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Friday, 21 July 2017

End Of Reception - First Year at School!

So it's James last day of school today and I really can't believe my baby boy has finished his first year in school.

This time last year he was finishing nursery and I was all i cant believe he's finishing nursery for big boy school and now he's finished his first year in school. Year one in September sounds so grown up.

I know James is really going to miss the TA they have in the afternoon as she was his TA in nursery so he has had her for the last two years.

So it's not been an easy year for James. He has had his struggles, mostly with his stubbornness. You ask him to do his keywords or his reading and he just mucks about.

He has some lovely friends most are from his class at nursery, but he has made friends with some of the kids that were new in the school.

I have loved going up to pick him up and hearing all about his day. I have been going up that little bit earlier so I can see him play outside with his friends. Its so cute hearing his little friends shouting "James there's your mummy and baby!"

Since James started school, his relationship with Freddie has got so much better. He comes out of school telling him he's missed him.

We had the end of term project outcome last week and mummy, daddy, nana, gaga and Freddie went into have school dinner with James and to collect our cook books that the kids had made this term.

Although it's the end of school, James is still not yet five and wont be five till the second last weekend of the summer holidays.

I'm so proud of everything James has achieved in reception and I'm looking forward to him continuing to flourish in year one.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Review - Summer Infant Cushystraps

When we bought our second pushchair last year, the only thing we didn't get with it was the chest pads as we had bought it second hand but virtually brand new.

Freddie loves our Armadillo, but I had noticed when he went to sleep in the pushchair, the straps would often rub on his cheek or neck.

When the lovely people at Summer Infant got in touch and asked if we would like to review their Cushystraps we jumped at the chance.

We had used their Ivory Terry Snuzzler insert when Freddie was newborn in our Mamas and Papas Sola as we used the lie flat seat rather than buy a carry cot. So we were already fans of the Summer Infant products.

The Cushystraps arrived and I put them straight onto the Armadillo Straps. They were so soft and the teddy bear heads made them look adorable. 

When Freddie first went into the seat, I actually had to adjust the straps as they Cushystraps did what I was hoping they would do! They stopped my little menace doing his Houdini impression and trying to escape!

The Summer Infant website says "Soft-cushioned shoulder strap covers designed to help protect your little one from strap irritation and provide extra neck support and comfort. The cute characters easily attach to most harness systems with hook and loop fasteners."

Freddie has slept in the pushchair a few times now with the Cushystraps and when he has woken up there has been no irritation from the straps on his face and his neck. The Cushystraps are made from 100% Polyester and are machine washable. With a child like Freddie who likes to eat and drink in his pushchair this is a brilliant thing!

We found the Cushystraps easy to attach and easy to swap between our two pushchairs. I love the fact there is so much padding on them, as it means Freddie is comfortable when he is asleep in the pushchair. Freddie is one of these kids who will only nap in his pushchair, which for me is actually a good thing it means if we are out and about or visiting family he has a familiar place to sleep and will go over pretty quickly.

If you are looking for some chest pads for your pushchair, I can highly recommend the Cushystraps! Freddie loves them and so does mummy!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Cushystraps free of charge in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are our own. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Intu Metrocentre Baby Brunch

When the invite arrived in our email inbox inviting mummy and Freddie to a baby brunch at Intu Metrocentre to celebrate independent retailers week we were thrilled.

We dropped James off at school and jumped on the number 7 bus and off we went to Intu Metrocentre. Originally we were going to have to leave the event a bit early for sports day, but the school cancelled that due to a soggy school field that morning.  

Intu Metrocentre has loads of independent retailers and I was so looking forward to browsing them without James! 

There was loads of activities for the kids like duplo, megabloks and Freddie's current favourite - cars! He had great fun going brum brum on the AstroTurf especially with a Blaze monster truck! 

They way the area was set out was fantastic! It was right in the centre of the village area meaning people could walk round it on either side, causing no disruption to the actual retailers.

There was a brilliant flower arranging demonstration from the lovely little florist that's in the village which mummy really enjoyed and there was even a visit from Rusty and Maggot two of the Metro Gnomes! Freddie was a bit unsure of them at first but then he had great fun grabbing their noses! We even got a fab photo with Rusty! 

We had an absolutely fantastic morning out at Intu Metrocentre and looking forward to our next visit soon! We are really lucky having this shopping centre on our doorstep and I'm planning on making more of it and visiting over the summer holidays with the boys.

Disclaimer: We were invited to this event by Intu Metrocentre. All words and pictures are our own

Monday, 26 June 2017

James is Turning Five - The Invites!

