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Living Arrows // 43/52

Monday, 23 October 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.

With the crazy weather and end of term exhaustion, we didn't get up to much last week. We definitely made up for it at the weekend though, with plenty of outdoor adventures and fun! I missed out on the fun on Saturday (I was in London for The Baby Show), but thankfully Jack's love of photography meant I could see their whole day in pictures.

Armed with puddle suits and wellies - absolute staples during the wet and windy months - they explored the park and splashed in all the puddles. I love Indie's post ballet messy bun, and Parker's determination to find the biggest puddle. My little autumnal babes.

Living Arrows

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch | Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Ashford 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

If you scroll through Instagram at the moment, it will most likely be awash with crunchy leaves, conkers and all the orange pumpkins. Not ones to miss out, of course we had to visit a pumpkin patch again this year - especially as we had so much fun last year!

There are a number of patches popping up over the South-East now, however as we had such a good experience at Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington (Ashford) last year, we knew we wanted to head back there. Due to regulations they have switched fields this year, but the experience was exactly the same. Just remember if you're using a Sat-Nav that it will only take you to the house, so just keep an eye out for the orange flags to find the actual pumpkin field!

We arrived around 10.30am and managed to grab a couple of wheelbarrows easily, despite it already being pretty busy. By the time we were leaving an hour later though, there weren't any at all - definitely something to consider if you've visiting over half term.

Before we could even walk a few metres all the littles were busy collecting pumpkins. Big ones, white ones, tiny ones, and lots of unusual squashes too. I think our wheelbarrows were full within about 5 minutes! It was so much fun though, and I'm so pleased we decided to start this little tradition.

With all the pumpkins we could possibly need collected, the littles spent the rest of our visit running around exploring the field. They found wriggly worms, icky squashed pumpkins and even a squash in the shape of a rugby ball! The wheelbarrows were put through their paces too, with literally wheelbarrow races - probably the littles favourite part of the day!

Despite the field being busy, it didn't feel as if we were on top of anyone at any point. There were definitely enough pumpkins for everyone, and we didn't struggle to find the perfect ones for us. The prices at Pick Your Own Pumpkins are also really reasonable, with tiny ones starting at £1 and huuuuge ones costing only £4 each.

Living Arrows // 42/52

Monday, 16 October 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 absolutely love the picture I'm sharing of Parker this week. Wednesday mornings have quickly become daddy and Parker time, which I know they both really enjoy. Last week they went on an adventure to the woods, where Jack snapped this (and lots of other) beautiful pictures. I love how small Parker looks amongst all the Autumn leaves!

The picture I'm sharing of Indiana this week is quite a contrast - there's no Autumn leaves or outside adventures... Her new ballet uniform finally arrived though, so I wanted to snap some pictures of her in it. She absolutely loves ballet, and although I did prefer her old uniform, I must say the pretty pink colour is growing on me!

Living Arrows

The Siblings Project | October 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017

What a wonderful month we've had since our last Siblings Project post! Lots of lovely days out, a week away in Wales and plenty of Autumnal fun thrown in too. This month's siblings pictures were taken on a spur of the moment trip to Emmett's Garden NT. We went in search of conkers, and my goodness were we successful! 

Like a lot of days out recently, Indie and Parker loved spending time together. Searching for conkers together (and even sharing them too!), playing together in the adventure play area, and scheming at every possible moment against Jack and I too... 

I think a lot of this has come from spending so much quality time together, on our holiday a few weeks ago. They were like two little peas in a snuggly pod while we were away, and it was oh so lovely to witness.

Parker is never far behind Indie, although this isn't always such a good thing. She has a terrible habit of leading him astray - such as running off when out and about, so he runs after. And although it's so sweet to hear Parker call "Naaaaaanaaaaa, wait for me!", it's not so fun when you have to run after them!

I don't think I'll complain too much though, as I'm just so pleased they're getting along so well recently! Indie even came home from preschool this month with a picture of a dinosaur, and written underneath was 'for my best friend Parker' - how lovely is that?

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

26 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number 3}

Thursday, 12 October 2017

With my ever growing bump, and big kicks and wiggles, there's no doubting I'm nearing the 'heavily pregnant' stage. And boy oh boy do I feel it! I'm seeing my midwife every 3 weeks now - a sign that things are progressing quickly. Anyone else agree?

