New Years Reflections Tag

I saw that Shellx85x on Youtube had done this tag as a video but as I don't make videos I thought I would do it as a blog post instead. I have got a feeling that some of the answers may be similar to hers as we have both become mummies this year

1. Did you make any goals,wishes,plans in 2011 for 2012? Did they come true?
My only wish this year was to give birth to a beautiful and healthy baby and that came true. Everything else has been a bonus.

2. Have you learned anything new about yourself in 2012?
This year I have learnt how to be a mum, I suppose it is something that you never stop learning but yeah I have learnt that I am a good mummy.

3. What are you most thankful for in 2012?
Thomas my beautiful, amazing son. Thomas is the best thing to have ever happened to me. I love him with all of my heart in fact love doesn't seem like a big enough word to describe it.

4. Best memory of 2012?
The first time I heard Thomas cry and the very first time I laid eyes on my beautiful son. I fell instantly in love.

5. One thing you would like to forget from 2012.
Hmmm I have had such an amazing year. I don't think I want to forget anything! But if I had to say something probably the pain after a c-section in case I have to go through it again.
6. What are your hopes and aspirations for 2013?
To carry on being the best mum and wife I can be and to have a happy family.

7. Do you have any plans made or booked for 2013?
Well I start back work in February and Thomas will be starting Nursery so that is a big thing :( And we have our very first family holiday booked already and of course Thomas turns 1.

8. One word to sum up 2012?

2012 has been a truly amazing year I have become a mum for the first time to an amazing little boy who means the world to me. The last 4 years have been a complete whirlwind something massive has happened every year so I am looking forward to a nice quiet year time to enjoy being a family of 3 and to enjoy our first family holiday. 

Introducing The Graco Evo

A month or so ago now I was luckily enough to win the chance to review the new Graco EVO along with 4 other lucky ladies. This is just part one of the competition though the overall winner will then be chosen to become a Graco ambassador so good luck to the other ladies.

An introduction to the Graco EVO

First things first The Graco Evo was super easy to put together. I had never even attempted to put a pushchair together before so after a quick read through the well written and easy to follow instructions I set to work putting the EVO together.

The only thing you really need to with the frame is slot the wheels in to place. You don't need to use any screwdrivers or any tools they simply just slot in to place. The one time I did get in to a bit of a pickle was when I was putting the rear wheels on, if you can see in the centre of the wheel there is a cap that goes on. I put that on without realising you actually have to put a little clip inside which actually keeps the wheel on....silly me! So thankfully I managed to get the cap off again and then clip the wheel on properly.

The front wheels then just click in to place. You then have the option to have the front wheels locked or so that they can swivel, I decided that I was going to have the wheels so that they swivel to make the stroller easier to manoeuvre.

To open up the frame of the EVO you simply have to pull the leaver below and then the frame opens up. Which is great it's not fiddly to do at all and only takes seconds.

Taadaaa here we have the frame. With the Graco EVO you also have the choice to buy the car seat and carrycot so you can use it straight away right from taking your baby home from hospital until your baby grows in to a cheeky little toddler.(Thomas wanted to show his cheeky face in the photo) The frame itself is really light weighing just 6.5kg so no problem at all if you are lifting in in and out of car boots or on and off buses. The light weight also adds to the fact that the Stroller is really easy to manoeuvre.

The best thing for me is that when using the toddler seat you can either have it facing you or facing away. At the minute I love having Thomas facing me so that I can talk to him and keep my eye on him when we are out and about but I love the fact the option is there that in the future and I can turn him round so he can face the world and see where he is going.

To remove the seat to turn it around you simply push in the two grey clips that are located either side of the pushchair and then the seat just lifts off.

With the EVO you also get a good sized basket underneath which is a great size for shopping bags and you can actually fit quite a few things in there. Unlike other pushchairs I have seen where the basket is pretty useless. One thing I will say about the basket is that if you are using the seat as parenting facing then you can't really get things in and out of the basket very easily.

