Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Easter Bonnets and Family Time.

Firstly I hope you have all had a lovely Easter!

Sorry the blog has been a little quiet over Easter but we took advantage of some much needed family time to just chill out with James home from school and Frank home from work for a whole week over Easter!

James had his Easter bonnet parade at school on his last day before they broke up for the Easter holidays here he is with his bonnet me and him made together, the tree idea was all his!

He also took his Easter bonnet along to a Easter egg hunt we took part in a few days later at our local park. He actually won a prize in their little Easter bonnet parade and here he is collecting his prize from the Mayor!

(Thank you Viccy for capturing this photo!)

We also spent time with both our families over Easter as well as some chill out time at home. We did make the big decision that Evelyn is going to move from her cot to her bed and went out and ordered bunk beds for her and James. Keep an eye out on the blog as I will be sharing their room makeover here once it is finished!

Today was the last day we have together until Frank returns to work tomorrow so we decided to go bowling (James is always asking to go!). He loved it and was actually pretty good!

We finished today off with a meal out at a local family restaurant near us called The Fox. Both James and Evelyn were really well behaved and it was a lovely end to our family time. Of course James is still of school for another week and a half yet so I still have lots of days to fill but it was nice to spend some time together as a family of 4 without all the interruptions and ciaos of school and work.

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and are surviving the school holidays with as little stress as possible.


Thursday, 24 March 2016

MyKidEcoRoom - Kids bedroom makeover wishlist!

When we moved house I was 7 months pregnant and decorating was the last thing on my mind!

Unfortunately this meant the walls in the kids rooms were painted white and furniture was placed in there for practicality rather than looking good. However now we have been here for almost 2 years and Evelyn and James are both growing up we have decided to made their bedroom a lovely space to be in rather than "just a bedroom".

I got online and started looking for inspiration when I discovered the website MyKidEcoRoom.

MyKidEcoRoom is a beautiful website dedicated to offering exclusive eco-friendly furniture for baby's and children. The website features a wide range of children's bedrooms and baby's nursery furniture and accessories with sleek lines and contempory design there really is something to suit all tastes. 

Whether its a classic solid wood look, modern sleek lines or bright bursts of colour you are looking for you will find it at MyKidEcoRoom! 

There were so many great items on the website I fell in love with lots of the pieces and compiled a wishlist of all the things I would get from the MyKidEcoRoom to create a dream bedroom for James and Evelyn. Here are my top wishlist items.

Bow Bunk Bed in white - Since James and Evelyn are sharing a room a bunk bed is the best option for us as it creates more room in the bedroom. I love that this one also provides space for extra storage underneath as we all know you can never have to much storage when kids are involved! 

Cargo Desk in white - Now that James is at school and receiving regular homework I wanted him to have his own little space to go to work and do his homework. This desk provides him the perfect space to do that and has a storage space to store all his things in. I love the added extra of the fun chalkboard painted door for that quirky touch. 

Pop Desk Chair in green - A desk wouldn't be complete without a chair and this funky green provides a fantastic pop of colour!

Altea shelf in Charcoal grey - How adorable are these cloud shape inspired shelves? I would love to have a few of these charcoal grey ones dotted around the room for all of James LEGO bits and pieces so he could display them properly. They are also available in an array of colours including pinks and purples. 

Snug Rug in Grey - This rug looks so cosy and snugly I could just about dive in to it right now! I would love a nice rug in the room to provide a cosy place for James and Evelyn to play or sit and read and this rug totally fits the breif. Its also available in a lovely deep red and cream. 

Planet Wardrobe in white and grey - I hold my hands up and admit I just can't resist buying clothes for the kids, they are just so cute aren't they!? So a good solid sturdy wardrobe is a must and I love the modern and clean design of this Planet wardrobe. The soft close doors are a fantastic added bonus especially as Evelyn would be in the bedroom and it gives me piece of mind about her fingers getting trapped. Inside features 2 fixed shelves and ample hanging space for all of their clothing. 

Loft Pouf Floor Cushion - I mentioned above that I wanted a space for James and Evelyn to relax in the bedroom and these large floor cushions would be perfect for that. Measuring 70 X 70cm there is plenty of space for any child to chill out with a book on one of these soft cushions. 

