Picking Our Baby's Name

I’m the kind of person that’s had a list of favourite baby names since I was old enough to name my toys. Although some have fallen out of favour, Faye for instance, it’s clearly always been in my mind that I would one day have my own baby and I would have to go through the process of deciding what to call it. It’s actually quite a daunting task. Not only do you have to find a name that both partners agree on (if you are a single mum, you can go wild!) but it has to be a name that will fit the baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and pensioner. As cute as the name Bear may seem on a two year old (believe me I would have this if Leigh would let me) it's not going to have the same impact in a

Mini Apple Pocket Pies

My current love affair with apple continues in these mini apple pies. Perfect for grabbing on the go or treating yourself to a few with a bowl of icecream and toffee sauce! Ingredients 2 cooking apples 3tbsp brown sugar 1 1/4 tsp cornflour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 packets of shortcrust pastry (or make your own if you're feeling up to it) 1 egg Putting it all Together Start by coring and peeling your apples, before cutting them into 1cm cubes. Tip into a bowl before coating with the cinnamon, sugar and cornflour. Lay out one sheet of pastry and lightly score squares into the surface. In each 'square' spoon some apple mixture on, remmebering to leave a gap of about 1cm. Once all the squares are

Life in January

One month down, only 11 until Christmas! This is how my mind works. Reading The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison Watching One Born Every Minute - I've never watched this before but figured I should probably give it a watch and see what's coming. I cry at every episode, actual sobbing, because no matter what they've been through once that baby is born they all look so happy. Wearing Everything that will show off my bump to it's full capacity. My favourite dress at the moment is this one and I also bought some dungarees because why the hell not! Eating/Drinking I'd love to say that I'm eating all the salad but I'd be lying so: Lasagna Macdonals Pick n Mix Dr Pepper Listening Filthy -

Second Trimester

Is it just me or did this trimester just seem to rush by? The first trimester was the longest 3 months ever, with having to wait to tell people and the worry of the first scan. But then seeing as I skipped straight into the second trimester without even trying I couldn't tell you if the transition from first to second felt any different. It's contributed to the feeling that the second trimester has been a hell of a lot shorter. But where to start! It seems that everyone is all over the first trimester symptoms but all you are really told about the second is that you will feel the best out of the 9 months, with more energy and a smug glow. I never got the glow. I looked for it in week 17, but

Babymoon's - Yes or No?

You either know about babymoon's or you don’t. Some people have asked me if we are taking one and some people when I bring up the word look at me blankly but for those not in the know here’s a handy definition for you. Babymoon noun informal a relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born. Right from the moment we were pregnant I’ve been thinking about where we are going to go. Where do I want the last place that just the two of us visit before we become a three. It can’t be too hot or too cold, and it can’t be too far. Price is also a factor as we’re trying desperately to save every penny before I go on Maternity. It quickly dawned on me that given our per

Rock Buns Recipe

Is there anything nicer on a Sunday afternoon than a cup of tea and a bit of cake? So quick, so simple, and before you know it you've got yourself a perfect weekend tea time treat. Warm out the oven is always best in my opinion! Ingredients 200g self-raising flour 75g caster sugar 100g unsalted butter 150g sultanas 2 eggs 2 tbsp milk 1/4 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Putting it all Together Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking parchment. In a large bowl rub together the flour, salt and butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Once done mix in the sugar and sultanas. In a measuring jug beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract. Make a well

Bermondsey Beer Mile

For my husband's birthday he wanted to try out the beer mile he'd heard lots about. The route, which is actually 1.5 miles, runs along back alleys, takes you into industrial estates and across housing estates but if you are willing to risk some slightly dark and unlit routes you will find some hidden brewery gems. As I'm off the booze he very kindly offered to write a guest post on the blog about the drinks he had along the way! *** We started the Beer mile at the Bermondsey end getting off at Surrey Quays station. Using a map you can download here , Google have handily overlaid all the pubs/breweries along the route making it a lot easier to get around. Starting out with just three musketee

Pregnancy Buys: The Brands

Looking at a list of all the things you need for a newborn can be a little bit daunting. There are so many opinions on what you need and what you can do without, but I have tried to be sensible when buying and focus on the things I am sure I will need (with the odd luxury thrown in). I will have to come back to you on what I have actually used in a few months as I obviously have been unable to trial these yet but I thought you might find it interesting and/or helpful to see what we have bought. Pushchair/Car Seat Mothercare Journey The one stipulation for our pram was that it couldn't cost more than the car. No mean feat when prams seem to cost the earth. We couldn't believe the prices on so

Tomato Soup Recipe

So I can't diet because my bump needs as much food as possible but that doesn't mean that I can't provide you all with a tasty soup, filled with vegetables and rich in flavour. Tomato soup is such a classic, this recipe tastes extra special because of those 'on the vine' tomatoes and the brown sugar adds a sweetness to the soup. If dieting is not on your agenda then grill the ciabatta with some cheese on top and you have yourself a perfect lunch time meal. Ingredients 3 x packs tomatoes on the vine, whole 2 carrots 2 onions 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp light brown sugar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 500ml vegetable stock 1 bay leaf handful fresh basil

New Year's Resolutions

Aside from, 'Did you have a good Christmas and New Year?' the question that's also on everyone's lips is, 'What are your New Year's resolutions?' I normally have a list of resolutions as long as my arm that I never keep, from finally finishing a novel or short story to losing 3 stone. Inevitably I won't keep any of them, and tell myself that it's fine because they are meant to be broken anyway. It's all a bit pointless but has become something of ritual anyway. The topic of conversation came up when we were in the pub celebrating the end of 2017 and everyone had a couple but when it came to me, for once, I had none. I haven't given it any thought, I haven't made any lists, and for once I'm

Pregnancy Support: Books, Websites & Apps

I have done A LOT of research since we found out that we're pregnant across a variety of different platforms including books, websites and apps. There is a lot of crap out there and I often find that even from website to website baby's length changes so it can be hard to figure out what is worth reading and what's not. To try and save you some time I've narrowed it down to my top 3 of each category. These are the apps, books and websites that I have used consistently over the last 5 months and which you may also find useful or fun. If you think that there's something that I may find helpful please feel free to recommend any that you couldn't/can't live without. Books What to Expect When You'