Thursday, 24 July 2014

The littlest Girlie {eight month update}

My baby girl is growing like a weed or rather a beautiful flower. How has the teeny tiny newborn I cradled in my arms this chubby chatty smiling baby girl sat on the floor playing? My goodness its true what they say the days are long but the years are oh so short.

Milk/Food - Bottles are now only tolerated in the morning and before bed the rest of the time its juice or water and food marvelous food for this girl! She loves everything especially ice cream which she had her first taste of though she will not drink juice out of the fridge it has to be room temperature! She is so like her sister and loves fruit especially strawberries and blueberries.

Sleep - The heat has this made sleep a bit difficult and as my girl like mummy to cuddle her after her milk and she has a hare that helps her sleep she can get into a hot sweaty frustrated mess but once shes off and we have the fan on shes great till the next morning. Cat nap in the pram under a shade are had also!

Routine -  well once again the heat messes this up a bit but its still our same old relaxed one with massage on a thursday and swimming on a friday followed by lunch with the mamas and bambinos. The only difference is now most of playtime can be spent in the garden or on the floor. Water play goes down so well and an afternoon bounce in the door bouncer is fun too!

Milestones - Lady G now shakes her head to say no no no and also says mama and mummy but only when shes upset!!She sits unaided now and rolls or caterpiller drags herself around. She once bum shuffled about six inches but hasnt done that that Ive noticed since though she does get herself into the crawling position and lifts her belly but the doesnt quite know what to do so lowers herself down again! Another milestone was her first visit to the zoo! {blog post to follow}she was such a good girl and enjoyed it so much especially the sealion show which she sung along too!! The belly laughs are no longer totally silent though I have to act like i have escaped from somewhere to get her to really do one of the noisy kind. Swimming is going great guns and though she has learnt to tuck her head into my shoulder when i give the command so water doesnt go in her face she still never bothers being dunked! She tolds on and even tries to pull herself out and i can let go of her while she in position and the last few weeks have seen me going under to see her swim and the catch her and also her being let go and swimming to the surface alone! truely an amzing sight.

Well thats it another months roound up done!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Zara Baby Girl Haul

I have been wanting to do more girls and baby fashion on this little blog of mine. So when I got a bit click happy over on the Zara website a week or so ago I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a little haul.

I've tried my hand at a little stop motion to try and show these lovley little additions to Lady G's wardrobe so I hope you like it.
The sale is on at the minute too so while some of the pieces are full price there are a few sale bits!! Lots of bargains to be had for sure and yes the teepee pants are from the boys section but I have never been one for thats girls and thats boys my ladies rock boy's gear all the time from band tees to jeans.

So here's so cute little detail shots for all you fashion lovers out there,

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Summer time Sisters {Siblings}

These sister's in this summer sun have been such a delight. We have been having some lovely evening strolls after tea with the dog and watching the sun go down together. I cant believe how the year is flying by and part of my wants to stop time and cherish these moments with these gorgeous girls of mine but the other half is so happy to be spending every sun shine filled day the summer is sharing with us sitting in the garden, having picnic lunches and lazy strolls round the park.

So here it is our Siblings July post. These girls of mine are so so in love with each other, every day is filled with kisses and cuddles and yells of ope ope from the baby to the big girl. Lucy over at Dear Beautiful Boy is the master mind behind this project and what a great one its been to join in with.

dear beautiful

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Mummy Must haves - A Teething Baby

As a mummy to a baby teething at the moment, I carry around a little group of must haves for that reason. Amber teething necklaces, teething toys and pain relievers all live in my changing bag now.
So as part of my mummy must haves series I thought teething may be a good one to do next.

Teething baby can often mean sleep deprived upset mummy so anything that helps the teething process in my book is a must. There are also little tips you can use to help ease the process and keep everyone happy.

(clockwise from bottom left)
My absolute go-to recommend to everyone must have is an amber teething necklace. Ours is from a little ebay shop called Amber_stuff. Both my girls wear Baltic Amber necklaces to help natural pain relief, I have to say with the amber necklaces we very rarely have to use the other stuff and I can count on one hand the times calpol has been given for teething pain.Basically Baltic Amber in its natural form secretes an oil when worn next to the skin that is absorbed by the wearer. This oil acts as a natural pain reliever. A tip when buying a teething necklace is to make sure its from a good reputable company and also but the type with knots between each bead so should it snap they dont all come off creating a possiblity of choking . Saying all this Huggable wore her necklace till she was two it never snapped, Lady G has been wearing her's since four months of age and never pulls at it or anything, my thinking is that the earlier it is on the more natural and a part of them it seems so they never attempt to mess with it.

