Monday, 25 January 2016

#Constancequeens - Momma Moose Is A Queen

You may or may not have heard of the fabulous woman that is Constance Hall. She is an Austalian blogger that totally tells life, parenting, motherhood, friendship etc like it is. Nothing she writes is sugar coated nor is her past seen through rose tinted glasses. It's literally a what you see is what you get kind of blog and that seems to have gained her quite the 'Mommy Following'. I for one follow and think you should too. She is liberating, inspiring and incredibly honest. Reading her daily Facebook posts can really change your perspective on the day you are having and even on yourself.

I think her most loved and inspiring post was this one:

'Like a queen you guys

She's flawed,
She swears,
She eats the cake!!
She has a past and she owns that shit,
She's skinny, curvy, flabby, muscly and she loves it.
Because she's a fucking queen

Love yourself the way you want your daughters, nieces, friends kids to love themselves.

Now I nominate you, all of you, to take a picture of yourselves, a picture that society has deemed you unfit for, because your too old or skinny or fat or you've had too many kids or not confidant enough or for whatever reason you have been made to feel like you don't deserve to love your body or your self.
An undie shot, bathers shot, a grape eating shot brig fanned by a naked Greek man shot, whatever.

Hashtag #likeaqueen and yes, nominate your spectacular queens friends. And let us sit around drinking self worth a queen vibes from a champagne glass. Because our royal bodies deserve so much more 

#constancesqueens #likeaqueen

After reading the above post and seeing the response she received from it. I became intrigued. How amazing that thanks to this one lady posting this one post 100's of women have taken to Social Media to prove that they really are queens with battle scars from their labour war that they are proud of. How wonderful that these women just went for it. Let go of all the negative thoughts they hold against themselves and release a few positives. And, all this thanks to Constance Hall.

So, it got me thinking. Could I do it? Could I bare it all on Social Media and be the Queen that inside I long to be? Am I able to set my Mummy Tummy free and not care what the world and all it's ninjas think of me? ... The answer to that is ... No. No, I'm not. I'm not quite ready to bare all in my undies for you folks. And, what a relief that is hey? But, I am prepared to call myself a CONSTANCE QUEEN. I am a queen, I am flawed, I do swear, I do have a past and I do own that shit, I am flabby and I do love it. Maybe, not as much as some (hence the no bare all photo) But, I love it. And, the notion that I should love myself as I want my daughter to love herself is just lovely. So, no I can't strip to my knickers and share the snapshot with you. But, yes I can raise my fist in the air and shout "I'M A QUEEN' because I am and so are you.And, because I am a Queen and now know it. I am brave enough to share the photo below with you. It may not be the photo you'd expect of my Mummy Tummy. But, it is my Mummy body doing it's job and for once I'm proud to share a photograph like this with you all.

If you are feeling confident, empowered and up for it then I nominate you too. I nominate you to become the queen that so many other Mothers have last week. Go on because you are a queen! 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Moose Recipe #3 Yumny Scrummy Turkey Boats

Over on Momma Moose's Facebook page I had a recipe request. So, upon request allow me to share with you my 'Yummy Scrummy Turkey Boats' recipe. (inspiration from #leanin15).

What do I need? What do I need?
(Those of you that know this blog and my recipes will know that all of my recipes are merely a guidance. You can always add to ingredients to them or take away). ALWAYS BLW FRIENDLY.
  • Pack of turkey minced
  • 4/5 spring onions
  • 2/3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Lettuce of your choice.
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch of corriander
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

What do I do? What do I do?
  • Pop your coconut oil in a large pan or wok and allow to melt.
  • Add turkey minced and fry until brown.
  • Add garlic.
  • Add spring onions and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Add fish sauce and simmer for 4 min.
  • Separate your lettuce into individual leaves.
  • Choo your tomatoes into quarters.
  • Arrange lettuce leaves on your plate and spoon turkey minces into each leaf.
  • Sprinkle corriander over your lettuce boats and add the fresh tomato if you wish.
  • VoilĂ !!!!

