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Activities to keep the littlies occupied

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m at home and the kids are bored, I’m bored and just cant think of anything to do. Though they have plenty of toys and games sometimes some thinking outside of the box is required to keep them and me occupied!

Lots of people find their inspiration on Pinterest, but I have very little experience in Pinterest, although I do mean to get on there and discover what all the fuss is about. I’m sure once I get the hang of it I wont look back. However, in the mean time I look for different Facebook pages, blog pages and twitter to find my inspiration. I get some really good ideas. To be honest, I really am hopeless at remembering where I saw the original posts, I really need to write them down when I see them! that way I can give full credit to the page I saw the original post on! I’m working on getting better at this! I promise.

Rice Discovery

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This is such a simple idea, yet Timmy loved it!

All you need is a spare egg carton, some small toys or rocks or other treasures and rice! place the toys in the egg carton then cover with rice. Timmy came up with the ides of guessing hat was under the rice before he would dig I out, that was his own idea, clever monkey! but yes, this game was a lot of fun for him he really enjoyed it! excuse his dressing gown, we had an at home day, mummy was wearing hers, so of course he had to do the same 🙂

Colourful hanging water bag

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This is another simple idea I found on another page, for the life of me I can not find where I found it! I have spent literally days trying to find where this one originated from!

All you need is strong sandwich bags zip lock, food colouring and glitter. You can get as creative as you like with this activity adding all sorts of items in the bag! I got Timmy to draw pictures on the bag in permanent marker, which he loved Timmy loved choosing the colours, writing on the bags and adding glitter to the water. Both the kids enjoyed this activity. We had these on the sliding glass door for over a week, they did not break, although I was worried as Timmy was occasionally very rough! but this is a great activity for all ages and got ALOT of use out of. After a week, we took them down as they kept falling down, we only had them stuck on the door with sticky tape!

Spaghetti Play

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This is such a great sensory activity. I kept the pasta plain as my 1 year old would only try to eat it and yes he did otherwise you could add different colours with food colouring or even some glitter to make it really interesting! Timmy LOVED LOVED this one. so much so the ending result was…………

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No I did not know he was going to do this, I went inside to get his brother some water and wash his hands, when I came out this is what had happened! A butt naked Timmy in a bowl of pasta. Each to their own I suppose! This picture will make a future appearance, say at his 16th, 18th or 21st….maybe all of them 🙂

Pasta and/ or rice in a bottle 

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This is yet again very simple using items you would most like have in your cupboard. Elijah really got a lot of use out of this one, Timmy liked choosing the pasta and rice to put it the bottle. just ensure the lid is well taped or glued up so it can not be opened.

Another basic shaker using a plastic bottle is water, food colouring and glitter and other crafty things you find. Timmy once again enjoyed doing this activity, choosing the colour and what would go in the bottle, Elijah plays a lot with this one! once again ensure the lid is firmly closed with tape or glue.

Cereal fun

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I went through our cupboards and found old cereal, coconut shavings, rice, seeds ect placed it all in a bowl and Timmy and Elijah had a ball playing with this. Elijah did try to eat it, so I kept close watch while they were playing. But its a great sensory messy activity.  Timmy loved getting his cars, making patterns and burring the items under the cereal. Afterwards, we threw the leftovers on our lawn for the birds! easy.

I would love to know what other ideas you have or use with your little ones to keep them occupied? Share your posts with me below!

Candice x

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20 weeks with baby number 3

Hey everyone, its been a while since a blog post, so I apologise. Some of you who follow me on Instagram would have known already by my insta videos ( which I am new at, and still trying to get the hang off!) that I am pregnant! I have been rather quiet with this one, more or less just really enjoying this pregnancy. Ive enjoyed having a little secret to myself for a while. But now I’m half way and about time I shared an update with you all!

