Like most parents I rarely treat myself; any spare income seems to get swallowed up with new school shoes, nappies and milk. I’d always put my kids before myself but now and again it’s nice to spoil yourself and with Mother’s Day just around the corner there really isn’t any better time!

Last week we were all feeling pretty under the weather and sorry for ourselves so I was absolutely delighted to be asked by Debenhams if we’d like to buy a few pre-Mother’s Day treats – it couldn’t have come at a better time. After the kids were tucked up in bed I began to look through the website – it was easy to navigate and had lots of brands I love – especially in the beauty department. I decided I wanted to treat myself to a few new cosmetics as I always feel makeup is a bit of a luxury as opposed to a necessity.

I’d just run out of my usual budget mascara and so decided to ‘plump’ (get it?) for the popular Roller Lash by Benefit. I’ve used it a few times now and I’m very impressed; lengthening, light to wear and gives you a very wide awake look. Much needed as a mum of, almost, four!

I was also growing tired of wearing the same old eye shadows and feeling like I look the same all the time so I chose the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette to try and refresh my eye look a little. The packaging is stunning and it actually smells like chocolate – good enough to eat.

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Of course, I couldn’t spoil myself and not the kids so I treated each of them to a few new items of clothing. I always find girls clothes a little more exciting and I think I could have chosen at least 10 pieces for Florence alone, however, I opted for a J by Jasper Conran denim dress and t-shirt set and two basic t-shirts which will be ideal for summer. You can’t really go wrong with a denim dress and it will last across seasons with tights or bare legs.

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My youngest daughter Elsie has far too many clothes already but I saw this little romper with the cute bee design and also saw it was low stock and just had to have it. I’ve ordered a size up so we get as much use as possible. Again it will be great for summer either with or without a t-shirt underneath and layered with a cardigan it can take her into Autumn.

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My son is almost 8 years old and is almost at the stage of wanting to choose his own clothes so I have to be careful what I go for. I found this Blue Zoo polo shirt and it reminded me of something my husband would wear so I thought that might be quite cute if they were ever so slightly ‘twinning’.

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I also went for a rash vest top for when we go abroad in a few weeks. The kids will live in and beside the pool so I really like to keep their skin covered; especially my son as he is so fair.

I’ve been really impressed with the quality and choice available at Debenhams and to be able to do it all from the comfort of my own sofa is even better. Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow mums!

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Now I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy I am starting to think ahead to Summer and what I will be wearing and how I will be dressing my postpartum body.  I’ve got to be honest, I’m not relishing the idea of having to find clothing to; keep me cool, suit my weird shape, and that I can breastfeed in discretely as I am a bit of a novice at it and will no doubt be self-self-concious.

I think this might be a common thing, as I have spoken to my sister and she felt the same, but after I’ve had a baby I feel like my style changes. I look at my old clothes and wonder what on earth I was thinking.

I’ve put together two outfits I’d love for Summer. For the first outfit I wanted something floaty and light for those really warm days and so I chose this gorgeous maxi dress.  I love how the dress has a sheer floaty panel to help hide any lumps and bumps – there are lots of similar styles available too. I paired the dress with these embellished sandals; which are also available here from JD Williams.  I accessorised with a simple pair of sunglasses from H&M.

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My second outfit choice is a bit more ‘mum on the run’ for an everyday look.  I’ve been seeing these pinafore dresses everywhere and I immediately thought how good they’d be for breastfeeding. I’ve kept it light and summery with a pop-over shirt from Joules in a classic stripe.  The shirt unbuttons at the front and so I am able to feed quite discretely once I have undone the dress.  I chose a pair of White Converse to keep the look casual and comfortable.

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I’m hoping we’ll see some proper sunshine soon and I’ll get to treat myself to a few of these pieces.  How did you feel about your style postpartum and what do you plan to wear this Summer?

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I was browsing through the Daily Mail app the other day (yes, yes, I know) and I came across an article entitled ‘So much for maternity wear!’ which immediately caught my attention, for obvious reasons.  Anyway, it got me thinking are maternity clothes a no-no?

The article was about a ‘woman’ called Coco Austin.  I have no idea why she makes headlines but she’s 32 weeks pregnant and wearing clothes I wouldn’t dream of wearing when I’m not pregnant let alone that far along.

Source - Daily Mail 22/10/15

Source – Daily Mail 22/10/15

I don’t really care what she does or doesn’t wear, as the case may be, but I do wonder how she can be comfortable in those tight clothes.  I only have to position the waistband of my leggings in the wrong place and I’ll have guaranteed stomach pains all day! Am I just being a wimp?  I guess being ‘glamorous’ is her career.

I’ve been watching quite a few pregnant vloggers on You Tube recently and reading blogs by expectant ladies and it struck me how many people don’t seem too fussed on purchasing any maternity wear.  With this pregnancy, as with my other two, I couldn’t wait to wear my maternity jeans and I’m still chomping at the bit to get into my over the bump leggings. I’m 10 weeks pregnant this week and I’m still at the “has she eaten all the pies or is she pregnant” stage.  I find that any trousers that are too tight or sit in the wrong place give me really bad wind.  Sorry but its a pregnant ladies curse – if it’s not one end it’s the other! Likewise, all my underwired, padded bras really bloody hurt.  I let out an audible groan at the end of the day when I take it off as it’s just such a painful relief!  Anything too tight on my top half just makes me look like I’m smuggling tyres under my top so loose tunics or maternity tops with that extra bit of ruching or wider panel at the side are a God send.

I’ll be the first to say that I think the ranges of maternity wear are awful.  I went into Next the other day to be told they don’t even stock it in the shops any more so the only option you have there is to order online. My favourite place for maternity pieces has to be New Look and H&M. They’re affordable, staple pieces which will last the entire pregnancy. Our local Mothercare recently closed down (boo) but before it did I always thought their maternity wear was just a bit….old fashioned. Likewise, with some of the more high end brands such as Isabella Oliver the designs just aren’t for me. When oh when will Joules make Breton maternity jumpers and tunics?

Some people just suggest getting a size or two bigger, which I have done in Primark recently, but the fit just doesn’t seem right. It might be a bigger top but it’s bigger all over and really I just want a size 12 with extra length and a bit of room around the front.  I don’t need baggy arms or loads of material across the back.

I just wonder if I’m in the minority as I furiously wash and dry my maternity clothes to save me from my ‘civilian’ wear.  Will maternity wear become a thing of the past?

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