Friday, 13 July 2018

What Cora Wore // Bambinista

It feels like Cora hadn't grown in a long time but we have finally entered a growth spurt and I am enjoying getting to sort out the next size up clothing! We were approached by Bambinista who sell some seriously cool kids clothes and I had to look through pretty much the whole site before making a decision as there were so many lovely bits.  I finally settled on a dusky pink ballerina dress for Cora though and I (and she) just love it.

The designer is Huxbaby and I think they have filled a gap with this dress as it has the prettiness of a ballerina, it is feminine and fun and ever so girly but the dark bunny prints and dusky colour make it a bit more fun, a bit different and very stylish. 

Bambinista stock clothing for boys and girls up to age 6 as well as a few adult items too and the website was started to make shopping for cool baby clothes easier.  The brands they stock include many of our favourites like CarlijnQ, Lucky no.7 and Lottie & Lysh and this dress is our first item from Huxbaby although it is a brand I have been admiring for a while now.

I think this dress would work well for a special occassion, but it was just as good for a scoot to the park, and when you are two it is totally acceptable to wear your party dress on an average Tuesday of course.  I love these photos of Cora just playing and scooting along in it and she is so in love with this dress that I know she is going to be grabbing it out her wardrobe at every opportunity.  If you do look at the Huxbaby selection then I would suggest sizing up.  This dress is a size bigger than she usually wears and it fits lovely.

Bambinista currently have their summer sale on and this dress is half price! There are lots of other bargains and great brands to discover too! I will leave you with some more photos of her having fun in her bunny outfit.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Adventures on our Micro Trike

We have long been fans of Micro Scooters and we now have 5 in the family (all four children have one as do I) and so I was excited to have the chance to try out their newest addition, the Micro Trike.  Designed as a push along trike for young children the Micro Trike folds up small, is super lightweight and has the option to add a waist harness too.

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I originally planned for it to be something Cora could use as all three boys scoot everywhere but there have been many arguments as Finn loves using it too and both are within the weight and age limit (from 18 months to 20kg).  The trike comes in four colours at the moment- black, white, pink and blue and we chose pink as we don't have much in that colour really.  

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I love how easy the trike is to fold up and carry around.  It weighs less than 5lb and is so compact that it can easily fit in the boot of the car.  Micro suggest it could replace the buggy and for some journeys it has been for us, although if we are out long enough for either of them to fall asleep then I do need a proper buggy instead.

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Cora is petite at around 80cm and is tall enough to use it.  She turned 2 last month and is secure and mature enough to understand the limits and she seems a perfect age for it.  Finn is around 98cm and he can reach the floor with both feet when he wants to.  He loves pushing himself forward like this, however it is the handle that does the steering so he can't go far! I find it really easy to push (much easier than other push along trikes we have tried) and the steering is simple even with a heavy toddler on.  I can reverse and turn sharp corners with one hand and the trike has all the stability and resilience of the Micro Scooters that we love.

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The product is so simple and we are always being stopped by people that want to know more! It won't be replacing a buggy completely for us but it is perfect for the school runs and to let little ones join in with bigger siblings on bikes and scooters.  The Micro trikes cost £79.95

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We were gifted this Micro Trike but I was not required to write about it, I just wanted to share our thoughts as we are really impressed. 

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Cora Turns Two

Last week my youngest baby turned two and it really felt like we were celebrating the end of the baby days.  We decided to hire a bouncy castle for the day which then escalated into throwing a huge party that lasted all day.  All Cora's little friends came round at lunchtime for a bounce and some cake, and then the boys brought home some friends after school to make the most of the giant inflatable.  In the evening, we had family round from both sides for a bbq in the garden and we kept the bouncy castle overnight so we could bounce away into the night!  I think Cora had a great time, she looked so happy surrounded by everyone she loves.

I know that at this age Cora doesn't really understand birthdays and she certainly doesn't need a party but I love it and having a summer birthday it feels like a perfect excuse to get everyone together too, to enjoy some sunshine.  She had a little nap before the first guests arrived at midday and then stayed awake until the last ones were leaving at 8:30!

Recently she was sent a beautiful dress from Roco clothing which she is wearing in many of the photos.  Unfortunately being a messy toddler still, the dress didn't make it through the day so there was an outfit change for the evening! We love the beautiful silver party dress and she looked like a little princess all dressed up.  

It wasn't easy taking photos without other children in, but I have a few of Cora enjoying her day (and her cakes).  The lovely folk at Party Swan sent us some props - the large second birthday photo board and the selfie frame and we loved snapping away with them!

Cora is walking and running, talking and singing, scooting and jumping and in many ways she is much older than the boys were at the same age (probably comes with having three big brothers) but at the end of the day as she fell asleep in my arms she was still my baby and I know she always will be.

Happy 2nd Birthday Cora

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Persil Powergems - Laundry for a bigger family.

I am sure that the amount of washing I need to do has doubled exponentially with each child we have added to the family. As little babies they get through several outfits a day and it doesn’t seem to have eased off, especially with the introduction of double potty training last month and the big two’s ability to decorate their school shirts with their lunches every day.

