Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our Favourite Baby Toys 0-6 months

One thing we have really enjoyed lately with Little L is being able to dig out some of his big brother's old toys out of storage for him to play with and enjoy. We have always been quite good at rotating toys and we never keep too many out at one time- I am a bit of a stickler for keeping toys clean and in order and I find it much easier if there aren't too many out at any one time, plus we find lots of different ways to use the same toys. He's been really quite interested in a range of toys for a couple of months now and I've put together a little selection of the toys which we have found to be the most used and enjoyed by Little L. I tend to favour toys which are open ended and have a range of uses rather than toys which have lots of buttons and are a bit prescriptive for how they have to be used. Here are some of our favourites... I talk about them in more detail in my video and also show a few others too...

Thursday, 16 June 2016

{The Siblings Project 16} Brothers in June

I had wanted to get my siblings post done on time for once this month, but you may have seen on my social media that Little L has started a new bedtime routine and we have started him off sleeping in his own bedroom, so evenings have been a little chaotic around here. Between that and keeping on top of getting the house ready for house viewings with a toddler and a baby, I have really struggled to find time to sit down and blog. I did however manage (by some miracle) to get some photos of my two boys together for my siblings photos for June. It wasn't easy at all- firstly to get LO to have his photo taken at the moment- he's now far more interested in being in control of the camera and will happily wonder around holding it, snapping pictures himself. Secondly, to get them both in the same spot at the same time without LO jumping about on the bed, and thirdly to get them both in a good mood at the same time. But I think I just about managed it...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #21 ' Breastfeeding Take Two'

I wasn't sure whether to write this post or not, because it is one which feels incredibly personal to me and it's not something I've written about or shared much about before. But then this blog is my space, my little corner of the internet, and it's where I love to document our memories, both the ordinary ones and the extraordinary ones too. And breastfeeding is something which has become a very ordinary yet very extraordinary and special part of our lives over the past 5 months.

New Baby Gift Ideas

I've recently had some close friends who have had babies so have spent a lot of time browsing for the perfect baby gift for a newborn.
When I was looking, I found it hard knowing whether to buy something specifically for the baby, the parents or something which was a useful gift for both (I'll do a separate post all about useful practical gifts). I also found it hard deciding on something which would be a bit unique so as not to duplicate the endless soft toys or baby grows they'll inevitably receive. 
Here is a run down of some of the things I have found recently that I think would make lovely gift ideas:

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Our Plans for Summer 2016

Now we are in June, I thought I'd do a little round up of our plans for our summer 2016. It's already set to be a busy one for us, with LO's 3rd birthday, a trip to London for Britmums, a long weekend to Bristol and of course our first holiday abroad since becoming a family of four and family ambassadors for Mark Warner. Of course in and amongst the big exciting holiday and enjoyable weekends away there will be plenty of more ordinary summer days spent locally, but which we are also really looking forward to. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Peppa Pig for Baby Activity Cube Review & Giveaway

Peppa Pig Activity Cube

Now that Little L is approaching 5 months, he's at that stage where he's getting a lot more interested in playing games and exploring toys. I now rarely leave the house without some sort of baby toy to keep him entertained so I was delighted to recently receive the Peppa Pig for Baby Activity Cube from the new range of Peppa Pig toys by Rainbow Designs.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how big the cube was (some activity cubes can be disappointingly small) and both Little L and LO took an immediate interest, for different reasons!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

{Me and Mine} A Family Portrait Project 16: May

As we come to the end of another month in a year which seems to be flying past quicker than any year I've ever known before, we are sharing our family photos for the month- our fifth month as a family of four. I must admit, I have been finding getting nice photos of us all together near on impossible lately- LO often wants to be tearing about and I'm normally feeding, settling or cradling our little baby boy. I have rarely picked up my DSLR over the past few months, and having changed cameras recently (still an entry level DSLR but now Nikon not Canon, on which these photos have been taken by my sister) I am still very much getting to grips with the settings- very different to what I'm used to, and I'd love to have some time to sit and read the manual and have a play with the settings! Maybe in a few months...

Monday, 30 May 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #20 'A Little Yellow Hoodie'

Little Yellow Hoodie

Recently I was looking back through some of my photos both on my Mac when I was having a much needed sort through of files, and also on my Instagram, and one of the first things I noticed was the abundance of yellow in a lot of my pictures. But it wasn't just random flashes of yellow here and there, it was more specifically a little yellow hoodie which kept appearing. If you follow me on Instagram you'll more than likely know the one I'm talking about- a bright yellow, sunshiny piece of clothing from Next- nothing remarkably special, and it belongs to LO. Ever since I bought it, he's been well and truly attached to it- he adores wearing it, it goes with just about every other item of clothing he wears (bar the smarter things of course) and is always that one item of clothing that you can just rely on, come rain or shine. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Toddler Quiet Time + CBeebies DVD Review & Giveaway

Nap time in our house has always been something which we have been pretty strict on. LO is, of course, an energetic toddler. He seems to have boundless supplies of energy and would keep going all day if he could. I've mentioned on my blog many times before that we are creatures of habit in our family, and we love our routines which we have in place, but since we became a four, anything we plan seems to just take so much longer. In fact, most days any firm plans go straight out of the window before we have even finished breakfast. It is something I totally didn't anticipate before we had two littles but which is now very much the reality of our family life. 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Baby Boy Summer Clothes Wishlist

When LO is at nursery and Little L and I are off out running errands on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we often try and stop in our local city centre to have a little mooch around the new shopping centre there.  It's a great excuse to go shopping, even if just for an hour or so, and I want to make the most of the chance while he's still little and enjoying being pushed around in his pram. I am loving shopping for boys' clothes at the moment- and while I still believe that the girls sections always have a bit more choice, I think shops have upped their game with boys clothes, and there are now many more things to choose from.