Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hugh Rice wish list

A competition to win your wish list? Could that be any better?
^that's a really really special diamond ring (cough, engagement, my other half reading this?) Well, they did day WISH list.
^ a rose gold michael korrs watch has been on my list for a few years now.
^100% speaks for itself
^every girl needs pearls ;)

I've decided to leave it at 4 things because if I keep going I really won't be able to stop.

The site - is full of the most beautiful bits!

Okay okay 1 more...
^ pops birthstone.

Thanks Hugh Rice, now you've made me want everything :P

Until the next post,

Monday, 31 August 2015

Being ill with a little one.

Not only am I unwell but MM is too... its so hard having to juggle being ill and having a little one. You have to just get on with it, no time for moaning and self pity (and trust me I want to)

Does anyone else desperately want their mummy when they're ill? 26 and I still do.

Waaaah. Everyone feel sorry for me as I won't have time to today 😷

Until the next post,
Sick bugs and pops.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Float like a butterfly sting like a bee.

On our week of London pops and I went for a walk around London to see some sites. She was asleep at all of them so it's something we're going to have to do again. We did manage to have a nice little 'picnic' in St James' park. All fun and games until a bee landed on pops leg. I noticed it and was just about to sweep it away and it stung her. I actually saw it sting her... Bloody bee. She made a small little cry when the stinger went in and then was fine. I took the stinger out and made a mad dash for a chemist... She was just sitting in the pram like nothing happened which made me panic more.

Long story short we got to a chemist got her some Piriton and she's completely fine.

Have you or little one been stung by a bee? How did you react? I've not been stung but assume I would be a proper drama queen...

Even more reason to sort my changing bag first aid kit (wish I had done it sooner)

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Week away and saying goodbye. (Pretend it's Friday 14th)

MM and I spent today saying goodbye to his uncle john. We didn't take pops as we decided she's too young to understand what's going on just yet.

What's your view on things like that?

It was an amazing service and utterly heartbreaking to see everyone so sad. The priest was great and like he said 'morn that you will miss the person and you're parting but not that they are gone' I'm paraphrasing but it's a lovely message all the same.

Pops and I will be spending the week with dede in london without daddy (wah)
When we visit London usually were spread so thin I never get the time to see everyone I want to so this time will be different. We're going to have a very busy week seeing people and places.

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Mum envy

Do you ever look at other mums and think...
'Seriously, how do you get the time to look that amazing?'
I'm lucky if I get time for a shower in the morning, granted I would sleep Instead of putting makeup on etc but some mums look like they get both... BOTH!

Can you even remember what that feels like? I can't.

I remember seeing on TV a while back if you put blushe on you look more fresh faced? I've got the blusher, I'll see how it goes.

Any tips or tricks you've learnt that you want to share??

Until the next post,

Monday, 27 July 2015

All over the place.

Since pops turned the big ONE I've felt completely in a daze. I barely know the day of the week.

Do any other mums get this feeling sometimes?

I think i need to get more organised!
Have you got any top tips? I'm open for suggestions :)

Until the next post,

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Stanley chops.

R.I.P my beautiful little boy. My strong little ox.

Theres different types of people in this world When it comes to pets. I'm the type that considers a pet part of the family. It doesn't matter how small or insignificant an animal may be to you in some people's eyes they are the world.
That is how I felt about all 3 of my pigs. 
They were my babies and I loved them, last night my stanley pig died... He was going to be 5 on August the 1st so has had a long and I hope happy life. 

It's crazy how such a small little ball of fluff will leave such a big hole in our house and lives. 

I'll miss hearing him squeak at me for snacks and watching pops try to play with him. 

Rest in peace my beautiful Stanners. 
We miss you lots already. Give Bruno and Fin lots of cuddles from us!

Until the next post,
Are, Pops and MM.

Thursday, 9 July 2015


There's a bowl out there called the 'unbelievabowl' you may have seen it or heard of it... its by vital baby.

I just got this off their Facebook page. 

I bought one for pops a while ago because her favourite thing to do is lift the bowl or plate and turn it over (she still loves doing it)
A bowl that she can't tip over? Amazing. It's not the cheapest thing but if it works it'll save me cleaning up all the mess? That was the plan anyways. 

