Affordable Hair & Body Range from Kind Natured

For a good few months I've been trying out some of the hair and body products from the Kind Natured range, available at Boots and I thought it was about time they got a blog feature! I've long been a fan of more natural hair and body ranges but I really feel like Kind Natured is a step up from some of the others I've used in the past and what's more, it's extremely well priced.

Kind Natured is dedicated to offering high quality products, with at least 97% of the ingredients of natural origin. They are free from all the nasties like parabens, sulphates and silicones and they use 100% recyclable packaging. Oh and what gets them an even bigger thumbs up is that they're made in the UK and not tested on animals!

I know when I've tried some of the more 'natural' brands before, the quality hasn't been quite as good - body washes haven't lathered up like they should or shampoos have left my hair feeling lifeless but I can honestly say this hasn't been the case with Kind Natured. The body washes have amazing scents - I'm currently using Amber & Pink Pepper (£4.99) and Sea Salt & Bergamot (£4.99) and they're both lovely. They lather up well, leave you feeling clean and they're also perfect for bubble baths - though Kind Natured do have a range of bath soaks, which I'm yet to try!

I've also previously used the Creamy Shea and Macadamia Body Scrub (£5.99), which worked wonders on my skin. I'd describe it as a fairly gentle exfoliator but it certainly did the job, leaving my skin feeling renewed and nourished.

More recently I've been using the Ylang Ylang & Sage Shampoo (£4.99) and like with the rest of the Kind Natured products I've tried so far, it's made a positive impression. Maybe it doesn't have the same lasting benefits as some of the more 'high end' shampoos out there but it smells great, cleans my hair and doesn't leave any residue like some other shampoos I've tried. I've also got my mum using the Argan & Kukio Oil Shampoo (£4.99) which she loves because it makes her hair feel soft and nourished and I've been using the Kids' Jam Doughnut shampoo (£2.99) on Arthur's hair, which smells absolutely delicious. I love that it's made from natural ingredients, which are kind and gentle on his delicate skin.

As you can see, I've shared the prices of the Kind Natured products throughout this post and they're all under £6, making them very affordable. So if you don't want to splash out on hair and body products but still want to benefit from high quality, natural ingredients, Kind Natured is a real must-buy. Their range is available both from the Kind Natured website and Boots (who currently have some offers on Kind Natured products!)

Have you tried anything from Kind Natured? What did you think?

Megan x
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Introducing Children's Meditation at Bed Time

I'm sure I'm not the first mother to say that getting a toddler to bed isn't always the easiest task. You can have the best intentions in the world of implementing the perfect bedtime routine but if they're not playing ball, it can all go down hill pretty quickly. Bedtime with Arthur varies. Some days he'll go off like an absolute dream and other times he'll take hours to get off to sleep. It can be frustrating on those more difficult evenings (especially when you're exhausted yourself) but I try to take a calm approach to it all and just think, it's not going to be forever!

I've always been quite good at reading to Arthur before bed time but I'm especially conscious of doing it now he's a little older. He has a selection of favourite stories, with one being a lovely story called 'Night Bear' but more recently, I've also been reading a book called 'The Children's Meditations In My Heart' by Danish author Gitte Winter Graugaard. The idea is that using bedtime meditation can help children fall to sleep easier, whilst also teaching them the importance of self-esteem and self-love. The book encourages parents to share their feelings of unconditional love for their child, with their child at bedtime and provides children with mind tools they can use to draw on that love, when they're perhaps feeling a little anxious or unsure.

The book features four meditations for parents to read to their children, which Graugaard created using her own positive experience of heart meditations with her daughters. Each story becomes a little longer and more complex as the book goes on but all are easy for parents to read and understand. I think they're very well written and I find it easy to form the images in my head as I read them to Arthur, which too helps me get into a calm and relaxed state. I love Graugarrd's imagery of the mountain, where your heart lives and how she explains it has a volume button, which you can use to turn up the intensity of love. It's something I imagine children (a little older than Arthur) would find easy to picture. I also really love her cloud imagery, which she explains can be filled with love by others for when you need it or sent to others who may need a little extra love themselves. It really is such a lovely idea.

As you can see from the front cover, the illustrations are extremely beautiful and relate to the stories perfectly.

