Balancing Baby, Uni and Work

Balancing Baby, Uni and Work

Not so long ago, when our parents were younger, when our grandparents were having babies it was the normal thing to have the Mum stay at home and look after the babies.

Now that’s not so common. People are having babies younger and money is a lot tighter. Our parents were buying houses in their twenties, my generation will be lucky if they can ever leave rented properties. Whatever the reason a lot of mums and dads are now balancing family life with work and studying.

I am a full time student and will be returning to work part time very soon. It’s important to be organised to make this work. What do I do to try and make it easier?

1- pack Amelia’s changing bag and lay out her clothes the night before
2- check my timetable for the week and save the dates on my phone
3- take advantage of any help offered. My mum said when I was pregnant that she’d be happy to look after Amelia if needed so we have a standing arrangement that she has Amelia one morning a week whilst I’m at uni.
4- my university has a policy for extending dead lines. If you need an extension and your uni will allow it then ask! It is not a weakness to ask for extra time.
5- I always cook too much. Instead of throwing it away I make up extra meals and freeze them. When I’m late back from uni we can just stick them in the microwave which makes life a lot easier.
6- keep a text book in each room – this way if Amelia falls asleep on me I have a book I can reach and can catchup on reading whilst she naps.
7- make time for a five minute break even if all you do is sit and have a mug of hot chocolate!

I’m always looking for other ways to make student Mum and work life easier so if you have any tips please comment!

Lucy XX

5 Ways to Stay Happy and Mentally Healthy #1

This week in the first installment of 5 Ways to Stay Happy and Mentally Healthy we welcome Amy, from lifestyleandcookies.

Hello, Lucy’s lovely readers&followers,
I am Amy from over at lifestyleandcookies and I can’t wait to share this blog post with you!
I recently came across Lucy’s tweet about doing a guest post, about 5 things I do to keep happy. Mental health is so important to me, and keeping happy is definitely the main factor and a focus in my life. Everyone is different and everyone finds keeping themselves happy in different ways! But here are 5 ways that I keep myself happy!

1.Reading a book: I love reading a book. From a very young age, I have loved to read, and as I have grown up reading a book is a way to keep myself happy. I feel a book simply does the trick! I love getting involved and invested in a book, whether it is just to occupy myself with something else and involving myself in another person’s life. It makes me feel happier, and more at ease with myself. It also develops my imagination and creativity, so perfect for blog post writing!

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2.  Blog post planning: I love blog post planning! Blog post planning makes me so happy, as it kind of gets me away from a bad mood and uplifts my mood! It definitely makes me feel happier when I get a nice response to a blog post, it makes me happier! Blog post planning, I also know that once my blog post is up, it can help one of my readers.

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3. Having a bubble bath: A bubble bath is one of my favourite things to do. I love having a bubble bath to clear my mind and just relax my brain and muscles. I love having a lush bubble bath, as I love the scent and the bubbles it creates. I sometimes use my Zoella bubble bath as well, as I love the sweet smell. Having a bath lets me think and reflect on my day, so I definitely love having a bubble bath. I have been using the Champney’s bubble soap recently!

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4. Listening to music: Listening to some good and happy music makes my mood better. I love listening to music, as I am focusing on the song, and also an upbeat song, makes me want to dance along! This definitely makes me feel happier!

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5. Gym: I know the gym! How boring? Recently, I have been going to the gym a lot more! Not only is it good for your body, but it is good for the mind. When you exercise it produces more endorphins (happy hormones) and makes you less tired and agitated. Going to the gym makes me feel less tired and more motivated to go and do something! The gym makes me feel less stressed and happier!!!

 


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I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post!
Amy x

You can also catch me here over at:
Twitter: @amy_bellxx
Instagram: AmyLaurenbellx
Snapchat: AmyLaurenbellx

 

if you want to get involved with my guest series please email me lucy.maker@hotmail.co.uk

Review: My Life as Steve Keller by Zach Baynes

So it’s 1st October which means one thing….

Post 1 for blogtober

My Life as Steve Keller is a novel written by Zach Baynes. The author himself describes the book as a coming of age fiction.

As a university student I am open to reading novels from all genres, fiction or non fiction, long or short. I received a copy of this particular novel at 4:30pm and finished it before I went to bed the same day, despite it being nearly 600 pages long (the paper version is actually around 300 but I read it electronically on my phone). It is one of those books that once begun is impossible to put down.

The narrative is well written, from the perspective of the main character. Whilst it uses a very adult standard vocabulary it is still an easy read, nothing too strenuous or difficult to follow.

Steve, the man whose life the novel follows, demonstrates an attitude and life style that could be considered promiscuous, unable to commit. However there is something about the way he lives his life that is impossible to judge; though it could be seen as selfish there is something very refreshing about someone making decisions purely for their own happiness.

The sociologists and psychologists amongst us would appreciate the nod to their fields in Steve’s conversations about relationships, love and motivation. Much time is spent describing the way people live their lives, conforming to societies unspoken rules of settling down in a monogamous childbearing relationship.

Each chapter begins with an outline of what’s going on in that year; any prominent political stances, changes to the climate, medical advances, new laws. Much of the book is set in the future and shows a rather bleak outlook, including many droughts, floods, heat waves and various other disasters that have a detrimental effect of the food sources of the human race. It’s almost fatalistic in its approach to the future.

It’s available to purchase on Amazon and I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a thrilling read.