Thursday, 9 June 2016

Third Trimester Wish List

Considering I didn't want to bombard you guys with baby news or pregnancy stuff, it would seem that whenever I fancy posting a wish list, it often has a pregnancy theme. Maybe because expecting a baby is super expensive as they need a whole load of stuff. Seeing as we recently made some pretty big purchases - the pushchair and car seat! - I thought I'd post a wish list of some nicer, cute things. 
So yeah, I'm in the third trimester now. It's kind of scary knowing that in 12 weeks or so I'll be a mother of two, but let's not dwell on that right now. I've seen a few milestone cards over on instagram and they just seem like a really cute way to share big moments. It's no secret that I'm a big Peter Rabbit fan, so these milestone cards really jumped out at me. I'm really not one for over-sharing child updates on Facebook or the like but I think 30 milestone photos in a year wouldn't be so bad, amiright? 
We had a cow version of this Blossom Farm Sit Up Cosy when Dylan was a baby and it was so, so cute. It's suitable from birth as a little nest to rest the baby in, and then support them as they get bigger and start to sit up. Plus it's a pony, and I've always wanted a pony. 
I've got a growing 'saved items' list on ASOS for cute dresses and the like, but as I'm now pretty pregnant, I'm trying to curb the amount of 'maternity' clothes I own. Luckily, ASOS have a 'nursing' range, which can also accommodate a bump, so I'm hoping to purchase a few items from that range to ensure I can wear them for more than two months. This pinafore is something I've wanted to incorporate into my wardrobe for a while now, but I've never actually made the plunge into buying one. Although this one isn't strictly 'nursing', I think the straps will make it easier for that sort of thing. The next item for me is this amazing Good Yawning sweater from Parent Apparel. I'm torn between buying this one and the one that says 'Parenting the shit out of life' but I'm not sure how the grandparents would feel about that one, ha! 
I had originally spotted a different Lamaze toy in my local Boots, but after finding this incredibly named Sir Prance A Lot, I had to pick this guy! We had a few different Lamaze toys for Dylan when he was wee, so I've tried to learn by past mistakes and checked that this one doesn't have any music, ha! The next little toy I liked the look of is the donut rattle from Little Maldod, which is a store I've started following on instagram. It's crocheted and just looks really adorable, way better than any other rattles I've seen about! 
Lastly, I've included the latest copy of The Fourth Trimester. I know, I've not even had the baby yet, but I really wish this was available after I had Dylan. I struggled a bit and felt quite alone so I think to have had articles and what not telling me I wasn't alone/a bad parent etc would have helped a lot. I'm not sure how often the magazines come out, but you can buy digital downloads of previous copies, so I'm going to give that a go when I'm a bit closer to the ol' due date. 
Sorry for the length of that one! But this should hopefully keep me occupied for a couple of months, until I start typing up the new mam wish list, anyway ;) 
Chelsea x
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Monday, 6 June 2016

TMTW #11 - Just Another Manic May Day..?

Really stretching my creativity with some of these post titles, so I apologise for the above! 

Best bits? May was pretty great, actually. I went to see Busted with Leona and Zoe, we went to London Zoo for the first bank holiday, saw Manic Street Preachers in Swansea and had a BBQ with friends as May actually started showing some decent weather. 

My favourite thing? Getting to spend some extra time with Joe and Dylan as I'd booked the day off work and we had two bank holiday Monday's together! We sorted through loads of boxes under Dylan's bed (not my favourite thing to do) and sorted through some clothes to give to charity. 

Any regrets? Um, nothing jumps out. My skin has been really bad this month so I desperately need to start eating a bit better, damn hormones messing everything up! 

What's in store for June? June is actually pretty quiet in comparison! I've got another midwife appointment next week, and then we're going to see Daniel Kitson in Bristol near the end of the month. My Dad has mentioned that he might drive down for a weekend, which would be lovely! 
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Friday, 3 June 2016

Dylan Reads #1

There's no secret here that I love all things books - I even based my degree around them - so it's probably not a shock to discover that I've shared my love of reading with Dylan. There's nothing sweeter than curling up together before bedtime and reading a new story together or an old favourite. Although this is something I always make time for - even after an exhausting day - I'm trying to be more conscious of making extra time to be together before the baby arrives. Dylan will start school in September - don't ask me how - so I'm trying to make sure that these big changes go as smoothly as possible, and reading together it just one way I'm attempting that. 
Dylan loves a story before bed, but to him any time is prime for reading - it could be once we get home from childcare, or halfway through a Saturday afternoon and he'll pick up a collection, and decide it's time for a story. And I love that. I really hope he never grows out of his love for stories. My favourite story we've currently got in line up is The Bumblebear* because, I mean, look how cute he is?! I love that little bear in his little bee costume with his little pink nose. I think Dylan's favourite at the moment is a tie between Don't Call Me Sweet! because it has monsters in it and The Story of Alison Hubble* because clearly my love of Allan Ahlberg has rubbed off on him! If you grew up reading The Jolly Postman, then please do give this book a read - it's so funny! Dylan enjoys counting all of the Alison Hubbles who have sprouted out, so not only is this super educational but it means that the book reading can go on for hours. Come to think of it, maybe that's Dylan's genius plan to stay awake for longer at bedtime... 

