Mummy & Me - July

It's becoming Noah's "thing" to never smile when we take a photo together. If I take one on his own it's all smiles and silly faces but when I try to take a nice one of us together well then I get faces like this! Ha ha. I tickled his legs, sang funny songs, blew raspberries on his neck and would he smile? Would he heck! So here are our photo's from July! August I aim to have a smile!

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes


Noah - 20 Months Old

20 months old and hasn't it flown by. Noah's personality and humour just blooms every month. He is so witty and comical and will do anything to make you smile and laugh. I find this so endearing. He's very social, humorous, gentle, inquisitive, energetic and caring. On the flip side he's very short tempered when he can't figure something out, has a short attention span and is stubborn when he wants to be. I don't know where he gets that from, haha. 

He now wears mainly 18-24 month clothing with the odd 12-18 month t'shirt. I weighed him this week and he weight 1st 12lb. 26lb! He is still slim, slender and I think tall for his age. 


On the health front he has been fine thankfully. No colds and no sick bugs. He's still on 12 teeth and I'm wondering when more are going to come through. 


Three set meals, a snack, two big bottles of cows milk and a flask of water. That is what Noah normally eats and drinks during a day. I try my best to keep his diet balanced but I do like to treat him every now and again. Thankfully I have been fortunate with his eating as there isn't much he doesn't like and he's a huge lover of fruit, veg and cheese. 


He usually sleeps 8pm-8am and has a 2 hour nap after his lunch. This is ideal for us and though he's had a few days where it's been hit and miss he tends to keep to that routine. 

New word for this month is "YEAAAH!" He knows half a dozen words and I've noticed that he tries to repeat me a lot more recently. He isn't putting two words together just yet and does still babble from time to time.

He can also say go, choo choo, poo poo, choc choc. 

Milestones and new tricks
Noah can now give two thumbs up! This is literally my favourite thing ever because he knows what it means too! When he approves of something he will give you a thumbs up and I can't help but laugh and smile.

He can point out a variety of different pictures in books. We are going to be introducing flash cards soon.

He is trying to repeat everything that I say now and is really trying.

He can scroll through videos on my iPhone and press play. Nerd in the making.

Favourite things this month
Surprise egg videos, tidying up, putting things in the bin, playgroup, playing out, going for a walk, swings, song time, visiting family, apples, cars, vehicles, trains, sirens, aeroplanes, kisses, thumbs up, the cats, sticker books, splashing in puddles, running, jumping and watching videos of himself. 


7 Fashion Staples for your Children's Summer Wardrobe

A great capsule summer wardrobe will make it easy to get your little one ready for their next adventure. I worked with leading designer kids clothes retailer, Strawberry Children to put together a guide of what you need to make sure your youngster’s summer style shines through.

1. The perfect summer dress
Little dresses are summer must-haves, keeping little ones looking and feeling cool throughout the day. Dresses such as the rose sleeveless dress from Monnalisa are as easy to pack for holidays as they are to wear for a family barbecue or a special summer day trip. The red and cream colour-scheme is pretty and stylish - adorable right?

2. A Playful Romper
Keep young boys feeling comfortable but looking great in a cute romper. The 100% cotton baby boys romper from Ralph Lauren combines the style of kids designer clothes with a great summer colour. The poppers make it really easy to change those dreaded dirty nappies too.

3. Funky Swim Shorts
Summer is all about trips to the beach or afternoons in the paddling pool, and little ones will really make a splash in a pair of funky swim shorts. These floral swimming shorts are a top choice for style and comfort. The elasticated waist and drawstring ensure the perfect fit on your little man.

4. Cool and Comfortable Polo
Polo shirts have to be a mainstay of any boy’s wardrobe given how versatile and comfortable they are and this little white and pale blue polo is as cute as they come. The stripes and three-button fastening give it a stylish edge, while the 100% cotton will help keep your boy smiling on even the hottest of days.

5. Summer Shoe
The perfect summer shoe needs to be as practical as it is stylish. Take the Mini Melissa Cat Shoe - Have you ever seen something so cute? If only they made adult sizes! This is a shoe that would work equally as well on the beach as it would for a theme park day out. Made from from incredibly soft MelFlex plastic, your little one won’t be complaining about her tootsies.

6. Sun Hat
A sun hat is essential to keep your little one safe but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cute as well. The Armani Junior Baby Boys Sun Hat, available in pale blue or white, will stay on with the minimum of fuss and can transform any outfit into a designer look. Its soft jersey cotton makes it comfortable for small children to wear and a simple hand wash will keep it looking its best.

7. Pretty Accessories
And finally, my absolute favourite! Gorgeously girly accessories can transform a summer outfit in seconds. A simple t-shirt could become something very special with the addition of this jewelled collar from Monnalisa. Lined with soft cotton and with an adjustable ribbon fastening, this is the ultimate in easy-to-wear style.

Have I missed anything out? What’s your favourite summer piece in your little ones wardrobe?

- This is a PR collaboration.


Invest or Borrow with Lending Works

After buying and renovating out first home last year money has been tight. We knew a mortgage and full house renovation was going to be expensive but we didn't really know to what extent. Throw in the fact that I decided not to go back to work after my maternity leave we have had to make some major cut backs.

Our renovation project has pretty much been completed but now we are drawing up plans to convert the attic into a third bedroom. It's like the work never stops! 
Our next project is going to be rather costly so I've been looking into peer to peer lenders as that is an avenue we could go down. 

One website I have been looking into is Lending Works which is an online peer to peer lending service. Peer to peer lending is also known as martketplace lending and is a relatively new and innovative concept which is booming worldwide and here in the UK too.

This service allows lenders to benefit from a bigger investment than those offered with a standard saving account or ISA. Borrowers also reap the benefits too as they receive low cost loans with no hidden fee's and lower interest rates. 

Peer to peer lending or borrowing is something that I wasn't aware of and I will certainly be taking it into consideration when it comes to borrowing or investing in the near future. 

Have you ever invested or borrowed? Is this a service you may try?

- This is a PR collaboration.


My Changing Bag Essentials

I know that these type of posts aren't for everyone but I personally love them. There's something I find very enjoyable about peeking into someone's changing bag and seeing what they travel with. Do they pack lightly or are they like me and pack everything and the kitchen sink?

Noah is now 20 months old and I can usually get away with packing lightly but on days out I certainly need to make sure I take everything that we might need. It's better safe than sorry as it would be just my luck that the one item I forgot would be the one item that we need.

Above you will see my ultimate essentials and nothing more as I didn't want to include that half eaten pack of wotsits or those three odd socks that have been lurking in the deep dark corners of my changing bag for the last two weeks! I'll spare you that much! 

My Changing Bag Essentials.

We use reusable nappies so I always pack a couple with a wet bag and resuable wipe pouches. A spare pair of shoes, hat, spare clothes, bibs, dummy, water bottle and bubbles! Then of course my bits and pieces such as my purse, phone and lip balm. 

Last but certainly not least I have to mention packing snacks and lots of them. Snacks are vital for days out with a toddler or young child and is probably my number one essential. Noah's favourite snacks at the moment are Raisins, Pasquiers Brioche, cheese and apple. 
Noah loves snack time so we make sure we pack a different variety of foods on our trips out and always have something on hand. No one wants to see a toddler when he's "Hangry!"

What are your handbag essentials? 

- This is a PR collaboration.