I seem to be getting later and later at posting Essie's updates - this one is so late that her five month update is actually now ready to post as well! With our family holiday last month, our car accident and then the start of school I'm behind with a lot of things, but hopefully I will be all caught up soon. So without further ado here is Essie's four month update.

Essie at 4 Months Old

I seem to be getting later and later at posting Essie's updates - this one is so late that her five month update is actually now ready to post as well! With our family holiday last month, our car accident and then the start of school I'm behind with a lot of things, but hopefully I will be all caught up soon. So without further ado here is Essie's four month update.

As I've gotten older, and especially since having children, I've become quite minimalist about jewellery. Mostly because when Noah was a baby he would tug and chew on whatever I was wearing! These days I prefer to wear more sentimental pieces, items that are precious because they mean something or were to mark a special occasion. I was sent an elegant little bracelet from the Annie Haak Tiny Tots Collection to celebrate the birth of Essie, and it is SO pretty!

Mama Style: Annie Haak Tiny Tots Silver Charm Bracelet

As I've gotten older, and especially since having children, I've become quite minimalist about jewellery. Mostly because when Noah was a baby he would tug and chew on whatever I was wearing! These days I prefer to wear more sentimental pieces, items that are precious because they mean something or were to mark a special occasion. I was sent an elegant little bracelet from the Annie Haak Tiny Tots Collection to celebrate the birth of Essie, and it is SO pretty!

During my time as a mother, I've really come to appreciate products that are versatile, adaptable and can grow with my child. Baby products can be expensive and are outgrown SO quickly, so third time around I have been far more choosy about what we've gone for. Even when it's something I've been offered to review, my first thought is "how much use will we actually get out of this?" And that's the thought that went through my head when I was offered a gorgeous Nomi Highchair to review. 

Review: Nomi Highchair & Nomi Baby by evomove

During my time as a mother, I've really come to appreciate products that are versatile, adaptable and can grow with my child. Baby products can be expensive and are outgrown SO quickly, so third time around I have been far more choosy about what we've gone for. Even when it's something I've been offered to review, my first thought is "how much use will we actually get out of this?" And that's the thought that went through my head when I was offered a gorgeous Nomi Highchair to review. 

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: School, Birthday Plans & Good TV

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I first discovered Blade & Rose several years ago, when my eldest son was a baby and I was looking for clothes that would fit over his cloth nappies. It is a family-run British clothing brand which is now stocked worldwide after starting in 2010. Their classic knitted leggings with brightly coloured spots and stripes were a huge hit with cloth bum mums thanks to their stretchy, brushed cotton being perfect for fitting over nappies.

Mini Style: Blade & Rose Summer Butterfly Set

I first discovered Blade & Rose several years ago, when my eldest son was a baby and I was looking for clothes that would fit over his cloth nappies. It is a family-run British clothing brand which is now stocked worldwide after starting in 2010. Their classic knitted leggings with brightly coloured spots and stripes were a huge hit with cloth bum mums thanks to their stretchy, brushed cotton being perfect for fitting over nappies.

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As you'll know if you've read my other posts about our ongoing toy cull and decluttering mission, I've been slowly working through the boys' toys to get rid of the things that they're no longer interested in and replace them with better quality toys, games and puzzles, and to have things that they will actually love playing with. As a result we have been adding more wooden toys to their play space as they are more sustainable and tend to span the ages that they can be enjoyed by. We were sent a Hape Rainbow Route Railway & Station Set to review and it is a great addition to our play space!

Playtime: Hape Rainbow Route Railway & Station Set | Review

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As you'll know if you've read my other posts about our ongoing toy cull and decluttering mission, I've been slowly working through the boys' toys to get rid of the things that they're no longer interested in and replace them with better quality toys, games and puzzles, and to have things that they will actually love playing with. As a result we have been adding more wooden toys to their play space as they are more sustainable and tend to span the ages that they can be enjoyed by. We were sent a Hape Rainbow Route Railway & Station Set to review and it is a great addition to our play space!

