Yes! I Talk About My Babies!

Hello there! I’m Steph and YES! I am a mother who talks about her children.

I totally get it! You (sometimes) don’t want to hear about my kids. I didn’t used to get all goo goo gaa gaa about babies – I used to have a busy social life, hair always nice…..I used to be able to wear high heels and not have snot on the majority of my tops! 🤷🏼‍♀️

But things happen….and my hubs and I decided to start a family! Shock…horror!

I vividly remember telling one of my best friends, shortly after we announced we were preggo, that if I EVER talked only about my baby and what my baby was doing…to kindly slap some sense into me!

We used to roll our eyes at the loud babies at the local coffee shop and I just couldn’t get over how many pics of the their baby some of my friends would post on Facebook. I just couldn’t understand how a woman with a life before her baby would cease to exist after giving birth and have nothing else to talk about.

I vowed this would not be me, so when I got pregnant I talked about my maternity leave as if I was on a year sabbatical from work. I talk about learning a new language while my baby napped (I seriously did! 🙈) and I talked about all the fun outings I would have with my little bundle of joy…all while keeping my social life and meeting friends out for lunch as the baby would just tag along, right?!….ahhhhhhb how naive was I!!

Once I had my little man I was besotted. I just kept looking at him and couldn’t believe that we made this tiny, perfect human! I didn’t go out much because my delivery was a bit more intense that I thought it would be so I had a while to recover and my little man had bad reflux so that meant lunches out were also put on hold for a while but BOY I was proud of what I did and what I made and what he was accomplishing on a daily basis and I wanted my friends to know about it. So I posted about it and talked about it and then… I got it! I got why parents became “boring”, why they talked about their little baby, why they wanted to share with friends and family about their little bundle of joy. Because they were PROUD! Because they were EXCITED! Because they just really wanted to connect with other people who just got it as well.

I got it in the end and even though I might not talk about my dudes ALL the time! I’m not going to stop talking about them because you might think I’m boring. They are my greatest accomplishment and, just as someone else might talk about that new job, that new holiday, a challenge they have just accomplished or anything they are really proud of. I’m DEFINITELY going to talk about mine!

Summer At The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

I FINALLY finished a BOOK! It took me leaving my family for 4 days but I got it done! 🤣🙌🏻 Here’s what I thought……

The Synopsis:

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. 

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. 

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

My Thoughts:

As some of you know, my husband is from Cornwall and his parents still live there. It holds a special place in our hearts and I always love to read books set in the county.

This book is the sequel to Little Beach Street Bakery and, even though I haven’t had a chance to read it…YET, I didn’t need to in order to love this book, the lead character Polly and want to visit this little bakery!

The author, Jenny, has created such a likeable character in Polly that the reader automatically roots for her success and commiserates in her disappointments. Plus she lives in an actual lighthouse! She is already cool, in my book! Even the little puffin, Neil, becomes a loved character and I did miss reading about him in the chapters that did not feature him.

Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery is a sweet, heart-warming and makes you want to move to Cornwall! It’s a definite read for this windy and rainy March!

Maternity Gold!

I have had so many friends recently announce their 1st, 2nd or more pregnancies and I started to think back to when I was pregnant with both my boys and what items made my pregnancies easier (both of them had issues!).

No matter what season you are pregnant in, you need to feel good in your maternity clothes. I really struggled to find items that I loved. Either they were too frumpy or too tight around my belly – I never felt comfortable about wearing form fitting maternity clothes…hell! I don’t even wear form fitting non-maternity clothes! Like the bandage dresses, etc? They weren’t for me. Now, if you feel comfortable in those dresses, go for it! Just wasn’t for me.

Especially JEANS! Maternity jeans either fall below the belly or you can find ones that go over the belly (my preference) but before you get a big belly and you can’t fit into your normal jeans anymore, what do you do? You get one of these bad boys!

Seriously, my life saver during those early to mid pregnancy months when I was growing out of my every day clothes but the maternity stuff didn’t quite sit right.

This is the Love Your Bump Belly Belt! I wore it for each of my pregnancies and also postnatal when (again) you can’t fit into your regular clothes but you are sick of you maternity stuff! This comes with either button, or hook and eye and it comes in different sizes, so it grows as your belly grows. It also comes with a little piece of fabric that you attach to the belly belt expander to cover your open fly but most times I just wore a longer vest underneath my top which covered the area as well.

So what you do is you leave your jeans unbuttoned and attached the belt expander to the jean/trouser button on one end and then your button hole on the other end of your jeans/trousers attaches to the belly belt expander. Like I said it comes in different widths so you never feel like your jeans or trousers are going to fall off.

Here is the link to it on Amazon…https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0010X4F02/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It’s worth every bit of £16.95, in my book, and you save loads on not needing to buy maternity clothes until further into your pregnancy and then it’s so fun trying on clothes with your bump!

I hope this has been of some use to you. Enjoy your pregnancy journey and try to rest…believe me you’ll need it on the other side. xx

Questions You Don’t Need To Ask Your Friends….But Do!

Last week I went on my first girls’ holiday since having my boys. We descended upon poor, unsuspecting Tenerife like four women released from prison and needing to experience freedom again!

We went out in the evenings and I forgot how relaxing it was to eat a meal without constantly checking the boys haven’t thrown their food everywhere or keeping them entertained. I still, however, managed to ask my friends if they needed to do a wee-wee before we left the house! You can take the mum away from the toddler but I think it’s now an automatically programmed question! Awkward!

Learning Something New!

As you all know I am in the process of starting up my own business which will feature handmade and personalised items and designs.

Well, for Christmas I got a pyrography kit (wood burning!) and I plan to start using this on my keepsake boxes so I can personalise them and also for bespoke pieces for customers.

I’m so excited to start practicing and perfecting this technique and hope to produce some amazing pieces for you all!

Stay tuned for my first effort shortly!

Gluten- Free Chocolate Lemon Cake

This was a little experiment that turned out super yummy! It’s worth all my healthy eating during the week to get a slice of this and a cup of tea on a Saturday afternoon!

Ingredients

  • 3 lemons, washed
  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 200g butter, well-softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 70g organic cacao powder
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line the loaf tin and zest the lemons.
  • Put 200g of the sugar, the butter, eggs, flour, almonds, cacao powder, baking powder and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 minutes, or until well-risen. If you insert a skewer or knife inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean.
  • Turn the cake out using oven gloves and gently set onto a wire rack. Remove the baking parchment and turn the cake the right way up. Make loads of deep holes in the cake using a skewer.
  • Squeeze 2 of the lemons and mix with the remaining 100g sugar. Slowly and gradually, spoon the lemon sugar over the cake, stopping every now and then to allow it to penetrate the sponge.
  • Leave to set before serving. Serve in slices.

Toppings

This is a cross between a bread and a cake so I had a slice plain and then tried some butter on another slice and both were lovely! Thinking my 3rd slice will be Nutella! TOO. MUCH. CAKE!!!!!

Primark Haul – Spring 2019

This is my first EVER Primark Haul! I’m pretty proud of myself for actually getting time to shop the majority of the store (for one) and then for being organised enough to not only record a video for my YouTube Channel (check out the Haul video here!) but to take some pictures of the items before they get all used and dirty!  

I initially went shopping for my little dudes but ended up coming away with not only some great buys for them but also myself and the house! Anyway… check out the link at the top to see everything I bought & I’ve included a little pic below of some of the items I purchased.