White Swan Toy Box - Evelyn has lots of soft toys and teddies so I would definitely want something like this beautiful classic toy box in their bedroom. I adore the clean lines and classic look of this one and its large enough to fit a good amount of toys inside!

So there you have it our MyKidEcoRoom wishlist, do you like any of our choices? As you can see we have gone for quite a monochrome look with pops of colour which I would probably add more off through bedding and a few pictures on the wall. 

MyKidEcoRoom really do have so much to offer it is definitely worth checking it out if you are thinking of redecorating or renewing some of your childs furniture. 


Gro-To-Bed bedding **REVIEW**

It only seems like yesterday I was moving Evelyn from her tiny crib into a cot yet now its time for her to move from her cot to a "big bed". 

If I am totally honest its a move I have would have happily put off for as long as I could as I remember the constant struggle of trying to get James to stay in his bed, I was sure I was going to face again with Evelyn. However she has started to attempt to escape the cot and as she is quite tall I fear once she works out how to get over she will be straight out the cot and could really hurt herself.

We were recently contacted by The Gro Company who offered us a Gro-To-Bed set to review and as we were just thinking of moving Evelyn in to a single bed this seemed like the perfect opportunity and we couldn't wait to try it out. 

The bedding is easy to fit on the bed with the base sheet being fitted around the mattress, it also has a large strap which runs around the bottom of the mattress which holds it in place even if your little one likes to wriggle at night! 

The pillow case is attached to the fitted sheet and you simply slide your child's normal pillow inside the pillow case. I loved this idea as it meant the pillow didn't slip of the bed and stayed securely in place all night. I would have liked it if the pillow case was removable like the duvet cover (read below) just for ease of washing, sometimes Evelyn spills milk or dribbles on her pillowcase and with the bedding design it would mean changing the whole sheet and pillowcase as its all attached. However the pro's of the pillow not slipping definitely outweigh this for us. 

The bedding set also includes a single size duvet cover too which can be used with any standard size single duvet. You just pop the duvet inside the cover as you would do any other duvet cover, however this one has the added extra of zips! Once you have placed your duvet inside you will find 2 zips, one side of the zips runs along the base sheet the other on the duvet cover. You simply zip these up and when your child snuggles down in to the duvet they can no long roll out the sides of the bed as the zips create almost a tube inside the bed that keeps your child secure. It also means the duvet can't roll off the bed or become twisted and tangled around your child.  

Evelyn is a complete wriggler in bed and you will never find her laying the same way you placed her in fact she constantly moves throughout the night, it was one of our main worries about putting her in a single bed. This is why we were so excited when we heard about the Gro-To-Bed bedding! 

Overall we loved the Gro-To-Bed set, the designs available are very cute and they really do work. The sets are easy to use and place on the bed and super soft against babies skin. Evelyn's pillow and duvet have stayed in place every night and we have all slept a little sounder knowing she is safer now that she can't really roll out.

The Gro-To-Bed set is priced at £49.99 for a cot bed size or £59.99 for a single bed size. I know at first glace the price does seem steep but I since trying it I can honestly say it is worth every £! Firstly for that price you are getting a whole bed set including pillow case, base sheet and duvet cover (although the set does not include the actual pillow or duvet). Each item is 100% premium cotton so fantastic quality too.


**I was not paid for this post, I was sent this item in return for an honest review. 
All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and written by me. **

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Invisible Mum

When I first fell pregnant I was just 18, it certainly wasn't a planned pregnancy and I was in full time work and living the life of any other 18 year old.

Of course when I fell pregnant those boozy nights out with friends stopped and as my growing bump grew and became ever tired I seemed to slip further and further away from my friends. Being just 19 throughout most of my pregnancy meant none of my friends had any children yet, in fact I think it may have been the furthest thing from their mind!

As my pregnancy progressed I began feeling more and more lonely and when I finally finished work for maternity leave, my last point of daily contact to other adults, to my friends ended. At the time I buried my head in to preparing for the arrival of my newborn, setting up a home that we had not long moved in too and nurturing my growing bump. I had convinced myself that once baby was here I would be able to get out more, see friends more and all would return to normal.

