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Little Lady's Christmas Eve Basket 2017

December has well and truly been a whirlwind, with Christmas literally around the corner. One minute it was time to get excited with opening the first advent calendar door, making Christmas crafts and now, it's only a few days away. By now, most people have finished work and are getting into the festive spirit, or making last minute dashes for presents. It's Christmas Eve and we have finished all those errands, the gift drops and all wrapping. Hooray. Nothing like last year where we had about 100 gifts to wrap and a wooden kitchen to put together, which took us forever. So for the first time we have no errands, no drops off and certainly no wrapping. 

Now that our daughter is beginning to understand all the excitement that comes with Christmas, it seems so special and after the year our little family has had. I can't think of anything better than spending time with my two favourites, getting excited, drinking our way through lots of hot chocolate and watching lots of Christmas film. The Little Lady's Christmas basket is full of lots of Christmas treats, goodies, dvds and books, we have really going to town on this basket. So let's find out what we put into her Christmas Eve Basket. 

Every Christmas Eve Baskets should definitely include a new DVD, Christmas themed of course. Last year, our choice was ELF. This year, we decided to go for Olaf's Frozen Adventure. It is the first Christmas season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. Elsa laments the fact that because she had isolated herself most of her life, she and Anna were unable to spend time with each other. Olaf decides to look for traditions with Sven's help. With some special hot chocolate and some sweet treats this adventure will go down nicely. 

Christmas Pajamas. Yes, everyone should have some special Christmas Pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. I remember doing this every year since I could remember. So, a tradition we want to keep on with our daughter. We got a cute little reindeer onesie in a sale for £6, and she looks so adorable. We also got her a set of cute jingle antlers and a headband with a Christmas hat. 

One of the most magical parts of Christmas has to be the stories and even more so when they take on a Christmas theme. A magical Christmas story, The Girl Who Saved Christmas is one of our favourites. What would happen if one year all the children found themselves on the naughty list? We also got her the classic 'The Night Before Christmas' as I have a feeling our little lady will be too excited to settle down easily on Christmas Eve. To keep her occupied during the day we have decided to pop some Christmas activity packs, colouring pencils and of course sticker books. 

Not forgetting to add in Santa's Christmas Plate and a special key so he will be able to let himself in and out. Some carrots and reindeer food for Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer. With that, I shall wish you all a very Happy Christmas.  

The Christmas Tag

Happy Christmas Eve Eve Everyone...I can't believe it's less than two days before Christmas and I am so excited. Are you prepared? For once, in forever, we are all done. No last minute dashes for more wine, no more gift drops and certainly no more wrapping. Just adding some treats into the Christmas Eve Basket, and that's it. So in the name of all the festive fun, today I thought that I get involved with the Christmas Tag, the very lovely Vicky from The Growing Mum had tagged me, so let's go!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

As a child my favourite was “A Muppets Christmas Carol” it was the movie that would get my sister and I in the festive spirit. As an adult, I still love this film however “The Holiday” is a firm favourite too.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes. A few years ago, now I’m talking maybe 10. I would love to have a white Christmas for my daughter to see.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

I usually spend it with family. Since moving into our own home our Christmas Day normally kicks off at soon as the lady wakes, we open presents and have our Christmas lunch. Then get dressed and then visit my husband's mum and then spend the afternoon and evening with my parents. It’s full on but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Without a doubt, Wham, Last Christmas. This year my daughter has really got into singing and she’s really into Christmas music and loves Mariah Carey’s All I want For Christmas. A new fave.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No presents at all. Though my little lady normally gets a Christmas Eve Basket that’s full of treats, books, cups, and a mini selection box that’s wrapped up. If that counts!

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Not forgetting Rudolph. Woo.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to the festive fun that my family will enjoy with our Christmas Eve Basket. The most obvious one that we did this year was take the little lady to visit Santa and it was the best experience, nothing beats her smile.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. My mum use to get real ones and I would remember the pins getting everywhere and my mum would be finding them for months on end. So we prefer a good ole fake tree.

What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

Lebkuchen, oooh and chocolate coins.

What is the best present you have ever received?

A few years back, my husband gave me a gorgeous bracelet, but I had no clue. Both families had already opened gifts, I had eaten my body weight in turkey and then he surprised me.

Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York. I don’t know what it is about New York, but it’s a place that I have always wanted to visit during Christmas. If that’s not possible spend in a cute little cottage, just like “The Holiday”.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I’m like a machine. It has to be perfect. I never get my husband to wrap others, because he’s only good at boxes. He obviously wraps mine but that’s it!

Most memorable Christmas memory?

There are just so many. I would have to say any Christmas that my brother, sister and I would spend with our grandparents. We would move into their home for 1 week, baring in mind we only lived two doors away. We would always have the best Christmas.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

One Christmas Eve I was so excited but couldn’t sleep, and tried to sneak downstairs and was completely devastated when I saw my parents wrapping gifts for the stockings! I had to keep the magic alive for my sister though, but that only lasted a year.

What makes the holidays special for you?

They are special because we get to spend so much time with family and friends over a couple of days. It’s the best feeling. We are always so busy but it’s worthwhile!

H A P P Y   C H R I S T M A S ! ! !

Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

December has well and truly been a whirlwind, with Christmas literally around the corner. One minute it was time to get excited with opening the first advent calendar door and now, it's only a few days away. By now, most people have finished work and can get into the festive spirit, but if you are one of those people that still have gifts to get loved ones for one reason or another, we may have a couple of ideas to help inspire you. When it comes to getting gifts for loved one, I always think that you don't really have spend a lot of gift to make them good ones. I really love the idea of homemade gifts, it means so much more that you have gone to a great effort to create something from scratch to give to someone. They are great because you can tailor them differently for each person and they can also really show someone that you're thinking of them at this time of year. So If you're struggling but still want to give lovely presents this Christmas, I have been putting together some ideas that you can create yourself. 

Let's start with all the edible treats, after all it is Christmas. I made this Christmas inspired chocolate bark the other day and it was ridiculously easy. Really, isn’t it pretty and incredibly festive looking? Can you melt chocolate? Sprinkle some Red & Green Smarties and Sprinkles? So many people will love this edible bark, and it is super simple.

To make these you'll need to do the following steps:

Break up some chocolate and melt, we use three 150g bar of white cooking chocolate. Pour the chocolate into a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper. 

Drop red and green food colouring in to the chocolate and mix using a chop stick. Scatter some red and green smarties and christmas sprinkles into the melted chocolate. Pop the tray into the fridge and then set overnight. 

Then break these into pieces and pop into a small cellophane packet, we also added some personalised tea bags too and tied some red and white twine with a gift tag. Perfect home made gift. 

