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The Siblings Project | November 2018

17.11.18

I haven't taken many fancy pictures of our three this month, but I thought these quick snaps were too lovely not to share. Lilah is SO eager to get out and about on our outings now, and we cannot wait until the three of them are off adventuring together. And of course I wanted to share our Halloween pictures too, because they're just too cute not to share!

I actually cannot believe we have an almost 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 10 month old now. This year seems to have gone by in an absolute flash, and all three of them have grown and changed so much since my Siblings Project posts at the start of the year. And now we only have one more of these posts left!



Apart from half term, this month has been a relatively quiet one. We had a lovely Halloween with allll of the sweets, and the littles in the cutest outfits. Indie wanted to be a witch, Parker was a skeleton dinosaur (yes, it was as cool as it sounds), and Lilah was a baby witch to match Indie. Jack took the big two out trick or treating after work, which they are still talking about now!

We have had some lovely days out throughout the month too, including a soggy trip to Scotney Castle and fireworks with our friends Harriet and Josh. But as we have so many exciting events coming up over the next few weeks, we decided to enjoy our free weekends as much as possible. Because once Indiana's birthday rolls around, it will be Christmas before we know it!


Christmas Gift Guide for Preschoolers | Christmas 2018

16.11.18


I wrote a gift guide for this preschoolers (age 3-4) last year, when Indiana was this age. But I found that list was more obviously more focussed on 'girly' presents. So this year I've created another Christmas gift guide for preschoolers, but with boys in mind a little more (although of course these are all unisex gifts really!). I hope this gives you some inspiration for your 3/4 year old this festive season!

Magformers Magnetic Toys

Parker absolutely loves building and creating, so these sets from Magformers are absolutely perfect for him. Magformers construction sets contain various pieces in simple shapes (triangles, squares, etc), that easily contact by using built-in magnets. The pieces are durable and high quality so will last a long time, and comes in a whole range of designs. The World Adventure set we were set even features motors so the creations can move! I love that these will really get Parker's brain working as he creates shapes and designs. And he can even let his little sister Lilah get involved, as they do 'My First' sets too.



The Untamed by Fingerlings

Ever since Indiana got a Fingerling for her birthday last year, Parker has wanted his very own. The Fingerlings range has expanded though, and The Untamed collection is definitely perfect for Parker. Although these are more aimed at slightly older children, I know Parker will absolutely love this - he's dinosaur and Fingerlings obsessed! And what 3 year old boy doesn't love a toy that farts?

Each Untamed Fingerlings character has 2 modes - tamed and untamed - and depending on the mode, the same actions get very different reactions. In tamed mode they Untamed is your friend, however if you switch to the untamed mode they will become ferocious!


Pretend To Bee Dressing Up Sets

We have a huuuuge collection of dressing up, and it's something both littles have loved to do a this age. Pretend To Bee have a fantastic range of dressing up outfits and accessories, including characters, role play fancy dress, and outfits for babies. This Fox Accessories set is so lovely and well made, and I know Parker is going to love pretending to be a scary fox!


Milly & Flynn Gruffalo Snakes and Ladders

Now Parker is a little older, we've started introducing simple games and activities to him. This beautiful Gruffalo Snakes and Ladders game, from Milly & Flynn, is not only a fun game but really lovely to look at too. Little ones can choose from four of the characters from the story by Julia Donaldson, and race their way to the finish line hoping to avoid the snakes.


Where Next, Teddy? - Chapterful Personalised Children's Book

Books are a gift that will never be outgrown, and can be enjoyed from years to come. Where next, Teddy? is a lovely personalised story from Chapterful. Before ordering you can edit the character so that they look like your child, and then they appear throughout the entire story. The illustrations are beautifully done, and I really think the character looks like Parker! 


Totes Isotoner Slipper Socks

I always like to add practical gifts to the littles stockings, so these cute and cosy slipper socks from Totes Isotoner are a perfect addition this year. Made with their signature slip-resistant tread, they are great for popping on in the morning or with pjs. Parker isn't so keen on slippers, so these are a great alternative too.


