And then he was two! Having a mummy moment!

So my little baby Beau is now two!!! Where has the time gone. I have had the best two years of my life and thank him each night that I put him to bed for being mine!

Toddler, turning two, 2nd birthday,

I’m pretty rubbish at printing out photos even though I have thousands of pictures and videos on my phone. I have also not really kept my record book as up to date as I probably should have (I find myself flicking back through my phone and backdating things!) So I decided that each year I will make a little video on Flipagram of his past year and write him a letter of all of his achievements, experiences, likes and dislikes and the things he does that makes us laugh! Tears are shed as I watch / read them back but so lovely to see how he has changed and relive some memories in a five minute video.

I feel so emotional about how fast he’s growing but equally excited about what each new day brings as he turns from baby to toddler to little boy.

Did anyone else get a huge lump in their throat as they hung up their baby changing bag and transferred its contents to a handbag? Or put the gro bag away and gave their babe a quilt and pillow for the first time? Just me being an over sensitive first time mummy?! Well these are two of my recent mummy milestones and it’s making me really think about how quickly the time goes and just how amazing the rate of a child’s development really is! At no other point in your life do you achieve so much on a monthly basis as you do in those early years. Although every year of a child’s life is important, the first five years is the period when a child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in their life.

Growing up, baby to toddler

Beau is just changing so much every week even. As I watch him climb a much thought out, man made tower of precariously balanced objects and dive into his ball pit like a stunt man, I think back to this time last year. He was only just crawling then and yet now I’m sure he runs faster than me, he definitely has more energy! He tells me his wants and needs rather than me guessing, eats with a big boy fork, has mini conversations and constantly makes me wonder where my baby has gone (while feeling super proud of his daily achievements.)

And now the change of bag and bedtime arrangement has just tipped me over the edge haha! Of course I thoroughly enjoyed spending hours and hours internet shopping for the perfect bedding but the reality of putting it on the bed and folding away the baby gro bag really tugged at my heart strings! Not sure why I actually bothered with the quilt though as Beau sleeps upside down, side to side, on top of the quilt or kicks it off anyway and the pillow forms more of a hat! (Is this normal?) I also now panick (something I do way to much) that he will be cold, or pull it over his face, or I won’t be able to see if his chest is moving up and down as I spend my awake hours watching his monitor! Get a grip I hear my husband say!

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Changing bag to handbag – I never knew I had so much treasure lurking at the bottom of my changing bag and how hard it was to fit it all in a regular handbag! Boxes of raisins, toys, broken crayons, spare clothes, every type of cream, gloves, hats, sunglasses and packing for every eventuality has had to be seriously cut down!

Mulberry bag, oversized bag, baby changing bag, handbag, alternative baby bag

I opted for this large mulberry bag to carry my life around with me and keep a canvas bag of all Beaus bits inside so that I can separate his and mine when needed which works perfectly.Mulberry

Topshop oversized bag, alternative changing bag, baby bag

There are also some great cheaper versions of this oversized bag, like this one from Topshop

So with turning two comes a handful of more Mummy questions…

When shall I take the sides off his cot?

When shall we give up the dummy?

When shall we start potty training and how?!

Should I send him to nursery yet or just enjoy our free, no time restraint days at home together for a little longer?!

And when will he ever sleep past 5am?!

A Peppa Pig tea party celebration with his little friends marked his second birthday. Some fake grass, rubber ducks, and muddy puddles, homemade bunting and a cake so big we are still eating….. Happy birthday beautiful boy, thank you for another amazing year.

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New finds – a few of my favourite things….

Do you ever wish you could just relive a whole month again and again? Well that was December for me! Not only did we have our magical trip to Lapland UK (see previous post) and Christmas which was made even more exciting by watching our Beau open his presents, but we also squeezed in an amazing honeymoon to Dubai!

So back to reality now but thought I would share some of my new favourite things, some from Santa, some from the sales and some from experience!

For the babe….

So of course Beau ended up with far too many things for Christmas even though I was convinced I hadn’t bought that much! I will share some of the fun things next time but here are a few of the new additions to his nursery and wardrobe!

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Camera trousers: Lottie and LyshCamera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

Camera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

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Tiger stripe jumper: Stella Mccartney Kids from the Liberty sale.

Squirrel jumper and checked shirt by Gocco

Dinosaur shirt: by Hatley, bought from my friends lovely little shop Bells & Whistles

Cool kids socks, Mayoral, Melijoe

Socks: Mayoral from Melijoe

Jax and hedley, sale shopping, baby bargains, toddler fashion, kids clothes, monochrome babyJax and Hedley have an amazing sale at the moment full of monochrome loveliness!

For the home….

Monkey wine bottle holder, Graham and Green, Home accessories, quirky interiors

Say hello to our new friend, Mr Monkey! Fulfilling a purpose for my husband and adding a bit of quirky interest to the kitchen counter for me! I don’t know how many times he throws the sentence “style over substance” at me but with this wine bottle holder from Graham and Green, he has nothing to moan about!

