Tag Archives: Boys

3rd September 2014

Dear Disappointed Person,

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I’m sorry that you find it tough getting used to the idea that I am happy with my two boys. I’m not pretending I am happy with a false smile on my face – but I am totally happy, wholly happy, wouldn’t-change-it-for-the-world happy that I got the combination of two consecutive boys.

What I wished for when I was pregnant is irrelevant (but for the record, I was desperate for a boy the first time and totally undecided the second). The point is that the very instant the doctor handed me my second boy, all pink and warm and squirming in my arms, I couldn’t imagine anything else. And whether he had been a boy, a girl, or in fact an alien, I would’ve been totally happy with my lot.

I am sorry that you have to ask constantly when we are planning to have a third child in the hope we get to add pink to our collection of newborn clothes. One day you may get your wish – but if you don’t, rest assured that I will not spend my life wishing I could swap my child.

When a picture of a scan or newborn baby is shared on the internet of a second, third, or fourth child of the consecutive sex, please try and hide your disappointment. Don’t cover your anguish by joking that the couple will have to try again soon to get their wished-for girl or boy. Believe me; jumping into bed is the last thing on their mind.

Don’t make jokes about the father of girls being disappointed he never got his boy. He couldn’t imagine anything else but his brood of girls, who have him totally wrapped around their little fingers. And don’t joke to the mum of boys that she is totally outnumbered and must crave a little girl time. She adores her energetic pack of little men (and likes the chance to escape to girly escapades when they head out with their Dad).

When families share the news that they are expecting a different gender to their existing children, you may want to congratulate them on winning the jackpot and having ‘the perfect family’. Go ahead. Their family is perfect. as the family of three girls, or four boys is perfect. How perfect that we are all so perfect!

I’m sorry that you find it tough getting used to the idea that I am happy with my two boys. Go pour yourself a large G&T and relax.

Love a Mum of Boys

 



12th July 2014

How to dress boys for formal events

I don’t like seeing little boys in suits for formal events. It creeps me out a bit. I like little boys to look like little boys, not little men. They need to be comfortable – after all, they need to be able to skid across the dance floor on their knees to a hit from the 1980’s and play chase with their cousins across a manicured lawn. For our sake too, it makes sense to put them in something a little less formal – when they stuff 20 cakes into their mouths at breakneck speed, followed by a few cocktail sausages dipped in ketchup and egg mayonnaise sandwiches for good measure, it’s nice to be able to leave them to it without worrying about the dry cleaning bill.

So if you’ve got a wedding, christening, anniversary do, or other formal event this summer, here’s a few ideas on how to dress your little boys…

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1. Trilby Hat, £4.99, H&M (click here)

2. Striped Linen Shirt, from £7, Next (click here)

3. Flat Front Shorts, £12.95, GAP (click here)

4. Striped Sandals, £12.95, GAP (click here)

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1. Bow Tie, £8, Mamas and Papas (click here)

2. Striped Shirt, from £40, GANT at John Lewis (click here)

3. Navy Chinos, from £8, Debenhams (click here)

4. Navy TOMS, £23, Office (click here)

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1. Navy V Neck Jumper, £49, Ralph Lauren at John Lewis (click here)

2. White Polo Shirt, £3, Mothercare (click here)

3. Beige Chino Shorts, from £7, Next (click here)

4. Slip-on Sneakers, £14.95, GAP (click here)

Are you heading to a formal event this summer? I’d love to see a picture if you try out one of these looks!



9th July 2014

5 reasons why I love TOMS shoes…

Does your little boy wear TOMS shoes? I love this brand – and here are five reasons why…

1. One for One

In 2006, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and saw that they didn’t have adequate shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need. Since then, TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need. So buying them is charity; what better excuse do we need?!

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2. They look good

So simple, but stylish. They look great with shorts, jeans, or comfies. They come in a range of different colours, with limited edition prints and fabrics (a few of my recent favourites include skull print and denim).

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3. They are so easy to put on

When you have a toddler, the easier to get shoes on and off the better – so the quick velcro fastening is a real bonus. They’re so easy that my two-year old is nearly able to put them on and off himself (we’re not quite there, but it wont be long).

4. They are robust

My toddler is pretty active as little ones go – and considering he wears his TOMS almost every day, they still look good as new. He’s jumped in puddles, landed in piles of dust at the end of slides, skipped across grass, and played in sandpits – but there’s barely a mark on them.

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5. They come in adult sizes too

Always a bonus when you can match!

Oh and they are currently on sale at Office.co.uk, so I’ve stocked up on a few pairs in the next size up! Shop here!

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Let me know if you buy a pair – I’d love to see a picture of your little people rocking their TOMS!



