Thursday, 26 April 2018

Bosom Buddies Breast feeding Oils - Natural Birthing Company *

Bosom Buddies - BreastFeeding Oils*

The Natural Birthing Company 


Breasting feeding was something myself and Andy were very passionate about when our baby came along. I have to admit it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be at the beginning but it soon became easier and brings such a lovely bond between Ethan and I. Although I have been feeding Ethan now for 8 months and the pain and toe curling moments are behind use I still find my breast get engorged now Ethan is on my solids and slowly dropping his milk feeds in the day sometimes. 

I was kindly gifted some Breast feeding oils by the lovely Natural Birthing Company which is developed by midwives. These oils have been so soothing on my breast before and after feeding and I only wish I had known about them when I have just had Ethan and my breast were at their worst. 

This little box contains 3 little bottles of oils each having its own role to play in making your breast feel more comfortable before and after feeding your babies. They are Vegan friendly and awarded Best Baby and Gear of the month in 2016. 

These would make a lovely gift for a new breast feeding mum added to a mummy box or just a little gift to help ease those first uncomfortable moments. 

I love how I can pop these in my changing bag due to the size of the bottles and know that they are on hand if I need them. 




Inside the box

Ooh! 

This Oil is for the use on full and heavy breast and smells so relaxing and calming when you first open the bottle. Using this oil you add 2-3 drops to a bowl of warm or cold water and soak a flannel and apply to breast for 30 minutes. You are advised to wash the breast before feeding your baby and that no oil is present while feeding. This is lovely and soothing on full breast as it can be uncomfortable when the ducts get blocked. I have enjoyed using this on my recent trip to Paris where I left Ethan with Grandparents for the weekend and my breast got full very quickly due to him not feeding. 






The relaxing smell of Peppermint and Geranium mixed with Cypress and German Chamomile really help take you to a place of calm. 

Aah! 



Aah! 

This Oil is for breast feeding support and is applied the same way to the breast with a flannel after being soaked in warm or cold water. This can also be applied to the breast for 30 minutes and removed before feeding. Bringing your milk supply up is all done by feeding your baby on demand and this helps the body produce more milk for your babies needs. The lovely mix of Fennel,Lemon grass and Mandarin will help to boost your breast supply. I have been lucky enough now that Ethan is 8 months for my supply to be at a good stage but in the early days I would find myself worrying that he wasn't getting enough and this product would have been great for those early days. 




Ouch! 



Ouch is an Oil used for sore nipples which is something I had from day one with Ethan and to the point that they would crack and bleed. I used nipple shields and shells to help soothe them and Lanolin creams by the bucket load. This oil has been really nice and soothing on my nipples even though Ethan has a great latch he is at that age where he is teething and has the odd moments where he will catch or bite them which then leaves them sore. This oil is a lovely blend of Lavender,Neroli,Mandarin,Frankincense and Peppermint  which really help to soothe and give my nipples the moisture they need. 



This little trio has been a lovely addition to my changing bag and have really helped soothe my breast while feeding Ethan. They are the perfect partner for a breast feeding mum. 



Disclosure* I received these Items as part of a collaboration all opinions of the brand's are my own. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

MILKIN IT - Breast Feeding Starter Kit - Mrs Rawlinson*

'MILKIN IT' Breast Feeding Starter Kit*


Since breast feeding Ethan for the last 8 months I feel I have really grown to love it after the initial pain and toe curling moments I found after the first few months it really became natural and such a lovely bond between Ethan and I. This being said I recently came across  the lovely Emma on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her gorgeous gift boxes aimed at Mum's like me who are either breast feeding or just need pick me up. Emma's boxes are carefully thought out to give mums useful products while they are breast feeding or coming in to the world of motherhood. 

I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous 'MILKIN IT' Breast feeding starter kit which I only wish I had come across sooner if I'm honest as it all looks amazing for a first time breast feeding mum. 


So whats in the box..




