May 2013 | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Mama Style: Super Easy Glamour

At the weekend, someone asked me what I do to make myself feel glamourous. I sniggered a bit. The words 'mother' and 'glamourous' are rarely heard together in a sentence after all. But just because I don't have the time to style my hair meticulously, or to spend hours in front of the mirror doing my make up, it doesn't mean to say I don't have days where I do feel a teeny tiny bit glamourous. Compared to the usual haggard, sleep deprived days anyway.

There are two things that make me feel a bit better about myself, and those two things are ridiculously easy to find the time to do.

Photo courtesy of Nails Inc


First up is nail varnish. I don't wear it all the time but whenever I do, I immediately feel as if I've made an effort. In my head I think that nail varnish is a pain in the arse to apply and requires at least an hour to put on and dry. In actual fact it takes about two minutes to apply and, if you buy one of the 60 second varieties, its (obviously) only an extra minute to dry too. These nail varnishes do, however, only last 24hours MAX which means you need to be armed with the same colour to touch up your nails the next (and subsequent) days or acetone/nail varnish remover to get rid of it altogether. (Chipped nail varnish is most certainly NOT glamourous). You can pick up bottles for as little as £1.99 these days - although at this price we are talking the quick chippers. My top tip? Invest in a decent top coat, like Nails Inc Albert Bridge Top Coat (£12), and that way you can extend the life of your nail colour, no matter how cheap the varnish was. 


My second instant glamour fix is a pair of sunglasses. Sounds lame, right? But sunglasses really are a mama's best friend. I'm very loyal and will only wear RayBans, which I know aren't the most affordable of brands but whether you spend £200 on a pair of sunnies or £5 on some, the end result is still the same. THEY HIDE BAGS AND UN-MADE UP FACES! Seriously. I am NEVER without my sunglasses. EVER.


What are your easy, 30 second glamour tips? xoxox
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The Britax Affinity Stroller: A Review




Being a self confessed pushchair addict, I was very excited to be asked to review the new Britax Affinity earlier this month.
 

The Britax Affinity is a super stylish, luxury travel system with a huge number of brilliant features, making it one of the most parent friendly prams on the market at the moment. 

From the word go, everything about the Affinity is simple. Simple to put together, simple to use, a beautiful, simple, chic design. 

It is sold in a basic grey colour, with a newborn insert and raincover, for £360 and it is up to you to choose a colour pack to go with it (which comprises of hood, seat cover and shopping basket cover) for an additional £48. I LOVE this feature - the colour packs are so affordable that you can easily purchase a few and swap colours whenever you fancy! For the first time (in my knowledge) you are also given a choice of chassis colour and can select either black, white or silver, depending on your preference. Additional accessories include a carrycot, a footmuff and a matching changing bag and, again, all of these are super affordable (£110, £48 and £40 respectively).

It takes less than fifteen minutes to assemble, and all the parts just click into place with no tools necessary. The instructions are clear and concise although there are also videos available online to demonstrate things and give you extra tips, should you need them.

Once put together, the Affinity is a very sturdy pushchair. There is nothing flimsy about it, even the hood has structure to it, which is something I really liked. It’s chunky and solid and feels really safe – I would have no problem whatsoever using this pushchair for a newborn, especially with the cosy fleece newborn insert that comes with it. Although you couldn’t use this pushchair as a moses basket (ie overnight), it reclines fully horizontally which makes it perfect for napping babies, plus it also has three other more upright positions – and, of course, it can also be parent or forward facing.

It has leather handles (and matching bumper bar) which might sound a bit pretentious but makes a huge difference in the comfort stakes and is actually one of my favourite features of the pram! I walk a LOT and with other prams often find I get hard skin on my hands from gripping so hard. That most definitely will not happen with this stroller as the leather handles are cushioned and very soft! The shopping basket is huge, one of the largest I’ve seen on a pram. You can easily fit three shopping bags in it, and it is very easily accessible too, whether the seat is in a parent or forward facing position. I also liked that the colour pack included an insert for the basket so that it matches the rest of the pram and isn't a plain black or grey.

