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Me & Mine | November 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


How is November over already? It only seems like yesterday we were picking pumpkins and celebrating Halloween. We kept November relatively quiet, but finished it in style with Indiana's third birthday celebrations. I honestly cannot believe the little baby who was just three months when I start this blog, has turned three. It's mad!

We had the loveliest weekend full of cake, presents and all of the people Indie loves most. I remember taking last year's Me and Mine photos on Indie's birthday. So of course I wanted to capture them on the same day this year. It's crazy how much all four have us have changed in just 12 months.

We took the littles to the park (the same one we took July's photos in), so Indie could take her new scooter for a ride. It was early so we nearly had it to ourselves - which made it a whole let easier to prop the camera on a bench and pose away!



The rest of the month has actually been a bit tough. Parker's been teething badly, and seems to have turned into a terrible two year old - he's not even 16 months yet! Jack's been working crazy hours too, so we've not actually seen him much during the week. The moment the weekend rolls around we have just want to snuggle up at home and do absolutely nothing.

It's not been all doom and gloom though. Indie's started ballet this month which she's loving. And although I'm not one those ballet mums just yet, I did almost shed a tear when I took her to get her uniform. Seeing your baby in a little tutu and ballet shoes is the cutest thing!

We also decided on a pre-school and have signed up her to start in January. She's so excited and has been asking to start since our first visit. I'm excited for her too; she's definitely ready. I'm going to miss her so much though. Although probably not as much as Parker will!


So here's to December and eeeeeverything Christmas. Let's make it the best month yet.

I. Can't. Wait!

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Keeping Warm this Autumn with Lighthouse Clothing | Review

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


I absolutely love Autumn. The chilly but sunny days; perfect for adventures. Then coming home to snuggle under blankets with hot chocolates and family films. The second it arrives I dig out the raincoats and wellies - as you can never predict the weather in England!

This Autumn myself and the littles were thrilled to receive some gorgeous raincoats from Lighthouse Clothing. We've honestly lived in them since, and mine has become the best coat I've ever owned.

Lighthouse Clothing is a small company based on the coast near Belfast. Taking inspiration from the rural landscapes and beaches of Northern Ireland, they aim to provide unique style in their products, alongside the necessary practical features.
"Our love of the outdoors combined with our frequent dissatisfying weather is the main driving force behind Lighthouse clothing. We wanted to create lovingly crafted clothing that is stylish, protective and durable so that you can be completely comfortable in your surroundings no matter what the weather." 



There are some gorgeous choices for little ones. I decided to pick raincoats for both little ones - the Carrie printed waterproof raincoat in navy polka dot for Indiana, and the Ollie waterproof raincoat in the shark print for Parker.

Indie's coat is lightweight, breathable and has a durable microfibre outer lining and soft jersey inner lining, making it lovely and warm as well as waterproof. The hood is a great size, although I do find it blows down easily in the wind.

Parker's coat is waterproof, breathable and windproof. It also features the same microfibre outer lining as well as a soft fleece lining. The hood is much snugglier than Indie's and really hugs Parker's head, so there's no chance of it blowing down in the wind - I much prefer this design!

Ages range from 1 year all the way up to 8 years - perfect for if you want your little ones to match, or if you reaaaally love a print and want to get it in all the sizes. I love the extra details in the zip with the bright colours and extra poppers. And the biggest plus is that they're fully machine washable!




I've lived in the same floral raincoat for years (it's actually older than Indiana!). It was pretty useless though, and honestly didn't actually keep me dry. I chose the Romy Waterproof Jacket and I'm thrilled with my choice. 

The coat is 100% cotton (inside and out) making it a lovely fit and really comfortable to wear. As well as being waterproof and windproof it actually keeps me warm - without being heavy and thick. The floral lining is my favourite part. And as it's carried through to the hood, you can actually see a pop of colour when the coat is done up too.

There are so many extra details that make the coat that extra bit special. The lighthouse prints on the brass buttons, the "Live Simple, Live Happy" message on the zip and the fact it has two pockets - poppered ones for keeping things safe and ones on the side to keep hands warm.




Overall I am thrilled with my coat and the ones for the littles. They are warm, keeps us dry and I LOVE the designs! Jack's just a little upset he didn't get one haha.

