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Blogmas day 2 | Christmas Traditions

It's late I know, I haven't been too well and had an early night so forgot to publish.

We have a few chritmas traditions which we do every year.
1. Breakfast for us on Christmas day is strange (for me anyway). Liam has a fry up, wjich is quite normal. And I have boiling bacon with pickles and bread. no matter what time of morning
2. My other half has a glass of sherry every year for his gran. 
3. Dairy milk advent calenders are a must for me. I think that they are the most festive ones. We get Lilly to chose hers.
4. Now Lilly is older I want to add the tradition of visiting Santa every year. I think that it is important for children to have these memories.
I hope you enjoy. Tell me what your traditions are if you wish to do so. Check out blogmas day 3 for my Christmas cake recipe :)

Blogmas 2014 | It's December!!!

Hi everyone!!!! It's been a while I know but I am back and it's for a good reason. It's December!!  Which means blogmas and vlogmas :) Enjoy!
I have lots in store for you all, recipes, crafts, and lots of festive days out. I am super excited this year as Lilly seems to know a lot more and is so excited herself.
I am getting the decorations up, tidying like made, christmas shopping for pressies and food. 
I hope you enjoy and go check out my vlogmas on my YouTube channel: gigglesinloveable

Halloween 2014

I know it's a few days after Halloween but I wanted to share with you what we got up to. We had a fantastic day with lots of different activities to keep Lilly busy. 
Firstly we went to Tesco where we got Lilly's face painted as a pumpkin for charity and got a photo taken to. So lots of memories. She sat so still when having her face done, she was amazing.
I did Lilly a little Halloween bucket with a few bits in. We had a Peppa pig Halloween sticker book, so biscuits to decorate, so chocolate, and some orange paint for our handprint spider.
Lilly decorated her pumpkin biscuit with icing and sugar balls. I helped with the icing but she loved putting the sugar balls onnto the icing.
Lilly loves doing handprints so thought I would tie it in with Halloween and made a spider out of them. It's not the best but Lilly enjoyed it and made a lovely mess. Bless her.
Lastly we finished off with pumpkin carving. Lilly helped scooped out the inards with a spoon. I thought that I would …

Potty training time

So I feel in me that Lilly is ready for potty training, she uses the potty al part every day once or twice and now feel that it is time to get the ball rolling.

Last week I brought a couple of items to get us on our way, firstly was a pack of 18-14 month briefs, just the cheap and cheerful ones beacuse I know accidents are going to happen. These were only £3 from F&F (Tesco)
I then also brought a pack of dry like me. These were on offer at £2 a box. There little pads to go into briefs. I thought these would be good to try out. 
Lilly will use the potty mainly before bed, or just after she has woken. I have been rewarding her with lots lf praise and a sticker for her chart to show her how many times she has managed to use it.
We have also used a couple of the dry like me, the first time she hated it but the second time was completely different. Both times she has told me to late bless her. She gets so angry and upset at herself.
Fingers crossed potty training goes smoothly.

Toddler books | Bedtime favourites

Reading Lilly her story before bed is a big part of our day, a constant really. So I thought that I would share our favourite books, the ones that Lilly asks for often.
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler our favourites of ours. This is the latest book we have which isn't the same as most of them. The main bit that rhymes is th's song the giant sings through the book. This is quite a sweet story and shows how a little thing can go a long way.
The next is a book that most people have heard of, Dear Zoo. ThThis is so good for teaching animals, we also made the animal noises so that Lilly could learn them, she now makes the noises and names the animals as we read through the book.
This next book shows a poor mum who just needs a few minutes to herself. I love the way that the children all have there own way of causing trouble. The story is such a cute idea as i can realate to the book as I am sure a lot of other mums can.
These are three book that I pretty much know every word to and …

October favourites

It's that time of the months when I share my favourite items of the month.

