Monday, 7 August 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 7 August

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WE SURVIVED! Two weeks of no childminder. We did succumb to take away once, and I did have toast for dinner one night, but we survived! This week we are sort of back to normal, Zoe is back to the childminder but Paul is away Monday-Thursday being a super important big shot with work, so I am fending for myself.

On one hand I am anticipating feeling a bit lonely and sleeping with the TV on (tell me I am not the only adult who gets a bit creeped out being home alone?!) but on the other hand I am excited to plan meals just for me! I feel a bit overwhelmed by choice, as nothing is off limits!

Monday:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana and honey
Lunch: naked noodles with seeded toast and avocado
Dinner: Leftover roast chicken pad thai.

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries and honey
Lunch: Leftover pad thai
Dinner: Roasted broccoli fritata with haloumi

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana and honey
Lunch: Red pepper and tomato soup.
Dinner: Pineapple and olive pizza.

Thursday:

Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries and honey
Lunch: Red pepper and tomato soup
Dinner: I am out with friends for Newcastle Restaurant Week, we haven't decided where yet as we are indecisive.

Friday:

Breakfast: Cereal, toast and coffee
Lunch: We are planning to be out and about during the day, so we'll grab something on the go.
Dinner: Pesto pasta with bacon and garlic bread.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Sunday, 6 August 2017

World Breastfeeding Week - Demand more from your nursing bra.

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It's World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), and I realised I have never really discussed my own experiences of breastfeeding on this blog. Mostly that was purposeful, as it is such an emotive topic, I didn't feel 100% comfortable sharing my own experiences as my decision to combi-feed can sometimes be met with negativity online. However, I did manage to breastfeed Zoe for 12 months and I am incredibly proud of that fact.

One thing I absolutely hated about breastfeeding was frumpy nursing bras. I searched high and low for a decent nursing bra, which not only fitted my ample milk filled boobs, but also looked nice. I mean it is hard enough to maintain your sense of self in new motherhood. I struggled to find high street retailers who stocked my size in store, and I was a bit daunted by shopping online, in case they didn't fit. So I ended up venturing to M&S, where it took me so long to find the measly two styles they had in store, which were hidden on the bottom row under the post-surgery bras - nothing saying 'normalize breastfeeding' like crawling on your hands and knees in marks and spencer to find a nursing bra.

The two I bought were beige and navy with twee polka dots and a bow on the front. They didn't really fit well, but they had the little clippies and I made do. They provided no support, and I felt frumpy in them, but I didn't realise there was any other choice out there.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a shop which specialises in edgy, modern design which is functional but also a little bit (dare I say) sexy! I certainly wish I knew of them back when I was feeding.

The Lucky Muthah Nursing Bra design is a nursing bra like no other! After having her daughter in 2015 Carly Foster became disheartened with the lack of edgy and modern nursing bras available. She craved to have a nursing bra that was functional, a bit sexy, not beige, and basically something she didn't mind people getting an eye-full of when her darling daughter pulled at her top to demand more 'Boo Boos!' in the middle of the coffee shop. (we've all been there right?)

On-trend prints, modern cage-detailing, natural shaping and lift (yes, even for those with larger busts). What also makes their Nursing Bra unique is the 'Y' strap detail. This not only aids support (which we all know our milk-filled boobs need as much of as possible), but is also a fashion detail that can be incorporated with your outfits and can turn any outfit from 'Frumpy Mum' to 'Lucky Muthah'!

To celebrate both World Breastfeeding Week and one year of selling their amazing bras, Lucky Muthas will be having a month long sale (25% off!) on ALL nursing bras, and bringing back a few Limited Edition favourites that had previously sold out.

There is also an Instagram competition to win your own Lucky Mutha Nursing Bra by sharing your own Breastfeeding story/brelfie/experience using the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra hashtag.

The aim of the campaign is to get Mamas talking about breastfeeding. The good and the bad. Our lows and our highs. Let’s be real! Let’s talk about how itchy breast pads are, and how scary it can be when you first breastfeed in public. How you’ve been wearing the same grey ‘sleep bra’ for months because it’s impossible to find a decent fitting nursing bra on the high-street! To discuss how impractical and dated high-street nursing bras can be. To empower breastfeeding mothers to share a brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) and talk about how we want to demand more from our usual boring nursing bra. Being a new Mama and hardly having time for a shower is tough enough, without feeling like your tender, leaky bosom aren’t being supported enough. Let’s share how proud and Lucky we are to be able to breastfeed and empower other Mamas to do the same!

To take part in the campaign, or to just help spread the word and help get the conversation surrounding nursing bras flowing, you just need to post your picture on instagram and use the tag #demandmorefromyournursingbra.

So please get involved and start demanding more from your nursing bra.

(This is not a sponsored post, I am just really quite passionate about this and wanted to share this great shop/campaign)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Family Fun - Pick Your Own Farm.

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We recently packed up the car and took a little weekend road trip down to Suffolk to visit family, so I thought I would share some of our adventures from our trip. Our original plan was to leave around bedtime on Thursday night so that Zoe would sleep for most of the 5-6 hour journey. It seemed like such a great idea which had totally worked the last time we travelled (when she was much younger and winter) however, it didn't work nearly as well as this time. We didn't factor in that it was the middle of July so BRIGHT sunshine until nearly 10pm at night, also she is now potty trained so despite putting a pull up on her (she still wears one at night) she was awake so still insisted on stopping to wee.

So despite our great plans and best intentions, we listened to non stop Disney songs and stopped at most of the service stations on the A1, arriving at nearly 11pm, BUT my little trooper was great and after a quick hello and milk pit stop, went straight off to bed.

One downside of being away from home, and also co-sleeping with a toddler, I was rudely awoken at 5am every morning while we were away. Thank HEAVENS for the Kindle Fire which bought me at least 40 minutes of dozing time each morning. Although note to self, take your coffee machine with you next time, the countryside might be beautiful and peaceful and green, but there are no coffee shops anywhere, not one.

On day two we took a trip to a nearby Alder Carr Farm to pick some raspberries (sadly we were a bit too late for strawberries). It's something I have wanted to do with Zoe for a while, but not having a car makes it a bit more difficult to visit farms, another minus in the countryside column is the lack of public transport (city girl fo lyf!)

Alder Carr Farm is lovely, it has a wonderful farm shop filled with delicious produce and locally sourced ingredients and a great little cafe with the most wonderful cake selection. There is not much else for children to do, but Zoe really enjoyed picking (and eating) the raspberries, spotting the juiciest ones hidden out of sight.

We ended up with two HUGE punnets of raspberries and a slightly sticky toddler, but we had lots of fun. Sadly we had to pack up and travel home the following day so didn't get a chance to make anything with the raspberries, but I am reliably informed they were turned into jam and cake after we left.

I really enjoyed snapping these pictures and getting to grips with my new camera lens (50mm is EVERYTHING guys) so I am just going to leave these pictures here... I hope you love them as much as I do.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the countryside!

I've already had messages so just editing to add that Zoe's skirt is from Tu at Sainsburys and her hat is M&S.

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