Penelopes 17 Month Update!

Penelope turnt 17 months on Monday, and I cant seem to put my hand on where the month has gone? I still cant find a minute to get everything I need to do done. I've decided I can only do my best and that's what I'm trying to do, my best.
My little girl has grown into herself so much lately, shes talking back to things I say and answering questions that I ask her.

She is getting much better at expressing what she wants, she'll point, say, or go to the area/location in which the item is that she wants. It's making things so much easier.

Penny now has 12 teeth, she has another two cut on the bottom front. It feels like we've.  had non stop teething the last two months, so hopefully once these two have come up fully there will be a break from it all for her.

We had some more injections this month, 3 of them infact, she screamed with no surprise
as she hates them. Shes just like me there, I hate needles too.

Penelope loves to take the Christmas tree decorations down, I've had to redo our tree a dozen times as far, maybe putting it up in November was not my wisest of moves. Next year its going up Christmas eve! I forgot how huge they were too. Starting to feel its in the way.

Shes been poorly for the last week resulting in her being very particular with her food, its been rather horrible her not eating that much. As a mum its always the most painful seeing them go hungry. She was drinking plenty which I know is what matters but I still found it difficult.

Hers and Pippins relationship has got so much better, for a month or two she was being so rough and over excited around him. He'd get grumpy and it was just alot to handle making sure they weren't pushing eachothers buttons. She is much gentler with him and even strokes him nicely now. She does tend to try and pick him up as she must see me and Reese do it often. We just remind her not too and she listens.

We went to Disney Land Paris recently and she did SO well with it all, although she was poorly I feel like she made the most of the whole atmosphere and we crammed so much into just 3/4 days. It was amazing to see her face light up with all the characters, she did far better than I ever thought she would. She would kiss and run up to hug them all. Her favourites were Minnie and Pluto for sure.

Everyone keep saying how thick her hair is getting, I must say its getting a little hard to brush with the soft bristle brush I have. It doesn't get some of the knots out sometimes and we need something a little more heavy duty but not hard enough to hurt her. Any suggestions?

We bought her some winter boots this month too, shes a size 4 1/2 G. She has skinny little ankles so needed a much firmer boot to support her feet, some of the prettier boots just were not functionable. I'm chuffed with her ones though they suit her completely, they are easier to put on and she loves them too. We bought them from Clarks.

Christmas is approaching fast, and at the moment I'm trying to make it as special as possible making everything (if possible) Christmas related for her. We've done all sorts of crafts, and activities. Lately I have been doing some great crafts while working with Baker Ross, ill be sure to share those soon.
Christmas tree decorations
Polar bear thats sings 'Jingle Bells'

Nappy changes
Getting dressed
Not getting her own way
When we dont have apples in

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We are doing Vlogmas!

If you follow me on social media you may be aware already of our new found vlogging channel Babyy Pebbles on YouTube. I am only new to vlogging but have been a fan of YouTube for years. Ever since having my daughter Penelope I have been dying to start making videos of her life.

The time came finally 16 months later in which I finally got round to creating our channel. Now just a week into our vlogging journey I've decided the best way to get every rolling is to jump into the deep end and join in with vlogmas.

I hope to vlog everyday up until Christmas Day. I feel excited but extremely nervous about the whole thing. I want everything I've planned to work and look great. More importantly I want to make a wonderful video diary of Penelopes Christmas that's whats important for me.

If you want to keep up with us this Christmas you can follow our Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqM5yNzLLOEf5FJ0NyGIbhg/videos 
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Since becoming pregnant I wanted to create myself my very own channel creating an online video diary to document my daughters life, our family and all the things in between. I had so much bad luck with technology for almost a year that I gave up on the idea. It was not until I started blogging properly that I became interested again.

As soon as I was able I sat down on my little Ipad, tapped on imovie and gave my fingers their first go at editing footage. I created a small one minute video just giving a spinet introduction into our family and as I published it and viewed my video back, I began to tear up. 

All that I've wanted since Penny was born was to capture her life in the best possible way, writing just was not enough, pictures no, video clips no, but a video diary? YES?! I was so emotional that evening I jumped on the sofa like an excited 6 year old opening up their toys on Christmas morning.

I've now done 4 videos and each time I pick up the camera my cringes are become less and less, I know i'll get used to talking to a camera one day. I am so enjoying vlogging right now that I am excited to learn all there is to know.