Crate Creatures Surprise Bashers

Like a lot of preschoolers Parker loves watching surprise gift openings on Youtube. There are so many great options available now, and I know he is going to absolutely love this Crate Creatures Surprise Basher in his stocking! Apart from the excitement of seeing who you've got, the creature makes gross sounds, and you can launch them and bash them by pulling their tongue. A perfect toy for a preschooler for sure!


Scootaheadz - Timmy T-Rex

At 3 Parker is now an absolute pro on his scooter (a gift I would definitely recommend for a preschooler for Christmas, if they don't already have one). As he spends so much time on it, I thought accessorising it would be a fun idea. Scootaheadz’s offer a range of funky animal buddies (including a t-rex, shark, horse and unicorn), that have been designed to attach to a scooter’s T-bar. Parker absolutely loves his dinosaur friend, and loves scooting along roaring with pride now!


This guide contains items I have been gifted in exchange for being featured. However all opinions are honest and my own.

Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Baby Carrier | Review

13.11.18


Ever since Lilah was a newborn, both Jack and I have loved baby wearing with her. We had the Ergobaby Aura wrap when she was small; which I absolutely loved and was gutted to stop using. But as Lilah grew and got heavier (and more curious of her surroundings), we knew we needed a more adaptable carrier. Which is where the Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One carrier comes in!

Ergobaby's newest design, the Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One has been designed to be used in all positions - growing with you from day 1, until your little ones reach 20kg. From newborn you can use the parent facing front carry, without the need of any extra supports or inserts. From 5 months you can turn baby around in the front carry position, and then from 6 months you can even use the hip or back carry positions.


The Omni 360 is incredibly easy to use and wear. Now Lilah is bigger we usually have her in the world-facing front carry position, so she can see what's going on while we're out and about. The buckles and straps can be a little fiddly to work out at first, but once Jack had used the carrier a few times he could do it quickly.

The shoulder straps can either be worn like a backpack or crossed at the back (although we've never tried them this way), and there's really helpful instructional videos on their website. It's really easy to switch her over so she's snuggled into Jack too, as you don't have to do any big changes to the carrier. And as you can see, this is a perfect position for her to snooze in!

And the best thing about the carrier? The Omni 360 has been acknowledged as a 'hip healthy' product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute! In all positions (including forward facing) your baby will be in the ergonomic M position - something a lot of other carriers don't feature. This is something I am really passionate about when it comes to baby wearing. Our little ones have had higher risk of having hip dysplasia, so we definitely want them to be comfortable. In order to be in the correct position, the buttons need to be in the grey (not black) position on both sides of the carrier.



We absolutely love the Omni 360 baby carrier, and I know that we will be using it long into the future with Lilah. It is easy to use, comfortable for both Jack to wear and Lilah to be in, and just how lovely is the Triple Triangles design? It really has become an essential for us as parents of three little ones!

We received a carrier in exchange for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Afternoon Tea with Boot's Mini Club Party Wear

10.11.18


With Christmas just around the corner, there's no better time to start thinking about dressing up and party wear. Although if I'm honest, I don't think my little ones would ever turn down the opportunity to get dressed up! We were recently sent some gorgeous items from the Boot's Mini Club 'All Dressed Up' party wear range, and the Littles couldn't wait to wear them.

Last weekend we had a special afternoon tea planned for my father in laws birthday, so it was a perfect excuse to get all dressed up. The range is described as 'a little luxuries for little one's, and I couldn't agree with this more. All of the items we received are beautifully made and great quality, and they made all three of them look SO grown up! 


Indiana was sent the Floral Party Dress, which is a beautiful navy blue covered in a bright floral print, and a bold pink bow around the waist. It's got a lovely underskirt (in the same pink as the waistband) which means it's perfect for twirling and dancing in. Indiana absolutely loves the dress, and age 5 fits her perfectly. 

We were then sent a matching Floral Dress for Lilah, which is oh so sweet! As Lilah is only 10 months, we've never really dressed her up in a party dress before, but she looked absolutely gorgeous in this one. And although it isn't identical to Indiana's, I think I like that they're a little bit different - but with matching details such as the bright sash. I will say it's not the most practical outfit for a baby on the move though (she struggled crawling through the puffy layers), but it does look lovely!




