Five on Friday – 5th December 2014

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Hey friends,

My sweet brother Tom has a saying on Fridays, ‘welcome to your weekend’! Cheesy but I love it!! So welcome to yours!

It’s time for Five on Friday…..

O N E – MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS

Harry & E Running free Harry & E

We loved catching up with our sweet friends the other week. Me & Ali are antenatal friends. We met at a breastfeeding workshop where the midwife never showed up!! The 4 of us expectant Mama’s just sat there! So we started chatting & from that we swapped numbers & started meeting up once we’d had our babies! Our kids get on great.

We met up at the newest addition to our famous Yeovil Country Park, a ranger station with a coffee shop!

The view is lovely & it’s really opened up the country park to a lot of people.

view from ninesprings coffee shop

We had a hot coffee & then set about spotting squirrels & trying to catch leaves! (one of the National Trust’s 50 Things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4!)

T W O – Countryliving

I LOVE living right next to the countryside.  I have to remind myself of that all the time though!  It’s so easy to become complacent with what we have on our doorstep!

BRIDLE PATH HARRY

At times I’ve been less than content thinking that life would be better in a prettier town.  I think that’s because a lot of people are negative about it & I’ve grown up with that negativity around me & no, it’s not perfect.  But I’m so fortunate to live right on the outskirts of town & therefore we’re literally a hop & a skip from walks along bridle paths & open fields!

bridle path beaSomerset is a sought after county (according to Escape to the Country!) & I believe God wants me to appreciate what I have & where he’s placed me.  I’m all about country living & happiest when I have a countryside view.

 T H R E E – Family Time vs Hospitality

One thing our little family has down is family time.  It’s so important in the hectic to have time together.  Sunday afternoons are precious time, we’re really busy people with individual goals, Church, gym, work & two hectic kids! So we tend to close in & just be together.

We use the time to chill together at home or to go for a walk or a drive through the countryside.

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We do want to invite more people into our home though & share our family time with others.  I have such mixed feelings about what hospitality means that I’ve gotten myself a bit stuck (or tied up in knots) with it, will you pray for me? Does anyone else get stuck at the inviting stage?? Just me?

I’ve read a blog series by the Blue Eyed Bride about 31 Days of Breaking Bread & a couple of posts really struck a chord with me.  This one {31 Days of Breaking Bread: what about my kids?} talks about getting to know people at the same life stage as you (with children etc) to invite people in & get to know them to see you with in your kids’ meltdown moment & not eating their dinner.  Imperfect hospitality is where it’s at!

The other post is a biblical slant on hospitality {31 Days of Breaking Bread: Hospitality vs. Entertaining}, this is SO hard for me as inviting in people I love/like is hard, let alone people I don’t know!  I have abit of a brick wall up about inviting people in which I’ve been praying through with my mentor Julie; so I’d love your prayers to see that wall come down because I really dream of a house full!

F O U R – Sweet Harry & Sweet Bea’s milestones

Well friends my sweet kids keep growing like weeds.  SB has suddenly popped through about 4 teeth in one go (or maybe I didn’t notice with her being 2nd!).  She’s started to repeat the things we say like ‘oh dear’, & ‘no!’ & has started saying ‘Harry’ & ‘pawpaw’ (apple).  I clearly have to watch what I’m saying from now on!

She has a real sass about her which I love.  Mum just raises an eyebrow & says ‘I wonder where she gets that from’ (owning it!).

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Sweet Harry is just growing & growing. Every time I turn round he seems to have shot up some more.

I have a meeting with his key worker at preschool next week so I can ask how I can best go about supporting his learning at home. I think it’s so important to reiterate what they’re learning at home to show them continuity & that we care as his parents what he does at preschool.

Harry growing up

He’s so mature too, the other day he told me to slow down my driving because I was going too fast! He said ‘you must go slower mummy’! oops told off by a 4 year old!

F I V E – Facebook

It’s no secret to those close to me that I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  I need a break from it of about a month at least once a year! But that said I love it more than I hate it!!

Keeping up with the steady stream of other people’s lives can be detrimental though & sometimes it leaves me wanting things I don’t need or becoming discontent with what I’ve been blessed with.

That aside, I love the positive side of social media (obsessed with Instagram much!!) & now I’m working on the Church’s social media team which is a super positive thing! Keeping up with friends abroad, seeing people’s successes, the photo’s of their beautiful families & the things they do together. That’s the part of social media I love.