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: Holiday Memories

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.


It's funny how different each of my babies have been. Noah needed to be fed to sleep, Jude liked to be cuddled to sleep, but Essie? Well, she is my little miss independent! She likes to be put down after a feed and she likes it to be dark and quiet, then she'll suck her thumb and drift off to sleep. It's amazing having a baby who barely seems to need me, when her brothers were so needy by comparison. I feel somewhat redundant! 

Baby Loves: The Gro Company Ollie the Owl Sleep Aid | Review

It's funny how different each of my babies have been. Noah needed to be fed to sleep, Jude liked to be cuddled to sleep, but Essie? Well, she is my little miss independent! She likes to be put down after a feed and she likes it to be dark and quiet, then she'll suck her thumb and drift off to sleep. It's amazing having a baby who barely seems to need me, when her brothers were so needy by comparison. I feel somewhat redundant! 

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: Summer & Smoothies

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One of the most exciting things about this summer so far as been the release of Despicable Me 3, the latest movie featuring the adventures of Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes - and, of course, the Minions! Both Noah and Jude are huge fans, especially Noah, and they had been waiting excitedly for months to see the new film. Ian made their wish come true by taking them to see it at the start of the school holidays and to continue the Minion-mayhem throughout the summer they were sent a big bundle of Despicable Me 3 merchandise to enjoy! 

Summer Fun with #DespicableMe3!

One of the most exciting things about this summer so far as been the release of Despicable Me 3, the latest movie featuring the adventures of Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes - and, of course, the Minions! Both Noah and Jude are huge fans, especially Noah, and they had been waiting excitedly for months to see the new film. Ian made their wish come true by taking them to see it at the start of the school holidays and to continue the Minion-mayhem throughout the summer they were sent a big bundle of Despicable Me 3 merchandise to enjoy! 

Life with a new baby has been a busy and sometimes overwhelming time, especially with two more young, lively children tearing through the house like bulls in a china shop! I don't have the luxury of being able to hold and cuddle Essie all day long, so having a comfortable place to put her down and know that she is safe is essential. Summer Infant sent me their new Laid Back Lounger to review and it has been invaluable in helping me when I need a hands-free moment! 

Baby Loves: Summer Infant Laid Back Lounger | Review

Life with a new baby has been a busy and sometimes overwhelming time, especially with two more young, lively children tearing through the house like bulls in a china shop! I don't have the luxury of being able to hold and cuddle Essie all day long, so having a comfortable place to put her down and know that she is safe is essential. Summer Infant sent me their new Laid Back Lounger to review and it has been invaluable in helping me when I need a hands-free moment! 

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: Girly Time & Summer Puddles

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.


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: Full Hands & A Full Heart

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.

Press release

On Thursday 17th August, discount supermarket Aldi’s hugely popular Baby and Toddler Event returns to stores across the UK! Returning for a third time this year, there is an amazing selection of products and new launches on sale at unbeatable prices for your little tots, including food, clothing, toys and nursery items.

Aldi Baby & Toddler Event returns to stores August 2017!

Press release

On Thursday 17th August, discount supermarket Aldi’s hugely popular Baby and Toddler Event returns to stores across the UK! Returning for a third time this year, there is an amazing selection of products and new launches on sale at unbeatable prices for your little tots, including food, clothing, toys and nursery items.

Essie turning three months old has been quite an emotional point in her little life for me. She isn't a newborn anymore. I no longer have a newborn baby and I'll never have a newborn baby again. It might seem silly and trivial - and believe me, I know I am so very, very lucky - but it's still a bittersweet milestone in my wonderful journey through motherhood. 

Essie at 3 Months Old

Essie turning three months old has been quite an emotional point in her little life for me. She isn't a newborn anymore. I no longer have a newborn baby and I'll never have a newborn baby again. It might seem silly and trivial - and believe me, I know I am so very, very lucky - but it's still a bittersweet milestone in my wonderful journey through motherhood. 

