Our Toddler’s Bedtime Routine

It really shocks me when I hear so many parents saying that they don’t read their children stories before bed, or any other time of day for that matter. I wouldn’t have it any other way, my little one loves books & I’m pretty sure that it has something to do with the fact we’ve read to him since, well, before he was born…

When I was pregnant with Theo, myself & the Mr would read to him every night when we went to bed, even though he was in my tummy, we were firm believers that he could hear us & responded well to our voices. Reading books out loud was just an easier way to talk to him, without being stumped with what to say.

Call it chance or coincidence, but the one book we would repeatedly read him, is & has been for a long while, one of his favorites. I like to think it’s because he learnt the rhythm of the words through us reading it to him & he picked up on it when he was out & about in the world.

Theo’s bedtime routine, has been & will remain the same for the forseeable future because it works so well, for him & for us.

He starts his bedtime routine at about 6.50pm / 7.00pm.

We take him upstairs, brush his teeth, wash his face, get him dressed into his pjs & read him 3 – 4 stories (depending on the length). Then he helps his Daddy (or me if he’s at work) switch off his light & see if his dinosaurs & stars have come out (glow in the dark stickers). He gives us both (or again, just me if the Mr’s in work) a cuddle & we ask him if he’s had a nice day & various other questions that only really need a yes or no answer & we give him a kiss, lay him in bed, tuck him in & sing him 2 or 3 songs before saying goodnight & leaving the room, blowing a kiss on the way out. He normally blows a kiss just as we’re closing the door & that’s him down to bed. He’s normally asleep within 5-10 minutes of us leaving the room with maybe the odd chatter after we’ve gone, but normally it’s just silence.

When he’s in a big boy bed, it might go slightly differently – we will probably read him books in bed rather than on our laps, or at least one in his bed so he’s settled, but it’s far too difficult to lean over the cot at the moment, so it works really well with him snuggled on one of our laps. We take it in turns every night to read stories so if & when we have another one, he’s used to only one of us reading & hopefully wont get too picky with who he wants to read to him.

I can’t help but feel without the winding down of a quiet story time, he might not sleep as well, but he’s always out like a light by 7.10pm & he doesn’t wake until between 8.30am – 9.30am & he’s been the same since he was around 5 / 6 weeks old.

So there you have it, our simple yet effective bed time routine.

I’d love to hear your bedtime routines for your little ones & what other things you do compared to me, so drop a comment below. πŸ™‚

Sweet Dreams, xo

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Home Decor, Toddler Style.

Hello!!

A few days back the hubby-to-be & I were talking about home decor & I was rambling on about how I can’t wait to move & finally decorate somewhere! The house we’ve been living in for the past nearly two years is rented & magnolia, everywhere. Classic rental property. I actually like having light walls, I love to give rooms a pop of colour with accessories & colour them that way…I find it much more fun. Plus I know if I change my mind in 6 months time, it’s easy to just swap out some wall art or cushion covers for new ones.

Anyway, I decided that even though we only probably have 6 months left here, I’d take the time to start adding a bit of colour, now the Christmas decorations have been put away, so that for the remaining time we’re here it won’t just feel like we’re still living out of boxes. Silly I know, because what’s the point, but I’m a woman & I’m weird, so that’s how it is. πŸ˜‰

IMG_0956Back to the subject matter….I was looking at different print sizes / canvas’ online because I want to get some of my photos printed out & displayed, (I have so many backed up on the laptop not being used or looked at & it gets me down sometimes) & I saw a canvas that looked like someone had just taken a canvas, put a load of sellotape over the top of it in a random fashion & splatted paint on it. I looked at it & thought, you know what….I’ve got some small canvas’ laying around in a bag that I’ve had for about a year & not done anything with, so I thought I’d have a go, but toddler style!!

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So, I set to work, cutting out shapes from sellotape to make a train, because our little man Theo loves trains. I finished the train with a bit of a gap at the bottom of the canvas & thought I’d put his name across the bottom to fill the space. We covered the floor like we normally do & put him in some old clothes & essentially let him go wild with paints. He had a great time, finger painting & painting with a brush, mixing all his colours & doing what he wanted. As soon as the first colours went onto the canvas it started to look really awesome & the more that went on & got smushed around the more excited I got to see the outcome.

