Last week I shared my thoughts with you on the struggle I’d been having since upping my hours at work. Well a couple of things have happened since then and I’m feeling lots brighter, so in the interest of helping other Mums who might be in the same predicament, I thought I’d share them with you! Firstly I went for some acupuncture! I’ve had it before, just after our wedding when I think the stress of working too hard and renovating our first home resulted in this ugly puffy eye thing. The Dr’s thought it was an allergy and I had all sorts of tests, but the creams they prescribed made it a million times worse. A quick consultation with Dr Google recommended acupuncture and after a few sessions, the puffiness…

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I’ve always been the kind of person who loves being busy, thrived on it even. You know the saying ‘if you want something doing then ask a busy person!’. Well that was me, the one with all the plates spinning in the air, and then I’d take on an extra project, you know just for good measure. But that was the old me. The me before I became a Mum. The me before I took a year off work to concentrate on being the best Mum I could be and the me before I had something fun to live day-to-day for, rather than just working and living for the weekend. Since then things have changed! Maybe it’s because we’re renovating a house, because I’ve started writing this blog, because we’re…

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I originally wrote this post for Mums the Word.online as part of baby loss awareness week which runs from the 9th – 15th October. As the story is quite emotional and deeply personal one, I wanted to share it here too, but you can find the original post at Mums the work here: Mama Speaks : Emma Faith I’ve always wanted to be a Mum. For as long as I can remember I’ve been making mental notes to myself about places I’d like to visit once I had a family or areas I’d like to live in ‘once the kids were at school’. I even chose my career path on the basis that it enabled me to have full flexibility over my hours once I became a ‘working mum’. When…

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I’ve been back at work for almost two months now and one of the main things I’ve noticed is that finding time to meet up with Mum friends is now near-on impossible. Gone are the days when I used to plan my weeks around coffee dates and cupcakes, now we all seem to be back at work, we’re lucky if we can squeeze in the odd text here and there on a Whatsapp chat!! Thankfully a few weeks ago my friend Kate and I were able to secure a date for a catch up and were lucky enough to spend a lovely day in the sunshine at Bocketts Farm in Surrey. Bocketts Farm is a family friendly working farm nestled in the heart of the beautiful Surrey countryside. Located just…

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Last month, following the inspiration of fellow Blogger ‘Organised Jo’, I posted a round of up of my top five Instagram photos from August and it proved to be pretty popular. So here I am again with a round-up of my top five photos from the month of September. There’s been a lot of discussion this month about the Instagram algorithm and how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to build up an audience. Hopefully by sharing my favourite photos with you, you’ll be able to catch any you may have missed as a result of the sneaky algorithm coding! September was a lovely month, although it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. We made great use of our new National Trust membership and visited some lovely properties…

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We’re nine months into our second renovation project now (although we have had a long summer recess due to Stu’s cricket commitments! *insert eye roll) So as we’re taking a break, I thought I’d share with you a couple of the lessons we’ve learned along our journey to date, just in case you’re bat shit crazy enough to think you might like to have a go at it yourself!** **(It really isn’t that bad) The Highs Despite all my moaning, there are actually a few good points about renovating your own home, and despite how one-sided this argument may look on-screen, the positives do actually outweigh the benefits! Otherwise I’d never have let Stu talk me into doing another one! First of all, you get to choose everything brand new…

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