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VEGAN CAULIFLOWER CHEESE | VEGAN CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

Vegan Cauliflower Cheese

Hello my lovelies, so last week I shared a photo of our vegan cauliflower cheese on my social media channels and a lot of you were interested in how we made our vegan cauliflower cheese so I thought I would pop it here on the blog for you.  I know that not a lot of my readers are vegan, but I also know that there are quite a few people who need to have a dairy free diet, or have little ones that need a dairy free diet, so it’s always good to share these little tricks and make it easier for people to find recipes the whole family can enjoy.

I have to say when I first saw how this was made I didn’t expect it to taste particularly cheesy.  Obviously it does have a different taste to it, but when you’re dairy free it is a fantastic dupe and the children were happily fooled and really enjoyed every mouthful.  I have been watching a lot of vegan recipe YouTube channels and I’m going to write a post about my favourite ones to watch soon.  There are so many ideas.  This recipe is over on Pinterest for a vegan nacho cheese sauce but it works fantastically over cauliflower cheese.  This would also be amazing with enchiladas, chilli with nachos, packed with vegetables you like for a cheesy pasta sauce.  I’m so excited that we found it and want to say thank you to Jess Beautician for her Vegan June videos as they are giving us so many ideas.  Jess is such a lovely person, she always chats to me on snapchat and answers any questions that I have.  She also is really thoughtful and provides me with nut free alternatives to her recipes as she knows that I have an allergy.  It’s quite difficult being a vegan that can’t eat nuts.  So, back to the vegan cauliflower cheese.

Ingredients

2 cauliflower

3 medium potatoes

1 large carrot

6 tbsp of nutritional yeast (Jess advised me on this to make it extra cheesy)

1 tbsp of lemon juice

1 tbsp of garlic powder

a pinch of paprika

salt and pepper to season

I started by peeling and chopping up the potatoes into approximately eigths, just basically to a good size that they can soften thoroughly when added to boiling water.  Also the carrots were peeled and chopped.  This was added to pan of boiling water to cook until soft.  While I was waiting for those to soften I also prepared the cauliflowers, getting rid of all the leeves and chopping up the heads ready to go into another pan of boiling water so that it could soften up too ready to go into the baking dish when the sauce was ready.

Once the potatoes and carrots were soft, ours took quite a while, maybe 15 minutes, we then kept a cup of the water it had been boiled in and added that with the carrots and potatoes into our food processor and blended it up until smooth.  The children took turns in turning the dial on as they wanted to be involved.  I should also add they were munching raw carrots the whole time too.  I can’t cook anything without them wanting some of it to snack on while they wait.  Once this was nice and smooth I added in the rest of the ingredients and seasoning and blended that back up for another minute.

The children all had a taste at this point and I knew straight away that the sauce was approved.  I laid out the cauliflower in my baking dish and covered it in the “cheese” sauce and cooked for around half an hour.  It was so tasty, they all enjoyed it, and I thought about what a good side dish it would be to spice up a roast dinner (without meat for us obviously).  If anyone has good ideas for a vegan roast that doesn’t involve nut I’d be really interested, please comment and leave me links to any alternatives you can suggest.

Well, there you have it vegan cauliflower cheese, it was so delicious.  The only issue for us is when you’re cooking for 6 it just didn’t seem enough.  Might have to make more next time if we had it as a main and not as a side.  Our little clan were not bothered though as they scoffed down some more fruit afterwards instead.

If you’d like to see other places I get ideas from please check out my Pinterest : Vegan Comfort Food board.

https://uk.pinterest.com/ImEveryMum/comfort-food-vegan/

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THE FIRST TIME I HELD YOU | THE FIRST TIME

The First Time I Held You

Having a baby for the first time is such an amazing experience.  Nervous, anxious, feeling unprepared no matter how many times I’d checked my hospital bag over and knowing that I’d ironed everything in the home while nesting, including every single sock and pair of underwear.  There was nothing left to do, but nothing could prepare me for what was to come.

