Our Mummy Daughter Monday’s {And Her Grace}

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Sophia and I have been having our lovely mummy daughter Monday’s and I have looked forward to them every week, and I think she has too. Every so often she will ask me: “is it our day together yet?” As always when having a sibling it is difficult to devote time to each of them fairly. I have longed for the time with her. Each Monday we have done something different, this particular Monday we did a few errands, ordering the carpet for her and her brothers new room and getting the last bits to finish the room off so we can start on the interiors and make it homely. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.

We then spent the rest of the day at home and pottered around. Really nothing special at all this Monday, but even so it was honestly one of the best .

Everyday I get to know Sophia more and everyday I see a new part of her. She is my very special little girl and even though some days she might be a little pickle I know and appreciate just like all of us she has these many layers to who she is and it is important for her to be able to express all of who she is in a comfortable and happy home here with her family. 

She has all these layers I am getting to know and I have loved each one. I love her endlessly, her long golden blonde hair, her deep hazel eyes, which were blue when she was born and then went green and to now just as they are, hazel. She has the cutest little button nose and small frame. She is full of energy and runs around like a crazy lunatic sometimes but despite that I see her gentleness and that is something that escapes her always and has done at ever new stage as she has grown up. I see it so clearly. More so when we meet new people, when she is shy, when she holds a friends baby, when she is helping a child who has fallen over or a child that can’t see their mummy. She will be the first to spot unfairness and try to put it right.

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Her gentleness is even more apparent when she is with her brother even though she can be shy, if she is there when someone is mean to him she has no problems with her confidence and sticking up for him. Her protective side comes out without barriers. She is never mean in her response or approach always gentle but a little stern. I like to watch from the outside and try not to interfere, I like to let them sort disagreements out on their own even so with other children as long as it doesn’t get nasty which it usually never does. Most of the time little ones can sort out any disputes perfectly well without an adult intervening and sometimes it is lovely to see how well they do that. 

I love to watch my two grow and bond together I love to listen and appreciate. What I love most is reflecting on what I see. I was giving Sophia a cuddle earlier today and she grabbed my face and squished her little nose up against mine. She pressed it hard against my nose and we both giggled. Her legs wrapped around my waist and arms around my neck. In just one small moment I felt complete surety that this little girl is not only my daughter but she truly is my best friend. She looks up to me and asks me things that actually blow me away sometimes, and on many occasions I have to compose myself and my emotions and think a little harder how to answer her.

I have said it here before on my blog and I will say it again for good measure that I truly feel so blessed to have such a special girl. I feel even more lucky to have mothered her as a tiny newborn baby. When she was just minutes old, wet and screaming in my arms and I tried to shush her sad face, I told her: “it is going to be okay, mummy’s got you”.

From the moment she was born I felt the deepest connection I have ever felt to another human being in my entire life. I felt the powerful need to protect her. I wanted to hold her and never let her go. I remember as clear as day the moment I dressed her for the first time…. It was on the hospital bed, the same one I had just given birth on an hour or so before. I had had a shower with the help of Mr T and got myself dressed I came in to my mum holding her and the bed changed. My mum gave me Sophia and I laid her gently on the bed, her arms spreading out as if she felt she was falling. You know the cute startle that all newborns do for some time after they are born? As if the space around them is just too vast and too much for them. It always gets me every time. Every time I see a newborn baby do this tears almost manage to escape me, because it remind me of the day I became a mummy. It reminds me of the inconsolable baby, the aching breasts, and the heaviness. It reminds me of pure love and living in the moment. It reminds me of the most beautiful journey I have ever been on… motherhood. I pressed her arms back beside her body and asked Mr T to get her purple baby grow out from the bag I had packed for her. He couldn’t find it and I think it took him three tries until he found the one I wanted. 

