Monday, 30 April 2018

Fall in love with Disney Baby


Disney is the magic that holds most childhoods together so it was inevitable that Disney would some how find its way into Joshua's life too. My sister had already started to buy some plush for his toy collection with Pua and Meeko being welcomed into our home so when Disney got in touch and wanted to send some of their Disney Baby collection to Joshua, we of course said yes. Before we knew it, a big box arrived and as I opened the box, we did a collective awww.
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Baby Spake is Six Months Old


Every month when I sit down and write this post, I can't believe that we're another month down. Joshua is now six months old, half a year and I can hardly believe it. I remember talking about when he'd be six months while I was pregnant and it seemed like we had so much time but we're here already. He has changed so much that I'm fascinated by every new thing he learns but a little sad that we're getting further and further away from the newborn days. But here we are six months, and boy have they been an incredible six months.
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Friday, 27 April 2018

Our Five Sleeping Essentials



Sleep. Everyone wants to know how you and your baby are sleeping. From co-sleeping to a cot, to up all night to sleeping through. I can't even begin to tell you how many cashiers have asked me how Joshua is sleeping and when I reply, "really well actually" it's as if that wasn't the answer they were looking for. Weird. The sleep talk when it comes to babies also ignites some form of jealously between parents but we're not here to talk about that, we're here to talk about what baby items have worked for us when it comes to sleep.

We're not a co sleeping family, Joshua has always slept in his own space even if it has taken hours to keep him there but we have been relatively lucky in the sleep department and have always had just the one milk wake up even in the newborn days. I spoke about our routine in my Soothed, Settled and Skin happy for sleep post if you wanted to have a read but here are five things that are our sleeping essentials. 



We have an Eve mattress ourselves so there was no question about what we would be buying for Joshua when the time came to move him into a cot. We chose the Sundvik cot from Ikea and then ordered the Eve mattress directly from them. The mattress kept coming up in every best mattress list I looked at so I knew we'd made the right decision. They're handcrafted in the UK and are designed for comfort, durability and support during those early years. Also, 15% all profits on the baby mattresses are donated to The Lullaby Trust for safer sleeping babies. I love that he has his own baby eve. 

We've used sleeping bags for Joshua since he was a month old and our trusty Snuz pouch saw us through the winter. We recently upgraded to the 1.0 tog in 6-18months for summer for Joshua in the Blue Geo Breeze print. These pouches are our favourite because they have a handy zip meaning if we need to change his nappy at night (we really try not to because it wakes him up more) then it takes no time at all. There are a range of togs and designs to choose from and I already have my next design decided on for this winter. 



After our faithful Zoe the Penguin stopped working (but was quickly replaced) I needed some white noise and quickly, and the guys at Whisbear came to the rescue and sent us Whisbear. The award winning bear was created by two mothers who knew the importance of having a sleep aid such as this. Whisbear is the first sleep aid to feature a cry sensor which automatically activates when bubba cries or becomes restless which is such a god send for sleepy parents that have just found themselves super cosy. Arran is still a little skeptical on the powers and prefers Ollie the Owl but I'm a big Whisbear fan. It's like a battle of the white noise bears in our house. Whisbear is pricey but it's battery operated (although a chargeable usb would be v handy) so it'll last the test of time. Plus it's pretty cute, don't you think? I love the sensory arms too which is great for Joshua's motor skills.

I mentioned above how our faithful penguin stopped working but we're now on number two and still obsessed with our beloved penguin. Zoe also plays white noise, something I love for when we're out as it's more portable but that's not all she does. The music box is a jack of all trades, it's a night light, music box and wireless speaker as you can connect your phone to run Spotify from it. It is hands down, one of our best baby items and I would never be without it. Plus, you can't beat a penguin right?


I couldn't write a post on sleep essentials and not include the love of Joshua's life. Bert the Sloth used to belong to his Auntie Emmy but after Joshua discovered it and became very attached, very quickly his auntie gave him up and let her baby nephew take him for himself. He has slept and played with it every day since so it has fast become an important part of his and our lives because god forbid we put him to sleep without it. I've linked the same sloth above in case you want one of your very own too. 


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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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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...
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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...


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