Monday, 31 March 2014

Bump Update - 25 Weeks


This week baby boy measures 35cm from crown to heel. He is getting so big, I almost can't believe it.

Again this week was pretty quiet. I can defiantly tell that baby boy is getting so much bigger. His movements make me jump when he catches me off guard.

I've had a random pregnancy craving this week for white chocolate munchies. I so wish they actually made them. I've also noticed that I've eaten a lot of chocolate biscuits, oops.

My main symptom this week has been insomnia. Its driving me bonkers. I'm able to fall asleep but wake around 3-4am and then struggle to get back to sleep until 5-6am. Paige has woken at 7am all this week too so it's safe to say I'm pretty tired. I'm really hoping that it's just a phase and i'll start sleeping better again soon.

Don't forget to check out Paige's 25 week update and last weeks 24 week update.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

Paige's Favourite - iPad Apps

Paige loves my iPad. I try not to let her play in it too much but sometimes it is a lovely distraction. The amount she knows how to do on it is scary. She knows how to work it better than me and mark!

She has her own little folder with a few apps inside and knows exactly where the folder is and how to get to it.

The apps she has are...



She loves all of these apps but defiantly has her favourites. She loves the cBeebies one. Her favourite game to play on it is the colouring in. She loves to colour and draw! 

Her next favourite is the Fisher Price animal sounds, it shows basic animal pictures, says there names and then makes the sounds. She loves copying the sounds and saying the names of the animals. It's so cute.

Her third favourite is PlayKids. This one is really good and I love it. She can learn colours, numbers and shapes. She loves the shape part of the game. It's so cute to watch her develop and learn. When I first downloaded the app for her she couldn't match the shapes to the object, now she has no trouble. The same thing happened with the pairs game. It's amazing how quickly they learn what they have to do and just do it. It still amazes me!

She doesn't play on iPad on all day obviously and normally plays when I'm in the shower. It keeps her entertained and in one place.

What favourite apps does your child like?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

25 Week Midwife Appointment

I actually had my 25 week midwife appointment at 24 weeks and 6 days due to how my dates are and how the appointment fell.

During the appointment the midwife checked my blood pressure and wee. Everything was perfect. She felt my belly and baby boy was head down with his back towards my right side. I defiantly feel him switching up his position a lot but it's nice to know that he was head down. With Paige she was always head down right from my 20 week scan whereas baby boy has always been laid in strange positions straight from the start!

My uterus measured right at my belly button which I already knew as I can feel it when I lay down. I always thought that it was meant to measure higher at this stage but apparently I'm right on track so that is great.

Due to us moving this was my last appointment with this midwife and sadly my regular one was ill so wasn't there. When we move I need to join the doctors and make sure I book an appointment with a midwife ASAP as I need to have my blood work done again at 28 weeks.

My iron tablets have also ran out and I asked the midwife if I should see my doctor for some more and she said to wait and see how my levels are at the next set of blood work as it is so close so I get a little break from them for a few weeks.

We also spoke a little about a homebirth as me and Mark are considering this as an option. I managed to ask a few of my questions from my possible homebirth post but I will be talking to my new midwife in much more detail about it at my next appointment.

A few other ladies I've spoke to said they don't have a 25 week appointment with their midwife, just a 28 week one. I have no why my midwife wanted to see me at 25 weeks but I didn't mind the check out and getting to hear baby boys heartbeat again was amazing.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Little Face of Venture 2014*

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know just how much I love photography. I don't claim to be the best or even any good at taking photographs but I do love it. It all started when Paige was born. Children grow up that quickly that I wanted to capture every moment I could and one way of me doing this was by taking pictures.

As a parent taking pictures of my child I can capture certain pictures that the professionals can't but sometimes it's nice to have some professional pictures taken and that way I can get in too!



The lovely people at venture Photography have launched a fabulous competition that I wanted to share with you all. The Little Face of Venture competition. All you have to do is purchase a family photography voucher, enjoy your day together and get loads of wonderful family snaps. The photographer will then pick the best picture of your little one, upload the image onto the website and then the rest is down to you. You can get all extended family and friends in on the action and get them to vote for your little one. Entries close on May 23rd 2014 and voting closes midnight June 6th 2014.

