Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Getting The Glow: Pregnancy Skin Fixes


I wouldn't say that pregnancy has created that natural 'glow' for me, but I've been pretty lucky with my skin, and a few new products have helped me out along the way. I've written about the contents of my bathroom cabinet and the skin fixes that I've been using and loving for the past nine months, but first, a little background:
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Birth Plan


This is not so much a birth plan, more how I've planned for the birth. I was in a (apparently unusually) fortunate position at the start of this pregnancy. I felt positive about birth, or at least I didn't feel negative about it, I've never done it before (obviously) so I have no pre-conceptions as to
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Friday, 25 November 2016

Week 38 Pregnancy Update


I'm officially a lady of leisure. And it's lovely. The house is tidy (well, the bits of it that aren't still being demolished), the washing is all done, I've started Christmas shopping (online, I'm not braving the real life shops if I can help it at all this year). I am still getting up at work-o'clock but I now have time to eat a proper breakfast, see friends in
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Baby Buys: The Black Friday Edit

If you still have some of those large purchases to make, Black Friday seems to be the day to splash the cash, there is barely a brand that's not getting in on the action and the price wars mean only one thing: baby bargains...make those big purchases today and you'll save enough to treat yourself too. I've waded through sea of offers to round up some of the best deals for baby and you. Happy shopping.
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Review: Mokee mini-cot

Initially I wasn't going to have a cot in the baby's room until we really needed one. The baby's material requirements seemed endless (I know, I know, they don't need any of this stuff. But I do). It's recommended that they're in our room until six months and we have a Snüzpod for bed-side slumber
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Week 36 Pregnancy Update

Just one more week at my desk then I'm free as a bird. I actually feel like I could carry on physically, just not quite mentally, I've checked out. Not to mention that I'm so short of anything to wrap this
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Maternity Style: The Dungaree Edit

Pre-and early pregnancy I lived in dungarees, They are flattering, easy to wear, allow tops to be way too short underneath (you'll know what I'm talking about if your growing belly is making
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Week 34 Pregnancy Update

I glanced at my phone screen this week to read a preview of an automated email which said "your baby's birth could be less than a month away now". I know that full term is 37-42 weeks but
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Five amazing pregnancy symptoms

There is a lot said about the negative side effects of pregnancy, and, yes growing a human in your belly can have a few not-so-glamorous symptoms, and burns a hole in the pocket to boot. But let's celebrate the good ones for a moment, shall we?
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Week 32 Pregnancy Update

Maternity shirt dress by Seraphine
Never in my life has time passed as quickly as its passing now. Someone find me the pause button! I'm 32 weeks pregnant, the baby is 43cm long, according to my panic-inducing pregnancy apps I'll be
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Baby Buys: Boots Free Baby Bundle

I started packing a hospital bag. This activity was short lived as I'd compiled quite a large shopping list and had about two items in the bag so I was pleased to learn about Boots' offer this
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Mind The Bump: The Stranger Debate


A stranger touched my bump! I had heard that this would happen. People; friends, colleagues, our hypnobirthing teacher had all talked about how pregnancy gives strangers a free reign to touch your belly. That's not so say the
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Week 30 Pregnancy Update


I am turning into a teddy bear. I have a seam! The brown line (linea nigra) covers the whole length of the bump, above and below the belly button. I am 30 weeks pregnant, the baby is apparently 39cm and can open its eyes.
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Babybeau Grab & Go Clutch, Mini Changing Bag


This compact changing bag came as a bit of a revelation. It took this little beauty landing in my lap to realise that a baby doesn't always have to equal serious amounts of baggage. Sure, if you're planning
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Le Friend Loves

I've started a new series to celebrate the things i'm loving and lusting after; this week I'm talking Molly and Moo, preggo friendly sushi and the real need for bump support.

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Stretch Mark Creams: Six Of The Best


Stretch marks; some of us will get them, some won't, it all depends on the elasticity of our skin, can we make it more elastic? The jury's out, it seems there's no sure fire way to steer clear of those silvery
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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Week 28 Pregnancy Update


I'm 28 weeks pregnant, the baby is around 38cm (what?!) and Tom can hear its galloping heartbeat if he puts his ear on my belly. I regularly have a little foot kicking above my belly button, you can feel the little foot-shaped hard lump through the skin. The kicks are really
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Room tour: Lindsey of Wildfire Teepees

Back at the start of the year I was asked to photograph Lindsey, founder of Wildfire Teepeees and her boys, Rudy and Marlo in their bedroom in her London home. Ex-fashion buyer Lindsey was
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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Week 26 Pregnancy Update


I am 26 weeks pregnant. Doesn't sound that pregnant does it? But hang on, let's subtract that from 40. Ok, that's fourteen weeks to go then. Fourteen! It sounds like no time at all when you put it like that, doesn't it? In actual fact, there are three whole months before baby is due to arrive. Phew, that makes me feel better. This is the
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Friday, 2 September 2016

Why I’m not scared of giving birth

Nicola Friend pregnancy blog

I’m not scared of giving birth. That’s not a challenge, I’m not inviting you to scare me. I have been told countless times, by countless people that I should be fearful, but I’m not. Honestly. I’m almost,
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

How to: re-vamp a nursing chair

re-covering a vintage chair, easy update, nursing chair

Ok, I'm not about to give up the day job but I'm pretty pleased with myself over this simple chair update. The chair belonged to Tom's grandma, I guess it was from the 60s and it looked like she'd had
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Review: A babymoon at Dimpsey Shepherds Hut

BABYMOON REVIEW DIMPSEY SHEPHERDS HUT

I was 11 weeks pregnant when we arrived for a stay in Dimpsey shepherd's hut, just getting through the worst of the pregnancy nausea and much in need of sleep, carbs and the absence of other humans. I was in luck. The hut
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Pregnancy Style: The Mamas Nailing It On Instagram

