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TOP TIPS TO MAKE WORKING FROM HOME WORK FOR YOU

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
5 TOP TIPS TO MAKE WORKING FROM HOME WORK FOR YOU | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
You may or may not know that I am a full time work from home mama and self certified #GIRLBOSS and have been pretty much since Tyler was born. It was a tough decision to make, but it's one I'm glad I did. Some days are better than others and some days I don't even manage to switch my computer on, let alone do any work. But today, I wanted to share a few ways that will help to make working from home that little bit easier.

STAYING SAFE ON THE ROAD THIS CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Car safety at Christmas | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com

Many of us, including myself, have family members up and down the country whom we will be visiting in the coming weeks. We live in Gloucestershire but will be spending Christmas day itself back in Berkshire, before returning back to Gloucestershire on boxing day, so we've got a fair few miles to drive!

TYLER IS 10 MONTHS OLD

Monday, December 04, 2017
TYLER IS 10 MONTHS OLD | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
10 months old. Double digits. Before I know it, I'll have a one year old and I honestly don't think I'm ready for that.

Remember last month when I said that Tyler wasn't a fan of toast? Well, he's converted and now bloody loves the stuff! The only problem with that is that I can no longer eat MY toast in peace. He's also enjoying much more chunky and textured foods which I'm so pleased about as when we first started weaning he didn't seem to like anything that wasn't super thin and lump free.

PREPARING FOR TYLER'S FIRST CHRISTMAS 🎄

Friday, December 01, 2017
PREPARING FOR TYLER'S FIRST CHRISTMAS | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Well would you look at that, it's December! I know everyone and their dog has said this already but I honestly can not believe how quick the time has gone this year. My days certainly feel long but they seem to pass by so quickly at the same time. Today I thought I'd share with you how we're planning on spending Christmas this year. I've always loved Christmas but I feel like this year is extra special as it's our first as a family of three! Oh, please excuse Tyler's dribble and his wee bruise, he's a rough one already!

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD | PHOTOWALL CANVAS REVIEW

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
PHOTOWALL CANVAS REVIEW | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
When the lovely people over at Photowall got in touch to ask if we would like to review one of their canvases I jumped at the chance. I love adding new bits to our home, things that inject a bit of colour and character especially.

HOW TO BE AN ONLINE SHOPPING PRO

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
You may think that online shopping is as simple as clicking on the item you want, inputting a couple of details and waiting for it to arrive at your home. And while these are the basics, you may well be missing out on a better deal elsewhere. If you still feel like you are an online shopping novice, this guide is here to give you the skills you need to turn you into a pro. Let’s get started.

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS WITH A TODDLER

As Christmas approaches, those of us with children, especially young ones start to get ridiculously excited. Much more excited in fact, than the children themselves who are probably still a little young to understand. But, while we look forward to the activities and events, the decorations and food, and of course the gifts, one thing that can worry us, is keeping our toddlers and babies safe when there are so many new hazards around the home.

7 WAYS TO MAKE A BAD DAY BETTER

Monday, November 27, 2017
7 ways to make a bad day better! | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Sometimes, you can just have a really rubbish day. Sometimes it just feels like one thing after another and that nothing is deemed to go right that day. I've had many a day like that and I have slowly compiled a little list of things that can help to make a bad day better.

FREEZE YOUR FAT AWAY

Friday, November 24, 2017
We all have things about our body that we try and change. For many of us, excess fat is a royal pain in the backside. It's disappointing when you're sticking to a work out regime and eating all the right things, only to find that there are certain parts of your body fat that just wont budge.

10 THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY THIS MONTH

10 things that made me happy this month | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com | Parenting and lifestyle blog
I shared a post similar to this a couple of months ago and I was recently doing some blog admin when I stumbled across it and thought, why aren't I doing these more often? Do you also remember when I told you all about my thankful diary at the beginning of this year? I've not used it half as much as I'd have liked to, but I think starting today I'll be making more of a conscious effort to do so. If you follow me over on twitter then you'll know that yesterday I had a bit of a down day, so I really feel like celebrating some happy things is what's right for today's blog post. So, before I waffle your neck off your shoulders, here are 10 things that made me happy this month.

