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Living Arrows // 38/52

Monday, 18 September 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

I love that you can instantly feel the change in the seasons with this week's photos - raincoats, fallen leaves and the darker hues of Autumn. We never let the weather stop us getting out and about though, especially as Parker thrives running wild and free! These were taken on Wednesday on a trip to a local park. We collected SO many acorns, leaves and sticks, that I'm hoping to use for some crafts this week.

Living Arrows

22 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Saturday, 16 September 2017

I'm now over 22 weeks through this third and final pregnancy, and I think it might be time to slow down already. Running around after two little ones just isn't as possible anymore! Back ache is creeping in, I feel exhausted soo easily and quickly, and this bump of mine feels huge all of a sudden...

22 weeks & 4 days

14th January 2018


I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - She weighs almost 430g this week, and is around 27.8cm long - the size of a spaghetti squash. She's now fully proportioned like a newborn (just much thinner), and her fingernails and eyes are fully formed. Meconium (that sticky black first poo) has begun to accumulate in her bowel too.

Not entirely weight related, but when my midwife measured my bump this week she did say my uterus felt as if it was in the right place! So I think so far, everything is growing as it should.

The worst symptom that has slowly creeped in is back ache. My goodness, OUCH. I've suffered with both previous pregnancies, so I was just waiting for it to arrive this time. My midwife has said I need to stop picking up Parker (my not so little 2 year old), but sometimes that's just not possible! Another not so glamorous symptoms that's crept back in is bleeding gums. I've suffered with this in both of my previous pregnancies too, and it's apparently really common.

I'm now sleeping with a pregnancy pillow (I have the Theraline Maternity Pillow - review coming soon!), as it's becoming increasingly uncomfortable in bed. Tummy sleeping is a thing of the past too, much to my disappointment!

Nothing really these last few weeks, I just want to eat all the food!

Seeing my midwife really picked up my mood this week. The back ache has made me feel soo rubbish, so listening to baby girl's heartbeat was a lovely pick-me-up. I'm also kind of wishing the next few weeks away so we can reach 24 weeks, and therefore viability. As it's such a big milestone in my eyes!

Sleeping on my tummy :(

I picked up this beauty of a dress at the weekend, and it's given me all the Autumnal feels! It's non-maternity from Primark - so not only will it fit once baby is born, it was a bargain too. I teamed it with my suuuuper comfortable maternity tights from Love Your Bump. I've never invested in maternity tights before, and I'm kicking myself. These are so comfortable, and they don't fall down at all!

Getting lots and lots of baby deliveries! Our co-sleeper arrived, as well as the carrycot for the pushchair. I may have ordered a few more bows for baby girl too, which makes me far too happy. I can't wait to see her in everything!

Our holiday to Bluestone in just over a weeks time. It's going to be lovely to relax as a family, and have Jack there to help out with the littles. I was pregnant with Parker the last time we went, so it's mad that he'll be 2 this year!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

The Siblings Project | September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Has anyone else completely lost track of the dates recently, or is it just me? It wasn't until I saw someone else's Siblings post, that I realised I hadn't written mine. Let alone taken any pictures! Thankfully we had captured a few of our little duo this week anyway. So although they're not the perfect siblings photos I would have wanted, we're still here joining in!

This month has seen Indiana head back to preschool, and therefore Parker left without his sidekick for most of the week. Towards the end of summer they definitely got under each other's feet that little bit too much. The bickering and arguments were constant during that last week especially, and I think we were all grateful for the return of school.

But now we're a couple of weeks into the old routine, I think they've remembered how much they love playing together again. Parker is back to calling after Indie constantly, and running straight for cuddles when we pick her up. And she's willingly sharing and playing with him a lot more. I think this is the balance we definitely all need!

Both of them get the chance to play without the other getting involved - something that's so important as Indie wants to play things that are just too grown up for P. And they also both get the quality one-on-one time they need too. 

