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Arthur's 5 Month Update

It feels so crazy to say this but I now have a five month old baby. Five months have passed so quickly but I'm trying to treasure every minute of motherhood. It's amazing how one little person can completely change everything. Arthur is the light and love of my life.

He's beautiful and still has a full head of hair
I know I'm biased but I'm pretty sure he's getting more gorgeous by the second. He was a beautiful baby from the start but now he's looking like proper little boy and he's just so damn cute! He's kept most of his hair and it's got a slight curl to it. It's the thing most people comment on when they meet him, along with his adorable gummy smile.

He's loud and lovely
He's been smiling for months but we also get giggles, squeals of happiness and conversational sounds from him now too. Over the last couple of weeks he's even started blowing kisses and the latest development are raspberries (thanks to Grandad) which come with plenty of dribble!

We're nearly sitting up
Arthur now enjoys tummy time far more than he used to and has rolled over a few times - which is both terrifying and exciting in equal measures for a new mummy. He's nearly sitting up by himself, which means I can start using his Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair next month when I begin weaning him. As it currently stands Arthur is exclusively breastfed and has been since birth but I'll be introducing other food to him at six months, whilst continuing to breastfeed. I've already got some Twist 'n' Lock Freezer Pods from Vital Baby to use but I'm still yet to purchase the rest of the things I'll need for weaning. Better start shopping!

He's growing like a weed
Something I mentioned in my recent baby boy haul post is that Arthur seems to have grown out of his 3-6 month sleepsuits as he's quite a long baby! I've ended up buying him 6-9 months and 9-12 months sleepsuits and outfits and they fit much better - the sleeves just need rolling slightly. I've found the sizing really varies from shop-to-shop, as with adult clothing too.

He loves his toys
Arthur still loves playing with his Fisher-Price Kick 'n' Play Piano Gym, his rattles and his Lamaze toys but I've noticed he's starting taking more interest in his Sophie Le Giraffe and Nuby teethers too. He's not really had any teething pain so I don't think we're there yet but he's definitely at the stage where everything is going in the mouth! I also recently treated him to the VTech Discovery Tree, which seems to be a great interactive toy. It's something he should continue to enjoy playing with as he gets older, so a good buy for parents!

We're sleeping well again
Although he did seem to be waking up every couple of hours around the age of four months (I started to think the newborn days had returned), Arthur seems to be sleeping much better again now at night. Long may it last...though it probably won't haha! Napping in the day varies but I am getting chance to blog, clean and do other bits and bobs so there's definitely some napping going on.

We don't really have a strict bedtime routine as such, though I have started bathing him in the evening, as I think it's more relaxing and enjoyable for us both that way. I read to him everyday and most nights he'll drift off to sleep with ease - far from the sleep battles of the newborn days! He still fits in his Hyde Crib in my room. I haven't really thought too much about when I'm going to move him into his nursery at night. I love having him next to me and seeing as it's recommended that you keep babies in your own room for the first six months anyway, it's not something I've got to worry about just yet!

I'll stop rambling now...
This little update has become exceedingly long so I'm going to leave it there. I could literally ramble on about Arthur all day but I'm sure that's the same with all mummies and their children. I've really been enjoying sharing more baby and parenting content here on Seek My Scribbles, so be sure to look out for future posts and updates.

Now seems like the perfect time to say thank you for the MAD Blog Awards nominations. I'm not foolish enough to think that my little blog will get anywhere in such big blogging awards but it honestly means so much that people have enjoyed my content enough to even nominate me, so a BIG thank you for that!

New Pink Bedroom Additions

If you saw my recent Beautifying My Bedroom post you'll know I was keen to add some colour and character to my bedroom. After trawling Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on a pink and monochrome colour scheme. Pink seems to be really in right now, so it wasn't hard finding some new additions for my bedroom, as you can see above!

I'd already found some lovely pink cushions in H&M and B&Q, which I shared on Instagram but once I saw the monochrome and pink cushions in Ikea, I had to pick them up too! They're large (50x50) and super squishy. I love them.