I've also had my whooping cough jab (ouch!) and my flu jab now too. It's definitely been a busy few weeks!

26 weeks & 3 days

14th January 2018


I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - baby girl is now about 760g (as much as a red cabbage), and over 35.6cm. Her response to sound is growing more consistent as her brain becomes more developed - she may even be able to pick out mine and Jack's voices! Her tastebuds are now fully developed, her nostrils are beginning to open, and her mouth and lips are becoming more sensitive - how exciting!

I've still not hopped on the scales, and I'm not planning to for a while either. I wrote a post this week about body positivity in pregnancy, and I 100% stand by it!

The biggest symptom I've been experiencing recently is dry and dull hair. It honestly looks and feels soo lifeless, and no matter how often I wash it, it still has no 'oomph'. I'm hoping it's just a pregnancy thing that goes away once baby girl is born - although I'm fulling expecting the hair loss to replace it instead...

I've also had some pretty awful vivd dreams these last few weeks too. I've never really had this symptom, so it really took me by surprise! One dream I had was SO real, I woke up almost in tears. In my dream baby girl was kicking so much she broke my ribs (I know right!), and then she needed to come out asap as her heart was frozen? Not nice!

Apart from the crazy dreams, I'm sleeping really well. My body clock seems to have got into a routine of waking me up at 4am every morning for a wee though. And then once I'm back in bed baby girl seems to do her biggest movements.

Nothing of note this week.

Pretty knackered if I'm honest, and sooo heavy down below. I'm used to having a high bump, but this time it feels so much lower. I also think my blood pressure has dropped again, as I had a funny turn on Monday where I almost fainted. It was awful!

Being able to do my shoes up easily.. I must admit I'm missing the sun, but only because it meant I could get away with slipping on sandals and ballet pumps.

I picked up this long-line cardigan in Primark at the weekend, and I'm loving it! It's added some colour to my usual maternity jeans and vest top outfits - plus it's super snuggly too.

Probably seeing my midwife last week. I love listening to baby girl's heartbeat and being able to chat about all things pregnancy. She felt my bump too and said all seems to be growing perfectly so far!

In the next couple of weeks I'm off to The Baby Show in London, and then it's my sister's baby shower. It's going to be a lovely couple of weekends focused on all things baby!

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

Body Confidence in Pregnancy, with the help of Bravado Bras

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

I have never been a confident person. Not with my work, talking to people, and most definitely not with my body.

Growing up I was 'lucky' to always been on the smaller side - although try telling 18 year old Emily that! Since having my little ones though, my weight crept up and my body confidence absolutely nose dived completely.

Now at 26 weeks pregnant with our third little bundle, I am probably at the biggest I've ever been. But honestly, I think I am the most confident and comfortable with my body than I have been in years! Every extra curve, and every stretch mark is a reminder of what an amazing thing my body has, and is doing. 

And I bloody love my pregnant body!

"We aspire to make nursing bras that are exceptionally comfortable while giving you confidence in how you look and feel. We also want to empower you with the information and support you need to embrace breastfeeding" -

Of course finding pretty but of course practical maternity wear, is SO important when it comes to feeling good in pregnancy too. I have found this is especially important in regards to maternity / nursing bras - your boobs go through some crazy changes, so a good supportive bra is essential!

I have been sent some lovely bras from Bravado Designs, including the Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra, and I've honestly been living in them ever since they arrived. They are not only the most comfortable bras I've ever worn, but they look lovely too - something I think is rare to find in a maternity bra. The one-handed Bravado 'B' nursing clips means they'll be perfect to wear during my breastfeeding journey too.

Of course I am hoping to return to my pre-pregnancy weight after baby girl is born, but I don't think I'm going to be in a very big rush this time around. I want to enjoy every moment with our newest family member, and I definitely want to embrace the fourth trimester. But most of all, I'm hoping that I can hold onto this new-found body confidence!

I received these bras for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Wipe Away your Halloween Horrors with WaterWipes

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you'll know how much I loveee Autumn. The crunchy leaves. Golden hues. And of course the perfect excuse for alllll the pumpkins... it's definitely my favourite season!

