A day in a life as a Mum, Stylist magazine style. 

  Jeni, 34, lives with husband and son Joe 3, expecting 2nd child. 

My alarm goes off…..
I wake up anywhere between 5:40 – 6:45 by the toddler, I haven’t set an alarm since he was born as I naturally wake up. Waking up can be gentle or erupt depending on the call, it could be a “I need a wee”, this guarantees a jump out of bed response and he is quickly taken to the bathroom. Once done he gets into our bed and I go downstairs to get some milk in his green cup and heat up for 20 seconds and then walk back upstairs and get back into bed, toddler drinks milk, then we have morning meeting on what we are doing that day, running through various meeting places and activities and who will be attending. An agenda of sharing, being throughtful and no tantrums, usually ends up with some sort of bribery. Occasionally we need to recap on places and people but generally everything is set in place.

I’m responsible
 ……for the running of a toddlers day to day activities and to ensure he naps and can complete all day to day tasks for example going to the toilet, brushing teeth, getting dressed and fuel themselves. Activities must be educational, tiring and involve socialising. My main task is to teach the toddler the difference between wrong and right and to indenify signs of tiredness and to ensure he rests properly for development. If these are not followed the day is a right off and countdown to 7pm starts as early as 9am.

I got the job
 …….by courting with my partner who felt I would be a respectable mother. This basically involved getting wasted most weekends for 11 years.   Once the baby was conceived I then started my training which was a 9 month project that involved meeting others expecting mums and going through various senorios. I passed the birthing exam and enter stage 2. Stage 2 has been the biggest learning curve with constant self assessment but have some very supportive colleagues that we have regular meetings on the best way to move forward.
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Our favourite books 

 I’ve been a book pusher from a young age with Joe. I quite enjoy the escapism as well as reading all classics that I remember reading as a child and have tried to pass this on, here is our favourites list

The tiger who came to tea – This is such a great book as I think Joe’s imagination would stretch to this actually happening!

Mog– We love a mog book, she always comes good in the end and gets an egg.

Stickman– This a new one to us but thought it would be a great book to lead into Christmas. This is a lovely book with his stick lady love and stick children, I will never look at a stick again in the same way. Continue reading

A pick me up? Or a possible hangover cure? Arbonne fizz sticks -Review 

I’ve been looking for a different way of getting a pick me up without drinking too much tea. My friend works for Arbonne that sells all singing and dancing organic skin products that are made of completely natural ingredients. She had mentioned she uses the fizz sticks as a pick me up and I thought I would give them go.

They come in two flavours, citrus and pomegranate, and are small 5g packets of powder that you dissolve in 400 ml water and drink over ice or on its own. I was expecting them to taste plasticity but I was pleasantly surprised they are refreshing and a good alternative to a fizzy drink.

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