Monday, 10 December 2018

Glasgow Reviewed; The Wee Retreat

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This post has taken me longer to write than I expected and for a good reason..... The course was actually so impressive I actually haven't quite found the time to try and put it into adequate words. I think I was allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the sheer wealth of information and insights I had picked up over the weeks that I was attempting to try and succinctly summarise the whole process into one post. However when I stopped for a moment and actually put some of my learning into practice,I realised that was not what I was needing to do and I that I was being hard on myself which was stopping me from completing what I wanted to do- How is that for demonstrating what The Wee Retreat has taught me??

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

BabyH2t: Baby's first Christmas at the St Enoch Centre

 I feel like Christmas has snuck up on me, last thing I knew I had a newborn and the whole year stretching out in front me yet suddenly it is Christmas and I am fully unprepared. Gifts for anyone else aside I had a panic last month when I realised Arthur is actually big enough to at least take in his surroundings and actually enjoy all the colour and fun that Christmas brings with it, so I was over the moon when the St Enoch Centre got in touch to invite us down to make it a wonderful first Christmas for him.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Babyh2t: Summer Infant 4 in 1 Superseat

How has all this time passed?? I was so sure while I was off on my maternity leave that I would be sitting creating all this content whilst a little tiny bub was sitting quietly and calmly at my feet playing with an ethically made,handcrafted wooden toy..... Funnily enough that is not how it has panned out and finding even a moment to update instagram never mind my poor blog is often impossible. Especially now Arthur is SO mobile, I truly feel like I never stop and that what is where this little beauty has come in handy.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

BabyH2T: Summer Infant Slumber Buddy

As I said in my last Babyh2t post, I am writing up thoughts on a few of the products I was lucky enough to test out for Summer Infant who stock a huge range of things for little ones. My last post was our favourite piece which was the camera system, but Arthur's favourite is by far the slumber buddyAnything that helps him sleep is obviously of peak interest to me right now, as it is with any new parent I imagine, and there are loads of versions of these on the market that you might have heard of, sleep aids that have white noise or womb sounds that help get bubs to settle. Before he came along we received  one of the most popular sleep buddies on the market as a gift and that has always lived in in his bedside sleeper. But when Summer Infant wanted us to try out their slumber buddy also, how could we resist considering it comes in lots of different adorable forms? Coming in shapes from a puppy or a bee to the elephant we have, the slumber buddy range is fantastic value for money and we use this for Arthur napping in the daytime downstairs in the By Your Bed Sleeper but we also use it in the early hours upstairs with us as it has a secret weapon that the competitors don't... 


What is ingenious about this little beauty is the gorgeous light projecting feature that means you get the moon and stars projected on the walls and ceiling in various colours along with soothing sounds too. Arthur is obsessed by his wee stars and could watch them for a super long time which has been dreamy for us in the early hours when you desperately need an extra half hours kip. The buddies come in a range of styles, and are a fab price at £24.99 as the batteries last ages luckily, and I love that it has a choice of automatic shut off times as well as the lullabies and nature sounds too. They are well made and so sweet sitting guarding his naps, he is old enough now to appreciate it as something fun to look at and not just a soothing aid. We know when we settle him into his big boy room ( weeep), he is going to love this lighting it up and will hopefully help the transition seem a bit more familiar with his beloved stars travelling with him.

This would make such a good baby shower gift thanks to its multi functions that will last ages and I love that the different options for it mean you can tailor it a friend or their nursery too. Having not heard  of a slumber buddy before, I know wouldn't be without him and its a top recommendation from us!

I have just been looking on the site and noticed there is now the option for a little soother that mimics the heartbeat for use on the go. Arthur loves white noise in his pram so I am going to check this out as a travel companion, plus look how cute...

I have been lucky enough to snag one to give away to a reader so head on over to my twitter to enter :)

 (t&c's Competition will close on 21st of August at midnight. You must follow myself and summerinfantUK and retweet to enter. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on twitter.)

Monday, 13 August 2018

Introducing; The Wee Retreat

"Mindfulness is one of those things that is tricky to put into words. We like to think that being mindful is a bit like playing hide and seek… the part that when you are hiding, listening to someone counting down and then coming to find you! At that moment you are aware of the sounds around you, looking out for the person coming, feeling your heartbeat in your chest and experiencing each moment as it unfolds. You are not wanting to change anything about that moment or judging what is happening; at that moment you are fully present. This is being mindful."

I have dabbled on and off with mindfulness for a few years now; I have done a few group meetups along the way, downloaded a few apps and attended a couple of work courses, but nothing has quite helped make it into the habit I would like it to be. Like many, I think it just became something added to a list of 'to do' that then just niggles at you as you haven't actually done it! Fast forward to now and spending all my time with Arthur I am definitely aware that I haven't found a moment to be just me, take a little snap of time just for myself and switch off a little. When the chance to team up with the lovely Vicky at The Wee Retreat came along I knew it was just what I was needing.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers with Optical Express

Did you know more women than men need glasses? and the number of us needing them are on the rise thanks to our increasing screen time! Annoying considering more of us wear foundation...and that foundation just loves to rub off right at the bridge of the nose and make a right mess. I am not ashamed to say I have seen my glasses looking incredibly grubby due to my makeup up transferring and given the recent warm weather, they have been worse than ever. So Optical Express sent me on a little mission along with the St Enoch Centre, to take a look at their latest popular frames and to share some top make up tips for glasses wearers.
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