My TOP 5 favourite blogs !

  
Blogs are such a great way of social networking and finding out loads of great information and advice. They are especially fab for mums that may not have a chance to get out as much as they would like. You can find out the latest fashion trends, baby tips, home decor ideas and so much more.

I have listed my top 5 GO TO blogs, you really must check them all out!

1)MISSLEOTE www.missleote.com

  
2)OH SO AMELIA www.ohsoamelia.com

  
3)SALT AND SAND www.saltandsand.co.uk

  

 4)CHALK KIDS  www.chalkkids.co.uk

  
5)MY LOVE AND BEYOND www.myloveandbeyond.com

  
Love Gracie xo 

Jaxon James | New online store Feature ☆

A parents monochrome shop perfection! This fab new store that has only just opened its virtual doors is already becoming a very popular online store. Filled with beautiful monochrome inspired clothes, toys and soft furnishings what more could you want.

I am THE biggest monochrome lover and could buy everything.!!

Jaxon James is run by a passionate mum ‘Camilynn Baker’. She has 3 beautiful boys, Jack-5 , Leo – 2 , and Tom – 8 months. Being a mum of two little boys and running a business I have absolutely no idea how she does it with an extra little person thrown in the mix!

Here’s a little something ‘Cam’ ( as she likes to be called) wrote for you all to read :

‘I have always loved fashion and quickly got fed up with the same old stuff on the high street. I always get my mum to send me clothes for my boys from America or South Africa (where I was born). I researched for about 8 months and slowly JaxonJames was Born!Everything is done by myself, with some assistance from the management team (my boys lol). Before I had children I worked in project management & business development but now I’m a full time mum and couldn’t face an ‘office’ job! Running Jaxon James from home with my boys is my dream job and I love it. Every single part of it! ‘

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A few of my favourite pieces from Jaxon James are these monochrome goodies listed below and I’m pretty sure they will be all working there way into our home very soon!

Milk print long sleeve tshirt
XO print knit blanket  
Knot cushion

Gone Batty leggings

Panda Cushion
Mini Wooden Wardrobe

One of my favourite things about this store is that they have so many brands from over seas that would normally take and cost ages to arrive but these guys are based in the UK !!

****Exclusive Discount code for BeingMummy followers, just enter  ‘ MSS44BX ‘ at the checkout to receive 10% off your order! ***

You all really must head over to Jaxon James now and have a look at all their beautiful stuff. I have also listed all the Brands they stock at the bottom of this post ♡

JAXON JAMES →
Love Gracie XO

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Believe ModeBlu Sky Baby

Candi&co
Dill Clothing
Freddy Alphabet
Huusje Design
JoeyJellyBean
Juniper Wilde
Liten Landa
Little pop studios
Lil’Zippers
Lucky No7
Maveriks
My little echo
Puurrr
Rice baby
The milk collective
To the moon and back kids
Studio Inktvis
Code 37

Charlie’s Nursery Inspo 

 

  Hey guys,

The time has come that we are moving out of our house. So Charlie boy is going to have his own Nursery! I’m so excited to get in there and actually decorate. Decorating Frankie’s room was so much fun. So I thought I’d show you all my nursery and what I plan on getting for it. Frankie’s room is monochrome with a bit of random colour so with Charlie’s room I wanted to go for white, greys, mint/teal, a very light yellow and some black.

All the items I have found for it are from The wonderful world of Instagram! The amount of amazing shops that have inspired me just from Instagram is crazy.

Pintrest is also such a great platform to help you get inspiration too. Just type the key words of what you want in your nursery like, ‘ MINT NURSERY DECOR ‘ and thousands of pictures come up. Here are a few that I love:

So I’ve created a mood board of everything I’m going to get for Charlie’s room and I really think it all goes together beautifully! I just need the house to put it all in now. I will do another blog post once I’ve achieved it! So excited!

