Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Love For Vintage Clothes ♥

I've made no secret of my love for vintage clothing, sharing lots of my vintage buys on my Instagram @fiandtylerlee and sharing posts of my son dressed in the most adorable vintage pieces here on the blog, all of which you can find here. For me, vintage clothing offers something quite special, something which is distinctly lacking in the modern clothing you'll find in high-street stores, etc. I always look on the modern clothes of today as disposable pieces - I have no trouble sorting through my wardrobe on a regular basis and throwing out things which no longer catch my eye, however, all of the vintage pieces my son and I own will stay firmly in the wardrobe, awaiting a day when they can be worn again.

Vintage clothes offer something unique and if I'm honest, that's the aspect of vintage that appeals to me the most. I began buying vintage clothes for my son as I wanted him dressed differently, I wanted to give him his own sense of style. Of course he still has lots of modern clothing, but when I dress him in something vintage I am absolutely besotted with his outfits. I've also made no secret of my hatred for the boys clothes on offer these days - I'm not into character clothing, dinosaurs, garish colours, etc. I favour a more classic look for children, especially when they're little and buying vintage pieces means they'll most definitely be the only child sporting that outfit. Vintage clothing also makes for perfect spur of the moment photo sessions too, I can't help but capture all those darling looks on camera.

People always ask where I purchase our vintage pieces from and I think this is great as hopefully that means people are liking them! I mainly buy them from Instagram shops, Ebay and Etsy - I have specific search terms on those sites to find what I'm looking for. I also purchase from specialist vintage clothing sites such as Rokit, who have a great range of children's vintage as well as vintage pieces for adults.

Now that my son is getting older it's getting harder and harder to find vintage clothes in his size - I'm always finding gorgeous dresses for girls his age but the boys clothes are lacking. He does have a fab custom metal/rock inspired denim jacket that he has yet to wear though and I can't wait to see him in it. I've been searching for some vintage pieces for our new little baby too and have found lots of gorgeous rompers which will be perfect for a summer baby. I can't wait to share my finds in some future posts here on the blog.

Are you a fan of vintage clothing? Where do you shop for your pieces?

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33 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2 ♥

I'm now 34 weeks pregnant and the time has come to reflect on my 33rd week of pregnancy, I can't believe that there's just six weeks to go, if everything goes to plan of course. This week I've really been suffering with the silent reflux, it's constant and it's really making my life a misery. I can't eat or drink anything without it aggravating it and my throat is burnt from all the acid. It's also been keeping me awake at night and if I cough to try and clear it I feel as though I need to throw up, it's awful.

This week the pains I've been experiencing have gotten a lot worse too, I've found myself trying to think back on my labour experience with Tyler Lee and trying to remember how bad the pains were before I rang the hospital. On his labour I had no show and my waters didn't break until I was actually having him so I'm wondering if it'll be the same this time around.

I was in so much pain yesterday and it was difficult to walk, I had to go to bed early and tried to get some rest - surprisingly it was the calmest nights sleep I've had all pregnancy! I only had to wake up once for the bathroom and that's because I heard Jacek getting ready for work - I wonder if baby has dropped down and has eased the pressure on my bladder?

This coming week Jacek and I are going to get the nursery cleared out, painted and the new cot bought. I have some ideas for the nursery but I'm so stuck on a theme, maybe we'll just go with the flow and put things we like in there rather than a set theme but one thing I do know is that I don't want any clutter!


This week...

Baby is the size of a - cauliflower blossom, according to my Ovia pregnancy app.

I'm looking forward to - the nursery finally getting cleared out, it will be done this weekend.

My favourite moment was - Tyler Lee telling me that I was his best friend, I thought it was the sweetest thing ever.

I've been feeling - in pain, thankfully a nice, hot bath has been helping to ease the pains in the evening.

I've been buying for baby - still nothing, I've managed to stick to my spending ban. I do have some John Lewis vouchers to spend though so I think I'll get some things from the nursery from them, if I can decide on a theme.

I'm missing -a pain-free life. I'm getting so many pains now from the baby, I think they may be lying on a nerve and the silent reflux is making my life an absolute misery.

I'm craving - nothing, in fact, if anything, I've gone off my food. I haven't had a dinner two nights in a row now.
I'm loving - the brighter, sunnier weather. The sun just helps to put everyone in a good mood.