Firstly the packaging is lovely a natural craft box which is embossed with Mrs Rawlinson's logo and wrapped with twine. I love the fact you can use the box again as it is so durable and a nice size for stationary and small keepsakes. 




Lactation Biscuit Mix - Jessie Bakes Clean 




I am really impressed with how these Lactation cookies have turned out which are produced by Jessie Bakes Clean renowned baker and mum. Jessie has created this mix to help boost milk supply and combat the baby blues. I had heard good things about lactation cookies and I wasn't disappointed when I made and ate these. I wish I had come across this in the early days of breast feeding when my milk supply seemed a lot less than it is now. This pouch is great to have in the cupboard and also a lovely gift for friends and fellow mums to be. I am looking forward to whipping up a batch of these and the best part is no sharing they are all for me. The cookies taste so yummy and so soft in the middle. I even ate the raw mix which was so yummy with a lovely balance of coconut and chocolate. 





Mama's Milk Tea - Moon Tea Co 




Wondering if your milk supply is high enough is something I think all mum's worry about when it is hard knowing what your baby is getting each feed and with Ethan's weight dropping in the first few weeks I was pushing myself to get him up to a good healthy weight and would pump and feed all the time to ensure this. Mama's tea is full of natural ingredient's to help enrich and increase the milk supply for mums. The tea also helps with babies who suffer with colic and aids digestion. Each pouch contains enough for mums to enjoy 12 cups of tea to help bring that milk supply along. This is a product I wish I had used again in the early days when Ethan was and still is very gassy and slightly more sick than other babies his age. I feel this would make a lovely addition for a new mum to be and it benefits both mum and baby. This tea is for all lovers of green tea and herbal tea's I found it refreshing to drink in the morning and nice on the hot days we have been having lately. 




Evolve Natural Deodorant 




Now I didn't really think to much about what I put on my skin in terms of deodorant. I would just use my normal high street brand and go about my day. I would how ever use gentle tummy rubs and stretch marks creams to ensure these wouldn't harm the baby. I feel since seeing this Natural deodorant which contains coconut oil and Shea butter I wish I had done some more research in to the kind of products I was using. This Natural deodorant contains no chemicals or bad smells and is great for sensitive skin and I have to say it really does smell fresh and leave you feeling dry. I have been using this deodorant the last few days and the smell is amazing and lasts a long time. You also get no marks on clothes and your armpits feel smooth and fresh which is nice as some deodorants leave powdery residue which is unpleasant. I have enjoyed using this product and a little goes a long way so this pot should last a while. 

And lastly this super cute 'You Got This' pin which can be worn on clothes or bags and will just make a mum feel like she really can do it all. Being a new and first time mum I really had no idea what I was doing and 8 months on I'm still pretty much going day by day knowing I am still going strong through this parenting process. This pin would be a lovely addition to a baby shower card and even just a little reminder to a mum if she is having an off day just to give her that needed pick me up. 

Mrs Rawlinson's gift boxes can be selected by yourself or you can order a pre-made box for a certain occasion. The boxes are such a personal and unique way to give a mum a little gift. 





Disclosure* I received these Items as part of a collaboration all opinions of the brand's are my own

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

My First Mother's Day - The Gift Guide also save 10% off @ Bunches Flowers!

Mothers Day Gift Guide 



This is my first Mother's day with Ethan here as last year he was just a little bean in my tummy. I am very excited this year as not only is it my first Mother's Day but it is my 30th birthday this month too. This being said I wanted to do a special gift guide for those Mums to be or, new Mums out there as we all deserve some pampering right? I mean being a Mum is a pretty special job and sometimes we just need reminding how amazing we really are at taking care of these little humans and everything else we get done along the way. 



Motherly Love Limited Edition Box - Gerrard and Grace 





First up is this amazing Motherly Love Box which is just the perfect gift for a Mum or, Mum to be and they also offer other wonderful boxes for the dads, for new babies and also a breastfeeding box which is just a fantastic idea! The lovely Abi and Brad creators of the boxes kindly sent me this one for my first Mother's day with Ethan and i'm blown away by what is inside;

Firstly, lets talk about the lovely packaging with a cute gift tag and ribbon which you can keep and reuse if you wish. Once opened there was two letters one from Abi and Brad and another explaining how each product has been chosen with a love and care and how you use each item. A lovely letter explaining how each product is used and a little discretion about them. 




