Tigerlilly Quinn

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Me and Mine November 2016

Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! It was my birthday and frankly I almost forgot it was even my birthday. I got really spoilt by my little crew with a unicorn skirt from Wilf, a yellow cardigan from Mabli and a cactus jug from Tom.

One thing I'm very thankful for is not being 9 months pregnant this birthday like I was last year for my 30th! (gosh I just looked back on those pics and I was big!!)

I hate to start this post as I seem to start ALL my Me and Mine posts but gosh this month has been a busy one. It's mainly involved a bunch of disruption, we are having building work on our home and everything is very up and down. We chose this time to wallpaper our bedroom and then whilst we were at it re-carpet. So everything from our bedroom was shoved into Wilfs tiny one, and it's yet to really sort itself out again. Add to that building me an office off the back of our kitchen and it's all a bit of a mess, very dusty, very disruptive and quite stressful! It will be worth it of course but I am really looking forward to getting a bit of order into our lives in December..that is until we rip out our bathroom after Christmas..haha what are we like??

I'm a little worried about how often our Me and Mine's end up in our bed (good job we have a super king!). I love this goofy bunch though, and although its often last minute and not very thought out I love to look back on them at the end of the year. This year will always be a special one for us as it's the first full year of Mabli being with us and our family being complete. It's been a tough year in many ways, mainly because babies are handwork and tiring and add another kiddo and starting school and house renovations and working too hard and well..life! It's been exhausting at times, I'm working towards a calmer 2017 please.

One thing I've been LOVING this month is listening to Wilf read whole books! Wow, we are both blown away with how much he has soaked up since starting school. I love that he's made such firm friends and is so excited to go every day, it's only been a couple of months but he's not once shown anything but love for being a school boy now. On the other hand I have been missing him more and more, October half term was so so nice to have both my kiddos back with me everyday and I do feel a loss of him not being around during the week as much. Roll on Christmas holidays!

Mabli is now SO CLOSE to walking, as in she can do three steps, which I'm not counting as an actual walk yet..I did think she'd be on the move before her birthday in a few days but I think it might be a few weeks yet. She is babbling away a lot though and I think she is understanding a lot more of what we day, picking up on words like our names or goodbye and bits like that. I've loved having a little baby again but I'm also quite excited for this next chapter with a toddler and all the fun that will bring.

Tom and I went out for our first couples night out this month too, we went to see Regina Spektor who we were both blown away by and it was really nice to do something 'just us' even if it was just a few hours. It's given me a taster for getting a bit of our couple life back and I know that it will come eventually as the kids get a bit older and it's easier to leave them for longer. I guess thats the benefit of second children, you know it gets easier, that most things are phases and if you can wait it out you'll probably get though the trickier times.

Anyway, I'm rambling a bit now! Don't forget to check out the other ladies posts and link up if you have a 'me and mine' pic this month xx

Don't forgot to visit the other Me and Mine hosts Lucy, Katie, JennyAlex and Lucy. I can't wait to see all your posts!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Capsule Wardrobe with Miele

Some of my favourite posts to do over here are fashion collaborations. As a little girl I used to make 'paper people' and create changeable wardrobes for each girl I drew (with paper tabs that you could fold over to keep in place). My parents at the time were quite anti 'Barbie' or similar toys so creating my own girls and their outfits was my way of combating that, I suppose it actually meant I was forced to be more creative and imaginative. I always wanted to do 'something' to do with fashion when I grew up and until I first started taping away at this little blog of mine I didn't quite know how I could make that work.

I was really thrilled then when Miele got in touch and asked if I'd like to collaborate on a winter capsule wardrobe post with them. They sent over their fantastic M1 Washer and T1 dryer and set me a task of a 'luxury collection' that I would then use the machines to wash and dry. What's amazing about these machines is that they can wash and dry the items of clothing that are usually relegated to the bottom of the laundry basket. The wooden jumpers, cashmere, mohair or silks, these are the items that usually get worn once and then spend 3 months in the basket before seeing the light of day again. No more!

I've been so impressed by thee machines, previous 'dry clean only' items (hello coats that never ever usually get cleaned) are now able to fit the spacious drum. To test it out I created a wardrobe that featured a lot of delicate items and as so pleased to be able to pop them in the machine after I was done with them with no worry about how they may turn out afterwards!

So here's what I chose :
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Wrapping gifts for Great Ormond Street with M&S

A few weeks ago I found myself on the train to London heading to a location in Soho to help (with 19 other bloggers) Marks and Spencer wrap 150 gifts for sick children. There were so many dramas on that journey to the capital, my train ended up taking three hours, the cash points were all out of money and an over crowded station at Paddington meant they shut the entrance to the tube.

Finally, and just in the nick of time (good thing I give myself extra time to get to places!) I made it to the address, noticeable by the huge Christmas tree in the window and found myself getting stuck in with wrapping paper, ribbon and bows to decorate these gifts as beautifully as we could. It gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings thinking about how excited those boys and girls will be opening their gifts (and sorry in advance for the mini drum kit I wrapped ;))

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Make the most of Autumn and Winter Seasons, without the colds!

With Winter fast approaching and Autumn settling in, we enter the seasons that are one of my most exciting of the year (I'm very much a Christmas person!), but also one of the trickiest when it comes to kiddos catching colds and bugs. As a parent I know that coughs and colds come hand in hand with little ones, in many ways they are an essential part of growing up and building their immune systems. That being said we want to ensure that these moments are made as comfortable as possible. We're working with Sterimar children range in this post to highlight their 100% purified natural seawater based formula as an aid to clear, unblock or decongest tiny little noses this cold and flu season. As a parent these products can help save unwanted stress, as well as easing the symptoms that little ones might be experiencing. 

For me I found it really reassuring that the range is the UK’s Number 1 GP recommended saline brand for nasal conditions, it means I feel comfortable that I’m not putting any nasty's into my children's bodies. Its natural seawater based formula works in harmony with the bodies natural functions and eases winter sniffles for the little ones. 

What’s brilliant is that Sterimar Children Range covers children’s needs straight from birth. The baby nasal spray product aims to clear and unblock nasal passages, which aids natural breathing by washing out impurities. I know from experience that when Mabli is feeling under the weather sleeping and night time feeds can sometimes be the worst for her, so something that offers a more restful nights sleep is a huge plus! There is also a kid’s nasal spray within the range, which can be used on children from 3 months old and focuses on decongesting the nose by eliminating unwanted mucus. One of the things that can often happen when your kids get a little cold is that they are susceptible to secondary infections so having a product that can help reduce that risk is one less thing to worry about. 

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