Monday, 28 November 2016

Our most used baby items (November 2016)

Now that we are 11 weeks deep into parenting I thought I'd share with you some of the items we've found most useful so far. Of course, as Aria gets older these items will change and I plan on doing one of these posts every few months.. maybe our insight might help other parents out there when thinking about things to purchase for their babe!
Medela Swing essential pack- Before I had Aria I knew very little about breastfeeding; I thought it would be a walk in the park and there'd be no need for any of the gadgets I'd seen in Mothercare. How wrong I was... Aria lost about 12% of her weight in the first few days so I needed to ensure that when she wasn't feeding I wasn't losing any of my liquid gold milk to a breastpad. I'd already got a manual hand pump but after using the Medela pump in the hospital I knew going back to using a clunky low tech pump would be painfully time consuming. Four days after Aria's birth we nipped into Mothercare in town to buy the Medela Swing pump pack (£139)- I've used this near enough every day since and cannot recommend it enough. Personally, I wouldn't want to exclusively express but for times when I fancy an evening out having this gadget has meant I've been able to leave some milk for the babe.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

CrossEyes Sheffield


Bored of your visits to standard high street opticians? Uninspired by their selection in specs?
If you answer yes to either of these questions then carry on reading!

A few months back CrossEyes opened a brand spanking new branch here in Sheffield on Divison Street. 

Printed on a focus wall in store is what CrossEyes have to say about their concept and service...

"CrossEyes is a Danish chain of opticians where the core values are Danish lifeblood and hard work. We value intimacy and trust and our ambition is to create an eyewear concept filled with attractive products and the best possible service. 

CrossEyes work in an environment where design and creative people flourish.

Hundreds of custom made designs in every store make CrossEyes appealing to everyone of all ages.

A cornerstone of the concept is that you always get your money's worth. There are no extra costs or fees, and our glasses are always the same high quality- this is CrossEyes."


CrossEyes offers an alternative to your standard high street opticians; focusing of fashionable lenses  at affordable prices.  There are currently 11 stores across the UK- find out locations here.
The pricing structure CrossEyes offers is simple and transparent; no hidden extras, eye test included and all the frames you see in store are all the same price, the prices just differ depending on the strength of lenses required.  For me, this was an instant selling point; in the past I've been put off getting new specs from usual highs street opticians as they seem to add on extra costs for lens coatings and try to up sell on unnecessary extras.