The opportunity to support friends/people in their small businesses is also something I feel called to do, as is taking the opportunity when it arises to offer an encouraging word or send a private message when I feel someone might need it.

I’d love it if you would ‘like’ my page on Facebook! Here’s my profile I’d love to connect with you all on a more personal level!  Hope to see you over there.

You can also find me on Instagram // Pinterest // Twitter

Have a great weekend friends, whatever you’re doing!

Check out my hostesses April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

Lizzie XO

My first recipe – Spicy Chicken & Chorizo

Lovely served with green beans!!

Hi friends,

After the vote on my facebook page between Beef Stew & Dumplings or Spicy Chicken & Chorizo, I’m showing you my prowess!? (total novice) as a self proclaimed convert to slow cooking/crockpot cooking!

Thanks to all who voted! You lot like chicken!!

I’d like to say these are tried & tested recipe’s over many years but I must be honest, even though I’ve had my crockpot for years I’ve only just realised how simply brilliant it is! It only took someone taking the time to show me how to use it & now I’m away.

Some people say not to cook chicken in the slow cooker as it’s such a lean meat, but I think it turned out great & the sauce is so much nicer after bring cooked for hours, the flavour is really rich & smokey. Try this recipe with chicken thighs or if you prefer white meat big cuts of breast meat. I’ve allowed to serve 4 people, but the chicken thighs were so big it did us two nights.

Spicy Chicken & Chorizo
This is a dish I created from googling lots of chicken & chorizo recipe's, it's a bit of a mix with influences of Spanish stew & English style herbs & a dash of British Worcestershire Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
4 15Mins
Cook Time
6Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 15Mins
Cook Time
6Hours
Spicy Chicken & Chorizo
This is a dish I created from googling lots of chicken & chorizo recipe's, it's a bit of a mix with influences of Spanish stew & English style herbs & a dash of British Worcestershire Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
4 15Mins
Cook Time
6Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 15Mins
Cook Time
6Hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. PREP Chop or mince the garlic, thickly slice the pepper, finely chop the onion & slice the chorizo (about half an inch each slice of chorizo)
  2. Heat the Olive Oil in a skillet
  3. Brown off the onions & transfer to the slow cooker with a slatted spoon
  4. Brown off the chicken (about 5 mins each side) & transfer to the slow cooker with a slatted spoon, leaving the olive oil in the pan
  5. Brown off the chopped chorizo on both sides until golden, transfer to the slow cooker & add about a tablespoon of the oil from the pan which will have gone a lovely orangey colour & incorporate that lovely smoky flavour from the chorizo!
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker
  7. Turn slow cooker to LOW & cook for 6 hours
  8. After 6 hours cooking taste the sauce at this point, does it need more kick? Add some chilli powder if you like, to suit your taste.
  9. 20 minutes before you want to eat add a tablespoon of corn flour mixed with cold water & stir in, pop the lid back on & make your rice & green beans, this will make your sauce thicken.
  10. Turn your slow cooker to WARM & serve when you're ready Great with rice or green beans, as we had it; or with pasta or jacket potatoes! Enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

This is based on a meal I made for my family, the kids & my husband absolutely loved it, I think I'd prefer it with white meat which I'll try next time. I also allowed quite a lot of spice, other recipe's I looked through used half a tsp of spices but I like a lot of flavour in my food! Enjoy it!

Cheers
Lizzie XO

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Take a Moment – A Note to My Teenage Self

Dearest,

Your EYES are for looking, seeing, understanding & keeping dust out of your brain.  Your eyes are perfect.

Your EARS are for hearing, listening, keeping you balanced, they help you to understand & keep bugs out of your brain.  Your ears are perfect.

Yours NOSE is for smelling, breathing & helping you taste.  Your nose is perfect.

Your MOUTH is for tasting, speaking, smiling, eating, kissing, swallowing, breathing & keeping bugs out of your insides! Your teeth need somewhere to live.  Your mouth, lips, everything about it….it’s perfect.

Stop stressing about you look like (& about dust n’ bugs girl), comparing yourself to her over there, or that celebrity in the magazine or on the television.  I’ve got a revelation for ya, her eyes also keep dust out of her brain!!!  Everything God placed on your face is PERFECT, just as He wanted it.