Another big plus point for me is that the EVO comes with a footmuff and raincover which is ideal for this time of year. Mind you we do live in England so we will probably need to use these all year round. Unlike my previous pushchair which I would have had to purchase a footmuff separately

Here is a front view of the EVO without the footmuff so you can see it a bit better. When you are first putting the stroller together you also need to clip the front bar across the stroller which just clicks in to place. The sun hood also comes separately which you can just clip in to place when you need it.

The Graco EVO collapses using just one hand all you need to to is push along the switch in the picture below and then pull in the other grey bit. (Did that make sense? It didn't did it) This is so handy one thing I will say is that the stroller wont collapse with the seat on in the parent facing position.

Overall I absolutely love the Graco EVO it makes using a pushchair actually enjoyable it is no longer a battle like with my old pushchair. The EVO is really easy to manoever which made shopping in the sales really easy which I never thought it could be whilst having a pushchair, I could just whizz around the aisles and through people it was brilliant. One thing I will say is like with all pushchairs check the measurements of it and make sure it fits in the boot of your car. Unfortunately when the EVO is folded up like the above photo it wont fit in our boot so we have to collapse it in 2 peices and put one bit in the boot and one in the backseat. Which isn't a problem as to be honest Thomas and I are rarely in the car and if we do need the car we can still all fit in.


Britmums Live 2013 Sponsor

One of my goals for 2013 is to make my blog bigger and better. I love my little blog it is a hobby that I truly love and enjoy and I put a heck of a lot of work in to blogging. In 2013 I want my blog to grow and do to that I would love to attend Britmums Live.

BritMums Live is the largest event for Lifestyle parent bloggers and it has come from BritMums which is the UK's largest parent blogger community, made up of more than 4,200 influential bloggers with  8,000+ blogs. BritMums Live gives bloggers the opportunity to get to know each other, build relationships with brands and most importantly you can learn ways to develop your blogging skills.

The reason for this post is that I am looking to see if any brands would like to work with me and sponsor me to attend the event. Do you have a baby friendly brand that you would like help promoting at the event?
I am looking for a sponsor for the ticket which if purchased before 28th February 2013 is £49.99 and sponsorship for travel and overnight accommodation or help towards.
 In return for the sponsorship I will happily promote your brand at the event in the following ways
  • I will wear branded t-shirts or badges to promote your brand.
  • I will happily hand out business cards for your brand during the event. 
  • You will also be mentioned as my sponsor for the event on personal business cards for my blog
  • Your badge/advert will appear on my blog for the whole of 2013
  • I will write a blog post introducing you as my sponsor for BritMums Live and will also talk about your brand
  •  I will be happy to review any of your products on my blog over the coming year.
  • Your brand will be mentioned in tweets what I talk about BritMums Live both before and during the event.    
 Unfortunately I can not hand out any samples or marketing materials of your brands on the premises of the BritMums Live event.

If you would like to work with me on this please email me at yummymummytraining27@gmail.com


Trendy Thomas

I thought I would just share a few of Thomas's lovely clothes that he had for Christmas. Before I become pregnant with Thomas I use to think boys clothes were boring and I was always drawn towards the girls clothes and I thought they were a lot more fun. Since having Thomas though I have realised how totally adorable boys clothes are. You don't always have to buy really cutesy baby clothes either, just look at these clothes they are like clothes much older boys would wear. I absolutely love them all.

I'm totally loving the different coloured jeans how fab are they!

These little jeans are soooo cute they are like mini mens jeans with the dropped crotch.

Roll on 9-12 months when these will actually fit.


Thomas's 1st Christmas.

Christmas 2012 has been the best Christmas ever. Forget when you were little and it was all about you getting lots of presents, watching your child open their presents is the best thing ever. Even though Thomas didn't have a clue what was going on and why we kept making him rip paper and where all these new toys kept coming from it was so lovely to watch. We also finally made use of the camcorder my dad bought David and I for a wedding present and we recorded Thomas opening his gifts in the morning so that David's family can watch when we next see them.

