Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Me and Mine - March 2015

Oh my gosh. Another month has yet again flown by in the blink of an eye. I always find March a bit boring to be honest. The weather is always up and down. This March the kids have been fine one minute then ill the next. Plus March is always a quiet month for us. April, May and June each contain a birthday so that's exciting. I still can't believe that Paige are Parker will turn 3 and 1 in a matter of weeks. But first is my birthday!


March marks our first ever year I this house. It feels like we've been here much longer. Plus so much has changed in that year. Another little person to add to our crazy family. You really have to be a bit special to live with us, haha.

 
This month we took silly pictures in our front room. Not the best as they are again on my iPhone, on a rainy day but I now have a selfie stick so at least we are all fully in the picture, most of the time anyway.

 
 
I love these three other people so much. I'm not sure what I'd do without them.

Nicola Xx
dear beautiful

Monday, 30 March 2015

9 Month Pictures

 I've loved taking my DIY pictures of Parker. He's had his newborn, 6 weeks and 8 week DIY photoshoot. I've also made sure to take some pictures on my big camera every time he turned another month old, I also do this with Paige.
 
As he turned 9 months I decided to take some more. He is so hard to take pictures of now but I managed to get a couple and of course Paige had to join in. They have such a special bond that she just makes him come alive in pictures. 
 
 
 
  
 
I will never tire of taking pictures of them both. I hope that even when they are older Paige will still love to cuddle Parker. I know that it won't always be the case but for now I will capture the moments between them.
 
I still can't believe Parker is 9 months old!
 
Nicola Xx



Friday, 27 March 2015

Mummy and Me - March

The first month. Quite a special month I think as March involved Mothers Day. It seemed like the perfect month to start the Mummy and Me linky.

I had a lovely day and I hope you all did too. My picture this month is actually from that special day.

 
 
It looks like quite a fun picture but in reality I was trying not to drop them both! They have reached the stage where I struggle to hold them both at the same time. It seemed so easy when Parker was smaller.



Becoming a mum has change my life for the better and with Mummy and Me I get to keep a record of our journey together.

Grab the badge and link up. I will comment and share as many as I can and look forward to seeing your pictures.

Nicola Xx


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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Teeny Beanies Review

 
Having personalised items for Paige and Parker is one of my favourite things to buy. Paige now recognises hers and Parker's name so that adds to the excitement of the gift. Teeny Beanies are a lovely little online shop that have some gorgeous items. We were kindly sent a personalised bean bag for both the kids.

There are three sizes. Small 3-5 years, medium 5-7 years and large 7 years+. We were sent the small sizes. My first initial thought was that they were smaller than I expected. They are a perfect size for Parker but he is just 9 months old. I feel like they are good for 1-2y but maybe any older and you should go to the next size. Paige is really quite tall for her age and to get the most use out of the bean bag I would of sized up for her. You can see that she fits nicely on the beanbag but I don't feel like there is a lot of growing room.


 

 
I picked to have Paige's name on hers and Florence Fairy purely because I thought she would love it and she does. She has even kissed it and regularly talks to little Florence. We keep hers next to her bed and she puts her special little toys to bed with Florence before she goes to sleep.


Parker's also has his name on and I picked Melvin Monkey because Parker is such a cheeky little boy, even at 9 months old. His too sits in his bedroom and looks super cute.

They make a lovely addition to any bedroom or nursery. They would equally look lovely in the main living room of the house which your child could sit on.

 
 
The small is the perfect size for Parker. He is too young to sit on it yet but I reckon once he starts walking he won't have that problem. He loves to pull up on the beanbag and chat to Melvin.
 

Both beanbags are so well made. The names are gorgeously sewn on. The inner bag can be removed and washed. A great bonus with anything child related. The zip is also hidden so little hands can't find it. There are a range of gorgeous characters and I'm sure you will find one that you and your child will love.

The beanbags would make a lovely gift and they are something that a child will use for many years to come. I have no doubt that they will be loved by Paige and Parker for many years to come.

The beanbags start at £35 for a small one. I think considering the quality and that you are able to personalise them they are worth the price completely.

Would you buy personalised beanbags for your children?

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

9 Months Postpartum

I can't believe that I've now being not pregnant longer than I was pregnant with Parker. I do miss pregnancy. Not the first 16 weeks, they are apparently always going to be awful for me but the rest of the weeks I enjoy so much. Second time around my pregnancy flew and I felt like I didn't truly get to appreciate everything like I did while pregnant with Paige.

