There are so many wonderful elements to Christmas time; the food, the presents, the decorations and of course – the joy of a parent who finally has the opportunity to dress their baby up as Santa Claus. Don’t even pretend that it doesn’t make you ridiculously happy to put your children in adorable clothes at Christmas! Boots Mini Club have the most wonderful range this year and I’m going to share a few of my favourites with you here. There’s still plenty of time to get your little one something special to wear for the big day!
Oh the wonderful world of prams. Choosing a pram can be an absolute minefield, can’t it? It’s hard enough picking a pram for your first baby, but then baby number two comes along, bringing with them a whole new load of pushchair related confusion. I’d originally hoped that we would be able to get by without a double pram but with Darcie still regularly napping during the day time, it quickly became clear that a double pram was exactly what we needed. One of my main dilemmas was whether or not we should get a double (side by side) or tandem (one up, one down). After purchasing a side by side, I was also then sent the Babystyle Hybrid Tandem to try out for the purposes of this review. So I’m pleased to say I can now give you my informed opinions on the whole double pram conundrum and all of my thoughts on the Babystyle Hybrid Tandem. Continue reading “Babystyle Hybrid Tandem | Review”
This morning we made snow scene jars and Darcie enjoyed it so much that I thought I would share the idea on here too. I’ve seen pictures of similar jars on Pinterest but I’ve never seen it recommended as a toddler craft activity before. I love doing any crafts with Darcie but my favourite ones are definitely the ones that I end up wanting to display around the house. You could even use these jars as Christmas presents too, that’s how cute they look!
At two and a half years old, this is the first Christmas that Darcie really understands what is going on. Last year she was excited by presents and seeing all the lights and glitter but this year she is seeing it all in a new light and magic for the first time. And she thinks that it is wonderful! In some ways the pressure is on to make sure that she loves her Christmas presents, but at the same time I’m not allowing that to become stressful. She is still young enough that she is quite easy to buy for and not old enough to have a Christmas list as long as her lean toddler legs! I’m sure next year will be a different story. In case anyone is struggling for ideas, I’ve put together this list of some things that I know Darcie will love and hopefully you can get some inspiration too! Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide | Toddlers”
November is upon us, and we all know what that means – Christmas is coming! I’m someone who gets a bit too excited about Christmas a bit too early so I try to contain myself as much as I can. But once November arrives I feel free to shout about it from the rooftops. Now is the perfect time to be getting organised with Christmas shopping so I’m officially declaring this Little Snippets’ Gift Guide Week and I’ll be sharing my top picks for Christmas over the next few days. Hopefully you can find some new ideas and discover new brands and products through my gift guides. I’m starting off with the littlest people we have to buy for – and let’s be honest the ones, who would happily just sit and chew on wrapping paper without caring at all what is inside – the babies! Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide | Babies”
Being a second child, Ernie often finds himself (for want of a better word) plonked places. On the floor, in a bouncy chair, on a play mat. He spends a lot of his time just being somewhere while I deal with whatever crisis his older sister has created. He is a very laid back, easy going kind of baby so generally he’s quite happy just lying and looking around until I can come back to him. But as he is getting older, he is also getting more and more aware of his surroundings and so I’m starting to build up a collection of things that are just his, to entertain him in moments when I can’t. The current favourite ‘place to put Ernie’ is the Musical Newborn Cosy Gym from Taf Toys which was kindly sent to us to try out. There are so many things I love about this play mat so here are my thoughts on the product: Continue reading “Taf Toys Musical Newborn Cosy Gym | Review”
To My Second Child,
I’ve been wanting to write this since your birth, wanting to find the words, to explain how I feel. But something has been stopping me; I wasn’t sure exactly what it was that I needed to say to you and I haven’t been sure how to put into words the way I have felt since you arrived. But I’ll try.
My second child, you are so very different to my first. You are calm, quiet, easy to make smile. You are the very definition of an ‘easy baby’, although I hate to use that term for how it implies your sister was something else. Your laid back nature and currently simple needs mean it is very easy to leave you to one side, to put you on a play mat while I focus on your sister. Her needs are so much more complex than yours and her toddler ways take up so much of my time. I give you what time I have left, but it never feels like enough. It pales in comparison to the twenty four hour care and attention that I was able to give to your sister, my first child. Continue reading “To My Second Child”
Being a parent can be stressful, I don’t think anyone would deny that. Raising kids is a full time occupation in itself and as they grow and develop there are always new challenges to face and phases to get through. Being a parent forces you to make huge, important decisions about how you want to raise your children which is why it is important to learn to let go of some of the small stuff. If you’re stressing over big decisions and also allowing little everyday things to add to your stress levels, then chances are that before too long, you will explode. And no one wants that. I’ve always been a very relaxed and calm person but having children took even my stress levels up a notch. I’ve made several conscious decisions and changes to my mindset to help retain my sanity and I thought I would share them with you all, in case they can be useful to you too. Continue reading “How To Let Go Of The Little Things & Limit Daily Stress”
I’m late, oh I’m so late with this! Only his second ever update and I’m so late with it that I was torn whether or not just to leave it and wait for the three month update. But I would love to have a full set for the first year of his life, so here we are. He is now closer three months but I will write what I can remember from a couple of weeks ago with some mention of how he is doing now too! Continue reading “Ernie At Two Months Old”
We all know that once you have children ‘the days are long and the years are short’ but since becoming a mum of two, I feel that time has sped up even more. After seeing everyone’s back-to-school posts this September, it has dawned on me that in two short years it will be my turn to send Darcie off to school. We are more than half way through this glorious period in our lives, when we aren’t governed by school regulations, uniforms, the confines of travelling within the holidays or scraping money together for school trips. And I’m worried, I’m worried that I’m not making the most of this time we have together. I’m afraid that I could be doing more, showing her more, enjoying it more. Continue reading “Time, Please Slow Down”