The Best Kind of Pair


This was not what I planned for me, for you,
I would be married, settled, one half of a two
But when those two lines appeared, I fell in love 
Nothing else would ever come above
For you deserve the world and that’s what I shall give
You changed my life, reminded me how to live
You’ve shown me my value, taught me I deserve more
It’s amazing the power you hold, though you are so small.

I may often be tired, sometimes in pain
But I wouldn’t change a thing, I’d do it all again
For you my darling are the light of my life
I can be a strong mother, without being a wife. 

My sweet little boy, you’ve opened my eyes
You’ve made me braver, more selfless and I guess somewhat wise
Thank you for choosing me as your mama bear
We make a great team, a duo; the best kind of pair.

Being a single mama wasn’t my plan
But you have shown me that I can;
Give you everything you need, I’ll always try
And I’ll love you fiercely until the day I die.

Happy 8 months Arthur!
xx
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Beautiful Lullabies to Help Your Baby Sleep


Not so long ago I made the mistake of trying to look for nursery rhymes and lullabies to play to Arthur on YouTube. Why was it a mistake you ask? Well, do a quick search and you'll find the majority of nursery rhymes videos on YouTube are quite possibly some of the most annoying you've ever watched. On second thoughts, don't put yourself through it - just take my word for it! And when it comes to lullabies, unless you're happy to listen to Twinkle Twinkle or Brahms Lullaby on repeat for hours on end, the choice is pretty limited.

Now, you're probably thinking, Megan stop being an old grouch but it seems I'm not the only one to think that YouTube is seriously lacking in the baby music department. It was actually the thing that inspired Father-of-Two, Dan Smith (who also happens to be a BAFTA award winning director) and UK singer-songwriter Martha Bean to collaborate under the name 'Nursery Rhymes 123' and create the Lullaby Baby* album.


Lullaby Baby is the follow-up album to their popular 11 Nursery Rhymes and Songs album and features beautiful interpretations of traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies; perfect for creating a calm environment and soothing babies to sleep. There are twenty songs in total, with two original songs by Martha, who has such a gentle and peaceful voice that I have to stop myself slipping into a deep slumber right alongside Arthur! Some of my favourite songs include Beautiful Dreamer, You are my Sunshine and Lavenders Blue - a song that was featured in the newest Disney Cinderella filmI've found the album is perfect for playing at bed time but we also enjoy listening to it during feeds, as that's another time where we want to be relaxed and able to fully enjoy the closeness it brings.


Alongside the release of Lullaby Baby, Nursery Rhymes 123 have also uploaded a new video to their YouTube channel, featuring the song You Are My Sunshine. The animations, created by the talented Anne Wilkins, are beautifully unique and mirror the gorgeous album cover artwork you can see in the pictures above. They're nothing like the overly-bright, brash and annoying animations I've endured on other YouTube nursery rhyme videos - phew!

I really wanted to share this with other mamas, as it's such is a lovely album and the ideal soundtrack for your baby's bedtime routine. I've found it really helps to soothe Arthur to sleep and makes me feel at peace with the world too (always a good thing!) If you want to hear the songs for yourself, you can purchase the album on iTunes for £7.99 or listen to it on Spotify (the ads in between aren't nearly as relaxing so I'd go ahead and download it!) Lullaby Baby is also available to stream on Amazon, Google Play and Apple Music.

xx
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What's on my reading list