Any picture books caught your eye recently? Are you a big Ahlberg fan? 

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*some items have been sent for consideration, but all words and thoughts my own - we love these books!*

Monday, 23 May 2016

Shucks, Kids Do The Darnedest Things!

When you become a parent, there are some things nobody warns you about. Everyone tells you the same thing - nap when they do, make sure you put on the washing machine or hoover when they're little so the sound doesn't wake them - things like that. What you're never told is when they're old enough to toddle about, they will put random objects down the toilet. Luckily, when Dylan was a wee toddler getting to grips with being a mischievous so and so, we didn't have a downstairs loo for him to plunge toys and the like down. However, he has recently got into the habit of dropping a Ninja Turtle or two down the toilet - I guess they do live in the sewer, but that isn't the point. 

And it seems I'm not alone in discovering this, as research has shown that toys equate to 17% of 'things parents find in the toilet'. But it's not just the kids who are up to no good, and damaging the pipes - nope, adults are guilty of flushing wet wipes down the toilet which leads to blockages - which United Utilities tackling up to 25,000 a year - and that costs nearly £10 million to fix! The sad truth is, is that even wet wipes that claim to be flushable are causing damage and getting stuck in the pipes. 
So what can you do to help? Well, it's quite easy really - don't flush your wipes! Be it make up wipes, baby wet wipes or even sink cleaning wipes, make sure you pop them in the bin instead. Not only will this save you from the average call out fee of £99, but it will help the environment and your plumbing. That's not a bad thing, ey? If you'd like to know more, check out this helpful website so you can think before you flush! It has everything you need from a Flush or Bin game to a handy parent pack to download and more information than you can shake a stick at! 

Are you guilty of flushing wipes down the loo? Has your little one put something odd down there? 

Chelsea x

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

N is for...


So apparently my last A-Z post was waaaay back in November. Pretty shameful, considering it was meant to be a frequent series on this ol' blog. However, hopefully you're all familiar with the A-Z posts, but if not - I'm going to tell you all about the N of me - Nintendo! 

I've always loved playing on Nintendo consoles, be it my first ever Gameboy, to family fun on the Wii, back to my super shiny and new 2DS. I recently bought myself the 2DS as it's a special Pokemon Yellow edition, and I just fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I've been without a DS for a while but I've always enjoyed the games available more than anything on the xbox or whatever. Apart from Pokemon, other great games include the Professor Layton series, Animal Crossing and who doesn't love those Nintendogs? 

As I've never really been a big fan of shoot 'ems or racer games, this sort of console has always appealed to me. Sure, they have those sorts of games - but the majority of them are a little bit cute, a little bit fun and just what I need! 

Are you a Nintendo fan? What's your favourite game? 

Chelsea x

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My Favourite Gig Experience

I've seen a quote floating around on the internet about how most people these days would rather spend their money on an experience than on physical items, and I am definitely in that camp. I love nothing more than surprising Joe (or any loved one for that matter) with a well thought out experience that I know will add another level of richness to their life. This month, I'm lucky enough to have two exciting experiences to look forward to, and they're both music related. 
First off, I'm going to see my beloved Busted with my beloved Leona! After seeing McBusted with her twice, the second the gigs were announced, we knew we'd be going to see Busted. I can still remember the sad, dark day when Busted announced their split and sadly I had never had the chance to see them live when I was a teen. In a way, I'm kind of glad I never got to see them as without that me and Leona might have never became true boos and decided that we should meet each other for the first time at a McBusted gig! 
My second exciting gig experience is seeing Manic Street Preachers perform Everything Must Go at Swansea's Liberty Stadium. This was actually one of those surprises I mentioned for Joe, as they're easily his favourite band. We've seen them quite a few times live now and they never disappoint and Everything Must Go is one of my favourite Manics' albums so I'm pretty excited that I managed to get us both a ticket! We last saw them at Cardiff Castle, which has to be one my favourite gigs we've been to as the atmosphere was just incredible, and you just can't beat an outdoor gig when the weather is nice. 
One person I would love to see live would be The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen so you can imagine how gutted I was to hear that Chill Home Insurance were offering people the chance to win tickets! If I'd have won, I would have taken my ol' papa as I can remember The Boss being the soundtrack to many a car journey when I was a nipper, and just singing along to Born In The USA or Dancing In The Dark have always stuck in my mind. Of course, another band I would have loved to see would have The Smiths, but I think it's safe to say they won't be rebanding any time soon. I have managed to see Morrissey live twice now, so I guess I can't grumble too much! 
What's your favourite gig experience? Who would you love to see? 
Chelsea x
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

I am...

I've got to be honest with you, most of my blog posts are formed after a sudden burst of inspiration from reading other blogs. I mean, I'm telling you guys it's inspiration, but I'm actually a pretty good ideas thief and pretty nifty with a thesaurus so you'd never know the difference anyway. Wait, what was the point of this post? Oh yes, because I somehow ended up on a post on Michelle's blog from way back in September 2014. I've actually already created a post like this, but I enjoyed re-reading Michelle's so much it re-inspired me to pinch it. So without further ado, let's see what I am, I am not and what I am trying to be. 

I am... a fan of black and white

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