I've got to be honest and say that Arthur is perhaps a little too young to fully appreciate this children's meditations book at the age of two. His speech and understanding of words is excellent for his age, however I believe children would need to be a little older than this to be able to fully understand the meditation stories and put them into practice. Having said this, I do not think this should deter parents from trying the meditations with younger children. I think The Children's Meditations In My Heart really helps to set a calm tone at bedtime and encourages parents and children to share their love for one another, which is possible and important whatever their age.

Although we may not be using the book to it's full potential yet, I am really glad to have introduced children's meditation at bed time and it's something I hope we'll continue to use as Arthur grows and develops.

The Children's Meditations In My Heart is available from Amazon (hardback or Kindle) or alternatively a PDF copy can be purchasedfrom Room For Reflection.

Megan x
I received a copy of The Children's Meditations In My Heart in exchange for an honest review.
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Unique Christmas Gifts from UncommonGoods


I don't know about you but I feel like finding the perfect gifts for loved ones gets a little harder every Christmas. Maybe it's that I don't like buying the same old thing every year. I try to find more unique Christmas gifts; gifts that my family and close friends will find useful and perhaps things that they'd truly love but maybe wouldn't spend money on themselves. UncommonGifts offers all that and more, so when they approached me asking to share some of my favourite picks from their website, I couldn't resist!

I've long been a fan of companies that support independent sellers and go the extra mile to offer customers not only unique and interesting gifts but those that are also handmade, sustainable and created in a socially responsible way. UncommonGoods ticks all the boxes, whilst also doing their bit for charity. Their 'Better to Give' programme allows every customers to choose a non-profit organisation at the checkout in which UncommonGoods will donate $1 dollar to. Yes, UncommonGoods is based in the US but the good news is they ship to the UK!



Mama Bear Necklace | As a mum myself, I really love gifts related to that part of my identity. This silver and bronze handmade bear necklace is beautifully crafted and signifies a mother's protective nature. I love that you can personalise it by choosing the number of cubs, dependent on how many children the recipient has.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House | Doll houses always make wonderful gifts for children and I particularly love the design of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House. Gender neutral in design, kids will have hours of fun building the three bears' house and re-enacting scenes from the accompanying storybook.

100 Books Scratch Off Poster | Perfect for the avid reader, the 100 Books Scratch Off Poster is a great way to get them through the bucket list of classics. Use a coin to scratch off the title once read and it will reveal beautiful literary artwork underneath.

Coffee and Donut Earrings | With a cute and quirky design, these mis-match earrings are sure to put a smile on someone's face and will make a fantastic stocking filler.

Personalised Family Mugs | If you're looking for more personalised gifting options, how about this lovely set of family mugs? Each mug can be personalised with your family member's name, along with a sketch to represent them. Choose from different clothing colours, skin tones and hair colours. We love a good mug of tea in my family and I imagine a gift like this would be a real winner!

Confetti and Sweet Peach Dessert Bowls | Who doesn't love a good old pudding over the festive season? These gorgeous bowls are sure to make dessert that little more special. And what's more, each bowl is handmade from clay and molten glass, making every design completely unique.

Design Your Own Doll Kit | This DIY craft kit is great for bringing out kids' creative side. Inside you will find an organic cotton doll, handmade by a women's collective group in India, along with the materials to make three changes of clothing. The thing I like most about this gift is that for every doll created, one is sent to an orphan or vulnerable child - what better way to get into the spirit of giving during the festive season?

So there we have my top Christmas gift picks from UncommonGoods. I hope it's provided you with a little inspiration if you're looking for a more unusual or handmade gift this Christmas!

Megan x
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George Home Deluxe Kitchen Review

Arthur turned 2 a few days ago and as his main birthday present I bought him the Home Deluxe Kitchen from George. I had been searching for the perfect play kitchen for a good few months and for me, this one ticked all of the boxes.

I don't know why (maybe it's a little snobby) but I really wanted to buy Arthur a wooden play kitchen. I think they just look cuter and this one from George has certainly been finished to a high standard. It has a lovely red and cream cherry print design and comes with a microwave, sink, hob, drawer, oven and cupboard - everything your little one needs for imaginative kitchen play!

