Thursday, 24 April 2014

Busby's Holiday Wardrobe Wishlist

I can't believe I haven't done one of these since Christmas! We're off on holiday next week to visit one of my favourite places; the Lake District, so I've been busy pinning what I'd like to buy Busby for her holiday wardrobe.

Thanks to Laura I have recently discovered Zara Kids... They have some gorgeous items and I think it may be replacing H&M Kids as my favourite place on the High Street to shop for toddlers.

1. Stripey Tee from Zara Kids // 2. Grey polkadot shirt from Next // 3. Ice lolly dress from Boden // 4. Sailing playsuit from Next // 5. Flamingo skirt from Boden // 6. Safari jumper from Cath Kidston // 7. Moustache jumper from Zara Kids // 8. Green denim dungarees from Lori and the Caravan // 9. Flower brogues from Zara Kids (I want these for myself!)

Where do you like to shop for your Little Person at the moment?

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review: "Oh Honey, I think I love ya!" (The Body Shop)

I reviewed the Honeymania range from The Body Shop last year and fell head over heels in love, so when a box full of scrummy honey goodies appeared on my doorstep a few weeks ago I was rather pleased!

1. Honey and Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask, 100ml, £10 RRP
This delicious three-in-one face mask cleanses, polishes and moisturises like a dream. It has worked wonders with my dry skin, and my face always feels so smooth and regenerated after use. Plus it smells so tasty that you might want to eat it... (Disclaimer: don't actually eat it.)

2. Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt, 300ml, £10 RRP
Um, I have a small confession to make; I thought I'd taken a photo of this when it first arrived, but that photo seems to have disappeared... hence the almost empty tub. However, that is just a testament to how wonderful this product is! The melt creates fabulous, indulgent bubbles which smell delicious, and moisturise your skin beautifully. 

I bought lots of tubs of this as Christmas presents, but didn't buy myself one! It smells so scrummy and moisturises beautifully; perfect for my over-washed hands. It's going be fantastic for dry heels in summer!

4. Honey Bronze Lip Nectar, 14ml, £9.50 RRP
The Honey Bronze Lip Nectar is gorgeous. It has a slight bronze tint and beautiful glossy finish - it would look fabulous with a tan!

All of the above products are available to buy on The Body Shop website now. 

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*I was sent the above products free of charge in exchange for this review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*

Review: InstaBlur™ and BB Cream from The Body Shop

Dear Readers,

I'm sure it hasn't escaped your attention that the world has gone selfie mad! In the past few months the word has made it into the English Dictionary, into songs ("but first, let me take a selfie!") and even onto the Oscars, so it was only natural that someone would release the perfect selfie beauty product.

Let me introduce to you InstaBlur™ from The Body Shop!
InstaBlur™is an all-in-one™ 5-action perfector, made up of a unique formula of mattifying spherical powders with smart-filling properties, and gloriously moisturising Vitamin E.

Not only does the InstaBlur™ leave your skin feeling silky soft, but it is something of a miracle product. The formula blurs skin imperfections instantly (and I mean instantly) so that you'll be photo ready in a flash.

The 5 skin perfecting actions are:

  • 12 hour shine control
  • Pore smoothing
  • Blemish concealment
  • Complexion unifying 
  • Make-up extending
I've found the InstaBlur™ most useful on Nursery run mornings, when I don't have the time (nor energy) to apply a full face of make-up, but don't want to scare fellow parents too much. I've also found that it's an excellent primer for my foundation on days when my face has decided to freak-out hormonally, and I do have a bit of time to take some care in my appearance.

The InstaBlur™ all-in-one™5-action perfector costs just £14, and will be available to buy instore and on The Body Shop website from 21st May 2014.

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Tackle those blemishes with BB Cream from The Body Shop!
I always feel bad trowelling make-up onto my skin when I'm having a bad skin day. Common sense indicates to me that it's probably not doing much good and that I should be doing the opposite, and perhaps a paper bag over my head might be a better solution? So when The Body Shop sent me some of their Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream to try, I was rather excited to give it a whirl! 

Why Tea Tree BB Cream? 
As well as doing the great job of covering up those blemishes and spots, the tea tea works its purifying magic to help clear up the nasties to make you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin again. The Tea Tree BB Cream comes in three universal shades, and the cream glides and blends seamlessly into your skin. 

