How Erin Got Her Name

Before we even knew that Erin would be a girl, we had a list of names that we liked. Strangely, the list didn’t actually have any boys names on it. I’m super picky and I don’t like names that can be shortened. This made our list VERY short. I think we only had a couple of names on the list and even then, I wasn’t sold on any of them. I realised recently that I had never written about how Erin got her name. On the day we had our 20 week scan I had to get the train to

Guest Post: I Wish I’d Tried Harder

Today I’m happy to have Ami from Through Ami’s Eyes on the blog talking about a topic that is really important to me; the struggle to breastfeed. As someone who had problems with this personally, it’s great to hear from someone else! When Pickle was born almost 3 years ago it was a pretty difficult time. I had to be induced and was kept in hospital for the week whilst they were trying to move things along due to my blood pressure. When he was born he was quickly whisked away as he had a strange rash and it turned

From Newborn to Toddler with Tiddlers & Nippers

As you have probably guessed this week I am a massive fan of stationery. I love how there are so many different uses and there really is something for everyone. However, there doesn’t seem to be much around for pregnancy, babies and toddlers apart from the usual memory books. When I discovered Tiddlers & Nippers I was excited! Tiddlers & Nippers have come up with a range of notebooks/ journals to help you track everything about your baby from newborn all the way to toddler. I wish I had known about these when Erin was first born because I would

A surprise baby shower with Party Bags and Supplies

Most Tuesdays I go out with a group of friends and our children. We’d been going to baby yoga together since Erin was about 9 or 10 weeks old so I’ve known them a long time now! One particular friend is due with her second baby in May so I decided to throw her a little surprise baby shower. Party Bags and Supplies helped us out with some wonderful ‘Guess How Much I Love You‘ decorations. I decided to book afternoon tea for the baby shower because my friend and her daughter love it. Also, 2 of our friends had

Homemade Smash Cake Shoot

I have known for months that I wanted Erin to have a smash cake for her 1st birthday. This is the only year she’ll get to do this I think and I wanted her to do something really fun on her birthday. I know you can go and have professional smash cake photo shoots done but I wanted this to be something John and I did together at home. I am crap at baking so I didn’t even attempt to make a cake myself. My wonderful friend from work picked us up a chocolate smash cake from Asda. I can’t

How Erin spent her birthday

So yesterday was Erin’s 1st birthday ad seeing as we’ve never done this before, neither John or I knew what to expect. I don’t really think it went as we thought it would. We started the day off getting up quite early. Erin doesn’t really sleep at the minute. She obviously didn’t understand that it was her birthday but we did try to make a big deal about it. After how long presents took on Christmas Day we did things a bit differently. Erin showed no interest whatsoever in actually opening presents. She would pick one, bring it over and

Personalised letters from Santa

With it being Erin’s first Christmas I wanted to go about creating a whole new set of traditions, not only for her but as a family. Something I don’t remember getting as a child was a letter from Santa. Maybe I was on the naughty list though! There are so many companies offering letters from Santa, even Royal Mail are able to sort one out. However, ours came from Lapland Mailroom and I couldn’t be happier with it. It has been possible to order these letters for months now but Lapland Mailroom wait to send them out but make sure they

Meeting Santa and a Christmas party!

Last Sunday John and I had our one and only day off a week together. We decided, as it was quite early in the month, to take Erin to see Santa for the first time. I chose to go to our local garden centre because it was the easiest place to go seeing as we don’t drive. I’d heard good things about Santa there anyway though. We arrived really early, about 10:15 because I couldn’t be doing with long waits. There was actually no one there and we were the first people to see Santa! I had seen pictures of my