Family Thursday this week saw us heading out for the afternoon with my parents. We took a drive to Llanberis lake which isn't too far from us and spent the afternoon on the lake. The weather was scorching, makes a change from the miserable weather we had all of last month! It was nice to get out for the day and not spend any money as we usually end up going for food somewhere on our days off. 

My dad had asked us earlier that morning if we would like to go out on the canoe's so we packed a picnic and took that with us. Amelia loved it! She was so cute wearing her little life jacket and handing us all ours before we got in the canoes. I haven't been in a kayak or canoe for nearly 10 years but having done so many a time as a kid it didn't take too long to get back into the paddling. I was slightly worried how Amelia would take to it following out pedalo incident in France when she tried to jump off it into the water as she hated it but she really enjoyed being in the canoe. She even braved jumping over in with my parents and sat well behaved with them. 

We went in and out of the little lagoons before going out onto the actual lake which was pretty windy, we had to paddle against the wind for most of it but it was fun. We'll definitely be going again sometime before the weather changes again and I'm sure we'll have many more days out on the lake next year and as she gets older. 



24 weeks down and 16 to go! This week baby is the size of a cantaloupe and now weighs roughly  1.25lb and 12.5 inches long. I'm so happy to reach the 24 week milestone as it means if baby was to be born early for any reason (hopefully not of course!) doctors can intervene and help as theres a better chance of survival. 

I've not had a particularly big appetite this week, I'm never hungry until around lunch time and then eat a reasonably big lunch. But come tea time and I'm not really hungry at all, I'm not finishing half of my meals. Still no cravings either, I'm still eating a mixture of sweet and savoury and don't really favour any over the other. 

Still as tired as ever, especially in the afternoon if I'm sat down on the sofa I end up drifting off to sleep. But come bedtime and I can't switch off. Think I need to start going to bed before midnight to catch up on some sleep as Amelia likes to wake at 6am these days! I can't wait for the dark mornings so she still thinks its night time. 

I keep waking up at night, not to empty my bladder but instead in pain from cramps!! Boy do these hurt! The toe separating ones are truly the worst! I remember getting a lot of cramping in my legs and feet last pregnancy but not until closer to the end. I've also noticed a bit of reflux late at night when I'm laying in bed. Nothing as bad as heartburn but it's not nice. 

I've finally put some more weight on woohoo! I've now put on a total of 5 lbs this pregnancy and weight 8st1. I guess I'll start pilling on the pounds now as I'm already bigger than I was with Amelia at around 30 weeks pregnant. 

You can read last weeks update here. See you next week for week 25!

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Everyone is busy; there are pets to feed, children to get to school and the latest series on Netflix to watch. Therefore, it is inevitable that we will forget a friend or loved ones birthday from time to time. It’s not that you care any less about them but some things bound are to slip your mind. Anyway all is not lost here, are some tips on what to do when you miss a friend’s special day. 



With The X-Factor back on our screens until Christmas I am looking forward to watching this years series throughout the winter months. I didn't manage to get into it last year however I have always been a fan enjoying the auditions the most! With the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, this series has already started off pretty interesting to say the least. I can't wait to find out who get's what category soon.

Gone are the days where we would be out on a Saturday night, now that we are parents what I love the most about the X-factor apart from the singing and laughter of course, is that we can have X-Factor nights in once Amelia is in bed, invite friends round, pig out on snacks, order a takeaway, make cocktails and have a fun night in or snuggle up in front of the fire if it's just the two of us.

This year I can't wait to count down the weeks until the finals over the festive period, with the evenings getting darker Saturday nights have started to become much cosier! It's not often that we're both off on a Saturday night but we do get the odd occasion where we can do this. Then the nights when I'm on my own I can enjoy a pamper evening in the lead up to my due date. 

So with Cheryl back in the running for winning category this year, she also has tough competition against new judge Mel B and returning judge Simon Cowell! Depending on who gets which group, I still think Cheryl may win! 

Do you have any X Factor rituals? 

* Disclaimer - We were very kindly sent a voucher to cover the cost for our x-factor night in.

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Good morning everyone!

Hope you're all having a good week so far and looking forward to the weekend!

Today I wanted to introduce to you Amber Pumpkin a favourite online retailer of mine specialising in children's amber necklaces, organic skincare and other teething and baby related products. and share a few of my favourite items from their website. 

Amber Pumkin is one of the largest and most trusted online retailers of children and adult amber jewellery. They are a family run business based in Hampshire and all of their amber products are made with the finest 100% Baltic amber, renowned throughout the world for its quality and soothing properties. 

Take a look at some of our favourite products...

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Who doesn't love Sophie the Giraffe? We previously had Sophie the Giraffe teether for Amelia when she was a baby and it was loved so much we also bought one for baby boy. I chose this super soft teething ring as it's smaller than the original toy so will be easier to hold onto when he is younger and easier on the teeth. Made out of 100% natural rubber it features a variety of textures to help relieve baby at different stages of teething. As with all Sophie the Giraffe products this came beautifully gift wrapped and make perfect gifts.

This wooden rattle features a large ball in the centre and three spinning rings that provide rattle sounds with movement to help encourage hand-eye coordination. The rattle bass a classic design with bright colours to help baby focus. Finished in non toxic materials the rattle also makes for a great teether too. It's a great size for little hands to grasp and there is a variety of colours to choose from making lovely gifts for babies. 

And lastly, this Olive Bean Child Amber Necklace was a must have purchase. When Amelia began teething we purchased a similar one which she wore regularly. I noticed a reduction in the amount of saliva as she wasn't dribbling as much and she never seemed in pain. I do believe the necklace helped. The necklace is of high quality and beautifully made, also available in a range of different colours. 

Today the lovely people over at Amber Pumpkin are giving you the chance to win £30 to spend on anything you like from their website! All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below. Good luck! Open to UK only. Giveaway ends on September 30th 2014.
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