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I'm in Tuscany as Breegs' brother got married today ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐ŸปI was a bridesmaid, Breegs was best man and Belle was a flower girl for the first time ever in her (very almost) 2 year existence. It's been a beautiful day and Belle has actually been a total angel (well, apart from the mid morning tantrum, her 20 min lunch nap so I had no time to get ready and then she picked all the cheese off her sandwich and threw it on the floor so 'the buds (birds) eat it') She was silent & happy throughout the whole hour long ceremony and guess why? WE HAD SO.MANY.SNACKS ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've just put her in bed and I'm now off to laugh in the right places at Breegs speech, eat some good food and have a dance with my hubby๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿปโค๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป [#ThisIsMothership #Wedding #Family #tuscany #podereconti]

We're gutted Love Island finishes tonight (who's your money on?!) BUT just going to put it out there...anyone else looking forward to going to bed at 9pm tomorrow? ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด [#ThisIsMothership #InstaQuote #LoveIsland #Tired]

This little cutie is 7 months today! Where has the time gone? Such a bitter sweet feeling of him getting older and changing into such an interesting little human! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ #babyboy #thisismothership

Happy last day of having a real job @samantha_silver_. Welcome to the freelance world and heres to @ThisIsMothership and to having more time to stand on street corners and take selfies ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ {#ThisIsMothership #freedom #selfies}

Gemma's sunning it up in Tuscany and I'm not. What do most people do on a fairly mediocre, grey afternoon with no plans? Our default is to go to the local farm ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ which is usually a winner except a sheep baa'd in his face which has freaked him out probably forever more ๐Ÿ™„ I did manage a girls brunch today for no special occasion other than we all needed it (no kids, no husbands)which I think we should all make more time for ("us all" as in this insta gang here๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป) And my parents are here to babysit so Nick and I are going to the cinema to see Dunkirk. I definitely didn't agree because Harry Styles is in it. Wishing you all a lovely Saturday eve whatever you're doing PS: I genuinely think I've been to the cinema once since Leo ๐Ÿ™ˆ it's strangely exciting [#ThisIsMothership #NightOff #GirlsLunch #WeekendWith #HarryStyles]

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Today we're talking push presents. Did you get one? Do you believe in them or think it's a ridiculous concept? Click the link in bio above to see our pick of the best things that we wish were ours. Some subtle gift ideas for you to pass onto your baby daddy if you are about to pop ๐Ÿ‘ถ or great ideas to start adding to your Christmas wish list ๐ŸŽ„ [#ThisIsMothership #Pushpresent #giftguide #chanel #cartier]

โ€ขNEW POSTโ€ข Working mamas, listen up. Today's post is for you ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป If you struggle to leave the house without so much of a swipe of a hairbrush let alone a blusher brush (and let's not mention those mornings the babes missed out on a toothbrush) then click here ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป http://bit.ly/2bdNI36 for the beauty hacks you need to know. They'll make your mornings SO much speedier๐Ÿ™๐ŸปโœจPS: this is me the other night in my onesie (obv) waiting for my fake tan to develop. Gemma laughed at me when she saw how brown I was ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ [#ThisIsMothership #WorkingMama #FakeTan #MumHack #BeautyHack]

Photographers assistant ๐Ÿ“ธ (although less of the assisting, more of the hindering) #LJS #ThisIsMothership #ShootDay

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We have a goody bag from our @RIStyleStudio event last week to give away. It's full of delicious goodies from @ladybakewellpark @rodialskincare and @Nipandfab. You know the drill - All you have to do is be following @ThisIsMothership and then tag a super mama/super preggo mama to be that deserves to win ๐Ÿ‘‘ Oh and don't be shy, feel free to tag yourself as we are all pretty great now aren't we??! ๐Ÿ’™

T&C's: Winner will be selected at random from our fancy name selector machine thingy ๐Ÿ˜Š [#ThisIsMothership #win #competition #RIStyleStudio #nipandfab]

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Gemma's sunning it up in Tuscany and I'm not. What do most people do on a fairly mediocre, grey afternoon with no plans? Our default is to go to the local farm ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ which is usually a winner except a sheep baa'd in his face which has freaked him out probably forever more ๐Ÿ™„ I did manage a girls brunch today for no special occasion other than we all needed it (no kids, no husbands)which I think we should all make more time for ("us all" as in this insta gang here๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป) And my parents are here to babysit so Nick and I are going to the cinema to see Dunkirk. I definitely didn't agree because Harry Styles is in it. Wishing you all a lovely Saturday eve whatever you're doing PS: I genuinely think I've been to the cinema once since Leo ๐Ÿ™ˆ it's strangely exciting [#ThisIsMothership #NightOff #GirlsLunch #WeekendWith #HarryStyles]

We made it to Tuscany! There is always that last minute stress when you go away that you don't have enough nappies/wipes/toys. And snacks. SO.MANY.SNACKS. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Babybel are lifesavers for me. I always have a stash in my bag which I obvously end up eating myself...why did they only become an acceptable adult snack once I had a baby?! I've missed out on so much in life by only rediscovering these now ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyways I'm missing the point- my holiday will be ok because I have packed SO.MANY.SNACKS ๐Ÿ™ˆ

