Well it's happened, I have hit that stage in blogging where I am suffering with writers block and its proving a nightmare to get out of it - doesn't it always! 

I know everyone in all walks of life suffer with it on more than one occasion so I know I'm not alone here but it's super frustrating when I had finally found my flow then suddenly I find myself sat staring blankly at my laptop. I've experienced it many times in the past and with it being such a pain to deal with at times, moving on has proved extremely difficult and I have ended up taking such a hiatus from my blog for months on end - once I've hit that point there' just no turning back. Well, there is but just not easily. I don't want to be giving up that easy this time around. 

There's currently a few questions niggling at me with where or how do I move forward from this writers block, it's not like the ideas aren't there, they are but when it comes to physically typing up blog posts I suddenly hit a blank and think it's not me anymore or you may find it boring. 

I've changed so much as a person this last year (how many times do we say this?!), mainly down to becoming a mum and it has left me questioning what I want my content to look like and if I steer in a certain direction, will I become un-relatable to my current audience? I know there's so many of you out there that will be interested in motherhood and similar topics so I will be opening up a door to a whole host of new readers but it is sad to know you may not find me interesting anymore or you're not in the same stage of life which is OK. I guess you can see the predicament that I am in haha. 

So how do I or anyone else with writers block or lack of creativity move on? 

Let's start with the simplest solution - move yourself away from the situation/work. Step up from your notebook/computer/phone and leave the room to grab a drink, snack or step out in the fresh air for five to ten minutes. It could be just a small lack of concentration as your brain is tired from overthinking or second guessing yourself. 

Or you may need a bit more time away from the situation that's left you with writers block. For me I've spent a good few weeks picking up my laptop, start typing and then instantly deleting it, so I decided that I wasn't in the right head space for this and found creativity in other things such as trips out, playing with my son or even cooking and cleaning which will take my mind off what I was working on. Now, I'm kind of back with a post on suffering with writers block and all of a sudden my creativity is flowing and my writers block seems to have disappeared. 

Don't beat yourself up over it, everyone suffers with it from time to time. You just need to tell yourself that you need to break away from it and come back when you're ready. For me I need to decide on what content I want to work on moving forward. 

You'll always get there in the end :) 

Alice xxx 



Shall we talk about mum guilt? 

Experiencing guilt as a parent/carer/guardian towards your child(ren) is pretty common, I'd probably say it's something us parents experience more often than not but we don't like to reveal it as it could come across that we are maybe ungrateful or struggling. We actually feel guilt for feeling guilty - what's that all about? 

I was taken by surprise at how often I feel the mum guilt, it probably pops up in my head most days and it can be over something so small. It may be popping up more often at the moment because I'm on my last couple of months of maternity leave and I get overwhelmed at how little time we've got left together before he goes off to nursery and I go to work. 

Throughout pregnancy you're given advise from others, whether we ask for it or not, it's up to you whether you want to take it on board or not, however, mum guilt is something that has never popped up in a conversation unless we've brought it up after experiencing it. To this day, I am still wondering why that is the case.

So, what makes me have mum guilt? The list is pretty much never ending but here's a few examples of what goes around in my mind. 

1 - Am I leaving Wilf to play independently for too long? 

2 - Do I spend too much time on my phone, laptop or watching something on TV without Wilf having my full undivided attention? 

3 - Should I have got him out of his cot on a morning as soon as I first start to hear his noises rather than leaving him to chat to himself an extra five or ten minutes? 

4 - He doesn't have a lot of toys, will this affect his development? 

5 - We're still weaning on pouches with the odd finger food, am I lazy? 

6 - Should I have signed up to more baby classes? 

You get the gist. 

Guess what, my answer to all these are; your child needs to play independently as much as they need to play with you and other children. You need a bit of you time and not just in the evenings when your little ones go to bed, is your child happy and safe where they are, if yes then scroll on your phone for five/ten minutes, no one is going think you're a bad parent. What if you're responding to a work email, adding an item onto your shopping list or sharing a video to family and friends of the latest milestone. See what I'm getting at? 