I think it cost around £5 which comes with the base and ONE bowl so I bought the extra bowls you can buy on their own... think they were a few pound on sale in tesco but just seen them on amazon for £11(crazy)

I found that it didn't really work for me or pops and she could easily just slide it round and lift it off... I'm usually the first to complain if I get something that doesn't work but this time I didn't?! I just left the base in cupboard and carried on using the bowl as a well, expensive bowl. 
I was having a mooch through the Facebook page and noticed alot of people saying theirs didn't work and they were given an email to get it sorted. 
I emailed them and mentioned mine and how it doesn't work and was sent a pretty quick reply (that's good) 
I couldn't help but laugh... try it on a glass table or window!
Regardless of if it works on either of those they are not somewhere I will allow my BABY to eat her food. 
I know they mean it as to check if it works on them but so what if it does? I bought it to work on her high chair and booster chair but it doesn't. 

Have you bought one of these bowls? Are you one of the lucky ones that it works for or are you having trouble?
The email to contact if yours isn't working is below.

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

One of those moments.

So, yesterday (3/7) I had one of those panic parent moments!
Pops had a reaction to a new sun cream I bought her.
The past few days I've heard nothing but 'keep your kids protected by the sun' on this morning they said that being burnt as a child can increase your likelyhood of getting skin cancer as an adult FOUR times as much. Four times? That's crazy and scary to even think about!!
The suncream I was using on pops is a factor 30 so when I came across a factor 50 I naturally assumed it would be the better... wouldn't everyone? My only thought was sun protection and I completely forgot to take into acount her sensitive skin!
I put the cream on her and off for some lunch we went.
It must have been about an hour and a half later when I noticed pops rubbing her face, she had come out in a bright red blochy rash over the right side of her face around her eye. I was so panicked so as I was phoning my mum for advice I was wiping her face with a wipe to get off the cream (it's the only thing I could think to do) as I was panicking like a mad person a lady saw and came over to help.
She told me it was a reaction and to pop to the chemist to get some periton for her but because pops is under 1 they wouldn't give it to me over the counter so off to the doctors we went. The rash had gone down so much by the time we got there.

We had quite a long wait but pops occupied herself by showing off her new walking skills. 

I don't want to be caught out with a situation like that ever again so I'm going to make a first aid pack to keep on me at all times (once finished ill post about it) 

Have you ever been in a situation like this or similar? 
How did you cope?
Do you have anything you carry around with you incase of emergency? 

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Folly farm.

We've had a busy long weekend. MM took Friday (and monday) off to make a long weekend and I was told it's going to be a busy one. We went to folly farm on Friday which is in Pembrokeshire. It's amazing there. It's more like a zoo/soft play/farm/funfair. We got there just after lunch so fed pops

and then headed out to see the animals... first stop was of course the giraffes. (My faves)
I was actually shocked at how close they were, much closer than at London zoo!

We of course popped by the penguins to say hello... last time we went pops fell asleep just before we got to them so we bought her a folly farm penguin!

Considering the whole car journey it was pouring with rain we didn't have high hopes on a nice day but the sun came out and it was lovely, a bit too sunny to stay outside too long with pops though so we went into the farm bit and I got to milk a goat!!! 
It was crazy and warm and weird and fun all at the same time!

They have so much to do in the farm area and lots of little things to teach kids about it all but Pops was getting a bit weary of the farm animals so we went to enjoy the soft play (and wear her out for bed)

We all had so much fun in the soft play and there's different ones for different aged kids but all have so many things to do.

She was so tired she fell alseep pretty much the second the car started.

We all had an amazing day and would highly recommend anyone to go. There's so much to do for both adults and kids! 
They're adding some new animals (rhino etc) this summer so even more to do. 
There's lots of picnic areas so no need to buy food there and if you're on a budget avoid the gift shop on the way out... 
The prices are pretty reasonable but there is sooooo much amazing stuff you'll find it hard to stick to a budget. 

