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How To Make & Recycle Old Crayons

Anybody who knows me personally would know I’m a hoarder, I cannot throw anything out. Last year I started collecting old and broken crayons with the hope of doing something fun with them and today we did. Kayla and I spent the afternoon upcycling our crayons. This project is the perfect rainy day activity and it kept her entertained. These upcycled crayons would make the cutest homemade gift too.

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You will need:

Broken crayons

Baking tin or silicon moulds in shape of your choice

How to make you own up cycled rainbow crayons:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2. Peel and break the crayons to fit your moulds

3. Fill your silicon moulds

4. Pop into the oven until all wax has melted (approx. 10-15 minutes)

5. Allow your melted wax to set before removing

6. Leave your smallies to create, draw and explore with their new rainbow crayons.

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26 Week Update

The weeks seem to be flying by; my little babog will be here in 14 weeks. This week she weighs approximately 1.75lbs and measures roughly 14 inches long. I’ve been describing her size in fruit to Kayla so this week she’s a lettuce.

It’s all very exciting now especially for Kayla, she mesmerized watching and feeling her baby sisters little jabs and punches. She’s singing songs to her and listening to the little gurgles coming from my bump. The highlight of the week was when she also spotted the beginnings of the linea nigra on my belly and she tried to baby-wipe it off. I still laugh when I think about it!

The heartburn has returned but nowhere near as bad as it was on Frankie, it’s still early days but hopefully it won’t get any worse. My weird chalk pregnancy craving has returned yet again. However I have managed to substitute it so far with Rennie, chalk lollies and Silvermints.

I’m feeling pretty exhausted the past few weeks. Frankie is a handful, he’s a boy, he turns everything into a weapon and I’m finding myself saving his life on a hourly basis. He’s climbing, diving and exploring everything. He normally sleeps through the night but another teething spell landed and daddy and I found ourselves walking the walls at all hours. Fortunately for daddy, Frankie only wants mammy cuddles so it’s normally me who does most of the late night trips.

My bump is growing rapidly and I’m getting more uncomfortable by the day. My pregnancy pillow has made a reappearance and it’s heaven. I don’t know how I ever got through Kayla’s pregnancy without one. This week I also had a couple of Braxton Hicks and they frightened the living day lights out of me. I don’t remember getting them so earlier on the others.

I can’t believe how quick this pregnancy is going with only a little over three months left to go. I really need to get my finger out and start looking into prams soon. We’ve got a Mothercare Orb and I love it, it’s in mint condition but the little man will only be 15 months when his sister arrives so we’ll really need to get a double pram. We can’t afford a new one so I’ll be checking out second hand ones over the coming weeks, I haven’t a clue where to even start (all suggestions welcome!).

This week has been a tough one emotionally. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve burst into tears. This one guy behind the ‘help button’ of a ticket machine in my local Shopping Centre was an absolute d***head earlier this week. I lost my ticket and after ten minutes of explaining I had no money left and that I was well within the two-hour free parking time he continuously repeated there was a ten euro lost ticket charge. I swear if I wasn’t pregnant and I didn’t have a wailing one-year-old with me I would have driven straight through the barrier and through his front door.

To top of my week I’ve been very clumsy; my brain is just not with it. I broke my phone. I took the wing mirror clean of my car. And then I was four minutes late picking Kayla up from school and she’s yet to forgive me.

This week I’ve an antenatal appointment and I’m dying to see my little lady dancing around inside on the big screen and I’ll also be meeting an anesthesiologist to review my options during labour, most likely if my platelets drop again due to my thrombocytopenia I won’t be allowed an epidural. I’ve never had one and I’ve had two pretty quick births so I’m not too concerned.

Hitting the 26 weeks mark has been a huge sigh of relief with everything that has happened throughout my pregnancy. I feel like now I can relax and enjoy it a little bit more. I’m certainly enjoying the napping and cake.