Baylis and Harding hand and body polish
This scent is amazing it is sweet mandarin and, gratefruit, such a nice sweet smell and works amazingly for a pamper session. I would not use this every day.
Miss Sporty nail Polish in red
I love this nail varnish and it is so affordable. The bottle says it should last up to 7 days, I never keep mine on. The paint glides on with the brush and leaves nails looking smooth and clean.
Yankee Candle, Fireside treat 
This is so autumnal, the smell of cakes and baking with marshmlows and a hint of wood burning. 
Impulse temptations bodyspray
This smells so fruity and you don't need a lot as it is a very strong scent from this. So handy to, you can just pop it in you bag and go.
I am still on my twilight, eclipse book so no change there.
My favourite TV show has tp have been 'Our Girl' I completely loved this series and cried so much watching the series finale. It ha…

Zombie walk | 1066 Walk of the dead

Last Saturday was an annual parade called the zombie walk or the walk of the dead. Every year 1066 walk of the dead takes part to raise money for charity, this was our first year at taking part and I will definitely be there next year with plenty more gore. Lilly loved it and by the end was trying to scar people with her silly zombie voice. Below is a selection of pictures from the day. 

Not sure why but I really like this photo of when I was getting my make up done

One scary lady, even creeps me out.
A few of the zombies!
Was such an awesome day and was good to know it was for a good cause. Will definetly be better prepared next year and sort out a proper costume to go with the make-up.
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween, whatever ypu may be up to.

How to keep warm in winter

Here are a few tips that we use in winter to keep warm. This is a hard task in our house and have made a few purchases since being here to help cope with the cold.

I love having blankets out in the winter, I think they make the home look cosy and homely for everyone. I place them on the tops of the sofas so are handy when we want to wrap ourselves up. We also have an electric blanket in our bed, I personally could not live without this now. putting the bed on 10 minutes before bed and its heaven to get into. 
Draft excluders
These are so good for keeping the draft at bay as the name says. We just have the simple ones that screw into the doors but I know that you can get quite cute fabric ones that are handy to use anywhere really. We just have one on the front door but living in a block of flats it really helps when the block windows are open or someone has just come into the block.
Layer up, simple as that, instead of turning the heating on straight away, put a jumper o…

Halloween decorations

Ipoppop have really got into Halloween this year and am actually quote excited. So I have decided to do a bit of decorating to make our home more festive. We have some shop brought things and homemade crafts too. I thought that it would be nice to share them with you and show you the few bits we have around our house. I am loving it!

My collection has grown every year, with the most this year. I dont want to go over board but am very happy with the decorations so far.
In future years I am sure my collection will grow, as i think Lilly is going to be a little girl who enjoys Halloween. I am going to try and decorate arpund each holiday to make it all the more exciting for Lilly.
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween, what ever you may be doing. And hope you enjoyed looking at our decorations.

Bedtime routine

I thought that I would share Lilly's bedtime routine at the age of 2. So this has changed drastically Inpudding st 2 months.
My sleeping princess.
So firstly we start off with dinner at about 6pm every night. She will have something quite filling and pudding after which is usually yogurt.
Every other day she has a warm bath with tiys in that lasts about 30 minutes, we dont bath her daily as it is bad for her excema.
When it isn't her bath day we will usually have a calm down session in her room with reading or singing.
After that we will them put her in her pajamas and get her comfortable and brush her hair and teeth.
She then usually has about 30 minutes in the living room with us and we will talk about the things that we have done that day. 
At 8pm she says her good nights and me and her go to her room. She has one or two books, depending on length and how tired she is. I then say goodnight and give her cuddles. She them settles on her own.
Roughly two months ago she could …

Autumn fun

We love autumn. So much to do which my little girl loves. She has been loving being outside with nature.
The puddles are back, so that means a lot of splashing and getting all mucky. She thinks she Is peppa pig.
Walking and crunching through the leaves is another favourite for the both of us. Kicking them about and looking at all the different colours. she loves to make then crunch under her feet the most and isn't impressed when there wet. We have a wood close to us so its not to far to walk for her either.
We collected some chestnuts the other day and all Lilly wanted to do was pretend to cook them for grandad. there so easy to fine and durable too. just look out for holes in them and insects could have made a home, which we found out the hard way.

Lastly she loves clearing the leaves up in Nanny's garden, nanny racks them into a pile and Lilly usually kicks them about a bit before putting them into the wheel barrow for Daddy to dispose of. she also lucks throwing them into…

What I ate

So I thought I would share what I would share what I have been eating lately. I have been trying to cut out snacks so none are mentioned.
For breakfast I had a bowl of fruit and fibre, iI love this and is pretty cheap to buy too. This cereal seems to keep my belly filled up until lunch.
For lunch I had a cheesy jacket potato, a slice of Ham, some coleslaw and a small sausage roll. This was soooo nice. And pretty healthy too.
For dinner I would have a prawn stir fry with a sweet and sour sauce. So quick and simple after work and tasted amazing too. I dont buy prawns that often so made a nice change.
quite a simple day of food but yummy all the same.

