What Emily Wore #26

Happy Halloween Everyone! Today we have been super busy carving pumpkins, Emily decided that she wanted Minnie mouse on her pumpkin. So that is what we gave her, We are keeping with the Halloween theme as this is gorgeous little witches outfit is what Emily wore today. She has never shown a interest in dressing up, but she absolutely loved it and didn't want to take it off.

Gloop Sensory Play

Have you ever heard of gloop? It is such a fun and fascinating messy play activity. Gloop is a mixture made of cornflour and water. It has a unique texture which children love to explore, as it has the properties of both liquid and a solid. I will warn you this is quite a messy activity and if you are going to recreate it I would advise putting sheets down, or newspaper. The great thing about it is it doesn't stain your clothing, it washes straight off. It is very easy to clean up. 

Spaghetti Pumpkin Patch

As I'm sure you know by now, we are massive fans of craft supplies from Baker Ross. You may have seen our Autumn craft post where we painted hedgehog tealight candles. 

This time we were sent some polystyrene pumpkins for Emily to decorate. She had lots of painting the pumpkins, I was so surprised at how well she did. She held the paintbrush carefully and confidently. When she got bored of that, she decided that it was much more fun to dip the pumpkins in the paint. Which gave this really cool marble look once they had dried. I'm a big believer in letting your child lead the activity, the best way for a child to learn is through play. This in mind I completely let her take the activity where she wanted regardless of the mess I had to clean up after. 

Do You Have A Weanager?

Here is my Emily at about 7 months old.
Weaning is such a amazing stage, yes it is messy but it is so much fun. There is nothing better than watching your child taste food for the first time. We never stuck to a strict set way, we went with what felt right with us. Due to Emily's reflux we did wean early (you can find out more about that here), but that is what suited us, and what was best for her. It can be so overwhelming being a new parent and trying to find out what suits you. My advise to you is go with whatever feels natural to you, there is no right or wrong way. Enjoy it while it lasts because they soon turn into messy little monsters. 

Halloween Food Plate #OrganixFoodFun

I realise everything is very Halloween related on our blog at the moment, but it only happens once a year so I might aswell make the most of it while I can. Emily won't be going 'trick or treating' as she is too small, but I don't want Halloween to pass by unnoticed. Recently Emily has become a really fussy eater, and it is becoming difficult to get her to eat anything. I thought I would put together a Halloween themed lunch, to see if it would make a difference, and of course it made the whole thing much more fun. 

Emily's Halloween Basket

I put together a Easter basket for Emily, and fully intend to do a Christmas eve box for her. So that got me thinking, why not do her a little Halloween basket? She is much to young to go trick or treating, and if I'm honest I don't really like the idea of 'trick or treat'. That doesn't mean that I want Halloween to go on unnoticed. So I decided to put together a little box of treats for her, Some books and a few activities for her to do with me over the week. So I thought I would share those with you.

What Emily Wore #25

This weekend is starting off really chilly, I really hope that it warms up a little or at least stays dry as we are having a lovely day out tomorrow Which I'm really looking forward to. Anyway, because of the weather I have wrapped Emily up a little warmer than I usually would. 

Frozen Jelly Sensory Play

I'm a Christmas fan, but Halloween is up there with my favourites. I love the fun activities that you can do, carving pumpkins, and horror films. Obviously a lot of those things are not appropriate for Emily, but I didn't want Halloween to pass by without some kind of recognition. We have got a few Halloween books, and a cute little pumpkin sleepsuit, so of course I wanted to do some kind of sensory play, or craft. While I was in Tesco I stumbled upon these ice cube trays, they are skull and bones and looked like the perfect thing to represent Halloween.

Emily's 13 Month Update

Every month I sit down to write these updates, and I am amazed by how much Emily has learnt and all of the milestones she has hit. I honestly couldn't be more proud.

 Emily has now moved up a nappy size, she is in a 5+.

