MUMMY MONDAY – REAL MAMAS MARY AND EMMA – SUPERCHARGED CLUB

Good morning! How is it Monday again? Marlie will be 7 weeks on Wednesday and we’re even closer to Christmas. How is this happening? It feels like it was only a couple of weeks ago we were first coming home with her. All these years of wishing time away is coming back to haunt me.

Anyway, I am super excited about Christmas. Usually I’d be planning from September, but a new baby got in the way. So I am very late to the festive train, but I’m ready to make up for that. I’ll be posting Christmas updates on my instagram and Facebook account if you fancy finding out what I’ve got going on. (search Mission2Mum for both)

I’ve got a double whammy real, super Mama’s Mummy Monday for you this week. The amazing ladies from SuperCharged Club, Mary and Emma, have answered my questions and I’m really excited to have them on the blog.

I just love what these badass women have created in Supercharged club. It’s exactly what you need to kick start a healthy diet and fitness programme after having the kiddos. There’s no bullshit fads with these two, it’s all about informative, motivational and inspiring advice to help you turn your life around. I love the whole concept and I will be joining the Supercharged club very soon. (once I get my head around this multiple kids malarky!) Head on over to the website ‘click here‘ to find out more. Let’s find out what the girls have got to say…

Photography by Brighton and London photographer Emma Gutteridge

Getting to know you

Name: Mary Meadows (left in the picture)

Where can we catch you on social: @superchargedclub @badasshappylifecoach

Website: www.superchargedclub.co.uk

Business: Supercharged Club – empowering women to be the best, badass version of themselves!

Mama to: Albie aged 4 ¾

What’s your wardrobe must have: leggings and anything with glitter on.

Your perfect way to relax: long soak in the bath with lots of potions and lotions and a facemask.

Currently reading/watching/listening to: Cherry Healey’s podcasts, and reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Proudest moment of your life: seeing Albie dancing on stage at the Brighton Dome.

Words you live by: BE KIND.

Your must have product: paw paw lip balm.

Being a Mama

What do you love most about being a Mummy: the amazing conversations we have together and the fact that he helps me see the wonder of the world every day!

What could you do without: the daily struggle of shoes.

What 5 words best describe your birth story: frightening, painful, relief, miracle, wonderful.

What should every Mama have in the birthing room: music – I had Michael Buble playing!

What got you through the first weeks with a new baby: I have no idea! Think it was purely instinct and quite a bit of googling.

Funny things Albie does: he shouts out in the night if his duvet has fallen off ‘mummy snuggle me up!’ its so cute! And gives me spare kisses into my bag when I drop him off at school in case I miss him.

Most embarrassing moment since becoming a Mum: breastpads falling out on a night out with the girls, all glammed up, standing at the bar…

The one product you couldn’t live without now you’re a Mum: coffee.

How do you keep Albie entertained: outside in the parks, and south downs, nothing a stick and a run around in the park wont help!

How did you decide on his name? we had it picked out for many years.

Where do you shop for him: Marks and Spencers, and online in small businesses.

Best piece of advice you could give other Mamas: Trust your instinct and try not to compare your child to others

Thank you Mary. I’m so with you on Paw Paw. Fave lip balm ever. And don’t get me started on breast pads!

Over to you Emma…

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Name: Emma Fullwood

Where can we catch you on social: @superchargedclub @zippedupmumsemma

Website: www.superchargedclub.co.uk

Business: Supercharged Club – empowering women to be the best, badass version of themselves! 6 week online missions, workshops, events and talks

Mama to: Hugo aged 5

What’s your wardrobe must have: sportsbra.

Your perfect way to relax: at the gym my mamame time!

Currently reading: ‘A Happier Hour’ by Rebecca Weller

Proudest moment of your life: giving birth.

Words you live by: never give up on a bad day! Can be applied to everything!

Your must have product: eyebrow pencil

Being a Mama

What do you love most about being a Mummy: when he says ‘I love you Mama’.

What could you do without: waking in the night!

What 5 words best describe your birth story: traumatic, bloody, scary, life changing, unforgettable.

What should every Mama have in the birthing room: gas and air!

What got you through the first weeks with a new baby: it’s a blur, don’t know how I got through them!

Funny things Hugo does: he wont take the cat costume off other than to go to school!

Most embarrassing moment since becoming a Mum: wetting myself in the park.

The one product you couldn’t live without now you’re a Mum: wet wipes.

How do you keep Hugo entertained: tv – ceebebbies saved my life!

How did you decide on Hugo’s name: it came from a character in Home & away and it was the only one we could agree on.

