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MAMA IN QUESTION: ALICE POTTER.

Welcome to my new mini-series 'Mama in Question' a 10 question questionnaire filled out by mama's all across the country, hoping to serve motherhood realness and show all new mums out there that we're all in this together... When in reality we're all just winging it! Details of how you can get involved will be down below.

Mama: Alice Potter
Baby: Evangeline (15 months)


Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
 I’m going to be honest, there were SO many things that I was adamant that I wouldn’t do but you just have no idea what your baby is going to be like or who you are going to be as a parent, especially the first time round!
The biggest one for me was co-sleeping, now I know all of the safe sleep guidelines and we were lucky that Eve did sleep in her own crib 99% of the time but I would be lying if I said that I have never brought my baby into bed for the night just so all of us could get a good nights sleep. There have been times where we needed each other for support, when Evangeline was unwell I would sleep with her to keep her safe. When I sadly lost my Grandma I needed her comfort in the night to help me sleep and help me heal.
I don’t regret those nights at all, all of the occasions were planned and safe which is the most important thing when it comes to co-sleeping and it was such a lovely way to bond with my her too.

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
Besides the mum guilt (which is probably a daily occurrence!) I would definitely say our feeding journey. I had intended to try breastfeeding before Evangeline was born but after I had given birth she was quite poorly, we struggled to get her to latch and she just kept falling to sleep. I was trying multiple times a day to feed but she just wasn’t getting it and when we were feeding her formula it was making her projectile vomit everywhere. We were in a bit of a mess and I was recovering from a traumatic birth so this really didn’t help things. I hadn’t even considered pumping at all throughout my pregnancy but I asked my Mum to click and collect an electric breast bump from Argos because I was desperate for Evangeline to get some of my milk. That’s where our journey began into exclusively pumping, she never managed to feed off me but I managed to give her solely my milk for the first 6 months of her life.
It was extremely difficult and towards the end had a massive affect on my mental health; I felt like I was failing her if she wasn’t having my milk and that I wasn’t doing enough for her. I pumped 8 times a day, every 3 hours and boy that was a K I L L E R. I used to wake up twice in the middle of the night to pump whilst my baby and partner slept either side of me, it was exhausting but it was what I felt was the right decision and choice at the time.
When I was 5 months postpartum I had a coil fitted and over the next few weeks I noticed a decline in my milk supply. I was a wreck and had no choice but to introduce formula but I had no idea what I was doing, what to buy or if she would even stomach it. She necked that bottle of formula like her Dad would drink a pint and I sobbed because I had been beating myself up for months and months when she could have possibly been weaned onto formula earlier.
Now I look back to that portion of our lives 9 months on I am so immensely proud of being able to give her my milk - it wasn’t easy at all. I know that when I have another baby I’ll not feel so pressured. I would love to try breastfeeding again and to have that experience, it hasn’t put me off for the future but we will just have to wait and see how everything pans out. I’ve got my hands very full with one little girl as it is!

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
We never thought as parents that we would be in a routine but since she got home from the hospital we fell straight into one and I can honestly say that it's been the best thing for all of us.
Over time it has changed and evolved but for us it has been so important to follow some form of a structure around Evangeline’s day and we really believe it has been key to her sleeping through the night from 3 months old. Because I was pumping every 3 hours we were forced to create a working routine around that, the first few weeks were a massive figuring out period but luckily my partner Paul was off work for the first month which massively helped. When he went back the routine really helped me get through the day, it felt more like little baby steps to get me to the end of the day when I had a tiny human to take care of.
Of course some days the routine goes out of the window but even now at 15 months Eve is doing so well and her routine is perfect for wherever she is and adaptable too so it doesn’t hinder us from doing anything that we want to as a family.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
I was surprised at how naturally I fell into the role. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my child with every ounce of me but I’ve always been one of those people that has never been broody around babies at all. I’m not great with children too, they don’t tend to warm to me and I just had no idea whether I was going to be any good at this new chapter of my life.
I can confidently say that I am an amazing Mum, I don’t need anyone to tell me that or remind of that because I know that myself and it’s extremely rewarding to feel so positive about myself. I have sacrificed so much for my daughter and wrecked my body in the process but I would genuinely do it all over again for her. She has given my life so much more purpose than I ever expected, I’m so lucky to have a reason to get up every single morning with a smile no matter what I may be going through.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
I think it's all down to who you choose to follow and interact with. I have always made sure that I include lots of honest parenting captions/posts/stories to my followers and I get the best response from that when I do! On social media people only show you what they want you to see and I think that’s important to keep in mind. They don't show the 80 shots of photos on their phone before they chose the best one or the battle of getting a toddler to stay still and look cute at the same time. They don't "perform" like they once did as a newborn, it does take work and I appreciate the work that goes into capturing content for social media, some people are lucky to actually earn a living from doing so!

