4 Products for Toddler-Proofing Your Home

Once your baby starts walking, there's really no stopping them! My little boy is at that you-can't-catch-me-running-at-the-speed-of-light stage. It's a lot of fun - I love seeing him running around happily - but he's also a walking (well running) safety hazard.

Lindam Stair Gates
We installed stair gates in our old house, when Arthur was first born, purely to keep the pets out of his way but now he's a toddler they're installed in our new house to ensure his safety. We're currently using Lindam stair gates, which are pressure-fit and dual-locking. You can have them either two-way opening if you're using them in doorways (we have one just outside Arthur's room) or single-opening on the stairs. They're designed so you can open them with one hand, which is extremely useful if you're carrying your little one up and downstairs.

Magnetic Cupboard Locks
In addition to stair gates, we also use magnetic cupboard locks. Toddlers are curious by nature and will love nothing more than rummaging through drawers and cupboards to see what they can get their little hands on. Obviously, there are certain things you're not going to want them to have and if you're worried about them trapping their fingers, magnetic cupboard locks are the answer. I've written a whole post about them here if you're interested in having a read.

Safety Corner Guards
More recently, we've had to start putting safety corner guards on sharp-edged furniture as Arthur's had a bit of a growth spurt and is almost tall enough to bump himself on them. The corner guards we use are made from a soft non-toxic PVC and are designed to absorb impact. They're self-adhesive but shouldn't cause any damage to your furniture. Most are advertised as being 'crystal clear' so you can maintain your furniture's beauty... I'm not going to lie, they definitely deter from the beauty of your furniture. In fact, it looks like a big chewed up sweet has been stuck on the corner but at least they'll stop your toddler from a nasty and painful bump!

Cordless Blinds
Something I'm also looking into for our home is cordless blinds. A lot of blinds are now designed with child-safety features, however Blinds 2 Go have gone a step further with their completely Cordless Duo Shade Blinds. The blinds don't have any cords, chains or toggles and are simply lifted up and down by hand. They are available in a six different shades and have a honeycomb pocket design, which acts as a noise barrier. I think they offer that little extra peace of mind and are certainly worth looking into if you're currently doing-up your baby's nursery or toddler bedroom.

What are your top toddler-proofing products for the home? I'd love your recommendations!

Megan x
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3 Current Beauty Favourites

I can't even remember the last time I wrote a beauty blog post but when I was sat doing my makeup for a wedding reception last week, I felt inspired to give it another a go. You see, I spent a fair while not really giving a crap about makeup. Sure, I'd wear it but I didn't really get any joy out of buying or applying it whatsoever. I feel like this has changed in the last few months and I'm rediscovering things I love in my makeup bag, trying out new products and finding new favourites. Here are the three products currently topping the list...

No7 Airbrush Away Sheer Finish Foundation - £16.50
I spent a good year or so foundation-free, instead choosing to use a BB Cream but a few months ago I decided I could do with a little more coverage. I came across the No7 Airbrush Away Sheer Finish Foundation (what a mouthful) on the Boots website and thought I'd give it a go. It had some decent reviews, No7 is a brand I trust and I liked the fact it said it was sheer, as I wasn't after anything too heavy. The product is really easy to apply with a large brush, it has a silky soft texture and doesn't look at all cakey on the skin. It provides just the right amount of coverage for me but if I'm being completely honest, it could do with being a touch lighter in colour (though I feel like it makes me look a little healthier haha). No7 should really create a larger shade range for this foundation. But yeah, all in all it gets the thumbs up from me, so much so that I've repurchased it. Always a good sign!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - £14.00
This is a new favourite but a bronzer I've wanted to try for a really long time. The most attractive things about this bronzer for me are the fact that it's 1. Shimmer-free and 2. The right shade for my skin. I often find that bronzers are way too dark in colour but 01 from The Body Shop creates such a natural glow on my pale complexion. I haven't really got a clue when it comes to contouring (I'm no makeup expert) but this seems to help me find the cheekbones hiding somewhere under my hamster cheeks.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect K.I.S.S.I.N.G - £24.00
If I'm honest, I asked for this lipstick for Christmas purely because of it's name. Well that and the packaging because that's pretty beautiful too. But yes, this is an oldie but goodie. It's a lipstick I always go-to for special occasions; it's the perfect nude for me and nicely balances out heavier eye makeup. It's still the most luxury lipstick I own and also happens to be the one Arthur steals from my makeup bag the most - thank god he's not managed to destroy it yet. Bitch Perfect lives on.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Megan x
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Breastfeeding - The Final Feed

On Friday 8th September I breastfed my twenty two month old son for the very last time. I know some breastfeeding mothers get a feeling at the time of their final feed but for me, it's something I felt the next day. The idea of it just popped into my head and then when Arthur was happy to go to bed without his 'no no' (his name for it) I guessed I was right. Of course, he's asked for it since and whilst initially a little upset (no more than when I give him the wrong apple or put the Duplo block in the wrong place), he seems happy to have a cup of warm milk instead - something he'd never have been satisfied with before.

