I’m a big fan of what I call a real fireplace - meaning wood burning and all the smells and feels that go with it. But many of my friends have electric fireplaces, which I also enjoy! Which do you like?
This is a mummy’s life. When you’re at home with the little one after nursery trying to setup to take some food shots for @myamboora. The cutest hand sneaks in. I love this photo because it reminds me why I’m following my passion.
A pj day while we’ve watched films 🎥. I have had to try and explain to Tyler that we can’t have hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn 🍿 everyday though. Love this little guy. ❤️
1 161 hour ago
On moving and changing schools: While being optimistic and excited is a great approach, our kids still need us to help them work through their anxieties. Now is the time to ask about the things that are worrying them. ⠀
Their primary concern will probably be related to making friends. Talk to them about how they made friends in their last school. Talk about how exciting it is to have a whole new set of friends. And make concrete plans about inviting their new friends to your house or having play dates in the new park that will be up the road. ⠀
Other concerns might be about who their new teacher will be, what class they’ll be in and whether they can find their way around the new school. Tackle each of these worries head on. For younger kids you might like to set up a meeting with your child’s new teacher so they can get to know him or her a little bit before they start their first day. Buy the uniform and books they’ll need. Take them to visit the classroom and the school grounds. Find out where the toilets are, the sports field, the tuck shop and other school facilities. Show them where you will be picking them up. Make the school feel familiar and safe. ⠀
Whatever the concerns, addressing them will help reduce anxiety in your kids before they start school. And when new school hiccups arise (and they probably will), problem-solve the issue together. Working on the solution with your child empowers them and raises their self-confidence. ⠀
Read the full article on the Happy Families Blog (link in bio).⠀
I might love New England but these winters...no thank you! Working out at home in my bedroom (and sometimes in my pjs while I wait for the girls to fall asleep 🙄) is more my thing 👍🏻 If you’ve been seeing my IG stories, you know I’ve started using the @sweat app & so far so good. Last week I didn’t get in all my workouts, but from what I’ve done & by watching what I eat, I’m happy with the results so far. This program is by no means a “quick fix”, but I personally believe slow & steady wins the race. In the past 2 weeks, I’ve noticed my pants being looser (legs not waist), and my arms getting stronger (thank you push ups & planks 🤣). Some people have asked about the cost, so I have some AMAZING news about that.....currently they’re running a promotion for $1 you can get 3 months of the app!!! 😳 so if you’re interested in doing the 12 week challenge too.... Visit the link in my bio to sign up for the 12-Week Challenge for only $1! #hbtsp#hbtsweat12wc2#SWEAT12WC
You know some days I think I have this whole mothering thing down and then days like Today I get put right back in my place. It's just been one of those days where my arms seem to be the only thing she wants to be in, and naps are just not on her agenda. She literally has slept all of maybe 30 minutes total since 8 this morning.
I finally was able to get her swaddled as tight as I could get her and down in her dock-a-tot about 20 minutes ago.
So here's to hoping she stays down for a little while, because fussy just doesn't even begin to sum up her current mood, and I don't drink, but today she honestly may drive me there! 😂
Hola muñecas !!! Y quién no jugó a ser princesa 👑 cuando eran pequeñitas ?? Estoy segura que Meghan Markel también lo hizo 🤗.... ASI que mi hermosa Valentina tu puedes llegar a ser lo que sea tú corazón desee mi amor 💕 Sueña mi princesa 👑 💕 Por el momento seguimos el entrenamiento 😀 #momlife#vidademama#madrevenezolana#sonar#princesa#blogger#vlogger
My passion is actually showing you the real insights as to how things happen which is honestly why I wanted to share this one minute clip with you!
Being a creator is something I take a lot of pride in, but it can also be really really tough along the way. You've got to make a lot of decisions and make sure you're okay with those decisions before announcing them into the world.
Please promise me that you will ask yourself the hard questions about yourself and your decisions and deploy self-awareness, as it will save you a lot of doubt and time.
I'd love to know what you think of the podcast name! 🎧
1 193 hours ago
You go to the hospital (in my case, induced at 41 weeks), bags packed, hair washed, bits waxed and you head into the unknown of what is to come 😳.
