Life as a mum of two

Life as a mum of two is crazy. Which is probably why it’s taken me over a year to finally get round to writing about it!

When I became a mum for the first time it changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. When I became a mum for the second time, of course things changed but it was different.

In some ways it was easier. You remember the do’s and don’ts from the first time round, you know what to expect during your pregnancy and labour and in some ways you’re more relaxed but nothing can prepare you for the transition from it being just you and your child to then you, your child and a baby.

In some ways it was harder. The lack of sleep is even harder the second time round as you can’t just decide to have a sleep when the baby sleeps as you already have another child to run around after. You won’t always be able to meet both your children’s needs all the time and with that comes a massive wave of mum guilt. You might not cope as well the second time round and do you know what? That’s okay. I’ve made it no secret on my blog, online or in person that I have found becoming a mum to two really difficult and sometimes I still do.

But eventually you do learn new habits that (sometimes) make being a mum to two that bit easier.

  • You learn how to do things with two children and you get better at splitting your time between them both. It’s nice being able to play with both children at the same time but when Kora is napping, that’s my chance to have some time just with Kory and to do something we would find difficult to do if she was awake and wondering off, such as baking and vice versa.
  • You don’t grow an extra pair of hands but you will learn how to hold your youngest whilst doing something for/with your other child.
  • You learn how to get two kids out of the house without it taking 3 hours. In my case, I pack the pram bag and everything I think we might need the night before.
  • You learn how to get both kids to sleep at night at the same time and you will feel like a boss.
  • You learn that you thought having one child was hard and then you realise it was easier than you thought compared to being a mum of two.
  • You also learn that you’re a lot stronger and more capable than you ever give yourself credit for and you can do more than you ever knew possible.
  • You will fall in love with your second baby just as much as you did with your first and seeing them together and love each other will make your heart want to explode. You will never know a love like it.

Life as a mum of two is crazy but absolutely worth it. Of course there are hard days but when I see my two children together and the bond they have with each other I know that making the decision to have another baby was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Parents who have two or more kids, how did you find the transition from one to two? Do you have any advice for anyone expecting baby number two? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Kora turned 1!

Just over a week ago, Kora turned 1 years old. First of all, I would just like to apologise for this post being a little late – since homeschooling Kory it would seem I have even less time than I did before and second of all, how is Kora a whole year old already and where has that time gone at all?!

I say this all the time but I honestly feel like she was born just two minutes ago but then somehow I must have blinked and now here before me stands a toddler that is walking and talking. It is actually mind blowing.

Kory’s first year went by fast and it’s hard to believe he is now 4 years old but I have to say I think Kora’s first year has gone by even faster (how is that even possible?!) I think it may have something to do with having two children to run around after rather than just the one and also – lockdown. (We have Covid to thank for that.) Nevertheless, my baby girl who is no longer a baby but who will always be my baby is now a toddler and I am super excited to share with you all some details and photos from her 1st birthday.

Whilst planning Kora’s birthday, I had lots of things to consider in terms of what we could and actually were allowed to plan. I knew I didn’t want something big and over the top for her anyway but still under the current circumstances (again – Covid) we were limited as to what we could do so we opted for something smaller yet still special. We actually did something similar for Kory’s first birthday too.

Kora’s birthday landed on a Sunday this year so on the day of her birthday, we had a small tea party for her at our house. On the morning of her birthday after she had finished opening all her birthday presents with the help from her big brother of course! It was time to get everything ready for the tea party. With the help from my mum and nan I decorated the house and garden and just put on a little buffet for the close family and friends we had invited to celebrate her birthday with us and somehow even managed to have everything ready in time!

For the buffet, There was various sandwiches, pasta, salad, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, crisps, cakes and sweets.

We decided the theme to the tea party was going to be ‘Unicorns’ which seemed perfect really as Kora’s bedroom is decorated with unicorns also and she seems to love them! Of course, there was the all important birthday cake to match!

