Mumma and the Bears

Welcome to Mumma and the Bears

An inviting space that looks to inspire, provoke thought and empower in a positive way.

Come in, take a look around.

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About us

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Welcome to Mumma and the bears

Hi, I’m Cleo the Mumma of Mumma and the bears. This past year (2018) has been one of change, focus, learning and figuring out what I really want. I started the year with the intention of getting back to myself, doing things that I truly like to do, spending time with people I love to be around and expanding my skills and mind. The blog has been going a year but not consistently which is something I am working on as my goals are big but my time is limited but I’m trying to make it happen a little by little, doing something each day that brings me closer to my dreams becoming reality. I’m trying to lead by example to those around me can see what I am doing and possibly be inspired to go for what they really want as I feel that too many of us simply put our dreams on hold and never attempt to achieve them and always have an excuse as to why that is “Oh I’ve just had a baby” “I’ll wait until the kids start school” “I’m too tired” “I don’t have enough money” “What if I fail?” “I don’t have the skills” “I don’t have the confidence”. I may succeed I may fail to be honest I will probably fail more than I succeed but that’s ok because that is when there is the most to gain from the experience I can reflect, adapt and push forward in a different way. I feel it is important to show the pitfalls and down times as well as the highlights, successes and good times it gives a more realistic view of everything rather than appearing to be an everything is rosey we are on top of everything all the time and look great doing so. Nope… not this Mumma! here and on my Instagram and Facebook you will see the real effects of what going for my dreams looks like. I will share the courses I am doing, events I go to, the work I put in to get to where I want to be.

 

I have a teenage daughter who is currently at college we are goofy together. I’m attempting to expose her to books, events that I feel will help to challenge her mind and really think about the world around her and the role she will play.

My son who is my Bubba but in reality growing up quick and not wanting to do everything I do. Each day he develops more and more and his little personality and nature are just hilarious and beautiful.

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My partner is Tyler, he is a qualified Personal Trainer but currently works for Sky. He has the resemblance of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Charlie Hunnman aa Jax and Travis Fimmel as Ragnor so you could say I have my very own Viking Norse God Biker guy!

Beau is our clingy (only to me) loving, patient, squirrel obsessed Staffy. She has the ability to sneak onto furniture so quietly that you don’t realise she is there. I’ve woken up a few times spooning her as she has somehow gotten under the covers, head on the pillow as if she is a person. She will stare down a meal or a potential meal ready to pounce on any food that you may drop. She acts as though she hasn’t received food EVER! She loves going for walks in the woods and farmers fields so she can chase the wildlife.

Back in August 2018, we moved from Suffolk which my daughter and I had been all our lives and moved to Hertfordshire with Tyler to be closer to his family. These first few months have been incredibly challenging and have really tested our relationship to the max! Things seem to be turning now and slowly falling into place. Tyler has become a Sky engineer and I have become a Pastry Commis chef at Maitre Choux which means that Tyler works during the day I work during the night. The house is always a mess although an organised one, we are both exhausted, we have one night a week as a couple and one night a week as a family the rest is a grind. It’s ok though as I see the end goal and know what it is we are working towards. Sacrifice now for a bigger pay off later on. The house will become more of a home with each payday as there is so much that we need for example a freezer as we only have a fridge which impacts shopping and the way we live, storage units for the living room as there is a corner just full of boxes of books, office equipment and craft items that are desperate for a home. We will get there and one day look back on these days and wonder how we got through it.

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Blog

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Charity

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To Purchase your very own Milk Lady pin Click here

I have created a pin to promote the normalisation of breastfeeding and pumping Mummas. It is also a pat on the back for all Mummas and to empower them and others to do what is best for them and their Bubbas in the way of nourishment. Breastfeeding, pumping, a mixture or formula as long as your baby is fed let’s have less judgment and more support. This parenting gig can be difficult and no two journeys are the same.

