Thursday, 20 November 2014

Driving with Baby // Road Safety Week



Arturo is only 6 weeks old and I must admit that the first few times driving the car alone with him were terrifying.

The thought of having a bump scares me senseless as Art is so tiny and fragile, but my midwife put my mind at ease a little bit when she told me:

“They are tougher than they look these little ones”

I know you can’t wrap baby’s up in cotton wool, but you can follow some simple security principles to keep your baby as safe as possible when in the car.

I was contacted by Kiddicare, the baby specialist, and asked to help raise awareness of Road Safety Week. Every 30 seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is killed in a road crash. This is such a devastating statistic, I was happy to do my little bit.

Road Safety Week runs from 17-23 November and is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.

Since I’ve become a mother, I pay much more attention to the roads around our house. Our street, which at first impressions appears to be a quiet residential area, can get rather busy as cars cut through to other estates, often at great speed. Sometimes a car will zoom past at such speed, I’m talking about 60 miles an hour, and it makes my blood run cold. Then we have the idiots on quad bikes – just why!?

All it takes is a split second for a toddler to step out into the road and the unthinkable can happen!

I follow a brilliant blogger on Instagram, Jacqui who writes Baby Boy Bakery. Around 6 months ago they tragically lost their little boy after he ran into the road whilst playing a game. He was 3 years old. It was such a horrible shock even though I don’t know this family, I cry when I read Jacquis blog, which she is now using to celebrate Ryan’s life and come to terms with her grief. She is an amazing inspiration and I urge you follow her.

Feeling powerless
It frustrates me that a few years ago there used to be speed bumps on our road but these were removed when the road was resurfaced. I’ve contacted my MP about having them reintroduced but got fobbed off with a generic “no funds” letter.  I really don’t understand why some drivers feel the urge to speed in residential areas.

You CAN make a difference

If, like me, you feel passionate about making our roads a safer place for all, there are lots of campaigns you can get involved in HERE

My Safety Tip

Now winter is upon us, we all know how important it is to keep our little ones wrapped up warm in the cold weather and Art already has a selection of snow suits, However, I recently discovered a frightening fact:

Snowsuits can compromise car seat safety

Winter coats and snowsuits change the way in which safety straps fit across the child’s chest meaning that they don’t function correctly and the child could actually be ejected!


This is why I love my Maxi-Cosi Pebble Footmuff in RaspberryRed (£40 Kiddicare). I place Arturo in his car seat in his normal clothes so the straps fit correctly keeping him safe, whilst the Footmuff wraps around him keeping him nice and warm.


I’m not sure if there is a minimum age requirement for this product but perhaps it wouldn’t be suitable for brand new babies as I think the top of the muff could cover their face.


What does Art think of his snuggly car seat?


There are more tips about buying a car seat HERE



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This review is in collaboration. No imbursement was received for this review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Baby's First Christmas // Dormouse and The Teapot

baby's first Christmas spoon
I am so excited about Christmas this year. Not only is it our very first one in a home that we own, but we have our tiny new addition and can finally say we are a proper family.

Although our little boy is too little to have a clue what’s going on, the magic of Christmas has definitely returned for me this year.

Baby’s first Christmas definitely needs marking with a little keepsake that we can bring out year after year, and I think online vintage emporium Dormouse and The Teapot have just the thing.

The ‘First Christmas’ handstamped vintage spoons are designed to hang on the Christmas tree or simply to be displayed as part of the festive decor.

At only £8, including personalisation if wished and delivery, I think these are the perfect gift.

Even better, all readers of Oh So Gawjess can get 10% off their order with code xmas10, valid until 1/1/15.


What will you be buying for Baby’s first Xmas?

Baby's first Christmas
Baby's first christmas


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This review is in collaboration. No imbursement was received for this review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Weird and Wonderful // The Library of Fragrance

the library of fragrance review blog


Don’t you just hate it when you walk into a bar and around 90% of the female clientele are wearing exactly the same fragrance as you?!

I dislike that.

I associate different fragrances with different women in my life. For example, my Sister has always worn Lolita Lempicka and whenever I smell it I always think of her. No matter how much I love that fragrance I would never wear it myself; it’s hers. Similarly, one of my best friends has always worn Flower by Kenzo, and a whiff of that instantly brings her to mind. Perhaps she hasn’t worn it for years now but I could never buy myself of bottle of that either as it belongs to her.

If, like me, you like your fragrances to be unique then have I got the thing for you….