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20 weeks with baby number 3

The first 3 months have been fairly easy, not much nausea just a lot of tiredness. I had an early gestational diabetes test, which I have not heard back from, so I’m assuming all good…..and considering how I felt with Elijah and how I feel this time, couldn’t be more different! This pregnancy is a lot more like when I was pregnant the first time with Timmy, it was easy and comfortable and I really enjoyed the experience. Elijah, well that was a whole other ball game. I hated every minute being pregnant, I hate saying that. But it was true. It was very hard to control anything to do with my body, what I ate and how I felt before or after i ate, my tiredness level was horrendous! however the minute I gave birth I felt I could have run a marathon, I literally felt amazing again. Goes to show what gestational diabetes can do to you!

I thought we would stop after baby number 2, but I realised the moment I gave birth to him that would be that last time. I was sad at the thought of never getting to go through pregnancy again, feel baby kicks and getting to go through labour again. Yes, labour sucks, but it is the most rewarding experience you will ever have in your life, well it was for me anyway! You go through hours of pain to get the most amazing gift at the end of it! There is literally no high like it when you see and hold your baby in your arms, its pure magic.

well I have really been enjoying my pregnancy a lot this time around. Really absorbing it all. I’m getting a lot bigger now and feeling baby move a fair bit more, however baby is a lot more quiet in the moving department then the other two were. I have had my scan to tell me the sex of my baby. If you want to know, send me a msg, ill tell you 🙂 I wont write it on here as other people may not want to know.

With every pregnancy there are new fears I face every time. With Timmy it was all new, I feared the unknown. And after the birth everything was different, it was overwhelming, the tiredness was a whole new level I never knew. but after 4 months it all settled down, we found our rhythm and it was good. With Elijah I was worried how Timmy would handle the new addititon, but on a whole he was good. He just decided to go through his threenanger stage after Elijah was born, which kinda sucked and made my life very stressful. He seems to be getting a bit better now. But after Elijah I hit Post Natal Depression, my stress was off the grid it was awful….speaking to doctors and councillors all they suggested was drugs, especially after the doctor told me I would need drugs to come of the original drugs they would give me….um, no thanks. I decided right there and then I had to sort my shit out, whether it was timing or just me, somehow I managed to get my shit together. It was not easy, but I am lucky I got through it, it took a good 5 months. So yes I am nervous that PND will begin again after baby number 3, but I am currently taking steps to try and get my head straight, try to be aware of when I’m feeling low, and try to take a different approach after baby is born. only time will tell if this helps or not. If not there is a course on PND I can do through the Parental Stress Centre, who I did a course through them after my last baby called “find the calm amongst the chaos” and I can not tell you how much that helped me. You can read about my story on that here The Parental Stress Centre 

Its now 20 weeks with baby number 3, and I had my first hormonal breakdown a few days ago. My fears going forward are obviously PND, and Elijah. He is very clingy and needs my attention a lot. He screams and cry’s constantly when I am around, for other people he seems fine, but when it is me, its not good enough he needs to be with me or on me or have my attention a lot of the time! I am hoping after he starts talking he will calm down on the screaming and crying. however, I am looking forward to having our last addition join the family. Timmy is very excited for the new addition, he has helped choose the name also. I am not worried about him, he is such a smart little cookie and yes he has days he is a right pain in the arse however, he is such a beautiful little boy, very intelligent and makes a really good big brother. He loves to help me out when he is in the mood. His latest helping is vacuuming the floor. I am not complaining.

So after my feeling a bit low the other day and loosing my temper one too many times at the boys, I decided I needed to try and get on top of this once again before it gets out of control. I went onto the Parental Stress Centre website and found a course which now suits me. I will blog about it later once I am finished it. It is called The Happy Mum Course. I Just started 3 days ago, it goes for 10 weeks. I will blog all about it. I honestly love this centre, it suits me perfectly, and from my experience speaking with a counsellor this course beats that hands down! 

