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This week we have been having fun with The Super Yummies to come up with fun and tasty ideas using their delicious toddler snack products. Jude loves his snacks and I am always looking for new things for him to try. It can sometimes be a challenge for parents to come up with creative snack ideas, so Jude and I have been busy creating some yummy snacks for you to try with your toddler! In this post I'm using Breadsticks from The Super Yummies and have created two really easy but really delicious snacks for you to try.  



The Super Yummies range of toddler snacks have been developed with mums and nutritionists. The Super Yummies Breadsticks are tasty baked snacks that are the perfect size for little hands to hold for nibbling and dunking. They come in two delicious flavours: Tomato & Herb and Pumpkin & Rosemary. They are a source of fibre and have no added salt. The breadsticks are perfectly yummy on their own and they also work well with other foods. The Breadsticks have been created for little ones aged 12 months and over, but I have to admit that even I am quite partial to the Pumpkin & Rosemary ones! Here are our snack ideas for you to try with your toddler.



Hummus Dip with Carrots & Breadsticks

Jude absolutely loves hummus with pitta bread and carrots to dip in it. I've found that The Super Yummies Pumpkin & Rosemary Breadsticks are a great alternative to pitta bread for dipping. He has a tablespoon of hummus, five breadsticks and a chopped carrot. Instead of cutting his carrots into sticks I sliced them into coins so that he has a variety of textures and shapes on his plate.


Smashed Avocado on "Toast"

Smashed avocado on toast is all the rage at the moment, so I just had to have a play with it to make a toddler version! It's really tasty with the Tomato & Herb Breadsticks. I used half a small avocado and mashed it up with nothing else added. I then topped one end of five breadsticks with some avocado and served it with a couple of quartered cherry tomatoes. Jude really enjoys this snack and wolfs it down in seconds!


The Super Yummies Breadsticks come in 100g bags costing £1.67. You can find The Super Yummies range of toddler snacks at Morrisons and other retailers.

Toddler Snackspiration with The Super Yummies Breadsticks

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This week we have been having fun with The Super Yummies to come up with fun and tasty ideas using their delicious toddler snack products. Jude loves his snacks and I am always looking for new things for him to try. It can sometimes be a challenge for parents to come up with creative snack ideas, so Jude and I have been busy creating some yummy snacks for you to try with your toddler! In this post I'm using Breadsticks from The Super Yummies and have created two really easy but really delicious snacks for you to try.  



The Super Yummies range of toddler snacks have been developed with mums and nutritionists. The Super Yummies Breadsticks are tasty baked snacks that are the perfect size for little hands to hold for nibbling and dunking. They come in two delicious flavours: Tomato & Herb and Pumpkin & Rosemary. They are a source of fibre and have no added salt. The breadsticks are perfectly yummy on their own and they also work well with other foods. The Breadsticks have been created for little ones aged 12 months and over, but I have to admit that even I am quite partial to the Pumpkin & Rosemary ones! Here are our snack ideas for you to try with your toddler.



Hummus Dip with Carrots & Breadsticks

Jude absolutely loves hummus with pitta bread and carrots to dip in it. I've found that The Super Yummies Pumpkin & Rosemary Breadsticks are a great alternative to pitta bread for dipping. He has a tablespoon of hummus, five breadsticks and a chopped carrot. Instead of cutting his carrots into sticks I sliced them into coins so that he has a variety of textures and shapes on his plate.


Smashed Avocado on "Toast"

Smashed avocado on toast is all the rage at the moment, so I just had to have a play with it to make a toddler version! It's really tasty with the Tomato & Herb Breadsticks. I used half a small avocado and mashed it up with nothing else added. I then topped one end of five breadsticks with some avocado and served it with a couple of quartered cherry tomatoes. Jude really enjoys this snack and wolfs it down in seconds!


The Super Yummies Breadsticks come in 100g bags costing £1.67. You can find The Super Yummies range of toddler snacks at Morrisons and other retailers.

Welcome to Happy Days!  Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.

Happy Days: I'm a Mrs!

Welcome to Happy Days!  Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.

Over the years there have been many baby products that I've felt were just totally pointless (tiny baby shoes, I'm looking at you) and others that have been utterly amazing. The Lulla Doll by Roro falls into the latter!

I actually remember reading about the Lulla Doll in the news last summer, as it sold out within days of launching and desperate parents were willing to pay triple the price on eBay to get their hands on one. Last month Essie received her very own Lulla Doll for us to review and I have to admit I was really excited about it arriving as I was intrigued to find out why babies and toddlers love them so much and why parents were willing to pay over the odds to get one.


