We absolutely love the My Fairy Garden range, as soon as the box arrived my girls enjoyed opening the box to find Fairy Fenn and putting together her pretty house and picket fence, We then went to the shop to buy some soil, just a small amount is needed, the girls poured out the seeds and planted them with a bit of space around each one, We then placed soil on top, they watered them a tiny bit, for the first day we kept the My Fairy Garden out of direct daylight, thereafter on our conservatory table and watered a tiny bit every other day.
My girls have loved watching the My Fairy Garden pea shoots grow day by day!
I couldn’t get over how quickly they grow, honestly each time I looked at the plant it had appeared to have grown more!
My eldest then carefully used scissors to snip some of the pea shoots to try, She doesn’t normally like any kind of leafy vegetables but loved these!
Thank you My Fairy Garden and Wire Pr, My Daughter was even encouraged to try leafy salad and now enjoy’s pea shoots.
This is a great weekend activity with children age 3 years plus in my opinion, Great for little imaginations, My 3 year old talks to Fairy Fenn and takes her in and out of her house. Shutting and opening the little gate she is perched on.
A few weeks ago, we received the Quinny Hubb, To start this blog post in my 6 years of having my children I have not used a travel system quite as convenient as this one.
The Quinny Hubb is new to the UK this year, It is amazingly versatile, comfortable and many configurations that grow with your family. A spacious, highly comfortable, stylish pushchair. Available with a flexible Duo accessory, the Quinny Hubb keeps adapting to your life.
So the Hubb has the option for parent or world facing, When my 3 year old Katie is at Nursery I will have Jake, my 10 month old baby facing me. So I can easily communicate with him. This means the large basket is easily available so that I can go shopping and put lots of bags underneath (don’t tell my Husband!) including Jake’s changing bag, in fact far more storage space than I have had with other pushchairs.
The Quinny Hubb is really straightforward to put up when unloading from the boot of my car, just push the button on the side then on the handle and the chassis rises up. There are several options where you can slot either a car seat, another pushchair seat or the hop on bench. Then slot the seat in place it really is so simple! To release just hold the clasps on both sides.
Because I also have a three year old I tend to leave the hop on bench slotted in place if I know I will have both of my children with me on a particular day. The hop on bench is an amazing addition, it doesn’t fall off like stand on buggy boards I have had in the past and is held in place really firmly. There is still space in the basket still. This pushchair is stylish yet really heavy duty and withholds pretty much anything life throws your way especially when out and about with more than one child, even up and down curbs.
With 6 standard colour packages, there’s always a Hubb that suits your lifestyle, We went with the black because it matches our car and for us shows less day to day dirt, although I do love the colours available.
In the colder months there is also a foot muff available in various colours, We love the grey, It’s so soft and keeps Jake warm; meaning he can wear a lighter jacket on top rather than a full snow suit if the weather isn’t too cold.
I also love that when Jake is world facing in his seat, there is an extendable sun canopy (UV 50+) that has a convenient peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on your child when they’re facing away from you, Just the other day he awoke from his sleep and gave me a lovely smile through the peek-a-boo window. Plus the sun canopy can be pulled down quite far meaning your child is well covered on the warmest of days.
All in all I can honestly say this is my favourite of all pushchairs I have owned and that is quite a few! It just makes my life easier when out and about as any Mum of three knows is so helpful. I think knowing that Jake is comfortable and secure and Katie is in front of me safely on the bench, makes a far smoother ride plus the width of a single pushchair. I normally struggle with the set up of some travel systems and with this one I haven’t at all.
For any Parents expecting with one or more children, I would highly recommend because you can add a carry cot or car seat too. I have been kindly gifted this item by Quinny and Azaria Ltd, all opinions are my own.
So to introduce the The Dreamy Den Company are indoor and outdoor sleepover specialists catering for Birthdays, Hen Parties, Weddings and Corporate Events.
The Dreamy Den Company have all of their available themes on their website from Mermaid to Comic book! So something for everyone. Included is the sleepover den, mattress and sheet,blanket and cushion, fairy lights and bunting, themed den decor, tray table, personalised eye mask, drink bottle, popcorn cone. See their website for current prices.
In advance of the sleepover my Daughter was so excited to invite her friend, who on the day came home with us from School, We had a lovely takeaway pizza tea and awaited the arrival of the tents!
Kitty arrived and explained the process and started setting up the tents in the pink and gold theme chosen by my 6 year old.
In our front room we fitted three tents, they are a really good size and even I could fit in one. The girls at the sleepover were 7,6 and 3 years old.
Kitty carefully pumped up the mattresses and covered with a clean white sheet then popped the tents over the top and a soft blanket on top. She then decorated the tents with bunting, fairy lights and a dream catcher on each tent. Kitty then displayed very cool tables at the end of each bed with a glass of popcorn and a personalised eye mask which the girls absolutely loved and were able to keep.