 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” PSALM 39:14

fearfully made stars

With love XO

 

 

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Recipe

Hey friends,

I hope the week has been kind to you! With a sickness bug running through our whole family it’s been abit of a tiring week.  But the sun is shining & Christmas is just around the corner.  Are you ready?

I’ve added m exciting feature to my blog, I love cooking homecooked & nutritious meals for my family so I’ve added a Recipe card to my blog!  Stop by  next week for my first slow cooker recipe which you will be able to print off & use for yourself.

You can decide on either Spicy Chicken and Chorizo or good old fashioned Beef Stew & Dumplings.  Cast your  vote on my facebook page.

Blessings!

Lizzie XO

Demo Recipe
This must be the best demo recipe I have ever seen. I could eat this every single day.
Servings Prep Time
2people 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
2people 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 1hour
Demo Recipe
This must be the best demo recipe I have ever seen. I could eat this every single day.
Servings Prep Time
2people 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
2people 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 1hour
Ingredients
Fresh Pesto
Servings: people
Instructions
Fresh Pesto (you can make this in advance)
  1. We'll be using a food processor to make the pesto. Put the garlic, pine kernels and some salt in there and process briefly.
  2. Add the basil leaves (but keep some for the presentation) and blend to a green paste.
  3. While processing, gradually add the olive oil and finally add the Parmesan cheese.
Finishing the dish
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook your tagliatelle al dente.
  2. Use the cooking time of the pasta to sauté your bacon strips.
  3. After about 8 to 10 minutes, the pasta should be done. Drain it and put it back in the pot to mix it with the pesto.
  4. Present the dish with some fresh basil leaves on top.
Recipe Notes

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Spotlight on Small Business – Speckled Egg

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I love small businesses, I love the spirit behind them & the stories of how they start, it’s the stuff of dreams & aspirations.

Knowing that someone has lovingly built up a business based on their talents & gifts is  something I’ll always want to support wholeheartedly.

I shop locally as much as I can & being small business owners ourselves, know all too well the blessing to have a loyal & returning customer base.

I’m throwing the spotlight on a small Facebook based business called Speckled Egg, who lovingly make personalised & framed pretty things for you to love & treasure straight out of the Cotswolds.  Based in Prestbury, Cheltenham.

I’ve bought from Jo at Speckled Egg before as we have a mutual friend & I’ve been begging her to contribute to the blog for ages! I’ve always been happy with my purchases & would buy from her again & again.

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 One of the pretty framed personalisation Speckled Egg do all year round

Here are some of the CHRISTMAS items they have to offer!

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I love the vintage feel of these snowglobes!

Contact Jo at Speckled Egg to enquire on prices & delivery.  It’s getting ever closer to Christmas now so don’t delay!! I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed.

xoxoxo

Follow Speckled Egg on Facebook

Give them a like too & follow along, because that’s how we show appreciation in the social media world!

Love to you all

Lizzie XOXOXO

Take a Moment – Owning It

Hey friends,

‘Owning it’  I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot recently.

I read this post by Elise at Cheers Y’all & it really spoke to me (I sponsor her blog btw) & I keep hearing the phrase everywhere I go ever since.  It really got me thinking about the good things I take on, but also the not so good but try to ignore. Don’t we all do that!

I think the practice of ‘owning it’ sits with mindfulness really well.  Part of being mindful is not fighting negative thoughts.  It’s about letting thoughts come & go without guilt & without holding on to them.  It’s also about being honest to yourself!

Here are the things I’m ‘owning’ right now, the good, the bad & the ugly!

– I always want to feel like I’m moving forwards.  Feeling like I’m going backwards or even standing still for a time makes me impatient & anxious, having small children means this can be really frustrating & in that I sometimes miss the point & struggle to ‘stay in the moment’ with this way of thinking! Owning it

– I have an issue with perfectionism, I’m working on every single day. Owning it

– I have KISS FM on during the day to make me feel like I’m still young! Fave song at the mo? Taylor Swift Shake it Off.  Love that music. Owning it

– I rarely listen to old music, if older songs come on the radio I turn the channel! (are we moving forwards playing old music? I don’t think so lol) Owning it

– I love really, really old hymns ( I know the irony is not lost on me).  ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ & ‘Be Thou my Vision’ are favourites & link me with my faith heritage! Owning it

