TTT- Tips for Trips with a Toddler…

We have just arrived home from our holiday abroad with our 15 month old. When I booked this holiday, part of me, and many of my acquaintances, thought I was mad travelling with a toddler. But I found a few simple things made the process so much easier and enjoyable for the whole family. 1….

Tractor Themed Party!

So last weekend, our little boy was a whole year old! I can’t quite believe it has been 12 months since he crashed into our lives. To celebrate. We hosted a Tractor themed birthday party and I thought I would give you a insight into our theme. First of all the invites. I managed to…

Letter; on your 1st day of Nursery..

My Dear Harry, Monday marks a new adventure for us both. As mummy heads back to work and you head to nursery, there are a few things you should know. From the first sight of those blue lines, to the first image of you on the ultrasound, I wondered daily what you would be like,…

Lessons of Maternity Leave.

On the 31st December 2016 we celebrated the incoming year in style as I clicked my heels out of work for a whole year of maternity leave. I can wholeheartedly state that there are very few things in the world that compare to that feeling. As the end of January 2018 looms, so does the…

Advent Adventures.

Hello all! I trust you all had a lovely Christmas and are feeling at least 2 stone heavier after a feast of turkey, ham and sweets. Before Christmas I posted a snap of my advent calendar. So now it’s time to reveal the goodies it held! The calendar itself was a bargain buy from Lidl…

Winning at Weaning 

Last week our little one was 7 months old, and to say he loves his grub would be an understatement! With Joe Bloggs seeing him eating everything and anything, I often get asked about our weaning journey so far. So this is our foodie story…  Being a qualified dietitian I had looked into all sorts…

Savvy Shopping 

Whether it’s my farming background, whether it’s old age or whether it’s the tightening purse strings of maternity leave pay, but I am always watching the pennies when it comes to grocery shopping. And really, good food doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here are my top tips for food shopping on a budget…  1….

Just Stop. 

It’s just gone 12.30am. My hubby is away to bed in preparation for work in the morning. I’m on the sofa watching pointless TV with the bambino on my chest fighting sleep. Then I look down. He’s asleep. Hallelujah he’s asleep. But before I get up to creep up the stairs I stop just for…

Beyond the bump…

This week, our little bundle of joy was 6 months old. Typing that I can hardly believe it- our baby is half a year old, wow! These last 6 months have been a whirlwind, and whilst at the time I couldn’t see any escape from night feeds, millions of nappies and sterilising, it really has…

Superheroes without the capes…

This week is WABA (world alliance for breastfeeding action) week, with many cities and areas hosting events to mark the occasion. Even Belfast this weekend is hosting its own Breastival. Whilst breastfeeding is noted to be the gold standard route of feeding your new bundle of joy, and whilst we recognise that it provides a…

But first, coffee.

Today I met with a few mum friends for coffee and a chat. Mum friends that 6 weeks ago I didn’t know. Mum friends with little ones of a similar age to mines As we chatted and compared notes on first time (and second time!) mummy-ing, life, partners and work, I suddenly stopped in my…

Faith, Family and Fear

This post is one that I have deliberated the most about writing. It has taken me much courage, thought and planning to write. Some of you I know will be shocked. Some of you will judge and make your own negative remarks. But this post, may be the most important one I write and the…