Thursday, 30 October 2014

Jacob's Newborn Photoshoot

When i was pregnant with Jacob i came across an advert on facebook from a local photographer who was advertising for newborn babies who were going to be born at the end of august to take part in a free photo shoot to build up there portfolio. As you may know Jacob was due in late august so i contacted the photographer and was lucky enough to be offered a free photo shoot once he was born.

The photographer was Tina a fantastic local photographer who was branching out into newborn baby photography. As i knew i was getting induced before my due date Tina provisionally booked a date for 10 days after baby would be born. However due to a dreaded sickness bug hitting are whole household we had to cancel the shoot which i was rather disappointed at . But luckily we were able to reschedule for a few days later when Jacob would be exactly two week's old.

Tina is a mobile photographer so she comes to your home so you and baby are more comfortable and she brings all her props with her which is a brilliant idea as the last thing new mums want is to be going out with a new baby somewhere unfamiliar.


As soon as we met Tina she immediately put us all at ease as she was so friendly. chatty and  lovely. It is best for newborn babies to be asleep for there photos taken, but typically Jacob was being rather unsettled and would not go to sleep when it came to getting his photos done. But Tina was so patient while we tried to settle him and once he was settled she was so gentle at handling him - you can tell she is a mum to two young children herself.



The photo shoot lasted around two hours and Jacob was put in lots of super cute little outfits. And as you can see from the photos it does not look like we are in a house at all it looks like the photos have been taken in a photography studio. And the photos are amazing , i am so happy with them and everyone has commented on just how nice they are.


If you are looking for a newborn photographer and you live near the Whitley bay area then i can highly recommend Tina. She is super lovely, the photos are amazing as are the props she uses and she visits you at home. If you check out her facebook page here you can see all of the amazing photos she has taken. Also what i like is that you pay for your photo shoot and then you are e-mailed the photographs from the shoot later on and you can then select which photographs you want, what size and how many. So you are not stuck paying a fortune for a package that you do not really want. We brought some small photos to add to a photo album and also a gorgeous canvas to put on the wall and the quality of the photos and canvas are amazing. Tina often has special offer deals advertised on her facebook page or you could even book a photo shoot for someone you know who is having a baby as a gift which i think is a wonderful idea.



 * Please note i have left the watermarks on the photos so that they can not be taken and used by someone else . I did get a free photo shoot for Jacob to help build up a portfolio but i paid for the photographs from the shoot myself and i was not asked to write this review, i just loved the photos so much i thought i would share them in case anyone in the North east was looking for a newborn photographer. 




Lindsay x


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sassy Bloom Subscription Box


I always mention that since i started blogging earlier this year that i have discovered so many new baby/ children brands via twitter or reading other people's blog's and quiet possibly ok defiantly the best company that i have discovered is Sassy Bloom.

For those of you who do not know Sassy Bloom is a monthly subscription box service especially for babies. They are suitable for mums to be in the final trimester of pregnancy up until children are two years old. You just visit there website www.sassybloom.com and choose your subscription option you can buy a monthly box which costs £29.00 a month and you can cancel at any time or you can buy 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions and the boxes can work out as low as £22.15 a box if you do this option. Once you have chosen your subscription option you then fill in a form with your child's details things such as there name , date of birth and gender. Then the lovely people at Sassy Bloom handpick items that are suitable for your child based on the details that you provided and they wrap them in a beautiful box and deliver them to your door once a month. 

When the box arrives it is addressed to your child which i think is a nice touch, and the contents of each box will be worth at least £40. I really love the idea of these boxes as they are a nice surprise each month and it is like Christmas opening the box up to see what surprises are inside.

I have brought these boxes before for Sophia which you can read about one of them here and she received some really lovely items in her boxes. I am not the only one who loves Sassy Bloom as they are a multi award winning company and even celebrities such as Peter Andre, Kimberly Walsh and Kerry Katona to name just a few recommend them as they are that amazing!