It's been a while since I shared a 'what's on my reading list' type post and that's down to the fact that in the last year or so, I've hardly read anything. Shocking, I know but sometimes it feels like there are a million other things I need to do more urgently, especially now I'm a mama. Having said this, I really miss reading, so I've decided to make a conscious effort to read a little each night, even if it's only a few pages before I fall asleep. At the moment I'm reading both Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe and Girl On The Train, so I thought I'd share a little bit about what made me pick them, along with a couple of other books on my reading list.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
My mum's really into her books (she even runs her own book blog) and as soon as she finished Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, she said 'MEGAN YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!' And I'm so glad I have started reading it because it's actually hilarious. I remember hearing my mum laughing out loud at some of it and I've found myself doing the same. It follows the story of widow, Laura, who has decided to uproot her family from Manchester and move to Dorset to take on a summer job at the Comfort Food Cafe. It's there she meets numerous wonderfully weird characters, who I can't wait to meet myself when I get further into the book! Mum's said it's a romantic story but has also described it as one of 'healing, family and being brave enough to dip your toe back into the pond again, after life's unpredictable knocks' in her review. I feel like it's the perfect story for me to read at this time in my life and I can't wait to see how the story unfolds. It's definitely going to be my holiday read!

Blurb:
"The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad. Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well. For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…"

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I've also started reading The Girl on the Train as it's been described as 'the new Gone Girl' and has been made into a film, which is coming out this year. Initially I hated Gone Girl but once I got to the bit where there's that big-old-twist, I loved every word from then on. So, I thought, hey why not give The Girl on the Train a go! It's by a different author but you can definitely see similarities in their writing styles. It has a really creepy feel to it and is full of suspense. I'm only part way through it and I'm eager to see what's going to happen next. I've got a feeling it's one that'll keep you guessing.

Blurb:
'Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…'

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Again, another recommendation from my mama! Flawed is next on my reading list and since I've loved every one of Cecelia Ahern's books I've read so far, I'm almost sure I'm going to like this one too!

Blurb:
'Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED. In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.'

The Microbiome Effect* by Toni Haman & Alex Wakeford
This book is completely different from the others on my reading list as it's non-fiction but as a mama, who is still fascinated by all things birth and baby related, I think it'll be an interesting read. As far as I understand, it's all about how the way in which a baby is born affects their future health. I think it's going to be quite 'sciencey' though, so hopefully I'll get it!

Blurb:
'At least two amazing events happen during childbirth. There's the obvious main event, which is the emergence of a new human into the world. But then there's the non-human event that is taking place simultaneously, a crucial event that is not visible to the naked eye, an event that could determine the lifelong health of the baby. This is the seeding of the baby's microbiome, the community of ‘good’ bacteria that we carry with us throughout our lives. The seeding of the microbiome, along with other processes including breastfeeding, kickstarts the baby's immune system and helps to protect the infant from disease for its entire lifetime. However, with interventions like use of synthetic oxytocin, antibiotics, C-section and formula feeding, this could be interfering with, or bypassing completely, the microbial transfer from the mother to baby. Emerging research shows that bacteria are absolutely vital for human health, and science has linked an imbalance in the human microbiome with multiple chronic non-transmissible diseases. 

Drawing on the extensive research they carried out for their documentary film Microbirth, authors Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford reveal a fascinating new view of birth, and how microscopic happenings can have lifelong consequences, both for ourselves, our children – and our species as a whole.'

Are any of these books on your reading list too?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on them if you've read them but shhh - no spoilers!
xx
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Mummy Scribbles #2


In case you're new here, my Mummy Scribbles are basically some of the thoughts I've had & things I've said as a parent to a 7-nearly-8-month old over the last few weeks! I'd love it if other mamas shared some of their 'Mummy Scribbles' too!

"Why can't I clean your neck?! What secrets are you hiding under that chin?!"

"No, no that's okay, mummy doesn't want your rice cake, that's for you, oh, okay, go on then I'll try a bit if I have to..."

"MUMMY'S HAIR, MUM-EES-HAIR"

"Pretty sure it's Percy that pulls the mail on time Grandad, not Gordon"

"I see you hiding that broccoli under your highchair tray...there's no fooling this mama"

"Rolling away mid-nappy change. Yep that's really helpful"

"OH NO NOT MORE TEETH. R.I.P Boobs"

"HE SAID MUMMA, HE SAID MUMMA!"