Baby Loves: Lulla Doll by Roro | Review

Over the years there have been many baby products that I've felt were just totally pointless (tiny baby shoes, I'm looking at you) and others that have been utterly amazing. The Lulla Doll by Roro falls into the latter!

I actually remember reading about the Lulla Doll in the news last summer, as it sold out within days of launching and desperate parents were willing to pay triple the price on eBay to get their hands on one. Last month Essie received her very own Lulla Doll for us to review and I have to admit I was really excited about it arriving as I was intrigued to find out why babies and toddlers love them so much and why parents were willing to pay over the odds to get one.


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Is it just my toddler that seems to have a bottomless pit for a tummy? Jude loves to snack all day long so we've been having fun with The Super Yummies to come up with fun and tasty ideas using their delicious toddler snack products. In this post I'm using the new Dairy Pots from The Super Yummies to create three fun snack ideas, so if you often find yourself stuck for creative snacks to make your toddler then give these a go!

Toddler Snackspiration with The Super Yummies Dairy Pots

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Is it just my toddler that seems to have a bottomless pit for a tummy? Jude loves to snack all day long so we've been having fun with The Super Yummies to come up with fun and tasty ideas using their delicious toddler snack products. In this post I'm using the new Dairy Pots from The Super Yummies to create three fun snack ideas, so if you often find yourself stuck for creative snacks to make your toddler then give these a go!

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Welcome to Happy Days!  Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.

Happy Days: Bees, Blasters & "Boffee"

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Welcome to Happy Days!  Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.

Essie's first month really flew by, so much faster than it did with her two older brothers. My hands are so much fuller this time round and my time is even more limited. I'd had lots of plans for spending time cuddling, avoiding visitors and taking lots of photos, but all of that soon went out of the window and I've taken way fewer photos than I had hoped to! I'm also really late in posting her updates and her second one is already overdue as well! But I'd much rather post them late and actually enjoy my time with her, so I hope you'll excuse my tardiness.

Essie at 1 Month Old

Essie's first month really flew by, so much faster than it did with her two older brothers. My hands are so much fuller this time round and my time is even more limited. I'd had lots of plans for spending time cuddling, avoiding visitors and taking lots of photos, but all of that soon went out of the window and I've taken way fewer photos than I had hoped to! I'm also really late in posting her updates and her second one is already overdue as well! But I'd much rather post them late and actually enjoy my time with her, so I hope you'll excuse my tardiness.

One of the things I have struggled with the most with Essie recently is knowing what to dress her in to suit the temperature, especially at night. Both Noah and Jude were born in the autumn so it was easy to keep them warm, but keeping a baby cool in hot weather is an entirely different struggle! To start with, I used blankets at night time to keep Essie warm, but now the weather is much warmer we have been using a gorgeous Grobag that The Gro Company sent us to review, along with a Boppy the Bunny from the Gro Friends range of breathable baby toys.

Baby Loves: The Gro Company Grobag & Gro Friends Breathable Toy

One of the things I have struggled with the most with Essie recently is knowing what to dress her in to suit the temperature, especially at night. Both Noah and Jude were born in the autumn so it was easy to keep them warm, but keeping a baby cool in hot weather is an entirely different struggle! To start with, I used blankets at night time to keep Essie warm, but now the weather is much warmer we have been using a gorgeous Grobag that The Gro Company sent us to review, along with a Boppy the Bunny from the Gro Friends range of breathable baby toys.

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: New Babies & Wedding Plans

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


5 days overdue labour not starting
6 days overdue labour not starting

My internet search history fills with articles and advice, forums of women and their experiences of going overdue. Some positive, some not. Which ending will my story have?

7 days overdue labour not starting
8 days overdue labour not starting

Every morning I wake, disappointed that you are still not here. My darling daughter, where are you? Why aren't you here yet?

My Third Birth Story: Home Birth After Caesarean (HBAC)

5 days overdue labour not starting
6 days overdue labour not starting

My internet search history fills with articles and advice, forums of women and their experiences of going overdue. Some positive, some not. Which ending will my story have?

7 days overdue labour not starting
8 days overdue labour not starting

Every morning I wake, disappointed that you are still not here. My darling daughter, where are you? Why aren't you here yet?

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Sunshine & Splashing

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


With each of my babies I have developed a fondness for a particular animal and have sought out themed clothes and nursery items; with Noah it was whales and all things nautical, with Jude it was foxes, and with Essie it is rabbits. As soon as I knew she was a girl I became drawn to things with bunnies on, and actually it was the sweet illustrated rabbits on the Wild Cotton collection from The Little Green Sheep that caught my eye and started the bunny obsession!

