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I’ve Changed.

Parenting / Jul 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

Before Bells was born, I really didn’t like kids to be honest 🙊. I remember having a whispered conversation with somebody at my baby shower, sharing my concerns that I was worried I wouldn’t like my own… something you don’t want to admit only a few weeks before your baby’s arrival. I was assured that everything would be different when it was my flesh and blood and I had no choice but to take their word for it. Thankfully they were right.

No matter how much somebody tells you that your life will change when you have a baby, nobody can prepare you for just how much that is the case. I’m not talking about the killer sleep deprivation or the length of time it takes to get out of the door (although these are both things are real issues!), I’m talking about the entire shift of your core.

As soon as you are holding your very own little person, a fierce protective instinct kicks in where you would do anything to ensure the safety of your child. It also becomes impossible to be selfish, every single decision that you make is based around them and their wellbeing, teaching you a level of selflessness that I could only ever have imagined. Most surprisingly, it teaches you a level of patience and forgiveness that still to this day puzzles me…. Bells can be SO naughty all day (the kind of naughty where 7pm can’t come soon enough!) and yet somehow, she always chooses just the right time to laugh along with a joke that Dickie and I are having to completely melt away the frustrations of the day, as if nothing had happened. Dickie will testify that no other person has this ability, including him! 😂

All of these changes occur and you don’t even realise that they’re happening, you genuinely don’t. You know that you don’t feel the same as you did before, but it’s often hard to put your finger on exactly what that change is. I now recognise that I’m not the same person as I was before I had Bells, and whilst I swore I wouldn’t change, I’m really OK with that…. this all coming from the girl who can’t remember the last time she bought Louboutins and spent 2 hours yesterday cleaning out spiders from a wendy house. I know?!?

M xox

NB: To all of the mums out there, I am not saying for one second that there aren’t moments where she drives me to total distraction, trust me, there are plenty.

NNB: Please note that just because I don’t remember buying Louboutins, doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like to *hint hint*.


A serious case of mum guilt

ParentingVideo / Jul 16, 2017 / 0 Comments
A serious case of mum guilt

Can there be anything worse as a mother than when your child falls and hurts themselves for the first time. You reach out to save them, but you’re just too late. Then you feel like you have to explain to every person that you run in to what happened in detail, just, you know, so that they don’t think you’re harming your child. That happened this week when Bells fell over on the woodchips in the play area of our garden. Cue drama.

Anyway, this week has been a bit of a non-event, but I thought that it would be nice to capture some of our ordinary every day. I hope that you enjoy.

As always, I’d love it if you could help to spread the word and to subscribe. Even better, leave a comment, I love hearing from you.

I hope that you’re having a great weekend.

Big love,

M xox

My One Year Old Won’t Eat

ParentingVideo / Jul 12, 2017 / 0 Comments
My 1 yr old won't eat

Hey guys,

So I should preface this video by saying that in no way am I a medical professional… if you’re worried that something might be wrong, always take your child to your doctor/health visitor for them to take a look.

Disclaimer out of the way, Bells has always been a really difficult eater… it’s her way or the high way. Independence levels have reached a whole new level of late and if you even try to think of helping her… let’s not go there.

However, about a month ago, we had a solid fortnight where she refused to eat anything. Like zilch. Zero. Any parent will tell you how distressing that is, when you feel like you’re failing at one of your main jobs!

Thankfully, she’s now much better, although by no means a big eater. I thought therefore that it would be good to document some of the things that we’ve tried that really help.

I hope that you found the video useful and if you’ve been there, I’d LOVE to hear from you in terms of what you tried that worked…

Big love for now,

M xox

A family day out to ZSL London Zoo

ParentingVideo / Jul 10, 2017 / 0 Comments
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In case you haven’t subscribed to my new YouTube channel (where have you been, it’s all that I’ve harped on about), you probably won’t have seen our most recent trip to ZSL London Zoo.

Days off as a family are rare, especially with Dickie’s unsociable hours and random shifts…. but one of the perks is having days off during the week when attractions like the zoo are less busy! We decided to seize the day and take a trip to the zoo last Monday and it was so much fun.

Bells is now at the age where she can really take everything in and she’s OBSESSED with animals. I can’t begin to explain how excited she was at the zoo. Why not grab a cuppa and take a couple of minutes to watch?

I hope that you enjoyed the video. In case you hadn’t seen, I’m also starting short snippets from our week over on Instagram, check out the hashtag #kentishdiaries. I’d love your feedback.

As always, thank you for your support, it means the world. Have a great week!

M xox

That time Bells/I was sent a Princess Party Pack…

ParentingVideo / Jun 19, 2017 /

In the lead up to Bells first birthday party, it struck me that I had no idea how kids parties work… I mean, I’m the first of my friends to have a baby and things have moved on somewhat since I was a little girl. Although, I should add that I’m not THAT old, promise.

Therefore, when I was contacted by the lovely folks from Disney Hallmark at Tesco offering to send us a Disney Princess Pack to celebrate their collaboration, I honestly nearly kissed the ground. Talk about good timing.


A few days later, the pack arrived and I’m not quite sure who was more excited, Bells or I. It contained everything that any princess could possibly need for a party; from plates and napkins right through to tiaras, wands, glitter pens, crafts and of course the all important cards that we were to go on to use as invitations. Perfectamondo. You can watch our unboxing here:

The pack was themed around Beauty & The Beast following their recent launch…. it’s literally my favourite children’s story of all time and so to say that I struggled to contain my excitement is an understatement.

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As you’ll know if you’ve subscribed to my YouTube channel, I’m really keen to capture our special moments for Bells to look back on when she’s older. I know that she’s too small to remember much for now but with it being her first birthday, I wanted a keepsake that she’ll be able to read when she’s older. Therefore I used one of the princess cards to write to her. I’m going to keep it as part of a time capsule and hopefully present it back to her when she’s 18.


In honesty, Bells is probably a bit too young to have fully appreciated the Kit, but her older cousin simply couldn’t contain her excitement. A week later and she’s still insisting on being called a princess and quite frankly, I don’t blame her.


The cards are truly magical and would be treasured by any little girl. I’m half tempted to frame them for her room! You can check out the full range here.


Also worth mentioning is that if your little one is interested in winning themselves and a friend a dress of their dreams (who wouldn’t want that?!?), Tesco are running a competition now that might be right up your street. It’s super easy to enter, just purchase any Disney card from a participating Tesco store, pick up a leaflet, create your design on the leaflet and send your entry to princessdress@hallmark.com. The closing date for entries is 21st May 2017, so don’t hang around!

Now, where did I leave my wand?

M xox

NB: This post was a collaboration and the pack had been supplied to us courtesy of Hallmark Disney at Tesco. I’m super grateful for the pack and would never write about something unless I truly liked it. Everything you read is authentic.