Have you had any funny parenting thoughts this week?
Or can you relate to some of the thoughts I've had?

xx
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#MamaMail


The Newborn Weeks. I'd like to say I remember them well but they are somewhat blurred by what I can only describe as sheer exhaustion. I don't know about other mums but when I was pregnant I read pretty much everything I possibly could on pregnancy. I was confident about giving birth and felt completely in control. It sounds like I was organised and clued-up right? WRONG. I didn't read a single thing about what happens after you've been handed your tiny baby and pretty much been told by the midwives to get on with it (Side note: I didn't have a great experience on the maternity ward!)

Having said this, I don't think anything can prepare you for what you're about to face. There's the tiredness from days without sleep, crippling afterbirth pains, sore boobs from feeding around the clock and let's not forget the overwhelming emotion of pure, unconditional love for the beautiful little person you've bought into the world. There's no point sugar coating it, those first few weeks are tough but do you know what? You'll get through them. Not only that but you'll find magic in the smallest moments with your precious new baby and it's those bits you'll remember in detail. You know you were exhausted but you'll forget the exact total of hours you went without sleep and although you know you were in a lot of pain from giving birth, you'll forget exactly how it felt because I'll let you into a little secret, us mamas are stronger than we look.

Of course, the new love you feel for your baby is a great motivation for finding strength when you feel physically weak but what also helps is having a tribe; people in your corner that you can lean on for support. Even the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference to a new mummy; offering to do her washing or making her dinner. A kind word can also go a long way in reminding her that she's got this. This is why I really wanted to share a fantastic project with you called #MamaMail.



#MamaMail is the brainchild of The Paperdashery, a store selling greetings cards, gift wrap and some of the cutest washi tape I've ever seen! The idea is basically that mums send a piece of happy mail (could be a letter, postcard or even a little gift) to a brand new mummy, who might be in need of a word of encouragement and support. The project is all about sending love and creating happiness. A lovely idea, don't you think?

There's no obligation for the new mama to reply to the sender but the option is there if they want someone to talk to that understands what they're going through and can lend an ear or act as a sounding board. I think it's such a wonderful idea and have actually signed up as a #MamaMail sender. I'm really looking forward to being matched to a new mummy and writing my first piece of #MamaMail.

If you are a brand new mummy and would like to receive a piece of #MamaMail you can do so here. Alternatively, if you have a slightly older baby or child, you can choose to be a #MamaMail sender by signing up here. You can also check out Paperdashery's #MamaMail products on their website. Let's spread a little mama love!

xx
This post is NOT sponsored, I just loved the idea & wanted to share it!
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Our Weaning Journey (Part 2) - We love Vital Baby!


For the second instalment of our weaning journey posts, I wanted to share some of our favourite products. There are some fantastic weaning brands out there but we've personally been very loyal to Vital Baby, after initialling loving their Twist 'n' Lock Freezer pods.*


I mentioned in Part One of our Weaning Journey that I've enjoyed making purées for Arthur at home and these Twist 'n' Lock freezer pods have played an important role in that. Rather than making up a purée just before dinner time, I've been able to make purées in batches and conveniently freeze them in these handy little pots. As the name suggests, they twist and lock into the tray, so you can store them safely and neatly in your freezer drawer. They can also be put straight in the microwave for easy reheating or you can push the purée out in a cube to defrost, using the Flexisoft base.


I love making all sorts of purées for Arthur but initially started off with single fruit and veg tastes, before moving onto more adventurous combinations. I tend to only freeze veggie purées, with favourites of his being butternut squash and sweet potato, peas and broccoli, courgette and brussel sprouts! Here are some of the purées I made for Arthur when he was around 6 months old.


Now he's a bit bigger he doesn't need his food as blended as this but you get the idea! Arthur's also eating some finger foods too - the way I see it, it's all about mixing things up, trying different textures and basically just letting him have fun with food.


I was so impressed with the Vital Baby Twist 'n' Lock Freezer Pods that I ended up placing an order on the Vital Baby website for the other weaning products I wanted. They have a fantastic selection of products on there, all reasonably priced and available in lovely, bright colours. I decided to pick up the 8 piece Start Weaning Kit for £9.99, which included the On The Go Weaning Set (bowl, spoon and lid shown above), two feeding spoons, two mini freezer pots, two 6oz Prep 'n' Go food pots and a tumbler. I also purchased one of their Free Flow Sippy Cups for £2.55 and some of the Food Pouch Spoon Tips for £1.79.

