Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Beatrix Potter at GAP

When i heard that this collection was happening i was quite excited to see what would it would bring.
I got straight onto the website when it was launched and fell in love with so many of the pieces, though mainly the girls bits. I found the boys bits less exciting but maybe i'm just lusting after what i don't have! 
I ordered this all in one and hat for Alex. They are fab quality as you expect from GAP and supercute, though the all in one is a bit big for him yet. The labels are also lovely, a nice extra touch.
 I wish that i'd ordered this hat too, but i'm refusing to pay £4 postage for a baby hat now! 
 Have you picked up anything from this collection?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Whats in my (changing) bag?

I always like seeing these kind of posts so thought i would do one myself.
The bag itself is a Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Bag with a cute bird and flower print. I find this bag big enough to carry things for both boys and for popping my bits in too.
Firstly we have a spare vest and sleepsuit for Alex for emergency outfit changes. There is also a muslin(so many uses) and a bandanna bib.
Next up is of course the nappies. Big for Seb and tiny for Alex. Also a cloth nappy(we are using these but not full time yet). Johnsons wipes(my favourites) and some nappy sacks. The travel changing mat came with the bag along with a printed plastic pouch which can be used for soiled clothes/used cloth nappies etc.

 Not pictured but always in are a bottle and small carton of ready made milk for Alex and some fruit for Seb to snack on.

Finally my things!
Of course my purse is there and i always have my keys and phone too. I like to take a notepad and pen out, useful for so many reasons.
Beauty wise i have concealer, mascara, lipstick and lip butter along with Cath Kidston handcream and tissues.

 Whats in your bag? 

Sunday, 27 January 2013

We're in!

So this week we moved into our new home which has meant that blogging has taken a back seat and i've been busy unpacking the.mountains of boxes and building furniture instead.
The house is great, we have so much more space and it is far more practical for a family then our old place.

Seb has had a couple of unsettled bedtimes, waking up in tears but a cuddle and reassuring him that we are only downstairs seems to help and he goes back off to sleep. Alex of course has no idea that we've moved!

 I have to say it is a hard task moving with such young children,far harder then i expected especially as Phil has been working long shifts until 8.30pm so i've been trying to pack and look after the boys but it will be worth it in the long run! 
I am going to do some housey posts as we get the rooms sorted out. I am still deciding what to do in Alex's room(any suggestions welcome)but he will be in with us for a while yet anyway.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Disco in the bath!

One of Seb's most loved Christmas presents was some bath lights from Jojo Maman Bebe.
 For £6 we got two lights that can either go under the water or be stuck to the wall or side of the bath, they can either stay as a solid light or flash on and off.  Seb loves them and we've been having discos in the bath with the main light off and the radio on.
 
xxx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Rainbow rice pictures

When i made the rainbow sensory bottle for Alex, i kept back some of the rice to use with Seb.
 I put in a little bowl for him to make some pictures with using glue but then i realised how much mess it would make! So i thought i'd try putting it into an old hundreds and thousands shaker and see how that worked instead.
Firstly Seb used it as a shaker before getting down to sprinkling it over paper covered in glue. It actually worked really well, and kept mess to a minimum. He also spent quite a while picking up grains of rice and putting them back into the pot which is great for using fine motor skills.
 Beautiful!
 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Moving

I have mentioned on here that we have been looking for a new home as our rental contract runs out at the end of this month and we need somewhere bigger and with a better lay out.
Anyway we found somewhere and picked up the keys on Friday, yay! It feels so huge compared to where we are now with 3 big bedrooms and even more excitingly we have a garden.
We've not moved in yet, we have ordered furniture which is being delivered this week so we're hoping to be in on Thursday if we can get packing done around the boys and Phil being at work. 

Heres a quick glimpse of my brand new kitchen
xxx

Friday, 18 January 2013

Recipe: Pork and Apple Burgers

Last weekend we made Pork and Apple burgers. I 've always used beef mince when making burgers before but we fancied a change and pork mince was on offer on Ocado!

They turned out really well and as we knew what went into them even Seb had one and he ate the lot.
For the 3 of us we used

250g of pork mince
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 apple, peeled then grated
1 beaten egg, to bind

All of the above was put into a bowl and mixed well. Then we moulded it into burgers. 
They were fried in a little oil on a medium heat until cooked through(obviously it will depend how big your burgers are!).

