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-Blogmas day 25!- Logan’s 1st CHRISTMAS!

I cannot believe just how quickly Christmas day has come around, and I just want to say I am sorry for how slow I’ve been with blogmas, I didn’t realise how difficult it would be blog every single day, I know not all my blogmas posts have been Christmas related, so I hope you can forgive me.
Christmas morning was just like any other really except we got to open presents and an excuse to eat chocolate at 10 in the morning, Logan didn’t have a clue, I think he felt the excitement that me and his daddy were portraying but he didn’t understand about presents or father Christmas with him only being 7 months old. Opening his presents was fun though, I think he would have preferred have wrapping paper for Christmas as he wasn’t interested in the toys, well until all the paper was well out of sight!

As you can see in the pictures I had him dressed in his Christmas outfit, seeing as it won’t fit him next year, well unless I have another boy down the line, but he did get very overwhelmed and didn’t know where to look bless him.

After all, the presents had been opened and Robbie had opened him, and I had opened mine we got dressed and watched some telly, can’t remember what was on but there was some Christmas movie on. For Christmas off Robbie I had a £20 tattoo voucher for Wrexham Ink and a pack of Pokémon cards, and not forgetting he paid for me to get the Logan tattoo I had back in November. And I got Robbie a new pair of work shoes, some sonic the hedgehog socks, a £20 ps4 voucher, some pyjamas’ and some other necessities.
About half 12 my brother picked us up and we went over to my mum’s house, and we had a lovely Christmas dinner, and brandy snaps for desert (Yummy!) – Why is it no one ever gets enough pigs in blankets? They’re the best part!

After all the food was demolished and everyone full up, it was time to open the presents off my mum, logan had some nice clothes and toys and we got some money which funnily enough we spent on an Iceland food shop!

Then later on in the evening, it was monopoly time, I didn’t play because logan was tired and he was more important so I and rob just sat chatting and feeling knackered, as we were used to going to bed at 10 pm these days!

Hope everyone else had a good Christmas and you had everything you asked for off Santa.

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-Blogmas day 23- Ewan the dream sheep *Review*

Before I decided to move Logan into his own room, I was thinking about how I can make that transition a bit easier and less stressful for him, I had heard about Ewan the dream sheep from another mummy and some online reviews and they all praised it for helping their little ones sleep easier/better at night, so I took the plunge and bought myself one of these little sheep, well I won it on an eBay auction for £19 so I saved myself a few quid.
When I received in the post I wasn’t sure what to expect as I never really knew how big or small it was going to be but it was a decent size, Ewan was a lot rounder than id imagined but it does add to the cuteness factor! On first glance I noticed four purple legs, each one with its own soothing sound and when one is pressed a subtle red glow light emits from within Ewan the sheep, on inspection of the inside of the sheep there are 3 switches, one for volume and the other 2, I’m not yet sure what they do as I’ve not really messed around with them.
The 4 sounds are:
• heartbeat + womb
• heartbeat + vacuum cleaner
• heartbeat + harp music (This one is Logan’s favourite)
• heartbeat + rain
On Ewan’s tail there is some Velcro which you use to tie around the cot bars, to keep it from being a loose toy, this I love because Logan is very grabby and I know for a fact he would not leave it in one place had it not been for the Velcro strap on the tail.
Overall I am really impressed with Ewan’s effectiveness, I just wish it lasted longer than 20 minutes as I do have to pop back in to turn it back on if Logan wasn’t in his deep sleep state, but other than that I do really recommend it, I only wish I had bought it sooner when Logan was a newborn to help settle him and to create positive sleep associations to the sheep and not being fed/rocked/cuddled etc.

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-Blogmas day 22- Logan’s current feeding schedule

Logan has been really enjoying all the foods I have been putting in front of him, he’s gotten pretty good at gripping the more slippery foods like pasta which I cooked up for us tonight, it contained mushrooms, spinach, chopped tomatoes and penne pasta, I gave Logan a bit of everything I was eating excluding the mushroom just because I didn’t feel confident giving him them just yet as they are a fungus. Earlier today he had sliced cucumber and easy peal clementine, he enjoyed both.

