Getting summer ready

Summer is fast approaching (I know, it doesn’t feel like it) and if your anything like me you will now be panicking that you haven’t done quite as much as you’d hoped in order to achieve your dream summer body! – I’m sat here with a brew and 3 biscuits whilst I write this *ahem*.  So although the chances of me baring all in a bikini may be slim, I still like to do the “summer prep” in order to try and feel my very best whilst enjoying the sunshine.

Here are my favourite summer beauty must haves for this season:

Rimmel “Peachella” nail varnish

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What is it about having your fingernails and toenails freshly painted that makes you feel instantly groomed? I love having mine done and this Rimmel shade by Rita Ora is a perfect summer colour. It drys really shiney giving it a gloss/gel effect.

Marc Jacobs “Daisy” perfume

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I love this scent. It’s so light and smells really floral for the summer months. I swap and change my perfumes all the time but this is my favourite at the minute. Plus the bottle has 3D flowers on it so looks really pretty on your dressing table. What more could you want?!

Garnier summer body moisturising lotion

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I’m not a fan of fake tan as I genuinely don’t have the time to apply it plus I’m rubbish at doing it so would end up looking really patchy and streaky so I opt for a moisturing lotion with a hint of self tan in it. This is really quick and easy to apply and stops me from looking like a ghost when I brave the shorts! I go for a light sunkissed look rather than the darker shades as I’m only fair.

Garnier Nutrisse hair colour – 10.01 Natural baby blonde

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I have my hair cut at the salon every 8 weeks but I do my own hair colour to save some pennies. I usually use a natural blonde which is a bit darker but these last few months I’ve opted for the natural baby blonde to lighten my hair up for the summer. (It’s a pity you don’t look like Holly Willoughby after you’ve applied it, but hey ho!)

Collection speedy highlighter 

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I only discovered this highlighter a few months ago whilst walking round the supermarket and I’m not kidding when I say it’s the best highlighter I’ve ever used!!! I’ve had some really high end make up which hasn’t done half as well as this product and it’s less than £5!!! It comes as a chubby stick and you just rub it on your face in the areas you want highlighting and voila!- A healthy glow is all yours!

So, there we have my summer beauty must haves! Do you have any summer products that you can’t live without?

I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

The importance of baby wearing

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Over the last few years carrying your baby in a sling, or “baby wearing” as it’s called, has become more and more popular and is almost deemed fashionable in the parenting world. Although it appears that it is a modern idea, it is a practice that is as old as time! There has been a surge of beautifully coloured slings and wraps made available for every carrying situation and there is now more and more sling libraries and baby wearing support groups around to help you with your sling needs.

I never carried K in a sling when she was a baby and it is something I now genuinely regret. I made the decision to “baby wear” with D before he was even born as I felt it would be more practical whilst out and about with K as it gave me both hands free. Never in a million years did I expect to love it as much as I do and I really couldn’t recommend it enough. D is such a cuddly baby so really enjoys being snuggled up close. I found having him a sling really helped us both when he was discharged from hospital as a newborn when he was really ill as it gave us both comfort and we made up for lost bonding time. I really am a firm believer of “kangaroo care” and I do honestly believe that it helped D overcome his bad start. It’s also really lovely when your out and about to have your child in close contact where you can kiss and cuddle them freely. The sling is the only place now where D will fall asleep whilst out, so it’s proof that he feels comfy and secure.

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If your still trying to make your mind up about wanting to baby wear then take a look at the benefits below on what baby wearing can do.

  • Helps you to bond and connect with your baby
  • Enables them to feel close to you, loved and secure especially in the early months when babies are vunerable
  • It’s convenient – It’s hands free and there’s no luging bulky pushchairs around
  • You can get some really pretty slings and wraps. Perfect for every style conscious mama
  • Helps control crying – babies who are carried tend to cry less. Gentle motion is calming for a baby that may be upset

When D was a newborn I opted for a Hana stretchy wrap as I felt they were really cozy for a newborn to snuggle in to. Now D is older we have the Connecta sling and I absolutely love it. It’s easy to put on, it’s really comfy for both me and D and it has a fab print on it.

If your unsure of what sling is right for you then you can source out your nearest sling library and ask them for advice. Most libraries let you rent the slings before you purchase them to ensure you are choosing the right one for you.

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Are you a baby wearer or do you prefer a pram?

If you are a baby wearer, what is your favourite sling? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

*Disclaimer – I am not in partnership with the Hana or Connecta brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrummy Yummy Banana Loaf

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This is a recipe that I use to bake a banana loaf. It is quick and super simple but the results are heavenly. Enjoy!

Ingredients

200g Plain Flour

200g Caster sugar

50g Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 egg

3 ripe bananas

 

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 5)

Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl

Add in the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and egg and mix together really well

Place mixed ingredients into a greased loaf tin

Bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes (or when a skewer comes out dry)

Leave to cool and enjoy!

 

See….it’s that simple!

Perfect with a good cup of tea.