– I’d like to say I LOVE exercise but I find it really hard to muster up the motivation to get to the gym.  When I get there I love it but I have to try really hard to not let the couch & tv win!  Owning it

– I think it’s a really hard to balance having loads of friends & still leave room for new people. I find it quite hard to get to know new people but I’m working on it. Owning it

– I can be a bit of a loner at times & prefer to go shopping on my own. Owning it

– I’d rather spend time with my husband than anybody else in the world. Owning it

– I tell people my favourite film is the Shawshank Redemption when it’s actually a toss up between Baby Boom with Diane Keaton, The Secret of My Success with Michael J Fox & Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon! ROMCOM MUCH! Owning it

– I think new films are too long! Bring back 90 minute movies……. please!!!!!!! Owning it.

– I hate crowds.  Owning it

– I’m sensitive to noise. Owning it

– I love eating out & don’t do it enough (crowds/noise) Owning it

– Having a family has changed my life so much for the better….. but

– My hips still hurt almost 2 years after having my last baby…

– my confidence has taken a bashing…

– & anxiety is higher than ever before… Owning it (& working on it)

– The people/celebrities I admire really know who they are & reiterate that over & over again, I’m working on being more like those people.  Owning it

– I’d love to read more books but will always choose sleep over reading! Owning it

– I’d love to invite more people over to my house, but I’m working on rejection issues (just call me Chandler Bing)! I’ll get back to you on that one, it’s a work in progress! Owning it

– My biggest bug bears are: people who park in parent spaces at the supermarket with teenage kids or worse, no kids at all, MAN I get so angry about it! Being English though means I won’t say anything, so I just inwardly seeth instead, helpful!!! Owning it

– I also dislike long toe nails, bad hygiene & people who bash into you at the supermarket.  I have a lot of issues about supermarkets, possibly because of the crowds, but hey that’s why I get my shopping delivered! Owning it

– I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded by people I love, preferably with a freshly baked bread smell & an open fire. Owning it

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This is not definitive list I’m sure I could go on & on, but you get the idea.  By accepting yourself how you are, flaws & all, you can be inside your story instead of fighting against it.

I’ve found I’m a lot more relaxed about things & able to admit to others how I feel & that’s helped me loads, it might help you too!

Do you ‘own it’ or hide it like I used to?

Until the next time friends, have a great day!

Lizzie XO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle Hack by Little Hands

Thought you knew what your homestyle was? Think again!

Forget Pinterest or Homes & Gardens Magazine, you need a toddler & a preschooler in your home to rewire your understanding of what family style really means.

Picture if you will a perfectionist Mum, home based with interests such as home decor, cooking & baking, socialising with friends & family.  She styles her home until it’s just how she likes it & looks around it in a happy, contended way.  She’s so happy with her home decor that she’s sure she wouldn’t be embarrassed to invite anyone round, even Duchess Kate herself would adore to pop around for a play date, she’s sure of it.

Enter the new designers on the block, so infamous they’re known by their initials SH & SB, these guys are taking ‘designing your life’ to a whole new level.

THE LIFESTYLE HACK

Your beautiful candle votive is now a ‘Galahad Candle’, with fusions of ‘modern ocean’ & ‘Mike the Knight’ themes.  It makes an excellent centrepiece for your table.  When interviewed the forward thinking SH said ‘it’s not dangerous, it’s nice’.

Galahad candle

On trend according to everyone’s instagram, board signs with motivations & quotes can be given a whole new lease of life when turned backwards; yanno, so you CANNOT SEE THE QUOTE! Like all good design it’s so simple you will wonder why you never thought of it yourself.

Backwards board

SH & SB like to turn things on their head, it’s just their way. I think you’ll agree that by turning the board around you not only see the simpleness of the wood but also the price! Which of course is something you will want everyone to see.

Next up… the wooden cube in the photo montage… wooden block

& the free kids mag toy hammer in the fruit bowl….

hammer fruit bowl

These simple hacks are so forward thinking that the world might not be ready for them just yet, but this Mum believes her children are two of the leading front runners in design & innovation of the future.

Incorporate them into your home now to get ahead of the trend!

You’re welcome.

nb. I know we need more fruit, thanks.

Take a Moment with World Vision

Hey Friends,

You might remember a little while back I did a post with World Vision called Grow Hope.