Until the next post,
Are, Pops and MM.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


I've always had really vivid dreams (expect in pregnancy, which is weird) and I always have to tell the person who was in it (if I know them) I don't know why, I think it's because if the dream felt so real then maybe somethings wrong in real life? Last night I had a pretty terrible sleep and kept waking up. I ended up having a dream about an old friend... I don't remember the dream that much but remember being really worried about him. Although I have vivid dreams often I have a handful of dreams I've had that I will never forgot... The sort of ones that you can reply in your mind in so much detail it could have been a film you watched last night. Have you ever had a dream that you'll never forget? Good or bad. Do you believe dreams have meanings? Let me know.

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Tooth brushing dilemmas.

Myself and pops are constantly battling this teeth brushing malarkey.
She used to be really good at having a chew and then letting us have a little brush round.. its almost like the more teeth she gets the harder it seems to be. 

We have so many different toothbrushes for her and have even let her tried ours a few times.
The toothbrush in the picture is by wisdom and it's what we've had since we started (somehow she keeps hiding them and we've had to keep buying new ones) I think this is the best shape, it's big a sturdy and seems easier to hold and means she's not as likely to grab the wrong end. I've always let pops 'brush' her teeth with that one and I'll take over with a more adult hand friendly one but she's just not into that anymore.
Time to try out some new methods...

Let me know what worked best for you and your little one?

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Learning welsh.

Pops and I have been going to the library welsh group for babies... I think I definitely enjoy it more than her.

We sing welsh songs and the lady reads us stories in welsh and then we go over to the craft area and we (mainly me) make something welsh related. Today we made magnets with hello, how are you, goodbye etc on (pops was trying to eat it all)

I've learnt two songs and loads of new words... Now I just need to not be so embarrassed to use them!

Are you learning a new language or trying to teach your kids??

Sunday, 14 June 2015

What's the opposite of green thumb?

 We've wanted to sort our garden out for the last year but keep putting it off. We bought these cute little haning plant pots  a few months ago and have now got plants to go in them. The OH bought the plants without me... not too sure I would have chosen these myself. (Except the lavender, he got that for me)
 They are really pretty colours which is nice, they will brighten up our garden for sure... providing I don't kill them!
Like I said, opposite of green thumb... used this soil... not sure if it's good or not?! Is there specific soils for different plants?
I planted my lavender in a giant pot, I love it and can't wait to make use of the beautiful lavender when it's more developed. (Developed? That doesn't seem like the right word?)

Now we just need to sort the shed and clean the decking and we're ready for our welsh 'summer'

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Lily. Lili. Lilly. Lillie?!

I've grown up with a not so common name and even more uncommon spelling, it wasnt great in school. You'd know the teacher was at your name when you would hear 'uhm'... I actually dreaded supply teachers because of this.
My holy communion the priest said my name wrong (even though he'd know me for years) and the amount of different ways to say it Ive heard is crazy... I didn't want that for pops. I chose a name I thought was beautiful and 'normal' I haven't got anything against other spellings of the name but pops has her name spelt the actual flower way so why has it now become so common to get that wrong?! 

Have you or your little one got an unusual name or spelling? Or even a 'common' name that still gets misspelt?

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.

Blog it out.

So i’ve finally gotten round to creating a bloggers group. We have about 13 members so far but I’m optimistic.
The group is to allow us all to promote our page and get to meet other bloggers and read what they have to share.
Until the next post,

Old blog.

If you fancy having a read of my old posts head over to my old blog tumblr.

Until the next post,


How cool is this????!!!
I’ve been given the opportunity to do a competition for a very quirky and amazing crochet taxidermy in a frame. The one you will win is in the picture and is 8x10.
She makes custom ones and they are amazing prices..
head over and take a look at the ones she’s made already.
Don’t forget to enter the comp below :)
(Click on the link to enter)
Terms and conditions.
Winner will be announced on the make a moose facebook page once 500 likes are achieved or by the end of the rafflecopter (whichever is first) and then winner will need to get in contact within 28 days of competition ending or a new winner will be picked.
If the pictured prize is unavailable an alternative to the same value will be sent out.
Postage is covered. UK only.
Until the next post,
Are, Pops and Make a Moose.

Third times the charm.

So, I've changed blogs like the weather since I got started... I know, I'm sorry.

I'm sure this will be the final one though so stick around.

Until the next post,