Enough with the guilt trip. Bring on the business trip!

Being a working mother of one, who also has to travel for work internationally at times, I find it to sometimes be a little challenging, but I am determined to make the most of them.

I am to be ‘reel’ about it and truly honest, I do find it all very exciting. Yes, I love my baby, and yes it’s always hard to leave home without her or my husband…but my god is it good when you get inside the black cab or uber taking me to the airport, stepping into the business class lounge and enjoying a little pampering that I don’t normally get to enjoy at home due to the usual reasons any parent has…

Not to mention the undisturbed nights, scrumptious food, and all the events that come with working away in an exotic destination. Whilst the time away is always full on because at the end of the day it is work, and meetings with clients take place, important discussions and events are the norm…but as soon as all of that is done, that’s when the bliss of the trip sets in.

Sitting in a 4 star hotel and enjoying a wonderful meal, with work colleagues or even alone at times, followed by a delicious glass of wine before boarding a comfy flight back…I wouldn’t say that business trips are anything to feel guilty about.

The main reason they are taken is for work – which is always a great example of a good work ethic, which any child should be lucky to have in a parent (regardless if it’s the mom or the dad). The second reason they are so great, is because as a parent you get to disconnect – and re-connect with your own self. Your own identity  – that you have worked so hard to create before having a baby –  still exists and is flying high, making you feel that much more accomplished, knowing that when you return home there is a little human waiting for you….

So yes, in a nutshell – all you working/jetsetting parents, leave the guild trip at home on your next business trip, and embrace the opportunity that’s been bestowed upon you! Not many people have this luxury, and if you do you should feel damn proud and happy about it! I know I will.

Until the next trip…goodnight!


Back at Work…

And so happy to be back…! I never thought I would say this, but as much as I adore my daughter, being with her 24/7 is not something that would bring the best out of any of us…

This week has been my first week back at work, and I am so glad that I have decided to return! Not that it was ever a question for me to remain at home or not, but I kept wondering from time to time…what if?

Whilst I know I am missing out on some of the time I could spend with her, the shorter amount we see each other feels so much more intense and higher in its quality than ever before! 

Before you judge me off for being a ‘bad mother’, know that I would take myself as a happy mom – who likes to spend time with her kid, over being exhausted, cranky and desperately waiting for my hubby to get home – any day!

Yes, this is purely what works for me and how I prefer to run my own life! I raise my hat to the stay at home moms, as you my friends do NOT have it easy! 

I on the other hand, can’t wait to get home tonight and squeeze my little darling in my arms, for she is my life, and I LOVE coming home to her!

Good night! 

ReelMother of the month: Andra a successful mompreneur of two! 

I’ve personally known Andra (the founder of Bebepufulete) from when we were schoolmates in first grade! I have always considered her to be a great friend and I felt an immense sense of pride having visited her newly launched store in Cluj today! 

Bebepufulete is a small yet wonderful baby store located at 3 Meteor Street, Cluj – Napoca with a strong presence online on www.bebepufulete.ro 

A talented architect and a devoted mother of two, Andra has juggled through her busy life’s challenges with grace and followed her passions every time. 

Because Andra never does anything half way, once she became a mother, she made it her own mission to only find the best baby products she could use for her little ones, and little by little she turned Bebepufulete.ro into a successful business!

A few years down the line, with two gorgeous toddlers running around the house, she is now the successful owner of what is probably Cluj’s best baby products supply store for healthy & positive development conscientious parents. 

From Eco-Friendly Diapers, to ergonomic baby carriers, baby developmental books and educational toys – you can find everything you need at Bebepufulete.ro online or in their Cluj store. 

Baby friendly fun! 

This weekend Ipswich is celebrating its Marina and the waterfront is buzzing! To be honest I had no idea this was happening this week until I decided to take some friends to our favourite waterfront cafe – Cult – and pleasantly stumbled across it all! 

Packed with live music, children’s carnival rides and lots of great street food it is topped up by a beer festival and luxury car display! So it’s fair to say there is something for everybody. 

Whilst enjoying the summer vibes, the good weather and my head still spinning from the first ever ride with my daughter in the spinning tea-cups – I cannot deny that I am really looking forward to the fireworks display starting at 9pm tonight! 

Long live Neptune Marina! Best going out place & best family and dog friendly place in Ipswich! 

I am a mother but I am taking a stand for ‘Child-less’ women…

It seems to me like this topic has come up a lot during the past few weeks and I wanted to share my ‘two pence’ on it! 

As women, especially mothers, we need to stop hating on childless or single women! Just because some of us choose to or have tonlive child-free, it doesn’t mean we can’t be well rounded, successful & fulfilled adults! 

