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March 2013

Pregnancy

How To Dress A Bump

March 29, 2013

I loved being pregnant. OK, I didn’t. I really didn’t. I felt sick, exhausted, flat out ill. I never had the pregnancy glow, at least not without the help of a lot of make-up. I looked grey, had bad hair and could not stay awake. One of my lasting memories is that of me at three months pregnant, lying on the sofa. Trying to entertain a 1 year old Elfie but just weeping because I felt so wretched. She was…

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Life

Take Me Back

March 28, 2013
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Is there much worse than the post-holiday blues? Oh yes, having the post-holiday blues and a poorly child. Or maybe the post-holiday blues, a poorly child and a husband who is working away? BINGO! The week has been a bit of a write-off, starting with a catalogue of errors on Monday which included filing the car up with petrol when I’d left my purse at home, Elfie weeing in her car seat, the internet not working at the Gym for…

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Motherhood

Stripped Back And Rebuilt From The Bottom Up

March 26, 2013
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My lovely friend and MAMA contributor Josie has a great feature over at her blog,Β Oh You Pretty Things, called ‘Mothers on Motherhood’. Each week she brings aΒ differentΒ mum’s perspective of Motherhood; there’s not much I find more inspiring than hearing other women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and beyond and this is no different. It’s interesting and heartwarming This week is Rachel of The Little Pip gives her take, and I wanted to share because I felt what she said was so…

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Elfie

The Haircut

March 25, 2013
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I‘m not ashamed to admit that sometimes, alone for a while with two kids, I go a bit stir crazy. It usually happens on the weekends when Will is working down in London and I’m at a bit of a loose end; we really miss him when he’s not around for lazy Saturdays with jigsaws and boozy afternoons at the rugby club. And OK, I miss that he’s not there for a lie-in. The last weekend he worked was especially…

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Food

The Lazy Cook: Alice and Gousto

March 24, 2013
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There is a new home culinary trend on the block. Screw sitting for hours flicking and clicking through the Ocado site to buy your groceries for the week… that’s way too time consuming How much easier is it to pick some meals you want to eat and have the exact ingredients and instructions delivered to your door? Initially I thought this was a pretty lazy way to eat. Who hasn’t got the time or energy to throw a few ingredients…

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Motherhood

High Five For PND!

March 15, 2013
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I expect you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out how my week of medical professionals has gone. Yes? Yes. It has been a tough week, I won’t lie. Very hard. There have been emotions, discussions, realisations. Man flu. Tiredness. My Health Visitor came to see me on Monday and she could not have been more supportive. She listened to me and asked all the right questions to get me talking. She was at our house for…

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Motherhood

What’s In A Name?

March 13, 2013
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  “Do I look like a Harold Harold?”   In my opinion, naming your children is one of the most important things you do for them in the first few years of their life. I think their name sets a precedent for their formative years and I imagine that giving them one they don’t feel comfortable with would be awful I’ve always been happy as an Alice, bar a time at middle school when I tried to re-invent myself as…

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Home

Our New House: The Kitchen

March 12, 2013
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So last week, I lied to you. Just a little. I told you that my new lounge was one of my favourite rooms in the house when actually I think the kitchen is. It’s the room that I spend the most time in and is a completely different place compared with the old one. The area to cook in is about a third of the size, but rather than this being at all pokey or annoying it just means that…

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Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day

March 10, 2013
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Oh yes, there was an Elfie/Mummy/kitchen scissors haircutting incident. Ahem. More on that soon. As usual, writing about the way I was feeling yesterday was more therapeutic for me than anything. Getting it all off my chest, hearing I’m not alone and knowing that actually this isn’t all in my head was such a huge boost. To everyone who responded and emailed: thank-you, I totally ran out of puff when it came to responding last night so I will be…

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Motherhood

A PND Brain Dump

March 9, 2013
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At the moment all I want to do is wake up in the morning and feel happy to start the day. I cringe when I open my eyes because I feel so groggy, I don’t want to be forced down the stairs to feed little mouths and minds. I don’t like that I dread opening the curtains because then the light will come in and I will have to acknowledge that this is another day, another 15 hours of struggle…

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Beauty

Current Face Favourites

March 7, 2013
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Lately I’ve been beavering away in the background on my project that is: MAKE-UP FREE CONFIDENCE. It’s an ongoing thing, has been for the last one and a half years, but you know I really think I’m getting somewhere now. The aim of the ‘project’ (and I use that word in the loosest sense) is to be able to step outside my front door sans slap without feeling like I’m about to scare small children or their mothers. It’s an…

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