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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Babymoon Guide to Santorini {Part 2} Top Ten Sights

A few weeks ago, I shared the first part of our Babymoon Guide to Santorini where I talked in detail about our beautiful hotel and some of the best places we found to eat on the island. Because the post was a long one, I promised to follow it up quickly with Part Two, delving a little deeper into the holiday with an overview of our top ten sights and things to do (all suitable for pregnant people!) Our Babymoon was actually one of the best holidays we’ve ever had, but prior to travelling to Santorini, we didn’t really know much about the island – other than the fact it was magnificently beautiful and the views were worth a bob or two too. With that in mind, I thought it would…

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Birth Options and VBAC

Last week I shared a post recalling the lessons I’ve learned from  the three very different birth experiences I’ve had to date. The post was getting long and I was due an appointment with my midwife, so I thought it better to leave it until this week to talk about the birth options I’m considering for the baby currently residing in my tummy. At the moment I’m 27 weeks pregnant, hurtling swiftly towards the third trimester and ready to start considering how to get the baby out! Because I’ve have had a C-section in the past, if I opt for a vaginal birth this time, it will be known as a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section). The term itself worried me at first because I didn’t like thinking a vaginal…

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Instagram Competition with Artefact Laboratories

Hello so I’m guessing a few of you are here because you’ve seen my latest post on Instagram and would like to know more? If that is the case then Hello!! Welcome to ‘Ettie and Me’ – if you’d like to have a little look around, then you can find out more about us here. If you’re a regular reader just stopping by for a chat, then hello to you too… I have something very exciting that I think you may be interested in! A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by ‘Artefact Laboratories‘ asking me if I’d would like to try out their new vegan friendly food supplement ‘Concept 2’ which is has been designed to help combat ageing and provide younger looking skin. Alleluia!!! You may have…

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Three very different birth experiences {& what I’ve learned}…

I’m going to start by adding a little disclaimer here, just to note that everything discussed below is based on my own personal experience and is by no means meant to influence your decision. Birth is a very personal experience and I’ve written the post for information only. I would always recommend you speak to your Midwife before choosing the best options for you. I should also point out that the paragraphs below cover sensitive issues such as baby loss and miscarriage so if you’re not quite ready to read about those just yet, perhaps leave this post for now. I’ve had three birth experiences to date, all very different. The paragraphs below set out what I have learned from each experience and how those lessons will feed into the…

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