Mummykind’s November Top 5

Wow – November is over already! Where has the year gone? It’s very nearly, dare I say it?, CHRISTMAS! I’m not sure whether we will continue our round up posts next year – what do you all think?

Top 5 Blog Posts

This post from Maria is number 1 this month!

I guess we know what everyone’s kids have been suffering with since the wintery weather came along!

This one from Sarah is still up there in the top 5! I guess it’s still Summer somewhere…

With the release of Frozen 2 we may need to plan a Frozen themed party to suit those winter birthdays!

We’d love to know if anyone has tried this during their pregnancy as recommended by Maria – get in touch!

This post is up at number 3 this month.

We must have had a few readers looking for gift ideas this month! I’m sure that many of these gift ideas for your paper anniversary could also be appropriate as Christmas gifts for your other half!

This one from Sarah is up at number 4 this month.

Last but not least, at number 5 we have Sarah’s birth story making a comeback!

Keep an eye out for Maria’s new birth story post all about baby no.2!

Top 5 Things we did

  1. Sarah took Kiera to see Little Mix at the O2 Arena in London! Coincidentally, Amy also went to see them the day before. Everyone had an amazing time and came away feeling so empowered. #GRLPWR anyone?
  2. Maria applied for funding to expand her nappy library – keep your eyes peeled for more developments!
  3. Harriet & Florence and Charlie, Immy & Leon all went to Little Street together and had a lovely time
  4. Harriet got a 1st in her first university assignment – we’re all so proud of her!
  5. Maria and her husband celebrated 8 years together – CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Tales From Mamaville – The importance of mental health as a mother
  2. Rainbows Are Too Beautiful – An Elf on the Shelf for our autistic kids
  3. Vikalinka – White Christmas Truffle Cake Recipe
  4. Easy Mommy Life – 10 phrases to use when your toddler doesn’t listen
  5. A Moment With Franca – 12 Family Movie Nights Advent Calendar

What have you been up to this month?

Mummykind’s September Top 5

Sorry this is so late! It’s been a busy month for all of us and we’re all a combination of exhausted, delirious and happy at the same time!

So here it is… our Top 5 from September:

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. Charlie had her baby boy! Welcome to the world Baby Leon. Mummy and Baby are doing very well.
  2. Imogen not only became a big sister but also had her birthday this month! Lots of celebrations for Charlie and family.
  3. Amy had her tonsillectomy, and unfortunately managed to get an infection! She’s feeling much better now. Speaking of infections, Harriet and Paige also suffered a bit this month! They both had 2 kidney infections but are on the mend.
  4. Maria’s little boy started Reception in school (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!) He has settled in really well and his favourite lesson is Maths.
  5. Maria’s baby girl has been diagnosed with CMPA like her big brother. Maria has had to change her diet to carry on breastfeeding but it’s going well and the little one is so happy she did her first smiles!

Top 5 Photos this month

Maria’s little man in his awesome school uniform!
Sarah went on a trip to Hull to visit her grandparents with Olivia – here they are all smiling and happy at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!
Olivia and her friends at playgroup doing each other’s hair
Maria’s smiley baby girl!
Charlie and her new bundle of joy! Photo taken by new big sister, Immy!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Rainbows Are Too Beautiful – How Autism is Like a Courtesy Car
  2. Morgan’s Milieu – How to Play with Your Kids When You Don’t Like to Play
  3. This Glorious Life – Screen-Free Ideas to Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained
  4. The Desperate Housewife – Why I am the Mum who Wears Make-Up Every Day
  5. Confessions of an Irish Mammy – The 10 Stages of a Hangover with Kids

Mummykind’s August Top 5

If July went fast then August was a blur! Where is the year going?! You may have noticed that we have posted a little less than usual this month. With the kids home from nursery and a couple of us dealing with pregnancy in the heatwave we have been all been a little caught up. As Summer breezes into Autumn we will be back to business, bringing you loads of exciting content!

Top 5 things we did

1. Maria gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 10 days after her estimated due date. Welcome to the team little Miss Martin!

