Sunday, 16 October 2016

My Favourite Weaning Products

Ophelia is nearly 11 months old and therefore very settled into her weaning journey. This time around we took a much more relaxed approach to it all. We allowed her to let us know when she was ready. We did a mixture of baby led weaning and mashing things but she now pretty much eats anything and everything. 

There's been a few items on our journey that have really helped us out, so i've rounded them up in a list of my favourites. Hopefully they can help you on your weaning journey.

1) Babymoov Nutribaby

I always find that whenever it comes to baby products there are always so many of them. The Nutribaby has become a bit of a lifesaver in our house. It has certainly freed up some room in the kitchen. It has 5 functions which are bottle warmer, steriliser, steamer, defroster and a blender. It's the ideal product for weaning as it does everything you need for your journey. 
I've written about the steriliser function here, Steriliser. I will also be writing about the other functions in future posts.

This cup is easily one of my all time favourite weaning products. I am gutted I didn't know about them when we were weaning Eva. Ophelia wouldn't take to drinking from a beaker. We therefore had to try and give her water through a cup which as you can imagine, resulted in both her and us getting soaked. 
This cup really is a miracle worker. This doesn't spill water at all!!!! Not even in your change bag. You can tip it upside down and shake it until your heart is content but the water won't spill out. When a baby sips out of it, it reseals straight away. 
It's also really easy to clean as it has no sprouts etc. I cannot recommend this enough. 

I've batch cooked a lot of Ophelia's meals to put in the freezer. These bowls are airtight but best of all you can write on them. This is such a handy feature. You can then clean the markings off when you wash the bowls.
I've also used these when we have been on picnics. Eva loves to help prepare food for a picnic and then pack them away into these bowls.

These spoons are brilliant for the first stages of weaning. They also last a long time as we still have the ones we used on Eva. They are very soft, so are perfect for tender gums. I love how long the handles are as you can reach the bottom of jars and pots. Ophelia loves to grip them and attempt to feed herself.

This highchair is ideal for all stages of weaning. It grows with your baby as you can adjust the height. 
It's very sturdy, matches well with our kitchen and is very easy to clean. I can't begin to tell you how many red pasta sauces have been sprawled all over ours but there are no stains.

The final pick is this Bibetta bib. It's been everywhere with us including our holidays abroad. It washes really well in a washing machine. 
There is a fold out pocket which is brilliant for catching all those dropped pieces of food. 

What are/were your favourite weaning items?


The Siblings Project - October

It's been a couple of months since I last wrote a siblings post. You can read the last one here, August post.

A lot has changed since my last post. Eva started preschool which she attends at our local primary school, 5 days a week from 9am - 11.30am. This means Ophelia is alone with me for a couple of hours. I love the fact that we get some alone time together, even if it is for a very short amount of time. 
I don't think this has had an effect on their relationship yet. Perhaps it will when she will be full time from next September.

Ophelia also goes to nursery one day a week for a full day. If i'm not working on that day then I get to spend some quality time with Eva. I think she needs this time as she does still feel quite left out.

The girls' relationship and bond is getting stronger and stronger every month. I've never hidden the fact that for a long time I found it very difficult to get them to bond. Eva really wasn't interested. Thankfully she is now including her sister in a lot of things.

Ophelia is more on the move which of course makes her a lot more appealing to her sister. She's not walking yet but the fact that she can get herself from room to room makes Eva chase her. They also seem to be play fighting already. This usually starts when Eva rolls over her and then we get a lot of hair pulling and general scraping. It's quite amusing to watch as it shows Ophelia trying to stand her own ground.

Ophelia is now quite vocal too. She says mama and dada and i'm sure in her own way she is trying to say Eva. They constantly have little chats or shouting matches together. The cutest thing is when they both have giggling fits. Ophelia also claps whenever Eva is singing or dancing which she loves.

In the last couple of weeks Ophelia decided she didn't want to breastfeed anymore. I was devastated. However, it's meant that Eva can help with giving her a bottle which she really enjoys. It makes her feel important and she loves helping out.