I'm so excited for the next few months, especially as Autumn is my favourite season. We have a little trip away in just a few weeks, and then of course there's the fun of Halloween, Indie's birthday and Christmas. I have a feeling these weeks are going to fly by!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Living Arrows // 37/52

Monday, 11 September 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

Last week I took Parker along to his two year check - a little meeting with a health visitor, where they check to see how your little one is doing development wise. We are so proud of how well he's progressing, and I wasn't surprised to hear he's excelling in his speech.. he never stops talking!

I love this picture I captured of Indiana of this week - look at that hair! We went to visit my mum on Thursday, and of course the littles wanted to get straight on my little sister's trampoline. She's had a tiring week going back to preschool, but you wouldn't have known. She was jumping and rolling all over.. I wish I had her energy!

Living Arrows

Where to Play Pooh Sticks just like Christopher Robin - Pooh Stick Bridge Ashdown Forest

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Everyone's read Winnie the Pooh haven't they? Or if not, they've definitely seen the films! The stories of Christopher Robin and his cuddly friends, exploring in The 100 Acre Wood; searching for Heffalumps and playing Pooh Sticks.

The stories were originally written by A. A. Milne, who was inspired by his son, and the actual adventures they went on in the Ashdown Forest area. "Their old Farmhouse lay a short distance from a wooden bridge that they needed to cross to reach the Ashdown Forest. It was on one of these visits that he and his Nanny played the game of Poohsticks." 

We are lucky to not live far from the area, and have taken the littles to Pooh Corner (the sweetest little tea room in the town of Hartfield) earlier in the year. With the sun shining last week though, we finally made it to Pooh Bridge to play our very own game of Pooh Sticks, just like Christopher Robin.

Ashdown Forest is just west of Crowborough in East Sussex. The Pooh Bridge carpark isn't actually signposted until the last minute, so we did find it a little tricky to find at first. The car park is just west of B2026, down Chuck Hatch Lane. However if you do go into Pooh Corner, they are more than happy to provide directions, and even sell a map with all of the Enchanted Places on.

The walk from the car park is really family friendly. Wide enough for buggies and not too 'off road' either. It is mostly down-hill though, so that's something to keep in mind! It took us about 20/30 minutes to get down to the bridge, but we did have lots of stops on the way.

There's plenty for little ones to explore and see on the way down to Pooh Bridge. Woods to explore, logs to jump on, and of course plenty of pooh sticks to collect. I'd definitely suggest picking up a few as you go, as we couldn't find any once we got to the bridge itself!

If you're unfamiliar with the game of Pooh Sticks, the rules are really simple. On the count of 3, you each drop you collected stick into the stream. Then you run as fast as you can over to the other side, and watch to see who's stick appears first. Simple, but great fun for little ones (and adults too)!

Unfortunately due to popularity (and the amazing lack of rain!) quite a few of our sticks did actually get stuck under the bridge. We still had plenty of fun though, and our collection of sticks meant we had plenty of games.

We had such a lovely morning at Pooh Bridge; it really is a perfect place to explore with little ones - especially as it's completely free! I just wish we had time to visit Pooh Corner for a look around, and of course a little smackerel to eat.

Trampolines, Pooh Sticks & Back to School | #LittleLoves

Friday, 8 September 2017

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has settled back into the routine of school runs and early mornings okay, now that the holidays are over? I know I certainly have! And honestly, I've actually really enjoyed having some structure back in my week. So here's this week's little loves...


'That' Mumsnet thread.

I've written about my love for the Am I Being Unreasonable threads, and of course this one didn't disappoint. I just don't understand how these (I assume) women can be so awful about others. I do agree there needs to be more clarification on ads, but I think that's a whole bigger issue.


Jack's new job gives him an extra day off during the week now - I know, amazing right? With Indie now back at preschool, it means we get to spend some quality time with just Parker one morning a week. We took him to trampoline park on Wednesday, and it was oh so lovely. I of course sat and watched, but it was clear to see how much fun both of them had!


