Lifestyle, memories, Motherhood

Florence’s 6 Month Update

Our darling little Florence is six months old. How on earth has it been six months already? Now, I can already imagine your eyes rolling by what I just said, and I get it, it’s how time works… but when it’s your tiny little baby it just seems to go by so quickly.

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Florence is an absolute delight. Full of personality, and will quickly let you know if she wants something or if you’re not doing what she wants. She can sit up unsupported, and is now very comfortable on her tummy to play. She can move herself backwards whilst on her tummy, and has bum shuffled once or twice. She can get herself onto her hands and knees and then rocks back and forth as if she is dancing. All of this suggests it won’t be too long before she is on the move.

Her favourite toys are musical ones, however Florence will take every opportunity she can to get a phone or remote control, the toy ones just don’t cut it! She absolutely loves when Kaden comes home from school, as he usually spends some time playing on the floor with her. Both Kaden and Mitch can have Florence laughing in seconds, and it is wonderful to watch. She recognises voices and the faces of people in her life the most, and is always quick to give a smile. She loves the attention.

Now I’m actually writing this whilst she’s asleep in my arms, because she’s incredibly clingy and doesn’t like being put down for more than five minutes at a time. Don’t even try to put her down once she’s asleep, because the second she realises what you’re attempting to do she will pop one eye open as a warning, don’t even try it mummy! She’s still only little and will sort herself out when she is ready. Until then, we’re happy with how things are…

Apart from sleep. Or lack of, should I say! Since Florence was born, she has established and maintained a routine for sleep, which hasn’t yet improved (my fingers remain crossed on this one!) She sleeps for two hours at a time then wakes for a feed, then sleep for two hours, feed etc.

Although Florence is still exclusively breastfed, we have started to wean her with both puree and baby led weaning methods as she likes both. Her favourite foods so far are blueberries and sweet potato, but there has been nothing that she has not liked as of yet. More often than not, she wants whatever I have on my plate!

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In just six short months, Florence has made us a family of four, had a joint Christening with her big brother Kaden, learnt to smile and laugh, how to sit, play and interact. Mitch, Kaden and I have been overcome with love and emotion for Florence, as has everyone who has had the chance to meet her.

We have lots of exciting things ahead of us to look forward to this year, and we are so excited to watch you learn and grow.

Happy half birthday little one.

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Motherhood, Product Review

Essential Vie Skincare Review

I was kindly gifted some skincare products from Essential Vie, and have been trying them out from the start of January to see what I thought about them. I was sent three products, the Multie Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil, the Hydrating Moisturiser and Nipple Cream. Each and every product from the Essential Vie range is plant based and cruelty free, which is great. I made a change last year to only use beauty products that are cruelty free, so this review opportunity was a great fit for me.

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One of my New Year Resolutions for 2019 was to take better care of my skin, taking the time at the end of most days (every day would be a bit of a wishful thought!) to remove any makeup if needed, or to moisturise my face and body.

This was one of my resolutions this year as after having a baby, the last thing on my mind was ‘me time’. Now that Florence is 6 months old (I know- where has the time gone?!) I’m gradually getting into a routine, and am now able to make time for the things I enjoyed doing before the whirlwind of a new baby took over.

As I suffer with sensitive, combination skin it can be tricky to find the right skincare routine that works, keeping me moisturised but without making me too oily. I jumped at the chance to try out a cruelty free new moisturiser, and have been using it since the beginning of January.

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The moisturiser is rich and thick, which has been great for this type of weather as my skin really needs a strong mosituriser to keep it from getting too dry and flaky. In the summer, I tend to opt for a lighter skin care routine as my skin doesn’t need anything heavy.

I used stretch mark cream and oils from the moment I found out I was pregnant, and right through my pregnancy. Yet, oddly enough, it is something we completely forget about once the baby is actually here. I have stretch marks from both of my pregnancies that I have tried and tested a variety of products for. I started using the Essential Vie Multi Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil at the beginning of January, and have been using it since as I wanted to be able to provide a round view of the products I was sent.

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The Essential Vie Multi Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil is easy to apply, and whilst it is still an oil, it dries on the skin a lot quicker than other oils I have used and disliked as they felt too greasy for hours afterwards. There is no strong smell either, which is good for an every day (twice a day) product.

As I am still exclusively breastfeeding Florence, a good, trustworthy nipple cream is essential. I have used lots of different brands of nipple creams over these six months, but have used the Essential Vie Nipple Cream exclusively for the whole of January to get a real feel for the product. The Essential Vie Nipple Cream successfully receives any soreness I had been feeling from feeding Florence. With no strong smell or harmful ingredients, it is also completely safe to leave on and not have to wipe off before feeding.

Thank you for reading. 

