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Add Light Into Your Life With Ginger Snap Cinematic Light Box

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I am pretty sure that at some time or another you would have come across one of these cinema light boxes, these quirky little boxes are taking over homes, and social media accounts everywhere. They have become quite the widespread trend phenomena and they will without a doubt be a hit during the festive period. I mean why wouldn't you get one of these fantastic retro light boxes because you can use them for an array of occasion such a birthdays, parties, weddings, pregnancy announcements or even just a cute slogan that you want to share. 


When GingerSnap got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their light boxes, the first thing I did was see what they had to offer. I was pleasantly surprise to see an array of choices on their website and I was more than happy to add a couple of things to my basket. I was kindly send over an A4 white colour changing light box with 120 black letters, number and symbols as well as extra colour letter and symbols packs. This light box intrigued me the most as I have never come across a colour changing light box and so I was eager to receive my delivery. The light box was package very well and inside the box were the extra letters, numbers and symbols so you can imagine my excitement and so my three year old and I had a fun afternoon trying to create as many slogans as we could. 


Each of GingerSnap’s light boxes come with the standard bold black letters, but they also offer an range of letter packs. Extra black letters, coloured letters, emoji symbols and even some rose gold letter pack. In my package I received the A4 coloured letter pack to go pretty with pastel. There 120 pastel coloured letters, numbers and symbols! Includes social media, Halloween pumpkins, Father Christmas, birthday cake icons plus many more decorative characters.They are perfect to create special personalised message with name, date on your led illuminated light box to celebrate a birthday, Christmas or wedding or Halloween parties. I adore light boxes and I think that they are such a unique gift, especially with the array of choices and combos you can make and that's why I love Ginger Snap because you are really spoiled for choice. As you know I am completely obsessed with Rose gold and I have seen that Ginger Snap offer a beautiful A4 gold wooden light box along with rose gold letters so I hope to add one more light box to my collection, so that's on my Christmas list. 


Ginger Snap offer a wide range of light box products, not forgetting the all important extra letters, numbers and icons to help you make your stand out from the rest. Most of the light boxes that I already own are battery operated so I was more than happy to see a USB with my Ginger Snap one as I always forget to buy batteries, and I more than sure that I am not the only one who does this. It so easy and simple to work my cinematic light box through the television or my laptop for those all important Instagram photos. Seeing as it's Halloween tomorrow and the little lady and I are joining in with the Halloween fun this year we will also show one of these in our window along with other Halloween decorations to make sure that all the trick or treaters come to our house. What do you think? Do you have a cinematic light box? If not, would you get one? Please leave all your thoughts and comments 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 Ginger Snap.

Toddler Friendly No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

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Since the little lady can walk it's become our tradition to go pumpkin picking and spend the evenings carving them. But like most, carving pumpkins with toddlers can be a stressful event and so this year we have tried to be a little more creative and opted for a no carve pumpkin party. I am more than  sure that there's a way you can join in with the no carving pumpkin fun, just as much as we did. 



DECORATE THE PUMPKIN WITH STICKERS

It's simple, it's easy and far less mess. A winner in my book. If you own a toddler I am pretty sure that you have a book of stickers laying around the house so no need to go out and get supplies. It can be any stickers of their choosing, we decided to create a dinosaur pumpkin as apparently for Halloween she is dressing up as a dinosaur witch



MAKE A GLITTER PUMPKIN

Every parent loves glitter, am I right? Glitter pumpkins look gorgeous, but as you can imagine with glitter, it can get messy. So it may be an idea to take this activity outside on a messy mat. Or use glitter glue pens like we did, after a little rummage through our arts and craft box we found a red, blue and silver and decorated our pumpkins. I have seen some beautiful glittery pumpkins on pinterest, so go and get inspired. 



PAINT THE PUMPKIN

Pumpkin painting is great for all ages. I actually really enjoyed painting pumpkins with my daughter, she had one half, I had the other half. We use white, red, blue and yellow and made a beautiful looking pumpkin. If you are going to paint your pumpkin, it may be an idea to add 1 part paint, 1 part PVA glue. We have found that it does flake off without the glue. 




GLUE THINGS TO PUMPKINS

You can pretty much glue anything to a pumpkin, Sequins, buttons, pom poms, googly eyes. The possibilities are endless. We decided to glue some colourful pom poms to our and I kind of think our pumpkin looks quirky. 