 

 

Product list with links to all shops:

1)Cot – IKEA – http://www.ikea.com

2)’And so the adventure begins’ wall sticker – HELLO LITTLE BIRDIE – http://www.hellolittlebirdie.com.au

3)’BE BRAVE’ print – Mini Learners – http://www.miniLearners.etsy.com

4) Bear Print – Montytribe – http://www.montytribe.com.au

5) Felt banner – MinyandMo –  www.minyandmo.bigcartel.com

6) Cloud ball garland – Stef Collections – http://www.etsy.com/au/shop/stefcollections

7) Nesting dolls – Sketchinc – http://www.sketchinc.bigcartel.com/

8) x4 Wire storage baskets – This Modern Life – http://www.thismodernlife.com

9) Mint Lego storage box – This Modern life – http://www.thismodernlife.com

10) Tree duvet cover – This Modern Life by Fine Little day – http://www.thismodernlife.com

11) Bean bag – Nobodinoz – http://www.nobodinoz.com

12) Dinosaur Lego storage bag – MOOBLESANDTOOBLES -www.mooblesandtoobles.com

13) Chest of drawers – IKEA – http://www.ikea.com

14) Wooden building blocks – Mylaandoscar – http://www.mylaandoscar.co.uk

15) Bear cushion – Homely Creatures – http://www.homelycreatures.com.au

16) Love toy cushion – A Little Lovely Company – http://www.alittlelovelycompany.nl

17) Cushion bottom left – Fine Little Day – http://www.finelittleday.com

18) Mint cushion and black and white triangle cushion – Love Joy Create – http://www.lovejoycreate.com

19) Grey chair – IKEA – http://www.ikea.com

 

 

Bath & Bed Time 

Hey Guys,

Following on from my previous post about Frankie & Charlie’s Routine, I thought I would write about my bath and bedtime part.

Bathing two babies to get them into bed for 7.30 is like a military operation!! The first time I attempted it I think I was almost in tears. So the next day I planned in my head how I would do it without making it a nightmare. So here’s how it goes down…

I pre make Charlie and Frankie’s bottle so they are ready to go after the bath. Whilst the bath is running I take Charlie upstairs, I put him on a towel and undress him on the bed so he can have a kick around with no nappie on. I then go and get Frankie and get him undressed. I get a towel for both of them into the bathroom and put their nappies and pyjamas laid out on the bed ready.

By this time the bath should be run. I have a great towel covered baby ‘thing’ ( I have no idea what to call it) from Mothercare to put Charlie on. It’s great because if Frankie moves the water doesn’t splash over Charlie’s  face because he is elevated out of the water a bit.

So Charlie goes on his ‘thing’ and Frankie’s goes the other end of  the bath with all his toys. I make it fun by getting Frankie to help me out with washing Charlie.

He gets his little boat, fills it with water and poures it over Charlie’s belly. This actually melts my heart. We have had a few occasions were he got a bit too excited and it’s gone over Charlie’s head but we’re learning!

I lay the two towels out on the floor and get Charlie out first wrapping him up in his towel, then I get Frank out and I encourage him to dry himself whilst I  take Charlie into the bedroom and put him on the bed. Frankie usually follows me in. While I’m getting Charlie creamed and changed Frank makes a complete mess of my bedroom but it keeps him entertained for a few minutes. Then I get Frankie dressed.

By this time my partner Tom is home so I take Frankie downstairs and give him his bottle on the sofa with his Daddy.

I take Charlie’s  bottle up and feed him half in a dim lit room. He usually is falling asleep by this point so I wind him, get him all swaddled and then finish the rest of his bottle. A second wind on my shoulder while he gets more sleepy and then down in his bed. I do always let him be slightly awake as I think it’s important for babies to learn how to fall asleep by themselves.

Charlie’s cot is a co sleeper called a Snuzpod and it is attached to the bed. I can zip the side up if I want or have it down so I feel close to him in the night. My favourite things to swaddle him in our his MOOBLESANDTOOBLES  organic cotton blankets ( seen in the last picture of Charlie on this post) and his jungle jam ADENANDANAIS Muslin blankets.

