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SOFT PINK NURSERY DÈCOR

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If you own a toddler you will probably have more toys in your house that the whole of Toy R Us? Am I right? My daughter is just three years old and I cannot believe that in those three years she seems to have accumulated more belongings and clothes than my husband and I have in our ten year relationship, and so it makes complete sense to upgrade the size of her bedroom. But as she goes into the bigger bedroom it does mean that the smaller room will be vacant, no we are not having a man cave, we have decided to use this spare room as a dressing room/office space, but that's a whole different exciting project. However our top priority is getting our daughter and her many belongings into her new big bedroom before Christmas. But before we start all the fun, we needed to sort through all the overfill and clear the space, my husband broke down the old units while I sorted through my clothes and belongings.  My husband painted the walls, glossed the skirting boards before moving my daughter's cot, furniture and nursing chair into into her new room. Not bad for a days work, however I cannot take credit for all the work, because I was too busy watching Disney films with the little one. But now comes the really exciting part of a new bedroom, making it even more special. I have always dreamed of a soft and pretty scheme for her bedroom and so I have been putting together some mood boards to give me some inspiration to set my husband to task.

My daughter's new bedroom is a good size with wide windows and plain cream walls. I have always wanted to have a bright light colour scheme for my daughter's bedroom with a rabbit theme throughout. As my daughter adores pink we have decided to use blush pink the colour scheme is predominantly white, with accents of pink and copper. I feel as if the copper gives the pink a bit of edge and the pink brings out the warm rose tone in the copper. However when the two colours are paired with a white or a marble effect it really looks so beautiful so let me show you what I have in mind.

F U R N I T U R E

My daughter's bedroom furniture really needs updating, she has most definitely outgrown her furniture. The theme is soft blush pink that is predominantly white with accents of pink and copper, so with some help I have found the perfect bedroom furniture. I adore this collection of white furniture, it's really elegant and would really set off the soft pink tones. The Chantilly White Painted Collection are handcrafted by highly skilled craftsmen and all items feature solid joints, solid drawer backs and solid bases, with pewter-look handles. These would be the perfect addition to any nursery. 




W I N D O W S

We have a large window space and we currently have nets and some black out curtains, and we are looking to upgrade our windows. So we can finally get rid of those nets and have beautiful windows and some blackout roller blinds from VELUX Blinds, my favourites are the pale pink and light grey.



D È C O R

As the colour scheme is soft blush pink I have selected a few pieces that would be sure to add those finishing touches to my daughter's new bedroom. My daughter loves rabbits and Peter Rabbit is kind of a big thing in our house and I have managed to find the most adorable prints, ornaments and night light to go along with the soft blush bedroom. I would also love to add some vinyl wall decor to her room, they look so simple and easy to put up and will sure to add some decadence to the her bedroom. Printing Jay have an array designs for different rooms, so your design can be tailored to your taste, you really are spoiled for choice. 





I can't wait to get all my ideas into my daughter's room. Do you like to soft pink decor? Is there one piece that stands out the most? Please leave your comments below...

Disclaimer – please be aware that this is a collaborative post but as always all words are my own

THE BABY FEEDING SERIES WITH RAW CHILDHOOD

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Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.


This week for The Baby Feeding Series we have the very lovely Jade from Raw Childhood who has kindly offered to share her breastfeeding journey with Mylo and the difficulties they both faced with an acid re-flux and allergies. So grab a cuppa, sit down as I hand you over to Jade. 

OUR RE-FLUX & ALLERGY JOURNEY

I was hoping for an ‘easy’ life when I had my second because I knew that I only had 1 term off university and I needed to feel reassured that Kevin could handle things back home with both boys (not that I didn’t trust him but I would feel more relaxed if I knew he didn’t really have to do much while I was out).
I am going to be doing this blog in 2 parts, maybe even 3 because it is very long and I don’t want to lose people half way through. I will be posting part two hopefully next month because we start the milk ladder then and I would like to tell you if we have made any progress.
So let me start from the beginning.. with Mylo being my second baby I knew that something was wrong within 24 hours of giving birth.

