Why are people so miserable ??? !!! 

Holidays …. One of the happiest times of the year, Yes??!! Doesn’t look like it. 

We are right now on our family holidays, having the times of our lives. We are in 30C, ☀️, gorgeous hotel, spending our days playing on the beach with Chloe, eating amazing food ….. And we are surrounded by miserable people !! I swear that I see more happy people in the rush hour on London’s tube !!!! 

What is even worse is how miserable and rude people are !!!! I know that people laugh how polite English people are …. but there is such a thing as basic manners ! If someone lets you go first you say thank you !!! Especially when it is a pregnant woman carrying a toddler in her arms !!!!!! You don’t bloody push !!! You queue if you see people queue !!!! 

What is wrong with people ????!!!!!! 

How can you not be happy and friendly in such a  gorgeous place ???!!! 

I honestly don’t understand it ….. 

Toddler Traveling guide ☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴

Time for another holidays special post. I have written one of these last year about traveling with a baby. This is an updated version and angled more towards holidays with a little toddler. We are going on holidays YUPPIE ! In a few hours time I will be on a beach in glorious Cypriot sun TRYING to get some rest😁. 

It can be quite overwhelming to pack for holidays with the little one; it can be quite tempting to just pack everything which might result in you needing much more than the allocated 20 kg. These are some tips on what you have to take and what is good to have based on all my traveling experience. 


ESSENTIALS : 

1. 50 UVA & UVB sun cream – ideally waterproof.

2. SunHat – just make sure that the shade from the hat covers your baby’s neck. More than one is advisable as they get covered in sand and ice cream surprisingly quickly. 

3. Swimsuits – UVB protected ones are the best as you know that they are protecting your precious toddler on top of the sun cream. 

4. Swimming nappies – lots of them 😊

5. Antihistamine – If you are going to a hot country your baby/child can get a heat rash. Aloe vera cream will help with a mild rash, cooling affected area, and wearing loose cotton clothing. If those things don’t work it is good to have Antihistamine Syrup. 

6. Hydrocortisone Cream – another thing which is handy to have just in case. If the heat rash isn’t going anywhere after using antihistamine syrup then this mixed with lotion will. 

7. Nurofen / Calpol – or any other pain / fever relief that you are using. You never know when you might need it. I never leave the house without a bottle in the changing bag. 

8. Thermometer – a must-have when traveling with a child. We travel quite frequently and I must say I always end up using it. Last thing you want is your baby feeing hot and you not being able to check if they have a temperature or what the temperature is. 

9. Nappy bags – at home we use a nappy bin so I never remember to take nappy bags or to refill them in my changing bag. Last thing you want when you are relaxing in your lovely hotel room is the smell of a stinky nappy !!!

10. Beach shoes – let’s remember that our precious babies feet skin is very delicate (not like ours, which requires lots of work to be smooth for a week or so) ; and that they are much more sensitive to temperature. 

11. Sunglasses – yes they do look really cute in them but it is more about protecting their eyes than a fashion statement 😊. 

12. Bag full of surprises – are you flying ? Is the fight quite long? Be prepared with lots of little things ready to distract your toddler. I have been very lucky as Chloe is quite good at flying; but I am still always prepared. New book which she hasn’t seen before, crayons, stickers, favourite toy, snacks etc. This will make sure that you can keep your baby entertained … You know how quickly they can get bored! 

13. Dummy – or bottle/food if you don’t approve of dummies. This is to make sure that your child’s sucks on something at the take off of the plane and when plane starts to descend. Make sure to have something ready to prevent pain in your cute one ears.  
GOOD TO HAVE
1. Towel Poncho – kids don’t like to sit in one place, wrapped up in towel waiting to dry and warm up a bit. This is the perfect solution, they are covered, warm and can run around. 


2. UVB beach tent – this is very good and much more practical than trying to keep your monster under an umbrella. Chloe loves playing in her one.

3. Formula – this obviously is only if your child still has morning and evening milk. Reason why I suggest to buy it is because kids react differently to cows milk in other countries. When we went to Poland to visit my family Chloe got diahorrea from the milk (on which I was brought up and was totally fine with).   

