Mummy and Me | November 2017


I absolutely love the photos I'm sharing for this months Mummy and Me! I had to get some outfit photos for a collaboration I'm working on, but of course I had to get the littles involved too. Indie is such a little character in front of the camera, and she was posing up a storm. And Parker's go-to thing to do is to shout "CHEESE AND TOMATOES" with his arm up... it's hilarious!

This month we celebrated Indiana's birthday, making me a mummy for four whole years now. It's mad! I'm now over 33 weeks pregnant too, meaning this littlest lady in my belly is oh so close to joining our crazy family. I can't believe it!

Living Arrows // 48/52


“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.

Phew... what a busy week we've just had! Visiting schools for Indie, birthday preparations, ice skating, and then of course the big day yesterday too. Indiana celebrated her 4th birthday with a full of unicorn theme, and she declared it the best birthday ever! I still can't believe our biggest baby is four.

Parker got completely wrapped up in all things birthday, and I think he was just as (or maybe even more) excited than Indie was! He's been singing happy birthday all week, and loved seeing all of the presents. Indie was so kind, and let him help her so much this year. I think he thought it was his big day too!

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32 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number 3}


My goodness do I feel reaaaally pregnant now! The weeks are absolutely flying by too, and it really feels as if I'm going to blink and my due date will be here. Talking of due dates, for some reason I just have a feeling I'm going to make it there this time, and maybe even beyond too. But who knows!

32 weeks & 5 days

14th January 2018


I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - baby girl now weighs roughly 1.7kg and is as long as a kale leaf at around 42.4cm long. Her finger and toenails are now full formed, and if she has an itch she may even scratch it (cute!). By this stage most babies are head down, but who knows with this little lady. She is always on the move.

I actually stepped on the scales last week, as I was really interested to see how much weight I've put on. I've put on 4.6kg which is about 10lbs, which I'm actually really happy about. I don't know whether it's too much or too little, but it sounds okay to me!

Lots of hiccups and braxton hicks this last week, and all the baby wriggles too. My ribs are still in a lot of pain most of the time - although I'm unsure if this is from a foot, bum or head! 

I've had a another rubbish cold recently, so while that's been at it's worst sleep has been awful! When my cough hasn't been keeping me awake though, I've been sleeping like a dream. I did get woken the other morning by baby girl though. She was pushing into my side so much it was pushing me up!

Nothing of note this week!

My goodness am I well and truly at the waddling stage now! I'm slow, putting on my shoes is difficult and once I'm on the floor I'd rather just stay there... How I'm going to cope with another 8 week I'm not sure.

Being able to wear normal clothes! My coat doesn't fit so I'm extra chilly when out and about, and I've still not found decent pjs that don't cost the earth!

I feel as if I'm repeating the same few maternity t-shirts at the moment. I've got a few new bits on order to collect this week though, so fingers crossed I fall back in love with clothes again!

Getting the last bits ready for bump and thinking about organising / building / preparing! I'm planning on washing the baby clothes in the next few weeks, and I've made a start of my 'hospital bag' bits too... eek!

It's our biggest girl's birthday on Sunday, so I am SO excited to celebrate her this weekend. I've then got another midwife appointment on Monday, so I'm really excited to hear how baby girl is doing. Fingers crossed she's head down still!

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

Linking to the Bumps & Babies Linky with Let's Talk Mummy

Christmas Gifts for Preschoolers | Christmas 2017


We've found that preschool age (3-4) is a difficult one when it comes to present buying. Indiana is just about to celebrate her 4th birthday, and although she's given us suggestions of what she wants, most of them just aren't practical - they're either too grown up or too young for her.

I've popped together this gift guide of ideas that I think would be perfect for her, and other preschoolers her age. To hopefully give you some inspiration this festive season!

Kinetic Sand

A whole new world of toys open to little ones when they turn 3, and one we're excited to try this year is Kinetic Sand. Described as 'a three-dimensional building toy made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane', kinetic sand is special because it's not supposed to dry out, isn't messy and is easy to clean up - I was instantly sold! This set that we've purchased also features Paw Patrol which is one of her favourites shows; a sure fire winner I think.

