The Real World Parenting Awards: Recognising people who go the extra mile

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The Real World Parenting Awards

Being a new mum can be a challenge especially in the first twelve months of a baby’s life. Despite this being my second birth I still felt and faced the same things I did when I was a first-time mum; anxiety, newborn worries and challenges (reflux, colic, breastfeeding issues), postpartum problems and body hang-ups, baby blues and generally feeling overwhelmed with everything.

It’s totally common for new mums to find that they get the “baby blues” at some stage in their post-pregnancy life which is completely normal. The majority of the time it will just go away by itself. However, sometimes a little bit of extra support is needed for us mums. I had the baby blues in both pregnancies but this time round found it a little more difficult to cope. Baby Girl was constantly crying and Daddy P was away most of the time. I felt like I was being left alone to defend for myself then having an active toddler on top of that made it even more challenging. Continue reading “The Real World Parenting Awards: Recognising people who go the extra mile”

Beauty News: Birchbox teams up Millie Mackintosh for July’s box

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Millie Mackintosh / Photo Credit: Telegraph

For this month, beauty subscription box company Birchbox have teamed up with the beautiful style icon, Millie Mackintosh. Millie posted on her Instagram a sneaky peek of the campaign and got her readers to join in and vote on which box should be used for the final design. The public chose the lovely purple one; it kind of reminds me of the lovely summer sunsets we’ve been having. Well picked everyone! 🙂

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5 things I hate about London public transport buses

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Just a little post (mini-rant) about public transport – buses in particular – and why I hate it using it sometimes. Unfortunately I don’t drive so usually have no choice but to use the buses. Don’t get me wrong, most days I love it but then there’s those days that I can’t stand it.

If you’re a city mum then chances are you will probably be able to relate to one, if not all, of the things below: Continue reading “5 things I hate about London public transport buses”

Sunday’s Trip To Westgate Beach

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Last weekend we decided to go on to a day trip to Westgate-on-Sea (West Bay Beach) and what a fabulous choice it was! We had sun, sand, and lots of fun. I think it was the best Sunday weather we had this month so it was a pretty good choice to go as the weather’s not been too great this week.

The weather was balmy (around 25 degree Celsius) and the wind was warm which I think is the ideal weather for young children. Any hotter and they’ll probably feel uncomfortable and any cooler, they probably would’ve felt cold. It was perfect. We got to Westgate-on-sea by car which took roughly 1.5 hrs as there was a little bit of slow-moving traffic on the way there. LO was pretty good in the car and slept for about half of the journey which made life a little easier, especially when he and his little friend kept fighting over some toy cars.

I hadn’t even heard of this place, it was my friend that told me about it. I knew where Margate was and this little gem is just a short drive away from there. There’s no amusement park here just a little town with a local pub and a sandy beach – that’s all I wanted anyway so it was perfect for us. I think if you have older children or teenagers Margate may be a better choice so the kids don’t get bored.

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The children had so much fun… Even us mummies had fun too! I highly recommend Westgate-on-sea to any families with young children.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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It’s #WineWednesday – Fun Fact 2

Wine_Wednesdays_LogoAccording to Interesting Things, in Vietnam you can order a special wine beverage called “Cobra Wine”. However it is not a wine for the faint-hearted or the animal-lovers.

This extreme beverage is essentially rice-wine, covered with snake’s blood that is killed on the spot. You can even ask the waiter to add the snake’s heart to the mix as well! Not come to think of it, I think I do remember seing a home-made bottle of this at my friend’s house when I was younger. It belonged to their parents and was stashed away in their bedroom. (Exploring hidden items was my specialty when I was younger!)

Apparently, the snake’s blood is supposed to give the drinker more strength!

MAS2K’s Carnival Theme For 2015 Is Revealed!

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Masquerade 2000 has just revealed its theme for this year’s Notting Hill Carnival which is REVOLVE 3015

About a month ago I was invited to the private launch party and managed to get a sneak preview of what was in store for Carnival 2015. I posted up a sneaky peek of the costumes in my previous blog post (which you can see here) but was told I couldn’t give away too much yet as the official M2K’s carnival theme release date was set for 12/04/15.

… Now I can finally reveal some of the beautiful and colourful costumes that you can expect to see on the front-runners this summer!

What is ‘Revolve 3015’?

Well, my interpretation is that the People from the future (3015) have managed to develop time-travelling technology that allows them to return to the present (2015) to try to change our ways to prevent us from destroying the world and bringing humanity to an end. In a bid to save the world and all of humanity, the time-travellers need to change the moments that triggered the great disasters

“Masquerade 2K’s REVOLVE 3015 is a new fantasy theme merging the past, present day and future” – MAS2K

Click here for the company’s full explanation of the chosen theme.

