Baby and Children’s Market – Saturday 25th June 2016
We’re really happy to say that we’re going to be at the next Baby and Children’s Market on Saturday 25th June 2016.
09.30 – 11.30am
St James High School, Summer Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8NN
As well as local business’s like ours there will be lots of Mum’s and Dad’s selling pre-loved baby and children’s clothing, toys, books, games, prams and lots more.
At the last market I watched a Mum and Dad tag team. They had a list of what they wanted and one of them went up one side and the other did the other side, each checking in with the other as they whittled down their list. They left laden down with all sorts of things for their new baby who had been transferred from the pram into a sling to make way for the things they’d bought!
If you come along, do pop over and say hello.
I have heard that there’s going to be a FREE ball pit for the littles to play in!
To keep up to date with the latest details go to the Baby & Children’s Market Exeter Facebook Page.
How would you like to Win a copy of Lullaby Baby CD?
Lullaby Baby is a collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father of two, Dan Smith and UK based Singer-songwriter Martha Bean with a mixture of well known songs, Instrumentals and some new ones written by Martha Bean who is also the singer on the album.
Use the CD to create a calming environment as part of your bedtime routine
Isabelle is five now and although she is a very early riser, we have only really had an okay sleep pattern for nearly a year now.
Isabelle has been a terrible sleeper from the word go with many a night spent without a wink of sleep. We tried everything from rocking her, driving her around taking her out in her pram, but the second you put her down she would be awake and crying.
This wasn’t just at night, but during the day she didn’t like to be put down even for a second. Getting dressed to the sound of a screaming baby makes you move fast.
At the start I was more than happy to sit with her in my arms gazing into her eyes, but even the most adoring mum needs to have bathroom breaks, to eat and do other normal things without a baby in their arms.
I thought I’d solved my problem with the use of a baby sling, but I found this exacerbated my neck pain that I’d been suffering from for years previously.
My sanity was saved by humming!
As odd as it sounds it kept me level when I needed to put her down and she would scream so much that her little face would almost turn purple. I would hum songs that I liked or just the sound of the latest adverts. You may laugh but it kept me going.
As she got a little bit older (still very much a newborn) she was pacified by noises that I made and her eyes would follow me around the room. This was slightly easier, but she never gave me long.
As well as the humming keeping me sane, I think she became quite accustomed to the songs that I hummed and was more than content to stare up at me whilst I hummed away.
We moved on from humming to singing and she came to recognise simple songs such as Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row your Boat. As long as she could find me and hear me she would allow me to put her down just for a while to get things done such as prepare dinner or eat my lunch.
Most of the songs that I sung to her were songs I knew from my own childhood, and other newer ones were learnt from the Mother and Baby Groups that we attended.
Isabelle is five now and singing and listening to music plays a big part in her life. She loves to sing and dance, and loves to learn and listen to new songs, especially if they have actions with them.
We were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby to review and Isabelle was very eager to put the CD into her own CD player with microphone to sing along. There were songs on the CD that we recognised straight away and a few that we hadn’t hear before. She was singing along merrily which I had recorded but on playing it back her microphone was omitting a pretty bad sound so I won’t subject you to that. I will try and catch her again, but she tends to show off in front of the camera which isn’t always so pleasant lol.
Isabelle had been a bit poorly and was off school a couple of weeks ago. We’d had a day of watching a bit of TV and her drifting in and out of sleep, but she needed to just lie down and rest so I put the CD on and she sat there and listened. She sang along a little bit, but then decided to curl up and hum along to the songs.
Here she is chillin and listening.
I think she really enjoyed it and it seemed to calm her down before bedtime which can be a testing time sometimes.
We’ve listened to the CD quite a few times now and it’s really nice to put on when she’s doing something quiet like colouring or just before dinner.
This CD would have been great when she was a baby and I probably would have used it in the car as well.
You can download ‘Lullaby Baby’ on iTunes by searching for ‘Nursery Rhymes 123’ as well as other download sites.
Here’s a clip of ‘You are my Sunshine” on their YouTube channel or pop over to Spotify for a listen.
Good luck and don’t forget to pop over to www.babynotincluded.co.uk for a spot of shopping x
*Please note that we were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby free of charge for the purpose of review. The writing of the post and opinion are that of my own.
A Surreal Evening – University Talk
Last night I went to a College open event for a University Talk.
