Saturday, 31 October 2015

What Little L wore- Halloween feature

Yesterday L tried her Halloween outfit for the first time and to my disappointment bottoms are too big for her ( Nutmeg 12-18 months). 
Nonetheless it's a cute outfit!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Win Ellie Bean Prints £15 gift card

I have an exciting giveaway for those who like wall prints. Ellie Bean Prints have offered one if you, my lovely readers a chance to win £15 gift card to be used on their website. 

"Ellie Bean Prints are a UK family owned company based in Yorkshire. After our success with EllieBeanBaby which was launched in 2011 we decided to set up a print specific website. We have a lot of repeat custom for EllieBeanBaby prints and ended up producing custom, wedding, christening and engagement prints on customers requests". 

These are just few examples of what you can order:

To win Ellie Bean Prints £15 gift card all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 17 November 12am):

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Dreaming of a Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill

I love Christmas and New Year, wrapping presents, decorating the house, writing cards! But the festive season is not only about material stuff, it's about spending time with family, enjoying those relaxing days and spreading the cheer. 
As long as I remember myself we always had cousins, aunts and aunties around at that special time. The table was always full of different themed treats and delicacies, adults drinking, saying toasts and fireworks!  
Now that we have L and she learns more about the world I would love to do something special for this Christmas. Last year we have spent staying at home and looking after each other as all of us had a bug, I was so upset that everything I have planned for L to do wasn't meant to happen. Now I look at it positively as this year she will be capable of opening her presents, eating the food we eat.

Couple of months ago we have spent a week in Cornwall (our first seaside UK holiday), where L had her first feel of the sand and saw ever changing mood of the sea. We brought great memories home wanting to go back there again. 
I would love to spend Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill, to create our own festive atmosphere in a cosy lodge with close family members.

I have created a Pinterest board to show how I see my ideal Christmas at Coombe Mill with my family.

Follow Victoria's board Dreaming of a Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

This is my entry for the chance to win Christmas break at Coombe Mill competition.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Arts & Crafts: salt dough pumpkin ornaments

I was browsing Pinterest for ages in order to find something quick and easy to do with L in time for Halloween.
I found a blog with a recipe for a DIY pumpkin ornaments which we have tried to do over the last 2 days.
L didn't show much interest in creating a pumpkin shape but was very keen on making a foot dough ornament. On day 1 I have made a salt dough ornament and as L's foot is a little bit bigger than pumpkin cookie cutter I just made the shapes and put them in the oven to cook.  

It is very easy to do if you follow the correct recipe, the one I found originally wasn't correct, you will see why later on.
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of water
- mix and knead the dough, add a little bit of flour if sticky
- create an ornament/shape
- put in the oven for 2-3 hours under 100 degrees. (I left mine for 2 hours under 200 degrees as per blogger's recipe as a result my pumpkin ornaments were burnt).
On day 2 I decided to use the rest of the salt dough and made a hand impression for my mum to take home. Sprayed my burnt pumpkin ornaments with white primer to hide burnt, brown colour and left them to dry. After they were dry I prepared finger and acrylic paints for us to use. L helped me a little bit to spread the paint but soon lost interest and opted to play with a finger paint pot. Once painted I left them to dry until hard. 

Overall, I'm quite happy with pumpkins, can't wait to try more arts crafts with L!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

L's first visit to the pumpkin patch

I was planning this for few weeks as thought it could be a great opportunity to introduce L to the world of pumpkins.

We have called few local farms to see if they have planned anything but on the day when we wanted to go (Sunday) some of them were either closed or didn't have any activities. 
We have opted to go to the farm which was just 20 minutes away, the paid £6 per child and £3 per adult. 
They had different activities throughout the day: ferret encounters, pumpkin picking and carving, tractor trailer rides and much more. As L is just little we picked what we thought she would like to do- visiting farm animals, pumpkin picking aka touching, playing in the big sandpit and running around.
Pumpkin picking was a little bit different to what we expected, the "pumpkin patch" was an allocated area with pumpkins scattered everywhere for little ones to pick. I must say it would be more adventurous for me if it was a real pumpkin picking, but nonetheless we had lots of fun!

Have you ever been to pumpkin patch?