An incredibly long labour that was officially in “latent” form for the first four days, but you were stuck and something was very wrong and I just wasn’t aware because it was my first baby.  Going through a traumatic birthing process and then between my son being unwell and my being suspected of being unwell we were kept apart for over 2 days.

Nervously and excitedly pumping milk for this little man that I was yet to meet was all that was keeping me going, knowing that they would check me over and allow me up to see him after 48 hours.  I had a terrible blurry picture on Daddy’s old mobile phone that I would stare at while expressing milk for him and dreaming of the first time we could have the skin to skin that I so desperately craved.

That second evening it became too difficult, sitting expressing in a babyless room and they came to tell me I had a hungry growing boy who had some healthy lungs on him screaming for more milk and I wasn’t pumping it quick enough.  I burst into tears and agreed that they should top him up with Aptamil.

That night was the hardest.  The next morning they let me know that I could finally go and see him up on the neonatal ward.  I was so nervous and excited.  This little bundle that was missing from my tummy where I had grown him for nine months was waiting and ready to meet me.

He was getting better quickly and had less wires than the picture I had.  I had to wait while they did the ward round and the doctors determined that it was ok for me to get him out of his little incubator.  Still a tube in his nose and a canula in his hand I was able to hold my baby boy.

I can honestly say it was the most precious moment.  I was completely in shock still from the traumatic birth but for that moment, I felt like I was walking on air.  He was the most perfect thing I had ever seen and I never wanted to let him go.

We had to get help from the breastfeeding specialist once he had got to a place where he could feed on me, so that we could establish a good latch as he had been having drip feeds and then lapping from a cup.  It wasn’t easy but I never wanted to be apart from him ever again.

To hear the details of my birth story see my YouTube video here that I filmed a few months back.

*This post is an entry into the Tots100/WaterWipes Baby Milestones challenge.

LOVE LETTERS TO OUR LITTLE ONES {6TH JUNE 2016} | LOVE LETTERS

Love Letters to Our Little Ones {6th June 2016}

So, you may remember last week I decided to start a little weekly series of love letters to the children and I’m really glad that I’ve decided to do this.  We had a lovely weekend together as a family and I’m sure that I’ll be writing more about the charity work that we were supporting on the blog soon, but for now, let’s get started….

Isis Mae

Isis Mae, this weekend you absolutely blew us all away.  We were singing at Ashton Park for ‘The Big Lunch‘ fundraising together and literally words cannot express how proud we are of you.  I felt so privileged to be able to sing a duet with you, it was a very special moment.  We sang together at Nana and Grandad’s church once but this was different somehow.  Singing a song we’d learned together just this week, and having you introduce me back on stage after you’d finished your set.  You were just astounding.  Cool as a cucumber, speaking to a field full of at least a thousand people.  They may not have all been staring at you but you were looking out at them, fearless, engaging with the audience.  I couldn’t be more proud.  I know I tell you that’s what you should do and you are the best pupil, you just do what I say, but that doesn’t make it easy.  Your self-belief is amazing.  I love that you trust that you can do things that make you nervous.  I have been singing solos since I was about 7 years old and so have you, the difference is I would be vomiting before and afterward up until the age of 15 with nerves.  It was only at that age that I realised I didn’t care what people thought of me, and I could only bring my best.  You seem to have caught this already and I hope and pray with every part of me that you never lose this.  That your confidence grows from strength to strength.  I was amazed that you practiced so hard in the run up to the event too.  We all went swimming Saturday but that was the only specific fun task that we did, considering it was half-term.  I’m so pleased you all play so lovely together and that you don’t feel like you’re missing out if you’re not off on day trips for half-term.  You have just as much fun with your siblings in the home.  You learned to swim on your back this weekend.  You said that because Shayla could do it, that gave you the final push to learn for yourself.  I could literally babble for thousands of words and never express how much you blessed the entire family this weekend.  Uncle John was so happy listening to you sing.  What a gift that is, to bring such happiness to people.  You have an exceptional talent and grace about you that will bring many smiles to people.  You hadn’t finished your first song before people were trying to book you for their next event.  Always believe in yourself darling girl, we will always believe in you.