Isn't it crazy how the smallest of things can creat the dreaded mum guilt! We must remember that there's zero competition between parents, what we see online (Instagram is the worst) or from what is mentioned when speaking to fellow mums/dads/carers/guardians, don't let that get to you and make you think you need to be just like them, what has gone wrong? Nothing - plain and simple. Why should we beat ourselves up about it when each baby is different; every milestone reached happens when it happens, there's no specific timeline you must follow - do not feel guilty! 

Now, I'm not here to tell you to never feel guilty, I just want to highlight that it's an emotion we all experience and that's ok. I just want you to know that there's no need to beat yourself up over it or feel guilty for feeling guilty like I said above, we just can't let it get us down. We're all in it together, let's hold each other up and say how amazing we all are at this thing called parenting! 

Alice xxx



I have really struggled when it comes to accepting my postpartum look and styling it, particularly in those early days. I found myself in a weird phase, obviously my pre baby clothes weren't going to fit but some of my maternity clothes didn't quite hit the mark either. 

From previous conversations I've had with people and what I've read from others on social media was that they felt like they had lost their identity post baby, I was always a little confused and thought I won't be like that - shock, I was and still sometimes am. 

It has taken you nine months to grow an actual human inside of you, you're body has been put through so much with skin stretching, organs pushed around and then the physical and how demanding it is to give birth, no matter if you've had a wonderful natural birth or an emergency or chosen c-section. (I'm trying not to add any negative connotations as you may be reading this with the impending due date looming. It is hard don't get me wrong but I would honestly do it all again and so many others do.) 

I'd say it's like a click of your fingers and you're body is expected to revert to how it used to be pre-baby; now we all know it may never be the same as what you were used to but that's perfectly ok. I had this stomach which looked bloated but wobbled (the weirdest sensation ever), I had deep red stretch marks across my hips, tops of my thighs and my lower stomach but these all tell a very special story. I gained three stone throughout my pregnancy and probably a little after I gave birth due to eating a lot of food; it was Christmas after all! I realised that a quick bounce back was not on the cards to me and it would take me a while to lose the weight, slowly but surely it is happening. 

I found it quite hard to feel myself, my pre-baby clothes were still packed away as they were waaaaay too small and my maternity clothes just didn't quite fit right. Some of the trousers/jeans wouldn't budge past my thighs and then the over the bump fabric didn't have the huge bump to support. So mu wardrobe had gone from quite the selection tin to around five items that were on rotation. I refused to order new clothes at first, as I mentioned earlier, I was adamant that my body would bounce back quickly, so I wasn't going to waste my maternity pay on items that would only last a few weeks to a month. 

Four month postpartum was when I started to feel a little more comfortable in myself, I knew what clothes suited me so I was happier in picking up one or two bits. I was conscious in what I bought, the midi/tiered dresses are extremely flattering to a whole host of body shapes which meant I could get these dresses in my usual size and I knew they would see me through a number of seasons and my changing body shape and size. 

I'm currently six months postpartum and I feel more like me and what I was pre baby. Yes, my body is a completely different shape, I'm still two to three dress sizes bigger but I can happily accept this and don't feel a huge need or rush to get back to what I was pre-baby. There's still times when I look at. myself in the mirror or try certain items on that I don't like what I see but then minutes later I'm like, life is too short who cares what others think, wear what you want to and be proud of what your body has just done. 

Alice xx 


Last week we finally got the chance to have our very first family staycation at Saltburn By The Sea. It was the most amazing week with the most incredible memories to cherish; exactly what the doctor ordered. 

We booked an apartment through Host & Stay, they're based all over the UK and had plenty accommodation across the coastal towns in North Yorkshire suitable for a host of different requirements. We picked an apartment which would be suitable for dogs as we were unsure if we were taking the two fur babies (which we decided against taking them for various reasons). It was pretty central with a two minute walk to the cafes, restaurants and supermarket and a five minute walk to the beach. Plus it was a half hour drive into Whitby which was one of the main reasons why we headed to North Yorkshire. Once booked, we soon realised it was above a pub and typically the week we went was the first week you could venture inside hospitality, however we really did not need to worry as it was lovely and quiet. 