Enjoy you lovely lot. Let me know if you come up with any adaptations.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Something For A Saturday

I love watching films or series an collating a wicked bank of music from them. You know, the sort of music that you remember the film for. Like, forget the story line or who kissed who just remember the most important bit, the God damn soundtrack.
Now, this short film by Pixar about an umberella is so good. Mini Moose loves it. If you can find it, watch it. If not, for now, enjoy this lovely track!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

First Time In 6 Months I've Slept Bra-less

Breast pads? Who needs them?!? Bra? Who needs that? Not me. NOT ME! Not anymore. My once leaky boobies have been set free. Set free I tell you and I totally took for granted all those times that I snuggled down for my nights kip with no bra on. Nothing feels as good as that. 
There's nothing worse than settling down for your night of shut eye with your bra all in a twist with nipples poking out all over the shop. 
Last night, for the first time in what feels like forever (6 months) I slept boobie free. That's right, my bra and I did not spend another intimate night together. And, I can honestly say that it was wonderful. Truly wonderful.
My husband thinks I'm being slightly 'over the top'. But, he has no idea. NO idea I tell you. When I wear my bra to bed I feel pretty trapped. Sounds silly, I know. But, I just don't feel rested or relaxed at all. And, before you say anything or offer advice it does not matter what bra it is. Seriously. So, when I felt the time was right to hang my night time bra up, I jumped at the chance. And, I loved every second of that nights sleep. Even the 5 or 6 get ups I had to do to feed the littlest didn't seem too bad! 
Here is to all the feeding Mommas that can now go bra-less!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Inside Momma Mooses Changing Bag

Firstly, yes. Yes, we own the above. An Oyster changing bag along with the pushchair. And, yes we have had it through 2 bambino. But, why fix something that isn't broken?
So, what be in it I hear you ask. Well, a fair bit really. Most of it rubbish that I probably won't use. But, all the same it's in there and I'm going to tell you all about it.

Waitrose size 3 nappies. (A tad fancy I know. But, they have always fitted our littlies so beautifully. And, aren't bad value really.)

Pampers sensitive wipes. We always use sensitive wipes. The Mini Mooses seem to suffer a fair bit of nappy rash when teething so it seems only fitting to be ultra sensitive about the things that wipe their bottles.
Disposable nappy sacks. I've got to be honest mind, I don't always get round to slinging the old dirty dipey into one of these.

Spare clothes for both Minis. Baby gros for her, pants and trousers for my big boy. I can't pretend that he never has an accident, he does. And, it is NO secret that the littlest often has a costume change when out and about.

The trustworthy 'Sophie Giraffe' has her place in the bag too. And if I lose another that will be a ridiculous amount of money spent on a toy that's purely for chewing.

Snacks. Snacks everywhere in the bag. And, somehow there happens to be about 4 or 5 rogue apples hanging around in there. Literally, every time you put your hand in the bag you find an apple.

I also carry my own essentials. You know, my purse, my lip balm, my glasses, my phone, my sanity, my what? ... nothing. Oh and there's the poo stained vests that never made it to the washing basket along with a half eaten banana, an open box of raisins, dirty tissues, dried up wipes, my sanity, my what? :.. nothing.
And, still I wouldn't be without it. I need that changing bag like I need my glasses. Alot! Yet, I do still sometimes forget it!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

2015 Review In Photos

What a year 2015 has been. I'm keeping this simple as I'm aware that I am far too wordy. So, enjoy my photographs!


Lovely stroll at the Park the day before our 12 week scan.


Always knew he was a cool dude. Here he is in his Italian sun glasses that his Auntie Maria brought him.


I remember this day really well. We popped to the park for a quick hour and ended up playing in this sandpit for 4 hours.


A lovely afternoon spent in Birmingham. I remember feeling very rough this day. But, being cheered up by the tribe.


 Days spent in the garden are Moses favourite sort of days. He loves the outdoors and was particularly fond of tadpoles at this point.


Our beautiful baby girl was born and our hearts were fuller than ever before. This was the morning just after her 7pm birth.


Our first holiday as a family of 4. So lovely.


 My birthday month and my gorgeous bestie treated me to the day at Warwick Castle.


I finally got a photograph of the 3 of us.


A really lovely walk had by the 3 of us +swans.


Little girls first painting session with her brother, painting with dinosaurs.


Big boy room, big boy bed.

Here's to 2016. To family, friends and good health. Have a Gooden'!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Making Wrapping Paper With The Kids

Yes, I know the biggest wrapping event of all time, Christmas has gone. But, we all have Birthdays to wrap for don't we? And, what a better way to wrap than with the wrapping paper that your kiddies helped to make and design.
Super simple. Yet, super fun.