The tea party turned out perfectly and was everything we could have imagined for our little girl’s very 1st birthday. It really was a unicorn tea party fit for a princess. Kora really enjoyed her special day.

Thank you for taking the time to read all about Kora turning 1! I hope you liked this blog post.

Home schooling

Hi everybody!

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to write about this or not but a few people have asked Kory how has he found going to big school and they’ve looked a bit confused when he’s said ‘I haven’t gone yet.’ This post is basically just to sum up why that is.

I thought after coming back out of lockdown that my home schooling days were over with but then Kory didn’t get offered a place at his first choice school despite spending 2 years at the nursery there which he absolutely loved. I would just like to add that this was due to no fault of the school, they were just simply over subscribed this year and Kory just missed out which is unfortunate. He is currently second on the waiting list which is really good but as the reception class this year is already overpopulated, I’m not sure how long we could be waiting before a place becomes available and is possibly offered to Kory.

Even still, we have decided to wait rather than sending him to the other school where he was offered a place. Kory understandably didn’t want to go there and so I made the decision not to send him. In the meantime I will home school him or as a last resort send him to another local school that we were considering should a place become available there first.

I know children adjust but I know my child better than anyone and he doesn’t particularly cope very well with change. Some people might think I am being stubborn or even stupid by choosing not to send him anywhere at all but they haven’t had to look at their child and see tears in their eyes after they’ve been told they may not get to go to the school they always thought they were going to go to after all and that they may have to go to a different school to their friends. The same friends he’s gone to nursery with, played with and has done for 2 years.

Kory was really nervous after he left nursery when he realised he wouldn’t be going there again and that the next time he does go to school it will be ‘big school’ that he goes to but what helped him deal with that was knowing which big school and which children he would be with.

It broke my heart to see Kory so upset and not being able to fix this for him. So as far as I’m concerned those people can think what they like but I am not upsetting my son further and if that means that being home with me will be his education for the time being then so be it. Kory has only just turned 4 years old with him being one of the youngest and not to blow my own trumpet or anything but he is a bright child too so a bit of extra time at home with me before he does eventually go to school full time isn’t going to harm him and i’m going to make the most of this time with him.

So far at ‘school of mum’ we have been learning phonics, letters, words, painting, talking, reading, telling stories, making our own instruments, baking, playing educational games, writing and above all just PLAYING and having fun!

This is by far not how I ever imagined my child’s first term in reception but after many tears (from us both!) Phoning schools 17 times a day and having constant arguments with myself, this is what we have agreed is best for Kory. For now at least anyway.

GO2 Hand Gel review

Before we get started, I would firstly like to thank Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for choosing me to test and review the GO2 Hand Gel.

Now without further ado, let’s get straight into the review!

The GO2 hand gel is certified to kill 99.999% of bacteria and not just the usual 99.99% that you see on other hand gels which means it is certified to stringent testing. Unlike other hand sanitisers, the extra .999% is the key and the GO2 hand gel is the ONLY hand gel in the UK that has all BS EN 1276 and 1500 certificates ensuring you are in safe hands with GO2.

What does that mean I hear you ask?

Well, let’s keep it simple! It means that the GO2 hand gels are the most effective hand gels you can possibly buy to keep your hands clean and germ free. The hand gel is infused with tea tree which means it has a refreshing smell to it too! The hand gel is available to buy in a handy 100ml bottle or a 500ml bottle. The GO2 hand gels are also made with 70% alcohol needed for protection which means they are suitable for yourself but not for your children. However, there is an alcohol free version of the GO2 hand gel which is perfect for children to use with tea tree and aloe vera. Both GO2 hand gels offer that all important assurance that it kills 99.999% of bacteria.

As well as receiving a bottle of the GO2 hand gel as part of my GO2 brand hand gel mission, I also received these GO2 inhaler sticks. They are all made from 100% natural essential oils and they are all proven to help with different things. For example, sleep, energy, calmness and focus.

