Thursday, 21 December 2017

Gift Ideas for Her

I'm not sure about you but I know I am hard to buy for! It doesn't help that all the events where I am given gifts happen within a few weeks of the whole year. Over November and December I celebrate Simon and I's anniversary, my birthday and Christmas! It's crazy busy. It also means come December I usually have all those items I have mentioned through the year.

I thought it would be nice to share just a few ideas with you if your still on the look out for that perfect gift for the woman in your life! It isn't too late with just one week to go to the big day!


Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm

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One of the items I always love receiving on Christmas day is lovely bath products. Getting a bath is a real luxury especially with Baby S who can time waking up to the minute I sit in the bath! I love Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm it is so soothing to just lay in the bath with it swirling through the water. Every time I have used it I always feel well rested and relaxed. I no longer ache or uncomfortable which I usually do. I think that fact you can use Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm as a massage balm is great! Perfect for when you just don't have time for a soak but could use some help with those aches. Arnica is a completely natural with healing properties and Arnica products are always a favourite of mine. A fantastic gift for those women in your life who are always on the go.

You can get your own Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm (RRP £8)


Indigo Herbs - Pure Raw Chocolate Kit

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Who doesn't love chocolate? It has got to be one of my top 5 favourite foods and at Christmas it is one of my favourite gifts. I also love to bake or make things myself which makes this Indigo Herbs Pure Raw Chocolate Kit a great gift that I would love to find under my tree. A chocolate which you can make yourself, is dairy free as well as gluten-free and it is suitable for Vegans! The kit comes in a lovely, simple gift box which contains all the ingredients you need already weighed and the instructions. They have thought of everything and even include little cases to pour your chocolate in for them to set. Opening the box is a treat for the senses with the beautiful scent of Cacao and vanilla hitting you once you open the box. Perfect for that instant joyous reaction for a chocolate lover on Christmas day!

You can get your own Indigo Herbs Pure Raw Chocolate Kit Gift Set (RRP £19.99)


Mummy Loves Organics - Essential Oil Massage Candle

I love candles and wax melts of many shapes and sizes. I always have a few scents to hand and will have a candle or melt burning at some point on most days! Mummy Loves Organics make a range of candles designed with mums, pregnant women and babies in mind. The whole range is completely organic, non toxic and they burn clean by using 100% cotton wicks. This means they are perfectly safe to light in your home around children and pets. The candles found in Mummy Loves Organics range are not just candles either. The candles have been scientifically formulated to warm the wax inside to be the perfect temperature to use on the skin. Why? Well the wax used in the candles is rather magical and once it has melted it becomes a lovely massage oil!


There you are! Just a few suggestions for the lucky woman in your life. I do hope you have found this guide helpful. Merry Christmas!


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Baby S at 6 Months Old

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It's so hard to believe that my tiny little baby has hit 6 months old. It feels more like weeks since she was born. She has gone from a teeny little baby right up to a happy healthy 6 month old!


Personality

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Each month Baby S is letting us see a little more of her personality and all the little things that make her excited. She's a happy, playful baby who adores getting attention in any form! She is very affectionate and is happiest when she is holding onto someone hand, getting cuddles and feeling that you are there.

Now that she has started to really babble and trying to talk Baby S likes us to know that she has an opinion. We are now at the point where she can change the volume of her voice to a degree. She loves to shout if your not paying her enough attention.

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Along with her growing voice control Baby S has started to use lots of facial expressions. We usually find her funny when she first makes a new expression, she is never impressed when we laugh at her expressions.  They are adorable though!


Sleep

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Not much has changed on the sleeping front. Although the colds and blocked noses have been coming and going, sleep has become less and less as the last few weeks have went past. Baby S sleeps most nights in my arms which I don't mind, she will only be small for such a short time and D mostly slept in the same way. Most nights for us start around 1-2 am with a few feeds between then and waking up with D. I do hope she will naturally find a routine where she sleeps a little earlier soon.


Physical Ability

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Baby S can now sit unaided for minutes at a time! She loves to sit down on the floor surrounded by cushions and play with toys or with us. It's lovely to see how proud she is each time she sits up and hasn't fallen over.

Towards the end of this month we changed the pram to allow Baby S to sit up instead of always lying down. She loves seeing the world and is always trying to move herself to get a better view of the world!


