Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Best Children's Books by Kali Stileman

Ivo's a complete bookworm. We've always read to him, and I feel it's a serious parenting success {in amongst all the usual feelings of guilt and worry!}. There are all sorts of studies that say that reading a bedtime story is the best education you can give your child, and it's seriously heartwarming to hear him say 'Book mummy?' with a hopeful expression. He also says 'Peppa mummy?' and that's a whole different blog post - on TV and toddlers! His latest love are these gorgeous illustrated books....

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Planning a Digger Themed 2nd Birthday Party

Ivo's going to be two in a couple of weeks time, and I'm already getting way too exciting about planning it all. I got very into themes and decorations and stationery when I planned by wedding - so excited I started a blog about it all {Before the Big Day} - and now I treat every birthday party a bit like a mini-wedding. It's a bit sad in some ways, because he's got no idea what's going on - but it makes me happy to have a creative outlet!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Dozen Non-Chocolate Presents for an Easter on a Budget

Easter is fast approaching - how did that happen? Living in Dubai makes you lose track of the seasons - I miss the daffodils of spring. How do you celebrate Easter? Guzzling chocolate, hot cross buns and roast lamb? We do something slightly different....

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Need for White Noise

With our first baby, we never really used white noise. But our home was pretty quiet. That was before Ivo grew into a toddler. Now it's rare for the house to be quiet during the day….which is a disaster for baby Arthur's naps. We cottoned on to the idea of white noise machines when Arthur was about four months old, and we have two options, which we sometimes use together {let me explain!}.

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai

There's not a great deal of activities you can do in Dubai with a newborn in September. When we moved here, it was 42 degrees every day - just too hot for Arthur at five weeks old. Essentially we just had to duck from air conditioned hotel room, to air conditioned taxi, and then into our air conditioned destination. I was really worried that Ivo wasn't getting enough running around time. The great thing about Dubai....

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The New Restaurants at the Kite Beach Kiosk, Dubai

When we moved to Dubai six months ago, they were doing up the beach nearest our house. Kite Beach is famous for being the only place in Dubai that you're allowed to kite surf, but it used to have very few facilities. That's all changed now.....

Sunday, 15 March 2015

On Mother's Day - An Honest Reflection

Ivo was born in April, so I missed my first Mother's Day by a month. As I waddled around on early maternity leave, I remember wondering when I'd used to being called mummy. Even 8 months pregnant I didn't feel like a mum, and I couldn't really imagine what it would be like.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Luxury Baby Books, Diaries & Photo Albums from Sloane Stationery

Every year, I allow myself the luxury of a smart Smythson diary. As a stationery lover, the gilt-edged, pale blue, featherweight paper, teamed with soft lambskin makes my heart melt. But this year, my husband's grumbling at the cost {£180!} encouraged me to look further afield. Surely there must be something suitably decadent available, but without the hefty price tag? Well I'm thrilled to say I found the answer! Sloane Stationery offers beautiful handcrafted notebooks in a variety of sizes and colours, and I am over the moon with my 2015 diary in aqua blue. All their products can be personalised, and they're the perfect birthday present or hostess gift. Take a look a these cute baby notebooks, and you can even design {and personalise} your own photo albums. Sloane Stationery notebooks are elegant yet fun, and start at just £9.99, with an average price of around £35. Check them out, you won't disappointed… I’ve certainly been converted!

Written by guest contributor Lou Marmabachi

{I want this!}
 Baby Notes Notebook from Sloane Stationery, £25

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Celebrating World Book Day with Thomas

My Instagram feed is chock-a-block with children dressed up in adorable outfits for World Book Day. Ivo's still too young to need a costume, but he's already chosen his favourite books. Peppa Pig is hugely popular, but in keeping with the love for all things train, the Thomas the Tank Engine series is currently top dog. We have about 30 of the Thomas Story Library paperback books, and they're just the right length for a toddler's attention span. I bought a whole bunch of them second hand from eBay, and they sell them in Border's here in Dubai for 5.9 AED each {about £1}. In the UK, you can buy them individually, or the entire box-set for £40. Don't bother with Amazon, they're a shocking £2.99 each!

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Our Baby Bedtime Routine

Do you have a sleeping routine for your little one? We've always followed Gina Ford's schedule, with both Ivo and now Arthur, and it works brilliantly. It took a bit of time to get Arthur in the zone - he's a much trickier baby than Ivo - but seven months in, and he's got it. Basically, it goes a little like this...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bold Bear T-Shirts

My nephew's called Bear, so I'm always on the search for a good Bear-themed item. These fantastic t-shirts are the perfect combo of cute and funny. We've got his 5th birthday coming up in April, so he may well find one in the post. Made in Wales by Vicky, they're made out of eco-friendly cotton and felt, for sizes up to 6 years old. Check out her Etsy shop, My Pipsqueak for more fun kids products. 

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