I hope this isnt too cheeky of me to ask, but if you have a free moment I would love it if you could pop on on over to my CHANNEL and take a look at our videos. See if you like them, give them a like if you do, and leave me a comment so we can chat. Any advice would be amazing! If you wouldnt mind subscribing also that would mean alot! If you search Lorraine Mulrooney into Youtube my videos will appear.

Here's the first initial video I made. 

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Penelopes 16 Month Update!

I think this month has been the month of Penelope figuring out what she likes and dislikes. Its been a busy month to say the least. I feel like my hands are so full of dogs, work, and children at the moment I'm struggling to fit things in hense why things have gotten a little quiet on here, so sorry. Penny has been a brilliant little sprog though I must say shes been such a star lately and since starting to figuring out a discipline routine things are getting that tiny bit easier to handle, although at times I do want to scream my head off after stopping her from eating dog biscuits for the 100th time in a day.

Penny has started feeding herself foods like yogurts, porridge, and weetabix. Penny likes to be independent meaning if I try to assist her I get the biggest telling off. She can also use her fork with abit more control, she really tries hard to stab things onto it. All in the practice I say. Talking about feeding times, she has started to be quite selected some meal times about what she wants to eat. Sometimes all she wants is literally beans!! Its so hard to put a full plate of dinner in the bin because she just wont eat it. Woe is me... the kitchen slave.

I have seen 2 new teeth just the other day at a quick glimpse as she doesn't let me see, that's 10 teeth in total. There could be more. The last few days we have had one grumpy, very emotional Penelope. I notice her cheeks are flaring up alot and I am yet to get her to open her mouth wide enough to have a proper rumage around in there to have a little look see for more teeth. Thats my mission for the morning.

She is so much fun to play with! We sing and dance all day it seems, she wants to do puzzles and show me her toys it's becoming really interesting seeing her engage with me and actually having an understanding as to what we are playing. She always asks for everything 'again' if she enjoys it. 

We went to see Peppa Pigs Surprise in the theatre last weekend and it was one of the most special memories I have with Penny. I couldn't believe how involved and interactive she was towards it, the happiness on her face just said it all. I want to write up about our whole experience there so will go into further detail in another post shortly.

Penelope has never been one to have real attachments to things before now, I mean I've always encouraged a blanket and soft rabbit toy because one day we will be taking away the dummy and shes going to need something to comfort her right? But she never really seemed fussed if they were around or not. Lately however she has completely attached herself to her blanket, at times its been the ONLY thing to reassure her when upset. It's been her go to comfort even if there's not a dummy around for her. She carries it around with her and even gives it to family showing it off.

We've started going to the library for Rhyme time on a Tuesday morning about a month ago and I am so proud of her everytime we go. She stands up proud and dances away to every single song. She gets involved and gets frustrated if they start talking only to demand another song. Also we go along to her playgroup on a Wednesday morning as a free play session with all the other children. She is becoming more confident and will defend whichever toys she has if someone tries to take it from her. We are working on her sharing. Its improving as she offers a toy to a child but then thinks 'no you cant actually take it' and pulls it back. Opps? She even tried to take a girls Peppa Pig top off her back as she wanted her jumper with Peppa on it. I tried so hard not to laugh. The jumper remained on the girl.

New words:
Garden, Ana, Bye, 1,2,3, More, Juice, Nanny, Cracker, Bowl, Door, Park, Again.

Introducing the Naughty Spot. This has been my life saver these past 2 weeks. I've really been firm in sticking to it. If Penelope does not listen to two/three warnings of me asking her not to do something then I will pick her up and place her sitting down in the naughty spot. Tell her to sit there and wait for one minute explaining she should not 'do whatever shes done' and I walk away to the other side of the room and pretend not to be paying her attention. It took a good few times getting up and down to put her back on the spot and she does tend to laugh and think its funny sometimes. But she knows to sit there and be quiet. for one minute. If she gets up I tell her to go and sit down, and she does it. Its amazing how at such a young age that this form of discipline is really working. I don't believe in shouting but I do tell her firmly that something is wrong. It takes a lot of patience and chocolate stress relief for myself but it's working.