Motherhood, Organisation

Baby Girl 3-6m Wardrobe

Florence is now 5 months old, and has only just grown out of all of her 0-3 month clothes! Which has come at a good time, since I like to have a good sort out after Christmas and New Year. So I’ve organised her wardrobe with all of her 3-6 month clothing and accessories. I was sad to put away all of her newborn and small baby clothes but also was excited for her to wear all of her new outfits in the next size up! We were kindly gifted some organisation products from the lovely ladies at BeloandMe, and will be using showing some of those products within this blog post as we are using them in Florence’s wardrobe.

Florence shares a big IKEA wardrobe with her big brother, Kaden, and they each have half of the wardrobe. I like to hang up the majority of Florence’s clothes, and pair them with their matching leggings or headbands if they came with any of those in a set. I also like to put them into sections, such as dresses, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops and so on as it makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

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We use these wardrobe dividers from BeloandMe to separate the clothing into sizes. I have used the other wardrobe dividers to sort out her bigger sizes and store them correctly ready for when she needs them. Another product that has come in handy are the wardrobe space savers, which allow more items to be hung in the same amount of space, which is great for smaller spaces.

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Behind the hanging clothes, there are two small open storage boxes, one of which is used for muslins and bibs, and the other for Florence’s hair bows and clips. We have used the drawer / storage box labels on these boxes for added decor.

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Underneath this, the wardrobe has two wide drawers. In the top drawer we keep most of her miscellaneous items, such as her hats, swimming costume, socks and tights, as well as extra leggings or trousers and cardigans as all of these don’t really need hanging. We’ve used the baby drawer dividers from Belo and Me to separate some of these items into sections, so for example her socks are stored together. In the bottom drawer of the wardrobe we keep her vests, sleep suits, cot sheets and blankets.

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Now that Florence’s wardrobe has been sorted out, I’m on to Kaden’s and our room, wish me luck!

Thank you for reading.

 

Christmas Gift Guide, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girl

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small businesses that handmake and design children’s clothes and accessories. Therefore each of the gift guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. This is the fourth and final blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide Series, and is a Gift Guide for Baby Girls. I hope to provide some gift inspiration for anyone with little girls themselves, or know someone with a little girl!

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1. Personalised Flower Initial Embroidered Sleepsuit 

I’ve chosen to include this as a parent can never have too many sleepsuits for their baby! So by purchasing this as a gift for a child, you’re buying a practical yet personalised gift that will be treasured and appreciated! I just love how delicate the embroidered personalisation is on this sleepsuit, the added flowers are so pretty.

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This product can be found at Betty&SydneyCo.

2. Personalised D.O.B Vest 

This vest is also another practical yet treasured gift as it is something to keep in a memory box once your little one has grown out of it. Embroidered with your little one’s name, date of birth, weight and time makes this a really lovely gift!

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This product can be found by searching @abigailstitches on Instagram.

3. Gingham Pinny & Mustard Prairie Blouse

This is such a lovely gift as you can choose the colour options and details, then it gets hand made by the lovely Georgia, meaning every item is sewn just for you and each order is unique! Florence currently reps for Pearls Threads, and we have a discount code to share for you. Simply enter FLORENCE10 at the checkout for money off your order!

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These products can be found at PearlsThreads. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

4. Peach Rabbit Sleepsuit with Felt Tail

Again, this is a product that parents will love and appreciate! It is a super soft and comfy peach sleepsuit with a bunny rabbit design and soft, felt tail for added detail.

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This product can be found by searching @diddlesandsquidge on Instagram.

5. Leggings and Headband Set

This organic cotton leggings and headband set is stunning! It is made from the most amazing quality material, with detailed birds of paradise print and would make such a lovely gift for the little girl in your life! You simply pick a material from the website and can have it made into any of the following; organic cotton leggings, shorts, bloomers, skirts, tunic dress, long/short/bloomer rompers, dribble bibs, headbands and muslins!

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This product can be found at Zack&IvyCo.

6. Personalised Glitter Name Trio Tee

This personalised glitter name tee is such a nice gift for someone who has shared their babies name prior to delivery, or a baby who’s coming up to their first birthday or first Christmas! It’s always going to be unique, which is great!

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This product can be found at DarcielleDesigns.

I definitely couldn’t do a blog post on anything baby girl and not include any hair accessories! So here is a (rather large) selection of Florence’s hair accessories. I will split these into different brands with more photos and where to find them below.

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  1. Molly Bows Glitter Bow Clips

These glitter bow clips are perfect for the festive season! Molly Bows are kindly offering my readers a free bow! Simply use Freebowylm at the checkout to receive your free bow with your order.

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These clips, with many others can be found on Facebook (@Molly Bows) or Instagram (@Molly-bows). Don’t forget the discount code for the free bow!

2. HairBloomsBoutiqueLondon Bow Headbands 

I just love how simple yet lovely these small bow headbands are. They’re really versatile in that they match a lot of outfits and styles, and with the soft, nylon headband they are comfortable for the babies to wear.

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These bows can be found at HairBloomsBoutique.

