Baby Keepsakes

I can’t quite believe that my littlest baby is turning THREE next month! It seems like only yesterday I gave birth to my him! I have always made a conscious effort to record special moments and milestones in the boys’ lives. I have baby books ( one more written in than the other! πŸ™ˆ), I have kept the boys’ first haircut clippings (not all of it just a small curl each πŸ˜‰), I have kept all they birthday cards and I try to record via either video or picture most of their every day moments.

Hand & Foot Outprint Framed – Β£68

I had been looking at getting hand and foot imprints for my first born and decided to try it myself with disastrous results. So started to look around locally and came across Carol at Feat of Clay.

Carol started Feat of Clay when her children were younger. She hand makes all items in her home studio in Woodley and is very lovely to work with and my boys both were great with her!

I originally had my eldest son’s done when we was almost 6 months old and knew that I wanted my 2nd son’s hand and feet outprint taken when he was little as well so went straight back to Carol. I decided on outprints instead of imprints as I felt you can see more of the little hands and feet. In my opinion, I just liked it better.

I have gone back to Carol for hand print mugs for grandparent gifts, hand print plates and also baby’s 1st Christmas hand imprint ornaments.

I love looking back at these little hands and feet that were once my newborn babies’ and my boys love comparing their hands now with their baby hands.

I highly recommend visiting Carol if you are local to the Reading area as she couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful. It’s a keepsake you will have for generations and pass down to your kids. A great investment piece that will bring you lots of happy memories for years to come.

* This was not gifted and is an honest review*

Four Of My Favs

I came across this survey from The Massey Spot blog and thought I would do one of my own! 😊

A) Four places that I go to over and over : school, Co-op, Starbucks, Costa

B) Four people who text me (regularly): Michele, my hubby, Tori, Danielle

C) Four of my favorite places to eat: Picasso, Raj Tandoori, Las Iguanas, Giraffe

D) Four places I would rather be right now:

Beach….anywhere! Prague, Denver, London

E) Four people I think will respond:

Well….it’s on my blog so I don’t expect anyone to, but if you want to…please write in the comments! 😘

Four TV shows I watch over and over:

Grimm, Friends, 24, The Real Housewives of EVERYWHERE!

Haha! Well there you have it! I had trouble thinking about place I go ALL THE TIME besides coffee places and grocery stores! 🀣

My Cleaning Schedule

I have always loved a good list and planner but if you were to ask me pre-kids if I liked to clean and had a cleaning SCHEDULE! I would look at your as if you had two heads and run away! 😁

I’m not saying that having a cleaning schedule is the ONLY way to get stuff done but, for me, it offers peace of mind and I don’t feel overwhelmed thinking that I didn’t get round to something today or when I don’t clean I don’t freak out that everything will get in top of me because I have my schedule.

We recently moved to a much larger house than we had previously and to keep on top of it all without a cleaner I knew I would need some kind of schedule. I didn’t want to spend all my days cleaning and not spend it with my boys so the schedule was born!

I promise you all that I still have a social life and my kids DO go out the house but to achieve all this; a house that is (relatively) clean and organised and be able to have days where I an say “EFF it I don’t NEED to do any cleaning today,” I needed this list! So….here it is!

Everyday we have fun! But we ALSO pick up and clean our mess!

Monday: Downstairs dust, hoover, mop, laundry
Tuesday: Kitchen deep clean and laundry
Wednesday: Bedrooms dust, hoover, clean bathroom and wash towels
Thursdays: Spare rooms and bathroom quick clean and spruce up and laundry!
Friday: Garden pick up (if needed) and laundry!
Saturday: Food delivery

Every night.
We pick up the toys, clean up the kitchen from dinner, run our RoboVac (we have a Eufy) and prep the boys for school/nursery the next day.

Some days I don’t clean at all but I don’t stress about it because I know that the day will come around in the schedule to focus on that area and I’ll get it done then!

Every Few Months

Every few months (usually on a Friday) I focus on one room that needs either organising or a deep clean.

