Dialogue in Silence exhibition | Hamburg

When we were in Hamburg we were invited to attend the Dialogue in Silence exhibition in the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) of the city. I was a little dubious about this at first because exhibitions aren’t really my thing – unless they are talking about something old like the Empire State Building (ever the geeky Geographer!). However we were so impressed with this one, I wanted to write a separate blog post about it to give it the coverage it deserves. As you might expect from the title, the aim of the exhibition is to get the audience thinking about how we communicate with one another, particularly through the use of non-verbal communication. It sounds quite straight forward but was actually harder than it looks and I left the whole experience…

View Post
Share:

The Essential Guide to Camping with a Baby

Afternoon all, just a quick one today. We’re in the process of planning our summer holidays and with a new-born in tow, realise it wont be anywhere exotic so camping is top of the list.  Last year we took a trip to Eweleaze Farm in Dorset when Ettie was 12 months old and we absolutely loved it! We went with friends who had a little boy the same age, and it was so lovely watching them discover all of the new things camping had to offer and also giving them so much fresh air!! I can’t lie and say I wasn’t a little nervous about taking a baby on a camping trip! They require a car full of equipment at the best of times, never mind when sleeping under the stars! But…

View Post
Share:

Hamburg with a Toddler {Part One}

Growing up, Germany always had a special place in my heart. My Aunt, Uncle and cousin lived just outside Frankfurt and my best friend lived in Berlin for almost a year so I’ve been lucky enough to visit on a couple of occasions and always found it a really vibrant and friendly country.  Over the course of the next two blog posts I’m going to tell you all about our recent trip to Hamburg which came about following an invitation to take part in the #CometoHamburg project! It’s always such an honour to be invited places on account of my blog, but to be asked to sample a whole city was truly amazing and I couldn’t reply fast enough stating that we’d love to take part. You can find the…

View Post
Share:

Maternity leave & the things I’m looking forward to…

I’m now in the penultimate week of work before starting my maternity leave for baby number 2 and whilst I cant wait to have some extra time on my hands, I’m also feeling a little weird about adjusting to becoming a full-time mum. I shared a little post about my Third Trimester Nerves last week and the fact that I’m not sure whether I have the energy to round-up two children, but after having spoken to friends I think that’s probably down to the fact that I’m finding this pregnancy so bloody tiring and hopefully my energy will return once the baby is born! Aside from the energy issue. I’m also really nervous about leaving the workplace. I’ve been employed in at least one job ever since I was 14…

View Post
Share:

A fun night out with Fizzbox | Brighton

Earlier this week I was invited to a Blogger Event hosted by a company called Fizzbox and it was so.much.fun!! I’m relatively new to the blogger scene in Brighton so don’t really get invited to many events, but this was a double whammy of Afternoon Tea followed by Cocktail Making so if I was to make my blogging event debut in any way, then this was a good way to begin. We started the evening at Browns Brasserie in the North Laines for a lovely afternoon tea (albeit it was 6pm!) The drinkers amongst the group had a never-ending supply of sparking champagne whilst I enjoyed a selection of fruit teas and cucumber water. If you are looking to host a special occasion, then the setting was perfect. Not too…

View Post
Share:

Third Trimester Nerves

Its little more than 7 weeks until baby number 2 gets here and I’m starting to have a mild panic!!! I only really noticed it yesterday when I was showing Ettie the baby book I’d completed for her while she was in my tummy (and again once she was born). All the pages were full with little photos of my bump and a message about what we’d been up to each week. It’s such a lovely keep-sake, but looking at I was smacked with Mum guilt because this little one doesn’t even have a new babygrow to call his or her own yet! At this stage in my pregnancy with Ettie, I felt really connected to my bump! We’d built the crib, had drawers full of nappies and I was…

View Post
Share:

How to make flying when pregnant more comfortable

I spoke recently about our Babymoon to Santorini which we took when I was 28 weeks pregnant with Ettie and it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had! Unfortunately we haven’t managed to plan anything quite as glamorous this time round, but we have book a cheeky trip to Hamburg next week which we are ever so exited about. Thinking about travelling when pregnant, it dawned on me that many women may be put off by the thought of sitting cooked up on a plane for a number of hours with an ever-expanding waistline. Flying can be uncomfortable at the best of times, never mind when you’re pregnant and have a little one to think about! What I would say in response to that, is that for me, the benefits of…

View Post
Share:

The Mummy Juggle #7 | Maria Mummy on a Break

Hello and welcome to this months edition of the Mummy Juggle series. A series designed with mums in mind to share stories and inspiration about how we all cope with the day-to-day battle of juggling work and family life. A struggle I’ve affectionately named ‘The Mummy Juggle’. THE MUMMY JUGGLE: ‘THE NON-STOP JUGGLING ACT OF BEING A MOTHER, HOLDING DOWN A JOB, RUNNING A HOME AND GENERALLY BEING AN ALL ROUND SUPERWOMAN!’ In the series so far we’ve heard from six other amazing mums who are juggling work and family life and from the stories we’ve heard, it’s clear that the notion of a ‘perfect mum’, with an amazing career, perfect house, flat stomach and four beautifully groomed children doesn’t actually exist. The reality is there will always be compromises that have…

View Post
Share: