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Friday, 24 March 2017

Marco Polo and Brotherly Love | Little Loves

Happy Friday everyone and welcome back to my round-up of the week.

I've included photos which my children Lily and Alexander have taken. Alex has adopted my old digital camera and is snapping pics left, right and centre. When Lily occasionally gets hold of it she begins composing the scene. I have had a cushion on the mantlepiece and ornaments scattered around which I have found in surprising places.


Lily is coming along nicely with her reading and one of her little promises on her Lent calendar was to 'read a book'. Well, she reads everyday, but normally we read her school reading book together. Lily brought home a wordless book one day so after she told me the story from looking at the pictures we read the Hippobottymus. Very much her style of humour!

read the Hippobottymus


Rob and I have started watching Marco Polo on Netflix and I am continuing Greenleaf. I haven't continued the Santa Clarita Diet. I actually couldn't believe that the main character was Drew Barrymore! She did look familiar!

Alexander has been watched a lot of DipDap on CBeebies and requesting it on iPlayer. I think we have watched them all now. He particularly likes the 'Headphones' episode which is fine by me, as it features dancing cats.

watched DipDap


My son whispering to Freyja and asking her if she wanted to see one of his toy cars. Melted my heart! I just observed from the door so I didn't disturb him being a cute big brother.

heard Alexander


Spaghetti and meatballs for the first time... It went down a treat. Shame that the gluten free pasta clumped together though. Otherwise it was really yummy. I managed to get some finely diced courgette into the meatballs and when I asked Lily what she thought the ingredients were she believed that the courgette was herbs. Great result for sneaking in some veggies.

made spaghetti and meatballs


All about Freyja this week, not me. My cousin bought Freyja this adorable sleepsuit from Jo Jo Maman Bebe and gave it to use as her 'welcome to the world' gift. At size 6-9 months it looked positively gigantic. Here Freyja is wearing it and filling it nicely. She is three months old today! I'm not sure if JJMB clothes are true to size, or if Freyja is just growing very well. The arms are a bit long but she fits the body and legs well so she'd better get some wear out of it before she outgrows it. 

And lastly...

I am so looking forward to having predictable weather! I have felt positively teased by the elements lately; one day is gorgeous and I am trying to find some sandals and the next day can be so rainy that my coat never dries in time for the afternoon school run. I can't wait to get in the garden and sort it out. I'm after some lavender and buxus plants and lots of them.

Have a great weekend and week ahead everyone :)

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What Lily Wore

 Lily chose this outfit to wear on Sunday when we met Teddy the Miniature Shetland pony (Instagram celeb as far as we're concerned). Her hair was fresh out of a plait and it looked great crimped (no crimping irons required!) but she insisted on wearing her hair in a ponytail. Very apt for the occasion. Check out our vlog from Sunday to take a peek at Lily meeting Teddy :)

what lily wore

Top and Cardigan: Tu at Sainsburys
Skinny jeans: H&M
Socks: Marks and Spencer

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth | Review

Freyja is rapidly approaching 3 months old and although (touch wood) she hasn't been a particularly sicky baby lately, she is dribbling like there is no tomorrow! When the opportunity to review the Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth arose, I of course accepted on behalf of Freyja.

What is it?

The Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth is a super-soft, waterproof burp cloth with pockets, ideal for throwing over your shoulder after you have fed your baby and need to wind them.

Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth
First Impressions

The Bibetta burp cloth has a natural colour, which I thought looked a bit dull in comparison to the variety of colours the Bibetta Burp Bibs offer, however it is very practical. The packaging allows you to feel the plushness of the material before you unpackage it too.

What is in the package?

A single burp cloth with pockets on each end (front and back) to catch any baby sick and dribble.

Bibetta Burp Cloth

The Lowdown:

  • The Bibetta Burp Cloth is a smart and luxurious alternative to muslin sheets which often feel quite rough
  • The plush, teddy feel material is soft against skin and provides comfort for your baby
  • The burp cloth is shaped to fit both left and right shoulders and the waterproof barriers protect your shoulders and upper back from wetness. The non-slip material means less time faffing about with respositioning it whilst also holding a baby. This is ideal when you are a busy parent, multi-tasking is a must usually but something which makes a process a lot more simple is fab!
  • The flip-out pockets help to catch excess dribble and reflux
  • The burp cloth is machine washable at 30 degrees C and quick drying too

Bibetta Burp Cloth

Bibetta Burp Cloth

How we got on:

The Bibetta Burp cloth is incredibly soft and nothing like the muslin cloths I have experienced using. Muslins tend to become a bit crunchy and scratchy after washes, especially in hard water areas, so this was a treat for us to wear when holding Freyja. We've lately had some good, dry weather which has prompted me to wear some summery, strappy tops so I can definitely vouch for the kind to skin feel that this burp cloth has.

Bibetta Burp Cloth

It is substantial in size, at 60 cm long and 23 cm wide and due to the nature of the fabric, it feels quite heavy so it sits well and securely on the shoulder, even if quickly flung on.

Bibetta Luxury Burp cloth

Pros - large, providing decent coverage for projectile baby vomit (usually when you least expect it!), soft and absorbent. Slim to fit into your bag when folded in half.

Improvements - practically it is very good but it could be available in a variety of colours or patterns

Price and Where to Buy

The Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth has an RRP of £12.49 and is available to buy directly from Bibetta, and is currently on offer at Jo Jo Maman Bebe for £6.00

Would we recommend? 

We would most certainly recommend this luxury burp cloth to add to an existing burp cloth and muslin collection. You will definitely realise that this one could be your favourite. It could also be an ideal baby shower gift too.

Bibetta Luxury Burp Cloth and Freyja

Thank you for reading.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Alexander's Photography | Living Arrows

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” 

Kahlil Gibran

In this week's post for Living Arrows, I am sharing a couple of photographs my son Alexander has taken of his siblings.
Alexander is 2 (more like 2.75 years) and he likes nothing more than grabbing my iPhone and filling up the storage space with selfies of his thumb, many of the sofa, and some selfies of his nose.
I trawl through many of these and delete them to create some more space, but lately I've found that some of his photos are quite good. He likes to wander around, saying "say cheese!". Such a little blogger and vlogger in the making. And it is no wonder really as he has been on camera for my YouTube channel since before he was born!

lily and freyja
Lily and Freyja

dribbly freyja
Dribbling Freyja

freyja monochrome
Alexander enjoys using different filters. Here is Freyja playing on her Puppy 'n Pals Learning Gym
He even has his own Instagram page now, Through My Eyes. It's early days so please do like or follow, that would be great :)

Living Arrows

Friday, 17 March 2017

Magazines and Netflix | Little Loves

So am I the only one who feels that this week has gone by in a flash? I'm sure it was only last Friday, yesterday? Freyja and I went by train all the way to my home town on the Kent/Sussex border and we had a lot of fun. Why do weekends go so quickly? And here we are, it is Friday again!

The sun has been shining here and I debated donning some sandals for the school run, but perhaps a pedicure first! Just in time for Storm Stella, no doubt.


Still going with the same book as last week (and the week before that!), but I have been enjoying reading home interior magazines, such as the Ideal Homes mag and the Your Home magazine. My head has been buzzing with inspiration though, I don't know where to start!

your home magazine


Whilst I was away last weekend, Rob subscribed to Netflix (I did drop some hints after reading Little Loves posts!), so we have been watching some random programmes together. I have watched the first episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and I'm feeling a little disillusioned about that programme now since the characters have changed so much. I have also started watching Greenleaf, as Morgana (coffeeworksleeprepeat) mentioned in in last week's Little Loves and I was pretty intrigued by the Memphis mega-church deception. That is what swung it really and now we finally can enjoy Netflix! Thanks Morgana :)

Green leaf


I'm cheating this week. My husband decided to not only make a beef bourguignon and apple pie for our return on Sunday evening, but he also made a raspberry meringue pie. We were too impatient to wait for it to cool completely to allow the raspberry curd to set, hence the oozing. But it was delicious and he will have to make it again very soon. It could be ideal for our Easter lunch pudding. I'm a lucky lady!

raspberry meringue pie

raspberry meringue pie


Lily has been really enjoying her ballet and dance classes on Thursdays after school and she skips home with me telling me what music they have all been dancing to. We usually play the music and dance around the house when we get home which is really fun, particularly if I can encourage the kids to use the same dance moves. I'm not a Dance Mom though! This week I've had to listen to One Direction and Lily loves them!


