DIY Dinosaur Fossils

Over Christmas Monkey had a school take home activity, aka homework all to do with dinosaurs. There were several activities that they suggested but one really struck interest in Monkey – Dinosaur Fossils. Rather than use clay I opted to make some salt dough. Now I don’t have a great record with salt dough, I think I must always over cook it. Inevitably my lovely flat disks into slightly raised, uneven, pot holed tea cakes!

This time however I seem to have found a consistency which works and all apart from one came out as pictured. To be honest though since they were meant to be Fossils being a bit uneven would probably not hurt! To make the salt dough Monkey helped me to mix

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 3/4 cup of water added gradually. I actually used slightly more than this

He really enjoyed kneading the dough. Once mixed I helped Monkey to divide the dough into eight pieces as we had eight minature dinosaurs. We then shaped them into round disks about half an inch thick. Monkey could not wait to make the in-print of the dinosaur on the dough. He got a little over zealous at times and I had to do a little fixing up otherwise the dinosaur acted a little but like a cookie cutter!

I popped them in the oven at 180 degrees on baking parchment and kept an eye on them until they went a light tan colour. Monkey decided that he didn’t want to send them all to school and we kept two at home which he painted. One has now been given to Kipper for his new room, the other sits proudly on the window sill.

I think they came out very well, although I prefer the unpainted versions. A very simple craft but one he likes to talk about. They did show and tell at school the morning he took them in and he was very proud of his creation.

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ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Review & Giveaway

ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Review – As a second time around parent I like to think I know my stuff when it comes to baby essentials, having picked my favourites and stuck with them. However as I mentioned in Kippers eight month update we have been struggling with sleep. So when ErgoPouch got in touch and asked if we would like to review one of their sleep suits I said yes. I find thicker tog sleeping bags hard to come by. Kipper appears to like to be warm (Monkey still sleeps with the covers off!) and with the cold weather upon us and a 100 year old house in need of some new insulation. I was hoping their 3.5tog bag held the magic key…

For those of you who don’t know ErgoPouch is the no.1 Australian sleeping sack brand and is renowned for the design and manufacture of high quality baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits made from skin-friendly natural breathable fibres. This is really important for us because of Monkey’s delicate skin and eczema problems.. The ergocoon had been acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for their ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom, which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. ErgoPouch  products actually create a mirco-climate for babies and little people so they don’t sweat!

So how did we get on?

Ergopouch sent us sleep suits for both boys, Monkey received a size 2-4 years, Kipper 8-24 months. Lets start with Monkey. He was excited as soon as he saw it wanting to get in it straight away. We moved him out of a bag when around the age of two because it was becoming a concern when he walked around in it. Although his balance was good I always worried that he may topple over. I would have preferred not to have done so as he loved his bags. The most amazing thing about the ErgoPouch sleep suits in Monkey’s eyes is that you can zip up the centre to make into legs. So he can now run around in his bag! Which he proceeded to do very happily, which is great but practically it has some other benefits too:

 

  • For Kipper I can use the bag in a carrier, or pram where I have a harness
  • For both of them I can use it with a forward facing car seat. When you have a tendency to stay out and bring the kids back at bedtime its perfect. As we can transfer them from the car to the cot or bed with very little disturbance.
  • It allows easy access for nappy changing

Its hard to explain how it works in words, but basically there is a zip either side of the bag. If you unzip them you can then attach one side of the front zip to the other side of the back zip. I think with a bit of practice Monkey will even be able to do it on his own.

For the child that is not a fan of duvets or blankets he has happily slept in his bag every night since. Even though he is 4.5 years old and on the taller side the bag still fits fine. I think this is partly because it has stretching side panels which also helps with movement.

As for Kipper, he tried out the 3.5 tog. I have been struggling to get him to settle into his own cot instead he prefers to be in bed with us having cuddles. Since using the ergoPouch bag we are getting through the night until around 5am. He wakes wanting milk but I am confident we will be able to reduce the need for that really early feed soon. Now although I can not say it is because of the bag he is now sleeping through I think it has without doubt helped.

He doesn’t sweat in the bag at all and the fabric is soft against his new skin. I like the fact that the inside of the arms are fleecy. The back and front are padded and almost feel silky to the touch. There is a flap of material covering the top of the zip to ensure it doesn’t dig into his little chin. The zips are well made and robust. I really can not fault these sleeping bags at all. Not only am I recommending them to friends,  I am looking to buy another for Kipper so that we have a spare. The large age range means they are great value for money too as you will easily get more than one season out of them.