Christmas Eve Thomas had a little present to open which was a new bedtime story especially for Christmas and he also had his Santa Pyjamas to wear.

Thomas looking really excited for all of his presents as if he knew what was coming. These presents were just a few of us and then Davids mum and sister completely spoilt him. Lucky little boy.
We didn't really take that many photos of him unwrapping his presents as we were recording it.
Thomas at Grandad's house after he had just opened his presents and then he immediately started to pull himself up to standing on that bus you can see in the corner of the picture.
Dinner time!!! It looks like Thomas is stuffed out the way but we did pull him closer to the table.
Thomas's place was set with his own special cracker.
Munching on a Yorkshire Pudding for the first time. When I was pregnant we use to call Thomas a Yorkshire pud as his Daddy is from Yorkshire.
I think the hat was a little too big
Funny Face
I adore this present off my Auntie.
Yummy treats my mum bought for after dinner.
Playing with noisy toys whilst Daddy is trying to watch Dr Who.
Love, love, love these from my mum as we are big, Big Bang fans.

Shattered after his first Christmas. 
Christmas 2012 DONE roll on 2013

Mummy Diaries, Pregnancy - Stumbling into the unknown Book review

FINALLY a honest book about pregnancy. We all know that pregnancy isn't a bed of roses and it is rarely perfect. When I was pregnant I read a few books on pregnancy written by health professionals who only talk about the medical side of pregnancy and celeb books who make pregnancy seem like this wonderful easy time in your life and I imagine these types of books have a ghost writer so it leaves you wondering how much of the book is true.
As us mummies know pregnancy isn't always easy and here there is finally a honest account of what pregnancy is like. It can put a strain on your relationship and it can be difficult at times and Louise is not afraid to touch on that.

The first part of this book is written in diary form and shares Louise's thoughts and feelings through her pregnancy which I loved, I love reading books that are in diary form as it feels like you really get to know the author and it feels a lot more personal. The next part of the book is short pregnancy and birth stories from Louise's close friends. I thought this was a great touch to show that pregnancies aren't the same they are a very personal and unique experience. The final part of the book is filled with some hints and tips from Louise on how to cope with every part of pregnancy.

By the end of the book I felt myself getting broody just reading this made me remember how much I enjoyed being pregnant and what a beautiful and amazing experience it actually is no matter what happens even if it doesn't go according to plan.

I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book being able to follow Louise's ups and downs it was like listening to a friend talk. It is a great read whether you are newly pregnant or just fancy a good read. If you fancy reading this book yourself you can find it here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mummy-Diaries-Pregnancy-Stumbling-ebook/dp/B00AO5MDL0/ref=cm_cr-mr-title


Béaba Babycook Review

A couple of months ago now I was lucky enough to win this Béaba baby food steamer and blender in a competition held by Tesco Mother & Baby club. I was thrilled to win this as it was about the same time as I was just starting to wean Thomas and I had wanted to do home made foods for him rather than keep buying the ready made jars.

The Béaba babycook can steam, blend, warm and defrost your babies food. This is so easy to use you can steam meats in here like chicken or veg and fruit and it also comes with a little recipe book which gives you a few simple recipes to try out and guidelines for how long you should steam things for and how much water you should be using.

These retail for about the £90 mark depending on where you buy it from. Although I do like it as it is really handy and easy to use. I'm not sure I would have spent that much on it, but I do think I need to start using it more I guess I'm just running out of things to make with it. I must look up some more recipes to make for Thomas.


Just A Quick Wish

I would just like to wish all of my readers
A very Merry Christmas 
I hope you are all surrounded by loved ones and enjoy your days together.
But I would also like to ask you all to spare a thought For Multiple Mummy's husband, children and family. Unfortunately after a brave fight Kerry lost her fight earlier this month.My heart goes out to them all.


