Saturday, 22 October 2011

Good Luck First Time Mum!

I've known FirstTimeMum1 since University, we have shared each others ups and downs and even though we have often gone months or even the odd year without seeing each other, I still would class her to be one of my most precious friends. 

She's the sort of friend who held the tissues for me many a time when I cried with a broken heart, who defended me when I needed it, and kept safe all those embarrassing secrets for all these years. From tomorrow another chapter starts in our friendship, no longer will I be boring her with stories of baby poo, she'll be joining in!

FirstTimeMum1 is being induced tomorrow and I wanted to wish her all the luck in the world, she's the best friend a girl could have so I'm sure she's going to be a magnificent Mummy!

My tips for your first few weeks are:

  • Make sure you eat little and often!
  • Grab Sleep when you can, Daddy will wake you up if he can't cope!
  • Chocolate and a drink by the bed at night for night feeds are essential!

Any tips for FirstTimeMum would be welcome, I'm sure she'll love to read them!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Simply WOW with Simplybe!

Following on from my style confidence workshop, I decided to revamp my wardrobe starting with my jeans! I struggle with jeans, firstly I have long legs AND a long back, most high street jeans which I try on are either poorly fitting or expose my underwear everytime I sit down, not an attractive sight I can assure you!!
Simplybe offer a range of fashionable clothes for women size 14-32, and they have a small but ever growing Tall range of clothes! I was very excited to be able to try a couple of items from their range! I rarely get the chance to shop without the boys with me, and I find Boo loves to open the changing room curtain usually when I am half way into pair of trousers, Simplybe offers a great mail order fashion service (avoiding the changing room horrors!) and they have just opened their first standalone store at Liverpool One.

I chose a pair of WOW boot cut jeans I have to confess that some of the attraction to these jeans (other than the long leg lengths offered) was the fact they offered some 'tummy flattening'. In honesty I wasn't sure what to expect, and tried them on a little warily. I was worried I may have ordered the wrong size or they'd make my tummy look even larger! Trying them on I instantly liked the fact they were well fitted around my thighs and when they were done up they were high waisted. The tummy panels really did support me, but weren't restrictive, if anything they just reminded me to stand up straight!! The jeans really flatter my pear shape, making me look really curvy!

I also chose a great chunky knitted cardigan in chocolate brown by Joe Browns, I liked the buckle detail, but in truth I struggle to keep the buckles done up. The cardigan is very lightweight, but very cosy! I love the hood, and I feel a bit like little red-riding hood whenever I wear it up (yes I know the cardigan isn't red!) It is a great length on me, and I think very feminine.  

I teamed the jeans and cardigan with a long line mustard yellow vest, for an easy look to keep my looking and feeling great while out and about with the children this Autumn/Winter 2011.

Just Toddling Along! -  All Rights Reserved Goriamifamily 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Super soft lips and immaculate skin..

Green People offer a fabulous range of organic skincare and since having my children my skin has changed dramatically, not only is it older but it is also more sensitive! Buying skincare has become a bit of a nightmare as I often find I end up with rosy red cheeks and generally fairly uncomfortable skin.

My handbag beauty essential over the winter months is a good lip balm, I like to feel my lips are well protected and so tend to go for products which are quite heavy, this isn't always a good thing and can further aggravate my skin! Green People's  'No scent soft lips'  is natural lip balm, providing all the protection without the need for nasties! I was warned that a little of this goes a long way, and it really does! It absorbs fairly quickly and easily into your lips, there is no scent or colour so Mr G could use it too (if I would let him!). My lips are noticeably softer since using this and I don't feel I need to reapply it constantly!

I'm quite blessed with nice skin, rarely suffering from spots, but when I get them I want them gone!!
 Blemish Banish is designed to cover and treat spots, it contains tea tree, green tea and pineapple as active ingredients. It doesn't just mask the spot, it deals with it, getting rid of it and leaving no trace, you can feel it working and the hint of colour to reduce the appearance of redness is nice too. What's not to like? I really wanted to love this, but..I have to confess I didn't get on with it, i found it made my spot(s) angrier although when they went the skin was very clear.

Vita Min Fix this is an amazing 24hour organic moisturiser by Green People, initially I wasn't sure I would like it as it didn't have the allure of a fancy jar and thick double cream texture. However my skin told a different story which quickly altered my opinion! A couple of hours after the first application you could see my skin already looked brighter, I used it as a night cream too and in the morning was delighted that my skin looked really refreshed (ignoring the dark circles under my eyes which go along with parenthood of course!). I really should have taken a before and after photo, I don't believe in miracle creams, but my skin loved this and it's definitely going on my Christmas list!

Between 17th and 23rd October 2011 it is National Parents Week, and to celebrate Green People are have two special offers so Mums & Dads can have a few minutes pampering:

For Mums – Our luxurious Moisturising Shower Gel, scented with Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenates the skin leaving it super soft. 
Normally £10.95 quote ‘PARENTMUM’ to buy this for £7.00!

For Dads – Our super fresh Cool Style Shower Wash naturally cleanses, energises and refreshes with organic Mint and Eucalyptus.
Normally £10.50 quote ‘PARENTDAD’ to buy it for £6.00!

Disclaimer: I was sent the products free of charge for review, however all views are my own.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tiny who? Tinyme!

Just over a week ago, I hopped on the train to meet some other Mummy bloggers and have dinner with the Dad's from tinyme. Tinyme offer a huge range of high quality personalised products, and are just launching in the UK, already having huge success in Australia with Mooo.

There is something incredibly special about talking to the owners of a company who speak so passionately about their products. You could really see that they believe in their products! 

All the designs are designed in-house, so you are getting something a little bit special as you will only find these designs with tinyme! I particularly liked the wall stickers, these were easy to apply and didn't remove paint when you took the stickers off the wall! 

Forget boring name labels for school look what tinyme offer, their designs are funky and there will be no more battling to get labels on, you'll be trying to stop them sticking them everywhere!!

The designs are fresh and fun, they have thought of quirky little touches which give their items a really fashionable edge e.g. the stripey lining to their bags! 
I don't think we saw the height charts during our introduction to tinyme, but they look great fun and a wonderful keepsake - certainly more permanent than the little marks on the wall which we currently use in our house!

 Have a look at the website to experience tinyme for yourself, and check out the fun free downloads they have available!