In Maternity Leave Limbo


From the minute I found out I was pregnant I could not wait for maternity leave to start. I haven’t exactly been happy in my job for various reasons and the thought of having a ‘break’ and focusing my attention on a new chapter and a new challenge is what kept me going for the last 9 months.

I decided to take two weeks annual leave ahead of two weeks of maternity leave before my due date, giving me a potential four weeks off before baby was due to arrive. Four weeks seems self-indulgent, I know, but since I started working I’ve never had more than two weeks off at a time and I knew that this, if baby allows, would be the only chance I get to really switch off from work and take some time for myself.

I’m into week three of my time off and don’t get me wrong, it’s been lovely and there’s no way I’d manage still being in work at this point, but there’s a strange side to maternity leave which I didn’t quite expect!

If I weren’t pregnant and I had four weeks off, I’d be away on holiday, I’d be off shopping, I’d be knee deep in paint decorating the house. And that’s what I hadn’t quite got my head around for maternity leave… I’m too pregnant to do all of the above.

I’ve spent time catching up with friends and enjoying days out with my parents which has been really lovely, but there’s only so much of this you can do. Many of my friends who are off work are on maternity leave but have been in the same limbo as me, not able to make firm plans in case their baby arrived.

I’ve packed the hospital bag, arranged the changing unit drawers, done all of my baby whites washing, and done a few non-baby bits in the house. I know there’s more to do – cleaning, batch cooking and even finishing off the nursery I’ve been obsessed with for the past 9 months – but I just don’t feel like doing any of it. Surely a sign that nesting hasn’t set in therefore baby won’t be arriving any time soon?

I’m good in my own company and can’t remember the last time I was bored – I still wouldn’t say I’m bored but every time I find myself sitting on the couch for more than an hour I get the fear that I’m not making the most of maternity leave and this precious time before baby arrives. But the more pressure I put on myself to ‘make the most of it’ the more I can’t figure out how I go about doing that. Other than sleep, what am I going to miss when the baby is here, and how much will I care if I haven’t done it?

I even posted this Instagram image the other day talking about how I needed to make the most of the next couple of weeks, when I’d experienced some pain for the first time and it suddenly hit home that bump would become baby very soon, and I was actually going to miss having my baby wriggling around in there. But how do you make the most of that feeling before it’s too late?!


The lovely Wendy from Naptime Natter got it right in her post about the struggles of the heavily pregnant when she said that maternity leave is about us spending days/weeks just waiting to be in pain. Waiting for that first period-esque pain or back ache that could be the start of labour.

It’s such a strange time of feeling excited yet nervous, relaxed yet tired, prepared yet so unprepared, yourself but not yourself. I’m looking forward to meeting our baby but I don’t feel desperate for them to come now (as so many people seem to feel), in fact I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that I will soon be having a baby, despite this being the only reason I’m off work and even writing this post! It’s maternity leave limbo, that’s the only way I can describe it.

Did anyone else have these feelings? How did you ‘make the most’ of your maternity leave before the baby arrived, and was it a time you enjoyed? I’d love to know if I’m over thinking this or not!

Pregnant Foodie: Apple and Sultana Strudel


I have a real sweet tooth, even more so in the latter stages of pregnancy, but I’m in no way a baker. I don’t have the patience or precision when it comes to cooking, which is essential when baking as we can all probably admire from the Great British Bake Off.

I do love a good pastry (cinnamon swirls are my absolute favourite) and find the ready made pastry packs the ideal solution to my baking laziness when I really get the urge to knock something up at home – it’s hard to go wrong with the filling and the technical bit of the pastry is done for you! I love apple-filled desserts too so when I uncovered a spare pastry pack in the freezer I took the opportunity to make something Autumnal and apple-y, and created a little Apple and Sultana Strudel.

I found a hundred recipes online but was looking for one without butter (the only thing I didn’t have in the fridge) so have merged a few recipes to create my own easy one:


  • Two large apples (I used Cox), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • Two tbsp light brown sugar
  • One tbsp plain flour (plus extra for flouring)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Half a tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Handful of sultanas
  • 1 egg beaten with a tbsp cold water
  • Pack of puff pastry (pre-rolled is easier!)apple-strudel-ingredients


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7
  2. Mix your sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the vanilla extract if you’re using.
  3. Add the apples and sultanas and stir until all of the apple slices are coated in the mix (which should only be slightly wet). Set aside. apple-strudel-recipe
  4. If you’re using a block of pastry (rather than a pre-rolled one), flour a flat and clean surface and put your defrosted pastry block on it. Add some flour to your rolling pin and roll the pastry out flat, to around a £1 coin thickness and into a rough rectangle shape. puff-pastry-rolled
  5. With the short side of the rectangle closest to you, spoon the apple mix onto the lower half of the pastry, leaving around 1 inch around the edge.
  6. Starting at the edge closest to you, roll the pastry sheet with the mixture inside, then turn the ends under to seal your log – it doesn’t have to be neat! apple-strudel-method-2
  7. Put the log, pastry seam side down, on a baking tray covered in baking parchment or well oiled with butter.
  8. Brush the beaten egg all over and use a knife to add some slits into the top of the log – don’t cut all the way through, just score the surface. apple-strudel-method
  9. Chuck in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is hot all the way through.

