30.5.19

A letter to our sleep consultant... | Review

Dear Sue from Little Life Steps,

When I first met you (well I should say re-met you as I've actually known you since I was about 12!) and we chatted about what you do I was skeptical. You explained how you’ve worked with children for years and how you wanted to use all of your experience and training to help families overcome struggles and milestones. You told me how you ran potty training and weaning workshops, how you are trained in baby massage and that you are a sleep consultant. When you mentioned the words 'sleep consultant' I felt myself tense up slightly. I'd always considered seeing a sleep consultant but I thought that Smidge was beyond help and that he was just a 'bad sleeper' but a very small part of me saw some hope when I met you. Could you be the one to help us? You were clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about what you do but could you be the one who could get the incredible non sleeping baby to sleep?? When you offered us a free sleep consultation in return for my honest review on my blog I figured what did I have to loose? Looking back now it was one of the best decisions we ever made!


Now, not to be over dramatic or anything but you have changed our lives. Yes, that's right...you really have! Before we sat down with you for our consultation it felt like things were a bit of a mess. Smidgey had no real concrete routine, he was sleeping horrendously and would be up 4/5 even 6 times every night and most nights hubby would end up coming downstairs and sleeping with him on the sofa because it was the only way we could all get some sleep. Our situation was a world away from the one we wanted to be in. Smidge was still sleeping in our room because we felt he couldn't share with Pickle yet because he was up and down so much each night. Hubby and I hadn't been out just the two of us ever since Smidge was born because we didn't want to leave him with anyone because he was such a bad sleeper. We hadn't even had 1 night since Smidge was born that we had been able to share our own bed just the two of us for a full night. Smidge would either end up in with us or Hubs would end up downstairs. It was horrendous but we had just accepted that this was our life now and this was the way it had to be.

Only it didn't have to be that way. You came along and you gave us all the tools and the confidence to change things. It took a few weeks of hard work, tears (from all of us!) and sacrifice but it worked! We are now exactly where we wanted to be. Smidge is sleeping pretty much all the way through the night (except for the odd times where he can't find his dummy) and goes to bed with no problems what so ever. He doesn't wake up and refuse to go back to sleep anymore and he has become such a 'good' sleeper that we have now moved the boys in together. This has meant that Hubby and I now have our room AND our bed back! We've even turned the space where his cot used to be into an office area with a desk and shelves etc meaning that there is really no turning back! That is how confident you have made us. Smidge is napping brilliantly in the day time and we now have a happy, well rested home. Hubby and I have even been able to go away for an entire night!! I now don't worry about leaving him for the night and it is all thanks to you!


People that are close to us have seen the change. They have asked throughout the process how things have been going and I have always been honest with them. Sometimes it has been bloody hard and I have questioned why we were doing it but it was worth it! I have recommended you to so many people because I really do believe that it is thank to you that we are where we are now. The 2/3 hours you spent with us when you did the consultation gave us all the skills that we needed. You explained why you'd suggested things and that helped us understand the logic and the reasoning behind what needed to change. You gave us (especially me) constant support and that is something I am so grateful for. I will never forget how surprised I was when you replied to my desperate text that I sent you at midnight during the 2nd week of our sleep training. You will never know how much it meant in that moment to gain some clarity from you and to know that I wasn't alone.

So thank you Sue. You are amazing and I would recommend anyone that needs help ,especially with sleeping, to come to you. You are so patience, knowledgeable, understanding and passionate and I really cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family.

Love (a fully rested and happy) Ami xxxx

If you need help with sleep training or are interested in any of the potty training, weaning or courses that I have spoken about in this post then please contact Sue via her website of via her social media pages.

http://www.littlelifesteps.com/

https://www.facebook.com/littlelifesteps/

https://www.instagram.com/littlelifesteps/

Also...Sue gave us her advice and a consultation free of charge in return for this review. Everything I have said is honest and my own opinion even though this was a gifted service.

24.5.19

When's the Best Time to Replace your Car | Collaboration

Your first car was probably a huge investment. Even if you bought it used, there are still plenty of
upkeep costs such as insurance to keep in mind. Most people just don’t realize how much it
costs to keep a car on the road, so replacing it with something new is probably the last
thing on their mind. However, getting a new vehicle doesn’t need to be stressful and there are some
perfect opportunities to take advantage of. So in this article, we’re going to talk about when it’s a good
time to actually get a replacement car.



