{Rant} Too big here, too small there…

When it comes to buying clothes for my little men I don’t really have a favourite brand or shop – I buy from charity shops, bargain shops, supermarkets, high quality shops – I’m not really a clothes ‘snob’! Basically, if I see something I like and can afford it, I’ll buy it. 
My boys seem to be on the larger side as they have long legs and and torsos, so they are usually in the next size up before they need it anyway. One problem I have with them is that a particular size in one shop can be too small on them, whereas the same size in another shop can be huge. Also recently I have found that some of the smaller sizes are actually bigger than the next size up depending where they’re from (am I making sense?), which has been really confusing when trying to sort J’s clothes out for N – I’ve had to try them up against him whilst he lays wriggles on the floor, and I’ve had to take some 12-18 month tops out for him already (he’s 7 months old! Told you, big baby…).

For example, these tops below:

The one on the left is first size, and the one on the right is 6-9 months! I know the jumper is knitted so it’s a bit stretchier, but that is a huge difference in size. N was still fitting in this jumper at 4 months old whereas he was practically growing out of the other one already.

Even if I take two cotton t-shirts:

They are both 9-12 months. There is a huge difference between these two – the one on the right looks likes 3-6 months against the other. Can you guess which one N is outgrowing already?…

And of course it goes for adult clothing too – I often have to buy different sizes from different places. Though it does make me feel better when I have to buy a smaller size!

Of course the ideal option would be to have standard sizing across all brands & shops so we don’t have to buy different sizes from different places at the same clothes size, but that would be practically impossible to fulfill. So unfortunately we just have to plod on with the sizing issue. I know it’s a niggle of a thing to get frustrated with, but it is annoying, right?

Do you have the same problem?

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Review – Funky Giraffe personalised bandana bib

Ever since before J arrived I have been a little obsessed with bandana dribble bibs; in fact we have a drawer full now! We have many different colours, designs & patterns; enough to match every outfit really. One bib that we don’t own though is a personalised bib, but I have been after one for ages so I was rather excited when I was offered the chance to review one of the new personalised range from Funky Giraffe bibs.

The personalisation process is really easy, though it took me forever to design mine as there are so many options to choose from and I kept chopping and changing different options. There are 12 colour options to choose from including some funky bright colours. I did in fact choose an orange one to start with but then when I saw all the design options and chosen what I wanted, I decided that my design would look better on a black bib. When choosing your design, you can choose from one of the pre-loaded designs or choose your picture/lettering/etc. yourself, so the possibilities really are endless, plus there is a guideline box so you can make sure the design will be printed fully on the bib. Some of the design options do cost a little extra though. Once you’ve designed it you get a preview, and then you go ahead to the basket and order process.

My bib arrived very quickly which was great as they aim to post orders placed before 3 pm on a weekday, on the same day. I was expecting the design on the bib to be printed on rather than embroidered on so I was pleasantly surprised to find it embroidered as I think it does give it more of the personalised feel. The quality of embroidering is great and it has lasted through washing, as has the bib in general. The bib itself is the usual Funky Giraffe thick quality with two breathable layers, and lovely and soft so it doesn’t rub on N’s skin and it keeps him dry unlike other brands where the wetness does go through slightly. It of course also has the funky Funky Giraffe tag!

The fit on N is great, it fits nicely around his somewhat chunky neck and is big enough to catch all of his dribble whilst not riding up his chin too much unlike other brands which I have also purchased. And I might be biased but he does look awfully cute in it. We do have other racing car bibs but this one is our new favourite! It is definitely well worth the money and I think the personalised option would make a great gift for a new baby, birthday, or the upcoming Christmas of course.
Funky giraffe personalised bibs start from £5 and you can add optional extras for 70p each. 