Whilst in Ikea I also bought another cactus plant trio - this time with pink pots. I've moved my white ones into my living room; a lovely addition for my sideboard. Oh and I got some lovely round boxes, which I haven't really got a use for yet but I was drawn in by the shiny triangle bits! I picked these up in the stationery section - which I didn't even know existed. I've been missing out! I managed to resist picking up a matching notebook and folder...it was hard though.

Another new bedroom addition is the pink wire basket. These are everywhere at the moment but I got mine from H&M. I use it to store my diary, Kindle, One Line A Day book and various other bits and bobs.

Finally I chose a few prints for the walls including this Shake It Off one. People charge so much for framed quote prints, it's ridiculous! I got round it by buying the prints on their own and then getting cheap frames from Amazon. You could go one better and print one off yourself but I'm way too lazy for that. I've also got a Love print, a What Would Blair Waldorf do? print and a colourful unicorn print but I'll show you those when I do my bedroom tour, once it's finished.

I'm really happy with how it's looking so far and these bedroom additions are simply perfect!

What do you think?

My Small Victories

As a parent you'll celebrate a number of special milestones with your baby; their first smile, the first time they roll over, their first word and those important first steps but it's important to celebrate your milestones as a parent too. Being a parent is the best thing in the world but it's no walk in the park. Therefore you're fully entitled to give yourself a pat on the back, shout "YES!" at the top of your voice or do a happy dance (my personal favourite) when you achieve what I like to call a small victory.

Today I wanted to share some of my small victories with you. They may seem insignificant but to me they're well deserved of my happy dance and they show me what a long way I've come in almost five months of being a mummy.

Collapsing and putting up the pram without help
Getting Arthur's car seat and isofix base in and out of my friend's car (and it's only 3 door!)
Going on the bus with Arthur in his pram
Tying my baby sling without watching the tutorial / needing my dad
Doing my makeup in five minutes (often one handed with Arthur on my knee)
Surviving the newborn nights and what seems to have been the four month sleep regression
Nearly five months of breastfeeding (hoping to do it for a year)
Bathing Arthur on my own
Breastfeeding in public without a cover up
Changing an explosive nappy in a public changing room
Leaving the house with everything you need in your changing bag (harder than you think!)
Getting Arthur to nap more regularly
Managing to blog, clean and wash during nap times

As I said, these might seem like insignificant things to some but to me they are small parenting victories worth celebrating. I think I'll continue to update this list as I think of more. My mind suddenly went blank!

What are your small victories? (They don't have to be parenting related!)
Leave a comment below or create your own post and send over the link for me to read and share!

Earth Friendly Baby Review

When it came to choosing baby bath and skincare products for Arthur, it was really important to me that they were as natural and gentle on the skin as possible. I also wanted to make sure that they weren't tested on animals, as I've made it my mission to phase out as many animal tested products from my home as possible. The Earth Friendly Baby brand fit the bill perfectly.

Earth Friendly Baby (owned by Lansinoh) create ethical, organic and natural baby products, containing gentle ingredients that are kind to babies' sensitive skin. Their products are free from artificial fragrances and colours and recyclable packaging is used when possible. The brand is registered with the Vegetarian Society UK and the Vegan Society and does not test on animals.

On top of all that, the Earth Friendly Baby products are lovely! Arthur's used the Calming Lavender Bubblebath, the Soothing Chamomile Shampoo and Bodywash and Calming Lavender Shampoo and Bodywash and they've all been kind and gentle on his skin as promised. The bubblebath makes lots of fluffy bubbles and both the lavender and chamomile scents are lovely. A little goes a long way with these products so you really get your money's worth. I have to admit both me and Arthur's gran have been using them too, so they are going down a little quicker than if just Arthur was using them!

After such a good experience with the Earth Friendly Baby bath products, I'm keen to try the skincare too. The Shea Massage Oil sounds particularly nice!

