Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mothers Day!

A quick post today, before I spend the day with my beautiful little family! I just wanted to say a HUGE Happy Mother's Day to all my readers and friends! You're all fabulous!!!

This week I asked you what the best thing about being a mummy is and here are some of my favourites..

Sarah & Albie
 I love that Albie will always be my little mate, well until heeets a girl I don't like and he threatens to move out!!

Hannah and Ethan
Having a best friend for life and someone that looks up to you no matter what :-)

Kayleigh & Albie
Feeling that I now have my purpose in life, what I was put here on this earth to do.. Be a mummy! #nothingcompares

Hannah & Grayson
There are so many.. But when Grayson smiles at me for no reason at all I could actually pop with love!

Emma & Aria
When Aria smiles in her sleep, cutest thing ever! #mummylove

Kirsty, Maireid & Emily
The unconditional love they give you everyday and also from a mum of a special needs baby continues to amaze me in what she achieves against all odds 

Lauren & Oscar
Their unconditional love, no matter how rough I look him still saying "you look beautiful today mummy"
Even if I've told him off 20 times in one day still getting "night mummy love you a million and one"
No matter how many times I tell him he can't do something just becuase his friends are, still being told "you're the best mummy god made"

Hayley & Maxwell
The best thing is finally realising what love really means

Suzie, Lily & Isabel
My girls can make any moment special.  To see them learn, grow, smile, laugh and even cry can make any moment memorable!

Gemma, Casper & Dexter
You can honestly say you will never be alone again and how much they maker laugh!

Jackie, Greg & Craig
These 2 handsome sons! Through good or bad times we always have eachother and I love them to bits!!

Gemma & Corey
Even the tiniest smile from your bubs can make the biggest of problems all disappear

Me & Harry
Going into him every morning to be greeted with the biggest most loving
smile! Watching him grow into such a beautiful little cheeky character! Knowing that even though he can't hear me tell him, he knows that I love him more than anything in the world - he is so precious

Here's a little video from Pink Lining with what Mothers Day means to them!

Have a fantastic day Mummy's! 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Giveaway: Baby and Toddler Show 2014 Tickets

Whether you're expectant parents after that all important travel system, about to move onto weaning and seeking out the perfect highchair or you simply just love to window shop for your little one - the Baby and Toddler Show 2014 is where you will find all this and more!

The event takes place at Glow, Bluewater in Kent over the 25th - 27th of April and is jam packed full of familiar brands as well as lots of new ones and those you won't find on the highstreet!  You can kit your nursery/baby/toddler/husband out in all the latest gear and get some top notch advice from a whole panel of experts, just waiting to spill the beans on nutrition, baby development and that all important sleep!
There is also plenty of entertainment for the kiddiwinks including sensory classes as well as a ton of free baby changing facilities, making shopping a rare stress-free experience

With their latest show only weeks away I am delighted to be able to giveaway 2 free tickets!!
Not only am I giving away tickets but I also have a 33% discount code for those of you who might miss out on winning them - just enter code BWB31 at the checkout!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, the giveaway closes on 16th April and the winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly after!

Good luck!! X


Monday, 24 March 2014

Boots Mother's Day Gift Ideas

With Mother's Day just around the corner I know many of you yummy mummy's will be eyeing up a few treats you are hoping to have presented to you whilst you are kicking back and relaxing on the sofa for the day (yeah right)!  Here are a few things I have been lusting after in case you are stuck for ideas for what to buy your/a mum!

One gift you can't really go wrong with is fragrance and Prada Candy £67.50 for 80ml is one of my faves! It's such a feminine floral smell which is perfect for day and night
The Anti- Blemish Clinical Clearing Kit £20 from Clinique is perfect for stressed out hormonal mummy skin which a lot of us suffer from, and Boots are offering a free gift when you buy 2 or more Clinique products until 29th of March!

Us mummy's also suffer from dry skin since all our time is dedicated to our babies and not on our skincare regime! Therefore the Hydraluron Moisture Booster £16.66 from Indeed Labs is a real essential to helps keep us hydrated and reduce the need for us to constantly moisturise! Its also on sale from its usual price of £24.99

I am all about candles, I find them really relaxing and the Yankee Candle in Vanilla Cupcake £19.99 is my top scent right now! It smells complete delicious but it does unfortunately always give me cravings for a sweet treat!!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99 is a complete dupe for the much loved Bioderma Crealine and is fantastic for removing makeup quickly and it's super gentle on your skin. It's also a really quick way to cleanse your skin which is fab for mums who are rushing to get to bed to catch some extra z's!!

Being a mum to a newborn (can I still call him that?!) I don't often get a chance to paint my nails so this SensatioNail Gel Manicure Starter Kit £45 would be the perfect gift! It includes a Pro 3060 LED Lamp which cures nails in seconds!