I remember saying that providing everything was okay, I'd breastfeed Arthur until he was one but when the time came, we weren't ready to stop. Since then, I've said a few times that I would 'probably stop soon' but until now it hadn't felt natural to do so. As of lately, he'd only been feeding in the evenings (and the ocassional morning) for a couple of minutes so it had become that simple that I didn't feel the need to stop until the time was right.

I feel like I should say that breastfeeding wasn't always that easy for me. I will never forget how difficult I found those first few days. It took five days for my milk to come in and I was really struggling to feed Arthur, who was jaundice and therefore very sleepy. We got to a point where I had to actually go back into hospital with him so he could be monitored and I ended up pumping pretty much non-stop and having my mum cup feed him my breast milk until he was awake enough to latch on. I remember feeling so guilty that he hadn't been getting what he needed from me, even though really it was no fault of my own. I think it's just so terrfying in those first few days when you're not only more exhausted than you've ever been before in your life but also dealing with the new responsibility of taking care of the most precious person you'll ever meet.

One of my strongest memories from those tough first few days was when we were alone in the hospital room together and things just suddenly clicked. My mum had gone downstairs to fetch us a drink and I picked Arthur up to try and latch him on again. All of a sudden he opened his big, beautiful eyes and then just did it, as if we'd never struggled before. That was such an important bonding moment for me. I still feel a little emotional thinking about it!

Of course I've had my ups and downs with it over the months. There've been times where I've said I don't want to do this anymore (after all no one wants their boob bitten with a freshly cut tooth) but thankfully, the positives of breastfeeding for both me and Arthur have greatly outweighed the negatives. I say this, knowing that this isn't the case for every mother and baby and therefore just want to reaffirm what I've said in many posts gone by FED IS BEST. It's all about what works for you and your little one.

The funny thing is that I thought I'd be ridiculously happy that I've finished breastfeeding but I actually feel a little sad that it's over...probably because it feels like my little boy is just that little bit more independent now...I don't know. Still, I feel very proud of us both! He's done so well these past few days and it's actually quite comforting knowing he doesn't depend on it now.

So yeah, there we have it, no more feeds! Well...I'd like to think it's something I'll get to do again in the future if I'm lucky enough. But not just yet - we don't want to panic the other half if he's reading this...or my dad. Though I can't imagine why either of them would be reading a post on breastfeeding. ANYWAY... I digress...I guess the last stage of this journey *vomits at the word journey* is getting rid of this milk I'm lugging around in what I can only describe as the biggest, most sensitive boobs I've had in months. I'm wondering when it's all gonna disappear, will it be days, weeks, months?! Google can't seem to give me a definite answer, so I guess I'll wait and see. Apparently cabbage leaves help. I'll leave you with that rather disturbing image of me...you're most welcome!

Megan x
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Beautiful fashion jewellery by Jon Richard

When I first became a mum all sense of fashion went straight out the window. I wore my over the bump elasticated jeans for as long as possible (despite no longer having a bump) and when it came to tops, it was all about what was breastfeeding-friendly. Fast forward nearly 20 months (my god that went quick) and I'd like to think that I've somewhat re-discovered my sense of style. Admittedly, I can't tell you the latest fashion trends without doing a quick Google search but I'm actually starting to enjoy clothes shopping again and well, I'd call that a start.

I've also been putting a little more effort into my outfits with the help of Jon Richard and their beautiful range of jewellery. For so long, I didn't wear jewellery for fear of Arthur pulling and breaking it but now he understands 'no' (though sometimes chooses to disregard it) I've been able to wear it a lot more. For me, less is more and I'm only likely to wear a piece or two at one time but I really find it completes an outfit and makes it that little bit more special.

A love for crystals runs in my family, so it was no surprise that Jon Richard's Swarovski Crystal jewellery collection caught my eye. In particular, the pearl drop earrings and their elegant design, perfect for date night outfits. The beautiful Swarovski crystals in the earrings show an array of colours when they catch the light and the matching necklace and bangle are equally beautiful.