Earth Friendly Baby is available from a number of places including Boots, Babies R Us, Mothercare, Asda and Tesco, with prices around the £4 - £6 mark.

Have you tried Earth Friendly Baby products with your baby?
What other baby bath products do you recommend?

Baby Boy Haul | Clothing & Toys

Arthur is now 21 weeks old and seems to have had a recent growth spurt. Not only is he nearly too long for his carry cot (meaning we'll be using the pushchair seat soon) but he's also getting too big for some of his 3-6 months clothing. Certainly the sleepsuits I bought him in 3-6 months are too small on the feet. I don't want him having to curl his toes under so I've been putting him in 6-9 months sleepsuits instead.

With Arthur growing so quickly, I thought it was time to start buying some clothing in bigger sizes, like 6-9 months and 9-12 months. I know a lot of parents buy their baby their entire first year's wardrobe when they find out they're pregnant but that's not something I wanted to do. I wanted to see what Arthur was like, so I'd buy clothes that suited him and I also knew that if I bought all of his clothes during pregnancy, I'd only end up wanting to buy more of the new season stuff once he was here, so decided to wait.

Something I've noticed is that I'm buying a lot more colourful clothing (as you'll see in this haul) than I thought I would. I've never been that into colour but Arthur just looks so gorgeous in brightly coloured clothes that I now love it! Next recently had their sale so I picked up a few bargains from there but I've also included things I've bought from Tu Clothing (Sainsburys), H&M, M&S, Boots and Toys R Us too. Let's get started!

First up we've got these colourful car t-shirts from Next, which I absolutely love. I feel like he'll get a lot of wear out of these over the coming months, as he'll be able to wear them with a cardigan while it's still on the chilly side and then on their own when it gets warmer.

Saying that, it never really gets that warm in England (at least not for long) so I wanted to get him a cheap and cheerful, lightweight coat. This cute red coat was from the Next sale and fit the bill perfectly, at just £6! I think it's still available online in some sizes, you just have to have a look through the sale items to find it.

I've had my eye on these tops for a while now, so I was really excited to spot them in the Next sale! I love the milk top the most but Arthur will get so much wear out of the grey textured top and striped top too. These were half price at £7 and are also still available in some sizes online.

I love Marvel so I couldn't resist getting Arthur this little Iron Man T-shirt in the Next sale. I think it's sold out online now but I think it was under a fiver! My dad also picked out this super cute and colourful racing car shirt for Arthur. Tu at Sainsburys have some really lovely baby clothes at very reasonable prices, so I definitely recommend having a look there if you're currently baby shopping!

While I was in Sainsbury's with my family, I also picked up these amazing shark print shorts. I can't wait for it to be warm enough for him to wear these! Tu do really good leggings and bottoms for babies, so I got this pack of two (striped and navy). I also decided to get some of these larger bibs that you just pop over the head. I think they'll be great for when I'm weaning Arthur at the end of next month and food is going everywhere.

Another place I love buying baby clothes from is M&S. Their designs are so lovely and there's a lot of unisex clothing too. Me and my mum couldn't resist these duckling and rabbit print sleepsuits when we were shopping in their recently. A food shop can soon turn into a baby shop - oops!

On the same trip out, I picked up a new pack of muslin squares from Boots (you can never have too many) and a pack of London themed vests. You get 5 for £11 so they're good value for money.

I've mentioned before how much I love H&M baby clothing so I'm always checking the site to see what new pieces they've added. I think Arthur is going to look adorable in these Hawaiian print shorts in the summer time.

Arthur's Grandma Sarah also bought him a sleepsuit, pram blanket and pack of vests from Cath Kidston. I couldn't photograph the sleepsuit and vests as they were in the wash but I absolutely love the old-fashioned style transport print. I never thought to look for baby boy clothes in Cath Kidston, so I'm going to have to keep an eye out now from now on!

