Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Happy Easter

Well we have had a lovely few days. Was nice to have a break and spend some quality time with the kids. Was hard to keep away from the computer even at night time when the kids were sleeping but I somehow coped!

Over the weekend we had a trip into town with friends to do shopping and join a fun Easter hunt, a girly mummy and Gracie movie night involving pic n mix and Harry Potter. We watched Daddy play in a charity football tournament and had fun at the fun day events whilst there. Then yesterday the kids went to the park with Daddy and his friends while I did even more decluttering in the house.

I feel so much better after having some family fun, getting time to relax by myself watching films in the evening and I'm really proud of all the stuff I managed to part with yesterday. 

Of course no Easter is complete without a silly amount of chocolate. The kids got well and truly spoilt and Andy managed to grab some bargain chocolate yesterday for us from work so we are not left out! Zach actually got to eat his first ever Easter egg yesterday which he really enjoyed!

How about you? What did you get up to this Easter?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

gNappies new girls collection for Summer

Just when you think gNappies couldn't get any cuter they announced their new summer collection for girls. It is called 'Gingham Girl', It is a beautiful design, perfect for summer. I can't wait to get hold of it! The collection features the 'Gingham Girl' gPant and matching dress. I'm definitely glad to be having another little girl now so we can invest in some beautiful girly sets.

Isn't it stunning? I love the colours, this pant is currently top of my wishlist.

You can buy this set from www.gnappies.com and other retailers including Ocado. The pant is £17.95 and the dress is £24.95.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

20 week scan: We are growing a...

So as you may know already we had our 20 week scan today. Baby is fine and looks perfectly healthy. It was the first scan Andy had been allowed in to see as we left the kids at home (with supervision of course). We were so excited to get to see this scan together.

Like I said before I'm way to impatient to wait and find out babies sex. I like to be organised and so we found out.

Here is Baby:


And SHE is another little girl! 


20 weeks Pregnant

Today I am 20 weeks pregnant. The weeks seem to be passing by quicker and quicker. Later on today we have our 20 week scan so wish me luck! Hopefully we will get to find out baby's sex once we've checked everything is ok. Gracie is determined it is a girl, I also have an inkling it may be a girl and Andy has voted boy just to be different, so let's see who is right this time.

I have been very busy this past week. I've had a week off work so have been in nesting overdrive. Trying to get all the big work done in the house before baby arrives. I've decluttered majorly both in the house and garage. I've gutted the garden and have been enjoying starting from scratch planting lots of new plants. We've picked wallpaper and accessories for our bedroom and are planning a complete renovation of the bathroom. Hopefully my other blog www.theforeverhousecharm.com will have lots of new posts and material soon! 

I am at the stage where I can't seem to stop eating! No matter what the time is I find myself raiding the cupboards. Our food shopping was extortionate this week and i keep finding that no matter how much I eat I still feel hungry. This could probably explain why I have big babies!

I am also finding that the dreaded 'baby brain' gets worse each pregnancy. So have had to try and get my life organised by carrying a notebook and pen EVERYWHERE! I've been writing lists and reminders for everything and it seems to be working very well for me to the point I'm enjoying the satisfaction of getting everything done. 

Last week my midwife recommended I started taking my iron supplements again. I feel really ill with Iron in tablet form and so always use Spatone which is a liquid form. Yes that sounds nasty but if you mix it in orange juice you can barely taste it and amazingly orange juice helps maximum absorption of the Iron so it's a win win. I'm feeling much better already and so will now have it on prescription to save me a few pennies!

Now I feel like I'm waffling a bit. I'm full of nerves and can't stop talking so I best go keep myself busy and will let you know how I get on with my scan later today! 

Thanks for reading 


Monday, 14 April 2014

Making Gardening Fun With Kids

This week one of the main jobs I wanted to get done was the back garden. Since we moved in in September it hasn't been touched. The borders were full of weeds growing between the flowers, the grass was overgrown and add in the pile of floorboards we have been waiting for the time to take to the local tip, it didn't look pretty!

The poor overgrown garden

Our biggest problem was although Zach will happily have a long nap in the day, we still had Gracie to keep busy so I came up with a plan to get her involved. I wanted her to have fun in the Garden but without being told constantly what to do. Last summer we let her grow her own plants but they were lost when we moved house shortly after. So we popped to B&Q and I bought a few little plants for myself and spotted some single Strawberry plants and thought what better idea could we have than letting her grow her own fruit plant? She loves Strawberries which is why we chose that particular plant. I bought a big plant pot and her own little set of gloves and she was very excited to get out in the garden.