There will be regional winners and then an overall winner. Prizes include the winners picture printed by Venture, a years modelling contract with MOT models, a years supply of shoes from Start-rite and some fabulous goodies from Lego!

One of the best parts of this competition is that for every child that enters £1 will be donated to Wellchild which helps seriously ill children and their families all over the UK.

So if your looking for a family photography session why not check out Venture, enter the competition and your little one may be the lucky winner!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Bump Update - 24 Weeks


This week the baby measure around 30cm long! He is getting so big and again I feel huge! His tiny little fingers prints are also developing.

This week I felt baby boy have hiccups for the first time. Paige used to get them so frequently that I had been waiting for him to get them and for me to be able to feel them. I love the feeling so much. Its amazing.

My appetite was very up and down this week. I defiantly think the iron tablets have a roll to play and this is my last week of them until my next blood test at 28 weeks.

Apart from that not a lot happened this week. I'm feeling pretty good, sleeping better, still feeling loads of movement and generally loving this stage of pregnancy. With Paige I remember feeling good up until around 36 weeks. I have a feeling that time round I might get fed up quicker.

Don't forget to check out Paige's update at 24 weeks and last weeks 23 week update.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Top Tips for a Perfect Family Holiday

Family holidays provide the perfect opportunity to get to know your nearest and dearest that little bit better. This being said, planning a family holiday can be daunting as there are several important aspects to consider. With this in mind, here are my top tips to help you plan the perfect family holiday.

Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1) Book ahead
When travelling with children you will need to put their needs before your own, meaning that booking ahead and meticulously organising your travel plans to avoid unnecessary delays and inconveniences is a must. There are many family-friendly destinations all over the globe, you just have to do a quick check and see which ones are better than the other. One of the best ones in Europe is without any doubt Germany's capital. It offers a plenty of attractions that your kids will love and it has really nice Kindercafés, trendy restaurants and cafés for families with kids. Booking your child-friendly accommodation online is easy as well, you can check sites like http://www.venere.com/germany/berlin/ and read all the comments left by previous guests with kids.

2) Research family activities
Once you’re all booked up, it’s always a good idea to research some of the best family activities on offer in your chosen destination. By creating a fun-packed itinerary before departure you will be ensuring that your kids remain entertained throughout the duration of your holiday. 

3) Prepare for the weather
It is vital, for your children’s comfort, that they are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. If you are visiting a cold climate, ensure that they are fully equipped with hats, gloves and warm coat. Alternatively, if you are holidaying in a hot climate, be sure to pack sandals, sun hats and swimwear.

4) Pack the essentials
In the run up to your family holiday start to make a list of everyday essentials that you will need during your trip. By doing so, you will remember mundane yet incredibly important items such as medicines, insect repellent, sunscreen, baby wipes and nappies.

5) Give the kids a camera
By giving your kids their own child-friendly camera they will begin to observe their surroundings in a new light. They will focus on what interests them enabling them to show off their creative side at a young age. There are many digital cameras for the little ones available on the market, you can have a look at these reviews and pick up the one you like the most. The pictures of your kids, alongside your own, will make for a fabulous photobook on your return! 

By taking these top tips into consideration, you will be well on your way to planning the perfect family holiday. Once all of the organising has been done, you’ll be free to relax and have fun with your loved ones!

Article in collaboration with Mary Thompson, travel blogger

Moving House

It's no secret that I've wanted to move house for ages. This house was honestly a short term fix for us. Our previous was a mess, I couldn't take living there anymore and when a brick got thrown through the window on a snowy December morning that was it. We found this house within days of that happening. We were desperate to move.

This house has served us well. We have lived here for over 3 years now. It is our home. Its the house that we brought Millie home too, it's the house where we fell pregnant both times, the house where we brought Paige home and the house we woke up in the day we got married.

But we are out growing it, very quickly. It is a two bedroomed house with a tiny garden. With an energetic toddler and a baby due in a few months we need more space. Its time for us to move on as a family.

To make a new home.

