originated from negative feelings of dissatisfaction and resentment. There’s a lot of body positivity in the media  right now, which is wonderful. Especially for mums! Women all around the world are celebrating their stretch marks, ‘mum tums’, excess skin. And as much as I see these posts and think ‘good on you!’, I’ve just never been able to relate. It’s never come naturally to me to accept you, let alone to think about loving you. For as long as I can remember I haven’t been kind to you, I haven’t treated you well. But as I sat here thinking of where to begin with this letter, with what I wanted to say to you, in my head I turned around. I looked at you, at me, at us – in a new light. I was going to sit here and write about how much I struggle to love you, but instead I’m here to say sorry. I need to apologise because the truth is I have never been kind […]
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Summer is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to start thinking about ways to give your home a summer-ready update. Summer is the perfect time to open the windows wide, dust off your patio set, and enjoy your home comforts with a little added warmth and sunshine. Be sure to follow these top tips for a refreshed summer home this year. De-clutter and clean De-cluttering your home is a crucial first step in getting your home summer ready. Think of your home as a blank canvas, cleaning it and tidying up will get the space ready for any new renovations or decoration you plan to do. Grab some of your favourite cleaning products, channel the energy of Marie Kondo and Mrs Hinch, and get to work! Throw out any old clutter that you no longer need — summer is a fresh start to rid yourself of old items you’ve been hoarding throughout the Winter. Once you’ve tidied everything away, give your whole house a deep clean until it’s sparkling and ready for the season ahead. Re-paint If you truly want a summer-ready home, you may need to think about re-painting your walls. Dark shades of paint and […]
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As I’ve shared with you all here before, my style of travelling has significantly shifted since becoming a mum. Dan and I used to love backpacking and being flexible in our travel, and now we look for destinations that are uniquely special (and possible!) for family travel. So I thought I’d share with you all our family travel wishlist – the Italy edition! Italy has always stood out to me as a destination for a holiday, both with and without having the kids along for the trip! But for travelling with the little ones, I know that it is a country we would all enjoy. There are a number of reasons: One – It is so easy and actually affordable to get to! There are airports throughout Italy in the main cities, such as Rome, Venice and Milan as well as the smaller cities, such as Naples, Florence, and Palermo. Anything that makes the travelling side of a holiday easier is a win in my books! Two – The Italian culture is so open, welcoming and friendly. Italians are big on family and I feel like that would mean that children are generally just more welcome than in some other cultures and […]
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Breastfeeding is a minefield, there is no doubt about that! From the moment we decide to breastfeed it is advertised to us as the ‘easy’ and ‘natural’ way of feeding our babies. And while there…

The post Top Tips For Breastfeeding Mums | A Collaboration With Camille appeared first on Little Snippets.

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One of my big dilemmas for this year was where to go on holiday. Where did we want to go? How long could Dan take off from work? When would be the best time of…

The post Escape To Cornwall | The Esplanade Hotel Review appeared first on Little Snippets.

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