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31 July 2017

Surviving a Stomach Bug: A Single Mother’s Guide

(Based on true events)

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Feature: August Horoscopes with Russell Grant

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28 July 2017

Once you become a mom…

I sit back and stare at the almost invisible, non-existent television screen. I extend my hand to get hold of the TV remote, when instead, I come across an animal printed blue rattle. I go back to my position. As I scan my once oh-so-hotel-look-alike room, I only see toys of all sizes geared up taking spaces on my always sparkling floor. I want to clean the mess but the wooden cot I bumped into, gives me a terrible knee pain. I close my eyes; I am in dire need of some sleep. I have never felt so tired before. I have 148 emails to check. My WhatsApp conversations are all on mute. I know nothing about the ongoing elections, I am blank about who got shot. This is my new life, this is how it all gets once you become a mom. 

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25 July 2017

20 July 2017

My Letter…..

Dear Anna,

I've been meaning to write to your for 36 years but I've been brushing it aside but now I am a mother of two I think I am starting to appreciate the pain my parents and family have gone through and still going through when you died of cot death at 3 months old.
We grew together from one egg so we were carbon copies of each other but apparently I was the loud one and you were the quiet one that would roll your eyes at my dramatic ways, by the way I'm still pretty dramatic.

Obviously when you died I didn't really know what had happened but as I grew up I would always get your memory box out of the top of wardrobe where our mum had told me  I could look at it at anytime and I did. I would so very carefully take your belongings out and lay them on the bed, looking and wondering what it could of been like being the "the twins" growing up. Would we of had the same personality as we looked the same?



I use to mention you all the time to people I met but gradually over time the awkward conversations were too much and especially as when I became a mum I didn't mention it as I didn't want to scare anyone about the unthinkable of  losing a child. I use to cover up the awkwardness with comments like "could you imagine two of me?", but obviously two of me would of made things complete.

Now I have two children of my own I often see a trait in them that I can't relate to a member of the family and I think maybe this is you?

I still check my children are breathing when I go in and check on them, the first thing I look for is their little lunges moving and I have even been known to end up waking them up, a sacrifice I'm willing to take to make sure they are breathing.
You are always in our hearts and we remember the day your died every year and never forgotten on our birthday.

See you again one day
your twin sister

Jeni xxx

Written by Jeni @everythingisaphase 


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Feature: The Scribble Strip


Scribbled by Amy from @mylifescribble 



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Feature: Your Health Hit!

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17 July 2017

Advert: Baba Box

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Feature: Fashion With Carrie

How to Wear White Jeans


White jeans are back in style this season, and when paired with the right items, they can look seriously cool. I realise white jeans aren’t always an easy wear, they can easily get dirty, and if they’re not styled right they might look (very) wrong. But don’t worry, consider me your personal stylist! 

All you have to do is plan your colours well and know how to compliment your shape with the right cut (have a look at my previous blog on body shapes if you get stuck!) 

Wondering how all the coolest girls do it? As always, I’ve got you covered with a selection of looks if you’re wondering how to navigate the dangerous territory of white jeans! 





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11 July 2017

My year of breastfeeding

I know what you’re thinking… Oh no, not another post wanging on about getting your tits out. I promise this is not a glossy, rose tinted article that only talks about the positive side of breastfeeding, this is a reflection on my year breastfeeding my second son, Fox. As we celebrate Fox’s first birthday, I wanted to share with you and reflect on the past year and in particular our year of the boob.

So a year ago our second son Fox was born. Much like his brother he was eager to make a swift entrance into the world. After Marley was nearly born in the car outside the hospital, the kind midwives suggested maybe I should consider a home birth for baby number two. It was already something that interested me and so we did our research and before we knew it nine months had passed and my husband Simon was blowing up the birthing pool.

