TMC Recipe Of The Week: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

2 tsp pumpkin purée (Maybe even use one of the kids pouches)
pinch of ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve (or use pumpkin spice)
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground nutmeg
30ml espresso or strong coffee
250ml milk (any will work)

Method

1. Put the pumpkin purée in a large heatproof glass or mug. Stir in the spices and espresso or strong coffee. Put the pumpkin purée in a large heatproof glass or mug. Stir in the spices and espresso or strong coffee.

2. Heat the milk in a saucepan over a low heat until steaming and frothy. Pour into the glass or mug, and spoon over any froth. Stir to combine, then dust with more cinnamon or some pumpkin spice before serving.

Recipe and image from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pumpkin-spice-latte

Most Popular Baby Names In 2022

Where do we start: too on-trend and your parents will never get on board, but when does traditional tip over into dull? Whatever you choose, it will be with them for the rest of their lives, nicknames and all. The pressure is on – but this list might just help.

For Girls

  1. Lily
    From the flower, a symbol of purity in Christianity. It’s a short version of Lillian and Elizabeth. Well-known Lilys: actress Lily Tomlin; Harry Potter’s mother.
  2. Sophia
    From the Greek for “wisdom.” The name was used by European royalty in the Middle Ages. Common variants: Sophie, Sofia. Well-known Sophias: director Sophia Coppola; actresses Sophia Loren and Sofía Vergara.
  3. Olivia
    Olivia is a Latin name that means “olive tree.” This sweet, vintage-sounding name lends itself to many winning nicknames and shorter versions including Liv, Livvy, Livia, Olive, Ollie, Via, and Vivi.
  4. Amelia
    Amelia is a name perfectly suited to girls who approach life with a desire to do their best. It means “industrious” or “hardworking,” and has a long history as a favored name among royalty. The name is German in origin, derived from the name “Amala.”
  5. Ava
    Ava’s origin is uncertain, but it ‘s widely suspected to be the diminutive of several medieval German names beginning with the element av, which may have meant “desire.” That said, this short and elegant name, pronounced “AY-vah,” could well have roots in Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Latin as well.
  6. Isla
    Isla is a Scottish girls’ name derived from Islay, the name of an island off the coast of Scotland. The name is also linked to the River Isla, a waterway in northeast Scotland. “Isla” also means “island” in Spanish, though it’s pronounced with the “s.”
  7. Freya
    A classic name steeped in Nordic tradition, the name Freya possesses a strong and modern vibe while giving a nod to Old Norse mythology. Derived from the name Freyja, it means “a noble woman.” It is the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.
  8. Aria
    Aria has Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Persian roots and has various meanings depending on the culture it’s in. Aria is a gender-neutral name that can be used for boys or girls, and it ‘s primarily a name for boys in some parts of the world. In the U.S., however, it’s mostly given to girls. Possible nicknames include Ari, Ri and Riri. Aria can also be a nickname for longer names like Ariana and Ariadne.
  9. Ivy
    The name Ivy has English and Latin origins and means “vine.” It’s derived from the Old English word for the ivy plant, “ifig.” Ivy also has roots in ancient Greek culture as a sign of fidelity. Ivy is a short and sweet name on its own and doesn’t lend itself too well to nicknames, but some possible options include Vee and Vivi. Ivy could also be used as a shortened version of the name Ivanna.
  10. Mia
    Mia is a shortened version of the name Maria, which is derived from the Hebrew name Miryam. Mia has also been used as an abbreviated version of the Israeli girl’s name Michal. Mia has roots in Latin languages, like Spanish and Italian, where it means “mine.” This short and sweet name doesn’t lend itself well to many nicknames, but some options include Mimi and Mi.

