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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Brownies and Weaning | #LittleLoves

Welcome back to a round up of what we have been loving this week.

Again, I haven't read anything like a good novel lately. I bought The Romanovs ages ago, but it is an absolute beast of a book with teeny text size. So hopefully there will be a time and a place soon.

The final episode of 'The Loch' was brilliant! I wish the rest of the episodes were like it. I had my suspicions as to who the serial killer was but I guessed the wrong brother! No more spoilers, just in case...

Chocolate brownies were my offering for our Thursday playgroup party. They went down a treat despite the batter not being well mixed as I was holding Freyja as well. There were little lumps of flour visible, woops!

My Pink Floyd Top which I love!

Some ABBA classics thanks to Mamma Mia! on TV lately. The movie is full of cheese but it is fun.

Freyja has been trying Babease weaning pouches and her facial expressions can sum up what she thinks quite well. And the state of her bib! Still no teeth though!
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Thanks for reading, have a great weekend and week ahead!

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Happy Nappy and Splash Jammers Review

*I received these products in return for an honest review

happy nappy review

We recently took Freyja swimming for the first time at the grand old age of 6.5 months. We had been meaning to go for a while, but our weekends seem so full of children's parties! And before party season started. Freyja had her series of vaccinations which meant putting on swimming a little while longer.

But we were so not prepared! Well, we have all the swimming gear for two adults and two small children but things have changed since the last time we went swimming altogether; Alexander has potty trained and Freyja arrived. I fruitlessly had a look for matching armbands for Lily and Alexander and then realised that we didn't own any swimming suit or float for Freyja.
Lily's TotsBots swim nappy had long gone, so when Splash About contacted us to review a Happy Nappy, the opportunity couldn't have come at a more ideal time! Alexander was also lucky to receive a pair of super bright Splash Jammers which I feel are very much a requirement still, seeing as he has only just potty trained.

The Happy Nappy RRP £10.99

I chose the dragonfly print for Freyja, mostly because I love the illustrative design and colour scheme. There are 8 funky, bright prints to choose from, including a trendy blue whale design and geckos which I particularly like. I would put Freyja in any of them to be honest, she would totally suit them all. It is a shame that at her age right now she needs to have additional layers whilst in the pool, so she can't show off her Happy Nappy just yet.

The Happy Nappy is formed of two pieces of super-soft neoprene which creates an ergonomically form-fitting nappy. Since the two pieces cup the baby's bottom, it ensures the safest leak-free fit, along with the gusset and snug waist and leg fabric grips. Nothing will escape this swim nappy, it is literally bomb-proof! In Freyja's case, she wore one of her brother's swim suits over the top which also fit her snugly, doubling up on protection.

Happy nappy and swim suit
It is really nice to see Freyja wear some of Alex's clothes. Although she is almost burst out of it, so we'll get her her own swimsuit soon.
Another item we hastily pulled out of the cupboard was Alexander's Konfidence swim wrap. I held it up and thought that there would be no way it would fit her. Turns out it did! Thank goodness for adjustable velcro. I think the combination of the neoprene Happy Nappy, the swim suit and swim wrap made for a well-insulated first swimming pool experience. I'd say swimming, but she actually just enjoyed bobbing around in the Zoggs inflatable trainer seat. Her little legs kicked very hard and she waved at other people as if they'd all come to visit her!

Happy Nappy, swim suit and Konfidence swim wrap

I don't have any shots of her floating around like the Queen of Sheba as we were in a public swimming pool, but here she is modelling the dragonfly Happy Nappy before she gets in the bath.

Happy Nappy fit
This Happy Nappy is size 6-12 months and fits Freyja rather snugly. In fact, it is a bit of a two-man job to get her in and out! That isn't to say that it is too tight or restrictive however, she doesn't get red marks and she can move around with ease as the photo below shows.

Happy Nappy on Freyja
This is the NEW Happy Nappy; it has a higher waist band to prevent leaks and the ergonomic panels move when baby does.
Splash Jammers RRP £14.99

Alexander tried out his pair of Splash Jammers which are super bright with a shark print and orange high waist to prevent any leaks. Similar to the Happy Nappy, the legs feature medical grade silicone to create a secure, yet comfortable seam. If like me you aren't really aware what 'jammers' are, here is a description from Simply Swim:

"Jammers are a longer length swimming short that are tight fitting, almost like a cross between an aquashort and swim short. They offer a lot more coverage than aquashorts or briefs so are ideal for performance swimmers..."

So, you can see why the cut and fit of Splash Jammers are an ideal follow-on solution once the Happy Nappy has been outgrown.

Splash Jammers grips on leg
The leg grips are soft, but do the job well.