The decor and aesthetics of the apartment was dreamy, definitely my kind of vibe with the interiors and I now want to re decorate some rooms in our house. As apartments go, it was extremely spacious with two decent sized bedrooms, with one featuring the coolest bunk beds, one luxurious bathroom and an open plan kitchen and living room. This was so helpful as we pretty much packed everything alongside our kitchen sink; travelling with babies is not that easy haha. It definitely was a home from home. 

We were extremely lucky when it came to the weather, despite the reports saying 80% chance of rain everyday, we were only caught out on the penultimate afternoon and the day we were heading home. In fact, on one of the days we were basking in 20 degree heat on the beach. 

Our main reason for a staycation in North Yorkshire and on the East Coast was to visit Whitby, along with having family members that live there, we just love what the seaside town has to offer with the quirkiness and gothic feels. However, we know that there are stunning seaside towns right along the East Coast that would be perfect to explore on our staycation. 

We picked Saltburn By The Sea as the area we would live at for the week, its a stunning seaside town with ample beach to stroll along with the tide not coming in until much later in the day. The only downside was, having a pushchair or if you were to have a wheelchair, it was not easy to get down to the beach, you had to make your way a very steep and winding road which is a killer to walk back up. There are cable cars to take you down but they were closed off which I think was down to covid than them being broken. I just loved the fact that when you went for a stroll on the sea front every morning the sea was a surfers paradise. 

Each day we ventured out of Saltburn to take in the sights of other smaller seaside towns like Sandsend, Staithes (another ridiculous hill to get down to the beach), Robin Hoods Bay and not forgetting Whitby itself. 

I find Whitby is so lovely but extremely busy, even when we went on a Tuesday in the middle of term time at schools. The beach however was lovely and quiet, we set up camp with our fish and chips before building sandcastles for the first time with Wilf. Although watch out for those pesky seagulls as they've got an agenda and let me tell you, they are beasts - bigger than my two pugs for sure. 

We've visited Whitby quite a bit and on previous visits we have found ourselves completing the town after an hour and we've never really been the people to just go and sit on the sand - well that and the fact we've always gone when it's raining. However, visiting the seaside with a baby is so different, you find yourself viewing the areas very different and you see the magic in everything! 

It really was the perfect week away, being beside the sea really is special and for some reason it helps take all your worries away. I'd highly recommend staying at Saltburn By The Sea, especially if you're travelling by car, you can hit all the other seaside towns within 15/20 minutes. If you are heading to North Yorkshire, I'd put some time to one side into researching the different areas as you can find some hidden gems. 

Have you managed to book a staycation? 

Alice xxx



Over the past six months I have started to become confident in my own skin and overcome the fear of leaving the house without any make up on to now being happy to be out and about bare faced.

It has been a long time to get to this moment and I can't believe it's taken three lockdowns and having a baby to finally realise that I'm happy with my face, yeah there's quite a lot of imperfections but who cares, pretty much everyone will have something they're uncomfortable with. Looking at it now, I don't believe it's down to caring what other's think of me, it's more about not being so harsh on myself, I've zero time to worry about these things as my priorities have changed. I mean, look, I've just shared a photo of myself on the Internet without wearing any makeup - who even am I?

Since I was a teenager, maybe even younger, I have suffered with bad acne. It got so bad that at one point I had to see my doctor and was prescribed some medication to try and help; this ranged from mild antibiotics as my immune system was too weak to fight them to different types of gels and creams. This resulted in wearing make up six or seven days of the week, mainly if I was leaving the house. I'm talking a heavy duty foundation and a mix of concealers to try and mask the breakouts, it didn't even matter if I would be only visiting family, I had to wear make up. 

