30.6.15

Two Cats & A Baby - Four Months On

Despite Kitty & Bob both being very well behaved and placid cats we couldn't help but worry about how they would react when we introduced a baby into our home. Now that they have all lived together for four months I feel it is time to write about how they are getting along.

cat and baby lying on bed together

29.6.15

How We Sterilise & Make Up Aria's Bottles When In The House and Out & About

Sterilising and making up babies bottles can be such an overwhelming subject when you start out, so many people give you conflicting advice on what you should and shouldn't do which can lead to a great deal of confusion. We are now in a routine with our bottles so I thought I would share what we do, both in the house and when out and about.

our bottle routine, washed bottles in the microwave steriliser

28.6.15

Weekly Meals #2

I've had another week of delicious, home cooked meals. I cooked quite a lot of Slimming World recipes this week, even the ones that aren't Slimming World are pretty healthy.

Garlic & Herb Boursin topped Chicken with Roasted Leeks & Courgette
 Garlic & Herb Boursin topped Chicken with Roasted Leeks & Courgette

27.6.15

Day Out : Weston Super Mare Sand Sculptures Festival

When we saw a deal for the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival on Living Social we couldn't resist buying a voucher, priced at £6 for entry for two and a hot drink each there was no reason not to! 

gorilla sand sculpture at weston sand festival 2015

26.6.15

Children's Book Review : Peas in a Pod and Don't Think About Purple Elephants

Don't Think About Purple Elephants* by Susan Whelan is a book written to help anxious children. Peas in a Pod* by Tania McCartney and Tina Sterling celebrates the importance of individuality. 

Two children's books - don't think about purple elephants and peas in a pod


25.6.15

Race For Life 2015 : The Results

On Father's Day Aria and I headed to Cwmbran to take part in the 5K Race for Life*, as well as running the Race for Life you can jog, walk, do it in a wheelchair, take a pushchair or even a dog. My friend and I got the babies all dressed up and took them along in the pushchairs. 

Mother and baby daughter dressed for Race for LIfe mother wears pink race for life t-shirt and baby wears pink tutu, pink bow headband and white and pink vest

24.6.15

My Baby Changing Bag Essentials

As a mum I can't leave the house without certain items for Aria, some very important and some not so much. I keep a changing bag stocked with all of the important items and hook this onto the back of the pushchair when out and about. Read on to discover my absolute essential items.

baby changing bag essentials blog post grey and white patterned nina storsak bag in antalya grey

23.6.15

Making the Most of Maternity Leave - It Isn't As Easy As It Looks

People keep commenting on the fact that I am making the most of my maternity leave by getting out and having fun, they are right, I am, and it is great. People also comment on how I make this having a baby business look easy, what they don't realise is that it isn't all that easy, but you just have to get on with it. I could quite happily opt for the easy life and not go out on my own with Aria, but it wouldn't be fair on her, or me in the long run.

baby in pushchair on bus baby in Kangawrap
Aria's first bus journey || Aria's first walk in her wrap.

22.6.15

Review & Giveaway : Case App Personalised iPhone Case

Custom phone cases are such a good idea, not only do they protect your phone but they do it in a style to match your personality. 

photo upload case for iphone

21.6.15

Weekly Meals #1

We've recently started meal planning for each week in advance, I tend to plan five or six meals to leave way for a take-away/meal out. I'll be sharing my meals at the end of each week, I hope you enjoy!

Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin
Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin 

18.6.15

Duvet Cover Wishlist

Aria's room is now decorated and she is sleeping in there, which means that we have our bedroom back, which means that I want to give it a new lease of life! I like my bedroom so I don't want to do anything too drastic, I just want a simple change such as a new duvet cover which makes a big difference to how a bedroom looks without breaking the bank.

duvet cover wishlist

17.6.15

Race For Life 2015 : Outfits & Pushchair Decorations

As you may know by now Aria and are I taking part in the Race For Life* for Cancer Research on Father's Day this year. As is traditional when taking part in Race For Life we are donning pink, and lots of it! 

cute baby wearing big pink bow headband

16.6.15

Tag : This Summer I Will...

I've decided that this year I'm going to make the most of the Summer, I'm not going to do anything drastic as money is tight with me being on Maternity leave, but because I am on Maternity leave I have time and a baby to occupy, with this in mind I've decided to create a light hearted Summer bucket list.

