The Festive Season In Photos

It may come as a surprise (it certainly did to me!) that I took barely any photos over the festive period. On Christmas day itself I took just two photos; one of Aria and the obligatory Christmas dinner photo, of course! As much as I love capturing memories with photos sometimes it really is nice to put the camera down.

Christmas dinner

I cooked the Christmas dinner myself this year, kinda. My parents did the sprouts, gravy and stuffing and I did the rest. I am useless at making gravy. The dinner was delicious, almost stress free (until right at the very end when I lost my shit) and ready five minutes before my estimated time – I’m quite proud of that one!

Anna Frozen fancy dress

Aria really needs to work on her camera skills, still, she enjoyed pretending to take photos on Christmas day while dressed in her new Anna outfit.

winter sun

Unfortunately we didn’t have a white Christmas, but we did have a lovely snowfall shortly before Christmas, which Aria missed as she had a stomach bug!

sandy cockapoo in the snow

Dobby and Earl made the most of the snow fun!

grey and white cat in the snow

green door with christmas wreath

Thankfully Aria’s sickness bug cleared up in plenty of time for her to attend her playschool Christmas party, which she was quite excited about!

toddler decorating the christmas tree

Aria loved decorating the Christmas tree, and taking everything back off again, all the time…

matching Disney Christmas pjs

I forced Spencer to wear matching pyjamas again, he forced a smile, again.

cute cockapoo sleeping

It was all a bit too much for Dobby!

smiling toddler

We had the most amazing Christmas making magic and memories, and I really hope that you did too!

toddler with magic wand

WIN : Christmas Leggings & Wellies from Blade & Rose

We are huge fans of Blade & Rose leggings, especially at Christmas time. Their cute little Christmas bum prints are so cute and squishy! They have recently added some super cute lace up wellington boots to their range too, my daughter is obsessed!

competition to win Blade & Rose pink star lace up wellington boots

We have teamed up with Blade & Rose to give one of my lucky readers the chance to win a pair of Christmas leggings & wellington boots! All you need to do to enter is fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

Blade & Rose Christmas leggings come in a range of colours and designs, including gingerbread, Christmas pudding & Rudolph! The leggings are stretchy and thick, giving your child room to grow and, more importantly, keeping them nice and warm this Winter.

Blade & Rose Christmas leggings and lace up wellington boots

The Wellington boots are currently available in five designs. Aria chose the pink star lace up design and she is in love with them. When they first arrived she couldn’t wait to get them out of the box and onto her feet, and now, every day without fail she wears them.

Blade & Rose Christmas leggings and lace up wellington boots

a Rafflecopter giveaway

T&Cs : The winner will be contacted by email, if I receive no reply within one week I will draw another winner. The prize will be fulfilled by Blade & Rose. UK only. Over 18 year olds only. If you claim to have submitted an entry which you haven’t all of your entries will be disqualified. Winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter. 

Purchase your Blade & Rose Christmas leggings here.
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*Disclosure – I received products in exchange for a feature*

Cockapoos and Children – The Reality of Life with a Puppy & a Toddler

We must be crazy, last week we bought a dog, a cockapoo puppy to be precise. We read up on them, they require an average amount of exercise, they are intelligent and supposedly easy to train, they are good with kids and good with cats. They seemed like the perfect dog for us, how hard could it be?

Very is the answer to that! I’m quite sure that the puppy stage is approximately one million times harder than the newborn stage. Especially if the majority of your family come down with illnesses one week after you introduce said pup to your home. I feel like my main purpose in life at the moment is to clean up poop. Kids poo and dogs poo. Just call me the poo lady. At this point I’m sure I’ve earned that title.

cockapoos and children

Dobby follows me everywhere, as does Aria. I can’t go to the toilet without a pup and a toddler in tow. I can’t go into the kitchen without a pup and a toddler in tow. He follows me up the stairs and then cries because he can’t get back down the stairs. If I don’t have a pup and a toddler in tow I worry about where said pup and toddler are, and more to the point, what mischief they are causing.

As for being child friendly, if you count terrorising her and bringing her to tears approximately 50 times a day as child friendly then we’re bang on track!

cockapoos and children

Sometimes Aria loves Dobby, she sits down and chats with him and she especially loves lying next to him when he falls asleep (probably because he won’t jump over her when he’s sleeping, or at least she hopes that is the case), other times Aria hates Dobby.

Sometimes Dobby follows Aria around chewing on her nappy (apparently it’s because it’s a similar scent to puppy training pads), jumps up at her and chews her hair, making her cry, not because he hurts her, but because she is fed up of him.

children and cockapoos

I’m sure that we will eventually be a big happy family, and even the cats will come to love Dobby, but for now I’m you’ll find me researching puppy training classes and googling how the hell do I stop my puppy harassing my toddler, and me.

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.