Essie is really fond of background noise while she naps during the day; it seems to help her sleep better by blocking out the sounds of her big brothers playing and the noise of me pottering about doing the housework. She's has a few different sleep aids and lullaby toys now and her latest one is the Fisher-Price Hippo Projection Soother which was sent to us to review. 


The Fisher-Price Hippo Projection Soother is a light projector which shines stars overhead on the ceiling and walls, as well as playing different calming lullabies and nature sounds. There are three buttons plus an on/off switch. One button activates the nature sounds and white noise, the second button turns on the overhead starlight projection and the third button activates the lullabies. You can use the buttons to scroll through the sounds to the one that you want and then it will rotate through them all continuously for 30 minutes or until you turn it off. The overhead starlight projection stays on for five minutes before turning itself off. 


The soother has a cuddly soft head and legs to help create a comforting bedtime or naptime routine and it is suitable for use from birth. I don't like to keep anything inside Essie's crib and find that it is better to have the soother placed on a surface nearby so that the stars can be projected above and she can hear the soothing music. She finds the stars so fascinating to look at, she seems completely mesmerised by them! 


I find that the 30 minutes of music is about right for her to settle with, but it would be better if the light could stay on longer as it would make such a lovely nightlight. You can't change the volume on this soother but I find that it is just about the right level for us and it has a soft start/stop so that Essie isn't startled by it being turned on and off. I also use this as a tummy time toy during the day with Essie as she seems to find the hippo's face and the pattern on its feet interesting to look at! 

This Fisher-Price Soother costs £22.99 and is also available in blue. It requires 3 x AA batteries which aren't included, so don't forget to pick those up too!


With thanks to Fisher-Price for sending us this soother to review.

Baby Loves: Fisher-Price Hippo Projection Soother

Essie is really fond of background noise while she naps during the day; it seems to help her sleep better by blocking out the sounds of her big brothers playing and the noise of me pottering about doing the housework. She's has a few different sleep aids and lullaby toys now and her latest one is the Fisher-Price Hippo Projection Soother which was sent to us to review. 


The Fisher-Price Hippo Projection Soother is a light projector which shines stars overhead on the ceiling and walls, as well as playing different calming lullabies and nature sounds. There are three buttons plus an on/off switch. One button activates the nature sounds and white noise, the second button turns on the overhead starlight projection and the third button activates the lullabies. You can use the buttons to scroll through the sounds to the one that you want and then it will rotate through them all continuously for 30 minutes or until you turn it off. The overhead starlight projection stays on for five minutes before turning itself off. 


The soother has a cuddly soft head and legs to help create a comforting bedtime or naptime routine and it is suitable for use from birth. I don't like to keep anything inside Essie's crib and find that it is better to have the soother placed on a surface nearby so that the stars can be projected above and she can hear the soothing music. She finds the stars so fascinating to look at, she seems completely mesmerised by them! 


I find that the 30 minutes of music is about right for her to settle with, but it would be better if the light could stay on longer as it would make such a lovely nightlight. You can't change the volume on this soother but I find that it is just about the right level for us and it has a soft start/stop so that Essie isn't startled by it being turned on and off. I also use this as a tummy time toy during the day with Essie as she seems to find the hippo's face and the pattern on its feet interesting to look at! 

This Fisher-Price Soother costs £22.99 and is also available in blue. It requires 3 x AA batteries which aren't included, so don't forget to pick those up too!


With thanks to Fisher-Price for sending us this soother to review.
Back in June I announced that I was teaming up with Graco as one of their UK Generation Graco bloggers for 2017 - exciting! At the launch event I got to take a peek at some of the products I'll be trying out and straight away I spotted the Graco Evo Avant Breton Stripe pushchair. I'm a huge lover of stripes; you've probably seen the photos of the boys and I in our matching stripes, and my stripy bump photos all the way through my last pregnancy! I immediately fell in love with the pushchair so, like the character from Little Britain, I said to the Graco team, "I want that one!" A few days later my very own stripy pushchair had arrived, along with a Graco SnugRide i-Size car seat to complete the travel system.