For Boys

  1. Muhammad
    Arabic origin meaning “praiseworthy”. This name has a truly iconic status, staking its place as the most popular name in the world. This name can hold reverent weight to followers of Islam, who can share it with family members as a way of commemorating their commitment to their religion. Along with its religious importance, Muhammad is no doubt a classic name. It has a style and sophistication that will withstand the ages.
  2. Noah
    First and foremost, Noah comes from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament. A less widely known story about Noah has him as the man who planted the earth’s first vineyard and discovered fermentation and its effects. Somewhat fittingly, the meaning of this sonorous name, pronounced “no-ah,” comes from the Hebrew word noach, which means “rest” and “comfort.”
  3. Jack
    A nickname for John and James that has become a name in its own right. It has long been used as a way to refer to any man, especially from the working classes, as in the expression, “a jack of all trades.”
  4. Theo
    A shortened version of the masculine name Theodore and has become very popular in its own right. Theo is already a pet form of the name Theodore, so it can be considered a nickname in its own right. However, since it is related to Theodore, a related nickname could be Teddy.
  5. Leo
    Lions are considered kings of the jungle, and we often associate the regal beast with leadership and dignity. This is one of the reasons why the name Leo, the Latin word for lion, has been a favorite of parents in the Western hemisphere for centuries.
  6. Oliver
    From the French name Olivier, probably derived from the Late Latin word olivarius (olive tree). Well-known Olivers: Oliver Cromwell; the main character in Oliver Twist; TV personality John Oliver; celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
  7. George
    George is a traditionally masculine name with Greek and English roots. The prevailing meaning of George is “farmer” — in Greek it comes from “georgos” which indicates a tiller of the soil.
  8. Ethan
    Ethan means “firm, enduring, strong, and long-lived” in Hebrew. The most notable, and perhaps the earliest Ethan, is mentioned in the Bible several times. In books and on screen, characters named Ethan are often handsome and mysterious heroes. Tom Cruise’s infamous secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series is just one example. But Ethans are more than smooth heroes, as the name has been given to actors, scientists, politicians, and athletes.
  9. Oscar
    The name Oscar is boy’s name of English, Irish origin meaning “God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior”. Oscar, a round and jovial choice, is a grandpa name that’s fast taking over from such urban trendies as Max and Sam. Actors Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson chose Oscar for their sons.
  10. Arthur
    The name Arthur is both a boy’s name and a girl’s name of Celtic origin meaning ” bear”. Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents, emerging as a top contender among names for the new royal prince.

What To Wear This Week

Always searching for that perfect basic tee that’s not too long, isn’t see-through, and makes you look effortlessly chic?
We think we’ve found it.
Pair with flattering straight-legged jeans, a simple mule and a clutch. Then accessorise with a chic gold ring and throw a cool sweater over your shoulders. The result? The epitome of ‘I don’t even try to look cool’ style.

How To Sleep Better In Pregnancy – What Worked For Us

What helped us sleep better in pregnancy

There’s so much advice out there to help you sleep better in pregnancy and while cutting back on caffeine and drinking all your water in the morning is great advice, you are probably still not sleeping.

We were the same, and these are the things we used to help us drift off. No judgement, please…..  

TMC Editor, Lydia: Cool those hot pregnant legs

I had cooling gel for every day and then a pack of those deep freeze cool patches you get from boots – that I kept for when things were really bad. Or I used to rest my feet on a picnic ice block to help me sleep.  

Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel
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TMC Editorial Assistant, Luzaan: Tell your partner to piss off!

Seriously you need your space – so buy them a new pillow as an apology and see them on their way. Apparently, you can sleep anywhere if you have a good pillow.

Tempur Comfort Cloud Standard Support Pillow
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TMC Brand Partnership Assistant, Andi: Borrow his boxers.

Andi, Lydia and Lauren admits that when their bump was huge they slept in their husband’s boxers – comfy but nawt that sexy. Try these instead. Great for post-party too!

Uniqlo High Rise Maternity Briefs
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TMC Co-Founder, Jess: The most luxurious sleep pillow.

I’ve been pregnant three times, and I’ve tried out a lot of pillows. My advice is just to get this and be naked. Jess Franchise Co-Ordinator says” I also rate this pillow. Mine’s still going strong 4 years later. It’s the comfiest back rest for a rare cup of tea in bed.”

bbhugme Biofoam Pregnancy Pillow
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TMC Co-Founder, Lauren: Help ease restless legs.

Got yourself some fidgety limbs? There’s nothing worse and I really suffered until I started taking magnesium supplements. You need to check with your GP first to see if it’s ok but it’s well worth an apt if you can because from my experience it helped me a lot.

Beayty Pie Daily Magnesium Capsules
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TMC Franchise Co-Ordinator, Jess: I’m tired, but I can’t get to sleep.

Yeah, annoying that, isn’t it? Try listening to some meditation just before you attempt your snooze, it also helps with weird dreams as a lot of them are caused by built-up anxiety you’ve stored up throughout the day. I listened to Headspace’s Midnight Laundrette so much that I could probably recite it.