This blush pink long-sleeved blouse from Primark was perfect on Wednesday when we had brilliant weather. With a nursing top underneath it is ideal for breastfeeding and looks great worn loose or tucked into jeans.

primark blouse

I've also been 'wearing' my new hair do! Considering it was down to the middle of my back/almost waist-length, this is short for me. I love the feeling of freshly cut hair; the ends are soooo soft! I haven't had my first hair wash following the big chop, so I hope I can style it well myself.

new hair

And Lastly

On Sunday we are going to meet a super cute teeny tiny Shetland pony called Teddy. Take a look at his Instagram, he is a popular little dude. Lily can't wait to see him! ( I think she really thinks that he is a unicorn!). Happy St Paddy's Day to you :)

Teddy the Shetland

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend and week ahead :)

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

What the Kids Wore

I was away visiting my parents at the weekend so I didn't get any shots of the older kids I'm afraid. BUT, just being with Freyja reminded me of how it used to be with just one child. Except that now I have had a few years experience and know what I'm doing (most of the time!)


Lily dresses herself and choose what she wants to wear. For our walk at Queen Elizabeth Country Park she donned her new Matalan floral boots, H&M skinny denim jeans and bright top and cardi combo, both from Tu at Sainsburys.


I didn't actually get any close ups of Alexander in between coaxing him to walk a bit further to find another good stick...
He wore his staple yellow coat from M&S which I think makes him look like an Arctic explorer/fisherman, grey joggers and of course, his George Pig wellies.


Freyja was given the below green, brightly pattenered all in one sleepsuit and I just had to see what else I could find in Boots. Mini Club has a brilliant designer and I can always rely on Boots Mini Club to have some really colourful clothes, and for a good price too. I only bought her some sleepsuits last week, size 3-6 months and she will be out of them within weeks!

I will hopefully have a good selection of photos for next week. The weather has been brilliant (today at least!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, 10 March 2017

The Replacement & Pancakes again | Little Loves

Welcome back to my round up of the week which I share with the Little Loves linky.

I think Spring  is definitely in the air. We've had two days of gorgeous, sunny weather on the South Coast. I've been gardening (whilst babywearing) and hung laundry out to dry outside. So ready for more dry weather. If only I wasn't so sensitive to pollen...


I'm still reading the same book as last week/// The Woman in Cabin 10, a few pages here and there is all I am managing right now. I've also been reading up about Multi-Academy Trusts online as Lily's school has a consultation period on it before they make the transition. Confusing stuff.


The second episode of psychological thriller, The Replacement. I am gripped! I can usually dual screen in the evenings, but this series has my full attention. Can't wait until the final episode!

The Replacement


Via the radio (BBC Radio 4) and also via a friend about weaning and food allergens. It is an interesting read. The idea is that introducing very small amounts of eggs/peanuts etc at the age of 3 months can reduce the risk. So far none of my children are exhibiting signs of intolerances which is good.

The Guardian
The Guardian


Peanut butter and nutella filled pancakes. Yum!

peanut butter and nutella filled pancake
Reeses / Snickers bar flavours


Freyja has been rocking the palette of pastel colours currently associated with unicorns. She is a very happy baby and getting lovely, squishy leg rolls.

baby freyja
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And lastly

Alexander is a pro at using the camera on the iPad or on my iPhone and often clutters up my photo stream with multiple photos of his thumb covering the camera lens. However, lately he has taken some great photos, capturing real life complete with bin bags :)

photo by Alex

I hope you have all had an enjoyable week. 

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