I am lucky this time around, we have everything we need for the last addition. All the furniture, a lot of gender neutral clothing – but either way this baby is getting all the hand me downs! The only thing extra we need is to get a pram that fits both Elijah and the new baby. Baby Bunting, here we come! I loved shopping there for all the stuff we needed for Elijah, they were so helpful and the prices were so good! Were hoping that the car seat capsule fits into the car so we will not need to buy a new one of those either! But other then that we are pretty much set ready to go! I’m looking forward to this next stage, and knowing this is absolutely our last bubba. I am happy with this, and accept it. I am just really enjoying every single second of this pregnancy and want to take it all in. I did not really with Elijah, I wasn’t feeling right and then after with the PND was just horrible. The newborn stage went by in the blink of an eye. I barely recognise Elijah as a newborn, its a blurry first 5 months with him which makes me sad. So this time I really want to just try to take everything in, and I’m hoping by working with the Parental Stress Centre through their course this will help keep me on track.

Ok, so that is all so far from me! So far so good on my pregnancy. Be sure to check out my Insta & Facebook page for picture updates along the way!

Candice xx

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A recent update

Elijah’s first birthday Plans

Can you believe we are already in the middle of March? My baby turns 1 this month!! It has gone way too fast. My plans for his birthday are not a lot really. He doesn’t have any baby friends yet, so no point in throwing a party. His daddy will be working late as its a Friday his birthday falls on. So I am thinking I will just go around my dad’s house and do a nice little celebration and dinner round there. I will get Timmy to help me make a cake, he loves decorating cakes, not so much eating them. I have the weirdest child, he will not lick the bowl or the spoon, the BEST part of making cakes! I have not organised any presents as yet. He does not need a whole lot, so I am thinking I’ll just get him a little play tunnel which I think he would love to play with Timmy. Besides that, ill get him some winter clothes which he is need of. So not a very exciting birthday, but will still be nice and special.

My Study’s

So if you follow me on my social media accounts, Facebook, twitter or Instagram you will know that I am currently studying a diploma in childcare. I started it last year after I had Elijah, and I fell far behind. Mainly due to my self doubt! It is by far my worst quality, I second guess everything I do and question every choice a thousand times. So I delayed doing exams out of fear I would fail. So far I have not got below 90% in a single exam, so I really should stop the self doubt and just get on with it as I am clearly capable of doing it! So I am now trying very hard to catch up. I need to be doing an exam once every week for the next 2 months in order to catch up and then if I continue along the same routine, I should finish my course by the end of the year, that is my goal. I still have my work placement to do and I am hoping I will be ready to do this next month.

Personal Goals

Ok, so I have blogging goals which is to blog more regularly. As of late I have been really uninspired by my own blog, I need to update the theme so its more exciting, I have just added some more areas which will expand my blog a little more. I’ve included food and drinks, books, mummy time and an arts n crafts section. And obviously there is the main blog section too.

Future Holidays

So Timmy and his daddy are heading to the UK in a few months for a couple of weeks to visit family. Just the thought brings me to tears, the idea of putting my 3 year old on a plane and sending him off half way around the world, its too much to bear! I have never left Timmy for more then 2 days, and he was in the same country! Its a HUGE deal!! not to mention his birthday will fall on his holiday, so I wont be with him! I will not be going because Elijah will need to be held the whole journey as he is too little to have his own seat yet, that idea is not one I think of as much fun! So, I’ve decided, while they are off trekking the world, I am going to take me and Elijah on a holiday of our own, just not sure where yet! I really want to go to Melbourne. I have been before and loved it, so would be nice to go again! Or I could go up north. It would be winter time, so ill do some research and decide where I need to go.  I do know I do not want to be sitting around the house, sad and missing my biggest monkey which is exactly what I will be doing. So I must make a plan for me! keep myself busy as possible.

So this is my latest update. Hope you enjoy!

Candice xx

 

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My Past Week

What a fairly busy week I have had! Here is how our week turned out.

Monday: It was Timmy’s first day back at school. I can tell you we were both ready for him to go back to school. The past week we had been counting down to when the day was finally here! He was super excited to see his teachers and his friends. So, as soon as I had dropped him off I went to the shops, Big W, to get some photos printed off. It is my latest project. I love photo albums, I have way too many pictures on my computer. So every week or every fortnight i’m going to print a bunch off and put them into albums, then delete the pictures off my computer.  Then when I got home after doing a load of washing, feeding and putting Elijah down or a nap, I went to visit my friend Leilana. It has been a while since we caught up, so that was nice! Then home, pick up Timmy and let the night time routine madness begin!