At 9 months postpartum I feel really good. To be honest not a lot has changed from my 6 months postpartum update.

My nails are now back to normal. My skin started getting worse around 7/8 months postpartum so I'm trying to get that under control. Maybe it's a shift in hormones or something. I'm properly back to my pre pregnancy weight but didn't do anything to lose the last 2lbs I had left ay 6 months postpartum. To be honest running around after a toddler was all I did and the weight came off quicker than it did postpartum with Paige. I wish I'd taken measurements to compare those but I didn't but they can't be too different as my clothes fit the same.

I have just started working out again and by just started I mean I've worked out once haha. I am slowly trying to tone up a little, mainly my stomach. But to say I haven't worked out my stomach could be a lot worse. Yes I have stretch marks and my belly button will never look the same but I don't care. I'm proud of what my body has done and that I've made two healthy babies. It is a little softer than I would like but I can work on that.



I am still waking up once a night with Parker but I'm ok with that. He will drop that feed when he is ready, I'm in no rush. Full nights sleep are a thing of the past but that's ok too. My dark circles are horrible and that is probably the only thing I hate but I normally have them anyway.

Other than that I am enjoying my time with both Paige and Parker. They are growing so fast and in the blink of an eye Paige will be 3 and Parker will be 1.

How did you feel at 9 months postpartum?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

9 Months Old

Can we pause for a moment and actually realise that Parker is 9 months old.

9 MONTHS OLD!

 
He has officially being in the world longer than he was in my belly. I feel like the last 9 months have gone so quickly. I blinked and missed my baby boy growing up. He will be a walking and talking toddler in no time. Second babies really do grow up so quickly.

I feel like so much has changed in the past month. His eating and sleeping pattern is still the same as last month. He will nearly always have 3 meals a day but sometimes it's still two. He still has 5 bottles in 24 hours with one in the night. He will drop it when he's ready, I'm in no rush.

He still regularly tests his balance and lets go while standing up. He can do a few seconds on his own but he has to really want to do it. This month he started taking a few steps with his walker which was exciting. Paige could already stand unaided for 30-60 seconds at 9 months and took her first unaided steps at 9 months and 6 days old. I don't think Parker will do the same, thank goodness! But I do wonder when he will take those first steps.

 
He is now pulling up on EVERYTHING. It doesn't even need to have a ledge. He pulls up on walls and mirrored wardrobe sliding doors. The boy is crazy.

Another exciting thing is that on Mothers Day he said Mama for the first time. Perfect timing baby boy! He also started waving in the past month too. So cute. He babbles all the time, non stop.

He cut another few teeth this month, 3 more in fact! He now has 3 of his top 4.

He is still baby led and hasn't had puree's in 2 months now. His favourites are toast and strawberries, although he will eat pretty much everything.


He was weighed at his pre year check up and was 21lbs at just over 8 months old. He's 75th percentile for his age so smaller than Paige was at the 95th percentile but still bigger than average. He's in 9-12m clothes.. The waist on trousers are always too big for him even though he is a chubby little monkey. He can also fit some 12-18m clothes!

He is such a loving little boy. A real mummy's boy. He is so cheeky and particularly loves wires, naughty boy. He still adores Paige. He also likes biting toes, random!

Nicola Xx



Monday, 23 March 2015

Toddler Hair #1

Paige has always had a lot of hair. People can't believe how much she has at two. It is so long and grows really quickly. She has the most gorgeous hair and I love it!

I love playing around with different hairstyles for her and I thought I would start a little series where I talk about how I created some of her hair styles. It isn't anything partially fancy and you can find a lot of video tutorials on YouTube. But I wanted a place I could share Paige's. You can get stuck in a rut with childrens hair and just end up shoving it up in a ponytail each day. Paige loves having her hair done and enjoys the different styles. She has also started requesting hair styles. The latest request was Minnie Mouse, more on that later.

First up is perfect if you want your childs fringe/bangs out of there eyes. All you need is a small hair elastic. Simply French braid it back out of the way and secure with an elastic. I use have small clear bands for Paige. You can then leave the rest of the hair down or tie that up out of the way too.
 

Next up is perfect for if your child has different activities and older children as well as toddlers. Simple French braid pigtails.  All you need is two hair ties. Part the hair down the centre then French braid each side. It lasts all day and keeps the hair out the face but looks cute.