I didn't think I'd get emotional about moving. I easily moan about this house several times a week but it's our home. It will always hold special memories for us as a family but we are ready for change.

I honestly believe that things happen for a reason. That brick was meant to be thrown through that window all them years ago, we were meant to find this house, to get Millie, to fall pregnant, get married and get pregnant again. Now we are meant to move on to our new house.

I remember talking to friends about the new house. I didn't want to get my hopes up and still don't, as crazy as that sounds. It was too perfect and the timing was too good. Even the house number is the same as the one where we are now!

We move in 1 week.

Only 1 week left in this house. After over 3 years it will be a big change but we are excited. Our new house is closer to Mark's work and has those all important 3 bedrooms we need. It has a lovely back garden which I'm sure Paige and baby boy will love in summers to come.

There will probably be tears (I'm a hormonal mess) but I'm happy, we all are. We can't wait to start our new adventure, I just never thought my emotions would be as mixed as they are.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Our Beautiful Girl on Canvas*

I love pictures and there's nothing more I love than displaying them all around the house for everyone to see. Most of the time I use simple pictures in pictures frames but sometimes you want something a little extra. Sometime only a canvas will do!


We actually have a few different canvas around the house at the moment and I'm looking at getting one of our wedding pictures put onto canvas in the very near future. That said we don't have a canvas picture of Paige, until now! When canvas designs got in touch I jumped at the chance to do a review.

The process is very easy. All you need is a high quality image and that is it. You can choose free editing on your picture and even remove red eyes. Then will free delivery all you have to do is wait for your gorgeous canvas is then be delivered to your front door.

Ours arrived very well packaged and in great condition. I was actually shocked at the quality, it is very good! I think the picture looks great on the canvas and I am very happy with it. With us moving in a couple of weeks I can't wait to get to the new house and put it up on the wall.

Here is the picture I sent to be put onto canvas and below that is a picture of the canvas.



Prices start at just £5.99 for a 6'' x 6'' canvas with a size range up to 40'' x 40''. The prices are very reasonable and for such a good quality canvas quite a bargain.

I am very pleased to be offering a competition to win your very own canvas. All you have to do it fill out the raffle copter form below.

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If you aren't lucky enough to win I have a discount code for you instead. Use BLOG15 and enjoy a 15% discount plus the free delivery!

Good luck!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - we were sent the canvas for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

22 Months Old

Only TWO months until Paige is Two!! I still can't believe it even though she is looking and acting more grown up by the day.


This month has been a big month for teeth. In true Paige style she has cut all 4 vampire teeth within a few weeks of each other and she now has them all. They still don't always show up in pictures but they have broken through the skin and are defiantly growing. It's going to be so strange to see her without any gaps. I've gotten so used to seeing the gaps! All she needs now are her 2 year molars and she will have a full set.

 
She is learning new words all the time and seems to be coming so far with her speech each month. She can now say there, please, spoon and poo! I can now ask her if she's had a poo and she will say poo and nod her head or touch her nappy. She also says oh no when she drops something.

She has learnt where her hair, neck, tongue and elbow are this month.

She also loves looking at her word books and pointing out animals and making there noises. She also tries to count so badly which is so cute. She will point at things and say two, three and then loads of baby chatter.

 
She has improved with her spoon/fork skills so much this month and hardly spills anything anymore which is lovely as I don't have to bend down and clean the floor after each mealtime. She loves food still and will regularly sit next to us with her mouth open like a little birdy just waiting for bits of our food. The cheeky thing! She loves banana, pasta and sandwiches. She still isn't keen on sweet potatoes and refuses to eat sweet corn even though she used to love it.

We did DIY measurements of Paige this past week. She is roughly 90cm tall with a head circumference of 49cm. She weighs well over 30lbs but I haven't weighed her in a couple of months. She is defiantly still a big girl and is wearing 2-3 year clothes. She is even out growing some of her 2-3 years pjs! I still find it so strange that she is so big... surely she will slow down soon!

She has a few favourite teddies which she still loves to carry around. She even shares her food and toys with them.

