Considerations for a Larger Family

Life with little ones can be tough and pretty busy. The choices you have to make when there are two little ones running around are tough too. For instance, if you already have two, do you really want to make another one? It’s true that two are easier than one, and that after that it just doesn’t matter. It may be easier, but it doesn’t mean you can afford it.

Once you have decided to try for another child, the next tough decisions need to be made. Do you throw out all the old stuff from the previous children to make space for baby number three?

Most of us love the idea of buying all-new things for each child. We also love it when we can clear out all of those bulky baby things! But there are a few things that you have to buy brand new for another child.

  
Things like car seats need to be used at all times. The first two children in your life are likely to be using theirs until they reach nearly double figures. This means that you are going to have to buy a third. Something convertible like the Graco Argos 80 means it will last through all the stages of development. This can save you money in the long term.

One of the biggest costs, when you have another child, is the nappies. Whether you buy reusable ones or disposable ones, there will always be a cost involved. Reusable ones cost a lot in energy and water bills to wash and dry. You may need to use special cleaning fluids too. Disposable ones cost a lot too, both on your wallet and the environment. Sadly, there is no getting away from it.

Baby clothes often don’t last very long after stains and stretches are taken into account. However, hand-me-downs and good quality second-hand clothes are a great way to save money.

Carriers, cots, and changing bags are also fine to use for each child. Check your old bottles and teats before reusing them. They can perish after many uses.

It can be tough to hold onto everything you have accumulated from having your first children. Space is precious in family homes. As children get older, their toys and clothes can take up a lot of space.

While you may want to buy everything new, you now have three children to plan futures for. Maybe some sacrifices at these early stages will support their educational needs when they are teenagers.

You have some difficult decisions to make about what to use, what to buy, and what to pass on. You may have to tighten your belts for a while to cover the cost of an extra person in your family too.

But the joy of having another little one to love will be worth any sacrifices you have to make. And his siblings will love him forever too. After all, it’s the life experiences and not the possessions that make for the best memories.

Rebecca x

*may contain affiliate links

Simply Supplements | Review

I’m one of those annoying perpetual dieters and always looking out for healthy options to eat and different exercises to try. As a general rule I do eat well and though I’m not a member of a gym at the moment, I like to go out running or acquainted with Jillian Michaels. Weight maintenance for me is absolutely fine – I have weighed the same for several years now and even weighed what I was before I had Chloe, within weeks (that is still an overweight weight, but still). So when I was given the opportunity to try out some items from Simply Supplements, I knew some weight loss options would be the ones to try.

I have been sent the SlendaMAX Raspberry Ketones and have been using them daily for the past two weeks.

ketones

About SlendaMAX –  it is a weight loss complex that provides powerful levels of two popular dietary supplements; apple cider vinegar and acai berry. They are enhanced by the cleansing qualities of green tea extract to help give the body a boost. Combined, the three ingredients provide an array of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that may help to address any nutritional deficiencies that may lead to unwanted weight gain. £17.99 for 60 capsules and you are advised to take two capsules per day.

About Raspberry Ketones – this is the aromatic compound within raspberries that can offer many health benefits. Clinical findings suggest that it may help to regulate the protein adiponectin, which plays an important role in the body’s metabolism. As a result, these exciting nutrients can support weight loss efforts, particularly when paired with a well balanced diet and regular exercise regime. £9.99 for 120 capsules and you are advised to take 1 – 3 capsules per day.

The Verdict:

I have actually noticed weight loss! It seems like they have been able to help shift some unwanted pounds that I haven’t been able to for a while. It could be coincidence but I can’t really put it down to anything else. I also noticed that I have felt quite full with them and I haven’t felt hungry as I normally have. I really noticed that difference significantly too. I think the prices are totally reasonable and I would consider getting them again. I’m looking forward to finishing off the packs I have and seeing if the weight loss is sustained.

Linking up to Tried & Tested.

Rebecca x

BlogLovin’ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*The products were gifted in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Bedroom Décor Inspiration

I feel like some rooms in our home need a little bit of an update, in particular, our bedroom. I think something like a feature wall would really lift it, as at the moment we just have plain walls and then our dark brown wardrobe, bookcase and bedside tables.

I really like our brown leather sleigh bed but as it is brown, there are only certain colours of duvet colour that look good with it. I think our linen and cushions could do with an update too. We have been in our home for nearly 5 years now and not much has changed since we originally decorated. Pinterest has come into my since then too and I have lots of wonderful ideas that I’d love to implement, though not all would be practical!

Before & After... Finally!

Yorkshire Linen have a lovely range of bedding and linen and I have spied a few pieces that I think would really update our bedroom. I’m always under strict instruction from the husband for ones that aren’t ‘too girly’ so unfortunately florals or sequins are out. The prices at Yorkshire Linen are ridiculously good too.

  • The Denver Natural Duvet Cover Set, Kingsize, £35
    • I love the bold stripes on it and the faux silk and faux velvet panels. It would make a nice addition to our room and look really striking.
  • 2 x Denver Natural Boudoir Cushion , £12
    • These would be a classic addition to have with the matching duvet cover set. Again, I really like the stripes and it will look better than the cushions we have at present that are completely plain.
  • The Minimalist Cream Duvet Cover Set, Kingsize £26.99
    • This one is pretty plain but always handy to have a spare for when it is laundry time, and our current plain option is really getting ready to be thrown out as we’ve had it for ages. It is modern looking, yet timeless and I like the pinpleat that runs down the cover.

YorkshireLinen

What do you think to the duvets?

Rebecca x

BlogLovin’ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*My entry to the Yorkshire Linen Blogger Competition.

Pass Around the World

151049_10150337529905271_515680270_16179319_8224052_n

Any rugby fans in the house? We are pretty big Rugby fans so are rather excited for the upcoming Rugby World Cup! The hubs and his friends all tend to slightly prefer rugby to football so the matches are a big event in our house, with people round and lots of good food. How great that this World Cup is being hosted over here too? Lets get some of that London Olympic-style patriotism going! (Not that I need an excuse, I am already rather patriotic).

How can our little ones be involved though? I have heard about a great project with Allianz & Saracens RFC, to get families involved and get in the spirit of the world cup (and in my opinion, get excited about supporting England, of course! ;) The idea, Pass Around the Word, is to get together as many video clips of families of all ages, doing a Rubgy pass and then upload it to their website and see just how ‘far’ we can get a rugby ball.

 

It is such a fun thing to be involved in and a great way to educate our children at the same time – why not film your pass, then play a little bit of touch rugby and talk about the countries that are going to be involved in the world cup?

If you do decide to give it a try (see what I did there), when you have uploaded, you will also be in with the chance of winning great prizes from £150 Ticketmaster voucher to signed Rugby balls and even the chance to have lunch with the Saracens and attend a training session with them!

Where in the world will your pass go?

Rebecca x

BlogLovin’ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*collaboration