How amazing do these truffles look? These would also make an ideal gift wrapped in cellophane and tied with some ribbon. T make these in a saucepan heat 100ml double cream and 30g butter until simmering. Pour over 200g dark chocolate chunks and stir until melted. Mix in 100ml Bailey's and transfer into a 8" square Pyrex dish or equivalent. Allow to set in the fridge for a couple of hours. When set shape into balls. With a melon baller scoop small amounts of the truffle mixture into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder and repeat until all the mixture is used.

Christmas Truffles | Baking with Kids

Peppermint cream, just scream Christmas don't they. How yummy do these look? Thoughtful edible gifts don’t have to break the bank or require hours in the kitchen. These amazing peppermint creams are ridiculously easy to make and inexpensive, too, making them the perfect last-minute Christmas gift. To make these, you simply need: 
100g dark chocolate
1 egg white
350g icing sugar
a couple of drops of green colouring

Start off  by separating the egg white and whisk until frothy. Add the green food colouring and whisk through. Then sift in the icing sugar. This should form a kind of dough. If it is too stiff add a drop of water. Too runny then add a bit more icing sugar. Roll into small balls and press down on some grease-proof paper. Leave to dry out overnight. Once dry, melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and dip the peppermint creams in. Boom! 

Peppermint Creams | A Strong Coffee

How about some German Gingerbread, one of my all time favourite Christmas indulgent treat, that's for sure. With the gorgeous aroma of Ginger from this recipe, I'm sure that any one would love to receive this home made gift. To make them even more special you could wrap then in cellophane with some ribbon to make the gift everyone wants to receive. 

German Gingerbread | How to Rock at Parenting

For the one that love homemade indulgent pamper treats! This simple recipe for Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub ticks every box. It is super quick, super easy and super cheap to make, and the resulting product is a real treat that everyone will appreciate and use.After all, everyone's feet will benefit from a little tender loving care, and if you do know someone with perfect feet, you can be sure they are spending plenty of time (and money) keeping them in that condition! This recipe is endlessly adaptable; you can use Epsom salts, sea salt, sugar or a mix. You can use any number of oils and fragrances, and you can add in dried herbs or fresh. I imagine our teacher's feet to be hot and tired at this time of year, so have chosen something that I hope to be relaxing, refreshing and restorative! To make this foot scrub you will need 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup Coconut Oil, 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary. You can find out how to make this scrub over at Craft Invaders

Rosemary and Mint Foot Scrub | Craft Invaders

These are all ideas that I've either done, or know someone who has and I don't think any of them are too hard or expensive to do. So, if you have a last minute gift, avoid the shop and hit the store cupboard and rustle up something yourself.

How To Care For Rattan Furniture

Whether it is a conservatory sofa or a day lounger for the garden, rattan is a material that is easy to keep clean. Here’s how.

What is rattan?

Rattan is a natural material. It is fast-growing palm well known for being incredibly strong, once it has been cut and dried. Weaved together, it becomes incredibly strong and robust, perfect for all kinds of furniture. As it is impervious to changes in temperature, it is a favoured material for outdoor furniture and conservatory furniture too. 
5 easy steps to keep rattan furniture clean

Even those it is robust and strong, you don’t want to use harsh chemicals or equipment that could damage the material, leading to compromises in its strength. Don’t be tempted to use a power washer, for example, on outdoor rattan furniture as even on its lightest setting, it will damage the material.

Step 1 – Loosen dirt and debris

Invest in a soft-bristled brush to loosen dirt, debris and dust from the rattan furniture. As well as doing this before cleaning and washing the furniture, doing this on a regular basis throughout the spring and summer will help keep it in better shape.

Dirt and other debris are abrasive and so, as you use the chairs or sofa etc., it will rub against the material. Over time, it will dent how pristine the rattan looks and can lead to problems with your furniture. 

Step 2 – Vacuum it!

Yes, you read that right – vacuum your rattan furniture, including outdoor pieces. To give it its strength, rattan fronds are knotted together to create the tell-tale pattern that we associate with this kind of outdoor and garden furniture.

What this means is that there are many small crevices for dust and dirt to get trapped in. Brushing it will dislodge larger particles of dirt and detritus but you also need to remove smaller pieces that could cause problems – the best way of doing this is to vacuum rattan furniture. 

Step 3 – Concentrate on hard-to-reach places

So far, we have concentrated on easy to reach places but with all rattan furniture, from the outdoor lounger to the conservatory sofa, there are hard-to-reach places that must be cleaned.

*Remove all upholstery.

*Once brushed and vacuumed, check all the hard to reach places – e.g. where the arms meet the chair etc., for ingrained dirt and detritus.

*Use a small brush such as toothbrush and using warm water and a gentle detergent – fabric softener can work well – clean the crevices and hard to reach places.

Top Tip – sometimes the pattern can be knocked out of shape. If this happens and you leave it like this, it could become weak and break. Using your fingers or the toothbrush, push the rattan back into shape.

Step 4 – A weekly wash

Using warm water and a non-abrasive detergent, using a soft cloth or brush, wash the furniture down. To keep it in great shape doing this once a week can pay dividends because it keeps the worse of the dirt off it. This is probably more important for outdoor rattan furniture.

Outdoor covers can be washed but always check the washing instructions carefully before placing in the washing machine. Use detergent sparingly and don’t use fabric conditioner on the soft furnishings as it can inhibit its waterproofing, as well as softening the fibres that can lead to it becoming weak and tearing easily.

Step 5 – Allow it to dry

There are various schools of thought on drying rattan furniture, but all agree that it needs to dry thoroughly before use;

*Hairdryer or fan – some people suggest drying rattan using hairdryers or a fan so that water is helped to evaporate from small crevices.

*Natural air drying – some people advocate allowing the rattan to dry naturally. It makes sense to allow the furniture to dry in the air but try to keep it out harsh sunlight. Try to choose a dry, windy day to clean your rattan furniture!

Problems with Rattan Furniture

Cleaned regularly, rattan furniture will last a long time. There are few issues with rattan but there is one: it relates to black spots or mould spots that can grow on the surface of the rattan.

This is not caused by the material itself but rather washing the item and not allowing it to dry thoroughly before using it or bringing back indoors.

Mould-removers can be fairly abrasive and can, if allowed to sit, on the rattan cause its fibres to weaken. Rather than using chemicals, use a toothbrush and a gentle detergent and using a gentle scrubbing action, the mould or black spots will soon rub away. Try to avoid rubbing too vigorously in one spot as this can wear the rattan thin.

Rattan is fantastic, easy to keep clean material, perfect for both the garden and the conservatory. Rattan Direct know a thing or two about rattan. They stock a wide range of high-quality rattan outdoor and conservatory furniture, including traditionally styled pieces as well as uber-modern.