Today I’m joining with the organisation again to ask a question, will you join us in a night of hope for the children of Syria?

I’ve been happily carving pumpkins with my children this week.  I’ve learnt the best knife to use is a steak knife as they’re sturdy & serrated which helps!  Halloween celebrations generally centre around dark characters, fear & scary faces carved into pumpkins.  We’ve been carving hearts into our pumpkins for World Vision instead.  Sweet Harry loved carving his pumpkin (the smaller one) but Sweet Bea is a bit too little still.

Finished Pumpkins for World Vision

Learn How to carve the perfect pumpkin

This year World Vision are asking us to turn a night of fear into a night of hope for the children left devastated in Syria.  The conditions there are horrifying really, I look at my own sweet kids & just see children that are just like mine, in awful, awful circumstances & it breaks my heart.

World Vision have asked me to:

ICON PUMPKINCarve a heart in a pumpkin as a lantern of hope

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Share a picture of my heart pumpkin

World Vision Facebook Page

World Vision Twitter Page using the #ANightOfHope

 

ICON TEXTText Heart8 to 70060 to donate £5

& ask you, my dear readers to Carve, Share & Text

World Vision will be sharing  our pictures to the children to show them how much we care for them.

I really love carving pumpkins it’s loads of messy fun to do with the kids, safely with the knife now though!  I hope you’ll consider carving a heart in your pumpkins this year friends, join me to give hope to these kids.

Here’s some pumpkin recipe’s for you too! I’m going to try the Pumpkin Seed Pesto recipe, it seems a shame to throw out those seeds & its an extra thing to do with the kids.

Have a really great Friday & I hope you’ve enjoyed Half Term!

Until the next time friends have a great day.

Lizzie XO

 

 

What We’ve Been Doing Lately

Hey Friends,

Who decides to go away in a caravan in October?? That would be us!

We were on hols last week in a slightly chilly Cornwall.  It really doesn’t matter what time of year you go to Cornwall, the rugged beauty of the North Coast is stunning all year round.

Our trip this time seemed to be more about what we didn’t do, about having quality family time with less.  Less stress, less internet, less work, less of taking photographs for absolutely everything we did like we usually do!

It wasn’t until we  got to our static van that we realised we had to pay for wifi! No & no thank you.

Thankfully we didn’t care & this set the scene for our blissful week away from social media.  I did feel a bit cut off, but in a really good way.  (Can I be honest though & say when we came across free wifi I hopped on immediately?? I’m only human! Owning it)

So the photo’s are not really blog worthy, but it’s our life & our holiday, just as it is.

Sweet Bea Rick Steins

Sweet Bea looking like an angel at Rick Stein’s in Padstow

I have to admit when you have two young kids it’s comforting going somewhere you know where all the kiddy friendly places are.

We went back to Rick Stein’s in Padstow, so kid friendly with highchairs & baby changing facilities.  You have to leave your buggy outside which is fine if it isn’t raining which thankfully it wasn’t while we were there.  I had grilled salmon & chips.

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My Favourites enjoying fish & chips at Rick Stein’s famous restaurant in Padstow.

My Dad took the picture of my & Jon, he thought it was pretty good! Bless him!!

Sweet Harry Proper Pic

Here is the best photo I could get with Sweet Harry who is never happy to pose for pictures! I quite like it, it’s the real us that’s for sure, always goofing around!

Sweet Harry the Knight Trerice Fire Great Hall

Sweet Harry the Knight enjoying a snack at Trerice Manor near Newquay & the fire in the Great Hall.

SH enjoyed doing the trail looking for pumpkins, skeletons & bats.  We were also given a booklet with 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 and 3/4 & got a sticker!

There was chain armour & old toys to touch.  We couldn’t resist the play armour in the gift shop!!  Plus it’s the first time SH has ever shown as interest in dressing up.

I treated myself to a facial at the Watergate Bay Hotel which was bliss, followed by a latte while Jon took the sweet kids to soft play.  I so needed it (&there was free wifi! & THIS VIEW!

You can’t see here but loads of people on the beach being blown along & flying kites!

Watergate Bay Hotel Latte View

We also went back to Truro to the Waterstones to chose books which we always do with the kids.

Whatever you’re doing, have a great week!

