Guest post from Angelica Arias (Angie)

My up hill battle with maternity leave and returning to work with mixed emotions Finding out you’re pregnant and about to become a mom for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Well maybe a lot overwhelming! There’s so much to think about, learn, do, etc. 40 weeks may seem like a long time... Continue Reading →

Product review: Useful and beautiful don’t usually go hand in hand.. Messy Me breaks all the rules though!

I was lucky enough to be sent some Messy Me weaning products a few weeks ago to test out. I trialed the Messy Me Tunic (like a bib) and also the nappy clutch bag and change mat. Both of which are in the wild rose print. Firstly these are perhaps the prettiest baby items I... Continue Reading →

Guest Blog – Introducing Rachel

Rachel works for a digital educational publisher in Oxford and lives in Witney with her husband and two-year old daughter. She is the newsletter editor for Witney and District NCT branch. Rachel re-affirms my belief that there can be life after baby and doing something for ‘you’, something you really love, can help ensure you... Continue Reading →

Arranging KIT days – surely they shouldn’t be such a ball ache to sort?!

Ok so I get it, people taking maternity, paternity or adoption leave can be very tricky for a business. Company directors need to ensure the business continues to function well without certain staff members, they need to limit the impact on other employees and of course they need to recruit for their covers. It’s not... Continue Reading →

Maternity Mojo: Boosting your career during maternity leave

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her first baby, Prince George, she returned to her royal duties when he was just 1 month old. However, after the birth of Princess Charlotte, Kate opted for more time off and didn't go back to work for 4 months. This is still a lot shorter than... Continue Reading →

I’m still here, promise!

Sorry I haven’t been around much… Just a quick post from me today to say sorry I haven’t been posting much over the last few weeks. It’s been a crazy time that’s for sure. Unfortunately James, my husband, broke his neck in a rugby accident the other week. First things first, he’s ok.. I know... Continue Reading →

10 tips to negotiate a flexible return to work


I’ve just written to my boss to discuss my return to work and negotiate some flexible working. Whilst I nervously await the results and their feedback, I thought I should share with you some tips on how best to negotiate a return to work if you are looking for some degree of flexibility. Massive caveat here… nothing has been agreed with my work yet, so I do not profess to be an ace at this, these are just tips I picked up from the web and asking others!

If you want some more tips or to speak to a HR or legal expert, then join the #Workitout forum. It’s a free space to chat to professionals and get advice and guidance on just this topic set up by Pregnant then Screwed and Mother Pukka.  It’s a fab little resource.

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Guest post by Craig Freeman: The rambles of a Dad trying to learn how to juggle

When you become a parent everything changes. The person you were, the life you led and the things that are important to you. Holly’s story of going from being very career driven to becoming a Mum and struggling to let her PR job go really resonated.  I’m really lucky because I love my job. I... Continue Reading →

Learning about baby and having some fun at the same time

I recently finished a course of baby classes called Baby College in West Oxfordshire. I really enjoyed my experience at this class, so I thought I would write about it just to give you a flavour for what it’s all about. I know a few local mums read my blog, so I thought you might... Continue Reading →

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