Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Seasalt Cornwall's New Organic Cotton Bed Linen Collection....

Regular readers will know how much I love Cornish lifestyle brand Seasalt. About 90% of my wardrobe has been purchased whilst on my travels from their gorgeous shops dotted around Cornwall so it will be no surprise to you that i'm thrilled to be able to share with you their exciting new organic cotton bed linen collection!  

From their studios which overlook St Anthony’s lighthouse and Falmouth Bay on the south coast of Cornwall, Seasalt have been inspired to design an exciting new range of home textiles that speak about their surroundings – the countryside, heritage and coastline of Cornwall.

The beautiful collection features an assortment of Seasalt's signature unique prints, floral motifs and nautical stripes, all of which are made in the softest organic cotton. From daffodils to ropes, boats and stripes, all of the designs capture the coastal style that Seasalt is famous for.

Seasalt was the first fashion company to have its organic cotton clothing certified to Soil Association standards in 2005 and organic cotton has played a significant part in the Seasalt story so far. Seasalt organic cotton is used in the new bedlinen collection across selected lines, in its high quality jersey, which is beautifully soft and easy to care for.

The range consists of single, double, king and superking duvet covers, and standard and euro pillowcases with prices ranging from £15.00 to £115.00. You can browse through the full range and find out more here!

I must say that the whole collection is terribly gorgeous and right up my street! I shall no doubt be making a purchase though which design i'm going to pick will be a tough choice! Which is your favourite? 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Our Favourite Baby Products: Trevarno 'Baby Bath & Massage Oil' and 'Organic Camomile Soap'....

We bathed Emilia in plain water up until she was roughly 5 months old and never used any products on her skin whatsoever but when she had trouble sleeping recently, I turned my favourite brands to see if they stocked any products that would help her get to to the land of nod a bit easier! 

We first discovered Trevarno skincare on a trip to Trevarno gardens (now closed to the public) in Cornwall quite a few years ago and have been using their products ever since. Their skin products and soaps are just incredible and so delicate on my stupidly sensitive skin. In fact, my husband and I love them so much that we bought their organic soaps which we wrapped in handmade paper to give as favours at our wedding....

I was pleased to see that they stocked a range of products suitable for babies and immediately put an order in for the baby bath and massage oil, knowing that it wouldn't disappoint! 

The oil combines gentle and nourishing oils of olive and almond to leave baby's delicate skin feeling smooth and moisturised whilst essential oils of lavender and camomile are there to help relax and soothe. It can either be used as a bath oil by adding a few drops to warm running water or as a massage oil by applying a small amount into your hands and massaging over baby's skin.

The oil smells beautiful, not overpowering and works like a dream. It is so relaxing and great for Emilia at bedtime, I love giving her a massage and she really responds well to it! We've used it in the bath too and her skin is wonderfully soft afterwards, it completely sinks into the skin and doesn't leave it oily.

The oil is suitable for vegans and a 100ml bottle retails for £13.50. 

We are also a huge fan of the organic camomile soap which is suitable for babies and adults alike. We have found it is great for washing Emilia's hair with and has really cleared up the spot of cradle cap she was developing! The soap is perfect for the most delicate skin types and the website says it can even be used on skin conditions such as eczema. It's a really fabulous product, so pure and a complete joy to use! 

You can buy a single bar of the camomile soap for £4.00 or buy it in a selection box as we did with four other soaps for £19.00.

Have you tried Trevarno products before?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Happy 6 Months!

Emilia turned 6 months old today. It's crazy to think she's half a year old already, being pregnant seems like a distant memory now!

During the last month we have seen some massive, massive changes in her. She's developing so fast it seems like she's learning something new every day!

She's also much happier now that her reflux has been diagnosed and is being managed. Before she would spend most of her days screaming in pain with hubby and I having to constantly carry her or walk her in the pram trying to soothe her. I am so glad we are making progress now that our doctor finally acknowledged our worries. She still has bad days but she is so much better now than she was. She's such a happy baby now!

Here's a round-up of what she has been up to recently. At 6 months old Emilia is.....

Sitting unaided for a few minutes at a time. She loves sitting on the sofa or on a blanket on the floor with her toys round her so that she can reach and grab for things! She's also started launching herself onto her hands and kicking so I'm sure it won't be all that long until she's on the move! 

Constantly interacting with toys, people, etc. She's very chatty too; always talking, squealing and laughing! It's so cute!