 

Things I love other than the obvious (like more sleep)

  • I like that they go up to age six
  • They have arms… I have been looking for bags with arms for a long time. Plus they have fold over cuffs perfect if you are travelling in the suits. Or if your little one likes to scratch.
  • The grip pads on the feet stop Monkey slipping on our wooden floors – they really have thought of everything.
  • The tag is a thermometer so you can see the temperature in your child’s room easily. On reverse it suggests at what temperature you should use which tog bag and also what clothing to use underneath it.
  • I opted for the navy cross but they have some lovely other designs including gender neutral ones.

Things you need to know:

  • Made with organic cotton sheeting filled with cotton
  • Stretchy side panels made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane
  • Machine washable and you can tumble dry on a low heat – I have done this with both bags and they have not shrunk at all in the wash.
  • Eco-friendly, no pesticides or chemicals
  • The sleep suits come in three tog sizes so there is something for every season. They also sell swaddles for young babies and armless sleeping bags.
  • Our sleep suits retail at £55.99 each, you can see a full range of product on their website – ErgoPouch

But you do not need to take my word for it. The lovely people at ErgoPouch have one to giveaway to one of my readers. To enter please enter via the Gleam application and note the T&Cs below:

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  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive an ErgoPouch sleep suit of their choice, colour choices are limited to availability
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Kipper’s Eight Month Update

Kipper has really changed in the last month, although he is still not moving and doesn’t have any teeth he just seems so much more grown up. I can see my little baby disappearing, and although it brings a tear to my eye I am glad he is a bit more robust as he will be starting nursery this month. This will be the last update I write while still on maternity leave, I wrote all about the things I need to do before going back to work, near the top of the list is to get Kipper onto the bottle during the day and into some sort of routine.

Weight – I’ve stopped taking him to the heath visitors now as it was becoming increasingly obvious that I only wanted the weight for his red book. Instead I am trying to weigh him on the scales with me. It also gives me a gentle nudge to eat a bit better too! This month be weighed in  22lb exactly. Meaning that he is keeping up the trend of putting on about 1lb a month. I suspect this will drop off once he starts moving

Height – 28.5 inches

Clothing Size – More and more of the 6-9 is too small, around the middle and surprisingly in the leg. I suspect I will need to get the next size down out of the loft before I go back to work and get it washed and folded. I have decided to send him to nursery in babygrows as we have a lot from when Monkey was little and it means they are easy to change for the staff and also cheap to replace when they get wreaked. Monkey started nursery when he was eighteen months so its going to be a whole new ball game for us.

Teeth – Amazingly we still don’t have any teeth. I think out of the eight NCT babies he is now the last, but Monkey was late with his teeth so it really doesn’t surprise me. On the plus side it has meant feeding is easier, although he is obviously in pain with them moving around. I am hoping they are not going to make an appearance all at once!

Health – Since developing a touch of bronchitis he has had one thing after another. Albeit not bad its upsetting his sleeping. Over the weekend he woke screaming the place down with a temperature of 39+. Thankfully calpol and calprofen helped bring it back under control but it did take several doses before he seemed to be over the worse of it. I cant work out if its linked to teething or if he’s just picking up the germs that Monkey brings home from school. In some ways if it is the latter then at least its building his immune system up before he starts nursery and brings home all manner of stuff!

Loves – His two major loves are food and mummy. The clinginess has really set in. and although I was expecting it, it has surprised me. Monkey was in child care by the time he was six months old so we didn’t notice it as much. He won’t even let me leave the room without having a major meltdown. The only saving grace is that when I am not around his is fine, its only when he sees me. He has also started to hold his arms up to me to pick him up and has developed this ‘I am too cute’ face, where he cocks his head to one side and pulls his hands up round his face. Its all part of his flirting routine.

His favourite toys at the moment are a wooden spoon, silicone pastry brush and wire whisk. Everything has become a drum and he likes to hold things and hit them together. He also really enjoys bath times, espically when he gets the bath to himself and he can splash as much as he wants. Over Christmas he was very interested in the wrapping paper and ever since he always tries to reach any sheets we have around the house. The sole intention though is to eat it!

Hates – Thankfully he is much better in the car seat now, he may grumble a little on the school run but there are no more meltdowns. He still prefers the carrier to the buggy, but just with his sheer size now I am using the buggy more. I think it helps that  it is still facing me. Unfortantely he is still no a fan of his Jumperoo which is a huge disappointment as it makes getting anything done in the kitchen impossible. He also appears to hate being cold which we think maybe the reason his is struggling with his sleep at the moment. Our house is old and cold so I have been researching thick sleeping bags in the hope this may help.