Shayla-Rae

Baby girl it was hard for you this weekend with Isis needing to practice so much and being up on the stage.  You were so desperate to be up there too.  You were made for the stage and I promise you your time will come.  Last year when Isis and I sang at a charity event we were able to get you up on stage to sing a song too.  It was a lot more of a relaxed atmosphere and this crazy little 5 year old shouting Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’ went down really well.  Your little voice is becoming so beautiful too, you were joining in with Isis and I when we were practicing and it was lovely to hear your gorgeous voice.  You are super confident and when it’s your name being asked for when people call to book I know that all we’ll need to do is unleash you because you are absolutely fearless when it comes to performing and I love that about you.  You can come across so quiet but give you a microphone, some lines to say or a dance routine and you are the star of the show without a doubt.  You learned to swim on your back this weekend.  You were the reason Isis pushed herself to do it.  You were playing so nicely in the pool with Judah too and encouraging him.  You were able to have some special time with Grandad when he came.  You two have such a wonderful and precious bond and it’s really beautiful to see.  I love seeing you and Judah together.  You’ve got such an interesting relationship.  You are either amazing together and making hearts melt or you bicker.  It’s a typical sibling relationship but I just love seeing that dynamic as you’re into a lot of similar things.  You two make it seem as though you live together all the time, no-one would know that you and Isis spend time together separately.  Of course, that’s the reality and you have a wonderful home that doesn’t involve Judah but seeing you together and your bond, it would be impossible for anyone to pick up on that.  I love how you always include him in all your games.  You’re a very kind big sister.  We had lots of fun cooking together this weekend.  You’re the fastest stirrer in the house.  Whipping up the guacamole almost as good as the blender could.  We love you very much and we miss you terribly when you’re not here.

Judah

You were so amazingly brave going down the huge inflatable slide at the event yesterday.  You used to be so cautious and I love that about you.  You’re still cautious now but you seem able to judge and weigh up dangers really well these days.  You can see that it’s high but that it’s safe and off you climb so excited.  You were funny singing along with Isis and I while we were doing warm ups, and you kept singing ‘My car has flat tyres’ when we were in the car and Daddy was hoping you didn’t have a strange prophetic gift, but I knew you were just singing your warm ups.  You are such a hilarious character.  You were incredibly brave in the swimming pool on Saturday, you learned to swim on your back and you were extremely chuffed with yourself.  You also told me that you loved going swimming.  I asked you why and you told me ‘because you can spit wherever you want’ and took in some water and projected it from out of your mouth.  I laughed so hard.  You have the funniest reasoning.  You kept telling us how much you loved having fun with Uncle John.  ‘Uncle John’s my best friend’ you said.  I asked you why and you informed me ‘he always plays with me, and we can say stinky things’.   You are such a boy, it’s brilliant.  I love how you are so beautifully sensitive but still a crazy character that loves everything to do with farts and attacking us while saying ‘Lightning strikes’.  Your favourite programme is ‘Dinosaur King’ at the moment and you know all the names of the different dinosaur types.  Your memory is staggering.  You don’t seem to have a concept of time though, everything that happened in the past, happened ‘last week’ to you.  If it was in the morning, or indeed last week, it’s all ‘last week’ to you.  You seem to have developed a conscience all of a sudden.  You keep apologising for things that happened in the past, as something happens to trigger your memory.  ‘I’m sorry that I smashed the plate at Nana’s last week Mummy’ (it actually was last week this time).  I tell you that it’s ok and you apologised to Nana at the time.  I like this new trait and I hope it means that you will soon stop hitting your sister when she has a toy you want, instead of just apologising afterwards.  We were shooting some pictures for a campaign we have coming up earlier and you told me you wanted an icepop when you had finished your work.  I love that you understand what I do.  You told me you want to do my job when you’re older.  You want me to teach you how to take pictures.  You were snapping pictures of me last night and telling me you were ‘capturing my beautiful hair’.  You decided to vlog while I was editing, you were chatting into the camera ‘Mummy taked me somewhere pretty and new today’.  You’re so unbelievably sweet.  I can imagine your Daddy being like this as a child.  I hope this means you’ll grow up to be as loving as he is, if not more.  We love you handsome boy.