I've been meaning to - still make that GP appointment, I was supposed to have gone this week - oops. It'll be next week now before I get in there.
I can't wait for - our next hospital appointment on April 13th at 36 weeks.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Things We Always Bring On Our Outdoor Adventures ♥

As a family, we go on a lot of outdoor adventures together, whether it's just Tyler Lee and I whilst Jacek is working or the three of us together on one of his sunny day offs, and this is an aspect of our life which I really love. We've traveled to a lot of places around Ireland with our son in tow and to some destinations further a field too and I've found that there's always some staple items we take with us just to make our adventures more comfortable for us all.

Comfortable shoes/wellies for Tyler Lee if needed and a change of socks - We can do a lot of walking on our adventures and not necessarily on the most smooth and clean terrains, so a comfortable pair of shoes is a must - I've learnt the hard way that ballet pumps just weren't made for treks through the woods. As we spend a lot of time at the beach with a three year old who will readily dive into the water, a pair of wellies and a change of socks is a must too. I've recently bought some very comfortable walking shoes and if you're also looking for a pair, Regatta have a whole range of great footwear that was just made for the outdoors.

Water - Walking up and down hills means that we're always left gasping with thirst for a drink so I always bring some bottled water with us - it stops the toddler having a meltdown, especially if there are no shops nearby, which is almost always the case. I bring Tyler Lee a sports bottle filled with flavoured water and a bigger bottle for Jacek and I, these are always empty at the end of our adventures.

Camera and lenses - It's no secret that I like to take a lot of pictures when we're out and about and Jacek likes to snap some too, so we always bring the camera bag with the Nikon DSLR, Canon Bridge camera and the three lenses for the Nikon. At Christmas I bought a small rucksack for just taking along the bigger lens, if I know that I'll only be swapping the lenses once, it's been very handy instead of lugging the bigger bag with us always. I also always bring a spare battery and memory cards.

Sling/baby carrier - this is something we haven't used for quite some time, for obvious reasons of course, but we loved bringing Tyler Lee out and about in his Connecta Integra baby carrier when he was smaller and I can't wait to do the same with the new baby. I have my eye on a Kari-Me sling and think it'd be ideal for keeping baby comfortable and both my hands free for photographing when we're out and about. Jacek has no aversion to baby-wearing either so I'm sure he'll take the baby in the Connecta or sling too, just as he did with Tyler Lee.

Baby wipes - Being in the great outdoors means that little hands are bound to get dirty so I always have a packet of baby wipes on hand for freshening up.

Snacks - We can be out for a long time without setting eyes on a shop or café so having snacks on hand is a must. I always have a supply of fruit sticks for Tyler Lee as well as some fruity or yogurt covered rice cakes for us all to enjoy. These always keep him happy and content until we do stop off for lunch somewhere.

Spare clothes for Tyler Lee - No matter where we end up I can guarantee that Tyler Lee will make it back to the car either covered in dirty or soaking wet, so having a spare change of clothes for him is a must. I actually think I should begin keeping an 'emergency' set of clothes in the car for him too as he always seems to need changing!

It's hard to imagine that this list is going to grow once our new little one arrives in May! Good thing I have Jacek on hand to help carry the bags and the children!


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Monday, March 28, 2016

A Very Rustic Looking Gluten- Free Carrot Cake ♥

I really do love baking and  even though I'm not the most skilled baker in the world, I still like to give things a go and try new flavours and creations. Now that the chocolate fest that was Easter is over, I was looking to make something cake-like but with a healthy twist and gluten-free carrot cake seemed like the perfect option - giving my toddler a treat with vegetables hidden inside seemed like a great idea to me.

I've never made a carrot cake before and I can't say that my first attempt has turned out beautifully at all, it's very rustic and homemade looking indeed, but it's incredibly moist and does taste delicious, if I do say so myself. I followed one of the recipes from Discount Supplements, supplier of cheap protein bars and decided to share the recipe here for anyone who is up for a bit of baking with a healthy element to it. Hopefully yours may turn out a lot prettier than mine too.

Ingredients:

400g sugar
256g all purpose gluten-free flour
315g icing sugar
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
354ml of olive oil/vegetable oil
120g chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
150g of grated carrot
4 tablespoons of Meridian Almond Butter
85g of cream cheese
4 eggs
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 176 degrees Celsius and lightly grease two cake tins - I only had one so used this and then cut the sponge in half once cool.

