Friday, 30 September 2016

What Joey Wore #30

Welcome back to another week of What Joey Wore. Oh lordy hasn't the weather suddenly changed? Couldn't we have been slowly eased into Autumn.

Outfit 1 
Top: Matalan | Dungarees: Turtledove London 
As you may have seen on previous style posts I've become obsessed with the new Turtledove London collection so these dungarees were a new purchase from them. The geo hive design is really nice and you can style in different ways.


Outfit 2
Jumper: Zara | Leggings: Zara | Trainers: Nike 
This is another brand new outfit for the new season. Whenever i buy anything from Zara i like to buy an outfit and stuff that goes together. The hedgehog jumper is lovely and so autumnal. The striped leggings go really well and as always wearing his favourite Nike trainers.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life and The Diary of an Ordinary Mum for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday. 
This Mama Life

FKF
Until next week 



Check out my Toddler boy AW16 picks here

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mummy & Little Me Week 15: 5 things nobody told me about toddlers

As a new mum you'll probably be thinking that the newborn stage will be the hardest stage in your childs life...WRONG! The hardest stage is in fact when they become toddlers.

This week for Mummy & Little Me I'm letting you know 5 things nobody told me about toddlers. Just when you thought night feeds, teething and explosive liquidy poos were firmly in the past, the toddler stage then slaps you in the face.

This is a funny yet true account of what i wish people had warned me about now that Joey is terrible toddler. Their are so many more things i could have added to the list, but i feared that any new mums reading up on what was to come would well and truly break them.

Don't forget to check out our previous posts on the Mummy & Little Me blog...
Week 1: My fussy toddler with veg
Week 2: Fussy Toddler Mealtime Tips
Week 3: Fussy Toddler Meal Ideas
Week 4: Eating out with a toddler
Week 5: Weaning Tips
Week 6: My top changing bags
Week 7: Toddler Cutlery Tips
Week 8: Cookbooks for Fussy Eaters
Week 9: Getting your child to sleep in their own room
Week 10: Keeping the kids cool
Week 11: How to save money on your food shopping
Week 12: Baby & Toddler Events
Week 13: When is the right time to potty train your child.
Week 14: Travelling with a toddler
Week 15: 5 things nobody told me about toddlers


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Disney inspired bedroom ideas*

Once upon a time when I was a child I was obsessed with Disney. Lion King was and still is my all time favourite Disney film and i remember a neighbour of mine had Pochahontis wallpaper and I was well jealous! I would have loved to have had a disney inspired bedroom when i was younger. Now that i have a child of my own  I'm pretty keen to transform his bedroom into a Disney film. Here are a few ideas for any Disney obsessed kids (parents) out there...

Toy Story
One of the best Disney films that will always be a classic and stand the test of time is Toy Story. The characters are so popular and merchandise is really easy to get hold of these days. I've seen quite a few Toy Story inspired bedrooms on instagram that i know i would kill for as a child.
Photo credit: Mum_and_moo

Disney Princess
The most loved Disney characters in my  opinion are probably the Disney princesses, whether it be Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine etc everybody probably has their own favourite princess. Typically if your little girl is a girly girl they may be interested in having a typical pinky princess room.

Mickey Mouse
If it's one character that defines Disney its probably Mickey Mouse. Over the years I've seen some really nice and tasteful Mickey Mouse wallpapers that would make a great addition. I also think that Mickey Mouse isn't gender specific so can be for both boys and girls.

When decorating your childs room you can go as simple or extreme as you want, if you've got a passion for decorating you can usually find some beautiful bits that don't break the bank. But what if you wanted to be extreme and even match your curtains or blinds to the theme of your room. VELUX blinds have recently introduced a collection of Disney inspired blinds featuring some of Disneys most loved characters. 
I've mentioned in a previous post last year that I would love to  get a loft conversion and that VELUX windows would be a great addition, i absolutely love the 12 designs in the Disney & VELUX Dream collection. I don't think I could pick a favorite, their is a good choice of options for both boys and girls rooms.