Baby Loves: The Little Green Sheep Wild Cotton Collection

With each of my babies I have developed a fondness for a particular animal and have sought out themed clothes and nursery items; with Noah it was whales and all things nautical, with Jude it was foxes, and with Essie it is rabbits. As soon as I knew she was a girl I became drawn to things with bunnies on, and actually it was the sweet illustrated rabbits on the Wild Cotton collection from The Little Green Sheep that caught my eye and started the bunny obsession!

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.



Happy Days: I'm Back!

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.



Before Essie was born we received an amazing delivery of goodies from Cheeky Rascals to review. You might have seen the photo of all the boxes on my Instastories when they arrived! They sent us lots of fabulous products to help us adjust to life with a new baby and over the past few weeks they have been so helpful. I'll be giving you a closer look at each item individually and will also have a little video coming up soon about how some of the products have helped make the night-time feeds and nappy changes a little easier.

Baby Loves: Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original review

Before Essie was born we received an amazing delivery of goodies from Cheeky Rascals to review. You might have seen the photo of all the boxes on my Instastories when they arrived! They sent us lots of fabulous products to help us adjust to life with a new baby and over the past few weeks they have been so helpful. I'll be giving you a closer look at each item individually and will also have a little video coming up soon about how some of the products have helped make the night-time feeds and nappy changes a little easier.

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Ami from Through Ami's Eyes is sharing her birth experience. Ami had quite a tough experience, but lots of love and support from her family helped her through it.

Beautiful Births #26 - Ami's Hospital Birth & NICU Stay

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Ami from Through Ami's Eyes is sharing her birth experience. Ami had quite a tough experience, but lots of love and support from her family helped her through it.

This term Noah has been learning all about nature and mini beasts at nursery school. The children have being doing all sorts of fun things: they hatched butterflies, had an ugly bug ball and have been reading books with creepy crawlies. It was great timing when we were sent a little box of games relating to one of our favourite nature-inspired stories to review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 4-in-1 Games Cube from Paul Lamond Games.

Playtime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 4-in-1 Games Cube Review & Giveaway

This term Noah has been learning all about nature and mini beasts at nursery school. The children have being doing all sorts of fun things: they hatched butterflies, had an ugly bug ball and have been reading books with creepy crawlies. It was great timing when we were sent a little box of games relating to one of our favourite nature-inspired stories to review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 4-in-1 Games Cube from Paul Lamond Games.

Neither of my boys were particularly great sleepers as babies. Noah was terrible in the beginning, made worse by his reflux. Jude was better, but it was still tough going. Friends would tell me how their babies loved white noise; not my babies though! So when pregnant a third time, I simply accepted that sleep is something I wouldn't have for a while.

Just before Essie was born, the kind people at Whisbear offered to send us one of their soft humming bears. I hesitated at first, knowing that white noise did nothing for the boys. Every baby is different though. Maybe this baby would like white noise? And if not, it would just be a lovely cuddly toy for her!

Baby Loves: Whisbear The Humming Bear Review

Neither of my boys were particularly great sleepers as babies. Noah was terrible in the beginning, made worse by his reflux. Jude was better, but it was still tough going. Friends would tell me how their babies loved white noise; not my babies though! So when pregnant a third time, I simply accepted that sleep is something I wouldn't have for a while.

Just before Essie was born, the kind people at Whisbear offered to send us one of their soft humming bears. I hesitated at first, knowing that white noise did nothing for the boys. Every baby is different though. Maybe this baby would like white noise? And if not, it would just be a lovely cuddly toy for her!

I have big news! No, it's not another baby, but it is exciting! I'm teaming up with Graco as part of their 'Generation Graco' global blogger panel in the UK for 2017 and over the next few months I'll be bringing you news of new product launches, reviews of new and hero products, as well as creating other fun parenting posts in partnership with Graco. I'm so excited and proud to be part of Generation Graco!

dark haired woman in black tshirt holding white mug with Graco logo

I'm part of Generation Graco!

I have big news! No, it's not another baby, but it is exciting! I'm teaming up with Graco as part of their 'Generation Graco' global blogger panel in the UK for 2017 and over the next few months I'll be bringing you news of new product launches, reviews of new and hero products, as well as creating other fun parenting posts in partnership with Graco. I'm so excited and proud to be part of Generation Graco!

dark haired woman in black tshirt holding white mug with Graco logo

For the last five and a bit years, I've been pregnant, breastfeeding, or both! I've never treated myself to decent nursing bras though, always just settling for ones that vaguely fit, even if they weren't the most comfy or stylish. As long as I could easily feed my baby I was happy. Well, all that has changed, after Bravado sent me one of their ultra comfortable Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bras.

