Review // Nursery Prints from SmartCreative

smartcreative review A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely Sarah of SmartCreative to see whether I’d be interested in reviewing some of her wonderful handmade prints. Talk about perfect timing! I was in the process of painting and choosing the themes for the children’s bedrooms when I received the email! Sarah has lots of gorgeous prints in her Etsy store, all designed by her, and it was very easy to find a print for each of the children. Some of her prints can be personalised, and would make wonderful gifts for new parents, friends and family.

I fell instantly in love with this Sinatra inspired print for Busby’s “weather” themed room – and best of all, the lyric is from one of my favourite musicals. I thought the colours worked perfectly on her grey walls, and it really is just lovely! It looks fabulous in her bedroom and every time I see it, I burst into song! Continue reading

Pregnancy // 10 things I’m looking forward to being able to do postpartum

10 things I'm looking forward to being able to do postpartum I’ve reached that point in the third trimester where I’m dreaming of creamy brie, prosecco and being able to walk properly again… I love being pregnant, and I really hope I get to experience this for a third time (although, with less of the Pregnancy Hangover next time please) but after weeks of not being able to sleep, and with my energy levels currently running on empty, I’ve had my fill for now, so here’s what I’m looking forward to being able to do again, postpartum:

1. Sit on the floor. I remember feeling elated when I realised I could sit, cross-legged, on the floor again after giving birth to Busby. Everyone kept offering me their seats, but I’d always decline as it was such a novelty! This time round the satisfaction will be even greater – I can’t wait to be able to read Busby a story with her on my lap, and not have to switch position every two seconds due to back pain or a baby in the ribs! Continue reading

Pregnancy // Weekly Positive Inspiration for a Positive Birth #7

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I could be found sobbing on Nick’s shoulder a few nights ago. Why? Well, I could blame the pregnancy hormones (and I will to a certain extent) but mostly I was feeling overwhelmed. After a month of solid, continuous, relentless house renovation, whilst in my third trimester of pregnancy, whilst living away from my friends and family in unknown territory, it hit me: we’re going to have two children very shortly, and that’s a BIG deal.

Crying was cathartic; it helped me talk through a few things I’ve been worrying about, and helped me focus on what needed to be in place for the next few weeks. Our birth pool arrives next Monday, we now own enough shower curtains and plastic dust sheets to recreate our own Dexter Kill Room if needed, and our Hypnobirthing “crash course” is booked. Continue reading

Parenting // Shared Parental Leave – would you consider it?

I loved being on Maternity Leave with Busby; there were days when I’d miss being able to communicate with adults who discussed things other than poonamis and sore nipples, or being able to sit down and eat a meal without it going cold… the same applied to a cup of tea. But on the whole, I loved being her main caregiver. I felt like I’d finally found my place in the world, and no amount of hot tea could change that. Nick occasionally joked about sharing the leave, but both of us knew that he would go slightly bananas by the end of day two, and that it worked best for us with him at work and me at home.

The same is going to apply for when Peppercorn arrives in a few week; Nick will take his Paternity Leave, and some annual leave so he can spend extra time with us, but as the main income in our household, and with a career that he is so passionate about, we haven’t even considered sharing parental leave because our set-up works well for us. Continue reading

Review & Giveaway // 360° Junior Sip Cup from anywayup (Haberman)

review 360° Junior Sip Cup from anywayup (Haberman)We’ve been on the search for a new cup for Busby for a few months now. Her trusty green number has been a loyal companion for a while and it’s starting to look a little over-loved, but she has refused most other cups we’ve tried. So when the lovely folk at Haberman got in touch and asked us whether we’d be interested in trying their new anywayup 360° Junior Sip Cup, we were eager to see whether it would prove a suitable replacement.

The Sip Cup is (joyfully) drip free, and is designed for building independence; bridging the gap between “baby” cups and the grown-up world of cups. The 360° element to the cup means that Busby can drink from any side, which she has loved, and has meant that we’re not frustratingly sticking a bottle brush down a spout every night to try and clean out bits of food. Continue reading

Pregnant with a Peppercorn // 35 weeks pregnant

35 weeks pregnantIt’s been a rather eventful week for Master Peppercorn… the start of the week began slowly, with nothing exciting to report other than sleepless nights (and let’s face it – they’re pretty dull), but as the week drew to an end it seemed as though Baby might be thinking about making an early entrance into the world.

I saw the Community Midwife on Thursday, which you can read more about here, to book my Home Birth. To my surprise (and slight horror) she said Peppercorn was engaged, and talked me through the protocol if he comes early – I can have my Home Birth from 37 weeks, but any earlier (even 36+6) and I’ll have to go into hospital to labour. Boo. Hiss. Anyway, Thursday left me feeling excited and buoyant once more about bringing this little chap into the world. Continue reading

The Week That Was: Captured #98

Howdy! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you had a wonderful week?

The rules for #TWTWC are simple; link up one post about your week (it doesn’t have to be the whole week – it can just be one day, or your weekend)! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed… basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts. Also, if you fancy commenting on other people’s posts that would be super too – everyone loves a comment!

Last week
dreaming of the countryI loved reading Rachel’s (Dreaming of the Country) update last week – her photos were gorgeous, and it was interesting to hear how life with two is going!!! Continue reading

Review // Project B Box (Month Six)

Project B is a monthly subscription box suitable for ladies from week 12 of pregnancy. Each box has a theme, and contains a variety of different products, from pampering to super tasty, healthy snacks. The boxes also contain cards detailing expert advice for that period of your pregnancy.

I’m very excited to be working with Project B throughout my pregnancy – this is my sixth box, and has the theme of “Nest”! You can read my first five reviews here. I’ve definitely been busy nesting recently; what with the house renovation, so this box has been pretty perfect!

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Shea Mooti Mama’s ‘Take the Rough with the Smooth’ Soothing Bath Soak. This has been my favourite item in the box this month; it’s a luxurious bath soak that leaves my skin feeling super soft and smelling divine. It might not be for everyone, as the soak contains lots of pieces of “bark” and such-like, which makes you feel like you’re bathing in a lake (for example) and leaves your bath looking a bit odd, but I loved it. Continue reading

Review // Choco Leibniz: Powering Motherhood (and New House Owners)

white choco leibniz reviewA few weeks ago we were sent a delicious package of Bahlsen Choco Leibniz biscuits to try. They arrived with fantastic timing as we had just picked up the keys to our new house, and were preparing to begin the copious amounts of DIY and degranny-fying required to make our bricks and mortar home… And it goes without saying that doing up a house requires fuel in the form of tea and biscuits!

Bahlsen have just welcomed a new member into the Choco Leibniz family, in the form of a white chocolate biscuit. I was rather dubious about trying these as I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, but the usual buttery biscuit base (sorry, I had to) has been replaced with a delicious, crispy cocoa biscuit – which results in a beautifully light tasting biscuit… and consumption of a whole packet in one sitting. (Busby helped.) Continue reading

Pregnancy // Back on the Positive (Birthing) Path

Positive Birthing Apologies for being a bit lax on my positive pregnancy posts over the past few weeks – redecorating the house and (finally) moving all our belongings has taken over life, and I’m finding it difficult to remember my own name, let alone think about giving birth in a mere 2-6 weeks…!

However, yesterday saw a change to this; an opportunity to sit and talk about labour, and discuss how I’d like it go. And it’s left me feeling positive and excited again. Continue reading