Clearing Out the Wardrobe: What to do With Newborn Baby Clothes?

Well baby girl has reached the 3 month mark and doesn’t fit her 0-3 month old clothes anymore. Now is the time to do the first clear out of newborn clothes in her wardrobe.
I do feel a bit sad about this as some pieces are so cute. I have been making up a Keepsake box as I go along keeping some items that hold special memories for us. I’ve kept her first baby gro and hat that she wore in the hospital. The first item of clothing we bought at our 20 week scan when we knew we were having a girl. That’s the cute little dress in the picture below. We have popped her little vest into the box as well that her daddy bought her as he is a huge Metallica fan. 
Clearing Out the Wardrobe: What to do With Newborn Baby Clothes?

Other newborn baby clothes we have decided to pack up, and sell some bits on eBay. At least this way other mums will get some use out of them as well for their babies. These snow suit items are perfect for winter, keeping babies warm and snug.
If you have family or friends with babies at the correct age, that’s another way of clearing out your babies wardrobe. I believe it’s important to have a clear out every so often to keep that clothing cycle going around and so you don’t get over run with outgrown clothes.
It seems nowadays babies never get full wear and tare out of there clothes, they grow so fast. Another way of clearing out newborn clothes is to give them to your local charity shops. They are always glad for baby clothes.

 The money we get from the clothes sales we will be putting back into her clothes pot. 
These sleep suits from Next below are gorgeous, very good quality, lots of wear still to get from them. The one thing I love about Next sleep suits is that they all have foldable covers for the tiny little hands. Perfect for night-time keeping the hands warm. They have very cute designs for baby girls. We bought some more in the next size up to use now.
This is the cutest little sun hat and dress for a newborn. Baby girl never really got to wear it due to the time of year she was born in. It’s not really for February weather!.

There is always something she needs at the minute. Mind you that’s partially my fault as I can’t resist wondering into the baby clothes department at my local supermarket. This week I happened to come across the cutest denim jacket in her 3-6 month size. I couldn’t help but buy it. My reasoning is that the weather is getting warmer so she will need to have a light jacket instead of her woolly fleecy one. 

What do you do with your outgrown baby clothes?
I would love to hear your thoughts.

Cuddle Fairy

7 Hints and Tips for getting the most out of a Slow Cooker

Well it’s Thursday again and I thought I would do another 7 Hints and Tips, as it’s been a while. This time it’s for using a slow cooker and some easy recipe ideas to go with it.
Earlier in the year we bought a slow cooker, and it has been a life saver with a new baby. I am sure we wouldn’t have been eating as healthy if we did not have it.
We have found we can eat so much more cheaply while using a slow cooker, great if you are on a strict food budget.
Beef and Vegetables

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Is this the perfect affordable summer dress?

For a few weeks I have been having a quick look around for an affordable Summer dress. It is for my husband’s nan’s 100th birthday party in the Summer.
 
You might wonder, why am I looking now for a Summer dress? 
Well until the end of this week I am still on full pay from work. Next week it will drop down to statutory maternity pay which is £139.58 a week. Which is less than half of my take home pay. So to cut a long story short I have been trying to get everything I need before my drop in income, when all we should need while I am off is to buy food, oh and my dreaded car insurance in June!
When we walked through the door in Sainsbury’s a couple of Saturday’s ago this gorgeous dress caught my eye. It was actually on one of those skinny mannequins. So my first thoughts, were I bet they don’t stock it in my size! I haven’t long had a baby so although I have got back into my favourite jeans, I am still carrying a bit of extra weight. Which I am truly not going to shift if I keep getting the munchies while I am breastfeeding!
Is this the perfect affordable summer dress?

Anyway lucky for me they had one size 20 left in stock, which is one size up from my regular 18. I simply love the bright orange colour of the dress, and at £22 its a complete bargain. It came with a cute little white belt as well. I love the scooped round neck on the dress, I think it gives it a 1960’s feel.
The white flowery pattern is very pretty, and with the white spots it gives the dress a very stand out feel. Not that I am a very standy out person!
To answer my own question – yes I believe I have found the perfect affordable dress.
I hope you are all having a lovely day.
 
Have you thought about clothes for Summer yet?

 

Petite Pudding 

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Which baby wipes are best for a newborn?

Before I had baby girl I felt really overwhelmed over lots of little things like what nappies or baby wipes should I buy and use on a newborn. Standing in the baby aisle at the supermarket was mind-boggling. There are lots of different brands of baby wipes and then there are the different kinds as well – scented or unscented? I really wanted to buy the correct baby wipes so as not to affect baby girl’s delicate skin. I also had been reading about just using cotton wool and water, so as a first time mum there is lots of different options out there, it’s just finding the right one for you.
                        packets of baby wipes

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To-Do List: Preparing for a Baby

As a first time mum to be, I have been reading various articles on how to prepare for your new arrival. Some things I have read seem a bit extravagant so I have decided to come up with my own simpler list, and thought I would share it with you. Hopefully helping other new mums coming along after me.
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7 Hints and Tips on Preparing your Winter Garden for Spring

Well it’s Thursday again so time for another 7 Hints and Tips post. This week I want to help out with tips on preparing your gardens for Spring. Being nearly 40 weeks pregnant at this time of year I am really behind with my Winter garden prep, so it’s going to have to wait this year. The upside is that I have all Summer off on maternity leave so I am sure I will have some spare time to get out and about in the garden.
So It’s that time of year, where we are all waiting for Spring to arrive. Now is the time to get outside in the garden on a dry day and start working on the garden preparing for Spring. If you get some work in now, you won’t be caught out if we get an early Spring. Here are my 7 Hints and Tips on preparing your Winter garden for Spring.
            winter garden

  • Tidy – Now is the time to have a bit of a tidy up. Clear up dead leaves and debris from around the garden, flower beds, boarders and patio areas. Remove any dead flowers that have been missed, prune bushes and shrubs before the first Spring growth.

 

                   
  • Compost Area – Create a compost are where you can put all your garden waste. This could be one you have made yourself with a few pieces of wood, or a compost bin bought from your local garden centre. This is great for putting all your vegetable peelings and grass clippings.
  • Fix Fences and Trellis – Get the fixing jobs out the way so you have more time for planting in the Spring and Summer.
  • Garden Pests – Now is the time to remove and control pests around the garden before they get out of hand in the Spring. Remove hibernating slugs, snails and aphids.
  • Install Water Butts – I have 2 water butts in my garden and I couldn’t do without them. Not only does it save on the water bill during Spring/Summer but the rainwater is much preferred by some ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons and Blueberry bushes.
  • Greenhouse – If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse (I unfortunately do not due to my garden being a hill so no flat areas for one!) I would suggest giving it a clean out before you start to plant your trays of seeds. This is so that any pests that are hibernating inside are removed.
  • Gardening Tools – Clean and sharpen your gardening tools, to not only prevent the spread of diseases but also to preserve their lifespan.

 

                   
Hopefully these hints and tips will help you get a head start on your garden for Spring. Now I have sat down and written about these tips I have just realised I have a lot of work to do in my own garden!
Do you have any of your own gardening tips on preparing for Spring?
 A Cornish Mum

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