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

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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.

Daisy’s Bedroom Reveal

facetune_18-06-2018-10-47-16I posted a while back about our plans to update Daisy’s bedroom before the baby arrives (you can read a bit about it here). Well, we FINALLY got it finished recently and I couldn’t love it more! It had always been a bit dark and moody, in spite of all the pink, glitter and girliness, so I wanted to make it a lot lighter.facetune_18-06-2018-11-07-57We started by painting the whole room white (just your basic trade pot of white paint, nothing fancy!). Straight away, the room was bigger and brighter. We updated Daisy to a new big girl bed from the mothership that is Ikea (I would highly recommend these day beds if you have the space). It’s a single bed as standard with two stacked mattresses, but pulls out to a double. It’s already proved handy for any guests and for weekend sleepovers, with a movie and snacks. It also has three huge drawers for storage; I changed the drawer pulls to some jute knot ones I found in TKMaxx.facetune_18-06-2018-11-06-02I found these super cute printables on Etsy and sprayed some metal shelves gold to pop a little against the white walls. I used some cushion covers I already had to make the bed cosy and more of a settee during the day. Plain white bedding means I can swap out the cushions and throws anytime to change things up a bit.facetune_18-06-2018-10-53-40I found this amazing peacock chair on Gumtree for £20 and updated the £25 Ikea Rast chest of drawers with a splash of yellow paint and some gorgeous drawer pulls from Homebargains. I also painted the inside of the door in the same yellow.facetune_18-06-2018-10-50-21We moved Daisy’s play kitchen to her room to give her a bit more space in the playroom and it’s worked great. She plays with it far more now, as it’s separate from her other toys. It may also have something to do with the new bits and pieces I got for it, including tea towels, utensils and a little dish brush.facetune_18-06-2018-11-02-34It’s such a sunny space now and feels like summer even on the rainiest days. Daisy loves spending time in there, playing, reading and watching the sheep and horses on the mountain out of her window. I’m still considering a feature wall of some sort, but for now I’m so, so pleased with it.facetune_18-06-2018-10-43-40facetune_18-06-2018-10-45-30facetune_18-06-2018-10-58-28facetune_18-06-2018-10-54-07facetune_18-06-2018-11-05-09

Emma  x

5 Things Making Me Happy This Week

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

Daisy’s Room Plans

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