6/25/2017

My Sunday Photo - 26/52



OneDad3Girls

6/24/2017

Project 365 - Week 25/52


 18th June - 24th June

18th June 2017


19th June 2017


20th June 2017

21st June 2017


22nd June 2017


23rd June 2017


24th June 2017

Seriously, these weeks are flying by! We are halfway through the year already and Ava is 3 months old, well nearly four months now! I'm currently typing this one handed as she sleeps in my arms, it's pretty much how I do everything these days! This week has been good! We spent Sunday at one of our favourite places, Bowland Wild Boar Park. It was a beautiful warm day, not too hot and Noah had such an amazing time, just like he always does. Even Ava was happy to be pushed around in her carry cot staring at all the tree's. The rest of the week was back to our usual routine, which I mentioned last week has had a bit of a mix up recently as Noah now attends nursery every weekday afternoon. He absolutely loves it now and I think it's because he has so any friends there. He's always coming home and telling me the names of all the children he's been playing with, he's always making new friends and is so very sociable. My Mum visited on Wednesday, which was lovely as ever and we all enjoyed the warm weather whilst it was here.

What have you been up to this week?


6/22/2017

Ava - 3 Months Old



Okay, I'm ready for time to slow down a little now. How is my little newborn baby now three months old? I could cry because she's growing so quickly. I feel like I just have to blink and she's changed a little bit more and it's so bittersweet! As much as you want your row, to bloom and to witness every one of their milestones it's also sad how quickly it all seems to happen. As I type this she is fast asleep in a rugby style hold after having a feed. I'm looking down at her as she makes the sweetest noises in her sleep. There's nothing better than this. Anyway, lets get to it. Here is my sweet Ava's 3 month update.


Character
She is one of the happiest babies I've ever known or come in contact with, I only have to look at her and she coo's and smiles from ear to ear, she's so lovely. She needs constant physical contact, is very social and doesn't like to be on her own for a second. She can go from perfectly happy to screaming in the flick of a switch and that tends to be when she's in the arms of someone else and she realises she wants to be back with her Mummy. She's very much a Mummy's girl and I absolutely love it. 


Size
My little chunky monkey now weighs around 14lb, she's a whole stone in weight! She fits into mainly 3-6 month clothing now but some 0-3 sleep suits still fit her, she's already in size 3 nappies too! I can't believe how big she's gotten in such a short amount of time, maybe being 9lb 4oz at birth gave her that big head start!


Health

Nothing to complain about this time on the health front. She's had the sniffles a few time, caught off her brother but they quickly subsided and didn't bother her at all. She's had no nappy rash, cradle cap or dry skin.


Feeding
We are still breastfeeding and Ava is thriving, I'm so happy. We don't have a feeding schedule or anything, everything is baby led but I do find her wanting a feed at set times every day. I've really enjoyed our breastfeeding journey so far and really hoping we can do it for a long time, till whenever she wants to wean from it. 



Sleep

Ava can be a monkey when it comes to sleep. She won't nap anywhere other than in my arms or in bed with me, the minute I put her down or walk out the room she instantly wakes up and cry's her eyes out. So nap time is very hit and miss, unless I hold her! At bedtime she will stay awake or doze in my arms until I go to bed myself, she then feeds and usually sleeps between 4-5 hours, feeds and then goes back to sleep for another 4-5 hours. Sometimes she has one feed during the night, sometimes two. When Noah was 3 months old he was sleeping through already but he wasn't breastfed so I can't expect that of Ava just yet.



Milestones and new tricks
*Ava had her first holiday, to Marbella with all her family.
* She also giggled for the first time on holiday! At the moment she will only laugh but only when tickled! She isn't laughing socially just yet. 
* Last month she discovered her hands and this month she's discovered her feet! She loves grabbing a hold of them and talks to them too! We are just waiting for her to pop them in her mouth now.
* She's almost rolling over and I think in the next week or two that she'll master it. I think she will be really quick at reaching her milestones, quicker than Noah anyway as he really took his time. 

