Wednesday, 23 August 2017

BABY: Converted to Babywearing?

Babywearing - the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. It has been around for centuries, practised world wide and yet I hadn't really entered the world of babywearing. Two years ago when I had Isabella I was vaguely aware of baby carriers, slings and back carriers. However I didn't know much about it at all, it wasn't something I was particularly motivated to find out more about either. In the first week after Isabella was born I remember a very painful trip to Mothercare to buy a baby carrier when we realised it would be an easier option to the pram for walking around our local area. We picked up one of the cheapest options and to be honest we were happy with our choice. Having barely any knowledge on babywearing and what to look for meant our purchase wasn't a very informed one.

Monday, 21 August 2017

BREASTFEEDING: Brand New Range of Nursing Friendly Clothes from Frugi

Over two years ago I remember coming home from hospital with a tiny Isabella, our breastfeeding journey had started a mere 20 minutes after giving birth and I had been feeding in my pyjamas for most of the time in hospital. Suddenly, I was looking at my wardrobe contents with despair - there was nothing breastfeeding friendly. Not only had my body shape changed a lot post pregnancy, but I wasn't prepared for the world of breastfeeding. Over time I discovered the whole wearing two layers trick, so that the top layer can be lifted up and the bottom layer covers your modesty. As someone who never wears trousers or jeans I still struggled with finding suitable clothes, a lot of time was spent browsing online. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

RECIPE: Nutella Swirled Shortbread

What is it about Nutella that makes it so hard to resist? Whether it's on toast, with fresh berries, on pancakes or simply straight out of the jar, there is no denying how popular the chocolate hazelnut spread is. A while ago a friend was due to be coming around for a play date and I wanted to quickly bake some goodies for us to enjoy. Looking in the cupboards for inspiration I finally settled on shortbread biscuits, ideal with countless cups of tea and we had all of the three ingredients.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

FAMILY: 50 Things to do in the Midlands

Having lived in the Midlands for the whole of my life I've enjoyed many days out across the region in my time. Now that I have my own family we are constantly trying to think of places to visit and things to do at the weekends or during holidays. Below I've put together my top 50 things to do in the Midlands, many of which I can personally recommend as you can see by the photos dotted throughout. Let's get started... 

Monday, 14 August 2017

MANUSCRIPT: First Ever World Calligraphy Day 2017 + GIVEAWAY!

This year marks the first ever World Calligraphy Day on Wednesday 16th August 2017 launched by Manuscript Pen Company. There are going to be many events and workshops taking place around the world, but mainly at the Pen Museum in Birmingham. Since around Christmas time I have been trying to teach myself the art of calligraphy, as it is a skill that I would love to acquire. I think my love for calligraphy started when it came to planning my wedding over 3 years ago, with so many table plans/place cards/menus/invitations using it beautifully. But when it came to trying it for myself I quickly learnt how tricky it is, spending hours watching and replaying videos on how to write the alphabet in calligraphy.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

SHOPPING: Aldi Baby and Toddler Event August 2017

Aldi's Baby and Toddler Event is once again upon us, with countless bargains to be from Thursday 17th August 2017. Every time they have the event the products on offer seem to get better and better! Life with children is an expensive business (especially as we now have two in nappies!), so like most parents I'm always up for a bargain where possible. The fact that there are so many affordable options in one place during the Aldi Baby and Toddler Event makes it even better; no parent wants to be getting their children in and out of the car constantly in search of a bargain. At least I don't - those parent & child car parking spaces are like gold dust during the summer holidays!
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