As I've got older, my hormones have stabilised alongside my immune system and I don't need to be reliant on medication, I use skincare to maintain and/or help the breakouts. Still, I felt the need to wear make up religiously - well six out of the seven days as I'd allow my skin to breath for 24 hours at the weekend. However, it has all changed since the third lockdown and becoming a mum. Actually, I will put it down to being lazy more than anything and with my breakages being around my nose, chin and cheeks which can easily be hidden when wearing a mask. It has lead me to being way more comfortable in my own skin and it's made me realise that I now wear makeup because I like it and I want to create different looks, not the fact its for others and to hide my spots. Did you know, I can count how many times I've worn makeup since New Years Eve 2020 on both hands? 

It's mad to think it has taken something as serious as a pandemic and having a baby to make me realise this. I'm still nowhere near perfect and I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to the right skincare for me but I wanted to celebrate this moment and hope that I can inspire others to feel comfortable in their own skin too. 

Alice xxx



Buying a gift for a newborn or new parent can be tricky; there's always that worry that you're going to duplicate a gift or you just don't know what is suitable as you haven't experienced it yourself. I mean there's so much to choose from, especially when it comes to clothes, they're all just adorable. When I was buying gifts, I'd 100% pick ip some cute clothes whether they were practical or not and more often than not, they'd be in newborn or 0-3 months. 

Since having my own baby, it has really opened my eyes up to understanding what is the best gifts to receive, and they don't all have to be a physical gifts to hold or even cost a lot. That may not sound exciting but to a new parents it could be a godsend. 

1. Nappies 

You might be laughing at me here reading this, but babies poop and wee a lot! At times we've gone through two to three nappies in one go as they like to shock you and do a wee during nappy change, not the one when you're half asleep at 2/3am. Any new parent would be extremely grateful if you came loaded with a few packs of nappies; just make sure you find out what brand and size they use. 

2. Formula 

Some mums may be breastfeeding so it's worth knowing this beforehand. But for those new parents who are bottle feeding, ask them what brand they use and when you next visit them and their bundle of joy, take a tub or two of the formula they use. You go through so much formula, it's always handy for having the extra stock in the cupboard. 

3. Rockit 

This crazy invention is heaven! 

Whoever created it needs a million awards thrown at them. I didn't know it existed until my sister and brother in law let us borrow theirs. This contraction is only small, but it attaches to prams, Moses baskets and bedside cribs and vibrates to mock the rocking sensation of what any parent would usually do to settle their baby. They can come up quite pricey so it's worth shopping around until you can find a decent deal. 

4. Clothing in bigger sizes 

Okay, I know what you're thinking, I have just said there's better gifts than clothing and to some degree that is true. However, it is always useful to buy something in a bigger size as the parents or parents to be will pretty much have newborn and 0-3 covered but may not have started on 3-6 and 6-9 months. One thing to bear in mind if doing this is to figure out what season it will be when the size is suitable; there's no point buying a knitted jumper when it will be summer when they turn that age. 

5. Freezer Meals 

This is more for the parents than baby - obviously! If you turn up with a couple of freezer meals then your friends/loved ones will be so happy. Sometimes in the first few weeks, cooking meals can go out the window and who wants to head out to a supermarket with a newborn (I can't speak, we ventured to our supermarket four days after giving birth as I wanted to go somewhere at that was easy). 

6. Baked Treats 

It doesn't even need to be homemade, shop bought is just as delightful. It doesn't even need to be baked goods; chocolate, crisps or biscuits will be just as good. That little pick me up might be just what the new parents needs especially after a night of no sleep. Again, these could be dropped off by the front door, they don't need to be especially for a visit. 

7. Coffee 

This can go down so well! New parents always love a good cup of coffee after a sleepless night, can always be decaf if the new mum is breastfeeding and unsure on how much caffeine they want to consume. You don't even need to do it when you've got a planned visit, a quick ring of the bell and a coffee on their doorstep is such a lovely gesture. 