The next handy little helper is teething granules. These ones are Nelsons Theetha range. You tip the granules into the mouth of the baby and they again help pain relief and the bit I really like is that they are homeopathic so help calm baby too.

Teething toys are fab too. This is a wooden rag ring from the etsy store Cwtch bugs. Amazing cute stuff sold there! We also have a Sophie Giraffe which I could prize from lady G for the photo. Anything they can chew and is texture helps with the pressure pain during teething.

Dummy or a Wubanub in our case(uk can get them from amazon) and Teething gel used together can help combat both pressure and pain by numbing the gums. With a wubanub you can put your finger inside the teet so I tend to do that and put the gel on the teet then pop in the mouth. I can then make sure its applied where its needed.

Now the teething tips...
*Try putting chunks of apple or pear in the fridge then letting baby suck or chew them - please be aware of choking danger!
*Try a Clevamama clevafeeder its like a feeding net only better as its silicone so kill to birds with one stone put the teet in the fridge then fill with chilled fruit and away you go without the choking worry.
*Put the teet of any bottle or cup used for water in the fridge too.
*If your baby is one that gets a very sore bum when teething try cloth nappies, honestly they really are easier than you think and not really a faff at all. If you want to use nappy cream with cloth nappies be careful as you still want them to remain absorbant. I recommend Burts bees diaper ointment it works like a dream is kind to bums and cloth nappies alike and smells heavenly!

Well I hope this post helps some mamas out there, Please keep in mind these are only my views and opinions and what has worked with my girls. I have not been paid or had any of these products sent to me to promote the links are there purely to help you all find the things mentioned.

Fingers crossed teething is a breeze for you x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Instagram blog link up {The Tomorrow Project}

We all know about my love of babywearing and slings especially of the Sakura Bloom variety and I'm proud to say I'm a member of their community on instagram and facebook.

Sakura Bloom run a project called The Sling Diaries which you can check out on pintrest. Take a look for beautful inspiring babywearing mummies and a few daddies too. Many mama's still wanted to contribute even though not selected as a diarist so this lovely lady (I'm so sorry I dont know your name)came up with The Tomorrow Project. When she came to the end of her time as a diarist and wanted to continue to write. Every week on instagram a prompt is issued for a weekly photo challenge and then each month a prompt or theme for a blog post. I recently auditioned for the next round of diarist and whilst I was'nt selected still wanted to contribute to this community filled with beautiful women inside and out who welcomed me so warmly so I will be linking up. Stay posted for that but in the meantime you can check out my audition here.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer style {#NYNYStyleProject}

I thought it might be good to take a look at summer style with all this hot weather we're having, there's also a fab fashion link up called the "New year, New you project" or #NYNYStyleProject hosted by Katy of Modern Mummy.

What is the #NYNYStyleProject?
Every month a list of daily prompts are posted on instagram you then interpret these each day and post a photo with the hashtag #NYNYStyleProject. It can be anything from shoes to eyelashes a bold lip to a buckle but the aim is simple really, to make us women {mostly mums}who have forgotten about our style and love of fashion to rekindle it. Here's July's...

Style and fashion seem to become an after thought when you become a mummy and finding your own mummy style can be hard work. These prompts help you out of your rut for sure. 