Where do you shop for your kids: h&M

Best piece of advice you could give other Mamas: make sure you get some mama me time whatever that looks like for you, and as often as you can!

Girls – thank you! I’ve loved having you on the blog and love what you’re doing for Mama’s everywhere. Thank you. xx

MUMMY MONDAY – REAL MAMA – JEMMA from Mummas Health Hub

Good morning! Well, it’s been a little while hasn’t it. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know that we were surprised with a quick and early delivery of our baby girl at the end of September and it kinda turned our world upside down. We’re getting into the groove almost 6 weeks on, but it’s been a whirlwind. I’ll fill you in on the birth and our first weeks very soon. But first I wanted to get this fab Mummy Monday up for some Monday inspiration.

I’d like to welcome the absolutely gorgeous and inspiring Jemma from Mummas Health Hub. I’ve been following Jemma on Instagram for a while now and just love her positive, inspiring words and posts. She is also a really lovely lady and incredibly supportive of other Mama’s and their businesses. I’ve been introduced to so many new fab Mama’s thanks to Jemma’s shares.

She recently launched the Mummas Health Hub Pack of Hacks – a set of 21 postcards to help us busy Mama’s fit in exercise. Each card has a different exercise / fit tip on and they’re only £12.95! Who needs a gym when you have innovative Mama’s bringing the gym to your kitchen!

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I have great pleasure in handing over to Jemma for this weeks Mummy Monday…

Jemma, founder of Mumma's Health Hub, photographed in London Fields, Hackney.

Jemma, founder of Mumma’s Health Hub, photographed in London Fields, Hackney.

Getting to know you

Name: Jemma Thomas

Where can we catch you on social: Instagarm @mummas_health_hub

Website: www.mummashealthhub.com

Business: Training and fitness

Mama to: Jude 5 and Buddy 10 months

What’s your wardrobe must have: Nicely fitting jeans and good work out gear.

Your perfect way to relax: Films and box sets, with no phone in sight to distract me as I’m terrible for double screening!

Currently reading/watching/listening to: Reading Jon Ronson ‘So You’ve been Publicly shamed,’ Watching –‘ The Night Of’ on Sky Atlantic, really addictive, Listening to Michael Kiwanuka

Proudest moment of your life: Has to be giving birth twice, sorry to be a cliché!

Words you live by: Just be nice

Your must have product: Tangle Teaser

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Being a Mama

What do you love most about being a Mummy: I love listening to Jude and hearing him say funny things and asking really inquisitive questions. Also watching Buddy and Jude interact even though there’s 4.5 years between then is so cute! The brotherly love is def there already.

What could you do without: 4.50am starts!!

What 5 words best describe your birth story: I was in control throughout. (thanks to hypnobirthing day course with The Yes Mum !!)

What should every Mama have in the birthing room: Straws, ice, (I munched through cups of the stuff) nice calming essential oil, kit kats, oh and some music.

What got you through the first weeks with a new baby: Another cliché but my husband, family and friends. We got so much support and encouragement from everyone. The hard times were hard, but made easier knowing we could call on people to be there if we needed them. Also I froze a few nice meals, that helped too.

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Funny things the boys do: Jude went through a stage of spelling out swear words, I couldn’t keep a straight face through him saying.. ‘I know how to spell shit – S-H-I-T.. ‘ he was so proud of himself!

Most embarrassing moment since becoming a Mum: Erm, I’m not sure I’m capable of being embarrassed anymore since giving birth twice and the various strange things you do when I labour, moo’ing, being naked in front of the whole room! Maybe just when Jude used to ask me really inappropriate things about people on trains, who were sat opposite us, ‘Mummy why does that man have a really big nose’ etc!

The one product you couldn’t live without now you’re a Mum: I really love coconut oil, it’s good for almost anything, I use Kokoso, it’s lovely to put on the baby after a bath.

How do you keep Jude and Buddy entertained: I ‘try’ to do funny voices to Buddy, that might keep him quiet for 5 minutes, and Jude loves being outside and making up games where we live in a secret den! So we find bushes in the park and pretend we live there, ha sounds weird I know!

How did you decide on the boy’s names: Jude was always a favourite and Buddy we just heard one day and both loved.

Where do you shop for your kids: Everywhere and anywhere really, online at cool little boutiques we’ve found through instagram, and also the Zara kids sale is great!

Best piece of advice you could give other Mamas: When you’re in a compete mess due to sleep deprivation or newborn settling issues (there are MANY!) Just remember it will pass and quickly, I promise. Oh and if you can get an hour to yourself, do something for you, go for a run, get your nails done.. it’s not selfish so don’t feel guilty.