8. Offer to do jobs 

Something that costs nothing but is priceless to any new parent is the offer to do their washing, hoover up or just do the odd dust around. These things can get pushed to one side when you're fresh out the hospital with a newborn. They may say no, but if you just head to the kitchen and wash the pots they will be so happy that it's one less job for them to worry about when they've managed to get the newborn off to sleep. Although, there's always that line you don't want to cross where it could sound offensive if you're hinting that their house may be a mess. 

9. Walk the dogs 

It may sound silly to you but if they have a dog, offer to take them for a quick walk around the block. Those few minutes of sitting around in the house with all their attention on their little bundle of joy without the guilt of knowing their firstborn (pooch) hasn't had their daily walk. 

10. Coffee and Gossip 

Something that everyone is used to doing at some point during their day, but for any new parent its maybe something they're missing out on in the early days. Particularly when the other parents has gone off to work or if they're a single parent, there's only so many gurgling and high pitched noises you can cope with before going stir crazy. This more so now we are coming out of lockdown! 

If you know of someone who's due to have a baby soon, I hope this blog post has been helpful. As mentioned earlier, these are things that I would have never thought of until having my own baby even though they're so obvious. 

Alice xxx



Shall we discuss maternity styling?! 

Ok, I know I'm no longer pregnant but I am very passionate about this topic. I wanted to discuss my journey of styling my changing body, growing bump and what I actually think about maternity fashion- you really don't want to be clicking away! 

It's fairly easy to "hide" a bump in the early days, to be fair I barely had a bump until I was around four months and even then I just looked like I had one too many packet of crisps. It is so easy to get carried away with the idea of needing a brand new wardrobe and discovering what your favourite celeb or blogger wore during their pregnancy. Yes it is fantastic to get inspiration as that definitely helped me but personally, I couldn't justify spending a fortune on clothes that I'd wear for a few months and then throw into the back of my wardrobe just incase I had a second child - let's face it, we all know the items would be out of fashion by then. 

Not only that, but I actually found maternity fashion quite bland and ridiculously expensive. Zero shops stocked them in store (although heads up, Asda and Primark currently have a maternity range in store) so it was difficult to know what suited and fitted you. The amount of trips I had to make to the post office in the middle of a pandemic because all the items I had to order online weren't suitable or didn't fit was ridiculous. 

Every top seemed to be stripy or have the wording 'mama' plastered across the front - original! Season after season the collections still seem to the exactly the same but the odd dress or jumper will be thrown in. Even the celeb collaborations you see with certain brands always showcase the exact same pieces but may follow a different colour scheme. You're pregnant, not losing your sense of style or personality. 

I made the decision to only purchase a few essential maternity pieces that I knew I would wear daily and throughout the nine months. After that you can size up in non maternity pieces but find items that will grow with your bump and also what you can wear postpartum too. 

Here's my three go to maternity items you need in your wardrobe: 

1. Jeans - there's no way in hell you can squeeze your ass into your regular fit even if you size up. It's all about the super comfy fabric waistband that either sits under the bump or goes over. I found the latter was so much better later on in pregnancy and even post pregnancy too! 

2. Leggings - For the first few months I just bought a size up in my non maternity style (high waisted River Island leggings for the win) but you do need to venture for a maternity fit as you'll end up living in these towards the end. Comfort is key! 

3. Bras - I only picked up a couple of nursing bras and then invested in some bra fastening extenders so I could get away with my pre pregnancy bras. Let's face it, your boobs get bigger and you also get wider! 

You could also debate a coat if you're pregnant in winter, I personally didn't as I never fasten my coats up (weird I know) and as I was due early December, I wouldn't have a bump for those really cold winter months. 

Apart from the odd maternity dress and skirt I picked up in a sale, the majority of my wardrobe was non-maternity but sized up, as I knew that I could wear these after the arrival of baby too. My staple pieces were knit midi skirts from Primark as they're super soft, stretchy and excellent quality for the price of them. I then sized up to either a L or XL in tops and added a knot in them at the front so they would sit just above my bump when wearing my midi skirt or they would work with my leggings too. 

In terms of footwear, I got away with wearing most of my shoes/boots/trainers until the 7/8 month mark where my feet finally swelled. After that I lived in my trainers as they worked so well with my midi dresses and skirts. Find a pair which is soft under foot and lace up so you've got room for growth - this definitely happens!! 

