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? 

XOXOX

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!