Midnight Laundrette From Headspace Full Sleepcast
Midnight Laundrette From Headspace Full Sleepcast

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TMC Social Media Manager, Bethany: Get yourself some sexy socks.

My feet were one hot issue, and these saved me!

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The Luxury Hotels That Help You Look After Your Kids

Ahh, holidays, they used to be so relaxing.  

Lazy lie-ins and chilled-out beach days seem like such a thing of the past. But these hotels say things don’t have to change completely.

From creches to listening in services, you’ll get a taste of the good life and come back feeling like you’ve actually had a holiday. 

TMC Co-Founders Best Place To Recharge

Calcot & Spa
Calcot & Spa

“We have visited Calcott Manor a couple of times and I couldn’t sing their praises enough. In my mind, it is the perfect pairing of a luxury countryside hotel and child friendly stay. The rooms are designed with families in mind with built-in stair gates and personalised welcome gifts for the children, which they thought was brilliant. In the evening we made use of the babysitting services to enjoy a date night In the Gumstool Inn and the play barn in the day so we could escape to the spa. I left feeling completely content and relaxed without having to miss the children.

• Also, the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a short drive and not to be missed! “ Jessica Lawes, The Mum Club Co-Founder.

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TMC Editor’s Best Family Break

The Ickworth
The Ickworth

“My husband and I took my son Max here when he was one. The hotel is set in the stunning historic Ickworth Estate, which makes you feel like you’re part of a Jane Austen novel. I felt the hotel itself could do with a slight refurb but overall, I was extremely impressed. The food was delicious, and our room was huge. We stayed for just one night and used the creche to have an adult only lunch. It was only 90 minutes, but it felt like bliss. Max loved it so much he didn’t want to leave. There wasn’t a huge amount of availability in the creche, as this was a last-minute break for us, so I’d recommend booking ahead. And as we had Max in April 2020, some COVID restrictions were still in place, but we still got to enjoy the pool with a family swim and made use of the baby listening service to have a boozy dinner alone.” Lydia, The Mum Club Editor.

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Best for Active Parents

Another Place
Another Place

“I love to be active outdoors, and I’m really into open water swimming. While I enjoyed walking with my newborn, after having my baby, I was dying to get out and do some things on my own. This hotel not only has a kids club but also connects you with highly qualified babysitters, which was great for us, as we used the sitters for a few hours in the day. This way, my husband and I could go swimming together, read a book and even go on a boat trip. It helped us reconnect as a couple after months of the hard slog of ‘no sleep’ newborn life. We remembered why we liked each other in the first place – I was starting to wonder. The hotel is brilliantly set up for families and has a listening service that you can use to have a peaceful dinner on your own. I also loved how many on-site activities they ran for adults and kids. Plus, you can hire wetsuits to swim in the lakes, which was a huge plus point for me.” Chloe M, TMC Reader

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Best Set Up for Babies and Toddlers

IKOS Dassia
IKOS Dassia

“Feel like going on holiday with the fam is never easy? It is here. They have literally thought of everything. We had highchairs in our room, which I thought was a bit strange initially, but it was a great tool to peacefully feed our baby before the rest of us ate. We were given sterilisers, a bath for kids, baby towels, a choice of travelcot, and they provided free mini cars fitted with kids’ seats so we could explore the island. The creche is open in slots that run from 10-1, 1-3 and 3-6, and we booked it every morning to have some chill time to ourselves. We went on beach walks in the afternoons, used the splash play, and had great family time. We booked a babysitter some evenings, but most parents had their kids at dinner, which made you feel incredibly relaxed. There are seven restaurants, and one for adults only, which is excellent if you want to enjoy a more peaceful evening. “ Charlie M, TMC Reader

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The Best Retreat For New Mums

Soul Sanctum Retreat
Soul Sanctum Retreat

“I’ve saved up a pot of money to spend on myself after having my baby, and this is one thing I’ll definitely be splurging on. This beautiful retreat is set in Sussex, which is great as it doesn’t involve a huge amount of travelling and the four-day stay is about nurturing women through their transition into motherhood. The childcare professionals look after your baby while you participate in activities like yoga and swimming. And, when you have holistic treatments. Then after the kiddies are in bed, you’re treated to candlelit sound baths or gentle yoga practice. Yes, it’s expensive, but I figure 9-months of not drinking has probably saved me a LOT!” The Mum Club Founder, Lauren.

