This week’s Little Loves is jam packed a whole variety of things, including a giveaway to win a Kids Songs CD. If you’re as obsessed with the theme tunes of Cbeebies shows as I am, you’ll definitely want to enter. From days of sunshine, to a blanket of snow covering the ground this morning – the last fortnight has been a real mixture of everything. Here’s an overview!
After Pickle was poorly a few weeks ago, I’ve been reading a lot about febrile convulsions since. Not only reading up on the NHS advice and information, but also other people’s experiences. Katy from KatyKicker has written a great blog post about them, and although seeing your baby have a seizure is a ridiculously scary experience that I wouldn’t wish on anybody, it is somewhat reassuring to know how common it is. In time, I hope to write about our own experience and tips for keeping your little one’s temperature down during a fever, but with a busy couple of weeks ahead – it may be a while before it gets published.
Christmas time is a great time to get out and see some children’s theatre – lots of venues schedule more family shows into their programme around the holidays, so there’s plenty of culture around the West Midlands this time of year. We’ve already been treated to a performance of Me… at Midlands Art Centre, as well as Snow Mouse at Warwick Arts Centre, and the fun doesn’t stop there!
We’re off to The Snowman at Coventry Cathedral this weekend, Home for Christmas at the Lichfield Garrick next weekend, and Stick Man at Town Hall, Birmingham after Christmas. That’s five shows within the space of about a month! Crazy, but fun.
I got a bit too excited when I was offered the chance to get my hands on this Kids Songs CD with three discs packed full with songs, jingles and theme tunes from a whole range of children’s TV shows. Despite the fact, we don’t really have anything to play a CD on in our lounge apart from my laptop – that hasn’t stopped me from hitting play and dancing around the lounge like a lunatic. I think I probably enjoy it more than Pickle.
Anybody else a little obsessed with the new Stick song from Hey Duggee? It’s not on the CD (probably a good thing), but I’ve tracked it down on YouTube if you’re not familiar with it yet… Christmas Number One, anyone?
I’m delighted to have an additional copy of the CD to giveaway, so scroll down to the bottom for your chance to enter – it would make a fab little stocking filler this Christmas.
I’ve been meaning to sew for AGES. In fact, over a year ago I bought myself some lovely fabric to make a skirt with, hoping to have it completed for my birthday. Last year. Two birthdays have been and gone since then (although, the less said about this year’s birthday, the better), but I took the plunge and booked myself a place at Sew Me Something’s Sassy Club Night – an evening of sewing at Jules’ gorgeous workshop room. Up until the night before, I was set on making this skirt I’d had in the pipeline for so long, but then I suddenly realised I didn’t actually have the right pattern for what I wanted to make as I needed a smaller size than I’d made previously… so I had a bit of a panic.
In the end, I opted for a different skirt, in a different fabric and spent most of the Sassy Club Night just cutting out my pattern pieces. I’m using a really light chambray, and it’s definitely the flimsiest fabric I’ve used to date. I’m hoping that’ll produce a nice skirt with lots of movement in it, but it’ll certainly be a bit more challenging than the usual heavier cottons I’ve worked with. Still LOTS to do on it, but a good excuse to get away for another Sassy Club Night soon!
For the last month, I’ve been testing out the It’s a Sling Thing baby carrier hire service, and I’ve just sent our carrier back. I’m so sorry to see it go! And I’m feeling a bit bereft without a carrier that currently fits Pickle. I’m a big lover of babywearing, and for all those of you who think it’s a bit weird – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Being able to get out and about, whilst having my hands free and not having to worry about step free access or battling with a cumbersome pram gives me such freedom.
I’ve already started to look ahead towards next year. Taking some time to assess what I’ve achieved with my blog this year and making some goals for 2018. There are some really exciting collaborations and projects to come which I can’t wait to share more about, but I’m also hoping to continue improving, learning and upping my game! This week was Aby from You Baby Me Mummy’s Wrap Party 2017, a free week course to help analyse your blog performance this year and help towards planing for next year. I’m a bit behind and have some work to do – but I’m motivated, I’m prepared to put the work in and let’s all see what happens!
If it wasn’t for the snow this morning, I’d have met up with fellow Redditch blogger Sophie from Wife Mother Life for a cup of tea and some cake. She’s been doing the Wrap Party too, and I was looking forward to having a chat about it all in person (this blogging malarkey can be a bit solitary sometimes!), but LPD was insistent that I shouldn’t risk driving today and I listened to him. Mainly because I couldn’t face him being right if we did get stuck anywhere… we once had to push the car up a hill after driving into town in the snow.
The next time I write one of these… I hope to have some treats to write about. With things being cancelled left, right and centre – I’m in need of some serious catch up on fun outings, social gatherings and pampering. This mama needs it.
Kids Songs CD Giveaway
Would you like to win your own copy of the Kids Songs CD? Enter this giveaway for your chance to win.