What's inside the Box - 



Everything in this box is just what a Mum and Mum to be would love to receive as it contains something sweet and something to pamper and something practical which is just what every mum needs right. 


Stay Hydrated - Hydration Bottle 





Being a breastfeeding mum I know how important it is to stay hydrated and I must admit I fail at this sometimes but with this Hydration Bottle By Beau and Elliot I will be making sure this is a feature in my changing bag. This 500ml bottle has a cute love heart design and a handy carry strap to. This great Hydration bottle is also spill proof which if you are a clumsy mummy like me will come in handy. This would also make a great bottle for mums to be in their hospital bag. 


Pamper in style - Spacemask


 I had heard some good things from new mums about the Spacemask and a lovely friend bought me one for Christmas which I had been saving for a mummy free afternoon so I am very excited to receive another one. This mask is pure luxury and once placed over the eyes the gentle heat helps relive tired eyes which lasts for 15 minutes which is just perfect for those sleepless nights. The mask is lightly fragranced with relaxing jasmine to take you out of this world. 

Getting Hands On -  Soothe-Me sensitive hand cream 




Next up is this lovely pot of Lavender, Geranium and Patchouli sensitive hand cream not only is it Organic but it has won awards to! The smell is incredible and is super thick and luxurious for dry and sensitive hands. I have found since having Ethan my hands are so dry from washing them after nappy changes - this cold and recently snowy weather hasn't done them any favours. This cream has come at the right time and will make a great nappy bag essential. With Shea Butter and Almond oil it is great for healing cracked hands. The concentrated formula means a little goes a long way which means you will get to enjoy it for a long time. To get your hands on this lovely pot you can get it from Soothe-Me and it is produced in the East London made by hand. 


Mums the Word - Base Balm Pinwheel Balms 




If like me you can never have too many lip balms and this Base Balm from Pinwheel Balms is fragrance, colour free and handmade. This fragrance free balm is great for even the sensitive of lips so can be shared with the little people in your life also. The Balm contains Avocado oil and some other lovely oils to help keep lips hydrated for hours. This is another great addition to the nappy or hospital bag. 


Sweet Treat - Rococo Bee Bar - Award winning,luxury 40% Organic Cocoa Milk Chocolate from Rococo Chocolates




This little treat has been put in the Motherly Love boxes to give mums that extra little treat this Mother's Day from the devious brand  Rococo Bee Bar in Milk chocolate. I love chocolate and during my pregnancy I had Gestational diabetes which went away after having Ethan so I have been indulging in the odd bar or 10 since having him. I am really looking forward to trying this like bar of chocolate if Andy doesn't get there first that is! They have some amazing flavours and just look at the packaging! 



For an extra added treat you can add a luxury Cotton Scarf to your box and you can also request an extra Spacemask which both come as added extras. 


If you are looking for the perfect gift for Mum's this Mother's Day or a little gift to a loved one then head over and choose your box now GearrardandGrace


Enchantment Luxury Mother's Day Bouquet - Bunches.co.uk 








I have really enjoyed treating myself to some fresh flowers while being at home with Ethan. I find fresh flowers really freshen up a room and make it feel really inviting. I was very kindly sent this gorgeous Luxury Mother's Day Enchantment bouquet from the lovely Debs at Bunches.co.uk and I am over the moon with them.Lets talk about this gorgeous bouquet of stunning Lavender roses and Pink tulip - my favourites of all time! Along with delicate White freesias and Pink wax flowers. The Bouquet is so pretty and pleasing to the eye and you won't be disappointed. This is just one of the beautiful Mother's Day bouquets you can choose from. This Bouquet can be purchased for £37.99 and the earliest delivery date is Wednesday the 7th of March. 