Will you be doing any of these toddler friendly no carve pumpkin ideas? If you do, you'll have to share your creations. 

Spooktacular Pumpkin Risotto With Organix

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With Halloween nearly upon us, and most toddlers being fussy little eaters I thought that it would be a good idea to try and create some delicious recipes that are toddler friendly whilst getting the little ones excited for fright night. Now that our daughter is three years old, I think it's time that we got involved with all things Halloween as a family, and what is Halloween without indulging some spooktacular recipes. So, when Organix got in touch to see if we’d like to try out their Halloween inspired recipes, of course we said yes! We are big fans or Organix in our house, my daughter is completely obsessed with their carrot sticks, bread sticks and biscuits. 

We have started a small Halloween tradition with the little lady, taking her pumpkin picking. I think over the last few year, pumpkin picking has become very popular. So on Saturday we decided to take a small drive to Undley Pumpkin Patch and look for a good pumpkins to take home. We couldn't wait to get home and to carve some silly faces into our pumpkins. But what do you do with the pulp? Normally ours goes straight into the bin, however this year we decided to be a little more productive with our pumpkin insides. So with a little inspiration from Organix I came across a really unique recipes Pumpkin Stew-In a Pot, which is great if you are looking for something that is packed full of veggies and great for warmed you and your little one up on the colder days.  But the recipe that I would love to share with you today is spooky pumpkin risotto because it is jam packed full of vegetables, and full of flavour. This recipe is suitable for babies from 7 months, takes about 60 minutes to make, so it's so simple. 


So whether you are throwing a Halloween party or just want to make meal times a little more, don't forget to check out all the amazing recipes on the Organix website for some inspirations. If you do re create some of their no junk recipes, leave a comment below. 

THE BABY FEEDING SERIES WITH SNAPSHOTS & ADVENTURES

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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.


I have been so overwhelmed with all the lovely people wanting to take part in this series, so a big thank you to you all. So let's kick off another instalment this month with Ky from Snapshots & Adventures who has offered to share insight to the end of breastfeeding, which hasn't been covered withing the series yet. I really adored reading Ky's post. As you read you will see that it's something that Ky has been considering with her three year old daughter, and at time she felt embarrassed that she was still breastfeeding her. However she shouldn't feel that way, personally, I think it's pretty amazing! With that I shall hand you over to to the lovely Ky...

In just under 2 months time I will have a 3-year-old! I can’t quite believe just how quickly she is growing up. Over the last few months, the changes she has been going through are incredible. She currently goes to a local pre-school two mornings a week, but from September it will be more. Just a few weekends ago we witnessed her make a friend in the local park and play for ages with them. Now I know this probably isn’t a big deal for most, but she isn’t one to usually do that. She can be a bit wary of other kids. She also has a friend at school that she talks about a lot. It’s so cute. She is slowly becoming more independent and less reliant on us.

One of the things that has slowly been coming to an end is our journey with breastfeeding. Now, this isn’t something I’ve discussed for a while. In fact, I’ve actually been rather embarrassed about the fact that I am still breastfeeding her. Most people who choose to breastfeed their baby don’t continue past a year at the most. So to still be going at almost 3 years seems amazing to me.

Obviously we haven’t been feeding like we did when she was a newborn. It’s mostly been at naps and bedtime for the last year. There has been the odd occasion where she has fed during the day but not anymore. The feeds started getting quicker and smaller, until the last few weeks when it was down to literally a minute and then she turned round and said ‘mama your boob-bees not working anymore’.
It was at this point I knew our breastfeeding journey had come to an end.

I had been preparing myself for when the time came, I knew it would be happening soon. But it still gave me a huge wave of emotions. After nearly 3 years of our time – it was over. Breastfeeding is without a doubt one of the hardest parts of being a mother. Or at least it was for me. Our journey didn’t start off easy. I almost gave up after just 3 days. My milk was just starting to get established but due to a bad latch, it meant feeding was very difficult and extremely painful. This resulted in me getting very stressed out and sore. My nipples were cracked and bleeding and the last thing I wanted to do was carry on. I would burst into tears every time she wanted to feed, which as a newborn was all the time.