2. Cream sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl with an electric beater or stand mixer. Add oil and
vanilla and beat just until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl combine gluten- free flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until blended.

4.  Stir in grated carrots and nuts. Pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.  

5. While the cake is cooling place butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.

6. When cake is cool frost. Serve and enjoy.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our Easter Weekend & Some Reflection ♥

This Easter hasn't been a very eventful or great one for us if I'm honest. Jacek and I have been feeling quite unwell, we're putting it down to a viral infection as they seem to be going around a lot at the moment and we have no idea what else it could be. He's also been working, only having Saturday off - which I spent in bed recovering, so it hasn't been a lovely family Easter like I hoped for.

However, it hasn't been all bad. Thankfully Tyler Lee escaped the sickness which has otherwise consumed us and he's been really happy this weekend. I was so glad that we got to do our annual woodland Easter egg hunt with him earlier in the week before we became ill and strangely enough, even though he has been given and gifted lots of chocolate treats, he's been shunning them in favour of apples and strawberries!

The only Easter-like things I've managed to do this weekend were to make a no-sew DIY Easter sock bunny out of one of Tyler Lee's old socks, some rice, string, ribbon and marker. I'm not the craftiest of people at all but I was rather pleased with how it turned out and my boy loved it, which was the most important thing. You can find it on my Instagram @fiandtylerlee if you're interested in taking a look. The other thing was that Jacek and I gave Tyler Lee his Easter basket, which he also loved, the books included shall be read to him and bedtime.

I feel quite sad that this will be our last Easter as a family of three and we haven't done anything remotely special for it, just like St. Patrick's Day this year too, we didn't even take any pictures for that... I just wish we didn't feel so ill and that all the sickness can just stop now, it seems to be going on for quite an age now with no real end in sight and it's just exhausting.

We're trying to make the most of our last few weeks as a family of three but it's hard when someone is constantly sick and there's always so much to do, we still haven't cleared out the room for the nursery or begun painting! I'm trying to be laid back about it all but Jacek is getting quite anxious about it now.

I guess you can say that for the past few occasions I've wanted to be immersed in the moment with my family, rather than always being the one behind the camera, even though I really do love trying to capture all our memories on camera...

Maybe snuggling on the couch under a blanket with my little love was, after all, the most perfect thing we could do this weekend, I love those toddler cuddles which seem to be in such abundance these days. Easter is about loved ones and I'm blessed to have mine with me.

Luckily I did capture some lovely pictures of my boy and in his sweet little yellow Peter Rabbit outfit too, big yays for that still fitting before it's passed onto the next baby and although I failed in getting a picture of Tyler Lee with a lamb this year, I did capture some lovely shots of him with Tilly the dog, who he is smitten with, as you can see from the pictures.

Whatever you and yours did this weekend, I hope you all had a very happy Easter.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

How To Keep Little Ones Entertained Over Easter ♥

As the school bell strikes on the eve of Good Friday, little ones everywhere are rejoicing at the thought of two weeks with no school and the thought of a chocolate crazy weekend almost upon them. Whilst Mummy’s and Daddy’s across the land are filled with a mild panic of just how to keep everyone entertained without breaking the bank.

Mid-term doesn’t mean you need to spend all the money in the world, just to keep certain faces smiling, as the chance to spend some quality time together should be filled with glee. Hopefully these ideas should provide you with some inspiration, and cheap ideas everyone can enjoy this spring break!
 
Baking Bonanza
A great one for leftover chocolate, getting the children into the kitchen to bake up some delicious chocolatey cornflake cakes. One of the easiest bakes you can make; simply melt chocolate and combine with cornflakes or shredded wheat, and some golden syrup. Dollop into some cute cupcake cases and leave to set in the fridge. Top with a mini egg for an even tastier treat. Check out these easy Easter bakes for children too.

Glourious Gardening
Weather dependent getting outside for a good old fashioned run around can help to tire out weary legs and give you all some much needed fresh air. Get children interested in the great outdoors early and enlist their help to turn the garden into an enchanted wonderland. Whether they help to pot a few plants, or pop a few seeds in the ground, just remember to wear wellies and avoid muddy puddles!