Q6. How did you decide upon your baby's name?
Paul and I really thought we would struggle for the longest time choosing a name, as soon as we saw her on a screen we both desperately wanted a girl but didn't think we would actually get one. We had no names for boys whatsoever and knew we wanted a long name that could also be shortened and something that was unique but not too over the top.
I think naming a child is SO hard!
I was looking online and something popped up for Disney baby names, Paul and I both love Disney so I thought I would have a scroll through and I came across the name Evangeline. Evangeline is the star from the movie The Princess And The Frog, she is described as the most beautiful being who lights up the sky which is so relevant as she has brightened our lives in so many ways. In the movie Ray, the firefly sings "Ma Belle Evangeline" and it's such a beautiful song that we now sing to her, we love watching the film with her too and will continue to do so with her as she grows. Evangeline is also a Greek name that means "bringer of good news" and that's exactly what she did!
Paul didn't love it at first but we both liked the name shortened down to Eve and his favourite Pokemon is Eevee so it definitely grew on him, as soon as we had her gender confirmed we were dead set on the name! So there are lots of little personal things that actually went into choosing her name and that’s why we love it so much.

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
My favourite memory, actually favourite day of parenting to date would probably be Evangeline’s 1st birthday, it was the most special and wonderful day full of celebrations. We christened her and were surrounded with over 150 of our friends and family and the day was all captured by one of my amazing friends who is a photographer.
On the run up to it I thought that I would cry all day and be an emotional wreck but when the day came I was just overwhelmed with pride and happiness to have everyone come together for someone who was still so tiny! To know she has made such an impact on so many peoples lives is an incredible feeling and this is just the start with her.
I can’t wait to see the young lady that she becomes and I wish she knew just how loved that she truly is by so many people!

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I have literally changed in every single aspect but I like the person that I am now a lot more than I ever liked myself before.
I have realised how selfish and high maintenance I was without a child, my entire outlook on life has changed and I feel like I see the world a lot differently than I did before. I think for a long time I told myself that I would never be a Mum as I was told it wasn't likely to happen, so to finally have that news and have the baby girl I had always dreamed of is something that I’ll never take for granted. I’m excited and nervous to see what kind of parent I am in her eyes. I would love for her to have the same relationship with me as I do with my own Mum, we literally can tell each other anything and I know that without my Mum I would not be any where near as amazing as a parent to my daughter.

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Being able to bring her safely into the world was definitely my proudest moment. I had an incredibly difficult pregnancy and at times I was at rock bottom with no belief in myself or my abilities to safely grow and deliver this baby. I managed 40 whole weeks and she was born on her due date which is actually very rare! My Mum used to say “difficult pregnancy, easy birth”, well she ate her words after my 37 hour labour which ended in a trip to theatre for an assisted delivery. Also throw in Group Strep A and the extreme risk of myself and my baby contracting Sepsis on delivery and you’ll start to understand the severe anxiety of what was my labour. When I look back on my labour now it feels like that wasn’t even me doing it, it was like I was a fly on the wall just spectating. It shocks me just how much my body was capable of, how much I physically and mentally was capable of and how I actually managed to get through the majority of it extremely calmly.

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?

I don't want to wish her life away but there are so many things I'm excited for! I'm mostly excited for the days when we can actually have proper conversations where she understands everything I'm saying. I am so excited to teach her about the world that she is living in and the value of kindness.
Paul and I, fortunately, were brought up very similarly so our outlook on parenting is obviously different from how our parents raised us but all of our values and morals are the same which I think definitely helps with raising a child. 
I can’t wait to see the person that she becomes, she has so much to offer the world and the possibilities will be endless. I want her to know that she can do anything that she sets her mind to!

Alice's Blog: www.alicejanepotter.com
Alice's Instagram: @alicejanepotter
Alice's Twitter: @alicejanepotter

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @ClaireMacBlog or send me an email to clairemacblog@gmail.com as I'd love for you to join the 'Mama's in Question' party bus.

