Well it’s that time of year again, yes that’s right it is Christmas. I actually can’t believe it to be honest but it is true. As those of you with children will agree Its all about the kids and seeing their faces on Christmas morning, waking up to full stocking and presents downstairs.

I always find it difficult to decide on what to get for Little Mans stocking so here I have some fab ideas for you from Stocking Fillers

First up we have the

FLASHING SQUEEZY SPIDER …

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This flashing air-filled squeezy, stretchy spider is fantastic fun for any child. He fits nicely inside a stocking as he is small and sqishy. Just shake him to make him flash and light up.

 

COLOUR CHANGING EGG…

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This colour changing egg is fantastic and I absolutely love it. It changes colours from red to greens and Purples and oranges. The egg is not to bright but is bright enough that it could be used in your little ones  room when no light is on. The egg is white made of soft rubber and is a fantastic stocking filler. Batteries comes included. The egg is 9.5cm tall.

 

STICK N GLOW STARS…

 

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These glow in the dark stars are great for any boy or girl to have in their bed room. The stars can be stuck anywhere but on the ceiling is fab in the bedroom. Reusable putty is included to stick the stars up on the ceiling or walls. There are 25 stars included in the park, which is plenty to light up that night (sky) ceiling. Sizes range from 2.5 to 8.5 cm.

 

CHRISTMAS GLITTER BALL…

 

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This little bouncy Christmas ball is a great stocking filler. The ball is very bouncy and has a little Rudolph figure inside. When bouncing or shaking the ball  there is blue glitter which fills the ball.

 

For more stocking filler ideas have a look at the stocking fillers website. There are so many fantastic small and larger gift ideas with a wide range of prices cheap through to the more expensive.

 

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Little Bubs is now 12 weeks old and BOY the time has flow by!! We have had ups and downs, mainly ups and I cant believe our newborn baby is now just a baby. A baby that’s growing far to fast for my liking.

Bubs is still in o-3 months clothing in some things and in others he has moved onto 3-6. He now weighs 15lbs and drinks 7 oz bottles ever 5-6 hours. The 7oz bottles seem to be filling him for a lot longer now.

THE BIG NEWS!!!!

The big news is we finally have a baby that sleeps through the night. Well it is big news in our eyes. I’ve not had a decent nights sleep in almost 12 months. Now bubs is sleeping through the night I still don’t sleep that well but at least I can relax. I am so  used to not sleeping through pregnancy and then being up with Bubs that my body just doesnt need all the sleep it can now finally get. So I usually go to bed about 0100 and get up around 0730 when Bubs wakes for a bottle.

I still pick him up all the time and I still wont let him go  into his own room. Little Man was in is own room at 6 weeks old, however Bubs being our last I can’t seem to let go of him as easily.

Our family is so complete now and we are looking forward to Christmas as a family of 4.

 

This weekend I spent the day with my Mum and we both used last years Christmas present. My mum got a voucher from my dad and I got a voucher from Doug last year to go to L’atelier des chefs in London.

 

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It is a cooking school where you choose a course and go and cook in a professional kitchen with a professional chef. I have to say I was really looking forward to it.

There are many courses to choose from such as Thai street food, Moroccan, British, Sushi and many more. As we have left it so late to book, its more book what you can rather than what you want. We ended up booking the British course and we cooked Herb crusted Lamb with a red wine jou, with buttered carrots and peas and Apple crumble.

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The whole day was amazing and we both loved it. The cooking was amazing and it is something we can now cook at home. I would love to go back and do the Thai street food.

A few pics from our day.

 

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The Ozeri green earth frying pan set was recently sent to me for review. This is a perfect product for me to review as we do a lot of cooking so I was really excited to receive these pans and couldn’t wait to use them.

There are three Pans in the set, sizes 12,10 and 8 inches. We were also send a glass lid for the 10 inch pan.

The pans feel and look fantastic quality. I love using them to cook with. So far I have had no issues with anything sticking at all, everything I have cooked in the pans have come out perfect.

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About the pans:

  • Each pan utilizes GREBLON ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free (no heavy metals or chemicals).
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Each pan boats a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

 

Bottom of the pan and the inside of the Pan and handle

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The pans can and lid can be bought from Amazon and would be great in anyone’s kitchen. I have been using these pans now for around 2 weeks and have no complaints at all. I would 100% recommend them.

Not too much has changed really. We are still up twice a night which I find so hard.

This week we have all had colds and its been even harder having next to no sleep and still having to be up all day with the kids. However I manage to get through it and by about 2000 I start to wake up and then I’m not tired for bed.

I have really started to notice this week that Bubs soon will not be able to fit in his moses basket. I really don’t want him to go into his cot yet he seems far to small. My baby is growing up far to fast.

Still on 6 oz Milk every 3-4 hours

Still in month clothing

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With Christmas just around the corner who wouldn’t want to win this fantastic children s BMW ride on car. 

 

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You have ONE WEEK only to enter this fantastic competition  in order to receive in time for Christmas. What child wouldn’t love unwrapping this on the 25th December?

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We decided  a couple of weeks ago to buy Bubs the new Toddle Pod from Poddle Pod. The Toddle and Poddle pods are the same, however just different sizes.

