Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Mums

As we’re now in November and Christmas will very quickly be upon us, it is only apt that I share some of my finds with you all. I have come across some amazing small UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, and so each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. I have created a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog, and this is the second of the series, a Christmas Gift Guide for Mums.

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1. “Be A Nice Muggle” Print 

I’m really getting into having prints in the house along with photos this year, and love this one from Cloud2print. Mitch will be happy to know that he can finally have something to do with Harry Potter up in the house lol!

Cloud2print currently have an offer on- any 2 unframed A4 prints for £16, or 3 A4 prints for £21!

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This print, along with others can be found by searching @Cloud2print on either Facebook or Instagram.

2. Glitter “Mummy” Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift for any mummy you know! It is so easy to pair with any outfit, I love the glitter letters and how they are each a different colour. This jumper is super comfy to wear and is always a go to in my daily life!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. “Stay Positive” Print 

As mentioned, I’ve been loving finding small businesses that do prints, and this is another. There’s lots of different prints available, as well as the option to personalise. These make the perfect gifts as they’re incredibly versatile and can be made to suit individual homes and styles.

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This print, along with others, can found by searching @the_art_of_words_dorset on either Facebook or Instagram.

4. Blush Pink “#MumLife” T-Shirt 

Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe is primarily comfy t-shirts and jumpers to pair with jeans or leggings. This is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, it’s super comfy and has a baggier style which I love.

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. “Shh Mum Time, No Kids Allowed” Vanilla Candle 

Who doesn’t love a candle? I know that I could never have enough candles! What’s so lovely about this candle is its amazing smell, a lovely, comforting ‘very vanilla’, I’m thoroughly enjoying burning this candle. The pot itself is well made and looks luxurious, with its detailing across the wooden lid. The designs on the front of the candle vary, a selection are shown in the image below. The candle arrived packaged brilliantly, there was no chance it would be damaged on route. Couldn’t recommend this product more!

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This candle, along with others, can be found at Thecandlebrand.

6. Pink Personalised Mum and Children’s Name T-Shirt 

What’s so lovely about this t-shirt is that it can be personalised with not only the names of you child or children, but also with the year you became a mummy, which I think is just such a great touch! You can choose the colour of the t-shirt as well as the writing, which means you can create a really lovely t-shirt of your choice. I love wearing mine and often get questions as to where I got it from!

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This product, along with others can be found on Darcieelledesigns.

Thank you for reading. 

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Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Older Boy

As we’re now in November and Christmas is almost upon us, it is only apt that I offer my opinions on Christmas gifts through a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog. Over the year I have found some amazing small businesses online that sell lovely goodies, and I’d love to share some of those with my readers. Therefore, each of the Gift Guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. The first blog in this series is the Christmas Gift Guide for Older Boys. Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 17.42.07.png

  1. Personalised Christmas Jumper 

This personalised Christmas jumper is a cool gift for someone who wants something a little different as oppose to the traditional Christmas jumper. The jumper can be purchased from 6 – 12 months through to 12 – 13 years old. I know that Kaden will love wearing this for his School Christmas jumper day! Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 18.07.21.png

This product can be found at WithlovefromJJ.

2. Children’s Personalised Clothes Hangers

These can be made in any colour and with any initial to personalise. This would make a lovely gift along with clothing to make it extra special for a little one at Christmas. This lovely store has lots of different wooden goodies that would make the perfect gifts for a nursery or child!

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This product can be found by searching @Thelittlewoodenden on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. Slime Baff 

If you haven’t already seen, my previous blog post is a review on the Slime Baff and another of the Zimpli Kids products. Kaden loved experimenting in the bath with the Slime Baff! This gift would be great as something different and exciting for children.

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This product can be found at ZimpliKids

4. Personalised Initial Tracksuit 

This is such a nice gift idea for a young boy, as it’s both practical and useful but also something with a twist so it is still interesting for the kiddies! Kaden loves the idea that his tracksuit has his initials on and can’t wait to wear it and show it off!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. Personalised Star Initial Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift in which the personalisation is well styled and subtle. It has lovely details on the elbows to mirror the front of the jumper. Kaden loves his and will definitely get a lot of wear out of it!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

6. Personalised Name Cushion 

There are many different cushion choices on the website, but I’ve chosen to include this particular one as I think it would look great with the personalised bedding set, also from. The.Crashers!

