Why you should still be printing your photos in 2018 {featuring My Personalised Case review}

Why you should still be printing your photos in 2018 {featuring My Personalised Case review}

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Want to hear something a bit ridiculous? I have 3756 photos on my iPhone, I have only owned this phone since September 2017. I have snapped almost 4000 photos in just 8 months, that’s insane. Out of all those photos though, I probably only have  200 printed, 200 physical copies I can hold in my hands, store in family albums or frame and display proudly on the walls of my home. View Post

Day out with Thomas at the Watercress Line

Day out with Thomas at the Watercress Line

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When Leo was two he was obsessed with Thomas the Tank, I mean ob-sessed! His bedroom is still full of various bits of track, he has about five little Thomas trains and a James, Gordon, Harold the helicopter, Percy and, well, you know all the rest right? We took Leo on a Day out with Thomas at Eastleigh miniature railway when he was two and he loved it so when we were invited along to go for another Day out with Thomas, this time along the Watercress Line, I knew my Thomas super fan would be desperate to go. Last week, during the Easter holidays and on the sunniest day Hampshire had been blessed with in months, Leo and I headed out for a Day out with Thomas, singing the theme tune the whole way there in the car. View Post

Don’t let motherhood stop you from chasing your dreams – WIN an online creative writing course

Don’t let motherhood stop you from chasing your dreams – WIN an online creative writing course

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Want to hear a secret? Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to write a book. I have always been a massive bookworm, for years I would fall asleep with my glasses still on my face and a book in my hands, the page I was reading lost until morning. I love reading, I love how I can physically just be sat in my living room but, through the power of words on a page, feel like I’m in a whole different place, watching the excitement and drama of someone else’s life unfold. Books really are amazing.

I have always admired how authors are able to make you feel so many strong emotions just through the sentences they have creatively crafted together.  There have been times I have slammed books closed in frustration, cried my eyes out with what feels like genuine grief at the demise of a main character and times I have laughed so hard it hurts. That’s my dream right there; I would love to write a story that people really invested in, that moved them and made them really feel something. So why haven’t I done it, you might be wondering? Well, I have a good reason. Two good reasons actually, one is called Leo and the other is called Alex. View Post

Beautiful jewellery for mums from Kaya Jewellery – review and giveaway

Beautiful jewellery for mums from Kaya Jewellery – review and giveaway

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I am a big fan of jewellery. I love necklaces, bracelets, earrings – the works! I also love personalised gifts, there is no better way of showing someone how much you care and that you have really put love and thought into their gift than buying something that has been customized specifically for them. Online jewellery store, Kaya Jewellery, recently contacted me and asked if I would like to review some of their personalised jewellery, they create gorgeous jewellery for mums and babies/children and I chose the personalised infinity mum necklace. If you are looking for a thoughtful, beautiful gift for Mother’s Day then I definitely recommend giving Kaya Jewellery a try. Here is my full review, stick around to the bottom of the post to find out how you can win a £40 voucher to spend at Kaya Jewellery.

Beautiful jewellery for mums – Kaya Jewellery review and giveaway

A bit about Kaya Jewellery

Kaya Jewellery is a brand created by mum of two daughters, Tanja. Tanja was inspired by her eldest daughter Kaya to create matching mother and daughter jewellery. On the kaya website you can find a whole range of mother daughter jewellery, including baby bracelets and mum necklaces. I am all for supporting small businesses, especially those that support a great cause, something which Kaya Jewellery does. Tanja wanted to find a way  to help others through her business and she donates part of her profits to Eduki, a foundation that helps to make sure underprivileged children in Gambia are able to go to school – amazing!

There are so many gorgeous options to chose from if you are looking for a gift for a new mum, your own mum or you just want to treat yourself. If you have a jewellery loving daughter who wants to be just like her mama, then you can find a whole load of matching jewellery sets, the majority of which can be customised. All the Kaya products are handmade in the UK and are made from good quality materials like sterling silver, precious stones and crystals.

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Personalised infinity mum necklace review 

I received a beautiful necklace from Kaya Jewellery, I completely adore it and haven’t taken it off since the day it arrived. My infinity mum necklace arrived in a gorgeous little pink box, complete with a polishing cloth to keep it looking shiny and in great condition. The infinity necklace looks like a figure of eight, the infinity symbol, and represents never ending love for the names of the people you have engraved on it. Obviously, I chose to have my boys names engraved on my necklace and I am so pleased with how they came out. The pendant is not big and bulky but it is just large enough to feature both my boys names (Leo and Alex) and for them to be easily read.

The necklace is made from sterling silver and the chain links are the perfect size, not too chunky but not too fragile and dainty either. I actually really like how strong the chain is without being too big, Alex has yanked on it quite a lot and it has managed to survive unscathed. I am going to say that the Kaya jewellery is pretty tough, if it can survive my toddler trying to rip it from my neck then it must be!

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The quality of this necklace is amazing, considering it costs only £34.90 and the postage is free, as is the gift wrapping. I would have happily paid more for this necklace and without a shadow of a doubt I will be buying from Kaya Jewellery in the future. Kaya Jewellery is a great online shop to browse if you are looking for a really special Mother’s Day gift, birthday present or want to treat your daughter and yourself to some matching jewellery.

