Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hannah & Hugh

Hannah & Hugh is a natural range of baby products created by a mum who was looking for a solution for her daughter’s dry and scaly skin. The range includes a baby wash, nappy balm and baby cream. The products are made with ingredients known for their benefits on the skin such as shea and cocoa butters, jojoba oil, sunflower, chamomile and lavender, which are all locally sourced, and the products are produced right here in the UK. I’m always on the look out for more natural and gentle products to use on my child’s skin, as babies and young children’s skin is so delicate, especially Little N who has suffered with eczema since he was six months old.

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Over the past few weeks Little N has been trying out the ‘Top-to-Toe’ Baby Hair & Body Wash and the ‘Bum Bum’ Baby Nappy Balm.

Hannah & Hugh ‘Top-to-Toe’ Baby Hair & Body Wash (£8.50) is a mild baby wash suitable for both baby’s body and hair, and can also be used as a gentle bubble bath. 98% natural, it is made with soothing and calming extracts of oat seed, chamomile and lavender to leave your baby feeling cleansed and relaxed. Its gentle formula has a subtle natural scent – you won’t find any synthetic fragrances here - and doesn’t irritate young skin, not even Little N’s delicate eczema-prone skin. We like to use it as a bubble bath and swish the water over Little N while he plays with his bath toys, and then use a little as shampoo when his hair needs washing (which isn’t that often, because he doesn’t have much)!

Hannah & Hugh ‘Bum Bum’ Baby Nappy Balm (£10.99) is a fantastic multi-purpose balm which is suitable for use from birth, it is that gentle! The 99% natural combination of shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil work to soothe and protect little bums from dampness and soreness but can also be used on your baby’s face and body (and yours!) so it is really versatile. Little N has a habit of raiding and removing items from my changing bag and I have on a few occasions found myself out for the day without any cream for his eczema, so have resorted to applying a little of this balm to soothe the irritated areas – it works really well to stop the itch and calm the redness temporarily. Also, whilst this may not be official from the company, the balm has so far been safe with our cloth nappies!

Hannah & Hugh gets a big thumbs up from Little N and I and we thoroughly recommend that you take a look at their range if you have little people, are expecting or know someone that is. Find out more here: www.hannahandhugh.com/

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Disclosure: I received these products for free for review, however all thoughts and opinion remain my own.

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!

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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:http://birchbox.co.uk/?raf=674. The box costs £10 per month plus p+p.

Let me know your thoughts!

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