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‘Emotional Wellbeing of Parents’ Series – Week 16

Welcome to my weekly blog series which is looking at how becoming a parent impacts upon emotional wellbeing, from the extreme highs of having a baby to the baby blues, post-natal depression and everything in between. I opened the series with my own story, then each week guest bloggers will take to the stage and give their experiences. I really hope that through publishing a diverse range of stories we can lift the lid on emotional and mental health and show that it’s not as clear-cut as either being fine or being depressed, so that other parents may be able to feel more confident to reach out for support if they need it. You can find a list of all the posts from the series here. This week, Amanda from Happy Sensitive Kids talks about how exhaustion from her newborn’s silent reflux led to her body going into shock, a real example of how the emotional wellbeing of parents can be seriously rocked when a baby is born. “I could hear the ambulance siren in the distance, faintly at first but quickly getting louder, disturbing the stillness of a Sunday morning. The noise stopped abruptly at the end of the traffic free street I live…

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Preparing to Detox - A Clean Eating Plan Preparing to Detox - A Clean Eating Plan

Preparing to Detox – A Clean Eating Plan

For ages now I’ve been umming and aahing about doing some sort of detox. I don’t want to lose weight, but I feel sluggish and tired all the time and whilst having a 1 year old who’s active all day and doesn’t sleep well at night obviously takes its toll, putting processed foods into my body which are difficult to digest and don’t contain many natural and healthy ingredients won’t be helping either. The very lovely and talented Susanne told me about a program she was following, which she’d loved so much in her 7 day trial week she was continuing it and has now been doing for about a month. It was just what I needed to hear so with Live Young Bootcamp offering another free trial week next week, I eagerly signed up. Now, this is not a sponsored post, Live Young Bootcamp haven’t offered me anything to write about the detox, I have simply signed up as any one of you can and am looking forward to going clean with my eating and seeing how I get on. The program starts on August 3rd, so this week I am planning my food shopping and have also started making a few changes…

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Tesco Sugary Drinks Ban

My Thoughts on the Sugary Drinks Ban at Tesco

I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to write this post because quite simply I’m not sure I want to give the whole story more free publicity, however as a mother I feel quite strongly about Tesco’s decision and thus I wanted to write my thoughts down. In case you have managed to avoid the headlines, Tesco has vowed to stop selling some sugary drinks including Ribena and Capri-Sun, in what they’re calling a bid to combat childhood obesity. They’re apparently waiting until September though, wouldn’t want to miss out on a school holiday’s worth of sales now, would they? I am all for a healthy lifestyle and at aged 1, Toby has never taken a sip of squash in his life. He’s had very diluted fresh orange juice or prune juice when bowel movements were proving tricky but I can count those occasions on approximately 3 fingers. Phil and I don’t stock squash or fizzy drinks at home, if we fancy something more than water then we make Apfelsaftschorle which is basically apple juice in sparkling water and is popular in Germany. How on earth have we managed to resist the urge to fill our own and our son’s bladders…

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Tantrums, Chess and a Hen Do – A Typical Family Weekend

Well, that was certainly an interesting weekend! As the title may suggest, we’ve done quite a bit but our gorgeous, stubborn little man has not made it easy for us and it certainly proves that there’s no such thing as a typical family weekend in our household. In the midst of a Wonder Weeks development leap which has seen the happy boy we had last week turn into a head-spinning, floor-punching bundle of ear-splitting screams, we’ve struggled to keep our cool at moments. However, as I’m sure all parents can relate to, Toby then goes and does something so utterly delightful, clever or amusing that we still love him! On Saturday we drove over to Phil’s parents’ house and they had Toby for a few hours whilst Phil and I worked on some projects we’ve got going on. Toby had been pretty good in spite of an awful night Friday and he had a lovely time with his grandparents. We got home just in time for me to pop my glad rags on and head out for a meal for my friend’s hen do. I had a really lovely time and enjoyed getting dressed up a bit and having a…

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From Blogging to Jogging – Week 30

Welcome to week 30 of From Blogging to Jogging and as always, thank you to everyone who joined in last week. Wow, 30 weeks already! Take a look back at your January posts and see how far you’ve all come – I think a pat on the back and a round of applause is in order! I start a clean eating program on Monday, so I’m looking ahead to the types of things I’ll be eating and a few changes I’ve already been making. I can’t wait to read about how you are all getting on this week, #BloggingToJogging is open from Monday morning until Friday night for all your health, fitness and well-being posts so whatever your goals, healthy recipes or tips are, please do come along and join the party. The Rules Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@BuddingSmiles) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any…