When I had Ethan we had some lovely bunches of flowers sent to us with congratulations and I ran out of vases to put them in. I find giving and getting flowers is a lovely way of letting someone know you are thinking of them and Bunches have got some beautiful bouquets put together and you can even add a special extra gift or give a Mother's Day plant instead if you wish. They also offer the most amazing hampers which look fantastic and would really make Mum's and Mum's to be feel appreciated this Mother's Day. 

Bunches also do a great customer loyalty scheme which is called Posy Points which is just amazing as you get 10 posts points for every £1 you spend and these points add up to money off your next purchase. 

The lovely Debs over at Bunches has given everyone who reads my blog a lovely promo code for you to use when ordering a lovely bunch (for any occasion) which gives you 10% off any beautiful bouquet - the code expires on the 31st of March and is REXG10. 



Wax and Wicks is a local handmade candle company close to my home town and they smell incredible. They also make wax melts and reed diffusers which I am yet to try. The range is all made on site and they can deliver also. Wax and Wick also put together little hampers with extra treats with your desired fragrance and they can also make the label personal which I think is just the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Fragrances range from citrus to floral to sweet and musky so there is something for everyone. Sadly we are too late for the Mother's Day rush but they do have an exciting Easter range coming out and you can order for any other occasion to so make sure you check them out. I really love the personal touch Wax and Wicks brings so had to include them anyway. 





The Lovely Katy from The Oil Hut sent over this gorgeous Essential Sleep gift set which couldn't of come at a better time with a baby which has minimal sleep I need all the relaxation I can get. This luxury gift set is perfect for the lovely Mother's and Mothers to be. I think this will make the perfect relaxation gift for mums with the Luxury Pillow Mist which is infused with Rose and Lavender for a super dreamy nights sleep. I love a pillow mist and am very excited to try this out when Ethan is tucked up in bed. I find they really help me drift off to the land of nod with my trusty eye mask I am ready for relaxation which I am hoping will come back to me in a few years after the night feeds are over.

The gorgeous Quiet Night soothing baby oil is just what we need at the moment with Ethan not settling as well as we would have liked. I love lavender products and this doesn't disappoint with a gorgeous mix of Roman Chamomile and Rose and of course the Lavender is in there to just give you the ultimate in relaxation. I am looking forward to using this with baby massage and adding a little to his bath to help him relax in the evenings, I may even pinch a little for myself. I am very excited to try these out for Mother's Day and think they would make the perfect present. 


What are you getting your Mum this Mother's Day?
I hope this gift guide has given you some thought.
Sarah 
x


Disclosure* I received these Items as part of a collaboration all opinions of the brand's are my own. 

Monday, 19 February 2018

My go to changing bag Skip*Hop Duo Special Edition Changing Bag

Skip*Hop Changing Bag


Shopping for a changing bag when I was pregnant was something I was very excited about. I really loved using all the changing bags when I nannied as my families all had such great taste when it came to changing bags. I had a few brands in mind such as PacaPod and Belle Beau but I just wasn't sure what I really wanted.

When Andy and I were shopping when over in the Isle of Man for my mums wedding we went in to TKMax because I love their baby section and we came across this Skip*Hop changing bag which I really liked and went back for in the end due to not being able to stop thinking about it. We had a look at the compartments and I loved the fact it had a big strap and small leather handles which matched our pram. I also really loved the fact it had buggy straps which you can clip on to the handle to take the weight off of the bigger strap, This is very handy so that the bag doesn't keep slipping down while you walk. 


The bag itself is very spacious and has plenty of pockets with two on the front which I tend to keep my muslin's and anti-bac hand gel and my feeding blanket. Also on the front is a zip compartment which I keep all the smaller items such as nappy cream and dummies that way I'm not looking at the bottom of the bag for them in a hurry.

Next is the main compartment which has so much room for spare change of clothes and a few toys to keep Ethan entertained when we are out and about. There are two pockets which I store wipes and nappy bags in one and nappies in the other. I really like the layout of this bag because I know where everything is without taking everything out to get to things I need.