A-Z of Me

Within the blogging world there is many tags shared amongst the wider blogging community to get to know each other a little bit more. Irish Parenting Bloggers El and Baby A and Where Is My Mind have both tagged me in a new sharing post called A-Z of me. So here it is, my A-Z of me. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

I can play the button Accordion.

I have a Blood condition called thrombocytopenia.

My hair has been every Colour you could imagine, from pink to purple to orange. It’s one of the highlights of being a hairdresser.

Kayla and I have been to Disneyland twice.

I am voting YES for Marriage Equality in the upcoming Referendum.

I have Five tattoo’s.

I chose my three best friends as my children’s Godmothers.

I’m a qualified Hairdresser having completed a four year apprenticeship with Peter Marks.

I have a vibrant Imagination and I’m still looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

J is for Jojo, the nickname Kayla gave my partner when he became part of our little family.

Kayla will be choosing her little sister’s name and it also begins with K.

I was in Las Vegas when I was pregnant on Frankie for my mam and stepdad’s wedding. I have also been to LA.

M is for my Mammy. At 27 years of age I still run to my mammy if I’m sick or have any problems.

I love getting my Nails done.

I have OCD. I cannot leave unused electrical items plugged in. Even if I’m in someone else’s home I will switch off lights, plugs and switches.

My favourite movie of all time is A Little Princess. I still cry every single time I watch it.

I have a Fetac Level 5 Qualification in Healthcare.

I’m a Rocker. I love Motley Crue, Slash and Guns’N’Roses.

I have great elasticity in my skin and have no Stretch marks after having two children.

I have an underactive Thyroid.

I wish Unicorns were real.

I was a Vegetarian for 11 years until I craved chicken on my first pregnancy.

White chocolate is my go-to comfort food.

I found out I was pregnant on Kayla after collapsing and having an X-ray on my abdomen for unexplained pains.

 I love Yankee candles. My current favourite is baby powder.

I have a nap every single day. I love my Zzzzzzz’s.

Now I tag Tattooed Lady With A Baby and Love of Living to share your A-Z.

Image credit: Berit Alits Photography

Blogiversary Giveaways

As most of you know I have been hosting an assortment of mum and baby giveaways on the blog over the past week to celebrate my first year blogging. I have gathered all eight competitions into one post to make it easier for you to enter.

All giveaways end on Thursday at midnight and there’ll be 22 winners announced Friday midday.

Win a family pass to Imaginosity – Enter HERE

Win a customized baby Totes Amaz Bag – Enter HERE

Win a Dribble Stop Top – Enter HERE

Win 1 of 5 InfaCare bundles – Enter HERE

Win 1 of 2 customized plaques for your child’s school lollipop lady – Enter HERE

Win a handcrafted pink and gold bowed flower crown from Elise Loves – Enter HERE

Win 1 of 10 bottles of B.O.N Oil – Enter HERE

Win a full term of Mimi’s French Classes for baby, toddler or preschooler – Enter HERE

GOODLUCK!

My Blogiversary

My Little Babog is one. Can you believe it?

Just a little recap for any newbies who have just joined me on my online adventure, I set up my blog a couple of weeks into maternity leave with Frankie while resting a broken foot. I’ve always wanted to be a writer but my grammar, spelling and punctuation always held me back and I suppose that is one of my biggest achievements with this blog. Throughout the past year I have improved in all aspects of my writing. I’ve become braver, more creative and one of my articles even featured on The.Journal.ie.

It has been an extraordinary year full of ups and down. The support my readers showed to our pregnancy news was incredible, something I will be forever thankful for. I must also mention Kayla’s reaction to our pregnancy announcement going viral too, that was unbelievable. I have featured in Irish magazines – Maternity & Infant, Easy Parenting and Stellar. I’ve reached 6K followers and subscribers and I’ve had over 85K hits on the blog. I made it to the Best Blogger finals in the Stellar Shine Awards. I got to work with some amazing brands. I met some bizarre and amazing people. And then just as the year was about to end I won Best Newcomer Blog in the Irish Parenting Blog Awards. One of my proudest moments, being recognised and rewarded for something I would have just considered a hobby.