Funnily enough, I didn't really think I'd end up using the Food Pouch Spoon Tips but they've been so useful, especially if we're out! You simply attach them onto the end of the baby food packet, squeeze gently and the food goes through the hole and onto the spoon. They fit onto most baby food pouches but I tend to only buy from Ella's Kitchen. The food pouch spoons mean you don't need to take a bowl out with you and I've found that Arthur prefers them to his other spoons - they must make it more fun!

So there we have a quick run down of some of the weaning products I've been loving from Vital Baby. I'm also planning on doing a post on different bibs (pros and cons) and a review of the Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair but if there's anything else you'd like to see, please shout up (or y'know just drop me a tweet!)

xx
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Special keyrings from Handmade by Holly


I've always had a soft spot for handmade gifts, there's just something so special about a little trinket, lovingly made with great care and attention to detail. I used to have my own handmade jewellery business, so I know how much time and effort goes into the crafting process. Not only that but how hard it can be to get your creations out there. So today, I thought I'd share a post all about my blogging friend, Holly's new handmade business, aptly named Handmade By Holly.

Holly has started creating a lovely range of personalised keyrings, for baby keepsakes, anniversaries, wedding favours and everything inbetween. The hand sewn keyrings are made with pretty Cath Kidston-esque fabrics and adorned with buttons, ribbons and other little decorations. Holly kindly sent me one as a gift featuring Arthur's name and birthday and I absolutely love it. It's such a sweet keepsake and one I will treasure. At £4.00 (with free UK postage), Handmade By Holly keyrings are extremely affordable and the perfect little gift for a new mama! As I mentioned before, Holly personalises them to your requirements, so you could have them as bridesmaid gifts, wedding favours, birthday gifts, christmas presents - anything you like really and I'm sure the recipient will love them as much as I love mine.

This is what happens when you try to get your 7 month old to pose for a photo holding the keyring. Don't worry I didn't let him eat it!
I don't think Holly will mind me saying that she doesn't exactly have it easy. She suffers from Fibromyalgia & Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and has struggled to do some of the work-related things she wanted to do in the past. I think it's fantastic that through sewing and crafting, she has found something that not only she enjoys doing but can do without making herself really poorly. She's clearly got a talent for it and I wish her the best of luck in getting her handmade business up and running!

Fancy taking a look at Holly's creations? Head on over to her Instagram and go give her page a 'like' on Facebook for regular updates.
xx

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Our Weaning Journey (Part 1)


It's been almost 2 months since I started weaning Arthur so I thought it was about time I did a little post on our progress so far. I had mixed feelings about weaning, on one hand I was excited because I knew Arthur was ready to try his first solids and I couldn't wait to see how he reacted but on the other, I was nervous because I'd become so comfortable with him surviving on breast milk alone!

Babies get all the vitamins and nutrients they need from breast milk (in Arthur's case) or infant formula up until they’re six months, so I decided to wait until close to then to start the weaning process. I think we started a week or two before as I knew Arthur was ready. All the signs were there - he was showing interest in other people eating food, he could sit up and he could co-ordinate his eyes, hands and mouth. He’d even tried to steal other people's food on numerous occasions. The boy was certainly ready!

BLW or Purées? That’s the question.
The dilemma I faced and I imagine many other mums face was whether to go down the traditional purée route or whether to try Baby Led Weaning (BLW), which seems to be the thing to do these days. My health visitor had mentioned Baby Led Weaning to me and it felt like every mama on my Instagram was giving it a go. BUT it wasn’t something I was entirely comfortable with and seeing as Arthur still wasn’t quite six months old, I decided to try him with purées first and then introduce finger foods when I felt it was right. This combination of the two weaning methods seems to be working well for us!

