Friday, 27 February 2015

Weekend Baby Style #10

Hannah is still on her holidays this week so we will be hosting the linky all by ourselves again. Don't worry you will have her back too as of next week! We are seriously loving each and every one of you who come back to link up with us, as well as all the new people we get to meet. This linky is special to us because we've met so many great other bloggers through it.

Our special mentions from last week...

There were far too many great outfits to choose from which made it hard to pick out a couple!

 
 


 
A bit of a Mustard theme going on last week - bloody love that colour.

Isla's weekend's outfits this week.




 

Top, H&M | Leggings, George @ Asda | Uggs, Ugg Australia | Bib,  | Elephant Toy, The Little White Company
 
I am obsessed with cats so obviously love the print on these leggings from Asda. The neon pop of colour is really fun as well but i felt i had to tone it down with the Black long sleeve tee. Her Uggs are still a bit too big but I figured you all are probably sick of seeing our moccasins!






 
Dress, George @ Asda | Leggings, Next | Moccasins, Fawn & Finch | Headband, What's in Lily's Closet
One of Isla's little boyfriends is having his 1st birthday party on Saturday and this is her outfit for the celebrations. I'm not a big one for dresses on Isla but I love the neck of this dress and the colours. It reminds me of something Nicole Richie would wear! Teamed with the Black leggings, I think it dresses it down a little which is good.

I will update with photos of her wearing the dress tomorrow.

So yeah, bit of an Asda bonanza which is unusual for us!

Now it's your turn...

The rules are simple:
  • Grab the code below and pop it on your post
  • Link your post up
  • Use the hashtag #weekendbabystyle on social media and mention us @firsttimemummy_ and @KnottBumpAndUs. We'll try our very very best to RT everyone that does
  • Visit and comment on other posts that have linked up. If you are first pop back later. Linkys are about sharing the love, they don't work if we don't all participate!
A temporary badge to be used for the couple week's while Hannah is away so she doesn't get questions on her blog whilst she's supposed to be relaxing!
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What I Wore Wednesday: Work Wear Special


Top, Primark| Skirt, George @ Asda | Shoes, George @ Asda | Necklace, New Look
Shirt, H&M | Skirt, H&M | Tights, Debenhams | Shoes, H&M | Necklace, Debenhams

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Big Childcare Question

Childcare. One of the hot topics when it comes to parenting. Whether you are going back to work part time, full time, or not at all and you just want to give yourself a little break each week, the topic will have usually crossed your mind at some point. The other reason it is such a hot topic is because it is so damn expensive!
I had a rough idea of the cost involved after listening to various people in my old office discussing it before I went on maternity leave but I didn’t really appreciate the process involved with organising it all until it was my turn.
I always knew I wanted to go back to work and I also knew with it having to be a new job (moved to a new area just before having Isla) that it would probably be a full time role. I wasn’t sure if after I had her that my mind would change but it hasn’t appeared to so far. I’m going to do a separate post on returning to work soon. So with that in mind I had to decide on what was best for us childcare wise. 
Unfortunately we don’t have either of our sets of parents near us so that was never an option for us for childcare. My mum would have loved to have Isla for a couple days a week but a commute from Aberdeen, in Scotland, to the South Coast of England every day isn’t really very viable!!
The two main other options are:

Friday, 20 February 2015

Weekend Baby Style #9

We're going it alone this week! Hannah is off on her holidays (the lucky thing) so we will be hosting the linky all by ourselves. You will have to bear with me today, as I just started back at work full time on Monday, but I promise I WILL give this linky all the time and exposure that it deserves. And, of course, I will comment on all your gorgeous link ups.

First off, our fave from last week...



I love love love Joey's 'Hi' top from H&M - I almost bought it for Isla the other week but they didn't have her size! The elephant leggings go perfectly too. Fab outfit Lauren from Life & Loves of Lolly.


Special mention has to go to Pretty Ayah who blow us away every week with their gorgeous photos. We look forward to them every week!

So this week's' outfits.