This Summer I Will blog tag

Super Hero Father's Day

You may or may not have seen this Father's Day gift guide in which I shared the presents that have been bought for the father's in my family. While I'm very pleased with what we've bought I'm more than aware that some of you will want some more exciting presents.

Into The Blue Super Hero Father's Day Competition

13.6.15

Follow up Review : Cardiff Crepeaffaire

A while ago I wrote a review of the sweet crepes in Cardiff Crepeaffaire, I have since been back to trial the savoury crepes and will now be sharing my thoughts on those.

Review of Cardiff Crepeaffaire

12.6.15

Hello Fresh Box #5 - May 2015

Unfortunately this is going to be our last Hello Fresh box for a while, as much as we love them it is an expense that we can't really afford with me being on maternity leave. Not that the boxes are overly expensive, if we bought the ingredients in the supermarket it probably wouldn't cost much less, but we can't afford to buy the ingredients in a supermarket either! 

If you are unfamiliar with Hello Fresh then read my introductory blog post here, otherwise carry on reading to see the delicious recipes in this three meal classic box.

Hello Fresh Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin with Roasted New Potatoes and Steve's Leaves
Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin with Roasted New Potatoes and Steve's Leaves. 414 Cal, 15g Fat.

11.6.15

Father's Day Gift Guide

Are you stuck for ideas for Father's Day next week (21 June)? If so, take a look at my gift guide suitable for most budgets. 

personalised photo cake for father's day

10.6.15

Tots100 BlogCamp

Last Friday Aria and I headed to M Shed in Bristol for my first ever BlogCamp, hosted by Tots100 and sponsored by Hiive. I've never been to any type of blogging conference before so had no idea what to expect. The event was free to attend so I figured that I may as well give it a go.

baby sleeping in pushchair wearing dungarees and floral wrap headband

9.6.15

Sharp's Secret Bar at the British Street Food Awards - Cardiff Street Food Circus

Last weekend Cardiff Street Food Circus was handed over to the British Street Food Festival for the Cardiff heats of their annual awards. I was invited along to Sharp's secret bar for a food and drink pairing session. 
Cardiff Street Food Circus

8.6.15

#BabyWearing : The KangaWrap

When I was pregnant I decided that Baby Wearing was definitely something that I wanted to do. Sometimes a pushchair just isn't convenient, plus it's a good excuse for cwtches and helps with bonding. 

blog review of the KangaWrap baby wearing sling dark blue sling with mother wearing daughter in forest

7.6.15

Hello Fresh Box #4 - May 2015

We ordered quite a few weekly Hello Fresh boxes in May, mostly the five meal classic box for two people which is what I will be sharing with you today.

If you are unfamiliar with Hello Fresh and how it works then you can read my introduction to Hello Fresh here, if you just want to see the delicious meals from this box then carry on reading.

Hello Fresh Prawn and Asparagus Risotto
Prawn and Asparagus Risotto 520 calories 4g fat.

4.6.15

Aria's Bedtime Routine at Four Months

At just four months old Aria is sleeping from about 8pm until anywhere between 8am - 9.30am. Now that we have a fully established bedtime routine I thought that I would share my experiences and what works for us.

mother feeding baby with a bottle in bed

3.6.15

Using Up The Kitchen Leftovers #3

Another week of using up the food leftovers from my Hello Fresh box. Last week we only ordered a three meal box which resulted in a lot less leftover. 

kitchen food waste to be used up

2.6.15

Giveaway : Medela Swing Electric Breastpump

You may remember a little while back I wrote a post comparing the Medela electric swing breastpump and the Medela manual harmony breastpump. My conclusion was that if you were planning to use the pump quite often it would be worth paying the extra for the electric pump.

Medela Swing Essentials Kit Electric Breastpump

Priced at over £100 the Swing is an expensive pump to pay out for, which is why I am super excited to be able to offer my readers the chance to win one of their own. 

1.6.15

Review : Frame Again

Now that we all have digital cameras and social media we tend to upload our photos and then forget about them. Frame Again are trying to put a stop to this with their on-line printing and framing service. You really can't beat a framed photo on display.

Two pictures from newborn photo shoot in frames from Frame Again
Framed photo £9.99* 
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