I keep a note and alert of what I need to do and on what day on my phone calendar. This way it takes out all the stress in trying to remember it all and I just focus on what I need to do that day. EASY! And that’s the way I like it! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜Š

Outer Space Kids Bedroom

Our new house is slowly starting to come together. It was a blank canvas when we moved in which was daunting and exciting at the same time! I initially focussed on the boys’ rooms so I wanted to show you all what we did with our eldest’s.

Most of the furniture came from Furniture123 or Great Little Trading Company (as did the duvet). The wall transfer and the curtains were from Dunelm.

My little man loves his outer space bedroom (as do I!)

Outer Space Themed 5 Year Olds Party

Last month I threw a Space themed party for my son who turned 5.

He has been Space and planets mad for a while now so I thought this would be a perfect time to do it.

It was so much fun planning his party. His party was on a Sunday morning and for months before I had been planning his intergalactic party. I thought I’d write down some details of the party for you.

Here’s how we set up the tables for the parry lunch. I had these grand ideas of loads of confetti on the table and then my husband reminded me we would have to clear it all up at the end of the two hours. So I’ve saved them for another time.

I organised Froggle parties for the entertainment. They cater for so many ages and types of party. We obviously chose their Space themed party which included games, magic, bubbles, dancing and loads more. The kids we’re thoroughly entertained for the two hours. And my son left his party with the biggest smile on his face.

I found an amazing lady called Nic on Etsy. (I LOVE ETSY!) Her company is called The Daphne Tree and she specialised in hand stitched tees. I told her I would like it to be a rocket with the number 5 and she did the rest. My son absolutely loved it and it still looks amazing. Even after washing a few times.

His party lunch consisted of the regular food favourites. Sandwiches, grapes, hula hoops, baby bel, party rings, chocolate fingers, carrots, sausages and CAKE! πŸŽ‚

Speaking of cake! The lovely Amanda from Cakes By Amanda made the most brilliant space and planets themed cake with chocolate cake and cookies and cream butter cream filling and covered in the bunnies butter cream. I wish it would have been gluten free but I had to sample the teeniest bit anyway and immediately was jealous that I couldn’t have more!

We handed out party bags filled with info cards on the planets, a stretchy alien some other things and also some sherbet dip because they are a blast from my childhood! πŸ˜‰

All in all it was a great 5th birthday party for my lovely boy. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and we all did as well.

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Steph xx

My First Time At B&M

Today I uploaded my FIRST B&M haul on my YouTube Channel! B&M HAUL | MY FIRST VISIT | JUNE 2019. I can’t believe it’s taken me until the ripe old at of 41 to discover the wonders of that store!

I had, obviously, heard of B&M and seen what bargains some people had bagged but I just either forgot about going or wanted to go without the boys so had to pick my days! Today was THE DAY! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜

If you want to see what bargains I was able to score, please check out my video πŸŽ‰

Thank you for watching!

Steph xx

Some Days….

Wow! No one told me that some days being a parent would be an emotional rollercoaster. Of course I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park but after today I realise that the whole adjusting to being a mum is an ever evolving thing!

My boys are now 5 and 2 and today I had one of those parenting days when you just feel overwhelmed and at the end of your tether. The toddler is properly having his terrible two tantrums over tiny things and my 5 year old is finishing his first year at primary school so is pretty tired in the afternoons which ends up in arguments and tears with both boys.

My lovely toddler is also a sweet loving boy who also can’t leave me EVER. So today when I was emotional I heard Mummy, Mummy, Mummy…constantly. It was overwhelming.

I was on my own for most of the day which meant that I had no help or relief all day. Most days that is totally fine but today was different. I really thought I was having an anxiety attack. Thinking about all the jobs and different things I had to accomplish and realising that by 2pm not much had been done.

When I have days like today I find I have renewed admiration for my mum. I always say to her…”now I get it!”

My boys are just being little boys and I do understadn this but sometimes navigating your parenting journey while walking on egg shells around two irritable humans is a scary, scary place!