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A Travel Expert’s Best Family Stays

Who better to tell us about the best place to stay with a baby than Frankie, the founder of Tiny Travelship , the new go-to Instagram account for those scrolling for design-led, parent-pleasing holidays. Plus, all TT hotels are recommended and reviewed by a global community of style-seeking mamas, so you can 100% trust them.

The Best Spa Break - Middleton Lodge
The Best Spa Break – Middleton Lodge

“There’s parent-pleasing spas and then there’s Middleton Lodge. A holistic hideout with a spoiling spa treatment menu specially tailored to new mums; relaxing Ren massages are designed to soothe both muscles and mind. All parents know what a luxury it is to be able to eat with two hands and your attention fully on your dinner date. Check into the Tack Room, geniously located within monitor (which the hotel handily provides for free) range of the restaurant for an adults only estate-to-plate meal (or, make use of the babysitting service). There’s no need to battle your little one in and out of the car with a stay at this gorgeous Georgian house; rambling walks through the woods are right on your doorstep. Simply strap your sprog into their sling and head out for a restorative mooch around the moors.”

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The Best Family Getaway - Sani Resort
The Best Family Getaway – Sani Resort

“Is it even possible to talk about post-baby breaks without mentioning the joy-inducing juggernaut that is Sani? A reinvention of the all-inclusive, it’s a stay that’s become synonymous with ease and elevated family-focused facilities; there’s the creche that welcomes babies as young as four months (most start at 2 years old in hotels), beachside babysitting, swim lessons, Annabel Karmel menus and even a complimentary sleep consultation session. Whilst most families head to Sani Beach or Porto Sani, those in the know opt for a stay at Sani Club – a secluded hideaway hidden in the hills that allows you all of the parental benefits the hotel offers, without having to interact too much with other people’s kids.”

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The Best Luxury Family Holiday - Almyra
The Best Luxury Family Holiday – Almyra

“With ultra-contemporary interiors, delicious restaurants and a glittering infinity pool, at first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking this Paphos pad was adults-only, but that’s far from the case. The Scott Dunn run Kids Club operates on par with London’s top nurseries (and welcomes babes 4 months +), there’s a game-changing packing service which takes care of all of your parental paraphernalia needs, a well considered children’s menu, and a sumptuous spa. 5* Almyra is a place for people big and small who enjoy the finer things in life.”

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TMC Family Recipe Of The Week: Quick Green Pasta

Ingredients

6 spring onions
1 leek
1 large handful of Tenderstem broccoli spears
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
100 g frozen spinach
2 large handfuls of frozen peas
450 g dried pasta
50 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
extra virgin olive oil
optional: fresh herbs , to serve

Method

1. Trim and slice the spring onions. Trim the leek, halve it lengthways, wash it, then finely slice. Finely slice the broccoli stalks, reserving the tips.

2. Put a large, non-stick, shallow casserole pan on a medium heat. 3. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan, with the spring onions, leeks and broccoli stalks. Peel and finely chop the garlic and add to the pan.

4. Add the frozen spinach and peas, then add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.

5. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft but not coloured and the spinach has defrosted, stirring regularly.

6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water, according to the packet instructions, adding the broccoli florets for the last 2 minutes.

7. While everything is ticking away, finely grate the Parmesan.

8. Scoop or pour out about 200ml of cooking water from the pasta into your veg pan. Now, you can either leave your sauce chunky, blitz it until smooth in a blender, or use a hand blender to go somewhere in between – it’s up to you.

9. Drain the pasta and broccoli, and tip it into the sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and the grated Parmesan, and toss it all together.

10. Finish this with a sprinkling of fresh herbs – parsley, basil, thyme, whatever you’ve got. A little extra grating of Parmesan is always nice, and a big salad on the side.

Recipe and Image from https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/quick-green-pasta/

Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C Serum Review

Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C Serum Review

Maybe you’ve got pregnancy pigmentation that you want to fade or you just want to brighten your tired ‘mum face’. Either way, this skin saving serum is one to add to your beauty wishlist.