My search for Style and functional fashion as a mummy.
Before my babies I loved fashion and style, I cringe at the thought of how much money was spent on things only worn once or the big stack of glossy fashion magazines I religeously bought each month now, But at the time it didnt matter and weekends where spent shopping for the night out ahead. Fast forward to the birth of my first daughter and my fashion fix came in the form of a beautifully dressed newborn with a wardrobe to rival Harper Beckhams. The birth of daughter number two happened just seven sweet months ago and most of my style and fashion choices is now projected on/through them. That little girl at nursery who the staff shake their heads at and advise about "nursery clothes" yep shes mine, that baby girl in the pram the outfit that makes changing a nappy as difficult as defusing a bomb - yep she's mine too! I cant help it, I fear it may be some form of addiction adding to their impossibly cute wardrobes. While this is true and the girls look gorgeous the mother pushing the pram with her hair in a top knot for the millionth day in a row with her mummy uniform of practical leggings and a t-shirt, well thats a different story and she need's help.
Dont get me wrong I dont leave the house without my face on {apart from swimming day then I take a bag to casually though on my head}and I always want to look nice but somehow I end up settling on just acceptable rather than fashion forward and practical rather than pretty. It seems I am in a RUT!
I'm not sure how it happened really I think slowly and without me really noticing but that vintage loving, bold colour loving, high heel wearing, bag addicted lady has turned kind of...well...I mean...ok hands up I'm a bit mumsy.
So In January I made a change. A huge wardrobe de-clutter and re-organise happened. I got rid of anything that no longer fitted me or wasnt suitable for my mummy life. If you hadnt been worn in 18 months out you went. Something had a sentimental attachment so I either kept them in space saving bags or took a patch of the fabric. It felt well cathartic to say the least. Slowly I add to my wardrobe and with thought this time. My style is shinning through again but now with a mummy twist and I enjoy getting ready once more. I take time to apply make up and do my hair {though I still mostly favor a top knot!}and select clothes. Now rather than a tramp pushing the pram with a beautifully dressed baby its a well put together mama playing at the park with her girls. #NYNYStyleProjct helps with all this as it gives you a daily prompt so you think about your outfit more and have a kind of goal to aim for. Why not join in its worked a treat for me.

You can see my contributions on my instagram feed here
and just to get you inspired heres my Febuary flipagram #nynystyleproject Feburary

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Sling Diaries - An Audition

The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger,pain without fear. Bravery.

I cant claim to know to much about courage. Ive never really had to do anything truly courageous but you hear about courage everyday. On the news in the papers even on social sites like twitter, like a young man named Stephen who though terminally ill with cancer manages to smile and raise over £3m for charity. Truly courageous. I do however think we carry courage with us every day. Especially as a mother. Before my babies I was brave for reckless silly reasons like getting a tattoo or staying the night home alone now its for my girls. During these child free days I read a story about mothers in war torn Germany that has always stuck with me. We all know the horror of whole jewish communities rounded up and taken to wooded areas never to return. The horrific terrifying knowledge of mass graves. The piece I read was about a group of women and children told to wait in such an area and slowly over the course of hours few at a time were taken and forever lost. The women were terrified and knew what was to become of them and their children but yet they smiled, they stroked cheeks, smoothed hair, held hands and told stories or sung happy songs to calm the children until none were left. Imagine it, the courage these brave souls had in their hearts to comfort and protect their offspring. Even then. 
For sure as spring flowers do bloom so does courage in the heart of a mother.

Ive watched mamas hold back tears as they hold the hands of babies to small to be real. Sat next to a plastic box that holds all my dreams and hopes and overwhelming copious amounts of love. there, in those rooms there is courage too. Huge amounts flow from the tiny beings with wires and tubes entangling them and from the parents sat close by tentitivley reassuring them that soon, soonthey will be held, rocked and sung to in a low voice in the dead of night and always always cherished. I didnt feel brave or couragious as I sat in my chair willing my daughters lungs to clear, I felt useless but I suppose I was. As a parent you dont feel you are being brave you just are, without realising. For them.

So my child, daughter of my heart, I will nurture and cherish you I will be brave for you and will urge you to be brave too and to have the courage of your convictions. Be bold and step bravely out into that big beautiful planet of ours because I have no doubt that those tiny toes of yours will leave their mark on our world.

Though she be but little she is fierce.

mama loves you always my dear heart x

This was my audition for the sakura bloom sling diaries the topic was courage and we were told to submit at least three images via instagram. You can see my feed here insta-feed or try searching #sakurabloomaudition to see all the amazing babywearing auditionees. Totally inspiring. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Littlest Girlie - Seven month update

I think our days of saying Lady Gs age in weeks have long gone so we are now using months. I'm still struggling to comprehend my bambino being a whole seven months old, yet here we are!

