Mar 20

“I’m as big as”

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 20, 2014

As soon as Little T was born I was desperate to find a height chart but being as picky as I am, it proved quite difficult. I never go for the first thing I see and sometimes I even annoy myself with this trait! Ideally I wanted one of the beautiful oak giant ruler style charts but we couldn’t justify spending that much money on a height chart. On my searches I found some lovely wall sticker types but if we ever move house, which we will have to when we have another baby, we wouldn’t be able to take it with us in one piece!

I then came across the “I’m as big as” height chart on Not on the High Street and I didn’t look any further. It’s fab and brings some fun into measuring Little T as he grows. On Tuesday we finally put the height chart up in mine and Big T’s bedroom. We didn’t want to put it in Little T’s room as he’ll no doubt pull it down or draw all over it when playing in his own bedroom. Saying that, he does also play in our room and he’s a little bit like a Tasmanian devil at the moment so I won’t hold my breath at it not getting destroyed!

I'm as big as height chart for boys

Big T and I measured ourselves first to show Little T what to do. It turned out I was as tall as Kylie! If only I had her backside…

I'm as big as height chart for boys

Big T wanted to be as tall as Tutankhamun, but after a couple of goes to double check, I measured him one cm below – as tall as a supermodel. He didn’t like this!

I'm as big as height chart for boys

Little T copied us straight away and stood very still for us to take his height, bless him. I measured a couple of times just to make sure I got it right as I wanted to copy it into his little red book too. I haven’t measured his height since his 1st birthday so it’s been a while but it’s always good to see how our little ones are progressing.

I'm as big as height chart for boys

I'm as big as height chart for boys

I'm as big as height chart for boys

Little T was as big as an Arctic wolf! He had a go at measuring himself too but didn’t quite get it accurately. He did try!

Pros of the “I’m as big as” height chart:

  • It makes measuring our little ones loads more fun than the usual height charts.
  • It has the novelty measurement as well as measuring in cm.
  • It has lots of room for writing down your measurements and the date, to keep track of your little ones growth.
  • It is removable to can be taken with you if you move house or bedrooms.

Cons of the “I’m as big as” height chart:

  • It is very big and quite difficult to stick up straight when you’re only as tall as Kylie! (Big T had to put it up for me)
  • It would be handy if it came with its own sticky pads or something rather than having to use tape.

Over all I love this height chart, I’m always up for a novelty. The measurements are actually quite informative too, I never knew a kimono dragon was so big!

Laura x

*Please note: I was not paid to write this post, I bought the height chart myself. I purchased the chart from Not on the High Street but it is also available from lots of other retailers.*

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Mar 19

I can’t stop listening to…

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 19, 2014

Katy Perry – Dark Horse

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Just like a few weeks ago on “I can’t stop listening to,” this one isn’t my choice but Little T’s. The first time he heard this song on MTV it had him literally dancing in the living room. It also kept him very happy in the car on our recent drive down to London and back! I do have to admit, it has grown on me and I now quite like it too but that’s probably because it makes Little T so smiley. Here he is busting some moves to this very song!

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Laura x

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Mar 18

Share your nursery: Hannah & Busby

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 18, 2014

Welcome to this week’s “Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies offer parenting hints and tips and tell us all about their little ones’ haven! This week we have Hannah from Make, Do & Push!

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Hi, I’m Hannah and I’m a freelance Writer living just outside of Brighton in Sussex. I live with my daughter “Busby” and my husband-to-be, Nick. I’m a huge fan of cheese, prosecco and dinosaurs.

Being a mummy

I love being a Mummy! It’s so cliche but I really feel that I’ve found my place in life. I find coping on limited sleep hard though but luckily Busby has been a pretty good sleeper.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?  

Um… I’m definitely more patient than I was before! And a lot more selfless.

The question on all new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep? 

As I’ve said above, Busby is a pretty good sleeper on the whole, but caffeine is my friend on the days where I have to cope on limited sleep. A few cups of tea and a can of coca cola is just the ticket!

Share your nursery

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Where did you get the inspiration for Busby’s nursery? 

Our Nursery theme is “woodland” and I think I originally got the idea from some fabric I found at IKEA when I was pregnant.  On the whole, it is DIYed by my very own hands! I wish I could have painted the tree on the wall, but as we’re renting I had to settle for paper and wall stickers.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Busby arrived? 

A bit of both really. We only moved in 3 weeks before Busby arrived, but I settled my nesting urges by making the bunting when I was pregnant. I did the rest when she was a teeny baby and still sleeping in our room.

