26 Mar 2015

We love // the 17 month year old edition

If you anything like me you go through fads and loves of things in phases. And these change based on the child, person, season. And right now we are loving these things when it comes to our smallest one.

1. Tilda Rice packs // These are a staple on our weekly shopping. Perfect size for the kids. Quick (40 sec in the microwave or you can stir fry with them) full of veggies and they have a good shelf like. Plus the kids love them. 
2. Heinz Fruit Pouches // The last part of 2014 we spent doing some trialling of Heinz baby food products. N was not so keen on the jars - but oh my he loves these pouches. I now always keep one in his bag for those "food emergencies" plus these are great dessert option for the littlest one. 

3 Heinz Biscotti // Another one of the favourites from our trailing of goodies. These biscuits are yummy! and the perfect size and shape for little one to grasp in his hands. 

4 Mam Air Soothers // N is a dummy baby, and I know we will have a fight on our hands when we say enough is enough. However until then we love the MAM soothers - especially the Air ones. They have gaps in allowing Air flow - N will pick these ones over the others if he sees both.

5 Little Angels Nappies // we are quite relaxed in our nappy shopping in this house - i.e.. what's a good deal. But we do find the Asda ones great value, absorbent, soft for baby and all round thumbs up from us.

6 Tesco Baby Wipes // Again we are not particularly brand loyal with these but I do like these one. They are strong, not chemical in scent and are wet enough to carry out a good clean up!! 

7 Puft Crisps // These new crisps from Hula Hoops are good. All 4 of us in the house agree these are yummy. Plus they are low syn so work well with the slimming world diet I am following. 

8 H&M Pull on Jeans // My all time favourite bottoms for the boy. These are baggy enough so not restricting for little legs, pull on stretchy top so comfy and easy to get on and off, wash great and a fantastic price. All mums of boys need these in the there baby's wardrobe.

9 Mickey Mouse // N has discovered the loveable Mouse recently. We have a large one (bigger than him) that M got for Christmas one year. He likes to carry him around and if he sees a picture of Mickey he starts waving, then gives the item with his picture on (book, magazine, drinking cup) a cuddle and says aaahhhh. 

Thats what the little boy is loving (and us by extension of course, not too sure what his choice of nappies would actually be!)

24 Mar 2015

Review // Penwizard books : the little boy who lost his name

Well this is a very bit awesome. We got delivery of this fantastic book from Penwizard for review. Their website has a some lovely books that can be personalised for your child. Makes a great unique gift and adds that special touch to the child your giving the gift too. 

This book and concept is beautiful. The artwork is swoonworthy. The story is unique to your child. This is so very clever and my lucky big boy is now a proud owner of his own book. He was so excited to sit down and read it.

We snuggled right down and began to read. As each page passed and the next letter was found M was getting more and more excited. And at the reveal His smile was priceless!! When his dad got home from work he was so excited to tell him that the book had his name in it. So special. I would very much recommend this book to others (the quality is outstanding, for something which is personalised) that I am already planning this book as birthday/Christmas gifts during the year.

**please note I was give a voucher to pick a book via Penwizard website. I picked this book off my own accord. 

23 Mar 2015

#projectmylife // week 12

Playing about with things. Finding my blogging mojo. Finding something which works for me. It's always difficult. I don't see myself as a writer, and far too nervous of offending people to write commentary on the news and not creative enough to create beautifulness with a unique twist. I do like writing here. Sharing here. So let's see how this settles in. 

We had some rough nights. Well I did. One morning before a full day at work N was awake at 4.30. And the next night was awake for 3 hours in the night. This led to me feeling tired, drained, poorly and frustrated. But I tried really hard to face positivity. I had two happy boys dropping off at nursery / school. Both are happy where they are. Enjoy where they do and are growing and learning. The places we have picked to send our boys is helping nurture them. Lucky us. 
M was full of smiles last week. We had lots of cuddles. We baked cookies together and made an Easter hat. He may be my big boy and is a very active little man. He still loves a cuddle with his mummy. 
This little one is such a cheeky thing. And loves to eat. And dress up. He's a real daddy's boy so I love the time we have cuddles. He is such a little character and his communication skills are improving! 

