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When the royal bump makes as many headlines as the royal baby

So true, too much pressure put on mums to be ‘perfect’. Well if you ask me, my body is perfect because it carried my not so tiny Owlet to term safely, and delivered a healthy bundle of joy to me! Losing any baby weight hasn’t happened, possibly because I’m breastfeeding; who knows. Eventually I’ll focus on losing weight and being healthier, but you can be sure i wont be doing it because it’s expected!

Wine Country Mom

Big news hit this week when Prince William and Duchess Kate appeared with their new bundle of joy for the whole world to see. There was much ado about something – from the excitement over the new heir to the unofficial town crier.

But one thing that shouldn’t have made waves among news headlines and the wide world of the mommy blogosphere was Kate’s “bravery” in showing off her post-baby belly.

What a back-handed compliment that is, isn’t it?

It’s a sad day when “bravery” is the word used when a new mother is shown sporting the natural inflation of her belly one day postpartum – as if she should be expected to hide all proof of pregnancy once her baby is born. The honest truth is, bravery shouldn’t even be associated with the acceptance of this reality – that a swollen abdomen is the natural state of a woman’s…

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Busy busy month!

So, I’ve been very lazy with blogging, but very busy doing lots of other things!

We’ve started the garden well chopped down about 5 massive bushes, but are no where near ready for a vegetable patch yet! There is sooo much to do still! I should really take progress pics sometime!

We have made the full time leap to cloth nappies (except overnight)! I’ll write a full post about that soon!

We’ve made our dining room liveable! But we’ve decided to hold off on fully sorting it as with Owlet weaning, well lets just say anything we do sort will end up covered in a fine layer of squash!

Owlet has a new dietician, and she’s absolutely fantastic! We are finally being listened to and taken seriously. Again I’ll do a full post on this soon!

We’ve also sold:

Transformers toys: £13
Costume jewellery:£1.50
Badges: 20p
Bumbo: £10
Bottle Warmer: £10

Total so far £77.40

That and the weaning, and the heatwave, and well the lazy days with Daddy Owl now he’s home, and well we’ve had a pretty busy month!

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Clearing out and cashing in!

With Daddy Owl recently made redundant  our goals are now a little more challenging as money saving and living on a shoestring come into play… Challenge accepted!

This week our focus has been on sorting junk out to sell, i say junk, really i mean anything that we don’t use or need. We are keeping baby clothes, and items that may be useful if we decide to have more Owlets, but not much else.

We considered a car boot sale, but with Owlet being so little and

weather being so temperamental along with limited car space and Daddy Owl not driving we decided to use Facebook and local selling sites instead. Even though this may mean lower returns.

So far I’ve used excess baby items that were new to make 5 nappy cakes – i sold 3 of these for £5 each, and gave 2 to a heart charity for a fundraising event.

We’ve also sold:
A baby bath seat – £1

A keyring – 70p

Some nappies –  £13

Some old and broken jewellery – £2

An unwanted milk storage pot – £1

A lamaze baby spinner – £10

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That’s £42.70 so far, which has really come in handy!

And we have a ton more stuff sorted to sell and donate 🙂

Ahhh clear outs are refreshing! Try it, you’d be amazed at the value of your ‘junk’!

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The journey to here…

I’ve always been quite protective of the world we live in. I spent a long time as a vegetarian, i recycle regularly, buy eco products… I thought i did my bit!

But when my Daughter arrived in this world, so tiny, so precious something stirred in me… I knew i wanted her to have a world worth living in. I knew my parenting style would be different to mainstream… I knew i had to do more.

When whilst breastfeeding little owlet showed signs of allergies to things in my diet, i realised just what goes into our bodies! I was horrified when she reacted to perfumes and i realised what went in them… And everyday i learned more i was shocked by.

A few days ago me and Daddy Owl put together a base list of goals for the year… I hope in actuality to get more done, but Owlet is only 5 months – so I’m not holding my breath!

1) To become more eco friendly, by cutting down on waste, and investing in reusable products.

2) Get our house and garden finished, with a home school area for Owlet and a vegetable patch to become more self sustainable.

3) Sell excess junk and de-clutter (up cycling where possible)

4) cut back drastically on processed food, and cook more from scratch.

5) Minimise chemical usage in our home and garden.

We invite you to join our journey, maybe we can learn from each other!