Indiestyle Natural Beauty Box Review*

The IndieStyle Natural beauty box is a new beauty box with a difference, instead of the beauty boxes that we have all heard of before which contain high end beauty products this beauty box is full of natural beauty products, indie beauty, jewellery, cosmetics and accessories from small independent companies that you can find on Store Envy, Etsy and Big Cartel

All the products come in this cute little box and as soon as you begin to open the box the lovely scent of the soap and it's gorgeous. The box also includes a little fact sheet which lists all of the products and tells you a bit about them and also where you can buy them from and how much the products cost.

This beauty box is a Bi-monthly box and will normally contain 9 -15 products and these could be either full or trial size samples. At the minute you can only pay via Paypal but I think everybody has a Paypal account these days. The cost is 15$ which is around which is a little over £9 and Indiestyle ship worldwide.

I think these boxes are a lovely idea to help support handmade products from around the world as it means you can get to know about different products that you may never of heard of before.


Yummy Mummy - Fudge Salt Spray Review*

I had been wanting to try a salt spray for a while as I had heard good things about them and I wanted to try the beachy sort of bed head type look so when I got this from HairTrade I was looking forward to testing it out. Hairtrade.com is one of the UK's leading online retailers of hair extensions hair care and beauty products.

So the instructions on this product is to apply to the roots of wet hair and scrunch and then work through the lengths of the hair and allow your hair to dry naturally.  I found using the product this way did nothing to my hair, it just left my roots feeling crispy like I had just sprayed hair spray on them.
I found the best way to use this product was to spray on to my roots when damp as it stated but then I dried my hair upside down using my hair dryer and I found that it gave my hair more volume and a slight beachy look. Overall I'm afraid to say that this product didn't quite live up to my expectations, I don't know whether it is because I didn't use it right or it just doesn't suit my hair. However it did give my hair more volume so it's good for that.

You can find this product on the Hairtrade website here for just £7.00 which is cheaper that most places on the internet.


Christmas Traditions

When I was younger we always had some little Christmas traditions in our family such as we would leave mince pies, sherry and a carrot out for Santa and Rudolf. Early in the morning my sister would come in to my room to open her stocking and then I would have to get her to go in to our parents room to wake them up, obviously as she was younger there was more of a chance her getting them up. Then we would all go downstairs as a family to open all of our Christmas presents.

After breakfast we would all get dressed in our new clothes that Santa bought us and then we would go and visit each of our Nan's to deliver presents and have the presents that Santa dropped off at their houses. My dads mum makes mini sausage rolls every year and my cousins and I fill our faces with them whilst opening our presents. Then early afternoon we would go home for a nice little family dinner and then spend the afternoon playing with our new toys.

I want to make some new Christmassy family traditions now I have my own little family. Each year when Thomas is older he will have a phone call from Santa a few days before Christmas day so that Thomas can tell him what he is hoping for at Christmas.
On Christmas eve we will leave cookies and milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolf before we take Thomas to bed with his little Stocking. We will also leave Thomas's Santa key out so that Santa can come in as we don't have a chimney.
On Christmas eve we will also have a little Christmas eve goodie box with new PJs and a new Christmassy book to read before bed and we will watch the muppets Christmas carol before bed. I love the Muppets Christmas Carol and I have watched it every Christmas for as long as I can remember and that will be one Christmas tradition I will pass on to Thomas.

Then on Christmas day we will get up as a family and see if Santa has been to visit us and we will record Thomas every Christmas morning. After breakfast we will get dressed in to our new clothes and then go to visit our grandparents like I use to when I was little. Starting with my dad and then his mum. This year we have my mum and her mum coming for lunch.

