Hello mums and welcome back to 2018's first #Mumspeak. It's that awful time of the year – January! – when we are fat, broke and suffering from post-Christmas blues. The gloomy weather doesn't help. Instead of mince-pies and Baileys, we have kale and green tea to look forward to in our January detox. Which is why we need our MumFuel even more – whatever it is that keeps tired mums going.
So I put forth the question to mums and got varied responses… from the expected (and very much needed) caffeine and wine, gin and Red Bull to healthier options like green smoothies and avocado on toast to some unusual ones like loud music and snuggling up in dressing gowns. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to tell me your MumFuel in the comments below.
Naomi from Trips With a Tot
Pub! It has to be the pub. I couldn’t believe it when our 2 year old said “go pub” the other day. Well, teach ‘em young!
Katie from Living Life Our Way
Chilling out in front of the TV for a bit before bed is what fuels me for the next day. A decent sleep and a cup of tea or smoothie in the morning is what fuels me for that day ahead!
Nikki from Spinnin Plates
Hot water with lemon first thing. Great aid for digestion, then juice time, I mean the green stuff!! It's so energetic to start my day with a vitamin boost. Gave up regular tea and coffee and boy, what a change! I’d recommend it mammas, truly delish!
Kelly from School Runs and Shopping Trolleys
Tea. And chocolate. Definitely chocolate, once the kids are in bed and I don't have to share!
Emma from The Cheshire Wife
Tea, and a small bottle of Smirnoff ice on a Friday evening (so rock n' roll)
Victoria from The Growing Mum
Hitting the sofa after he's gone to bed to do whatever low-noise activity I want to. The evenings where I go out after he's gone down I don't feel the same.
Hollie from Thrifty Mum
What keeps me going is when my parents babysit both boys and I get a full day to write. Having the head space to be creative is my luxury.
Simone from Married to a Geek
Coffee. Lots of it. And unfortunately for my thighs, chocolate digestives and custard creams – the only fuel getting me through after a 5.30 am start…
Sinead from Sinead Latham
Music… our household is powered by music. Helps me calm down or psych myself up… there's always a song for the moment.
Vikki from Family travel With Ellie
Two things keep me going – firstly knowing two small people are watching and not wanting to disappoint or let them down. And secondly crisps. Lots and lots of crisps…
Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids
Coffee. About 12 cups a day. It takes me at least two to be a functioning human.
Sophie from Essential: Pro
An essential oil blend called Balance!
Raimy from Readaraptor Hatchling
Coffee and my phone. It’s sad but it’s true! I think I’d give up if I couldn’t chat to my Mama crew instantly whenever I needed to.
Amy from All About A Mummy
Reading. I read every night to shut down from the day and clear my mind of PE kits and spelling tests and nits. Then I’m ready to start afresh the next day.
Claire from My Tunbridge Wells
Going to the gym! I don’t always feel like going but always appreciate it afterwards and feel more energised/positive and generally more capable to tackle things!
Victoria from Lylia: Rose
Having some time to myself and exercising with loud music in my ears! It helps me zone out and refresh!
Louise from A Strong Coffee
Coffee. I called my blog A Strong Coffee as people always asked me how I coped with 3 boys under 4. Now my eldest is 10 but I still need one in the morning to function.
Emma from The Money Whisperer
When you’re juggling so much with little ones I find I need to do something I love to unwind and also give me energy – for me that’s cooking. Not just cooking to feed people but cooking food I love to cook from scratch. I probably get to do this about once a week but it totally fires me up again!
Becky from Mommy and Rory
Whatever I can scoff while the toddler isn't looking! In my house sharing is definitely not caring!!!
Eva from Captain Bobcat
Some mornings, it is sheer willpower!
Veronica from My Parenting Journey
It's definitely music. I tend to limit my caffeine intake lately so my ultimate hack is pumping music in the house. It works not just for me but for my daughter as well. Although the downside is she will also get energized and hyped to make mess in the house.
Beth from Twinderelmo
Bacon! The world seems a much less scary place with a bacon butty in one hand and a big mug of tea in the other. It helped me survive newborn twin days! Just the smell alone helps lure me out of bed…
Megan from Truly Madly Kids
Netflix! Sometimes I just need a sit down and a quick episode of something!
Claire from The Happy Weaner
NUTELLA by the spoonful, straight from the jar!
Alison from Instant Mum of Two
Notice no one has said "kids laughter" haha, though it always helps if they're in a good mood! If I get home from work and they are in good form I do sigh a massive sigh of relief! After my 3 year old is in bed, I relax with a nice vodka and Pepsi max!
Kate from The Mum Conundrum
Daytime I'd go for marmite and avocado on toast (honestly the best snack ever!). Night time (cliche alert!) it has to be wine… Doesn't have to be more than one, I just like a nice glass of red once the kids are in bed.
Star from Autism Kids on Tour
Lots of cups of tea through the week; I run on caffiene! And at the weekends I play paintball, its a great stress relief!
Jo from Mummy Needs Wine
Wine and coffee!
Ami from Ami Elizabeth
The fact that I wanted to be a Mum for so long before I fell pregnant.
Luschka from Diary of a First Child
Coffee and knowing I generally have weekends to myself. And audio books. Lots and lots and lots of audio books make domestic chores less painful!
Natalie from Plutonium Sox
Gin. Give me all of the gin. After the small people are in bed, obviously
Emma from Me and B Make Tea
Red Bull. And I really want to stop it!
Jennie from Rice Cakes and Raisins
My dressing gown. I love finishing the day off by getting all snuggly in my gown and bed socks. I'm so old!
Nicola from Mummy to Dex
Coke Zero! I’ve become an absolute fiend after doing slimming world to lose the baby weight. Even though I’m back to pre-baby size I still drink a can of it everyday!
Liberty from Liberty on the Lighter Side
Other mothers! One of the biggest things that helps me get past the nightmarish nights and emotionally charged days is when I read about or talk to other mothers who are in exactly the same boat, and we all fall about laughing at how hard life can be at times!
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