A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

WOODLAND WALKS WITH LIGHTHOUSE CLOTHING.

*This post contains gifted items & is in collaboration with Lighthouse Clothing*

Fortunately for my family & I we managed to fit in a woodland walk before Covid-19 took over & sent us all into lockdown, and even more luckily we were all kitted out new raincoats thanks to Lighthouse Clothing.

Family time is so important & I'm so glad we got to spend this day together doing what we love most.


Lighthouse celebrate simple moments, advising us to live a little slower and to treasure everyday adventures... Something I'm very much about!

I love uncomplicated days. Day's spent just the three of us appreciating each others company. Days spent out in the sunshine, listening to the stillness of nature. Days picnicking in the park with way too much food, and one too many flasks.

That's the life I love.

And that's exactly the life Lighthouse wants you to have.


Lighthouse's outdoor apparel has been predominantly designed with style in mind, however they're also big believers that you don't have to substitute style for substance. All three of our raincoats really do have the best of both worlds, and it's because of this that Lighthouse want you to live the moments & not to rush them.

Get outdoors, enjoy the nothingness & clear your mind.

Live simply.
Live happy.


Dan's wearing the Harbour raincoat from Lighthouse, a more casual style of raincoat which appealed more to him over their classic styles. Complete with a hidden hood under the collar, the Harbour raincoat is a great, no fuss, allrounder; It's simple in terms of styling but the fabric is complex as it has breathable & waterproof technologies. The Harbour raincoat also has two zipped pockets to the outer & another zipped pocket to the inner... Perfect for snacks!


I opted for the Lauren raincoat in pink, as I wanted to pay homage to a coat I had a few years ago in a similar colour palette. I loved my old pink walking coat, much to my husbands annoyance; He disliked how bright and in your face it was... And probably the fact that he could always see me no matter where I was.

The Lauren raincoat from Lighthouse is both waterproof & windproof, which is surprising considering how lightweight the material is. I originally thought the coat was going to be a little too thin for my liking, as I'm pretty much always cold, but I was wrong & was snug as a bug wearing this on our woodland walk.
I love the three quarter length - I don't own many (if any) coats which aren't this length to be honest as I find it the most flattering fit & I feel the most comfortable in this style. I like to have my bum covered by my coat, not that I think I've got a bad bum, I've got a great butt, but I feel much more comfortable in something of a longer length.
The Lauren raincoat has four pockets on the outside and a hidden one inside which means it's the perfect coat for stashing things such as snacks for Amelia, her dummies or her gloves; It's handy to have things more readily available than if they were in the rucksack.


Amelia's coat was our favourite by far. Although truth be told she could be wearing a paper bag and we'd still think she's as cute as hell! I chose the Emma raincoat for Amelia in navy which isn't a colour she wears a lot of, but it's a colour that seems to go with pretty much everything.

The quality of the Emma raincoat from Lighthouse is sublime & the first thing I noticed as soon as I opened our parcel. We're usually a little more frugal & like to shop savvy for our little girls outfits so this has really blown us away. She seems so much more grown up as well wearing it, which I know is totally in my own head, but she looks like such a little girl and no longer my little baby anymore. The sizing of the coat is 1-2 years which I think is fab for a coat of this quality and price range. Amelia is currently 15 months (gahh I hate the whole months thing, I really just want to say 1, but feel like I need to be more specific) and she's got plenty of growing room in it, even across her little tummy! Her coat is padded and has a jersey lining meaning it's super comfortable and will be keeping her little bod all toasty and warm, which in turn makes me feel all fuzzy inside.


We're all going to get so much wear out of our Lighthouse raincoats, even if it is just for our one walk a day. Hopefully in the near future when we've beaten Covid-19 we'll get to wear our new beauties for a walk a little longer than just across the back fields.

Are you missing the proper outdoors yet?

Claire.X

LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR SH*T TOGETHER, EVEN WHEN YOU DEFINITELY DON'T.

We don't have our sh*t together, not at the best of times, but even more so now in these times of uncertainty.

Covid-19 has well & truly impacted all of our lives, but in times of desperation & times of need I'd like to think there are little things we can do which make us feel like we have our sh*t together... Even though we definitely don't.


1. Make the bed. This is an easy one & once I've been doing for quite some time now, my husband on the other hand not so much, but I love my morning ritual of getting up & making the best straight away.

2. Enjoying your morning coffee outside & allowing your mind to prepare for the day. As soon as I saw Lex's doing this on her instagram stories I kicked myself for not doing it sooner. Each morning since I've started the day outside with my coffee in the fresh air & It's been brilliant for making me feel good about myself, plus it feels like I'm (almost) on holiday.