Tuesday: The morning with Timmy was a nightmare. He was being so naughty, I had no idea what to do with him. It was pouring down with rain, so I just let him watch cartoons while I tried to get a couple of house jobs done, but he was in the mood where he needs me to watch the cartoons with him, I had to be next to him and giving him constant attention. So trying to get the washing up done with Timmy sitting at my legs yelling, “Mummy look”! every 2 seconds was proving very frustrating. Finally the rain stopped and Timmy suggested he go out and jump in muddy puddles. OK. Wellies on and out he went, of course I had to go out with him and watch. When he was finished he came back in the house and emptied all the water from his boots onto our floor. Great. I needed to get out of the house. It was going to be a long day otherwise. So I got us all ready and headed out to the local pools, where they had a load of jumping castles set up. The one time I was on the phone talking to my dad, Timmy decided to be brave and go up the tallest steepest slide possible. (we had a conversation that he was too small and this slide was for big children) well, he got up there fine, once up the top no way was he coming down! Up I went, and let me tell you I was not keep on going down this slide either. It was high and very steep! But we had no choice, so I put Timmy on my lap facing me, I closed my eyes and down we went. OMG it was worse then I even thought it was going to be! And I have half the skin removed from my elbow and knee as a reminder of the horrific ride. the things we do for our children. Thanks Timmy! We stayed for an hour and a half, then Timmy said he was hungry, so we left and went to woolies to get some bread rolls, ham, and fruit and we went round my dads and had lunch with him. Then I put Elijah down for a sleep. While he was sleeping at dad’s me and Timmy went back to jumping world for an hour where we meet up with another friend Annie and her son. Then back to pick up Elijah and home for dinners, baths and bed time!

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Timmy at jumping World

Wednesday: I was up before anyone else at 5.30am. Prepared Elijah’s Bottles, got all bags ready for the day, got Timmy’s clothes ready. He woke just before 6, gave him his toast and got him dressed while he watched his cartoons. Elijah woke, nappy changed, bottle given, dressed. Finally got myself dressed. Carl woke and took Timmy to school, then me and Carl went of into the city. I had been invited to a book launch which I was very excited about attending. It was all the way out at Taramara Park, near Bondi. It was going to take us 2 1/2 hours to get there from where we live. So, we were on a train at 7.15am. We managed to find were we needed to be right on time! Im glad I had Carl, cause I most likely would have got lost. we needed to catch 2 different trains and a bus Well, we got to the launch, and it was great. I had a great time. The location was beautiful and I was very lucky and happy to have been invited!Just a shame Timmy was in school that day as he would have loved it. They had a Pirate blowing up balloons, a fairy blowing bubbles, they had an active session doing races and that sort of thing, face painting and a reading of the book. It really was a great set up. I love a good picnic, and this was perfect! Afterwards we needed to get back into the city because we needed to start heading back in time to get Timmy from Pre- school. After we picked him up, we went round dads to say hi, then it was back home for the usual night time routine of dinners bath and bed.

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At the Taramara for the book launch of “Nothing Happens Outside”

 

Thursday: Carls 2nd day off. I got up with Timmy and Elijah, breakfasts done, put on a load of washing, Timmy watched his cartoons while I tried to tidy up my computer table. It was becoming a dumping ground for everything. Needless to say, not much study or blog writing has been getting done, there has been no room! Then Carl tidied up the front lawn. Then after he took Timmy out for a while, I put Elijah down for a sleep and decided to make the most of it, and had a sleep myself! I fell straight asleep, even though I went to bed early the night before, was still so tired.

Friday: Timmy is in school, I did a shop lots of washing and not alot else actually. I decided to just have a chill day. I just potted around the house and spending time with Elijah. Visited dad in the afternoon after picking up Timmy from school.