You can answer whatever you feel comfortable answering, all I ask is that it's honest! I wan't to show others how flipping hard this parenting lark is!... Because I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for it! And we should! I'll of course be sharing the ish out of your social medias & blogs etc, so let's let loose, connect with one another and raise a glass to all those mamas just getting by!

Claire.X

ICELOLLY HOLIDAYS #BLOGATTHEBEACH WITH BARBADOS, KIRSTY LEANNE & KATY ENGLISH.

#BlogAtTheBeach has been on my radar for as long as I can remember & thankfully after five years of Icelolly Holidays holding the event I finally managed to get myself an invite along the the infamous celebration.
Icelolly Holidays are renowned for putting on entertaining, enjoyable and informative events which showcase talents of online creatives in order to teach, inspire and fire up it's guests...

And that's exactly what it did.


I was a bit nervous to begin with, as I'm sure most people attending were; Blogging events were once the normal for me however since becoming pregnant & having my baby I've been somewhat out of the loop.
It's safe to say that travelling down to Manchester to be a part of the event was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think the phrase 'do something every day that scares you' is more than appropriate & I'm so glad I did it.

I did it! I wasn't mama, I was me... And I felt brilliant for it.

I arrived at the event (after getting lost in Manchester as standard) with my confident pants on, ready to network and learn from the fantastic speakers Kirsty Leanne, Marc McCollin & Katy English. I was welcomed into the Barbados themed event and greeted by Icelolly's head of marketing Darren Kunar who pointed me in the direction of the non alcoholic drinks, which was admittedly like finding a needle in a haystack amongst all the alcoholic beverages - I was definitely regretting my decision to drive to the event! As well as a bar to be reckoned with, the room was adorned with green palm leaves, coconuts and fresh mangoes which together complimented the Barbados theme perfectly & definitely got us in the #BlogAtTheBeach spirit!




















There was a 45 minute slot assigned to networking at the beginning of the event where I rather luckily managed to surround myself with a fab bunch of gals.

It was so lovely to be able to put a face to the name in the form of Tasmin from Grandiose Days - I've been following Tasmin on twitter for quite some time now, so it was fab to finally meet her and get chatting to her in real life rather than via laptop. I also met Rosie from Flying Fluskey for the first time who bizarrely was jetting off to Barbados the very next day, so she was extra excited to get stuck into the event. I also met Kirsty from Lost in Landmarks, Danielle from Danielle Levy & Victoria from Doorways And Dresses who all made my time at the event super enjoyable.

After the initial networking session and watching the gals sink a couple of rum punches (so not jealous at all, can you tell?) Darren welcomed us all into a conference room which was rather appropriately kitted out with summer striped deck chairs.
He began the presentation by thanking us for coming and telling us all a little bit more about Icelolly Holidays, what they do and how they're helping others.
Icelolly Holidays is a Leeds based (woop woop woop) holiday price comparison website which over recent years has become bigger and better than ever - They have more than 20 million visitors each year generating over 40 million search queries, a social following of 595k+ and if that isn't enough they have an award winning team to match. Sounds awesome right?
What I didn't realise about Icelolly Holidays is just how much charity work they do & how much they give back to the community. Darren explained that even on the day of the event some of the Icelolly team were taking part in a charity skydive, which I thought was fab - Something I don't think I could ever do myself, but something I'm in complete awe of other people for achieving.


Kirsty Leanne - Creating a community within your niche.

After a quick introduction Darren handed us over to Kirsty Leanne, a plus size travel blogger, or as I know her, a woman on a mission to change the way travel looks. She wants to show both brands and society that plus size people travel too and just part of that is by using her hashtag #PlusSizeTravelToo. Kirsty believes that plus size travellers are made to feel hugely unwelcome whilst holidaying and she changes that by both inspiring and advising plus size people on how they can make the most of their travel experiences. Kirsty Leanne shares personal experiences and tricks of the trade she's picked up along the way on her difficult journey of being a plus size traveller & let me tell you she's doing a bloody good job at doing so!

Kirsty's job on the day was to inspire us into creating a community within our niche, which if I'm honest probably came at the perfect time for me. I've been working on securing my niche which I'm pretty sure I've managed to nail (thanks to Vix Meldrew's Grow & Glow community) the only thing I'm missing is building my community through it.
The aim of my blog is to support other new parents in saying 'we're all in this together' and make light of the tough situations that come with motherhood, I've created the hashtag #TogetherInMamahood which I've been building a community around - I just need to push it to the next level, and with Kirsty's tips & tricks I think I might just be able to do that.


