The Latest New Baby Products by Babymoov

At just 4 weeks old, Anastasia has already landed her first job as an official Brand Ambassador for Babymoov! This position has some serious perks and so far she has loved every single one of them :) So here she is during her first week of work…

Activity Nest, £79.99

Her first job was to lie back in the comfort of this fabulous Activity Nest. With it’s padded surround and new born pillow, this mat can be used from birth and offers not just somewhere to play, but a comfortable place for baby to nap! All that looking at dangly soft toys is tiring work…

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Swoon Motion Baby Swing, £159.99

The next task in the tough life of a working 4 week old was to sit back and enjoy the relaxing sway of the brand new Swoon Motion. This luxurious baby swing not only has a 5 speed motion control, it can actually detect baby’s movement to gently rock her back to sleep should she wake!  How clever is that?! It has a selection of soothing music (that her sisters really seem to enjoy!) and has an adjustable padded seat for comfort. What I particularly love is how easy it is to use and assemble, the little control panel has clear icons on the buttons meaning that even Scarlett and Savannah can use it which is very helpful indeed!



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Muslin Blankets, £19.99

These come in a pack of 3, one large and two medium sizes which is really handy because you don’t always want a swaddle blanket, you just want to throw it over your shoulder to catch any sick! They are really soft, wash well, and come in a great selection of designs – and quite frankly, you can’t have enough muzzy’s!

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Cosydream Sleep-Positioner £29.99

Another hard day at work for Anastasia saw her taking a nap in this genius little sleep positioner which is one of Babymoov’s best sellers. The clever design offers the ultimate comfort and support to a sleeping baby and can be used on various surfaces. It also has a number of health benefits such as helping your baby to breath more easily which is very reassuring to a new mum.

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We are pretty new to this brand as I’m sure most of you will be too, but it is definitely one I would recommend discovering. Check out their site here – they have a huge selection of innovative new baby and toddler products. As you can see from the pics, everything so far has had Anastasia’s seal of approval so we look forward to telling you about more soon!


Spring Giveaway: WIN a Custom Made Leather Satchel By Brit-Stitch!

With the 70’s vibes making a massive come back for SS15, the miniature satchel is the must-have accessory to own. So what better Spring giveaway than the chance to design your very own hand-made leather satchel by Brit-Stitch – a British brand specialising in luxury leather accessories.

Choose from one of 24 leather satchels from their stunning Half Pint collection which you can view in full here

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OR, make something truly unique and select your favourite combination of colours to design your own! You can see how they do it here


Perhaps you would like your initials embossed on the buckle to make it personal to you? (BTW I’m so into this look right now!).


You may have already seen on my Instagram that I am the proud owner of a Half Pint in Warm Sand, I honestly can’t recommend these gorgeous little bags enough for their timeless design and flawless quality.

So now for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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  • Comment below including the colour of the satchel you would like to win or if you would rather design your own

The extremely lucky winner will be selected and notified on Tuesday 5th May 2015

Good luck! 


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My Guest Post For JoJo Maman Bébé: Sisters United By Fashion

I never thought I would be a mum that dresses her children in matching outfits, I have enough embarrassing photos from my own childhood to put me off doing the same! And this was certainly not a look I wanted to associate with…


But I have to say – on the odd occasion that I do dress my girls in matching clothes for a party or just playing at home, it gives them a sort of unity that I love! It makes me so proud that they are instantly recognisable as sisters.


They are only 18 months apart in age, which was quite tough in the early days but they have a very special sisterly bond now. With such a small age gap, it also means they are generally into the same thing. Mostly Anna and Elsa… So whilst their little personalities couldn’t be more different, it’s handy for me that they will happily play with the same toys and choose the same film at the cinema.  When it comes to clothes, they are happy to be dressed differently – but if one is wearing a dress and you try to put the other in trousers, you may as well write the whole day off there and then.


My girls LOVE dresses. The first thing my eldest daughter Scarlett will ask when she sees a new dress is “Does it go up?” by this she means, can she spin in it and will it twirl like the dresses on Strictly! It is now a test that every dress needs to pass before purchase otherwise neither her or Savannah will wear it.


