If you’d asked me a month ago what my daily essential items would be, I am pretty sure I would (sadly) list at least a few things from Emma’s changing bag. It had been my lifeline since she was one week old and everything I ever needed was in there. But over the past month, things have changed a bit. I started working and suddenly I’ve got a grown up handbag again and other things that I couldn’t get through the day without.
I thought I would be a bit sad to ditch our functional BabaBing bag and in ways I was. But recently I’ve come to realise that 70% of the contents of this bag, we do not need anymore and when I made the decision to clean it out, I was quite shocked to gather up its contents. I’ve been moaning for months to my other half about the lids to Emma’s bottles going missing but turns out, they were ALL in the changing bag! Ooops.
So a month into our new routine, Emma has her own little rucksack that goes on her own peg at nursery (I almost wept when I saw this as it was so cute) – there’s a new set of things I couldn’t live without…
I think coffee will always be my faithful friend. I can’t beat a really good cup of coffee in the mornings and it kick starts my day as it’s often a bit of a rush getting everything together for the nursery run. I absolutely love the Co-op Maximum Strength one, it’s really yummy!
My Blogger Journal
Back in June when I went to BritMums Live, I met a few blogger friends there and they had this Paperchase Blogger’s Journal. I wasn’t sure if I’d need one really and at the time used to just blog when the ideas came. But being at the conference inspired me to get a bit more organised. Now I am forever looking at it and popping ideas in the editorial calendar.
I couldn’t go a day without taking a few pictures, either of Emma and the boys or just pics of my food (sorry I’m that person). I love having the pictures to look back on in months to come, even if I don’t upload them to my blog or Instagram. I do have a Canon camera, which is lovely but quite bulky so a lot of the time I use my iPhone 5s.
Ever since I was a teenager I would not leave the house without headphones and I’m still much the same! My headphones have had a bit of a revival though, as I ditched them when I was with Emma…it felt wrong even when she was napping in the buggy to get out my headphones, in case I missed something. I’m loving listening to music on the train now, it really helps to just unwind and escape for a little bit.
End of the day cuddles…
It’s been a real change since I’ve gone back to work, and I miss the cuddles with Emma. In the mornings we used to have long cuddles while I woke up properly and now it’s such a different routine. So there’s nothing I like more than getting home and giving her a really big hug before we do the bath and bottle. In fact, that’s absolutely my favourite time of day.
What are your non-negotiables? Let me know in the comments 🙂