Jungle Jam Books*

We absolutely love to read in our house, and despite an already overflowing book collection we're always buying more. These lovely Jungle Jam books would make a perfect stocking filler either individually or as a complete set! Written by a mum and dad, the rhyming books were created to introduce children to new sounds, cultures and musical instruments. The stories also explore a range of life lessons while still being entertaining and lovely to look at.

LittleLife Gruffalo Poncho Towel*

On the subject of books, this fun yet practical gift is sure to be a winner with little Gruffalo fans. The Gruffalo poncho towel by LittleLife is the latest addition to their range, and includes all the fun features from the story such as orange eyes and 3D purple prickles! Perfect for bath time, the pool or even the beach (it's UPF 50+ too), it would definitely make a lovely gift this Christmas. What's even cuter is that it comes in two sizes, so your preschooler could match your toddler too!

Magnetic Shapes Activity Box by Fiesta Crafts*

If your little one loves to get creative, then this is definitely the perfect gift for them! The Magnetic Shapes Activity Box contains everything they would need to create thousands of different customised pictures, including 76 chunky shapes and faces, a dry-wipe pen, chalks and a rubber. Everything comes neatly stored inside the box too, so they can use it either at home or out and about. 

Amazon Kindle Fire (Kids Edition)

Maybe a bit of a controversial one for preschoolers, but Indie's main Christmas gift this year is going to be a Fire Kids Edition. I personally think a lot can be learnt from a tablet these days though, and with the limits and features on the Kindle we're not worried about her using it unsafely. We've chosen the Kids version specifically as it comes with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited, a protective case and a 2 year 'worry free' guarantee - "if they break it, return it and we'll replace it for free. No questions asked." We can set up limits on the parent account, but she'll have loads of learning apps to play with, and of course access to Youtube for when she needs some down time.
Toy State CAT Machine Maker*

Perfect for little ones who love to build and create, the CAT Machine Maker Junior Operator range from Toy State are such a unique fun toy. The sets come equipped with all the pieces needed to build each CAT machine (there are 5 different models to collect), as well as a chunky screwdriver and storage carry case. I know Indie is going to love working out how to build the vehicle correctly, although I'm sure we'll get plenty of 'creative' versions as well - but that's the beauty of the toy!

Snazaroo Face Paint: 'Mini' Range*

A perfect stocking filler for boys or girls, these Mini Theme Packs from Snazaroo come in five different themes, with a couple of designs in each. Each set comes with three colours, a brush, a sponge and an easy to follow 3-step guide, to create beautiful creations whenever your little one fancies (which has been very regularly for us since Halloween!). The fact they're so small would make them perfect for letting your little one give it a go themselves too (all Snazaroo products are easy to wash off and are suitable for sensitive skin types).

I know Indie would loveee to receive any of these gifts, so I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration this festive season!

Products marked with a * have been provided for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Affiliate links.

Christmas Gifts for Toddlers | Christmas 2017


Christmas shopping for Parker has probably been the trickiest this year - two year olds aren't the easiest to buy for! I've popped together this gift guide for toddlers, to hopefully help those who are also finding gift buying for toddlers tricky this year.

LEGO Duplo*

The most played with toy in our house at the moment (and for a long time actually), is probably LEGO Duplo. The bricks are the perfect size for little hands, and with so many different sets to buy the play is limitless! Duplo is also brilliant for creative thinking and role-playing, which are brilliant skills for little ones to develop.

Orchard Toys Animal Shapes Game*

Orchard Toys are another favourite of ours, especially as they combine fun and exciting games alongside learning too! There are a number of games and puzzles suitable for toddlers in their range, including the animal shapes game. It's a simple first colour and shape matching activity (suitable for 18months+). Your child has to match the correct shapes with the matching spaces on the animals. Simple but fun!

