Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Petit Pai Skincare for Babies

I'm really careful with what I use on Joshua's skin as both Arran and I had really sensitive skin as babies and I don't want to risk an irritation. The Petit Pai range is developed with the purest ingredients so using it keeps my mind at rest. They stock a mother and baby range, suitable for use from bump to darling bundle meaning happy skin from the very beginning. 

All the products are free from petrochemicals, free from artificial fragrance and free from drying agents. They're just really love products to use to keep babies skin soft and subtle. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Our Five Weaning Essentials

Weaning is a hot topic for parents and it seems everyone is interested in how and when you're going to be doing it. We made the decision on how we were going to be weaning while I was pregnant and stuck to it when the time came. We started weaning at four and a half months due to his milk allergy and him trying to nab food off our own plates. It was the right time for all of us, he seemed ready and he took to it really well. It is recommended to start weaning from six months but you know your own baby, just do as much research as you can to make the best informed decision for you as a family. 

We've kept to traditional weaning as it works for us, our lifestyle and Joshua. Baby led weaning didn't appeal at all, although Joshua does have the odd finger food that's as far as we go. I think the most important thing is that it works for each individual family. It can be a bit of a minefield so I thought I'd share five things that have been absolute essentials for us on our new journey. 

We love Cosatto and the Easi Peasi changing table was one of our favourite big baby items so we looked straight to them when it came to highchairs. We chose the Superfoods Noodle Supa highchair for Joshua because it was adjustable, easy to clean and compact which was important for us as we're short on space. The highchair has six heights which saves my back, a three point seat recline so Joshua can look positively chill after eating as well as calf support which also adjusts. The two part tray makes dinner time a breeze and it hooks on the back of the highchair for easy storage and comes a part for even easier cleaning just like the cover which comes straight off. I also love the five point harness so that he can't slip down or escape. It's a really great product and one we'll being using for quite some time. 

Bibs a bib right? Well that's what I thought but this is hands down the best bib ever and worth every penny. We obviously have the penguin one but they come in sixteen different designs. They're made from food grade silicone, are dishwasher safe, fold right up for easy storage and have an adjustable strap plus a crumb catcher. They're just really bloody fab. 

We have a collection of different shaped spoons to feed Joshua with but the ones I like the most are the white hot safety ones which I picked up in the Asda baby event. The spoon tip turns white when baby's food is too hot which I find really helpful for purees, I still double check everything myself just in case but I do think these are a handy tool to have too. 

We love the pouches you can buy from Ella's Kitchen and they've become a big staple in our cupboards for feeding time. I do make up my own purees for Joshua but we do also love the ease of the pouches for at home or when we're out plus they're always on offer in supermarkets. I find there's a lot of judgement if you don't make absolutely everything for your baby but as long as you check all the ingredients and know what is in them, what's the harm? Sweet potato is a big hit in our house!

I mentioned above that I do make some of my own purees and I use the Flavour Led Weaning book by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. We started Joshua on vegetables but as we also wanted to start introducing how we like to eat, this was a great place to start. The book offers 100s of different recipes that are created by using baby friendly herbs and spices. The book talks through testing for allergies as well as having a handy chart to show you what herbs and spice are okay from what age. 

We're currently using stage two in the book which is mixed ingredient purees as we've not long moved on from just single ingredient purees. Favourites so far include sweet potato, carrot and parsnip but peas were a big no no from Joshua. There are also meal plans included in the book which are really helpful. The book goes from four months right through to having grown up meals and it has quickly become my weaning bible. It's colourful, easy to follow and not at all patronising or forceful in what to do, it's just a really fab book. I'm so glad I finally found one that works for us. 

Our weaning essentials have made our lives so much easier as well as making weaning fun. Everyone is different so what has worked for us may not work for you but I hope you've found something helpful in this post. 