XOXOXO

Coping with two children under the age of 3

Coping with two under 3

I always knew I wanted to be a mum, it was always in my “life plan”. I also knew that I wanted them to be close in age so that they could grow up together and maybe be best friends. I’ve mentioned before that I’ll never quite know if my family is complete and the prospect of a 3rd child will always be somewhat of a question mark but for now I’m happy with the two I’ve got. There’s 2 years and 3 months between the two of them and it’s quite tricky sometimes having two children under the age of 3. I know there are plenty of people out there who have smaller age gaps between their children and I have the upmost respect for them. It’s not easy no matter what the age gap but I’ve wrote down a few of my tips that help me cope looking after two small children.

Get out of the house – It genuinely doesn’t matter where you go, or what you really do so long as you spend a portion of your day (everyday) out of the house. Go to the park, baby groups, supermarket anything. My worst days with two children are the days where I’ve been couped up in the house.

Allow more time – This goes hand in hand with the above advice. It takes me twice as long (if not more) to get 3 of us ready and out than it ever did when I had just one child. Allow plenty of time so you don’t end up barking orders at your children.

Spend quality time with each of them – When D takes a nap in a morning I always make sure I stop whatever I’m doing and get on the floor and play with my daughter. It gives us quality time where she has my undivided attention without the distraction of a baby. Likewise, K still goes to her grandparents on Mondays and Fridays as these are the days I used to work so it gives me one to one time with D.

Keep on track with the housework Something I’m still trying to master! My house will never be a show home of any sort and will always be that little bit cluttered but it’s a typical loving family home. It’s hard work making sure that the children and hubby are taken care of and the house is running smoothly and as I’ve already stated, I’ve probably dropped the ball a few times when it comes to the housework but trying to keep on top of the endless washing piles and dirty dishes makes your home life run that little bit more smoothly meaning that ultimately you get more free time to spend with your children. 30 minutes per day should ensure that everything is ship shape.

Have “me” time – This is so important yet most of us don’t do it. I know I don’t do it half as much as I should for fear of feeling self indulgent but something as simple as a hot soak in the bath once the kids have gone to bed will help you relax and regroup. A happy mummy makes for a happy home!

XOXOXO

What’s in my change bag

I thought I would do a post today to show you what I carry in my change bag with a baby and toddler in tow. I love reading other people’s blog/vlog posts like this as I’m so very nosy plus it gives me reminders and inspiration on what to put in to mine. So here we go…

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My change bag that I am using at the minute is the Pink Lining “Yummy Mummy” bag in cream bows on peppermint. I think it’s fantastic. It has really cute detailing on it and is deceptively spacious. I can fit all my stuff in as well as baby and toddler stuff. The bag itself has one main zip compartment and has several pockets inside it where you can organise your nappies, drinks and snacks etc and it comes with a handy change mat and wet bag. The bag is priced at £79.00 and you can purchase this exact bag or similar others here

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In my bag I have:

Change mat and wet bag – As mentioned, these came with the bag and I use them daily. The wet bag is great to put wet or dirty clothes in that the children have had and it keeps them separate from everything else in my bag.

Pampers wipes – I go through wipes like there’s no tomorrow and I don’t just use them on bums. I use them to clean spillages up or mucky faces and I even wipe down public highchairs with them! I have pampers at the minute but I am not loyal to that brand I genuinely buy whatever is on offer. I do try to stick to sensitive wipes though as my two have really sensitive skin.

Nappies and Hand sanitizer – I used Pampers nappies up until D was around 6 months old and then I found I was having too many leaks with them so I switched to Asda’s little angel range. They are brilliant! I haven’t had a daytime leak yet. I sometimes carry nappy cream with me but D is pretty good with his skin at the minute. I also make sure I carry some Milton hand sanitiser with me so I can clean my hands when I’ve changed bums etc.

Sterile bottle and ready made formula – Makes feeding on the go a doddle.

Tommee Tippee Bottle warmer – This is really good to have in a bag if your bottle feeding as it means you can warm your milk up anywhere. The only downside is that it’s really bulky and takes up quite a bit of space in your bag.

Jar or pouch of puree food and spoon – D is currently weaning so I usually have some sort of pureed food in my bag for lunch times

Juice bottle – For K’s juice during the day

Snacks – Lots of snacks go into my bag. Ever need to entertain a bored toddler or diffuse a tantrum situation? – Give them a snack. It works like a charm!

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Tissues – I can’t abide snotty noses and my two seem to have a constant stream of it! No thank you.

Germolene – Perfect to put on cuts and grazes when you are out and about.

Sun Hats – Now that the better weather is here I have put them both a sun hat in my bag. I also have the new Garnier for Kids spray on sunblock but that isn’t pictured here.

Spare clothing – Vest and a sleepsuit for D if he has had a leaky nappy or generally needs a freshen up and pants, trousers and socks for K as she is potty trained but sometimes has an accident. It’s very rare this happens but I like to be prepared.

Teething equipment – I always keep Sophie and Anbesol in my bag for the teething issues we have during the day. They work wonders and I wouldn’t be without them. Sophie also doubles up as a distraction toy! Good old Sophie!

Purse, Phone, Lippy – Last but not least, I shove my things in the change bag too so I don’t have to carry a bag myself. I am quite low maintence with what I need (luckily) so these just get put wherever there is room!

So that’s it for my general day-to-day bag! Like I say, I carry quite a bit and it all fits in the Yummy Mummy bag so I’m thrilled with it.

I’d love to know what change bag you have and if there’s any must have item that you carry that I haven’t mentioned here!

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XOXOXO