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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 …

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 …

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 …

Mental Health Monday: Antenatal Depression

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Recently, postnatal depression has been receiving a lot of media attention and greater awareness as a result, which really is fantastic! But... other topics not so widely spoken about are the reams of other postpartum mental illnesses, in addition to antenatal depression and anxiety.

Amy has spoken about her experience of postpartum psychosis on the blog already here, hopefully raising awareness of the fact that it’s not always so straightforward in relation to postnatal mental health! Today, I want to focus on antenatal depression and what it can look like. Similarly to postnatal mental health worries, it can be difficult sometimes to distinguish between depression, or "just hormones".

A little foreword: my experience of antenatal depression started when I was around 5-6 months pregnant - it can of course start much earlier than that - and to some extent I already knew what the warning signs were, having suffered with depression in the past. Hope…

Becoming a self-employed mum.

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I was quite excited about returning to work after 9 months on maternity leave. At the time I felt a bit guilty to feel that way. I'd really enjoyed the time I'd spent with my daughter, adjusting to parenthood, but I also felt I needed some 'me' time. Time to do something that wasn't baby related and a chance to talk to people about things that weren't parent related!
My daughter had been on the waiting list for nursery and we were looking forward to her getting the experience of developing new skills with new friends.

Our first hiccup was that the nursery didn't have any spaces available by the time I was due to go back to work, and changing nursery wasn't really an option, for other reasons. We made some plans and our daughter was going to stay with friends and family on the days I was working. Getting our little one to places and making it to work on time, for my 10 hour shifts, however, was proving a bit of a mission but m…

Competitive parenting! Nobody wins...

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Have you ever had a moment where you looked at your baby, or your way of parenting, and just felt like your baby wasn’t smart enough or you were inadequate? We’ve all been there.

Aimee recently posted about social media being one of the ways in which we can feel so useless, and I have to agree! On social media, you only see the perfect side of parenting. You only see the milestones and the happiness, you don’t see the flukes, one-offs and huge amount of tears that are inevitable. This journey is incredibly emotional. Everyone cries at some point, you just don’t see it.

Nevertheless there’s this competitive side to parenting now - whose baby starts speaking/crawling/walking the quickest? Who are the best mum and dad? Whose house looks cleanest and tidiest in the background of all of those beautiful baby pics? Definitely not mine, I promise!


And it’s not just parents who are guilty of doing this - I once went to a baby group that I had been to a few weeks on …

Mental Health Monday: New Year’s Resolutions

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Today is New Year’s Day.

The first day of 2018. Does anyone else think 2017 just flew by?

Anyway, most people reading this will have made new year’s resolutions last night... a few common ones in my house growing up were to stop biting your nails or to lose weight. It’s only since I’ve grown up and left my mother’s house that I actually stopped bothering with resolutions, and realised how superficial those ones are.

For us mummies who have been through the horrors of pregnancy and childbirth, and gained a lot of weight in the process (I gained 3 stone in total!!!), it’s completely understandable that you want to lose that extra weight in the “mum-tum” region. I still have my little tummy pouch and I hate looking at it, as stupid as that sounds. For some people, setting those personal fitness goals might be the perfect way to motivate yourself and get the job done, for others, it can be a clear example of setting our expectations too high and putting too muc…