3. Showering is a given, but actually taking the time to shower properly and use those 5 minutes as self care works wonders for my mental health.

4. Moisturising your body - God knows I need to do this more often, I'm like a snake at the moment, but when I do get my butt in gear & give myself the full works I feel amazing for it.

5. Pop in some amazing statement earrings. Meghan Walsh has an amazing collection & one that I'm incredibly jealous of. Whether you're self isolating or not, a big old pair of gold hoops are sure to make yourself feel better.

6. A red lip. I did wan't to include a full face of makeup, but for me it's the lip that makes it; A classic red lip can go a long, long way!

7. Writing a to do list for the day (no judgements if you include already completed tasks, we all do it). A to do list keeps me motivated for the day, I love ticking things off as it spurs me on & keeps me focussed. I'm not one for sharing my to do lists online, that's added pressure which I don't need in my life, but I'm all for the productivity & making myself feel like I have my sh*t together.

8. Eating nutritious well balanced meals is something I'm pants at, at the moment, I'll be honest and hold my hands up in saying all I seem to be eating at the moment is beige - Pure beige! That being said whenever I do eat a healthy nutritious meal I always feel so much better about myself.

9. Tackle the dreaded inbox. The idea of having a huge amount of unread inbox messages fills me with fear and a clear inbox very much means a clear mind in my opinion. Thankfully I'm generally quite good at keeping on top of my inbox as well as who I'm subscribed to so there's no inbox fear over here.

10. Allowing yourself to take breaks, an actual proper break, not a break where you're checking your phone, an actual real life break. I think we all need to do this a little more.

11. Decluttering your handbags. I did this recently and unearthed a whole host of things. Things I thought we're gone forever, but also things I realised I can actually live without. I got rid of everything I didn't need & even sold a couple of my bags on facebook market place after the declutter, making me feel like a hustler & very much like I had my sh*t together.

12. Use containers to separate & tidy things in your wardrobe/cupboards - Check my organised home Pinterest board for the level of organisation I want in my home. Some cupboards I've nailed however there are still quite few which need attention, if we do eventually go into lockdown this is definitely going to be put on my to do list!

13. An at home workout. Working out isn't necessarily my favourite thing to do, but an easy at home workout is something I can get on board with. I like to have fun when I'm exercising so am instantly drawn to dance workouts or Zumba routines on youtube - Much to my daughter's amusement.

14. Knowing your finances. I hate money, I really do, I wish there was no such thing as it, but money and understanding your finances whatever they may be is incredibly important. Knowing what's coming in & what's going out instantly makes you feel like you have your sh*t together, no matter how blooming boring it is.

15. Trust in your own sauce! Confidence in your own abilities is the key to making you feel like you've got your sh*t together. I'm a big advocate for this especially in motherhood, but in all walks of life too, I think even if you don't necessarily know the right answer, trusting in your own abilities to get through whatever life throws at you is key.

How many of these things have you done?

Claire.X

MAKING MY PERIODS SUSTAINABLE WITH WUKA PERIOD PANTS.

*This post contains gifted items & is in collaboration with Wuka*

Periods... Who'd have them? Actually quite a lot of us... And quite a lot of us are being less than sustainable when it comes to Aunt Flo arriving, myself included; That was until I was introduced to Wuka period pants.


I'm not a tampon wearer. I used to be, but since having my daughter I've swiftly made the transition from tampons to sanitary towels. I don't really know the reason behind it, maybe it was because I didn't have a period for such a long time & I've got a bit of stage fright, but I'm not sure? All I know is that I feel more comfortable using sanitary towels than I do tampons. I think favouring sanitary towels over tampons is seen as a juvenile choice and something that's looked down upon. I don't know if other people feel the same, but I definitely get the impression tampon wearers are seen as the more prestige period partakers, do let me know if you agree. Me however...

I'm a proud tampon dodger.

In terms of sustainability, I've been aware of menstrual cups for quite some time now, however because of my dislike of tampons I didn't feel like they were the right choice for me. If I'm honest, the idea of inserting a menstrual cup gives me the heebie-jeebies; I'm of course a total noob, but I can't help but be put off by the potential mess.

Something I can get on board with to make my periods sustainable is period pants.

Say hello to Wuka...


How do Wuka period pants work?
Wuka period pants are made up of four different layers; The inner and outer layers are soft, breathable fabric which sandwich two inner layers of absorbent fibres, uniquely designed to lock in menstrual blood.

How much blood can Wuka period pants hold?
Wuka heavy flow period pants can hold up to four tampons worth of blood, medium flow pants hold three tampons worth & light Flo hold between one and two tampons worth. The pants can easily be worn for eight hours and even worn overnight depending on your flow.

