We all want to live successful and happy lives, but sometimes we can find ourselves in a rut and not leading a healthy lifestyle and feel that there is no way back to brighter days, well you are wrong. To get out of that doom and gloom is on you kid only you can get you out. But don't worry we all need a little helping hand, even myself, I recently found my self in a horrible situation, which leads me to making bad decisions and life choices, but with a few positive rituals and eating and exercising more, lead to me being more productive, as well as being more organised at work.

To lead a healthy lifestyle, we have to make some healthy lifestyle changes here I am sharing my top 3 to have you in a better healthier mindset.

Get rid of the negativity
This can be the hardest thing, so it is best to start off with it. If you are surrounded by negative people and they do not want what is best and do not have good intentions, why would you even want that person around, you have to remove them from your life, no matter how hard it is and scared it can possibly have you feeling. To improve your life, surround yourself with positive people who want what is best for you.

Treat your body right
This is great to get all those endorphins going, it is a great mood booster and great for your happiness plus it will have you feeling healthier too and ideal for reducing your stress levels. So get up and get out and find a work that best suits you.

Eating right
The best way to start the day is with something healthy and tasty, get rid of all that processed sugar and heavy carbs, that will only leave you feeling sluggish, start your day with the right sweetness, which you can find in a tasty smoothie bowl

We would love to hear your tips on improving your lifestyle? Please leave your comments below.

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London Mumma xx

The most tremendous day has finally arrived, FRIDAY! And it is time to plan a weekend of bliss, be it a day of relaxing in the house in your favourite pyjamas or venturing to the great outdoors and looking for an adventure, what ever you do make it your own. Today I am sharing with you some much loved Friday Favorites, a round up of what I am loving, from a beautiful store that I have found and decided to make my home, to books, and so much more. 

The most beautiful and heavenly store in Hove, Igigi. Whilst roaming for coffee after a day spent on the pebbled Brighton beach collecting seashells and spotting crabs, I was in need of some rich warming coffee to warm up my cockles. They sell everything from home furnishings to the most beautiful natural milk soaps, to coffee and cakes in the upstairs cafe, it is the best place in Hove for a little refuel.

I finally have gotten round to reading a book, yay! With normality setting back in at work and parenting life, I have found some much needed me time be at late at night with my new Utility Design lamp. I am able and divulge into an amazing fictional book, Domina, the right amount of sex, drugs, and murder, which makes for a good night sleep!

My creative juices flowing, thanks to the fabulous blog, A Pair and Spare. I am updating the living room and thought due to it being Autumn to add a little colour, with some new pillows and I thought purple would totally make it pop, but finding it hard to find the right style, but with a little inspo from one of my fave bloggers I can make my own with this handy DIY post

This gorgeous Ecoya, Lotus Flower candle was gifted to me at a  recent press showcase and it is simply divine, I have only used it once and the whole house smelt exquisite. Its scent is a blend of lotus flower, contrasted with deeper shades of vanilla and patchouli a scent and candle that I never want to run out of and will certainly be purchasing. 

Let us know what fun things you guys have planned this weekend and what your favorites have been this Friday?

London Mumma xx

With the new fashion season and kids finally back to school for the new term, it is not just the kiddos that need new threads and various essentials it is us Mummas too. We wanna look our best and look put together at the school gates, even though half the time we probably feel like stir fried shit and want to rock up to the school gates in our pyjamas.

With a few new season essentials and finding our feet back to the new term madness.

No wall chart in site to keep track on what is going on throughout the month, make sure you have a planner or phone to hand, to mark all those important dates coming up, such as birthday parties, ballet, football lessons and when you have family and friends coming over to dinner. 

Flash Cards
Learning on the go or school run to get some extra practice in with the kids, or by yourself! It is always a great idea to learn something new. Plus it keeps your little ones on the ball and makes great practice for them depending on the age of course, plus great fun can be had whilst traveling on the weekends.

I can not stress the importance enough of baby wipes, we love the Water Wipes range, but I spied that Dove now has a kids range of wipes. But whatever brand you go for, these are must have essential for your Mumma bag, not just to clean up sticky kids, but us parents too can benefit from wipes, especially those mad rush mornings and coffee spilled all of you. 