Next month is a busy month for them. We have lots of big family birthdays, daddies birthday and Ophelia's first birthday so we are busy making plans for all of that. Ophelia's birthday will be a very new experience for Eva. I'm not entirely too sure how we get her to realise it's all for Ophelia and not her. She's still not great at sharing. Any tips?
The Me and Mine Project

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Jord Watches - Review

As you know I have a passion for fashion. I love to dress well and I always try and find accessories to match. One thing I can't be without wearing is a watch. I'm always worried about how many hours there are in the day and with busy school runs and schedules, I need to keep track of what time it is. But most of all I want to make time count with my family.

If you follow me on social media then you will know that the watch I normally wear is pink. Whilst I adore it, it's not that practical in matching all of my outfits. As i've already said I like to match my accessories to my outfits. Therefore I was delighted to be asked if I would like to review a new watch from the brand Jord.

Jord are a brand that create unique wooden timepieces. They have a great brand philosophy which is that 'moments are better than minutes and your watch should tell more than just time'. They like to create watches for a modern lifestyle for both men and women.

I spent a long time browsing the Women's Shop. Even though each one is made of wood, they are all very different in appearance. I chose the Cora in Maple and Silver. The watches are dispatched from the USA but delivery was quick. 

It came in a lovely wooden presentation box. The watch is gorgeous. When you look at it close up, you notice the intricate details that make it so special. The glass is sapphire crystal but my favourite part are the swarovski crystal markers. 

The Cora is the ideal style if you want something to match all the seasons. The maple wood will compliment the warm summer tones and even the cold winter tones. 

I've never seen a watch like it. It really is unique. I love how much thought has been put into creating these and how they truly are statement pieces. It looks and feels luxurious and you can tell it's well made.

My husband was also really impressed with my watch. So much so that he has created his own wishlist from the men's selection. He's a bit of a watch fanatic and seems to collect them. It's a good job he has a birthday and christmas coming up.

I'm very excited to share a competition with you. To win a 75 dollar voucher to spend on the site, simply fill out this from, All entries will also receive a 20 dollar coupon. It's a great prize with christmas coming up. 

Wood Wrist Watch

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A Pamper Evening at Ken Picton Salon

As part of our quest to find the best ways of getting mums me time with friends, myself and some other Welsh parent bloggers were invited to Ken Picton salon in Cardiff Bay for a pamper evening. The evening was also in conjunction with 'Layered Online's - Big Hair Do,' which is where salons open their doors and throw a big hair party. My hairdresser comes to my house, therefore it'd been a very long time since I'd actually been in a salon and felt pampered, so I was really looking forward to the night.

This was us after our makeovers

When I arrived I was shocked at how big the salon actually was. It's a very large space and nothing feels cramped. It certainly feels like luxury and offers a 5 star service.

I headed straight for the refreshment bar. The bar is a permanent fixture which serves a variety of drinks from coffee to wine. I have to say that having a glass of wine or champagne whilst having your hair done, really is the epitome of pampering and relaxation. On the night we were treated to two special cocktails and also some very tasty canap├ęs made by local caterers, Spiros

First up for me was a colour consultation. I always find that I like to change my hair colour deepening on the seasons. I'm normally lighter in the summer and richer and darker in the winter. It was great to get another opinion on what would suit my skin tone.

I then sat down with a lovely hairdresser who asked me how I would like my hair after it was blow dried. I really like my hair curly but I struggle to create natural looking waves/curls. She very kindly taught me how to do them. I can honestly say this was my favourite part of the evening. She was so patient with me and really ensured that I knew what I was doing. I'm eternally grateful for her help and support as I am now actually quite good at recreating the look she did for me on the night.


Next up was 10 minutes of bliss. I had my hair shampooed (which is always soothing at a salon) whilst sitting in a massage chair. As a mum this can only be described as divine. I closed my eyes, switched off from the world and enjoyed every single minute of it. I then returned to have my hair curled. It was so full and bouncy. I loved it.

