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How Do You Tell Your Toddler You’re Expecting?

How do you tell your toddler you're expecting 1

Ok… Now before you jump to any conclusions… NO I am absolutely not!!! A big question that many parents ask is “how do you tell your toddler your expecting?”. Telling your Toddler You are Pregnant Many parents claim that the moment they tell their little one the exciting news about a future siblings arrival it […]

Baby Clothes Keepsake Bear – Tracy’s Treasured Keepsakes Review

baby clothes keepsake bear

Sometimes, it is all too easy to forget those precious little outfits your little one wore in their first year – you know which ones I mean, those treasured items you washed, neatly folded and put away in their untouched nursery, those baby clothes you nervously packed in to your hospital bag, those baby clothes […]

Our Arbonne Review

Arbonne review – who they are, what they are about and what are their products like? Many people, parents especially, are now taking the plunge in to self-employment and who can blame them? I mean seriously, with childcare costs on the rise and more self-employment opportunities than ever…. Why would you not want to work […]

An App To Make Your Baby Smarter

An App To Make Your Baby Smarter by using it for Just 10 Minutes a Day

An App To Make Your Baby Smarter by using it for Just 10 Minutes a Day From the moment you cast your eyes upon those two pink lines on the pee stick, your life, as you know it, changes forever! Your favourite goats cheese pizza, the doorstop sizes wedges of pate on toast and the […]

Mama Bamboo – ECO Friendly Sustainable bamboo Nappies And Baby Wipes

Mama Bamboo – The ECO Friendly, Chemical Free Nappy and Baby Wipes

8 nappies a day, 7 days a week, 30 months on average = That equates to 50,400 nappies thrown in to landfills, this isn’t including wipes and this is just your impact…..Now, think about how many friends and family members you know that are using disposable nappies and wipes…. imagine how many that would be? […]

Creating a Timeless Memory Quilt with Baby Clothing

Creating a Timeless Memory Quilt with Baby Clothing

“Treasure every moment, it goes too quickly” are words you hear often as a parent, they tend to be shouted as you are half way through a major kick off in your local Aldi …. but either way, I am sure you will agree that this is something we have all heard during our first […]

How to teach your children how to behave round dogs!

How to teach your children to behave around dogs 1

We teach our children how to behave around babies, other children and adults but do you teach your children how to behave around dogs? Teaching our children how to behave around dogs can sometimes be forgotten, especially if your child doesn’t mix with dogs…. and then if they don’t mix with dogs how do you […]

Boogie Beat Music and Movement Review

As a parent, I am sure you will agree it can be a little difficult to choose the right baby and toddler group to suit your needs. In this day and age, we are truly blessed when it comes to baby and toddler groups and selecting the right one for you can be a little.. […]

Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums Magazine

Postitive wellbeing zine for mums

Tell me… what is one thing you do for yourself each day? Just one thing for one hour a day? Perhaps it is taking an exercise class each day or maybe you opt for a relaxing bath? Or sit in the Jacuzzi at your local spa? What do you do for your self-care and positive […]

KOACH Katie’s Online Fitness and Nutrition Plan Review

KOACH Katie’s online fitness and nutrition plan

If you type in the words “yo-yo dieter” in to Google you would probably see my face, you see… my relationship with food these last few years has been a little unhealthy to say the least and being an “all or nothing” type of person often means that I am either practically starving myself or […]

The Perfect 2019 Diary for Mums in Business

the best diary for mums in business 2019

I started using the Ultimate diary planner last year and it was our best year yet in terms of business growth. The Ultimate Diary planner is perfect for both personal and business life and let’s be honest – those two parts of our lives often overlap no matter how much we want to keep them separate. Just the other day I was typing a review sat on the floor of the bathroom whilst George was having a bath so a diary that keeps both parts of your life in order is an absolute must.