SmartTrike T1 Scooter

We've actually had this scooter for a while now, but I know it would have made a perfect Christmas gift! Designed for toddlers as young as 15 months, the scooter has been designed to grow with your child. The T1 scooter comes with a seat for when they're first starting out. This is then easily removed as they gain confidence (and steering can be locked and unlocked depending on their scooting ability too!). You can read my full review here if you want to know more!


If you don't think your little one is quite yet ready for a scooter, then the Toddlebike2 is the perfect alternative. The pre-balance bike is suitable as soon as your toddler can confidently walk, and helps develop key cycling skills as well as being super fun for them! The bike is also extremely light so it's great for taking out and about with you as well. If you use the code BLOG17 you can get 10% off your order on the official Toddlebike Website.

Cuddledry Cuddleroar Towel*

A more practical gift but still one that your toddler would love, the Cuddleroar towel from Cuddledry would make a lovely gift for Christmas. Super soft and cosy, and up to 60% more absorbent than other towels thanks to the bamboo fibres, the Cuddleroar is such lovely quality. We've had a Cuddledeer that still looks brand new almost 3 years later! Plus what toddler wouldn't want to run around pretending to be a dinosaur?

Milkshake! 'Brand New Besties' DVD*

A perfect stocking filler, Brand New Besties is the new DVD release from Abbey Home Media. The DVD features a number of well-loved preschool shows, from the long-running Channel 5 tv show Milkshake! including Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine. The DVD lasts for over 2 hours and has so many episodes, there will definitely be something your little one loves! I know my two are going to love it.

SmartMax 'My First' Animal Train*

Parker is absolutely train obsessed, so the 'My First' Animal Train from SmartMax would be a fantastic gift. Suitable from 18 months+, the fun and interactive toy gets little ones using their imagination and creative skills. The SmartMax bars and metal balls connect the pieces together, to either make the train, safari animals, or they can let their imagination run wild and mix and match to create whatever they desire! What's fab is that all SmartMax sets are compatible with each other, so you can keep adding to the collection.

TinyMe Personalised Puzzles*

Puzzles are such a lovely gift idea for toddlers. Not only are they fun, but they're great for little fingers and learning too. TinyMe offer some lovely personalised children's products, and have recently expanded their range to include personalised wooden puzzles. What makes them extra special though, is that they're double sided (two for the price of one!), and each one comes beautiful presents in a storage pouch to keep all the pieces together. There are loads of designs to choose from and 4 different stages. I chose the 3+ 'Junior' stage for Parker as he's a little puzzle whizz, but there is a 6 piece version for younger toddlers too.

I know Parker would loveee to receive any of these gifts, so I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration this festive season!

Products marked with a * have been provided for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Affiliate links.

Christmas Gifts For New or Expectant Mums | Christmas 2017


I don't know whether it's because bump is due so soon after, or because the littles are that little bit older now, but I am sooooo excited for Christmas this year. This is my second year I've pregnant over  the Christmas period - although there are so many more lovely gift ideas now.

I therefore thought it was only fitting, to create a Christmas Gift Guide for my fellow expectant mamas, and also those who are enjoying those lovely newborn squishes already. Hopefully it will give family and friends some ideas of what to buy mum!

Pregnancy or Baby Milestone Cards

The moment I found out we were expecting I order myself some milestone cards. They're a lovely way to document your pregnancy as bump grows - and they save you from forgetting how far along you are when you look back in years to come! I picked up this gorgeous set from an Instagram store, and I already cannot wait to buy the baby milestone version.

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Seedlip Alcohol Free Gin*

I'm not a big alcohol drinker myself, but there's something about the festive season that makes even myself want a little something. This Alcohol Free Gin from Seedlip is the World's first non-alcohol spirit. Add the fact that it's sugar and sweetener free, has zero calories and comes in two different 'flavours' (Garden or Spice).. what's not to like? Definitely one to add to a pregnant gin lovers Christmas list!

Apples and Pips Gift Hamper

There are some lovely gift ideas for new or expectant mamas out there - both practical and pampering! These gift hampers from Apples and Pips can be purchased for either a mum to be or for mum and baby, and contain some gorgeous gift ideas including This Mama Does parenting milestone cards, chocolates and a gift voucher to spend on the website itself.

