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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