The little things

A current few little pleasures in life.

Bakes :: Vanilla cupcakes with tiny gold stars (accidental Christmas vibe here. Sorry but not sorry!). I can't help but make these vanilla sponge cupcakes, they are so easy and simple and delicious. And carrot & cheese mini muffins for Olive. I really want to make low sugar mini blueberry muffins next (recipes please?).
Wears :: I am living in this powder pink H&M sweater with stripey tops. I love it so much that I think I may have to pop the light grey version on my Christmas list. I am also loving Olive's grey & white Zara stripey top - it has a gold sparkly bunny patch sewn on it. Zara kids is just WOW.
Moments :: Weekend early evenings in bed with a huge bowl of homemade salted caramel popcorn, a funny film and Snowman pyjamas, snuggled up to my husband. Early nights are the new lie-ins don't you know! (says every new parent ever!!!).
Bathtime is also a new favourite since finally having the new bathroom. Olive loves playing with her toys and trying to eat the (organic, baby friendly) bubbles.
What have your favourite moments been this month so far? Have you gotten the GBBO bug too, what is your go-to bake?


Baby essentials

When it comes to Olive and her skin, I won't settle for anything but the best (in our opinion). The little lady occasionally gains a bump or two on her many adventures (read : cruising the furniture or attempting to climb EVERYthing!) which requires a big Mama hug and several kisses but when it comes to skin care we take extra care and love.
When Olive was fresh out in the world we wanted to use everything natural and organic because babies skin is 30% thinner than ours, so they say. We used only water in the bath, coconut oil for her flaky 'overdue' newborn skin and scalp and Water Wipes and Naty nappies for her bottom.
We still use Naty nappies - I LOVE them, they are 100% eco friendly and made from natural sources. They are also pretty cute too! I am currently using Water Wipes only for her face after her meals as she seems to have fairly delicate skin. Other wipes seem to give her a little blotchy type 'rash' after I have wiped her peanut toast crumbs or remnants of blueberries away from her face.
I also make sure I have a stash of different toys for her to play with distract her during nappy change as she likes to wriggle off these days. We love Sophie la Girafe and this gorgeous personalised wooden rattle received from my sister at Christmas.
Even though I feel fairly confident that the nappies we use are really good at preventing Nappy rash, on a few occasions we have had to lather on the Sudocrem. We started using Burts Bees diaper cream when she was a newborn but found it didn't really do an awful lot at all and all the other Mother's 'swore' by Sudocrem. I knew it was a good one to use but we really wanted to use an organic, natural ointment but due to just giving in and probably being too tired to bother researching it we just used it. Though it DOES work brilliantly I was still very much wanting to use a more natural product.
So when the lovely ladies at Mama et Moi sent me the Little Butterfly London nappy change cream I was so excited to try it. We often use their heavenly Bedtime bath milk and Mother & Baby massage oil and love it, it's such a fantastic brand. Even though the price tag is a little luxe I do think it's worth splashing out on every now and then. I could pay triple the price for a couple of organic locally sourced carrots so why not on 100% natural skincare. Also, I don't feel so bad paying a little extra for Olive. Her bottom is extremely important, especially with all the sudden 'thuds' it endures after balancing on those pretty feet.
The brand always use such lovely ingredients and smell so delicious (though probably fairly edible , it's best not to!). Some of the natural ingredients used in the nappy cream are Shea butter and buttermilk to nourish and protect, mango seed butter, calendula and chamomile to relieve discomfort, peach kernel and cucumber seed oil for skin's healthy moisture levels. It's nourishing, calming and healing. What more can you want?! Oh yes ofcourse - pretty packaging!
This wonderful nappy cream ticks all the boxes. At £24.99 a pop I just wish it was bigger, it is such a lovely product! 
However there is still time to use the exclusive 20% off code for TTDER readers over at Mama et Moi. Use the code 'TTDER' at checkout, you have until the end of October. They have other products from the wonderful Little Butterfly London range as well as some gorgeous pieces for the little one's wardrobe.
Do you have any favourite natural products that you use for the little ones?


40/52 & 41/52

A portrait every week for a year :: A little bit behind with these. Oops.

Olive Mae, 9 months (41 weeks):: Officially been out in the big wide world longer than she was nestled up inside nice and snug. This lady has mastered the point and "look!" which sounds more like "gochh" haha. She has also learnt how to climb the stairs and the sofa as well as perfecting words like 'Dog' and 'Nana' - which doubles up as Banana and Nanna! I am absolutely smitten with her and so proud of how well she is doing.
Olive Mae, 9 half months (42 weeks):: We had a big family picnic arranged for last Sunday and (incase some of you didn't know, I am one of 9!) we managed to get nearly everyone together. 8 siblings & partners, 12 kids, and Mama, and Olive LOVED the attention. I wondered how she would deal with the crazy noise, excitement and new-ish faces but she enjoyed every second of it. Which was good for me too as I managed to have grown up conversations and uninterrupted cake eating without her glued to my hip. I am so happy she is a social babe.
Olive is such a chatty, funny, giggly little girl. I am so lucky and so proud.
- This picture was snapped the moment she woke up after a short nap. A-dor-a-blé!