So Penny wakes up pretty early around 5:00am-ish, I put her in our bed and she sleeps until 7am, this has been our routine for a while now. She wakes me up every morning around 7am by leaning over me to reach my glasses to give me so I get up. Its the cutest most thoughtful act from such a tiny little person. How observant she must be to know thats the first thing mummy needs to do when she wakes up...because I'm so so unable to see without them. It melts my heart.

She loves to be nude, its such hard work getting this girl dressed or to change her nappy and soon as clothes and nappies come off she off just as quickly. Lord help me!

Penny is really good at counting. She can count 1, 2, 3 and even point out to three things. It's abit scary to hear because okay she can say a fair few words but to actually count is rather shocking eek.

We got Penelopes potty on Tuesday at first we let her play around with it and I was telling her that wee wee's and poo poo's go in there and she was not interested at all, infact she saw it more as a toy she could open, close and put things in. After her dinner I stripped her bottom half off and I got a few books thinking we would be sitting on the potty for a fair while. Instead I sat down told Penny to sit on her potty and she did straight away. I opened the book and after about 4 words Penny started to get off the potty. I looked inside and she had actually done a wee! I couldn't believe it! I'm still in shock and now cant wait to begin trying to see how she gets on from now. I'm not going to be strict with her. I'm just going to go at her pace and try to keep it fun and relaxed as I can. I definitely don't want to pressure or frighten her away. Since then we have had 5 wee's and a poop.

I am able to finally put her hair in a tiny pony tail, this excites me so very much as it has been long awaited.

Penny has been frightened of a very few select toys that she was given when a lot younger. She is still absolutely terrified if I get them out to try to show her they aren't scary. She will tell you no or point into the toy box and say no no no until it's removed so she can access other toys. Is this normal? I think it's so bizarre as they look like any other toy to me. 

Asking to see family members. She asks for her nana and nanny a lot. If we are out and about where we live she asks for nanny (Reese's mum) , if we are at home she checks the front door and asks for her nana (my mum). It's so cute but a little said when I have to say not today. She looks so disheartened. 

She is drinking two bottles a day. She has one in the morning first thing before breakfast. This one I feel we may be dropping soon as she isn't fussed if she has it and easily replaces it with her breakfast if need be and will only want an earlier snack which is completely fine. The other bottle is a must before bed time she has 9 ounces and will most nights wake for another in the night. 

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Christmas Gift Guide For Toddlers 2015 (Unisex)

This year I wanted to get my Christmas shopping for Penelope done nice and early so I could relax a little better in the month upcoming to the holidays. Really I wanted to be able to spend more quality time doing festive activities without the dread of all the shopping I need to do. Usually I'm out rushing around in the days up to Christmas Eve and I absolutely dislike shopping at that busy hectic time of year it just ruins the fun of Christmas for me. I know alot of people think thats all part of it, but not for me.

Thankfully, thanks to my organised self this year I'm practically done already, and have only little bits and pieces left to purchase. Hooray for being so anal! Seeing as I have bought Penelopes gifts already I thought I would share with you some of the fun things I think any toddler would enjoy. Maybe you are stuck for ideas and need a helping hand for inspiration?

TOMY Aqua Doodle- Amazon: £16.99
For kiddies that love to draw and scribble this is such a fun non messy activity that I can see toddlers having alot of fun with. Perhaps even keeping them occupied for more than 5 minutes hehe. It's house friendly mums and dads. All you do is add a little water and draw with the special Aqua Doodle Pens that you get with it and it will mark with mat when your little one is drawing.

Noahs Arch- Jo Jo Maman BeBe: £26.00
We actually purchased our one from Sainsburys for around £14.99 this is the best one I have found that is most similar to ours. I always loved the story of Noahs Arch and I cannot wait to play this with Penny.

VTechToot Toot Drivers New Garage- Smyths Toys: £36.99
What child would not love a good car going down ramps, through barriers, and  that has interactive play? None. That's why this garage is perfect its so colourful and engaging. I haven't bought this particular set instead I bought the farm as Penelope is particularly interested in animals more so than cars. I thought this option was a wider choice for more children. I do often find Penny pacing across her playgroups to get to the car garages.

Wooden Barn- Adsa Direct: £25.00
As I stated a moment ago my daughter is animal crazy, as I am sure alot of other little ones are. I saw this online and bought it instantly as I was actually planning to build something simular myself as all the others I had seen were far to pricey for what I wanted to spend. I came across this and its absolutely perfect for animal farm roll play.

