Blade & Rose Clothing - Review & Competition

I've been a huge fan of Blade & Rose ever since Noah was a baby after I came across them on social media. We've had so many pairs of leggings in different designs in a whole array of different sizes. We've even had matching socks too! I think that when it comes to children's leggings you can't get any better than Blade & Rose, every design is unique and you can spot their signature style from a mile away.

Over the past couple of years I've seen their popularity grow and with such deserved success Blade & Rose have now expanded their collection. Not only do they sell leggings but they now offer full outfits, cardigans, hats, wellies and even soft toys! It's so exciting to see what they release next and I wish I could afford to buy the lot!

I worked with Blade & Rose back when Noah was a baby so when the chance came to review some new pieces from their collection I was more than happy to say yes. We'd already had a lot of their leggings in primary colours and neutrals with Noah being a boy but now that I have a daughter I wanted to go all out pink and as you can see by my choice of outfit I did just that! After what seemed like an hour of deliberation I decided to choose the Racoon leggings and matching Racoon long sleeve t-shirt. These retail at a respectable £10.00 for the leggings and £13.95 for the top.

When they arrived in the post I couldn't help but squeal as they were even cuter up close and in my hands. I couldn't wait to dress Ava in them and I think I had her in the outfit within the hour! 

I was drawn to this design because I love how a racoon is featured on them as it's not an animal that you see on "girl" clothing very often, it's usually all cats, mice and unicorns! Not that there's anything wrong with those, I do love a good cat print! I also like how I could team the top up with some jeans or match the leggings with a plain t-shirt to mix it up a bit, they are very versatile.

The leggings are so luxurious, made from 75% combed cotton, 20% nylon and 5% spandex. This makes them super soft with a little bit of stretch, ideal for cloth nappies and for crawling or cruising about the house. The are also great for keeping your little one's legs nice and cosy in these colder temperatures we've been having lately. The long sleeve t-shirt is just as lovely as the leggings and is made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane. How cute are those little puff ball sleeves? Such a lovely detail. These pieces make such a fantastic outfit for little ones, one that's not just cute but very practical and comfortable for them to wear too.

I've teamed up with Blade & Rose to give away a pair of leggings to one lucky winner. The winner also gets to choose the design too! To enter simply use the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

Pair of Blade & Rose Leggings
Terms & Conditions.                                                                                      
1. There will be 1 winner who will win a pair of Blade & Rose leggings in their choice of design. 
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 19/11/17
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.


10 Baby Names I Love But Will Never Use

Pregnancy is like a rollercoaster ride, a loop the loop of emotions, exhaustion and elation and an experience that I wouldn't change for the world. I may not have had the labours that I'd always imagined but my children were born healthy and that's all a mother ever hopes for. They are also two of the sweetest souls you will ever meet, I'm very lucky.

There's countless moments in both my pregnancies which bring a smile to my face and leave me with a feeling of nostalgia. I can't help but sit and reminisce. From the pregnancy announcements and the 12 week scans (here and here) to gender predicting and gender reveals, there's been so many moments to enjoy and to savour.

Another exciting part of pregnancy has got to be thinking of baby names! Very early on in my pregnancies I brought out the baby name books and started to write my lists. Names are so important, you've got to get it right and it's also got to sound right with your surname. Having two children there are so many names that are still on our baby name lists, one's that we probably won't ever use as we don't plan on having anymore children.

Having taken inspiration from a few fellow bloggers I decided to write a post all about them as I thought it'd be nice to look back at when the children are older. So here we go, 10 baby names that I love but will never use.

1. Darcy
This name was my second choice for Ava and up until the last few weeks I was still deliberating over which name to go for. I'd often message friends asking which name they liked the best and for a while I didn't know which name I preferred out of the two. Nick and most of my family didn't like it as much as Ava so I eventually decided against it.

2. Rose
This was another name that I would have liked for Ava. For a first name I adore the name Rose as I think it's a timeless classic, it's such a pretty name and one which suits all ages. When Ava was born she actually really suited Rose but it didn't really flow well with her middle name and surname so we stuck with our first choice.

3. Harper
I think we've all got the Beckham's to thank for bringing this name to our attention. It's such a lovely name and one that I liked for both children (before I knew either child's gender) but it was veto'd straight away as Nick didn't like it.

4. Sophia
Like the name Harper I had Sophia on my list for both children. In fact I think that Noah would have most probably been a Sophia or Daisy (see below!) if he'd have been a girl. With the name being on my list twice, for both children it was a main contender for sure. 

5. Daisy
Daisy was the front runner with Sophia if Noah had been a girl. I'm pretty certain we'd have used one of those names for Noah if he'd been a girl but I'm not sure which I'd have gone for. What's strange though is by the time I fell pregnant with Ava I had totally gone off the name, for my own child that is but I do still think it's a sweet name.

6. Louie
Before we found out that Ava was a girl this was one of the only names I had on my boy name list. I really struggled finding boy names that I loved while I was pregnant with her and I think that was my body was telling me that she was female before we'd even found out that she was. When I was carrying Noah, it was the opposite way around, I only liked boy names! 

