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5 Tips On How To Emotionally Prepare Yourself For Motherhood

5 Tips On How To Emotionally Prepare Yourself For Motherhood

We know it’s no small feat adjusting to motherhood, and discovering your new identity as chief-life-giver and caretaker (aka mum) is a journey. To ensure your sanity remains intact as you go through this transition, we’ve shared five tips on how to emotionally prepare yourself for the crazy journey of motherhood.

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Quick Makeup Tips To Make You Feel Less Blah!

Quick Makeup Tips To Make You Feel Less Blah!

We all know that having kids means having significantly less time for yourself! When it comes to getting ready in the morning, you might find yourself having no time, being in a rush or being constantly interrupted by your kids. Finding your groove and nailing a morning routine that works for you (and your family) can be hard – so congrats if you have! If not, we’ve got some quick makeup tips to help make you feel a bit less blah, and to get ready in a flash! These tips are also perfect for getting ready quick during the busy holiday season.

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Spoil That Special Mama-To-Be In Your Life

Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Spoil That Special Mama-To-Be In Your Life

Attending a baby shower but struggling to think of the perfect gift for that glowing mama-to-be?

Here at Livvy and Harry, we’ve attended our fair share of baby showers and learned a thing or two about gift–giving along the way, so we’ve compiled our top picks – we promise you’ll be the envy of every other guest in the room. 

The Ultimate Baby Bag

livvy and harry bow bag

While a baby bag might seem like an obvious gift, giving your lady friend a baby bag that she actually likes is another story! Is it practical and organised, while remaining chic and simple? Livvy and Harry purpose-design baby bags that fuse functionality and style – they’re the ultimate gift for a stylish lady who values quality and is about to have a heck of a lot of stuff to carry!

Not quite sure which baby bag to get for that special mama in your life? Let her pick for herself with a Livvy and Harry Gift Card, or better yet – Livvy and Harry offer free exchanges, so mamas can change their mind.

A 'Mummy Essentials' Hamper

It sounds a bit ‘been there, done that’, but a hamper of mummy must-haves is always popular for the lady about to step into the unknown realm of motherhood. Half-fill a large box or basket with baby essentials like nappies, nappy cream, baby wipes and natural shampoo and conditioner, then add a stack of your mama-to-be’s favourite things – chocolate, fancy wine, candles, bubble bath and more.

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A Beautiful Robe

sleeper black and white striped robe with red trim

Every woman needs a robe in her life, but new mamas need them more than most. From those ‘too big to wear actual clothes’ pre-birth days to late night feeds and lazy days at home with bub, a super luxurious robe is guaranteed to make you feel at least 35 per cent better. Check out the range of silk and cotton robes and sleepwear from Sleeper.

Matching Outfits

mum and baby in matching outfits

While this might sound lame to some, if your mama-to-be is the kind of lady who’s into matching outfits, this is the ultimate gift to give her Instagram followers some serious baby envy.

If you’re pooling with some friends and can afford to splash out, Burberry have a lust-worthy range of kids clothes, so mum and bub can match in signature Burberry plaid. Or, for a little bit of onesie heaven, Hanna Andersson makes onesies for bubs, girls, ladies and everything in between – trust us, this is cute overload!

Nappy Service

baby wearing pink and black cloth nappy

Is your mama-to-be into all things eco-friendly and planning to use cloth nappies for bub? A Nappy Service is the ultimate practical gift and will save a heck of a lot of washing. How does it work? Once a week (or more) a nappy service attendant will collect bub’s dirty nappies, wash them and return them... like magic! We LOVE this cow print cloth nappy from Cottontail Nappy Services in Australia.

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MUMMY 101: Tips To Refresh Your Nappy Bag and Keep It Looking Brand New

MUMMY 101: Tips To Refresh Your Nappy Bag and Keep It Looking Brand New

A baby bag is a mum’s best friend – not only is it your ‘how the heck am I going to carry all of this’ lifesaver, but it’s the ultimate fashion-meets-function accessory.

A good baby bag is designed to be durable and bounce back from the everyday wear and tear of being a mum, so investing a little more in a quality product is a must. To make sure you get the most out of your baby bag, the Livvy and Harry team have spilled our go-to tips to alleviate the worry of a leaking bottle, smelly nappy or accidental spew.

Look after your leather

At Livvy and Harry, our baby bags range from genuine leather, so taking care of your material is key. Just like a new pair of shoes or a jacket, you need to give your leather baby bag the VIP treatment from the very beginning. For all genuine leather products, a good quality leather conditioner and waterproofing spray prior to use is a must. For an instant refresh, repeat both every six months – your bag will bounce back to look almost new again, plus it will last much longer. Vegan leather products can simply be wiped down with a damp cloth to ensure your baby bag looks as good as you do 24/7!

Wet wipes, wet wipes, wet wipes

We’ll keep it simple; there’s never been a spill, smear or splash that a wet wipe couldn’t fix.

