Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Photos of the day

After spending the last few days feeling a little down and stressed out, today I decided to grab my camera and get outside. Throwing myself in to doing creative things often helps me to chill out, whether that's photography, making accessories, writing, or anything else that seems fun at the time. It's a cold but beautiful sunny day today which made it even nicer to be out. 
So here are a few of the photos that I took today.
Rachel xx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Dribble Bubbs baby clothing review

 *I was sent these items to review, all opinions are my own.
I was super grateful to be sent a selection of bibs and a couple of Cosygrows for Taran from Dribble Bubbs. All of their clothing and accessories are made with triple layer protection. This has come in handy for feeding times with Taran. He sometimes dribbles his milk and the bibs are thick enough to absorb that, as well as the Cosygrows, which means his outfit doesn't get soaked through.

The cosygrows are very comfortable (as you can see from the photo of Taran at the top of the page!) and keep baby nice and warm even in these cold winter months. I love the cow print patches on the knees and bottom! Super cute, and offer a little extra padding for those who are crawling about. The cosygrows have the fold over integrated scratch mitts which is excellent and stops babies from scratching themselves, as well as keeping hands warm.
The Cosygrows come in 3 colours - blueberry, plum, and strawberry. they are also available in a range of different sizes - 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months. 

The patch on the bottom is waterproof, helping to protect against nappy leaks.

We love the cosygrows and the bibs are brilliant! I would definitely recommend these to other parents.
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Monday, 29 January 2018

Taran's birth story

If you follow me on any of my social media or my YouTube channel, you will have seen that I had my baby! He was born at 38 weeks, on the 16th December - two weeks early just like Dylan and Evie were. It was so perfect having him safely here a week before Christmas.

I had been in a stop and start labour for a week before actually giving birth. I was in established labour and got to 5 cms dilated. However my waters hadn't broken, and after a day in the birth centre the contractions completely slowed down, so I was sent home to wait for things to start up again properly. I was then just getting contractions for a few hours a day, and stopping again. As I said it went on for a week and was exhausting and painful!

The next week I stepped out of the shower one afternoon and my waters started trickling, luckily on to the towel I had on the floor. Me and the kids went to my mums house to wait for my husband to meet us as he was out at work. Once my husband met me we drove over to the birth centre, luckily it was only a 5 minute drive and not too much traffic as my contractions by this point were really strong and close together.

The birth centre itself was just wonderful. Really calm and relaxed environment. There were four birth rooms, each room has a big birth pool, double bed, en suite bathroom with shower, birthing ball, sofa, and cd player. The lighting was adjustable and there was adjustable heating which I was very glad about as I found it a bit too hot at some points.

Once we arrived there, I used the birthing ball for a while whilst just chatting in between contractions. However it didn't take long for the contractions to become really full on so I got in the pool and used gas and air. The warm water really helped with the pain, especially in my back. Combined with the gas and air, the contractions were painful but manageable for me. Within just a few hours Taran was born! He was 7lb 1oz which makes him my smallest baby, he looked so tiny! We stayed over night, and as the beds are double, partners are welcome to stay. I was also very happy to see that they offered vegan food there so that meant I could eat a proper meal after going through giving birth. The midwives were all amazing and so friendly and calming. Even the midwives who saw me the week before with my stop/start labour came in to see us when they got on shift.

The next day we took Taran home and he met Dylan and Evie. It was extra nice as it was the first day of the Christmas school holidays so we had two weeks for the kids to spend time getting to know their new brother. We had a wonderful Christmas at home, with me no longer full of worry of the idea of going into labour on Christmas! It was nice to be able to relax a bit and enjoy things. Although I use the term relax loosely, how much can you really relax with a newborn and a house of excited kids for Christmas!

Now Taran is 6 weeks old and I just can't believe how fast everything is going!


Monday, 27 November 2017

BenQ e-reading desk lamp

I was sent this item to review, all opinions are my own.

I absolutely love how minimalist this BenQ e-reading desk lamp makes my desk look.  I love it's sleek design. It has a sturdy, heavy base which means there is no danger of this lamp tipping over at all. It's long curved light means that it spreads light further than other lights and lights up my whole computer screen and desk.

Another fantastic feature is that to turn it on, you simply touch the metal ring. Touch the metal ring for 2 seconds and it enters a e-reading mode that reduces glare from your desktop/laptop etc's screen. There's also a dial on top of the lamp that allows you to manually adjust the brightness of the lamp. As a family we have not only used this for computer based work but it's allowed our children to sit and do homework in the evenings with a much better lighting.

The head of the lamp is adjustable, as well as the arm attached to the base being able to rotate. This means wherever you need the light, you've got it. The lamp is available in blue, green, gold, or red, as well as the silver coloured lamp which is the one I received.

I have a 10% discount (valid until 31st March 2018) for my readers to use at the BenQ Webstore using the voucher code: BENQ10EF

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Kawaii Box November box review

I was sent this item to review, all opinions are my own

One of my favourite things about Kawaii Box is the total surprise of what is going to be inside each month. One thing you can guarantee on is that it will all be totally cute cute cute! I was loving everything inside the box I received this month, although I am sure I will always love everything that comes in these subscription boxes.

I let out a loud excited "yay!" when I opened the box to see this one inside. What a cutie pie! This is a Techi Techi Gomarachi seal plush and it's probably the cutest cuddly thing ever.

This soft Kanahei soft string bag is adorable. I've been using mine to store my ipad mini in as it's the perfect size.

So many pretty twinkle jewels. You can use these for crafts, or decorating things like your phone. I'm probably going to use these as face and hair gems when I'm having days where I want to feel super cute!

This little Let's Go mini notebook comes with a little mini pen and is perfect for jotting down notes and doodles and keeping in your bag.

In this months box I also got this fun rain boot pen, these food hair clips that Evie my daughter has already asked if she can wear, and a bag of Kasugai chibi vege ramune candies. I also had a Gudetama sticker set but my son Dylan had already run off with those before I had a chance to photo!

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