Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Still waiting........

.......for my little bean to make his / her entrance.

In the mean time here is a 'before' picture taken by a friend who is a great new photographer. I hope it won't be too much longer until I have an 'after' picture to share with you.

Thank you all for your well wishes x x 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Crochet Baby Blanket

I'm still here and no sign of baby! At least I've finally got my camera back so I can post pictures of some of the things I've been making.

The first thing I made for baby was this crochet blanket.....

.....The pattern came free with the yarn (Sirdar Snuggly DK) when I bought it in John Lewis. It was really simple to make and it's lovely and snuggly and soft. It's strange to think that in a few days there will be a little baby wrapped up inside it x x 

Monday, 19 September 2011

My Seven Links

I'm still here somewhat impatiently awaiting the arrival of baby. Today is my due date but I have no signs of anything happening any time soon. I've been passing the time 'nesting,' cleaning the house from top to bottom, reorganising cupboards, washing curtains etc etc. I'm running out of things to do so I was happy when Loree of Stories and Scribbles nominated me to participate in Tripbase's 'My 7 Links' project as it gives me something to do!

The goal of the My 7 Links project is  "To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again." Each nominated blogger must select 7 of their previous posts which fit into the following categories:

Your most beautiful post
– Your most 
popular post
– Your most 
controversial post
– Your most 
helpful post
– A post whose 
success surprised you
– A post you feel 
didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most 
proud of

It's been fun looking back over my old posts so thanks for nominating me Loree. Here are my 7 posts:

My most beautiful post

My most beautiful posts have to be my 'Wedding Wednesday' posts where I shared memories of our special day. We had a wonderful photographer who captured our day perfectly. It's hard to say which is the most beautiful but I've chosen Wedding Wednesday Chapter III - The Ceremony as it was my favourite part of our whole wedding. It still makes me teary looking back at the photos! 

My most popular post

My most popular post based on the number of comments was I'm back where I announced my pregnancy. I'd been dying to share my good news for weeks but wanted to wait until after my first scan. It was lovely to receive so many heartfelt messages of congratulations.

My most controversial post

I don't think I've written anything that is even remotely controversial. Probably the only post where I came anywhere close to offending anybody was when I criticised Ikea here

My most helpful post

Hmmm, another tough one. I don't see my blog as being 'helpful' as such although I do hope that it inspires a few people. I'd like to think that my posts about how I'm trying to live a simpler and greener life, such as Eco Baby, inspire and encourage a few of you to make changes in your lives to help protect our environment. 

A post whose success surprised me

For this I've chosen my very first post, Beginnings. I was, and still am, amazed when anyone comments on my blog and when I wrote my very first post I didn't think anyone would read it never mind leave a comment. 

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

In Star Light Star Bright I posted some pictures my husband took of the stars. He is very passionate about astronomy and loves taking pictures of the sky and pointing out all the different constellations to me. He was so proud of the photos in this post and was quite disappointed when they didn't receive more comments!

The post that I am most proud of

Olive Harvest is a post I'm quite proud of. I think the pictures are good and it's a good representation of our life here in Italy. I need to do more posts about our daily life here. I'm not good at taking pictures of the things we do, either I forget my camera or if I remember it I forget to take pictures! Every day I see things around me that are so beautiful and incredible and I really must make an effort to share more of these things.

Now I have to nominate 5 more bloggers to share their 7 posts so I nominate

Thanks again Loree for inviting me to take part, it's helped pass an afternoon of waiting and has made me look back at all of my posts and given me some ideas of what I'd like to write about in the future.

Hopefully this will be the last time I post before the baby arrives but you never know!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

My Pinterest

I have lots of things I want to post about but I'm still without my camera so they'll have to wait. In the meantime I thought I'd share with you my Pinterst account. I'm already following a few of your boards but I'd love to link up with more of you and see what's inspiring you. I can waste hours looking at other people's boards but it's such a great way of storing ideas. 

Here are some of my favourite Pinterest finds:

Hope you're all having a good week x x 

Friday, 2 September 2011

Eco Baby

My preparations for baby's arrival are almost complete so I thought I'd do a post on how I'm trying to keep these preparations as simple and green as possible. When I first started to shop for baby I was overwhelmed and actually disgusted by the vast array of products on sale for newborns. It's very hard to work out what is essential and what is not. From the start I wanted to stick to the bare minimum so I very soon had a list of the things I felt I'd need and began to research the best options. Here's a list of everything we've bought.


I spent a long time looking online at eco-clothing lines and found plenty of shops selling ethically produced clothes for babies. However they cost an absolute fortune! It would be impossible for us to clothe our baby entirely in these products without going bankrupt in the process. I understand that these clothes cost more to produce but there are obviously a lot of companies who are cashing in on selling eco products and making huge profits. We bought a few bits and pieces from small independent shops such as this one in Florence but otherwise we've gone for cheaper options from places such as John Lewis. Their clothes are good value for money and to reduce our impact we bought as few clothes as possible. We've also collected quite a good supply of second hand clothes from family members. It's not easy to find second-hand baby clothes in Italy. We searched for about an hour for a second hand baby shop we'd heard about in Florence only to find that it had closed down. In an ideal world I'd make all of the clothes for the baby but unfortunately my sewing skills aren't up to scratch (something I need to remedy). I've knitted or crocheted a few bits and pieces and my mum has given me lots of things that she's handmade. So, overall we've managed to get by only buying new a few vests and sleepsuits. 


We're fixing up the cot that belonged to my husband when he was a baby so only needed to buy a new mattress. We've also bought a Moses basket which we'll use for the first few months. For bedding I've bought new sheets but have handmade blankets. (I'll be sharing in another post the things I've made because a friend has borrowed my camera and I have no pictures). 


The one thing I definitely didn't want to get second hand was our travel system. We plan on having more children so we wanted something that is going to last. We've gone for a good quality and practical option and hopefully we won't need to replace it. We've also bought a baby carrier which we're planning to use a lot. 


We've decided we are going to use cloth diapers and have spent hours researching all the different types. We'll start off the first couple of weeks with disposables while we try out a couple of different types of diapers before we buy complete sets. I'm really looking forward to using cloth nappies and will probably do more posts on this subject once the baby is here. 


We don't have a nursery for the baby so the only furniture we've bought is a changing unit. For this we went to the dreaded Ikea (you can see my thoughts about Ikea here). As much as I dislike the idea of Ikea it does have some practical options. We bought a great changing unit which didn't cost much and is good quality. I feel guilty about this purchase but I do love my changing unit! We've recieved other bits and pieces such as play pen, baby bath and high chair from a family member so we haven't needed to buy anything else.


I've spent many hours obsessively researching products for keeping baby clean. There are so many products available and so much information about the harmful effects of these products. I've become completely confused by all of this information and have no idea what the best options are. Once again I've discovered that any natural products are 10 times the price of commercial brands and they are often difficult to find. Once baby is here I'm going to experiment making my own baby wash etc. I've knitted or crocheted a good supply of wash cloths and am in the process of making reusable baby wipes. 

So that's it! It feels like we've bought tons of stuff which is a shock after months of buying nothing at all! However, I do feel like we've managed to stick to the things that for us are essentials and I've resisted the temptation of buying anything carelessly. Every little purchase I've made has been carefully considered taking into account our budget, the environmental impact and of course the health and well-being of our baby. 

I'd be really interested to hear from other green living mums and to hear their ideas or advice on all of this.

Have a good weekend everyone x x