Handmade Autumn Playdough

We recently created our Autumn bucket list, and I'm happy to say we have something to tick off already! We made some ginger scented playdough. Emily has had lots of fun playing with this, and it is definitely something I am planning to make again with different scents. It is so simple to make so I thought I would tell you how, you can either follow the simple instructions below, or watch the YouTube video. 

What Emily Wore #25

Shirt & Jeans: Next

I absolutely love this little tartan shirt on Emily, She really suits red. The little peter pan collar is my favourite, and I like how it has a piece of material covering the buttons. Emily trys to pull her buttons off her clothing whenever she can and It drives me crazy. I don't really like to put jeans on Emily, but these have a complete elastic waist and don't seem to bother her. Although she looks super cute, it makes her look so much older than she is. 

Wood & Wonder Review

I love wooden toys, I always have. They look great, and they are very hard wearing, which is good for us. Especially where Emily is involved, as she loves to put toys through there paces. Wooden toys encourage imaginative play, unlike battery operated toys children have to manually pull, shake, roll, rattle, turn or push the toys. 

Autumn Bucket List

I love autumn and it seems like it is one of the most popular times of the year. There is nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with blankets, snuggly jumpers, wellies, and winter boots. I have put together a little bucket list of things that we are hoping to do, and of course we are going to blog or vlog about it. 

What Emily Wore #24

I did it! I got Emily to wear a little dress and she didn't even fuss. I do feel like this is a massive achievement for me, usually she kicks and screams. She doesn't like dresses unless they are on her terms, but this time she was fine. She even wore it all day! I'm super proud. This dress has been hanging up in Emily's wardrobe since last Christmas. It was so annoying to see it everyday for so long knowing it was miles to big. It finally fits but it is still a little big, and I love it on her just as much as I knew I would.

How to know your addicted to Netflix? #NetflixStreamTeam

I'm a big fan of Netflix, I love to keep up with all of my favourite box sets, and watch some movies in the evening with hubs. Emily also loves the kids part of Netflix and uses it often. So why is it so addictive, on September 30th the new series of One upon a time was released. I have been addicted to this series for as long as I can remember, and I was so excited when they released the new episode, the only downside is it is one a week. Do you know how hard it is to wait a whole week! I think my relationship with Netflix may have slightly gotten out of control. Even while I type this, my phone is leaning against the laptop so I can keep watching Netflix. I could lie and say I go to bed every night at 10pm, but I would be lying, I'm a insomniac so there have been many a sleepless nights where I have stayed up till 4 or 5am binge-watching various different seasons. 

Love2Read Review | Emily's 1st Birthday..

We have previously worked with Love2Read, they created a amazing little book for Emily and her daddy too share for fathers day. If your interested in having a nose the post is here. I was honestly so excited to work with them again. Emily's 'my daddy' book has been her absolute favourite. She loves looking at it when Sam is at work, and she brings it too me saying 'daddy, daddy'. It is lovely that she has that too look at when she is missing him and I have ever since been eager to make some more for her to keep. I do think they make lovely keepsakes for special occasions. 

Ella's Kitchen Toddler Snacks Review

As you may already know Emily is a big Ella's kitchen fan. It has always been my go to product when Emily refused everything else. At the start of our weaning journey she has the first tastes pouches, and now with her being 12 months, she is able to try a whole new range of stuff. Which believe me, she is really enjoying.

Project SHOUT

Project SHOUT is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide. I have always been aware of how dangerous carbon monoxide is and we have always had a alarm in our kitchen. What I didn't know was just how fast it can kill, Carbon monoxide deprives the body of oxygen. Oxygen starvation initially leaves you with flu like symptoms but can deadly within minutes as well as causing long term organ damage and disease. When we were asked to spread the word about project SHOUT I jumped at the chance. Project Shout want to make people aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poising, and also the importance of regular maintenance on all fuel-burning appliances such as gas cookers, gas grills and boilers. 

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