In theory I think this is a fantastic concept, and I didn't feel guilty for popping this on instead of my normal "cover those nasties" make-up. However, the tea tree is rather potent, and I did feel a little self-conscious of the smell initially. 

The Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream costs £8 and will be available to buy instore and on The Body Shop website from 21st May 2014.

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BRITAX and BOB sponsor the Bliss "Buggy Push" for a second year!

For the second year running, leading child safety brand, BRITAX, is proud to announce its dual headline sponsorship of the 2014 Bliss Buggy Push alongside sporty outdoor stroller brand, BOB. The Bliss Buggy Push involves a series of family-friendly 5km buggy walks or runs across the UK, designed to help raise money for Bliss, the special care baby charity.

Bliss is a UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families. One in every nine babies is born premature or sick - that is around 80,000 babies every year. Bliss is encouraging people all around the country to organise their own Buggy Push in their local area between May and December 2014, with the flagship London launch event taking place in Battersea Park, London on 31 May. The Bliss Buggy Push series is Bliss’ most successful family fundraising event where mums, dads and children come together to raise money for the charity.

Alongside sponsorship of the event BRITAX will also be giving away one of its most popular pushchairs, the BRITAX affinity, to the highest individual fundraiser in this year’s Bliss Buggy Push series. More details about the events and how to enter the competition are available here.

Bengi Bingol Yalcin, UK Marketing Manager at BRITAX remarks:
"We’re very proud to be coming on board with Bliss again this year. The Bliss Buggy Push is an incredible event that’s really accessible to anyone who wants to get up and active with their little one - and the best part is it’s all in the name of a fantastic cause."

This year, the London Buggy Push closely follows the launch of the brand new BOB Revolution PRO, BRITAX/BOB’s most versatile outdoor stroller yet. The Revolution PRO allows parents to run and train with their child, with the added flexibility of having a swivel front wheel, making it the perfect everyday stroller too. So if you’re looking for a new training companion ahead of your push this year, don’t forget to check it out!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

What's in your changing bag? // Baby Isabella from Dear Mummy

Hello and welcome to "What's in your changing bag?"; my weekly Tuesday feature where I ask one Yummy Mummy (or Daddy) to share the innermost secrets of their changing bag, and the five items they couldn't possibly live without! 

This week I'm joined by Baby Isabella from Dear Mummy.
Hi Baby Isabella! What a lovely photo!
Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello my name is Baby Isabella, I'm 13 months old and I am a baby blogger from Hampshire. 
I blog about my travels with my mummy. We love the great outdoors so our changing bag must be practical, hence why my mummy and daddy opted for a rucksack that they can just throw on and go.

Welcome Baby Isabella - we've never had a baby chatting about their changing bag on this before!
What is your mummy's favourite thing about being a Mama?
My mummy says, feeling complete and knowing that you are responsible for another persons life, it is VERY rewarding. Getting free cuddles.

Cuddles are the best.
What would your Mummy say is the hardest thing about being a Mama?
My Mummy says, at the beginning, sleepless nights... And not having her own time.

Yes that is very difficult. 
What three words would your Mummy use to describe Motherhood?
Challenging, rewarding, life-affirming.

How does your Mummy preserve/maintain her sense of self?
My Mummy has 'Date Nights' with Daddy.

So, the last question before we find out about your changing bag; if your Mummy could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all, what would it be?
My mummy says, try breast feeding if you can, it was one of the best experiences of her life. Keep going with it persistence pays off. Try baby wearing, and keep talking to other new mums, it helps you through the lows.

Excellent advice!
It's business time; what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is actually a funky rucksack that daddy chose from Sprayground; an urban fashion label. Who said changing your little one was dull?! Daddy didn't want to walk around with a feminine flowery bag and Mummy agreed. Sprayground rucksacks have great pockets inside the rucksack perfect for changing mats, nappies and wipes. They are also big enough for pack lunches, flasks of hot water (to heat food and bottles on the go) spoons, bibs and a change of clothes. They also have small zip pockets for phones and car keys, easy access when you have a child in tow. A big net pocket inside the rucksack allows mummy to see items at a glance. 