Another advantage of the George Home Deluxe Kitchen is that it doesn't take up a lot of space. At 89cm x 56cm it is relatively small in size but big enough for your child to be able to play at it properly. It says that it takes an hour for 2 people to build and Arthur's grandad did it alone in 1hr 5 minutes, which I think is pretty good going. As an ex-kitchen fitter, I couldn't think of a better person for the job haha!

In terms of functionality, the microwave, oven, cupboard and drawer all open, allowing your little one to put food and utensils inside them. The hobs turn to show blue or red and the dials and clock hands also turn too. Arthur has already had so much fun playing with his kitchen and I love that it gives him the opportunity to use his imagination.

Having done a little research, I definitely think the George Home Deluxe Kitchen is one of the best priced out there. I think £40 is very reasonable and I was also happy to pay the extra £12 wooden cooking set. I can't seem to find the red cherry print cooking set on the George website at the moment but they do have the same pan set in a different colour-way on sale for just £9.60. There are so many different accessories and food you can buy to go with children's play kitchens. I decided to just buy some plastic cutting food on eBay and we also found some lovely play kitchen accessories like toasters, coffee makers and baking sets at the Early Learning Centre too.

The reason I wanted to share my review of the George Home Deluxe Kitchen is that I think it'd make a fantastic Christmas present for toddlers. I think Arthur is the perfect age for his play kitchen but I imagine he'll still get enjoyment out of it for another couple of years and with any luck it'll be something I can keep or pass along.

Megan x
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Why Becoming a Teaching Assistant Is Perfect for First-Time Mums

If you are a first-time mum, you may want to consider taking a teaching assistant courses from NCC Home Learning. We give reasons why the role as a mum and role as a teaching assistant work well together below.

You’ll find your own reasons as to why becoming a teaching assistant is perfect if you’re a first-time mum. However, the most common and popular reasons are as follows:

More Time with Your Children
As a first-time mum, you’ll want to spend every waking hour with your child. Unfortunately, this is not possible for most mums. By working as a teaching assistant, you’ll be able to have more time in the evenings and holidays with your child. Although you may be required to work late on some days, you’ll generally have a set schedule every day.

You may have read how tiring the hours are for teachers. One of the advantages of being a teaching assistant is that you’ll have less responsibility than teachers. This means you'll have more freedom and more spare time on your day off, resulting in more time to spend with your son or daughter.

Helps You Juggle Life
Your daily life as a teaching assistant will be made up juggling just about anything and everything. You’ll be trying to help one child stop crying as you talk to the class teacher and help another student find their lunchbox. You’ll become superwoman! If you manage to tackle all of this in the classroom, imagine what kind of skills you’ll have with one baby at home?!


You’ll Keep Updated on How Schools Run
Education is constantly changing and if you’ve just had your first baby, the chances are that by the time he or she is ready for school, the way schools do things will have changed. How nice will it be to really know how the industry works, to really know what to expect for your child so that you know they’re getting the education that they deserve?

Become a teaching assistant and you’ll be able to get to know which schools in your area are thriving and which schools to avoid.

Bond with Children
Although you’re a first-time mum, you may or may not have a natural bond with children. Becoming a teaching assistant will allow you to naturally interact and bond with children. You’ll be able to have fun reading stories and playing together; something that you’ll enjoy doing with your own child.

Motherly Instinct
Children need someone around them who are going to care about them. Being a first-time mum will help you in your career here. Little ones will love and respect you for being someone to look up to and rely on when their own parents are not there. Older students don’t need smothering, but still need someone to turn to from time to time. Having that maternal instinct will often aid you in the workplace in situations like these.

Talking with Parents
Sometimes you’ll have to liaise with parents as a teaching assistant. First time mums will do well at this because they understand what parents want for their children. If a child or a parent has an issue, with your natural motherly ways, you’ll want to resolve this to benefit all involved.

If you can help communicate between the school and parents, you’ll become a well-loved member of the staff by your employer and the parents of the children you work with. This will make you feel like you’re progressing and accomplishing something good, which in turn will make you a happy employee.

You Won’t Mind Helping Doing out of Classroom Activities and Tasks
If you work in a primary or secondary school, you may end up on school trips that other adults dread. As a first-time mum, you’ll be used to it. This may even give you the opportunity to find good places to take your own child!

Young primary school children may also have a few accidents that nobody really wants to clean up… Mums to the rescue!