Monday, 26 October 2015

Review: Baby Banz Adventurer Sunglasses


Few weeks ago we had a very interesting delivery from Hello Baby- we were kindly offered to review baby sunglasses. 

"At Hello Baby we love quality, fun and practical baby and nursery products. Here are some reasons to buy from Hello Baby:
Choose from a wide range of over 2,000 products
From Avent to Zoggs, we sell more than 120 leading brands
We also care for the environment and stock a range of ethical baby products such as reusable nappies and organic skincare".

As we approached autumn it has proven to be difficult to test Baby Banz sunglasses (£13.49), but this is what we think of them so far.
                                    
Baby Banz sunglasses come in a variety of colours, we were sent red ones with adjustable neoprene strap velcro fastening instead of slim arms. 
The strap itself has a flower print and Baby Banz written over it in white.
The frame is lightweight "ensures a close, comfy fit". The inner side of the frame has a "rubber nose piece which protects the brow". 
And most importantly Baby Banz provide total UV protection with UV400.
As it has an adjustable strap it can easily fit a baby from 0 to 2 years (43cm). 

L seems to be quite happy with sunglasses, she uses them as a hairband at the moment but we will be definitely taking Baby Banz sunglasses on our holiday next year.


Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Win Love Boo Snuggle & Sleep Pillow & Room Spray

"Getting a new baby to sleep can sometimes seem impossible, yet settling a new baby into a bedtime routine is usually one of the first tasks parents are eager to achieve.
There’s no magic wand that can be waved to help babies sleep (although we wish there was!) but there are a number of things parents can do to teach baby that bed time is near.

Love Boo have created Sleep & snuggle pillow & room spray (£9.99) to be used as part of Baby’s bed time routine and encourage your little one to drift off peacefully. Sleep & snuggle spray contains natural
essential oils - chamomile, lavender and patchouli, all known for their sleep-inducing properties to help Baby sleep deeply and soundly as possible. 

                                                    
Love Boo’s sleep & snuggle pillow & room spray contains 100% natural fragrance and gently encourages independent sleep for infants, toddlers and children (and adults!) by sending sensory cues
to little ones that say ‘good night sleep tight,’ and because it’s all natural its safe for use from birth.

When used as part of a regular routine, Sleep & snuggle pillow & room spray can trigger a familiar and calming experience that helps little ones to produce melatonin - the hormone our bodies produce
to regulate sleep cycles and support healthy sleep patterns".



To win Love Boo Snuggle & Sleep Pillow & Room Spray all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 13 November 12am):

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Are you living with one of the Britain's weanegers?


We’ve all heard about the terrible twos, not to mention the testing teenage years, but what about the weanage months? That’s right, weanagers. Kids’ food brand, Ella’s Kitchen® has pinpointed a significant period in a little one’s life, during weaning, when they are likely to display some distinctive ‘weanage’ characteristics.



But how do you identify a weanager? To help mums and dads recognise this all important stage in their little one’s development, Ella’s Kitchen has partnered with parenting expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, to identify ten sure-fire signs your child is a fully-fledged weanager:
  • Your baby won’t let you leave them, ever 
  • Your baby ends up wearing more food than they eat 
  • Your baby loves to empty stuff 
  • Your baby puts EVERYTHING in their mouth 
  • Your baby does a great impression of you 
  • Your baby becomes a big fan of dropping things 
  • Your baby will have a favourite food one week, then go off it the next 
  • Your baby enjoys testing out their new pincer grip, even on you
  • Your baby starts spontaneously waving hello or goodbye 
  • Your baby makes their mark on the house
Sarah Ockwell-Smith, parenting expert, comments: “The weanage months, from six to twelve months, are a constant series of firsts, exploration and wonder for both the baby and parent - from first foods and first teeth, to first steps and first words. Commonly glossed over in favour of the cute new-born phase and the challenges of 'the terrible twos', it's time this period of development got the recognition it rightly deserves”.


Celebrating weanagers all over the country, Ella’s Kitchen is launching a NEW fly on the wall documentary series, ‘Britain’s Weanagers’. Exploring the exciting and, at times, hilarious weaning journeys of babies, the series stars four families who have all featured in the popular Channel 4 TV programme, One Born Every Minute.

