Silent Sunday and My Sunday Photo-13/04/2014

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My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream-A review

Sunflower CreamHands up if you have an obsession with hand cream,like I do?

It started when I was a teenager, reading all those glam magazines and realising that my skin needs hydration and that it will continue to look young if I take proper care of it.

It continued in my adulthood when my thyroid started playing up, leaving my skin feeling dry, especially during winter and spring months. And then, my collection of hand creams, body lotions and milks continued to grow, to the point that now, there is always a tube in every bag I own and a pot in every bathroom(we have three in this house), on the kitchen sill and a couple of “emergency” ones in the bathroom cupboard, for the unlikely situation of me ever running out of hand cream :-)

So you can imagine my reaction when I was offered the opportunity to review My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream. I had no hesitation saying yes and was very curious to try it out since it came with high praise.

You see, the cream has been used in the NHS system(more precisely in the Salisbury hospital) for a while now and has been designed specifically with skin patients in mind. It contains sunflower oil(hence the name!), aimed to help replace essential fatty acids and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. I have no skin conditions but people with dermatitis swear by its efficacy.

What did I think of it?

I chose the lavender version and was pleasantly impressed with the subtle smell and velvety feel. It did leave my hands feel soft, although be it a bit greasy, so try applying it on the back of your hands rather than on the whole surface, especially if you drive.

At £11.99 per 250 ml dispenser, it would be a bit on the dear side but considering the fact that ALL proceeds go to the NHS, so hopefully, back to our care, it is a fair deal.

If I got your interest and want to give it a go, head to their official website and have a look for yourselves.

 

A perfect day

I have been challenged by The Prompt launched by MumTurnedMom and made to ponder on what would be the perfect day for me, now that I am a stay-at-home mum, looking after two young children…

As much as I love my little ones, since I haven’t had a night of unbroken sleep in what feels like ages, I would start my perfect day in a lovely hotel, with a big, fat lie-in! Followed by a leisurely shower, without any small hands knocking impatiently on the door. I will then descend for a luxuriously lazy home-cooked breakfast downstairs and enjoy reading the morning newspaper over hot coffee and croissant…

Once my body replenished, I would go in search of replenishment for my soul: maybe a bit of solo shopping of clothes for myself (for a change!), perusing the latest books and magazines in a book store, having a look at home decor items in antique shops and buying myself a notebook where I could keep track of my blogging goals,plans and ideas.

After a light lunch in town, I would be tempted to go back to my hotel for an afternoon nap and later that afternoon I would maybe go and watch a girly movie in the cinema. Over nachos and gooey cream cheese…Then I would challenge myself to find a small and quirky Italian restaurant that makes its own pasta and have a big bowl of it with red sauce for dinner.

My evening would be spent in my PJs, in front of the iPad, catching up with the Born Every Minute series I missed this season, stuffing my face with pretzels and sobbing over touching moments.

I would then blissfully go to sleep around 9 p.m., knowing that reality awaits me the following day.

For me, this is only a fantasy at the moment, I will probably have to wait for a good few years until Georgie is old enough to go for sleepover with friends until this becomes reality.What is your perfect day and what would you do with yourself if you had 24 hours to spare?

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Dotty Stripes: A Class Eco-Friendly Product Review

032Back in January, the lovely Ania from Dotty Stripes offered us a baby blankie to review. From the moment we started emailing, I could tell she was one of a kind girl, dedicated to do one of a kind things!

My intuition proved right when the blankie arrived. A high quality, fair-sized unique linen creation, which I will sure use to cover and comfort my baby way into his toddler years! Yes, you read right, the blankies are all unique as they are ordered and manually created in Poland in a small enterprise run by her family.

I love the linen used to make them, soft to touch, cool for warm days and toasty for winter nights.

But most of all, I admire Ania’s dedication to product quality, craftsmanship and ingenuity. In a world where all is ready-made and factory-produced, and where everybody’s priority is the price but not necessarily the quality, people like Ania and their commitment to produce high-quality, organic products are rare.

So why don’t you have a look at her brand new site and give her some love (and more importantly, place some orders!) to encourage her on the way?

Our Easter Tree Tradition

We started having an Easter tree last year.I wish I could say it is for Emma’s sake only but it would be a lie. I love putting it up and decorating it, so it is for my sake as well as hers :-).

I love Christmas trees and since last year at Easter we had such a cold spell, with snow and stormy weather, it seemed appropriate to have an Easter tree too. Which proved a bit confusing up to a point but hey, that’s another story…

Last year Alex found a tree branch which had been cut off and we decorated that as our Easter tree. This year we decided to upcycle our optic fiber Christmas tree and use it instead of a real branch. Works a wonder and on dark evenings we have the option to light it up, a bit weird but looks lovely when sitting with a cup of tea in the living room.

My decorations have been exclusively bought from bargain shops, as you can see in the picture, at around £1.00 per pack.

