A parenting, travel and lifestyle blog by frequent explorers Faye and Beau

New Blog, New Me

It’s taken me a year to get this far and boy, have I learnt a lot. My last entry was the 10th May 2015 which I’m a little embarrassed about but as soon as Beau reached the 6 month stage it was like my world was hit by a whirlwind (albeit a very cute and cuddly one). I’ve been managing to keep my Instagram page regularly updated (big shout out to my partner Clint who only very occasionally rolls his eyes when I ask him to take a picture for the 365th time), but the blog was always something I felt needed urgent attention.

This time it won’t just be about baby stuff but about life at home/out and about with a toddler, mum fashion, style, beauty, reviews and local events in London and Milton Keynes. Summer is the PERFECT excuse to get out and about with a toddler in tow (even if it takes you 2 hours to reach that point). The blog is basically going to be a mish mash of everything that makes up my world and life with Beau in it.

I feel like there is so much help and support out there for life with a newborn, the initial stages of sleep deprivation, colic, breastfeeding and weaning. You get regular support from health visitors (if you choose to) and there is a wealth of advice and information out there. But after that you are on your own. How to raise a successful, happy and content toddler? Well that is something I am still learning. Most days I am totally winging it. Some days are all lip gloss, brushed hair, clean clothes, packed lunches and planned activities. Some days are eyebags, pyjamas, IKEA hotdogs and Minions on repeat. All of these days encompass motherhood however and I am learning to embrace it all. I have learnt more about myself in the past year than ever before, so I guess me and Beau are both embarking on this massive learning curve together. I’ve learnt that guilt is something that I feel 99.9% of the time. Guilt over spending too much time on my phone. Guilt over wanting some ‘me’ time. Guilt over not cooking Beau’s meals myself using only the best organic ingredients. But I’ve also understood that if I didn’t feel guilt I wouldn’t be the best mum that I could be.

So to end, my first proper blog post is going to be about things I said I wouldn’t let Beau do as a toddler (until he actually became one). I know there will be a lot of fellow mums out there who can totally relate to many of these points. Read on if you want a laugh and to see how parenting can sometimes spectacularly fail…

Faye x

IMG_4235Bluebells at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

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