Soothing Baby Salve – Organic Babies Review

Looking after my kids skin, has always been, and still is a really important part of teaching our children to look after themselves and their bodies. Their is nothing feminine or girly about taking care of your body, So I feel teaching the boys while they are younger will ensure as they grow older it’ll be “normal” to them.

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Part of that is moisturizing their skin, when Tyler was younger he had some outbreaks of mild eczema under his arms and the backs of his legs. William hasn’t been bad at all, barring some dry skin from time to time. After Tyler’s breakout’s I really started looking at what I was using on the boys skin. I saw Organic Babies by the green people offering samples for their Soothing Baby Salve Lavender, which is Eczema friendly, the sample was fairly small, however I used on Tristan, so being as he is the smallest child it went a rather long way!! (I think that calls for a laugh out loud moment) 

You don’t need much of this at all when using the product. Its quite oily when warmed with your hands, applies really easily. Leaving skin soft. Its absorbed fairly quickly too.

I’d definitely consider purchasing a full size tube. The product costs £10.50 from Green people.

Lady Sara xo

Into The Woods – Orangic Swaddle

Today is a mini review, and more than anything I want to spread the word about this wonderful company that spread its wings back in November 2016 called Little Blue Nest.

They sell beautiful, unique organic swaddle clothes. With gorgeous prints. When I was looking for a baby blanket/swaddle cloth for Tristan I wanted something different, something that would go with the theme we have for his nursery, we have a stag ornament along with a squirrel  and he will eventually have a wooden plaque above his cot, so I wanted something woodland themed.

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The company is owned by Ila, who set up the company for the exact reason I just mentioned above. The lack of unique and individual baby items for sale. Everything looking the same, the same general colours and patterns.

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Each of her swaddle blankets are printed with hand drawn illustrations. The woodland print that I purchased for our little boy reminds me of an old cartoon/animation I watched when I was very young called The Animals of Farthing Wood..

(Who else know’s what I’m talking about?!)

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The print I chose is called “Into The Woods” which retails at £17.95. They have a few other prints which are also just as gorgeous. They have 4 prints in total at the moment. You can also buy a set for £31.95.

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The swaddle cloth comes with instructions on the back of the packaging and also inside the pack is a small leaflet with the instructions on how to swaddle your baby. Which I think is a great idea for new parents, and experienced ones!

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Have I mentioned how incredibly soft their swaddle clothes are?! I’m close too getting myself another one, just for me! I’m talking super soft…. Babies bottom kind of soft!

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Please check out the Little Blue Nest’s website

Lady Sara xo

 

The above product has been purchased by myself, all opinions are my own. I have not been asked to share this post.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner; Review

Today’s review is on one of my must have items in my bathroom cabinet, The body shops vitamin E hydrating Toner. I’ve repurchased this item more times than I can count I love it that much.

They also changed the packaging, however I’m not sure when it was changed. All I can say is I love the packaging even more now, its simple yet it doesn’t look as cheap as it used too.

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The toner soaks into the skin wonderfully, it doesn’t leave the skin feeling damp and like it needs a dab down to help absorb the moisture, which I love in a toner. It leaves my face feeling refreshed. Their is a slight fragrance to the toner, however it’s very mild and I actually find it quite calming, with a very very slight citrus scent.

The product is aimed at all skin types. I have dry/de-hydrated skin, and it works fabulously well at hydrating my skin. It retails at £10.00 so it’s not going to break the bank, which we all know I love!

Hope you enjoyed this blog, I’m currently using the Vitamin E cleansing milk from The body shop too, so look out for a review on that soon.

 

Sara xoxo

Breast Feeding: Getting through the first 2 weeks

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Today we’re talking all things boobs, that’s right boobs, those things that have either got a baby attached or a pump if your pumping, and they are either tingling because your baby needs a feed or their leaking because your baby slept too long. Either way today’s blog is all about surviving those first 2 weeks of establishing breastfeeding.