** Kaya Jewellery GIVEAWAY – win £40 gift voucher **

Want to buy someone special something special from Kaya Jewellery? Well, with this amazing giveaway you could win a £40 gift voucher to spend on the Kaya Jewellery website. All you need to do is enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter below – good luck!

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Terms and conditions:
Giveaway is open to UK residents only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. The giveaway closes on March 31st 2018, 12.00am. The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter. The gift voucher can not be exchanged for cash. The winner has 48hours to respond to their email before a new winner is chosen. Kaya Jewellery are responsible for organising the delivery of the prize to the winner. Naptime Natter can not be held responsible if no prize is received. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to any outside parties.

Do you like to wear personalised jewellery? Have you got a child who is always raiding your jewellery box? My boys aren’t that bothered by jewellery, although Alex does like to try and rip my necklaces off so maybe I will buy him one for himself when he is older!

Disclaimer: I was sent the infinity necklace from Kaya Jewellery free of charge in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

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Weaning with HiPP Organic – Introducing the HiPP Buddies

Weaning with HiPP Organic – Introducing the HiPP Buddies

Here at Naptime Natter HQ we love easy and convenient food, it also has to be healthy and taste amazing too though. I love spending time searching Pinterest and cookbooks for yummy recipes and writing out a weekly meal plan before browsing the aisles in the supermarket and dropping fresh and nutritious ingredients into the trolley. However, when it comes to weaning your baby, sometimes even cooking up a 15 minute meal feels impossible and it can get a bit complicated taking homemade baby food out and about with you – this is why I love using pouches. Ever since we started weaning Alex when he was 6 months old, we have used baby food pouches to help him get used to new flavours and textures; we teamed up with HiPP Organic and Alex has loved tasting their wide variety of baby foods as part of his weaning journey. Alex was so excited to receive a selection of HiPP Organic sweet and their brand new savoury pouches to try and we were introduced to the newest members of the HiPP family – the HiPP Buddies! View Post

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – book review

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – book review

For a very long time I have been searching for a book that could rekindle my love of reading. Being a busy mum of two, I really crave the escapism from real life that a book can offer but I have been struggling to find a story that was able to hold my attention. I have been on a mission to find a book that takes over my life, a real page turner worth staying up late reading and sacrificing my precious evenings binge watching Netflix for. I needed one of those books that’s leaves it characters and their lives lingering in your mind long after you’ve reluctantly put your paper back down to get on with something else. I did as anyone would do with a dilemma in this day and age and I turned to social media for help to find my perfect book. I had a fair few suggestions but when someone suggested a unknown title to me on Twitter, I knew it was the one, the book that could bring my inner bookworm back to life. That book was Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and, if this paragraph hasn’t already given it away, I LOVED it. Here is my full review .. View Post

Weaning with HiPP Organic – introducing textured food to your baby

Weaning with HiPP Organic – introducing textured food to your baby

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Introducing lumps and more textured food to your baby’s diet can be pretty scary. I know with both of my boys I got really stressed about them choking as they progressed from their first tastes of puree onto more lumpy meals. I have always used a mixture of homemade and shop bought baby food when weaning my babies. As they transition from smooth to more textured food, I like to buy jars before making their food myself, it helps to give me an idea of what sort of consistency their food should be for this stage of weaning. Recently Alex was sent a selection of stage 2 and stage 3 jars from HiPP Organic to try out, these meals are perfect for introducing lumps into your babies diet and helping them figure out how to chew food properly. Here is a review of what Alex thought of the HiPP Organic range and some useful tips on how to successfully introduce more variety and texture in to your baby’s diet. View Post

Stick Man Live – the perfect first theatre experience for toddlers

Stick Man Live – the perfect first theatre experience for toddlers

What toddler doesn’t love Stick Man? Actually, what adult doesn’t love Stick Man? If you have no clue what I am on about, let me quickly fill you in. Stick Man is a children’s story written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the people who brought us the modern day children’s classics of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and so many more beautifully imagined story books. The story of Stick Man captured my Leo’s heart a couple of years a go and when I saw Stick Man Live was coming to our local theatre I just HAD to take him.  If you have a Stick Man fan in your family then you are definitely not going to want to miss this. View Post

How to care for your baby’s teeth – Brush-Baby review

How to care for your baby’s teeth – Brush-Baby review

At 10 months old Alex now has four little teeth. The bottom two pearly whites popped through around the age of 6 months and in the past couple weeks two shiny top teeth have decided to make an appearance too. Teething is horrible but following all the crying and all the dribble, tiny teeth do eventually appear and it is important to know how to care for your little one’s teeth once they have sprouted through. Alex has got beautiful white teeth but I know they won’t stay that way without a really good dental hygiene routine; he may not be eating sugar or drinking things like coffee that can stain his teeth but oral hygiene is still really important. We have recently teamed up with baby dental care brand Brush-Baby to review some of their innovative baby toothbrushes and to share with you some tips on how to look after your little one’s toothy pegs. Got a little one with some teeny tiny first teeth coming through? I hope you find this post useful. View Post