And finally, we have the most exciting purchase - the Discovery Tree by vtech! I had some Love 2 Shop vouchers for taking out life insurance so I wanted to treat Arthur to something special from Toys R Us. I loved the colourful design of the Discovery Tree and the fact it was really interactive, with so much for baby to do. It's 6-36 months, so it should be a toy that he continues to enjoy as he gets older. I can't wait for him to play with it!

Are you currently baby shopping?
Where's your favourite place to buy clothes and toys?

Current Lip Favourites

It's been a couple of years since I shared my favourite lip products with you (time really does fly) so I thought it was about time I did an updated version. My favourite lip products have completely changed, as you'll see if you look back at the previous post. A couple of years ago, I was all about reds and purples and now I'm more of a nudy pink girl.

My top favourite lip product has to be the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. They're a product I've raved about numerous times here on Seek My Scribbles over the last couple of months because they're just so easy to wear. One quick swipe and you're good to go. They've got great staying power and the shade range is lovely. Milan is still my most favourite of all. It's a must-try if you're after a matte lip without the horrible dryness!

I don't own a lot of luxury, high end makeup but I think that makes me treasure my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the shade Bitch Perfect even more. It's a gorgeous nude pink that goes with every makeup look. I wear it patted in, in the day for a more subtle look or full power if I'm going out in the evening. I've swatched it here if you want a better idea of the warm nude pink shade.

Last but not least we've got a novelty lip balm from Marks & Spencer's Cinderella beauty collection, which they had on their site over Christmas. I'm all for a cute, novelty lip balm, especially if it actually works! The Bibbidi Bobbidi lip balm is blueberry flavoured and has shimmer running through it (though I don't believe it transfers onto the lips). It leaves my lips feeling soft and is the perfect base for applying a lipstick over the top. It's a shame they don't seem to stock it now but maybe they'll bring it back (or something similar) this Christmas. Keep an eye out towards the end of the year just in case!

What are your current favourite lip products?
Leave a comment below or tweet me @meganjane03

Mummy Fashion Wishlist

1. Ted Baker Embellished Top - M and M Direct 2. Buttoned Cami Dress - ASOS 3. Ripped Skinny Jeans - F&F 4. White Converse - ASOS 5. Floral Print Trousers - New Look 6. Ted Baker Tweed Bomber Jacket - M and M Direct
If you read my recent post Farewell Maternity Jeans, you'll know that since becoming a mummy I've sort of struggled with my personal style. For one, I've had less time to think about putting outfits together each morning but I've also been unsure of what clothes are 'me.' I think I'm heading towards getting in a same-old t-shirt, jeans and jumper style rut, so I wanted to put together a mummy fashion wishlist to inspire myself (and any other women feeling the same way) and see what's out there!

As a new mummy, I want my clothes to be three things - stylish, comfortable and practical. Arthur has recently started grasping everything in sight, which has led me to cut off my long hair and put away my necklaces for the time being. With this in mind, I thought it'd be great to pick up a few embellished tops (a great necklace alternative) and M and M Direct have plenty to choose from! I'm loving this mint green top from Ted Baker - it'd be perfect for spring and ticks all of the boxes.

In the past I used to be all about the cute dresses but since becoming a mummy I don't think I've worn one! The trouble is because I'm breastfeeding, the ones in my wardrobe aren't so practical. You can't pull the neck down to get baby to boob and you certainly can't exactly put them under your dress (I'm actually chuckling at the thought of it!) But I guess if you had a button down dress, like the one above from ASOS, your problems would be solved. I'm definitely considering getting one of these for when it's a bit warmer.

I mentioned earlier that I'm worried about getting in a jeans and t-shirt style rut but that won't stop me eyeing up a new pair to add to my growing collection! I'm loving these ripped skinny jeans from F&F. They'd look great with a stripy tee and pair of white Converse - something I've had my eye on for ages. I'm just worried that they'd get so dirty!

