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Baby First Grooming Kit| Smilehome Amazon| A Review

Making sure you have everything in place for your little one’s imminent arrival is crucial, clothes, moses basket, nappies etc. It is all important to have handy from the minute your little one comes home, as is a grooming kit.

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Smilehome have created this handy kit for your little ones care needs, it’s perfect to have ready for your baby or to give to someone as a gift!

It’s a really classic set, it has all the essentials you need with a sleek modern design, in the kit you get:

Soft baby hairbrush

Baby comb

Thermometer

Nail Clippers

Nail Scissors

Nasal Aspirator

Cleaning Tweezers

Feeder Dropper

It comes in a beautiful box which is great to store the pieces in when you aren’t using them and again if you were to give this grooming kit as a gift the box is beautifully designed and shipped very quickly.

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Plus the pieces themselves have a sleek design and are made from safe silicone & plastic materials.

This is the perfect gift for a newborn or at a baby shower, or even just a nice essentials kit to buy for your new arrival.

Click here to check it out on Amazon.

To get a closer look, check out my video review on YouTube:

Smilehome Baby Grooming Kit Vlog Review

 

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Flutterbydreams Photography: My best ranked Photographer in the North West

Photographs, the perfect way to capture a perfect moment forever, these days you can capture them on your phone, devices and professional cameras are even affordable.

But like any profession, you can’t quite get it perfect if you don’t have the training, photography isn’t just about clicking a button, it’s about having a vision and being able to make those perfect moments happen and capture them at the right second.

The best way to make sure you have those memories to treasure forever is to hire the right photographer for the job.

Since Jack has been a baby, I’ve been going to the same person for our professional pictures, Danielle at Flutterbydreams.

My first photo shoot with her was actually supposed to be a pregnancy-bump shoot when I was pregnant with Jack at 30 weeks, but he was born at 29+5 so that didn’t happen!

But she came to do his newborn shoot, the day after his due date so he was 11 weeks old but only 5lbs! She came for around 09:30am in the morning when we had agreed and she stayed for around 5 hours! The photo shoot was in the comfort of our own home and she was so gentle and patient with Jack! He peed on her three times and she didn’t bat an eyelid.

As Jack was so premature I was extremely nervous about anyone handling him, but Danielle explained she had been specially trained to handle and pose newborns for photo shoots, I didn’t actually know you needed special training, but she explained to me how important it was that she had this training for Jack’s safety.

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It was obvious that she cared deeply about the babies and families she photographs, she has this great vision and wonderful ideas for poses and she made us feel completely at ease. We were her only clients that day and you could feel that she wasn’t rushing us at all, she took the time to rock Jack to sleep to get the perfect pictures.

My only regret is that after Mikey was born I didn’t get his pictures done, I always meant to get round to it, but we had literally just moved house and it was always on our list of things to do, I know that Danielle would have done a fabulous job photographing Mikey.

When we got married, there isn’t anyone else I would have gone to for the photography, Danielle was our first choice and she came along with another professional photographer Lauren and had the cheapest price of all the quotes I’d seen! She stayed from Bridal Prep all the way through to the First Dance and brought along a backdrop so we could do a photo booth. She wasn’t just a photographer on the day, she was a friend, nothing was too much to ask.

She waited until we were ready for our posed pictures and captured so many beautiful moments, you wouldn’t have even known she was there taking them, I received my photos within a month and there were over 600!! I’ve heard the biggest regret you can have on your big day is having a bad photographer, well we are so lucky we had Danielle, it isn’t just a job to her, you can tell she puts her heart and soul into getting the perfect pictures to treasure for a lifetime.

Shortly after our wedding I had our third baby Nicole and as you can imagine a selfie of the 5 of us together wasn’t easy to capture and getting a picture by anyone else just wasn’t cutting it, so we thought why not get Nicole’s baby pictures and a family portrait at the same time! I booked in with Danielle and she gave us a great price and the same as with Jack three years earlier she stayed for hours and waited patiently to get the perfect pictures.

As you can imagine getting a family picture with two toddlers and baby is near impossible, I wasn’t expecting any miracles, don’t get me wrong Danielle is a fab photographer but I knew my kids and how difficult they’d be to sit still and smile…well she proved me wrong.

She didn’t just get one but she got numerous pictures of us together all smiling and looking at the camera, the kids love her! At this time Mikey wasn’t speaking or making any eye contact and she managed to get him to come out of himself, it was amazing to see and even though I knew the shoot had gone well but I still couldn’t believe how perfect the pictures were when I saw them and all my friends with kids were amazed at how she’d managed to get a picture of us all looking at the camera and smiling.

I’ll continue going to Danielle at Flutterbydreams anytime I need a photographer in the future, I can’t recommend her enough! She’s everything you need in a Photographer:

✔ Professional

✔Qualified Photographer

✔Qualified in handling and posing newborns

✔Great with kids

✔Great prices

✔Patience and takes the time to capture perfect moments

✔Experience

✔High quality pictures

Check out the page and message Danielle for a quote: Flutterbydreams Photography

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Little Lulu’s Shoes: A Review

Little Lulu’s Shoes

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy shoes…which is kind of the same thing!

