The past few weeks have been a little up and down to say the least. In all honesty though, I think it may have all seemed a little tougher given that usually we don’t tend to have a lot of ‘drama’ and life is normally all good. By no means am I boasting, just trying to look at things positively and realise that we’re pretty lucky most of the time. In light of that, I thought I’d note down a few things making me smile this week.

Lighter Evenings

Okay, so the rain hasn’t exactly made this as good as it could be, but how lovely has it been to not be dark at 5pm?! The promise of barbecues, watering plants and paddling pools is on the horizon and I cannot wait to be out in the garden, embracing warmer weather and laughing at Daisy, who will likely be naked and looking slightly feral most evenings.

Reading

I go through phases of reading; either I struggle to get past the first chapter of anything, or I devour one book after another. Months pass between the phases, but I’m definitely in the ‘reading at every chance I get’ camp at the moment. It has always helped me to nod off to sleep and with the amount of disturbed nights I’ve had recently, it’s definitely proved better than browsing Instagram at 3am. I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s Origin, although I’m normally a grisly thriller kinda gal.

Baby Movements

I’ve blogged before about how active this little one is, but it’s really been making me smile recently. Whenever things are a little stressful or it’s just been one of those days, taking five minutes to feel and watch all those movements instantly perks me up. Every time I see my bump wriggle or feel kicks and prods, I feel incredibly lucky and in awe of how amazing the human body really is. Like, there’s a real little person in there!

Hot Cross Buns

As much as I love hot cross buns, I’m pretty sure my hips will be glad to see the back of Easter. I’ve become something of a connoisseur the last few weeks; Jon has been bringing me home all the ‘special’ flavours he’s come across. ‘Blueberry and Maple’, ‘Extra Fruity’, ‘Apple and Cinnamon’, ‘Chocolate and Fudge’… I could continue but I’m starting to salivate and I don’t want to drool on the laptop. By this point, I’m 90% hot cross bun and I fear I’ll need to wean myself off them. I can confirm though, M&S Salted Caramel and Chocolate are the best…mmm…

Daisy’s Songs

I’ve previously mentioned how much Daisy’s speech has come on in the last year and now we quite literally can’t shut her up! It’s true what they say, kids really do say the funniest things. Daisy has loved singing songs for a while now and picks nursery rhymes up so quickly. She’s regularly coming out with a verse or two of something she’s heard at school or on TV, but this week she literally made my heart burst. Sat on the settee together, she started singing ‘Rockabye Baby’ and told me she’s going to sing it to the baby! Apparently she learnt it in school and it’s THE cutest thing ever. All the mama feels! Emma x

We had a plan to decorate Daisy’s bedroom for her before the baby comes along – as a bit of a present to her and hopefully an incentive to keep her in there a bit more at night! It hasn’t ever been decorated specifically for her, it was painted gray as a spare room and when we moved her into it (as it was bigger than her old room) we just kept the gray walls.img_8275.jpgThe room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I definitely want to make it lighter and warmer in there. Whilst looking at bedding the other day, I made the mistake of asking Daisy what colour she wanted in her ‘new big girl room’, to which she replied… “Purple!” Hmm… This however quickly changed to “Yellow!” and now I’m pretty sure she’s following my decor habits in that I get bored quickly, and want to change things up on a regular basis. So, I’m going to stick to what I normally do, keeping the basics quite neutral and then add some colour with accessories, which we can change out anytime.

We’re going to be getting a new bed eventually and I knew a while back I wanted one of the IKEA day beds that extend to a double if needed. This one is on the shopping list, the floor is a lovely wood effect vinyl and we have a fluffy cream/white rug in there too, which will probably stay, as well as the giant tissue paper flower I bagged from an M&S window display!Her IKEA kitchen is in her room now to make more room in the playroom (you can see the updates for that here) and the only other furniture will possibly be a chest of drawers. There’s a little nook area for a wardrobe that doesn’t work too well as it’s a bit too deep, so I’ll be kitting that out with rails and shelves to make the most of the space.

I’ve already got some gorgeous curtains that are sort of a watercolour print in purples, pinks and peach, and the dreamy storage stool below from my January Favourites. I’m still undecided on wallpaper/wall decals/paint effects etc, but really fancy some sort of feature wall. I’d like some quirky wall prints too and LOVE these ones on Etsy, which are downloadable too, so you just print them yourself.img_2527-1.jpgLet me know your go to shops for children’s decor or any feature wall ideas you used for your little ones. Pregnancy has me undecided about everything, so I need all the help guys!

Emma x

img_2601I’m a sucker for a celebration. If I can hang bunting and blow up balloons, I’m there. I also think it’s great to get your little ones involved with some themed activities, however big or small. We did a few things over the last few days that we would do anytime of year, but with a little valentine’s spin.