Photo Courtesy of Apples & Pips
A Carriwell Nursing Bra*

If you are hoping to breastfeed, or have already started your journey, you'll know how important a good nursing bra is. You need comfort, practically and support! These bras are usually on the pricier side, so why not pop one of your Christmas list? The Seamless GelWire Nursing Bra from Carriwell offers the ultimate maternity & nursing bra combination - practically and extremely comfortable. Plus the GelWire is the only "underwire" bra recommended by lactation consultants!

'Waddling and Wonderful' Pregnancy Tote Bag*

Since the 5p bag tax was brought it, I never leave the house without a reusable bag. This fab pregnancy related tote from Cley Baby is a fun and quirky design for those mums to be. Available in a range of colours and designed "especially for pregnant princesses who are proud of their pregnancy waddle and need a place to store their things", this would make a lovely stocking filler or extra Christmas Gift.

Flower Delivery Service

Who doesn't love flowers? This kind of gift would be perfect for either a mum to be or a brand new mama, especially as it arrives straight to their door! Companies such as Bloom & Wild offer gift subscriptions where you can send flowers weekly, fortnightly or monthly, and for as long as you desire.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Cuddledry Products*

A gift to make a new mum's life that little bit easier would be a fantastic choice for Christmas, (I know that's all I want this year!). Cuddledry offer some beautiful bath time products, that are not only practical but lovingly designed too. Their Bathtime Bundle includes their award winning Handsfree Baby Towel, a Cuddlemit and a super cute Cuddleduck too! There's also a newborn gift set which comes in a beautiful presentation box as well.

Lamb & Bear Products*

We are huge fans of Lamb & Bear and the wonderful work that owner and designer Alex does. This year she expanded her legging collection to include lots more products, including some beautiful items that would be perfect for us mamas! The baby gift set in the lovely new Lamb & Bear print includes the 100% cotton swaddle blanket, the 100% cotton zippy sleepsuit and the 100% cotton baby headband. Why not include an adult headband for mama too - because twinning is winning right?

I know I would loveee to receive any of these gifts, so I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration this festive season!

Products marked with a * have been provided for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own.

Living Arrows // 47/52


“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.

This week's pictures are from our Sunday morning trip to the deer park. Despite Parker not being very impressed that there wasn't an actual play park (he cried most of the way asking for the swings and slides), we had a lovely visit.

Indie is getting so confident now, and managed to walk across this log with just the help of her 'balancing arms'. Of course the second she gave it a go, Parker wasn't far behind either. He wants to be juuuuust like his big sister!

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Inspiring the Design of their First Grown-Up Bedroom | Guest Post


This is a collaborative guest post

Joy Richards is the Sleep Specialist at Happy Beds, one of the UK’s fast-growing bed manufacturers and retailers. When she’s not discussing all things bedroom-related, she’s raising her young family and indulging in a pasta dish or two.

I don’t know about you, but I dreaded the idea of transitioning my little one from her cot to her very first ‘big girl’ bed. I was expecting sleepless nights and tantrums that ended up with three in a bed, but thankfully I was given some sage advice that meant we all settled in relatively smoothly.

What’s the secret? Creating a room that excites your child. We’ve always got our little ones involved in the design process, and tried to make their bedroom somewhere they want to spend more time. If they happen to drift off to sleep then… bonus!

With that in mind, here is a little children's bedroom inspiration.

Build a Bedroom That Grows with Them 

If you enjoy a spot of painting and are a dab hand with design, then you may not mind doing a complete bedroom makeover over a few years. However, let’s be honest, most people aren’t Handy Andy.

If you’re looking for a fuss-free future, invest in a design and furniture that will grow with your child. In terms of kids beds, bunkbeds or a mid-sleeper are perfect as they really make the most of a room’s footprint, and can provide you with much-need storage too.

Plus, if your family does expand that little bit more, there’ll be no need to buy new furniture!

