#embracehappy – The First Two Weeks

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about how I was not feeling myself and have been suffering from mild postnatal depression. Well, over the last two weeks I have tried really hard to slow down, take things a bit easier and enjoy the smaller things in life. The PND cloud is still hanging over me but I know the trigger signs now for when it will make it known and do my best to avoid them, even if it means I just simply have to walk out of whatever room I am in.
I am taking more time to myself and have even managed to do some baking again for the first time since Daniel was born. Next week, I am planning on treating myself to a couple of new summer dresses and sandals so I can feel happy and confidence when I go to BlogCamp next Saturday in Birmingham.
To make me appreciate the smaller things in life, I have started doing #3goodthings. The idea was started by Karin of Cafe Bebe who is encouraging us to find the positives in life each day and list them every night. Mine from the last two weeks are above (I missed a couple of days!) Karin has also suffered with PND too and started this to help get her through the days being a busy working mum of two. In addition, Karin is encouraging us to #embracehappy in general and you can find out more about it on her new blog here.
So tell me, what are your #3goodthings for today?


Britax & BOB Sponsor Bliss Buggy Push for Second Year

For the second year running, leading child safety brand, BRITAX, is proud to announce its dual headline sponsorship of the 2014 Bliss Buggy Push alongside sporty outdoor stroller brand, BOB. The Bliss Buggy Push involves a series of family-friendly 5km buggy walks or runs across the UK, designed to help raise money for Bliss, the special care baby charity.

Bliss is a UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families. One in every nine babies is born premature or sick – that is around 80,000 babies every year.

Bliss is encouraging people all around the country to organise their own Buggy Push in their local area between May and December 2014, with the flagship London launch event taking place in Battersea Park, London on 31 May.

The Bliss Buggy Push series is Bliss’ most successful family fundraising event where mums, dads and children come together to raise money for the charity. Alongside sponsorship of the event BRITAX will also be giving away one of its most popular pushchairs, the BRITAX affinity, to the highest individual fundraiser in this year’s Bliss Buggy Push series. More details about the events and how to enter the competition are available here.

Bengi Bingol Yalcin, UK Marketing Manager at BRITAX remarks, ‘We’re very proud to be coming on board with Bliss again this year. The Bliss Buggy Push is an incredible event that’s really accessible to anyone who wants to get up and active with their little one – and the best part is it’s all in the name of a fantastic cause.’

This year, the London Buggy Push closely follows the launch of the brand new BOB Revolution PRO, BRITAX/BOB’s most versatile outdoor stroller yet. The Revolution PRO allows parents to run and train with their child, with the added flexibility of having a swivel front wheel, making it the perfect everyday stroller too. So if you’re looking for a new training companion ahead of your push this year, don’t forget to check it out.



Silent Sunday – 6th April 2014




My Two Weeks That Was (W/E 5th April 2014)

On Sunday, I put Daniel in jeans for the first time

On Monday, Thomas helped me with the housework

On Tuesday, we went to the GMAC (home of gymnastics in Birmingham), they have a toddler free play session where children can play on full sized gym equipment. Thomas love jumping in the crash pads!

On Wednesday, I took Daniel to mother & baby yoga. He was exhausted at the end!

On Thursday, we stayed at home while Thomas went to nursery

On Friday, Daniel turned into Mickey Mouse

On Saturday, playing made Daniel very tired

On Sunday, I ate a very large ice cream

On Monday, the daffodils appeared in our garden

On Tuesday, Thomas became 'Tractor Tom' at Sandwell Valley Park

Wednesday was another tiring day for Daniel

On Thursday, I had my favourite cauliflower cheese for lunch

On Friday, I had lots of cuddles with a teething Daniel

Today, we have been to see the new Penguin Ice Adventure at Sealife Centre in Birmingham



Not Feeling Myself

Sorry for the lack of blogging recently. I have not been feeling myself at all. Looking after two children under 3 years of age is hard work and I have been trying to keep lots of balls in the air at the same time. I have been beating myself up trying to be the perfect mom and wife and have been feeling guilty for not getting everything done.

I went to the doctors this morning and have been told I may have a bad case of the baby blues or mild postnatal depression. I have been told to take more time for myself and do things that I want to do, then go back in a couple of weeks and see if I am feeling better. If I do not feel better, I maybe referred to counsellng.

I am hoping that I have caught this early enough and in a few weeks time, I will be back to my normal self. I love blogging but due to lots of sleepless nights with Daniel and busy days chasing after Thomas, it has become, along with many other things, a bit of a chore. I have lots of lovely review products to tell you about and I want to give my blog a bit of make over too. However, I realise now that I need to break my massive to do list (not just related to blogging) down into smaller chunks and take everything one step at a time.

I will get through it. I will not let anything like this beat me. I am better than that. I am going to find the positive in every day and start doing #3goodthings with my friend and fellow blogger Karin of Cafe Bebe

Have you suffered with baby blues/PND? Any advice you can give me please? Thank you for reading this post and understanding. It is greatly appreciated x


My Week That Was (W/E 22nd March 2014)

On Sunday, we discovered that Thomas already has the attitude of a rock star!

On Monday, we went to our local Kiddicare and Thomas played on the Lego table

On Tuesday, I introduced Daniel to Tom & Jerry

On Wednesday, we went out for our first meal together since Daniel was born. It was at Edmunds in Birmingham. I had toffee soufflé with bitter chocolate ice cream for pudding

On Thursday, Daniel was awake most of the night due to constipation and teething. I spent most of the night awake too so we had a very sleepy Thursday zzzzzzzzzzz

On Friday, I officially came down with one of the many bugs that are going around so cue, baby pic no 1!

On Saturday, I was still ill so here is baby pic no 2!

PS: I have not forgotten how to do normal blog posts! I have lots of reviews and other interesting posts to share, however due to exhaustion and general illness in the house, I have not had the time or the energy. I hope to rectify this during the coming week :-)



Silent Sunday – 16th March 2014




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