I was recently very lucky to be asked if i would like to a receive a Sassy Bloom box for Jacob and of course i had to say yes!  It may not be the most expensive item i have been asked to review but it is defiantly the one that i have been most excited about and i could not wait for it to arrive so i could see what gifts Jacob would be receiving.

When the box arrived it was as always with Sassy Bloom boxes beautifully wrapped but Sophia the little monkey stole the ribbon off it as she said it was "oooooo pretty". I even filmed a short video of me opening the box which i will apologise now for as it is rather rubbish as i filmed it on my iphone and i have never made a video before in my life so i had no idea at all what i was doing, but i was far to impatient to wait for the other half to get home from work and video me properly- sorry Sassy Bloom. When i opened the box it seemed quiet full which is always a good sign and there was six items in total in the box these were

  •  Two Sewlomax bibs-  Price £8.00. They are really nice and perfect for a little boy and something a 9 week old baby will defiantly need as we go through so many bibs as Jacob is a sickly baby and you can never have to many bibs.These are really useful and we will use them and they are a nice brand too.
  • Mam oral care rabbit- Price £4.99. Again this is something that we will use with Jacob and is something i had been looking at buying for him myself.
  • Kaloo bunny - Price £21.99. I love the box this came in and the bunny is lovely and soft and cuddly and perfect for a young baby and Jacob loves this and it is my favourite item out of the box.
  • Yoomi bottle- Price £7.50. Jacob is a bottle fed baby so this is perfect as it meant to help with colic and Jacob has been suffering from this, so again it something we will use. I have heard that these are really good bottles as well so i will look forward to trying these with him. 
  • Baby Gund elephant- Price £4.99. I really like this and i have actually been looking for a little toy to hang on his pram so this is perfect. 
  • Cuddledry bath mitt - Price £4.99 . I have heard that cuddledry are a great brand and the flannel is really soft and perfect for bath time. 

The contents of the box is worth £52.46 which is above the £40 that they say your box will be worth and is great value for the £29 you would pay for the box as i have saved £22.72 compared to if i had brought all these products separately myself. Every single item we received is perfect and suitable for Jacob and most importantly we will use every single item in the box. All the items are from well know brands and there is no samples which is great , it is just full of quality useful lovely baby products.

Good point's
  •  Beautifully wrapped box
  • Free delivery
  • Nice surprise for you and your child each month
  • Handpicked quality items
  • Contents are worth at least £10 more then you pay for the box
  • Would make a lovely gift for someone
  • Can cancel your subscription at any time
Bad point's

I genuinely can not think of any at all as all the boxes i have received have been lovely and i have paid for Sophia's boxes myself in the past and i thought they were great and were worth the money i paid for them.

My verdict

Would i recommend Sassy Bloom to a friend? Yes i would i tell everyone i know how great these boxes are. And i will be buying my children more of these myself in the future without a doubt as Sophia's dad is a big fan of them too.
I would rate Sassy Bloom a 10/10

You can buy your own Sassy Bloom subscription box from www.sassybloom.com and if it is your first order i have a £10 off your first order code so you would pay just £19 for a box the code is BLG-NEWCAST  and if you order a one i am sure you will love them just as much as i do.

Lindsay x * Disclosure - Sassy Bloom kindly sent me this box free of charge for the purpose of this review , however all views are my own. 
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Friday, 24 October 2014

10 Sign's You Are A Parent To A Newborn

As Jacob is now two month's old and no longer classed as a newborn baby i thought i would look back on what life was like with a newborn baby. If you are a parent yourself you may recognise some of these thing's. So here is my ten sign's that you are a parent to a newborn baby.


1.) Any time past 5am is now classed as a lie in. Gone are the days of a lie in and lazy morning's. 

2.) Coffee is your new best friend, although you rarely get a chance to drink a hot one and normally end up drinking it cold even though it tastes awful because you need the caffeine hit to stay awake. 

3.) You forget what a hot meal taste's like. You can guarantee when you get a takeaway cook a meal as soon as you sit down to eat baby will start to cry and you and your partner will end up taking it in turns to eat while the other tends to baby. You normally end up eating your meal cold or/and with a folk in one hand and baby in the other. 