With little ones we have of course embraced Autumn for a whole other reason too - Halloween. We've taken Indie trick-or-treating for the last couple of years now. And this year Parker is so excited to be able to come along too. They already have their outfits picked out and treat baskets at the ready; and as Indie is a little older this year we've also bought some face paint to add to the spooky fun.

Did you know that UK residents spent a crazy £460 million on Halloween essentials in 2015*? One essential we'll definitely have at the ready as well is baby wipes. WaterWipes are the perfect addition to a Halloween shopping list! Containing only 99.9% purified water and just a drop of fruit extract, they are brilliant at removing any sticky remains from those Halloween treats or stubborn face paints.

Speaking of face paints, here are some fab tips from removing it:

  • Avoid fragranced wipes as these may irritate your child’s skin. WaterWipes are the perfect go to this Halloween as they are 99.9% purified water with a drop of fruit extract. 
  • Generic wet wipes may contain oil extracts which act as a perfect seal to skin pores. Using WaterWipes will ensure that your child’s pores do not become clogged. 
  • Do not harshly scrub the paint off – this will only push the paint deeper into the pores which will cause further irritation to your child’s sensitive skin. 
  • Gently wiping in a circular motion will be the most effective way to remove stubborn face paint. As children’s skin is much thinner than adults, Midwife, Margaret Merrigan Feenan recommends you use cotton wool and water OR WaterWipes.

Will you be taking your little one Trick-or-Treating this year?

*UK spending data reported by Statista. Written in collaboration with WaterWipes

Living Arrows // 41/52

Monday, 9 October 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.

After being jealous of everyone's conker pictures recently, I was SO excited to find some on our trip to Emmetts Garden NT this weekend. The littles were just as excited, and we soon ended up with pockets full. Indie has even gone into preschool today with a few; so excited to show her teachers!

My picture of Parker this week was also taken at Emmetts Garden. It's a NT property we've never visited despite it being so close, and now I'm wondering why we've left it so long! There was so much to do there, and as you can see, Parker was very happy with the dress up outfits.

Living Arrows

Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Doll Review

Sunday, 8 October 2017

If you ask anyone in my family what my favourite toy was growing up, they would most definitely answer Baby Annabell. She came everywhere with me, and I took such good care of her she's still working now, for my little ones to play with when we visit nanny's house.

So when I was offered the chance to review the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll*, I jumped at the chance! Indiana (and Parker of course), were both thrilled as well - especially as this new doll has a very special feature.

The Learns to Swim doll is full bathable, meaning that she can not only be taken into the bath, but even the swimming pool if your little one wanted a swimming companion. When Baby Annabell gets in contact with water, she giggles and will wiggle her arms and legs to 'splash' (3 x AA batteries are needed). She can also float on her back as if swimming too.

The doll comes dressed in an adorable pink swimming costume, and swimming essentials, arm bands and a purple hooded towel, are also included. All of which feature the lovely little sheep logo that Baby Annabell is known for.

The doll is a lovely size and both littles have loved carrying her around. However I do think that some of the features are a little disappointing. The splashing motion is very basic, and the noises become quite repetitive. However I don't think Indie has noticed these problems at all. She absolutely loves the doll, and I know it will be played with for a long time to come!

*We received this doll is exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Barbie DreamHorse Doll and Horse Review

Friday, 6 October 2017

Now Indiana is getting older, she's getting into more 'grown up' toys. She loves to role play and can spend hours in her own little dream world, making up stories with her toys as she goes. So when we received the Barbie DreamHorse to review, she was absolutely over the moon - "Mummy, thank you sooo much!" were her words if I remember correctly!

The Barbie DreamHorse comes with a Barbie doll (all geared up for a horse-riding adventure), 3 accessories, and a beautiful white horse, which is actually Barbie’s most interactive pet yet! It reacts to touch and sounds, and features more than 30 realistic reactions. And if I'm honest, I'm not sure who's had the most fun playing...