I put my hands through the baby grow and stretched it ready to put over her head. I took her tiny little arms and fed them through the small arm holes, the holes were almost as small as one of my fingers. I did the poppers, there were three. And then, I placed my hand on her tiny legs and ran them all the way to her toes. I felt her skin as soft as silk, she was bright pink, bright enough you could see the life running through her tiny body. I touched each of her toes gently and I still remember the love that pored out of my body for the little newborn laying in front of me. I stared at her toes for so long, I was mesmerised by her, as if in a hazy dream. I was exhausted and euphoric all at once. Her feet were so long something me and Mr T always laugh about because they had been flattened against her legs while she had grown inside of me. She has always been long and tall.

I picked up her tiny frame and held her close, I sat comfortably on the wheelchair and the nurse my mum and Mr T wheeled me through to the ward. I remember the bright hospital lights almost blinding me.. And there it began our journey. I could go into so much depth, the overwhelming feelings of love and gratitude the day she was born. And then of course the shock and the pain of breastfeeding that kicked in a few days later. But all of it a journey non the less. And still I could never imagine my life before Sophia. Never never. I often ask myself how was I happy without her here, without my life the way it is now how was I happy?

Being her mum is the greatest gift I was ever given and I am blessed for everyday we get to spend together. She has graced my life with a vulnerability and a fragility I never knew before I had her. 

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The Summer Holidays and Home Etc #64

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am so pleased to be linking up with Caro and Jess and their Home etc Linky!

I cant quite believe that it is nearly time for the summer holidays to be over. It seems to have whizzed by so quickly. I had been really looking forward to the summer holidays this year. This was before we made the decision to go ahead with extending our home and now that we are well and truly into the build it is all a bit chaotic. I do need to remind myself that it will be completely worth it in the end and this time of chaos will be over soon. Mr T has also been working so hard this summer he has not been able to take a day off yet at all. The children miss him, and so do I. So much.

So we had a conversation late one evening, the children were asleep, we were tired or voices muffled, the dull sounds of the telly in our ears. We looked dishevelled, exhausted, wired hair, but we still managed to smile at each other. Because no matter all the chaos and the craziness around us this is everything we have ever wanted, we are so happy and so exhausted and we both wouldn’t have it any other way.

We decided that he needs to take some time off. Just like that, in that moment. It wasn’t an easy decision for him because he is a workaholic. But things have worked out so that he has kind of being forced to take the time off. You cant ever tell my husband to take time off because he just wont do it. He loves his job and he is able to be creative which really inspires him to keep going. He is definitely an absolute inspiration to the children and I.

So although the summer is coming to and end, it is all going to get very exciting around here because daddy is going to have a week off with us. Now that will involve work around our home, like finishing off the children’s room that now needs to be painted and have a carpet laid. But it will just be absolutely lovely to have him home, with us, all to ourselves. We couldn’t be more excited.

I mentioned it to the children, that their daddy is going to take a week off to be with us, and sadly they didn’t really even answer me. The realities of having a working (too much) daddy does show sometimes. But when he is here it is just lovely. I am looking so forward to it in every single way. I am getting all excited just writing it down. I cant remember the last time he had a day off so his week off is like a dream come true for me. I am so excited about it.

The summer holidays have been up and down this year, some days so amazing and filled with fun and laughter and some very stressful days where I have shouted and not being the mum I like to be. But having tradesman over left right and centre and not having the children’s room finished, work to do, a house to clean and working evenings have all been a lot for me! I truly take my hat off to us mums working from home, working out of the home and staying at home with the kids, we all certainly do a lot (and dads of course).

Parenting takes you on this whirlwind where time speeds past and you try and juggle everything one handed while cooking and cleaning and trying to find time to love your husbands and cuddle your babies. Seriously thats what it is like sometimes.

I think sometimes we all need a pat on the back for the amount of effort we put into our families, our homes and our work. We try our best and thats so important. It is more important than anything in this world. After all we are: “The hand that rocks the cradle” so to speak.

