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When your a new mama, how do you find the time to exercise? Even if you find the time, how do you find the energy? Yesterday coffee was definitely my friend.

Although I wore these shoes to church, I only put them on just before I entered the building. I actually ran to church then put my sneakers in the pram. It felt good to get that little bit of endorphin rush from the exercise. I guess it's making the time and not making excuses too.

In the end, if you think about how good you'll feel, you might just want to get your body moving. Ten minute rule my lovelies.
When your a new mama, how do you find the time to exercise? Even if you find the time, how do you find the energy? Yesterday coffee was definitely my friend. Although I wore these shoes to church, I only put them on just before I entered the building. I actually ran to church then put my sneakers in the pram. It felt good to get that little bit of endorphin rush from the exercise. I guess it's making the time and not making excuses too. In the end, if you think about how good you'll feel, you might just want to get your body moving. Ten minute rule my lovelies.
My birthday is in less than 3 weeks. Can someone please buy these amazing pieces of clothing for me? I mean, the Alexander McQueen clutch purse will only set you back a mere $1400.

A girl can dream. That's what apps like @fashmates is for.
My birthday is in less than 3 weeks. Can someone please buy these amazing pieces of clothing for me? I mean, the Alexander McQueen clutch purse will only set you back a mere $1400. A girl can dream. That's what apps like @fashmates is for.
Sunday style.

Chuffed with my 99p score of a size 16 shirt from a charity shop that can be worn as a dress with the addition of a belt. 
Not-so-chuffed with the family looking right at me as I took the picture. 
I can hardly ask people to move on. But hey. At least they were nice enough to offer to take the pic but I declined.
Sunday style. Chuffed with my 99p score of a size 16 shirt from a charity shop that can be worn as a dress with the addition of a belt. Not-so-chuffed with the family looking right at me as I took the picture. I can hardly ask people to move on. But hey. At least they were nice enough to offer to take the pic but I declined.
When you're asked if your child wants to be the camel in the kids Christmas carols at your In-laws church @elimnewcastle 5 minutes before they're due to go on. Sure. Yep, this morning I carried Halcyon down the front of the aisle as everyone "oohed" and "aahed" as people do when they see a child in a cute costume. I got to sit on the side of the stage with her as we wiggled and clapped our hands to the music. My mother-in-law could not stop laughing when trying to get a picture with her because she can't lift her easily...our child is getting solid (look at those thighs).
When you're asked if your child wants to be the camel in the kids Christmas carols at your In-laws church @elimnewcastle 5 minutes before they're due to go on. Sure. Yep, this morning I carried Halcyon down the front of the aisle as everyone "oohed" and "aahed" as people do when they see a child in a cute costume. I got to sit on the side of the stage with her as we wiggled and clapped our hands to the music. My mother-in-law could not stop laughing when trying to get a picture with her because she can't lift her easily...our child is getting solid (look at those thighs).
It's a holly jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year 🎶

We've got the in-laws coming over for Christmas Eve Eve afternoon tea and games next Sunday. We might have to start making it a yearly tradition on the 23rd. 
We haven't done lots of Christmas decorating, just the tree mainly. Do you think we need a wreath and more decor? What kind of decorations are you into at the moment?  I do love a good homemade wreath but if you saw my poor attempt at a floral headband while abroad in Latvia a few years ago (it's a yearly tradition on their longest day of the year, sit by the fire and make headbands). Those ladies are pros. I am not. Let's leave it to the experts.
It's a holly jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year 🎶 We've got the in-laws coming over for Christmas Eve Eve afternoon tea and games next Sunday. We might have to start making it a yearly tradition on the 23rd. We haven't done lots of Christmas decorating, just the tree mainly. Do you think we need a wreath and more decor? What kind of decorations are you into at the moment? I do love a good homemade wreath but if you saw my poor attempt at a floral headband while abroad in Latvia a few years ago (it's a yearly tradition on their longest day of the year, sit by the fire and make headbands). Those ladies are pros. I am not. Let's leave it to the experts.
Hey girl. Thanks @suaussie
for this outfit that you got Halcyon from my Amazon wish list.