4. Favourite food – I always take Chloe’s favourite snacks just in case she gets a bit funny with her eating. New place, new environment, new people, new routine … It can really confuse baby/child which in turn can affect their eating. 

5. Wet wipes – lots and lots of them. I swear you go through them at the speed of light! 

6. Favourite bed time book and favourite toy – It all helps child adapt quicker to the new surroundings and makes us feel safer.

7. Travel cot mattress – With all of the suitcases that I have when traveling with Chloe, all the hand luggage needed and pram I have opted for not owning a travel cot. Instead I have a travel cot mattress which you put over the cot. I obviously always bring our own, fitted sheet for the cot as well. That way I don’t have to carry the travel cot, and I have peace of mind that Chloe’s sleeping environment is safe. 
8. Swimming costume – you will need more that one. You will have to change your toddler in to a dry swimming suit after the get out of water. This will prevent them getting cold and getting a heat rash. 
9. iPhone / iPad – with favourite cartoon. I am against giving those to kids but let’s be honest there are situations when all rules go out of the window and you will do anything to stop your child screaming 
Hope that this little guide will help you pack useful things on top of all of the clothes and nappies required 😁 

Oh and if anyone has invented something to prevent your toddler from eating the sand please share !!! 😂

Your baby’s brain will grow with your ❤️ !

Who doesn’t like to cuddle theirs baby? It’s the best thing in the world!❤️ I love getting up to Chloe chatting waiting ready in the cot to give me lots of cuddles, Chloe wanting her mummy cuddles when she isn’t 100%, cuddling up every evening to have her story … And much more. 

Now Mummy’s cuddles has been prescribed by a doctor ! There is now an extra reason to do it, or a reason to do it even more often (which your baby/child might not appreciate 😂) !!! 

I AM TIRED ! 💤💤💤💤

I knew that by becoming a mum I will join the groups of people who are constantly tired and cannot function without coffee. 

 When I became a full time working Mum I knew that I will become even more tired and I was prepared for it. The key was to get very organized so everything runs smoothly and you don’t try and get everything done at the same time. 

… But I was not prepared for the level of tiredness which swamped me once I became pregnant again. I AM CONSTANTLY TIRED/ EXHAUSTED ! I go to sleep exhausted and I get up in the morning tired !!! The thing is that you still need to go to work and be on your best form; make sure that after work you have quality time with your baby who you missed so terribly for the whole day, cook dinner, bath you child and put to sleep, tidy up the house and then collapse on the sofa and try to have some quality time with you husband while trying not to fall asleep 💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤

 I love being pregnant and I know that this tiny tiny baby inside me will be worth it …. But I AM EXHAUSTED !!!!! 

I was always against having a cleaner but at this point of my life I don’t care I am getting one so I can try and relax a bit more over the weekend ….

Meningitis B Vaccination … Yes or No? 

 It has been very loud recently about the Meningitis B vaccination. As you all heard (or not) in UK from the 1st of September 2015 all babies are receiving the Meningitis B vaccination. UK is the first country to roll it out to all babies being born. This news is great but what about all of the babies born after 1st of May 2015 who are not entitled to it ? 

 If you don’t know much about Meningitis B this is some general information available on NHS website:

Meningococcal group B bacteria is a serious cause of life-threatening infections, including meningitis and blood poisoning, worldwide and the leading infectious killer of babies and young children in the UK.

There are 12 known groups of meningococcal bacteria, and group B (Men B) is responsible for about 90% of meningococcal infections in the UK.

Meningococcal infections tend to come in bursts. In the past 20 years, between 500 and 1,700 people every year, mainly babies and young children, have suffered from Men B disease, with around 1 in 10 dying from the infection. Many of those who survive suffer terrible permanent disability, such as amputation, brain damage and epilepsy.

