Ditching the Disposables: An Honest Guide to Cloth Nappies

ACS_0452I couldn’t let Real Nappy Week pass without a blog post dedicated to cloth bums. It was about this time last year (probably Real Nappy Week 2018!) that I began to look into using reusable nappies for H. I’d first considered them when I was pregnant but (wrongly) assumed that I’d struggle as I didn’t have a tumble drier.

For the first 7 months or so of H’s life, she was in disposables. I started off with a well-known brand of nappies, and then made the switch to eco-disposables when she was around three months old. I know there are a lot of mixed views on eco-disposables, but for me the fact that they were plastic-free and didn’t contain any nasty chemicals was a big selling point. I’m not sure what prompted me to look into cloth nappies again a few months later, but I was instantly intrigued (and admittedly taken with all the pretty prints available!). Continue reading

Nine Months of Motherhood: The Story Behind the Mama Patch

ACS_0125This week marks a whole nine months since I became a mother. 39 weeks of having a beautiful daughter in our lives, filling each day with sunshine. When I look back over those 273 days, it’s easy to just remember the good bits. The sofa snuggles, the smiles first thing in the morning, that little giggle that never fails to lift even the worst of moods. Motherhood is wonderful, but admittedly it can be tough.

As well as the nine-month milestone, this week also marked a significant milestone for my business; the patches from my first Kickstarter were delivered. This post is a little insight into the story behind the patch, and why I’m so proud of them. Continue reading

Mama, You Got This! A Round-up of my Favourite Mama Merch

IMG_1066I recently launched my first Kickstarter campaign, a positive patch for Mamas. I’ve been thinking about launching new products for a while now, but couldn’t quite find the right idea. Then it came to me, a patch that a Mama could buy for herself, or something that someone could give to a new Mum, or someone who just needs a bit of a reassurance that they are doing an amazing job. Pop it a jacket, stick it to a make-up bag, or stash it away in a changing bag, it’s a constant reminder that you’ve always got this.

Since having H, I’ve been so impressed by the amazing products created for Mamas/Mums/Mummies, and I’ve invested in a fair few of them over the past seven months! I wanted to share a round-up of some of my favourite Mama items, all from indies of course! If you’re looking for a present for a new Mum, I’d wholeheartedly recommend buying one of the following. Continue reading

Harper’s Birth Story

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So, this post is a little different from anything else I’ve shared. If birth’s not your thing, I won’t be offended if you don’t want to read ahead! I’ve toyed with the idea of sharing my birth story for the last few months. In some ways, it feels so private. On the other hand, I know from personal experience that women are subjected to so many negative stories of birth throughout pregnancy, that I felt that I should share my overwhelmingly positive experience.

That being said, every birth story is different, and despite my referring to hypno-birthing throughout, I do genuinely believe that some of us are just lucky and will have more straightforward births. It doesn’t make us any better or worse than someone who’s had a tougher time. Any woman who births a child, regardless of the method, or how well it goes, deserves to be celebrated. Fellow Mamas, I salute you. Continue reading

A Little Update

IMG_8291Hello… it’s me. I was wondering if after all this time you’d like to read?

Yes? Cheesy Adele puns aside, I’m aware that it’s been a very long time since I hit that publish button and shared a new post. However, it’s all for a very good reason. In early October, we welcomed our beautiful daughter Harper into the world, and since then pretty much everything has been about her (and rightly so).

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Behind the Scenes: Nursery Tour

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Cot: Ikea, Cloud Sleeping Bag: Mama Designs, Guitar Cushion: Made.com

It feels like this post is well overdue, as I’ve been talking about the Nursery for ages now. It’s very much been a labour of love, and out of all the rooms in our house, this is probably the one which we have put the most thought into.

When I discovered I was pregnant, I tried to avoid looking at anything nursery-related until at least our 12 week scan as I didn’t want to get my hopes up too early. However, when I saw a nursery featured in Homestyle magazine, it was hard to ignore just how perfect it was! As soon as we took that positive test, both myself and Mr Makes decided  that we wouldn’t be finding out whether we were having a girl or boy, so our nursery would need to be gender-neutral (Although admittedly, I think we would have still chosen this route even if we did know!). I showed the article I’d seen to Mr Makes who was in agreement that it was perfect, however we dutifully put the magazine away and waited patiently! Continue reading

Handmade Baby Book

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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a whole afternoon with no plans whatsoever. As my due date approaches (7 weeks to go), I’ve been keen to try and protect some time at the weekend to generally relax and have some ‘me’ time. The tiredness that I was experiencing a few weeks ago seems to have gotten better, and so I was faced with a window of opportunity to craft whatever I wanted!

With clothes out of the question at the moment, baby crafting is definitely helping to satisfy my need to create! I’d stocked up on fabric a few weeks ago, so was hopeful that I’d be able to make something without a last minute dash to Hobbycraft. Continue reading