Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Scrapbooking


Not so long back I put a post up on Instagram about Grace's scrapbook that I started when she was born. I had quite a bit of positive feedback and messages from people eager to start their own scrapbook, mainly from new mums, who were wondering where to begin. I got the inspiration from various Instagram accounts, but mainly Pinterest which is the source of all inspiration! I've made a board on Pinterest (link) with some ideas.

It took me a while to get into it properly and collate all the bits together to put into the scrapbook, but I do it when I have time once Grace is in bed. I wanted to do a Project Life scrapbook, but not only is that expensive, this is actually more flexible in terms of what you can do with the pages and input. I started by getting a 12 x 12 plain brown scrapbook album from Hobbycraft but there are various colours and styles available.

The other main essentials that you need for scrapbooking are pens - metallic preferred depending on your background colour (here), tape - I prefer double sided tape (here) and glue sticky dots (here), washi tape and of course; photos, memories and anything else you'd like to put in there.

Work in progress..retro prints from Cheerz. Referral code PAUIAL for £4 off your first order!
 I get all of my photos, other than the ones shown above, printed using apps such as Snapfish and Freeprints. Every month they give free prints (50 with Snapfish and 45 with Freeprints), you just need to pay P&P and it's really quick delivery. I also look out regularly for print offers on Wowcher as they usually do offers such as 100 prints for £1 or 200 for £2 etc, so it's worth checking to see if they have a deal before ordering.

Ebay is my main source for most of my scrapbook supplies and I am obsessed with washi tape! There are endless types on there and for so cheap too. Here is a link to see what I mean. It's so addictive! I use washi tape for sticking down photos or using as borders on pages but the possibilities are endless. I've got a lot of random stickers from Ebay too, such as the heart ones shown below.

Another favourite place is TK Maxx/Homesense. They have American brands often at a fraction of the online price. My favourite buy was definitely the Simple Stories Snap Baby Girl set below, it's still in store too if you have a girl! The alpha stickers are from there too.


Favourite websites for scrapbooking supplies

Ebay
Papermaze
Hobbycraft
Amazon
Craftie-Charlie

And that's all there is to it. It's rather addictive, therapeutic and I love adding bits to it. It'll be something lovely for Grace to look back on in time and for me too! If you decide to be inspired enough to start one please let me know, I'd love to see your progress!

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Grace's 4-5 Months Update


It's been a few months since my last update, and wow how much has changed in that time! As I'm sure you'll all understand, babies are your priority and if you get time to eat or drink then I'd call that a successful day.

Today Grace is 5 months old and I don't need to reiterate just how quickly that time has passed already! My tiny newborn is now a little lady with a huge personality. She has quickly progressed to hitting milestone after milestone and I'm so proud of her.


Grace as of 4 months:

  • Can roll over back to front and front to back
  • Can sit up for a period of time unaided but just needs a little bit of help or distractions to keep her upright
  • Has 2 teeth at the bottom
  • Smiles & laughs (when she's in a good mood!)
  • Doesn't sleep through, it varies from getting between 4-6 uninterrupted hours of sleep but there's no constant pattern
  • Goes to bed between 6-7pm every night
  • As of last week, weighs 16lbs and is currently in 3-6 month clothing and 6-9 month bodysuits
  • Is approx 66cm long
  • Is currently being weaned onto purees and loves all food except peach so far



I feel like I say this with each age and milestone, but honestly, this is the best age so far where she interacts with me and 'talks' back. Time is going too fast and I want it to slow down right now so I can truly appreciate every single moment. Let's see what the next month brings!


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Friday, 22 January 2016

Weaning

On Sunday, we began the minefield journey that is weaning. For those of you that are new or haven't kept up with our journey so far, Grace has a suspected Cows Milk Protein Allergy and reflux which has caused her discomfort from birth. Due to this, we've had endless doctors and hospital trips which I am still yet to discuss in depth, but will do another blog post on that soon.

Grace is now 4 1/2 months old (5 months next week) and alongside the advice of her consultant, we've decided to start weaning her earlier than the recommended 6 months guideline. The reason for this is that as she is struggling badly with acid reflux, she's unable to keep liquids down, so solid foods should hopefully balance that out and allow her to be fuller for longer.


You may remember that I mentioned in my last post that we are now part of the Hipp Organic Wean Team for 2016 which allows us to explore a lot of their range. With the help of the Hipp Nutritionist Helen, they have provided us with some of their products suitable for Grace to try out.

For Grace's first tastes, we went with baby rice mixed with her usual prescription milk. Apart from the initial funny faces that she pulled, she absolutely loved it. We did it around lunchtime as this is the happiest time of the day and she's the most alert and it's been working well for her one meal a day. We did that for a further 3 days before progressing onto the latest meal today which was banana mixed with the baby rice. To allow us to see any possible reactions, we're allowing 48-72 hours between each single ingredient puree before moving onto another flavour.



We're going to try carrots, parsnips and sweet potato next and take it from there. We have a lot of recipes lined up and I can't wait to get cooking lots of things for her as cooking in general is completely new to me! I'll keep you all updated with our journey to see how well Grace gets on with her dairy free diet.

If you have any weaning tips at all, please let me know in the comments as I'm always intrigued to hear your opinions.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

New Years Goals

Now that 2016 is in full swing, I've been having a thought about what I want to achieve this year. I'm not usually one for New Years Resolutions, as I'm always destined for failure. But this year, there's a lot of things to tick off my list so I'm hoping by writing them down and publicly, it'll motivate me to stick to them!


  • Put my phone down more. It's too easy to multi-task when spending the days with Grace and I'm guilty of feeding whilst texting and browsing. I feel guilty that she doesn't always have my undivided attention so this year I vow to see the memories through my eyes, not just through my camera lens. My husband also has even less time with me so for his sake, I vow to put down my laptop and phone and spend quality time together.
  • Stay hydrated. A common one, but one that is well needed. During pregnancy I had a better excuse to stay hydrated and in the heat, it was far easier to keep drinking water. Now that Grace is here. I've been slack with it and forget to drink a lot of the day.
  • Get dressed every day. Another one that you must think what, you don't get dressed every day? Having a baby means most days are spent in my pyjamas when we don't leave the house. A simple one that makes me feel better, as well as not scaring the delivery drivers quite as much.
  • Comment on and read more blogs. I've been out of the loop since Grace was born, not having much time to sit on Twitter for hours on end or read blogs anymore. But now I am finally managing my time better, I want to get back into reading blogs again. 
  • Make more of an effort. A general one but I've been super lazy the last quarter of the year and need to change. It ties in with the other goals quite well.
  • Keep fit. An obvious one every person has each year I'm sure. I need to shift the excess baby fat and put down the fatty, quick energy snacks. 
These are my main ones, with a few other personal ones in between too. I'd love to read your New Years Resolutions to give me some inspiration for any that I'm lacking!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Leave a comment with what your goals are, or if you have blogged about yours too then feel free to send me the link.

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