Friday, 20 October 2017

Harleigh 11 Months Old

I can’t believe that Harleigh is 11 months old. That’s one month until she is one. When you are reading this there will be just 29 little days to go. That’s it! It has flown by and I’m so sad. I think I may cry. 


This month she has come on so well. She is still pulling up and crawling. We haven’t had any steps yet but she has stood for a few seconds on her own. She loves to walk whilst you hold her hands too and is very steady. 

We have two new teeth. She finally cut her top middle two with the ones next to those very, very close to cutting. 


She is now on 3 meals a day with 3 bottles. She weighed 19lb 4oz a couple of weeks ago at her latest health visitor check up. Which makes her just above the 50th percentile for weight and she was just below the 91st percentile for height, which we were so surprised about. I remember Paige being so much bigger. She was always around the 98th percentile for height so was a taller but I expected Harleigh to be around the 50th for both height and weight. 

I wouldn’t say we’ve had first words even though we think she’s said mama and mummy. But she’s only said then once and won’t say them again so I’m not convinced. We have definitely had more sounds which is lovely. We’ve had ba, da, ma, and ga. 


Her night time sleep has levelled out a bit again but her morning nap is sometimes a struggle. We do still have the odd rough night when she is teething.

I just love the age she is at right now. She still feels like a baby but can interact a lot more, she gives kisses and cuddles, waves and is eating so well. There are elements of toddler hood coming through and it makes me so sad. I don't want her to grow up so quickly. I am so thankful that she hasn't taken any steps yet, I don't think i'd be able to handle that! 

Her next update will be one year old!

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Autumn is Here

The other weekend we went to the park for a walk or in the kids case, a scoot. The weather was finally ok and not chucking it down with rain. I don't mind the colder weather but hate all the rain.

We loaded everyone in the car and drove about 15 minutes to our favourite park. I remember finding this park and thinking we had hit the jackpot. It is the most gorgeous park and usually very quiet.

There are plenty of places to walk around, places for the kids to scoot around, little wood walks to go on, things to look at, views to admire and treasure to find. Yep, real treasure. We told the kids we were going on a treasure hunt, they loved it and had so much fun. 

What was the treasure you ask... conkers!

The kids had so much fun looking for conkers and scooting around. We did find a few conkers and some lovely autumn leaves for Paige's homework. 

I of course took loads of pictures so wanted to share a few with you. I love them all! The kids faces, the autumn leaves, everything!







I am loving autumn so far and can't wait to have some more fun, cold Autumn days out!

Have you enjoyed some nice park days?

Nicola Xx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Siblings - October 2017

Another month has come and gone so quickly. The kiddos haven't been well this month, we aren't having much luck recently to be honest. 

In a strange way I feel like the sickness has brought the kids closer together. They loved having the extra time together and bonded so much more, if that was possible. 

I love their relationship. I could watch them all day long. They play so nicely and get on so well. Of course they have their moments but 99% of the time they are amazing with each other, we are so lucky. 


These pictures were taken on a recent morning at the park. I love walking around in Autumn and the kids loved it too. The big two took there scooters and loved riding around in the park. I don't want Harleigh to grow up any quicker than she already is but it will be so cute when she can walk and really join in with the other two. They can't wait for her to properly join in.



Nicola Xx
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My Sunday Photo - 15/10/2017



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Friday, 13 October 2017

Pomelody E-Learning Music Platform

All three of my children love music. So much so that we regularly have dance parties in the living room. They love all different types of music and love to listen and dance. 

Pomelody is a new home based e-learning music platform that can potentially increase IQ by 18%. As a parent children's toys can be boring, I will admit that I don't particularly enjoy playing with them all. Pomelody offers the ability to connect with your child and have fun with music!

So you might be wondering how Pomelody started. Professional musicians Adam and Anna came up with the idea whilst raising their children. They knew how music can have a positive impact on a child's development and wanted to try find musical content that they could use in order to interact with their children. 

There was very little musical content available and what was available was unstructured. They set about designing, testing and recording a series of specially recorded songs, music theory tutorials for parents and animated stories for kids. The result is the first simple to access (online via PC, laptop or tablet), fun and engaging platform for parents to embrace music along with their young children. 




