Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

The Differences Between Boys & Girls.

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When I was pregnant the second time and found out that I was having girl so many people said.. "Oh girls are so much easier than boys.." 

They were lying.. 

No, seriously. They were. 

Girls are fantastic but Emilie by far has been 100 times harder than James ever was.. 

1 They are more demanding. 

2 They are emotional. 

3 They shriek at a pitch I didn't even know existed. 

4 They are picky.. With their clothes, their food, their hair.

5 They learn quickly to say, "It wasn't me. My brother done it."

6 They also quickly learn the butter wouldn't melt look.

7 They don't care if it's raining and five degrees. They want to wear their sandals. (Please note that if you continue to say no to the sandals request then girls will deploy number 3) 

8 Their tantrums seem to last a few hours longer than boys.. Maybe that's just Emilie though. 

9 They assert their independence a lot quicker than boys.

10 They learn quickly that turning on the tears normally helps them get what they want.  

That all being said.. Girls really are amazing. They're funny and sweet. My little lady is my mini me and I wouldn't change her for the world :) 

What do you think? Which are easier, boys or girls? 

You Baby Me Mummy


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends over the pond! Although it's a holiday that isn't celebrated here in England I think it's always good to remember what we're thankful for.

My children. My husband. Sunshine. Health. Slow Saturday mornings. Coffee. Frosty mornings. A roof over our heads. The internet. Laughter. Books. Rainbows. Music. Babies. Family. Friends. Sunsets. Open fires. Hot chocolate. Fresh flowers. Snail mail. Slow cookers. Candles. Movies. Dance parties in the kitchen. Fluffy socks. Children laughing. Pizza nights. Pancakes day. English breakfasts. Leaf piles. Notebooks & pens. Photos. Water. Colours. Seasons. Warm clothes. Doctors. Sunrises. Cuddles. 

What are you thankful for today? 


Five Great Books for Toddlers.

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Between me, Anthony and the kids, I'm pretty sure we have enough books to fill a library. Ever since I can remember I've had my nose stuck in a book and it's one of the better traits of mine that the kids have picked up from me. Emilie is at the stage at the moment where she has her favourite books and asks me to read them over and over again... And then again..  Here's our five favourites at the moment. 

1// The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Who doesn't love this book!? James is six and still likes to read it. I think it's the colours and the simple storyline that makes it such a big hit with little ones. Emilie's favourite page is where it lists all the food he ate on the sixth day. This is definitely a must in any toddlers book collection.

2// Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney

I brought this for James when he was about ten months old. It's since been made into a tv cartoon but I still prefer the book. It's such a sweet story and now Emilie loves it just as much as James did.

3// What The Ladybird Heard - Julia Donaldson

This is my favourite one to read to the kids for two reasons. The pictures and the fact that it rhymes. When you're reading a book for the 50,000th time rhyming helps! The kids love the storyline of this book and how it's the quiet ladybird that saves the day. 

4// Pirate Pete & Princess Polly, Please and Thank you.  

This was the first book in the Pirate Pete and Princess Polly collection that I brought for Emilie. It is all about teaching children manners and I love how it's done in such a simple way but it works. 

5// Princess Polly's Potty 

A potty training book for girls. There is another one for boys called Pirate Pete's Potty. This book helped us so much when we first started potty training Emilie. She loved picking out her favourite underwear and potty in the book. When we first brought this she wouldn't read any other book for so long! She also loves the fact that it cheers for Princess Polly when she goes on the potty!

So those are our favourite books at the moment. What are yours? Are your children a fan of the Pirate Pete and Princess Polly books?


Wall Decals - A Review.

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There is so much that I want to do in our house.  I would love to decorate pretty much every room. We need a new living room carpet. I also wouldn't say no to new furniture. We've decided though that there isn't really much point in doing a lot of these things because we need to move to a bigger house where the kids have a bedroom each and we're not piling on top of one another. That being said though I love 'feathering my nest' and making it look as nice as I can, regardless of how cramped we are or how small our budget may be.

I've been looking at wall decals on and off for a while now, choosing which ones I like but never committing to purchasing them. A couple of week ago Icon Wall Stickers asked me if I wanted to try some and I pretty much bit their arm off. I spent a while looking around their site and settled on one for my kitchen and one for the kids bedroom.

The day they arrived I was like a kid ripping into their christmas presents. New things for my home make me giddy, what can I say.

The stickers looked amazing. They were well packaged and I was pleasantly surprised by the size of them. I prepped the walls and set about getting them up.

If I could give you two pieces of advice when applying wall decals in your home.. Wait until you have no children around you and you have lots of time. I didn't realise how fiddly the stickers are and it took me a few attempts to get them onto the walls properly. I may have used a few choice words in the process.

The end result is pretty cool though :) 

James loves Maths. Numbers are his thing so when I saw that they had an eight times table wall decal I was sold. This was the fiddliest one out of the two but James is over the moon with it. 

Overall I am so happy with them. With the one in the bedroom a few of the numbers got stuck onto the backing paper so I had to peel them off and place them on the wall by hand but I think this may have more to do with my inexperience than the actual product. If you're in the market for some wall decoration then I would definitely say to check Icon Wall Stickers out. 

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