What a wedding. So much love. Congrats Mel and Huw - you know how to throw a party ✨✨✨
A nice spot to shovel in banana rice cakes this morning. (Them, not me).
Travelling with nine month old twins, self catering edition 😬
This EXTREMELY grim day has got me thinking about tea and cake (lol as if I’m not ever) and so I just went to check what’s in the next @thecaketastingclub subscription box and woah boy. Whilst I won’t spoil it for anyone by saying what we’re getting, IT SOUNDS AMAZING. I was kindly sent my first box as a gift, but I signed up as a paying customer that day there and then. It ticks every box for me - homemade cake (and brownies! And biscuits!) which actually tastes homemade (I’m a stickler for this) all conveniently posted THROUGH THE LETTERBOX so you don’t need to trundle to the post office in a cake needing rage. I’ve never bothered subscribing to beauty boxes but cake boxes? Take my money. There’s still time to sign up for an August delivery I believe and there are discount codes on the site for new customers. Or there was when I signed up! (Last month’s cake pictured above was a strawberry poppy seed cake with orange syrup and it was just heavenly. Came on a day I was really struggling with the boys too so it was just brilliant all round. Ah cake. CAKE!) #notanad #justlovecake #especiallythroughtheletterbox
I know I just shared it on Stories but I love the pub lads too much not to have on my grid forever. SESH SESH SESH.
About a year ago or so, I noticed I was getting more comments and DMs about plastic. “Looks nice, but too much packaging for me so I wouldn’t buy it”. “What a shame you’ve not got a reusable cup”. “Did you need a straw?”. That kind of thing. When it first started I used to find these kind of messages quite prickly. It felt like I was being nagged (leave me alone, moooom!) and my initial reaction was always to be a bit annoyed. Who likes being called out, after all? But as time went on my mind changed and I wondered if perhaps this is exactly how people need to be if we are ever going to get on top of the plastic issue - that we need to keep being reminded and called out. (It can be done politely, my messages were very rarely anything but cordial). I would get questions asking about the eco-credentials of a product I was promoting and realise not only could I not answer them, it hadn’t even crossed my mind to question them. I haven’t read as much as I could or should about the dire state of the planet (lolsome chat for a Saturday, sorry!) but I know it’s not all about plastic of course, I think things like straws/disposable cups become easy things people can change and focus on but they’re not the most important issues. I’ve been vegetarian for coming up to twenty years and we have almost zero food waste in our home - this is a hugely important part of our carbon footprint. (I’m not saying being vegetarian means you get to throw all your litter in the sea! Just pointing out that carbon footprint is about more than plastic). But whilst we don’t waste much food-wise, I don’t make an effort to buy local produce. I don’t make an effort to buy “green” fashion either, but I do make considered purchases and don’t shop “fast fashion”. I wonder when the need for new cheap clothes on a very regular basis will stop being seen as acceptable? 99% of my journeys are on foot or public transport, but when I do drive it’s a Diesel guzzling tank which I’m sure will have no place in society in a few years time. I recycle and reuse *everything* I can, but I know reducing use is considerably more important. I could be and need to be much better at that. ~continues in comments~
Easily my fave day in ages. I know it could all still go downhill from here and whinging could be very much round the corner but it’s 3pm, we’re all still in comfies, there’s been cookies, hot chocolate, thunder, lightning and endless rain and I *may* have even started daydreaming about Christmas and planning how I can come up with an incredibly embarrassing family photo Christmas card. Yes, yes I know it’s August. We haven’t even had our summer holiday yet. The “heatwave” has been relentless in our flat though, 35 degrees had become our “new normal” and we’d all gone completely bonkers....but today has been all about snuggling up. There’s been cuddles with Paddington (we are at the cuddly toy stage and it is vvvvv charming), minimal climbing on Perilous Objects Which Will Certainly Hurt Us and - my fave - fairly constant tickling. If I could bottle today I would keep said bottle in a very special cupboard. More of the same, please ✨✨
Extreme thumbnail face can only mean one thing: I finally uploaded the bloody routines video I’ve been uhhmming and ahhhing about. The link is in my bio/Stories or you can just search “PoppyD” on YouTube. I put off making this video for ages then....made a real hash of it? I fear it just comes across as a super defensive 30 minute ramble on why I have a routine rather than offering much practical advice on what I’ve learnt over the past nine months, but I do try to talk through our routine from birth through to weaning, that hot topic of sleeping through, general twin feeding and how I stick to our routine on a schedule. I probably come across like a strict robot witch but hey! My kids like it! I think?
