Christmas Gift Guide, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girl

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small businesses that handmake and design children’s clothes and accessories. Therefore each of the gift guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. This is the fourth and final blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide Series, and is a Gift Guide for Baby Girls. I hope to provide some gift inspiration for anyone with little girls themselves, or know someone with a little girl!

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1. Personalised Flower Initial Embroidered Sleepsuit 

I’ve chosen to include this as a parent can never have too many sleepsuits for their baby! So by purchasing this as a gift for a child, you’re buying a practical yet personalised gift that will be treasured and appreciated! I just love how delicate the embroidered personalisation is on this sleepsuit, the added flowers are so pretty.

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This product can be found at Betty&SydneyCo.

2. Personalised D.O.B Vest 

This vest is also another practical yet treasured gift as it is something to keep in a memory box once your little one has grown out of it. Embroidered with your little one’s name, date of birth, weight and time makes this a really lovely gift!

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This product can be found by searching @abigailstitches on Instagram.

3. Gingham Pinny & Mustard Prairie Blouse

This is such a lovely gift as you can choose the colour options and details, then it gets hand made by the lovely Georgia, meaning every item is sewn just for you and each order is unique! Florence currently reps for Pearls Threads, and we have a discount code to share for you. Simply enter FLORENCE10 at the checkout for money off your order!

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These products can be found at PearlsThreads. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

4. Peach Rabbit Sleepsuit with Felt Tail

Again, this is a product that parents will love and appreciate! It is a super soft and comfy peach sleepsuit with a bunny rabbit design and soft, felt tail for added detail.

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This product can be found by searching @diddlesandsquidge on Instagram.

5. Leggings and Headband Set

This organic cotton leggings and headband set is stunning! It is made from the most amazing quality material, with detailed birds of paradise print and would make such a lovely gift for the little girl in your life! You simply pick a material from the website and can have it made into any of the following; organic cotton leggings, shorts, bloomers, skirts, tunic dress, long/short/bloomer rompers, dribble bibs, headbands and muslins!

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This product can be found at Zack&IvyCo.

6. Personalised Glitter Name Trio Tee

This personalised glitter name tee is such a nice gift for someone who has shared their babies name prior to delivery, or a baby who’s coming up to their first birthday or first Christmas! It’s always going to be unique, which is great!

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This product can be found at DarcielleDesigns.

I definitely couldn’t do a blog post on anything baby girl and not include any hair accessories! So here is a (rather large) selection of Florence’s hair accessories. I will split these into different brands with more photos and where to find them below.

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  1. Molly Bows Glitter Bow Clips

These glitter bow clips are perfect for the festive season! Molly Bows are kindly offering my readers a free bow! Simply use Freebowylm at the checkout to receive your free bow with your order.

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These clips, with many others can be found on Facebook (@Molly Bows) or Instagram (@Molly-bows). Don’t forget the discount code for the free bow!

2. HairBloomsBoutiqueLondon Bow Headbands 

I just love how simple yet lovely these small bow headbands are. They’re really versatile in that they match a lot of outfits and styles, and with the soft, nylon headband they are comfortable for the babies to wear.

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These bows can be found at HairBloomsBoutique.

3. BellesBows17 Christmas Bows

These bows are giving me all the Christmassy feels! I’m a huge fan of tartan, and love glitter, so having both of these incorporated into one bow is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to add these to little Florence’s Christmassy outfits in the run up to Christmas!

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These bows can be found by searching @Bellesbows17 on Instagram.

4. OurOlivia Matching Velvet Turbans 

You either love it or hate it- but I love velvet! These velvet head turbans are super soft and comfortable to wear, which is definitely a must have. I love this soft pink colour!

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These turbans can be found either at OurOlivia or @OurOlivia on Instagram.

5. LittleBearsBows Suede Baby Headbands

LittleBearsBows have the loveliest baby suede headbands. As Florence is currently a brand rep for LittleBearsBows, we have a discount code to offer you. Simply use FLORENCE10 at the checkout to receive money off of your order!

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These baby headbands can be found at LittleBearsBows. Don’t forget to use the discount code mentioned above!

6. IzzieBowsandRoses Trio Bows 

We love these bows as they’re super comfy for Florence to wear, with a simple finish but with the added extra of the gold sparkly centre of each of the bows. As Florence is also a brand rep for this business, we have another discount code to share! If you use FLORENCE10 at the checkout you will receive a discount off of your order!

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These headbands, along with others can be found at IzzieBowsandRoses. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

7. Olivia Grace and Co Fabric Bow Clips 

These knotted bow clips are the perfect gift as they’re fairly neutral and can be easily added to many outfits, allowing for more wear. I love that they are soft and simple, yet still add a delicate touch with their patterns.

