Has anyone else got a toddler that is a little bit feral? Little knows how to use a spoon and fork, but most of the time prefers to just pick food up and shovel it in to her mouth. This means meal times in our house can get a bit messy!

So when I had the opportunity to try out some of the fantastic products from Messy Me , I jumped at the chance.

 

The Messy Tunic (Dusty Pink Dots £9.50)

The tunic bib is fantastic. The first thing that hit me when I opened up the packet was how well made it was. You can see the seams and edging have been sewn brilliantly and I have no doubt that it is a product made to last. The fabric is so pretty and the soft dusty pink colour is girly, without being too over the top.

I decided to put it to the test at tea time and it managed to keep my little messy one clean. It’s long enough to collect food dropped in her lap, which is where most of her food ends up some days.

Recently, we decided to do some sensory play and it was easy for her to wear and protected her clothes well. I usually use long sleeved bibs, but I found that, as long as Little’s sleeves were rolled up, the lack of arms wasn’t an issue.

The Messy Mat (Soft Grey Stars £24.00)

I never realised quite how handy a floor mat was until I tried this. Food being dropped all over the floor is a regular occurance these days. Cleaning it up isn’t so straight forward when it’s beans or something else mushy, but I just tend to get on with it and get the wipes out.

Being able to just lift up the mat and tip everything in to the bin was a revelation. I could then just wipe it clean and fold it up ready for the next meal time. No having to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the floor! Little is also a bit of a monkey for throwing her cup on the floor. We’ve tried the no spill cups and she still manages to throw them with enough force to create a splash. I love the way the mat caught all the water – a quick wipe with a towel and it was gone.

It also came in really handy for some sensory play too. I could spread out the inside of a pumpkin, without worrying that the floor would become a sticky, gungy mess. And again, I could just wipe it clean afterwards.

The mat is made from the same great wipe clean material as the tunic bib, but doesn’t have any edging sewn along the edges like the bib does. However, with the mat being laid on the floor and not strapped to a wriggly little one, this isn’t really an issue.

 

 

Overall, I’m really pleased with the products and would definitely recommend them.

Do you have a messy little one? What do you use to make sure the clean up is as easy as possible? 

 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

 

Disclaimer: Although I was sent these items in exchange for a review, my opinions are honest and based on what I have experienced.

This year I am again taking part in the Blogtober link up. The first prompt is About Me, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you all a little bit more about myself.

Personal Life

I am Rebecca (or Becky, Bec, Becks, Becca, depending who you talk to) and I’m 32 (how the bloody hell did that happen?!) I live in Lincolnshire, not far from where I grew up. Although I moved away for a few years (I say ‘away’ – I moved less than an hour away!) – we moved back after we had Little. It’s true when they say it takes a village to raise a child. I have the best ‘village’ around me and cannot be more grateful for having my family close by.

Big and I met at University. It’s all a very unromantic story to be honest. He’s from Northern Ireland, but little old me persuaded him to stay in England. His Mum loves me for that!

We got married on a beautiful October day a few years a go and had Little, through IVF, 19 months a go. She is a very strong willed and feisty little thing. I should have known what her personality would be like when she decided to make her entrance in to the world 11 weeks early!

Professional Life

I am a part time teacher, although anyone who knows the profession knows that a teacher’s job is pretty full on!

Blogging is a hobby for me, although I know it is a career for many people. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in developing that. For now though, I am happy to share my world with people as a hobby. I hope that one day I can look back with Little and share it all with her too.

I have recently ventured into the wonderful world of vlogging too. I’m not doing it regularly, but I’m enjoying learning new skills. I have been very lucky to meet some wonderful people through this hobby of mine. The online world gets slated at times but I love the connections you can make.

#blogtober17

I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about the person behind the blog. Let me know if you want to find out more and sign up to email alerts if you want to read more from me this Blogtober!

 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

 

#Blogtober17

I’ve recently been thinking about setting some goals for the new year. I don’t go in for this ‘new year, new me’ stuff as, let’s face it, you are who you are, but there are things I want to achieve in the new year to make life that bit easier and feel that bit better.

After reading a fab post from MummytoDex, I decided to write my own, though rather than just blog goals I thought I’d look at goals for life overall.

