After the week of scorching heat we can certainly say Summer has arrived! But while the sun brings fun but it also brings danger and protecting our family's skin is top of the agenda on sunny days. I've teamed up with Nivea Sun and Cancer Research UK to bring you some top sun safety tips and test out some family friendly suncreams to avoid tears and tantrums!
Being a mum means you have a pretty busy schedule. Balancing your work and family is a lot, but when you add the effort you have to put in to look good, the whole thing can become overwhelming. So, here are a few easy tips presented in six steps that will help you shorten your beauty routine and look good while you are balancing your daily commitments.
Bath time is one of our favourite times of the day in this household. Both my girls have been water babies since they were tiny babies but with both having sensitive skin I have to be really careful about what I put in their bath. Infacare Baby Bath is super mild making it safe for sensitive skin - Yaay!
We've all been there. You are out in the park and your baby chucks their soother out of the pram. Nightmare! Enter the Milton Mini Soother Steriliser which can clean and sterilise your baby's soother in just 15 minutes while you are out. Genius.
Husband is currently trialling the Braun BGK7050 Body Grooming Kit with great results. This 3 in 1 shaver, trimmer and epilator provides all round body grooming in a portable, easy to use little device.
Yes, you can catch chickenpox (varicella) after having the chickenpox vaccination. We know this because currently Little I has chicken pox, despite being vaccinated against it two years ago.
It took me a few days to realise this wasn't a normal bout of hives and even our GP didn't believe it was possible and said it was some kind of skin infection. But our paediatrician at the hospital has confirmed it is in fact chickenpox and explained that you can still catch chickenpox after being vaccinated. In fact this is the case for all vaccinations. Nothing is 100% effective.
Plus we have recently discovered Little I has a weak immune system. Which means her body may not be reacting to vaccinations the way it should. Distinctly worrying. After all they get vaccinated against much scarier things than chicken pox...
The good news is if you have been vaccinated against chickenpox but still catch it you are more likely to experience a weaker version of the virus. And that certainly seems to be the case with Little I whose spots seem to be fading away rather than blistering and crusting.
Phew! As her sister has a particularly horrific bout of it which is the reason why we paid to have Little I immunised in the first place!
So we are in full chicken pox quarantine mode at the moment. Luckily I stashed away some of the Easter themed craft kits from our last Baker Ross delivery so we've had lots to keep ourselves busy with.
And if your little one does catch chickenpox remember not to give ibuprofen as that can make the spots worse and increase the chances of infection. Even if your GP tells you it is ok please stick to infant paracetamol as ibuprofen can cause complications - visit the NHS website here to see the advice about avoid ibuprofen during chicken pox.
I am not a medical professional and this is not qualified advice. I am speaking from personal experience only. Always seek professional medical advice if you or your child is unwell.
Work, Family and the Home. It is the all too familiar life triangle we seem to be constantly juggling yet never finding that elusive perfect balance. Husband works full time, I work from home around our two kids school runs, ballet classes and swimming lessons and the housework kinda gets forgotten, until it gets so bad we argue about it then have to fix it. I can see a lot of you out there nodding your heads in agreement.
But we can take solace in the fact that we are not alone! The infographic below by Easy Life Cover shows that 56% of working parents find balancing work and family difficult. Do not despair! it also gives us lots of tips to help us balance work and family to the best of our abilities
Family life might seem chaotic enough without adding a pet to the mix! However, there are many different benefits associated with having a furry friend . This include improvements in mental, physical and emotional well-being as well as enhanced social skills. They can also help to provide motivation when it comes to getting round to doing some exercise and are a way of keeping loneliness at bay.
Owning a pet is certainly popular at the moment. Research recently conducted by Voucherbox has found that over half of all UK households have a pet. Dogs are the most popular choice with a quarter of pet-owning families having one, closely followed by cats at 24%. According to the PFMA, other animals in the top-ten include fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and even lizards! If you are thinking about making an addition to your home here are five reasons why animals could be good for your child as well as family life.
Been feeling quite stressed this weekend so am spending some time colouring in an attempt to relax
Linking up to #mysundayphoto
It only comes around once a year so don't forget Nans and Grannies this Mother's Day! I've come up with the perfect relaxation kit to guarantee ultimate relaxation and bliss, all in the comfort of home. It's so good I may have tried it out on myself...
Help Nan create a bath nirvana with Olverum therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils to help relieve stress, soothe joints and aching sore muscles. All with a gorgeously aromatic, scent to make a perfect 'me time' moment.
And we need something to curl up in after the bath. The beautiful pyjamas, nightdresses and dressing gowns from David Nieper nightwear are the perfect finish to the day. Handmade in the UK from fine pure cotton and soft jersey you won't find anything more comfortable.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.