Yes mum cards, Game of Thrones and Weddings

New-mum-gifts-Yes-Mum-1-1

How is it Friday again already!? This week has gone ridiculously fast! Lots of soft play centres for me this week to try and keep K entertained as the weather has been awful. Someone needs to have a word with mother nature and remind her that it’s nearly May not December! Anyway, I digress. Here are my little loves of this week:

Read

I’ve been making an effort to read my Yes mum cards this week. I try to read one every morning and apply the affirmation to the rest of the day.

It really helps me stay focused. I really do love these yes mum cards, there’s something about them that really helps me. When D was poorly in hospital as a newborn I found comfort in them and they kept me in perspective. Pretty big order for a card so small. I can’t recommend them enough.

Watched

Game of Thrones is back people!!! I repeat, Game of Thrones is BACK. Such a great episode that certainly disappoint.

Game of thrones

You can find it on catch up if you missed it so I won’t disclose anything. I also finished the last in the series of Line of Duty last night too. Wow! That was bloody brilliant! Such good drama! Me and the hubby were literally on the edges of our seats! Thankfully it is coming back for a new series but I’m not sure how long we will have to wait for it.

Made

This week I am making my home more organised and catching up with household chores that have been building up for weeks. Yes, I am the one with the ironing pile up to the ceiling! Not for much longer though.

Wore

mother

I have been living in my “Mother” t-shirts from Selfish mother. I am obsessed with them. I have 3 at the minute and I am hoping to buy a jumper in the next few days, I’m just deciding which one I want! I love them because they are cool, casual and dead comfy when your just being mummy plus the profits go to a¬†good cause! What can be better than that!?

Heard

This week I have been listening to toddler nursery rhymes! K has had quite a few CDs bought for her over the last 2 years with nursery rhymes and actions songs on them but we’ve never really listened to them because we didn’t have a CD player. I bought one the other day specifically so we can listen and sing along to the music. It gets annoying after you’ve heard humpty dumpty 5+ times but she loves it.

And Lastly

It’s one of my best friends weddings this Sunday and I am one of her bridesmaids so this week has been particularly busy making sure that all our dresses and clothes are ready for the big day plus any grooming that needs to be done ūüėČ I am really looking forward to it, it should be such a lovely day. I’m just hoping the weather stays dry for the occasion!

That’s it from me this week. Don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram if you want to see more of what I’m up to and loving during the week!

XOXOXO

Little Loves post

 

 

 

Top 5 most annoying kids TV programmes (As voted by me)

Childrens TV – I have a serious love/hate relationship with it. I love it because it gives me 5 minutes (OK, half an hour) break to either sit and have a cup of tea or get some much needed house chores done¬†and for that, I am forever grateful for but I also hate it because there are some programmes which K loves that literally drive me up the wall. I’ll be honest, I’ve labelled this my top 5 most annoying programmes but I could easily label it my top 20 most annoying programmes but lets not be too harsh! In no particular order…

Peppa Pig

Peppa-Pig

 

Jesus that pig is bossy! And mardy! (northern term) and lets not forget a little bit cheeky. The bing bong song gets stuck in your child’s head and they end up singing it for the rest of eternity!¬† Also, Daddy Pig is a useless baffoon. Hats off to Miss Rabbit though, that woman is a grafter!

Something special

mr tumble

Two words: Justin Fletcher. Is it just me that thinks he’s creepy!? Especially when¬†Mr Tumble appears. *shudders*

In the night garden

In-the-Night-Garden

Why does no one speak properly in it? What is Macca Pacca? and why he is so obsessed with cleaning? Also, why do the tomblyboos kiss each other and pull their trousers down?? Strange, strange programme.

Topsy and Tim

topsy-and-tim

Not a programme I completely despise except for one minor thing РTopsy and Tims mum and all of her perfectly twintastic smugness. Patience of a saint and not at all realistic.

Balamory

balamory

What’s the story in Balamory? No one cares. The singing and dancing is cringe worthy. Thankfully there are no new episodes anymore but the downside is that they just repeat the old ones meaning that we have to endure the weird lad in a kilt awkwardly dance in front of his pink castle.

Are there any childrens TV programmes that really annoy you? Can you relate to this? I’d love to hear from you!!

XOXOXO

 

 

BabyMoov Love nest review – Plagiocephaly awareness day

Today¬†is Plagiocephaly Awareness Day. Plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome as it is more commonly known)¬†is where a baby’s head is flattened at the back or side caused by pressure on the soft skull bones which have not yet fused together and therefore mould into a different shape. This can occur when a baby spends an excessive amount of time lying or resting in the same position on their backs.

