The boys bedroom project…. revamp!

Since moving house last last year, we have been slowly working our way around the house, giving the rooms a lick of paint, and generally making the place feel a little bit more like home.

We have lots of plans for our house in the long term, but for now we just want to feel more settled. The first room to get some attention was the baby’s room (it’s a box room, so wasn’t exactly taxing), followed by a coat of paint in the kitchen; goodbye green walls! And new colours in the living room, goodbye multicoloured walls and green ceiling.

We then set about working on the garden; a big project that we wanted sorted ready for the summer!

Harvey’s room:

However, since the move its been Harvey’s room I’ve desperate to get sorted! I have been so keen for him to have a nice space that he can call his own, something special to him!

So when the Great Little Trading Company got in touch to ask if we would be interested in a collaboration, there was just no way I could say no! We were already HUGE fans, with various pieces from their collection around our house and in the boys bedrooms.

Harvey was fast approaching his third birthday and we thought it would be a fantastic birthday surprise for him.

We also felt he was ready to make the transition into a ‘big boy bed’ and this would be the perfect opportunity to do so! We set ourself a target of completing it by his birthday and set about designing what we wanted!

• Big Boy Bed

• Toy storage (very accessible so he can be more independent)

• Neutral colours that he can grow with and feel calm when he’s spending time there.

• Including his favourites – Cars/dinosaurs

• Reading space; somewhere he can sit and flick through books, one of his favourite activities!

Harvey has a big bedroom, one day if he feels like it, maybe he will share it with his brother! But for now we had lots of room to play with so knew we could accommodate some larger toys and games.

The bed:

We decided that to move him on from his cotbed (although he only ever had it in the cot mode, we have now jumped straight in to a single bed) we would go for the Great Little Trading Company Phoenix Bed (£350 but currently in the sale for £280). And we paired this with GLTC Luxury Mattress All Round Single (£299 but currently in the sale for £239.20).

Both have been an instant hit, he absolutely adores snuggling into his new bed and needs no encouragement to go to sleep, which is music to our ears! He sleeps perfectly well in the bed and we all have such a lovely time snuggling and reading stories in bed together before he goes to sleep. But just incase your worried your little one might not find their mattresses comfortable, GLTC also off a great 30 night comfort guarantee!

As we have made the move straight from cot to single bed, we decided to invest in some bed guards. Although I was adamant I wanted them to match the bed, so after a look around we settled on the Baby Dan wooden bed guard rail (£43 John Lewis, we actually opted for two, one either side, which we will eventually reduce to one and then none! (We found ours on a local re-selling site, where they were really reasonably priced and intend to reuse them for Jude when the time comes).

Bedroom storage:

Next up for furniture. We decided to go for a bedside cupboard, and we are so pleased we did, it’s one of his favourite parts of his room. He feel so grown up having his own special cupboard for his special/secret things! We chose the GLTC Sherwood bedside cupboard (£75).

As part of the room revamp all of Harvey’s built in wardrobes (an entire wall of them) have had a new fresh coat of white paint (as has the ceiling, door and window frame.) The cupboards provide ALOT of storage! Which is great, so we didn’t need to add to much more. We opted for a small white, three box, trolfast unit from Ikea (£35 brand new), which he loves as its so easy for him to get his toys in and out of (again we bought this on a local re-selling site for a fraction of the cost). Added to this is a large blue star soft basket a present from his Aunty (£40 from my first years), again more easy accessible storage!

For book storage we repositioned his GLTC Greenaway bookcase (£80). Both the boys have one of these (Jude has a skinny one in his room) and we think they are fantastic! I pop the slightly more fragile or special books at the top, out of the boys reach, and the child friendly more robust ones at the bottom. Best bit of all, the book shelves don’t take away any of that precious floor space!

Bedroom theme…. dinosaurs:

Once the bed and storage solutions were sorted it was time for the fun part….. a theme! Harvey favourite things are cars and dinosaurs, so it only seemed natural to let these take the lead. As we didn’t want to go too over board and have him outgrowing the room to quickly we went for the light, bright colours and kept it simple.