Feeling the pressure…
I think at the moment there’s a bit of pressure on mums to try baby led weaning and I know I felt somewhat guilty because I wanted to do purées as well - as if I wasn't allowing Arthur to learn quickly enough. Has anyone else felt this way? It’s silly really because, surely as long as your baby is happy and healthy, it doesn’t matter how you feed them? I’ve read that BLW creates less fussy eaters but I’ve also heard numerous BLW mums say their babies are still fussy. Also, BLW seems to be a relatively new thing (it certainly wasn’t around when I was a baby) and I don’t know about you but I don’t still eat my food puréed, so I’m pretty sure that both weaning methods still take children to the same end goal in terms of eating.

The way I see it, is that you should do what suits you and your baby. Every baby is different and you, as a mama, know best for your baby. Forget what everyone else is doing. If you wanna BLW then BLW. If you wanna purée then you purée. If like me, you wanna do a bit of both, then go ahead!

Back to our weaning journey…
I was keen to make Arthur's food myself using fruit and vegetables and not just because I wanted to use my mum's beautiful pink blender (it's just so pretty!) but mainly so I'd know exactly what was going into his meals. Having said this, I'm not against buying pouches - I've bought them from Ella's Kitchen and Organix. Both of these brands focus on using only organic ingredients, without any rubbish, so I felt comfortable giving them to Arthur. So far he loves everything he's tried from Ella's Kitchen and Organix and I love how quick and convenient they are if you’re going out.


At home I've been making Arthur’s breakfast and tea with all sorts of different fruits and vegetables. He definitely prefers fruit but I'm sure that's quite normal with babies. I’ll talk a little more about the purées I’ve made in part two of our weaning journey, which will be live on Thursday at 6pm. In that post I’ll also talk through some of my favourite weaning products from Vital Baby.

As I mentioned earlier I’ve also been giving Arthur various different finger foods like toast, banana, cooked vegetables (like broccoli) and mini sandwiches. He seems to enjoy waving the food around in the air but some definitely ends up in his mouth and I've noticed he's chewing really well. He's gagged a couple of times and like any first time mama, I felt the panic rise but as I've been reminded numerous times, gagging is perfectly normal (and necessary) and totally different from choking!

Obviously you still need to watch your baby closely when they're eating finger foods but it is handy that you have your hands free to eat your own dinner. You can even make baby mini versions of your own dinner so they're not hankering after what's on your plate!



He's quite a happy little eater!
What I’ve discovered is that Arthur’s not fussy how he’s being fed. He likes purées on a spoon and he likes feeding himself finger foods. He really doesn’t seem to mind as long as he’s getting something. There are some foods he’s a little unsure of like broccoli (his face says it all) but most of the time he’s happy to give anything a go. I’m sure he’ll go through phases of being fussy, as he gets older but to me that’s perfectly natural.

So to round this all up – A combination of purées and finger foods is working well for us! Don’t feel pressured to do one or the other and just because it feels like every other mama is baby led weaning, it doesn’t make you a bad mama if you don’t want to! I forgot to mention earlier that I watched an awesome debate video on Channel Mum about weaning and it was really good to hear the opinions of other mums. I felt quite reassured that I wasn't the only one not strictly baby led weaning!

What are your thoughts and experiences of weaning? Feel free to leave a comment below but please be respectful towards other mamas who may not be doing the same thing as you. Also, look out for Part 2 of our Weaning Journey, which will be up on Thursday!
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Buttonbag Baby Craft Kit - A lovely gift for mamas!

Baby shopping is one of my favourite things to do and I can’t wait until my best friends have little ones so I can spoil them rotten, just like they have with Arthur. Personally, I love receiving outfits for him to wear and toys and books he’ll treasure for years to come but if you know a mama that’s got those things covered, there’s always the option of buying them something a little more unusual, like a baby craft kit!

