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  1. azra baby boy shoes chocolate unique gift idea lylia rose blog post

    azra baby shoes chocolate unique gift idea lylia rose blog post

    azra baby shoes chocolate unique gift idea lylia rose blog post newborn

    Azra Chocolates | Review

    The extremely kind Claire & co from Squashed Pixel (see here) sent me the most amazing baby gift ever.  I received a box parcel in the post a couple of days ago and its contents were, at first, a total mystery. 

    Inside the postal box was a rather luxurious white box with a black ribbon handle and sweet silver pram charm. The letters on the box read AZRA.  Ah ha! I recognised this company name instantly as a business I followed and regularly networked with on Twitter.

    Oh yum!

    Out from the box slid a pair of the most adorable and delicious looking chocolate baby shoes! Yes CHOCOLATE shoes.  Scrumptious smelling Belgian chocolate no least! Such a generous treat from the lovely people at Squashed Pixel.  I really had been spoilt!

    The shoes definitely looked too good to eat and worthy of being displayed in a frame, but who would let such good chocolate go to waste, right? Just knowing they were created from delicious Belgian chocolate made them totally irresistible. They lasted a whole 24 hours sat looking pretty in their box, during which I regularly thought about them. There's something about chocolate which just makes me do that.  If I have it in the house then it's often on my mind until devoured!

    I gave in and opened the box last night. I, very kindly of course, shared the shoes with Ben!  One for me and one for him. 'You go first' he said.  He didn't need to say it twice as I took my first bite & whoa, I was not expecting that...! These shoes are made from SOLID Belgian chocolate. Not expecting the hardness, my teeth didn't manage the first bite. I expected hollow shoes! 'They can't be solid?' questioned Ben rather excitedly as he didn't hesitate any longer and bit a chunk out of his!

    Oh yes. Even better. These shoes are made from solid chocolate. Totally delicious creamy satisfying yummy smooth luxurious solid Belgian chocolate!  

    The shoes didn't last long but were thoroughly enjoyed.  I highly recommend Azra Chocolates; such an extraordinarily unique baby gift idea!  Pop to their website here to view their incredible selection of chocolate shoes!

    Thanks again Squashed Pixel!
    Victoria :)
  2. For Bella, in our old house, we fully decorated a nursery whilst I was pregnant. It had the full size cot made up along with a toy box, toy and book filled shelves and a clothes rail filled with sweet outfits on display.  It was ready for Bella to move straight into from her Moses basket. 

    Ben ended up sleeping on the sofa quite a lot last time. As I exclusively breast fed, and Ben is up at 6am every morning for work, it seemed silly for us both to be woken up every couple of hours and so both be super tired. This also gives me much more persuasion power in the evenings if I'd like him to cook dinner or help out a bit more! After all, he should have way more energy than me with a full night's sleep!

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    This time we've done things a little differently.  Reuben's bedroom is currently furnished more practically for sleeping arrangements rather than as a nursery.  This is so I can sleep in there for the sleepless night stage and Ben can stay in our bed rather than being banished to the sofa!

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    I figured we'd need a single bed eventually for Reuben, so I could use it for now and then we'll store it in the attic once the full size baby cot is needed in a few months.  To be extra prepared and not have to buy twice, we purchased a couple of sets of boy friendly duvet covers. This striped blue set and a robot themed set.  The bed is also home to some fab cushions. The bear one was a steal in a Tesco sale for only £3 and was the first thing I bought for Reuben when I found out we were having a boy.  The larger cushions are a newborn gift from Reuben's Oma (Ben's Mum). She has handmade them from some amazing material we picked out together. There are yellow and blue dinosaur materials along with some funky yellow ducks! 

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    As I totally love Bella's wardrobe, I just had to get Reuben one! They are child sized so will be perfect once they are older to reach and hang their own clothes.  To keep their rooms individual I decided to go for the wood finish one in Reuben's room (Bella has white furniture).  The wardrobes are handmade and delivered ready built by the company who makes them. They were the best value, nicest looking children's wardrobes I could find and I highly recommend the company Direct Pine, who can be found here.

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    Reuben's room is pretty simple just now.  In a few months once he's into his larger cot and has a few more pictures, etc, the room will start to really become his.  So far we just have a blue Ikea star night light and crocodile height chart on the walls.  I've ordered a fine marker pen so I can mark Bella and Reuben's heights on the crocodile as they grow. 
    It will be a great item to keep and one day we can add our Grandchildren's heights to it too!
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    In the window bay I have a very handy set of drawers. These are filled with nappies, wipes, muslins, sheets, blankets and similar often used baby items. It's so useful to have it all right there in the middle of the night ready for nappy changes and sick spills! Once we move out of the baby stage I'll change these for a toy storage unit. There's a four cube shaped one that will fit perfectly and I've been eyeing up these funky animal themed storage cubes (see pic below) from Red Letter Baby which you can view here.

    red letter baby zoo storage kids toy cubes lylia rose wishlist reubens bedr

    Reuben's room is very nearly complete for now. We have a wooden door to hang and a new blackout blind on its way with a baby blue polka dot pattern on the inside.  Then that's it for now until I move back out!
    This room was my worst enemy when we moved in last year. There was a big patch of paint missing on one of the walls so I had to literally scrape the rest of the paint off as it could easily be seen. I spent about 6 hours one afternoon painstakingly scraping paint off with a metal scraper, which refused to come off in sizes larger than around 2 inches long. I'd planned on painting and re flooring the whole room that day (with Ben of course), but ended up just stripping one wall! Eventually I got there and we painted the walls white, replaced the carpet with oak style laminate and fitted new wooden skirting.
    wooden floor white walls

    I love the natural wood feel in this room and it's a nice cosy room for me to spend the next few months in with Reuben.  I'm also looking forward to putting his cot together when he's bigger and adding more decor as we find/make it.  I'll share Reuben's 'second' bedroom with you in the future!

    Thanks for reading,
    Victoria :)
  3. large feta mushroom salad quick healthy recipe lylia rose blog
    My first food shop after my pregnancy just had to include a slab of Feta cheese. After not being able to eat certain cheeses for 9 months, feta was one I missed the taste of most.  I love its crumbly texture and unusual tangy taste.  Though I'm trying my best to cut back on cheese, I do still have to regularly get my fix, albeit a much lesser quantity than I used to eat (which really was quite a lot)!

    This meal is super tasty if you are a fan of mushrooms, and very quick to make.  Pour a little olive oil over a ginormous mushroom, add a swirl of tomato purée, top with green pepper, feta, a sprinkle of cheddar and black pepper.  I popped this one in a preheated 200 degree fan oven for around ten minutes, with a few carrot slices thrown in the tray too. 

    Ben called this one my mushroom pizza! You can add anything else you fancy to it too, such as onion and garlic. I served this one on a bed of green lettuce, vine cherry tomatoes, slightly heated carrots and green pepper.

    Super simple, really satisfying and delicious!
    Why not give it a go?

    Thanks for reading,
    Victoria :)