Monthly Archives: October 2015

Help! I’m Lost! (Lost in parenting!).

Help, I’m lost in parenting. Every morning, there is the same routine, I get up and make breakfast, make packed lunches, battle to get the children dressed, then realise I am still in my pyjamas.. I throw on jeans and whatever jumper is nearby and dash out of the house with my hair pulled back into some kind of top knot. Yes, I know I sound gorgeous right?  Continue reading

Bike riding beginner.

For the last few weeks E has been tentatively making the move from balance bike to two wheeled pedal bike. E is going to be 5 in January, so we’ve not really pushed the situation, but the time was right. He has been ready to make the transition for a while, but he has been reluctant incase he “fell off”. After much persuasion he climbed ono his pedal bike and with very little help he started riding.

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Travelling with gNappies.

I’ve written previously about why gNappies work for us, but people looked at me like I was mildly insane when I pointed out that I was going to be taking them on our #familymoon over the summer. The reactions went rather like this “why create work?”, “regular disposables are so much easier..”, and “oh but you’ll find nappy rash will be a problem..” Let me dispell all of those myths carefully, one by one!

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Firstly, “why create work?”. Actually, gNappies are really easy to use, and yes you do have to wash the gPants bit, but the disposable insert (the bit which sits against baby’s skin and gets dirty!) goes straight into a bin (or indeed if at home, a compost bin, more on that later) like a standard disposable nappy would, while you’re on the move. What about the gNappies pant bit? Well, if you are just dealing with a wet nappy, then you just change the insert and the pant goes straight back on..(but remember the insert you’ve chucked in the bin will decompose quickly – UNLIKE a “normal” disposable!). If it’s a very dirty nappy, and it has leaked, then you can change the waterproof pouch (which poppers into the gPants and holds the disposable insert), so you’re still using the same gNappies pant, but have just changed all the inners. The waterproof pouch bits are easy to wash, and are small so don’t take up any room if you have to do a change – I now always have one in my handbag “just in case” (as I have once forgotten to add one to the change bag..!). The only work is washing the pouches and the pants, but you clearly have to wash your child’s clothes every week anyway, so is having to wash a couple of extra items really such a big deal? – Not to me!

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“Disposables are much easier” ok, firstly I hope you read the above paragraph as it sort of answers this to some degree. Remember, gNappies have a biodegradable disposable element, but they are much more environmentally friendly as they DO rot down rather like a banana skin might, where a “normal disposable” does not rot down for years and years. I also should point out that if you’re in a hot country, or a British summer, (!) gNappies pants look really funky so when your child is hot and you have to let them bolt about in their nappy, they look seriously cute!

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“Nappy rash..” One of the main reasons I chose to use gNappies while we were on holiday in a hot country, was after using “normal disposables” for a week at home when it was really hot and having poor Yo get a horrible rash. The thing I like about gNappies is that they are breathable and they don’t fill their nappy inserts with chemicals to absorb moisture, so yes you may get baby warn you a little earlier that they are wet and need changing but they are still very absorbent alternative to the regular disposable nappy and worked just as well over night as the “normal disposable” nappy brand we had tried at home.

 

 

Little Tikes Lil’ Ocean Explorers

Last week,  Little Tikes invited Yo and I to Maggie and Rose in London, to explore their new range of toys! Most people with children will know Little Tikes for their iconic toys such as the Cozy Coupe, or play houses, but the new toy range is aimed at tiny tots 6 -36 months for each developmental stage – sitting, crawling and standing. Yo is 13months, and has just started walking, so she suits the standing toys perfectly, I’ve previously found toy shopping for her age group difficult, so I wondered what she’d think of the toys! Continue reading

Blog on Win 2015 #blogon

I can’t emphasis how exciting #blogon was, not only did I get to catch up with some lovely blogging pals – I’m especially looking at you TheBoyandMe, but I also learnt a huge amount. Now, I’ve been blogging for a few years – I started in 2010 over on Goriami Family, but blogging is fast paced and changes frequently, and I’ve been busy having babies and not kept up! Continue reading

Tea cups and luxury biscuits.

Making time for me, making time to catch up with friends, or sit quietly to read, something I have sworn I will try harder to do over the next 12months. I am a great tea drinker, and I find to drink a cup of tea on my own or with friends incredibly relaxing, however how often do I treat myself to tea from one of my beautiful teacups? I worry they will get smashed, or knocked over rather than enjoy how pretty they are by putting them into daily use. So, I’m vowing to once a week treat myself to tea, (from a tea cup!) and luxury biscuits (grown up ones!). Continue reading

Wellington boots, does your family love them?

As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, we love dancing about in our wellies! Autumn weekends inevitably involve slinging the wellies on and heading out into the woods to splodge in mud, climb trees or seek out the gruffalo! The boys have a couple of pairs each, as they usually have a pair for school and a pair for home, and I try to make sure they’re brightly coloured or with a fun print. E’s latest pair has an alien print and have a really handy furry lining to! Continue reading