Brum Baby – The “Must Have” Soothing aid for Babies and Toddlers

brumbaby portable soothing aid

MyBump2Baby is often described as “The one stop shop for all your pregnancy to pre-school needs” and I must admit that one of our favourite parts of being the one stop shop is finding out about the newest “must-have” products on the market. We love it when we find a product that is simply created […]

Aladdin Christmas Pantomime Blackpool Circus

Aladdin Christmas Pantomime at Blackpool Circus

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a family trip to a pantomime around Christmas and if I did, well…. I would probably be questioning our relationship right now! Pantomimes around Christmas are a tradition for most families, a tradition that has often been passed on from generation to generation. Pantomimes are often based around […]

Peppa Pig World, Paulton Park Review

Peppa Pig World, Paulton Park Review family theme park

If you are a regular follower of my blogs, Instagram stories and other social media updates you will know that Peppa Pig and I have a kind of love/hate relationship – I mean COME ON… you have to agree that when you are forced to listen to anything on repeat it does begin to get […]

The Perfect gift for a baby – My Sensory Box Review

My Sensory Box Review

Those of you who regularly follow my Instagram stories and blogs you will know that I absolutely love supporting mums in business and when we were given the opportunity to review a new sensory brand we were very excited. When it comes to babies, we remember the bottles, cots, bouncers, video monitors and clothes, but […]

Moonlite Story Book Projector Review

Moonlite Story reel projector review

I am really excited to be sharing our Moonlite Story Book Projector Review with you. I must admit, bedtime can be a bit of a battle at times and I often hand over the IPad like it is a God given right, so I was really excited when I was asked to review the Moonlite […]

The Shitty October

shitty october - potty training my story so far

Poo in a potty is very different to poo in a nappy.. I’m not sure why but it is no longer coming from a “cute baby” and I am finding it increasingly difficult to be happy when he just leaves a dump in the potty. I try my very best to fist pump the air and get excited for him when he curls one out but it’s hard when you know you are going to have to drop that “mountain of crap” into the toilet and no matter how fast you try to do the “drop and run” you will be splashed… The “drop and run” is something that I am sadly not getting any better at.

Top 10 List of our Newborn Essentials for Parents

11 newborn essentials for new parents

Becoming a parent can be a little what’s the word overwhelming, daunting, scary ….I could go on…. I mean honestly how much is there to think about? I for one, spent most of my pregnancy worrying and I began seriously worrying when my pregnancy app sent me an update announcing that my 12 week bump […]

BabyLed Spreads Review – Healthy Food for a Fussy Toddler

Babyled spread review healthy food for a fussy toddler

As you can imagine our email inbox is full of brands wanting to work with us to find out our honest feedback on products with a view to share them with parents using MyBump2Baby. Our time is very limited so we have to pick products and brands to review that we feel will be most […]

Blueberry Avocado Banana Almond Smoothie

Baby Weaning Banana and Mango

Becoming a Love Island addict again this summer made me realise how old I actually look, so I was on the hunt to find the best foods to slow down aging. The contents of this yummy vegan friendly smoothie recipe have been referred to as “anti-aging friendly foods” so I thought “I am having some […]

Fisher-Price Jumperoo Baby Bouncer Review

Fisher Price Jumperoo Baby Bouncer Review

Ok, ok ….I hold my hands up, perhaps I was a bad mum for Googling “how soon can my baby go in a Jumperoo?” obscene amounts of times per day for the first 6 months of George’s existence but let’s face it we all have busy lives, meals to prepare, chores to do. Sure, being […]

Subway® Helping Hearts™ Family 5K race

Subway® has always been one of my favourite places to go when I need a bit of emotional TLC, whether it be recovering from the “worst hangover”, getting over a breakup or just craving a delicious treat, Subway® has always been there for me so I was thrilled when I was invited to be there […]

Finding a Family Friendly Budget Hotel in Edinburgh

Family friendly budget hotel edinburgh

I was invited to Edinburgh for a job recently and we decided it would be nice to have a family mini break over the weekend. We love Edinburgh and even chose Edinburgh as our honeymoon destination. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, it has everything you would want whoever you are, with the strange yet beautifully […]

