Everybody knows that babies can be expensive. As soon as you’re pregnant, you are bombarded with ‘buy this for your baby, buy that’. There’s also a lot of mum shaming out there, unfortunately. This makes many mums feel like they have to keep up with the Jones. Everything must be from a premium brand, everything must be organic, everything must cost £££’s because if it doesn’t? It makes you the worst parent in the history of parenting. Does this sound familiar?
How unfair is it to be made to feel like this? Especially when for most of us, we are at our lowest point financially. But what if I was to tell you that you can buy premium brands at a discount price? You can buy organic without the hefty price tag and you can even buy cheap baby essentials that have beaten some of the premium brands time and time again in prestigious baby and toddler awards?… Read More
Yay, I am only a few days late with Emmie’s 5 month update! Turn on that broken record, but man, these past 4 weeks have literally disappeared before my eyes! Maybe it’s because my last update was two weeks late, I don’t know. It just seems time is going a lot faster this time round. I swear she will be toddling in a few months. I can’t believe I am writing this, here is Emmie’s 5 Month update:
Weight: 13lbs 4oz
I have literally just come back from the clinic after getting Emmie weighed. I was so surprised to find out she had dropped a number of percentiles. She has started looking so porky?!? Ordinarily, I don’t think I would worry too much. Emmie was always on the wee side but happily followed her 25 centile line. Now though she has dropped to maybe the 13th centile or there about’s.… Read More
Baltic Amber strung into jewellery has been long been hailed by many mums as a way to soothe babies through teething. Those who use Amber beads, swear by them, but there are also many that are sceptical of the healing properties they are supposed to possess. Then, there are also the safety concerns of babies wearing jewellery.
As Emmie is showing more and more signs of teething, I have begun once again to think how I can help soothe her sore gums. Teething gels are having little effect and although she doesn’t seem too bad with her symptoms, her drooling and mouth full of fist tell me she is feeling it! Finlay was never too bad with his teething and we sporadically used Amber beads, but I wanted to dig deeper to see if it could be the answer for Emmie.
So what’s the story behind Baltic Amber?
Amber has been used for centuries and was once thought to hold magical powers protecting the wearer from evil spirits and diseases.… Read More
When I first published my ‘Good Reads‘ post way back in October last year, I had all good intentions of sharing different children’s books every week. To perhaps introduce you to books, you may not have discovered otherwise. As I said before, life got in the way, My cat got poorly (then he died), I was stressed at work and I was pregnant and then got diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. My blog took a back seat while I got back on track. Thankfully, I have found my blogging mojo. I have a nice little routine and my blogging is going from strength to strength.
So Good Reads is back! I’m not sure it will be weekly, but I think Bi monthly will be a good start. As we know books are important for children’s development. I don’t religiously read to my children. Some weeks it may be every day, some weeks perhaps once but generally it’s about every other day.… Read More
10 Top Tips for an Interactive Fairy Garden!
So you have your fairy garden, what next? Since our fairy garden arrived I have been working really hard to keep the magic alive with Fin. Our is not just for show. We have real, live fairies living in our garden. They come out to play, they party and they are mischievous! Here are my top 10 tips for creating a magical, interactive fairy garden which will stimulate your child’s imagination!
1 Create an ambience – you will need a speaker like the Panasonic Waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Hide the speaker as best you can near your fairy garden. A speaker like this would be perfect. It’s small, compact, with great sound quality. It is also fully waterproof. so it’s protected if accidentally splashed, especially when it comes to watering your garden with your little one. I would suggest the best track for your fairy garden ambience has to be ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy‘ by Tchaikovsky.… Read More
Breastfeeding, something I wasn’t able to do with Finlay, but desperate to do with Emmie. I never quite believed it would happen. Almost 5 Months later, I am still exclusively breastfeeding!! I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. There were times I thought I couldn’t do it, but I persevered to a point where I was happy and confident in feeding my baby. Then Emmie began to grow and move, ECK!!
As if my pleas for help were heard, I was offered the chance to review some Boobie Beads (fantastic feeding and teething jewellery). Created by a mum for mums, Boobie Beads provide a welcome distraction for babies whilst feeding and double up as a teether. Made from soft silicone, BPA and toxin free, they make the perfect choice for little ones to play and chew on. I was sent a gorgeous orange and pink necklace to try out.… Read More
I’m running a few weeks late with this update. My excuses reasons are: Allergic reaction to conjunctivitis (me), Sickness bug (Emmie and Fin), Head Injury (Fin), Birth of new Cousin (Aunty) and a week off together (the four of us)!!
However, on 06th July Emmie turned 4 months! I feel like a broken record but really, has a month passed since Emmie’s 3 month update? Time continues to fly by incredibly fast and Emmie is growing bigger by the day, the past month has been incredible and we have hit some exciting milestones before they were even expected!
Weight: 12lbs 6oz
So this past month, Emmie went bald!!! Not completely, she had a fine covering, but considering she was born with lots of dark hair, she has turned into a little egg head. I expect it will grow back like Fin’s as they seem to be quite similar in colouring, time will tell.… Read More
Fairy Gardens, magical little oasis right in our backyards. Did you know that fairy Gardens can be dated right back to 1893? Created to lure fairies in to your garden and bring with them good luck for your home! How magical! Who believes in fairies? Put your hand up, I do! I do! I’m a big believer in magic! As well as the chance of luring little fairies into your garden creating a fairy garden is also a great way to ignite your child’s imagination, 2 birds 1 stone!!
I was so excited when Gardens2you provided Finlay with his very own Fairy garden kit to review. Together we want to help break the mould, fairies don’t just have to be for girls and their gardens definitely don’t have to be pink and fluffy! Finlay has thoroughly enjoyed setting up his fairy garden. It is by no means finished, but that’s what I love.… Read More
I have been tagged in the 10 things that make me Happy tag by the fabulous Lianne over at Mrs Mummy Harris. You can find her post here. I have been feeling a little bit sad of late so this is a wonderful idea for some positive thinking. It also gives you the chance to find out a little more about me. So here are my 10 things that make me happy:
It also gives you the chance to find out a little more about me, so here are my 10 things that make me happy:
Finlay made me a mummy. Even though he is probably the naughtiest little boy I know he is so full of character and love. He has a wild spirit and not a day goes by that he doesn’t get into some sort of trouble. It doesn’t matter how naughty he has been though, every night before I go to bed I give him a goodnight kiss, watching him sleeping so peacefully makes my heart melt.… Read More
Every baby needs at least one Lamaze toy, its a right of passage. If your an established parent, then you probably know of Lamaze. If your a new parent, then this will not be the first and last time you hear of them. Lamaze is a fantastic toy brand that produces energetic and fun learning toys for children 0 – 24 months. I remember Finlay loving his Lamaze toys when he was a baby and so I didnt hesitate in finding Emmie some of her own, she especially loves her Emily Doll. So I was really please when Lamaze got in contact recently to ask if we wanted to review a couple of toys that are new for 2017, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes!
Phillip the Pelican
£11.99 from Lamaze, Age: 0+
Phillip is part of the Lamaze clip and go rang and is new for 2017. His unique feature is he has a little peek a boo fishy hiding in his beak pouch!… Read More