The summer holidays can be quite intense and I will be the first to admit that and I am okay with that. I am okay with not always being the perfect mum and finding it all a little difficult sometimes. I think we all put far to much pressure on ourselves to live up to expectations, the pressures of doing it all. But you just cant without failing somewhere else. So everything in moderation, take your time, live well, live a lot, laugh and have fun. Life is too short to take everything too seriously.

On a another note, I would really love to share with you some of my inspiration for the children’s room. Pinterest is my new best friend!

Let me know what you think of my choices. I hope it turns out as wonderful as I have imagined. Still not finished but much closer to the finish line, as the room is now ready to be painted and have a carpet laid. That makes me excited!

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You Son

056IN THE EVENING

I sit here in the evening and I remember it all. I am taken back to where it all started with you. It wasn’t easy. It was full of the most intense feelings I have ever experienced in my entire life. But all those moments, the late night feeds, the closeness and how you nuzzled your little nose into my breasts, I still long for the feelings now. All of it no matter how much some nights I was beyond exhausted I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

I loved watching you trying to eat your tiny newborn hands, your little tongue poking in and out, it was so cute. That’s when I knew you where hungry and I would raise you to my chest and that’s where you have always found comfort. And then just like that you were a little boy. Just like that. Its seems that now we are here it went past me in the blink of an eye. Raising you my son has been the most amazing adventure.

Oh boy, are you fierce as you are strong and wild. I know no one will ever be able to tame your wild heart. It beats with a passion for life, it beats fast and I see a strength in you I have never seen in anyone before. It is only when you fall asleep does it slow. It is how I always imagined you. I wouldn’t change you for the world, not a inch of you. Just the way you are now is perfect for me and I am ready for you to show me even more treasure on our journey.

I am happy to take a step back and watch you climb the over 5’s climbing frame, I am ready to let your little hand go as you run off to play without looking back. I am ready to not help you climb the ladder to have your turn on the slide. I am ready and okay with it. For actually I know quite well that even if I was not ready or not okay with letting go you would have forced me anyway. You have a will and way to show me just how capable and ready you are. So if you are ready I am too.

I get these first few years with you and I will soak them in as much as I can. I don’t think I could soak it in anymore if I tried. All the cuddles the love and the little kisses. We cuddle longer on the sofa, I stare at you longer when you are asleep. I squeeze you a little tighter when I pick you up from nursery. I let you go off to play with your big sister and her friends a little easier even though in my heart I feel it and my eyes they show it. You are getting so big and I feel it so much. It hurts a little.

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YOUR DADDY

And then on top of all these emotions and experiences… there is your daddy, my Mr T. Our one love, the man who helped create you and bring you and your big sister into our lives. I see how you love your daddy and how you want to be just like him. I see how you look at him and wish so much that you were big and you could build and cut and drill too. I see how you help him and pass him his screwdriver and spanner while he works at home. I see that you so desperately not only want his approval but want to be with him every step of the way. Everything he does you want to do.

You both have the deepest and darkest eyes I have ever seen. I could get lost just looking into them.

You two boys could not bring me more joy if you tried. Late evenings on the sofa when Archie seeks cuddles dad will hold my hand too and in that moment I feel so needed by the both of you. I look at you both and I know how much you love me and I feel blessed. Archie you see how he grabs my hand and twists his fingers through mine. You look up to me your little head just below my chin and you smile. I tell you both just how much I love you. Its not every evening but just tonight Sophia went to bed very early and it was just the three of us up.

Archie you felt a little special because you don’t usually ever stay up later then your big sister because you are only two and a half. But you told me and daddy: ‘me stay up late yesterday” which means that tonight you get to stay up late. Even if only for another 20 minutes or so, to you that means so much. You feel big and you feel happy. You have dad and I to yourself for a little bit and you absolutely love it. You don’t mind sharing dad with me on those nights. Because usually only you are allowed to have me for a cuddle. We always laugh because you really are the most cutest little boy. We feel lucky to have been blessed with both you and Sophia. I remember the day we found out you were a boy, I like to think of it as more of a conformation of what we already knew in our hearts.