As one of his largest walls is all storage and completely white we decided to add a patterned wall paper to the adjacent wall and went for the GLTC children’s wallpaper dinosaur (£26 price per roll). A white based paper with a gentle gray dinosaur print. Finally we matched the final two walls in a light complimentary shade of gray paint.

Soft furnishings:

For the soft furnishings we went for grey curtains (£75 John Lewis Barathea blackout curtains) and then added Harvey’s much loved bean bag (GLTC grey star £65 currently in the sale for £45.50) and his selection of cushions.

For his bed linen we chose the GLTC dinosaur duvet cover (£38) which matches nicely with the wall paper, but adds a little extra colour with a mix of green and gray dinosaurs.

Toys:

We then added his GLTC easel that he got for Christmas (£65) and obviously his favourite toys (Cars, dinosaurs, soft toys, car garage…) and his rocking moose (kids concept £140).

Cars….

Up next was to add his second favourite thing… cars! To satisfy his obsession we added a absolutely gorgeous new rug from GLTC called the ‘On The Road Rug’ (£175).

So soft and comfortable to sit and play on, but in gorgeous, tasteful neutral colours! I then came across a fantastic little under bed storage device on a local selling site. A perfect space for all those cars, with an added play space on top. Originally made by GLTC (although I didn’t know this at the time) it was called ‘The under bed play table and draws’. I bought some road stickers off Amazon and created a road scene (£3.99 ).

Finishing touches:

After a lot of hunting, as I had a vision of what I wanted, I came across the most gorgeous silver dinosaur cupboard handles on eBay, I added them in two different styles and even decided to add an extra to that little cupboard.

I then chose a simple dinosaur light shade (we already had a similar aeroplane design in Jude’s room) found on Amazon (£22.99).

We then added some gorgeous prints from West Stanton (£12) in a simple magnetic frame design (found on Amazon) and introduced Harvey to his new Gro Clock (which he loves) to help encourage a good sleep routine!

Settling in…

For now his room feels like a happy place, he loves it and we love it. I’m sure, like all rooms, it will evolve as he grows. The bed guards will go and eventually we may move the bed from the wall, I’m considering adding a teepee to his room as he loves to hide out in dens and tents, but for now we are all in love with his new room and it’s getting a lot of use!

We feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Great Little Trading Company and as part of the collaboration we were fortunate enough to have received several items for the bedroom revamp. However, where possible we also look to use items we already own and pre loved items in effort to keep the costs of the bedroom makeover as cost effective as possible. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Great Little Trading Company.

See below for links to all the products mentioned –

GLTC Phoenix bed

GLTC Sherwood bedside cupboard

GLTC Dinosaur wall paper

GLTC Easel

GLTC bookcase

GLTC Beanbag

GLTC Dinosaur bed linen

GLTC Road rug

My first years start basket

Dinosaur light shade

Ikea Trofast storage

Baby Dan bed guard

Gro clock

Road stickers

Love

Lindsay x

Mother’s Day treat!

It’s not until I became a mum that I really understood why you might want (NEED) a Mothers Day! An entire day devoted to spoiling your Mum or ‘rock’ in my case!

I couldn’t have survived the past few years without my mum by my side. My mum is our go to for pretty much everything, from advice when we’re stuck, to weekly childcare, so I can work and date night childcare, so we can keep our sanity! She is the first at our door in an emergency and the last to leave when we need support! I am more thankful for my mums never ending support, than I could ever put into words! Really, there is no way I can think of to full thank her. Certainly the usually Mothers Day flowers and chocolates could never be enough!

So when I was invited to celebrate Mother Day at The Bentalls Center, Kingston, with the opportunity to treat my mum in a different way, I jumped at the chance!

We started the day with a visit to the Mac Makeup stand, where we were both given the most amazing make overs. The makeup artists spent hours with us making sure we not only looked our best, but also ensuring we had a look we felt comfortable with and could recreate at home!