Here are what Mylo’s symptoms were:

* Pulling on and off the boob when feeding
* Couldn’t lie down flat on his back
* Mucousy nappies
* Constant crying (day and night)
* Refluxing all the time (ok we aren’t talking vomit because his stomach muscles weren’t contracting, he was actually refluxing) and this would frequently be projectile
* Arching his back in pain
* Constant irritability
* Not sleeping
* Struggling with weight gain
* Trumping constantly
Sights like these were a regular occurance

Every time the midwives came to see us (yes they came more than once because it took a bit longer for Mylo to get back up to his birth weight when we came home) I expressed my concerns but they just said to talk to my health visitor. Ok, then my health visitor came when Mylo was a couple of weeks old and I told her that I thought it was colic (because I was told by my GP that my first had colic and it was similar symptoms, looking back now I believe he had reflux). My health visitor said that it wasn’t colic and she thought the symptoms related to reflux. She told me to go and see our GP if the symptoms were still present after another 2 weeks and tell them that she had recommended that I make an appointment – except I didn’t want to wait that long, we had already been pulling our hair out trying to find a reason for these symptoms and then we were given one so I called the doctor that afternoon for an emergency appointment.

GP visit number 1

Fast forward to the appointment and I explained everything that was discussed with my health visitor and she agreed with the reflux and gave Mylo some gaviscon. Mylo played his usual – been up all night crying so now I am in my car seat and at the doctors I am going to take a quick power nap. Unlucky for me the doctor just looked at me like I was being a hypochondriac and a neurotic mother. I swear that 20 minutes earlier he was screaming his head off!

What a pile of rubbish the Gaviscon was, it made him worse because on top of all of the other symptoms we now had severe constipation and sore tummy so I booked another emergency appointment after about a week. Between appointments I joined an online Facebook group called ‘Living With Reflux’, they really opened my eyes. I wanted to understand more about reflux and where better to get information than the people going through it with their children? Other people on the group mentioned about theor babies having CMPA and how CMPA can often cause reflux. I dove deeper into this, I read up about it online, I never slept anyway so I just stayed up with Mylo and read forums and NHS pages about allergies to dairy in infants. When I looked at the symptoms it suddenly hit home that he had A LOT of the symptoms!

His symptoms I described above for his reflux, some of them were actually symptoms for CMPA for example:

* Vomiting
* His reflux was a sign of an allergy
* Colic
* Diarrhoea
* Constipation
* Flatulance
* Stomach pain
* Mucousy or bloody stools (thankfully we never had bloody stools but we did have lots of mucous)
* Distended stomach (his stomach was slightly swollen but we never thought anything of it)

I still was on the fence about Mylo’s CMPA because I had never been through allergies before with my children and myself and Kevin don’t have any allergies either so I was a bit clueless. Deep down I just thought it was bad reflux, I started questioning myself because a lot of the symptoms for reflux and CMPA cross over into each other.

GP visit number 2

So, visit number 2, another emergency appointment. Just my luck, we saw the same doctor, again. I told her the gaviscon wasn’t working so she increased the dose and told me to try it for a couple of weeks.
I mentioned about CMPA and she looked at me and said “no, what you eat does not go through to your breastmilk”. I was a bit bewildered by this in my sleep deprived state and before I knew it I just said oh ok and off I went with the prescription. You don’t think the GP is not going to know about a condition so you don’t question them (especially when your only just looking into it all for yourself).
Symptoms were not improving, they were getting worse. Anyone that has given infant gaviscon to their breastfed baby understands how hard it is to even get the damn thing in their mouth! It had only been a few days since I last saw the doctor but that was it, I was not going to be fobbed off again. I had not slept more than 45 minutes in one go in about 5 weeks now and I was raging that I didn’t feel like I was being taken seriously! So what did I do? I researched, and researched and researched. I mean I delved deep into the internet and I was now armed. I made an emergency appointment. Again. 3rd time lucky?

GP visit number 3

Right I was not taking any rubbish now. There was no way that I was being turned away.
I went into the room with Mylo and as low and behold the SAME doctor AGAIN! Just my luck! Well, she looked at me and knew exactly what the problem was (I should hope so, we’ve seen her 3 times in 2 weeks). I sat down and before she had time to think I just said that the baby gaviscon was more than useless and that I was not leaving until we got a referral to a peadiatrician. She agreed! Hallelujah! Stick to your guns and you will get what you originally went in for (or she just wanted to see the back of me? Either way I got what I wanted).

I feel like I was taken advantage of the first 2 times I went in the doctors. I was exhausted beyond belief, sometimes I didn’t even know my own name, I didn’t even know if I was coming or going. I do believe that they tried to fobbed me off, either that or the doctor that I seen just did not have any training or knowledge of CMPA. I would prefer to have been fobbed off because it is scary to think that a GP will turn you away because they don’t believe your problem is a real one due to them not having any knowledge in the area.

Referral went through and we had our appointment for in 4 weeks time. For me this was not quick enough (I know a lot of people wait a lot longer than this and that isn’t right).
Thankfully I got a lot of support from the Living With Reflux group who advised and helped me when I felt like I was going to go a bit crazy! I cannot thank them enough because they kept me sane. I had enough of waiting around while my baby was so distressed and I couldn’t do anything to help. I had one more option.

