Arla is engaging in play more & more everyday at the moment. It literally melts my heart watching her learn new skills & discover new things. Her little eyes light up, it’s just the absolute best seeing her so happy!
I like to try new things with her to make sure she’s always learning, but I’m also super conscious of the environment & making sure we make the right choices to show her how much fun she can have, plastic free! (…which isn’t always easy in the baby world!)
I’ve been searching for brands who lead the way in ensuring their toys are handmade, eco-friendly & sustainable. I’ve picked out some of my favourites below!
First things first, we needed a playmat for Arla to play on whilst we’re in the kitchen.
This playmat from Toddlekind is perfect, it’s so soft & really stylish! It’s great because we can take it anywhere, each tile is 60 x 60cm and they attach together really easily to cover any space.
N’awwww, aren’t these just the absolute cutest?!
I found these beautiful little vegan, plastic free garlands over on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.
I just adore their creations! Kate single handily makes every little face & lovingly sends them out to their new homes. I love my little Herbert & Boho Bunny!
She also makes Pandas, Polar Bears & Koalas. They’re so unique, I’m obsessed!
This is absolutely PERFECT for Arla! My mum has a swing seat in her garden & Arla loves it, now she has her very own swing!
It’s suitable from birth & easily attaches to a tree or beam. She has a great time chilling out in her little baby swing!
This is just the cutest! Arla’s a little young to play with it at the moment, but seriously how cute does it look in her room!? It’s ready & waiting for her for when she’s a little older!
It takes some skills to balance the ark perfectly (it took me three attempts!) I know it’s going to keep her entertained for hours.
It’s such a lovely gift idea with the personalisation too.
This 21-piece puzzle is great for playtime. Every step of creating this beautiful lighthouse is handmade, you can absolutely tell as it’s such high quality. It’s stunning.
We love adventuring around England, I’m excited to take this little puzzle on a UK escape & find our very own matching lighthouse!
Now this is absolutely perfect for our adventurer in the making. How cute is this little plane!
She’s mesmerised watching me whooshing it around the lounge. She’s going to love going on her first plane journey…I can’t wait!
It’s available in six different colours. (Black, white, green, blue, pink & yellow)
“SAYYYYY CHEEEEEEEESE!” 🧀
I’m forever taking photos of Arla, the poor little thing is probably always thinking “no more photos please mom!”…I just can’t help it. I love capturing memories & I’m excited for Arla to capture her own in the future!
…Thanks Kiko & gg for Arlas very first camera! It will forever be her favourite!
I’m a massive advocate of creative play, I can’t wait for Arla to use her imagination & create her own little town with this set! In the meantime I’ve had a great time building it 😂 The pieces are magnetic, it’s so cool & fun to build!
Kiko & gg have lots of different cities you can build to expand your collection. They have Paris, London & New York.
Their toys are all hand-crafted & made with sustainably sourced wood.
A beautiful personalised piece from Hot Dot Laser. They have so many lovely things!
I’ve been looking for a rainbow for Arlas room for a while, I love that she can play with this one as well as it being a beautiful accessory in her room. It’s such a great gift idea too.
Arla LOVES music, we have a set of bells that she’s mesmerised by & I’m trying to find a xylophone & a drum for her. The noisier, the better! (…not for my ears though!)
She absolutely loves this burger maraca (I’ve told her it’s veggie, she’s happy with that ha ha!) & the chip shaker…I’m desperate to make her giggle & I think singing & dancing with these will be the ticket to the first giggle!
Oh look at these cute little fishes! I can’t wait for Arla to learn all about the ocean, these are great place to start!
I’ve been using them as little props to sing Baby Shark to her until she’s old enough to stack them…It’s her favourite song so of course, she absolutely loves them!
Arla loves her baby play gym. It’s so pretty & matches the house perfectly. (…Priorities! 😂)
It’s great as you can change the toys around depending on the mood she’s in. She likes it more chilled just before bath-time, but in the morning we add fairy lights, more colours & musical toys. It’s fab!
↠ Lady Bird from Portugal! ↞
Also, shout out to this little ladybird! Our friends bought him home from Portugal & Arla is literally obsessed with him! She loves the bells! 🐞
Blog post in collaboration with the listed brands. All views & opinions are my own, as always!
Oh my gosh, I have literally been so excited for this little beauty to arrive, I feel like I have bored all of my family and friends telling them all about my new amazing breast pump that’s on the way…I am so pleased it’s here! (I used to get excited for holidays, new plants, food shopping & Homesense trips….Oh how my life has changed!)
