Category: Family Life

William’s 3 & 4 week update

William’s 3 & 4 week update

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t get around to finishing or publishing your three week update last week so instead, I’ve combined both your 3 & 4 week update in todays post. You’re four weeks old. A whole month old. It feels like you’ve been […]

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that […]

The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

I thought this month, the one where our little family grew from three to four, would be a good time to start joining in with Me & Mine Project. I’ve always loved the idea of this little monthly family photo project, but never got around to actually getting a photograph and writing it up! Now though, I’m determined to make sure we get a family photograph every month and what better way to start than with our first ever photo as a family of four.

The photo above really does make me laugh. I’d imagined a perfectly smiley and poised photo for our first little family portrait but it would seem the littles had other ideas! William looks like a drunk old man who has passed out on his way home and Florence… well, what can I say? She’s just wonderfully, Florence. It’s safe to say our little family selfie shoot didn’t exactly go as I’d pictured but the images make me smile anyway. 

This was our first official trip out, just us. Sean had taken the day off work to take us to William’s hospital appointment and we decided to head to one of our favourite local spots, Leybourne Lakes, to have a wander around & feed the ducks afterwards. I was finally feeling well enough to be up and about properly so it was great to be out of the house and not worrying about how I’d feel later that evening.

The weather was warm enough for none of us to need a coat, the sun was shining and it definitely felt like spring was in the air. So strange as Looking back through my Instagram it turns out that on the same day last year we were at the same Lakes wrapped up in wooly hats and big coats a day before the ‘Beast from the East’ arrived.

We didn’t take the pram so Florence was able to run about to her hearts content, stopping to wave at the dogs who walked passed and say ‘Hiya’ to everyone she saw. As they stopped to chat to her, they’d notice I was carrying a soundly sleeping William in the sling and coo over him and all of his hair. Florence (and Sean and I) loved showing off her new baby brother.

We eventually found the perfect spot to feed the ducks and while when we arrived the waters were a bit scarce, we were soon inundated with a gaggle of geese, two huge swans & a whole flock of birds and ducks. It was wonderful to watch Florence’s little fill with delight as she threw the bird seeds into the lake for them. We ended up staying until the entire bag was empty and the sun began to go down.

It was the perfect afternoon spent with my little family. I’m feeling very lucky and incredibly proud to have these three to call my people. Here’s to making (and capturing) more wonderful family memories in March.

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One week of William

One week of William

One whole week of you. How can that be already? This time last week I found myself wondering if you were ever going to arrive after all of your false starts. Little did I know that by tea time I’d be holding you in my […]

William’s Birth Story

William’s Birth Story

We woke up early on Friday morning and waved Sean off to work. It was grey and miserable outside and despite having had more sleep the night before than I’d had in weeks I was in a terrible terrible mood. You know one of those […]

Nesting, Nesting, 123: 14 ways to prepare your home for a new arrival | #AD Gifted

Nesting, Nesting, 123: 14 ways to prepare your home for a new arrival | #AD Gifted

With just one week until baby’s due date the notorious nesting instinct has well and truly kicked in and as well as setting up the bedside crib, washing and organising his clothes and baby proofing, I’ve been compelled to get clear and clean in ways I’ve probably only ever done a handful of times. To help keep on top of the daily chores, I’ve teamed up with VonHaus to take on their 14 day challenge to a tidy home. I’ve been taking on one cleaning task a day to make sure everything here is ship shape ahead of baby’s arrival. They sent me some nifty little cleaning gadgets as well as this simple schedule to stick to over a two week period and asked me to report back on how I got on.

Day 1: Bins and recycling: sort through all the bins in your house and get your recycling separated.
Day 2: Wipe down your kitchen units and steam the cooker tops.
Day 3: Empty and clean out the fridge freezer – don’t forget the kitchen cupboards!
Day 4: Vacuum Day: Focus on the floors, give all the rooms in your house a good vacuum.
Day 5: Vacuum Day: Move the furniture and hoover those hard to reach areas of your home.
Day 6: Clean the windows – inside and out!
Day 7: Wash the curtains and wipe down the blinds.
Day 8: Take everything off the sideboards, shelves and get dusting!
Day 9: Get your bedding, blankets and cushions washed – after all everyone loves fresh bedding!
Day 10: Wardrobes: Clear out any old clothing, reorganise and wipe down your wardrobes.
Day 11: Remove wrinkles from clothing, curtains and upholstery.
Day 12: Wash out your shower, shower screen and/or bath.
Day 13: Let’s mop: antibacterial your floors and wipe down the tiles.
Day 14: Finally take a trip to the tip: Declutter your home from unwanted clothes, items or food and take it to the tip, food bank or local charity shop.

I love how this list of 14 tasks can be used on repeat as any easy peasy housework schedule. The simple tasks are fab for new, busy parents to be able to complete without feeling too overwhelming. They’ve also been things I’ve been able to involve Florence in – she loves to ‘help’ and has swept and dusted behind me.

There are probably things I’d do more than once or twice in the two weeks – vacuuming for example, as with two dogs, a toddler and a baby as well as four adults living here there’s a LOT of traffic through the house. Using the VonHaus Stick Vacuum Cleaner this will likely be a breeze! I’m going to be reviewing this along with their steam cleaner in a separate post.

Things like a tip run and wardrobe clear out can probably be done monthly in future. I really value them being included though as the whole decluttering process was a really cathartic one. I’m going to try and make sure they’re regular features in my housework schedule from now on as if done regularly they won’t seem like too daunting of a job!

Will you be taking on the VonHauss 14 day challenge to a tidy home this month? Let me know how you get on along with your top tips for keeping on top of those household chores!

JUST SO YOU KNOW

I was invited to take part in the VonHaus challenge and have been gifted two products to help me complete the challenge.

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Florence’s 20 Month Update

Florence’s 20 Month Update

Ah Florence, it’s your last update before you become a big sister and I’m feeling all emotional about it. You are the person who made me a Mama. You filled a hole in my heart that I’d felt for such a long time and when […]

How to prepare for a baby on a budget

How to prepare for a baby on a budget

It’s no secret that things have been a bit stretched here financially over the last few months. When I fell pregnant with this little bean, we were in the best financial situation we’d ever been in, however as things sometimes do when you’re a self […]