Monday, 29 April 2019

Celebrations Made Easy with Sainsbury's


*Paid partnership with Sainsburys*

Birthdays and celebrations can be expensive right? I remember looking into specially made and personalised cakes for Arran when he turned thirty but the wait times and money for what I wanted for him was the deposit of a small car so I started to look elsewhere.

Turns out Sainsbury's stock a huge range of fun and quirky cakes so that's who we've always gone to since and we've been so impressed. As a busy mum who runs a business from home, I don't have the time to whip up a chocolate covered extravaganza in the kitchen anymore so if Sainsbury's can give me a little helping hand, I'm gonna let them. 

So with the spirit of cake in mind, I want to show you three of my absolute favourites that you can pick up with your weekly shop and still have change from a £20 note.
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Birchbox X Rock My Wedding Limited Edition Box



We are well and truly approaching wedding season so the Birchbox X Rock My Wedding couldn't have come at a better time. Launching tomorrow, the limited edition box features ten must have beauty samples for the season of love and it is one you are gonna want to get your hands on even if it's just for the Becca compact! 

The box is released tomorrow but you can join the waiting list now so you don't miss out. 
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Friday, 26 April 2019

It's Time to Ditch the car for Bluestar

*This is a paid partnership with Bluestar*

As someone who doesn't drive, I'm a frequent bus user in Southampton and now more than ever it is easier to get around by bus in our city. There's always been a stigma about getting the bus but with more than three million people nationwide choosing to leave their car at home and grab a bus, it's becoming a much more popular way to get around. 

Plus, all the time you're leaving your car at home, you're helping the environment! 

Bluestar have been operating in Southampton since 1987 and with a image overhaul a few years ago promising to shine across the city, the service just keeps getting better. I want to show you a different view of buses and convince you to ditch your car and catch Bluestar next time you head into the city as well as vowing to take the Bluestar Promise.
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Afternoon Tea at Gatehouse 1833



If there is one thing I love to do, it's book afternoon tea with friends or family. It's such a wonderful way to spend time with the people you value the most and the perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat. There's a handful of places in Southampton that serve an indulgent afternoon tea but only a couple of them do it well, one of which is Gatehouse 1833 situated on the Royal Pier with beautiful views over Southampton water and the coming and goings of some of the world's largest cruise ships. 

I think this also makes it a great spot for children because they can watch the Red Funnel ferry to the Isle of Wight come and go while spotting the smaller boats that frequent the water. The large and open terrace makes it a great sun trap and you'll catch some of the best sunsets in Southampton from where you're sat. 

It's a pretty ideal location and that's before we've even got to the food. 
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Friday, 19 April 2019

Our Favourite Toddler Skincare Brands


Finding the right skincare for your baby is so important and with Arran and I suffering with sensitive skin as children, I was very aware of what we would use on Joshua's skin from the get go. Most babies skincare is formulated for even the most sensitive skin and supermarkets brands have some great options but we personally wanted to stick with brands we knew we would love and trust the most. 

I spent a lot of time researching different lotions and potions while I was pregnant and had all the time in the world, now we're eighteen months down the road I feel we have a good enough opinion on each of our favourite brands to tell you why we love them. 

So in no particular order, here are our five favourite baby and toddler skincare brands.
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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Baby Spake is 18 Months Old


(All images by Nicole at thelittlestdarlings.com)

My very last update on Joshua was when he turned one and I always said I'd share one more once he turned eighteen months old even though that seemed like so far away. 

Well here we are, Joshua is eighteen months old today and I can't believe how quickly time has gone already. 

Joshua has changed so much over the last six months and I'm still loving every moment even if I don't get as much work done as I'd like at times. I'm so grateful that I get to call this blogging lark my job meaning I can spend every moment with Joshua, be there for every milestone and every new word he comes out with. 

I think our teething journey will be over soon or at least I'm hoping so. Joshua just has his upper and lower second molars to go now. Seeing as he's been teething since he was two months old, I can't wait to see the back of the tube of Dentinox. I always joked he'd have a full set by the time he was eighteen months and we're oh so close!
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Monday, 15 April 2019

How I motivate myself on off days


Working from home and looking after Joshua means I constantly have a juggling act in play so the last year has meant I've really had to find my groove to get my to do list done especially if I'm having a major off day. I'm a big fan of self care even though I forget to implement it myself sometimes so I've had to make sure I have some fail safe ways to motivate myself when I really am having an off day and need to crack on with what I need to do. 

I've found solace in similar posts like this when I was really struggling. It's hard to find that balance and know when you just need a little push or a complete break. Each of the things I share in this post are what helps me give myself a kick to get going. They're simple, easy to implement and really do help me.
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Friday, 12 April 2019

The L'Occitane Verbena Beauty Easter Egg


Easter is fast approaching and if there is someone in your life who isn't a chocolate lover then I have the perfect alternative. I first came across L'Occitane Beauty Eggs last year and loved the concept so this year I had to share my favourite one with you.

There are two variations to choose from as well as a cute egg pack featuring four Mini Easter Eggs which would be ideal for putting in an Easter hamper for friends or family!
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Monday, 8 April 2019

SMA Careline®: Your online Mum Tribe


*This is a paid partnership with SMA® Nutrition*

Discovering you're pregnant is such a wonderful time of your life, you're met with such an outpouring wave of congratulations, love and joy. The excitement of a small baby entering your life and what is next to come is something incredibly special. When Arran and I discovered I was pregnant, we were shocked but happy. After a few complications to begin with and some reassuring scans, being able to announce my pregnancy to our family and friends was something we were really looking forward to. The time dragged and came round so quickly at the same time and when we did announce my pregnancy the amount of love we received was incredibly warming. We also received quite a bit of advice, some of it helpful and some not, and the days following became quite overwhelming.
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Friday, 5 April 2019

Our Disappointing Baby Buys



Babies come with a lot of stuff don't they? I don't think we were prepared for how much stuff they actually need and how much they really don't. We were firm from the beginning that we wouldn't buy into every new fad and top ten baby wish list and we did stick to that but there were some things we thought we'd need after advice from others that we could've done without and are currently sat in our loft collecting dust. 

These are all things that just didn't work for us no matter how many times we tried. I won't tell you how many baby bouncers we actually tried before settling with the one we did and still realising it was a waste of money. 
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Monday, 1 April 2019

Meat Alternatives just became even easier at Sainsbury's



*This is a paid partnership with Sainsbury's*

Meat Alternatives and veganism has become quite mainstream in recent years which is fantastic to see as it makes it so much more accessible. I class myself as a meat eater but we do eat a lot of meat free products and vegan food especially when we're out due to Joshua's allergy to dairy. I find myself much more reassured ordering vegan food than trying to whittle down something that's dairy free so I order a vegan main meal and share with my little guy. It's opened me up to a whole different world of food over the last year and has given me the push to try those alternatives at home too. 

Gone are the days of minimal choice with not a lot of flavour, admittedly some places do still need some work when catering for everyone but Sainsbury's have really nailed their meat alternative range this year and we're big fans.
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