 

We haven't started potty training yet but she has defiantly shown some more signs this month. Mainly her telling us when she has a dirty nappy. She says poo and then touches the outside of her nappy. This literally happened over night one day. I started asking her when I knew she had a dirty nappy but she never really answered me, she is growing up!

I guess I better get a move on with her birthday party plans!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Review - Gro Light*

 
If you've read my blog for a little while you will know I recently reviewed the winter warmer grobag and we love it!

When the Gro Company got in touch saying they were releasing a new product I couldn't wait to try it out.

The Gro-light is a simple adaptor that fits easily to your normal overhead light or bedside lamp and fills your baby’s room with a comforting soft glow when you flick the light switch once. If you flick the switch off and on again you get your usual main light on.

I got mark to fit the fro light in Paige's room. I didn't do it mainly because I'm pregnant but it looked super easy to fit. All he has to do was take the lamp shade off, take the bulb out, pop the adaptor on and then place the bulb back in and the lamp shade on top. Super easy! 

 
I love this product and Mark does too. Although Paige very rarely wakes up during the night now it does come in very useful and even more so when we start potty training her. The light when switched on once activates the Gro-light and a subtle blue night light comes on. Enough light to be able to see what your doing but not bright enough that it would wake a child if you went to check on them. I'm also very excited for when the baby arrives. I think the Gro-light will make night time feedings and nappy changes a lot easier. I remember many a times with Paige I'd switch the light on, wake mark up and wake myself properly up. I'd change Paige and feed her then get her back off to sleep but I'd struggle. With the Gro-light this wouldn't be the case.


The soft blue light is the perfect night light. I'm wondering why no one came up with the idea sooner! This is one of my favourite baby items and we will defiantly be using it when baby boy comes along.

The Gro-light retails at £17.99 which we think is amazing. I'd defiantly pay that and more for it!

Have you heard of the Gro-light yet?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the Gro-light for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are mine and Marks*

Monday, 17 March 2014

Bump Update - 23 Weeks

 

Baby boy is now 29cm long and his hearing is much more developed.

This week I got ill, properly ill. Let me tell you it isn't much fun being ill and running around after a toddler. This has resulted in my appetite disappearing again and I'm very thankful for Paige because without her needing food I would probably have a hard time forcing myself to eat.

Walking or standing for a long period of time is getting difficult and I'm also experiencing some pain in my upper thighs and along my bikini line. Its normally an aching feeling after I'm stood for a long time but sometimes happens when I stand up from being sat down.

My belly is super itchy... I'm expecting more stretch marks soon to join the ones I got with Paige. With Paige I didn't get any until around 37 weeks but I'm expecting them sooner this time. I am using plenty of bio oil and general moisturizer to help with the itchy. I personally don't think you can avoid stretch marks, all I can do is keep my skin hydrated and apply cream to help ease the itching. I compared pictures to last time and I don't think I'm any bigger this time. I did pop sooner but it seems to have evened out. I'm also now sure if I've said this before but my belly button is defiantly sticking out now although it does still depend on his position.

Baby boys movements are crazy. You can defiantly see them from the outside of my belly and I'm starting to feel little feet in between my ribs.

I jumped on the scales this week and I'm now 10lbs up. If I gain 1lb a week until the end I should put on another 17lbs...  oh gosh!

To compare this week to Paige's pregnancy click here.

Don't forget to check out week 22.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 14 March 2014

Possible Homebirth

I've played around with the idea of a homebirth since the beginning of this pregnancy. Mark wasn't so keen at first but did say that if we moved house and had a bigger space he would be open to talking about the idea. With our house move just around the corner the topic of a homebirth came up.

I never actually thought that we would move to somewhere bigger before baby boy came so a homebirth was always just a lovely idea that I had in my head, now it could become a possibility my brain is working overtime to try and think about if this is something that I would want to do.

I just wanted to record my current thoughts and feelings.

*If a hospital was needed there is one literally 2 minute drive away from our new house so that makes me feel more at ease just incase.

*I'm worried about having the baby during the night and waking Paige up. I know Mark would be there to sort her out if she woke up but it would be an added pressure I guess.

