22.2.15

21st Birthday

It was my 21st Birthday earlier this week (Tuesday 17th February) so I thought I would let you know what we’ve been up to this week.

Toby managed to get the day off work so we just spent the day as a family which was nice. We went to Cedar Farm which has a gallery with loads of small businesses; craft shops, dressmakers, photography studio etc. They have a coffee shop which we regularly visit and a couple of other shops too (which is where I end up buying Sophie a ridiculous amount of Jellycat toys!)




The weather was lovely, it was quite cold but the sun was shining which makes a change so I’m certainly not complaining! We stopped off for a cold drink and I shared a chocolate muffin with Sophie and we then went to look at the animals outside. They have chickens, goats and sheep which you can pet and feed but Sophie was quite grumpy so we decided to leave after a quick wander round.


We stopped off at Toby’s parents’ house on the way home to see his mum, Sophie was running around for ages and tired herself out. She came to me for a cuddle and ended up falling asleep on me. She looked so cute! I loved it as she hadn't fallen asleep on me like that since she was about 9 months old. After an hour or so once she’d woken up we set off to my parents’ house where we were staying for tea. Sophie had some lunch and we just chilled there. My sister and her partner came round too and we had a nice family meal together.

On Saturday evening, we went for a really big family meal at The Warehouse in Southport as it’s also Toby’s 21st Birthday (on Monday). There’s only 6 days between us! So we had a joint celebration with both families which was lovely and we both received some lovely cards and gifts from family and friends which we’re very grateful for.
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15.2.15

Sophie's Keepsake Box

thought I would share what is in Sophie's keepsake box. This is mainly the things from when she was a small baby although I do have another box with some other baby clothes, her Christening invitation, gifts, her first Christmas pyjamas, 1st birthday invitation, birthday cards and her dress etc.


1. Hooded Towels
A selection of hooded towels; the top left we got free in a Bounty Pack which Sophie was wrapped in not long after birth, the other white one is from The White Company and has cute little ears and the pink one is from Asda and has Sophie embroidered on it, which was a lovely gift I received at my baby shower from my sister.


2. Record Book

We bought this from Mothercare so we can keep a record of our first memories of Sophie. It's only half completed so I need to start filling it in soon!


3. The White Company Romper

I saw this in their sale and I just had to buy it. It's beautiful and she wore it a few times when she was a newborn. 


4. Teddy Bear

This was Sophie's first ever teddy bear, which her Daddy bought her. It's from The White Company and is called 'Hugo', he's beautiful and so soft.


5. Bracelet

We received this beautiful bracelet when I was pregnant from Toby's Grandma, who sadly passed away when I was 5 months pregnant. She was so excited to be a great-grandma and was over the moon when we told her we were having a little girl. Sophie wore the bracelet on her Christening Day, which we thought was a nice touch as we felt his Grandma was with us on the day.


6. Ultrasound Pictures

These are the scan pictures from our 12 and 20 week scans.


7. Baby Names Book

My sister bought us this book as a gift. We went through the girls names and we both really liked the name Sophie. We both liked Ella too, but for a first name I thought it sounded too much like my name - so we agreed it would be better as her middle name. Sophie Ella sounded really nice and I think she suits it.


8. First Dress

This was the first dress she owned and I just couldn't part with it. It's a beautiful romper dress which I bought from Mothercare when I was pregnant, it looks so tiny!


9. Banner

This was one of the 'It's a Girl!' banners I kept from when we returned home from the hospital. There were balloons too which was really nice to come home to.


10. Cards

These are just a few of the cards we received from friends and family when Sophie was born.


11. Bottle

One of the Tommee Tippee bottles which we used in the first few months. It's so small!


12. Birth Certificates, Hospital Tag & Bounty Portrait

The folder with her birth certificates, the tags she wore on her wrist and ankle and the card with her Bounty portrait details on (although they weren't there on the day, so we didn't actually get any photos taken).


13. First Outfit & Going Home Outfit

Her first outfit was a beautiful little pink sleepsuit from George at Asda, part of their Max & Millie range and her going home outfit was a pair of Disney Dumbo pyjamas, also from Asda. I can't believe how tiny she was!



14. Hairbrush & Photograph

This was her first hairbrush and the photo is of her and Daddy in the hospital. 


15. Favourite Toys

Sophie The Giraffe was a great teething toy and they also share the same name.. so I had to get this! The blue elephant is by Bright Starts and the tummy was crinkly, this went everywhere with us, she loved it! Her first book was this lift the flap book from Mothercare which is also crinkly, it entertained her for hours!

At the moment I keep all of Sophie's baby things in a gift box, but I'm on the lookout for a large keepsake box to keep it all in. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!

So, what's in your child's keepsake box? I'd love to see!
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14.2.15

Messy Play Group

Yesterday I took Sophie to a messy play group at our local children's centre. We sometimes do messy play at home with jelly or yoghurt which she really enjoys. Since we haven't really been out much recently, I thought it would do us both good to get out of the house for a bit.

We haven't been to the children's centre in about 6 months, but we first started going when Sophie was 3 months old. I found it great for meeting new people and getting out of the house.

Anyway, Sophie loved it! I left her in a vest as I knew she would end up covered in something as she usually gets stuck right in haha.


She played with playdoh and flour at first, then we made Daddy a little Valentine's Day card while we were there, which he thought was cute. She then went over to the giant painting and just sat in it!



She ended up with paint everywhere; face, hands, legs and feet etc. and I was following her round with baby wipes trying to clean her up a bit haha. After an hour or so, everything was tidied up and the children sat down for a snack; toast and fruit and a drink.