Milk/Food - Milk feeds have been getting less as the actually food mealtimes increase. It seems much the same as Huggable who  had self weaned from milk at 8 months. Bottles are guzzled down in the morning and before bed but midday bottles are often played around with unless we have been swimming or something. Food on the other hand is always greeted with squeals of excitment. Whetabix for breakfast with a main dish followed by a pudding at lunch, a snack in the afternoon or milk then a main and pudding at tea time then milk before bed keeps my girlie all full up. So far there hasnt been a single thing that hasnt gone down well and there is no fussing at all. Things like kale and spinach seem to go down really well with the yummy snack of plum baby wafers in apple kale and spinach flavour or pumpkin and banana being devoured in minutes.

Sleep - Still an amazing little sleeper although the hot nights are causing some restlessness. We all tend to get to hot and end up having the fan on at night and sleeping in just a vest. The transistion to big girl cot has gone smoothly and between that and that rolling comfort comes in the side sleeping position clutching a friend.

Routine - Still relaxed with our only really structured days being thursays at massage and fridays for swimming but inbetween we see friends a lot and do our own thing having lots of fun. The days have taken on an even more relaxed feel with us spending so much time in the garden and dozing in the sun.

Milestones - Sitting up unaided for long periods is this months biggest milestone and rolling to get about is happening too. Swimming underwater at water babies classes is also going amazingly well with not a single tear just plenty of smiles and starfish hands slapping the water.

This is girl is growing like a weed but what a beautiful flower she is!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mama must haves!

Now I'm a mama to two gorgeous little kiddos of the girl variety I get asked a lot by friend etcwhat are the things I would rate or slate if I was having a baby now knowing what I know, With this in mind I thought it may be a useful blogpost for any new mamas or mamas looking for tips.
So here they are a few of my "mama must haves" I hope you enjoy.

Clock wise from the left side.

Our big green snooze machine aka the poddle pod This thing is a dream! Hands down one of the absolute best products we have ever purchased. I recommend this to every new mummy I meet. Basically its a little kind of snoozy pod for your baby to nap in, its middle is dipped so it supports the head whilst also giving baby that secure feeling of being held. Different covers for the pillow are available in a wide range of designs and fabrics also there's a rocker if your child likes to be rocked to sleep and when they are that bit bigger there is a larger sister product the toddle pod. Ours was gifted to us at christmas for a five week old lady G who fell under the spell of the pod very quickly. I'm not at all exagerating when I say we use ours every single day. In the early days its a safe place for a newborn on the sofa or bed and as Greta has gotten older its become the place she goes when in need of a nap. The poddle pod comes with a great draw string bag too which means you can take it anywhere, Greta even snoozed in her's at her christening!

The Singing seahorse. Lady G loves this thing. Huggable had one too. Remember glow worms? well this is like a really cute talented ocean loving version. The tummy glows a really soothing gentle light and also a classical music mega mix soothes baby to sleep.This clever critter will even turn its-self off after twenty minutes. Definitely a gotta have product.

Muslins - These ones are from marks and spencer and are the softest ones I have found. Handy for feeding, mopping up, general cleaning up of any goo but also double up as a lovely soft snuggly blanket or sunshade. Muslins have to be the one thing most mama's would recommend!

Baby carrier. This one is a Tula. We customised it with sucky pads and a hood from mamie co. I am a huge advocate of babywearing. The benefits are huge and lets face it who doesnt want extra snuggles from baby. I will be doing a more indepth look at babywearing safety/benefits etc so keep a look out for that. These type of carriers {ssc}tend to be popular with daddies too as they seem more like a manly rucksack type thing. Babies with reflux tend to really benefit from being worn as they are upright and also its a great way for new mamas to get out for a quick walk around the block.

The magic mitten. What  genius product. Admittedly we dont use this as much anymore but for newborns this is fab. Tucked away in a little cushion that mama can strap to her hand is a little mp3 which is programmed to just the right volume with three sounds babies love. Mother hearbeat, rain on a tin roof and ocean waves gentle sooth baby then turn of after ten minutes.When lady G got upset this just seemed to be the thing that got her attention and helped her calm down and lets face it it probably sounds a lot better than mummies singing.