* She is so good at grabbing things, our faces, hair, her toys.
* She's really interested in her toys and loves to lay on her play mat or activity mat.
* Ava is a lot more vocal now and is using consonant sounds and not just vowels.
* She's very steady when doing tummy time and controlling her head and neck.



Likes and dislikes
Being held, talked to, kissed, cuddled and sung too. Having her hands held or stroked. Sleeping in Mummy's bed. TREES! Mummy and Daddy. Her cuddly toys and play mat. Lamaze toys. When Noah is being silly and performing for her. Baby TV and Peppa Pig. Teethers and anything she can chew on. Feeding. Her snuggly jellycat bunny's. She doesn't like getting dressed, being put down or left alone for two minutes! 



6/21/2017

Kingdom Of You Personalised Book - Review & Competition



Lost My Name, the personalised children's gifts company have gone and done it again! Following on from their last release The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home they have just released a brand new book called The Kingdom of You and it's just as good, if not better than all their previous releases! 

I was given two voucher codes to order personalised books for both Noah and Ava which I liked because it allowed me to get face to face with their ordering system and I can happily report that it was very easy (and quite enjoyable) to order from them. 
For the purpose of this review I'm going to use Ava'a book as the example as I don't want to flit between the two different books and confuse you all. 



To order Ava's book I simply headed to the Kingdom of You section of the website entered her name and gender, then selected the character I wanted to use for her. I chose the little blonde girl because although Ava has dark hair at the moment I can see strands of blonde coming through, beneath the baby hair.

Personalising doesn't end there as and the choices you make when creating the book can really change up your story. The kingdom is named after them, you can choose your cast of characters (from dinosaurs, superheroes, animals, princesses and vehicles) and pick your child's favourite mouthwatering treat (pasta, pizza, ice cream, chicken and fruit.) You can also write a personalised dedication at the back of the book which I think is a lovely touch.


The story begins with the protagonist sulking in her room, she's fed up of being told what to do and above all, she's not going to tidy her room! Let's just say, she's a bit of a monkey! Beneath all the mess a laundry genie appears and grants her three wishes, which certainly turns her frown upside down!

For her first wish she asks to become a Queen of her very own kingdom because that way nobody would be able to tell her what to do anymore. Next up she wishes for princesses because she loves them just as much as she dislikes being told what to do. 


The characters had so much fun in her very own Kingdom, surrounded by hoards of princesses that she forgets how hungry she is. With that in mind her third and final wish she asks for a monster cone of ice cream and that is what she gets, literally! An ice cream monster appears and takes over the kingdom, creating utter chaos and bedlam! After lots of protests from her citizens she comes up with a master plan, to attack the ice cream monsters weak point, it's cone! Once she's won the battle with the ice cream monster she looks around and realises that everything is such a mess and she has to clean it up, it's her mess after all. She then takes off her crown and realises that she wished things were back to normal and thankfully the genie had a secret fourth wish up his sleeve and grants it for her.



Being able to personalise the book in so many different ways is so exciting for both parents and children alike. For Ava's book I chose her kingdom to be full of princesses and I chose ice cream for her food and for Noah I chose superheroes and pasta, his two favourites! These different choices make both stories quite unique from one another, both visually and story wise.

Noah thinks it's so cool (his words, not mine!) that he's a king in his story, that his kingdom is full of superheroes and that there was a monster made from pasta! It's his favourite book at the moment and we've not put it down since it arrived. Ava on the other hand, although she's small she's already enjoying books and I know that as she gets older she will love her Kingdom of You book just as much as her brother.


Kingdom of You is so much fun and one that can be read and enjoyed for years to come. It follows your child on a wild and wonderful adventure, with lots of twists and turns, I can't recommend it enough. It's also visually stunning, have you seen the illustrations?! It's suitable for up to 10 year old's and costs a very reasonable £19.99. 