On each side of the bag there are two bottle pockets also which are very handy for extra storage as I am breast feeding at the moment I haven't used these but they will come in handy for snacks and soppy cups when the time comes. 

The back of the bag has a big deep pocket which I keep the changing matt and a small pouch with extra nappies in i find this useful because it gives more space in the main compartment. 


I really love the Blue Strip print of the bag and the soft brown leather tan handles really set it off. It is really well made and I will continue to get plenty of use out of it. I love the thought that has gone in to the space and storage of the bag making it lightweight even when full to the brim with baby must haves. 


This is not a collaboration I purchased this changing bag myself. Thoughts are also my own. 

What is your favourite changing bag ? 
Sarah x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Getting the Pregnancy Glow - PostPartum Mummy Skincare

PostPartum Skincare 



Skin care is something I have always had a love/hate relationship with and I have always found it hard to find the right balance when it comes to products for my skin type. My skin seems to be more dehydrated which is something I learnt when I worked for a skincare company years ago I always thought it was either Oily or Dry. For Christmas and Birthdays I love to ask for Origins skincare because I know it is something I wouldn't normally buy myself because there is always something else to pay for and I find it nice receiving these products as gifts because it is stuff I know I will use.

Since having Ethan my skin started looking dull and felt very dehydrated I lost my pregnancy glow and needed products that would help give my skin life again. I love Origins for this because the range is so versatile and unique to each person because all the products are tailored to each need.

First up are a couple of sample sizes that I got in a Christmas gift set which I had never used before and have become favourite of mine and I have since asked for them for my Birthday.

Ginseng Refreshing Scrub Cleanser is the first one. I love the Ginzing range all together and this does not disappoint one bit. The scrub has small gentle gradually which you work in to the skin and massage all over the face and neck then rinse off with warm water. I love how refreshed my skin feels after using this and it is great for removing dead skin cells and make up build up.



Next up is another sample size of the gorgeous smelling Modern Friction Cleansing oil with a radiance booster. I love the smell of this oil the Rose really does hit your senses and it is great for removing mascara. I love using this after the shower to help get rid of my panda eyes and a little goes a long way. I was unsure about oils but this feels amazing on the skin and ill say it again smells amazing.



Now a couple of products I have used before are the Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser and the Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream. These products are the best combination for me and really help hydrate my skin and help my tired sleep deprived eyes wake up in the mornings.
I prefer the Gel Moisturisers instead of the cream as I find creams to rich and greasy for my skin type. The gel really skins in and helps lock in the moisture which I find a nice base for my make up and no dry patches.


The Eye cream is a lovely pearl colour and really gives the eye area hydration and helps with dark circles which is something I am in need of at this moment in time. This is just a sample size but the larger pot is on the Birthday list. A little does go a long way with this product though and I find it gives a nice refreshed look to the under eye area and isn't greasy on the skin.



Now a new product that I hadn't used before was this Original Skin Renewal serum which sounded right up my street after having a baby and wanting to get my glow back. This came in a gift set and feels lovely on the skin. Again it has a pearl tint to it and I think this really gives the skin a nice natural healthy glow. This can be used morning and night before your day creams.



Now on to sleep ! Well, lack of unless Ethan is in our bed !

I love ThisWorks deep sleep pillow spray and Andy has also become a lover of it to. I find the lavender really helps relax me and gets me to drift off peacefully. Now that was before having a baby and doing night feeds. I do however feel it does set me up for a relaxing bedtime even if it is just for a few hours. I am also keen to try the baby range for Ethan once he hits 6 months old and see if it has the same effects on him.




What are your Mummy must haves to get that glow back ? 


