Friday, 25 July 2014

29 Weeks of Bump

29 weeks pregnant

I’m finally in the final trimester. It feels so strange to be on the countdown now! Baby is about the size of a butternut squash, 15.2-16.7 inches long and weighing about 2.5-3.8 lb. I feel massive. I am all bump and it just sticks out front! This baby is really strong, you can’t ignore the movements when it decides to have a roll about!

It’s so warm at the moment which is lovely but seems to make everything so much harder to cope with. I am getting through bags of ice cubes every day, not only to cool me down but because I love to crunch them! I suppose you could call that a craving.

Over the last four weeks I’ve been going to an NCT Refresher course. It’s for second-time (and beyond) parents to refresh your memory about what will happen during pregnancy and birth. However the truth is each of us went because we were all worried about how we would make friends once baby arrives, as we all have toddlers too. As a first-time mum I used to go to baby groups, made friends with other mums who I would then spend the afternoon with sitting in coffee shops, chatting and feeding our babies. It’s not really going to be the same this time round. I can’t take a toddler to baby groups (although can take baby to toddler groups!) and there is no way Little N would happily sit in a coffee shop for hours. I have lots of friends with toddlers the same age as Little N, but really I need to build a little network of friends who are in the same boat as me and will understand what I’m going through. Hopefully I have got that network now.

29 weeks down, 11 weeks to go!



Thursday, 24 July 2014

Birchbox – July Beauty Box

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Sun, sea & sand is the theme of the July beauty box from Birchbox with product samples to see you through the summer season.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream I am quite sure that this is the one product that everyone was looking forward to receiving. The tube is a super generous 7ml miniature that retails for £11 on the Balance Me website!

LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Lube I love LAQA & Co lip pencils so was very excited to see that a mini version was included this month, and even more delighted when I realised I had received my preferred choice of shade, Bees Knees, which is just perfect for the summer days.

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo Weleda is a brand that I am really loving at the moment, especially their Skin Food. This little tube should go some way to counter the drying effect of all this lovely sunshine we’ve been enjoying!

Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath I’ve tried this brand a few times when I’ve stayed in hotels! This bath foam smells beautifully refreshing, perfect for these hot days.

Compagnie De Provence Mediterranean Sea Hand Cream Despite the rather plain packaging, this is a lovely hand cream. Light yet nourishing with a subtle scent.

Ultradex Oral Spray This is an interesting addition to the box! It’s a lifestyle extra, a handbag sized spray to freshen breath on the go.

What do you think of this month’s Birchbox? If you like the look of it and want to sign up, please feel free to use my referral link: The box costs £10 per month plus p+p.

Let me know your thoughts!



Saturday, 5 July 2014

Stash Raiders #5

Stash raiding is such a good way of using up those little samples that I seem to have a never-ending collection of.

Stash raiders Lush Dr Perricone Ciate Sisley

When I’m pregnant my skin seems to get really, really dry so I can’t get away with not moisturising from head to toe. Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite is one of my absolute favourite body lotions! ♥ I tried Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask a few weeks ago and my skin reacted really badly to it; call me crazy but I’m hoping my hormones have settled and will benefit from it this time ♥ Whilst I can still reach them, I am making sure my toenails are adorned with bright, pretty polishes and this week picked out Ciate Paint Pot in Pom Pom, a fabulous bright mandarin red ♥ This little sample tube of Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation has intrigued me since I got it in my advent calendar. It’s supposed to deliver all the benefits of foundation with none of the heavy matte finish ♥ Another advent calendar sample, I have heard amazing things about BIOEFFECT EGF Serum so I’m looking forward to giving this a whirl ♥ You all know I love oils and oil cleansers are no exception; I’ve got high hopes for olive oil-based DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ♥ I always need a good lipbalm or five on hand; this yummy raspberry lipbalm from Estelle & Thild is in my current rotation!

Have you tried any of these products before?






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