Are Wuka period pants hygienic?
The inner layers of Wuka period pants have antibacterial properties which prevent odour and bacterial growth. The pants can also be machine washed at 40 degrees which means not only are they hygienic to clean, they're pretty easy too.

How do you wash Wuka period pants?
Speaking of cleaning, Wuka period pants need to be rinsed (not left to soak) before washing to prevent any staining. The pants can then be hand washed or chucked into your washing machine and washed at 40 degrees with a black clothes wash. It's worth noting that Wuka period pants will probably take a little longer to dry compared to the rest of your lingerie due to having extra layers, and that they need to be hung out rather than tumble dried.

How long will Wuka period pants last?
Depending on how well you wash & take care of the Wuka period pants, the heavy flow sets can last for at least two years. Even after the two years they can be used for lighter days, meaning they could last for many more years to come.


Since becoming a mum my periods have gotten (and I hate to say it & make you all jealous) SO much easier to deal with! Pre-baby the first day of my period was hell, I'd have bloating, headaches & would be pretty much glued to the toilet with unsightly bowel movements. Aunt Flo was definitely not my friend back then & even though I wouldn't say we're best pals now, we're definitely more amicable with each other.

Wearing Wuka period pants hasn't really had that much of an impact to my time of the month, but I mean that in the best way possible - They're effortless - I put my Wuka period pants on and ride the wave that is my time of the month.


A few years ago the feminine hygiene isle in supermarkets were purely made up of disposable pads and tampons, and even though now sustainable choices are available they're far from the majority. From today (15th March 2020) Wuka period pants will be available exclusively to buy from more than 200 Sainsbury's stores.

This means that you can really easily make your periods sustainable as you're doing your weekly shop. I know I'll definitely be picking up some more when I next go in for my groceries.

If you'd like to give Wuka period pants a go & receive 10% discount feel free to use my referral code WUKA-CLAIREMAC10 at the checkout.

Have you made your periods sustainable? Would you give period pants a go? 

Claire.X

CELEBRATING MOTHERS DAY FOR ALL MOTHERS.

*This post contains gifted items & is in collaboration with Moonpig*

Mothers day is a day spent honouring the mother in the family; This year I'll be celebrating it for the second time & this year I'm celebrating for all mothers.


Admittedly before we became parents, mothers day wasn't a day we massively celebrated.

Dan & I both live quite far away from our families, so for us mothers day was a day we had flowers delivered to our mums and sent 'happy mothers day' texts... In fact, most years I'd have Dan whinging to me (usually the day before, when he's forgotten to buy his mum anything) about how he's never understood mothers day & how it's a day solely for companies to promote consumerism.

Me being me however & a total positive Polly likes to think otherwise, however I can't 100% shake mirroring Dan's opinions on consumerism.

I'm of the opinion that it's nice to be nice & to treat your mama on mothers day, and that a small gesture can mean just as much a big one.

I feel like we're in an era where we do things to make ourselves feel good or to show off on our social media platforms, rather than doing things for other people - I don't like it - I want to treat my mum on mothers day because I know she'll enjoy it & it'll make her feel appreciated and not for any other reason.


Now I'm a mum myself, my opinion on celebrating mothers day itself hasn't changed at all that much. One thing that has changed however is my knowledge of inclusivity on who we're celebrating mothers day for.

Inclusivity is so important when it comes to celebrating not only mothers day, but fathers day & every other day in between. Being a parent isn't just the typical biological family having a mum & dad with 2.4 kids - It's so much more & there are so many more mums we should be celebrating...

Mother's with children.
Mother's who've lost children.
Mother's with stepchildren.
Mother's who've longed to become mother's.
Mother's with adopted children.
Mother's with fur children.
Mother's going through fertility treatment.
Mother's who've transitioned.

We're all mothers.

Touching quickly on my own experiences & struggling to become a mother, there's absolutely nothing more heartbreaking than seeing families celebrate mothers day with their children, when all you want is to become a mama yourself. Getting your period month after month when all you want to see is those two blue lines pop up on a pregnancy test can be the most soul destroying thing & I totally understand how Mother's Day can be so tough on so many different people.

Although I can now celebrate with my own family it's been a hard battle & I can't help but think of those mother's who'd give anything to have what I have.


Mother's Day for me this year will be a day of two halves; I'm working 9:00-3:00 so half of the day I'll be out of the house & the other half I'll be soaking up as many baby cuddles as humanly possible. We don't have anything major planned for mothers day but that doesn't bother me; If I can get cups of tea made for me & perhaps a naughty takeaway on the evening I'll be a happy mama.