Well, that’s my review on the GO2 hand gel and the GO2 inhaler sticks I received. As always, thank you for taking the time to read my review. Please let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment.

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Pampers Pass it on Campaign

Before we get started, I would just like to thank Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for involving me in their Pampers Pass it on Campaign and I would like to thank Pampers for their products!

What’s involved in the Pampers Pass it on Campaign I here you ask?

Well, in exchange for a review, Emma’s Diary Parent Squad sent to me a box of goodies which was filled Pampers products for me to try out on Kora.

The first product I would like to talk about are the full pack of Pampers nappy pants that we received.

I was so pleased when I seen the full pack of nappy pants we had to try out all to ourselves! Kora is constantly on the move and so she hates to lie still while I change her but the Pampers nappy pants have made changing her nappy a whole lot easier for me as they are so easy to pull up and they come off just as easily too with sides that tear down. There is no need for me to fasten anything or for Kora to even lie down!

Inside my box of goodies I also received 5 individual Pampers Nappy Pants samples each with a £1 off coupon for a pack of the nappy pants for me to share with other parents.

The Pampers nappy pants are the perfect fit. They have soft and stretchy sides. These comfy nappies will fit your little one like a glove. In fact, they’re so comfy your little one will hardly realise they’re wearing one – which makes them great for bedtime too! Not only this but their micro pearl technology absorbs and locks away wetness from your baby’s skin for up to 12 hours of dryness. The Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy Pants have a 360 fit that flexes to the shape of your baby’s tummy to prevent gaps and leaks so that your little one can enjoy their sleep undisrupted.

Pampers have come up with a fun way to demonstrate how adaptable and flexible their nappy pants really are by providing a simple step-by-step guide so that you can take part in their #PampersMilkBellyTest and see the magic of the Pampers Nappy Pants for yourself…

What is milk belly? After your baby’s night time feed their tummy expands but as they sleep, it contracts. This ‘milk belly’ effect is a sign of everyday development but it’s also a reason why some other nappies gap and leak which can cause disruption to your baby’s sleep (and yours too!) So it’s important that your little one has a nappy that flexes to their tummy throughout the night to prevent leaks for a peaceful nights sleep.

Here is a demonstration I have done for you:

  • Step one: Blow up a balloon
  • Step two: Take one of the Pampers Nappy Pants and place it around the balloon
  • Step three: Let the air in and out of the balloon to mimic the ‘milk belly’ effect and watch the Nappy Pant expand and contract (this represents the movements of your little one’s milk belly throughout the night)
  • Step four: Shake the balloon to see how snuggly the Nappy Pant still fits and share the results with your parenting pals!

Pampers Nappy Pants are recommended by 9/10 parents of wriggly babies agree!

Has your baby started to:

  • Roll
  • Sit up
  • Crawl
  • Stand
  • Cruise

If you answered yes to at least 1 of those things on the list above then your baby might be ready for Pampers nappy pants.

Say goodbye to fussy changing times and try out the Pampers Nappy Pants for yourself!

As always, thank you for reading my review. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Filling in the gaps

Hi! It’s me again.

After reading back my two previous blog posts, I realised I jumped from talking about how I was feeling unsure about letting Kory return to school to suddenly him saying goodbye to nursery on his last day there. So, I just felt as though I wanted to come on here and fill in the gaps. So, Here goes.

I’m guessing from reading my blog posts you’ve gathered that in the end, Kory did end up returning to nursery. This wasn’t an easy decision for me to make, I had so many arguments with myself as I just wanted to do what was best for Kory. Of course I wanted to keep him home and keep him safe but I also wanted him to have a bit of normality and for him to see his friends again. Like many other children, he’d already had so much taken away and at 3 years old, had to try and get his head around that. As an adult, it was much easier for me to understand what has been happening but to explain that to a young child and to try and get them to understand, it wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared myself so to try and remain calm and positive during a pandemic for the sake of my child has been hard. All I wanted was for things to get back to normal again.