So James is turning five and he asked for a Spiderman Soft Play party at our local sports centre!

So the first thing mummy did was jump on the internet and start looking at spiderman party invitations and to be honest none of the ones I looked at jumped out at me.

So I decided to take the plunge and design something myself!

By doing this I could put all the important information on in the design process saving myself time writing it all out!

When you have a class of 30 children plus friends with children its an awful lot of invites to write giving yourself a very sore hand!! So by putting all the main information on in the design process, all I actually needed to do once they were printed and cut out was put each child's name onto the invite.

So mummy sat down one morning while Freddie was having a nap, jumped onto the internet and found some great Spiderman images and imported them into Paint Shop Pro and away I went and this is what I came up with:

Not bad for a morning nap times work!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Freddie at 19 months

So another month closer to you turning two my little man.

You are such a little character. You have the cheekiest smile and your eyes light up when you see your mummy!

You are definitely at mummy's boy, but as soon as daddy gets home from work you stop whatever you are doing and run to the door shouting dada dada! 

Your sleeping has got much better lately. You are sleeping from around 7pm till 11pm having 6oz of milk and then sleeping till half 6am

You are wearing a size 4 pull up and size 5+ nappy. Your clothes are a mixture of 12-18 and 18-24. You are very nearly onto cow's milk. We have been swapping you over very slowly and so far there has been no reaction!

You had your first trip to Warkworth beach on father's day. You loved digging in the sand. You were not keen on the sea as it was quite cold but you kept running towards the sea hwhen mummy and daddy went in. You even threw your hat in!

You have started getting very upset when we take James to school. You scream and cry but when we go to pick him up you have the biggest smile. 

You still love your baby group at sure start. You have discovered the taps in the toilets and you and your little pals are always running in and turning them off and on!

You are definitely mischievous, and your eyes light up with mischief when you see something you shouldn't!

You have been to your second hoppings at Newcastle town moor, last year you were little and couldn't go on anything. This year you went on a ride with James and you loved it! 

Love you so much my little dude

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

5th Birthday Plans for James!

So my baby is turning five! Like seriously it does not seem five minutes since he was this tiny helpless puking newborn and now he's this handsome, grown up little boy about to turn five!

James birthday is actually bank holiday Saturday in August so we knew trying to have a party then would be a no go. 

Last year we had his party the week before his birthday and to be honest it was not too good as hardly any of his pals were there due to holidays. I think there was about ten kids there including James and Freddie!

So this year we have decided to have the party the weekend after his birthday, so that will be the first Sunday in September right before he goes back to school. So hopefully more of his friends will be able to come! 

So what sort of party are we planning? First off we have a lovely little sports centre five minutes walk from our house with a fantastic soft play that all his pals love, so for second year running we booked it!

James is absolutely Spiderman daft at the moment so I think most of the table wear will be Spiderman themed! 

So Pinterest has become my best friend! I have a whole board dedicated to Spiderman parties! 

First off mummy has designed some cool Spiderman invites! I had been looking online for weeks for some Spiderman invitations but none of the ones we saw were all that nice, so I decided to take the plunge and design some myself on Paint Shop Pro. By doing this I have been able to put all the information for the party i.e. date, time, venue and of course the all important RSVP information on so all I will need to do once we have them printed is actually put them into envelopes and put the names on!

James has had one request - a Spiderman Pinata! EEK mummy is going to have to embrace the inner hidden artist to make it haha!

I cannot wait to post more nearer the time about things we have done for his party and what we do on the actual day!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Zip and Zoe what's in your backpack

We have been working with Zip and Zoe as brand ambassadors for a few months now and James totally loves his bag! 

Zip and Zoe are running a fantastic competition and all you need to do is show them "what's in your backpack!"

So this is what is in our Zip and Zoe Dino's bag!

First off this is our bag! Isn't it awesome we love the bright colours and well who doesn't love a dinosaur!

James uses his bag for school, so inside we have his reading book and his reading record book. He also has his water bottle on the front pocket and his suntan lotion, which lives n the small front pocket. 

We also have random little bits which he throws in his bag, for example the plastic jewels are from his swashbuckle magazine and the string and rubber bands is a 'necklace' he made at school.

So to enter this fantastic competition share what is in your backpack to Instagram tagging @zipandzoe using the hashtag #whatsinmybackpack you could win an Amazon voucher and a Zip and Zoe backpack and lunch set.

Disclaimer we have not been paid to publish this post, this is part of our ambassadorship with Zip and Zoe.