Saturday & Sunday: We did not really do much all weekend. I did some study, we went grocerie shopping, did some sorting and cleaning in the house. Oh, on Sunday I asked Timmy to tidy his room, he actually did it! Not complaining, no arguments. He said ok mummy, he came back 15 minutes later and said all done! I couldn’t believe it. He played on his trampoline a lot over the weekend. I have put his basketball hoop on the inside of his net, he loves it! Ive started sorting through the kids clothes figuring out what is too small, what needs to be thrown out and sorting through all the winter clothes, what will still fit Timmy, or what may now fit Elijah. I’m the worst at sorting clothes, I struggle to throw things out!! I did some more study and completed another unit. Happy with that. Trying to play catch up from my lazy year last year. I fell very behind. But another 3 units to go and I will have caught up to where I need to be.

Oh Elijah is now cruising around furniture and waving. He also loves shaking his head when you say no, no, no! very cute. He is still a major thumb sucker. Timmy is doing very well in school, this year his teacher is giving him extra responsibilities, which he is loving. He is also coming along so well in his writing and recognizes most of his numbers now. I love when he draws, they are actually starting to resemble actual people and things now! He loves school and has a lot of friends!

So that about wraps up our week!

Candice x

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Timmy’s first Christmas Concert

For well over a month I would catch Timmy singing little bits of Christmas songs. I would ask him about them and he wouldn’t tell me. I asked his teacher, she said they had started practicing for there Christmas concert. This brought me huge excitement! His first ever Christmas concert. What parent does not like seeing there kid in a concert? So yes, I was very excited indeed!

As the concert got closer, he started singing more and more. But if he saw me watching or knew I was listening he would stop. I asked him why, he said “it’s a surprise mummy!” A letter went out to all parents detailing the day, we were asked to bring a plate of food and to also bring a gift that Santa would give to your child. I could not wait for the day to come.

Finally it was concert day, Timmy was beside himself with excitement, I was equally excited. We get there 10 minutes before it is due to start and the room is packed. I have to stand up the back behind alot of tall people and can barely see him. Luckily Carl is with me, he can see Timmy (carl is rather tall) and manages to get some photos and film a video or two of him! I couldn’t have been more proud. My little man was up there having a ball, he knew all the words and actions. I honestly nearly cried at the sight of him, seriously proud mummy moment!

At the end, Santa comes in and all the kids get called one by one and get their present and photo with Santa. Luckily Timmy loved his present, a cash register. He is right into playing shops and that sort of thing these days so it was the perfect present.

Honestly, this time of year makes me reflect on the past year and how far Timmy has come. How grown up he is becoming now. They honestly grow up too fast. I think back to when he was just my baby, he will be 4 this coming year….bloody 4!!! Where has the past 4 years gone?!! I am so proud of the little man he is growing into.

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Timmy after his school concert with Santa.

On his last day at school before the holidays, his school sent home his portfolio for the year. It had pictures, photos, paintings ect that he had done through the year. I was looking through it, so proud and secretly cried. I don’t know what it is, but once I popped out my first child I cry over everything and anything, the littlest thing will set me off. So it was no surprise that when I opened his Christmas present from school, it was a dvd they had made of photos through the year, I sat there Christmas morning, tears streaming down my face, happy tears of course! I love those sorts of things, but I hate how I cry. Its literally uncontrollable.

I know this post is slightly late, I had originally wanted it out before new years, that just did not happen! Sorry! It is actually one of my new years resolutions, be more efficient with my blogging. Lets see how I go.

Candice x

 

 

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Deciding to stop breastfeeding

I am extremely lucky with my second son, I was able to breast feed. He was exactly what I had hoped for when it came to breast feeding. He was easy! Unlike my first time with Timmy, which you can ready about  Here I was not so lucky! Elijah I could feed straight away. Although those first few days are really really hard. It hurts so bad like someone is slicing your nipples with glass. I was not confident in my ability and kept thinking I was not doing it right. But It turns out I need not have worried because I was doing fine. Once I knew I was doing it right, things went very very smooth and I was very happy breast feeding. I did not like the Let-downs, Especially in the early days, they hurt! The engorged hard boobs you wake up to in the morning, milk everywhere and baby not being able to attached because there so hard and full! But yet, I loved it, because I knew my baby was growing, was happy and healthy all because of me and my boobies.