What are you hoping to open on Mothers Day??

Monday, 17 March 2014

Harry's Weaning Journey: Baby Rice

At 15 and a bit weeks we decided that it was time to start giving Harry something other than just formula. Actually it was more Harry's decision than ours as he was quite frankly just plain bored of milk! He started becoming very difficult to feed after only 3 or 4 ounces which resulted in him not really taking enough in and getting hungry wayyyy before his next feed was due. He had also started to really watch us when we were eating and drinking - another sign that your baby could be ready to start weaning. He can also hold his head up very well and sit in a supportive chair quite comfortably. The guidelines are still to hold off weaning until 6 months but there is no way out little chap would wait until that long, plus my parents started us off at Harry's age and we all turned out fine. If any of the food doesn't agree with him then I simply won't give it to him for a while and try again another time

The first stage of our weaning journey is baby rice.. Probably the least exciting thing I have ever tasted (yes that's right I tasted it, if it's going in my little boys mouth I decided I need to try it first!!) We have gone for the Aptamil Organic Baby Rice mainly because it's the same brand as his formula so it seems to make sense to follow suit.
We tried to give it to him before his early morning bottle at 7am but the first spoonful did not go down well, he cringed and cried a bit so we gave him a couple of spoonfuls between gulps of milk which seemed to work a lot better and he started to enjoy it! None of it was spat out at all once he got the hang of how to "chew" and swallow it!

If you are thinking of starting the weaning process you will need a few bits of equipment.. Nothing fancy don't worry!
We have a couple of packs of weaning spoons, I find the soft tip ones are the best. Some storage pots and bowls in various sizes, all with lids making them perfect for travel and all microwave safe. We also have little freezer storage pots for when I start making Harry's food, these are fantastic as they are the perfect portion size so you're less likely to waste food.

I will be giving him baby rice with his early morning bottle for a couple of weeks and trying it with his afternoon bottle too, then after this I will introduce other flavours. I went out and bought Annabel Karmel's weaning book upon Sarah's recommendation for when we get started on the proper food! It is jam packed full of information, tips and recipes and has a meal planner which I will try to follow! I can't wait to see what flavours and textures Harry likes best!!

Monday, 10 March 2014

BEABA Lotus Bath Thermometer*

Harry is all about baths! He absolutely loves that time of day when he gets to be naked, free and most importantly splashing about in the tub!

One thing I was super nervous about before giving Harry his first bath was the temperature, and how on earth I would know if it was too hot or too cold for my precious baby boy. I had read that the best way to check this is to simply dip your elbow into the water, but for me this just didn't cut it! So when I was given the chance to try out the BEABA Lotus Bath Thermometer I was delighted and knew right away this was a product I was going to love!

The thermometer floats like a lotus as the name suggests and has an electric probe on the bottom that tests the temperature at the hottest point if the water. The perfect temp for your baby's bath is between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius, so we always make sure it is between those temperatures.
You can also use the Lotus Bath Thermometer to gauge the temperature of the bathroom by just popping it on the side of the bath tub, the recommended temperature is 22 degrees Celsius so your bubba is nice and toasty when you take them out of the water!

This combined with our BEABA Bath Recliner means bath time for us is now completely worry free, meaning my Harry is a very happy and warm little chap!

You can find a retailer to buy your own Lotus Bath Thermometer on the BEABA website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook

Do you worry about the temperature of your little ones bath?? Does your baby love baths as much as Harry??

Monday, 3 March 2014

ASOS Giveaway: Dress That Bump in Style..

When I was pregnant I found it impossible to shop for occasion wear. 9 months is a pretty long time so you're pretty much guaranteed you'll need to dress up at least once during your pregnancy!
The only place I could ever rely on for something comfortable, fashionable and most importantly flattering, was ASOS!  They have a pretty extensive maternity range compared to the typical high street store and they have just released this beautiful range of lace bodycon dresses to really show off that growing bump!

The empire line cut dress is made from stretchy poly lace, designed to fit any size and shape bump, and has a cute ribbon waistband.  No longer are you restricted to boring black as it comes in a choice of 5 fondant fancy hues, all of which are gorgeous! My personal favourite is the pastel blue - particularly perfect for that baby shower or a Spring wedding!
It can easily be dressed up with some (comfortable) heels and a cute clutch or dressed down with tights and a cardi making it perfect to wear a handful of times during your pregnancy

You can purchase one directly from the ASOS website for £40 but be quick as I think this one is going to be a fast seller!!

For a chance of winning one of these gorgeous lace dresses, in the size and colour of your choice, all you have to do is leave me a comment about why you would love to win one!  This giveaway is running for 1 week only (t's & c's below) and the winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter at random.. Good luck!!

What do you think of the ASOS Maternity range?? Do you struggle when it comes to dressing your bump??
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