Habits – He still has a fetish with his feet and socks. Taking them off and chewing and sucking on them and then his feet. He has also started to wee when I take his nappy off. Up until this point I may have got caught out once or twice, now its almost every nappy change.

Milestones & Firsts – Well we have had the big one – First Christmas and first New Years Eve, I made him a Memory Box to mark the occasion. He is also starting to move, albeit not crawling in the traditional sense. I am not sure how he does it, the other day I had him on the floor in the bathroom by the time I got out of the shower he was in the hallway stressing because he could not see me anymore. He also seems to get very frustrated by pushing himself backwards rather than forwards.

Development – Other than the moving he is starting to interact so much more. You can see his little personality coming though. He loves to babble and try and join in conversations. Clearly saying dada although at me most of the time. He has taken to circulating his hands when he gets excited, Monkey did it too and I find it a little off putting. He has also started to express his dissatisfaction by growling at you, the first time he did it really made me laugh as I was not expecting such a deep noise to come from such a little person.

Eating – Happily eating three meals, he would prefer to feed himself now instead of being fed. We are still trying to work through a list of first tastes and have yet to find anything he’s not keen on. This week he has tried curry, olives and hummus. I was a little worried about trying hummus because of the seasame and Monkey being allergic. However since he is going to nursery soon we needed to find out. Thankfully it appears that he doesn’t have the allergy.

I had every intention of moving Kipper onto formula milk during the day, keeping only the morning and evening breastfeeds. As part of my preparation for returning to work however I am very emotionally attached. I am worried that my milk may dry up or that he may reject me. However I am going to have to do it as I have three weeks left and counting.

Sleeping – If you read my last month update it is true I am regretting writing it. Kipper’s sleep has not been good since Christmas, he wants to be in bed with me and not in the baby bay. We have started to put him down to sleep in his cot and he will normally stay there until 10pm but then he is wide awake. After the dream feed he screams… I am thinking that the lack of routine is partly to blame. The curse of the second child having to fit in with the older one! Monkey was in a very good routine and I am sure this helped with his sleeping. During the day I am trying to put him into his cot to nap as well. Although he really doesn’t like it and generally only sleeps for half an hour.

Toys – Kipper still very much wants a play mate and struggles to play alone for any period of time. Unlike Monkey who would sit and play with his treasure basket, Kipper wants you to explore with him. We gave him some of Monkey’s old toys for Christmas and he really likes the blocks hitting them together. I am thinking of making him a taggy blanket as he has a real interest in labels.

Favourite Outfit – Has to be the Stay Puff outfit which we had a mini photo session with the other day. I have also brought him a baby grow with the letter H on it and I am looking forward to getting some more snaps.

Things I don’t want to forget – everything – I am trying to make the most of every cuddle and smile before I go back to work. we have had a couple of really good sessions at Baby Sensory recently and he has really gotten into it.

Looking forward to … Although I am trying to hold back the time before I return to work, looking back over some photos of Monkey when he will was little reminds me of all the great adventures we have to come. Working four days a week means that for one day a week at least Kipper and I can plan some great adventures of our own.

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#RememberingTheseDays Week 27 

Welcome back to week twenty seven  of #RememberingTheseDays Instagram community. The place to share your precious family memories. I host this community with the lovely Laura over at Life with Baby Kicks

Whatever the memory, or life event you want to record, joining in is simple, just tag your favourite photos #RememberingTheseDays over on Instagram. Each Sunday Laura and I will choose our four favourites. Please follow Mudpie Fridays here and Life with Baby Kicks here on Instagram to see if you have been featured.

Each Saturday when I go in to choose my favourites and make sure I have liked every photo within the tag, I always try to guess how many we will be up to. It seems only like yesterday that I was posting about reaching 10,000. We are now over 16,200 meaning are now gaining around 1,000 new tags a week. Laura and I are very surprised by how successful the tag is and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who continues to use #RememberingTheseDays.

This weeks favourites:


From top left to bottom right:

  • Being a mum of boys it very unlikely I will ever capture a moment like this but don’t they look adorable in their matching ballet shoes and leotards, beautiful capture by @whitecamellias
  • “to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Stunning photo by @fivelittledoves
  • I love the aspect of this photo over on @the.girls.and.i, very clever photo taking
  • @melmclellan introducing one of her little ones to the ocean for the first time, such a beautiful moment

Please pop over and visit their feeds by clicking on the names above.