PROS

+ Brightens skin
+ Highly effective at reducing pigmentation
+ Sinks in quickly

CONS

– It’s expensive
– Has a strong scent that some might not like

INGREDIENTS

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Lactic acid
Ferulic acid
Licoric root extract

WHY IT’S GOOD

A lot of vitamin C serums promise to brighten skin and reduce pigmentation, but the dosage can be small and it could take you until your newborn starts school to see any difference. This actually does something. And like most skincare products it takes a few weeks to see the effect but honestly, we noticed a change in our skin after a few days. And it could be the placebo effect, but we swear our skin looked better almost straight away.

WHO IS IT FOR

Well, apart from exhausted mums who need help after sleeping about 0.5 hours. This is great for people who want to improve the tone and texture of their skin. It contains a shed load of other ingredients like Lactic Acid and Licorice Root, which are known for improving cell turnover and firming skin.
*Translation: the tools you need to have a younger-looking face.

HOW TO USE IT

The instructions don’t stipulate when to use it, but we’d recommend using it at night. A) Because some mornings it’s a struggle even to brush our teeth, and B) Because the texture can leave the skin feeling sticky, so we like to use it on clean skin and then apply moisturising serum or cream on top.

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Disclaimer: Not to be used whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.

TMC Recipe Of The Week: Tom Collins

Ingredients

100ml Decem London Dry
50ml Lemon Juice
50ml Sugar Syrup
250ml Soda Water
2 Lemon Slices

Method

Make the sugar syrup by heating equal parts of sugar and water until dissolved, allow to cool before using.

Fill the highball glasses with ice and build the drink in each, starting with the DECEM London Dry followed by the lemon juice and sugar syrup stir well and top up with the soda water

Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry or blueberry.

Recipe from https://decemdrinks.com/products/london-dry

Picture from https://abeautifulmess.com/tom-collins/

7 Super-inspiring Young Trailblazers To Celebrate On World Afro Day

September 15th marks World Afro Day. The event, which is celebrated worldwide, is the brainchild of Michelle De Leon, who created World Afro Day as a way for us to collectively celebrate coiled, curly and kinky hair textures as well as educate the world about the beauty and uniqueness of textured hair. To celebrate, we showcase 7 incredible young queens (and young kings) who proudly rock their mane with confidence, inspiring a generation of children.

Miles and Mia

As one half of the inspiring brother and sister duo, Miles and Mia, Mia Nicole has packed a lot of achievements in her young life including a successful modelling career and being the muse of a self-titled book series entitled ‘Miles and Mia. The talented 9-year-old frequently wears her beautiful natural Afro tresses in a range of styles including braids, buns and Afro puffs.

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Maliya Kabs

With a whopping 1 million followers on both Instagram and YouTube to say the Kabs Family is a social media sensation would be a vast understatement. Undoubtedly the standout star from this adorable family is Maliya Kabs. The charismatic cutie has created many a viral moment with her impromptu renditions of classic songs belted out with gusto in the car with her dad. We also we love the fact that she wears a variety of gorgeous natural hairstyles including braids, beads and cornrows.

Follow Maliya here

Celai West

Celai West has made a lot of waves in a short space of time as a successful model, vlogger, author, activist, STEMgirl and a spokesperson for World Afro Day. The young beauty can be often seen wearing her beautiful ‘fro in all its glory, inspiring young Black girls with curly, coily and kinky hair across the globe.

Follow Calai here

Santanna

Having modelled for iconic fashion brands and featured on the cover of magazines, Santanna is a young up and coming personality who exudes confidence and personality. She also has beautiful, lengthy and healthy-looking textured hair and shares tips and hacks on how to maintain it on your YouTube channel.

Follow Santanna here

Kizzi Rose’Monáe

Black and mixed heritage girls and boys are often underrepresented in the media, so it’s so encouraging to see the likes of model/actress Kizzi Rose’Monáe featured in TV adverts and ad campaigns for brands like Primark, Next, Zara and Burberry. We know how important it is for one’s self esteem to see positive reflections of themselves in the media, so Kizza’s presence could not be more appreciated. Plus, could her ‘fro be any more glorious?

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The Morgan Brothers

It’s important to recognise that boys need to see positive representations of Afro hair in the media too, so hats off to Ethan, Kayden and Stefan AKA The Morgan Brothers for being such a positive force for change as young models and magazine cover stars. The brothers’ IG page is filled with both modern and classic styles like the high-top fade and creative zig zag lines, and also features powerful captions encouraging young Black boys to love the beauty and uniqueness of Afro hair.

