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TODDLER HAIR; THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL

Parenting / Sep 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Bells was born bald. Totally bald. I remember brushing the skin on her head in the hope it would stimulate her follicles but nothing. Turns out that I just make babies that way as Millie is pretty much the same.

However, after one very long year, she finally started to grow some strands (or primary terminal hair for those hair boffins out there) and now she’s somewhat of a wild animal when she wakes in the morning. She has the most gorgeous blonde curls, which I love more than anything in the world… however with the hair comes the tangles, and trust me, bathtime has become a little less fun now that Bells doesn’t want me touching them.

Therefore, when I was introduced to the Shiny Drops range from Johnnson’s, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. For a start, it smelt of holidays, all fruity and fresh; but it also has a Kids Conditioner Spray which is intended to really help with the tangles.

From the moment that I tried it on Bells, I was completely in love! I used the shampoo to remove the excesses from the day (read: unwanted dinner) before adding conditioner and then rinsing. Whilst I ended up soaked in the process, Bells independence is in full force and so letting her attempt to rinse her own hair definitely helped the process . Then for the final step – the spray. I evenly coated her hair with the spray before combing (whilst in the bath to prevent her from running away) and the brush went straight through. AMAZING.

Each of the products have a drop of Argan Oil and a touch of silk proteins meaning that it’s also improved the shine and texture of her hair in the process. Winning all round.

I must admit, I had been tempted in the past to use a drop of my own hair products on her, but baby hair is so different from adult hair. It’s a lot finer and therefore it’s important that the products you use on them are super gentle. That said, I love the Shiny Drops range so much that I’ve started using it on my own hair…. much to Bells dismay!

Do you have a haircare routine for your munchkin? Any tips you care to share? I’d love to hear from you.

M xox

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Gro to sleep my baby…

Uncategorized / Aug 1, 2018 /

Therefore, as I’m sure you can imagine, we’ve tried most things – later nights, earlier nights, no naps, longer naps…. to no avail. As a result, when we were contacted by the Gro Company to try their signature products, I literally snapped their hands off at the offer.

The product I was most excited about was the Gro Clock. It’s a firm favourite amongst many of my friends and so I couldn’t wait to give it a go. Bells is just getting to the age where she can now understand the concept that she was to wait for the stars to disappear and for the yellow sunshine to appear before she’s allowed out of bed. It also comes with a cute story about ‘Percy Pig’ who learns to stay in bed until the sunshine which has now become a regular read for Bells each night.

In honesty, Bells is yet to wait for the sunshine, but I think as she develops and grows a better understanding, it should have a much bigger impact and until then, it’s a fun new part of our routine.

Next up is the Gro Anywhere Blind. I love summer for the light late into the evenings and waking to the sun already being up – but it’s not so great when you have a baby and toddler to contend with. The Gro Blind is awesome in that you can easily adjust the size and attach it to any window using sucker pads. Whilst we use it at home, it’s also the first thing that gets taken with us when we’re travelling – great when you don’t know what the curtain situ will be like in the hotel you’re staying in, or even if you’re staying with friends (othing like making yourself at home!).

Lastly, the Gro to Bed has been a revelation. Since Bells has moved to her bed, we’ve taken her out of sleep sacks and more often than not, I’ll wake in the night and check on her to find her completely uncovered with the pillow missing. The Gro to Bed is genius bedding where the pillow case is attached to the bottom fitted sheet which means it’s not going anywhere. Add to the mix a duvet cover which you can also zip to the bottom sheet on cooler nights – creating one massive sleep sack, perfect.

Whilst there’s nothing that I can do about Bells internal clock – she’s an early riser – we’ve given ourselves the best possible chance of sleep.

Thanks to the Gro Company for coming to the rescue, we’re firm fans of the brand.

M xox

 

NB: whilst these products were gifted, I wouldn’t write about them unless I liked them. I turn down more opportunities to review products than I ever accept!

Stokke Tripp Trapp: Perfect for Independence

Uncategorized / Jul 16, 2018 /

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since having a toddler, it’s that it’s their way or the highway. Whilst I’m proud to be raising a fiercely independent little girl, it’s definitely not always easy.

Bells is at the age where she wants to do everything for herself, but ability doesn’t yet outweigh determination…  cue dresses put on backwards, shouting matches when I don’t quite understand what she’s asking me and full on meltdowns when she can’t figure out how to release poor Tonto from his cage.