Mark Cuddigan, Head of Ella’s Kitchen, adds: “At Ella’s we are passionate about helping little ones develop healthy relationships with food and that really starts with the very first tastes. Weaning is a really exciting milestone for little ones and their parents. We created the ‘Britain’s Weanagers’ series to give mums + dads who are about to start weaning a fun insight into what to expect. It really brings to life our view at Ella’s Kitchen that every baby is different and that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to weaning. We think the series perfectly captures the reality of weaning in a very charming, yet honest way and hope that we’re able to bring a smile to parents watching it.”

The docuseries will be hosted on Ella’s Kitchen’s YouTube Weaning Channel, which launched earlier this year. To view the first episode, which launched on 14 October 2015, search ‘Ella’s Kitchen weaning’ on YouTube.

Giovanna Fletcher- mum to little Buzz and wife to Tom Fletcher (McBusted) has also posted a vblog about their weaning journey on her Youtube channel.


I think I might have a little weaneger, what about you?

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Messy play with L

Few weeks ago I decided to try finger painting with L and plain flour messy play it was very messy indeed. I didn't think that L would want to scatter all paints and flour all over cloth mat and beyond it, but apparently that's what babies do. Messy play at home wasn't an option anymore but luckily our local children centre started to run messy play and off we went. 
I didn't really know what to expect from the class itself, and as L showed no interest in my edible play dough I thought it would be a disaster, I was wrong!
The class took place in our local community centre and lasted an hour. There were different sections and trays for kids to get messy in: plain flour section with brushes and toy cars, painting section with long sheets of paper, paint brushes and shaped sponges, tray with spaghetti, jelly and toy dinosaurs, tray with baked beans and toy animals and a soapy bowl with toys. 
At first I left L in her leggings, t-shirt and socks and once she had messy time in spaghetti and baked beans I took the dirty clothes off her, but left the vest on. 
L didn't bother playing with spaghetti or jelly but she loved playing and sharing toy dinosaurs with others. When it was time to try a different section L was slipping everywhere, which made me think how fun but dangerous messy play could be, but it didn't stop us. Whilst holding my hand L enjoyed splashing in baked beans, she was covered all over, I even thought that it won't be enough beans for other babies as both of us and floor were covered in it.
Once we finished with baked beans we moved to painting section where we lasted couple of minutes as L wouldn't leave paint alone, it was on her lips, hands and almost on her clothes, and just wouldn't let go of the paint pallets.
Next we moved to plain flour section where we spent most of the time. This section was very popular among smaller babies and toddlers and at one point I thought that L and older girl would have a fight over a paint brush. And that's what I don't like about kids, we adults can ask nicely but when it comes to kids they just pull the toy back and forth until someone wins. I was watching them but decided not to interrupt until I see that L is getting annoyed thankfully L didn't cry. 
Anyway L had a blast and I was happy that she enjoyed having fun with other kids! As you can imagine we didn't go home dirty, in wet clothes, we were kindly offered to take a bath which L thought was another fun session as the water was going everywhere (1 clean,happy and dry baby vs 1 dirty, wet, but happy mum)! 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Review: Mustela PhysiObébé no rinse cleansing water face and diaper area

In the last 15 months we have tried different baby wipes and baby toiletries, when Mustela offered to review fragranced cleansing water I couldn't resist to try something new.


"The skincare experts for babies and mothers-to-be since 1950. Mustela offers a complete range of specially formulated skincare to best address the changes in the delicate skin of newborns, babies, children, mothers-to-be and new mothers.

Mustela is proud of its strong relationships with healthcare professionals to best provide safe and effective skincare for both you and your baby".

                                   
PhysiObébé no rinse cleansing water face and diaper area (500ml bottle for £8.95 available to buy on Amazon) main ingredients are:
  • "Avocado Perseose®: a patented natural ingredient that reinforces the skin barrier and preserves the cellular resource.
  • Aloe vera extract: softens, soothes, hydrates and protects.
  • Saponaria leaf and root extract: tones and cleanses.
My first impressions on the products were not positive as it has a very strong odour which reminds of something my dear nana would use. I have tested it on L' face first as it's for face and nappy area. It does clean, leaves the skin nice and soft but when I reached to kiss L after I applied Mustela PhysiObébé I instantly reached for soapy water to wash it off as L "stank" of the product.
I wouldn't personally use it or recommend using it on a face as I believe that parents would prefer to inhale child's/baby's own smell, I certainly prefer to do so.