We then headed of a little Lebanese lunch at Maison Du Mezze! Having never visited before I was absolutely blown away by the range of food and the amazing flavours. The service was exceptional, having no idea where to start our waiter was amazing at helping us select a range of dishes, giving us the full Lebanese food experience. We loved every dish we tried and I already can’t wait to visit again!

Once our stomachs were full, we decided to walk off our food with a leisurely wonder around the shops. My Mum and I never fail to find a few goodies when we head out shopping!

All in all it was a fantastic Mother’s Day treat and an amazing alternative to the traditional. And the best bit, not only did my mum and I both get throughly spoilt, we also got to spend an amazing day together and weren’t constantly interrupted by the boys!

Love

Lindsay x

Playing with the Poppy High Chair and My Chair!

Over the last year we have been lucky enough to test out a whole selection of Phil&Teds clever products, each with its own little quirks and smart designs! So when Phil&Teds asked us if we fancied giving their Poppy high chair a go the answer was simple ‘yes’. The Poppy highchair design is not new to Phil and Teds but its ‘black’ colourway certainly is. Prior to this addition the Poppy was available in three bright colourway’s; cranberry, Lime and bubblegum blue!

So first up, the useful numbers:

Weight: The high chair its self weighs a tiny 4kg (so very light weight and easy to move about)

Height: Its 98.4cm tall

Age range: It can be used from approximately six months of age (exact age is dependent on you Childs own development, baby should be able to sit up and hold their head steady before they are high chair ready) and lasts until they are roughly three and then converts into a ‘My Chair’ suitable until aged five.

Weight load : 20kg

So what was my initial impression? When we unboxed the high chair my first thought was that it looked very modern and sleek, the materials and design are attractive and the highchair looked comfortable for little ones. The black colourway is particular alluring as it sits well within our own home.

Then we put it to the test….

Our favourite features!

Waterproof, wipe clean and seamless aerocore seat (comfy and no cracks for food to hide in1)

Easy to remove, large and dishwasher safe food tray

Small to store (just remove the two back legs for upright storage or all teh legs for a very compact storage)

Converts to the ‘My Chair’ so will last your child for many years beyond the high chair stage.

The high chair is easy to use and easy to clean, with a fully wipeable seat and removable dishwasher safe tray. Meaning no time was wasted on scrubbing the high chair, so I have more time to play with my boys! A mum lifesaver!

Both Harvey (two) and Jude (seven months) have tested out the seat and were both very happy in it! Harvey had pleanty of room and loved the addition of the footrest and Jude, whos only recently transitined into a high chair, was supported and had no problem eating and sitting independently.

For Jude we also used the addition of the five point harness, which gave me peace of mind that he was safe and secure.

But without a doubt my favourite feature of the Poppy is its ability to be adaptable and convert to the ‘My Chair’. Any product that has longevity of use gets a big tick from me. We have been using the Poppy in its ‘low mode’ to allow Jude to sit along side Harvey and eat, play and socialise with his brother whilst he is sitting at his junior table. Both the boys have absoutly loved this, its been amazing to see them interact together and its now a firm fixture around Harveys little table.

I am looking forward to when we can transition the high chair into the ‘my chair’ and use it in its next mode. I can certainly see the chair being well used in our house over the coming years and the feature bickering over who will get to sit in it!

Well done Phil&Teds, another great design and clever adaptable product!

Love

Lindsay x

Sleep tight with ‘Whisbear’ The Humming Bear!

Sleep, sleep, sleep…… something we all take for granted in our youth (fighting bedtimes and secretly staying up late), we neglect in out twenties (often not reaching for our pillows until the early hours) and something we long for as soon as we have children!

I don’t think I appreciated the value of sleep until I wasn’t getting any! I’m pretty sure I didn’t take people seriously when they said “get your sleep while you can” and I’m positive I have never felt tiredness like I have until my boys arrived!