Therefore, we’ve tried to do as much as we can around the house to help her to grow her independence with as little frustration as we can. In other words, we’ve been a bit lazy! We’ve got little steps next to our bed, so that she can crawl in first thing in the morning, steps by the sink for her to wash her hands, a bed that she can get in and out of herself and most importantly our Stokke Tripp Trapp.

We’ve had the Tripp Trapp for quite some time now, originally with the Baby Set and now just as the chair on it’s own, whilst we’ve got another with the newborn chair for Millie. I didn’t realise how invaluable it had become when I’m cooking dinner etc until I popped the cover in the wash the other day and found I had no clue how to get everything done with Millie in my arms, I digress.

Back to Bells.

The Tripp Trapp really comes into it’s own when you’re using it with a toddler. The fact that Bells can climb up to the table and to eat with us as a “big girl” has been a game changer. Whilst my fears that she’d climb down from the table came true to begin with, she soon learned that she was missing out by doing so… now she certainly stays put!

Recently, a number of my friends have had babies and I’m the annoying friend that bombards them with a list of “must haves” that will make their lives easier. The Tripp Trapp heavily features on that list.

M xox

 

NB: Whilst our latest Tripp Trapp was gifted to us (thanks Stokke!), we definitely bought our first one and we wouldn’t have got a second if I didn’t really love it.

 

To anyone going through hell, keep going…

Anorexia / Jul 12, 2018 /

I shared some of this on Instagram stories (if you don’t follow me there, go take a look!) a couple of weeks ago and instantly went on to write this post as I wanted something more permanent to look back on. I then chewed on it for a week, deciding whether to post or not. But I gradually grew some balls… and so here I am, finally posting it…

THE POST

“If you continue down the road that you’re going, you will end up dying within a matter of months”… I remember to this day the warning of the doctors when I was in the grips of Anorexia. The biggest problem was that at that point, I was in such a dark hole that I didn’t care. I didn’t care if I didn’t wake up the next day because I couldn’t see any feasible way that I would ever have a day where I wasn’t suffering the most excruciating pain and angst with every single meal that I ate.

Fast forward three years and as I was preparing for our holiday yesterday, I’d done a panic ASOS shop in the hope that something would be suitable. Of course, I tried every single item on and critiqued it within an inch of its life. Then I came to the last dress and it was hideous. As I looked at myself disgusted in the mirror, I took in my thick thighs, my wobbly tummy and my saggy boobs, this just wouldn’t do I thought. My usual self-hatred had stepped in.

But, just as I let out a huge sigh, Bells turned around. Her jaw hit the floor and she said in a booming voice that only she can get away with along with a Cheshire cat grin “wooooowwwwweeeee”.

In that very moment, I realised that she didn’t see what I saw. She saw her mummy, the centre of her universe, wearing a pretty dress. I was perfect to her, none of my imperfections existed.

For the first time in the whole of my life, I felt truly beautiful. I’m so glad that I fought, that I continue to fight. Without it, she wouldn’t exist, our family wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

To anyone out there going through hell, keep going… it will be worth it in the end.

M xox

Toddler slippers which stay on…

Parenting / Jun 5, 2018 /

Bells wasn’t in a rush when it came to walking, I think she found it much more convenient to tap her fingers and to have stuff brought to her. However, when she got to 15 months, she went from being stationery to running. There was no in-between and to this day, running is her favourite method of getting around.

Fast forward another 6 months and she was introduced to Frozen (god help me) and so a few prances and twirls were thrown into the mix only for us to discover that she’s inherited her father’s rhythm.  It could have been his humour, his peachy bum or gorgeous eyes… but no, it was his rhythm. Needless to say with her tearing around at 100mph, I insist that she wears slippers around the house – mainly because they stop her stacking it as she tears around corners.

However, the result of this is I spend much of my day listening to “uh oh” and being handed stinky slippers to put back on her foot Cinderella style. Enter Mocc Ons. They’re moccasin style slipper socks that come in a whole host of designs. It takes no explaining that I chose the Ballerina style for Bells and naturally she fell in love with them. They’re now the first thing that she asks for in the morning. Brilliant for keeping her toes cosy, their leather sole is great for gripping on to our wooden floors (and cleaning them in the process) before I steal them away from her whilst she’s at nursery to wash them in the machine (yes, they’re machine washable – thank god).

Available to buy for £10.99 from the Sock Ons website, I’m already eyeing up which is going to be her next design.

M xox