This pin was also created to raise money for charity the aim being to have a target and once hit I would pick a new charity to raise money for giving me the chance to support various charities close to home or worldwide.

The current charity is Mary’s Meals

Food is a basic need that everyone needs and most take for granted. Children shouldn’t be distracted by where their next meal is coming from, they shouldn’t feel tired, weak and sick due to lack of basic provisions.

To donate money towards this cause please Click Here

Thank you so much for your support, if you have suggestions for future charities I could raise money for please do not hesitate to Contact me.

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Mumma’s Soap Box

Mumma’s soap box is a place where you can have your say in your own way.

You have three minutes to express yourself, you can use the time to raise awareness of a situation, cause, life event etc… show gratitude towards a person place or thing, or just talk about a subject that you are passionate about.

Videos are posted every Monday here and on my IGTV channel

Contact me if you would like to take part here or over at my Instagram I’d love to hear from you.

If your topic has already been spoken on don’t worry you can still cover it because not everyone’s experiences are the same and you could bring a fresh perspective on the subject.

☆Home Schooling☆

Yollande (IG: @theeasielife) talks about home schooling. To many of us the thought of home schooling seems daunting, scary and rather a big responsibility but for many it has provided freedom and a life more on their terms. It’s an opportunity to nurture real creative and curious thinking. To know that your child is getting the attention and support they need. With the school system seemingly geared more towards obedience, assimilation and conformity with many intelligent, creative children being labelled as difficult or bad due to not being challenging enough in class or not connecting with the classroom style teaching is home schooling the way forward?
@theeasielife says “Mark and I met in 2005 and married in August 2007 and thus began our lives together. In July 2010 we became parents and welcomed Kaleb into our lives. Almost three full years later we welcomed Miss Niomi into our family. Having a young family presents great challenges as we navigate our lives, pursue our dreams and invest physically, emotionally and financially into our family. Always striving to do what’s right by our children as well as pursuing our own personal goals.” What are your thoughts on home schooling? Is it an option you have considered?

☆Self sabotage – Ep9☆

We are very lucky to have the passionate and insightful Nicola Rae-Wickham from @alifemoreinspired talking about something that affect a large number of us… Self Sabotage whether that be in a relationship, career wise or generally in life Nicola gives us a quick run down of what it is and how we can overcome it.

“I’m Nicola Rae-Wickham, founder of A Life More Inspired which is a platform that exists to affirm and encourage women’s self-worth and help them to be more of themselves in their lives and businesses. Through a podcast, creative mentoring and merchandise, I help women take the ideas that are on their hearts and in their minds and bring them to life.

I chose to talk about Self Sabotage because it is one of the unconscious ways that fear stops us from going for our dreams. It gets in the way of us to taking the steps that lead to change and I want to help as many women as possible to recognise when it is happening and to be able to do something about it”.

Check out Nicola’s IG: @alifemoreinspired where there is a link to her website where you can check out her great services and merchandise like these affirmation cards which can be found on here website.

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☆Returning to work after a baby – Ep8

Adna of @adnacristinabeauty talks about her experience of returning back to work after having a baby.

Hi I’m Adna Cristina owner of Adna Cristina Beauty I have three children 18 years old, 10 years old and 18 months old, I work from home full time where I have a professional home-based beauty salon. I’m a fully qualified and experienced therapist and makeup artist who provides holistic, beauty therapy and makeup. I do love my job, but family comes first, always.
Check out her video on my IGTV channel just click the icon in my profile.

How did you adjust to life back at work after a baby? Were there any particular pain points? Or enlightening moments?

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☆Pregnant then screwed – Ep7☆

Joeli from @pregnant_then_screwed tells us why what she does is important and how she is helping those that are being discriminated against due to being pregnant.
When Joeli was 4 month pregnant she was fired from her job which sparked her to start Pregnant then screwed which now offer free legal advice to those who have been in similar situations. She is a force to be reckoned with but is also absolutely hilarious if you watch her stories and incredible interesting to talk to.
Please check out her Soap Box video now over on my IGTV channel.