The fifth thing on my mummy fashion wishlist is something completely out of my comfort zone and that's a pair of floral printed trousers. I think they'd make a great alternative to jeans if I'm going out and I'd still be able to pair them with a practical, plain top for feeding Arthur. The only thing I'm unsure of is the type of shoes you'd wear with them? The pair the model is wearing is lovely but there's no way I could ever walk in those kind of shoes.

Last but not least we've got something else that's a little out of my comfort zone and that's a bomber jacket. I hear from my favourite YouTubers that they're the 'in' piece - a must-have for spring / summer, so I've been eyeing a few up. This tweed one from Ted Baker at M and M Direct is my favourite so far. It's feminine without being OTT and would certainly make for a great statement piece.

Which is your favourite item on my mummy fashion wishlist?
Comment below or tweet me @meganjane03!
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Beauty Tasks on the Back Burner

Since becoming a mummy, my 'getting ready' routine has seriously changed. Everything has been pared down (makeup only takes 5 minutes max.) and some tasks seem to have been cut completely. For instance, painting my nails. It's sad really, as I've got these beautiful nail polishes from M&S sat in my drawer from Christmas that I've hardly touched. It'd only take me a couple of minutes to paint a quick coat or two of polish on my fingers and toes but I never quite manage it. Maybe once it's sandal weather I'll make time for it - they are quite summery shade after all!

Another thing I don't seem to ever get round to doing is popping on a face mask. I was going to blame this on them being messy but really, I'm just being lazy. I could easily put this one from Sanctuary Spa on whilst I enjoy a quick bath (yes quick 5 minute baths do exist when you're a mummy) and it'd probably do my skin the world of good. I'm going to attempt to squeeze this beauty tasks in this week - after all it only takes five or so minutes.

And the final beauty task that I seem to have put on the back burner is moisturising. Don't get me wrong, the face still gets moisturised twice daily but the body, well it's not had a lot of love recently. When I was pregnant I was moisturising religiously, as my skin felt so tight and I thought it might help to prevent my stretch marks getting worse (not sure I can say it did to be honest) but since I've had Arthur, it's one thing I always forget or can't be bothered to do. I really need to take better care of my skin or I'll end up regretting it later in life so this is another beauty task I'm going to try and re-introduce, at least a couple of times a week. The Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory sinks in so fast - I haven't really got an excuse not to do it!

Are there any beauty tasks you've put on the back burner?
Share them in the comment section or tweet me @meganjane03 to carry on the conversation!

AmaWrap Baby Sling Review

When I found out I was pregnant, I made a list of all the items I wanted to buy and one was a baby carrier or 'sling' as they're often called. I knew there were so many advantages of babywearing, from strengthening the bond between mother and baby and increasing your baby's confidence in their surroundings to the convenience of having your hands free! Trouble was, when it came to buying a baby sling, there were just so many to choose from - I didn't know where to begin and felt so overwhelmed. In the end, I decided to leave it - did I really need one? A few months on and having now tried the Amawrap with Arthur, I wish I'd got one sooner!

The AmaWrap (£39.99) was created by a lovely lady called Shabs and there's a truly wonderful story behind it, which you can read here. It's made from a stretchy material that when tied correctly (more on that later) allows you to safely carry your baby, with all the support you both need to comfortably go about your day. The AmaWrap is available in a range of colours, comes with a matching bag and is suitable from newborn up to 15kg.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive the Oyster Grey AmaWrap* to try out with Arthur. When I got it out of the box, my first thought was 'oh god that's one long piece of material, I'm never going to be able to tie it' but I can now say, tying the AmaWrap is easy peasy.

Funnily enough, my dad was able to take one look at the instructions and tie the AmaWrap perfectly but I found it much easier to learn by watching him do it! If like me, you're better learning through watching, then I definitely recommend checking out the video tutorial AmaWrap have created because it makes tying the sling so much easier! I honestly can't believe how simple it is. I was expecting it to be far more complicated but you can literally do it in a couple of seconds, pop baby in and you're good to go!