I’m writing this blog, not only from the knowledge of my most recent experience but also from my previous two breastfeeding experiences, taking into consideration the “mistakes” I think I made last time, and things that could have helped me even more. This breastfeeding experience has definitely been my easiest, maybe because I felt I was armed with a brain full of information, or maybe it’s just third time round, learning from previous mistakes.

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One of the first things I’d say is most important with breastfeeding is too remember their is no routine, their are no “set” times to feed. Some babies may be great and feed every couple of hours, some babies cluster feed and need feeding maybe every 20 minutes. So don’t panic when you baby isn’t going long between feeds, eventually a routine will come.

The second most important thing new mom’s need to know, is your not the only one learning here, your baby is too. Midwives give this impression that baby should latch beautifully within seconds and off you go, when really that’s not the case at all. You can have a perfect latch, or you can stress yourself trying to get the most amazing latch ever but your newborn is learning too. They need to learn what’s comfortable for them, and so do you. Sore nipples aren’t just caused by an incorrect latch, your nipples need to time to adapt to being sucked on for up to an hour for every feed, they need to “toughen up” so to speak. So to a degree sore nipples are to be expected to a degree.

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With my first baby, I actually made my nipples worse by constantly trying to switch breast while I was feeding as I was told by a health professional to feed Tyler on both breasts to make sure he wasn’t taking more from one boob, explained to me as 20 minutes on one breasts then another 20 on the other etc. However you don’t need to do this at all! As long as you remember which breast you last fed on so you can use the other one for your next feed! Simple.

Engorgement: I’ve always become pretty engorged by day 3, with each of my babies. So be prepared for boobs that look like you just had implants put in. They will be pretty tender and leaky. I’ve never known how to deal with being engorged before. With how leaky your breast can become I’ve always kept a bra (nursing) on. However the best advice I got was from my sister in law, to strip down from the waist up, skin to skin with baby so he can have access to the breast when he wants. Not wearing anything stops you breasts being restricted, and lets any leaking just happen naturally – just remember to pop a towel under your bust to catch any leakage! I also expressed just enough to get some relief however don’t over express as you body will continue to produce the same amount of milk, and then it becomes a continuing cycle.

Both with my second attempt to breastfeed and this time I ended up with a blocked duct in my right breast, which can be pretty painful. With William (second baby) I couldn’t feed on that breast at all it was too painful, so I pumped. I also got very little support from the midwife I had seen. I was also suffering a really bad cracked nipple too so that also didn’t help. This time around I actually got a small lump in my breast, (the same breast as last time) this was within the first week. I got myself an appointment with the midwife, and she was fantastic. She examined the lump, checked my breasts for any other signs of infection. Then she offered me an electric breast pump to use to get the duct to unclog. Again only using the pump after Tristan had fed, for a little extra relief. However ended up I didn’t use the pump at all as massaging my breast with the palm of my hand worked really well to relieve the blocked duct. I was so pleased we got through it as with William it just seemed to get worse and worse and I couldn’t put him on the breast at all. Which ultimately lead to expressing, combi feeding and then all formula. Due to my supply decreasing and him latching less and less to the breast.

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A mistake I think I made along the way, especially with William, as he was originally Breastfeed to begin with then as explained above we introduced bottles. With Tyler he started on bottles as I hadn’t planned to breastfeed.  Is combi feeding or introducing a dummy. It doesn’t matter how “alike” a bottle claims to be to a human nipple, nothing can really compare to that. As you can imagine a baby has to work a lot harder with a bottle and the shape is completely different. This with William I think is were our path went wrong (other than the blocked duct and pain) Perhaps for some people combi feeding works but for us it just didn’t. Tristan has been exclusively breastfed, and he’s thriving. I’ve never been so proud of myself.

With things like this though, I think it’s so important to remember you did what you thought was right at the time. I have absolutely no regrets for how I fed my eldest two, they are thriving, both of them are healthy and happy, just like Tristan. I’m 100% behind believing that a fed baby is a happy baby, whether that be from a boob, expressing or giving formula from a tin. It doesn’t matter as long as you are happy. Their’s no point stressing yourself over what could have been, or the what if’s. If your stressed your baby will pick up on that. So just let all those feelings go, look at your baby and smile.