As a little mothers day treat Moonpig sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers along with a voucher to treat those special ladies in our lives. I received 'The Sweetness bouquet' which is made up of lily's, pistache foliage & snap dragons & although it was a surprise, it's a bouquet I'd 100% go for if I was buying. Even though people say lily's are a funeral flower, I absolutely adore them, I had lily's in my wedding bouquet so I'll be forever drawn to them and they're always the first flower I search for when looking for bouquets. Snap dragons have also become my second favourite, not to sound like a flower connoisseur but I can recognise a snap dragon from a mile away, they're excellent for adding height to a bouquet & I just love the scent they give off. Overall an 11/10 for me Moonpig, I absolutely love what was chosen for me, and don't even get me started on the personalised card, I very nearly, almost cried!... But in a good way of course.

Moonpig are currently offering free mothers day cards when buying flowers for that mother figure in your lives, just use the code 'LOVEMUM' at the checkout.

Will you be celebrating Mothers Day this year?

Claire.X

FOUR NEW ADDITIONS TO MY WARDROBE.

*This post contains gifted items & is in collaboration with Femme Luxe*

I've found redefining my personal style since becoming a mum to be quite a challenge; But now 14 months postpartum, I'm out of the other side, I'm feeling my sassy self & I'm confident in choosing amazing yet versatile additions to add to my wardrobe, to make it the best it can be.


I've somewhat redefined my wardrobe over the last year and have massively changed my mindset when it comes to choosing what makes it's way into my wardrobe.

I was quite willy nilly when it came to shopping beforehand; It sounds stupid, but I would never really think about what I was buying and adding to my wardrobe - If I saw something I liked, I got it *totally sounding like a spoilt brat here* It's only since getting pregnant, gaining a new body (and a baby of course) & having a drop in disposable income that's made me really evaluate how I spend my money.

Now I aim to only add pieces which I know I'll get a lot of wear out of, items that are versatile and pieces I know will make up a number of different outfits.



I initially went into the transformation with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe; I'd love to only own ten items of clothing & have a super minimal wardrobe with pieces of clothing that can be worn various ways in various outfits.

But I can't.

It's just not me.

Not just from the point of view of loving fashion & wanting to own numerous different pieces (because I do) but oh my, the thought of washing ten items of clothing terrifies me. My washing machine would be getting used every other day... And don't even get me started about trying to dry the clothes afterwards. I've had a good old rant about that on my Instagram this week.

I haven't got time for that level of commitment to my washing machine!


Any who, let's get onto the pieces I've actually added to my wardrobe this week.

Something I popped in my basket, expecting to like, but never expecting to love (and I LOVE them) was a pair of cargo trousers. Never in a million years did I think I'd be raving about a pair of cargo trousers, but here I am; The year is 2020 & I'm living my best 90's life in the Mina black cargo trousers from Femme Luxe.

I seem to have either mom jeans or tailored trousers in my wardrobe, I don't really have anything in-between so I felt these trousers would fill that gap perfectly.

And they do! I love them!

They're made of what I can only describe as a tent material and have a stretchy elasticated waist band (hallelujah!) with elasticated cuffs, along with about 8 pockets which I'll probably never use. The material is extremely warm, which is really surprising because the cargo pants are actually quite thin - I've worn them a few times now, and you know what the weathers been like recently (hello storm Ciara, storm Dennis & storm Jorge) and I've been toasty AF.

I actually couldn't be happier with them!


I'm a massive fan of a cropped tee & find them flattering on my figure especially with a less tailored pair of high waisted trousers. I chose the Scarlett long sleeve crew neck crop top in this nude colour because I knew I'd be be able to wear it with so many different outfits. Cropped tee's are one of my go to items in my wardrobe, so I know this piece will get so much love.

The only downside with this particular cropped tee is that it's quite sheer & requires a nude bra... And the only nude bra I own is a boost it, triple your boob size, extra zoom, push up bra. It's horrible. I don't know why I own it.

These are not my boobs. They're imposters!

Apart from that though - Banging tee!



Also, being the basic bitch I am, I picked up a couple of oversized rolled sleeve tops in both the black & the white colour ways. I chose them because of their versatility and the fact I know I'll get so much wear out of them. They're plain tee's, but they're the style of tops I can wear with more casual cargo trousers, but also I can just as easily wear them for work with a suit.

Plus, who doesn't love a basic tee?

Four new additions to my wardrobe this week & four new additions I think I'm going to get a lot of wear out of. Like I said, I feel like I'm definitely being a bit more mindful of the pieces I'm adding to my wardrobe in the sense that I'm selecting items which are wearable, not massively trend lead & pieces that are going to get a lot of love.

Are you similar with what you chose to add to your wardrobe?

Claire.X

*All clothing items in this post have been gifted by Femme Luxe*