22.5.19

Best Kids Kitchens | Collaboration


Kids’ kitchens are a toy which is highly popular at the moment. This is because most children seem to be very
fond of the role playing toys available online and stores today. We’ve compiled our favourite kids’ kitchens
below.


1.    Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen Pastel


Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This gorgeous yellow, blue and green kitchen station is assured to go down a
treat with your little girl. She will love baking gorgeous cupcakes for all of the family to try. For such a cheap
price, you’ll be surprised to learn of the sheer number of features this kitchen has, and thus the level of fun
which is there to be had. These features include an oven, stove burners, a cake, four plates, four forks, a
storage bin and more.


2.    Step2 Lifestyle Party Time Kitchen


This kitchen is suitable for both boys and girls because of its versatile colour scheme and design. However,
the best thing about this toy has to be the electronic features that it boasts. The microwave, stove top,
phone, overhead light and clock all have electronic elements which help to make play feel a lot more
realistic. If that wasn’t good enough, this Step2 kitchen also comes with a massive 33 piece accessory
set.


3.    KidKraft White Vintage Wooden Kitchen


This is one of the most stylish kitchens available on the market today. Its white and silver colour scheme
teamed with its sleek and sophisticated design gives it a look which could have easily come out of a real life
kitchen. A lot of parents create their own kitchens for kids using high quality glue guns and other supplies,
and they often model it on this sort of style because it is classic. If your little one truly sees themselves as
the next master chef, then this is the kitchen for them.


4.    Plum Terrace Wooden Role Play Kitchen


This kid’s kitchen is highly popular with girls. It features a white, pink and red design and has patterns
painted on the kitchen throughout. It is bound to add character and personality to any room in which it is
placed. Not only is the design great, but the level of fun to be had is just as attractive. The Plum Terrace
kitchen is affordable and comes complete with accessories and features including the likes of an oven,
microwave and refrigerator.


5.    Smoby French Touch Excellence Kitchen


This kitchen looks like it has come straight out of a modern showroom. It features a silver and dark red
design which is highly fashionable. Moreover, the features entailed ensure that the fun will be never ending,
these include; a stew pan, a sink, a removable griddle barbecue plate, a large oven, a clock, a frying pan
and lots more. In addition to this, the hob contains two different electronic sounds.

17.5.19

I’m not ready!  |  Blog 

I always knew that 2019 was going to be a huge year for us. Hubby and I turning 30, Smidge turning 1, Pickle starting school. I knew it was all coming but now that it’s hear I am I am NOT ready! I mean I’m ready in the physical sense. Birthday cards are written, parties planned, school chosen...but emotionally I am not ready for what’s coming in the next few months.



2.5.19

The incredible non sleeping baby!! | Blog

If you've read my blog before then you will know that my two boys are like chalk and cheese. Pickle was a text book baby (if there is such a thing!). He slept really well, learnt to self sooth like a boss and used to nap for 2 hours at a time on a normal day! He was just a dream. When Smidge came along we did everything that we had done with Pickle because we obviously wanted another good sleeper. We used the same white noise comforter, gave him a dummy and tried to stick to a routine as much as possible just like we'd done with Pickle 4 years previous. But Smidge wasn't having any of it! No matter what we do and no matter what we try he is the INCREDIBLE NON SLEEPING BABY aka the worst, most exhausting superhero around!

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1.5.19

10 things all Mums do but NEVER admit to... | Blog

Lets be honest here...when you become a Mum you do things that you never thought you'd do. Things that are gross and weird but lets face it, we are just all trying to survive this huge storm that is parenting! Some of the things are so embarrassing that we don't even talk about them. Well, not anymore! Here are 10 things that I have done (more than once shhhh) and I bet you've done them too...

1. You've had a sneaky lick of the spoon once you have given your kiddies Calpol because that stuff is just so damn good! Hell maybe even you've had a whole spoonful because if it takes the grump out of the kids then maybe it can help you too right??

2. Baby wipes have been your weapon of choice when having to do some emergency, high speed dusting as you have your Mum or MIL coming over.

3. You have told your other half to watch the baby as you need the loo and you have spent at least 5 minutes longer than necessary in there just so that you can have a few more minutes to scroll through Insta uninterrupted and in peace!

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