Stripes, Dots, Checks and Paisleys. I am one, I am all, I am me..

Do you ever feel like there is a whole new you to be explored? Have you ever read “Feel the Fear and do it Anyway”? If you have, then like me,  you too want to break the mould and be all that you can be.

So many of us let the years roll by in a  job that we despise and it’s….well it’s just wrong! I am so terribly  guilty of this one and there is always a reason to stay put and do nothing about it. There’s that awful word recession and its mates – responsibility, commitments, blah blah flipping blah! No more, I say! Let it start now, lets make a change starting with ourselves lets  be all that we can be.I want to join a choir, play guitar, be a skinny bitch fashionista.

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Chocolately I have had the strangest feelings!

How do I love thee..let me count the ways. Dark, Milk, White,Mint, Orange..there are so many ways to love you!

Lately I have had the strongest feelings – the all consuming kind of feelings which have taken me over and are infiltrating my thoughts at the strangest and most inappropriate moments. I am powerless and there is nothing I can do but go with it. The force and strength of these feelings are like nothing I have ever known. I know that this will only end in tears yet I just can’t stop myself. I want it every day from sun up till sun down. My obsession knows not of discrimination, White, Dark, Milk… the draw is still the same.

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Christmas Gifts for The Girls

Its Christmas and theres a recession on, but you still want to buy a little something for your   closest friends. Well why shouldn’t you – it is after all a time for giving and receiving, and receiving and giving and giving and receiving…ok, so we’re getting a little Joey here, lets move on!

 

With a little thought and some imagination you can put a smile on the face of your BFF without blowing the Christmas budget to shreds. Well get your little notepad out and start making a list – we’ll do the research so that you don’t have to..just pour yourself another egg nog there while we get searching!
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Halloween in a (monkey) nutshell!

10 Great Halloween costume and decoration websites.

Halloween Blog Tiptoe Tots

Bubble bubble toil and trouble

“Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and caldron bubble

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake

Eye of newt, and toe of frog
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog…..”

This abridged version of the ever so famous quotation from Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been adapted somewhat over the years. Doesn’t it really conjure up an image of a witch stirring up spells at her bubbling cauldron?

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Tearing off tights with my teeth I can’t get no sleep…

I always thought that “Insomnia” was a great song. Not at all like what I would usually listen to but I love it. I love the alliteration, I love the way it captures the feeling of insomnia and I love the dance music bit in the middle! I also love the line used above in the title…. But where am I going with this, it’s not a tribute to the band “Faithless” and a song they first released 16 years ago,  rather a lead in to some words about darkness and sleep and their unsung importance to all of us .

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Beat the Summer Blues

Ok, so it’s the topic of discussion on absolutely everyone’s lips – I have even heard a 6 year old girl retort -”When is this summer ever going to start, I am fed up with these clouds”. Let’s not be beaten by something we can’t control. In these penny pinching, cloud busting (thanks Ms. Bush) times a little innovation and imagination is called for ! Let’s dwell on what we can do and on what we can control.

Step one – Feeling Good! Yes a sometimes under rated and brushed off notion but do not underestimate its value. It is important!

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3 Top Tips on Food after Baby

Tiptoe Tots Food after BabyJust as eating healthily throughout pregnancy is important, what you eat after baby is born is equally so. You want a well balanced diet to ensure that you are getting every chance to get mind and body back to “normal”.

 

A well balanced diet will give you the energy you need to look after your baby. The most common complaints after giving birth or to give it its medical term “postpartum” are mood changes and exhaustion. You can overcome these by eating the right foods.

 

Breastfeeding or not, the experts state that eating the right foods rather than supplements is the best way to get the right nutrients. Remember that every individual is different – what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander so if you have any conditions always consult a healthcare professional.

 

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Handbags – Real and Imaginary

Being a woman – which I am! I have a strong love of fashion. I don’t think I am particularly stylish but I do adore shopping and its associated end results, even down to the welts that form on your arms and hands after carrying all of the bags through town   – handbag perched on forearm, coffee in hand, collection of purchases gathering on one arm or the other – use the non coffee hand initially. (I will admit that the ensuing empty wallet is not such an attractive side effect.)

