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How Sleep Better When You Have KIDS

Having children is knackering. It is absolutely EXHAUSTING and as mums we need as much sleep as we can possibly get. However it’s not as simple as that.

Sleep brings about so many benefits, including better skin and health. But with children we can find it very difficult to get a good nights sleep, as they tend to have their own ideas.

Here are a few suggestions that can make a big difference….

Take Sleep Seriously


The first and most important point is simply to start treating sleep with the respect it deserves.

Don’t go to bed late thinking you’ll ‘make up for it later’.

Sleep will impact every aspect of the way you feel, look and perform and the negative effects can be cumulative with time.

Make getting enough, high quality sleep a priority. Where ever possible.

Drink Less

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If you are drinking even a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night, then this will be badly hurting the quality of your sleep.


Alcohol leads to dehydration, it increases your heartrate and it prevents you from getting fully restorative deep sleep. If you aren’t out socializing, pick a fruit juice instead.


Oh and the same goes for caffeine past 4pm as well!

Take a Hot Shower Before Bed

This is one easy change that can have a huge impact on your sleep.

A hot shower will stimulate the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in your body and thus help you to sleep like a baby.

It also naturally relaxes the muscles.

You could also use a scent like Lavender to help relax you and sleep well.

Avoid Screen Time


For an hour before bed, avoid looking at computer screens or phones.

Your brain registers this wavelength of light as sunlight because it’s a similar point on the spectrum. Try using the Blue Light filter instead if you need to be using a screen.

Spend the last hour reading quietly and you’ll reduce your cortisol and sleep much better as a result!

Many unnatural lights can cause this problem too – in fact, just going to the bathroom in the night can trigger the release of enough cortisol to have quite profound negative effects on your sleep subsequently.

Consider a Daylight Alarm


While you want to avoid screen time during the evening though, this same ‘blue light’ is actually very beneficial when you’re just waking up.

That’s because cortisol is one of the things that helps us wake up and it’s a lack of this natural light that often makes it hard to get up in winter.

Try getting a daylight alarm which works by simulating the effects of a sunrise first thing in the morning by producing light at just the right wavelengths and then getting gradually brighter. – I use an automated brightness setting on my phone, where it gradually gets brighter as the day goes by, and then dull again in the evening.

My Honest Advice to you?

Don’t worry too much about getting the best nights sleep just yet. We are all young, and while yes the signs of aging can’t be reversed, we can work on preventing them when our little cherubs are older, and we have more time to ourselves.

If you have a particularly bad night with your child then just enjoy the time you spend with them, even if it is 1o’clock in the morning. They grow up way to fast for us to be worrying about getting the “perfect nights sleep” right now.

I take a nap when Isabelle is at school, and try to go to bed early (being around 9-10pm), so I am ready for the day ahead. For me a good nights sleep is waking in the morning feeling ready to take on anything that my toddler (is she still a toddler?) throws at me.

Sleep Well xx

Emma xx

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We’re Coming out of Lockdown!

I cannot believe it! We are finally going to be free from this dreadful lock down. The government has decided that we can meet up with friends and families again, and if we follow the stages laid out by them we should be back to normal by JUNE 2021.

I can’t say that I fully believe their pledge, but I am ready for the freedom to begin. It has been soo long since we last got to see my parents and grandparents, and I’m really feeling alone.

When we first went into lockdown anxiety bloomed and depression set in. We were alone. My support network were stripped from me. And because of the technicality of having a lodger in my house I wasn’t eligible to go and see my family as a bubble. My Nan who I saw every single week for lunch, no matter what, was suddenly removed from my weekly routine, and I could only speak to her on a video call when we got a chance. I miss our lunch dates we used to have. I miss my mum and I miss being able to get out of the house and having other people helping me with my very active toddler.

We are so excited to see our family, but more importantly I am excited to be able to get out of the house, and make memories with Isabelle that doesn’t involve the house. The first thing I want to do is to take her to the Zoo. She has been begging me for the last 2 months, so I think that is definitely the first thing we should be doing. (Don’t worry there will most definitely be a video and blog about it!). I can’t wait to see her face as she gets to go to these amazing places that we used to go to almost monthly.

She’s also super excited to be able to go swimming again, an activity she used to do on a Saturday morning with her Nanna. Indoor soft play, and just in general seeing all of her friends again.

You see us adults tend to forget just how hard the children have had it. I’m not on about the teenagers – I see hundreds of them every day at work in groups when they shouldn’t be and being a general nuisance – but the younger children. The ones who aren’t allowed to go out on their own, who don’t have a mobile phone to be able to contact their friends, the ones who can’t yet read or write, who are only just learning about the world. They had their friends stripped from them. Their weekly routines turned upside down. All with no understanding of why this is happening.

Yes we are excited that the pubs are opening back up, and that the shops will finally be opening their doors to us. Yes we are glad we can go out for a meal again in a restaurant, but our children have had it much harder. Being taught at home by your parents is no fun matter, for either party.

We are coming out of lockdown, but I honestly think the first couple of months should be a celebration for the children, BEFORE we celebrate in the pubs.

HEY let’s take the kids out and then have our friends over in the evening! Or let’s take the kids out with our friends. I know that’s what I will be doing. My best friend and I are already planning our first outing which is going to end in a girls night in, with the kiddies having a sleep over at one of our houses.

Let me know what you’re most looking forward to coming out of lockdown.

Do you have any plans already?