I had quite an inkling you were a boy from the very moment I knew I was pregnant. At 12 weeks I had been shopping with my lovely mother in law and I had seen a navy blue sleep suit, newborn size, with a cute monkey on the front swinging from a branch. I said to your granny how lovely is that sleep suit and I think I want to get it. I think its a boy. She said well lets get it, and she went in and brought it for us. I was so pleased with it! I couldn’t quite believe I had just brought a boys sleep-suit without even knowing I was carrying a boy. But somehow I just felt it. I felt that you were. I walked along the pavement with my shopping bag in hand and your little monkey sleep suit in first size folded inside, and, I remember feeling as proud as punch.

On the day of the 20 week scan, as the sonographer scanned you, there it was as clear as day! I was absolutely over the moon in every single way possible. Your dad had come from work so had his work van and I my car with your sister. When we had arrived home your dad had told me how he had screamed at the top of his lungs “YESSSSSS” in his van. We were over the moon. Our boy our beautiful boy. We couldn’t have been more proud. I was just so excited I had been given the chance to mother both a boy and a girl. I couldn’t have wished for anymore. I got your big sister first and she has been an absolute joy. So here I am feeling a little emotional at the fact that I have two children now… no more newborns, no more babies. But two little humans. And that’s it. Just like that. Life goes too quick. 

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Designing your new kitchen

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It doesn’t matter if you are designing your kitchen from the ground up or you just want to update the old design, picking a backsplash can be a fun, but truly overwhelming task to do. There are a few things you should be taking into consideration before you lay a single tile. Below we will be going over these factors.

HOW MANY TILES DO YOU NEED?

When you plan on the tiles you need to plan on how much you are going to need. There are calculators online that will help you figure this out but remember it’s better to have too much than too little. If you need more or you crack a tile you want to be able to have that tile on hand and not have to go back to the shop to find it. What if it’s no longer in production? Then you are really in trouble!

DECIDING ON THE STYLE 

The next thing your plan needs to include is the actual style of your kitchen. Whether it is modern, traditional or art deco or a theme like coastal, Mediterranean or Grecian, this will be a huge factor when it comes to picking out not only colours for your tiles, but also materials. For example, in a traditional kitchen, you would almost never ever see stainless steel. On the other hand, in a modern kitchen you would almost never see marble. Definitely something to sit down and think about before you head to the store and start buying up tiles.

MAINTENANCE 

The next thing you need to think about it the maintenance factor. Not only cleaning it in terms of daily use, but what will you need to do to upkeep that specific material every year? Wood, for instance, can be hard to clean – which is why you need a sealer over top of it. On the other hand, stone is hard to keep clean, but if you add a sealer once a year it can make the cleaning a lot easier. If you want something you hardly ever have to upkeep, buy a material that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and vice versa.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Doing a backsplash that is super fancy and bright in coloUrs seems great at the time, but what are you going to do once you start adding in different materials and colours for countertops, cabinets, and flooring? Instead of going crazy with colour, consider the other materials you want in your kitchen and try to stick with those materials or at least something close. For example, if you are going to have a lot of wood and granite in your kitchen – wood cabinets, wood floors, and granite tops, etc. Why not consider a wood or granite backsplash? It ties everything together and nothing is going to clash.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX 

Most people when renovating their kitchen and adding backsplashes go super traditional and only go 4 inches up the wall. You can go further up the wall! You can go all the way up to the bottom of the cabinets, you can even backsplash the entire wall from top to bottom if you really want to. Actually, this whole backsplash wall thing is kind of trendy right now to be honest. Instead of doing the same old try to be a little less traditional and try something different with your backsplash and if you are not sure how it’s going to look? That’s okay. There are also design programs online that will allow you to take a snap shot of your kitchen or take a kitchen that is very similar to yours structurally and design-wise and “decorate” the room. Not only can you add tables and chairs and appliances that you will have on your space but you can paint the walls different colours, try different flooring materials and yes, different backsplash materials, colours and designs! So it makes the design process a lot easier and straight forward. 