Having said that I had completely different reaction when used Mustela PhysiObébé. As you know newborn soiled nappy doesn't smell of anything but once you start weaning everything changes! I applied PhysiObébé once I have changed her nappy, if I use head to toe wash or baby wipes it won't get rid off the smell where as Mustela PhysiObébé no rinse cleansing water "covers" the after smell, which is great! 

Overall, I would recommend this products for babies and parents who start weaning to use after every nappy change. Mustela PhysiObébé comes with a pump dispenser bottle cap which makes it much easier to use. I had a bottle without one and I can say that you waste more than you use without dispenser.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 16 October 2015

#safetystars for Car Seat campaign

"The current UK laws surrounding the crash testing of infant and child car seats is lacking in many way.

The government, car seat manufactures and those in the industry are deeply aware of this, which is why changes in the law are currently under way.
Currently, car seats do not need to be tested for side impact, meaning a lot of seats on sale in the UK right at this minute are likely to fail if they encounter a side impact car crash. Side impacts crashes account for the largest number (40 percent) of fatalities; in 70 percent of these crashes, a child was seated on the struck side.

Parents do not know this. In general UK parents believe that all car seats available for sale on the UK market are as safe as can be.

We have surveyed 1000 new parents in the UK to find out exactly what they think about car seats and safety.

67% of parents choose their current car seat because of the brand reputation, they said that they trusted the brand to provide a top quality car seat.

82% of parents believe that car seat crash testing wouldn’t vary by much.

On the whole parents thought that usability and style would be key factors in making a car seat more expensive, but when asked if they thought a more expensive car seat would be safer - 74% of parents said they thought it would be.

Peter Thomas, father of 2: ‘When buying our car seat, I didn’t want to go for the cheapest model. We wanted to spend a bit more and get something decent.’

Kevin Macliver, founder of the Multimac car seat is campaigning for all UK car seats to come with a 5 star rating guide for parents, to give parents an indication of how car seats perform in crash testing.

Kevin has been crash testing car seats for over 12 years, and he has found that car seat vary considerably in crash testing. Kevin says,
‘I know of some incredibly expensive top brand seats that only just make it through testing. I certainly wouldn’t have put my children in those seats armed with the knowledge I have. I believe that all parents should be given the right information to make an informed decision, especially when it comes to safety products for their children, and in the car seat industry this simply isn’t happening.’

Parents have a much obscured view about the quality of a children car seat, which is why a 5 star rating system is essential to help parents make the right decision for their family.

If sun cream can have safety stars then why not car seats? Let’s put parents in the know!".


Press release provided by the PR.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Little L is 15 months

                                                      

L has changed so much this month! She speaks in her own language a lot starts first thing in the morning even with her eyes shut and stops when is very tired! I love it! But it's not just babbling, she makes weird but extremely cute noises with her tongue which we all repeat after her.

She figured out how to unscrew and open all the creams and other toiletries, would play at the bottom of the stairs and sneakily take things out  of or puts things inside my coat's pockets. 
Would play or hide in the space between the door and sofa, likes to close herself in the pantry and open the draws with her food or cutlery (they are on a lock though). Last week I caught her hiding in a wardrobe, all I could see her feet and her looking at me through a gap between doors so cute!
L has 2 faces she likes to pull- flutters her eyelashes or looks very cross at someone, where she even learnt that!)
This month I have introduced messy play and some arts and crafts into our routine, L doesn't show much interest with craft yet but she loves to splash in baked beans and flour!

Teeth: L has 12 teeth and I can see top 3's are coming through.
Clothing: L fits in some of her 9-12 months outfits and 12-18 months outfits. Some of them are either to long or too wide for her so I try to combine and work with what we have. 

Sleep: we weaned L off her afternoon nap, I thought it would be easy as just not letting her sleep but at first she was very tired in the evening without it so I have moved her morning nap to 4 hours later after she woke up rather than 3 and it seems to work the trick! She has days when she would be yawning but I try to play with her or take her for a walk. As she has 1 nap a day it seems that her sleeping in the night has slightly improved (touch the wood) she would go down between 7:30-8pm and would wake up once, on odd occasion she won't settle so I take her downstairs to sleep her in my arms.

