The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod

As you may know I recently gave birth to our third daughter Iris. She is now six weeks old and we’ve been co-sleeping from the first night we came home from the hospital. I didn’t co-sleep with my other two daughters, instead we had a mosses basket set up next to the bed. To be honest co-sleeping beds weren’t really around back then – and I didn’t want to share a bed with my babies – I understand why some decide do this, it just didn’t feel right for me and my husband.

I’d read and heard so much about the SnuzPod 3-in-1 co-sleeping crib and loved everything about it. For one, it’s well designed and looks very stylish, it’s also competitively priced compared with other co-sleeping solutions on the market. However, the main attraction for me was that I could sleep with my baby girl right next to me in her own little ‘side cart’ bed.

The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod

As a breastfeeding mother, I can tell you that it’s so much easier to pick up Iris from her little bed next to me to sleepily feed her, before easily and effortlessly placing her back down without any major disruption to her or me. The thought of getting in and out of bed to pick her up (and put her back down) now seems like such a big effort, especially in a sleepy 3am haze.

What’s also great about the SnuzPod is its versatility. You can use it as a co-sleeping bed (as shown in my pictures above), zip up the open side and turn it into a normal crib (as shown in my pictures below) or pull out the cot bed and carry it around the house – like you do with a mosses basket. Making the SnuzPod a multi functional, 3-in-1 sleeping solution and a brilliant baby bed option.

I’ve already mentioned that the SnuzPod cribs are very stylish (and available in 4 beautiful colours) but what I haven’t mentioned is the funky and colourful fitted sheets and blankets they’ve recently created. The bold prints are cool and super cute, we went for the girlie pink and yellow option. You can also get a SnuzPod side pocket which is really useful for keeping nappies and wipes to hand. This pocket is especially useful for late night changes.

The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod

I adore co-sleeping with Iris and having her little face lie next to me, knowing she’s safe in her little bed that’s open and strapped onto our big bed. It also makes it easy for me to check on her in the middle of the night. I wish these co-sleeping beds were more available when we had our other two daughters but at least I get to experience the joy of it now.

The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod The Joy of Co-Sleeping with SnuzPod

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Disclaimer: I was sent a SnuzPod and a set of bedding for this post but all thoughts are my own.

Beautiful, romantic, nursery for a baby girl.

I’ve recently started thinking about baby Lavender’s nursery. Her room is currently our guest room, which we’ll need for the next few months as we have family and friends coming to stay. Also, our little lady will be sleeping with us, in our room for the first six to nine months while we all settle into our new routine and get the night feeds sorted. So realistically, the nursery is not something I need to think about for a while.

However, I can’t stop looking at furniture and coming up with ideas and themes for the new nursery. I suppose it’s the ‘nesting instinct’ that kicks in, in late pregnancy that’s to blame. There are so many beautiful designs out there on the internet, so many stunning websites and of course, gorgeous inspirations on Pinterest!

In my search I’ve come across a beautiful website called Baby Knees, who stock many different brands and sell gorgeous nursery furniture, interiors, accessories, clothing and gifts for little ones. Also, all the furniture is assembled for you at your home – how great is that! I’m rubbish at DIY so this service would be a Godsend.

Beautiful baby nursery.

Baby Knees have a showroom in Chelmsford, Essex (if you live near) where they offer a personalised service, so you can purchase all your baby essentials under one roof, in a one-to-one, stress free environment.

The mother and daughter team behind the brand have a background in interior design, so also offer a design service – where they help customers bring their ideas to life. You can make an appointment within their beautiful showroom or in the comfort of your own home if you prefer (and live nearby). Having suffered hyperemesis gravidarum during her own pregnancy and unable to get out of the house, owner Lois was keen to offer this ‘at home’ service.

Stunning baby nursery idea

Special Offers

Do take a look at the gorgeous website and take advantage of an exclusive 20% discount by using the promotional code ‘runninginlavender’ at checkout.

Each month Baby Knees run a different Special Offer on their site. For example, in February customers who spent over £250 online received a free Noa Storksak changing bag. In March customers receive a free Mother-to-be gift set, worth £45!

Bloom and Blossom Mother to be Gift Set

Happy.New.Year

I must admit I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions. They always seems like a bad idea to me, pledges destined to fail. Why deprive yourself and make yourself even more miserable at a time when you’re naturally feeling low? The Christmas decorations have been packed away, leaving the house feeling empty and the excitement and magic of Christmas is now well and truly gone.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike January. In fact, I find the new start quite reassuring – and we as a family have a very exciting year ahead – all going well. All I’m trying to say is that I’m not making any resolutions, promises or goals for 2016 – well not right now anyway!

However, I have just got myself a Nutra Ninja which means I will be naturally eating, or should I say drinking more fruit and vegetables going forward. Its been five days since I picked up my ‘Ninja’ and I must admit, I’m more than a little obsessed! Being almost 30 weeks pregnant, I’m very aware that I haven’t been as healthy as I would have liked to be, so far. Hopefully from now on this will change. Watch this space.