The frame is extra lightweight (only 11kg) and can be folded with the seat in situ, which is a fantastic added bonus, and the brake is, without any doubt, the best I’ve ever seen on any pram, pushchair or stroller. It is a very simple (quite large) pedal next to the right wheel which is very easy to find and use, and moves from on (red) to off (green) with no repetitive kicking/frustrated use of hands required! The built in front suspension, adjustable rear suspension and air filled rear tyres make the Affinity a particularly smooth and comfortable ride and means it is also easy to manoeuvre, even when you are in a hurry. It really is a pleasure to push.


My only (slightly) negative comment? The seat seems rather small. Evie is only six months (although, to be fair, at 23lbs she is a pretty chunky six month old!) and her head is already close to the hood, and her body close to the bumper bar, when she is sat in it. Daisy (aged 3) wouldn't fit in it at all, although she is quite tall for a 3 year old. The pushchair is meant to last until a child is 4 years old but in our case I am certain Evie will outgrow it before then.

Aside from that, this really is a super pram, and is perfect for style and safety conscious parents that is out and about with the buggy a lot.


We were given our Britax Affinity for the purpose of this review.
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Friday, 24 May 2013

Modern Mummy Loves ....

This week I have been:

Cooking, cooking and more cooking! ♥ Getting crafty with the girls and making lots of cards and pictures Drinking Cool & the Wise cocktails at Ales & Tails in Twickenham Joining in with the Official UK launch of Pinterest with their #PinItForwardUK Campaign ♥ Drooling over the me&I Summer clothes for grown ups ♥ Receiving my first Abel & Cole fruit & veg box (and LOVING it!) ♥ Ordering our wedding invitations!

I've also got three fabulous new finds to share with you this week!

Weleda Skin Food
Skin Food 75ml



After the Weleda natural hay fever relief saved my life when I was pregnant last Summer, I might have guessed that their skin products would be amazing too. This super nourishing and hydrating cream replenishes and repairs dry patches of skin and is suitable for the whole body (I have been using it on my face). It is made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary and is delicately fragranced with sweet orange and lavandulae essential oils. It makes a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre skin (particularly after sleepless nights!) and can be used as a protective cream when you are regularly outdoors. RRP £9 and available from all good health shops!


The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion
Available direct from Abel & Cole here for £12.99.


If, like me, you hate food waste then you HAVE to buy this book. End of. I would describe this book as the Veg Box buyer's Bible; it contains snippets of information on whats in season and when, tells you all about composting and foraging and has heaps of ideas of what to make with the lesser well known vegetables you might receive in your weekly box. It is divided up into seasons and Keith Abel wrote it to stop cooking feeling like a chore for his customers. 

In his words 'I get phone calls all the time from my friend Suzie saying, 'Keith, what on earth am I supposed to do with this weird vegetable you've sent me?!?'. People get into the routine of peas and potatoes but explode with excitement when they work out what to do with a new vegetable!..... Be bold! Break away from broccoli. Saute that salsify with self assurance. Just keep it simple.'

And that's exactly what makes this book so great! It really is simple! By adding just a few store cupboard ingredients to a vegetable, you can whip up something amazing. How about cauliflower cous cous? Or 15 minute marmalade? Sounds good, huh? There are plenty more ideas where they came from.

On top of all of that, this book is also beautiful. And you all know what a sucker I am for a beautiful recipe book.

If you buy one cook book this month, make it this one. You won't be disappointed.


Tea India

The lovely people at Tea India sent me some samples of their delicious, premium tea this week and I am now hooked! In the range are three authentic Chais (vanilla, masala and cardamom) and a black tea blend - all of which are award winning, created using the finest ingredients and with more than 70 years blending experience. I have been drinking the Vanilla Chai and the Black Tea this week and they are both divine - packed with flavour - something really different and uplifting for when you hit that mid afternoon slump!

The best bit (after the taste, of course) is that all Tea India blends are ethically sourced - and they are available at all good shops at an RRP of £2.59 for the Black Tea and £2.39 for the Chai blends. Definitely give them a go if you are a fan of herbal and fruit teas.

Tea India has recently launched a Facebook promotion, 'You & I and a Cup of Chai' where it is offering some of it's fans a free selection of the finest Tea India blends to share with friends and family. Click here to find out more!


What products have you discovered or reviewed this week? Why not link up your posts, or leave a comment below so that others can read all about them!

Linkys are a great way of discovering new blogs and making new friends and this one has been set up to introduce people to new products available on the market too. You can link up as many posts as you'd like - help yourself to the Modern Mummy Loves badge and join in! xoxox


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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Super Simple Salsa


This recipe is ridiculously simple and is a perfect way of using up tomatoes that have seen better days! It takes 2 minutes to whip up and is a perfect accompaniment to Mexican dishes, a delicious picnic salad and tastes amazing in a cheese toastie too!

