Surviving the Summer Holidays one week at a time!

Surviving the Summer Holidays

So we have had the first week of the summer holidays over and done with and this one was the easy week where 00Steve and family have been around to help out or make days out easier. I figured each week I would write about what we have done and hopefully give you some ideas. Even if you aren’t in the same area as me it may give you inspiration for local areas you have.

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Buttony Bear – The Bear with a Button Stoma

Buttony Bear - the bear with a button stoma

Buttony Bear or as Ra-Ra calls him Button Bear is a beautiful little bear much like the famous Steiff bears that I coveted badly as a child. These bears are perfect to offer comfort to predominantly children who are going in for surgery and can be scared. The idea of this bear having a stoma just like they will allows them to feel less alone.

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Ra-Ra’s Nativity

Ra-Ra's Nativity

Today I want to be a proud parent and wife for the whole post okay? Well it’s happening regardless and that is because I want to talk to you about Ra-Ra’s first school nativity! Last year in nursery she got to be a shepherd and enjoyed herself but this time whilst doing “Little Red Robin” with all three years in her school she got to sing and dance and be the “glittering star” which to people who hadn’t heard of this rendition of the original nativity (like me and 00Steve) is basically the star of Bethlehem. Read more

Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff

Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff

The lovely people over at Zimpli Kids sent me some samples of some of their products to try. Gelli Baff “Lava”, “Slime” and “Snowballs”. This is something 00Steve had bought for some of Ra-Ra’s friends for their birthdays recently and we wanted to try it for our own little cherubs so it was perfect timing really. Read more

Breastfeeding Awareness Week for the Non Breastfeeding Mum’s

Breastfeeding Awareness Week for the Non Breastfeeding Mum's

So it is currently National Breastfeeding Week and it has been filling up my social media feeds constantly and of course that is a good thing! No mum should feel she can’t feed her child in public or have to hide away, especially not in a god damn toilet that infuriates me. It is completely natural albeit sometimes difficult thing for women to do. What I have liked about the posts some from my family and some from my friends is that every one struggles with something different! Be it the physical side or the mental side of breastfeeding. It has made my non breastfeeding journey seem just as important. Read more

Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

returning to work after maternity leave

Returning to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful to some mums but for others as much as they love their children they can’t wait to get back to work and be “them” for a few hours rather than “mum”. I have gone back after maternity twice now and both times were very different. After Ra-Ra was born I went back to a job where I knew the staff, the job and it felt very much like my colleagues were family. This time after Button; I went into a whole new job where other than the basics of the job (once worked in care the basics are always the same) I didn’t know anyone, new paperwork and a new location. I feel very much like the outcast the typical new girl in the films of the 2000’s I grew up watching. Trying to join in with already established cliques. Read more