However a lovely midwife came round to check on us, could see I was struggling and sat down with me. She talked us through positions and different holds. Over the next few days surrounded by pillows and cushions, we finally got the hang of it. I can still remember the first time I attempted to feed in public. I was absolutely terrified, and I found it so awkward. In my mind everyone was staring, when the reality was no one even noticed. It’s safe to say that we soon got the hang of that as well, and would do it almost anywhere.

The main thing I am excited about is getting my body back!

I can start wearing whatever I want, I no longer have to think about the possibility of having to feed her. I used to constantly wear a vest under everything I wore as it made it easier. But now I don’t need to do that, although I do still find myself doing it. I can wear dresses that don’t have buttons down the front. I can start to be me again.

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About Ky

Ky lives in sunny Hove with her partner Jesse and their little girl Clem. They moved to Hove at the end of 2016, having previously lived in Surrey. Then headed to the coast in search of new adventures and some fresh air! They also moved from a flat into a house, with a garden so you can expect to see quite a bit of home decor on her blog. There will also be a lot of posts about Brighton and Hove.



You can find Ky over at Snapshots & Adventures


Don't forget to go and find her social media platforms and give her a little like or follow

Hosting The Perfect Girls Night In...

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So, it's that time of year where we have to say goodbye to the sunshine, beautiful blue skies, and all those summer adventures and begin to welcome the colder weather, cosy evenings and the back to school hustle and bustle. I for one, will be only too happy to welcome in the autumn and winter months, they are my favourites seasons. With this in mind I have been thinking about the perfect girls night in filled with cocktail making, oh so naughty sweet treats, a Netflix binge and a pamper evening.



#1 U L T I M A T E   T H R O W B A C K   P L A Y L I S T

Being a pre-teen girl in the 90s was awesome. Pedal pushers were a thing. And so were tamagotchi's, and those neon friendship bracelets. We watched Saved By The Bell reruns, lived for Sweet Valley High, and gave our hearts to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. But come who doesn't love a throwback and so every girl's night isn't complete without a few of these classics from the good ole 90s and noughties. Some favourites:

Spice Girls:: Wannabe

TLC :: No scrubs 

Britney Spears :: (You Drive Me) Crazy

N*Sync :: Bye, Bye, Bye

Aqua :: Barbie Girl

Destiny's Child :: Say My Name

Backstreet Boys:: I want it that Way


#2  A   N E T F L I X   B I N G E 

Is there anything more necessary in life than a quality girls' night in every now and then? It's a time to unwind on the sofa with the friends maybe some popcorn and a glass of wine, while you're at it. Of course, if you're looking to get lost in a TV show or film together, your faithful companion is your good old pal Netflix. Luckily, the service has something to offer for any and every situation. Here are some favourites:

Gilmore Girls

Orange is The New Black

Suits

Gossip Girl

Pretty Little Liars

The Vampire Diaries


#3   S W E E T  T R E A T S

What’s a girls night without some sweet treats!? Crisps, pretzels, popcorn and chocolate, yummy! No girl's night in is complete without a selection of snacks. For extra special treat and if you're good in the kitchen then you can find the most delicious treats in the wonderful world of Pinterest. I like to whip up something special as treat once a week and without fail my cookie recipes or the ultimate peanut cookie recipe are always a favourite. However, make some healthy, delicious food too. You could try some small sandwiches, crackers and dip, fresh fruit and veggies, yogurt, maybe even a few lollies, and popcorn for the your Netflix binge.



#4 C O C K T A I L S

Whether it's wine, champagne or some a home made punch, choose something you enjoy! I love cocktails and nothing is more fun on a girls night in than making a cocktail or two. Mine has to be a Miami Vice, or a Strawberry Rosé Sangria as it's probably one of the most tastiest cocktails I've ever tasted. 

To make this you'll need:

2 (750 ml) bottles rosé wine
2 cups strawberry vodka
5 cups lemon-lime soda
1/2 cup sugar
20 fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
Instructions

1 In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, and 1/2 of the strawberries. Taste for sweetness and add sweetener if necessary, and stir.

2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6.

