Pulling up the drawbridge

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I have been inspired and reassured by Steph Douglas’ approach to having a newborn in the house and that we are preparing to ‘ pull up the drawbridge’, a phrase coined by her Mum (who is a Midwife and has 6 kids of her…

WaterBumps: branching out

Now I’m 30 weeks into my second pregnancy, my WaterBumps classes are taking on a whole new meaning of help and support. Yesterday, our family went to a local National Trust property, Newark Park, and walked around for two hours – boy oh boy was I feeling it when we got home! The Braxton Hicks…

Decorating the nursery

We’ve begun decorating – what will be – the new baby’s bedroom this week. My husband has had a week off work so we’ve made a good crack at it, determined to get it done by the end of the year. The room is a large single or small double. It was intended to be…

The finished bathroom!

It feels like an age since I’ve written a blog post about our house renovations. Since my last post on this topic, we have finished our bathroom and have recently started on what will be the new baby’s nursery, so I thought I’d do a wee update.  Those of you who might’ve read my blog…

Pinks Boutique pregnancy treatments launch at Cowley Manor C Side Spa 

Last night I was lucky enough to be part of a group of pregnant mamas who got to attend the launch of Pinks Boutique product launch at the stunning Cowley Manor hotel in Gloucestershire. I’ve been a supporter of Beth’s lovely Bump To Baby Chapter antenatal and hypnobirthing class company in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire after hearing about her work through Kate…

Putting ourselves first – how many of us actually do it? 

Pinch punch for the first of the month! We are very pleased to say goodbye to October in our house. For the last four weeks, at least one of us has been unwell. It’s been a pretty bleak month!  We had wonderful plans of hosting a toddler’s Halloween party, my husband had a boys’ night…

WaterBumps: end of the second trimester 

I realise I’ve been quiet on here lately, apologies for that. Our little lady is starting nursery and she’s been blessed with catching every bug going, so the days (and nights!) have been spent looking after her and enjoying those amazing cuddles that I only seem to get when she’s unwell! Luckily, she’s on the…

WaterBumps: pure relaxation

Yesterday we went to a fifth birthday party and had a whale of a time. However, being six months pregnant I came home and promptly fell asleep! I didn’t realise how exhausted I was and it made me accept that I’m getting bigger now and need to listen to my body.  In the evening I…

Steps of the temporary bathroom 

Whilst trying to cram in his full time job, my three self-employed jobs and the wee one, the bathroom has taken on a swift transformation and we are almost finished, wahoooo!  Once the awful suite came out it was a case of whacking the new bath in, which proved pretty easy as this room is…

Online shopping fails 

So the old adage is true: ‘perfect planning prevents pathetically poor results’. Our year 11 Head of Year was many things and, it seems, correct is one of them. Recently we’ve had some mega online shopping fails, and I thought I’d share how buying things for your home when you’ve never seen them before is…