Review: Graco Evo Avant Pushchair & SnugRide i-Size Baby Car Seat

Back in June I announced that I was teaming up with Graco as one of their UK Generation Graco bloggers for 2017 - exciting! At the launch event I got to take a peek at some of the products I'll be trying out and straight away I spotted the Graco Evo Avant Breton Stripe pushchair. I'm a huge lover of stripes; you've probably seen the photos of the boys and I in our matching stripes, and my stripy bump photos all the way through my last pregnancy! I immediately fell in love with the pushchair so, like the character from Little Britain, I said to the Graco team, "I want that one!" A few days later my very own stripy pushchair had arrived, along with a Graco SnugRide i-Size car seat to complete the travel system.

Whenever we tell anyone Essie's name we always receive lots of wonderfully positive comments. People tell us how pretty and unusual a name it is. And we totally agree, it is such a gorgeous name! But unlike her brothers, there is a story behind Essie's name. We didn't choose it just because we loved it, which is why we chose Noah and Jude. There is something a little extra special behind our baby girl's name...

What's in a name? The story behind Essie's name...

Whenever we tell anyone Essie's name we always receive lots of wonderfully positive comments. People tell us how pretty and unusual a name it is. And we totally agree, it is such a gorgeous name! But unlike her brothers, there is a story behind Essie's name. We didn't choose it just because we loved it, which is why we chose Noah and Jude. There is something a little extra special behind our baby girl's name...

Yes, this is a post all about a nappy bin! But hear me out: it's actually a really useful and convenient baby product to have. Cheeky Rascals sent it to us as part of a bundle of baby goodies to help us adjust to life with a new baby again. A nappy bin might not seem the most exciting thing in the nursery but I think this Korbell one is great!


Korbell nappy bins are a hands-free way of binning your nappies! There are three sizes of bin available: the Mini 9 litre bin which holds up to 25 nappies at a time, the Standard 15/16 litre bin which holds up to 45 nappies at a time, and the 26 litre Plus bin which holds up to 65 nappies at a time. The Standard bin comes in four different colours (white, grey, pink or blue) while the Mini and Plus bins come in white.

I chose the Standard Korbell nappy bin in white, because white goes with everything! It stands at just over 56cm tall and just over 34cm wide, so slightly taller than a regular bathroom bin. It's a stylish design and looks so much nicer than other nappy bins; I find that most others tend to look a bit cheap and as if they won't actually be any good at keeping smells locked away, so I had never used one before.

Originally I had the nappy bin in our bedroom but Essie doesn't tend to poop at night anymore so I've moved it downstairs into our living room. It's tucked away discreetly behind the door and I don't think people would notice it if they weren't looking for it.


The nappy bin uses scented biodegradable liners to hold the nappies and trap bad smells. The lid is opened using the foot pedal at the bottom of the bin then the nappies can be dropped through the inner flap. The inner flap is lockable so creates a double seal to keep odours inside. And also stop pesky toddlers throwing toys and keys away! It really does do a good job at locking the bad smells away; I never smell a thing until it's time to empty the bin.

Emptying the Korbell nappy bin is so simple. As I mentioned, it uses liners rather than bin bags. The bin comes with a free roll already fitted. All you have to do is open the front of the bin and pull the liner across the little cutter that is built into the inside of the door. Then tie a knot in the bottom of the liner to create your next bag. Close the door and the Korbell nappy bin is ready to use again!