My Christmas Party Edit

You may have caught my previous post about the perfect Christmas outfit ideas, especially great for eating my body weight in chocolate, turkey and stuffing balls so being cosy and comfortable would be ideal. However, it's the time of year where you will meet up with all your family and friends back at home for Christmas drinks, so you will need to impress them at the Christmas party. So this is the Christmas Party Dress Edit, which will ensure that you make the right choices when it comes to picking the perfect dress, so don't fear those meltdown moments. So whether you like simple and elegant, sequins or satin some of these dresses are something that you need in your life, which are perfect for a Christmas party. 

S M A R T  &  S H I N Y 

So let's kick off the Christmas Party Dress Edit with this beautiful smart and shiny dress, from Esprit is a gorgeous dark red, perfect for dressing to impress family and friends. You can clearly see that with this dress you'll be sure to dazzle an entrance with it's ribbed texture and pleated skirt. This dress is also paired with a black chiffon belt. I have to say that I adore this dress because it's figure hugging with a deep round neckline for a more elegant look. And paired with a beautiful stiletto heel open toe adjustable ankle strap will add to that elegance. Tassel earrings seem to be a bit of a thing at the moment and I happen to own a couple myself, they are pretty additive purchase so adding these to the smart and shiny outfit will sure to finish off the look perfectly. 

C H A M P A G N E  &  B U B B L E S 

Yes, this screams champagne and bubbles, don't you think? I have to say that this two-in-one dress with satin top and brocade skirt is by far my favourite. This dress in a modern two-in-one look combines a delicate shimmer with an elegant sheen. The top with a large round neckline is made from plain coloured satin and features a zip at the back. Underneath this top is a sewn-on top that leads into the swirling brocade skirt with side slit pockets. The perfect dress to meet up with family and friends over the festive period, that's for sure. Now we can't forget to dress your feet too, get an ultra strappy look at the Christmas party in this stylish design and sleek stiletto heel. Perfecting the look with these white vintage snowflake pearl earrings, these just oozes Christmas to me. What do you think?

L I T T L E   B L A C K   D R E S S 

Sparkle and shine like a star this winter and party season like never before with the new Little Black Dress. It’s a real favourite. Turn-up the dazzle and ooze glamorous sophistication this party season. This elegant jacquard dress with gemstones is the dress to be danced in, to be hugged and none other than to catch an eye or two. Be prepared to be swept off your feet with this L.B.D  made from the finest of fabrics with a fun and sparkly twist. The cut-outs on the shoulders and v-neckline are simply gorgeous, and add a certain elegant look showing off those features. Take this party dress to another level of chic with these exaggerated back bow tie, feeling like a present every time you pop them on, pair these will some simple black and gold statement studs.

So which is your favourite dress?

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I have something to admit...I still have some Christmas shopping to do! I know, I know, I am normally so good with being organised at this time of year. We have pretty much completed shopping for our daughter, but as always we leave each other last minute, so many family and friends have been asking what I would like, but if I am honest I have not been feeling inspired. However, hopefully now that the little lady has finished nursery we can finally catch our breath and become inspired with another gift guide. Opening our stockings has always been one of my favourite things about Christmas. As a children we would always jump into my parents room first thing and open them. Even at the age I am, I still love to open a stocking. What's in your perfect stocking? For me it would have to include chocolate, candy canes, sweets, stationary, beauty products, nail polishes, socks and anything that is Rose Gold. I have pretty much been gift guide mad this month, so, I will regretfully tell you all that this will probably be my last gift guide this year. *sobs* so let's get started with these stocking fillers. 

First, we have some beauty picks for you. Have you ever heard of MEMI? There is nothing like a beautiful premium product to make a girl feel special, so MEMI have made it their mission to create an extensive range of luxury, affordable products for real girls who want to look naturally pulled together. Last week, I was kindly send over their Millenial Eye-shadow Palette that has twelve pigment rich matte and shimmer finish shadows, the ultra blendable formulas that will sure to elevate your eyes in an instant. Another product that I was so excited to try was the MEMI Radiance Highlighter in Lemon Drops, seriously in love with that colour. This highlighter has iridescent pearl pigments and light reflecting particles leaving an instant luminous glow. Now before we go, we can't mention some budget friendly makeup brushes can we? I have so many brushes. I have Spectrum, Real Techniques, Zoeva and a couple from The Body Shop. But when I am away I prefer taking budget friendly ones and I have found the perfect ones, they will also be great for flatlays too.

Keeping with the beauty theme there are a couple of other products that I had to add into this stocking filler gift guide. The first up is this Ted Baker Brogue Manicure Set - Thistle* which is so so cute. This elegant set is perfect for placing in an everyday bag or whilst travelling, contained within a dainty case. The interior reveals an iconic floral lining and a selection of rose gold tools to prep nails, including emery boards, scissors, clippers and a mirror. A great gift idea for the beauty enthusiast, team with matching gifts available separately to complete the look. I have been a fan of soap and glory products for ages if you get the chance to try this body butter, try it. It’s AMAZING!! The name itself describes how it is, it really is like butter. The smell of this cream is absolutely amazing. It will leave your skin feels smoother, softer and fresher. I normally use it after i had a shower so it absorbs better but anytime should be fine. Unlike other moisturisers out there this one is not heavy at all and is really light and delicate on skin. I think that this soft & fluffy wash mitt by Cath Kidston* that features the pretty pink Antique Rose Bouquet design on a white  background and is made from 100% cotton velour is also a great stocking filler to add into the gift guide and seeing as with Christmas many families travel, so this would be perfect to add into a travel bag.

One of my favourite sweet brands in the world is Jelly Belly, even my husband is obsessed. Every year for Christmas I always get him a big tub and so when these came through the post, you can imagine my excitement. The Jelly Belly Hand Santizers* are the perfect addition to a stocking. Mad Beauty was inspired by the shape to mould an exclusive container for moisturising hand sanitizers and use a Jelly Belly fragrance. I was lucky to be able to try all three bubble-gum, cherry and blueberry. Being a lover of stationary I would only be too pleased to receive these adorable Kate Spade Bow Tie Paper Clips* in my stocking so if you want to add a touch of elegance to her work space get her these Bow paper clips from Kate Spade New York. A set of 12 paperclips, they are gold in colour and come presented in a sophisticated black & cream gift box.

This gorgeous Glam & Style Conical Wand* in Rose Gold and Black is something for the eyes. If you didn't know, Rose Gold is a bit of a thing right now, with many asking for Rose Gold hues in their make-up, hair colour bedroom décor and now styling tools. This fast heating wand is simple to use and has great results. I have thick long hair, and I only had to hold each section of hair for a few seconds to get a nice loose wave in my hair - If you want a tighter curl then just hold a few seconds longer. The heat protective glove is good to prevent burns, as this does reach 180 degree heat in a short space of time. But what makes this even better, is that it's budget friendly. Perfect stocking filler. Keeping with the Rose Gold theme, these Rose Gold Hoops are simple, great value but make a statement. So add these into her stocking. 

