Me and Mine June

LOVING Wilf's face in this pic, couldn't put down his brownie for a second

I thought I'd combine my Me and Mine pics this month with a little staycation we recently went on to Bath. I appreciate Bath isn't actually the city we live in but they are so close I'm still sort of calling it a staycation. We recently visited for a family shoot with the lovely Nell Mallia and it reminded us how much we love it, pretty streets at every corner and such beautiful parks!

We decided to stay over to make it feel like a real holiday and stayed at Brooks Guest house who also have a hotel in Bristol (where Tom proposed!) so it was nice to see what their sister hotel was like.

We were asked by Boots Soltan to go on a 'summer experience' and when I think of British summer, unlike most of the population who think of the beach I think of a picnic. I do like the idea of the beach but..all that sand and a 6 month old who would probably put it in her mouth filled me with a bit of dread so a picnic in the beautiful park seemed a lot more appealing. We were super careful to wear suncream in the midday sun, I'm very pale and burn easily and I know it really important to cover the kids in it too as their skin is still so new. Sometimes it's not the sunniest days when you can burnt, UVA exposure effects 40% of the time when you're not in direct sunlight. I didn't know before but apparently UVA can even reflect of things like grass!

Now Tom is back at work we are cherishing his Thursday's off even more and so we headed down on Wednesday night so that we could spend a full day with him there. It was really nice seeing the city not on a weekend when it feels quite busy, the photo above of us all was taken at Royal Cresent and we were the only ones there!

When I see a pretty door I'm always look at Tom like 'Tooooom, pleease could you take my picture??' and he rolls his eyes and does. Trouble is when you are in Bath you come across pretty doors here there and everywhere! 

And when you see a hedge with pink flamingo's on it you've got to get to it and pose!

We picked up lunch at Chandos Deli (who also have a branch in Bristol funny enough) and went a bit crazy pretty much ordering one of everything, we definitely had eyes bigger than our tummies that day.

As someone with pale skin I do love the sun but also have to be pretty careful of not burning, I think it's something I've always taken notice off and never really tried to tan because I just burn and go back to being red, it was never worth it even as a teen when friends would put baby on themselves to tan (!). I did struggle with being pale especially when I was younger, once my sister in law actually asked me why I'd come out wearing white tights thanks so my milk bottle legs ha! As I've got older though I've really embraced it as being part of me and how I look and I'm kinda a little smug about the fact my skin doesn't really have a lot of sun damage.

I have a whole post coming up on how I got on at a Boots Soltan event seeing how the sun has effected my skin over the past 30 years, also whats my skins age was..so look out for that one!

Quick breastfeeding stop.

This kid is such a goof ball (also sort of wanted to use these as celebratory pics on Friday..but you know how that went, oh dear).

One day we we get a picture where Mabli is not looking the other way!

I can't believe it's half way through the year already, honestly the fast 6 months of my life I think, even faster than how quick the first few months went with Wilf. My baby girl is half was through the first year of her life, she's starting to eat, she's sitting up and she's trying to crawl, my little boy has this last summer before school..it's all going so fast!

I'm determined to make this summer the best one yet, the first one with both my kiddos and before school starts. Lots more picnics planned for sure!

Don't forget to catch up with what the other hosts have been up to in June by checking out Lucy / Katie / Lucy / Alex and Jenny's posts and link below to share your June 'Me and Mine'

Boots Soltan put us up for the night at a Hotel and paid for our picnic but all words and thoughts are my own more on my day with them in a later post! 


Life's little luxuries

Since becoming a mum my idea of luxury has changed quite a bit, I've come to appreciate the little things like a long bath or a hot cup of tea. In many ways its made me more content because things I previously took for granted like having time to myself to read a book or having a lie in are so coveted now. 

One of my top little luxuries both pre and post motherhood have been clean sheets. I rate it right up there as one of the most satisfying feelings ever, especially if it comes after a lovely bubble bath and some new soft pjs too!

I'm teaming up with Comfort in this post to talk to you guys about my #littleluxuries, which I thought was pretty fitting considering just how much I love the cosiness of getting into a freshly clean bed. After a lovely weekend of pottering about the house and seeing friends me and the kids spent Sunday morning washing our bedding and testing out the Intense Luxurious conditioner on the sheets. 

