15 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Maternity leave is a big financial adjustment. Whether you receive full pay for six weeks or six months, making a few little changes could have a big impact on your finances. For me, I found being on maternity leave made me feel quite financially vulnerable. I was conscious that we didn’t have as big a cushion to fall back on and I also felt a bit of guilt (entirely self inflicted).  Especially after my leave ended when I wasn’t contributing to our family income.

After making several small changes, I managed to save quite a bit of money and I hope that you might be able to use these tips to do the same.

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MAMA LOVES | BEAUTY, BABY & LIFESTYLE

I have wanted to introduce a favourites post for a little while now but I wasn’t sure how it would be received. I asked over on Instagram whether this post would interest you, and the resounding answer was YES. I am really not sure how interesting I am, but by sharing the below things with you, I hope you might feel you know me a little better!

I often discover new products based on the recommendations of other Mama’s as well as bloggers/YouTubers so please do let me know if there is something you love, that you think I would too.

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BABY-LED WEANING | WHAT MY BABY EATS IN A WEEK

I have posted quite a few times about our weaning journey so far. Weaning can be such a minefield and when you are already trying to juggle everything else motherhood entails, thinking of new meal ideas can become a bit of a chore.

Below is a week of Freddie’s meals (from last Friday to today), which I hope might give you some inspiration if you are in need of some fresh ideas! Freddie is almost eleven months and so we almost exclusively do baby-led weaning but I also spoon feed Freddie things like Chilli, Spaghetti Bolognese and soup. The key is not to stress to much about which approach to follow, just do whatever works for you and your baby.

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PREGNANCY | BUDGETING FOR BABY

Finding out you are pregnant can be such an exciting time. Once you see that positive test, you start thinking about the future and all of the hopes and dreams you have for your baby. However it can also be daunting too! From buying everything your baby will need to adjusting to maternity pay, it can feel overwhelming and a bit stressful.

This is the first of two posts all about how we budgeted during pregnancy and during maternity leave (the second post will be up next week!). I hope it helps you to feel less worried about your finances and more prepared to meet your new arrival.

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2018 | EIGHT GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

I struggle a bit with idea of a resolution because it feels a bit like something that you can either get right or wrong- tricky when the world is so busy and life is constantly changing. However, setting goals feels a lot more achievable to me. Something to aim for but not something to feel guilty about if I don’t quite achieve it!

2018 seems like it might be a pretty big year for me. I am starting to look for part-time jobs (scary!), Freddie will be turning one and I would love to continue sharing on this blog and on my Instagram too. I began writing down my goals and realised, rather conveniently, that there were eight. Here they are…

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