4.) You end up going out with clothes covered in baby sick. You finally get ready to go out and baby is sick on you and as you are running late you end up going out with baby sick on your clothes and the worst thing is you don't even care as you just want to get out the house. You also realise pretty quickly that baby sick rubs into clothes pretty well- i know i am disgusting. 

5.) More then two shower's a week is a luxury. I know this sounds terrible but i never got a chance to shower unless the other half is in from work as i do not want to leave Jacob on his own especially as i also have a one year old as she will probably try and feed him wotsits and sit on him. Long gone are the days where i use to spend an hour each night relaxing in a bubble bath. 

6.) You spend all your money on cute baby clothes . Baby clothes are so cute and tiny you just have to buy lots of them and your baby ends up better dressed then you as non of your pre baby clothes fit and you don't want to go out and buy new ones in a bigger size as you keep telling yourself you will soon fit into you normal ones while sitting on the sofa eating a cake. No? just me then

7.) You have not watched a full tv show since having your baby or read a magazine and you have no idea what is going on in the world of soaps and reality tv and you don't even care anymore. 

8.) You have not spent any quality time with your partner and when they come in from work you end up passing baby to them.  And when you do get a rare five minutes alone with them you normally end up talking about the baby or who's turn it is to do the washing up or in my case arguing who has had the hardest day him at work with his coffee and lunch breaks or me at home with the children all day changing nappies and dealing with a screaming baby, I so have a harder day then him -fact.

9.) If you look on your phone's camera you will have at least one photo everyday of your baby sleeping since they were born. Or the same photo ten times in a row as you wanted a one that didn't show baby looking like a little sumo wrestler with a double chin. 

10.) All your tweets/status updates/ instagram photos/ blog posts are updates or photos of your baby and nothing else - i am very guilty of this one lately.  


Those are the ten thing's that happen to me when i have a newborn, i would love to know what signs you remember from life with a newborn baby. 

Lindsay x

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Heroes Of Olympus The Lost Hero - Book Giveaway

Saying as it is my daughter's 12th birthday today i thought that i would run a little giveaway on the blog  as i was recently sent some book's to review and giveaway from Puffin books. I have four copy's of Heroes Of Olympus The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan which is part of the Percy Jackson book series to give away which is perfect for older children, teenagers or adults to read.

We have not had a chance to review the book yet so i am unable to tell you what it is about but the synopsis reads
Three new heroes. One missing demigod.A curse that threatens to destroy them all .......
'What do you want from me? ' she screamed . 'What have you done with him? ' 
'Annabeth' said the bald dude Butch, ' we gotta leave. Let's get these three to camp and figure it out there. Those storm spirits might come back.' 
She turned for a moment. 'Fine'. She fixed Jason with a resentful look. 'We'll settle this later.' 
She turned on her heel and marched towards the chariot. 
Piper shook her head. 'What's her problem? What's going on? ' 
'Seriously' Leo agreed . 
'We have to get you out of here' butch said . 'I'll explain on the way'
'I'm not going anywhere with her' Jason gestured towards the blonde. 'She looks like she wants to kill me..... ' 

It sound's like an exciting book and if you have seen the Percy Jackson film's then i am sure you will agree they are great. So why not enter my giveaway by entering the rafflecopter below and you could be one of four winners who will each win a copy of the book perfect for giving to someone for Christmas or for you to keep and read for yourself.


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* Four winners will each receive one copy each of the Heroes Of Olympus The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan paperback book uk entries only. Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com - See more at: http://www.theprizefinder.com/content/heroes-olympus-lost-hero-book#sthash.MBQp05BX.dpuf

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Theraline Wynnie Nursing Pillow

As you all know i recently had my third baby , little Jacob and as you can imagine my house is full to the brim with baby paraphernalia. But one baby item that i had never tried out before was a nursing pillow. As any parent to a baby will tell you even though babies are tiny they do start to feel rather heavy and your arms begin to ache when you are feeding them. In the past i tried using cushions off the sofa to try and prop my babies up when feeding them but i found this to be not very comfortable or practical.