Halloween craft #2

Today we thought we'd have a relaxed day so we did some Halloween craft. Today we decided to let Lilly decorate a pumpkin. Lilly had lots of fun painting and glittering.
You will need: - A pumpkin - Glitter - Paint  - Glue - Other ddecorative bits
On ours we used paint, glitter and glitter pens. She seemed to really enjoy painting the pumpkin and making it all sparkly. I helped with pouring the glitter and using the glitter pens too. So simple to do and cheap too.
This is the final product of lillys creativeness. And there wasnt a lot to clean up either. We just have to let it dry now.

Hastings Bonfire 2014

Last night was our annual bonfire night which ends Hastings week, a celebration for the battle of Hastings. It was lovely weather last night, not to cold and no rain. Credit to others for the photos and my phone had no power.
My Dad and brother were both in the parade with ssection 5 drummer's, which I used to be part of. Lilly hated the rookies but we soon moved away.
After the parade had gone through, we stood a little way back for a while to let the crowds move, Lilly also got a light up wind mill. Which didn't break the bank for once.
We find a nice spot on the beach and waited for the parade to end in the firesight. This didn't take too long. Lilly was a bit uncertain about the fireworks with the noise but was ok with her head on my shoulder watching. She absoloutly loved the bonfire though. Another great night from the Hastings bonfire boys!

Halloween craft for toddlers

So today Lilly did her first ever Halloween craft with me. I was clearing out her craft cupboard I came across a bag of sweet wrappers and thought about something I could make. So here it is, our sweet wrapper pumpkin, quick and simple.

You will need: - Some card - Sweet wrappers  - Glue - Scissors - Chalk

Firstly draw your pumpkin or other shape onto the card with chalk or light crayon. Next glue the entire shape inside, Lilly did most, I just filled the area in.

Next let your little ones stick down the wrappers which match your theme and picture. We used orange and gold for the face and green for the stalk. make sure all the wrappers are secure and glue down amy over laps.
Next is to cut it out and tidy the edges. To make the face I took the corners of the offcut card and got lilly to stick into place with help of pointing out roughly where.
So simple and cheap to do.

Toddler OOTD | Autumn

I thought I would share Lilly's beautiful autumn outfit. Both these items are from nutmeg, Morrison's. So very affordable and beautiful clothing for all styles. 
She is wearing a pair of navy blue jeggings which pretty much go with everything. These feel very well made and actually look my like jeans. These were £3 a pair.
This top is just adorable. I love the picture on the front of the birds making a scarf for the fox or squirrel. Lol. Very autumnal and cheap at just £2 a top.
No autumn outfit is complete without some sort of boots. These are her favourite which are her minnie mouse wellies. I actually got given these but by the very faded label it looks like George, asda. Lilly would wear these to bed if she could.
Hope you enjoyed

Fbf British Drifting Championship | Lydden Hill

A flash back Friday for you, just back to April when we went to Lydden hill for the weekend to watch The British Drifting Championship. We camped for one night.

Lilly loved camping in the tent and jumping on the airbeds, took her a while to get to sleep but she slept like a log.

Look at these gorgeous pink cars, the speed they can go to. They looked amazing, and sound really nice too. At Lydden hill they have an open pit, which means you can walk around and look at all the cars.

This was one of the best pictures I managed to get of the drifting. Lilly loved watching the cars fly by and got really excited. Shame the first day was a bit of a wash out.

Family picture time of course. The second day was a nice day and the track dried out quite quick. I could not tell you who won or anything like that but was a lovely family weekend.

Lack of blogging.

So I am going to patient. ompletely honest with you why I haven't been blogging as much.
1. I now have a job which ranges from 12-15 hours a week. 2. I am having a roughly time with emotions which I hope to get sorted soon. 3. I have just plain forgot some days.
So I now work at a supermarket part time. This is only temporary and I Miss both Lilly and Liam so much. But it makes me treasure moments like below even more.
I am having a bad time with feeling low and constantly crying, I have been to the doctors who have referred me to talk to a mental bealth officer.
With all that happening I have just plain forgot some nights and have just taken myself off tp bed.  
Thanks for being patient.