LONDON MUMMA


Listen up mummas, I got a few little secrets that your midwife can fail to share with you.....

Recently at work, I've had two lovely women come and help out my department, we've been inundated with work and I always love a little extra help. These two women are pregnant and both gearing up for maternity leave, being the only one in my office to be a parent, I knew that I would be inundated with baby questions and chat. Being an old pro at this parenting malarkey, now that Leanora turned 4 last week I kinda got this parenting thing down....... well one hopes anyway.

First thing is first I loved being pregnant, even though I was probably a pain in the arse to most, I thrived, until I hit a few bubbly roads, that my midwife or antenatal teacher neglected to let me know. For those that are planning a pregnancy or those that are currently pregnant, I've knocked up a list of things your midwife doesn't tell you. 

Hair loss
Pregnancy glow is a real thing, if it may lack in your skin, your hair certainly benefits from pregnancy, your hair grows, strengths and has a nice sheen to it and I loved it, my hair never grew so much in such a short space of time and that is due to the hormone boost in your body. What anyone failed to tell me, 18 months after pregnancy that your hair falls out. Hair loss is a big thing for those that have had a baby, it does not necessarily occur just after you stop breastfeeding, it can start in the postpartum period also. But to help restore and keep your car healthy taking vitamins is vital and a good massage to the scalp when washing will help stimulate your hair follicles to promote growth, but for those that have suffered severe hair loss, I know of some mothers that have sort hair transplant in London.

Sight loss
I have worn glasses for as long as I can remember, my prescription has probably changed 3 times in my life, that's not bad for someone who has been wearing glasses and contacts 25+ years. But whilst pregnant and on route to work, I was gearing up to cross the road, busy screaming teens either side of me on route to work madden wth McDonald's, I started getting a really bad headache I thought nothing of it maybe the smell of egg mcmuffins causing me to be queasy, but later on crossing same said road (on route to McD's for my craving of chips and milkshake, the two dipped together makes sweet harmony) I found that I was actually struggling to see and straining to see what was ahead of me, thus leading me to have regular headaches. Fed up glasses and contacts not working, plus the fact I had nearly been knocked over twice, I headed straight to the opticians who informed that this was quite normal in pregnancy and to not worry about it, it will go back to normal after pregnancy and can you believe not to get a new prescriptive eyewear!!! Obviously, I ignored this poor response and slightly annoyed that midwife failed to tell me that this could happen, but for me, safety for me and my unborn daughter comes first and changed my lenses twice throughout pregnancy. So if you feel you are having headaches and straining your eyes, I completely recommend seeing your optician.

Snoring & nose bleeds
Unfortunately with most pregnant snoring can be a big factor and one that I did not even know was a thing, when I snored so loud I woke my damn self up and had my mother and her friend laughing at me as they never heard anything like it before. The good thing is that if like myself you were never a snorer before pregnancy, you will most likely to stop after you had your baby. The reason why we snore is due to high levels of hormones oestrogen and progesterone cause the blood vessels in your nose to open wider (hence my extra largeness throughout pregnancy) causing congestion,  this also can lead to you having nose bleeds which explain the few I had.  

I hope these tips and advice are helpful before, after and during pregnancy and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 


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Have you ever just entered a room and you instantly felt more relaxed, at peace and at one with yourself, all your worries left at the door and felt as though you have been transported to a beautiful country such as Croatia, Greece or even my next holiday adventure to Morocco thanks to Holiday Gems, very cheap holidays

That is how your bedroom should make you feel each time you enter. Your bedroom, not just your home, should be your safe haven. Your bedroom a place of peace and calm and filled with just you, kids too if you've got them and a few good scented candles to relax your mind, help get rid of pesky smells, such as smoke, a good way to help stop is with a little advice from Nicotinell who's website is jammed packed with a great tips. and some crisp new sheets and bedding. 

Colour
When thinking about how you want your bedroom to make you feel, you have to start off with your colour scheme. Lighter, brighter colours give you a softer vibe, calming greens, pale blues, to even light shades of greys to help relax your mind, darker colours sucks as reds absorb the light from your room, giving it a more sexier style. You really have to think about what tranquillity what emotion you want to embrace, after all, other than the office this is where you will be spending most of your time.

Bed
The pièce de résistance of your bedroom is a bed, nothing says comfort and luxury than a good bed, I recently invested in an upholstered one from Bed Guru, it was hard to choose but I think I made the right decision and went with a glamorous velvet upholstered bed.

Lighting 
The mood has to be just right, if you do not have dimmers, then a good table lamp, candles too can help you set the mood and lighting to your desired requirements for a chilled vibe. A little tip that I got off mu Mumma, was that she puts her table lamp on the floor for a more cosy atmosphere.

Accessories 
Accessories make the room, it brings it life and adds a touch of your character and personality to it, plus a few flowers along with family or artsy artwork adds an automatic lift to the room, bringing peace and harmony and love together.

I hope these tips and ideas help bring an uplift into your bedroom.

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Spring is the perfect time to rethink your beauty products, it's a great time to try and test out new products.

Spring brings out lighter colours, so shed those heavy auburn and red tones and opt for lighter shades of pink, floral scents to bask in to lift your mood and lay to rest those sandalwood fragrances and reach for those lighter creams.