Mama Style: Bravado Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra

For the last five and a bit years, I've been pregnant, breastfeeding, or both! I've never treated myself to decent nursing bras though, always just settling for ones that vaguely fit, even if they weren't the most comfy or stylish. As long as I could easily feed my baby I was happy. Well, all that has changed, after Bravado sent me one of their ultra comfortable Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bras.

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Sara from Mind Your Mamma is sharing her birth experience. It may have been a back-to-back birth but it was positive experience that made her feel good!  

Beautiful Births #25 - Sara's Back-to-Back Labour

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Sara from Mind Your Mamma is sharing her birth experience. It may have been a back-to-back birth but it was positive experience that made her feel good!  

It's a cliché to say that time flies, but it really does. It feels like only yesterday that I was writing Noah's birth story on this blog, yet in a few months we will celebrate his fifth birthday. He is so tall now and on Saturday evening I carried him in from the car after he had fallen asleep, and was surprised at how heavy he is.

Noah had had an extended rear-facing car seat, and when he exceeded the height limit we turned it forward-facing. He quickly reached the weight limit for using the five-point harness, so we began using it as a high backed booster. I soon decided that I would much prefer him to have a seat that is fitted using the ISOFIX anchors in our car so began looking for a suitable one online, and at the same time Kiddy got in touch about trying their Guardianfix 3 seat. It looked ideal for our needs, so we were sent one to review.

Review: Kiddy Guardianfix 3 Car Seat

It's a cliché to say that time flies, but it really does. It feels like only yesterday that I was writing Noah's birth story on this blog, yet in a few months we will celebrate his fifth birthday. He is so tall now and on Saturday evening I carried him in from the car after he had fallen asleep, and was surprised at how heavy he is.

Noah had had an extended rear-facing car seat, and when he exceeded the height limit we turned it forward-facing. He quickly reached the weight limit for using the five-point harness, so we began using it as a high backed booster. I soon decided that I would much prefer him to have a seat that is fitted using the ISOFIX anchors in our car so began looking for a suitable one online, and at the same time Kiddy got in touch about trying their Guardianfix 3 seat. It looked ideal for our needs, so we were sent one to review.

In my last post about the Cosatto Woop, I mentioned that we have the Cosatto Port baby car seat for Essie, which was also sent to us for review, making our Woop a complete from-birth travel system. Our Port car seat is in the Fjord pattern, the same as our pram so everything matches! Ian went back to work after a week of paternity leave meaning it was back to me to drive Noah to nursery school, so the car seat has been put to good use nearly every day for the past five weeks.


The Cosatto Port is a group 0+ rear-facing baby car seat. It's suitable from birth through to 13kgs, so should last until around 12-15 months old. It's compatible with in-car three point seat belts, or can be used with the ISOFIX base if your car has ISOFIX anchors. It is also compatible with many of the Cosatto travel systems, and I have been using it with our Woop.

The car seat is so snug and cosy looking, with an adjustable head cushion and chest pads that can be moved as Essie gets bigger, and a pad surrounding the buckle so that it doesn't press on her tummy. It has a five-point harness which keeps her safe and secure and is easily adjusted and released. In the Fjord pattern it has the same Scandi-style tree print with sage green and white, just like our Woop pram. The handle is painted metal and has a foam grip which makes it easier to carry, and there are two buttons at the base of the handle which allow the handle's position to be changed. The seat also has a lovely big hood, so that I can keep her shaded and protected from the elements.


The car seat can be used rear-facing in the front or back seats of the car, but as we have ISOFIX on all three of the back seats of our Peugeot 5008 I have installed the base there. That way I can get Essie ready and put her in her car seat indoors, then just carry her out in the seat to the car and click the seat into the base. To remove the seat, there is a release button on the back of the base then the seat lifts out. If you find it awkward to lift it out, I've learnt that it's easier if you lift the front out then the back.

I adore taking Essie out and about in our beautiful pram, but on days where we are mostly travelling in the car and then only need a pushchair for a very short trip - such as the school runs or stopping at the shops for a loaf of bread - then using the car seat instead of the Woop seat unit makes much more sense. Especially as Essie falls asleep in the car almost every journey we make, no matter how short! The Woop travel system came with two car seat adapters which the car seat slots into. Removing it is so easy, there are two release buttons either side and then it just lifts off!