2016 was a year of highs and lows. Births, marriages, big operations and sadly losing someone close too. It was a year where I have cried and laughed in equal measure. Been happier than I thought possible and more terrified than ever before. It’s a year that I will be glad to see the back of, but remember more fondly than any other.

After a rollercoaster year I’ve decided that 2017 is the year of getting my shit together! I say it every year but this year I am so fed up of saying and not doing. I need to change and I also need to give Big a kick up the arse too as he needs to get his act together at times! He is half teenage boy and half amazing Dad and I feel a bit too much like a nagging Mum with him sometimes!

My 2017 Goals

1. Sort out the house

We were lucky enough to buy a lovely new house this year. We’ve made it our home but I often look around and see piles of crap everywhere (apart from in the nice tidy corners I take photos of!) I need to get more organised in keeping everything tidy and clean. I’ve decided I’m going to have a regular cleaning schedule and have been looking at Pinterest for some ideas. I’m going to be trying to be more minimalist, something which I started to think more about after watching AmyBeingMum’s video on the subject, and get rid of things I keep ‘just in case’. Going back to work and keeping the house tidy will be a challenge but I hope that by having a tidier house it will help keep my mind tidy and less anxious.

My mum bought me this book for Christmas – do you think she was trying to tell me something?

2. Get out more

Sometimes I feel like I spend my life indoors. We go out and see people but we always go to their houses or meet in coffee shops, we go to baby groups but these are always inside and when I do go out for walks they always seem to be short trips to the shop. I sometimes get a bit of cabin fever and often think Little does too, which is why we have some tough days with her. With going back to work.

Last year Big bought me an English Heritage membership (it should have been National Trust but that’s another story!) and do you know how many times we used it? A big fat zero! Not only is it a huge waste of money but shows how little we get out and do things together. As little grows I want us to go on adventures as a family and 2017 is going to be the start of it.

3. Sort out our diet

To look at Big and I, you wouldn’t think we were particularly unhealthy, but we eat a lot of bad food! Friday is usually referred to as Chinese Friday as we tend to have a take away. Before Little we’d have more than one take away a week to be honest. We’ve been better since, mainly thanks to my Mum cooking us meals and me planning occasionally, but next year I’m going to meal plan every week and shop more carefully.

4. The Blog

In the tag line for most of my social media I mention the fact that I am an occasional blogger. I want to take the blog more seriously in the new year. The plan is to go self hosted, redesign to look of the blog, blog at least once a week, make more links with brands I love and increase my readers through interesting, more carefully planned content. I am also toying with the idea of trying my hand with some vlogs, but we’ll have to see if I’m brave enough!

So there you have it. The 4 main goals I’ve got to help me get it together in 2017.

I hope that this time next year I’ll be able to look back and know I’ve worked hard to achieve them. I hope I’ll be in a better place and feeling less ‘mess’ and more like a proper grown up (if there is such a thing!)

What are your goals for the new year? How do you plan on achieving them? 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

Ok so there is no doubt that the viral craze of #treeoflife pictures swimming around Instagram are beautiful. If you haven’t seen them, they show stunning artwork of mothers and babies bonding through a very natural thing, with trees connecting mother and baby through breastfeeding. However, in some people’s eyes, they are another example of how non breastfeeding mum’s are feeling guilt and shame. Hashtags like #breastisbest don’t help the matter! Does that mean that formula feeding mums don’t give their babies life and don’t have a bond with their baby?  Of course not!

From what I can gather, it started to support the #normalisebreastfeeding cause that many breastfeeding groups try hard to advocate. This always surprises me though, as honestly from my standpoint it is a totally normal part of life, to the point where formula feeding mums are made to feel inadequate by health professionals, the media and the breastfeeding army. Let me get one thing straight, when I use the term breastfeeding army, it’s not all breastfeeding mums, it’s the group of keyboard warriors who have their view and will not be tolerant or understanding of others. I respect all mums as, let’s face it, what ever choice we make we get criticised for it but I have an issue with those who purposely set out to make others feel bad. All of the breastfeeding mums I know would hate to think they’d upset or shamed anyone. They agree that however you feed your baby, as long as they are happy, it doesn’t matter. But not all breastfeeding advocates have the same compassion. I think it’s lovely that mums who breastfeed can share something so beautiful and feel empowered by it, but it’s the message it spreads to others that makes me wary of the craze.

