Lamaze Toy Review: Phillip Pelican & Stacking Starseeker

Lamaze HeadingEvery 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+

 

Lamaze -Phillip PelicanPhillip 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

Gestational Diabetes: The Lowdown

 

Diabetes, no one plans to develop diabetes, especially not mums to be. In fact it probably wouldnt even cross most womens mind when they have just found out they are pregnant. However, Gestational Diabetes (GD) will affect around 5% of UK pregnancies. Once diagnosed there are so many misconceptions within society, these women end up feeling guilty. Thinking somehow, they have caused it to themselves. Support from the NHS OK, but hindered by offering advice based upon Type 2 Diabetes (a low fat diet due to the link with obesity). GD, however is hormone driven. Most women will struggle to follow type 2 dietary advice, due to the fluctuations of their hormone levels during pregnancy.

Hopefully this post will give you a brief overview of the condition, how you can help yourself manage GD and quash a few misconceptions associated with it.

gestatational diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

GD is defined as Diabetes that develops or is first diagnosed during pregnancy.… Read More

Zippy Bib: Review and Giveaway!

Win a set of zippy bibs. review and giveaway

I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for a good bib and Zippy do do a good bib! I remember using Zippy Bibs when Finlay was a baby and was always impressed by their quality. So I was very excited when Nicole, the founder got in contact and asked if I wanted to review some bibs. I didn’t hestitate. They arrived last week and Emmie has spent the last few days drolling them through their paces.

Zippy was founded 5 years ago by Nicole, a mother herself who wanted to make useful baby products for mums designed by mums. Today Zippy sell a number of different types of bibs, clothing, muslins, swaddles and blankets. Zippy products are in fact so useful and well designed, they have won a number of awards!

zippy variety and awards

Zippy bibs come a huge variety of designs for boys, girls and unisex. The bibs are made from 100% pure cotton and premium quality fleece making them super soft and highly absorpant.… Read More

Today I am…… 3 Months Old

Today I am 3 Months

Emmie is 3 Months old today, 3 Months! My newborn has gone and I have gained a chubby cheeked real little human. She has changed so much over the last 4 weeks (See Emmies last update: Today I am 2 Months), I really did forget how quickly this stage goes by. It makes me sad they don’t stay little for long, but also incredibly excited to see the little girl sheis going to grow into. So without furthur ado, Today I am…… 3 month old.

3 Months

Weight: 11lb 3oz

Over the past 4 weeks Emmie has continued to show more and more interest in whats going on around her. She is extremely nosey. When being held loves nothing more than to sit up and make sure she has had a good look at everything thats on offer. If you put her down and she isn’t done, she lets loose her wrath, screaming in protest.… Read More

Win a Lamaze Summer Bundle!

Lamaze is one of my all time favourite toy brands. Finlay had a range of Lamaze toys when he was a baby and Emmie is following in his footsteps. I was very excited when I was asked to collaborate with them to bring you this fabulous competition.

All TOMY toys are cleverly designed to develop children’s core skills through play.  Manufactured to the highest standards, this collection of reliable toys continues to be a family favourite, building on the heritage and core values, which parents associate with TOMY.

I’ve teamed up with Lamaze and TOMY to offer five lucky mums-to-be three items from its Clip n Go range, perfect for on the go fun. The prize includes My Friend Emily, Pupsqueak and the Tug and Play Knot.

win a lamaze summer Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily can’t wait to meet your little one and be a first best friend. From her crinkly hat down to her soft velvet feet, Emily has so many wonderful patterns and textures to encourage touch.… Read More

How to save money on your weekly food shop: Approved Food Review

How to save on your weekly food shop: Approved Food review

As a mum who works part time, I am always looking for ways that I can save money. Especially as I had my hours cut late last year at work and now I’m also on Maternity leave. Every saving helps. A big spender for most families is the weekly food shop. I have recently switch supermarkets which saves us a hefty amount each month. However, I was still keen to see if there were ways I could save further.

This is how I came across Approved Food – an online retailer where you save up to 70% on the RRP of selected items. Approved food specialise in food that is past its best before date (but not past their use by date) and surplus stock.

As a nation, we throw away food on a daily basis, simply because it is past its best before date, some of which may only be 1 day over.… Read More

Today I am……2-Months Old

 

today I am 2-months

Well technically Emmie is almost 3 months old now, but I am catching up on the backlog. Without further ado, welcome to Emmies Today I am series. First up: Today I am 2-months old. You can read about Emmies first month in our ‘Welcome to the world’ post.

2-Months old

The first 4 weeks passed in a bit of a blur, in fact, I don’t know where the last 4 weeks have gone either. I looked at Emmie the other day and I couldn’t believe how big she was. Where did my scrawny little newborn go?

Emmie 2-months

Emmie has become more aware of her surrounding over these last few weeks and I love how much she adores her big brother. As soon as she hears him, she looks about everywhere until she sees him and then stares and smiles. Finlay has still not shown any jealousy towards having a sibling and I just love him for that.… Read More

The Greatest Loss of All

The loss of Milo cat

Love can come in many forms, sometimes it instantaneous, sometimes it creeps up on us without us knowing. There’s the love we feel for our friends, our family and that unexplainable, unconditional love when we becoming parents. Sometimes we love things, sometimes we love places, memories, smells and taste. Love is one of the greatest gifts we have been given as humans, but losing love, I believe is the greatest loss of anything, whatever form it came in.

For me, my first great love was that of my cat Milo. I was 21 when he came into my life a gangly, not so little, ginger kitten. Instantly I fell in love, a deep meaningful love. For all intense purposes, he was my baby, my fur baby. He was all I could ever ask for in a cat. Loving, gentle, docile. He was a doofus, but my gorgeous doofus and it made me love him even more.… Read More

Welcome to the World…..

.Welcome to the World

 

My last Pregnancy update was way back in November when I was 22 weeks pregnant. I didnt write anymore after this as my anxiety took hold and I took a break from my blog. After what felt like the quickest pregnancy known to humanity, I would like to welcome our newest addition to the world (better late than never), Emmeline Isabelle.

Emmeline arrived on the 06th March, one day past her due date via induction due to Gestational Diabeties. She weighed in at 8lb 1oz after a rather quick labour. I will update with her birth story later, but it was an amazing experience led by an amazing midwife. We had decided not to find out her gender and it was such a wonderful suprise as they held her up to discover we had a little girl. Although a boy would have been just as precious, I had really hoped for a little girl.… Read More

I’ve been a Gone Girl!

It’s been a while since my post. Actually 5 months and 26 days ago to be precise. Wow, that is embarrassing. I hadn’t actually realised it was that long. I have been gone far too long!

 life was throwing me Lemons too right, but I was drowning in lemonade!

I would like to take this opportunity to explain myself for my rather abrupt hiatus. Having left, with no explanation why I abanded a blog I had so much enjoyed building.

I’m an anxiety sufferer and that’s the reason. Life just got a bit too much, I buried my head in the sand (I should have been an ostritch!). It started with a few little things, christmas was coming, our team was understaffed at work, my fur baby was poorly (which financially was crippling), I was pregnant, the icing on the cake was being diagnosed with Gestational Diabeties. You know they say if life throws you lemons, make lemonade?… Read More

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