  Once I found out that Chloe won’t qualify to get the vaccination on NHS me and my husband decided that we will do it privately. Somehow though life got in the way … We tried to book an appointment and were placed on a waiting list… Then when we finally managed to get one we had to cancel it due to holidays …. And then with busy lives we forgot about it…

 Untill recently when a very sad story came out about a 2 year old little girl called Faye Burdett who lost her battle with Meningitis (rest in peace little angel). This story has shocked everyone and sent parents in to a panic to get their kids vaccinated. I was one of those parents, I just couldn’t risk it even if the chances of getting this awful disease are small. I must say that after the story has broken out it became almost impossible to get the vaccination ! There is a national shortage of the vaccination and most of the clinics have a very long waiting list with no date of when the vaccine will be awailable (hopefully in the summer). We were lucky to get it but it was expensive. What is very sad to see is all of the private clinics making a fortune from petrified parents. The vaccination costs £75 but most private clinics charge now £200 upwards!!!! This makes my blood boil!!!

 So what is your opinion dear parent? Would you pay for the Vaccination though in theory the chances of your child getting it are 4 in 100,000? Or do you think that we all got in to a silly panic after the case of poor little Feya? 

 There is right now a big debate going in parliament about introducing this vaccination to older children after a petition to the government was signed by over 800,000 people and became the most signed petition ever …. Let’s see what will be the outcome of it. 
You can reed more about Meningitis B on http://www.meningitis.org/menb-vaccine 
 

SPRING IS HERE !

Spring is here …. not “here” but in the shops 🙂 Yes I know you must be thinking that I have lost my mind; We just had Christmas and New year, its still cold outside and I am talking about Spring. But as you know the fashion world works in  its own way, and fashion

 

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MESS FREE ART

I love this toy!!!!

  
Chloe has recieved it as a present for Christmas. I must say it’s a brilliant toy and both me and Chloe love it.

Chloe doesn’t like to get messy (I know its very unusual for a toddler; she obviously got OCD from her mum:-) ) and I don’t like mess.

This mat is amazing for big babies (yes I still cannot bring myself to call Chloe a toddler) who just start to learn what drawing is and how to do it. This matt has a pen which you fill with water, kids can draw on the mat with “water”( yes water ! This means no colourful marks on the floor, furniture and walls … for now anyway) and as the water dries up the drawing disappears.

I would highly recommend this !

http://www.elc.co.uk/Mini-Artist-My-First-Aquamagic-Mat/132970,default,pd.html

YORKSHIRE PUDDING WITH FRUITS! 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL…

YORKSHIRE PUDDING WITH FRUITS

 This is a brilliant idea for a dessert or a snack. Yes I did say a dessert! And there are so many options to serve it!

Ingredients:

– 125g flower

– 125ml skimmed milk 

– 125ml water

– 2 eggs

– handful of raspberries and blueberries 

– 2 tbsp soft cream 

Cooking method:

 Sieve the flower in to a bowl and make a well in the centre.

 Break eggs in to the well and whisk together with flower. Mix water and milk together; pour little by little in to the well. Whisk until all liquid had been used and until your batter is nice and smooth. 

  

Chill mixture in the fridge for minimum 30min. 

 Preheat your oven to 180C gas /200C fan. Heat up muffin tray until hot then as tiny bit of oil in to each hole and heat again for few minutes. Pour the butter in to the holes and bake for 30 min until Yorkshires are crisp and gold. 
 

  

 Blend fruits together, then add soft cream and combine.  

 Cool your Yorkshires then put 1 tbsp of cream on to the pud and serve. 

  
This is a tasty and healthy dessert that your kids will love!

 You can make lots of different toppings from blended banana, grated apple to just pouring kids yogurt on to it.  

 For the not so healthy version, you can have them with jam and custard. 

ROCK & ROLL BABY ! 

  I love cute and pretty baby clothes … But a woman needs a change from time to time. There is nothing cuter than baby rocking this cool rock look! This is really trendy right now with a lot of celebrities dressing their babys/kids in that way.

There is lots of lovely, cool pieces available on the high street now. This is my favourite few :
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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

 I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas ! Hope that you will have a lovely time spend with the loved ones filled with laughter, food and presents! Be Happy and Merry ! 🎄🎅🏻🎄☃🎄🎁🎄🎅🏻🎄🎁🎄☃🎄

 And if you don’t celebrate Christmas just be Happy and Merry 😘