Day at the Farm

Daylesford Farm Shop is a gorgeous place based in Kingham Gloucestershire.

We spent the day here in April and returned again in May 2017 for their summer festival. Sadly the sun didn’t shine the second time around but it was still a fun packed day for the family!


It’s always difficult to think of things to do with babies because they get bored at home but also aren’t active enough to take advantage of alternative activities. I’ve discovered that Nandy just loves being out and about regardless of where we are – his head is always flicking from left to right taking in all of his surroundings like a meerkat!

When we visited the first time the weather was nice enough so we decided to take advantage and buy some of the gorgeous organic produce from the farm shop to eat and set up a picnic in the field. We did seem to be the only ones doing this though, but it was so beautiful we couldn’t resist! We had cheese, pickles, olives, fresh bread, elderflower ham and sausage roll, plus sundried tomatoes and homemade potato salad – it was lush siting in the sun and snacking on the food.

We saw cows and sheep, no pigs. We took a walk over railway bridges and streams, through fields and explored where the beehives and blossom trees were.

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Post Partum Diet & Fitness Journey

Before I had Nandy I was in decent shape a size 8-10 and an avid gym go-er. It’s no secret that I’m not happy with the changes to my body since being pregnant. I estimate I added some 4 stone in weight during pregnancy and the water retention was also pretty major! See my previous post “on Mum Bod


With the need to return to work looming I’ve decided I need to step it up a notch or two on the fitness and diet front. I really don’t want to go back to the office and look like a huge whale and face all the male chants of “oooh still pregnant are we?” Or such things. Plus one thing I’ve realised is that most of my confidence as a successful career woman comes with how I look. The high heels and sharp suits. One of my team politely put it that he was “hoping I would bring the glamour back”.

With being on maternity leave it’s so chilled and relaxed. You are around like-minded individuals who are in the same position and It’s so easy to sit in cafes all day drinking mocha lattes and eating cake chatting about baby sleep routines and milestones isn’t it!!!

So, cutting to the chase – I started my “21 day habit” at the local gym, they have given me a nutrition plan to follow and a set of rules and challenges.

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Tears into Smiles with Elastoplast 

Nandy may only be 9 months old but we love to get out and about and explore – we shouldn’t be afraid of letting him explore his surroundings through fear of the odd cut or scrape!


We were kindly sent some Elastoplast children’s plasters to use if (and when!) Nandy has any little “boo boo’s” or “mishaps” or “scrapes” – however you want to name those minor accidents that can occur at any time with little ones who are on the move or being adventurous!

We love to get out and about and take photos in the most unusal of places, any slip or fall could result in some tears!

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Organix Goodies – fruit gummies Review 

Organix sent us some lovely ‘Goodies’ fruit gummy shapes to try out and here’s what I think!

They come in a variety pack of 5 and the flavours include:-

  • Strawberry and apple
  • Raspberry and apple
  • Blackcurrant and apple 

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Organix have a no junk promise and each goodie contains mainly apple juice concentrate and fruit purées with nothing else added.

Moo shaped goodies

  

The goodies gummies come in differing different shapes – the ones featured above are very small (smaller than I anticipated they would be) and cow face shaped. Not sure what the connection is between raspberries and apples and cows though? 
The packaging is really bright, fun and attractive in purple and pink colours, but not sure the packaging makes them appeal to boys as well as girls? I appreciate that is a very gender biased statement to make – but perhaps a picture of both a boy and girl on the front of the packing may have been better. 

I actually tried the taste of theee goodies myself as Nandy is still a bit too little to eat them and found them to be very sweet and a great alternative to actual sweets for your children. 
Rebecca 

Healthy, Tasty & Convienient – Piccolo Pouches Review 

Convienience – it’s all about it these days isn’t it? Especially being a mum. One thing I’ve learnt is that convienience is my friend. 

It’s month 6, I started out very prepared with weaning Nandy, Annabel Karmel book to the ready, I’d puréed broccoli, sweet potatoes and butternut squash within an inch of its life and frozen it into ice cube trays. Now this is where the fun started – whilst smashing frozen food out of ice cube trays one pinged up and smacked me square in the eye – the other flew up into the air and landed behind the freezer! Great! Not a great start!

Then ensued the defrosting element – thus had to be done in a jug if hot water which took hours as microwaving is considered bad due to hotspots in the food! 

You can only imagine that this routine didn’t go on long before I thought sod this for a game of soldiers and started looking to buy food – for convienience. But, what about when convienience doesn’t suit – for example, the worry of wanting the best for your baby and what’s easy for you as a mum!?

The answer – Piccolo food pouches – they are natural and contain foods which even I would normally eat, chickpeas, kale, sweet potatoes …. all those “in” things which a good for us and full of flavour and herbs. 

Plus, they’ve just been made finalists for the 2017 best new brand in the world food innovation awards!!! How amazing is that! They are supported by the NCT too, which always gives you confidence. 

Due to a lack of availability in my local supermarket I ordered a bulk of the pouches on Ocado.com for delivery to the house (even more convienient right!) my weaning journey literally transformed overnight.