2. Sarah has, after years of hard work and long days, been offered a pupilage position as part of her journey to becoming a barrister. Well done Sarah, you deserve it!

3. Harriet’s application for student finance was accepted and she has now applied to study psychology and counselling with The Open University. Good luck, Harriet!

4. Maria’s company – South East Reusables CIC – teamed up with a local church compassion project to deliver a school uniform exchange. The two events saw over 70 families kitted out with free school uniform for September.

5. Oliver had a lovely holiday in the Isle of Man watching the TT races with his grandparents and uncle. He had an absolute blast!

Top 5 blog posts

Top 5 Instagram posts

5 blog posts we loved

  1. Team Mills Blog – Reusable Nappies and Swimming
  2. Ellesbellesnotebook – Should Every Company Have a Mental Health First Aider?
  3. Emma Reed – Preparing Your Child for the Start of Reception Year
  4. Jolovesx – Needles, hormones and pessaries – part 1
  5. The Sustainable Student – Small Changes to Reduce Plastic

What have you been up to this month?

Mummykind’s July Top 5

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Wow, just typing July feels weird! And now we’re at the end of it and swinging straight into AUGUST!!! Here’s what we’ve been up to this month…

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. We launched our Wonderful Women Wednesday feature!
  2. Our interview with the BBC aired! You can check it out on BBC South East’s facebook/ twitter pages here
  3. Sarah and family have made the decision to adopt a cat! Stay tuned for awesome furry photos (@Sarah_mummykind on instagram!)
  4. Maria became officially MORE PREGNANT THAN SHE HAS EVER BEEN BEFORE! Due date is very soon and we are all so excited to welcome her little baby girl into the world!
  5. We passed 300 followers on instagram! And since then it’s kept climbing… We are so excited and want to thank everyone. If you don’t follow us already, you can find our instagram account here!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Imagine Forest – Look for inspiration in your kids’ creative writing
  2. Isablog UK – 8 months and we’re still not pregnant
  3. Young Mummy Survival Guide – Weaning Preparation
  4. Kate on Thin Ice – Tackling the Isolation of Infertility
  5. One Frazzled Mum – I Have Fibromyalgia

What have you been up to this month?

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Mummykind’s June Top 5!

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Top 5 Blog Posts

Sarah‘s post with tips on planning a Moana themed party is still top of this month’s roundup!

Up in second place is Maria‘s newest post all about how she is harvesting her colostrum at 35 weeks‘ pregnant, ready for baby number 2!

Our third best-performing post this month is Maria’s timeless tips on how to get your toddler through a cold – probably due to the high pollen count causing so much hayfever at the moment!

Next in fourth place is Amy‘s honest post about her fertility journey, a sequel to her post on having an ovary removed at 21 years old.

Last but not least, our fifth top post this month is a new one from Sarah about why she chose a common baby name for Olivia!

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. So, OBVIOUSLY, top of this list is our interview with the BBC! We are expecting to be live on TV this Wednesday (3 July) so keep your eye out on BBC South East for our lovely faces 🙂
  2. Sarah turned 24, and is very upset about it!
  3. Our facebook page reached 600 likes! If you haven’t yet liked our social media pages please check out the links on our contact us page and give us some love
  4. Maria’s little boy has been making really good progress with his swimming lessons! Well done little monkey, show that pool noodle how it’s done!
  5. Paige‘s little girl has mastered 35 words and signs in makaton, and she’s only 17 months old!

Top 5 Photos this month

Our new logo for our brand new feature which will be going live next Wednesday! Get in touch if you have any nominations
Behind the scenes pictures of 3 of the beautiful Mummykind girlies from our day filming with the BBC!
Florence and Imogen having a great time on the see-saw at our mummies meet up!
Charlie absolutely glowing at 28 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 (and somehow negotiating 2 swings at once?! She’s already a pro!)
Little Oliver in his summer outfit making the most of the sunshine and playtime!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. The Little Giggles – Beginners Guide to Cloth Diapering
  2. It’s a Tink Thing – Painting with Paw Patrol
  3. This is Where it is at – How to Enjoy the Sun Safely
  4. Kate on Thin Ice – Supporting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes
  5. AutisMum – An Introduction (this is a new blog which we are very excited to see content from in the future!)

