Halloween [2017]

Halloween in our household is something I always try to make a big deal about. I love to buy pumpkins, carve them and create Emily a Halloween basket. I don't know why I just really love Halloween but no as much as I love Christmas, I guess that's another subject. We visited our local farm shop and picked out the perfect pumpkins. I say we picked - but Emily dictated which ones we were going to get and although I was sceptical at first. The girl picked well!

Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender [Review]

I'm a huge fan of Tommee Tippee, I can honestly say they are my favourite baby brand - a brand that is trusted (in my opinion) and one that I used with both my girls. Both Emily and Isabelle were bottle-fed, and they both used the Tommee tippee bottles and steam steriliser, which I absolutely loved both times around. When they reached out and asked if I would like the opportunity to review the Steamer Blender, of course, I jumped at the chance. We have not long started weaning Isabelle (I know that the recommended age is 6 months, but we have weaned early under advice from doctors - more on this in another post).

Isabelle's 4 Month Update

Four whole months you have been in our lives - I can't quite believe that it has been that long, at the same time I feel like it has been longer as you have just slotted into our lives perfectly. Knowing that Isabelle is my last baby, really makes me appreciate the milestones a little bit more. I want to cherish all of the moments as I know that I'm not going to see them again with another baby as she is our last.

Autumn Bucket List [2017]

I love putting together bucket lists, and in all honesty, they either live in my bullet journal or my sketchbook. I find it strangely therapeutic to write a list down on paper - I usually end up with some cute little illustrations too but it is just nice to be able to look back at it. Autumn is definitely my favourite time of the year, I feel more relaxed, and love nothing more than the sound of crunching leaves beneath your shoes. It also rains lots more at night time which is a complete winner for me, as it eases my anxiety and insomnia meaning I strangely sleep better. 

Butlins Skegness [Family Holiday]

As you may know, if you follow me on social media, we recently took a trip to Butlins in Skegness. We went the week after Emily's birthday, now I'm not going to do a full review on Butlins, because we paid to go as a family, and it was a much-needed break for us, and also Isabelle's first holiday - so I didn't really have my blogger hat on or take as many pictures as I normally would because I was just soaking up the time with my family. That being said, we had an amazing time, and Emily hasn't stopped talking about it since we got home. She really wants to go back again, and we would be happy to go back again - we are actually looking at booking another break next year.

Fuzzy Felts From John Adams [Review]

Do you remember Fuzzy Felts? These sets have been around since 1950, and I remember having a set myself when I was younger. I enjoyed nothing more than sitting at the table for hours creating different scenes.

Pumpkin Picking & Park Trips [Ordinary Days]

On Sunday, we decided that we wanted to go and get our pumpkins, last year we left it pretty late and there weren't many pumpkins left. I popped a beef casserole in the slow cooker, so we didn't need to rush home and worry about cooking dinner, and we decided that we would get up and go with the hope that we would get fairly decent pumpkins this year. I tried to look for a pumpkin patch, as I'd love nothing more than to get some cute pictures of my girls in a field full of pumpkins - but I couldn't find a local one.

Halloween Basket [2017]

If your regular readers, you will know every year I put together a Halloween basket for Emily as a treat, seen as we don't usually go trick or treating, and this year was no exception, I just love to raid the shops for little gifts that I know she will enjoy, and then watch her face light up when I give her the basket. I also decorate her bookshelf with Halloween themed books to read before bed, which she loves - but more on that in another post.

Our Favourite Halloween Books

Emily is a massive bookworm, she loves nothing more than picking some books of her bookshelf, then going and sitting in her teepee to read them. We also read lots of books every night before Emily goes to bed. It's something I really want to keep encouraging as she gets older too, as I think she will really benefit from reading as I have.

Migraines & Parenting

Migraine headaches are tough to deal with anytime, I have always suffered with them, and normally I would just go to sleep or lay in a dark room in quiet and wait for it to fade. Now I am a parent that just isn't possible, so I thought I would put together a post full of tips on how I cope with migraines now I'm a parent to two noisy, stubborn, under 4-year-olds. As you can imagine, it's not an easy task dealing with them when your head is pounding. So here are my top tips.

Buggy Board [Review]

When I found out I was pregnant with Isabelle, one of the first things that I started to question was how would I manage to get out and about with two? I know many people do it, but how? Emily has always been a confident walker, and she stopped using her stroller when she was about 2years 6 months, so naturally, I knew that she wouldn't want to go backwards and it would have been a waste of money for us to get a double buggy.

Papa Johns Deep Crust Pizza [Review]

We were lucky enough to be asked if we would like to try out the new deep crust pizza from Papa Johns. I have to admit, I'm a massive pizza lover, so for me it was a no-brainer, I couldn't wait to try out the new base, as we are already fans of Papa Johns due to the fact it is the only takeaway local to us that does a thin crust cheese and tomato pizza.

Quit Smoking For Stoptober!

When I was younger, I remember my Grandad used to smoke. It was something I always hated. As a child, I used to hide his tobacco whenever he left it lying about in the hope that he would just not bother looking for it and not smoke anymore. Obviously, that never worked, as he would just tell me off and get me to return it, or buy more. I never gave up though, and eventually, he did actually quit - not because of me, just because he decided that it was too expensive, and a bad habit. I couldn't have been more proud of my Grandad in that moment. Even as an adult now, I haven't ever smoked a cigarette, it doesn't appeal to me, and I just think it is a really bad habit, one I would encourage anyone to quit.

Aden + Anais Swaddles & Sleepbag [Review]

I've mentioned on my blog before how much I love Aden + Anais. When they reached out and asked if I would like to review the Disney Bambi Swaddles and sleep bag, of course, I said I would love to. The print is absolutely beautiful, and the swaddles are my favourite product. They are so versatile and can be used for many things, such as swaddling, mopping up messes, to create shade, or even as a blanket. 

Giving My Kitchen A Little Refresh!

If you are a regular reader, you will know just how much I love to be in the kitchen baking and cooking with Emily. There is nothing that makes me happier, I truly believe that the heart of our home is the kitchen, and I strongly believe that it is important to teach our children to bake and create new recipes while they are young - it's important life skills that they won't get taught at school.

Isabelle's 3 Month Update

Our three-month-old baby girl! It is a strange feeling watching them get older, on one hand, I feel like she has always been here, on the other, it feels like she hasn't been here very long at all. Although she is the final little puzzle piece of our family, and I really couldn't imagine life without our little Belle-Bear now. I just wish it would slow down a little bit, especially as she is my final baby, I'm just not ok with how fast it is going.

Siblings [September 2017]

These are always my favourite posts to write, this month we went on holiday. Emily had the best time, and I think Isabelle did too, although she can't tell me like Emily can. Watching their relationship flourish while we were away was lovely. Emily dotes on Isabelle and loves to tell everyone that she is her sister.
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