Plagiocephaly affects as many as 47% of babies between the ages¬†of¬†7 and 12 weeks old. You can help prevent plagiocephaly by repositioning a baby’s head as much as possible to vary the pressure across the skull. It is sometimes¬†diagnosed early so¬†parents¬†can act on it but usually the diagnosis is too¬†late and therefore requires parents to seek out other alternative treatments which can be costly.

As I’ve mentioned before, D was diagnosed with acute liver failure at 2 weeks old and spent a lot of time in the first 6 weeks of his life laid in a hospital bed. We weren’t allowed to move him or hold him for long periods due to him being hooked up to machines and monitors therefore he unfortunately spent a large majority of his day in the same position. This in turn had an effect on his head and he developed plagiocephaly.

When I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pillow designed by Babymoov that helped babies with plagiocephaly for this awareness day I jumped at the opportunity. Committing to help prevent flat head syndrome, Babymoov have worked alongside a French paediatrician called Dr Maidenberg and created a pillow called the Lovenest. The Lovenest is a simple solution to help prevent babies from getting flat head syndrome by ensuring that pressure is evenly distributed across the infants head by providing a slight incline. At £14.99 (RRP) it is an affordable way to prevent or treat plagiocephaly.

A050214-Lovenest original-Gamme 2 (2)

A050216-Lovenest original blue-Lifestyle 1

When the product came I was really surprised on how soft it was. I chose¬†the pillow in blue¬†and it was lovely and complimented D’s nursery well. ¬†The age range stated that it was suitable from birth to 4 months and although D is slightly older than this his head fitted in it quite nicely. He appeared really comfortable sleeping on it and the lightweight small design meant that I could transfer it from cot to pram¬†really easily. D has been using this pillow for around 3 weeks now and although I haven’t noticed much improvement in his head (his plagiocephaly is quite severe due to his previous¬†illness) I feel better knowing that because of this pillow it isn’t going to get any worse. As far as products go, it would definitely be on my “must have” list for my¬†baby¬†as a new mum. If I had been aware of this product when D was born or when he was ill in hospital I would have definitely purchased it.

As already mentioned, the Lovenest retails at £14.99 and is available in blue, smokey and white. If you would like to purchase one or view other baby products that Babymoov offer then you can visit their website here

A050216-Lovenest original-Gamme 1

D sleeping soundly in his cot on his Lovenest original

D sleeping soundly in his cot on his Lovenest

 

XOXOXO

*Collaboration post

K’s Easter basket

203

I thought I would¬†do a post this week on the Easter basket we made up for K in the run up to Easter as it may give you some inspiration on what to put in your own basket if you choose to do one. This is the first year that I have made up a basket for K as I feel she is now old enough to appreciate it and make the most out of it and she has absolutely loved it. It will definitely become part of our Easter tradition from now on. I have made sure that I put craft¬†items in it that we could do together in the afternoons whilst her baby brother sleeps as I sometimes find this the hardest time of the day to keep her entertained. I have made sure that there has been something to do/make/bake every day for the whole of the week running up to Easter. So let’s jump in and see what’s in there..

We’re going on an egg hunt book

198

I picked this book up whilst I was shopping in Asda for ¬£3.99 and K absolutely loves it. You have to find the Easter Eggs under the lift up flaps. The story is a sing-song type rhyme and it’s a nice book that keeps her attention well.

Easter bonnet decorating kit

199

I included an Easter bonnet and a decorating kit for K to make her own bonnet with as she loves craft activities. I also¬† let her glue the shredded ribbon which was in the basket¬†on the bonnet too but this isn’t shown in the picture. You can pick bonnets and decorating kits up from most supermarkets and pound shops. They are super cheap but really effective.

Chocolate

201

This is self explanatory. No Easter basket would be complete without an actual Easter egg and chocolate!! Although I’ve had to hide the chocolate in the cupboard until Sunday to stop both me and her from eating it too soon!!

Egg decorating kit

200

This is another really good craft activity. I bought polystyrene eggs to decorate but you could also just hard boil a couple of real eggs and decorate them that way. I also bought a simple stencil kit to use on the eggs but you could use different paints/glitter/glue/feathers etc and really go to town with it!!

Lamb shaped mini basket

202

I picked this up because I thought it was really cute and I knew K would love it. We are going to an organised Easter egg hunt at a local farm over the Easter weekend so I thought this would come in handy to bring with us to put her eggs in that we find. It is made from felt so can be reused for dressing up props etc after Easter.

This is everything in K’s Easter basket. She’s had so much fun this last week doing all the crafts. We have also been making Easter Rise Krispy buns which is basically melted chocolate and Rice Krispy cereal mixed together and left to set in the fridge. Very simple to do but really exciting for toddlers to make. Especially when they get to lick the bowl afterwards!

Are you doing an Easter basket this year? What is in yours? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Easter!

XOXOXO

What to look for when choosing a nursery

As most of you know, K started nursery at the start of February and is absolutely loving it. I thought I would be one of those mummy’s who would drop their child off for their first day and be a snivelling, snotting mess. I did leave her with a slightly heavy heart but I was more proud of her than anything and I was happy that she was starting her new adventure as I think it is something she has been craving for a while now. It made it easier to leave her knowing that she was in the right nursery for her and that she was in safe hands. We had viewed a few nurseries in the run up to K starting the one she is at now and I think it’s important to make sure you chose the most perfect one you can find to fit your child’s needs. I have outlined below what helped us choose the right nursery for K and some tips on what to look out for when making your decision.

 

034

  • Make sure you visit the nursery before you send your child to it and try to view it when it’s busy. When my husband and I were looking for a nursery we both went together but found that because it was towards the end of the day (the only time my hubby could get away from work) it was really quiet, there wasn’t many¬†staff or children around so we couldn’t get a good idea of how the nursery worked. Therefore if we found a nursery we liked the look of and it matched our criteria that we needed then I would rearrange another viewing on my own during the day when it was busier so I could get a feel of how well the nursery ran. You can visit a nursery as many times as you like until you feel satisfied that it is the right one for you.

 

  • If it is a private nursery then how much does it cost to send your child there and does this fit in with your budget? Lets face it, childcare is EXPENSIVE and different nurseries charge different prices. Also ask what is included in the price of your childcare as some provide snacks,¬†lunch and juice plus nappies and formula if needed and some nurseries ask you to bring nappies/formula and pay extra for the child’s lunch. Make sure you are aware of what’s included before hand.

 

  • How many children does the nursery take and what ratio is it teacher to child. Most nurseries we visited worked on 4 children per adult which I think is more than enough. Make sure that the nursery isn’t over capacitating so your child has the right amount of attention and care that is needed.

 

  • Does the nursery have an Ofsted report? How well are they performing? Not all nurseries provide an Ofsted report but if they do, it’s worth looking at it as it gives you a good idea on how well the nursery is performing.

 

  • Most nurseries provide the child with a “settling in period” where they will let your child come to the nursery for a few hours (usually 3-4) for free¬†to see if they like it. Usually a parent or guardian can stay with them to¬†make them comfortable. If the nursery offers you a settling in period then take it. Just because you like the nursery doesn’t mean your child will. This helps them decide whether the nursery is right for them or not. If it isn’t, do not feel obligated to send your child there just because they have given you free childcare.

 

  • Ensure that the nursery has a good security system. Lots of people come and go in nurseries to collect and drop off children so make sure that the nursery has a good code of practice when letting people within the building. Some nurseries require an access code or finger print system before you can enter and others provide a password for your child. Whatever it is, make sure it is safe, secure and you feel comfortable with it.

 

  • Do they have a routine? Not always on peoples “must have” list but it was definitely on mine. I have a daughter who thrives on routine and gets worked up when she does something out of the norm so having a nursery with a structure and routine was vital for us. I quite like the idea of snack time = 9am, reading –¬†10am, play time –¬†11am, lunch – 12pm etc. It means that K knew exactly what was going to happen and felt secure rather than it being a mixed bag of stuff to do where she would come home upset and out of sorts. Like I say, it’s not on everyone’s list but worth baring in mind if you have a child like mine.

 

  • Do they have a good, secure out side space? Every child needs fresh air and a chance to explore the outdoors. Is the outside space large enough? Does it have outdoor equipment? Is it safe and secure? It’s also worth¬†asking the nursery how often they go outside and how long for. If your child is there for 8 hours, and they only go outside once in the morning for 10-15mins it may not be enough for your child.

All these points are very individual based and every parent requires different needs for their child but I hope it has given you some ideas on what to look out for when choosing a nursery as it is such an important decision. It is your childs first adventure and I do believe that nurseries shape our children so it is vital to choose the right one. It is such an intimidating procedure. It has to be somewhere that you feel comfortable leaving your child, knowing that they are going to get the correct attention and care for them. It will also probably be the first experience of someone other than yourself or close relatives looking after your precious cargo. Take the time out to make sure you make the right decision.

I hope this helped!

I’d love to hear what was on your nursery “wish list”

XOXOXO