Toddler art work, beauty and catching up #littleloves

Toddler art work, beauty and catching up #littleloves

I can’t believe it is February already! Time really does seem to be flying past. We finalised my finish date at work this week. I will be finishing on the 13th April which seems scarily soon but I have 7 weeks holiday to use up before I start maternity leave. I’ve also got quiet a bit of time off before the end of March too. In fact I currently have near enough every Wednesday off. I’m enjoying the extra day with my daughter but finding it hard to get used to only working two days especially as I’m trying to finish every thing off and also hand over to my colleagues!


I’m making a bit more of an effort to read in my lunch break at work but really need to find time the other 5 days a week if I’m ever gong to finish this book!


I’m loving reading bedtime stories regularly again with my toddler and in fact I found time to write a blog post about our current favorites whilst my toddler was having a now rare, long nap. Hopefully it will be published next week.



I’m managing to stay up a bit later, not much but combined with my daughter dropping her naps and needing to go to bed earlier has meant I’m starting to watch a bit of tv. I’m loving Stella and Grey’s anatomy mostly. Last weekend we watched the new years day episode of Sherlock! how behind am I? I quiet enjoyed it but still managed to fall asleep in the middle (it was only 8:15 too).


I cooked a lovely sticky chicken with egg fried rice last weekend which we all enjoyed (sorry I forgot to photograph it). I’ve still only made the one crochet star that I told you about the other week. I must try harder but I just keep forgetting to pick the project up.


My toddler made this fish picture at play group yesterday morning so I thought I would share with you how I display her art work. I stick them up on the back of garage door in the kitchen. This is between our shelves (where I store all my cook books, some of our baking bits and arts and crafts materials) and our blackboard door (behind which is our under stairs cupboard). I love how proud she is of her art and like that it adds colour to our kitchen.IMG_4587


Since I am finally starting to feel better, I am trying to make more of an effort with my beauty regimen (I don’t have one!). I’m currently trying out using a micellar water for cleansing, a manuka doctor normailsing facial oil (I have oily skin so this seemed strange to me but I have seen it recommended as the best moisturiser for oily skin) and Stila one step colour correction under my normal tinted moisturiser.



My daughter crying at the mention of using a potty and requesting her nappy back on! Again since I have more energy now I decided this week to try potty training with the ladybird. Unfortunately I think she has other ideas. She won’t sit on either the potty or trainer seat on the toilet, she just runs away crying. She has previously happily sat on them and even used the potty once but it was when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and feeling rubbish. My gut instinct is that she still isn’t ready but she will be 3 at the end of April and I’m worried I’ve missed the time when she was ready.

And lastly……

Yesterday I shared a blog about a lovely winter trip to the beach. The toddler thought it was an adventure and talked about it for days. A lovely reminder to us to get out more on a weekend. This week though we will mostly be busy visiting family. Enjoy your weekend what ever you are doing.



  1. February 5, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I say follow your gut when it comes to potty training. If you think she isn’t ready then just wait and don’t worry about her age, all children are different.
    Loving the art work wall! We used to have loads up on our fridge and cupboards when my two were little.
    Enjoy the weekend xx

    • February 10, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks. I’m trying to discuss the topic but not force the issue. Hopefully she will be ready soon.

  2. February 5, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    As Morgana said, trust your instinct and watch her for readiness and cues and I know that won’t be easy once you are distracted by your second child but then you could always explain how baby uses a nappy but big kids use the potty or the toilet.
    My skin has gone all oily at the moment, such a pain, it was wonderful about a week ago boo hoo!
    Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your maternity leave xx

  3. February 6, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Love that fish paper plate, I might give it a go with my little one as he loves painting etc. Don’t worry about your daughter and potty training. My daughter was dry by 18 months (including at night, god knows how that happened!), but my little boy refused to be potty trained until he was 3 then all of a sudden, that was it, he was doing it and there was no stopping him. He still wears a nappy at night (he’s 4) but he’s ready to be out of those as for the last month or more he’s been dry at night too. They do it when they’re ready and I think if you let them decide when they’re ready they master it faster too 😉

    Have a good weekend x

    • February 10, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks. I know you are right. I guess I just worried I missed my chance but I’m sure there will be another. Painting is always a popular activity here.

  4. Not A Frumpy Mum
    February 8, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    The fish plate is great and how lovely to have your maternity leaving date all sorted. I’ve got mine but it’s not until the 6th May. It still seems so long away but with holidays it’s only 9 working weeks after this one (so 33 working days, not that I’m counting!) xx

  5. February 10, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    It’s hard not to count isn’t it. I have 19 working days to go (not that I’m counting either you understand!). Th 6th May will be here in no time.

  6. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    February 11, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    So cute that you have an art wall. We kept meaning to make this happen. We bought string and pegs for it, but it just didn’t happen. Hmm, maybe we could have it in our office, if we put it behind us. Don’t want to mess with the productivity. Great you’ve got your maternity leave sorted. It’s all very exciting #LittleLoves

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