Aria turned five months on 26 July, there haven't been any major milestones this past month but there have definitely been a few developmental changes.
Last week I took the plunge and joined a local Slimming World group. I've previously followed the Slimming World weight loss plan online, but this time I felt that I needed the extra support and motivation that you get from joining a group. I was quite nervous about going alone but the group are warm and welcoming which is always good! Today I had my first weigh in...
If your home is large enough to house separate rooms for dining, cooking and lounging then dividing up the rooms is likely not an issue. However, if you have an older style home with massive rooms which get cold, draughty and uncomfortable when it comes to entertaining, room dividers may be on your wish list. Similarly, maybe you live in a beautiful open plan apartment or house that is great for day to day living with the family, but what about when you want to impress your diners?
This is when bi-fold room dividers can come into their own. They have been on interior designers and architect’s plans for a long time and are now becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking to divide up their space in a clever and design-led way.
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If you've read my breastfeeding first impressions post you will know that I tried breastfeeding for a little while and struggled with it. In that short period of time I stumbled across a few items that made my life a lot easier. While everyone's essentials are sure to be different I'm hoping that my list may help a few soon to be feeding mother's prepare.
While breastfeeding isn't something to be ashamed of some mothers (myself included when I was doing it!) are very paranoid about feeding in public. One of the many worries is that you may expose your postnatal tummy when breastfeeding, this is where breastvest comes in, they literally have you covered!
You may remember seeing my final Hello Fresh post a little while back, we could no longer afford the boxes so cancelled our subscription. A few weeks ago they contacted me with an offer for £15 off a box, it would have been rude not to take them up on it!
Pan-Fried Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche and New Potatoes. 578 Kcal, 21g fat.
Not finding out the sex of our baby meant that we had to decorate the Nursery in gender neutral colours, we opted for grey & yellow, which you can see here. Now that Aria has arrived I have gone a little crazy adding A LOT of pink into the room, we now have a beautiful yellow, grey & pink nursery.
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, home to traditional steam trains, is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. With free parking, train rides and a cafe it makes for a great family day out, especially when they hold one of their popular events.
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, is fast becoming a foodies heaven. As well as serving delicious food across all of their restaurants they also give you the option to go along and learn how to make the meals at their live cookery demonstrations.
I recently organised a Hen night for one of my best friend's. As pretty much everyone was on a super tight budget it was agreed that we wouldn't do anything too expensive, we booked into a hotel in Swansea and planned to have a night out. I wanted to make a real effort as we weren't really doing a lot. With a budget of £80 to spend on nine people it was tough, but I managed to get decorations, personalised t-shirts for the entire party, goody bags for the entire party and loads more without going too much over budget.
I took these photos back in May and have only just got around to sharing them. As you may have noticed by now I love putting baby headbands on Aria, I think they look so cute and save people asking if she is a boy or girl!
Have you ever received gift vouchers when you would really rather just have the cash? Mobile app Zeek has finally come up with a solution. You can easily sell unwanted vouchers for cash. Great news for both those wanting to get rid of vouchers and those wanting a bargain, the vouchers can be purchased with huge discounts, some over 20% cheaper.
Carry on reading for more information and a £5 voucher towards your first purchase.
Marks & Spencer recently contacted me asking if I would like to bake some chocolate & salted caramel cupcakes using their fine ingredients*, including a Welsh product from the Tastes of the British Isles range, I of course jumped at the chance.
Bean Bag Planet are a relatively new firm specialising in bean bags for babies. The bean bags, suitable from birth up to about eight years old, come in a wide range of designs and come with two covers, one for newborns and one for when they are a little bigger.
Now that Aria is four months old she is finally fitting into 0-3 months clothing! The problem with her being so small is that the majority of 0-3 month clothing that we have for her is suited for colder weather than what we are currently experiencing, which means that I will have to go on a Summer clothing shopping spree for her.
Another week, another set of meals. We did our food shop just before Spencer's payday which meant that we didn't have much money so went shopping with no list, just the intention of buying all the food that was cheap or reduced. So here we have a week's worth of unplanned budget food.
Fish Fingers in Batter, Chips and Mushy Peas
Have you ever heard of a Travalo perfume atomisers*? I love them so much that I have two. They are a very nifty little perfume atomiser that come in a wide range of colours. The perfect little accessory for upcoming Summer holidays, festivals and nights out.
1985 was a great year, I was born and so was restaurant and bar chain Slug and Lettuce who celebrated their 30th birthday last month. As part of their celebrations we were invited along to the Cardiff branch last week for a delicious two course meal.
I'm sure I'm not alone in worrying about my baby overheating during this heatwave that we are currently experiencing. There are massive risks associated with babies overheating so us parents can't help but worry. Read on for 14 great tips on keeping your baby cool.