The Essential One - Behind the scene's

Noah recently modelled for The Essential One which I blogged about here. We had a fabulous experience and to our delight the entire day was documented on video.

The behind the scene's video has just been released and it's simply beautiful. They captured some absoloutely precious moments between Noah and I. Not only that but the range looks fantastic and all the babies look darling too. I thought I would share some screenshots of the film and the video itself.

It moved me to tears when I watched it and I can honestly say I'm going to treasure it forever.

Thank you The Essential One.


The Essential One - Noah the baby model

A few weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite baby brands The Essential One were on the look out for baby models for their new Autumn range. My heart literally leaped out of my chest because I thought this was perfect for us. For one like I just said I simply adore the brand and if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will always find me singing their praises. I think they make the best quality baby clothes and their customer service is quality too. Secondly I've had numerous people say to me that Noah should be a baby model (I think people say that to all babies!) and I have to admit I really want him to model too. Thirdly the photoshoot was local so we didn't need to travel far. With all these pro's and no con's I emailed The Essential One right away.

A few days later and that anxiously awaited email came through. I opened it and I almost choked on my cup of tea! To my delight Noah had been selected and I couldn't of been happier or more proud!

A week later and the morning of the photoshoot arrived. We were to be at the studio for 9am which meant us up a little earlier than usual. We quickly grabbed some breakfast and jumped in the car as it was rush hour traffic. We had a good hour to get there but we are usually always late or the sat nav takes us somewhere random so we thought the earlier the better. I had hoped Noah would nap on the way there as it was such an early start and I didn't think he would nap at the studio. We all know what babies are like though and he fought sleep like a trooper but he did manage to squeeze in a quick 15 minute power nap as we were pulling up outside the building.

Once we arrived at Studio 488 we were welcomed in by a lovely bubbly member of staff. We were then shown around and felt completely at ease and at home. Secretly I was a little worried at the back of my mind because Noah had been suffering from stranger anxiety for a few months and I was scared he would get upset and have a meltdown. I shouldn't of worried though because he was absolutely fine and I think that was mainly down to the calm and friendly environment that the team had created. So thank you so much for that.

We settled down on the couches for a moment before the shoot began. I was handed a piece of clothing from the Autumn range to dress Noah in and then I took him over to the set where the photographers would take over. When they got enough shots we would go back to the sofa's, undress the baby and give him a drink while we waited for the next item.

I was able to stand right next to the photographers as they snapped away while Noah performed for the cameras. There was shots of him sitting up or led down and there was also group shots with the beautiful twins Brandon and Arthur (who's Mummy blogs too!) As I watched from the sidelines I felt insanely proud of my little baby. He was doing so well. Overcoming that mean stranger axiety in such a strange environment with a big group of (lovely) strangers. He sat there smiling and clapping in front of everyone and I felt daft for ever worrying.

Noah modelled a dozen different pieces from snow suits to body suits and did very being changed and undressed so many times considering that he usually hates it! He even powered on through his nap and actually fell asleep on set. The photographers loved it and carried on snapping away. I hope they use some of these photo's cause I would love to see them.

We had a fabulous day and it's a day I will remember fondly.


Review: Routes to Reading

For as long as I can remember I have always loved to read. From being a young child, curled up in bed reading "Spot the dog" til now squeezing in a quick ten minutes read of "Game of Thrones" on my iPad while Noah naps. I always knew I wanted to pass that passion on to my future children as it's a invaluable interest which not only keeps you entertained but keeps your mind sharp too.

Throughout my pregnancy I was picking up baby books here and there and built up quite the library for his arrival. I even found my childhood favourite "Spot the dog" and the memories came flooding back. I bought it for Noah and I have to say it's one of my favourite book to read to him even if he does try to rip off all the flaps!

Baring all this in mind you can understand my excitement when Routes to Reading contacted me asking if Noah would like to sign up to their baby book club! I jumped at the chance and was so excited for our first month installment.

By subscribing to Routes to Reading your baby will receive hand picked books every month and the subscription is perfect for babies and toddlers up to the age of three. You can subscribe for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or 12 months which is great if you wanted to try it out for a month or two before subscribing for any longer. Not only is Routes to Reading a great gift for your baby but it would also be a lovely gift to another child or even an expectant Mother.

Our first months subscription arrived last week and I was so excited to see what books we had been sent. We received two books called "Fur" and "Mealtime", both are wooden books and ideal for Noah's age.

"Mealtime" is a sensory, touch and feel book. Each page displays different food and drink with different textured areas. Noah loves to flip though this book whilst looking at and touching all the brightly coloured pictures. It's a great book for the age that he is now but will be just as good when he is a little older and is learning the words to the different food and drink on the pages.

"Fur" is a sligtly larger wooden book, all about cats and kittens. This book was ideal for us as I am a self confessed crazy cat lady and Noah is already becoming such a huge animal lover. We both loved it. The story is short and sweet and the illustrations are gorgeous. Noah must enjoy "Fur" just as much as I do because every time we read this book he smothers the cats in kisses, which is insanely cute!

I have reviewed a dozen subscription services in the past and I have to say that Routes to Reading is one of my favourites, if not favourite! As an avid book lover and believer of the importance of reading to your children (whatever the age!) I can't rate Routes to Reading any higher!

- I was sent these books for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are my own.