Category: Reviews

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 […]

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 all of the beautiful gifts Florence was given. Some of you may think that this list is quite excessive for a one year old, but we are part of a very big family and 60 people came to celebrate Florence’s special day. Some of the below were purchased with some of the money she was given too.

Outdoor toys

We very much focussed on buying outdoor toys for Florence from us. She loves getting outside and exploring.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupé

Little Tikes Rocking Horse

Step2 Summer Seaside Towers Water Table*

Little Tikes SmarTrike – This was a gift from Florence’s grandparents and great grandma. I’ve written a little review of it as Florence just loves it so if you’d like to see what all the fuss is about click here.

Pink Tractor Ride On

Animal Hoppers – these were a complete bargain at just shy of £12 each from a shop I hadn’t heard of before called This Is It Stores and we used them for a game at her party too.


Car garage

Happy Land Toy Sets – I love Happy Land but the sets can be so expensive! I managed to pick up the Happy Land Mouse House & windmill farm on a Facebook selling group for next to nothing! My sister just gave me the money for them and gave them to Florence as a birthday present.

Happy Land Fairy Figures

Happy Land Hedgehog

Toy Pram

Upsy Daisy Doll

Hand bag – At just one year old, Florence has quite the handbag collection. She was given two beautiful handmade bags for her birthday and marches around the house with it over her shoulder saying ‘bag’ over and over.

Bonnika Doll – This is actually one of the gifts we bought with her birthday money. It is such a lovely little soft doll and comes complete with a Moses basket and bottle. As soon as I gave it to her, she took the bottle and started feeding the baby.

Safari Wooden Animals Set

Play Doh


Build a Bear dog


My First Years Personalised Photo Frame – I managed to keep it together without any tears or emotional moments over Florence birthday until we unwrapped this beautiful frame from my best friend. I actually sobbed! I was so touched by the love and thought that had gone into putting it together and it will be a wonderful keepsake for Florence as she grows.

Personalised Cloud Book Ends

Hydrangea Plant – As well as the pram and garage, My mum bought her plant that will grow with her through the years.


The Jungle Book & Peter Pan

Julia Donaldson Collection

Happy Birthday Book

Gordon’s Great Escape

Don’t wake bear, hare!

Say Hello to the Baby Animals!

The Birthday Suprise

We’re going on a Bear hunt


Boots Mini Club Short & Tunic Set

Unicorn Day Dresses

Minnie Mouse occasion dress

Navy floral dress


Florence was a very lucky girl! I hope this has helped you with some first birthday gift inspiration for your little one.

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Florence was bought a trike for her birthday by her Grandparents & and Great Grandma and I really wanted to tell you all about it, because it makes such a great gift for little one’s and Florence absolutely loves it. The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike […]

Joie i-Level Car Seat Review

Joie i-Level Car Seat Review

When it comes to things1 you absolutely must buy for a baby, a car seat is at the top of the list. When we had to start shopping for a carseat, despite my previous years working in the baby industry, this was the one area […]

Keeping Clean with Messy Me Designs

Keeping Clean with Messy Me Designs

If there’s one thing that comes with babies it’s mess. Especially once weaning begins! Over the last few months we have been testing out a number of products designed to make messy meal times (and messy play times) a little easier to clean up! Two of those products are from Messy Me Designs. The first I want to tell you about is a must have for little one’s who are taking their first tastes of food, and that’s the Messy Me Tunic Bib.

Unlike your ‘conventional bib’, the Messy Tunic covers a larger area of your little one’s front providing ultimate protection for their clothes! Fastened at the back and worn more like a t-shirt than a regular bib, it combines extra coverage with comfort for littles. One of the biggest plus points for me is that, being made from oilcloth,  it’s wipe clean and for tougher stains or if the mess is just too much for a quick wipe you can still pop it in the wash on a 30º cycle. We’ve really put our Messy Tunic through its paces – it’s been subject to many a spaghetti bolognese splattering, a few helpings of rhubarb crumble &  covered in purple juice on the rare occasion that Florence has let a blueberry escape her clutches and I am really impressed with how durable it is and how well it has lasted.

At only £9.50 plus p+p,  the tunic bib is available in a number of gorgeous designs. We opted for the pink spot, but I also love the wild rose & the red star patterns too.

The other must have from their range is the Messy Me Designs Splash Mat. We have used ours to protect our carpets from spilled foods during meal times, as a picnic blanket on days out, as a Messy Play staple, a photo backdrop and a table cloth. Again, it’s made of oil cloth so completely wipe clean and washable and has saved our carpets from mess so many times, which is always helpful when you rent like we do.

I think it’s a real bargain at £24.00 considering how many things we have used it for! 

You can purchase both of these along with the rest of the Messy Me range on their website here.

*We were sent a Messy Me Tunic & Mat in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions in this are my own.

A First Birthday Wishlist

A First Birthday Wishlist

Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out […]

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about meal times with a little one it’s that there is no chance any of you are getting out clean! I cannot tell you how many of her outfits now don a lovely orange stain so we now often […]