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Dine with Totseat

Today I wanted to share a post about a fantastic product that I know other parents will LOVE.

But before we get onto it, let’s start by talking about just how rubbish most highchairs are when you’re dining out at a pub, restaurant or cafĂ©. I don’t know about you but most of the time they give you those awful wooden ones sans-tray. I wouldn’t mind the fact they don’t have a tray if they were table height but most of the time that isn’t the case! And the majority don’t come with any padded inserts so you find that your little six month old is wobbling about all over the place – so much so that you may as well just keep them on your knee!

Then there’s the dining establishments that have filthy highchairs…I’m not the type of mum that anti-bac-wipes everything but seriously, some restaurants could really do with cleaning their highchairs between uses if the parent hasn’t bothered to!

Finally there are the establishments that don’t seem to have enough highchairs to accommodate every child. Again – not in the least bit helpful for a parent who is trying to enjoy a meal out with their little one.

So this brings me onto the fantastic product that seems to solve all of these dining out niggles and that’s the Totseat*. This lovely little product was sent over for Arthur to try and honestly, it’s so useful! It’s basically a travel-friendly, portable fabric highchair that you can take along to restaurants, pubs and cafes to use on one of their chairs. It turns pretty much any style of dining chair into a safe, practical and comfortable highchair for your little one.

The Totseat is lightweight and pocket-sized so you can throw it in your baby changing bag to take with you and it’s also machine washable so you don’t have to worry about it getting covered in food. It’s super easy to attach to chairs and sort of looks like a big nappy for your baby! I was initially worried that Arthur would wriggle out but because the Totseat goes up to his chest, around his armpits and fastens just above his head, there’s no chance! I feel like I can relax while he’s in his Totseat because not only is he perfectly safe but also very content. I think he feels like he's less restrained than in a traditional highchair and sees the Totseat as something fun.

If you want more information about the Totseat and how it works, I suggest visiting their website and having a good old read when you get a minute. My Totseat now lives in my changing bag so it’s always there just-in-case but I’ve also used it at home as Arthur has fussy days where he doesn’t want to sit in his other highchair. It’s such a useful product and one I’ll definitely be recommending to other mamas.

You can use the Totseat when your baby can sit up unaided – usually around 6 months give or take and it’s suitable for using until they’re 30 months old, so Arthur will definitely be getting plenty of use out of ours yet!

Be sure to check out the #DineWithTotseat hash tag on Instagram to see the Totseat in action.

What do you think of the Totseat?
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Skincare that doesn't cost a small fortune

As important as it is to take care of your skin, I have never been able to, or even wanted to, justify spending a small fortune on premium brands. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with other people doing it (you do you and all that...) but luxury skincare just isn't for me. Now I have Arthur to look after, I'm more reluctant to spend money on things that I don't really need. For me skincare is an essential but there are some fantastic budget-friendly ranges out there, with one of my favourites being Botanics.

Botanics is a Boots brand specialising in organic, natural skincare, as well as bath and body products. They work closely with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to carefully select natural plant extracts that benefit each skin type and even better - they are committed to sustainable sourcing and do not test on animals.

Botanics has created a number of different ranges to suit various skin types. My favourite, as you can see from the product selection above is the All Bright range. Anything that makes my skin look more radiant and awake gets a big thumbs up from me! The All Bright range has been developed for normal to dry skin; making use of Hibiscus Flowers, rich in alpha hydroxy acids. They exfoliate and renew the skin's surface to help create a more radiant complexion.

I am currently using three cleansing products from the Botanics All Bright range - the Gentle Cleansing Cream, 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Solution and Cleansing Face Wipes. The Cleansing Cream, which is currently just £1.99 (usually £3.99) is great for removing heavier base makeup but I always like to use the Micellar Water (on offer at £2.25 from £4.49) afterwards to double cleanse. This product is much better for removing eye makeup. In the past I've been a bit of a face wipe snob but now I'm a mum, I'm far less fussy! The Cleansing Face Wipes (£1.74 down from £3.49) are great for lazy makeup removal on those I-NEED-MY-BED-NOW evenings.

Funnily enough, the toner I bought wasn't actually from the All Bright range but the Organic range instead. The reason being that it came in spritz form! The Botanics Organic Rosewater Spritz (£3.99 down from £5.99) is designed to tighten the pores, whilst also removing any last traces of makeup. It feels so refreshing and is actually my favourite skincare step.

Once I've cleansed and toned, I like to use the All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum (£3.49 down from £6.99) to energise and brighten my complexion. This is a really lightweight serum and a little goes a long way - I only tend to use three drops morning and evening. The serum comes with a dropper so you can pop it exactly where you want it - avoiding the sensitive eye area. Of course, you don't want to leave the eye area out so for that I use the Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll On (£4.37 down from £8.75). This eye gel is designed to cool, refresh and help reduce the appearance of dark circles by hydrating the under eye area. Again, I feel like this product makes such a big difference to my skin - the only downside is that you really need to leave it to sink in or it'll make any makeup you apply over the top crumble away.

The final step of my skincare routine is to moisturise. In the mornings I use the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF15 (£2.49 was £4.99). This is a lightweight moisturiser but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch in terms of hydration. I notice immediate results in terms of how smooth and moisturised my skin feels after applying this and love that it contains SPF15 to help protect my skin from the sun. It's worth noting that the products in the All Bright range containing AHAs can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so it's important to apply an SPF to protect it. In the evening I switch the day cream for the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream (£2.49 was £4.99). As you may have guessed, this is much thicker in consistency and richer in terms of it's moisturising properties.