*Would I be able to have a birthing pool? What about mess? What about pain relief?

I have these and many other questions rushing around my head. I need to speak to my midwife and do a bit of research and see what it is that we want to do.

If you had a homebirth I'd love to know how it went, good or bad!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Lovely Ideas to Document your Pregnancy*

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in any parents’ lives, but with all the excitement of the new arrival (and the endless sleepless nights) remembering those special times can get a little difficult. 

That’s why more and more expectant mums and dads are choosing creative and sweet ways to document those hectic 9 months so that they have something truly magical to look back on in the future and to show the child! We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite ideas on how you can do it too.



Start a series of ‘selfies’
Selfies are everywhere nowadays and they’re one of the easiest ways to document how you looked at each stage of your pregnancy. Take a picture of yourself and your bump will make for a really sweet series of photos especially when displayed together in a line. Aim to wear the same sorts of clothes so that the real emphasis stays on the bump.

Imagine from http://www.baltskars.com



Create a time capsule to give them when they’re older
Time capsules are fantastic things to give your children when they’re older and you can make one filled with things from your pregnancy to show them just how excited you were to meet them! Choose a beautiful, special box to display things in like hospital records, ultrasound scans and even some of your cravings for them to try. 

Photograph objects that represent the size of your baby at each stage
This is a really popular one as most doctors, nurses and midwives often refer to our baby’s size development by comparing it to a fruit or vegetable. You could take a series of photos of these things to show them just how much they grow inside you.

Opt for a professional maternity shoot
If you want something really monumental and special (and want to feel glamorous for an hour or so!) maternity photo shoots are a lovely idea. You can opt for nude shoots to highlight your beautiful curves or go for something more playful with maternity photography from Venture Photography

Image from http://www.baltskars.com



Start a pregnancy scrapbook
Scrap books are a lovely way to remember things as they can be disorganised and messy but they still look great. You could include literally anything in them that you feel has been significant, along with messages to your awaited arrival. 

Create an email address for them and email them
This is a good one for those who prefer something a bit more tech-y. Make an email address for them and frequently send your little one emails throughout your pregnancy. When they’re older, give them the address and the password so they can read them all! You could also upload video and voice recordings, too.

Start a baby blog
Blogs are so popular today, especially parenting/baby blogs. Expectant parents love reading about the trials and tribulations of other parents so it can start a really great community. Additionally it’s a great way to remember those stages of your pregnancy, and you can keep it going as the baby grows if you like. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New Beginnings

Spring symbols the start of new beginnings for me. The leaves on trees start to grow after the cold winter and flowers begin to bloom.

The world feels fresh and new and ready for an amazing few months of hopefully warmer weather and plenty of sunshine.

Last Sunday was the perfect spring day. Perfect for a walk and a trip to the park. A perfect day to spend around where we live before our own new beginning, our next adventure, which is happening very soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Top Gift Ideas For Mother's Day*

With Mothers Day fast approaching I'm sure we are all looking for ideas or indeed looking for ideas to give our other half's, I know I am!

Mark always asks me what I'd like and as this is only my second Mothers Day it's still a new and exciting experience. Next year will be my first being mum to two children! That is defiantly crazy to think about.

Last year I got so very spoilt. This year I'm one of the statistics below and I'm looking forward to a good nights sleep and a lie in. Being pregnant and running around after a toddler is hard work! 

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s day ?

Enjoy some pampering time, escape and unwind with your most loved foot and body care products

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Bump Update - 22 Weeks


Baby boy is now around 28cm long and weighs about a pound. He is getting so big! He also looks like a mini newborn just a bit skinnier.

This week I feel huge. I know I say this almost every week but it's true. I feel baby boy all over my belly now so I defiantly know he is growing well in there. He now will kick back if we poke my belly which is fun. My bump growing does mean that my bump/groin area hurts if I walk too long or stand too long. My back ache has calmed down apart from sometimes when I wake up in the morning.

I feel like that although my bump has grown that where most of the extra weight has gone so far. My boobs are also huge! I wake up in a morning and they actually feel like weights on my chest! This is a main difference between this pregnancy and Paige's. I am the same size now as I was with Paige after my milk had come in! I still have 18 weeks to go... but I have to say I'm liking this symptom.