British brand Buttonbag has created a wonderful new range of baby craft gift sets (£20), perfect for baby showers, Christenings and naming ceremonies. With some of the kits, like their baby booties and mittens gift set, you have the option to make them up beforehand and present them in a lovely suitcase gift box, ready for the baby to wear or use. Others are designed for the mama to do themselves, like the baby handprint gift set*, which Buttonbag kindly sent over for us to try.

I initially thought it would be quite tricky to create clay prints but the Buttonbag kit makes it oh-so-simple. It contains everything you need (including easy-to-follow instructions) to make at least two prints and the air-drying clay is non-toxic, so completely safe to use with little ones. All you have to do is kneed it for a few minutes, roll it out, make the print and then leave it to air-dry for about a week. You can use a cookie cutter beforehand to create a shaped print but I just trimmed it afterwards to get the shape I wanted. Oh and if it all goes wrong, you can simply screw the clay up and start again...which admittedly I did a couple of times!

Having a seven month old baby who likes to scrunch everything up in his little fists made creating the perfect hand print pretty impossible, so we decided to do a footprint instead. Arthur’s at the stage where he loves to stand up (with assistance) so he thought it was great fun sinking his little toes into the clay. I’m sure it’d be much easier to do a handprint with a newborn but I’m still really chuffed with Arthur’s footprint (which you can see below) and can’t wait to add it to his memory box.

The thing I love most about Buttonbag’s baby craft kits is how beautifully they’re presented. The ribbon-tied suitcases make the perfect gift boxes and the extra ribbons are a lovely addition if you’re making the item up before giving it to your mama friend. I’m planning on storing the footprint safely in the chiffon gift bag included in the suitcase and using the ribbon to hang the next print we create in Arthur’s nursery.

The Buttonbag baby craft kits are a lovely idea and a thoughtful gift for expecting parents. They offer something a little more unique than your average mama gift, with the chance to create a beautiful baby keepsake that can be treasured forever. Head on over to the Buttonbag website to see their full range of gift sets.
xx 
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The Cutest Stacking Blocks


The other day my lovely best friend Liz bought round some new colourful (and totally adorable) stacking blocks for Arthur to play with and it's fair to say he was more than a little excited! Building and knocking down towers is one of our favourite games to play together. I do the building and Arthur does the destroying. We're a good team.

The look of concentration on his face when he's reaching to knock over the blocks is just the cutest thing. As they hit the ground, his expression changes and he's somewhat surprised but within seconds he's grinning with pride. I could watch him play like that all day.

It's not just Arthur that loves his new stacking blocks though, nope, mummy here has completely fallen in love with their pretty design too. Just look at those adorable fruit illustrations! It made me laugh that as soon as I shared the picture above on Instagram, I had a number of mummies message me asking where the blocks were from - they're just so damn cute! In case you were wondering, they are from Tiger - I'd never have thought they stocked children's toys but apparently they do. I had a little look on their website and they appear to stock a varied selection of quirky baby and children's toys in their stores, so if you are looking for something a little different, it's a good place to go.

The Stabelkasser stacking blocks are made from cardboard and can be stacked on top of each other or inside each other. As well as the lovely little fruit designs, they also feature numbers so will be great when Arthur's learning to count. For now though, he's perfectly happy knocking them over and waving them enthusiastically in the air!

Yep, I've just written a whole blog post about stacking blocks... #mummylife

xx
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May Favourites


My monthly favourites have always been beauty based but what I realised over the past couple of months is that the makeup I like wearing and skincare I like using hardly ever changes! This has meant that I'm either regurgitating (such a gross word) content or just skipping my favourites posts altogether. SO I've deciding to change it up a little. Instead of being beauty favourites these are now just favourites, favourites. TRUE favourites if you like. Hope you enjoy!

1. #TTLMAYMAMACHALLENGE

So my first favourite has to be my friend Sophia's #TTLMAYMAMACHALLENGE which she ran over on Instagram throughout the month of May. It was a great opportunity to connect with other mamas all over the world, share experiences and enjoy a bucket load of baby snaps! Admittedly I missed some days as I was away in Devon with no WiFi but I really enjoyed participating - so much so that I've decided to do #TTLJUNEMAMACHALLENGE this month too. Follow me (@megan_jane03) to see how I'm getting on and if you fancy joining in yourself, check out this post on Sophia's instagram (@tattooedtealady).

