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April Favourites 

Second favourites blog, woo hoo! April has been a killer long month with lots going on! So here’s what’s got me through! 

1. Facebook buy, sell and swap groups!

I’ve been spring cleaning and decluttering! These groups have been fab for easily selling stuff and making some extra cash with minimum effort! Picked up some bargains whilst I was on there too!

2. Vanish Carpet Cleaner

Weaning is a messy business and Eva has learnt how to launch the spoon from the kitchen to the living room! This stuff gets every stain I’ve had so far, right out! Winner!

3. Mamas & Papas Baby Snug


We have a fairly small house (a persimmon Moseley), so all of the baby paraphernalia that is quickly multiplying has been worrying me. Enter the Baby Snug! This is great for Eva and is neatly stored under our breakfast bar. It lasts up to 18 months too. It was £45 and I have to admit I did kick myself as I’ve seen so many since I bought it, in good condition on buy, sell and swap groups. But we had vouchers to use and I was not disappointed! We got a second hand one for £10 to keep at her nana’s house too and we even took it away with us to the caravan. 

4. A Bath Butler!

Like most mums, a bath has become a treat for me. So I was over the moon with my Mother’s Day gift of a Bath Butler. Candles on and TOWIE on the iPad – I’m in my element and it’s definitely me time! 

5. Cadbury Mellos


These are 2 syns and soooo good for your chocolate fix! 


Am I barking mad?!….Probably!

We have wanted a dog since before I got pregnant with Eva. Due to living in a rented flat and having our hands full and going into the unknown with a baba, we held off! But for the last few months I’ve found myself on the dog pages again. 

Am I completely mental to want to get a dog now with a five month hold on my hands?! Probably! So, here’s my pros and cons! 

Pros 

  1. I’ve always pictured my family with a dog.
  2. We now own our own house with a garden.
  3. We have artificial turf- so no ruined garden!
  4. I’m on maternity leave until August for the “bedding in” stage.
  5. I work from home, so “said dog” wouldn’t be alone all day.
  6. Eva sleeps through the night (so she won’t be disturbing the dog, thus disturbing us).
  7. Eva sleeps in her own room.
  8. It’s a good age to make sure they’re friends for life!
  9. We have family and friends with dogs who can help when we go away.
  10. I’m now 5 months in to being a mum so my gag reflex towards shit has been cured 🤢💩.
  11. We are attracted to small dogs (which is good having a baby and a small house!

Cons

  1. The main one!! Family will moan at us and be pissed off. Because despite being 25, having my own house and child (who in her five months of life has suffered nothing thing more traumatic than her injections!), people still think I can’t fend for myself and also believe I give a shit about their opinions. I do not.
  2. As I’m the one at home, most of the work will fall to me.
  3. Holidays will be more difficult.
  4. Cost.
  5. Not being able to take my eyes off Eva for a second.
  6. Being in a new house, we have new everything to be potentially ruined.
  7. Will it get on with Eva? Only time will tell.

So here I am, with my mind pretty much made up and a pep talk from my brother telling me to “fuck’em!” and all sorts of conflicting advice from mamas that have been there and done it!

But, we are a bit mental and I’ve always wanted one so I guess we’ll be a family of four very soon! 🐶

Fakeaway Chicken Fried Rice

Fancied something stodgy this week and this hit the spot! And it’s super easy too.

Fakeaway Chicken Fried Rice

Serves 2

Syn free!


Ingredients 

  • 2 cups/servings Basmati Rice
  • 100g Peas
  • 3 Spring Onions (chopped) 
  • 2 Eggs
  • Chicken Stock Pot
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
  • Frylight 
  • 100ml dark soy sauce
  • 2 Chicken Breats (cut up into strips)
  • Slimming world’s syn free curry sauce (from Iceland)

Method

  1. Put a large amount of boiling water into a pan with the chicken stock pot and put on a medium heat
  2. Once the stock pot has melted, add the rice and cook for 12 minutes
  3. Heat up some frylight in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook until white
  4. Add the garlic to the pan
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a jug and cook in the microwave for two minutes
  6. Scramble the egg and add the the pan
  7. Add the peas and spring onions to the pan
  8. Drain the rice and add it to the frying pan
  9. Mix all of the ingredients together in the frying pan
  10. Add the soy sauce and mix well
  11. Serve with slimming world curry sauce
  12. Enjoy!

Am I Losing My Mojo?