About Pomelody:
Pomelody is a comprehensive online music education system for children 0-6 and their families. It's the world’s first music education e-learning platform for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Pomelody is designed from the ground up to stimulate a child’s music potential while giving parents (even those with no music ability) an opportunity to bond and have fun. Every quarter, Pomelody delivers an online (via PC, laptop, tablet) series of music. Each season will consist of 10 family music making classes, animated lectures with music theory and animated stories for the children. 



Adam, Weber founder of Pomelody, said: “Music is such a powerful medium to stimulate a child’s imagination. Its benefits stretch way beyond childhood with many reports suggesting that it can boost an individual’s adult IQ by up to 18%, compared to children with no early years music exposure. 
Whilst this is motivation in itself, it's the sheer joy and bonding between a child and its parents that makes interacting with music so magical. With Pomelody we have a created a unique opportunity for families to bond, to learn, to have fun and to stimulate the next generation. We arvery excited to bring this project to market and, fingers crossed, we can achieve our stretch goal and give free access to underprivileged children around the world.”


Music is so much fun and so beneficial to young children.


I think that Pomelody sounds like a really great idea to get children and us as parents excited and involved in music. 

Do your children like music?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tiny Love Toy Review

All my children loves toys, we ave so many we could open up a toy shop of our own I think!

We recently tried out some toys from Tiny Love. The musical stack and ball game and the follow me Fred. 


The follow me Fred is a cute little dog which helps with crawling as he loves along. He can move in a straight line or a circle due to his accordion shaped body. He plays cute music and makes doggy sounds. 

Harleigh is already crawling and loves crawling after the dog. He doesn't make many sounds or noises so they do repeat quite a lot. She does tend to get a little bored of him after a few minutes but I imagine that a younger baby just learning to crawl would really love chasing after him. 


Next up is the musical stack and ball game. This one has easy to grasp rings, perfect for younger babies. There are sounds, lights and music. The idea is to stack the rings to make the elephant then pop the balls which rattle inside the elephant and the ball comes out the bottom. As the other toy was a little young for Harleigh I think that this one is a little old, she doesn't really understand the game but still loves playing with it.


 Both toys are lovely and bright which is great for young babies and toddlers. Both toys are avalable from Kiddies Kingdom.

Have you tried any Tiny Love toys?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - I was sent the above toys for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Friday, 6 October 2017

Lilly + Sid Review A/W 17

I have loved Lilly + Sid for quite a while now and have followed them on Twitter on ages. I remember Parker had the coolest sleepsuit from them when he was little!



First up Harleigh has the Applique Cord Pini - Animal Friends Set. This little set is really sweet. There is a reversible dress and a red and white striped top. Cute little heart buttons add some very sweet detail. I love that the dress is reversible as it feels like you are getting two dresses for the price of one! I think my favourite side is the floral print because I love Harleigh in floral things.



Leggings are a big part of Harleighs wardrobe. She tends to wear them a lot because I think they are really easy for her to wear and super comfortable. They come in a two pack which is great. Babies tend to get very messy so have two of something is better than one. I love the floral print and the second pair is red with a sweet bunny on the bottom in the gorgeous blue floral print on the dress. I love the deeper darker colours which are prefect for Autumn. 



The Applique Duck Jersey Dress is really soft and super comfortable for Harleigh to wear. I do find that when she is sat down it is very short and because she is crawling rather than walking it rides up a lot and looks more like a top. It does look great with either tights or leggings though! The dress it very cute and I love the red and the added detail of the floral hat on the little duck. 


All the items are great quality, super cute and wash really well. Harleigh seems very comfortable in them all. They are also super easy to put on a very wiggly baby.

They A/W range is super sweet. I love the red, stripes and floral patterns. There is also a gorgeous bunny print and a woodland print which I adore.

Have you tried Lilly + Sid?

Nicola Xx

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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

B-Sensible Fitted Sheet Protector Review

When you have children there are a million things to think about, one of those things is sleep and bedding. Where will they sleep, how will they sleep and so on. As they get older the same problems still occur. Will the sleep properly once you move them from a cot to a bed, will they wet the bed in the middle of the night when potty training.

