Thursday, 30 April 2015

Baby Haul ~ Mamas and Papas

 Bright, colourful, googley eyes. I can ask for nothing more in life. The feeling I used to get for Topshop Jamie jeans has been replaced by a new found joy. Mamas and Papas....
Pram Toys and Teethers
 Klank the Robot- Chewy Chick- Space Man
Mamas and Papas Changing Mat
Can't seem to find this one but they have so many nice ones :)
Swaddle Shell~ Currently £10 direct from
Tummy Time Play and Explore Mat~ Courtesy of Great Grandma
Buzz Bouncer~ Officially Arnie Approved
Along with the help of a few different family members, this collection of Mamas and Papas bits and pieces is something Ed and I have been adding to since December. We didn't really mean to end up with so much from the same brand, but I love the prints and the colours of all of their things. The whole blue is for boys, pink is for girls thing has never been something that personally was for me, so I liked that we could buy bright things for the baby before we knew what gender he was. White is not a colour that excites me.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Pregnancy Update ~ 31 Weeks

The weeks are literally hurtling past me. I can't believe I'm on the home straight. Is it weird to say that sometimes I don't even feel pregnant?

Pregnancy Update ~ 31 Weeks

How Far Along? 31 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Still just making do with longer, stretchier slightly bigger sized things :) I don't feel like I've got that much bigger this week. I'll get my measurements at next week's midwife appointment and share progress next Saturday.

Stretch Marks? No not yet

Sleep? A little better, though I've had some crazy dreams of late. I have a mixture of theoretical concepts and pregnancy based thoughts coming together in an abstract pile of quite scary images. Hence the pregnancy art.

Best Moment this Week? Getting some of the things we've bought the baby out to photograph and share with you guys. Excite.

Miss Anything? Having time off to go outside!

Gender? Wee Boy

Movement? Quite a lot at 1am these days, and any days where I try to wear my pre-pregnancy leggings. Kid don't like that sort of restriction.

Food Cravings? Soleros, Peanut Butter on Bananas

Anything Causing Queasiness/Sickness? Garlic, bread and pasta, and still anything in too great a volume

Labour Signs? Nope

Symptoms? Hyper-pigmentation. 'Oh, you've got the pregnancy mask', said my mum when I went up home last weekend. I didn't even know this was a thing. I thought this was how quick the ageing process occurred at the darker end of your twenties. I have it on my face under my eyes and it is like a mask. I have it on my forehead here and there too. 
Apparently it's caused by hormonal changes and is meant to go away after the baby is born. I saw Ysis Lorenna who's 33 weeks also mention this as a symptom she's experienced, so it did feel a little better that it's something that's quite normal.

Inny or Outy? I will never talk about this, it absolutely creeps me out. 

Happy or Angry? Angry. It's sunny and I'm doing uni work inside. Miserable. Only 5 days to go though.

Looking forward to? Hitting my deadline on Thursday and hopefully some sunny May days.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Third Trimester Food Diary Friday #1

Ok, so first of all, this series of posts that I plan to update weekly for the last 8-10 weeks of my pregnancy are directly inspired by Anna Saccone's What I ate Wednesdays. I don't think this was something she exclusively did through her pregnancies, but of the videos I've seen on her YouTube channel it was those in which she was pregnant that I found most interesting.

Now I know it's perhaps a bit of a strange thing to want to record and share publicly, but if you, like me, are curious as to what other people eat whilst they're pregnant, who knows, maybe you'll find this interesting. Each week I'll start with a list of what I ate that Friday and then discuss anything that might be significant like pregnancy symptoms, tried and tested foods that help with these or things that have made life worse for me!

Food Diary Friday #1

10:30am- Breakfast
2 Scrambled eggs made with milk and butter, served with chopped spinach and black pepper 
Coffee with milk
Water and Pre-natal Vitamin

Petit Filous Big Pot Strawberry Flavour
Cup of Tea

1:30pm- Snack

Banana with Peanut Butter
Coke Zero

3:30pm- Snack

Carrot sticks with sour cream, salsa and guacamole
Cup of Tea

6:00pm- Dinner

Sausage Meatballs with home made tomato and basil, brown pasta and cheese
Pint of orange squash

7:00pm- Heartburn Remedy

Pint of Milk (Half Semi-Skimmed Milk, Half water)


For the past couple of weeks I've experienced a serious cull in my appetite. I normally love food and really look forward to all my meals. Ed and I like to eat pretty well and make most things from scratch, including our bread. 
A lot of what is above is what I would usually have on a daily basis BUT I would generally eat more of it and include cereals and starchy foods like bread and pasta because I love them. Oh the heartburn though. 