What is Christmas without a small mention of chocolate, but it means so much more when it's extra indulgent. Beech's Fine Chocolate* has an amazing selection this year. I'm so obsessed with truffles, so I am more than sure that there is something for everyone on their website, you can choose from Champagne, Anglesey Sea Salted Caramel, Pink Champagne, Prosecco and so much more. You could also add in some chocolate coins, candy canes and not forgetting a small satsuma. 

What products would you add into your stocking?

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas

I don't know about you, but I always seem to have some trouble making a decision when it comes to an outfit on Christmas day. After all I plan on eating my body weight in chocolate, turkey and  stuffing balls so I want to choose an outfit where I will be comfortable but look super festive and stylish at the same time. I have complied a few ideas for Christmas day that are versatile and can be paired with different options if some are not to you. So whether you decide to rock the pjs or like to dress to impress there will something for everyone. First let's start with the most obvious choice. The Christmas Jumper Edit. Christmas jumpers have a bit of a reputation, they’re known for being loud, tacky and offensive to the eyes. They’re a bit like marmite, you either love them or you hate them. Personally, I don't mind the festive look and I have seen some lovely jumpers out there. 

Jewelled, Top Shop £59 | Reindeer, New Look,  £28 | Sequin, Esprit, £28 | Snowflake, Dorothy Perkins, £26 | Penguin, M & Co, £22 | Sequin Antlers, Esprit, £45 | Fairisle, Next, £26 | Two Reindeer, Warehouse, £39

Soft and Cosy

As you know my plans on Christmas day are to eat my weight in turkey so it makes complete sense to choose an outfit to ensure that I'm comfortable and cosy. Despite wanting to stay in my pyjamas all day, after lunch we always like to go and visit family so I have to get dressed anyway. I adore this next outfit choice. It's white, it's fluffy, soft and cosy with pale pink hues throughout. What could be better?
Jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Jeans - New Look
Scarf -  Brand Outlet
Boots - UGG
Hat - Forever21
Watch - Olivia Burton

90s Throwback Inspired Look

However, sometimes it's essential to delve out of the comfort zone somtimes. This is where this beautiful 90s throwback inspired outfit comes in. My favourite pieces in this whole outfit is this skirt, can we just take a moment to appreciate it's beauty. It's a dense, soft fabric with bold all-over checks in a wintry wool blend with a long zip with a ring pendant in the centre front. Paired with an elegant cream knit and knee highs you'll be sure to turn some heads. Not forgetting the all important festive makeup with this beautiful rose gold watch sets off the whole outfit. What do you think?

Top - River Island
Skirt - Esprit
Boots - ASOS
Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury
Eyeshadow Palette - Urban Decay
Watch - Michael Kors

Relaxed and Comfortable 

The next outfit oozes relaxation and comfort, perfect for all the fun, the indulgent food, the games and laughs that will happen on Christmas day. I do have to say that my favourite part of this outfit is the oversized jumper, it just looks so comfortable. Meaning that it's perfect to hide the over indulgence that happens over the festive period. 
Jumper - River Island
Jeans - River Island
Scarf - John Lewis
Bag - Boo Hoo
Boots - New Look

 Do you have a favourite outfit? So what will you be wearing on Christmas day?


Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.

I am so excited to say that this week for the second time we have the lovely Jenny from Midwife and Life guest posting for us. I was so excited when Jenny offered to take part again, I have been a huge fan of her blog for some time. I would go as far to say that Jenny as her blog has provided me with so much information, advice and tips to help me with my own journey as a mother to one. It's worth a visit or two. So without further ado I'd like to hand you over to Jenny...


I believe the guilt is on you. It’s not coming from breastfeeding mothers, or breastfeeding advocates and lactation consultants. It’s your guilt you’re feeling each time breastfeeding is heralded. No-one is shaming you, making you feel bad on purpose. It’s a bit like when someone tells me how great they are at crafting with their kids, keeping the house clean, holding down a job and have a perfect relationship. I feel bad for not being Mary Poppins but then I realise it’s not their fault, the guilt is on me. Plus, Mary Poppins left the kids to it eventually and flew away, she’s not perfect. Except it doesn’t exist. Nobody’s perfect, least of all me. I may have breastfed my children, some longer than others, but I’m not good at a lot of other things about parenting. I do my best and I love them with a passion. I don’t believe for a second that breastfeeding elevates me to Supermum status, all consuming earth mother, lording it over you dirty bottle feeders giving poison to your babies.

You know breast is best, you get told it enough, yet you chose to or had to formula feed, and that’s OK. You’re OK. You’re a good mother, because if you didn’t feel guilty about something, then you wouldn’t care. Let us talk about our breastfeeding struggles, wins, share our brelfies and talk about how amazing it is. You can talk about how amazing other aspects are. Don’t project any guilt or shame on something I said.

We all do it differently. Whether you tried breastfeeding, or didn’t want to from the start, that’s your bag. From time to time I like to talk about the benefits of breastfeeding, or my breastfeeding journey. I know for a fact 98% of women will have enough milk (whether they believe it or not), it’s more about support and the right information to keep going. If I hadn’t had the support of friends and my local La Leche group this time, I may have stopped far sooner. What I don’t like, is any time I post about breastfeeding, or make a comment about it, I’m accused of making formula feeders feel guilty or shaming. Don’t project your feelings of guilt on me. I’m not out to make mums feel bad.

Fed is not best. Fed is a given. What’s the alternative to fed? Starve the baby? Of course fed is best, fed is the minimum we should be giving our babies. Formula definitely has it’s place, but it is not the best food for babies. Once a single formula feed has been given, the gut changes forever. It irks me every time I see that phrase when formula feeding mums get up in arms about breastfeeding. Any breastfeeding information is given in good faith, people just want women to be educated about their choices. Informed and well supported choice is best, what and how we feed our children matters, being educated and supported to make choices that are best for our families and free of bias that shouldn’t even be there is what matters. To say that fed is all that matters is doing families a huge disservice. At the end of the day, it’s still a choice, as is the diet we have. I know what’s healthy for me and what’s not, but I still reach for the crisps, wine and chocolate. I give my children sweets, fizzy drinks and aspartame, it’s my choice given the information I have.

That isn’t to say that families who don’t breastfeed are inferior, and parents who rely on formula through necessity or choice aren’t by default less loving or less competent, but the fact is, just like with many other food stuffs, other feeding methods are inferior. It’s difficult to quantify the differences but there’s no denying that differences are there.

