Arty Apple Personalised Aprons – Review and Giveaway

It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of buying things that people don’t need. So when it comes to presents, I have to put a lot of thought into it. Is the purchase ethical, do they need it and how can I make it special? And the Arty apple bespoke, handmade, personalised products tick all the boxes.   About Arty apple The Arty apple brand was established by Amy, an incredibly talented mum with a passion for creating beautiful, bespoke items for her own children. Amy’s focus is on quality, affordability and the personal touch that comes with each…

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Dear mummy, cuddle your baby

Dear mummy, I know you’re tired. Pregnancy is tough and birth never goes to plan. It feels like you haven’t slept in weeks. Your newborn is crying in her basket, and all you want to do is sleep. You’ve read all the parenting books. Your baby is clean and dry, she’s not hungry or thirsty so they tell you to leave her, you’ll make her clingy by picking her up. But those other parenting books tell you to hold her. They tell you that all she needs is comfort, to be close to her mum. But don’t cuddle her because…

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Our Thursday Photo #42

Lia is now 42 weeks old. For the record, that’s how long I was pregnant with her for. I’m sorry if you are coming up to your 40th week of pregnancy but for me, pregnancy just doesn’t last 40 weeks. Anyway, enough of that pregnancy talk, I can safely say never again.  This week has been one of those quietly monumental weeks for all of us. Lia has really come out of herself and blossomed into a little person. She is pulling herself up on everything, crawling incredibly well and interacting with everyone.  Libby has today received her first pair…

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Letting my children down

I think that as parents, we all beat ourselves up about doing the best for our children. Sometimes, our best is all we can do but I know that for me, it will never be good enough. Here are the ways I’m letting my children down. Can you relate to any of them? I don’t pay enough attention to either child. I know that Lia suffers in particular, to such an extent that her development is notably behind where Libby’s was at the same age. By now, Libby could point to all her body parts, even her eyebrows. She was…

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Holidays with young children

When Libby was about the age that Lia is now, I had some work to do in Paris so Libby and I packed our bags and jumped on a plane.  This was the last time I went abroad and the only time I’ve ever flown with either of the girls.  Paris is a fabulous city and we loved our little trip there. However, I can see how it would be a nightmare for people with young children too. Luckily, having spent quite a bit of time in Paris when I lived in Nantes, I knew that taking a pram or buggy was…

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