My Wild Ones // A Birthday BBQ, 21/52

Hi there! Welcome to My Wild Ones! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up last week!

ethan and evelyn

I really enjoyed this post from Su (Ethan & Evelyn). Her photos were divine, and what a gorgeous place to have a picnic!

This week

We headed over to visit my in-laws at the weekend to celebrate my Mother-in-Law’s birthday. It was a gorgeous day; the sun shone (I even got my legs out!), we ate good food, and drank good wine. Glorious!

I took my camera with me and spent lots of time capturing the children playing, so I thought I’d share some of the photos on My Wild Ones today. Continue reading

Review // #GivingClothAGo with TotsBots

#GIVINGCLOTHAGO TOTSBOTSLast month the lovely folk at TotsBots asked us to take part in their #GivingClothAGo challenge.

We had a brief stint with cloth when Busby was just over a year old and contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD); she developed an awful nappy rash with HFMD and her sensitive skin couldn’t cope with the chemicals in disposable nappies. I absolutely loved using the cloth nappies, but we never had enough to sustain using them full-time, so when the rash went we fell back into using disposables.

I was so excited to restart our cloth adventure with H-Bear, and had high hopes for changing our nappy habits. We’ve been talking about switching him to cloth for a few months now, so this challenge was definitely for us! Continue reading

What H-Bear Wore // Dotty Fish

dotty fish reviewDotty Fish is an online store selling a plethora of baby goodies, from shoes to bibs. It was started in 2006 by Mama of two, Helen Chapman. She wanted to buy her son some reasonably priced moccasin shoes, but couldn’t find any so decided to develop her own!

H-Bear was sent a pair of Dotty Fish shoes (how could I resist?), and a pair of rainbow leg warmers. Continue reading

Motherhood // A sleep deprived Mama introduces the Bruno Mattress

BRUNO MATTRESSThe sleep issue is definitely getting better, but a good, full night of sleep is still an uncertainty in our house. I seem to spend a great deal of time reminiscing about the pre-parent days of Sunday morning lie-ins and drifting off in front of the TV undisturbed in an evening.

…Sunday morning lie-ins? Were they a thing? Some days I am quite sure that they were just a figment of my imagination.

I make the most of the few hours of sleep I do manage to scrape together at the moment. This means banishing the laptop, phone, books, friends – basically anything that isn’t my mattress, pillow and duvet. Consequently, the more I have come to appreciate quality sleep, the more I have begun to appreciate a good quality mattress. And is it just me that has seen a lot of things written about these new breeds of straight-to- your door mattresses delivered in a box? Surely there is a reason why we shell out time after time for the long-established high street brands? I have been looking a little closer on why these new brands have become so popular recently and considering whether I could be persuaded to buy my next mattress online… Continue reading

H-Bear // 11 months

h-bear at 11 monthsGoodness… H-Bear’s last update before he turns ONE! What a quick year!

This month has been gorgeous. H-Bear is sleeping so much better since we’ve introduced the dummy, and hasn’t been into bed with us for a week or so now! He’s also started taking epic naps during the day next to me in bed, which is great (on the days where we don’t have anything to do!). He’s generally happier in himself, although he’s still very Mummy-centric! Perhaps he’s finally making up for all of the lost sleep over the past 11 months??! A Mama can only hope…  Continue reading

Motherhood // #BathBookBed with BookTrust + Jo Frost

#bathbookbed booktrust jo frost

“Sleep deprivation is the most common complaint I hear from parents of young children… But the solution doesn’t need to be complicated regimes or expensive gizmos. A routine as simple as bath, book, bed can get young children to settle so that everyone can benefit from a good night’s sleep.” – Jo Frost.

Parenting expert Jo Frost (aka Super Nanny) is under no illusion that she created the ‘Bath Book Bed’ routine, but with over 20 years of nannying experience under her belt she knows that it works, which is why the BookTrust have teamed up with Jo and made her their Global Ambassador for the new campaign launched this week.

Bath Book Bed is a national campaign (initiated by BookTrust) to encourage parents to make stories a part of every child’s bedtime routine. After all, there’s nothing quite like snuggling with your little person and reading a book after a busy day.

BookTrust surveyed one thousand parents with children aged three and under, and discovered that the top concern for parents was getting their children to sleep at night – with over 80% of parents saying that lack of sleep is the hardest part of being a parent (nodding in agreement over here – see the Chronic Sleep Deprivation section of the blog!). Some even claimed they would pay more than £10k to put an end to the sleepless nights! Continue reading

What H-Bear Wore // Roarsome baby wear from Jojo Maman Bébé

JOJO maman bebe baby wearWe love dinosaurs here at Make, Do & Push! HQ, so when the lovely folk at Jojo Maman Bébé asked us to choose an outfit from their wonderful range of clothes I couldn’t resist this rather roarsome combo for H-Bear.

The tee is made from 100% cotton, which is very soft and perfect for sensitive skin. It has a gorgeous appliquéd dinosaur on the front, which is a vibrant green and contrasts marvellously with the navy of the t-shirt. Continue reading

My Wild Ones // The Week That Was, 20/52

Hello! Welcome to My Wild Ones! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up last week!

hello archie

I really enjoyed this post from Kaye (Hello Archie) last week. Her photos were absolutely stunning and it looks like Archie had so much fun on the swings!

This week (because I still haven’t had a chance to write up our holiday post yet) I’ve got a collection of photos that I’ve taken on my iPhone over the past week.

My mum came up to stay last Monday, until Thursday, and we hadn’t seen her since our visit to Sussex in February, so we were all excited for her visit. We had a great few days; filled with baking, beach visits to Bridlington (which has improved vastly since my last time there a year ago), and lots of ice cream! Continue reading

Review // Aloka Robot Sleepylight from Potwells

aloka robot sleepylight reviewH-Bear’s nursery theme is “Robots and Dinosaurs and Bears, oh my!” (a little homage to one of my favourite films), so when we were offered an Aloka Sleepylight from the fabulous children’s online store, Potwells, to review I knew we would have to choose this amazing robot light as soon as I saw it!

There are so many different designs to choose from (the unicorn was next on my list for our bedroom); there’s something for everyone, and for every nursery or bedroom. Continue reading