This year marks six years of me either being pregnant, breastfeeding, or both. That's a lot of change that my body has gone through, especially my boobs! This year also marks the 25th birthday of multi-award winning maternity lingerie brand, Bravado Designs. I've mentioned before about how previously, I was never too fussy about maternity and nursing bras; as long as I could feed my baby then that was good enough for me. Then, I discovered Bravado Designs, and I've never looked back. Nowadays, they're the only brand of bras I wear! 

Mama Style: Bravado's New Original Nursing Bra

This year marks six years of me either being pregnant, breastfeeding, or both. That's a lot of change that my body has gone through, especially my boobs! This year also marks the 25th birthday of multi-award winning maternity lingerie brand, Bravado Designs. I've mentioned before about how previously, I was never too fussy about maternity and nursing bras; as long as I could feed my baby then that was good enough for me. Then, I discovered Bravado Designs, and I've never looked back. Nowadays, they're the only brand of bras I wear! 

If you're wondering when is the next Aldi Baby & Toddler Event, then get your purse ready pronto, as the hugely popular Baby & Toddler Specialbuy event returns online from Sunday 15th April and in store from the Thursday 19th April! As always the event offers parents a huge range of beautifully crafted nursery furniture, every day essentials and adorable accessories at amazing low prices. Aldi kindly sent a sneak peek of some of the goodies that will be available, and they also sent some vouchers so I'll be popping into my local store next week to stock up on new sleepsuits and a summer weight baby sleeping bag for Essie!
 

Aldi’s Baby & Toddler Specialbuy Event April 2018 #AD

If you're wondering when is the next Aldi Baby & Toddler Event, then get your purse ready pronto, as the hugely popular Baby & Toddler Specialbuy event returns online from Sunday 15th April and in store from the Thursday 19th April! As always the event offers parents a huge range of beautifully crafted nursery furniture, every day essentials and adorable accessories at amazing low prices. Aldi kindly sent a sneak peek of some of the goodies that will be available, and they also sent some vouchers so I'll be popping into my local store next week to stock up on new sleepsuits and a summer weight baby sleeping bag for Essie!
 
Essie is at that wonderful curious age of being inquisitive and wanting to explore. Open this cupboard and see what's inside. Shake that toy and see what sound it makes. Stack these blocks and see how tall they get. Anything new that comes into the house gets thoroughly investigated by her, like these two adorable Disney Baby toys we were sent by Rainbow Designs; the Patch Comfort Blanket and Dumbo Ring Rattle. 

Baby Loves: Disney Baby Patch Comfort Blanket & Dumbo Ring Rattle - Review + GIVEAWAY

Essie is at that wonderful curious age of being inquisitive and wanting to explore. Open this cupboard and see what's inside. Shake that toy and see what sound it makes. Stack these blocks and see how tall they get. Anything new that comes into the house gets thoroughly investigated by her, like these two adorable Disney Baby toys we were sent by Rainbow Designs; the Patch Comfort Blanket and Dumbo Ring Rattle. 

Last week the children and I drove down to Southampton to meet with the very lovely folk from Save the Children, along with some other bloggers and their children, to take part in a special Muddy Puddle Walk. Save the Children are a fantastic charity who believe that every child should have the chance to learn, play and grow up happy and healthy - no matter where they're born. Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children is an annual fundraising event which raises money for the international children's charity. Last year 160,000 children across the UK took part and raised an incredible £243,000. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more! 

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children

Last week the children and I drove down to Southampton to meet with the very lovely folk from Save the Children, along with some other bloggers and their children, to take part in a special Muddy Puddle Walk. Save the Children are a fantastic charity who believe that every child should have the chance to learn, play and grow up happy and healthy - no matter where they're born. Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children is an annual fundraising event which raises money for the international children's charity. Last year 160,000 children across the UK took part and raised an incredible £243,000. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more! 

