89,000 entries and THIS photograph of the gorgeous Julia and her precious two-week-old baby boy has been short-listed in the Being Mum category of #thepipas2019
I'm OVER THE MOON...
3 181 hour ago
#AD I f**king love you 😀 I don’t think I can think of a better song lyric to describe how much I love Naya!
She honestly brightens up my day and there’s no one on this world that I would rather travel the world with!
It’s amazing how much love you can have for one person!
Have you heard @Bazzi - iFLY? It’s so catchy!
Head on over to my stories and have a listen 👂! #iFLY
Did you know it World Car Free day today? 🚘 In celebration of a wheel-free weekend, there are myriad of marvellous family-friendly activities happening across the capital including @connaughtvillage family-friendly Connaught Village Imagines. Utterly FREE, tube it over to Connaught Village between 12pm-5pm to enjoy a series of free workshops, activities and games across the traffic-free streets of this beautiful, relaxed village near Hyde Park.
From plant and craft workshops 🌸 to children’s pony rides🐴, join the likes of @pan_n_ice, Markus Coffee, Stuzzico and @mudaustralia for fabulous foodie fixes and there’s even a few cheeky bubbles from De Roemer for ma and pa🥂 With 200 play streets set up pop up across London’s car-free roads and the chance to celebrate local commerce and communities, London Car Free Day is a day to put people first on London’s streets and make positive change to our environment.
For today's #saturdayplay we're moving things outside to make the most of what is possibly the last bit of gorgeous Summer weather here in London. Time to hit the park!🛹
Once your child has learned to walk and balance on uneven ground, it's time to further develop their gross motor skills by helping them to jump, hop, climb, run and ride on toys with wheels. You can help your child along by holding their hands as they jump off a step, or have them hold onto climbing bars and swing the body. (Support the child at the hips if necessary.) You can put a stick on the ground for the child to jump over, in order to introduce the concept. You can sit them a small ride-on toy (with wheels) or a skateboard and have them push backward and forward with their feet. And definitely make use of a balance beam if your local park has one - encourage and help them them to walk across it.
You can continue this development at home by helping your child climb on a jungle gym or pile up a few pillows and/or empty boxes for them to climb on. Let your child jump and bounce on an old mattress or walk across an air bed. You could even have a go at creating your own balance beam with a long, sturdy wooden plank and help your child to walk across it.
If you try any of our Saturday Play's, do let us know how you get on in the comments, and if you have any questions or concerns at all regarding the development of your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us✨
Popped into the local @godsownjunkyard this morning. It’s such a Waltham Forest gem. It’s totally free, you can now get a coffee there or wander across to get a beer at wild card brewery (I’m a mum so I’m always keen to go anywhere where I can get a alcoholic beverage 😂). It’s a sensory mind wiggle 🤗🤯🤗🤯 for little ones too. Margot loves the lights and pointing at things (pointing is a new thing for us). There is stuff everywhere. It’s just a super cool place to go! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FREE.
It was everything I could have wanted. We spent all day out touring, visiting, seeing, learning and educating ourselves. We went to museums, admired the view and shopped. We had fun, made memories and most importantly were able to relax. •
Although I am completely exhausted (and fighting off a cough/cold), I am happy and relaxed. I feel ready to begin a new year of studying (ask me again next week 😝). •
I know it is much easier than it sounds, but taking a break when things get too much is so important. It doesn't have to be a holiday abroad, it can just be to sit in the garden for 20 minutes and not think about the laundry that needs doing, emptying the dishwasher, making supper, sorting out the kids.... etc. •
Try it. Clearing your mind is not just important but crucial to your upkeep as a living person. Do it. And regularly.
I feel like my days are lived at a faster speed than I have ever imagined, does anyone else feel like this? .
Anyways, today we went to check out 'Void' by @dantobinsmith and @tem.studio. A selection of gemstones which date back millions of years are brought to life through large scale projections. It was almost pitch black in there but so cool to lay in the middle and watch the colours, textures and sounds perform in the screens above with my little gem!💎
Two full days with these two! And after a full week at school for both of them! Oh boy, I can't wait! I've been planning the weekend since Monday - is that crazy? ☺🤣🙈
And if you are curious, tomorrow we are going to the @totallythames festival, hoping to also help clean up Thames (not sure if we can make it in time as my daughter has her first ballet lesson tomorrow morning, but we shall see). If you are in London, maybe you can join us! 😉
Sunday includes tons of chill out and play and a kids movie, but it might also include a visit to the History of Board Games exhibition and a bbq, depending on how we feel after tomorrow 😊
What are your plans for the weekend?
It's Open House this weekend! Lots of buildings usually closed to the public are opening their doors this Saturday and Sunday or allow you to explore parts where you are usually not allowed. Check the website for details, it also lists if there are family activities, such as the case at Burlington House/Royal academy of arts this weekend!
