Category: Family Life

Our daily routine with a 14 month old

Our daily routine with a 14 month old

It’s been a while since I last posted anything about our routine, which surprises me really, considering how much I rely on routine to keep me as sane as you can be when you’re raising little ones. Florence turning one, my battles with morning sickness […]

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

It’s not been very long since I last spoke about Dotty Fish. Since discovering the brand and falling in love with their shoes, Florence now has quite an impressive collection. Today, Dotty Fish have asked me to share with you my thoughts on one of […]

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

There comes  a time in almost every woman’s pregnancy when sleep begins to elude her. A combination of pregnancy insomnia (yes, that’s a thing!) and sheer discomfort as your body starts and continues to adapt for the tiny human it is busy growing can lead to a bunch of sleepless nights – even before the baby arrives. It would seem these ever so desirable pregnancy symptoms have come early again for me and I’ve already turned to some products and relaxation techniques to help me stay as rested as I can at night time. One of those products is a Maternity Pillow.

Last time around, I really suffered with SPD from around 10 weeks and so turned to a maternity pillow to try and ease the discomfort at night time. Unfortunately, in the end, the one I had just didn’t really work for me and I found having to adjust the pillow every time I turned over so so frustrating so for this pregnancy I’ve opted for a completely different brand and shape.

The U Shape body pillow from Love2Sleep offers full body support, helping to ease back, shoulder & neck pain specifically. My hips are already becoming quite uncomfortable again and I’m finding sleeping with my legs bent either side of the pillow is definitely helping. This style of pillow is also great for helping you get used to sleeping on your side during pregnancy. I normally sleep on my front but there will no doubt come a time when my tummy is just too big for that and maternity healthcare advisors recommend sleeping in the ‘SOS’ position (on your side, knees bent with a pillow between them) to maximise the amount of blood and nutrients reaching the placenta. There is also some suggestion that sleeping in this position reduces the risk of still birth.

As well as for sleeping, I have used it to prop me up in bed to watch TV or blog and I can envisage this becoming more and more common over the next few months as I begin to get bigger and more uncomfortable. I think it will also be great for feeding the baby when he or she arrives.  It would seem I am not the only one to be reeping the benefits of the Love2Sleep U shape pregnancy pillow in our house. My sister was actually the first to try it out and after seeing how comfortable it is she’s going to be ordering one for herself, just because! Florence loves snuggling down to watch Hey Duggee in the mornings cocooned in it and finds it hilarious when she pulls either side on to her legs to act as a cover – cheeky monkey! It’s the perfect spot to sit and read a story too.

Even the dogs have taken a liking to it when they think I’m not looking.

There are a range of patterns and colours to choose from, and after flicking through them I opted for the teal stars design with a spare white cover to use between washes.

The only drawback for me is the way it seems to hold the heat! With the recent heatwave, nights have been unbearably hot and being cocooned between the ‘U’ has only heightened that. But, I am sure this will start to pass as the temperatures begin to drop a little.

There are so many maternity pillows on the market, many of them retailing at around the £40 mark so I was quite impressed to find that this one only costs £18.45 including a cover of your choice. Plus, for readers of my blog, they’re offering 10% off all U shape pregnancy pillows when you enter AMI10 at the checkout.

I also just wanted to say a huge thank you to the Love2Sleep twitter team who are not only incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about their products, they are possibly the nicest, customer friendly team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. If you are in the market for a maternity pillow, or any other kind of bedding product be sure to drop them a message as they seem happy to help and even go beyond expectation if need be.

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Taking small steps to Becoming an Eco Friendly Family

Taking small steps to Becoming an Eco Friendly Family

Since becoming a parent, I’ve noticed that I am so much more aware of the world around us and the importance of looking after this planet we live on. Over the last year I’ve been really trying to reduce the impact we as a family […]

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

If you’re reading this, then we must have just announced our little secret to the world. If you didn’t see it, and you haven’t gathered from the title of this post (really?), we are expecting baby number 2 in February. How exciting! Anyway, I thought […]

Calming Lavender Rice Sensory Play

Calming Lavender Rice Sensory Play

With the weather outside so incredibly hot at the moment (I’m not complaining, love the sunshine!), we’ve been taking refuge indoors during the warmest times of the day and so I’ve been looking for ways to keep Florence entertained and calm at the same time. Over the past couple of weeks I have put together a few different sensory bins that have really worked a treat at stimulating Florence’s imagination and honing in on those fine motor skills. Today I wanted to share with you our Lavender Rice Sensory Play. This is just the perfect play invitation to relax your little one’s and keep them busy out of the heat of the day. I love the way were able to bring a little bit of summer indoors too by using fresh lavender from our garden.

The Recipe

Food Colouring – I used a mix of blue & red gel food colouring

500g Rice

Fresh Lavender

It really couldn’t be simpler.. just pour your rice into a zip lock bag and add in the food colouring. Leave to dry for two hours and then add fresh Lavender sprigs and some crushed lavender. Pour into a box and add some scoops and tools to enhance play.

Ways to Play

Pouring & Scooping

Florence spent a good 20 minutes just exploring the texture of the rice with the scoops and pouring the contents of the cups and scoops onto her other hand / feet. Pouring from one container to another is one of her latest skills and so it was really lovely to watch her really concentrate on filling one cup up with the contents of the scoop. The rice made a lovely rain like sound as it fell. Each time she did it, I would say ‘Scoop it up, pour it into the cup’ giving particular emphasis on ‘Scoop’ and ‘Cup’. By the time we were done, she was very close to mastering the word ‘cup’ herself! 

Flower Play

She soon noticed the flower stems and spent some time feeling them with her fingers. She enjoyed picking off the petals and sprinkling them into the rice. I invited her to smell them and we stood the remaining stems up in the rice to create a garden.

Small World Play

Later on I added some Happy Land Fairies to the box and began to act out a little scene with them for Florence. She soon joined in by making it ‘rain’ by pouring the rice on them, putting them to bed under a blanket of rice and then offering the lavender sprigs to them to smell too – very cute! She really seems to have found a love for roleplay already. 

This is definitely a sensory bin we will revisit over and over and luckily, the box we used has a lid so I can just store it away until we want to pull it out again. I really love the way that this play involves four of the five senses while at the same time being completely calming. At one point, Florence actually got in the box herself which makes me wonder if perhaps this would be a good mix to add to our tuff spot?  It is a perfect activity to pull out between bath & bedtime to wind down or first thing in the morning when everyone is just not quite awake just yet. I would advise putting a blanket or mat down underneath the box as the rice goes EVERYWHERE and is so easily trodden around the house. Having said that though, it’s super easy to vaccuum up so it’s not that big of a deal really.

Now that I have had my first attempt at dying rice for play, I am going to give some other colours & smells a go – I’m thinking maybe citrus fruits next by adding the zest of the fruits to the rice? What do you think?

I’d love to know if you give this a go, so please do pop me a little comment below if and when you do!

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What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but have only just got around to do it. A few of you have asked to see what Florence got for her birthday and so I’ve put together a little (actually incredibly long) list of […]

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

Things are about to look a lot different around here as we prepare to make some pretty big life changes. We are swiftly outgrowing our little house. I honestly underestimated just how much room little people take up and with our plans to expand our […]