The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. Gustave Flauber

Why you need a Babymoon

When I was five months pregnant with our first child my husband and I decided we needed one last holiday before two became three and lazing on a beach listening to our iPods and absorbing ourselves in a good book would be a thing we reminisced about. 

 So we packed our bags and off we went. Ten idyllic days in Cuba just the two of us and the perfect opportunity for us to have some quality time together. To reconnect and above all else – relax.   

However; if I told you that it was a blissful stress free and entirely relaxing ten days I’d be lying. 

Locations to consider, areas off-limits, flying restrictions and health and safety precautions for the expectant mum.

Essential Hospital Checklist Guide

It’s so easy to overload with countless items that you don’t actually need at all and forget those essential items you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t pack.  The last thing you want is to have to send dad running for home with a list of the things you’ve forgotten.

How to Survive a Summer Pregnancy

I had always imagined summer pregnancies to be filled with cute floaty maxi dresses, my belly unashamedly on show, long walks on the beach, sun kissed tans and, of course, an abundance of glowing.

The reality however, was very different (for me at least) – there was; in no particular order; the chafing thighs, the butt sweating, the sleepless nights, the risk of dehydration, the increased susceptibility to sunburn and don’t even get me started on the swollen feet, heat rash, sausage toes and fat fingers.

When your Birthing Plan doesn’t to go Plan

Sometimes the best moments in life are the ones you didn’t plan

No truer word has been spoken and this goes for child-birth as well.

When I was pregnant with my daughter; I religiously practised yoga, meditation and anything else I could think of to ensure I had a ‘perfect labour’. My birthing plan was pretty much to Om that baby out while listening to soothing whale music and spending the best part of my labour in a birthing pool; whilst my husband looked on admiringly at the miracle of birth. Phah!

Mocktails and BBQ’s

There is something cooling and refreshing about a glass of cider or a Shandy to go with your burger.  Thankfully, there are so many opportunities that allow you to enjoy your day with the best of them without adhering to a warm orange squash mineral water along with the kids.

BBQ food can also come with a risk to us pregnant ladies and we need to be aware and cautious about how food has been prepared and stored as well as how it has been cooked.

Top Tips for Bloggers

I originally started this blogging thing when I was on maternity leave with my son which was only a year ago but seems like a lifetime now.    Having studied journalism many moons ago, my love of writing never wavered but my commitment to pursue it sadly did.  I also dabbled in gourmet catering, because, as you know I love to cook and eat (who doesn’t?)

My heart was in my mouth with nerves, trepidation and fear of being ridiculed the first time I hit that publish button, but now it feels comforting somehow, each time I create a new post it feels like coming back to an old friend and amazingly and unexpectedly the blogging community is so supportive of other bloggers.

So, I thought it would be advantageous to add my Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Blogging and not giving up. 

Women’s International Day

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.