I have been using these skincare products from Botanics for around a month now and I feel like they've made a big difference to my complexion - so much so that I never apply more than a lightweight BB cream and a little concealer these days. I've never really enjoyed wearing foundation so this is a huge plus for me. I also feel like my skin looks much more radiant in the mornings when I wake up and even though I'm up at least a couple of times every night with Arthur, I don't think I look half as tired as I should! For tired mums with babies that don't like to sleep, this skincare range is a real winner.

In terms of price, I cannot fault Botanics. I bought all of these at sale price (varying slightly from the prices shared in this blog post) and spent just over £20.00. Considering that some luxury skincare products cost three times that, I'd say I did pretty well! I'm not saying that it's on par with luxury skincare - I couldn't possibly tell you seeing as I don't have the means to compare them BUT what I can tell you is that the products are natural, effective and affordable. The Botanics products are everything I want from a budget-friendly skincare range and it's a brand I'll be repurchasing from again and again in the future.

Are you a fan of Botanics?
Where do you stand on budget friendly vs luxury skincare?

Storing Memories in Style with Pen Heaven

As much as I love being able to take endless photos on my digital camera, save them on my Macbook and upload them to various social media sites, I still get so much enjoyment out of creating photo albums and scrapbooks. Looking through albums filled with photographs from my childhood is one of my favourite things to do and now I'm a mum myself, I want to share that experience with Arthur (when he's a little older) too. Scrolling through them on a digital device is great but there's just something a little more special about having actual prints to view in a beautiful photo album.

Over the years I've built up a collection of photo albums and memory boxes but none so special as this gorgeous Turquoise Leather Photo Album from Pen Heaven. Handmade in Italy, this genuine leather photo album provides the perfect place for me to store snapshots of Arthur's childhood for us both to look back on in years to come. The quality of the photo album is exceptional and I've no doubt that it'll stand the test of time.

With fifty pages (each with their own protective overlay) there's plenty of room for lots of gorgeous photographs of Arthur. I thought I'd start filling the photo album with some of my Inkifi prints. I wanted to start from the very beginning - when Arthur was still a bump, so I've chosen some of my favourite pregnancy photos for page one. Seeing as this is a traditional photo album, there isn't any pockets so you have to stick the photographs in yourself, either by using photo corners or like me, you can just use a dab of glue!

Aside from the striking turquoise colour, the thing I love most about this photo album from Pen Heaven is that it has my son's name embossed on it. I think it's such a special thing and a lovely personal touch if you are buying it as a gift for someone else, perhaps for a christening or birthday. Embossing your photo album costs a little extra but if you're buying a luxury personal gift like a Saffiano Leather Photo Album*, it will add the perfect finishing touch.

Speaking of finishing touches - the Saffiano Leather Photo Album is presented in a lovely cream box and there's also the option of having it gift wrapped. Pen Heaven beautifully gift wrapped our photo album and it really made all the difference to the opening experience.

If you are looking for a special gift for a friend or a family member, Pen Heaven has a lovely selection of photo albums, journals and travel accessories to choose from, each of which can be personalised. There's something for all budgets and free tracked delivery on all UK orders.

I'm looking forward to filling up our photo album with lots of our memories to reminisce over in the future and I hope creating photo albums and scrapbooks is something we'll continue to do together when Arthur's old enough.

Do you still use photo albums now everything's online?
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Jumping on the Baking Bandwagon

I've always had a sweet tooth and been a huge cake lover but only recently have I tried my hand at baking and do you know what, I LOVE IT. I'm no Mary Berry and I'm certainly not Bake Off worthy but I just get so much enjoyment out of it and feel I've finally found another hobby I love - in addition to blogging of course!

With this in mind, I thought it'd be fun to do a few baking-themed posts here and there. We all know I don't do blog scheduling but I'd love to share some recipe ideas, baking wish lists and baking hauls here and there.

For now though, I thought I'd share a super quick Cheese Scone recipe. These have gone down a treat in the Hunt household! Arthur even likes them and I feel happy knowing the exact ingredients that have gone into making them.

What you'll need...
8oz Self Raising Flour
2oz Unsalted Butter
1oz  Mature Cheddar Cheese
150ml of Milk
Pinch of Salt

How to make cheese scones...
1. Pre-heat your oven to 220c and line a baking tray with lightly greased parchment paper
2. Pop the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in a pinch of salt
3. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your hands
4. Stir in your cheese and pour in the milk
5. Mix together to create a soft dough
6. Pour a little flour onto a clean work surface and begin lightly kneading your dough
7. Pat it gently into a rounded shape and cut out as many scones as you can - kneading and re-shaping the dough in between (I use a 2 inch circular cutter but you could do it without a cutter for a more rustic look!)
8. Brush the tops of your scones with a little milk
9. Place in the oven for 12 minutes. Your scones should have risen and have a lovely golden appearance
10. Cool them on a wire rack and then serve with butter!

It's such a simple recipe but trust me, cheese scones are so tasty and perfect for lunch and snacks. I usually make around ten scones with the recipe above but you may be able to make more or less, depending on the size of the cutter you choose.

I hope you've enjoyed my first baking post. I'm really looking forward to exploring this new topic on Seek My Scribbles!