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The Crashers are very kindly offering my readers a 15% discount code– valid with the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers

7. Personalised Story Book 

This is a lovely gift for the young people in your lives, a personalised story in which the children themselves feature in! On the website, you are able to personalise the character that will appear throughout the story book, as shown below. There is also an option to add a personal message, which will appear at the start of the book.

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The story book will take your child or loved one through a special story in which they get to see themselves included throughout. What a great way to get children reading, and a lovely memory to keep!

This product can be found at Chapterful.

8. Personalised Bedding Set 

This is a lovely, different gift for a little boy that seems to have everything! It adds a very simple, but cool effect to a little one’s bedroom without being too in your face. It is available as both single and double bedding.

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The Crashers are offering a 15% discount to my readers, through the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers.

9. Personalised Initial Name Jumper 

Just when you thought I couldn’t add anything else personalised to this Christmas Gift Guide, I did! I love the design of this jumper, and think it would be such a lovely gift for a little boy!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

 

Thank you for reading. 

memories, Motherhood

0-3 Month Update

Florence Grace Bradley-Herd

0-3 Month Update

An absolute cliche but honestly where has the last three months gone?! You don’t feel like a tiny little baby any more and you have changed significantly in three months. Gone are the worries of how our family would change, you have slotted in in the most natural way and it is as if you have always been here. Our darling little girl.

We all joked that you were holding out for your Uncle’s birthday when you hadn’t arrived by your due date… lo and behold you arrived four days overdue, the day of his birthday!

Due date: 22nd July 2018

Birth date: 26th July 2018

You still don’t sleep for longer than three hours in between feeds during the night, but I’m sure that will come with time. During the day you like to have a morning nap which can last anywhere between an hour to three.For the rest of the day you generally ‘cat nap’ which lasts about 20 minutes. We still haven’t mastered putting you down for every sleep (I say we, it’s me, I love the cuddles). We only have to move our arm slightly and one of you eyes pop open to check what we are doing lol.

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You seem to have an internal radar that must set you off just as mummy is sat down to eat, so I’m rarely able to eat a meal with two hands lol. You are quite nosy and love to be watching everything that is going on around you, and can get quite irritated if you aren’t involved! You generally love going out in the pram and the car, which is great because it usually means the school runs are fairly smooth running!

We had some small hurdles to get over during the initial weeks of breastfeeding, but we are both so much better at it now and it is such a lovely bond between us both. You now take a dummy for comfort and struggle taking a bottle for a feed.

The longest we’ve been away from Flo is an hour and a half whilst mummy and daddy go to play badminton on a Sunday, and your Nanna and Grandma have loved spending that time with you.

Florence has definitely found her voice, and even more so in the past week as she’s discovered a new sound she can make- a little squeal of delight! She is such a smiley and happy baby, who loves it when mummy or daddy sing to her. Her whole face lights up when she is babbling away in response to you, and it is so lovely. Florence holds her head really well, and loves to be standing on your lap rather than laid down being held. She likes comfort, whether this be holding your finger or a soft blanket. She has definitely discovered her hands, and often grasps at my hair or daddy’s beard (ouch!).

We have so many daft nicknames that we’ve just picked up along the way and I’m going to include these in each of your updates as a little memory.

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Thank you for reading. 

Lifestyle, Product Review

Bakerdays Product Review

We very kindly were sent a bakerdays letterbox cake to celebrate my Graduation.

As with any parcel delivery, there are worries about it arriving safely and completely in tact. I can say that when ordering a bakerdays cake there would be no reason to worry as it was packaged very well. The cake itself was in a tin, then placed in the box with protective packaging ensuring the tin didn’t move inside the cardboard box.

The website was easy to navigate myself around and I enjoyed looking at all the cakes available for different events or special days. The letterbox cake is 5″ and serves 3-4 people, however there are other sizes and products available.

In terms of flavour, we chose lovely lemon drizzle, but other options available were;

  • Traditional sponge
  • Rich chocolate chip
  • Gluten wheat free sponge
  • Dairy free sponge
  • Fabulous fruit

I’d like to thank bakerdays for sending me one of their personalised letterbox cakes and allowing me and my family to review their product. We all enjoyed having a slice and think it is a wonderful business idea to be able to send an edible gift straight to loved ones right from the comfort of your own home! With next day delivery and cakes that stay fresh for 14 days, what’s not to love?!

Bakerdays can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,  as well as through their website- bakerdays

Thank you for reading.

Lifestyle

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

10. 10. 2018

As it is ‘World Mental Health Day’ I thought I would share my experience and thoughts as  I feel it is important to open up the conversation on mental illness in an attempt to end the stigma and together make a change for the better!

