Previous Posts: August 2014

Blogging Through The Bible Reading Plan

Hey Lovelies,

I don’t know about you but I am so excited to be starting the challenge of reading the bible a chapter at a time. I really think that this will give me the opportunity to dig deeper into the word, read around the subject without the dread of slipping behind on the reading plan. In case you haven’t checked out Courtney’s reading plan a link is here. We start on Sunday with the book of Esther, I hope you will join me in this for even just part of journey. It’s always great to encourage one another but even more so when we are applying God’s Word to our daily lives.

Blogging through the bible

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Baby Led Weaning My Top 10

Hey Lovelies,

I thought as Nathanael is now well established into eating and we have chosen to wean him onto food using the baby led option it might be a good idea if I shared what worked for us. To stop me writing a treaty on the subject I am keeping it to ten points! A good source of everything baby led can be found here.

1. Stay Calm – Similar to everything baby related whether that is getting them to sleep or breastfeeding staying calm is key. It is unnerving when they reach for that first bite of food but remember this is your child progressing to the next stage of development. If you are grimacing and looking nervous this will likely set your child on edge. In the early stages it was much better if I left the room while Luke was there when Nate was eating, he is way more laid back than me and much calmer.

2. Start Slow – Yes this is baby led weaning and the aim is to get them to eat full family meals with you, but this isn’t going to happen in a day. A piece of broccoli, a piece of apricot is a success it’s something your baby couldn’t do before. I would suggest the easiest meal to start off with is something around lunch say 11am, after morning feeds and before a nap. If your child misses a meal be that breakfast, lunch or dinner that is ok. Food is Fun before One. You are building them up to three meals.

3. Be Persistent – This covers a whole host of issues that may arise, your baby may not be interested in a particular fruit or vegetable, they are discovering the world of preferences however it takes over 30 times of trying a particular thing before you can say they don’t like it. Perhaps your baby isn’t interested in food that day, this is completely normal around 6 months they can be teething, going through a wonder week or simply not bothered that day – this is not a sign of baby led weaning not working.

4. Quality not Quantity – In the early days there are learning the action of how to chew, if they chew and then spit it out this is still progress that couldn’t do that at 5 months.

5. Wedge Shape – Think everything wedge – apricots in quarters, the same with plums so your baby can get their fingers around the item for a secure grip. Anything to small or too big they will simply get frustrated at dropping the item too many times and will give up.

6. Remember Sugar and Salt Content – Your baby needs less than 1g of sugar and salt a day take a look at those convenience packets and you will be amazed. If I was PM I would ban them!

7. There will be mess but you can minimize it – Time again I hear the reason for not baby led weaning is the mess, you can minimize this – a shower curtain on the floor under your babies high chair will save you cleaning floors multiple times a day.

8. White Body Suits – Your child is going to be covered in food, I am being honest its just going to happen. We bought some white body suits that he can hammer to pieces, we simply soak in Napisan and it saves ruining his nice clothes.

9. Tommee Tippee Roll and Go Bib – This bib catches pretty much everything Nate drops and if that doesn’t his shower curtain does. Nathanael has also learnt something Luke and I call “search and rescue” after no more food arrives on his tray, Nate digs into the bib and picks up what he has lost, perfect!

10. Doidy Cup – These cups are amazing, especially if your baby is breastfed and never uses a bottle. Nathanael can see what he is drinking and its edge to prevent his throwing water over himself.

* An added point – Don’t compare your baby to others, it’s so easy to say one way is better than another we are all trying our best for our children. Some babies take to food like a duck to water, for others the world of food may seem a shock. Keep going your doing a great job!

Blogging Through The Bible

Hey Lovelies,

I don’t know about you but when the start of a New Year rolls around up there on my resolutions is “read through the bible in a year”

I have done this before and perhaps that’s why I have never managed to do it since, January/February are ok but March appears and my schedule hasn’t been touched, or I get gripped by a Bible Study and become so engrossed that my daily reading slips by the wayside.

This is why I am so excited to have stumbled across Courtney’s amazing Blog Women Living Well, she plans to Blog Through The Bible by reading just a chapter a day, you can read her post here. I think this is a great idea and I plan to do a weekly post on the chapters I have read, maybe what
verses stand out to me, I am not quite sure yet.

Blogging through the bible

Why not join in? Courtney starts us off on 31st August, this is perfect for us Brits as September signals the beginning of a fresh new Academic Year, its like having another New Years. (Yes I am the child that loved stationary, fresh clean books and reams of paper!)