Stash soiled items separately

Wet clothes and dirty nappies can leave your baby bag smelling less than fresh. All Livvy and Harry bags come with a removable zip-up pouch – so you can stash soiled items, wet clothes, dirty nappies (or anything, really) in here for easy removal when you get home. Even better, your zip-up pouch can be thrown in the washing machine for an instant refresh!  

Use a clutch to hold your liquids

When you’re carrying water bottles, baby bottles, hand cream, nappy cream, lip gloss and so much more, leaks and spills are bound to happen. Pro tip: stash your small liquids like makeup, hand cream and nappy cream in a clutch bag before adding to your baby bag – not only will any spills be contained, but the days of digging through your bag to find what you need are long gone. Livvy and Harry bags also come with insulated bottle holders for easy access to water bottles and baby bottles.

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MUMMY 101: Simple Ideas For Getting Out and About With Your Bub

MUMMY 101: Simple Ideas For Getting Out and About With Your Bub

As a new mum, it can be hard to find the inspiration or motivation to get out your pyjamas, let alone out of the house. But, not only will getting out and about with your bub do wonders for your mental health (cabin fever, are we right?), it’s incredibly important in order to important to kick-start your new routine as a mumma.

Thanks to a heap of insight from the mums in our lives, the Livvy and Harry team has compiled the ultimate tried–and-tested list of simple ways to venture out of the house with your bub. If trying to wrangle a screaming bub while ‘enjoying’ lunch in a bustling café sounds like hell on earth, and the thought of a family holiday with a little one strapped to your chest is going straight in the ‘too hard basket’, this list is for you.

Laze in the shade

Grab your baby bag and pack the essentials, then add a good book, some snacks and a soft blanket, and head to your local park. You’d be surprised how blissful it is to stretch out on a blanket amongst nature and read in the shade while bub dozes in the pram. Livvy and Harry’s Travel Backpack is super roomy and will easily fit baby’s essentials plus your picnic must-haves.

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Keep it simple

Lace up your sneakers, strap bub into the stroller and hit the pavement – walking not only releases endorphins and helps to clear your mind, but is a great way to settle an irritable baby and get some incidental exercise! Craving a little adult interaction? Invite your friends along and catch up while you walk.

Dine in the comfort of your own home

Can’t quite face the world? One of the perks of being a new mum, besides the fact that you now have a really cute miniature human, is that your family and friends are all eager to stop by, cook for you and help out at all times. 

Taking bub to a restaurant can be tricky, but your dining room can be transformed into an instant restaurant in a few simple steps:

  1. Invite your nearest and dearest around for dinner, and ask everyone to bring a plate.
  2. Pop up some fairy lights and light a few candles, and set out some plates and cutlery.
  3. Swap your robe for normal clothes (or don’t, we’re not judging)
  4. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner, while baby snoozes nearby and you get to pretend you’re dining out.

Spending time with your loved ones, eating delicious food that you didn’t cook, with no travel or effort required? There are too many positives to name.

Organise a day trip

Feeling adventurous? Do a bit of research and create a list of locations within a few hours’ drive of your house. Pack your baby bag with plenty of nappies and wet wipes, clip bub into the car and hit the road – this is a great opportunity for a simple family adventure or a bit of one-on-one bonding time with your baby.

When you arrive at your destination, go for a walk along the river, eat your lunch in a public garden, explore a museum or walk around the town - the options are endless and the change of scenery will do wonders! When bub starts to grizzle and you’re ready to be wrapped in a blanket watching repeats of Grey’s Anatomy again, head home - trust us, when you get home, you’ll be feeling pretty damn smug!

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10 Mummies You Need To Follow On Instagram In 2018

10 Mummies You Need To Follow On Instagram In 2018

 

When it comes to striking the perfect balance of baby adoration, family inspiration, self-love, travel and good old fashioned honesty, these mummies have absolutely #nailedit. The Livvy and Harry team have stalked, swooned and crooned, and the results are in – below is a round up of our favourite Instagram mummies that you need to be following in 2018…. you’re welcome! 

1. @zotheysay 

 zoe foster blake and family

All hail Zoe Foster Blake, the queen of self-deprecation, comical child (and cat) pics and cute family happy snaps… and to top it all off she’s married to Comedian and Actor, Hamish Blake. Side note: Zoe is a children’s Author and released ‘No One Likes a fart’ in 2017.

2. @happygreylucky

 sina from happy grey lucky and her family

Family photo goals. Need we say more?

 3. @mish_mac

michelle alan and daughter harper sitting on picnic blanket on beach

Michelle Alan is the ultimate ‘she’s got it all together’ mum. Plus, her daughter Harper and hubby Serkan make for the total family package, as is often shared across her social media platforms.

 4. @rachelle.rowlings

rachelle rowlings and baby holding hands

When it comes to the reality of being a mum, Rachelle Rowlings isn’t afraid to share it – whether’s it’s taking endless videos of her gorgeous son and daughter or eating ice cream for dinner while heavily pregnant – she knows the struggle is REAL!

5. @tuulavintage

tuula vintage's jessica stein holding her baby on the beach

Iconic travel blogger turned mum, Jessica Stein gives us a serious case of wander and baby lust.

