Keeping cool in the summer

Keeping cool in the summer: I just adore this hot weather, sunshine all day & we can spend so much time out doors but let’s be honest the children can get grumpy if they get too hot.
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Plenty of sun cream & ditch the clothes: In this weather I think clothes can be too hot so I tend to slather on the factor 50 suncream & let the children enjoy the cool breeze.
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Sun hat is a must: you can’t beat a good sun hat to protect precious little faces, I bought this one from my favourite shop – Jojo maman bebe
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Good nights sleep: Keeping the children’s bedrooms cool is key, so early afternoon I close the blinds & shutters upstairs in preparation for bedtime & if its really hot I pop a bowl of iced water in front of a fan & shut the door (it works like air conditioning).

Alfresco bath: I’ve starting using my small inflatable bath again in the evenings & wanted to re-share my post as a reminder of a fun & easy way to bath the children & keep them entertained – Alfresco bath

Keeping cool at bedtime: Daisy also shared a great post with tips for keeping cool at bedtime – Keeping cool at bedtime

Now the summer holidays have arrived I will share lots of fun free activities to do with children in this beautiful hot weather, so stay tuned for some fresh ideas… Michelle X

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Flossie’s (my) favourite outfit this summer

Flossie’s (my) favourite outfit this summer

Once again Flossie’s gorgeous God mother and my best friend – Miss Becky Uden bought Florence a very beautiful outfit for her birthday. There is a lovely boutique shop near where she lives in London called ‘I Love gorgeous‘ and it is probably a good thing that it is not near me because I would buy the shop out!
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The clothes all come with matching accessories and all the fabrics used are such lovely quality. Perfect for special occasions or a gift for someone that you love ALOT!

Happy shopping Mummies… close your eyes daddies!!

Daisy x

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A hot date with my boy

A hot date with my boy: A hot date with my boy, this means Mummy & Oliver time, a special treat for Oliver (usually a cake or biscuit) & some time for us to have a proper chat out of the house. Yesterday Charlotte had a meeting with the dietician & I knew this would involve lots of patience from Oliver in hospital so promised him a very special milkshake afterwards.

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We found Shakeaway in the Brighton lanes & to Oliver’s absolute joy they made a Freddo milkshake, I have to admit I would never normally let him have a milkshake, trust me when I say he’s naturally full of beans & does not need any additional energy bursts but he had been exceptionally fabulous so a very special treat was needed.

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Oliver was in absolute heaven with his Freddo milkshake, he sat very quietly with a huge grin on his face the entire time. Shakeaway was very clean & the wonderful staff were very helpful, friendly & kept us entertained with great music & the odd little jig. The staff were happy to heat up Charlottes lunch & I have to admit I will be returning, they even have soya milk for those of you that are dairy free.

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Oliver’s was SO happy & his smile was worth the additional burst of energy, it kept us scooting along through the lanes whilst mummy nipped into infinity foods for some dairy free treats. We finished off the day meeting up with Daddy after work for fish & chips on the beach & a paddle in the water, perfect! Michelle X

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Salad Dinosaur

Salad dinosaur: Oliver has a new found enthusiasm for trying new things which I have to credit to his pre-school, I really do think watching the other children eat fruit has helped him want to try things too. We often have quiet time after school days & I let Oliver watch some television, he loves Peppa pig & asked me to make him a salad dinosaur after George had one made for him by Granny & Grandpa pig, music to my ears!20140429-212046.jpg
Oliver & I had great fun making the salad dinosaur, we just made it up as we went along & he happily tried the lettuce, tomato & cucumber. I wish I could say he loved them but in all honesty he just spat them out, not quite the miracle I was hoping for but I’m celebrating the new found enthusiasm for trying things & am delighted that rice, cous cous & sweetcorn have been new successes….. I will continue to try Oliver with new foods & owe a big thank you to Daisy for suggesting we try serving all food from the middle of the table, Oliver loves serving himself & is much more likely to try new things, even fruit, he’s enjoying bananas & apples too now… Michelle X

