The UnNatural Mother

Posts by this author:

Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Review

We have just returned from our 2nd short break at Haven Hafan y Môr. Our first visit was 3 years ago just before the birth of Charley and we enjoyed the holiday park so much we…

View Post

Last Minute Wedding Tips For The Bride To Be

Me & Lee On Our Wedding Day

With  Royal Wedding fever upon us and mine & Lee’s 11 year anniversary next month it got me thinking about how I felt the night before we got married and how Meghan must be feeling right now. I don’t remember having nerves, I just hoped it wouldn’t rain and everything would run smoothly ( oh and that Lee would turn up ). Our wedding was pretty small in comparison to the Royal Wedding and I didn’t have the eyes of the world waiting to critique my every move but It still felt very overwhelming. So with this in mind, I thought I would enlist the help of some other brides to give Meghan and anyone one else getting married soon a few last minute tips to make their day go without a hitch.

I would have made sure that everyone else knew what time they needed to be ready on the day, ahead of time. No one seemed to have any sense of urgency and it stressed me out a bit!  – Julie

Plan a nice meal with your close friends & family the night before the wedding, this is a great way to distract you from getting nervous and worrying.

Best thing you can do for your skin is find a great skincare routine that fits into your life and one that you can afford. If it’s too expensive you will scrimp abs not get the benefits of it. I’m a huge Liz Earle Fan. You can’t beat it for simplicity and quality. Used it religiously for years including the run up to my wedding  – Gail

Write each other a nice note to be opened on the morning of your wedding. Escape off somewhere for 20 minutes and read it alone. It may be the only time you get to yourself that day.

Have your lashes lifted and tinted before the big day. That way you won’t have to worry about mascara running or smears. The lift works wonders for opening up the eyes too. Emma

Start drinking champagne at breakfast. Job done 😉 – Erika

Remember to take time out with your new husband at some point during the day/evening and just watch what is going on – otherwise, the whirlwind is over before you know it. – Emma

It’s YOUR day and no one else’s (well except your other half but you know what I mean!!) So ENJOY it. – Claire

Make sure your shoes are comfortable. I spent £300 on Jimmy Choo’s and they cut my feet to ribbons.

Try on your tights or stockings beforehand! I didn’t, and they were so uncomfortable, and I didn’t have any spares! – Gemma

When I was going to pieces the night before and on the day it was my amazing bridesmaids that made sure I ate and sent me to bed early to stop me stressing about the preparations. Couldn’t have done it without them 😍 (Also prosecco 😂) – Emma

Build in easy entertainment for the child guests – we had party bags and bubbles. Bubbles also very good for photos – Kate

 

Well, I hope you found this post helpful and if you are getting married soon Good Luck !!!  Enjoy your Big Day

 

Follow:

Feeling Anti Social

Feeling Anti Social

 

I am sorry if you haven’t heard anything from me in a while, but quite the opposite of the title I have been out being very social. After 3 months of doing nothing but working, eating and sleeping this little caterpillar has turned her self into a social butterfly. Want to know how I did it? I said ‘yes’. That simple, I said yes to all the days & nights out I didn’t have to worry about childcare to attend. When I was asked if I wanted to go on a spa day , i didn’t do my normal ” How much ??? ” feeling the guilt that the price to attend could have brought Harry a whole new summer wardrobe , I justified that I work bloody hard for my money and a few hours away and a pampering was just what I needed. There comes a time when you can’t stare at the same 4 walls anymore and if you hear the theme tune to Peppa Pig one more time you may be forced to wing the IPad across the kitchen just for a little peace. We can all dig deep and power through, suppressing the need to escape the madness but then why should we ???