How would you like to win a personalised copy for your child? To enter all you need to do is use the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to
enter my other blog competitions

Kingdom Of You Personalised Book

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1. There will be 1 winner.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 23/07/17
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified. 
5. UK entries only.

6/19/2017

Siblings - June 2017



You can't tell by looking at them but this months Siblings photo's were taken on our holiday in Marbella last month. I took so many of the pair of them during that week but decided to go for these three because I love how they flow and have the same colour temperature. I also love how it shows them bonding and just being themselves as this is what Noah is like with Ava every single day, he just seems to love her more and more as the months pass by. Can you believe she's now 3 months old? It's absolutely flown by! We are looking to book our next holiday abroad for next year sometime soon and it's so surreal to imagine how big they'll both be by this time next year and I imagine there will be lots of squabbles and not as many cuddles between them by then!




The Me and Mine Project

6/17/2017

Project 365 - Week 24/52


11th June - 17th June

11th June 2017

12th June 2017

13th June 2017

14th June 2017

15th June 2017

16th June 2017

17th June 2017

Another week has just flown on by and we've had a little mix up with our weekly routine this week. Noah usually goes to nursery in the afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but on Monday morning he was asking to go. He's entitled to 15 hours for free but was only using 9 of them as I didn't really want to send him all week (albeit only three hours an afternoon) when I'm at home but I've always followed his lead. With him asking to go I took him and he ended up going every afternoon, all week! I'm so happy with him and that he's finally enjoying it so much that he's asking to go at every given opportunity. My Mum came to visit us on Tuesday which is always nice, she came to pick Noah up from nursery with us and then we went to the shops. On Wednesday after nursery I could tell that Noah was unwell and in the space of 30 minutes I was ringing 111 and they sent an ambulance. He basically overheated at nursery but it wasn't their doing, it was because he had a viral infection (unbeknown to me because he only had slight cold symptoms) so he would have already had a slight temp already. When we got home he was scorching hot to touch, had goosebumps and he saying he was cold, he was all spaced out and wouldn't talk to me. He couldn't speak because his body was working so hard to cool itself down and it was so scary. Thankfully we weren't at the hospital too long and we were back home before we knew it. He soon perked up too cause he was asking to go to nursery the next day! Friday and Saturday was the usual shopping and visiting family affair and today being Sunday and Father's Day we are going to have a nice day out.


What have you been up to this week?


6/14/2017

Our La Famiglia Experience With Prezzo #PrezzoLaFamiglia



We love eating out as a family and in the past have done so on a regular basis, but since the birth of our second child we've not been able to do it as much. She's still so young and needs so much attention so eating out can be be quite difficult with the two of them. With that in mind we've found ourselves playing it safe by staying in to eat or by ordering a cheeky takeaway every now and again. We've really missed it so when we were invited to take part in the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia challenge I thought it's time to get back to doing what we enjoy and we were so excited to visit Prezzo for the very first time.

We chose to visit the Preston branch as it was the one nearest to us, just a quick drive down the motorway and both children napped on the journey. As soon as we arrived we were quickly seated by the staff and they were polite an attentive even before they knew we were they for a review. 
The restaurant was pristine and the decor was gorgeous but I didn't feel out of place with my two little ones, I felt very relaxed and at ease. 


As part of the challenge we were asked to try out Prezzo's new La Famiglia sharing pasta dishes. You can choose from quite the selection; Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara and Penne Alla Rusticana. As a family of pasta lovers we could have chosen any of them but we decided to go for the Penne Alla Rusticana as it's a little different from the dishes that I make at home. We ordered soft drinks and garlic bread and asked for it all to come at once rather than as a starter. Whilst we waited for the food to arrive Noah was given some crayons and paper to entertain himself with but we didn't have to wait long at all as the food came really quick. 



When our food was served the waiter said that the meal is usually for four so we may struggle as our party was just two adults, a toddler and a baby who of course isn't eating yet. With this in mind we asked if one of the garlic breads could be boxed up so we could take it home with us and they didn't mind at all. 