The horse is really interactive and could provide hours of fun for little ones. When in it's normal mode it can walk along by either the press of a button, or by touching or speaking to it. If you tap it's left side it will turn left, the right side will turn the horse right, and tapping the horse in the middle will send it forward. You can also call the horse from either side to change it's direction too.

The horse also has a fun mode, where it will play 3 different songs and 'dance' to each one (it's more of a nod motion). It can also nuzzle if you stroke it's neck, nod yes or no to questions and my favourite interactive feature, is that it will 'eat' the provided bunch of carrots when you put them in her mouth! Overall I've been really impressed with the amount of features the DreamHorse has.

I will say that the horse can be a little too sensitive at times, and the sound feature means it can end up walking all over the place. You also do need to make sure it is on a completely flat surface (it won't work on carpets), as otherwise it will easily topple over. We have also found that even with very delicate, or even no brushing, the horse's hair does fall out really easily.

Indiana absolutely loves the Barbie DreamHorse though, and I think it will be one she'll continue to play with for a long time. She loves that the Barbie can sit on the horse, and has enjoyed playing with her separately a number of times too.

The Barbie DreamHorse retails at £89.99, and I think it would be a fab toy this Christmas.

We received this product in exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Newborn Wishlist for Baby Number Three

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The closer we get to the third trimester, the more I start panicking about baby buys. Luckily though, with this being our third baby, we already have a lot of the bigger items. This has meant we've had more money to play with when it comes to the not-so-essentials, and more 'luxury' items.

I've put together a little wishlist of items I would love for this bump. Some we are so thankful to have been gifted to review, and some are just my dream buys. So here's my newborn wishlist for baby number 3!

Baby Blankets - I absolutely adore these ones from Joolz! The pink is beautiful, and as this baby will be born in January, I know she'll definitely need a snuggly blanket. We've got lots of basic ones, but this would be a perfect pram blanket.

Wrap / Sling -  Baby wearing will definitely be my best friend with two other littles to run after! We still have our Close Caboo that we used with Parker, and I am soo excited to use it again. We've been gifted a couple of different styles for this baby which Jack and I are both excited to try.

Pushchair - We still have (and use) our iCandy Peach that we bought when expecting Parker. We've bought the newborn carrycot for this baby though, as we won't need it to be a double. I've never had a carrycot before, so I can't wait to have a newborn in it!

Co-Sleeper - I've always wanted a co-sleeper crib, as they just seem so much easier for nightfeeds, and making baby feel close to you. We have been sent the absolutely beautiful Knuma Huddle co-sleeper for this baby. What's even better is that it's also multi-functional It can be used as a co-sleeping cot, a stand alone crib, and once it is no longer needed as a crib it can be converted to a desk and bench!

Swaddles - We never used swaddles with our two little ones, but I've always heard how much better babies sleep being swaddled. We've been gifted a couple of different styles for this baby, including the GroSwaddle.

Sleepsuits - An absolute essential for a newborn (and beyond). Sleepsuits are comfortable and easy to change, especially compared to little outfits. Next sleepsuits are my favourite - not only for the quality but for the beautiful designs.

Muslins - Although we still have plenty left over from Parker, I don't think you can ever have enough of these! P is still attatched to his now as comforters (and he's two!), so we've got baby girl some of her own. These ones from Little Blue Nest are so soft and I love the designs.

Moses Basket - As I've mentioned Parker is only two, so we both agree we need somewhere safe downstairs to put baby. A moses basket is not only safe but comfortable for baby to sleep in too! I love this one from Moba - so clean and classic looking.

White Noise Machine - The second I saw the Whisbear that my friend had for her little boy, I knew I wanted one for bump! It's a fab white noise toy that can attatch to a crib or pram, plus it's also rather clever as it has a cry sensor too.

Swing / Bouncer - I absolutely love the look of this clever glinder from Graco - it combines both a swing and a bouncer, as well as playing music and having stimulating toys, for when baby is a little older. I love the neutral colours too!

Sleepyhead - This is another item I've lusted over, even before I found out we were pregnant! The Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod would fit in the Huddle, and is meant to really help with sleep. I've heard amazing things, so I 100% want to try one with this baby.