2. Downton Abbey

Yep, I know I'm late on the bandwagon with Downton but that's how I roll. Funnily enough I've actually watched the last series, so I know what's going to happen. I kind of like that though...I feel like I can enjoy it without worrying about the characters' fate haha. They've got the entire series plus Christmas specials on Sky On Demand, which is super convenient and it's been the perfect thing to watch while I'm breastfeeding!

3. Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump

Just casually including a breast pump as one of my monthly favourites! After buying the Medela Swing, I honestly didn't think I'd ever use a manual pump ever again but this one from Lansinoh, which I initially trialled for a blog post, is just SO good. For some reason I just find it so much more convenient to use than my Medela Swing (probably because I still haven't put batteries in it, so always have to find a plug socket) and it definitely rivals it in terms of the amount of milk I'm able to pump. Read my post 'Expressing, Milk Storage & Banishing Boob Pain' for more on the pump and look out for a more in depth review post I'll be sharing soon because YEAH it's that good!

What were your May favourites?
xx
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Little Bunnies Baby Skincare Review


I'm always on the look out for natural, gentle-on-the-skin bath and body products to use on Arthur, so I was very excited to win this rather lovely looking set from Little Bunnies on Twitter last month! The skincare range features a Natural Baby Lotion, Organic Baby Oil, Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo and Organic Baby Balm, all of which contain natural ingredients that keep your baby's skin soft, smooth and moisturised. What's more, the entire range is free from parabens, SLS, silicones, mineral oil, artifical colours and fragrances, which is so important, considering how delicate and sensitive babies' skin is!

I don't know about you but I adore the packaging and think it's perfect for a baby skincare range. The little bunnies each have names and children can learn more about them on the Little Bunnies website. The packaging is not only cute and eye catching but really practical with a pump for the Baby Lotion and squeezy flip-lids for the Baby Wash and Baby Oil.


The entire Little Bunnies skincare range has met all my expectations of baby bath time products and I've really enjoyed using them on Arthur over the last month. The Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo has been a particular favourite at bath time with it's good-for-the-skin ingredients like chamomile tea extract and calendula. It's gentle enough to use on both Arthur's body and hair and I've even been using it myself too - the reason why it's now almost empty!

After I've bathed and dried Arthur, I tend to alternate between using the Baby Lotion and Baby Oil to moisturise his skin. Both are equally as effective and a little of the oil (in particular) goes a long way. The Baby Lotion contains jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil and aloe vera - all skin soothing ingredients and the Baby Oil contains a number of vitamin-rich organic oils like sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, calendula oil, sesame seed oil and vitamin E oil. It's packed full of antioxidants and essential vitamins to keep your baby's skin healthy and happy.

I think my favourite product of all from the Little Bunnies range has to be the Baby Balm, which I tend to use on Arthur during nappy changes. It's great for preventing nappy rash and I also use it for gentle tummy massages when he's a little on the windy side. The baby balm contains 100% natural and organic ingredients including calendula oil and can also be used for other purposes like treating eczema, which Arthur does get from time to time. I recommend gently rubbing a little between your fingers to warm it up and make it easier to apply. You'll instantly notice the results of the Baby Balm, as it's so moisturising. It's a really lovely little product and one I'll definitely be purchasing once our tub is empty.

To top it all off, the entire Little Bunnies Baby Skincare range is vegan friendly, which again is something I look for when buying bath and skincare products. I'm so pleased that I came across Little Bunnies on Twitter and won their giveaway as otherwise I may not have found these lovely skincare products for Arthur! If you didn't want to buy the entire range (each product is £10.00), I'd personally go for the Baby Wash and Shampoo and Baby Balm as both products are multi-purpose and in my opinion, bath time staples for your little one.

Thanks Little Bunnies for our giveaway prizes - we love them!
xx
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