This was a BBQ aloo chana burger with caramelised onions, roasted mushrooms, cheese and a “smooth thick sauce made with a spice blend that is typical North Indian”. It was my first @burgersinghuk purchase but won’t be my last. #notanad #justloveburgers #andindia
I am the only one in this photo who is not a twin. HASHTAG WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY.
I’ve uploaded a new video! And I have to apologise as it’s not about routines! (SORRY!) It’s about my ~breastfeeding journey~ (or lack of) and I wanted to upload this before my routines video as it sets the scene on how we got onto quite a strict routine in hospital and how it naturally carried on at home. It covers my intentions to breastfeed, tongue ties, expressing, formula, reflux (briefly) and how I made bottle feeding work for us when it was never what I planned to do. I didn’t realise as I filmed it last night that a Dispatches on dismal breastfeeding rates was airing at the exact same time so I feel like this is arguably an idiotic day to post this video, but I’ve done it now so 🤷🏻♀️If I’m honest with myself I know this video is unlikely to be useful to anyone as such, but it was useful for me to film it. Like a half an hour therapy session. LOL. (Not lol). I suppose it does illustrate that even the best laid plans can change and that that is ok. It’s more than ok! In fact that’s basically parenting in a nutshell: not what you expect it to be 😅 Anyway!!!!!!!! Link in bio and Stories or search PoppyD in YouTube. Gratuitous less than a day old baby pic above because why not? They’re cuties.
But today was better because I got to wear a jumper.
NINE whole months since I met my very favourite people. Isn’t that a pip?
Not the most ~instagrammable~ of pics but I know there’ll be parents of twins/two following me who will be pleased to hear the Nano Duo fits in a standard black cab 👍🏼 You need to enter from the side opposite the driver, but then there’s plenty of room to get it in. Two adults fit comfortably enough to sit alongside too. Just remember to put the brake on or it gets hectic quickly 😅 The Duet fits brilliantly too FYI, I’ve just never tried with the Nano Duo before so this is an exciting development. (This particular pram was gifted by @mountain_buggy for review purposes, scroll back through my pics to find more detailed thoughts on it. I’m thinking of making a video comparing the Duet and Nano Duo, but while it’s so sunny I’m using the Duo considerably more as it’s got such great hoods.)
The boys have dum-dums and now I have @dumdumdoughnuts. Stumbled upon these in the new Westfield extension (errrr how nice is the new John Lewis?) and they lured me away from the pretzels *and* Ben’s Cookies which is about the biggest accolade I can give a Westfield baked good. Highly recommend the Zebra (second left), saving the Yum Yum (far left) for later 👍🏼
It’s here! The Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm (which has been the subject of *many* a DM convo - why are we such suckers for sold out overpriced limited editions?! 😭) finally came back into stock a couple of weeks ago and I managed to buy it quick sharp before it sold out again. The feedback I’d received after asking about it on Stories was mostly negative (it’s a £22 lip balm, it’s going to need to be VERY special if you’re not just buying it for the rose gold packaging) but some of you had tried it and loved it. I’d also searched swatches and loved it. I also wanted it because the first magazine I’d read postpartum said I needed it and I feel so out of touch with the world that I agreed I did need it. I also just wanted it because when I first went to buy it, it was globally sold out which obviously made me want it more. I JUST REALLY WANTED IT OK. And now it’s here I’m just...not sure. My first impressions were “really?!? This is ALL IT DOES?!” but then today I’ve worn again and liked it more? I think it’s because I’ve been out in the sun and hot and sweaty and it actually suits that kind of “look”. I mean it’s from the infamous Orgasm range, it kinda makes sense that it would match a flushed glow. (Even if said glow is from dragging two babies to Sainsbury’s rather than any sort of hanky panky). I’ve taken some terrible before/after selfies on my phone to try to show how subtle the shimmer is (I know my brows/tache/blending needs sorting) and obviously I haven’t filtered or brightened/edited the pics because I want to try and show everything as well as I can, but hopefully you can see it’s only a hint of natural colour. The last two pics of me wearing it in the mirror perhaps do it more justice, because I think the glow/sheen looks really nice. It’s what I hoped for when I bought it. The staying power is crap, but I do think I probably like it. Doubt I’d buy it again but I’ll add further thoughts to this caption in a week or so. If I was going to a beach any time soon tho this would DEF be in my beach bag. Actually I’d bloody love this if I was on holiday. But yeah, £22. I had lots of DMs saying to skip it and go for Dior Lip Glow. Maybe I need that too 🤔
T1 is me as a girlfriend.
Who needs BabyTV when you’ve got holiday laundry to get through. #buythemnothing