Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Our Family in November 2016.

Another month has flown by, and as much as I've felt like it's been a good month for us (other than the lack of sleep and occasional outbursts from over tired kids) it's been a nice month, days and I'm secretly glad as it's almost the Festive period! 

The autumn school term seems to have whizzed by, and as much as I look forward to the next holiday period with my little ones, its also something I find myself mourning as it is symbolising just how fast time is going by, for example - Yvie-Mae turned SIX last month. How on earth am I a Mama to a SIX year old already who is in year one, shocking for me and its something I am proud of but struggle to make sense of all the rapid change going on a lot. We've had time where we've gone for lovely walks to the park or local pub for Sunday roast, double the amount of school homework now, the starting of Rainbows for Yve's, the continuing of dance classes for both bigger girls and the enjoyment of messy play Wednesdays for the little two.

Next month is one of my favourites, the weather change and cosiness, chunky blankets, slippers & hearty foods, the festivities and gearing up to Christmas, letting our children know the true meaning of Christmas time - being with loved ones and cherishing it so much, the crafting, Phoenix has an introductory session at his future nursery (round the next building to the girls school) and of course the girls are going to be in their nativities and school plays, how exciting (and emotional for this Mama!)
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This photo makes me laugh, totally shows how much little lady follows her Mama, Koala bear baby :)novembertribe
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Our siblings in November 2016

Some days I still can't believe we are parents to four amazing little people. They drive us mad sometimes but goodness me do we feel so grateful. They all have such individual personalities that bounce off one another, at times they can clash, but undoubtedly they love each other fiercely and protect one another so much. I hope they stay this devoted forever and their bond grows every single day

This month I thought I'd make a little note of our little siblings and their school run dynamics - the good & the...not so good!

Either the school pick up is with an over tired two year old, an almost certain leaky poo situation from a 7 month old, pouring down with rain and a huge load of traffic. We then pick the girls up who will then be over tired, hungry, agitated, bickering, and just exploding all emotions on the way home making me feel like I'm about to blow myself. We then arrive home to the "in still hungry", okay dinner is soon, "I don't want dinner", or the bickering continuing, and me waiting for back up from Tyrone, and us then willing bedtime to come as we are well and truly frazzled, then we realise it's only 5:23pm.
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Then we have the other end of the spectrum. The two year old will be in full flow of hilarious conversation full of enthusiasm and new things he's saying, or recognising all that's surrounding him, telling me what way it is to Grampy's (shark way if you were wondering), delightfully tucking into snacks. The weather is autumnal but not hammering it down, we pick up our girls (baby still probably poops but on the occasion she doesn't, what a win!) I then get two minutes to do what I'm currently doing now and drafting a blog post before five minutes time when our girls are ready to greet us. We then all get into the car, tuck into snacks, and sing along to the tumble tots cd together which they love singing "I am the music man" while acting out the instruments. Phoenix's favourite is "jolly snowman" and boy does he let it be known! We then get home, our far from perfect or 100% ready but comfortable home is the place where the older three cram together on one square of the big corner sofa, awaiting cuddles with their baby sister. The safe place we are whole, and we await dinner and Daddy's arrival home from work, we then sit and chill with a DVD, blankets and snuggles and reflect on everyones day. I love to have conversations with them & know what they've been doing, thinking, feeling when not with me.

Either scenario, come rain or shine, this is our reality five days of the week and even though I feel like I'm losing at everything some days, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's exhausting, but even more amazing, & totally worth it.november-16img_7745imgk_7746img_7804
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A wonderfully designed bag for Mamas - featuring Baby beau.

When it comes to stuff you need when you have a baby, I like to think that being on our fourth little love in five years, I know a thing or two about what's really needed. Something that's always been an investment, is a good quality changing bag. Now this may sound pretty obvious, but choosing the right type of changing bag, a nicely designed one but most importantly, one of a great quality......
 
I was recently sent this gorgeous 'Charlie' bag from Baby beau changing bags and it doesn't disappoint on any of those factors at all. The smart, sleek and practical design is extremely brilliant. The fact that it includes a leather insulated bottle bag, a leatherette change mat which is in a contrasting black and cream pinstripe lining to match the inside of the main bag. And wait for it - this can then be transformed into a smaller bag for use without all the baby stuff, maybe for a rare date night, or simply a pop to the shops. _mg_7159
_mg_7158Made from 'saffino faux leather' & gold hardware detailing, this bag is not only stylish but extrememly well designed and ever so practical. It also completely converts into a sleek and elegant handbag just for you that would beautifully compliment any outfit.
_mg_7167A secure and discreet back zip pocket, so handy when trying to find my keys or spare change when needed quickly, saving me from rummaging at the bottom of my whole bag - goodness knows what the kiddies have hidden in there!_mg_7169I love the compartments on the inside of the bag, plenty of options to organise your stuff, zipped pockets and a little detachable change purse which is super handy and stylish.
_mg_7172As mentioned above, This change bag comes with a detachable leatherette changing mat which is lined with the lovely pinstriped pattern just like the interior of the bag (also detachable). This is always reassuring when changing a baby out in public and is easily foldable to go back inside the bag not to mention stylish as it resembles a lovely clutch bag.img_7662I think it gets a 'thumbs up' from √Člodie!img_7657

Here I am wearing it with the optional over the shoulder strap.

As you can see, this change bag is so stylish and will be accommodating for both Mama & baby's things. I love the design, the versatility and the sizing of this bag. Its definitely in my top five of baby change bags & I have had a few. This particular bag retails at 129.99 which I think is a great price with all things taken into account with the detachable bags, changing mat, bottle warmer, change purse, another bag inside and the fact it can be worn containing all your 'Mum stuff' or simply a luxury bag for just you. You can find more info on the BabyBeau website.Collaborativepost
*Disclosure: We were kindly sent this bag for the purpose of this review, all images, words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.
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