Mellow Mummy : Taking life as it comes...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Goodbye Cotbed Sheets, Hello Duvet Covers

I think that time has come.  Holly is too big for her cotbed and so we need to start thinking about re-arranging the girl's bedroom so that it can accommodate two full sized single beds.  I can't believe how quickly this has come around.  It feels like just yesterday that we were preparing Lara to move out of her cotbed into a single bed, so that we could use the cot for her baby sister!

Holly has been using the cotbed with a junior duvet and bedding set for some time now.  She has a couple of brightly coloured themed duvet covers which she has loved to pieces but which don't really match with the rest of the room's decor.  We felt it was time for Holly to move away from branded characters to something befitting a great big grown up girl that she now is.

The girls share a room.  It is decorated from top to bottom in a gentle purple colour, something we inherited but has actually worked quite well!  Along the walls we have the girls' name plaques and a couple of simple decorations to break up the plain walls.

This beautiful pink owl duvet cover set is from Yorkshire Linen and is the perfect introduction to big girl's bedding for Holly. It is pink and girly and yet fun and grown-up.  Children's bedding doesn't always have to star television characters for it to be bold, bright and fun, does it?

We plan to put the girls into bunkbeds within the next couple of months, at which time the entire room will need to be re-arranged once again.  But for now, Holly and Lara will be sharing their big girl bedroom with a few simple decorative touches which mean that it is now no longer a bedroom for toddlers, but a bedroom for little girls with big ideas.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tackling Hayfever as a Family

I've suffered from Hayfever for around 10 years and in the past couple of months I have noticed that Lara suffers too.  It is still quite unusual to develop hayfever before around 7 years old but Lara definitely has a sensitivity to pollen and, since spring arrived and she has spent more time outside I have noticed that she has a constant sniffle and this causes her to cough... just like her Mummy.  Occasionally, Lara's eyes are also itchy which is not something I've experienced myself yet.

Hayfever is an allergy to airborne pollen, most commonly grass pollen (although I've been told mine is more likely a tree pollen).  An allergy to grass rather puts a damper on outdoor activities such as playing in the garden or having a picnic.  Thankfully, Lara isn't very aware of her hayfever yet so it hasn't really prevented her from playing but I'm now on constant lookout for any signs of it getting worse.

We very often like to eat outdoors over the summer, the girls enjoy a picnic in the garden, or out and about if we want to do a bit of exploring.  I'm starting to worry about whether, this summer, Lara will fancy a picnic so much.  Thankfully, Boots sent us one of their summer hay fever kits to help our own alfresco plans go smoothly, and symptom-free.

The girls enjoyed their first picnic of the year yesterday with salads, rolls, pasta salad, crisps and fruit to enjoy. Lara and I both made use of the Boots Allergy Barrier Nasal Spray which is a really tiny spray that you barely feel when you apply it in your nostrils. The spray is suitable for children from 18 months under adult supervision and just one tiny pump almost instantly opened up my airwaves; the spray acts as a barrier against allergens which enter through the nose so puts up a bit of a fight against pollen. Boots Allergy Barrier Nasal Spray can also be used by breastfeeding women which is a great benefit; I know from experience that it can be very frustrating when you aren't able to take your normal hayfever medication!

Lara and Holly enjoyed their first picnic of the summer and Lara managed to get away without a sniffly nose.  I wish I could say the same for me.  Despite using the barrier spray (which I felt gave me relief at the time), by the end of the day I was coughing and sniffly with tired eyes. Boots Allergy Relief Eye Drops are suitable for use by both adults and children and they offer relief at the end of the day with itchy, sore eyes.  I don't mind applying eye drops to myself but I don't think it would be much fun trying to apply them to Lara!

The biggest relief I found in my Boots hayfever kit was the Boots Irritated Eyes Eye Mist.  The eye mist can be applied with contact lenses and over eye make-up as it is non-oily.  I found it to be a cooling, gentle spray which relaxes the eye lids and made the evening recovery noticeably faster.  I'm definitely packing this one to take with me on holiday next week.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Planning a Minion Party

Having just recovered from Holly's third birthday we are now in full-swing with the planning for Lara's sixth birthday party.  This year we are have hired a local village hall for Lara's party as we think that age 6 may be the first and last time that Lara is interested in entertaining an entire room full of children for her celebration.  Choosing a theme has been...interesting.  At one point, Lara wanted a party with a Frozen theme and the next minute she wanted a Moshi Monsters AND Spiderman theme.

We haven't quite settled on a theme for Lara's party (although invites have already gone out) but our current thinking is that we will probably aim for a Despicable Me, Minion party which is a theme suitable for both girls and boys and which offers a whole range of exciting ideas for party bags and decorations.

First up is table decorations and you can't beat this Minions tableware party pack from Dazzle which includes a tablecloth, paper cups, paper plates and napkins.  If the set isn't big enough to cater for all your party guests, the Dazzle website has a handy feature which recommends top-up items such as extra cups, or similarly-coloured party bags.

In our plans for a Minion themed birthday party we have considered the following:

  • A bright yellow Minion birthday cake
  • Plain yellow party bags with printed minion eyes (there are lots of free printable minion images online)
  • Ice-it-yourself Minion biscuits with edible googly eyes
  • Minion bananas for tea
  • Yellow minion balloons
  • Minion popcorn
I've had great fun looking online for Minion party planning ideas and I've created this Minion Party Pinterest board filled with my ideas and links to tutorials and free party printables.

For the time being, I'm working with Lara and her little sister to try and nail down the theme for their party - I think that the Minion party pack with the cups, plates and napkins will be a great inspiration for them and even if Lara changes her mind (AGAIN) they'll enjoy a special birthday meal sitting up at our table!

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