Thursday, 17 August 2017

Summer Holidays 2017 - Weeks 1&2

Before the summer began I wanted to do a little post each week about the fun things we had gotten up to. The week before the holidays started Parker got chicken pox so for the first two weeks of the holidays the girls then had chicken pox. Needless to say this has meant that we haven't really done anything.

It kind of worked out well though. The weather was rubbish so because we were house bound we spent our time snuggling, watching films and just enjoying lazy days.

There was one day when the girls weren't contagious and we managed to go get Paiges hair cut. She had an amazing 8.5 inches cut off. That was something on our summer bucket list that we managed to get ticked off very quickly.

Parker has now finished nursery so I will have all three babies at home with me for the rest of the school holidays which I am so excited for.

We also managed to get most of Paige's new uniform for year 1 as well which is great to already have that all done and dusted!

Have you had a good start to the holidays?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Siblings - August 2017

Since last month we have started the summer holidays, Parker got chicken pox and then the girls after two weeks which meant we were contagious for about a month. Luckily the weather was awful so we enjoyed some lazy days, films and snuggles. 

They are all now getting better and we've managed a day out at Blackpool and the weather was amazing!! I had hoped to take some lovely pictures on the beach but it was closed due to the air show, which was actually really cool. 

The kids this months have loved all been together and playing. Harleigh is loving having her big brother and big sister at home. She loves playing with them and watching them. She is so close to crawling and they are loving helping her. 

My pictures this month are just of them all in normal everyday life, capturing their relationships and how they interact with each other and I love them. They are getting harder and harder to capture pictures of them, Harleigh wants to crawl away, Parker doesn't want to entertain pictures at all and Paige is loving pulling silly faces! 

We have a few weeks left of the holidays and I'm hoping for more days out, picnics and visiting family. Come on sunshine! 

Nicola Xx 
The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Last Day of Nursery

Parker has now finished nursery. His last day was on Tuesday and I still can't believe it. I felt more emotional than I did when Paige finished. We love Parker's nursery and so does he. He really bonded with staff and made some lovely friends who he adores. Paige never really settled too well in her nursery so we didn't find it hard to leave.
First vs Last Day

He never once cried and has happily waved me off at the window surrounded by his friends each and every time I've taken him. He is one of the youngest but we are told he is very much one the leaders. When he walks into the room all the other children shout "PARKER" and run over to him. It is so lovely to see. He helps the other children to count and regularly takes charge and speaks up in group activities. I think having two siblings helps with that and helps his confidence, especially having two sisters!

I know he will miss it greatly but he is really excited for pre school and so am I. He will be going 5 morning a week instead of 3 mornings and he really does need it. He is very bright and loves learning and doing things so pre school will keep him busy and get him ready for school next year. It's crazy to think that this time next year we will be getting him ready for school. His pre school is at Paige's school, the same one she went to, but he doesn't have to wear a uniform or anything.

He is growing up so quickly. I think because he speaks so well and is quite clever we often do think of him as more of a similar age to Paige when in reality he is 2 years younger than her.

We are so proud of him and so excited for him to start his journey on the road to school!

How did you feel when your little one left nursery?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Linens Limited Review

Improving and decorating our house is something that i'm currently really trying to focus on. It does feel like our home but because we rent I never really added any little touches to make it feel much more personalised. I'm not really sure what changed but now I really want to add bits and pieces to help it feel more like ours.

I wanted to start with upstairs just because I felt like it will be cheaper and easier than downstairs, we have a horrible carpet in the front room that will need replacing! When Linens Limited reached out I couldn't wait to pick out a few things to help us along the way.

 The bathroom seemed a good place to start. For the bathroom we had horrible blue accessorises, I'm talking about a bright blue shower curtain and blue fish toilet seat! It wasn't the most attractive thing. The first thing I picked out was the lovely plain cream shower curtain. A complete bargain at £4.95. It brightens up the bathroom so much and doesn't leave a horrible blue shadow over the whole room. It was very easy to switch over from the old one and is lovely quality and a fantastic price. We have since then got a new white toilet seat and some white storage. I am still working on finding some prints for the wall but once I've finished I will give you a little tour.

Next up was the main bedroom. We really need a new mattress but they are quite expensive and to be honest we can't afford right now so I thought the Limited Linens Memory Foam Mattress Topper would be ideal. Once it arrived I unpacked it and laid it out on the bed to flatten and plump up. Once it had I simply popped it on top of the old mattress, placed a sheet on top and we were ready to go. The topper is the most comfortable thing I've ever laid on. I was a little unsure of how I would like it and just how comfortable it would be but it is amazing and really worth the money if you need a new mattress but can't quite afford, this topper is a lovely middle ground. It is 2 inches thick, hypoallergenic and really does support your body whilst you slept. We have found that after a few nights sleep the mattress tends to move around a little off to one side, maybe the addition of straps to secure it to the mattress would be a nice improvement. 

I thought some new bedding would add something to the bedroom. Our previous bedding was black and grey and to be honest very dull. I wanted to freshen the whole room and adding some new bedding does exactly that. I choose the Limited Linens 100% Egyptian Cotton fitted sheet and the simple Limited Linens Linear Pleated Duvet cover set. Both are soft and feel lovely against your skin. They wash really well and fit perfectly.

I'm wanting to get some new decorative pillows and sort out my desk and then once I do I will share a little bedroom tour too. 

How did you feel decorating if you live in a rented house?

Nicola Xx

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

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

First Hairdressers Trip

Paige has the most wonderful hair, it's gorgeous! Ever since she was little she's had loads of hair. On her second birthday it was already past her shoulders. Its lovely and thick too which is great in terms of hair but can be a nightmare when its super long. She had about 5 inches cut off last year she loved it!

It's got to the point where it's just too much hard work and is far too hard to handle. It would take us an hour to wash and dry it, which included about 10 minutes of just brushing.

We decided a cut would be the best thing. I still wanted it long enough to plait for when school starts again but it needed to be manageable. 

When it was super long Paige could never wear it down because it would just get everywhere but she loves wearing it down. I didn't want to go too short as I didn't want to shock Paige, she said she wanted it like mine!

She had around 8/9 inches off in the end which is crazy! Her hair is still long after cutting, so it's crazy just how long it really was.

She loves it and I am so happy with how much easier it will be for me to manage. 

Nicola Xx
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