Saturday, 31 January 2015

Nutmeg Spring Summer 2015 #NutmegSS15


This week me and Elsie headed into London to see what Nutmeg have to offer the world of children's fashion for SS15. Having three young children, being able to buy them nice stylish clothes on a small budget is very important and Nutmeg makes it possible to do just that. 


The new season brings summer essentials in bright colours and lots of beautiful floral patterns. I know a little girl who would be in heaven choosing from all the gorgeous dresses, playsuits and skirts. With girls T-shirts from £2 and skirts from £5, you can get a whole outfit for under £10. I personally love the pretty Mac's which are perfect for summer. The boys collection consists of cool polo shirts and slogan tee's and plenty of different coloured long shorts. Many of the boys tee's start at just £2.50 each and shorts at £5 which is an absolute steal.


Who can complain when you can get a whole outfit for around £10 and from my experience, the clothes are fantastic quality. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing some of the new range!


Disclaimer
We received a goody bag for attending this event but all opinions and photographs are completely my own.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Glitterbelle, The Sparkliest Princess Ever!


Parragon have recently introduced Glitterbelle, a fun glittery, sparkly princess and star of her own book series. In 'Glitterbelle, The Sparkliest Princess Ever!' she has a problem similar to many girls and boys. She will not eat her peas! We all know that frustration when your child refuses to eat something without trying it and the King and Queen try to persuade her to eat them. When Glitterbelle questions whether she is a real princess, as all real princesses love peas, the Queen and an old familiar fairytale help her to discover her love for the little green veg!

Gracie loves the Glitterbelle book. Although it is aimed at children aged 6+ she really enjoyed listening and telling me that she is a real princess because she likes peas! I think it is a great story for young girls and boys and I love the references to The Princess and The Pea. It was one of my favourite fairy tales as a child. I won't ruin it for you though, you will have to find out what that story has to do with Glitterbelle. The illustrations are just as brilliant as the story, if not more so. Gracie loved looking though the pictures to see what was happening and to see what the pretty princesses were wearing!

There are three other items in the Glitterbelle range so far. Unfortunately I haven't seen the others yet! BUT one of you might be able to bag yourself three items from the Glitterbelle range thanks to Parragon Books. I have ONE set of three items, one activity book (Doodle, Dazzle, Create), one picture book and one journal.

If you can't wait you can buy a copy here on Amazon.

Good luck!

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Disclaimer
We were sent a copy of the book featured in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Week 4 Day 19-25 #Project365

With poorly children this week I managed to forget to take a photo at all Friday! But I decided to carry on regardless as I am having fun looking at each weeks photos. Here is a look at what we got up to in Week 4.
Monday 19th January 2015


I've always been a fan of all things geek. Superheroes, comics etc. and have recently started collecting Pop! Vinyl figures. On Monday I actually had three pop figures arrive as well as My Geek Box sub box. I love an exciting mail day.

Tuesday 20th January 2015


Tuesday we had our first family session at Gracie's school which meant me and Zach could join her class for an hour. This session was a family reading session and Gracie got to bring home two new books thanks to Bookstart. We then came home to find her Glitterbelle book from Parragon Books had arrived so we spent lots of time reading that day.

Wednesday 21st January 2015


Wednesday, Gracie was home from school as she wasn't feeling well, so we spent the day inside and decided to play with the kids new stamp set.

Thursday 22nd January 2015


Thursday night I did some work on the blog before watching Arrow series two. Elsie joined me and was just as engrossed as I was!

Saturday 24th January 2015


My Dad came back from holiday this week and so came to visit us on Saturday. He was immediately pulled into board games and jigsaws galore. The kids love seeing Grandad and it is always nice to see them spending time with him!

Sunday 25th January 2015


I love this photo from Sunday. On opening the curtains in the morning, Elsie swiftly pulled the blanket over her head and went back to sleep. At least one of my children appreciate a Sunday morning lie in.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Elsie's Dairy Free Weaning Journey


A few weeks ago we had Elsie's first ever dietician appointment. Although I have weaned a dairy free baby before, it is nice to know that this time we have plenty of support and professional advice this time round.

I found myself very limited in what I could feed Zach for fear of setting off an allergic reaction and stuck to making my own vegetable purée's. This time I can experiment a lot more. I've been given some dairy free recipe books and the go ahead to start weaning straight away as she is showing all the signs of being ready. 