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Visiting Legoland Windsor

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We were recently invited to visit Legoland Windsor and it is no exaggeration when I say we all had the time of our lives. I think the trip itself just came at such a perfect time for us, we have been spending all our energy here at home, doing lots of projects all at once and haven’t made time for the four of us for a long time. And we all know that makes parenting and family life hard. So it is was an absolute pleasure of a trip and the children had the most amazing day.

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LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND

For us Legoland was pure joy. The whole day was magical. It was lovely to see the excitement on the children’s faces and the happiness all round. We couldn’t have asked for a better day at all. The weather was lovely not too hot and not too cold. We forgot to bring jumpers for the children and as it was a little chilly in the morning we ended up having to buy them a jumper each. Which of course they were so happy with as they now both have official Legoland jumper’s!

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LEGOLAND

Archie had some very special one on one time with his dad. Something that he very much needs and misses. He really misses his dad a lot and always asks after him everyday when he is working. It was nice for them both as Archie kept asking for his dad instead of me so it was nice for the both of them. There is something so heartwarming for me watching the two of them together, his dad really is his role model and Mr T jumps at the chance to provide him with the much needed guidance he seeks from him.

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LEGOLAND

As Legoland is so big with so much on offer we spent a fair bit of time walking around the park itself which was lovely. We did hire a double buggy for the day which was amazing as the children did get a bit tired as the day went on. It was nice for them to be able to just jump in it when they felt like it. Archie took to walking it around himself and it was so cute because it was double the size of him. But nothing stops him he pushed that buggy as if no one was in front of him, almost running. I did have a good laugh! LEGOLAND

We bought the children some popcorn before lunch and they thought this was the best idea ever and very much enjoyed their sweet snack!

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LEGOLAND

Sophia and Archie were both looking forward to the splash and play all day and kept asking when we were going. They had so much fun. This was one of if not their most favourite part of the day. We spent a good hour there. They had so much fun running through all the water and waiting for it to splash them. I have never seen Archie and Sophia run and laugh so much. They really do love the water.

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LEGOLAND

We went for a lovely lunch in the Legoland restaurant and Archie had a lovely time playing with the Lego.

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Both children loved driving the Legoland cars. It was so lovely to watch.

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LEGOLAND

Sophia loved the cuddly dragon and said he was very soft and great for cuddles!

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While we were waiting for our next ride Archie tried on his daddy’s glasses. He looked so cute, like a mini professor!

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LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND

We had the most wonderful time at Legoland and cant wait to visit again! Thank you so much to Legoland for inviting us! We made the most amazing memories together.

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LEGOLAND

I love my little family and I treasure these days with them, I really do.

 

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CAPTURING SHARED MOMENTS WITH MEMORY LANE | AD

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We were recently asked to make a video for Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Buttons and Channel Mum, showing you how to use the new and exciting Memory Lane tool. In the video I share three of my most precious shared moments with Sophia.

It was really quite easy to think of so many moments that are special with her but of course it was all the big moments that stuck out in my mind. So I did have to sit for a little while and think of the everyday moments that make me smile and remind me how special motherhood really is.  

If you watch the video you will see what three special shared moments I choose. I would love to know what special shared moments you have with your children, the ones that happen everyday and that you don’t necessarily take a moment to reflect on.

I went ahead and created my own Memory Lane using the amazing 360 technology from Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons. If you are anything like me I love capturing moments with my children on camera and film and putting it together, and The Memory Lane Tool allowed me to do what I love and was so quick and easy to use I was able to do it on my phone. In the video I explain exactly how to use it. 

You can create your own personal Memory Lane with Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons, and share with your family and friends. I would really love to see it too, so please do share it using the hashtag #ButtonsMemoryLane and tag @channelmum on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. I look so forward to seeing yours. 