As we've only had the Cosatto Port car seat for a short amount of time, I've not had the need to wash the covers yet. I'm sure by saying that I will jinx it and Essie will be sick on our next trip out! The seat has side air vents to help keep her cool and fresh and if I do need to wash the covers, they are pop-off easy clean covers, so hopefully it won't be too hard a task.

As with our Woop pram, our Port car seat receives a lot of compliments as it's so gorgeous and eye-catching, but more importantly it is really spacious and sturdy and I feel confident that Essie is safe and secure in it. The Cosatto Port is £164.95 and the ISOFIX base is £99.95, you can find them here.

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With thanks to Cosatto for sending us the Port car seat and base.


Family Fever

Review: Cosatto Port Baby Car Seat in Fjord

In my last post about the Cosatto Woop, I mentioned that we have the Cosatto Port baby car seat for Essie, which was also sent to us for review, making our Woop a complete from-birth travel system. Our Port car seat is in the Fjord pattern, the same as our pram so everything matches! Ian went back to work after a week of paternity leave meaning it was back to me to drive Noah to nursery school, so the car seat has been put to good use nearly every day for the past five weeks.


The Cosatto Port is a group 0+ rear-facing baby car seat. It's suitable from birth through to 13kgs, so should last until around 12-15 months old. It's compatible with in-car three point seat belts, or can be used with the ISOFIX base if your car has ISOFIX anchors. It is also compatible with many of the Cosatto travel systems, and I have been using it with our Woop.

The car seat is so snug and cosy looking, with an adjustable head cushion and chest pads that can be moved as Essie gets bigger, and a pad surrounding the buckle so that it doesn't press on her tummy. It has a five-point harness which keeps her safe and secure and is easily adjusted and released. In the Fjord pattern it has the same Scandi-style tree print with sage green and white, just like our Woop pram. The handle is painted metal and has a foam grip which makes it easier to carry, and there are two buttons at the base of the handle which allow the handle's position to be changed. The seat also has a lovely big hood, so that I can keep her shaded and protected from the elements.


The car seat can be used rear-facing in the front or back seats of the car, but as we have ISOFIX on all three of the back seats of our Peugeot 5008 I have installed the base there. That way I can get Essie ready and put her in her car seat indoors, then just carry her out in the seat to the car and click the seat into the base. To remove the seat, there is a release button on the back of the base then the seat lifts out. If you find it awkward to lift it out, I've learnt that it's easier if you lift the front out then the back.

I adore taking Essie out and about in our beautiful pram, but on days where we are mostly travelling in the car and then only need a pushchair for a very short trip - such as the school runs or stopping at the shops for a loaf of bread - then using the car seat instead of the Woop seat unit makes much more sense. Especially as Essie falls asleep in the car almost every journey we make, no matter how short! The Woop travel system came with two car seat adapters which the car seat slots into. Removing it is so easy, there are two release buttons either side and then it just lifts off!


As we've only had the Cosatto Port car seat for a short amount of time, I've not had the need to wash the covers yet. I'm sure by saying that I will jinx it and Essie will be sick on our next trip out! The seat has side air vents to help keep her cool and fresh and if I do need to wash the covers, they are pop-off easy clean covers, so hopefully it won't be too hard a task.

As with our Woop pram, our Port car seat receives a lot of compliments as it's so gorgeous and eye-catching, but more importantly it is really spacious and sturdy and I feel confident that Essie is safe and secure in it. The Cosatto Port is £164.95 and the ISOFIX base is £99.95, you can find them here.

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With thanks to Cosatto for sending us the Port car seat and base.


Family Fever
A couple of months ago I gave you an advanced look at the travel system we had got for Essie: the Cosatto Woop in the gorgeous Fjord pattern, which had very kindly been sent to us for review by the fab team at Cosatto HQ, along with the matching Port car seat. Now that Essie is here and we have been using the travel system for a few weeks now in the "newborn" mode, I thought it was about time to let you know what we think of it so far!

Using the Cosatto Woop Fjord travel system with a newborn baby

A couple of months ago I gave you an advanced look at the travel system we had got for Essie: the Cosatto Woop in the gorgeous Fjord pattern, which had very kindly been sent to us for review by the fab team at Cosatto HQ, along with the matching Port car seat. Now that Essie is here and we have been using the travel system for a few weeks now in the "newborn" mode, I thought it was about time to let you know what we think of it so far!

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Nadine from Then I Became Mum is sharing her birth experience. It is quite an adventure!