Just look at all these incredible women, who shape and shake the world – from Mother Teresa, Oprah, Angela Merkle, Jennifer Anniston and UK’s newest prime minister Theresa May! All these women have this in common: they never gave birth! So what?? They all have and will leave a legacy behind them…

Motherhood is a choice some of us get to experience – and yes we love it! It changes us and it grows us, in a way nothing else does…but ultimately, when our children leave our homes we are left being the same as before…so it’s important to retain our individual identity. It’s important to be enthusiastic about other things apart from our kids. Its important to cultivate a hobby or keep a job, and most of all to remain a social and active citizen of this world! 

My key message here is that it doesn’t matter whether you have kids or not! At the end of the day, if what you do makes you feel happy and successful and keeps you giving yourself to the world –  (whatever your definition of success is) than that should be enough! 

Having children doesn’t make you more or less than any other human being out there – and to some women their work is their ‘baby’ (whether they chose that path or were forced on it by their own circumstances).

So to all moms out there – let’s just give it a rest…yeah? …and let’s be proud and support all women who do great things for our society – mothers or not! 

Babyzen Yoyo: The ‘Take Me Everywhere’ Stroller 

Ever since we came to the US my baby and I have done a fair bit of travelling and moving around; and for the most part the Doona Car seat is still the best thing for us to use – but my baby girl has now started to grow out of it so we needed a new stroller. 

Since summers in NY are very hot, I needed a light stroller that can help us cope with the heat, be easy to carry on the subway or city busses and that I can easily take on a plane back to the UK.

Enter the BabyZen YoYo

Chilling in the park | BabyZen YoYo in a park in NJ
Summer stroll by the river in Hoboken, NJ
BabyZen YoYo @ Rockerfeller Plaza
Babyzen YoYo in Bryant Park, Manhattan
Baby napping in the recline position
Babyzen YoYo after a mini-jog
Babyzen YoYo loaded with shopping bags

The most compact stroller I have ever come across, that is super light and very easy to fold and unfold with one hand and a baby in your arms (for real, no kidding)!

Also nicknamed the ‘Brooklyn Mom’s Stroller’ the YoYo has travelled with me and my daughter everywhere – in, out & astound the city, the mall, the car, the plane (where I could store it in the overhead compartment), the park, and the list could go on. 

The best part about it – my daughter loves it, whether she lounges super relaxed in it or naps in it by the pool, as she did on a recent trip to Nashville [picture above], it’s safe to say this stroller is very she comfortable– she even allows me to get my clothes shopping done – hassle free! And as a bonus – it also comes with a small shopping storage basket, making it all even easier to manage alone.

The material from which this stroller is built, is very light but of great quality, and you can easily customise it with your favourite colours and accessories, which you can easily find on Amazon, as well as the top retailers. 

The suspension makes it an easy ride on most surfaces, & it’s swivel wheels at the front make it super easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces! 

NOTE: however if you need an all-terrain you can go for the BabyZen Zen instead! Which is more expensive but more robust on uneven surfaces. The YoYo is perfect -though – for the city-dweller & globetrotter who loves comfort, style and ease of use and won’t break the bank as it retails for $400.

In a nutshell: 

*Great compact stroller – folds as small as a carry-on case

*Can be taken on board of most airlines 

*Can be used from 6m+

*Newborn and Car seat adapted are available at extra cost 

*Super lightweight (7kgs) 

*Can be folded with one hand 

*High quality material 

*High enough for tal parents 

*Lots of colours & accesories available 

*Best used in the city and not all-terrains 

You only need ‘Baby Skin’ – the one beauty brand I can’t live without. 

As a reelmother (a.k.a a real mom who doesn’t have much time, is not perfect but still would love to look good) I have been know many times to leave the house without any make-up on, hair a mess and clothes…well…let’s not go there…

The truth is I was reading all these fashionable mamma blogs & following their Instagram feeds and I could not help but feel like a loser…a hot mess, because I could never look and feel as polished and good as these ladies could….until I randomly stumbled upon the latest collection of beauty products from ‘Maybelline’ – the much talked about it seems – Baby Skin! 

Baby Skin are the lightest, quickest to apply and wonderfully fitting in with my hectic life schedule – beauty products I have ever owned! I would not be writing this if it wasn’t so!

I absolutely LOVE their instant pore eraser that makes my skin look perfect and tight even on days where sleep has been scarce…and it looks even better with a touch of the sweet roll blush featured in the picture above.

What else do you need for a perfect looking Friday night out – or in with baby and hubby! 😉 

Love love love! 


Your life doesn't have to end once you have a baby!

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