Our rating – 5/5

We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

Recipe – Pesto, spinach, tomato & mozzarella tart

We only recently started eating pesto after having it on a pizza elsewhere, but it is so versatile. This tart has a few individually distinct flavours but they all complement each other beautifully, and I could eat the whole thing. It’s really easy and quick to make too. I served it with cous cous for a lighter accompaniment to the puff pastry.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 250 g ready rolled puff pastry sheet (the cheat’s way, or you can make your own)
  • 50 g green pesto
  • 1 small bag of spinach
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ball of mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • Remove your pastry from the fridge 20 minutes before baking and preheat oven to gas 6/400F/200C.
  • Place a rectangle of baking paper onto a baking tray and lay your sheet of puff pastry on top.
  • Spread the pesto over the pastry leaving 1 cm around the edge, then either score around taking care not to go through the pastry, or pinch the sides up.
  • Lay the spinach over the pesto.
  • Lay the tomato halves evenly over the spinach.
  • Lay the mozzarella slices over the top.
  • Bake for around 30 minutes, until the pastry is puffed up & golden.
  • Serve with your choice of accompaniment and enjoy!

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PicStick photo magnets | Review

Regular readers of the blog will have figured out that I like photos up around my home, and my friends and Instagram followers will know that I take a lot of photos too. As we’re a bit pushed for wall space living in a small flat, I like to find other ways of displaying my photos – for example a collage in one frame – but with photo magnets you can utilise the fridge and admire your family every time you go there too! (Not that I will use that as an excuse to eat more… *chuckle*). PicStick have brought this idea to life and I had the chance to review some photo magnets from there.

It’s really easy to create your photo magnets. Once you have created an account you can get get straight to uploading your photos for your magnets. PicStick allows you to upload from your computer or connect straight to Facebook or Dropbox and simply choose from there. For each photo you choose, you can crop and rotate them to fit the magnet – there are guidelines to help you get the best fit. Once you’ve taken forever to choose your photos (if you have as many as me) and create your magnet sheet, you simply add to your basket and create another one, or check out which is easy to do via card or PayPal.

Considering delivery is free, my magnets were extremely quick to arrive as PicStick aim to print and post them within one working day of your order being placed. My magnets arrived in a hard envelope which is always good with products like this to avoid them getting damaged. The photo magnets come in a sheet of nine, ready for you to take apart and stick on your fridge. In fact, as they are magnetic they will stick to any metallic surface and not just your fridge. The magnets are really easy to take apart; you just need to fold them over slightly and they will tear apart with ease, also leaving a smooth edge. The magnets are also thick so quite durable to toddlers who can reach them…

The photo quality itself wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be, but my photos weren’t top quality to start with as they were just taken on my smart phone. I thought they looked a little grainy. Nevertheless, they are good enough to be displayed on the fridge and unless you really inspected them then you wouldn’t really notice. The magnets work out at just over £1 each so I’m not sure I would buy them for myself but I would definitely consider buying them as a gift as I love seeing them on my fridge every time I go into the kitchen.

A sheet of nine photo magnets from PicStick is £9.50, with free delivery all over the world! My readers can also get 25% off by using the discount code EASY25. 

My rating – 4/5

I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Project 365 – Week 41 (days 278 – 284)

Day 278 / October 5th
J got this rocking horse for Christmas last year – he still plays on it but we thought we would try N on it (holding him of course). He’s only 7 months and he reaches the bottom already!

Day 279 / October 6th
It was my birthday today and I was supposed to be doing my skydive but the weather was terrible so I had to rearrange it for next week. I was terrified to do it but totally gutted when I couldn’t!

Day 280 / October 7th
I used to get hand made cards all the time before my mum-in-law passed away (so I haven’t had any for over a year) so I was happy when I got these ones.

Day 281 / October 8th
J had to walk home from nursery today as the boys’ Uncle took N out for a few hours so he had the pushchair, but it was a perfect opportunity for leaf collecting.

Day 282 / October 9th
Testing out a fabulous review delivery, to be on the blog soon.

Day 283 / October 10th
A bit of a stressful day today so time for my favourite caramel latte from the Tassimo, when the boys went to bed.

Day 284 / October 11th
I love seeing the boys playing together so I was mega happy to capture one of these rare moments when they are both still.
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