New York company Demeter Fragrance Library Inc. has created a library of over 300 under-appreciated, but oh so unique smells in their The Library of Fragrance collection.

the library of fragrance blog review dirt
How many other ladies will be smelling of Gin and Tonic, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Clean Skin or even Holy Water? In addition to the sublime, we also have the borderline ridiculous with scents such as Dirt, Fresh Hay, Leather and Pizza!

the library of fragrance blog review clean skin

But you know what?

I bet they work.


If you want to make your scent even more unique well you can! The Library of Fragrance scents can be worn on top of each other to build a weird and wonderful bespoke scent that nobody else will be wearing. This works because each fragrance in the collection are ‘single-notes’ that are expressed immediately and will not change over time.

the library of fragrance blog review dirt gin and tonic
I reckon you could create a customised scent to impress your object of affection if you know his favourite whiffs. Pete loves the smell of freshly cut grass and lemon meringue and believe it or not, both of these scents are in the collection!

The Chocolate Covered Cherry on top of the cake (or Vanilla Cake Batter) for me is the price; a mere £15 for a 30ml.

the library of fragrance blog review chocolate covered cherries

So which scent did I go for? Since I’m up to my eyeballs in Baby right now it simply had to be Baby Powder (if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em).

The bottle is understated, functional, handbag friendly, and looks great on my 1920’s baby blue dresser. The fragrance smells exactly like Baby Powder and makes me feel happy! I love the scent as it is so unique!


the library of fragrance baby powder blog review


101 of the 300 fragrance collection are available in the UK and a smaller selection available exclusively at Boots.


The full range of fragrances:

Almond
Amber
Apple Blossom
Apple Pie
Baby Powder
Banana Flambee
Barbados Cherry
Beeswax
Black Pepper
Bulgarian Rose
Cannabis flower
Caramel
Champagne Brut
Cherry Blossom
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Clean Skin
Cucumber
Daffodil
Daisy
Dandelion
Dark Chocolate
Dirt
Dragon Fruit
Espresso
Fiery Curry
Fig Leaf
Fireplace
Flower Show
Four Leaf Clover
Freesia
Fresh Coconut
Fresh Ginger
Fresh Hay
Fresh Laundry
Geranium
Gin & Tonic
Gingerbread
Grass
Holy water
Honey
Honeydew Melon
Honeysuckle
Incense
Iris
Jasmine
Lavender
Leather
Lemon Meringue
Licorice
Lychee 
Mahogany 
Mango
Marshmallow
Moonbeam
Mushroom
Musk£7
Neroli
Ocean
Orange Blossom
Orange Juice
Oud
Passion Fruit
Patchouli
Peach
Peony
Pina Colada
Pineapple
Pipe Tobacco
Pistachio Ice Cream
Pizza
Play-Doh
Pomegranate
Pumpkin Pie
Pure Soap
Rain
Red Poppies
Riding Crop
Saddle
Salt Air
Sandalwood
Sawdust
Sex on the Beach
Snow
Stable
Steam Room
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Strawberry Ice Cream
Stringbean
Sunshine
Sushi
Sweet Pea
Tangerine
Thunderstorm
Tomato
Vanilla Cake Batter
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vetiver
Waffles
Wet Garden
Whiskey Tobacco



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This review is in collaboration with The Library of Fragrance. No imbursement was received for this review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Newborn Hampers from Burble Baby


To celebrate the birth of my son Arturo, I have teamed up with luxury online baby boutique Burble Baby to offer one lucky blog follower a Newborn Hamper worth £80.

It started with a burble…


Inspired by their own burbling babies, Burble Baby offers a charming collection of hampers and enchanting gifts for new Mums and their babies. The range comprises adorable trinkets, cutesy clothes and sumptuous skincare.

I was kindly sent the Simply Blue Baby Hamper
which is available in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6- 12 months.


My goodies arrived in a lovely vintage inspired keepsake box and I loved the simple ribbon decoration and the nice little touch of a tiny brass charm rocking horse.

Let’s have a closer look at the contents of the Simply Blue Baby Hamper:

Sapling Child's super soft, high quality, double jersey, organic cotton, little boy blue kimono in starburst print






BamBam's soft blue comforter to help soothe baby 




Organic juniper wood, heart shaped teether, lovingly handcrafted from Cherub Chews




Wooden tractor toy built with a solid oak engine and blue wheels, handcrafted from solid oak by Hop & Peck



Shabby chic wooden Baby's Room heart plaque with light blue writing on ivory





I adore all of these items and the quality is superior to a lot of cheap and nasty things you can pick up. I particularly admire the fact that Burble Baby prides itself on featuring the Best of British design and manufacture, fair trade and organic, and quite a few quirky pieces that are just that little bit different from the norm. Every Mum wants the very best for their baby and Burble Baby really does offer it!