Korbell say that a roll of liners should last for 10-11 weeks based on seven nappy changes a day. Ours lasted much longer as we use a mix of reusable and disposable nappies, so aren't throwing away as many nappies as most other households would do. I actually want to see if I can work out a way of using it as a nappy bin for cloth nappies, perhaps by fitting a mesh liner somehow, as I'm now choosing cloth nappies over disposables more often. Either way, once the nappy days are over the bin can be used as a normal pedal bin using standard bin liners so it will last well beyond the baby years!

The Standard Korbell Nappy Bin costs £29.99 and you can find it here.



With thanks to Cheeky Rascals for sending us a Korbell Nappy Bin to review.

Review: Korbell Nappy Bin

Yes, this is a post all about a nappy bin! But hear me out: it's actually a really useful and convenient baby product to have. Cheeky Rascals sent it to us as part of a bundle of baby goodies to help us adjust to life with a new baby again. A nappy bin might not seem the most exciting thing in the nursery but I think this Korbell one is great!


Korbell nappy bins are a hands-free way of binning your nappies! There are three sizes of bin available: the Mini 9 litre bin which holds up to 25 nappies at a time, the Standard 15/16 litre bin which holds up to 45 nappies at a time, and the 26 litre Plus bin which holds up to 65 nappies at a time. The Standard bin comes in four different colours (white, grey, pink or blue) while the Mini and Plus bins come in white.

I chose the Standard Korbell nappy bin in white, because white goes with everything! It stands at just over 56cm tall and just over 34cm wide, so slightly taller than a regular bathroom bin. It's a stylish design and looks so much nicer than other nappy bins; I find that most others tend to look a bit cheap and as if they won't actually be any good at keeping smells locked away, so I had never used one before.

Originally I had the nappy bin in our bedroom but Essie doesn't tend to poop at night anymore so I've moved it downstairs into our living room. It's tucked away discreetly behind the door and I don't think people would notice it if they weren't looking for it.


The nappy bin uses scented biodegradable liners to hold the nappies and trap bad smells. The lid is opened using the foot pedal at the bottom of the bin then the nappies can be dropped through the inner flap. The inner flap is lockable so creates a double seal to keep odours inside. And also stop pesky toddlers throwing toys and keys away! It really does do a good job at locking the bad smells away; I never smell a thing until it's time to empty the bin.

Emptying the Korbell nappy bin is so simple. As I mentioned, it uses liners rather than bin bags. The bin comes with a free roll already fitted. All you have to do is open the front of the bin and pull the liner across the little cutter that is built into the inside of the door. Then tie a knot in the bottom of the liner to create your next bag. Close the door and the Korbell nappy bin is ready to use again!


Korbell say that a roll of liners should last for 10-11 weeks based on seven nappy changes a day. Ours lasted much longer as we use a mix of reusable and disposable nappies, so aren't throwing away as many nappies as most other households would do. I actually want to see if I can work out a way of using it as a nappy bin for cloth nappies, perhaps by fitting a mesh liner somehow, as I'm now choosing cloth nappies over disposables more often. Either way, once the nappy days are over the bin can be used as a normal pedal bin using standard bin liners so it will last well beyond the baby years!

The Standard Korbell Nappy Bin costs £29.99 and you can find it here.



With thanks to Cheeky Rascals for sending us a Korbell Nappy Bin to review.
I'm the first to admit that having a baby has often left me feeling overwhelmed, even third time around! It is such a huge change and I always seem to underestimate the impact that having a newborn can have. Graco put together a great list of to tips with parenting expert Sarah Renshaw from BabyCentre, to help make the early days a little easier.

Top tips for a new baby with Graco

I'm the first to admit that having a baby has often left me feeling overwhelmed, even third time around! It is such a huge change and I always seem to underestimate the impact that having a newborn can have. Graco put together a great list of to tips with parenting expert Sarah Renshaw from BabyCentre, to help make the early days a little easier.

And once again, I am so late in posting Essie's two month update that month three is now due! I can't tell you how quickly the time is passing, it feels like it has only been a matter of days, but before I know it the days have turned into weeks, weeks into months. She is such a joyous baby, I absolutely adore her and can lose hours simply playing and interacting with her!