We have been very lucky. Both Paige and Parker were fine when moving from a cot to a big bed, time will only tell how Harleigh will do. As for potty training effecting their sleep it did sometimes but most of the time the biggest thing that effects their sleep is illness. They recently had a pretty awful sickness bug. They woke in the night and were sick multiple times. The thing that saved us were the fitted sheet protectors from B-Sensible. I've never really thought about sheet protectors before, they would be too noisy and too uncomfortable for the children to sleep on so we didn't buy any. The B-Sensible ones are far from that. They are waterproof AND breathable meaning they are super thin and really comfortable. They don't make a sound when the children wiggle around and to be honest they don't know the difference but their mattress is protected! 


They made the middle of the night bed changes so much easier to deal with as they protected the mattress from getting wet. It was a simple change of bedding and we were all ready to sleep again. 


They are fitted they stay on the mattress really well, they also have quite a lot of material at the side so will work for mattresses of different thickness. I was a little worried they would take ages to dry once washed but they can go in the tumble dryer!


We also have a pink fitted sheet protector on Harleigh's cot. Perfect for nappy leaks and all sorts of things. All the same great qualities just in a smaller size.

They come in a variety of sizes and colours, are great quality and I can't recommend them enough!

Have you tried waterproof sheets?

Nicola Xx

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

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Me and Mine - September 2017

What a month?! A very up and down month this September. We started really well with Paige starting year one and loving it, thankfully that has continued! Parker also started school nursery and again loves it. They sometimes also see each other in the play ground which is just the cutest thing ever.

Then they both got hit with a sickness bug and the month just went down hill from there to be honest. Its always rough when children get ill but when they get a sickness bug it's even harder. Parker is still sick now, he goes 30-36 hours within being sick and then he is sick again, which is rubbish as it means he can't go to nursery but he feels ok once he is sick so he finds it hard because he really wants to go but isn't allowed. 


I have great visions for this months picture, I wanted a lovely family picture, in the park with the autumn trees in the background but instead we are in our bedroom, with quite rubbish lighting but that is us. 

Together as a five and I love it.

Nicola Xx

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

Friday, 29 September 2017

First Day at School Nursery - Parker

This week Parker started nursery, school nursery. He used to go to private nursery before for three mornings a week but now at school nursery will be going every morning for 3 hours each time. The extra school run in the middle of the day will be a pain but that's only for a year.



On Monday he did one hour with me. That was his third stay and play and he loved it! Because his birthday is in June he is one of the younger ones so started later compared to the older ones. On Tuesday he did an hour on his own and again loved it. Wednesday was the whole 3 hours on his own and so far so good. He used to love going to nursery before so i'm really hoping that he will just continue to love going this time. 

He was so excited and so ready to start going more often plus it starts getting him ready for school next year which I can apply for already! Paige is so excited that now Parker goes to her school and they may see each other in the play ground! He can wear a uniform but I like to save that for reception year.

He seems so grown up now and it makes me so sad but I know he will love making new friends, love his teachers and be really happy to be involved in school.

Now I have to get used to just having Harleigh at home in the mornings.

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Mummy and Me - September 2017

I have to admit that I am cheating a little this month. School and nursery started again, I've had less time with Paige and Parker and trying to get a picture of all of us just hasn't worked. The plan was to take some this past weekend but the children got a sickness bug. The weekend before that we all coughs and colds. I didn't miss the school germs!



This first picture is one of my favourites I have of me with the children. It was taken in August though but after the previous mummy and me so that totally counts in my eyes, haha! It was on a really lovely day out we had and I love it so much, even though Harleigh isn't looking.





The others are random little pictures I've had with the children at some point during the past month, I had loads more with Harleigh than the big two purely because of school and nursery. I miss them so much!

Paiges first day of school, Parkers first day of nursery and cuddles with Harleigh.

Heres to a well October!

Nicola Xx

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes



Great Clothing Gifts for the Men in Your Life

Gift buying is not always easy. Sometimes you are lucky and things just fall into place. You go online or walk into a shop and the right present just jumps out at you. Other times, you are left scrabbling around trying to find something suitable.