Ryan is just finishing his first year of college with the course being two years long. Come September 2016 it will be time to start applications for University.
Currently he wants to be a PE teacher, but given that he wouldn’t start until September 2017 he may have changed his mind by then.
Before going down the sport route he wanted to be a chef, but having completed his work experience where he washed dishes and was basically the general dogsbody, he thankfully realised that it wasn’t what he wanted to do.
Sport has been a big part of our lives. Ever since he could walk he had a ball in his hand, and he soon became a little Football Star and was given a contract to play for Exeter City Football Club and was regularly mentioned in the local newspaper. He has also had trials for Plymouth Argyle and his name has been bandied around the local football community.
Whilst he didn’t go any further towards professional football he still plays for a local under 18’s team and a mens team as well (yikes the first mini bus trip away was a bit of an eye opening).
At school, whatever sport he was playing he would come home with a letter asking if he could be put forward for trials etc which is fantastic, but as a parent going to training however many times a week plus matches it fills you with dread.
Okay so the point of this post was the moment last night during the University talks when I realised that in just over a year I could be losing my son to the big bad world. Off he will go with his suitcase, bedding and household goods. We’ll have to take him to do ‘a shop’ and then leave him wherever he choses to study and hope that he might come home for a visit once in a while or that he’ll find time to squeeze us into his schedule so we can visit him.
Sat in that hall with all the other parents with their kids all looking eager and hopeful at the prospect of cutting the umbilical cord to embark on a life of study, drinking, partying and pot noodles.
We came away with a vast amount of information and a timetable of all the dates to work towards as far as applications, personal statements and results etc.
I feel sad already but excited that he’s going to have so much opportunity and things to look forward to. New experiences, new friends and a different environment.
Hopefully he will remember us from time to time x
What’s the going rate for the Tooth Fairy these days?
Isabelle at five has had two wobbly bottom teeth for the best part of three months with it becoming more imminent by the day for the past three weeks. It’s the bottom two in the middle and for the past few weeks she’s been able to push them so far forward with her tongue that they’ve been lying flat. So gross!
Last week was school photograph day so we assumed that either one or both would fall out just in time for that, as its obligatory that you have at least one school photograph where you either have a gap or adult teeth amongst baby teeth for a big toothy grin. I know that I have!
So with this looming over us we’ve been wondering what the going rate for the Tooth Fairy is these days.
I’ve recently read some ridiculous stories where children have been receiving insane amounts of money so clearly there is a Tooth Fairy with celebrity status in Fairyland possibly with bigger and more bling wings than the rest.
When I was a kid we used to get either 20p or 50p and we’re both grateful and thankful that we were able to go to the local sweet shop and spend our money on 1p and 2p mix-ups (probably not what the Tooth Fairy had intended it for).
Picking her up from school today she announced that her tooth had come out. On asking her teacher she looked a bit baffled at which point Isabelle starting to panic, but we were asked to ask one of the lunch time teachers who she had been with. Mrs James looked a bit worried when we asked her as she had no idea what had happened other than she’d wrapped it in some tissue and given it back to Isabelle.
Thankfully when we rummaged through her school bag there was a grubby bit of tissue with her prized first tooth inside. Phew!
So our expectation from the Tooth Fairy is that she may leave a nice shiny £2 coin as it’s the coolest of coins in English money.
Isabelle was so excited at bedtime and had a million zillion questions:
Where do fairies live?
What time will the Tooth Fairy come?
What does she carry the coin in?
Will the pillow be too heavy for her to lift?
Shall I write her a letter?
Will she write me a letter?
What do they do with the teeth?
Do they take children’s teeth even in they’re rotten?
Umpteen questions about everything is pretty normal to us, and in fact flicking through the channels yesterday we watched an old episode of Outnumbered. The girl in that is our daughter!
Family Bucket List 2016 – Learning to ride a bike
Isabelle at five year’s old is a bit of a daredevil when it comes to trying new things. She’s a shy little girl when it comes to meeting new people but given the chance to climb, swing, slide etc she’s far more adventurous than her brother was at her age.
Having said that, learning to ride a bike has been quite a challenge with lots of throwing the bike down on the floor, tears and back ache (mine and Daddy’s).
Ryan was well away on his bike by the age of four and was relatively easy, but Isabelle I think is just far too interested in her surroundings to concentrate on looking ahead and keeping her balance!