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That is THE most important thing to remember when your surviving those first two weeks, keeping yourself happy and stress free. Don’t worry about the little things. If you need to sit around the house half naked, ignore that front door and just sit with your baby.

I really hope this helps someone struggling to get through those hard 2 weeks, I promise now, from the experience of sore cracked nipples, to blocked ducts and over engorged boobs, it DOES get better. You just have to push through and remember why your doing it. It does get easier.

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Lady Sara xo

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon

Another great budget friendly beauty brand are Barry M. Added to my collection a while ago that I’m looking forward to pulling out more often as we hit the spring is the Matte Me Up, lip crayon.

Matte lip products can be well known for being quite drying on the lips, lacking in a moisturizing feeling. I’d say this product is almost similar to a lip stain, in that it does sit well on the lips, however it will need touching up regularly throughout your day/evening.  Application of the product is very easy, and smooth.

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Its a crayon pencil shape, twist up function. Making application rather easy. The packaging is the same colour as the product itself so makes finding the right lip colour for the day ahead super easy. Barry M have 5 shades in the range, none of which are all that “out their” so I’d say their is a wearable colour for most people. Ranging from peachy, nude and then deep pink and red.

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For £4.99 (From Boots) you can’t go too wrong with the product. I’d still favor the Collection Velvet Kiss lip cream to this. But overall not a bad product at all. I would potentially buy more of them to try a couple of different shades from the range.

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Lady Sara xo

 

all opinions are my own.

1 Month Postpartum & Tristan’s 1 Month update.

Gosh, where has the last month gone. It feels like its gone fairly quickly, I can already see how much Tristan has grown in a month. Of course I can also see how much my body has changed too.

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Tristan is doing fantastic, he’s now no longer in newborn baby grows, and is also very nearly grown out of up to 1 month! 0 – 3 here we come. He started smiling around 4 weeks properly, by properly I mean definitely not wind and smiles in response to something or someone. His head control is already pretty good too and he’s just start at 5 weeks to make shapes with his mouth to make sounds and noises. – The most adorable thing ever! It’s just wonderful watching him learn and try to do new things.

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Babies and children really are just wonderful and fantastic creatures! Even if we are as a species fairly useless when born, and are for many years of our lives!!

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I guess some of you are wondering how feeding is going? Well what do they say, third times a charm? we are still breastfeeding. Its going so well, I wont lie it hasn’t been problem free, however we battled through and now I can honestly say I don’t know when I plan to stop. My biggest battle is the excessively large breasts I now have that are in fact too big for half the contents of my wardrobe. However we’ll do a breastfeeding focused blog soon for you all. I’ll just say it’s not as hard as I imagined it would be, of course it has it’s challenges, for example, feeding is on demand and normally doesn’t fit in with what I’m trying to get done. But we are learning and working around Tristan’s schedule and feeds. A wonderful things is that Tristan seems to have very little at all. By now William was on infacol and spent most evenings and nights screaming the house down!!

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I had Tristan weighed at 7 weeks and 3 days old today, he’s now 10lb 3oz, he’s grown so much!!

How am I doing postpartum? My stomach is still like jelly and squishy, however it is probably now any weight I’ve gained during the pregnancy, however I’m not too worried by it, my body is still recovering, I’ve seen my GP for my 6 week postnatal check and been cleared for exercise, so I’m going to start off nice and slowly and try start a few light exercises, although any diet I will not be doing, except of course trying to eat less sweets, chocolates etc. Any kind of diet while breastfeeding without the correct guidance would be rather silly really, as I need to be sure to keep up my breast milk supply for Tristan. — I can say now that I’m struggling with the sweet cravings after indulging those cravings during pregnancy. ooops! My focus is feeding Tristan and to feed him I need to make sure I’m eating and drinking plenty. I’m obviously, like any new mum looking forward to wearing my old clothes, however I’m also in no rush. My biggest battle (literally) is fitting clothes for my bust size at the moment.