Nandy LOVES the chickpea, squash and pepper purée, I mix it with his vegetables, cous cous, pasta, tuna … all manner of stuff!  No more waste, no more defrosting, ease of transportation, fresh and tasty! 

I also mixed the carrot pouch with some mashed potato! 

Homemade mash


I really wanted to try the mango, kale and pear with a hint yoghurt but couldn’t locate it anywhere – so we were kindly sent a few pouches to try from Piccolo directly – they went went down a treat too!

So far the only pouch Nandy is yet to really enjoy is the chicken – it smells divine and just like a chicken roast! Perhaps he is going to be vegetarian – who knows!

Even though we try and follow baby led weaning we can still use the purees mixed with porridge for breakfast or with vegetables for tea! 

Rebecca

Piccolo did not sponsor or endorse this post, all opinions are my own. We were sent a few pouches of food to try for free, but this was not in connection with any advertising. I chose to write about Piccalo of my own accord. 

If you would like to purchase any Piccolo pouches then you can do so from Asda / Waitrose / Ocado supermarkets. 

Kokoso Baby – Natural baby brush review

Nandy has cradle cap – he’s had it since he was very small. It’s an inconvience – it looks ugly and unsightly and I’d do anything to feel his soft and scale free hair and scalp.

It is important to note that Nandy also has eczema which we need specialist prescribed creams for from the GP which limits what we can do with his dry skin / cradle cap treatment and always advisable to seek advice from a health professional if your baby suffers from skin conditions and you’re not sure what to use on their skin. 

We have tried a number of products on his head such as olive oil, dentinox cradle cap shampoo, baby oil, emulsifying ointments and unnatural plastic bristled baby brushes.

Now it can be said honestly that his cradle cap has improved over time with the use of the cradle cap shampoo, and some combing with a plastic comb and brush, but, it’s still there and can occasionally flares up even when we think it’s on the out! Just when I thought that we would be stuck with this issue forever imagine my excitement when this package from @kokoso baby landed!


Their cradle cap brush is made of 100% natural bristles and beechwood and can help with the cradle cap, or so they say….
We set out in testing the theory right away and used the brush to gently exfoliate Nandys scalp only once a day for a few weeks. 

The Result – I can honestly say his cradle cap has almost gone!!! 

Whereas we used to have large sized greasy scales on the top to the front of his head – there are now only the odd signs of tiny white dry flecks which are more like dandruff now rather than scales!

The brush is made so beautifully with it’s beech wood handle so it looks so nice in his nursery too! No more nasty plastic Brushes. 

Kokoso coconut oil and cradle cap brush


You can always finish off after brushing with a nice baby head massage using Kokoso coconut oil. Unfortunately we didn’t do this as we only use the coconut oil on Nandys face to help with any dry patches but it would certainly be acceptable to use on the hair and scalp and may have even helped to clear the cradle cap quicker than just using the brush alone. 

You can purchase the Kokoso cradle cap brush from their website at a great price if only £7.99! 

Rebecca 

We were sent the natural baby brush to review and genuinely love it, we were not paid to advertise this product. All opinions and reviews are my own. 

Note **Kokoso always recommend you carry out a patch test first before using the product to be sure your little one doesn’t react. 

6 Spring essentials for a stylish Mum

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I do like to dress well but since having Nandy I’ve found my shape has changed, I don’t feel the same towards fashion as I once did and I feel unbalanced tottering around in my heels these days. But that doesnt mean we have to dress frumpy or lose our sense of style right?

I’ve therefore decided to write up a blog post about 6 stylish items which I love and which I feel are those must have items for stylish spring wardrobe and dressing table!

1. Jo Malone perfume – I adore Jo Malone products, I have various things such as bath oils and colognes but my must have favourite is one which hubby bought me for christmas – their honey blossom scent is just so sweet and girly!

2. DKNY Blush bag – I recently treated myslef to this goregous blush handbag from DKNY. It goes with everything and is perfect for nights out with friends where you wanr ro dress up and feel glam

3. Cluse Watch – Im in love with anything marble at the moment and I own a cluse watch already, so why not combine the two!? This watch is just sooo pretty!

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4. Suede Biker Jackets – The one shown is from river island but you can get these from anywhere at the moment, I have two one from new look and one from missguided. They are perfect for where you get a bit chilly and need to throw something over a grey t-shirt

5. Jimmy Choo trainers – Im totally in love with these rose gold trainers from Jimmy Choo, I know they are extravagant but they are also awesome. Nuff said.

6. Tom Ford eye pallete – I had this as a gift too, its well worth the money, the colours in the pallette are super shimmery and cute. The perfect everyday spring colours.

 

The views above are entirely my owna nd I have not been sponsored or endorsed to promote these products.

So what are your go to items of clothing? Do you have any favourites? Leave me a comment because I’d love to get inspired!

A Lonely Motherhood

Lonliness – what is the definition? Being Alone doesn’t necessarily mean you are physically alone and without a network. You may read a lot about Post Natal Depression but how often do you read about parents who are lonely?

