What I Love About Autumn/Winter

This year has flown by and I still can't believe we're nearly in October already! I thought I would share everything that I love about Autumn/Winter.

Hot chocolate
I'm probably the only person who doesn't drink tea or coffee, but I absolutely love hot chocolate! Especially with plenty of marshmallows!

Snuggling up
Whether it be snuggling up on the sofa watching a movie or getting into bed, I love being able to snuggle up together on a cold night.


A Letter To My Best Friend

This time four years ago, I received possibly the worst news I could have ever imagined. My best friend, Jen, had suddenly passed away. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

On the anniversary of her death, I have written her a letter..

Dear Jen, 

I remember meeting each other when we were both ten years old, after I moved primary school. Since then,  we became best friends and we were for seven years.

I remember the day you passed away so clearly. I knew you weren't well in hospital, but you were getting better. It all happened so fast. One minute I was planning on coming to visit you, and the next minute, you were gone. I didn't even get to say goodbye. I still expect to see you walk through the door or something. I don't think I will ever accept that you're not coming back. 

I can't believe four years have passed by already. It feels like so long ago since I last saw you, little did I know that it would be the last time. If I'd have known, I would have thanked you. For always being there for me and for being such an amazing best friend.  I would have hugged you tighter and begged you not to go.  


Four Year Anniversary

I seriously can't believe that Toby and I have just celebrated our four year anniversary together. This is probably going to be a bit of a soppy post (sorry!) but I wanted to dedicate a post just to him, as I don't quite think he realises how much he means to me.

We were first introduced to each other through an old mutual friend in August 2011, not long before we were due back for our second year at college. We hit it off instantly and we just loved spending time with each other. (Little did I know, we'd still be together now and have a two year old daughter!) I think we 'officially' got together around two or three weeks after meeting each other. I'll be honest, the beginning of the relationship wasn't that easy, as I had just suddenly lost my best friend and I was struggling to come to terms with it, but he was there for me whenever I needed him, even if it was in the early hours of the morning.

It's quite weird thinking about how long ago that was actually, four years have flown by, but it's amazing to see how far we have come (four years, three homes and a baby in case you were wondering). Admittedly, we sometimes argue and annoy each other and we're probably like a married couple already haha! But I think we've been through so much together and we know so much about each other that we just sort it out, life's too short isn't it? 


Our Family Trip To The Lake District

Last week we went on a little holiday to the Lake District. We all really enjoyed it and it was lovely to spend time together as a family of three, as Toby is working most of the time. Luckily, the weather was beautiful the whole time we were there, which meant we could walk around and explore the area!

On the first day, we arrived late afternoon (around 4pm), so we checked in, got the keys to our caravan, had an easy tea and just relaxed. Sophie stayed up a bit later than usual, we then we put her to bed around 9pm and thankfully she went straight to sleep.

The following day, we had a bit of a lie in and had breakfast and got ready. I think Sophie was getting a bit bored being inside (and subsequently unrolled the toilet roll which ended up all over the caravan!). We decided to get out and enjoy the sunshine for an hour or so (and tire Sophie out haha). We had a wander around the adventure trail, followed by an ice cream overlooking the lake.


My Ideal Workspace | Wishlist

We've finally got everything just how we want it after we moved in to our new home at the end of July. Although, the only thing I don't have is my own little workspace for blogging, etc. I'd like to be able to sit down and concentrate on what I'm writing and hopefully I can be more productive.

I've found that I can sometimes lack motivation because I don't have a designated workspace and I get easily distracted just sat on the sofa of an evening trying to write blog posts. Also, sometime in the new year, I'll also be starting my new job (working for the family business doing general admin) which hopefully means I will be able to work from home occasionally too.


Tips For Meeting New Mums & Making Friends After Having A Baby

If you're a mum, you will know what it's like to be stuck at home all day, every day with a young child. You can feel pretty isolated and it's actually quite nice to be able to get out and have a bit of social interaction with adults. I thought I would share some tips with you if you don't know how to go about meeting other new mums and making friends after you've had a baby.

When Sophie was younger, I didn't get out much to be honest. I spent the majority of time at my Mum's house as luckily she lives just around the corner from us. I'll be honest, I really struggled, especially in the first few months and that was partly down to having Post Natal Depression (which I was diagnosed with three months after I had Sophie). I wanted to get out of the house and meet other people - but I was very anxious and I had no confidence whatsoever. It was a vicious circle.


Making The Transition From Cot To Toddler Bed

I wrote a short post about moving Sophie from her cot to a toddler bed at the beginning of the year. However, I thought it was about time I updated you and gave you some tips, which may help if you are thinking about making the transition yourselves.

We originally wanted to keep Sophie in her cot for as long as possible. We thought around two years old would be the ideal age to convert her cot into a toddler bed as she would understand the change a bit better. However, Sophie had other ideas and when she was 19 months old she managed to throw herself out of her cot one night (when she was supposed to be sleeping!). Toby and I heard a loud bang and we instantly ran upstairs to the sound of Sophie screaming.

Luckily, she wasn't hurt and after plenty of cuddles etc. she went back to bed no problem. I knew Sophie had a shock and probably wouldn't to it again, but it wasn't worth the risk. If she managed to climb out again and injure herself - I would never forgive myself. So, that night, I went online looking for a bed guard and chose the wooden BabyDan bed rail as it's white and matches her cot. 

If you are thinking of making the transition from cot to bed, here are my tips:

1. Don't rush it - but, in our case, it was the safest option.

2. Make sure furniture is attached to the wall and items that they aren't supposed to play with are out of reach (baby monitors  for example).

3. Put a baby gate on their door so they can't wander around the house.

4. Leave a few books and toys in the room, so they can entertain themselves for a bit  in the morning (hopefully not in the middle of the night haha).

5. Don't worry about it, we thought it would be a nightmare but it really wasn't that bad.. you just have to be patient as it's a big change.

I can honestly say, moving Sophie from a cot to a toddled bed was one of the best things we have ever done and she took to it straight away. On the first night, she needed a bit of reassurance (which is understandable) but after that, we found she slept so much better too. She has now been in her own bed for 8 months and we haven't really had any problems (other than a few difficult nights where she keeps getting out of bed and is refusing to go to sleep - but we just have to have patience!)

I hope you found this post hopeful. What age did you transition from cot to bed? How did you find it? Let me know!

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Instagram // August 2015

I can't believe we're in September already! This year has flown by, hasn't it?! I thought I would show you all what we got up to in August. If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen these photos but I think I'm slightly addicted! I could spend hours just looking through photos for inspiration!

1. We finally moved into our new home, I think we've pretty much settled in and we love it here.

2. Playing with her ELC Happyland toys.

3. We went on a little break to Scotland which was lovely (you can read more about it here).

4. Sophie on the beach in Scotland.

5. I've already started picking things up for Christmas! Eek!

6. I made a start on Sophie's winter wardrobe after a visit to Next.

7. Me, my mum, Nan & Sophie visited Southport for a few hours and we stopped off for ice cream!

8. Sophie in the garden.

9. I just had to get this 'Blogger' t-shirt for Sophie (you can find the same one here)

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