Posts Written OnAugust 2017

Recommended reads: “What’s in the Rain Forest?” by Charley Harper

Our little crew has been a bit housebound this week, thanks to a triple whammy of conjunctivitis, a throat infection and a stomach bug. We’ve tried to keep spirits up (/keep all small humans alive and, to a certain degree, out of trouble – the three-year old burning his hand on the toaster was an unfortunate slip up in this regard) by staying busy and indulging in some extra snuggles (/toddler-led wrestling sessions) and reading time. With Daddy away for work visiting Earth University (I’m not being glib – that’s a real place!) in Costa Rica, we’ve been making our…

International Youth Day: The future looks bright for young people, and here are five resources that prove it

It’s the weekend, folks! Oh, and for those not in the loop, it’s also International Youth Day (IYD). The theme for this year’s IYD is ‘Building Peace’, and given the ever-increasing number of monstrosities dominating global news on our screens and airwaves – particularly in countries bearing the brunt of extreme poverty, or finding themselves on the frontline of humanitarian crises at an unprecedented scale – well, the prospects of securing peace can sometimes seem rather gloomy, at least on the surface. Thankfully, though, help is at hand to lift our spirits and raise our hopes and motivation levels –…

The unsung heroes of WBW: a love letter to my lactation consultant

  The term ‘lactation consultant’ might not be the most glamorous job title in the world, but if there’s anyone who can put the sparkle and pizazz into the heady world of cracked nipples, breast pumps, latch-on lessons and other similarly exciting stuff, well, it’s the illustrious Jo Everatt of Breastfeeding and Baby, based in Brussels, Belgium. Jo has buckets and buckets of experience in all things maternity, and is considered a true treasure amongst both expats and locals in Belgium who are looking for top-notch advice and support on all things related to pregnancy, birth and beyond. In my…

Up, up and away!

View this post on Instagram Up, up and away! Our three year old and his chums reaching new heights at summer camp today 🙂 #slowtravel #familytravelmoment #almostfearless #littleandbrave #toddlerlife #expatlife #mexico #outdooradventures #wildandfree A post shared by Upbeat52 (@upbeat52) on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:08pm PDT Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)

#WBW2017: The unsung heroes—Papa Power

Following on from my blog post of yesterday regarding a few of the challenges I’ve come across during the course of my breastfeeding journey to date, I’ve been interested – and admittedly somewhat reassured – to relearn that indeed I’ve not been alone in my struggle. Experiences shared by hundreds of women on social media recount all manner of reasons for stopping breastfeeding: excruciating painfulness or reluctance of baby to feed in those precious early days; feeling nervous or uncomfortable feeding in public spaces; perceived milk supply issues, and returning to work are just a handful of the issues that…