Dr. Emily [The Ordinary Days]

Imagination is something that should be treasured, something that I believe should be encouraged in every child, and something adults should fight to keep. Without an imagination the world seems like an even more scary and frightful place. Imagination is the door to possibilities, its where creativity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development. Imaging, trying new ways of doing things and experimenting help develop critical thinking in children. Which is why I strongly encourage role play and any kind of imaginative play in Emily.

Traveling With Little Ones

Half term is upon us, and I'm sure there are many families packing up their cars and setting off for lots of day trips at the beach, or even staycations. I know that we are heading off on holiday in September - not sure why I thought it would be a good idea travelling with a toddler and a baby, but we are excited all the same. Britax Romer has put together some top tips to help make travelling with a little one as smooth as possible because we all know it can be a little daunting, so I thought that I would share them with you.

39 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due date
June, 28th

I think when you get to a certain point in pregnancy you just get fed up, or is that just me? I had a midwife appointment this week which went as well as could be, I spoke to her about my depression, anxiety and worries which helped to resolve things in my mind a little bit. We also booked another appointment in case I go overdue (I think I will - I did with Emily, and I just think I have stubborn babies). 

Hotmilk Lingerie [Review]

Being pregnant is hard work, it's uncomfortable and your whole body changes. I have been complaining about being uncomfortable and unable to find comfortable underwear for a while now. That was until Hotmilk got in touch to see if I would like to review a few of their products. I, of course, said yes, after all, I had nothing to loose and they stocked bigger sizes than most. Pre-pregnancy I was an E cup, I have gone up to an F cup now, which makes finding lingerie really hard.

Homemade Strawberry Crumble

This straightforward strawberry crumble is the perfect summertime treat straight out the oven.

Over the weekend, Emily and I were inspired to make a homemade strawberry crumble. I saw a picture of one Donna made on Instagram, and was inspired to make my own. I love any kind of crumble, but I hadn't thought of making a strawberry one before. We had a big stash of strawberries in our fridge - as they are a current pregnancy craving of mine, so I figured why not, it would save them going to waste. 

Tonka Tiny Playset [Review]

Emily was recently given the opportunity to review some Tonka Tinys. The new Tonka vehicle collectables come in a miniature range, The Tonka Tinys range is a collection of palm-sized vehicles that are perfect for small scale adventures. They are available to buy either as surprise single blind packs, or a triple pack. 

38 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due date
June, 28th

I hate filling in this little section because I feel like I am always so negative, but I guess that is just a true representation of how I feel. I'm so worried about leaving Emily, and labour. That aside the thing I am most scared of is the depression that might follow after, I mean it isn't guaranteed that I will get postnatal again, but given that I had it with Emily and still struggle it is highly likely. I guess once she is here we will find out - although it feels like she is never going to arrive. I clearly have stubborn babies, as Emily was exactly the same.

Giving Our Bedroom A Makeover

As you may know if you are a regular reader, we recently re-decorated the girls bedroom, and brought Emily bunk beds as she really did need a new bed. There bedroom has now become my favourite room in our house and has inspired me to give our bedroom a little make over. Our bedroom is the biggest, and most unloved. When we first moved in it became a dumping ground for all the unopened boxes and things we needed to sort through, and to be honest it never really has got any better. It needs a fresh coat of paint, and a desperate de-cluttering. As we speak it is currently full of baby essentials that we need but haven't found a home for yet as our baby girl hasn't made an appearance.

Conquering Fears & Mummy Socials [The Ordinary Days]

Last week, Emily and I ventured out to a mummy social event that a friend Nichole had arranged. I was honestly so nervous to go, as I'm not a very social person which is strange because my daughter is the complete opposite. Emily will honestly talk to anyone and everyone which can sometimes be a little concerning, but for the most part its fine. For those of you wondering what on earth I am on about, mummy social is a app you can download. The aim of the app is to help mums find other mums in their local area, and it gives you the opportunity to reach out and message them, and arrange to meet up. It is helping solve isolation and loneliness across the UK.

Mickey Mouse And The Roadster Racers [Review]

Disney recently launched a new show on Disney Junior, called Mickey and the Roadster Racers. It is the successor to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, another catchy show which Emily loves. I'm sure if your children do too, you will have 'hotdog hotdog hot diggity dog' stuck in your head for the rest of the day now (your welcome!), Mickey and the roadster racers is about the sensational six (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto) they race around Hot Dog Hills and around the world.