Sleep (lack of) has since become the focus of at least one or two conversations a day and has often been the topic discussed over many coffees with my NCT friends. Having a baby who slept well was the ‘Holy Grail’ the ‘Mecca’ the ‘ultimate desire’ of all mums and dads I came into contact with (of course health, happy, feed well etc were also high on the list too).

So when the clever mums behind ‘Whisbear’ The Humming Bear, got in touch and asked if we would like to give one a go and jumped at the chance!

For those of you that don’t know ‘Whisbear’ is a baby sleep aid and sensory toy which can be used from birth to help settle and sooth your baby. You may have heard people mutter about how much babies like the sound of the hoover or hairdryer and that that level of consistent sound settled their baby to sleep. I heard many stories of desperate parents leaving hairdryers going to keep babies sleeping and repeatedly hoovering to keep their little one settled. In the case of my boys this works, these sort of sounds really have helped settle my tribe, but hoovering at three in the morning and leaving the hairdryer going all night aren’t really practical solutions. Welcome ‘Whisbear’, this genius little bear emits pink noise (slightly more delicate than white noise) to remind the baby of the sounds it knows from fetal life.

The ‘Whisbear’ can be turned on by simply pressing its central button hidden in the head. From this point it emits forty minutes of pink noise to help sooth baby and then slowly fades out, entering a standby mode. Then here comes the genius part, when it detects the baby crying or the waking child’s nervous movements, it reacts with a further  twenty minutes of soothing hushing noises before switching back to standby mode!

Well we’ve been testing the ‘Whisbear’ for a while now and I can happily say it really works! The pink noise has been perfect for settling Jude and the cry sensor has been magic in helping him learning to re settle when he wakes while napping in the day or sleeping in the night. Jude has been quick in learning to sleep through the night and the pink noise emited by the ‘Whisbear’ has helped in him making these steps. When we’re not using it as a sleeping aim Jude has loved playing with it., especially the rustling paws! We’ve taken it away with us and even taught the grandparents how to use it for all those sleep overs!

If this isn’t good enough the ‘Whisbear’ also has lots of other redeeming qualities.

  • Its a sensory toy with rustling paws and ears
  • Comes in a selection of attractive and sensory colour ways
  • Has a lifetime warranty
  • Its made from ecologically safe high quality fabric
  • Portable and easy to take anywhere
  • Easy to use (even dad won’t struggle)

A great design and so simple to get to grips with, it’s certainly easy to recommend to any parents and parents to be! I hope you’ve found this useful in understanding how the ‘Whisbear’ works and its given you a few ideas about settling baby!

Lots of love 

Lindsay 

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Mini post…. How to build a ‘Nappy Crown Cake’ 🎂 👑 👶🏼

Since I published my post celebrating the birth of all little princes and princesses (in association with Pampers) I have had lots of questions about how to create the ‘Nappy Crown Cake’ shown in my image.

So an answer those questions I’ve put together this quick mini blog post and included the videos I previously shared on stories, to help show how it was made! I promise it’s easy!!!

Enjoy and good luck with your own creations!

Lots of love

Lindsay x

Getting out and about this summer with Phil and Teds compact solutions!

If you’re going on holiday this summer and you have little ones I’m sure you’ve already put a lot of thought into how you will manage all those little (and big) things!

Wondering how you will pack a million and one muslins into your already over loaded suitcase, and if your still have room for your own clothes. Thinking about where the little one will sleep when you get there, how you will keep them cool, if your buggy will make it on the plane and crossing your fingers that it arrives in one piece. Questioning if your be able to get extra Nappies/milk/baby food in case of an emergency (because the two hundred you’ve packed might not be enough) and thinking about if you should hire a car seat or just take your own!

Many of these questions have certainly crossed my mind, especially as we have build towards the summer holiday season. So when Phil and Teds got in touch and introduced me to their new travel range, I was very excited and jumped at the chance to try it out!

