The social calender of a 3yr old !!

Oh my, what has life come to when my toddler has a better social life than I do?

 

I was checking my diary today when it dawned on me that my daughter has a busier schedule than most adults. If this is what little miss socialise is like a 3 nearly 4, by the time she’s 16 she’ll have to give up on sleep all together!

Monday : Swimming lessons 

Tuesday : Nursery 

Wednesday : Nursery followed by Ballet 

Thursday : Nursery 

Friday :

Saturday : both children are there grandparents 

Sunday : 

This is her usual weeks schedule. Except this week she has a play date friday. A party Saturday so is seeing her grandparents Sunday! 

Wtf I must admit I am extremely jealous my weeks looks more like this ;

Monday – Sunday:  cleaning, cooking , running around after kids, pooy nappies, cooking , cleaning and maybe some sleep if I’m really lucky !
Do I have a little miss socialite in the making or do all kids have a Crazy schedule like this? 

Please share your children’s schedule with me. I hope your all having a lovely weekend xx

Much love 

Rhianna xxx

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Baby names I love but will not….. probably not…. be using! šŸ¤£

I have spoke before about the possibility of baby number 3! Although more recently I have defiantly been thinking more seriously about just leaving it at 2. (Although I am a never say never sorta girl)  

How ever much I know id love another baby unfortunately there are just to many cons I just cannot ignore. 

So I thought I’d share some of my favourite baby names to get everyone else broody! Some are very much unsusal to the point I love them but would never have the courage to actually use them and other are just plain lovely. 
Boys names :

  • Baine 
  • Andrey 
  • Dexter
  • Oscar
  • Theo

Girls names :

  • Amira 
  • Niya 
  • Evie
  • Phoebe
  • Milly 

    Let me know the names you love!

    If you are expecting though you may want to check out The truth about mother hoodhospital bag must haves & Top 10 waste of money nursery / new born items

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    Big bedĀ 

    So as you may know if you read To Big Bed Or Not To Big Bed, I have been deliberating on moving my 22month old into his toddler bed. Well last week we had a week of him waking throughout the night due to banging his head or getting an appendage stuck in the bars. 

    So yesterday I bit the bullet and turned his cotbed into a toddler bed! For better or worse I was committed. I don’t want to jinx myself or anything but so far so good, granted I may be getting a bit ahead of my self but last night he slepted like a baby and even slepted in this morning. So fingers crossed for tonight!

    Much love 

    Rhianna xxx

    5 tips to help mum’s stay organised!





    1. Meal plan!

    No only does it save money it also keeps everyone in the know as to what’s for dinner! I have a lost dedicated to Meal planning if you want to know more. 

    2. Have an organiser/ planner or calender!

    Keep all important dates in there and remember to refure to it. Each week as I’m writing my meal plan on my memo board I also check my organiser and write any appointments, birthdays etc there for the whole family to see. 

    3. Konmari folding method.

    I’ve recently got on the bandwagon with konmari folding and well omg I can now buy more cloths!! ( I know this defeats the object) but honestly I have so much more space and I can see everything especially in the children’s draws as they share a chest of draws, so there limited on space plus there Ikea chest of draws are really deep so having there cloths piled became a bit like a game of jenga. 

    4. Online shopping. 

    Doing your food shopping online means you can take your time picking your groceries and doing your Meal plan. You also aren’t tempted to stray off your list. I also find having a running total at the edge of my screen also makes me rethink some of my impulse/ treat buys. It will be delivered on a day of your choice and even better no tantuming bored todlers tagging along. 

    5. Getting ready ahead of time.

    I find getting the children’s clothes out the night before and there bags ready seems to save an incredible amount of time, especially as my 3 going on 13 yr old likes to pick her own cloths but takes too long deciding. I also always have a spare change bag ready for emergencies which is always packed with essentials for both children.
    Please share your favourite organising tips! I’m always looking for more.

    I’m working on a change bag essentials post atm so stay tuned!

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    Getting nothing done!

    We’re is this year going…. summer holidays are over already and it’s only 114days until Christmas!! 

    I feel like I had hoped to achieve so much this year were as in reality I don’t feel like I’ve done any of it ?? 

    We have hoped to redecorate the entire down stairs of our home..  did we do it nope!

    We wanted to rearrange the kids room completely to suit there more toddler like needs … did we do it nope!

    We wanted an adult weekend away … did we do it nope!

    I think your getting the drift and although I know the year isn’t over I am also very realistic in the fact that we have winter fast approaching our youngest birthday followed a very quick 6weeks later by Christmas day it’s self!

    On the flip side we do stil things we hope to do over the festive period and we have managed to survive another year without pulling all our hair out or murdering each other… ever cloud and all that. 

    Oh and p.s we still haven’t plucked up the courage to move our son put of a cot we are however now debating missing the toddler bed off all together and just get him a single (he does love his sister’s bed) which will also mean we have to rearrange there room so maybe we will get one this we hoped to do this summer done atleast. 

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    5 more mum hacksĀ 

    Mum hacks are the staple of my life. Anything to make my life less stressful then I’m in! 

    Here a 5 mum / life hacks that i use in my everyday life!.

    1. Drippy ice lollies 

    Use a cup cake case to catch the drips 

    2. Ran out of febreeze?

    Use fabric conditioner and water mixed in a spray bottle!

    3. Brown bananas.

    Keep clingfilm over the ends of your bananas to keep them fresher for longer.