We decided on the Toddle Pod as it would last  a lot longer and Bubs wouldn’t outgrow it for a number of years. I had been toying with the idea of one for a long time and just couldn’t make my mind up. I then visited the baby show in Peterborough with the family and we met the lovely Charlotte who sells the Toddle Pods.

 

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I have to say this is the BEST purchase I (the other half) have made for a long time. It is fantastic and both Bubs and Little Man loves it. If one isn’t in it the other is. I know if I put bubs  in it he isn’t going anywhere. It’s safe to leave the baby/child in it. I especially love them because they are so portable and can be taken anywhere. Bubs used his when he was at my Mum and Dads for the day and because it had his smell on it he felt secure and comforted as it was like being at home.

 

Age Range…
The Poddle Pod is for newborns up till around 6 months. The Toddle Pod can then be used from 6 months on-wards. Little Man is 3.5 and he loves to use it.


What are the Pods made from?
The Pods are made from hypo allergenic and anti-fungal hollowfibre filling which is covered in 100% cotton. This ensures the pods are breathable and comfy.

Cover Materials
100% Cotton upper half
100% Polyester fleece bottom half


Testing…
The Pods have been independently tested in the UK and complies with British Standards BS5852 and BS1425. The cotton we use to make the Pods is OKO TEX 100 certified, which means it has been independently tested for harmful substances.

Size of the Pods…

Poddle – 24in x 16in approx (Inner Pod 14in x 6in)
Toddle – 32in x 19in approx (Inner Pod 17in x 7in)

The Toddle pods are pricds at £39.99 and come with one cover. The covers and the pods can both be washed in the washing machine at 40 degrees should they need to be. There are lots of different covers you can buy  priced at £14.99 each. So should you have one in the washing you can put another one on.

You can see more on the Toddle and Poddle Pods here

 

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As most of you know we have recently had a new addition to our family. I was given the opportunity to review the MAM manual breast pump. I have never used a manual pump before so was really excited to see how well it worked. It has been voted winner of the mother and Baby god award so I knew it must be really good.

 

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Whats included….?

1x manual breast pump

1x160ml anti colic bottle

1x130ml anti colic bottle

2x sealing discs

2x slow flow teets

 

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This breast pump is fantastic, it is a really comfy fit around your breast. It isn’t to tight and after having it on for a couple of minutes you don’t really feel it there. The funnel part that goes on the breast rotates 360 degrees which is great if your moving about whilst expressing. There are also 4 small cushions on the funnel to help with comfort whilst on the breast. After all we all need it to be comfy, you know how much the breast can hurt when full of milk. I found it worked so well, it didn’t take long at all to express enough milk to feed Bubs and have some left for stores for later.

You can change the strength of the pump with the comfort adjuster. This allows you to choose for it to pump milk faster or slower which is a really great feature of this breast pump. When you put the funnel around your breast the hole is big enough so your nipple does not touch the back of the funnel.

You can pump directly into the MAM anti colic bottle or into the storage bottle for a later feed. When pumping into the bottle you simply screw it off the pump and screw on the teet to feed baby straight from the anti colic bottle.

It took me about 20 minutes to get 4-5oz which was fine as I would get enough for a couple of feeds. I would then store what was not needed in the fridge until later.

The MAM breast pump is small and very portable. I absolutely love the fact it just fits in my bag and I can take it anywhere with me. No need to worry about not having enough milk as you will have the pump with you. It is great for if you breast-feeding and expressing or just expressing.

sterilizing is really easy just unscrew all of the parts and sterilise, however you do not need to sterilise the handle.

 

My thoughts on the MAM manual breast pump…

I love it, it’s so comfy and easy to use. It’s small and portable enough to take anywhere with you. It doesn’t take to long to get enough milk and I found that it takes no longer than the electric one I used with my first child.

If you are thinking of buying a pump then really give this one a go. I’ve got a couple of friends who have other cheaper ones and they are not comfy on the breast at all. I really can’t fault this pump and I have carried on expressing longer than I maybe would have done due to it being so easy and comfy to use.

You can buy this set on the MAM website current price is £38 which is great value for money.

 

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Well here we are at 7 weeks and It has gone so fast.

Bubs was weighed on 7th November 2014 and was 13lb 1 0z. He currently drinks 5oz bottles every 3-4 hours. He is  awake for around 3 hours in the morning, then a couple of hours in the afternoon and then around 3 hours in the evening. I still get woken up during the night to feed him. His feed times are about 0000, 330-400 and around 0700-0800

This week we have all had a cold including Bubs, so feeding and sleeping has been hard for him as his nose is blocked up. I am really dreading Monday coming as it is time for him to have his jabs. I really am not looking forward to that at all.

Since my last update he has started to smile, be awake more during the day and gone from 4oz to 5oz bottles. He is now in 0-3 months clothes and I was extremely sad bagging up the newborn size. Bubs is our last baby so I know that each milestone he reaches is a first for him and a last for us.

His head is now getting strong. He can hold his own head but not for very long. He is still loving his dummy, which he will scream for if it falls out of his mouth.

 

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