DEAR TYLER

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
9 months in 9 months out | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Dear Tyler,

Your due date was January 25th 2017 but, just like your mother, you're stubborn and you weren't born until February 2nd 2017. You were born at 41 weeks + 1 day. As of November 17th, you have been on this earth for as long as your were in my tummy, how crazy is that? The first photo is what I looked like on day 285 of my pregnancy, 3 days before you were born and next to it is a photo of you at 283 days old, taken on Sunday 12th November.

40 AWESOME BLACK FRIDAY DEALS | BEAUTY, BABY, MAMA, TECH + GIFTS!

Monday, November 20, 2017
AWESOME BLACK FRIDAY DEALS 2017 | LOVE, MAISIE | www.lovemaisie.com
I'm sure you're all fully aware that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on their way, I mean if you haven't seen one of the seven million adverts at the moment then you must be living in your Harry Potter cupboard. I'm not usually one to give into the hype of sales but sometimes it's nice to know that you really are getting a good deal.

FREEBIE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS

Thursday, November 16, 2017
FREEBIE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
Who doesn't like getting something for free? In fact, there are people who actively search for ways to get their hands on something they don't have to pay for, much like you are doing now. And there's no shame in it. It's like celebrating your birthday every time a free package arrives, and companies love giving the stuff away. However, getting that freebie isn't always straightforward and simple. So, for all those new freebie hunters, WOW FreeStuff have come up with ways to help people who want to take things a step further; consider the following. 

5 ALTERNATIVE ADVENT CALENDARS UNDER £35

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5 ALTERNATIVE ADVENT CALENDARS UNDER £35 | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Ah advent calendars, one of my favourite things about Christmas. I do love a cheeky square of chocolate each morning but I'm not impartial to something a little bit different either. There are so many brands coming out with amazing advent calendars this year, more than I've ever seen, from jewellery to prosecco and gin to brussel sprouts! So today I thought I'd share with you 5 alternative advent calender's to your traditional milk chocolate ones that are all £35 or under!

HAIR HACKS FOR BUSY MAMAS

Monday, November 13, 2017
Hair hacks for busy mamas | Hair tips | Quick hair hacks | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I have always loved being creative with my hair but since having Tyler, I've not had as much time on my hands. Okay so maybe that's an understatement, I sometimes don't even have time to shower let alone do my hair! So today I wanted to share my top hair hacks for all you busy mama's out there!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT AUTUMN STYLING

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
My favourite things about autumn styling | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
You're probably sick of reading this sentence, but I bloody love autumn. The weather, the colours and most importantly, the styling. Although the last few days have felt more like winter than autumn, I thought I'd tell you about the four things that I enjoy most about styling in autumn.

IS IT RESPONSIBLE FOR A MOTHER TO PLAY THE LOTTERY?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The primary responsibility of a mother is to care for her children. A mother's relationship with her children is built on unconditional love. A mother (as well as a father), is responsible for the children’s education, health, and complete wellbeing. A mother’s role includes being a listener and an educator, a companion and a protector. Raising children is a serious undertaking, so is it responsible for a mother to devote some of her time and money to playing the lottery?

EDUCATING YOUR CHILD: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH

Monday, November 06, 2017
From the moment you find out that you are pregnant, you begin to plan your child’s life. You think about everything, from what you could name them to what they might be when they grow up. You begin to focus on their future before they even arrive, always wanting the very best for them and their adult lives.

When it comes to ensuring that your child has the very best future, one of the most important things to think about is, of course, their education. Which is why so many of us parents start thinking about our children’s education from a very young age.

SOCIAL MEDIA VS MOTHERHOOD

Social media vs motherhood | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Social media can be an amazing space for parents, but it can also be a tough and vicious one. Not only that, but it can also be damaging to your mental health. Now, I'm not writing this post to tell you to boycot social media in order to better your mental health, but little breaks every now and then do help and knowing what to listen to and what to ignore helps also.

TYLER IS 9 MONTHS OLD

Friday, November 03, 2017
Tyler is 9 months old | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I have a nine month old. Nine months. I feel like nine months is the biggest milestone month so far, seeing as you're pregnant for nine months. Before I know it, I'll have a one year old and I'll be crying in the corner eating birthday cake.

5 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Monday, October 23, 2017
5 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Social media. It’s a love hate relationship for a lot of us, myself included. I do love that I have the ability to share a new blog post or cute snap of Tyler at the tap of a few buttons, but also, it’s a time sucker.

THE AUTUMN TAG

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
THE AUTUMN TAG | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Seeing as autumn is everyone's favourite season(don't tell me it's not) it's no surprise that "the autumn tag" has become super popular this year in the blogosphere. A few of my lovely blogging pals have tagged me in this tag so without further ado, here we go!

