Hospital Bag List

It’s time to pack the bag, the one that goes with you to the hospital a.k.a the hospital bag. The hospital bag has all the items you need to help you bring your little one into the world. This bag is so important. Here is what I had in mine when we had little man.

I should just say, we had no bag when we bought our little lady into the world. I was so un prepared. She came two weeks early and well, we had nothing so if this does happen to you, don’t worry. The hospital have things to get you by until some one is able to pop out and buy you the things you need. The second time the bag was ready 3 months in advance.

What to pack for you:

Birth plan and notes: the ones that you have been carrying for the last 6 months.

A night-dress/ something to give birth in: don’t buy something special, it will get dirty.

Change of clothes: Something comfortable. Nothing tight.

Going home outfit.

Night-dress to sleep in if you have to stay overnight, something that opens at the front would be better for breast feeding.

Slip on slippers or flip flops.

Socks.

Phone and charger, anything else you would like to pass time with; book, magazine, music, downloaded video that you would want to watch.

Toilet bag:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair brush
  • Hair band
  • Body lotion
  • Shower gel
  • Lip balm

Pillow or anything else that would comfort you.

Nursing bra and breast pads as well as nipple cream.

Maternity pads and comfortable pants.

Money; I would just keep a note folded, just incase.

For your birth Partner:

Snacks: they may be waiting a while.

Comfortable clothing.

Phone and Charger: so they can tell the World the good news when the time is right.

Camera to take pictures in the first few moments.

Water spray: Evian do one, it’s nice just to spray during labour. It’s cooling and refreshing. I didn’t use this but lots of women I have spoken to liked having it with them.

For the new arrival :)

3-4 sleep suits and vests.

Nappies at least 10.

Cotton balls, wipes are too harsh for a new born.

Blanket: new borns like to be swaddled.

Muslins: I love the Sainsbury ones. We tried some from a few different brands the Sainsburys ones were my favourite.

Hat.

Coat for winter babies.

Car seat: They do not let you leave the hospital without it! We used the Maxi cosi Pebble.

Go through the bag with your birth partner. Show them where everything is, so they are ready to go!

Hope this helps.

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Yummly the best app

If you love cooking, making different things and sometimes get stuck when faced with the monumental task of deciding what to cook, this is the app for you. I spend so much time with this app. Download it and let me know what you think. Yummly !!!

Yummly allows you to browse through recipes that are organised in a great easy way. The site is easy to navigate and browsing through recipes is made fun. You can also yum recipies that you want to cook and save them for later.

Have a look and see what you think. What are you cooking tonight? We are having jacket potato with mushroom and spinach filling (my own recipe, which I look forward to sharing with you soon).

XxX

 

Third Birthday

Having children and knowing what to do is often just a learning curve. Trial and error. Not that we ever want our children to know that!

Little lady just had her third birthday! Here are a few things we have learnt along the way, I hope this helps when you are planning the big day for your little one.

  1. Control the size of the party; too many people often leave your little one feeling shy and deprived of the attention that they want from you, as you have so much to juggle
  2. Food; keep it simple- you don’t want to spend your day in the kitchen and not doing something that would make your little one happy
  3. Plan the day; make a plan for the day in advance and keep as much ready as you can. So the morning of the birthday you are not running around.
  4. Plan and wrap the gift and card; I know if sounds obvious but this year we left it a little late. lets just say it got close!

Birthdays can be full of laughter and fun as long as they are planned. The pressure of making it a great day can sometimes mean you have so much to juggle and there is a lot of stress.

SO: Keep it simple , Plan and Prepare!

Hope this helps. What have you done for your little ones birthday. What is on your list of things to do?

XxX

Weaning

From milk and water to solids. It is a journey that we all take with our children and one that really can be fun. Introducing new foods and seeing their reactions to it. Creating delicious dishes for your baby.

I used the Gina Fords weaning book and the beaba machine. Both of these made my journey fun. The book takes you through step by step.

Big Tip: If you are stuck what recipes to create look at the baby jars and copy them. This week I made pasta with tomato sauce.

More weaning tips coming soon. Let me know what helps you.

XxX

 

 

 

Dior Lips!

Dior Lip Glow has changed my world. It is a clear balm that you can use on the go without a mirror. It is super hydrating and enhances the colour of your lips. It is a fantastic product.