Tech Treat
There are times when little ones need to be occupied whilst you carry out a quick task, and sometimes you’ve just got to give into giving them a tech treat. Keep it educational with one of the many apps on the market which get little brains thinking, but equally one more episode of Peppa Pig won’t hurt either! Just make sure your phone doesn’t run out of battery or it could be more sulk than sanctuary, a power bank like this one can help to keep the battery red light away.

Reading Record
There’s nothing better than indulging in a good book, and starting reading from an early age can hugely impact literacy skills in later life. Many schools and nurseries have reading schemes in place through half term periods so check to see if yours has one, or join one at a local library. Take some inspiration from this list of some of the best children’s books.

Creative Crafts
Let imaginations run wild and creativity flow with a craft session that’s sure to produce some masterpieces. Gather up crafty items such as; card, glitter, pencils, egg cartons, googly eyes, pompoms, pipe cleaners and some feathers - the rest is up to them! Lay down a mat or cloth you don’t mind getting messy, and keep glue and scissors in adult hands only.

Pizza Party
Half term is the time for treats and who doesn’t love a slice of Italy every now and then! Play chef and make your own pizzas at home, the toppings are up to you. Make it healthy and include chopped up peppers, tomatoes and olives all shaped into a smiley face to keep little ones amused.

Whether you choose to add all of these ideas to your half term list or just tackle one of them, all that’s left to do now is enjoy the mid-term break.

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32 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2 ♥

Today I turn 33 weeks pregnant, so it's about time I recorded the 32nd week of my pregnancy with baby number two. I usually like to have these pregnancy updates lives on a Wednesday, but as I've said before, the days all seem to be melting into one now and I feel as though I don't have time for anything. Blogging has had to go on the back-burner for a bit whilst I try and look after my health, my increasingly needy toddler and everything else that daily life requires of me too.

Honestly I'm exhausted. If I could book myself into a hotel and spa for a couple of days just to unwind I'd do it in a heartbeat - lack of a childminder and funds mean no break for me! I take my hat off to people who have to cope with more than one child during pregnancy, I honestly don't know how you ladies do it, I'm in awe and would love to know your secret.

The coughing which began almost two weeks ago, due to what I think was a chest infection, hasn't stopped, but thankfully the phlegm has - it's not a great feeling when your bodily secretions are trying to choke you! I had a very strange episode the other night when, after I put Tyler Lee to bed, I began getting very painful shooting pains in my bump. As I lay in bed I felt as if I needed to get sick but when I went out to the bathroom nothing happened. Back in bed I began to shiver and didn't want to move as this made my bump pains even more painful, it was as if my body was going into shock for no apparent reason - very bizarre!

Aches and pains in my bump are a regular occurrence now, I don't remember having anything like this with Tyler Lee. I must visit my GP next week so I'll be asking him about them, until then I'll have to come to my own conclusion that they're Braxton Hicks. The silent reflux has been absolutely awful too, my throat is constantly being burnt by acid no matter what I eat and I'm not only drinking plain water, a fizzy drink just isn't worth the hassle now.

I can't believe there's just seven weeks to go now, I feel so unprepared and we've tons to do!

This week...

Baby is the size of a - cantaloupe, according to my Ovia pregnancy app.

I'm looking forward to - getting the box room cleared out, painted and getting a new cot for the baby.

My favourite moment was - Tyler Lee coming into me one morning, saying hello to my bump and then saying "I love you" to the baby, it was incredibly sweet.

I've been feeling - exhausted and so fed up of silent reflux... any solutions greatly appreciated!

I've been buying for baby - nothing again but we have picked out a cot and I'm currently searching for nursery inspiration.

I'm missing - being able to go out and about without feeling like I'm going to drop down. I can't even shoot pictures when we go out on our adventures now because I get so out of breath and dizzy.

I'm craving - still nothing, I find it so strange that I've never had true cravings on either pregnancy.

I'm loving - having some time to myself whilst Tyler is at Easter camp, I love the boy dearly but I'm just so tired!

I've been meaning to - make an appointment with my GP, I always leave it to the last minute so I'm trying not to do that this time.