Just as soon as I think I have this parenting shit nailed, the landscape changes and back to square one googling “Why won’t my child sleep during the day?”. Everyday is completely different and as much as we are into our routine, I just couldn’t tell you what each day is going to be like.

“Am I losing my mojo? Did I have it in the first place?”

I was on mum cloud nine last week when Eva let me “put her down” for a nap. I got a shower and washed my hair!!! This was such a big deal that I had to share this amazing news with my fellow instamums! 


Since when did washing your hair twice a week instead of two become such an achievement? But it was and I was applauded for it. 

Silly me for thinking this was now a thing. This was not a thing. This was a one of, never to happen again, bloody miracle. >sheds a little tear<.

What has become a thing is Eva rolling from one side of the room to the other. Joy! I have this weird cocktail of emotions with this milestone of; pride, dread, sadness, happiness and annoyance that I now can’t take my eyes of her for the next ten years! 


So am I losing my mojo? Did I have it in the first place? Just as I thought I was getting the hang of things, I’m becoming overwhelmed with all of the new shit I need to learn. And don’t get me started on the gut wrenching guilt because I actually uttered the words “I’m quite looking forward to going back to work”.

So as I sit here (with 4 day old hair), in the most uncomfortable position known to man, dying for a wee (but no way am I waking Eva up), a washing pile as high as Everest, sick on almost every pair of shoes I deem comfortable enough to wear (lol at stilettos) and the house resembling a bomb site, I just need that voice inside my head to say you got this. 

New Mama Survival Kit

So I had a little insta inspo whilst chatting to @thediaryofayoungmum_ and standing in solidarity with my fellow “mum-bun-ers”  @theonshoremum and @threeunder_3 and all of the other mums that wash their hair once a week (if we feel like treating ourselves!). It got me thinking that we all (and me included) bang on about stuff that the baby needs and we really should talk about what we need! 

So new mums/mums to be, here’s the survival kit you should definitely get!

New Mama Survival Kit

  1. Dry Shampoo – you now no longer have time to shower and if you do (good for you!), definitely for two minutes max! And you soooo don’t have time to dry your hair afterwards. So just give it up and dry shampoo it! 
  2. Leggings – for the mum tum, for comfort and mainly because they’re it’s easier to wipe sick, food or shit off them with a baby wipe than jeans… legit you can not change every time you get something on you, you will run out of clothes fast! 
  3. The mum bun – ok so this isn’t an item you can buy, but you will master the mum bun very quickly. It’s like our uniform! If you wear your hair down, there is a 100% chance that it will be thrown up on or yanked out.
  4. Espadrilles – another mum uniform special! Flat, comfy, practical shoes. Yeah I thought I’d be rocking heels like a yummy mummy too, but ain’t nobody got time for that when I’m rushing to waterbabies with 352 bags and a car seat when it’s pissing it down outside – no, no, no! 
  5. Hand cream – between washing bottles, changing nappies, cleaning up after din dins, your hands will take a battering! Have hand cream everywhere! 
  6. Wine/Vodka/Chocolate – you need a vice!! These are mine. I need a reward at the end of everyday to say “hey, well done you! You made it! You and the baby are still alive!”. I don’t do alcohol through the week, but that’s what chocolate is for…right? 
  7. Pockets – clothes/coats with pockets in. You need to have so much to hand, so anything to make life easier. My pockets are full of dummies, bibs, teethers and all of my crap that I can no longer put in my bag, as it will be lost in the bottomless pit of baby paraphernalia.
  8. Hand sanitizer – because as much as we love them, babies are disgusting! 
  9. Hood – ever tried pushing a pram in the rain whilst trying to hold a brolly? Never again. 
  10. A team mate – be it a partner, relative or friend. You need some you time to be sane. Being a mum is fucking hard and you need a break. Let someone take over even if it’s just for 30 minutes whilst you soak in the bath (surrounded by all sorts of plastic toys) or watch crap tv, or nap!!! (Let’s be honest we all just nap!). 

March Favourites 

Wasn’t it just Christmas? I’ve decided to start doing monthly favourites. They’ll be some of my stuff and some of Eva’s stuff too! 

So here goes….

1. Aldi Candles!


Bargain alert! Ok, so I might be late to the party but these babies are like freakin’ gold dust! However, I managed to get my hands on some (I have a “candle” guy) and they are soooooo worth the hype. £3.99 for the Jo Malone dupes (which would set you back a whopping £60 by the way!). They are gorgeous! 

