Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge stationery lover. I love cute notebooks, different styles of pens, craft papers, adorable accessories. You name it, I’ve probably got a secret stash somewhere (remember the gel pen craze of the 00’s?) Something I have never tried before though, is chalk markers. When I was younger, I loved drawing and writing with chalk on the pavements and in the street (we lived in a cul de sac and it was gonna rain and wash it all away anyway) but now, chalk really goes through me. That is until Chalkola contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their chalk marker pens, and the fun part for you guys, keep reading and you could bag yourself some!
I’ve said before that I’ve been broody for a long time. I felt I was ready for children before my partner & I started a relationship but obviously, I wasn’t going to compromise anything at the time & I was still finishing my studies at college. When we found out we were expecting Podge 5 years into our relationship, I was over the moon to say the least. It was everything I’d hoped for, especially after all of the troubles we faced with PCOS & contraceptive issues. During the pregnancy though, I still felt incredibly broody. My child would be born soon & I just wanted him/her here right now. And then another. It didn’t take long after he had entered our lives that I felt ready for the experience again.
Some of the first nappies we tried when Bear was born were ASDA Little Angels newborn ones, they were amazing on him & so easy to use, such great all rounders. There were no leaks or poo-namis either! (Well, he had a couple but he was newborn & they were to be expected ha!) We haven’t really used them since the size 2’s (people always want to buy nappies for us which usually happen to be other brands because of where they shop.) But we were recently given the chance to try out the newly designed & improved ASDA Little Angels Comfort & Protect Nappies* & (*Spoiler Alert*) it’s safe to say they have taken over from other nappies we were already using.
I’ve noticed this term used quite a bit recently and I’d never heard of it before, so of course it sparked my interest. Jessica from That Mummy Blog wrote this great post called an Open Letter to that Helicopter Mum at the Soft Play Centre which was such an interesting read. I felt like I could relate to both sides of the coin so to speak. The mum who’s so protective of her child, I will climb the climbing frames, go down the slides and get in the ball pool with my little one. But also, having anxiety made me think about what the person writing it was really saying.
In March of this year, my lovely blogger friend Lisa & I (and my mum and the babes) attended the Baby & Toddler Show in Manchester. I wanted to attend the show in October 2015 when I was already almost 20 weeks pregnant. However, with the excitement of our pregnancy and my ever growing bump (and struggling with bad sciatica at the time) I decided against it and that I would attend once baby had arrived. Time passed, and with being so busy with a new baby, I eventually got around to going to the event the week after Bear’s 1st birthday. But hey, it says its a baby AND toddler show right?!