And here it is: *don’t mind his girly ‘craft time’ cover all*

IMG_0986I really love it, I think it’s a great little way to get your toddler involved in decorating, it’s a win win situation really, because he loved it, I love the outcome & it’s something he can look at & know he did. I want to do one for the living room too, not a train I might add, but it’s a great, cheap way of adding a pop of colour to your walls & involving the little one as well. I’ll no doubt post pictures of any others I do, so keep an eye out for that.

So there we go, home decor, toddler style! – I hope you enjoyed it.

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Have a lovely day, Kate, xo

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Hello Everyone!!

Today I thought I’d just do a little update post for you all to let you know a little about what I’ve been up to in the new year.

To be honest, I’ve not done too much! I’ve started my new years resolutions, which were;

1, Lose weight / eat right / get fit & healthy.

2. Get organised

3. Have more ‘me’ time

4. Try new things…

So, as I said, I’ve already started back on my healthy lifestyle plan, it’s going well so far, but I’m making sure I just ease myself back into it rather than jumping straight from my very *cough* unhealthy Christmas into a super healthy lifestyle again, because I know I would fail myself miserably. *I’m following Slimming World*

I’ve also started to get a bit more organised too, we took down all the Christmas decorations *sob* a few days back & we did a bit of a spring clean at the same time. We’re trying to get everything organised for when we move away this year anyway, so any little things we can throw out or put in storage is a massive bonus.

Having more ‘me’ time is proving difficult, mostly because I’m rubbish at setting aside time for myself, I always find something else to do rather than just relaxing, but as most of you will know, having a toddler & having a house to run makes ‘me’ time a thing of the past. I’m working on it though & I’m promising myself a lovely relaxing bath tomorrow night with one of my Lush bath bombs that I got for Christmas. *well done hubby to be* πŸ˜‰

Trying new things is a hard one, but I’m gonna make sure I put in the effort to try new things this year, even if it’s food that I swear I don’t like without trying it, or going somewhere or doing something out of my comfort zone….I’ve promised myself to at least try anyway.

Other than these things, I’ve not been up to much…I will, however, be posting on here more regularly (another promise I’ve made myself) so look out for my posts. πŸ™‚

In other news, I’m starting to get my photography page back on the go *click here* so please go & check that out & ‘like’ the page to keep up to date with new photos being added & little treats that will be popping up here & there. I realise it’s pretty blank at the moment because I’ve deleted most of my content so I can start fresh, but it will be filling up in no time…

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Speak to you soon, Kate, xo

New Years Eve Sleepover

Hi all & happy new years / eve!!

Are you all ready to see in the New Year tonight?

Me & my little family are spending the day & evening at Laurie’s sisters house. Tonight will be the first time Theo has ever had a sleep over & he’s having it with one of his cousins in his room.

Hopefully it will all go well & we can do it again a few times before our holiday in May when they’ll be sharing a room together. (I’m so excited for it!!!)

I’ve had a lovely year this year & I’m even more excited for next year! There’s lots on the horizon for me & my little family, including a big move, the start of nursery for Theo & hopefully a lot of little adventures for us too.

I’m excited to take you along on our journey & I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!
I hope you all have a fantastic evening & make lots of memories in the new year. Stay safe & I wish you all the health & happiness in the world. πŸ’—

Love, KLB, xo

Blogmas 2 – It’s a late one.

I’ve been really busy recently so I’m afraid, as you may have noticed, I have neglected my blog a little.

We’ve been getting ready for Christmas & with all the shopping, planning & toddler entertaining, I’ve just not had time to sit down & write a blog. I’ve managed to get a few YouTube videos filmed to be edited & put up, so look out for those soon – I’ll let you know when they’re live.

We’re currently visiting my family for an early Christmas. Laurie struggles to get time off work over the festive period, so this was the best time for us to come & spend some time with my family before Christmas comes. On Friday, we went to Chester, looked around the shops in search of the Christmas markets (we failed to find them until they were all closing!) & visited Chester Cathedral where they had a Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe exhibition. It was a really lovely little display & there were loads of little Christmas trees along each corridoor too, it was so pretty!