When we got home, Sophie went straight for a bath, she had some lunch then slept for 2/3 hours which is a bonus as I managed to get some housework done!
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11.2.15

Goals For 2015

I thought I would write down my goals for this year; so I can look back and by the end of this year hopefully I would've achieved them (or at least the majority of them). So here I go! My goals for this year: 
Firstly, I would like to lose weight. This is probably the most common goal at the beginning of a new year but I would like to lose about 3.5 stone in total. I lost 2 stone on Slimming World last year but I just lost all my motivation and the majority of weight that I originally lost I have since put back on.

Secondly, I really want to move house. We're renting at the moment and we're not in a position to buy anytime soon. I would just like a bit more space for all three of us as the house we're in now is very small. Ideally I'd like a 3 bedroom house (as we only have 2 at the moment). The extra room and storage space would be great as we have so much stuff, especially Sophie. I mean seriously, how much stuff does a toddler need?! A bigger garden would be nice too and will be great over Summer; for Sophie's outdoor toys and when we're having bbq's. I can't wait!

Thirdly, I want to get out more with Sophie. Even if we just go for a walk or play in the garden for a while. It will do us both good. I would also like to take her to more toddler groups local to us and swimming as it's been about 9 months since we last went and Sophie used to enjoy it.

Finally, I want to start saving money and I think we will start by putting a certain amount away each month, where we won't spend it. I'm thinking of doing a separate blog post on tips to save money, so keep an eye out for that.

What are your goals for 2015?
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8.2.15

Our Weekend

I can't quite believe that this weekend is pretty much over already and it's Sunday evening already. We've had a nice weekend though.


On Friday night, Sophie had a sleepover at her grandparents house. Toby and I went to IKEA and bought a few bits: a drawer unit, a children's table and chairs (for Sophie's Birthday), a chair for Sophie and some picture ledges for her bedroom for her books. I'm really pleased with everything we bought. I just love IKEA for modern and affordable furniture.


Picture Ledges

Childrens Poang Chair

Alex Drawers

We also nipped to Next as there's a huge store opposite IKEA. I picked up a few bits for Sophie which will be perfect for Summer.

On Saturday we tidied the house and Toby built the furniture and put the picture ledges up and I then organised everything. That evening we went to Toby's parents' house for a takeaway then brought Sophie home with us. She had enjoyed spending the day there and had been for her weekly walk which she enjoys.


Today I went round to my parents house for a couple of hours while Toby did some work on his car (boooring haha). We then took Sophie to Clarks to get her feet measured and she's now a 6F! We didn't buy any shoes at the time though, as they didn't have the ones we liked in her size but I can easily order them online.



What have you all been up to this weekend?
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5.2.15

Teething

Sophie is nearly 20 months old and today she is rather grumpy (which is understandable) because she is teething (again).

Her first tooth came through just after Christmas 2013 when she was 6 months old. Like all children, teething has been on and off since then. It does feel like it's never ending sometimes!

I thought I would let you know the product we use. It seems to be the only thing that helps her and she actually lets us apply it. We tried all the gels, teething sachets etc. which didn't seem to make any difference whatsoever - until someone recommended Anbesol Liquid.


You can buy it from most pharmacies, including Boots and also in supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. It's an antiseptic and anaesthetic, you just put a bit on your finger and apply it twice where it is needed and it should provide almost instant relief. It can also be used by adults for 'recurrent mouth ulcers and denture irritation' too.

I have lost count how many times I have recommended this product and they all swear by it now too!

Have you used anbesol? Does it help? Let me know!
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4.2.15

What We Did Today: Winter Walk

I thought I would let you know what we've been up to today. To be honest, we haven't really done much, but we went for a walk this afternoon with my mum. It was still quite cold but the sun was out and it was really lovely. Sophie really enjoyed the walk and we stopped off at the park so she could burn off some energy. I feel so much better for it! I'm going to try and get out more with Sophie so we're not stuck in the house all the time. We're just chilling on the sofa now watching CBeebies!

Here are a few pictures I took this afternoon:






What have you all been up to today? Let me know in the comments below!
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2.2.15

Disney Store Haul

I ordered some bits from the Disney Store as it's Sophie's birthday in June and I like to be organised! It also spreads the cost as we'll probably have a little party for her, plus there's decorations and a cake to pay for too (it's a good excuse to start buying then, right?!).


Firstly, I got this small Minnie Mouse soft toy which is the perfect size for a toddler and is only £12 which I thought was very reasonable.
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1.2.15

Everyday Makeup & Hair Essentials

The following products are what I regularly use when doing my makeup.

During the week if we're staying in I won't bother putting any on but if I know we're going out I usually just apply the basics for an everyday look.


Benefit The POREfessional Primer
This is so smooth and just evens out all imperfections before you apply foundation.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer
This is great to just cover any imperfections. I use this just before I apply my foundation.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
I absolutely love this foundation. It’s easy to apply, so light on your skin and looks really natural.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder
You can get this powder from most supermarkets and it’s really affordable – it helps to keep your foundation in place so it lasts all day.

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush
This is a great every day blush and I think it looks really nice, especially on pale skin.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara
This is one of the best mascara’s I've used and I think I'm on about my third one now. It makes my lashes longer and it doesn't flake whatsoever which cheaper mascaras tend to do.

Moroccan Oil
I discovered this product about 4 years ago now and it’s amazing! My hair is quite long and can get really knotted so I just pump a small amount into my hand and run it through my hair once I’ve washed it and dried it off a bit. It makes my hair so smooth and more manageable; I definitely recommend you try it if you haven’t already. You can purchase it from many hair salons and online at Feel Unique. 
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