A guide to driving with a toddler

Charlie and I average 700km a week, sometimes with company, sometimes by ourselves.  Yes over 700km and that’s with no extra trips anywhere.  So I’d like to think we have the driving thing down pat and that there are a few things I’ve picked up in the hours and hours in a car with a toddler that might help someone else, so here are a few handy suggestions for you.     Continue reading

Out & About with a new baby; what were my must haves

Anyone who has had to take a small human into public knows it’s not as simple as hauling them around in your arms.  The amount of stuff you have to take with you can get ridiculous, and it’s hard to know what you might really need, and what is just taking up space.  I was recently asked what were the things I used the most and so I’ve made a list of the 5 things I have used a lot in the hopes it will help cut down on the unnecessary ‘stuff’.  Continue reading

Toddlers are A$$holes (and other parenting truths)

Most people think that the newborn stage is the hardest and most exhausting to get through, and maybe I am one of a very few who would say this, but I actually think toddler-hood is even harder, and here’s why. Continue reading

How to get things done when you have a toddler; my tips for sanity

 Anyone who has a toddler will know how impossible it is to get almost anything done without it being undone right behind you, or having to stop what you are doing because you notice said toddler dancing on the dining room table and you have to rescue him (not that I know for experience…) Continue reading

The hard lessons I learned from having kids young

No matter what age you have a child, there are things you will have to learn the hard way- like just how bitchy you can be on 2 hours broken sleep, or how much chocolate you can consume without being sick (or is that just me?).  I had H at the tender age of 21, Max at 22, and was running my own business by 23- I have to throw that in-, then Charlie at 26.  Becoming a Mum at such a young age meant I had to learn some things faster than I might have otherwise, and some of those things were pretty hard lessons.

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Birth; what I wish I knew

There were so many questions I had about what having a baby would be like when I was pregnant for the first time.  Would it be really painful? Would I be able to have pain relief? How would I know what to do and would I be able to have control? I wanted the answers and everything I was told, or read was so vague I couldn’t nail down one answer.  It took me 3 babies to realize the reason that so much information was conflicting was because every birth is different! Having said that, there are a few things that tend to be more or less universal and these are the things I thought I’d share.    Continue reading

Bringing Home Baby – What I learnt the hard way

Oh a newborn baby is something so precious- a true miracle!  When you bring your bundle of joy home there are some things you might not know you need to know, I’m going to save you the hard yards of learning through trial and error- here’s what I wish I knew before we brought our boys home! Continue reading

Pregnancy Style on a budget

Being pregnant brings with it all sorts of new challenges and one that I found pretty challenging was style.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not that style savvy (at all) but we all like to feel good about how we look and I find that for me, a lot of that comes from the clothes I wear.  Here’s a quick guide to what I wore during my pregnancy with Charlie, while sticking to a pretty strict budget (and being limited to access to shops- hello online shopping!) Continue reading

New Mum Etiquette: How to visit a new baby

Oh I’m so excited!  So many of my friends are having babies, and everyone knows the most precious baby moment of all is visiting the new addition (and glowing Mumma) in hospital- but just pause for a second- there are some pretty important things to consider if you want to have a snuggle with that beautiful bundle and not put the new parents out- here are my top tips Continue reading

What to get a new Mum

I attended a baby shower on the weekend. It was gorgeous to ooh and aaah over the glowing Mumma’s big belly and lots of fun to watch her unwrap her presents. But it made me realize that many people are at a loss as to what they could get as a gift for a soon to be Mum (or a new baby)- especially when it’s a second, third or even fourth addition to the family! So I thought I’d use my infinite wisdom (not really), and my experience in both giving & receiving gifts for babies and give some suggestions- hopefully, they help!  Continue reading