What T Wore: Growing Up With Lilly and Sid 

For the past few months T’s really been sprouting up and outwards. As a result, several items of clothing are now barely making it past his ankles. This is so frustrating as some of our favourite brands are now too small for him. So when the lovely folk over at Lilly and Sid invited me to prepare for future growth, I accepted their challenge! T’s been wearing Lilly and Sid since he was born, with their famous chevron suit being one of his first pieces.

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First up, these roll up shorts are perfect for T’s ever growing trunks. He can wear them as smart trousers, or shorts for when the trousers become ankle swingers! Priced at £15 (originally £30), they come as part of a set.

Staying with the ‘roll up’ theme, these roll up hem trousers are also perfect for smart or casual occasions and will stay with T a little longer than other trousers we currently have (£24). I really like the bold colour of the drawstring.

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You can’t go wrong with jumpers, especially when summer decides to finish abruptly, which is why I absolutely adore this monster pocket sweatshirt (£14, was £28).

What I particularly love about some of the jumpers from Lilly and Sid is that they all come with hidden little features, whether it’s a zipped mouth for a pocket or super hero goggles on the hood. Furthermore, these features don’t make the jumpers look childish – I’d gladly wear super hero goggles in my hood, but they don’t come in my size!

And finally, this ‘message in a bottle’ t-shirt (£9, was £18) is perfect for the beach, with the soft fabric keeping T cool in the summer and at nursery.

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Sale!

Whether you need to prepare for up and coming growth spurts, or just want to get hold of your own pieces, Lilly & Sid are currently holding a sale where some items are up to 50% off!

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K

We were offered these items for the purpose of a review, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Six Reasons I LOVE my BabyMule Changing Bag (Review) [AD]

Last year, I was lucky enough to win a Babymule changing bag. I was over the moon, it was one of the few items on my “really want” list, but I never thought I’d get my own, especially as we already had a changing bag. But you can’t have too many, right?


If you’re not familiar with Babymule, they are the creators of the adaptable changing bag.


Over the past year we’ve used our Babymule dozens of times, enjoying every minute. Here’s our favourite bits, and why we would recommend it:

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Making Conversation.

It didn’t take long after T turning one that his words started becoming more word like and less like babble.

Although I had no qualms about having a conversation with him, it got tricky after a while, especially when T would look at me in confusion, knowing full when I had already asked him “how much” something was or “what else” someone had said.

I know, mate, I'm confused as you.

I know, mate, I’m confused as you.

  • Of recent, however, those babbles have now turned into full blown words, with “mama” and “Bebe” being his favourite words.

    Here’s a few other words I know T can say:

  • Dada (yeah, I know, I was surprised as you).
  • Duck.
  • Ockar (Oscar).
  • Tat (Cat).
  • Meeeeeeee.
  • Nana

In addition to this, I’m overjoyed at how T can also understand me as well…

He knows how to kiss (me, preferably):

He currently enjoys kissing every character in 'Rabbits nap'.

He currently enjoys kissing every character in ‘Rabbits nap’.

He knows where his tongue is when I ask him:

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He smiles when I ask him to (sometimes):

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When I ask him who’s on the phone, he finds out:

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There are a heap of other little tricks such as; clapping along to songs, and passing me objects I’ve asked for, that T can do and I’m so proud. I’m also often dumbfounded as to where he picked certain things up – I’ve certainly never taught him how blow raspberries, for example!

I’m confident that this is the work of nursery combined with us reading to him.

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He absolutely loves books, and often brings us several throughout the day to read over and over and over and over and over again. I’m pretty sure I now know where fox’s socks are and what pet the zoo gave to the little kid.

I know we’re a little while off, but I cannot wait to hear T’s “talking voice” – I know it’s going to melt me. I can’t wait for him to start asking questions or even just being able to say please and thank you.

What were your little knew first words?
K

13 Reasons Why We Don’t have ‘Heterosexual Pride’

Less than a month since we wrote about the devastating massacre in Orlando, this  week I was shocked to see the following hashtag trending on Twitter:

#HeterosexualPrideDay.

Discussing it with my friend Laura, we were appalled. Angry. Sick.

I don’t know where it originated from, or why it came about. Whether it was genuine, or whether it was a joke. Quite frankly, I don’t care.

The fact that it was there proves the point that ignorance still exists, and that (Gay) Pride is still a joke to some. It proves why we still need (Gay) Pride, and why we DON’T have a straight pride:

1) Straight people don’t need to check who’s around before they kiss their partners.

2) You don’t have to consider whether to tick “straight” on a form as you might have more chance of getting the job that way.*

3) Straight people don’t have to awkwardly correct people when you say partner and they assume it’s someone of the opposite sex.*

4) Straight people can go to any country for a holiday.

In red are all the countries where it’s illegal to be straight


5) Staight people have never been stoned to death or pushed off a building as punishment for being straight.*

6) Straight people don’t have to worry about walking into gay bars, unlike gay people in straight bars. 