Logan’s current feeding schedule is as follows:

  • 8 am – Banana porridge for breakfast
  • 30 am – Bottle
  • 12/1pm – Lunch (Toast/Banana/Pancake)
  • 3 pm – Bottle
  • 5/6pm – Tea (Puree/BLW)
  • 7 pm – Bottle

That is a rough guide to what Logan is currently eating in one 24 hour period (Not including the snacks he has during the day which are finger foods like banana rice cakes by Organix or Heinz biscotti which are is current favourite)

 

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-Blogmas Day 21- Sassybloom *unboxing & Review*

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**Disclosure: I have not been paid or reimbursed in any way to provide this review. I paid for the Sassy Bloom box myself, and all opinions are my own**

I received my November Sassybloom subscription box about 2 weeks ago now, so I am a little late on doing the review, but as most of you know it’s hard to find the time to just sit down and record a video when you have a demanding baby who’s going through a clingy/crying and fussy phase.

You can watch my unboxing video here: Sassybloom unboxing video

I heard about the Sassybloom service via Facebook and loved what it was about and wanted to get my very own box for Logan and so I emailed the company and asked if I could review one of their boxes on my blog and so the lovely Nicole at Sassybloom replied saying yes basically, and gave me a special discount off my first box to review.

What is Sassybloom? Sassy Bloom is a subscription box which you can receive monthly or as a one off box, in every box there are baby/children’s products inside. The box is suitable for pregnant mums from the 3rd trimester to baby/toddlers of two years old. Each box is tailored and has handpicked items for your child.

How much are these subscription boxes? Memberships start from as little as £23 per month (Free shipping too on every box!) You can also purchase a one-off trial box for £40. They also do sassybloom gift cards, so you can give a mummy a very special gift.

So let’s get into the review


lights

Bright Starts Safari Beats – Drum

– 2 modes, drum mode and melody mode

– three colourful lights which baby can tap

My opinion – I’ve got to say I was so surprised to see this toy in the box, and my son loves the bright colours and the flashing “disco” lights, it’s, even more fun to play with in the dark. Love this!

RRP – £14.99

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Munchkin soft tip spoons (6)

– 6 bright coloured spoons

– ideal for weaning

– Soft tips gentle on baby gums

– BPA free

My Opinion – Tried these out with Logan’s desert earlier and they were actually really nice to use, they felt really good quality and Logan seemed to enjoy the colours too.

RRP – £2.49

feeder

Munchkin Fresh Food feeder

– Reduces the risk of choking

– Comes in many colours

– Simple and easy to use

My Opinion – I have done a review on another net food feeder on my blog, however, that one didn’t work very well and broke after 1 use so I will be interested to see how this one stands up.

RRP – £3.20

 

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Munchkin Shampoo Rinser

– Helps to keep water and soap out of eyes

– Easy grip handle

My Opinion – I’ll be honest I wouldn’t have thought this would be in a box tailored for a 6 month old just because i don’t tend to shampoo my boy’s hair (what little hair he has got) as i find its very drying and i bath him every night just because it’s part of his bathtime routine, so I’m not sure if I will use this product, maybe in the future I’ll use it, or might just be another bath toy for logan to chew on.
RRP – £4.59

brush

MAM First Toothbrush

– Round head is gentle on baby’s mouth

– Short and compact handle

– Soft bristles, perfect for babies first teeth and on gums

My Opinion – Pretty self-explanatory really, but like I mentioned in my youtube video Logan already has a couple of toothbrushes and 1000 ppm toothpaste. You can’t have too many toothbrushes, and will probably keep this one for when logan is a bit older and can brush his own teeth.

RRP – £3.50

 

 

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My Son Logan modelling the Personalized Bib 

– Super soft quality

– 100% Cotton

– Personalised for that special touch

My Opinion – What can I say, I love the fact that the bib has got his name on, and now everyone we meet will know how special and amazing my son is ❤

RRP– Unsure

 

My overall opinion on the Sassybloom Box: Overall I absolutely am made up with this box, considering it was my first time ever using this subscription service, I saw all the wonderful items other mummies and their babies received and I just knew I wanted a piece of that sassy cake, so yes I am happy with this box, there were a couple of items which I was a tad disappointed with, one being the shampoo rinser, just because I could just buy a normal jug and it do the same thing but other than that it’s all fab quality stuff and I would definitely reccomend this service if you have any children aged newborn to 2 years.

If you enjoyed this review and would like to get your hands on your very own Sassybloom box, then you can use my referral code MTOLOGAN, you can earn £10 off your first box.

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-Blogmas day 20- Asda Little Angles Nappies *Review*

I was using Aldi mamia nappies from when Logan was newborn and they were great, but as he moved up into bigger sizes we noticed a lot of leaking nappies especially at those 3am wake up calls!