Beautiful Births #24 - Nadine's Hospital Birth Story

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Nadine from Then I Became Mum is sharing her birth experience. It is quite an adventure!

Back in autumn I received a beautiful unique watch to review from JORD, who create gorgeous wooden timepieces for people who value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. Ian loves watches and was a little envious of mine, so when JORD offered to send a piece from their range of men's watches for him I just had to say yes!

a close up of a dark wooden watch sitting in a wooden presentation case. there is a succulent in the background

Review & Giveaway: JORD Conway Wood Watch

Back in autumn I received a beautiful unique watch to review from JORD, who create gorgeous wooden timepieces for people who value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. Ian loves watches and was a little envious of mine, so when JORD offered to send a piece from their range of men's watches for him I just had to say yes!

a close up of a dark wooden watch sitting in a wooden presentation case. there is a succulent in the background
Pregnant with my first baby, I envisioned an organised home with a play area for him, full of brightly coloured, wooden toys that would last for years to come and be passed down through to his siblings. Fast forward five years and two more children later, my home has become full of plastic. Noisy plastic toys. Which for the most part I'm not that adverse to. But what has happened is we've amassed so many toys, given by well-meaning relatives, that the house is overrun and the boys are overwhelmed by choice. And I am overwhelmed with picking them up everyday.

Decluttering Our Play Space + Kiddimoto Wooden Fire Engine Ride On Review

Pregnant with my first baby, I envisioned an organised home with a play area for him, full of brightly coloured, wooden toys that would last for years to come and be passed down through to his siblings. Fast forward five years and two more children later, my home has become full of plastic. Noisy plastic toys. Which for the most part I'm not that adverse to. But what has happened is we've amassed so many toys, given by well-meaning relatives, that the house is overrun and the boys are overwhelmed by choice. And I am overwhelmed with picking them up everyday.

Those of you who follow me on my social media channels (links at the bottom if you don't!) will know that on Monday our beautiful baby girl finally made her arrival, in my living room, quickly and easily. She waited until 11 days past her due date so that she could share my birthday! And dodged a c-section by less than 24 hours. Talk about leaving it until the last minute! I hope this laid-back nature of hers continues now that she is finally earthside.


Say hello to...

Those of you who follow me on my social media channels (links at the bottom if you don't!) will know that on Monday our beautiful baby girl finally made her arrival, in my living room, quickly and easily. She waited until 11 days past her due date so that she could share my birthday! And dodged a c-section by less than 24 hours. Talk about leaving it until the last minute! I hope this laid-back nature of hers continues now that she is finally earthside.


During the last month of my pregnancy I was contacted about trying a new range of pre- and post-natal products from My Expert Midwife. Developed by midwife and mum duo, Lesley and Claire, the range was developed to ease some of the less desirable physical side effects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The side effects that tend not to get talked about much, but really should! The four products in the range are: Spritz for Bits, No Harm Nipple Balm, Fantastic Skin Elastic and Peri Prep Your Bits. They have been specially developed to prevent and heal side effects like itchy, stretched skin, sore nipples and vaginal discomfort such as tears, bruising and episiotomies.

Review: My Expert Midwife Pre- & Post-Natal Products

During the last month of my pregnancy I was contacted about trying a new range of pre- and post-natal products from My Expert Midwife. Developed by midwife and mum duo, Lesley and Claire, the range was developed to ease some of the less desirable physical side effects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The side effects that tend not to get talked about much, but really should! The four products in the range are: Spritz for Bits, No Harm Nipple Balm, Fantastic Skin Elastic and Peri Prep Your Bits. They have been specially developed to prevent and heal side effects like itchy, stretched skin, sore nipples and vaginal discomfort such as tears, bruising and episiotomies.

We're coming up to the end of the Easter holidays and boy, do I feel guilty. Every day on Facebook I see friends taking their children out to do all these amazing things. Noah will return to school next week and no doubt his friends will have tales of all the fun things they have been doing over the Easter break. Whereas us, we've not done much at all. And not because we don't want to.


Precious Time

We're coming up to the end of the Easter holidays and boy, do I feel guilty. Every day on Facebook I see friends taking their children out to do all these amazing things. Noah will return to school next week and no doubt his friends will have tales of all the fun things they have been doing over the Easter break. Whereas us, we've not done much at all. And not because we don't want to.



Well, if writing a 40 week update was a surprise then this is a total shock! 41 weeks, whoever would have thought I'd get this far! I know in my last update I had talked about having an elective C-section at 40+5, but all that has changed. I'll explain more further on. 

