Monday, 23 April 2018

How To Pop Your Playgroup Cherry

I love a baby group. There, I said it. Do I enjoy endless renditions of twinkle twinkle little star? Of course not but the camaraderie and companionship of other mums who are in the trenches too is a lifesaver in that first year, not to mention that the baby goes wild for some singing and a broken toy. But it's not always easy to pop your baby group cherry, here are my top tips for a nervous first-timer. I think I should just add, I wrote this some time ago but never found the right time to post, so, without further ado:

Monday, 9 April 2018

Places To Go: Foxburrows Farm Zoo, Hainault Country Park

I'm always on the hunt for cheap or free places to take my fifteen month old, she's at an age where she would have equal levels of enthusiasm for the local park as a theme park so new places to entertain her that don't cost much-so I'm not full of resentment about my lightened wallet as soon as I'm through the gate- are the name of the game! I put an appeal out on Instagram and you lovely lot gave me lots of ideas. First up, on a bright spring morning we tried Foxburrows Farm Zoo at Hainault Country Park. It took about fifteen minutes from home and we arrived at just after 10am. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

What Do You Do All Day, Woman? A Totally Average Day In Our Lives

A day in our lives. This was a Thursday but it doesn't matter much, they all follow a similar pattern. Reading this back I feel that I should caveat with the fact I'm really happy with my stay-at-home/work-at-home situation, I love that I get to hang out with her most days and she makes me laugh all day long but there's no joy in wiping food from the floor, no matter how cute the thing that put it there goes:

Friday, 9 March 2018

Baby & Me: 14 Months

I have a toddler. A toddler with a big voice and not so many words. She says 'duck', 'car', 'woof woof', 'sock' y'know, all the useful words. Mostly she talks in a language that she understands but she loves to get involved in the conversation. She started walking unaided just as she turned thirteen months and she's still getting the hang of it six weeks later, which means we've had a few extra tears and bumps to the head (and teeth. Worst day ever). A sign of things to come, I guess! 

Monday, 19 February 2018

How To: Take Great Photos Of Your Toddler

I try to take some 'proper camera' photos of G at least once a month. I really feel that I get something different when I follow her around with a lens rather than my iPhone, but the older she gets, the more difficult it becomes to capture natural moments. This weekend, I dressed her in a beautiful two piece from La Coqueta (it's this one!) and vintage Clarks shoes that were once mine (thanks Mum!) and got clicking. I'm pretty happy with the edit so I thought I'd share some quick-fire tricks to photograph a toddler! 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Footwear: Mama Treads and Cosy Toddler Toes

We're still hoping to go skiing before the season is out so when Footway got in touch and asked if I'd like to collaborate with them I knew exactly what I'd be choosing to photograph my toddler wearing. I've had a crush on the brand Sorel since I got my first pair a few years ago and was thrilled for an excuse to buy my little friend a pair so that we can twin. When Tom saw them lined up in the hallway he felt just a little bit left out.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Toddler Life: Expectation VS Reality

I'm not sure why I haven't learnt by now, but the all consuming needs of my tiny toddler consistently takes me by surprise. I thought, and you'll laugh, that by fourteen months I'd have it all under control. I present to you my optimistic expectations and the not-awful-just-'different' reality...
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