Breastfeeding advocates in fact want all infant feeding choices to be discussed more honestly and more helpfully for all, and want formula feeding families to be supported in making informed choices that are truly best for them and not for anyone else, as is currently often the case.

The Huffington Post (and there were others of a similar vein) published a post with someone whingeing that world breastfeeding week should be ‘world infant feeding week’ because it celebrated something she couldn’t do. The responses where priceless!

“Oh dear god….. its about promoting breastfeeding, getting society to realise breastfeeding is natural and people shouldn’t be embarrassed to feed their baby in public! Its about getting support and encouragement to those who want to breastfeed.
It is not about slating those who don’t breastfeed but no way should it have its name changed.”
“I could not win an Olympic medal but I still like to celebrate the achievement of athletes and raise awareness of the benefits of participating in sports.”
“You ask me how I would feel about “the whole world celebrating for a week something I couldn’t do?” – the same way I feel about gay pride month where all the LGBTQetc people celebrate their sexuality and it had absolutely nothing to do with me and so I have no need/right to pass comment….The reason there is a world bf week is because bf is scientifically the better option for feeding your child and statistically there is only 5% of women who give birth who physically/biologically cannot breast feed – so for all other mothers it is a choice. If you choose to feed your baby formula- that’s great. Your baby is fed. But you also come from a privileged society where access to clean water to be able to make formula is taken for granted. In 3rd world countries, bf is the only option. As a bf mum, knowing how much I had to battle in the early months with various problems to keep going, and how much I have to fight for my legal right to feed my baby in public, I will damn well have my week and do everything I can to promote breastfeeding over formula. The UK has the lowest bf rates in the developed world, that is a horrendous statistic and something we should be working to change. So, if you are a formula feeding mum, good for you. But let us have our week promoting the best feeding method for babies, as advised by the world health organisation and articles like this one don’t help.”
“This reminds me of when people say there should be a White History Week, or a Straight Pride…”
“Shall we rename talk like a pirate day to just talk day so as not to offend non pirates??? Formula feeding is second best, breastfeeding is best. Inconvenient but true. Not unfair. Not forcing it down anyone’s throats. Just a cold hard biological fact. Same as beef burgers are second best to steaks. Sort of the same and will both feed you but one is better.”

You get the gist. I agree with all of these statements. I felt bombarded with formula feeders exploding about feeling guilty rather than celebrating a week of awareness of breastfeeding. I know I should ignore it but it did affect me, hence this post.


When I had my first daughter, I breastfed exclusively for 4 months. At the beginning it was excruciatingly painful, but after 2 weeks it eased up. What didn’t was the frequency of feeds and the evening colic. I was her only source of nutrition and it was breaking me. She wouldn’t take a bottle so I could have a break. I wish I’d known then what I know now about giving breastfed babies a bottle. I was exhausted, suffering from PND and couldn’t see a way out. Eventually, we arranged for her to go to Grandma’s overnight, I needed to relax and sleep. At the same time, I saw the GP and they prescribed antidepressants. When she went to Grandma’s, she took the bottle, she had no choice. When she came back to us, I was so scared she’d never take a bottle again I carried on. I think I gave a couple more breastfeeds as I was so engorged but I never looked back. My mental health improved, probably a combination of giving up breastfeeding and the medication. It didn’t even occur to me to feel guilty at the time, I did what was right for me at the time. Looking back afterwards, I did wonder what I would have done had I sought out more breastfeeding support, but I felt like it was me, I couldn’t cope with it and the expectations it placed on me.

With my second I was so paranoid about him not taking a bottle that I exclusively fed for a few weeks and then introduced a bottle. He was no trouble, took to both, but after a while more bottles crept in and at 5 months our breastfeeding journey was over. My third child was the same. I didn’t feel guilty at the time at all, but later I wondered whether I should have stuck at it more. There was a niggling feeling that other mothers could do it, why couldn’t I?

When I was pregnant with Daniel, my 4th child, I was more determined to be ‘successful’ at breastfeeding. I had the support of friends and family, I sought out La Leche League, I really wanted to get past 6 months and possibly 12 months. Those first few months were hard, I won’t deny it. He was a clingy baby and I ended up wearing him in a sling most of the time. Evenings were difficult, he was like Amy in that respect. I did give him formula a couple of times in desperation, but it made no difference to how he behaved. I stuck at it, then at 5 months he turned a corner and was far less fussy, he started to eat solids at 6 months and we’re still going at 2yrs 7 months! Far longer than I thought I would, and the bond is amazing. He feeds twice a day now and still really enjoys it. It’s definitely for him and not me – if he wasn’t interested, I would have stopped long ago. I’m so proud of myself for sticking at it and it gives me and my son so much joy that I will not apologise for shouting it from the rooftops and wanting other families to benefit the way I have.

Support is so key when it comes to breastfeeding. A lot of women stop because of misguided expectations, or lack of confidence. Many had a bad start to it due to their or the baby’s birth recovery and couldn’t continue. Some get conflicting advice and information, and stop because they can’t find the right way. Some don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, or in front of family members – society has a lot to answer for in over sexualising breasts and women feeling uncomfortable about a natural process.

It’s a scientific fact that breastfeeding is better and geared towards our babies more than formula. It’s also been linked to fewer hospital admissions and higher IQ. All the world over. The benefits don’t stop after 6 months either. It’s also true that if you formula feed, the bond can be as strong, and the baby will most likely grow up fine. But you’re taking a risk.


About Jenny

Jenny is a Mum to William (7), Phoebe (6) and Daniel (2), she is also as a Midwife and is very passionate about writing - On her blog, Jenny likes to write about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding; reviews; fashion and beauty; home; my life and family; parenting tips and tricks.

You can find Jenny over at Midwife and Life

How To Avoid Post Office Queues During The Busy Period.

The food, the fun, the family time… regardless of how wonderful the festive season is, it can have a big impact on your finances. Buying Christmas presents can be expensive, not to mention having to send your gifts far and wide to reach loved ones that live in a different part of the country, or even the world. One of the cheapest and fastest ways to have your parcels delivered is through a courier service. There are a few things you should bear in mind when buying and sending festive gifts in order to keep the process as cheap and stress-free as possible. 

If you already know that your gifts will need to be delivered, it’s best to plan ahead when buying them. Check the list of restricted and prohibited items to make sure that couriers are allowed to handle your parcels. Purchasing gifts that are small and weigh very little will keep delivery costs to a minimum. It’s also important that your parcel is packaged correctly as this will keep it safe and protected on its journey from sender to recipient, but will also allow the gift to remain a surprise!