Little Lulu’s Shoes hand make shoes out of Italian leather for little babies just like my princess Nicole.

She was lucky enough to receive a pair of Little Lulu’s Ruby Tall Boots for Christmas and they are gorgeous!

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I’ve never been a fan of putting baby in shoes because they always seem to tough or hard for their tiny little feet, but the leather on Little Lulu’s is so soft, perfect for squidgy baby toes. I never want to take them off her feet now.

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for a newborn baby, then look no further. For boys or girls, Little Lulu’s have a shoe for any baby! It is the hottest new trend in baby fashion and they are even the winner’s of Bubble London’s Rising Star Award 2015.

I have a great nephew due in January so I’ll definitely be buying him a pair!

Beautiful handcrafted, eco-friendly baby shoes made in one of Italy’s most prestigious ateliers, available to order online, with free UK delivery.

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Check out their site: Little-Lulus

They even have their own blog: Little Lulu’s Blog

Plus a gallery of pictures for you to look through: Little Lulu’s Gallery

To learn more about their shoes: Little Lulu’s – Our Baby Shoes

Or to find out more about Little Lulus: About Little Lulu’s

Check them out on social media:

Little Lulu’s Facebook

Little Lulu’s Twitter

Little Lulu’s Instagram

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Shovelling snow in a blizzard: Life with having three kids in three years

We hadn’t planned it this way, it felt like it took forever to finally have our first baby in our arms. Now our home is overrun by tiny dictators.

As they say the days are long, but the years are short. This is true, the days are really really long and so are the nights. You know how people tell you at different stages how their kids started “sleeping through”…yeah! Mine did that too, they love their sleep…Then you have to take off the nights where there will be teething, nightmares, sickness, illness, over-tiredness, hyperness or the fact they just don’t want to sleep. But when you have to be at an appointment for 9am guarantee they will want to lie in until lunchtime. Basically if you want to live in a world full of irony, have kids.

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Bribery…this will be your key to survival when you have relentless toddlers. Some people will say you shouldn’t bribe your kids, to them people I say spend a day in my house, you will soon turn into a bribing negotiator. Unless you give a child a good reason to do something why are they going to do it? Would you go to work if you didn’t get paid? So if I want my child to sit still while I dress him so I can get out of the house on time, I have no qualms about offering them a treat when they get to town if they just get their coat on! Or threatening to throw all of their trains in the bin if they don’t apologise for hitting their brother. I might be going about it the wrong way, but I haven’t had to threaten or bribe as much as they’ve got older because they know if they are good they will get rewarded and if they are naughty they will be punished…isn’t that just like grown up life? But you MUST follow through, if you show any sign of weakness and use empty threats your kids will jump on that opportunity to over rule you like tiny little terrorists.

Leaving the house is a military operation, especially when you need to be somewhere for a certain time…why is it I’m always given the 9am appointments? So my mode of transport is a double buggy called Zoom by Obaby. It’s not your standard double buggy, but I prefer it. Then I have Nicole in my Ama Wrap, it looks a little something like this…

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Nicole also has her own buggy a Redkite Push Me Fusion, for when I’m with my husband so we can push a buggy each.

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It’s when I’m by myself with the three kids I get heckled, some comments I don’t mind, like “Oh wow how do you cope?” because to me they are saying, you do cope…how do you do it? But it’s when people stop and gawk in horror as if I’m pushing around a cart of explosives and comment with “I bet they weren’t planned” or “I hope you’re going to stop now” and “You’ve got your hands full you know?!” the answers are actually they were all planned, I’m not ready to stop and I’ve got my hands and heart completely full of love, nappies and snot…I wouldn’t change a second of it.

Be ready to keep bobbing up for air in a sea full of nappies, that’s right, none are potty trained yet. I keep trying to introduce Jack to it and we’re getting there, but I’m a great believer of not forcing something like using the toilet, he’s got the rest of his life to be doing that. It can become unbearable when they all poop at the same time, but just be ready to take lots of trips to the outside bin or get a diaper genie, either way if you forget and put a stenching nappy in an indoor bin, you’ll soon realise…trust me.

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People think I’m crazy for having three kids in three years, what I think is crazy, is waiting a few years then doing it all over again. Don’t get me wrong there are benefits I’m sure for having an age gap, more one on one time with each child, a bit longer between the crazy newborn stages but for me, I haven’t ever got out of the “baby stage” I still haven’t! Nicole is three months so she is still very much a baby! I will be waiting or stopping now I haven’t decided, but literally because I have nowhere to put a fourth baby, the boys are in the buggy, Nicole is on my chest…there is nowhere for another one to go!

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The key of surviving being overrun by nappy wearing hooligans is keeping your cool, if you lose your shit they will lose theirs. The hard times will pass, the tantrums will finish and everything will always end in cuddles.

Life is hard when you have three kids in three years but I’m sure life would be hard having three kids in 10 years! They are kids, they are hard at all stages of life and to be honest…adults aren’t that easy either, are they? Everyone’s going to do it their own way and this is my way…I thrive on the mayhem.

