Friday, 8 June 2018

Five tips for shopping childrens' vintage clothes on eBay

I love to dress my little girl in vintage baby and toddler clothes, the outfits of yesteryear seemed to have more innocence than the mini-me clothes available in many of the high street shops today. It's not an easy job finding them, but I have tracked down lots of gems on eBay and often get asked 'how do you do it?". Here are my top five tips:

Thursday, 31 May 2018

AD| Messy Fun: Painting With Munchkin

Ok, so remember last week I told you all about our meal-time and bath-time adventures with Munchkin (you can read about it here)? Well this week, they set us a new challenge, it involved washable (thank goodness!) paint, a heap of Munchkin kit and an excited and slightly bemused toddler. I haven't tried painting with her up until this point,  not sure whether she would understand, but she loves using her chalks and crayons so this seemed like a good next step. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

AD: Improving My Toddler's Eating Habits With Sainsbury's Little Ones

In my experience, babies seem to fall into two camps, those who like to wolf their food down and don't let anything go to waste intentionally and those who prefer to use it to redecorate the kitchen. Sadly, mine has tended to be the latter. She's just not a big eater, she never has been and although I said I wouldn't create a fussy child (oh, the things we said when were hypothetical parents!),  I had fallen into a bit of a beige foods trap, plain pasta with cheese sauce was on repeat, and her five-a-day was coming almost exclusively from fruit. I wasn't proud of it but I also lacked the enthusiasm to cook delicious baby food for her to decorate my white kitchen walls with. Not anymore! I've been collaborating with Sainsbury's this month to put their new Little Ones chilled toddler meals and recipes to the test, along with some advice that I took from a chat with the Sainsbury's nutritionist Fiona Wilcock. Honestly? it's been a game changer. I've been blown away with the different flavours that she's been WOLFING down!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

AD | Putting Clever Munchkin Products To The Toddler Test

My introduction to the brand Munchkin came a few months ago when my cousin popped round with her little boy, he was drinking from a frankly ingenious cup, the weighted straw meant that he could drink from it from any angle. I am not an impulsive person but I immediately went out to buy one (they were actually out of stock and my mum found one a few days later, but you get the gist). It's been a firm favourite, my sixteen month old has used it every day since, so I was frankly thrilled when an email dropped into my inbox asking if I'd like to collaborate with the brand. They sent over an enormous box of goodies and my number one employee put them all to the test. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Toddler & Me: 16 Months

These updates feel less necessary. I suppose I was using them as a kind of therapy. Yes, it was great to chart her progress and I think I'll be really glad that I took the time to write the highs and lows of the first year of motherhood but it was also really cathartic. Once we passed the eleven month mark, it's just slipped my mind. It's a good thing, I haven't needed to decompress, I'm just, well, getting on with it. I'm loving it. I've updated her status from to toddler because she's not a baby anymore. I'm not sad about it. I don't want to rewind, but I would like to press pause just about now.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Toddler Eats: Super Easy No-Measuring Banana Porridge Pancakes

G has never been a big eater, she rarely 'wolfs' anything down so mealtimes are often a battle. Tired of having her baby porridge splattered around the room, I looked at that red box and wondered if there was another way. It turned out there was. I'd heard about banana and oat pancakes but was a little worried after a 'baby friendly flapjack' incident at a birthday party during our early weaning adventures, so I wondered what would happen if I used Ready Brek instead. What happened, my friends was a taste sensation. I can't harp on about these moist (sorry) banana beauties any more, they're delicious and I often end up eating a whole one while checking that they're cool enough for her. She loves them and will happily feed herself at least two, I can't tell you how much this pleases me, because unknowingly she's wolfing (yes!) down a whole banana, a bowl's-worth of porridge and an egg. I had been making it up as I went along (and you totally can do that) but I've noted down rough volumes to give you a hand...

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:
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