Alternative Uses for a Babymule

One of the best finds on the parenting market has got to be the Babymule changing bag. I’ve written before how brilliant it is and I stick by that. It has plenty of room, it’s comfortable to wear, and it’s design is perfect for those that perhaps don’t suit the design of highstreet changing bags.

But what I love most about the Babymule is how adaptable it is. As well as the interchangable straps that can change the bag from a rucksack to a record bag, the bag itself can be used for a number of occasions and events other than just baby essentials.

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The Bullet Journal Diaries: 50 List Ideas

Having a bullet journal can get a bit overwhelming very quickly. You have all these wonderful ideas or save hundreds a few pins from Pinterest, and in no time you’re up late still designing a page that realistically you’re not going to use. You lose track.

Once I’d tamed my excitement, I drafted in pencil ten pages I’d like to have in my journal. These pages were outside the weekly diary sections and sat at the back of the book. That way, they were definitely segregated into the “fun” area.


Plus, being at the back meant there was not as much pressure to get these pages done as there was to get the diary sections done!

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Gourmet Pizza, South Bank, London: Review

Last Friday, Sharon and I bagged ourselves tickets to see The Last Leg live (say THAT after a few) in London. It’s one of our favourite satire chat-show-style shows out there so there was no way we were going to miss out.

It would have been our first proper outing as a couple in a long time so we wanted to make the most of it and have dinner out too! So after packing T off to nana’s for his first sleepover, after three successful nights in his readybed, we drove to London (which wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it’d be).

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Our Top 5 National Trust Locations (South East) & Giveaway!

We’ve been National Trust members for quite sometime now, making the most out of it when T started walking.

What we love about the locations within the National Trust is that you’re always spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do. The majority of the locations often come with historic buildings, but if that’s not your cup of tea then there is always a picturesque walk to enjoy – whether it’s woodland, gardens, or open fields. And if that doesn’t float your boat then there’s always the cafe that serve some of the best tea and cake!

Trying to pick a favourite location is like trying to pick your favourite chocolate bar. It depends on your mood. Sometimes I fancy exploring a castle. Sometimes I want to walk through the woods. But whatever I fancy, I know that the National Trust will be able to provide. Continue reading

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A Birthday Giveaway with Toddlebike2!

The Toddlebike2 is probably one of T’s most favourable modes of transport bar being carried! Whenever we take the Toddlebike2 out with us and give T the option to ride it he’s on it from the start to the very end of our walks.

Watching T grow with the bike has been fun to watch. He started riding the bike by sitting on the central bar, however at almost two he now sits comfortably on the seat! It’s only then when I realise our toddler has grown!

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The Highs and Lows of Nursery

Even before T started nursery we knew he’d pick up a few things that would be out of our control. Things like colds, stomach bugs, and nits were expected; although I’m pleased the latter has yet to hit us. Hand Foot and Mouth and Chicken Pox, however, that was our six-eight month treat!

But what’s really frustrated me about nursery recently, more than the disease (although this got particularly annoying after the third week of illness), is other children’s habits.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t meant to sound like a moan about parenting decisions. At the end of the day children will pick up all sorts – the child T has picked something up from very well may have picked it up from someone else too! But when your child picks something up; like a word or phrase, that you don’t use in your house, especially when it’s not particularly nice, it gets your back up. 

Let’s start with the most annoying phrases to date…

Mine!

We’ve never said this to T in an effort to hold onto something. It’s generally; “that’s so and so’s” or “that’s not a toy”. So when T came home one week and started grabbing things and shouting “mine!” Or hiding things behind his back I was really shocked.

Not only is it really aggressive but I worry what’s suddenly being taken from him that he feels he now needs to verbally mark his territory!

Share!

On the same note as ‘Mine!’, we’ve recently noticed T taking toys from us and shouting “Share!”.

We’ve been known to say this a lot more when play dates or his cousins come to play, but only if it’s up for sharing. We’re more of a ‘who had it first?‘ kinda family.

Hitting.

Probably the biggest shock since T started nursery is when T gets frustrated he can’t have something and then hits our leg (before falling to the floor in a heap).

If he has something that he knows we’re going ask him for; like a dog bone or a random piece of food found from under the sofa, he’ll suddenly hide the item behind his head and then try and hit out before we get near!

This is what happens when we leave T to his own devices.

Some of these behaviours are really heartbreaking as I can’t seem to snap him out of them until he’s been away for a few days! What do we do? I feel silly talking to the nursery as it’s all “normal” toddler behaviour – he’s bound to pick things up – but I’m still not happy about it. I may very well just bite the bullet and talk to nursery. Even just to ask what’s going on and whether I need to be concerned.

But with all this in mind…

I still wouldn’t change our nursery. T is in a really good one despite the above, and the good things definitely out weight the bad. He’s constantly learning lots of new (pleasant) words, he’s confident, he’s learning about colours and shapes, and even repeats them back to us. It’s incredible.

It’s just frustrating when all your hard work goes to down the drain when the toddler that comes home is one that likes to suddenly poke eyes!

K