The La Famiglia sharing bowl is a great idea for many different reasons and I can't believe no one has thought of it before. The choice of pasta dishes were all family favourites so they'd please even the fussiest of eaters and having a set meal for everyone discourages fussiness too. It also took away the confusion and stress of ordering 101 different meals and starters for all the family which made the process so much easier.

It was great to be served up the huge bowl of pasta as I could dish it out accordingly and Nick and Noah were able to help themselves to seconds, or even thirds in Nick's case! I'm an over sharer, that's for sure as my portion sizes are always quite big but it could have easily fed four adults. It was a hit with all three of us, though I personally felt it could have used a little more seasoning but that's just to my own taste. 
The garlic bread was absolutely delicious and a perfect accompaniment to our pasta. We got through the first garlic bread within minutes as it was so tasty and moreish, I was secretly so glad to be taking one home with me!


The La Famiglia sharing bowl is all about bringing family together and it certainly did just that. It was rather fitting that Noah wanted lots of cuddles off his baby sister in between courses. I think when its time for her to wean he will really enjoy eating with her, just as we will too. I had to feed Ava whilst we were there (and whilst I was tucking into my pasta, of course!) and no one batted an eye lid so it was nice to know that the establishment is nice and breastfeeding friendly too.




Last but certainly not least we had our deserts, ice cream and sorbet! Nick and Noah ordered the chocolate ice cream and I decided to mix it up a bit and go for a scoop of vanilla ice cream with some peach sorbet. The ice cream really hit the spot after our pasta and garlic bread and the sorbet was so refreshing, perfect to indulge in after all the hot and stuffy weather we were having.

All in all I was so impressed with our visit to Prezzo. Not only is the La Famiglia sharing bowl a genius idea but our experience at the restaurant was perfect, the food was delicious and it was also great value for money too (if we'd have been paying!) I wouldn't hesitate in visiting Prezzo again soon and trying out a different La Famiglia sharing bowl, maybe the Arrabiata next time!


Have you ever visited Prezzo? Which La Famiglia dish would your family choose?



This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo.

6/12/2017

Introducing Splashlings - Competition


With mermaid and seaside themes being very much in vogue and all over social media lately, Splashlings is the dream summer toy range for fans to play with and collect. Already a huge success in the USA, Splashlings have just launched here in the UK and I'm so excited to introduce them to you!

Collecting figures and blind bags are just as popular as mermaids at the moment so Splashlings have really covered all bases with their toys and play sets! Collect treasure shells and adorable sea pets and play with gorgeous mermaid characters in the fun Medical Centre and Coral Playground play sets. There is lots of scope for imaginative play and role playing! To learn more about the Splashlings, you can also watch webisodes featuring Splashlings and the fun mermaids in undersea adventures! 



The doctor will see you at the Splashlings Medical Centre! When mermaids and their Splashling buddies feel a bit under the weather they can get help at the Medical Centre. The sturgeon surgeon and nurse shark will make you feel all better! A great gift for ages five and up.

With prices starting at £2.49 for the Splashlings 2 Piece Collector Shell to 6 character Mermaid & Friends sets (£5.49) and 12 character Mermaid & Friends sets (£10.99), there is something for all budgets. The Splashlings Medical Centre play set is £15.99 and the Splashlings Coral Playground Set is £22.99. 


I adore the look of this range because it's something I would have loved to have collected back when I was a child and I can see my son really enjoying them too, especially the blind bag element! I can see Splashlings being all the rage this year, just watch this space!

I've teamed up with Splashings to give away a fantastic bundle to one lucky winner. How would you like to win a Splashlings Medical Centre and a Splashlings Friends 6 Pack? To enter all you need to do is use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to 
enter my other blog competitions!

Splashlings Medical Centre & Splashlings Friends 6 Pack

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 1 winner who will the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 16/07/17.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.