But when I was told that Kory could return to nursery as he was in one of the selected year groups to do so, I wasn’t sure I was ready for normal. I didn’t let Kory return to nursery straight away as I really was in two minds about what to do. When we first went into lockdown and the schools closed, Kory was really missing school. He was missing his teachers and missing playing with his friends. I felt so bad for him. However, on the other side of things, I also felt wary and as more weeks passed, I felt as though I didn’t want him to return to nursery at all with everything that’s going on and I just wanted to keep him at home with me for as long as possible. And it’s because of this that I kept him home for the first two weeks of the schools being reopened as I still hadn’t made my mind up but in the end, I think what helped me to finally make a decision was when it was announced that it would be mandatory for all year groups to return to school in September.

So, unless I was going to be homeschooling Kory. It looked like he would have to return by then anyway and this virus isn’t going to have miraculously disappeared by then completely. I also felt that this was the best way to prepare Kory for returning back to school full time once the term starts. Not only this but September is going to be big for Kory. It’s a new start for him but also a massive change. He is going to be starting a new school in a new class with new children and a new teacher and new hours. He will be attending Monday to Friday all day instead of his usual two and a half days a week at nursery and so I thought he could benefit from a bit more schooling before breaking up for the summer holidays and before his return properly in September. It also meant that Kory got to say goodbye to his nursery properly and I felt that gave him the closure that would help him.

And so, for all the reasons mentioned above, I allowed Kory to return and I am glad that I did and I feel like I made the right choice. Returning to school gave Kory the normality that he wanted and needed and it made me and him both so happy when he got to see his friends and his teachers again. I’m so glad he got to see them before having to say goodbye.

I’m not writing any of this to explain myself. I don’t feel like anyone should have to explain their choices to anyone, all any of us can do is do what is best for ourselves and our families. Everyone has different circumstances and opinions and therefore what works for one parent may not work for another or they simply may just have different views on the matter and that is okay too. I think we would all do well to judge each other’s decisions a lot less. I chose to send my child back to school but I can also respect those parents that chose not to and their reasons for that. It really isn’t any of my business and who am I to judge?

Whether you chose to send your children back to school or not, I hope you are all well and I hope for the sake of us all that things continue to get better.

Take care,

Kirsti, xo

Saying goodbye to nursery

It only feels two minutes ago since I wrote all about Kory’s first day at nursery and yet Thursday was Kory’s last day there. I don’t even know how that is possible but I know that it was hard to say goodbye. I think it was even harder for me than it was for Kory even though he was the one leaving!

Kory has attended the same nursery since he was just 2 years old and now he’s almost 4 so the teachers and the little friends he’s made during his time there have been in his life for most of it and that’s what made Thursday such an emotional day. I was emotional on his very first day in the toddler room, I was emotional all over again when he moved up into the preschool classroom and I was an emotional wreck on his last day. I spent the majority of that day bursting into tears as I sat and thought about how it would be the last time I will get him dressed to go there, how it would be the last time I will walk him to that nursery, the last time I drop him off there and say bye to his teachers and the last time I would ever pick him up from there. I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry but when I walked up to the doors to pick him up for the last time the tears just started to fall. I couldn’t believe that this was it.

I am an emotional person anyway. Sad song on the radio? I cry. Heartfelt advert on the tv? I cry. Heck, I’m even crying as I write this post.

The days when both my children are at home with me and we’re all together are my favourite but Kory genuinely enjoyed nursery and although I missed him on the days he was there, I really loved his nursery too. I really loved the teachers and seeing how much Kory loved it too.

Kory, your teachers tell me that you love to play in the small world corner with the dinosaurs and the cars. (This doesn’t surprise me, you’re the same at home.) They tell me that you always enjoy your day when you’re there and they tell me that you’re always good. (Now this surprises me! Ha)

Kory leaving nursery really feels like the end of a chapter in his life. I still get upset when I think about all the things we won’t do anymore now that he’s left and how I don’t feel prepared for him to start reception in September when he will go to school full time and I will see him even less! I’ve heard some of the parents talk about how their excited for their children to start school properly and I’m excited too I suppose but I also feel so sad that this chapter of his life has come to an end.

