Things we’ve been loving lately… #1

This year I want to share more of the things I love on my blog. Whether it be the products that make parenting that little bit easier, something I’ve treated myself to, or even just what I’m lovin’ on the telly box! And of course, my blog is as much about my girls as it is me so I’ll be sharing the things they love too. (Although it might be a while yet before Little E loves anything more than milk and sleep!)

Here’s some of mine and Jasmine’s recent faves…

Things that Jasmine (aged 2) has been loving lately…

1. Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway (Book)

Jasmine often goes through phases of being obsessed with a particular book. She’ll ask us to read the same book every night for several weeks at a time. Lately, her favourite book is Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway. I bought this at a book sale at our local library for about 50p ages ago but she’s only recently gotten into it. It’s about an Octopus who enjoys tickling his fellow sea creatures, however, they aren’t quite so keen on it! This leads Octopus to find out what other things he’s good at besides tickling.

2. Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike from Kiddies Kingdom

Jasmine received this balance bike for Christmas and initially wasn’t bothered by it at all. “It’s too wobbly!” she’d say as she tried to ride it, she’d get frustrated and give up. With plenty of gentle encouragement she’s now starting to gain confidence in herself when riding it and is really starting to get the hang of it now. She’ll ride it around the house and announce “I like my bike!” I’m now on the hunt for a helmet for Jasmine so we can venture outdoors with it.

3. Hallmark Itty Bittys

I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog and social media that Jasmine is obsessed with superheroes. She spends a good 90% of her waking hours pretending to be Spiderman. On the run up to Christmas I was looking around for superhero toys but annoyingly I found that many were a bit too old for her. They were made up of lots of small plastic parts or they had toy weapons. They didn’t really seem suitable for a two-year-old in my eyes. But then I discovered Itty Bittys – small plush collectible toys and immediately knew Jasmine would adore them. She now has Spiderman (obvs), Bat Girl, Batman and Super Girl! I can’t wait to add some more to our collection as they are so blummin’ cute. There is a HUGE range of itty bittys available – not just superheroes either. From Star Wars to Snoopy, there’s an Itty Bitty collection for everyone!

4. PJ Masks (TV show)

Staying with the Superhero theme – we have both been loving PJ Masks. A children’s animated series about 3 six-year-olds who become superheros (Owlette, Gekko and Catboy!) at night. It’s available to watch on the Disney Jnr channel. Check out the trailer here to see what all the fuss is about!


And now on to Mama’s recent faves…


Things that I’ve been loving lately…

1. Tangle Angel

I have such incredibly knotty hair. So much so, that brushing it with a ‘normal’ hairbrush makes my eyes water. Not only that, I can hear my hair snapping with each stroke – NOT good! Enter stage left: The Tangle Angel. This brush has been my absolute saviour – it glides through my wet or dry hair easily and doesn’t yank on my locks! Appaz, even Kim Kardashian uses these brushes!

2. Tesco Stawberry Flavour Mineral Water

OK, I know this is random but bear with me a minute! I’ve been trying desperately to cut down on my sugar intake lately. I’ve been looking for an alternative to juices, squash and fizzy drinks (because let’s face it, plain ol’ water is dull after a while!) It’s then that I came across these sugar free flavoured mineral waters in my local Tesco. And well, I’m hooked!

3. The Rightmove mobile app (available on iPhone and Android)

We’ve recently accepted an offer on our house (yay!) which means we are now desperately looking for a new one (eek!) This means my go-to mobile app has been Rightmove – it’s been a great tool for searching for new properties on the market in our chosen location and shortlisting ones we want to view. Exciting times!

4. Fortitude – Series 2 (TV Show)

Fortitude is a British psychological thriller television series which is available to watch on Sky Atlantic. It’s creepy, intriguing, well written and well acted. I was a huge fan of the first series which aired in 2015 and I’ve been looking forward to the second series ever since. The basic premise of the show is that a quiet and ‘safe’ town, Fortitude, which is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle becomes plagued by a prehistoric parasite. I’m 3 episodes into the second series and it, so far, has been well worth the wait.

What have you been loving lately?

Jenna xxx

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  1. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Oh wow what a fab list and we are loving the itty bittys here too!

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Aren’t they fab? The only problem is – I want them ALL!! :) x

  2. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Tickly Octopus looks like a great book. Erin would like it

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      It’s a great book for little ones. :) x

  3. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I remember the days of being asked to read the same book over and over, E went through stages and had a great many favourites. Lovely memories. Good luck finding a new home!

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I just know I’ll miss reading those stories when she’s older. Thanks so much – it’s really exciting now that we can start house hunting properly. x

  4. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    My two are either side of your daughter in age. We LOVE our balance bikes too. Kate x

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      They’re such a clever idea. I love seeing my little one gaining in confidence on it. xx

  5. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    we’ve got that exact same balance bike for my daughter – we’ve been out on that a lot recently too x

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It’s a lovely bike isn’t it. I’m loving watching Jasmine grow in confidence with it. :) x

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      It’s brilliant!! :) x

  6. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    What a lovely list. I’m off to look up the Itty Bittys!

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Be warned, you’ll want them all. They’re adorable! x

  7. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Oooh I’d love to try Fortitude – I’m always looking for new television series!’

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Me too, I’m a bit of a telly addict. Fortitude is well worth a watch! x

  8. Avatar February 2, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Leanora has been obsessing over PJ Masks, every monring, noon and night we watch it, i even find my self humming the theme song, on the tube on route to work lol!

    • Jenna February 2, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Haha, it is a rather catchy theme tune. x

  9. Avatar February 3, 2017 / 8:00 am

    So pleased to hear she has got the hang of her balance bike. I’m toying with the idea of getting one for Rosalie. She hated them in the shop but I think she just needs practice xx

    • Jenna February 3, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Honestly, Jasmine was the same initially but once they get the hang of it it’s a whole different ball game! xx

  10. Avatar February 3, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I really want to get a balance bike for my daughter. I didn’t realise they did tangle teasers with a handle! X

    • Jenna February 6, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Balance bikes are such a clever idea. I think ours will get lots of use. x

  11. Avatar February 5, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    the balance bike sounds fantastic. oooo i have noticed lately that PJ masks seems to be everywhere lol, my little ones love it. xx

    • Jenna February 6, 2017 / 9:46 am

      I think PJ Masks could be the new Paw Patrol!! xx

  12. Avatar February 6, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I am with you on the flavour water. I am addicted to the morrisons peach water! Oh my gosh! It gives me that sweetness that i need to be able to drink lots of water but with literally no calories :)

    • Jenna February 6, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Oh yes, I love the Tesco peach flavour one too! I don’t know how it ends up being so addictive… but it is!! x

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