There are many reasons for and against dressing your children the same. One negative for me, is that I rely on the eldest to have outgrown her clothes ready for my other daughter to be in them the year after – it saves a fortune and I’m not sure how this would really work if they already had the same wardrobes! I suppose that is what is great about shopping at JoJo’s. So many ‘buy 2 and get £5 off’ offers :)



A ‘pro’ is it certainly helps with the washing, and makes finding the days outfit for each child far less stressful! When the girls get to wear matching clothes, they think of it as a real ‘occasion’ and will wrestle far less when getting dressed :)


With a huge interest in fashion, I greatly believe in expressing yourself through what you wear and that every garment and accessory should reflect a part of your personality as an individual. But, whilst they are still young enough to not put up too much of a fight, I will continue to coordinate their outfits and get the odd matching piece where I can because quite frankly – I don’t think there is anything cuter!

Do you dress your children the same? Let JoJo know why or why not on Twitter along with a photo using the hashtag #JoJoTakeTwo

You can check out the original post on the official JoJo Maman Bébé site here.

Just Another Birth Story

We are so fortunate to have one of the best hospitals in the country on our door step, Frimley Park – well known for having one of the finest new maternity suites around – rumour has it there is even mood lighting above the luxury birthing pools! So that is exactly where I intended to welcome our latest addition to the family. However, this was not to be my birth story…

Officially a week over due, I had been experiencing some discomfort for a few days, but it never really seemed to get going. Looking back now, I actually think this discomfort was in fact the early stages of labour. I was already aware that the baby couldn’t physically be positioned any lower in my pelvis which was great, it meant that its journey was shorter so in theory would be quicker!

Well, at 12.34am on Sat 4th April, I woke in bed to a reasonably strong contraction and thought ‘Oooh. this might actually be it.’ I checked the clock so I could work out from the next one the distance between them, it was about 4 minutes so I text Paul who was probably playing his PS4 downstairs without a care in the world to say “I think this is it!” He came rushing up in a panic and before I could finish my sentence my waters broke in bed! Ewwwwwwww!!!! Blind panic hit us both as my waters hadn’t broken on the other 2 labours until minutes before the babies were born…

I got straight into the bathroom to reduce any ‘mess’ and waited for the waters to pass. In the mean time Paul was phoning around to get a Grandparent their asap to watch the girls! I got dressed quickly and we went downstairs to wait for Paul’s mum to arrive before heading to the hospital, another contraction hit and this time, I felt the urge to push… THIS WAS NOT HAPPENING!!! Paul called the midwives at the hospital and explained there really wasn’t much time, they advised he call 999 and that a midwife was on her way.

Paul called the emergency services and then relayed the conversation telling me I needed to take off my trousers. shit. just. got. real. I was having this baby at home!!! So I managed to make it back up the stairs and into the bathroom. It was starting to hurt a lot at this point so without hesitation I stripped down to my bra and got into the most comfortable position possible. This was on all fours with my face basically in the bin, one arm wrapped around the toilet with the other clutching onto the side of the bath. Hideous. But the bathroom is tiny and options were limited! The pushing stage was well and truly upon me and there was no sign of any paramedics or a midwife, all I had was me and the reassuring words of Paul on the phone to emergency services…

“What? You want me to put my hands up there?”

“Are you serious?”

“Ahhh mate. I can’t do that.”

“O my god. Really?”

“No there is something coming out. O my god.”

“O Jesus it’s dripping, there’s blood and all sorts of stuff coming out. Oh god.”

“Yeah I think it’s a head. O my god.”

“You need to hurry up.”

“Seriously where the fuck are you.”

“O my god. Yeah theres loads coming out. O my god.” 

This went on for what felt like a life time.

Finally the paramedics arrived with about 2 minutes to spare before the baby was born at 1.15!

My body went into total shock and I immediately got the shakes. I needed to get in the bath, but of course the placenta hadn’t been delivered yet and the midwife was still not there! So it was a combined effort to get me, the chord and the baby into the bath where I could relax a little bit. Then came the placenta. Gross. At this point the midwife arrived and took away all the nasties I didn’t want to see because honestly, the bathroom looked like a murder scene and I can’t ever imagine relaxing in that bath again.

There was one very big reason I never wanted a home birth – and that was the mess. I am totally neurotic about our beautiful home that I have put heart and soul into decorating and furnishing. I am more than aware of how ridiculous it is to own a rug I don’t let people walk on, or a sofa only adults are allowed to sit on and especially to own tea towels that are ‘for show’ only. So it’s no surprise that even amidst the total trauma of this unexpected delivery, I couldn’t help notice the dirty shoes of the paramedics on my cream carpet, I couldn’t believe it when the midwife grabbed my White Company dressing gown to wrap around me and when she suggested ‘stitching me up’ on my 400TC Egyptian Cotton bedlinen it just about tipped me over the edge. Still, we got on with it. It just meant more work for Paul the next morning.

