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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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. 
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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 is...here goes:
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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'....so 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! 
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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! 
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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.
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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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Monday, 12 February 2018

Q&A: Pro Family Photographer Terri Pashley

Yes, a newborn family shoot captures that beautiful, intoxicating newness, and I treasure them, I really do, but nothing beats the characterful joy of capturing a one-year-old's first steps out in the wild. These images bring me unrivalled joy. Thrilled with the family shots she's taken for us in the past, I asked Terri of Terri Pashley photography to capture me and my girl as we hit the one year mark. She was in-fact thirteen-and-a-half months and just making those first wobbly independent strides when we got together to shoot in a woody nook near to my house. I'm so excited to share my favourites with you.
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Review: Stair-gates And Beyond. Toddler Proofing The Home With Fred Safety

 To be honest, the stair gate has been a long time coming. Trying to resist a house of bars meant that I spent a lot of my time kneeling at an ascending baby's rear end chiming 'careful', 'no', 'we don't climb the stairs'. It started surprisingly early, climbing came alongside crawling so, four months after the first of many climbs, exasperated and feeling that it wouldn't be long before my fears became a reality, I stumbled upon Fred safety's clear view stair gate on Instagram. What's more, they were asking for volunteers to try them out. I willingly obliged. 
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Baby & Me: 12 Months


Things have slipped lately. Her birthday followed by the craziness that is Christmas (still recovering!), a house that's at the end of its renovation and a small business means that I'm pretty late in publishing her twelve month update. I have too many balls in the air as standard and I seem to switch between which one gets neglected a little. This has been a half written note on my phone for some time, so just imagine it's Boxing Day and you're tucking into your 12524625th Celebration, kay?
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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ten Ways To: Have a Baby Without Breaking The Bank [sponsored]

So, babies are expensive, right? The media never tires of lumping averages together to tell us that our first baby WILL cost us upwards of £11,000* in the first year. What if I told you they don't have to be such a burden on your finances? With some savvy shopping and spending you can kit your small human out with everything its tiny heart desires without breaking the bank. Here's how:
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