My girls are all good sleepers, thank goodness! I need my sleep and wouldn’t be happy getting up a few times a night. Equally, I need some chill-out child free time in the evening (to catch up on my favourite TV programs and just unwind), so bed time has to be at a decent time, without fuss. And on the whole we manage this (most nights). How? Well for me establishing a good, firm bedtime routine early on is the answer.

Here’s how we’ve managed this with all three girls, more recently of course with baby Iris. 

I once read that a baby/ young toddler typically needs 12 hours sleep per night, so you need to work it back from when they usually wake up. If like Iris it’s 7am, then 7pm is a good bedtime.

As for getting your baby to bed, a routine should to start by allowing your child a cot/bed of their own, and getting them used to self-soothing so that they have the ability to get themselves to sleep in a relaxed way. Iris went into her ‘big cot’ at six months, which is when we started to establish this  more firm, yet warm and calm approach.

Iris’ routine includes; a bath, some warm milk, a song or book (if she’s not too drowsy from the milk) and then bed. We try to make it a fun, cosy time for her – making it clear she has my (or my husband’s) full attention.

I go through this little routine and then leave the room to deal with my other two little monkeys. If she sits up straight away and cries, I’ll keep comforting her but from that point on I have less physical interaction, no long cuddles, just a quick reassuring hug and kiss and then I walk away again.

Tip… If your baby seems to be afraid of the dark or being alone, try low lighting, a special teddy (maybe one that lights up), or a low background noise such as a soothing nursery rhyme.

Remember you’re in charge, and if you stick to it, it should work! I fully understand this is firm (but I stress, calm) approach is not for everyone but I can testify it’s worked for us, three times now! During the day I don’t really have a routine and am much more relaxed, letting the kids do what comes naturally but bed time is different. At bed time I’m in charge and they accept it because they don’t know any different.

Iris is wearing an aden+anais sleeping bag in these pictures. We’re big fans of aden+anais and these sleeping bags are made of the same beautifuly soft, cotton muslin used in their famous swaddle blankets and muslin squares.

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Heads up, Mother’s Day is coming soon! And here’s a little collection from Clarins you may want to pop on your wish list.
This Tender Moments collection has to be their cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm. Each product is packaged with love and kisses and looks so adorable! And what I’ve always loved about Clarins makeup is that each product is packed full of skincare benefits, giving you beautifully nourished, radiant skin (and lips).

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.

These cute Skin Illusion Blushes (£16) come in three beautiful shares; 01 Luminous Pink, 02 Luminous Coral and 03 Golden Havana. I’ve been using the Luminous Coral recently and I absolutely love it! I can see it becoming a big favourite for me this summer. This super cute blush blends quickly and easily and adds a pop of healthy colour to your cheeks. The active plant ingredients include red algae extract and pink opal powder which leave your skin feeling soft and looking radiant. And the clever, compact packaging makes this blush really easy to use on the go. If you haven’t already guessed, I really love this product – but if I’m honest they had me with the packaging!

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.

This nourishing Daily Energizer Lip Balm (£16)  has been a firm favourite in my handbag for a while now, it contains an intelligent pigment that reacts to your lips’ own ph to develop a natural pink shade. So when I saw this limited edition version I was instantly  ‘in love’ and very excited! The balm is also rich in cocoa butter, shea butter and redcurrant giving it a silky smooth texture that helps repair and nourish your lips. It also has a peachy flavour that’s just gorgeous and reminds me of long summer days, which is just what I need right now.

As I’ve already mentioned (a few times) the packaging is so cute and what makes it even better is that it’s also eco friendly, made from sustainable forests. So the theme of love runs from the packaging design to the environment, which I think is a lovely touch.

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.
What do you think of the Tender Moments Collection? Will it make your Mother’s Day wish list?

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I'm a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite!

I’m SO ready for winter to be over now, and for spring to shine. I realise we haven’t had a particularly hard winter this year but it really does feel like its been a long one.