Breastfeeding: we are still breastfeeding! L didn't have a single drop of formula in her life and I'm very proud of what I have achieved in these 15 months! This is the best bonding experience I have ever had with L and I don't want to stop!

Eating: L would have breast milk first thing in the morning, then a snack consisting of a toast or crumpet and half of banana and then a bowl of porridge an hour before she goes for a nap. When she wakes up I would offer my breast again followed porridge or soup with meat or fish and 2 vegetable and fruit pouches. In the evening she would have pasta, couscous or rice (rice is her fav) and meat or fish again followed by pouches.
It seems like a lot but actually she would throw most of the things on the floor rather than eat them.

What's your little one up to this month?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sober October with Eisberg alcohol free wine and giveaway

When my husband and I decided to have children I chose not to have any alcohol drinks. It's been 2 years since then and I'm sure I can go another few years without it. 
When I was pregnant I was kindly offered to review Eisberg alcohol free wine which to me tasted the same as normal wine but was totally safe to drink. 

"Made in the exact same way as your favourite tipple, it is only after the wine is finished that the clever bit happens.

The Eisberg grapes are selected from specific vineyards for their ability to maintain the true taste of the grape variety after the alcohol has been removed".

Planning to stay
sober in October Eisberg alcohol wine is a great alternative for you! 

"Staying off the booze (along with a few small improvements to your diet and exercise routine) can mean:
- Increased energy levels, higher productivity
- Clearer head
- No more hangovers
- Sleeping better / snoring less
- Weight loss
- Clearer skin
- Healthier bank balance / Save money
- Sense of achievement
- Fresh approach to alcohol consumption
- Generally feel healthier
- Doing something positive for a good cause"
(source)

I have teamed up with Eisberg to offer a bottle of alcohol free wine bottle of you choice (the newest addition to the range- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Caberet Sauvignon, Rose, Riesling).

To be in the chance of wining please complete the Rafflecopter form below):


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Monday, 12 October 2015

Arts & Crafts: upcycling wooden crate into toy box

Over a year ago I have started my first upcycling project, but as L need my attention more  and I prefer to work in the garden where I have lots of space it took be a while to finish the project.

Originally my husband came up with an idea that we could do something with a massive wooden crate we had and as we were living in a small house at that time with no storage space whatsoever the idea of a toy box/storage box was born.
The lid wasn't attached to the body of the box and had foam blocks glued to the bottom, which we removed. Then we smoothed the surface inside and out with sand paper to remove splinters and fitted 2 large hinges between the lid and the box.
Prior to painting I have put few layers of the newspaper to protect garden tiles and started spraying Rust-Oleum surface primer.

Tip1: Before using the primer please shake the can for about 1 minute until you hear balls rattling inside.

Tip2: To protect yourself from fumes please cover your nose and mouth area.
I needed 2 cans of primer to cover the large areas of the crate and left it to dry for couple of minutes.

Tip3: Hold the primer upright and move back and forth to cover the area.

Next, I prepared 2 colours (white and pink) of Rust-Oleum painters touch multi-purpose gloss paints (250ml). I have opted for brush paint as I thought it would be easier to use and the colour would look more even.
I have started with applying white paint first, which surprisingly didn't have any smell and left it to dry for 24 hours. 
Few days later I started painting the box with the pink Rust-Oleum painters touch multi-purpose gloss paint and when finished left it to dry for a day.

It took me a while to finish the toy box but I'm very happy with the result, what do you think?

Disclaimer: I was provided with Rust-Oleum for the purpose of these updates. All opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Naughty or adventurous?!

My husband and I always debate about L investigating our house. She is 15 months old now and is interested in everything she can see! She will be pointing at the clouds or trees if we are outside or opens the cupboards and takes everything out, so it can be messy (most of the time is).

I allow her to do what ever she feels like, to a degree of course, where as my husband thinks that I'm not strict enough and need to tell L off or to put her somewhere else away from things. 
This week L reached new stage -twists and opens lids, today I caught her opening hand sanitiser and baby's body lotions and on top of that she likes to play with oven knobs and washing machine buttons. 
We have a safety kit with cupboards, corners, doors, electric plugs, but L discovered how to open cupboards even with locks on, clever right?! 