I think Parker's outfit is probably my favourite that we were sent - we received the most gorgeous Shirt and Bow Tie and Trousers. Parker is getting really independent about picking his own outfits at the moment, but even he was excited to try his outfit on. I must day the sizing in a little on the larger size (we had to roll the trousers and shirt sleeves 3/4 times), but then Parker is quite little for his age. The bow-tie is velcro though, so it's easy to get on and off and isn't too tight around Parker's neck.



Everyone at afternoon tea thought the Littles looked absolutely fantastic, and I think they loved all the extra attention they had too. We have always loved Boot's Mini Club clothing, and these items have just emphasised this even more. They are great quality and really reasonably priced too. They currently have 20% off of their clothing, so make sure you pop over to the website and have a look!

We received these items in exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Starting School | Indiana’s First Term in Reception

5.11.18

With October half term over, and the countdown to Christmas well and truly on, I thought I'd take the time to write about Indiana's first term at school. Although I'm still in a bit of denial that she's a school girl (she's still a baby in my eyes!), Indie has settled into the routine of school really well.


At Indie's school they staggered the reception children's starts. Half of her class did morning sessions and the other half did afternoons. Indie had just over two weeks of afternoons, before she actually went in full at the end of September. And although these were great for easing her in gently, they felt far too long in my opinion. Indie is one of the older children though (she's 5 in a few weeks), so maybe that's why she seemed ready a lot earlier!?

Despite being ready, those first few weeks of full days were still rather exhausting - for all of us! The school day starts at 8.30am (8.45am if we're running a bit late!), and I collect her at 3.10pm, so it's a much longer day than preschool ever was. I don't think she ever stops when she's there either; with so much to see and do, she doesn't want to miss out! It has meant plenty of overtired outbursts in the evening, and keeping weekends as simple as possible. But we're hoping as the weeks go on, she gets used to the busy weeks a bit more.

I can tell she has already picked up and learnt so much over this first half term though. From her very first day, she has been coming home and telling me about the phonics she has learnt - pointing out the letters, singing the little phonics songs and always, always writing and drawing. I think I could decorate our whole house with the amount of artwork she comes home with - it's impressive she gets anything else done during the day!


We are so pleased that Indiana has settled into school life so well, and so quickly. Despite not knowing anyone on her first day, she's made lots of new friends already, and there's no issues with her eating her school lunches either! We have our first parent's evening this week, so I cannot wait to hear about how she's getting on even more.

I really hope she keeps her love of school for a long time - we are just so, so proud!

The Tree, The Key & Me by Librio | Personalised Book Review

3.11.18


This is a sponsored post

Ever since I was a little girl, reading has been one of my absolute favourite things to do. I could get lost for hours in a good book, and I've read some of my favourites so many times the books are falling apart! I always hoped my children would get my love for reading too, and it looks like I've got my wish with Indiana. She loves going to the library, and buying new books for our collection at home. So when Librio got in touch and asked if we wanted to review their new book, The Tree, The Key & Me, how could I say no?

The Tree, The Key & Me, is much more than just a book. It tells a personalised story of your little girl or boy, who after finding a lost key goes on an exciting adventure to save the day. The book is full of beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring both the story and your child to life. And the best part, is that they are published on premium 100% recycled FSC Certified paper, by a super sustainable print company based in Uckfield!

Creating your character is incredibly easy, and as you can configure 6 different features including the name, gender, skin tone, hair colour, hair style and eye colour, your character should hopefully look as close to your child as possible. You can also add a dedication at the front of the book which makes it a perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas!





The story itself is such a lovely one, and it really captivated both Indiana and myself. Although the version we chose featured a girl, the story is suitable for both boys and girls. This is something I really like, as I love finding stories that captivate both of my children.

As well as her character appearing throughout the pages, so does Indiana's name, which makes it that little bit more special too. Indie is almost five so is just starting to learn words and sounds, so I of course had to read the story to her. This didn't stop her trying to re-tell the story to me though! The illustrations are truly perfect and really bring the story to life, so they helped her to find out what was happening throughout the story.