I'm a sucker for a good subscription box, especially beauty boxes! Wildling Box is a new lifestyle subscription box with a difference. Wildling's founder, Leilah, wanted to come up with a way of raising awareness of the cruelty that animals suffer from around the world, along with helping people discover the best cruelty-free brands around. As a  beauty-obsessed vegan, this sounded perfect for me, and I was lucky to receive a Wildling Box to review.

Beauty Spot: Introducing Wildling Box

I'm a sucker for a good subscription box, especially beauty boxes! Wildling Box is a new lifestyle subscription box with a difference. Wildling's founder, Leilah, wanted to come up with a way of raising awareness of the cruelty that animals suffer from around the world, along with helping people discover the best cruelty-free brands around. As a  beauty-obsessed vegan, this sounded perfect for me, and I was lucky to receive a Wildling Box to review.

Back in my pre-baby days I'd get excited about new shoe deliveries. Nowadays, it's the arrival of a new pushchair that gets me all giddy! The Diono Quantum Classic is based on the best-selling original Diono Quantum travel system. The new version has a range of updates to suit all parents and Diono kindly sent us one to review. We've really been putting it through its paces over the last few weeks and here's how we got on with it!

Review: Diono Quantum Classic Pushchair

Back in my pre-baby days I'd get excited about new shoe deliveries. Nowadays, it's the arrival of a new pushchair that gets me all giddy! The Diono Quantum Classic is based on the best-selling original Diono Quantum travel system. The new version has a range of updates to suit all parents and Diono kindly sent us one to review. We've really been putting it through its paces over the last few weeks and here's how we got on with it!

My children and I love our visits to Willows Activity Farm in Hertfordshire and were so egg-cited (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist!) to be invited along last weekend to see what they've got planned for their Easter Eggstravaganza this year! The boys were SO excited; the "Peter Rabbit farm", as they call it, is one of their favourite places to go for a day out and they were counting down the days to our trip! Especially when we heard that new for 2018 Mr Tod will be taking residence at Willows with the introduction of Mr Tod’s Lair and the Super Secret Squirrel Nutkin Test. 

Days Out: Willows Activity Farm Easter Eggstravaganza 2018 + NEW Mr Tod's Lair

My children and I love our visits to Willows Activity Farm in Hertfordshire and were so egg-cited (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist!) to be invited along last weekend to see what they've got planned for their Easter Eggstravaganza this year! The boys were SO excited; the "Peter Rabbit farm", as they call it, is one of their favourite places to go for a day out and they were counting down the days to our trip! Especially when we heard that new for 2018 Mr Tod will be taking residence at Willows with the introduction of Mr Tod’s Lair and the Super Secret Squirrel Nutkin Test. 

Essie has really become such a curious and inquisitive little girl recently, and with her newfound skills of pulling herself up to standing and cruising furniture, she is able to get about and explore anything that catches her eye. Which is usually the kitchen cupboards! Fisher-Price have launched a new product which seemed perfect for this stage of Essie's development: their 2-in-1 Sit-To-Stand Activity Centre, and they kindly sent us one to review.

Playtime: Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-To-Stand Activity Centre Review

Essie has really become such a curious and inquisitive little girl recently, and with her newfound skills of pulling herself up to standing and cruising furniture, she is able to get about and explore anything that catches her eye. Which is usually the kitchen cupboards! Fisher-Price have launched a new product which seemed perfect for this stage of Essie's development: their 2-in-1 Sit-To-Stand Activity Centre, and they kindly sent us one to review.

One of the nursery items I was most excited about using with Essie was the SnüzPod 3-in-1 Bedside Crib, which was kindly sent to me to review along with some beautiful Snüz bedding and accessories. Like with my two older children, I was keen to have Essie sleep close to me so that the night feeds would be a little easier and I would hopefully get a bit more rest in between feeds. 

Baby Loves: SnüzPod 3-in-1 Bedside Crib - Full Review + DISCOUNT

One of the nursery items I was most excited about using with Essie was the SnüzPod 3-in-1 Bedside Crib, which was kindly sent to me to review along with some beautiful Snüz bedding and accessories. Like with my two older children, I was keen to have Essie sleep close to me so that the night feeds would be a little easier and I would hopefully get a bit more rest in between feeds. 

