Friday, 31 August 2018

Boots Mini Club Autumn/ Winter 18 Collection

This week the first items went on sale from the new Autumn/ Winter mini club collection exclusively available from Boots in store and online. We we were invited along to see it all and found once again there are lots of great value gorgeous clothes including the 3rd collection by Fearne Cotton and a new premature baby range.

Shopping lines with tiny baby and premature baby clothes pegged to them

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Thoughts On Having A Boy

At our 20 week scan it felt like it took forever for the sonographers (including a student) to check all the important bits of the baby. We were always planning on finding out the gender, but it wasn't the part we were worried about so when they finally showed us that we were having a boy I was like, "yeah and?". It wasn’t a big surprise because I thought I had caught site of the giveaway feature earlier in the scan and for much of the pregnancy I had suspected I was having a boy. 

An ultrasound image of a baby
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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Our Gender Reveal Photography Shoot Fails

I pictured the scene: my two girls in beautiful dresses, smiling, looking at the camera and holding a big bunch of balloons in front of a beautiful back drop. Easy right? It turns out not so much. I know my daughters aren’t always the most compliant when I have a “vision” in mind, but I must admit I was hoping to be a little more successful than we were.

A small pair of feet poking out from a bunch of balloons next to a girl looking sideways and wiping her nose
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Friday, 24 August 2018

My PGP Pregnancy Action Plan

I know Pelvic Girdle Pain well after suffering for around 20 weeks in my second pregnancy. This pregnancy I started to get twinges around my pelvis, groin and lower back from 11 weeks. I was (and still am) worried about how bad it will get throughout this pregnancy so it has been really important for me to create an action plan to reduce it's impact. 9 weeks after it started the pain is worse, but only slightly so my plan to reduce the impact seems to be working and I thought others might find it helpful too.

Pregnant me pointing at my pelvic region
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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Treating Head Lice with Hedrin All In One Shampoo


It’s just a few short weeks until my eldest goes back to school and I am working on a list of all the essentials we need to get: new shoes, a few more bits of uniform due to growth spurts, hairbands (where do they all go?) and one more thing that you might not think of, but is handy to have in the house: head lice shampoo!

The box of Hedrin All in One Shampoo next to the bottle and the included nit comb
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Monday, 20 August 2018

My Due Date And Pregnancy After Loss

Last week was my due date. Not for the baby in my tummy which I have just started to feel kick, but for my little one who didn’t make it this far. Healing from miscarriage is different for everyone, but I didn’t think my due date would pass without tears, without me really even noticing. It was only when the lovely Lauren from Dilan and Me mentioned on Instagram that it was her due date for the baby she lost that I realised mine must be around now too. How different it feels to 20 weeks ago when I wrote about my struggles reading the gender announcements of others

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Comparing the cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X

It's going to take a lot to persuade me away from iPhones for many reasons so when I buy a new phone the priority for me is the iPhone with the best camera. I've heard people raving about the camera on the 7 plus so when it was superceded by the 8 plus and the iPhone X it left me wondering "which iPhone has the best camera?".

A greenish box with text in it saying "which iphone has the best camera?"
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

How Do I Know If I Am Having A Miscarriage?


*Trigger warning: baby loss*

"How do I know if I am having a miscarriage?" is a question I have asked myself many times this year and I have come to one conclusion: you can only really know when you have a scan and the ultrasound confirms there is no heartbeat. If you have found this page after a worried Google then read on to find out my experiences of suspected and confirmed miscarriages in early pregnancy.

Scan pictures paperclipped to the front of a hospital file
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Monday, 13 August 2018

My Top 5 Dairy Free Finds At The July 18 Allergy & Free From Show


Last month I headed back to the Allergy and Free From Show after having such a brilliant time there last year. It is a great way to find new products when you are dairy free like me because you get to try before you buy and products you like are often sold at a show discount price. This year I couldn’t stay all day so I only had a quick wander round the huge show which is co-located with the V show full of Vegan products which are obviously dairy free too.

A view from the balcony down towards all the stalls in London Olympia
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Friday, 10 August 2018

Struggling With Coming To Terms With Weight Gain In Pregnancy

This morning I stepped on the scales and urgh. The number looking back at me had definitely jumped up. I know it’s normal for women to gain weight in pregnancy, we’re carrying around a load of extra fluids and a little person after all, but does that make it easy to accept?

A view looking down at the scales while standing on them and the scales are showing an error message
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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Vampirina Bootastic Backpack and Spooky Scooter Play Set Review


Have your children got into Vampirina yet? My girls love the Disney Junior show about a young vampire and her family who move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The show depicts the struggle for young girls to fit in, especially those who are a bit different but it is really fun and Vee is pretty cool. We are loving the merchandise that is available and we were super excited to be sent some of the new products available this Autumn from Flair including the Bootastic Backpack and a Spooky Scooter figure set.

A rear view of the a young girl wearing the Bootastic Backpack and accessories from the set
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Monday, 6 August 2018

The Aldi Baby & Toddler Specialbuy Event August 2018

If you thought that the Aldi Baby & Toddler event was only of interest to parents of newborns then think again. We were sent a selection of some of the great products which will be available in the Specialbuy event which will be back next week (offers available online from Sunday 12th August and instore from Thursday 16th August). As well as great baby items like nursery furniture, a Baby Snuggle Nest and a great price nutrient blender rivalling the baby Nutribullet at £29.99 there are lots of great purchases for toddlers and preschoolers.

A collage of photographs as described below and title text saying "Aldi Baby & Toddler Specialbuy event August 2018"
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