We have plastic toy Easter eggs, which Emma has decorated with stickers and we have filled with tiny Easter eggs that are to be munched from now until Easter.

Emma has enjoyed painting and decorating ceramic bunnies and eggs , as you can see in the box in the center. We have also made Easter cards which she has generously given to friends in playgroup.

019From last year, I have kept and re-used some very pretty and sparkly foam and glitter eggs and bird nests.They were again around £1 per set of six but look so cute in the tree! The wee chicks can be found everywhere this year, I even saw them in Tesco’s yesterday and they are very good value, around 16 for £1!!

004Of course, Emma’s favourite item is the Easter basket, where I decided to put a few treats for her to enjoy. She has had so far Easter bunnies from Milka, they are £0.67 for 3 in Home Bargains and so pretty looking under the tree!

Since we have a fireplace this year I decided to buy a bunting to decorate it. It was so easy to put together and I love the look of our living room with it now!

002 (2)All in all, I find doing anything that gives me a bit of time with Emma fun and we are both very pleased with the end result!

022Do you have any Easter traditions in your family? Please do share your ideas with me, I am always interested to hear about what other people do at Easter, besides eating chocolate eggs :-).

Blog Your Heart Out!

I have been tagged and challenged by the lovely Sophie at Franglaise Mummy to blog my heart out. I need to basically answer five questions that will allow other mummy bloggers to get to know me a bit better. Then I will tag five other mummies and challenge them to reveal a bit about themselves too.

I love the challenge in light of the decision I made last week to write a bit more about myself, not only about reflux and sibling issues we are facing at the moment, since they are temporary and will go away sooner or later.

So, here goes:

Who/What encouraged you to start blogging?

I started blogging in 2012, when we moved home. It was a very confusing time in my life, we had just lost our home, moved into rental accommodation and away from familiar surroundings and people. I found myself stranded and lonely and decided to pour my heart out into this blog, as a means to release my pent-up emotions.

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

At the time, I was “only a  mummy” so I blogged about raising a toddler in the beginning. As my confidence grew, I added recipes, travel posts and reviews to the blog.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I have two degrees: one in French and a Master’s in American Studies. So when people compliment me here on my “good English” I feel like strangling them, as they don’t realise I have studied for ages to get to this level of proficiency and it is not my living here and learning from the locals that did it :-)

What three words describe your style?

Hmmm…I would say reserved, quiet and reflective. I take my time to analyse a situation or a person, I don’t trust easily. When I have formed an opinion about something/someone it is generally not rushed judgement but a methodical analysis of recurrent behaviour/circumstances. So if you are my friend, I deem your trustworthy to be around. If you are not, it is because I have come to that conclusion by observing you and it is highly unlikely that you will become my friend any time soon…

What do you love to do when you are not blogging?

Sleeping…Honestly, with a small baby who is still up several times at night, I would love to be able to sleep a whole week to make up for the past 10 weeks of broken sleep :-). I also like shopping for bargains and cooking, when I am not under pressure.

DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is me, on my wedding day, no make-up on!

Whom do I nominate now:

Honest Mum

Mother Nature Loves You

Hijacked by Twins

Musings of a 21st Century Stay at Home Mum

Oh So Amelia.

 

Sterimar Congestion Relief – Review

Spring usually brings longer and warmer days, tree blossoms but, unfortunately, for our family, it usually means stuffed noses and sniffles…This spring has been no different, with hubby constantly exhausting the tissue box supply and Emma bringing in all sorts of nasties from playgroup. Even as I write this, she is down with an ear infection, bless her!

You can imagine anything that can bring relief  to the situation is highly welcomed, so my excitement was justified when we were offered the chance to review the Sterimar products. I got really excited knowing that of all the congestion relief products available on the market at the moment, Sterimar would do no harm to either my baby nor to my ever-so-health-conscious hubby since it is 100% natural sea water, hence the name!

Hubby was actually over the moon when he realised what Sterimar Congestion Relief was as it reminded him of his home country, Greece and the sea dipping Greek people do when they have a cold, since they believe the salty water clears mucus naturally and relieves congestion. He tried it for a couple of evenings and reported clear airways, a big deal for him when it comes to a good night sleep.

Baby has been sniffling and coughing too these past few days. I have used only Sterimar Baby on him, at the doctor’s recommendation. I love the fact that Sterimar Baby can be used from birth, since it has no chemicals that could harm your baby. A big plus for me is that fact that it has a long and slim tube what can be inserted easily into tiny noses, I remember when Emma was a baby how difficult it was to put drops of any kind into her nose due to cumbersome devices. It is also a spray, which means you can hold your baby upright while using it, reducing the stress and the discomfort of both baby and mother!

You can find both Sterimar Congestion Relief and Sterimar Baby in Boots and most pharmacies across the UK or you can order it online.

For the purpose of this review, we were offered both products free of charge. We highly recommend them!

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