Would you like to tell the story of the mountain you climbed? The legend of your heroism?
You can do that here -
Here, you can boast; your triumph is breathtaking.
Here, you can share; the tales of your travels will not be judged.
Here, you can rest; retire the brave face and take a break from being the one who carries it all.
No matter where you started, which trail you're traveling, where you are on your journey, how many stops you make on the way, or times you need to reroute, only one detail matters: ✨you are on your way.
We see you, we will walk with you, we are so proud of you.
Today (and every day) we are clapping for you; you are legendary 💜
1,2192917 September, 2019
- because sometimes, you just have to give them the dummy to keep them quiet for the photo op 🎀
It's been a whirlwind🌪 these past few months and this little one is growing SO quickly. #ad 🖤
I don't want to waste any more time in this season of life trying to get it all together. Rather enjoy the messiness that is life. V grateful for @ruggable who comes in handy with this easy, stain resistant, washable rug.
Disclaimer: I've seriously had my eye on these rugs for the past couple years and after last month's mishap where Jackson vomited and stained his bedroom rug we decided it was time. #ruggable
• @seanmcdow’s caption: The face he makes when he finds out he’s having French fries for lunch.
Papa dit que je ressemble à un lutin avec ma tenue, que l’on dirait une tenue de noël ... Et maman dit que je peux allez en tournage pour le film ´ La petite maison dans la prairie ‘ ! Ma petite poupée d’amour toujours avec le sourire 🖤
Throwback to a time when my hair was washed, my face was done and I’d had sleep! ... oh my life do I miss sleep!
I’ve let myself go in every aspect over the last few weeks. My work/ life balance is all over the shop, my confidence has taken a nose dive and my diet consists of caffeine, toast and chocolate. So today I woke up and made an effort to eat breakfast, put make up, drink water and write a to do list and prioritise things. Olivia being really poorly a couple of weeks ago has knocked me a little, bit in a different way. I haven’t been worrying and having constant thought but it’s evident in me feeling low, not sleeping even when I’m able, not eating properly, and not putting myself as a priority. .
It’s so easy to let yourself go in times of stress. Poorly kids, house to run, jobs to do it’s easy to leave yourself last. As crazy as it sound I’ve factored in some “me time” because otherwise it won’t happen! Yes I am a mum, it’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. But as I have said before. I was someone before I was their mum and that someone matters.
1931317 September, 2019
GARDEN HAUL 🥕 We got out in the garden this morning and picked and weeded and replanted and ate and dreamed about strawberries 🍓 as we spread all the little plants out. I really can’t wait to expand the garden for the next planting season 🌱🙌🏼
Such a different day from drinking long blacks in London yesterday but I think much as I love city days, at heart I’m happiest in the dirt, wearing no makeup and Jared’s old jumper and picking veggies for a simple plant based lunch - see my stories for what we made. 🙋🏻♀️👌🏼 .
City cappuccinos or country dirt?! I’m a 10/90 mix. What are you?!
😬 O U C H 😄
This stretch right here. 🙌🙌 It hurts but feels sooo good at the same time and one of my old time faves. It can help relieve lower back pain and stretch out your piriformis (muscle in the gluteal region). •
When performing this stretch make sure you don't round your back and keep your spine nice and long, head staying in line. Hold the stretch for at least 20 seconds up to 2 mins, depending how you feel. 💜
A very crude attempt at the cycle I talked about in my stories earlier. I use this little diagram with my clients all the time and use it when I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed.
The basic premise is ...how we think affects how we feel which affects what we do and how we feel physically. You’ll see the arrows go in both directions because there is no ‘starting point’. Sometimes what we ‘do’ affects how we think and how we feel physically (think hangovers) can affect how we feel (think anxious or low) and these in turn impact on how we think (I’m dying) and what we do ( stay in bed all day). The problem is, the cycle doesn’t always work in our favour and the cycle can be VICIOUS!