Kirsty's thought provoking presentation began with her asking what our blog's niche is? Did we even know what our niche was or is there a possibility we're spreading ourselves too thin? Kirsty suggested we began narrowing down our niche by asking our current audience what they like & don't like about our content, and to embrace both the positive and negative feedback. Instagram stories and Twitter polls are a great tool for asking your audience why they follow you, what they want to see more of and what they associate with your blog. By doing this you'll really be able to build and grow your blog, turning it into the niche you maybe didn't know you needed.

Kirsty also spoke about creating a community avatar, something I hadn't actually heard of before, but something I'd already done without knowing. Your community avatar, or your target audience is something that's really handy knowing because not only is it easier to write to a specific person, it's also easier to read if you are that person - It's a win win for both parties!

Once you've nailed your niche & target audience, then you can concentrate on building a community around it & we learnt a few simple tricks for doing so.
1. Come up with a community hashtag.
2. Actively share your community across social media & your blog.
3. Engage with similar accounts in your community.
4. Interact with people of a similar nature.
5. Give something back to your community.

Although I'd already started putting some things in place with regards to growing my community, Kirsty Leanne's talk has definitely given me the boot up the bum to keep going - Sometimes all it takes is someone from an outside perspective to push you in the right direction.


After Kirsty Leanne's wonderfully informative talk we were then pushed (although it didn't take much persuasion) in the way of a Caribbean dinner which was served to us Rural Foods. I've not eaten Caribbean food before but I was more than happy with the offering.

I had Caribbean chicken curry which was served with a creamy sweet potato & coconut mash, a pairing I'd never have put together, but something I really enjoyed - And it seemed the sweet potato & coconut mash was a hit with everyone, all of the girls sat around the table noted it as their favourite part of the meal. Along with the curry, there was a buffet laid out towards the end of the table which included vegan kebabs, chicken kebabs, spicy bean salads and Caribbean slaw.

Considering I've not really eaten food like this before (woe is me right?) I really enjoyed everything Rural Foods served up for us - Now I just need to find somewhere like this a little closer to home.



Marc McCollin - Barbados, beyond the beach.

Next up we had the hilariously charismatic Marc McCollin who was on hand to inform us & inspire us with everything Barbados has to offer, and guess what... It's not just a beach holiday!

2019 marks the year of wellness & soft adventures for Barbados, offering an array of sports activities and a wide range of luxurious health and wellbeing options - There really is something for everyone in Barbados and we should look beyond the island being a beach destination, because it's just so much more than that.

Marc spoke about (and introduced us all to) spelunking... Heard of it before? No, me either, you're not the only one - Spelunking is the latest big craze in soft adventure sports for Barbados & what it is exactly is donning a pair of knee pads, a hard hat & getting down and dirty exploring caves, Indiana Jones style. I'm not sure if spelunking is my type of sport (the descent vibes much) but I can certainly see how other people can enjoy it and get a thrill out of being so hands on with the Barbadian landscapes.
Other soft adventure sports to take part in (which also aren't quite my thing because your gal can't swim so great) include paddle boarding, fly boarding & scuba diving, however if you're like me and prefer your feet firmly n the ground there's plenty of hiking to be done on the island, with some amazing coastlines and scenery to be seen.
Heck if you're feeling really fit you could even get yourself a set of wheels and cycle from one side of the island to the other, you might even be able to tick off a few of the 1700 rum shops Barbados has to offer - Not that I'm condoning drinking and cycling of course.


Not only does Barbados offer amazing culture and history, but it's also home to amazing people & even more incredible communities. Marc explained that 33% of people holidaying in Barbados were making returning visits, because they enjoyed Barbadian people & being submerged in their communities so much.

If you're looking at visiting Barbados, Marc explained that May would be the perfect time to go - He advised that the rainy season in Barbados runs from June to November and then it'll be really busy between December and April with people escaping for a bit of Winter sun, so May's the sweet spot.

Admittedly I've always thought of Barbados as a beach holiday, but after Marcs talk I've come to realise that there actually is SO much more to the destination.


Katy English - Creating creative content on Instagram.