Development

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I have noticed this month that Baby S has been much more interested in seeing what goes on around her. She is paying attention to everything. When we are outside she is always trying to find new things to look at, at home she watches as we clean the house, play games with her and D, she even watches D while he plays. I am really enjoying watching her discover new sights and experiences. One big exciting new discovery has been Christmas decorations. Ours usually go up in mid November and since they ended up going up a little later she got to touch and feel so many of them while we put them up.


Milestones

As I mentioned above Baby S can sit unaided for minutes at a time now! She is doing so well with sitting up on her own so far.

A very exciting milestone for Baby S to hit this last month was her first experience of snow! Since we had some amazing snowy weather she has enjoyed getting out in the carrier and both feeling the snow and watching as it drifted down around us. It was quite the experience to get around with both children in the snow.


Health

We have been pretty fortunate this winter so far and other than colds and a flu Baby S has been generally well. She does catch the usual coughs and colds which D brings home from school. I am quite surprised by how well Baby S has coped with being sick, she isn't a fan of blocked noses but not much else annoys her. When she is feeling ill I find she wants more cuddles than normal.


Feeding

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Just after Baby S turned 5 months I decided I would give expressing a go and let Simon try giving her a bottle. A much needed break from breastfeeding (I really do love it but sometimes you just need some time alone). I managed a good few ounces and took myself away from the room leaving Baby S with Simon. It wasn't long before her crying was followed by Simon calling me back. She wouldn't take it,she had no problem with holding the bottle or putting it in her mouth, she thought it was great! She wouldn't suck on the teat or drink the milk which was leaking out. We've tried a few times over the month but she won't entertain the idea at all or any kind of bottle. I feel like we are hitting the dummy problem all over again.

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This month was a big moment for both Baby S and I, we breastfed, hands free for the first time! It just so happened to be outside on the day it snowed really bad and I was waiting for D to come out of school. (excuse the blurred selfie) Not the best timing, my boob was freezing!!! Breastfeeding in the snow is not something I would recommend but when the baby wants fed, she gets fed!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Lansinoh Breastfeeding Giveaway

As a breastfeeding mother I know all too well how important finding great products that really work are. We've previously shared our thoughts on Lansinoh, the brand made for breastfeeding mothers. Today I have teamed up with them again and you could be in with a chance to win some of their fantastic products!

Lansinoh are a multi award winning brand who create products designed to help and support breastfeeding mothers. Founded over 30 years ago when Resheda Hagen suffered with extremely painful nipples and set out to find Lanolin, a product not available in shops. This little product was a miracle worker for her then, just as it is for breastfeeding mothers today! Since then the brand has branched out and really embraced their belief that breastfeeding mothers need not just great products, but they need help and advice to really experience the benefits of breastfeeding.

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One of the brands most popular products is Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin, in fact this pure medical grade lanolin is the UK's number one bestselling nipple cream for mothers who are breastfeeding. No surprise considering it is completely safe to use and feed your baby while your wearing it!


Lansinoh doesn't stop at lanolin either. The brand make their own very unique Disposable Nursing Pads with Blue Lock™ core. These nursing pads are anything but ordinary, the Blue Lock™ core allows each the Disposable Nursing Pads to absorb up to 20 x it's own weight!


Lansinoh have thought about all aspects of breastfeeding, they do products to help you branch a path between breastfeeding and bottle or combination feeding. One of those products is their Breastmilk Storage Bags. The perfect way to store and freeze that precious breast milk once you have expressed. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags are made from food safe polyethylene which will also keep toxins out of your milk. Each bag comes with a tamper proof top which is also a label with areas for you to write information about the milk like the date and time it was expressed.

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Lansinoh even have a whole range of Breast pumps to help you get the milk which can be stored and later given to your baby. One of those is the easy to use Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, the perfect pump for on the go since it doesn't require batteries or wires. this Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump has two phases which helps you to get the most amount of milk possible by using stage one 'The letdown' followed by stage two 'expression'. Paired with the comfort fit breast cushion they help you to get the most amount of milk possible. The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is light weight, quiet and compact making it perfect for portable use.

You can get Lansinoh Lanolin 40ml (RRP £10.49), Pack of 60 Lansinoh Nursing Pads with Blue Lock feature (RRP £6.00) Pack of 50 Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags (RRP £9.99) and Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump (RRP £35.00) from Boots by clicking on the links.


Giveaway

Lansinoh have very kindly offered one of our readers the chance to win all of the products featured above!

