Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Weaning

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Weaning is a journey unlike any other – one full of trepidation, excitement and sometimes utter chaos. It should just be instinct, we should just be born with the ability and in-built knowledge to be able to eat a chip without choking on it. But these are babies we’re talking about and no such instinct exists. You start introducing your tiny one to new and exciting things and you open up the door to a whole heap of trouble.

We are now very much at the end of the weaning journey – we have a toddler who will eat pretty much anything you put in front of him, so long as he’s in the mood and I’ve even got to a stage where I might even turn my back on him whilst he eats his tea. Not for very long, mind. It wasn’t always like that though. Weaning was a tremendous pain in the arse and a process I found a bind almost from start to finish.

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What is the Best Baby Formula? (PLUS a $50 giveaway!)

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Our post title is kind of misleading. There’s no way on earth to determine the best formula for newborns (or indeed any baby) and we all know that – in the UK especially, the contents of them are largely the same, heavily regulated and they all taste rank. No seriously, have you ever tried formula milk as an adult? Yuck. This guide is more about the best baby formula for your circumstances and needs, if this is how you choose to feed your child.

I posted on this subject last week and frankly it took a lot out of me. This post, however, is more of an informative piece about what to look out for when choosing baby formula. Every newborn and every parent is totally different and it can be a bit daunting that when you’ve decided to formula feed your newborn, there are still a tonne of different brands and products to choose from. 

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The Unbearable “Failure” of the Formula Feeding Mum

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So a post went up on another site about the fact that they’ve decided not to promote formula milk on their blog. Of course, that’s their choice as to what they do and do not want to place on their part of the internet. I love that, I love that a blog gives you the freedom to talk about what you want and refuse to talk about what you don’t. I won’t be promoting dummies for example (not that I’ve been asked) – but way more blogs will, because they like them. Totally cool. This is not a “refusing to promote formula is incorrect” post. It’s really, really not.

However, I felt compelled to write something on the subject. An alternative viewpoint from someone who has decided to (and would totally continue to) promote formula feeding. One that I feel quite passionately about, because it explores the one part of my pregnancy experience that left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t normally do these type of in-depth posts… I’m not really into baring my soul to the internet but this is an exception.

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Introducing MAHI Leather

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In the Duxbury household, we love a good bag. Changing bag, suitcases, handbags, travel bags, you name it, we do a lot of research into getting the very best one. Our family is dotted around the country, so we find ourselves having to pack up and bugger off for a weekend more than most families and we’ve found that as Short Rib is getting older, he requires a little less baggage space than her used to.

So, we’ve been in the hunt for another weekend bag; one that’s big enough to fit all of our stuff in it, without it being too bulky or heavy that it becomes a chore to lug upstairs. It’s difficult, to be honest. Unless you’re in the market for a proper suitcase (which we are not!) then a lot of the market is saturated with either backpacks, or those massive oversized handbags which don’t really fit any purpose.

Then, we found MAHI Leather.

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Why Am I Awake?

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Why Am I Awake

Sometimes, we have those sorts of nights where for whatever reason, sleep is not happening. We may desperately want or need it to but you’re sat there, wide awake and your brain is racing with ideas, thoughts and worries that you cannot seem to shake. Earlier this week, I had one such night where the two men of the house were asleep and I was just up. Up and not about either, which sort of annoyed me, because I could have and should have got some jobs done.

Instead, I lay there. Asking the same question of myself over and over again.

“Why am I awake?”

I’ll tell you why I’m awake.

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The Difference A Year Makes

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The Difference A Year Makes

We’re well into the “New Year, New You” phase of 2017. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon with my latest attempts to lose weight and jack in the takeaways. However, what I want to concentrate on this year is the things that people accomplished over the past year. The things that my fellow bloggers couldn’t do a year ago, but now can. Small wins, big wins, they all count in this post. It’s amazing the difference one year can make.

So if you’re still not sure whether to even bother giving it a go this year, have a look at a couple of these little tidbits that show you any goal is worth working towards.

So I asked a bunch of fellow bloggers what they can do now that they couldn’t at the beginning of 2016.

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