Thursday, 19 October 2017

It's almost the weekend!

Iiiit's Friday tomorrow! Which means we're heading to Hertfordshire for the weekend. I am going absolutely crazy with the balloons for Becci's party on Saturday night, I really hope it all goes to plan and to share photos with you!

Any tips for an organic balloon arch?! I have flowers to add in after and I've made the floral/balloon hoop.

I also went shopping for Stu's outfit this afternoon - he had a last minute change of character because his other idea didn't go to plan! So he's going to be my Prince ♥️.

SO EXCITED!!!!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Mummy Tag | October 2017

THE MUMMY TAG

Phoebe January 2014 Bear

1. ARE YOU A STAY-AT-HOME MUM, OR A WORKING MUM?

I'm a 'stay-at-home mum'. Where I try not to stay in!

2. WOULD YOU HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY?
I'd love to be a work from home Mum. I really enjoy being home with my children. Playing with them, educating them, but I'd also like to provide for them financially too. Without missing out!

3. DO YOU CO-SLEEP?
No. We did with Phoebe for a long time, but not on purpose! She just didn't settle very well by herself (we made sure Leonard learnt that from a very young age.) but in the end she was getting more sleep than us, so we sleep trained her and now she's a brilliant sleeper. *touch wood*

4. WHAT IS YOUR ONE MUST-HAVE ITEM FOR YOUR BABY?
For a newborn? Something small that you may not think of (you know, prams/car seats/moses baskets are the obvious must haves) but that we used every day was the digital bath thermometer. It was only £5 from Tesco but I loved it. I used it myself too. Haha, turns out I like my baths at 38 degrees!

5. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU PLAN ON HAVING?
We aren't planning any more, although I've written a blog post about not feeling 'done'.

6. DATE NIGHT? HOW MANY NIGHTS PER MONTH?
Hahahahahhaha. We don't have a support network as we move around so much. No family nearby, or a trusted babysitter. So date night for us is maybe twice a year. And that usually ends in disaster...

7. YOUR CHILD’S FAVOURITE SHOW?
Phoebe is really into My Little Pony at the moment. And Leonard asks for Peppa Pig every day. They both love Disney films too which is much more bearable! Moana, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory...

8. NAME ONE THING YOU BOUGHT BEFORE YOU HAD YOUR BABY AND NEVER ENDED UP USING?
We hardly used our bottle steriliser. I breastfed both babies, and when Phoebe did start taking a bottle at 10 months, she was old enough for them to go in the dishwasher. I'd probably advise not buying those sorts of things until you know if you're breast/bottle feeding. (Or if you want a mix of both for nights out/ dad duties/ nipple breaks...)

Leonard 5 months/Phoebe 2 years 

9. YOUR CHILD’S FAVOURITE FOOD?
Phoebe still loves pasta with grated cheese. They both love popcorn chicken at the moment, too. The Aldi southern fried stuff is a good KFC alternative!

10. HOW MANY CARS DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE?
We recently went down to one car, and so far it's not been too much of a problem. We do most things together as a family, but because we live in the middle of nowhere if one of us needs the car then the other is stuck at home!

11. WEIGHT GAIN BEFORE PREGNANCY, DURING, AFTER AND NOW?
Honestly, not a clue. I've never owned scales or been interested in the numbers. I go by how my clothes feel!

12. DREAM HOLIDAY WITH YOUR KIDS?
Apart from Disneyland/world, I'd love to take them to lapland! Even just for the day. It would be magical!

13. DREAM HOLIDAY WITHOUT YOUR KIDS?
Stu and I never got our honeymoon so I'd love to go to Bora Bora.

14. HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE YOUR BABY HAS BEEN BORN?
I no longer work, I no longer live in the same place I grew up, I'm no longer selfish, I rarely sleep through the night, the world seems a more dangerous place since having children. But also, the love. That's pretty big. I've never loved in the same way since having children. My life is different for the better!

15. FINISH THE SENTENCE: ‘IT MAKES MY HEART MELT TO SEE …'
Phoebe and Leonard's bond (too cheesey?!). Witnessing them love/ play/ protect each other is the best feeling.

16. WHERE DO YOU SHOP FOR YOUR KIDS?
I try to shop small. I love to support other Mama's businesses. I love:
BabyDee & Me
Primrose and Bear
Tobias and The Bear
Bebe Hound
Lennie & Co
Jojo & Moo
Cribstar
The Bright Company
I also love Zara, Next, Matalan, and TU/ Sainsbury's.

17. FAVOURITE MAKEUP AND SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
I've been using some of  The Ordinary skincare range for a few months now, and I'm really enjoying taking care of my skin. I'm not huuuuge into makeup, but my current favourite product is my Mac mineralise skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. It gives me a nice highlight to distract from the tired eyes.

18. HUGGIES OR PAMPERS?
Wipes or Nappies?!
When Phoebe was a newborn I was given some Huggies nappies by someone who's baby had outgrown them. I did enjoy using them, but then I learnt that they're not available in the UK anymore! So we used Pampers for a long time. I then tried out all the other brands - we're not too fussy.
With Leonard I wanted to use cloth nappies, and we did for a while but he *TMI WARNING* has very loose poos and I wasn't enjoying the clean up!
Wipes wise, I prefer Huggies to Pampers.

19. HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED KIDS?
Yes. I've always wanted to be a Mum. Best thing I've ever done.

20. BEST PART ABOUT BEING A MUM?
Feeling proud that I've raised two amazing little children that other people love too. My children wanting and needing me above all else has given me a sense of purpose and I feel like I've found the person I'm meant to be.

  Leonard 5 months/Phoebe 2 years

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Phoebe's Pinkie Pie Birthday!

Yesterday Phoebe turned 4. I feel like I'm repeating myself a little but it is so bittersweet her growing up. I am so so proud of her; she's happy, polite, intelligent, LOUD and funny. She's caring, empathetic, and just so much fun to be around.

I'd love to experience her birth again. I know that's a bit strange to say, but it was so calm, empowering and just beautiful - I couldn't have wished for a better birth. You can read her birth story here. It's a long one!

Phoebe forgot it was her Birthday in the morning, so before she remembered, I snuck off and got her bedroom ready with new curtains, bedsheets, and wall stickers. We surprised her with a My Little Pony themed bedroom (she's been desperate for this since before we moved house in the summer!). Then she went downstairs to find a GIANT 3ft Pinkie Pie balloon amongst other balloons, and a huge pile of gifts and cards [thank you to everyone who spoilt my baby girl - she's so grateful!]. After opening her presents, she insisted on having some cake - we couldn't say no on her Birthday so we lit the candles and sang to her.

We drove to Portsmouth for some Fish & Chips, and then went on to Southampton (in the creepy yellow sky/storm Ophelia) to the Build-A-Bear workshop for her to make her first ever bear. She picked Pinkie Pie, of course, and loved every second. The staff there were lovely, and although it's expensive it's a lovely experience for a treat.

I filmed a little bit yesterday so I'll maybe make it into a little video soon. I'm enjoying blogging more than vlogging at the moment!


Monday, 16 October 2017

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY PHOEBE!!

We've had a wonderful, exciting, cake, balloon, and Pinkie Pie filled day. Perfect for my Phoebe.
She's had lots of fun celebrating her 4th Birthday but now I'm cosied up on the sofa, in my new dressing gown, with a cup of tea, and relaxing before nursery tomorrow! I'll report the full details tomorrow!

For now, Here is Phoebe's 4th year montage.