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Weleda baby must haves

 

On finding out I was pregnant I knew the products I used on my new baby would be as natural as possible. I distinctly remember a conversation with my mum, where she looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wouldn’t be using Johnson’s talcum powder or baby oil.

For the first 6 weeks I only used warm water and olive oil. Newborn baby skin is so delicate and I wanted it to settle in before exposing her to anything more.

I was lucky enough to be sent some lovely Weleda products to try and on Mia’s 6 week birthday we set about having a lovely bath using some of them. I’m not sure if it was the warm bath or the body wash but Mia fell straight to sleep ; ) RESULT!

With a mild scent of calendula and the creamy consistency, it is super soft and gentle. Mia also has a tendency to try and drink the bath water and although I don’t actively encourage her to do so, having looked at the ingredients, I don’t have to worry about there being lots of hidden nasties.

My hands-down favourite product is the Calendula Oil. I’m a big fan of oils for both hair and body, I swear by Sweet Almond Oil for helping me to come out of pregnancy stretch-mark free. The Weleda Calendula Oil soaks in nicely and is moisturising without being too thick, which was my main issue with olive oil. It’s got a nice scent and is great for practising baby massage.

To this day, nearly 18 months later, Weleda products remain part of my baby and now toddler must-haves.

Healthy products and practices for 2015

 

Healthy shopping list 2015

Towards the end of 2014 I decided to make the last few months of the year count by starting my healthy habits early. Waiting until the New Year would have been a surefire way of it all going tits up by the 31st January. I have always been pretty healthy but with having less time and all efforts going on making sure baby is fed and watered, as well as attempting to launch a freelance business and starting a new job. Certain things, namely cooking, took a back seat and M&S became my best ‘food’ friend.

Here are a few things I am coveting and a few things I am have already purchased and put into motion to set me up for a healthy 2015.

MEAL PLANNING.

I’ve started meal planning for the week and it has made such a difference, not only to the health quality of the food we eat but it is also saving a small fortune not buying M&S dinners and generally being more organised. I currently batch cook the bubba’s food to ensure she always has healthy home cooked meals on a daily basis. However, I need to make life a whole lot easier for myself by batch cooking family meals.  I met a lovely lady called Lydia at a Mother’s Meeting back in October and she has a fabulous blog called Flavour for baby. An ex food buyer she now specialises in coming up with 30 minute family recipes. The very idea of a 30 minute meal warms my heart and makes me a very happy girl.

SPIRALIZER.

I need one of these in my life. A Spiralizer basically creates pasta (looking stuff) from vegetables. How cool is that? I already feel your scepticism through the screen, but I promise this is no gimmick buy. Imagine how many more vegetables you could eat with one of these adorning your kitchen. From cucumber noodles to courgette spaghetti, I am so in.

NUTRIBULLET.

My girlfriend’s bought me Nutribullet for my birthday and I LOVE it. A green smoothie is such a good start to the day and ensures I am well on my way to getting my 5 a day and more. My favourite recipe is a handful of spinach, a green apple, banana or avocado, porridge oats, a handful of cashew nuts, a teaspoon of Baobab powder and water. Boom, ready to start the day.

INFUSED WATER.

Drinking more of the good old H20 is so important. We all know that water has amazing benefits for the skin, but it also helps with digestion and overall energy levels. I am a big fan of infused water, with lemon water being my favourite. Not only is it refreshing but I also find it great for detoxing. I first discovered the benefits of it when I was 6 months pregnant and started to develop intense itching which I’m convinced was the start of Obstetric Cholestasis (an uncommon pregnancy condition which affects the liver and causes intense itching). A few days of drinking copious amounts of lemon infused water caused the itching to subside and saved me a visit to the doctors. I was recently gifted a Infruition by a friend which makes the whole business of infusing water a whole lot cooler.

SUPERFOOD POWDER.

I’ve used the Synergy Super Greens one in the past and intend to give it a go again. Admittedly it smells like fish food and the only way it is palatable is to add it to a smoothie but it gives a real nutrient rich boost and means you now have the powerhouse of green smoothies.

YOUR TEA.

I have been stalking them on Instagram for ages and think I might actually have to go forth and buy this magical organic herbal tea – Your Tea. Those damn before and after pics have got me hooked.

MATCHA GREEN TEA.

