• finding calm in a busy world
    Parenthood

    Finding calm in a busy world

    Full time travel caught up with me about a month in.  We had landed in Colombia after a three week stay in a beautiful house in Orlando, Florida.   By comparison, Colombia was busy, noisy and our apartment was small.  I felt completely overwhelmed.  It was a sensory and emotional overload.   For a few days, I felt completely destabilised.  I was in a low mood, anxious and stressed.  All I wanted to do was stay indoors and hide from the busyness that was going on in the world.   However, that busy world was the world that I had come all this way to see.  I wanted to get…

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    UK Bloggers Christmas Competition

    Christmas is all about the kids.  The magic, the excitement, the parties, the presents, the advent calendars.  The list goes on.   Parents, in all of this, can feel neglected.  You put in most of the work.  Those presents don’t wrap themselves and sure as hell, those kiddies don’t arrive at the parties in Christmas themed outfits by themselves.   That’s why I am a strong believer in treating yourself over the Christmas period.  Have an extra mince pie or two, maybe open the Baileys a bit early.  It’s a stressful time of year.  You need a little pick-me-up.   Hence, I’m super excited to present to you this giveaway…

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    Food Life,  Parenthood

    5 pesto meals that your kids will eat

    I’m writing this from Colombia.  So far on our trip around the world, we have been to the USA (New York, Washington DC and Orlando) and Cartagena, Colombia.   The sights we have seen and the things we have done are already incredible, but we are falling short on one goal.   We really wanted to broaden our kids’ experience of food.  Unfortunately, like at home, we have defaulted to the classic: pesto pasta.   In an attempted to get them to eat more “exotic” food, we have found ourselves getting slightly more creative with how we use pesto.   Therefore, in this slightly tongue-in-cheek article, I am going to…

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    Food Life

    Eating gluten free and travelling

    First up, I haven’t quite made it around the world yet.  But I have learnt a lot about eating in different countries and that eating gluten-free and travelling is possible.   Having coeliac disease was a bit of worry when it came to planning our around the world trip.  I was concerned that I would only be living off fruit for a year.  I like fruit, but with other stuff like ice cream.  Ha!   But, to me, needing to eat gluten-free was not a good enough excuse to not got travelling.  To be fair, there aren’t a lot of reasons that I could think of that would be good…

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    Homeschooling around the World

    Of all the posts, I have ever written for this website this feels the most pretentious from the start.  Therefore, I’m going to apologise now but write it anyway.   For those of you that don’t know, we currently one month into a year-long trip around the world.  You can follow our journey and experiences here.   To do this trip, we made the decision to defer Emily’s start to school.  She should have started reception in September, but the husband and I felt that this little jaunt would be better.   Therefore, we have found ourselves homeschooling our big girl as we go.  Or at least trying to homeschool…

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    Reflections on Tandem Breastfeeding

    Before my second child was even conceived I had dreams of tandem nursing.  That is breastfeeding two children at once.  Given that twins were unlikely and that I already had one child it seemed realistic to expect that this would manifest in feeding two children of different ages.   Doing the research on tandem feeding After the initial turbulence that was getting my firstborn to actually latch on and get some milk out of my humungous breasts, I fell in love with breastfeeding.  I wanted to know as much about it as I could and set myself a personal challenge to find out everything.   Personally, I think I did…

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    What does Red Tent mean to me?

    I’ve been attending Red Tent for a little over a year now so it feels like the right time to reflect on what is “Red Tent”. This time last year I was struggling with the thought of returning to work after a year on maternity leave. I’d left my job full of excitement about my impending arrival and full of ideas about what I thought motherhood would be like. I was putting on hold that career driven, hardworking, fiercely ambitious side of me that had risen up and up in her job, through nothing but my own dedication. I was ruthless in achieving my goals and was absolutely determined to…

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    The life of a full time working mum!

    I’ll be honest this isn’t exactly my dream scenario. I’d love to be a stay-at-home mummy, playing with Emily, helping her to explore the world and comforting her when she’s sad. I’m jealous of all stay-at-home parents.   Dan is a stay-at-home dad, well ish. This was a tough decision. I really didn’t want to go back to work but everything said it was the best thing for our family. Me going back to work full time meant that financially Dan didn’t have to work at all, Emily would be at home with one or both of us at all times and best of all we would get weekends and…

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    Zero Waste Week

    This week is Zero Waste Week. What do they mean by zero waste? I hear you say. Well it is as simple as it sounds. The aim is to reduce or completely eliminate the amount you throw away. If you spend next to no time actually thinking about how much stuff you do chuck out, when someone tells you it is zero waste week you might be quite disgusted to think about what you do sling in the bin.   The Jessop household has been on the case of this for a while. Emily has reusable nappies and we don’t use wet wipes at all. I’ve made the switch to…

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    Why hello Aunt Flo!

    After a two year long absence, Mother Nature decided to pay me a visit last week and I was really happy to see her. Yeah I know periods can be a lot of faff! And yeah I can remember the cramping (God, do I remembering the cramping) and the mood swings and the greasy, spotty face and massive implications for eating one slightly unhealthy thing and yeah I remember all the sodding about with pads and tampons and choosing the right knickers etc. But over the last two years I’ve come to view my period differently. I overheard two of my year 11 students talking the other day. These two…