apple-strudel-baked-2 apple-strudel-baked

The burnt looking bits are in fact, burnt bits. I tried adding some brown sugar to the strudel before putting in the oven, which promptly burnt. That teaches me for going off-piste. Easily rectified with a little scraping, you’d never have known if I hadn’t told you!apple-and-sultana-strudel-recipe

Eat warm or leave to cool, whichever you prefer – I later heated a piece in the microwave and ate with some caramel ice cream. It’s not pretty or neat but it was a slice of Autumn heaven!!

Winter Wall Stickers Giveaway with Match Set Love


On my mission to find the perfect mint green triangle wall stickers to use in my nursery (FYI, they’re still eluding me) I was introduced to the lovely Liezel from Match Set Love – a Germany-based small business who sell a beautiful range of wall decals, posters and paper products.

The style is right up my street – geometric, slightly Scandi and totally seasonal (I’m obsessed with the ‘Dress Your Wall for Fall‘ range) – and while I didn’t find the shade of mint green I was after, which honestly doesn’t appear to exist anywhere in the world, even when you try printing them yourself, Match Set Love is now my first stop for stickers and prints.

Dress the Wall for Fall with cute acorn decals
Dress the Wall for Fall with cute acorn decals

Foxy little postcards...
Foxy little postcards…
So when I heard that the Match Set Love were launching their new Homeward Bound Winter collection in October, I jumped at the chance of teaming up for a little giveaway to share the love with my Instagram followers!

The Winter collection includes new instant download Wall Art Posters (something I recently discovered and am a huge fan of) and some cute festive novelty items. The exciting addition to the range though is the new Decor Sets, which consist of a set of Wall Stickers (four sheets, your choice of design and colours) plus the brand new beautifully designed Monogrammed Wreath Decals in two sizes.

I personally have a thing for the Reindeer wall stickers for a bit of festive fun – in gold of course, true to form – and the combination of the stickers and the monogrammed wreaths allows you to create a cohesive design in your nursery, pulling together the colours and styles you want with a touch of elegance and personality.

The winter monogrammed wreath decal – not just for walls!

The Reindeer wall stickers
The beauty of wall stickers – and the reason I wanted to use them in our nursery – is that they’re made from a high quality vinyl which can be used on any smooth surface (walls, glass, plastic, mirror, tile… you get the idea) and are removable, so once you’re ready to change your design just peel them off and move on to something new! Also Liezel lovingly packages and posts each set herself, which is just the beauty of a small business, no?

So if this sounds like it’s also up your street and you’d like to get in on the action, here’s what you can win and how you can go about doing it!…

What you can win (some examples below!):

  • A Decor Set, including:
    • Four sheets of wall decals in your choice of style and colour (each sheet may be a different colour)
    • Two medium monogram decals – approx. A5 size and in your choice of one colour and initial
    • One large monogram decal – approx. A4 size and in your choice of colour and initial
  • A printable wall art poster of your choice from the Instant Wall Art range

The Decor Gift Set in Gold Polka Dot

The ultimate festive Decor Set – Christmas tree wall stickers!!

Cute Christmas penguin poster
Choose your own (I’d have this cute penguin poster)

How to enter:

  1. Follow both From Day Dot and Match Set Love on Instagram
  2. Like the original Instagram competition post on From Day Dot (posted on 19th October 2016)
  3. Leave a comment on the same Instagram post tagging a friend who might also like to enter the giveaway.

Terms & Conditions:

1. The giveaway will close at midnight (GMT) on 1st November 2016. 2. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. 3. Open worldwide. 4. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries within 7 days of closing. 5. The winner’s Instagram account must be public at the time of closing. 6. The winner will be contacted via Instagram and must have replied and claimed their prize no later than 31st December 2016. 7. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Instagram.

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Pregnant Foodie: Mexican Meatballs Recipe


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Nursery Vibes: Instant Download Prints


With the majority of my nursery decor I’ve been searching for specific and special, unique little finds which would bring my idea and theme to life and not look like an ‘off the shelf’ nursery – interiors is a passion of mine and this was the perfect chance for me to really go for it.

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The Week That Was… The Bunch of Carrots!


35 weeks pregnant, the baby was the size of a bunch of carrots and, I can finally write these words, it was my last week in work. I can’t tell you how ready I was to finish and how surreal it actually feels writing this knowing I’m not going back any time soon. I’m covering up my excitement pretty well I think.  Read more!