Any new parent would be absolutely over the moon to receive a parcel from Burble Baby and now here is your chance to win a hamper of your very own!

Neutral, pink or blue – the choice is up to you!


Simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

Good Luck!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

2 Weeks Postpartum Body


2 Weeks Postpartum Body

Apologies for my no make-up, scraggy bun, and PJ attire - I'm a tired Mummy, what can I say!?

I am pretty amazed with the female body. Not only did I manage to birth a baby with a big head through a small pelvis (a design fault since our species took to two legs instead of four) but my body is already pretty close to how it was pre-pregnancy. Ok, well not totally back to normal (and I will probably retain a few war wounds for ever more) but I am pretty damn impressed all the same.

The belly, more specifically the uterus, has reduced by a massive amount, and this was apparent at even one week postpartum. I now sport a little jelly belly (or mum tum) which is the remains of the baby weight and lack of muscle tone. I think the muscles will tone up further on their own over the next few weeks, and eventually, when I start my exercise again after I get the nod from the experts, I am pretty confident I will get the tone back to pre-pregnancy levels relatively easily.

I almost escaped stretch marks entirely, although I am left with two tiny tiger stripes – just above my belly button running up to the hole where my piercing used to be. At the moment they are red but I am sure they will fade with a little TLC. Weirdly, my belly button is now MASSIVE. All I need to do is take my bra off and my torso looks like a shocked face. One hot Mamma, me.

I have horizontal wrinkles across my stomach and I’m not sure if they are here forever as the skin got stretched a LOT as my belly was huge in the end. I am going to use an intensive skin firming moisturiser and review it here on the blog.

Overall I feel a lot slimmer – not due to any weight loss (although I instantly lost 8Ib of baby) but due to the water retention and swelling finally doing one! Sadly, I can’t get my wedding ring back on and I fear that larger fingers may be a lasting pregnancy legacy. Sad face.

At the moment my diet is crap! We have been eating convenience food and I have been munching on family bars of Galaxy Caramel daily – I think it’s because I am breast feeding and craving the sugar. Also, the choccy gets me through the night feeds and Art's witching hour (rather 8 hours - we have a nocturnal babba and an exhausted Mamma).

I haven’t weighed myself as I am really not bothered about my appearance at this stage – Arturo takes up all my time and is my only priority right now. When I have a little bit of a routine going on I hope to introduce some exercise to tone up but more importantly, to improve my mental health and get healthy again so Art has a good role model in his Mummy and will grow up to love exercise too. Also, I want to be as healthy as is reasonably practicable so I have a very long life with my two boys.

PS - to lose the remaining baby weight I am really looking forward to following my own advice that is published in my ebook - more info can be found HERE

Did you catch all my bump updates?

40 weeks - My Due Date Baby is here!



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Peppa Pig is Coming to Selfridges Trafford Centre



For a fun filled family day out this October half term, visit Selfridges Trafford Centre on Wednesday 29 October for the chance to meet the ever-popular Peppa Pig.

Shoppers are invited to celebrate 10 Years of Muddy Puddles with the cheeky little piggy, who will be making personal appearances at intervals between 12noon and 4.30pm.

Hey Little Cupcake! (located in the Food Hall) have baked a special cake to celebrate Peppa’s anniversary and with its freshly baked cupcakes, cakepops and brownies, there are plenty of treats to tempt a sweet tooth.

Other great family activities taking place during October half term includes Halloween Cake Decorating (12noon-3pm, Sunday October 26, with Hey Little Cupcake), Lancashire Cheesecake sampling  (Monday October 27) and a Nutribullet juicing pop-up throughout the week.  


Thursday, 16 October 2014

It's a Boy!



A quick update to introduce you all to our brand new son - Arturo Peter Anton Righart; born on his due date and weighing a healthy 7lbs 15oz.

Words cannot describe how much one little boy has enriched our lives; we are totally and utterly besotted with him.

Blogging will be taking a back seat whilst we get to know one another, but I am still keeping active on my instagram and facebook if you want to pop by to say hello!

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