As usual when it comes to doing housework with the kids they make it twice as long but also kind of twice as fun. There's often a LOT of bed bouncing and getting inside covers and pretending to be ghosts, never a dull moment with a four year old and a six month old (especially now as she's starting to be on the move!).

I have to say the smell and softness was a definite hit for us all, we ended up spending most of the afternoon just hanging out in bed reading books and taking selfies ha!

Whilst I might not be having spa days or swanky nights out anytime soon I pretty content with the little luxuries in my life being things like a good cup of coffee, a box set in the evening with my husband and the softest of fest fresh luxuries smelling sheets on the bed.

 Even if I have to share my bed with toy aeroplanes ;)

What are your little luxuries in life? I'd love to know!

in association with Comfort fabric conditioner 


Nomi Highchair by Evomove

So now my baby is eating..(wait what, wasn't she just born?!) we've had to think about all the products that come with this stage in life, namely a highchair. I've always been quite into the idea of us always eating meals together, I know this is something we're fortunate to be able to do as Tom doesn't work late and is always home to have dinner (actually to make dinner ha!). Subsequently we all end up eating at about 5.30 and then Tom and I get hungry again and snacking just before bed but that's another story ;)

I was approached by Evomove to see if Mabli would like to give their highchair the Nomi a go. The Nomi is a highchair thats built to grow with you child and also comes with a smaller baby attachment but as Mabli is now 6 months and can sit up she didn't need this.

I remember the other day giving her asparagus and she was trying to nibble on it wincing a bit at the sour taste, we were laughing so much, we swapped it for apple and the sheer relief at being able to eat something tasty was amazing, I love this stage in babyhood so much.

Holy Cute!

Mabli, like Wilf is pretty used to having the camera pointed at her it's like she knows what the clicking means, she's like 'hey mum!' and throws me a big smile, I just can't get enough of her gummy smiles!

The Nomi was actually designed by Peter Obsvik who designed the famous Stokke Tripp Trapp chairs. With that in mind it wasn't a surprise that this chair was designed to be as ergonomic as possible. The foot rest is designed to provide good support for your babies feet & help them be in an upright position.

Once they have grown out of the high chair feature it can be taken off to be turned into a chair that will support a child until teenage years so they are quite a good investment especially if you are buying the newborn attachment too and using it as somewhere to hold your baby rather than a rocky chair for example.

What drew my attention to it though was the look of it, its stylish and fits with our aesthetic without compromising on function. I am a big fan of Scandinavian design as they just seem to be able to do furniture so well, simple, beautiful and practical.

You can find the model in various different colours and also wood colours, we chose quite neutral colours to fit with our table and other seating. You can choose to add own various attachments like the cushions Mabli is using here and also a tray attachment that we do tend to use as otherwise she just pushes things off the table!

You can find more details about the Nomi on the Evomove website. 

What do you think of the design?

We received this item for purpose of this review but all words and thoughts are my own


Fathers Day Weekend Vlog

Hello! I thought I'd do a little Fathers Day video this past weekend and I'm just popping it over here in case any of you guys wanted a watch. It features these AMAZING Moomin cup cakes!!

Getting some sleep..

..thats the big issue isn't it when it comes to babies? How to make them sleep and how to manage to grab some sleep yourself. I have to admit that second time round this doesn't feel quite so brutal, I'm getting sleep, not a full nights sleep but sleep all the same.

With Wilf it felt like sleep would never arrive, he woke up every 45 minutes until he was 18 months old and at times it felt like there would never be a solution. To be honest we pretty much tried everything we were comfortable with trying and I'm not really sure we did anything constantly or long enough to actually make an effect.

I have to admit that when I was pregnant with Mabli I did worry about the lack of sleep ahead, I worried because of how much it affected us all last time and how I would cope with such little sleep, a pre schooler and a business to run.

Thankfully Mabli is so far a very different baby, we also felt more confident as parents and probably a bit more relaxed too. From day one we used a white noise machine, co-slept, kept the light calm and dim and also used dummies (with no guilt, whatever works guys!).

With Wilf (who now sleeps mostly through the night) he still tends to get up quite early (despite blackout blinds) because he doesn't understand when morning is.