I can't wait for - our next hospital appointment on April 13th at 36 weeks.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Woodland Easter Egg Hunt ♥

During the week we had our annual Easter egg hunt for Tyler Lee. His daddy took him for a stroll through the woods whilst I put up the Easter decorations (quite a task for an 8 months pregnant mummy whose bump hurts when she bends down I can tell you!). All the effort was worth it though when he came running back to me, letting out a big gasp of surprise and excitement and saying "I love you!", I think he was happy and that's what makes it so worthwhile.

I have such fond memories of the Easter egg hunt I did for him last year in the exact same woods, looking back on the pictures makes me so happy and I can't believe how much he still looked like a baby back then, I miss that little babe. You can see the pictures from last years woodland Easter egg hunt here, they're some of my favourite pictures ever.

This year we were very kindly supplied with some delicious chocolate from Cadbury, in the form of the Easter Egg Hunt Pack, chocolate bunnies and Mini Eggs Easter egg - which was Tyler Lee's big surprise at the end of the hunt. The bunnies and little eggs dotted amongst the decorations on the ground made for such a fun touch.

I also used a beautiful Easter Hunt Kit from My Little Day for some of the decorations, this kit is so beautiful that I'm going to be reusing it every year and the signs are made out of plastic so they won't break either. My Little Day have such beautiful decorations for all occasions, their Easter range this year is just gorgeous.

I also picked up some decorations in Dealz and hung eggs from the tree branch, hung my Easter bunting between the trees and stuck glittered eggs into the ground, I thought all the decorations looked quite whimsical in the woodland setting. It's so simple to create something magical for your little ones out of a few decorations and things you have lying unused at home and I love the photos I captured, the woods really do provide the perfect photographic backdrop for our hunt every year.

Tyler Lee had so much fun collecting the eggs and bunnies in his little Easter bucket. He couldn't wait to dive into the bucket and eat some of the yummy chocolate once he had gotten his hands on it all, he was adorable to watch. I love the photos I captured this year too, especially of him smiling, happy with his collection of choccies!

I'm already looking forward to next years hunt where we'll have not one but two little ones to entertain! Until then, I'm so glad that our little boy had a fun woodland Easter egg hunt again, hopefully the memories will last a lifetime for him and if not, there's lots of pictures for him to look back on.

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4 Tips For Styling An Empty Room | Home Decor ♥

You’ve probably noticed from a lot of my home decor and interiors posts that I love to search Pinterest and interior design sites for the latest trends and for some much needed inspiration too. I have so many ideas for our home, but it’s a work in progress, and with a new arrival on the way we have lots of updating and decorating to do, especially for the nursery, which at the moment is an empty shell waiting to be transformed.

I like to start each of my room makeovers as though the room is completely empty, so I’ve put together four key tips for anyone needing a fresh look for their spare room (like ourselves) or a living area makeover.

Use each wall as a separate canvas
Whenever I start on a room makeover I like to get lots of paint testers and swatches, just so I can find the perfect shade - this is something I'm currently doing for the nursery because nowadays there really are hundreds of shades of the same colour. You can pick these up from any DIY store for free (or almost), and it means you can try different tones on different walls in the room you want to change. At the moment I'm looking at subtle, off-white shades with hints of mint, I think this is far nicer than plain white.


One big trend (and one which is evident in our living room and kitchen) is mixing pale tones of a colour you really love and having one feature wall for wallpaper or a more vibrant coloured paint. You can experiment by getting different wallpaper samples, leaving them all to dry on the wall where you want to feature something bold and look at them in different lights to see which ones give the best effect for your room. You can see how I experimented with a wallpaper feature wall in our bedroom here.

Take function into account
Never forget that the room you're making over has a purpose. I always get a little too focused on what’s pretty and have to rein myself in. If it’s a study or office space, make sure there’s plenty of desk space to work and lots of light, by using white furniture and pale walls. If it’s a bedroom, think about where the bed, draws and wardrobes will physically fit (this is so important, especially if you're house is on the smaller side). Once you have your colour scheme sorted, it will help you to narrow down the kinds of furniture you’re looking for and avoid making any mistakes when buying.

Try a furniture rental company
These kinds of services can be really useful. If you’re not sure how to style a room or you can’t afford to buy everything right away, why not rent some furniture for it instead? For one thing, it helps you to narrow down what colours and styles you want, as you’ll know almost instantly whether or not you like it. Plus, you can decide on the functionality of a style by living in and using it.