Choose Neutral Furniture and Add Pizazz with Accessories 

With time, not only do children physically grow, but their style and tastes do too. They may be obsessed with Paw Patrol now, but this will likely change. Therefore, we’d recommend investing in relatively neutral coloured furniture and adding colour through bedding, curtains and decorative accessories instead.

Why not invest in some brightly coloured, patterned bedcovers that your kids choose themselves? Alternatively, a soft bedroom rug or a funky lamp are always a simple and affordable way of adding interest to a bedroom.

Storage, Storage and More Storage 

As you probably already know, for such small people, children have an awful lot of ‘stuff', and they do like to get messy. That means effective storage is essential.

Bold coloured storage tubs are always a practical winner in my book. But, if you’re looking for something that is a bit more aesthetically pleasing, why not purchase a monogrammed toy chest? Not only will it look fabulous and help you hide away the clutter, but it’ll give your child a sense of ownership as it has their initials printed proudly on it.

Ensure You’re Not Investing in Style Over Substance

Last but not least, before you reach for your debit card, ensure you’re not investing in style over substance. You want the items you purchase to not only look good, but to be robust and safe. Therefore, you should always balance out quality and getting a bargain. Sometimes it's worth spending that little bit more, if you know it'll last for many more years.

How did you make the transition from cot to 'big' bed?

The Siblings Project | November 2017


I think this month's Siblings Project pictures are some of my favourite ones of the year, and they were probably the easiest to snap too. Taken on one of our many family days out this month, I told them to smile and they could get a treat after.. a minute and lots of cheeky grins later, we were done! Chocolate is always a winner right?

Despite saying how well Indie and Parker were getting on last month (and the cuddles in the picture above), we seem to have hit a wall again. They're hardly sharing, constantly squabbling and my goodness the bickering! 

Their age gap is so wonderful in many ways, but I think it's becoming tricker as Parker gets older too. He wants to join in with everything, but still doesn't quite understand about rules and how to place 'nicely'. Coupled with Indie's complete lack of sharing, you can understand how the arguments begin.

Thankfully we've still had plenty of lovely moments this month, especially when it comes to bonding with bump. Both of them love to cover my bump in kisses and feel her wriggle about. I know they're so excited, and I just cannot wait for our little trio to finally meet!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Living Arrows // 46/52


“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.

Hasn't the weather suddenly changed these last weeks? It's now bitter cold and pretty miserable most days, but I've tried to still get out and about with the littles are much as possible. Wednesdays are my yo-yo days as Indie is only in preschool for the mornings. And my goodness do those 3 hours whizz by!

Parker and I usually head out straight from drop off in order to be back in time. Last week we needed a few bits so we walked up to our local Tesco - via the park of course though. P was in his element climbing trees, racing through the leaves and we even spotted a squirrel or two. He's a little whirlwind, but I just love his adventurous personality.

I didn't have any individual photos of Indiana to share this week, so the photo I'm sharing features my nephew Oliver too. They're only 6 weeks apart in age, so as you can imagine they're like two little peas in a pod. Even if they're not communicating with words they seem to be on the same level, and it's honestly the loveliest relationship to watch.

On Saturday we visited a local park with my sister and her little ones, which is where this photo was taken. As you can imagine they all left absolutely soaked, (praise the lord for puddle suits huh?). But they had such a blast together!

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30 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}


30 weeks pregnant and oh my goodness am I feeling it! I feel as if this is another little milestone of pregnancy too. Less than 10 weeks to go (or maybe even less if this little girl arrives early like her big brother). There's still so much to do, and just not enough time...

30 weeks & 3 days

14th January 2018


I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - baby girl weighs around 1.3kg and is just over 39.9cm from head to heel (the size of a cabbage apparently). She's almost at the length she'll be at birth now, but there's still pleeeenty of weight left for her to gain.

I saw my midwife again on Monday (a week early as she's away next week), and it was a brief but lovely appointment. I got the results from my 28 week bloods and unsurprisingly my iron levels are a little low. Thankfully I don't need tablets, but I do need to hunt down some Spatone and alllll the leafy veg! All my other checks were perfect though, and baby girl is now head down too. Fingers crossed she stays there from now on!

