VLOGGED: IKEA Toddler Haul

If you’ve read my previous post about Elliott’s sleeping routine you probably already know that I’m a big fan of IKEA. Their baby and toddler products are just brilliant – so much fun, hard-wearing and super-affordable. There’s bibs, cutlery, pottys, bedding, toys, the all-important toy storage solutions and loads of stuff you never knew you wanted, but now you’ve seen it you just can’t live without it, and it’s so cheap, shall we just get it? Come on we’ve all had that conversation with our other halves in the IKEA market hall, haven’t we?

Here’s our most recent IKEA toddler haul:

What are your IKEA toddler essentials?

And, what are your tips for potty training?

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

KALAS cutlery set

KALAS mug set

SMASKA cutley set

LEN mattress protector

LILLA potty

STORABO rug

FORSIKTIG step

KALLAX storage

DRONA storage boxes

 

 

 

How I celebrated my birthday!

You may have seen my ‘What I Got For My Birthday’ video in a previous post. If you’re curious on how I spent my 37th birthday, take a look here…

As I don’t do a lot of talking in the video, I thought I’d give you a quick written summary too! Here goes…

My birthday was on a Friday, but I decided to book the Thursday off work too and make a really long weekend of it. Elliott was at nursery so I headed to our local shopping centre. I was originally planning on having a massage first thing, followed by some retail therapy. However, my therapist had called in poorly, so my appointment had to be moved until later in the day.

I breakfasted in Costa and caught up on blog stuff. It might seem strange to blog on a relaxing day, but I enjoy being creative so it kind of is my way of chilling out.

I then headed to Primark before meeting up with my mom and heading around the shops. I didn’t buy much at all. In fact, apart from some underwear and a book that I will review in a blog post very soon, I actually can’t remember what I purchased. Mom and I had lunch in Five Guys. This was my first Five Guys experience and I have to say it was yummy. Particularly the strawberry milkshake! It’s probably a good job I didn’t know about them when I was pregnant, otherwise I would have always been in there!

We then did more mooching before I headed off for my spa appointment. The spa at my local shopping centre is gorgeous. I arrived early and sat on the comfy sofas and read my new book. When I was taken through to my treatment room it had been carefully prepared with low-lighting; soft, calm and relaxing music; buddhas and flowers. There was even a little sign which read ‘This room has been prepared for Samantha’. I had a 60-minute Swedish Massage and it was bliss. I thought I would fall asleep, but actually I lay there thinking. Again, this might not sound the most relaxing, but it’s not very often I get to zone out and just let my brain meander.

On my birthday itself we headed to the park for breakfast as I adore their pancakes. We didn’t really have a set agenda for the rest of the day, but quickly made the decision to head to Apley Farm Shop. This was a great plan. Enough of a drive to give Elliott a bit of a nap, a gorgeous on-site farm shop, classy soft play, a small farm area, a gorgeous flower and gift shop and a fabulous and very child friendly restaurant where we had lunch.

Elliott napped again as we headed home ready to open presents. As my birthday falls on St. Patricks Day I decided to put on some Irish music when we arrived at home and me and Elliott quite happily spent about half-an-hour jigging around to it. Unfortunately Elliott’s signature dance move was to spin round-and-round in circles until he got dizzy and fell over.

Gift time – with Elliott helping me to open my presents (you can take a look at what I got for my birthday here) was soon followed by cake time. A delicious cake which combined my love of chocolate and my adoration of stars.

All in all a fabulous day 🙂

Vlogged: What I got for my Birthday

Last month I turned 37 – eek! Fortunately, I was very lucky and was generously gifted lots of gorgeous presents to soften the blow a little.

If you fancy taking a snoop at what I received, check out the video below.

By the way, in no way am I boasting. It’s just a nice way for me to remember what I received and also might be good inspiration if you need ideas on what to buy a thirty something!

Hope you enjoy! x

Vlogged: Our New Year Celebrations

 

I know, I know! It’s late. Very, very late. I’ve only just got around to editing the footage from our New Year’s Eve spectacular. When I say spectacular I mean hallway raving, breakfast out, ready-meal eating, toddler dancing, bath-time bubbles bonanza. Ah, you’ll see. Hope 2017 is treating you all well so far xx

 

The Lost #Vlogmas Video – The Christmas Tag

So, how was your Christmas? What did you get? How did you celebrate?

My feet are only just hitting the ground post festivities. I would like to say that’s because I’ve been a social butterfly buoyed along by a whirlwind of family parties and glorious get-togethers. In reality it’s been due to being ill still/again. I visited the doctor about my cough and apparently because it’s just in the top part of my chest I’ve just got to ride it out… :(, I also now have conjunctivitis and, as a result, look like some kind of deranged James Bond villain! Oh the joys. Elliott is also teething and has a bit of a cold which means that rather than do anything exciting he wants to be picked up and carried by me as I go about my daily business. Today I honestly intended to have a fun day out. Instead we ended up going to Sainsbury’s to buy Anbesol, eye drops and a pack of baby vests! Talk about living the high life. To be honest staying in this morning was lovely anyway, what with Elliott stealing my breakfast and dancing around to Robbie’s latest album. I’m also loving Elliott’s insistence on using a coaster for his drink!