I then had my nails shaped and painted. This is always a treat for me due to the fact that I work in an operating theatre. I can never have nice nails. I chose a deep purple colour which was fab for autumn. 

I desperately wanted to have a make up consultation but we simply ran out of time. I was so busy chatting away that I missed it. You could have also had a skin consultation too with Carita.

I was so impressed with the event and the salon. I think it's great that you can have a variety of things such as hair, make up, nails, facials and waxing, all in the same place. It really is the perfect place to have a pamper and to feel good about yourself. I will definitely be heading back asap for another bouncy blow dry.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Mama Style - Stylish Coats For The School Run

I think it's safe to say that we are officially in autumn. The warm tones of oranges and reds are taking over are trees, the weather has a slight chill about it and we need to start preparing for winter.

I love doing the school run when it's a nice autumnal day, the sun is shining but it's still crisp. However, it has rained on most of the school run days I have been on in the last month. This made me realise that my coat is rather impractical. I've had my same Joules coat for 4 years (can't fault it for quality) and whilst it keeps me warm, it doesn't have a hood. I've attempted to walk to school, pushing a pram, umbrella in one hand whilst navigating the pram in the other and trying to chase after Eva. Cue one very soaked mama. It's also not very good for layering underneath as it's a tight fit.

I've read that we are due a very cold winter and apparently quite a bit of snow (although i'm sure they make these weather predictions up). Just in case it's time for me to find a new winter coat that's stylish but practical. Here, i've trawled the internet for my favourites.

First up are a couple of cute bomber jackets. Bomber jackets have really hit the fashion scene this year. They were seen all through spring/summer and they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. They have had a makeover and come in quite a few styles whether that be the traditional form, long, velvet, leather or oversized, there is a style for everyone. They've also had a smart makeover too. No longer are they just for casual wear, you can now where them for smart/work wear.

First up is this Khaki Bomber Jacket £68 from Next. If you've seen my winter wardrobe you will know that Khaki is my favourite colour for this time of year. This is a shower resistant jacket with a faux-fur hood to keep you warm and best of all dry. I love the fact it has pockets. If you're a mama like me, pockets are invaluable. Honestly, if you look in mine I have all sorts of things in them from dog poop bags to Eva's hair bobbles. This jacket will look fab against jeans and teamed with a pair of boots.

This is a black Faux Fur Collar Bomber Jacket £39.99 from New Look. I think black is such a versatile colour as it can be worn with pretty much everything. Even though this jacket doesn't have a hood, it does look cozy. Team it with a cute bobble hat, skinny jeans or leggings and either fashion trainers or boots. It's perfect for a relaxed, casual look.

The next two coats are smarter so they'll be ideal for dashing off to work, meetings or an outing with friends.

The first one is a Khaki Military Coat £75 from Next. This one has a military feel about it which again is a trend for this season. The buttons are which set it off for me. I'd wear it open with a jumper, skirt and heeled ankle boots. The long length will keep you warm from head to toe.

I think this coat is one of my personal favourites from the list. It's a black Bar Back Split Maxi £44.99 from New Look. It was featured in Elle magazine. Even though it's a casual fit, it is perfect for a smart look. I'd wear it with skinny jeans or leggings, a shirt and heeled ankle boots. You could also pop on a black floppy hat to finish off the look.

My final two picks are from Joules. As i've already mentioned i'm a big fan of their coats. These are both the same coat, which is called 'Coast',  but in different colours. It's £89.95 which is reasonable if it is going to last as long as my last Joules coat. I really can't decide which colour I prefer. It's 100% waterproof which is exactly what we all need on the rainy day school run. It has a soft lining which will make it warm. It's also quite a loose fit which means you should be able to add a few layers underneath for the very cold days.

That concludes my top picks of coats for the school run. Stylish but practical and just what we need during the winter months.

Which one is your favourite? Have you seen any good school run coats?