Eden

Our darling baby girl.  You are just so funny.  You cling to me all the time.  You’re like my little shadow and I love you so much.  This week you’ve asked me for your own make-up and I couldn’t help but find myself saying yes, so I now have the task of finding something suitable for a teeny toddler that doesn’t make me cringe but satisfies your desire to play at being like Mummy.  You kept asking me to put your hair to one side in a bobble which is often how I wear mine and telling everyone that you ‘got hair like Mummy’.  The funniest thing you did this weekend was deciding you were going to teach yourself to swim.  You were literally pushing Daddy and I away as you were spluttering in the water because you wanted to do it yourself.  It was scary at first until you clicked what you were doing.  Oh my goodness it maybe only took you seconds, but those seconds watching you only just keeping your head above water felt like hours.  You would hit us away if we tried to help ‘leave me now Mummy’ you would say.  I had my eyes glued to you following you like a hawk the entire time we were in the pool.  You were jumping in off the side, which inevitably took you under the water but you were absolutely unphased.  You’d bob back up with your arm bands in your own sweet time and take yourself off to do it again.  You were unbelievably brave and really I’ve got to say it, incredible.  Daddy and I were literally awestruck.  Not to be left behind by your brother and sisters you also were pleased with yourself as you learned to swim on your back too.  Your vocabulary is astonishing.  You told Judah how to do his drawing earlier ‘if you put some stickers here and then draw a dinosaur that will be awesome’.  You said ‘awesome’ with such excitement.  I just love everything about who you are becoming but also know that we will need to keep our eyes glued to you as you are not deterred by anything and dangerous things seem enticing to you, like most toddlers.  You weren’t at full health this weekend, we had to sit in the bathroom with steam quite often.  It only seems to play up at night otherwise we would’ve taken you to the GP by now.  We have also been giving you your inhaler as and when you need it.  I hate when you’re unwell, but you still always carry on the same.  You just may toddle a little slower, but not by much.  You really are amazing, I pray you never change.

SENSATIONAL AT SIXTY | SENSATIONAL AT SIXTY

Sensational at Sixty

Yesterday evening I was privileged to attend a sixtieth birthday party for one of my Mum’s nearest and dearest friends.  My Mum’s friend June has been in our lives for as long as I can remember and hearing everyone speak about the wonderful woman that she is last night made my heart want to sing.  If there’s anyone that is sensational at sixty, June is.

Sometimes we go through difficult times and attend funerals for those that we have loved and lost, it’s often in these moments we realise we never really praised them while they were still alive.  We have so many wonderful things to say but we regret not saying it to them when we had the chance.  Also, you can find at weddings, funerals when eulogies and toasts are involved it’s very easy to focus on the good when everything is romanticised.  No-one talks about their terrible attitude at times etc. Last night I realised though, Mum’s friend June just doesn’t have a bad side.  To me she’s living proof that angels walk among us.

So, I just wanted to take the time out here on my blog to celebrate the life of June, who is absolutely sensational at sixty and one of the most amazing ladies I think I’ve ever been privileged to meet.

Kind and Generous

June is a beautiful, classy lady who has a velvet voice and is extremely well spoken.  Being a Northerner and growing up in Chorley (of Peter Kay’s “Chorley Labour Club” infamy) meeting people who are so well spoken can seem daunting.  My maid of honour Sophie is from Bath and when we first met I always felt like it was so obvious we were from two different class systems.  Growing up knowing June that wasn’t the case for me because I never knew any different, but hearing some of her oldest, truest friends chat about meeting June last night made me realise this is how they felt at first too.  That is until they focused on the words she spoke rather than how eloquently they were spoken.  June is ALWAYS peaceful, kind, gracious, and generous in all her dealings.