Prior to being pregnant I only had heartburn once, and I didn't know what was happening to me. Now it's constant so I've been trying to eliminate potential triggers from my daily food intake. There's nothing like heartburn to kill an appetite, which I feel is seriously such a counter-productive symptom of pregnancy...

First I replaced my usual breakfast cereal with a higher protein alternative and added spinach for extra Folic Acid, Iron and Vitamin K. Then instead of a larger lunch that might trigger heartburn I opted for three snacks mostly low in refined sugar and all with decent nutritional value. This helped. The acid reflux I was still experiencing from the day before disappeared by tea time, so I ate a normal dinner. What an error. I still don't know if it was the richness, the pasta, the volume or the time I ate, but it wasn't worth it! Hence the Heartburn Remedy an hour later as recommended by the guy who owns our corner shop which doesn't sell Gaviscon. It didn't work. Good calcium though. 


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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Baby Boy Haul: Boots Mini Club

Boots Mini Club has to be one of my favourite places to shop for baby clothes. They're well priced, you get 10 points per pound spent with Parenting Club if you're an Advantage Card holder and the stuff is really cool. 
I'm not so into cutesy baby things. Bold prints and simple, fuss free styles are what I look for when shopping myself so buses, stars and dinosaurs are right up my street.
-Dungaree Set- -Crocodile All in One- -Bus Romper-
-Star Romper- -Dino Romper- -Dinosaur Short Sleeve All in One- 
So many of these are 2 for £8 at the moment making them fantastic value. I've been collecting peices in a range of different sizes from newborn to 3-6 months. There are so many styles to choose from I will definitely be heading back to Boots soon to collect a few more things :)

Till next time!


Monday, 20 April 2015

Escape to the Country

Sometimes it is necessary to retreat from the daily grind and recoup your sanity somewhere more serene.
My annual deadline at university is looming large and whilst I couldn't take time off from preparing for it, I could up sticks with my laptop and do my work somewhere less depressing than the postgrad office. Up the east coast I fled, homeward bound to my parents house where I could break up work with the incentive of a walk in the countryside with the dog and the wild garlic. 

I love my parent's house. A move back to the country is something I wouldn't rule out.

Walking buddy. 

Back home tomorrow and 10 days to deadline day. When will this hell end. Urgh. Roll on May 1st.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Pregnancy Tag ~ 30 Weeks

I've seen different people do these updates on YouTube and I thought they were quite interesting. I think the idea is that you answer the questions each week throughout your pregnancy, so here's mine for this week :)

How Far Along? 30 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Have you seen these things? I can't do it. Not yet anyway. Stretchy maxi dresses and denial are my new daily attire.

Stretch Marks? Nope, just some extra veins.

Sleep? Say what now... It's currently 3am.

Best Moment this Week? Missing our antenatal classes. Controversial, but true. We're not accepted in such serious environments. 

Miss Anything? My old thighs.

Gender? Our kid is a boy :) we found out at 20 weeks. 

Movement? Yes he's wild.

Food Cravings? Soleros, Skinny Caramel Macchiatos. Oranges.

Anything Causing Queasiness/Sickness? Pringles. Anything in too great a volume.

Labour Signs? No thank god.

Symptoms? Experienced a calf muscle spasm this week so violent that I was forced to the deck in agony. Also some back pain though I got one of these Orthopaedic V pillows off Ebay and life got a whole lot better for me. Still can't remember what it's like to sleep through the night but if it's not pregnancy related its the cat licking my eyelids or Ed snoring so sleeplessness is really just an inevitable part of living with these wierdos. 

One really crap symptom is that food doesn't bring me any pleasure any more. There's not really enough space left for a meal in my body though I make sure I get it in there somehow for the baby. I love food usually, so this is a sad story.