My Parcel Delivery, a courier comparison site, can help you to decide which company offers the best delivery options based on your needs, whilst also finding the cheapest courier service available. Using a courier not only helps you to save money, but also saves valuable time. You can wave goodbye to the queues at the Post Office by leaving your parcels at a designated drop-off point if you choose to use a courier such as UPS. You could even have your parcels collected from home with an express service by Parcelforce. All you need to do is input the weight and size of your parcel into the My Parcel Delivery website, alongside the destination of the gift, and you’ll be presented with some of the best deals around.

We all know that the sooner you complete your Christmas shopping the better, especially if you want presents to be delivered on time. Not only will it banish the unneeded stress of last-minute shopping but it also means that you don’t end up paying more than you bargained for because the presents you were looking for are out of stock. If last minute shopping does feel like it will be an inevitability, make sure to check out the last delivery dates before the big day to avoid disappointment!

Yes, Christmas can be expensive, but it is a wonderful time to celebrate with loved ones and it shouldn’t be ruined by financial worries. There are many ways in which you can have a fun-filled festive holiday while still saving money, it just takes a little bit of extra planning. I hope these tips are of some help to you and that the run-up to Christmas is a pleasant and stress-free experience!

Gift Guide: For Little Girls

Wow, can you believe that we are in the third week of December. Not too much longer until the big day, which brings me to why you are here. A gift guide for little girls. Now if your little girl is anything like my little lady she will be appreciate any gift she receives, however if they are anything remotely to do the princesses, fairies or unicorns you will have a new best friend. So today, I have complied a few gifts ideas that are perfect little girls. If you’re starting feel the Christmas pressure of finding just the right gift for the girl in your life, this gift guide may help and inspire you. Girls aren’t impossible to please, you just have to know what you’re doing when you make a gift selection

In my opinion the best way to encourage language development is to read for at least 20 minutes every day and talk about things you do throughout the day. Bed time story is my favourite time of the day with her, we will sit together and go through the story and pick out certain parts and talk about them. So we decided to get The Julia Donaldson Story Collection*. When it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection! Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. Another way to help encourage her development and her imagination is with her boxes of Happy Land toys, and so we want to look to add to her collection with this Happy Land Watering Can. As you know my daughter adores princesses and so it makes complete sense to adding some dress up pieces into this gift guide for little girl. Ever since my daughter started nursery she has become so what obsessed with a Snow White dress and she keeps asking for one, as the one at nursery is a tad too small for her. 

Being in the digital age, children are obsessed and my daughter is just the same. And seeing as I have a brand new phone, I am a little more protective and so perhaps having her own mobile phone may be the solution. Monqi* is unique in that it’s a smartphone aimed for children and controlled by adults. The phone works in harmony with an app on the parent’s phone. The child’s smartphone is controlled via the app, which can restrict time spent on apps on the child’s phone, the apps they choose to download, how long they can spend on the phone and how many texts they can send. The safest smartphone on the market.

For the more creative little girl. The GeoSafari My First Microscope* from Learning Resources is a wonderful introduction to magnification for preschoolers! Encourage scientific exploration and introduce your little one to a key scientific tool that is fun and exciting to explore! So we have been exploring everything from a fairy wand, pine cone to stones and sticks, you can magnify any flat or dimensional small object up to 8x it’s size, this is a real working microscope designed for kids and perfect for little hands! Play Doh is always a great option for your creative little girl, I mean what child doesn't like Play Doh and with this cake play set they will be able to do just that. Shape all kinds of cakes in the oven or with the cutters. Use the decorating tool to top it off with swirly make-believe frosting. For even more festive fun, this creative bakeshop comes with Confetti compound! 

Amara Living have an array beautiful toys but this one is a cut above the rest, seriously how  gorgeous is this tea set? Enjoy afternoon tea with your little one with this Children’s Tea Party Play Set*. Crafted from wood, this set includes a teapot, two cups, two cupcakes and two spoons sitting prettily on a white tray. I know that my daughter will have hours and hours of fun with this little tea set, I can't wait to see her face. 

Finally, I managed to get my hands on a gift that my daughter has been begging for, for far too long. The Moana Singing Doll. Do you have a Moana fan? It’s all about the sunshine, greenery and beautiful scenery. Moana has all of this. Beautiful Hawaii, blue seas and amazing plant life. It's so much better. This singing Moana will be the perfect gift for our little lady and this doll comes with two beautiful outfits, detailed accessories, and a 'Wear & Share' shell necklace, just like Moana’s!

Do you feel inspired? What gifts are your favourites?

* Some of the products featured in this post have been kindly gifted to me, but all thoughts are my own.*

Gift Guide: For Men.


Finding gifts for men is often difficult. My husband is so hard to buy for, actually come to think of it most of the males in the family are difficult, that's probably why most end up with about ten sets of Nivea. So today, I have taken the time to create a small men's gift guide for every type of man in your life, so please feel inspired and take a look at the special gift guide for men. Whether it is a gift for your brother, a gift for your dad or a gift for your husband, I am sure that there is something for them in the gift guide for men. 

Come on let's start with the most obvious gift for men. Socks. Is it even Christmas if the man in your life doesn't receive a pair of socks, whether these are festive, novelty, plain and simple or practical. You'll be able to find something for them. These Heat Holders* are amazing warmth together with a slip-resistant grip makes them perfect for around the home. The inside of each fully cushioned sock has been brushed creating an incredibly soft feel, ensuring warm air is trapped close to the skin, keeping feet warmer for longer.

Most men love electronics, so this is sure to be a safe bet for sure. First up let's talk about phones. Whether he loves an iPhone or an android is more their thing there is something out there for them. With the recent release of the iPhone X everyone wants or is at least talking about it. But be prepared to dig deep for one of these beauties, but this does mean you may be able to get some fantastic deals on the older versions so don't forget to compare. Now don't forget the all important accessories to go with their brand new phone, why not try these all important essential bundles. This bundle is a real must-have when you get your new iPhone. You can keep it protected against knocks, charge while you're travelling and keep the dazzling screen free from annoying scratches. Are they are big music fan? The Electric Jukebox*, a device you plug into the back of your television, comes with a voice-activated remote control and a year's access to all the music you could possibly want. So what's included? A years premium music pass, unlimited music, sing with the stars, name that tune, sound machine, wireless controller and microphone and a TV hub. This one is a gift that not just for him, it will just take a couple of glasses of snowballs before you're on the Karaoke. 