When I talk about June being generous I mean that she extravagantly goes above and beyond in encouraging people.  She is generous with her words, abundant in showing her love.  Yet, she’s always dignified and graceful in all her ways.

One of her friends regaled us all with a funny story about when she was trying to quit smoking and June would send her cards encouraging her with “well done, I’m so proud of you, you can do this” messages inside.  She said as she then inevitably would start again June would just lovingly reassure her that it was ok, she could try again.  Everytime she quit smoking lo and behold another encouraging card would come through the door, stating how proud June was of her.  Such a simple anecdote but it completely sums up June.  She did manage to give up in the end but how many of us would still be sending cards by the fourth and fifth attempt?  June was. Always faithful, always loving, always true.  Never wavering in her belief in people and consistently showing up as her most sensational self day after day.

Army Bride

You may think reading this and not knowing this lady I’m chatting about, who I deem is sensational at sixty, fair enough, but I bet she’s had an easy life.  It’s easy to be that way when life has dealt you an easy hand.  This is not the case.  June met her husband in the army and has been an army wife, raising children overseas and understandably known times of true loneliness.  June has been through extremely difficult situations within her family.  One thing you observe as a child of their friend, viewing things from the periphery, is that June knows a quiet but fierce determination of strength and belief in people.  If she believes in a resolution, or redemption she will hold on with all that is within her until it becomes a reality.  She fights for her family, but not with aggression, with an unshakeable faith that believes for the best.

June is not the sort of character to spill out all her woes to every man and his dog but there has been the odd time I’ve been privy to some of her difficulties and I have to say even in the face of hurt she never, ever gives up on people or speaks a bad word about them.

June is the sort of person I want to celebrate, as a wife, as a mum, as a grandma she is who you would aspire to be like.  Alas, for this candid girl from the backstreets of Chorley, it’s probably not that attainable, but my gosh I’m feeling inspired to try.

Time After Time

After the speeches my sister sang a song and had me in tears as it was so appropriate:

“If you’re lost you can look and you will find me

Time after time”

Hearing account after account from her friendships that were mostly three decades long just showed what a faithful, beautiful lady she is.  Also, seeing people walk in and out of my Mum’s life as we’ve been through hardships, there is one lady who has ALWAYS been there, stuck closer than a brother and that’s June.

So June I just want to honour you today and immortalise here on the internet for as long as this web server survives, you fabulous lady who I adore with every fibre of my being and I know I have probably taken for granted in my life.  You indeed are sensational at sixty and an inspiration for women everwhere.

Happy In School Child

There has been so much going on over the last month and I get sad with myself when I go through phases of not wanting to blog as sooooo much has changed recently.  We have been making lots of important decisions and I have been getting a lot better emotionally (with my mental health) but having all sorts of interesting issues physically, and I’m under investigation for a few things.  As I sat and thought what on earth could I break this blogging silence with as there are too many posts inside of me to write.  I want to take this time to celebrate our happy in school Shayla-Rae.

Shayla is such a beautiful character in so many ways, quiet around some company, but really she has an absolute firework of a personality.  So much joy, laughter, and a very cheeky sense of humour.  Her laugh is infectious and will have you in hysterics if it catches you unaware, and probably even if it doesn’t.  It’s a proper filthy laugh that usually comes out when she’s plotted something naughty, or when Judah’s decided to talk about poo, as boy toddlers often do (or if my husband is anything to go by, this is something boys never fully grow out of).

Shayla can appear introverted sometimes at home.  When you’re one of four it can be really easy to get caught up in the crowd.  She’s never demanded much attention I guess is the main thing with Shayla as I sit and write this.  She was so well behaved as a baby, a toddler, a pre-schooler.  She was NEVER EVER any trouble.  I am not exaggerating.  She would go on time out for various things when she pushed some boundaries, but this was very rare and never a big drama (well apart from maybe the first time).  She was dancing from the age of 2 and 2 months, she ran into her first ballet class without so much as looking back and followed instruction amazingly well.

