My Sunday Photo - 39/52

Noah has always been fascinated with his shadow, just like most children so he asked me to take this photo on the way to nursery this week. I love how it turned out, especially as it was just a quick shot as we were running late. I love the colours, the Autumn leaves on the floor and how Noah looks like Peter Pan! I was also baby wearing Ava at the time so she's in the photo too! 



Project 365 - Week 38/52

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Wow, we are coming up to the end of September! It'll be Christmas before we know it and I can't quite believe it! How fast has this year gone? This week has basically been back to routine of nursery, family visits, shopping and so on, nothing really to shout home about but it's been a nice week none the less. Noah had a little wobble with nursery this week and I think it's all down to him waking at 6am most mornings, he's always shattered. When he wakes at 7am or 7:30am, he's like a different child and has so much more energy to concentrate and play. Hopefully next week will be better as it wasn't nice having to take him when he was so tired and upset. Ava has been her easy going little self and has been getting into a bit more of a routine with her naps now we have a bit more structure to the week. She's also coming on leaps and bounds with weaning, she loves food just like her brother! When it comes to the weekend we've had quite an easy going one so far with a trip to the arcades this afternoon, Noah had a ball and won lots of prizes.

What have you been up to this week?


TotsBots Out & About Kit - Review

TotsBots are one of my favourite reusable nappy brands, one that I've supported ever since we switched to cloth nappies back when Noah was a baby. What I love about TotsBots is that they continue to push boundaries when it comes to their products, from how they design their prints, through to continually improving their nappy range. I'm always excited to see what they'll bring to the table next. Their new Out and About Kits are something to be really excited about!

One thing which always daunted me when using cloth nappies in the early days was using them when out and about. I worried about what I would do with the wet or soiled nappy, or any wet clothing. It sometimes put me off using them anywhere other than at home because I thought it was easier just to use a disposable nappy when going out. The Out & About Kit eliminates these worries and makes using cloth nappies easier and much more convenient.

The Out & About Kit consists of one happy mat and one waterproof wet bag, which are both made with such care and attention to detail. The changing mat is double sided and is not only great for changing on but it makes a vibrant play mat too.

At the moment the kit is only available in the Kaleidoscope print (which is one of their most popular prints) but they do have happy mats and wet bags available in different designs which are sold separately. You can also match your cloth nappy to these by purchasing the Kaleidoscope print in a TeenyFit Star, Easyfit Star or PeeNut wrap. 

The TotsBots Out & About Kit costs just £22.00 which I think is excellent value for money. It's perfect for parents who use cloth nappies and parents disposable ones because changing mats and wet bags can be used by both. If you like the look of this kit, whether you use cloth nappies or not you'll have to grab it quick, it's only available from the website and for a limited time only.

- We were sent this product for purpose of this review however all opinions are my own. 

Top Tips For Car Care

Keeping your car in tip top condition can save you hundreds of pounds in the long run so it is really important to keep on top of it before it gets out of hand. Ignoring small problems now can lead to big problems in the future and there is nothing more vital than knowing your car is safe, especially with children on board. Here are is my personal car maintenance checklist.

Keeping your tyres in good condition is extremely important. A tyre blowout at 70mph on the motorway can, and does, cause fatal accidents. You should check your tyres before every journey to ensure they are safe. Look for any foreign objects which may be stuck. You are looking for any signs of external damage.Check tyre tread and pressure at least once every 2 weeks.  The law in the UK states that tyre tread is a minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central 3 quarters of the tyre. If it is below 1.6mm, replace it immediately. Check your car manufacturers handbook for tyre pressure or it is sometimes stamped in the sill of the driver’s side door.

Service your car
Servicing your car at least once every 12 months will help ensure it is in top working order. Standard checks in a service include a brakes check, wheel alignment, clutch, battery and much more. Oil and filter changes keep your engine running smooth and you will be advised of any work which may need to be carried out in the future. You can usually also arrange to have your car valeted at the same time which take out the hassle of having to clean the car yourself.

Not only a legal requirement but also another way of keeping your vehicle safe. Carried out every 12 months, MOT’s ensure that your vehicle is safe to be on the road. If a fail is given, the work MUST be carried out before the vehicle is allowed to be used on the road. Most garages offer MOT’s and many can be booked online, for example, you can now easily reserve MOT tests in Wakefield, online from Ossett Tyre House.

Hopefully I have given you some valuable tips for maintaining your vehicle. Remember that you can’t be too careful when it comes to car safety, not only for you but others on the road too.

- This is a PR Collaboration. 


5 Tips For Balancing Indulgence & Responsibility When Preparing For Baby

Having a baby is a life changing experience. Sometimes these changes can be simply wonderful. However, sometimes it can be a little harder to let go of your old lifestyle. Although your baby will be a priority, it is important that you don’t lose sight of yourself. You need to find the right balance between enjoying your own life and taking care of your little one. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for you to do this. Below are five tips for balancing indulgence with responsibility when preparing for your baby.

You can maintain a beautiful interior
When you are busy taking care of your baby, it can be hard to find the time to look after your home. Instead, everything can get a little out of control. Don’t worry, it is still possible for you to maintain a beautiful interior. It is all about making the right design decisions. You should try to streamline your possessions, so that you have less to keep clean. You should also invest in plenty of storage. Ideally, you want to choose hidden storage, as this is the best way to keep everything out of your eye-sight. Make sure that your design scheme is as practical as possible.

You can make responsibility fun
When you are carrying, breastfeeding, or raising your baby, it is vital that you stay fit and healthy. One way to do this is by taking part in an exercise class. Don’t make this a punishment, make it a reward. Look around for a class that you are actually excited to go to. You could even try to get your friends involved or use it as an opportunity to meet new people.

You can maintain a stylish wardrobe
If you love to take care of your appearance, you should still take the time to do this once you have had your baby. This is a great way to remind yourself that you deserve a little attention. Although your wardrobe should be practical, it should never be boring. You just need to find clothes that are easy to clean and gentle on your baby’s skin.

You can still drive a car that you love
When you have your baby, you will need to drive a vehicle that has enough space for a sturdy car-seat. It should also provide the space that you need for your family to grow. Don’t worry, you can still find a vehicle that you can be excited about driving. For instance, you could choose the used Mercedes-Benz C Class. This is an extremely elegant vehicle and its base models are well equipped with safety technology. Why compromise when you can have the best of both worlds?

You can still maintain a healthy social life
Although you will be spending a lot of time with your little one, this doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your friends. Instead, you can combine play dates with girly catch-ups. This is ideal if some of your girlfriends have their own children. However, even if they don’t, you could still arrange to meet at a park or in a coffee. It may take a while for you to get into your new routine, but it is important to stay connected with all of your friends.

- This is a guest post collaboration.