When it came to settling down for the night the girls were very excitable wanting me out the way! When did they suddenly get so much older? They did eventually sleep at 11pm, then awoke in the morning very excited and wanting to tell me all about their sleepover. This experience really took me back to sleepover’s I had and went to as a child, I wish something like this had been around then! This would be absolutely perfect for a birthday treat for a group of children.
They had breakfast together then it was time to take the tents down ready for collection, the girls found this bit sad as loved the set up so much they didn’t want to say goodbye! Especially my 3 year old, she loved hiding in the tent with her Princess dolls.
Thank you Kitty at The Dreamy Den Company for a fabulous sleepover, My girls and their Friend had so much fun and haven’t stopped talking about it since.
The Sleepover tents and accessories were kindly gifted in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. For more information visit www.dreamydens.com
We have been kindly sent a box of healthy treats from Clearly Scrumptious. Clearly Scrumptious is a healthy treat Company that make natural and delicious snacks with no added nonsense. My Children, Husband and I love to snack so these went down well.
The various dried cranberries and raisins were the clear favourite, because of all of the different flavours like apple, cherry, raspberry and blueberry followed by the sweet tasting dried strawberries which my Daughter couldn’t get over were actually really strawberries just dried and she said how delicious they tasted. I love how they are all around 100 calories so a perfect light snack anytime of the day.
The dried apple wedges weren’t particularly popular with my family as generally prefer fresh apples, However these would be great on the go and a store cupboard staple as have a pretty long expiry date. The packets are a great swap for sweets and perfect for being out and about with children and adults alike. Which is how the Children have been eating these snacks usually during days out as a snack between meals.
Clearly Scrumptious state the snacks are wheat, gluten and dairy free whilst also being suitable for vegans plus have no added sugar.
These opinions are my own and I received this box of healthy treats in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Clearly Scrumptious
As my youngest Daughter sits playing with her baby brother, I wonder where the time went? It seems like five minutes ago I brought her home as a newborn after the most straight forward and only non induced labour of all three.
From the start she was an easy baby sleeping in 3 hour blocks from birth.
She just fitted in so perfectly to our family. It’s creeping up on me how much I will miss her, she is so helpful and kind yet with a very stubborn streak!
Now as we drop my eldest Daughter off at School I think soon I will be taking her and as my late Grandma said almost lose her forever of the innocence she now has. I wonder how she will cope five days a week? Will she make Friends? Be tired? Eat her School dinner, Listen? She does three days at Nursery which she really enjoys and has made some friends although she can be a little shy. She is my little helper ( she chooses too ) helps me unpack the shopping and even load the washing machine.
I am also all to aware having an older Daughter, that with starting School there are so so many parts of the adventure to look forward too, That I must embrace each stage, as no one can stop time, So if you are in this situation I’d say look forward rather than back as so much joy to come.
For for the next 6 months I will be enjoying as much time as I can with her doing the things she loves, Knowing the 08:50am drop off will come round all too soon for us both.
Do you have a School starter this year? How are you feeling? xx
These are little animals that come disguised inside a realistic looking cake and can be neatly tucked back inside and fastened using the velcro.
My girls love playing with Jimmy Swirlin, Sweet Puff Sarah and Sweet Berry Fin. The girls love taking the Wild Cakes on trips out with us, plus they tuck away neatly meaning they don’t get dirty! They are so much fun and cuddly too, My Youngest Daughter even takes hers to bed with her and plays with them in their cake form in her toy kitchen offering them to us as a pudding!
The Wild cakes are also scented to match their design, plus you can collect all 12! My girls can’t wait to collect more of the range. I can see why as they appeal to me too!
The new SnuzPouch sleeping bag by Snuz features a wonderful patent pending nappy change zip! to make changing your baby whilst they sleep so much simpler with far less disturbance.
The SnuzPouch comes in many wonderful designs, here my baby Jake aged 9 months in the Geo Grey 6-18 months 2.5 tog, the SnuzPouch comes in 0-6 months 1 or 2.5 tog or 6-18 months in the 1 or 2.5 tog.
The SnuzPouch is made with super soft cotton, perfect fit poppers and a handy side zip.
My favourite feature is the simple access zip for a late night or early morning nappy change but I don’t want to wake him up. This would be so useful in younger babies too who wake very frequently in the night.
Baby Jake has been sleeping in his SnuzPouch for 3 nights and he is so happy and warm in it. Jake moves around his cot freely with no covers to kick off and become cold. I honestly believe a sleeping bags such as this are part of the reason why all three of my children have slept through the night so well from around 3 months old. I wish I’d used a Snuz Pouch for all of my babies from 2 months old it would have made my life that bit easier!
I believe in a new clean mattress for each baby, a clear cot so no toys when sleeping, no cot bumpers and a sleeping bag to avoid the risks of loose covers. So this SnuzPouch is perfect ( and British safety tested) because I can be assured that Jake is at the right temperature over night, I will dress him in a vest, sleep suit and his sleeping bag during the winter months ( our heating goes off at 10pm and his room is warm.
I absolutely love the trendy ‘geo’ design in grey. The SnuzPouch would look so cool on a little boy or girl and neutral enough to fit in with pretty much any Nursery.