Enjoying her food! We're doing a mixture of baby led weaning and pureed food, luckily she loves both! Her favourite foods at the moment seem to be roasted sweet potatoes, toast, cheese, pureed mango, banana and pureed peaches with blueberries! She'll give anything a go and the faces that she pulls when she doesn't like something are hilarious! 

Still chewing everything though no sign of teeth yet!

Still sleeping beside us in her Bednest. She'll be moving into her own bedroom soon though i'm not in a rush as she's still very happy with us and I love being so close to her! 

Loves tummy tickles, cuddles, pretending to fly, chewing my iPhone, watching TV, her jumperoo, and stroking the Pug.

Happy half birthday my little angel, we love you so much! 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day....

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. and so in you the child your mother lives on and through your family continues to live... so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die" - Osho

Yesterday was my first Mother's Day. Every single day this little lady makes me happier and stronger, I am so incredibly proud to be her mummy! 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Favourite (Dog Friendly) Places: The Lamppost Cafe....

Elsie turns 3 years old this week so we kicked off her birthday celebrations with a trip to Hebden Bridge on Monday with a visit to The Lamppost Cafe in mind. The Lamppost Cafe is a truly wonderful place where food and refreshments are served for both human and hound! You really can't get more dog friendly than here!

The cafe is really cosy inside and doggy visitors are extremely well catered for with jugs of water and bowls to help yourself to and baskets of cushioned beds for your pup to relax whilst you are eating.

The dog menu is varied with everything from homemade pupcakes to popcorn and doggy ice cream. We ordered Elsie a birthday cheese and banana pupcake (which the waitress bought to the table with a candle!) and a bottle of 'dog beer' to wash it down with! 
Elsie is a hugely fussy eater but she really loved the food so much so that later on in the day we came back for a chocolate fudge pupcake.... she had no problems polishing that one off either! 

The human menu consists of freshly made homemade soups, salads and jacket potatoes (white and sweet) as well as a variety of cakes and snacks. I had a tough time choosing but in the end opted for the salad of the day which was beetroot, rhubarb and Gorgonzola with barley. Accompanied by a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, it was all delicious! 

We really loved the dog bowls that were available to use and we were pleased to see that they were also sold in the shop, something we'll definitely be buying next time we visit. The shop also sells a selection of collars, leads, toys and treats.... All of which are tastefully selected and would make an ideal gift for your pooch! 

The cafe is baby/child friendly but I wouldn't recommend taking a pushchair in unless you can fold it and tuck it out of the way! On our second visit in the afternoon we decided to leave the pushchair in the car and carry Emilia in, much better! 

Emilia absolutely loves dogs so she had fun seeing heaps of them together in one place! She made friends with a couple of King Charles Spaniels, I think she liked them as they are pretty much Pug sized with similar-ish faces! 

Later on in the afternoon we decided to pop back in for some refreshments before our journey home. The cafe was quieter at this point and we all had a large cup of tea and a slice of cake each. The creme egg brownie I had was fresh out of the oven, still warm and gooey.... It was SO GOOD!

During our visit we also had a good potter round Hebden Bridge and discovered that most of the shops are very welcoming with dogs too. Our favourite dog friendly shop was The Yorkshire Soap Company which is just round the corner from The Lamppost Cafe. They sell the most insanely adorable soaps and stock candles from True Grace, my favourite candle brand. We purchased a few of the soap cupcakes and bath bombs to take home with us and I am sure we will be back for more!

I really recommend the Lamppost Cafe if you are looking for somewhere you can take your dog and make them feel special! Here are the address and contact details for the cafe as well as the Yorkshire Soap Company.....

The Lamppost Cafe and Boutique,
13-15 Bridgegate, 
Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire,
HX7 8EX. 

The Yorkshire Soap Company,
6 Market Street,
Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire,
HX7 6AA.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Morning....

A few photographs from our walk in the Botanical Gardens this morning. Blossom was out in full force everywhere we looked so i'm glad I grabbed my camera as we headed off out! Elsie made lots of doggy friends today as well as scavenging for treats from people, she loves the attention she gets there. I also took Emilia inside the pavilions to see the tropical plants, she quite enjoyed it judging from the smiles on her face! 

I'm feeling super poorly so this weekend has been a quiet one for us, with Ben helping to look after Emilia whilst I hide under a duvet trying not to cough! I hope you've all had a good weekend x