Sometimes, thinking of gifts to get for a little girl can be super hard. Especially, if it’s not your own. Do you get a really noisy toy and watch the parents cringe in horror? (Possibly my favourite), orrr just try and find the parent friendly toy? Well, fear no more. A bow subscription is the way forward my friends.
Olivia’s bow club – check them out on Instagram, offer a monthly subscription where you get a box of bows each month. And oh my, they do not disappoint. They are based in the U.S, shopping to the UK was amazingly quick. Winner, right?!
This is our first months and oh my goodness, I am duingggg at the cuteness. Esmé clearly agrees because she couldn’t keep her little hands off them. This was a Christmas themed box which is PERFECT because I’m so excited for her to wear one on Christmas Day.
She was just the perfect little model, even with her bed hair she looks cute. How is that fair?! Don’t the bows look even more cuter on? I can’t even deal with the cuteness.
For the subscription, you get three (adorable may I add) bows alllll for $12.99, bargain, right? You get to choose between clip and headband AND there is even an option to add for a pigtail set which is epic. Pigtails are my absolute favourite and having clips for that is adorable and perfect for every little girl. The website is super easy to follow which is always a winner.
I have a lovely little code for all you lovely people to get your first box for $4 (plus shipping), if you’re one for a bargain like any one, ever than get yourself to @oliviasbowclub on Instagram or check out the website www.oliviasbowclub.com and enter “GIVEMEBOWS” at checkout. You are welcome.
Make a little girls (and girls mom) Christmas this year and get them a bow subscription, first box coming January! It will be the gift that just keeps on giving!
Happy bow shopping loves.
It’s always been my dream to have a little girl of my own who I can play princess dress up with, plait hair and endless amounts of bows. And now my friends, I am living that dream. Little E has such thin hair and only recently have I been able to cute hairstyles with it, somehow it looks even cuter on her teeny head, all the heart eyes guys!
I am by no means a hair expert but I have managed to master some cute hairstyles and thought I’d share them with all my girlie mamas out there. So clink the link below and let me know what you think 🙂
I have some more hair tutorials up my sleeves and I am super excited to share them with you all. Hope you enjoy!
Happy hair stylin’ babes.
Keeping my bag organised has become a top priority because majority of the time, my mischevious little toddler gives me 0.0001 second to get whatever she needs before an almighty meltdown. I’m grateful that she’s super head strong but my goodness (insert eye roll emoji here). So of course, I need to grab what I need in that moment. Especially wipes because little E thinks it’s just the best to wipe her snot, chocolate covered, sticky fingers all over you if you don’t wipe them quick enough. Mom life is just oh so glamorous.
So of course, my first and most important item in my bag is a packet of wipes and the much needed nappies. Poo nami’s are real and apparently never ending. Nappies and wipes are needed on tap until the potty training days come around. I don’t have a particular brand that I like most, I just go with whatever is easiest to grab at the time. As long as there’s enough in stock, it’s a win.
Second most important is toys, unfortunately I don’t yet own a Mary poppins bag so I just grab little E’s favourite of that day (it changes all the dang time) and off we go. Whatever can keep her entertained in the most embarrassingly melt down places. She’s a sucker for teddy bears, gives them snuggles AND they get her to sleep too. Winning. There will alllllways be room for that in this little o’ bag of mine. Esmé’s favourite toy of the day today is Bing, aaaand boy is she obsessed with this one today and almost every day. Any other toddler bing lovers out there?
My biggest epic mom fail of the year has been forgetting wipes in my bag. Oh boy, it’s never a good day when that happens. I just have to pray that no poo nami’s come my way. Snotty noses? These cute little packet of tissues will get me through. I’m a sucker for cute little tissues so thank you Selfridges, these were definitely a winner. Two packets for a £1 too! Cute and a bargain, double winner!
Once your toddler is on the run (literally) be prepared for those grazed knees. My heart broke the first time it happened to my poor little munchkin. I unfortunately can’t wrap her in bubble wrap,as much as I would love to somedays. All I can do is prepare for when they come with the cutest little plasters, thanks again selfridges and with lots of kisses and cuddles of course. Kinda got these for me too, you know, just incase. Not gonna lie.
Mints. Mints protect the world. Against bad breath. Either to protect the world from yours orrrr to protect your nostrils from anyone else’s. Bad breath affects some of the people around us and mints are in place to help us all live through it. And in a cute box like this? How can you resist. Thank you again selfridges for curing the bad breath disease with your incredibly cute mints.
Dummies dummies dummies. I neither hate them nor love them but I never leave without one because some days my little just cannot survive without one at nap time. Quite literally a life saver sometimes, a staple in my handbag for sure.
A few other bits and bobs I always have on hand in my little old bag. Items I simply cannot do without on a day to day basis and you shouldn’t either. A roller to get away all that pesky fluff that sticks to some trousers, annoying right? Forever 21 has your back with this little cutie. Hand cream that is seasonal? And just so happens to be from my favourite season. Can I hear you say W I I n n N n E e r R !! And spray to keep me smelling fresh as a daisy because you can never have too much of that am I right?
