I’m not a young Mum myself as I had our first Archie when I was 31. My Mum was a young Mum she had me at 19 and also my Nan had my Mum at 18. As a Mum you make so many sacrifices and put things on hold until your little ones grow up. My Mum was training to be a nurse when she fell pregnant with me but gave it up in a heartbeat to have me and be a stay at home Mum.
I’m writing this post as I’m seeing a lot of young Mum’s being stereotyped within the media with people mostly hating on them and using generalisations. I think they definitely deserve some love and respect.
Being a Mum is hard and the challenges we face can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed. I get that feeling a lot if I’m having a bad day or week. I second guess myself and question everything I’m doing. Imagine having this feeling but also having other people also second guessing , questioning your Mummy skills and judging you.
I know a lot of young Mum’s doing an amazing job at bringing their little ones up and some at age 18/19 with two tots like me. They are coping , bringing up amazing little beings and giving them the best start in life. Not out drinking every night , hanging around on street corners and neglecting their babies. This is what the media would have you sometimes believe or how some judgemental people imagine all young Mum’s are.
Being a young Mum does not automatically mean you are less capable than an older Mum. At the end of a day you are a Mum with the same motherly instincts and know the needs of your baby. A lot of young Mum’s I speak to have mentioned how they feel criticized for their decisions by family members and also complete strangers. This really does need to stop your baby your way no matter how old you are.
I think about what I would have had to give up at 18 to have a baby. University , nights out , festivals and my dream of being a teacher. I just don’t think I could have done that, on top of all the new things you have to learn and do as a parent. I would have been totally overwhelmed and completely crapping it. I could barely remember what time my lectures were and when my essays had to be handed in. I can’t imagine having to remember when my babies next feed was due , making decisions about where to send my toddler to nursery or managing my money for myself and a child.
I think back to my Mum being pregnant at 18 with me in the 60’s and fear of telling her parents , facing all the gossip over the fact she wasn’t married to my Dad , giving up her career and also not having a home of her own. My Mum with the support of my Dad faced all of these obstacles and created a family home for me and then my sister. She has done an amazing job as we have both turned out fab. We are proof that being a young Mum isn’t always as the media would have you believe. I will always be eternally grateful for this.
To all the young Mum’s reading this I salute you and totally think you are rocking motherhood.
We were very lucky to receive a lovely package from Phoenix Trading. Just perfect for us as we love arts and crafts and they are built-in to our daily activities.
The package included 24 colour in finger puppets , paper dolls bunting , little woodland animals colour in card and fabulous funny faces sticker set. Archie and Frankie were beyond excited when we opened the package. So with a new packet of felts and coloured pencils we got stuck in.
Colour in finger puppets
These were Archie and Frankie’s favourites , they enjoyed colouring them in and the fact they were a farmyard design was fab. They included farm-yard animals , tractors , farmers and land rovers. They provided hours of fun as we have been having puppet shows with them. The tots were really using their imaginations whilst playing with them which was amazing to watch.
Paper dolls bunting
These are so cute and you get loads of little paper dolls to colour in so hours of fun to be had. Both tots loved colouring these in and drawing faces and clothes on to the dolls. There were various different designs both boys and girls. They also come with ribbon and pre punched holes so they can be threaded and hung up. We have them on proud display in the playroom.
Little woodland animals colour in card
This was very cute and had the loveliest Easter design with bunnies and bunting. Frankie really enjoyed colouring this in and has decided to give it to Nanny and Bampy for Easter. This is great for children of all ages and ability.
Fabulous funny faces sticker set
This set is really good for keeping the littles entertained. The board with the faces on is strong and durable. This is fab for indoor use and for taking out and about and on journeys. Archie and Frankie loved this and found the faces they were making hilarious. The stickers are reusable and there are loads to choose from to make the funny faces such as hats , glasses , beards. This did bring so much fun and giggles to a rainy afternoon.
I was sent this package in return for a honest review. All thought and opinions are my own.
I was over the moon to be offered to name a star from the Star Name Registry. I jumped at the chance as always been interested in doing this. I decided to name the star “siblinglove” to represent the ankle biters amazing bond.
You get to chose a special date so I went with the 13.1.14 this is Archie’s date of birth , I chose this to represent the day we first became parents. I chose Pegasus for the constellation.
The package was delivered really quickly in fact it was the day after I was asked to review the star . It came in a lovely silver gift box with some pretty tissue paper and some lovely red roses. It was packaged really well and bubble wrapped to ensure that the frame did not get damaged.
I was sent the Extra Bright Star gift set , the package included –
- Entry into the Registry
- A4 Star Name Deed
- The Sky Atlas star maps
- Confirmation letter
- Free Stelarium software download
- Gift Explained Extra Bright Star
- A4 Silver Certificate Frame with Deed
The gift set retails at £44.99 , there are various options on the website with a variety of prices.
The star deed tells you exactly where the star is located and you can go and check it out online. Archie and Frankie’s favourite nursery rhyme is twinkle twinkle little star. We often talk about and look at the stars. I cant wait to give them this as part of their Easter gift as they get far too much chocolate. We can then show them online exactly where the star is. It’s also amazing for them to keep for their memory boxes and to look back on whenever they want.
The sky atlas that comes with the gift set is a really handy go to guide to look at the constellations and learn a bit more about the stars.
If you are looking for a gift which is a bit different and has that wow factor then definitely go and check these out.
For a chance to win your own extra bright star worth 24.99 just enter here – leave a comment on the blog saying who you would give the star to and why. The competition closes at midnight on the 17.4.17.
I was sent the Extra Bright Star gift package in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Frankie has cows milk protein allergy and she is also lactose intolerant so we cook dairy free and Frankie also has to have dairy free milk. Up until the age of two Frankie was prescribed Neocate milk. When Frankie was approaching two we had to make the decision of what milk to move her on to. There are so many alternatives soya , almond , oat milk the list is endless.
