Wellies and Pyjamas

The weeks have suddenly grown longer with Talitha. Part of that is due to my energy levels. I’m feeling uncreative and unmotivated most days and if I haven’t taken the time to loosely plan the next day, we’re doomed to mutual grumpiness. I think it must also be that time of the year, though, when Christmas has come and been so winter seems unforgivingly endless.

Toddler looking at chickens

I look out at a grey, wet morning and would rather stay in bed, reading a book or playing on the internet. My toddler sweeps back the curtains and proclaims it farm day. Yes. We will go to the farm and see “am-ah-mals”. But not cows. Lawrence Weston Community Farm does not have cows.

Greedy pig

I never regret overriding my laziness to get out and explore with her, particularly at the moment when her recent nightmare has transformed the house into a world of tiresomely scary things. The distraction of the outdoors is welcome. So welcome.

Joules wellies at the farm

It’s also been an opportunity to try my new wellies, sent to me by Joules. In fact, they made a trip to the farm practically luxurious. Of course, they do the job. They’re certainly up to coping with all the mud we were met with. They’re also bright and cheerful and the most comfortable wellies I have ever worn. I may just start wearing them every day, regardless of where we’re going.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm

I know I’ve had about two-and-a-half-years with Talitha but is it weird to say I still feel like I’m only just getting into my stride with this mama thing? Do you ever get to the point where you feel like: “Yes, I know what I’m doing now”? It’s all about to change again too!

Joules girls pyjamas

As gloomy as I do sometimes get about winter, I can’t imagine raising a child in the tropical one I grew up in. I love that we can follow a chilly day outside with a pyjama snuggle. I love these girls’ pyjamas from Joules. The colours are fresh and the prints stylish. For Talitha, the horses on the bottoms are the business. They’re so soft I just want to keep hugging her and hugging her. For now, she mostly lets me.

Joules toddler pyjamas

Throw in a few bunnies, books and cuddles and I start thinking I may have got it wrong. This may well be my favourite time of year.

Joules sent me the pair of wellies and the pyjama top and bottoms featured in this post. As always, my opinions are my own.


Toddler Style: The Christmas Party Look

My mother joked when Talitha was born that she was like my dolly. Part of me thinks she really is – albeit a dolly that’s increasingly growing more independent and forming her own strong opinions on what she wants to wear.

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I get so much more pleasure out of seeing her enjoy getting dressed up. It even supersedes the buzz I get when shopping for myself. So when F&F offered me a voucher to style a beautiful party look for my toddler, I really couldn’t resist.

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Looking through their Children’s Party Wear range I was sorely tempted by all the fancy frocks but this F&F Tutu Skirt won in the end. It was so floaty, simple but stylish and I figured she’d get lots of use out of it with all the festivities planned for the month ahead. It also pairs perfectly with this F&F Corsage Long Sleeve T-shirt. When Talitha put them on she smiled and exclaimed to me that she was a fairy!

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For warmth, I added F&F Grey Cable Tights and an F&F Grey Thermal Vest underneath. I love how all the colourways of this outfit fit together. It was a breeze to mix and match.

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The F&F Pearl Effect Rainbow Headband added both warmth and style. Talitha’s not a headband kind of girl generally (she likes holding them rather than wearing them) but she loved the bow on this one so much that she was quite happy to leave it be!

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Laurence says I spent way too much time pouring through the website but it’s easy to get lost inside there, especially in the shoe section. The look was glammed up with these gorgeous F&F Lace Overlay Pumps. Talitha mainly likes that they’re shiny and she can put them on by herself, I think.

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And what’s a Christmas party look without an iconic Christmas jumper? I had to get an F&F Penguin Jumper for my penguin-obsessed child. Sweet little pom pom on its hat and all.

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Throw in a few bangles from Nana, a Santa hat, loads of glitter and a HUGE balloon and we’re ready for the party fun. Let the season begin!

This is our entry for the F&F Children’s Party Wear Challenge. We were given an F&F voucher for the purposes of this post but if you detect the love, that’s because it’s real.


Top 5 Beauty Regimes for Winter

In association with Beauty Recommended

Winter can leave us all feeling a bit blah and it’s easy to end up taking even less care over yourself when you’re busy looking after little people. In a bid to give us all a boost as we head into these colder months, I’ve welcomed a post from Beauty Recommended. Here are their top tips for meeting your skin’s wintry needs.

