I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

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Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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What to look for in a crib mattress

Whether you are a new mum or a veteran mum, picking out a crib mattress is one of the toughest decisions you are going to make. I say this because there are so many varieties on the market and it’s what your child is going to sleep on for at least 2 years. It’s important that the mattress fits the crib, doesn’t add to the SIDS risk that newborns are prone to, and you have to make sure it’s firm enough. You shouldn’t just go out and buy the first one you see on sale. Let me show you what to look for in a good crib mattress.

Firmness

When you go to pick out your crib mattress, you need to make sure that it has an ideal firmness for your baby. You can’t have a mattress that’s too soft because infants need the proper support. The firmness also helps to reduce the risk for SIDS. SIDS is also called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and a high percentage of this is from accidental suffocation.

How can a baby suffocate, you ask? Well, if you have a mattress that’s too soft and they roll over and get stuck, they may end up with their face stuck in it, thus, not being able to breathe, leading to suffocation. This is why the mattress should have a good firmness to it. It shouldn’t be as hard as a rock, but it also shouldn’t be able to be smushed with just a little pressure. You want to make sure, if you go for a foam mattress, that it’s no more than 6 inches thick, as per the crib mattress safety guidelines.

Support

The support of the mattress is just as important as the firmness. The reason for this is because as your baby sleeps, they need their spine placed in a natural alignment. This will prevent your child from having back problems as they get older. Not having enough support can greatly disrupt your child’s developmental milestones such as standing, kneeling, rocking, and rolling.  

Usually, innerspring mattresses have the ideal level of support your child needs. As they get older, you could transition them to a foam mattress that still gives support, but is more comfortable. If your child doesn’t have the ideal amount of support, it’s very possible that they could end up with posture issues that may need correction.

Durability

Durability is another feature to look for in a crib mattress, especially if you plan on passing it down to another child or a friend. Foam mattresses generally don’t have a long lifespan because they are prone to deterioration over time, unless they are made with a real high density material. Innerspring mattresses are best for durability, although they may become a pain to clean because you can’t remove the covers like you can on some foam ones.

Edge Support

Edge support is a huge issue with a lot of crib mattresses. If you are using a foam mattress, these tend to lack edge support, which can lead to SIDS if the mattress is too small for the crib. If the baby rolls to the edge, the edge can give away and they can become entrapped. You want to make sure that the mattress fits the crib properly and that the edges are solid. Innerspring mattress are best for this because they are usually lined with coil.

Once your child is into a toddler bed, especially when they are first starting out, edge support is going to be just as important. If they roll to the edge of the bed and there isn’t a guard there, the edge can give out and they may fall out of bed. So, if you plan to use the same mattress for their toddler bed, edge support is going to be something to really look for.

Foam Or Innerspring

I know i’ve touched on these a few times already, but it’s important to be aware of the differences between the two.

Foam

Foam has its advantages and disadvantages. Foam mattresses usually aren’t really firm, unless they have a really high foam density. They tend to be kind of soft and less resilient when you press your hand into them. They also lack the edge support needed for toddler bed transitioning, but this can easily be solved with a bed rail of some kind.

Foam mattresses also tend to be made with harmful materials, such as polyurethane, but these may be the older mattresses. The newer ones are most likely going to be CertiPUR-US Certified, which means they are safe for your baby to sleep on and contain no harmful chemicals.

These types of mattresses also tend to be cheaper unless they are made with memory foam or organic. There are a lot of different brands of crib mattresses that are organic, if that’s something you might be considering.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are one of the most traditional mattresses there are. These have springs inside, which help with support and durability. These are more on the firm side, which is ideal for infants. There’s a reduced risk of SIDS with these mattresses. They also have great edge support if they are coil lined, which most of them are.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy for innerspring mattresses to be CertiPUR-US Certified because they are made from springs, so your organic options are limited. If you are leaning towards innerspring, make sure the coil gauge is thick. This will add to the durability and it won’t be as bouncy as lower gauge spring models.

A few downfalls of innerspring mattresses is that they tend to be more pricey and they’re heavier because they have steel inside of them. So make sure you take that into consideration when making your decision.

Conclusion

Clearly, there is a lot to think about when it comes time to pick your crib mattress. It’s a lot more than just finding the lowest price one. If you plan to use it for many years, you need to take into consideration the durability, support, firmness, and more. All of these added up make for a well performing mattress.

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