The labour was pretty horrific, as all labours are – but at least it was quick. It was the 72 hours afterwards that I really suffered, the ‘afterpains’ could only be compared to the later stages of labour, the agony was unbearable and the combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen barely touched the sides.  I was totally bed bound for the first 36 hours. Apparently I am blessed with an efficient uterus that did 5 days worth of work returning to it’s original spot in just 6 hours. Ouchie. Thankfully, on day 6 the pains have almost gone. It’s just severe boob engorgement to deal with now that actually prevents me closing my arms properly as I have boob coming out of my armpit. Niiiiiice. I will be pleased when this week is over and my body settles down!

Anyway, that was that. That was the birth story of my new baby! Who might I just add was worth every horrible minute of it! She is an absolute delight! We didn’t have a name already planned, we assumed that when we found out if she was a boy or a girl a name would just come to us – well it didn’t. It has taken 5 days of endless searching but finally we have agreed on a name we both love.

Anastasia Grace Jacobs

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Definition: Anastasia’s meaning relates to resurrection, making it an apt choice for an Easter or spring baby.

She has fitted perfectly into our family!


And Scarlett and Savannah couldn’t love her more…


40 Week Update

A post no blogger will be happy about writing! It’s weird how you can survive 40 long weeks of pregnancy whilst there is a due date ahead, but every hour that passes thereafter feels like a lifetime. I have served my 9 months – Where is my baby???!!!  So anyway, as I have nothing but time on my hands right now, I thought I would put together one of these little pregnancy templates to tell you how I’m feeling…

How far along: 40 weeks + 2 days

Size of baby: Worryingly large. I am only measuring 36cm so my bump appears quite small, but the midwife was quick to tell me that is because the baby is so compact and has dropped so much. It’s of a very “healthy” size – and I think we all know what that means. FYI Savannah was 9lb 8oz.

Total weight gain: Hang on I’ll go check… HOLY CRAP I was not expecting that. OK so I think I was about 8st 10lbs pre pregnancy, I have gained 32lbs – don’t waste time doing the maths just move along to the next point please. Also its evening and I’m wearing jeans ok?

Stretch marks: No, thankfully. Which is seriously lucky as I have been rubbish with skincare this time around. I have heard horror stories of these appearing after the birth though so I’m not counting my chickens just yet.

Maternity clothes: I’m currently living in my faithful H&M over the bump jeans and a couple of long sleeved Isabella Oliver tops, if I open up the rest of the maternity wardrobe it’s like accepting I have longer to go and I am sooooo ready to pack this wardrobe up now!

Pregnancy Symptoms: Still chucking up most mornings which is nice! Acid reflux literally making me feel like my throat is on fire. General back / rib pains. Unbelievably tired, as I wake up every night at least 3 times for a wee or just for no reason whatsoever and can’t get back to sleep again. Nails are growing too quickly and I’m not getting my moneys worth from my gels!

Best part of the week: Thai Foot Massage. So confident this baby is going to take AGES to come, I have booked it again for next week. It was amazing…

Food Cravings: Sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Easter is not my friend right now. I literally can not stop buying eggs. My girls are loving it! Ahhhhh that’ll explain that weight gain then…

Food Aversions: Anything that requires effort to put together.

Last Midwife Appt: So apparently she could only feel 1/5th of the head as it is so low into my pelvis. I am pretty sure it has been there a while which is why I am so uncomfortable. It honestly feels like I am going to break the little ones neck every time I sit down – but the midwife promised me this hasn’t happened before so is quite unlikely.

Sex: Err, no thanks. Oh I see, no we don’t know the sex. Paul desperate for a boy as his weekends are taken over by ballet classes and Princess movies at the cinema. Also someone mentioned something about having 3 weddings to pay for and I literally watched the colour drain from his face. Bound to be another girl :)

Belly Button: What belly button? It’s gone! No sign of it whatsoever! Hope that comes back.

Birth Plan: Birthing pool and gas and air. A lot of gas and air. This is what I have done previously and in my head this is how it is going to go again, if that pool isn’t free then I’m pretty sure I am heading straight into panic mode!