You literally have no idea what is about to happen. What is going to happen to your body, mind, LIFE! No one has ANY idea what is going to happen when they walk through those doors 🤷🏼♀️ Will you push a baby out of your vajajay? Will you be opened up from the top? Will you tear? Will you vomit? Will you poo? NO ONE KNOWS!! No book can tell you what to do and everyone will have stories of their own experiences and that’s totally ok but you know what?? It’s not yours! All anyone knows is that you will be ok. No matter the outcome, you will be ok. You will have support for the shitty times (just remember, communication is so important guys!) and your mind will be shifted. It’s ok. Hold your babes tight, breathe them in, look at them and know you will be ok. There will be tears (from who knows what or when they will spontaneously appear 😭), outbursts of every single emotion known to man (most probably over a 5 minute period), tiredness (just adding that almost 3 years in, I’m still catching up from this nap), but most importantly, there will be change. A good change (sometimes a weird change where you’re like ‘wtf is happening and why am I leaking from every crevice 🤷🏼♀️) but at the end of each day you have to say to yourself ‘you did the best you could and that’s enough’ 🙌🏼
This image depicts all that I’ve said above and here I am, right this moment, watching my babe take her own nappy off and run around while yelling ‘ GET BACK UP AGAIN, GET BACK UP AGAIN’ (get used to Trolls 🙄). So in the end, we’re ok 😊
11 3283 hours ago
Both me and Ama have been knocked for six with a bad cough, flu sort of situation. We’re both slowly getting over it but since Ama has been poorly her behaviour has gone to shite. She’s moaning non stop, constantly saying no, having many tantrums , refusing food and just generally being hard work. I have everything crossed that once she’s back to 100% everything resets as my patience is wearing so thin right now.
3 113 hours ago
#NewBlogPost Stretch marks and saggy skin and cellulite - oh my! I'm the most physically fit I've been in years, but that doesn't mean I don't have my share of insecurities. The truth is, I'm not 25 anymore and I've carried two babies (at once!) My body reflects that, both inside and outside. Today I'm sitting down one-on-one with myself and letting my body know - you switched up on me and we need to talk. Read it now at www.twochocolatefaces.com. #LinkInBio
You know what brings me joy? Special moments with my biggest gal. With little sissy around, they don’t happen as often as they used to. So, I soak them up while I can. Lately, she has been all about helping in the kitchen. And @HelloFreshCA [ #ad] meals are the perfect way to let that happen. They make cooking fun! Not only are we making a healthy and delicious meal together, but the pre-portioned ingredients leave me not having to worry that she’ll pour too much of this or not enough of that in the dish. Because let’s be honest, it happens. #toddlerlife 😬 Swipe left ⬅️ to see what we were making. Hint: it’s one of her favourites! 🍝 Try HelloFresh for yourself - use code TOANDFRO for 50% off your 1st box! Check out my IG stories for the link. #HelloFreshPartner#HelloFreshLife
2 393 hours ago
Little Luca is on the mend 🙌🏼
Thank you so much for all the messages and comments of what worked for you guys for #reflux. I’ll be chatting on my story over the next few days about what has worked for us and helped him feel so much better ☺️
I’ll also have to make a journey down to Mullingar to this lad Rory Murphy... I’ve never received so many messages about one person 😂 He must be some sort of miracle baby whisperer! —————————————————————
All snuggled up in his super soft blanket from @elephantliving 🐘
21 3233 hours ago
Family can be very annoying at times, to be frank. Nevertheless, family can also bring immeasurable joy and happiness.
I remember my aunt, Tessy. She was a very good cook and very generous, so my siblings and I frequently visited her (in the same town we lived). Whenever we visited her, she treated us to delicious meals and gave us snacks. She would often ask us not to wash plates after eating, and we would drop used plates and gladly leave, after all, we didn't like chores.
But it was a trap! She would report us to our parents later, saying we were lazy, too lazy to wash plates we used to eat!
I stopped going to her house at some point because I considered her a gossip. But it took till I became an adult for me to realise the training she was giving us.
I learned to do the right thing even when people ask me not to bother myself.