What do you have stored in your handbag as a mama? If I’m missing anything, help a mama out and give me a shout. What can’t you live without?
The dreaded flu/snot season has arrived. I love fall and all that comes with it EXCEPT snot infested days. Now, I know with a toddler, most days have some snot here and there but autumn/winter takes those snot days to a whole new level of snotness. If we were playing snot bingo right now, someone would have totally won and it’s only the first paragraph, stay with me. I can offer sanity in those snot filled days.
Your child gets sick, the whole household gets sick and then you get sick. Unless you’re extremely lucky and have an epic immune system, it’s a given. Prepare for it. The hardest thing in the world is not being able to lounge around all day when you’re poorly sick. With a crazy, mischievous toddler on your hands I have to laugh out loud if you think that’s going to happen. How do we survive? Fear not my little friendlings I have a little advice that has helped me and may just help you too.
Stock up on that good little thing we call medicine, flu tablets are a god send when we are under the weather, hot lemon water, vapour rub, tissues, tissues and more tissues. If they’re in stock, there’s no worries about it being socially acceptable going to the shop in your pjs with your hair like a pineapple to grab some, dribbling your germs along with you as you go. Stay in the comfort of your own home. Win win.
Now, of course as a parent when we’re sick our little world doesn’t just pause, we still have all our chores to do and crazy children to keep us on our tippy toes to control. Get those colouring books out, with tons of pictures, stickers, crayons, old magazines, glue sticks, let them go wilddddd. Just sit back, and relax. Watch them learn and enjoy their time all by themselves, it does them AND you a world of good.
Have disney films ready for on repeat. Don’t even be ashamed of this one. Disney films are AMAZING, kids love them, we love them, keeping them entertained for an hour and a half? Run with it. Even if you’ve watched it a thousand times this week already, if it makes them happy then you can be happy. Let’s be honest, who’s not happy when Disney is involved?
Get creative with minimum effort. Children are SO easy to please. They may not want to play with the ten bags of toys you have for them buuuut, dry pasta and rice in bottles? Oh now that can keep them entertained longer than should be real. Let them pour the rice or pasta into bottles it containers and watch them turn into a child rock band. It may not help that headache of yours but it’ll definitely help with the whole, put your feet up and get some rest thing that needs to be going on.
Books, books, books e v e r y w h e r e. Spread them all over the room and watch them go to town with taking to themselves, pointing at the pictures, maybe even pile them all on top of each other to knock them over. Even if your throat hurts or you’re losing your voice, you don’t have to talk, just get them looking through the pictures. I promise you it’ll keep them entertained, even if it’s just for a little while. Every little helps.
And once you’ve made it through the day, because you will no matter how long it feels.. Get that much needed pamper you deserve AND an early night. Need some ideas? Look at some of my previous blog posts on how to achieve the perfect pamper night at home. As parents we sometimes forget that we’re only human too, we need rest and pampering as much as the next person. Take care of yourself, your tomorrow you will thank you for it.
Happy battling the snotty days babes.
These days, a lie in for me is getting to stay in bed until 07:32 instead of 07:30. Over the past six months or so, I have learnt a few tricks of the trade to get to spend even longer in bed. Winner! I only have one little munchkin but I’m sure these tricks could possibly work as more come along, I’m willing to give it a try anyway.
Not only is sleep important, but having the time to adjust to day time after hardly getting any sleep the night before is also, VERY important. The last thing I want to be doing is jumping out of bed after having four/five hours sleep to get my somehow, crazy, full of energy toddler out of bed. Where do they get all their energy from? It would only be fair if they shared their secret, right? Hopefully these tricks will give all you sleep deprived mamas/dadas a moment or two in the morning to adjust to the sleep deprived day you will have. Keeping it real.
O N E — Their favourite programme/movie. Bing goes down a treat in our house. Snuggle up in your sweet, beautifully comfy bed and bask in the glory of all things Disney. It’s a life saver for sure. BUT, if your little(s) are anything like mine, this will only keep them entertained for a short while. Which is all good and well until they think bouncing up and down on your tummy is the next fun activity to do (enter eye rolling emoji here).
T W O — Breakfast in bed. Now I’m not talking go and slump in front of the oven and cook a full English breakfast. No no no. I’m talking chop some fruit up, pop it on a plate and ta daaa. Preferably the stuff that makes the least mess. This may just be Esmé’s favourite thing to do which makes my whole life. If a plate of fruit keeps her in one place for ten minutes who am I to complain? This, mixed with her favourite Disney movie really is a winner. And an excuse for breakfast in bed for you too? Oh, why not. It is for the kids after all. You’re welcome.
T H R E E — Books. I’m not talking about the books that you have to sit and read on repeat, ain’t nobody got time for that at half six in the morning. Get the ones FULL of pictures, where they can just chuckle to themselves and make all the animal noises as they flick through. It’s actually quite nice to lie back in bed and watch your favourite little learn all by themselves. It gives a nice, positive start to the day. Trust me. I’d take that over a tantrum because they’ve ate all their breakfast and can’t figure out why there’s nothing left in their bowl. any. day.