3. BellesBows17 Christmas Bows

These bows are giving me all the Christmassy feels! I’m a huge fan of tartan, and love glitter, so having both of these incorporated into one bow is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to add these to little Florence’s Christmassy outfits in the run up to Christmas!

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These bows can be found by searching @Bellesbows17 on Instagram.

4. OurOlivia Matching Velvet Turbans 

You either love it or hate it- but I love velvet! These velvet head turbans are super soft and comfortable to wear, which is definitely a must have. I love this soft pink colour!

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These turbans can be found either at OurOlivia or @OurOlivia on Instagram.

5. LittleBearsBows Suede Baby Headbands

LittleBearsBows have the loveliest baby suede headbands. As Florence is currently a brand rep for LittleBearsBows, we have a discount code to offer you. Simply use FLORENCE10 at the checkout to receive money off of your order!

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These baby headbands can be found at LittleBearsBows. Don’t forget to use the discount code mentioned above!

6. IzzieBowsandRoses Trio Bows 

We love these bows as they’re super comfy for Florence to wear, with a simple finish but with the added extra of the gold sparkly centre of each of the bows. As Florence is also a brand rep for this business, we have another discount code to share! If you use FLORENCE10 at the checkout you will receive a discount off of your order!

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These headbands, along with others can be found at IzzieBowsandRoses. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

7. Olivia Grace and Co Fabric Bow Clips 

These knotted bow clips are the perfect gift as they’re fairly neutral and can be easily added to many outfits, allowing for more wear. I love that they are soft and simple, yet still add a delicate touch with their patterns.

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These clips can be found on OliviaGrace&Co or @OliviaGrace&Co on Instagram.

8. Mia Moo Bows Christmas Bows 

These bows are great for the run up to Christmas, getting that festive feel into everyday outfits! Loving all the glitter for this season!

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These bows can be found by searching @Mia_moo_bows_ on Instagram.

9. Arya’s Bunny Boutique Headbands 

I think everyone has a soft spot for all things Peter Rabbit for babies, so this is the perfect way to subtly have Peter Rabbit in all outfits! I just love how different these bows are.

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These bows can be found at Arya’sBunnyBowtique.

10. La Romi Matching Head Wraps

I absolutely love matching with Florence, and if I could get away with matching everything I definitely would! These black and white head wraps are such an easy way to match with your little one.

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These matching head wraps can be found at LaRomi.

11. Eden’s Handmade Florals PomPom Headband 

I love Florence in this pompom headband as it is something a little different! It’s super soft and is really easy to style with Florence’s outfits.

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This headband can be found by searching @edenshandmadeflorals on Instagram.

memories, Motherhood

0-3 Month Update

Florence Grace Bradley-Herd

0-3 Month Update

An absolute cliche but honestly where has the last three months gone?! You don’t feel like a tiny little baby any more and you have changed significantly in three months. Gone are the worries of how our family would change, you have slotted in in the most natural way and it is as if you have always been here. Our darling little girl.

We all joked that you were holding out for your Uncle’s birthday when you hadn’t arrived by your due date… lo and behold you arrived four days overdue, the day of his birthday!

Due date: 22nd July 2018

Birth date: 26th July 2018

You still don’t sleep for longer than three hours in between feeds during the night, but I’m sure that will come with time. During the day you like to have a morning nap which can last anywhere between an hour to three.For the rest of the day you generally ‘cat nap’ which lasts about 20 minutes. We still haven’t mastered putting you down for every sleep (I say we, it’s me, I love the cuddles). We only have to move our arm slightly and one of you eyes pop open to check what we are doing lol.

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You seem to have an internal radar that must set you off just as mummy is sat down to eat, so I’m rarely able to eat a meal with two hands lol. You are quite nosy and love to be watching everything that is going on around you, and can get quite irritated if you aren’t involved! You generally love going out in the pram and the car, which is great because it usually means the school runs are fairly smooth running!

We had some small hurdles to get over during the initial weeks of breastfeeding, but we are both so much better at it now and it is such a lovely bond between us both. You now take a dummy for comfort and struggle taking a bottle for a feed.

The longest we’ve been away from Flo is an hour and a half whilst mummy and daddy go to play badminton on a Sunday, and your Nanna and Grandma have loved spending that time with you.

Florence has definitely found her voice, and even more so in the past week as she’s discovered a new sound she can make- a little squeal of delight! She is such a smiley and happy baby, who loves it when mummy or daddy sing to her. Her whole face lights up when she is babbling away in response to you, and it is so lovely. Florence holds her head really well, and loves to be standing on your lap rather than laid down being held. She likes comfort, whether this be holding your finger or a soft blanket. She has definitely discovered her hands, and often grasps at my hair or daddy’s beard (ouch!).

We have so many daft nicknames that we’ve just picked up along the way and I’m going to include these in each of your updates as a little memory.

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Thank you for reading.