Hi ho hi ho it’s off to a&e we go

Yes. We went to a&e. There was no way that I was going to see Mylo poorly for another 4 weeks so I took action and we all went to the hospital. Mylo was having one of his really bad days (which I was thankful for because at least we would be taken seriously and they could see what he is really like, you know what I mean?). He screamed and screamed and screamed and we were taken to the children’s ward.

Doctors and nurses were in and out all day (yep we were there all day and we had Leo too, although I didn’t expect any less to be honest), the paediatrician was lovely and went through everything with us and gave us ranitidine (hallelujah) and sent us on our way, they even gave us a prescription to give to our doctors surgery stating that they should now prescribe it to us and adjust the dose when needed. This felt like a huge weight had been lifted!

Now we had to just wait for our paediatrician hospital appointment..


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About Jade

Jade is an early years professional, mother & blogger. Jade lives in Manchester with her lovely partner Kevin, her two sons Leo and Mylo with another little one coming to join the clan in November. Not forgetting their tea cup yorkie Bailey of course. Jade is an advocate of messy play, learning through play and child-led parenting. They both blog, vlog & run the Raw Childhood community.



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6 HAIR CARE TIPS TO HELP WITH HAIR LOSS

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Hair shredding is a part of everyday life! We've all been there. After a good brushing session, the wad of hair stuck in our brush normally leaves us asking ourselves whether this is normal. Yes of course it's a fact that we lose a few strands over the course of the day, the average person who brushes or combs their hair every day can loose up to 100 strands a day. However when you sit and think about it it seems quite a lot, when in fact it is no cause for concern.

Image/PEXELS

But when you start pulling out clumps of hair over a period of time then you may need to address the issue. I know after the birth of my daughter I was shredding hairs for months on end after she made her entrance into the world. So much so whenever I ran my fingers through my hair I would often find myself pulling so much hair from in between my fingers, it became a worry. It did turn out that it was all pregnancy related. During a pregnancy an elevated estrogen level prolongs the growing stage, after you give birth these estrogen level plummet, meaning a lot more hair follicles go into a resting stage and it seems as if more hair is coming out in the show and when you brush. 


However for some people, continuous hair loss can become more of a worry. Hair loss is often increased by a hormonal imbalance, stress, a mineral deficiency, dieting, genetics, pregnancy, medical condition or even certain medications. But I do want to share some ways in which you can prevent further hair loss and perhaps a potential solution to a more severe problem, but more on that later. When it comes to hair loss, you tend to worry about the hair you are losing and the more you worry, the more you lose and so it becomes a vicious cycle but it's important to try and figure out why you're losing so much hair. Hair loss doesn't happen fast, so it can take a long time to try and suss out what has triggered the hair loss. It can be a process of elimination and as a starting point making simple changes to your lifestyle can ease hair loss. 

A nutritious diet & more water

By making changes to your diet and lifestyle is an absolute must if you desire beautiful soft, long tresses. Add more fruit and veggies into your diet, try snacking on some healthy carbs such as fresh fruit crudités or whole wheat crackers. Not forgetting to up your protein intake too, including at least some form of protein at breakfast. In addition to these changes, make sure that you drink plenty of water around 8-10 glasses a day.

Take a supplement

By adding some essential minerals and vitamins into your diet isn't always so easy, especially if you already have an underlying health condition or are allergic to some types of food. Taking supplements to ensure that you get all the vitamins and minerals into your body, especially Vitamin A, as this is crucial for healthy hair. Vitamin B12 creates more creation of red blood cells, which ultimately provides more oxygen for your body. Along with Vitamin C, and Iron. Vitamin E encourages circulation in the body and helps grow new blood vessels, which helps hair to grow. By taking some form of supplement will ensure that your body is getting what it needs. 

Limit hair styling treatments and products

It's time to get smart about styling! Using harsh chemicals will only spoil your hair growth and so embracing a more natural way of styling is the way to go forward when is comes to hair loss. Avoid hairstyles that place tension on the hair and the hair follicles, so try avoiding heavy styling creams and serums, as they can add unnecessary weight to the hair. When it comes to treating dry or damaged hair try adding some natural products into life, like Aloe Vera as it can give your hair a new  lease of life, in the way it looks and feels. 