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Excess–My Makeup Stash

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When deciding on what to call this post my husband came up with the title “bankrupt” oh how witty he is! If your a dedicated follower on Wonderfully Random you may remember my post back in April Too Many Products, in the post I share all my excess beauty products and confess I am a shopaholic/hoarder.

Well I am so impressed with myself I have stuck to my no spending unless I need it in this area and have got through so many products that I will have to share an “empties” post with you all or as I like to call it, “ Who wants to see my rubbish”

However the area I really feel that I need to work on is my makeup collection/hoarding/overspending/Kiri you only have one face you are not a beauty guru.

Unlike beauty bloggers I have to look at my stash and own the fact I have purchased every piece of it ouch! so I am operating a purely one in one out policy for my dressing table.

Here’s the scene of the crime …

Makeup drawer 2
Makeup drawer 1

I have a semi organization to my drawers, starting at the left is foundations, primers and powders. The next section is concealer, individual eyeshadows, small eyeshadow palettes, eyelash curlers, mascara, eyeliner. The next is my high end lipstick, the next is blusher, highlighter, drugstore lipstick. Following on from that is hand gel and make up wipes and at the end are my large eye palettes.
I have more than enough for one person, and this is by no means a “look at much i have post” this is a “look at how much i have overspent, how ridiculous post”

I think the verse that springs to mind is 1 Peter 3-4, I love the Complete Jewish Bible version.
Your beauty should not consist in externals such as fancy hairstyles, gold jewellery or what you wear; rather, let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great value.

So join in with me today, check your spirit, do you have an excess in your life. It might not be make up or beauty products but it could be too many hours in front of the TV, it could be eating to excess. It might be an excess of opinion – do you think  your being helpful with unwarranted advice? Only you know, be honest you don’t need to post in an online way you could mark a date in your diary and say with God’s help that you need help to change in this area.  If your willing leave a comment below and we can encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

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Nathanael Nine Month Update

Hey Lovelies,

Well another month has quickly passed so here is another update on all things Nathanael

Nate 9 months

Weight: 17lbs 14oz – Very pleased that Nathanael is following his curve on the 25th centile.

Length:  He is too quick to pin down at the minute! The health visitors should have fun when he has his 1yr check in!

Eating: We are still continuing to breastfeed until a year, but now Nathanael has firmly established solids we pretty much only feed 3 or 4 times a day. I am glad I stuck it out in terms of those first initial weeks of breastfeeding as now with me burning 500 calories a day I weigh less than I did at my Booking In appointment of pregnancy, Whoop Whoop Breastfeeding Rules! Nathanael has done so well in terms of baby led weaning we took him to a restaurant recently and I have seen 2 years olds make more mess than what he did!

Sleeping:  Nathanael is still sleeping through the night from 7pm till 7am.

Nappies: Still in size 4 nappies.

Clothes: As usual Nathanael has moved up to some 9-12 month tops but is still comfortably fitting in 6-9 month trousers and jackets.

Things Nate likes to do: This month Nathanael has been on the move! One Sunday we were encouraging him to crawl in a straight line and by the end of the week he is tearing around like no ones business. Luke and I already lived quite minimally and thankfully we have a huge lounge for him to explore but even then things have had to be removed! The fireguard has been installed and we have just received our baby gates, Nathanael will be happily playing in the lounge and decide he wants to see Daddy in his office so will take to crawling across the hallway, as sweet as this is some order needs to be restored simply for his safety!
Nathanael can stack some of the rings on his toy stacker and has started to put things away rather than just pulling everything out! It honestly is the cutest thing to watch!
Nathanael has recently cemented his love for his teddy bear, his face just beams when he sees “Fred the Ted” he hasn’t learnt to cuddle him, his affection for him is really just Nathanael chewing his ears and his nose. Luke had me in hysterics the other day when he said Nathanael was “having a moment” with Fred the Ted and he was full on chewing his teddy’s face off!
Nathanael has learnt to stand independently while holding onto something, at the moment it’s his toy basket or the back of his car walker, he likes to stand and have a look around and it gives him some independence rather than needing Mummy or Daddy to pick him up at show him things.
This month I have definitely seen the transition from infant to pre toddler and its so fun watching Nathanael discover things for himself and I am always astounded at what he can achieve when he puts his mind to something.
Nathanael you are an absolute joy in our lives and we are so excited to see what the next month brings!

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