BABY CHANGING FACILITIES | COULD THEY BE BETTER?*

Monday, October 16, 2017
BABY CHANGING FACILITIES | COULD THEY BE BETTER? | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I'm pretty sure that most of us have had a negative experience with regards to changing your babies nappy in public facilities, but there are also some really fantastic baby changing facilities around. For example, my worst experience was getting to a location, finally finding the bathrooms and discovering that it was a tiny box room with no where but the floor to change my baby. Of course, I didn't use the floor, so I had to leave and find an alternative place to change my baby.

DO I WANT ANOTHER BABY?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
DO I WANT ANOTHER BABY? | www.lovemaisie.com | Love, Maisie | Motherhood and life
In the past, I have always said that ideally, I would like two children, but I wouldn't turn my nose up to three. Since actually having my first child I couldn't have done a bigger 180 if I tried. If you had asked me if I wanted any more children just a month ago I'd have said no. Never. Not in a million years. I thought I'd write down how I've been feeling about the thought of another baby as I feel that there might be lots of other women who feel the same way that I do.

THE CUTEST NOTEBOOK I EVER DID SEE

Monday, October 09, 2017
LizJOwen Be a unicorn notebook | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
You might remember a little while I ago I shared this post which featured a beautiful print by the very talented LizJOwen. Not only does the lovely Lizzie have a selection of gorgeous prints available on her Etsy store, but she also has 5 beautifully illustrated notebooks.

TYLER IS 8 MONTHS OLD

Wednesday, October 04, 2017
No, you're crying! EIGHT MONTHS. How. How did this happen!? Just one more month and Tyler will have been out in the world for as long as he was in my tummy! I've just gone all tingly writing that. Anyway, howdy, how has your month been? Tyler is now a fully fledged crawling, babbling, thriving eight month old and I just don't believe it! If you missed it, you can read Tyler's 7 month update here.

5 THINGS THAT HELP ME WITH MY MENTAL HEALTH

Monday, October 02, 2017
5 things that help me with my mental health | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Recently I've spoken a lot about mental health here on the blog. In the last couple of years I have touched up my personal struggles with mental health very lightly but since having Tyler and being diagnosed with post natal depression and general anxiety disorder, I decided that it was time to really start talking about mental health and how it effects me. So far, the response to all my posts regarding mental illness have been amazing and I can't thank you all enough for your kind words. So today, I wanted to share with you five things that help me day to day with my mental health.

REDISCOVERING MY STYLE POST BABY

Monday, September 25, 2017
REDISCOVERING MY STYLE POST BABY | Love, Maisie | Personal style | www.lovemaisie.com
I've always loved experimenting with my style. If you've been a reader of Love, Maisie for a while, you'll know that I often used to share outfit of the days posts and style boards. The style side of this blog took a little hiatus whilst I was pregnant as I found it really hard to style myself whilst I was growing a human and then being post partum, I had a completely different body to work with.

5 THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE I STARTED WEANING

5 THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE I STARTED WEANING | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
If you've followed our journey as a family of three, then you might know that Tyler has suffered with reflux since birth and one of the ways in which we decided to attempt to combat that was by early weaning. I know this is frowned upon by some, but we spoke with both our health visitor and GP and decided that starting weaning from 4 months was what was right for us.

THE BABY ROCKER THAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE

Friday, September 15, 2017
THE BABY ROCKER THAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE | Fisher Price | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
When I was pregnant with Tyler, I was constantly researching different baby products and gadgets to see which were the best things to buy for our fresh, perfect little newborn. One thing that was high on my list of priorities was a baby rocker. There are a lot out there so it can be really overwhelming trying to decide which one to go for.

TYLER IS 7 MONTHS OLD

Friday, September 08, 2017
Tyler is 7 months old | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I still feel like it was only last week that we first came home with Tyler and writing that title really blows my mind. I'm 99% sure I've said this before but sometimes it feels like Tyler was born ages ago and other times it feels like it was just yesterday. I know that doesn't make sense but hopefully you know what I mean.