Yes breast milk is amazing for babies but not everyone can feed this way. The argument that it’s natural and been around since the dawn of time is valid but historically babies would have died due to feeding issues without a wet nurse or formula. Society and medicine has moved on to allow healthy happy babies whatever the feeding situation!

I have fed Little every which way because she was born too early to feed orally. She was tube fed until she was ready to attempt oral feeding. We attempted breast feeding and fed bottled expressed breast milk and eventually formula. The one she had the most trouble and upset with was breast. So no breastfeeding is not best for every mum and baby. Fed is best and it always will be!

Formula feeding and still we have a connection and bond

What Little thinks to those who shame people for their choice of feeding

Back in the early days when she would take the breast

The oversupply of expressed breast milk I brought home from the hospital. I was a milking machine!

Big feeding a very tiny Little my ebm while we were still in hospital

Little with her NGT (nasal gastric tube) that she loved to pull out!

I have already seen some beautiful bottle feeding tree of life art work. I’m glad these have popped up as they show that no matter how your baby is fed, you still have a bond and give them life. I’d considered doing one from when I could breastfeed, then thought I could do a bottle feeding one, but then realised I actually don’t want to do one at all. Yes they are beautiful pieces of art, but my feeding journey can’t be summed up in a picture like that.

It is lovely to see the pictures, but before posting, consider the hashtags used and the wording of your post. Just because you breast feed or formula feed, doesn’t mean that it is best. We all need to support each other. Always remember #fedisbest

Have you made one of these pictures – either bottle or breast? If so did you consider the impact on others? Should we even have to consider it, or is it simply people being over sensitive? If you don’t breastfeed, how do the pictures make you feel?

I’m interested in open discussions on this but if you comment please be mindful that everyone is entitled to their own views. 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

When you’re an adult, Christmas starts to lose its appeal a bit. Well that is unless you have parents that still insist on checking if Santa has been, leaving out stockings and having a mass early morning present opening!
Our Christmas tradition continued right up until last year! A 30, 29 and 25 year old all up early, checking our stockings and following our parents down to see if “he’d been.” Seriously ridiculous but we loved it every year, well my brother not so much but that is because for the past few years he’s usually been majorly hungover! 

This year will be different because we get to start a new Christmas tradition. 

Plans

Ok, so Little may only be 9 months but it will still be a special day as it’s the first year we get to have a Christmas morning of just Little, Big and Me. We plan on waking up as a family of 3, opening up our presents and having something special for breakfast, although not sure what our Christmas morning brekkie will be yet. 

I’m not going to lie, I’m sad that I don’t get to spend the morning with my parents and siblings. To do the silly traditions that we’ve always done, but once we’ve opened up the presents here we’ll be off to start a new tradition at the grandparents too. We’ll take Little to open her presents at my parents house and have our dinner there. At 31 I still don’t feel grown up enough to cook the dinner! 

Presents

I didn’t, I mean Santa didn’t, want to spend too much on presents for Little this year as she won’t remember it and doesn’t really need anything. I thought about things we’d probably buy her in the future and toys that she’d grow in to. I went with some lovely wooden toys for her. 

All of this for £17.50 in the Sainsburys toy sale!

And then some lovely little extras, including some books, a puzzle and this beautiful little start to her Emma Bridgewater collection. 


But for me it was the little touches I wanted to invest in that we’d use for years to come to build our own traditions. 

I’ve ordered these tags to use to leave treats for Santa, can’t wait for them to arrive! 

I bought a beautiful personalised Santa sack to put her presents in. My brother has also bought her a similar one so we’ve got more room once the presents start getting bigger! 

Night night folks x

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And I’ve ordered some lovely personalised decorations too. One from handcraftedlove and another from elviesworkshop. Can’t wait to get the tree up and get them hanging pride of place. 

What are your plans for Christmas? Do you have traditions that you’ve started since having your little one? 

Little Big Love

Becky xx