I love me some green tea but upon doing more research I realised that there is green tea and then there is Matcha green tea. This is where the green tea leaves have been ground into a fine powder, resulting in super concentrated and jam-packed antioxidant goodness. As with anything, organic is best, I have gone for Teapigs and am will be doing their Matcha Challenge. Having a cup everyday for 2 weeks and then reporting back on my amazing transformation. Yeah yeah, I know, we’ll see!

So those are my health buys for 2015…for now. I can guarantee there will be plenty more throughout the year. I am the ultimate marketer’s dream which coming from a marketer is a tad embarrassing ; ).

Fisher- Price New Year advert #Wishesforbaby

#WISHESFORBABY

Take a look at this beautiful advert. I’m not going to lie, it brought a little tear to my overly sensitive self. Isn’t it beautiful? The ad was made in 24 hours using some of 2015 newest babies from around the world. I love the hopes and dreams that the mothers have for their newborns, so full of optimism and promise; perfect for the start of a New Year and reminding us of what it is really all about. Enjoy.

 

Happy New Year!

My hopes for 2015

2015 resolutions

It’s New Year resolution time and in the spirit of accountability I am sharing mine here.

In 2015 I plan to be more focussed than I have ever been before. Having a baby changed me in many ways but the main one was an overriding desire to create and build the kind of life I want to live, for my family and for myself. With some goal setting, manifesting and hard work I feel I will get there or pretty damn close at least.

TO BE PRESENT.

It is so easy to get caught up with the noise of life and not to be present in the now. Whether it be the distraction of the iPhone, social media and the daily tasks of life. Multi-tasking is fine and completely necessary to get shit done but it also needs to be balanced with being in the moment, listening and not instagramming the hell out of everything.

TO BE THANKFUL.

There is so much to be thankful for, even through hard times. Without appreciating what you have, you will never be content and I believe contentment is the key to happiness.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

My life’s mantra. Be ambitious, strive for more, work hard but enjoy each stage and appreciate the now. The story is in the journey not the goal.

BE CONFIDENT.

Not letting that voice of doubt creep in to stop me doing what I know I can do. It is so easy to see others taking action and assume that they have done it better than I could ever do BUT no one is better than being you than you.

KEEP LEARNING. ALWAYS.

I am addicted to self development and this year I am hoping to indulge even more. I already have a few courses booked to help enhance my freelance business and I am also hoping to embark some other creative courses over the year.

LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY.

Prior to moving into the house we did not recycle. Shock horror I know. When the whole country was avidly recycling we weren’t. Mainly down to the fact that the local council hadn’t  enforced a flat recycling scheme that actually worked, so it became easier to throw everything in a black bag and dump it in the big old communal bin. Although I know that is a pretty lame excuse. Fast forward moving into a house and recycling is not only mandatory but has actually become a part of our daily live and we are now fairly avid recyclers. This year I want to make an effort to recycle everything we can, be less wasteful and live more sustainably.

READ MORE.

I miss reading! I used to be a complete book-worm but now I just don’t have the time. Yes, that bloody word again! But this year I resolve to try to make time.

So those are my resolutions, what are yours?

5 things I am grateful for in 2014 

au revoir 2014

Another year done already! Where the hell has it gone? 2014 was an interesting year which saw me take on a few different personas. Going from newish mama on maternity leave, to a returnee to work, a new job in a new field thrown into the mix, alongside becoming a portfolio careerist and learning to become a business owner (of sorts).

A year ago, I couldn’t have predicted where I would be today and most importantly how I would feel today. It just goes to show that you never know where life is going to take you.

Always one for expressing gratitude, here are my 5 things I am grateful for in 2014:

1) MY FAMILY.

I have the most wonderful support in my family and am beyond lucky to have them. My husband and daughter are my backbone and my spirit. They complete me.

2) THE OPPORTUNITIES. 

They have come and I have taken them. To experience new things, to learn more, to connect and meet new people. At a time when I had never been so busy personally, I took on more work professionally, this led to a crazy busy time. But I’m glad I did it.

3) THE LESSONS.

Many lessons were learnt this year with sleep deprivation making you have evil thoughts about throwing household items at your partner being one of them. As well as learning that I can do a whole lot more than I thought I could. I need to ask for and accept help more. Along with listening and trusting the Universe.

4) FRIENDSHIP.

I don’t get to see my friends as much as I used to but that has made the times when we have connected even more special. Ultimately, we are always there for each other and that is what is important.

5) MY HOME.

It may not be perfect but within these walls is love, warmth and security. This year it has played host to occasions where we have been able to bring the family together and create memories.

So those are my things to be grateful for, what are yours?