We 'heard' the news that baby bump is doing really well, at our scan last Friday. She followed in her monkey-like ways of the 12 week scan, by being all curled up and wiggling all over the place though. But we got there in the end, and it was sooo lovely to see her on the screen again.


After our failed attempt at reaching Pooh Bridge at the beginning of the year, we finally made it! The littles loved adventuring in the woods on the walk down - of course collecting as many Pooh Sticks as possible on the way. I loved sharing a little piece of my childhood with them, although I think Parker was a little disappointed there wasn't an actual Winnie the Pooh!


With the summer holidays over, it's back to preschool for Indie! She was SO excited to pop her jumper on on Monday, and happily posed away so I could capture the moment.

And Lastly...

Who else is already thinking about Christmas? I spent my Tuesday evening fighting to get tickets to see Father Christmas, at one of our local grottos. I thankfully was successful, but apparently they sold out within 15 minutes... I know I needed a lie-down after the whole experience!

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

Living Arrows // 36/52

Monday, 4 September 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

And just like that, the Summer holidays are over and we're back to school runs and routines. Can you believe it?

This week's pictures were taken on Bank Holiday Monday, when we visited Knole Park with my sister. It's our favourite place to visit, and the sunshine always makes it better! Parker was being his cheeky little self, and hopped on this stump to perform for us. He loves to sing and dance, and always makes sure we join in too!

I absolutely love this picture of Indie and my niece. Both littles absolutely adore her - constantly wanting to give her cuddles and kisses when we see her. I know when baby girl arrives Indie is going to be such a good helper.

Living Arrows

20 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Saturday, 2 September 2017

I'm now over 20 weeks pregnant, which means we're half way there!

Can you believe it?

I know I can't.

But with movements growing stronger by the minute, our 20 week ultrasound and more baby items bought, I do feel as if this pregnancy is really starting to sink in now. I'm absolutely loving my growing bump (it's the only time I really love my body if I'm honest), and I'm just so excited for the weeks to come.

20 weeks & 5 days

14th January 2018

We had our 20 week scan today, and we asked the sonographer to double check the gender. Baby is still looking girly, so we can relax a bit about all of the pink and florals we've already purchased!

I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - From this week measurements are now taken from head to toe (instead of head to bum), so baby is the size of a banana at roughly 25.6cm. She weighs about 340g according the the estimate at the scan too. This week vernix starts to cover baby, which not only acts as a moisturiser but helps during birth too!

Nothing of note this week, and if anything my bump has felt smaller quite a few days this week!

Braxton hicks have well and truly kicked in, and I now get them at least once a day - more if I'm particularly active or busy. They aren't painful but my goodness can they take my breath away sometimes! I'm getting up at least once a night for the loo which is a pain in the bum too.

Thankfully still pretty good, although turning in bed is becoming trickier.

Gregg's sausage rolls... mmmmmmm!

Apart from the usual tiredness, I'm still feeling really happy and well. I'm so glad that we're at the half way mark. But at the same time sad that this pregnancy is going by so fast!

Being able to sleep at night without having to get up for a wee... it's so frustrating!

I finally purchased some new maternity clothes, so I feel a lot happier with my current wardrobe. The sun decided to make an appearance this last week too, so I've loved dressing bump in tight dresses to embrace it. Because let's be honest, there's no waaay I would when I'm not pregnant.

Ooh there's so many! Jack felt baby girl kick for the first time last week, and I can now see the movements from the outside too. It was also oh so lovely to see her again at our 20 week scan - it's crazy how much they grow isn't it? She was a little monkey though, so I have a feeling we'll have our hands full when she arrives.