So what do you think is L being adventurous or naughty? And how do you keep your house tidy and cupboards locked (if you do of course)?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Arts & Crafts: Introducing edible oatmeal playdough to L

I always wanted to try to do something creative with L, and as she is getting older and more adventurous I thought that it is a great opportunity to try something new. 

I decided to start with something very simple, safe and easy to do- edible oatmeal playdough. L is a big fan of eating and sucking anything she can see and get hold of and I was very intrigued to see what she would do with playdough.

The recipe is very simple and you don't have to buy any extra bits for it or have special skills. 

To make oatmeal edible playdough you would need:
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 cup of oats
1/4 cup of water
Optional- food colouring
Large bowl
Mix the ingredients together, if you see that it is too sticky add a little bit more flour or if too dry add a little bit of water. And hand knead until soft. I decided to have to colour for L to play with and divided the playdough ball into 2 part- one plain and one with food colouring (just few drops). 
I assumed that l would know what to do with it or would be interested to play, but instead she prodded it few times, played with it as if it's a ball, was tearing it apart but generally looked not interested.
I didn't give up and started making different shapes out of it (showing her what to do with playdough) something that she knows- flower, cat, small balls and this time she seems more interested but it didn't last long. 

I think next time I will try more colours and glitter.

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Baby Box Company Medium Fab and Funky box giveaway

It is always nice to receive useful baby related presents that are presented well. When L was few months old I have reviewed a baby girl box/hamper, L received lots of compliments from relatives and friends and the box itself keeps cards, decorations from the baby shower, L's Vitamin K syringe and other bits and bobs.

Today I'm offering one of my readers to be in a chance of winning Medium Fab and Funky box from the Baby Box Company .
"After trawling the internet for a modern yet cost effective newborn gift to send to new mums, we realised that there was a real need to provide a service of funky gifts that new mums really want.

No more baby pink and baby blue!! The Baby Box Company is all about modern and funky prints - so our high quality items can be passed down to siblings. For the purists out there, we offer a range of all white baby hampers.

Every box we pack, we send out just as we would want it to be received, hand packing with love and care by ourselves, with beautiful packaging to protect our lovely newborn baby goodies".

To win the Fab and Funky box all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 25 October 12am):

Good luck!

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And please spread the word!

Review: The Little Stork & My Given Name personalised book


I'm a big fan of personalised books as not only your child can relate to characters by seeing his/hers name in a book but it is also a great keepsake. So when we have received The Little Stork & My Given Name personalised book I was very excited to see L's reaction. 
                                    

"My given name was created with the aim of providing a truly personalised children’s book that offers something more than just great personalisation. We are aiming to create not only the best personalised book, but one that can have a positive effect on children’s lives".

You can personalised the book with the name, ethnicity and gender by picking the correct picture and typing your child's first name and surname. You can purchase the book in hard cover for £19.95 or soft cover for £17.95. 
Stork Bindee is the main character, who needs to deliver the baby and her certificate home. As he believes that he can't fly (other storks told him) he had to walk to the mountain to pick up the baby. On his journey he meets different animals who share their positive stories with Bindee. The story and messages vary as each story relates to the baby's name. When he finally meets the Wizard he realizes that all these stories had a meaning and discovers that he can fly.
                                 
"The animals and the positive messages will form the letters that create the child’s given name. So the child, your child in the story, is named after these special gifts and positive characteristics. What a wonderful name! What a lot of wonderful messages that are now associated forever with the letters of their given name".


L and I were engrossed into My Given Name book as I thought that the plot, different characters on each page and colourful illustrations make this book perfect for a little one!

Disclaimer: I was sent the items mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 2 October 2015

What Little L wore- Scandinavian brand Tutta

I knew that Finish make great winter clothes but I couldn't imagine that they can also make cute and funky clothes for babies. 

When L was small and would only sleep in my arms I got addicted to Zulily- discount online shop. When I came across Finish brand Tutta I was ready to buy every single item they had, but eventually picked harem pants and a zip sleepsuit. 

I was planning to use harem trousers for sleeping but eventually opted to use them as a home wear.

I have picked size 80cm, which is longer than I expected, but it means we will use it for quite some time. 
Harem pants made of a quality cotton and even after few washings look like new! 

Do you like or heard of Scandinavian fashion?