Marc ever so kindly handed us then onto the Instagram Queen that is Katy English; And her job to round the evening off was to help spark our creativity when it comes to creative content on our Instagram feeds.

Katy is a 27 year old blogger and photographer who's passions include traveling the world, indulging in a good book and fairytale photography, something that is clearly apparent from her super inventive & creative instagram feed. Katy's enthusiasm for creativity began in January of this year when she set herself the rather huge challenge of learning Photoshop alongside completing a word a day challenge after being inspired by Holly Rose Stones. Each morning using the questions sticker Katy would ask her Instagram followers to give her a random word (and sometimes it was hella random) & she would create a beautiful image to display on her feed from it.

As difficult at this sounds, I can certainly see how Katy's challenge made her fall in love with Instagram again.


I often worry that because of my niche I can't really be as creative as I'd sometimes like to be, but Katy began her presentation by giving us a few simple tips and tricks of the trade, which massively put my mind at ease.

So let's break it down - How can we be more creative?
1. Forced perspective. Like the iconic pizza dress photo or in @ellenextdoor case, the watermelon version, bring something to the foreground of the image.
2. Play with angles. Shooting an image on a hill, why not change the angle of your photo so the road is flat.
3. Tilt your image - Katy gave us a simple. yet amazing example from @allthatisshe which for the life of me I can't seem to find now, but Domonique was sat upside down on a bench & then the image was tilted on it's side. It was so simple, yet so effective - It was brilliant.
4. Add art or some stickers. There seems to be a lot of people adding artwork to their Instagram images at the moment, with one of my favourites being @rhiannaoliviab who has created the #MyTinyDoodles community.
5. Sparkle. Literally! Katy told us about an app she uses called Bokeh FX to add lights and sparkle into her content like this Harry Potter themed image.

Although I've still found being creative on Instagram pretty difficult, what I've taken most from Katy's presentation is her general attitude towards life & work - She's basically a queen! Katy advised us to experiment, trust your own ideas and embrace both the highs and the lows that come with creating content - Sometimes you're going to fail, heck you'll probably fail a few times over, but embrace it, learn from it & remember that tomorrow is a brand new day!

And if that isn't something to apply to all aspects of your life, I don't know what is.


I had an absolute blast attending Icelolly Holidays #BlogAtTheBeach event - Not only was it good to get myself back in the blogging loop and engage with likeminded people, it was also super beneficial for me to not be mum for a few hours - That was really flipping amazing! That being said, I did leave the event after the presentations so I could get home in time to put Amelia to bed (this gal can do both, right?) although the event carried on into the night with beer pong & party games.

Thank you so much to Icelolly for making this mama's weekend one to remember!

Have you been to a blogging event before?

Claire.X


MAMA IN QUESTION: AMY COSSEY.

Welcome to my new mini-series 'Mama in Question' a 10 question questionnaire filled out by mama's all across the country, hoping to serve motherhood realness and show all new mums out there that we're all in this together... When in reality we're all just winging it! Details of how you can get involved will be down below.

Mama: Amy Cossey
Baby: Cupar (18 months)


Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
I always said I wouldn’t allow mobile phones, tablets or computers until at least 16 years old, but guess what I’ve done 15 years early?! We don’t allow free access to them, but Cupar does have a tablet and a phone (without a sim card) that he can use. I’ve found that they can be really helpful when I’m changing his nappy and he won’t stay still, or when we’re in the car on a long journey and he’s getting restless.
He has a couple of toddler games that he can play, and he watches The Wiggles on Netflix sometimes. It does go against what I said I would do, but I think technology is just an inevitable part of life nowadays, and something that we can't really avoid.

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
Oh, it’s definitely the lack of sleep. I thought I was prepared for it, but it turns out that I really wasn’t. My little boy isn’t the best sleeper and dealing with a night of broken sleep and then trying to get through the next day can really take its toll. I’ve always tried to nap when Cupar naps which has really helped.
At the moment he usually has a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon when I get home from work, so I curl up with him and get some sleep too.