We definitely misjudged this little beauty.  I think because she was so quiet we assumed she wasn’t as bright as Isis, who had been the centre of attention her whole life, so talkative and wowing us with her extensive vocabulary and amazing recollection of information she had learned.  We were so busy trying to deal with the many issues that Isis was facing at school we assumed that Shayla wouldn’t have any of those but neither would she have the demand for being pushed academically, or so we thought.

Happy In School

As it turns out, Shayla-Rae is an absolute freakin’ genius.  This child inoffensively just sits at her desk, gets her head down and does the work that she has been set until it is done.  She is such a delight, everyone who has the pleasure of teaching her goes on about how great she is.  She has been winning little school awards left, right and centre ever since she started September 2014 but last week it seemed to really catch our attention just how teachable she must be.  We’ve recently started attending a new church.  There’s about 85 children in the kids group that the two eldest attend.  They split into different age groups and the teachers rotate every three weeks.  On our first week Shayla came out with child of the week award, on our second week, Shayla came out with child of the week award, this same week she came home from school with the ‘Headteacher’s Award’ for being so bright and happy in school all the time.  Also another star award which she seems to receive a couple of a term.  I don’t want this to sound like we’re bragging.  All of our children are amazing and special in their own unique ways, but I just wanted to take the time to celebrate Shayla-Rae right now.

Not every child thrives in a school environment.  Some learn better outdoors, some if they are home educated.  This does not make the child any better than another, we are all so different as human beings and the whole point of I’m Every Mum is to celebrate diversity.  I just wanted to take this time to say well done to Shayla-Rae and tell her how proud of her we are and how much we love her.  We are so thrilled that she is happy in school and that it was worth driving so far for this to be the case.  I want her to be able to look back here when she’s older and know that we did not overlook this.  We appreciate how helpful, caring and teachable you are Shayla.  If you listen to instruction and follow it well from the right people, you will go far in life.  It is our duty to help guide you in wisdom to know which voices to listen to.  We are super proud of you princess.  Never stop being you and know that if you never won another award for the rest of your life, for anything it wouldn’t change the way we feel about you one little bit.  You are loved because you are you.

A LITTLE PINK COAT {THE ORDINARY MOMENTS 16 #4} | LITTLE PINK COAT

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A Little Pink Coat {The Ordinary Moments 16 #4}

I remember the day that we bought it for Shayla-Rae while we were in Debenhams.  I remember being gutted that they’d sold out in Isis’ size.  A little pink coat with hearts, and a swing style flare.  It was the most adorable thing we’d ever seen her in.  Shayla-Rae really suits pink with her bright blonde locks, big blue eyes, she is a true summer and suits all of these beautiful bright colours.  When she grew out of the little pink coat we made sure that we put it away in case we ever had a girl.  I had a baby Judah when she’d grown out of it, but I don’t think we had any plans for anymore at that point.  We just kept it anyway.

Along came Eden, the baby that just wouldn’t grow.  She finally weighed 10lb when she reached 1 year old.  So I don’t think we ever imagined the day that she would fit into the little pink coat that we loved to see Shayla-Rae in so much.  James went to put it on her recently and I said, don’t be silly, it will never fit.  Ok, it hangs longer than it’s meant to, but it still looks absolutely darling on her.  She’ll be able to wear it even longer than Shayla so long as it doesn’t get ruined.

Eden loves her little pink coat and is constantly wearing it even in the house, she’ll wake up and go to find it and put it on.  She gets attached to things this way.  This child is the ultimate girly girl.  At heart, this is who I am, but this isn’t something she’s learned from me, she’s barely seen me dress up or wear make-up since she was born.  Running around after a toddler and a newborn didn’t really allow the time.  Not to mention the postnatal issues.  Now, with two toddlers and bad anxiety, she sees me in make-up and dressed up even less, but it doesn’t stop her.  She is like a magpie when it comes to anything girly.  She is drawn to handbags, tutus, jewellery, make-up, asks me to do her hair, and paint her nails.  I did give in and paint her nails once.  I didn’t like it, she’s far too young, but it made her so happy.  I think I will need to invest in those children’s versions that pretty much wipe off.  They’re not cheap considering that they don’t last but for the smile it placed on her face… this will need to happen at some point soon *goes off to google the brand again*.