 

Now I am not trying to annoy my lovely readers with my new-found social life, what this post is about is sometimes something has to give. For the first time in 2 years, I have taken a blogging break. I knew that when I became a Social Media Manager working online 8 hrs a day that when I came home at night I would find it a lot harder to pick up my laptop and write blogs for myself, but recently I really have had writer’s block. A combination of having nothing to write about and the desire to stop stressing myself out meant  I downed tools for 2 weeks and became anti-social.  The break gave me a chance to clear my head and do a bit of mental housekeeping. I have written many times about the immense amount of pressure I put myself under to be ‘perfect’, to look like a swan gliding across a pond, all the while paddling my little legs kicking like fury to keep my self from sinking. I have a daily struggle with my burning desire to have a successful career and to be a great mum. Although I now work my day job around both kids, there are still many nights I need to be tapping away on my laptop to make a writing deadline for the blog. My fear was always if I took a break my readers would all disappear overnight but by you reading this now is proving the point that I needn’t of worried. I am sure occasionally you feel the need to have a mental clear out and just feel the need to put yourself on a short sabbatical.  Maybe I can inspire you to put down the duster and pick up the phone to arrange a dinner date or leave the washing pile for one more day and kick back in a garden chair. We are all worried about taking a step back from our responsibilities but lesson learnt for me, for my own sanity I am occasionally going to have to do that.

Follow:

DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE – 7 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR BEDROOM

Spring Claen

It’s that time a year again when we all look at the house and get Spring Cleaning Fever. I am the first one to admit I normally hate cleaning but at this time of year, I like to give the house a deep clean from top to bottom. The one place that people normally forget about is the bedroom but as most of us spend 25 years of our lives lying down in bed this is the most important part of the house to start with. Today in partnership with Silentnight I share with you 7 tops tips to leave your bedroom free from any unwanted visitors.

1.Wash your bedding, not just your sheets

If left unwashed for just a few months, up to one-third of a pillow will be dead skin, bugs, mites and mite droppings. So wash your pillows and duvet every two or three months, to get rid of the build up.

2.Give your pillows a spin in the tumble dryer once a month

As well as plumping up the pillows nicely, the heat kills bugs between washes.

3.Replace your pillows regularly

They do lose their support so it is a good investment from a health point of view – but if you’ve had your pillows for some time, it is inevitable that there will have been a build-up of skin, dust and mites. Experts recommend you replace them every two or three years.

 4.Purchase the right kind of bedding

A product like Silentnight’s Anti -Allergy range is machine washable and actively combats dust mites and bacteria, to help prevent allergies and keep your pillows feeling fresh and clean. Machine washable with a two-year guarantee, a pack of two is just £12.49 from Amazon.

5.Use pillow and mattress protectors

These prevent skin getting into the pillows and should be washed regularly – ideally weekly with your sheets.

6.Air your bed.

An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night, so don’t rush to make your bed in the morning. It may look nice, with all the lovely cushions, but actually, it is much more hygienic to pull down the duvet, open the windows and let your bed have a good airing while you get ready.

7.Vacuum – regularly!

Carpet is a breeding ground for dust and dust mites. Dust and vacuum twice a week. Include curtains and the bed!

 

I hope that these tips have inspired you to give your bedroom a spring clean. Silentnight is the UK’s most trusted bed brand with over 70 years’ experience in creating products to help the whole family get that  ‘great sleep’ feeling so check out their website for more details.

Follow:
This post was in collaboration with Silentnight but all my thoughts & opinions are my own.

Digital Mums Social Media Management Course Review – 3 Months Post Graduate

I thought it was about time I did a video and reflected on the last 12 months of changing careers and what it was like to complete and graduate the Digital Mums Social Media Management Course. It was a huge decision to leave my secure, well paid corporate career and not only take the financial risk of spending £2,000 on the course but also to re-train in a totally different industry. As you already know this story ends well as I secured my first client just before graduation and have now been working with them for nearly 3 months.

The ladies I trained with who are now my friends were not only my lifeline during the course but have become a big part of helping me in my new career.Being part of Digital Mums is like being part of a sisterhood and without making it sound like a 1970’s cult, taking the course and graduating has not only given me a new career it’s given me back the drive and determination I felt was sucked out of me in my previous role.

Retraining in a new flexible career has also meant I can put more time into my much-loved blog and create more of the content I am passionate about. It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning and look forward to your working day ahead. My only regret was not doing the Digital Mums course earlier and spending the previous 12 months trying to juggle a failing career with being a mum and permanently feeling I was letting everyone down.

So whether you are thinking about doing the course or just want to hear about my career update, take a look at today’s video as I give an honest review of the last 12 months and being part of the #DMCollective

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about my career change or about the Digital Mums Social Media Management course feel free to leave your questions in the comments below.

Follow: