Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from my little fairy princess!!




Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Review - Zippy Suit



Some of you may have seen my review on the Zippy Suit bibs HERE. Me and Paige loved the bib so much so we were delighted when Zippy Suit asked us to review a Zippy Suit.

The idea behind a Zippy Suit is to be popper free. Meaning a quicker and easier nappy change for you and baby. 

Many a time I have tried to change Paige's nappy either during the night or early in the morning and the poppers get in the way. She doesn't lay still for 5 minutes so the poppers either don't get popped together or they do but in a mis matched sort of way.

The Zippy Suit solves this problem with you guessed it... a zip! The Zippy Suit has one zip going from ankle to ankle. It has a zip guard and a cover over the zip pull to protect your baby from the zip. It is machine washable and can be popped in the tumble drier, a must for any baby product!

Sometimes the best ideas are so simple!

Now with the Zippy Suit I can change Paige's nappy as normal but instead of messing around with poppers I just zip Paige up and we are done. It's easy for mummy and quick for baby.

Zippy Suits are quite generously sized. Paige is wearing a 3-6m and it fit her pretty well but she is at the top end of the scale for a 5 month old at just under the 98th percentile. They also come in a few different designs and match the bibs which is great. They retail for £12 or with a matching bib for £15.65. I think this is very reasonable for the convenience and the quality. They are made from 100% cotton which is ideal for Paige's eczema. 

They only thing I would change about the zippy suit is I would love for it to come in a few more designs and colours. But the designs it does come in are fabulous and I love each and every one.

Now for some cute pictures of Paige modelling the fab Zippy Suit and bib in the Starry Night design in light pink. 






For more information and to buy a Zippy Suit check out the website www.zippysuit.com. Zippy Suit are also on Twitter @zippysuit and Facebook www.facebook.com/ZippySuit

Look out for a fab competition to win your very own zippy suit in any size and any design!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

*Disclaimer* I was sent a Zippy Suit for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest

Monday, 29 October 2012

REVIEW - Zoflora

Before having a baby I was always a little obsessed with having a clean and tidy home. I just feel a lot calmer and happy when the house is clean. Am I strange?

When I had Paige things didn't change, in fact I wanted the house to be cleaner as now we had a precious little baby to look after and care for. Now Paige is starting to move around and put things in her mouth I try to keep things as clean as possible.



But one problem I have is I can't stand that horrible bleach smell. This is where Zoflora comes in.

Triple action Zoflora is different. It kills 99.9% of germs but smells gorgeous! The smell actually stays. Making it great for any kind of smelly accidents that may happen in a home. A busted bin liner and baby sick to name a couple. To read more about the benefits of Zoflora check out the website www.zoflora.co.uk.


Another good thing about Zoflora is that it can be used on many different surfaces including floors, tiles, sicks, toilets, potties, taps and drains. It can also be used neat or as a diluted solution. When I opened the box I was a little surprised at how small the bottle was. The way I use disinfectant I thought it wouldn't last two minutes. Then when I read the back and saw that you dilute it yourself I was much happier.

So that is what I did. I diluted it using the instructions on the packet and I also used it neat. I must say I was very impressed with both ways. It worked well and smelt lovely. I can't complain. Another thing you can't complain about is the price, at £1.33 in Tesco it really is a bargain!! 

You can also find Zoflora on Facebook www.facebook.com/lovezoflora and Twitter @lovezoflora.

I know that I now love Zoflora, do you?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

*Disclaimer* I was sent a Zoflora product for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Falling Back

As most people will know the clocks go back this Sunday... meaning we get an extra hour in bed. Well some of you will. Me on the other hand probably won't. 

Paige is an earlier riser... 5:30am early!!!

I would prefer a 7am wake up, I can deal with a 6/6:30am wake up call but I must admit 5:30am wake ups kill me!! She has times when she will sleep in until 6am or in fact 6:30am but they are quite rare.

I am dreading the clocks going back and Paige waking up at 4:30am all bright eyed and bushy tailed.

So I need some help...

What can I do, if anything, to help her sleep longer? Should I give her a later bedtime? Should I just leave her and deal with it? Will she adapt on her own?

HELP!!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

REVIEW - Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo

I played around with the idea of getting Paige a jumperoo for a while. They are quite expensive and I didn't want it to go to waste. 

First we got given a door bouncer. Paige loved it. She has always loved been stood up and the door bouncer gives her the feeling of standing up but without us having to hold her.

As she loved the door bouncer so much I gave in and decided to get her a jumperoo.

I decide on the fisher price rain forest jumperoo as it had fantastic reviews and just looked like fun from a great brand!! Another reason.... It was down in price! RRP is £109.99 (Mothercare) but Argos had it on sale for £79.99. I just couldn't pass it up!! They still have it on offer at £89.97 which is still a great saving. Check it out HERE



Me and a friend picked it up and brought it home. My friend has a little boy born on the exact same day as Paige so was very excited to see what her little boy would make of the jumperoo as well.

I put it together in around 10/15minutes. In between looking after babies, drinking tea and chatting :)

After reading reviews on this jumperoo I was expecting it to be huge but to my surprise it was smaller than I imagined which is good as our living room isn't huge! But it is alot bigger than her swing or anything else we have. 


So let's have a little information about the product before I tell you what we think.
The jumperoo has a 360 degree spinning seat
It features an elephant, monkey, lizard and lots more animals
It has 3 height positions so grows with your baby
It also has music and lights.


Now for the good part....

WE LOVE THIS JUMPEROO!!

I am so glad we got this jumperoo. Paige loves it and has since the moment we first put her in.

She has learnt how to jump properly and is now learning that she can also turn herself around in the jumperoo to play with the different toys. Each toy keeps her entertained and she loves the music and lights. She now loves to reach up and grab the hanging parrot and frog which she finds very funny and also help strengthen her neck muscles. Paige also loves to spin the lizard and the sun.





I love the two different sound volumes! We use the quieter one in a morning :) I love the bright colours and the fact the jumperoo is very sturdy. 

Overall I am so happy we got this jumperoo and have recommended it to many people who have gone and got a jumperoo for their baby. 

Does your little one have a jumperoo? What do you think?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx


Monday, 22 October 2012

A Mother and Daughter Bond

Some of you may have seen my post about Mark and Paige called A Father And Daughter Bond. Well I decided its only fair to do a mother and daughter one so here it is.

I hope that when Paige grows up we share a special bond just as me and my mum did/do. I want her to feel like she can talk to me about anything. I want to laugh with her and cry with her. I want us to be best friends and above all to have plenty of smiles together.

I hope she looks at me the same way she looks at her daddy.











Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx


Friday, 19 October 2012

Weaning - First Tastes

Paige had her first taste of solids at 19 weeks old. We tried her with some baby rice and she wasn't too keen... We will try again soon!

She then had some banana and strawberry porridge and seemed to like that much more.




She has also had a taste of apples and sweet potato. She loved them both!



I had to add this picture as I just think she looks so cute and grumpy... It was taken after her first taste of apples!
I can't wait until the end of the month when I can buy a blender and start making my own baby food for Paige as now we have been giving her organic baby food. But I'd really like to make my own.

Any tips? Do you make your own baby food?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xxx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

5 Months Old

When I was pregnant people always used to tell me to enjoy every single second once the baby came because they grow up so fast. Apart of me brushed them off thinking surely it can't go that fast when it feels like i've been pregnant 5 years!!!! But it really is true. Once you hold our precious little baby in your arms time seems to speed up and runs away until one day your sat looking at your 5 month old and you can't believe where the time has gone. Well that's how I feel anyway.



So today Paige is 5 months old. She has come such a long way in the last few weeks. The biggest thing is that she has starting having some solids. My baby is truly growing up :( another big step for Paige is she can now sit up by herself. This sort of happened out of the blue. If you read my previous post HERE you will remember that Paige hated sitting up and preferred to stand. She still loves to stand but also doesn't mind sitting up which I have to say makes my life a little easier.

Another thing that has happened in the last month is Paige has started laughing. You can watch a video HERE. The first few times I heard her laugh I cried. I just couldn't believe that such a sweet noise was coming out of the tiny little baby I gave birth to. I still love her laugh and I don't think I will EVER get tired of it.

This past month sleep has been a big issue, she just hasn't been very good at sleeping. Some nights she wakes once, some she is up every couple of hours. The worst was every half an hour! Also a new wake up time of 5am is hated by me. But for the last couple of nights we have let her have an extra nap around 6pm and then put her to bed around 8:15pm. This has then resulted in a 6:15am wake up with a feed around 3am. 

I have no idea what to do when the clocks go back... Help!! I do not want to be waking up at 5am again :(

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Review - Nappies2Go

When I was pregnant I thought long and hard about nappies and what we wanted to do. I know that lots of people choose to use cloth nappies because of the cost and environmental side of things. But after many discussions me and mark decided that it wasn't the ideal thing for us to do. We loved the practical side of disposable nappies.




So when Nappies2Go got in touch with me I was very curious as to what it was all about. Can you really use disposable nappies without having the guilt that you are filling up landfills?

Well now you can!

Nappies2Go offer a recycling service for disposable nappies. As gross as it sounds it really isn't that bad, I promise. Collections can happen either every 2 weeks or monthly. And prices start from just £2 a week.

So what exactly do Nappies2Go do?
They offer a recycling and supply service. Recycling used nappies and turning them into recycled plastics. They also supply new Pampers nappies and wipes in bulk. This is a very useful service if like us you don't have a car. The nappies and wipes get delivered straight to your door. To find out more check out the Nappies2Go website HERE

What you have to do?
All you have to do is select a convenient date for the delivery, bag up all used nappies, wipes, cotton wool etc in your normal nappy bags, pop them into the tiger bags provided and leave them on the edge of your property on the collection date to be picked up.

It really is that simple.

What I thought?
I loved the idea of having all Paige's used nappies recycled. This is helping the environment and helping reduce our waste. Anyone that uses disposable nappies will tell you just how much room they take up in your bin. 
The service was very easy to use. We put Paige's used nappies in our nappy bin as normal. When it got full we took the whole bag out and instead of putting it in our normal bin we put it in one of the tiger bags Nappies2Go provides you with. On the collection date we put the tiger bags at the edge of our property and they were collected by a man. He then put more tiger bags through our door. We never had any problems with the nappies not been collected and everything ran very smoothly. Our collection day did have to be changed but Nappies2Go were very good in letting us know with plenty of time and even provide a calendar with the dates of collections on.
I think this is such a good idea and I am a little annoyed I didn't think of the idea :)

My tips
If you are thinking about using the recycling service I would defiantly suggest getting a nappy bin for inside if you haven't already... nappies do get quite smelly. I would also recommend getting a bin for outside to put the tiger bags in especially if you opt for the monthly collections. Both bins are available on the Nappies2Go website.

Where to find Nappies2Go
Website HERE
Twitter @Nappies2go HERE
Facebook HERE

Great idea, fab service 10/10!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx 

*Disclaimer* I was given a two month trail by Nappies2Go to try out the service but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Nicknames

While I was pregnant I gave my bump a nickname, just like many other pregnant ladies. Mine was Baby girl once we knew she was a girl. Not very original I know!

When Paige was born the nicknames just kept coming. Especially from me... Muffin, Munch, Pudding, Paigey Pie to name a few. (I have also just noticed they all have something to do with food!! How strange?!)

I've always had nicknames, some I liked more than others! I think nicknames are cute. I give Millie nicknames and even Mark so Paige was no different.

So here is muffin, munch or pudding. Which ever takes my fancy at that particular time :)




Do you have nicknames for your little one? I want to hear them!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

DIY Photo Shoot - Oct 12

If you have followed my blog for a while you would have seen the DIY photo shoot I did when Paige was around 6 weeks old. If you didn't see it why not check it out HERE  

Paige is now 20 weeks old and I wanted to have another go.

Let me know what you think! 






Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx



GFC Blog Hop - Co Host

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 
One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!
If you are interested in co-hosting the next GFC Blog Hop send me an email at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!

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Monday, 8 October 2012

A Father And Daughter Bond

I love nothing more than watching Mark and Paige together. They are the sweetest thing to watch. I love the bond they share and it is clear to see how much they mean to each other.





I can't wait to see how their relationship develops and grows as Paige gets older.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx
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