F O U R — Sing. Sing your flipping heart out if you manage to lie in bed for ANOTHER ten minutes or so. Esmé loves a good sing song. Twinkle twinkle and row row are her favourites, she even does the rock herself back and forth on her own. All I have to do is open my mouth and sing. I may be tone deaf, but Esmé enjoys it so we can’t go wrong really (she’s a good egg), the neighbours may hate me and my strangled cat voice but again, ten minutes extra in bed then I can definitely live with that.
These tricks often get me half an hour extra in bed and that is like heaven! I may not have got any extra sleep but sometimes just being able to stretch and wake yourself up properly before bouncing into the day makes allllll the difference. Obviously, there is no school run in our house just yet but when that time comes, the weekends will be the sweetest cheat a lie in days E V E R.
The sweetest part of all? The kiddie winks have no idea that you’ve managed to just bag yourself extra time in bed. They just think you’re the best parent ever for “letting” them eat in bed and do all their favourite things. Can’t go wrong with that, right? Hope these tricks work just as well for you.
Happy steaing extra time in bed babes ♡
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Do I wear a wig? Is that why I have hair in all my photos and then blog about no hair. Not quite.
Babies however, takes a while for those hairs to come through. I’ve always dreamed of having a little girl, sitting and braiding her hair while she sits their still (PAHA how utterly naive of me), giggling and talking about life with me. Esmé is a little too young to do that with me just yet BUT I do kind of, deep breath, love trying different hairstyles with her. Now, getting her to sit still is a challenge in itself but with the right distraction, she enjoys it as much as me. I love these bonding moments, times that I will treasure, where it’s just me and her.
Little E has short, wispy hair so hairstyles that don’t fall out in seconds has been kind of difficult to invent. But, I’ve finally mastered a few! I am all for two cute little piggy tails but I like to mix things up every now and again and now I know I can, if you like to do that too then this one is for you. Us mamas/dadas (I’ll be seriously impressed if you’re a dad) need to stick together. So, you’re welcome in advance 😉
Attempting to keep an 18month old mischievous toddler still for long enough to even pop a clip in is an achievement. So, achieveng any longer than that, honestly makes me deserve a medal. Prepare your face to look a little like mine here, a long with constantly singing or talking about any distraction and throw a few gritted teeth in there and you’re on the right track.
Yes, of course my dear child you can have a drink for the ONE MILLIONTH time. You must be SO thirsty, my bad. (enter eye rolling emoji here).
Hairstyle number one —
I’m going to call this one the pony bun, that’s quite literally what it is. Sounds odd but is actually super cute. Probably wouldn’t work on yours or my hair however, just throwing that out there.
Split the hair into two sections, top and bottom and pop them into two ponys.
Twist the top pony around until you meet the second pony and then twist them together so it looks a little like below.
Finally, twist it around into a teeny, tiny little bun so that it looks like below.
I know, I know, I’m a genius. You can thank me later because I’ve got a few other cute hairstyles to show you yet. (am I blowing my own trumpet enough to keep you reading?)
Hairstyle number two —
The pony plait, a popular hairstyle that is just too cute. Even though Esmé doesn’t have an awful lot of hair, this still manages to work and is really quick and easy which is what every parent needs, right?
Pop their hair into a pony tail, then braid the hair as normal. Pop a band in to secure at the end and there you go. The cutest pony braid you ever did see, am I right or am I right? It’s okay, I know I’m right. (smirky face emoji insertion here).
Hairstyle number three —
A little twist (literally) on the previous hairstyle. Just twist (told you) the braid around the top bobble and secure it with a band, now you have a plait bun. Super easy, super cute and super simple. W i n n e r.
Hairstyle number four —
I am yet to think of a name for this one, it is a hairstyle I randomly stumbled upon with my own creativity. If you can think of a name, throw one my way. I kind of want to do this one on myself which makes me excited because TWINNING IS WINNING.
Start by separating the hair into two sections, left and right. Twist the two sections outwards to inwards and bring the two ends together as shown in the photo below.
Pop a band in to secure it, so it seems like a loose pony with a gap in between the two sections.
Pull the bottom of the pony tail over and through the gap, as shown below.
Pull it all the way through so that it looks like a pony again with a small gap in the middle.
Pull the pony tight at the bottom so that the gap is no longer there and there you go you hairstyle genius. A cute hairstyle with very minimal effort and if you love twinning as much as me, give it a go. We should be friends.
Bows, bows, bows, they make any hairstyle even cuter on little girls. A clip bow or a hairband bow, you name it, little E has a very big, ever growing collection. My favourite, go to shop is @willow_and_ivy they have the cutest collection of bows to fill your hearts bow desire and the price is pretty heart throbbingly good too. For 15% off use code stacey15 at checkout, you’re welcome and happy shopping.
Now, tidy up the mess that was made which, if anything like Esmé means you’ve got a treasure hunt to find all those tiny bobbles she’s chucked everywhere. Those pesky things get everywhere. And you drink that hot drink while it’s still drinkable and not completely cold. Because, for getting through a toddler hair styling sesh you deserve it.
Happy hair stylin, hot drink drinkin, bow buying babes.