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Jayde Kamille

With an IG bio that reads ‘six and sassy’ you know that Jayde Kamilee is a force to be reckoned with. As a mini-entrepreneur, influencer, TikToker and book reviewer, Jayde’s Instagram grid is a vibrant mood board capturing her active life as well as her beautiful coils frequently worn in a succession of classic styles such as braids, Bantu knots, cornrows and loose curls.

Follow Jayde here

5 Ways To Put Yourself First Without Getting Mum Guilt 

Most mornings, we’ve fed and cleaned a few small humans before getting anywhere near a hot coffee. 

And before we even think about ourselves, work, or whatever else is going on that day, there’s a mountain of kid-related tasks we need to tick through. 

But what if you could put yourself first, and still look after the kids?

Try working in at least one of the following tips into your week and create a new schedule that centres more around you.

5 ways to put yourself first without getting mum guilt

Walk the kids to school or nursery at least once a week
Walk the kids to school or nursery at least once a week

Even if the drive is a real schlep, try parking a little further away and enjoy a short stroll in. It sounds like a waste of time, but it is scientifically proven that natural light suppresses melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone), which means getting out into the daylight during your waking hours can help you feel less angry. Weather looking a bit unappealing? Always prepare yourself with the right coat and kit so that it’s still enjoyable.

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No morning commute? Try this
No morning commute? Try this

Ahh what most stay-at-home or work-from-home folk would give for a long train journey in. Get a slice of the pie and have a coffee or tea outside. And either walk to get it or make one and take it with you. Trust us, taking five or ten minutes to take a breather will make a world of difference to your mind. Children chained to you? That’s OK! The fresh air will still reset your brain and prepare you for the day ahead.

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Plan in at least an hour every weekend where you do something for yourself.
Plan in at least an hour every weekend where you do something for yourself.

Let everyone know that Sunday or Saturday at XX am is YOUR time off. This could be anything from going to have a very long bath, getting a coffee with a friend, or booking in for a yoga or spin class. While you might feel obliged to see your family all weekend, we promise that having enough you time will refill your cup and help you ‘Mum’ better.

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Create a reason to leave the house or office.
Create a reason to leave the house or office.

Being outside is a natural anti-depressant. It helps calm the mind and body, improves breathing, and helps connect you back to yourself. To help you remember, try coinciding it with your lunch. Even if you’re eating food from home, a change of scenery will make all the difference. Generally if we miss that sweet spot at lunch, it’s common that we tend to leave it too late and never go. So don’t delay.

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Get some dates in the diary!
Get some dates in the diary!

Other people (no names mentioned) are way too good at advance planning. Start evening the score and organise yourself now

• Head to a TMC event and fill your cup by meeting other mums in the same boat as you.
• Look into activities you can do once the kids are in bed. Cinema Mondays, Yoga Tuesdays, Swim Wednesdays – you’re a busy girl!
• Have a night away on your own. We love Champneys Forest Mere for this – you walk around in a robe, the spa is insanely beautiful, and it’s more than acceptable to go on your own.

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What To Wear This Week

Returning to work filling you with dread? This week we are swapping the mum bun and loungewear covered in sick (and who knows what else!) for this chic midi skirt combo.

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TMC Family Recipe Of The Week: Easy Blackberry Crumble

Ingredients

3 cups fresh blackberries could use frozen or enough to cover the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch
baking dish
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup plain flour

Method

Sprinkle blackberries with white sugar and mix well. Let stand about 10 minutes. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and spread blackberries in bottom of dish.

Whisk together oats, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and flour. Cut butter into flour mixture until resembles coarse crumbs. (I cut my butter into small pieces and then cut it into the flour mixture with a fork).

Spread flour mixture over the top of the blackberries. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes until brown on top.

Recipe and image from https://thesuperhealthyfood.com/easy-blackberry-crumble/

How I Dealt With My Baby’s Eczema – The 3 Products That Worked for Me

”I don’t know why, but I felt I was to blame”

TMC’s Social Media Manager, Bethany Jones, experienced baby eczema and felt utterly helpless. That was until she found these products.

How do you treat baby eczema?

“My son Alfie started showing signs of eczema from about a month old, and I don’t know why, but I felt I was to blame. People would comment on how sore his neck looked, and I just wanted to scream back at them, “Don’t you think I know!?” I just didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Was I bathing him wrong? Or because I was breastfeeding, maybe I was eating something that didn’t agree with him? Now I can confidently say I was doing nothing wrong, but as new mums, we blame ourselves a lot!”

