The Weekly vlog! TED Talks, Channel Mum x Benefit and a Harry Potter quiz night

Hi guys! I thought I'd pop my latest little weekly vlog up here in case you're not subscribed to my channel. It's been quite a busy week, I'm shocked at myself for going to three social events in 7 days haha, the introvert in me is exhausted!

Oh and because I keep forgetting to mention, I've started up my newsletter again. So I'll be popping an exclusive fashion 'wish list' type post on there in the middle of the month and then a little round up at the end of the month as well. If you want that in your inboxes then just click here!

Have a good weekend everyone!


Night weaning a co-sleeping toddler

Hey guys! I thought I'd pop a little video here that's just gone live on my channel. All about how we transitioned Mabli from our bed (and breastfeeding at night) and into her own bed.

It's something we did with Wilf at the same time so if you have a toddler and you are maybe thinking of night weaning or stopping co-sleeping then I hope you find this useful.

I'd love to hear your experience if it's similar (or even if its the complete opposite) its always good to chat! 


Bloom baby bloom!

It's been a while since I've worn Boden over on this little space of mine but when I saw this velvet floral two piece suit I knew that it had to be mine. Funny enough I *almost* wore this to an event earlier in the week and who should show up but my pal Charlotte wearing this very same suit (and looking amazing in it too). I can't decide if it would have been amazing or terrible to have both been clad in bright velvet blooms but I'm thinking the former actually. We'll have to coordinate better next time ;)

I took this pics with Lauren who I haven't met up with in SO long, she's usually out snapping gorgeous weddings with her husband and summer being one of the busiest wedding seasons we hadn't managed to get together in months.

We caught up in White Botanicals which I'd been meaning to check out in forever. So many cute hanging plants. A lady sitting on another table actually came over and stroked me before deciding she was going to buy the same jacket ASAP.

Whilst I'm not 100% sure I'll be wearing both these pieces together on the school run I am totally up for mixing them together with my normal less striking pieces. I think the jacket would look ace with a natural T and jeans and the trousers with a black roll neck maybe.

I'd been feeling a little like I'd lost my mojo a bit with my blog and the whole social media game lately. Like some kind of existential crisis, who even am I? What am I doing? What is this life?! haha. I always need to cancel everything and ground myself a little when that little voice is flying around my head. I actually bought a new book the other day called 'The Anxiety Solution' I manly bought it for it pastel cover but I'll let you know how it goes.

There are always so many places and things going on that I find it quite overwhelming, I'm a home body at heart and I cancel pretty much 90% of anything I'm invited to. I hope that doesn't come across as rude or ungrateful I just feel the burn out if I do more than two a week ha! That doesn't stop me from comparing or have major FOMO sometimes. It's definitely times like these that I have to remind myself of what I love and why I do it. Sometimes you just need to throw on a velvet floral two piece to remind yourself of who you are y'know ;)

Images Lauren Jayne Hall
Clothing - Boden
Location - White Botanicals
Illustration - Source 

Setting up camp in the garden with a good movie

I've mentioned before what big fans we are of Disney. Like so many I'm sure, they are films that have shaped my childhood, even watching them as an adult I can still feel the magic. One of my favourite things to do is introduce my children to a Disney classic, see their eyes grow with wonder, see them sing the songs, gasp in excitement or even to shed a tear (I'm always the one crying the most though!).

When the weather gets colder and we reach Christmas time, snuggling up with something like Frozen just adds to the magic of the season. Cuddling on the sofa and singing along, I've yet to get bored even on the hundredth showing ;)

I'm really thrilled to be working with Disney again in this post to share with you some of the ways we watch Disney. There's the usual of course, the family movie on a Sunday, all of us in our comfy clothes viewing on the TV screen but by downloading films to your smart phone or tablet you can enjoy the Disney magic where ever you are. You can download them from various platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Sky Store.

