Sunday, 22 May 2016

toTs Infinity Changing bag

Since finding out I'm going to be a mumma I've been on the look out for a stylish changing bag that both the Mr and I will be happy carrying when out and about. Of course, along with the style requirement we need it to be able to hold all the essentials we need for on the go with the babba; not quite sure what all those essentials are yet but I'm sure i'll learn quickly!!

Earlier this month Tots by SmartTrike asked whether they could send me a few baby related items to talk about on my blog; in the past I used to get excited over makeup, shoes and stationary, now its baby products that get me squeeking with excitement when the postman knocks on the door!

The travel system we've decided to go for doesn't come with a changing bag, its an additional extra to add it on, somewhere around the £50 I think, so having the offer of a Tots changing bag came at the right time! Aren't we lucky?!

We chose the SmarTrike Infinity changing bag in quilted grey; for us it ticked the boxes of being able to be worn as a backpack along with having a long strap so that it can be worn over the shoulder or attached to the pram.The grey colour of this bag is so us, we have a full on obsession with grey and black baby things... poor child eh! The simple grey colour will go with our black pram and is also easy to match with outfits; the Mr is a pure fashionista so this is an important factor to take into account I tell you. 

Inside the bag are lots of compartments for all your bits and pieces, keeping it all in order so that when in a rush to get a wet baby changed its simple to find everything you need. The bag also comes with 2 detachable pouches; one lined with silver stuff to keep your bottles insulated and the other pouch we've decided will be for nappies so when we are out and about we don't need to take the whole bag to the baby change room; just the inside pouch.  
The bag also comes with a handy fold-up changing mat and shoulder strap. 
We haven't packed the bag yet, I've only just put some Naty nappies, Naty nappy bags and some baby wipes in but I can tell this bag is going to be big enough for all the paraphernalia we will be taking with us on our days out. 
I've just noticed on the Smyths Toys website description that the bag has a water repellant coating all over it so no worries about the rain getting the nappies soggy before the baby does! I'm so happy with this changing bag; I haven't seen many others whilst scouring the web that are as stylish and practical as this one. What do you think of the bag?


You can find it over at Smyths Toys for £64.99- not the cheapest out there, but in my opinion its a lot more suitable for us than the one suggested to match our pram. I can envisage this bag being with us for a long time, it will be great for when baby is little but also later on in life when we want to go for picnics or swimming due to the large size and timeless colour. 

Check out a this video to see how adaptable the bag can be, baby stuff by day, iPad's and makeup by night!

toTs by smarTrike also do a lovely range of bedding and accessories over at Smyths Toys; I've got a few more bits to review later in the month so keep an eye out for them. 


Sunday, 8 May 2016

I'm currently wearing.....

Afternoon all,

In the past few months I've felt just a bit 'ugh' when it comes to the choice of outfits I wear on a day to day basis. With a lovely rapidly growing tummy I'm starting to find that my go-to dresses now look like tops and my usual skinny jeans are things of distant memories! 

In all honesty, I've been pretty disappointed with the range available for mums-to-be. I've spent a few hours searching for suitable bump wear found that a lot of the maternity clothes either are way too plain mummsy for my liking or, at the other end of the scale, too figure hugging- I didn't wear bodycon dresses before now and I'm not about to start now! 