What is the best cream for baby eczema?

“After going through the standard motions with the GP, they told me that in Alfie’s case, it would be trial and error with what creams would work. Helpful right?
This made me feel even worse as not only was each new cream another expense, but I was at a loss as to where to start. With so many creams on the market claiming to be the cure, it felt like a never-ending battle. Finally, after months of trying what felt like everything, I found a 3-step system that worked for us. Here are the three products that worked for us. Hopefully, it will be the same for you.”

The best tip for mums dealing with baby eczema

“To any mum navigating the eczema train, keep advocating for your baby, speak up if you are unsure about anything and know that you are not alone. There are a whole club of mums going through the same. And remember – it will be ok!”

The best products for baby eczema

Best bath product for baby eczema
Best bath product for baby eczema

An absolute essential that I add to every bath now. It creates a smooth milky bath that rehydrates dry skin.

Oilatum Junior Bath Additive
Most gentle baby wash for baby eczema
Most gentle baby wash for baby eczema

This soothing oatmeal wash feels amazing on babies skin.

Aveeno Dermexa Moisturing Wash
Best cream for baby eczema
Best cream for baby eczema

This is my absolute lifesaver. Its thick and creamy consistency absorbs into babies’ skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and soft. It’s not oily or cakey at all. I kept this in all our nappy caddies and reapplied whenever we did a nappy change and when his eczema was at its worst.

Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Cream

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The Best Way to Reclaim Your Bathroom and Clear Away Your Kid’s Crap

Someday, way back in the time before babies began, our bathrooms used to look pretty zen.

It was a space where we could shut ourselves off after a hectic day and rest our weary limbs. 

But since our sprogs arrived, it’s just another room we have to tidy up, and the notion of soaking next to a plastic-filled net feels as relaxing as a trip to our in-laws.

But in a bid to fit in some ‘achievable’ me-time, we’ve decided that Barbie & Co need to do one, and we’re going to be reclaiming our bathrooms for good!

*Or at least until the next kiddie bath time.

To help you feel less stressed about the clear-up, we’ve enlisted Professional Organiser You Need a Vicky to share her best transformational tips. From the top bath toy storage solutions to how she tidies up in a hurry – she makes it seem like a doddle.

We’ve also rounded up our favourite luxury bath products. So when you can actually be bothered to get undressed – it’s going to be really worth it! 


How to transform your bathroom like a pro
How to transform your bathroom like a pro

After a long day, the last thing you want to do is more tidying but Professional Organiser, ‘You Need a Vicky’, explains you can make the transformation easy by using a toy caddy. “I keep my kids’ bath toys in a caddy. That way I just lift it out and place it out of sight when I want to get in.”

Munchkin Bath Toy Caddy
Best bathroom toy storage tips
Best bathroom toy storage tips

Another way is to have two big baskets or boxes – one for you and one for them. “Yes, nets are popular and a great way to tidy quickly, but they’re not very attractive”, says Vicky. “It doesn’t take a lot more time to pop it in a basket or box. But make sure it’s waterproof or at the very least plastic lined, as this will prevent mould forming and make it easy to wipe clean.”

Plastic Lined Basket
The best bathroom storage for your luxury bath products
The best bathroom storage for your luxury bath products

Tiny inquisitive hands? Place breakable luxury bath products in a storage solution that’s slightly harder to get into. That way they’ll stay intact until it’s time to transform the room.

Wicker Storage Trunk
The best time to use a mask
The best time to use a mask

Make use of the soak time and get all your masks on as soon as you get in the bath. From face to hair, just slap it all on and multi-mask yourself to a whole new you. *Expert tip: Put a shower cap or towel turban over your hair to increase the effectiveness of your hair mask.

APOTHECARY Revive Clarifying Mask 75ml, M&S
How-to turn your bathroom into a spa
How-to turn your bathroom into a spa

We love fine fragranced candles but you don’t want to burn too many and overload on scent. Plus, lighting them all takes ages. Instead light your pricey wicks and then get some battery operated candles that you can just flick on. We love using little tea lights and placing them all over the floor to create a spa like effect.

Dunelm Bubble LED Candle White

The Best Luxury Bath Products

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