I'd love to know which is your favourite Disney character and would you ever have a Disney inspired bedroom for your child or even yourself???





Monday, 26 September 2016

Toddler Boy AW16 Picks

We're now in September and autumn weather is right around the corner, it's time to get rid of all the summer clothes and fill it with warmer clothing. Here are some of my favourite toddler boy picks for Autumn/Winter.
Road map joggers  - Next





Leaf print top - Zara 


I'm actually really looking forward to dressing Joey in warmer clothing, he's exhausted all of his summer clothes so I'm excited to see him in different things now. Joey actually has 3 things out of the 12 listed so we're making a good start on his winter wardrobe.

Have you made a start on your child's winter warbrobe? 


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mummy & Little Me Week 14: Travelling with a toddler

This week for Mummy & Little Me i'm sharing with you what its like travelling with a toddler. As you may have seen from my instagram last week we had a mini break in Ayr, Scotland. This was the first time we'd had a few days away as a family since Joey had been born.

When we were planning to go away i was really worried initially about travelling for over an hour with a toddler. Not only the travelling but i worried about how Joey would handle being away from home and not being in his own bed and not being in his normal routine.

We made it through the 2 days and I'm not going to lie it was pretty tough. It was hard to enjoy being away with our toddler being his usual terrible toddler self. Check out my post on Mummy & Little Me to see why.

Don't forget to check out our previous posts on the Mummy & Little Me blog...
Week 1: My fussy toddler with veg
Week 2: Fussy Toddler Mealtime Tips
Week 3: Fussy Toddler Meal Ideas
Week 4: Eating out with a toddler
Week 5: Weaning Tips
Week 6: My top changing bags
Week 7: Toddler Cutlery Tips
Week 8: Cookbooks for Fussy Eaters
Week 9: Getting your child to sleep in their own room
Week 10: Keeping the kids cool
Week 11: How to save money on your food shopping
Week 12: Baby & Toddler Events
Week 13: When is the right time to potty train your child.
Week 14: Travelling with a toddler


Friday, 23 September 2016

What Joey Wore #29

Welcome back to another week of What Joey Wore. We missed last week as we've been a bit busy with the hubby being off for 2 weeks and we've been to Scotland for a few days this week.

Outfit 1
Jumper: H&M | Leggings: Zara | Trainers: Nike 
Having got back from Scotland yesterday it seemed that we had woken up to some cold autumn weather this morning. The jumper hasn't been worn for a while during the summer and seems a lot smaller compared to when he last wore it. The mountain leggings from Zara are actually from AW15 collection last year which he had and then grew out of so i bought a bigger pair on ebay. I think the grey jumper and colour of the leggings go really well.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
This Mama Life

FKF
Until next week


Monday, 19 September 2016

Recipe creation with Aldi Part 1

Now that we are in September, Summer is coming to an end so we'll be saying goodbye to salads and BBQs and a big hello to heart warming winter dishes. Aldi at the moment are promoting British Food Fortnight and also Organic September so I have been set the challenge of creating some wintery recipes using Aldi products.

When I think of winter british food i think of stews, casseroles and generally meaty dishes. So with that in mind I'm gointo share with you two meals that shout winter food.

Roast Beef with a Mustard & Horseradish Crust

Ingredients
1 Red Tractor British Roasting Joint – approx. 1kg
40g English Mustard
40g Specially Selected Horseradish Sauce
100g Greenvale Butter, softened
100g The Pantry Plain Flour
Sea Salt and Black Pepper
400ml Baron St Jean Red Wine or Quixo Beef Stock made with a Quixo Stock Cube
Quixo Beef Gravy Granules
600g Charlotte Potatoes
1 Broccoli
4 carrots

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

Put the English mustard, horseradish sauce and the butter into a mixing bowl, season with some sea salt and black pepper – mix well, then add the flour and mix again.
Spread this over the fat on the top of the joint.

Put in a roasting tin and pour the red wine or stock around the beef.

