Thursday, 18 December 2014

Decorating Our Gingerbread House

Before Lilly was born i always used to make decorate a ginger bread house as a little tradition and was always something i wanted to do when i children. Now Lilly is two she can help and really enjoyed decorating this with me. After a bit of a fail and trying to stick it on the tray the wrong way round it was really easy to put together but the decorating looks easier than it is but its still our little creation and Lilly is so pleased with it she keeps telling everyone she made a ginger bread house and showing it off with pride.

As a little Christmas activity we really enjoyed it and will be doing this ever year. As for eating it none of us like ginger bread so it is just a cute table decoration.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

What's In Lilly's Christmas Eve Basket

Hi everyone! Last year we started a tradition which was a Christmas eve basket. I filled it with things for Christmas eve to get Lilly ready for Christmas with things like new pj's bubble bath etc. Sadly Lilly had a viral infection last Christmas and didnt really take any notice in it or even her presents as she was so ill so this year im hoping for a sick free few days so she can enjoy the festive period.

This year im doing both a stocking and a christmas eve basket. I know some only do one or the other but for us a christmas eve basket is full of things for christmas eve and bedtime to get ready for Christmas and a stocking full of small gifts.Im really happy with my basket this year, i have been planning what to put it in for a while and im super excited to give it to Lilly. I plan on putting it by the Christmas tree Christmas eve morning and telling her the elf's left it for being a good girl. Although she doesnt 100% under stand what Christmas is, she knows who santa and his elf's are and that they will be bring her presents if she is a good girl.

I have included in this basket some new pj's something for the bath, some activites to do on the day, a story for bed time and some chocolate bits. I bought the basket off ebay and i bought the medium size.

Ribbon - £1 shop
Sams snowflake - Costco
Peppa pj's - f&f
Stickers - £1 shop
The snowman gift box - Tesco
Santa key - b&m
Santa plate and mug - b&m
Decoration - gift
Chocolate - Tesco

The only thing i have left to put in is some reindeer hot chocolate which we will be making the 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

28 Week Pregnancy Update!

How far along? 28 weeks and 3 days!

Pregnancy symptoms: If you watch my youtube videos then you may know i have had low irons, i have been taking iron which helped. I take my iron in the morning but in the afternoon i feel a little dizzy again so i think i may need to be taking more but i have a appointment with the midwife tomorrow and will speak about that. 

Stretch marks: No new ones but i feel like im going to get some on my stomach this time, my stomach is getting bigger quicker and im also itchy which means stretch marks

Sleep: Sleep has been fine this week, again i could always do with more.

Best moment this week: Seeing Lilly with a new born baby. Mikes brother had a baby boy last week and i was always nervous about how Lilly would react with me holding another baby but she was such a little angel and was so lovely with him it really melted my heart.

Worst moment of the week: I had a small bleed, a very small bleed but it still makes you worry a little. 

Movement: Movement is still going strong, especially in the evenings or when i lay down. He seems to be more of a wriggler than a kicke.

Food cravings: Chewing gum and white bread.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No

Gender: BOY

Labour signs: No labour signs this week

Belly button in or out? In but it looks as though it may pop out soon

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or moody most of the time: Im definitely getting more emotional one minute im happy then i can be down and sad for no reason.

Looking forward to: Deciding on a name! We still haven't agreed but we have narrowed it down to 3 so hopefully we can name our baby boy soon.

Im Also doing youtube updates on my channel HERE im going to be doing one week on my blog then the other on my channel i think for a little while 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Peppa Pig Gift Hamper

I really enjoy making gift hampers at Christmas In the past i have made hampers for mine and mikes mum full of pamper things and this year i am making my sister a special little hamper. I was browsing ebay for peppa pig items to put in her stocking this year and came across a seller who made character hampers. I thought it was a lovely gift idea and i was going to buy one however the things that were inside i had previously seen in the bargain stores and thought i could make one myself.

So off i went to the £1 shop and b&m bargains and picked up anything i could find peppa pig., I also bought a few things from my local super market. I'm really happy with how it looks, i just need to add a pretty ribbon around the basket to completely finish it. All of this cost around £20 and it would make a great gift for a niece or nephew or your own child and you can always choose your child's favourite character. B&m has a whole selection of frozen, Minnie mouse and spider man.

I will be putting this under the tree and wrapping the whole thing as one for Lilly to open Christmas day. This in itself will be a great present for her and i know she is going to really like it as anything with Peppa pig makes her smile and happy and i cant wait for her to see it.

