The importance Of Tyre Safety

Since having Emily, our main priority is her safety, especially in the car. It took us ages to decide on a car seat. I spent hours, no, weeks looking at all of the different types of car seats. There is definitely a huge selection to choose from but they have to have the right safety regulations. Finally we went for the maxi-cosi rubi  That being said, you could have the safest car seat in the word, but what good is that if your car isn't safe?


Snapfish Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review some products from Snapfish, and with Christmas coming up and so many presents to buy I jumped at the change. There is nothing better than a personalised gift, It shows that you have put a lot of thought into the gift. I'm sure we are all guilty of taking lots of photographs, and then never printing them out. I always do it and my family have hardly any pictures of Emily, they always ask me to print them but I forget. This is where snapfish come in. They have some beautiful gifts that you can personalise, and that is exactly what I did. 


Hector & Queen Review & Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to review a pair of organic wool felt slippers from Hector & Queen, of course I said yes and I couldn't wait to pick out a pair for Emily. Hector & Queen specialise in the design and production of unique, handcrafted children's bedroom furniture. 


Hosting Christmas Dinner

This year Christmas is going to be even more exciting than last years, as many of you may already know it is my favourite time of the year and I really can't wait to get into the festive spirit a little more. This year will be the first year that we are staying at home, it will also be my first year cooking a Christmas dinner. I'm pretty good at cooking a full roast, so Christmas dinner shouldn't be a problem even with a crazy little 15 month old running at my feet, happy eating chocolate and showing me all of the new things that she was lucky enough to receive. My Grandma is also spending Christmas with us this year, and coming for dinner because I really don't like the though of her being alone at Christmas.

 With all of that in mind, of course I am already planning our decorations. I love making everything look pretty and feel christmassy, and obviously the kitchen table isn't going to get left out. I have been pinning ideas like a crazy person, and searching online for different bits and bobs. My kitchen is green, and the plates green and black, so I think I am going to go with a colour scheme that matches that. So I thought I would share my inspiration and the things that I am loving right now. You can find out what I'm loving over on my pintrest.


What Is In Emily's Bag & Goodies Review


I thought I would share what Emily takes in her little bag when we go out, I am frequently asked what she has in her little bag. Since Emily started walking, which was at 10 months, she became really independent. She will try her best to copy everything I do, and this includes putting things in my bag after she has watched me pack my bag for our day out, or where ever we are going. Since she really took a interest we purchased this lovely navy pink lining mini rucksack for her birthday. As soon as we popped it on and she realised that she could put things in there it became one of her favourite things to do. Whenever we go out she wants to take her bag, and I think it is so cute that she has it. So these are a few of the things we have inside. 

Making Pizza With Emily


Recently Emily has become a right little helper, she is fiercely independent. She shows a interest in absolutely everything you do, much to my dismay when I am trying to do my make up and she runs away with the mirror. However when I was making pizza on Thursday night she was fascinated and wanted to help. I made the dough as normal, and as soon as I put the tomato puree on the pizza she was at my feet demanding to be picked 'up' so she could see what I was doing. 

Emily's 14 Month Update


I can't believe how grown up my little monkey is, she has become a little diva lately, and is so cheeky. It has become very clear lately that she understands alot more than she lets on at times, she is so responsive and is only ever quiet if she is up to something. She is constantly talking, babbling or singing. Emily is a little sponge, she picks up words and phrases really quickly, she only needs to hear it once and she will copy. I'm constantly reminding everyone to be careful what they say around her now. 

Beanies Review & Giveaway

I'm not really a coffee person, If I have it then it has to be quite weak. However when beanies got in touch and asked if I would like to review the mini Christmas range I jumped at the chance. I have previously tried the gingerbread flavoured coffee and loved it. So I knew that I would like to try some other flavours. I was sent the mini xmas stash and I have to say I was so excited to try them when I received them. Look at how christmassy the box looks!

Photo Advent Calendar Review

I'm a bit lover of advent calendars, I don't think you ever really grow out of the excitement that advent calendars bring. The count down to Christmas and getting a little gift everyday of December there is nothing quite like it. As much as I am a lover of chocolate I always look for something a little different. This year a company called JMS creative got in touch to tell me about there new photo calendars. I met the lovely Jo and Mark at the Bedfordshire baby show earlier this year.

Autumn/Winter Boots Wishlist

Emily is growing faster than I can keep up, at the moment she has her little canvas shoes from Clarks and her wellies, but with the change in weather I have been looking at little boots for her. Something to keep her feet warm and if it rains her shoes wont get soaked through. I thought it would be easy to find a cute little pair of boots that I liked, but they're is so many different ones to chose from. So I thought I would share with you the ones I am considering. As you may be able to tell there is a little theme within the boots I have picked, most of them are brown/tan colour.


Depression & Self Care


Depression is hard, just when you get to a place where you are happy and content it all comes crashing down again. I hate down days, they annoy the hell out of me, but I don't have no say or control of them. I have had to learn to take the good with the bad, and muddle through as best as I can. I found a good balance of this before I had Emily. It didn't matter if I was down for a day, a week or even a month. I could let it pass, run through the motions I suppose. I can't do that anymore, I have to put on a happy face and be the best mama I can be. I've come to realise, although PND may be gone (I think), I will never be free of depression. I have had depression long before Emily and it will always be there. 

Oddsockosaurus Book Review


We were recently offered the opportunity to review Oddsockasaurus by Zanib Mian, and illustrated by Bill Bolton, and I jumped at the chance. Emily is becoming a little book worm, she will sit for hours reading her books. She is also really good at listening to them, she will sit and listen intently and love to point at the illustrations in the books. The story is about a six year old little boy, who tells us about the different types of dinosaurs that he can be. 

Organix Finger Food Review


We were recently sent some items from Organix for Emily to try, She has always been a big fan of Organix products so I knew that she would really enjoy them. They arrived on a cold rainy day, perfect if you ask me. Emily spent the afternoon colouring, she is getting so good at holding the crayon confidently now. Colouring is tiring work, did you not know? She got very hungry and decided to have a little snack. She absolutely loved the cheese stars, but could only manage 3-4. The packet is very large, and the stars themselves are bigger than I would have thought. They were perfect for her and she really enjoyed them. I tried one myself, and they taste just like mild wotsits, but are obviously healthier. 

Little Wellies & Autumn Walks


Saturday was a absolutely beautiful day. It was a little chilly but the sky was clear, and the sun was out. It was the perfect autumn day. We decided to make the most of the dry weather and headed out for a little walk. We found the perfect little spot, a place called Marston Vale. It isn't too far from us, and it is so peaceful there. Emily loves being outdoors, she is growing more and more confident at walking, and takes great delight in running ahead a little. So it is perfect for her to have somewhere she can run, but is safe away from the traffic. We found the most stunning view of the lake, and we will definitely be returning there again. 

Pumpkin Carving

Last year was Emily's first Halloween and she was only a month old, this year I was excited for her to join in with all the fun! I decided to carve a baby carriage, with hands a feet in our pumpkin last year as it was Emily's first, you can find that here. This year was definitely a lot more fun, because Emily is at a age where she wants to help you with everything. We headed down to the farm shop a couple of weeks ago to pick out our pumpkins, we also purchased a couple from Tesco and we have kept them nice ever since just waiting to be able to carve them. 


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