First up was the new Phil and Teds ‘Go’ travel buggy! Small and lightweight, it has a quick and easy fold and features a lie flat mode, storage space underneath and flexible grab bar. You can get an additional sun/rain cover for all weather protection, plus a cosy toes and you are ready to go! When I featured the buggy on my Instagram page a few weeks ago, I got many of the same questions so I’ve answered a few of them below!

Is it small enough to take on the plane? Check with your airlines hand baggage guidelines! We often fly with BA and its folded size fits within the hand baggage guidelines, so it would be allowed. But if not it’s not a problem as Phil and Teds also sell a handy Travel Bag (see later in the blog post for more info)

Does it have a pivot grab bar? No, it does not pivot but it is so flexible that you will be able to gently twist it to one side to lift your child in and out!

How much weight can the storage shelf take? 5kg (which is pretty good)

 

Is it from New Born? Yes, it has a lie flat mode to accommodate new borns.

What’s the weight limit for the child? 15kg (Harvey is now too heavy for the buggy and you can tell as manoeuvring the buggy is hard and he able to tilt it if he leans too much, but its prefect for Jude)

We have loved using the little buggy, it been so easy to take out and about, takes up next to no room in the car and has been a comfortable ride for both my boys. I can not wait to take it away with us! Its overall look is sleek and stylish and it’s simple back and red colour way (green and yellow also an option) looks modern and stylish. It’s so easy to fold and my favourite feature is the grab bar as it’s been great for attaching Jude’s toys to when we are out exploring! Plus the I think the £149 price tag is incredibly reasonable compared to its competitors!

Next up is the travel ‘Traveller cot’ with ‘travel bassinet’ accessory! Such a great design! Jude usually sleeps in his Snuz Pod next to our bed and this set up allows us to continue sleeping side by side whilst away from home. It’s the first travel cot I’ve come across with this feature which I’m so excited about it, plus super handy for those night time feed!

It was really simple to put together and very small to pack, the bassinet accessory can be contained within the traveller holdall when going away. The parts click together with ease allowing for a quick set up and Jude was perfectly happy in the new bassinet and for a big baby had plenty of room.

When your little one out grows the bassinet accessory you just remove it and replace it with the traveller fabric. Giving you a much bigger travel cot with self-inflating air filled mattress for added comfort.

Both parts come with fitted sheets and mattresses, are small to pack (takes up no space in the car or could be placed within a suitcase), are lightweight (traveller 2.8kg, bassinet 2.9kg)) and made of breathable fabrics, prefect for those visiting warmer climates.

When in traveller mode the cot can be adapted for outdoor use by adding a mesh shade accessory, prefect as an outdoor playpen! Plus it has an added feature which allows for one side to be unzipped letting slightly older ones in and out when playing (Harvey thought it made an amazing play den).

We have loved using the traveller; in particular, the boys have loved having it out in the garden. Providing shade for Harvey to play or as a playpen for Jude, its certainly going to be a must have when we set off on holiday. It is by far the smallest to pack and lightest to carry travel cot I have come across so far!

Finally, there is the travel bag!

Designed to allow you to safely take your Phil and Teds buggy away with you and allowing for it to be safely gate checked. Its universal design allows it to accommodate any Phil and Teds buggy (the smaller the buggy the more extra baggage you can store in alongside it, cosy toes, sun shade, toys or maybe just your own sneaky duty free purchases!) You can find instructional videos showing how each Phil and Teds buggy fits into the travel bag over on the Phil and Teds you tube channel.

The bag has a large ‘Gate Checked’ label for convenience as well as a solid base to protect the buggy, durable fabric, wheels for easy travel, soft easy grip handle and a TSA padlock to keep your valuable buggy safe.

When you are not using the bag it was been designed to conveniently pack away into its self for easy storage and transport. And, when you’re not taking a buggy you could just as easily use it as an additional suitcase! PREFECT! (Your not going to miss that red bag in any airport so at least you don’t have to worry about losing it in the sea of black suitcases!)

