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Tommee Tippee {a giveaway}


Is there anyone out there who’s child’s first sippy cup collection did not include one from Tommee Tippee?  All three of my children have had them as their first cups, we’ve had blue, green, pink, orange and even a couple with stars on and they’ve all been well loved, and well used. Which is what made it so lovely when Tommee Tippee got in contact to invite us to the Baby Show for the launch of their new range of sippee cups. For starters, my ears pricked up at the sound of new cups, and then from a brand whose products we already think are great.  It was a very easy “yes please”!

Pip at very nearly almost nine months old has just about mastered picking up his own cup for a drink, and the infinitely more useful, waving it around the room until it splatters your sister with water and she squeals in surprise, which is apparently very very funny.  His favourite is blue, with a blue lid and it’s one of the very basic sort, hence the flying rain game.

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But it all seems very lo-tech compared to the new range.  They’re all non spill cups, the first (suitable for from 4 months) with a nice squishy soft spout to introduce babies to the concept of having a drink,the second a bit bigger and much more like the cups we’re used to, only with curvy handles with a little rubber grip on them (and a very cute carrot on the front), and finally the Tommee Tippee Active cup for 12 months and up which has an insulator in it to keep everything cool.  Elma has a sports bottle with something similar inside it and it was brilliant last summer for keeping drinks nice and cool when we went out to the park for a while.

The all look a lot of fun and the best news is that I have a set of all three to giveaway.

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Plus do you see that even tinier very special little bottle on the end

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

It’s possibly the cutest USB stick I’ve ever seen.

The giveaway is open to anyone in the UK, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below and entries will close on 31 May 2015 – good luck!

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Congratulations Rosie! I’ve sent you an email to sort out sending you your lovely prize!

Disclosure: we were guests of Tommee Tippee at the NEC Baby Show and were given all these lovely bits and bobs to giveaway to you.

Family Kitty Photography

Like mother, like daughter


When I posted a picture of Kitty taking photographs with my big camera as lat week’s {this moment} the next question was always going to be “so what was she taking a picture of?”

And this is the answer:

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Someone from our village walking their dog.  It’s not mind-blowing, but I think watching children take photographs is interesting.

We were sat in our front garden waiting for H to get home from work, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine and eagerly anticipating the family being complete again.  Elma was pulling up grass and climbing up and down the steps, and when Pip was so wrigglish in my arms and so very determined that the camera really was something that he ought to be eating I handed it over to his biggest sister.  Kitty perched up next to me and started snapping.  Firstly a few of me with Pip, then Elma against the wall of the house; the garden wall, the big tree and lots and lots of clouds.  And when she’d run out of fixed objects she started to look at the people, and photographing them.

There are a few of our neighbours, off for an evening walk, or perhaps down to the pub for supper; a villager walking his dog, and a man crossing the end of our road, head down, slowly climbing up the hill. And then of course we have enough photos of Daddy arriving home to run a full stop motion animation of him arriving onto the drive!

It struck me how utterly unselfconscious she is as a photographer; she sees something that interests her and just takes a picture.

Way back last summer I set myself a little challenge to take a picture on the walk to work each day, just to push myself a bit, to practice taking shots that weren’t of small children, and it was a challenge.  But not so much in terms of finding things to be the subject of my pictures, there were always plenty of choices and always changing light, but the first time I pulled out my phone I felt spectacularly self-conscious, incredibly aware of everyone else rushing to work around me (and by everyone else we mean a dozen people at most) and a little embarrassed and nervous.  I think you can tell in the photographs too; to start with they were all very much of bits of public property, the bridge over the river, flowers trailing down a wall, the sunlight through the trees.  Only as I got more confident did I start to take some of the photos that I really wanted, the delicious huge roses in a front garden, or the sign above the door at an apartment building that was once a school.  And there are still some that evaded me, that I never quite found the courage to take; the beautiful black and white tiled stairs down to a basement flat, or the door with the wonky 2 that made it look like it was smiling crookedly at you.  I think I always worried that I’d take the picture at the exact moment the owner decided to walk out the door to work!

It’s silly to be self-conscious, firstly because I am completely not when it comes to taking Me and Mine pictures; if someone walks past while I’ve got the camera precariously balanced on the buggy I’m more likely to ask the kids to wave than be worried about what they think we’re up to, probably because it is rather self-evident.  But the truth is exactly what I found last summer and what we can see in Kitty’s pictures from last week; no-one ever bats an eyelid.

After last year’s Blogtacular and Xanthe’s fantastic photo walk I promised myself that I would go out for more photo walks at home, but with the exception of my mini challenge I don’t think I have, not in the sense that I wanted to anyway.  I’ve put my hat in the ring for a place on this year’s walk and I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for a place, but even if don’t get on it, I’m thinking that I need to make myself get out there and start snapping away.

Part of the joy of that photowalk was the company – watching other people’s viewpoint lead to a knock on idea in your own mind, and some of my favourite are of people taking pictures of other people. And watching Kit hold my camera oh so carefully, actually manage to look through the viewfinder (after years of holding it up to her face and guessing) and taking shots that have a thought behind them, I think I need a small companion for a little Mummy-Kitty one on one time, and maybe an ice-cream after, the next time my biggest little girl shows signs of needing a little cherishing.  I have some camera related plans for her birthday in September, but I’m not sure I can wait that long so we might try either my old phone or our prehistoric point and shoot.  All we need now is a sunny day.  And assuming the first one doesn’t turn out to be an abject disaster I want to make it a monthly thing, a good excuse to spend some time together and a change to practice a hobby that she shows every chance of loving just as much as her Mama (and Grandpa and Great-Grannie, and Great-Great-Grandpa) before her

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