I thought it would be fun to set up a camp in the garden whilst Wilf was at school for him to return to. He's been so tired since starting back that we tend to have dinner early and then let him chill out for the rest of the evening. When he found the blankets and cushions all set up with the fairy lights he was so surprised! Even more so to find we had downloaded one of his favourites (Alice in Wonderland) for him to watch al fresco as the sun set.

Mabli taking a quick snap of the set up - such a bloggers child!

The kids were so thrilled with this set up and it was something super easy to set up but make just that bit more special. I even thinking of doing some special nights like a jungle themed set up to watch the Jungle Book or something. Any ideas of what we could do?

The other place that downloading and watch Disney (and probably our most used) is when we're travelling. I'm always SO thankful for Peter Pan on a flight or Finding Dory on a long train journey. Even if he's watched the films over and over I find my kids really never do get bored of the magic of Disney, there is just something so special about them isn't there?

What do you think? Would you download Disney films to watch out and about when traveling or even just to 'camp' in the garden with? I'd love to know if your kiddos love them as much as me!

P.S there is a neat competition running to win 30% off here if you fancy entering to!

In association with Disney


What I Wore in Week!

This is one of my most requested videos (and was actually quite a task to film and edit ha!). I apologise for how short it is, I'm still learning! I also realised that I was clearly having SUCH a cosy Autumnal feeling week as all my looks are very laid back. Anyway I hope you enjoy!

Oh and in the meantime I'm changing things up a little and posting a mid month 'wish list' newsletter which won't be featured on the blog so if you fancy a little peek of that then you can sign up here 


These two.

Like ALL kids there are times when Wilf can be pretty 'free spirited' and by free spirited I think you can guess what I mean ;) there's no 'naughty step' in our house but we definitely have a 'thinking step' and it's used pretty frequently.. 

Being a big brother can be hard work sometimes. Sometimes your little sister can wreck your carefully built train track for no apparent reason at all and part of me thinks 'fair enough! I'd be mad too!'. I'm still learning how to be fair to both these kiddos, how to explain that a toddler can't really understand in the same way as he can (despite that cheeky eye glint in her eye!). Anyone have any ideas on how to tell off a 20 months old then I'm all ears. 

Sometimes when Wilf gets that cheeky glint in his eye and he's told his sister to drink some of my wine (that FYI I left well out of her reach but not out of his – true story). Then thinking time on the stairs is required. Trouble is his sister thinks its a treat and jumps up to join him. Tom took these pictures of these two sillies the other day when I was out the house, his first reaction was to remove Mabli so Wilf could 'think' a little longer on whatever he had just done but when he saw him reading to her of course he couldn't. I just love how these photos totally depict both their personalities. 

Thanks for indulging in me in what is essentially an entire post over one picture but this blog is like my scrap book. I gave up on baby books, and milestone cards. Neither of the have a special box full with things like first shoes or locks of hair much to my guilt but they'll have this blog should they want to look at it. Providing they haven't sued me for putting their picture on the internet right? ;)

Oh and some how as well as being ready with the camera to record these sweet moments, my lovely IG husband also happened to dress them both in colour coronating outfits. Top points there Tom, this blog life thing is rubbing off on him slowly I'm sure. That being said having posted all of two Instagram pictures over the past 5 years I doubt we'll ever be an IG couple so don't worry too much. 

P.S in case you're wondering Wilf's bat top from here . Mabli's top here and skirt here.


The Weekly Vlog!

Hey guys! I wanted to share last weeks vlog here in case you missed it over on my YouTube channel. This weeks video includes a trip across the river, shooting for some Instagram campaigns and some rather cheesy mum dancing and lip sinking (oh dear!). I hope you enjoy watching! I'll be checking in with a blog post tomorrow too. Have a lovely Monday! xx


Wish List: First Days of Autumn

I think we have to admit it, Autumn seems to have arrived and any hopes of an Indian summer look less likely the further we get into September. On the plus side I've been embracing changing seasonal style this week, with cosy outfits and autumnal make up.