37 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due date 
28, June 2017

This week has been a little bit of a mixed one. I do genuinely feel like the closer we get to my due date, the more anxious and worried I get about things I can't really control. One of my main worries is something going wrong during labour, and leaving Emily. I know that she is going to be absolutely fine, she never has any problems when we leave her, but I'm still worried and left feeling guilty for leaving her, but also anxious for being away from her. 

Baby Girl's Hospital Bag [Baby Number Two]

For a while I have been meaning to post my hospital bag post, I have left it so much later this time around, I'm not sure why but I kind of got it into my head that with preterm labour I would be jinxing myself if I packed it sooner. I have finally got around to packing it (at almost 37 weeks - eek) So, I thought I would share what is inside my baby girls hospital bag. When I was pregnant with Emily I definitely over packed, this time around I feel like I know what I do and don't need, with that in mind I have definitely packed less stuff. I also feel a lot more relaxed about it this time as I know that if I have forgotten something, Sam will be going home to pick Emily up anyway, so he will be able to pick it up for me.

Toddler Cupcake Decorating Station

Create a fun, easy, cupcake decoration station for your children

As you may know from the various baking posts on my blog, there is nothing that Emily and I enjoy more than getting in the kitchen and rustling up some kind of cake or desert. This week Emily really wanted to make cupcakes, so I figured why not, they are super simple to rustle up, and take next to no time. I also got sent a bunch of cupcake decorating items from Dr. Oetker such as easy ice (ready made icing), giant chocolate stars, mini wafer daisies, chocolate sprinkles, and a can of ready to eat icing.

Paddling Pool, New Toys & Nanny's House [The Ordinary Days]

On Saturday we ventured out to Sam's Nans, something we do often - especially during the summer as they have a lovely garden, and we live in a flat meaning we don’t have one. We do have a balcony which allows Emily to have a water/sand table and she often plays out there – but it isn’t quite the same is it?

Emily's Big Sister Bag

It's so important to me that Emily has felt involved in this pregnancy. I don't want there to be any jealousy - of course I'm not naive enough to believe there will be none, I know there is bound to be a little bit of jealousy at the beginning. It is going to be such a big change for her. All of a sudden there is going to be a new baby in her home, with her mummy and daddy. Although she seem's very aware of what is going on, I know it is still going to be a adjustment for her.

36 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due Date
June 28th, 2017

We're having a baby this month!! I can't believe that we are finally in the same month as the baby is due! I'm so glad that the end is almost here. This pregnancy has really taken a tole on my mental health, I constantly feel really anxious and unsettled. I feel really insecure too which I know must be doing Sam's head in - it's doing mine in. I've also found myself feeling really worried over silly things that are beyond my control. I have spoken to the midwife about it and we are monitoring my moods. I don't want to go on medication, so we are just seeing how it goes for now.

Bowling & Prezzo [The Ordinary Days]

With the countdown to our baby girl's arrival on, we have been trying to make the most of our weekends as a family of three before chaos sets in and our routine is disrupted for a little while. It is also going to be such a big adjustment for Emily, so we are trying to make a little bit of a fuss of her while we can. On Sunday, the weather wasn't that great but we decided that we would make the most of it anyway, I'm so fed of feeling sick and being stuck indoors all the time through fear of being sick or bringing on labour (as I'm in preterm labour, I'm supposed to be taking it easy).

Popcorn Fudge Brownie

These soft brownies with a blondie layer make the perfect treat for someone with a sweet tooth.

Dr. Oetker recently got in touch with us to see if we would like the opportunity to work with them, you may know that Emily and I love to bake together, so of course we said yes. A couple of weeks back we made some yummy chocolate chip muffins – if you haven’t already seen the recepie for those I would definitely recommend having a little look, they are so easy for a toddler to make! They also make a tasty treat for the family.

Baby Shower [The Ordinary Days]

On Saturday, I did something quite rare, I ventured out without Emily! Shocking I know. I have always struggled to leave her, due to my post natal depression but now she is older I am finding it easier for to leave her. I think because she is now at an age where she can tell whoever she is with what she wants, it makes me feel a little bit easier. Before I was constinately worried if she was ok, or if she wanted something but couldn’t tell anyone but now I know that she can ask for whatever she needs.
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