Arthur seems super comfortable in the AmaWrap. He loves having a look around, whilst I potter about but usually falls asleep within five or so minutes of putting him in. You can pull the bit I like to call the pouch up higher to provide more support and even loosen and lower the sling slightly if you want to try breastfeeding in it. I can tell Arthur loves being close to me in the AmaWrap and seems so content. I love the closeness it gives us, as well as the fact I can actually get on and do a few things round the house.

Something that initially worried me was that I wouldn't be able to carry Arthur around for long, as at 16lb 10 he's no longer a little baby but the AmaWrap seems to distribute his weight evenly and makes him so much easier to carry. I haven't suffered any back pain at all!
I'm yet to venture outside the house with my AmaWrap but I can imagine it'll be brilliant. I was at a busy children's toy sale the other week and I wish I'd taken it with me, as it was a nightmare trying to navigate the pram through the hall, when there were so many children running about and other mum's trying to push their prams through too. I saw one mum with her baby in a sling and thought 'why didn't I bring my AmaWrap?!' It would definitely have made life a whole lot easier.

Speaking of making life easier - I imagine the AmaWrap would be fantastic for mums with newborns. I really wish I'd got one sooner, as I think it would have helped to settle and soothe Arthur during those early days, whilst also allowing me to move around more with him. Not that I minded being stuck to the sofa cuddling him all day! Who would?

All in all I've been really impressed with the AmaWrap and I'll definitely be recommending it to other mums and mums-to-be. The product's great, the website's really informative and I've also just read that AmaWrap actually donates slings to Neo Natal Units so parents with premature babies can practice kangaroo care - which makes me like the company even more.

A well-deserved rave review! I'm so thrilled with my AmaWrap and I'll be continuing to use it with Arthur for as long as I can.

Is babywearing something you do or would like to do in the future?
Leave a comment below & let me know what you think or tweet me @meganjane03.

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H&M Baby Wishlist

1. Trousers in a Textured Knit 2. 2 Pack Short Sleeved Bodysuits 3. 2 Pack Leggings 4. 3 Pack All In One Pyjamas 5. Long Sleeve Printed Top 6. Cotton Joggers 7. Twill Trousers
H&M is one of my favourite places to buy clothes for Arthur. It's great quality (I especially like the organic cotton range), beautifully designed and caters well for those looking for unisex baby clothing. It's also very reasonably priced - somewhere inbetween cheaper supermarket clothing prices and baby clothing from the likes of Next and John Lewis (also favourites of mine!)

I've been really pleased with everything I've bought from H&M Baby so far and I'm always on the website checking out the new stock, so I thought I'd put together a little wishlist featuring some of my favourite pieces.

The little vest with the wild animals on has really caught my eye and I'm a sucker for nautical prints, so I don't think I'll be able to resist buying the rompers for when it's a little warmer. As a general rule I'm not into slogan t-shirts but I think the 'Hey They're Cutie' tee is adorable and Arthur would look lovely in it. He'll definitely be in need of some more leggings and trousers soon as he's getting super long legs like his mummy - a great excuse to pick up some of those featured on this list! I think the textured trousers and blue stripy ones are my favourites.

The only thing I would say about H&M Baby clothing is that the sizing is a little on the small size - well in our experience anyway! Arthur fit into 4-6 months stuff when he was wearing 0-3 months clothing from other brands and fits into H&M 6-9 months too now (and he's only just over 4 months old). As I said, he's quite a long baby but the sizing might be something to bear in mind when you're buying from there.

H&M are currently offering 15% off orders for the next 24 hours, so if you've got your eye on a few baby bits or even bits for yourself, get ordering!

Where's your favourite place to buy baby clothing?

Natural World Chia Seed Oil Haircare Collection

If you're into your superfoods you've probably come across Chia Seeds before. They're an antioxidant, great source of protein and deliver plenty of nutrients with few calories. But do you know that Chia Seed Oil is actually a great haircare ingredient too?

