2nd Birthday Gift Ideas for Girls

It is exactly two more weeks until my little baby girl turns two. Two years of age already. It has gone by so quickly. She can be a little diva sometimes and has been in her terrible two for quite some time already. But we still love her the way she is. She is our little cutie pie, our little princess. She is getting on so good with her big brother. She adores him. I mean of course there can be fight sometimes over toys or a little accident but that’s normal for siblings right?

The fact that her birthday is only 1 1/2 months after Christmas, it is kind of hard finding her a present that she didn’t already get for Christmas. I might have mentioned before that she doesn’t play with toys too much. She likes cuddling, being attached to us but pretend play. I’d say the IKEA kitchen for Christmas was probably the best investment. Nevertheless I did find a few bits and bobs for to be setup for her big day in the morning.

LeapFrog Number Loving OvenAs she loves the kitchen so much, I think the Leap Frog would be a great addition to it. It is a great toy for pretend play and comes with 16 toy pieces. The oven teaches counting and sharing. Over 30 phrases and songs warm up counting, sharing and fraction skills. Suitable for kids from the age of 2. €24.99 in Smyths

OXO Tot Booster Seat: Chloe is still sitting in her high chair. I remember Matthew was sitting in his up to the age of three. In her creche they don’t sit in a highchair at all. Instead they have little wooden chairs they can be strapped into have their dinner. I fell sometimes that she is not the biggest fan of her highchair anymore and rather would like to sit at the table with us. She doesn’t have the balance to sit on her yet so I ordered this booster seat from OXO tot which I think looks brilliant. £40 on the OXO Tot website.

Balance Bike: I regret that Matthew never had a balance bike at her age. Instead we got him a bike nearly two years ago but he is not able to peddle properly and gets fed up with it after a while. He is too old now for a balance bike unfortunately. Chloe loves being outside.  Once she she has the balance, I think she would really enjoy this wooden balance bike from Mothercare. €59.95

Cat Pull Along: We are a cat loving family and this rubbed off Chloe too. Cat was Chloe’s first word. She enjoys wearing cat orientated clothes with cats on it. Whether that’s leggings, socks or tops. Yet, she is still afraid to go too close the cat we have left. Our second cat went missing when we moved and they used to be best buddies. I think she would really enjoy pulling this wooden cat along. £14.99 from BigJigToys

Grey Star Wigwam: I always wanted to buy the kids a teepee/wigwam. This one will go well in the corner of the living room. It’s a little hide away for them to read books, play, cuddle, relax. Mainly this one is for Chloe but I know for a fact that her older brother will fight over it too. £89 from GLTC

Peppa Pig Personalized Book: I found this one just by pure chance when I was browsing Facebook on my phone the other day. It popped up in my timeline and i thought it was just perfect for her. She loved Peppa Pig. And to have a book featuring her and Peppa she will be over the moon. I picked Peppa Pig and Chloe go swimming but Penwizard has way more to choose from. £14.99 from Penwizard

Living Arrows 3/52 Mini Golf

Our last week has gone by so quickly.  As usual Monday to Friday involved working for hubby and I while the kids were in creche. Chloe is in the wobbler room still but I can imagine she is going to move into the toddler room very soon. Even at her age she is learning quite a lot in that room. We were told by the minder that she is a great little helper. They were hoping that it rubs off her onto the other toddlers in her room. She is so good pushing in her chair after she finished her dinner and taking off her shoes when it’s nap time.

Our weekend was kind of a roller coaster. Chloe wasn’t her usual self. And she still isn’t. I am not too sure what is up with her but she doesn’t seem sick to me. She looks off form but she only had a temperature of 38 at the weekend and it wouldn’t go any higher than that. She played away as normal. She picked up a little cough and has a runny noise. All this sounds to me as if she is getting more teeth. The poor little thing is getting them all at once. She had us up last night for about two hours.

Saturday, for that reason, we decided to relax in the house and play and do nothing. On Sunday, after Chloe’s nap in the car, we drove down the local business park in Naas and played mini golf. Matthew played mini golf before when we were on holidays in Spain last year. He enjoyed it so much and he was jumping with excitement when I told him we would go. This place is great for any rainy days because it is an indoor mini golf area. It has 18 holes and I think is Ireland’s largest mini golf.