7) No religious book says straight people are an abomination.*

8) Straight people aren’t token characters in films or books. 

9) Straight couples don’t sit in the “no same-sex stag/hen parties” section when it comes to booking holidays (it happens, trust me). 

10) You don’t hear kids saying something is “so straight”.*

11) Straight people have never had to fight for marriage.*

12) Straight people don’t need to check whether the area in which they want to live is “gay friendly”. 

13) It’s never, ever, been illegal for straight people love someone.* 


This is in no way a pitch-forking exercise against Heterosexual folk, and I apologise if I have caused offence in anyway. 

*Contributed by the lovely Laura from Mama, Eden, and Me

My First Blogging Conference – BritMums Live. 

This weekend saw the biggest blogging conference in the blogging calendar, BritMums Live (or #BML16 if you’re partial to the occasional hashtag).

Sponsored by Cheeky Wipes, I took myself off to London for the day to meet fellow bloggers, network with brands, and learn a few things about blogging and social media. In black and white that all sounded pretty simple, however once I got there it was actually quite a challenge.


According to other bloggers, this year was the first year that BritMums was a one day event. Previously, it was a two day event, and I could see why. As well as several breakout sessions to pick from throughout the day; ranging from ‘The Dark Net’ to Instagram, you also had the option to network with brands, as well as the mammoth task of meeting other bloggers.


None of this is mandatory, of course, but why wouldn’t you want to try and experience everything or chat with the people you’ve been chatting to for months, if not years?

Starting my day with a 6:30 train to Farringdon, I was lucky to meet up with a few Brighton bloggers on the way – this definitely made walking into an already busy forecourt a lot easier.

The location was great. I’ve been lucky enough to visit The Brewery before with S as part of Christmas Do’s so thankfully I knew my way around.

Before the conference even began I was already recognising a few faces. This was my first challenge of the day; go up to them and say hi, or wait and save myself from looking like a fan-girl. I decided to wait, register myself, and go get (a few) pastries. This is where I met the lovely Emma and John.

After the opening talk I made my way to the “networking” room. I actually found this room to be quite overwhelming, and the majority of the brands didn’t really suit our blog, so I decided to say hello to some bloggers! This is where I met Tom, Tim, Martyn, Dave, Tony, (honestly, I didn’t just aim for the dads), Leanne, and Hannah.

In no time, the first session was about to begin so I took myself off to learn/discuss creative writing. This is where I met Lucy, which was the only plus side to the session. Maybe it was me misinterpreting the session description, but I did leave this particular breakout session feeling quite deflated. With this, I decided to miss the second breakout as I wanted to catch up with the lovely ladies from the BlogBumpClub. Chelle, Hannah, Hannah (I know, a lot of Hannah’s) and Katy were there and I had a blast chatting about (and sniffing) babies. It was hard not to become incredibly broody!


Lunch was suddenly upon us and after much deliberation I enjoyed a lamb curry with a side of nachos. I also managed to find room for some pudding.


The third breakout session was the most enjoyable as it was based around the Sketchbook Club. I’ve never done anything like this before despite always enjoying colouring-in and doodling, so it was no surprise that this session was really enjoyable. If anything, it completely took the pressure off making the conference solely about blogging! I already have a few ideas about how I can integrate sketching into the blog/Instagram.


The fourth session I attended was about Instagram and unfortunately, again, I didn’t come away feeling like I’d learnt much, which was good; without sounding arrogant, as it made me feel that I was actually doing something right!

Apart from meeting fellow bloggers, my favourite part of the day was, by far, the keynote speeches. The highlights for me were Tim and his x-factor worthy parody of ‘Pretty in Pink’ and Al’s ‘Job interview to become a Stay-at-home-dad’.

After the keynotes, the BiB (Brilliance in Blogging) awards commenced. Sadly, quite a few of my favourite blogs didn’t get the award they deserved, but I was still proud as punch to see their names up there as finalists!

The evening finished with cake, wine, and more socialising. Here I was finally able to meet a few more of my favourites; Donna and Stephanie (aka Clarke Kent!).


As you can tell, it was quite the Saturday. I still have a few reservations and criticisms of the event and, as other people have mentioned, I’d be reluctant to go again based purely on the breakout sessions – but maybe that was just me. I was, on the other hand, impressed with the variety of sessions available. 

The socialising aspect, however, was totally worth the journey and I’d like to hope I’ve made some friends this weekend.

Even if you’re new to blogging, I would recommend giving at least one conference a go. It’s a great way to find like-minded bloggers, and the gift bags are pretty sweet.

The environment is lovely, albeit busy, and the bloggers I’ve met this weekend are some of the nicest people I’ve met. I just wish I’d found time to meet more people! I’m sorry if I didn’t get round to saying hi!

Did you go to BML16? What did you enjoy/not enjoy? Any tips?

K