Which is your favourite part of the nursery? 

My favourite part of her bedroom is the picture wall, which echoes our one in the living room – I made most of the wall hangings myself. 

Which items in your nursery have you found to be the most useful?

The cot! And the three chest of drawers… I know that’s four items, but she has a lot of clothes!

Is there anything in Busby’s nursery that you can live without?

We were given a second hand cot bumper, but I’ve never put it on after reading some horror stories.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

An overnight childminder??!

Thank you Hannah and Busby! We decided not to go with a cut bumper either, the stories freaked me out! P.S. I love the picture wall, it’s so pretty. Well… it’s all so pretty! You can follow Hannah on Twitter at @theREALjeevesy. Don’t forget to stop by Make, Do and Push! too!

Laura x

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Mar 17

Unique & Chic: My Style

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 17, 2014

There’s no post on Life Love Laura today (well, apart from this one) but I have guest posted over at Unique and Chic, talking all about my style… or lack of it, as you’ll see!

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Head over to My Style to read all about it. Thank you for having me Chelle!

Laura x

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Mar 16

Silent Sunday 16th March 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 16, 2014

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Mar 13

Love List #6

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 13, 2014

Last week I shared my favourite spring picks for Little T so this week I thought it’d be rude not to follow up with some spring choices for me! I’m a huge dress fan, mainly out of laziness as I can’t be bothered nor do I have the money to mess about buying tops AND trousers. With a dress you get two in one plus comfort… and it’s ALL about the comfort these days. I can’t be sitting on the floor with skinny jeans cutting into my stomach whilst bending over to change a nappy, I need stretch! This is what motherhood does to you, please tell me someone out there is with me on this one? I am especially loving the smock style dress at the moment, they hide a multitude of sins. So, here are some of my favourite dresses at the moment…

George contrast print dress £12

George contrast print dress £12

Asos baby deer smock dress £28

ASOS baby deer smock dress £28

ASOS animal print denim smock £38

ASOS animal print denim smock £38

Topshop gingham smock dress £55

Topshop gingham smock dress £55

George animal print dress £12

George animal print dress £12

Kimberley Walsh heart dress £39

Kimberley Walsh heart dress £39

New Look polka dot dress £17.99

New Look polka dot dress £17.99

I’m sure there’ll be more added to this list once the shops fill up with more pretty summer stuff. And yes, I am aware that I dress like a child! One last thing, I also need this necklace to wear every day, with a T of course!

Initial and heart necklace £16.06

Initial and heart necklace £16.06

Laura x

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Mar 12

I can’t stop listening to…

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 12, 2014

Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

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Ever since my friend Phoebe from So You’re Getting Married showed me her video, “A Day in the Life of a Wedding Blogger” a couple of weeks ago, I can’t get this song out of my head. It’s so chirpy and is from one of my favourite scenes in one of my favourite films – Stepbrothers! Enough said about this one.

Do you want to go do karate in the garage??

Laura x

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Mar 11

Share your nursery: Elaine & Angus

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 11, 2014

Oh how I love Tuesdays as it’s “Share your nursery” day! This week we have the lovely Elaine and Angus…

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Hiya, I’m Elaine and I have a wee boy called Angus who is 6 months old now. We live in Central Scotland  along with our devoted slave Andrew, AKA daddy and hubby.

Becoming a mummy

After 5 years of trying, we were blessed with Angus. Things were really difficult for the first couple of months and due to the problems we had with him not sleeping at all in his moses basket initially, we bought a Toddle Pod which you can see in the picture placed inside the cot which I covered with an extra layer of super cosy fleece as it is winter here in Scotland so gets quite chilly! He has been in that since he was 3 weeks old & I think really helped. I breastfed for 9 weeks & as soon as I changed to formula Angus was like a different baby much more relaxed & happy thank goodness.

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Has becoming a parent changed you at all?

I feel that becoming a parent has changed me in that my life revolves around Angus now. Instead of online window shopping for me I’m always buying things for him! I’m also a bit more laid back about life in general and for the first time ever I am usually late for everything now whereas before I was always on time, organised & efficient haha!!

The question on every new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

I have been so lucky with Angus. After our initial problems, with guidance from a lovely lady called Lisa Clegg at Blissful Baby Expert (you can find Lisa on Twitter here) we started loosely on a bit of routine which Angus and I both thrived on and he has been sleeping through the night 7pm-7am from around 12 weeks old.  I am so grateful for that!