Lizzie XO

 

 

 

Five on Friday – 17th October 2014

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Hey friends,

Cheers to the weekend!

I’ve been a bit absent with the old blog again, soz about that! This year has been so horrendous sleep wise, other things have just had to take priority; like getting up & getting dressed etc!  Ya know, functioning.

I love my kids but man, if only they would sleep.  4 years ago I had my first babe & 19 months ago our second joined us.  I have a hazy memory of sleep sometime in the middle of that, but in a season of becoming dry at night x nightmares x fudging off Mum & Dad (SH) & teething x colds x whatever else she thinks of (SB), consistent sleep has alluded us so far in 2014.

I had a thought (dangerous) about the things I’ve brought since before I even had the kids, pregnancy turned me into a crazy woman, I prowled the aisles of Mothercare immediately I saw the line on the test (& possibly a bit before) & have every ‘must have’ under the sun.

I reckon we have spent a fortune on stuff for them; buggies, blankets, playmats, garden toys, indoor toys, highchairs (one for our house + one for Mum & Dad’s?!?), muslins, bottles, teats, formula, dummies, swingy chairs, chairs that don’t swing, bath seats, electric sterilisers (+ a microwave one yanno, just in case) plus the essentials nappies, clothes, shoes etc etc etc.  This does not even begin to cover the list of things we have actually bought over the last 4 years, NO. WHERE. NEAR.

Now that I’ve had two babies I look back & have regretted some of the things I bought or thought I needed.  True story, most Mum’s in the dark ages managed with a boob, a dummy made of glass & a drawer.  Most of it isn’t ‘must have’ at all, but I still found myself eyeing up the cute Bugaboo in Costa earlier (seriously I have 4 buggies!)

I thought it would be good to share the things I haven’t regretted buying, the items that have been truly useful & helpful.

O N E – Fisher Price Nature’s Touch Cradle (Swinging Chair)

Second hand & well loved this swing chair came from a friend & immediately changed our lives with our newborn. Up to that point we had a very whingey & hard to get to nap baby boy.  This swing not only put him to sleep in minutes, it also saved my sanity.

T W O - Aden & Anais Muslins

The other brand mussies I tried just weren’t as good, they are soft & wash well & don’t come out of the wash all wrinkled up like the others.

The large one’s are also good as a swaddle & a sunshade over the pram.  If it’s good enough for Prince George…..

T H R E E – Dummies

No particular brand!

My parents hated the idea of using dummies, we never had them as kids but I swear by them.  SH never took to them but SB loves hers.

Good for babies to soothe themselves to sleep & even keep them mildly quiet during the sermon at Church, shame you have to take them away really, but the dummy fairy needs them.. grrrr.

F O U R – IKEA Highchair

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I think SH is comfy in his IKEA highchair

I have tried a lot of highchairs in my time, in coffee shops & restaurants & I am always pleased to see an IKEA highchair.

They’re simple, they’re cheap (£13!!!), my children can actually sit up straight in them, the buckle is easy to adjust & they’re easy to clean.  I started off with another brand & switched to IKEA & have been happy ever since.

F I V E – Maclaren XT + Buggy Snuggle

I know technically that’s two things, but this is my blog & in my eyes it’s a winning combo.

The Maclaren XT is as close as I could get to buggy perfection, there is no perfect buggy out there, contrary to what the brands tell you.  This one just worked for me.

It’s pretty telling that for SH I had a whole travel system & for SB I went straight to the Maclaren.  Suitable from birth it doesn’t wow you like a full on travel system does, it’s certainly not keeping up with the Jones’s, but years of engineering goodness has gone into this buggy.  Personally as a short arse I could do with the handles a little lower but you can’t have everything.

Paired with a cow patterned Buggy Snuggle & Sweet Bea is snug as a bug.  We also took this on hols with us when SB was 11 weeks old, so easy on the plane.  Also easy to bung in the wash.

So that’s my five! If I could have six I’d add in calpol, what would we do without the pink stuff?!  What things did/do you find useful for the sweet kids? What do you regret buying?

Until the next time friends, don’t get sucked into the ‘must have’s.  Your babies need love, nurturing, attention, food, drink & clothes, & not much else really.

Sorry about the lack of photo’s.  I’ll add them in another day & reblog!  Cheers to April, Christina, Darci & Natasha for having me along.

Have a great week you lot!

Lizzie XO