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Getting back in to blogging!

Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts over here for the last few weeks! Between mumming and working there hasn’t been much time left for blogging, but I’m hoping to change that. I have a couple of interesting posts lined up for the next few days about Jasper’s first steps, some porridge topping ideas and a summary of the #othermothers summer instagram challenge, quite a mix of topics!!

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Jaspy enjoying the warm weather in his make shift paddling pool!

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Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

My Story of Group B Strep Infection – Group B Strep Awareness Month

The Group B Strep Support charity focuses on raising awareness of the Group B Strep (GBS) infection in babies during the month of July. Although rare it is the most common cause of infection in newborn babies so I thought this would be a good time to share my experience with GBS and raise some awareness too.

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After we arrived home after being discharged from the  hospital. I’m very emotional but look at how little Jaspy is.

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Recipes

Frozen Yoghurt Style Fruity Ice Lollies – Healthy Plant Based Ice Cream Recipe

Who else loves the sun but isn’t a fan of being too hot?! Cooling down in summer isn’t always an easy task, especially when running around after little ones. And cooling them down is even harder, I know Jasper is always quite sweaty. So I have created my take on frozen yoghurt style ice lollies which are really healthy and refreshing on a warm day. I use a dairy free yoghurt to make my ice lollies plant based but any yoghurt would work really well in this recipe. These lollies are packed full of banana for energy, berries for a Vitamin C boost and yoghurt for some added calcium, making them a great snack for all the family. This recipe will make approximately 6 ice lollies depending on the size of your ice lolly moulds.

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Lifestyle

73 Things About Me – Vogue Parody

I have been tagged by the lovely Beauty Of My Chaotic Mind to answer 73 questions from Vogue’s video series. The series basically asks celebrities 73 questions whilst getting an insight in to their lives and it has now reached the blogging world. This is a bit of a different post from me but I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about me and I would love to read your answers to these questions if you would like to take part!

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Recipes

5 Healthy Summer Picnic Food Ideas – Plant Based Barbecue Meal Ideas

When the weather becomes warm, you want to spend as much time outside soaking up the sun and enjoying lighter evenings as possible. That can make it difficult to want to spend loads of time cooking over a warm oven, so picky meals are a go to.  But just because they are easy to prepare and quick to throw together doesn’t mean that aren’t as healthy as a meal that has taken longer to cook. The list below is a tasty mix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and it includes plenty veggies to. All the ideas are plant based but they could be served as sides at a barbecue as well. These types of meals are also a great way of introducing some different foods to your little ones.

So here are some quick and easy, delicious and healthy food ideas to include in your summer picnic or barbecue (they are also toddler approved by Jasper!).

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The picnic we had at the weekend!

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motherhood

7 Tips For Supporting Your Return To Work After Having A Baby

Returning to work after having a baby can be a daunting experience. You have been off work in a baby bubble for a while and the thought of having to now work can seem impossible. How will I fit in getting ready for work, the commute and actually being in work alongside nappy changes, playing with my baby and all the other things I need to do? I know I definitely had these thoughts! The other day I read an article that said most first time mums don’t want to go back to work after having their babies so I thought it might be useful to share my experience.

Some people see going to work as a way to challenge their brain, the opportunity for a hot drink and a way to have some balance with mum life, which is brilliant. I found that, whilst these things are true, I spent several months worrying about my return. What if Jasper needs me? Will I miss him too much? Will my brain have turned to mush? I have now been back at work for nearly a month and, whilst I would still rather be with my baby, the return hasn’t been as bad as I expected and working is fine but I definitely built it up in my head way more. I worked my first full day this week and I even managed to do it without taking a nap at my desk! But I did video call Jasper half way through the day because I missed him, he waved at me and kissed the phone then carried on playing so it really helped me to see he was happy.

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motherhood

Transitioning Jasper in to a Bed

Over the weekend I changed Jasper’s cotbed from a cot to a bed. He has never actually used it as a cot, he slept in his Snuzpod for his first 5 months and has coslept with me ever since. I have tried on a few occasions to get him to sleep in his cot but it just resulted in him waking up crying every 15 minutes and lots of banged heads on the bars. Jasper has never been a great sleeper anyway, so I up until now decided it was best to cosleep so that I could at least get some sleep between wake ups. But I feel like now he is at a good age to be introduced to the idea of his own bed and bedroom.

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Telling his teddy all about his new bed!

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Recipes

Roasted Pepper and Tomato Risotto Recipe – Healthy Risotto Recipe

Who else loves risotto? It is a favourite in our house so I decided to create a healthy, plant based version. This one is loaded with peppers which are great source of vitamin A and vitamin C and tomatoes which are full of antioxidants. This meal goes down really well with Jasper (my one year old) so it is also really family friendly. The quantities listed below are to making a serving for 3 people.

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Roasted pepper and tomato risotto.

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motherhood

Jasper’s First Birthday – Baby Turns 1

Today Jaspy turned 1! I can’t believe I am actually writing this post the year has gone by so quickly, the phrase “the days are long but the years are short” really is true. It doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since he was born but it also feels like he has been with us forever. It’s been a really amazing year watching my baby grow in to the most loving and funny little boy he is now!

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Playing with his birthday balloon.

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