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    5 Awkward Questions That Every Parent Dreads

    Mother’s are Superheroes. That’s a fact. They don’t have 9 to 5 jobs where clocking in and out is easy (gone are the good ol’days). They are on call 24/7. In fact, if you saw the following job advert, would you actually apply? I think not. Motherhood is incredibly rewarding, but let’s face it, it’s also bloody knackering. Mums often have real ‘full time jobs’ as well as having to deal with all of the above. Their brains are frazzled. Then as soon as your little ones learn to talk, the tricky questions begin and your already frazzled brain becomes even more worn out with the never-ending stream of; why?…

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    Free Educational Worksheets For Children

    Do you have school age children? Would you like to download free educational worksheets to assist with their learning? I was recently contacted by Education.com to see whether I was interested in promoting their worksheets on The Exhausted Mum. The worksheets are really handy for developing little brains and can be downloaded for free. Further details can be found by following the links below. “Jump for joy as you practice multiplication with this fun worksheet from Education.com! Find other multiplication worksheets, activities, games, and more right here!” Happy Tuesday everyone x If you’d like to keep up to date with all my latest posts, then why not SUBSCRIBE to The Exhausted…

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    Why The Exhausted Mum Recommends Smiffle.com For Personalised Photo Products

    18 summers, that’s all we get until our precious children are officially adults. That seems like such a short amount of time, with so many special memories we have to capture. Everyone who knows me, or even those that don’t but who are interested in my blog and who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, will know that I am forever trying to capture the moment. As a result and like most parents, I have HUNDREDS of photos of my children on my iPhone. It’s impossible to even put up a fraction of my favourite photos around my house as there simply wouldn’t be enough wall space, or it…

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    6 Reasons Why Parents Are Permanently Exhausted

    Before I had children, I never understood how exhausting parenting would be. Of course, everyone has friends who had children before them, but let’s be perfectly honest, we still never completely appreciated how bloody exhausting it would be, or that their never-ending complaints about being tired were certainly not exaggerated. Not even in the slightest. Bringing a new life into this world, pretty much means sacrificing your own life for the foreseeable future. It also means sacrificing your own sanity. Yes you WILL become a walking zombie. Welcome to the ‘Do not know what day it is’ club. People often ask new parents whether their babies are sleeping through the…

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    Blogmas – Toddler Christmas Gift Ideas

    I can hardly believe I’m writing this post, the last year seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, but it will soon be CHRISTMAS. I LOVE the Magic of Christmas and all the wonderful events that take place during the festive period; decorating Christmas trees and turning your house into a sparkly palace, drinking mulled wine by the fireplace, Christmas songs on the radio, lots of fun arts & crafts and doing what us mums do best. SHOPPING. I always struggle for Christmas gift ideas for my toddlers so thought I would write a blog post that includes some wonderful, yet reasonably priced, gift ideas for…

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    10 Halloween Events in London

    10 of the BEST Family-Friendly Halloween Events in London Dark nights, spooky costumes, ghoulish make-up & pumpkin season – it can only mean one thing: Halloween! Get in the Halloween spirit this year and enjoy something other than trick or treating by taking the family to these local spooky events! Here’s the top kid friendly Halloween events in & around London for 2018. 1. Harry Potter Studio Tour – Friday 28th Oct – Saturday 10th Nov (Leavesden WD25 7LR) Naturally The Harry Potter Studio Tour was always going to do something HUGE for Halloween. From 28th October and throughout the Hallowe’en season, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to explore…

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    It’s okay not to be okay

    IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY – WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY It was December 2015. I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first baby. Gia wasn’t due until 26th December, however, due to pregnancy complications I was booked in for an early induction on 3rd December. The date could not come quick enough. Nobody’s first birth story is ever that pleasant and mine had been a long and stressful pregnancy. From 30 wks, I had to report to hospital every 48hrs to be hooked up to machines to check that the blood flow through my placenta was okay. Basically, the worst case scenario meant that, should my blood…

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    Top 5…Essential Baby Products

    The Exhausted Mum’s Top 5…Essential Baby Products With so many products available on the market, trying to figure out what you need for your new bundle of joy is a bit of a minefield. I’ve put together a list (aside from all the standard products like cots/prams/clothes etc) of the things that I found super useful when my two daughters were born: 1.Breast Pump & Nipple Cream-If you’re planning on giving breastfeeding a go, then it’s a good idea to invest in an electronic breast pump. A breast pump will enable you to release some tension from your engorged breasticles, not to mention giving you a break in the long run as you’ll…

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    Ways to make new mum friends

    The Exhausted Mum’s Top 5…Ways To Make New Mum Friends Becoming a mum is hands down the most life changing experience that you will ever go through. Your pre-baby self was able to do whatever the hell she wanted: Fancy a holiday? Go on the internet and just book it. Want a pee? Go to the toilet Take a shower? Strip off & just stand under those jets (for a long time) Want a hot coffee? Whack the kettle on Fancy a snack? Make yourself one Leave the house? Grab your keys/handbag and walk out of the door (just like that) Anyway, you understand my meaning. Once you have a baby ALL of this changes. The simple things you…

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    Top 5 Local Family Day trips

    The Exhausted Mum’s Top 5…Local Family Day Trips As much as you love your home town, some days, you just want to escape and try somewhere new. You’ve probably exhausted every park in the vicinity & you fancy heading outta town. You don’t want to drive for miles because you can’t be bothered to pack your entire life into the car and you’re also trying to juggle your trip in between your children’s nap and feeding times. Where do you go? 1.HOBBLEDOWN (30 mins)-Hobbledown is a multi award winning adventure park & zoo, a truly a magical place where children can play and let their imaginations run wild. As well as…

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