Created by Magic Personalised Print

When Arthur was born I had every intention of getting a personalised print for his nursery but it was one of those things that just didn't happen. His nursery was beautiful nonetheless. Pinterest-worthy in fact. And even though I miss it's pretty palette, his toddler bedroom in our new home is every bit as lovely. It may not have an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme right now but with all his toys, photographs and prints, it's full of character and I think that's much more important to a young child anyway.

One of the latest additions to Arthur's toddler bedroom is this gorgeous Space themed print from Created By Magic. The watercolour design is simply beautiful and with Arthur's newfound love for rockets, it's the perfect choice. What makes it even more special for me, is that it features his name, date of birth and birth weight (9lb 3oz - yep he was a big'n) so I've finally got a personalised baby print we can keep forever!

The Personalised Space Nursery print* (£15) is available in A4 premium watercolour paper (my choice) or A3 premium matt paper. You can tell the paper is high quality and the print looks even more beautiful than in digital form on-screen! The print does arrive unframed, however you only need a simple (and fairly cheap) frame like the one I've chosen from Amazon, to show it off perfectly. I think it'd make such a lovely new baby gift, christening gift or even present to yourself if you're currently expecting! There's also a lovely selection of other personalised prints on the Created By Magic website, equally as beautiful in design.

I'm so, so pleased with the quality and design of my personalised print from Created By Magic and already have my eye on a couple of other designs I may add to my home in the near future! If like me, you love a good print then you'll want to make use of the fantastic 20% discount, Laura from Created By Magic is generously offering Seek My Scribbles' readers. All you need to do is enter 'SCRIBBLES18' at the checkout! (Expires 30/11/18)

Megan x
*Item gifted in exchange for an honest review.

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Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

First of all, I'm just going to apologise to any one who made a New Year's resolution to eat healthily and cut out chocolate because this post ain't gonna help you. Whilst I'm all for healthy dishes, I don't think there's any harm in indulging every now and then, so if you're looking for a sweet treat, this Mississippi Mud Pie recipe is for you!

My other half has a real sweet tooth (as do I) and since he's currently off work recovering from his recent operation, we thought we'd have a go at making the Mississippi Mud Pie, found on the Good Food Channel website. It's originally a Hairy Bikers recipe but we made a couple of changes, such as swapping the dark chocolate sandwich biscuits for Co-op's Triple Chocolate Cookies (delicious) and adding Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa to the topping to make a chocolate cream instead. Using quality chocolate is a must and the Dr. Oetker 72% Extra Dark Chocolate is a great choice for this recipe.

I've popped the ingredients we used below but for the method please head on over to the Good Food Channel website, as I don't like to pinch other people's recipes! It's a really simple one to follow and good fun too!

For the base & sides
75g butter
150g plain chocolate digestive biscuits
150g Co-op Triple Chocolate Cookies

For the filling
135g Dr. Oetker 72% Extra Dark Chocolate
135g butter (cubed)
3 large eggs (beaten)
150g light soft brown sugar
150ml double cream

For the topping
250ml double cream
1 tbsp light soft brown sugar
25g dark chocolate (grated)

The Mississippi Mud Pie recipe makes around 8 portions and is lovely finished off with a splash of double cream. It's deliciously chocolatey and perfect for those who really want to indulge in their dessert. Make this for a dinner party and I'm sure it'd go down a real treat with your guests!

Megan x
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Beauty 'Resolutions' for the New Year

As much as I love makeup, it's something I don't treat myself to as much as I used to. I think it's because there are other 'more important' (to me personally) things I need to spend my money on now. However,  at Christmas I was lucky to unwrap some lovely beauty bits including two eyeshadow palettes from The Body Shop I'd had my eye on, an eyeliner, eye crayon and mascara set from Autograph and a beautiful floral hand cream set from Marks and Spencer. My mum also treated me to my favourite perfume, Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. It's an absolutely gorgeous sweet, floral perfume that stays on the skin all day.

I feel like I've been a bit lazy when it comes to beauty and skincare in particular over the last few months, so I've decided to come up with a few must and must nots or 'beauty resolutions' if you like...

1. Only purchase beauty / skincare if I need it - I'm trying to save money this year so hoping to only purchase beauty and skincare if I have run out of something and really need it.

2. Choose quality beauty products - This may slightly contradict my first point - especially with me saying I want to save money but investing in quality makeup and skincare is something that's important to me. I'm not talking 'high end' / designer brands but brands I trust, like The Body Shop and Autograph @ Marks and Spencer. Their products aren't the cheapest but they're very well made, great on my skin and not tested on animals.

3. Re-establish a 'skincare routine' - I've become lazy when it comes to taking off my makeup and I mean REALLY lazy. Most nights it's a quick baby wipe and some nights I don't bother at all, which I know is so, so bad. The 'old me' would be horrified. But as a tired mum it's something I just can't be arsed to do sometimes. Anyway because I want to keep my skin looking as youthful as possible I'm going to get back into doing the full shebang - a proper cleanse, tone and moisturise, with added serums wherever possible. I'm sure I'll update you on how I get on in a future post!