Ingredients.
Tomatoes - any kind.
Onions - any kind.
Herbs or spices - I used oregano but depending on the dish it is accompanying you could try coriander, or paprika.
Olive oil (can be ommitted to create a super healthy version!)

What to do.
Chop the tomatoes and onions as roughly or as finely as you like and stir in the herbs or spices and oil. Ta DAH!

Enjoy x
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Daily Outfits ♥ Damsel in a Dress

 
This week's maternity Daily Outfit post is courtesy of 36 weeks preggers Abbie - you can follow her on Twitter here. Her gorgeous purple, floral dress is from from the 'Damsel in a Dress' (non-maternity) range sold at John Lewis. On dressing her bump she says; "I've much preferred to embrace my curves rather than disguise them in tent like wear."
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wedding Planning: 4 months to go!




WELL. The countdown is well and truly on now. It's only FOUR MONTHS until the big day and I am officially turning into Bridezilla

Aside from continuing with my pinning frenzy, this past month has seen me tick a few pretty important tasks off
the wedding list, including finding (and purchasing!) The Dress (WAAAHHHH!), ordering our stationery and booking our photographer. My gorgeous friend, Sarah (of Sarah's Lovely Buns fame) has offered to make our wedding cake too, which I am ridiculously excited about! I've also arranged to go to the flower market the morning before the wedding, have booked the most amazing 14th Century Inn for our wedding night and have recruited all of our friends and family into collecting miscellaneous items for my DIY table decorations! It's all starting to feel real now, which is pretty darn exciting!

Our next big thing is to arrange caterers. We originally wanted to have curry - our favourite food! - but we are aware that Indian food is an acquired taste and might not go down too well with some of our guests. Our wedding is going to be very informal so we aren't keen on a sit down, three course meal - plus we are on a fairly tight budget and there is no outdoor space which rules lots of stuff out - so aside from an old fashioned finger buffet, we're a bit stumped for ideas. I'd love to hear all about your wedding breakfasts for a bit of inspiration! 

Aside from the food, next month is all about sending our invitations out, continuing with the making of the decorations and letting my bridesmaids arrange my Hen Night...... watch out, men with beards! 

Although I'm going to keep the finer details of our wedding top secret until after the big day, over the upcoming four months I'm going to be writing lots of wedding related posts, including DIY ideas, style features and reviews. I hope you'll enjoy them xoxox



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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Pin It Forward

Pin It Forward UK 2013


Today I want to talk to you about PINTEREST!

You have probably heard of Pinterest before (you will DEFINITELY have heard me talking about it before) and this month it has officially launched in the UK, so I thought I would take this opportunity to give those of you that aren't already using it a bit more info about it.

In a nutshell, Pinterest is a tool for collecting and cataloguing the things you love.

You can 'pin' images from around the web onto virtual mood boards that you create - for instance, with the Modern Mummy nuptials just four months away, I am currently pinning like a crazy lady onto my Dream Wedding board.

The best bit about Pinterest is that you are not only pinning beautiful and inspiring pictures that you can look back on; pins also link back to the source of the image. So when I pin a picture of white chocolate chip cookies from a recipe blog I like the look of, I am also storing the original source (and the recipe!) on my board!

As a blogger I find Pinterest helpful, but as a mother/home owner/cook/daydreamer I find it invaluable. If you're not already part of the community and want to be then you can set up an account and start pinning using this registration link. You can get started by following my boards here!

As part of the Pin It Forward campaign, I would like to introduce you all to two more Pinterest-aholics! Sian is the Founder of Cybher and CyberMummy and blogs at Mummy Tips and Geek is the New Chic - you can see her Pinterest boards here. Vanessa from HPMcQ is also a lifestyle blogger who takes AMAZING photos. You can check out her blog here and her Pinterest here. xoxox
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Friday, 17 May 2013

Modern Mummy Loves....