My favourite from my feed is this one of Kipper in the carrier. Normally it is me carrying him so I miss out on the look of wonderment he often has on his face. It was nice to be able to take photos without worrying about the DLSR colliding with his head or him pulling on the camera strap.

My favourite from Laura’s feed is this one of the Baby painting himself rather than the paper. I am struggling at the moment to accept the rate which Kipper is growing up. Laura’s feed always reminds me of all the other wonderful moments I have to look forward to

Painting with a toddler. The paper is pristine. He is multicoloured…

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Living Arrows 3/52

Like everything I am a little late to the party! I love recording a weekly photo of the boys and it’s something I have been doing on BloggerClubUK . However this year I have decided to join in with the Living Arrows link up, albeit already into week three of 2017!

The project is designed to celebrate childhood and was originally created on the back of a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by What The Redhead Said.

This week I have chosen to share these two photos of the boys from when it snowed briefly on Friday. Monkey was so excited and was wishing for a few more inches so school would be shut. Unfortunately it was not meant to be and he had a quick play in the snow before we had to leave. It was rather a perilous school run as there was thick ice all over the pavement. Even with his snow boots on he came very close a couple of times to ending up on his bottom! Snow just has this way of instantly entertaining kids and I felt bad for the fact he couldn’t enjoy what little there was. Living in the South we don’t get it very often!

Kipper on the other hand thought I was a little bonkers when I sat him on the white stuff. It also snowed the year Monkey was born and we had snow angels and sensory  play. Alas that wasn’t meant to be this time round….

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Blogger Club UK #50

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Its been one of those weeks! Sorry for the lack of reminder tweets this morning, my laptop did not do well with its latest update and is such at the menders. The good news is that it is mendable, the bad news is that it has to be stripped down and reloaded. On it are all my spreadsheets to upload to Hootsuite, hopefully next week things will be back to normal and I will not be blogging with just a mobile phone. The other change is that I am no longer posting a weekly photo, instead I have decided to take part in Living Arrows where I will be sharing my favourites each week.

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My three blogging goals for 2017

I really wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post! Despite referring to it in my last post of 2016 – December in review. I have been struggling. Partly because I’m at a cross road and I achieved my objective last month. My only goal since I started blogging has been to make the tots100 top 100 parent Bloggers. My background is b2b sales and strategic account management so I love a target. And that was mine. The problem? Well now I’ve achieved it what next? I hadn’t given it a thought and so although I’ve plans for the blog I’m no longer working towards a goal or an objective. I also know I don’t have a chance of staying there not unless I do something significant….

My husband laughed at me as this is pretty typical of my character. Normally what will happen is that I will tick the box and move onto the next thing. Blogging is far too much of an emotive pastime for me to walk away from. So I know that’s not going to happen. However with my imminent return to work and my declaration back in October that it was going to be more than a hobby I need to work out how it’s going to fit into my life. After all there’s nothing to write about if you don’t live away from the blog. At the same time I am not going to have the free time I have been indulging for the last nine months.
So with a little soul searching I have decided to to focus on two things:
  1. Grow traffic to 20k hits a month – 25% increase
  2. By the end of the year earn £1k of passive income per month – currently I earn zero! It’s not monetised at all!
Ha ha I love a challenge.
I know how I am going to do it. My biggest challenge will be finding the time to do it. This means I need to eliminate all non productive tasks. Automate everything I can (a theme I’ve been banging on about for three months). Learn from the best – courses and conferences some of which I’ve already booked. Get my head around certain social media channels (darn FB) and understand all the options to generating an income. I will still be open to sponsored posts but I want to try and generate an income away from these. I for one am pretty peed off by the continuous stream of can you put this follow link in for £25 … Plus I will be reducing the number of times a week I post so I want evergreen content as much as possible. And it has to give value to my readers.
I suppose if I was to add a third goal in … know my worth. I have no idea what that may be. However with a understanding of marketing and with micro influencing becoming a sought after commodity. That’s got to be something? After all my social media following has grown to over 20k this year up from around 5k at the beginning of 2016. I intend to do the same in 2017 doubling followings across all platforms and trying to grow engagement as I am particularly weak in that area.
So there we have it. I really didn’t know what I was going to write when I started this. What are your goals this year? Is there anything I can help you with? Please let me know in the comments below.

 

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Free Days Out in Sussex with kids – Pooh Bridge

With the New Year upon us I have decided to start a new series focusing on free days out in Sussex with kids and the surrounding counties. We love getting outside and day tripping but going out most weekends can get expensive. Yet there are lots of free things to do its just a case of finding them. With it being official Winnie the Pooh day on the 18th of January it seemed a good excuse to take a trip over to Hartfield in East Sussex.