It’s not so much the new beginnings that upset me, it’s the goodbyes.

Kory’s nursery has taught him so much and I will forever be grateful to his teachers for that. They tried so hard to make Kory feel comfortable when he initially struggled to settle when he first started there and we all wanted to cheer on the day he no longer cried when I dropped him off. They encouraged Kory who is particularly shy to join in and make friends, which he did, he now has more friends than me! His teachers have made endless paintings, pictures and memories with him. They worked so hard to teach Kory how to count, write and a million other things too. They have sung songs with him, played with him and read with him. The nursery also didn’t mind that I would ring up every single day he was there just to check he was okay. The nursery that made him feel safe and gave him a cuddle if he was sad. The nursery where he learned to share. The nursery that has helped shape him into the wonderful little boy he is.

I know how much Kory loved nursery and although he hasn’t cried, I know he will miss it. Even on those days when he would tell me he didn’t want to go. When I chose this nursery for him I knew I’d made the right choice. I have loved watching Kory grow and getting to know his teachers and his friends and their parents. It has been a pleasure.

Although Kory’s nursery days have come to an end (a day I thought was ages away but came round quicker than I could have ever imagined!) I am sure he will remain friends with the children he has gotten to know and love and continue to make even more friends throughout his schooling life. Kory’s nursery teachers have given him the best start in his school life and I will forever be thankful to them for that.

Kory, I wonder what you will remember about this as you grow older? I know your teachers and your friends will always remember you.

I am so proud of you Kory, thank you for letting me enjoy your nursery days with you.

Love always,

Mum, xo

An open letter to my children during the Covid-19 pandemic

To Kory and Kora,

We are living through some history textbook times right now. There is a virus, Covid-19, that has shut down most of the world. It has forced schools to close, shut down the places that you like to visit, kept people from their loved ones and sadly even taken some away.

Kory, you have some understanding of the current situation. You know that there is a ‘bad cold’ and that’s why we can’t socialise with our family and friends the same as we did before and you know that this is why you haven’t been to school or been anywhere at all really. You have taken this all in your stride and I am so proud of you. You have done marvelous. But Kora, you have no idea. You’re only 9 months old and you have spent most of your life in lockdown and you don’t know any different. I don’t know if this is better or worse but that doesn’t stop me from feeling bad. I’m sorry I can’t take you to baby groups or on play dates like I once did with your brother when he was just a baby. I have hardly stepped through the door with you. You’ve only been around me, your dad and your brother properly and it shows because you’re wary of others. I am sorry for this and I wish the world was different.

We have spent many weeks in lockdown, at home and social distancing ourselves from others but we are reaching a stage now were places are beginning to re open. They need to, people need to work because people need money to live but people are also worried about this, me included, we are all fearing the unknown. We haven’t experienced anything like this before – at least not in my lifetime anyway but we have to see this as a positive. It’s a sign of things hopefully returning to somewhat normal however our way of living won’t be like how it once was before the pandemic for quite some time.

Kory, your school reopened a few weeks ago and I still haven’t made the decision on whether or not to send you back. I know how much you love school and how much you have really missed going there and seeing your teachers and playing with your friends. When your nursery was forced to close I was as upset as you were, sometimes doing the school run was the only time I got to speak to another adult that day, I was going to miss speaking with your teachers about how well you were doing and seeing your face light up when I picked you up but I was more upset for you because I didn’t know how long your school was going to be closed for and I knew how much you would miss going. Of course I was happy when I heard the news of schools reopening but I still worry about what may happen if I do send you back to school. I’m worried that if I send you back to school to socialise with your friends and teachers who all come from different households I could then undo everything I have done to protect you, your sister, us. This is why it’s hard for me. I want to make everything as normal as possible for you but as your mum, it will always be my job to keep you safe and that is what I am trying to do. I hope you can understand.