Last week I finally decided to let the purse strings loose a little and order myself a few much needed bits from Toyshop's maternity range. Ocean Finance kindly offered to gift me £50 to put towards a day of relaxing too so, this weekend I put the money towards a haircut and some shoes!
Okay, okay its not the most out-there outfit going but my god this combo is comfy. I'm wearing Over-the-bump maternity jeans here from Topshop, Joni (£38) to be precise. Pre-pregnancy,Joni's were my go-to jeans so I was happy to see they also cater for my current shape. The waistband on these is a thing of comfort; as the name suggests they go right over your bump to provide bump support and an added bit of material should you still want to wear your non preggo tops. I teamed the jeans with a plain black vest top  (£6) from RiverIsland; again, comfy and really useful item to have in your maternity wardrobe. 
Next up is this Chambray Grey Shirt  (£29) I've worn this a fair few times since it arrived- its comfy, can be styled smart or casual and is made of a nice soft flattering cotton. It also comes in a baby blue shade too. 
Next up are the lovely Chelsea boots I picked up from Clarks last week- I bagged a bargain with these- meant to be £80 and I picked up the last sale pair for £40! Although they are now sold out on the Clarks website you can pick them up from Debenhams for an even lower price now.. £24!
Love having a fresh haircut.. makes me feel refreshed and so much more presentable. I visited my fave hairdresser here in Sheffield, Parachute on Hickmott Road. I decided to go for my usual.. a short bob with full fringe.
Lastly, I added this cute little infinity bracelet to the outfit; this was sent to me by Jewellery Box- another post to come on this soon. 

Can you point me in the direction of any nice maternity outfits?


**Disclaimer-  Ocean Finance kindly sent me £50 to spend on a day of relaxing. I decided to pay for my haircut and put the remainder towards my boots. 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Revolution Massive Tastes Menu

Last week  the Mr and I headed to Revolution here in Sheffield on what was the most rainy day of the week to sample the new spring menu they have on offer... can't beat a load of comfort food on a dreary Thursday evening can you!
The Revolution Bar here in Sheffield is situated just at the end of Devonshire Street in the town centre; easy for those who work in town to pop in for a bite to eat or a fancy looking cocktail.

After drying off our damp clothes we both decided to order a drink, the Mr went for a Guava Colada (left); Stoli vodka shaken with Licor 43, lime juice, pineapple juice and guava purée garnished with a pineapple wedge and a mini umbrella. And I, of course, went for a tasty mocktail, the Superfruit Nojito; strawberry and blueberry purées, apple juice and a hit of lime, topped with soda and garnished with fresh mint and blueberries.
After trying our fruity cocktails we then moved on to choose our main course from their food menu; Revolution offer a wide variety of food, from burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, sharing plates and main course dishes like burritos, roast chicken and fish n chips.  

Sunday, 24 April 2016

LetterBox Gifts- Mum To Be Box

Hello there lovelies!

Have you got a pregnant friend you want to surprise with a gift or a baby shower coming up?  

Earlier on this week I received a lovely parcel from LetterBox Gifts- a rather special selection of products aimed at mum's to be.  
The gift box, as the name suggests, are sized just right so they fit through the letterbox. This mum-to-be box is £25.95 (plus possible postage costs)
Inside the box were two cards; one is a the details of all the products I was about to find inside the box and the other was a cute personalised card with a little note from LetterBox Gifts. When opening treat boxes I don't read the 'menu' card until after I've looked through the products myself.. anyone else do that?
Inside the beautifully packed box are 5 products; all the products in the LetterBox Gift sets are made by carefully selected British producers so I was pleased to see that 3 of the products inside the box are by brands based here in Sheffield!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

My current pregnancy essentials

Hello hello... 

Today I wanted to share with you some products that have well and truly been my go-to items over the past few months when it comes to pregnancy.
The first product is to keep my skin in tip top condition whilst all these crazy changes are going on with my body; Palmers Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Massage Lotion.  This wonder cream is packed full of lots of good stuff to help your skin-

Cocoa butter that will leave your skin soft and silky
Vitamin E which helps to improve the appearance of stretch marks
Collagen and Elastin to help improve the skins elasticity and firmness
Centella Asiatica which is a natural leaf extract for revitalisation of collagen and elastin fibres.
Sweet almond oil to also aid with the reduction of markings on the skin
Argan oil, which if you didnt know, contains twice as much Vitamin E than olive oil and can help to soften and condition your skin. 

Each night before I go to bed I slather a good amount of the Palmers massage lotion over my growing tummy and tops of my legs. Its become a routine of mine now and it seems to be working as I don't have any stretch marks yet. 

The lotion has a strong sweet smell of cocoa but I don't find it overpowering at all. The formula is rich on application yet not greasy or sticky once you've covered your bump in it. 