Although we have spoken about first time mums, more and more dads are deciding to take up careers in teaching and teaching assistants. If you’re a dad for the first time, or a dad for the fifth time and want to qualify as a teaching assistant, do it!

All parents are great at being teaching assistants; are you a parent who decided to go down this career path? What has your experience been? Have you got any tips to share?

If you’re a first time mum and have been thinking about becoming a teaching assistant, check out NCC Home Learning.

Megan x

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Happy Halloween!

Although we didn't get round to pumpkin picking in a field and getting all those Instagram-worthy shots (we just made do with Sainsbury's finest), we did have great fun spending our Sunday afternoon pumpkin carving. I've got to admit, I'm pretty proud of our efforts! I had every faith in my other half and his pumpkin carving skills (how amazing is the cannibal pumpkin he free-handed?!) but I really surprised myself! I think it was all down to having a good stencil, so spending a fiver on a pumpkin carving kit and stencils on eBay was totally worth it...even if I did see a similar set in Pound World for you guessed it...a pound...oops.

As well as carving pumpkins we decided to have a go at making a pumpkin pie with the leftovers and that turned out pretty well too! I'm not really into cinnamon, cloves and all those sort of spices but even I thought it tasted quite pleasant. The other half absolutely loved it so it was definitely worth the effort of picking out all the seeds (which we also toasted). I'm hoping to make some sort of curried pumpkin soup with the little portion I have left - that'll definitely be more up my street! Waste not want not and all that.

Of course, like most mums out there I wanted to dress Arthur up in an adorable Halloween costume and take loads of pictures but it didn't quite go to plan. Why? Well, Arthur hates his costume. Thankfully I bought it in age 3-4 years so fingers crossed it'll fit him next year when he'll hopefully think dressing up like a little devil and posing for lots of pictures is much more fun. One can hope...

However you're celebrating (or in some cases not celebrating) Halloween, I hope you have a lovely day!

Megan xx
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How to make your conservatory the most relaxing room in the house


Your conservatory could easily be the most pleasant space in your home thanks to its spectacular garden views, sunny disposition and peaceful, tranquil feel. From introducing comfortable furnishings made from quality suppliers such as Rattan Direct to adding some cosy accessories, here are some tips for making your conservatory relaxing.



Simply by choosing the right colours, furniture and accessories, you'll find that your underused conservatory can be transformed into a peaceful and luxurious heaven where you can take refuge at the end of a long and stressful day.

Tranquil Colours for a Peaceful Refuge
Make the wrong colour choice and you'll find that your conservatory can appear rather clinical and cold, however just by adding a touch of colour you'll find that instantly your room is changed into a welcoming and warm environment. Paint solid walls with pastel tones as this will soften its lines and create a feel of light and airiness. Most colours work well in conservatories thanks to the natural light, so don't be afraid to experiment.

Choose the Right Furniture
Even if your furniture looks beautiful, if it doesn't feel comfortable to sit on you won't get much use out of it. The key is to choose sofas and chairs which are pleasant to sit in and which invite you to sit down, relax and put your feet up.

Classic rattan upholstered sofas such as those from Rattan Direct are a perfect choice since they will never go out of style and will last for a long time. You could even pair them with a matching coffee table with a glass top that will look beautiful in any kind of conservatory, but which will be durable and practical too.

Choose Beautiful Blinds
Although the large windows in a conservatory are the primary benefit of the space thanks to the lovely views of the garden that they offer, they can also be one of the more problematic elements of this space. Large windows mean that the space can be far too hot during the summer months but also that the room can become unbearably cold during the winter.

You can resolve this problem by using energy saving blinds, which will filter out the direct sunlight during the summer months, helping to keep the space cool enough to enjoy, but which will also help to keep the room cosy during the cold weather so that you can maximise your use of this convenient part of your home all year round.

Energy saving blinds are stylish, yet incredibly practical since they can protect your furnishings and fabrics from changing colour due to fading from the strong sunlight which comes shining through the windows. Make sure to get your blinds professionally fitted for the best possible results. Made to measure conservatory blinds are the best idea since they will be customised to your individual windows and will transform the space into a relaxing oasis of calm.