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With my first child, I suffered with long term post natal depression. I was terrified they would take my baby away and by speaking out, I’d only be adding fuel to the fire of the teenage mother stereotype. A little older, and dare I say wiser, I now realise that just wasn’t the case. People are there to help, in whatever way they can. I have come to learn that mental illness is not something to shove to the bottom of the pile and hope it goes away if ignored. It also isn’t something to be ashamed about. I am incredibly lucky to have such a strong, supportive and loving network around me that have helped me through my lowest and toughest times, and celebrated with me in my greatest.

But I’m aware that not everyone has this or feels comfortable sharing with close family or friends. It can be daunting speaking to loved ones, so perhaps speaking confidentially with a stranger/health professional could be the first step. There are so many other ways to reach out and receive support, you just need to know how. I have created a small list of websites and helplines at the bottom of this blog post for those that might need it.

There is so much pressure to be perfect and that just isn’t reality. Social media can be powerfully detrimental to one’s mental health as we constantly compare ourselves to others. What we sometimes need to do is take a step back and realise it’s not always real. No one shares photos of their bad days, but that’s not to say they don’t happen. However, the use of social media on days like today can be powerful for a good cause. Using our social platforms to bring important issues to light and share our own experiences in the hope that it helps someone else, even if it is just one person. The more people that talk about it, the more common it is to be heard, and hopefully the easier it then is for people to seek help.

Let’s spread awareness today for World Mental Health Day, but continue to do so in the days, weeks and months that follow.

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Where to seek help:

  • Contact your GP for advice and support
  • Visit http://www.mind.org.uk for information and support
  • Call the Samaritans on 116 123 for  free, 24hr, confidential emotional support

Thank you for reading. 

 

memories, Motherhood

The Christening

16.09.2018 

Baptism of Kaden & Florence

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We celebrated the Christening of both Kaden and Florence last Sunday at St Thomas’ Church, followed by a small party afterwards. We had such a lovely day and cannot thank everyone enough for coming to celebrate our faith and our children on that special day. It was the first time the families had all been together, and was lovely!

The church service was short and sweet, with a really wonderful vicar leading the baptism. Kaden was brilliant and enjoyed having the attention on him, especially when the vicar let Kaden splash him with water too!

We had chosen Godparents for the children, and would like to thank them for accepting their roles in our children’s lives.

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Florence wore a beautiful white Christening gown, the exact one her Nan Lorraine wore for her Christening day years ago. Although she slept through the majority of the day, she was a little star and couldn’t be more loved by all.

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Kaden thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of his family and friends together for his special day, and was even more overjoyed at all the Lego he received as a result!

It was such a special day spent with the people we love the most, and will definitely be remembered and spoken about for years to come.

Thank you for reading. 

memories

The Summer of 2018

 A roundup of Summer 2018.

JULY

Just as the summer holidays began we were blessed with the safe arrival of our daughter, Florence Grace. So the first few weeks were spent welcoming visitors at home to meet her and send their well wishes. We had our newborn photoshoot when Florence was one week old.

 

AUGUST

Our first ‘big’ trip out for the day was to Skegness. By this point I was comfortable breastfeeding in front of family, but this was a test to get used to breastfeeding publicly. It was fine (thank goodness) and although it’s still a learning process, both me and Florence are getting better at it as it becomes easier with time. We’ve taken Florence to Hunstanton, Leicester and Sheffield for day trips, so she certainly hasn’t been bored!

Kaden spends a lot of time talking and singing with baby Florence, it’s obvious how besotted he is with his little sister. I worried so much about how this new arrival would affect the dynamics of our family, and yet it is as if nothing has changed. Florence has easily entered our world and it feels as if she has always been here somehow. All of our hearts are very full.

We’ve spent time with Mitch’s family as they prepared for Mason to go to University in September.

 

SEPTEMBER

Kaden returns back to school, ready for Year 2. It will be an adjustment back into the school routine from the rather relaxed summer. I am also returning back to one of my jobs this week, I’m looking forward to getting back into it and having something to do during the week! This job involves admin, social media, and website editing, and as I can do most of it from home I don’t mind going back so soon. It will be good to have my mind busy again.

Other exciting things we have planned for September are that both Kaden and Florence are being Christened in just a couple of weeks. It will be lovely to get the family together and celebrate both the children. Then both me and Mitch are getting new tattoos. So there is a lot to look forward too!

Thank you for reading.