Me and Mine (May 2016)

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Every month I declare that I am going to be more organised with photo opportunities and guess what!?…this month I actually was! *fist pumps* We have had such a great month as a family. May has seen my hubby have quite a few days off work (love that)due to bank holidays, birthdays and general days to take and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous so we have been out and about making the most of our time together and I managed to take my tripod out on 3 different occasions (go me!) which has meant lots of lovely family memories in some lovely scenic locations. I find it really easy to take my camera out with me and K is so used to it now she even asks if we can go out and take some pictures haha! She finds it really funny that I do a mad dash back over to her once I’ve set the camera on the timer!

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I’ve mentioned many times before that we are very much an outdoors family and you can normally find us in woodlands and different parks. It makes it really easy as K walks really well and we are keen baby wearers so D is always in a sling which makes it easy as we don’t have to drag a pushchair around with us.  I used to do 99% of the sling wearing when D was a newborn but he’s so heavy now that I can’t wear him for a prolonged period of time as it’s too much of a strain on my already bad back so my hubby shares the wearing now. It’s actually really lovely as he gets that bonding time with D too and it takes the pressure off me.

We’ve been so so busy this month but it has been a nice busy where our time has been filled with quality activities (days out, birthday parties, weddings, fairs, seaside) rather than just boring busy life schedules and I thank my lucky stars that we are privileged enough to do the things together that we do. We are away on holiday in the next fortnight and it will be our first holiday as a family of four and D’s first holiday experience. To say I am excited is an understatement! It’s a strange feeling as I feel like it’s a milestone that I was pushing to hit. D was so poorly when he was born and we almost lost him so to be having his first holiday feels like we’ve made it past the finish line. It probably sounds really strange!

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This month….

I am loving

Reading books

Joe Wicks – Lean in 15

Eating well

The sunshine

Hubby is loving

Bank holidays and time off work

Football stickers!!!

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K is loving

Paw Patrol

Her new outdoor play house

Sand and water

Playing outdoors

D is loving

Puree food

The Jumperoo

Being able to sit up

Playing with stacking toys

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 Want to catch up with what we are up to when we are on holiday? Then head over to Instagram and follow me over there! @familylifeandme

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

Getting summer ready

Summer is fast approaching (I know, it doesn’t feel like it) and if your anything like me you will now be panicking that you haven’t done quite as much as you’d hoped in order to achieve your dream summer body! – I’m sat here with a brew and 3 biscuits whilst I write this *ahem*.  So although the chances of me baring all in a bikini may be slim, I still like to do the “summer prep” in order to try and feel my very best whilst enjoying the sunshine.

Here are my favourite summer beauty must haves for this season:

Rimmel “Peachella” nail varnish

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What is it about having your fingernails and toenails freshly painted that makes you feel instantly groomed? I love having mine done and this Rimmel shade by Rita Ora is a perfect summer colour. It drys really shiney giving it a gloss/gel effect.

Marc Jacobs “Daisy” perfume

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I love this scent. It’s so light and smells really floral for the summer months. I swap and change my perfumes all the time but this is my favourite at the minute. Plus the bottle has 3D flowers on it so looks really pretty on your dressing table. What more could you want?!

Garnier summer body moisturising lotion

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I’m not a fan of fake tan as I genuinely don’t have the time to apply it plus I’m rubbish at doing it so would end up looking really patchy and streaky so I opt for a moisturing lotion with a hint of self tan in it. This is really quick and easy to apply and stops me from looking like a ghost when I brave the shorts! I go for a light sunkissed look rather than the darker shades as I’m only fair.

Garnier Nutrisse hair colour – 10.01 Natural baby blonde

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I have my hair cut at the salon every 8 weeks but I do my own hair colour to save some pennies. I usually use a natural blonde which is a bit darker but these last few months I’ve opted for the natural baby blonde to lighten my hair up for the summer. (It’s a pity you don’t look like Holly Willoughby after you’ve applied it, but hey ho!)

Collection speedy highlighter 

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I only discovered this highlighter a few months ago whilst walking round the supermarket and I’m not kidding when I say it’s the best highlighter I’ve ever used!!! I’ve had some really high end make up which hasn’t done half as well as this product and it’s less than £5!!! It comes as a chubby stick and you just rub it on your face in the areas you want highlighting and voila!- A healthy glow is all yours!