Welcome Your Garden Inside
Blur the lines between your conservatory and the garden outside its window by creating a more tropical feel for your space. By adding lots of pot plants, indoor hanging baskets and vases of flowers, you can enjoy a more natural feel in your space.

Embrace exotic ferns, citrus fruit trees or bird of paradise flowers to bring the feeling of being on holiday right into your home, or even create an amazing talking point with a stunning living wall.

Accessorising Your Room
Once your conservatory has been beautifully decorated and furnished, it's time to put a few luxurious finishing touches to the space to create the perfect sanctuary. Personalise your room with memorable and special items – maybe some art that you've created yourself, a hand-made cushion or a unique souvenir that you've brought back from a special holiday.

Accessorise with stylish statement pieces like colourful cushions, a bright area rug or a spectacular and decorative mirror to reflect the light even more. A planter with an unusual shape or design would be the perfect addition and upholstery fabrics in eye-catching designs will transform your conservatory into an inviting and relaxing space to be enjoyed all year round.

Are you ready to create the perfect tranquil and relaxing oasis in your conservatory? Then visit Rattan Direct and discover a stunning range of stylish rattan furniture that will complement your space and décor, making it even more inviting, both in winter and in summer.

Megan x

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White Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe


Ingredients:
125g of unsalted butter
100g light brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar
1 egg
225g of self raising flour
1/2 tsp of salt
White chocolate bar (Milkybar tastes best - you'll use about 4 / 5 strips)




Method:
Cookies are one of my favourite things to bake because they're quick, easy and there's no decorating involved! For these, I followed my Chewy Chocolate Button Cookie recipe and just changed it up a little. As a quick reminder:

- Preheat to 180°C and leave the unsalted butter out to soften
- Cream the butter with the light brown and caster sugars
- Lightly beat the egg and mix in
- Mix in the flour and salt
- Break off 4 / 5 strips of chocolate (depending on how much you like your chocolate), cut into small chunks and mix in
- Line your tray/s with baking paper
- Roll into walnut sized balls (you can go bigger or smaller if you like but you may need to alter the baking time) and place on baking tray
- Bake for around 10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden
- Take out the oven and leave to harden on the tray
- After a few minutes transfer them onto a wire rack to cool

Enjoy!

Megan x
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Best Technological Devices for New Parents


Technology is advancing all of the time, often providing us with new devices that can simplify our daily tasks. Together with Babythingz, retailers of cosytoes (carefully designed cocoons for your little ones), we have shortlisted the latest nifty gadgets which can provide a helping hand to new parents. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift for a new parent, read on for some tips:

Parent and baby smartband
We are all familiar with the smartbands that have been created to monitor health and fitness. The parent and baby smartband goes one step further and has been specially designed for new parents. It can be used during pregnancy to track foetal movements, exercise progress and doctors’ appointments. The parent’s fitness is tracked through steps, calories burned, distance travelled and hydration levels. After birth, the technology can be used to track feedings, pump sessions, vitamin intake, nappy changes and many other reminders to help you day-to-day. As with most technological devices these days, there is a corresponding app so that you can link the data from the band to your phone. These products have received positive reviews, with many new parents claiming that it has helped them through both pregnancy and with monitoring their new-born.

Portable white noise machine
As research revealed that the noises that a baby hears in the womb can be replicated after birth, white noise machines have been developed. They have been found to help your baby get to sleep as they find the noise soothing. Technological advancements have led to the release of the portable white noise machine. This gadget is discreet meaning that only your baby can hear the soothing sounds and it will not disturb others. The gadgets can play a variety of tracks such as heartbeat, ocean waves and raindrops. They have been developed to turn off after a certain amount of time too. So, if your baby does drift off, the sounds won’t be playing all night long.

Pacifier thermometer
As new parents will know too well, trying to take a baby’s temperature can be difficult as they wiggle and squirm out of your grasp. At the same time, it is important to monitor your baby’s temperature as it can be an indicator of a cold or perhaps they’re too hot under the blankets. The recent invention of the pacifier thermometer has addressed this issue. In the shape of a pacifier or ‘dummy’, this thermometer will fit nicely into your little one’s mouth and they won’t even know what you’re up to. A perfect alternative to the traditional thermometers which can cause your baby to become a little agitated.


