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Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

It’s hard to believe we are already five months into Florence’s weaning journey. While it might have been controversial we absolutely did the right thing by deciding to wean at four months, there is no way she would have lasted to the advised 6 month […]

Florence’s First Snow

Florence’s First Snow

I’m not sure if you’ve heard… but it’s a bit snowy around here at the moment. Usually the thought of snow absolutely fills me with dread. I am much more of a sandals in the sun kind of girl as opposed to a walker in […]

Vital Baby Unbelievabowl Review

Vital Baby Unbelievabowl Review

We are well into our weaning journey with Florence and over the next few weeks we are going to be sharing some of the products that have made the whole process that bit easier right here. Today I wanted to tell you about the Vital Baby Unbelievabowl.

It took no time at all for Florence to start taking an interest in the bowls and plates we dished up her meals on and after the second bowl of dinner was picked up and thrown on the floor I decided to abandon all crockery and just place her food directly onto the High Chair tray. Until we were sent a fantastic bundle of weaning wonders from Vital Baby and discovered the Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl that is. Unbelievabowl

The Unbelievabowl comes in two pieces – a suction pad and a bowl – and is designed to stick to your childs high chair tray / table  during meal times so that they can’t just pick it up and throw it! You simply pull up the lever on the suction pad, push down and it attaches itself to any smooth surface, then you can just twist the bowl part on, click it in place and it stays firmly in place while your little one eats. Florence has definitely put ours through its paces and has tried so many times to lift it up but it stays stuck to the spot until we come along and remove it with a simple twist ready to wash. Both parts can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher as well as being steriliser friendly making it practical to the very end. Unbelievabowl 2

To start with, I only put finger foods in the Unbelievabowl that Florence could grab with her hands, but now that she is a lot more confident in using a spoon I happily serve up purees and porridge in here too. Don’t get me wrong, she still makes a mess but it stays fairly contained in the tray  rather than escaping to the floor too.  We’ve even used it in our tuff spot for holding our edible paint. Unbelievabowl 4

The Unbelievabowl is available in three colour ways – blue, pink & orange – and also comes in a handy travel edition too complete with a lid and spoon which we will definitely be purchasing. The unbelievabowl is only £5.99 which I think is more than reasonable for this handy little gadget – we use it every day at least twice a day so it’s well worth the money.

Stay tuned for more weaning wonders over the next couple of weeks including the genius Vital Baby Trap-a-Snack!

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10 Tips for surviving a long car journey with a baby

10 Tips for surviving a long car journey with a baby

I’ve been meaning to write this post for absolutely ages – ever since we headed to Cornwall from Kent back in November. Holidaying with a baby for the first time can be quite a daunting occasion and even more stressful if there’s a lot of […]

Weaning – Baby Eggy Banana Bread

Weaning – Baby Eggy Banana Bread

I am always looking for different ways to introduce new flavours and keep Florence’s diet as varied as possible.  For us here, breakfast is a really big focal point in our day and without a good filling meal Florence just does not compute! I thought […]

What’s next?

What’s next?

If you have been following my instagram stories lately, you’ll know that I am about to be made redundant from my role as a marketing assistant. If I am completely honest, it has come as a bit of a relief as I had been feeling increasingly anxious about the end of my maternity leave looming and having to make the decision to either go back to work or stay at home with my baby, and the fact that the decision has been pretty much made for me has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. I don’t think I would have returned to my job anyway, but at the same time I felt guilty for expecting Sean to go out and carry onworking while I chose to stay home. Anyway, my role is no longer in existence and so here we are… in the next month or so I will be officially unemployed. Of course, the planner in me has already started trying to work out what to do next and how I can contribute financially to the pot. I’ve found myself standing at a cross roads, with four potential directions to move in but I just don’t know what to do for the best. A lot of my uncertainty, I think, is fear of failing. I don’t want to fall on my arse. If I am going to make something of myself and be a good role model for my daughter, I have to choose wisely.

For a while, I thought about reopening my online baby shop and at times that still seems tempting. I met so many special people through my little business and I always got such a thrill at each sale & piece of coverage. I just wonder now if my heart would still be in it like it was before. I lived, breathed and slept Beebies, and I would hate to reopen and it not feel the same. I wonder if that business model would even work again the way it did? I closed it because I couldn’t cope with being around so many babies when I couldn’t get pregnant and have one of my own. It was personal and just had to be done for my mental health more than anything, but I wonder now that Florence is here whether we could be as successful again?

Over the last 18 months or so, this very blog has become my new corner of the internet and I am so grateful to have recorded so many memories of my pregnancy with Florence and my journey through motherhood so far. I have also had the pleasure of working with some truly amazing brands and that makes me wonder whether I could do this for a living, as so many people do. I love all of the social elements, and I have had so many lovley messages lately about how my blog as helped people with different things – be it with ways to play with their baby, weaning, gift ideas or even their health!  It’s been really quite heart warming I have also become quite taken with instagram stories, and document our daily lives on there. I have found a love and a passion which I think could grow into a career if I just had the balls!  Perhaps I am a little late to the party? Perhaps not? I do know that I will continue ‘blogging’ regardless of whether it is part of my ‘day job’ or not though. If you come here often, if you read my ramblings I would really appreciate your thoughts on what you would like to see more of here. And I am so grateful for your support.

I have two other options too though… two other things I think I could, maybe, somehow be good at if I could just let myself believe in them. I have / am about to dip my toe into both of them to test the water. One is to focus on my love for event planning! Over the last 7 or so years, I have organised a number of different events – parties, baby showers, charity fundraisers, product launches and at the end of each one people have always told me that I should do it for a living. I love everything about event planning, the initial colating of ideas, the endless to do lists, the chaos of the lead up, the relief and the buzz when all of your hard work has paid off, and that makes me think that maybe I should take this hobby of mine to the next level. But do people really pay for people to plan their parties? Would enough people really pay me to make this something more? I have all of the foundations, a ready made team, a shed load of chair sashes & candelabras, the ground work of a complimentary retail opportunity to run along side it. I have two wedding venue decor clients booked, another two parties in the diary.  I am just struggling to make that jump!

And lastly, and perhaps the one I lean towards the most, would be to become a family photographer. Documenting Florence’s little life so far has awoken a passion in me for capturing beautiful natural moments on camera. Over the last week I have been asked by three separate families if I would mind photographing them in return for payment because they have seen the shots I’ve taken of Florence and love them! What a compliment that is! In fact tomorrow I am shooting my first ‘bump shoot’ for my sister in law & I am so honored and excited to have been asked to capture such a special time for her. I’ll be honest though, I don’t have all the fancy kit & I wouldn’t know where to even start with photo shop and that does make me think that I’m punching a bit above my weight by wanting to be a fully fledged ‘photographer.

This is a really funny time for me. Until now, I’ve always had a plan & known exactly what I wanted to do. Whatever path I choose has to be able to work around Florence, not to mention any future babies.  What would you do if you were me? What would you do?

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Where we started with weaning

Where we started with weaning

We are now into our fourth month of weaning Florence and I for one am absolutely loving this journey,a nd so is Florence. We controversially weaned Florence early, at four months. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but I did do my research and […]

Nod Pod Baby Blanket Review

Nod Pod Baby Blanket Review

There are just some products that, as a Mama, you swear by. Today I wanted to tell you all about one of my all time top baby essentials, a product I take with me where ever we go and that is the Nod Pod Baby […]