Download the app or look on london.open-city.org.uk
Happy Friday!🕺🏻Feels like it has been the longest week with juggling deadlines at work, nursery runs, broken sleep and building repairs on our home. ⠀
On the upside I found out I was successful in getting a new role and it’s our 5 year wedding anniversary 💃 💍⠀
On the downside me and the kid are sharing a cold #sharingiscaring 🤧⠀
So we are going to escape the hammering and the dust and go spend some time our new favourite hang; the local library 📕📙📒📗📘
VOID by Dan Tobin Smith & The Experience Machine. ⠀
Collins Music Hall, Islington (FREE) until Sunday 22nd Sep.⠀
WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?⠀
An immersive, multi-sensory experience that explores the imperfections in gem stones. Tobin’s obsession is brought to life through a series of large-scale projections, accompanied by harmonised layers of the human voice. It’s set in a forgotten, underground theatre, making it all the more atmospheric... we felt like we’d been transported to a parallel universe ☄✨⠀
WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM?⠀
First off, a heads-up - it’s pretty dark down there, which some little ones might find a bit scary. J absolutely loved it though and was totally mesmerised by the sounds and projections. We sat in the middle of the screens, laid back together and watched the colours and textures transform above us. Was pretty special ♥️. We also saw a few babes in slings who were similarly entranced, so reckon it’s a great baby sensory alternative 🙌⠀
A note: there are lots of stairs, so this isn’t one for buggies.⠀
Any other London Design Festival #leveller gems we should squeeze in this weekend?
22 3220 September, 2019
MOTHERS RISE UP 📢 We spoke with a mum from the climate crisis action group Mothers Rise Up to learn more about who they are, what they're doing and how we can ALL get involved (kids included). Please click on linkinbio and read this Q&A.
They'll be at the Climate Strike tomorrow and they've organised a family event on Monday with a twist on popular children's songs! Details in the post.
Ever heard of the term “Sharenting”? It refers to the constant use of social media by parents to share contents mainly about their children. It is mostly associated with sharing very personal information considered as too much information.
Do you think it is okay to constantly share pictures of your kids online? Please share your thoughts
Helping parents raise kids with healthy digital lives
Sticky Fingers 😋 .
Yesterday we were invited to @stickyfingers and had a lovely little lunch! It’s a lovely family restaurant in Kensington and right by Holland Park (our favourite park with the Peacocks)
Check out our review live on the blog - link in bio 😎 🍴
[complimentary meal and drinks]
I'm writing this whilst dashing to work but just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the latest exhibition @tate Modern. In Real Life is a fun retrospective of Olafur Eliasson, known for his giant sun in the Turbine Hall and melting glaciers. I had high hopes after visiting his rainbow panorama in Aarhus this year, and this show was even better than I expected! It playfully explores sensory perception, nature and the climate emergency. Highlights include giant kaleidoscopes, indoor rain, rainbow shadows, and a long multicoloured fog corridor. Pictured is In Real Life, a new work never seen before.
The show has a touchable moss wall, lots of interactive artworks and a huge table filled with construction toys at the end. I'll be back with the kids for sure! Book now though as I guarantee this will be the must do show of the summer.
Getting evil stares for walking and typing😂 so will write more soon. Some videos up on stories 👆 and I'll share more later this evening. #OlafurEliasson#tate@studioolafureliasson
🔹Family holibob. If you've been listening to my stories you'll know that we've been a bit disappointed with the resort we're staying at. However, aside from the moaning, were having a great time as a family & with our friends. Good company outweighs sticky floors sometimes 🤣
🔹This holiday feels so different to the trip we took when Dhian was 4 months. I was exclusively breastfeeding then, he wasn't on solids, we had zero routine, he couldn't even sit up so this holiday has meant a lot more planning, packing and remembering things when we leave our room! He's much more reactive now though and is totally taking in the environment which is so fun. He's legit living his best life.
🔹Ultimately I'm grateful were able to get away. Money is tight on mat leave which is why we get vexed when you don't get the service or quality of stay you've paid for, but I'm fully aware that actually to have been on two holidays on maternity leave is a privelege and I'm so lucky I've been able to have this time away from Hounslow with my babes.
🔹Finally, I've had enough of prakash's snoring and I'm going to make him get surgery when I get back because I AM DONE. 🤣
Thought it's about time I did an intro post, as I've noticed we are over 1000 here and I've never written an intro post 🙈
So here are a few things about me:
🖍 I've been living in London for 5+ years - I moved here with my husband, my 1yo son at the time, and 2 pieces of luggage, and we knew only two people in the whole city
🖍 as a kid I was the master of Goblins, Alladin, Volfield, Minesweeper (anyone else remember those? 😉)
🖍 while growing up, I've always wished for a sibling, never had one, so I promised myself I would have at least two kids - luckily my husband agreed, so we have a son and a daughter
🖍 I am a supporter of babywearing, baby led weaning, cloth diapers and VBAC - and also of women's right to make informed decisions
🖍 I don't like to wear black clothes and I chose to have only 2 pair of shoes 😁
🖍 I never iron my clothes - or any clothes actually 😅
🖍 I grew up by the sea, so now I search for it everywhere we go - and I have itchy feet 🖍 I never enjoyed reading the books of Jules Verne (read two, then gave up)
🖍 the only meat I eat is chicken (and seafood)
🖍 I've recentlt learned how to do French braid for my daughter on YouTube as I never had long hair as a kid
🖍 I started this account thinking IG is about pretty photos - I then learned it's about so much more 😉
And if you've read this far, I'd love to learn a bit about yourself too in the comments below 🤗