Much love

xoxoxox

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What’s In My Handbag – Summer 2020

My handbag is not just a bag for me, but for my daughter as well. Wherever we go I have to make sure that I have everything that I could possibly need for our days out.

The contents of my bag change with the seasons and weather to make sure that I am always prepared for absolutely anything, and the more my daughter grows and changes the more her needs change and the things I need to bring with me change.

A mums handbag

So What’s in my bag?

I tipped my bag out to find out the answer to this question, and I had a really good laugh at seeing the things I had in my bag.

  • 2 Pairs of children’s knickers – my daughter is fully potty trained but we do still have the odd accident
  • 3 odd socks for my daughter – I don’t even know how they got there to be honest, or even why there isn’t a pair!
  • 1 pair of my daughter’s leggings – again in case of accidents. If she is wearing a dress it will be a clean dress and pair of tights if the weather is cool.
  • A couple of nappy sacks – for wet clothes in case of accident
  • Wipes – we always need a pack of wipes
  • Hand sanitiser – before Covid 19 this was for nappy changes and before we eat, now it is for literally everything.
  • Keys
  • Face mask – thankyou covid 19
  • Purse
  • A Pen – always handy to have a pen.
  • Packet of Rennie’s – you never know when your going to get indigestion or heart burn.
  • hundreds of receipts
  • Bottle of Water – for my little one mainly
  • Sun cream – well it is the middle of the summer
  • And hundreds of crumbs – I think I need to hoover my bag out haha!

So there you have it, the contents of a mum’s bag. We are out so much during the week that only the contents we use get swapped or changed, I will also add in snacks for us before we leave the house so my little one will never be hungry during an activity.

What’s in your handbag? Do you have any strange items hiding in the folds of the fabric, or in that secret pocket you forgot about?

Much Love xx

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The Veg Dread

Getting children to eat their fruit and veg is always a tricky one. When they are just babies and trying food for the first time you give them every vegetable under the sun, but then something happens as they get older. They discover other food and realise that veggies are not as nice as, say, a biscuit.

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It is our duty as parents to try and persuade our little cherubs that they should be choosing the healthier options, or to just “eat one more mouthful of peas”. The fight is never ending and our little ones can be incredibly stubborn. I’ve had food thrown over the floor, her just refusing to eat anything, eating everything but her vegetables, sneaking her veggies onto someone else’s plate, and I’m pretty sure if we had a dog, the dog would be very well fed with unwanted veg.

Fruit is much easier to get little ones to eat, they are sweet and moist and much tastier than the slightly bitter vegetables that we have to offer. What’s more they are much more vibrant in colour making them more appealing to little fingers.

So my question is

How do we get children to eat their veg?

Do we force feed them into oblivion?

Do we threaten them?

Do we make every single meal into a soup, just so we know they’re having something?

Do we continue with a daily battle and struggle making meal times ever so slightly stressful? Or do we find a solution that works best for our children?

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I have spent the last year and a half looking for alternative ways to get my little girl to eat her vegetables. I will admit not everything that I have tried works, but the ones that do work I stick to.

Trial and error is the best option we have as parents to try and get our little ones to eat. Even a supermarket has tried a campaign to get children to eat their veg. But the question is does it work?

Below are a few ideas that I have tried, with some good results.

Hide and Seek

Adding vegetables to a sauce or hiding them in a Bolognese, this has been a great way for me to get my little one to eat up her vegetables. She loves a Bolognese and my homemade sauces always go down a treat.

Another way to hide vegetables is to make a soup. (I will tag my soup recipe once I reveal this to you al, below) My daughter loves a soup but is adamant that she dislikes the various veggies that I add to it. That is where I laugh a little. She will gobble a homemade soup up in no time giving her plenty of nutrients and veg.

Shaping it up?

Making fun shapes out of vegetables and fruit is a really good way to get little ones to eat them. Rather than doing the classic vegetable sticks and chunks, make them into something fun. Try some letters and numbers to help with their learning, or simple shapes such as a star, heart, or smiling faces.

Sometimes I get my little one to help make the shapes, that way as she has felt involved she is more likely to eat them. I like to get her to make a picture with her veggies before she eats them so she has fun with them first. She gets great pleasure in eating her creations (haha).

Making a game out of it?

My favourite game to play with my little girl is that her veggies are going to eat her favourite part of her meal if she doesn’t eat them first. At first she started eating her favourite parts first so the veggies wouldn’t touch them, but after a bit of learning (I started removing bits from her plate when she wasn’t looking shhh – she got them back after her veggies were gone) she will now eat her veggies alongside the main part of her meal.

We also try a game of who can eat their veg the quickest, and I used inspiration from the Aldi advert (I think it was aldi) and told her that the vegetables are going to take over the world if she doesn’t help mummy eat them all.

Making it fun to eat her vegetables is definitely one of the best ways I have used to get her to eat them up.

Nicknames

Giving the vegetables a nickname helps her to see a fun side with them, and more likely to touch them. While it doesn’t always work it does help her to understand that they are good for you.

Some of the nicknames we have are:

Broccoli – green trees

Cauliflower – white trees

tomatoes – tomtoms

Cucumber – cumbie

What are some of the things that you do to get your children to eat their veg? This is an ongoing battle for most parents and while I have found some solutions to it, I will admit IT DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK. Children are stubborn and they know what they want (even if it’s not what they need) and will do anything they can to get what they want where possible.

I look forward to hearing all about your solutions and struggles that you have with getting your little ones to eat their fruit and veg.

much love xx