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Deliciously Vegan at The Real Greek

Arran and I aren't vegan but we do try and eat as carefully and as respectfully as we can so we were both really looking forward to trying the new vegan menu at The Real Greek. We're huge fans of the Greek restaurant, especially since it opened in Southampton so nabbing a date night away from bubba and trying some very delicious food was something we weren't about to turn down. The Greek vegan tradition is centuries old and the new menu brings a mix of traditional and more modern dishes into the spotlight. 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Discovering Trilogy Skincare

My skin changed a lot while I was pregnant. I experienced skin complaints I've never had to deal with before and I've been trying to really look after my skin ever since. A product that was recommended to me again and again was Trilogy's Rosehip Oil so that was swiftly added to my skincare routine along with three of their other products. Trilogy was created by two sisters in 2002 after they discovered the benefits of rosehip oil for skin, the brand is now loved by many and sold in over 20 countries and I can totally see why.

The original product line consisted of just five rosehip products, fast forward to now and the line has well and truly expanded to over forty products. Creating a brand that was passionate about sourcing the purest organic ingredients was important to both sisters as was doing it in an ethical and sustainable way. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Titanic the Musical Mayflower Theatre

Titanic the Musical graces the stage at The Mayflower this April and it couldn't be more fitting. This April, it is 106 years since the Titanic set sail from Southampton on that fateful maiden voyage. The RMS Titanic sank in the final hour of 14th April 1912 with 1517 men, women and children losing their lives in the tragic disaster. Across Southampton there are memorials commemorating  the lives lost so it couldn't be more fitting that Titanic the Musical launches the very first UK tour from Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. I went along with Southampton Bloggers to see the musical in all its glory and was completely blown away. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Lord & Berry Prodigious Mascara

There aren't many mascaras that make it on to my blog, you only have to search mascara to see I've only done five full reviews on mascara. I like what I know and there's not many that would steer me away from my faves but every now and then something comes along and I'm like hold up... this is actually pretty good. Enter Prodigious from Lord & Berry

Monday, 16 April 2018

Light The Way Aveda x WaterAid

This April, it's the 48th anniversary of earth month and Aveda's 20th year of earth month celebrations. During April, the entire Aveda network comes to together to support fundraising efforts for the Global Greengrants Fund through the sale the of the Light The Way Candle as well as helping raise money for WaterAid through various fundraising efforts.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

NARSissist Lip Pencil Trio Exclusive to World Duty Free

If there is one thing I'm a sucker for, it's a matte lip and Nars Cosmetics are up there with the best of them. I recently had the Narsissist Lip Pencil Trio fall into my hands thanks to the babes at World Duty Free and my inner matte lover did a little squeal because L O O K  A T  I T! 

You're gonna want to treat ya self to this if you see it at duty free. 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Too Faced Natural Eyes

I'm having a love in with Too Faced at the moment. The love affair started when Arran bought the Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette for my birthday and I've been filling online baskets with what I want next ever since. One of the palettes on my lust list was Too Faced Natural Eyes so when a friend needed to re-home her practically brand new one I stepped up and welcomed the little beauty into my arms. Someone had to right?! Let me tell you, I'm so glad I did because it's fast become a fave.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Birchbox x Cath Kidston

This month's Birchbox is pretty special, pretty floral and pretty fabulous because for April, Birchbox have partnered with Cath Kidston in celebration of 25 years of the iconic brand. Cath Kidston, the quintessentially British brand of all things modern vintage present the Brighten up your Day box full of treats and ways to stay positive this month. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

The lastest Pixi Pretties Collection

Over the last year, Pixi have teamed up with some much loved influencers to release the Pixi Pretties Collection. The second installment has just landed and it is B E A U T I F U L!

Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy and Weylie Hoang have helped create six gorgeous products and I can guarantee you're going to fall in love with at least one of them. The must have collection is available to buy now and here's a peek at what you can choose from...