Chia Seed Oil boasts a number of fantastic properties for haircare. It's great for adding volume and strength, gives hair that incredible shine and provides limp and dull-looking hair with a much-needed boost. With so many benefits, it clearly made the perfect choice of ingredient for a Natural World haircare collection!

Haircare is not something I try out very often - I tend to stick with supermarket branded products but seeing as I'm trying to take better care of my hair, I was very excited to give the Natural World Chia Seed Oil collection* a go. The collection, which is formulated for fine hair, includes the Chia Seed Oil Shampoo (500ml and 1L), Chia Seed Oil Conditioner (500ml or 1L) and the Chia Seed Oil Anti-Gravity Hair Oil (100ml and 25ml). As well as containing certified organic Chia Seed Oil, the products are also infused with 5 essential oils - Cedarwood, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Orange and Ylang Ylang, which work together to cleanse and condition the hair, whilst boosting it's volume and shine.

I've been trialling the products for a few weeks now and I've been really impressed with the results. The Chia Seed Oil Shampoo and Conditioner have a lovely creamy texture and are really easy to work into the hair. My hair always feels super clean after I've used them and I've also noticed that it does appear to have more volume and less frizz! The scent is extremely subtle and all products in the range are free from nasties like parabens, phosphates, phthalates and dyes.

Alongside the shampoo and conditioner from the range, I've also been using the Chia Seed Oil Anti-Gravity Oil for Fine Hair. I tend to apply this to the lengths and ends of my hair, as I'm always worried about the roots getting greasy. You have to be careful not to use too much, as the product comes out quickly but I do think it's helped to keep the lengths of my hair looking silky, soft and healthy. I really like that it comes in two sizes, as the 25ml version makes quite a good travel size product.

Natural World is a new brand to me but after having such a good experience with the Chia Seed Oil range, I will definitely be looking to purchase more products from them in the future. I really like the fact that they are a British haircare brand and do not test on animals - something that has become very important to me when buying hair and beauty products.

If you fancy checking out the Chia Seed Oil range for yourself, it can be purchased from Beauty and the Bunch, with prices starting at £3.49. You can also head on over to the Natural World website to learn more about the collection and find out what else the brand has to offer.

Have you come across any Natural World products before?
What did you think of them?
Leave a comment or tweet me @meganjane03
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10 Mummy Loves

When you become a mummy you experience a lot of 'firsts' with your baby and today is a really special one for me as it's my first Mother's Day! I feel so proud and honoured to be Arthur's mama. He's so precious to me and has made my life magical. I still look at him every single day and can't believe how lucky I am. I could literally gush about him all day but instead I'm going to leave you with ten of my mummy loves...

1. The smile I get when he sees me
2. How happy he makes his grandparents
3. The way he giggles when I tickle him
4. How he sucks his thumb to soothe himself
5. His peaceful expression when he's asleep
6. The way he snuggles up to me when he's tired
7. The happy sounds he makes when playing
8. How much he enjoys his milk
9. Achieving mummy and baby milestones
10. The feeling of unconditional love

And I just want to share the love by saying Happy Mother's Day to two of my special friends, Kerry and Sophia. You are both amazing mummies and it's been so wonderful sharing this experience with you.

Finally, to my mum, a Happy Mother's Day. I've learnt so much from you and I hope you know how proud I am to be your daughter. You're so special to me and to Arthur. We love you!

What are your mummy loves?

Behind A Blog Name

Do you ever come across a blog and wonder how the owner came up with the name? I mean, sometimes it's fairly obvious (e.g the blogger's name) but often I'm left wondering whether there's a story behind someone's blog name or if it was just a random thought.

In all honesty, I can't really remember how I came up with the name, Seek My Scribbles! I know I was on a train back from a holiday in Devon and I'd obviously been thinking about starting a blog but I think the name must have just popped into my head and stuck with me. It's a name I still really love, even after all these years.

