This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

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I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.

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What is the difference between formula milk and natural milk?

If you are a new parent, it can be tricky to navigate all of the new information that you simply need to know for the proper development of your child. It is difficult enough to be aware of everything and it is especially difficult to sort through the facts and fictions of various topics, such as choosing to feed your baby formula milk or natural milk.

There are a lot of debates revolving around the best way to raise your child, but sometimes it is best to look at the facts when deciding on what to do. Whether you choose to breastfeed your child or not, it is worth being fully informed about all of the available options.

If you believe in staying up-to-date with modern science and research to benefit your child, then read on to learn more bout the differences between formula milk and natural milk.

Formula Milk Has Extra Vitamins And Minerals

While debates often focus on what formula milk lacks in comparison to breastmilk, there are in fact several substances which the former contains that the latter does not. These include vitamin D, adequate iron, and omega fats. All of these substances are highly necessary for the proper overall development of your infant.

Formula milk can also be catered to your baby’s unique dietary needs. For example, if your newborn has food allergies, particular types of formula can be used to ensure your child receives nutrition without aggravating these conditions. There are even formula variants that are designed to promote healthy gut flora in your infant, complete with pre- and pro-biotic cultures. A quick sweep of the local supermarket aisles will reveal the comprehensive varieties of formula.

On the other hand, many studies suggest that breastmilk may have additional immunity-boosting substances that can benefit your baby. As such, if babies can be breastfed for the first six months of their life then this is a good option. However, it is worth noting that babies brought up on infant formula are generally no worse off immune-system-wise than their breastfed counterparts.

Formula Is Flexible

There are many circumstances where formula can be advantageous. In any case, where mother or child is not willing to participate in breastfeeding, formula can be a welcome substitute. Formula-feeding means that anyone can be the dinner-time caregiver for your child. Scheduling feeding time can then be easier and you can also know precisely how much nutrition your child is getting by measuring out the amount of formula ahead of time.

Perhaps best of all for the new mother, choosing to formula-feed can allow you to relax your own diet. For example, you will be able to enjoy a glass of wine or some spicy food without worrying about it being passed on to your baby through breastmilk.

Finally, one major difference between natural milk and formula milk that must be stated is the fact that the former is essentially free while the latter comes with a monetary cost. Formula milk can be expensive over time, but this is the trade-off for the convenience that comes with it.

Formula Feeding Or Breastfeeding: Whichever Suits Your Lifestyle!

Based on the above comparison of formula to breastmilk, it should be clear that the choice between the two should be based on personal preferences and the special circumstances surrounding your unique child. If your child is amenable to breastfeeding, then, by all means, you should take advantage of the opportunity to bond with your child in that way. If not, formula represents a safe alternative to help babies develop properly. Continue to inform yourself about the merits of formula-based feeding and as always consult with your physician if you have any further questions or concerns.

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