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FaceTime

FaceTime

Over the past few weeks Jon has had to stay up at the Crabtree because he has been so busy. It is amazing how much Florence misses him and notices that he is not there in the morning, so as a compromise we have resorted to a ‘Face Time’ morning chat. Luckily we are moving out to the country so this will happen less and less but in the mean time its great for her to have a face to face chat.
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We love Facetime or Skype, it is perfect to catch up with family members who live far away who we don’t get to see as often as we would like.
Michelle and I even use it for business chats, especially when trying to explain the contents of a spreadsheet which is not particularly my forte!
This is going to be a huge part of Florence and Olivers generation, it is exciting and scary to imagine how far it will be devloped in another 10 years.
Keep in touch!
Daisy x
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We LOVE Tennis!

We LOVE Tennis!

About 2 months ago I started playing tennis at my health club ‘Withdean‘. I had many lessons growing up and was actually very good – before my interests in other things at the age of 16 (you know what I’m talking about!) brought an end to my playing.
I now play 3 times a week, one being a cardio tennis session which you don’t have to know how to play, is great fun and really gets you moving. On our last session the coach Tanya gave us each a pedometor to attach to ourselves and I was shocked to see that I had moved 4798 steps in 45 minutes! Anyway, I am so glad to be back in the game and do not intend getting distracted in any way again!
Tanya coaches Diddy Tennis which starts age 3 so I was delighted to get Florence on the court to see what she could do. (Appologies for the dreadful photos, I was trying to be dicreet and get ONLY Florence in them).
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Tanya is great with the little ones and one game which Florence loved the most was ‘Walking the dog’. You have to guide the ball along with your racket and there are dog catchers (parents) who come along and try to steal the ball, at what point they have to squash the ball with their racket so you can’t get it.
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Florence was great and actually managed to hit some balls over the little net at the end of the lesson.
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Even if they are no good at such a young age it is brilliant fun, active and low cost (£2.50).

Give it a go!
Daisy x

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No crispy blanket for MY new born baby!

No crispy blanket for MY new born baby! As a new mummy to be I was very excited to go shopping & purchase all of the gorgeous things on my ‘essential baby list’ it was such an exciting day, Ben drove me straight from my 20 week scan to a well known department store & we ‘Oh’d & Ah’d’ at all of the cute little clothes & beautiful toys, that is until we reached the Cellular blankets….

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I searched for a sales assistant & queried if I’d selected the right item, it said on the top of my personally researched list ‘Cellular blanket‘ but all I could find on the shelves were pastel crispy blankets with holes in them? The sales assistant kindly confirmed that they were in fact the right blankets & reiterated the small holes in them keep your baby warm, without the danger of them overheating. I’m a very conscious of safety for babies & reluctantly purchased a few packets of the crispy blankets for my bulging bump but wasn’t happy…

When we arrived home I decided to ask lots of mummies about the Cellular blankets & they all agreed that these blankets were a very necessary item, but let’s be honest they are not pretty! 6 months after having Oliver I was still unhappy about the blanket I used daily & luckily Daisy agreed that the cellular blanket really was due a revamp & the first product in our baby range agreed!

Abeille Cellular blankets are not the basic, bland, crispy pieces of material that you are told to buy on your baby list. Abeille Cellular blankets are Simple – YES… Beautiful – YES… Essential – YES.
We have taken a simple, essential blanket and transformed it by using a beautiful colour pallet, increased the weight to make it bouncy and soft on your babies skin. We can’t wait to share them with you, No more crispy blankets for newborn babies! Essential items do not have to be basic, the ABEILLE mummies have created the perfect layer!!! Michelle X
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The Neckerchew, A dribble bib & teether in one!