During all of this, people have had different views and conflicting opinions on the matter. Some people chose to carry on with their lives as normal, they didn’t let the virus stop them from doing anything, they carried on living their lives as they did before – which is completely their decision but we as a family chose to follow the advice that had been given to everybody – which was to stay home, only leave your house for work if you’re unable to work from home, food or medicine supplies. A while after that, the rules changed again from ‘stay home’ to ‘stay alert’ the rules were still there but relaxed a little. We as a family again followed the rules. To us, being asked to stay home in order to stay safe and to protect the NHS seemed like a small price to pay when there were doctors, nurses and keyworkers working tirelessly to fight this virus and to continue providing services for every person and all we needed to do was sit on our couch.

So, for over 12 weeks we have stayed home and lived our lives in our own little bubble. We hadn’t seen anybody or been anywhere and that was so we could keep ourselves, our loved ones and those who are vulnerable – safe. But it hasn’t been easy. Of course it hasn’t. Being at home with two children can be particularly hard on any given day, never mind day after day of being unable to go anywhere and it’s been hard for you two as well. Mostly you Kory as you are more aware of what’s going on and because it was as if over night everything in your life changed. You were no longer able to just pop to your Nan’s house or to see your friends. It has been hard not being able to see our family and friends who we miss very much. There’s been days when we’ve all felt fed up and felt like we just needed to get out of the house and there’s been days when we’ve done lots of fun things together and enjoyed our time at home. It’s been hard for everyone but I can say the pandemic has also been a lesson for me. I believe living life in lockdown has changed my outlook on life. I definitely appreciate the things that I used to just take for granted before all of this happened. Never again will I take for granted being able to see the people I love.

Changes are being made all the time in regards to lockdown, the reopening of businesses and households being able to mix. You both got to see your nanas and your grandad recently for the first time since we went into lockdown and it made them and you both so happy. In the next couple of weeks things could be totally different again and I hope that they are. For the better. All I know is that I just want things to get better as i’m sure everyone does. I know the world and it’s people have had varying opinions on this whole situation from the start and possibly how it all should have been handled and how we as people should deal with this but I think the one thing we can ALL agree on is that all any of us want is for things to get better. I want that for us, for our family and friends, for the world, for everyone but more than anything, for you two. I want to be able to look back and all of this just be a thing from the past.

I can’t keep the world safe but I can try my best to keep you two safe and I always will.

I hope one day when you’re both older and you’re reading this back. I hope you, Kory, don’t remember a scary time when we were stuck at home but a time when we spent lots of time at home together and had the most fun.

And Kora, you probably won’t remember anything at all about all of this but this applies to you too.

Love always,

Mum, xo

25 things i’ve learned in 25 years

I can’t believe that I turn 26 years old in 3 days. I don’t know when or how that happened. I am now going to be closer to 30 than I am 20! Wowzers. I still feel like a carefree 20 year old (but I have two kids so mostly a not so carefree 20 year old) and most definitely not like a soon-to-be 26 year old. Whatever that is ‘supposed’ to feel like anyway… And I definitely don’t act my age (I still don’t know how to adult properly.) Although some would say I act older. I like watching Emmerdale (Emmy Semmy as Kory calls it) and drinking a good cup of tea. Ok? But I also like listening to Tupac and playing on my Nintendo Switch. I call it balance.

Thinking about this has got me feeling a little nostalgic. This is going to be my first ever birthday spent in partial lockdown too – I have Covid-19 to thank for that. So I thought I would think back through all the years that have quickly passed me by and try to remember what I have learned in the quater of a century that I have been on earth. I mean, what else am I going to?

So, let’s go!