Your child has to be at least four years of age to be able to play. So that meant Chloe was too young but she was stuck in our arms anyway. While Matthew and I was doing our round, daddy and daughter were relaxing on the bench watching us.

We swapped around at the end then. Matthew got another go and played the whole course with daddy again. It something we might go and do every now and then. The admission is actually cheaper online but because it was a last minute thing, we bought the tickets in the place. Next thing our on our list is bowling.

Living Arrows

Siblings in January

It is the first link up of the year to the Siblings Project. I am so excited to be joining this year again and see brother and sister grow over the next year. This month mummy is turning the big 30. I know when hubby reads this he will have his say on my age. I don’t even feel like 30, neither do I feel like 20 or 25 and I certainly don’t look like 30. For my 30th I am heading to London. I absolutely love traveling and I would have traveled somewhere else but because it is the winter time right now, there is not much point going anywhere else in Europe in the freezing cold.

We have Christmas and New year’s behind us and for me it was back to reality the last two weeks. This meant the kids were back to creche. I would have thought that it is going to be an absolute nightmare to integrate them back into it after being off for two weeks but it was actually a walk in the park. They went in the first day after their holidays no problem. Chloe definitely enjoys creche I have to say. She has her little best friend Ava and they are like best buddies. Just by chance, the other day, I found out that she lives in the same estate as us only a few houses down the road. I don’t think her parents know that though. I’d say it’s time to be introduced.

Just before New Year’s we had Matthew and Chloe’s cousins over from Dublin and Germany. Ten kids in one house. Maniac. I wasn’t there at the time because I had to work but I saw all the photos hubby took. It looks like the kids had great fun especially  Matthew. He always goes wild when they come over. Chloe is a bit more attached and doesn’t know what to make of all the people in her house.

Since the new year we have taken it slow and haven’t done anything mad yet. The kids enjoy having a sleep in at the weekend now. As both kids end up in our bed most nights, they started holding hands in their sleep. It is the cutest thing ever. Hubby told me about it a few days ago.

Last weekend we went on a nature trail. Chloe loved seeing all the different trees and animals like ducks, horses and swans. We are trying to do something as a family at least once at the weekend now. There is only so little time because we work during the week and it is nice to do something together as a family in my opinion. We’ve discovered a bowling alley and mini golf center nearby recently that we are going to try out in the next few weekends. I’d say Matthew is definitely going to enjoy that.

The Me and Mine Project

The Bedtime Tag

Yay, I am so excited that I have come across another tag in one of the Blogger’s Facebook Groups. When I saw it, there was no doubt I wanted to be tagged in it. This is a complete different one this time and actually is just about us parents.It’s called the “Bedtime tag” which is all about bedtime, my favourite time of the day. I have to admit I do love my sleep and that can be quite hard to be achieved with two kids but I am actually doing good. The lovely Jenna from Tiny Foot Steps tagged me.

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Depending on the evening I generally get into my pyjamas when I get the kids ready for bed. Once they are in bed, I had downstairs and enjoy a cup of tea in front of the PC for an hour or so. I am not much of a TV person, so don’t watch much of it. Lately I discovered my Nintendo 3DS again which means I could be playing that for a while. I tend to go to sleep between 10 and 10.30pm and a bit later at the weekend.

What are your favourite pyjamas?

I am happy in a t-shirt and long or short bottoms. I am not a fan of cosy fleecy pyjamas at all.

What is your current bedtime reading?

I haven’t picked up a book in nearly five years. In saying that I was never big into reading books. Should be maybe a resolution for the new year but my reading are blogs I comment on before I go to bed.

What would I find on your bedside table?

It can be a mess sometimes but most times it  is my phone that is being charged overnight, tooth brush charger, alarm clock, nappies wipes and table lamp.

What scent makes you sleepy?

There wouldn’t be a scent that makes me sleepy. As I tend to scroll though my Facebook timeline, after a while I get sleepy from that.

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

As mentioned above bedtime is anytime between 10 and 11pm pretty much.

Wake up time can be different too. It could 6.30 am during the week or 8.30 am at weekends. It all depends on the kids I suppose.

