Friday, November 27, 2015

MAMA Academy Wellbeing Wallet

MAMA Academy are a charity who's mission is to reduce the number of stillborn babies in the UK. They work alongside The Royal College of Midwives with the hope of being 'the UK's leading charity to provide information to expectant mothers and their health professionals, to promote positive pregnancies resulting in safe delivery of healthy babies.' With a person centered approach, they provide information that mums can relate to and fully understand which enables them to make informed decisions and judgements about their pregnancy. The hope to reduce the number of stillborn babies by raising awareness of baby loss, supporting health care professionals by keeping them up to date with the latest practices/guidelines which allows them to provide consistent maternity care, and empowering parents with vital knowledge/education on health in pregnancy and when to call their maternity team for advice.

One of the ways they provide information to parents is with the MAMA Wellbeing Wallet*. The wallet is a plastic zip lock pouch for you to store your antenatal notes and any other baby related items you want to keep protected. The wallets are printed with important advice regarding the health of mother and baby. There is a lot of advice printed but they key message is in regards to monitoring your baby's movements. From around 24 weeks, your baby will develop a pattern with it's movements so if at any point you think your baby's movements have stopped, changed or slowed down then it's incredibly important to call your maternity unit.

Personally, I feel the wallet is something every expectant mother should have; it's provided me with a lot of information and I now feel confident in when I should call my midwife or maternity unit and how to ensure I'm healthy for my baby. The wallet itself is very sturdy and manages to keep my notes, hospital letters and scan pictures, well protected. In addition to the wallet, the website has an incredible amount of information and advice that I've found very useful.

I know I'd of found this extremely beneficial had I been given this at my first antenatal appointment, I had so many questions and worries about what I needed to do, what could do wrong etc, and as I've mentioned before Googling isn't always the best thing to do. Unfortunately, the wallets aren't funded across the whole of the UK yet, so you can purchase one here for £2, or you can choose the option to donate money to their wallet fund, this allows them to give to more maternity units for free.

I think this is an amazing charity and I wish them all the success.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Prints For The Home - Sealoe

I can't even tell you how many hours (possibly days) I've spent looking at Scandinavian home inspiration on Pinterest. All white decor style, along with small pops of colour and word prints are my absolute favourites! I've been really picky with choosing prints, but then I came across SEALOE and instantly fell in love with their clean and modern prints. I've wanted some for ages and now I've finally given my bare walls some love and got some of their gorgeous prints . Hooray. 

For now, I've gone for four different styles; two for our bedroom, one for the nursery and one for the kitchen. I can't promise I'll stop there though.. 


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Beauty Lovers

Christmas gift guide - beauty

Whilst putting this together, I think I've managed to make myself want every single thing on this list. (Hint, for any of my family that may be looking). Thought I'd just throw that one in there. Anyway...

First up we have the Nails Inc Festive Cracker Collection (£15), just look at those colours! They're absolutely perfect for winter, and they'd look fab with the MAC Party Line lipstick (£15.50) featured here too! 

You can probably spot some of the LUSH Christmas collection, we have the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb (£3.75) and The Magic Of Christmas Bubble Bar (£5.95). They have a fab range of Christmas gifts this year so I'm sure you'll find something for the beauty lovers in your life!

Next up is the GHD Arctic Gold Styler & Dryer Set (£195). You've got to give it to GHD, they bring out the most beautiful designs that draw you in. I've fallen for many of their recent collections but this one is my favourite, and the design is so perfect for Christmas!

Urban Decay Smoky Palette (£38). This was actually the first UD palette I ever purchased and well, there isn't much to say other than you need to buy this. The pigments are AMAZING and will be fabulous for any NYE nights out.

Oooh the pretty pink box; Clinique Moisture Favourites Set (£40). Perfect for a little TLC after the Christmas buzz. 

Next up is the Make Up Revolution Ultra Sculpt Collection (£15). Every beauty lover needs some Rose Gold brushes in her life!

Finally we have the Limited Edition Tangle Teezer (£14), this would make a fabulous gift. I've actually wanted one of these for ages, but now how can I resist those snowflakes? All in the name of good hair and everything. 

I hope you've managed to get some inspiration for the beauty lovers in your life, or if you're anything like me, you'll want to go ahead and treat yourself! One for them, one for you? What are you hoping for this Christmas? 



Thursday, November 12, 2015

My First Trimester Essentials

If you're anything like me and expecting your first baby, you'll be a bit like, AHH where do I even start? I was so overwhelmed with what I needed and what I should be doing but now I'm out of my first trimester and well into the second, I thought it would be a good time to share the essentials that got me through the first trimester.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Valley Mill Handmade Soaps

Over the past few months my skin has become really sensitive, to the extent that I've stuck with the same boring soap for ages now because they either dry my skin out or make me itch, boo! So, I was thrilled when I received some handmade soaps from the lovely people over at Valley Mill; luckily these soaps are completely natural; they have absolutely no artificial colours, preservatives or additives and they're Paraben/SLS free. 

So what's actually in the soap?

All the soaps are made with only natural essential oils - Coconut, Olive, Palm and Castor oil. They also all contain Shea Butter. You can check out how they're made here.

Handmade soap, Valley Mill

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

It's All Change..

I know it wasn't that long ago that I was apologising for taking a break from blogging, and then I disappeared off the face of the earth.. again. I feel terrible for doing so, blogger guilt is horrible but I'm hoping you can forgive me, and perhaps understand that sometimes, life comes first.

So I'm back, and with some very exciting news..

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