7. Harry
Noah was very close to being a Harry as it was out second choice. Although Noah is super popular these days I think Harry is just a little bit more so and it didn't sound as good with our surname. I'm glad we decided to stick with our number one choice.

8. Max
Third in our list for Noah was the name Max as it's a name that we'd both said that we'd liked in the past. We didn't use it because again it didn't sound quite right with our surname. It sounded like a superhero name, which I suppose would have been very apt in hindsight considering Noah's obsession with everything superhero! 

9. Charlie
Now who doesn't like the name Charlie? If you say no then you must be fibbing, it's such a classic and one that tends to always make me smile. It's another name that's been on our baby name list twice but unfortunately we weren't able to use it either time.

10. Dawson
Last but not least I have to mention this name as it's quite a special one to me. The moment I fell pregnant with Noah I knew that he was a boy and the first name that I fell in love with was Dawson. I'm not sure what made me think of the name (no I hadn't been watching Dawson's Creek!) but I liked the sound of it and I didn't know anyone who'd used the name either. For the first few weeks of pregnancy I was adamant that I was carrying a boy and I had my heart set on the name but as time went on it became a name that I'd mention in passing but no one seemed to love it like I did.

What are your favourite baby names? I'd love to hear them! 


Blaze and the Monster Machines Animal Island Stunts Speedway - Review

Last week saw the arrival of a very fun toy to review, the 
Blaze and the Monster Machines Animal Island Stunts Speedway. When it arrived I couldn't wait to show Noah because's he's just starting to get into Blaze and the Monster Machines and with his love of cars I just knew it would go down a storm. As soon as he set eyes on the box, he smiled from ear to ear which was a great start!

On opening the box I was a little taken a back by all the pieces that had to be assembled but it didn't take me five minutes to put together and that was with the help of my soon to be four year old son! 

Once everything was set up I was surprised by how big the play set was, it was bigger than I imagined and some parts cannot be removed once put together. Though that's not a problem for me as I'm used to having toys taking over every room in the house, it's a given with two children! Also to note, sometimes with large play sets the quality of the toy and the material that's used is pretty poor quality but that's not the case with this set, it's very well made and sturdy. As you can see it's quite an attractive play set to look at, we were all very impressed with it.

The Blaze and the Monster Machines Animal Island Stunts Speedway features a large scale track set designed for use with the Blaze die-cast vehicles. This set comes with an exclusive Lion Blaze vehicle and there are other die-cast Monster Machines which can be collected and used on the track too. We are looking to buy Noah a couple more for his birthday.

There are multiple ways to play with this set, with not one but four exciting stunt roads; the tumbling tree fall, vertical drop, upside down S-curve and bridge and waterfall jump through crashing doors. Noah really enjoys choosing the stunt that Blaze will do next. From placing the monster machine at the very top of the mountain and down the tumbling tree track to taking a nose dive straight off the edge of the cliff and driving upside down! Speaking of which, the upside down S-curve had both myself, my partner and Noah all shouting "WOAH!" when we first saw it! Noah's actually setting Blaze up for the S-curve on the photo above, it's so fast that he's just a blur in the shot!

We've had hours of fun with this set with all the different stunt tracks but if we ever wanted to add more options there's other Blaze and the Monster Machine sets which we can connect at a later date. There are of course sold separately, as are the additional Monster Machine vehicles. 

The Fisher-Price Blaze Playset retails at £49.99 and is suitable from 3 years +. It's a great toy, one which we've all really enjoyed playing with over the past week. I think it'd make one awesome present for both boys and girls this Christmas.

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


My Sunday Photo - 42/52

After an amazing week at Butlin's it's only right to have this shot as my Sunday photo this week, the big deck chair is famous and it just had to be done! Plus how cute do the kids look? We packed so much into our week and really made the most of ever moment. Make sure to look at my previous post, this weeks Project 365 to see what we've been up to. I'll also be reviewing our stay in the next few weeks so stay tuned for that too!



Project 365 - Week 41/52

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We've just got back from a week at Butlin's in Skegness and we've had the most amazing time! I went so fast but I'm not surprised as every moment we were out and about doing something, we hardly spent any time in the apartment. The kids absolutely loved, Noah in particular being the age that he is and he was really sad to have to leave. Our favourite things to do were to head to the arcades or to the rides but there was so much to do, it's the perfect place for children. We will be reviewing the Just For Tots break in the next couple of weeks so make sure to pop back to read all about it, that's if you're interested in going yourself. We were really impressed and Noah is already asking to go back!

We are now back home and totally have the post holiday blues, it's horrible. 
It's been lovely to be able to spend so much time together as a family this week so I feel a bit sad that it's back to reality on Monday. Nick is back to work and Noah is back to nursery which means those dreaded early morning nursery run's too. That being said we've got so much more to look forward to this year (Halloween, Bonfire Night, Noah's 4th birthday, Christmas!) and next year too (Ava's 1st birthday, Center Parcs, Majorca!) so I'm trying to keep them as my focus to get me through normality next week!

What have you been up to this week?