Essie at 2 Months Old

And once again, I am so late in posting Essie's two month update that month three is now due! I can't tell you how quickly the time is passing, it feels like it has only been a matter of days, but before I know it the days have turned into weeks, weeks into months. She is such a joyous baby, I absolutely adore her and can lose hours simply playing and interacting with her!

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: Friends, jokes & my new sling

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.


Last month I showed you the first product out of an amazing bundle of baby goodies that Cheeky Rascals sent to me when I was pregnant, to help me adjust to life with a new baby. In this post I'm reviewing the Meemoobaby Meelight, which has to be in my top ten, if not top five, best baby products ever! (I really should put a top ten list together some time!) I have raved about this product to my online baby group and several of those mums bought one, and they love theirs, too!

Review: Meemoobaby Meelight

Last month I showed you the first product out of an amazing bundle of baby goodies that Cheeky Rascals sent to me when I was pregnant, to help me adjust to life with a new baby. In this post I'm reviewing the Meemoobaby Meelight, which has to be in my top ten, if not top five, best baby products ever! (I really should put a top ten list together some time!) I have raved about this product to my online baby group and several of those mums bought one, and they love theirs, too!

You might remember a couple of months ago I wrote about how I had been decluttering and organising the boys' toys with the hope of creating a lovely play space filled with brightly coloured, wooden toys that will last for years to come. I'm terrible at completing anything in one go (and to be fair I did have a baby and get married!) but we have managed to get rid of anything broken or outgrown, and have been getting rid of any toys they just aren't interested in. The aim is to have quality over quantity; fewer but better quality toys, games and puzzles, and to have things that they will actually love playing with and make use of. I've not completely gone plastic-free - I mean, there are some pretty cool toys out there that are plastic - but I'm being more choosy about what they have and trying to put more thought into what I get for them.


Noah has this thing about jigsaw puzzles and I love that he loves them. And he is so good at them! He's been really into them since he was about two years old and amazed us with his ability to complete them. We bought puzzles with more and more pieces and he'd just do them without any help! This George Luck Ark puzzle from Hape Toys is really cool and really clever. It's like a piece of art, I almost didn't want to let Noah loose with it!


There are 62 beautifully crafted, colourful pieces, all made out of wood. It is completely child safe with non-toxic finishes and water-based paints. Each animal except for the elephant is a single puzzle piece. At first glance it looks really complex as it's not the traditional kind of jigsaw puzzle shape, but if you begin by fitting all the edge pieces you'll soon realise it's not as hard as it looks. It really gets Noah thinking: instead of trying to piece together a picture like a regular jigsaw puzzle, he has to match shapes, for example, looking for a space that looks like the ears of the rabbit, or searching for the space that will fit the whale's tail.


As well as helping Noah's dexterity and hand-eye coordination, we talk about the animals as we complete the puzzle which helps his speech and vocabulary. We're not sure what animals some of the shapes are, so we have fun sharing our ideas on what they might possibly be. It's also fun to count the animals, seeing how many of each colour we can find. Hape's George Luck Ark puzzle is recommended for ages 6-10 years old; Noah might only be coming up to age 5 but he really enjoys completing this puzzle and, actually, so do I!


Hape's George Luck Ark Puzzle costs £39.99 and you can find it here.


With thanks to Hape for sending the puzzle for review.

Playtime: Hape George Luck Ark Puzzle | Review

You might remember a couple of months ago I wrote about how I had been decluttering and organising the boys' toys with the hope of creating a lovely play space filled with brightly coloured, wooden toys that will last for years to come. I'm terrible at completing anything in one go (and to be fair I did have a baby and get married!) but we have managed to get rid of anything broken or outgrown, and have been getting rid of any toys they just aren't interested in. The aim is to have quality over quantity; fewer but better quality toys, games and puzzles, and to have things that they will actually love playing with and make use of. I've not completely gone plastic-free - I mean, there are some pretty cool toys out there that are plastic - but I'm being more choosy about what they have and trying to put more thought into what I get for them.