Melissa and Doug Lacing Beads- Amazon: £9.48
I have always had the belief since having Penny that there's no such thing as being too young for something. As long as your child is supervised and is behaving sensibly why not give them a try with these lacing beads. I know my daughter is still too young to be able to have the coordination to actually do this activity, but I am planning to sit with her letting her watch and give it a go, how else is she going to learn?

Plastic Animals- Amazon: £5.94
These little guys are so adorable and will help educate and bring lots of fun to your childrens imaginative play. We already bought the barn and I thought these would be a great touch to add to it. They would make fantastic stocking fillers. We bought the Farm Set, Zoo Set, and I'm due to buy the Aqua Set.

TOMY Mega Sketcher- Amazon: £14.95
Another tool to help my baby girl to draw, again with no mess and completely house safe. Amen. It includes some fun shape stamps and the drawings are easily erased. I liked this one as it was large enough so Penny can really get carried away with her scribbles. I had one of these when I was young so it was a definite must have for this Christmas,

TeePee- Lullabuy: £105.95
I think every blogger knows about the teepee craze...heck I dont know if they still are a craze as most kids already have one. But, my little one didnt get hers last year for her birthday so this Christmas she can finally join in. We did not buy this one of course we bought the pinkest most floral one we could find. Sorry not sorry. This would of been my next choice as I love grey and this is perfect for either a girl or boy.

Sing Along CD Player- Early Learning Centre: £28.00
We got bought some hard back sing along CD books from Pennys grandad and considering this girl loves music, I'd never of thought about getting her a carry around microphone singalong CD player. Hello, its a dream. Penny is starting to 'sing' already at 16 months old. She loves dancing and singing so I thought this is a gift that she will love for a fair few years to come.

I hope you found this years gift guide in some way useful for your Christmas shopping lists, if you have more ideas let me know as I'd love to hear them.

It seems a little early to be posting about Christmas, but screw it. It's the best time of year!

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Halloween/Autumnal Crafts & Activities: Pumpkin Decorating

For Penelope 1st Halloween last year we carved a giant 'P' into her 1st pumpkin, again wanting it to be a special precious memory I wanted to put a personal spin on things. I let Penny decorate her very own pumpkin to her own taste with her bare hands.

This craft is mainly self explanatory in itself by just looking at the pictures but what I will say is this. I cant now carve the pumpkin as I cant bare to loose any of the art work my little artist has done on it. It would be ruining all her hard work. Instead I've kept it on my window sill for all to see. 

We used normal paint and a variation of Autumn coloured paints placing them on a tiny plastic plate ready for them to me mixed up and messy. All I did was occasionally spin the pumpkin around so that Penny would paint the entire circumference of the pumpkin I had no further involvement. 

I feel like Penny feels proud as punch over her work with this craft because every time we walk past it or I pick her up and she spots it. She was to feel it, and look at it. I think she felt like she really had control of what she was creating. Hands were flying everywhere and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

A super easy seedless mess avoiding craft! 


Do you always carve your pumpkins, why not try something a little different this Halloween?
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Halloween/Autumnal Crafts & Activities: Autumn Leaf Printing

 This is an craft I remember doing time and time again myself as a small child. Although I may have done it so many times, it was still just as enjoyable everytime. Each picture was unique as were the leaves. So perhaps you have not tried this craft yet with your child, maybe you think they are too young? Why not read on and see how I did it with a one year old...
 We'd gone out for a trip to the park, up until this recent visit there was only a light spread of leaves nothing too exciting really. When we went on this occasion it was asif the leaves were the new flooring. A thick multi coloured cushion covering the ground. I instantly had a flash back of collecting leaves for my leaf printing pictures and I knew we just had to do it.

I got Penelope involved encouraging her to pick up the leaves and passing them to me. I asked her if she liked different ones and I kept the ones she said yes too. I'd made sure we had different variations of colours and shapes to make sure she would be engrossed into the craft.

We got home and I prepared the set up and waited for a napping Penelope to wake up, she had a ridiculously long nap by some miracle.

I took her clothes off and left her in a nappy to avoid messy clothes,well and to make things easier for myself if I had to run an emergency bath. Painting with a one year old can be very messy thankfully for me this time she only had a few splats on her hands and chest.

