• Parenting

    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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  • Parenting

    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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  • Recipes

    Biji’s Chicken Biryani

    Biji’s Biryani Recipe My husband is Indian, and his mum (whom my daughters affectionately call Biji) makes the most delicious Indian food. We’ve stolen some of her recipes which we now cook at home and her Chicken Biryani is a household staple. I’m forever getting asked to share the recipe, it’s is super quick and easy to make and also a fab option for batch cooking/dinner parties, so here it is: Serves 6  Ingedients 2 packs of (roughly 600g per pack) skinless/boneless chicken thighs – Chopped Patak’s Tandoori Spice Marinade (one jar will last for a few biryani’s) 1 tub Natural yoghurt Garam Massala Salt Pepper Tumeric Cumin Seeds Garlic…

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  • Parenting

    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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  • Beauty,  Parenting

    Wrinkles, Mother Gothel & Imedeen

    So aside from being fucking exhausted every day of my life, I’m also quite into beauty, in particular, trying to cling to youthfulness with every fibre of my being. I’ve been (jumps for joy) asked to review these amazing little tablets by Imedeen who are a multi-award winning beauty supplement brand. I’ve been given the Imedeen Derma One range which apparently helps combat the first signs of ageing and assists with maintaining radiance and moisture to help keep the skin supple and youthful. Featuring the exclusive Marine Complex, vitamin C and zinc, this formula contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, supports normal collagen formation and helps maintain…

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  • Parenting

    Mystig Meg & Turtle Heads

    I swear my daughters have a sixth sense, it doesn’t matter where I hide, they always find me. Why am I hiding? Well some days, I just want to eat my Maltesers in peace. The other day, I heard Gigi’s approaching footsteps so ducked behind the kitchen counter “mummy?” (Inquisitive) “mummy?” (enraged) “MUUUMMMY?” (Distraught) “Where aaaareeeee you?” (Crying & distraught) Just like that- from 0-100 in a nano-second. I did what any mother would do, I stayed hiding to finish my Maltesers then popped up “aha, you found me” I don’t think she bought it. She could smell the chocolate. She was livid. Then Kaia, well that girl must be…

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  • Parenting

    The Turd Burglar & The Unicorn Wand

    So I had to share Thursday’s highlight with you. Today…drumroll please  Kaia Jagdev (11 months) did her first shit on the toilet. I’m so proud of her I could burst. If in my younger years I’d imagined the sorts of events that would make me burst with pride, I’d have had a serious get-a-grip chat with myself. But here I am, at the ripe old age of 36, on a huge high over a turd. Gia’s assistance was invaluable, she pulled her stool (no pun intended) in front of the toilet consoling “pant, pant, push my darling.”  Kaia looked like an angry Phil Mitchell about to burst a blood vessel, meanwhile, Gia just…

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  • Parenting

    2 under 2!

    “How do you find having 2 babies under 2? Is it difficult?” “No it’s not too bad now actually.” Difficult?? Difficult is trying to hold your breath long enough under water to swim a length when you’re 8. I’ll tell you the truth, having 2 babies under 2 is like constantly holding your breath under water until you feel like you might burst, then finally coming up for air. Just keep swimming, must keep swimming, must not let myself drown (in the enormous basket of ever-filling filthy shitty washing). It’s like someone sneaks into your brain at night & tops it with a cocktail of Sambucca, Vodka, Gin &…. chocolate…

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  • Parenting

    Madagascar the Musical Review

    Madagascar the Musical (Touring) Review New Wimbledon Theatre   Madagascar the Musical — Photo Credit (Image 1) Scott Rylander Madagascar is a firm family-favourite in our household; the original film was released in 2005, followed by it’s first sequel in 2008, then the next sequel in 2012; it is an animated film with a captive audience spanning over a decade. Could the new stage production really live up to all the hype of the movie franchise? I was invited along with my husband and 2 year old daughter (nervous laugh) to the opening press evening. The red carpet was out in full force & as we arrived 45 minutes ahead of the show opening,…

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