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Two Travel Exclusives worth grabbing at the airport

What's the second best bit about flying away to another land for some rest and relaxation? World Duty Free of course! World Duty Free is a beauty addicts temple and I have been know to leave a little bit earlier than necessary so I can have an uninterrupted browse before jetting off. I tend to fly short haul from Bournemouth or Southampton, both of which have beauty sections full of tax free bargains to treat yourself to. Two travel exclusives that have been on my radar this month are from skincare gods, Elemis and one of my favourite nail brands, O.P.I. 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Soothed, Settled & Skin Happy for Sleep

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When it comes to sleep, I don't know about you but I need to be content, comfortable and relaxed before drifting off to the land of nod so why would that be any different for your baby? There are many things that could stop your little bundle from having a settled sleep but one thing that you can help with is making sure their super soft baby butts are protected with Bepanthen, the leading brand for nappy rash protection.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Why CND Vinylux really are the best

Painted nails is my thing, if my nails aren't painted then there's something up. I always remember having a really stressful week but not mentioning it to anyone until I saw my best friend. She took one look at my nails, ordered me a drink and told me to talk. I even made sure my nails were perfect for when I went in to have Joshua with a deep red on my toenails to distract me from all that was going on. 

Monday, 2 April 2018

A Taste of Mauritius at Lakaz Maman

We're spoilt for food choices in Southampton but one place that has been on my list to try for the longest time was Lakaz Maman. I walked past it daily when I worked in Bedford Place, always mentioning to Arran that we really must give it a try but we just never quite got round to it and now I'm kicking myself because we didn't try it sooner. Lakaz Maman, meaning Mum's House in Mauritian Creole was opened by Shelina Permalloo who won Masterchef in 2012 and we finally visited last week as Southampton Bloggers held their latest Bloggers Brunch there and it did not disappoint. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

March 2018 in Instagram

It seems 2018 is whizzing by because I'm already on my third Instagram round up of the year! As I've said before my Instagram round ups are my least popular posts and they don't get many views at all but I love them and having a record of what I shared each month. So with that in mind, I'm going to continue sharing them, mostly for me. If you ever want to have a nose at some more then I've added an Instagram Round Up tab to the categories above. Now for March 2018...


Friday, 30 March 2018

My New In Pieces from Next

I'm having a major love in with Next at the moment and their new in section is FULL of gorgeous pieces. I relied on Next a lot during my pregnancy and I adore their baby clothes so that's exactly where I've headed for some new key pieces for my own wardrobe, ya know after I'd kitted out Joshua's wardrobe of course. 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Night with Grosvenor Casino Southampton

A casino isn't somewhere I think of first when it comes to hanging out with friends, mainly because casinos in the UK aren't like how you see them in Las Vegas. I've been to two in my life, both in the early hours of the morning and both weren't that welcoming. They were dark, full of drunk men and my worst nightmare so I never went back until recently. Grosvenor Casinos invited me to an evening at their Southampton venue for cocktails, dinner and a learn to play session and I was so surprised at just how amazing the evening was. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Jurlique Baby Skincare

Deciding on what to use on Joshua's skin was something I didn't expect to be so difficult. Baby skincare is a minefield and one thing I kept worrying about was if he had a reaction so I really paid attention to what was in the products before using them on his delicate baby skin. Jurlique is a brand I've used myself for years and they very kindly sent us a baby bundle full of their baby products when Joshua was born. 

Monday, 26 March 2018

IT Cosmetics Base Products for New Mums

I've been hunting for the perfect base for as long as I can remember, even more so now I have a baby because I need to look alive somehow. My fail safe concealer has always been THAT Collection one we all know and love but the lightest shades are as difficult to come by as a unicorn so I looked elsewhere. It Cosmetics came up trumps and I haven't looked back since, going as far as to falling quite dramatically for one of their base products too. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Tosca by The Welsh National Opera

I've never been to the opera before, it is something I've wanted to do for a very long time but I didn't know what I'd like and to be honest, I found it very overwhelming. What if I didn't understand or appreciate it? What if I just really hated it? Life is too short though so with that in mind, my Mum and I went to watch Tosca, performed by the Welsh National Opera at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

The Welsh National Opera presents a trio of Italian operas from three of the greatest composers for its Spring season. The season, entitled Rabble Rousers, will feature a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino alongside revivals of Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Four bargain brushes you'll love from Ecotools

Last year, Ecotools rebranded their much loved brushes and this year sees even more new makeup tools added to the collection. I've used the brand for years, I adore the softness of the brushes, the way they apply my makeup and the way they wash so adding some newbies to the collection was inevitable. Here are four brushes you might want to check out. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Supermarine Wood Fired Pizza