P.S Sorry for the obnoxious holiday pics that will be coming your way ๐Ÿ˜‚

P.P.S Yes I gave her a dummy so that she would sleep on the plane, yes I wanted peace and quiet, yes she is almost 2, and no I have absolutely no problem with that ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ [#ThisIsMothership #tuscany #Wedding #travellingwithkids]

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WE ARE HAVING AN ACTUAL SUMMER ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž and obviously we all have a wardrobe full of clothes with nothing to wear. Introducing: "The Dress" ๐Ÿ‘—Such an easy item to have hanging in your wardrobe, just throw it on, add shoes, and go ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปClick the link in our bio above or go to www.thisismothership.com to check out my selection of the best summer dress that involve no effort whatsoever. As always, there is something to suit all body shapes and all stages of mum hood from pre baby to breastfeeding to BOOM ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸปI got my body back ๐Ÿ˜‚ [#thisismothership #dresses #Maternityclothes #breastfeeding]

Belle has been a real little Miss Cranky Pants this weekend so we did what all great parents do when they need to escape and found an activity that requires minimal effort from us - the beach. Well, the fake beach, otherwise known as a giant sandpit. She frigging loved it (doesn't look like it from the expression on her face ๐Ÿ˜‚) We are going away this week (to the real beach in Italy) for my brother-in-law's wedding. I'm so desperate for some peace and sunshine that I'm writing this while I hide in my car outside my house because I needed to escape for 5 minutes of Gemma time as I haven't had a minute alone in almost TEN DAYS. Anyone else do that or am I nuts ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Obvs I'll need to go back inside soon so I don't miss Love Island. [#ThisIsMothership #tired #beach #italy #parenting]

Coming from one very tired mama who played musical beds for far too long last night ๐Ÿ˜ด #Repost @thisismothership
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Hahahahaha, right?! [#ThisIsMothership #InstaQuote #MumLife #HumpDay]

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We recently realised that we were in a huge monochrome style rut and tried to break free ๐Ÿผ Then we found ourselves in the @Andotherstories changing rooms both wearing head to toe black and white and we realised that it's totally ok to be in a monochrome style rut as there are so many ways to mix it up โœŒ๐Ÿป and it ALWAYS looks chic. Today on ThisIsMothership.com I've put up the pieces that are very useful additions to your wardrobe including the perfect black @monsoon trousers that should be hanging there in case of emergency, plus a dreamy @warehouse jumpsuit that is super flattering and as a bonus it makes breastfeeding easy whilst still looking ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ•บ Click link in bio โ˜๏ธ P.S This is your public service announcement that Love Island starts in 30 mins ๐Ÿ’œ [#Thisismothership #breastfeeding #styletips #loveisland]

Thanks @my1styears & @thisismothership for Frankie's personalised makeup bag, she looks forward to using it in 2033. In the meantime I'll look after it ๐Ÿ˜‰She's also happy it matches her colour scheme #goodiebag

Do you give your kids vitamins? Ours eat pretty healthily - Belle's fave snack is a banana and Leo eats at least one avocado daily - so we kinda forgot all about vitamins seeing as their diet is one thing we don't have to worry about. Then someone mentioned it to us and it turns out that its pretty important for them to take them ๐Ÿ™ˆWe did loads of reading on Vitamin D and realised that they needed it to absorb calcium properly in order to develop strong, healthy bones. As you can't really get sufficient amounts through your diet, @vitabiotics Wellbaby provides the highest dose as recommended by the Dept of Health. And that they should take them up to age 5 ๐Ÿ•บ Anyway, if it's not your thing that's totally fine but we like to share things that make us feel like we are being good mums ๐Ÿ˜‚ [#ThisIsMothership #KidsHealth #VitaminD]

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Motherhood is like a strange secret club ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป You have to pass a test akin to squeezing a grapefruit out of your vagina before someone tells you the truths. The whole "I've just given birth and have no idea what I'm doing" thing is hard enough without everyone withholding vital pieces of information from you. ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿšซ๐ŸšซWe were both left shocked by a few things that happened/didn't happen to us post-labour and when we finally built up enough sleep-deprived courage to awkwardly ask a friend if this was normal or if our bodies were totally caving in on us, we were told that's just what happens๐Ÿ˜ค WELL, WHY DID NOONE PREPARE US?! We think there needs to be more honesty around the whole labour/birth/new mum thing โœŒ๐Ÿป It might stop new mums feeling so alone at the very beginning. So here is a vlog we shared a while ago with all the truths. Share with a new mum you know who's struggling, it might make her feel less alone or give it to a mum-to-be for a heads up. Let us know if you felt the same!๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปP.S maybe don't watch it while you eat your dinner!
[#ThisIsMothership #NewMum #MomVlogger #SofaSessions]

