Recently we were sent some goodies by Koo-di to try out, one of which was their genius pop-up travel bubble cot. It arrived in Koo-di’s lovely bright branding and included all the info we needed to get straight into using it! It is a genius product that takes a little bit of stress away from the joy that is parenting!
So without further ado, here are five reasons why we love it…
How many times have you taken the time to think about who you are? Like, really are? I have met some people in my life who are clear as day about who they are, but not many. And I am certainly not one of those people…
I have had a bit of time of late to focus on some self reflection. I have spent many hours thinking about who I am. Who I really am. And let me tell you, it has not been an easy process.
If you didn’t already know, which you may well not, in the past I have struggled with low mood and anxiety, which at times has had a big ol’ effect on my life. And I thought I was rid of those days. But sadly I got smacked in the face with it again a few months ago.
Unlike times before when I have been able to shake it or ‘sort it out for now’ this time has been much more complicated. I think this all boils down to the fact that I am now a mama, and this can’t be brushed under another carpet anymore. I need to once and for all discover who I really am, deep down, and find ways to look after me for the sake of others.
And the first part of this can only be done by looking at myself and reflecting on who I am. Truly. Looking beyond stress, anxiety or depression. Beyond my new found occupation of ‘mother to Twink’. Beyond the label of wifey or furbaby mama.
Gosh that sounds so dramatic and negative doesn’t it?! What a way to big motherhood up right? Well it is not intended to be dramatic nor negative. It is just a simple fact about how I have been feeling currently, and how I have felt quite a few times since becoming a mama. And something that I would like to share.
So why do I feel so lonely? I mean, surely that’s ridiculous? I have a lovely large network of friends, family who I can call when I need to and of course my two besties Twink and the hubster. Well no, not really, not ridiculous at all…
Last week had tales of yet more illness in our household, and with that has come our most recent bout of isolation. Choosing not to be selfish by staying away from my regular peeps and hangouts as not to infect anyone else has meant being away from a lot of human contact. We couldn’t go to any baby groups, see any friends or travel any reasonable kind of distance before another nappy ‘incident’.
And that’s what brings me here today. I had forgotten just how isolating it can be at times. The thing is, before you give birth, no one tells you that at times it will be lonely. Ask any mama out there and I am pretty sure she will be able to recall at least one time where she has felt all alone in the world. When she is sitting in darkness for the 3am night feed. When all of her childless friends are at work. When she is just too knackered to leave the house to get to rhyme time at the library. When she doesn’t even have the energy to go next-door for a cup of tea due to pure exhaustion. When her new mama friends slowly return to work after maternity leave. When her partner works late and she goes to bed early five days in a row with no other human contact beyond the precious babe in her arms who communicates through occasional fart shart or full blown tantrums because they aren’t allowed to eat a shit covered biscuit… you catch my drift? Every mama out there would have felt this pang at some point, guaranteed.
So where am I going with this? Well…
Mamas and mamas to be – let me tell you that there will be times of quiet and loneliness. Some of you may feel ok about this. Others not so much. This heads up isn’t to scare you, but to just say keep an eye out for it. Here are a few tips to help you get by…
*Note, before you read ahead I’d like to put you in my shoes for a sec… For quite a few years now I have been trying to combat anxiety on so many levels. This has had a big effect on how I ‘do life’ and the simplest of things to others are some of the hardest things for me. I wonder if you, lovely person reading this, may also have the same struggle. I am using this pause in my writing to say that you can do it lady. Be brave. Push through the feelings. Knowing that I was doing these things for not only myself but also for my baby helped a huge amount…you got this mama….
You are a teeny baby no more, instead a little lady with personality to knock peoples’ socks off. You are full of happy, positive and hilarious vibes that resonate through every room that you enter. Never did I think such a small human could become my best friend and yet there you are. The closest person to my heart and soul. The one who makes me laugh the most. The one who makes me smile both inside and out. The one who I would simply suffocate without. I live and breathe you, you are my world.
On this, the anniversary of you being in the world for an entire year, know that you have changed my life. I am a better, happier person because of you. I have found my place in the world, my worth, my self assurance. I was waiting for you my whole life and didn’t even realise it. In the cheesiest of ways, you complete me. In the crazy that is life, you bring me right back down to earth.
And to you, baby daddy. Here’s to us, we made it. We are a little older and wearier, and lot more wiser… love has continued to keep us strong. We fucking rock. You rock. You are my rock.
Today I find myself strolling over here this evening to have a chat about sponsorship for one of the biggest blogging conferences of the year, BritMums Live 2016.
This will be my first time heading to such a large event, which is pretty nerve wracking and bumclenching but also tres exciting. I am going to have the opportunity to network with some fab, creative people and have a weekend to myself to be able to absorb new found knowledge (something which I regularly crave) through what looks to be some amazing talks and workshops.
