Saturday, 14 May 2016

My Spring / Summer handbag pick from House of Fraser - Ollie & Nic 'Monroe: Cross Body' in Light Blue

First things first, I love bags. Even before I enjoyed fashion, when clothes were a thing of practicality but little else, I loved bags. And now that I love fashion I really, really love bags! In fact, when I get a new bag my husband groans because he believes I have enough bags (he is wrong). 
House of Fraser, very kindly, asked if I'd like to look at their handbags and, possibly, feature one of them. Azii may have had a couple of words to say about it but it would've been wrong to say no, I'm sure you agree. Even just the act of looking through all the bags, deciding what brands to look at, what styles and colours to consider, the act of shopping for bags is tonnes of fun, for me, and I spent ages going through the different categories, looking at different colours etc. Thankfully the House of Fraser website is really easy to navigate otherwise I'd have been there for days.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Birchbox UK - Unboxing / Review for May 2016

I really want to get back in to the habit of posting my Birchbox unboxings as they're fun posts to write and I know that people enjoy reading them too. It can be great to see what other people get (though sometimes makes us jealous when they get a much better box, haha) so I want to get back in to doing this every month. Watch me say this and then it not happen but at least I can try! 

If you love the look of this month's box, and decide to sign up, then I'd really appreciate you using my link to sign up as it'll get me £10 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop and it'll get you £5 worth of points too! https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3


Make lifting your baby easier with Snugglebundl

I think it goes without saying that, before having Oliver, so many things went through my head in terms of allowances we'd need to make for my mobility and health issues. The moment I got those two lines on the test I was thinking over the things I could do to make our lives easier, adaptations I could make in order to be able to be the best parent I could be, whilst keeping my limitations in mind. 

I had, though, never heard of anything like a Snugglebundl (Cutest name ever? Quite possibly), a product designed as a solution for so many parenting issues. It's ideal for those who might struggle to lift a baby; be that a Mum recovering from a c-section, someone with mobility problems or someone who's more elderly. But it's also great for the able bodied as it is great for transferring your baby between different places without disturbing them. When I was asked if I wanted to trial this product I, quite simply, had to say yes. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Keeping baby safe and snug with a Grobag

'The Gro Company' is a company which, I'd expect, most or all parents are familiar with. When you think about baby sleeping bags it's Grobags that spring to mind; it feels as though the other companies follow where Gro have taken the lead. 

I used Grobags when Ethan was a baby and Oliver has inherited those. But when Gro asked if I'd trial one of their products I was really excited as they're a company I really enjoy and who make unquestionably good products. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

A Life update - Where I've been, baby Oliver, health and more

Time after time I say 'Sorry I've not been around ... has happened, I promise I'll  be around more soon'. And time after time something else goes and happens and the cycle repeats. My health was bad, my pregnancy was tough, I was looking after a newborn, all of these things are why my blogging was more sporadic last year and even more so in 2016. 

And that's not the end of it (of course, why wouldn't there be more!). As if all my health stuff wasn't enough I, now, have developed a drooping eye, mouth and face coupled with blurred vision (and associated headaches), worsened weakness in my limbs and a number of other symptoms. This has left me feeling pretty rubbish, not able to use my arms too much and not able to read, or look at screens, as much as I used to. Thankfully I saw a very understanding gp a couple of weeks ago who has referred me for an urgent neurologist appointment and, hopefully, that'll give me some answers. As such I can't promise I'll be around more, soon, but I can promise I'll do what I can!

That's not been the only reason for absence but that's been the reason why blogging has been even harder than normal, and even harder than I'd anticipated it to be with a newborn to care for. It still makes me very sad to write about it, but we lost someone we loved very recently, someone I hadn't seen for a few years due to my not being able to travel but who Ethan used to go and visit a lot; his Great Grandad. Although that didn't, literally, stop me from blogging, it has made us all very sad and, of course, it's much harder to feel motivated when you're feeling that way, as I'm sure you'll all understand.

Treat Box from Not Shabby Very Chic - May 2016 Review / Unboxing

I've been getting the Treat Box from Not Shabby Very Chic for a few months now, ever since I subscribed with some of my Christmas money. I've been meaning to post about the contents, every month, but of course tiny baby makes all things productive very, very difficult. 

I, finally, have another post for you, though, even if I've missed a good few months worth! It's safe to say, though, that this is definitely my favourite box so far. It's not got the most stuff in, but it's got some really nice items and every single thing in there is usable. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May the 4th be with you - Celebrating Star Wars day with Hallmark - And a giveaway!

I was incredibly excited when I opened a package from Hallmark, a couple of days ago, to discover an unexpected, awesome Star Wars storage box filled with Star Wars goodies. If you weren't aware, we're a bit Star Wars mad in this house, and we were definitely going to be celebrating 'Star Wars Day', aka May the 4th, today even before this surprise mail arrived. 

Don't worry, I'm not going to keep you waiting to find out what was inside the box, but I do want to let you know that there's a giveaway at the bottom of the post, so don't forget to check it out.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sweet Treats galore with the Scoff Club subscription box

I shall be posting an update post, soon, to explain why it's been so long since I've posted, but for now I will just say that I'm sorry. To make up for it, though, I'm going to share a fantastic subscription box with you that'll be bound to make your mouth water! 

I was asked if I'd try out a Scoff Club box quite some time ago and I couldn't say no; I love both sweets and chocolate and when you're up feeding a baby in the early hours of the morning a sugar boost can be a fantastic thing. After finding out how much was in the box, and how tasty it all was, I just knew I had to share the contents with you all.