โ€ขNEW POSTโ€ข So how many attempts do you think this pic took!? Getting a shot where we both felt comfortable in a swimsuit in a changing room with ugly lighting and 360ยบ mirrors took TOO MANY attemps. The lovely changing room girl must've thought we were nuts ๐Ÿ˜‚ But this swimsuit is 100% worth it ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป We wanted to show you that not all the swimsuits out there are 90's cut, high leg thongs that resemble something the Love Island girls would wear (us, jealous of Montana's bum, no!). I've put together an edit of some great high street finds for your pregnant and post baby bod ๐Ÿ•บClick the link in bio to find something that doesnt make you look like a granny, doesn't cost the earth and covers your mum tum ๐Ÿ‘™

P.S We promise we'll stop talking about Love Island soon ๐Ÿ™ˆ [#ThisIsMothership #Swimsuits #Maternity #pregnancy #changingroomselfie #mumbod #loveisland]

Yesterday we spent the morning with @garnieruk and the amazing ambassadors @hollywilloughby, @fearnecotton, @davinamccall and @angelascanlon hearing about their incredible, new initiative with @unicef_uk. 1 in 4 children are living in danger, globally. UNICEF are providing healthcare, education and hygiene to 300,000 children that need it most ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปWe saw the "School in a Box" that they send to children in war-torn countries, it costs ยฃ148 to provide one of these boxes that helps to educate around 40 kids๐Ÿ’›We'll be supporting this cause from now on along with Holly, Fearne, Davina and Angela and will update you as to how you can help too. PS: @hollywilloughby is as much of a mum babe in real life as you'd think. Also, hair envy. (Which emphasises that Gemma's roots DEF need doing ๐Ÿ™ˆ) [#ThisIsMothership #GarnierUk #Unicef #CommitToCare]

๐Ÿ’ฅTIM EVENT ๐Ÿ’ฅ We're hosting an event with @My1stYears next Thursday evening (6th July, 7pm in Central London) @My1stYears is our go to website for cool baby presents and cute personalised goodies for the kids (like Leos dressing gown ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ˜) Not only will you see a selection of our fave products, @RuubyApp will be treating you to manis/blow drys/ facials/ brows ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป PLUS you'll go home with a fabulous personalised gift, goodie bag and a special @My1stYears discount. ALL FOR FREE. And you get to hang out with us! Don't say we don't spoil you ๐Ÿ˜‰ ***Small Print: RSVP by emailing us hello@thisismothership.com to confirm a space. As always, the event finishes at 9 so you will be in your bed in time for Love Island on plus 1*** P.S Prince George also has a My 1st Years dressing gown ๐Ÿ‘‘ #RoyalSealOfApproval [#ThisIsMothership #TIMxM1Y #PersonalisedGifts #KidsClothes #NurseryInspo #MyFirstYears]

Happy last day of having a real job @samantha_silver_. Welcome to the freelance world and heres to @ThisIsMothership and to having more time to stand on street corners and take selfies ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ {#ThisIsMothership #freedom #selfies}

True life! We feel you #Repost @thisismothership (@get_repost)
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This ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป Are we right?! How much is too much? How many open tabs till the computer malfunctions? Sometimes you have to take stock, reassess and work out how to make work work for you. Which is exactly what Sam's done. This week is her last week at @stylistmagazine after six whole years and the start of a new fancy freelance career โœจ and while she's sad to say goodbye to her wonderful team, we're SO excited about where this path will lead. And for the future of @thisismothership which will hopefully now mean we will have more time to reply to all your emails and have dedicated time to create brilliant content for you... rather than sitting on our laptops at 11pm ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป [#ThisIsMothership #WorkingMum #FreelanceLife]

Today this one took Leo to football class, did three trips to the tip (we've got builders starting tomorrow), weeded the garden and made me a BBQ lunch while I sat on the sofa and did some work. What a Fathers Day ๐Ÿ™ˆ But the best bit was about half an hour ago when we all lay on the floor of the landing (the coolest part of the house) post-bath and laughed non-stop for ages. JLo was right, love don't cost a thing ๐Ÿ˜‚ Any other life lessons we can learn from her ๐ŸŽค ?? Now for the bedtime battle ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปHappy Sunday team. Hope you all had a great, if slightly sweaty, one โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธ [#ThisIsMothership #FathersDay #Jlo #instafamily]

We are out out ๐Ÿ˜ Sort of (but in heels!) We've been invited by @cliniqueuk to stay at @TheNed to #takethedayoff. First stop is an insta-opportunity by the pool, then a fancy dinner but they've promised we'll be in bed in time to watch Love Island on +1 ๐Ÿ‘Œ Please keep us posted on any vital Love Island goss though obvs ๐Ÿ˜‚ [#ThisIsMothership #thened #clinique #loveisland] ๐Ÿ“ธ @alexisgilmore_1

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I heard a filthy rumour that it's going to be 25 and sunny from Wednesday onwards ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž After red lipstick, sunglasses are our favourite mum hack - we are all for anything that hides the most knackered part of our faces ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've put together a guide on how to find the best shape sunglasses for your face shape as you all need to be carrying a pair in your bag in case of a #mumface emergency. Head to ThisIsMothership.com or click the link in bio ๐Ÿ‘€

P.S This pic is a bit too close isn't it ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ [#ThisIsMothership #Sunglasses #maxmara #lespecs]

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