Review of the FitBit Charge HR 2 from a Busy Mum’s Perspective

review of the fitbit charge hr 2

If you are a fan of my Instagram live videos and can sympathise when I talk about the diet that started on Monday ended on Tuesday and will be continuing the following Monday, then you will appreciate this post. I was approached by Fitbit to write an honest review on the Fitbit Charge HR 2. […]

Knowsley Safari Park Review

Knowsley Safari Park Review

When we were invited to visit the amazing Knowsley Safari Park and review it – how could we resist? I mean who doesn’t love the idea of lions roaming around your car or monkeys hanging out of your wing mirrors? Where else can you get this close to animals without the risk of being eaten […]

The Bumbo Multi-Seat Review

The Bumbo Multi-Seat Review

The Bumbo Multi seat was definitely a product I massively underestimated. I got the Bumbo seat when I was pregnant and when you are pregnant with your first baby you struggle to imagine having a baby in your arms, let alone having a 5-month old little monster sat in an actual seat.  I decided to […]

Katmandu Park Review Magaluf, Majorca

We had the pleasure of staying at the new beautiful Zafiro Palace hotel, Palma Nova in May, we decided that it was a great opportunity to visit the popular Katmandu Park in Magaluf, Majorca Katmandu is not just a park – it’s a hotel too and the great news is that if you are staying […]

The Best Diary for Mum’s and Business Owners

If you follow me on social media or my blog you will know that I am stationery fanatic. Each year I probably purchase 18 diaries, 47 notepads and about 84 pens – I can’t get enough of fresh paper and new pens…. mmmmm it makes me feel happy and fresh just thinking about it!! Enough […]

Nickelodeon Land, Blackpool Review

I live in a beautiful little town called Lytham, St Anne’s and just 10 minutes down the road is the lively, fun, sometimes a little strange town called Blackpool. I love Blackpool – there is always something going on and there are so many wonderful yet different things for families to do from playing on […]

A Teletubbies Playdate

“Tubbies” is a regular word we hear in our house; it is often screamed out with sheer excitement as George virtually face plants the TV screen every single morning. When I saw the opportunity to review the new Teletubbies Playdate pack – how could I say no? Recently, I have felt really guilty recently about […]

Just a Note to My Boy on your 2nd Birthday!

A note on your 2nd Birthday

My gorgeous George, It is your 2nd birthday and the door has just closed for the final time after your party this evening, my ears are ringing amongst the silence. You are fast asleep in your cot after a very exciting birthday. I head in to the kitchen with a smile – “we did it!!” […]

The World of Beatrix Potter Review, Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potter Review

Recently, I have found my days off with George have been a little how do you put it nicely… mmm “stressful”. George is nearly 2 years old and he wants to be entertained constantly but with me trying to balance home, mum and work life I have found myself doing jobs around the house, replying […]

The Dreaded Terrible Two Phase

Terrible Two Phase

Before I became a parent, I used to think the term “terrible twos” was just an excuse parents used to give to make themselves feel better about their child’s slightly challenging behaviour in front of other people – I mean it’s almost like it’s a loophole isn’t it? You know a bit like the teething […]

5 Simple Tips on Surviving in a Soft Play Area

Soft play area

Soft play time with your darling child- Sounds lovely doesn’t it? You imagine the beautiful sound of your little one giggling, intertwined with the occasional low pitched scream of sheer excitement, whilst you flick your eyes between your child having the “time of their lives” and your OK magazine… the only thing missing is hearing […]

The One Minute Rule

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I guess you could say our house can be a little messy on occasion. I have the best intentions believe me – I really do, but mess just seems to build up around me, it doesn’t help that my husband and I are both extremely last minute people, which unfortunately means that we both seem […]

10 Tips on Surviving a Long-haul Flight with a Toddler

Surviving a Long-haul Flight with a Toddler

If you have found your way to this blog post, I have no doubt that you have been frantically searching the internet for one bit or reassurance, one ounce of positivity, one simple line that states 7 words you are desperate to see “flying long-haul with a toddler is easy“ – Trust me, I know […]