Sarah 
xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Life with Ethan and Rex

Rex and Ethan 




Back in January last year when we found out we were going to be parents life with just Rex seemed perfect. Fast Forward to August and this little bundle came in to our lives in the form of Ethan weighing a gorgeous 7lb 14oz and having the most gorgeous dark hair. Rex really took to me being pregnant and we were convinced he knew before we did as his behaviour changed towards me and he became more cuddly and would lay on my tummy all the time. As my bump grew Rex would lick my bump which of curse I'm sure some of you will find disgusting but for me it was a way of him communicating with the baby before it was here. I wanted Rex to know the baby wasn't a threat to him but someone who he could protect and play with as they got older.



Rex really has been the best companion for all of us and has taken Ethan coming in to the world in his stride most days. Some days you can see he just wants that little more attention and those days I do try to play with him when Ethan naps or do tricks with him to keep him entertained. I have also made sure we go for our walks like we use to as Rex does need his exercise and it is nice for Ethan and I to get some fresh air and dust off the cobwebs.

We try and keep Rex's routine the same since Ethan was born by still giving his meal times the same as best we can if we have had a rough night breakfast may come a little later than normal but he seems to be happy with that. Walks and play time to be kept the same if not more so he still feels he has his place in out family unit.

Rex has also been great for me if we are having a rough day and Ethan isn't in a great mood just getting out with Rex really helps pick up the mood and often sends Ethan to sleep which is great. Rex also loves nap times art home because he gets me to himself and the cuddles he use to have alone he enjoys. Rex will also snuggle with Ethan and I when I'm feeding and trying to get him to sleep he is a really big comfort.

I am very excited to see them grow up together and for them to be firm friends. Rex loves to give Ethan kisses and bring him his toys and he is learning that Ethan has his toys which he can't have which at times he does struggle with but he is getting there.



How did your pets adapt with a new baby ? 

Sarah, Ethan and Rex xx

Monday, 8 January 2018

My Breast Feeding Journey


Breast Feeding 


Breast feeding to me seemed like something that would just come naturally when I was pregnant. I didn't think much of it and thought it would just be one of those things that just happened once i had the baby, Well how wrong was I.
Before I had Ethan I had Gestational Diabetes which I had to check my blood sugars for and then a few weeks leading up to the birth I had to collect the colostrum in syringes to ensure my baby had the best start and to ensure he had milk right away if I didn't have any as they like to do this with babies of Gestational Diabetes.
So I began collecting my milk every evening and then stored it in the freezer ready for when I would go in to labour. This was all fine and after Ethan was born the midwife asked if I was breast feeding and I said yes and Ethan soon latched on and started feeding right away which felt fine at the time.

After the first night of trying it seemed that Ethan wasn't getting much from me as my milk hadn't come in yet so the midwife got me bottles of my collected milk which I then gave to him with their support. After this milk had been used up I then asked them to offer Ethan some Formula which he did bring up a lot of it at first. While in the hospital they found that Ethan was born with a Tongue tie which was causing him problems to feed from me so with amazing support we got this corrected and I also used a pump while in hospital to help get my milk to come in. Also I have Inverted nipples which was also hard mixed with the tongue but he managed to sort this problem out ( as the midwife said he has a good strong suck), which worked in my favour.

Once we got home my milk came in and I was able to latch Ethan on myself but this was becoming very painful and I just felt really sore feeding him to the point it would make my eyes water and toes curl up. I just wanted to dig my feet in the carpet and bite a pillow. This being said with the help of Nipple shields and Shells the feeding process become much more comfortable and easy to handle. After a month or so I no longer needed anything to help and it all feels comfortable and very natural now.

Feeding in public became a second nature to me and I always over up with a feeding blanket when I am around loved ones or in public. I feel proud we have been able to do this for as long as we have and will continue as much as I can. I have been pumping also which has helped with milk flow and the pump I have found great to use is the Madela Swing single pump. We got the kit after Ethan was born and it has been great for having top up's and getting milk in the freezer for when I have a night away from him or others want to feed him to. Ethan will happily take a bottle which is great to have the option if we need to.

It was a rocky journey and with healing as well from the birth and the hormones running through your body and sleep deprivation nothing can prepare you for any of it.





Hope you enjoyed the read. 

Sarah

xx

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