Companies like Emblem Furniture also do home-staging too, so they often have great design expertise that you can use to your advantage, as they’ll be able to give you an idea of how to use the space.

Add bold colours in accessories
I love bright colours like pink, turquoise and gold (as featured in my dream office moodboard), but these don’t always look good when there’s too much use of the colours together in one space. As well as decorating a feature wall, use the bold colours you love as accessories to a room, so that if you tire of any daring colours you can easily change them. I find shops such as Penneys/Primark great for picking up decorations and knick-knacks for our home quite cheaply when I fancy a change in decor. I just picked up some bits for my sons room yesterday, to give it a fresh new look and a few small items really did inject some much needed colour and personality into his room.

Are you doing any interior design projects at the moment?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Get Crafty By Ali Coghlan | Fun, Creative Crafts For Children ♥

Is there anything nicer than a new book? I love picking them up, especially when they look great (I use them as 'coffee table' books) and come from one of my fellow bloggers too, so you can imagine how delighted I was to receive a copy of Get Crafty by Ali Coghlan, a gorgeous looking book filled with lovely, colourful photography and a whole host of crafts which are perfect for children. Ali is a fellow Irish blogger who blogs at Hey Ali.

Now I have to admit, I'm not the craftiest of mothers, letting my son do the majority of his art and craft time in preschool. However, at Christmas I decided that I should step up my game, buying him some art and craft supplies for him to use and home (which he did, as you can see from the paint splattered background) but I've been wanting to do some proper crafts with him and Get Crafty is full of inspiration.

Get Crafty has over 40 craft ideas and each one is laid out in a simple step by step guide, accompanied by some beautiful, colourful pictures. Each craft also tells you what's needed before you begin and most items are either things you can reuse from around the home, collect from nature or that you can find relatively cheaply in pound shops.

One of my favourite crafts from the book and one which I really want us to do are the driftwood sailboats. Living on an island I've always loved anything nautical and Tyler Lee loves boats too. On our next visit to the seaside I'm going to be on the lookout for driftwood and we have a plethora of unwanted pillowcases in the airing cupboard so these will be completely cost free too - even better!

Congratulations to Ali on such a wonderful book, it truly is inspiring, especially to the mummies like myself who want to be crafty with their little ones but don't really know where to begin.

Get Crafty by Ali Coghlan is published by Mercier Press and is available in all good book stores nationwide for €14.99.

*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 
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Win A Magical Campervan Getaway To Cornwall With Frugi ♥

Tyler Lee and I have recently joined the #FrugiFamily and this is something that we're both very excited about - him because he gets the chance to wear some fun and colourful new clothes and I because I get to photograph him in them! I just love Frugi's range of fun, colourful, organic and super soft clothing for little ones, so you can imagine how happy I was that we were asked to join in with the #FrugiFamily this year.

Frugi are based in Cornwall, a stunning looking part of the UK, judging by the beautiful pictures I've seen of it and Frugi would like to give two lucky families the chance of experiencing all the delights that Cornwall has to offer for themselves on a magical campervan getaway. 

Up for grabs is an exciting mini break in two retro campervans from Fistral Bays Campervan Hire. You, your best friend and your families will tour around gorgeous Cornwall and stop off at some super exciting places, all arranged by the lovely folks at Frugi.

It sounds amazing doesn't it? I've always wanted to holiday in a retro VW campervan so I'm wishing I could have entered for this prize myself! You can find full details on the full prize on offer and you can also enter the competition by filling out the form here. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

31 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2 ♥

Today I turn 32 weeks pregnant, but I'm only sharing my 31 week update now as I was offline the past two days - sometimes it's just nice to take a break from things and to stop me going on the laptop so often I've even begun drafting blog posts on my phone. I just feel as though I need some downtime at the moment. Thankfully, this week has been much better than last.

Jacek came home on Thursday evening and we were so delighted to see him. Things have been so different since he came back, actually being able to spend some time together has been amazing because it felt as though we were passing ships in the night for months, he was so busy studying for his exams whilst maintaining a full-time job, so family life went on the back burner and if I'm honest, it was horrible. It's been great to feel like a family again and not have so much pressure. We've begun organising the house, clearing out what we don't need and will hopefully be preparing the nursery very soon.

