From Anna With Love!

29 January 2016

We've officially launched my limited edition Valentine's Day packaging for my jewellery line! I am so in love with it and I hope you will be too! I actually ordered myself the rose gold Scorpio necklace especially for V-Day as I loved Emilia's Virgo one so much! It's also nice to wear this one with all the blush & dusky pinks I've been loving lately. A girl's gotta have options, right?! 

To guarantee Valentine's Day delivery here are the cut-off dates for shipping: 

Orders from Germany - Feb. 5th
United Kingdom - Feb. 2nd
Ireland - Jan. 31st

For all other countries, check out the shipping info page on Stilnest's website

I really hope you guys enjoy this packaging as much as I do! Let me know if you receive a Saccone necklace for Valentine's Day! 

All About Balance

12 January 2016

These are the tempting treats I had to deal with in my kitchen all day yesterday (Emilia & I baked peanut butter brownies over the weekend and we got some pastries that morning just because....well, you know - it was Monday!). The pecan plaits are my favourite...they make the 9am workouts all the more worth it! I bought the glass jars from Ocado and I love them! Now I just need to find some chocolate chip cookies to fill the other one - I have a feeling this could be a slippery slope! 

My outfit was super cosy yesterday; I went for my Abercrombie chunky knit cream cardigan, matching J.Crew v-neck tee and my Ted Baker ripped jeans. I love this cardigan but sometimes struggle with deciding what to pair it with as it looks better with low necked tops like this one but lately it's been really cold! I think I need some more circle scarves...I think that would look cute! Let me know if you have any other ideas - I would love to hear what you think!

Eduardo's 18 Month Update (At 21 Months!)

11 January 2016

I am finally getting round to posting Eduardo's 18 Month Update (at 21 months old!). Oops! Sorry it's taken me so long. But here is a little look at his current daily routine: 

7:30/8am Wake up, call for mummy/daddy, snuggle in our bed or play with Emilia if she's awake too. 

8:30am Breakfast time! He almost always eats porridge cooked on the stove with whole milk, honey, cinnamon and a few raisins mixed in. He also eats half a banana (shared with Emilia) and has water to drink. 

9am - 11:30am On weekdays Eduardo always has a morning activity...for example swimming, toddler dance class, playgroup, soft play and toddler arts & crafts. If he doesn't do something in the morning he normally won't go down for his nap very well so even on weekends we make sure to try and take him outside so he gets some fresh air! (That totally makes him sound like a pet dog...ha ha, sorry Eduardo.)

12/12:30pm Lunch time! Eduardo is not fussy at all and will eat most things I give him. Lately he's been loving carrots & parsnips with bulgur/rice/quinoa and some sort of meat like chicken, meatballs or fish. He has a drink of milk and if he's still hungry he gets an organic yoghurt.

1/1:30pm By this time Emilia is back from nursery so the children have a bit of playtime together (in other words - trash the sitting room!) before Eduardo goes down for his afternoon nap. 

2pm Eduardo still sleeps for about 2 hours in the afternoon which is a huge blessing as it allows me to get stuff done! Even with Emilia not napping anymore, she is really good and will usually do some sort of quiet activity while I work. For the meantime Eduardo sleeps in his cot - we did take the bars off a while ago but had to put them back on as he just wasn't ready to make the transition! Now that they're back he's been going to sleep really well again. He also HATES pillows! I tried putting Emilia's toddler pillow in his cot about a month ago but he despises it and refuses to go to sleep if it's in there!

4pm Eduardo wakes up from his nap and both kids have a snack. We normally have fruit or fruit salad with water to drink. 

5pm This is usually playtime aka trash the sitting room time...ha ha ha. Actually it's really nice that Emilia & Eduardo play together so well. They do lots of imaginary role-play or love to do puzzles/play with Duplo/Play-doh or draw/paint. 

6pm Dinner time! Again Eduardo is generally not a fussy eater so he will have whatever we're having as a family. Like I've always done I make sure we sit down to eat dinner together and although it can get stressful if the kids are acting up or don't like what's being served...I know it's a good family habit to have. (Or at least I tell myself that when food is being flung in different directions and I'm on the verge of a breakdown, ha ha.) Both Emilia & Eduardo get a cup of milk with their dinner and some sort of pudding/sweet treat afterwards.

6:30/7pm This is normally the time I allow the children to watch TV (on weekdays that the weekend I'm way more chilled about it! But I figure during the week they should focus on other activities during the day if that makes sense.) So they will watch Doc McStuffins, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Sofia the First, Blaze and the Monster Machines or if Emilia allows it - Eduardo's all-time favourite that he now knows all the words to...FROZEN!

7:30pm This is bath-time. Eduardo takes a bath every evening with Emilia and we wash their hair twice a week. They LOVE taking their bath and I feel like it's a wonderful bonding experience for them. They always play together or make up silly's really sweet to watch! After their bath they get their cream & pyjamas on...and we try to have them in bed by 8.

8pm Notice how I said "we try" to have them in bed by this time. Yeah, it doesn't always go according to plan! Jonathan will almost always get them incredibly hyper running around their rooms with them or more recently dragging them around on a "sled" (changing mat). So 8pm normally turns into about 8:30! Since I stopped breastfeeding at 12 months I started putting Emilia down and Jonathan does Eduardo. It wasn't even a conscious decision we made I think it just happened naturally as I really missed putting Emilia to bed and Jonathan wanted more bonding time with Eduardo! 

If we have had a fairly normal routine day, Eduardo will sleep through the night with no problems. On occasion Jonathan or I will have to go back up to put him to sleep again and over Christmas was a bit of a nightmare but that was when his cot bars were down. Now everything is back to normal and he is sleeping through till 7:30/8. Thankfully both Emilia & Eduardo have always been good sleepers! And that's his everyday routine. Obviously bear in mind like ALWAYS that these are loose time-frames and we are not robots who do absolutely everything according to a rigid schedule! But we do tend to stick with a general daily routine as I find it really helps with babies/toddlers and keeping them happy and content! I hope this post helped some of you guys out there and let me know if you have any questions! 

You can watch our full 18 Month Update which we filmed together here! 

Pamper Day

8 January 2016

Happy Friday!

I filmed Eduardo's looooong over-due 18 month update yesterday (at age 20 months, oops!) and despite him completely trashing my room it was actually a whole lot of fun! He's such a MONKEY! I remember filming Emilia's updates and although she would sometimes get a bit hyper, the room tended to remain at a certain level of tidiness. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems like little boys are a whole other story...even sweet, sensitive ones like Eduardo! They just want to wreck stuff! I suppose the only thing you can do is embrace the mess...well, until nap-time which is basically when I whizz about the house on a cleaning spree. (I'm not willing to give in to total chaos just yet!!) But this was fun and I can't wait for you guys to see his update. He is such a little character now and talking up a storm. 

That afternoon I escaped the house for a bit of a pamper session; a mani pedi and much needed eyebrow shape & tint. I always look forward to these solo getaways but I am also usually so exhausted by the time I get there that I end up almost falling asleep! I mean, I suppose that's probably a good thing as it means I'm relaxed but it's kind of embarrassing...the poor beauticians probably think I'm narcoleptic but nope, just a tired mama!! This time I gave into my current grey obsession and went with Shellac Cityscape on my hands and Asphalt (which is a dark petrol grey) on my feet. I'm so in love with both colours!  

I also posted this little throwback yesterday from when Emilia & I were recently playing together and making silly faces. She makes me laugh so much! I want to do one with Eduardo too but they never work properly as his go-to face is a happy one and he doesn't quite understand the concept! I think we need some more practise... ;)