It’s not a really far-fetched idea in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if humanity causes its own extinction earlier than that. When you look around, you can see that technology is really ‘taking over’; people are no longer interacting with each other unless it involves their mobile phones, or think about all those increasing number of oil rigs in our oceans affecting all the natural life down there. Don’t get me wrong – I love technology but when is enough really enough?

Anyway, let’s stop all of this deep talk, it’s making me feel depressive – let’s look at something more beautiful! 🙂

IMG_1668IMG_1671IMG_1675IMG_1682IMG_1678 IMG_1681The head lady, Margaret Hamilton who is Masquerade 2000’s band leader (really lovely lady!) mentioned that Mas2K wanted to try a different approach to the types of materials and mediums to use this year. Last year’s carnival they went all out with feathers but due to the horrible downpour, the costumes didn’t look half as amazing as they should have done so in hindsight, Masquerade 2000 have incorporated use of different attention-grabbing materials like sequins and tassels instead. Feathers will always be a part of carnival and Margaret has said they will still be keeping feathers in the designs but they won’t be a significant feature to the costumes like last year. However she has assured us that this will not affect the beauty or attention-grabbing qualities of their designs.

I am really keen to see what else Masquerade 2000 has to offer at the Notting Hill Carnival this year – it’s going to be a good one with good weather too (fingers crossed!). If you would like to know more about Masquerade or interesting in taking part with Masquerade 2000 in the Notting Hill Carnival 2015, please click on the following link: http://m2kmas.com/about/2015-theme-revolve/


NB. I was kindly invited to attend this event for my blog. All words, photos and opinions are mine. Please do not use my images without permission.

Our First Time At London Zoo!

… and when I say “our” I really mean it was mine and LO’s first time at the zoo! 🙂

It’s kind of embarrassing when you’ve lived in London nearly all your life and have never been to London Zoo until the age of 25 – oh wells! We had a brilliant time despite the long queue upon arrival and an even longer queue at the restaurant and no ATM machines inside the vicinity. It was Easter Monday so we should’ve known it was going to be busy. With the weather being super-nice and sunny, this should’ve also triggered the warning signs.

LO and I met up with my friend and her son outside Camden Town station for noon-ish. The weather was lovely and I had never really been to Camden before so never got to experience the wonderful buzz the town has. It was amazing. As we passed through Parkway and headed up near to Regent’s Park we found London Zoo and what we thought was the entrance but it turned out that was the priority entrance and the actual entrance where we needed to go to buy tickets was further up the road and we had to wait in a queue that took around 20mins. No biggie – we had each other and snacks so it was all worth the wait.

LO At London Zoo
Please excuse the smiley face 🙂

Children under 3 can visit the zoo for free so if you have a toddler and visiting London, make sure you add the zoo to your list of things to do. Adult tickets cost around £25.00 which is quite pricey but for every ticket purchased, the zoo donates 10% percentage to Gift Aid at no cost to you.

We went to visit the gorillas and tigers first, then ended up visiting the children’s petting zoo and saw llamas, alpacas, pigs and a cute owl. After the children’s zoo we had a lovely lunch at the restaurant and then went on a carousel ride which was fun. We then went on to see the giraffe, butterflies, macaws, meerkats and the tropical fishes at the aquarium. Unfortunately after lunch and the carousel ride, LO got really tired and fell asleep. After seeing all the animals, we left the zoo with one souvenir; an African drum which was pricey at £19.95 however we both thought it was an excellent gift and the boys love their instruments so it wasn’t a wasted idea.

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Before our journey home, my friend and I wanted to have our quick coffee fix so headed to Pret for a well-deserved sit down and sip of caffeine. LO was still sleeping but my friend ordered for her boy a babyccino which is just frothy milk topped with chocolate, like a coffee-free cappuccino! He loved the frothy milk and looked so cute drinking out of the tiny espresso cup I wish LO was awake to be able to experience it too. Feeling completely knackered but slightly more alive from the lattes we drank, we gave each other goodbye hugs and went our separate ways home. Looking back from the photos it was an amazing. Oh yeah! Upon entering the zoo we had our photos taken which were then available to buy upon leaving but after buying the drum, we couldn’t really afford the photo book which costed £20 each. Luckily for us, the lady was nice and offered us a deal of just the photos for £10 which we happily accepted and took the photos. We split the photos between us so we could both have a set of memories to keep… Fantastic! 🙂

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