Disclosure - We received these coats for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own.
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Mummy & Me | November 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016

I'm still finding it hard to believe that I've been a mummy for three years. The best experience. The hardest experience (sleep deprivation is torture, and definitely nothing to joke about). But the most rewarding experience I've ever had. These two will always be my greatest achievement.


My Sunday Photo | Turning Three {27.11.2016}

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Yesterday our beautiful girl celebrated her third birthday. We had the loveliest day full of her favourite things - cake (for breakfast of course), exploring, dancing and even more treats. She was absolutely thrilled with her presents, and although she's not quite mastered her scooter yet, she had so much fun trying!


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Indiana, You are Three...

Saturday, 26 November 2016

To my beautiful Indiana,

Happy birthday pickle! Today you turn 3...

Three whole years since you came into this world and made me a mama.

Three years since you turned daddy and I's world upside down. Turning us from carefree teens into responsible adults.


There are no words to describe how much we love you little lady. Watching you grow from that chubby little baby, into the beautiful girl we know today has been simple amazing. And boy, have you grown!

Okay, so you're still little just like mummy. But just like mummy you're full of fire and sass. Determined, bossy, and still our little madam. But also the loveliest, cheekiest, brightest little girl I know. I know you are going to simply thrive at Preschool!

Watching you blossom this year in your role as big sister has been my favourite thing of all. The love you have for Parker makes me so proud. I know you'll always be there for him - even if it's to fight off someone else so you can steal the toy first! He's your biggest fan and I hope you two continue to be the best of friends.

So happy birthday baby girl. Enjoy your big day (I bet you're thrilled with your pink scooter, you lucky thing), and we hope you have the best party tomorrow with all of your friends.

Just one thing though, please stop growing up so fast!

All my love and biggest kisses,

Mummy xxxx


Ps, you owe mummy a huuuuge hug, she was crying her whole way through writing this for you xxx

I'm a Celeb, Feeling Festive & Turning 3! | #LittleLoves

Friday, 25 November 2016

Yaaay, Friday! I am so ready for it to be the weekend again. A weekend of family time and celebrations, as our beautiful girl turns three tomorrow. This date is always a funny one for me. The 25th of November 2013 I was in labour the whole day. Exhausted, in a lot of pain and anxiously waiting the arrival of our baby girl. It's funny how you never forgot those moments!

Anyway, onto what I've loved this week...

Read

I've been feeling so festive this week, and reading so many peoples reviews of Lapland UK has made me want to visit even more! The whole thing sounds absolutely magical and I just know my two would love it. I especially loved Emma's (Life According to MrsShilts) posts - the pictures are simply gorgeous and I loved how in-depth it was.

Watched

Anyone else absolutely obsessed with I'm A Celeb? I honestly don't think November would be the same without it! This series has been particularly good, with a great bunch of people (although if Martin could leave asap, that would be great), and Ant and Dec on top form as usual. Every challenge they do though, I realise even more how much I bloody hate creepy crawlies!

Anyone else Google Joel after his confession... just me?

Heard

We're huge Modern Family fans, so when Sarah Hyland popped up on my suggested videos on Youtube I couldn't believe it - I never knew she could sing! I've been obsessed with the two covers she did with Boyce Avenue since. This one is probably my favourite though.

Made

We visited our local Garden Centre at the weekend, just in time for the arrival of Father Christmas! Indiana is very excited about him this year, and keeps asking if he's going to visit her which is so sweet. While there we started our letter to the big man himself - obviously she can't write yet but she tried!


Wore

How cuuuute are these festive nappies from Asda Little Angels? 

The Supreme Protection nappies have had a little festive makeover, so Parker can look just like Father Christmas! They're exactly the same quality and absorbency (up to 12 hours of dryness) and come in sizes 4+, 5+ and 6+. 


And Lastly...

Like I mentioned earlier, it's Indiana's third birthday tomorrow. We're still unsure what we've got planned for the day; probably a family trip to the park to test her new scooter, and lunch out at 'Bennys' (that's Frankie & Bennys to us). So here's a little throwback to me in labour... 20 hours in, only another 12 to go!


Have a lovely week :)

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Christmas Gift Guide | Babies & Toddlers

Thursday, 24 November 2016

For my third and final gift guide it's all about the little ones - gifts perfect for babies and toddlers! Having two children myself (aged 3 and 15 months), I know how tricky it can be to buy suitable gifts for babies - hopefully this guide will give you some inspiration.