How I’m Feeling: I’m in total limbo right now, haven’t made any social plans because I just don’t know what is around the corner! Every day is dragging and I’m filled with guilt that I’m not doing enough with the girls. I’m just desperate to get this little baby out so we can all start living again and having fun!

Scarlett and Savannah: Scarlett is beyond excited! She wants to look after the baby by herself, for it to sleep in her room and ever since feeding a bottle of milk to a goat at a farm party we went to – wants to be wholly responsible for feeding him / her. Lets see how long that one lasts! Savannah on the other hand, is in denial.

Ready?: Are you ever? My checklist is complete and the hospital bag is packed and I think I know what I am doing 3rd time around, but as Savannah taught me – no 2 babies are the same so until this little monkey makes his or her appearance I really have no idea what is to come!


So there it is. Pregnancy at 40 weeks. Hopefully the next time I write to you it’ll be to show off the new addition to the family!

Wish me luck! xx

Packing For Labour: What’s In My Hospital Bag

The count down is well and truly on now, it is just 8 days until D day but having gone a week over due with both Scarlett and Savannah I am not pinning my hopes on this baby arriving on time!  I am however, slowly but surely getting the house together and sorting things out in preparation for the little ones arrival. So starting with the hospital bag, I wanted to share with you what I would be packing. The items I include may differ slightly from the list you get on Cow & Gate or that have been recommended by your NCT leader, but 3rd time around – I can tell you now that taking photos of loved ones to help you relax in your surroundings are a waste of precious space in your bag…

The Bag…

The Firenze by Pacapod


Hugely useful with its ample storage space and separate internal bags and compartments.

For Labour…


1. Hopefully I’ll already be wearing this, but in case time is short – a sports bra to actually labour in is useful. They’ll give you a gown but I’m hoping for another water birth and don’t want to ruin or associate the experience with any of my nice bikinis!

2. Not for everyone, but I found the Tens machine really helpful in the early stages of labour.

3. You could be waiting around for a while so actually an iPod with speakers is really nice to have!

4. These little speakers by X-Mini are fab, it’s all we use at home.

5. Fruit and energy drinks are recommended. I’ll be taking a multi pack of Time Outs and some Hula Hoops.

There isn’t a great deal else I have found useful during labour. I plan to get in there, get in that pool, get the gas and air permanently stuck to my face and pray for a safe delivery!

For Baby…


1. A couple of muslins from my Faye & Lou rainbow pack.

2. New Born Pampers.

3. Not exactly essential, but this little cuddly lamb by Jelly Kitten is babies first comforter and it would be lovely to have it if there is room in the bag!

4. Babies first outfit! Merino of course, this is from Natural Baby Shower, remember you can get 10% off with code MERINO. I’ll also take a spare baby grow for just in case…

5. Water wipes – far easier than messing around with cotton wool and boiled water for those first few nappy changes. These wipes are just as kind to newborn skin.

6. My brand spanking new baby and blogging camera! The Canon Powershot N2, it has barely been test driven before it is about to take the most important photos of it’s little life! Thank god for the ‘skin smoothing’ feature :)

7. The softest blanket I could find, bamboo and silk by Babes with Babies.

For Me… 


1. My coming home outfit! The beautiful Finsbury sweater from Sweaty Betty in a fresh spring orange, worn with…

2. Luxury yoga trousers also by Sweaty Betty, these are called the Uttanasana Pants – they are the ultimate in comfort with wide legs and a roll down waist – also the most flattering on a post baby body!

3. Emma Jane maternity bra, the best I have come across for shape, support and ease of use.

4. A couple of pairs of plain black short knickers. Disposable pants are just too depressing…

5. Tangle Teaser.

6. The new tinted moisturiser by ESPA Skincare and my fave Dior lippy to help feel a little fresher!

7. Face wipes.

8. The usual glamorous collection of massive sanitary towels, breast pads, Lansinoh cream and arnica tablets.

9. Travel kit by Dove which includes everything you need for body and hair, you’ll want a good scrub once it’s over!

Oh and your hospital notes! They’ll be useful too…

Finally, hubby is responsible for bringing change for the car park, making sure all electrical items are fully charged and that the new car seat is fitted and ready to go! This time around we have gone for the Cybex Cloud Q which is more like a space capsule from the future then your standard car seat! I was sold on the lie flat function that transforms the car seat into a carry cot, genius!


Have I missed anything!?

Organising A Baby Shower!