Here's a few bits that I've got my eye on at the moment - I reckon some of these items wish list could even make those autumn-sceptics out there excited for cooler days!

1. I love the print on this Boden dress, so perfect the season and would work day or evening. I love the length too.

2.This tunic dress by Great Plains is so versatile, can see it becoming a real wardrobe staple.

3. Totally up for embracing cloudy days with this bag from Cath Kidston.

4. LOBSTER SHOES...I mean need I say more!

5. The colour of this La Redoute Coat is deliciously Autumnal - the price point is pretty tasty too!

And for keeping those kiddos cosy...

1. This 3 in 1 Scamp Suit looks so snuggly and practical.

2. These Cloud Dungarees from Next are just too cute!

3. Loving the quirky bat illustration from regular fav Mini Rodini.

4. The bear's nose on this Joules Jumper lifts up to make him roar...how fun is that?!

How are you feeling about embracing the coming season?


Parent Life Hacks

Since Tom took the decision to leave his job and for us all do this freelance thing as a family we've been slowly working out our roles within our new household dynamic. Both as parents who are sharing childcare 50/50 and also dividing our roles with our work. Tom has been picking up the things that I'm not always so keen on doing (hello spreadsheets!) he's also really good at the type of play that doesn't come naturally to me (the park for example).

Lenovo got in touch recently and asked us if we'd like to check out their Tab 4 series and to see how we use it together as a family. I don't mind saying that we aren't shy of using technology like this with our kids, both as a learning tool as well as entertainment. I can't tell the amount of times I've been grateful that Wilf's been able to watch a film on a flight or long train journey. I actually think that there are so many apps nowadays that are brilliant help when it comes to learning to read or problem solving puzzles.

Whilst the kids actually do have their own kids tablets I love the idea that this one has functionality for the whole family. The multi user aspect allows parents and children to make it their primary tablet device and it comes with all the Microsoft apps that he needs to help with that side of the business. Meaning he can check out our excel spreadsheets in the morning one handed whilst sipping his coffee!

The kids pack features in built content, safety tools and parental controls. It also comes with a blue light filter, shock resistant bumper and stickers (like the one we used on the back of ours).

I'm always planning a few trips and I love the idea of popping this in my bag and it being all we all need during the trip. Especially as the battery life lasts for 12 hours! As you can probably tell we were really impressed with this piece of kit.

The Lenovo Tab 4 Series can be bought on www.lenovo.co.uk John Lewis and Argos starting from £129.99

In association with Lenovo all words and images my own


It's OK to not be OK

I wanted to pop this little video over here as I know that not all of you follow me on YouTube (although if you fancy doing so feel free! ;)). I don't tend to post all my videos here but I felt like this was such an important topic that I wanted to share.

I was so anxious to post this, which is pretty apt as I'm talking about anxiety!

I really hope that it helps anyone this resonates with. I'd love to hear your experience and what has helped you if you go through the same kind of thing xx

Scan As You Shop

OK so I thought all three of these pictures were just too cute so couldn't decide, I mean how pleased with herself is she that she has the scanner?

I have to say I'm not usually a fan of the food shop. I've learnt over the years that I'm definitely the sort of person that needs a list or I walk out with a whole load of items that don't really go together ha! The main reason I used to find it pretty stressful though is that the kids would tend to get bored just at the moment we hit the till and then we spend what feels like forever waiting our turn whilst distracting two kids which would ultimately lead to me being stressed and the kids being impatient to leave.

I'm working with Tesco in this post to give their Scan As You Shop system a go, something I've strangely not considered trying before even though I've been aware of the little machines by the entrance. I'm not entirely sure why I've never given them a go before but I'm really glad we now know how much time (and meltdowns!) they can save.