Of course, dainty crystal jewellery isn't everyone's cup of tea but Jon Richard appears to cater to all tastes. They have a stunning range of fashion-led jewellery with affordable pieces to suit all. If you're more a lover of statement jewellery, their MOOD range will be right up your street. I'm loving the gold textured drop earrings and matching bracelet and have been using them to style up my summer maxi dress outfits. They're both really eye catching pieces and although I prefer to wear them separately, you could easily wear them together without it being 'too much.'

A big thank you to Jon Richard for sending over these lovely pieces for me to try out. If you fancy exploring their collections yourself (and I recommend you do) head on over to the Jon Richard website!

Megan x

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Hello again

Well, well, well, it's been a long time since I posted on here! I fully expected to be able to blog alongside running the tearoom and 'mumming' (so many others manage it) but until now it's just not seemed possible. I have been eager to blog for a good few weeks but I guess as well as struggling with time management, I also felt like I'd forgotten how to do it. I still feel a little rusty to be honest. But seeing as I've been blessed with an evening where Arthur has actually fallen asleep at a decent hour (I'm sure he's worse at going to bed now he's a toddler) I thought I'd give it a go.

A lot has happened since the big move and whilst I'll probably share some stories another time, I wanted to talk more about how since moving down here, I feel like I've found 'me' again. Working in the tearoom and interacting with customers has done the world of good for my confidence. Although I enjoyed working at home before, my job didn't require any face-to-face interaction and that's something I actually quite enjoy. I've also lost weight (whoop whoop) - thanks to weeks and weeks of painting and that's made me feel a lot better about myself. I'm fitting back into my size 10 and size 12 pre-pregnancy clothes and even though I've got wobbles and stretchmarks here, there and everywhere, I don't have as many body hangups as I had even before I was pregnant.

Personally, I'm in a really happy place. My little boy is thriving. He's intelligent, beautiful and most importantly happy. I have wonderful people around me and although I miss my friends from 'back home' dearly, I know they're only a Whatsapp message away.

I guess the only part of 'me' I feel is still missing is this little space and that's what I'm hoping to get back. I've blogged on and off here on Seek My Scribbles for years and years. It's seen me through a lot of change (and not just my hair colour) and I've also explored various topics from beauty to motherhood. I'm still not 100% sure what I'm going to be blogging about from here on but I'm looking forward to re-discovering my love for blogging and seeing where it takes me. I hope you'll stick around to see what I've got to offer.

For now I have no intention of sticking to a schedule. I'll be blogging what I want to, when I want to. Promise I won't leave it as long next time though.

Megan x
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We've Moved to Devon

Hi there, remember me? You may have noticed that I've been a little quiet on here recently. Well I've got a good reason for that - I've moved to Devon! If you've ever moved house you'll know that it's one of the most stressful things ever. I can certainly vouch for that. There's been lots going on and it wasn't the easiest of moves but we're here, we're safe and a month on it's now starting to feel like home!

Devon is where I've dreamed of living for years and it's somewhere my family have always enjoyed visiting on holiday. But a change of address isn't the only news I've got to share - I'm also excited to tell you that we've taken over a village pub here and will soon be opening a vintage-style tearoom. Again, running a tearoom has been a dream of mine for so long and although in the first couple of weeks at least one of us was having a meltdown every day (it's probably too soon to joke about it) and there was plenty of 'oh god why are we doing this?' 'I want to go home!' and 'What have we done?' (add swear words where you see fit), I really am so happy we're here and can't wait to get our new business up and running!

Of course, blogging is still a great love of mine and something I plan on continuing, alongside running the tearoom but posts may be slightly less frequent for a little while. If you want to see how things are going at the tearoom, I'd love it if you followed The Galleon Inn & Seashells Tearoom social media pages! I'll obviously be using my Twitter & Instagram as normal too.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.
 Enjoy your New Year celebrations!
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Prestige Flowers Perfect for Christmas!

It's not very often I go to the door, for the delivery guy to hand me a big, beautiful flower delivery. I'm not complaining...I can totally go out and buy my own bunch of flowers but you know, there's something just that little bit special about being sent flowers, isn't there?

So when the lovely team over at Prestige Flowers got in touch offering to send me one of their luxury bouquets, well, I think I did a little happy dance before saying YES PLEASE.

The Grandeur bouquet from their luxury range features stunning Avalanche Red Roses, complimented with foliage encased with golden orbits. It looks expensive, certainly has the wow factor and I love that it has an almost christmassy feel to it! The beautiful bouquet was packaged up in a tall box and came with both a gift bag and presentation vase. It arrived in perfect condition and you could see that care had been taken to preserve the flowers, which came wrapped, with the stems soaked in water. There was also a little flower care leaflet to provide guidance on getting the most from your roses, along with flower food, which I added to the water.