Burts bees nappy cream. This stuff is heavenly. By far the best bum cream we have tried. Clears up any redness right away and smells amazing doing it. Something I have bought over and over and will continue to do. The whole burts bees baby bee range is fantastic and is the range we reach for again and again.

Sakura bloom sling. Ok so its a baby carrier type thing again but honestly this is my favourite. The sling just seems more natural to me. I always think newborns and smaller babies seem much more at home and comfortable in slings or wraps. The great thing about these slings is how beautiful they are but so so practical. It folds up so small so is really handy to tote about in your changing bag. One of the best reasons about buying a Sakura Bloom sling is that you become part of this little community and boy are those girls welcoming. Be warned though these can become some what of an addiction!!

Baby moccs. These are from the lovely Alice at Amy & Ivor. {tell her I sent you}A - MAZ-ING! if you are wanting baby shoes that stay on, look good and are comfoy for baby then look no further. The softest leather and the cutest design. These never come off. Ours are worn nearly ever single day and toddlers even get to rocks these too.

Cardies. We always have a cardie in our bag. It helps we known tons of lovely ladies {a bit like the shreddies nanas}who knit some really beautiful things for my girls. Babies get hot and cold really easily so having something you can slip on or off quickly is a must and whilst coats may be cute a lot of the time the add bulk. Besides who doesnt love a bambino all snug as a bug in some soft wooly creation?

Thats it mamas a little list of some of my must haves, maybe not a traditional kind of list but its the things we love and use I hope it helps and keep an eye out for other post about teething and sunny day must haves coming soon.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Remembering Childhood - Joyful

Since becoming a mama many things have changed. My body for one! The amount of cash in my purse, kiddos be expensive little creatures but also the way you see things. Sure your perspective on things changes massively especially on big things but one of the most lovely little side effects of having bambinos is that you begin to see the world anew again. You see it through their eyes and its a wondrous thing. Suddenly its not all grey clouds and things to be nervous or stressed about. The sun shines and you feel almost like a child yourself again. While I've been whiling away the precious days with my daughters I've begun to remember all the little things I loved or made me feel happy as a little girl and really wanted to create a post about them, to collect them all in one place. If I could wrap them all up in a little box to take out and listen to or smell when I wanted I would, I'd tie it with a big red bow - they always make me happy too!
So what would be on your list? Heres mine...
The sound jelly shoes made on the warm tarmac as we played outside.
The soft feeling of my mums lips on my forehead as i feel asleep.
My mum brushing my hair.
The sound of the ice cream van a block away and racing to my parents to beg for a treat.
Being in the back of the car reading as we drove to the best holidays ever in Anglesey and Scarbrough.
Knowing I always had a playmate with my brother.
Coming down stairs to find my doll {emily}all dressed up and my pram ready and waiting for me.
The weight of the stocking on the foot of my bed on christmas morning and then all sitting on my parents bed opening them.
Thinking my dad was so hansome he was always the hansome prince charming in my games.
Coming down the morning after my newborn brother and mum came home and how heavy he felt when my mum placed him on my lap.
Thinking I really truely was a princess because my family always told me I was.
Making a gang/den in our shed with all our friends.
Having water fights in the street.
The special smell of a new pencilcase.

Theres so many I have begun to keep a little notebook to add them all in as I rediscover them with my girls.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

These Two {Siblings}

The sixth entry in the siblings project with the lovely Lucy of Dear beautiful boy. I'm still struggling with the idea that we are half way through the year already. I swear I just blinked and already it has gone.
Well here's this months photograph, yet another quick snap with my iphone but with Huggable i strike while the irons hot and grab every sitting still opportunity she gives me!

Oh these two and all their beauty.
Somehow with every day that passes I fall deeper in love with them. Even as my heart feels full fit to burst with love for them it continues to swell with yet more.
How is it I exsisted before them?

My love affair with these girlish little creatures continues.

