How To Encourage Your Child To Read: Quick Tips


As an adult, you know how truly enjoyable it can be to read for pleasure. If you are a book-lover yourself, you might want to pass on the same ideals to your child. After all, they are likely to enjoy it just as much as you are, right? Well, if you want your kid to read on a regular basis, you have to encourage them to do so. It can be difficult, especially if your child doesn’t seem to enjoy reading at the moment. Here are some quick tips that will help (I promise). (more…)

Eviction Date,Al Fresco Dining & Craic agus Ceol~ Little Loves

Happy Friday everyone, hope you all have had a great week and enjoyed some time in this glorious sunshine!If I’ve posted this then I’m still pregnant,even though I’m having quite a few braxton hicks while writing this, but that’s all they are! I’m days away from my due date, so this baby has been served it’s eviction notice.

This week has been spent mostly in the garden, we have our garden furniture now so I can sit out every morning while Amelia plays in her PJ’s and wellies and enjoy breakfast,lunch and tea outside.We have had friends come visit for play dates and we went to Amelia’s music/dance class, a very tame week.

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Amelia’s Bedroom ~ Baby/Toddler Room Tour


I’ve completed the baby’s nursery and look forward to sharing it with you all once baby arrives, but in the meantime I thought it would be nice to share Amelia’s very girlie room with you, as she is spending more time playing there recently when we are upstairs. (more…)

Sausage & Bean Hot Pot


This week I have been batch cooking a few different meals, so that when the baby arrives there are dinners in the freezer for Amelia…..even if my husband and I live on take-away for the initial few weeks, or at least after my mum goes home, I know I have something decent for Amelia to eat! (more…)

How Much TV Does Your Child Watch?


According to new research young children who watch more than three hours of television a day are at significantly greater risk of having emotional and behavioural issues.

I’m the first to put my hands up and say most mornings after breakfast I switch on the TV for Amelia while I tidy up, put on a wash and do some hoovering etc. Grant it, she isn’t stuck to the TV and she wanders in and out of our kitchen for toys and check up on me, but it is still on. We go out most afternoons, but if it’s raining or I’m having a “can’t be bothered” kind of day I’ll switch on the TV. (more…)

Tips For Your First Holiday With Baby


The summer is on its way (hooray!) and for many parents this means taking your precious little one on their first holiday. This can be a really scary step to take (I know, I’ve been there!). Although it might not be quite as significant as their first step or first word, going on holiday with your baby is an exciting part of their infancy (mainly for us parents). So, I think it’s important not to let too many fears and anxieties get in the way of our enjoyment of this special time.

If you are a new parent about to set out on your first big adventure with your baby here is some advice that I found helpful for our first trip. (more…)

The Final Countdown,Friends Visits & Washing Windows ~ #LittleLoves

A Pint & A Glass of Wine When You Are Ready Sir!

A Pint & A Glass of Wine When You Are Ready Sir!

Happy Friday, welcome back to Little Loves, the weekly linky I take part in over on Butwhymummywhy, hosted by the lovely Morgana.

This week I have really felt heavily pregnant. I’m tired, not in great form, feel like doing nothing, but can’t stop cleaning! The windows upstairs & downstairs were cleaned this week, I’m hoovering the house top to bottom every morning, I just can’t stop! (more…)

Three Topping Homemade Focaccia


A few weeks ago my sister sent me this recipe, I had been waiting for the right moment to bake the bread, and when a friend called round yesterday for lunch yesterday , I took the opportunity to make the bread yesterday morning. It tasted just as good as it looked and between two adults and two toddlers we left very little remaining of the huge loaf!

Taken from a Jamie Oliver recipe, the ingredients for the topping can be chosen to suit your taste. (more…)

Breast Is Best……Or Is It?An Honest Opinion



This post was originally published on A Little Londoner March 2014.

When I found out I was pregnant, making the decision to breastfeed was pretty straightforward. As a healthcare professional, I felt I needed to  put into practice what I preach, knowing the benefits to mum and baby.

Research has shown that a breastfed baby is less likely to get sick with gastroenteritis, ear, chest and kidney infections. Breastfeeding also gives some protection from asthma, eczema, diabetes and obesity. Breastfed babies have better mental development. Their teeth are straighter too because breastfed children have better mouth formation.  Later in life, their risk of suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease is also lower.

“Breastfeeding means better lifelong health for your baby and better future health for you too. So time spent breastfeeding is well worth it.” (more…)

Hello 11pm, 2am and 5am ~ Pregnancy Insomnia


“F” you pregnancy insomnia (sorry for cursing), but I’m done! While I have had a really good pregnancy, its eviction time as far as I’m concerned! (more…)

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