This week I have been:

Buying The Dress! ♥ designing our wedding stationery ♥ eating lots of cupcakes from Mirabelle Cupcakery in Haslemere ♥ adding aloe vera juice and bee pollen to my juices and smoothies ♥ 'supervising' Himself and Daisy working on the garden

And, of course, I have been shopping and reviewing lots ~ to make up for the lack of Modern Mummy Loves.... last week! Here are my favourite finds xoxox


La Cafetiere Milk Frother

This is most definitely my favourite kitchen gadget at the moment. Yes, I know, I must have been living under a rock for all of my coffee drinking years to never have come across one before. Now I REALLY CAN make AWESOME FROTHY COFFEE at home!


 
The classic glass La Cafetiere frother creates creamy, smooth froth in seconds using a plunger similar to the ones on their cafetieres. I honestly don't know how I ever survived without this. Now I just need a chocolate shaker {it's my birthday soon, hint hint} and I'm all set. RRP £15.95.


JJ Cole Satchel Changing Bag

My love of bags is no secret and this passion most definitely extends to changing bags! This week JJ Cole sent me one of their Satchel diaper bags to add to my collection and I adore it.




This is quite possibly, THE most spacious changing bag I have ever used, which is surprising seeing as it looks very neat and compact from the outside.

We were sent the stone arbor bag, which has a contrasting green lining. It has a number of fab features, including no less than SEVEN exterior pockets (very handy for storing muslins and dummies and other things you need easy access to) and four internal ones (great to organise all your other baby paraphernalia). It also comes with a matching green changing mat, a detatchable shoulder strap and - the best bit - grips™ stroller attachments, which enable you to safely hang the bag over prams with a continuous bar handle without just slinging the shoulder strap across it (and it ending up slipping down and getting caught in the wheels!).

It's made of wipe clean canvas and is available from Amazon here for £69.95.


Happy 58th Birthday to Miffy!
Can you believe that everyone's favourite bunny is 58 years old next month? We are HUGE Miffy fans here and Daisy and Evie were very excited when they both received a new Miffy toy each this week as part of the celebrations.





The My First Miffy is 36.5cm high, retails at £14.99 and is available here. The Miffy squeaker toy is 15cm, retails at £6.99 and is available here. Both are super soft and suitable from birth - and in neutral cream and taupe, they'd make perfect new baby presents for girls and boys!

Make sure you follow Miffy on Twitter (here) and like Miffy on Facebook (here) to keep up to date with all the latest news!

OXO Tots Travel Spoon





I love OXO Tots products and have lots for both Daisy and Evie. This week we were sent their latest feeding spoon which comes with its own handy travel case and is fab for feeding on the go.

The spoon has a protective food-grade silicone coating which is gentle on the gums - and around the mouth when you're wiping food from it! It's very shallow - so perfect for early weaning - and has a contoured handle which is super comfortable to hold. The case is perfect for when you're out and about as it keeps the spoon clean, pre-mealtime, and then keeps the inside of your bag clean once it has been used. 

It comes in aqua, green and raspberry and costs £4.50.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my reviews this week! What products have you discovered or reviewed recently? Why not link up below so that others can read all about them!

Linkys are a great way of discovering new blogs and making new friends and hopefully this one will introduce people to new products available on the market too. You can link up as many posts as you'd like - help yourself to the Modern Mummy Loves badge and join in! xoxox



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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Daily Outfit ♥ Spring Flowers

Dress - White Stuff
Black Maternity Leggings - New Look
Cardigan - H&M
Cropped Denim Jacket - Joe Browns
Blue Bow Pumps - TK Maxx

This week's maternity Daily Outfit post is courtesy of Esther from Ponderings of the Nurture Nut. This is what she has to say about dressing her bump:

"I'm a size 18 and so I often struggle to find clothes that define my 'bump' rather than making me look a few sizes fatter than I am and like I clothe myself in a tent!

I am 11 weeks pregnant but, being my third baby, I seemed to have 'popped' much earlier than with my previous two.


Here I wear a dress from White Stuff. Its not maternity but is lovely loose soft jersey fabric which stretches beautifully over my bump. It has a drawstring under the bust which helps show off my 'bump' by accentuating my waist."

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Chickpea, Pepper and Tomato Filo Parcels

Ahhhh. My first recipe post in FOREVER! 

Today I came up with this beaut of a dish ~ it's veggie and very good for you (two of your five a day ~excluding the salad~ and approx 250kcals per serving).

The best thing about it is that you can pack your filo parcels with literally anything you fancy/have in your fridge.... mushrooms, spinach & feta is the next combo on my To Cook list! It is also SUPER SPEEDY - don't you go telling me there's no such thing as healthy fast food! This takes around ten mins to prepare and needs just 15 minutes in the oven.