I feel fantastic over all. At 7 weeks writing this blog, I’ve finally stopped my postnatal bleed. Breastfeeding definitely lightened any bleed I’ve had. After pains from birth were pretty horrific, and continued for the first 2 weeks possibly a little longer. My hips are no longer causing any problems. I’ll be writing a post for you on my breastfeeding journey so far so you all soon, hence why I haven’t really gone into any details. So keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Hope your having a great day, Happy May everyone.

 

Sara xo

Toddler Tantrums and Big Boy Breakdown. Mommy Monday

(I’ll note that this blog has been written for nearly 2 months, however I didn’t know when was a good time to post it?! Or if I wanted too, well I knew I wanted to, but I didn’t know what kind of response it would get.)

Is it just me, am I the only person who doesn’t live in this perfect bubble of smiling children 24/7? Because your about to hear my brutally honest truth about my toddlers tantrums and the big boy breakdowns we’ve been having recently.

Every child has them, its how they express themselves. I love my kids, but when they are screaming at me, or just whining over nothing I could pull my hair out. Then they follow you, what’s with that?! Why is it kids seem to know your having a bad day, or you just need two minutes to pull yourself together, put on that momma smile and pretend that they didn’t just hurt your feelings?! It’s not like when a friend says something, you can hold a 24 hour grudge, noooo no, you gotta get back out into that room and act like it never happened.

Being a stay at home mom (SAHM) is damn hard work, I’ll tell you that much. Add the major fact I can’t drive into the mix, and that we live basically in the middle of no where it means I stare at the same 4 walls, day in day out. I mean it doesn’t matter how many rooms their are in the house I can sit in, their is only so far you can escape from a 2 year old. It’s like they have a tracking device on you saying mom’s gone out of the 5 meter radius lets go see why!!

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Where do I start?..We have scratch that… We had been pretty damn lucky with William, he never seemed to have wobblies or tantrums but then they came. Around his second birthday. Along with the tantrums, although we are now beginning to watch him and we’ve begun to realize they aren’t even “tantrums” — at least not all the time! –– A lot of his problem, seems to stem from stress and the fact he can’t be that vocal about what he wants! He’s been saying new words left right and centre daily at the moment, but just because he can say words doesn’t mean he knows how to put those words into a sentence or when to use them. So a lot of our time at the moment is spent, trying to help William be more vocal, which does seem to be stopping the “wobblies” he has to some degree. We find getting down to his level, and speaking very slowly and clearly to him helps him think about what he is trying to ask or do more.

Tyler has actually been a huge help in William’s communication often asking William to copy him, or just simply speaking slowly and repeating himself for William. It’s been a huge blessing. Of course, their have been times, where Tyler hasn’t listened to William at all and therefore, I’ve been referee too their bickering and screaming! I’m sure everyone has those days!

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Changing the topic to Tyler, who knew that big boys had meltdowns worse than a toddler!? Tyler is a very good boy most of the time, he knows his please and thank you’s. However who else suffered the 4/5 year old from hell when they started school!? The tiredness, the over worked little brain, and potentially of course like all children the habbits of others coming home with them!! No ones children are perfect not even mine. Tyler started the whole I don’t like that, I’m not trying that, I don’t want to eat that I want to eat this, so and so at school is allergic to those so am I, or he said she doesn’t like those so I don’t have to eat them either because I don’t like them. It was the same story every night no matter what was put in front of him at the table!! Kids being in school does have the added benefit of the threat of telling his teacher how naughty he is being at home!! Any one else use this one?!