I used a normal small plate with a few blobs of paint sent to us by Baker Ross, I made sure the colours were Autumnal and fun too.

I helped her with a few to show her the general concept in hopes she would learn from mummy; she did and would help me squash down the leaves giving them a little pat each and would peel them off. Penny gave each leaf print her own little touch rubbing the paint in a little which killed me a little as it ruined a fair few of the leaves, but it would be her picture if she didnt make it her own.

Overall, it was a fun day out walking around the park and we had a lovely afternoon painting with our wonderful leaves that we collected. The clean up was no messier than a dinner mess so for me it was no real hassle at all.

I absolutely adore this picture and want to keep it up for all to see in the kitchen. Do you display all your favourite pictures from your children? I don't suppose you can when every scribble and splat is equally as special theres not enough space on the walls, oh being a parent is heart throbbing.
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Halloween/Autumnal Crafts & Activities: Spooky Spider Playdough

Happy half term everybody, I'm sure your little ones are keeping you on your toes ...Do you want to keep them happily occupied for a while but don't want to much prep, mess or faffing around? Don't worry because up until Halloween I will be sharing a really fun compilation of crafts and activities that we have been doing this Autumn/ Halloween. All of which I hope you like and perhaps want to try out with your little ones. Keep your eyes peeled throughout this week to see more spooky and Autumnal crafts and activities inspiration from me. First up is...

Spooky Spider Playdough
I had never tried Penelope with playdough simply through my own naive assumptions, I always thought it was a much thicker and stiffer material than it actually is perhaps I had more of a clay substance in mind, nonetheless its something I had wrote off. I handmade this playdough from a fellow blogger friend Steph from RaisingEmily whom happened to recently post up the recipe on her new Youtube channel RaisingEmily. I was so keen to give it a go as it looked so simple and quick to do. I decided to go for a Halloween themed colour, purple to give it a spooky appearance. 

This was a really simple activity one you could prepare in just minutes. I bought these glow in the dark spiders from Asda for just a pound, but it actually came with around 10 in a pack, absolute bargain. 

The aim for this activity was to make spider imprints into the playdough, simple but it was really gripping for my little one. She was so thrilled by the spiders and love pushing and pulling the spiders in and out of the playdough. Once we filled up our playdough we squished it all together and would repeat the game again counting each spider as we made them.

As I started to integrate counting into this craft I decided to separate the play dough in balls and placed a spider ontop of each ball and we began counting each spider in this manner. Penny would placed her little finger upon each spider ball really concentrating.

There is many ways in which you could use this idea but this is just a few in which Penny responded to the best.

Like Steph says in her video you can wrap up the playdough in cling film to reuse for another day, so you can use it again on another day this holiday that's what we've done and we've had a few fun afternoons repeating such fun.

 These spiders will come in handy for a few years to come yet, and I will definately be using them again throughout the next few days, I hope you all like spiders?!
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Now That You Have A Garden

We've been making great use of our garden since moving into our new house. Autumn is in full swing and the temperatures are swiftly dropping so we haven't got long left before the garden becomes a crispy frost and seemingly off limits for a while. After living in a flat we've been getting out in the garden as and when possible. Our garden is beautiful and was well kept by the previous owners, now I guess its up to me to keep it that way, no pressure at all. I'll learn to master my green fingers in no time I'm sure. Penelope has loved having such a new lease of freedom; having the chance to go into the outdoors running around freely has been great fun for her. We've been out in the wet, sunshine and even in our dressing gowns. She's eaten leaves and thrown hundreds of pebbles...


Retuning To Work: Leaving You Behind...

After having 15 months off on maternity leave mothering my first child, returning to work has crept on in. Its been amazing being able to spend my days with my daughter and knowing that no matter what she would have me right by her side. Every mealtime, nap time, and any time she felt sad or needed me id be just a whinge away. I wish it could of gone on like that until she started nursery but it just was not practical for our family. We've been lucky to have gone this long already. I know many parents that have chosen by preference or are forced back into work sooner by life circumstances. 