On that note I have decided to make a few big changes. I have decided to go self-hosted. I will begin vlogging, capturing and sharing more of our daily life. I’ve invested in a new Canon camera with thanks to Littlewoods’ monthly payment plan. And finally I am looking into starting an evening writing course. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve always followed my dreams and I believe the timing is just perfect.

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On that note I will leave this blogging year with my teapot, a trophy that will be forever cherished and thank you all for your support over the past year. It has been an amazing year and I only have you my readers to thank for that.

As a reward, I have been working with some companies over the past few weeks and have an awesome line-up of giveaways to launch over the next few days. So keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so you don’t miss any of them.

You Know You’re a Mammy When…

You Know You’re a Mammy When…

1.       You buy an extra pack of baby wipes to clean up random spills, finger prints and your entire bathroom.

2.       A twenty minute shower with a locked door feels like a day at the spa.

3.       You have an audience whilst showering, shouting the most awkward of questions.

4.       You often finish up showering with only one leg shaved and have you have a frequent presence of unwashed conditioner in your hair.

5.       You can’t see the floor of your car.

6.       You re-define “sleeping-in” to any time past 6.30am.

7.       An early night is going to bed the same time as your children.

8.       You have reheated your tea/coffee in the microwave for the 100th time.

9.       Your kids see you naked more than your other-half.

10.   Going to do the weekly shopping is like taking a vacation.

11.   You forgot to put the wheelie bin out AGAIN.

12.   You will never be able to sort, process or print all the photo’s you have taken.

13.   You’ve been washing the same load of laundry for the third day in a row because you keep forgetting to dry them.

14.   You can do almost anything with one hand.

15.   You consider time on Facebook as spending time with your friends.

16.   You mop the floor, you know the kids are guaranteed to spill something.

17.   Your home is covered in valuable pieces of artwork that didn’t cost you a thing.

18.   You get poop on your hands and you don’t even flinch.

19.   Everything you do is an adventure.

20.   Your kids use your smartphone more than you do.

21.   There is nothing more excruciating than standing on Lego or a kinder surprise toy.

22.   You no longer laugh at the parents of hurricane hell raising children on Channel 4.

23.   You will spend most of your days with a howling resident on the bottom step of your stairs.

24.   Counting to three will be your most commonly used phrase.

25.   There is a finger in your ears, nose or mouth and it’s not yours.

26.   You prefer cuddling and kids movies to hitting pubs and clubs.

27.   You have discovered the miracle of YouTube Kinder Surprise videos.

28.   Picking up a baby and sniffing their butt is not only normal, it’s necessary.

29.   You don’t speak with adults but S-P-E-L-L.

30.   You have convinced your kids that hovering is a game.

31.   Receiving hand-me-downs is like winning the lottery.

32.   You save lives on a daily basis.

and finally – Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience that never ceases to amaze and you wouldn’t change it for the world. But you might trade in a few hours for some me-time!

If you liked this post you may like Things you’ll do different on your Second baby or why not follow me on Facebook for more real-life Irish mammy posts and updates.

I’m a Best Parenting Blog finalist in the Maternity & Infant Awards and I would love if you had 30 seconds to vote for me. Click the image and scroll to Best Parenting Blog half way down the page and vote for My Little Babog. I’d be forever grateful!!

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El and Baby A | Guest Blog | Get Ready With Me Mommy Edition

Introducing another guest blog and Irish Parenting Blogger, Ellen who writes El and Baby A. Ellen shares her ramblings as a first time mom and the occasional delicious recipes.

Today Ellen shares the reality of getting ready with her baby. It’s like a timeline of events in my own home.

