Cuddles with my Cuties Part II – Makes me Burst With Love

Cuddles with my cuties

Warning! Extremely soppy post! You may be at risk of either vomiting or needing your entire brood to be near for a warm embrace!

Cuddles. It’s strange that they are so wonderful. After pregnancy and postpartum recovery when your body just wants a break from it all, there they are to make it better.

Recently, I’ve found myself just stopping to give my babies cuddles. It just fills me with love and makes me want to pop! ¬†Maybe it’s because having a tiny baby again is just so lovely: The busy hands, the illogical flip switch from happy to extreme sadness and the need for constant physical contact. It might be this contact that is making me love the cuddles. Whatever it is, I’m certainly appreciating my little ones more and more. It’s almost like I’m slowing down time to make sure I remember these special times.

Is George really 2?

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I remember holding tiny George loving how he was a new part of my life. I loved feeding him and watching his cheeky character grow and develop. He still is tiny (but bigger), more cheeky and certainly a card, but it’s all gone so fast. Age 2 is still young but now I’m reliving the tiny baby days I worry that I’ve forgotten so much. It’s all gone so fast. I miss the busy hands days and then we have cuddles. The cuddles make it ok again. I remember, he’s the George I love because of his journey. I’ve been there with him and cuddles are just a way of stopping to remember that.

Cuddles with Olivia

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Olivia loves to be held. She is 9 weeks old now… where did that go? She’s starting to hold her head up like a champ and she’s awake for longer… much longer. She reminds me of tiny tiny George and she reminds me of me. I’ve used a stretchy baby carrier with her so that I’ve been able to look after George as well and the constant cuddles has kept her settled. It’s also nice for me. She is always near and I can just stop to give her a warm embrace and a kiss on her head. I’m making the most of this.

Will it end?

Some children grow up and don’t want that togetherness that they have as children with their parents. Will my duo grow up to be that way or will they love to come home to cuddles? I want them to grow up to be strong and independent and would never want to discourage them from reaching for their dreams, but please, when they do come home, let there always be cuddles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cuddly love for my children. Let me know if it’s made you want to cuddle your precious ones?

Thank you for reading.

Cuddles with my Cuties part I

Cookie Jar Toy Review – Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise Toy

Cookie Jar Toy Review

I’ve had this little cookie jar toy since George was around 7-8 months old and he was grabbing things. As he has developed to an age of now 25 months, he still plays with this colourful toy. He now plays differently with the toy and I can see him developing new ways of making it interesting for him. It has become a toy that he always seems to go back to and I would definitely recommend to anyone who wanted a shape sorting toy for their children but didn’t know what to invest in.

I wanted to share how we play and look forward to playing with this toy. I’ve included some extra games we play with the cookie jar toy. Why not leave a comment with how you have innovated with this toy?

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Unboxing Video of Apples and Pips New Baby Basket

It never ceases to amaze me how generous people can be. I gave birth to my gorgeous baby girl on 28th March and we received many cards and gifts.

One of those gifts came from my husband’s work colleagues. It was a basket, filled with goodies… and not just for the baby. This was a new baby gift with a difference. Yes there were items in there for the baby such as a cellular blanket, a bib and some cute leggings, but there was also a lavender scented candle and some parenting milestone cards “teething sucks” for the parents to enjoy amongst many other quality items.

Please note: It arrived with more love heart chocolates than seen below… omm nom nom


It was put together by a company quite local to me called Apples and Pips (www.applesandpips.co.uk). On the website you can also buy items individually which is great as the clothing in particular is great quality. 

Sorry about the poor editing- (my software kept crashing and life’s too short!) but here is my unboxing video

Thank you to my husbands colleagues and thank you Apples and Pips 

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Predicting Naptime in Children? 

I’m a mother of a 2 year old who has only one nap a day now I still find it difficult to predict when he will drop off. The only thing I know is that if he drops off to sleep at any point, even if it’s for 10 minutes, he will not go back to sleep if woken and I end up with a very cranky toddler until bedtime. 

I find myself planning my afternoons around his naptime. He falls asleep easily in the car so if it’s a 10 minutes journey I don’t want him to have that time as his only nap. Sometimes it is unavoidable… oh those joyful days. 

He has been accustomed to having naps at nursery but now I’m on second maternity leave, he sees the house as playtime and he suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out) so getting him to nap is a challenge. 

Here is a link for why naptime is important. 

Now I have an 8 week old who naps throughout the day, but this won’t last for long. Soon I’ll be juggling 2 children who will likely not want to nap at the same time.  

Shall I just prepare for cranky kids or is there a secret I don’t know about? If there was a secret I’m sure there would a post or forum thread somewhere. Oh well.

So to all those parents who have uncoordinated naptime and don’t even get your own sleep in the night… I’m with you! It’s all worth it… keep going… and put the kettle on. 