Peppa pig flask (£1 shop)
Sandwich box  (£1 shop)

The annual 2015 (Tesco)

Bath sponge (b&m)
Bubble bath (Tesco)
5 day bubble bath (b&m)

 Watch (b&m)
 Torch (b&m)

Surprise egg (sainsburys)
Giant playing cards ( Sainsburys)
Peppa pig chocolate ( b&m)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

What's In Lilly's Stocking

This year i have decided to make Lilly her own little stocking. I have never had a stocking and as Lilly really likes small little toys i thought it would be a great idea to put any of the little bits i buy her for christmas in a stocking. I did buy the stocking fillers before i actually bought the stocking and there are a few things that dont fit in but i will just wrap them and put them under the tree. The stocking is from next, and when i saw it i had to get it as its so pretty and sparkly. Although its quite thin i was surprised at what i can stuff in there and all of this fits in.

I choose things to go in there that are some of Lilly's favourite things. She love collection little toys and would much prefer to sit and play with her shopkins than on a tab.Everything in here is under £10 and most around a £1 and most of the stuff i have picked up in tesco the last few weeks on my weekly shop. Lilly is 2.5 and for her these are her perfect for her. Im going to wrap everything up and give it to her christmas morning in bed. Im super excited for Christmas this year and having a toddler makes it so special and i feel like it really brings back the magic of Christmas/

Piny pon (ELC)
Palace pets (Asda)
Animal rescue (Tesco)

Baby bottle set (b&m)
Micky mouse instrument set (pound shop)

Minnie mouse yoyo (Tesco)
Santa chocolate ( Tesco)
Surprise egg
Minnie mouse microphone (Tesco)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tommee Tippiee complete starter kit

My mum kindly bought us the Tommee tippee closer to nature complete starter set a few weeks ago and i thought i would share it with you. If you are deciding to take the bottle route i wold highly recommend a set like this as it has everything you need to get started.

With Lilly i used Avent bottles and products and they were fine but since then tommee tippee have bought out the perfect prep machine which i think is such a helpful product especially for those night feeds that we plan on getting it and just decided to get everything tommee tippee.

My mum bought this set from asda which was on offer for £65 down from £99 then on line they also have a extra 20% off so she ended up getting such a good deal on it. It has since gone back up to £100 but it does always go on offer especially when they have a baby event so if you see it grab it when you can. The starter set has everything in it and includes

  •  Electric steam steriliser

    • Travel steriliser
    • Electric bottle and food warmer
    • 150ml bottles x 3 with soft flow teats (Birth+)
    • 260ml bottles x 5 with soft flow teats (Birth+)
    • Medium flow teats x 2 (3 to 6 Months)
    • Fast flow teats x 2 (6+ Months)
    • Milk storage lids x 4
    • Milk powder dispensers x 6 (Birth+)
    • Insulated bottle bags x 2
    • Bottle and teat brush x 1
    • Pure Soother x 1, Birth to 3 months
    • 1 x Teat tongs
    • BPA free for total reassurance
    I'm going to do a full review on the bottles and steriliser once baby boy is here and i have used it properly. I really like the fact you get so many bottles and the little milk dispensers which sit in the bottle is a really good idea and saves room in a change bag and is just so much more convenient if your out and about. I also really like the bottle brush because it pulls apart and has a little applicator which gets right into the teat which is something i used to be really ocd about but struggle to properly clean up there. The travel steralizer is also a great product as i used to have to drag the whole thing with me if i was staying at my mums for the night or when we went away for a few nights it would just be so much easier to take this, although it only does one bottle at a time its still saves space.

    For a look and see whats in the box you can watch my video below :)

    Monday, 24 November 2014

    26 week pregnancy update

    Today i turn 26 weeks, time really is flying by. We had a midwife appointment last week and everything was fine and healthy. I also had to have my bloods taken which i wasnt thrilled about but i knew i needed them doing so it had to be done.

    How far along? 26 weeks!

    Pregnancy symptoms: These past few weeks this pregnancy seems to be getting harder. I have had braxton hicks, sometimes quite painful and also pains in my lower abdomen. Baby boy is still sitting low and this makes it really uncomfortable.

    Stretch marks: No new one, just the old ones on my hips.

    Sleep: Im sleeping ok this week, i only seem comfortable on my right side. I just wish i had more sleep i really struggle to get up with Lilly in the mornings.

    Best moment this week: Hearing baby boy's heartbeat at the midwife appointment. Its actually the first time we have heard his.

    Worst moment of the week: Having my bloods taken, Ech i hate them and my arms are all bruised but i survived!!

    Movement: He is moving around alot more lately and can actually see the movement in my stomach, which i actually find a little weird.

    Food cravings: Still chewing gum!

    Anything making you queasy or sick? No

    Gender: BOY

    Labour signs: Apart from braxton hicks no.

    Belly button in or out? In

    Wedding rings on or off? Off.

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy.

    Looking forward to: Taking Lilly to see santa this week. 

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