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
We’ve never really had a routine because we’re not routine people ourselves, but we do seem to have settled into one. It’s been quite easy really, and I think that’s because we’ve never pushed anything. We’ve never had a set bedtime, or a time to get up, we’ve just followed Cupar’s lead. We do try to have mealtimes at the same time each day, and we try to go out somewhere every day, but apart from that, we’re quite easy going.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
The thing that’s surprised me the most about motherhood is the level of love I have for this little person. He’s my whole world, and I’d do anything to make sure he’s happy. We do everything together apart from when I’m at work, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m fiercely protective of him, and I didn’t even like other people holding him for the first year. Even now I still get that ‘give him back to me’ feeling every time someone picks him up. I never expected to be an overprotective parent, so that’s really taken me by surprise.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
It does and it doesn’t. We get to see lots of photos of happy smiley faces and families having fun on days out together, which is great, but in reality that’s only half the story. What we don’t get to see is the child behind the camera who is having a meltdown and refusing to be in the photo, the baby in the pram that’s crying because it’s suffering from colic, or the Mum with the dark circles under her eyes because she’s been up 6 times during the night. These are the things that people don’t usually share, because who wants to post pictures of their child crying or admit to the fact, that as a new Mum, you haven’t had a chance to wash your hair in 5 days.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does tend to give a rose-tinted view on motherhood!

Q6. What do you think of your postpartum body?
The one thing that has really got to me about my postpartum body is how much weight I’ve lost since I’ve been breastfeeding. I’ve always been slim, but feeding on demand day and night meant that I lost a lot of weight in the first few months. It got so bad that I was actually classed as underweight and was told I’d have to give up breastfeeding if I lost any more. Luckily, things seem to have evened out now, and although I’m still not the weight I want to be, I’m slowly getting there.

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Cupar’s first Christmas. Christmas is my favourite time of year, and I’d been looking forward to celebrating it with my own children for years. Our first Christmas Day as a family was magical and it was everything I’d hoped for. Some of the highlights were Cupar trying chocolate for the first time, Santas sleigh going past our house on Christmas morning, and Cupar eating his first Christmas dinner and falling asleep in his highchair.

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
Becoming a parent has changed my whole lifestyle. Before I had my little boy I loved nothing more than a night out with friends, drinking wine until the early hours. I was always out and had a bit of a party lifestyle. Now that I’m a Mum I just want to be at home all the time! I love my evenings reading books with Cupar or cuddling up on the sofa with him to watch a film. I’ve only been out a couple of times since he’s been born, and I honestly don’t miss it.

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Cupar learning to walk is my proudest moment so far. He tried and tried for months to walk on his own without holding onto anything, and always seemed like he didn’t have any confidence. Then, one day, he just did it, and he had the biggest smile on his face. Now he wants to walk everywhere and always grabs my hand to drag me off to places.

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Friendship is something that I’m really looking forward to Cupar experiencing. Friends are such an important part of our lives, and I’m looking forward to him making some lifelong friends when he’s older.

Amy's blog: www.abcfamily.co.uk
Amy's twitter: @abcfamilyamy

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @__ClaireMac or send me an email to clairemacblog@gmail.com as I'd love for you to join the 'Mama's in Question' party bus.

You can answer whatever you feel comfortable answering, all I ask is that it's honest! I wan't to show others how flipping hard this parenting lark is!... Because I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for it! And we should! I'll of course be sharing the ish out of your social medias & blogs etc, so let's let loose, connect with one another and raise a glass to all those mamas just getting by!

Claire.X

LITTLE FAWN BOX: SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR MUM & BABY (SEPTEMBER EDITION)

This post contains gifted products.

I think every new mum should own a Little Fawn Box.... There I said it!

I was first introduced to the mum & baby subscription box last month and I pretty much instantly fell in love with it - I love the idea behind the monthly box of treats but it was only when I opened up & dug a little deeper into the Little Fawn Box I knew I was onto a winner.


So what's in this months box?
I know that's what you're all here for so lets take a look into what I received in my September Little Fawn Box.

Miss Patisserie Milk & Honey Bath Melt.
First things first is a treat for mama (hallelujah) in the form of a bath melt from Miss Patisserie. The milk & honey bath melt smells like a pic'n'mix sweet, I just can't put my finger on which one - Typically this is the type of scent I'd opt for as I'm a sucker for anything sweet, so I'm looking forward to popping this baby in the tub!
Admittedly bath times for this mama are few & far between at the moment - It's not very often I allow myself an hour to enjoy a relaxing bath, so although this will get used I'm not sure when... I can imagine this bath melt being constantly at the back of my mind but not actually being put to good use for a good month or so - #mumlife - But when I do eventually get around to using it, I'm sure I'm going to love it!


