Monday, 22 June 2015

Father's Day 2015

This was Perry's 1st Father's Day having 2 children so it was extra special having them both spoiling their Daddy, this year I didn't really do much in terms of presents as well its not about them really, its about the children spending time with Perry and enjoying the day. We had no plans to go anywhere and just enjoyed a relaxed morning at home, I got Isla out of bed and gave her the canvas that we had done a super cute craft on, she ran into our bedroom and gave Perry her proud art work and gave him a kiss. I then got her to give him his cards and other little bits and bobs that we got him, also the canvas that Archie had done for him, it was his foot prints in blue paint and it was meant to look like a heart but he was wiggling too much for me to do it properly. 

We spent the morning playing with Lego Duplo, its one of our favourite things to do all together, Isla loves it when Perry and I sit with her and build things too, it was raining a little bit so it was nice to just be inside enjoying the special time together. We ended up making a big boat and Isla loved playing it with when we was finished, we then all got dressed and pottered about for a bit. 

We went over to my parents house so Isla could give my dad her art work she done for him too and also so I could see him too, we spent the afternoon playing ball in the garden and having a good time, I felt sad that I didn't take Perry out anywhere or to dinner but it shows you don't have to do anything fancy at all to have a good day. We had a Chinese for dinner and come home shortly afterwards, me and Perry decided to get a early night, well I say early we went to bed and ended up watching programmes but hey at least we was in bed early for once instead of midnight. 

What did you get up to on Father's Day? 

Nattou Doudou Review & Giveaway

Archie was kindly sent a Nattou Arthur the zebra Doudou comforter to try out from the lovely people at Your Little Chipmunks and we have kindly been given the opportunity to give one away! Please follow all the steps below to be entered into the competition and the winner will be announced via Twitter. 

The doudou is super soft and cuddly which is perfect from birth onwards, although Archie is still a little to small to even acknowledge it I have been laying it with him when we go out in the pushchair and in his cot to help him feel a little more safe and secure, he is starting to grab on to things now and this is so soft he seems to like it. The colours are really neutral with a subtle touch of baby blue round the trim. It has a aeroplane stitched into it which is lovely, and it has a tag stitched on one of the edges, as he gets older I know he will love playing with the tag as my daughter was the same at around 7 months. On the other edge is 2 knot ties which is nice for him to touch and feel different textures. You can find Arthur the zebra on the website here.

Its such a lovely toy and at £12.50 it would be great to give as a present for a new baby, or at a baby shower, or even to buy yourself for your little boy. I am now a little bit in love with the other items in the Nattou range so may have to treat Archie, especially if he gets really attached to it and uses it as his comfort item. 

You can just make out Arthur the Zebra on the right in Archie's cot, thats his place that he stays when we are not using him as I'd hate to loose him. 

Giveaway is for UK residents only..

*I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. I was not paid for this, all opinions are my own.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Milton Mini Soother Steriliser Review

Have you ever had the sheer panic when your baby has dropped its dummy on the floor, and it was the last one you had while out? I have many times with my daughter Isla when she was younger and yes I hold my hands up now she is over 2 I am a lot more relaxed and wipe it off and give it back to her, but now we have Archie I'm back to that ‘everything must be clean’ stage so thankfully…

I was kindly sent a Milton Mini Portable Steriliser to try out, now that Archie is here I have finally been able to use it. It is something I always thought was a bit unnecessary but since having it I have definitely changed my mind. I have the blue one which came with 10 tablets, and then I bought a box of 50 tablets from Tesco for £1.85.

To set it up it is really easy to do, you simply wash the base and lid, and then rinse the white sponges under water. Once all washed and dried you can set it up for your first use, you fill the base with water to the line (if your out you can use bottled water) then you put a mini tablet in and wait for it to dissolve which only takes a minute or so. Once dissolved you place the rinsed base sponge in and then the top sponge and press down firmly 3 times to ensure the sponges absorb the fluid, any excess you just tip out.