What’s been happening for you this month? Let us know in the comments!

Mummykind’s March Top 5!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

I hope you’re all managing some sort of a break, wherever you are. Let us know what you’re getting up to today!

Meanwhile… here’s what we’ve been getting up to this month! We had a big change around recently and you may have noticed that our blog has changed slightly! So this was a very important month for us in working out what we needed to improve for our new and improved blog 🙂 we hope you love the changes we’ve made so far!!!

As for the monthly round up… here goes!

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. We moved our blog from Blogger to WordPress – thank you for bearing with us during our changes!
  2. We were in the top 3 biggest climbers in the Parent Blogger Club this week 🙂
  3. We were named by the Tots100 in a list of 10 amazing young mum bloggers (in August but we hadn’t noticed until this month!) Check it out here
  4. Maria found out that her little bump will be a baby girl! CONGRATULATIONS Maria and Dave!!!
  5. Amy broke the single curse! She’s currently in a long distance relationship and is really happy, so of course we are all really happy for her too!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Why is Singing Three Blind Mice Making Your Baby Smarter? – Oliiki
  2. Make Learning Fun at Home – Me and B Make Tea
  3. Easter and Spring Activities for Kids – The Next Best Thing to Mummy
  4. My Fear of PND – Just Another Manic Mummy (Mums the Word)
  5. 7 Things That Make Me Proud of My Boys – Morgan’s Milieu

Mummykind’s February Top 5!

We’re back for another monthly roundup of amazing things we’ve gotten up to in short, sweet February!

Top 5 Blog Posts

Sarah’s Moana Party Ideas post is top again this month! Along with these other top-performing posts of ours… check them out by clicking the images below!

  

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Top 5 Things we did

  1. We became a MyBump2Baby favourite blogger!
  2. We may be being featured in a documentary celebrating women’s diversity… WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
  3. Charlie got through to the next stage of her application for the Houses of Parliament’s grad scheme – best of luck Charlie!
  4. Olivia started her new nursery and is settling in really well 🙂
  5. Paige’s little girl had 3 teeth come through!!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Creating a Timeless Memory Quilt with Baby Clothing
  2. Why is contraception MY responsibility?
  3. My Labour Via Live WhatsApp
  4. Kids room DIY: easy ways to change up children’s bedrooms
  5. Five Sex Positive Answers to “Where do babies come from?”

Mummykind’s January Top 5

Welcome to our new feature – a monthly round up of what we’ve done and our successes (or even failures) over the last month!

So, here it is for January…

Top 5 Blog Posts

 

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  1. We were the biggest climber in the Parent Blogger Club, soaring up 239 places!
  2. We were the Mix Masters on the #MixItUp Linky (Hooks and Dragons) with our Top 7 Tag Post
  3. Maria shared the news that her household are expecting another baby!
  4. 2 of the Mummykind tots had their birthdays this month
  5. Sarah started a new job this month!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. A Rose Tinted World – How to Make Children’s Leggings 
  2. One Frazzled Mum – To the Newly Single Mum
  3. Family Hype – Features of the Five Point Harness
  4. Kelly and the Kids Blog – Show Yourself Some Love this Valentines’ Day
  5. A Thirties Girl – Why I Let My 12 Year Old Son Wear Makeup
Let us know your top 5s for this month!

Moving house with a little one? Here’s 5 top tips to keep your sanity

It’s all go here in the Piper household as we’re just about to move house. Given that this is our third house move in 2 years, you’d think we’d be seasoned veterans by now, but moving with our little one is SO much harder. She needs constant attention, which makes getting the packing done much more time consuming, and I constantly feel like there’s something huge I’m forgetting! With that in mind, I’ve come up with 5 top tips to stop you pulling your hair out on move in day.