Oh and if the flowers weren't enough to make my day (they totally were by the way) Prestige Flowers had also sent me a little box of chocolate truffles, which lasted all of ten minutes! They were sooo good.

Fresh flowers like these exquisite red roses are the perfect way to brighten your home in the dark autumn / winter months and they certainly put a smile on your face. The dark red petals create a real sense of warmth in my living room and are the perfect addition to my sideboard. A statement bouquet like the Grandeur would make a lovely romantic gift or could even be sent as Christmas Flowers.

If you are looking to treat someone to a bouquet this Christmas, be sure to check out Prestige Flowers' beautiful collection. Their bouquets vary in design and price, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. You will also have the option to add-on extra gifts like a vase, cuddly bear or even balloons. The company offers a number of different delivery options, with next day delivery available 7 days a week.

I couldn't be happier with my beautiful Grandeur bouquet and look forward to admiring it for a while longer.
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Magnetic Cupboard Locks | My Favourite ChildProofing Product

A couple of months back, Arthur learnt to open cupboards and drawers and it soon became his favourite activity. Nothing was better than opening a cupboard. Not toys, not Mummy...nothing. And that's when I realised, it was time to start childproofing! It wasn't so much the fact he enjoyed taking stuff out of my cupboards that was the problem (although very messy) it was more that I was worried about him swinging off the cupboard doors or trapping his lovely little fingers.

Now, I can't speak for everyone but personally I find many of the childproofing cupboard products downright ugly. I spent enough time and money sourcing the perfect sideboard and TV unit for my living room - I wasn't about to go and spoil them with big, visible locks. And thankfully, I didn't have to!

Upon searching Amazon UK I came across these magnetic cupboard locks for childproofing cupboards and drawers. These fantastic little magnetic locks allow you to keep the contents of your cabinets and drawers completely off limits without spoiling the look of your furniture. You don't even have to drill them onto your cupboard doors, as they actually come with adhesive tape backings. Now, you probably don't think that tape sounds all that permanent but it really does work! All my locks have remained perfectly in place and even though Arthur has tried the cupboards and drawers a few times, the locks haven't budged.

The only downside to these locks is that in order to open your cupboards and drawers, you'll need to use one of the magnets provided with the childproofing locks. For me, this isn't much of an inconvenience, especially since the locks help to keep both my child and the contents of my cupboards safe. I'd much rather have to grab the magnet and use it a few times a day than Arthur trap his fingers!

I'm not the best when it comes to fitting household things but even I managed to childproof my cupboards and drawers with these magnetic locks, thanks to this handy YouTube video. The key is to make sure you work out where to put the locks before you actually stick them down. Once you've stuck them down, it's quite hard to reposition them - you may just about manage it if you do it straight away.

You can get a pack of 8 locks and 2 magnetic keys on Amazon UK for £15.99 and Prime delivery (if you've got it). I know this is much more expensive than some of the other childproofing cupboard locks out there but if you want to avoid spoiling the look of your cupboards and drawers, these really are the best option and totally worth the price in my opinion.

The reason I wanted to share this post is that another parent blogger on Facebook was so happy when I told her these things existed! If she didn't know about them, I thought maybe other parents may not have come across them either. They've really made such a difference to me and Arthur has lost all interest in attempting to open the cupboards and drawers now. I call that a win! Don't you?

The Magnetic Cupboard Locks can be purchased from Amazon UK.

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Tips for booking a holiday & travelling with a little one!

Winter may be fast approaching but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't still enjoy a little sunshine! Many people choose to jet off on last minute holidays to beat the dreaded winter blues. Of course, when you've got a baby or young child, doing anything spontaneous can be pretty darn difficult but not entirely impossible! Whilst I'm yet to take Arthur abroad, we have been on a few rather spontaneous UK holidays this year, so I thought I'd share some of my top tips for booking a holiday and travelling with a baby. Whether you plan on jetting off somewhere before the season ends, enjoying a staycation or are thinking of booking your summer holiday early, I hope you'll find some of these useful...

Ask for a travel cot and highchair
Most family friendly holiday accommodation will give you the option of using a travel cot and highchair, so make sure you request them. Thankfully all the places I've stayed at have had travel cots but one didn't have a highchair, which wasn't ideal at meal times. Luckily I had the Totseat with me! Keep in mind that not all holiday homes will have stair gates either.

Extra Note: Booking with a website like Tots to Travel will make finding the perfect family acommodation easy. You'll easily find a place with everything you need for your little one from cots and highchairs to sterilisers, baby monitors, changing mats and more!