 
 
Last up is one of my favourites. This was the first time I tried this hair style but I love it. All you need is a hair tie and possibly some hair pins. You start at the front and French braid the hair down the side and round the head but only pick up hair from the one side of the head. I have no idea if this has a technical term, it probably does but i'm no expert. You carry on round the head until you reach the other side. You then secure with an elastic. You can also carry on down the hair with a regular plait or leave it in a side pony like I did.

 
 
 
 Which is your favourite?

Nicola Xx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Mummy and Me

I really wanted to start my own linky and thought a photography based one was the way to go. I'm forever taking pictures of Paige and Parker. I take hundreds a week.
 
But I'm hardly ever in them.
 
I'm always behind the camera taking the pictures, capturing the moments and making them smile. I hate looking back at pictures and not seeing myself. Don't get me wrong I don't love looking at pictures of myself but I hardly have any pictures of me with my mum when I was a child. Mainly because she wasn't and still isn't a fan of having her picture taken.
 
So Mummy and Me was born.
 
The idea is to take and post a picture of yourself and your little ones each month. It doesn't have to fancy or amazing quality. It just has to be a memory. You and your children. You can write words, you can just add the picture. Anything goes.
 
 


 

 
Just link up, use the badge and comment on a few other posts.
 
I can't wait to see your pictures.
 
The linky will be open on the 27th of each month for you to post your favourite picture of you with your children from that month. That means you have a week before the first one. Eeeekkkk!! I really hope you want to join in.
 
Nicola Xx
 

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review - The Wool Room

As a parent sleep becomes something that is so important. You don't get enough or struggle to get any at all. I don't know about you but I am willing to try almost anything to get a better nights sleep.

I never really thought that bedding could make a difference but it can. Having a wool pillow, duvet and matress protector can help you sleep better, it's scientifically proven.


The Wool Room was born in 2008. A small group of people wanted to show the world how amazing wool was. The wool room offers bedding made from Wool. They kindly sent us a deluxe bedding set of pillows, a quilt and a matress protector to review.

The idea is that sleeping on top and under wool helps you get better quality of sleep. There are studies that show you sleep 25% better when surrounded by wool. It helps you stay in the deeper stage of sleeping for longer with a lower relaxed heart rate. It also helps regulate your temperature making sure you don't get too hot. It is also washable and hypoallergenic. It also supports British farmers.


Our bedding was packaged well and arrived quickly. The first thing I noticed was the quality of the items. As soon as you touch the items you can feel the quality. They feel amazing. I didn't even want to put covers on they felt so nice. You get a true sense of luxury. All the items arrived in there own dust bags which again added to the luxury aspect. I couldn't wait to test the items out and was looking forward to bed time.

The pillows  are probably my favourite item. You can truly personalise them to how you like them. Because there is wool inside you can take some out if the pillow is too full for how you like it. You can buy extra to add in. You can fluff the wool up to make it softer. This is perfect for me and Mark. He prefers flat pillows and I prefer soft bouncy pillows. With these wool pillows we can both have what we want. We no longer need to buy two different pillows. The pillows open with a tab less zip and are easily opened and adjusted to suit each sleeper.

 

After I fluffed my pillow up
 
The medium duvet is just as lovely as the pillows. The medium is 8-12 tog and is perfect for all round year round use. Again the quality is something which you feel right the start. The duvet isn't too heavy but its a good weight. The wool helps couples body temperature to regulate so you both get 25% better sleep. I always used to wake up roasting and with this bedding I haven't yet. We've tried it out for a good month now and I do feel like I've had better sleep. Even though I still wake up once a
night to see to Parker I feel like I'm able to fall asleep quicker and get a better quality of sleep.

 
The matress protector also helps to make sure that you don't overheat while you sleep and together with the duvet has worked well for us. It too has the same quality and feel of the pillows and the duvet. It is secured to the matress like a fitted sheet would be and wraps under the matress ensuring that it stays in place.

 
 
 
The bedding is the only proved hypoallergenic bedding on the market. Testing showed that dust mites just can not survive on wool and so the bedding has Allergy UK Seal of approval which is perfect if you or your children suffer from asthma or allergies. It can also be fully machine washed on a wool cycle.

I'll be honest, I'd never even heard of wool bedding before but now I wouldn't be without it. I have already recommended it to many family members who can't believe the quality of the bedding.

Have you tried of Wool bedding?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above items for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*
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