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Do children REALLY keep you young?

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I had a lovely evening with an old friend on Friday night. It’s been nearly 4 years since we’ve got together, so I’ve been looking forward to a few precious hours footloose and fancy free in London for weeks.

The trouble with nights out is that they often only serve to remind me of how middle age is creeping up on me, and Friday was no exception. It started with the decision to drive to the station, because I’m so boring now that I’d rather get an extra half hour in bed than drink. And then the relief that I didn’t need to get too dressed up – going out is usually such a big occasion now that it is really nice to just go out for the sake of it. Then there was the search for my make-up bag, which hadn’t seen the light of day in over a fortnight. And then, as I realised that I had 40 minutes to myself on the train, that fleeting wish that I’d brought my crochet…

But, as I rummaged in my bag for my phone, the full measure of my aging lifestyle really hit. In my bag, hastily picked up from the hallway on the way out of the door, I found:

Factor 50 sun cream and some tiny fingerless gloves… because you never can tell what the weather’s going to do, can you? Oh, and a cereal bar, in case hunger strikes.

Antibacterial gel (cleanliness is next to godliness…), jeans and knickers in a size considerably smaller than mine, in case of accidents (not mine).


One large crochet hook.

A ball of knitting wool, and some miniature cutlery.

When they say children keep you young, I think they must mean other people’s children. Your own children make you, or at least your handbag, decidedly middle-aged. I can only be grateful that I didn’t go anywhere where I might have to endure a bag check!

Of course, on the upside, I managed a couple of “granny squares” on the way home. Even my silver linings sound middle-aged!

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Boden for Breastfeeding! Win a necklace

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For National Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’ve been asking retailers to support the UK’s breastfeeding mums by searching their collections for fabulous breastfeeding friendly outfits.

Boden logoBoden are offering the “Show Stopping Necklace” featured in this post to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just leave me a comment below telling me which outfit you like best. For a bonus entry, either like MilkChic on Facebook or tweet the following on Twitter:

“I want to win a Show Stopping Necklace with @bodenclothing and @milkchic http://www.milkchic.co.uk/56266 #NationalBreastfeedingWeek”

For a christening:

Wear the Paris Jersey Dress, £59.40 with a Show Stopping Necklace (Radish), £26.25, some T-Bar Flower Heels (Truffle), £88 and finish with the gorgeous Leaf Bracelet (Silver), £108.

Just layer over a nursing vest if you want to keep covered while feeding.

For an evening out with friends:

Pair the Twist Jersey Top, £20.30 with versatileSkinny Jeans in Marina Blue, £47.20, add gorgeous Suede Peep Toes (Radish), £79.20 and finish with a Must Have Bag (Sunflower), £89.

Again, a nursing vest will keep you covered if you feel at all self conscious.

For a BBQ with friends:

This Summer Shirt Dress, £41.40 is perfect for Barbecue season. Throw on some Embellished Sandals (Tan), £51.75, and enjoy the admiring glances from behind your Roadtrip Shades (Pewter), £36.75. The Classic Colourful Tote (Tan), £111.75 is roomy enough for all the family essentials.

Add a contrasting nursing vest for extra confidence.

You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly Boden clothing on the main shop pages! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the National Breastfeeding Week 2012 posts with more outfit inspiration and more giveaways!

Terms & Conditions: Closing date for entries: 08 July 2012. This competition is open to entries from the UK and Ireland only. Winners will be chosen at random after the closing date.

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Win Tesco Style for Breastfeeding Mums!

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For National Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’ve been asking retailers to support the UK’s breastfeeding mums by searching their collections for fabulous breastfeeding friendly outfits.

Clothing at Tesco are kindly giving away 3 x £50 vouchers so 3 lucky mums can revamp their wardrobes. To win, visit the Clothing at Tesco website and then tell me in the comments below what you would like to buy from their range. For a second entry, either follow me on Twitter or like MilkChic on Facebook!

For a wedding:

“This show-stopping prom dress is sleeveless in design with a low v-neck, voluminous skirt and belted at the waist, it is a must-have for any formal event.”

This dress is cotton with just a little stretch, and it’s one I’d missed before now but it should stretch for feeding. The straps are wide enough for a bra, and the shape is flattering and feminine. Add a cardigan buttoned cape style, or wear with a nursing vest for confident and stylish public breastfeeding.

F&F online exclusive prom dress, £30
F&F Cotton stretch cardigan, £10
F&F Patent strap Sandals, £15

For summer BBQs:

“You cannot beat a maxi dress for its floor skimming beauty. Finished in a floral print, this lightweight maxi dress is perfect for your next island getaway or garden party. Wear with the highest of heels or strappy sandals.”

The elasticated bandeau top gives great nursing access – combine with a strapless nursing bra for a throw on but glam look.

F&F Floral print maxi dress, £20
F&F Long Shell Rope Necklace, £8
F&F Corsage Strappy Sandals, £10

For a night out with the girls:

“Mixing a feminine cut with a fun print we absolutely love this dress from Influence. Finished in an all over swallow print the dress is detailed by a wrap over v-neck, cinched faux leather belt at the waist, long sleeves with button cuffs and a flowing a-line skirt thats screaming to be paired with heels. Fab for styling up your office look or making at entrance at a party.”

The wrap over neckline is perfect for breastfeeding. Layer over a nursing vest for easy access. I just couldn’t resist these fab turquoise heels…

Influence Swallow print belted dress, £25
Emma Jane Maternity Longline nursing top, £20
F&F Peep Toe Court Shoe, £10

You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly Tesco clothing on the main shop pages! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the National Breastfeeding Week 2012 posts with more outfit inspiration and more giveaways!

P.S. Not strictly a fashion accessory, but if you’re going out with a baby late at night, the Gunamuna Gunapod is pretty desirable – you can unzip from the bottom to remove nappies or completely remove the front section to stop baby from waking up.

Closing date for entries: 07 July 2012
Tesco deliver to 26 countries, so open to International entries too!

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Reasons to be Cheerful

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Just popped onto Mummy from the Heart for a quick read and realised it was Thursday (no, I really don’t wake up knowing what day it is… ), which means it’s time for the Reasons to be Cheerful meme. Haven’t been feeling hugely cheerful recently, but it’s high time I pulled my socks up and realised how lucky I am.

Here are my reasons to be cheerful today:

  • Even though we’re not yet properly unpacked, our new house already feels like home.
  • We appear to have a ladybird infestation – so much more romantic a notion than the woodlice and ants at the old place!
  • I spent a lovely day with my best friend and her gorgeous baby daughter yesterday. There was a while when neither of us thought we would ever be mums, so to see the 2 girls together was a little slice of heaven.
  • Small one is getting better at going to bed… next step staying there 😉
  • Mr and I have babysitters tomorrow night (thanks, Mum & Dad), and are going out for a meal together for the first time since small one was born. SO excited!

Five reasons just like that!

Ooh! And as this is New Bloggers fortnight… I’d like to recommend Up Yours Gina Ford (partly for the name, partly for the content) – I’ve just found it, and it’s making me laugh 🙂

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart
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