All in all it was hard tiring week and my feeling sick has lasted all weekend. Nothing serious but I am feeling unwell and has meant I've not really had much time to do many "Leanne" things. But rest assured my project lists is ever growing. 

Let's have a good week now shall we! 

3 Mar 2015

I am a memory keeper.

I have for many years regarded myself as a scrapbooker. I record stories. I document. Back when I began memory keeping I was profilc. I created pages and pages and albums and albums. I've recorded more of our lives than most. Our pre children lives. I've recorded I load of rubbish too. Way too much than ever would be needed. I've taken too many photos of things which are not relevant. It was more about the process. The buying of "stash" the joy of creating.

There are so many labels we give ourselves. In my daily life I think the following labels apply – mum, daughter, wife, sister, flexible benefits testing coordinator (ha!), crafter, chef, baker, knitter, crocheter, but there is one label which I feel I identify with on daily basis. Memory Keeper – In other terms I suppose Scrapbooker.  
I’ve spoken about this hobby before here, on how I have made lasting friendships, found happiness and creative outlet. Finding the “scrapbooking” hobby sure opened lots of doors for me and gave me a passion. Over years my approach to memory keeping has evolved, as you would expect as families grow, the market changes and new approaches are shared daily through blogs or pinterest or all manors of social media. 
The term scrapbook when looked in a thesaurus it says “blank book for collecting” and can also mean collection, memento, anthology, memory book.  These words all evoke such a feeling in me. Its difficult to put into words. But I like seeing the change, the growth and the past. I have always had boxes of photos and things. And having kids I now seem to have more than that. Ceriticatiates and art work, writing and school reports, birthday invites and cards, tickets and empheara. The things which make life up. I love looking at old photos and being able to remember when things happened, where we were and what we did. These little snapshots into what our life was like right then. The books we read, the people we spend time and even the food we eat. Social media allows this memory keeping to be so accessible – being able to look back at a timeline in facebook or Instagram. What did you share, who were you with. It’s a little slice of life. And as much as a lot of this online, I love to print photos, to create and to journal. Its not always about the act of recording – I do that all the time with an upload here, a note there but it’s the process of scrapbooking I enjoy. Of focusing in on a story, what happened and what I want to remember more than just it was that trip to park.

I am proud of my albums. I am proud of what I have recorded. My albums are in our front room (most of them anyway) easily accessible for people to look at. I find the kids love them. M loves to pull out an album and look at his baby pictures. This very moment makes it worthwhile. 

Back in August in 2014 I talked about my renewed enthusiasm to record our family lives. http://www.littlelifeofscrap.co.uk/2014/08/projectlife-rethink.html Alot of this still applies – I completed a full photo album of photos from 2014 ordered by month. No prettiness or journaling just photos and things all together in one album of happy. Then I have one “scrapbook” album form the year. The fun thing I have found grouping together layouts by theme in the year is being able to take photos from different months in the year  and making a page (I have a selfie one planned of me and K!!)

I have a system which I like from 2014. And I’m going to try to apply the same again this year. I upload photos from the past month to photobox from my phone and then back up my photos to the cloud and the computer. Print off a large selection of photos from that month. Ones which I like the story or the photos I may print a few copies or larger. That's it once  they arrive I sort them out. Some just being added to the Februrary album some put aside for 12x12 and some just get left in the ohoto wallet and stored away on the bookshelf. I have a real not pressured approach now and add a couple of layouts here and there. And I am ok with this. 

M was watching me scrapbook the other day and asked to make a page of his own. I found a photo he liked and some paper and he got to work. 
He added some writing about where we went on this day and the film we saw. He remembered where the ohoto was taken and it was on his birthday. He then looked at me and asked. Do we put special photos in our albums mummy. To keep them special. Yes darling we do.