My biggest boy is almost 11. I can't begin to tell you how many pairs of trainers we get through a year! We have black trainers for school [the amount of football etc. he plays , proper school shoes don't last 2 minutes!!], playing out trainers [ones he's allowed to get filthy!] and probably a couple of other pairs for everyday wear. Plus football boots. And then there's the fact that his feet grow crazy fast and I'm constantly having to buy more to keep up with his expanding feet!
But I won't lie, I love a bit of shopping, and dressing my boys in nice clothes and shoes.
I like good quality, a good, trustworthy brand and they need to last. And of course, they have to look good too!
I love the look of these trainers...
I love these for everyday wear, shopping or visiting friends, I think they look fab.
These are perfect for school. I know I won't get away with these when he starts high school later this year, but luckily his primary school allow them as they're all black. He plays football in the playground everyday so trainers take the scuffs well!
These are great for sports, football training and playing out with his friends.
I love the look of these trainers, for occasional wear, I think they'd be great to wear with a smart outfit on a special occasion, and I think he'd be happy to wear them too.
I couldn't make my friends baby shower so I threw her a little baby shower lunch when she came down to visit last weekend.
I ummed and arred over what gifts to buy her for a while.
Clothes? What size should I get? What if she doesn't like what I buy? Toys? What if she already has lots of toys? Cuddly toys? Too boring?
Fortunately,My 1st Years* were on hand with some gorgeous gift options. Now, I LOVE My 1st Years, you may've read my review of their beautiful personalised blanket here.
My 1st Years are an online gift store, priding themselves on providing unique, one of a kind, high quality baby gifts. They promise a great choice of products, a fantastic service, a next day delivery option for those last minute presents and above all ...happy customers!
They have pages of gifts, from blankets and bibs to robes and keepsakes, and the majority of items can be personalised, which makes them one of a kind. I bought a couple of their personalised vests as christmas gifts and they were really happy with them.
I decided on this Personalised Baby Photo Album.
Isn't it beautiful?
A cream photo album, perfect for a boy or girl, with beautiful raised lettering and jewel encrusted silver 3D shapes, held together with a silky soft ribbon. The unique finishing touch is the silver plaque, beautifully engraved with baby's name.
The photo album includes an All About Me page and approx. 100 sleeves.
This album has unfortunately ran out of stock, but they have this gorgeous baby shower album available, which is super cute!!
Alongside the photo album, I put together 2 gift baskets; one for Mummy to be, Kelly, and one for baby, Emmie.
I bought 2 cute baskets from Asda, that can be used once baby is born [I have these exact ones under Taylor's changing table] and filled them with little gifts.
I filled the baby basket with body suits, sleep suits, bibs, dummies, scratch mitts, a bottle and selection of baby toiletries.
I filled Kelly's basket with things to help her through the last few weeks of pregnancy; some Lush products for some relaxing and pampering, some cooling bump mist, pregnancy Spanx, to help rock those outfits over the last few weeks, and I made some fun little vouchers for her such as 'FREE FOOT MASSAGE', 'LOTS OF CHOCOLATE', 'DAY OFF FROM THE HOUSEWORK'... etc.
I think it's a fab way to document my week and look back on my year at the end.
Are you joining me?
Day forty seven - My friends came over to visit, we went out for lunch and surprised Kelly with a baby shower lunch. :)
Day forty eight - Playing with my beautiful boy, he's constantly rolling onto his front, then gets stressed that he can't go anywhere :)
Day forty nine - Everyone has ice cream and butterscotch sauce on their pancakes right? ;)
Day fifty - Taylor's first trip to the ball pit. Half term fun for Bradley and his friend at the indoor play centre, and Taylor had a little play too!
Day fifty one - I can't believe how much this boy is growing! Here he is sat up at his piano. He can sit, but falls a lot still, so still needs to be supported, or have lots of pillows surrounding him just in case :)
Day fifty two - My Mum popped round after work with this amazing chocolate cake, the day before my weigh in, telling me it needed to be ate that day. It's no wonder I gained weight this week!! :)
Day fifty three - Taylor is reviewing our new toy from our friends at Fisher Price!
Teething sucks, right? If you're anything like me you own 989867 different teething gels and powders and you purchase a new teething toy whenever you see one! [okay, a little exaggerated maybe, but you see my point ;)]
Taylor cut 2 teeth at 4 months old, and it feels like we've been teething forever! So I'm all for anything to help take the pain away and numb those little gums!