3. Just before serving, add Sprite, the rest of strawberries and gently stir.



#5 D I Y  S P A  T R E A T M E N T 

In the mood to chill and unwind? There's no better way than an at-home spa treatment. You and the girls could have a go at making some face masks with certain foods like strawberries, oatmeal, avocados, cucumbers, or bananas. There is one home made facial scrub that I swear by which is this homemade banana mask. Start your spa treatment with your skin and hair. Wash your faces with cleanser or water and dry with a towel. Get some of that homemade face mask and put onto face avoiding near eyes, mouth, and ears. Then place some hair treatment or conditioner in your hair and wrap in a towel. After that put on a chick flick, you and your guests can indulge with snacks or sweet treats. Be careful of your face masks while eating though! Give yourself pedicures and manicures while watching another film. Soak your hands and feet in water, then remove any old nail polish. Now go paint each others nails. You should tell the girls to bring all of their polishes before the party so you have a wide variety. Ten should be enough, but try to have as many as possible. 


There you have it, all the essentials you need for the perfect night in with the girls? Was there something I missed? Please leave comments below...

Family Lifestyle Blogs You REALLY Should Follow

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At the moment, I feel as if I am in a bit of a blogging slump and I am trying really hard to try and climb out, and it's been difficult. One way that I always find that helps when in a slump is to get inspired! I will go and read some of my favourite bloggers for inspiration. However, whatever you do, don't get sucked into comparing yourself or your blog to others. When I do this I tend to get an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt and I even begin questioning whether blogging is for me anymore. I adore blogging, of course. But when I am feeling particularly low, it makes it even harder to get out of the slump. Lately, I have found a bit of comfort whilst reading some of these amazing blogs.  Although the blogs mentioned below are similar in that they involve life with children in some aspect, they are all very different which is why I love them so much. There's nothing more that I prefer doing than snuggling up, with a nice cup of tea reading my faves and these ladies are pretty much killing it at the moment. If you aren’t following these lovely ladies already then I highly recommend that you do it now, I’m so excited to see what else they’re going to bring to the wonderful world of blogging.



NAPTIME NATTER


Oh miss Naptime Natter, also known as Wendy is one of those blogs that I will always refer back to. I came across Naptime Natter through a single post searching for something (at that time, I wasn't sure exactly what), it was a time where I felt so low, my anxiety was an all time high and I felt nothing but loneliness in Motherhood. Pretty much as soon as I came across this beautiful post 'Just Another Lonely Mum' I was completely hooked. I was in awe of her writing, her brutal honesty and above all her courage for wanting to write about issues that some people may find difficult, it's quite inspiring. You can get a feel for her through her blog and you can clearly see how much she loves her two boys, Leo and Alex.  Most of the posts on Naptime Natter are focused on pregnancy, babies and motherhood but there is a category that gives in solace in my journey through motherhood and that hers mental health posts. I have read quite a few mental health posts, but I have to say that the way Wendy writes shows warmth and they are very heartfelt which not everyone can deliver. To be able to write about something that is so personal must have been so hard, but by writing about her own personal experiences makes me feel as if I am less alone. You get all the feels as if you're talking to a family or a friend, with her words that are so beautifully written, but being able to match up a face to the voice makes them even better.


ISLAND LIVING 365


The first thing you will see when you come across Island Living 365 is her amazing website, I have yet to come across one like hers. You can read it almost like a magazine, it's so clear and you can navigate yourself around the website very easily. The blog is written and photographed by Emma, who I came across when I joined up to a course to help kick start a more proactive approach to blogging, a year on and we are pretty familiar with one another blogs and social media platforms. So it makes complete sense to add Emma and Island Living 365 to family lifestyle blog you should follow, because it's a very unique blog. Another reason why I fell in love with this blog is her amazing photography skills, each and everyone of them are different. You can clearly see that all of her photographs are clearly thought out and look dreamy, many of them make me want to move away from Norfolk and move to the beautiful Jersey Island, so if there is one thing you do today go and find her Instagram account.


SHINNERS AND THE BROOD


Well what can I say about Shinners and The Brood? You need to go and check this blog out, like NOW! The blog owner is Sinéad who is absolutely hilarious, most of her blog posts make me giggle and when I feel I need a little pick me up, I head straight there. Sinéad is a mother of three taking a break from working life to box Lego six times a day and fish onions out of her children's meals. You can't help but fall in love with Sinéad and her wit, in her blog she documents the good, bad and the downright mortifying moments of motherhood. I first came across Shinners and The brood in a small knit blogging community and I read this post, 'Hey You! You're Doing Great' and with this post she got an true fan. It was this post that showed me that not all of us have our sh*t together and there's no such thing as a perfect parent and we are all just trying to do the best for our families.