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This is today’s juice, which included; kiwi, apple, strawberries, kale and chia seeds.

The other big change that has happened in our house over the past few days is that the girls are finally in their new bunk bed! We’ve been talking about it and promising them a new bed for almost a year now. Poor Poppy has been asking and pleading for a ‘big girl’ bed for the longest time but for many reasons, mainly because the whole bedroom needs a makeover and a new window – and we thought we’d do it all together. Unfortunately, the makeover and new window never happened so the bunk bed got put back and back, until last month I decided to get them a bunk bed and deal with the room and window at a later date.

the girls are now finally in their bunkbed

To say the girls were thrilled would be a big understatement! Especially Poppy, who’s been in her cot bed for way too long and has hated it for the past six months.

After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this ivory, wooden bunk bed from Wayfair. It was a good price for a high quality, lovely looking bed. This particular bunk bed can also be taken apart and used as twin beds, which gives us more options in years to come when the girls no longer want to be (literally) on top of each other.

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For now they love their bunk bed and wouldn’t have it any other way. Although, I think they do miss not being able to see each other once they’re in bed. I’ve walked in on them on a few occasions and they’re holding hands or Poppy’s out of her bed looking up at her big sister on the top bunk. I also know that Poppy is getting very desperate to test out the top bunk, which isn’t going down well with Lili for obvious reasons.

After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this off-white, wooden bunked from Wayfair. After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this off-white, wooden bunked from Wayfair. After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this off-white, wooden bunked from Wayfair. After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this off-white, wooden bunked from Wayfair. After much research and shopping around we finally decided on this off-white, wooden bunked from Wayfair. bunk.bed.9

Poor Lili has a black eye from a dancing accident she had on New Year’s Eve, in our kitchen party. She was trying to breakdance with her older cousin and ended up smashing her eye into a cupboard door. Bless her, it was such a big bang I was worried we were destined to spend the night in A&E but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as it had sounded and no major damage was done.

Home Etc

One of my favourite films of all time has to be Something’s Gotta Give staring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. It has a great, funny story and some major star actors but if I’m totally honest the reason I want to watch it again and again (…and again!) is because I’m completely in LOVE with the beach house that sets the scene for the majority of the film.

something's gotta give

If you’ve never seen the film, and like me love the Hampton’s and beautiful houses, then you must get your hands on this film and watch it as soon as possible – because I can guarantee, you’ll love it! To give you a taste of what to expect, here are some stills from the film (which I have been drooling over, ever since I first saw the movie).

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I think this is more or less my dream house, in my dream location – just off the beach in the Hampton’s! I’ve always loved the ‘beach house style’ of neutral colours, highlighted by sea blue and the odd nod to the beach, including driftwood, pebbles and shells dotted around the place.

When we were designing our kitchen, I definitely had this one in mind and tried to recreate some of the ideas in our design. I’ve even been bought a collection of large antique platters to hang on the walls but as yet, they’re still in my cupboard. Another job I’m waiting for my husband to get on to!

Although, I think it’s the living room that really grabs my attention, it looks so cozy and inviting, while also being stylish and very ‘Hampton’s chic’. I can totally imagine myself on that cushion covered sofa with a good book and a box of chocolates (I can dream…).

I just love all those lamps and lights, lighting up the room with a soft glow. I recently came across this fab lighting website called Lampcommerce, which has all sorts of amazing lighting solutions for your whole house.

Here’s a little mood board I’ve put together –

lounge, sitting room, something's gotta give, get the look, copy the styleI think the main thing to keep in mind is the simple, yet stylish colour palette and of course add lots of cushions!

It’s not often I get excited about baby collaborations, especially these days but this one by Mamas & Papas and Liberty London did make me sit up and take notice. Together they’ve created a stunning collection of pushchairs, bags, home and nursery accessories, toys and the most beautiful little vintage inspired clothes.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch a few weeks ago at the Liberty store on Regent Street – and I absolutely fell in love with the collection! I really feel like it’s something completely different and incredibly pretty. I’m not a big fan of bright cartoon like prints, so everything in this range is right up my street. Also, it looks so expensive! I guess that’s the Liberty affect.

The print for the pushchair and accessories is a hybrid of the iconic Caesar and Ares prints – that has been exclusively created for this exciting collaboration.

Also, everything in the range – from the pushchairs to the cushions, toys and even a vintage style rocking horse proudly shows a sweet little Liberty logo, adding to the exclusive feel.

Here are just some of my personal standout pieces…

My favourite picks from the Mamas and Papas, Liberty collection. My favourite picks from the Mamas and Papas, Liberty collection. My favourite picks from the Mamas and Papas, Liberty collection. My favourite picks from the Mamas and Papas, Liberty collection. My favourite picks from the Mamas and Papas, Liberty collection.

This year Liberty (my favourite London department store) celebrates its 140th birthday with special product launches and events taking place between now and the end of the year. Pop onto their website for more details.

This stunning collection is now exclusively available at Liberty and Mamas & Papas.