Getting back into a bit of a routine now the summer is over. I've loved having both littles at home, but I'm craving some normality now - I'm hoping it will give me more time to sort baby bits out too!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

Library Books, Bake Off & A Sunny Bank Holiday | #LittleLoves

Friday, 1 September 2017

I cannot believe the last week of the summer holidays are over already; this week has honestly flown by! But what a lovely one it's been. A think a big part of that was due to the wonderful, sun-filled bank holiday weekend. It was as if the weather knew everyone wanted to make the most of it!

Anyway, onto this week's little loves...


Despite the little's bookshelf overflowing with books, I've loved taking them to the library lately. I signed Indie up for her very first library card at the beginning of the holidays, and we've really enjoyed picking out new books over the weeks. A story is still very much a part of their bedtime routine, so it's been lovely to enjoy new ones with them.


I think there's only one word to sum up the Game Of Thrones season finale... WOW. I don't think there was one part that disappointed me. Well, apart from the fact that it's now not on for another year or two!

Who else tuned in for the new Bake Off too? It was different. I'm still unsure if I liked it. But I did like having an excuse to sit eating cake while watching tv, so it wasn't all bad I suppose.


Jack bought me Little Mix's latest album for my birthday, so we've had it on repeat in the car recently. Power came on this week and not only did Indie declare it as 'her favourite song ever', but Parker was singing along too. Who needs nursery rhymes huh?


We were sent some yummy treats from Organix this week, so we could make one of their 'fun plates'. I tried out the fish design, and Parker absolutely loved it! Well... he still didn't eat the kiwi. But he did try it which is an improvement.


Nothing that I have a picture of, but I did upload a maternity haul to my youtube channel this week!

And Lastly...

We have our 20 week scan today (most likely had as our scan is at 8am - who knew they did them that early?). I'm so excited to see bump again, especially as this scan is so much more in-depth. It's a perfect excuse for some more baby shopping after too!

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

Me and Mine | August 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

And just like that, Summer is over, and I'm sharing what will probably be my last sunny pictures of the year, (unless September is kind to us.. fingers crossed!). July's me and mine post seems like a lifetime ago. With the long summer holidays still stretched out in-front of us, and plenty of time to enjoy as a family of four.

But here we are, with just a couple of days to go before the new school year starts. And it feels as if it's whizzed by! This month we've celebrated both Parker's and my own birthday. We were given the most wonderful news that bump is a baby girl. Jack started his new job, meaning we now get a whole extra day with him during the week. We've had countless National Trust days out. As well as far too many snuggly movie days in. And it has been wonderful... most of the time!

This month's pictures were taken at the last minute again, after a failed attempt during our visit to The Gruffalo Trail. We spent the morning at our favourite NT spot Knole Park with my sister, so asked her to snap some pictures for us. And I'm sooo glad we did, as I think these are my new favourites (I say that every month don't I?).

I'm going to miss the lazy mornings of August, but I cannot wait to get back into our routine and a bit of normality. September is set to be an exciting month, with Indie back to preschool, seeing bump again at our 20 week scan and our holiday to Bluestone Wales. I cannot wait to make more family memories!

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

Making Food Fun with Organix Fun Plates

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

When weaning both Indiana and Parker we followed the baby led method. It was so much fun to watch them explore and discover new foods, and I will 100% put their 'good' eating down to this method.

I will admit though, once they started to eat proper meals I kind of gave up with trying to make their food look, and seem, exciting. Their snacks are pretty repetitive as I've just got into such a habit of handing them an apple, or some kiddy snacks.

So when Organix got in contact and asked if I wanted to try one of their fun plates, I of course jumped at the chance! Especially as my two are still huge fans of their yummy snacks (and I won't say no either if I'm offered). We were sent some Organix Goodies Gummies so we could try the fruit fish plate.

The plate was so easy to create, and all the fruit needed were ones we'd purchase in our weekly shop anyway. I will say I was skeptical about the kiwi, as Parker really isn't a fan of it at all. But he actually gave it a go, and despite not actually eating it, he did pick it up and try it which is a big step for him! The gummies weren't even first to go either, as grapes are a big favourite here.