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Lavender Gardens {2016}

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We made the obligatory trip to the Lavender Gardens. We visited last year too and it was absolutely fab. Last year was our first time visiting and most of my photos turned out a little blurry.

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Lavender gardens

We spent hours here, we walked around, the children ran and we got ice cream, they do the most delicious lavender ice cream! I had so much fun taking photos of them and we even attempted a group one with the three of us! Some didn’t go to plan but I got a few decent ones that will make lovely memories.

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Lavender gardens

This one here where I have fallen over was quite funny, sophia and I were ready for the photo and we were calling Archie over and he ran and jumped on top of us! Of course we all fell over. It was quite funny actually. There was a lovely lady watching us take our photos and she was laughing too, she said she was going to come and help us but it looked like we were having a good time falling over so she didn’t! We all laughed so much it was so good.

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lavender gardens

I absolutely adore the smell of lavender and I think that is because it reminds me so much of my pregnancy with Archie. I would buy the lavender essential oil and rub it all over my growing bump. Not only did it moisturise but the smell was beautiful. Lavender is calming and so it was very important to me to use it as much as I could during my pregnancy.

Last year when we visited the lavender gardens I brought some lavender plants which are sitting at the front of our house, which I might add sadly look like they might be dying. I think lavender are quite fussy they don’t like a lot of water and I might be guilty of over watering them.

I was just thinking about my childhood and all the places I visited growing up, never a lavender field but I did grow up having the sugar cane fields right next to my house, now I would love to capture my children in those fields that would be amazing. It would bring back so many memories. I remember my dad used to brake the cane off for us to eat. It was almost like coconut oil, as it tasted so pure but also very very sweet.

I do hope my two remember our little trips. I do try my best to take them to visit lovely places so their little minds have an abundance of happy memories growing up just like I did. I can only ever remember being outside at the beach or in our garden playing and having fun. I used to play all sorts of make believe games and that was what I enjoyed the most. Lavender gardens

Lavender Gardens There was a beautiful part at the bottom of the lavender garden, a brick wall covered in roses! The children found a bench and decided not to sit on it but to jump from it. They did this for quite some time. Sophia jumping so far and so high. And then you had little Archie say ready steady go and launching to jump but always hesitating. When he did jump it was the tiniest and quietest little jump I ever did see, his hands always touching the gravel just to be safe. He puts in the effort and you would think by looking at him that he is bigger then he is, but when he does little things, like jump you can tell that he is only little still.

I sit and I look at the pictures of the two of them while they are now asleep and quiet, a stark contrast to the crazy chaotic day I had with them today! I can’t quite believe that I don’t have to put nappies on their little bottoms anymore, I don’t really have to dress them either, no more potties, I cant remember the last sleepless night I had, Sophia is capable of getting her own cereal and milk for breakfast (but I still do it and will for as long as I can) and me well I feel kind of indispensable now, slowly my purpose here as mum to two tiny babies is diminishing and its time for a new season here for us. I am thinking of going back to work full time. But we will see how that goes. It is all just in my head at the moment. Thoughts and ideas for our little family. I might do a post about it all soon. But I leave you with some more photos of my little ones.

 

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Lavender Gardens

Lavender Gardens

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Yijan Children’s Electric Toothbrush Review

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The children were recently sent a Yijan Electric toothbrush each. I try to install in them good dental hygiene as I think it is so important to encourage it from a young age. Sometimes it can be a struggle to get them to brush their teeth, if they are tired they don’t want to do it and if we are in a rush. Those are always the times when it can be a little difficult. 

I have been wanting to get the children an electric toothbrush for a while and was quite excited when we were offered to review these. We have been testing out the Yijan Electric toothbrushes for just over a week now and I have seen such an improvement! It is no longer a struggle to get the children to brush their teeth and I am not exaggerating either!

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I think one of the main reasons they love brushing their teeth with the Yijan electric toothbrushes, apart from the lovely child friendly design, is that it sings to you! It is actually very cute in my opinion, and I am all for a product that makes my children smile and encourages healthy habits.