THE INSPIRATION EDIT


This is a blog that you cannot help but feel inspired after visiting. The writer behind The Inspiration Edit is Angela who lives in Lancashire with her  husband John, her very photogenic daughter Sylvia and their pet dogs Yoda and Casper. I came across her when I first started out and but Angela blogged under a completely different name, Days In Bed. But after making the big decision to take her blog into a completely different direction and so The Inspiration Edit was born. Way before Angela became a blogger she was an Early Years Teacher living in New Zealand  with her daughter and husband, however her life soon took a dark turn where her marriage became abusive. Angela had no choice but to get her daughter away from that environment and move back to the UK. In 2013, Angela married John, who is a wonderful step father and completely dotes on Sylvia. But it wasn't long after their wedding that Angela was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency and since then has been trying to live her life the best she can with this chronic illness.


FIVE LITTLE DOVES



Five Little Doves is one of those blogs that you will remember, the header immediately grabs you. This blog belong to the beautiful writer Laura who loves writing posts about her gorgeous rainbow children, their life and all the amazing adventures they get up to. However this blog is much more than that. The whole reasoning behind the blog is to raise awareness for baby loss, sadly Laura and her family have broken hearts, some years back they lost their beautiful baby boy, Joseph. A letter written to Joseph on his 9th birthday was one of the first posts that I came across and it was absolutely heartbreaking to read, I cannot even begin to understand the pain and heartache. That's why I love Five Little Dove so much, it's one of those blog that you will always remember. Another reason why I adore this blog is Laura is an amazing photographer, think blonde hair, greenery and photogenic children!!!

Now, don't forget to go and check these wonderful bloggers out. These ladies and their blogs are amazing and such inspirations, and I am sure that you will think the same too. 

Pumpkin Apple Stamps

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We have been well and truly getting into the swing of things for Halloween this weekend. Our weekend started off by making some sweet treats, being creative and ended with an adventure picking pumpkins, which is always so much fun as a family. I want to share a simple and easy activity that you can do with your children, these Pumpkin Apple Stamps which is such a fun way to celebrate the coming Autumn season. My daughter really enjoyed stamping her way through half a pad of paper with these apple stamps and I must admit, I had some fun too...


Sometimes when it comes to being creative with children it can cause more mess and chaos that you expect, but with these Apple Pumpkin Stamps you don't need to. This is probably one of the easiest and fun activities that I have done with my daughter, and I am sure you will be able to create some funky looking pumpkins in no time at all, so to make these you'll need:

Apples
Orange paint
Green paint
Paint brushes
Black & white card
Scissors



S T E P  1:

First you will need to cut the apples in half for your stamps and for a better stamping session I did find that the paint goes on easier if you pat dry the inside of the apples first. So make sure than you pat them dry with some kitchen roll before adding the paint. 

S T E P  2: 

Pop some orange and green paint in some small pots, plates or on some card. If you don't have prepared green and orange and only keep the primary colours in your cupboard, like me. It's time to make some up. To make the orange use one part red and two parts yellow, for the green you need to use two parts yellow and one part green. Easy peasy

S T E P  3: 

Then the fun can begin. Using the inside of the apple as a stamp, dip the inside of your apple in the orange paint making sure that it's completely covered and get stamping. You could also use your paintbrush to brush paint straight onto the apple if you'd prefer. 

S T E P  4:

Using a smaller paintbrush you can start to paint the 'pumpkin hair' onto your little pumpkins. You can make them as crazy as you want, we wasn't too adventurous with ours though. 

S T E P  5: 

It's time to make some funky faces for your pumpkins. Using your black card cut out some small triangles for the eyes and nose, being as creative as you want for their mouth. You could have very scary ones, silly ones or even happy pumpkins. If you can't get any black card, you can simply get a black marker and colour in some white card and cut your shapes, if not you can use a black felt tip pen to draw their faces. 



Will you be making some Pumpkin Apple Stamps? If you do, you'll have to show me your creations.

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Soft Pink Nursery Decor

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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 blackout 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. 