We haven't got to go back to see the dietician until she is 1 now as I am confident with what I am doing and so I have a phone number to contact if I do have any questions or worries, but we don't have to go back until she is old enough to try to introduce dairy. This is the part I am not confident with. I never had any help with Zach and at 2 years old he still reacts to any slight milk content that he is given. I don't know where to start or what foods are easiest to reintroduce. Having a dairy free child can be a bit of a battlefield and there is so much conflicted advice when it comes to weaning.

We have started her mainly on baby rice and purée fruit but she isn't overly fussed by food yet and only has a few mouths full. Totally different to her brother and sister. I will keep you all updated on how she is getting on and hopefully, when I start making her proper food, I will write up some easy to make dairy free weaning recipes for anyone interested.

If anyone has any great ideas for dairy free foods I would love to hear?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Week 3 Day 12-18 #Project365

It's week three and I am struggling to keep up already! I must make more of an effort to take photo's next week!

Monday 12th January 2015


Monday, Me and Gracie were lucky enough to have some rare time alone at home whilst both Zach and Elsie slept so we decided to practice her writing she can almost write her own name perfectly. Just a few backwards letters to work on!

Tuesday 13th January 2015


Tuesday, I sorted all of Elsie's toys in to boxes so we can enjoy playtime in the evenings without Gracie and Zach around to steal them off her. As you can see she approved of the plan!

Wednesday 14th January 2015


Since I am finally finishing my bedroom, we have moved on to adding some new furniture pieces including these cute bedside tables! I also have an amazing shelf to put up but I will share that picture once it is up on the wall.

Thursday 15th January 2015


Another playful picture of Elsie for Thursday. The kids are loving showing her all of her cool toys and she loved this dolly!

Friday 16th January 2015

I love this picture from Friday. Gracie was feeling a bit unwell and her and Elsie were snuggled together watching Peppa Pig. I tried to take a picture just as they both turned around. I think they look so alike here.

Saturday 17th January 2015


I had been saying to Andy how I hadn't got a nice picture of Zach yet this year. He moves so quick so pics are either blurred or have half of him in frame. So when we had a pub lunch on Saturday I managed to capture this cute photo of him playing in the children's play area.

Sunday 18th January



Today we went to a friend's daughter's 4th Birthday Party. The kids got to dress up in their favourite dressing up outfits, Gracie chose her Anna dress and Zach chose a Captain America costume. I really wish I had taken a before photo as I washed and blow dried it and it fell into a side parting just like Captain America's does!


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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Weebledown Farm Character Range

Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down
 Now I have to admit I am one of the only people that doesn't remember Weebles, but I do always find myself singing the catchy tune thanks to the adverts on the TV. The kids know the Weebledown Farm advert pretty well so were very happy to see Fluffy the Sheep appear in the house this week.


Each cute character comes complete with a grass base and fence for them which can be connected together when you buy multiple characters. The character wobbles around either on their base or any other surface and the kids love testing how easy it is to make them fall down! The characters are well made and feel really durable, perfect for toddlers! My kids love the facial expression on Fluffy.


The characters retail at £4.99 each which isn't a bad price. The Weebledown Farm Mill & Barn can be bought for £29.99 and the Wobbily Tractor with Farmer Barleymow is £19.99. The whole range looks like lots of fun. I think Gracie and Zach would especially love the tractor with Farmer Barleymow. I do think it is limited what you can do with just one character and would recommend that they are bought together either with the farm mill or tractor so they can really be enjoyed. Our sheep is happy enough playing with his wooden friends in our farm though as you can see below!


You can see the whole Weebledown Farm range online here.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Attempting To Shed The Baby Weight


Before Christmas I decided it was time for me to start trying to shed some of this extra weight I put on when having Elsie. Now that I've finished having babies I am ready to get myself into shape and start to feel good about myself. I've decided to go with the Slim Fast diet as I like milkshakes and it gives me a bit of freedom with what I can eat. In the two weeks before Christmas I managed to loose roughly 7lb before putting a pause on my diet for between Christmas and New Year to ensure I didn't start to resent dieting watching everyone else eat what they want.

Since the New Year I have been back at it. I actually lost 1lb over Christmas without dieting but I am definitely loosing it a lot slower since the year began. I've invested in some new much better electric scales to weigh myself with and I am using the myfitnesspal app to record my weight and create a food diary so I can keep track of how much I am eating.

Although I'm not loosing as much weight as I hoped so far it is slowly dropping off and I feel so much more energised. I feel so healthy and I'm thinking of starting some kind of exercise. After three c-sections my stomach muscles have taken quite a hit and so I'm hoping to build them back up as I go. I'll try and update on here how I am getting on and share any tips I might find. 

I'd love to hear any tips you might have in the comments below?!