We needed some extra cash coming into the household to allow us to have a little more freedom. The time came in which we decided it was time to bite the bullet in me getting myself a small job during the week. I wont be working everyday more like 2 days a week; 3 days at most. I know its not full time work but its still a huge change for me as a parent who's cared for Penelope day to day for well over a year. I want to write Penelope a letter sharing my feelings about leaving her behind when I go to work. To show her how my heart strings tug and my eyes fill up when I walk down the road...


Penelopes 15 Month Update!

Oh my! This is the first month in a while that I've felt has dragged on, not in a negative way but I suppose we've been so busy this month that I kept thinking is it Penny's 16 month update or 15th. I felt like time has flown by when in actual fact it's still been the same old pace. It is infact her 15 month update. The more I sit and think about whats changed about Penelope over the last 4 weeks the more things that pop into my mind.

She has been so busy it would seem absorbing so much into her very clever mind that I'm sure her little head may pop. Its dawned on me how much my little girl now understands and how responsive she is. Everyone that has met Penny for the first time recently has been shocked at how 'responsive' she is. They cant believe how well she walks, talks, and understands. I suppose I don't really notice so much as I'm with her all day everyday I'm used to her but when other people start telling you, it made me all emotional and I became overwhelmed at how proud I am of the progress she's making.


Hooray! We've Moved

After our previous house falling through last minute we made the off the hand decision to put the move on hold. It broke our hearts to loose that house and we could not bare going through the hassle again, we felt we'd been through too much over the past few years and just needed a breather from any worries. Only a week or so later we were out looking at more properties (we didn't last long) and fell in love with another house. A house we eagerly awaited 6 long weeks to move into and can now call our family home.


Review: Brauns ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer

I'm really excited to review a product sent to me from Braun, its amazing to be reviewing such a well known brand.

Even before I had a baby and was infact in the early stages of pregnancy I bought my first thermometer. Thinking about it now it seems like the most unusual purchase when just a few weeks pregnant so that being said I'm going to put it down to pregnancy hormones. I didn't even consider the features nor brand of the product I bought. It was just a simple under the arm reading thermometer device. It was incredibly difficult to keep the baby still until the bleep indicating the results of the temperature went off. It felt like a lifetime trying to keep still a poorly baby, it was not ideal at all.

I had not considered another one as its something I've never took the time to think about but since being contacted to review the ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer a few weeks ago now its like a whole new experience, an easy, direct, and reliable experience.


Miscarriage Update: This Pain Never Leaves You

Since my latest miscarriage in March, I've wanted to just share some ongoing thoughts that have been going through my mind lately as sometimes I worry whether how I feel is what I should be feeling or am I being totally ridiculous not being able to deal with it by now.
Its around 6 months since the loss of baby Pickle. I don't quite know how to word what I want to say because its so difficult to express the frustration I feel inside me, just bare with me here. Its not got any easier the grief, it messes with my heart, brain, and my feelings constantly.


Review: The Gro Egg

The temperature of Penelopes room has always been rather scatty changing from cold to hot and it would be really tricky to keep it at a comfortable and safe middle ground temperature. After struggling with it through last winter and summer I was delighted when The Gro Company gave us the opportunity to try out their colour changing digital room thermometer, The Gro Egg.


Penelopes 14 Month Update!

Welcome back to another monthly update for Penelope; this month I've decided Penny has outgrown the label 'baby'. She now reflects more aspects of being a toddler. It's been a while since she was a baby I feel, although it pains to say it she's now growing into a little girl. This month I can only describe her as a real 'character'.


Frolicking In The Park

I have to just remember this moment to keep the memory of this afternoon alive for futures sake. We went over to the park for a walk as we normally do but today I feel like it really moved me, it made my mummy heart melt. I embraced the fun and we had the most amazing time together. We didn't do anything particularly special we sat under a tree ate jam sandwiches, picked daisies, played throw and catch with Penelopes toy bunny; this always makes me feel like shes a dog but she love this game so we play it anyway. 

The sun was beaming down on us and any sunny weather is to be treasured as its due to be over for Autumn any time soon. Penny ran around like she had never been able to run nor walk before with sheer delighted on her face as she frolicked around the grass. She picked me countless daisies passing them into my head, all of them falling to pieces and wilting away. 

This was one of my most treasured afternoons, more and more I come to realise its these little insignificant moments that capture my heart the most. 