So, there we have my summer beauty must haves! Do you have any summer products that you can’t live without?

I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

The importance of baby wearing

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Over the last few years carrying your baby in a sling, or “baby wearing” as it’s called, has become more and more popular and is almost deemed fashionable in the parenting world. Although it appears that it is a modern idea, it is a practice that is as old as time! There has been a surge of beautifully coloured slings and wraps made available for every carrying situation and there is now more and more sling libraries and baby wearing support groups around to help you with your sling needs.

I never carried K in a sling when she was a baby and it is something I now genuinely regret. I made the decision to “baby wear” with D before he was even born as I felt it would be more practical whilst out and about with K as it gave me both hands free. Never in a million years did I expect to love it as much as I do and I really couldn’t recommend it enough. D is such a cuddly baby so really enjoys being snuggled up close. I found having him a sling really helped us both when he was discharged from hospital as a newborn when he was really ill as it gave us both comfort and we made up for lost bonding time. I really am a firm believer of “kangaroo care” and I do honestly believe that it helped D overcome his bad start. It’s also really lovely when your out and about to have your child in close contact where you can kiss and cuddle them freely. The sling is the only place now where D will fall asleep whilst out, so it’s proof that he feels comfy and secure.

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If your still trying to make your mind up about wanting to baby wear then take a look at the benefits below on what baby wearing can do.

  • Helps you to bond and connect with your baby
  • Enables them to feel close to you, loved and secure especially in the early months when babies are vunerable
  • It’s convenient – It’s hands free and there’s no luging bulky pushchairs around
  • You can get some really pretty slings and wraps. Perfect for every style conscious mama
  • Helps control crying – babies who are carried tend to cry less. Gentle motion is calming for a baby that may be upset

When D was a newborn I opted for a Hana stretchy wrap as I felt they were really cozy for a newborn to snuggle in to. Now D is older we have the Connecta sling and I absolutely love it. It’s easy to put on, it’s really comfy for both me and D and it has a fab print on it.

If your unsure of what sling is right for you then you can source out your nearest sling library and ask them for advice. Most libraries let you rent the slings before you purchase them to ensure you are choosing the right one for you.

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Are you a baby wearer or do you prefer a pram?

If you are a baby wearer, what is your favourite sling? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

*Disclaimer – I am not in partnership with the Hana or Connecta brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siblings (May 2016)

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It’s been a wonderful month here for my two this month. It feels like the age gap is becoming significantly smaller as D gets older and is able to learn more skills and show more of an interest in things. K is enjoying the fact that D can play more now he can sit unaided. Although now that he is interested more in toys, K is starting to struggle with the whole sharing aspect. Something that every almost 3 year old goes through.  She is leaning every day and even makes a point of telling us that she is sharing really nicely (!) so she is progressing. The bond between these two hasn’t altered, it is still as fierce as ever. I long to be included in their secret when they are sat giggling with one another. Sometimes all it takes is for them to look at one another and they break into laughter! I am immensely proud of the way they are together and the way K is so protective and loving towards her brother.

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This month has been really easy for me to take pictures of them. D is always willing to smile for the camera but getting K to do so it slightly tricky but over the last few weeks she’s been asking me to take photos of her and her brother – something I am always willing to do!! The pictures I have captured this month are in various parts of our house basically because I find they are more willing to sit for a photo right after they have woken up from their naps – you get what you can get! ha!

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I do sometimes feel sorry for D as his sister has days where she genuinely doesn’t leave him alone. She is constantly in his face trying to make him laugh, kissing him, cuddling him, wiping his face etc. It is so endearing and she really means well and is trying her hardest to look after him and although 99% of the time D doesn’t mind there is the odd time when he does! Trying to teach K boundaries is something we have been practicing this month as parents. On the whole though they are amazing with one another and I genuinely couldn’t be prouder of my little siblings!

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XOXOXO

 

Scrummy Yummy Banana Loaf

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This is a recipe that I use to bake a banana loaf. It is quick and super simple but the results are heavenly. Enjoy!

Ingredients

200g Plain Flour

200g Caster sugar

50g Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 egg

3 ripe bananas

 

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 5)

Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl

Add in the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and egg and mix together really well

Place mixed ingredients into a greased loaf tin

Bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes (or when a skewer comes out dry)

Leave to cool and enjoy!

 

See….it’s that simple!

Perfect with a good cup of tea.

XOXOXO