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‘Emotional Wellbeing of Parents’ Series – Week 15

Welcome to my weekly blog series which is looking at how becoming a parent impacts upon emotional wellbeing, from the extreme highs of having a baby to the baby blues, post-natal depression and everything in between. I opened the series with my own story, then each week guest bloggers will take to the stage and give their experiences. I really hope that through publishing a diverse range of stories we can lift the lid on emotional and mental health and show that it’s not as clear-cut as either being fine or being depressed, so that other parents may be able to feel more confident to reach out for support if they need it. You can find a list of all the posts from the series here. This week I am really pleased to introduce you to Ruth, an author who I really admire and who you can find over at Being Sarah Chilton. Ruth has been through a lot and I think her story will touch a lot of people. “I have recently applied to renew my passport. I duly completed the forms and sent both mine and Johnathan’s off with more than a hint of excitement as it’s been a long time since I’ve…

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My Top 10... Tips For Surviving Sleep Deprivation

My Top 10… Tips For Surviving Sleep Deprivation

The phrase “Sleep like a baby” should be outlawed in my opinion and anyone who dares utter it in the company of a sleep-deprived parent should be forced to babysit at least one night a month and pay for said sleep-deprived parents to have a date night. Or a full night’s sleep in a hotel. Some babies sleep through the night from very early on whilst others *Toby* quite simply do not and even those for whom sleep is 14 hours and uninterrupted will at some point be teething or feel poorly and thus wake their parents from slumber to inform them that something is wrong. In Toby’s case, at a little over a year old we have just gone through yet another round of weaning him off of night feeds after a particularly bad case of D&V led to his usual one night feed plus getting up for the day at 4:30am becoming up every hour or two and screaming constantly whether he was being held/fed/given a dummy or not. Babies are hard work and although I did rather like hearing from sleep guru Sarah Ockwell-Smith that there’s a link between sleeping less and being more intelligent (for the…

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A Hike to Mam Tor, Peak District

We love getting outdoors as a family and at the weekend we decided to make up a picnic, get in the car and drive to the Peak District for a little hike up a hill. Toby didn’t make the journey a particularly fun one, screaming from his car seat for about the last 45 minutes of the drive, however we were determined to go for a walk so that’s what we did! We drove to Windy Knoll cave and then did the fairly short National Trust walk up to Mam Tor, which was beautiful but very windy! The views were spectacular, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Toby wasn’t in the greatest of moods, but the picnic did seem to help a bit, thankfully. Mam Tor is an Iron Age hill fort, with examples of its history along the route. Toby loves cows Hellooooo up there! Mam Tor Stairs in the hillside Analysing the trig point Rolling around It was very windy! Looking out over the Peaks Snuggles with a view Flying baby! I think it will be a while before we decide to drive quite that far with a grumpy baby again, but we would love to…

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From Blogging To Jogging – Week 29

Welcome to week 29 of #BloggingToJogging and as always, thank you to everyone who joined in last week. I haven’t been running since my 10km, instead going for lots of long walks and power-walking when it’s just Toby and I. You can see our gorgeous hike in the Peak District in my linked article, the air really was quite fresh! I can’t wait to read about how you are all getting on this week, #BloggingToJogging is open from Monday morning until Friday night for all your health, fitness and well-being posts so whatever your goals, healthy recipes or tips are, please do come along and join the party. The Rules Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@BuddingSmiles) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them. If you have Pinterest, Emma has set up a Blogging To Jogging Board which you can find here and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any relevant photos. Please visit and comment on…

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Talking Baby Health With Colief

Last week, Toby and I made our way to London for a Colief Playdate event in a fantastic place just off of Oxford Street called Home Sweet Home. Colief have a great range of natural products and wanted to tell us about them, whilst also providing amazing entertainment for Toby and the other children attending. I was also asked to do a little presentation about Toby’s colic and silent reflux, how it was diagnosed and treated and the impact it had upon us as a family. I won’t lie, it was an emotional presentation for me to put together because anyone who has followed my blog for a while will know how hard life was for Toby, Phil and I during the reflux days. I was glad to discuss it though, as well as having the chance to speak to the professionals who make up a new Colief Expert Panel. Home Sweet Home was the perfect venue; laid out like a family home, the children were kept very well entertained by two lovely ladies who sang, danced and played with them in a playroom, whilst us bloggers had the chance to speak to Colief’s European head of operations, a GP and…

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