As a child I was a total book worm, even as a teenager I read books many times over due to running out of material between library visits. I suppose I was a bit of a Matilda character but without her supreme pancake making skills. I’ve always hoped that Luisa will develop the same love of reading that I have and i’m always looking for new ways to encourage her. Our house is coming down with books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now she mostly reads with our help, she is only two after all, but…

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Like all babies, Luisa was born pink and fuzzy, not dissimilar to an over ripe peach. Within a matter of weeks, she filled out, her soft creamy rolls the topic of many a conversation. After all, everyone loves a chubby baby. During the first twelve weeks of Lu’s life, she had the usual baby skin complaints, a touch of cradle cap and some milk spots. It didn’t take long for these to clear up and she didn’t have any more issues. I think the fact that she was born during a mild May made it easier for us to look…

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Whenever I was pregnant we decided not to find out if Lu was a boy or a girl, we stayed team yellow throughout and I’m really glad. Like a lot of people, I felt like there aren’t many surprises left and I wanted to keep the sex of our baby unknown. I honestly wasn’t really tempted to find out, I love gender neutral clothes and even if we had known I wouldn’t have made a huge amount of pink or blue purchases anyway. I’ve seen this topic addressed in tonnes of Youtube videos recently and I just love watching them…

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I’m sure you’re all like me in that you love a bargain, especially when it comes to those baby and toddler essentials we seem to be buying weekly. I always like to keep an eye out for the best offers and stock up when I can, particularly on nappies, wipes and Luisa’s favourite snacks. When you’re a bit of a shopaholic like myself it feels good to know you’ve saved on the everyday essentials and it totally means you can get spendy when the A/W clothes hit the shops soon. Right? Well Pharmacy are hosting a special baby event throughout August,…

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Toddlers aren’t known for being cooperative, especially when it comes to important things like suncream, taking medicine or brushing their teeth. I think we’re quite lucky in that Lu still sees brushing her teeth as a really fun activity, she likes to be in the bathroom and stand on her little step. She loves to wash her hands and pretend to shave, just like Daddy. With that said, she is fiercely independent and does not appreciate my input when it comes to reaching her molars! I’m absolutely a ‘pick your battles’ kind of parent – if she wants to sleep…

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Lu, we really need some space. Not metaphorical space, actual space between us. Sweet girl, you need to sleep in your own bed, by yourself, for at least half the night. Please. One of the main reasons we moved to this new house was to give you a big bedroom all to yourself. A space to sleep and play with room for all your toys and keepsakes. We’ve got tonnes of storage, pretty artwork, books galore and yet you spend next to no time in there.     Don’t get me wrong I love the late night cuddles and the toothy grins…

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No matter what age your kid is it seems like the world and his wife have two priorities, A) finding out what ‘naughty’ things they are currently doing and B) warning you of the hell to come. Lucky for me I have a A-level in eye rolling and a degree in ignoring unsolicitied parenting advice. Luisa was always what you might call a ‘good’ baby. She was easy pleased, or maybe we were just excellent slaves – who knows. Either way she never gave us much bother. Sure she didn’t (doesn’t) sleep through the night but she’s always been a…

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Sound the alarm, Summer is coming! I might not be beach ready but Luisa is all kitted out for a summer of spontanteous fun thanks to HUGGIES®. This year we’re chuffed to be working with them to showcase the Little Swimmers range and share some ideas for spur of the moment summer adventures.     We’re off to Spain this week so i’m going to use that as a good opportunity to dive in to this whole thing. Point of note – when I say ‘dive’ i’m speaking figuratively, I’m not a strong swimmer so it’ll be all doggy paddle from…

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Lu is so much fun right now but she is incredibly hard work. There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with her she’s just nearly two and it seems like that’s a pretty tough stage in life. I’m willing to bet it is nowhere near as bad as 26 but there’s no point in getting into an arguement with her, I won’t win. Toddlers are sent to try us, give me a newborn any day.     One of the toughest times of day, for me, is the morning. I am not a morning person and I doubt I ever will be. For that…

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