So I then moved him onto pampers baby dry nappies which I had no leaking with but as they were more expensive I couldn’t keep buying these especially in bulk so I needed an alternative, and since I buy my pampers nappies from Asda anyway I noticed that they did their own range which were the Little Angels and there was a fantastic offer on which was 3 packs for £10, yes £10 which was an absolute bargain, and they weren’t small packs either there are like 48 nappies in each pack, so I decided to give these ones a go, you can check that deal out here if you like; Little Angles Nappies.

My first impressions where great actually the design on the nappy is pretty cute, but I would just like to say I would like to say maybe a cute little tiger or raccoon instead of an elephant or maybe every pack of nappies has different designs that way you can mix and match designs that you like.

When trying them on Logan for the first time they felt really spacious but actually there was an indicator on the nappies which told you when it was time to move them up to the next size which I thought was super neat and useful, I’ve not seen any nappies with that design feature before, so that’s a plus. I’m happy to say that we haven’t had one accident or leaky explosion and I definitely intend on using these nappies from now on, and for the price you can’t argue with that, and now they have their Christmas range of little angles out so look out for my super cute Instagram post of Logan in a Santa clause nappy, and apparently they even have a range of Pepper pig “first pants” by the little angles brand too, which i will definitely be purchasing on Friday as they look so adorable.

So overall I am super pleased with these little angels nappies and in fact I adore the little angles bedtime lavender bubble bath too, so much cheaper than the Johnsons bedtime bath as well, but does exact same thing.

Let me know which nappies you use for your little ones, are they good? What nappies don’t you like and why?

Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoyed my review.

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-Blogmas day 18- Christmas on a budget made easy

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Money everybody wants it, everybody needs it, everybody loves it, but unfortunately not everybody has it, so how do those people afford Christmas.

When you think of poverty you tend to think of the homeless and those with little household income, but there are more people than what you may think experiencing some sort of poverty and you may not know it, whether that be due to families being torn by a divorce or a parent losing their job etc.

But money isn’t everything and you can enjoy Christmas whether you’re giving very little or can’t give anything at all, because after all Christmas is about family and forgiveness, the best presents are free and don’t cost anything at all, be that a hug, a handmade item, or simply a smile.

However, there are ways of getting the most out of Christmas especially if you’re on a budget, this next part is for you.

  • Check charity shops
    • You’d be surprised what stuff you can find!
  • Buy some of your food from the supermarket reduced section
    • usually around 4/5pm
  • Get creative
    • a handmade gift can be just as special as a shop bought one
  • Candle the place up
    • If you don’t want to splash out on a multitude of lights then get some candles which can make just as a magical, cosy effect
  • Ebay
    • Yes, simple but effective you can usually find what you’re looking for, half the price
  • Don’t spend what you can’t afford
    • Self-explanatory, but please please please don’t feel like you have to take out a loan; if you can’t afford something, don’t pressure yourself to buy it.

At the end of the day, I reckon Christmas is overrated, just a little I mean its over in literally 24 hours and then what? I guarantee about 3 months down the line, half the toys/games you bought for your little ones, families, friends will go under the bed or in the toy box and not be played with, so don’t worry, and just enjoy spending time with your loved ones, because trust me that will create the best memories not some £10 gift card for next or HMV.

 

Christmas, Logan

-Blogmas day 16- Blogmas

xmas_balls.jpgGosh who would have thought blogging everyday would be quite so difficult, not only did i join in late and have to make up those posts for the days i’d missed, i didn’t prepare at all, so thinking of topics to write about has been a challenge in itself, i know not all my posts have been Christmas related but that’s because i didn’t know they had to be, with this being my first blogmas year.

If i had known i was taking part in blogmas i would have prepared a bit more and perhaps wrote a list of all the topics i may want to talk about and possible Christmas related arts/crafts/baking. I know what i want to make and that is salt dough decorations but sadly dont have the ingredients so may have to give them a miss but i would like to make a mini Christmas dinner for Logan and document how that went.

If you’re struggling with blogmas too, then don’t worry you’re not alone.

 

 

Christmas, Logan

-Blogmas day 15- My top 10 favourite Christmas films

Yesterday i posted my top 10 favourite Christmas songs, so i thought today i would post my top 10 favourite Christmas movies, again in no particular order.