Here are a few reasons we loved used the Scan As You Shop system :

You have to scan your Clubcard at the start. I'm always in such a rush usually by the end of my shop that when I'm asked for my club card I either just decide to not look for it or have to fluster around in my wallet to find it. I love that you can only access the scanners by entering it so thats one job sorted before you've even begun!

Mabli LOVED scanning the items, which made our whole shopping experience SO much more fun. I think she just liked the little beeps but she was so proud of herself holding it and overtime I chose an item she would remind me to scan it (which was good as I almost forgot on two occasions!).

You can see how much you are spending as you go around and if needs be put things back and delete them from your shop.

Quickest check out ever. Because we'd already scanned everything the check out was so quick, we literally just scanned the bar code above the till, paid and left. Within a couple of minutes! The only thing that took us the same time was we forgot to bring bags with us so we had to pack our bags. Next time we'll pack our items as we go around which will save even more time!

As you can see, Mabli had a blast! We were really impressed with how much of a stressfree experience scanning as we went around made doing the weekly shop so we'll definitely try it again next time.

Have you tried the Scan As You Shop system in Tesco's? What do you think of it?

In association with Tesco - All words, thoughts and images my own


Blog Roll blast from the past!

As the leaves are starting to fall, I'm reminded that I doubly hate the school run when it means a grey and windy 8.30 that feels like Autumn has arrived already I realised I forgot to share I shoot I did at the bringing on the summer, whoops!

Anyway I love these pictures my pal Lauren took so much that I wanted to share and also to share the sort of post I used to love to write 'way back when'. Way back before the word 'baby massage' ever entered my vocabulary or when I had the luxury to blog on my hourly lunch break when I was just sharing things I found and loved.

This blog has changed a lot in the past almost eight years, as has my life, massively so! I'm no longer 24 (sob) and I've grown and changed as is naturally I suppose when you swap early twenties for early thirties but these are some of the kind of posts I loved reading so I wanted to try writing them again too!

I recently re-discoved my bookmark bar of blogs I read back in 2010 and after a good half an hour revisiting them one a childfree afternoon I thought I'd share some of the blog posts I've been loving lately. I so wish I had more time to read blogs and read new-to-me blogs so if you have any you love then do comment below what they are so I can have a peek!

One of my old time favourites is Bluebird (or Bluebird Vintage as she was called back then, when I used to buy from her vintage store) and although she now divides her time between that and Mother Mag and her own clothing line I'm glad she's still blogging. She was one of the reasons I wanted to start a family and I love the way she depicts her life with them.

I'm still loving Olivia's blog who has been blogging for just as long although is now only 23, super weird that I remember her 16 year old posts! Now I'm feeling VERY old. I also started following Lyzi around this time because we were all doing illsutration and also Ella both of which are such lovely talented girls and I'm glad to call pals!

Love Taza or (The Rockstar Diaries) used to be a daily read and I definitely still dip in and out although not as much as I did. At the time I didn't know any blogs like this in the UK and I'm not sure  it was really as much of a thing as it is today so my blog roll was pretty much 90% US based. Especially the 'mommy blogs' as I was just thinking about embarking on motherhood myself. I guess I've always wondered what niche I fit into and I think a lot of the way I blog is due to not really knowing any UK blogger doing the same thing as me until a good few years into this whole blogging thing!

The first blog I ever read was A Beautiful Mess. I don't think I'd fan girl for anybody but those two. Elsie is one of the biggest inspirations for me and I pretty much cried all over her adoption process blog post the other day. Their little girl will be so so loved and what a cutie!

Some of my favourite blogs today are just as much a mix of lifestyle, mum stuff and fashion as they were back then and I feel so lucky that a lot of these women are now my real life friends. I thought I'd share a few of my newer favourites in case you're not well aquatinted already.

First off my buddy Lucy from Oh Hello Face. This lady makes me laugh A LOT. Our kids are similar ages and we live just round the corner from each other so I love that we are in the same kind of industry too. Lucy is actually a make up artist but she blogs and does YouTube too so its nice to natter about mum life and blog life too. She's the kind of person with no agenda and no ego which is just what you need when this whole online world can sometimes mess with your head a little.

