Living Room Tour

Since moving into our new home a few months ago, I've wanted to do a tour of our living room as it's obviously one of the most used rooms in our house. However, I've been putting it off due to one reason or another. Now that we've finally got it how we want it and with our new sofa arriving last week, I couldn't wait any longer to show you!


Sophie's Birth Story

I wanted to write down my birth story, so I could look back on it as I'm likely to forget some of it. So with that in mind, I will start from the beginning. My due date was 30th May 2013. Although I ended up going two weeks overdue, and was induced at 13 days over. I had previously had two sweeps which were done at my midwife appointments; at 40 weeks and 41 weeks, but nothing happened so we were booked in for induction. 


Sophie's Next Autumn/Winter Clothes Haul

Sophie's Next Autumn/Winter Clothes Haul
I say this quite a lot, but this year has flown by! Seriously, how are we in October already?! If you're a regular reader of my blog or follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you will know how much I love shopping.. especially at Next! I'm always picking up something from there. It's definitely one of my favourite shops, for both clothes and home decor items.

Ikea Wishlist

Our new home is finally coming together and we've almost got it to how we want it. There's just a few finishing touches to add to the living room and I think we're done! We ordered a new sofa around four weeks ago which arrived yesterday (you can see a sneak peak of it on our Instagram) and we absolutely love it! After a look on Ikea, I've created a little wishlist of items I'd like to buy, to finish the room off. Plus a little something for Sophie too!

Kallax Unit
This unit will fit perfectly in the gap next to the sofa and it will be ideal for extra toy storage. We're lacking storage space at the moment, so most of Sophie's toys have just been thrown in to her toy box. Two year olds seem to accumulate rather a lot of toys so this will help organise them a bit better. (It also means I can hide her playdoh at the top, where she can't reach hehe!)

Picture ledge
We already have a few of these picture ledges around the house for books and they're great! I'd like to get the bigger size to display photos which I can easily swap around.


Tips For Moving House

Earlier this year, we decided it was time to move house (as we needed more room) and although it was exciting, it was pretty stressful too! I thought I would put together some tips, which you will hopefully find useful if you're also planning on moving house in the near future.

Make a list...
I make lists for just about everything anyway, mainly because I'm so forgetful but it also means I have everything I need to do written down, so I don't forget anything important. I created a spreadsheet of all of the bills that needed changing, gas and electric, water, house insurance, just to name a few. I also made a separate list of places I need to change our address, doctors, dentist, benefits, banks and driving licences. It's very time consuming but it has to be done!


My Top 5 Favourite iPhone Apps

I'm sure this is probably number one on most people's list too. I like to keep up to date with everything and also share blog posts here too. You can like our page Sophie Ella and Me if you haven't already, to keep up to date with new blog posts and photos etc.

Another one of my most used apps, I just love sharing photos which are mainly of Sophie, our home and shopping! You can follow us on Instgram at @sophieellaandme.

If I have an idea for a blog post or want to draft one then I use this app. It's very easy to use too.


Early Learning Centre Happyland Review

I have to start off by saying we're huge fans of Early Learning Centre toys in our household. I remember looking for gift ideas for Sophie last year for Christmas and literally everywhere I looked, someone had recommended their Happyland range. 

I have to say, I'm so glad I purchased it as I think it's brilliant! Admittedly, I went a little overboard, but she didn't really have many toys as she had outgrown the majority of her others. It's suitable for children age 18 months+ so it was perfect! Since then, Sophie has played with it every day without fail. She is definitely getting her use out of it! The sets are all in bright colours and most of them have sound too which encourages roleplay and develops your child's imagination. It also helps build their fine motor skills and improve their social skills. 

Instagram | September 2015

As today is the first day of October, I thought I would do a look back of photos which I shared on our Instagram page throughout September.

1. This is the gift I gave to Toby for our four year anniversary (although I gave it to him a bit early as I was too excited haha). I thought it was a lovely idea as it's something a bit different. It's a print of sound waves from our favourite Ed Sheeran song. (I ordered it from Not On The High Street if you were wondering)

2. I love this photo of Sophie, although she looks so grown up these days!

3. I turn my back for two minutes to find my bathroom covered in baby powder! Note to self: hide it in future! 

4. I finally finished Sophie's bedroom and there is a tour up which you can read here.
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