It is a little on the expensive side but OMG! I love it. What is your go to lip product? This is fast becoming one of my favourites. I think partly because it is so easy and so fuss free and works on anyone.

Just thought I would share one of my favourites!

XxX

amazing bottle

He took it!! He took it!! The bottle of wine is almost with in reach.

After months of trying to get little man on the bottle, I seem to have found one that works.

Lansinoh have done it again! It is the Lansinoh Momma bottle. What an amazing bottle! The teat looks completely different, it is SO soft and not very expensive.

He seemed to take to it right away. Fingers crossed this is it. It does say that you can easily switch from breast to bottle and back again. I am hoping to keep feeding at night for a little while. I will let you know how we go. But for now I am on happy Mamma!

I hope this helps you.

XxX

Get rid of smells

Once you have finished cooking the lingering smell is one you may want to get rid of. Opening windows and doors helps, but is not always an option in England. Candles can get expensive, and sprays/ chemicals are not always something you would want to turn to especially with young children in the house. I have found an amazing cheap, child-friednly, fast and effective way to get rid of smells.

Take a steel pan and fill it with water, add one cap of fabric softener and leave it on a medium heat for as long as you like, when the water evaporates you can just add more water. As the water evaporates the whole house smells of the softener that you have added to the water. It is a great way you get rid of smells.

Try it and let know what you think.

Another idea; when you finish with lemons or limes or even oranges save the peel and add that to a pan with water with cinnamon. It is not as intense, but still effective.

How do Mums get things done?

Away again, I am sorry. Weeks go by… I want to blog but the children need me, Mr. Man needs me and the family and friends need me. The blog suffers :( How do I get things done??!!

My question is how do Mums who blog get a blog done? Actually no, this is to all the women out there who juggle a job and still continue doing other things. Who manage their time so well they are able to achieve things outside of their ‘9-5′ job! I just want to say well done ladies, keep up the good work.

I am going to try and make more time for my blog but if you have any tips that could help me. let me know in the comments section please. When I have a few extra minutes in the day, I don’t reach out for my laptop, I reach for the hoover or wash dishes or finish a job that I left half way as one of the children needed me. It is almost Midnight my son will be up in an hour for a feed but I really wanted to get a short blog out there.

Hope you all are well. I hope to be writing more very soon.

XxX

Roast potatoes

Roast potatoes are a comfort food. Crunchy, mushy, yummy comfort food. This is my take on them to and they are super fast too!

You will need; Potatoes, oil, salt, pepper and chilli powder if you want.

I use new potatoes, because they are smaller and cook faster.

Cut the potatoes, new potatoes often just need to be cut in half, coat them with oil. Add salt, pepper and chilli powder to taste. Mix them to make sure they are evenly coated. Pour them on to a baking tray.

Roast Potatoes

Pre-heat the oven to 180-190 degrees

Add the roast potatoes to-be in. Leave them for 10 minutes then take them out and ‘shake em all about’ put them back in for another 5 ‘shake em all about’ take a knife and see if they are cooked. I use a butter knife and see if it slices through with ease. If it does not put them back in for a further 5 minutes.

Roast potatoes cooked

Voila! Enjoy.

The dreaded POTTY! Potty training

Potty training!! Oh the dreaded potty!!

The job that NO parent looks forward to. Its tough, tiring, repetitive  and something you really have to perceiver with, it is the job that HAS to be done. Summer is coming… if your baba is ready, try and train them this summer!

There are so many books on the subject just to confuse us a little more. So… Where to start.

When we trained our little lady I used the Gina Ford method. Even if your a Ford sceptic its worth a read. I read the book before I started, (I would advise you to do the same, if you want to use this method) and I did it in just over two weeks! I have spoken to a few Mums and they have all had positive things to say about the Ford method. Above all at this tough time follow your instincts on what is best for you and your baby.

The book is called potty training in one week 

Some tips from me to you.

Be patient. Potty training is so frustrating. I went through moments where I really wanted to snap. Take a deep breath and keep going. Especially when they have accidents. Keep anti-bacterial wipes around the house.

Do all your preparation before hand. Not only things you need for training but also some cupboard food. In the first few days even going out of the house to get some milk seemed impossible to me.

Keep going don’t give up however tempted you are. Try to start only when you are able to dedicate time.

Hope this helped, good luck!!

Leave me a comment and let me know how it goes and what helped you.

XxX