We started straight away firstly with clearing the borders. Gracie feeling all grown up, grabbed her choice of garden tools out of our bucket and set to work helping me remove everything. As I wasn't sure what was a good plant and what wasn't, we decided to completely gut it all except my small Rose bush and start from scratch. She loved helping, pulling out weeds, raking the soil and filling the waste into our bucket. We were at it for almost three hours with absolutely no complaining!! So as we had nearly finished it all we left Daddy to finish the last bits while we re-potted the Strawberry plant. 

Gracie's very own Strawberry plant

I gave Gracie the pot and a small spade to fill it with soil herself then together we took the plant out of it's original pot and I showed her the roots and told her how she needs to water her plant everyday so it'll grow nice and big. She chose a little spot in the Garden to keep it and immediately watered it. Just as we had finished Zach woke up right on cue and she was so excited to show him what she had done and has been remembering to water her plant each day. She also keeps asking to go do more plants with me so the plan has obviously worked.

If you haven't tried it I would definitely recommend as a nice fun activity. It has got us all interested in making the garden look really pretty.

I'd also love more tips for fun in the garden if anyone has any? 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Great Gizmos Easter Gifts

We have worked with Great Gizmos a few times now, our most recent being Great Gizmos Christmas Gifts. We always enjoy unpacking our parcel to see what lovely goodies they have sent us to test out and this is our favourite yet! They have sent us a selection of their products that are perfect for Easter from Plan Toys and NICI. Our parcel contained a Jolly Amy cuddly sheep from NICI, Plan Toys My First Baby Book and Plan Toys Chicken Puzzle.

Jolly Amy- NICI RRP £17.99 

I will always say the same about NICI cuddly toys, you are paying for quality. We actually have Jolly Logan the male sheep too. These cuddly toys are such lovable characters in fact you can see that Gracie loves Jolly Amy from the picture below, she's even been joining her in bed every night since she arrived. Gracie decided that out of our toy bundle that was her toy. Like I said before the quality is fantastic and is what attracts me to this range as a parent. The price is high for a cuddly toy but more than fair when considering it will last long and is suitable for all ages. Perfect for an alternative Easter gift for children. 

My First Baby Book- Plan Toys RRP £25.95

This is a lovely book with wooden cover and thick fabric pages. The book is full of different textures, there's a mirror, pop up rainbow, a Velcro ladybird that can stick on any page and comes with an attachment that can be used to secure it to a pushchair or car seat. Although not sure I would pay the RRP for this product I do understand that it is made from high quality materials like all Plan Toys products and I do genuinely like the product itself. I definitely think if you are looking exclusively for wooden toys for your children then this is a great one to add to your collection. It is lovely for small children, Zach has enjoyed playing with it and I'm sure when baby no3 comes along they will too! 

Chicken Puzzle- Plan Toys RRP £14.95

This fun chicken puzzle is perfect for Easter especially if your little one is suddenly full of questions about eggs! It has educational qualities for all ages. It encourages coordination in younger children and encourages them to really think about where each piece goes. Then for slightly older children you can add in  explanations of where eggs come from and how baby chickens then hatch from the eggs etc. We've been playing with this a lot, both kids are very interested and we have had lots of fun putting it together and talking about chickens. I think this game is definitely worth the price tag as again it is fantastic quality, has encouraged educational play and would make a perfect gift this Easter.

You can find out more about Great Gizmos and their large range of products at http://www.greatgizmos.co.uk/ or you can visit them on any of their social media pages:
Great Gizmos Official Facebook Page
Great Gizmos Official Twitter Page

We were sent the products featured free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

#TheOuttakes A Happy Smiley Gracie.. Not!

This week I have another photo for Mama Geeks 'The Outtakes' linky. 

This photo is of Gracie trying on a lovely dress and headband we were sent for her to review. She loved the parcel and was trying it on so I thought I'd take a quick snap. Gracie had other ideas, she didn't want her photo taken for once and so pulled this happy smiley face especially. Usually I would delete a photo like this but thought it would make a fab outtake photo!

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