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Summer

Summer is great! Long days, great weather, ice-cream and fun fun fun! Although, summer often comes and goes in a blink of any eye. If you aren’t careful you might miss it, especially if you live in sunny Britain (otherwise known as rainy Britain). Here are some tips to get you making the most of the outdoors this summer.

1. Pack a summer change bag


Be ready to go at the drop of a hat with a few extra summer essentials:

  • Sun cream: I reccommend SPF 50 for your little ones. 
  • A large muslin and a couple of pegs- this makes a great sun shade/tent at your picnic destination. Please don’t peg a muslin across a pram as this can cause overheating in children/babies.
  • Refillable water bottles- don’t get dehydrated!
  • Sun hats and long sleeved spare clothes for extra sun protection 
  • Swim nappy – many parks have outdoor swimming pools for summer splash fun

2. Check with your council for local events

Your local council will want you to use their facilities. Many produce promotional material to get parents to use their parks and fill up their parking meters. Subscribe to their newsletters or request their annual events programme so you don’t miss out on local events or opportunities.

3 Bubbles

Bubbles are great fun for all ages. Little ones love to watch them and they make excellent visual sensory fun. Older children love them just as much. In fact.. add bubbles to your summer change bag pronto!

4 Chalk- get creative 


If you are stuck in the house for some reason but want your children to enjoy the outdoors, arm them with a chunk of chalk. Here are some suggestions:

  • Draw pictures on your patio
  • Draw a large letter and ask the kids to find objects in the garden beginning with that letter
  • Draw a chalk mural.
  • Draw different coloured crosses around the garden. Whilst enjoying a sit down, should out colours and watch your children dash to the correctly coloured cross. Repeat until bedtime for a peaceful evening.

5 What about my newborn? 

Getting out of the house is important for the parent as much as it is the newborn. Here are some ideas to make going out more of a sensory activity. 

Plan a stroll in areas with different noises e.g. Walk along a road to a park where children are playing, then along a river/canal or near a lake where water can beard heard or water birds can be seen. 

Walk under tree canopies to allow the broken light onto your baby who is looking up. 

Don’t forget to talk to your baby the whole time to keep them stimulated and help with your bonding.

6 Using the environment to get creative


Children are wired up to learn and be creative so just getting them to a park, field or footpath might be enough to get them excited and playing with the environment. Here are some more ideas to help you along:

  • Make a musical instrument with a grass blade
  • Spot different birds
  • Look at leaves and try to identify the tree/plant – take care not to pic poisonous plants- this is a good way to teach your children about natural dangers 
  • Play pooh sticks
  • Blowing heads off dandelion clocks
  • Collect twigs and fallen leaves for a nature collage when you get home

Check out this link for my suggestions for walking with babies and toddlers.

7 Make the most of those evenings 


If you are stuck at work all day or if the days are just too hot to handle, an evening outing could be just the trick. The temperature might be more favourable and it really means you are making the most of your time. Plan an evening picnic along with a short stroll. An evening away from the TV is great for family bonding time and it’s easily achieved. You don’t have to go far, it could even just be a quick trip to the local park. It’s free and your kids will love it!

I hope you like my suggestions and take the opportunities as they arise. 

If the weather never comes though you can always get away – here are some flying tips 

Leave a comment with your suggestions for outdoor fun. 

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Have a great time enjoying some fresh air

Instructable Crafting a No-Sew Owl Costume

One thing I was looking forward to as a parent was the “crafting” element. I know this makes many people die inside when they child says “I need to go to school as a pirate tomorrow”but when I was asked to send my 20 month old boy in fancy dress for world book day this year I took up the challenge. 

George’s favourite book is little owls night. He reads it himself (babbles) and kisses the owl goodnight every night. I just had to send him as little Owl.


I chose a no see option.

You will need:

  • Coloured felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric marker
  • An old T-Shirt
  • Headband
  • Coloured paper 

Step 1 create the owl cape

I lay George’s Old T-shirt over a large piece of brown felt and then marked out an owl cape. I added feather detail to the edge along with a tail. Along the top I left flaps to allow me to glue the cape to George’s T-shirt



I left flaps to attach to the collar 


I wanted to give the chest a bit of a pattern so I chose a combination of yellow and orange for the feathers. I cut similar sized rectangles and lay them out to make sure I had the right coverage.


I then trimmed the ends of he rectangles to make feather tips.



I then made some longer and larger brown feathers to cover up the arms of the T-Shirt.


And a flap to cover the front collar


Time to glue and let dry overnight.


I made an owl face using coloured paper and stuck it onto a headband (I forgot to photograph)

George modelled the outfit brilliantly. He wasn’t so keen on the headband though.


The headband didn’t make it all the way through his day but he had a great time running round as little owl all day.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my instructable. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something as well.

Happy crafting