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Joie Serina Swivel Swing Review

https://www.facebook.com/yummymummysblogs/videos/I had never purchased a brand new swing for any of my babies before. I felt it was unnecessary expense, but when we got money as gifts at our wedding we decided to splash out.

When I began searching through reviews of the best swing for babies the brand Joie kept popping up, I assumed they would be too overpriced for our budget, but I was pleasantly surprised.

For £90 I bagged a swinging, singing, vibrating, swivelling chair and that’s only naming a few of the features!

From the day I brought Nicole home I’ve put her in her swing and she loved it!

There are so many features, here’s the list:

  • 2-way seat swings front to back or side to side
  • 6 swing speeds
  • 3 position reclining seat
  • 2 speed soothing vibration
  • 5 classical lullabies and 5 nature sounds
  • Soft glow nightlight with 4 brightness settings
  • Removable, washable, plush infant body and head support
  • Removable, washable seat pad
  • SoftTouch, 5 point harness with lower buckle cover
  • Overhead toy bar, with 3 toys, pivots outs of the way
  • Open design for easy baby access.
  • A/C power adapter or battery operated
  • 2 wheels and integrated handle
  • Fits through standard European doorways

To be honest I don’t think I could properly describe in words how great the product and brand is, so here’s some pictures and there’s video on my Facebook page:

There are other Joie swings and products that have great reviews and are reasonably priced here’s some of their links:

JoieBaby – Website

JoieBaby Facebook – Facebook

Joie Baby Twitter – Twitter

 

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A break from blogging

So  I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging the last few months. I’ve really missed it and feel there are so many things I have missed recording about my little monkey’s.

To re-cap I have two little boys Jack (2.5 yrs) and Michael (1.5 yrs) and write about all the trials and tribulations of being their mummy. Since I stopped blogging things have changed quite a lot, I am now expect a baby GIRL!

I will talk about my pregnancy more in upcoming posts but I’m still in shock it is a girl!

I just wanted to write a quick post about why I haven’t been blogging for a while, there has been no major reason other than life just getting in the way.

So now I have my 2yr old, 1 yr old, 20 weeks Pregnancy and my wedding in 8 weeks! Safe to say I have plenty to write about…..

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A mother’s realisation

In my heart I’ve been a mum since August 2012 but in reality I’ve been a mum since November 2013.

If you’ve read my previous blog posts you will have seen that I first became pregnant in August 2012 but suffered a Molar Pregnancy and then fell pregnant again in January 2013 but suffered a Miscarriage. I then became pregnant in May 2013 before giving birth to my first son Jack in November 2013, 10 weeks and 2 days early, quickly followed by Mikey who was born 5 weeks early in October 2014.

Since becoming a mother, one thing that occurred to me pretty quickly was that you can’t plan, I mean you can but don’t expect things to go the way you had thought. I wanted that beautiful One Born Every Minute moment where I delivered my son with no pain relief and had him on my chest immediately after birth, he’d automatically breast feed, then we’d go home the next day with no glitches. Well with my first he was whisked off to NICU without a glimpse of his face, he never latched because of his prematurity and we spent six weeks ‘rooming in’ on NICU, my second was Breach so I needed a C-section, it took him 14 weeks to Exclusively Breast Feed and we went home after 2 days. I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world, they are the reason I love my children as much as I do, but they are worlds apart from what I had planned.

The next realisation was that the people that rubbed my bump, waited patiently for a kick and promised me babysitting, gifts and help for when the baby was born were nowhere to be seen. It’s not their fault, people just have a habit of disappearing once your baby is born, you see for those who don’t have children they still have the luxury of sleeping in, doing their make up, toileting alone and eating their food warm. They soon realise after your baby is born that they aren’t mother Theresa and this isn’t their baby, so they don’t have to feel responsible and trust me…they don’t!

My house my beautiful house, I pictured a light filled nursery, a special corner in the kitchen for baby food and bottles, carefully stacked toys in the corner of the living room and the sweet smell of a newborn’s head upon entry, but do you know what I got? The ‘nursery’ is our dumping ground for anything that gets in the way, the baby sleeps in our room always has, the ‘nursery’…it stopped being a ‘nursery’ the day our baby came home, baby food and bottle are scattered around the kitchen, the baby bag, the bedroom and most probably the car. The carefully stacked toys (that aren’t half as exciting as mummy’s slipper) are scattered around the house, you are lucky if you can see the colour of my carpet, and that sweet smell…if you want the aroma of new baby, you’d need to bath my baby, put lotion on and sniff before he poops in his fresh nappy, my house smells like baby sick, baby poop and sour milk, sorry…it’s not what I planned (but you remember what I said about plans, right?).

The love, it’s not movie love, it isn’t song love, it’s not how you expect it….people will explain it to you, scientists will try to come up with some formula and doctor’s may even try to diagnose it, but you can’t! That love, the love for your child, the love for the person you made, carried and brought into the world, it’s indescribable! The mess, the smell, the heartbreak, the tiredness and the stress, none of it matters, because you love your baby unconditionally, I can’t tell you why but you just do.