4. Wash my makeup brushes regularly - Another bad beauty habit of mine is not washing my makeup brushes very often. I left them far too long last time and had to do a very deep clean the other day! I don't really want to be putting old makeup and bacteria back onto my skin so I'm going to do my best to spot clean (I've bought a spray from Boots) and wash my brushes on a regular basis.

5. Find more cruelty-free brands - If you look at some of the products featured in my post, you'll see that not all of them are cruelty-free. But I'm hoping to find more cruelty-free brands this year and buy from them (when I need to make a purchase) instead. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

I realise in the grand scheme of things these 'beauty resolutions' aren't all that important but if you're looking for more deep and meaningful content, I suggest checking out the '5 things I learnt in 2017.'

Megan x
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Things I've Learnt in Two Years of Motherhood

When Arthur turned One I created a post called 'Things I've Learnt in a Year of Motherhood' and it's one I love going back to read time and time again. But when I last went back to it, it got me thinking, I have learnt so much more since then! As a two year old toddler, Arthur brings new wonders and challenges on a daily basis and I thought it'd be fun to share a few more things I've learnt in this crazy, beautiful (and sometimes exhausting) world of motherhood...

I'm not the parent I thought I'd be - & that's perfectly okay because my pre-motherhood expectations were unrealistic and down right naive!

Stopping breastfeeding wasn't as hard as I imagined - though I did it for a lot longer than planned - 22 months instead of the year I thought I'd BF for.

It's okay to have some me time - Didn't think I'd ever be able to go on a date again for leaving Arthur but thanks to my supportive family, I've realised 'me' time is still important.

There's room to love another - Arthur is my greatest love and in the first year of his life, I never thought I'd be able to love anyone else, ever again. But then I met my other half and can hand on heart say, there's room for another great love in both our lives.

Toddler tantrums aren't fun - But they don't last forever, it's not just your child and most parents have 'been there' or are experiencing them too

The 'firsts' continue to amaze you - The 'firsts' don't stop when your baby turns one and they continue to be the most magical thing. From their first question to their first wee on the potty - the firsts are endless and every bit as wonderful as that first tooth and those first steps.

Finding your mum crowd can be hard - I mentioned in a recent post that finding mum friends is something I've found incredibly difficult since moving away but it's comforting knowing I haven't lost my mum friends from where I used to live and they're only a message away.

You still talk about poo way too much - I genuinely feel sorry for my partner who gets poo chat on an almost daily basis. Arthur also seems to be entering the stage where farts are the funniest thing ever.

Your child's imagination is constantly developing - I really didn't expect to hear Arthur making up stories and getting his toys to talk to each other at such an early stage. His imagination amazes me and I love that toddlers can make the most ordinary objects (like a washing basket) something so exciting.

Documenting your child's life isn't as easy - In my last 'things i've learnt in motherhood' post I talked about how lovely it is to document each moment of your child's life and all those wonderful things you can do in the honeymoon period of having a baby that can't move around and destroy things. When you've got a toddler all that goes out the window. I'll probably re-start it when he leaves home years in the future (haha).

The love increases day by day - I can honestly say I fall in love with Arthur a little more every day, even when he's tested and exhausted me. And I still get that 'I can't believe he's mine' feeling all of the time. But what's equally as wonderful is that I've seen his love for me and his family grow too. He becomes more and more affectionate as the days go by and I'll never tire of the hugs that nearly knock me flying, the sloppy kisses and him shouting I LOVE YOU at the top of his voice.

So there we have just a few of the things I've learnt in two years of motherhood. Is there anything that stands out to you as a parent, as something you've learnt in the last year? I'd love to hear it!

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A Letter for the Littlest Bear Book Review

Arthur certainly isn't short of books - he has a whole bookcase full in our hallway but that didn't stop me adding a very special one to his collection this Christmas. 'A Letter for the Littlest Bear' is a personalised book by Wonderbly (formally 'Lost My Name.') It allows you to introduce your little one to members of their family, as a letter (to the littlest bear) is passed from page to page, until it reaches the recipient, in this case, Arthur!

You are able to add up to nine family members, choosing a bear to represent them. Arthur loves pointing to each bear and saying who they are and what they're doing. His little face lights up and you can see how much he enjoys reading it. He's been asking for the book a few times a day for the past week or so and I'm more than happy to read it over and over again.

When the bear family finally find the littlest bear, your little one will discover it's them they've been looking for. When we reach the last page, Arthur always shouts out his name, before quickly lifting up the flap to read his letter. He's memorised some of the words in it, as he always says 'Dear Arthur' - it melts my heart! My family also loved seeing their pages. I did one for everyone - even our dog, Oby, who is very much a part of Arthur's world.

