Festive period has arrived

Yesterday was our first official start to the festive period and my goodness was I so excited.

We decided to go to the Westfield White City Santas Snowflake Grotto. We went last year however Taliyah was only 5 months so I’m sure she didn’t quite understand what was going on. But this year she’s 17 months (turned yesterday) so I figured she would really enjoy it.

I found out about the event as I am signed up to Westfield kids club, so they send you all events for kids across the shopping malls (goodness saying that was so American). I decided to book it for November because I knew December would be a busy month (we’ve still got two more grottos to go to- yes I know that’s wild but who cares).

First things first if you don’t want to ruin the surprise for yourself don’t read on as I’ll have pictures from inside the grotto.

So we arrived and you get to check in outside the venue, there is a buggy park area as they are not allowed inside. Which is fair and makes sense as it’s limited space.

Once inside the children are greeted with Santa’s helpers and they keep the children entertained with little games and trivia. For younger babies it’s like a giant sensory room; so many lights to get their curiosity going.

Once we land at Santas work shop we meet a few more of his helpers who welcome us to his snow flake factory (it is super warm in there which is great). This time round it was very interactive and the children got to create their on snowflake with their name on it. Which made for a great keepsake and bonus points as it was free.

Once they finish making their snowflake they are free to explore the workshop and get stuck into lots of activities keeping them busy before they meet Santa.

Taliyah got to write a letter to Santa at his special mail room and post it off to him.

Once it was our turn to go in we got to meet Santa in his Grotto and take family pictures with him, we also got given an age appropriate toy as well.

Once you have finished taking pictures with Santa you go through a little maze where it is snowing which was a great experience for Taliyah.

You then get to view your pictures and buy any if you want, we ended up getting a mounted picture then a picture in a bauble which will put on our tree

Tickets for the event were £7 per a person (adult/child) I didn’t think this was too bad for the experience and it was definitely worth it this year round as it was very interactive. Tickets are still available through eventbrite: Santas Snowflake Grotto

I would definitely recommend it for all parents as it’s a wonderful way to get them in the festive spirit, plus you can go for a little shopping trip and lunch day after like we did.

We ended up going to The Real Greek and they had a really good kids menu which included main, drink and dessert and Taliyah was definitely a fan. As were Mummy and Daddy, hope this post got you in the festive spirit.

– Mrs B

One year on

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

What’s all the excitement about? Well a bit overdue but last month we officially hit our 1 year mark of blogging and what better way but to celebrate with a little site revamp. 

We officially have a logo which I made myself , yes I’m back with my creative spark.

To mark the momentous occasion we did a fall shoot with the ever so talented JKG Photography. Here’s a little milestone update of our main lady and what we’ve been working on.

Words I can say

  • Mummy (I’ve graduated from mama to the full on thing now)
  • Eyes (and I have to point at them when I say it)
  • Grandma and grandpa
  • Tee-ta (my own take on my auntie Nitas’ name)
  • Good girl (how ironic)
  • Save the day (from my fav show pj masks)


What I can do

  • Point out my nose, eyes, mouth, teeth, hair
  • Point out Jake, Finn and Be-mo (my adventure time toy figures)
  • Climb up the stairs confidently 
  • Action along with head shoulders knees and toes and wind the bobbin up 
  • I can do a forward roll (clearly I love baby gymnastics)
  • I know how to plié (learned this in my first ballet lesson)
  • Bite super hard because I now have 8 teeth (which still hurt when they are coming through)

What we’ve been working on

  • We are currently product testing a new prototype breast pump that’s super top secret but it’s going amazingly well, nothing beats liquid gold straight from the boob
  • We have been working with Asda’s little angels and Dr Hilary Jones on an amazing mini series that is launching soon, thanks to Myriad PR
  • Getting super excited for the festive period 

Aside all of that we are excited that all our readers have continued to follow us on this journey and we have a lot more in store; we are going to commit to more frequent posts, and lots and lots of pictures. 

– Mrs B

The Naked Truth about Having a Baby

So last month I had the pleasure of attending my first ever book launch. Amazing to say the least and sum up every aspect about it.

Author, mother of 3 and wife Jernine R wrote an amazing book called ‘The Naked Truth about Having a baby’. The title alone spoke to me as it really hit home as a first time mother. Usually truths relating to motherhood are rarely spoke about or seen as a taboo, however on this occasion all those taboos came to light in her well penned account of her experiences of motherhood. 

The book is split into different sections which allow the reader to follow the journey of the different stages of motherhood. During the book launch the author split it into different stages leading with conception, pregnancy, labour and lastly birth. Each mother shared their honest, open and truthful account of a particular stage. All these stages are the process leading up to motherhood and each mothers experience during these stages shape their motherhood journey.

Conception

At the book launch a woman (Kimberly Kane) spoke about her process of going through ivf treatment to conceive a child, she spoke about the ups and downs of the process and the physical and emotional effect it has. In the book conception isn’t spoke about exclusively. As it appears to be a more personal account and the author talks about not knowing she was pregnant which is very common in a lot of pregnancies.

Pregnancy 

At the book launch a mother (Gemma Samuel’s) of 2 soon to be 3 spoke about her experience of her pregnancy journey, giving birth to her still born baby then a few months later falling pregnant then being blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby girl. She spoke about both pregnancies and how the experiences changed her. In the book Jernine gives an open and raw account of her pregnancy. She opens up about the negative feelings she felt and having to come to terms with her bodily changes. During pregnancy a lot of mothers have negative feelings and go through a tornado of emotions finding it difficult to express this. So it was a breath of fresh air to read her honest account and be able to identify with her emotional rollercoaster.

Labour

In the book the chapter on labour opens with a description of the word labour which is a perfect explanation of the experience. I loved the fact that the author highlights all labour experiences as being different even if it’s by the same person. At the book launch a mother (Shirina Carstens) speaks about how much of an easy and smooth labour she had but the after effects were nothing short of a nightmare. However she managed to over come all those post labour complications and they have had a positive impact on her future and making her the woman and mother she is today.

Birth

The book does not exclusively talk about birth but talks about the lead up to birth and the preparation that’s needed. I love how it gives practical and informed advice about how to prepare for the arrival of your baby. It then goes on to discuss about the post birth necessities.

  • Bringing the baby home
  • Sleep
  • Breastfeeding 

But to name a few of the aspects the author gives detailed, raw and authentic accounts about. She opens the reader up into her world of motherhood and strips back all the layers that are usually covered with modesty. She not only gives her personal account but she also gives advice which is reader will take away with them.

She reigns 

The book launch was like no other event I have ever been to. A beautiful spoken word by a soon too be first time father (Rommell Wallace) about the power of the women. Amazing vocals in the form of singer song writer (Kenza Blanka). Lots of sweet treats which are always a win for my sweet tooth and super yummy personalised cupcakes by @mummabaker__. The night was hosted by amazing founder @mummy.matters and the interviews were panelled by Pastor @jnrspence.

It was an amazing night and I was honoured to be able to attend such a well put together event. Not to mention my new addiction to the authors writing. Usually I’m the queen of summarising however on this occasion there isn’t enough positive adjectives to describe how well versed the book is. It is definitely a must read for all parents to be as well as experienced mothers and fathers (yes dads and dads to be you will gain a whole new insight. The book launch was an event not to be missed and if you did miss it you are in luck as the author will be doing a book signing November 30th. Tickets can be purchased here. If you like me love a good read and want to find out more checkout the site:  http://www.she-reigns.com/ 

– Mrs B