Seeing Eden in this beautiful little pink coat at the weekend really cheered me up and I couldn’t help but snap some pictures of her, as we convinced her that if she stood on a plastic bottle top someone had carelessly discarded in the woods, it would make us all dance and sing.  She loved her magical button (the bottle top) and we were able to capture quite a few pictures of her with this lovely sunlight coming through behind her.

She is so loved and I love seeing her in something pre-loved by one of our elder daughters.  They have a great attitude to the hand me downs that they get.  It makes them really excited to receive something they’ve coveted for a while.  We only pass down the beautiful things, and honestly Shayla has more clothes than anyone in the home because she has all of Isis’ old clothes and all of the new things that she gets often too.  Shayla loves that Eden now wears her little pink coat.  It’s funny isn’t it, how something so simple, made us all smile so much?

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Linking up with Katie and The Ordinary Moments over on her beautiful blog ‘Mummy Daddy Me‘.

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Week One #CelebratingMotherhoodIG Round-Up

Wow, considering that I only announced the #CelebratingMotherhoodIG and #CMDadsCorner  instagram communities on Thursday (what was I thinking saying I’d do a round-up this week?) I have been so pleasantly surprised to see that not only do I have enough participants to have a round-up I was ridiculously stuck trying to choose just four.

I have been good and just chosen four over all, but I’m also going to feature here my #CelebratingMotherhoodIG picks and then the #CMDadsCorner choices separately too, as we had enough to choose from in just two days.  Thank you so much guys.  It means a lot to have people get behind me as the word spreads.  I have had nothing but positive comments here on the blog and over on my instagram feed too.  So thank you, really, from the bottom of my heart.  I was petrified about doing this, especially on my own without a co-host, but I realised that this is the purpose of my blog and it’s about time I stepped out and started showing it.

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There were so many lovely Mamas pics to choose from I don’t know how I will do it next week when there are more.  This week I didn’t have to.

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Gorgeous Katie and LL from @mummydaddyme, the ever helpful Lily from Lucy @hellobeautifulbear, little Ladybird enjoying a swim from @ladybirdsadventures and the beautiful Millie with her teddy from @tanyaallman91

Thank you so much to all joined in.  Please continue to tag any images you feel encapsulate parenthood for you.  Don’t forget each month I will draw from the tagged photographs to choose someone to celebrate…. just because.

 

KNEE HIGH BOOTS FROM START RITE | KNEE HIGH BOOTS

Knee high boots from Start Rite

Not so long ago I blogged about how Isis had out grown all her shoes and we had bought her a few new pairs including these beautiful knee high boots from Start Rite.  We had bought them all some new black patent Dr Martens and I also bought Isis a pair of party shoes and these gorgeous tan leather knee high boots from Start Rite as they looked like they would go really well with a lot of her new clothes.

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Last weekend was the first time she chose to wear them, teamed with this gorgeous check dress shirt from Next Autumn Winter collection 15/16 I could see that my days of guiding her fashion choices is long becoming a thing of the past.  Gone are the days of crazy thrown together outfits that looked like a rainbow had thrown up on her.  As happy as those outfits were, she has developed a great little style all of her own.  Choosing clothes that she likes when we go shopping together, her taste has really matured, but she still looks like a little girl.  Eek, she’s growing up too quickly.  Scary really.

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These boots are a great staple to a wardrobe as in this colour and fabric she could wear them with casual midi dresses in the summer months.  She can wear them with skinny jeans tucked in, underneath boyfriend style jeans (although they’d be wasted hidden, she has plenty of other shoes she could wear with those), with city shorts, skirts.  They’re just so versatile.  The most important thing of course is that she fell in love with them as soon as she saw them.