They also sell a collection of dreamy cot beds to fall in love with…….do check out their website for the wonderful collection. SnuzKot converts from birth to around 10 years old, so a great investment for your child.
If you have been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve been having great difficulty with Baby Jake taking a bottle. Since his birth in May last year Jake has been exclusively breastfed, At around 5 weeks I expressed milk occasionally which he took from a bottle. I made the mistake of not trying again for sometime. At around 4 months I tried again knowing that I had to leave him for a couple of nights because I had an operation looming.
In the lead up to the operation I tried so many brands of bottle including cups, I fed him before the general anesthetic then whilst I was asleep Jake took most of a small bottle of expressed milk from my Husband in a Cafe. Success we thought….
However it was not to be, as he just wouldn’t take a bottle again, so I fed him as I came round half asleep from the Operation. There after I continued to try even every day, I thought with starting weaning he may become interested in a bottle. I had tried several different brands with no success he would just scream and push the bottle away whilst clamping his mouth firmly shut.
He can be fussy when breastfeeding too i.e going on and off a lot screaming etc. He just doesn’t seem to love food or milk!
My Sister recommend NUK bottles, so speaking with the team at NUK they kindly gifted me a bottle to try, and in the spirit of transparency Jake is entertaining this bottle sucking it a little and holding it to his mouth not pushing it away and screaming which is what he did with the others, we still have a way to go but finally making some progress. Which is what I’d hoped for as now feel ready to stop breastfeeding. The NUK Nature Sense is specifically designed for 6 -18 month old babies and recommended by Midwives and Pediatricians with a anti colic vent.
I love the design simple yet classic plus it’s design mimics the tiny milk ducts found in the breast which I think is really clever and not heard of that in other bottles.
All views are my own and I was given ( gifted ) the bottle to review. Thank you NUK.
A question I found myself thinking after I had a natural straight forward birth experience with my Second Daughter.
As soon we arrived home and a Midwife visited the next day, she said goodbye and said we’ll see you for the next one,m I said you won’t but then thought…..hmm I thought I just didn’t feel ‘DONE’ She told me you know when you are DONE.
A couple of years flew by and I felt like things were starting to settle the girls were/still are good sleepers and I was starting to feel better in myself and even loosing weight and we’d just had an amazing holiday to America.
There were times when we’d discuss the idea of a third but it brought up so many points to consider. Yet came back to the decision we were more than happy with our two amazing girls.
So when considering another child, you think where will he/she sleep long term, the car you need to get another type to fit all three in full back car seats if they all still need them ( we did!) A couple of months before we did decide to go for an SMax. ( I missed my old car for a while because it had lots of nice extras ) Even though the Ford SMax is super economical and spacious so perfect for a larger family.
Splitting attention was also a tough one to think about and how would I even manage to look after three being so outnumbered? and then how would we arrange their bedrooms?
My third pregnancy was extremely hard. I was very sick for the first 20 weeks and then my gestational diabetes came back and had to take continually upped amounts of insulin and had numerous urine infections and more issues on top of all that, which I won’t go into.
When I found out I was expecting baby number three we were in absolute shock! However after the news had sunk in we were so excited and couldn’t wait for our growing addition to arrive.
Someone once said to me, You never regret the children you have and that is so very true.
I also think it’s more of a challenge with your first because you have to build the family and your whole life changes beyond recognition, However any subsequent children just fit into the family that has already been made.
So in May last year our final baby, Jake arrived ( we knew his gender from a scan in January 2018 ) and couldn’t be more happy, he completed our family perfectly. Yes at times it is a juggling act but my older girls are great with him and completely adore him. Jake’s face lights up when he see’s them.
Would you like a larger family? I also fully appreciate it is not always a choice for everyone.
Baby Bump Number 3! Induction started ……. May 2018
The Gummee Glove comes in stages 1-6, covering from 0-33 months old ( also catering for children with additional needs)
My baby has been wearing the 6 months plus size, which fits perfectly on his hand and didn’t come lose.
The bright high contrast pattern and colours jumped out straight away at my baby, The older children were also intrigued and headed over for a play, they hadn’t seen a teether like it before.
I was very impressed with the design because the glove stayed on his hand, as most other teething toys get dropped on the floor repeatedly then need cleaning which is a pain when out and about. As anyone with a teething age baby knows they drop toys or food continually. So the Gummee Glove was a revelation in this respect, far less bending down for me!
I love that the silicone teether can also be pulled out if required, but also stays held in. You could even add teething granules or gels to it, for helping to soothe sore gums.
The crackly material also intrigued my baby along with the silicone sides where he likes to chew or hold onto with his other hand.
The Gummee Glove is 100% cotton, the teethers are food grade silicone, BPA and Phalate free. The Glove is also machine washable and has a travel pouch included for hygienic storage. We love the Gummee Glove and would highly recommend, this would make a great gift for a friend at a baby shower or with a new baby, So definitely worth checking out www.gummee.life
Thank you Gummee for kindly gifting us the Gummee Glove, all opinions are my own.