Makes 6x filo parcels (1x per serving).

Ingredients.
Ready made filo pastry sheets.
1x 400g can chickpeas 
2x red peppers
1x punnet cherry tomatoes
2x red onions
Fresh oregano leaves
Salt & pepper {as required}
Olive oil

What to do.
Preheat the oven to 190degrees.
Thinly slice the onions and peppers, halve the cherry tomatoes and drain the chickpeas. Fry in a drizzle of oil until soft, then add the oregano, roughly torn to release the flavour. All in all this means 5 or 6 mins on the hob.


Get your filo pastry out. Most varieties come in packs of 6 sheets.
Double up each sheet and spoon some of the chickpea mix into the centre. Fold up all the corners and scrunch together at the top. 
Repeat for the other five parcels and brush with a little extra olive oil before putting into the oven for 15 mins, or until golden brown and crispy.
While they are cooking, throw together some salad to accompany it. We had a simple beetroot salad (sliced, pickled beets, little gem lettuce, spring onions and cucumber).



Hey presto!
One perfect, light, summer supper.

Enjoy xoxox
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Kids Holiday Essentials


Two years ago (WOW! I can't actually believe it was that long ago!) I wrote The A-Z of Holidaying with Children. It proved to be one of my most popular posts EVER and is still read pretty much every day. If you haven't already, you can read it for yourself here.

Now, with another couple of years of parenting expertise *ahem* under my belt, I thought I'd write a second part to that original post - this time looking at essential holiday accessories. There are lots of 'must haves' and 'gadgets' out there and people are forever telling you what you MUST buy - but which accessories do you really need?

It goes without saying that decent luggage is a must have. But there's no need to spend a fortune on the latest character endorsed suitcase for your kids - there is plenty of affordable luggage out there, for both grown ups and children. Stick to simple/plain luggage that won't age or go out of fashion or favour so that you will get years of use out of it.

Childrens swimwear is also something of a necessity, and other swim/sun accessories, like floats and sun tents are worthy investments for holidays both at home and abroad.

Make sure everything you need for your journey is easily accessible in the car, or in your hand luggage. Plan for every eventuality; there could be delays or changeable weather so make sure suncream is handy and pack snacks! Also, always make room for colouring books and crayons/stickers/travel games. Never underestimate the importance of entertainment when travelling with kids.

A compact, lightweight pushchair is also useful if you are travelling with a baby or toddler. Although it could possibly be seen as an unnecessary expense, when flying it is preferable to take an easily foldable stroller to the gate, rather than a large and bulky (and expensive!) travel system. Even when holidaying within the UK, a stroller is a huge space saver when it comes to loading up the car boot.

Put together a mini first aid kit, to include every day medical essentials like calpol, antiseptic creams and plasters and extras like antihistamines too. These may be easy to buy but it is super handy to have them on you already - chances are you are going to need at least one of them when you're away from home.

What do you consider a holiday essential? Is there something you could not leave home without?

xoxox

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Mama Style - Handbags

One thing that has remained constant throughout my twenties and thirties is my love of designer handbags. I'm fairly certain you've all realised that by now! Fashion styles come and go and body shapes change, but a classic, designer bag is one for life and, in my opinion, is worth spending money on. I'm not ashamed to say I've amassed quite a collection over the past few years. I like to think of them as future family heirlooms!

So I thought I would devote this post to sharing my latest find with you; namely the 3.1 Phillip Lim leather pashli satchel, which has recently been seen adorning the arms of Hollywood stars such as Reece Witherspoon and Emma Roberts.


Although it comes in two different sizes and an array of different colours, my favourite is the vibrant sherbert lemon mini model. Just perfect for Summer. It's a beauty, is it not?

Made of soft, textured leather, with contrasting gunmetal hardware, and with a detachable shoulder strap (with belt style holes to adjust the length) and zippered panels on each side to increase, or reduce, it's size, this bag is super versatile and perfect for all occasions!

Off to a meeting? This bag will fit your iPad perfectly and you can wear it across your shoulders when you're dashing across town. A night out? There's plenty of space for everything you need - just team it with a hot dress. A lunch date with your mama friends? It will hold a packet of wipes and a couple of nappies, and still leave room for your every day necessities. See! You could actually buy it as a miniature changing bag (albeit a pretty expensive one). Still it sounds like a good idea to me.