What are your top three bedtime products?

As long as I have a pillow and a duvet I am happy out.

What is your most common sleeping position?

I sleep on my side with one leg angled and other leg straight.

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Sometime I take up a biscuit as a midnight snack.

What is your worst bedtime habit?

Probably being on the phone browsing the internet until I get sleepy.

For the next round up I’d like to tag the following bloggers:

Debbie from Super Busy Mum
Kerry from Oh So Amelia
Rebecca from Mum of Premature Baby
Tracy from Love of Living

A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Lingotastic

Happy Friday. I know today is Friday the 13th but it’s a lucky Friday, isnt’ it?

Today I like you to say hello to Sarah who blogs at Lingotastic. Her family speaks multiple languages and her husband is German which is why I welcome her even more on the blog. More German families. Yay.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Sarah I’m a mum of three aged 16, 9 and 7. We’re a bilingual German and English family (plus a few other Languages too). When my children were young I found it difficult to find resources and support for our bilingual journey. About five years ago, with another Mum I moved on from teaching Sunday school for 10 years, and set up our church mums and tots singing group. When my youngest child started school I launched my Lingotastic Classes where we make, play sing and have fun with Languages together. I also blog about our language journey, cultural experiences and good language learning resources. My hubby is currently retraining to be a secondary German and French teacher so we’re all now teaching or in school! Last year I recorded a mostly German CD of simple songs I use on our classes which is a great fun resource to use at home or in the language classroom.

How many times were you woken last night?

As my children are older this Is a rare occurrence nowadays. It’s more staying up to pick up my teen from parties!

Do you co-sleep?

Not any more. My youngest used to be in our bed by morning until she was about four. used to wake up with a crick in my neck in the morning.

What time do you normally wake up?

Alarms go off at six and six thirty.

How much average sleep do you get a night?

About six hours. We have to get up early for my hubby to get to work and get everyone up and out for school.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I reach over and switch on the teasmade. I usually check my e mails, twitter and facebook before I start the day.

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

I wake the girls at about 7 and make sure my son is awake and getting ready for school.
I get the kids to school and either head off to work, pick up shopping we need, prepare for my classes, send e mails, squeeze in some language learning or whatever needs to be done.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

We usually eat together as a family each evening. We eat a mixture of typical English and typical German food, like Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Gruenkohl. What we eat depends on when I’m working and when the children finish school or their after school club. I have a few go to easy meals for when time is short (often pasta) I cook a stew on days we are in a different times so easy to warm up as needed. We tend to try different things to eat.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I often eat leftovers from the night before, sandwiches or a tin of soup. A few of my classes start at 12 so tend to take sandwiches with me for afterwards.

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

They are at school in the week. At weekends we spend time together. At the weekend we went along to a local Christmas market in St Albans where we were very happy to find Bratwurst and Gluehwein and order in German.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We aim to eat together as much as possible. Hopefully a chance to talk together about our days at school.

What do you do after dinner?

After dinner we get on with homework, read play or watch tv until bedtime. The children go to clubs a few evenings a week so they have to be taken and picked up from them.

What is your bedtime routine?

When me and hubby are finished what we need to do in the evening we have a cup of chamomile tea and set up the teasmade for morning.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I try to blog twice a week, though every few weeks one is a guest blog . When the kids are in bed (8- 9 pm) I spend some time on social media and blogging. A smartphone means I can blog anytime. I’m actually writing this whilst waiting for my dentist appointment. As a Mum I find I have small pockets of time available so I find ways to make the most of these.

Thank you Sarah for giving us a look into a day in your life. I’d love to come around for dinner some evening. I don’t cook that many German meals to be honest. Only every now and then when I crave something but unfortunately you can’t cook everything in Ireland because I am missing the ingredients.

Blog URL: www.Lingotastic.co.uk/blog

Everyone loves a follower more. What social media platforms can we find you on?

Twitter:  www.Twitter.com/Lingotasticuk
Facebook: www. Facebook.com/Lingotastic
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/Lingotastic

If this is something you might be interested in, why not drop me a quick email to be featured as well and I will get back to you. schnurri87@msn.com