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Last Minute Back To Nursery Essentials With Lewisham Shopping Centre*


In the last few weeks of August you are bombarded with back to school adverts. But what about the kids who go to nursery? I find it's always harder to decide what to get for a child that attends nursery as they don't have a set uniform.

I thought I was all set for the new term, however Darcy decided to have a growth spurt so I had to dash to Lewisham Shopping Centre to get some essentials. This autumn/ winter I have decided to build Darcy a capsule wardrobe. Which includes; a few tops, jumpers a shirt, lots of fun print leggings and some cute pull on dresses to name a few things. in other words all clothes that can be mixed and matched. Capsule wardrobes are ideal for children as they are easy to buy for. It also means you won’t have a tonne of clothes and shoes which your child have not had to wear because they have outgrown them.







First stop was Clarks to get Darcy measured for some new shoes. Obviously the shop was packed with stressed parents and hyper children. But the staff were super chilled. I think this was helped with the ticket system they have. They have two ways that they measure feet, the old fashion foot measuring gauge which you can buy so you can measure your child feet at home and now the high tech iPad foot measuring gauge. The child get to pick what character they want to be, input their age and it measures their feet super quick and fuss free.

I allowed Darcy to pick her own shoes, and of course she would pick the most flashiest shoes available. Not only do these shoes have diamonds they have lights that flash with every step.


H & M are one of my favorite shops for childrens wear. Their clothes always wash up so well and they always have great deals on. At the moment you can pick a top and bottom for only £6.99. They also have 3 for 2 on their Conscious Range.

I got Darcy some basic casual wear which can be mixed and matched. Darcy fell in love with this cardigan, once again it’s all blinged up. I swear my child is a magpie at times.



Of course no shopping trip is complete without a visit to Next, they have so many lovely things in at the moment. They also have a offer on some of the clothing buy 1 for £6, 2 for £10 or 3 for £15 which you can see from the pictures I took advantage off. They also have a hooded bomber jacket which I have my eye on for Darcy, unfortunately they were sold out in her size. They did offer to order it into the store for me. However, I have a Next account so can do it at home and get it delivered to me.

You can find out more about Lewisham Shopping on their website and Twitter.

I would love to hear what your Nursery essentials are

*This is a  collaborative post

Recipe | Guinness Punch



As Notting Hill Carnival is just around the corner (28 - 29th August 2016) I thought I would share with you one of my family's favourite recipes. Not only is this delicious, it is also so simple to make.



Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Guinness
  • 240 ml Evaporated Milk
  • 8 tablespoons of Condensed Milk
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • A few drops of Vanilla Essence
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

Instructions
  • Pour the Guinness, evaporated and condensed milk into a jug
  • Stir well
  • Add the Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  • Place in the fridge to chill or pour over ice
  • Enjoy!!

    What to Expect When Nesting*


    Many mothers-to-be will experience the need to nest - essentially, a drive to prepare your home for your new baby, whenever he or she may arrive. If you don’t, no worries, that just means that you’re getting all the rest and relaxation you can before that tiny bundle of joy changes everything…


    If the nesting frenzy does hit, here’s a run-down of what you can expect.


    The Need to Clean

    Once maternity leave begins and you have a little bit of time before your due date, the urge to get things in order - especially cleaning - may be too much to resist, resulting in a spring clean of epic proportions. Many new mothers will see this period of time as a chance to get around to all those cleaning jobs that never get done such as washing duvets, rugs, sorting out the cupboard and getting baby’s room just right.


    The things to keep in mind is that you are heavily pregnant so you will need to tackle cleaning jobs carefully and with plenty of rest breaks. That means no scrubbing the floors on your hands and knees or climbing ladders to reach those pesky cobwebs. You must look after yourself!
    House to Home has some great tips for cleaning every room of your home to make the task at hand much easier.

      
    Finances in Check

    Getting your bills in check is just another thing to check off the to-do list. Knowing what bills are coming out, when they are coming out and how your maternity pay will affect this is essential to reducing stress and feeling on top of everything. The Money Advice Service has a great finance health check tool to see how you’re currently coping with finances and can give you tips on how to work your money better. Burying your head in the sand is not an option.


    Set reminders for your MOT, insurance policies and any non-regular payments that will be coming up while you are on maternity leave. Also, if you don’t already have a designated place where all your paperwork lives, get one. It’s so much easier having everything in one, easily accessible place.

    Stocking Up

    Now to the interesting bit - food. Cooking meals for yourself might never have been a difficult thing in the past, but once you have a little one that depends on you to cater to his/her every need, things get a bit more complicated. Preparing for this time by batch cooking and freezing wisely will pay huge dividends later on.


    The key to batch cooking your favourite meals is in the labelling. Ensure everything is frozen by portion and has the name of what it is and when it was made so you can keep a track of what you have. Jamie Oliver has some “fabulous freezer tips” to make the most of the space you have including freezing vegetables, spices (for that extra kick in meals) and even dairy products!