This was our second attempt, having taken the stabilisers off at the end of last summer and giving up as the tantrums and tears came thick and fast.
Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t trying to force our daughter into learning something she wasn’t ready for, but she’s an extremely strong willed child but when she doesn’t get the hang of something right from the off she gives up and we all know about it.
We did the age old trick of running behind her holding onto the seat and letting go, which was fine until she realised that we were doing this and was turning her head to check on us only to lose her balance and fall off.
Here she is in all her glory with her dramatic sound effects lol.
She got there in the end with Daddy holding onto the back of her seat and me and the dog racing her to the other side of the field. She’s now bombing across the field and is very pleased with herself.
She’s had a go on the path, but as it’s a quicker pace than on grass she’s not quite ready. I’m not quite sure we’re ready for the amount of plasters that would be needed for this. Now we’ve got the peddling and going in a straight line in the bag, we just need to get her to remember when it’s the right time to use her brake. For those learning with little one’s you’ll know what a jolt you get to your lower back when you’re holding on and they use the brake.
Hurray she got there in the end and was pleased as punch. She’s got a few war wounds (bruises from falling off and the dramatic rolling around to let us know) and we’ve got back ache but she’s done it!
What ages were your’s when they learnt to ride a bike?
30 Fab Father’s Day Gift Ideas
I always find this tricky as men are definitely hard to buy for at the best of times. I’ve put together some fantastic ideas from #SBS Winners – Many of them featured on the #ShopSBS Shop or #SBSWinners
- Father’s Day Bordeaux Magnum – www.bottlebazaar.co.uk
- Dad you’re the Best Crystal Block – The Keepsake Shop
- Soothing Body Scrub for Men – Kernowspa
- My Life Pack – My Life Pack
- Evil One – superhot Ghost Pepper Sauce – Grim Reaper Foods
- Personalised Dad’s Wooden Box – Charms by Joanna
- Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol Rose Watch – Jewellers Ark
- Retrotastic Sweet Hamper – Hampers by Lucy
- Sterling Silver Personalised Dog Tag Pendant – Tiny Treasure Keepsakes
- Super Dad Personalised Comic Book Crystal – The Keepsake Shop
- Vintage Military Issue Fallout Shelter Sign – Ashby Interiors Ltd
- Mens Flip Flops by Gandys – KUKShades
- Royal Selangor Yoda Star Wars Pewter Figurine – Jewellers Ark
- Half Bottle Champagne Selection – Champagne-Buy-Gemeaux
- Green Tea Gift Box – Chantler Teas
- A Golf Glove – Gripeeze
- Initial Cufflinks – Laser Inspired Designs
- Giorgio Fedon Leather iPhone 6 Case – Attavanti
- Upcycled Jameson Whiskey Bottle Lamp – Upcycled Creative
- A Classic Leather Wallet – Leonie Saliba
- Daddy Deer China Mug – www.themugco.com
- Men’s Luxury Shaving & Washbag Kit – www.lovelammie.co.uk
- A Father’s Day Wooden Crate – www.applecrates.co.uk
- An Original Kadai Firebowl – Kadai Firebowls
- Men’s Skincare Bundle – Walk Mill Botanics
- Velvet Wood Beard Oil – The London Beard Company
- Deli Delights Hamper – The Cornish Food Box Company
- Meat Lovers Selection Box – Boston Sausage
- Personalised Campervan Framed Map – www.campervangift.co.uk
- A Cycle Top – Jura Cycle Clothing
Whatever you choose as your gift for Father’s Day whether it’s handmade or bought we hope you have a lovely day to celebrate the Daddy in your life.
*Drum roll* – Competition Winners Announced.
A great big thanks to all that took part in the competitions to celebrate our 9th Birthday.
So without further ado.
The Winner of the At the Seaside Flashcards is – Kim Neville
The Winner of £20 to spend at www.babynotincluded.co.uk is – Carol Boffey
The Winner of the Sogg’s Socks Box Set is – Sally Collingwood
The Winner of the Squidge & Pip Sensory Baby Teething Toy is – Michaela Jennings
Well done to everyone that entered and for all the fantastic recommendations for teething. I think we tried absolutely everything!
You can also find us on the SBS Shop where we are amongst many Fanstastic Small Retailers for Gifts, Clothing, Homeware and more.