It’s Mental Health Awareness this week (I’m sure many of you know) and this is something I have experienced since I was 20years old.
The above is so important, kind of obvious, but a struggle when you have children I think. The guilt sets in, or just finding the time to do something for yourself is a challenge. But in reality, why should you feel guilty if it means you have that little bit of breathing space to have all those feel good bugs from exercise (or whatever you choose) to keep you from snapping at your children or someone or feeling bad about yourself.
SIX is a new modern maternity British underwear brand launching this month. Founder Kate has had many years experience in the fashion industry and like many of us found there was a HUGE gap in the market when it comes to good maternity underwear, so SIX was born.
There are no labels in the garments, all care instructions are printed directly on to the fabric for comfort. Everything is made in Portugal, All fabrics are Premium quality Italian Jersey and the Laces are all French Leavers Lace.
The range is minimal and clean in design, and prices range from £27-£72 reasonable for something you wear every day pre and post pregnancy. I’ve always liked underwear, and the only other maternity I have liked is Storq which isn’t available in the UK. Looking forward to buying something from this new brand when it’s released.
Nursing bras are notorious for being ugly things a breast feeding mother has to wear, day in day out. Horrible design, clips, unattractive, chunky and old fashioned on the whole. Admittedly ladies need that extra support when full of milk, and big boobed mama’s more so, but there should be more on offer that doesn’t cost a fortune. It is true that it makes you feel more confident, comfortable and happy if you are wearing nice underwear.
This Storq nursing bra is very simple, no fuss, even fairly boring but it isn’t chunky and unattractive. It doesn’t have clips, just pull to the side access, made in super soft fabric and extra flexible when your cup size changes or boobs are super full.
Maybe not ideal for those that need extra support for the bigger chest, but if you don’t we highly recommend these.
So today was GCSE results day for many including my first born. It has been full of mixed emotions to say the least. I didn’t really know what to expect when he opened his envelope, and I’m not sure if he did either. O’s facial expressions are hard to read at the best of times, a typical ASD trait and he is pretty positive and optimistic about everything, even when things haven’t gone according to plan sometimes.
O isn’t academic and I didn’t want for A*’s. What I did want was for him to do his best and get some results for his confidence and self esteem, and know he is as good as anybody else he stands next to. It can be hard to do when you have a diagnosed label and statement in education, where support is a constant fight and struggle when you appear to be ok and ‘making progress’.
O got some GCSE’s, something I didn’t know if it was possible 14yrs ago. I spent a lot of today going to the loo to hide my tears that kept pouring out. Some from relief, some from pride, a lot from flash backs of the last 16yrs. God, motherhood is hard sometimes. Emotionally exhausting, lonely, rewarding, full of love and the best thing I have ever done, warts and all (and there are a lot of those).
The rest of the day has been lunching out and treats.
He has what he needs to go to the college he chose for the next 3yrs. I’m not sure what his best is or could have been, all I know is that he got what he needed and I’m proud and happy for him. I hope he feels that way too.
I’ve recently come across Rock My Bowl, and tried the cacao sea salt granola this week. Which is amazing and I really don’t think the bag is going to last very long unless someone hides it from me!
Founder Rebecca, only started the company in January of this year and has kindly given us a recipe to share with you and answered a few of our guest blog post questions. If you try the delicious smoothie bowl, please share and tag on instagram so we can see.
Where do you live and with whom? I live in Brockley with my partner Robbie he owns more clothes and shoes than any one I have ever met before! and our 3 year son Jude.
How was Rock My Bowl born? Where can we find you now/over the summer? I started Rock my bowl because when I had my son I realised that having a substantial and delicious start to the day was so important but yet many people don’t eat breakfast or just shove a piece of cold toast in they’re mouth. I began experimenting and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I never intended to make it a business but I had been making my granola ,porridge and elaborate salads for friends and family for years and everyone kept saying to me you should have a cafe/food business. After turning 40 last year I just decided to go for it … I have been amazed at the response. Rock my bowl is at druid street market every other Saturday but also we have so much great stuff going on. A new 6 week brunch market in Hackney from 24th July. a pop up in Old street underground station for 2 weeks in September. Everything we do is usually on IG or our website.
What is the favourite bowl to eat in your house at the moment? We eat a LOT of my porridge at home,I always have it for lunch when i’m doing events. My partner who used to eat crumpets for breakfast is the one who tends to get a pretty incredible bowl every morning (That’s usually the first image I post) For me I have a power bowl every day.. it’s basically a small bowl of fruit. yoghurt, sometimes grains and lots of superfoods and boosters and a generous sprinkle of granola.
What/who inspires you? Are you very health conscious? My biggest inspirations are the chef Anna jones. Her books are my absolute favourites and the authors of the blogs www.greenkitchenstories.com and www.mynewroots.org Incredible recipes and images and i use them both in my everyday cooking.
I’m pretty health conscious.. I have always made exercise a huge part off my life and i’m not particularly nice when i don’t work out. At the moment it’s a class at Frame or a workout from Youtube. Healthy eating tends to come hand in hand with that. That said I believe in balance.. I eat out a lot and I certainly don’t skip the desert. I have attempted to give up coffee and Gin but it’s just not any fun. My weakness is an almond croissant from Little bread pedlar. I probably have one once a month although i think about them most days!!!!