The more stressed I get, the more tired I get. Yet when I reach the point of stress-induced exhaustion, I can’t sleep. Isn’t it such a nasty trick for my body to play on me? I’m sure I’m not alone in this, and the frustration just exacerbates the problem until a myriad of other physical and mental health issues start to raise their ugly heads.
Happy birthday darling Martha! You are a feisty, funny, brave, beautiful whirlwind of laughter and light who completed our family. Since turning one you have mastered walking and talking, you’ve stopped breastfeeding, you’ve learned how to jump and run and spin and climb, how to recite your favourite songs and stories, how to dribble and kick a ball. Your smile and laughter are infectious – your dimples could get you out of any trouble – you give the tightest cuddles and the sweetest little kisses. You’re so happy, so stubborn, so full of life.
A few seconds of your time could catapult my business – will you help me? As a mum-of-2 I have rather rapidly discovered the products that I do and don’t need in parenthood, the ones that are amazing and the ones that are useless. Thus, Apples & Pips was born. I hand-pick the best products from small and medium sized UK brands, as well as creating my own ranges of slogan products which are hand designed by my husband, however my shop goes so much further than simply selling nice products.
You find a boyfriend/girlfriend: “When are you getting married?” You get married: “When are you having a baby?” You have a baby: “When’s the next one coming?” You have a second baby: “Are you having any more?” You say no: “Oooh, never say never!” I said “No”. We are not having any more babies.
“When women support each other, incredible things happen” Sarah – the incredible photographer behind Red Shoe Makeovers – uses this quote when she shares the stunning photographs she takes of her Red Shoe Girls, and it has fast become one of my favourite quotes. A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Chester with a bag full of clothes and a belly full of nerves, to meet Sarah and make up artist Mandy and have my makeover photo shoot. This is what happens when women support each other…