Friday, 14 September 2018

Bunches Natasha Orchids LetterBox Flowers*



A few weeks back on the run up to Ethan's first birthday I was kindly sent these Gorgeous Natasha letterbox flowers which are just the most stunning pink Orchids. 

The Orchids smelt amazing once I had opened the box and got them in water they looked so beautiful and really brightened up the room. 

Bunches know how to do flowers and they didn't disappoint. I received these lovely flowers along with some goodies for Ethan for his birthday which he was delighted with. I find letterbox flowers such a lovely idea and a great gift if you want to surprise a loved one or even wanted that little pick me up for yourself each month.


Bunches present their letterbox flowers by laying each stem with a water bulb to keep them hydrated, they are placed on luxury wrap to ensure they are protected and then placed in a letterbox shaped box and they are then posted through your door. 


I love the selection of letterbox flowers they offer as there is something everyone will love to receive. 

You can also earn posy point which our worth money off your next order so to me that is a sure win. 

Head over to the Bunches website and have a look at the gorgeous arrangements they have for yourself or a loved one. 

Sarah 
xx

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


Sunday, 22 July 2018

Vital Breakfast with Vitalbaby*

Vital Breakfast - Vitalbaby Weaning*


Breakfast time in our house has become a time where we sit down as a family together and share what we have been up to that day. Ethan is a little young to understand at this stage but it is nice to have him sitting with us at meal times. We were recently sent some Vitalbaby weaning goodies to road test and I am impressed with how they performed.

Ethan enjoys having his berries in a bowl and will tend to pour the whole lot on himself or the tray but I'm sure he will get the idea soon enough.


We were kindly gifted this colourful weaning selection and have loved putting them to the test of a weaning baby. I love the weaning starter kit with useful storage bowls and a handy travel sized bowl and spoon set and travel beaker.

The set of 5 soft colourful spoons are great for introducing your baby to solids and helping them adjust to the grip control. They are small in size which is perfect for little hands and they get just the right amount on the end of the spoon for little mouths.

We haven't used the trap a snack pot yet as Ethan is more interested in putting his snacks on the floor and doest understand putting his hand in the trap snack pot just yet. I think this will be great when he is a little older and we are out for an adventure and need to keep him occupied with food without the added mess.


The unbeliveable bowl has been a great addition to our weaning journey as it has a suction attachment that clicks on to the highchair or feeding surface and keeps the bowl in place. 

Unfortunately the suction isn't strong enough on our highchair and Ethan has managed to pull the bowl and suction base off each time I have gone to use it. I will try it out on other surfaces as he gets older and report back. 


Ethan has enjoyed exploring the sappy cup that is included in the weaning starter pack and has started wanting to hold it himself and work out how the water comes out. 
The size is great for him to hold himself and it has grip pads to help it not slip out of his hands. 

I think these are great products for mums and dads starting out with they're weaning journey and I have found Ethan has enjoyed using and playing with these fun and colourful feeding tools. 


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

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Carrying connects with ErgoBaby Omni 360 CoolAir Mesh Carrier*

ErgoBaby Omni 360 CoolAir mesh carrier - Oxford Blue 


Ethan and I were kindly sent this amazing ErgoBaby Omni 360 Cool air mesh carrier in Oxford Blue for our recent adventure to my mums. Ethan had never been on a plane before so I was very excited and a little nervous but thanks to this carrier the journey and our time their was fun and much easier. 



Ethan was really happy to be in the carrier and I have worn him since he was newborn so he is used to being carried for dog walks and walks around our hometown but he never had the option to face outwards in the other carrier I used. This Omni 360 Cool air mesh gives four different caring options and can be worn from birth to 48 months another extremely useful feature is it can be washed in your washing machine for easy cleaning too. 

I decided to choose the Cool Air mesh 360 because I felt it would give me the most out of the carrier in terms of ways of wearing and the breathable fabric prevents mum and baby getting to hot when in use. I found this very useful as other carriers in the past had made my stomach and baby get sweaty which isn't practical when wearing for a while. 

The Omni 360 cool air mesh carrier is also great if you are breastfeeding, which I am, as you can feed while baby is in the carrier if they get restless.

The carrier was very helpful around the airport while waiting for our flight as I didn't need to worry about a stroller to push. I love that I can be hands free and know that Ethan is safe and with me all the time. This was handy with security and getting on and off the plane so my hands were free to hand over documents and passports. 



While at my mums we went on a steam train adventure and my mum loved wearing Ethan and said how comfortable the carrier was even with her bad back. The lower back support is in just the right place to support your back while carrying the baby. The shoulder straps can also be crossed over to add extra comfort and support if needed. 

When your baby's in the carrier it is important for their heads to be under your chin and so you can kiss their head comfortably. 


The front of the carrier has two sliders which allow you to change how you wear your baby. If the sliders are down like this then baby is to be worn facing out and then if you want to wear baby facing inwards or on your back then the sliders need to be pushed up to form a seat to hold your baby. You can also wear the Omni 360 cool air mesh on the side to which is another feature.



There is a safety loop for the clip to go through when clipping the waist belt in place to help with safety. The strap is clipped together for shoulder support and then the two side straps are pulled to tighten the carrier in to place.


 On the front there is a zip pouch with has a factor 50+ sunshade which can be clipped to the poppers on the shoulder pads to help protect your baby when on your back or frontward facing. 
Also worth knowing, you can only wear your baby forward facing from 5 months onwards.


Inside the front of the carrier there is an extra cushion which can be folded out when wearing baby like this or forward facing and clips on to the black buttons at the side. The cool air mesh really helped on this cooler day when Ethan and my sister were wearing a few more layers. They both stayed at a comfortable temperature while at the wild life park and clearly enjoyed each others company.


The Omni 360 Cool air mesh carrier also comes with this handy pouch that velcro to the lap belt under where the baby is seated. I found I could not access the stuff inside with Ethan was outward facing so found it easier carrying the pouch separate. It was handy for flight documents and passport and my phone for easy use. There is also a front pocket you can slip things in to but I liked the zip compartment for keeping things safe. 



Disclosure* I received this product as part of a collaboration all opinions of the brand are my own. 

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

Products sent to me for review purposes will be marked with a (*) next to the picture. I will review these items with 100% honesty. Sarah x Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...