When Jacob was born i was very kindly offered the chance to try out a Theraline Wynnie nursing pillow . Theraline are a company who specialise in maternity and nursing pillow's, but they also sell other products such as baby pillow's - to help prevent flat head syndrome, neck pillows- for children to use on car journeys and maternity products such as cesarean belts and breast pads.

Theraline Wynnie Nursing Pillow
We received a Wynnie baby feeding pillow in pale yellow which is a lovely neutral colour that will work well for either a boy or a girl and fit in with any home's colour scheme. You can also get it in different colours and patterns , and i have recently seen that Theraline have brought out some really lovely new covers. The pillow is shaped like a crescent and is designed to fit around mums waist and to support baby comfortably whilst feeding. The cover is removable and washable which is perfect as we all know how sickly newborn babies can be, my Jacob certainly seems to be sick on everything!

So what did i think? 

The first thing that i noticed when we received the Wynnie pillow was just how soft the cover was, it is a really nice super soft fleece type material which is so nice and snuggly for both mum's and babies. I also had a good squidge of the pillow and it is nice and firm but also really squidgy and not hard . When you place baby on the pillow they look really well supported and comfortable, Jacob always looks super comfortable when he is on it and he snuggles right into me which is wonderful.
Now Jacob is such a hungry horris of a baby he feeds every two hours day and night and is currently draining 5 oz bottles so he has ended up being a bottle fed baby. But i am sure that this pillow would be such a help to breastfeeding mothers. It is so easy to use you just place it around your waist and then rest it on your legs when you are sitting down and then place baby on the pillow putting them at the perfect height and position for breastfeeding. Getting the pillow in place is so quick and easy i easily manage it with one hand whilst holding Jacob with the other hand.
Even though Jacob is a bottle fed baby i am still using the Wynnie pillow to feed him as he is such a chunky baby and using the pillow stops my arms aching and the pillow is nice and comfortable for both of us and defiantly so much better then using the cushions of the sofa.
This pillow has little features to it that i really like such as you can remove and wash the cover easily, i also believe that you can buy additional covers for the pillow which would be perfect for having a spare when your cover is in the wash. Another thing i like is that the zip for the cover is on the bottom of the pillow and it is hidden away so that it does not dig in or catch on parent or baby. The cover has remained super soft even after weeks of use and being washed in the washing machine. And the pillow has retained its shape and firmness very well , it looks and feels exactly the same as when we first received it and we have been using it every day. Another great thing is that not only can it be used as a feeding pillow but also as a support for when baby is a little bit older and is trying to sit up as it is the perfect shape and size to help stop them toppling over and will help them gain there balance. My 16 month old daughter is always pinching this and sitting on it to watch the t.v.I think that we will be getting plenty of use out of the Wynnie and it will last us well past these early newborn week's.
Nice and comfy for mum & baby

Good Point's
  • Suitable for breast and bottle feeding
  • Lovely super soft cover
  • Removable , washable and changeable covers
  • Firm and comfy and perfect for supporting babies
  • Can be used as a support for when baby is older to help them sit up safely. 
Bad Point's
  • The pillow was a bit snug around my middle as i have a bit  a lot of a mummy tummy after having Jacob, so if i was much bigger i don't think that it would fit me very well. So maybe they could make this in a range of different sizes to suit everyone. 
My Verdict

Would i recommend this product to others? yes i would do as it is great for breast and bottle feeding, it is nice and comfortable for mums and babies and you can also use it as a support aid to help baby learn to sit up.
I would give the Wynnie pillow a 9/10
So comfy he even falls asleep on it when we prop him up with it
You can buy the Theraline Wynnie pillow and all the other Theraline products on line from www.theraline.co.uk so why not go and have a look at the products they sell , i have heard that there maternity pillow's are rather amazing. The Wynnie pillow we were sent is priced at £23.95 which i think is really good value for such a good quality and useful product.

Lindsay x

* Disclosure - I was very kindly sent the Theraline Wynnie nursing pillow for the purpose of this review, however all views are my own honest account of this product. 