Alice xxx

Four Months As A Mum


My first blog post as a mum, pretty weird hey! I guess it's time to give you the lowdown on how the first four months has gone.

It has been such a whirlwind but an incredible one at that, with everything I expected it to be as a mum and yet it has been very different to what I had anticipated. Weird hey. 

The first third of our boys life and our time as new parents has been stuck in lockdown which I have got to admit has been quite a blessing in disguise. It's allowed us to soak up all the newborn goodness to ourselves and settle into life as a family without any distraction from the world which you could say is a little selfish but I'd say is perfectly acceptable in those circumstances. However, it has been extremely difficult to not share our beautiful little boy with our family and friends in person or even make new friends at all the baby classes. 

Fellow parents, those days are now upon us - hoorah! 

For someone who has always been maternal and spent many years around my young nieces and nephews, I did find myself second guessing a lot of things - was he drinking enough, is he warm enough, why is he making that noise, should he be crying this much and should he be doing that? 

The answer probably is a yes, that is all normal. 

Those first few weeks at home were a bit of a blur; we spent a lot of it awake as he was a little night owl and only settled in our arms rather than his crib. Our money was well spent on that rocking bedside crib .... not. Those 2/3am mornings during my pregnancy thanks to insomnia certainly made the sleepless nights much easier, well that along with Netflix and copious amounts of tea and biscuits. About a month in, speaking to fellow parents and through trial and error, we soon discovered how he felt the most comfortable at night and managed to get a pretty decent nighttime routine going. 

These routines do change regularly, so be very prepared for that. I would say from our own personal experience, they do get much easier to deal with but that could be down to growing and learning as a parent as the months go along. 

Not only do you see a change in routines but you also see a massive change in your little one and it is so magical to see them grow and develop into the cute little characters. By week six we noticed the biggest difference in him; not only was he feeding and sleeping better but he suddenly had a growth spurt and became extremely aware of his surroundings and he started to use his senses so much more. It was like you clicked your fingers and bam he was a completely different baby. 

That first smile is absolutely incredible, again this came completely out of the blue and we spent the next few days doing anything and everything no matter how silly you look just to get him to smile again - then all of a sudden they just smile at everything which melts you every time. 

Skip a few more weeks and your little bundle of joy giggles away, is strong enough to lift their head during tummy time (this doesn't go down very well in our house haha). He's started to acknowledge the dogs and if they're close enough he will move his hands cross their fur or just pull it out in clumps and he's so, so close to rolling over onto his side. 

Moving on from baby, it's time to discuss the change in you as a mum or as the health team call it, the fourth trimester. As mentioned earlier, I have been around babies for the majority of my adult life and I honestly thought I was fully prepared for what was to come. No one really tells you about this part, you're supported throughout your whole pregnancy and yes you have visits from midwives and then health visitors after birth but you're barely supported during recovery. 

Shall I start with hormones? 

Wow, I literally cried at everything, here's a couple of examples; we tried setting up the prep machine, for some reason we didn't quite figure it out properly and I just burst into tears. At around three weeks after birth I looked over at Wild and cried because he had changed so much since the first moment I saw him - Martyn laughed and so did I a little later. 

My recovery physically was hard and I'm still not back to how I was pre baby or even how I felt during pregnancy. In one sense I am shocked at how hard it has been and yet I'm not surprised as you grow a baby for nine months your body isn't going to go back to normal straight away. Throughout my pregnancy I suffered quite bad with PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) and have just discovered that you can continue with this post pregnancy too so am currently on the waiting list to receive some physio to ease the pain. The list goes on but I won't bore you with them, plus I don't want to put you off from having a baby or scare any parents to be. 

After all of that, I wouldn't change anything for the world and if we are fortunate enough in the future (a long way off though) I'd put myself through it all again. 

If you're expecting a little one very soon, good luck and soak every little thing up as it is incredible :) 

Alice xxx