I'm partnering up with Bleep Bleeps in this post to showcase their new product the 'Suzy Snooze'. The Suzy Snooze, an all-in-one baby monitor, sleep trainer and nightlight, has been co-created with UK’s biggest parenting community, Mumsnet.

I love the design led products by Bleep Bleeps and the attention to detail with Suzy Snooze is no different. What I love most about the aesthetics of this product is its led by tech but is still cute and playful. Like all BleepBleeps products, Suzy Snooze can be controlled from the BleepBleeps app making it simple for parents to schedule and log sleep routines for their children. 

Suzy Snooze has been developed using the latest in sleep science to help young children learn healthy sleep routines, with guidance from Professor Colin Espie, one of the world’s leading authorities on sleep at the University of Oxford. The advise on how light and sound could be used to create the most relaxing environment for children to sleep in has helped form this product, all with the understanding that good sleep habits in early life lead to a lower incidence of sleep disorders later on.

I was really interested in the fact that it emits a red light over white light as I've recently read up on how much white light disturbs our sleep and red light is the best for a restful night. 

Suzy Snooze has three main modes:

1, Sleep Sequence - Lasting for ten minutes during which time sleep-inducing music and lights play

2, Nighttime - When music stops and a constant light comes on, comforting your child and helping them to sleep by creating a calm and cosy environment

3, Morning Time - Suzy’s lights will count down the last hour to morning, at a time customised by the parent or guardian. Suzy’s hat gently pops up and let’s the child know that it’s ok to get up.

You can also connect Suzy Sleep to the BleepBleeps app making her a baby monitor. The monitor lets you listen in live to hear your baby and alerts you to their cry using a crying detection system. 

The kickstarter for this product starts right now (11am 21st June) and runs until the 21st of July, the first 100 people will be able to pre-order the gadget at $125 and the remaining at $149 before it goes on to the mass market at $175. To find out more and take part in the kickstarter click here.

What do you think of the sound of Suzy Snooze? 

in association with Bleep Bleeps 


Planning ahead when it comes to mealtimes

I'm learning now Tom is back at work that the key to feeling like you've got through the day successfully with two kids is organisation. Something I'll be honest about, I'm not massively good at!

Click below to read on!

A 6 Month Baby Update Video

Hello! I thought I'd leave this little video here in case anyone was interested in how we are getting on with all things baby at six months. I won't write much more here as I say it all in the video but I'll be back with a post on some of the feelings I've been having lately at trying (and failing!) to juggle everything lately.

Thanks so much for watching!


A little Summer Wish List

I thought it had been a while since I've done a quick wish list round up and I've had some of you (ok one person!) ask me to do one, so..here you go that one person! ;)

Collar Cardigan  - I actually saw this is store today and its so much prettier in real life, I think you could add it to jeans and a white T to get a less 'girly' look too..although of course I am quite a fan of the girly look!

Diaz Chambray Embellished  Top (get 20% off with TLQ20 - perfect casual summer / festival top!

Pom Pom beach bag - I've been after this bag for a while..yet to justify ANOTHER bag though..

Floral Jumpsuit - This is in my basket right now, I'm debating whether I can pull it off but it looks so effortless and pretty..I'll update you

Colour block Tunic in Green and Grey (get 15% off full priced items with TLQ15) - another People Tree classic cut, you just know you are going to get a piece that is so well made you can wear it forever.


To the dads on fathers day

Whilst I love to champion mums and the amazing role they have in nurturing & bringing up children (often whilst trying to do a million other things at the same time!) I think the roles dads have in our lives is also huge & often not spoken about enough. My own dad played such an important part in my childhood, he was actually a stay at home dad whilst my mum worked and as such I feel like I have a really close bond with him.

Since I became a mum all of four & a half years ago now Tom has a been my biggest support. I've never felt so thankful for him than in those early newborn days where he encouraged & supported me through breastfeeding & finding my feet as a new mum to second time round when he blew up the birth pool, told me what a good job I was doing, cooled my brow, put me to bed & (horror of horror job) emptied & cleaned the pool the next morning & bringing me a full breakfast in bed. I mean obviously labour is a pretty hard work, its exhausting having a baby but I was reminded time & again during those hours & the days & weeks that proceeded how much of what I do is greatly helped by the support Tom gives quietly in the background. Lets not forget the dads.

