Teen Parcel – making that time of the month a little more bearable

Starting your periods can be a daunting experience…. not only do you feel fragile, it can be embarrassing having to have towels or tampons with you. My eldest is on the cusp of this new stage in life, we’ve talked lots and she’s asked lots of questions. I’m happy that she feels she can talk to me about these matters, I’ve always tried to ensure that she’s comfortable asking me anything and not embarrassed about normal bodily functions. The people at Pink Parcel came up with this great ‘Teen Parcel‘ – a monthly subscription box for tween/teenage girls. Arriving a few days before their period is due, the box contains their choice of towels/tampons as well as some goodies to make them feel better – a drink, something to eat and some pampering treats. Lola’s first box arrived this week, and we had a look through and a chat about it all. Inside this box was a little black bag full of Tampax Pearl Tampons – perfect for keeping them discreet in your bag, as well as two more boxes of the same Tampons. The best bit [as far as Lola was concerned] was the ‘for you’ box of treats!…

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Personal Planner – staying organised

I’ve been searching for a while for the *perfect* planner to use for my blog, to keep track of blog posts, work, lists, what I need to do, social media etc etc… While I love the editorial calendar plugin I use, I like to have something tangible in front of me, I still prefer good old paper and a pen to stay organsied. I stumbled across Personal-Planner on a google search a couple of weeks back, and as soon as I clicked through to their site, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. There a several sizes you can pick from – small, medium, large and A5 – I opted for the large size, as it will mostly be kept on my desk and I wanted plenty of writing space! You can personalise your planner as much as you like – including the cover. You can upload your own image, or choose one from their collection – I used one of their designs as I love the folky feel of this so much. You can also choose the colour and pattern of the header that is along each page. You can have certain dates printed in if you…

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Pyjama Time

one // two // three // four // five // six Autumn makes me want to spend all day in my pj’s, cosied up on the sofa, fire blazing, movie on and a hot chocolate in hand. I’ve just treated myself to the best pair of Moomin pj’s and if I could, I wouldn’t take them off until after Christmas! I’ve said many times how great it would be if we could hibernate for the winter. With a baby on the way, I’m planning a winter spent inside, cosy and warm and just enjoying some time with my four kiddos… I think I’ll be stocking up on a few more pairs of pyjama’s and a new dressing gown soon…

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Choosing the right pushchair

With {soon to be} four children, we’ve been through many different pushchairs over the years. I remember picking out the very first one when I was pregnant with Lola twelve years ago! There are so many different types and options around that it can be overwhelming knowing which one is the right one for you. There are a few things that you need to take into consideration when deciding what pushchair to purchase. 1// Child’s Needs: If you’re buying for a newborn, then you need a pushchair that will lay flat, or has a carrycot attachment. Personally, I don’t like to use car seats on the pushchair as being in a semi-upright position for long periods may place a strain on your baby’s developing spine. Do you want your child to be facing you or facing forwards? Some pushchairs are adaptable so that you can change the way your child is facing – this will give you the greatest flexibility and may save you having to purchase another pushchair after a few months. I love having mine facing me, so that we can interact and chat as we’re walking around, especially when they are newborn/tiny babies. An older child may…

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Maternity Series – Week 35

Feeling like we’re hitting the final countdown to meeting this baby! I’m definetly feeling ready to not be pregnant, it’s getting harder to bend down and put socks/shoes on – I may have to employ the kiddos to do this for me! Thankfully, I’m still sleeping really well which is great. All was good at the midwife appointment, his heartbeat was fine, fundus measurement was pretty much spot on and there were no concerns. I go again in a week’s time and we’ll be sorting out paperwork for the homebirth. It’s a little scary how close it all is now! I’m pretty much ready – I have a little list of the last few things to get this week, and then we’ll be ready for him to arrive. He is still very wriggly, sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable as he feels like he’s pushing with each arm + leg in a different direction! Lots of kicks on my hips and ribs too. I’ll be happy when he’s earthside now…. You can read last weeks update here and all previous updates here.

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