    Nesting could also involve defrosting the freezer - to ensure you have as much space as possible in there - and also making sure the cupboards and fridge are full of the essential items you need. Preparation is key to reducing pre-baby stress and helping you to control the things you can. 


    Space Saver

    Whether you have a small flat or a large house, making sure the space works for your needs is essential. Everything in your home should have a place and a purpose, so using this time before baby’s arrival is great for getting rid of items you don’t want or need. You will be streamlining your home while also helping out local charity shops - it’s a win-win situation…


    Once you have painstakingly gone through all the stuff you have to decide what makes the cut, the next task is to find a new home for it. Clever storage solutions are the answer by using up all of the unused space you have in the form of under bed storage, shelving, loft space and the garage. Having all of your possessions in order will be another satisfying tick off the to-do list as well as giving you a home that is tidy and enjoyable to be in.

    There are also other options to increasing the space you have, or giving the impression that there’s more space. Internal bifold doors offer up a solution to the changing needs of your communal areas. You can open up two rooms into one when needed for entertaining guests (baby’s first birthday, maybe?) and separate them again for those situations when you need the rooms to have different functions.


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    Scorching Summer Giveaway





    There is nothing I love more than to enter competitions. Now that we are definitely in summer I have teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to give a fantastic prize of a £150 Amazon gift card (or PayPal equivalent) and a runner up prize of a £50 Amazon gift card. To find out how to enter keep reading on!

    As the weather turns colder, we decided to host a fabulous competition 'Scorching Summer Giveaway' to win some much needed Amazon Vouchers.

    Bloggers have teamed up again to offer you an amazing prize, one that you can not miss out on.



    The Grand Prize will be a £150 Amazon Gift Card and the Runner Up Prize will be a £50 Amazon Gift Card.

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    Dressing for Summer with Simply Be*


    At the moment we are having a typical British summer. I'm either moaning that it's too cold or moaning that it's too hot. It's always hard to know what to wear, so dresses are my normally my favourite item of clothing to wear. I haven't invested much into my summer wardrobe so I knew it was time to add a few new pieces.

    It's no secret that I love Simply Be. They are always one of the first places I look for day dresses. As they have a great selection to choose from and I love that I can try on the clothes in the comfort of my home.

    I ordered a few dresses, being 5'9 and plus size.I never know what will look right on me. These two dresses are the ones that made the cut. 

    As you can see from the following pictures, I have my arms and legs out and even showing a bit of VBO (Visible Belly Outline). It's too hot to be covering up, I have no desire to be overdressed and uncomfortable. I rather spend my time making memories with Darcy, than worry about what others think of my body!


    I wouldn't normally pick a dress like this as I'm not a fan of clothes with collars as they make me look even more busty than I am. However I was pleasantly surprised with this ditsy print dress, it is really flattering. I'll be able to transaction into autumn with a pair of tights.




    I fell in love with this Dobby dress when I saw it. It is lined but still light and airy. I love that it has a elasticated waist as makes it really comfortable and I love the tassles neck tie. Every time I have worn it I have had someone comment on how nice it is.

    I haven't booked a holiday at the moment, I'm hoping to go on a cheeky one in the autumn. However when I do I will definitely be adding these two stunning dresses to my suitcase.

    Simply Be have a huge range of summer dresses up to a size 32, definitely worth having a browse.

    What is your go to outfit to wear in the summer?


    CREP PROTECT - YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND





    My love affair with Crep Protect started when Darcy’s Dad brought her a pair of pink Timberlands. I went from thinking, "aww they are so cute!" to "she will never be wearing them out as she will ruin them after one outing". So they sat looking pretty in a box for a while, that is until a friend of mine posted a video on Facebook of Crep Protect in action.



    After watching numerous videos on YouTube and reading countless reviews. I decided what the hell, I’m going to buy a can. The application was so easy, you simply just spray 20cms away onto your clean footwear. In a well ventilated area or outside, leave it to dry for around ten minutes. Spray another coat and hey presto!!, you are protected for up to two weeks without reapplying.

    Crep Protect will leave your shoes water resistant, and protected from dirt and most types of residue.

    Darcy wore her Tim’s out and of course she did get them dirty straight away. However, when I got home I wiped them with a baby wipe and everything came off so easily. They look as good as new to this day.

    One thing I would say about Crep Protect is they are missing out on a larger audience by only marketing it for trainers. This works on all types of footwear. I have sprayed it on all our trainers, shoes and boots, anything I know that might be scuffed or get really dirty. I’ve even been known to spray it on one of my favourite white canvas bags.

    A can costs £10 which I got from Amazon, however Crep Protect is available in most footwear stores.

    You can find out more about Crep Protect by visiting their Twitter, Instagram or Facebook Page.

    I am now a true fan of Crep Protect. Once you try it, you will be one too.


    Family Fever