Share your nursery

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Angus arrived?

Strangely I wasn’t one of those mums to be that obsessed over nursery decor. Our nursery was always a spare room which had plain lilac wallpaper & carpet & some old furniture to store bits in.  The plan was when Angus is a bit bigger we will swap rooms with him so we didn’t really see the point in going to the expense of decorating the nursery we would rather save the money and decorate it when he’s a toddler and has a favourite cartoon character etc. We are very short on storage space so I got one of those hooks that goes over the door & I hang his jackets & snow suits on there, which is handy. We had to put Angus in his cot really early and it wouldn’t fit in our room so we have a single bed in his nursery that I sleep in.

I love tatty teddy so I bought a few wall stickers & light switch cover sticker just to baby up the room a wee bit.

What is your favourite part of the nursery?

The main thing I wanted was a nursing chair as I planned to spend a lot of time in it with baby and I’m so glad I did. It has become part of our routine, we cuddle up in it  and he knows it’s feed/sleep time and it’s also comfortable for me.

What are the most useful items in the nursery?

I love our Gro-egg. Just a glance lets me know if I should be going to put the heating on or an extra blanket. We got the KUB Madera set of furniture which I absolutely love & I couldn’t live without my changing unit! The undercot drawer is perfect for extra storage also but I’d say my three must have items are my nursing chair, changing unit & the toddle pod!

Is there anything in the nursery that you haven’t used?

The one thing we got that we could’ve done without is his cot mobile although now he likes to look at it for a minute it really serves no purpose as we don’t use it to get him to sleep and he’s not interested in the music either.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

My dream nursery item would be a nursing chair but I have it so yay! I really can’t think of anything else I would dream of having. Oh actually yes it would be a video monitor! For some reason I didn’t think it would be necessary but I’ve since changed my mind when I imagine him being able to stand himself up etc!

Thank you Elaine and little sweetie Angus. The Toddle Pod is a fab idea, I may have to look into one of those for our next baby (whenever that may be!!) You can follow Elaine and Angus on Twitter at @MRSMPGD.

Would you like to take part in “Share your nursery”? If so, please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Mar 10

I said I would never

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 10, 2014

There are some things in life that, for one reason or another, we swear we’ll never do. Then things change. You do said ‘thing’ and you feel like an idiot but sometimes that ‘thing’ is worth looking like an idiot for. This isn’t just in relation to babies but it happens quite a lot throughout life in general when we think we know better but really we don’t. After all, life is all about learning on the job!

So, I said I’d never…

stirrup leggings

  • Wear stirrup leggings

In reality: They’re soooo much easier to keep tucked into my pretty ankle boots without showing off my odd socks to the world. Let’s face it, who has time to pair up socks in this day and age?

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  • Get an iPad

In reality: “You have a smartphone and laptop, what the friggin’ hell do you need one of those things for?” was my original response to iPads. Nowadays, my Simpsons Tapped Out takes up way too much space on my phone and I aren’t prepared to delete any photos, regardless of me transferring them onto the laptop AND backing them up on CDs. For this reason alone an iPad became a necessity, priorities and all that.

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  • Publicly ask for MAD Blog Awards nominations

In reality: This is something I feel quite strongly about and am really eating my words here but it appears that you get nowhere without begging.

 baby eating chips

  • Feed my baby chips

In reality: When you are out enjoying a lovely family meal and your little one decides they wants to scream the place down because they don’t want the healthy green stuff you have put in front of them, all they want is a couple of your chips. You are getting death stares from others and you realise that a couple of years ago you WERE the person giving death stares. Give the baby a sodding chip. For God’s sake.

Baby on an ipad

  • Let my baby play on an iPad

In reality: I really had a vendetta against iPads at first, as you already know. I was also a militant “babies shouldn’t play on those things” knob. It’s only recently that I’ve realised they’re actually quite useful, especially when it comes to babies. As long as you aren’t substituting real books for an iPad (*shudder*), they can be fun for kids! Little T especially loves the Toca Boca band and CBeebies Playtime apps. Let’s face it, this is the way things are going in this world full of technology. The other day my 4 year old nephew showed my dad how to use his new iPhone.

CBeebies Mr Tumble

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  • Let my baby watch Mr Tumble

In reality: The guy freaks me out but he’s like crack for kids. Little T loves him, I can’t deny him of something that makes him smile.

Is there anything you’re eating your words about?

Laura x

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Mar 9

Silent Sunday

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 9, 2014

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