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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review: Zippy FirstBib

As anyone who has a newborn knows they feed a lot and they are forever dribbling milk and being sick so a stockpile of bibs is a must. I brought loads of bibs for Jacob before he was born from the shops but they are fairly thin and the milk/ sick just seeps through them onto his clothing so i end up forever having to change his clothes.


Recently i was sent a FirstBib for Jacob to try out from Zippy Suit . I had not even heard of Zippy suit until i recently discovered them on Twitter, they were set up by founder Nicole Graham when she got frustrated trying to match up the poppers on her daughters babygrows  ( i am always getting in a muddle when popping babygrows up even after three children) so she decided to make a babygrow with zips and so zippy suits were born and its where the name comes from. But they dont just make babygrows they also make bibs and have three different kinds FirstBib, Fun bandana bibs and Absorbent bandana bibs.


Obviously as Jacob is still a small baby we were sent a FirstBib which is size 0-3 month's and is designed like a traditional flat bib but is gathered around the neck so that it stretches and catches milk so that milk does not get into all them little creases tiny baby's have around there necks. When the bib arrived i was impressed with just how soft it felt and it was thicker then other bibs i have purchased as it has a cotton fleece backing which makes it extra absorbent. And the best thing is it has poppers on the back instead of dreaded velcro that most bibs have that get caught on everything.

Now Jacob is quiet a little chunky monkey with squishy chubby cheeks and i was worried that the bib might be a bit small but i need not have worried as it fitted him perfectly. There is two poppers on the back so you can adjust the bib and either have it on a small or bigger fastener, we had it on the bigger fastener.And as the front of the bib is stretchy it fitted around his neck perfectly and we had no dribbles of milk escaping into his creases like happens with his normal bibs. And even when he was sick his clothes did not get wet as the bib absorbed it and stopped it soaking through to his clothes.

I really liked this bib as it is perfect for newborns as it is so absorbent and soft and fits nice and snug around there little necks without being restrictive or tight and i also like the fact that you can have the poppers on different fastenings so that it fits your child better. And it even washes really well , i have washed this bib a few times now and it still looks like new there is no fading or bobbling and it has kept its shape.

This bib gets a big thumbs up from us as it is perfect for newborn babies. We were sent this bib in pale mint but it also comes in a range of different colours and they even do preemie sizes for tiny tiny babies and all the FirstBibs are priced at £2.50 which i think is great value. You can buy them online from www.zippysuit.com so why not pop on over and have a look at the lovely range of bibs and zippy suits that they sell.

* Disclosure - I was kindly sent this Zippy FirstBib for the purpose of this review however all views are my own. 

Jacob's First Few Day's

As i started this blog as a way of recording my pregnancy with Jacob i also wanted to record his early years as well, but since he was born eight week's ago i have been so busy being a mum that i just did not have the time nor the energy to blog. But i have been making notes of things that i wanted to write about and one of the things was his first few days in the world,as having a baby is such a magical time and i want to remember it all.

Jacob was born on Tuesday 19th august at 9.31pm and you can read all about his birth story here . Because he was my third baby and i had such a quick and easy labour i thought that i would be home from hospital the next morning but that was not the case i ended up having to stay in hospital for two days due to my blood pressure being dangerously high in labour so the doctors wanted to keep an eye on me for 24 hours after birth to make sure it remained stable. Also Jacob was suffering from hypothermia , his temperature had been ok at birth but an hour later when they checked again it had dropped . When i think of hypothermia i always think that the person would be freezing cold but that was not the case at all , Jacob felt nice and warm but his temperature was saying otherwise.  We had to spend a few hours after his birth cuddling him close to see if that would warm him up and they kept checking his temperature but it was still low. The midwife was unsure if the post-natal ward would accept us with his temperature being low or if he would have to go to special care for a little while but luckily due to the fact he was a good birth weight of 8lb 6 they agreed he could go to the post-natal ward with me but he would have to be placed in a special heated cot and monitored every two hours.
Tiny newborn 
We arrived on the post-natal ward at around 1.30am and he was placed in a cot with a heated mattress in and he was put in a cardigan and a hat and wrapped up tight in lots of blankets. I spent the whole night just lying in bed watching him in the cot beside me as i could not sleep due to the adrenaline rush of giving birth , the noise of the post-natal ward and the fact that the nurses were coming to take my blood pressure every hour and check his temperature every two hours. I was dying to pick him up and cuddle him but i had to leave him in his cot to stay warm which was hard as i just wanted to hold him.