At 41 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. I do hope it's not much more than that! Here's what's been going on during my 41st week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 41 Weeks


Well, if writing a 40 week update was a surprise then this is a total shock! 41 weeks, whoever would have thought I'd get this far! I know in my last update I had talked about having an elective C-section at 40+5, but all that has changed. I'll explain more further on. 

At 41 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. I do hope it's not much more than that! Here's what's been going on during my 41st week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Who has been enjoying the return of Line of Duty to our screens? Detective dramas and crime thrillers are my absolute favourite thing to read and watch, and the latest book to hit my shelf is Let the Dead Speak by award-winning crime writer, Jane Casey, which was sent to me to review.


Review: Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Who has been enjoying the return of Line of Duty to our screens? Detective dramas and crime thrillers are my absolute favourite thing to read and watch, and the latest book to hit my shelf is Let the Dead Speak by award-winning crime writer, Jane Casey, which was sent to me to review.


I've just realised that I never got around to sharing photos from my baby shower! It was way back at the start of March, a month before my due date. The very lovely Katy brought her camera along and between her and Lucy they managed to capture some memories for me. Thank you girls!

My Baby Shower

I've just realised that I never got around to sharing photos from my baby shower! It was way back at the start of March, a month before my due date. The very lovely Katy brought her camera along and between her and Lucy they managed to capture some memories for me. Thank you girls!

I'm a total sucker for mama merch but have never been one to get drawn in by blogger merch. I've often seen other bloggers' children wearing tops saying "blogger" on them and they're cute, but they've just not been to my taste. These leggings from Lottie & Lysh however, are way more subtle and totally awesome. If you're a blogger, Instagrammer or just a snap-happy parent, your child needs something in this wicked camera print!

Mini Style: Lottie & Lysh Snapper Leggings - a blogger must-have!

I'm a total sucker for mama merch but have never been one to get drawn in by blogger merch. I've often seen other bloggers' children wearing tops saying "blogger" on them and they're cute, but they've just not been to my taste. These leggings from Lottie & Lysh however, are way more subtle and totally awesome. If you're a blogger, Instagrammer or just a snap-happy parent, your child needs something in this wicked camera print!

6th April 2017

I was not expecting to be writing a 40 week update! With Noah arriving pretty much on time and Jude arriving a week early I really thought I wouldn't reach my due date this time. Yet here I am!

At 40 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 40th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 40 Weeks

6th April 2017

I was not expecting to be writing a 40 week update! With Noah arriving pretty much on time and Jude arriving a week early I really thought I wouldn't reach my due date this time. Yet here I am!

At 40 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 40th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Last month I told you all about the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) and last weekend was the official launch of the charity. Incorporating the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park brand, ZSH will focus on education and animal conservation. I wasn't able to make the launch, with it being so close to my due date I needed to stay close to home! I was really pleased to hear that the launch was a success with over 300 guests from the world of conservation, business, music and TV rubbing shoulders with Paradise Wildlife Park’s friends, family, supporters and animals, and even the sun made an appearance!

Paradise Wildlife Park Charity Launch

Last month I told you all about the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) and last weekend was the official launch of the charity. Incorporating the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park brand, ZSH will focus on education and animal conservation. I wasn't able to make the launch, with it being so close to my due date I needed to stay close to home! I was really pleased to hear that the launch was a success with over 300 guests from the world of conservation, business, music and TV rubbing shoulders with Paradise Wildlife Park’s friends, family, supporters and animals, and even the sun made an appearance!

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Nesting & Celebrating

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


31st March 2017

At 39 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-8lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 39th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 39 Weeks

31st March 2017

At 39 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-8lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 39th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

I have always been someone who loves to cook and nine times out of ten I cook completely from scratch. I rarely use ready-made sauces and when I'm not cooking from scratch it's because we've ordered a takeaway! However, with a new baby due any day now, and a hungry brood to feed, I have been thinking of ways I can make life in the kitchen a little easier. So when I was offered the chance to receive a hamper of ingredients to come up with some mid-week family meals using Dolmio Bolognese sauce the timing could not have been more perfect!


Dolmio #ThankGoodness Family Meal Challenge

I have always been someone who loves to cook and nine times out of ten I cook completely from scratch. I rarely use ready-made sauces and when I'm not cooking from scratch it's because we've ordered a takeaway! However, with a new baby due any day now, and a hungry brood to feed, I have been thinking of ways I can make life in the kitchen a little easier. So when I was offered the chance to receive a hamper of ingredients to come up with some mid-week family meals using Dolmio Bolognese sauce the timing could not have been more perfect!