Video monitors
Baby monitors have always been an essential purchase for new parents. It allows them to sleep that little bit easier, knowing that if their baby stirs they will hear it through the monitor. Through the rise of tablets and smartphones, the new monitor includes video feature. This allows you to see the baby from a different room. It also works across the internet too so you can watch your baby from work whilst the other half is babysitting.

Self-warming bottles
Many parents are reluctant to go out when they know that it will be feeding time. Often at a restaurant, it can be a worry that there won’t be a facility to warm your baby’s milk or what if they overheat it? Mimicking the design of self-warming hand warmers, self-warming bottles have been designed. There’s no need for a microwave or kettle when you have one of these handy gadgets. With one press of the button, the system heats itself up and warms the milk to the natural temperature of breast milk. You can use it as many times as you like too, simply recharge it in the microwave or pan and it is ready to be used again.

Megan x
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A lovely little trip to Cornwall

A couple of weeks ago me and the boys ventured on our first little family trip to Cornwall. We had such a lovely time so I wanted to share some of the things we did and places we visited. I'd only ever been to Cornwall as a baby so it was a new place for me to explore and it's fair to say that in just a few short days, I fell in love.


Holywell Bay
Holywell Bay beach was breathtaking. An unspoilt beach, hidden behind great sand dunes, it is definitely up there as one of the most beautiful little places I've been to. We were lucky going out-of-season as there were only a few other people on the beach and the view was simply stunning. The sea was so wild, with waves crashing against the rocks, making for the most beautiful photos! Apparently it's one of the Poldark filming locations - I can definitely see why they picked it. To get to the beach you have to walk around or over the sand dunes but it's definitely worth the short stroll. There's a car park fairly close to the beach (ideal if you have little ones that can't walk far) and it's also dog-friendly all year round.


Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Arthur's really into his trains at the moment so we thought we'd take him to Lappa Valley, which is located just outside of Newquay. The leisure park offers so much for families...steam engine rides, miniature railways, indoor and outdoor play areas, a boating lake and tearoom to name just a few things! If I'm being completely honest Arthur was perhaps a little bit young to enjoy the whole experience (after all he's not quite two yet) and was a little impatient when it came to waiting for the trains to set off but we still had plenty of fun. If you've got slightly older toddlers and children it's definitely worth a visit on a sunny day! The ticket price covers the entire park (you only pay extra for food and drink) and children 2 years and under go free. I think they also allow dogs (for a small fee) providing they're on a lead.

The Cornish Arms
After visiting Lappa Valley we had a bit of a drive round so Arthur could have a quick nap and ended up coming across The Cornish Arms in St. Merryn owned by Rick Stein. The gastro pub offers a fantastic menu with dishes to please all. My other half opted for mussels and chips and I went for the linguine with aubergine, tomatoes, chilli and feta cheese (probably one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had!) If you're heading towards Padstow it's definitely worth a stop. We were lucky it was a really sunny day so were able to eat outside in the beautiful beer garden but inside the pub looked equally as lovely.


Polly Joke
Before we headed back to our accommodation, we decided to explore Polly Joke - a cove located between Crantock and Holywell. Like Holywell Bay beach, Polly Joke was peaceful and unspoilt. It was so quiet and we were able to enjoy just a few moments of calm whilst taking in the sights, right before Arthur decided to do the world's biggest poo - toddlers and their timing eh? The beach had a stream running down the middle and I've read that it's a great place for exploring rock pools, which we'll definitely be doing with Arthur when he's a bit older. The car park was quite a walk away (about 15-20  minutes) but thankfully Arthur's a bit of a mountain goat and enjoys a good old walk. It was quite a steep hill so probably not buggy / pushchair friendly but you could definitely manage with little ones in a carrier, if they aren't able to walk it.

Waterworld
The weather took a bit of a turn for the worst on Saturday but we'd already planned ahead and decided that it would be a day for indoor activities. After a failed attempt at exploring Newquay Aquarium (let's just say Arthur was not impressed) we decided to take him swimming at Waterworld. The leisure pool was fantastic, with so much to offer kids (and big kids) including 2 water flumes, a water play hut, snake fountain and much more. Even little kids were allowed on the slides providing they were accompanied by an adult and much to my surprise Arthur loved them! He asked to go on AGAIN and AGAIN and I can already tell he's going to be much more of a daredevil than his mother here. If you're looking for a rainy day activity to do with kids while visiting Newquay, Waterworld is definitely worth considering.