Get a passport for your baby
Your baby will need their own passport if you're holidaying abroad. Sometimes they can take a few weeks to get, so make sure you send off the paperwork in good time. If your little one already has a passport, check that it hasn't expired prior to booking your holiday.

Check the baby / child seating requirements with your airline
If you're travelling by plane, it's a good idea to check the seating arrangements. Firstly, make sure you reserve seats as soon as possible, so you have the peace of mind that you'll all be sat together. Babies under two years old can often share a parent's seat, using an extended seat belt provided by the airline. However, over the age of six months, they can have their own seat if you're prepared to pay for it. They are likely to need their car seat to sit in, so check the airline's requirements. If you're going on a long-haul flight, you may also be able to request a carry cot for a young baby.

Pushchair or no pushchair?
Something else you need to consider is how you will carry your baby on holiday. If you're going on a plane, you'll need to check that they will take your pushchair or buggy and whether they charge extra. When looking for holidays, I've come across family accommodation that actually includes a pushchair for you to borrow while you're there, saving you from having to take one with you. It's definitely worth enquiring, before making your decision. Of course, there's always the option to take a baby carrier, particularly if you're going on a beach holiday, as pushchairs aren't so practical on sand!

Buy a bath plug
It's a good idea to invest in a universal bath plug - not all holiday accommodation has a bath but one of these can turn a shower into one. The alternative is to buy a travel-friendly baby bath like the Munchkin duck bath we used.

Dress your baby in comfortable clothing
You wouldn't wear something uncomfortable or restricting to travel in, so why should your baby? I tend to put Arthur in something like a vest and sleepsuit  if we're travelling a long distance by car. Tops and dresses (I imagine) can bunch up in car seats, which may be pretty uncomfortable. Remember to pack at least one outfit change in your bag or hand luggage, just in case.

Buy removable window shades
These will help to protect your baby from the sun. Even in winter time the sun can be pretty bright and obviously, it's UV rays can still cause damage.

Check your baby car seat
Make sure that your baby's car seat has been installed properly. If you're using seat belts - are they threaded around the seat correctly? If you're using an isofix base, have you got it correctly installed? Make sure you also secure all luggage down in the boot of your car to help prevent accidents.

Plan plenty of stops
It's important to make sure your baby isn't sat in their car seat for extended periods of time. Whether you're travelling a long distance to the airport or you are going by car to your holiday destination, it's important to plan plenty of stops. Be realistic - your journey is going to take you longer than it would have done before you had a baby. That's just how it goes!

Extra Note:It may be worth planning your journey so that you're travelling when your baby usually sleeps - so through the night (I'm laughing to myself as I write this, as Arthur still wakes up through the night) and early morning. Obviously it's important to make sure you're not tired yourself.

Don't forget their toys
Toys obviously provide a great distraction on journeys, so don't forget to pack their favourites. If you have a young child, it's likely they might be a little nervous going on a plane, so I imagine having their favourite toy (or dummy) with them will provide some comfort.

Make sure you pack enough food, drinks and snacks
Whether you're travelling by car or plane, it's good to stock up on plenty of food, drinks and snacks for your baby or young child. Hand luggage restrictions on liquids don't tend to apply to baby food and drink, so you'll be able to take your baby's milk, whether it's expressed breast milk (obviously you can breastfeed on a plane too), formula or cow's milk. You can also take baby food in your hand luggage. If you're travelling by car it's good to have ready-made snacks for your baby as I've found there isn't always a great deal of choice at service stations. If you're exclusively breastfeeding, make sure you pack enough snacks for yourself!

Extra note: I've read that feeding your baby (breast or bottle) can actually help to distract them from the discomfort of their ears popping during take-off and landing when travelling by plane.

Baby wipes are your best friend
I think this is something you learn within days of becoming a mummy anyway but when you're travelling with a little one, baby wipes are the answer to everything. Make sure you pack plenty, wherever you're going and however you're travelling. 

Pack a baby first aid kit
If you're travelling abroad, check to make sure your baby doesn't need any jabs before they go. It's also worth packing a baby first-aid kit, whether you're going on a staycation or abroad. This should include general first-aid items (like plasters), as well as infant paracetamol (Calpol) and other supplies like teething powder.

Enjoy yourself!
Booking a family holiday and travelling with a baby may feel daunting but it doesn't have to be as stressful as it seems. With a little extra planning, you can have the peace of mind that you will survive the journey with your little one and have a wonderful time once you get to your family-friendly destination!

What tips do you have for parents booking holidays and travelling with babies?
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