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Summer of fun with Peppa Pig

From a very early age Eva fell in love with Peppa Pig. Before becoming a parent I was adamant that Peppa would not be part of our family life but since being a mum i've realised how invaluable she is to me. If it wasn't for her and her family, there would have been times when I wouldn't have had a hot cup of tea or dinner on the table. Eva's learnt French, counting numbers, songs and various other things from watching Peppa Pig. It was inevitable that Ophelia was going to follow suit. Ophelia hears the theme tune and she instantly laughs and smiles. It's just short enough to grab her attention and keeps her entertained.

I was delighted to be asked to be a Peppa Pig ambassador. I knew it would be a great fit for us as a family and for my blog. Over the summer we were sent our first bundle of Peppa Pig items, designed to give us a summer of fun.

The box arrived and both girls absolutely loved opening it with me to see their goodies. Eva thought it was christmas. We received a remote control inflatable Peppa, inflatable muddy puddle, Peppa party time race games, Peppa single nautical duvet set, Peppa camper van shape sorter, Peppa reversible travel pillow and Peppa goes around the world book.

Ophelia's favourite product is the Remote Control Inflatable Peppa. She has the most infectious laugh when she sees it moving around the room. It's actually a little bit bigger than her in size. Eva likes to use the controller to direct it around the house, whilst Ophelia just watches with glee. The theme tune can also be played from the remote control which I think is part of why both girls enjoy it so much.

I'm one of these mums that has all the best intentions when it comes to messy, outdoor play but I have to say i'm the first one to shy away from jumping in actual muddy puddles. The Water Filled Muddy Puddle has been a dream come true. Eva has been able to bounce up and down on it without actually getting dirty. She thinks it's amazing that she has her own muddy puddle. 
It's also a great sensory toy for Ophelia. She often sits next to it and bashes it.

We were sent the Peppa Pig Party Time Race Game and whilst the recommended age is 4+, Eva has really enjoyed playing with it. She often takes it when we go to her great nan's for Sunday dinner. Once we've finished dinner, we all sit at the table and play the game together. The game is based on Suzy Sheep's birthday and you have to try and be the first to arrive at the party. The instructions and game play are simple enough for little one's to understand.

Eva's bedroom doesn't have an actual theme, it's just decorated in pink and white colours so it was lovely to receive the Nautical Duvet Set. She wanted to put it on her bed straight away.

My personal favourite product from all of our treats was the Caravan Shape Sorter. I love the fact that it's wooden and educational. It has a lovely, vintage, sturdy feel to it and the fact that it a shape sorter makes it all the more better. Ophelia is very fond of it too and i'm hoping as she grows older she will learn which shapes fit where. At the moment she's just bashing everything, but still having a good time. 

We've used the Reversible Pillow when we've been camping. It's really handy to keep in the car for long journeys too. We have a long haul flight next year so we will be taking this for the girls to snuggle into.

Last up was the Peppa goes around the world book. We love to read in our house and both girls sit and have story time in bed before they go to sleep. We already have a few Peppa Pig books so this was a lovely addition. We are a travel loving family so this book was perfect for us. The book is about Peppa and her family going on holiday. Their car breaks down so they have to borrow a plane. They use the plane to fly all around the world to visit Peppa's friends on their holiday.

We have loved our summer of fun with Peppa Pig. We can't wait to see what autumn/winter brings and of course what Santa will be bringing for the girls. 


Monday, 3 October 2016

Bridget Jones is back

There's one film in the cinema that I am desperate to see and that is 'Bridget Jones's Baby'. I loved the books and films so this is next on my agenda. 

The trailer looks hilarious. As always Bridget's life is never straight forward and she finds herself pregnant but she is 50/50 on who the father is. I've got my money on Jack as Mark is too obvious. (No spoilers please, if you've seen it already).

I was asked by what the best thing about being a mum is and what tips would I give anyone during their last few weeks of pregnancy. This was shared on a very fun infographic which you can see below. I'll put my hands up and admit I have sung 'ice, ice, baby' to the girls before!