24th March 2017

At 38 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a pumpkin. She (yes, it's a girl!) is over 19.5 inches long and could weigh around 7lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 38th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 38 Weeks

24th March 2017

At 38 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a pumpkin. She (yes, it's a girl!) is over 19.5 inches long and could weigh around 7lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 38th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Last spring, I featured some children's clothing from a fabulous independent brand, Ted Wears Organic. Vicky is the brains behind the brand and it's been wonderful to watch her business grow over the past year and seeing lots of bloggers and friends showing off TWO clothing on Instagram. We were over the moon to receive another piece from the ever growing gorgeous range to review: the Lioness jumper.


Being a mum herself, Vicky has always understood the need for practical, hardwearing clothes for children and for eco reasons loves working with organic cotton, which the range is all made from. The prints are all bang on trend and very Scandi-style so little ones look good as well as feel good in her clothes.


The Lioness jumper is part of the Ted Wears Organic Pick'n'Mix Wardrobe and can be tailored to what you want, as well as matching up with the harems, leggings, maxaloones, skirts, hats and headbands in the range. It is made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, so it's comfy and cool and has a little stretch to it, too. The fabric of the jumper is ever so slightly thicker than the rest of the range, so it is perfect for cooler days.


The Lioness jumper features a geometric style lioness print on a pale coral pink fabric. The jumper can be paired with all sorts of options for the collar and cuffs: black, white, caramel, pink, mint and grey. Jude's jumper has a grey collar and cuffs and I think it's the perfect combination. Who doesn't love a cool pink with grey?


Having had Ted Wears Organic clothing in the past I know it wears and washes well. In fact, the pieces we had last year for Noah have since been passed on to Jude, and Jude still fits his maxaloones. Sustainable clothing is important to me, not just to save money as a family but because I want to reduce the impact we have on the environment, so anything that can stand the test of my two boys AND be passed down is a winner!


The price of the Lioness jumper starts at £16.00 and it is available from size 3-6 months through to 5-6 years. I find the sizing is true to size with a little room to grow; Jude is 2.5 now and wearing size 2-3 years.

To see the rest of the Ted Wears Organic range head over to the Etsy shop. You can also find Ted Wears Organic on  Instagram and Facebook. And if you use discount code LIONESSMAMA you can get a sweet 15% off!


With thanks to Ted Wears Organic for sending the jumper to feature.

Mini Style: Ted Wears Organic Lioness Jumper

Last spring, I featured some children's clothing from a fabulous independent brand, Ted Wears Organic. Vicky is the brains behind the brand and it's been wonderful to watch her business grow over the past year and seeing lots of bloggers and friends showing off TWO clothing on Instagram. We were over the moon to receive another piece from the ever growing gorgeous range to review: the Lioness jumper.


Being a mum herself, Vicky has always understood the need for practical, hardwearing clothes for children and for eco reasons loves working with organic cotton, which the range is all made from. The prints are all bang on trend and very Scandi-style so little ones look good as well as feel good in her clothes.


The Lioness jumper is part of the Ted Wears Organic Pick'n'Mix Wardrobe and can be tailored to what you want, as well as matching up with the harems, leggings, maxaloones, skirts, hats and headbands in the range. It is made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, so it's comfy and cool and has a little stretch to it, too. The fabric of the jumper is ever so slightly thicker than the rest of the range, so it is perfect for cooler days.


The Lioness jumper features a geometric style lioness print on a pale coral pink fabric. The jumper can be paired with all sorts of options for the collar and cuffs: black, white, caramel, pink, mint and grey. Jude's jumper has a grey collar and cuffs and I think it's the perfect combination. Who doesn't love a cool pink with grey?


Having had Ted Wears Organic clothing in the past I know it wears and washes well. In fact, the pieces we had last year for Noah have since been passed on to Jude, and Jude still fits his maxaloones. Sustainable clothing is important to me, not just to save money as a family but because I want to reduce the impact we have on the environment, so anything that can stand the test of my two boys AND be passed down is a winner!


The price of the Lioness jumper starts at £16.00 and it is available from size 3-6 months through to 5-6 years. I find the sizing is true to size with a little room to grow; Jude is 2.5 now and wearing size 2-3 years.

To see the rest of the Ted Wears Organic range head over to the Etsy shop. You can also find Ted Wears Organic on  Instagram and Facebook. And if you use discount code LIONESSMAMA you can get a sweet 15% off!


With thanks to Ted Wears Organic for sending the jumper to feature.
17th March 2017

At 37 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 37th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 37 Weeks

17th March 2017

At 37 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 37th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


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