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5am: Tell eight month old it is not time to get up yet and get him back to sleep. Spend twenty minutes planning your outfit for today’s lunch date in your head before falling back to sleep.

7am: Be re-woken by baby who has decided it is in fact time for the day to begin.

7:30am: Trip over the last step of the stairs – it never moves yet you always manage to misjudge it.

7:45am: Feed the beast baby.

8:10am: Make morning tea; be distracted until it reaches four degrees.

8:30am: Get in the shower and wash hair – this is done in three ten minutes segments with regular trips to tend to the little bundles screams, demands and needs.

9:30am: Realise planned outfit is amongst the 27kg of laundry – panic- find a pre baby outfit and tuck all lumps and bumps into waistband. Perfect I was planning on only having water for lunch anyway!

10am: Accessories your outfit with some baby spit up draped over your left shoulder in the form of an abstract print. Pause.

10:10am: Change baby’s nappy. Oh and again because he only poops in clean nappies – expensive taste.

10:30: Feed baby breakfast. Use baby wipes to remove porridge from your hands/arms/ear.

10:55am: Continue. Realise matching socks are a novelty from a former life and be happy you have two clean socks at all.

11am: ‘Find’ baby’s missing toy – which may or may not have been underneath him/ in his other hand!

11:05am: Tie your fresh, clean hair into a perfected messy bun to avoid teasing your baby with your dangling locks. Said baby has the eyes of a sniper – spots your clean hair and tries to surgically remove it from your head using his drooled on, sticky claws hands.

11:20am: Put on one shoe and begin to search house for it’s match. After twenty-five minutes find the lost shoe in the gob of your teething offspring – where most things are found these days!

11:50am: Pick up toy thrown from highchair. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

12pm: Tweet about the stress of your morning #wheresmyshoe #mommyproblems

12:10pm: Nappy change – wee fountain disaster!

12:20pm: Dress baby in adorable outfit.

12:22pm: Poonami in adorable outfit. Re-dress baby in nearest available alternative – matching not necessary.

12:30pm: Keys… Keys… Keys…

1pm: Find keys in the seat of baby’s push along car.

1:15pm: Get everything and everyone in the car. En route.

1:25pm: Realise you’ve forgotten formula/wipes/nappies. Redirect route back home.

2pm: Finally reach lunch destination an hour late. Pat yourself on the back for making it there at all. Use all remaining energy not to nap at the restaurant while you wait for your water.

2:03pm: Make a mental note to never accept a lunch date again until baby reaches 16!

For more hilarious real-life stories check El and Baby A’s blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Mother’s Day Giveaway #2 | Win a €50 BEUTiFi.com Voucher

BEUTiFi.com is a website that enables women to search, browse and book hair and beauty salons, freelance professionals and offers online, instantly.

You can browse thousands of hair and beauty salons and freelance professionals offering their services in your chosen location.  On BEUTiFi.com you can out check profiles, portfolios, special offers and ratings for each salon and professional near you. You can sign up to their website and start browsing NOW!

The lovely people at BEUTiFi.com have decided to treat one lucky My Little Babog reader with a €50 voucher to spend on their website and spoil themselves whether it be for a new hair-do, make over or manicured nails.

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To enter

LIKE BEUTiFi.com on Facebook

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

GOODLUCK!

Giveaway closes on Mother’s Day, Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page.

Mother’s Day Giveaway #1 | Win a €50 Penneys Voucher

Competition now closed!

We may not agree on everything but the one thing I think we can all agree on is that Penneys is the number one shop for a bargain or two here in Ireland. It’s the one place you can dress the kids for summer on a budget and it’s the holy grail of inexpensive fashionable shopping with all the latest trends!

Coat €28. Trousers €17. Bag €11.

 I have some awesome Mothers Day prizes to giveaway over the next week and to kick things off I have a €50 Penneys voucher to GIVEAWAY to one lucky My Little Babog reader.

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To Enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Penneys on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below

Giveaway closes on Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page. Goodluck all!