Friday, 11 January 2019

Mindful Parenting with The Wee Retreat

2019..... I would love to throw some big goals I am hoping to achieve at you, but I am being realistic this year. As I navigate Arthur's ever changing moods, needs and abilities ( climbing is his current forte), I would just like to get through the year in one piece and absolutely everything else is a bonus. Thanks to the mindfulness course I did with Vicky of The Wee Retreat last year ( full review here), this more relaxed and forgiving approach has come much easier to me. I am still able to set smaller 'goals' as I go but they aren't rigid, I don't beat myself up for not ticking them off, I just view things very differently. After the success of my content with Vicky I promise to come back with an update and what an update it is....

The Wee Retreat has its own shiny new home, and what a home it is!! Nestled in the Southside of Glasgow is a pretty special spot of calm on Myrtle Park and not only are the mindfulness courses running from here but Vicky has put together an outstanding mix of collaborators who are putting on a really special mix of classes. I feel very lucky to live nearby!

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Now home to drop in guided meditations to a variety of yoga classes ( including yoga for little ones and prenatal yoga) to different mindfulness courses from health to parenting, The Wee Retreat is growing all the time. You can see the line up of classes HERE and a full timetable is available on their facebook page alongside prices.

 I am delighted to say I will be bringing you my experiences from the Mindfulness Parenting Course that I am starting next week. I will keep weekly updates on my Instagram page to give you a flavour of what the course covers, but it is safe to say I am incredibly excited to settle into this new space. With Vicky's background in education mixed with her approach to teaching mindfulness, I have no doubt what a useful and insightful course this is going to be, and just in-time as Arthur is growing so fast I can barely keep up and having a calm approach is definitely needed.
I shall report back soon with a full review!

There are just a couple of spots left on this 5 week course starting Friday the 18th of January from 1pm until 2.30, so if you would like more info you can contact Vicky HERE.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Glasgow Reviewed; Ryan James Studio and We Are Eponomyous Pop up shop St Enoch Centre

At the St Enoch Centre Christmas press event, nestled among the beautiful pieces from Debenhams, Mothercare, Billies Market etc,I was surprised to also find picks from Darte jewellery, sumptuous hoods from Chou Chou Couture and bold  Barbra Kolasinki purses.  Turns out they are all part of the amazing Ryan James Studio and Eponoymous pop up shop in the St Enoch Centre that is open until Christmas Eve. 

This beautifully curated pop up shop is located right across from H and M on the first floor and it's a chance to buy some independent gifts while you are in doing your shopping. I was super impressed with the range on offer, from beautiful LaB6 Candles ( which smell PHENOMENAL) to ceramics, high end mens and womenswear via wooden watches from Kochiba and beard oil from the Bedfordshire Beard Co and the most incredible Sarah Haran handbags,  I love that it means people will discover brands they didn't know about while picking up gifts for loved ones.

I was instantly drawn to a cabinet full of Euan Mchwhirter's shiny gems and I was really taken with the gift sets from Ermana who I had never come across before, I also couldn't resist picking up a couple of pairs of these amazing Huxley socks!! There was such a perfect blend of items at a mixture of price points that it really feels like a one stop shop and all supporting independent makers that deserve that platform for their work.

I think it's amazing The St Enoch Centre have these brilliant designers under their roof in this 'Shop Small 'collection, I highly recommend checking it out while you are in. Plus is it right along from the Kimbles cafe.... so it is pretty much the perfect way to shop and snack.

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.)

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