You can enter using the gleam widget below. Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

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  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

I love food, that is certainly no secret. Despite that I still find buying gifts for the food lovers in my life difficult. Everyone has different tastes and their own little likes and dislikes when it comes to food, so buying for a foodie or food lover can be hard! We all know a foodie or food lover and I have at least one or two on my gift list this year. I bet you do too. With that in mind I thought I would share some gift ideas with you, help you to find some inspiration to find that coveted perfect gift this Christmas.


TIANA Coconut cooking Butter

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I'm going to start where any food lover would, at the cooking! With all certified organic ingrediants, TIANA Coconut cooking Butter is perfect for any foodie who loves to cook this Christmas. It is perfect for all the foodies out there since it is free from gluten, diary, preservative, colouring and additives. It is even suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  It also doesn't taste or smell of coconut! You can use TIANA Coconut cooking Butter as a healthier alternative to cooking oils with any meal or food you are making.

You can get TIANA Coconut cooking Butter  on their site for £7.85 (250ml) or £18.99 (750ml)


Aduna Baobab Powder

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We all like to look after our bodies and at this time of year we really should be thinking about those all important vitamins as well all those yummy treats around. . Aduna Baobab Powder will help your food lover to do just that and more! I am sure everyone has now heard of super foods? Well Baobab is one of them.

Baobab is the only fruit in the world which dries on the branch. Aduna simply deseed and sieve the fruit to make it into a powder, so what you get is the fruit itself! Baobab powder is a fantastic source of Vitamin C which supports your immune system, skin and your energy release. In fact one single dose gives you 33% of your recommended intake for a day. Add in that it is 50% fibre and contains the highest amount of antioxidants found in fruit. What's not to love?

Aduna Baobab Powder is free fom dairy, wheat, gluten, additives and preservatives as well as added sugar. While Aduna Baobab Powder is organic and natural it is also safe for children, the perfect way to add in some extra Vitamin C to their diet.

Aduna Baobab Powder is so easy and versatile to use as well! You just use 2-4 teaspoons in your morning porridge, yogurt, smoothies or shakes. It tastes just like sherbet!

Don't you just love the pattern on the tub?

You can get Aduna Baobab Powder for £5.99 (80g tub)


Personalised China Mug from McGlaggan Smith Mugs

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I love coffee! If you follow me on Instastories you will know I also love mugs. (I think I may be obsessed! Haha) I usually have to resist the urge to buy ones with great slogans on. I have the perfect gift for a mug or hot drink lover! A personalised bone china mug!  This is my favourite item in the guide! I love these mugs from McGlaggan Smith Mugs.

McGlaggan Smith Mugs specialise in bespoke and personalised mugs. Do they ever! There is a whole range of designs, personalisations and more on their site.

I just love this personalised mug which is personalised with not only your name but your preferred drink too. The personalisation doesn't stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! I tend to drink a very wide range of coffee drinks but as a mum I find I can always use a coffee fix.

The mugs are so exquisite, being beautifully made and finished. They don't seem old fashioned like many china mugs I have found, they are modern and personal. The personalisation doesn't stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! Perfect for a mug lover.

You can get a personalised mug from Mcglaggan Smith Mugs from £14.99


JML Nutri Blitzer from Superdrug

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The Nutri Blitzer from JML is an amazing little gadget for the kitchen! So good it has been included in the health and fitness range at Superdrug. Containing precision made steal extraction blades which will spin at an astonishing 19,000 RPM. Those blades help the Nutri Blitzer to create a vortex which can literally pulverize seeds, skins, leaves, stems and peel meaning you can just pop the whole fruit inside and blitz! I love this feature, I rarely have time to stand and peel fruits or vegetables before making a smoothie so knowing I can just pop it in and make something without having to worry about bits at the end is great! It also means your are getting all of the nutrients and mineral from the ingredients you are using.

The Nutri Blitzer from JML comes with milling blade which is perfect for grinding coffee beans! Who doesn't love a freshly ground cup of coffee? It's so easy to use too. Just put the beans in the cup attach the milling blade top and push into the Nutriblitzer while plugged in. Hey presto ground coffee beans.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The whole Nutri Blitzer is so easy to clean since the mess from using it is contained in one whole capsule. Just clean it out after use, it takes seconds.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The perfect gift for any foodie or food lover in your life.

You can get the Nutri Blitzer from JML in store at Superdrug.



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