Inny or Outy? Get the hell away from me.

Happy or Angry? I love that these are the options. Happy mostly, unless Ed hasn;t hoovered.

Looking forward to? Hitting my annual deadline at university and having 8 weeks to go!


Pregnancy Skincare ~ 6 Products for Tired, Dull, Acne Prone Skin

'Pregnancy is such a joyous thing', they tell you. 'You'll be glowing in no time', they say. 
Now for those among you for whom that rings true, I'm so happy for you. Personally, in my second trimester, my face fell apart. Hormones are raging, it's getting harder to sleep and maybe you might even be experiencing a touch of stress or anxiety whilst attempt to balance work/family/everyday life alongside being pregnant. 

Now I'm on the home straight, I thought I would share with you six skin saviours for if you, like me, have battled such pleasures as pregnancy acne, eye bag puffiness and just general skin dulling fatigue. Let's start with skin care.

GAME CHANGERS- Could not recommend a better trio for battling pregnancy acne

1. La Roche- Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel 200ml £11

Gentle but effective is the best way to some this face wash up. It cleans really well, it's none drying and after I've used it I really feel like my skin is clean. Prior to changing my skincare up I tended to use face scrubs like the Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, or this Biore one. I still use these every now and then, but there was just something about the scrubbiness of them that my skin couldn't take any more, so shifting over to a soap-free, colourant-free, alcohol-free and paraben-free gel that is gentle on my newly sensitive skin was seriously a god send. I use it in the morning and at night after I've removed my make up. 

2. La Roche- Posay Effaclar Micro Exfoliante 200ml £11

Okay, not as gentle as the gel wash but I needed something to get rid of the spots. There's a lot going on with your body in pregnancy that you have to adjust to. Your body shape is changing, your sleep patterns are up the wall and really, the last thing you want to take on as well as all that are bloody spots. Mine where mainly those massive red under the skin ones. TMI but they really got me down and I don't know, I felt a bit robbed having shitty skin in pregnancy when I was eating so healthy, not drinking or generally doing any of the things that might formally be to blame for my breakouts. 
Swept over the skin morning and night, this really kills pimples and plukes and reduces pore size too. AMAZE.

3. Vichy Normaderm 50ml £12

Promising to offer anti-imperfection hydrating care that tackles 6 imperfection concerns:
blemishes, pores, shine, oily skin, marks and uneven complexions, this really is excellent stuff.
Enriched with Salicylic and Glycolic acid, it killed off so many of the problems my skin was experiencing. I only use this in the morning as it is a little strong for evening use I find, but once a day still makes this product so effective in clearing up break ups. Highly recommended! 

Just to note too, all of these products are available at Boots so waiting for the 3 for 2 skincare offer can make this trio more affordable for all of us out there who have prams and cots and all that expensive stuff to buy! Now, the make up.

1. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer in Warm Apricot £7.99
I use this after my moisturiser and it's great. It provides a nice even base to apply foundation over and that is principally why I'm recommending it for problem pregnancy skin. Do the warm apricot tones help balance out grey skin? I don't know, but the texture I can say helps hide fatigue when used under foundation.

2. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe £32

This is a cult product and it is my holy grail foundation. The price is eye watering, but it is the ONLY foundation that makes me feel good about my skin. I don't use a lot of this, maybe a 5p sized blob a day and so it lasts me 6 months. On that basis I can justify buying it. I get this from Space N.K and with their points card you can accumulate enough to get some money off after about your third bottle if this is the only thing you buy there. If the price tag is a deal breaker, my dupe for this is the Loreal True Match foundation which at £9.99 is obviously way more reasonable. Not the same coverage for me and so I tend to use more and go through it faster, but still a great alternative.

3. Boots No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter £9.95

Oh my god. I bought this after I saw Meg of Meg's Boutique do a You Tube tutorial on how to contour. Seriously, for dull, sleep deprived pregnancy faces, this is a lifesaver. Swept over the top of the cheeks, temples and cupids bow this makes such a difference in making you look more alive. Definitely one for the make up bag in my opinion! Again wait for the 3 for 2 offer at Boots and you're onto a winner.

Till next time!