LEFT TO RIGHT: Paloma Wool Rug, £245 | Peter Rabbit Prints, £36 | Peter Rabbit Alphabet Letter * A, £6.95 | Cocoon Soft Pink Throw, £22 | Wooden Bunny Night Light, £12 | Little Girl Dreams Wall Decal Art, £18.24 | Drop One Small Pendant light, £149 | Sequin Star Pillow, £12 | Star Cushions, £28

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.

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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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APPY KIDS CO: A Natural and Low Sugar Drink

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The little lady loves to get her hands on pouch drinks because she doesn't get them too often. It's a good thing really, as toddlers don't need to be fuelled with sugar as they have enough energy on their own. I normally let her have juice drinks as a treat when we are out and about doing the weekly shop, or on a family day out as part of her pack up but normally it's water or milk. We were kindly sent six boxes of a selection of juice drinks from Appy Kids Co to try. There are 100% natural juice and low in sugar, so how could we refuse? But what made these juice drinks even more appealing is that these juice pouches had some of her favourite characters on and she was so excited to see Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


We received four boxes of the Appy 200ml drinks. Paw Patrol: Apple, Paw Patrol: Orange, Dora The Explorer: Mixed Berries and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Multifruit. My daughter watches most of these characters on a daily basis, so she was more than familiar with them but one she was very eager to try was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pouch as she has never seen them before and I have to say that these ones were by far her favourite.


Paw Patrol Apple Juice Drinks: Water, fruit juice from concentrate (10%) (apple), glucose – fructose syrup, acidity regulator (citric acid), natural green apple, red apple and golden apple flavourings, vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A), sweetener: (steviol glycoside), natural colour (caramel).

Paw Patrol Orange Juice Drinks: Water, fruit juices made from concentrate (10%) (apple, orange), glucose-fructose syrup, acidity regulator: ( citric acid), natural orange flavour, vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A), sweetener (steviol glycoside), colour (beta carotene).

Dora the Explorer Mixed Berries Juice Drink: Water, fruit juices made from concentrates (10%) (apple, red grape, blackcurrant, sour cherry), glucose-fructose syrup, acidity regulator (citric acid), natural raspberry, strawberry and sour cherry flavours, vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A), sweetener (steviol glycoside), colour (anthocyanin).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Water, fruit juices made from concentrates and purees (10%) (apple, white grape, orange, pineapple, lemon, peach), glucose-fructose syrup, acidity regulator (citric acid), natural mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, peach, apricot and melon flavours, vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A), sweetener (steviol glycoside), colour (beta carotene).


W h a t  M a k e s   A p p y   D r i n k s   D i f f e r e n t ?

Appy Kids Co values families before profit, so all of their wholesome products are created using ethically resourced premium ingredients, to ensure that there are always affordable, approved by the family, and loved by kids. It is their belief that parents should have the freedom of choice when it comes to choosing better for your family, which is why they offer so many different product, to suit everyone's needs. You can choose from juice cartons, juice pouches, raisins and even mini fruit packets. However, the excitement doesn't stop there. Appy Kids Co. have designed their drinks to appeal to little ones and so have an assortment of characters. You can choose from Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, to Minions and The Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles.


W h a t  T h e  T o d d l e r  T h o u g h t  ?

Well as you can imagine she was so excited when we opened up our juice drinks, she loves to get her hands on a straw and trying to poke it through on her drink. As we unboxed them her face just lit up when she saw the characters on the front of the boxes. Paw Patrol, Dora the explorer & Ninja Turtles were on the front of the boxes, my daughter absolutely loves Paw Patrol and I have also noticed that Appy Kids Co. sell Peppa Pig, Minions, and The Gruffalo juice boxes too. My daughters favourite juice drink was by far the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I do have to say that this one was one of my favourites too. We both loves these juice drinks as they are in no way sickly sweet like some other brands. I love the fact that these juice drinks are 100% natural and lower in sugar. Appy Kids Co. uses Stevia to sweeten their drinks. It is a more natural sweetener and free from colourings and flavourings. To me they just tasted great, you wouldn’t know it was sweetener instead of sugar in the drinks, she was more than happy with them and asked for more.

You can buy these from Tesco, Whole Foods, Spar, Poundland & Ocado.

*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 Appy Kids Co. 

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.

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