Happiness

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Babylish will be 9 months old this week.

It’s been nine glorious months of motherhood. I’ve made it this far unscathed all thanks to some really good mummy friends. You know the kind of friends you can message at any time of day to ask about green poo or to call when you are having an emotional melt down in asda car park (hey, it happens).

It’s friends like these that make you always feel at home, with a warm cup of tea and a hug. Caring for each other, we know nothing we say will be too weird and we don’t judge. It’s about raising each other up to be the best we can be.

Yes it’s been a great 9 months of friendship. Going through the trials and tribulations of motherhood knowing someone has your back, really, really helps.

Last week saw the end of maternity leave as we knew it, with two of the group returning back to work. To mark the end of a busy working week I decided to have the girls round for our first girly night without the babies.

I’d been sent a hamper of goodies from Moda in Pelle to celebrate the return of everyone’s best friend, Bridget Jones (and her baby!), to cinemas on 16th September.  Can you believe it’s been 12 years since she last made us cringe and hoot with laughter? (wow, I feel old!)

We had a lot to catch up on after a week of work, enjoying some treats from M&S and Patisserie Valerie as well as lots of edible and pampering goodies in the hamper. We particularly loved the Nip+Fab Bee Sting Serum which made our faces look and feel a.m.a.z.i.n.g the next day! There was also a very beautiful Moda in Pelle scarf which I know will become a firm favourite this Autumn / Winter.

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Moda in Pelle are also offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN a Girls Night In Hamper including lots of pamper products and a beautiful pair of Moda in Pelle shoes. All you have to do is follow the link and answer a simple question – Who played Mr Darcy in the Bridget Jones movies?

And of course decide which kind of a shoe girl are you? Do you love heels like Rachel, Brogues like Nicole and Sarah or are you a Boot girl like me?

bootsThis post was created in collaboration with Moda in Pelle but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Last night was the first time in ages that I’ve remembered my dream. Full of locked buildings and the feeling of needing to escape, it was an unusually weird one! I’m putting it down to the fact that I’ve just started watching Stranger Things on Netflix, which is amazing but rather freaky!

I don’t normally remember my dreams in the morning, because my sleep is so disturbed since the arrival of Babylish. She is still waking a few times a night so precious uninterrupted sleep is something of a distant dream for me.

What is the meaning of childrens dreams?

I’ve always loved dreaming though. Bad dreams are few and far between and generally my dreams are set in beautiful places with an air of mystery, magic and intrigue. Throughout my life I’ve had a few reoccurring dreams. When I’m lucky enough for them to return they fill me with a familiar warmth and happiness.

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One involves a secret room in a house full of abandoned treasure and antiques for me to discover. I was brought up on the Goonies and have always loved a good treasure trove! My other reoccurring dream is about looking into the most beautiful, crystal clear sea water and having sea animals communicate with me. Adding fuel to the theory I was a mermaid in another life!

I’ve been thinking about dreams since the team behind adjustable beds from Adjustamatic got in touch with me to say they are working on a new campaign with Ian Wallace, a world leading dreams expert. Together they are creating a series of videos around different aspects of the wonderful world of dreams. In the first video they look at what children’s dreams mean and why children dream, it’s quite fascinating!

I often think about what my children dream or even IF Babylish dreams? Can babies dream? Chatting with Littlelish who is now 7 to find out about her dreams I discovered that like her mumma she was having trouble recalling the fact that she dreamt at all.

It got me thinking, why do some people recall their dreams and others don’t? I googled it and apparently it even has scientists stumped.

Hopefully she does learn to remember her dreams though, I have so much enjoyment remembering my most beautiful, extraordinary dreams full of adventure and magic.

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indian-summer-date-nightI’m not going to lie to you, these last few weeks have been hard work. We are not sleeping massively well (show me parents of an 8 month old who do!), work has been really demanding for both of us and we just seem to be burning the candle at both ends every single night.

The thought of a date night didn’t really appeal. We were too exhausted to be romantic, do you know what I mean? After a particularly stressful Friday what I really wanted was to curl up in the foetal position and rock myself a bit… that or sleep for about 3 days.

I had already sneaked a peak at this months Indian Summer Just us box date night and seen there was something to do with meditation, that is a bit like sleeping right? So against every bone in my body that was telling me to go to bed (at 7pm) I suggested we open the box and have our date night. I thought it could really do us some good as we’d spent the week sat next to each other on the laptop in the evening, him doing his work, me doing mine. Oh the romance! It’s not very often we have such a week and I could tell that some ‘us’ time was in order.

We laid out the rug and meditation blanket, lit the candles and incense (which smelt totally divine!) made our cups of delicious soft chai and opened the contents of the box. We chatted through the activities and conversation starters and it really perked us up. I started to feel quite a bit better within minutes of doing something different and of the non moping variety. We talked about India and the Taj Mahal, both agreeing we’d like to visit one day. We asked each other questions and got a full house of correct answers! Trying to name the different karmasutra positions had us giggling…

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Then we opened the flying wish paper. I’d not heard of this before but the concept was lovely. You wrote down your wish, your dream or your fear (if you wanted) on red thin paper. You then scrumpled this up and concentrated on your wish. Straightening the paper out, you then rolled it into a tube and placed it on the base, touching it with a flame. The wish burned brightly and then flew upwards before turning to ash and floating back down again. It was quite mesmerizing to watch and it got us thinking about our dreams for the future and what was truly important to us.

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From here it seemed to make sense to do our meditation. Plus I was looking forward to the relaxation. Initially we wanted to do the couples meditation facing each other with knees touching but we had some technical issues as my other half finds it weirdly difficult to put his knees towards the floor in this position so our knees were at very different levels. So we opted for back to back which felt supportive and strong. It was comforting to have our bodies touching in this way. Personally I found the meditation surprisingly easy and I absolutely loved it. My partner didn’t find it quite so simple and got very fidgety towards the end… I will definitely be giving it another go again either on my own or with him if he is willing!

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Feeling relaxed we opened up the Karmasutra game. Not knowing what to expect , we did have a good giggle at some of the photos and phrases. As a couple we are pretty comfortable with each other in this way so were willing to give the game a go and actually we were rather pleasantly suprised. Selecting different cards, you were supposed to follow the instructions given. Luckily it wasn’t as cringeworthy as it sounds… the game was about intimacy, massage, sensuality and love and we actually really enjoyed making the time for each other. I totally forgot how tired I was and we managed to lose a few hours by candlelight…

Romantic, sensual and spiritual is how I would describe this months box which personally is a winning combination for me. The Just us box date night once again succeeded in taking us out of our every day normality, allowing us to escape for a few hours to a place where romance lives.  When our lives are so busy and tiring and we don’t seem to be able to get a moment of togetherness, having these evenings means we can reconnect and reminds ourselves just what it is that we have.

What I love is the contents of this box can be reused over and over again so we can have more Indian Summer nights if we would like or we can just use the different elements as and when we need them. I will be burning some more of the soothing incense and giving the mediation ago on my new meditation blanket. Littlelish has already been playing grannies with the silk scarf (hilarious) and will no doubt be begging to make wishes using the flying wish paper. Sadly we didn’t get round to using the Henna but I think we will have some fun as a family with it as Litlelish is also studying India as a topic on her return to school.

Thanks again to Just us box for gifting us this months date night box, we love it. Just to clarify, my thoughts and opinions above are very much my own! Should you wish to sign up to Just us box don’t forget there is currently a sale on until 12pm 4th September where you can receive 15% off by typing in LISH15. If you are too late for this sale you can receive 10% discount by using the promo code LISH10.

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