I'm still not sleeping too well and still tend to feel like rubbish and sick if I don't get enough rest. Sometimes it can't be helped when looking after Paige.

My appetite is still all over the place and I think it may be down to my iron tablets as this is a side effect. You can read more about my experience here.

My skin is still rubbish with quite a few break outs. My hair is lovely though and believe it or not I can go a whole week without washing it! I rarely so but that is madness to me. It just doesn't get greasy!

This week we finally bought something for baby boy. We left it long enough didn't we?! We only got two small things, some blue muslin squares and a giraffe comforter/blanket from Chester Zoo. I'll do a baby buys post when we get some more things for him. I'm hoping to go clothes shopping soon and pick up so cute bits.

Paige's pregnancy at week 22.

Don't forget to catch up with week 21.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 7 March 2014

Review - Superbreak Chester Zoo*


Days out at the weekends with family are some of my fondest memories along with holidays. With Paige we do try to take her to different places at the weekend when Mark has off work but without us having a car this can be difficult, especially while pregnant. I don't fancy packing up and jumping on a train.
 
We normally spend days out close by at parks, going on walks or visiting family. Sometimes its nice to change things up...
 
Last weekend we went to Chester Zoo. I used to go when I was little but haven't being in years and Mark has never being. Paige has also never being to a zoo. I was a little worried about how she would find it but she loved it and so did we!
 
We travelled there with my dad and his partner in their car. The journey was around an hour and the zoo was very easy to find. The parking was free which is a nice added bonus. The weather was also a huge bonus as it was sunny most of the day. If there is rain there are many places to hide away from it and still see plenty of animals. A lot of the animals are indoors and have indoor areas.

When trading in our voucher for zoo tickets we were given a map of the zoo. It points out all of the animals and places you may need like cafe's and toilets. Very handy when you have a toddler who's nappy needs changing or a pregnant woman that needs a wee!
 
 

The first animals we saw were elephants and to be honest if they were the only animals there then me and Mark would of being happy because Paige loved them! So much so we had to keep going back to see them. She also picked out an elephant teddy from the gift shop at the end of the day.




We walked around for probably an hour looking at some of the animals. Paige was mostly in her pram or running around acting like a little monkey. I did see people with little zoo buggies that can be hired but we chose to just use our pushchair. We stopped at one of the little cafes and grabbed a hot drink and a cake, I needed a bit of a sit down and a snack. The prices were a little more than your average coffee shop but not terrible.




We then walked around a little more before having lunch. We decided to take a packed lunch although there are restaurants at the zoo. There were plenty of out door places to eat your picnic but we headed for the indoor area which had vending machines, tables and chairs. All the facilities were of a good standard. They were all clean and tidy too.

The animals were all pretty easy to see and we didn't have a problem. There were ones that were hiding but we managed to see a lot of animals.






Paige absolutely loved running around and because it was early March the zoo wasn't hugely busy so she had plenty of room to do so. Mark was the one chasing her and making sure she didn't jump in the puddles. Next time I'd defiantly take her wellington boots if it had being raining or was due to rain. But she has loads of fun. She was interested in the animals but maybe she was a little young to actually take notice of them properly. Apart from a few of her favorites.


 
There were also water boat and a monorail that were an extra charge. I think we would of gone on these if it were a little warmer and Paige were a little older but we decided to give them a miss.
 


After around 4 hours of walking around I was tired and aching. We decided to stop by the red pandas and then head to the café again for a sit down. It was also getting a little chilly too. This café was right by the entrance and more of a self service type than a coffee shop. It was also a lot bigger than the previous coffee shop and perfect for children. They had plenty of high chairs and nappy changing facilities available.


 
The whole zoo was very family friendly as you would expect. I can imagine that in the summer months it would be a wonderful day out that I would highly recommend. I'd recommend it any time of year but for a pregnant woman walking around when it got chilly it was hard. The zoo has lots of animals and is quite big so at times I struggled to walk for a long period of time.
 
