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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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