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How I plan my days to be productive

How I plan my days to be productive

With a toddler in your life, productive days can become a thing of the past. A few months after little E was born, I tried not to spend my days spent in pyjamas, as easy as that is. I knew for my own sanity that I needed to get up and out so I did just that.

As months passed by, I came up with routines to make days easier and make sure that I came up with ways to become more productive. I love pj days as much as the next person and implement them into my weeks as much as possible but now, with a crazy, mischevious toddler on my hands I have to be on my toes and save my pj slob hours for when she naps or goes to bed. I’m sure I’m not alone on that one.

On the Sunday evening before the beginning of the week I like to search to see if there’s any activities little E might enjoy during that week. There’s a lovely little activity every now and again in our local park where they have a little picnic, story time and toys for the little ones to play with. It’s one of Esmé’s favourites. She loves a good story book and any new toys she can get her hands on, even for a short while. You should see if there’s one in your area, there is more often than not a group on Facebook that advertises them if you search for one. I promise you’re little one will love it and will make at least one day in a week, more entertaining and more bearable for you and your child(ren).

I often keep to a schedule on how to keep on top of things. For example, every Monday I go to the farm shop and do the weekly shop. I never have to panic that we don’t have enough bread or enough snacks because I stock up every Monday morning. Saves me a lot of stress and keeps this MASSIVE foodie satisfied, winner! I wash the bed sheets for all the beds every Tuesday, make sure they’re dry and get them ironed ready to put back on to the bed for a cosy nights sleep. Tuesday night’s have quickly become my favourite nights because freshly laundered bed covers are just perfection. Am I right or am I right? I never have to worry that I’m going to get behind because I have a set day to do it. I can put them in the wash as soon as I wake up, hang them up to dry and go out for the day if need be. Organisation really is key when you’re a mama.

Every Friday I’ll have a “face mask Friday”, it’s a little me time and that is SO important. This can really help with the productivity problem. If we’re not taking care of ourselves are we going to want to be productive? I know I don’t. We should remember that we are important too and I always stress that even though we’re a mom, we’re a person too who also needs taking care of. Remember that if nothing else.

I make sure I get out and see family/friends at least once a week. Save your sanity by not being stuck in the same four walls with no adult communication. A good catch up (especially if food is involved), where you can laugh and be yourself is good for the soul. It helps even more when those friends have children so they can all play together while you put your feet up and have a natter. Mom and child are happy. Absolute winner in my eyes.

The most important point to ALWAYS remember is to not be so hard on yourself. If you’re having an unproductive day, still in your pjs at 2pm, no idea what you’re cooking for tea, rocking the messy mom bun then OWN it. We alllll have those days. Anyone that says they don’t, are just lying. We had days before we had children where we wouldn’t want to do anything and that’s no different now we’ve got smaller versions of ourselves running around. Take a day off being an adult. Be a sloth for the day, whatever it takes just take a breather. You’ll be so much more prepared to take on the next day. Parenting is hard. Do what you gotta do to get through it.

Happy future productive days babes.

Ohthatstacey

xo

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Snot so good

Snot so good

The dreaded flu/snot season has arrived. I love fall and all that comes with it EXCEPT snot infested days. Now, I know with a toddler, most days have some snot here and there but autumn/winter takes those snot days to a whole new level of snotness. If we were playing snot bingo right now, someone would have totally won and it’s only the first paragraph, stay with me. I can offer sanity in those snot filled days.

Your child gets sick, the whole household gets sick and then you get sick. Unless you’re extremely lucky and have an epic immune system, it’s a given. Prepare for it. The hardest thing in the world is not being able to lounge around all day when you’re poorly sick. With a crazy, mischievous toddler on your hands I have to laugh out loud if you think that’s going to happen. How do we survive? Fear not my little friendlings I have a little advice that has helped me and may just help you too.

Stock up on that good little thing we call medicine, flu tablets are a god send when we are under the weather, hot lemon water, vapour rub, tissues, tissues and more tissues. If they’re in stock, there’s no worries about it being socially acceptable going to the shop in your pjs with your hair like a pineapple to grab some, dribbling your germs along with you as you go. Stay in the comfort of your own home. Win win.

