Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My Wedding Part 1

If you're familiar with my blog you'll already know that I recently got married. 

Well, I spent the best part of a year scanning Pinterest - like you do! - you can view my board here, so I'm hoping that my pictures might provide some of you with a little inspiration too.

Our big day was hosted at The Bell In Ticehurst. It's a wonderfully quirky venue - that provided me with the perfect backdrop to bring all my ideas to life.

Here I've posted some pictures of my card & guestbook table, chalkboard style signs, candy bar, confetti & hankies for the ceremony, and my home-made photo booth.

I put everything together myself - I sourced a lot things on eBay, and scouted out all the crystal bowls, bon bon jars, and vintage suitcases at antique fairs.

I spent the year before the wedding collecting jam jars, and decorated them with hessian, lace and brown string - with a lot of help from my Maid of Honour I must add!

All the sweets in my candy bar were love themed, these included Hershey's Kisses, Haribo Rings, and Haribo Hearts.

I spent the day before putting it all together, and by the morning after the wedding there weren't any sweets left. What a success!

My confetti was from a company called Shropshire Petals. It was the complete confetti package - confetti box with cones and confetti. 

I'll be posting more pictures from my wedding, courtesy of my wonderful photographer friend Julia Mortimore

As always please let me know in the comments if there's anything in particular that you'd like to know or see more of.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Lately in Pictures

It being the Ryder Cup this weekend - and my husband being a golf fanatic - I decided to pack my bag, and head to my mum and Paul's for the weekend.

Here's Ernie having a stroll along the Stade in Hastings - wearing his Little Life Animal Daysack for the first time. It's great, we have the dinosaur themed one, my Mum & Paul bought it for his 1st Birthday, and I got him the matching lunch pack to go with it.

I've just seen that they do a wheelie duffle bag and ID bracelet in the same fabric, so I'll be putting those on the Christmas gift list!

Is it mad that I'm thinking about Christmas already?!

We had lunch at eat @ the Stade in Hastings Old Town. It’s opposite the Jerwood Gallery site, next to the fishing beach and right at the heart of the new Stade Open Space.

I really like taking Ernie for lunch here as it's super child-friendly. 
They've got lots of Cosatto high chairs on hand, baskets of toys, and the food is really good too.

If you can nab a seat outside, the seagulls make for great entertainment - they kept Ernest well amused.

I finally got around to getting some baby cutlery. This set is the easy grip spoon & fork by Mini Be - which I found in TXMax.

Here's us on our first Autumnal walk.

Please excuse the picture quality - they've all been taken with my iPhone.

Another good buy that I'd recommend is this travel high chair by Polar Gear - just make sure your baby doesn't tip back in the chair.

And these little slipper socks with rubber soles have come in handy too.

How are you enjoying the beginnings of Autumn?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Smoothie In A Bowl

I've been getting quite bored of my morning bowl of porridge, so I decided to jazz it up, and I'm really pleased with this creation.

Ever since I got my new blender, I've been smoothie making like mad, and I recently discovered how much better they are served in a bowl - soup style!

What I've made here is deliciously filling, and packed full of nutrients - which are really restorative after a night of breastfeeding.

These include (but are not limited to) - vitamins B, E & D as well as Iron, Protein and Zinc.

To make, chuck the following in a blender and blitz until smooth(ish)… 

1/2 a cup of oats
2 bananas and 1/2 a frozen banana
6 Walnuts
2 heaped dsp of Linwoods Milled Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries
1 glass of unsweetened almond milk

For the topping - sprinkle on some extra Linwoods, and some crushed walnut pieces.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Breastfeeding Bride

This is by far my proudest moment of the day - breastfeeding Ernest (12 Months) in my wedding dress.

I wasn't quite sure how or when I was going to manage BF Ernie on my wedding day, but I did, and I'm so glad the moment was captured so perfectly for me to share with you all.


We ummed and ahed about whether or not to take little Ern with us on our honeymoon, and decided of course we should! We'd have missed him way too much!

We had a wonderful week traveling from our home in Kent all the way to Salcombe in Devon.

It was our first family adventure!

We stayed in some great places, and it was a real treat for the three of us to spend so much time together.

Ernest seemed to thrive having both mine and Tom's undivided attention.

The highlights of our trip were Brighton Hotel Du Vin, Brighton Aquarium, fish'n'chips on the beach, The Pig on the Beach at Studland Bay Dorset, a cliff top walk to The Old Harry Rocks, Monkey World, The spa facilities at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel, lunch at The Winking Prawn, and Ernie's first time paddling on North Sands beach.

Friday, 19 September 2014

My Naked Wedding Cake

Here's a picture of my wedding cake, the day after, re-assembled in my Mother-in-Law's kitchen!

We were having so much fun that we totally forgot to cut the cake!

It's a stack of Victoria sponges, filled with raspberry jam & vanilla buttercream, dressed with fresh fruit, a light dusting of icing sugar, and flowers.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Is Benzoyl Peroxide safe?

I wanted to post this information I found - that confirms my thoughts and feelings about Benzoyl Peroxide use during pregnancy to tackle acne.

Most expecting women are concerned with how ingredients absorbed through the skin may affect the health of their unborn babies, and if like me, you find yourself struggling with skin issues - this can be doubly hard. 

In fact, many pregnant women suffer from worsening acne.

I also experienced dilated blood vessels - due to increased blood flow to the skin - which resulted in loads of spider veins across my cheeks, chest, and arms. 

These statements are from an article I found quoting Dr. Rogers and Dr. Jenny Murase - who are Palo Alto-based dermatologists whose specialties include pregnancy and lactation.

While studies on using benzoyl peroxide while pregnant haven’t been conducted, researchers haven't found the zit-fighter to be of concern. Dr. Rogers agrees. “I’ve seen studies in which there was a negative outcome when benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid were fed to rats in large quantities, but this has never been shown in humans — and never with topical application.”

Dr. Rogers says that you shouldn't altogether forsake glycolic and salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, or even retinol — you just have to know how and when to use them.

They certainly caused my pregnancy no harm whatsoever.

Dr. Rogers also typically guides her pregnant patients to use glycolic acid to treat these skin conditions first, because the research is more established for this ingredient. Then, if the skin isn’t responding, she may suggest salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide — which she says are also safe in small amounts.

She suggests benzoyl peroxide because its antibacterial properties can help quell zits, and salicylic acid to help dry the skin of excess oil. 

She notes, however, that if it makes a patient feel better to be more cautious about a skin-care ingredient, then they should just skip it.

If your skin gets oily or you get hormone-driven acne, Dr. Murase suggests washing your face with a salicylic acid-based wash. “Salicylic acid preparations can help with oil reduction.”

I can't stress enough how much of a skin saviour Obagi's Therapeutic Lotion was for me during my pregnancy (and beyond.) It's an amazing lightweight acne treatment lotion with 5% BPO.

You can read more about my experience of pregnancy acne here.

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