Aww I'm so excited for Christmas and for all of our future Christmases


How I Relax - Tea India Review*

I have to have at least one cup of tea per day or else I can't function properly anybody else find that? I normally stick to my normal tea with milk 2 sugars so I thought it would be nice to try out some different flavours for a bit of a change. That is where Tea India comes in.

"We think it’s important to enjoy the best things in life whenever you can. Tea is one of life’s simple pleasures so we think it’s only right to drink a better blend all day, everyday. This was the exact thinking that led us to create our authentic range of Indian teas." - Yes Tea India tea is one of life's simple pleasures

I've never been a big fan of flavoured teas the only time I have tried them were when I was first pregnant I tried lemon and ginger tea to help with morning sickness and then raspberry leaf tea towards the end of the pregnancy to try and hurry things along both were pretty vile.

The Vanilla Chai tea is really nice the vanilla isn't overpowering it is just a nice subtle taste and you can either drink it as it comes or with milk and sugar to sweeten it up a little, I think I prefer it will a little sugar and milk. Definitely a nice winter warmer.

The other flavour I tried is the Black Tea, again I tried it with and without milk and sugar and I definitely think I am a milk and sugar person. Although it does taste good without it is just my personal preference to just add a bit of sweetness.

These aren't the only 2 flavours that Tea India do, they also have Massala Chai and Cardamon Chai you can find out more about their teas by visiting their website teaindia.co.uk

Baby Sensory - Taggy Blanket.

Following on from my other posts on baby sensory this post is about a lovely little taggy blanket from www.babytreasures.eu It is a beautiful crushed velvet blanket that you can either have in pink or blue depending on whether you have a pink or blue little one. It is also beautifully personalised on both sides in the alternate colour with your babies name which I think makes it extra special.
Around the outside of the blanket are the little tags loops which are made from all different materials and textures, such as organza, ribbon and felt and they are all different widths too.

These types of blankets are great for developing your baby's touch senses as there are so many different textures to feel and stroke. You baby can also explore the tags and play with them to get their fingers working which helps with hand eye coordination. Taggy blankets are also a great first toy for a baby as you know in the early days they wont be able to grab anything or really play with anything but their little fingers could still explore this especially if they are having tummy time so they can still get a bit of stimulation instead of just lying there. Plus it can also become your little ones new favourite little comfort blanket as it feels super soft when rubbed against their faces.

Baby Treasures don't just make these blankets they also make brilliant personalised soft baby books. Which is a soft baby photobook that you can fill with which ever pictures you like. Perhaps photos of family members or as a reminder of your babies 1st Christmas. I'm afraid you are too late to order one of these before Christmas now as they take 21 days to be made as they are made from scratch. But you could order a gift voucher to give as a gift 

We were sent this product for the purpose of this review and post*

Thomas's First Christmas Party

On the 17th December Thomas had his very first Christmas party at his playgroup so I thought I would share a few photos with you from the party.
Thomas was the most Christmassy baby there, I thought the other babies would have been looking a bit more festive but they weren't oh well Thomas looked super super cute. He is wearing his Santa hat, my first Christmas bib and then a little grey t-shirt that says "Too cute to be on the naughty list"
And he most certainly is too cute.

There were lots of tables with party food  which we all tucked it too. The best thing about Christmas is all the buffet food you seem to have everywhere.

Thomas tried some new foods too which he did really well with, As you can see on the photo above there were little sandwiches so we gave Thomas a tuna one and a spread cheese one and he did pretty well with them. Then for a special treat we gave him a wotsit, a teddy bear crisp, a chocolate finger and a couple of little mouthfuls of jelly and ice cream. I think the jelly was a big hit he kept helping me guide the spoon in to his mouth.

 And then he met SANTA. He was the only one who didn't cry when he got close to him. Obviously Thomas was the only one that tried to pull off Santa's beard the little tinker.

 Before we left Thomas fell asleep he was all partied out bless him and he slept for a whole HOUR he really must have been tired after all the fun and excitement hehe.

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