Up until a few days ago I was, most definitely, the mum in the eye of the storm. I was feeling totally overwhelmed and beaten down by life. I complained so much to my virtual village that I was sick listening to myself so goodness knows how they all felt! To be honest I didn’t even tell them the half of it. The place I was in was so dark and oppressive I couldn’t give voice to the emotions I was experiencing. I felt like there was a real chance someone might stage an intervention. I was swamped with work, overwhelmed…

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As you might have seen on my Twitter and Facebook, despite being back from holiday a few weeks, we are very much in a state of flux. Luisa is very jet-lagged and I’m struggling to get much done. I’m so thankful to have another brilliant guest post for you today so let’s sweep the cobwebs off this blog and enjoy. Todays post is written by Amy from The Smallest of Things. Amy lives in the south east of England with her fiancée and two daughters, Scarlett and Lillie. In this post she talks about the transition from having one child…

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Todays post comes from Alice of Living with a Jude. As well as being a mum to three Alice is a talented and inspiring writer. The main focus of her blog is life with her son Jude, she often discusses his disability and how it impacts him and the rest of the family.   One of the few minutes Jude sat down today. Not in an easy mood all day but I think it’s because he knows something is coming up. His dad is collecting him at 6pm (not convenient for Jude but suits him naturally) and he’s been a…

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Choosing a car seat is one of the most difficult things about shopping for your kids, at least in my opinion. No matter what age or size they are there seems to be so much information out there and I’m never sure what’s a law and what’s a guideline. Worse still, how do you know the source of your info is reliable? Are you being told something is best by someone who has a vested interest?     The law says: All children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat appropriate to their weight or height, until…

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Well folks it’s almost December which marks a year living back in Belfast. We moved home from Edinburgh when Luisa was about 6 months old to be closer to family and have a lower cost of living.     This time last year we had a bit of a mad scramble to find somewhere to rent so close to Christmas. This meant our choices were limited. We’ve been happy in our current home but there are a few negatives. For a start we don’t have a garden – just a terrace. This is far from ideal as you know we have a…

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Those of you who’ve read my blog for a while will know that a few months ago I started interning at Social Sparkle. That’s since turned into a life changing job but today it’s not all about me because I’m sharing some exciting news on behalf of one of my clients. This week Nadim Saad launched the latest title in the ‘Kids Don’t Come With A Manual’ Series. ‘The Working Parents’ Guide to Raising Happy and Confident Children’ is now available in paperback and on Kindle. One of the biggest challenges all working parents face is a fundamental lack of time.…

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When you’re pregnant you’re bombarded with advertising, everyone wants to sell you something and every gadget is absolutely essential for your unborn child’s wellbeing. You have to contend with tailored Facebook ads (grr) leaflets in Bounty packs (double grr) and earnest sales women in John Lewis. Whilst pregnant with Luisa I tended to swing between deranged panic thinking we needed everything and  being totally zen and minimalistic. Needless to say, she’s survived in my charge for 15 months so I must have done something right! I thought I’d share some of the products I personally think are worth the hype broken…

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