LOGGING OFF VS LOGGING OUT


It's no secret that I am all aboard the train of having time away from social media, ironically that now it's a large part of my job, I'm more aware than ever on how it can affect day to day life and just how incredibly important it is to differentiate between work and home. Which when your job can be accessed through your mobile, it means putting down the phone and closing down the apps for a while. Iphones now have the delightful feature so we can see just how much time we're using, or wasting depending how you want to look at it, and in what places. Obviously for me Instagram was the biggest culprit when I first started reading into the numbers last year and it's easy to see why, with a simple click of the little icon you can get lost in a world of metro tiles and idealistic quotes, it's very easy to see the highlights of everyone else's lives and compare it to the reality of your own.


IS FEBRUARY THE NEW JANUARY?



Each year I think as someone who is self employed, a parent, works from home, the list is endless, I feel January is the longest month in existence. It impacts all of those roles in different ways, but especially because of the ebb after Christmas, January just feels, well honestly, a little bit rubbish. Last year we can all probably remember that every month had thirty or thirty one days bar January which seemed to have roughly three hundred and thirty, it lasted forever, so I was secretly relieved when this year it seemed to pass just like every other month before and after it. However, I think something has taken it's place - February, every time I sleep I'm sure I wake up in the day before, February is fast becoming the month that never ends.

THE WEEKLY LIES

You know we go through parenthood telling our kids not to lie, to be honest and tell the truth and yet here I am sharing the lies that I most definitely tell on a weekly basis. I think telling little sneaky lies as parents is pretty standard and so I'm sure I'm not alone. There are so many pointless alternate facts that are weaved into childhood as almost unwritten rules, that eating crusts will make your hair curly, and carrots make you see in the dark - it just seems part and parcel that sometimes, we have to tell untruths to basically get what we want. Let's not sugar coat it, it's out and out blackmail and I don't know if I'd get through the weeks as easily if I didn't use some of these classics.


UPDATING YOUR HOUSE ON A BUDGET


We naturally all get a little tired of our surroundings from time to time, I think as new seasons come and go, trends fade in and out, it's pretty normal to want to redecorate parts of your home. However it's not always as easy done as it's said, redecorating can be incredibly pricey and I don't know many people that can afford to keep switching up their home to be in tune with the latest Pinterest craze. I score through my Instagram feed daily, searching hashtags and pondering over houses I'll never own and decors that I will never achieve, but a girl can dream right? I'm pretty sure if I had my way, and a wallet size I dream of, I'd have painters in every other week changing up my house, last year alone I wandered the paint aisle of b&q more times than I thought was humanly possible. But whilst redecorating your house every month isn't realistic, making small changes that give big differences is.

ESSENTIAL INTERACTIONS YOUR BABY NEEDS



So you’ve brought the most amazing little human into the world, and the love you have for it is unconditional. You can’t help but look at your baby in amazement, and wonder how you created something so small and delicate, and so beautiful. You feed them, change them, watch them sleep, and listen out for the slightest noise that they make in case something is wrong with them. As a first time parent, or any parent at all for that matter, you become a little hyper sensitive to the noises they’re making and wonder if the slightest thing you’re doing is going to hurt them. After all, they are so small and precious, and you just think that the tiniest of knocks is going to hurt them. But what you will find is that babies are actually super robust, and all of the things you’re worried about are most likely going to be thoughts in your head. What you do really need to worry about, is the interactions you’re giving them. They’re literally essential to development, which is why we want you to have a read of the tips we’ve got below!

WORKING ON WORKING FROM HOME


Working from home when you have little ones is never easy, it's constantly a battle over what needs your time more. Not between the boys and work clearly, as they always come first, but silly things like should I go and tidy all the lego away right now or wait and finish photographing these products? Your time is always torn and I think it's rare that those of us who do work from home, find ourselves spinning all the plates equally, I know I don't and it's more often than not that I'm dropping one. 2019 I want to be the year that I get better at it, I don't want to feel as though if I'm succeeding at one aspect in life then I'm failing at another, so I'm trying to work on little things that can help me iron out my work from home life.

How Do You Find The Perfect Home?



Getting to the point in your life where you're actually in a position to buy your own home is one of the most exciting things in the world. After all, in the modern era, the idea of being able to buy a home in the first place is something that a lot of people would consider to be a fantasy more than anything else. With rising house prices and stagnating wages, many of us grow up assuming that we'll never be able to buy a home at all, let alone the kind of home that we could really love. However, that's simply not the case and being able to make the right financial and personal choices to get the kind of home that you really want is entirely possible. Of course, you've then got to deal with a whole bunch of other questions that you might not have considered before that point. For one thing, you need to think about how you're going to find a home that you and your family are really going to love. After all, the last thing you want is to go through all of the stress if you're just going to end up moving again before too long. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to ensure that you find the perfect home.

NOAH YOU ARE FIVE



My oh my, you're five. It's a little bit of a pinch me moment that I suddenly have a five year old, you've existed in our lives for five whole years and they've been the best years any Mum could ask for. This year was the first year you got a big party, we must have heard about it every single day from the moment we suggested it, the classic soft play party where the smell of sweaty feet and sausage rolls linger in the air but exactly the kind that a five year old wants. You had the best time and I'm so glad because you truly deserve it, you're growing up to be such a caring, sensitive little boy and I couldn't be prouder to be your Mummy.

Why You Should Invest in Designer Clothes for Your Children


Despite not talking about it too often on the blog, I have a great appreciation for fashion and beauty. While I’ve talked about it for myself on a few occasions, I’ve also cultivated a love for designer clothes for children. Some may believe that spending wads of cash on clothes your kids will quickly outgrow is crazy, but I think there are so many wonderful childrens’ clothes designers out there and so many designs to consider. But, of course, purchasing from a designer brand also means spending a little more money. So why do I still think it’s worth it?

LOOKING BACK ON 2018


Another typical blog post for the start of the year but it seems like the best way is to get them all over with in one week, plus I don't really want to be reflecting on the last year when we're already a solid month into this one. Last year was pretty incredible, it had highs and lows but overall it was probably one of my happiest to date, it would have felt as though I was doing myself a disservice by not reflecting on some of the most important aspects. The years don't always feel like they fly by but when I think that 2010 was almost a decade ago, I realise just how fleeting time is and the memories that seem set in stone now, will soon be forgotten so now is my time to document them.

WHAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2019


Let's get all the cliche over and done with from the off, can we believe it's 2019? I certainly can't, it feels like just moments ago we still had all the heavy snowfall, or the summer that didn't want to end, I can't quite believe that I'm sat here writing about 2019 already. But here we are and I'm obviously going to be doing the cliche thing to do by talking about everything I want to achieve blog and business wise during twenty nineteen. Last year was huge for Babies and Beauty and my first full year of self employment, I couldn't be happier with the things I managed to achieve and only hope that this year continues on the same level.