Shore Seaweed Puffs.
Okay, hands up, I'm majorly put off by the whole seaweed thing! I'm not the fussiest of eaters but seaweed is something I'm just not on board with. That being said these puffs are lime, chilli & coconut flavour which I could possibly get on board with - It's a taste I can't 100% imagine yet, but I'll give these a go & report back.
What's the betting I actually really enjoy them!

Spacemask's Self Heating Eye Mask.
Something else for me!... The Spacemask's eye mask claims to relieve tiredness, eye strain &  to transport  me to another dimension... Which I am all for! Amelia's going through a stage at the moment of not sleeping through the night again, maybe we were treated with the 8pm-6am sleeps but going back to waking during the night has been a total shock to the system... And more noticeably my eye bags!
The eye bags are back baby!
I'm hoping this eye mask is going to do exactly what it says and will take me to a place of utter relaxation, because Lord knows I need it right now!


For Aisha Chicken & Sweet Potato Curry.
We've not yet introduced Amelia to any form of spice, but I'm sure she'll be more than happy tucking into this pouch from For Aisha. We've been very lucky with our weaning journey as Amelia's really embraced trying new foods and new textures, she's taken everything in her stride & I'm sure this new flavour will be no exception.
And no doubt Dan will love trying this too!
I don't know what it is, but he has to try every single form of baby food we put out for Amelia - Does anyone else do this? Or am I weird for thinking it's weird?


Fifi & Friends Super Soft Baby Lotion.
Something Dan & I are quite slack with is moisturising our little one's skin. We've got quite a few tubs of different lotions and potions for lathering up our baby's skin but it's never something we particularly reach for.
The Fifi & Friends lotion is hypoallergenic, suitable from birth and is packed full of super nourishing organic aloe vera. Maybe we need to leave this one out so it's in view to try and prompt us to use it because I'm sure it's lovely & will be super beneficial for Amelia's skin.


Little Fawn Box Notepad.
The candy coloured ice cream printed notepad is super cute and will no doubt get put to good use straight away. My only gripe is that it's unlined which is a bugger for someone like me who can't seem to write in a straight line... It's annoying because I wan't my notebooks to look super neat & colour coordinated, so fingers crossed I'll be able to do that with this one.

Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste.
I've read quite a few conflicting articles regarding brushing your baby's teeth... Some say you should be brushing as soon as they appear & others say to wait until your baby reaches 12 months old. I've also read things which suggest you just brush your baby's teeth with water and put off using a toothpaste until they're a little older... I suppose it's just another one of those dilemmas that comes with parenting.
We've gone down the middle & have been brushing Amelia's five (yes five) teeth on a morning with an apple mint flavour toothpaste but have chosen to brush with water on an evening. The toothpaste we're currently using seems like it's going to last forever (perks of having five teeth I suppose) so we'll be using that one up before using this from Jack N' Jill but this one will definitely be getting used - It's such a handy little gift to have received in the Little Fawn Box.


Rabbit Print.
Amelia's bedroom is woodland animal themed so this beautiful little print is going to fit in absolutely perfectly! I can't wait to get this in a frame and pop it on her shelves.
We're currently waiting for five other woodland animal themed prints to come which will sit above Amelia's cot so I absolutely can't wait to put everything together and have her room finally finished.


Belo & Me Memory Cards.
If you think Dan & I are slack at keeping Amelia's bod moisturised something we're even more pants at is keeping up to date with her memory cards. We started so well filling out the first few cards we had but then it kind of all got forgotten about and here we are eight months later with nothing to show for ourselves.
What's good about these memory cards though is that they're customisable & I think they're going to be so much easier to deal with for two novices like Dan & I.

What do I think of September's Little Fawn Box.
Firstly the thing that surprised me about this months subscription box is the sheer amount of products I received - Nine! Yes nine items! In my last Little Fawn Box I had seven products which I thought was great, but receiving nine was blooming amazing.
I'm in no doubt that absolutely everything in this box will get put to good use, it's just when that I'm unsure of, and the majority of that is purely down to me & not giving myself the time to chill. I'm hoping with the addition of the eye mask & bath melt to my beauty box will help push me in the right direction of regaining some self care.


Have you heard of Little Fawn Box before? Would you be interested in the mum & baby subscription box?

Claire.X

The Little Fawn Box was gifted to me for review purposes - All opinions are my own.