If you’re anything like me, this beautiful top will have stopped you in your tracks. As you may already know (if you’re a regular follower) I’m a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite! I’ve already mentioned it in my Little Loves post for February but now that I’ve got some pictures I thought I’d share them with you. Isn’t it gorgeous? And the best news is that it’s an absolute bargain at only £25.99 from the ZARA spring collection. I actually bought it a few weeks ago (as soon as I saw it) and now I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can start wearing it.

I’ve also just ordered these two tops from Next. Seriously, can I have too may boho style tops?

Next month we’re off to Dubai for a week of fun in the sun and I can’t wait! The thought of guaranteed sunshine (coming in just a few weeks) is getting me very excited about my summer wardrobe. This time last year I was nine months pregnant, so I really wasn’t thinking about my spring/summer wardrobe, I had other baby related things on my mind. And when summer did come, I was a stone heavier (thanks to baby weight) and didn’t feel comfortable in my own body, so the thought of buying summer dresses or anything remotely revealing made feel awful. However, this year I feel healthier and fitter and ready to get back into my summer dresses and beach cover-ups. Keep you eyes peeled for a holiday fashion haul coming soon!

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Weekends come and go, some weekends we do nothing but every now and again it’s good to get out of the house and let off some steam. I love seeing the girls run around in the fresh air, hide in log pile houses and jump in muddy puddles. We live near Box Hill in Surrey, which is a National Trust beauty spot made famous by Jane Austen – and more recently by the British cycling team.

As the name suggests it’s a big hill overlooking the gorgeous Surrey Downs near Dorking. In the summer it’s the prefect place for a lovely picnic and flying a kite but at this time of year the dramatic landscape and dark woodlands offer a different kind of adventure. To be honest, we tend to drive over more often in the winter months for some reason.

We’re big fans of the National Trust. My parents buy us a family membership every Christmas as a bonus present, which is such a great idea as it literally keeps giving all year round. This must be our forth year as members now and we’re still discovering new and exciting venues for our family weekend (and holiday) adventures.

Here are some of my favourite shots from our recent jaunt to Box Hill. Despite evidence to the contrary, I was there too but hiding behind the camera. On this particular day, we’d decided to take Iris in a baby carrier (as it would be too muddy for a buggy) but I forgot to put it in the car – and we only realised after we got there. This meant Dom had to carry Iris all day and I was in charge of the camera.

Incase you’re wondering, the girls are both wearing coats from Muddy Puddles and wellies from Joules. Lili’s ‘star’ hat is from Gant Kids and Poppy’s bobble hat is from Gap.
life as our little family

I’m also linking up to the #OrdinaryMoments run by Katie at MummyDaddyMe, which has to be one of my favourite blogs!

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There are few things in life that get me down, I’m definitely a positive person and like to look on the bright side of life. Don’t get my wrong, I am human and do have my down days but I prefer to focus on the good things, so listing my monthly ‘Little Loves’ really appeals to me. There’s something very therapeutic about looking back on the month and picking out the things that have made me happy.

My Little Loves this month include a Zara top, Hello Fresh recipes, Netflix's The OA and watching La La Land

This month’s highlights have been watching La La Land and listening to the soundtrack on Spotify, I just love it! I’ve also been dancing round the kitchen (with my girls) to the Trolls soundtrack and going to the gym, where I’ve been listening to the Blogtacular podcasts, while on the treadmill.

My other highlight has to be the weekly Hello Fresh boxes we’ve been getting this month. Each box arrives full of wholesome meals, ready to be cooked by me in my kitchen. I love the fact that it’s taught me to make so many new recipes and that I’ve found some fab new meals.

Here’s the full story of the month….

Reading
The Busy Girls’ Guide to Digital Photography

Listening
Blogtacular Podcasts

Watching
La La Land at the cinema
Trolls DVD
The OA (Netflix) 

Wearing
M&S Top
Zara Top

Making
Hello Fresh

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat
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