MY NEW WORK SPACE

Friday, September 01, 2017
MY NEW WORK SPACE | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Since starting Love, Maisie(then The Life of Maisie) back in 2013, I have never really had a proper working space. A space that is solely for writing and working on my blog and other projects. Sure, I've used my bed as an office(not in a dirty way, obvs) the coffee table, the dinning table, the floor and of course, the sofa, but there's just something that makes me feel 100% more productive if I sit at a desk to get my stuff done. So of course, I bought myself a desk and have created my very own office space in the corner of mine and Jack's bedroom.

POST NATAL DEPRESSION AND ME | PND

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
POST NATAL DEPRESSION AND ME | PND | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this post has taken me absolutely weeks to write. It was about three months ago that I decided that I wanted to share my story and my personal struggles with post natal depression. The main reason it has taken me so long to actually finish this post is because I’ve struggled to find just the right words to explain everything that’s been going on inside my head.

THE PERFECT NAILS FOR BUSY BEES

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
THE PERFECT NAILS FOR BUSY BEES | ImPress Press-On Manucure | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Busy. A word that within my day to day life is used extremely frequently. Even before I had Tyler, I was always busy with something. Work, projects, blog things, always busy. Now that I have Tyler, all of those things still make my life busy but on top of that, I'm busy 24/7 looking after a small human.

PREGNANCY IS TOUGH

Monday, August 14, 2017
PREGNANCY IS TOUGH | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I found pregnancy incredibly difficult, to say the least, and I know I'm not the only one. I'm pretty sure that the world thinks that every pregnant woman should be on cloud nine for the entire nine months of their pregnancy. Of course, I was grateful that I was carrying my healthy baby in my tummy but that doesn't mean that I had some really hard times.

SOME NEW READING MATERIAL

Friday, August 11, 2017
SOME NEW READING MATERIAL | Book haul | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Throughout July, I found myself on a bit of a book buying binge and I thought it was only right that I share my latest book purchases with you here on Love, Maisie. I recently went to a friends house(Hi Nim!) who told me about a couple of books she had picked up that she had heard were good reads for anyone wanting to improve their business. Of course, I took a photo of said books and once I got home, headed straight for Amazon to add them to my basket. In the process, I tripped and three more books fell into my basket, whoops. So far, I have only completed one of these books, so this will be more of a little informative "first impressions", if you like, rather than a book review of the six new wonderfully smelling books I have to read!

HOME ACCESSORIES UNDER £10

Wednesday, August 09, 2017
HOME ACCESSORIES UNDER £10 | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Living in rented accommodation can make it really hard to personalise your home and have it to reflect your style. For this reason, or whether you're just looking to add a bit more style on a budget, I've decided to share some gorgeous home accessories that are all £10 or under.

THE A-Z OF PARENTING

Monday, August 07, 2017
THE A-Z OF PARENTING | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Babies. They're cute, right? But they're also bloody hard work. In today's post, with a little help from some other mumma's out there, I wanted to share with you the A-Z of parenting. Not that I should need to mention this, but please take the following with a pinch of salt.

TYLER IS 6 MONTHS OLD

Friday, August 04, 2017
TYLER IS 6 MONTHS OLD | Tyler's 6 month update | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
It honestly feels like yesterday that I was writing Tyler's 5 month update. Okay, so the 5 month update was a week late and this months update is bang on time, but still, how has another month passed us by? If you didn't catch Tyler's 5 month update, you can do so right here.

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOU LOOKING AND FEELING YOUR BEST*

Sunday, July 23, 2017
As women, we go through a lot to make ourselves feel and look our best. Not that men don’t put effort into their looks, but in society, we are expected to ‘groom’ ourselves much more than men are. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to make yourself feel and look stunning that you can add to your beauty regime.

MUM'S NIGHT OFF | AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR APPEARANCE*

When you become a new mum, your appearance takes a back seat. Who has time to worry about designers tops and perfect makeup when they have a little life in their hands? Casting such things to the side makes life easier. It frees up time in the mornings, and gives you more head space for what matters most - your little one!

TYLER IS 5 MONTHS OLD

Thursday, July 13, 2017
TYLER IS 5 MONTHS OLD | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Honestly, where is the time going? On July 2nd, Tyler turned 5 months old! That means he's almost half a year old and I honestly don't believe the calendar anymore, someone must be pranking us. Apologies for getting this post up over a week late but hey, babies take up a lot of your time. Anyway, I digress.

BATHROOM RE VAMP IDEAS

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
BATHROOM RE VAMP IDEAS | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Living in a rented property has it's perks. The boiler is leaking? Call the estate agents and they'll pay for it to be sorted. The fridge freezer has packed in? Give them a call and viola! But of course, there are downfalls as well. If you want to re decorate or pull your carpets up, you'll have to ask for permission first and then invest your time and money into it for you to eventually move out and leave your beautiful renovations behind, along with your investment.

