Elounda, Crete

Although it feels like a lifetime ago, in August we spent twelve nights in Crete in the lovely harbour town of Elounda. It was our first holiday with entourage (grandparents and an auntie!) and I’m not sure we will holiday without them from now on. Built in babysitters are the way forward!

Elounda is an hours drive from Heraklion airport but I think its worth the drive, past the bright lights and English breakfasts of Malia and driving along a gorgeous coastal road. We got a taxi from the airport which cost €75 but you can also book cheap car hire and drive the beautiful route yourself.

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Birthing Shirt review

When I was pregnant I was given a birthing shirt from The Birthing Shirt Company to review during my pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding. Now Baby Girl is 6 weeks old I think I have road tested it enough and thanks to her being in bed she is giving me time to share my experience! Continue reading

Wicked the Musical – Guest Review

Thanks to Superbreak a good friend of mine went to see Wicked the Musical and has kindly reviewed it for my blog. I would love to see it so I was keen to hear more and share it with you all.

As an avid musical goer I was intrigued as to what Wicked would be like… it had been one I had heard mixed reviews about from blogs and friends so was not sure quite what to expect. My view beforehand was that the premise should provide great opportunity for interesting characters and costumes, but at the same time I was afraid that as a prequel it could be somewhat contrived, which in my opinion prequels often are. Continue reading

Millets Farm and Maize Maze

We have just returned from a lovely day out at Millets Farm and Maize Maze. I am knackered and content as the Boy is in bed after saying “I have a fun time today” and I am going to treat myself to my weekly glass of wine and go to bed early. But first, the key details: Continue reading

Sleep oh precious sleep

I miss my university days when I couldn’t be bothered to go to morning lectures and instead spent the best part of the day in bed asleep. Oh for the days I could easily sleep until 1pm without even stirring beforehand. Nowadays a lie in is anytime past 7am and even if I can sleep without getting up for the Boy, I inevitably wake at 7am wide awake wondering who on earth is attending to his calls.

And as if things weren’t sleep deprived enough, pregnancy has decided to have its go and rob me of some more. I can cope with the general uncomfortableness of having a little being attached to my front but what I cannot understand is why my body insists on waking me from a deep slumber with agonising cramp? To make things worse when I shake the Man and plead with him to “push my leg, my leg” he stirs in slow motion and huffs at me for disturbing his sleep – I tell you, we had words.

Why is it that turning over in bed during pregnancy becomes a three stage process for which you need to be conscious to perform it – 1) turn onto your back taking bump with your hands as you go; 2) heave your legs over to one side one at a time and; 3) turn bump onto side ensuring it is not squashed by the rest of you. I can only imagine that mother nature knows we are going to be sleep deprived once Poppy arrives and is therefore teaching us to survive such conditions, forgetting I already have an unreliable toddler to do that for her.

To end on a positive note, my sleep has been vastly improved since delivery of my Theraline maternity pillow. Its like a large, oddly shaped sausage at about 6 foot long and fits perfectly between my legs. It takes the pressure off the bump whilst also leaving enough for me to cuddle as a replacement husband (he likes to cuddle for 2 minutes then throws me off as he is “too hot” before scooting over to his own side). It comes with a really pretty removable cover which is a very nice material and doesn’t get too hot or stuffy in bed, this is great as body temperature regulation in pregnancy is non-existant! The cover is antiallergenic, warm, breathable and can be washed at 140° – not so important now I am using it as a maternity pillow but when Poppy is born and I use it as nursing pillow this will be really useful, especially if Poppy regurgitates as much of my precious milk as the Boy did!

The filling is microbeads which mould really well to your body although the pillow does occasionally need reshuffling to ensure the beads are in the right place but its very easy to do. I use it in lots of different positions, sometimes putting it under my back if I lie on it for a bit and need some extra support. I love the versatility of this pillow. I got a really bad back when pregnant with the Boy but I didn’t have a maternity pillow then so I hope the Theraline maternity pillow will reduce my bad back pain this time, its certainly improving my sleep.

I cannot recommend this pillow enough for pregnant women or even non-pregnant people with a bad back, it is comfortable, versatile and moulds well to support problem areas. It isn’t cheap at £45 (including cover) but I think it is well worth it.

I was not paid for this review but was provided with the product free of charge. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

 

B Organic Skincare review

Thanks to the power of Twitter I “met” B Organic Skincare and was very pleased to be asked to review a couple of their products. I was always interested in natural and organic products for me but my main aim was what smells nice and what moisturises my skin. Of course the Boy doesn’t need any smell or smoothness enhancers and in my aim to keep him natural and organic I was only interested in skincare products that weren’t full of nasties.

I was excited about trying something new with the Boy at bathtime as he loves his bath – mainly he loves splashing me and the mock-stern look I give him but he also loves bubbles. I received their Lavender Bubble Bath which smelled divine and I love Lavender for bedtime as its so relaxing. It bubbled really well and I didn’t notice any dry skin afterwards on the Boy, which he had suffered with from other bubble baths. They have sadly discontinued this product now but its been replaced with an all rounder Top to Toe wash and if its of the same quality I’m sure its fab!

I also got a tester pot of their Lavender and Camomile soothing balm which I would rub on the Boys chest after a bath to give him a lovely soothing smell before bed. The consistency and ease of use of this balm is great and could be used for lots of things – sore skin, massages, nappy rash.

All in all I was impressed at these products and the combination of vegan and organic ingredients which were made with delicate and sensitive skin in mind.

The full range of products can be seen on the website at http://www.b-organic.co.uk