I guess what I’m trying to say with this rather random/ranty blog post, is that not everyday is a good day when it comes down to being a parent, a mom. It’s hard work. Being a SAHM is hard work, as is being a working parent. We all have these days. But even when we have had the worst bed time routine because of these tantrums, I still love these boys with all my heart, they are my boys. They are part me, when I look at them, and have these hard days, I can’t help but then want to say sorry to my own parents, for the tantrums, the strops, the teenage meltdowns, the he said she said tit-for-tat, that I’m sure I did when growing up. I always know they are a phone call away on the bad days with the kids, and they’ll tell me its just a phase and you’ll get through it, their kids. Every word is true. Every child goes through this, they are learning how to deal with their emotions and situations.

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One day I hope Tyler and William will look upon their children in the same manner.

So don’t hate yourself when you run upstairs, and shut the bathroom door as soon as your partner/husband gets home from work. It’s normal, anyone who says otherwise is either lying or they have some kind of secret to raising blissful children.  You know you love your children, and would if the time came do anything for them.

My smallest little man is sleeping next to me right now, and as I look at his little face. My heart melts, with pride and joy. He’s my little man. I wouldn’t change these kids for anything in the world. They are my kind of perfect, my crazy, my love, my insanity and my world.

One mom to another, keep going mama’s your doing a great job.

Lady Sara xo  

L’oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Facial cleansing oil – Review.

Cleansing oils, I think I’d rate them up their with cleansing balms. I find them a little quicker to work with than cleansing balms, just because most balms need warming up and working into the skin more. Oils are ready to go! So anything quick and easy to use makes it’s way into my good books.

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I have been trying the L’oreal Paris Extraordinary oil, facial cleansing oil for a few months now, and I love it! I ensure I always do a double cleanse, as I like to make sure all my makeup is removed!! I can’t stand wiping my face with my toner and finding remnants of makeup still left on my face. yukkkkk.

This stuff makes removing stubborn eye liner and waterproof mascara a breeze. My skin is left feeling smooth afterwards, it’s never left feeling tight. Which is another reason why to love oils!

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The bottle claims to be non greasy, which I have to agree with, I never feel like their is a residue left on my skin, even after a double cleanse. I tend to use two pumps at a time. I have no problems with using this on my eyes either, no stinging etc.

Another great perk to this product is the fact it has a pump, cleansing balms can be hard work at times when getting them out the packaging and for hygiene reasons.

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You can’t really fault this product, based on its price £7.99 from Superdrug. Another drugstore bargain to add to your budget beauty list of must haves. It’s not the cheapest oil on the market, but it’s certainly below that £10.00 mark.

what are your thoughts on this item? Leave comments below.

Lady Sara xo 

 

All products have been purchased with my own money, I have not been paid or asked to write this review. All opinions are my own.  everyone’s skin is different, I have dry skin one product that works for me may not work for yourself. 

Labour and Delivery Story

If you haven’t guessed or seen on my social media pages, then you may have missed the news that we have had our gorgeous little boy, and he couldn’t be more perfect. Today I want to share with you our rather quick and fast labour story, so fast that we didn’t even get many photos during the labour or after really.

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It all started technically when I was 40 weeks and 2 days over due, with the lovely surprise of my water’s going when I’d just dropped off to sleep on Friday the 10th of March. I had got myself some of those lovely “puppy pads” for when your waters go… of course I’d taken it off the bed about a week before because I kept getting too hot at night – I kept telling Richard that my waters would go in the bed because I’d taken it off!!

So where was I, oh yes, lying in bed at just before 11, and I felt a trickling instantly waking up thinking I was bursting for a pee!! — as you do worst nightmare when pregnant wetting ones self, with a watermelon sized mass resting on your bladder that feels like the size of a pea. Then it hit me my waters were breaking. Without alarming my partner, I calmly asked him to run to my side of the bed and grab the towel, I happened to have on the floor and the puppy pad as I was sure my waters were going, I knew the second I got up they would probably burst properly. I grabbed the pad from Richard, and waddled my way to the bathroom with the trickling continuing. As I got to the bathroom, a lovely pop and gush the waters just kept coming and I was stood in a puddle!! Good news the waters were nice and clear, all that was left to do was for the contractions to start. I obviously called the hospital for them to inform that my waters had broken at 11pm giving them time to inform the on call midwife.

