In my recent ‘Top 5 summer essentials‘ post, I mentioned our new favourite sun cream from Childs Farm. Up to now, I thought all sun creams done the same job so just pick one with a high factor. I was wrong. (more…)
I have been a little MIA on both the blog and my Youtube channel but since the rain has gone away and I have a child destined to be outdoors and another who refuses to sleep all day until about 9pm the time I get on the laptop is usually with one eye struggling to stay open. We have been outside from first thing in the morning to last thing at night a lot lately. I am in no way complaining I love that Aidan is such a little explorer. The weather and types of days out we are having are very different to those of a few months ago and so the contents of my changing bag are a little different too. Here are some of my summer bag essentials for the sunny days and adventures.. (more…)
A few weeks ago I published a post about how I cleared my cystic acne, and never in a million years did I expect the response it got. It became my most popular post in a matter of hours. I promised in that post to share my current skin care routine which then had to take a back seat after an allergic reaction to a new product I was trialling. Here is a list of products I use, some interchangeably. (more…)
You don’t know satisfaction like packing at the same speed they scan in Aldi!
We have been fans of Trolley Bags for over two years now. Back when I was pregnant with Aidan I saw somebody in our local supermarket with some and within hours I had ordered them for me, my Mom and my Nan. I use them every single time I go shopping, as do they. In fact we don’t own a single other shopping bag, only our trolley bags. (more…)
My phone is jam packed with photos of Aidan and Finn – like most parents – but that is as far as they go because I never manage to print them off meaning baby books and scrapbooks don’t take long to become redundant. I actually don’t even have one for Finn. With technology taking over most ‘old school’ ways of saving memories the ‘Memories of Growing Up‘ memory stick is the perfect scrapbook alternative for me. It will be a great 18th or 21st gift for the boys to have all their childhood pictures in one place. (more…)
You may have seen a post I wrote a few months back, my 28 week pregnancy update, where I mentioned that my pregnancy acne had cleared up. Obviously being pregnant meant that anything too harsh and certain chemicals were off limits meaning I had to try out other methods. (more…)
There are more flapjacks consumed in my house than hot dinners I think. Anytime I make these they are lucky to last 24 hours before being devoured. I thought I would share my super easy, but slightly messy recipe for chewy chocolate chip flapjacks.
200g of butter
200g of sugar
6oz of golden syrup
400g of porridge oats
*Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius*
1. Melt the butter in a pot over a medium heat.
2. When fully melted add the sugar and syrup and mix well – until all sugar is dissolved.
3. Add the porridge oats and stir until completely mixed.
4. *optional* Add chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc and again mix well.
5. In a greased 6×6 baking tin, pour your mixture and ensure it is evenly spread.
6. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Allow to cool completely before cutting. (It will be soft to touch when removed from oven).
8. Cut and enjoy!
It’s 5 weeks since Finn was born – 5 weeks?! Seriously where has the time gone. In one way he still feels brand new but it also feels like he was always here. Now don’t get me wrong we are still very much learning and adapting to our new dynamics but luckily it has been going well so far. Within the first two years babies change so much from month to month so I love doing updates from time to time because it is crazy to see how much they have advanced in such a short period of time. (more…)
While having a new baby in the house has definitely been a huge adjustment I always make time for Netflix. Honestly, if Netflix wasn’t keeping track of what I have and haven’t watched, and which episode I fell asleep during I think I would be still be watching Pretty Little Liars on repeat – anyone else think the new series was a little bit pointless? Anyway, here are a few things I have been watching and what I have on my ‘to watch list’. The upside to night feeds – having total control of the remote control!
RuPauls Drag Race
I watched the first episode of this the night before Finn was born and as you can imagine my mind was a million miles away. Since coming home with my little fire ball I have gone through all 5 seasons on Netflix and am now watching the current season. I love all things reality tv, make up and comedy and this has all of those things. Some of those drag queens do make up better than most women I know!