The Splash Jammers come in two designs at the moment and is available in two sizes according to age. Alexander is a slim little lad so we chose age 2-3 years. They are snug fitting, but they need to be to serve their purpose. Whilst helping him in and out of them, it reminded me of wearing wetsuits and their clinginess when trying to struggle out of them. Again, not a bad thing. It wouldn't perform very well if he wore the next size up of 3-4 years; he'd lose them when sliding down the flume!

splash jammers
Alexander liked his Splash Jammers so much he just wore them without his swim suit. Since they look like swimming trunks for 'big boys', he wanted to show them off. And also, his swim suit didn't really fit him. Can you tell that we were unprepared for swimming?
What we love:

  • The Happy Nappy has a variety of different bright prints, perhaps the Splash Jammers will be available in more than 2 prints soon.
  • The Happy Nappy and Splash Jammers just need a quick rinse with cold water then can be left to dry out - perfect when on holiday.
  • Both are UPF50+ for ultimate sun protection.
  • The Splash Jammers have a functional, yet sporty design. Perfect for active kids who have just begun their toilet training journey which can be unpredictable.
  • Both seem to really protective against any leaks - you can pop in a disposable liner into the Happy Nappy if you/swimming school prefer.
We would absolutely recommend the Happy Nappy to friends and family. From my experience of the fit with baby Freyja (6.5 months and a big baby), I may have to get the size up fairly soon!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy swimming with your little ones.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

What My Kid Wore

Welcome to my kid's fashion post for What My Kid Wore Wednesday and #ALivelyStyle
#WMKWW: I'm linking up with Sarah from This Mama Life and Hannah from Just Hannah Jane.
#ALivelyStyle: I'm linking up with Hannah from Make Do and Push.

Alexander's Outfit for Strawberry Picking
Top: Joules
Shorts: Matalan
Sandals: Tu by Sainsburys
Hat: Can't remember, possibly Mothercare! It is a great hat which covers his neck too.

Alex outfit

alex outfit zeeberry
Post-ice cream photo beside Zeeberry at the Pick Your Own farm
Lily's outfit for Strawberry Picking:
Top: Mini Boden
Shorts: H&M
Boots: Matalan
Hat: H&M

Lily enjoys choosing her own clothes, mixing prints and colours, as you can see.

lily outfit

lily outfit strawberry picking
Slightly bizarre combination but she likes it and that is the main thing. Dinosaurs plus tropical print...nature features in both!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, 17 July 2017

What Mama Wore Monday | Relaxed Sunday

Welcome back to What Mama Wore Monday, hosted by Romeca over at Beauty Bump and Me and Tracey from A Snapshot of Me.

We had a chilled Sunday which involved swimming for the first time as a family of five (can you see my swimming bracelet?). I'm glad I didn't wear skinny jeans as they are a right palava to peel on and off in a confined, warm space such as a swimming pool changing room. I'd definitely fall over! I'm enjoying the comfiness of the Tori Mom jeans from New Look. These were in the sale, here are some similar ones.
I rather like this checked shirt from Matalan, again it isn't current. Great for breastfeeding, although it is loose enough to lift up rather than unbutton. Quick and simple!

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Have a great week!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Living Arrows | Brotherly Love

Welcome back to Living Arrows, a post which celebrates childhood. I intend on creating as many of these weekly photos as possible because they are great to reflect on all together.

The project originally took its name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran ~
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

I captured this snap of brotherly love during the week. Alexander adores his little sister and smothers her in affection which she either loves or makes it clear that she's not feeling it. She has even developed a bit of a battlecry to make sure she is heard and involved. Particularly helpful when Alexander rolls and tips her around. She says "I can do that myself, thank you very much!".

Alex and Freyja

Thanks for stopping by.

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The Ordinary Moments

 In September my little man will be off to preschool for three mornings a week.
I have a school week plus two days of having him full-time with his baby sister for the majority of the day. Then it will be the busy summer holidays and before I know it, it will just be me and Freyja!
I know he will have a great time and perhaps I will have the opportunity to do some work and filming during those mornings, if Freyja plays ball!
However, it feels like he is growing up too quickly...

Alexander painting

Alexander concentrating

Joining Katie and Donna for The Ordinary Moments

The Ordinary Moments

Friday, 14 July 2017

Blackcurrant Cordial and The Loch | #LittleLoves

I haven't written a #LittleLoves post in absolutely ages. I guess mum of three life has just got busy, but I am trying to grab some time to type something and take a few pictures here and there. After all, it is nice to reflect on what we have been enjoying lately.

I haven't picked up a book in some time but I have been enjoying reading the Usborne Phonics Readers with Lily and Alexander. I rather like the stories which feature Big Pig and Fat Cat and Alex loves finding the duckling hidden somewhere on each page.

usborne phonics readers

I'm continuing 'The Loch' on Sunday nights but it seems the most gripping scenes are the snippets for the next episode, which then ends up being a bit of a damp squib in my opinion. I'm continuing to watch it, but it doesn't make me excited. Hopefully it gets better!

the loch

After blackcurrant picking  at the weekend I decided to make blackcurrant cordial. I put some welly into sieving the jammy fruit so the cordial syrup didn't end up as smooth as I'd liked, so in a lemonade it would sink unless it was stirred. Ideal with some gin too!

gin and blackcurrant cordial 

I've been wearing my LaLa Beads a few times this week. They save my hair from being pulled by Freyja when she is feeding plus brighten up an outfit. The colour reminds me of tennis balls which is fitting for Wimbledon season.

baby freyja and la la beads

A LOT of Despacito on the radio lately! Alexander enjoys a little boogie :)

It has been a week of unpredictable weather. I have seen UGG boots and skinny jeans worn on the school runs, and waterproof coats, then cold-shoulder dresses. That is the Great British weather in July for you! The rain cancelled Lily's sports day but we'll hopefully enjoy it next week if the sun shines.
Have a great weekend, thanks for reading!

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