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Once Charlie is all snug I go downstairs and bring Frankie up to his room. We read a story in his reading corner ( normally the book ‘no-bot’ he is obsessed with this book at the moment) and then he always asks me to get into bed. He gives me a big cuddle and a kiss, and the minute his head hits the pillow falls asleep.

When I go to bed wether it be between 11 or 12 I give Charlie a dream feed bottle. I just lift him up and feed him about 3-4oz. I wind him on my shoulder still swaddled then put him back down and he hardly even wakes.

So that’s how my nights are filled at the moment and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

If anyone has any questions please comment or feel free to email me at beingmummyxo@outlook.com.

Love Gracie x

BEINGMUMMYXO

Routine for Toddler and Baby 

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Hey Guys,

Stabilizing a routine with your new baby is a big enough challenge as it is let alone throwing a 23 month old into the mix too. Up until a couple of days ago I have been letting Charlie guide me with his feeds and sleeps and letting him do what he wants. He was two months old last week and I thought it was time I got a structure to my day. Remembering to do things is a lot harder when you have two, so having a routine makes your life A LOT easier. Frankie was around this age when I started his routine too. People say not to read books but I found it so helpful and read loads to get as many info as i could and then I felt like I had enough knowledge to create my own routines. Frankie thrived on his, and was sleeping from 7pm to 7am at 4 months old. I was like a crazy women with my routines, if anyone looked after him and didn’t follow it id get so upset… But it affected him so much and he would always not sleep on the nights he hadn’t followed it. A lot of mums have their on way of doing things and some may not agree with such a strict routine but I found personally that they thrive of it and it just helped me be organised and kept me sane because I was actually sleeping. I was only in boots the other week when a lovely lady that worked their stopped me to ask how old Charlie was and within twenty minutes of talking I’d written down my routine for Frankie. Her little boy wasn’t sleeping and she was finding it so hard working and not getting any sleep. I went in yesterday and her little boy has been sleeping so much better and she looked so much happier. So if this post helps one person it’s worth me writing.

Having two babies is a lot harder to juggle than one and it’s taken me two months to find my feet with it all. I am so lucky that Frankie is such a contented little guy, he makes my life a lot easier. But I also believe that the reason he is so chilled is because he had his routine from such an early age. I have had to change his routine slightly since Charlie was born because  Id probably be feeding Charlie at a time that Frankie was meant to be having lunch!! Also it’s taken me a while to make sure Frankie is ok before I start to feed Charlie or change him. At first I would always give Charlie a Bottle first which would then mean I’d have Frankie crying the whole way through asking me for his bottle. So that’s definitely one bit of advice I would give any mum with a toddler and a new born, make sure you settle your toddler first before starting to feed your baby. You will enjoy it a lot more this way. ( 2 moths later I have mastered this)

I have created this table so that I can have it in my kitchen and can go to it at any point of the day if I’ve forgotten what I’m doing.

I find that it works well with the two routines and is really easy to follow and isn’t unrealistic. We’re I write ‘put to sleep in cot’ through the day if you want to go out you can just use that sleep time to go out in the pram.

Obviously some days you aren’t going to stick to this routine perfectly because life with babies is very unpredictable but it’s a good guide line to follow, but what I would stick to is the same time for a bath and bedtime routine. Making sure they wind down and go to bed at the same time everyday really helps them getting a good sleeping pattern established  quicker.

My main rule that I have ALWAYS stuck to is NO SLEEP after 5… Up until bed time. I found that if Frankie ever slept over he would wake through the night or at 5 in the morning. Sometimes it’s hard when they’re fast asleep to wake them up and I know a lot of people would disagree with waking them up but they will be a lot happier baby when they’ve had a good night sleep!

when I am giving Charlie his 7.30 bedtime feed I always do it in my room with the lights on really low, I don’t make any eye contact with him at this time because it stimulates him and he finds it harder to go to sleep. His dream feed at 11 is also done like this so he doesn’t wake up to much.