Port Isaac
Before we headed home on the Sunday we had a quick pitstop in Port Isaac, where the TV show Doc Martin is filmed. The fishing village was much more touristy than some of the other places we visited but it had bags of character, with it's traditional white washed cottages and winding streets. There were some lovely little gift shops, great for holiday souvenirs and I also bought some of the most delicious millionaire fudge from Buttermilk!

So there we have a little rundown of a few of the places we visited on our recent Cornwall trip. I'm keen to go back soon, so if you have any recommendations please send them my way. It really is such a beautiful place. It's no wonder it was ranked as one of the top staycation locations this year!

Megan x
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5 Cosy Autumn Home Picks



When I think of Autumn, beautiful coloured leaves, chunky knits and ankle boots spring to mind but when it comes to the home, it's all about being cosy. Everyone and their mother seems to be throwing around this Danish 'Hygge' word, associated with being cosy and content right now. Apparently it's now a trend. But as I'm not sure I'm cool enough to use it in proper context, I'm sticking with what I know and that's just plain old cosy home stuff. Here are my top five picks from some of my favourite online stores...


1. Terracotta & Speckled Mug @ Rose & Grey
A new season calls for new mugs (a rule I've just made up) and these terracotta & speckled mugs from Rose & Grey are just beautiful! I can't pinpoint exactly why they're 'autumnal' (...I hate the use of that word) but I can just imagine filling them up with a creamy coffee or hot chocolate, snuggling under a blanket and feeling oh-so-cosy.

2. Faux Fur Cushion Cover @ H&M
If my wardrobe could speak, it would tell you just how much I love faux fur. There's probably one-too-many jackets in there but really, who's counting? Faux fur screams autumn to me and I love this little cushion cover from H&M. I definitely think with faux fur, less is more. The key is to pick out just a couple of pieces from your home so you don't over-do it. Side note: I buy a lot of cushion covers from H&M but end up buying the 'inners' from other sites like Amazon as they tend to be cheaper.

3. Seagrass Storage Basket @ Matalan
You're probably wondering how a basket could be cosy...but stay with me. I'd be using this to store blankets, books and magazines, so they're there ready and waiting for your cosy nights in. On reflection, I'm not sure this storage basket from Matalan would actually be big enough to store a blanket now I've looked at the measurements but you get the idea!

4. Cable-Knit Blanket @ H&M
Cable-Knit is definitely an Autumn / Winter thing and this blanket from H&M looks so cosy and warm. I have a bit of a thing for pom poms at the moment (I've just treated myself to a big fluffy pom pom key ring) so the design is right up my street. This would look lovely draped over your sofa with the faux fur cushion to accompany it.

5. Glass Bell Jar with Star Fairy Lights @ Not On The High Street
My favourite pick of them all is this glass bell jar, filled with beautiful fairy lights from Lights4Fun. I feel like it'd add a touch of magic to your cosy space or make for an enchanting table centrepiece.


Megan x
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Buttery Lemon Biscuits Recipe


This week marks National Baking Week so I thought I'd share one of my latest bakes - Buttery Lemon Biscuits inspired by this recipe on the Good Food Channel website! The buttery lemon biscuits are so simple to make but taste delicious.


Ingredients
180g plain flour
1 lemon (zest, grated)
125g butter
50g caster sugar

Method
For the method I suggest heading over to the original source I used, as I don't want to steal someone else's recipe!

Funnily enough I ended up having to use a Gü pot as a cookie-cutter as I couldn't find mine! I have about ten million Gü pots - a scary reminder of how many cheesecakes we've eaten over the years. But anyway, it was the perfect cookie-cutter alternative, creating a great size and shaped biscuit. I baked the biscuits for around 7 minutes and felt that was the perfect time!


It's strange really because I don't usually like lemon flavoured sweet treats but these biscuits really are delicious. They melt in the mouth with their gorgeous buttery texture and are somewhat refreshing, especially with a nice cup of tea. They went down a treat with my family so I'm sure they'll become a regular bake from now on!


I'm keen to do some baking with Arthur soon and have an easy-peasy cornflake and cherry traybake recipe to share, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Megan x


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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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