6th July 2014

Breakfast Idea: Easy Pancake Muffins

I’m always looking for inspiration for quick, easy and healthy breakfasts. We get a bit stuck in a toast, cereal, and fruit rut (although we do love pancakes at the weekend when we have more time, especially this easy recipe by Jamie Oliver). So when I found a recipe for oven-cooked Pancake Muffins on the blog Family Fresh Meals, I couldn’t wait to try them. They can be cooked  in batches at the weekend, and then handed out first thing in the morning for breakfast throughout the week (or even grabbed on the way out of the door if you have a late riser!).

The beauty of these muffins is that you can fill them with anything. I chose to stick to blueberries and raspberries – but I will be trying sausage, cheese, bacon, and banana soon. They taste just like pancakes, with a heavy, quite sticky consistency (don’t expect a fluffy cake!) but they are far more convenient than standing over the hob cooking batches of pancakes in your pyjamas!

Oh and the ingredients list Batter Mix – I am sure you can also use homemade batter (check my recipe here) but I wanted to stick to the original recipe, so bought ready-made. Let me know if you try it homemade!

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Ingredients:

2 cups batter mix
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
Optional fillings

Recipe

Preheat oven to 350’C.
Whizz the batter mix, milk, eggs, and maple syrup together until smooth.
Pour into muffin cases (right up to the top) and then drop your fillings into the mixture (we went for blueberries and raspberries, both sliced into quarters).
Pop into oven for 20 minutes, checking they are ready with a skewer (it will come out completely clean when they are done).

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Let me know if you try them!



24th May 2014

6 ingenious products for travelling with children

You know when you walk down the aisle of an aeroplane with a baby/toddler/child and feel the eyes of every passenger on you, all silently praying you aren’t sitting near them? And the forced smiles of those unlucky neighbours when you plonk said child into a seat, grapple with your luggage and the overhead lockers, and then spend the next few hours of your life attempting to retain the peace?

I know that feeling all too well, being an expat mum living in Dubai and flying back and forth to the UK. We haven’t flown with Wilfred yet (the joy of flying with two small people is approaching in less than three weeks time) but Stanley has flown long-haul 14 times in his two years (I just added that up on my fingers and shocked myself a little bit). So anything that promises to make our flight easier, child happier, and airport experience hassle-free is very high up my list.

The six products below are things that have impressed me (and in one case, we have already parted with our cash). So without further ado, here are six very ingenious products for travelling with smaller people in tow. Good luck…

1 – Babyzen Yoyo Pushchair, £319 (click here)

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The amazing Babyzen Yoyo is the first pushchair to be approved for cabin luggage (measuring a teeny 56x45x25cm when folded up). Thanks to a recommendation from my Auntie (thanks Auntie Ruth!), we own it and have relied on it plenty of times. I can fold it in a matter of seconds – and the handy strap makes it light enough to carry over my shoulder while grappling with a wriggling toddler. You won’t be sacrificing on the buggy at your destination either, as it’s really sturdy, lightweight and reliable (I took it back to the UK last summer and used it solely for 2 months with a 15-month old).

2 – Ride On Carry On, £39.95 (click here)

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If you don’t have the budget for the Babyzen above, this very clever contraption comes a very close second. Attaching to your pull-along cabin luggage, the seat is suitable for children between 8 months and 5 years (up to 18 kg / 40 lbs / 3 stone). It  attaches in seconds and folds flat for easy storage in the overhead lockers. Clever stuff.

3. SkyBaby Mattress, £33 (click here)

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We usually fly long-haul so we get the baby bassinet – but if you are flying shorter distances (or the basinets are already full), you may be panicking about how your baby will nap without both your arms going numb. Step forward the SkyBaby Mattress, which can rest on your lap so baby can snooze (especially useful if you have a toddler in the seat next to you and need at least one hand free).

4. Bubble Bum Inflatable Booster Seat, £29.99 (click here)

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Your child might need a bit of a boost in their seat on the flight – and they will definitely need it in the hire car at the other end. But instead of dragging a bulky booster seat along with you, this inflatable booster seat will pack small, take up barely any weight allowance, and inflate in a couple of minutes. It’s suitable for kids between 4 and 11 years (max weight 36 kg).

5. TrayKit, £24.99 (click here)

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With a toddler to entertain on a flight for 7 hours in a matter of weeks, I love the idea of this attachable tray, which can be folded down to allow him to colour, play, and eat easily. I can keep all his things inside it too, meaning my hand luggage is kept free for the baby. And once we are at the other end, it can be attached in the back of the car too. Clever.

6. CARES Safety Restraint System, £123 (click here)

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Wondering how to keep your toddler safe and still during a long flight, without having to bring along your bulky carseat? This CARES harness is the solution – and whilst it’s not cheap, you can’t put a price on a well-behaved toddler on a long flight, right? It’s the first and only FAA approved harness type child safety device and is suitable for children between 22 and 44 pounds.

Have you seen anything clever designed for travelling with kids? I’d love to hear and see it!