Honest Parenting | 8 Reasons Why Life with a Baby is Tougher in Winter

Reasons why parenting is tough in winter, Jaclyn Ruth lifestyle blog

With Evie being born in February, I feel incredibly lucky that we managed to spend the first 9 months or so of her life avoiding any really nasty weather. Now obviously I have absolutely nothing to compare to, and I can’t say whether having a baby in spring is any better or worse than having a baby in summer, autumn or winter. But, having now experienced two months of parenting during the cold, dark and depressing days we call a British winter, I’m eternally grateful that our daughter arrived when she did.

Because parenting in winter is tough. REALLY tough.

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Updating Our Nursery to Suit a Growing Personality

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Take a look at the original nursery makeover post

Well January is rolling on as grey and miserably as ever isn’t it? I hope you’re all surviving the first full week back into the daily routine?

I was thinking back to this time last year, and it struck me that we managed to decorate two rooms of our house, pretty much from scratch, within the space of the January slog… and while I was heavily pregnant (I mean my involvement was limited but still, I was there directing and pointing and shouting…

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A Look Back at 2017 (And A Slow Start to 2018)

Baby's first Christmas, Jaclyn Ruth

I realise 2017 round up posts are two a penny amongst bloggers at the moment, and I also realise I’m rather late to the party with mine (5th January? Please! 2017 was soo last year!) but despite having grand plans to hit the ground running the minute we got back from staying with family on the 2nd, and tackle January with gusto, the last few days have actually ended up being a bit of a wash out and I guess you could say I’ve had a pretty slow start to the year, and therefore a slow approach back into work…

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‘Tis The Season | A Stylish Christmas Table Setting

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Today marks my last Christmas post of the week, and what better to end with than a bit of gorgeous table setting inspiration for your Christmas dinner.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my daily Christmas posts this year? It’s actually been really good for me to set myself this challenge of posting regularly, and I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve achieved. The posts haven’t been as long, well thought out or well written as perhaps mine normally are but maybe that’s ok?

Anyway I’m indulging my inner creative again with this one and have styled up a simple yet elegant…

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‘Tis the Season | Decorating for Christmas

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Giving the house a festive makeover is definitely one of my preferred Christmas jobs. Alongside the present wrapping, I find it strangely therapeutic and I love seeing all of my ideas come together. I’d happily have a wreath on my door all year round and I adore the house being lit up with twinkling fairy lights.

These days however, I have significantly less time for any sort of interior styling and with Evie around (who seems to leave a trail of mess everywhere she goes), most days I’m just happy if there’s no stray bits of food on the floor….

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‘Tis the Season | Our Personalised Christmas Cards

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

I think it’s a right of passage for parents that on your baby’s first Christmas, you make a cheesy personalised holiday card of them in a ridiculously cute festive outfit, am I right?

I honestly never thought I’d be one of those parents, but turns out – yup, couldn’t wait to dress E up in a Christmas jumper and put her cute as a button face on a card ready to send to all of our friends and family – sue me, I’ve fallen prey to every ‘1st Christmas’ cliche out there.

But while our photo shoot with E in…

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‘Tis The Season | How to Tackle Party Dressing as a Tired Mama

Top Uk fashion and lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

I’ve got a full proof formula for party dressing when you’re a tired Mum with absolutely no time or energy to get glammed up, and no occasion that doesn’t involve bringing your baby with you and spending most of your time picking toys up off the floor and having food thrown in your face.

Yup, it goes a little something like this…

1. Take one sparkly festive jumper…

2. Add the only pair of jeans that still fit you/don’t have baby puke on them…

3. Finish with a pair of fancy (yet comfy) flats

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Christmas Wish List | Pyjama Season

Top Uk fashion and Lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Hello again! I know, I’m back so soon, it’s really not like me! I’ve set myself a little challenge to blog every day this week, simply because I have so much great festive content to share with you all and I’m really not sure I’ll fit it all in before the big day otherwise and it seems a shame for yet more photos and ideas to land in the ‘forgotten/no longer relevant blog posts’ pile this year, as if I’m honest that pile is already pretty large as it is.

Anyway after sharing our tree adventure with you yesterday, today…

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‘Tis the Season | Tree Day

Top Uk lifestyle blog, Jaclyn Ruth

Getting the Christmas tree was always one of my favourite family traditions growing up, and always a rather comical family day out. Of course our real reason for going as a family was less about tradition and more about overseeing my Dad’s rather amusing choice in Christmas trees – the few times we did leave him unsupervised to choose one, we ended up with extremely sad looking lopsided trees with no more than three branches, and he could never seem to understand why we found it so funny!

All the same, it was a tradition I was really looking forward…

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Road Testing the Baby Jogger City Select LUX Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select Lux review, Jaclyn Ruth lifestyle blog

The countdown to Christmas is officially on! And as it should be, considering there’s only 14 days until the day itself. 14 days!?! That seems like an incredibly short period of time, all things considered. ‘All things’ being the fact that we still don’t have a Christmas tree or a single decoration up and haven’t begun wrapping a single present. In our defence every weekend since the end of November has been taken up with weddings/stag do’s and babies getting ill and time has got away from us.

It seemed about time we fitted in some festivities and introduced Evie…

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The Sold Out Pink Marshmallow Coat (& Why I’m Still Blogging About It)

Top Uk lifestyle bloggers, Jaclyn Ruth

Never before have I received so many comments, questions or (slightly erratic) pleads of ‘where can I buy this’ over a coat before (or any item of clothing for that matter… apart from perhaps THAT pink jumpsuit, maybe it’s just what happens when you were stand out pink pieces of clothing). But whether it’s messages on Instagram or people stopping me in the street, wearing this coat does seem to invite a lot of love and attention. So much so that there have been times I’ve almost felt like taking the thing off and…

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An Afternoon with Baby Jogger

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Afternoon tea at the delightfully instagrammable Bourne and Hollingsworth with some of the yummiest cakes and cocktails and great company in the form of fellow internet lovelies, presenter Helen Skelton and the Baby Jogger team. Not too shabby a way to spend a Thursday afternoon right?

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Baby Jogger this year, I was delighted to be invited along to the launch of their latest model – the City select LUX – a stroller with 20 different configurations (yes 20!!) that can easily convert from a single to double (and even…

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