Sunday, 30 November 2014

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Doorway Bouncer Review*


We were lucky enough to be sent this fab Little Tikes Cozy Coupe doorway bouncer to review the other week. Check out our video above to see how easy it is to set up!



Bouncers are such a fab way to keep your baby entertained. The Cozy Coupe bouncer is such a fun product in brilliantly bright colours which are super attractive to your baby. It is so so easy to put together and set up and can be easily taken down and put up elsewhere - perfect for when you're travelling to visit family etc...

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Mummy YouTuber Play Date!


We had a fab play date with our mummy vloggy friends on Monday...come join us and see what we got up to!

Friday, 28 November 2014

BOTD: Crosses & Gold Moccs

 

Coat, Zara
White top, H&M
Harems, Lilybeansboutique
Moccasins, Fawn & Finch

Isla had quite fetching outfit on yesterday so we thought we'd share it with you. I do like dressing her in less 'traditional' girly things although I did get two 'oh what a lovely boy comments yesterday'!!



I can't get enough of the harems-moccasin combo. Need to buy them in all colours and prints I think haha...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Mummy OOTD #14


Jumper, H&M £14.99
Jaime Jeans, Topshop £42
Boots, H&M £29.99
Glasses, Marc Jacobs
Infinity Necklace, Accessorize £8

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Enail Nail Polish Gift Set Review & Giveaway!*


Christmas is coming and what is usually top of our Christmas lists? Beauty products, of course!

I am a sucker for a lovely nail polish and recently came across the very clever site that is Enail.

They let you create gorgeous, personalised nail polish gift sets for friends and loved ones (or for yourself, like I did!).

The site is really easy to navigate and the process is so easy and quick to do.

Step 1:

Choose your font and text for the personalised labels...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sassy Bloom Subscription Box Review*


Who doesn't love a subscription box? An exciting box of goodies coming through your letterbox every month? Yes please!

Before I got pregnant, I had heard of beauty subscription boxes and snack subscription boxes but not anything to do with babies or parenting. 

A few months ago, I had seen Sassy Bloom in the press and when they got in touch to offer to send us a box to review, we were over the moon...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Last Week's Vlog - featuring a dancing daddy!


Catch up with last week's vlog before this week's one goes up tomorrow!

We had lots of fun last week and were super busy doing all sorts. There was lunch with friends, baby dates and a road trip to Bath which is such a beautiful city.

Hope you enjoy!

Little Big Foot - Interactive Storytelling App Review

In our modern world we use technology for practically everything. Whether it is at work on a computer, on an smart phone catching up with news and friends or on a tablet watching YouTube videos, it appears there is an app for everything to help with our day to day lives.

We have reviewed a couple baby/parenting apps in the past and we've been looking at a new storytelling one over the last week.



Little Big Foot is a creation from the founders of Mothership Publishing, screenwriter Peter Kline and Video Game Creative Director Alex De Rakoff. It is aimed at children that 5 or under.

It is a lovely story with a great message behind it. It tells the story of a young Big Foot as he travels away from his home in search of adventure. When he reaches the big city he quickly becomes a star but soon feels unhappy and he misses home.  After being rescued by his dad he realises that everything he was looking for was inside him all along. 



Friday, 21 November 2014

Blade & Rose Festive Baby Goodies!*

We were sent some gorgeous little Christmas treats for Isla this week from the lovely British brand that is Blade & Rose.

Blade & Rose specialise in a trendsetting range of leggings featuring stylish designs on the *ahem* bottom area! They are really unique and lots of fun for kids to wear.

The brand was set up by Amanda Peffer, who is a mum of two, and who has recently been announced as a finalist in the Mumpreneur Awards 2014. How exciting! She set up the business whilst she was on maternity leave. It seems a lot of us mummies like to keep busy whilst on leave from work!

The inspiration for the designs on the bottom came when Amanda found herself constantly pulling down her baby daughter's tops to stop the top of her leggings being exposed. In the end she decided to embrace the bottom and designed a fun range of leggings around the concept.

We love the festive leggings and hat. I love anything with a christmas pudding on it, and personally want a Christmas pudding onesie for Christmas, so these were right up my street!



Thursday, 20 November 2014

6 Months Old - Baby Update

This one is a bit late...almost a month late in fact. 7 month update coming in the next couple days!


General:

It's been another busy month. I don't think it'll actually ever get any quieter but that's fine, we don't like to be bored!

We went up to Scotland for 2 weeks for my brother's 21st and to generally catch up with friends and family. It was lovely and went by too quickly as per usual.

We've been to a few brand events - the BabyBjörn one was a highlight!...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Chicco Christmas Sleigh Competition



With Christmas edging closer and closer, wouldn't it be great to win a sleigh full of Chicco toys plus a magical present for all the family?

Sounds good to me!