  1. I am not perfect and I don’t have to be. At one point in my life I didn’t like the person I was but I have grown to love the person I am. I’m my own weirdo and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  2. Embrace your weirdness. Always stay true to you.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  4. Do the things you love. Just do them. Always.
  5. Worry less. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  6. Not everyone will like you and you won’t like everyone you meet either and that’s okay. I don’t follow trends, I have my own style, I refuse to update my music playlist. Mostly everything I listen to is from the 90’s or before. I’m actually a massive geek who loves movies and reading books but I am who I am and I won’t waste my time or energy trying to get anyone to like me.
  7. It’s okay to only have a small number of friends. Quality over quantity.
  8. Hold on to those who have always been there for you. People like that are few and far between, hold them close and never let them go.
  9. Nothing is more important than family, friends and love. If you love someone – tell them!
  10. I am not a reflection of those who have chose to walk out of my life. That says more about their character than it does mine.
  11. It’s okay to let go of toxic people. If someone isn’t good for you it is okay to walk away.
  12. Know your worth.
  13. Speak your mind. Life is too short to hold things inside. Never be afraid to say how you feel.
  14. Be kind. The world needs more of that.
  15. Keep the past in the past. That’s where it belongs. If you can’t change something, it’s better to just let it go.
  16. Trust your gut instinct. If my gut instinct has taught me anything over the years it’s that it’s usually 99.9% right. Whenever I get a vibe from someone I go with my gut instinct and it’s yet to make a fool out of me.
  17. Go for it. It’s so easy to play it safe and avoid trying anything new for fear of leaving your comfort zone but if the last 20 odd years have taught me anything it’s that life is short and it’s to be lived to the fullest! It’s better to just go for it than to spend your life wondering what if…
  18. Everything happens for a reason. Such a cliche but I am such a believer of this. Sometimes the universe knows what you need in life before you do.
  19. Animals are better than people. They are pure and if people were more like them then this world would be a much better place.
  20. Open your mind. When you assume you know everything you close your mind off from compassion and acceptance. Instead, ask yourself deep meaningful questions. Of course stand by your own beliefs but be willing to be more open minded.
  21. Travel as much as you can. See more of the great, big world.
  22. The solution to most problems is a good cry. When everything gets a bit too much I like to stick on one of my favourite tv shows, eat Nutella straight from the jar and feel a bit sorry for myself. Sounds pathetic but I always feel better after a good cry.
  23. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. I’m gonna be 26 years old and I still don’t know what I wanna do with my life and that’s absolutely normal.
  24. Trust yourself. You are capable of doing anything if you just put your mind to it.
  25. Be happy. Everyone in this world deserves happiness and to have what they want in this life and that includes YOU.

Thank you for reading my 25 things I’ve learned in 25 years! What life lessons have you learned? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading as always,

Kirsti, xo

Pampers Nappy Pants review

Thank you, Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for sending me a pack of the Pampers Nappy Pants to try out with Kora as part of the #PampersPeaceofMind challenge.

The challenge is all about how the Pampers Nappy Pants provide parents with peace of mind from leaks.

After receiving the full size pack of Pampers Nappy Pants I trialed them on Kora right away and I was really pleased with how absorbent the Nappy Pants were during the day as well as over night. The Pampers Nappy Pants definitely provided me with peace of mind. I no longer have to worry about nappy leaks!

What I also really like about the Nappy Pants is that they are super easy to put on. Now that Kora is on the move, changing her nappy has become quite the challenge in itself but with the Pampers Nappy Pants it takes just one pull to put one on so now there’s no need to wrestle (jokes!) or crawl after her while I try to fasten a nappy anymore!

The Nappy Pants have a 360 stretchy waistband which provides ultimate comfort and leak protection. The Pampers Nappy Pants also start at size 3 meaning you don’t have to wait until your child is potty training to get the full benefits of the nappy pants! They’ve sure made nappy changing in our house a whole lot easier!

After trying the Pampers Nappy Pants, I would definitely recommend them to any parent. Kora is always on the go and wriggles around quite a lot in the night too so these Nappy Pants have definitely been put to the test but Kora always remains leak free and wakes up every morning 100% dry and happy! Nappy leaks are definitely a thing of the past in our house!

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *