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5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

As you know we’ve recently moved back in with my Mum so we can save to buy our own home and while we are here, we are helping her with some home improvements. As part of that we are replacing all of the flooring, both […]

I’m Pregnant  – Our Pregnancy Announcement Video

I’m Pregnant – Our Pregnancy Announcement Video

So if you didn’t already see, we announced that I am pregnant with baby number two yesterday!  Here’s our little video announcement if you missed it. I will be documenting this pregnancy both here and on my YouTube channel along with all of our usual […]

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.

IMAGINATIVE PLAY

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

Imagistones

Build a Bear dog

KEEPSAKES

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.

Books

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

Clothes

Boots Mini Club Short & Tunic Set

Unicorn Day Dresses

Minnie Mouse occasion dress

Navy floral dress

Pjs

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

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 […]

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

With so many lovely responses to my recent Simple Baby Play posts, I thought I would finally get around to sharing with you a list of items I class as baby play essentials. These are all things that I have built up over time and […]

Vital Baby Start Weaning Set Review

Vital Baby Start Weaning Set Review

Like with most things when it comes to a baby, when you enter into the world of weaning there’s a whole lot of stuff out there that you’re constantly told you will need. However, when we started weaning Florence, I was completely unprepared and ended up running out to our local shop and picking up one of everything in the weaning aisle. I’ve used hardly any of it more than once and what I really wish I’d come accross at the time was a bundle of basic essentials. Just like this Start Weaning Set from Vital Babyvital baby

The bundle contains all of the bits you need to get started, especially if like us you are starting with purees and spoon feeding, including an on the go weaning set, 2 mini freezer pots, 2 prep and go pots and a tumbler.

The on the go weaning set is essentially a feeding bowl with a lid and a spoon attached to it. It can be used both at home and while out and about and is perfect for holding pre prepared food safely in your baby bag. I especially like that the spoon attaches to the lid rather than having to go inside the pot and getting all mucky, or if you’re anything like me, getting lost in the bottom of the bag! Now that Florence is more into finger foods, I tend to pack sandwiches or fut up fruit in it, or even sometimes we just use it as a snack box. At home Florence likes to feed herself so we have found ourselves using the Unbelievabowl a lot more than this one as it sticks to the high chair and can’t be thrown around, but for the early weaning days, this worked brilliantly.

Likewise, the prep and go pots are definitely are ideal for use at home and on the go. They have lovely secure lids so are perfect for holding purees or messy foods as well as being the perfect size for snacks.

As I mentioned above, we started weaning with purees, and quite often I made my own and froze them ready for when we needed them. The little freezer pots included in this set are genius and make the whole process so much easier when it comes to actually preparing the purees after they’ve been frozen. You can just take the lids off, press on the little green base and out pops the contents! No more trying to warm up one section of an ice cube tray! I imagine these are also great for Mama’s who are breast feeding and want to freeze some of their expressed milk.

The only thing in this set that we haven’t really had much use out of is the tumbler. For a first alternative to a bottle or breast, it seems quite difficult to get the hang of, and having tried it myself after Florence couldn’t get on with it, you have to suck really quite hard to get anything out of it at all. I think this will be great for Florence in a few months maybe, as it has some great features (no spill for the win, perfect size) but for now we are sticking with another trainer cup.

For £12.49 I think this set is great value for money and perfect for the early days of weaning. You can buy it here, or alternatively each of the items separately on the Vital Baby website.

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What makes a good Baby Changing Facility? | AD

What makes a good Baby Changing Facility? | AD

As a new Mum, one of the things your realize fairly quickly is that any trip out of the house revolves around where and when you’re going to change & feed your baby. Being too far away from a changing facility or somewhere you can […]

Changing up my look for Autumn

Changing up my look for Autumn

Autumn is by far my favourite season of all when it comes to make up and fashion trends. After a summer of minimal make up & relaxed ombre hair I am looking forward to changing it up a bit. Ellisons, the home of wholesale hair […]