Zac’s Nursery

Yay! Zac’s nursery is finally finished and I’m so excited to share it with you. The room itself is a typical box room, just under 2 x 2m aside from the doorway. We have a built in wardrobe in there already which is brilliant for storage, but it’s a really small space!

As part of our partnership with Mamas and Papas Parent Approved Panel (you can read a bit more here), we were VERY kindly gifted nursery furniture and some interior accessories too. You can have a read of my review and see a video of the room here.

When I’m decorating a room, I start by saving photos of things I like to an album on my phone. I find this really helps me see if things will go together and get a better idea of the colour palette. Here’s the one I saved for Zac’s room.As soon as I spotted the Circus Print sheets from Mamas and Papas, I was sold and ended up basing the whole room around them. I saw these wall sticker letters and fell in love, ordering the word ‘circus’. They come in lots of different colours, but I wasn’t sure how they’d look in real life. I went for white and painted the warm red stripe to put them on. These were so easy to apply and make such a big impact!

I’m so pleased with how everything turned out and it’s such a cosy little space now. I’d love to know what you think!

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Emma x

Mia Classic Cot Bed Package

Mia Dresser & Changer

Circus Print Cot Sheets

Yellow Stripe Cloud Cushion

Geo Print Rug

Luxury Changing Mat

Circus Print Sleeping Bags

Lion Head Wall Art

Mint Letter Board

Shower Me With Love Print

Cloud Shelves and Hook Set

Elephant Doorstop

Circus Letter Wall Stickers

Fur Rug

Free Standing Plush Giraffe

Monkey Soft Toy

Working with Mamas & Papas

A few months back, I was lucky enough to earn a place on the Mamas & Papas UK Parent Approved Panel. As soon as I saw the application advert, I knew I had to give it a go. Their products are so gorgeous and well made, but I didn’t really think I had a chance. Cue my happy dance when I had the congratulations email! You can see my entry video (and the other panelists) here.

I’m on the panel with ten other lovely parents and until spring/summer next year, we’ll be reviewing products to see if they’re ‘parent approved’. Our first review was for the stunning Jewel Collection Ocarro pram, which you can view here on their website. It’s such a fantastic pram with so many brilliant features; I absolutely love it! With the weather getting colder now too, we’ve just had the Cold Weather Footmuff and it’s so cosy! We had an Urbo2 pram from Mamas & Papas for Daisy as a baby and the footmuff was one of my favourite things.Even on the coldest of days, she’d be like toast inside! The new one is black velvet and way more luxurious than anything I’ve ever slept in; nope, not jealous of Zac one little bit… not at all… okay, maybe a little… a lot… okay, I need an adult sized version and pronto!We’ve recently been lucky enough to have some nursery furniture and interior accessories for Zac’s room too. You can read our review and watch a little video of Zac’s room here. Everything is of such good quality and I’m so privileged to work with them and the other lovely parents too. I’ll list their Instagram tags below, as they’re all worth a follow.

You can read a bit more about the panel here.

Emma x

Parent Approved Panel:

Living Room Update – The Black Wall

So, I bit the bullet and painted our living room and included a black feature wall. I’d been busting to paint in there for ages; the last time it was painted I was on maternity leave with Daisy and honestly, I didn’t do a very good job! This time around, I took my time, did as many coats as were actually needed (rather than thinking “that’ll do!”) and I’m so happy with it.I freshened up the rest of the room with bright white, but couldn’t decide on a darker colour for the fireplace wall. I toyed with a dark bottle green, deep navy and every shade of grey I saw. In the end, I spotted a pot of ‘Black’ by Johnstones and took the plunge, telling myself I could always paint over it later.Well, now that it’s finished I can safely say this the best I’ve ever liked this room. The black is dramatic and makes the white look even brighter than normal. It’s the perfect backdrop for any colour accessories and the room is so much cosier!I did wonder if the monochrome would be a little harsh or minimal, but with the wooden floor and warm coloured settee and rug, it works great. I added some new cushion covers for autumn (always changing them up for the seasons!) and layered the rug with a new vintage style one, along with a few new accessories. I have a terrible habit of painting and changing my mind pretty quickly, but I never thought I’d like it as much as I do and can’t see us changing it for a long, long time. I’m already thinking of how gorgeous the Christmas tree will look against the black! Everything really seems to pop against it.If you’re thinking about painting a colour a bit more dramatic than you normally would, just go for it! I’m so glad I went for the black and it’ll be sticking around for a while.

Emma x

Baby Carrier Convert – Review of the Caboo +Organic Multi Position Baby Carrier

When Daisy was a baby, I had a baby wrap for her and a standard baby carrier, but didn’t use them an awful lot. I always found the wrap a little stressful, especially with a crying babe and the standard one we had was all buckles and rough material… not the ideal place to cuddle your little one.

We’ve been using the Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier for the last few weeks now and I can honestly say, it’s amazing! It’s saved my sanity on more than one occasion; I don’t know what I’d do without it!Firstly, the fabric is soooo soft! It comes in a few colours; we opted for Midnight, which is a gorgeous dark blue with fine stripes running through it. It’s got plenty of stretch and one size fits most; I’m around average size (with a few extra post baby rolls!) and there’s loads of surplus fabric when pulled taut.

My favourite thing about it is how easy it is to use. You simply pop over your head so the Caboo logo is centred on your back, slide your little bundle in with legs either side, position the fabric over their back and pull the sides tight. Lastly, you tie the additional piece around your back and that’s it! To take your baby out, pull the side rings to loosen and lift out. Zac doesn’t even wake up when we take him out, as it’s so seamless!The design is fantastic as it puts Zac into the most comforting position, right on my chest and ‘close enough to kiss’ as they advertise. I think his record for staying awake so far is around five or six minutes, so it’s perfect for those days where he’s a little grouchy or just wants to snuggle.

I’ve been able to carry on with housework, do the school run, go shopping and even get some decorating done all while he’s snoozed away in there. When Jon is working late, having my hands free is brilliant for Daisy’s bedtime. I can give her my full attention, helping her to brush her teeth, tuck her in and read a bedtime story without asking her to “wait a minute”, something I’m conscious of since Zac has joined the family.As Zac grows, he’ll be able to go into the side position as well and comfortably look around at the world. I genuinely couldn’t be without the Caboo now and it goes everywhere with us. Forgetting the carrier is just as bad as forgetting nappies in this house, it’s an essential.

Emma x

The Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier was kindly gifted to us by Close, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Get your own Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier here.

A Month of Zac

So, we’ve been a family of four for a month now and honestly, it’s weird to think of Zac not being here. He’s slipped into our life so seamlessly, it’s like he’s always been here. I thought a lot about the impact another little one would make and wondered how Daisy would be, but she’s taken to her big sister duties like a champ.

Nappy change? Daisy’s got the wipes. Zac’s crying? She declares he “needs a feed”. When we tell her to talk to him she always leads with “Hello Zac, I’m your big sister.” She introduces him to anyone who crosses our path, literally bursting with pride. I swear she’s been high on life since he arrived.As for the main man himself, Zac is such a chilled little guy. He can sleep through the loudest episodes of Peppa Pig, will happily lay there watching Daisy busying around and has been smiling from the start. He’s just starting to find his voice, making those adorable baby noises and doesn’t stop wriggling when he’s awake. Jon has had a good break from work which has been lovely, not just for an extra pair of hands but to enjoy some family time. Daisy is off school for the summer now and it’s been great having Jon home to still take her out and about, while I catch up on sleep after the night feeds. I can’t remember ever having this much time together as a family, and it’s been the perfect start to our new adventure as a four.

Emma x