For those men who like to keep a clean sharp look Wahl Lithium Plus Hair Clipper is a great way to start. This Lithium Ion Pro LED clipper can be used with or without the cord, offering the freedom of movement with an impressive 100 minutes cordless run time, or with the cord when the charge is low. The intelligent LED charging indicator makes it easy to see when your clipper is charging and when the charge is complete. Saves so much time. As I have said we all know how hard it is to buy for the men in your life but I may have discovered the perfect solution for all those 'I don't know what to get get you'in the form of a subscription box from The Personal Barber. The Personal Barber subscription box is described as “The ultimate shaving subscription for men”. The team behind the box want to provide men with a shaving routine into an experience to look forward to, rather than a daily chore doing this by offering deliveries of razors and new hand-picked shaving products on a regular basis with free UK delivery. BOOM! I am sure that my husband isn't the only man that get boxes and boxes of toiletries and even though that's the case, I still like to get him a couple of bottles of aftershave. But I like to get him something that he hasn't tried before and after a spritz or two in the perfume shop I settle on this Lacoste Live Male Eau De Toilette. For the Dads, Uncles and Grandads, something that they seem to love is good ole bottle of Old Spice, this Bearglove Old Spice is a great one.

A wallet is something that my husband asks for every year and so it makes complete sense to add this into a gift guide for men. This black wallet from RJR.John Rocha+ is made from premium Italian leather with a tabbed popper fastening and a fold out pass holder and it all comes in a gifted box, making the perfect gift. You will be able to find an array of watches on the Watch Hut, which are sure to be the perfect gift for someone. I adore this Ben Sherman London Watch. This attractive gents Ben Sherman London watch is made from stainless steel and is powered by a quartz movement. It is fitted with a black leather strap and has a off white dial. The watch has a date function. Trainers are always on my husband's Christmas list, and I think it’s always nice to get something you know they’ve had their eye on but possibly wouldn’t treat themselves too. I managed to figure out which trainers he wanted and ordered them in his massive size 12s. Normally he loves either Nike and Adidas and so I decided to get him these Adidas Daily Team Nubuck Trainers in a dark grey and black. 

I have left the best until last, something a little more personal is always a great way to show your loved one you care. Now there are so many different personalised gifts that you can seek out for them but I think that something that could come in handy, or useful would be a great gift. Just like this personalised Tea Mug* from Bags of Love. A personalised tea mug is a beautiful gift, which can feature a few treasured photos or designs, custom printed mugs will be a family favourite in any household and make an extra special gift. Tea makes everything better, but this personalised tea mug will definitely make any brew experience even more enjoyable. Normally I like to get a small gift from the little lady for him and I have to say that a personalised keyring is a cute idea and so we have picked out a couple as he has so many keys.

~ Some of the products featured in this post have been kindly gifted to me, but all thoughts are my own. ~

Remembering The Memories with Photo Wall

If you're anything like me, opening a gift from a loved one that is a little more personal means such much more. It shows that they have put a lot of thought and love into a gift for you. Whether you're looking for something a little special for your mum, dad, wife or even your little one Photo Wall will have something for everyone. Every Christmas I like to get my husband something special from our daughter. This year we have had a particular tough year so we want to make him feel appreciated and loved so much more that he already is and so we have decided to get a him a canvas.

W H O   A R E   P H O T O W A L L?

Photo Wall are a Swedish brand, specialising in Canvases, Wall Murals & Photo Wallpapers. They have a particular passion for design and quality with thousands of their own designs or you can upload and design your own. All the wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, fire resistant and do not fade in sunlight. Seeing as we were keen on designing our own canvas we used a photo from my birthday weekend, where my husband told me that it was the happiest he’s been in while. So, this gift from us will be even more meaningful.

O R D E R I N G   O N L I N E

The website is professional with an appealing look throughout. It’s clear and easy to navigate and I was very quickly able to locate what it is that I wanted to order. You simply pick your design or upload the image you want, choose your size and pretty much check out! It’s that simple. I decided to go for the do it yourself frame with a white wrap around edge and we would upload our special photo of the three of us.

You then need to select the size you want your canvas to be, once you do this you will get a little guide to position over your image to trim it exactly how you want. As we are pretty much obsessed with the squareness of Instagram we got a 40 cm X 40 cm print with a white edging. At first it was a little difficult to get the correct sizing with our uploaded photo but finding the original image helped with the correct sizing. It’s going to look perfect in our living room. Throughout the process ordering online we were asked whether we are happy ordering yourself online, or whether you need online assistance. But due to the easy use of the wesbite, we were happy to go ahead on our own. 

More people are choosing to add canvases into their homes, but when it comes to buying they can be quite costly. The bigger the canvas the more expensive they can be. However, I have found that all the canvases and mural prints are reasonable in price with Photo Wall. The made-to-measure canvas prints are of the highest quality and offer a  do-it-yourself frame which is simple and straightforward to assemble, ensuring that the quality is in no risk of damage with deliveries. 

O U R   C A N V A S

The delivery is super fast and you are provided with tracking information and continuous email updates along the way, ensuring you are kept up to date throughout. Now I have to be honest here, I’m not the best at any form of DIY in the slightest. I also hate reading instructions. So when my canvas arrived I was a little dubious. However, not only were the instructions clear, but everything was prefabricated meaning it all slotted together very quickly. Once built, the frame felt very solid and secure. I cannot tell you how accomplished I felt after putting it together on my own, it’s was literally minutes. But it’s all about the baby steps, I don’t think I’ll be putting a new kitchen in, just yet!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality, as it was perfect. It was so super easy to assemble. Seeing as we had chose an image that wasn’t great quality, the clarity of the image was a bit of a worry, but really shouldn't have worried. The image was clear and the colours are beautiful. My only regret was that I decided to go for a white edge rather that the wrap around option, even though this may be the case the canvas was brilliant, great quality and a perfect finish.
F I N A L   T H O U G H T S

In a nutshell, outstanding customer service including all the courteous email updates. The website itself looks great and is so simple and easy to use, you can pretty much design your own canvas in less than five minutes. I also love the fact that delivery is super quick, even though the company is based in Sweden. The canvas was brilliant, great quality and a perfect finish and I know that it will go perfectly on our living room wall. Using the DIY self assemble canvas frame was simple and easy to put together, anyone will be able to pop it together in less than no time, probably less time than making a cup of tea. All in all, I cannot recommend Photo Wall enough and I know that I will use them again for any future gifts that have a certain meaning to them.

*DISCLAIMER* Mimi Rose and Me is a personal blog written and edited by myself only, unless otherwise note my reviews are completely based on my own opinion of the product reviewed. These products were supplied to me as a gift to review from Photo Wall. 

Pretty Gifted Personalised Wrapping Paper

Can you believe it's less than three weeks until Christmas, I am so excited. I would probably say I am more excited than my three year old daughter, and she's pretty crazy about Christmas. As you can imagine we have been busy trying to prepare our selves for the upcoming festive season with writing lists, putting up the Christmas tree and not forgetting creating lots of amazing gift guides to help inspire you when it comes to buying for loved ones. So much so, we even created a gift guide that is perfect for adding a meaningful personal touch to Christmas morning. But one thing that I have never really thought about was personalised wrapping paper. Yes, wrapping paper ends up in the bin after a crazy unwrapping session at 5am in the morning , but I have to say it adds quite the meaningful touch. With this in mind I wanted to talk to you about a recent discovery. Pretty Gifted.

