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:

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...

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.

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. 

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?

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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