7 Reasons I Love Baby Wearing

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With my first son, I found babywearing intimidating and uncomfortable. Despite him being a complete velcro baby who would almost certainly have loved the closeness, I just couldn't get on with it. The structured carriers I found uncomfortable, and I found the idea of a wrap or a ring sling far too complicated. I couldn't even tie a knot when I was in the Guides, how would I ever work out how to wrap my baby and stop him falling out? But second time around I was determined to try harder with baby wearing. I loved the concept of keeping your baby close, and the practicality of having your hands free. When you have a baby and an older child to ...

A Pep Talk From My 3 Year Old – The Ordinary Moments

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I've always tried to encourage Max to be in touch with his emotions, and never to tell him that he 'shouldn't' feel a certain way. Instead we try to work on how to deal with those feelings and manage them. I don't think it's helpful to bury your feelings, and I want him to be able to acknowledge them, and understand why he's feeling that way, and know that he can take steps to manage it if it's not an emotion that he wants to feel. I think it's fair to say that he's a child who does feel emotions very strongly - both positive ones and more negative ones. Just as he'll embrace things with a level of enthusiasm ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #73

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Welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! We had a great turnout for the first linky of the year last year, and it was lovely to start the year with so many wonderful posts to read. Have you set yourself goals for this year? I find reading other people's goals absolutely fascinating - we all go about it differently, and we're all coming at it from different start points. I love that feeling of a fresh start and renewed motivation that you get at the start of the year - I have a great feeling about 2018! I hope whatever your goals are, that you manage to achieve them this year.     What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #73

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Welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! I hope you enjoyed the first linky of the year last week and it's lovely to see you back again this week! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Toby Goes Bananas I think everyone is busy goal setting at this time of year, and I love that the new year ...

Introducing Daisy Belle Dreams

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I'm a huge lover of toys that are a little bit different to the norm - toys that have a classic appeal but with a modern twist. Instagram is a great place to browse for inspiration, and that's where I first discovered Daisy Belle Dreams - an online boutique which stocks a beautiful range of toys, baby products, and gifts for stylish mums. I was thrilled to be chosen as a brand enthusiast recently so I wanted to introduce you all to Daisy Belle Dreams, their range of products, and let you get to know Julie, the lovely face behind the products.     I was first drawn to Daisy Belle Dreams as they stock Maileg, the Danish toy brand, whose signature bunnies ...

Ben’s Rainbow Nursery Room Tour

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When it came to creating a nursery for Ben, the theme and colour scheme was an easy choice for me. With Max's nursery decor I'd been torn between a muted grey and yellow theme, and a rainbow theme. Quite opposite ideas really, and although I ended up going down the grey and yellow route, I always craved a little boy's room with more colour. Ben's room is what used to be my office, and if you ever saw my Office Room Tour, you may remember the fabulous Sian Elin wallpaper I had in it. It's such a statement wallpaper and I really couldn't bear to take it down, so it made the choice for a rainbow themed room nice and ...

Your Own Room – The Ordinary Moments

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That moment when you walk out of the hospital, carrying your newborn baby, is such a hugely emotional one in every parent's life. The realisation that this precious little squirmy bundle is yours to take home. Your heart is swelling with pride, and love, and also fear. Fear, because this little creature is so tiny, so vulnerable, and is dependent on you for everything. They need you to feed them, to coax them to sleep, to dress them, to bathe them. You feel that weight of responsibility so strongly, and it's overwhelming in those early days. And then, little by little, they start to become more independent. At first it's just rolling over, then sitting up on their own, starting to ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #72

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A big Happy New Year and welcome back to the first #SharingtheBlogLove linky of the year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and have emerged into January suitably stuffed full of chocolate and fuzzy Christmas cheer. Do you have lots of blogging goals for the new year? I love this time of year for giving a fresh start and new motivation to accomplish great things. I've shared my approach to goal planning this year and I'm taking slightly different approach but hoping it will be more successful. I hope 2018 brings you all wonderful things, both personally and blogging-wise. I'm really looking forward to reading your posts over the next year and we really hope you'll ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #72

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Welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove for our very first Showcase of 2018. Laura and I have loved running this linky over the past two years and we're looking forward to reading all your posts this year. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Just the Three of Us I've always been an anxious person - even ...

Our Seasonal Based Family Bucket List 2018

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I think a bucket list is such a great idea to start the year with, especially for a family where you can all throw ideas into the mix. There are so many activities and trips we've done last year that we'd like to do this year, but also lots of new things we'd like to try out and goals we'd like to achieve. I'm listing them here mainly for my own reference so that I can check back on our progress, but I thought it might be interesting to share them too.   Wish us luck!   General Visit the zoo Visit Camber Sands Do a Family Photo Shoot Have a monthly date night Consult an architect about an extension   Spring   Grow potatoes and veg in our raised bed Camp out in ...