Why a Social Media Presence is Absolutely Necessary…

You have either already started your new business or you are thinking about starting your business soon? you are feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of social media channels available. You are wondering where on earth to start… your questioning if more than one social media platform is really necessary? I know because I was […]

BBC Radio 5 Live – #mumtakeover

BBC Radio 5 lives #mumtakeover

The ice cold was wind blowing into my heavily painted face and snot was dripping from my nose – it was THAT cold. I actually managed a shower and shave that morning… I was like a new woman. As I casually walked through central Blackpool I couldn’t help but think about the day ahead, although […]

Thinking about Starting your Own Business? My 8 Top Tips to Help You Succeed.

thinking about starting your own business

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Perhaps you have already taken the plunge and left your old job and now you are wondering where to start? Being a mum and owning your own business can be rewarding in so many ways, you can work round your children’s school hours and it means that […]

Why I Decided to Become an Entrepreneur

Why I decided to become an entrepreneur

Before I had my son, I had every intention of returning to my full time job after maternity leave and to be totally truthful I could never really understand mums who didn’t want to. The thought of staying at home with a baby sounded horrific to me but that was before I had my own […]

6 Things You Must NEVER Say to a Mum of an 18 Month Old Boy

I love my son dearly – I really do. I call him my beautiful monster and he certainly is that alright, his evil little cackle makes me laugh out loud daily, his ability to sweet talk me with words I don’t even understand is nothing short of impressive and his serious yet “I mean business” […]

10 Fun Free Things to do in Autumn with Toddlers

10 free things to do in Autumn with toddlers

10 Fun Free Things to do in Autumn with Toddlers I don’t know about you but I absolutely love Autumn, I never used to. In the days before kids, I often wished that summer would last forever and I could slurp wine in the back garden every night…ok ok…I do still think that, but nowadays, […]

Tired, Hungry and Angry Probably

I am happy to admit I am a huge lover of junk food, I nap almost daily (not by choice I am honestly just so tired all the time) and my diet definitely affects my mood, I seem to only smile when I have a big mac or double cheeseburger in my chops… ooo or […]

Puddle Ducks Toddler Swimming Lessons Review

Baby and Toddler Swimming

My 18 month year old son is terrified of water and with our first family holiday coming up soon, I thought I would book him in for some swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks, this is my blog about it.

Terrible, Terrible Mother

The 2 main reasons why I have not taken George swimming recently.

A Difficult Post to Write…

One thing I promised myself when I started my blog is that I would treat it as my own secret diary but I would literally share EVERYTHING… all my highs and all my lows, but to be totally truthful I have been putting off this post for quite some time as serious topics are quite […]

Hello…. it’s me…. Carla

Firstly, I want to apologise for my lack of blog posts, lately I have been finding my feet with my new life…. Before you ask noooo I haven’t left my husband… nor have I moved house… or changed job…  what I mean by “new life” is …  my new life with a walking one-year-old and […]

5 Twitter Tips to Grow your Followers

So you are new to blogging and you are just getting your head round how it all works… You have your blogs ready for people to read but the only trouble is… you have no followers to read your blog posts yet DO NOT WORRY…. We all have to start somewhere. Before I became a […]

New Organised Me

I have spent my 1st year of being a mummy getting used to having a little human that comes everywhere with me, I was often worried I would forget I had him and leave him places so I thought my time was better spent reminding myself about the baby rather than concentrating on being organised […]

365 days, 12 months, 1 year!!!

If you’re around my age then you must remember tamagotchis? I remember no matter what pet I chose it would never seem to last longer than a few days…  I would either forget to feed it or it was so unhappy it would run away…  I was never a very maternal person so you must […]

That Time That Anne Frank Changed My Life

It was February half term and the rain was thudding against the front room window, I was whinging to my dad about how bored I was and my dad searched on Teletext for what was on the television that day then he said “watch this movie, I bet this girl wishes she was bored”. I […]

One of Those Days…

So you know when you have one of those days where you aren’t really sure how you feel about it? Today has been that kind of day for me. Dan had mentioned that he didn’t feel like we are spending enough time together and to be honest its true, MyBump2Baby and all the bits I […]

