LesBeMums {What the Redhead read}

I have been reading LesBeMums properly for a few months now and only wish I had started reading sooner. I have even taken the time to read back over earlier posts – something I don’t do often!

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What do I love about this blog?

LesBeMums is a blog about two lesbians’ journey into parenthood – but it’s so much more than that. Every post is so real and raw, full of emotion and honest whilst giving a really lovely insight into their lives – and documenting the milestones and ordinary moments of a beautiful little boy too.

Kate writes about every aspect of life with her wife and son. I read and I don’t see ‘lesbians with a child’, I just see such a lovely family who are a joy to read about. Kate blogs about days out, reviews and general thoughts on life but whatever she writes about it’s full of photos and lovely to read.

What are my favourite posts?

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My Son… Thank You

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If they don’t already, why should people read this blog?

LesBeMums is a really varied blog about all aspects of family life. It’s emotive, funny and engaging and would make a great addition to anyone’s reading list. Add to that the fact that Kate is one of the loveliest people in blog world and you have a lot of reasons to read!

Where can they find the blog?

You can find LesBeMums over on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Disclosure: The above blog hasn’t asked to feature in this post – I love it and so I’ve decided to share it with you.

Lily Charmed Spring Review and Giveaway

One of my favourite places to shop for jewellery is Lily Charmed. They always have designs that are different, quirky and can all be personalised but I’ve realised recently that they do wonderful seasonal jewellery too.

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Lily Charmed sent me their Ice Cream Necklace to review and it couldn’t be more perfect for summer. The cute ice cream cone comes complete with a flake and is just the right size to make the summer statement.

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All Lily Charmed jewellery comes beautifully packaged and now in new look gift boxes too. Knowing how wonderfully packaged the jewellery is makes it perfect to give as a gift – and there is no extra cost for the packaging either, it comes gift boxed as standard.

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The Ice Cream Necklace came on a live as you dream card with a beautiful beach image which makes it a lovely gift for this time of year – or at any time for someone who just loves the beach.

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Lily Charmed have jewellery suitable for every time of year and I am loving their new styles for summer. I am sure I’ll be wearing my ice cream necklace from now until the very last days of summer.

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The Ice Cream Necklace is just one of many products from Lily Charmed that are perfect for this time of year and I have teamed up with Lily Charmed to give away a beautiful Ice Lolly Necklace to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

The Ice Cream Necklace has an RRP of £32.00

Don’t forget to check out our other giveaways over on the giveaways page!

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Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Super Food for Superchildren Review and Giveaway!

I have been pretty obsessed with super foods since discovering the Super Food Salad at Pizza Express. It may be one of the most filling things I have ever eaten without ending up with that over-full bloated feeling. So when I was sent the new Super Food for Superchildren recipe book to review I couldn’t wait to see how it would fit into our lifestyle – and whether it could help the whole family increase the super foods in our diet.

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Super Food for Superchildren is so much more than just a cook book. It teaches you what foods are healthy to eat as much as you like, which ones should be eaten in moderation and which ones should be seen as just a very occasional treat. The whole emphasis is on an anti-sugar, anti-refined carb diet which is all about real foods which instil in the children a really healthy way of eating that will, hopefully, mean they never have to diet in the future.

The Super Food for Superchildren book is split into chapters of recipes for pregnancy all the way through to having teenagers but all of the recipes are perfect for a family. They aren’t just for children and this is something I loved about the book – that I could cook one meal for all of us to enjoy that was well balanced and the perfect portion size.

Over the last few weeks we have been making some amazing dishes from Super Food for Superchildren. A new favourite brunch for Hubby and I is the Boiled Egg, Bashed Avo and Bacon Brekkie. Before creating this recipe I had no idea how to use avocados and didn’t even know if I liked them but now they are well and truly a staple in our diet.

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We also had a Chicken Noodle Salad which would be perfect for a lunch at work or a quick and light summer supper. It had so many vegetables packed into it and the children loved that they were all cut into strips and mixed together. It introduced the children to mange tout and beansprouts – two things they really enjoyed.

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The children’s favourite things we have made so far is the Tuna Cups. These are a mix of mainly tuna and sweet potato that are easy to make and great served just with a salad for lunch or dinner but they are also really nice served cold in packed lunches or picnics and I’ve really enjoyed eating them too.

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Overall Super Food for Superchildren has been a massive hit in our house and I am looking forward to working my way through more recipes in the coming weeks. I have been given a copy of Super Food for Superchildren to give away to one lucky reader. If you would like the chance to win just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecoper below. Good luck!

Super Food for Superchildren has an RRP of £20.00

Don’t forget to check out our other giveaways over on the giveaways page!

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Disclosure: We were sent the above book for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

Living Arrows – 21/52

Here we are with another week of Living Arrows! If you haven’t joined in before, Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same as part of this linky.

Each week I share two pictures from our week – one of each of our children – but you can share one or more pictures that capture a moment of childhood. The following week I’ll share my three favourite photos from the week before, linking back to the owner’s blogs.

So if you would like to link up, grab a badge and post around a photo of childhood from the previous week. I look forward to reading your posts and make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment too!

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Here are a few of my favourite photos from last week.

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Boo Roo and Tigger Too

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An Organised Mess

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This week’s photos were both taken at home, in moments of down time. LP loves playing games on her tablet and gets lost in it for the hour we allow her, before it tells her that she’s had enough for the day.  I love her concentration face and the places she chooses to sit with it, on the floor mostly.

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Little Man asked for little scotch eggs as a snack but instead of eating them he carried them around the room with him for most of the afternoon. I love how his socks match the rug in this photo and how protective he is of those precious eggs.

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I’m looking forward to reading all your posts and seeing all your photos of childhood this week. Thanks for reading – and linking up! Have a wonderful week, whatever you get up to!

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Potty Training {The Ordinary Moments}

Little Man has just turned three and it’s only now that we have really thought about potty training. LP was potty trained just after she was two – having a small baby and a toddler both in nappies was too much and so we potty trained as soon as possible but until now Little Man has shown no interest in potty training at all. So we left it until he was ready.

Over the last week or so he has amazed us all by going from wearing nappies solidly to being pretty much dry during the day, with only the occasional accident.

Potty training the second time around is definitely not as daunting, you know what to expect. But, having an older child whilst potty training a younger one definitely keeps you on your toes – there are school runs, swimming lessons and so much else to think about whilst trying to minimise accidents and give Little Man his independence.

So the last week has been fun but Little Man now knows when he needs the toilet, tells us he needs to go and goes without any complaints. He is definitely a big boy now.

But the one downside to potty training is clothes that used to fit him perfectly, around his nappy, are now too big with most of his trousers falling down. Seeing him pants instead of nappies is still so alien but I know before long it will seem strange that he was ever in nappies.

This is a bittersweet moment. One of many that come along as the children grow. Little Man has just turned three and I have to admit that he isn’t really a baby anymore at all. Having both the children out of nappies during the day just reinforces what I already know – that they are really growing up and before I know it the baby days will be a distant memory.

Potty training. One more milestone that takes the children that bit further away from being babies and that one step closer to being independent.

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