Friday, 29 June 2012

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Project 366: Day 89

Crazy cats

The Importance of Support in Successful Breastfeeding

Following on from my earlier post I have been asked to post one mama's breastfeeding story anonymously.  It just shows how vital good support, either personal or professional, can be in our largely anti-breastfeeding culture.

With many of us coming from a generation who bottle fed their babies I think the key to keeping breast feeding going is support and advice from close friends and family who have breast fed themselves.
I had quite different experiences with breast feeding my two babies.

Training to be a Breastfeeding Counsellor

A few weeks ago I was put in touch with the lovely Jessica, a friend of a friend, who is currently training as a breastfeeding counsellor with the NCT.  She is a busy mum of three, but has taken some time out to tell us more about her training and experience.

Keep a look out for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Rafflecopter at the bottom too...

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Project 366: Day 88


Afternoon at the Beach

This on again off again summer is really quite frustrating, but I suppose one benefit is that it does drive us all out of the house immediately we get a good day in a quest to make the most of it.  That's just what happened to us last week.  No sooner had Steve finished work than we were on the beach at Bracklesham, picnic in hand!

The girls having a chat

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Barbican: An Oasis in the City

While Sophia and I headed off to Brit Mums Live! on Saturday, Lara and Steve spent the day in and around the Barbican.  If you haven't been before, I highly recommend it, not solely for the amazing arts and cultural events, but just for a bit of a breather from city life.  Make sure you go at the weekend too - £7.50 for a whole day's parking, a bit of a London bargain!

Project 366: Day 87

And so it begins...

Friday, 22 June 2012

Review: The Other Baby Book

There is, as many parents and the media will happily tell you, a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) war going on in parenting.  On one side, we have the massed troops of conventional parenting with their heavy weaponry of routines and training (sleep, potty, behaviour etc); and on the other, we have the quiet ranks of natural, gentle parenting advocates and practitioners.  And therein lies the problem.  We are the quiet ones.  At playgroups and mothers' meetings, with friends and family, we keep schtum.  We listen to their tales of cry it out and naughty steps with lumps in our throats and tears in our eyes, but being a lone voice in the wilderness is hard.  So we keep quiet.

Project 366: Day 82

Cuddles with Nanny

Thursday, 21 June 2012

My Summer Reading List

I have always been a voracious reader, teaching myself as quickly as possible even before school started, so that I could enter the magical world of books.  Growing up I was, literally, surrounded by books, and to this day I feel uncomfortable in houses which don't have obvious collections of books.

Project 366: Day 81

Our first experience of yucky head visitors...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Breastfeeding Top Tips

Somewhat belatedly, here is my second post in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.  The second week is focussing on mum-to-mum sharing, things like how tos and tips.  It set me thinking, what would I like to have known before I started out on my breastfeeding journey?  What do new mums need to know or do in the early days?  Or indeed even before baby arrives.

Project 366: Day 76

The day I got ALL the toys out to show Sophia,

by Lara aged 2 and a 1/4 ...

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Project 366: Day 74

A rare moment

Bookstart Week

Following on from my earlier post about Bookstart 20, I just wanted to remind you that National Bookstart Week is running until Sunday 17th June, and there are lots of ways you and your children can take part:

Bookstart 20

Hands up if your little and not so little ones received free Bookstart books from your health visitor, SureStart centre, or local library?  Would you be surprised to learn that Bookstart, the world-renowned reading programme which gifts free books to babies, toddlers and 3-year-olds, has been running for 20 years this year?

Promotion: Baby Loves Organic

Organic Baby Towels
You may remember a while back that I was interviewed on the Baby Loves Organic blog.  Today I just wanted to tell you a bit more about the company and the lovely products they sell.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Project 366: Day 67

Waiting for Noah...

The puddles were so extensive that we had a pair of ducks take up residence briefly on the drive!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Project 366: Day 65

Co-sleeping Rocks!!

What's So Great About Breastfeeding?

As I mentioned last month, I'm delighted to be taking part in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt throughout June.  Over the next four weeks, you will have the opportunity to read a wide variety of posts from lots of different bloggers, who will all bring their own unique take on, and personal experience of, breastfeeding.  You also have the opportunity to enter lots of competitions, including collecting entries for the grand prize - a huge £500 worth of goodies!!  This first week focusses on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Project 366: Day 64

And the new obsession is...


Review: London Zoo (Review)

A while ago we went to London Zoo for the day as guests of Trunki.  After we had viewed their new products, chatted and had something to eat, we went for a wander round the zoo.

Being a real animal lover and conservationist I really struggle with zoos.  I do believe they began with the very best of intentions, and over the years they have helped hugely with widespread education, protection of species and much more, but I do question their necessity in this day and age.

Review: Trunki SnooziHedz at London Zoo

Komodo Dragon: RajaA few weeks ago we were invited to London Zoo by fab kids' travel product company Trunki.  We were taken to meet our contacts in the Komodo Dragon exhibit.  Sounds all a bit cloak and dagger so far, huh?

Parenting Prompt

Friday, 1 June 2012

Project 366: Day 61

My lovely 'Best of British' hamper from John Lewis

- feel very spoilt, thank you!!

Joe Browns' Chic Mummy Style

Fed up with the same old clothes?  Check.

Swapped stylish for comfortable?  Check.

Live in comfy old jeans & trainers?  Check.

Can't remember when you last bought yourself a lovely new outfit?  Check.

Want to know how casual style can be super chic?  Check.

What a Week!

Oh my goodness, where have the past few days gone?!  How the devil are you all?!


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