Good morning- I’m here and still no baby (my due date was Wednesday) I really thought that this one might come a little early as I’d been ‘twinging’ all last week, but alas, I obviously like to cook them well and he’s staying put for the time being. Maybe I’ll have some news for you after the weekend, fingers crossed!
Despite waiting for a baby, we’ve actually had quite a busy week, and I think it’s taken my mind off the wait to be honest. I am SO relieved though that the weather has been cooler the last couple of days, as the heat has nearly finished me off. I audibly cheered yesterday when we had a short rain shower! I’m definitely a typical Brit, when it comes to having a good old-fashioned moan about the weather.
I really need to start a new book (recommendations welcome please!), but yesterday I picked up Grazia Magazine for the first time in ages, and the main topic of the week was digital detoxing and having more of an ‘offline’ life. They had short interviews with several women who work, or run businesses, using digital marketing and social media heavily, and how these women managed to switch off more and finally found a balance. I always find reading stuff on this really interesting, as it’s something that I often feel I’m straddling a fine line with, especially as a digital marketeer and a blogger. I don’t always feel I get the balance quite right, as I seem to binge with blogging, and then have enough for several days- I’d like to get a more balanced schedule i.e. perhaps blog on X number of days. I was impressed with the women who had ditched their smartphones for more basic ones, and kept checking emails to perhaps twice a day. Whilst they say their quality of life had become better, as someone who literally got a new iPhone yesterday, I’m not sure I could do this! Definitely food for thought though, especially Polly Vernon’s view on oversharing on social media like Instagram Stories- why do we feel the need to share every little moment, rather than just living in the moment? Are we doing it to empower others and ourselves, or is it purely narcissistic? Should we just not overthink it? I’d love to know your thoughts on this, and definitely recommend picking up a copy!
I haven’t actually watched much TV this week, I think because the children have been going to bed far later than usual because it’s just been SO BLOODY HOT. I have managed to catch DIY SOS (my total guilty pleasure, and also because I love house renovation stuff), but otherwise I’ve actually been watching some more YouTubers (my other guilty pleasure that Adam really doesn’t understand!). I’m loving Katie’s vlogging in June, and think she must be an editing machine, having managed to keep up a video a day whilst holidaying and moving house- seriously impressive and her videos are always so well shot.
Talking of YouTube, I’m starting to crack on with making a few more videos of my own for my fledgling YouTube channel, and this week edited and put together a video of our Eurocamp holiday to Bella Italia, Lake Garda. I studied Broadcast Journalism at uni, and really enjoyed video editing then so in theory I should be a YouTube whizz, but of course, it doesn’t work like that! I’d like to perhaps film a video a week, but it’s finding the time to do so (hence why I think Katie, above, is a vlogging machine!). I’m working on an edit of our kitchen renovation that I actually filmed a few months ago, so hopefully this will be live later today.
I also finished off the baby’s room (cutting it rather fine!), and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out- you can have a look at the finished result HERE if you’re interested.
I’ve been trying not to scare the neighbours this past week, by getting my whopping bump out in a variety of bikinis- it really has been too hot to wear much else! I must admit that after months of maternity clothes (admittedly not bad ones) I am definitely ready for a bit of a change of wardrobe, although if my last pregnancies were anything to go by I was still wearing maternity jeans months after both babies were born as they were just so comfy!
This week I’ve been listening to The Courteeners, George Ezra, Ella Fitzgerald, and er…The Moana Soundtrack, which is still going strong in our house.
Freddie made his promise at Beavers last night, and we were very proud of him! I think scouting is such a great activity to be involved in, and his ‘colony’ does so many great activities and adventures, plus all the different badges to work towards enable them to pursue different interests even at this young age. Sasha recently started Rainbows too, and will be making her promise in September. Now I just need to sew all the badges on his jumper, which for me is a total nightmare as despite enjoying many crafts, I’m not actually a huge fan of sewing!
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Holy crap, that’s a cute nursery! I’ve seriously considered digital detoxes a lot but I work in marketing so the window of opportunity is very small, especially as a blogger.
Sewing on badges was my worst nightmare when my daughter was a brownie and a scout! The digital detox articles in Grazia this week were great, definitely something I need to try to implement. Blogging/social media management/home life all seem to blur into one otherwise. Love the nursery. Hope the little one puts in an appearance soon #littleloves
That article would’ve definitely given me food for thought too. I have a digital detox book that I’m yet to read, it is SO hard to shut off isn’t it. I don’t know how you’re managing to cope with your pregnancy in this heat, I can imagine the rain was more than welcome for you! I loved Brownies as a kid, I think it’s such a great thing for kids to do! Enjoy your weekend xx
The article about digital detoxing sounds so interesting to me. I’ve often wondered what the affect of our generation’s obsession with all things digital will have on our children’s generation. I think it’s so important for us to be present with our children and fully engaged in each moment, but with all the advancements in technology it can be hard not to become addicted to our devices.
I’m seriously loving the nursery. So cute! Many blessings on you as you bring a new little one into the world. What a precious gift!
Ooh I’ve just found you on Insta to see if baby was here! The nursery is absolutely beautiful, I really love the colour scheme you’ve gone for. The Moana soundtrack is definitely still a big hit here too, at least it’s replaced Trolls haha xx
Your nursery is beautiful. I do hope baby makes an appearance soon lovely. The Moana soundtrack is a huge favourite here – Good luck x
I’m just off to find you on Instagram to see if baby is here? The nursery is gorgeous. I’m also going to check out your Youtube video, I love Eurocamp and Italy but have only ever been to France with them. Eilidh x