I’ll note that, my waters have always gone naturally, however with Tyler it was about an hour before pushing contractions had already started and i’d had the show. With William very similar this time literally before pushing!! So you’ll understand my surprise when it kind of happened out of know where and without any other signs!!

Bang on 3am Saturday the 11th of March and now officially 40 weeks and 3 days, I woke up to some pretty strong contractions, I instantly started timing them, which turned out they were already coming every 2 minutes, getting closer, stronger and more intense with every one that came. 20 minutes past 3 I again called the call centre, telling them the contractions were shockingly regular and strong. To be told that I needed to wait at home for another hour and see how they go. I don’t really think they bothered to listen to the fact I was on baby number 3!! I held out till 4am when I then told Richard we needed to be getting to the hospital. They then told us they would get the midwife to call us back to arrange to meet at the hospital. She called, and off we went to the midwife led unit to get assessed and see how far along we were.

4.30am we beat the midwife to the hospital, and she slowly walked up the corridor with me, on all fours on a chair grunting and panting through the contractions. To hear her mutter the words, “oh dear someones not coping well” all I heard from Richard in a sharp tone, “no, the baby is coming!!” Turned out the call centre hadn’t told her we’d called numerous times to say contractions were progressing, she just assumed we were coming in to see how far we were and probably end up going home for a few more hours!!

She soon realized how quick things were going and started working “backwards” rather than BP checks etc, she had to straight away check how dilated I was. Turned out I was 8cm!! I couldn’t be more proud of myself making it to 8cm at home. The urge to push soon followed by just after 5.15am I was ready to push. Although through all the hurrying, the second midwife didn’t have time to arrive, Richard had to basically set up the birthing pool in between assisting me through the contractions. Just as I started to need to push, Richard let me know that if I wanted to get into the pool, I needed to do it now or not at all. A now or never situation.

Richard helped me up, and I got told — as in basically told off, to take some gas and air to stop me pushing and to help me breath through the contraction or our gorgeous little boy would have ended up being born with me standing potentially not being caught by anyone! So I puffed away, then managed to climb into the pool. Within seconds we had a head, and then second push and he was born! He was not hanging around at all!

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Our little boy was born in 6 minutes, at 5.23am weighing just 7lb 4oz. Our smallest baby! He had strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes, ten tiny toes and ten perfect little fingers. Both of us quite shocked at his hair and eye colour! However we are aware both could change, his eyes already have gone quite dark, although they have some hints of blue still so we shall wait and see.

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We are pleased to introduce to you Tristan Tomos.

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Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask Review.

Starting this review on rather a positive note. I think I’ve found my all time favorite bargain beauty find! This is my absolute must have item in my beauty cabinet. It has saved my skin many times over the winter, and during my pregnancy so far.

What is this glorious product I’m talking about?

The Superdrug Vitamin E moisture mask, hydrating face mask.

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For a soft, supple complexion.

The cream is a lovely light texture and it feels so lovely and rich, but it doesn’t feel thick and greasy on the skin. I’d compare it too the Clarins, Hydra quench cream which I absolutely love. I tend to be quite generous when applying this as I like to use it as an over night cream. It doesn’t feel like it clogs my pores, even after applying it most nights!

After using this my skin is hydrated, smooth and wonderfully soft.

For the price you pay for this product it really is one of my best ever bargain beauty finds! At £2.59 I’m not kidding when I saw it really is the ultimate budget beauty item. I seriously can’t get enough of this stuff. I certainly can’t wait to try a few more products from Superdrugs own range.

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Click here to find the item on the Superdrug website.

Ladies you need this in your life, if you have dry/dehydrated skin this could be your savior in a little lilac bottle.

Lady Sara xo

 

All products have been purchased with my own money, I have not been paid or asked to write this review. All opinions are my own.  everyone’s skin is different, I have dry skin one product that works for me may not work for yourself.