Family Trip To Gullivers Dino & Farm Park + Splash Zone

The Sunday just gone marked our first weekend in which our family day schedule began. Every other Sunday is dedicated to going out for a family filled day doing something fun together. This week we decided to go to Gullivers Land, but not the main theme park. We went to the Dino & Farm Park and we decided we'd upgrade our tickets to include the Splash Zone too. After what seemed like an eternity of grey rainy weather recently we got super lucky to have the day full of sunshine.

We didnt head out as early as I would of liked but getting Reese out from his sleeping pit is hard work and we ended up being ready to go at 11:30am. We arrived at the park and the two attractions we were going to were both neighboring eachother which was so handy with a little one not having to troll the whole of Gullivers Land to track them down. The carpark was just outside it too so we left our swimming gear in the car and headed to the Dino & Farm Park to begin with just incase the sun decided to disappear on us.


Techniques To Distract A One Year Old

Lets face it there are 1,000 times in a day in which we need to distract our young children whether it be to avoid fidgeting when changing nappies, to stop them from going or touching something out of bounds. It's without a doubt one of my most used parenting tactics day to day. Using distractions not only takes their attention off of forbidden things and keeps them still enough to put their nappy on properly without it riding up their butt crack, infact it benefits both parent and child so all remains in control. If say your kid is making a run for the back door and they are not a door exiting pro then you need to think fast and stop them in their tracks before they fall. I'm going to share a few of the distractions that work on Penelope and maybe you could try out a few too...


Sorry I've Been Absent, Life Update.

You may have noticed that I have been very quiet of late and I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know is well and I'm still 100% dedicated to my blogging lifestyle but for the last week or so I've given myself a well deserved break, not just from blogging but in general life I needed to take a few days to sort myself out.


Have You Had To Buy Something Ridiculous To Avoid Public Meltdowns?

Penelope has off days like any child. She can be more troublesome on one day than she does another, therefore difficult times mean desperate measures. A few months back there had been a few occasions in which we've been out and about tackling the weekly shopping with Penny sitting in the trolley so to distract her we would give her something interesting to hold onto keeping her entertained until we had finished. We would put the item back on the shelf at the end of the shopping trip and she would go unfazed. Now however being that Penelope has her wits about her and a little more common sense to know that she cant keep the item. Cue public meltdown...


Rice Tea Party

Last week I had made plans to go out and about for the afternoon but it seemed the weather didn't want to play ball so instead we were stuck in on a rainy day with no plans. Penelope was desperate to be occupied she was getting fed up of her toys and needed some further stimulation so I rummaged through the cupboards to see what I could put together. 

I found a giant packet of rice which I had not yet opened as I seem to buy the microwavable packets now (don't judge me). I grab our empty storage container from under the bed and poured in the rice. Then I gathered Penelope's play tea set and arranged them for her. With a screaming baby clinging to my leg desperate to get started I placed it on the floor for her to explore and she adored it. We pretended to drink 'tea' and she would use her spoon to mix the rice, it was loving to play with her and her really getting invovled in pretend play. 

I did leave her leggings on as I was worried she'd get rice stuck in her nappy, sand is bad enough let alone lots of grains of rice getting stuck in your little butt butt. The socks also stayed on as Penny has a bit of a weird thing about textures touching her feet. I wanted her to enjoy it so I made it as comfortable for her as possible.

Only once or twice did i spot her trying to taste the rice but clearly it was not that great as she soon stopped it and spat it out. This activity was simple quick thinking and highly enjoyed by this little girl, I'll definately be doing it again on a day we get stuck for plans. I suppose you could use almost anything to create this messy tea party.

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8 Unsugarcoated Facts Of Parenthood

I decided to have children knowing it was going to be hardwork, of course nothing ever comes without hardwork. Obviously I knew the basics of parenthood consisted of having less sleep, a screaming baby, and I knew roughly how to look after one atleast for it to survive. Over the last year its come to my attention that there are but many facts about parenthood they tend to forget to mention. Here's some of the main unsugarcoated ones I've come to the realizations of after just one year I'm almost 100% that i'll discover a whole heap more over the next 16 years.


"Mummy, Take Me To Bed."

Something amazing has been occurring over the past 2-3 days that I just need to share with you. Penelope recently just turned 13 months old, an age in which she is now transitioning from baby to toddler and boy is she coming on fast. See this little girl here? She is proving to be such a clever little one. Here's why...