The next morning i was tired and just wanted to go home but the midwife said i would be in for at least another night as Jacob's temperature was still low and i still also needed monitored. I remember he woke up for a feed at 7am and while i was feeding him he opened his eyes for the very first time and i actually got to see what he properly looked like which was wonderful. With the girls they both opened there eyes when they were born but he had his tight shut and when he opened his eyes i realised he had no eyelashes at all , i don't know if that is because he was born a week early or not.
He opened his eye's
At around 9am Lee arrived at the hospital with the girls and they got to meet there baby brother for the very first time. Chloe was excited and dying to see him and hold him and came straight over and peered in his cot and asked if she could hold him. Sophia was in her buggy and did not have a clue what was going on as she was only 14 months old , when i seen Sophia she just suddenly seemed so big! I remember looking at her and thinking her hands looked big which was so strange as the day beforehand i thought she was still tiny it is so strange seeing the size difference between your children if you have them close in age.

Lee and the girl's could stay at hospital all day but after half an hour Sophia went out with her grandma shopping and for lunch as she was getting restless at the hospital. The paediatrician came around and give Jacob a check up which he passed no problem but his temperature was still a bit low. Then after lunch we received are first visitors Lee's mum and her partner and Lee's grandma came to visit and they had Sophia with them as they had been watching her. Then my dad and his partner came to visit ,when i was pregnant my dad did not want to know what i was having and he thought that i was having another girl so he was shocked that i had a boy and it was nice seeing him meet his first grandson.
First cuddles with his biggest sister
Lee and the girl's had to go home at tea time as Sophia was getting tired and i was a bit sad as everyone else on the ward had there partners with them and i was on my own and i admit i did have a little cry as i missed the girls and i was tired and i just wanted to go home. But by now Jacob was out of his heated cot as he had warmed up a bit and they wanted to see how he went without it. I had another sleepless night in hospital as typically my baby slept but everyone else's screamed all night and the nurses were still coming to check my blood pressure every two hours and Jacobs temperature.

On Thursday morning Lee arrived at the hospital at 8am with a McDonald's breakfast for me, and he actually got to spend a few hours cuddling Jacob and spending time with him which he never really got to do when he was first born and the previous day. They came and checked his hearing which he passed no problems. The doctor came to see me and said my blood pressure had remained stable and they were happy for me to go home but that i would need to keep taking blood pressure medication for a few weeks and to get it checked of my GP and i would also need to have anti clotting injections every day for six weeks due to my blood pressure being so high as i was at risk of blood clots.
Coming home
Finally at lunch time after the midwife filled in all her paperwork and my medication had been delivered from the pharmacy i was free to go home two days after after the birth with my baby boy and start are new life as a family of five! We arrived home and then my brother came around with my two year old niece as he had been watching the girls. It was so nice to be back home i had a lovely relaxing bath and we had a Chinese take away for tea and Jacob just slept nonstop only waking every few hours for a feed then went straight back to sleep.

First day at home
The first week went by so quick we had a steady stream of visitors during the first week and we did not get the chance to go out anywhere as we had so many people coming around, we did not get to take him out in his pram until he was a week old. I was surprised at how easy the first week was he just slept all the time and only woke up for a feed he hardly ever cried and he was even sleeping at night from 9pm-7am only waking a few times during the night for a feed.

Jacob really has completed are family , the girls love him and me and his dad love him and it feels like he has always been here. So far life as a family of five has been great and i can not wait  to see his little personality start to show and to see what adventures we get up to as a family of five.

Lindsay x