Make sure to check our my guide for mums and dads too!


(L-R) Lost My Name Book, A stay at the Legoland Hotel, Organix Selection Box, Little Tikes Toys, Child's Farms Products, Fairy Door, Wigwag, Little Baby Bum Toys


Looking for a gift for a new baby, or something to pop in a stocking? This Child's Farm Gift Set is perfect for both! Child's Farms products not only smell amazing (scents include strawberry and mint and orange), but they're designed for even the most delicate skin! These handy sample sizes are perfect for popping in a changing bag, or refilling for trips and holidays too.


A gift perfect for toddlers and older children, is the Paint Your Own Fairy Door by The Irish Fairy Door Company. Each door comes with a magic key in a bottle, three stepping stones, the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement, a notepad for your fairy and the Fairy Welcome Guide - then it's up to your little one to set it up and welcome your fairy!

This version is extra special as it gives your little one more involvement in the process. They pick the design, the colours and then the fairy's name. If you register the door online you can link it with the app for extra magic too.


All little ones love nursery rhymes don't they? These Little Baby Bum Plushes are newly released to coincide with their Youtube Channel, and characters include Baa Baa the Lamb and Twinkle the Star. They're super soft and perfect for snuggling, and each one plays four nursery rhymes.


Christmas is a day for eating... well it is in our house anyway! Don't leave the little ones out, and get them their own selection box - a healthy version from Organix. Full of the usual tasty Organix Goodies snacks including gingerbread men, oaty bars and cheesy crackers.


Personalised gifts make a fantastic Christmas gift - especially if it's a first Christmas! Lost My Name offer beautiful personalised books - they take your child's name and create a unique story just for them. You can read my full review here!


As you can see in the picture below, Little Tikes have a large amount of toys that would be perfect for little ones this christmas. They've recently released a newborn range; as well as their iconic toys such as the Cozy Coupe. You'll find a gift for any age!


My two absolutely love to relax and read books, and this Wigwam Play Tent from Big Game Hunters is a perfect little den to do so! It's made from thick waterproof Calico cotton and wooden poles making it great for indoor or outdoor use. The fun design makes it perfectly unisex too, and my two love pointing out the animals around the wigwam.


And if you're feeling extra generous this year, how about a stay at the brand new Legoland Castle Hotel! Situated right next to the park, the premium Castle themed family hotel opens next July. Families can choose between two imaginatively themed room types - Knights and Wizards - each with separate sleeping areas for adults and children. Special benefits of staying at the hotel include early entry to the park, free refillable drink cups, and unique gifts!


Thanks for reading, and I hope I gave you some inspiration!

Merry Christmas!

Disclosure - Items included in this guide are collaborative BUT all opinions expressed are still 100% honest and my own.

Christmas Gift Guide | Dads

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Today I'm sharing my second gift guide (if you haven't checked out my guide for mums, have a read here). Today it's time for the men - dads / stepdads / granddads. I've tried to include gifts for all different taste and budgets. Hopefully something catches your eye... 


(L-R) Braun MultiGroomer, Haribo Sweets, Murder Mystery Game, JORD Watch, The Bluebeards Revenge EDT Gift Set, Power Health Beard Oil, Pyropet Candle

First up is the Braun MultiGroomer - a 3 in 1 shaver that allows for shaving, trimming and styling all in one. Absolutely perfect for men who dream of a beard, but have little time for grooming. You can simply adjust the Click&Lock comb to trim hair to 4 exact lengths (1.2mm, 2.8mm, 4.4mm, 6mm) too!


If your partner is anything like mine than sweets are always a winner. The Haribo Festive Range features some fab (and sometimes interesting) new flavours. Starmix is given a festive twist - Starmixmas features flavours such as eggnog, gingerbread and even apple strudel!


Thinking of something fun for all the family, but with a twist? Why not try one of the Murder Mystery games from Red-Herring Games. Of course they don't just offer festive themed versions, they have hundreds to choose from! Each pack comes with everything you need to play - you just need to get a group together.


