Monday, 27 July 2015

Funky Giraffe Bibs + Giveaway!

Since Archie has got closer to 3 months old I have started to notice he has been dribbling a lot, and we are pretty certain that he is starting to teethe! When I was asked to review some Funky Giraffe Bandana Bibs I couldn't turn it down as I know how great they can be. I was asked to pick 5 bibs from the website and if I am honest I found it really difficult, there are so many designs for boys, girls and gender neutral, that you can find one to go with every outfit, you can also get them personalised for that extra touch and to make a great gift for somebody, and they even do ones for special occasions which is awesome! So the 5 I picked was the Cream Dinosaur History Bib, a Pale Blue Plain Bib, White and Blue Vertical Stripes Bib, Light Blue and White Spots Bib and lastly the White and Red Horizontal Stripes Bib. They seemed to be the ones that would match Archie's current wardrobe, although I will be ordering more. I loved that the bibs were bright and colourful, I also loved the fact that you can come up with your own design and ask them to make it for you.

When I received the bibs the first thing I noticed was how soft they felt on the back, they have great absorbency as they have been tested out with dribble and sick, and I'm pleased to say that his top underneath has stayed dried which is the only thing I can ask for really. They come in 2 sizes, the ordinary size (as seen in photos) or they do an XL size which is great for an older baby/toddler. They also have 2 poppers on the back so you can adjust the size around the neck for the age of your baby, Archie has his on the smallest at the moment. I love that they not only complete his outfit but they do the job as well. They sell for £4 each which is a great price, and the more you buy the less they become which is great, so I will soon be placing a order for some more as I can tell with teething on the horizon we will be needing them! Funky Giraffe are also available in not only the UK but also in France, America, Australia, Spain, Italy and Germany. I have a friend who lives in America and Australia so I love that I have the option to order from the sites directly and get them delivered without having to pay the expensive overseas postage and also the worry of it getting to them as well. 

Funky Giraffe are very kindly offering one of you the chance to win a set of 10 bibs in either girl, boy or gender neutral designs (They pick them) so to be in with a chance to win just enter below. * Closes 3rd July at midnight, for UK and Eire Residents * 

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Minbie Bottle Review

We was sent this bottle and teats from the Australian designed and owned brand Minbie, I have to admit I have not seen another teat like this, and I was really intrigued to give them a go and see how well Archie liked them. I love the idea of the teats coming in their own plastic case, it means you can keep them clean and protected from dirt if you was to put them in your nappy bag. The bottles are bought on their own with a collar and seal. We was sent the 6oz bottle (£4.50) and 2 sets of 2 teats in 0+ months and 3+ months. They also do them in premature and 6+ months which they all retail at £9.00 which is expensive for 2 teats but worth it in my opinion if you was to do breast and bottle combination feeding, or even if you are unable to breastfeed they work really well just like it says on the website, "For newborns who can not be breastfed, we created Minbie to allow them to bottle-feed with the instinctive breastfeeding technique that they are born with. Your baby can feed intuitively with Minbie with the technique that is developmentally correct that helps release digestive enzymes for proper digestion of the milk." The teats have been well designed to help you breastfeed and bottle feed your baby, the teats even help to strengthen a weak latch so it can also help if you are struggling to breastfeed. When we used these bottles Archie would still except my nipple afterwards, but once we used a Mam dummy and bottle teat he became fussy at the breast which led to us weaning him off of breastfeeding and also personal reasons too. 

The only bad thing I have to say is that 7oz is the biggest bottle size they do, and well Archie is a hungry baby and has been on 8oz since before he was 2 months old so the bottle could only be used for such a small time. Although I am yet to see if the teat will fit on our Mam bottles as he did seem to like the teat and do well with it. Another thing I found was that the lid from the teats was meant to click on to the collar of the bottle so it was like a standard bottle, but I found that it would not stay on properly and would come off easily which wouldn't be good if you put it in your bag. 

Archie got a good latch on the teats and you could see he had a good mouthful, if you are breastfeeding, combination feeding or bottle-feeding I think Minbie bottles and teats are great, they just need to make a bigger sized bottle! Check out the website for more information on them, they are worth looking at if you're unsure on if you want to breastfeed or bottle-feed, or if like me and want to breastfeed to start with and then wean onto a bottle. If we hadn't of already bought our Mam bottles I would of been really keen to buy more, but then we would have the problem of the bottles not being big enough for our hungry baby boy. 

* I was sent these products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. I was not paid for this. 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Finding Me Again

Now that I have had Archie and got the OK from the doctor at my 9 week post natal check I am now ready to get back into shape. After I had Isla I didn't worry too much as I knew we would be having another baby, but now we are not sure if we are having anymore and if we do it won't be for a while yet; so its now time to work and focus on ME. 

Its nothing at all to do about size and a number on the scales, its about how I feel and how much I want to feel fit and healthy again, being able to push the double buggy up a slight hill without looking like a red, sweaty and out of breath mess. I want to feel strong again, I have completely lost all my upper body strength, and of course there are areas on my body that I do feel I need to work on and tone, like my stomach and thighs. I want to feel happy when I have my photo taken instead of deleting it once I see it and then feeling even more depressed with how I feel. 

Im not one for dieting, never have been, I just cant do it. But I have decided to make some healthy choices on a daily basis, and also up my water intake as that can help with so many things, even my headaches. I want this to be a lifestyle change, not just a diet that I won't stick to for more than 5 minutes, I want to find me again and feel happy. Not just with the way I look, but making time for myself more often, taking a nice hot bath, going out with friends (child free) and also making time for me and Perry to be a couple instead of just Mum and Dad. 

So to start with I am going to join the gym, its not for everyone but I am actually looking forward to going again, for me anyway its time on my own away from the kids so technically a night off, even if I will be working hard haha. I bought myself some workout clothes to help get me into it a bit more and feel more confident. I have started using my Fitbit again, it really helps motivate me to do more walking, and I also am part of weekly competitions with my friends to see who does the most steps on the Fitbit app.

I am going to pick one night a week to relax and spend some time on myself to paint my toe nails, read a book, have a hot bubbly bath, or just in bed on my phone. We are also going to introduce date night again every Wednesday, and this we take in turns to organise something for the evening, we mostly stay in and just buy a new DVD and takeaway, play Uno or Perry would run me and bath while cooking a dinner which we eat in candle light. We really need to enjoy being a couple again so Im looking forward to date nights again, and the most important thing is for the evening we turn our phones off and just enjoy each others company.

Im looking forward to this journey and will be documenting it along the way with progress updates, if you have recently had a baby or are wanting to get fit again please let me know as I would love some company along this journey. I have measured certain areas on my body and also taken photos so I can compare in a few weeks. 

My new gym clothes

Tara x

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Siblings | July

Can I just say how happy and chuffed I am feeling for getting a photo of a 10 week old and a 2 1/2 year old both laying together, looking at the camera and smiling! I think these photos are up on the top of my list of favourite photos of them both together, I just love how happy and relaxed they both seem together. These 2 are getting on so well, now Archie is staying awake a lot more and smiling it definitely has helped Isla to bond with him as she can now make him smile and coo which she absoloutey loves to do, she gets so excited when she gets a reaction out of him. 

We are loving the warmer weather and making the most of it with fun days out, and lots of play in the garden. We have also been letting bedtime be a little later so we can enjoy sunny evenings in the park playing with a ball and just all having fun and most importantly making memories. 

dear beautiful