We have visited Pooh Bridge before when Monkey was tiny so our first port of call was Pooh Corner in Hartfield village. Its a little Winnie the Pooh paradise where you can pick up all sorts of memrobilia. They also have maps on how to get to the bridge for 50p. You have two options you can either walk from the shop and tea room across the fields which takes about forty minutes. Or you can drive a short distance to the Pooh Carpark where it is a twenty minute walk. We opted for the later as when we visited it was early afternoon and this time of year it can get cold and dark by about four. Although Monkey was quite put out by this fact so I am sure we will be back in the Summer for the longer one.

If you do opt for the longer walk then its worth noting in the Summer months that Hatfield itself can get very busy. It is a small village with a couple of pubs, a small park and only on road parking, which means that it can be difficult to find somewhere to park. Pooh Corner is also a tea room, inside there is only a few tables but they do have a larger outside seating area. The food is incredibly well priced, we stopped for lunch  – a child’s sandwich with pom bears, cucumber and cherry tomatoes, a large Cornish pasty with crisps and a salad and a huge bowl of soup with brown bread, plus three softs drinks came in at just over £13.  Everything has a Pooh theme from the high chairs to the crockery. I can imagine in the Summer it gets very busy. I had intended on packing a car picnic to keep to the free idea, but we didn’t quite manage it.

We drove the short distance out of the village towards Chuck Hatch and the carpark. Its not a particularly large carpark and can imagine that it also gets busy quickly. There are alternatives near by. Its a downhill walk all the way to bridge, through woodland. Which means there is ample opportunity to collect pooh sticks on your way down, especially as there are a number of fallen down trees. If you had a good off road buggy then you could take it all the way down to the bridge although we had Kipper in the sling. Although its pretty steep going back up.

Monkey loved exploring the woodland on the way down, there are a number of dens which have been made. We pretended that they were Eyore’s House. The added beauty of going this time of year is that it is not busy at all and the stream has not been clogged up by large branches instead of Pooh Sticks. Why people feel the need to throw down the biggest branch they can find I am not sure.

Naturally Monkey won every game we played. He had a great time and wanted to play on for ages, it was only the dusk which made us turn away.

Things you need to know:

  • You can find out more about Pooh Corner on their website
  • Address – Pooh Corner, High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AE
  • The bridge is open all year round, please check their website for tea room opening hours.

I can not wait until Monkey gets more into the books and we get a chance to visit some of the other well known places in the stories. Check back soon for more ideas of free days out in Sussex with kids. If you have any which you love I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

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#RememberingTheseDays Week 26 

Welcome back to week twenty six  of #RememberingTheseDays Instagram community. The place to share your precious family memories. I host this community with the lovely Laura over at Life with Baby Kicks #rememberingthesedays-3 Whatever the memory, or life event you want to record, joining in is simple, just tag your favourite photos #RememberingTheseDays over on Instagram. Each Sunday Laura and I will choose our four favourites. Please follow Mudpie Fridays here and Life with Baby Kicks here on Instagram to see if you have been featured.

Each Saturday when I go in to choose my favourites and make sure I have liked every photo within the tag, I always try to guess how many we will be up to. It seems only like yesterday that I was posting about reaching 10,000. We are now over 15,200 meaning we’ve had 5,000 tags in around six weeks! Thank you so much to everyone who continues to use #RememberingTheseDays

This weeks favourites:

  
From top left to bottom right:

  • Beautiful photo taken by the lovely Katy over at @hotpinkwellingtons that view! 
  • The light is amazing in this photo from the very talented @charly_dove who is fostering a love of photography in her little one
  • This is the best New Years photo I have seen on @lisa_backnbumps feed, what a great way to welcome in 2017 
  • Sharing a close moment between mother and daughter over on @mummyb_kw

Please pop over and visit their feeds by clicking on the names above.

My favourite from my feed is thus one of Monkey from when we took him out for the day alone. As much as there is a developing brotherly closeness between the boys he was so excited to get us to himself. His behaviour has improved and I feel as though a missing connection has been restored. It’s something I want us to try and make more time to do with both boys going forward. Not a resolution … more of a habit. 

My favourite from Laura’s feed is this one of the big one bouncing on a trampoline. I would love to do this myself but failing that I am sure Monkey would absolutely love this! I am also secretly hankering after sunshine! 

Come and join in by using the hashtag #RememberingTheseDays, and please pass this tag to your Instagram buddies.


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