Sunday, 19 August 2018

Simple Choices For Sustainable Parenting

At the risk of sounding trite… Parenting is tough. I’m not even talking about the sleepless nights, the logistical considerations, the phD in engineering you need to instal most car seats or the near perpetual state of exhaustion that people jokingly remind you will only last for 18 years or so… It’s having to make tough decisions every day. To be a parent is to second guess every move you make, every decision you arrive at and basically everything you do. You want to do the right thing not just for the tiny life for which you’re now responsible, but for the planet in which they’ll grow up. Since every little helps, here are some ways in which you can look after your child while also working towards a more sustainable future.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Simple & Cheap Summer Fun For Your Children After Heading On Holiday

While the crescendo of your summer break and your children’s break from school is likely to be your holiday abroad, there are often weeks to fill after returning home. You may be sporting a wonderful tan, but this in no way lessens the seemingly endless energy of your kids, as well as your need to stimulate everyone with some form of activity. Thankfully, finding simple and cheap summer fun is easier than you might consider, and absolutely worth taking part in.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

How To Do Right By Your Child

Parenting is hard. You need to keep so many things in mind and your children grow up so fast that the whole process can feel like a true whirlwind. It’s essential to ensure that no matter what, you care. This is likely taken care of by default. A parent who cares and makes a diligent effort to care for and raise their child well will often be much better at the job than they think. There are some tips to help this process go a little easier and to make a child develop in perhaps the most promising ways. They are as follows:

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wedding Colour Schemes

Before I got engaged I'd never thought about what colour scheme I might have for our wedding. I probably didn't think about it much as I don't like to fully conform to tradition. Probably two of my favourite colours were purple and teal, but I'm not sure I would have chosen them both together. I'd thought about having black dresses for my bridesmaids and letting them choose a style that suited them, rather than me choosing the design. I liked that idea, but we were getting married in August and it didn't quite feel like a summer colour.

When searching for ideas I came across a photo of a bouquet of sunflowers that I LOVED. There was also a purple flower in the mix and it broke up the yellow colour perfectly. I never in a million years thought I'd go for 2 bright colours like yellow and purple for my wedding. I did get comments like "wow, yellow and purple are very bright!". I then doubted myself as VERY bright really wasn't my style, but I wanted that bouquet and if it meant I'd have that colour scheme so be it.

I LOVED my bouquet, it turned out far better than I had ever imaged it. I'm so pleased I stuck with it.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Breastfeeding Almost Sent me into Depression!

Yesterday I posted on Instagram about how I hated the term "Breast is Best" and wasn't so keen on the term "Fed is Best" either. I was worried that I'd get a lot of negative comments, but instead I (mostly) got a lot of comments from women who had also struggled to breastfeed their baby and the trauma that had caused them. I realise trauma may sound like a bit of a dramatic word, but for some it really is a traumatic experience, it certainly was for me. And I realised these women needed some support and to know they weren't alone in what they'd gone through.

Firstly I'd like this to be a supportive post, this is not a post to bash breastfeeding women, I think you're amazing. Breastfeeding your baby is HARD work and you've been able to do it despite the difficulties, I really do take my hat off to you. This post is to say it doesn't always work and unfortunately some of the comments that are said are very hurtful and just add salt to an already open wound. 

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