Chicco are celebrating the run up to Christmas by giving their lovely Facebook fans the chance to tell them which Chicco toys Santa should bring from the North Pole. Each week you can vote by going to their Facebook page and choosing your favourite toy. The most popular one will be added to the sleigh.

There is already an amazing prize in the sleigh awaiting all the other toys. It's a Premium Family Merlin Annual Pass, which is worth over £600!! It offers unlimited fun at over 30 attractions including Lego Land, Alton Towers and the Sea Life Centres.

So to be in with a chance of winning this fab prize, head over to their Facebook page now!

You can enter each week which will increase your chances of winning the big prize. There is also the chance to win £50 worth of Chicco toys each week on top of being in with a chance to win the sleigh full of toys.

We love Chicco here at The Knott Bump & Us and have some exciting things coming up with them so keep your eyes peeled.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas! Christmas Boutique Review*

Last month we were sent a lovely box of goodies from The Christmas Boutique. When I opened the box it felt like Christmas was ages away and now all of a sudden we are hurtling towards December! I LOVE Christmas and can't wait for the 1st of December when I can go mad with putting up decorations!

Onto the goodies...



This hanging knitted mitten decoration was my favourite of them all. It is an advent decoration in which you can put little sweeties or other goodies for the run up to Christmas. I love the little pegs, they are too cute. They usually cost £26.99 but are half price at the moment - what a bargain!


Monday, 17 November 2014

Easy Baby Veggie Korma - Weaning Diaries #2


We made this gorgeous curry for Isla last week from Zainab Jagot Ahmed's amazing book - Easy Indian SuperMeals. It went down an absolute treat! I ended up eating quite a bit of it too because it tastes so good.

Check out our video showing you how to make the Veggie Korma:


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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Style Saturday: Mummy & Baby Wishlist

Mummy Wishlist:


Top, Zara
Necklace, Zara
Scarf, Zara


Sweatshirt, Zara
...

Friday, 14 November 2014

Easy Indian SuperMeals: A Book by Zainab Jagot Ahmed*


At the moment we are in the middle of weaning Isla and were lucky enough to be sent this beautiful book to review by Zainab Jagot Ahmed - Easy Indian SuperMeals for baby, toddlers and the family.

Isla is a pretty good eater so far but she does have days when she goes off things for no apparent reason and seems to be after something a bit more exciting than plain vegetable puree!

Enter this gorgeous book cram-packed with yummy recipes and lots of helpful information...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

BabyBjörn Limited Edition 'Dots By Karin' Carrier We Giveaway!!!!!


We have teamed up with our friends at BabyBjörn to bring you a super exciting giveaway! You might remember I went to their launch event last month and blogged about it here.



I also reviewed their new Carrier We here and did a little video on it that you can check out below:



So now it's your turn to have the chance to see how fab the new BabyBjörn Carrier We is. Enter below for your chance to win the Limited Edition 'Dots by Karin' version that is worth £84.99. It's so lovely with the dot detailing and also quite exclusive as it's only being sold in a limited number of retailers!



Good Luck!!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Mummy OOTD #14


Top, H&M
Leggings, American Apparel
Boots, Topshop
Bracelets, Pandora

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

First Beauty Post!! Lush Face Mask Review

I've always liked Lush products but I hadn't actually stepped foot in one of their stores for a while. We were out shopping on Saturday and I noticed one tucked away in a shopping centre in Porstmouth. The smell as you enter the shop is amazing! Everything smells so fresh and delicious. 

Lush are the biggest players on the UK high street when it comes to handmade cosmetics made. They buy their ingredients ethically, they do not test on animals and their packaging is 'naked' so you can have a clear conscience when buying from them! Another added bonus is that if you bring back 5 little pots, you get a free face mask so you are essentially claiming some money back. Happy days!

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by a super friendly staff member who took me through numerous products I was interested in. I honestly could have bought £100s worth of products but settled on a face mask and a hair mask instead. Thought I'd start with the areas that need the most attention! Pregnancy and motherhood has done nothing for my poor skin and hair.

So onto what I bought. The Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask.



I love the Lush packaging. There's just something about a little Black pot! The mask is a fresh one so it has to be kept in the fridge and only lasts 3 weeks...

Monday, 10 November 2014

WEEKLY VLOG 2 - BRAND EVENTS, LONDON DATES AND MEN IN UNIFORMS!


We've started doing weekly vlogs and this is our second one. It was a very very busy week filled with lots of fun.

Hope you enjoy it. If so, please subscriiiiiibe!!!

Also check out our London Bloggy Date video from last week too. You'll see some of your fave mummy bloggers enjoying a lovely day in Richmond.


Lots of love

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday: Being a Military Family


I thought today would be a poignant day to reflect on what life is like as a military family.

Today is Remembrance Sunday. A Sunday where we stop everything that is going on in our hectic lives to remember and respect those who have given up their lives in various wars to give us the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy.