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These clips can be found on OliviaGrace&Co or @OliviaGrace&Co on Instagram.

8. Mia Moo Bows Christmas Bows 

These bows are great for the run up to Christmas, getting that festive feel into everyday outfits! Loving all the glitter for this season!

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These bows can be found by searching @Mia_moo_bows_ on Instagram.

9. Arya’s Bunny Boutique Headbands 

I think everyone has a soft spot for all things Peter Rabbit for babies, so this is the perfect way to subtly have Peter Rabbit in all outfits! I just love how different these bows are.

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These bows can be found at Arya’sBunnyBowtique.

10. La Romi Matching Head Wraps

I absolutely love matching with Florence, and if I could get away with matching everything I definitely would! These black and white head wraps are such an easy way to match with your little one.

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These matching head wraps can be found at LaRomi.

11. Eden’s Handmade Florals PomPom Headband 

I love Florence in this pompom headband as it is something a little different! It’s super soft and is really easy to style with Florence’s outfits.

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This headband can be found by searching @edenshandmadeflorals on Instagram.

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. 

Motherhood, Tattoos

Tattoos & Breastfeeding

This blog post is about getting tattoos whilst being a breastfeeding mother. Although this is quite a niche topic, I found that when searching for answers myself there was little to no reliable information out there to help. Therefore, hopefully this will help someone searching for particular answers on this topic.

Mitchell and I had booked tattoos as part of my ‘pushing present‘ for having Florence. (If you know, you know lol) I didn’t have a baby shower, so thought I would at least make the most out of one of these American pregnancy traditions! However, when the time actually came I suddenly had a little panic over whether or not I would even be able to get mine done as I was breastfeeding. After a quick google I was left even more unsure about whether it was safe to go ahead or if I would need to cancel and have them done once I was no longer breastfeeding Florence.

It was only after speaking to my tattooist (and him speaking his partner who’s a midwife) that is was agreed we were completely fine to go ahead as long as I fully understood the information. I was told that getting the tattoo itself is absolutely fine as the ink does not transfer into the milk. Obviously choose to go to a respectable and clean tattooist to minimise any chance of infection, as it is only if the tattoo becomes infected and you have to go on antibiotics you will have to stop breastfeeding.

Thank you for reading. 

 

Motherhood

Top Tips for New Mums

Becoming a parent can be a daunting task, and even though this was my second child, it was a completely different experience to having my first. I’ve put together some key things to remember during this period of time with your family, in the hope that it resonates with some of you, whether you are in this position now or have been in the past. It is important to note that everybody is different, and whilst these things have been important to me, they may not work for everyone!

  • Accept the help that is offered 

I think we are all guilty of trying to juggle to many things at once and spreading ourselves too thinly. This is not the time to try to do everything on your own. Accept the help and support that is offered, whether this is family, friends or health professionals.

I love the quote,

 “It takes a village to raise a child” 

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No one is going to think any less of you as a mother if you reach out for help. Becoming a mother is hard, for anyone and everyone, at any age. You are not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. People are there to help, so take them up on their offers!

 

  • Filter Unwanted Advice

Now I can assure you that people are going to offer you advice left right and centre when you are pregnant or have had your baby. Whilst this is usually coming with the best of intentions, it isn’t always helpful or needed. This is your baby, and believe me, you know what is best for the both of you. Everyone has different ides and experiences, and whilst one mother swears by something, it won’t necessarily work for you. Politely listen and thank others for the advice, but don’t feel bad for not then doing as they suggested. Just like this blog post- not everything will be true for yourself, and it is okay to filter out the parts that don’t help!

  • Buy More Muslins 

You’ve probably heard people say you need to purchase a few muslin squares for your newborn. This is not the case. Rather, I urge you to accumulate as many muslins as you can, you will NEVER have too many!

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  • Don’t get caught up in the ‘Mum Awards’ 

Some mums would lead you to believe there are certified ‘Mum Awards‘ for the best mothers. This is not the case! There are no prizes and there is no such thing as the perfect parent, we all have our good and bad days.

So don’t feel you have to succumb to the social pressures of juggling to much at once, trying to please everyone but yourself. Go with your gut and trust your own judgement. What has worked for one mother will not necessarily work for the next. Each experience is different and nobody is perfect.

  • Enjoy Quiet Time 

The most important thing during this time is that you and baby are healthy, everything else comes second. So don’t feel guilty about just sitting back and enjoying those precious moments alone as a family with your newborn- as I hate to sound like an overplayed song- but it really does fly by and they’re not babies for long. The guests can wait, the housework can wait, no one will mind- and those that do mind aren’t worth the fuss.

So take the all important time to breathe in their newborn smell, stroke every hair on their heads and stare at the most amazing gift of life that your body has created and birthed. Motherhood is simply amazing!

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.