What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can't live without?
1. Asda Little Angel size 4 nappies. Perfect and not bulky. We love these nappies and they are cheap! We've always used Asda nappies, and stick with a brand we know and trust. 
2. Kiddicare/Morrisons Little Big Wipes. Great wipe dispenser, large unscented wipes and not too wet. Great for cleaning my little bottom and wiping my mouth after food (not at the same time!!) 
3. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer. The most practical thing my mummy has ever bought!! A flask for keeping hot water warm and a large plastic container that fits over it for plopping in your bottles and jars of baby food. Couldn't travel without it, especially handy when in a field or in the middle of nowhere. 
4. My food!! Hipp Organic jars and finger food is the order of the day. 
5. My Turtle. He's my best friend and he travels everywhere with me on 'My Buggy Buddy' clip! I love him.

Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Baby Isabella! The bottle warmer sounds fantastic - we'll have to invest in one of those for the next time round. 

Baby Isabella blogs at Dear Mummy and tweets as @Dear_Mummy.  

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Busby: 16 months

This month has definitely been one of my favourites so far! The months of constant snot seem to be behind us (ish) *touch wood*, and there have been no Busby-related dramas to write about. Phew!
Busby has really come into her own this month. We've watched her grow before our eyes; both in height and intelligence. She's an excellent problem solver, as well as being remarkably creative. She loves music and loves to dance; both in our arms and by herself.

Her imagination play has improved again this month, and she can frequently be found pouring Flopsy Bunny tea and offering Edward Bear a cake, whilst chatting to them both and making them chat to each other.

Reading is definitely one of her favourite activities, and often shuns her toys for We're going on a bear hunt, which she'll happily look through with or without us being there!

Now Busby is walking, we are walking everywhere. She is currently obsessed with the circular drain covers on one of our walks, and will stop and inspect each cover (there about seven)...!

She demands a foot rub after her bath, and sticks her feet in Nick's face until he obliges!

This month she has learnt how to say "home", "bear" and "duck", and best of all she has started to sing! We definitely think she's going to take after me as a creative, rather than a scientist like Nick. Or perhaps she'll be a Renaissance child?

Busby is a truly gorgeous toddler, and I am in awe of the amazing little person she has become.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Week That Was: Captured #42

Hello! Welcome back to The Week That Was: Captured! We're a day early this week as I'd quite like to spend this weekend doing family things rather than attached to the laptop.

Have you all had a wonderful week?

The rules are simple; link up one post about your week! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed... basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts.

Last week... 
I loved Laura's post about relaxing in the sunshine. Laura is one of my favourite Bloggers, and really knows how to appreciate the small things in life - I could do with taking a leaf out of her book! Lovely Lori had her first time away from her gorgeous baby boy... and it looks like she had a fab time! I loved all of the dinosaurs in Vicky's post this week! I think Little G and I would get on swimmingly...

Our week... 
This week started fairly badly with a discovery of even more damp in our house, but ended amazingly with a rating of #161 in the Tots100!! *proud face* I also managed to get creative on my sewing machine, and first orders went off to our amazing suppliers for The Little Geekery Company.

Sunday was a fun day! We headed out to our local field for a play.

On Monday Busby and I headed to the field again! Nick was on an early, so joined us after work for a pre-dinner run around.

On Tuesday I worked.

On Wednesday I worked, and then headed to The Grange in Lewes for a lunch picnic in the sun with my Mutti, my Grandpa and Busby, which was gorgeous. I also put through my first orders for The Little Geekery Company. Eek!! We're definitely launching in May!

On Thursday Busby and I headed into Lewes to get some supplies. We then had another picnic in the field! Ooh, I also discovered my news Tots score... chuffed doesn't quite cut it.

On Friday we went to The Grange again... This time with Nick's parents who are down for the week from Yorkshire! I had fun using my iPhone lens and enjoying all of the beautiful flowers.
Our Week
1. Bare-legged bliss! (Monday) // 2. Beautiful dandelion (Monday) // 3. Cedric the homemade Easter bunny (Monday) // 4. Busby's Easter card made at Nursery (Tuesday) // 5. Surprise post! (Wednesday) // 6. Celebration time! (Thursday) // 7. Beautiful flower (Friday) // 8. More flowers (Friday) // 9. Inside of a tulip (Friday)

Busby's Week
1. A homemade skirt! (Sunday) // 2. Another homemade skirt! (Sunday) // 3. Time for tea! (Sunday) // 4. I came downstairs to find her reading on the sofa! (Monday) // 5. Out in the field (Monday) // 6. Fun in the sun (Monday) // 7. Beautiful Busby (Wednesday) // 8. Exploring the flowers (Wednesday) // 9. The third homemade skirt... and another picnic! (Thursday)

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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