December Favourites

31 December 2018

The year has come to an end as we’re bidding goodbye to 2018 so here are my favourites for December.



Lauren has written a beautiful piece that really does reflects that it doesn’t take much to show kindness everyday, all the time. She has listed ten ways that we can abide by and remember and I completely agree! You may actually be doing these already!


One thing that I have majorly flopped at this year is having a set routine on taking care of myself but Chloe’s post has inspired me to actually put some effort into this for the new year and I’m certain I’ll be coming back to this post again and again for motivation.

Having a Second Baby by Amy Jane and Baby


I highly commend anyone who writes a post likes this, whose brave enough to talk about it. Having another baby is such a sensitive topic which many people don’t consider it to be but you just never know what is going on a parent’s life. Amy has written an honest post on how she feels about giving little Freddie a sibling.


If you think you’re struggling to this and that and are unable to keep on top of everything then you have to read Fran’s post - it’s got a wonderful message hidden in there for you!


I know how it feels to recall something that’s changed your life in a good way but with a lot of twists and hiccups that you don’t actually want to think about. I think it was very brave or Jemma to write such an incredible post on how River entered the world and how she truly feels - she doesn’t even know it but she’s definitely helped many with it.


I can’t get enough of this post by Jess! It is so true and to the point! You may not actually need to splash out on presents, just look around your home! 

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                   What were your favourites?









How We Spend Xmas Day

28 December 2018

Xmas Day, in all honesty, is a bit of a bittersweet day as 20 years ago this Xmas day my grandfather took his last breath whilst his head lay in my mother’s lap. 

Therefore, for many years we have not made a big fuss about it until recently and I think the change has come due to Little A - my Mum is more comfortable now. 


My favourite time of the day is always the morning especially now that we have Little A - I loved snuggling with her on the sofa and the first thing that is a must watch is of course the snowman and then it’s time to open the presents.


It’s this one day that I’m not really bothered with how much the t.v is on as it helps to get into the festive mood (or truly makes you go mad as to what you want to watch!). 

Nevertheless, in the evening, just like always, we all gather round my parents for a big feast. We begin with a special prayer dedicated to my beloved grandfather and then we dig in. 

Even though, my Mum is the host, we all split the responsibility of preparing the meal between us for example, my sister in law takes charge of the turkey and I do the dessert and my Mum and now new sister in law will be in charge of the stuffed roast chicken as well as the sides, the other dishes like kebabs, lamp chops, the curries, the rice and so on.

My sister in law also made extra portions of each dish separately with different seasonings suitable for Little A so she could enjoy too and she did!









After everyone is stuffed to the brim, it’s time for some classic Turkish tea to help put the bloating at ease, to be quite honest.

And then we get the games out!

Our favourites to play is the ginormous snakes and ladders or ludo as well as charades. But the one that tops it all is writing on pieces of papers and putting it in a bowl so whoever picks out whatever has to do what it says, that could be an act, singing - absolutely anything!



I can see each year becoming even more special as Little A is growing up so quickly,  I cannot wait to continue making special memories with her.



What I Got My Toddler For Xmas

24 December 2018

It’s that time of the year again when everyone’s rushing around for the perfect Xmas gifts for their littlelens so I thought I’d share what we got for Little A this year.

You might be surprised!




There’s not much is there? And that’s because her birthday is only in February so we made the decision not to splash out for Xmas because I’ve already gone a bit more than beyond for her birthday already if I’m being honest!

To be a little more than honest, she is also at that stage where she might find the most random thing ever interesting and something you’ve spent so much on only interesting for a total of 20 seconds - let’s just savour this before we drown in the long lists of requests for Santa, alright?

I did her Xmas shopping in the beginning of November - super organised, right? Wrong! After this post goes live, I’ll be sat down wrapping them!

Nevertheless, I’ve got her a stacking train to help further her coordination skills, she’ll also be able to pull it along - or let’s be honest here, it might just get thrown around the room!

I’m also absolutely loving the orchard toys range, they’re so attractive as well as being very educational. For Xmas, I’ve got her a dinosaur puzzle, I’ve also got another range which I’m keeping it hidden until her birthday!

Most importantly, no gift for Little A is complete without books! Little A is a bookworm and since it’s Xmas, I thought it’d be lovely getting Xmas themed books for her. 

These will be her very first That’s Not My range of books so I’m very excited to see how she’s going to react to them!

She is also a big fan of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo so when I saw Dear Santa, there really was no way that I could not buy it!

I am super excited to see her reaction in the morning. 

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What have you bought your loved ones for Xmas? 

A Look Back on 2018

21 December 2018




You’re probably very sick of hearing this again and again but I’ll say it anyways. I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed! I can remember myself sat down, writing my goals for this year just like as if though it was yesterday and now the time has come to reflect on them! 

I guess that just shows how precious time really is!

If you didn’t read my goals for 2018 then do so here to get a better picture of what I’m talking about now.

Job

At the beginning of the year, I was working in education as a Supply and all I wanted was a full time permanent job. 

Did that happen? 

Oh yes it did! 

It happened with a big twist, back then I hadn’t considered that I could ever have a career change but that’s how I’ve embarked on a new journey. I now work for the NHS, have a full time 9 to 5 permanent job! I’ve done a dedicated post on my Career Change if you’re interested to know how I got to where I am today and why!

Home

Since having Little A, I wanted to move out of the one bedroom flat that we lived in as I found that it was too small for a child. So the goal was to move into a bigger home with a garden.

Did it happen?

Yes it did! We moved to a bigger, so much more spacious 2 bed apartment just 7 months ago and everyday I’m finding ways to make it my home. However, there is another twist. We don’t have a garden, we have a balcony and I’m not one bit bothered about not having a garden and it’s purely because Little A spends her day Monday to Friday at my Mum’s where there is a big garden for her to play in so not having our own garden isn’t a big deal as it wouldn’t have been used at all.