I decided to write this post following a trip into my local town (by myself I hasten to add) and as I wandered around Tesco for the 2nd time this week and muttered to Nandy about what should we have for tea – not that he could reply – I’m just talking to myself again!

It’s a strange thing, I have many, many friends and acquaintances – I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a network of mums through NCT and baby groups, we talk all the time, I get messages from friends and I go to regular baby groups three times a week – so why do I feel lonely I hear you ask?

Well, it’s the absence of adult conversation, it’s the absence of people that understand. My child free friends don’t understand the daily struggle of dealing with an active grumpy 8 month old who wants you to pick up the toy he has thrown on the floor for the 10th time, the endless hours spent feeding and changing nappies, applying eczema cream whilst singing “old macdonald” to him over and over again.

I’m fortunate I have a the option to see my friends a few times a week but it’s left me wondering about those mums without that luxury? Those who feel too nervous and shy to talk to that other mum in the corner at baby group. I’ve noticed over the past 8 months that alot of mums go to the groups with their own mum, it sad isnt it that we feel too scared to go alone through fear of not having anyone to talk to.

It’s not just the physcial lonliness, its the menal lonliness, those times you stare at the inside of a nappy wondering if ‘its normal’ or looking at their habits and behaviours and wondering if you are doing the right thing but you’re not sure who you can confide in.

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My best friend and I

I pick up the phone and call hubby for the 5th time in the day ‘just to tell him that Nandy just smiled’, forgetting that he is actually busy at work and doesnt have time to keep taking my calls about nothing which cant wait til he gets home.

The clock strikes 5pm and I find myself staring at it and thinking ‘yay, daddy will be home soon’ – Im sure I cannot be the only one who feels this way.

All I would say is that Im extremely grateful for those mummy friends which I do have as without them things would be much harder.

Plus Im loving every minute of being a mum, I dont particularly want to go back to work either, but I think I will feel grateful for some me time once more.

So all I ask is, next time you are out and about and you see that mum looking lost in the corner, take 5 minutes out from your conversation with your friends to integrate her and ask her name, it might just make her day!

Have you experienced issues with lonliness in motherhood, leave me a comment.

Our “could not live without” must buys!

I don’t know about anyone else but when I discovered I was pregnant I bought the whole of the baby ailse out of excitement! I had every product going as well as a selection of other bits which it transpires I didn’t even NEED!

So after spending a day cleaning out Nandys room I decided to write a little post of those “must have” buys for life with a baby.

Now everyone has their own preferences so I must stress is important you find what works for you and your baby. Most people know that Nandy suffers from eczema so we are very limited on the products which we can use on his skin.

Below are some of the must have items which I could not have lived without these past 7 months

 

1. Lanisoh Breast pads / nipple cream and breast milk bags – Because I breastfeed I couldn’t live without these products in the early days especially.

2. Kokoso baby – coconut oil – perfect for his face as it gets so dry!

3. Vaseline – we have been using this recently to target dry skin and rash around his mouth from teething and its worked wonders!

4. Sudocream – This is our go to nappy rash cream, Nandy doesn’t really suffer from nappy rash, but when he gets sore I just slather some of this on and its gone within hours!

5. Snufflebabe products – Nandy has always been rather snuffly so these nasal drops and sprays have been a godsend as we were able to use them from an early age. We have recently started to use the rub on his baby grow to help him breathe easier at night.

6. Waterwipes – With Nandy having eczema we have to be careful about what we put on his skin and I’m so glad we always used these wipes from when he was born, they are so natural and just fantastic and don’t have perfumed nasty smell.

7. Aldi Mamia nappy bags – we used to have the nappy disposal system but the cartridges were expensive to replace so we switched to nappy bags, the Aldi ones are cheap and so effective!!

8. Dentinox products – we absolutely swear by dentinox cradle cap shampoo and its been a lifesaver for his head, for some reason I can’t seem to buy it anywhere now! Dentinox teething gel is also the best we’ve found, weve tried a number of teething gels but this one seems to work the best.

 

I would seriously recommend you do what is right for you and your baby and it takes time to find those perfect products, but you will.

I’d love to hear about your ideal products, so leave us a comment!

Rebecca

 

 

 

Practical Weaning

Any other mums finding it hard to wean baby onto food when you have OCD and hate mess?

It seems to go against the baby led weaning rules of “let them play with food to learn” when you’re constantly wiping their face and hands to keep their clothes from getting dirty!

Thank goodness for Nuby I say!

They sent us the most genius cover up Catch all bib to use this week and I am so grateful of it, so much so that I plan to order a fair few more!

The bib can be wiped clean with the damp cloth, so if you are like me, and feeding your baby 3 meals a day (be it purees, or baby led finger foods) this is ideal.

Nandy eats porridge each morning now and previously we had a supermarket branded apron which was made of cotton, the porridge got stuck to the fabric and had to be washed immediately after. Im not sure of many mums that want to be putting the washing machine on after every meal?!

I cannot recommend this bib enough, thankyou once again Nuby for being so awesome!

NOTE: Nuby sent us this bib to use and I would not geniunely write a positive review about a product if I did not geniunely believe in it.