Friday, 29 April 2016

Parenting | Lyfeline milestones app

There's a new parenting app on the block that enables parents to analyze, track, and promote their child's development through their smartphone. It is recommended for parents with children aged up to 5 years old and has been developed with paediatricians from Stanford and USCF.

When you first install the app and set it up, it asks for baby's name and date of birth, as well as if they were 3 weeks or more premature. It then goes on to an assessment of baby's reactions so it can analyse it and give you a rough estimation of wether your child is on track for their age. 

To create the developmental age, there is 5 categories it uses.. Gross motor, Fine motor, Self help, Language and Social. The app is free to download originally and the self help and language categories are free but to access the others, you do need to go premium which you can buy monthly for $4.99 or yearly for $42.99.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Postpartum | How I reclaimed my body after pregnancy

This isn't my story, it is a guest post by Rebecca, however our stories are so similar I really wanted to share it!

I’m going to put it out there – pregnancy was NOT for me. Not any of it.
Obviously, I was thrilled to be expecting but what started out as a little queasiness suddenly turned into a tidal wave of omni-present nausea that wouldn’t quit. I felt utterly betrayed by the term “morning” sickness; I had morning, afternoon, evening, middle of the night, early hours of dawn sickness. Don’t let them trick you into thinking that just because you aren’t hospitalised for sickness, it isn’t as debilitating. Some days just standing up was enough to have me running for the bathroom, much to the dismay of my husband. It got to the point where he began to resent taking me out for nice meals, or indulging in home cooking because he knew where his efforts would end up.
So due to this, I spent A LOT of time either sitting or lying down when I was pregnant, and began to live on orange Lucozade and cheese crackers because it was the only thing that I could stomach. Do you know how much sugar is in a litre bottle of orange Lucozade? I didn’t know, and even if I did, I wouldn’t have cared – but for the record it’s around 120 grams. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

New baby gifts for friends & family

Even before your bundle of joy is born you’re showered with gifts and advice from friends and family all willing to share their words of wisdom and make your journey as stress free as possible. And this doesn’t stop when the baby is here either, more gifts, more advice and even more moral support to see you through the trials and tribulations of those first chaotic months. 

But after you’re settled into a routine and the calm has been restored you may be thinking about ways you can thank your nearest and dearest for all the help they have given you. 
Whether it’s a token of appreciation or a memento that can help them to remember the new bundle of joy, the below are gifts that can help you add a personal touch to your gift giving. 

Photo Boxes 
There’s nothing cuter than new-born photo shoot to help you remember when they could fit into your arms without so much as a wiggle. 
So if you’ve arranged to capture this precious moment ensure to share it with your friends and family as well. 
Whether you turn them into adorable thank you cards with personal messages, or send them in photo boxes such as these so they can keep them treasured for years to come.
Physical photos are something we’ve all forgotten during our online lives, but they can really make a difference when they’re sent with purpose and thought.  

Iced Biscuits
Whether you decide to make your own or purchase them from a specialist bakery, personalised biscuits have been littering Pinterest as the latest and tastiest way to say thank you. 
If you’re making your own there are now so really hand online tutorials such as this one, which can give you all the tips and tricks on how to make them look ‘Instagram-worthy’. 
Choose a special quote that holds a lot of meaning or just a simple thank you, will help you to put your thanks across in the sweetest and most thoughtful way. 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Garden | Spring patio plans!

spring patio ideas

We've had a few warmer days lately and Sienna has been asking to go in the garden so I really want to start getting it up together. Since we've lived here, I have either been pregnant or had a newborn so I haven't done anything to the outside at all, we don't even have a table out there or anywhere to sit, it's basically just Sienna's slide and toys. Our whole house has been easier to manage really what with the smaller outside area and our engineered wood flooring.. I couldn't do without wood flooring now, especially with 2 kids and a puppy!

It's only a small patio area so we need to be careful with what we put in it. I was thinking a table and chairs and a few boxes of flowers one end and then Sienna's slide and toys the other end and it's long and narrow rather than a square or anything. I love the white metal bistro sets like the one above although ideally I'd want 4 chairs so we could all sit together in the Summer! I think they look perfect on a patio area.

Home | Tips to declutter your home

It’s a well known fact that when your home feels tidy and organised so does your life.  
Of course, when you have little mess makers taking over your home it can feel like an overwhelming and exhausting task, but as spring is the best to for a home detox, it’s time to pack the children off to friends or family for the day, and take the chance to get your home back to some form of normality. 
A happy home gives us a happy mind, so rather than have the little ones running around our ankles whilst we attempt to bin, store and stack everything within reach, make the effort to ensure you’ve got a solo day to get the job done. 

Many people believe that living a de-cluttered life means living in a minimalist sanctuary, but this doesn’t have to be the case. 
De-cluttering your home has many benefits, with less to clean, less for the little ones to trip up on, and a more considered approach to money, it can leave you feeling lighter, more free and calmer in your own home. 

Follow these few tricks and you’ll soon be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. 

Impart Good Habits 
If you want to tackle the children’s room but don’t want to face the tantrums of binning their beloved aged toys, then ensure that before they leave for the day you spend time with them tidying their room and discussing with them what they want to keep. 
This not only helps to reduce the toy count, but will also instil good habits in them. 

Get Organised 
It may feel like a daunting task ahead when you realise you’ve got your entire house to de-clutter by the end of the day, but take one room at a time. 
Starting from top to bottom, make a list of everything that needs to be done in that room and you’ll soon start to power through your list. 

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