How to Keep Your Head When your Baby has a Cold – My Top 5 Tips

Miss EEE being poorly is an anxiety nightmare for me and this got me thinking about what advice I would offer other anxious mums to help them look after their overactive Mama mind as much as their baba’s little nose! Read on for what I do to try and keep my head together when my precious little girlie is all bunged up.

Recipe – Zesty Chicken Stir Fry

Are you looking for a midweek meal that really packs a punch in the flavour stakes? This Zesty Chicken Stir Fry recipe delivers every time. It’s a joy to make as the sizzling aromas will transport you to somewhere far away from everyday Mama life.

Cafe Review – No 197 Chiswick Fire Station (Chiswick, London)

My cafe reviews are designed to help an anxious Mama plan ahead. From one mentally illuminated new parent to another.

A firm Earwicker family favourite this modern big space is suitable for a quick drink with your littl’un or a more leisurely meal with high chairs for bigger babies. It has great facilities for changing nappies and breastfed babies. Read on for the full review.

5 Senses: 1 Food Joy – Sugar Cane in Ethiopia

The ‘5 Senses: 1 Food Joy’ series immerses you in a joyful food experience from another place and time, for a bite sized moment of mum escapism! It uses a structure from a popular grounding technique, describing 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell and one thing you can taste.

Read on to escape the daily grind and transport yourself to an Ethiopian market, sharing sugar cane with the local children.

DIY Make – Budget Saving Easter Bunnies

Around Easter I had stopped receiving my statutory maternity pay and it sucked. I needed a fun Easter gifting solution that was kind to my purse. Read on to find out how to make these cute Easter gifts that won’t break the bank and will get your creative juices flowing!

Cafe Review – Churchfield Food Store (Acton, London)

My cafe reviews are designed to help an anxious Mama plan ahead. From one mentally illuminated new parent to another.

Churchfield Food Store in Acton, West London, is a cosy Italian deli come cafe which serves scrummy toasted ciabatta sarnies at a cheap as chips price and strong hot coffee. This makes it one of my favourite places for some Mum escapism time. Whether you are watching the world go by, enjoying some peace and quiet or sharing a snack with your little monster, read on for my full review.

4 Noise* Cancelling Foods (*read ‘Crying’)

OK, busted, this post is obviously a little tongue in cheek but I genuinely do believe that distraction is a good way of bringing down those cortisol levels induced by Miss EEE’s crying. For me the sound of my baby crying has been one thing sure to send my anxiety levels rocketing! If you’re anything like me, even if you know your pride and joy is perfectly safe and being comforted by your partner or another care giver, hearing them cry is simply unbearable and I don’t think I should apologise for that but it is important to find ways to manage this anxiety.

10 Must Have Plan Ahead Snacks for Your Hospital Bag

Anyone who has given birth in the NHS will tell you, the Tea and Toast afterwards is the best god damn toast you will ever eat. That said, I made sure I had plenty of nutritious extras in my hospital bag to make sure I kept my Mama mind nourished over the first 24 hours with Miss EEE. I needed to feel that I was giving my body and mind what it needed at a time I knew would be high octane.

Recipe – Oh So Easy Sweet Potato Wedges

This is so easy I’m not sure it even counts as a recipe! We make these for Miss EEE all the time. They are a great Baby Led Weaning option – to start off on their own or, as time goes on, as an accompaniment to the main event. The wedges are very squishy which makes them perfect! This recipe brings me food joy because it is so easy and nutritious for your little one.

Cafe Review – Kiss the Hippo (Richmond, London)

My cafe reviews are designed to help an anxious Mama plan ahead. From one mentally illuminated new parent to another.

Kiss the Hippo in Richmond, West London, is an uber trendy coffee bar which isn’t sniffy about letting Mamas and Babas join their calm little haven. Find out how I got on when I visited with Miss EEE.