Thank you so much Jemma. Loved sharing this insight into your world. You can buy Jemma’s exercise hack cards right ‘here‘. I’ll also be sharing more about these and my post baby exercise goals very soon. xx

Thanks also to the wonderful Emily Gray photography for these beaut pics of lovely Jemma. You can check out Emily’s pics on Insta @emilygrayphoto xx

MUMMY MONDAY – REAL MAMA – KIRSTY

Ah Monday again. Where does the weekend go? I hope you had a fabulous one.

This week’s Mummy Monday is someone I’ve been ‘social’ with for YEARS. Since we were planning our weddings in fact. It’s been a long time coming to get this lovely lady on Mummy Monday and I am so chuffed to have her and her gorgeous wee girl on today. Over to you Kirsty…

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

 Name: Kirsty 

Where can we catch you on social: Instagram kirsty.crofts or Twitter @MrsCrofts

Blog: www.thephoebsterandme.blogspot.com 

Business: I still have dreams of owning my own cake or craft business…one day!

Mama to: Phoebe  7 1/2 months

What’s your wardrobe must have: Jeans

Your perfect way to relax: Hahaha, there’s not much time for relaxing these days but I do love a super hot bubble bath and candles

Currently reading / watching / listening to: I can’t remember when I last read something un-baby related, that’s bad isn’t it? Watching – GBBO Listening to – Absolute 80s is the radio of choice at the Crofts 

Proudest moment of your life: Cliche I know but giving birth to our daughter, I really worried I wouldn’t be able to do it!

Favourite quote: “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” – Roald Dahl

Your must have product: Concealer for those bags under the eyes!!

BEING A MAMA

What do you love most about being a Mummy: Being greeted with a huge grin when I go in to get Phoebe up in the morning and hearing her laugh, baby chuckles are the best noise ever…fact!

What could you do without: Teething!

What 5 words describe your birth story: Long, traumatic, scary, overwhelming, amazing!

What should every mama have in the birthing room: Lip balm, as absolutely awesome as gas & air is it really dries your lips out and a supportive birth partner. My husband was bloody amazing in there, I really couldn’t have done it without him.

What got you through the first few weeks with a new baby: Sleeping whenever we could, forget clocks/times/routines, just go with surviving! 😉

Funny things Phoebe does: Phoebe just babbles at the moment which is funny in itself but her favourite things to do at the moment are standing up against anything she can and shouting her head off or as soon as her nappy comes off for bath time she crawls off before you can catch her…that little bare bum disappearing along the landing keeps us amused!

– so lovely to have you on the blog Kirsty. Thank you. xx

After Birth Day Dreams – my post birth wish list

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At 37 weeks pregnant, my mind has started wondering to the post-birth stage and all I can think about is all the things I’m looking forward to after the baby arrives. Forget about the baby snuggles (that’s a given) I’m talking Mama indulgence and a few day dreams thrown in for good measure:

Eggs Benedict – creamy hollandaise sauce, runny eggs dribbling down my chin. *droool*

GBK Camemburger

Prosecco (I’ve been stocking up on my favourite Aldi ‘minis’)

Baked Gooey Brie / Camembert, M&S Fig and Walnut bread and a sweet sticky chutney.

Prawns – big juicy King Prawns cooked in garlic butter

Sushi – a shit load of sushi!

Coffee – Starbucks Spiced Latte

Food is playing a big part of my daydreams. My appetite has been crap throughout the whole pregnancy. I don’t fancy any food. I’ll eat whatever’s in front of me, but I haven’t fancied anything. I am so looking forward to getting stuck into some flavoursome food.

Plus…

Being able to get dressed, stand up, lay down, bend over, and move without the noises, aches and zombie-ness.

Seeing the toilet less than a hundred times a day

Actually fancying a food, rather than just eating because I’ve got to

Sleeping without pillows under every part of my body

Not having to move said pillows every time I have to get up to pee

Sleeping! I can guarantee I will sleep more when this baby arrives than I have since January. The night time peeing and hip pain has been unbearable and I am so over it.

No more Heartburn. From Water!!!

Drinking something other than water without it going straight through me

And the day dreaming has involved, a cleaner to keep my bed sheets fresh and the house spotless, daily deliveries of fresh fruit, veg and hearty meals. (Autumn Stews!)

Obviously none of the dreaming involves thinking about post-partum cramps, bloody, stale milk smells, puke, poo or crying. Leave me at peace in my day dream.

Pregnant ladies – what post-pregnancy day dreams are you having?

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