The Truth of Motherhood – Lesley’s story

The world with Alfie My pregnancy was unexpected and truth be told, we weren’t ready to become parents. I remember being “on my period” with some cramps that felt a bit different (which I later found out was an implantation bleed) chain smoking and drinking gin cocktails at the Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield for my [...]

Mumma Bear Review: Tots Play, Colchester

Thursday 29th March my Bubba turned 10 months old and what better way to spend it than at a baby group. We left early to give me time to find it but instead of following the great directions given to me by Lisa who runs the Tots Play Colchester group, I put the address from [...]

#FEEDME campaign | MAKING OF

https://vimeo.com/ranstudioldn/feedme Breastfeeding is such a natural thing but there is still a shame, a stigma, a demonisation of it happening. Our bodies produce this liquid gold that nourishes our babies and helps protect them, develop them and comfort them. Why are some women being made to feel uncomfortable and as if what they are doing [...]

Impromptu trip to Lille with the Baby and the Bear

After my successful solo trip to London with the baby (you can read about here), it really got me fired up for more adventures and reminded me of how spontaneous I used to be. I would call people up and say what are you doing for the next two days? they would say nothing Id [...]

The Slow Photography Movement: #Artoveralgorithm

Instagram is a world of amazing talented people since setting up my @Mummaandthebears Insta page I've been using Instagram differently and have benefited from it in ways I didn't expect or imagine. I have been following more accounts that inspire me to do something or just bring the light each day. I've found workshops, courses, [...]

A day in London with my baby

London can be a scary place for some people many will avoid going all together due to fear of the unknown, anxiety or stress. There is so much to see and do and the markets are just incredible for finding quirky, funky items. Yesterday the Bubba and I had spent the night before at my [...]

Hometown Glory: Celebrating Ipswich and the surrounding areas

If you've lived in Ipswich or just visited a lot you may have heard that it is a Shithole with nothing to do. It's a phrase I hear often I have at some time or another said these very words myself so in light of this, I have decided to start a series celebrating Ipswich; [...]

When does it stop?

As I stand in the dark with the torch on my phone illuminated, being as still as I possibly can while holding my breath and listening intensely for an intake of breath and watching for the slightest rise of the blanket I shout in my head "Breathe! Breathe! Please Breathe!" Unable to see any signs [...]

Brand Enthusiast: Thea and Me

I'm not one to wear jewellery, rings irritate my fingers; bangles fall off because my wrists are the width of matchsticks; necklaces always get tangled so bad they can no longer be worn. I always slightly envied people who were wearing gorgeous jewellery especially handmade creative pieces. I understand this is a strange way to [...]

I’m ‘Just’ a Mother

Do you say this? I'm 'JUST' a Mum; I'm 'ONLY' a Mother, Why do you say this? We know being a Mother (Parent) is a wonderful experience it is indeed a job, a rewarding fulfilling one but I freaking hard one which at times which will have you questioning the very meaning of life. Being [...]