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.
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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... 
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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.
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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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Friday, 11 August 2017

#LITTLELOVES: Building Towers, Wedding Anniversary & a Psychological Thriller

Happy Friday Everyone! What has the weather been doing this week? One minute it's bright sunshine, the next it is raining like it's never rained before. Luckily it didn't ruin any plans, as we had my auntie over on Monday to meet Poppy for the first time. It was such a lovely day, one of those days that really warms your heart. We also had Poppy's six week check from the health visitor; she's actually 8 weeks now but our usual HV was on holiday so a different one had to make a special visit to us. Poppy now weighs 12lb 2ozs, following her centile perfectly. Yay!
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

BABY: Can you really support a baby to self soothe?

Sleep. Oh what a wonderful thing. Having had two babies - one that didn't sleep for over a year and one that sleeps well from the word go - I can say how much of a difference sleep makes to parenthood. Poppy is such a good little sleeper and has been since day one; she allows us to soothe her and doesn't solely rely on being fed to sleep. I now know what people mean when they talk about babies self soothing, it really does make life so much easier. However, as much as we tried to get Isabella to self soothe as a baby she was having none of it! We tried every technique going with her, but the only way to get her to sleep was to feed her. So it's clear that different things work for different babies (or don't work in Isabella's case!). 
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