Bodysuit, Donna Wilson at John Lewis | Headband, | Moccasins, Fawn & Finch

The print, on the bodysuit, is just my favourite thing ever. There were also leggings with the same print but ALAS, they weren't in Isla's size. It broke my heart a little bit. I really like the Donna Wilson at John Lewis range. I'd never really come across it before and now I've picked up 3 pieces in the sale. Winning!


Top, H&M | Leggings, Donna Wilson at John Lewis | Moccasins, Hux Baby | Hat, Satila of Sweden

I am obsessed with all things clouds. FYI, Gap Kids have a whole range of baby items featuring clouds at the moment. I have banned myself from going in! So, anyway, back to the leggings. Yes, I love the print and the lovely soft colours used for the print. I think the boldness of the maroon top breaks up the outfit nicely and of course where would we be without our trusty moccs and the hat with the giant-est bobble in the world?!

Check out our mini baby shopping haul on the YouTube channel so see some other bargain bits we picked up:


Now it's your turn!

The rules are simple:
  • Grab the code below and pop it on your post
  • Link your post up
  • Use the hashtag #weekendbabystyle on social media and mention us @firsttimemummy_ and @KnottBumpAndUs. We'll try our very very best to RT everyone that does
  • Visit and comment on other posts that have linked up. If you are first pop back later. Linkys are about sharing the love, they don't work if we don't all participate!
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What I Wore Wednesday: Outfit Flatlays

A few cheeky flat lay outfit ideas from our Instagram account. Hope you enjoy!


T-shirt, Zara | Harems, Zara | Moccasins, Hux Baby | Headband, Fawn & Finch

Monday, 16 February 2015

Back To Work: My New Blogging/Vlogging Schedule

My plan going forward with the blog/YouTube channel now that I'm back at work full time.

I will do my utmost to stick to this and you never know, there could be an extra video thrown in here and there. I've got 2 videos scheduled for this week!




I couldn't even think of giving up blogging thanks to all the love I get from you lovely people. Thanks for all the support :)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

#FullTimeWorkingMama

Well today is a strange day. Today marks the last day of my maternity leave. I meant to do a whole series of blog posts in the run up to today, all about returning to work and childcare. Alas, I have been so wrapped up in just enjoying my last few weeks of maternity leave, that it just hasn't materialised yet. I promise it will though. Better late than never huh?

So...I'll give you a bit of a background into my working life. I used to work for a major high street retailer at their head office in Central London as an International Assistant Merchandiser on Childrenswear. Which, simply put, means I used to plan stock packages and manage intake on my Childrenswear departments for all our International Stores. I loved my job! I loved the people I worked with, the departments I managed and the office I worked in. However, 3 weeks before I had Isla, I had to move down to the South Coast as my husband is in the Royal Navy and is now based here for the foreseeable future.

I started job hunting after Christmas and got offered the job, that I am starting tomorrow, a few weeks ago. It's a great job which I'm really excited about, in a new industry, which will hopefully be great for my career. It's also very well known company which I am really happy to be joining.

Despite all of this, it will still be a shock to the system going back to work full time.

I never planned not to go back to work. I love Isla to bits but always knew I wouldn't be suited to being a stay at home mum. I have the utmost respect for people who are stay at home parents. In the future, it would be great to have the option of flexi time but for now I'm happy with full time and looking forward to this new challenge in my career.

It is going to be interesting to try and get myself and a 10 month old baby out the door by 7.30am each day. I struggled when it was just myself!

So goodbye baby groups, weekday coffee dates and catching up with blogging whilst Isla is sleeping. And hello getting super organised the night before, making the most of every evening and getting the most out of every weekend going forward. 

Look out for new What I Wore Wednesday: The Work Edition, coming soon!

Wish me luck!!! I will be vlogging and blogging my way through it and look forward to sharing it with you all.

How did you find going back to work or choosing not to go back to work, when your maternity leave was up?

I'll leave you with this little video I made for Isla to mark the last 10 months we've spent together...