Join in.

dear beautiful

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Under the sea - A trip to sea life centre trafford

Yesterday it poured down. For two days straight it rained, it poured, the skies darkened and grey clouds rolled in. We had promised Huggable that we would have a fun day out at weekend after she had been so so brave with her pre-school boosters shots. She had them on wednesday and since then hasnt been herself, my poor girl seems to of had an allergic reaction. Seeing as she seemed better we packed our bag got our coats on and headed out to the trafford centre to visit the sea life centre. Trying to think of fun things to do in the rain is hard people!! We got there at around lunch time and it seemed many had had the same idea but we werent in the que long before we got in to have fun. I popped lady G in the sling so she could explore too and we took our time walking around.
 We poked our heads into underwater bubbles while fish swam around us and ran through tunnels teaming with schools of fish, sharks and coral.

Unfortunatley all my photos were iphone ones as we forgot the camera so i apologuise in advance for the blurry quality!
The huggable one was so excited to see all the colours and the interactive bits around the tour were great she especially loved changing the colours in the jelly fish tank.
She spoke to turtles and splayed her hand on starfish and was totally wrapped up in the talk about turtles on the beach with a little light show.
We said hi to a crab and gently touched his shell and then watched sting rays fly round their tank while we sat and had a snack.

 The lights and sounds were a hit with lady G too and both girls came out tired hungry and happy. Then we plodded over to the trafford centre for an early tea and of course a trip to mamas and papas for a present for the little one and then the disney store for the big little girls present. By the time we got home everyone was ready for pjs and some cups of tea while we watched radio ones big weekend.
What started out as a rainy gloomy day ended up as one i will cherish with my little family making memories and god willing there will be many more to come.

If you get the chance definatly go check the sea life centre out i'd recommended it to anyone with little ones.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

So are you a hippy?

Recently as i wandered the aisles of my local supermarket with Lady G snug to my chest in our sakura bloom sling and the Huggable one holding my hand tight a lady approached me to look at the girls. This happens daily and I fequently find myself talking to strangers about my lovely littles. This lady looked a little concerned as Greta smiled from her sling and asked "dont you have a pram?" i told her actually we have four at the moment but that I like my baby in the sling and I find it easier with the toddler, still looking some what confused she says "well I bet this one (meaning Huggable) doesnt leave you alone" I replied that shes such a good girl and a great big sister and very snuggly mentioning that we co-sleep the woman then looks at me like this is the most ridiculous thing shes ever heard and says "oh so are you like a hippy?!
I kid you not thats what I was asked! Am I a hippy?!
I replied that I just love my kids incredibly and if that makes me a hippy then I guess so. She was'nt really rude or anything more confused and we smiled while we chatted but I came away laughing to myself and thinking when did doing what comes naturally as a parent get you labelled?
I suppose for people of a certain age the ways I parent would seem "hippy" but I think thats down to when they first began being researched and practiced in the 70s not necessarily for any other reason than when they were parents themselves this wasnt considered mainstream and that it was for free loving hippies!
I take no offence at any of this, i will happily explain the whys and what fores with any one who asks and have a discussion with anybody. What I do take offence at however are the rude think they know betters, the ones who tell me I'm ruining my children that I'm hurting my baby by wearing her in a sling and not one of those nice "proper" carriers, the ones who say its a rod for my back or my children wont know how to be independent or will be soft. To those people i want to say shove your opinion for thats all it is, an opinion and its yours. Your entitled to it of course but please dont be offended if I tell you it means very little to me and has no impact on my life. Thank you for sharing but please keep it to yourself. I find with being a parent you get judged for anything little things like putting a blue hat on your baby girl or using a dummy. I try really hard to not judge anybody especially other parents. Sometimes thats hard when you see something you really dont agree with but it isnt my place to pass comment. When you parent in a way that goes against all the leaflets and guidence your given when pregnant you open yourself up for ridicule but the best way Ive found is to smile and let it wash over you unless its something extremely rude. For the most part people arent commenting to be nasty its just lack of knowledge.
My choices of parenting werent ones that i made before my girls were born I had read about attachment parenting and yes I will admit it at the time it all seemed very strict rules and dancing naked to the moon but once my girls came along I did what came naturally to me. My eldest co-sleeps and we all get a good nights sleep and are happy and content, as yet the baby doesnt as I dont feel its safe with Hope in the bed not being aware of the baby but if she wants to get in as shes older then so be it. I wear my baby as i did with Hope not because i dislike prams (heck i have pram cupboard to rival carries shoe room) but because its comfy and comforting, its much more practical in some situations and the theroies behind it just resonate with me. I love having them so close and my kiddos are such content little creatures because of how we are with them. I think attatchment parenting and other practices are like religion and you should cherry pick bits from it that either ring true with you or work for you. I dont breast feed I never have and nor will i go the extremes of getting rid of my prams or pre-chewing food for the girls so no I'm not a hard core attachment parent I have and will try cloth nappies and will continue to co-sleep and baby wear as long as it works for us and when it no longer does then we will go with the flow.