I bought mine from Boots for £3.29.

Next up is the Bodyshop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist. I spritz this on to a cottonwool pad and wipe away any last bits of makeup once I've finished washing my face. I suppose this isn't necessarily a pregnancy essential but its a nice addition to my all important bedtime routine these days. This spritz is going to be amazing in the warmer months when rather larger to just give my skin a boost of freshness when out and about. You can find this online or in-store for £11.
The next two products are ones I received from a lovely friend of mine; Champneys Blissful Bump Body Butter (£10) and Ginger Inspired Room Spray (£5). 

I've been using this thick luxurious body butter after showering and find it leaves my skin very smooth and soft. But, out of the two products, the room spray is my favourite; I keep this in our lounge at the moment but sometimes spray it in the bedroom before going to sleep. This spray is infused with the sweet scents of ginger, patchouli and vanilla; I find it really relaxing and the spritz adds a long lasting yummy fragrance to whichever room you decide to use it in. 
 I'm usually not a fan of ginger but since being pregnant I've really started to enjoy food, drinks,candles and scents infused with ginger. If you didn't know, ginger is meant to ease morning sickness during early pregnancy too! 

 The spritz is currently 50% off at the moment.

Next up is my Dreamgennii Pregnancy Pillow- I got this pretty early on in my pregnancy as I wanted to get into the habit of sleeping on my left side as early as possible. However, its really become very handy in the last few weeks especially now that my bump is growing at a rapid rate!
Sleeping on your left side when pregnant is recommended as it helps to maximise the blood flow between me and baby; the DreamGenii has helped me to stay in position whilst still being comfortable all through the night (apart from the 4am call to pee!). 

I have the smaller part of the pillow on my left side and the curved part either goes between my legs or just behind me to stop me rolling over during the night. The section in-between the pillow parts is just a thin sheet material that helps support my bump. It really depends on personal preference as to how you lie in this, I tend to have it quite far down my body at the moment but as I get bigger I might need to move it up. 
When I first got the pillow I did think it was on the large size but its actually not caused any spacing issues in our double bed thankfully!  You can purchase the DreamGenii pillow and covers from their website; the basic pillow is £47.99 and as can also be used as a nursing pillow once the baby is here. 

Next up, undies. When I reached about 3 months I started to feel the need to don some more practical undies; nope, they aren't the most glam looking things but my god they are comfy. I think there is a bit of a myth in the world of pregnancy forums etc that you must wear non underwired bra's but I can't find any evidence as to say why... but comfort wise for me they are a must. As my body changes my ribcage moves up and I get breathless more often so a wired bra restricting me is the last thing I want. 

When going into M&S to purchase a couple of bra's I'd planned on buying specific maternity ones but the helpful shop assistant told me not to bother yet and just buy comfy t-shirt bra's. The Non Wired Sumptuously Soft T-Shirt Bra fitted best and is reasonably priced at £20. I find these bra's so comfortable, supportive and they hold their shape really well after washing. I also picked up a few packs of the Low Rise Shorts  (£7) in black; these are the most comfy knicks.. pick yourself some up next time you are in M&S, pregnant or not!
Last but by no means least is Gurgle Magazine. Gurgle is a glossy monthly mag for modern mums. Gurgle covers such a range of topics from advice for parenting and family life, fashion for expectant mums, fashion beyond pregnancy, celeb news, beauty,food and nutrition. 
I've read this edition from cover to cover in about a week and love it- the clothing collages are adorable, from the 'Grey all over' section I especially love the Gray Label Bodysuit (£27 top left) from Bon-Tot and from the Fruit Punch section I love the Bee Friendly Romper Suit (£24 centre page on baby) from Lily and Sid.
Our baby needs some of these cute rompers for sure! This Beau Loves romper from MillyMog is beaut.  You must visit the site if you are looking for fashion forward baby outfits.. my fashionista Mr is going to love all of the items from MillyMog guaranteed!