This is a collaborative post sponsored by Bepanthen.

Nappy rash is something that affects a lot of babies and toddlers, with up to a third experiencing it at any one time. My children have generally been lucky and very rarely suffer with nappy rash, but all three have had it a handful of times. Teething, being poorly or being in a nappy for a long time (such as night-time) seem to have been the main causes of soreness with my brood - and eating blueberries! 

Protecting against nappy rash with Bepanthen

This is a collaborative post sponsored by Bepanthen.

Nappy rash is something that affects a lot of babies and toddlers, with up to a third experiencing it at any one time. My children have generally been lucky and very rarely suffer with nappy rash, but all three have had it a handful of times. Teething, being poorly or being in a nappy for a long time (such as night-time) seem to have been the main causes of soreness with my brood - and eating blueberries! 

Can you believe that in just over six weeks it will be Essie's first birthday? It will also be my birthday, but I expect that Essie will totally take all the birthday glory from now on. And that is absolutely fine with me! It does feel like only yesterday that my little lady arrived, and you might  Annie Haak sent a delicate little silver bracelet with the initial E and a baby girl charm to celebrate Essie's birth.




Mama Style: Annie Haak Mother's Day Jewellery

Can you believe that in just over six weeks it will be Essie's first birthday? It will also be my birthday, but I expect that Essie will totally take all the birthday glory from now on. And that is absolutely fine with me! It does feel like only yesterday that my little lady arrived, and you might  Annie Haak sent a delicate little silver bracelet with the initial E and a baby girl charm to celebrate Essie's birth.




Frugi's latest collection for spring/summer 2018 is here! If you don't know who Frugi are, they are the UK's leading ethical and organic children's clothing brand. Hailing from Cornwall, they are known for their bright colours, fun prints and gorgeous applique designs, all made in the softest, most sumptuous organic cotton ever!


Mini Style: Frugi's Globetrotter Collection SS18

Frugi's latest collection for spring/summer 2018 is here! If you don't know who Frugi are, they are the UK's leading ethical and organic children's clothing brand. Hailing from Cornwall, they are known for their bright colours, fun prints and gorgeous applique designs, all made in the softest, most sumptuous organic cotton ever!


Cloth nappies. Oh how I love them! And if you're a regular reader or follow me on Instagram you'll already know this, as I LOVE snapping shots of my cloth bummed babies! I've used reusable nappies with all three of my children, and actually TotsBots were the very first brand I ever bought, over five years ago when pregnant with my eldest son. TotsBots got in touch a few weeks ago to let me know about their newest collection of prints and to ask if I'd like a sneak peek ahead of the launch. Being the big cloth nappy fan that I am of course I had to say yes!

Baby Loves: TotsBots new Playtime Print Range

Cloth nappies. Oh how I love them! And if you're a regular reader or follow me on Instagram you'll already know this, as I LOVE snapping shots of my cloth bummed babies! I've used reusable nappies with all three of my children, and actually TotsBots were the very first brand I ever bought, over five years ago when pregnant with my eldest son. TotsBots got in touch a few weeks ago to let me know about their newest collection of prints and to ask if I'd like a sneak peek ahead of the launch. Being the big cloth nappy fan that I am of course I had to say yes!

"I'm bored!" Two words that every parent dreads. Upon hearing those two little words, it can be tempting to hand over the tablet or switch on the TV, but what would happen if you just let your children work through their boredom? If you gave them the space to find their own solutions instead of stepping in? Well, that's exactly what I did for the Let Them Be Bored Challenge as part of the #PetitsFilousPlayFree project!

What happened when I let the children be bored...

"I'm bored!" Two words that every parent dreads. Upon hearing those two little words, it can be tempting to hand over the tablet or switch on the TV, but what would happen if you just let your children work through their boredom? If you gave them the space to find their own solutions instead of stepping in? Well, that's exactly what I did for the Let Them Be Bored Challenge as part of the #PetitsFilousPlayFree project!