Talking about YouTube I love watching SJ Strum, she's just a super laid back mummy recording life with 3 kids but her videos always feel welcoming and real and I absolutely loved watching her Swedish summer.

My friend Charlotte from Betty Magazine is a real hoot and quite possibly has the cutest baby on Instagram. Defo give her a follow if you don't already!

Whenever I feel a bit uninspired fashion wise I go to Kat got the Cream's Outfit Math's section of the blog. She has such a good eye for putting things together! Also great for dress (and travel) lust is Little Magpie. And last but not least my pal Mona!

I think that's it for now but I'd love to do another of these if you like reading them. I think it's always good to share the love!

Don't forget to let me know who you love to read!

I've popped a little shopping list for this outfit below, the originals are now sold out (sorry) but these are similar!


How we stroll

First off I should point out this post it a little image heavy but I've never been the best at cutting down pictures I love, especially when they of my kiddos. I'm sure most parents are the same! We're working with Baby Jogger in this post to share our thoughts on the City Mini GT. We took it for a test in Bath which is just down the road from us and so so pretty (if you've not been then I'd definitely recommend a trip it's just beautiful there!).

We like to adventure with our family a lot, be it places to close to home or city breaks through Europe. We've always felt like having kids shouldn't mean we couldn't stop exploring and actually they've made us want to explore the world even more! Something that is kind of imperative though is making sure you have a buggy that will help you do this easily and be OK with different terrain.

We've been using the Baby Jogger City Mini GT for a good couple of months now and really rate it for both our day to day and travelling further afield. Lots of you will know that currently neither Tom or I drive so we use public transport in the city we live in a lot. There's nothing worse than having a pushchair that takes up loads of room on the bus or you can't fold down on the train and luckily this one is the complete opposite. We've both said how brilliant it is for getting on our inner city train line as it's light weight and can be tilted to lift on really easily.

With two kids we tend to take quite a lot out with us on our outings. Baby Jogger teamed up with Laura Hamilton who shared her top tops for 'Travelling with Tots'. One of her tips was that she carries her fold up potty in the bottom for her toddler which is great for when you are potty training but out and about. Although we're a little off that milestone with Mabli I can totally see how you'd have enough room at the bottom for something like that which is great. We tend to use it to carry the change bag, our coats or picnic blanket incase we fancy an impromptu sit down in the park along the way! She's also been giving the City Mini GT a go with her two little ones and said it was brilliant for travelling to another country with due to it being so lightweight which is something we love about it to.

Although there are lots of 'travel' specific buggies out there I love that this one is great as your every day pushchair as well. It's really sturdy and holds lots of room as well as being really ergonomic. I struggle with a bad back a lot of the time and strollers are really hard for me to push for a while as their handles tend to be a little to low for me (I'm 5,8). This one is the perfect height but you can also adjust it of course if you are not as tall.

We don't have the the Glider Board attachment as Wilf is pretty good at walking now but I think if he was a bit younger I'd definitely attach one, they seem a lot less bulky than some of the similar designs I've seen too.

It also has an option to recline (which I didn't realise until later the day we first tested it out because I'm totally the person who doesn't read instructions ;)) which is really ingenious. A draw string lets the back sort of concertina backwards to recline and then fold up again without taking up lots of space. I thought that would such a great idea! The hood also folds down in three sections making it a great cover for wind or to create a quiet space if you are trying to get a toddler to sleep.

We've been so impressed with the City Mini GT and I love that it's perfect for both families like us that live in the city or in the countryside and can handle all types of terrain brilliantly. My favourite aspects are how easy and comfortable it is to push and how robust yet lightweight it is for everyday living and travelling with.

Have you tried out this model? I'd love to hear what you think!

In partnership with Baby Jogger - All words and thoughts my own 
Photography Nell Mallia 

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