Breast Pump - I am determined to have a successful breastfeeding journey this time, although I would still like baby to be able to take a bottle for a number of reasons. The Medela is one of the best breast pumps on the market, so I'm hoping it will help with pumping and bottle feeding when we do decide to introduce one.

Have you tried any of these products? What was your newborn essential?

I have received some of these items in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own

Easing Back Pain in Pregnancy with the Help of Deep Freeze

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

I am now 25 weeks pregnant with our third little bump, another beautiful girly who we are so excited to meet when January comes around! The third (and thankfully final) trimester is so close now, and I have to admit things are quickly becoming tougher. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being pregnant! The kicks, hearing the heartbeat and preparing all of those teeny tiny newborn clothes. But pregnancy for me also comes with some not so enjoyable symptoms.

The biggest one that I've suffered through all three of my pregnancies now, is back ache. It starts off as a dull ache in the background, but quickly becomes something that really affects my day. I'm now suffering terribly, and with a preschooler and a whirlwind toddler to look after throughout the day, it's tough!

Apparently I'm not alone though, and a staggering 98% of expectant mothers will suffer from muscular back pain at some stage during their pregnancy*. This is usually down to a number of factors such as additional weigh, body changes and I know I've personally suffered more since having an epidural during my first labour.

There aren't many things you can take during pregnancy to ease aches and pains, but thankfully Deep Freeze have your back (excuse the pun!), when it comes to muscular back pain. Applying their Pain Relief Cold Gel or one of their Pain Relief Cold Patches, can provide fast-acting cooling relief to the affected area of the back. What's better is their both drug-free, so you don't have to worry about any harm coming to you or baby.

I've found the Pain Relief Patches so handy to use recently, especially as I can pop one one and quickly continue with whatever it is I'm doing. The relief is instant and there's no mess, which is ideal when you have other little ones around. They last for up to 3 hours as well - although I found they did need replacing sooner when the pain is particularly bad.

I'm hoping with the help of these products, and by trying to relax as much as possible over these last few weeks of pregnancy, I can keep my back ache at least to a minimum. And thankfully these products are perfect for breastfeeding afterwards too, so I'll definitely be keeping them close by!

*Research carried out on behalf of Deep Freeze in March 2013
I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. [I have received a voucher as a token of thanks for this post

Living Arrows // 40/52

Monday, 2 October 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.

We spent a wonderful 5 days at the fab Bluestone Wales resort last week, so of course this week's Living Arrows photos had to be from our trip! We managed to fit in so much, and yet I still feel as if we missed out on so many activities. One I made sure we got around to this year though, was roasting marshmallows over the fire at Camp Smokey.

Indie and Parker were a little unsure at first - but I suppose I would be too if I was suddenly given access to lots of yummy treats, and told to have fun! By the time we got to the last few marshmallows they were really into it though. And although they couldn't quite reach the fire, they gave it a pretty good go. Check out those concentration faces!

Living Arrows

PJ Masks Deluxe 16 Figure Playset Review

Both of my children absolutely love PJ Masks, and I must admit it's one of the TV shows they watch, that I'm not too unhappy about watching either! We were recently sent the PJ Masks Deluxe 16 Figure Playset to enjoy and test, and I am pleased to say it's been a huge hit.

The deluxe playset comes with 16 figures:

  • The PJ Masks Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko
  • The Villains Romeo, Luna Girl, Night Ninja and 3 stackable Ninjalinos
  • The PJ Mask's pets (Catboy's Cat, Owlette's bird, and Gekko's lizard)
  • Accessories - Romeo's Squashatron, Luna Girl's Luna Orb, and Night Ninja's Sticky Splat

Indiana loved that all her favourite characters were included, and especially loved the added touch of the hero's pets. The figures are all a great size (7.5cm tall), and have fully poseable arms and legs. This makes them the perfect size for little hands, and a great toy for lots of imaginative play!

The deluxe playset is a brand new PJ Masks item for this Autumn, and retails at £34.99. It is part of the master toy collection from Just Play; you can also find other playsets, figures, blind bags, dress up costumes and soft toys too!

I do think this price is quite high for a figure set, however both of my little ones have really enjoyed playing with them. The quality of the figures is very good as well, and I definitely think they're going to last and be played with for a long time.

We received this item in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.