Basically Pretty Gifted is a whole website that specialises in personalised wrapping paper for any occasion, whether it's for a birthday, a baby shower, Christmas, a party and so many more occasions. Pretty Gifted are an experienced paper & printing company who have created a bespoke gift wrap service using the finest papers & metallic foil finishes. What makes Pretty Gifted stand out from the rest is that you can cater your design to your liking from the colour, quality, fonts and even to the amount of sheets you have. Each sheet comes in a size of 70cm x 50cm and there are an array of different choices you can make.

You have a couple of options to choose from for each section:

*Background – Gold, Peppermint, Silver, Pearlescent, Black & Red.
*Font – Candy, Split, Monster, Arro & Lulu.
*Foil – Silver, Gold, Copper, Rainbow & Aqua.
*Message – Can have up to 60 characters.
*Font size – Small (5mm tall), Medium (8mm tall) & Large (16mm tall).
*Icon – Star, Arrow, Lightening, Cocktail, Ice Cream, Key, Heart, Tree, Balloon, Crown and Bell.

At the bottom it also gives you a preview of what your design will look like.

When you have completed your design you have 3 buying options:

*1 sheet – £7.95
*3 sheets – £18.95
*5 sheets – £29.95

When it came to creating my own personalised paper there were so many different colours, designs and icons to choose from, but seeing as it was for Christmas red was the only way for us. We decided on a Lulu font, rainbow foil, a 'Happy Christmas Daddy', in medium sized font with a heart. The paper arrived in a long triangular packaging, which was perfect to keep the wrapping paper in tact. The paper quality is fantastic, something that I wasn't expecting at first, but as I unrolled the paper I could tell that it was very thick and would be great for my wrapping, if I am honest I'm not the best at wrapping. My design is clear and has been printed onto the paper perfectly, no bits missing at all. With every order you also get a free gel pen and a luxury tag to pop on your present. Perfect. I must say that the gift tag itself was a navy in colour and printed on really thick card, it was fantastic quality. It's small touches like personalised wrapping paper that mean so much more and if you decide to create your own with Pretty Gifted, I am sure that it will be greatly received. 

*DISCLAIMER* Mimi Rose and Me is a personal blog written and edited by myself only, unless otherwise note my reviews are completely based on my own opinion of the product reviewed. These products were supplied to me as a gift to review from Pretty Gifted.


Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.

We have something a little different for you to read this week. The very lovely Hanna from Little Snippets has asked to feature a very sweet and heartfelt post in the form to a letter to her daughter about their breastfeeding journey coming to end. I can only imagine what it is like gearing up to the end of breastfeeding, quite a bittersweet moment. So I shall leave you with the lovely Hannah

Dear Darcie, this is the last time....

Dear Darcie,

Tonight I fed you for the last time. Don’t worry, you’ll still be getting solid food and coconut milk and all of your favourite things but this is the last time you’ll have my milk. This moment has been gradually approaching for months and I know in my heart that you are ready to stop now. I think that really you have been ready for a while and that it was me that needed to carry on. I really needed you to keep needing me. I wanted to keep providing you with the one thing that only I can provide. Or so I thought. But as I sit here now, holding your soft warm little body in my arms, I realise that it’s not true. There are so many other things that only I can do for you, because I am your Mum and that is something that nobody else can ever be.

Sixteen months ago I never thought that we would make it to this point. I can remember that very first feed in the birth centre like it was yesterday. If I concentrate really hard I can even feel the exact tiny weight of you on my chest as you latched on and snuggled in for the first time. My beautiful baby girl taking to something so natural, so perfectly. It was only when the gas and air wore off that I noticed that it began to hurt. We stayed in the birth centre so we could get to grips with breastfeeding and there were so many amazing women there who helped me and taught me how to give you what you needed. I cried almost every feed for the first few weeks; it hurt so much but I so badly wanted to be able to do this for you. I’m so happy I struggled through and we got to a point that we were both happy. I have no idea how many hours of your life I have spent feeding you, and I can’t say that I have loved every minute of it but I can say that I have loved most of them and that they were all worth it.

Some of my favourite moments of Motherhood so far have been to do with breastfeeding you. I will always remember the way that when you were a couple of months old you started to unlatch mid feed just so you could look up and give me the most amazing milky grin as if to say ‘thanks mum’. I’ve loved all those cuddles at the end of the day, just you and me, after you stop babbling and you just stare up at me while you feed with your amazing blue eyes and you are so unbelievably content. There have been so many times when you have been tired, sad or hurt and the only thing that could really make you feel better was me, my cuddles and my milk. That is so amazing to me and I’ll always hold onto that.

There is a huge part of me that is sad that this journey has come to an end. I’ll miss these moments and I know that you will seem even more grown up to me now. Breastfeeding has been one of the few consistent things in your life since you were a newborn and I know that I’ll blink and suddenly you’ll be in your school uniform excited for your first day.

I’m glad we have ended on a high. We haven’t ended because of mastitis, teething or biting. We worked through all of those problems together and made it through each and every one of them. We have stopped because we are both ready to move on now. Although like I said, you more than me. In a way it makes it harder that we are ending in a positive place, because there’s almost no reason to stop, but my gut is telling me that it is time now. I can’t keep you a baby forever, no matter how much I would like to.

We’ll still have our cuddles before bed and we’ll always have moments and things which are just ‘ours’. I know that this won’t change anything, and we did so well to make it to this point but I also know that I am going to feel sad for a little while. I’m holding back the tears now the same way that I used to at the beginning of our journey but for different reasons. Breastfeeding has been a huge part of being your mum, but it’s time to move onto the next chapter now.

But please, I need you to need me, baby girl. Just for a little while longer.


About Hanna

Hanna, lives in Southampton, Hampshire with her boyfriend Dan and their little girl Darcie May. Little Snippets began as ohlovelydaysblog.wordpress back in July 2016 as a space to write down her thoughts on Motherhood. Like so many Hanna would often find herself writing blog posts on her phone during the night feeds and quickly grew to love her little corner of the internet. As time went on and the night feeds became less frequent Hanna began to carve out time in my busy days as a first time stay at home Mum to sit down at the computer and write. It was then that she realised that people were actually reading her posts and so began to put more effort into writing them. Blogging has saved her sanity through Motherhood and it's the perfect excuse to sit down with a cup of tea (or glass of wine, depending on the day!) and collect her thoughts.

You can find Hanna over at Little Snippets

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