What is a baby show and 3 reasons why you should go

baby show

When I was pregnant with Leo I had never even heard of a baby show, it was just one of many things that I was clueless about as a first time mummy to be. So, when we took Leo to our local show when he was just 5 weeks old I quickly learnt that a baby show is not actually babies performing together on stage, all singing and dancing, as the name may suggest. View Post

#BlogCrush – Week 15

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Hello lovelies!

What a horrendous week this week has been. I, like the rest of the country, am absolutely appalled and heartbroken after what happened in Manchester on Monday night. I really do wonder what is happening to this world and I really do fear for what the future will be like for my two boys. If any of you were involved, or have any friends or family who have been affected by the terror attack in Manchester then I am sending all the love in the world. Love will conquer hate. Always.

I have got stuff going on in my personal life right now that is causing me to get feel really stressed and for my anxiety to be going through the roof so sorry if I am not my usual self on this old blog of mine over the next few weeks. Let’s try and perk things up here..it’s a bank holiday weekend AND half term is upon us, I hope you all are planning on doing lots of fun things and spending lots of quality time with your families.

What is #BlogCrush ?

#BlogCrush is a linky with a difference that I host with wonderful Lucy (Lucy at Home)  . This linky is like no other as not only can you link up one of your own posts but we also ask you to add a post from another blogger to the linky too. So if you have read something this week (or ever) that has really wowed you then please add it as your BC to the linky below. I can’t wait to read this week’s helping of excellent posts!

Before we get on to the linky I have a bit of a favour to ask you all. I have decided to put myself forward for the BiBs awards this year and if you enjoy my blog and like what I do then I would love you to vote for me in the best family lifestyle or readers choice categories. I will LOVE YOU forever (just click the badge below..pretty please).

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Featured #BlogCrush posts

This week my #BlogCrush is from Kelly at Daydreams of a Mum. I LOVED this post, I am sure you all saw that ridiculous article in the Daily Fail having a go at some fantastic mum bloggers and this post from Kelly is the perfect response – A love letter to mummy bloggers

Lucy’s #BlogCrush is Keep Mum – Makeup: Do I consider it child’s play?

Congratulations to you featured bloggers, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky – week 15

This week I am linking up my post about what to expect when your little one turns 3 – 19 things you should know before your child turns 3

Lucy is linking up Cbeebies Peter Rabbit buns: A step by step guide

Naptime Natter

It is time to get linking! #BlogCrush is all about sharing the bloggy love, Lucy and I have noticed a few people not following our main rule of adding a post written by another blogger, can you please make sure you do this as it is the whole point of this linky. We don’t like being the blog police but it is not fair to just drop your own link when #BlogCrush is all about sharing content written by others as well as yourself. Also, my badge code doesn’t work sometimes, if you have any problems please message me and I will try to sort it. THANKS!

Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

 

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10 things I hate about teething

teething

Ugh, teething. That horrible stage in a baby’s life where they make the transition from adorable little gummy creatures to red cheeked, grouchy beings with fangs. I am not ashamed to admit that I HATE teething, it is the worst thing about the baby days; give me sleep deprivation over a day stuck in the house with a shrieking teething baby any day. I understand that having their gums tortured by spiky little milk teeth isn’t exactly a load of laughs for babies either and I’m sure if my boy could talk he would tell me that he friggin hates teething too. If you haven’t guessed it already, Alex is teething (duh) , he has one little tooth at the bottom of his mouth but no matter how much he chomps on his little fist, no more teeth have made an appearance yet.  These past few weeks haven’t exactly been baby bliss with my little one feeling the full of effects of teething and to take out some of my frustrations I have decided to write down all things I hate about stupid f***ing teething, in true 10 things I hate about you (best film ever?) style. If your baby is teething too, I am sure you can relate. View Post

19 things you should know before your child turns 3

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When you are pregnant the amount of advice and stories that get thrown at you and your growing bump from every direction can be a tad overwhelming at times. The same goes for baby’s first year and toddlerhood too, people are not shy about coming forward with what it is like raising a small person and will gladly tell you aaall about it if you ask (sometimes you don’t even have to ask!). The advice, insights and anecdotes start to slow down when your child hits 3, I don’t know if it is because others think you should probably know what you’re doing by now or what but I have definitely noticed I am regularly finding myself staring at Leo in confusion and thinking ‘WTF?’. If you have a little one whose barrelling towards their third birthday and want to know, for research, what it is really like living with a 3 year old then here are 19 things I wish I had known before my Leo teetered over the edge of toddlerdom and became a fully fledged little boy. View Post

#BlogCrush – Week 14

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It’s Fridaaay!

