Review – Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottel front cover of book with Kiki sat on the bottle in the ocean

When I was a child I loved reading! I remember going to the library at least once a week and it is a passion that has never ceased (although I certainly don’t have as much time to read as I once did!!) When I found out I was pregnant I couldn’t wait to buy books so I could sit snuggled up with my son reading and looking at picture books. Once J arrived, I didn’t wait long; we were looking at books together before he was two months old. When I was asked to be a member of the Message in a Bottle launch team I was thrilled as it meant I would get to review the book once it was released as well as see the journey it took to getting published.


 Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle tells the story of Kiki, a Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper, who really wants to go on an adventure. She finds a bottle washed up on the beach with a message inside. Since you can personalise this book the message is addressed to your child. In a spontaneous moment of bravery, Kiki decides to deliver the message to it’s rightful owner and off she flies into the unknown. Message in a Bottle charts her adventure and the wonderful creatures she meets along the way, from the highly sprung sailfish to the cheeky monkeys. It isn’t all plain sailing for Kiki but she makes it in the end to deliver your chosen message to your loved one.

Message in a Bottle promo photo of owl cuddling Kiki to keep her warm at night

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The Reality of Being a New Mummy

New mummy and newborn baby cuddling

The Reality of Being a New Mummy – A letter to my friend

I am so proud of you for everything you have already achieved as a new mummy and your little boy is only 10 weeks old. You coped valiantly with a difficult pregnancy – hyperemesis gravidarum, indigestion, anxiety and a stressful work situation. You kept going bravely through several weeks of on/off contractions; wondering if this time might be the one you get to meet baby only for it to all cease again. You conquered your fear of hospitals by encountering everything you didn’t want in your labour and facing it head on – your induction, your emergency caesarean, your longer than planned hospital stay. I am so proud of what you achieved and yet you can’t see it.


I am so proud of everything you have already achieved and your little boy is only 10 weeks old. You didn’t lose your calm when you had half the family descend on you all at once in the first few days (although you had every right to!). You battled with the sleep deprivation as your little boy cluster fed all through the night. You accepted that breast feeding was painful but did what you needed to do to help it by using nipple shields so that you didn’t have to give up because you didn’t want to. When you were ready you persuaded your tired body to get off the sofa and go to baby classes to interact with new mums and their babies. I am so proud of what you have achieved and yet you can’t see it.

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How to entertain your child while you are ill

Orange jelly in a clear plastic bowl with 6 black plastic spiders and a plastic spoon.
What do you do to keep the little ones entertained while you are ill?


I am quite a chatterbox, so am regularly verbalising play, chatting about what we can see as we drive along in the car, singing songs and reading books to J. However, when illness strikes in the form of Laryngitus and steals my voice away what do we do then?! It isn’t the first time I’ve had Laryngitus, but it is especially inconvenient when it arrives just as my mum has gone on a 2 week holiday and hubby is away for the weekend! I couldn’t leave the house and had no voice to talk to J.


I had to be creative, so I decided to drop the baking and painting I had planned (far too much exertion required by me) and create some simple but enjoyable activities instead. Some of these are Halloween themed since it was that time of year, but they are easily adaptable to suit other themes/seasons.
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Scottish Highlands : A family Adventure

Scottish highlands: river running across the landscape with hill to the right and beach in front, grass behind

Scottish Highlands

We went for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands earlier this month. This was a location that was a little different for us as we love hot holidays, but with a toddler we thought we would try something a little different. We based ourselves in a self-catering lodge near the village of Ballater, close to Balmoral Castle and had ourselves a little Scottish adventure.

2 dolphin fins off the Moray Firth coast.
Wild dolphins off the Moray Firth in the sea.








Red deer in a Scottish valley
Red deer in a valley near Loch Muick.

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Life as a stay at home mum

Mum (me) holding J's hand

I have been a stay at home mum for almost 8 months now and have absolutely loved it. So much so that I could happily continue in this role forever more. However, since that is not going to be the case in a couple of months I wanted to write about it now while I had the chance.


Having read Why Parenthood is Nothing Like I Imagined by The Unmumsy Mum this morning I felt inspired to write this post today (even though I have a long list of posts that I either need to finish or actually write). I tried really hard not to have an image of motherhood prior to J’s birth. It was a bit of a journey to get to his arrival and I couldn’t allow myself to jinx it by imagining all the wonderment that being a mother was finally going to bring. My sister passed away shortly before she was born and I was really scared that this would happen to J, so I protected myself as much as I could by banishing all exciting and wonderful daydreams before they could really take root.

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