Hello you guys. It is the beginning of another brand new week and I’m so excited for this post today. It has been a while since I did one of these motherhood style posts and this one here should make up a bit for the absence.
This beautiful mama here is one of my oldest and closest friends. We have so many happy memories from our school/college/university days together, ones that we will cherish all our lives. Those really were the good old days! Even though we don’t talk as much as we should and even though we haven’t met properly in a long long time, whenever we do, it is still the same. That connection remains wherever life takes us and I hope it always stays like this. As beautiful as she is outside mA, she is an even more beautiful person inside.
She was recently travelling with her husband and darling little man and I asked her if she would let me share some of their looks and also tell us a bit about her trip.
Location: Hyde Park London
Palwasha wears Top from NEXT, Coat from Dorothy Perkins, Pants from MANGO, Shoes from Newlook, Sunglasses from GUCCI. Handbag from Yellow
Shahram wears Jacket from NEXT, Baby GAP, Shoes from Sketchers
Palwasha wears Lace top from Zara, Pants designed by herself and custom made by her tailor in Pakistan, Sunglasses from Gucci
Shahram wears T-shirt from Marks & Spencer’s, Pants from NEXT
Location: Trafalgar Square
Palwasha wears Top and Jacket from MANGO, Shoes from Nike, Sunglasses by Rayban , Bag by Prada
Shahram wears Hoodie from NEXT , Pants NEXT, Shoes from Sketchers
Location: Windsor Castle and LegoLand
Palwasha wears Top and Pants from Mango, Sunglasses from Rayban
Shahram wears Sweater from Marks and Spencer’s Pants from GAP
Tell us about your recent vacation to the UK, what places did you visit and how long was your trip?
This was our fifth trip to the UK and the second one with our son Shahram. It was amazing. We stayed for a month in central London and then moved on. We went to Windsor, York, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cambridge, Staines, Oxford, Poole, Dorset and more. There are loads of opportunities for exploring historic sites, family attractions, castles within an easy train or car journey from most UK cities.
Challenges of vacationing with little kids.
I think the main challenge starts with the long flights and connecting flights and dealing with toddler tantrums on the planes etc. Problems I faced were his sleep cycle being all over the place,his non-stop need to be running around. He also got sick and wouldn’t eat during that time but we were prepared. We knew that if we let ourselves stress out too much over it, it would ruin our vacation.
Best part of vacationing with little kids.
Well I simply love travelling.I believe today's families are very busy—too busy to take a vacation some might believe, and many families feel as though they simply can't take a break. However, routines and rituals, like vacations, are important to the health and well-being of families and their bonding. It's healthy to take a break from the daily demands of juggling work and home.
How do you keep your style as a mom of an active toddler.
When I was pregnant I spent a lot on stylish maternity clothes. Then the baby arrived. It didn't take long for me to adopt a uniform of sweatpants and sneakers. My pre-baby clothes didn't fit. My maternity clothes didn't fit. I didn't have any time anymore. And I knew I was not alone in this. When you become a mother, you're exhausted. It’s so easy to put yourself last. For me, when the realization hit me, I took out at least 2 hours for myself and worked out at a gym for 3 months and pretty much got back to shape. Then I gave away all my maternity stuff, shopped at some trendy boutiques, went through magazines and even opened my closet and tried on what I previously owned and was so excited that it fit! I also believe shape-wear can smooth you out and make you appear 10 pounds thinner, so I preferred black tights with tops. I also made an effort to take time for myself and go to a salon if not regular at least sometimes. We love our babies but we love ourselves too,That love is the key, isn't it? love between mother and child is the most beautiful, fulfilling emotion in the world – the feeling that finally makes sense of our existence. So ladies don’t forget, if you can be a mother you can do ANYTHING. Don’t be lazy wear makeup, blow-dry your hair feel good about yourself and don’t forget you’re not just a mom you’re a beautiful woman.
Tips on dressing up a little guy.
Toddlers, specially boys, are very energetic so it is every mom’s dilemma, trying to have them looking as neat and tidy as possible. Dressing a toddler boy is always fun! Luckily my husband also loves to shop for Shahram. We love dressing him in colorful, bright colors. While travelling we made sure he had jackets, as I love how trendy they can look while giving you an extra layer for chilly Europe evenings.
Tips for other moms that are planning a vacation with little kids.
It can get stressful traveling with little ones, so it's important that we learn to laugh at situations — especially if there are delays and changes in our original traveling plans. Pack their favorite snacks and extra clothing for them and yourself too. Make sure you pack their medication they take just incase. Arrive early. I am the queen of cutting it close for flights, but once I had Shahram, I realized that rushing through the airport with crying kids wasn’t going to work. Now I would much rather have an hour before hand to give us time to calmly walk to our gate. Also, if you’re traveling with husband, give each other breaks.
Thank you so much Palwasha and Shahram for letting us feature you. Hugs
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Hope you enjoyed meeting this adorable duo. Thanks for reading and for stopping by.