MINI POST….The Gro Clock!!!

So last weekend those of us that are parents faced the dreaded, twice annual, mighty scary clock change! Yes the clocks were altered by a whole hour!!! 

I remember the days when I looked forward to the morning of clock change with great anticipation, any extra hour in bed! 🙌🏼 what wasn’t to love.

Well how things change, my husband and I, like many parents in the UK, were left wondering what this change would bring. And, like many parents were looking for any options that might help make the transition a little easier. 

Enter the Gro Clock! If you haven’t tried one of these they certainly come highly recommended and are an ingenious way of encouraging your children to follow a bedtime and morning sleep routines.

So what is it? The clock is a child friendly clock which allows the parents the ability to set a bed time and wake time and uses colours and images to help children understand when they should be asleep and when it’s time to get up! 

The clock can be set to up in a number of ways and gives parents the option of displaying the digital time in addition to the pictures, useful to those older children learning to read numbers and tell the time! 


At night (at the parents chosen time) the clock changes colour and displays a moon center turning to a star surrounded by a series of smaller starts, which slowly change as the time ticks by. 

When morning arrives (again, time set by the parents) the clock glows yellow and the star is replaced by a sun! It shows that it’s time to get up!! 

The clock is accompanied by a lovely book ‘Sleepy Farm’. This tells a story to encourage children to sleep well and sleep until morning. The Gro Company have also created a handy reward chat which can be downloaded from their website to help encourage little ones to follow a routine. 

A better nights sleep, a little lay in, what’s not to love! 

I hope you’ve found this useful, and your little one has made the transition smoothly! 

Love 


Lindsay 


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 Cake in the post?!? Harvey’s letterbox cake 🎂 

Wow yesterday was such a busy day! We started our celebrations for Harvey’s first birthday and we had the most amazing and busy day we’ve had in a long time! My feet ache soooo much and my little solider is absolutely exhausted, but we feel we’ve kicked off Harvey’s Birthday celebrations in style (more on that in a later post) and are looking forward to them continuing today.

What I wanted to tell you about today was that little something extra that we took with us to make our day out a little more fun!! 
We were kindly given a very unique cake by the lovely people at Bakerdays. What made this cake unique is that it was small enough to fit through our letter box and therefor small enough for us to sneak under the buggy and tuck into whilst at the zoo! 

A little on Bakerdays….. 

Bakerdays are a company based in Nottingham who specialising in making cakes for all occasions, what’s different about their cakes is that they can be posted through your letterbox, yes a cake, in a tin, through your letterbox! The company founded by cake lover Andrea Guzyova creates these unique cakes perfectly for one or two (or perhaps some little sticky fingers) to enjoy with the added bonus that they can be delivered next day all over the UK! 

It may be small in size but that doesn’t effect its flavour, as can been seen by our little cake lover who couldn’t keep his hands to himself!

Harvey’s cake was personalised to fit his special day out (the zoo) and we opted for a lemon sponge as Harvey is a fruit lover. The cake didn’t disappoint, it was perfect for the little occasion and the three of us to enjoy. 

I can’t help but think what a lovely little gift this would be for that unsuspecting someone on their special occasion – birthday, graduation, Father’s Day, new baby!! 


Love 

Lindsay 

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To playpen or not to playpen……. ? 

Do you have a playpen? Did you use one? 
My husband and I have had discussions back and forth about having a playpen in the house. Trying to reason if we really need one or not! We tried to think of the pros and cons of having one….

Negatives

  1. It takes up ‘a lot’ of space and our cottage is small, very small! 
  2. It more ‘baby stuff’ in our ‘adult space’ and we do like to have some (babies really take over!) 
  3. It restricts his crawling/walking space…?
  4. It looks like a mini baby jail!
  5. It’s expensive 
  6. It might not be used for that long
  7. He might not like going in it….. that means a waste of money and a waste of time! 

