Six ways to support new parents

I asked on Instagram what kinds of post-partum posts you’d like to read and so many of you said you’d like some tips for friends and family of newborns (and their parents). 2 months into life with our little love means we have had lots of family and friends over to visit and have beenContinue reading “Six ways to support new parents”

Honey, I unplugged the kids.

He’s here! Our beautiful son was born a month ago and we are so in love. We decided before he got here to keep him offline, and many have asked about our decision. Here’s what we decided on, and why… 1. No images Trust me – he is beautiful (not that I’m biased!) But weContinue reading “Honey, I unplugged the kids.”

On the night before motherhood: a blessing

A mother’s love begins long before birth and now, as you approach the precipice of meeting its lifelong object, here is a blessing. Feel the slow rise and fall of your chest as your heart sustains another. You are breathing life into you and into the new life you are about to meet. You, fearfullyContinue reading “On the night before motherhood: a blessing”

Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be 

Well, I can’t quite believe it: I’m just weeks away from meeting my BABY! I’ve come to know so many lovely expectant and new mums over the last while, and our chats inspired me to put together a gift guide for pregnant mums and those in the newborn bubble who might just need a treat!Continue reading “Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be “

How to be a good writer

Thanks for the great feedback on my top 8 tips for good writing! As promised, I’m back with some friends who have generously offered their advice. They’re an interesting mix of copywriters, marketers, bloggers, editors, songwriters, authors, and academics. Some commented on the work of being a writer, and others looked more at the actContinue reading “How to be a good writer”

An overnight at Bullitt

Because we live close by, staying overnight in Belfast was never something I thought about – but when the opportunity came up to give Bullitt a try, Dan and I just couldn’t resist! Situated between the hustle and bustle of Victoria Square and the placidity of the Waterfront, Bullitt is exactly where you want toContinue reading “An overnight at Bullitt”

Waiting 

31 weeks! Each week is a celebration – there have been times when I’ve not been sure we’d make it this far. But we have, and Baby Brown is growing tall (?!) and strong. I live a strange paradox: this complicated pregnancy has brought me to my knees and there are elements of it thatContinue reading “Waiting “

4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy 

She embarks on her journey, she – the one in the boat, leaving her safe shore for the unknown. She carries precious cargo across deep waters. Some days are peaceful, and the anticipation of arrival fills her heart with gladness. On other days, the water wails and rises up higher than the boat, threatening toContinue reading “4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy “

Be still 

“Maybe this is your time to learn to be still.” My throat tightened: “I’m not sure I know what that means.” “Well, that’s where you start.” I had just told my dad I’d been signed off work after a scary hospital stay and introduction to the term ‘complicated pregnancy’. Minutes before, my doctor had toldContinue reading “Be still “

8 tips for good writing

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Maybe it was the post-it notes my mum used to slip into my lunchbox, or the teacher who lived and breathed his craft. Or maybe it was theContinue reading “8 tips for good writing”