Mama's Boy

Dear Freddie,

A Spring Spruce Up – Making Time for Home Improvements

Being a Mum is no easy task – fact. At the best of times, it’s a constant juggling act and most definitely a full time job. A major part of being a parent also includes the inevitable sacrifice of nearly all of your free time! From first-hand experience, I know this can often be frustrating, especially when you have a never ending to-do list…
At the moment, I’m (trying) to make it my project to spruce up our home and give the place a fresh lick of paint as we enter into the spring months. It seems like the perfect time for a change and is a definite way to get me motivated for some spring cleaning! As a firm ‘do it yourself’ advocate – I’ve been reluctant to hire any decorators or outside help, however finding the time to get things done myself has been a challenge! That’s why I’ve put together a top 3 list of clever and time saving DIY-hacks that can help busy Mum’s, just like you and I to get the job done without a fuss! 

Thoughts on decorating the kids’ bedroom

There are few areas of the home that seem to need more constant attention than the kids’ bedroom. Whether it’s finding new and inventive ways to store their rapidly expanding toy collection, or just updating their beds to fit their growing bodies, it seems like there’s no shortage of things to be aware of.

And whilst updating the decor of a children’s bedroom can be a costly business, here are a few ways that we can decorate their rooms in a way that’s relatively cost-effective and can be surprisingly fun too!

Self-expression: Although a child’s bedroom should focus on giving them an adequate sleeping environment, it’s also important to make sure it’s a place where your child can express themselves. So whether that means encouraging their inner artist by helping them to paint a cute wall mural, or even getting some handy peel-able wall stickers, it shows that decorating a children’s room should be fun as well as functional.

Breastfeeding and Teeth

I knew I wanted to try breastfeeding Freddie, from the moment I found out I was pregnant. In fact, I had always said that if I ever had another baby, then I would try breastfeeding. Not once have I regretted my decision. I honestly have never thought about stopping until I got badly bit. I hadn't thought about how feeding was going to be once Freddie had teeth, but he had his first tooth at around four months old. He's now eight months old and has a full set of front teeth, top and bottom. He has 7 teeth all together and another 2 or 3 cutting through.

It's OK To Be Selfish Sometimes

I used to be this girl who was always joking, always happy and just took everything day by day. I'm not saying that I'm not happy now. Of course, I am. But it's tough. There are days where I wish I could turn back time so I can be me for a few hours. I can't remember the last day I was by myself, with no kids. I was so excited to visit Bluestone again. I felt like it was something we all needed, as a family. No routine. No school morning runs. No work. Just having quality time - all five of us. We all had such an amazing time. I can't actually say there was a bad day or a stressful day because there wasn't.

Easy Ways To Save Money When You Do Your Food Shop

Having kids can raise your weekly or monthly food shop a lot. On average, we spend around £100 per week on food. That doesn't include our trips to the local shop during the week for top ups. However, there are many weeks we can get the food shop down to around £60-£70. This is when I follow the tips below. It really has helped us, and I need to stick to it more often. When you've got kids, ever single penny counts.

5 Family Breaks in Wales

Something that my partner and I love doing is travelling around and taking the kids to different places. One of my goals is for my kids to have memories of us taking them to different locations, in the UK and abroad. We've only been abroad with them once but we are planning to go more often when Freddie is a little older. We've had a few family breaks in Wales and we've always enjoyed ourselves. 

Times I've Needed Money Fast

We're a Mum and Dad to three kids. We have a mortgage on the house and so we are paying for everything that needs paying. However, we've never had any help in our previous houses we lived in either. Many things have happened here in the past 3 years and times have been tough with money. I wouldn't like to know how much money we've spent to repair and replace things in our home. Sometimes things happen unexpectedly and the unexpected always happens at the wrong times. I find everything comes in three's which is quite a pain, and so expensive.

'Goodnight Little Freddie' - My Fairy Tale Books Review

I used to read a bedtime story book to the girls every single night up until I fell pregnant with Freddie. I am slowly getting back into the routine of reading a story each night to them as I used to really enjoy it and it was a time of a one-to-one bonding too. It was good for me and them. The girls have so many books and my favourite kind of books are personalised ones. I find personalised books are the kind of books you can keep until they are older. It's just a personal book, to you and your child. My girls absolutely love reading books that include their name. 

My Sunday Photo

Linking up with My Sunday Photo over at Photalife

The Siblings Project {March}

We've done a few things March already. We've stayed in Bluestone, Wales, again and we enjoyed every single minute. We had a lovely family day out in Tenby and Aberystwyth, as well as staying overnight in Havordfordwest. Also, Elliw turned 5 years old on the 5th, the day before we went for our little holiday break. All three kids really enjoyed themselves on holiday. It was a different scenery for us all. Neither of us had to worry about routine so much. It was laid back and fun. 

You Are 8 Months Old

Oh my, where have these months gone? Freddie is 8 months old already. How is that even possible? I was only 21 weeks pregnant this week, last year. How mad is that? It makes me so sad to think my youngest and last baby will be one year old in just 4 months time. To believe that this time last year I was preparing myself for labour and meeting our little boy. It's mad how time flies by, isn't it? It saddens me so much that in just a few months time he will be toddling around the house.

A Day In Sunny Tenby

After spending the week in Bluestone, we decided to spend the last day in Tenby which is about  25-minute drive. I used to visit Tenby often when I was a child, and so I was excited going back there but this time, with my own kids and my partner. The weather was absolutely fantastic. The sun was shining, and we spent most of our day on two beaches. The views were absolutely stunning and we couldn't have asked for better weather. It was truly beautiful.

Nomi Highchair Review

In a few weeks time, we are going to be re-decorating our dining room. It's not been touched since we moved in and it's in need of a lick of paint and updating. At the moment we use our dining table as my desk for all my work bits, and the girl's arts and crafts. I can't wait until…

Our Stay at Bluestone, Wales

* Warning: This post is picture heavy! *
If you follow my Instagram, you will know that we had a family break last week. We were kindly invited for another week stay at Bluestone. We first went back in December, but with a friend as my partner wasn't able to get time off work. You can read my p…

Top 5 Vloggers You Need To Follow

I started my vlogging journey at the beginning of the year and although I've not got into the full swing of it yet, I'm still learning and have made more vlogs than I thought I would have done. My biggest downfall is confidence. I've not filmed in front of my partner, yet but hopefully…