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 “5 Things I Learnt at Blogtacular 2018”

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 “Mama, You Got This! A Round-up of my Favourite Mama Merch”

The Great Parent Bake-off: Harper’s Christening Cake

rose gold and mint christening cakeThe best part of any party is the cake, right? At least that’s my way of thinking. Harper’s christening cake was going to be the first cake I ever made for her, and although she wouldn’t be able to have a bit, I still wanted it to be incredible. Continue reading “The Great Parent Bake-off: Harper’s Christening Cake”

Reuniting with my Sewing Machine: Tilly and the Buttons Freya Dress

handmade yellow freya jersey dressI’m super-excited to share with you my first dressmaking project as a Mum! My sewing machine hasn’t been touched for a while, so it felt really good to be making again.

From the day we’d decided that we would have H christened, I was dreading finding something to wear. My post-baby body and shop changing rooms are not friends at the moment. Most of my pre-baby dressmaking had been for work-wear (hello Coco dress for each day of the week), and some more casual bits for the weekends. I had never even thought about making a dress for a special occasion before. Continue reading “Reuniting with my Sewing Machine: Tilly and the Buttons Freya Dress”

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 “Blogtacular 2018: Time to Reconnect with the Blogging World”

Cake Decorating with The Sparkling Spatula

pastel theme buttercream covered layer cake with hand piped flowersI do love a good workshop! Over the past few years I’ve learnt to make felt, weave, sew my own pyjama bottoms, spray paint, and learn how to use my proper camera. I’ve also had a go at biscuit decorating, but not much else baking related. Now that I have years of birthday cakes ahead of me, I figured it was about time to give cake decorating a go! Continue reading “Cake Decorating with The Sparkling Spatula”

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 “Harper’s Birth Story”