When a dummy falls on the floor or gets dirty you simply wipe it with a wipe if your out and then pop it in the soother holder for 15 minutes and boom you have a sterilised dummy. Now the thing I never knew was that the solution can be used for 24 hours so in that time you can use it to sterilise as many dummy's as you need to. I always thought you had to make a new solution up every time which is what put me off buying it. 

But now I make up a solution before I go out, using the handy strap I attach the steriliser to my nappy bag or pushchair and then while out and about I can sterilise dummy's when I need to, and I always have a clean one in the holder. I take 2 out with me so while one is being sterilised I can offer Archie the other dummy to avoid being screamed at by the little monkey. The steriliser is suitable for dummies up to 6 months old, we use the Mam brand and you have to put it in at a angle but it does sit in nicely once under the opening. Its also nice to always have a dummy to hand and not have to go rummaging down your nappy bag, and if its anything like mine you could easily be looking for hours.

I think this is going to be a lifesaver when we go to Egypt in September, there is no way we could carry enough dummy's for the day of travelling without running out, so at least now we can sterilise them all day and will only need to carry 2. Also at the hotel round by the pool or on trips out of the resort where your baby drops it's dummy, it will be so handy to always have a sterilised dummy in the holder and then swap it when you need to. Overall we love it and I'm looking forward to putting it to good use this year.

*I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, I was not paid to write this. All opinions are honest and my own

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Archie's Nautical Nursery

Now that we have moved I could finally set up Archie's nursery, it is not finished yet, I still want to add a cube unit from Ikea, wall stickers and a light shade. I was limited to what I could do as we rent our home but I think I did well with what I could. This is the view as you open the door to his nursery, as you can see it really is a small room but he doesn't have much at the moment so its not a problem, the picture actually makes it look smaller than it is

His bedding is from the Mothercare 'Adventure Ahead' range and it was perfect, I wanted a nautical theme nursery but also to incorporate other things like cars and planes etc. As his room is small I loved that the bedding was mostly white with small pops of colour all over it, they did have another nautical bedding set but the main colour was navy so I thought it would make the room seem smaller with such a dark colour. 

His mobile is by vTech and it was such a good buy, it fitted the nautical theme great as it is a whale, and it also has a mood light on its stomach, on the mobile is a fish, octopus, starfish and crab. At the top is a projector which shines stars and a moon on the ceiling while spinning around the toys. It makes me want to jump in the cot with him and listen to the calming sea noises. His cot spiral toy is also from the Adventure Ahead range, and I have put it on his cot for now and when he gets a bit bigger I will put it on his car seat. 

Hanging on his wardrobe is a anchor that I picked up from B&M Bargains, it adds a nice touch to the nautical theme. Also in his room is his personalised chair, Isla has one as well and they were gifts from when they were born from my Grandparents. 

This is the most special thing in his bedroom, its a rainbow that I got from Sainsbury's and I have put it on his windowsill and it stands out so much which I love. Archie is our Rainbow baby and I wanted to put something in his room to mark this. Now every time I walk in his room and I see it I am reminded how special he is and about the baby we lost. 

His rug is from Dunelm Mill, and its a great size for his bedroom. When I put it down it really helped bring the nautical theme together and added a bit of colour to his nursery. 

To the right when you open the nursery door is his dresser/ changing unit, on the end we have the Munchkin organiser that holds all his nappy's and has a space at the top for wipes and cream which is handy for when I'm changing him. His changing mat was from Mothercare and is from the Baby K range. Then we have the back corner that has his wardrobe, washing bin and his little chair on display. I'm going to put the cube unit next to his wardrobe when I get it. 

And lastly this is the inside of his wardrobe, it holds all of his winter suits, jumpers, shirts, dungarees and his shoes. At the bottom of the wardrobe is a drawer and in there I keep his blankets and spare bedding sheets.