    4. Baby proofing on a budget. 

    Baby proofing cupboard locks can be expensive and well just a pain in the bum. So use linkie baby toys to stop little fingers getting in. These are also great for baby proofing on the go. People don’t realise how inappropriate there homes can be until they have children of there own and in my experience they end up feeling bad that there child free one isn’t equipped for your children… mad I know. Which is why these are great as you can bring spear linkies with you and use as needed. 

    5. Sandy toes.

    Whether it’s in the sand pit or down the beach sand is the devil! Use talcum powder to remove the excess moisture then the sand will just rub off. 
    That’s it for today, please share any mum hacks below.

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx 

    Bank holiday baking part 2

    So after spending what felt like forever baking it’s was more like 36hours! It was for the most part a success. I must admit though I did forget to photo most of them before it was devoured by a pack of hungry wolf’s. 

    I managed to bake a chocolate birthday cake. 

    24 carrot and cream cheese muffins 


    12 chocolate muffins and 12 vanilla muffins both with buttercream frosting 

    Honestly chuffed even if o do say so myself!

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    Meal planningĀ 

    As a mother of two under 4 with a partner that works long hour’s I feel like a single mother at times. So I battle this with lists for lists! Honestly i have a list for everything. But one of my big ones and i feel questionably one of the most important is my meal plan. 

    The Benifits of meal planning !

    1. It save hours in the supermarket.

    Knowing exactly what you have to get and not wavering from that list means shopping is a quick, stress free and saves money when shopping with two little ones. 

    2. Minimises waste. 

    Checking what food you have left from last week is essential to minimising waste. Plan meals around that’s left first, for example if you have veg left then you need a meal that includes what vegetables you have left over or if you have some chicken etc.

    3. Knowing what’s on for dinner.

    I personally only plan dinner as my children eat cereal for breakfast most days. So knowing what’s for dinner helps me decide what’s for lunch. My son would live off pasta of he was allowed so there for if we’re having pasta for dinner then pasta is off the menu for lunch. 

    4. Pick meals that use some of the same ingredients.

    This on sounds strange in the title as I can’t find another that to world it so I’ll use an example.

    ( I’ve used same colours for same ingredients so it will reduce the money spent and the left over waste) 

    All the black items are either one time use so there doesn’t tend to be waste, items I regularly by or items I would tend to have in the cupboard such as rice or pasta. 

    Being organised and on top of everything makes life 10x easyer. Most of you are mum’s so I don’t need to explain how time saving is imperative. 

    I also like to bulk cook when I can and have meals in the freezer, a dear friend of mine said one day (she didn’t mean it maliciously she just doesn’t have children so is ignorant to how much time you don’t have). 

    She said “why are you freezing meals, you don’t don’t work or anything so you must have time to cook fresh everynight” I chuckled as she as only 10 weeks pregnant at the time. “I’m going to cook fresh for my baby every night, no freezer meals for us”

    She is in for a short sharp shock when her baby arrives!

    Anyway I’m rambling now. Have an amazing bank holiday weekend everyone!!!

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    Bank holiday baking!

    August bank holiday weekend always calls for a can’t BBQ. We’ve got 35 with children coming this year. As usual my grandma has asking me to bake cakes. The last few year the bbq has fallen around my cousins birthday so I’ve always done him his favorite Victoria sandwich style cake, vanilla sponge, jam and butter icing. Last year my daughter who was then 2 helped my decorate it so it looked like it had my smacked arround the face with a sprinkle factory.

    Previously to that I used to do my lemon and poppy seed cake or occasionally a chocolate (although I tend to save that for Christmas gatherings). But this year I have allowed requestes so I am baking my famous chocolate cake and I thought I’d try carrot cake muffins. 

    *disclaimer I have a weird  “thing” about vegetables In puddings and fruit with dinner. 

    So I have no idea what carrot cake is supposed to taste like so I’m defiantly going to be winging it. My 3 yr old will be helping so if it all goes Pete tong then I can just put it down to her helping…. can’t i???? šŸ¤£šŸ¤£

    But on Tuesday I got bitten on my ankle, Wednesday we went to the zoo and so it ballooned up and it seems to be getting worse, the skin around the bite is blistering AND THEN today 3 days on after being out today, but in the car as a passanger so very little walking. My foot has swollen and if I attempt to walk my ankle feels like it is going snap.!

    If anyone has any tips or idea how to treat my ankle please so share. 

    Everyone else please pray for my baking this weekend trying not to aggravate my ankle or food!  WISH ME LUCK 
    Much love 

    rhianna xx 

    Discipline

    Back to the drawing board it seems!

    My daughter as honestly a breeze to discipline, say no and she’ll stop or leave it alone for instance. And now she’s coming up for 4, she’s trying to push the boundaries but honestly I just threaten to shout (she hates shouting)  and she instantly stops!

    Now on the other hand there is my monster of a son. To him no means carry on! He just doesn’t seem to respond to anything. He’s 21months and so his understanding is limited ? I’m considering starting a naughty spot with him but is he to young? Will he understand? Or am I just going to spend the entire day putting him back after he wonders off?? 

    I feel so confused, I think ive read to many articles and they have scrambled my brain. Sometimes I feel “that’ll never work he’s to little”. I wonder if that me holding him back and he could possibly get it?  

    OH I NEED HELP

    But something needs to be done, don’t get me wrong he’s not a complete terror but he also can’t get away with bad behaviour?

    So I begging for any advice or tricks you can give me. 

    It feels silly asking as my daughter is so well behaved, it’s just what worked with her don’t work for him. 

    Much love 

    rhianna xx