Roast in the oven for about 60 minutes, less if you like your beef rare.

Prick the potatoes with a fork – put on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Take the beef out of the roasting tin – cover with some tin foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, use any of the cooking juices to make up the gravy.

Cook the Broccoli and carrots separately  in some boiling water – then drain.
Pop yorkshire puddings into the oven for 6 mins until golden brown.

Serve the roast carved with the gravy, vegetables and yorkshire pudding.

Whenever we have a typical roast dinner i usually always go for a roast chicken but I do love roast beef and wanted to try something different. I must admit that i did buy the wrong bit of beef for this recipe but because I'm a novice when it comes to cooking beef i think it turned out pretty well.

Do you have a favourite meal you always make during the winter months? My next recipe for British Food Fortnight will be a classic chicken casserole, so keep your eyes peeled for that on the blog soon.




Disclaimer: I was given £30 worth of Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients for this post

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Worrying about the milestones

At the moment one of my biggest worries i have as a parent is about the milestones that Joey isn't yet reaching. Even though he is only 2 years old and still classed as a baby it's a constant worry that he isn't at the same development stage like most kids his age.

I try and tell myself not to get too worried about Joey's development but it's hard not to. At times i blame myself, it feels like its my fault because he doesn't socialise with other children and he doesn't go to nursery. Over the past few months I'd been taking Joey to various different groups but they didn't offer the interaction that Joey needed.

Speech and communication - Joey's speech is pretty much non-existent. He is vocal but doesn't say any actual words. Recently he has been repeatedly saying "Baaa" but we don't know what that means to him. Because of the lack of speech it means he's finding it hard to communicate, if he wants something he'll point or lead me to something. Hand gestures have become quite popular with him aswell, we don't know if this is another way of him trying to communicate to us.

Potty training - I've become very aware recently of stories about children who aren't even 2 years old being fully potty trained. Because Joey can't tell me he needs the toilet, I don't see how i can encourage him to start using a potty. Whenever i can tell he's having a poo, i always tend to ask him "are you having a poo?" and instead of nodding his head he just looks at me and goes very quiet.

Cot to toddler bed - Joey still sleeps in his cotbed, we haven't taken the sides down yet and don't have any plans to do so anytime soon. Like I've already mentioned, i feel like he's still a baby so would worry if he didn't have the sides up. He doesn't appear to need the extra space just yet and he hasn't attempted to climb out of his cot just yet.

On a regular basis i get emails from various companies informing me of how my child should be developing and then the health visitors are concerned he is behind. Should i really be paying attention to all of these people who don't see my son on a daily basis? As a mum I'd like to think that Joey is just a little bit behind and with the help of speech therapy we should see some improvements soon.

Do you worry about your child's milestones?


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Mummy & Little Me Week 13: When is the best time to start potty training?

For this week's post for Mummy & Little Me i ask when the right time is to potty train your child. Joey is 2 years and 3 months old and we're not even thinking of potty training yet.

But what i want to know is whether their is an idea age/time to start your child's potty training journey? I've seen recently that potty training before 2 years old is quite popular at the moment.

Is their really any rush to get your child potty trained so quickly? I suppose if theirs going to be a new arrival in the family then not having to change a toddlers nappy aswell as a newborns would be pretty handy.

Let me know what age you started potty training your child. 

Don't forget to check out our previous posts on the Mummy & Little Me blog...
Week 1: My fussy toddler with veg
Week 2: Fussy Toddler Mealtime Tips
Week 3: Fussy Toddler Meal Ideas
Week 4: Eating out with a toddler
Week 5: Weaning Tips
Week 6: My top changing bags
Week 7: Toddler Cutlery Tips
Week 8: Cookbooks for Fussy Eaters
Week 9: Getting your child to sleep in their own room
Week 10: Keeping the kids cool
Week 11: How to save money on your food shopping
Week 12: Baby & Toddler Events
Week 13: When is the right time to potty train your child.