I also love the black romper with white blocks from Mainio Clothing... oh god.. looking through these websites makes me want to buy so much for the baba already!

Once I've finished lusting over all the baby clothing Gurgle then lures me into thinking about doing some shopping for myself... from maternity jeans, underwear, statement jewellery and some divine rose gold footwear- I especially love the leather effect Converse (number 1) and the Superga low-top trainers (number 4)
Of course, a parenting magazine wouldn't be complete without some articles to read too; the ones that caught my eye this month were- 

The truth about breastfeeding- this article discusses the somewhat skimmed over reality of how tough breastfeeding really is. It covers topics such as skin to skin, the first feed, the perfect latch, chest pains and tons more. This article has taught me so much! Heres a little round up of the article. 

Stem Cells- Should you be banking yours?- this article explores the pro's and con's of stem cell banking. Something i'd never heard of before but now feel a bit more clued up about.. although, i'm still unsure I'll have an extra £3k to pay for it! Heres a little round up of the article. 

Sweetest things- children birthday cakes of course! A moment of panic actually hit me when I saw this page in the magazine, it reminded me of all the amazing cakes my mum used to make for me as a kid and then quickly reminded me that I am utterly crap at baking. Its okay that i'll probably buy birthday cakes for our little one right?! OHH i must learn to bake!

You can buy single editions of Gurgle from WHSMITHS and Mothercare for £3.99 per edition but the cheapest way to buy is via subscription; it works out at £1.50 each month.. pretty good saving!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my pregnancy essentials.. I'm sure over the next few months these will change/increase so i'll keep you updated.

What were/are your pregnancy essentials? 


Monday, 4 April 2016

Pregnancy update: 18 weeks

Hellooooo all,

Long time no speak eh?! A lot has been going on in my world recently, not only have I been growing a baby,I've moved house too!!

Me and the Mr have had the past week off work and have loved every minute of enjoying our new home and generally just taking a bit of a well needed break from work. I'd planned on spending tons of time blogging but each day whilst we've been off we've found something fun to do that has meant blogging has taken a bit of a back seat... life happens though eh?

Over the next few weeks I've got posts planned on the new house, bits of decor I'm enjoying,crafty stuff i've been getting back into the swing of and of course, baby chats and a few hauls on the items we've got so far!

I can't believe I'm already into my 18th week of my pregnancy, it still feels really strange writing that..However, before I start wishlisting the heck out of everything I lay my eyes on I thought I should share with you all an update on how me, the bump and the Mr are getting on....

After our announcement....

Hopefully you will have seen our announcement picture on social media or my blog post here back in February letting the world know that we are expecting our baby right at the beginning of September, the 2nd to be precise. Since letting the world in on our huge secret everyone seems to be really happy and excited for us; its lovely being able to see my own parents get so excited about their first grandchild!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Nourish Sheffield Spring Menu Event

A couple of weeks back I was invited down to Nourish in Sheffield City Centre to find out more about how they are enticing more people to eat healthier snacks and lunches.
I've  noticed Nourish on the high street in Sheffield but haven't ever been in before to see what they have on offer,so it was a great opportunity to learn more about their concept and recipes.

Nourish first opened it's doors to us Sheffield folk back in 2013 and they more recently opened another store in Leeds city centre. Their ethos is to make healthy but tasty snacks and meals that don't break the bank whilst providing all the nutritional goodness other 'fast food' places lack.

David Stache owns both Nourish stores and is heavily involved in the development of each dish and drink served to his customers. He's actually a nutritionist by trade so his knowledge of how to infuse healthy essentials into diets is second to none. We got to have a Q&A session with him on the evening of the event and you can totally tell he is so invested in trying to help people improve their diets whilst still being realistic and allowing for hungover days when a salad just won't cut it!

Before I go on to talk about the delights we got to sample, I need to point out that at the moment due to pregnancy I am VERY picky with my food so some of the dishes didn't take my fancy, but so that you get a more 'normal' view heres a link to my buddy Tarnya's blog post on the event. 

So lets get onto the good stuff.....