Christmas is coming! We are past Black Friday now so can legitimately get excited, get the decs up and enjoy mulled wine next to a roaring fire. And for me, part of the excitement of Christmas is getting some crafting on and making some thoughtful, unique Christmas gifts. My Christmas cross –stitch is coming along well, although really I should probably have started months ago…Continue reading

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Somehow, it’s the third day of advent already. The tree is coming down from the loft today (yay!), we just need to work out where in the lounge it will fit (not playing the blame game, but SOMEONE has their playpen where the tree would normally go). And with that, we have 2 more advent prizes for each calendar, so let’s dive in and see the “goodies” on offer.Continue reading

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It’s here! It’s December! It’s officially OK to get excited about Christmas and get that tree down from the loft! Woop Woop! Even though we’re adults now, and Little Mister is too young to really have any Blue’s Clues about what’s going down, we’ve never managed to grow out of advent calendars. Being that we were both still sticking to Lean in 15 when we bought our calendars (although we’ve fallen off the wagon on my partners birthday over a month ago, and not quite managed to get back on…), we opted for the non-chocolatey variety this month. Here’s a run-down on the calendars we settled on:Continue reading

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Sometimes, this whole “being a parent” thing hits you, and it’s usually at times you wouldn’t expect. My latest wave of realisation came one evening last week. I was chilling on the couch, Little Mister sat on my knee, watching a re-run of Dance Moms, whilst he was munching away on some blueberry tapioca crackers (as an aside, although the packaging says “mess free”, I have a purple  crusted pair of joggers that would beg to differ). I couldn’t stop watching him, feeding him-self, when it only felt such a short time ago we were decorating the nursery and picking out bottles. And he looked so content, cracker in hand, smiling away at Abby Lee Miller whilst she passive aggressively crushed the dreams of some child. Then he blew a raspberry with a mouthful of cracker everywhere and kind of bust me out of the moment. I think it’s the finger foods that are making it hit home, that Little Mister is starting those first steps to feeding independence in what feels like no time at all.Continue reading

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It had been a long, rainy day of shopping. Little Mister needed a new bath chair (we had been using his new-born bath seat still, but as he was able to launch out of it by himself it had to go…), and we had been in and out of shops all day. Something easy for dinner loomed; something hot and chicken-y. So as we were sat in KFC, my baby boy lunged from my lap to make a snatch at my fries. I took it as a sign that he was ready to begin the long, messy process of weaning (even if I wasn’t ready…, naively I thought it would be a choice to wait until 6 months before we would start). Before this point we had tried a couple of tastes; baby rice and avocado. Both didn’t go down well, so it was with a little trepidation we started with real food.

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Little Mister is teething and has been teething for what (already) feels like forever. We had major progress last weekend with the first 2 gnashers popping into the world, and this week I’ve learned that they are bloody sharp indeed… (both through wrestling him still to clean them and from foolishly leaving my arm exposed long enough to get a good chomp in). Continue reading

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This weekend we’ve been getting into the Halloween Spirit and burning off some creative energy with Pumpkin Carving. A year ago we announced on Facebook we were expecting using a picture of a bunch of pumpkins, so it was only fitting we re-enacted with our own little pumpkin…

My chilled out Little Pumpkin 🎃 ♥ 😘 #baby #Halloween #fancydress

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The last few years have sought a tradition of popping down to the farmers market, picking up ridiculously large pumpkin-y beasts and printing out an over-ambitious template from the internet to recreate on our fruit. Yesterday evening was a very chilled one, sipping Banana Bread Ale to Strictly Come Dancing whilst easing out small sections of pumpkin flesh. I opted for 2 this year; a simple Bowser to warm up my carving skills, followed with an intricate Ghostbuster silhouette. My partner went for the eye of Sauron complete with elvish inscriptions. In true me style, I forgot to get my stencils printed off so had to improvise with tracing paper over my PC monitor. Luckily, no permanent sharpie marks have made it onto my screen.

So here we are, the finished products of 3 hours hollowing, hollering, swearing, crying and carving!

Pumpking Carving: Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser

Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser!

Pumpkin Eye of Sauron

Spooky

Pumpkin Carving Bowser Mario

More Cute than Scary

Pumpkin Carving Ghostbusters

I’m proud with how this one came out, so stressful doing those teeth though!

In past years, we’ve gone with the Cookie Monster, Minions and the Nightmare before Christmas. I’m not sure I can take the pressure of trying to do something even more intricate next year, but I’m sure we’ll forget by then and give it a go anyway…

Pumpkin Carving Nightmare before Christmas Oogie Boogie Jack

Pumpkins 2015: The nightmare before Christmas

Pumpkin Carving Minions Gru Despicable Me Cookie Monster

Pumpkins 2014: Cookie Monster and Minions

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With time whizzing by, I’ve definitely become more conscious of capturing all those special milestones and moments that my Little Mister has been growing through. Whilst his memory book is still waiting to be filled in, I have been taking plenty of pictures so definitely have lots of reference points for when I have a free hour (ha!) and a hot cuppa (haha!) to sit and catch up. I’ve also been very good with getting photos printed as they come, with lots of bargains had using groupon (like 100 snapfish photos for £1 and 100 truprint photos for £1), and have actually started sticking them into some sort of album…

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When I first saw the title, I wondered how cliché I could get in my response. Of course, I couldn’t live without my family. I also couldn’t function without my phone (how else would I Instagram everything I eat?!?). And it wouldn’t be worth getting through the day without my desktop PC; imagining a world without big monitors and gloriously click-y keyboards makes me sad… and disgusted at the prospect of only ever typing on a touch screen. So I thought I would use this Blogtober post to cover something that has genuinely made my life a million times easier with Little Mister; the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine.

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