When you have a child your life changes in ways you never could have imagined. Suddenly your full attention is on another human being. Everything you do is ultimately for them. Taking care of yourself often becomes secondary. But it’s not wise to completely set aside your own needs. Parents who are tired, ill, and unfulfilled will not be able to offer the best care for their child. So it makes sense to factor your own health and happiness into the equation.
New babies require lots of stuff. From the moment you found you were pregnant you probably started putting together a maternity checklist. But I bet it didn’t include items for parents. Consider setting up your own list of items to keep you fit, well, and happy during the early years. It needn’t cost a fortune; just a few items to make life a little easier.
- A few paperbacks for when the baby is sleeping, and you’re not
- Magazines to leaf through for the scarce 10-minute break
- Bath products for R&R
- Comfy lounge pants and slippers for 4:00 am feeds and the rest of day if needed
- List of Netflix and Prime films and series
- Healthy food and the odd treat
- Music playlist for quick workouts and relaxing
I have been a bit slow on the uptake with having professional photographs taken of baby girl. I know it’s bad of me. She is only a baby once. But we do have zillions of our own photos and videos.
So I have been on the hunt, looking for local service professionals in Baby photography. There is a great site called Bidvine which you can look for services in your local area. It can be any service you need, not just photography. But I’m concentrating at looking for baby photography.
How Bidvine works:
- Get Quotes
- Pick One
- Job Done
It really is that simple. They do the hard work for you by searching your area for the best possible professional people for the job you need doing.
A couple of weeks back I featured this beautiful little book – James and the Amazing Gift by Nicola J. Rowley in my kids Christmas Gift Guide. Here is my review of that book. It’s such a wonderful story that it deserves its own review.
James has an amazing gift. He loves to smile. He also has an incredible ability to make everyone he meets, smile too. But one day, whilst he is at a garden centre with his mummy, he sees an elderly lady who does not want to smile. She is sitting in the corner with her purple hat pulled down over her face. She is all alone. James has to work really hard to get her attention. Will he be able to make the old lady feel as if she is no longer just by herself?
Today’s post is a little different. I’m very happy to share with you a guest post from author Andrew Joyce. Andrew shares with us what it takes to properly research writing a book and the facts he needed to produce his latest book, Yellow Hair.
Over to you Andrew…
My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Rachel for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage I write about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in my fact-based tale of fiction were real people and I use their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.
Now that the commercial is out of the way, we can get down to what I really came here to talk about: the research that goes into writing an historical novel or an action/adventure novel that uses an historical event as a backdrop.
Here is another installment of items for my Christmas Wish List. You can pop back and read my other wish lists here for a coffee machine and a subscription box. But on this list are items for the home.
I’m a homely person and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love the comfort and style of things around my home. I know some people think they are dust catchers but not me. It’s a home to be lived in and have lots of pretty things around.
My Wish List
I love to shop sales. I rarely buy things at full price I can’t bare to! Maybe that’s the money-saving fiend in me. One of my favourite online websites to browse is Love the Sales. Not only do they cover the latest fashion go-to retailers but also home, garden, electronics and more.
I’m very pleased to be on the Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town book tour. Tinsel Town is written by Natalie Page and illustrated by Chris Rivers Nuttall. It’s a fantastic children’s book in the Zak and Jen Astronomical Adventures series. Which started with The Petal Planet.
As you know we are huge book lovers. I’m sharing that love for books with baby girl. She might not yet understand what they are about but at 9 months old she love’s to turn the pages when we read together.
Best friends Zak and Jen love exploring space using their magic umbrellas. This time, they find a Christmas themed planet, but there is one thing missing, the inhabitants! Join the characters as they make some festive friends, and realise how important it is to appreciate every day. Tinsel Town is written for children over five years old, however younger children will also enjoy the rhythm of the story and its festive theme.