We had ours in buns with cheese on top but i do think they'd be nice with cheese slices put into the middle before cooking so it'd be all melty inside so we're going to try that next time. 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Baby sensory. Rainbow rice in a bottle

A few months ago i made some rainbow rice  for Seb and put it in his sand and water table, it looked so pretty that i thought it would be nice to make a sesnory bottle along the same line. 
Sensory bottles are great, i used to make them for Seb and he still occasionally plays with those now, you can do so many different things with them, the possibilities are endless. All you need is an empty bottle and an imagination.

Foe this i dyed rice with food colourings(see here for how to dye), the eagle eyed will realise i didn't use all the colours of the rainbow, i just used the colours that i had in the cupboard. Once they had dried out i layered them into the bottle to create the rainbow effect.
Alex liked watching this being shaken and also hitting it when it was laid next to him on his play mat. 
Of course the colours didn't stay layered for long but they still look super pretty all mixed in together.
I've filled it quite alot so that he will be able to push it to make it roll nicely as he gets bigger.

 Someone else also enjoyed giving this a good shake!

 I'll be making more sensory bottles over the next few months so watch this space.

Snow day!

We were lucky enough to get some snow earlier in the week, which was great fun. 
It was Seb's first time seeing and enjoying snow, and we took him to the local park where there was loads for us to play in.
He was wearing my favourite top of the moment, his cowboy top from Their Nibbs, teamed with Red Dog jeans and cowboy socks :) Yeeeehaa!
  
We've finally found a new house and tomorrow we go to pick up the keys, i am so excited!

Have you had snow yet? 
It is snowing again right now and everything is pretty and white. 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Products i'm loving-The Mummy Edition

I am a typical girl and have a ridiculous amount of products lying around the house(much to Phil's dismay). I have so much stuff that isn't even used or used just once and my current aim is to use them up. 

At the moment i have quite a few products that i'm loving, so thought i'd post about them. 

I really loveThe Body Shop, their products are consistantly good, their Sweet Lemon shower gel smells gorgeous. I also love their famous Body Butters, i'm currently using Vanilla and Raspberry ones.
Cussons Mum and Me Shampoo and Conditioner for new mums is perfect for me at the moment as i have hit the post pregnancy hair falling out in handfuls stage.
I know cleansing wipes aren't the best way to keep your skin clean but they are quick and easy, i have long been a fan of these Boots Essentials wipes, they are dirt cheap and seems to work well for my skin. I get 10 mins max to get myself sorted in the morning when it is just me and the boys so these are perfect for me.
The Vitamin E range from Superdrug is really lovely and great value too, i use this day cream every day and i think its great that such a well priced product has an spf of 15. I have some other products from this range and really like those too.
Finally Cupcake face mask from Lush is my favourite mask, i go back to it time and time again. I love how it leaves my skin feeling and of course the chocolate smell!
My hands get really dry from constant nappy changing, washing up and sterilising bottles so hand cream is a must have. I have lots of tubes dotted around but my current favourite is Soap and Glory's Hand Food. 
I like to keep my nails looking nice(not that it lasts long). I got this Essie Polish in Leading Lady just before Christmas and it is gorgeous, all sparkly so that it my current favourite along with Chanel's Frenzy which is the polish i wore on our wedding day.
 What products are you loving at the moment?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

DIY Dye it yourself

I love to dress my boys in bright colours and have been saying for ages that i was going to try dying some bits myself. I finally got around to buying some dye(Phil reminded me) and gave it a go.

We went for a bright yellow and just got a small pack which you use to dye by hand, you also need 250g of salt to use with this size of dye.

 To make up the dye you mix it with 500ml of warm water. 
Then fill a container(we used a washing up bowl) with 6 litres of warm water to which you add the salt then the dye. I used an old wooden spoon to give it a good stir.
Then you add the things you want to dye, i did a muslin, a couple of baby vests for Alex and a couple of Seb's big boy vests too.  
You submerge them in the water, stir for 15 minutes and then leave for a further 45 minutes stirring regularly. 
Then you rinse the fabric in cold water, then wash in warm water and allow to dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
I am so happy with the results that we got, it took really well to everything and the boys look fab in their vests. 
I have ordered a couple more dyes to use and might even give tie dying a go.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Giraffe Bibs

 
I love the bandanna style bibs that you see now and I'd read some great things about the ones from Funky Giraffe so just before Christmas we ordered 4 for Alex. It was so hard to decide which designs to go for, the choice is huge and funky. 4 of the bibs cost us £9 and shipping was free.
I am so pleased with these, they are really lovely quality, they absorb everything and wash beautifully. Above all they look great! I also like that there are 2 different size settings. 