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Proud Mummy Breast Feeding

My son has just turned 8 months, and I have decided to stop with the breast feeding and just continue with formula. I have a few reasons for this. Firstly I feel ready to stop. I am ready to stop wearing maternity bras and I am ready to get my boobs back to being my saggy, not filled with milk hard boobs with the let downs. I have had enough! the second is because Elijah now has started to get teeth. He has bitten me a couple of times, mostly he is good and manages to avoid this, but still when he does bite, it bloody hurts!! And the third, is because I feel elijah is very very attached to me. I have no idea if this is because of the breast feeding, I just feel that by others being able to feed him it lets him bond with his dad and gives me a little space as I do feel Elijah is constantly on me. In the night, when he wakes all he wants is boob, he is not even hungry, its a comfort thing. He falls straight asleep on them. As we speak, he just got put to bed, screamed until I went in their and gave him boob. He is fine now!  I have considered giving him a dummy instead, however he has not had one yet, and they are more trouble then there worth sometimes!

I am so proud I managed to breast feed him in the first place. I was so determined to breast feed elijah after my bad experience with Timmy, so being able to is a proud mummy moment! I was not even shy when it came to breast feeding him. If I was out I would find a quiet corner or somewhere not to open and sit there happily breast feeding my baby. It was great not to have to worry about bottles, sterilizing ect I did have a bad public breastfeeding experience with Timmy which you can read here and I was not sure how i would go this time around, but once I knew I was doing it right and I was comfortable, I had no problem feeding him in public. I was always discreet of course, but I was proud and did not care what anyone else thought.

But yes, I feel the time has come to stop breast feeding him. I have not 100% stopped yet, I only breast feed him when he wakes up at 5am and will not go back to sleep without a feed. I put him into bed with me, roll over flop out a boob and he falls asleep on there, as do I! We both get another hours sleep before Timmy comes in and wakes us all up! I feel I have done extremely well in the breast feeding department. I always said I would breast feed until 12 months, because that’s apparently when they recommend you do it until. but I guess when you feel its time to stop, its time!

Candice

xx Life In a Mum Shell xx

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Baby food…DIY or buy?

With my first son I did make his baby food for a while, but it did not last. All that effort! boiling, blending, sterilising, freezing, heating back up ect. With my second son, I have made baby food once, that’s when I remembered how much effort it required. So I decided store brought was what was best for us. And you can get some great variety’s that have no added anything in them, they are just what they say they are!! We started weening our first son Timmy at 4 months, milk just would not do anymore. Back then pouches were the new thing, and they were just great! We would use what ever would be on special, or what was cheapest. It was the same this time around, with our second son Elijah we started with whatever was on special. Now I find we keep going back to the same brand,  Rafferty’s Garden They have great variety and are always reasonably priced! Elijah is a bit funny with other brand fruit pouches, I think they may be too sweet for him, however he gobbles up the Rafferty’s Garden brand. He is almost 8 months and now one pouch does not fill him up, I need to give him 2! I heat them up by standing them in hot water for a few minutes, give them a good shake then pour them into a sterilised container or bowl and he just loves it!! I love how convenient they are when we are out and about, if i can not heat them up, he loves them as is and sucks the contents straight from the pouch! So whenever we go out I put a couple in my bag and I know we are fine for food!

We went away for a week recently, and the breakfast pouches were perfect for the duration of our stay! I did not need to take his boxed dry cereal with us that I need to mix with milk, I could take this pouch and he eats it as is from the pouch, no mess and no fuss! For a little variety we will tend to buy the store brand, Coles or Woolies as they are also cheap and have a different range of flavors to choose from. But over the course of 3 1/2 years and 2 children later, Raffertys Garden is still our go to brand for baby food and breakfast cereal.

Do you have a favorite brand you always tend to go with or do you prefer to make your own?

xx Candice xx

*Please note this post has not been endorsed, paid or otherwise. This is my honest review of a product we use and love.