Want to give it a go for yourself? Here's how:

Fruity Fish Fun Plate

You Will Need:

1/3 kiwi fruit cut into long triangles

2 round slices of orange cut into 3 semi-circles and 2 small triangles

4 green grapes, sliced into circles

5 Organix Strawberry & Apple Gummies

4 Organix Blackcurrant & Apple Stars

Step 1

Arrange the kiwi fruit triangles at the bottom of the plate for seaweed.

Step 2

Place two of the semi-circles of orange in the middle of the plate, pushed together to form a circle then add the third semi-circle to make the fish’s tail.

Step 3

Arrange the sliced grapes on top of the orange for the fishes scales, leaving one part of the orange clear for the face. Add the triangles of orange for the fish’s fins, then a one of the Strawberry & Apple Gummies for the fish’s eye.

Step 4

Finish the fun food plate off by scattering the Blackcurrant & Apple Stars among the kiwi seaweed for star fish and arrange the remaining Strawberry & Apple Gummies above the fish for bubbles.

Are you're little ones adventurous with their food?

We received the Organix snacks in exchange for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.

The Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Last September we headed to our local Forestry Commission Bedgebury Pinetum, where we completed the Stick Man trail. This year however, we headed back to Bedgebury in search of someone a little bit bigger... The Gruffalo!

There are 26 Forestry Commission trails across the UK, all of which work in unison with The Gruffalo Spotter App. All you need to do is download the free app (it's best to do this at home, as most locations have limited service), and then hunt for the marker posts along the trail.

You can even pick up a little Activity Pack* in the Visitor Centre for £3. This contains an evidence collection bag, 5 fact and activity cards, Gruffalo character stickers, a special magnifying glass, and a pencil - all of which will help your little ones with the activities along the trail. We did pick one up for Indie and Parker to share, but at 3 and 2 they were probably most interested in the stickers. 

Armed with our activity pack, we were on our way! The trail is really well signposted, and there's definitely no chance of missing it or getting lost. There was even a little surprise at the start of the trail, as we came across The Gruffalo's Child.

The trail itself is a continuous woodland trail, but the animals to spot are split into 4 sections. There are 3 different sign post clues to find, which then lead you to the footprint marker posts. These are where you use the app to find the animals!

Your little ones will have to guess who is in the magnifying glass, spin a little wheel which is hiding 3 images, and then look through the 'binoculars' for the final clue. The activity packs contains a little booklet where they can fill in this information, and then once they've found the animal they can add the correct sticker too.

You'll come across Mouse, Fox, Owl and Snake before ending the trail with The Gruffalo himself. Unfortunately for us we did have trouble with the app on a number of the posts. It took a long time for the animal to load up before it gave you the option to take a picture, (not so handy with little ones who don't stand still for a picture anyway). We couldn't get the Snake post to work at all so missed out on a picture with him completely.

We also chose to visit the trail on a Bank Holiday Sunday, so it was extremely busy. This meant we often had to wait at each of the activities, as there were so many people completing the trail at once. This did kind of ruin the experience for Jack and I, but it was probably our own fault for picking a bad time to go. I'd probably recommend visiting midweek or early / late in the day to avoid this happening.

Overall though, we had a lovely time completing The Guffalo Spotters Trail. The walk through the woodlands was lovely, and despite a few hills it was perfect for the littles to wander around. The highlight for them was probably find The Gruffalo at the end of the trail. A perfect photo opportunity so don't forget your camera!

The trail and app are completely free (you just have to pay for the parking at your chosen location), so if you're looking for a fun family day the won't break the bank, it's definitely a great choice. Especially as Bedgebury has so many other activities such as cycling trails, Go Ape! and adventure play on offer too!

*We received expenses and products in exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you to LittleLife for providing Parker's backpack, TU at Sainsbury’s for The Gruffalo wellies and John Lewis for the cuddly toy!