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Leek and potato soup in 10 easy steps

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Hello mummies, daddies and anyone else reading!

Are you looking for a quick and easy, winter warmer recipe? This is just that (with a few little nudges along the way for you to take some time out for yourself)...

What you will need:
A large saucepanChopping boardHand blender/food processorSomeone to do the washing upIngredients:

1 x onion
2 x leeks
6 x large potatoes
200ml crème fraîche
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1litre vegetable stock
Basil (no need for it to be fresh, though if you're feeling extra posh you could throw a few fresh leaves in there)
Salt
Pepper
Bread and butter

Method:

1. Pour yourself a glass of wine, you’re probably tired and could do with it
2. Put the oil into the saucepan and set the hob to a medium heat
3. Chop the onion and the leeks - it doesn't matter if they're not fine, you're going to blend it all anyway! - and pop them into the pan
4. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the onion starts to go clear - don't let the onion go brown or it will make t…

Appy Kids review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hello all!

As you can tell from the title of this post, mummykind is hosting its first GIVEAWAY COMPETITION! Scroll down for details of how to enter...

Please, do try to contain your excitement!!!

These are the products:

Organic, fruit juice cartons, adorned with cute characters of Roald Dahl children's books on the boxes as a new addition. They also come in Dora, Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol characters!

Even though my little one is too little yet to know and love Roald Dahl, in time she will do, and it is so refreshing to have products like these marketed at children with literary characters on the front! I'm all for encouraging kids to take an interest in reading, and if these end up being her favourite characters it's great that these organic drinks are available with them on the box! The drinks contain absolutely no GMOs, gluten, added sugars or preservatives, making them a great and tasty choice for kids' drinks.


We've had three flavours to try - app…

Mental Health Monday: 5 ways to cope with stress!

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Stress!

The one thing we parents seem to have in abundance! Unfortunately, I haven't yet discovered how to live a completely stress-free life, so instead, here are my top 5 tricks on how to cope with stress!



1. Copious amounts of tea

Ever heard the saying that none of the world's problems cannot be solved with tea? Well, I am a firm believer! Particularly if your problems are stress-related. I know it can be hard to drink a hot drink while it's still hot these days, but make sure you grab the opportunity when it presents itself! There's not much else that's better than enjoying a hot, caffeinated drink and putting your feet up for a minute while you do!

2. Play dough

This may sound daft, but this is ridiculously stress-relieving. Come on, mummies, whose kiddies do not have play dough lying around somewhere? (If not, you can check out the way to make your own here!)

If they do, and if the colours aren't all mushed up together in some form of absolute ANARCHY, then…

Top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter!

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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 i…

Celebrity style walk-in wardrobes only for you!

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As parents, we all know that finding enough storage space can be such a hassle! That's why Alanah from Bravo London has written this guest post to share some space-saving ideas, not only making life as a parent easier but allowing you to live in luxury!
Celebrity style walk-in wardrobes only for you!
The life of celebrities often fascinates most of us. Their lifestyle, their collections are always looked upon as premium and rich. Do you dream of having a royal quality of walk-in wardrobe for yourself? Just imagine a closet that is only occupied by your numerous pair of shoes, bags, trendy dresses and so on! Does this sound interesting to you? Then let us help you live this dream of yours. We here at Bravo London have the most innovative and ingenious ideas that would transform your small space into a spacious walk-in wardrobe exclusively for you.
Sliding wardrobe doors are always space savers for you. Your rooms look more spacious and at the same time give a premium storage option. B…

Mental Health Monday - Self Care Days.

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Today was a really difficult day Mental Health wise.

I’ve been a bit weepy and for once - I didn’t hide it from Florence. Instead, I actively involved her in a self care day.

I told her that I had a difficult phone call and that I was a little bit sad, so we were going to be spending the day doing things to make us feel good about ourselves.

We had a lovely bath with a Lush bath bomb, it reminded us of the sea and we played with boats. We had a splash war. We used my special Lush shampoo, conditioner and posh body wash. We brushed each others hair and dried it with the hair dryer. We put on some perfume. We read stories and looked at photos of people and things that make us happy (dogs, cats, trains, Grandma, Grandpa, dogs, ‘Ick’, dogs, cats and trains..) . We wore our pjs all day and changed into a snuggly fresh set after our bath. We made smoothies and had some naughty chocolate coins. We cuddled, we played, we watched the choo choo trains on YouTube and we laughed.

I want to raise …

Coping with New Year Blues

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'Happy' New Year.

January is a time that people make changes to their lives and make promises to themselves to be better, do better and feel better. It's no surprise then that 'happy' new year can be anything but happy. The amount of pressure we put on ourselves only to slip up in the first few weeks can set us up for a really stressful time. Of course that's not all; think of the energy lost over the festive season, the persistent cold weather and very obvious lack of sunshine - it's no wonder January feels so blue.

Personally, I tend to find no happiness from boxing day right through to the first sunny day in February or even March most years but I am trying to cope a little more effectively and so far, I am feeling more positive than I was expecting.

This year I started taking the Christmas tree down early, which might not seem like a huge deal but it has been significantly less stressful than in previous years. I did it for a couple of reasons: I was ab…