So here is Frankie and Charlie’s Routine. Frankie is 23 months and Charlie is 2 months old. I will be updating with a ny changed to their routines as they grow,  Please feel free to comment with any questions or if you wish to email me at beingmummyxo@outlook.com

I really hope some mums will find this routine helpful.

 

FRANKIE

CHARLIE

7am     BOTTLE 5oz                    
7.30 //  BOTTLE 8oz play matt
Watch cartoons / play with toys 9am // BOTTLE 5oz
9.15 // Swaddle and put to sleep in cot for 1 hour
FRANKIE AND MUMMY TIME
10am // unswaddle and let him wake up naturally
11.45 // BOTTLE 5oz
12pm // swaddle and put sleep in cot
12pm // LUNCH
12.30  // SLEEP IN COT ( no more than 3 hours
2.30 // Wake up and have a BOTTLE 5oz
3pm // SNACK -fruit,,yogur,t juice, Play matt or county chair
4pm // SLEEP till 5
5pm // Bottle 5oz
6pm //  DINNER
7pm // BATH 7pm  // BATH
7.20 // BOTTLE 8oz 7.20 // BOTTLE 5oz
7.30 // BED 7.30 // SWADDLE and put to sleep in cot
11-12pm // Dream Feed 5oz

 

Love Gracie xo

 

 

Charlies Wardrobe

Hey Guys,

I get a lot of questions on we’re I get Charlie’s clothes from so I thought I’d do a post on Charlie Boy’s wardrobe and where I go to shop. I have a few shops that I always shop in and they are such good value for money! I never see the point in spending hundreds of Pounds on baby outfits when they grow out of them so quick. I never really spend more than about £20.00 on an item.

My first favourite shop is ZARA, I literally could spend hours in this shop buying everything! They have the best range of clothes, there leggings are always around £10.00 or less and the cute little jumpers are from £10.00 too so you can go and spend a little and get some really cute outfits. The MINI range they have is unisex and the pieces are just divine. The quality is always fab, and after washing they always look and feel the same. Here is the link to their website and some pictures of Frankie in their outfits – everything in these pictures is from ZARA

http://m.zara.com/uk/

My next go to shop is Baby GAP. The clothes are so cheap great quality and all just too gorgeous. No piece is more than around £25.00. Charlie looks so cute in all his gap clothes. They always have great discounts if you sign up to there mailing list, sometimes 40%!!

http://m.gap.co.uk/index.html

 

 

The leggings in the last two shots bring me onto my next favourite shop. DUDESNDOLLS offer the cutest range of baby and toddler clothes. The leggings are all such great designs. Charlie has the Fox and the triangle  patterns and I put them on him all the time. The quality is brilliant and they fit great. They also do cute slogan tops, this shop really is a must for anyone little ones wardrobe. Check out there INSAGRAM too they always post fab pics of little people in there clothes, and may give you some inspo on outfit ideas.

http://www.dudesndolls.co.uk

 

For baby grows and vests my favourite place to go is NEXT. They have a great selection of  clothes and you can’t not spend money when you go in there.  You can get a pack of three baby grows for £16.00 all different patterns and they always fit perfectly. Baby grows are used loads and quality needs to be high so they last and a NEXT baby grow never fails!

http://www.next.co.uk

 

Last but definitely not least is the beautiful onlinestore MOOBLESANDTOOBLES. There unique fun Irish designs make the best baby wear. The quality is excellent and I love dressing Charlie in their clothes. All their Items are professionally screen printed. Charlie’s wardrobe would lack a lot of fun without this shop. Check out their lovely INSTAGRAM page for lots of inspo.

http://www.mooblesandtoobles.com

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and if you have any questions please ask.

Love Gracie xo