We are so spoilt for choice in Southampton when it comes to restaurants, coffee houses and niche cafes but there always happens to be a little gem that'll stick out when you don't expect it. Woolston, Southampton is in the process of having a major face lift with beautiful new apartments, supermarkets and of course those all important eateries popping up and I went along to try Supermarine, a delicious pizzeria as part of an event with Southampton Bloggers

Monday, 19 March 2018

JoJo Maman Bébé Clothing Picks

JoJo Maman Bébé is one of my favourite shops when it comes to baby clothes, maternity wear and children's toys but unfortunately we don't have one in Southampton so I spend my evenings filling online shopping baskets full of treats for Joshua, I just can't help myself. With a new season fast approaching and Joshua moving up to the next size in clothing *sob* I thought I'd show you what I bought recently and to see if I can tempt you to have a little splurge yourself. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Baby Spake is Five Months Old

Pregnancy goes fast but watching your little one grow up goes even faster and it's something that isn't really spoken about. Joshua is now five months old and I can't even bring myself to think about the next update, it makes me a little teary because the newborn days are long gone. I know that sounds silly, he's growing into the most amazing little person and it's about to get a whole lot more fun. We have teeth, he's started trying food and he's been up to some mischief, we have such a character on our hands! 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Decleor Spring Skin & Glow Collection with QVC

You only have to search Decleor on my blog to see how much I adore their products so with another fabulous offer available on QVC this Sunday, I'm here to give you all the juicy details. I first discovered Decleor just over three years ago when a really good friend of mine started working for the company as a beauty therapist and they've stayed within my skincare routine ever since. For one day only, you can get your hands on an exclusive five piece collection from Decleor. Find out more below.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Ah, it has been a long time coming for me to finally own this beauty. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette is a cult classic and my hubby-to-be bought me the gorgeous little thing for my birthday. I've been using it straight for two months and I don't think I've fallen for a palette this hard in ages. I've had the rest of the palettes sitting in my online basket ever since because I am seriously impressed. Hello Too Faced convert!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Imitation is NOT a form of flattery

They say imitation is a form of flattery but I don't think that statement could be more wrong. Most of you will know, as well as my own blog, I also run a blogging network called Southampton Bloggers. Southampton Bloggers was created in 2014 during a blogging chat on Twitter about meeting like minded people who understand what blogging is actually about. We held our very first event in May 2014 and we've been regularly holding blogging networking events ever since.

Be Present, Not Perfect March Birchbox

Do we still love monthly subscription boxes? From what I'm seeing on social media, the love is slowly ending. The same brands are repeated, sometimes the same products, there's nothing new or original and they're starting to become a bit drab or at least that's the impression I'm getting. I've ordered various boxes over the years but always come back to one, Birchbox and the March Birchbox might just sway you back to loving them again.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Luscious Lips with Carmex Moisture Plus

Carmex has been the saviour to my dry lips for years, I had my first pot of moisturising goodness, I'm talking the original jar back in my teens so the love affair has been going on for some time. The iconic lip balm has been soothing lips for generations so much so that the range is even bigger now. The newest tube to the scene is the Carmex Moisture Plus Sheer Tint and I've been keeping it close all winter.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Because I am a Mother

Last year, on Mother's Day I was sat with the start of a bump eating a box of chocolates Arran had bought for me along with a mum-to-be card. It still didn't feel real that I was growing a tiny human. We were just over a week away from our 12 week scan and today, I'm sat with my almost five month old.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

With Mother's Day right around the corner I've put together some ideas for the special woman in your life. The snow scuppered my plans of this being up within time so forgive me but I think Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas has a ring to it right?! I hope so. Discover a bit of everything from some of my favourite brands and don't forget to tell me what your favourite thing is.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The OhSo Box Newborn Giftbox

In the last year, it has seemed everyone around me have fallen pregnant so baby gift buying has been high on my agenda. I like original and different baby gifts so I've always relied on Etsy or Not on the Highstreet but in recent months, unique gift boxes have burst on the scene and one in particular is The OHSO Box. I was sent The Full Edit Luxe Baby Box and it is incredible! Let me tell you a little bit more...