When this teething necklace from Mama Loves Handmade* popped through my door, I was super happy to give it a go!
'Mama loves handmade is all about handmade teething / nursing/ babywearing necklaces for mamas. All necklaces are made of Eco natural wood and silicone beads which are BPA free and have FDA and LFGB certification. Beads are heat-resistant, high temperature resistant, non-toxic, odorless and easily cleaned with soap and warm water. We use satin cords and breakaway clasps for added security or sliding knot which aloud to change the length of necklace.'
It came wrapped in this adorable little bag, tied with string to give it that lovely handmade feel.
I got to choose my own colours, so of course I went for blues and white for my mini Leicester City fan. ;)
The necklace consists of eco natural juniper wood and food grade silicone beads, I'm not going to lie, I had to have a little chew myself, haha!
The necklaces are designed for Mums to wear, for babies to have access to teething material on the go. They make a fantastic distraction when needed too...
The day that I received the necklace, I wore it for a trip shopping with my Mum, and had a bit of a 'hungry baby, bottle still too hot' situation, which is always a stressful few minutes as any Mum knows. And the whole food court was soon realising that Taylor wasn't a happy bunny!! :) So while my Mum went to cool the bottle down, I bought his attention to my necklace. And he was soon chewing away on the beads, taking his mind off anything else.
I did panic a little about the wood. Wouldn't he get splinters? But after reading into juniper wood, I realised how safe it is and that it is used for teething materials all over the world. It is a soft wood, which makes it perfect for teething.
The necklaces are available in different colours, shapes and sizes, and you can be rest assured that all materials are totally safe for baby.
I don't know about you but when the weather is cold and rainy, the last thing I want to do is venture out, especially with a baby in tow! But when you need supplies and you're running low on baby formula, you have no choice.
What about when you're under the weather, and you have nothing in the medicine cupboard to help?
'Chemist Direct is one of the largest online pharmacies providing customers with affordable health and beauty products along with a huge range of wellbeing services, whilst giving tips and advice provided by our fully qualified in-house GP’s and pharmacists who can help customers with any queries regarding illness and medicines. With a huge selection of up to date products for customers to choose from, departments range from Healthcare to Fragrance and Beauty. Founded in 2008 the company has grown rapidly in recent years and now delivers to over one million customers all around the globe.' - Chemist Direct website.
The website is super easy to navigate, with clear departments to choose from, they seem to stock everything from healthcare and toiletries to pet care and travel.
I quickly noticed that a lot of things were a lot cheaper than their usual RRP, and many items were available as offers too.
Delivery takes just a few days and is free if over £35 or a UK prescription order.
Take a look at what I ordered:
£9.99 (RRP £10.59)
Taylor has really dry skin, so I bought this to pop in his bath to see if it helped.
£2.11 (RRP £2.29)
I've heard great things about this teething gel, so had to pick some up... I'll try anything at this point! :)
£6.29 (RRP £6.99)
I love the idea of this for when Taylor drops his dummy while we're out, perfect to keep in the changing bag.
£10.99 (RRP £12.99)
I've wanted to try this for a while as I've heard good things about it, so lets see what the fuss is about!
£5.59 (RRP £6.99)
I picked this up simply because it looked fab and I bought the matching shampoo and conditioner too. :)
Shampoo £4.79 (RRP £5.99)
Condiitoner £5.09 (RRP £5.99)
I'm always on the look out for new hair products and I hadn't come across these before, yet thought they looked lush, so I've bought them to give them a try.
£2.69 (RRP £3.16)
Bradley loves fruity scented shampoo, so I picked up this tropical mango fragranced one for him, it smells amazing!
Bradley is getting older, and beginning to become more aware of his body changing, he does a lot of sport and is active a lot, and has started to... lets just say 'smell like a teenage boy!!' so I bought this for him to help.
£5.69 (RRP £7.99)
I loved the look of this, we're BLW with Taylor so this is perfect for fruit purees and juices and also helps numb those sore gums!
£5.29 (RRP £6.50)
We love a teether right now, and I love the MAM ones as they double up as toys too.
I was super happy with the products I received, how quick they arrived and the wide range of products they have on offer.
An online pharmacy delivering health and beauty products, at fab prices, direct to your door! I'll definitely be using Chemist Direct again!