Why eat your own porridge when mummy's is so yummy?!

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Anyway, I digress, the reason for my post is because I’ve finally got around to uploading the final 2016 Vlogmas video. It’s the Christmas Tag filmed on Christmas Eve. So if you want to know what tops our Christmas tree, whether I’m any good at wrapping gifts and what topical place name I can’t pronounce – it’s all here for your viewing pleasure.

#Vlogmas – What’s in Elliott’s Stocking

I’ve just realised the title on the thumbnail of this video is incorrect, but hey ho. I don’t have time to correct it at the moment. Here’s what’s in Elliott’s stocking this year if you’d care to take a nosy…

#Vlogmas: What’s in Elliott’s Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve boxes are a bit of a Marmite thing. Some love them; some hate them. I, personally, think they should be a little bit of fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Here is our seriously un-Pinterest-worthy Christmas Eve box, which is actually a bag.

Vlogmas – The missing days

Vlogging is hard work!

I know.

I realise that sounds ridiculous. Holding the camera out at arms length and prattling onto it is actually the easy part. Who knew?

Making sure the camera has charge, sorting the editing, getting the damn videos to upload and a whole host of other technicalities make it challenging. Still fun, but challenging. Suffice to say I didn’t fully understand how demanding partaking in Vlogmas would be when I started and had I known I would have definitely been busy preparing some pre-recorded material in advance a la any other You Tuber with an ounce of common sense.

Because it’s been a bit of a whirlwind I missed a few days recently, so I thought I’d update on what I got up to.

Wednesday 14th December

I woke up exhausted. Having taken the day off work on Tuesday to catch up with life and in particular Christmas I had bust a gut to get everything done (and failed), so by Wednesday morning I was seriously running on empty. Needless to say that’s why I didn’t pick up the camera!

It was my first day back in the office and that was busy, busy, busy too.

My tiredness wasn’t helped by Elliott chucking a fair few toddler strops either (I thought it was the terrible two’s not the eek eighteen months?). At the moment he wants to be super-independent. Lovely to see, but not so great when he won’t hold your hand whilst he’s walking up and downstairs. Neither quite so great when you then pick him up and he slaps you around the face! Oh joy!

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He did come home from nursery with some lovely artwork on Wednesday evening, so he almost redeemed himself, to be fair if he hadn’t spent so long complaining about absolutely nothing (obviously something to him, but y’know) in the hallway whilst I was trying to cook dinner he would have totally redeemed himself, but as it was, his constant whining meant my brain switched off resulting in me switching on the grill instead of the oven and totally wrecking dinner. Still, it meant me and hubby treated ourselves to Chinese take out later, so every cloud and all that. I spent most of the night falling asleep on the sofa and doing an online Asda grocery shop. Oh the glamour!

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Thursday 15th December

Elliott kick-started the day by not wanting to get into the car. He actually walked around to the boot as if to say: “No, mummy. Not the car seat today, you can take me in my buggy.”. I eventually mum-handled him into his car seat and appeased him by leaving him front facing (we have a fancy seat which you can twizzle around). I know rear-facing is safer, but at the moment he makes such a fuss when I just put him in the car that, actually, front facing is far safer for all involved, lest his constant whining distract me from the road. More hand-made goodies from nursery, a productive day at the office, the fact it was my Friday (super short week), no strop when we got home and Domino’s for tea made this a better day. I even had a bit of energy when I got home and managed to tick some things off my to do list – woo hoo!

Friday 16th December

We headed to Rattle & Rhyme at the library. We go every Friday but this Friday was special as Santa was making an appearance. Little did I know today would also be special because it would be the day Elliott would decide to turn the libraries CD player off mid-song. Oh the embarrassment!

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Elliott wasn’t too sure about Santa but I guess that’s sensible. We then picked up some bits and bobs from the shops whilst Elliott slept and then I lunched with my mom. Elliott didn’t really want to eat, but did decide to steal one of the crisps from my plate – cheeky monkey.

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A cup of tea and a mince pie back at mine before mom headed off and me and Elliott settled down to watch the CBeebies production of the Nutcracker. I think I enjoyed it more than Elliott, although he was quite taken by the dancing teddy bear and did enjoy sitting in his Lego box to watch part of the performance.

That night I caught up with some more admin and editing. Woo hoo I thought I’m making progress. Little did I know that Elliott had a little trick up his sleeve. Waking at 12:30am and then not going back to sleep until 3:30am! Even when he did go to sleep he slept on me in our bed, which meant my sleep was anything but deep and also meant my dreams were filled with adults dressed as babies – seriously weird. Dreaming of Scott Mills wearing a nappy is not a dream I wish to repeat!

Then I woke up and picked up the camera again…

*I paint a poor picture of Elliott here. He’s not that naughty and he’s not whining all the time. It’s just that he has gone from being a pretty much angelic baby to being a curious and boundary pushing toddler which is a bit of a shock to the system!

Here’s a video I made on the same topic…