All that aside, I have at times found the elusive bottom of the washing basket and feel that with the right routine, I can keep on top of the washing. Here are my tips for finding the bottom of the basket with a bigger family:

  • - Buy a big washing machine. I have no problem filling a load and having a bigger machine just makes sense. Fewer washes is the goal so when you are due a new machine, go big.
  • - Use Persil Powergems, a revolutionary laundry detergent with triple powers that removes stains, cares for clothes and keeps them fresh. These little gems offer the ultimate clean, ensuring you only have to wash once and they even work well on filthy school shirts!
  • - Even little ones can help out with the routine. My smallest two are 1 and 3 and they love loading the washing machine. I can leave them to pop everything in whilst I get on with something else. Then once I have added Persil Powergems directly into the drum, they get to press the button to turn it on - Best.Job.Ever.

  • We are currently potty training both of them which can be messy at times.  I keep a wet bag (the same kind we used to store cloth nappies) by the machine at all times so any wet clothes can be thrown in there and I can’t forget to pop them in the machine next time I do a wash!

  • Bigger children have a different job and my 5 and 6 year old help with putting away their own clothes once they are all dry.  I also get them to help sort into colours for washing.

  • Buy Persil Powergems, a revolutionary laundry detergent with triple powers that removes stains, cares for clothes and keeps them fresh. The powergems ensure you only have to wash once and they even work well on filthy school shirts keeping them as good as new! The lovely fresh smell is a winner for all the family too.

  • Line dry as much as possible to help maintain the freshness, remove any stubborn stains and save electricity.  Older children could definitely help with pegging things out and bringing them in too.

  • Getting into a good routine is key.  I try to put on a load every evening on a timer setting so it is fresh to hang out in the morning and I can bring it in after the afternoon school run to put away.

  • If you get behind, because it is always going to happen - just buy another washing basket.  It works for us!

 Do you have any laundry gems to share? Try Persil Powergems yourself  available from most supermarkets and Amazon

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Something Different

I have recently started watching a program on sky arts called 'Master of Photography' (a Bake Off style programme for photographers where they are set a different challenge each weak with the weakest contestant being eliminated) and it has made me feel totally inspired to take more photos. I have so much to learn about photographing children still, but I felt inspired to challenge myself in new ways, to step out of my comfort zone and go back to basics. 

I went for a run earlier in the week, only it was too hot and my body gave up quickly so I took out my phone to take some photos of my surroundings.  I tried to look for the beauty in where I was with only my phone to capture it. These photos are just part of a mini project I want to start to learn more about photography using what I have around me. 

Part of photography is in the camera but the most important bit is in the photographer - seeing an angle, finding the beauty, composition, capturing something, and those are the skills I want to improve. These aren't edited or cropped, I tried to get the angles right the first time and I can't wait to get back out. 

I live in such a beautiful place and I am looking forward to photographing it.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Me and Mine in June

I completely forgot that June was coming to an end so it is going to be a squeeze getting this post published in time but we managed to get a photo all the way back on the 27th.  We were clearing up Cora's birthday party as the light was fading and my Mum (who was helping the most!) offered to grab one of us quickly.  They are far from perfect but they are ones I am going to remember.

June has been full of sunshine and it really felt like the begging of summer.  I feel like there are times where we take the beach for granted but I am determined that this year won't be one of them and we have spent mornings, afternoons and evenings down there.  This was the month Cora turned 2 and I officially admitted she is now a toddler rather than a baby and the month we started preparing for a super busy July with all the end of school activities!

This month I have been loving mornings at the beach when we have the place to ourselves, home made iced coffee, a childfree day shopping with friends and playing football.

Ed has been loving a weekend at Download festival, bbqs in the garden, all the football and spending time with Archie.

Dylan has been loving after dinner beach walks, ice lollies after school, learning about the problems with plastic at school and preparing for his end of school play.

Archie has been loving our glamping trip away, riding a horse for the first time at his friend's party, being Kindness Champion at school and water play in the garden.

Finn has been loving having a bouncy castle in the garden, ritz crackers, watching people open Kinder Eggs and jumping at any excuse.

Cora has been loving her birthday party with all her friends and family, her new mermaid themed bedroom, looking after her 'baby' and her new yellow scooter.

It has been a great month and I hope July is as full of laughter!
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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Al Fresco Dinners with Snapfish

It feels like we are getting a real summer this year.  We have been in shorts and short sleeved dresses for weeks now and it is still only June.  I am quite optimistic about the weather and I am hoping we have a long summer ahead. One of the reasons of course is that my house stays tidier.  The children wake up and head for the garden and if all goes well, they stay out there until it is time for bed. We have a little blue table with just the right amount of chairs for them all so the seagulls are cleaning up any mess rather than my broom!

We are slowly filling the garden with everything we need to make it fun and inviting for all ages and these photos are from an ordinary afternoon after school.  I cooked pizza and garlic bread knowing it is quick and easy and will all disappear and served it up on their little blue table. I am working with Snapfish and I couldn’t resist ordering them all their own coasters (and a matching pair for Ed and I).  You would not believe how many arguments were stopped in their tracks from having their face under their cup - I definitely need to get them personalised place mats made next!

We also designed a chopping board using the fun design tools on the Snapfish website.  I mixed four happy little chefs that remind me of my own with some fruit and veg and added our name too.  The plan is that this will be theirs for when they want to cook and get involved and they already love it.  I used the chopping board to serve the garlic bread although it disappeared pretty quickly!

It was easy to make the products and you can import photos straight from facebook and instagram.  I love how personal you can make each item and they make a perfect present! (My brother and sister in law have some personalised coasters coming as a gift!).  Snapfish have a selection of foodie inspired gifts that can be easily personalised with photos, text and embellishments.

This is what an ordinary Monday night looks like here with an al fresco dinner!

This post is in collaboration with Snapfish

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