Am I strict attachment parent? No but i am extremely attached to my kiddos.

Yep she looks so uncomfy right?

No up and down nights for us

Putting our best babywearing foot forward

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Happy half a year lady G!!

On Friday my littlest lady was a whole six months old. I'm still trying to get my head around half her first year being gone already it's like I just had her!! 
In honor of this we tried a little cake smashing. 

What a big girl you are my beautiful Greta Rose but please please stay my baby just a bit longer xxx

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Sew crafty - quick and easy dolly mei tai carrier

If you dont know I am  baby wearer. I started with a wrap and now have a ring sling too whilst lusting after a few more. Recently the Huggable one wanted to wear her dolly too so we tried out a scarf but it wasnt comfy at all so mama decided to whip one up. I had a good look on the net at different types and thought the easiest to sew for me and for the girlie to play with would be a mei tai variety. So armed with some zebra print cotton and my trusty sewing machine we got our sew on! I thought I'd share it with you all.

Step 1 -
Cut strips of fabric to make straps and seat
2x waist straps 3 inches wide and 16 inches long
2x shoulder straps 3 inches wide and 32 inches long
1x rectangle for seat 15 inches wide and 36 inches long
You then need to fold the strap pieces in half length wise with the good side facing in and the seat in half width wise. Like this

Step 2-
Take your straps and sew around three sides leaving either the top or bottom open. Then using a knitting needle turn the straps right way round.

 Your pieces should now look like this.

 Step 3- Now it gets a little confusing.Open out your seat and at the top corners place the open/unfinished ends of your long straps and loop them like this.

 Step 4 - Take the waist straps and lay the unfinished ends in the side corners of the middle or at your fold if your pressed your fabric. You should now have something that looks like this.

 Step 5 - Gather the loose ends of your straps and pin in a bunch at the centre like this

 Step 6 - Fold the other half of your seat up over the straps and leaving a gap around your bunch of straps sew all around.

Step 7 - Turn everything all the right way round and your straps should now be attached in corners and you should have a small opening like this. Simple sew all around your seat closing this.

Step 8 - Now sew a large cross over your seat for a bit more stability.

Step 9 - Get your pj clad toddler to model! You simply tie the waist bands around your child above the bum and form a cross on the back using the shoulder straps bringing them under the armpits and then tie under dollys bum on your childs belly.

The back should look like this.

Next enjoy a lovely walk with your toddler without struggling with toy buggies etc

I hope you enjoyed it, let me know if you try it!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Beats While She Eats - Week One

Beats while she eats is a new project I'm starting primarily over on instagram #beatswhilesheeats but I plan on doing weekly round ups in blogposts too.

It originally was for weaning mamas but then I thought I would love meal inspiration for Hope to so feel free to join in no matter what your kids age, there will be a seperate post with all the details on if you want to find out more.
This is how last weeks beats while she eats looked for us

Monday/Tuesday -

Lunch - Organic root veg medley from marks and spencers Tiny Taste Buds range
Pudding - Milky bar tiny treats pot
Music - Basille Bad Blood album (we especially love Fire and Icarus for dancing too)


could she open her mouth any wider?

Wednesday/Thursday -

Lunch - Spinach, apples and swedes from Ellas Kitchen
Pudding - Peach, apple, blueberry and raspberry from HIPP Organic
Music - Kings of Leon (mamas personal favorite) Only by the night album
what thats it?

Friday/Saturday -

Lunch - Broccoli, peas and pears Ellas Kitchen
Pudding - Mashed banana
Switch -Really yummy rice pudding with mangoes and apples Ellas Kitchen
Music - Florence and the Machine Lungs
not feeling that banana mama

we substituted the banana for this which went down much better.

Sundays we usually try her on what we are having or we could be out.

I hope you join in on instagram my feed can be found there too and happy weaning mamas x