I bought a few new craft bits so we could make some valentine’s cards, which Daisy really enjoyed. Based on experience, a word of warning; do not go for a quick pee whilst your 3 year old has a pot of multi-coloured sequins to hand! I returned to the kitchen to find her not placing them on the card so gently as she had been, but showering herself in them instead, holding her very own mini confetti party. I’ll leave you to laugh at how long it took me to get those out of her hair!img1When Daisy was finally sequin free and looking less like she’d a night on the tiles, we decided to make some brownies. After several baking attempts in the past, I have no shame in saying that until Daisy appreciates ingredients need to be weighed and measured correctly, we will be using a ready bought cake mix. Just add an egg, water and butter you say? All hail Betty Crocker! img 2img_2604img 3img 4Finally, we had a little valentines themed breakfast on the weekend. If you’ve followed me for a few months, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of weekend family breakfasts; you can read a little more about what we do here. As always, it was nothing complicated and just thrown together in the morning. We all sat around the table, ate warm pain au chocolat and berries and laughed at Daisy dancing to Leon Bridges. img_2557img_2560img 5It just goes to show, you don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate and the impression it leaves lasts a long time. I’m sure Daisy will be asking to make brownies regularly and I’ll be finding sequins all over the house for weeks to come!

Emma  x

Storage Stool

Ahhh, the mothership that is TKMaxx / Homesense. I swear that place has a magnet that draws me in. I. Just. Can’t. Walk. Away! On yet another occasion of “Oh I’ll just have a look”, I found this gem. We’re going to be decorating Daisy’s room in the next few weeks and I thought this was perfect. It could be a bed side table, a seat or just a decorative storage box. Either way, it spoke to me and was swiftly loaded into the back seat.

Wrapping Paper Posters

I started following Willow & Stone on Instagram a few months back and lusted over their posters for a while, before I stumbled on their ‘wrapping paper’. Sized 50x70cm, these make perfect posters and are advertised as such on their site. I love changing out our home accessories and have even used wallpaper samples in the past to change out our poster frames. These were only £3.50 each and look way more expensive.Paris MonumentsEye Chart

Breaking Bad

I realise that I’m ridiculously late to the party, but I recently started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and I LOVE IT! With Jon working shifts, I always like to have a series I can binge watch in the evenings and with 5 seasons, this is perfect. The only problem is that I don’t want to go to sleep!

Pyjamas of Dreams

There’s a new rule in our house, put there by Jon… if I buy a pair of pyjamas, I must get rid of an old pair. If you’ve read my recent pregnancy update, I mentioned that I’m trying to only buy clothing that I’ll be able to wear after pregnancy too, cue button down pjs. I can pop a longline vest on when the buttons don’t go over my bump, and just wear the top open. These beauties are from Matalan. All the look of Victoria’s Secret, but without the price tag.

Emma x

I’ve seen so many posts and articles lately about happiness (probably because it’s been January and the twinkly Christmas feels are gone for another year). It got me thinking about how the normal day to day stuff gets lost in a bigger picture sometimes. It’s easy to say “oh I’ve had a terrible day” when something went really wrong, but you may be forgetting the good morning cuddles from your little one, the delicious meal you had for dinner or even finding a new TV show that you know you’re going to love.

Granted, everyone gets those days where it seems like EVERYTHING has gone wrong, so that’s why I think it’s important to focus on the little things that made you smile amongst the chaos of a crappy day. So I’m going to start listing some things that made me smile. Maybe not every week, but every now and then, I’ll note down a few things that ordinarily may be easily forgotten

Daisy’s Speech

A year ago when Daisy had her health visitor check up, we were told that by her age, they expected her to able to say around fifty words; we couldn’t even think of twenty. While it was never a worry as she fully understood what we were saying and could carry out instructions, it was a huge cause of frustration to both us and her. A year on and we literally can’t shut her up! Lately, it’s like having a mini person giving me a running commentary on the entire day and the questions… oh the questions; “Is this your pillow mam?”, “You like Peppa? I like Peppa.” “Do you wear your boots to jump in puddles?” “We have cheesy pasta for tea? You like cheesy pasta? I’m going to use a spoon and have my Minnie bowl.” She’s come so far and it’s unbelievable to think how little she said less than a year ago.

Signs of Spring

Whilst the weather may still  be bitterly cold with spatters of sleet and snow, there are little signs of warmer weather cropping up. Don’t get me wrong, I rolled my eyes when I saw the Easter eggs immediately replace the Christmas aisle in Tesco, but I’ll let it slide seeing as Mini Eggs are back on the menu. I picked up a bunch of daffodils whilst shopping and just today tried the M&S Kentish Apple Hot Cross Buns; if you’re a fan of HCB’s then get your butt down to M&S now. Deeelicious!

No Nausea

If you’ve read my last pregnancy update, you’ll know that I saw the return of some pretty bad nausea recently. Well, this week I haven’t had any at all (fingers crossed it’s gone for the foreseeable) and have managed to eat whatever I want, without feeling like I’m still eating it four hours later!

New Pillows and Duvet

You know when you use the same thing over and over and when you finally upgrade it, you wonder what on earth you were doing with your life before? Yeah, that. We had some new pillows and a duvet that I put on the bed yesterday and now, I’m fairly sure we’re sleeping on a cloud. Acceptable to send your child to bed at 5pm? I’ll be popping a little bedroom reveal up in the next few weeks.

Planning a Nursery

When I was pregnant with Daisy I was so excited to decorate her little room and this time is no different. We knew we were having a girl with Daisy but we’re having a surprise this time so a more neutral room is on the cards. I’ve started looking around for some inspiration and can’t wait to get started. You can have a look at my ideas by clicking here.