The Neckerchew, A dribble bib & teether in one! I have tried most of the teething toys on the market between my two children & have to admit I melted a few in the steriliser (before they have even been used – Ops!) lost a few whilst out & about in the pushchair & the ones that survived then end up being dropped on the floor numerous times so you end up carrying a few. The Neckerchew was a gift for Charlotte & I just had to share this with you as it really is genius.
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The fabulous thing about The Neckerchew is that you don’t have to remember to bring it with you as it’s already attached to the dribble bib which you pop on when getting dressed in the morning. The Neckerchew is reversible with a different design on each side, light weight & very easy for baby to use, Charlotte loves it!
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About – The Neckerchew

It’s good to chomp
Your baby will love the texture of our little teething triangle. The chewy corner is designed to let your little one chomp their teething troubles away. Chewing also helps those little teeth break free! Wash after wash, the Neckerchew is built to last. It’s also super-safe to chew on. That’s because the teether will never flake or peel – as well as being 100% free from nasty phthalates.

It’s not going anywhere
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a gravity-defying, always-there, un-throw-awayable teether? The Neckerchew stays put, just where baby needs it. No more gritty, fluffy teethers on the floor.

Dribbles be gone!
Neckerchew’s soft, super-absorbent cotton soaks up all those teething dribbles. Then the clever middle layer locks them away from your little one’s chest and chin. So baby stayer drier and comfier. And, if it was possible, just a tiny bit cuter.

Flip that mess around
Ta da! Introducing the two-sided, now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t marvel that is the Neckerchew. When one side’s done its duty, just whip it over to the other – so your teething tot can keep on dribbling and chewing in style.

Fabulous (little) darlings
Our brilliant range of colours and patterns are the perfect match for any outfit. And because they’re reversible, you get two brilliant looks for the price of one.

Click here to see the full range: www.cheekychompers.com
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The Neckerchew is the perfect gift & very affordable, prices start at £9.99, A mummy must-have for sure! Trust me anything that helps a teething baby will be treasured by ALL mummies, Michelle X

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Grandpa’s birthday

Grandpa’s birthday

Last week was my lovely Dad’s birthday. Florence calls him Bampa and now that she is a bit older and not ALL about Jaja (my mum) anymore, they have so much fun together. Since his knee operation a few months ago he is now kind of able to roll down hills and run around being ‘horsey’.
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I am sure Dad enjoys it as much as she does…….
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For his birthday we had a gorgeous lunch at South lodge, they have a great set menu by the wonderful Steven from master chef, two courses for £18 – bargain!
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The goats cheese granola was delicious!
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From countryside to seaside we then headed down to the beach for a bottle of wine with the last of the rays. Perfect day for a very deserving daddy!
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Happy birthday to all the lovely daddies that have had birthdays this month!

Daisy x

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The Mid summer ball supporting the Rocking horse appeal

The Mid summer ball supporting the Rocking horse appeal

Last year we attended the ball with the wonderful Skerritts team. It was so much fun and for such a good cause that my family (through the Crabtree) decided to get a table to ourselves. Michelle my BBP (best business partner – or beautiful business partner!) and her husband Ben, My sister and her boyfriend James, my brother and his girlfriend Katy and mum and dad all made up a table for 10.
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This years theme was Brazilian and the dancers were amazing. They did a ‘Strictly come dancing’ type of contest which Richard was entered into by his lovely wife Heidi…. With lots of rehersing his efforts paid off and he won! Richard personally raised nearly £10,000 just for the dancing alone but didn’t quite reach his target, heres his link if you would like to donate.
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The Rocking horse appeal is such a great charity that touches most people at some point in their lives. Check out their web site for more information or to make a donation.
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There was a really fun dress up photobooth which we all got some shots, Mollie and James particularly loved it…
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The bumper cars seem to have been standard every year which is great fun… Michelle was quite the wizz kid! Not competative at all….
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If you are every stuck for a charity to support then contact these guys, you know it will always go to a good cause. Fingers crossed next year Abeille will be booming and we will be able to have our own table!
Daisy x

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