Self Care

I promised myself that I would take time out for myself - I felt so inspired in the beginning of the year.

Did it happen?

Where’s a blanket so I can go hide under it? I am disappointed to say that I did not achieve this goal and I did not even try to be totally honest. When Little A would go to sleep, I’d just would slump myself in bed . I really should have come up with a self care routine but I did not - maybe 2019 will be different? 

Blogging 

The one and only goal I set myself for blogging was to post regularly.

So did it happen?

Yes and no.

I have posted regularly but I have also taken unplanned breaks around Little A’s birthday, when we were moving and when I was just not feeling motivated enough. I’ve learnt that it’s ok to take a break - it actually does you and your blog so much good! 

As I write this now, I am on a break, I haven’t posted anything in over a week or so. In the beginning of the year, I hadn’t even taken breaks into consideration which was very unrealistic of me because I don’t want blogging to be a chore, I want it to be my escape! And that’s what I’ve been and will keep focusing on.

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So that’s it! It was good to reflect on my goals and see how I’ve done and it’s given me a better insight on how to approach 2019. 


What about you? Did you achieve what you set out? Share with me below!

*Infababy Moto 3 in 1: Our Thoughts

17 December 2018



One of the most exciting times during a pregnancy is in fact going shopping for that little bundle of joy and the most anticipated buy of them all is in fact the pram! 

I remember each little detail that I encountered on this adventurous journey. I am quite indecisive as some would say or maybe it’s a good thing that I think a gazillion times over when buying absolutely anything. 

From day one, I knew I wanted a travel system as it is a complete package and you don’t have to worry about purchasing items such as car seats separately. So with that in mind,  I roamed the stores of London endlessly for a travel system my heart would settle on, from mamas and papas to mothercare to independent baby stores, I left no stone unturned.

I did end up ordering a system but when it arrived, it went right back to the store without it even being opened. So that was me back to the drawing board! How could I not settle on anything? What other option did I have left?

I knew Little A would be here any day so I needed to get a move on. One day, I came across Infababy (then known as Uberchild) on google and I felt my heart buzz. After extensively going through each review and a YouTube video, I knew I wanted the Moto 3 in 1. 

But there was a hiccup.

If I wanted this pram, I’d have to order it online, I’d have to part with my money on an item before seeing it in the flesh. This was a risk, a gamble for sure but a risk that I would take in a heartbeat again!



The Moto 3 in 1 has by far been the best thing I have ever bought for Little A and I couldn’t be more proud. 

There was not only a pram but a carrycot and a car seat too, so a complete travel system.

What really sold me this pram were it’s wheels, not only they are lockable but are made from the latest technology tubeless PU rubber tyres - all I understood with that it is used in cars as well so it must be good and durable! And they are! We’ve travelled on all types of surfaces and it’s always been a smooth ride. 





The other thing that sold the Moto to me was the carrycot, made from breathable fabrics. Yes, as carrycots are meant to be it is lie flat but the head is banked a Little for baby’s head to be raised to help reduce colic. At first, I admit, I was a bit wary of this but when it arrived you honestly can’t tell! But it’s a feature that’s supposed to help babies (I must add I did speak to my midwife about this for reassurance!). 




Additionally,  because of the formation of the seat unit, I do not have to worry about nap times on the go and it’s given me so much confidence as a Mum. The carrycot was a lie flat of course but the seat unit has different reclining positions too which is very useful when out and about as Little A can have a good nap in it if need be.

Hand in hand is the footrest that is adjustable to make it all that more comfortable for your little one.


One of the main features of what makes a travel system attractive is that it comes along with a car seat that you can attach to the pram and with the Moto 3 in 1, it’s just with one click.





This made life so much easier and I realise how much easier since she’s too big for it now and is in next stage. It was definitely a breeze, especially transporting her when she’d be fast asleep! 

The car seat is suitable from birth right up to 13kg so I say make the most of it as much as possible!

The finish on this entire pram is just exquisite, the leatherette bumper bar as well as the adjustable handle (thank goodness for this as my husband is considerably taller!) has not only been useful but quite appealing for the eye too as I have received lots of compliments.

There’s a peeking window at the back of the hood which helps you to keep an eye on little ones once they’re ready to face the world, an adjustable hood that comes so far out that I needn’t worry about protecting Little A from the scorching sun we’ve had this summer.

The seat liners for the car seat, carrycot and the seat unit can all be removed and easily washed.

Both the car seat and seat unit features the safety harnesses, car seat a 3 point and the seat a 5 point, so you know your little one is safe and sound.

To some, the shopping basket may seem on the small side but being honest, it’s been nearly 2 years and it’s met my needs so I’m absolutely happy with it! 

In the package you’re also given a snuggly footmuff which is keeping Little A all warm for the second winter running. And to top it all up, a changing bag that came with a travel changing pad! 21 months on, I am still using it - I guess that speaks for itself, right?

Overall, as you probably have already gathered, I am absolutely in love with the Moto 3 in 1! Yes, I do have to mention that it is bulky and my Mum has mentioned to me several times that it’s bulky but at the same time she does keep praising it too! I tell myself to see that in a positive light, how so? It’s definitely sturdy, more durable and I can for sure see myself using this exact same pram with the next baby, if ever there was one. 

It does make me sad that sometime next year, I’ll be on the search for a new stroller as Little A will hit the maximum weight limit of 15kg but let’s leave that till next year, shall we? As of right now, we’re happily making use of our pram.

*I bought the product myself and decided to write a review at my own accord, just to share my experience with you all. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

*The pictures used were not specifically taken for this review, they have been taken over the course of 21 months, our journey so far.


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