On the way out we hit the gift shop, it was huge! I could of got lost in there and very carried away. The prices of things weren't too bad but it wasn't the cheapest. We picked up a magnet for £2.50, Paige got a little elephant teddy for £9.99 and we also got baby boy a very sweet giraffe comforter/blanket which was £11.99.
 
We booked our Chester Zoo visit through Superbreak. Claiming our tickets with the printed voucher was super easy although we did have to queue up with everyone else but it went down very quickly and wasn't too much of a problem.
 
We had a lovely family day out and can't wait to go again!
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Nicola Xx
 
*Disclaimer- We were provided with free tickets to Chester Zoo in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own* 


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Experience With Iron Tablets

I've been on iron tablets now for a couple of weeks. When the midwife first mentioned I had low iron I tried to adjust my diet to compensate and try and make up the extra iron I needed for the baby. Sadly it just didn't work, I had a repeat blood test and my iron had dropped again. It still wasn't super low but it was low enough to cause concern.

I didn't really have any signs that I had low iron. I just felt a bit tired and to be honest still do, running around after a 21 month old while pregnant will do that too anyone.

Before I started the tablets I'd spoken to a few people about iron tablets and their experiences. They weren't good ones. Even my midwife warned me about the side effects. The biggest one I heard of was constipation. This can already be a problem during pregnancy so added iron tablets wouldn't be nice for anyone already going through that.

The first night I took the tablets I felt awful around 2 hours after. I had eaten my tea and taken my tablet after. The information booklet said they should be taken with or after food. Taking them after was clearly a mistake for me. The next night I took them in the middle of my meal and felt so much better. I didn't have any sickness what so ever. I also took them with orange juice to help my body absorb as much iron as possible.

Each morning I've being having a high fibre cereal to help with any constipation issues they can cause and it seems to be helping. I've also upped my fruit and vegetable in take to help and increased my water too. I should of been done this before but I guess the iron tablets just gave me that little push to do it.

Im hoping that at my next midwife appointment in a few weeks we will repeat the blood test and my iron will be higher. I hope I don't have to stay on the iron for the rest of my pregnancy but we will cross that bridge if it comes.

What's your experience with iron tablets? 

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Review - Out There Interiors*

I don't normally do home type posts. Mainly because I don't really like our house. Yes it's our home and for that I am grateful that we have a roof over our heads but it isn't particularly decorated how we would want it or big enough for the soon to be 4 of us.
 
W are hoping to move not long after baby boy arrives but until then this is where we call home and it's working for now.
 
As a result of that we haven't bought anything particularly decorative apart from pictures and frames and more personal things to us a family. I've always wanted one of them beds with throws and scatter cushions. Personally I think they look great and so pretty. My goal when we move is to have one of these beds. The first step towards this (apart from moving) is getting a lovely cosy throw to place on the end of the bed.
 
Out There Interiors came to the rescue with their gorgeous Thick Cream Faux Fur Throw. The throw lives up to the name. When I first saw the throw I was a little surprised at the colour, although it is cream I expected more of a bright cream , if that makes sense. The throw is actually quite a silvery cream.
 
 
 
I haven't edited the pictures so it shows the true colour of the throw although in real life it is slightly different. I don't hate the colour but would of loved a true cream throw as I think it goes with everything.
 
Apart from the colour the throw is perfect. It is 140cm by 180cm and looks perfect over our double bed. The underside is a very soft snuggly material too. The throw would also look perfect on a sofa ready to be snuggled up in. 
 
 
Paige is such a blanket child and loves snuggling up in them just as much as I do so this is perfect. I will say that if she rolls around on it a small about of the throw will come away onto her clothes and hands. She absolutely loves climbing up on to and into our bed so this isn't really something that could be avoided unless we didn't let her in our room at all. But she loves laying down on the throw and I of course had to take some pictures because the throw makes such a lovely and different background!

 
The throw is fabulous quality and retailing at £99 you expect the quality that you get!
 
You can check out, Out There Interiors on their website. They have some lovely pieces.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Nicola Xx
 
*Disclaimer- We were sent the throw for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

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