Rocking motherhood?? Me???…. I don’t think so… but thanks all the same

Here I am twiddling my thumbs and thinking… I have been starting sentences and then deleting them for the last 40 minutes now, the reason why is a fellow blogger buddy on Twitter tagged me in a post to ask me to write a post on 5 reasons I am rocking at motherhood and to […]

Be Afraid… Be Very Afraid

This post is a follow up from my previous blog post “A mummy with cruddy skin”, if you didn’t read it Hello…. I am the mummy with cruddy skin…. I am sending a virtual wave to you. Since having George I really let myself go and my skin regime had gone out the window. I […]

Being a Mummy with Cruddy Skin

So last week after months of being totally unhealthy… not only with my diet but also with my skincare regime, I realised I can no longer use the excuse “I have just had a baby” because the little monster is nearly a year old. I don’t know about you but not looking after myself really […]

Just Me… Thinking to Myself About Valentine’s Day

So Valentine’s day is here and boyyyy… how different my relationship is since having a child. Not only is it hard work trying to offload your “bundle of joy” for a couple of hours on Valentine’s day but once the babysitter is sorted you then wonder what outfit you have that is suitable, it needs […]

Holy Crap Motherhood Just Got Harder

George is now 9 months old and I thought I had actually masterminded being a mother but then last month he seemed to have changed completely. First of all he found his voice… and boyyyy don’t I know about it. The once non clingy, laid back, lazy baby is now just like a mini monster […]

Mood Swings, Loud Screams and Daily Tantrums

So as your probably aware from my many, many posts last week (sorry about that) that I was on my first family holiday in Tenerife. Many of my friends have asked me … how did George behave? And quite frankly I am not sure. I have never taken a 9-month old baby abroad before so […]

Are You A Sleep Deprived Worrier of a Mum?

Since having my son George, I really struggle sleeping a full night. This isn’t because George wakes up… he is actually the laziest baby on earth and I often have to wake him up in a morning. The reason that I struggle sleeping is because my anxiety levels are through the roof. I never really […]

That Time EBay Took Over My Life

So there I was … sitting on the bed staring at my £149 pine Ikea wardrobe… it was bursting open and I really needed to have a clear out. I decided it was time. I have never had much of a fashion sense. I just used to keep loads of clothes in my wardrobe in […]

My Goals for 2017

So here I am on the 1st January 2017 putting a pen to paper… (literally) as I write in my new empty journal… I can’t help but feel a little excited about my future for 2017. I have finally found something that I absolutely love doing… a hobby I have been seeking for a number […]

Forgive me… For Being A Grumpy Cow at Times

Forgive Me…. For Being a Grumpy Cow at Times So the other day… My husband Danny came home from work… he was very quiet and I could tell he was a little stressed about work. We eventually spoke about it and I tried to explain.. that I too, had had a stressful day but then […]

And I Thought I Was On My Way To Being An Athlete with a Killer Bod!!!

So in one of my last blogs “Please tell me this happen to you too?” I told you about how I get obsessed with new things and the new thing I got obsessed with was the gym… Which sounds great right? I thought so too… It cost me over £150 in total forking out on […]

Surviving the first 6 months of parenthood

Ok so I am sat here smiling ear to ear… Why??? Well it’s because my son George and I have made it… WE HAVE SURVIVED THE FIRST 6 MONTHS TOGETHER…. and I didn’t leave him anywhere, I didn’t “forget” to feed him and I think he actually likes me… So when I initially found out […]

Please tell me this happens to you too??

Please tell me this happens to you too

Ok… Ok… I know what your thinking…. “Why???? Stop now and save yourself and your money” but to put it quite simply I can’t.

Morphine, Boobs and A New Baby

Morphine, Boobs and A New Baby by Carla

A new mothers account about her first experiences of motherhood after her baby was born 7 weeks early.

Placenta Previa, A Heart Attack, A Wedding and a C Section all in the space of a month… and BREATHE

The lady reassured me “9 out of 10 low lying placentas move by week 32 – you should be fine”