If you or someone you know has been affected by maternity discrimination and feel you need some advice please contact @pregnant_then_screwed on 0161 930 5300 for some free legal advice.

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☆Maternity Discrimination- Ep 6☆

Ayesha is a stylish mumma who has firm roots in fashion and can be found in her stories discussing many topics during her ‘car stories’. She has a beautiful daughter with her husband Christian who can also be seen getting up to many hilarious toddler antics. Ayesha was unfairly treated during her pregnancy at work and shares that experience with us.

Check out @ayeshaamatodotcom

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☆Being nice Vs Being Kind Ep -5☆

Hi my name is Cleo and I’m the Mumma from Mumma and the Bears. I have two children a daughter who is 17 years old and a son who is 15 months old. I have recently moved from Suffolk to Hertfordshire with my partner Tyler to be closer to his family. Oh I also have a Staffy cross named Beau she’s so beautiful. I love cakes, movies and exploring new places.
My topic for Mumma’s soap box is Being nice versus Being kind! I feel there is a clear difference between the two and sometimes being nice can be damaging and hurtful where being kind is more of what is needed. Its more important to be compassionate, empathetic and understanding than appearing to be nice to portray a certain persona that may not even be you. I do love manners and think they are important but sometimes being nice can be fake and leave you resentful of a situation or person.

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☆Living with depression – Ep4☆

Hi everyone, I’m sam! (@mrsotero18) People call me Samee (it’s said like sammy, but when I was at school and wanted to be cool so changed the spelling and kept it that way) I’m 27 years young and I live in stowmarket Suffolk! I have two beautifully wild children.. Taylor 💗 aged 5 (going on 17) and hunter 💙 and 1 but defo thinks his older! We also have a bubba bean cooking in the oven! As I write this I am 7 weeks! 💙💗 so today on Mummas soapbox I wanted to talk about anxiety and depression and how it’s very misunderstood by people who have never had it! It’s affected me for a very long time now, hopefully by sharing it helps someone!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and being so open and honest.

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☆Tattooed Mumma Judgement – Ep3☆

Hey, I’m Sarah Lou (@2mermaidz ) Mama to my GRL GANG! I’m 28 and currently on maternity leave, having all the fun and zero sleep!! Boobing and trying to keep a 4 year old happy is my thing right now, I’ve decided to chat about being a Mam with tattoos (I know I’m not the first) but I believe that we have to keep talking about these things until we are all seen as humans, just a bunch of humans who are different.
It’s summer time and I’ve been experiencing ‘the look’ a lot with being in summery clothes. There’s a difference in looking and ‘the look’ but I’ve actually had people say bad things to me recently, touching me (really) and also telling me stuff that I really don’t want to hear. So I wanted to get some more exposure on the subject, just because I have tattoos doesn’t make me ‘not pretty’ (yup, that was said to me last week) or those disapproving looks, they hurt man. I love my tattoos and I’m here to say just chat to me, I’m nice or just keep your unwanted opinions to yourself!

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☆Baby Loss – Ep2☆

I’m Sinead! @sineadmaria I usually spend most of my time running around after my son or working in hospitality. I love reading, cooking, quizzes and baths, but have next to no time to do any of these since the small one arrived. I’m a very firm believer in the saying better out than in (especially with your internal monologue) and my guiltiest pleasure is RuPaul’s drag race… except I never feel guilty. My tent is my happy place 💁‍♀️
On Mumma’s Soap Box I will be talking about being asked what may seem like an innocent question but actually it is a loaded question.

☆Thank you so much for sharing your deeply personal experience with us you beautiful, strong woman☆

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☆Sustainable Fashion – Ep1☆

Zarrina is a mother of two who started a sustainable fashion business @beyneu.store with a new friend Alina she met last year (2017), due to the impact that fast fashion has on the planet, on women and children in developing countries and what it means for us all going forward.

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Contact

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