Children And Mess Go Together Like Tea And Cake

When I became a parent I tried to promise myself that I would make more time to keep the house as clean and tidy. Before Erin was born both John and I worked full time and sometimes had to blitz the house in one go just to get it done. What some people seem to forget though is that children are messy… a lot of the time and things get in the way of best made plans. However, someone that does understand this is ACE. ACE have a great motto of ‘Remove the stains, keep the memories’ and I love this!

How To Cope When Your Toddler Stops Napping

I think the time is coming that I have always dreaded. I think the time has come for Erin to stop napping! I have always stuck by the saying ‘sleep when they do’ and I don’t care that Erin is 2 years old now! Being a parent is bloody exhausting and if you can grab 10 minutes, half an hour or 3 hours, do it when you can! So, how do you cope when your toddler stops napping? Erin has always slept a lot from the day she was born. I’m adamant that this is something that came from being

Tears, Tantrums And The Terrible Twos

Erin has been 2 for nearly a whole month now and don’t I know it?! It’s strange really because before you become a parent I think you don’t really look too much into what the ‘terrible twos’ really means. I think we actually saw this coming from just before Erin turned two. We’d experienced some random outbursts from Erin for no real apparent reason. She started lashing out a little bit when she was upset or would go off in a corner to have a small tantrum. Since Erin turned two she seemed to change quite quickly. After her first

Saying Goodbye To Bottles

As I had a pretty rough time after Erin’s birth we had to make the choice to bottle feed her quite early on. It wasn’t something I had wanted to do initially but you do what you have to do and it was really the best choice for Erin in the end. Erin has always loved her bottles and up until recently, would still have a full bottle of milk before naps and bedtime. However, with her turning two recently I decided it was time to say goodbye to bottles. To be completely honest this was only going to be

Dealing With A Daredevil Toddler

Erin was born premature at 36+4 and even though she was a tiny 4lb 8oz, I don’t think I ever really thought too much about how small and fragile she really was. I look back at pictures of Erin as a newborn now and I think she can’t really have ever been that small. Of course, she was though. While I am so protective over Erin in certain circumstances but I have always encouraged her to be independent and strong willed. She is nearly 2 and the most strong willed little girl I have ever known. She will not let you

The Mum Who Loved Baby Classes

Erin is nearly 2 and it has been quite some time since we stopped going to any baby classes or groups. We stopped going to our last one, Music in Motion a while ago now. That one in particular runs past toddler age but Erin’s nap times were making going impossible so we were just throwing money away pretty much. The thing about baby classes is always having something fun to do with your child. We used to go to Baby Sensory and Baby Yoga, as well as swimming. I used to love having something planned two or three days

Double Crown Nightmare

I have pretty shit hair and I have had for as long as I can remember. I have a double crown and a cow lick at the front of my hair. I’ve never been able to have a nice looking fringe because it’s always ended up with a strange parting in it and I’ve never been able to have a middle parting. I think when I found out we were having a girl I was quite excited at being able to do really fun hair styles for her because I can barely put my own in a pony tail. Unfortunately,

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket Review

Did you know that July was National Picnic Month? I didn’t until recently either. Although I know I’m a bit late to celebrate it properly picnics are something you can enjoy no matter the weather as they don’t always have to be outside. One of Erin’s newest toys is the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket. The set comes as a very happy looking pink plastic picnic basket. In the picture above the basket is tipped on its side and you can see that there are some buttons and switches. One button controls on/ off and the volume while another