Having Tom home this past six months with the kids has been such a wonderful thing to see. It's meant Tom & Wilf have become even closer and Mabli has bonded so closely with him too.

When I ask Tom what he wants as gifts for his birthday or celebrations like this he usually asks for some sort of tool (just like my dad did!) and a selection of craft beers. I always get him something personal from the kids & work with them on a card but I do also like to get him something from me. Well I finally after four years bought him the ladder he's been after and when Beer Hawk asked to work with me on this post I thought it was kinda the perfect partnership considering his requests ;)

Beer Hawk sent Tom the Black Belt Beer Box and they've also kindly offered a code for 15% off until fathers day if any of you guys wanted to get a last minute craft beer gift for the dads in your life, just add TIGERLILYQUINN at checkout. 

What are you getting the dad/s in your life?

in association with Beer Hawk


Our Videos

So after about three years of making videos I finally added a YouTube button to my blog ;)

I'm not sure what took me so long to publicise my channel over here but I'm finally taking the plunge and I thought It would be nice to show you some of my favourite videos of us, the ones I really think show us as 'us'.

This post may have taken about an hour to write as I've been binge watching them all!

You Tube is a funny thing & I often feel really daunted by it, its almost like a totally different audience & can often feel like I'm starting afresh from the beginning which after blogging for 7 years now feels hard work at times.

To be honest though I'd still keep making videos regardless of how many people watch but if you do then I thought I'd make it that bit easier to actually discover I have a channel ;) if you want to see other videos by us then just click here & subscribe!

Thanks for watching and hope you've all had great weekends xx


A Family photo session

The internet is a funny old place, I remember when Wilf was born, becoming friends with other new mums over social media like Twitter and Instagram. Chatting to them during 3am night feeds and nodding along to tweets about how tired they were or engaging with how their littles ones were crawling or eating for the first time. It was around this time I started chatting with with Nell, a blogger who lived just down the road from me in Bath.

It's been lovely following along with the lives of people who you become friends with on the internet. Especially when it comes to fellow mum who have decided to start their own businesses rather than return to their old jobs pre children, there's something very inspirational in that and I love to support women who are starting out for themselves.

I've watched Nell's photography on her blog and instagram go from strength to strength and it was always obvious she had a great eye and a great skill but when she offered to meet up with us and take our family portrait I was really blown away by just how talented she is.

When it comes to taking photos I properly take at least ten a day. We try to have at least one photo of us all a month by taking part in 'me and mine' but we've never had someone take photos for us (apart from at our wedding of course). When I broached the idea with Tom I knew he would be hesitant. Whilst he loves that fact I have captured so many pictures of us and our lives (and asked him to capture pictures with me in it too every now and again) he's not really as big a fan of being in front of the camera as me ;) Whilst I felt like I knew Nell quite well by talking to her over the years to Tom it was a stranger taking pictures of us which can be a daunting idea for some.

As soon as we met up with Nell though any worries completely slipped away as she made us feel completely comfortable imediatly I always think the best photos are the ones that are candid and often we were would be goofing around and I'd suddenly remember she was taking pictures.

Wilf's pretty used to having pictures taken so meeting up with someone who was taking our pictures seemed quite normal to him ha!

When we saw the pictures for the first time it made me realise how glad we were that we'd had this opportunity. Whilst you can always set a tripod up or take a family selfie (and theres nothing wrong with that!) there is something quite special about seeing a picture you didn't even know was being taken. A picture that captures that exact moment, I think it's a credit to Nell that these pictures capture us exactly how we are, when I look at them I see 'us' if that makes any sense!

I know there are a few of Tom and Mabli but they were just so cute I couldn't narrow the selection down any smaller!

I actually think this might be my favourite picture of me and Wilf yet!

I've been saying to Tom since I wish we could just hire Nell to walk around taking pictures of us all the time. It would save a few eye rolls when I make my 'could you just take a picture of my outfit' requests to my 'instagram husband ;)

Tom and I barely have any pictures together, it's something you don't realise and then it's been a whole year since you've had one together.

Thank you so much to Nell for taking our pictures, we will absolutely treasure them. To find out more about Nell's family portrait sessions check out her website here.
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