Then we went on to Chester Zoo Lantern Magic walk around the zoo. It was a really lovely way to spend the evening. We got our photo taken with Santa & Theo really enjoyed all the lit up animal statues & his lantern.

The bat cave was awesome, there were some really massive bats in there & there was a tiny one just hanging in the little tunnel, it was sooo cute!! I didn’t get a photo because I thought the sound of my camera might have scared it, but I did get a little snap shot of a big one just hanging there. πŸ™‚

I got loads of photos of Theo under one of the walkways which had blue & white lights lining the roof, it was so beautiful & I’ve made up my mind that somewhere in the house we will have decorations similar next year πŸ˜‰

Sorry for the lack of posts – I promise to be better in the future. (I feel a new years resolution coming on…)

Love, KLB, xo

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On the first blog of Christmas…

…my true love gave to me, some help with the Christmas tree. πŸ˜‰

So here it is, Merry Blogmas, I’m definitely having fun…are you?!

Over these past few days of December, we’ve been doing the same as most families, putting up our Christmas decorations to get (even more) into the Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas

On December 1st (Monday) Laurie (myΒ fiancΓ©) works until 10pm, so we had a late night decoration party, putting up what we could whilst trying to be quiet & not wake Theo (our toddler). We managed to get the Christmas tree up & all the decorations on ready for the next morning, as well as the few decorations shown below. Over the past few days, we’ve managed to get up all of the other odd decorations, apart from our fairy lights that we put on our ceiling.

We hoped that in the morning, we would bring Theo downstairs & he’d get really excited at the new sparkly tree in the corner of the room….however, he didn’t even notice until I pretty much took him over to it. Then, I realised that maybe it would have been better to leave it un-noticed, because as you can imagine, baubles to a toddler are like forbidden fruit. Luckily we’d already thought about that the night before, which is why you might notice that the metal bells are within toddler reach & all of our lovely glass ornimental things are too high to get his sticky little mits on.

Below: Our Christmas Tree & Star – We made this last year – we bought the twiggy star & wrapped some tiny wire lights around it to make sure it twinkled.

These are our gorgeous glass tree decorations – we got the beautiful glass bells last year off Laurie’s brother, who bought them for us at a Christmas market in Cologne, Germany. There are three of the little nativity ones, also from Cologne, bought for us by Laurie’s Mum & Dad.

Here are our more ‘standard’ tree fillers – a few red hearts, red *peek-a-boo* & green baubles, candy canes (glass ones) & some toddler xmas crackers.

Finally, we have our little red & white metal bells (toddler proof staples!) & our ‘work in progress’ bauble – this one is Theo’s, obviously, but we do have another one incase we want to make a matching one when we have our next child. I thought it was a really lovely idea to make a personalised bauble for Theo for when he grows up. As you can see, it’s just a little thumb print (he was only 7 months old last xmas) & made it into a reindeer. We’ll do the same this year & hopefully fit about 5 (years) around the whole bauble before we make different ones when he’s a little older. Last but not least, we have a little train track around the bottom of the tree, we got this a few weeks ago after wanting one for years. Last year was our first ‘proper’ Christmas as a family in our own home with our little baby Theo (we got engaged on xmas eve too!!). Before that we had a little tiny tree in a bedroom at Laurie’s parents house & it might have looked a little extreme with a train around that! πŸ˜‰

I really enjoy looking through other people’s blogs at their decorations & how they’ve used the space in their homes to showcase them – so doing a post like this one was a real no-brainer for me & something I’m really excited to share with you all.

So, this is pretty much a picture based blog showing the few things we’ve done in our home this year to make it as close to Santa’s grotto as I can get it, without spending too much money. We have a few trips planned before Christmas where we intend to buy a few more decorations for the house, but as for now, we don’t really have that many. So keep your eye out over the next few weeks for a possible mini decoration haul blog & video (I’m getting into YouTube – so please check out & subscribe to my channel).