A watch is a perfect gift, and the ones on offer by JORD Watch are absolutely stunning. Made from wood, and featuring some gorgeous designs like the natural zebrawood and dark sandalwood version I chose for Jack - you can't go wrong!


Gift sets for men can go either way, but this one from The Bluebeards Revenge is perfect! Featuring a manly scent and striking packaging. The combination of the shower gel and eau de toilette will keep your man smelling his best at all times!


If your man is like mine and wanting to grow a beard, he'll appreciate (and you will too) a gift to keep it looking it's best. These Beard Oils from Power Health are designed to help beard growth, prevent breakage and dryness and keep the hair soft and manageable. With two blends - warming and citrus - you can find the perfect oil to suit.


Okay, so a regular candle may not be a gift you think of for a man. But these candles by Pyropet are far from regular! Each candle has a skeleton, that is only revealed once you start to burn the candle. The idea of PyroPet came to designer Thorunn while studying at the Royal College of Art in London in 2011 - sad seeing a shaped candle melt into nothingness, she decided to create something different. And these are most definitely different! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for the big reveal.



Thanks for reading, and I hope I gave you some inspiration!

Merry Christmas!

Disclosure - Items included in this guide are collaborative BUT all opinions expressed are still 100% honest and my own.

Christmas Gift Guide | Mums

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Christmas adverts are on the telly, and there's Christmas music in the stores. So that means it's time for gift guides! I am so excited to be bringing you THREE gift guides this year, to hopefully make your shopping a little less stressful.

First up is my guide for mums / step mums / nannies - the ladies in the family! Hopefully you'll find something that catches your eye...

(L-R) Illustries Family Album, Nakd Bars, Personalised Mugs, Olverum Bath Oils, Flowers, Guylian Chocolates, Personalised Family Wreath


Since we got married last year I've been obsessed with family name gifts. This fairy light wreath from Create Gift Love is made from maple wood veneer, and is made to order in a workshop in The New Forest. It can be personalised with your family name - "Christmas with the..." or "... Family Christmas" for example, and includes rope so you can hang it wherever you wish!

 Create Gift Love also offer hundreds of beautiful, personalised gifts made from ethically sourced wood, leather and stainless steel. So if the wreath isn't your loved ones style, there's plenty of other products available.


I always love receiving chocolate gifts - they never get boring! High quality chocolatiers Guylian have released three new products this festive season, so why not try them all? Their classic praline Sea Shells have been given an even bigger box (50% bigger to be exact!), so would be a perfect gift if your loved one has a sweet tooth. Don't expect her to share though!


There are so many memories you experience as a family and most you'll never want to forget! These family memory books from Illustries are designed for you to jot down those precious memories - "A snapshot of your family to treasure forever".

There are pages to include the standard information such as family trees, achievements and fun times. But there are also pages for those memories you don't usually think about - family recipes, secrets, awards and even space to jot down what a regular day means to you. It's a truly wonderful gift!


Want to give a sweet treat but keep it healthy too? These Nakd Christmas Pud bars are perfect to pop into a stocking! The festive treat is made with only dates, cashews, raisins and 'natural Christmassy flavouring'; is gluten, wheat and dairy free and suitable for vegans. Why not give them a try!


I think most mums will agree with me that a lovely relaxing bath is the perfect way to end a stressful day. These Olverum Bath Oils are perfect for just that! Made with a unique and luxurious blend of essential oils, they're designed to ease stress and release tension. You don't need to use very much either, so you'll get plenty of relaxing soaks from this sweet gift set.


Personalised gifts are always a winner in my eyes, especially ones that feature the little ones! Mr Nutcase offer a whole range of personalised gifts including cushions, phone cases, towels and the mugs shown below. You pick the photo you want - either a collage or one special picture - and they do the rest! Obviously the quality will depend on the photo you choose, so make sure to pick a good one.


Who doesn't love receiving flowers?! The bouquets available from Appleyard London are simply stunning, and would be the perfect gift for any lady in your life. The luxury bouquets can be delivered 7 days a week, and there's next day delivery if you order by 6.30pm too - perfect if you need a last minute gift! Their Christmas range is beautiful; but also check out the rest of their products.


Thanks for reading, and I hope I gave you some inspiration!

Merry Christmas!

Disclosure - Items included in this guide are collaborative BUT all opinions expressed are still 100% honest and my own.