  1. Home alone and Home alone 2
  2. The Grinch
  3. The holiday
  4. Elf
  5. Scrooge
  6. The Santa clause
  7. Jingle all the way
  8. Love actually
  9. Miracle on 34th street (1994)
  10. The Polar Express

Out of all them though i have to say the Grinch is definitely my favourite, closely followed by Home alone just because they always seem to put me in the Christmas spirit. Did your favourite Christmas movie make my top 10 list? If not let me know, and if you’re doing blogmas let me know how your getting on, im slowly running out of topics to talk about.

 

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-Blogmas day 14-My Top 10 favourite Christmas songs

So today i thought i would share with you my top 10 all time favourite christmas songs, in no particular order of course as it would be too difficult to choose my favourite out of this lot.

  1. Wham – Last Christmas
  2. Band aid – Do they know it’s Christmas (1984)
  3. The Pogues- Fairy tale of New York
  4. Michael Buble ft  Idina menzel- Baby it’s cold out there
  5. Mariah Carey- All i want for christmas is you
  6. Wizzard – I wish it could be christmas everyday
  7. Slade – Merry christmas everybody
  8. Boney M- Mary’s boy child
  9. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and wine
  10. John Lennon – Merry Christmas (War is over)

Which is your favourite christmas song, did make the list? If not then whats your song of choice for the festive season.

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-Blogmas Day 7- #The Christmas Tag

 

Thank you Natalie over at mummybutstillme for tagging me in this Christmas Tag, (gotta love a tag), So here is my version, hope it will suffice, i have tagged 3 awesome ladies with 3 awesome blogs for you to check out! Also even if you’ve not been tagged and you want to take part then feel free to do so.

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My Cat Miles in his elf shirt

The Christmas Tag Questions

What is your favourite Christmas film? The Grinch is my all time favourite Christmas film, i always watch this on Xmas eve but sometimes even weeks before.

Have you ever had a white Christmas? Not that i can remember, it’s always been pretty cold and foggy but never snowed on Christmas day.

Where do you usually spend your holiday? Since i moved out of the family home 3 years ago i have always, always gone back to my mums for Christmas day, it’s just tradition now, and i’ll be going to my mums this year too.

What is your favourite Christmas song? Hmm if i had to choose just one song it would have to Last Christmas by Wham, just because that seems to be the only song i go back to over the festive season.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No, even when we were little we were never allowed to open any presents before Christmas, but i think i may alter that tradition with Logan as i want him to feel excited and to have something on Christmas eve it might just help him sleep, as we all know it’s “hard to sleep until Santa has been”.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Rudolph, Dasher, Vixen, Prancer, Cupid..that’s honestly all i remember.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year? It will be Logans first Christmas so I’m excited to start my own traditions which we’ll carry on every year, im looking forward to having xmas dinner at my mums, the board games, the music, the late night telly, the conversations, the giving on gifts, the memories and taking pictures.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake? Fake, we’ve never had a real one, in fact none of my family have ever had a real christmas tree.

What is your all time favourite holiday food/sweet treat? Pigs in blankets and Trifle with brandy cream 😉

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better? When i was younger, naturally it was recieveing but now im a parent giving is definitely better as i love seeing peoples faces light up at the wonderful gifts we’ve gotten and i cant wait for those years where logans older and understands xmas a lot more.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? Hmm probably a laptop which i had off my mum to help with my college studies, either that or my manchester united top with my surname on the back!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? My mums house, nothing beats going there, if i went anywhere else i’d feel strange and i wouldn’t be able to settle, but if my mum and everyone came too then Italy as thats where alot my relatives live.

Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?  Depends, sometimes i put the effort in and sometimes if im tired i tend to rush it and it ends up looking like a dogs been at it.

Most memorable holiday moment?  Going to my nanny’s house on christmas morning after we’d opened all our presents at home, then the excitement to see what your nan had got us, oh and then there’s the bar of soap incident when i was about 7 years old i thought a bar soap was one of them green viscount bars (the chocolaty mint thing) yeah that was pretty memorable.

What made you realise the truth about Santa? I would like to go in to detail but i’ll just say Rudolph left a trail of mince pie to my mums bedroom

What makes the holidays special for you? Being with my family and now my son, i have a feeling this christmas will be the best one yet.

Right, now your turn! I tag the following lovely  mummies.

Valerie @ livinglighterinatlanta

Nicola @ mummytodex

Katie @golddust

Looking forward to reading yours, get typing ladies! x Pass on the tag