It's definitely top of my wishlist right now.

Which is your favourite bag from the 3.1 Phillip Lim range?

xoxox

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Juicing Extras: Aloe Vera and Bee Pollen



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Recently I have started adding two natural supplements to my juices. Bee pollen and aloe vera.

Although juicing is a majorly efficicent way of flooding the body with goodness, by adding a tiny amount of either (or both!) of these you are boosting your intake of vitamins and minerals even more, which can only be a good thing, right!


 

 
Bee Pollen is a SUPER superfood and nutritionists consider it to be the most complete natural food on the planet. It is high protein and contains all essential amino acids, as well as being packed full of vitamins, minerals and natural lecithin. By including it in your diet, you can expect increased muscle growth, better skin, a healthy and a well functioning immune system and - the main reason for my taking it - lots more energy. If taken as a preventative all year round, local bee pollen can also help reduce hay fever symptoms.




 
Aloe Vera has similar effects. Aside from being amazing for the skin (it nourishes skin cells and helps in the production of natural collagen, making skin look fresh and youthful) it is also very, very good for the digestive system. It assists with healthy digestion, helps maintain healthy joints and soothes muscles, balances the immune system and, like bee pollen, is packed full of a ridiculous amount of minerals and vitamins too (including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, folic acid and vitamins A, B, C and E).






So if you are contemplating some juicing extras, these are two I would recommend. Both are available online and from good health food shops. xoxox
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

I'm Going to BritMums Live!

BritMums Live is but a mere six weeks away, and this here post contains a bit about me for anyone that is attending (or is just a bit nosy!).


Name: Katy
Twitter ID: @ModernMummyUK
Height: 5ft 6ish
Hair: Natural blonde (ahem) and cut into a sharp bob. (Graduated at the back and looooonnnngggg at the front).

Eyes: Bluey-greeny-grey
Is this your first blogging conference?
Yes it is - and I can't wait!
Are you attending both days?
Most definitely.
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013?
Meeting the lovely people that I tweet all the time and finally being able to put real life faces (and voices!) to names. And getting to spend a night in a hotel all by myself. BRING ON THE SLEEP!
What are you wearing?
TBC. But definitely flat shoes. This mama can't do heels anymore.
What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013?
I'm hoping to learn lots of new stuff at the workshops but most of all I hope to gain a few more blogging buddies!
Tell us one thing about you that not everyone knows
After three years of blogging I don't think there's much left undisclosed! Click here for the Modern Mummy 101 or here for 8 extra things you didn't know about me. xoxox

See you at BritMums Live! 2013
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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Saturday Night In...... Again



It's Saturday night and I'm sat on the sofa, drinking a cup of tea and watching Britain's Got Talent. I'm already in my pyjamas.

Only a few years ago, I can remember sitting in a bar with a friend trying to work out the last time we'd spent an evening at home. We ended up counting back almost six months - and even then it had been a week night that we hadn't gone out. Seriously. Six months of going out EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Even thinking about it now makes me feel kackered. The thing that makes me laugh is that even though I'd been drinking on a school night, I would be on the 5.25am train into work the next morning without fail - and more often than not I would call in to the gym for a workout on my way to the office too.

Oh how things change.

These days I'm usually tucked up in bed by 10pm. If Himself is out / working then it's even earlier. My girls are insomniacs and between them have me up anything between two and ten times a night so I have to grab a few hours kip whenever I can. Broken sleep is rubbish, but its a bit easier to get through the next day with six hours of broken sleep under my belt rather than four. After a sleep deprived week, my idea of heaven at the weekend is sitting down watching a mind numbing reality TV show, eating nutella out of the jar with a spoon and pinning on Pinterest.

But then every now and again I find myself daydreaming about having an evening off of Mama Duties and heading out into town with my non-Mama friends. (They have to be the non-Mama ones, otherwise we still spend the night talking about kids). Can you imagine? Spending four or five hours in the company of grown ups, listening to live music, wearing a cocktail dress, sipping a few dark & stormies. With no little people giving you agro at bedtime or shouting at you to take them to the toilet the moment you sit down with a cuppa. Siiiiiggghhhhhh.

Do you still hanker after a night on the tiles, or are you happy to be a homebody? 

xoxox

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