Keeping the skin healthy and beautiful can often feel like a full time job. This is especially true in the winter months. Many women don’t bother changing their beauty regime when winter arrives. However, your skin has different needs at this time of year so sticking with your summer routine may be detrimental.

Unless you change how you care for it, you could end up with a number of skin problems. Here you’ll discover the top five beauty regimes you should adopt in the colder months.

1. Give yourself a facial

Ok so not everyone can afford a professional facial but there are many products available from highstreet and online retailers to help you to give yourself one. It’s one of the best beauty tips for winter you can follow.

A facial helps rejuvenate the skin and eliminate a dull complexion. Ideally aim to have it once a week. Invest in a deep moisturising treatment for best results during the winter as cold temperatures and harsh winds can cause skin to become dry and flakey.

2. Keep it simple

One of the biggest mistakes many women make is clogging their skin up with too many products. Stick to just an exfoliation treatment and nourishing moisturiser for supple winter skin.

3. Don’t forget your eyes

The skin around your eyes can be extremely delicate. If you allow this skin to become dry then it can cause an aged appearance so invest in an eye moisturising treatment and use it once a week. Keeping it in the fridge can help improve results as the cold temperature will help contract and tighten skin to reduce the appearance of creases and puffiness.

Top 5 Beauty Regimes for Winter

4. Drink plenty of water

In the colder months we don’t tend to drink as much water as we do in the summer. This doesn’t help to keep the skin moisturised so if you start to drink more water you’ll soon notice a difference in your complexion.

Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

5. Take pride in your appearance

Taking pride in your appearance takes a little more effort in the winter, so take more care of yourself and feel fabulous in the colder months to avoid your skin looking drab and dull.

Apply make up to add a little colour to your complexion and combine with red lips a light application of blusher for rosy cheeks. If you really want to banish the winter beauty blues, why not consider a spray tan to lock in some of that summer colour?

In association with Beauty Recommended


Win a Mother and Baby Pack from Katharine Botanicals

Calendula. It’s a word that didn’t enter my life before I became a mother. Oh, I’d probably heard it before but I wasn’t paying attention. Becoming responsible for a whole new person, so fragile, right at the beginning of her journey, made me become a lot more conscious of the ingredients found in the lotions and potions that have become part of our everyday lives. Now, I’m enamoured of anything that leaves out the parabens, employs active, natural ingredients while still smelling and making me feel beautiful.

Win Katharine Botanicals

Katharine Botanicals seems to tick all of those boxes. The Stretch Mark Lotion, Baby’s Bottom Cream and Nipple Cream all share fresh scents and are luxuriant to the touch. Pregnancy and the postpartum period are times when all our senses and sensitivities are heightened. They’re also times of transition. These products offer another amazing way to pause during these periods and take time to nurture yourself and your baby. I really believe it’s important to do that.

Katharine Botanicals Stretch Mark Lotion

The Stretch Mark Lotion contains organic calendula as do the Baby’s Bottom Cream and Nipple Cream. I’ve been enjoying massaging it into my bump and thighs and just breathing it in. Just lovely.

Anyway, I’m giving away all three on this here blog. To enter, leave a comment telling me how you make time to pause and reflect, during the day or the week and fill in the Rafflecopter below. Entries close on October 23rd and a winner will be chosen at random and announced here on the blog the next day. Enjoy!

Over 18, UK residents only.

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations, Hannah G!

Katharine Botanicals supplied a Mother Baby Pack for me to try and one to give away.


Styling the bump

Pretty much the moment I found out I was pregnant at four weeks, my flat stomach went pudge. A couple of weeks and my waist was distinctly thicker. A couple more and I had a bump. An actual bump at eight weeks! Hence the multiples jokes began. But no, there’s only one baby in there. My muscles just remember what they’re doing – a nice way of saying my body is a stretched out bag.

This week, I felt that uncomfortable familiar feeling I can’t quite describe where I know the bump is about to suddenly flop out. And it did! Feels like a proper bump now but I think I still just look like I have a pot belly rather than actually pregnant. My boobs are now in-between sizes of the bras I own and that doesn’t help either – how’s that for a little, familiar TMI? My consolation is that I can now feel the baby moving around in there from time to time.

Last time I was pregnant, I didn’t put much thought into what I wore and by the end of the pregnancy I was mainly in Laurence’s t-shirts and my one pair of maternity jeans. After all, it was only going to be 40 weeks of my life. I don’t think anything was wrong with that but it didn’t make me feel great and I wasn’t taking advantage of the time before the baby came and I’d have to get ready in the three seconds she’d let me put her down!
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