6. @sophiecachia_

sophie cachia and family selfie

Mums all over the world love Sophie Cachia, formerly @theyoungmummy, and so do we! She’s honest, hilarious and an all-star family woman, who takes us on her journey of motherhood one Instagram post at a time!

7. @rhiannon.abrahams

rhiannon abrahams smiling holding baby at beach

Cute baby alert! Rhiannon Abrahams brings the perfect combination of cute baby photos, enviable beach pics and hair/ beauty tutorials.

8. @this.little.wandering

this.little.wandering holding her two babies

Kayla takes some of the most beautiful photos on Instagram – sleepy babies, adorable toddlers, plenty of road trips and beautiful Colorado landscapes - all guaranteed to improve the quality of your newsfeed.

 9. @neve.and.knox

erika beresford holding children neve and knox

Want dusty hues, banana leaves, an enviable coastal lifestyle and the ultimate mummy style? Erika Beresford’s got it in the bag.

10. @___laurenkate

Lauren patterson takes selfie with kids max and madi

She’s the fit mum inspiring us all to get active while juggling two kids, solo.  She’s raw, unfiltered and will have you in stitches with her reality checks that leave us all nodding our heads in agreeance.

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The Five Commandments of a 'She's Got It All Together' Mum

The Five Commandments of a 'She's Got It All Together' Mum

As a busy mum, it can be really damn hard to stay on top of absolutely everything, all the time.

How is one woman supposed to operate 24/7, looking after both herself AND a mini human/s while juggling the roles of personal entertainer, cleaner, chef, doctor, bank, and taxi? Oh and on top of all of that, she’s also meant to make time to get her hair done occasionally, workout, dress well, and maintain a successful career, social life, and her sanity.

Let’s be honest, no one’s life is really as perfect as they make it seem (trust us, you’re doing great), they just know how to fake it.

Need some tips on how to nail that ‘I’ve got it together’ mum look? These five commandments are for you.    

Commandment #1: I will always remember that wet wipes are a mum’s best friend

The amount of mess a baby can make in one day is a mystery to every mum, no matter how many times you wipe their face/hands/entire body. Mums who have it together know that baby wipes are the true hero of this narrative – from sticky faces and snotty noses to spills and stains, they literally erase mess. Wet wipes, coupled with a bib and change of clothes will ensure you maintain the illusion of having it together… even if both you and bub were covered in sticky pink milkshake 10 minutes ago. 

If you’re going to be away from the pram and have no clue where you’ll store these little lifesavers, the Livvy and Harry clutch is the grab and go superstar every mum needs.  It can hold a small stash of wipes and a nappy as well as your phone and wallet.  Plus, would you believe it’s completely spill-proof and wipeable too? Told you those wipes were a necessity.

Commandment #2: I will not sacrifice my style for a baby bag that screams ‘mumsy’

The value of a functional yet chic baby bag cannot be underestimated. Mums who appear to have it together don’t forget anything when they leave the house, and it’s all thanks to a bag that can carry everything. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing on style – your bag should look as good as it is practical. A neutral shade (think grey, tan, cream or black) will ensure you can match it with any outfit or occasion.

Livvy and Harry’s range of bags are your carry-all solution to a nappy bag that looks like a handbag. With plenty of pockets, compartments and reinforced straps, you can fit both your own and your baby’s essentials while remaining oh-so-stylish. Our personal favourites for everyday use are the Leather Tote and Keep It Organised Duffle Bag.

Commandment #3: I will nourish my own body, not just bub’s

More often than not, the problem of a whingey baby (and a hangry mum) can be solved with food. When you’re on-the-go, eating well can be tricky, but keeping a stash of nourishing snacks on hand at all times will stop you reaching for sugary treats. Making sure you have plenty of water at the ready will also help you maintain that glow of health (even if you only got 2 hours sleep last night).

All Livvy and Harry bags come with bottle holders for easy storage and access to formula and water bottles, plus plenty of pockets for stashing grab ‘n’ go snacks.

Commandment #4: I will not forget about my pre-baby style

When you’ve had two hours sleep and are trying to wrestle a grizzling toddler into the car - putting on stilettos, a full face of makeup and curling your hair is not going to happen. Mums who have it together know that a little effort goes a long way – and will leave you feeling (and looking) a million dollars.

An emergency make-up kit is a must-have for busy mums. A little tinted moisturizer, cheek tint and lip balm, plus a spritz of dry shampoo are all you need to freshen up on-the-go. If make up’s not your thing, keep a mini bottle of your favourite fragrance on hand – people who smell good always have an air of ‘togetherness’.

Just because you’re a mum, doesn’t mean you need to give up your personal style – here are five style investments to help you nail that ‘chic and effortless’ look.

Commandment #5: I will make time for me

Whether it’s a workout, getting your hair refreshed, dinner with a friend, or simply taking an hour to read a book and drink a cup of tea on your own, making time for yourself is so important. Mums who have it together know that a little R&R is the best way to avoid burnouts – and nothing says ‘she’s got it together’ like a mum who looks after herself.

Armed with these commandments, you’ll be the envy of every mum you pass on the street.

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