You Will Need The Following:
  • A large roll of paper. Be it brown paper, plain paper, wall paper? The choice is hours.
  • Paint. The colours that you desire.
  • Paintbrushes, stamps, rollers or whatever you choose to use.
  • Little feet and little hands.
Now, roll out that paper, squirt that paint and go have fun. (Don't forget to let it dry before wrapping your goodies.)

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Accepting Your Baby Has Turned 3

My baby boy turned 1 - Okay, I can handle this. You know, it's cute. My baby boy turns 2, yup I think I can handle this. I mean, come on he's still my baby. He then turns 3. Nope. Just no. I cannot, most definitely not handle this. Now, this is too much. Suddenly, this little boy that I carried on my hip in my arms all the time, doesn't exactly need that any more. I mean, he still needs a cuddle. But, its a big boy cuddle now. You see, that now is what he calls himself. 'A big boy'. And, he is now really isn't he? He is a big boy. Three, just sounds so ... big.
I'm still in a little bit of shock that my baby is growing up. And, growing up so so quickly. Don't get me wrong, I love and adore the boy he is turning into. Of course I do. He is amazing. But, I miss the little baby he once was. It seems to have flown by. I blinked and he grew up.

Right, he is 3. I have to man up. Accept and embrace it. But, how? Let me tell you how.
  1. Look into his eyes and see the baby that he still is. He still needs you. He is 3. Not 13. He needs the cuddles, the snuggles send the juggles as much today as he did yesterday.
  2. Remember that he needs to grow up. He can't be a baby forever. He needs his mind and body to expand. Let him do that and enjoy it. Enjoy watching him learn and embrace the fact that his mind is expanding.
  3. He is still kissable. Trust me. His cheeks are still screaming for your kisses. So, give him them.
  4. Listen to him. When he says things for the 26th time, listen. Remember how quick time flew to get to 3. Well, don't let it fly by again. Don't ignore him. I know there is only so many times you can hear him ask you the same question. But, take a deep breath and answer.
  5. Enjoy him. Stop worrying and fretting about the baby that has grown and enjoy the big boy you now have. He is lovely and always will be. In fact, he will continue to get lovelier and lovelier each day. Enjoy him, enjoy him, enjoy him.

Moose, you're now my little big 3 year old. And, you know what I would not change you for the world. Not for the world. I love your little legs that are now big legs and I am loving watching the journey they are taking you on.

2016 Brings This Vow To My Children

And, there you have it 2015 gone in literally a heartbeat. Surely it can't just be me that is wondering where on earth that last year just went? And, why it went so quickly?
As this new year hurries on in are you like me left pondering on what more you could have done, achieved and succeeded in? I can't help myself. I am a very positive person. But, I hate the thought that I let something slide or an opportunity was missed. Perhaps I didn't give 100% when I needed to or something along those lines.
Was I the best Mother that I could be, Wife, Friend, Daughter, Sister? Did I make time for others and time for myself? Was I there when my children needed me most? Or did I misread the signs and scold them as apposed to hold them?
Looking back shouldn't be like this. I need to stop with the negative jabbing at myself and stop wagging the finger in my general direction. 2015 happened and to be fair it was a pretty good year. I had my family, friends and health. What more could a girl want? Exactly!
And, it is with that in mind that my 2016 vow to the kiddies has been created. Allow me to divulge.

Children, this year, 2016 I vow the following to you. I vow to always be there for you. Any time of the day, anywhere with all my attention there infront of you. If you need me, I'm there. I vow to take notice and watch you when you grow. Sometimes its easy to miss a roll, a new sound, word or giggle. But, this year I'm going to watch you like a hawk and take notice. I will notice when you say your 'S' properly. I will notice when you count passed 10. I won't let the world get in the way of you. Quite frankly, nothing that goes on in this world is greater than you, my children. I'm going to make you smile, laugh and chuckle every single day. And, allow you to breathe air that is fresh and clean. I'll stand by you as you take in the view and enjoy the City around you. I'll watch you as you change and love the person that you turn into more and more each day. I won't hold you back. I won't stand in your way. I won't make things hard for you. I'll fight to make the tough manageable. I'll help you understand when things seem unfathomable. I vow to make this year fun and memorable. A year full of laughter and happiness. Colourful and bright. I vow to be the best Mom that I can possibly be. If some days I fail, I vow to look back, see this, learn from it and improve. Most of all. I vow to love you both unconditionally every second of every minute of every hour of every day. Never doubt it. Never.
Here's to 2016. A year that I hope brings happiness for all. Lets raise a glass for everyone!