I tend to find that this happens to me more when I am trying to find a gift for a male family member or friend. Why this happens I am not sure, but I think it is simply that I rarely go shopping in men´s shops. Therefore, I am less familiar with what is available. Fortunately, there is one type of gift that works for most men. Every man needs clothes, so shirts, trousers, underwear, socks and footwear all make great presents. As you can see here there are hundreds of options, so you are bound to find something suitable.

Stylish polo shirts

Polo shirts are surprisingly versatile and are popular across the age groups. They look good with both jeans and trousers and are comfortable to wear. The fact that they are semi-smart makes them a good option for parties. There are many different types available, with some stores introducing long sleeve versions, which are particularly good for the colder months.

Jeans for all shapes and sizes

Jeans are another item of clothing that most men and boys seem to wear. However, you do need to be careful when buying them as a gift. They are not cheap, so you do not want to end up buying a pair that simply languishes in the back of the wardrobe. It is usually only a good idea to purchase them if you know for sure which brand and cut the person you are buying for likes to wear.

Trainers and shoes

Most men have a certain style of shoes or trainers that they like to wear. To identify which ones would make a good gift, all you need to do is to pay attention and notice which ones they wear the most. Provided you know the man or boy´s shoe size you are good to go.

Sportswear

For men and boys, sportswear and equipment can make excellent gifts. The person you are buying for does not necessarily have to participate in sports. A football, baseball or hockey shirt featuring their favourite team is an ideal gift for those who are fans, rather than players.

Underwear and socks

For the men and boys in your life that you are close to, underwear can be a great gift. They are the type of item that most men hate going shopping for. Socks are a good gift for any man or boy. Just avoid the temptation to buy gimmicky ones. That type tends to only get worn once, maybe twice, and then shoved in the drawer.

Getting the size right

If you are buying for a friend, your father or brother you are going to have little choice but to guess his size. Therefore, you really should give them a gift receipt. That way if the fit is not right they can easily exchange the item. If, on the other hand, you are buying clothing gifts for your partner or son take the time to measure them properly before you buy. Doing so will potentially save you a lot of time and hassle. Here you can find out how to do it properly.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Hipp Organics - First Tastes

When weaning first tastes are so important. Your babies whole world was milk and now its time to introduce them to food. Hipp Organic have some new pure vegetable jars. They are perfect as first foods and are made up of single flavours using organic vegetables. Both me and Harleigh were challenged to test them out.


Parsnips - We started with parsnips. Suitable from 4 months the parsnips are very smooth in texture. Made from only organic parsnips and water. I tried it first and then Harleigh. To me it tasted exactly like parsnips, a little more of a sutble flavour than it would be if i ate a regular parsnips but it was nice. Harleigh wasn't a huge fan first time around but second time she liked it and ate the lot.


Peas - I was excited and a little scared for the peas. I went first and thought they tasted exactly like mushy peas, just pureed, which is a little weird when you aren't used to eating it. Harleigh loves peas and she loved them pureed too. She gobbled it up and couldn't get enough. Again just made from organic peas and water!


White Carrot - Without reading the jar I thought this one was parsnip again, I didn't even think about white carrots! To me they tasted a little sweeter than regular carrot but a nice flavour. Harleigh wasn't a huge fan. It was quite watery so i'm not sure if thats what put her off a little.


Mediterranean Vegetables with aubergines - Suitable from 6 months plus this one has more texture than the first ones we tried. Harleigh really enjoyed it, loved the extra texture and ate it all up without any problems. For me the added texture was very strange but the flavour was very nice, you could taste the vegetables inside which were carrots, tomatoes, courgettes, onions and aubergines.


Vegetables with fish pie - This one was the one I was least looking forward to trying. I am not a fish person and to be honest I hated it. The flavour was quite subtle but I still hated it. Harleigh loved it. This one seemed very smooth compared to the other 6 months plus ones. 


Buttered Vegetables - To me this tasted just like sweet potatoes which I like, again I don't think id ever get used to eating puree foods but the flavour was nice. This was Harleigh's favourite, she loves sweet potato so loved this! It had a little more texture too so I think she enjoyed that too. 

We really loved trying out the pure vegetable jars and Harleigh loved them! I was surprised how well she ate them as usually jars and pouches have some sort of fruit added in to sweeten them a little. I have a voucher which you can use to try out some of the new jars. I'd love to know how you get on.

Nicola Xx

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