The book is designed to the highest standards, with FSC-certified, partially recycled paper. It has a hardback for longevity and is priced at £16.99.

I think the Wonderbly books are so, so special. Not only do they have a lovely sentiment but they're also beautifully illustrated. Arthur also has the original Lost My Name book and I'll definitely be adding to his growing collection in the future. They make a lovely Newborn, Christening and Birthday gift and parents will love them just as much as their children!

Wonderbly are currently offering 20% off all books using the code NY20 but you need to order today (8th January)! If you miss the offer be sure to check out their social media pages and other voucher sites, as they provide great discounts on a regular basis.

Megan x
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Busy B Perfect Planner 2018 Review

The New Year means it's time for a new diary and as soon as I saw the Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner, it had to go straight on my Christmas list. It's not only pretty to look at (who can resist that shade of blue and gold foil text?!) but it's also a very practical little planner.

Inside the a5 planner, you'll find a number of sections, including Personal Details & Useful Information, Birthdays, Notes, Contacts, Websites, Reminders and Expenses. It wouldn't be much of a planner without a calendar but what's great about this one is that you get an overview of each month (Year-To-View) where you can jot down important events, as well as a Week-to-View calendar (each week is spread across two pages) where you can add more details. Each week also has it's own note section and there are also four pockets dotted throughout the planner for storing receipts, tickets and anything else you want to put in there.

Probably not something I should admit at the age of twenty seven but one of the things I love most about this diary is the stickers! I've already started adding them to my diary pages and find they're great for highlighting important dates and events, as well as making your planner look that little bit more special. Although the refill stickers aren't currently available on the Busy B website, I've seen these Busy B Sticky Markers on Amazon, which look lovely too!

The Busy B Perfect Planner for 2018 also comes with tear out Reminders and a detachable Notepad, located at the back of the diary. I know I'll definitely find these useful as even in the digital age, I need to jot down things on paper so I remember to do them and I bet I'm not the only one!

At £14.99, I think the Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner is extremely well-priced. It's just as beautiful as some of the more expensive planners out there and comes with everything you need to get organised this year. If you're looking for a blog planner, I think this would also be an excellent choice, as there's plenty of room for making notes about posts and writing checklists. I've already started using mine for planning content for Seek My Scribbles.

Although the Busy B Perfect Planner is currently out of stock on the Busy B website and Amazon, I have had a look at their Twitter and they've said it'll be back in stock week commencing 8th January so be sure to keep an eye out. I imagine they'll be snapped up pretty quickly!

Busy B is a new brand for me but I'm so glad I came across them, as there products are just my cup of tea - attractive, affordable and do just what you need them to. I've added in a few more of their diaries and products to the widget below, if you're interested in taking a look.
Megan x
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6 Inspirational Quotes I love & live by

Inspirational quotes are like Marmite, you either love or hate them but personally I love a good quote and even have a whole board dedicated to 'Words I like' on Pinterest. I guess this post is a little throwback to a similar post I created at the beginning of 2015, featuring some of my favourite quotes for the New Year. A lot has happened since then. My life has changed in so many different ways. Here are the quotes I love and live by, today, in 2018...

1. 'Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.' I think it's easy to fall into the trap of labelling parts of your life and having a set idea of how it should go. The problem with that is during periods of uncertainty, you feel like you're doing something wrong or failing. I know - I've been there. But really so many beautiful, unexpected things can come out of uncertain times.

2. 'Be inspired by other's success not defeated.' I'm guilty of comparing myself to others and feeling like my achievements aren't as great as theirs but it's such a silly thing to do and gets you nowhere. Instead of feeling defeated, my new approach is to be inspired. If they can do it, why can't I? This is something that's occurred to me recently with wanting to be a work from home mum. Others manage it with hard work (and I really admire them for it), so there's no reason I can't find a way to do it too.

3. 'I believe that God sent you into my life...' (see full quote above) I'm a 'everything happens for a reason' kind of person and whilst I don't talk about religion openly very often, I have my own beliefs in God. I remember reading this quote and just thinking '...that's Arthur.'

4. 'She didn't need to be saved. She needed to be found and appreciated for exactly who she was.' Here's where I'd insert the celebration hands emoji if I could. And that's all I need to say on the matter!

5. 'You're going to be happy said life, but first I'll make you strong.' If I've learnt anything it's that sometimes you have to go through tough times that make you stronger and build on your character, before finding your happiness.

6. 'Celebrate every tiny victory.' Back in 2016 I wrote a post all about my small victories as a parent and how they may be insignificant to others but to me, worth celebrating. It's still something I do today and hope to teach Arthur to do the same. The idea of a tiny victory will vary from one person to the next but each is important and worth celebrating!

Do you have a favourite quote or words that mean something to you?

Megan x
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