It is a little difficult to hear the lyrics, but I don’t think that matters as the children love the song regardless, and what a novelty to have your toothbrush sing to you too! (I have added the lyrics below if you wanted to have a look at them).

I have created a little video of the children brushing their teeth with the electric toothbrushes for the first time. They were both so excited and had so much fun using them. The last week they have rushed to the bathroom to brush their teeth both in the morning and the evening, a very rare occasion usually. I have two very happy and dental savvy children!

Yijan electric toothbrushes

Yijan electric toothbrushes

One of the great features of the brush is that it comes with two different brush heads, one is a normal bristle brush and the other is a soft silicone material which will last a lot longer. The silicone head is meant to last as these are far better for younger teeth, and a lot softer too. The bristle brush is there for a replacement.

Features:

  • Waterproof for electric design.
  • Ergonomic skid resistant handle.
  • Comes with silicone toothbrush and bristle brush, Healthy food-grade.
  • 2 minutes of music,let kids have fun with the lyrics.
  • Cute colour and style encourages children to develop good and healthy brushing habits.

Lyrics:

Wake up in the morning—–Remember it——Brush brush brush——-Up and down——Left and right——Shining teeth clean and white
One two three bubble arise dance around with smile—–shua shua shua shua—- health come to our sides
Three two one water rinse show a pretty smile—-Shua shua shua shua—-
honey girls and boys—–Everyone loves you happy is filled with minds
Twinkle twinkle magic star—Everything lovely because of your smile—Teeth like snow white
Sleep at night go bed before—-Have to remember brush your teeth
Up and down left and right——Beautiful smile welcome new sunshine– New sunshine

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What is Bargain Buys For Busy Mums?

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bargainbuysforbusymums.co.uk is a website that finds bargains for you and your family! Having two children I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. I like to save money where I can. Sometimes it is not always easy to find a bargain, you either have to search relentlessly online or wait for all the big sales until you are able to hit the shops.

This is why The Bargain Buys for Busy Mums website is brilliant. It solves my bargain hunting problems. It is a website dedicated to finding you bargains. They also have a dedicated Facebook group which you can join. With over 300,00 members and growing it is a community that helps find bargains for you and your family.

‘Bargain Buys For Busy Mums’ Facebook group (BB4BM) was setup in October 2013 by mum Jody Leggett as a way to bring the best bargains to you. She initially set it up for local mums but since then the community has grown hugely, which shows what an amazing site it is. There is also a monthly newsletter which brings you 6 of the months best bargains. Despite the name of the website it actually can be used by anyone and is not only for mums.

I have had a browse on the website and found it really easy to navigate around. I found the ‘best bargains’ icon and ‘latest bargains’ icon great as it is a quick way to have a look at what is on offer at present. I found a Chad Valley Spray ‘n’ Splash Whale for only £2.99! What a great bargain!

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What I also found on the website which I think is fantastic is that they compare all current deals on nappies to give you the best prices. This is fantastic as I know first hand how expensive it gets buying nappies, especially when your little ones are first born they go through nappies so quickly. I still remember changing Sophia about 8 times a day when she was first born!

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My children are no longer in nappies, I wish I had known about this site when they were younger as it would have saved me a lot of money!  I am happy that I get to pass on the information to you now! 

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You can join the community on Facebook, Twitter, or follow their blog and sign up to the newsletter too.

Happy bargain hunting!

*This post is in collaboration, I loved the website and all the bargains I wanted to share it with you!

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Our Summer Holidays Have Begun

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Something I really want to make an effort to do this summer holiday is capture as much of it as possible. I want to be able to keep a little memory of our days and adventures together. Some days will be very ordinary and we will spend days at home but I want to remember it. After all these are my two children and they are growing up so quickly. I want to be able to look back at as much as I can and remember how special it has been.