Breakfast this morning. Me: berries and oats.
Halcyon: big pieces of pear (and also mango).
Our child is a food snob. We don't feed her purees all the time but when I do, she now turns her nose up when once she didn't.
Solution: Baby-led weaning. It's when the child picks up the food and shoves it in their mouth. Except she doesn't. I have to hold it. Kids are hilarious when trying new things. Oh I love this stage of  life and don't want our little munchkin to grow up fast.
Hey girl. Thanks @suaussie for this outfit that you got Halcyon from my Amazon wish list. Breakfast this morning. Me: berries and oats. Halcyon: big pieces of pear (and also mango). Our child is a food snob. We don't feed her purees all the time but when I do, she now turns her nose up when once she didn't. Solution: Baby-led weaning. It's when the child picks up the food and shoves it in their mouth. Except she doesn't. I have to hold it. Kids are hilarious when trying new things. Oh I love this stage of life and don't want our little munchkin to grow up fast.
Nobody died, well not today anyway.

This morning I took Halcyon for a walk through the cemetery to see where her grandad is buried. Steven's dad sadly passed 17 years ago and I never got to meet the fella.

By the time I found his grave (I've been once), Halcyon was fast asleep. I, on the other hand, had been reading all of the headstones as I passed and was a blubbering mess. So many people gone. So many couples who lost each other. 
One couple died only months apart, I'd say from heartbreak as they were only 50 and 51 and both died in their sleep. That is so sweet. I want to go like that. Like in The Notebook. Spoiler alert, sorry if you haven't seen the film.
Nobody died, well not today anyway. This morning I took Halcyon for a walk through the cemetery to see where her grandad is buried. Steven's dad sadly passed 17 years ago and I never got to meet the fella. By the time I found his grave (I've been once), Halcyon was fast asleep. I, on the other hand, had been reading all of the headstones as I passed and was a blubbering mess. So many people gone. So many couples who lost each other. One couple died only months apart, I'd say from heartbreak as they were only 50 and 51 and both died in their sleep. That is so sweet. I want to go like that. Like in The Notebook. Spoiler alert, sorry if you haven't seen the film.
Sunday style.

When you stop mid-pose to breathe on your cold hands before the timer goes off but you then forget to actually pose properly. Yeah, today's look brought to you by looking goofy while feeling cold.
Sunday style. When you stop mid-pose to breathe on your cold hands before the timer goes off but you then forget to actually pose properly. Yeah, today's look brought to you by looking goofy while feeling cold.
Just a bit of encouragement on this lovely Sunday evening. 
Look after yourself and stop speaking rubbish about yourself (but on the flipside, being 'full of yourself' and cocky isn't exactly appealing either). Might I add that I'm looking after myself by sipping a glass of Merlot and there is an apple crumble in the oven (not homemade) that is about to be devoured. 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday you wonderful thing, you, and try to have a kick-butt kind of week.
Just a bit of encouragement on this lovely Sunday evening. Look after yourself and stop speaking rubbish about yourself (but on the flipside, being 'full of yourself' and cocky isn't exactly appealing either). Might I add that I'm looking after myself by sipping a glass of Merlot and there is an apple crumble in the oven (not homemade) that is about to be devoured. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday you wonderful thing, you, and try to have a kick-butt kind of week.
It's beginning to look a lot like party season. What will you be wearing?

Me? I don't spend a lot on clothing unless it's an investment piece (eg: good leather shoes or winter coat or good jeans). I might just get a cute sparkly top and pair it with a pencil skirt and heels, oh, and my trademark red lippy...honestly, it saves so much time compared to doing a full face of makeup yet makes a difference in making me look somewhat human.
It's beginning to look a lot like party season. What will you be wearing? Me? I don't spend a lot on clothing unless it's an investment piece (eg: good leather shoes or winter coat or good jeans). I might just get a cute sparkly top and pair it with a pencil skirt and heels, oh, and my trademark red lippy...honestly, it saves so much time compared to doing a full face of makeup yet makes a difference in making me look somewhat human.
Winging it since 1984.