So yeah, here I am, putting myself out there asking if anyone would like to do me the honour of being my sponsor. Here’s a bit about what you need to know….
Would you like to be represented at one of the UK’s biggest blogger conferences by us?
In June 2016, we will be attending the Britmums Live conference in London alongside a tremendous blogging community. Whilst there, we would love to represent you as a brand through sponsorship. We will be networking like nobody’s business, attending all sorts of workshops and of course tweeting every second of the way!
What does this mean for you as a brand?
In return for sponsorship of the conference costs, Tales and Tea will:
Be your be your main representation during the event
Promote you as a sponsor in the leadup to the event
Promote your brand on all of our social media avenues
Ensure that the your logo/an advert for your brand is present on the blog for a year
Add your brand logo to our business cards for the event
Collaborate throughout the year on reviews and giveaways to promote your brand
Continue to develop our relationship with you and stay open to any other relevant opportunities or collaborations that may arise over time
What will it cost to sponsor us?
Conference Ticket £62.00
Total = £182.00
Not a lot for a whole lot of promotion right?
So that’s that really, you can find our more about Britmums Live 2016 here. We are open to ideas of how you would like to collaborate and are also open to negotiation about sponsorship. If you would be interested in a cheeky collabo with us then get in touch!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop us a message on one of our social media channels using the handle @talesandtea
I am late to the game this month with my monthly bucket list as life has got all a bit chaotic and I have had to prioritise in other areas, booooo! But hey ho, such is life! January was surprisingly busy and I feel like I was thrown from one end to the other of the darn month, at speed. I flew so fast through it that I can barely remember what I have even done!
February brings even more ‘busy’ despite it being the shortest month of the year. Twink turns one in less than two weeks, I have a super busy period at work coming up and then lots of other bits and bobs squeezed in here, there and everywhere. Phew, I’m exhausted even thinking about it!
If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter you may have seen that we recently received a beautiful little package from the new Designz collection by Snüz, the company behind the infamous SnüzPod. We didn’t have a SnüzPod for Twink when she was newborn, but in hindsight would have absolutely loved one. It would have made the whole nighttime breastfeeding thing soooo much simpler! And I loved her being close to me, which is exactly what the SnüzPod is all about!
Anyway, I’m sure you’re now wondering what the heck we received in our lovely parcel if we don’t even have a SnüzPod…. Continue Reading
So apparently today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. How ruddy jolly! Let’s talk about why Blue Monday sucks and what you should do about it. I feel as though the fact that this has become a ‘thing’ over the years has done nothing but encouraged people to feel all a bit shitty and focus on the negative due to being surrounded by it through the media’s digital highlighters…
So I am popping by today, on this here teeny space that is mine on the internet, to throw a fireball of positivity at you. There it is. Coming at you. Straight in the face, right about now!
OK, so statistically speaking, you lot may be feeling a bit down today being as it’s Blue Monday and all… now that the excitement of Christmas and New Year has faded and you are back to the old 9 to 5 slog at work… BUT! Big but there guys – notice it, embrace it. Surely this is the BEST day. Turn that frown upside down and take the time to reflect this evening. Look back at the past year, and look at all the positives. (Perhaps it wasn’t all positive for some of you – you may have hard a pretty rough ride. But there were positives, if you look really hard.)
I have taken the time today to reflect on all of the awesome that made up my 2015, and instead of focussing on my goals/tasks/ridiculous attempt at losing weight (I gave up carbs last week…and ate carbs… every.single.day. Don’t judge.), I looked at all the good that came to me during that year. Continue Reading
Oh hey therrreeee guys! So, I am [finally] here (only 14 days late) to wish you all a happy new year and share my first monthly bucket list of 2016 too. I feel as though I was thrown at full speed into 2016 and am still attempting to catch up (the Christmas tree only came down last weekend, win!) I always have this feeling at the beginning of a new year to start afresh, get my ass into gear and sort my life out. However I will be honest with myself, this never works. I put a timescale on myself and then get all kinds of stressed about it when I can’t achieve it. So bugger that, it doesn’t work for me. This year, I am just going to go with the flow. And my monthly bucket list will continue to be my drive to strive!
Last year was no doubt the best year of my life so far. My one resolution for 2015 was to be a good mama, and I can quite confidently say that yes, I achieved that. Phew! And that will continue to be my only set in stone resolution goal for every year day of my life forevermore. Yes I have things that I am going about to improve upon in my life, but I’m not getting hung up on it. As long as I can be a good mama, everything else can follow at its own pace. I shall continue to write my monthly bucket list and see where each one takes me. And with that, here is my January bucket list…. Continue Reading