Discovering Nature with JoJo Maman Bébé

Aria loves getting out discovering nature, she loves picking things up, getting her hands dirty and excitedly shouting “look mammy”. I try to encourage and embrace this as much as I can, except for when she attempts to discover the things that nature didn’t intend, such as discarded chewing gum. With an abundance of fruit & veg growing in our garden and situated at the top of a beautiful park and woods our new house is just perfect for Aria to discover and learn more and more about nature.

JoJo Maman Bebe AW17 Woodland clothing

Dressed in her gorgeous new outfit from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing collection Aria and I went on a little stroll down to the woods where Aria picked acorns (or balls as she calls them), leaves (or trees as she calls them), climbed trees and more. Aria absolutely loved it and I can see us spending a lot of time down there from now on.

JoJo Maman Bebe AW17 Woodland clothing

Me being me, I had to dress her in a cute little outfit perfect for the occasion, so I opted for some gorgeous woodland pieces from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 collection*. The new collection is to die for, with plenty of warm colours and the cutest little animal designs.

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

These little fox welly liners are the cutest, Aria loves them and I’m pretty sure that she would wear them all the time, in fact, the day after I took this photo she insisted on taking her wellies, along with said fox liners, to her nan & grandad’s house, despite the fact that the sun was shining that day!

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing peter pan collar toddler vest
JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

Aria is wearing :

Yellow fox cardigan
Ditsy peter pan top
Teal elephant pinafore dress
Plain cotton tights in purple
Fox wellie liners

*Disclosure – we received the clothing items in exchange for a feature*

From Wimp to Ninja Toddler

I used to worry about my toddler because she wasn’t like other toddlers.

She wouldn’t explore or throw herself down slides, she wouldn’t climb and discover her surroundings.

My toddler was a wimp.

Part of me was relieved. it took a lot of stress and worry out of parenting, I didn’t have to worry about my daughter hurting herself or wandering off, because she wouldn’t put herself in danger. As much as a relief as this was I didn’t want it for her. I wanted my girl to explore, I didn’t want her to hold herself back and I certainly didn’t want her to worry about things. I’m the parent, I’m the one who should be worrying.

Then, all of a sudden, my daughter changed, she went from a wimp to a ninja toddler, seemingly overnight.

There is no stopping her now, she jumps on the bed and throws herself down, she goes on a slide without holding our hands, she climbs out of bed. If we leave a ladder around she will climb up it. If we go to a river she will explore, right up to the edge of the water.

My toddler is a ninja. 

Aria no longer worries, now the worrying is my job, as it should be.

I love my little seemingly fierce ninja, I am so proud of her for stepping away from fear and just doing things. There is a small part of me that will always miss my wimp, my little girl who didn’t want to leave my side, who anxiously held my hand and waited for me to explore with her, but I am so happy that my daughter is no longer holding herself back, she is enjoying life to the full.

My girl has grown up, she is no longer a ‘wimp’, she is now an independent, inquisitive toddler.

Family Summer Styling with Peacocks

Wow it’s been hot lately! Thankfully we’ve had the perfect summer clothing to wear during the heatwave courtesy of high street fashion brand Peacocks*. I’ve always been a fan of Peacocks, I find that their clothes are comfortable and their sizes are fairly generous, now that I have a family I find shopping there even more practical, as it means that I can easily kit the whole family out under one roof without spending a fortune.

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

We decided to take a wander down to the backs of our soon to be new home (if the Solicitors ever sort themselves out) to enjoy the sunshine and, of course, take a few photos. Aria decided to become all model-esque in quite possibly my favourite photo of her ever to show off her gorgeous t-shirt and dress set. Her floral bomber jacket is perfect for throwing on over the top when the sun goes down and it gets a little chilly, I would actually love one of these in my size!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces and floral print bomber jacket  Family Summer Styling with Peacocks Women's hanky hem maxi dress and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

I opted for the comfortable yet flattering women’s blank hanky hem dress (which is now on sale, FYI!). This dress is absolutely perfect for me, it nips in at the waist and then flares out in a bid to hide my mum tum. The length hides my legs without being too long and dragging on the floor, which a lot of dresses do when you are only 5’3 like me. Pop a pair of cycling shorts on underneath and you needn’t worry about chub rub!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks Women's hanky hem maxi dress and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces Family Summer Styling with Peacocks men's shorts and pink shirt and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

Spencer decided to be all ‘daddy cool’ in these belted shorts and a pink linen shirt, and I must admit, he scrubbed up quite well!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks men's shorts and pink shirt and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

Where is your favourite destination for family clothing? Do you prefer to get it all under one roof or do you like to shop about?

*Disclosure – We received the clothing in exchange for a feature*

Exploring a Wooden Wonderland with Roco Clothing

In the Cornelius household we love an excuse to dress up almost as much as we love a pyjama day, almost. When Roco got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their stunning dresses for Aria obviously I said yes please. Manchester based Roco specialise in formal children’s wear, they are the perfect destination for Weddings and, of course, wooden wonderland walks!

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

Armed with our basket, for no reason other than that it looked fancy in the photos, we headed to Sor Brook, a very pretty yet quiet spot near the more popular Llandegfedd Reservoir. There is plenty to do while in Sor Brook, there is a large open meadow, a small stream and beautiful woodland walks.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

Aria looked beautiful in her Anna dress in size 2-3 years and the pretty white Hana shoes. All that was missing was flowers in her hair, and that was only because I knew she wouldn’t keep them in.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

The dress and shoes are the perfect fit and are fab for wonderland walks, parties, Weddings and so much more. I was very relieved to discover that the bow at the back simply does up with a popper, but not quite so relieved that the dress is dry clean only. The perfect swishiness of the dress more than makes up for the fact that it is a pain to wash.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

*Disclosure – We received the dress and shoes in exchange for a feature*

My Darling Toddler, I’m Sorry, Naps Are Banned

The time has come. I have banned naps. My daughter is two and I am no longer allowing her to nap during the day.

I’m struggling to hold it all together. The house is a mess. We have no clean clothes. The few clean clothes that we do have live on the floor, I’m not sure when I’ll ever get time to put them away.

Time for tea, but wait, where are the clean plates? There are none.

Daddy comes home and moans that I’ve been home all day and got nothing done.

I’m pulling my hair out, if I carry on this way I’m going to need Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment, and we all know Spencer could already do with a few doses!

I’m sad that we’ve banned naps. Naps were my time, now I have no time. 

We must be crazy! Stopping out toddlers naps, why would we inflict that on ourselves? You see we like free time in the evenings, and we also like sleep, preferably without a toddler in between us.

If we allow daytime naps our toddler will not sleep. Just the other day I gave into temptation. I knew that I shouldn’t have, but it has been so hot and she looked so tired and I had so much to do.

What harm can a small half hour nap do after all? A lot, it transpires.

You see our daughter has learnt to climb out of her bed. She has only previously attempted it in the mornings when she wakes up, climbs out of bed and pitter patters across the room into our bedroom. It’s cute and makes us smile in the mornings.

After a daytime nap it isn’t so cute. As she had napped during the day I let her have a later bedtime, 8pm. I gave her milk, read her a book and put her to bed. I settled down for a rare night off, a night of watching The Walking Dead.

Then, bang, pitter patter, ROOOAAAARRRR MAMMY!

My toddler had escaped her bedroom and decided to join me in the living room. This carried on until midnight and is exactly why daytime naps are banned.

I am sorry my darling toddler, we aren’t stopping your naps to be mean, we’re stopping them because we need time, just us, and you need to sleep.

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