The Leeds homebirth team were excellent, I have nothing but praise for their kindness, professionalism and experience. It’s just a shame they missed the birth. Fox, like his big brother was in such a hurry to meet us, so it was down to my husband to deliver our baby. Whilst Simon was concerned about the water temperature and the water level, I sternly told him to forget all that as our little one was on the way. With the homebirth team rushing to reach us and 999 on speakerphone, we somehow delivered a baby all on our own. Simon was so calm, he scooped up our little one and lay him on my chest. He was here. Our little Fox, the final piece in our family puzzle. Two minutes later and we soon realised we were no longer alone. The midwives and the emergency services were in our lounge with us. Thanks guys but we totally had it covered. 



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Feature: Wish You Were Here!

Travelling together, as a family – making memories and putting pins in the map

First up – Mexico, on Boxing day, with a 5-month-old and a 4-year-old on a 7am flight!

An amazingly thoughtful surprise 30th birthday present from my then fiancée and now husband Mr. Rich seemed ambitious but doable. Skip forward to 7pm Christmas day – slightly drunk, with 2 over excited children, 12 family members still playing charades in the front room, and a 14 lb turkey carcass to get rid of, I am packing and losing my holy shit – where are the passports again?? (More on passport fails later this year – it will be worth the wait.)

After no actual sleep, we set of at some ungodly time to Heathrow. An overpriced and underwhelming breakfast, £200 in duty free and some booze to ease the pain and all seems very chilled…
Ted (5 months) has 14 baby gros, 22 nappies, 4 packets of baby wipes, 11 dummies – Beth (4 years old) has an iPad and a packet of Haribo star mix!

Let me share a few points on travelling long or short distances on a plane with an infant:

  • ·   They are on your lap, arm, shoulder, head for the WHOLE journey
  • ·   If they fall asleep on you make sure you don’t drink a drop so you don’t need to pee
  • ·   The drop-down baby changing hatch on a plane is the size of an envelope – good luck with that
  • ·   Changing a baby on a plane is like trying to get an octopus into a string vest
  • ·   No amount of free wine makes any of this better!


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7 July 2017

Mums Without Limits - Guide to Date Night

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Advert: Soma Ghosh - Career Happiness Mentor

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Feature: Your Health Hit

Pick up some Protein

Eat Protein with every meal 

Protein is the building blocks for your muscles, but it also fuels your hormones. Hormones control the time you wake up, your feelings, sex drive and lots more, so wouldn’t it be best to feed these hormones with exactly what they need to help you feel at your best. 

The first 40grams of protein you eat daily supports your immune system, if you have a low immune system then increase your protein intake.  If your hormones are out of balance then you can feel terrible and diet has a huge influence on them.  Your best sources of protein are from organic meat, wild fish and organic or free range eggs and a good quality whey protein or hemp if vegan. 



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6 July 2017

Feature: Fashion With Carrie

How to style up that summer jacket

My personal style is pretty classic. I mostly wear black, white and denim. I have a huge collection of plain t-shirts, statement t-shirts, shirts and jeans. I love a good jacket too. They are such an important investment piece. So, here is my edit on the key summer jackets for 2017.

The denim jacket has become a real hero piece in my wardrobe – it takes me through all sorts of looks. At the moment, I am massively in to an oversized fit, with vintage detail, I can just chuck it over my shoulders and wear with pretty much anything. Paired with my pleated metallic skirt and simple heels, it is the perfect meeting look for me. I feel really put together and can ease my way to drinks and dinner in the evening.

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Interview: Helen From justsayingmum

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3 July 2017

Advert: TILLY AND CUB

We sell fair trade Moses Baskets which are handmade in Ghana. Each basket takes four days to weave using traditional techniques and natural plant dyes. The artisans are paid appropriately for their work and skills which enables them to support themselves, their families and local communities.

Because they are handmade, each basket in unique. Unlike so much of the plastic we buy for babies, which ends up in the loft, Tilly + Cub baskets will become part of the family. Once the baby has outgrown it they're perfect for toy storage, or a snuggly toddler hang out (my 2.5 year old loves sitting in her's with the IPad). 

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Feature: Beauty and Wellness


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