My best Buys this month
So I ended up going to Ikea right at the end of last month as a bit of a spur of the moment thing. I managed to pick up some really good bits, (you can never come away from Ikea with nothing, I think its physically impossible!) there wasn't anything I was partially after so it was nice just to have a good look. I came away with a couple of bits for Emelia's nursery, but for myself I brought one of their candles. I think the exact price of these is £1.75 and I got the peach and orange scent there larger than votive size so a real bargain and Oh my word it smells amazing. The smell really lasts well for the price and has such a warming fresh smell I wish I had brought some more of these as i'm always after candles that scent fills the room, and lasts. They are well worth it and because of the price you dont mind burning through them!
White company Sleeping bag
Another bargain purchase. We've been using sleeping bags with Emelia at night as she always kicks off her blankets and they are so nice and cosy without the restrictions of swaddling. She's so long so her gro bag isn't as spacious anymore, so I had been on the lookout for some replacements for the winter months. I stumbled across these in the white company's mid season sale and as with all their products they are such good quality and just so lovely. They are 2.5 tog and a mid grey with a cute polar bear pattern I think the design is from their "lumi" range. They are so soft and thick and just generally well made. I decided to just go for 2 of the same as I liked that they were neutral and would go over any sleep suit or with any light blanket. All in all I payed £27... for them both! (I know !) I can't wait to start using them.
Amber Pumpkin Baltic Amber Bracelet
So on my Instagram I asked for recommendations for teething so thank you for all the messages. One suggestion was an Amber bracelet. Some people are quite sceptical about these and if they actually work, but anything natural and non medicinal I am all for if they can help. At the spa we do a treatment that uses Amber, and so I knew already about its healing and reenergising properties. I think this one will be a long term thing to see if any improvements come from using it, but in the mean time I am happy with the adjustable style for growth and the quality. I opted for Honey as I was advised the lighter the colour the more potent the amber so i thought midway would be good. I purchased the adjustable one so I wouldn't have to keep replacing as she grows, and I have been using it around her ankle so it doesn't bother her or interfere with play.
My skin has been so different since Ive had Emelia, its really changeable at the moment aswell, I think due to the colder weather. I don't always like wearing a primer because I find you feel like you wearing so many layers (serum, moisturiser, foundation ect..) so I tend to avoid. However my skin felt as though it needed something to smooth it before my foundation layer. I had come across a previous review of this primer so knew it was one that worked well for others, so when looking for one last month this was at the top of my list. I was so pleased when I found it in a mini size too. There is nothing worse then buying a full size product that works crap on you! Anyhow this lightweight primer has been fab. Its advertised as a balm texture however I think balm sounds quite hard and waxy so personally I'd describe it as a gel. Its translucent in colour and once applied leaves your skin feel silky but matte. Just really soft. My foundation went on lovely and set perfectly on top. No rolling or flaking of too much product. Ive tried quite a few primers including estée lauder which goes with my foundation, but this one I found just works so much better. I realise that a primer is often a step left out by most people but if you are If your in need of a one for a special occasion this is definitely one to give ago!
Pukka Motherkind tea
Another recommendation from a friend. So I had a major bad mother moment the other day! Emelia wouldn't settle in the evening. She was just so awake, not unhappy just so wide awake sometimes not settling until half eleven at night (face palm). It wasn't until I was having a coffee morning with some other mums and they asked me wether I had cut down on caffeine due to breastfeeding. That point I had a lightbulb moment, but also huge pang of guilt that it was me that was keeping my child wired come an evening. I sheeply replied yes and brought a box of decaf tea on the way home! the following day on decaffeinated tea Emelia was in bed by 8pm!! anyway back to the motherkind tea. It tastes great and is specifically formulated for breastfeeding mums so NO CAFFEINE !! Its got great ingredients like Fennel, Aniseed and Lemongrass to help keep you and baby Nourished and Healthy. I do drink a good amount of water but in the evenings I love a hot drink so this is a really nice alternative. I will say I found this quite difficult to get hold off. None of my local supermarkets stocked it so I got it from one further afield it does seem readily available online though. Although this is stated for breastfeeding mums, I doubt it would make you spontaneously produce milk. It contains fab ingredients so either way would be great even if your not a mother or feeding but When I do stop I am going to try the other teas in the womankind range as they look equally as good. This tea also doesn't taste too bad cold ! Which is a common occurrence these days!