This was totally naive from my point and not the case at all. Of course when baby first arrived people came, they wanted to meet baby and offered advice and help and reassured me they would be there if I needed anything. As most mums will know after that initial"new baby rush" of visitors they begin to thin out, people return to their normal lives and you are left alone trying to adapt to having a new baby and becoming a mum.

I was scared, I felt alone and whilst I had my husband he was at work a lot of the time and the friends I thought would stick around had pretty much forgotten about us. I knew that whilst I could still stay in contact with my old friends they were now leading a different lifestyle to me, following a different path to me and my baby.

I had read and seen all of those stories about mum groups and meeting for coffees and play dates, mums nights out and this amazing support network which I assumed would just happen, it doesn't! Attending mum and baby groups is of course a great way to start in making new friends but these can be daunting and scary too and it doesn't just happen. I suffered with post-natal depression with my first baby which made going to groups even harder, a lot of days I didn't want to leave the house and when I did I just didn't have the confidence to throw myself into groups and conversations to make friends.

I quickly got disheartened when I would see groups of mums together and would feel I didn't really fit and its hard to feel confident especially when you are juggling a newborn and still finding your feet as a parent. It took time but I soon realised it was better just to be myself rather than trying to be the friend I thought everyone wanted to be. I took time away from others to become confident in my parenting and in myself and then went back to groups with a new attitude. Most people who attend these groups are just like you they join them to make friends, they probably have questions and worries just like you. Be yourself and relax us mums need to stick together on what can already be a very lonely journey.

I have been so lucky this second time round in that I have found some lovely friends who are parents themselves and it really does make all the difference. Knowing I have friends to turn to who know exactly what I am rambling on about when I talk about no sleep, cleaning wotsits from the carpet and the colour of poo and not think i have gone mad!

Being a parent is tough and its not all plain sailing and play dates, its hard but there is a light at the end of the tunnel we just have to want to see it. Don't put to much pressure on yourself to make friends just be yourself, those who are worth being friends with will accept you for exactly who you are sleep deprived rants and all.

Did you find it difficult to make friends when you first became a mum? Any tips or advice for new mums?


Monday, 7 March 2016

Snackeez Cup **REVIEW**

Snackeez is a brand new all in one solution to drinks and snacks on the go.

The clever design which features a flip top snack container inside a drinks cup means kids can take their favourite drink and snack out and about in one handy cup. 

The flip top snack container which fits snugly within the cup holds around 115ml of your childs favourite snack, whilst the cup itself holds up to 450ml liquid. 

Those of you will know that when heading out with kids ensuring you are armed with snacks and a drink is essential and this cup means you can do both in one handy container. James attends several after school activities such as swimming and Beavers and there is often little time between school and these clubs but he is always hungry! The cup has been great for ensuring he can grab a quick drink and snack before heading of to his next activity.

The only downside we found was that the cup is quite large, James is 6 and found he had to hold it with 2 hands however there is a very handy grip to help children keep hold of the cup securely. The lid for the snack section is easy to open and close and James was able to do this by himself with ease. The straw is a hard plastic straw and we personally would have preferred a softer/bendy straw with a lid to keep this safely closed, this is just a personal preference for us though.

Taking apart the cup for washing is easy and as it all comes apart in sections you can get to every bit of the cup to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned, it is also dishwasher safe for an easy clean. The only part I couldn't get to fully was the hard plastic straw but as James only has water in his it wasn't to much of an issue, however this may become an issue if you were to use it with juice or milk etc.

James gave the Snackeez cup a big thumbs up! He loves that he is able to have his snack and drink in one place without the need for multiple bowls and bottles etc. We loved that the cup was large enough to fit a substantial snack and drink inside meaning it would last a good duration without needing refilling. As a parent my only real concern with the Snackeez cup is the washing of the straw section but this aside I think they are a great idea! We have also used the snack bowl by itself for Evelyn and its a great size for popping it  a bag without the drinks cup attached.

Snackeez are available to purchase from Character Online and are priced at £9.99 which we thought was a very fair price for a cup which can be reused time and time again.

Do you think your child would find a Snackeez cup useful?


**I was not paid for this post, I was sent this item in return for an honest review. 
All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and written by me. **