Situation- toddler tantrum from hell
Thought - I’m a terrible mum, I can’t cope with this, why are they doing this
Feeling - anger, guilt, shame, anxiety
Physical - heart racing, tension,
Behaviour - shout at your child
The consequence of this is more guilt and shame and more negative thoughts which makes it even harder to keep your cool!
Being aware of this cycle can be so powerful - it gives you a sense of control and choice! If we can change our thoughts or our behaviour we can change our feelings and challenge this vicious cycle!
So do something different...breathe (this will also help lower your heart rate); create some space of it is safe to do; hold your child close.
Challenge those thoughts - ‘my child is having a tantrum, that does not make me a bad parent’; ‘toddlers have tantrums, this is normal’; ‘it doesn’t matter what people think’; ‘my child must be going through something’; ‘I can cope with this’
First day back at school! My daughter starts year 1 this year and I can’t quite believe how fast that 1st school year has gone! Despite the constant 6 weeks with 2 kids, summer holidays I do love routine and only have 1 full time child at home hehe. Don’t get me wrong but I love my kids to death but when you do that school drop off you mind has just that little extra room to function a little better than on a weekend! Thank god for school and good luck to whichever teacher has my son because he is a beast, maniac and complete monkey #firstdayofschool#2019#wales#2kids#mumlife#realitymum#love#kids#primaryschool#littlemoreroom#mymind
3017 September, 2019
Daily habits that will change your life...
Day 1 of 10
Write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.
Starting your day with gratitude gives perspective for the day and allows you to focus outside of yourself.
0117 September, 2019
Let him sleep, for when he wakes be will move mountains 💙
Isaac fell straight to sleep in his new dinosaur bedding tonight, he's even wearing matching pyjamas 😍
J’adore être en vacances un peu comme tout le monde je pense. Mais le plus dingue c’est que maintenant j’aime encore plus mes vacances quand je vois que lui profite à fond 🖤 #mumlife#babyboy#partnerincrime#family
🦁 W I L D 🌿 O N E 🐯
& just like that our little man is ONE! Luca’s actual Birthday was 13th Sept - but after a full on weekend I’m only just getting the chance to post (bad maw).This little man is just an absolute superstar, he’s smiled all weekend & had an absolute ball with all his nearest & dearest. On his actual birthday we had a day in the house playing with his new toys, then on Saturday it was fun at the zoo and on Sunday we had a jungle themed birthday party at Granny & Grandas 😀 it was just the best weekend ever, celebrating a whole year of the best wee human!! How did you celebrate your little one turning ONE? 🥳
Outfit - @belleandbenjamin
Cake - @cakesbylizt
🤷🏼♀️Chia or Chai...??
🥣 It's chia and it's yummy, easy to make and great for zee body.
🎥 Would you like me to share my favourite recipe? I was thinking of doing an IGTV?
🥄 I love making my chia with coconut milk. It's a great source of Omega 3’s and to be honest, this Mumma will take all the extra brainpower she can get.
Another great benefit of enjoying a cup of chia in the morning is they are high in fibre which means they help you feel fuller for longer. They also provide the body with some great energy and aid the digestion 🙅🏼♀️
Super easy to prep the night before and can be enjoyed up to a couple of days when kept in the fridge. Just add your favourite fruit and crunch to the top. I love me a little granola, blueberries and yoghurt on my chia cup.....😋
Ps, the kids love them too.
Big jobs in the house about finished- 7 days
Getting the keys to the new salon- 13 days
Baby number 2- 33 days
Adrianna's first bitthday- 34 days
Some may say we've taken alot on! But, we are doing our best to cope (with the odd blip here and there 😆) enjoying the exciting journey!
When one of my BFFs @annarober was round earlier Steve said 'Alicia and I don't have alot in common' which is true, we don't. Then I thought about it and the biggest thing we have in common is that we find exactly the same things funny. We laugh alot and Steve agreed he said 'We don't take ourselves to seriously, maybe we should do' No, no we shouldn't Steve, life is so much better when you can laugh together about just about everything... I don't want that to ever change.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions people questioning my characteristics and who I am as a person
But funnily enough turn around and do the things I have been questioned about I don’t get it
Im super sensitive, emotional, take things to heart and throw in having the pregnancy emotions makes things hurt more
At the end of the day I’m learning to be stronger mentally and not let others affect my emotions that can effect my mood and day
I know who I am as a person
Take it or leave it
2117 September, 2019
My beautiful boy and I at @valorfnm yesterday. I shared with you my struggles with him going to kinder, and our decision to take him out till next year.