Noah has this thing about jigsaw puzzles and I love that he loves them. And he is so good at them! He's been really into them since he was about two years old and amazed us with his ability to complete them. We bought puzzles with more and more pieces and he'd just do them without any help! This George Luck Ark puzzle from Hape Toys is really cool and really clever. It's like a piece of art, I almost didn't want to let Noah loose with it!


There are 62 beautifully crafted, colourful pieces, all made out of wood. It is completely child safe with non-toxic finishes and water-based paints. Each animal except for the elephant is a single puzzle piece. At first glance it looks really complex as it's not the traditional kind of jigsaw puzzle shape, but if you begin by fitting all the edge pieces you'll soon realise it's not as hard as it looks. It really gets Noah thinking: instead of trying to piece together a picture like a regular jigsaw puzzle, he has to match shapes, for example, looking for a space that looks like the ears of the rabbit, or searching for the space that will fit the whale's tail.


As well as helping Noah's dexterity and hand-eye coordination, we talk about the animals as we complete the puzzle which helps his speech and vocabulary. We're not sure what animals some of the shapes are, so we have fun sharing our ideas on what they might possibly be. It's also fun to count the animals, seeing how many of each colour we can find. Hape's George Luck Ark puzzle is recommended for ages 6-10 years old; Noah might only be coming up to age 5 but he really enjoys completing this puzzle and, actually, so do I!


Hape's George Luck Ark Puzzle costs £39.99 and you can find it here.


With thanks to Hape for sending the puzzle for review.
Keira the jaguar cub was born at Paradise Wildlife Park back in April, as the Park celebrated the launch of its new charity the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire, and a few weeks ago she took her first ever steps outside!


Paradise is one of only two zoos in the UK, and one of six in Europe, recommended to breed Jaguars, as part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme). Jaguars are classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so Keira’s birth was a real cause for celebration. She is the first jaguar cub to have been born at Paradise Wildlife Park and currently the only jaguar cub in the UK. Paradise Wildlife Park is now working on extending the size of its Jaguar exhibit, creating more space for both mother, father and cub!


We are ambassadors for Paradise and as Noah is now on summer holidays from school we will be heading to the zoo soon. Hopefully we will get to take a peek at Keira as she spends time bonding with her mother, Kedera. I'll share any photos of her that we take along with the rest of our visit to the zoo when we are back, so watch this space!


Paradise Wildlife Park / The Zoological Society of Hertfordshire is situated 20 miles north of London, 7 miles from Junction 25 on the M25 and approximately 25 minutes from London Liverpool Street by rail. You can find out more information or book tickets here.

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Keira the jaguar cub takes her first steps outside at Paradise Wildlife Park!

Keira the jaguar cub was born at Paradise Wildlife Park back in April, as the Park celebrated the launch of its new charity the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire, and a few weeks ago she took her first ever steps outside!


Paradise is one of only two zoos in the UK, and one of six in Europe, recommended to breed Jaguars, as part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme). Jaguars are classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so Keira’s birth was a real cause for celebration. She is the first jaguar cub to have been born at Paradise Wildlife Park and currently the only jaguar cub in the UK. Paradise Wildlife Park is now working on extending the size of its Jaguar exhibit, creating more space for both mother, father and cub!


We are ambassadors for Paradise and as Noah is now on summer holidays from school we will be heading to the zoo soon. Hopefully we will get to take a peek at Keira as she spends time bonding with her mother, Kedera. I'll share any photos of her that we take along with the rest of our visit to the zoo when we are back, so watch this space!


Paradise Wildlife Park / The Zoological Society of Hertfordshire is situated 20 miles north of London, 7 miles from Junction 25 on the M25 and approximately 25 minutes from London Liverpool Street by rail. You can find out more information or book tickets here.

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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.

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