Saturday, 30 August 2014

Toddler sleep regression

Toddler sleep regression wasn't something I'd heard of until last night, out of frustration I googled it and discovered this website. What it said described Ava perfectly. I feel relieved that this is actually a "thing" and not just down to bad behaviour or something.

What the website explained is that Ava is currently asserting her independence and is testing the boundaries. She's letting us know what she does & doesn't want to do, napping being on the less favourable list.

She is looked after by a variety of people whilst I work part time during the week. Nursery, Nath's mum and my auntie and they all struggle to get her to nap during the day. The trouble is, without a nap she falls asleep at 4.00pm when I pick her up causing havoc at bedtime. The last few nights bedtime has been almost 10.00pm! Not ideal as you can imagine. We've now told everyone that she MUST nap between 12.00pm & 2.00pm. We're hoping that this will solve our problem.

Also Ava seems to have gone backwards with her potty training. She was practically dry. I'd say she was about 95% potty trained, save a couple of rare accidents here & there when she was playing and would forget.

When Nath and I got married last Friday we didn't want to risk her wetting herself in church and as it was going to be a very busy day we decided to put her in pull-ups. The thought of chasing her around with a potty all day or her soiling her gorgeous dress would have been far too stressful!

She was then having a number of accidents during the day which became so stressful for us both. Today she's had one accident so I'm hope that she's starting to get back on track.

Is toddler sleep regression or going backwards with potty training something you've experienced?

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ava wears- Summer to Autumn transitional pieces

I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible as I have a sneaky feeling that when I took the pictures (a couple of weeks before my wedding) it was the last of the Summer sun! As much as it pains me to say.

I feel like this Summer has gone by in the blink of an eye, probably because we've been so preoccupied with wedding things.

I bought this little outfit on a whim, I'd actually popped to Next to look for a pair of wedding shoes for Ava. I came out without any shoes but with this gorgeous outfit instead. I just couldn't resist!

I just love the pattern on the skirt & I'm not usually a fan of mustard colour but I think that it's the perfect transitional piece. It will look gorgeous paired with chunky tights.

I paired the skirt with Ava's little suede Zara booties that are no longer in stock unfortunately. They do have some lovely ones for A/W at the moment though.

I'm also looking forward to pairing the tshirt with a thick cardigan. It will look so cute!

Tshirt- Next/ Skirt-Next 

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Just married

Well, technically I've now been married for 4 whole days now but our wedding feels like it was weeks ago! It's definitely true what they say, the day goes past at a ridiculously fast pace and now I'm so sad it's all over!

I'm going to put together a series of the different aspects of my wedding as I didn't want to just dump a load of photos into one post. I'll also write a post with some wedding tips, you'll probably get bored of my wedding spam before long but it was such an amazing day I want to stay in that wedding bubble for as long as possible!

I'll be putting the series together once we have all of the photos back from our amazing photographer but until then, here is a sneak peek!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

5 days

Yikes, I've been SO absent from my blog. I failed miserably at my vlogs after Barcelona. Wedding stuff just seemed to pick up pace and I never got around to it.

And now we're here, counting down on one hand, the wedding rehearsal looming tomorrow and a funny feeling starting in my stomach. Somewhere between butterflies and feeling as though I've been on the waltzers and am going to vomit at any moment.

It's been such a long time coming, we've been engaged for over 2 years. Wedding deliveries are coming in thick and fast and we still have SO much to do. But it's exciting, all this anticipation because I know that this time next week I'll be a married woman and it will all be over. So as stressful as it can be at times I'm trying to enjoy it all. I also can't wait to share what we've been up to on my blog! I feel like it's all been very hush hush but after the wedding I'll be sharing plenty of photos and wedding tips.

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Ava wears: Ditsy print & peachy sandals

With the potty training underway and the gorgeous hot weather that we've been having it was time to invest in some more Summer clothes for Ava. Nath actually got the whole outfit himself. I trust him completely when it comes to dressing her as I know he'll get her something that is really cute.