Stay away from the heat

Harsh hairstyles that consistently use hair bands, clips, rollers or pull hair into tight styles such as cornrows, pony tails can effect the hair folliciles badly. As can incorrectly used chemicals such as dyes, bleaches, straighteners and hair dryers. Being someone who has thick wavy hair, there are times where I need to dry and straighten my hair, but all this heat, styling and brushing can really be damaging so try and stay away from the heat where possible. So instead of an everyday use limit to these two to three times a week

Only wash your hair 2-3 times a week

I wash my hair far too much, every other day! I know, I know. I should be allowing the natural oil do it's thing rather than using shampoos and conditioners to clean my hair. The natural oils to help condition and protect hair follicles and the more you wash them away, the more likely they are stripped away. So only wash your hair 2-3 time a week! By using a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type is also important. I have found a couple of natural products that have helped with my hair type - thick and curly. 

DON'T freak out

If you do find yourself losing a lot of hair, more than usual and you have been making certain lifestyle changes to try and encourage hair growth, there may be an underlying problem. Losing hair can leave you feeling stressed, and you need to realise that your are not alone and it's most definitely nothing to be worried about. So don't freak out if this happens to be you as there are plenty of options available to you including FUE Hair Transplant. So it may be worthwhile making an appointment to discuss your options. 


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MONSOON ROSE GOLD EAU DE PARFUM

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I thought that today I would share a new scent from Monsoon that I have be loving this month. I don't know about you but when it comes to a signature scent, I never really stick to just one. Now there are quite a few that I am naturally drawn to, like this one, either due to their sweet scents or a pretty bottle. The Monsoon Rose Gold Eau De Parfum is just that! Seriously how beautiful does this look?


Firstly, before we get into this I think we all need to take a moment to simply admire the beautiful packaging and rose gold detailing of the perfume. The scent and the beautifully designed teardrop bottle, with the signature rose gold colour prominent throughout. It's so beautiful. I have to say that Monsoon have done really well and they have designed a lovely bottle that looks great on display. It's made from very thick glass bottle and the bottle itself is a droplet shape with a square chunky cap as a nice contrast. Now if you didn't know, I have an obsession and love all things rose gold, I am like a rose gold magpie and when ever I am shopping I am drawn to it's beauty. So, when Monsoon got in contact a few weeks ago asking if I would like to try out their fragrance, Rose Gold. I literally jumped at the chance.


The fragrance itself opens with juicy top notes of citrus, rich floral heart notes and decadent woods which have been combined to create a feminine and sensual scent - overall, such a beautiful, rich aroma. There are also sparkling notes of lemon combined with a soft fruity accord and hints of fresh mandarin. At its heart, opulent velvety rose with tuberose, neroli and cyclamen. There is also rich vanilla, musk and amber notes which gives the fragrance a signature twist. The perfume itself is available to purchase now in-store and also online. It is available in three different sizes; 30ml at £24.00*, 50ml at £29.00 and 100ml at £35.00 which means you can find the perfect size for you. The fragrance is both warm and refreshing and perfect both day or evening wear. Despite it being a light perfume, it's long wearing and would suit a multitude of tastes due to it balancing perfectly between a sweet and musky scent. I found the wear time to this perfume is just as good as the most expensive perfumes in my collection. I like to apply a couple of sprays in the morning and still smell the scent in the evening. 


Have you tried any perfumes from Monsoon yet? If so, which ones have you used. Please leave a comment below...

*DISCLAIMER* Mimi Rose and Me is a personal blog written and edited by myself only, unless otherwise note my reviews are completely based on my own opinion of the product reviewed. These products were supplied to me as a gift to review from Monsoon.

MY FAVOURITE NURSERY QUOTES

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Last week was a crazy week for us, and so #Blogtober17 took a back seat. I feel as if I am getting somewhere with the workload and I am glad to finally be getting back on that #Bloftober17 train and today seems quite fitting as we are decorating our daughter's new room and have been looking for the perfect quotes to go in her room. If you didn't know, my daughter seems to have quite the obsession with Peter Rabbit so it seems a good idea to try and look for some Peter Rabbit quotes. Watching Peter Rabbit brings back fond memories of my childhood and listening to those white books with the rabbits on read by my lovely Nan. I guess you could say that both my sister and I had a small obsession with rabbits since then, so it's quite wonderful to see my daughter enjoying the fond tales of Peter Rabbit. It's hard to imagine a childhood without Beatrix Potter. Her magical tales of enchanted woodland creatures have been read to generations of children, and remain – even today – as one of the most cherished children's literary creations of all time. So, here are some of my favourite quotes. 


Even the smallest one can change the world

- Beatrix Potter

Adorn My Wall, £5.16

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

Lexis Little Prints, £5.99


And though she be but little, she is fierce

-William Shakespeare

Oh-Flora, £ 8


What if I fall? Oh, my darling, what if you fly?

- Erin Hanson

Oh-Flora, £12


Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Blossom & Pear, £12.25


What are your favourite quotes?

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