Niche specific or not?
I guess the thing I like about my blog name is that it's not niche specific. My scribbles are my words and they can be about anything from my favourite beauty products to my tips on finding inspiration. I think that unless you know you're only going to blog about a certain topic e.g beauty or parenting, it's best not to choose a niche specific blog name. I've actually noticed a few bloggers and YouTubers have changed their blog and channel names to their own names recently and I'm guessing the reason for some will be that they want to explore and share new content ideas that their original name may not have allowed for as successfully.

Make it original
Originality is also important when choosing a blog name. Think of it as if you were naming and branding a product - you need a name for your blog that people are going to remember. I love blog names that are a play on words and find that really random blog names seem to stick in my head.

Research it
It's a good idea to do a little research before choosing a name for your blog. If lots of other bloggers have got the same name or similar, you're probably going to want to change it to something else. There's also domains to consider. You won't be able to secure a .com or .co.uk if someone already has yours!

Choose a name you won't outgrow
My final tip is to choose a name that's timeless. Sure you can rename and rebrand your blog in the future - plenty of bloggers have done it successfully but if you choose something that you're not going to 'outgrow' you'll save yourself time, hassle and money (if you're printing business cards) in the future.

What's the story behind your blog name?
Comment below or tweet me @meganjane03 to carry on the conversation!

Instagram Roundup: Baby Takeover!

Times seems to go so fast when you become an adult but I swear since I've become a mother it's doubled in speed! February flew by and saw my little boy turn 4 months old - how on earth has it been 4 months already?!

Baby takeover!
Since Arthur came along, it's fair to say he's slowly taken over my Instagram feed! Before I had him, I wasn't really sure how much I'd share on social media but I just can't resist showing off his beautiful little face. This month I found myself packing away his 0-3 month clothes, including the adorable teddy bear snowsuit above! I've saved some of his 'special' clothes that have sentimental value for future babies (best friends I'm looking at you!), given some to charity and then I'm selling a few bits and bobs over on Instagram. If you're currently looking to buy baby clothes at bargain prices check out my page @Arthurs_Wardrobe!

Any money I make will end up being spent on more baby clothes. It's so much more fun buying baby clothes than mummy clothes. I'm loving H&M's baby collection at the moment (see above for some of my recent buys) but I have to say  I've found the the sizing a little random!

Trying new things...
February also saw me try my hand at scrapbooking, letter writing and baby wearing! Since I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to create a scrapbook to give to Arthur when he's older. I'm giving each page a theme e.g. 'My Baby Shower,' 'The Day You Were Born' and taping in polaroids, cards and any little bits and bobs that fit! I think I'll do a post on my scrapbook once I've done a little more.

Hand-in-hand with the scrapbook idea is the Letters To My Baby book, which I posted about last month. I finally started it in February, with my first letter to Arthur being 'Your First Home.' It's such a lovely keepsake and I can't wait to write him some more letters to read in the future.

My first go at baby wearing...
Before I had Arthur, one of the things on my list to buy was a baby sling but I never got round to getting one. For me, the trouble was that there were so many different types, I just didn't know where to start. Luckily the lovely team over at Azaria PR sorted us out with an AmaWrap* and I'm absolutely loving it! I've got a review post coming up soon but I couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek of me and Arthur using the AmaWrap on Instagram. Arthur loves it as it gives him the opportunity to look around, whilst being safe, comfortable and close to my chest - his favourite place!

Chia Seeds - who knew they were good for your hair?
I've also been lucky enough to get to try out a fantastic haircare range from Natural World*, made with Chia Seeds. They're one of the most talked about superfoods right now but apparently a haircare wonder too! My review post will be going live at the end of this week. I've decided I need to start taking better care of my hair again. I've noticed a little hair loss, which is perfectly normal when you've had a baby but I'd really like it coloured in a couple of months time (new mummy, new hair) so I want to make sure it's in a good-enough condition to do that.

Speaking of needing to take better care of myself, I seem to have developed a biscuit craving in the last month and I'm not even pregnant anymore. SEND HELP.

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