In this post Alison from Five Little Stars is sharing her most useful 'nice-to-have' baby item for a newborn. She's an Australian mum of two who now currently lives in Paris with her English husband. Over to Alison!

MY MOST USEFUL ‘NICE-TO-HAVE’ FOR A NEWBORN - Guest post from Alison at Five Little Stars

In this post Alison from Five Little Stars is sharing her most useful 'nice-to-have' baby item for a newborn. She's an Australian mum of two who now currently lives in Paris with her English husband. Over to Alison!

I was talking to a friend earlier in the week about baby clothes, and how my tastes in childrenswear has changed since having Essie. I always thought I would love the same bold, bright prints that I bought for my boys, but I have found myself being drawn to more vintage inspired outfits. Think little dresses, bloomers, rompers, Peter Pan collars, in florals and muted tones. I was so excited when Essie was offered a dress from La Coqueta, they are utterly exquisite, and I have to admit I lost hours browsing through them all, then even more hours taking photos...

Mini Style: La Coqueta Baby Dresses

I was talking to a friend earlier in the week about baby clothes, and how my tastes in childrenswear has changed since having Essie. I always thought I would love the same bold, bright prints that I bought for my boys, but I have found myself being drawn to more vintage inspired outfits. Think little dresses, bloomers, rompers, Peter Pan collars, in florals and muted tones. I was so excited when Essie was offered a dress from La Coqueta, they are utterly exquisite, and I have to admit I lost hours browsing through them all, then even more hours taking photos...

Ever since I posted on Instagram about getting back to pre-pregnancy weight with intermittent fasting, I’ve had SO many people wanting to know more about it that I thought I should write a post to briefly explain how it works. I put on 33lbs during my third pregnancy but lost it all by the time my baby was six months old and it was pretty easy to do so. Since then so many of my friends have started fasting and are seeing results too!

How I lost my pregnancy weight with intermittent fasting - no dieting!

Ever since I posted on Instagram about getting back to pre-pregnancy weight with intermittent fasting, I’ve had SO many people wanting to know more about it that I thought I should write a post to briefly explain how it works. I put on 33lbs during my third pregnancy but lost it all by the time my baby was six months old and it was pretty easy to do so. Since then so many of my friends have started fasting and are seeing results too!

Lamb & Bear is a brand I've featured on the blog a few times before and is the creation of designer Alex, who is also a fellow blogger. Running a business and a blog, I don't know how she does it, but she is certainly proof that you can follow your dreams and make them a reality. She originally launched her brand of 100% cotton children's clothing with a small collection of leggings and since then the range has expanded with even more prints, matching dribble scarves, headbands, sleepsuits and swaddle blankets. 

Mini Style: Lamb & Bear Flamingos

Lamb & Bear is a brand I've featured on the blog a few times before and is the creation of designer Alex, who is also a fellow blogger. Running a business and a blog, I don't know how she does it, but she is certainly proof that you can follow your dreams and make them a reality. She originally launched her brand of 100% cotton children's clothing with a small collection of leggings and since then the range has expanded with even more prints, matching dribble scarves, headbands, sleepsuits and swaddle blankets. 

When I think back to my own childhood, some of my earliest memories are building dens with my mum at home in our small flat. Something as simple as upturned clothes airers draped with bedsheets became an exciting new world for little me to explore with my dolls. I took charge and my mum joined in with my game. I also loved to head to the park with my siblings and cousins, where we were free to run, jump and climb to our hearts' content. We had the most amazing adventures, armed with not much more than a few sticks and our imaginations. 

The Importance of Free Play for Children

When I think back to my own childhood, some of my earliest memories are building dens with my mum at home in our small flat. Something as simple as upturned clothes airers draped with bedsheets became an exciting new world for little me to explore with my dolls. I took charge and my mum joined in with my game. I also loved to head to the park with my siblings and cousins, where we were free to run, jump and climb to our hearts' content. We had the most amazing adventures, armed with not much more than a few sticks and our imaginations. 

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