As well as Librio using 100% recycled paper for their books, they also give back to charity too. For every book sold they donate £1 to literacy charities, which makes the books just that little bit more special.




We absolutely loved reading The Tree, The Key & Me, and I know we will be reading it for years to come. It really is a lovely story, and Librio have such a fab ethic behind them too. You can find out more about Librio by following their sites here: Facebook​, Instagram​, Twitter, ​YouTube​ and the ​Librio Blog​.

You can also receive a 15% discount when ordering two or more books, by using the code YAY15.
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Celebrating Fantastic Firsts with Little Tike's New Toy Range

1.11.18


Since the day all three Littles were born, I have documented them growing and changing each month. I love looking back on their development and milestones, especially now Indie and Parker are so grown up. And even though Lilah is our third baby, those milestones and firsts are just as exciting!

We were recently sent some lovely toys from Little Tikes to help Lilah reach some more of those important milestones. Their new Fantastic Firsts range has been designed as a fun, fresh twist on the classic development toys we know and love. The range encourages and inspires your baby to get moving and exploring, all while having fun with these interactive toys.

Lilah is almost 10 months and has been crawling for a while now, so the Little Tikes Singing Sorter has been a perfect addition to her toy collection. The caterpillar works as a pull toy, while playing tunes and bobbing up and down as it's pulled. Although she can't pull it along herself yet, she loves chasing it around the room. The shape sorter will help develop her hand-eye coordination as she grows too (although for now the older two love helping her out!). This is available now from Amazon and Argos for £19.99.




The Sleepy Stacker also combines two classic ways to play in one toy - meaning your little ones can get so much more out of their toys! The three Sleepy Stackers can be mix and matched, and the characters (a panda, chick and bunny) 'wake up' when fully stacked. Each stacker includes an extra little discovery for your little ones too, such as a rattle, crinkly material and fun sounds. As well as stacking the characters - which is great for developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination - they can also be nested inside each other, which is a fun little feature too. This is also available now from Amazon and Argos for £12.99.

The Fantastic Firsts range from Little Tikes features some lovely toys, all designed with your little ones development in mind. We are so, so close to one of the most exciting milestones with Lilah - her very first steps - and I love that we now have these fun Mum Milestone cards to document those special moments (these aren't sold by Little Tikes, but you can download them here). Because every first is fantastic, so why not document it?




You can find out more about Little Tikes, and the Fantastic Firsts range by following them on these links:

Website - LittleTikes.co.uk
Facebook - @LittleTikesUK
Twitter - @LittleTikesUK

This post is in collaboration with Little Tikes.

Me and Mine Project | October 2018

31.10.18

I've shared October's Me and Mine photos from the pumpkin patch for the last few years now, so of course this year is no different. Halloween has quickly become a favourite tradition in our family. The littles love our pumpkin picking tradition, and of course we have the big night itself tonight too!

October was a funny month though. Although I cannot believe we're at the end of it, the days seem to pass by quite slowly. Well, apart from half term that is! I loved having my two at home for the week, and although it was full of bickering / arguments / time outs, it was amazing to throw out the routine and get out with my little team.


I feel as if now Indie and Parker are at school most of the week (and then exhausted at the weekend!), we don't do anything fun and spontaneous anymore. We can't just wake up in the mornings and decide to go somewhere - of course we still do on Jack's day off sometimes, but it just doesn't feel right without Indie with us. I'm sure I'll be used to it by the end of this term, but I miss having our little team all together.

We've got lots of exciting things to come over the next few months though. Bonfire night, Indiana's birthday and of course everything Christmas! I absolutely hate the colder weather and dark evenings, but my goodness am I excited to get all cosy and Christmassy again, it's such a special time of the year.


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The Massage Company - Tunbridge Wells | Review

29.10.18


When you become a parent, looking after yourself definitely becomes the bottom of your priority list - well, it did for me anyway! With three little ones aged 4 and under, I definitely feel a bit of 'me time' and pampering is exactly what I need though. So when The Massage Company invited me along to their new Tunbridge Wells branch, I practically jumped at the chance.