Below: Our living room is the room with the most decorations, as I’d imagine most homes are. Here we’ve got some really nice sparkly wall stickers that we got last year, we’ve got these hung around the clock that’s above the mantle, I think they’re so nice & simple, yet effective! Then we’ve got the actual mantle piece, here, as you can see, we have our matching stockings hung above the fireplace & our advent calendars (Theo has two – he got one off the old lady who lives next door as well as us). We also have our new Christmas countdown owl that my mother-in-law *to be* bought me a few weeks ago. Beside that are two of the three little white owl candles that my Mum bought me for Christmas last year – they’re far too nice to burn!!

After I took the first photographs, I added this lovely little owl that my Mum won me from a Facebook competition to the mix, I love it, it’s so cute!! (You may start to notice that I like owls…) The next picture is of a beautiful hand carved wooden candle holder, which was also a gift to us last year, brought from Cologne by Laurie’s Mum & Dad. We bought our ‘Let It Snow’ frame last year, I love it & the photos in it. These were all taken last year! – Around that, we’ve got some more wall stickers to liven up the plain wall. Lastly, we’ve got our snowman door! We made this using Theo’s craft paper & felt tips *shh – don’t tell him!* but it just adds a little more xmas spirit to the room & it’s really easy to do.

The last few things are dotted around the house. We’ve put tinsel up the tiny stair handle & another few wall stickers up the stairway. I have my ‘carol singing’ owls on the windowsill at the top of the stairs, also a gift off Laurie’s Mum & Dad. I have our ‘Merry Christmas’ sign at the top of the stairs too *shown at the top of the post*.

Down the hall, you get to our bathroom – now, you may think that there’s not much you can do with a bathroom to make it look Christmas-y…you’d be wrong. When Christmas comes, so does my childlike excitement & need to fill any space I can with decorations, sparkle & Christmas cheer. So, naturally, when I saw the Santa toilet seat cover last year – I HAD to buy it. Apparently you can get one of those little toilet mat things with little snow stamps on them saying ‘Santa was here’ too, so if anyone sees them anywhere, please let me know where, because it’s missing from my life!! (Sad I know!) Then of course, I have the standard ‘turn anything white into a snowman’ fetish & loo roll has never looked so inviting. You can’t deny it. πŸ˜‰

Back down into the kitchen & surprise surprise – ther’s another snowman sitting on our fridge! Doors & appliances are fun people!! On the windowsill in the kitchen, there’s a muddle of everything that I couldn’t find that ‘special’ place for, so it’s all ended up sitting together in a little cluster of bird-ness. I plan to make it into a snow scene, but I don’t have the props yet, so hopefully I can get some more bits for that soon! We don’t have a wreath at the minute, so we decided to use our wall stickers to put our little tree on the door again like last Christmas. It just adds a little extra to a boring front door. And there you have it, our decorations so far….

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it…thank you all for taking the time to read it. πŸ™‚

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Love, KLB, xo

Welcome to the house of fun…

On Saturday we took a trip to the Caernarfon Fun Centre for the afternoon, it’s a brilliant little place with loads to do. There’s an area for young children (under 3’s) & a much larger area for older kids (3+). There’s mazes, ball pits, slides, foam rockers, playsets, a wendy house, coin operated childrens toys, blocks, rope swings, bridges & much more…there’s also a cafe for when the little ones get thirsty / hungry & when the parents need a rest. πŸ˜‰

I spent most of my time in the under 3’s section with Theo & Laurie checked out the ‘big kids’ area with his nieces for a little while too, we all had a great time. Theo absolutely loved being able to run around the little padded areas throwing balls about & going in & out of the little tunnels. He really enjoyed being able to climb up & go on the slide by himself & I really loved seeing his little face light up, so excited, at this new soft play world that we’d brought him to.

It’s a lovely place to take the kids for the day & it’s not that expensive either. If you have kids of any age (even big kids, like my fiance!!) they’ll love it. You can also hire the whole place out for parties (not just childrens ones, there’s a licenced bar too) though I’m not too sure how much for, it would be well worth looking into if you’re stuck for ideas & are in the Gwynedd area.

As the evening crept closer, we all went back to Laurie’s Mum & Dad’s house, where we had a chinese take away (YUM) & put the over excited, but extremely tired little ones to bed. After that, we (the grown ups) sat & had a drink & watched The Raid 2, which is awesome by the way, if you enjoy action films that is!! – Click the link to read a brilliant review of it!

Kate, x