Alternative sugar bowl, quirky kitchen accessories, bits and bobs, succulent love, urban garden, house of disasterWhen you add “unusual sugar bowl” to your Christmas list, there’s no telling what Santa (or your sister in law) may find but we were pretty chuffed by this little cutie! My love of succulents makes it even more perfect! Urban garden range by House of Disaster

TK Maxx, interesting shelf, Shelfie, geometric shelf, interior accessories Excuse the unpainted walls but I was so pleased with this geometric find from TK Maxx that I bought it in two different colours. Their website is definitely worth a browse for home bits if you can’t make it into the store as it is often a case of when it’s gone it’s gone in there!

For myself…

Abigail Ahern, design masterclass, interior design

So I had the best surprise Christmas gift from my mum, to spend the day with one of my favourite interior gurus Abigail Ahern at a design masterclass in February. I cannot wait and will definitely be telling you all about it next month. In the meantime check out her website and swoon over her super cool instagram page full of amazing faux plants, daring colour pallets and eclectic accessories like my pelican friend lamp.

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Dungarees…

So I don’t often buy myself new clothes anymore, when I do, I tend to wear that item every other day for weeks as if I have nothing else and until I get sick of it! Thought I’d spend my Topshop vouchers and treat myself to a pair of dungarees! They are sooo comfy I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to get a pair. However I do keep questioning if I’m too old for them… any other 30 something women rocking the dungarees?!

For an extra special family holiday….

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisI cannot recommend Dubai enough for a family holiday, especially in mid December. It was quiet, a perfect temperature for Beau (24-28 degrees,) full of things to do for all ages and interests, clean and felt safe. The Atlantis hotel was perfect for us. Lounging by the pool or on the beach and looking out across the city skyline. Walking past sharks and rays on the way to breakfast each morning, amazing restaurants and yummy cocktails from various bars (with happy hours!) There was also free entry to the water park and aquarium. I have not been anywhere else where you can have the best of both types of holiday (beach and city break) all at once. You can even get your snow fix at the mall! Oh and the shopping is great too! We will definitely be saving the pennies to go back!

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisSo that was our rather eventful and expensive December. It is safe to say that January has been relatively dull!

The most magical day at Lapland UK!


So this weeks Sunday Funday was slightly more special than normal, we went to Lapland UK! It was such an amazing day and we are all now feeling very Christmassy! The invite arrived in the post in a beautiful presentation box with a wax sealed letter. Beau obviously read every word and completely understood where we were going haha (but I was very excited!) 

From the second you arrive in the car park there is a sense of magic in the air. Walking through the woodland path through the enchanted forest and into the first log cabin to check in, we had no idea what to expect. This was way more than just a visit to santa! We checked in at the desk with a very friendly elf and were given passports and badges. We also exchanged our money into Elf Jingles so that our whole experience was themed from start to finish. 
Upon entering a tunnel of lights, we sat down in the enchanted wood to be told the story of Father Christmas by two cheeky elves. We all joined in on a magic rhyme to open the giant doors to Lapland where we were greeted by snow. Log cabins and little elf houses are dotted around the snowy woodland, there is something to look at in every direction. 

We were led to santas workshop and each child was given a bear to stuff in order to help the elves who were getting behind with their toy making! Next it was time to help mother Christmas in her kitchen who read the children a story before decorating gingerbread xmas trees. Beau ate more than he put on the tree but enjoyed it all the same! We received a stamp in our passport for each task completed in order to earn a Christmas bell which we then collected from an elf in the village. 

After this was some free time in the elf village which was the cutest place full of elf style houses, shops, post office and restaurant. Huskys and elves wondered around greeting all the ‘small folk’ and the ice skating rink added to the festive atmosphere. 

We went to the post office and wrote our letters to santa and Beau enjoyed going in and out of a tiny ‘small folk’ door in one of the shops! It was soon time to leave the village and head through the magical snowy pathways that weaved into the blacksmiths workshop. Here you could meet the reindeer and mix some magical reindeer food. 

We followed the path through the woodland over bridges and passed the elf homes before arriving at Santas home. It was such an amazing experience, Father Christmas was as charming as expected who spoke to Beau all about his pets, favourite toys and recent accomplishments. Beau sat like an angel and listened intently (a different story to earlier in the day when a screaming tantrum would occur when asked to wear his coat or the last crumb of food was gone from his snack box!) We checked the special book for his name on the “good list” before being given a present from santa, a lovely husky dog. 

We enjoyed every second. Nothing was rushed or drawn out, there were no pushes to purchase anything, the elves were chatty and cheery and there was nothing tacky at all in sight just pure Christmas magic! Was Beau to young? He joined in with everything except ice skating, he enjoyed everything from the lights to the tiny houses, reindeer, snow, bells and crafts. Will he remember it? No, but we will and we have memories as a family that we will treasure forever. Hopefully one day we will go back, if I could go every year then I would! Yes it is expensive, but you do receive a number of things to bring home and there is really no need to spend money when you are there unless you want to. For us, it was worth every penny! Merry Christmas! 