Monday, 5 March 2018

My YouTube Favourites

Ah YouTube, the place I spend hours watching house tours, shopping hauls and unboxings. When I'm feeding Joshua or writing my own blog posts, I always have YouTube on in the background. My guilty pleasure is just binge watching my faves to see what other people do in their day to day lives, seeing what they get up to, what make up they're using and more so I thought I'd show you who I keep going back to watch again and again...

Friday, 2 March 2018

Joanie Girl

The thing that was on my mind a lot during my pregnancy was how my body was going to change. It was inevitable but that doesn't mean I was ever ready for it. I was a stone heavier when I fell pregnant and carrying Joshua changed everything. Am I happy with my post-partum body? No but pulling on this blue, petal dress from Joanie Clothing was the first time I looked in the mirror and thought, yea I look alright. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

WIN The New Mama Box by The Natural Mama Company

Welcoming a new baby into the world is magical for so many, the little ones are showered with gorgeous baby outfits, cuddly bears and teeny tiny shoes but what about mum? I was given some beautiful gifts on the birth of Joshua and when friends have given birth in the past, I've always made sure there was a gift for mum too but you had to be inventive, there wasn't much in the way of new mum gifts until now. One gift I received and adored was by The Natural Mama Company and I even have one for you to win too...

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February 2018 in Instagram

When I started to change around my blog, I was in two minds whether to keep my Instagram posts going each month. My Instagram round ups are my least popular posts and they don't get many views at all but I love them and having a record of what I shared each month. So with that in mind, I'm going to continue sharing them, mostly for me. If you ever want to have a nose at some more then I've added an Instagram Round Up tab to the categories above. Now for February 2018...

Friday, 23 February 2018

Lottie London Shimmer Squad Holographic Haul

Not too long ago, highlighter wasn't in my most used makeup items. It's only been recent years that I've really made the most of that sun catching glow and I can assure you, I've made up for it. I have a whole drawer dedicated to my highlighter loving needs nowadays, just call me a magpie. The latest glowing lovely on my radar is the Shimmer Squad palette by Lottie London and if you like a bargain, you'll love this... 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lips

Trying to find my style again when it comes to make up since having Joshua has been more difficult than I realised and who knew some mums can be so judging because you've put a bit of slap on? It's a ball this parenting lark, I'll tell ya! So in the spirit of bold lips and not giving a F, I present to you some matte lip shades that really are worth your time, even at £16 each.

Monday, 19 February 2018

WIN Big with Bodyform VIP Pink Ticket

Winter is really dragging a bit now isn't it? I'm so over dark mornings, ice and the temperature being below freezing. I need sunshine, promises of summer getaways and a festival or two. With Summer edging that little bit closer, Bodyform, legendary protectors of our lady bits, have the ideal campaign and all you need to do is pick up a pack of sanitary towels to be in with a chance of winning.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Baby Spake is Four Months Old

My little squidge is four months old. I can hardly believe I'm typing those words let alone that he's laid on the floor next to me grabbing at his feet and screeching like a banshee. It has been the most incredible and emotional experience, I still can't believe he's all mine, well and Arran's but mostly mine, shh we won't tell him. Joshua is a little dreamboat, he is the most inquisitive, loveliest little person and I just can't get enough of him.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Four Blogging Mums You'll Adore

Becoming a mum is the most incredibly rewarding thing I've done yet but it's also the hardest, nothing quite prepares you but there are people along the way that make it that bit easier. When we discovered I was pregnant, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't fall down the Mumsnet forum hole. I stuck with reading books by Giovanna Fletcher and The Unmumsy Mum, I wanted real, funny and straight talking mums to look to and keep me sane when I needed it most.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops

I never quite feel complete until I've dusted on some highlighter. I have a huge collection of powders, creams and liquids because I cannot get enough of that glowing finish so the Liquid Chrome collection of highlighters by Barry M had my name all over them. There are five gorgeous shades to choose from or you could get them all like me. Take a closer look...
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