Posted 23 June 2018
Being a creative person I love designing and decorating, but I was still feeling tiniest bit of sadness was decorating Coco’s bedroom. It only seemed like yesterday when we were busy putting the nursery together, she’s grown up so quickly!
As your children grow up their needs are different, so for me I wanted my children’s bedrooms to reflect this. I want their room to be somewhere that they can explore, interact and engage with, as well as somewhere they feel safe and comfortable in.
Posted 16 June 2018
Isn’t it so much fun to play with your children and to watch their little faces light up when they feel, hear or see their favourite toys? From presents, hand-me-downs and impulse buys to well thought out, aesthetically pleasing nursery toys - in this modern age there’s so many to choose from. So, how do we decide what kind of toys encourage our babies development, and, do we need to?
Now I’ve had three children, I understand the importance of choosing toys wisely! This isn’t just because the right toys can encourage your babies development, it’s also for my own sanity. Ideally I don’t want my house to resemble Toys R Us after being vandalised by a horde of toddlers.
Posted 09 June 2018
Toddler portion sizes, how much is enough? It almost goes without saying that all toddlers are different. Some might have the ravenous appetite of a hungry bear just woken from hibernation; others might flat out refuse all but a few tasty morsels. In the case of my toddlers, their “food personality” can change from week-to-week, even day-to-day!
Personally, I struggle with estimating my own portion sizes, so, trying to guess what the right amount of food is for my little ones can be impossible! Do I let them eat what they want until they start refusing food? Do I get the overacted “choo choo” train out and push them to eat that little bit more, or sit in my puree stained dress and cry quietly in a corner?
Posted 01 June 2018
Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect day to celebrate the man, or men in your life! It’s not always easy to appreciate each other as parents and partners when you’re both busy at work and taking care of the family - so sometimes it’s nice to stop and think about how much you do really help each other.
My partner, Sam, is a very hands on father and he’s always helping in so many ways. He’s definitely amazing at entertaining and knows how to get the girls to have a good time! He’s loves taking the girls out to let off steam on the trampoline, skating, scooting, biking or swimming and playing games they adore, like “What’s the time Mister Wolf?”
Posted 26 May 2018
Celebrating the arrival of a friend’s baby is one of the nicest things. It’s only natural if you want to show your support for her new adventure by giving her family something that will make their new life that little bit easier!
There’s also that (secret) part of me that hopes when the baby is older, their parents will exclaim something like:
Posted 19 May 2018
So, guests to the royal wedding have to bring their own picnics? Fine by me! (Not that I’m going, obviously.) But really, I’d rather make my own healthy picnic any day than eat someone else’s soggy cucumber sandwiches and uninventive carrot sticks…
Whether you’re a Royalist or not, you can still enjoy the spectacle of the day (even if it’s just to shout things at the TV). Why not make it an occasion with your own picnic? Invite your friends over along with their families and if it’s not nice enough to sit in the garden, just camp out in the kitchen.
Posted 12 May 2018
As Mental Health Awareness Week approaches, we wanted to contribute to raising awareness around postnatal depression by speaking to professional counsellor and psychotherapist Leonie Adamson.
Leonie Adamson is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and the clinical supervisor and director of Talking Therapy NI : Stalking NI.
Posted 05 May 2018
Now that the sun is finally coming out (wahoo), you can stop worrying so much about your baby being cold and instead start worrying that they’re about to be burned to a frazzle! Well, we all like a bit of a change, right?
Out come the cute hats and the suncream, but wait… how much sunscreen should you put on your baby? What if they swallow it? What if they get too hot? What if they need to get some sun on their skin!