Love it!

I hold my hands up, I’m a baby shopaholic! (Buying stuff for them not actually buying babies haha.) This week we took a trip to the big smoke to visit a few of my favourite places. 

Molly-Meg Islington, children's shop
http://www.mollymeg.com the most beautiful little children’s shop!

I have followed a number of independent stores on instagram since I was pregnant and always wanted to visit http://www.mollymeg.com It didn’t disappoint, it’s filled to the brim with beautiful things. I mean floor to ceiling children’s treasures. If you are in Islington you should definitely check them out or give them a follow http://instagram.com/molly_meg_ 
Santa will be filling Beau’s stocking from here I’m sure!

Fortnum & Mason children's department, baby shopping
Fortnum & Mason children’s department, love it!

My favourite children’s departments have got to be at Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. They host some great names in children’s fashion, toys and interiors and you can be sure to find a little piece of luxury or something you’ve not seen anywhere before. They are both also set out beautifully. Beau had a great time running around F&M filling his Olli Ella luggy shopping basket and flirting with the shop assistants! He also loved the ice cream parlour there too!

Fortnum & Mason ice cream parlour, treats
Beau enjoying the Fortnum & Mason Ice Cream Parlour

I love to get him the odd special piece and I definitely spend more on his things than my own but do mix it up with lots of pieces from Zara and H&M. I also take note of the brands I love and look out for them on eBay to see if I can grab a bargain! 

Toddlers first shoes, more expensive than mummy's, ricosta boots
When your toddlers shoes are more expensive than your own!

So what do I love more than buying the clothes and accessories? Organising them, folding them and taking pictures of them. Haha little things give me great pleasure! When I was pregnant I would spend most evenings sitting in his nursery just staring at everything and I haven’t really changed. As he grows out of each age group of clothes, I box them away and rearrange the new bits as if I’m playing shops and I LOVE IT! 

Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Zara, Next, Birdies & bear cubs, baby fashion
And his Autumn / Winter wardrobe is better than Mummy’s! Featured: Zara, H&M, Birdies and Bearcubs
Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Bonnie mob, Miffy lamp, baby fashion
Because every autumn wardrobe needs fox socks! Featured: H&M, Bonnie Mob and of course Miffy!
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Throw back to when I was waiting for my little Beau to arrive, playing shops with his tiny baby clothes, sooo excited to meet him!

The Mummy Hat!

 

Baby clothes Mini Rodini
Beau is wearing Mini Rodini
So I am lucky enough to be mummy to beautiful Beau and it really is the best job in the whole world! However, I have never questioned myself so much about if I’m doing the right thing, is he too hot or cold, am I feeding him enough or too much. When I was pregnant I read every book, blog and forum I could but it all just seemed to go out of the window when he arrived! I quickly realised that every child is different, there is no right or wrong way and as long as my baby and I were happy, safe and well that’s all that mattered! Someone gave me the best piece of advice, listen to everything, pick your favourite bits and do it your way. Both he and I are learning together. Each day he teaches me something new and he is my greatest adventure!
So not only does being a mummy mean I get to experience all of the pleasures and rewards of watching a little piece of us grow and change each day but it also opens up a whole new world of shopping! Nursery interiors, playroom ideas and baby clothes now fill my internet search history and I have become quite the expert at hunting for something a bit different. While the everyday high street shops have some great bits and are becoming much more varied with their range, I do find myself getting annoyed with how hard it is to find boys clothing that is not bright blue, with pictures of cars or cartoon characters on.
When it comes to toys I vowed never to have colourful plastic everywhere, however that’s what he seems to be drawn to (although he’s more than happy to empty the kitchen cupboards and spend hours putting OXO cubes in and out of the box!) So I spend all of my pennies on lovely wooden toys and bits for display and put all the fun plastic stuff in carefully coordinating storage baskets!
I absolutely ❤️ instagram for getting ideas and finding independent shops or makes of bits and pieces that I’ve not seen before. I follow some great people so have a click through and see if anyone tickles your taste buds! However I do find that lots of the brands I love seem to be from across the pond, (I love Scandi style toys and interiors and Australia seem to have some super cool baby clothes) meaning they are difficult to get hold of or just takes a little more hunting down!
So if anyone has any favourite places for something different then I would love to hear!

Zara baby fashion
‘Life is wonderful’ – yes it is! Zara and H&M

Summer fun at the Mud Kitchen - wearing Noe & Zoe
Summer fun at the Mud Kitchen – wearing Noe & Zoe

Ferm Living wallpaper, Naken interiors
Mini Piano vs Giant Lego – Ferm Living wallpaper