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  • Pickle asleep on our bed, cuddled up to duvet with light shining behind

    Dreaming of a Better Night’s Sleep

    This is a collaborative post.

    It’s true what they say: if you’re talking about it, you’re not getting it. And we’re not getting it. Sleep, that is. When I was pregnant, I prepared myself for what I thought I could expect when it came to sleep as a parent. After all, it’s what everyone says to you before your first child, isn’t it? I found all the ‘get sleep whilst you can!’ comments infuriating, always said with a patronising little smile and a tone that implies you have no idea what you’re letting yourself in for. I knew Sunday lie-ins would be a thing of the past. I was well aware new-born babies need feeding around the clock. I thought my expectations were realistic. But never, ever, in my worst-case scenario thinking did I ever imagine I’d get to this point: twenty months of parenting with only TWO nights where Pickle has slept through. read more

    / January 24, 2018
  • Red Pierre Cardin T-shirt from Sports Direct

    Gifts for £5 with Sports Direct

    We’re doing Christmas on a budget this year. Living off just one salary makes that kind of necessary but I’m also of the mindset that you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to have a good time. Likewise, you don’t need to bankrupt yourself to get your hands on some fantastic presents. Thankfully, this mentality has been ingrained in me from a young age and as a family, we even spent a few years doing a £1 present challenge. It was my Mum’s idea – we all had to buy each other the best present we could without spending over £1 on each person. Challenge accepted! I scoured pound shops and sale sections to find the best bits and pieces I could, and was really pleased with my present choices which included a Coronation Street DVD for my brother (ha ha ha, he bloody loves Corrie), and a hand decorated glass heart container for bubble bath for my Mum – which she still has in her bathroom.

    When tasked with taking on the #SDFiverChallenge with Sports Direct and BritMums (to pick up some gifts for £5 each from Sports Direct), I was ready for some bargain hunting – it sounded RIGHT up my street and I couldn’t wait to find the best deals. read more

    Parenting, Reviews
    / November 17, 2017
  • New Parents pregnancy birth labour

    A Pregnancy Infographic from Hartmann

    This is a collaborative post.

    T’is the season for pregnancy announcements, it seems! My social media timelines are full of happy news sharing, and expanding tummies. Whilst I don’t have any news of the same kind to share (just trying to get a decent night sleep over here… ain’t no time or energy spare for baby-making!), I can’t help but think back to my own pregnancy, and in particular those first few months when everything was so exciting and new. Lots of women say the first trimester is the hardest but for me, that was the best bit. I loved learning about what my body was doing, and how the hormonal changes were taking effect. There was so much to take in! What foods were best to keep myself and baby healthy? What foods did I need to avoid? How many cups of tea were safe to drink in a day? What on earth are pelvic floor exercises and why did I need to do them? Reading this newly created pregnancy infographic from Hartmann, the incontinence specialists, brought it all back for me, and one day, maybe one day, I’ll be reading it afresh with the excitement only a newly discovered pregnancy can bring. read more

    / September 21, 2017
  • Out for Brunch with Friends Thanks to Groupon

    Spotting Deals (and now COUPONS!) on Groupon

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    I’m a sucker for a good Groupon deal – who isn’t? And Pickle’s Auntie A is ridiculously good at finding the best ones out there so I’ve enjoyed some real treats lately, including the most amazing brunch in London with unlimited Prosecco (which we absolutely took advantage of). Now that I’m not ‘working’ in the traditional sense, saving money wherever we can is a real priority and whilst it’s good to be frugal, it’s nice to have a little well deserved treat especially if you feel like you’ve got a lot for your money. read more

    / July 12, 2017