Yesterday we had our 32 week scan and thankfully all is well with the baby. I was delighted to hear that baby is now head down and is no longer breech - as I shared before, I'm absolutely terrified at the idea of a c-section and am hoping for a natural birth again. I also learnt that the reason my bump is so high is because baby's bum is sticking upwards! The little round lump that I can see on my bump when I getting up from lying down is their little bum, I thought it was his or her head! Baby is becoming a lot more active now, before I didn't feel much movement, except for when I got into bed at night, now I feel some throughout the day too and I'm sure baby even had hiccups during the week as my bump was jumping constantly.

I've began thinking about baby names more and more and I'm pretty sure I have a girls name chosen, although it may change when I actually see the baby. As for a boys name, there are two names that really stand out to me and Tyler Lee actually calls the baby one of these names, he even says "Tyler and ..." as if he's imagining them together and if he's asked what the baby's name is he says this name. I feel now as if I can't change the name if baby is a boy because Tyler Lee seems to love it so much!

This week...

Baby is the size of a - romaine lettuce, according to my Ovia pregnancy app.

I'm looking forward to - finally being able to get the nursery decorated, we just need to pick a theme.
My favourite moment was - getting to see baby again at the 32 week scan, thankfully everything is going great.

I've been feeling - sick again this week unfortunately. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a chest infection again and I'm starting to feel quite weak and dizzy.

I've been buying for baby - I haven't bought anything for the baby this week either, nothing has caught my eye, even though I've had a look in Penneys and Mothercare and online on the John Lewis site. I think the next few bits will be things for the nursery, the first thing being paint!
I'm missing -being able to go somewhere and not feel as though I'm going to pass out. I always get too hot now and feel as though I need to sit down before I fall over. It's made shopping trips impossible.
I'm craving - I don't think it's a true craving but I really wouldn't mind some quiche, chips and salad right now!
I'm loving - having Jacek home and being able to actually spend some time together. Yesterday we even treated ourselves to lunch, just the two of us, which is something we never do.
           
I've been meaning to - begin clearing out the box room, which will eventually be the nursery. We have so many buggies that need to go up for sale and everything in that room needs to find a new home.

I can't wait for - our next hospital appointment on April 13th. I'll be 36 weeks along then and hopefully we'll get to see a doctor who doesn't rush us through our appointment.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tyler Lee's Easter Basket | 2016 ♥

Every year I put together an Easter basket for my boy and it's something I thoroughly enjoy doing for him. Ever since I was a child, Easter has always been one of my favourite times of year and although I never received an Easter basket myself, my mam always made sure we had a chocolate egg and a surprise - one year, much to mine and my brothers delight, this was real live bunnies! I want my son to have the same fond memories of Easter and I love making the day as fun and as special as I possibly can for us all.

This year I'm recycling a few items for my boys basket as he hasn't really looked at the Peter Rabbit books much, due to their Easter theme and he now has a fondness for Peter Rabbit (just like his mummy), so I thought it'd be nice to include these books again for him.

Once again this basket was very cheap to put together. Jacek and I picked up the majority of the basket contents in Dealz and Aldi. I don't want Tyler Lee's Easter basket to be something to rival his Christmas Eve one, it's just simply a nice surprise for him to rifle through on Easter morning and I'd very much like to keep it that way.

 Included in Tyler Lee's basket this year are:

The Bunny of Bluebell Hill book.
Little Lamb to the Rescue book.
Peter Rabbit Easter Surprise book.
Happy Easter Peter book.
A sweet little yellow bucket for our Easter egg hunt, we'll put his crayons in it after Easter.
Bunny Boppers.
Natures Purest Pure Love Boy Bunny.
Chocolate Easter bunnies.
Cadbury's Buttons Easter egg and packet of buttons.
Milky Bar chocolate treats.

I decorated the basket (which is one I got in Penneys awhile back) with some blue and white polkadot ribbon, a little wooden rabbit decoration and some decorated eggs which I also got in Dealz, I'll be using these as part of our Easter egg hunt again. As you can see, we haven't gone overboard with the basket, it has a nice array of things in there and nothing expensive at all, the most I spent was €12 and I think that's perfectly acceptable, especially as people would be spending that much on a few Easter eggs anyway.

If you're looking for some more Easter basket inspiration you can see the baskets I've put together for Tyler Lee for the past two Easters here.

Do you put together an Easter basket for your little ones?

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