What do you get for the girl that has everything? Alright, so she doesn’t have everything but in reality my little sister is getting to that age where she’s more and more difficult to buy for. When I hit sixteen, people basically just resorted to throwing money at me because I was that hard to buy for (and still am, I’m afraid!). With Christmas just around the corner, we were struggling to get her something that she’d really like, until we stumbled across The Book of Everyone Wise Words range.
So recently, we’ve teamed up with BritMums and Similac to road test their brand new palm-oil free Growing Up Milk. A formula jam-packed full of nutrients for your little ones between the ages of 1 and 3 years old. We’ve formula-fed Short Rib basically since he was born and he’s thrived on it (yes, breastfeeding warriors, we tried the preferred method. Didn’t work.) We still give him just one bottle of formula milk just before he settles down to go to sleep – mainly as a top up of all the nutrients he needs, and I guess as a signal to him that it’s time to slow down and relax. It’s part of his bedtime routine… one that works and one that I wasn’t immediately sure I wanted to change.
Similac is a brand new range of baby formula which is palm-oil free (that means we’re saving wildlife here, among other things!) and absolutely jam packed full of goodness and nutrients to help supplement your tiny human’s diet. With over 90 years experience, you know you’re in capable hands!
So, Christmas is coming.
There, I said it. You have to start coming to terms with it eventually. I’m trying to be very organised this year, given the uncertainty of my upcoming redundancy, I need to make sure I am properly prepared. That being said, I bought my first Christmas present a couple of weeks ago and to be honest, I think it’s going to be pretty hard to top these personalised cufflinks.
I absolutely love personalised presents. So when thinking about what to get for certain members of our family, I knew that for Wes’ Dad, I wanted something personalised from Short Rib. He lives in the north of Scotland, so we don’t see him very often at all. I thought it would be nice to get him something from our boy whilst he’s still super small.
Enter the amazing Bella & Bow.
A three woman band of Fiona, Greta and Jenni and they make the most AMAZING stuff which is personalised with handprints, footprints or just text of your choice. So when I stumbled across their cufflinks, I was super sold.
So recently, mealtimes have become something of a food fight, (which is what Messy Me sort of specialise in!). We’ve pretty much sussed out the weaning process though. I can report that I can leave Short Rib to eat something without thinking he’s going to choke and die every time. Now though, there’s a battle of a different kind. Short Rib thinks he’s well capable of feeding himself spaghetti Bolognese without assistance from his parents.
Spolier alert: He’s not.
Parenting is a pain in the arse sometimes. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a steep learning curve for you and your other half. In the fog of night feeds, early mornings and fretting about what’s best for your little one it’s really easy for both parents to just stop talking to each other. Enter Barefoot Coaching and their wonderful Coaching Cards for New Parents.
We’re not new parents, but Short Rib is only one, so we’re still getting used to this being in charge of a tiny human thing. The cards are designed to help new parents have an open and frank discussion about the new adventure. The good and the bad. To find the answers for them and not what their mother in law, best mate or former midwife neighbour think is best (because we’ve all had stupid parenting advice before, right?).
You can get them over at Barefoot Coaching when they launch tomorrow, September 1st 2016 where they retail for £15.00 per pack. They make a wonderful gift to expecting parents, or as a tool for you and your partner to boss this parenting malarkey together. We were really kindly sent a pack to look at before they went on sale for the purpose of this blog post.
Like most people, I’m surgically attached to my phone. It gets my e-mails, my social media, I run my blog from it when I’m not at home. It’s a massive part of me and therefore I think it’s really important that you have the option to make it as personal to you and a customised as you can. The easiest way to do that is by grabbing yourself a personalised phone case from the awesome guys over at MrNutcase.com – where you can customise your case with your own photos and text, to make your case just as unique as you are.
We were really stoked to be asked to review this awesome service, and I got to create my own phone case for the purpose of this review. To put it through the more thorough test, we decided to do it for my phone, rather than Wes’ because he is a bit more tech savvy than I am and we needed to see how easy it was to make your case. The review is mainly me, but Wes is also going to stick his oar in because he is incredibly difficult to please when it comes to phone cases.
And what’s best is that the lovely people over at MrNutcase.com have provided you with a chance to win your own, totally bespoke phone case for a phone of your choice. Details of the giveaway are at the end of our post!