Friday, 10 August 2012

I want a Mr Joe Brown!

The day Mr G and I got together, he was wearing a green cable jumper with a beige cable jumper underneath.. Yes, it was as terrible as it sounds, but somehow I saw through this! When I finally got my hands on his wardrobe, I realised there was a distinct 'green and beige' theme, and let's face it they're not the most exciting colours are they? After several months of careful persuasion, Mr G started to wear colour and was no longer the green man. 
He is however taking some time to learn that everything should be in moderation:

Yes Mr G, I am naming and shaming you publicly, and just be thankful I didn't take the photo while you had your sandals on with your socks!

SO, this post is my plea to be considered as Mr and Mrs Joe Browns, as you can see Mr G really needs some styling help, so do I but his need is greater! Or imagine what he'll be wearing on our honeymoon?!!

I can imagine Mr G wearing this with a pair of jeans and smart brown shoes:

Photo Joe Browns.

As for me, I'm struggling to sort my wardrobe out, changing shape post children has left me struggling to decide what works and what really doesn't!

I adore this dress, whether it would suit me I'm not sure but it's such a pretty print, ideal for a romantic dinner for two:

Photo: Joe Browns

This is my entry into the Mr and Mrs Joe Brown Contest.

Is there ever a 'right' time to have another baby?

Given that today has been hellish, with both boys testing my Mummy skills to the limits with tantrums galore, it seems odd that I'm writing a post about my desire to have another baby. My hormones are raging, I am 'oohing' and 'ahhing' over ever teeny tiny baby and looking at baby bumps with envy, is this Mother Natures way of telling me the time is right to try again? or am I just feeling this way with thoughts of Boo starting school in September filling me with that fear that my babies are all grown up?

Sensibly, I sit here and think to myself that I couldn't possibly even consider trying for another baby for at least another 12 months as there are so many things we need to do first. I'm so lucky to have the two beautiful boys I have, I should enjoy them and follow wherever the parenting/life journey takes me. But then another part of me sits and wonders what if I can't get pregnant this time? What if I wait too long and can't cope with the sleepless nights and general exhaustion a newborn brings? 

I've also started to worry about the practicalities of having more than two children, space in the car, supervision when we go swimming that sort of thing. OK, so it sounds ludicrous but at the moment we have the luxury of one child to one parent ratio! I'm from a big family, and I wonder how my parents managed when we were small! 

So what do you think? Is there a 'right' time? Or should you just go with the flow and see where life takes you?

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Teething Jewellery from Smart Mum UK

E has been teething badly for what feels like forever! During the process he has been tending to bite anything or anyone who happens to be within grabbing distance of his mouth! I never seem to have a teething toy to hand when I need it and so the idea of teething jewellery has appealed for sometime, and when I was given the opportunity to review an item from Smart Mum UK it couldn't have come at a better time!

I chose a necklace which I knew would attract E's attention bright blue was guaranteed to do the job! 

Looks fabulous doesn't it? I felt the colour was quite appropriate to my wardrobe adding a bit of drama to any outfit!
I was a bit worried as I thought the necklaces would be really hard for teeth to chew on and I couldn't see that it would be soothing. When the necklace arrived I was surprised that the pendant has a certain amount of flexibility! 

Little E was quick to start tugging at it and rapidly he was putting it into his mouth and chewing at it! At 19 months he has been teething his canines and molars, and I can honestly say he has struggled! The teething pendant worked really well to encourage him to just bite that rather than anything or anyone else, and he seemed to be quite appeased by it!

In summary, would I buy one? Yes, I think they're really easy to wear and E was very keen to start chewing on it! I wish I'd discovered them earlier! I think they're a great price, stylish to wear and if you have a dishwasher they're super easy to clean! Fabulous! A definite Yummy Mummy must have!

Disclaimer: I was sent a teething pendant for the purposes of the review, all opinions are my own.