The Massage Company was founded by Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker, who opened their first centre in Camberley in March 2016. Their vision was to bring high-quality massage to the mainstream, by providing fantastic facilities in convenient locations, and pricing massages at reasonable prices. Regular massage has been proven to help with stress and aid relaxation and recovery. So by providing the above, they can show their customers the positive effects regular massage can have!



The Massage Company's Tunbridge Wells branch, which opened in September 2018, is first UK franchise centre. Located along Monson Road, the centre is open 7 days a week (until 9pm!), and is really easy to get to and find - parking is available at either Monson Road car park (across the road, at a charge), or along the street outside during the evenings.

The centre specialises in a selection of highly targeted treatments for pain relief and relaxation, including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage and pregnancy massage. You can also upgrade your massage with a number of treatments including hot stones and aromatherapy.

When I arrived at The Massage Company Tunbridge Wells, I was warmly greeted by Taran (the store owner), and given a consultation form to complete - covering medical history, pressure preferences and letting my therapist known what areas I didn't want touching / what my problem areas were. I was then greeted by my therapist Charlie and taken to the treatment room. The room was quite small and basic, but comfortable and relaxing.


Charlie explained about the upgrades I could have chosen, before starting the massage. I was gifted a deep-tissue massage, and let Charlie know my problem area was my lower back (thanks little ones!), and I have to say, although painful at times, it was incredibly relaxing! Charlie was reassuring too, and asked if the pressure was comfortable at many points throughout the massage.

The treatment beds are heated so I was comfortable and warm at all times, and the calming music and dim lights just added to the relaxing atmosphere. I honestly could have fallen asleep at any moment! I am always a bit skeptical about massage oils with massages too, but the lotions used at The Massage Company smelt fantastic, so that was a big thumbs up from me there.

The Massage Company have tried to create an affordable and convenient membership plan, to ensure massages becomes part of your lifestyle. Introductory sessions are available at £39.95 for your first visit, which I think is fantastic value! After this session you are then offered to sign up to a membership, which gives you one massage a month for £49.95. For me personally, this isn't actually that affordable (three little ones are pretty expensive!), so I don't think I could sign up for a membership at the moment. But I think if you could commit to having a massage each month, then it is actually an affordable way to enjoy them!


I received a deep-tissues massage in exchange for this review. However all opinions are honest and my own.

Lilah at Nine Months

23.10.18

Those 40 weeks of pregnancy seem to go by oh so slowly - especially towards the end when you're just waiting for the day you'll go into labour. But once your baby is born, those weeks seem to fly by so so quickly. Especially when you've already go older children!

Lilah is now 9 months old and I just cannot believe it. She's actually 40 weeks, meaning she has been out the same number of weeks she grew in my tummy for too - how crazy is that?! She has finally reached the 18lb mark too (18lbs 5oz to be exact), meaning she is now double her birth weight. Size 6-9 month clothing is becoming a litte small, so I think we'll be slowly transitioning to the next size over the next few weeks


I'm actually a little upset that Lilah's two front teeth have finally popped through, meaning she has 6 teeth now. Her toothy smile is soo sweet though, and they've defintely helped her with eating. She absolutely LOVES her food, and will actually get angry if you don't give her food fast enough. Banging on her tray, screeching at you, and trying to steal your food too - it's so funny!

Development wise Lilah is still mostly speed crawling, climbing and cruising. She is pulling herself to stand solo constantly though (which was terrifying at the beach yesterday), and can now stand by herself for about 10 seconds. I don't think walking is that far off now, so wish us luck!



She is such a happy and vocal little baby, and is constantly chatting away in her own little language. We still haven't got a proper 'mama' out of yet, but she can wave and say 'bye'. And if anyone says mama to her she instantly looks at me, so I guess she knows who I am at least!

The biggest development this month is probably the start of separation anxiety. She hates being left (especially by Jack), and will scream and cry until the second you pick her up. It's making getting things done a little trickier, and she really hates being left in her buggy when I have to go into the classroom to pick the big two up. Any advice would be really appreciated!