Positives

  1. His toys stay in one place when he’s playing
  2. He can play safely in the kitchen! (This is where we want to keep it)
  3. I can get stuff done without needing eyes in the back of my head.
  4. It will work for us as a family
  5. We can use it in the garden in the summer months!

Despite finding more negatives than positives we decided to go for it!! 


We opted for a baby dan white playpen with gray playmat. It looks nice and as a little bonus matches the new kitchen. Yes it’s taken up loads of space but I can finally get things done without having to worry about what Harvey is up too! I know he’s safe so losing a little space is a small price to pay, espically as he’s becoming more active by the day, and let’s face it, it’s not forever! So far Harvey has loved it! I can cook and clean (yes lucky me!) and I can even get some work done while he plays. 

It’s so easy to set up and move which is great and in the summer we will take it out to the garden. My wonderful Mummy managed to find a special tent top that goes on the top which means that as he gets a little older it will will provide lots of fun for him! 

See how we get on through our insta pictures!! 
Love 

Lindsay 

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Handmade with love….

I have a particular soft spot for handmade items, espically soft jumpers and warm blankets. Harvey has had an array of cardigans, jumpers and hats over the winter all knitted by his very proud Nana and a Peter rabbit blanket from his Great Nanny. There’s a certain luxury to handmade items and I’m going to enjoy putting Harvey in them while he’s to young to complain otherwise. 

So I was over the moon when Harvey was the recipient of some beautiful hand made items from the lovely Eleanor at Belles and  Bean! 


She sent Harvey a gorgeous pram/play blanket and an adorable bunny bonnet   (especially well timed in the run up to Easter!). 


Well without a doubt the bonnet looked adorable on him and the blanket was an immediate hit with its soft texture and gorgeous combination of colours. 


The Belles and Bean is an small business ran by Eleanor, who hand makes all her own items. You can find her over on her Etsy page as well as on her Instagram feed! Read about Eleanor and find the link below….. 

Happy shopping 
Love 

Lindsay x


Read about Belles and Bean….

Announcement Welcome to Belles and Bean! I started my crochet journey when I began my maternity leave before having my little boy. I have always thought myself quite creative and so thought I would give it a go! It is something that I enjoy doing and find very therapeutic and relaxing. Making something beautiful and practical for children is an absolute pleasure that I get a lot of satisfaction from. The name ‘Belles and Bean’ was formed from my best friends calling me Belles which I love. When I found out I was pregnant with my Harvey I looked up how big he was and he was the size of a bean! I hope that you enjoy browsing my shop and perhaps even making a purchase or two! xx

Belles and Bean Etsy page! 💻

Wooden toys for Harvey!

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Since the day we announced we were expecting a baby boy, Harvey has been showered with gifts, he is certainly a very spoilt young man! Amongst the numerous baby grows, blue outfits and cuddly toys were a selection of wooden cars. I immediately took a liking to simplicity of these toys and despite my friends telling me he wouldn’t be interested and would favour the colourful plastic ones I still loved these! Before Harvey was born, and still today, these wooden cars decorate the shelves in his bedroom. They look great and I am excitedly awaiting the day when he is old enough to zoom them across the living room floor.

When Harvey was born the lovely gifts once again started to arrive and much to my delight amongst them was a fantastic selection of beautiful wooden toys from stacking dogs and penguins to a pull along shape sorter. Although Harvey can not yet play with these I still love them and more recently we added to his range when his daddy picked up a selection of London cars!

For now Haveys favourite toy by far is his Fisher Price all singing, all dancing play mat with its lights and sounds. But I can’t wait for the day we can play with his more traditional toys and I hope he enjoys playing with them as much I enjoy looking at them!

These skittles come in a range of beautiful bright colours, I think these might be more for me than Harvey!!


This space sorter by Carousel has lots of uses including learning colours and shapes! It can also be a noisey pull along toy…

The Jando stacker toys double up as rockers as well…


The London toys that were a present from Harvey’s daddy!!!

Melissa and Doug do a beautiful range of traditional and well made wooden toys…


I’d love to know of any great wooden toys that your children might have.

Love
Lindsay x