I met my husband about 5 years ago when he was based out in the Middle East. I was on holiday visiting a friend and he was meant to be a rebound! The first year of our relationship was spent long distance or with him travelling to different bases. We saw each other every few months when we first met and spent the rest of the time getting to know each other through 3 hour phone calls and ridiculous Skype sessions where we'd often fall asleep together on screen but 1000s of miles apart. 


I moved to London a few months into our relationship and busied myself with a hectic job and city life. As much as you get used to being apart, there are always moments when you stop and wish they were there...

Friday, 7 November 2014

Baby OOTDs: This Week So Far


Top, Next
Mustard Leggings, Next
Headband, What's in Lilly's Closet


Top, George at Asda
Drop Crotch Pink Sparkly Bottoms, Zara
Headband, What's in Lilly's Closet

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Mummy OOTD #13


Jumper, New Look £14.99
Jeans, Topshop £42
Boots, Topshop £30 (in sale)
Necklace, Primark


We are off to a Chicco brand event in London today which we are very excited about. I'm hoping the traffic isn't too bad. I can't believe where we're going to is 15 mins from where I used to live in London - god damn not being there any more!...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tested Tuesday: BabyBjörn We Carrier Review*


We were very lucky last month and were invited by BabyBjörn along to the launch of their new We Carrier. You can read about the lovely time we had here.



We've finally gotten round to reviewing the carrier properly. I wanted to take a bit of time and really use the carrier in lots of different situations so that I could report back to you lovelies with lots of information. 

We've also put together a video review for you...






First things first, here's the low down on BabyBjörn in case you are not aware of who and what they are!


'BabyBjörn is a family owned Swedish company that develops, markets and distributes innovative products for children aged 0-3 years.  The company was founded in 1961 and employs around 100 people. Their business concept was at the time, and still is: "To make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe and innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old."
Onto the We Carrier...

Monday, 3 November 2014

Mummy Monday: Feeling Guilty?

Do you ever get the feeling you are expected to juggle 100 things at once and still come out smiling at the end of every day?

Before I had Isla, I was bad enough at putting pressure on myself to get a ridiculous amount done each day. I'd want to tick off as many things as humanely possible on my to do list at work. I'd stay up late to keep the house really OCD clean and tidy. I'd fill up my diary on evenings to see as many friends as possible. I'd go to the gym. And on top of this I'd try to keep the husband as happy as possible - they require a lot of attention these husbands!

Now that Isla has come along things have shifted a little but I still feel the pressure to cram a lot of things into one day. I'm not one of these people who can sit down and relish in the cuddles of a new baby for hours on end. Don't get me wrong I LOVE BABY CUDDLES and often sit with Isla for a while when she falls asleep on me, but I do get restless and agitated about all the thing I still need to do for the day.

I go to about 6 things a week for Isla which takes up quite a bit of time but, as bad as this sounds, I find it much easier to switch off and focus on her when we're out and about at groups. It means I can't be on my phone/laptop which is my main distraction when I'm at home.

I can imagine that many new mums, especially us bloggers, use technology to escape and reconnect with our lives pre-baby. It's also very hard to keep up with everything in the blogging world without being on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook for at least half the day!!

I try so hard to balance motherhood and other things I enjoy, such as blogging and going to the gym, but I often find myself feeling really guilty as I wish her to sleep just so I can get some blogging/housework/washing etc done.

It's hard when partners come home at night and make comments about 'your blogging'. You just want to say 'I've been with my beautiful baby all day, you haven't. Just let me have this hour or so to catch up on what I need to. I'm not pissing about on my laptop, I'm blogging, which is practically my job at the moment!!'.

I have to say my husband is so so good and rarely ever makes comments like the above but I always get scared it's what he's thinking in his head - that I'm sacking off family time to focus on my blog.

We can't get this time back and we should savour every tiny moment with our little people before they grow up and don't need us anymore but at the same time, it's very hard to put life on hold.

It is widely known that women are better than (most) men at multi-tasking, do you think we take this too far and try to do too much? Do you feel guilty about not doing things you feel you should be or not spending as much time with your baby as you think you should?

I really don't know where I stand on it. Some days I feel more guilty than others. It'll be even more difficult once I get a new job and that gets thrown into the mix too.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Style Saturday: BOTD


White Short Sleeved Bodysuit, Next £8
Leggings, Tesco

This is actually what Isla wore yesterday but I loved it so much I thought I'd post it today. Her t-shirt bodysuit thing looks a bit old-man esque but if I put a loose tee on her, she just pulls it up all day!

I love dressing her up in things that are a bit different from the traditional girly-girl outfits . Unfortunately a lot of the edgier, fun outfits for girls are also more expensive i.e. you have to get them from Australia or America or the more expensive high street shops.

She looks so grown up in this outfit - aaaah time slow down please!