Now, of course as a parent when we’re sick our little world doesn’t just pause, we still have all our chores to do and crazy children to keep us on our tippy toes to control. Get those colouring books out, with tons of pictures, stickers, crayons, old magazines, glue sticks, let them go wilddddd. Just sit back, and relax. Watch them learn and enjoy their time all by themselves, it does them AND you a world of good.

Have disney films ready for on repeat. Don’t even be ashamed of this one. Disney films are AMAZING, kids love them, we love them, keeping them entertained for an hour and a half? Run with it. Even if you’ve watched it a thousand times this week already, if it makes them happy then you can be happy. Let’s be honest, who’s not happy when Disney is involved?

Get creative with minimum effort. Children are SO easy to please. They may not want to play with the ten bags of toys you have for them buuuut, dry pasta and rice in bottles? Oh now that can keep them entertained longer than should be real. Let them pour the rice or pasta into bottles it containers and watch them turn into a child rock band. It may not help that headache of yours but it’ll definitely help with the whole, put your feet up and get some rest thing that needs to be going on.

Books, books, books e v e r y w h e r e. Spread them all over the room and watch them go to town with taking to themselves, pointing at the pictures, maybe even pile them all on top of each other to knock them over. Even if your throat hurts or you’re losing your voice, you don’t have to talk, just get them looking through the pictures. I promise you it’ll keep them entertained, even if it’s just for a little while. Every little helps.

And once you’ve made it through the day, because you will no matter how long it feels.. Get that much needed pamper you deserve AND an early night. Need some ideas? Look at some of my previous blog posts on how to achieve the perfect pamper night at home. As parents we sometimes forget that we’re only human too, we need rest and pampering as much as the next person. Take care of yourself, your tomorrow you will thank you for it.

Happy battling the snotty days babes.

ohthatstacey

xo

How to cheat your way in to a lie in

How to cheat your way in to a lie in

These days, a lie in for me is getting to stay in bed until 07:32 instead of 07:30. Over the past six months or so, I have learnt a few tricks of the trade to get to spend even longer in bed. Winner! I only have one little munchkin but I’m sure these tricks could possibly work as more come along, I’m willing to give it a try anyway.

Not only is sleep important, but having the time to adjust to day time after hardly getting any sleep the night before is also, VERY important. The last thing I want to be doing is jumping out of bed after having four/five hours sleep to get my somehow, crazy, full of energy toddler out of bed. Where do they get all their energy from? It would only be fair if they shared their secret, right? Hopefully these tricks will give all you sleep deprived mamas/dadas a moment or two in the morning to adjust to the sleep deprived day you will have. Keeping it real.

O N E — Their favourite programme/movie. Bing goes down a treat in our house. Snuggle up in your sweet, beautifully comfy bed and bask in the glory of all things Disney. It’s a life saver for sure. BUT, if your little(s) are anything like mine, this will only keep them entertained for a short while. Which is all good and well until they think bouncing up and down on your tummy is the next fun activity to do (enter eye rolling emoji here).

T W O — Breakfast in bed. Now I’m not talking go and slump in front of the oven and cook a full English breakfast. No no no. I’m talking chop some fruit up, pop it on a plate and ta daaa. Preferably the stuff that makes the least mess. This may just be Esmé’s favourite thing to do which makes my whole life. If a plate of fruit keeps her in one place for ten minutes who am I to complain? This, mixed with her favourite Disney movie really is a winner. And an excuse for breakfast in bed for you too? Oh, why not. It is for the kids after all. You’re welcome.

T H R E E — Books. I’m not talking about the books that you have to sit and read on repeat, ain’t nobody got time for that at half six in the morning. Get the ones FULL of pictures, where they can just chuckle to themselves and make all the animal noises as they flick through. It’s actually quite nice to lie back in bed and watch your favourite little learn all by themselves. It gives a nice, positive start to the day. Trust me. I’d take that over a tantrum because they’ve ate all their breakfast and can’t figure out why there’s nothing left in their bowl. any. day.