When we had my son, who is now 15, we didn't have much of anything. I was still recovering from the neurological issues I sustained from my accident, and my husband was just entering the workforce. I remember selling my clothes that year just to pay bills. We had a family adopt us that year for Christmas, and it touched my heart so completely. We were given food, some baby items for our son, and a few things to keep me and my husband warm that winter. I always said that when we were on our feet, I wanted to do the same for others, and the kids and I do every year in some form or another. When I had the business, I used my business to help children less fortunate have gifts for Christmas. I would adopt families for birthday parties that were either free for them or at cost. I love helping others and encourage the kids to have a giving spirit!
This past year, we donated to immigrant families in need, and then I found out about @famtofamily .
Family-to-Family is a grassroots non-profit that connects donors to a specific family in need. They help impoverished American families, refugee families in the US, and elderly Holocaust survivors living below the poverty line.
Currently, Family-to-Family and ACTIVATE are looking to give back to the community through a number of different opportunities: literacy projects, organization donations, family-in-need sponsorship, 'Stuff a Stocking', etc. If you would like to help, please see my link in bio and thank you for your support! You can also help spread the word by sharing this post with others! Thank you!
Are you parenting based on your attachment bonds with your parent(s)?
Developmental psychologist, Mary Ainsworth, stated that, "Babies who's crying in the first three months evoke the most prompt and frequent
responses of soothing from parents were, at 12 months, the children who cried least and were most secure."
In order to have a secure attachment style, you would have had to experience both responsiveness and accessability with your caretaker. In having that, you would have established a foundation for trust, curiosity and independance. If you did not have a secure bond with your caretaker you would likely be more anxious, avoidant or ambivalent in relationships.
When you think about your role as a parent, does your attachment style affect it? If you had a neglectful parent or one that you feared, do you overcompensate with your child? How well do you set boundaries? Do you find yourself mirroring the same parenting strategies that you experienced?
Attachment styles can change from insecure to secure. Learn about your style and then pay attention to how you interact with your child. Make any necessary adjustments you can and pay attention to the shifts. How your child regards themself with you will affect how they show up as a partner/parent in the future. .
🌱 Giveaway! 🌱
I'm so excited to be running a competition with @veganlife_live 🌿🎉
I've got five pairs of weekend tickets worth £48 each for this event at Alexandra Palace which takes place on the 9th & 10th March! 🏰
I'll also be there and I'd love to meet some of you in person 😁
To enter all you need to do is;
1️⃣ Follow me
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3️⃣ Tag one person you know who would be interested in this (tag one person per comments, multiple comments will count as multiple entries)
That's it! Competition ends 25th January at 9pm. Good luck! ✨This giveaway is not sponsored or associated with Instagram in any way.✨
27 333 hours ago
You can’t shop with us 🛒
Again, totally unrelated but my newest blog post is up! 👩🏻💻 “Organization Tips for Moms Taking Online Courses” is something I wrote because I’ve really been struggling with getting stuff done lately. Let me know if you have any advice I didn’t add into my post! ❤️
Link in bio! 📝
This guy is getting his molars. Send help. And coffee. 😴
3 313 hours ago
This is just half of Alexa’s jelly cat brood, she has a new one every time there is a special occasion (birthdays, Christmas, when she eats more than a spoonful of dinner 😂).. I’m kinda thinking we may have a zoo by the time she’s 5 🙈 Alexa has never been obsessed with a comforter but over the Last 6 months she has grown more and more attached to her teddies and it is so cute, when we lay her in bed she asks for them one by one by name (granted she may forget 1 or 2) and holds them all in her arms at once.. she is basically like E.T when he is hiding in all those teddies in the film 😂 Her fave is definitely the guy in the middle, affectionately named ‘Panda’ 🐼🙄 What is your little one’s fave teddy/comforter?
When it came to Christmas presents for Arlee, a train set was number 1 on his list, he loves them. We haven't really got space for one downstairs but when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to recreate it. It's perfect for Arlee's room and once we're finished playing we can wheel it back under his bed ready for the next day. We already had the drawer under his cot bed I just had to find new places for his nappies to go and voila! A perfect storage solution.