If any brand can convince me to invest in their beauty products, then the gods at & Other Stories have spoken to me. There beauty and skincare products are nice light and won't break your the bank. I purchased two products whilst only going in for a new top, but low on hand cream and the beauty counter right by the till, (great add-on selling) it would have been rude to of not perused. A sucker for good packaging and a hint of pink, a little dollop, and massage into hands of the Miami Muse hand lotion is totally uplifting and invigorating, it's a delicate light scent of pink pepper, cotton candy, and musk and romantic refreshing light cream for Spring and I just knew this was the cream I needed this Spring. I also purchased the body mist in Miami Muse great size perfect to pop into my handbag and both items costing me less than £10 I certainly left with a spring in my step, and soft supple hands and smelling like a spring dream. 

I have always been a fan of Glossier, the packaging and branding also, but never tried any of their products, so when I found out last year they were launching FINALLY in the U.K. And a pop up store to celebrate, which unfortunately and annoyingly I had to miss due to work commitments, I finally got round to ordering a few little products. The first product I tried was the cloud paint, in the shade Haze it was love at first apply, granted with my heavy hands I squeezed out a tad too much I know that this super lightweight liquid blusher is going to last. Regrettably, Glossier are not sold in stores, but I was able to find the shade I was after this Spring with the models on site of different colouring and how it looks applied makes it easy for you to choose. 



Rodial Skincare Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream I first used last year winter which I was sent with my MINTD Box, but now I have recently repurchased and use as my day cream. Rich enough for me to use on its own without an oil underneath and light enough for all-day use, especially as my days of late have been starting at 5am and does not leave the skin feeling cloggy and heavy, but glides on like water and leaves the skin hydrated. Perfect for anyone who has dry to combination skin. 


The smell of Decelor's Aurabsolu Intense For Eyes is simply divine, not only just smells heavenly it works wonders too. This under eye brightening cream works wonders, especially for those who suffer from dark circles or had a sleepless night. the perfect under eye brightener to lift your face in time for Spring. 


Now whilst this may not be a beauty or skincare product, I adore H&M's affordable candle scents. This scent, Wild Flower is a little nostalgic for me as it reminds and takes me back to the Lavender fields with Leanora, chasing her through the fields. 

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Your 20s are for living it up and partying likes it's 1999, health and maintaining it was never on my agenda but is it in most 20 year olds, a big fat nope!

You can eat what you want, drink what you want with no consequences, but now that I'm in my 30s  I can no longer act or eat they way did in my 30s


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Regrettably having to admit, y metabolism has slowed, I've gained extra weight, which I'm trying to currently shift, but I'm finding it hard a girl likes to eat! I'm all about that cosy cheesy carb life, yesterday I made a pot of mac n cheese and I can honestly say I tore it up and taken the last bit with me to work or, so by the time you've read this I would have scoffed the lot.

As much as I love to chow down have a glass of wine after a long night, I gotta take easy, I am not getting any younger, I'm edging closer to 40 and I've got to maintain my health in my 30s to have a longer life. 

Forever one for excuses as legitimate as they may be, such as work, single parent, pet owner, blog life, family life I, we have to stop making up excuses, the first step is always the hardest, but when you've taken that first step, no matter how big or small


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Cut down on drinking
After a long day at work, Leanora in bed, I can tidy up the evening's mess and wash up the plates from dinner. I do like to soak in the bath with a glass of wine once all the chores are done. Whilst I like to have a glass most nights, it is not good for me or you, so I am cutting back and having a drink on a Friday to help me unwind I mean im not a total moron nor will I'll ever give up a nice tasty bottle of plonk, but cutting down will certainly keep me healthier and fitter for longer. 

Run more
I loved nothing more, pre-parenting than running, hitting the beaten path, finding new paths and getting lost in my own thoughts, with music from http://www.cheapvinyl.co.uk and pounding out all that fatigue from the day. Regrettably i've not been able to do this as of much being a single parent, working etc... You see what I am doing, making excuses. Well no way, I will try and manage my time better now that Leanora sees her father every other weekend, I'll be taking that time to get good run in. If you have help or a partner at home, get up an hour ealier, especially that the sun rises earlier and get some fresh air into those lungs, nothing screams healthier than starting the day with a good workout, plus I also recently invested in a new bike from Bike Discount UK 

Get to bed early
In order for me to feel great especially that I wake up at crazy hours in the morning, is making sure I get a good nights rest and an early one. I make sure before I leave the office I have a little todo list so that when I come home I can use my time wisely and get organised quicker in order for me to get a good nights rest making me feel healthier and refreshed in the morning. 

Invest in your skin
Now that I am older, I am trying to fight off the first signs of ageing and I am combating it with a few good investments buy beauty products. Whilst everyone's budget is different, nothing quite beats a good cleanser, serum and face cream being applied to your skin of a night, as well as hand cream, to keep hands soft and youthful. 

Healthy diet
When can not fight ageing and with that comes a slower metabolism, eyes and general health can be affected. I have changed up my diet, and gone for healthier choices and eating a lot less meat and I've also incorporated into my diet oat milk, a total game changer plus changing my diet has left me feeling less bloated, therefore allowing me to slip in to some new items from Rails Clothing as well as getting myself in for my health checks ups too.

Have you changed your lifestyle for healthier options, no matter your age, what have you been doing?

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