Back boobs and muffin tops

Handbags have got to be one of the most satisfying purchases of all time – like shoes and jewelry handbags will always fit. When you are purchasing minimiser bras (to be swiveled and worn on your back in tandem with your cleavage boosting regular bra) to mask the back boobs that have developed, you need something cheer you up. That handbag will still look amazing when your muffin top is in danger of needing a separate seat on the plane.  Your fab shoes will fit when your favourite jeans are a distant memory and have been cut up into dusters.

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Grooming For Babies

Grooming for Babies

Yes, you’re reading it right! Grooming is a very important part of life for a new born baby! They’ve got ears, hair, a nose, fingers and toes, and just like us grownups all of these need looking after!

Ok, let’s start with digits – what on earth can we say about babies’ digits – lots actually. These little extremities need looking after and this can be seriously daunting when a baby finger nail is sooo tiny that you can scarcely see it to trim it.

Such a nerve wrecking and heart wrenching task when the little mite is fresh out of the wrapper! Dangerous little weapons they are too – finger nails that is!  New born babies have a tendency to scratch & scrape unaware that they are hurting themselves..and Mum & Dad too!

Don’t be too hasty in cutting back newborns’ nails; rather cover them with soft natural mittens or socks. Once they have hardened up it is ok to cut them albeit it very carefully. Make sure to use a scissors or clippers specially designed for babies.

Finger nails grow a lot faster than toe nails and may even require attention two or three times a week. It may be wise to wait until baby is sleeping to avoid any wriggling or squirming! Pixmania have some great Tommee Tippee grooming kits at excellent prices!

Cute and all as babies’ noses are, they do get little bogies, and someone has to clean them…that someone is you! Many wonder the best way to go about this delightful task, and there are as many methods as there are babies! However, it is recommended that you use an aspirator. Cotton buds are not recommended.  There is an aspirator included in the kit mentioned above but Mc Cabes Pharmacy do a great little pack, Beeline Fess Little Noses which includes an aspirator and some saline solution for badly blocked noses.

They say you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your babies’ ear! So how are you supposed to clean them I hear you ask! Simple answer to this one is that you don’t! You can clean outside the ear with a damp bud or cloth but never ever stick the bud into your babies’ ears. This will just push the wax in further and you may damage your babies’ ear. If the wax build up is such that you can’t see into babies’ ear then you should seek the help of a medical professional who will fix that for you.

Bathing baby can be a nerve wracking experience for new mothers and understandably so. Did you know that a baby can drown in less than an inch of water! This is stating the obvious but nonetheless..never ever leave a baby alone in even the tiniest bit of water!  If Matthew Mc Conaughey is bare chested & urgently ringing your front door, just scoop baby out of the bath and into a cosy towel.

Now to the crowning glory, some babies come into this world bald as an eagle, others arrive with a shock of hair that would put the biggest fro to shame. Baby hair varies every bit as much as adult. I was shocked to hear that people have been known to shave off a babies’ downy hair thinking that it promotes re growth of thick luscious locks – there is no proof of this. Please don’t do it! There is no need for overly frequent washing – just make sure to use a gentle mild shampoo with a balanced pH and avoid using too much pressure – especially on the soft part on top of the head.

If your baby has cradle cap, dont be too concerned, this is completely normal and will actually clear up on its own. However you may want to give it some attention as it can look a bit nasty. As with any scab, avoid picking it as it can cause babys’ head to bleed. Rub the area with baby oil or petroleum jelly – if you do this at night,the scab will loosen and you can gently wash it away in the morning.

Please remember that these are just guidelines and any concerns you have should be addressed to a healthcare professional.

Feel free to share any tips you might have with us via the comments facility.. there is never too much information !

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Hormones and Trampolines

If these sound like polar opposites to you, count yourself lucky!

To me they go hand in hand  and I don’t believe that I am  on my own in that!

Sometimes I find myself wondering if I actually feel the way I feel or am I feeling what my hormones want me to feel – or are we one and the same? If we are one and the same then I fear that I, along with many other women am a seriously raging schizophrenic. How can I trust myself when my opinions are changing not just daily but almost on an hourly basis, its like I wake up one person and go to bed a totally different one. Its not just feelings and emotions either!

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