Hope you have all had a lovely week, thanks for coming to join us for #BlogCrush linky. If you are a new linker, #BlogCrush is a linky I host with wonderful Lucy (Lucy at Home) and it is like no other linky in Blog Land. We are all about sharing the blog love here so not only can you link up one of your own fabulous posts but you can also add a post written by someone else too. A big hello to all our regular linkers too, I love seeing you all coming back every week and you are all so lovely sharing so much love. View Post

Looking to the future and dreaming big – 5 steps to a happier me

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You may or may not be aware that on Monday I turned 26. The past 12 months have been full of extreme highs, Alex’s birth being the best, as well as some terrible lows, post natal depression and anxiety being the absolute worst. While I did enjoy being 25, for the most part, and I don’t really love the idea of edging ever closer to 30, I can’t help but feel that my 26th year on earth is going to be my best yet. I know it might seem a bit cliché but I am seeing turning 26 as the perfect opportunity for a fresh start and to change my life for the better. How am I going to create this new, happier version of my self you may be wondering? Well, let me tell you how.. View Post

It’s my birthday and I’ll give stuff away if I want to – WIN £30 to spend at Party Bags & Supplies

party bags

Today is my birthday! I am now 26 years old, how did that happen? In my head I still feel about 18 years old so I am finding it a bit hard to accept that I am now only 4 years away from the big 3 0. I love birthdays though, even if they do mean I am another year older, and there is nothing I like more than a good birthday party. Back when I was actually 18, the definition of a good party was one that involved lots of dancing, a brand new outfit to wear, loads of friends and way waaay too much alcohol. Now I am practically middle aged though (just joking!), I don’t actually care so much about a birthday party of my very own, when it comes to parties these days I am all about my kids. View Post

#BlogCrush – Week 13

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Welcome back to another week of #BlogCrush lovely bloggers. This linky is all about sharing the blog love, myself and my co host Lucy (Lucy at Home) love reading all your amazing posts every week and finding out what blog posts you have all been enjoying recently. If you are new here *waves* hi! Please make sure to check out the rules before you link up, I look forward to reading your posts. View Post

24 hours in Rome with a toddler and a baby – 11 things to see and do

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Last month we went on holiday to Italy and I think it is safe to say whilst there I discovered my new favourite city. Rome is the capital of Italy (also now my new favourite country)  and it is an amazing place to visit. I really felt like everywhere I looked there was a famous landmark to admire, a piece of history to get lost in or a building that looked almost as old as time itself. I am in love with Rome, I already want to go back and explore some more and delve even further into the ancient city’s history. We spent 10 days in Umbria in Italy and for our last day we travelled over 2 hours to Rome, there was no way we could go to Italy and not explore it’s famous capital – the home of the actual Romans none the less. Now, 24 hours is not a very long time at all, especially when about 10 of those was spent sleeping/getting up in the hotel, but we managed to cram quite a lot in to our day trip to Rome and that was with a 3 year old and a baby in tow. So, if you ever find yourself with 24 hours to spare whilst on a family holiday in Italy, here are 11 things to see and do when in Rome (sorry, couldn’t resist) View Post

Please, can we stop arguing about how we feed our babies?

stop arguing how we feed babies

Here is something I have often found myself wondering since I became a mum, why do parents argue with other parents about how they feed their babies? I mean, why do people feel the need to pass comment on how others decide to feed their child? I have tried my best to bite my tongue on the whole breast v bottle debate as I do not like arguments and, unfortunately, baby feeding seems to cause A LOT of arguments. I can’t keep quiet any longer though, I am sick of seeing mums online having a go at each other, judging each other and being pretty damn rude to each other over something as trivial as where a baby gets it’s milk from. View Post

#BlogCrush – week 12

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Happy FriYAY!

I am so happy it is almost the weekend, it has been a bit of a rubbish week this week as we had a family funeral and I am feeling a bit exhausted. I can not wait for the weekend and to spend lots of time with Oli and the boys as we have been in Mid Wales all week while Oli has been stuck in work. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Anyway, welcome back to #BlogCrush, the linky I host with my lovely bloggy friend Lucy from Lucy at Home. #BlogCrush is like no other linky out there, not only do you get to link up one your own amazing posts but you also link up a post written by someone else. What better way to share the blog love than to show another blogger you love what they do by sharing their post here, I really do love seeing everyone tweeting so much love on a Friday morning.

Featured #BlogCrush posts

This week my #BlogCrush is Talking Mums, this is a very important campaign and something all pregnant women should red – #AlwaysAsk: Tommy’s encourages mums to follow their instincts

Lucy’s #BlogCrush is Old House in the Shires – The wobbly tooth brigade

Congratulations to you featured bloggers, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky – week 12

This week I am linking up my post about feeling clueless over weaning – Weaning, still winging it second time around 

Lucy is linking up That time the school attendance letter made me sob

Naptime Natter

It is time to get linking! #BlogCrush is all about sharing the bloggy love, Lucy and I have noticed a few people not following our main rule of adding a post written by another blogger, can you please make sure you do this as it is the whole point of this linky. We don’t like being the blog police but it is not fair to just drop your own link when #BlogCrush is all about sharing content written by others as well as yourself. Also, my badge code doesn’t work sometimes, if you have any problems please massage me and I will try to sort it. THANKS!

Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

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