F O U R — Sing. Sing your flipping heart out if you manage to lie in bed for ANOTHER ten minutes or so. Esmé loves a good sing song. Twinkle twinkle and row row are her favourites, she even does the rock herself back and forth on her own. All I have to do is open my mouth and sing. I may be tone deaf, but Esmé enjoys it so we can’t go wrong really (she’s a good egg), the neighbours may hate me and my strangled cat voice but again, ten minutes extra in bed then I can definitely live with that.

These tricks often get me half an hour extra in bed and that is like heaven! I may not have got any extra sleep but sometimes just being able to stretch and wake yourself up properly before bouncing into the day makes allllll the difference. Obviously, there is no school run in our house just yet but when that time comes, the weekends will be the sweetest cheat a lie in days E V E R.

The sweetest part of all? The kiddie winks have no idea that you’ve managed to just bag yourself extra time in bed. They just think you’re the best parent ever for “letting” them eat in bed and do all their favourite things. Can’t go wrong with that, right? Hope these tricks work just as well for you.

Happy steaing extra time in bed babes ♡

ohthatstacey

xo

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeee 🎄

Is it really December already? I mean, I’m ridiculously excited that Christmas is just around the corner but really? I’m sure it was only march just yesterday and I was well into the new born baby bubble. Now? Now I have a crawling (nearly walking) keeping me on my toes, nine month old. NINE MONTHS!?!?

It is true what they say. Time flies when you’re having fun. How clichè, I know but Esmé has just been the most perfect little bundle of joy that I’ve enjoyed every (almost) part of parenting so far.

Here I am rambling on about how much I love being a mom again blah blah blaaahh, old news! Anyway, the Christmas decs are up and considering there’s a curious crawler in the house, it hasn’t been disturbed once but there is time yet! I’ve always been a HUGE lover of Christmas and now I have a baby to bring the magic to as well, that love has just doubled by a million! It truly is the best time of year!

The matching family PJ’s are purchased, all the items on the Christmas shopping list are ticked off and now it’s just to wrap them all, which is also something I LOVE to do!! I’m one of those “IT’S SANTAAAAA” crazies aren’t I?! I’m not even going to apologise because I l o v e it!

December is thee month where family traditions come to light and now I have a little family of my own I want to start introducing some Christmas traditions of my own. Any thoughts?

And to any one out there who isn’t feeling too Christmassy right now, here’s some pictures for inspiration. Stick the Christmas songs on, pop on a Santa hat, get that Christmas tree up and you’ll be sure to be in the spirit in no time!

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Happy holidays ☆

ohthatstacey

xo

H A LL O W EEEE N🕸

Well,

It definitely lived up to its expectations. What a time to be alive!

I think I’ve already made it pretty clear in previous posts how much I L O V E this time of year and Halloween is just one of the many reasons! Dressing up as a fam bam was prettyyyy 👌img_7990

Pretty easy to guess who we dressed up as… The Flinstones. Now, this wasn’t our original plan so this one was kind of last minute. I think we did pretty well considering! I would love to say I made these costumes but I totally didn’t 🙈 Esmé’s is actually a romper from a gorgeous shop on Instagram @turtledovelondon … go and check them out, they’re one of our insta faves and fill Esmé’s wardrobe up quite nicely! Considering it isn’t actually a costume it fits in super well and the colour is just lush!

Mine and Christopher’s costumes are just off Amazon and were actually pretty good quality, I was impressed! And with super fast delivery it was a win win!

We got hit with the dreaded sickness bug/food poisoning over Halloween weekend but that didn’t stop us from partying our little socks off!

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Such Halloween lushness!!! Majority of this is from gorgeous insta shops, obviously it’s too late to get them for this year but next year you have all these possibilities aaand they sell absolutely gorgeous products all year round! Go check them out!

Halloween print: @freddiethekid

Ghost pendant: @thebear_and_thebird

Hallo garland: @ginger_spice_all_things_nice

Feathers: @featherandbird

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as we enjoyed ours at The Baldwins! I’d love to hear all the different Halloween ideas you all came up with so please share (I’m gonna need some more ideas for next year)!

Heres just a few snaps of my cutie patootie on her first Halloween.. cue the heart eyes!!

Ohthatstacey

xo