26 July 2015

Posie Pixie and the pancakes- book review

Have you heard of the Whimsy Wood series by Sarah Hill and illustrated by Sarah Mauchline? We hadn't heard of them until recently when we were asked if we would like to review the 7th and last book in the Whimsy Wood series- Posie Pixie and the Pancakes. 

Seeing as Little 1 is getting pretty darn good with her reading now that she has reached the end of her Reception year at school, we said 'yes' as I knew it would be a book she could have a go at reading with us and judging by the cover it looked like a lovely book.

The Whimsy Wood series is a multi-award-winning children's book series by Sarah Hill based in the South West of England. The stories follow loveable characters such as Bromley Badger, Wibble the Woodlouse and of course Posie Pixie and their adventures and mishaps in Whimsy Woods.

This story follows Posie Pixie as she prepares for pancake day with Wibble Woodlouse and the pair get a little too carried away eating their creations and end up with tummy ache. I love the language in this book, it is enchanting and descriptive and makes a lovely read, a little difficult for Little 1 to read fluently at five and a half but she had a good go and read a paragraph here and there while we read the rest of the book to her over a few bedtimes.

The story carries a few good morals and messages hidden within the tale, such as helping friends, not dropping litter and eating too many nice things, which I liked.

The illustrations throughout the book are colourful and lovely, great for keeping Little 2's attention and providing a talking point during the story. 

We enjoyed reading this book, if you would like to read it, it can be purchased for £5.99 from Amazon or direct from the publisher Abela publishing with 10% of the profits from the book going to The Wildlife Trust.

N.B We received this book for review. The opinions in this post are our honest thoughts of the product.

15 July 2015

Little 3 - A hearty update

If you have been following my blog for a while then you will know that Little 3 caused us much worry while he was growing when I was pregnant due to him having an ectopic (irregular) heartbeat. I had to have several scans of his heart and and lots of afternoons sent to hospital by my midwife sitting by a monitoring machine while it attempted to record his heart rate so the midwives and doctors could monitor his wellbeing.

The doctors didn't seem too worried and said it was common although not many people we told knew about it. A friend's children had had it but it sorted itself out at birth with her first and by her six week check with her second so we were hopeful that this would be the case with Little 3. The doctors told us that Little 3's heart would more than likely rectify itself at birth when all the changes in the heart take place as your baby breathes for the first time so it was a waiting game.

As my pregnancy progressed and I got sent to hospital for monitoring more and more as Little 3's heart raced and dipped with noticeable pauses on the midwives doppler we began to feel more uneasy. There was talk of having to have him early and c-sections if he wasn't happy and many an evening worrying about my baby after the girls had gone to bed.

In the end he hung on in there as I went a week overdue and decided to arrive in less than 2 hours so no time for heart monitoring while I was in labour, he was born healthy but still with an ectopic heart rate.

After a week in hospital following heart tests and treatment for a chest infection we went home, his 8 week check showed he still had his problem but an appointment with the hospital at 10 weeks showed much improvement and an ecg indicated that it was no longer occurring regularly and even might have gone.

At 13 weeks old we attended an appointment for Little 3 to have a 24 hour ecg fitted to record what was happening with his heart over this time. We had a few concerns as his face tended to turn very pale and his lips a bit grey when he fell asleep and the pediatrician wanted to check this out.

monitoring underway
We had a little fun with the monitor, it was a hot day and the pads kept unsticking so I ended up taping them on fast with vast amounts of elastoplast to make sure they stayed on overnight! Little 3 also thought it was great to grab and pull on the wires thus pulling off the clips, I ended up putting them in through the side of his nappy and down his shorts to try and stop him doing it, it seemed to work.

A day short of a month later at 17 weeks old we received his results and are super pleased and relieved to say that nothing out of the ordinary was recorded so no one is sure why he keeps going pale, he seems to improving and outgrowing the irregular heartbeat problem and his heart is sorted itself out. We were very happy to hear this and it has been a big weight off my shoulders.

Check back soon for Little 3's 4 month update.. 4 months already!!

8 July 2015

Evie Bees dress- review

What little girl doesn't love a pretty dress to twirl in? 

Recently Little 2 was sent a pretty little red dress to try from the lovely Chantel at Evie Bee's boutique (www.eviebeesboutique.co.uk). Chantel started Evie Bee's in February this year offering monthly Facebook event sales of Highstreet and Designer Brand childrens clothes, she is currently in the process of building her new website to co-exist with the Monthly Sales selling ex chainstore stock and overseas clothing.

Little 2 was sent this lovely red dress which has red petal/flower decal over the shoulders, it is such a simple design but looks great on Little 2 who fell in love with the dress as soon as she saw it.

It is made of a soft t-shirt cotton fabric which is fab for an item of clothing Little 2 wants to wear again and again as it is really soft and comfy to wear and easy to care for too, just throw it in the washing machine and having been washed several times now it has kept its shape and the petals still look good too, they just spring back with a little shake once out of the machine. 

The colour has lasted pretty well too and it is just as vibrant red as when it arrived, I washed it on a low temperature by itself the first few times which is advisable as the colour did run but now it is fine in with the girls other red and pink things. 

Little 2 loves her 'Red Floral Dress' which will retail at just £7, a real bargain for this simple but pretty summer essential, it looks great on its own or teemed with white leggings for cooler days, I can see this dress being one of this summers staple clothing wears for Little 2.

N.B We were sent this dress in return for a review, all words and opinions are my own honest thoughts. 

2 July 2015

A sunny afternoon

The weather has been lovely and sunny, perfect for getting out and enjoying our local area. Last week, while Little 1 was at school, Nanny took Little's 2 and 3 and myself out for lunch and to feed the ducks. 

We had a lovely little lunch in a posh cafe, Little 2 sat as good a gold on her stool with her hands in her lap the whole time and was an angel (she is usually no trouble anyway but today she just looked super sweet and like a proper little lady behaving beautifully), Little 3 sat happily on my knee watching the goings on and chewing his fists and not complaining at all that he was due a feed while I ate my lunch.

Just a short stroll along the canal was a little park and a whole load of ducks to feed so we headed there.

Little 2 burnt off some energy running around and fed the ducks with Nanny, she really wasn't sure about the tall ones with long necks as they were nearly as tall as her!

We just about had time for a quick play in the park before it was time to go home to collect Little 1. Little 3 had a full tummy so settled for a snooze in the sunshine instead.

This is one of our favourite short trips out, where do you go to while away a couple of hours?