I really recommend these to all you mums out there, they'd also make a great gift too. 


Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar collage

This book is a must own for parents. It was one of the first things we got when i was pregnant along with a Very Hungry Caterpillar baby book and we also have clothing and puzzles.
Seb is now at the age where he joins in with well known stories so i wanted to take his interaction with the book further by doing a simple collage.

I cut out some tissue paper into shapes, using the colours featured in the book and then let Seb make his own collage. We also read the book(again) and dug out our very own Hungry Caterpillar which Seb has taken to carrying around with him.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Trendy Tuesday on a Wednesday

Ooops i'm a little late joining in this week, we had a busy Tuesday so i had no time to come online. 
This is what Seb wore

Skull sweatshirt-H&M, Red skinny jeans-Matalan, Striped socks-M&S
Underneath he had his Kiss tee from Amplified

Bye bye dummy

On New Years Eve Seb went to bed without a dummy for the first time since he was tiny. It wasn't planned but he was exhausted and so fell asleep within 5 minutes proving that he really doesn't need it.
Seb only ever had his dummy at sleeptimes so i wasn't too worried about it and hadn't planned on getting rid until he was old enough to understand the concept of the 'dummy fairy' but as he took the lead we decided to follow it and take a no fuss approach.
So on Tuesday night we put him to bed with no dummy, we didn't even mention it, after a few minutes of cross shouting(if he had been upset i would have let him have it) he settled and went to sleep. Each night he was less bothered and by Saturday there was no protest at all.
Yet again he has amazed me with how laidback he is! It feels like he is really leaving babyhood behind as he will soon be going into a bed and he is showing a few signs that he is getting near to potty training.

In the meantime i'm looking forward to a dummy free life(we haven't given Alex one).

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Two months

Alex is a whole 2 months old already.
I am lucky to have such a content baby who rarely cries, he is alot like his big brother in that way.
He loves being naked wether kicking around on his mat or having a bath.
He is really responsive now, lots of smiles for people he knows and even some laughs. He loves lying on his mat on the floor and watching Seb run around playing and smiles and giggles away at him. 
He is getting so vocal, and makes lots of lovely noises. He enjoys his bouncer and coos and chats away to the owl that hangs down. 
He is piling on the weight after his slow start, and was 12lb 2 last time we checked and 60cm long.
We have only had one bad night since he was born, he generally sleeps in his cot until around 4 or 5 am, wakes for some milk and then gets into our bed until morning. We all love those snuggles.
I am cherishing every moment this time around. They change so quickly.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Baby Sensory. Fibre Optic Lights.

When we were at my nephews birthday disco, i noticed how amazed Alex was by the lights,  he followed their movements for ages. This got me thinking of ideas of things to do at home to stimulate him. 
It can be hard to think of things to do with a young baby and obviously at the momment Alex doesn't need much to keep him entertained, everything is new and exciting,  but it is fun to get their minds working plus it really helps to tire them out! 

When we got home i dug out my old fibre optic lamp, this used to sit in my room as a teen and was more recently in Seb's bedroom.

We put Alex on his playmat with the light on next to him and he adored it. He was cooing and chattering away to the light as it changed colours. 
It was hard to get photos as the room was dark but you get the idea from these pictures!

Its a nice activity as you can sit with your baby and chat to them about the light, the different colours etc plus the light is really relaxing for both mum and baby so it would be nice to do when it has been one of those long days!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Let it snow

Back before Christmas i got some fake snow for Seb to play with.  What with one thing and another, i only got around to using it last week but it was worth the wait. 

The snow came as a powder which you add water too and it expands and turns into snow. I was suprised at just how snow like it was to look at and to touch. I made it up with ice cold water to make it even more realistic to touch. 

As usual i popped the snow into his sand/water table. I also put some snow shovels(spades) in, a couple of snowball decorations and a polar bear in. 
Seb spent an age shovelling the snow and feeding snow to his polar bear. He was a bit reluctant to touch it at first but once i'd led the way he happily copied me! He did attempt to taste some, which didn't go down to well, it obviously doesn't very taste good!

We threw the snow away after a couple of days though, apparantly it can last upto a month if you store it in a sealed bag and spray with water. 
I really hope we get some real snow this year to play in, but if not this is a good alternative.

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