If you can get into an Aldi first thing in the morning – do it!! 

2. Veg Packs!


Yawn… but trust me, I’ve loved these! Another Aldi wonder but I’m sure they do them everywhere.  But they’re ace for weaning! I found this little combination the other day for £1! Boiled it, blitzed it and Eva loved it. So I can still feel like super mum for making my own baby purées, but with half the effort and it satisfies my inner cheapskate – winner winner chicken dinner (or butternut squash and sweet potato in this case). 

3. Tommee Tippee Disposable Bibs


This weaning stuff is a messy business. Not so bad when you’re at home but going out and about, it’s a whole different ball game! These disposable waterproof bibs are fab, as it means to don’t need to carry the mess around with you in your bag after your little messpot has had their dinner! 

4. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub


One of the things I’ve vowed to do better is look after my skin! Gone are the days of sleeping in my make up and not breaking out because of it! I use this scrub before bed and I’m already starting to see the benefits after just two weeks! 

5. Natasha Bailie


Again, probably late to the party but I’m super mum crushing on Natasha Bailie right now. The amount of times I’ve been told to curb my language now that I’m a mum and Natasha shows you that you can rock mama life without losing all of your personality. I think she is absolutely hilarious, I love her style and outlook on parenting. I only hope this doesn’t sound too weirdly obsessive… oops! 

Check her out on insta, YouTube and her blog – The Milk Stand

Heavenly (and ever so saintly) Peppercorn Sauce

So, on slimming world I love my steaks, but what I really do miss is a good peppercorn sauce. 

This one is super delicious and just 2 syns for a rather large portion! I have this with steak but also pork steaks, chicken and anything I want a sauce on really!!

Heavenly (and ever so saintly) Peppercorn Sauce


Serves 2 – 4 syns for all of it!

Ingredients:

  • Shallot x 1 (chopped)
  • 100ml Low fat/ fat free Creme Fraiche
  • Frylight 
  • Peppercorns (as many as you like)
  • Beef stock melt x 1

Method:

If you’re cooking the meat in a pan, use the same pan to cook the sauce for extra flavour! 

  1. Spray frylight into a pan and put on a medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft.
  3. Add the creme fraiche to the pan and stir.
  4. Stir in the beef stock melt.
  5. Crack the peppercorns (or use a peppermill) and add to the pan.
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

Easy but so effective!! 

One Precious Hour

The clocks going forward never used to bother. You could have a safe bet that I’d be in a club somewhere and as long as the place was staying open for an extra hour I didn’t seem to notice.

This time I’m a mum with a baby going through what everyone keeps telling me is Four Month Sleep Regression. She danger naps at 5pm, fights her sleep and is now usually down between half past 8 and 9pm. Then she’s up at 6am. God save me.

And then the clocks went forward and we lost that one, ever so precious hour.

Push that forward an hour and it makes for a very tired mama… except she’s getting up at 5am and not 7am! 

I know I shouldn’t grumble because there are people far worse off than me, getting up at all hours of the night for feeds, but I do, I feel very sorry for myself. And Adam. By the time Pea goes to bed, I nod off on the sofa and that’s it.

I never understood people signing the petition to stop the clocks going forward, because well, it didn’t make much of a difference to me. But now it does! And I’m signing the bloody thing!! 

Rocking Motherhood

I’ve been tagged to write a blog by the lovely Aless (read her blog here!) about rocking motherhood. So here goes! 

  • I keep busy! Seriously I’m rushed off my bloody feet, but it has made mat leave anything but boring! I’ve done my research and found as many things to do with Eva as possible. I love that my baby is socialising as much as I am.
  • I do it MY WAY! Mama’s intuition really has taken over. Parents, friends, doctors, strangers… Move over, she’s my daughter and I’ll raise her how I like! 
  • I’ve finally become a morning person – mainly because Eva is in the best mood in the morning thus, so am I! Long may it continue! 
  • I’ve mastered doing most tasks one handed. Essential.
  • I accept help!!!!! Do not be proud, it necessary. I think the saying is “it takes a village to raise a child” – true story.
  • I’m still me! I wear make up, I swear loads (I will quit that soon, my mother will be delighted), I love a vodka and Coke, I make my daughter watch TOWIE with me and I still blast out 50 cent in the car.

L X 

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