Tshirt/Next- Shorts/Next

The tshirt was a bargain at £3! It's great quality too so I know that it will last for ages. The shorts came in a pack of 3 and were £11.50 which I think is great value. I love the tiny bumblebee & ladybird detail on the shorts.

Her sandals are from Zara but are unfortunately no longer available to buy. They were put amongst the sale items though so you could be in luck.

This sort of outfit has become Ava's staple in these last few hot & sticky weeks. She loves wearing these kind of shorts when it's hot as the cotton is comfortable and it keeps her nice and cool.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Potty training with Dry Like Me

A few weeks ago Ava decided to have a sudden aversion to nappies, they're "too tight" apparently. It was then that I realised this was one of the "signs" I'd read about. This was it. It was here, potty training time! To be honest I was dreading it with a capital D. Although I'd read numerous articles and blog posts on the matter I was extremely anxious about it. But I decided to do when I do best when it comes to parenting, wing it!

I bought two potties (one for upstairs & one for downstairs), a boat load of knickers with her favourite characters on and a lot of carpet cleaner and Febreeze. At home we were getting on great, apart from the odd accident, Ava was getting on really well. Then it came to leaving the house and I started to panic. Luckily the lovely folk at Dry Like Me got in touch just in time.

Dry Like Me potty training pads were created by mums (which I love) and turn any pants into potty training pants. They are designed to let the child know when they're wet to help them understand what's happening and quicken the potty training process. They stick into any size of pants (they are one size) although I did find that they were slightly too big for Ava's small knicks and some of the sticky edges would poke over the side. They're easy to fit and even easier to carry around with you. They were perfect for us, for Ava who no longer wanted to wear a bulky nappy and for me, nervous mummy who was worried about leaving the house nappy-less for the first time! They also save you from endless amounts of washing!

I have to say on one occasion Ava did a huge wee and the pad couldn't cope with the amount, some of it did go on the floor, although it did stop the giant puddle that I'm sure would have been there if she hadn't have had it in!

We're over a week in now and I'm pleased to say that Ava is completely dry at home, save the odd accident. She's done so well, I'm so proud of her. Although nursery is another story, she forgets she needs to go as she's having such a lovely time so I think that the Dry Like Me pads are going to follow her there until she gets the hang of it.

Dry Like Me pads are fantastic for unsure mums like myself, they gave me such peace of mind and really helped us crack the potty training process.

For more information you can visit their website.

*Disclaimer: We were given an Amazon voucher to purchase Dry Like Me Potty Training Pads free of charge for review purposes

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Dairy free coconut, berry & banana smoothie-pops

Ava is a sucker for ice cream, as am I. But they're not the healthiest things in the world and with my wedding around the corner I'm trying my best to cut out the sweet treats and want a better alternative for Ava.

After making my own smoothies for so long, I thought why not turn one of my favourite smoothies into a smoothie-pop? Not only delicious but healthy & dairy free too! Oh, and the best part? You only need 4 ingredients. I was inspired to use yoghurt pots by Center Parc's Deb Rogerson and also liked the idea of making the lollies multilayer.

You will need:

4 empty yoghurt pots (we used Petit Filous Big Pots)
4 lolly pop sticks
1 banana
1 cup frozen mixed berries
200 fl oz Alpro coconut milk
1/2 cup blueberries
100fl oz Alpro coco


Put your banana, mixed berries & 200 fl oz coconut milk into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Fill your yoghurt pots 3/4 to the top and put in the freezer for around 30mins or until firm but still slightly wobbly.

Push in your lolly pop sticks and put back into the freezer until fully set.

Once your lollies are set blend your blueberries and the rest of your coconut milk (100 fl oz) and fill up the rest of your yoghurt pots.

Leave to set over night.

To remove the lollies from the yoghurt pots is easy, use scissors if you have to loosen the lolly from the pot but you should be able to rip the pot.


This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 July challenge. If I am chosen I would like to visit Sherwood Forest.