Today was another day I was so glad I have. Since he knows he isn’t going? He is calmer, the tantrums are not so epic and he is a joy to be around. At the end of the day? He is still just 4, and 4 is still just such a young age. He is my last, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t effecting me right now. No more baby, no more infant stage in my life anymore...it’s done and now I’m on the other side of 40. (Middle age crisis much???!!😰😰) so I’m just indulging in my boy, my last baby. He has become my shadow daily and as full on as he is? He is my little bottle of full on and stuck on me like an octopus is ok with me.
My little fireball is so loved. 💕
This little guy told me today that he gave his friend some money at school so his friend could get a snack. This boy didn’t get a snack and kept the money. He said ‘Mum, I know you’re going to be mad at me’ 😂
Of course I wasn’t mad at him however I told him in future to never give anyone his money that mummy and daddy give him for snacks (fruit or raisins) or last minute school dinners if we’ve not had time to make a packed lunch. Instead if one of his friends is hungry then I want Oakley to buy him a snack or even share food out of his lunchbox if he knows he’s not going to eat it.
I just think there is a big difference to a child that may actually be hungry (remembering we don’t know any child’s home life) and one that just wants to take his money.
He knows to always help but I don’t want him to be taken advantage of.
What would you have said? •
10117 September, 2019
It's no secret when stepping out with a baby there's a whole lot of stuff that comes with them. Pram, bibs, bottles, nappies, wipes, spare clothes, entertainment, pacifiers, snacks.. the list goes on.
Did you know I wrote a whole post on WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR TRAVEL DIAPER BAG.
After traveling in 19 flights with my little one I learned a thing or two on how to pack your diaper bag as efficiently as possible.
Click the link in bio to read more or copy and paste
8317 September, 2019
Je suis rentrée auprès de mon petit buffle 🐃💕 deux jours loin de lui, c’est deux jours de trop... MAIS c’est quand même vachement appréciable 😅😬 !!!! On a beau être accro, un peu de moments loin de nos tempêtes, c’est particulièrement reposant. J’ai pris le temps de siester 10 fois sur la plage, de faire des mots fléchés (😝) et de manger à 12h 🙌 joie bonheur ! #mamette
À quel âge avez vous laissé vos bébés pour la première fois ? C’est tellement dur de partir, même si on a confiance en la ou les personnes à qui ont les laissent. Pourtant, une fois dans le quotidien, on se dit que c’est plaisant de prendre du temps pour soi. Mais pour un premier essai, 2 jours 1 nuits c’était mon max. J’aurais presque peur qu’il m’oublie 😅
Mon chéri aimerait faire un gros voyage l’année prochaine, type avion et bout du monde, dans l’idéal sans le petit, moins contraignant, il faut l’avouer. Je ne suis pas contre, après avoir passer 1 mois en Corse avec mon bébé, je réalise encore plus la difficulté de voyager avec un tout petit. Mais on partirait pour 3 semaines et je me sens absolument incapable de me séparer de lui aussi longtemps. Et j’ignore complètement comment sera notre quotidien avec un bébé de presque 2 ans, probablement plus simple, ou pas... en attendant de me décider, je respire son petit cou 💕 laissez moi vos conseils mes petites mamans
5117 September, 2019
Omg guys! If you’re local to Oahu and you haven’t heard of @keikiandthepineapple go follow them right now!😱✨ Seriously the cutest little coffee shop and did I mention it’s a kids concept coffee shop! We went this past weekend and Damian had a blast! Definitely one of our favorites 👶🏻🍍 I’m going to post more pictures on my story so check them out 🥰❤️