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Welcome to my blog 🙂

I am a new mummy to my baby girl Bella Rose who was born on the 7th March 2015.  I thought I’d start a blog to share my experiences of pregnancy,  birth and beyond for any mummy’s out there who want to follow our journey. You can find out about how my pregnancy went, what happened at her birth, and now how we are getting on week by week. I’ll also try and do some reviews and recommendations for any products we have come across that have been lifesavers since Bella’s birth!

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Perfect Family Recipes

I recently found some great recipes online, that are perfect Family Dishes.  Baby Bella is a little young for these, but I have been testing them out on my husband as they look totally delicious. I had a block of Parmigiano to try out, so all these recipes include this cheese.

The first one is a Chicken, Sweetcorn and Tarragon pie – topped with cubed potatoes, and a good handful of Parmigiano.  I used Tesco Finest Parmigiano, as it is so full of flavour #TriedForLess

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-sweetcorn-and-tarragon-pie

The second recipe is a Chicken Parmesan Casserole – so easy to make, and a great way of utilising left over chicken.  The chicken is covered with parmesan and coated in breadcrumbs.  This is really delicious.

http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/

I haven’t tried these yet, but they are on the menu for this week – Chicken Balls in a tomato sauce with spaghetti.  These contain apple, and parmesan.  They sound so delicious.

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-balls-with-spaghetti-and-tomato-sauce

http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/

Our First Sassy Bloom Box

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that I had signed up to Sassy Bloom box – a monthly subscription box filled with goodies for your baby, based on their age and stage of development.

We received our first box today, and we absolutely love it.  I only paid £14 for this one, as I used a 50% off code – normal price is £29.

Here is a video I made showing what we received: Sassy Bloom Video

and here is Bella enjoying her goodies

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In the box we received the following:

Jo Jo Maman Bebe bunny – RRP £3.50

Cute little soft bunny.  It’s a hit with Bella already.

Munchkin hot safety duck (for the bath) – RRP £3.00

This tells you if your bath water is too hot.  Haven’t tried it yet, but looks cute and Bella can play with it in the bath when she is a bit bigger

Bright Starts lots of links – RRP £7.99

These have different textures, and can be used to link together toys, or to hang toys off your pram, car seat etc.  Think they will come in handy

Taggies cuddly rattle – RRP £5.99

Very cute giraffe rattle with little tags all over.  Perfect for Bella to munch on!!

Oball 4 inch ball – RRP £4.49

This is our favourite – so simple but so good for little ones.  It is really light and so easy to grab.  Bella finds it difficult to hold her toys as she is so tiny, but she can grab this easily and holds it for ages

Personalised towel – RRP £14.99

This is lovely.  So nice to have something with a personal touch.  It has her name embroidered on the hood of the towel.

Mam Bottle & soother – RRP £7.99

This bottle is a little small for greedy Bella, and we don’t use dummy’s. But i will be giving this to a friend who i’m sure can use it 🙂

Total box value – £47.95

Total Paid – £14

Can’t wait for the next box!

If you want to join, please go through my referral link below – and we can both get money off!

https://www.sassybloom.com/?referral_id=74969684

You can also use code ‘Save-50’ at checkout to get 50% off your first box!

Sassy Bloom box – monthly goodies!

So i’ve decided to sign up the monthly Sassy Bloom boxes, where you receive monthly boxes of goodies handpicked by age, gender and stage of development – with a minimum value of £40 RRP. I found a code for 50% off your first box – the code is ‘TWEET’ which means your first box would be £14 with free delivery. after the first one they are £29 a box but can be cancelled at anytime.  My first box is due this month so i’ll let you know what we get 🙂

here is my referral code if you fancy joining

https://www.sassybloom.com/?referral_id=74969684

Baby bath seat

I highly recommend this baby bath seat by Angelcare (currently reduced to £19.99 in Argos  – also available in blue) It helps so much with bathing, and much easier than holding a very slippery wriggly baby! 11112797_10152890587712358_4124221282214213970_nI also recommend putting a warm flannel over baby when bathing them, keep dipping the flannel to keep it warm and then this will stop baby getting too cold.

Another bargain!

I’ve been wanting to buy one of these for a while, we won’t need it for a few months but i’ve been trying to hunt down a bargain.  And today is the day!!

Philips AVENT SCF870/21 Combined Baby Food Steamer and Blender

  • An all-in-one solution to preparing baby food for every stage of weaning
  • Nutritious meals made easy–steam and blend vegetables, meat, fish or pulses
  • Powerful blending and steaming performance
  • Easy to use, wash and store

Normally £118.50

Today on Amazon – £49.99 with free delivery!

Baby bargains!

I am  bit of a shopaholic, and throughout my pregnancy I bought a lot of things for Bella.  I am such a bargain hunter, and am always finding discount codes and vouchers to use so that I save some money and get myself a bargain.  I will try and share any bargains I find on my blog.

Here was yesterdays bargain – from Toys r us:

Bumbo with tray – £29.99, was £39.99 – http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Babies-R-Us/Feeding/Highchairs-and-Boosters/Bumbo-Combo-Seat-and-Tray-in-Magenta(0125907)

Slumber buddy frog – £12.49, was £24.99 – http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Babies-R-Us/Safety/Monitors-and-Nightlights/Summer-Infant-Slumber-Buddy-Frog(0096063)

I then used voucher code – 9908084629999 to get £5 off at checkout!! So in total I saved £27.50!