1 – Get some help

By this I mean childcare, whether that is letting Grandma look after Little One for the day, or having an extra family member/friend/extra pair of hands around to look after them in your new home. The first is preferable, as it can be dangerous for little ones to be underfoot with big boxes being moved about. If you have to have your little one in your new place while you’re moving, try and keep them away from all the action – it’s safer for everyone, and you’ll be so busy getting boxes and furniture in to your new place and directing people as to where you want them to put things down, it will be so much harder if your baby is on you like a limpet all day.

2 – Make a box of necessities

Pack a box of all the things you are likely to need for your baby in the next day or two. Things to remember include:
  • Nappies, wipes and wash things
  • Clean clothes
  • Toys
  • Bottles (if formula fed) and food if baby is old enough
  • Any security items, like a dummy or favourite teddy
Mark this box as important and make sure it is one of the first things delivered to your new home. You’ll be grateful later down the line that everything you need for baby is in one easy to find place.

3 – Unpack baby’s room first

Make unpacking your child’s bedroom a priority to give them a better sense of security in a new place. Having your little one’s room ready first gives you a safe place to let them play while your’e unpacking, a comfortable and familiar place for them to nap and sleep, and peace of mind for you that at least one room is done – you can keep unpacking while baby has gone to bed!

4 – Stick to baby’s schedule as much as you can

Move in day isn’t just stressful for you, it’s stressful for your little one too. The difference is that you know exactly what is happening, but your little one doesn’t. Moving house can be especially stressful for toddlers who often feel the loss of a safe environment. You can read more about helping your little one through this transition here. Try your best to keep meal times and nap times to your usual schedule. This will be easier if you’ve followed tip 3 and have baby’s bed ready!

5 – Take a breath

Moving is stressful. Psychologically, it is only outranked by loss of family members, and is rated more stressful than divorce and loss of employment. Moving house can be a huge upheaval, which is all the more reason why it’s so important to just take a breather. Make everyone stop working so you can all eat together, or ask a friend to put the kettle on.
You’ve got this mama.

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Top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter!

5 frizzy hairstyles

Up until very recently, Evie always hated people touching her hair. It was a major struggle to get her to let me brush it or even wash it without a meltdown. So when she finally decided that she wanted pretty hair for nursery, I was stuck to say the least. She has the awkward in-between hair that isn’t curly or straight, thick or fine… It’s usually just a matted frizzy mess begging for a brush. But with a bit of help from Social Media mummies and a lot of Pinterest searching, I have finally found hairstyles that are not only easy to do but tame her frizzy hair and make it easier to manage on a daily basis. So I give to you, my top 5 go to hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter.

1.This one is the easiest of them all! All you need is 2 small hair bands or elastics and a comb! Always try and start off with damp hair, it makes it so much easier to manage and helps it stay in place when styling! Separate the hair into 2 sections and tie them into bunches. DONE! If your daughter’s hair is shorter like mine, use the top section if her hair and then separate that into 2 sections. You can add clips or bows etc. to make it look prettier or just leave it as it is.

2.For this one you will need 4 small hair bands or elastics and a comb. Take the front section of hair and split it into 2 sections and tie them into bunches. Then take the middle section of hair and do the same but as you comb them into bunches, add the bunch from the top section into it.

 

3.This one is very similar to the previous one but instead of passing the top bunch down, pass it diagonal and then tie it into a bunch.

4.For this one you will need 2 small hair bands or elastics and a bit more patience. Separate the hair into 2 sections (as you can see, the sections don’t need to be even). Clip one section to the side whilst you work on the other side. Take the front section of hair and start twisting it back gathering up sections of hair as you go along, until you get to the back and then tie it off with a band and then repeat with the other side. Once you’ve reached the back with second twist, tie them both together and add a bow or flower etc.

5.For this one, grab 6 small hair bands or elastics and a comb. Split the hair into two sections and clip one side. Take the bottom section and tie it into a bunch, then take the middle section and do the same but take the bottom bunch into it before tying it off and repeat again with the top section. Then repeat on the other side. Depending on the length of your daughter’s hair, you can either leave the top as bunches or make them into buns.

And there you have it! My top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter! Hopefully these work for you and if they do, we would love to see them! Or if you have your own go to hairstyles, feel free to share them below, I’m always in need of new ones!

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