The days I seem to enjoy the most with my children are when we are out exploring together, especially new places that we both have never been before. They are always so curious as to where we are going and what we are going to find. There is something fun about going somewhere together that you all have not been before.

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I do love nature, and its definitely become more apparent to me how important it is to me as I have grown older. I spent mostly every single day outdoors as a child, and that was my ordinary everyday, and the weather in South Africa always allowed for it. But here in England you have just got to get those wellies and raincoats on and venture out regardless in the colder months because summer isn’t as long as I would like it to be. But thats okay because different seasons allow for different kinds of adventures which are still fun regardless of the weather.

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summer holidays

Been able to get out with my two and find beautiful scenic places to explore makes me so happy. It makes me even more happier to watch them finding things and asking questions and being able to capture it too. It is so much fun and especially when I get to look back at the moments I captured and I see their little faces and poses, I am lost for words sometimes. I look at the pictures and I see how lucky I am and how much these two give me. They give me the most amazing life which I am guilty of taking for granted sometimes.

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Sophia asked me to take this photo of her, of course I obliged.

My life is all the more special because of the two of them. I want them to always know that and I tell them daily how special they are. I tell them: “You are the most special boy in the world Archie, and you are the most special girl in the world Sophia” In my world they are the most special to me and I want them to know how deeply I feel that about them always. I don’t believe you can smother or love your children too much. If anything I don’t feel like we get the chance to cuddle as much as I would like. Because they are too busy for that but that makes it all the more special and all the more needed, so I don’t mind.

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It was so quiet at this place we found we could hear crickets everywhere and Archie noticed this unfamiliar sound, asking me: “whats that mummy” one hundred times over. As we were leaving a bird flew overhead and we could hear the sound of it flapping its wings in the air above us, I have never taken a moment to listen to that sound before or stopped to stare and it was quite beautiful and the children both noticed as well. We heard the soft hum of bees and that soft whistling sounds the bushes make as they wave in the wind. I was in such a happy place walking with the two of my loves along the footpath.

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I stood and looked around me and thought how beautiful it was and thought about why we had come here. We had been driving and I had spotted a public footpath and asked the children if they wanted to explore. Of course they did. So I pulled up on the side of the road and we got out. We were on the country roads, you know those really tight back roads that can barely fit two cars on? Always the best places as they have so many hidden places to visit.

Mostly all the country roads here where we live have trees swooping over them almost making a cove. It is so beautiful and every time we drive on one of these roads I tell the children I need to get a picture of this. That is definitely one thing on my bucket list, to capture those beautiful ‘tree coves’ on the country lanes. They are so magical. I don’t think there is any other word for them!

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Being a mother is and can be so completely overwhelming in so many ways and on so many levels. But mothering replenishes a woman’s soul, it takes us back to a place we lost though our teenage years through growing up and peer pressure, we lost the way a little. It is another way of teaching us true self awareness. I was given both my son and my daughter to encourage me to face a journey of self discovery and mastery. I was given them so that I was never alone. Sophia is me. In every way and she spurs me on to try my best and to raise her to be a strong and kind woman, one who knows her worth but does it all with a gentle heart. 

Archie was given to me to slow me down and fill me up with love and with energy. He gives me this great sense of calmness, he tells me he loves me and asks for cuddles umpteen times a day but in contrast he also has this fierce and unwavering energy about him. I just cant quite put it into to words. But I know as he grows we will see this unfold through him. I see great things for him already at just two he reminds me of a strong and powerful warrior! He has some strength, and if you know Archie I think you will know what I mean. He is like a big bear both loving and fierce all at the same time. Both Sophia and Archie are opposites yet they are so similar. He is strong and she is gentle. They choose each other and I can see why. They are two little peas in a pod and they each have a gift for the other, the gift of sibling love and it is so beautiful to be able to watch it develop and to help nurture it too. Because sometimes they need a little advice on how to treat each other and how to compromise. But its not too often.  Its all part of learning to exist happily in this little family of ours. 

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summer holidays

summer holidays

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