I personally don’t imagine we will us the travel bag to transport the ‘Go ‘ buggy as its small enough for us to take as hand luggage (within our airlines guidelines, but always check with your airline first) without needing a bag. However, it will be prefect for us when we take away our double Phil and Teds sport. Meaning I won’t have to worry about it getting damaged on route.

All in all I’ve been very impressed with the new travel selection for Phil and Teds and am sure it’s going to make travelling with my little ones that much easier and this summer and give me a few less things to worry about!

Below I’ve added a few useful links to the products and a few other bits I think you might find useful!

Good luck with your travels this summer and enjoy your family time wherever it takes you!

CLICK FOR LINK

Phil and Teds ‘Go’ buggy

Phil and Teds ‘Traveller cot’

Phil and Teds ‘Traveller bassinet’

Phil and Teds ‘Travel bag’

Phil and Teds Cup holder

Phil and Teds Travellercot sunshade

Phil and Teds Cosy toes

Love

Lindsay x

Our adventure to ‘Peppa Pig World’🐷

Last week Harvey and I were lucky enough to be invited along to the ‘Peppa Pig World’ grand preview event at Pultons Park. Peppa pig World opened in 2011 and has, understandably, been increasingly popular ever since! To meet demand, this year has seen the extension of the park with two new and exciting rides, as well as new characters, sights and scenes that are now popular in the increasing number of Peppa Pig episodes.

Last Friday Harvey and I, accompanied  by my sister and niece, set off on a little road trip to Southhampton with great excitement, so much so, neither Harvey or his cousin Vivienne managed their much needed naps.

When we arrived, we were pleased to find the park was easy to locate and there was plenty of very accessible parking, important when you have two children and a buggy to unload.

We had never visited Pultons Park before so we weren’t really sure what to expect, but much to our delight it was full of beautiful open grass spaces (perfect for picnics and letting toddler run lose for a little), very child/toddler friendly rides and playgrounds.

We immediately set off towards the Peppa Pig area of the park and Harvey’s first words said it all ‘WOW’; the entire area looked amazing. Each ride was built around a different element of Peppa’s world (if you know the cartoon you will recognise the rides immediately).

We started by exploring the new area and the two new exciting rides. The Queens Flying Coach Ride, a monorail that travels around the new area with fantastic views across the whole of Peppa Pig World.

And Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, where individual boats meander along a lazy river to discover pirate island.

Both the new rides were a hit with Harvey (age 1) and Vivienne (age 3). The rides moved smoothly and were appropriate for children of all ages, obviously no buggies were allowed on the rides but there was tremendous amounts of space to leave them before you enter the queuing areas.  .

After testing out the two new rides we went to meet the characters, which Harvey absolutely adored, sharing lots of cuddles with both Peppa and George.

We then took a wonder around the rest of the new area, past the Queen’s Castle, a fantastic replica castle which stands 10 meters tall, creating a focal point within Peppa pig world and also home to The Queens Kitchen, a new catering outlet for this area of the park.

Next we went character spotting! As you take a wonder around Peppa Pig World you come across a selection of characters creating a great game of character spotting. Harvey loved looking for the new additions to the park including Gerald giraffe, Mr Bull, Peppa’s friends on Pirate Island, Grandpa pig snoozing on his boat and the Queen. One of Harvey’s favourites was spotting Mr Bulls Digger and Bulldozer digging up the road as well as Peppa jumping in muddy puddles!

After our time in the new area of the park we went on to explore the rest of Peppa Pig World. Here we tried out lot of different rides including Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride and Windy Castle. However, Daddy Pigs Car Ride was a clear favourite, as was Mr Potatoes Playground.

We also found a little time to explore a few other areas of Paultons Park. Although I’m sure we could spend a whole weekend there and still feel like there is so much more to do.

We left with two incredibly exhausted little people after a fantastic and very exciting day! We could not recommend it enough for an amazing family day out with your little ones and we can’t wait to go back!

lots of love

Lindsay

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