A NEW FOUND LOVE FOR MINIMAL JEWELLERY

Monday, July 10, 2017
A NEW FOUND LOVE FOR MINIMAL JEWELLERY | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Seeing as Tyler is now interested in absolutely everything, and I mean everything, I've had to ditch a lot of my accessories with the fear that he'll either break them, or hurt himself. But all is not lost as as you may know I've recently found a new love for minimalism, so I thought, hey, why not apply that to my jewellery collection?

A BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY HOMEWARE WISHLIST

Friday, June 30, 2017
A BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY HOMEWARE WISHLIST | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com | www.nest.co.uk
You all know I love a good wishlist and lately, I've become more and more interested in interiors. Interiors are something that I have dabbled in on my blog over the past couple of years but recently it's like I have this whole new wave of enthusiasm for contemporary homware and I honestly wish my job was buying pieces for people's homes! So today I am going to be sharing a wishlist with your with some of the pieces that I would love to have in my home!

BEING KIND TO YOURSELF AS A BUSY MUMMA

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
If, like me, you're a new mumma, finding time to look after yourself can be really tough. What with trying to juggle looking after your little one and keeping your house from looking like a bomb site, we often forget to be kind to ourselves. If your baby is fed, clothed and clean, you're doing a great job! Today I wanted to write a post as a little reminder for you to be kind to yourself. This applies to all your ladies out there that are busy bee's, whether you're a mumma or not.

SUMMER COLOURS | DECOR INSPO

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
With our 30 degree heat wave, it's well and truly summer now, right? Okay, so now it's overcast and barely 20 degrees, but still, summer is here! I love seasonal changes, especially in nature. I've always loved the transitional colours. What I also love is incorporating natures colours into my home. So today I wanted I wanted to share with you some summer colour inspiration for your home!

SUMMER COLOURS DECOR INSPO | COX&COX | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Monday, June 26, 2017
AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Date nights. Something that Jack and I used to have so often before I was pregnant, but now Tyler is here, it's not as easy to just pop to our local for a couple of drinks, so I decided that I was going to plan some fun things that we could do at home together once Tyler had gone to bed! Another reason why I decided we needed to have some at home date nights was the fact that it saves money. No money needed for a taxi saves you at least £10 straight away!

5 BABY PRODUCTS I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT

Thursday, June 22, 2017
5 BABY PRODUCTS I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
Babies come with a lot of kit, trust me on that one. Some of it is really faddy and others are just necessities, but today, I wanted to share my top 5 baby products with you all as I have found all of these to be so useful and well worth the investments!

FUN WAYS TO GET FIT POST PARTUM

Monday, June 19, 2017
FUN WAYS TO GET FIT POST PARTUM | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
If, like me, you ceased all workouts and general exercise whilst pregnant, then getting back your fitness levels can be tough, but it doesn't have to be boring! I recently joined the gym in our new area and have been looking at all sorts of fun ways that I can start to get fit again!

MY SUMMER READING LIST

Friday, June 16, 2017
I have always loved books. That's a line you've heard from everyone and their aunt, right? I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan as a child, Tracy Beaker was my spirit animal. I then went on to read all of the Harry Potter books, followed by the Twilight saga and shortly after I discovered Cecila Ahern and her heart breakingly beautiful novels, in particular Where Rainbows End, my favourite book of all time.

3 OUTDOOR PARTY IDEAS FOR TOTS AND KIDS*

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Whether it’s to celebrate the end of the school year or a birthday, outdoor parties are always a fun event to hold during the summer months. Getting all the kids (and parents) out in the garden is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion and (fingers crossed), the sunny weather. There’s nothing quite like a theme to add emphasis to an outside shindig, so the following are some ideas to give you a spot of celebration inspiration.

I DON'T YET LOVE THE WAY MY BODY LOOKS, BUT...

Monday, June 12, 2017
I DON'T YET LOVE THE WAY MY BODY LOOKS, BUT... | Love, Maisie | www.lovemaisie.com
I don't yet love the way my body looks but, I love that it grew, yes grew, a small human being who I am now blessed enough to call my son.

I don't yet love the way my body looks but I love that it sustained two litres of blood loss and kept on fighting.