I have absolutely no idea! 

Constant braxton hicks, lightning crotch, rib pain... all the glorious symptoms of the third trimester! I'm basically exhausted constantly too, so I think that's a clear sign that I reaaaally need to slow down (not that that's possible when you have two young children already).

I seem to go between sleeping through wonderfully, and then waking up loads feeling thirsty or needing the loo. I'm still loving my Theraline maternity pillow though.

I don't think I've necessarily craved anything, but I've been baking loads recently.. so maybe that's my body telling me I want all the sugar?

Really bloody pregnant now. Walking is also becoming increasingly difficult, as I end up feeling as if I've been kicked in the foof afterwards! I lovee being pregnant, but I'm almost near the 'get this baby out NOW' stage.

Being able to get up and pick anything from my wardrobe to wear. Once again I have nothing to wear!

I won't lie... probably my pjs. Nothing fits anymore!!

I'm absolutely loving watching Indie and Parker bond with bump. Parker asks to 'see baby' constantly throughout the day, and loves giving it snuggles and kisses. Indie has decided to name her AnnaElsa (yes.. that's one word), and I just know they're going to be the best big brother and sister when she's born.

Getting more prepared for this baby girl. We have a small list of things we need to buy, and then it's just a case of washing clothes and setting everything up. I'm oh so excited to build our co-sleeper and have it ready for her arrival!

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

Linking to the Bumps & Babies Linky with Let's Talk Mummy

Keeping Warm During Winter Days Out


If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you'll know how much we enjoy getting out and about as a family. Not much stops us, especially the weather! Even if it's a chilly Winter's day or raining outside, you will still find us enjoying the outdoors - even our Me and Mine photos in September were taken on the beach in the rain! Over the years, we have just learnt how to wrap up warm, so that we can still get out and enjoy ourselves.

Dress Everyone in Layers
If you're unsure what the weather will do, dressing everyone layers is the best approach. If it is cold in the morning, just wear extra clothes and then remove them as the day warms up. Retailers such as Simply Be sell a wide range of jumpers, coats and even thermal underwear, which are great for this type of dressing. I've found I now naturally leave thick and heavier items on the shelf, and instead opt for lightweight jumpers or cardigans that are I can pop over a t-shirt or shirt.

Keep Wellies and Spare Clothes in the Car
If you're planing on going out when the weather is wet, definitely go out prepared! During the winter months, we usually keep wellies and spare clothes in the car. It is also worth keeping an old towel in the boot (this is also handy for if you've taken your dog for a walk too). This way you will be able to dry everyone off a bit, and then the towel can be used to protect the inside of your car from the worst of the dirt too.

Remember Hats and Gloves
Make sure everyone has a pair of gloves as well as hats (and scarves if it's extra chilly). Studies have shown that keeping your hands and head warm will make a huge difference to how comfortable you will feel. If you're like me and need regular access to your phone or camera, it might even be worth buying touchscreen enabled gloves. They are far more convenient as you don't have to constantly take them on and off!

Wear Suitable Footwear
I have already mentioned that we keep our wellies in the car, but we also make sure that everyone´s regular footwear is at least showerproof (especially Parker's who as you can see, always manages to find a puddle wherever we go)! Boots or closed shoes are much more comfortable to wear too. It's worth keeping in mind that winter footwear usually needs to be a little bit bigger too, so that you can wear thicker socks / wellies socks with them. This boot buying guide explains what you need to look for when choosing winter footwear.

How do you keep warm on Winter days out?

This is a Collaborative Post

Living Arrows // 45/52


“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.

Of course for this week's pictures I just haaaad to share some Halloween snaps. This was the second year we've taken Indie Trick or Treating, but Parker's first so it felt a little extra special. They absolutely loved the whole experience and I don't think they've stopped talking about it (or eating the sweets) since!

Parker ran straight to the door the second someone knocked, armed with the treat bowl to hand out the sweets. And Indie was the leader when we went out around our neighbourhood ourselves. Everyone commented on how sweet they looked, and it was just such a special evening for us all.

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