We decided to try her on Oatly which is an oat based milk. There are many varieties of the drink but we decided to go with the enriched with calcium and vitamins (D, Riboflavin, B12) one. It is free from lactose, milk protein and soya which is fab.
Frankie was never a good sleeper and still up until 20 months she was waking for milk in the night and she had only slept through a handful of times. She took to the Oatly really quickly it took two nights of fusing and refusing until she realised she did actually like the milk. I have tried it myself and it does taste like milk and has a really pleasant taste to it.
After about a week of having her sippy cup of Oatly to take to bed Frankie started to sleep through and not wake for milk. After a few months of being on Oatly she now sleeps and I am eternally grateful to Oatly ! We sleep ! I think it may be the fact that it is Oat based and the relaxing nature of oats also maybe it fills her up more than the formula did. It has also given her a better appetite which I am thrilled with. When Frankie was on formula she would pick at her breakfast and lunch but now she is happy to have her breakfast when she wakes up and enjoys it.
There is so much you can do with Oatly , one of our favourite ways of using it in cooking it to make a fish pie. Here is the recipe for you to try.
- 400ml of Oatly
- 500g fish pie mix
- 40g of Vitalite dairy free spread
- 40g of plain flour
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 200g of grated Vio life cheese
For the topping
- 800g of medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 40g of vitalite dairy free spread
- Arrange the fish and prawns in to an oven dish
- To make the sauce for the pie melt the Vitalite in a pan then add the flour and whisk until it forms a paste , slowly add small amounts of Oatly bit by bit and keep stirring until a thick sauce forms. Add the Vio life to the sauce.
- Pour the sauce over the fish in the oven dish add some salt and pepper.
- To make the mash for the topping. Half fill a large saucepan with cold water. Add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
Drain the potatoes and put them back in to the pan. Mash with the Vitalite until a mash is formed.
Cook in a preheated on 200C/400F/Gas 6 for 25 mins until golden brown on top
There will be a competition live soon over at my facebook page with8 a chance to win some Oatly vouchers and start creating some yummy diary free creations.
I love Easter and the fact that all the shops are selling decorations and various Easter trees. The pastel colours are just amazing and look so pretty. I have fallen in love with the idea of the Easter tree but not the cost , some online shops were selling them for £30.
I had a look on google and Pinterest and saw that some people were making their own. I’m not amazing at crafts at all but thought I would give it a go. So this is what I did and what you will need to make a complete Easter tree for £10.
What you will need
- Some good sized twigs with branches
- White acrylic paint – I got mine from Wilkos for £2
- A long vase which will be big enough to fit the branches in – I got mine from Tiger for £4 they had three colours a pastel pink , clear and teal green
- Some Easter decorations – a lot of shops are selling these at the moment , Home Bargains have an amazing range that are anywhere between 59p an £1 – I spent £4 in total on decorations
How I made the tree
- I cut any odd ends off the branches and made sure they were all the same height
- I then painted them with the acrylic paint in white but you could use any colour they have some lovely pastel lemon and pink colours. They only needed one coat which was fab. I left them outside to dry which didn’t take long in this glorious spring sunshine.
- When dry I then used some leftover ribbon to tie all the twigs together and arranged them in the vase , this takes a bit of arranging until you are happy with them.
- I then just hung the decorations on the branches was as simple as that. You could use some Easter shredded nest or paper in the vase for extra effect and to keep the twigs in place.
- And there you have it a complete Easter tree for £10 – I really enjoyed making this and am really happy with the outcome.
Easter is my favourite time of year I love the start of spring , daffodils , tulips and seeing the little lambs in the field.
Today we had a rainy afternoon so this was a perfect chance to try out the Easter crafts and make Archie’s bonnet for this parade at nursery next week.
There are some fab Easter bonnet craft bits out in the shops at the moment. We thought we would try the Works and Poundland’s ranges.
I love the fact they now sell boys style hats in either cowboy or trilby style. Archie chose a yellow cow boy hat and Frankie chose a pretty pink bonnet with lace detailing.
We bought a selection of decorations which included carrots , bunnies and chicks , sheep , feathers , eggs and ribbons and some felt bunnies and eggs- we also got some pva glue. There was so much choice we could have bought the whole shop.
We started by putting some feathers around the edge , I found the decorations stuck better to the feathers than they did the bonnet so they were a good base.
Archie and Frankie then had free reign of where they wanted to put their decorations. they both enjoyed this but Archie more so than Frankie as he is now three he has more attention to detail and really enjoys crafts. Where as Frankie has only just turned two she looses interest quickly and wants to know what’s next.
The ribbon was really useful to tie around the middle to hold the felt decorations in place , it looked pretty too.
Absolutely love the bonnets the tots made this afternoon. Archie cant wait to show his off at the parade next week and Frankie hasn’t taken hers off yet. She went for the minimalist look with just feathers , that’s toddlers for you they know exactly what they want.
Archie and Frankie are two and three but I believe in giving them little jobs to do and starting them young. They love to put their clothes away , help mummy dust and tidy.
We were recently sent the Casdon Hetty bucket and mop set , this was perfect for getting them involved with helping mummy.
Frankie was so excited to open this as she already has her own Casdon Henry Hoover like mummy which she adores.
This is aimed at age 36 months to 8 years . Frankie is two next week , this was perfect for her age as she loves helping and pottering around the house.
This is a fantastic product for promoting imaginative play – Frankie knew exactly what to do with it as she sees mummy mop the floor more than once a day ha ha.
She was thrilled that she could join in and even asked for some water in her bucket. Whenever She sees me get the mop and bucket she gets hers out and joins in.