Category: BlogLife

Quotes to Get a Mama Through the Day

Has anyone else noticed a huge increase in the amount of “Mama merch” out there?

You know the stuff. Jumpers, bags, pins, hats etc. Emblazoned with inspirational and or humorous words and quotes.

The amount of sellers, especially independent sellers mostly found on Instagram, has boomed. There’s loads! So many awesome mamas creating beautiful designs and merchandise. Quite frankly I want it all.

But why is it doing so well? In my opinion it’s because it gives us a little nudge and boost through our long parenting days. 

You surely can’t help feel a little bit badass when wearing a “Strong Girls Club” sweatshirt from Mutha Hood

Sporting an “Eliminate Girl Hate” tshirt or “Support Your Loval Ghoul Gang” tote bag from Bloody Nora Pam reminds everyone to be that bit kinder to each other.

Looking at my “Mama Warrior” clutch bag during my labour with B honestly gave me a much needed boost all the way through. Thank you so much to Kemi Telford (and a fabulous online support system who sent it to me!!) 

Recently I’ve just spotted this amazing tshirt from Black and Beech. “A Mothers Place is in the Resistance”. Bloody awesome!!

And who can avoid the amazing merch from Selfish Mother? I’m particularly coveting a “Winging It” hoodie. Because I am. Every day! 

More recently I’ve discovered Warrior Tees, who make gorgeous stuff that aims to raise awareness of mental health illnesses. The “Be Fearless” raglans are just awesome! I’m a sucker for a raglan t shirt.

And that’s barely scratched the surface on all the amazing Mama brands out there!!

This post may well need a sequel soon!!

Do you have any favourite mama brands? What item is your absolute fave?

Mrs H xxx

*all photos have been taken from the brands own Instagram – please all go and follow them! I’ve written this just because I wanted to and genuinely like their stuff. I’ve received no payment or products for this post




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Tonight’s “Phobia”

Tonight’s phobia, or rather a fear, is that B will not let me out him down to sleep.

I’ve been in his room for over an hour now and he’s fine until I put him down.

Spent all day holding him to sleep too.

It may be a long night.

Wish me luck!

Mrs H xxx

(Ps. You can’t even tell that I had nothing prepared, and had to whip this up asap because I really want to complete Blogtober, can you?!
Slightly better quality posts will resume from tomorrow…I hope. Depends on if B is feeling it to be honest!!) 

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Books and My Babies

When it comes to reading books to my babies I’ve been seriously slacking in recent months. 

It’s really hard to keep reading bedtimes stories when you’re physically juggling one of them, when they have different bedtimes and, frankly, when you’re so tired you’re just desperate for them to go to sleep. 

It saddens me that I rarely read B a book before bed, and that when I do read to G it’s often just one book and one we’ve read so many times before. 

We need a refresh and a decent burst of inspiration, and I’m willing to bet we’re not the only ones!

Here are few (bloody good!) blog posts full of new book ideas and ways to get you (and the kids) excited to read together again.

We’ve hit a bit of a stalemate when it comes to what books we’re reading. This list of feminist books to read to your toddler, from Hi Baby, is perfect. All of these titles are going on the boys’ Christmas lists. 

This absolutely darling idea of creating a seasonal shelf  is a great idea for a daily visual prompt that doesn’t rely on bedtimes for stories. Just choose from the shelf through the day and tie in with craft activities or seasonal walks. Hello Beautiful Bear has the best ideas!

In my experience kids love all things poop related! We have one book from this series (the world book day special) but haven’t got round to reading the rest. I know G would find all of these Dinosaur Who Pooped books hilarious. I think it’s safe to say Kerry Louise Norris and Eva did too! 

G has recently started at a Welsh medium school, so Cardiff Mummy Says sharing this list of 20 Welsh language books is really useful for both of us. I need all the practise I can get!

Mrs H xxx

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“Having A Night Film”

The first week of school went like an absolute dream. 

G flew in without a glance back. I was left fighting back the tears but he loved it.

But by week two it all changed. The realisation that this was a weekly event and the fear of missing out on what was happening at home (a nap, a Tesco shop and a bit of blogging…woop woop!!) 

So “incentives” were brought in. Aka I started bribery. All the bribery. Time on my phone, sweets (at the school gate…mother of the year award coming my way!) and the chance to choose a “special treat” for the first day he wasn’t in school. There were lots of options, days out, favourite foods etc. 

But I’d recently won a hamper of “film night” stuff from Three Network at Blog On. It contained a blanket, phone projector, popcorn maker, popcorn boxes and loads of other stuff to make the perfect film night. And that was G’s choice. And to watch the Grinch. 

We put B to bed as soon as possible so that G got to have time by himself. He loved it, and so did we, because we got to spend some quality one on one time with him. I didn’t realise just how little quality solo time we’ve had with him lately. 

Now when we mention choosing an activity for the week, having a “night film”, as G calls it, is top of his list.

And I’m definitely not complaining!

How do you make one on one time for your kids?

Mrs H xxx

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