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The great thing about buying knee high boots from Start-rite is that Isis says they are really, really comfy.  You’ve got that great support and well fitting shoe that they need while their feet are still growing with added style.  I would never have expected to find knee high boots from Start-rite, I just didn’t associate the brand with fashion.  I imagined all the pairs we’ve bought from them over the years.  Great for little ones that are learning to walk and especially up until about age 7 as their little feet are so precious and the bones are still soft.

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We bought these from Alex and Alexa but you can find the style ‘Gallop‘ available elsewhere.

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#CelebratingMotherhoodIG an Instagram Community

I have seen lots of  instagram communities arising recently.  Two of my favourites are #LittleFierceOnes hosted by Amy and Aby who are fast becoming instagram royalty, and also #LifeCloseUp hosted by the beautiful Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy.  I LOVE instagram.  I have nowhere near as many followers as most instagrammers do.  Not even close.  The purpose of this is not to build up my instagram.  The purpose for this community is plain and simple.

There are too many forums and places in this world where we all are too quick to jump on the bandwagon and judge other mothers.  Motherhood means many different things to many different people.  There are Mums out there who will never see their angel babies again in this life.  There are foster Mums, step Mums.  Mum’s who needed to adopt, or chose adoption first, Mum’s that may have needed help with fertility.  There are single Mums and single Dads.  Our eldest girls will tell you they have three Mums.  They have lived between two homes for 6 years and in one home they have two mums and in our home they have their Dad and I.

Every household looks different these days.  I want this blog and this instagram community to reflect those differences.  There is no way that’s ‘right’ anymore.  What’s right is the environment created to encourage children to flourish through security, love, encouragment and freedom to be whoever their little hearts are telling them to be.

What I LOVE about instagram is that it’s a place that is relatively open to all these days.  All you need is a smart phone and the ability to download an app.

It’s difficult sometimes to feel that you connect with the blogging community, especially if you’re not a blogger yourself.  I know a lot of the readers here at ‘I’m Every Mum‘ are non bloggers.  After a few messages recently from people who want to know how to get into blogging… I usually direct them over to Aby and her ‘Blog Club‘ (so helpful if you want to learn about starting to blog and all that it entails) posts, they’re so informative.

There’s something so beautiful about a parent and child bond.  I LOVE seeing all the little squares filled with love popping up all over my instagram feed and I wanted to do something to celebrate that parent bond.

So… how do I join in?

It’s quite simple really whenever you take a photograph that symbolises parenthood for you, that could be a picture of yourself as you are a parent.  I could be a photo of your child, it could be a picture of a snowdrop (when we lost our first baby in the womb this is what we named them), absolutely ANYTHING that symbolises parenthood for you.  All you have to do is add the hashtag #CelebratingMotherhoodIG to that picture.  You can add as many pictures as you would like.  There is no limit.  If you are a Dad then we have hashtag for you too, all you need to do is add the hashtag #CMDadsCorner.  I know that my husband will be joining in with this.

Each week on a Saturday I will share my favourites in a #CelebratingMotherhoodIG round up post here on the blog and also over on my instagram account and each month there’ll be an extra special announcement.

What’s in it for me?

This is where you’d expect me to say ‘well, nothing really, the chance to be part of a beautiful community and celebrate each other’, but that’s not true.  Each month I am going to select a photograph, or rather get my children to, out of a hat (I’ll probably post the selection process with a mini instavid) and that person will receive a little something in the post.  Something you may not purchase for yourself, to make you just feel appreciated for being Mum or being Dad.  I will tailor them each month to the winner so I can’t say what it will be exactly other than if you join in… you’ll find out.  So Dad’s don’t worry if you join in you won’t be winning a beauty box.

I don’t make any money from instagram, I don’t really make any money from this blog yet, I just want to let you all know that you’re appreciated and this is one way I can make a start.

So what are you waiting for?

Get tagging for a chance to be featured this Saturday morning in our first ever #CelebratingMotherhoodIG round up.

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