Slider

Our family has recently grown again, and I'd like to introduce you to Bella. Bella is a two and a half year old tabby cat, who had been taken into a local RSPCA centre for rehoming. She was taken in with her daughter, plus another litter of kittens. All of her kittens were rehomed quickly, but Bella was still waiting for her new forever home. 

Meet Bella

Our family has recently grown again, and I'd like to introduce you to Bella. Bella is a two and a half year old tabby cat, who had been taken into a local RSPCA centre for rehoming. She was taken in with her daughter, plus another litter of kittens. All of her kittens were rehomed quickly, but Bella was still waiting for her new forever home. 

If you're a parent and you're reading this, I bet your children have had at least one of the books from the That's not my... series from Usborne. These touchy-feely books have been best-sellers for many years and there are over 50 different titles in the range. I reckon Essie has about 20 of them so far, so we still have a fair few left to get in order to complete her collection! The latest one added to her shelf is That's not my monkey... which was sent to us along with a matching monkey comforter from Rainbow Designs to review.

Playtime: That's not my monkey... Book & Toy | Review + Giveaway

If you're a parent and you're reading this, I bet your children have had at least one of the books from the That's not my... series from Usborne. These touchy-feely books have been best-sellers for many years and there are over 50 different titles in the range. I reckon Essie has about 20 of them so far, so we still have a fair few left to get in order to complete her collection! The latest one added to her shelf is That's not my monkey... which was sent to us along with a matching monkey comforter from Rainbow Designs to review.

I have used cloth nappies (or reusable, or washable, or real nappies as are some of the other names for them!) since I had my eldest nearly seven years ago. Now I'll admit, I first tried them because they looked cute and because I was simply curious. Our local council offered incentives for trying them, so I had nothing to lose. But then I realised the difference that using reusable cloth nappies instead of disposable single-use nappies can make to our planet so that became my reason for sticking with them. That, and the fact that I simply love them!


Why I chose to use cloth nappies

I have used cloth nappies (or reusable, or washable, or real nappies as are some of the other names for them!) since I had my eldest nearly seven years ago. Now I'll admit, I first tried them because they looked cute and because I was simply curious. Our local council offered incentives for trying them, so I had nothing to lose. But then I realised the difference that using reusable cloth nappies instead of disposable single-use nappies can make to our planet so that became my reason for sticking with them. That, and the fact that I simply love them!


Sleep deprivation is pretty much a part and parcel of motherhood. And so I have spent years trying to catch up on missed slumber, pleading with my children to go back to sleep at 5am, repeatedly snoozing my alarm until the last minute, snatching a rare weekend nap, then finding myself battling to stay awake late at night as I try to get just half an hour of time to myself after a long day. 

A simple morning routine for tired mums: get your day off to the best start!

Sleep deprivation is pretty much a part and parcel of motherhood. And so I have spent years trying to catch up on missed slumber, pleading with my children to go back to sleep at 5am, repeatedly snoozing my alarm until the last minute, snatching a rare weekend nap, then finding myself battling to stay awake late at night as I try to get just half an hour of time to myself after a long day. 

I said in my last Mini Style post that Essie has a lot of these Lottie & Lysh t-shirt dresses, and I wasn't kidding! I very nearly missed out on getting this one though, as it hadn't realised that this hares print even existed until it was mentioned on a thread in the members group. Just in the nick of time I placed an order using my brand rep discount, and customised it with two little blue faux pockets. I do love a pocket!

Mini Style: Lottie & Lysh Hares T-Dress

I said in my last Mini Style post that Essie has a lot of these Lottie & Lysh t-shirt dresses, and I wasn't kidding! I very nearly missed out on getting this one though, as it hadn't realised that this hares print even existed until it was mentioned on a thread in the members group. Just in the nick of time I placed an order using my brand rep discount, and customised it with two little blue faux pockets. I do love a pocket!

There, I said it. Yes me, the woman who grows her own veg, who cleans with vinegar, who used cloth nappies and who uses reusable menstrual products. Despite my own efforts to live as "green" as we can, I'm telling you now: reusables are not the solution to period poverty.

I keep seeing this said time and time again when the subject of period poverty is discussed: "why not just give them all a menstrual cup or washable pads?"

Why reusables are not the solution to period poverty

There, I said it. Yes me, the woman who grows her own veg, who cleans with vinegar, who used cloth nappies and who uses reusable menstrual products. Despite my own efforts to live as "green" as we can, I'm telling you now: reusables are not the solution to period poverty.

I keep seeing this said time and time again when the subject of period poverty is discussed: "why not just give them all a menstrual cup or washable pads?"

A few weeks ago the lovely folk at Orchard Toys sent Essie a little package containing one of their new products for us to review. We have so many of the Orchard Toys games and puzzles in our playroom, as I think they are fantastic for encouraging children to learn through play and for nurturing their development. 

Playtime: Orchard Toys Mummy & Baby Puzzles | Review

A few weeks ago the lovely folk at Orchard Toys sent Essie a little package containing one of their new products for us to review. We have so many of the Orchard Toys games and puzzles in our playroom, as I think they are fantastic for encouraging children to learn through play and for nurturing their development. 

Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek!

Does wearing mama merch make me smug?

Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek!

© Quite Frankly She Said. Design by Fearne.