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

5 Things I Learnt at Blogtacular 2018

ACS_0113It’s been a whole two weeks since Blogtacular, a weekend of colour and creative inspiration. I’ve really enjoyed the previous two events, and this year was no different. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and finally meeting all of those lovely people that I chat to online. Blogtacular is the event where you often find yourself walking up to people and feeling like you already know them because you follow them on Instagram.

Truth be told, in the past two weeks I haven’t really done much apart from think about stuff a lot, which I’ve come to learn is my standard approach to digesting everything post-conference. This post is my attempt at pulling all of those thoughts together and sharing the top 5 things that I’ve learnt.  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

Blogtacular 2018: Time to Reconnect with the Blogging World

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Photo courtesy of: Blogtacular and Amber-Rose Photography

‘But I don’t even blog at the moment!’

That was my first thought when I received the email announcing that the Blogtacular 2018 tickets were on sale. For the last two years, I had snapped up my ticket on launch day, but it was now the end of 2017 and I was having all sorts of wobbles, which I shared on the blog. 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).  Continue reading

The 100-Day Project: Challenge Complete!

Back in July, I announced that I’d decided to have a go at my own 100 Day Project, with the intention of creating a piece of original hand-lettering each day. There were a number of reasons for having a go at the project; one of the main ones was that I felt I was starting to lack inspiration for my Instagram feed, and some days I was struggling for ideas of what to post. Secondly, I really wanted to develop my hand-lettering skills, and I liked the idea of being able to do so digitally. Finally, it would be an excellent way to count down to the baby arriving and document some of those important milestones along the way.

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Now that the challenge is over, I thought it would be good to share my honest experience of doing the challenge, both positive and negative! Continue reading

Creative Chats: Geo Heaven

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Empson/Geo Heaven

Next up in my series of Creative Chats is Sarah of Geo Heaven, an amazing independent maker that I had the pleasure of meeting at Blogtacular earlier this year. I’ve actually followed Geo Heaven on Instagram for a while, but it’s just not the same as meeting someone in person! Sarah makes the most incredible 3D jewellery as well as some amazing pin badges.

 

So, read on to find out more about Sarah, how she came up with the idea for her business, and how she runs it alongside a full-time job. Continue reading

The Motherhood Photography Workshop: Learning How to Use my Camera

IMG_7200At the start of the year, I made a resolution that 2017 was going to be the year I learned how to use a camera properly. I LOVE taking pictures, but am heavily reliant on my iPhone to do so. Photography is incredibly important to me for so many different reasons, but the main one is that it was my Grandad’s favourite hobby. I have many memories of him taking photos at all our family events, and in most of the photos I have of him; he’s there with his camera around his neck.

Since finding out I was pregnant at the start of the year, many things have taken a back seat, and using my camera was one of them. That being said, there has been a little niggling feeling deep inside that now probably was the time to learn. Continue reading