Sunday, 31 May 2015

My Best Buys for Baby Bedtime

Sleep has become something of an obsession for me. Last night was my first decent night's sleep since Arthur was born. He finally slept through till 7am. No doubt tonight he'll be up every hour, but it's important to celebrate these small victories! We're still doing the dream feed, but now I can gradually start to decrease the amount, until maybe, just maybe, he'll go from 7am to 7pm. Making sure your baby is comfortable is the first step towards persuading them to sleep better, so here are my best buys for baby bedtime.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

How to Get into a Routine with Your Newborn

I thought everything would be much easier with my second baby, but it turned out to be just as difficult. I presumed Arthur would be the same as Ivo, a good sleeper and a good eater. But he's just the opposite! From day one, he'd wake up at the slightest noise, and he's still not sleeping through the night at 10 months. I've found with both my boys, that having a routine is the easiest way for us to get along. It's hard at first, but worth it in the long run. Here are a few techniques I learnt along the way that might help you out if you're keen to do the same....

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Fun Food Trend for Summer

Over on my wedding blog, I've been writing about a new micro trend for summer, and I realised it would work just as well for dinner parties and entertaining. Why not surprise your guests at your next soiree with edible flowers? I'm a terrible cook, and even I couldn't mess this up! Buy your flowers direct from First Leaf and Greens of Devon in the UK, or grow your own with these seeds. I'm loving these creative ideas {below} for pretty cocktails, popsicles, cakes and even cheeses.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Fantastic Summer Fashion for Kids from F&F

A few days ago I blogged about my exciting discovery.....Tesco's clothes brand Florence & Fred {F&F}, has a shop here in the UK. That post was all about fun, throwaway fashion for mums, but the kids stuff was amazing too! Just check out these cute little style boards for baby, toddler boys and girls - every item is under £8.


Clockwise from Top Left 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7


Clockwise from Top Left 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Baby Girls

{I want this!} Clockwise from Top Left 1. F&F Broderie Hat, £4 | 2. F&F 2 Pack of Dream Love Laugh Pyjamas, £6 | 3. F&F 3 Pair Pack of Cat Socks, £3 | 4. F&F Pineapple Print Harem Trousers, £4| 5. F&F 2 Pack of Crochet Trim Vests, £4 {other colours} | 6. F&F Fruit Print Swimsuit, £6 | 7. F&F Pineapple Playsuit, £6

Baby Boys

{I want this!} Clockwise from Top Left 1. F&F Fish Romper, £5 | 2. F&F Captain Slogan Pyjamas, SALE £3.50 | 3. F&F Canvas Cut-Out Sandals, £5 | 4. F&F 2 Pack of Fish Print Fisherman Bucket Hats, £4 | 5. F&F 2 Pack of Ocean Friends Rompers, £5 | 6. F&F Palm Tree Print Slip on Plimsoles, £5 | 7. F&F 5 Pair Pack of Nautical Socks, £4

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Family & Baby Portraits by Caught the Light

Are you any good at taking photographs? I find it really difficult to get decent shots of my boys, despite buying a really good digital camera. They just never sit still! And they change so quickly - I worry that I'm not capturing their little personalities on film. So I was thrilled when our lovely wedding photographer, Chloé from Caught the Light, started taking portrait pictures on film.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cheap & Cheerful Clothes from Florence & Fred

While out shopping for a two-year old's birthday present, I made an amazing discovery today. Tesco's cheap and cheerful clothes brand, Florence & Fred {F&F}, has a store in Dubai! It's in the Oasis Centre, and although it's not quite as cheap as the UK, it's pretty kind on the pocket.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Eating Sushi Toddler Style

We're not very adventurous at home with our food choices. I'm basically dreadful at cooking, and with two children under two {until recently}, there hasn't been the time for me to get all Jamie Oliver. I cook for the children, thanks to Annabel Karmel's easy-to-follow recipes, but I'm not exactly whipping up Japanese food. So while Ivo has a very healthy appetite, he's never tried sushi. Well yesterday, all that changed, thanks to the lovely people at East Kitchen in Dubai.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Glamorous Gold Tattoos for Summer

There's a huge trend at the moment for glamorous body art. Personally I wouldn't ever want a permanent tattoo, but these temporary gold stencils are super-glamorous. They've got the feel of a wild summer holiday, and would look gorgeous on a tanned body. Keep it simple - less is more...... California-based store Creative Swirls Shop will create a bespoke design for you, but a simple love tattoo set is only £7. London stockists include Karizma and Awsm.Tattoo, and international postage is super-cheap!

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Brilliant Box-Sets

Box-sets are the best thing that happened to our marriage. It started during pregnancy. I was too knackered to go out, but I didn't want to completely fall off the cultural and conversational map. Problem solved - I bought a couple of recent box-sets, and my evenings instantly felt full. No more watching re-runs of Come Dine With Me - yippee! Then, once Ivo was born, my husband and I got seriously into….

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

My Favourite UV Swimsuits

Writing about Ivo's swimming lessons has reminded me that we need to buy him, and Arthur some more swimsuits. Now that the weather's hotting up, we're going swimming nearly every day, and we need more UV outfits to protect the boys from the sun. I tend to buy these a size too big - it's not like the boys need to be streamline in the pool, they last longer, and they give more protection on the arms and legs. Next has a brilliant selection of reasonable rash vests and suits, and they deliver cheaply in both the UK and Dubai. Mini-Boden has a couple of goodies {particularly for girls}, and Florence & Fred at Tesco {who also deliver in Dubai} are cheap and cheerful. Have you seen any you like?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Two under Two - Best Buys

After the Bank Holiday at home, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be settling into life with two under two. It's hectic!I remember having to deal with Ivo's jealousy of his little brother, while trying to relax enough to breastfeed, and all the while not being able to lift anything, because I had an emergency c-section. The best solution was to hide in bed with the baby, while my husband took Ivo out to the park. Nap-times were difficult, because our London flat was very open-plan and Ivo's noise woke up Arthur, and at night I was worried Arthur would wake up Ivo! Living with two young children is never going to be easy, but here are a few key items that helped us along the way.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Celebrating the New Princess

Britain's gone crazy for the new baby Princess, and all the shops have released cute little commemorative outfits and toys. Ivo was born the same year as Prince George, and we bought a few little pieces from Baby Gap. I don't think {a now fairly pudgy} Arthur will look quite as adorable in pink! I love this limited edition set of bodies from Mini-Boden, with their traditional collars - do you reckon any of Kate and William's friends will buy it for them?

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

A New Princess is Born

Did you keep track of the news yesterday? Even though we're over in Dubai, I got super-excited when I read that Kate had gone into labour, and turned on the BBC News Channel. We popped out to the beach, and by that time it was all over - a little Princess was born! I really feel for Kate having to go out and meet the press so shortly after giving birth. She was obviously super-keen to get home with her baby, but had to run the gauntlet of the world's press first. Doesn't she look amazing! I bet she couldn't wait to...

Friday, 1 May 2015

Toddler Swimming Lessons with Baby Splash

We're lucky enough to have a swimming pool in our compound, and most afternoons, you'll find me down there with both boys, particularly now it's getting hotter. Ivo had swimming lessons once a week, when we lived in Hackney at Ironmonger Row Baths {run by Better on behalf of the Council}, and he's always been pretty confident in the water. But he had nothing on the children who've grown up in Dubai, with daily access to a pool.