Weaning with HiPP Organic – review and #giveaway

Weaning with HiPP Organic – review and #giveaway

Introducing solid foods to your baby for the first time can be both exciting and a bit stressful. Alex has been weaning since he was almost 6 months old and he loves his food. When you start weaning it can be difficult to know what foods to give your baby and when; I found introducing Alex to solid food pretty confusing. If you decide to start with purees and not go down the baby led weaning route then HiPP organic have introduced a brand new range of baby food perfect for baby’s first tastes. We were recently sent a hamper of the new Pure Vegetable jars and stage 1 savoury jars from HiPP to try, here is what Alex and I thought.. View Post

The Bear Cub Bakers – children’s book review

The Bear Cub Bakers – children’s book review

If you read my blog regularly you will know that I am a Boolino Friend blogger. This means I get sent wonderful new children’s books to review and it is one of my favourite things to come from my blog as Leo loves books and he always get’s excited when a new one arrives in the post. Recently we were sent a copy of The Bear Cub Bakers by Caroline Baxter, here’s what we thought.. View Post

Back to school essentials with Spider-Man and the Disney Store

Back to school essentials with Spider-Man and the Disney Store

Leo is starting school next month. I am only just accepting the fact that my baby boy has turned four years old and I am struggling to get my head around the fact he is going to primary school in just a matter of weeks. Although there are many things I am dreading about my not so little man starting school, the manic morning rush to get out on time just being one of them, there are lots of things I am excited about too. One of those things is buying all the back to school essentials for Leo so he can start the new term with everything he needs. We have received lots of amazing back to school products from the Disney Store to review and, let me just say this, my boy is going to be the envy of all his Spider-Man adoring friends come September.  View Post

Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with the Disney Store. We received a bundle of Spider-Man products in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

Is it time we put our smartphones down? – #babyLove My Toddler Life book review

Is it time we put our smartphones down? – #babyLove My Toddler Life book review

“I will play Lego with you in a minute.” *said while staring at a screen*

“You want me to read that book again? I will do in a sec.” *said while staring at a screen*

“Can mummy just take a break from playing hide and seek for a bit?” *said while reaching for a phone*

“Why don’t you just watch some cartoons for a little while?” *said while reaching for a phone*

“You look so cute in this photo.” *said while immediately uploading to social media*

“Can you just do that again, this picture is blurry.” *said while trying to get a perfect picture for social media*

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you feel like there is an extra person in your family? That extra ‘person’ being not a human who actually needs and craves your attention but a technological device that somehow seems to steal so much of your time. I am going to be completely honest, I feel like I am living as part of a family of 6. This family set up appears near enough nuclear on first appearances but it’s true make up goes like this: Mummy, Daddy, child 1, child 2, Mummy’s phone and Daddy’s phone. View Post

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Breastfeed with confidence with The Bshirt – review

Breastfeed with confidence with The Bshirt – review

Breastfeeding in public is not really something I struggle with now I am a second time mum. I am of the attitude that if my baby needs feeding then I am going to feed him, it doesn’t matter where I am or if there are strangers around. This was not the case at all when I had Leo, as a first time mum I found breastfeeding in public really nerve wracking to begin with and would go to great lengths to try and be as discrete as possible. There were numerous occasions where I would go and feed Leo in my car while we were out shopping or I would just try and time outings around his feeds in those very early baby days.  Establishing breastfeeding can be really difficult and the last thing any new mum needs is to feel stressed out when feeding because her clothes don’t make her feel confident when feeding her baby. Recently I got to review a brand new nursing top by a lovely new brand called The Bshirt. If you are trying to get feeding established and don’t want the fear of breastfeeding in public to hold you back then get this top on your must have list now. Here is what Alex and I thought of The Bshirt .. View Post

The best bottle for breastfed babies – yoomi self warming bottle review

The best bottle for breastfed babies – yoomi self warming bottle review

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding, when it comes to baby feeding it can be very difficult at times for both mummy and baby to figure everything out. Alex is breastfed, we had a few issues to begin with (bleeding nipples being the worst!) but now he is almost 9 months old and feeding is pretty much problem free. There is one little issue though, I wouldn’t exactly call it a problem but it has caused me a fair bit of grief over the past few moths, Alex won’t take a bottle. If you are a breastfeeding mum you will understand how relentless breastfeeding can be and sometimes all you want is a break from it, to pop to the shops or go on a girlie night out or to just have your body back for a day. As a smaller baby Alex would occasionally take expressed milk from a bottle, we had a lot of success with the Lansinoh Momma bottle in those early months. For some reason though, probably due to the fact we weren’t giving him one regularly enough, Alex started to refuse all his favourite old bottles. Formula or breastmilk, he would just scream whenever the bottle went anywhere near him. Even if he was starving Alex wouldn’t let the teat be placed in his mouth. This has been going on until a couple weeks ago when we received a miracle in the post from innovative baby feeding brand yoomi. This may sound like a pretty bold statement but I believe the yoomi feeding system is the best bottle out there for a breastfed baby. Here’s our review of the yoomi self warming bottle so you can find out why.. View Post