Nicky Archive

Mothercare revamp

Mothercare Nottingham opened it’s doors with a new look this week.  The store has undergone a revamp over the past couple of months and as one of the last few dedicated kids stores in Nottingham I was excited to check it out. I wasn’t expecting the store to look as different as it does.  The signage has been updated and the til point now sits …

Having it all

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a creature of habit, I like routine, I like structure and security.  That being the case I am in for an interesting time ahead.  I am taking voluntary redundancy, I never thought I would.  I’ve been with my employer for most of my working life and whilst this was never really a job I set out to …

My Nametags – review

In order to distract myself from the reality of Noah starting nursery back in late January I filled most of early January with buying “essential” nursery items. This included a backpack that is as big as he is, a new sippy cup, several different coats, a second comforter, the list goes on. Surely I wouldn’t be the only crazy loon packing their precious little one …

Brow wars

I didn’t want to do it, but they made me… Rimmel discontinued the eyebrow pencil I have been using for a million years so I’ve had to try out some new products to find something that will fill the gap, in my makeup bag and on my face. Of course I immediately looked to the gang of beauty bloggers I follow for recommendations, there were …

International Fathers Mental Health Day

Today is the first ever International Fathers Mental Health Day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of postnatal depression, antenatal anxiety and childbirth trauma experienced by men. I have become increasingly interested in learning about maternal mental health since becoming a mother myself and things are improving greatly in perinatal mental health for mothers.  It is important that fathers are not left behind in this and …

The teddy dilemma

Since having Noah I’ve had the perfect excuse for buying soft toys… ALL of the soft toys.  How do they make them so god damn cute that I can’t resist?  Yes, we already have 5 rabbits but we don’t have one in that shade of brown / that size / wearing a bow tie that I, ahem, Noah will absolutely love. This kid gotta lotta …

World Maternal Mental Health Day

Today, the 4th May, is World Maternal Mental Health Day.  The event is about raising awareness, about education and shaking off stigma around all maternal mental health issues. The fact is that more than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the year after having their baby.  This can include a number of conditions such as post natal depression, anxiety …

Social media ban?

I’ve seen a number of posts, articles, tweets, etc. recently that have criticised parents and their use of technology, specifically smartphones and tablets.  Parents being shamed for “ignoring” their children whilst tapping away on a phone or for pulling out a tablet to distract a child that is having a meltdown over lunch.  Is this criticism justified? Firstly I am of the view that people …