Honestly though, this little gadget is a game changer. It is revolutionary!
I used it soon after Arla arrived, I was so nervous, but I had nothing to be nervous about at all! It’s really easy to sterilise & set up, you just boil it for 5 minutes in a pan. I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to breast feed or express but Elvie has given me so much confidence & really shown me how easy it is. I really enjoyed expressing for the first time, I didn’t want to stop! (I was sending excited pictures to my mom friends – probably not normal, but I was so proud!) I was only pumping for 10 minutes and expressed just under 100ml – It’s seriously amazing.
My favourite thing is how quiet and discreet it is. I can literally pump at anytime, anywhere as it’s totally silent & they’re no wires to contend with. It’s just really convenient, which is super important to me as a new mum. It slips into my bra easily & it’s really comfortable too.
Its great for a multi-tasking mum. Yesterday I was putting the washing away and vacuuming as I pump, today I’ve been sunbathing & pumping…it’s just great!
If you download the Elvie app, you can connect your phone to control it as it’s pumping. You can monitor milk volume & track the pumping history using the app too. It’s really clever the way it all works & connects together. I’m literally OBSESSED!
I just didn’t expect it to be so easy…
Everything about the Elvie pump is amazing and I’ve recommended it to everyone I know (Pregnant or not 😂) It saves so much time & everything about it is perfect. It’s a real investment.
If you have any questions, let me know. I know how scary and daunting it is if you’re a first time mom. There’s always so much to research! 💗 Shop here: https://www.elvie.com/shop/elvie-pump
Gifted breast pump from Elvie, all views are my own as always. It’s absolutely amazing!
Ponta Da Piedade is probably the most photographed spot in the Algarve – You can definitely see why! It’s even more impressive in real life…
It’s located in Lagos, which is around 1.5 hours away from Faro airport.
It’s super easy to reach, we hired a car for the day from Vilamoura to go and explore! It took about an hour, it’s a really easy drive. There’s parking right at the top, with a little gift shop, cafe and toilets. The parking is free, along with visiting Ponta Da Piedade.
There’s a lot to see when you get there. Lots of people stop off, take a quick snap and leave, but we spent most of the day exploring and walking along some of the coastal cliff walks admiring the amazing views. The more you walk, the more you see!
…Just make sure you have sturdy shoes on, Quinn went off cliff walking in his flip flops, I nearly had a heart attack! You could just hear me yelling “Quinn! Be careful, I can’t see you, come back!” (D’ya think he listened? Of course not!)
There are no barriers or anything to stop people falling or slipping, so I’d definitely make sure you have good sturdy shoes on if you want to go off exploring all of the walks and hikes. (I’ve added videos of Quinn’s cliff walking over on my Instagram stories ‘Algarve’)
We walked to the bottom of the 170 steps of Ponta Da Piedade, which is one of the main reasons people come to visit, to see this beautiful little spot…
We were greeted at the bottom of the steps by a man & his little black cockapoo (He was SO cute. He was an adorable salty sea dog!) He asked if we’d like to go on a boat trip to see inside all of the little coves. We didn’t realise the boat trips were a ‘thing’ & we didn’t have any cash on us. Everyone coming off the boat said how pretty it was! It was €20 each for 30 minutes. Definitely worth a look if you’re going.
The Algarve is also home to Praia Da Marinha, which is 1 of the 10 best beaches in Europe voted by the Michelin Guide.
The beach is only accessible via a set of steps that wind their way down the cliffside, but the climb down is absolutely worth it! Praia Da Marinha is still surprisingly quiet, I’m guessing it’s partly because of the walk down & also as we visited in March when it’s much quieter.
Picture Credit: algarvetips.com
We spent 4 days in Portugal, flying into Faro airport and staying in the Laguna Resort, Vilamoura. It was perfect and so quiet, just what we wanted! The vegetarian breakfast was beautiful each day in the Laguna Cafe too. We booked it really last minute through secret escapes, it was £25 each a night. Hugely worth it for our spacious 1 bedroomed apartment!
I wish we had time to visit Estamine Restaurant in Faro. It looks absolutely incredible. It’s located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park….on a desert island! It’s only accessible by a 20 minute boat trip from Faro.
Picture Credit: Estamine Restaurant
Eurasia Restaurant, Albufeira. It has a strong focus on Vegan meals. It’s a buffet style restaurant and is a popular choice in Albufeira! The menu offers a mix of European and Asian influences. There are traditional Portuguese dishes too. (Including meat if you want it!)
Both restaurants were recommended to us, but we just couldn’t schedule them into our plans. There’s always a next time!