Do you ever feel like you don't have a clue but you just fake it until you make it? Some might say that's delusion but some might say it's positive reinforcement. 
I think believing that you will be able to do something is the key (obvious practical training, skill etc) to moving yourself forward.  In the meantime, just look like you know what you're doing...they'll never know 😉
Winging it since 1984. Do you ever feel like you don't have a clue but you just fake it until you make it? Some might say that's delusion but some might say it's positive reinforcement. I think believing that you will be able to do something is the key (obvious practical training, skill etc) to moving yourself forward. In the meantime, just look like you know what you're doing...they'll never know 😉
The perks of having a kid: being involved with the children's secret Santa that my family do every year. These cute items are getting sent to one of Halcyon's cousins in Australia. I wonder what Halcyon will be given. 
Honestly, Christmas not only gets too expensive but it almost loses it's meaning when too many presents are given. My family also have the grown ups secret Santa so that means I've only bought 2 gifts for my family and the rest shall be for the in-laws.

Do you have any gift giving traditions?
The perks of having a kid: being involved with the children's secret Santa that my family do every year. These cute items are getting sent to one of Halcyon's cousins in Australia. I wonder what Halcyon will be given. Honestly, Christmas not only gets too expensive but it almost loses it's meaning when too many presents are given. My family also have the grown ups secret Santa so that means I've only bought 2 gifts for my family and the rest shall be for the in-laws. Do you have any gift giving traditions?
Impossible is just a word. 
Don't let it have meaning in your life.
Impossible is just a word. Don't let it have meaning in your life.
Carols Christmas style.

I ran straight from work to go watch carols at church last night so a photo op just wasn't in the cards...this will suffice.
Carols Christmas style. I ran straight from work to go watch carols at church last night so a photo op just wasn't in the cards...this will suffice.
And welcome to the Christmas season. Is it just us who failed to get their tree up yesterday? It's about to go up now, homemade mulled wine (ok, half premix, half added spices and oranges) in one hand and a bite of (fruit) mince pie every now and again. I'm just excited to put Halcyon's decoration up that we got with her name up.

What music do you think we should play? What, Christmassy tunes are you listening to?
Last night I went to carols at church @hillsonguknewcastle and it was pretty amazing, not just glitz, glam and fun but also packed with a good message.
And welcome to the Christmas season. Is it just us who failed to get their tree up yesterday? It's about to go up now, homemade mulled wine (ok, half premix, half added spices and oranges) in one hand and a bite of (fruit) mince pie every now and again. I'm just excited to put Halcyon's decoration up that we got with her name up. What music do you think we should play? What, Christmassy tunes are you listening to? Last night I went to carols at church @hillsonguknewcastle and it was pretty amazing, not just glitz, glam and fun but also packed with a good message.
Peek a boo.

When mummy goes to work and daddy takes our little bunny out for a walk.

It's been weird going back to work after a year off but in a way it's kind of nice too. Don't get me wrong, I miss Halcyon (and I even nearly cried doing facetime on my break the other day) but it's good doing something other than nappy changes, feeding, laundry (LOTS), going for walks and also watching Alphablocks and Postman Pat. 
Everything is a season and this one is only 3 months, who knows what I'll be doing after it? I am definitely happy to have lots of cuddles from our cheeky chops.
Peek a boo. When mummy goes to work and daddy takes our little bunny out for a walk. It's been weird going back to work after a year off but in a way it's kind of nice too. Don't get me wrong, I miss Halcyon (and I even nearly cried doing facetime on my break the other day) but it's good doing something other than nappy changes, feeding, laundry (LOTS), going for walks and also watching Alphablocks and Postman Pat. Everything is a season and this one is only 3 months, who knows what I'll be doing after it? I am definitely happy to have lots of cuddles from our cheeky chops.
PERSPECTIVE.
PERSPECTIVE.
When you get paid to curl your hair. Um, yes please @dysonhair
When you get paid to curl your hair. Um, yes please @dysonhair