This weekend we celebrated my good friend Lucy’s baby shower with cupcakes, bucks fizz and Maryland cookies. It was actually supposed to be a hen do we were preparing for, but nature has a way of changing these things and that has now been postponed for another year! So, myself and Debbie (the other ‘would have been’ bridesmaid!) wanted to make the afternoon as special as we could for Lucy knowing how drastically her plans had changed from wedding planning to baby planning, and give her an afternoon that was just about her and nothing else.


Lucy, her mum (and her prediction!) and some of her besties celebrating her special day!

Making it personal…

Baby showers might be a fairly recent trend in the UK, but there are so many online sites catering for this celebration that really make the day personal for the new ‘mum to be’. We decided to keep the day simple and relaxed by hosting at mine and instead put our budget into the personal touches that Lucy could keep for years to come.


This card made me laugh… IF ONLY!!! I found this online at


Baby Shower Photo Booth props from Postbox Party.


Yummy mint chocolates personalised just for Lucy!

 Little cards and envelopes for the guests to write a message to the expectant mum. Have since heard that the 'mum to be' was almost in tears reading them all at home! Available from The Green Gables.

Little cards and envelopes for the guests to write a message to the expectant mum. Have since heard that the ‘mum to be’ was almost in tears reading them all at home! Available from The Green Gables.


A personalised predictions board, such a special keepsake for the new parents! Available at Postbox Party.


Cake toppers, straws and table confetti all by Postbox Party

We kept the decor simple with bunting, pom poms and balloons. The yummy cupcakes were made by our friend Michelle and the rest was basically children's party food. I personally don't think you can beat cheese and marmite finger sandwiches.

We kept the decor simple with bunting, pom poms and balloons. The yummy cupcakes were made by our friend Michelle and the rest was basically children’s party food. I personally don’t think you can beat cheese and marmite finger sandwiches.


We had already decided that the day would be more about a good old fashioned girly catch up than a traditional baby shower, but the event just isn’t complete without a couple of games so we snuck in the following to get into the mood!

Guess the Celebrities…

This is my personal adaptation to the celebrity baby game. Rather than print off the popular game and ask people to write down whose baby belongs to who (which can be quite time consuming), simply read out a load of celebrity baby & child names and ask the guests to shout out the celebrity parents – you’ll be surprised how competitive it gets! Especially when a chocolate Lindt ball is given to the first correct call out :)

Measuring the bump!

Often a depressing outcome for that mum to be when she realises all her friends think she is much bigger than she actually is…! But essentially you estimate the size of her new waist line with a ribbon and each person marks their name on their guess. Winner gets a prize (usually more chocolate!) – and the person who is most out gets a booby prize, which on this occasion was a set of ceramic sperm salt and pepper pots.

Some Perfect Gifts Ideas

But of course, the real highlight is watching the excited ‘mum to be’ be spoilt rotten with beautiful gifts! Here are a few gift ideas that are guaranteed to make her smile.

My 1st Years have a wonderful collection of gifts that are so beautifully packaged in a turquoise box and white ribbon. The foot and hand imprint set makes a wonderful keepsake gift.

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Babies First Imprint Kit, My 1st Years, £15

For the ultimate in show stopper gifts – head straight to Babyblooms. These beautiful bouquets are quality baby clothes and accessories disguised as roses. The only downside of this gift is that they are so beautiful you won’t want to pull it apart to use!  They have something for every budget and I just can’t recommend them enough.

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Luxury Rose Bouquet, Babyblooms, from £30

This silk and bamboo Babes with Babies blanket is the ultimate in newborn luxury…


Silk & Bamboo Baby Blanket, Babes With Babies, £49

One for all the girls to chip in for is this fabulous cashmere newborn set from My 1st Years. You can actually get it personalised with his or her initials for the true royal experience!

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100% Cashmere Ivory Baby Gift Set, My 1st Years, £150

And finally something a little more practical, this is the coolest little nightlight I have come across by Brother Max. It hangs on the door handle so when the child gets a little older, they can take it off and carry it with them to help them see their way to the toilet! How cute is that!


The Bear Carry and Hang Nightlight by Brother Max, £24.99

For more gift inspiration – check out my original Baby Shower Gifts post here!

Some snaps from the day!


Lucy opening her gifts! This was a fabulous two tier nappy cake by Babyblooms.


Spoilt with presents!


Lucy at 33 weeks wearing her ‘Mum to be’ sash and me at 38 weeks! What a couple of chubbies!