Jane the Virgin
I was a little late to the party on this one after seeing several others rave about Jane the Virgin. They were right! It is a telenovela style comedy drama. After deciding to remain celibate until marriage, you can imagine the shock when Jane discovers she is pregnant after a routine gynaecologist appointment. That is only the tip of the preverbal iceberg when it comes to what Jane is about to encounter.
Pretty Little Liars
If you haven’t watched PLL by now where have you been? I began watching when it first aired and have kept up to date ever since. I must admit that the latest series was far from my favourite and I found it all a little bit pointless – with me zoning out for 75% of each episode and still not missing anything. However, the finale did end on quite a cliffhanger which will have me tuning into season 7.
No words needed. I am sure everyone and their mother knows what Frozen is about and has either sung it with their children or in the nightclub on a Saturday night. Yes, they play Disney songs in the nightclub now – at least thats what I’ve been told, I haven’t been inside one since my college days.
Gnomeo & Juliet
I am not a fan of the smurfs so initially I passed over Gnomeo and Juliet. I admit that one day I put it on for Aidan but when he went for his nap I was so invested that I just had to keep watching. It takes the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet and switches it up – with garden gnomes!
Like 90% of couples, Clayton and I hardly ever agree on something to watch and when we do one of us either hates it or falls asleep (me). We both like thrillers so decided to give The Gift a go. The story is slow to start but then it is full of twists and has you changing your feeling towards the characters throughout. The ending was definitely unpredictable and memorable.
Still to watch…
Prince of Egypt
God I love this film! (pun intended!) I remember seeing this first in school and loving it. I want to watch it just for the beauty that is ‘When you believe’
I am definitely one of the last people to watch Prison Break. After saying a hundred times that I am going to start it somehow it always manages to get forgotten. Since they have said they are coming back with a new season I have decided (again) to watch the previous seasons.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I LOVED season 1 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! I still remember where I was when I watched the last episode. (I was on the landing folding clothes incase you were wondering). I had planned to spend last weekend with Kimmy, Titus and excessive chocolate but as I mentioned briefly above I have a newborn now who was far from co-operative! Maybe this week, Finn?
Now, I have a special request for Netflix. Could you please release more seasons of Paw Patrol because if I find myself watching that Halloween episode once more I may cry! Like, don’t get me wrong who doesn’t love a puppy Elvis or one with a pumpkin on their head but after 1,439,527 times the cuteness starts to wear off!
What have you been watching on Netflix lately? Is there anything you think that I should watch?
*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.
Finn was a hunger from the moment he was born. He took to his bottles at lightening speed compared to Aidan. His first bottle he took over an ounce which the nurses were shocked about given his slender size. Like his Dad and brother he could not, and still can’t, seem to stop feeding. We recently had to switch his food to the reflux and regurgitation food because his little tummy couldn’t manage to keep his full feeds down which only added to his excessive hunger.
If it wasn’t for the ‘Baby Connect’ app I wouldn’t have had a clue how much or how often Finn was fed, changed or spit up. I used this with Aidan too and it was a godsend. By keeping track of Finn’s feeds and how often he spit up I was able to tell that it wasn’t just ‘normal’ spit up and that something needed to change. I love the Aptamil formula so when I saw they had one for regurgitation I decided that was the best direction to take and one week on there is a huge difference. Finn now spits up ‘normal’ amounts within an hour after his bottles, there are no more projectile incidents in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep and he is keeping down his food which is the most important thing.
He now, at 4 weeks old, has 6oz bottles – and drains them dry!
However, as Sod’s law states, the moment I up those bottles to 7 ounces he will revert back to only drinking about 4 – why?! I think it is how newborns get their kicks or something because I remember Aidan doing the exact same. While we’re on it, why do they wait until you are literally walking out the door to pull out their poo face or save their extremely loud farts for quiet, public places?
So, it’s one huge step forward but I am expecting to go at least two ounces back.