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Month: January 2016

Fit Mamas Club January 2016

Fit Mamas Club January 2016 Hello and welcome to Fit Mamas Club. Our monthly linky to share all your fitness or weight loss journey, your healthy living posts or your healthy eating recipes. I started this linky along with Toni from to help keep […]

My fitness in January

I’m very excited to start these new monthly posts.  A roundup of my fitness journey.  This is where I will be totally accountable for any laziness and where I can be proud of my successes!! I’m not one for worrying about what the scales say, […]

Using cloth nappies: 1 year on


Using cloth nappies: 1 year on

We’ve been using cloth nappies for just over a year now.  Arthur was 18 months old when we got them.

In that time Arthur has now fully potty trained (including night time) and now Freddie is in them!

I remember spending so long researching and being nervous about taking the plunge to use cloth nappies.  I’d started looking at it even before I’d had Arthur!  I, like most people I imagine, was nervous about investing a large amount of money in them and then them not working as well as disposables!

I can honestly say that since the day we got our fluffy delivery in the post, we have never looked back!

Using cloth nappies: 1 year later

Both Mark and I find them so easy to use.  We use Baba & Boo pocket nappies.  We have microfibre and bamboo liners that we use for them.  One of the biggest worries, especially for Mark, was that they would be…how can I put it nicely – messy!  They just aren’t!!

When we started out we had 15 nappies, which each came with 2 microfibre inserts, we also ordered an additional 6 bamboo liners, for night time use.

Because I am a worrier, I initially used more liners than I needed and then as my confidence in the nappies grew and I learned the capacities of the different liners I began to use less.

When we had Freddie we got an additional 5 nappies and an extra 10 bamboo liners.   We had the extra bamboo liners so that we could use them during the day as well, they are less bulky and more absorb ant then the microfibre liners.  Freddie was in his full time by 3 months old, this was only because he didn’t fit in them before that.  I’d forgotten just how many nappies teeny babies get through and it was shocking how much our rubbish increased just from disposable nappies!

I have never found our cloth nappies inconvenient when we are out of the house.  If we are going to be out for a while we just shove a plastic bag in our nappy bag.  You can buy proper little bags to put them in, we use a large one for in the house to store dirty nappies in between washes. I would definitely recommend getting one of those!

In regards to washing, we wash our nappies every other day.  The nappies themselves along with the microfibre inserts are very quick to dry.  The bamboo inserts take quite a bit longer.  On a normal day here (pretty hot) they can all be dry in around 4 hours.  If it’s a bit cloudier I tend to leave them out all day.
We also have a washing line that’s under cover for rainy days, if I do my wash first thing in the morning they can all generally still be dry by the end of the day, occasionally I leave overnight.

Aside from all the benefits of money saving and waste reduction, cloth nappies just look SO cute!

Using cloth nappies: 1 year on

I am so pleased we decided to make the switch to cloth nappies, I can’t imagine it being any other way now!

Arthur and Freddie {January 2016}

So this month Arthur and Freddie continue to be amazing together.  They can’t get enough of each other!  I know this all sounds really cheesy, and frankly a little unbelievable, but really these two are truly the best of friends.  Every day I am thankful […]

Freddie is 5 months old!

Freddie is 5 months old!   Freddie is still the happiest baby ever, he is so smiley and so content. He is properly laughing now and it is amazing!!  Most of Freddie’s laughs go to Arthur, he totally adores his big brother!  Another sure way […]

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

For the last few weeks I have started going to Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin.  I’m just going once a week right now but I am loving it.
The location is incredible.
You come down these beautiful steps to the spa.

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

Then head into the yoga studio.  Take a look at that view!!  You can hear the waves crashing too, it’s amazing.

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

The instructor is brilliant.  She has a great vibe about her without being a crazy yoga lady.  The class has varied each week, always good to keep it interesting!
The first class I went to was really relaxing with lots of stretching.  It was lovely, that night I was so relaxed I fell asleep on the sofa, even earlier than usual!
But my favourite classes are the ones where there’s been lots of strength building and I’ve been really aching afterwards!  I like to know that I’ve worked hard and this class has definitely left me feeling that way!

I’ve always loved yoga, but have tended to do it at home.  It’s been great to go to a class and experience it in such a different way.

Our instructor likes to use essential oils, it’s not something I would ever consider but it actually does add something special!

Another added benefit of actually going to a class is that it gives me a real break, some real ‘me time’.  I think it’s really important to be able to get that time to myself.  It’s also nice for Mark to get some time with the boys on his own too!

I started running again (more on that soon) in October, when Freddie was about 10 weeks old.  I’m finding that yoga really is the perfect companion to running in helping me regain my figure and my fitness after having Freddie!

I feel so lucky to have access to such a great class in a beautiful location.  Another amazing perk of our expat lives here in Seychelles.

My Expat Family 18

Hello and welcome to My Expat Family 18: the eighteenth ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up. A a big thank you to everyone who linked up last month if you missed it take a look there are lots of fab posts there to read! I hope […]