Since I ate that watermelon seed and my belly started growing out of control, my usual Instagram style inspirations just didn't seem to cut it anymore, pining after a something you can't wear is a little
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Week 24 Pregnancy Update


I’ve been genuinely surprised by my own reflection more than once this week. I know that I’m pregnant, I do, I know that my clothes don’t fit so well, I have an overwhelming sense that I am
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Review: Bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow

Bbhugme pregnancy pillow review

I'm a new woman. I'm happy, I'm rested, I'm-dare I say-blooming in my second trimester and this is in no small part thanks to a new bedfellow. Before you let your imagination run away with you, I'm taking about a pregnancy pillow. For me, the 20th week of pregnancy marked the time that sleep became a problem. I had been religiously
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Maternity Style: The Denim Dress Edit

maternity denim

Through pregnancy, as in all of life before it, I have been wearing a lot of denim. Rarely does a day go by when I don't have something denim on one half of me or the other. Sometimes both. It's not groundbreaking, it's not clever, but you can do much worse than the humble denim dress for everyday
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Week 22 Pregnancy Update


"That all looks good" she said after watching the red and blue of the heart pumping away on the screen for a while. We both let out all of the breath we had been holding for a week and a half. We hadn't really talked much about having to go back for a second scan to check the baby's heart (read about the 20 week scan flop here). The sonographer had told us not to worry, so we didn't, not to each
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Gender reveal: the when and the why


The second question that people have asked, after a trepidatious 'how have you been feeling' has usually been a variation of 'do you know what it is?' 'are you finding out?'. A few haven't managed to hide their disappointment when they learn that the gender reveal will be happening, as nature
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Why can't I sleep?


I like a sunrise as much as the next man. Don't get me wrong, but I don't need to see it every single day. This week I've practiced yoga at 3am, cleaned the bathroom at 4am and rearranged my wardrobe at 5am. What I have done very little of is getting the shut-eye. Pregnancy induced insomnia is leaving me exhausted. I have never had
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Week 20 Pregnancy Update

I'm half way! The 20 week mark fills me with excitement and anxiety, but mostly anxiety! We couldn't be much less prepared for this new chapter if we tried. We've been living in a building site for the past two years while we redecorate (to put it so mildly that it makes me chuckle). But as it's always just been the two of us, nothing
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Maternity Style: The White Edit

Summer is here, in all it's 32 degrees glory, and at 20 weeks pregnant and feeling like I'm carrying a hot water bottle at all times, white cotton dresses are at the top of my wish-list. I've rounded up my pick of the hottest bump-friendly dresses to keep cool this summer.
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Monday, 18 July 2016

Why i'm ignoring the latest pregnancy supplement advice

It came as a genuine surprise to me that I didn't instantly turn into Deliciously Ella the moment that I conceived. Truth is, although I knew that I should be chomping through my five-a-day, the early stages of pregnancy did not seem to agree with the idealistic meal plan that I had envisioned. Pregnancy, it turned out liked chips,
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

High street maternity shop: the holiday edit


When clothes only have a few months to wear their money's worth, the high street needs to deliver. Pregnancy is not a time for investment pieces, so, at 16 weeks, pregnant with a suddenly popped bump, I hit the high street to
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Week 18 pregnancy update

I felt a kick. I think. At the antenatal appointment the midwife had said that drinking a hot drink followed by a cold one would bring on some baby activity, I'm pretty sure I read that while working on a feature for Gurgle mag too so I thought it was worth a try. I sat. I waited. Nothing. Maybe it's too small to feel yet I thought. The size of a small melon, apparently. A few days later while casually eating an ice cream and drinking a (decaf) coffee, I stood
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Week 16 Pregnancy Update


I have a bump! It just popped out, all of a sudden at the end of week 16. I have welcomed bump because I'm now looking pregnant rather than just a little bit chubby round the middle, but it has
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Pregnancy - the caffeine cap


Talking to a table-full of my mum's generation they've all been quite surprised by my insistence on being careful with caffeine now that I'm pregnant.  'We drank coffee, never did you any harm' they said. All of them. This may be true, but in 1985 Starbucks did not even exist in this country, I can only imagine that they're talking about a spoonful of nescafe swilled round in boiled water and a
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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Week 14 Pregnancy Update


 
The cat is out of the bag. The bun is in the oven. This week has been the most eventful of the last 12 because we have finally, finally, been able to offload the secret that we've been carrying around for 12
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Week 12 Pregnancy update

I knew what to expect, the sonographer puts some jelly on your belly and you see a picture of your baby on the screen. I've seen loads of people's scan pics, they all look the same, right? Not quite. 
The day of the scan was pretty busy in our house, we were taking up the living room floor and the kitchen was being delivered. Nesting is in full swing over here, so much so that we left it a little fine to get to the hospital in
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Week 10 Pregnancy Update

Secrets are tough. If the early stages of pregnancy changes anything about your character, it makes you a pretty good fibber. A few people have definitely guessed; the game was almost up with my cousin/colleague when I accidentally rolled up my sleeves to reveal the sickness bands during a particularly turbulent week 8. She's been playing along since, albeit with the odd raised eyebrow towards my herbal tea & cheesy Wotsits combination.
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Week 8 Pregnancy Update

The bed and I are covered in the crumbs of two gingernut biscuits. I have made a discovery about ginger in the few weeks that I have been growing a baby. I don't like it. I don't like it in sugary crystal form, I don't like it in biscuits and I definitely don't like it in tea. But I have to keep checking, because it is the miracle cure. Everyone knows that. It's the passport off of this swaying boat that I have been sailing on for the past few weeks.
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