Large bag
This season, make a statement with this must have large bags. With so many out on the high street, you are literally spoilt for choice.

We gotta be comfortable for those in between dashes, so why not treat yourself to a fresh new pair of kicks for the term. 

Trench Coat
Aquascutum, always nail it each season, updating there must have trench coats. They are cool and classic and helps protect you from the windy weathers and will see you looking fashionable all the way up to winter, plus it can be styled numerous of ways making it not just perfect for the weekday but will have you looking sophisticated over the weekends too.

A vital essential for us Mummas, not just for our kids. Who doesn't like a tasty treat or a healthy bite I mean we gotta eat too, so why not carry a snack or two, one for you, one the kids to keep you fuelled through the day. Not sure on what then why not check out something from Metcalfe to pop in your bag. 

Hair Care
Ok, yes ladies lets not shy away from it, be it first thing in the morning or an after school pickup, or even going into work, we want to look our best. I found a great online store Capital Hair and Beauty, that has everything and then some to give you fabulous healthy hair, I am loving my new found hot hair brush, giving me that just stepped out of the salon blow-dry, but unknowingly all done at home, whilst having the Leanora climbing my back and Milo purring at my feet.

No outfit or look is complete with out a few accessories be it a feminine watch, to help keep you track of time or an elegant piece of jewellery such as a pair of earrings to complete your back to school look.

What have been your life saviors for the return back to school? How have you survived this first week and now in the second? I would love to hear your comments below.

Please note this is a collaborative post but all words come from the coffee fuelled ramblings of London Mumma. 

London Mumma xx

Ok, so I have one kid, but boy working full time, running a blog and home life, plus my little one, sure can be tough, but just because it is tough, doesn't mean that I am not enjoying it, but by heck a break or two would be fab, a nice glass of vino, a good book, all whilst chilling in the bath without an audience wouldn't go a miss, am I rent rents?

Now I would never give up working, I am not that type of person to be a housewife, well I am not even close to having that as an opportunity, not that I would even embrace it, I am/we are providers for our families.  But when I had that time at home whilst on maternity leave, I could not bloody wait to get back to work, I love my kid and all, she is a cutie going through that sassy threenager stage, but I need my own time, does that make me a bad Mumma, like fuck it does. I think as women and society we can face a lot of dilemmas, pressure, and prejudice even, women with young kids should stay at home and do the whole Susie home maker crap, sod that I say.

Yes it is hard, and I feel at times a bad parent, because I do not get to spend as much time with my daughter as I would like, but should I, should we not go out there show our babies, that you know what it is good to work, to work for something, be it a mortgage payment, a holiday, god forbid clothes and food. These are the dilemmas that us mothers, single or otherwise can face. But what some do not realise, we have our own dilemmas and demons and it affects us just as much our children

To stay or not to stay
Yes, when returning to work we do face certain difficulties, such as our children being left in someone else care, they teaching them their A, B, C's and 1,2,3's and thinking that is our role as mothers, parents even. But it is good to have that separation and making sure you child is in the right and safe environment, it is good for the both of you. For both mother and child/ren to have that time apart, it only makes the heart grow fonder, plus your kids can get tired of the site of you. 

When we become parents your life changes from the moment, you see PREGNANT on the pregnancy test and you make the decision to become a parent. Me time, we time goes out the window and it all about kid time! We sacrifice, for our children for their love and to keep them happy and the odd occasion when you want a bit of peace and quiet or your program has just come on! We make sacrifices, for the unconditional love between parent and child, hence why even planning on returning or going back into work is a good sacrifice, not a selfish one, after all, we are providers now and a cheeky 8 hour day so you can have a little me time is not a bad thing. But for all the sacrifices we have to makes as parents, they are worth it all in the end. Even if it means a life time of an audience whilst going for a crap. 

Am I enough
We can be our own worst enemies at the best of times, we can doubt ourselves and beat ourselves up thinking are we doing, feeding and teaching our kids the right thing. Everyone's teaching and learning life experiences are different, but what you have to understand and yes I included. I am enough for our kids, I mean Leanora thinks I am all that and then some!

With so many dilemmas we face as mothers, they are all worth it in the end and makes us and our children stronger. Have you faced certain dilemmas since becoming a mother, or father? How have you over come those dilemmas?


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