Thanks for reading


Friday, 9 September 2016

What Joey Wore #28

Welcome to this week's What Joey Wore, we have 3 outfits to share with you! Some of these bits are new and I've been so excited for Joey to wear them.

Outfit 1 
Top: Matalan | Dungarees: Turtledove London
About 2 weeks ago i happened to stumble across the Turtledove London sale, they have some great Spring/summer stuff in the sale at the moment. These striped dungarees were only £10! They are so versatile you can wear them on a hot day or even a cold day. It was a pretty miserable day so i popped a plain grey long sleeved top underneath but it would still look great with other coloured t-shirts. 


Outfit 2 
Top: Turtledove London | Bottoms: Zara | Trainers: Nike
Another purchase from Turtledove London, the Hello tee was £6 in the sale. I love the colour and font style. I think the mintiness of the top went well with the marble effect bottoms from Zara. As always his Nike Roche finish the outfit perfectly.


Outfit 3
Top: Primrose & Bear | Leggings: Fred & Noah | Trainers: Nike
This tee from Primrose & Bear has been my most exciting purchase for Joey recently. You know I'm a huge fan of anything unique/personalised and this brand produce some amazing clothes. The grey top with the mint green name splash is perfect. Paired with his blue racoon leggings from Fred & Noah and his favourite Nike trainers.

This Mama Life
FKF

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.

Until next week


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Home Decor Picks

Over the last few months I've been picking up a few bits and bobs to turn Joey's room from baby nursery into a toddler boys room. 

A few of the bits I've bought for Joey's room recently have been from independent shops on instagram such as the Dinosaur print from Home Cosy Home Prints and then the wooden cloud from With Love Lucy. I've also been very impressed with the home departments of Next and New Look, Joey's curtains and bedding are from Next and they have some lovely alphabet products to kit out your home with. I've also come across that New Look has its own home department which i never knew about (and I worked their for 3 years!).

I've only been buying things gradually but here are a few bits that have caught my eye recently...
Handpainted marbled decor - Isaacs Treasure
Luxury prints & accessories - Freddie the Kid
Handmade wooden items - With Love Lucy
Dinosaur print - Home Cosy Home Prints

Bespoke wooden letters - Cotton Tots
Star book ledge - Great Little Trading Company

Next 


New Look 
White LED Cloud - £10 

In the past I've never been into buying accessories for my home but I am now really obsessed now. Their are so many fantastic small independent brands on instagram that handmake some lovely, unique items so definitely check them out. 





Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Child's Farm Shampoo & Conditioner Review*

If you've followed the blog for a while then you may know that Joey has eczema, when he was a baby his skin was pretty bad but we've managed to get it under control. 
Over the past year we have been using the Childs Farm hair and body wash as it is safe for eczema prone skin. But over the past month or so I started to notice that their was a build up of dry skin on the top of Joey's scalp. I didn't know if this was down to his eczema, the heat or bath product we were using. So I asked the lovely people at Childs Farm what they would sugget using and they recommended using a separate shampoo and conditioner. They very kindly agreed to send us some samples for him to try.
We recieved samples of the Shampoo, Conditioner and Baby Oil. The shampoo and conditioner both contain strawberry & mint and smell really nice. I first started using Childs Farm because they were the only product I could find that were designed for children with sensitive and eczema prone skin. I was so surprised to learn that well known baby bath time products that we had a massive collection of when Joey was born were actually making his skin condition worse.

So along with his prescribed bath emolient and moisturiser Childs Farm has been our go to product for a while now. Having been using the samples of shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks now I'm so pleased to report that the dry skin on his scalp has disappeared. I think because i was using a combined shampoo and body wash I was probably neglecting the fact his hair/scalp was lacking moisture.
I'm so happy that his dry scalp has dissapeared and we will continue to use Childs Farm products. If you have a child with sensitive skin or eczema then I highly recommend Childs Farm products.




*Samples were sent to me by Childs Farm and review conducted based on the outcome of using the products.