Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Trying to stick to my goal to be more organised with a little help from Rooi

Phew what a whirlwind few months, who knew blogging would be quite so addictive! I ran my first few reviews and giveaways back in Nov/  Dec and really pushed forward on writing more consistently, i entered a few Linkys, trying to interact more when time allowed and it really payed off with a huge leap in DA, since then i have been busy with many more reviews and starting to get some paid work too so really happy with the progress.

I really need to get organised and stick to it though, as between my growing blog, work and the kids it can feel like i do not know if i am coming or going. When i was asked to review an item from Rooi.com website i was drawn to the stationary, especially the Ban.do range. Hopefully new stationary and the need to remain organised to keep everything running smoothly will see the year get better still.





Rooi.com offers a shopping experience for luxury living, they They’ve created a place where you can find the very best cotton bed linens, interior design and lifestyle products to help you create your own unique look for your home. I found it really difficult to not fill my basket with all the wonderful items in stock and fill  my home with luxury and opulence. Every item viewed looks good quality and would create a truly unique addition to any home. 

Rooi.com has beautiful Indian and Egyptian cotton linens, opulent throws and bedspreads, something i adore, a luxurious feeling bed is close to perfect relaxation, they have sophisticated candles and cushions, plus hand-decorated scarves,yet another addiction of mine, elegant stationery and much more. A style that is classic but contemporary. It’s a modern, East-meets-West fusion of home décor influences that very much reflects their own passion for luxurious fabrics and designer style. 

They personally sourced every product, each chosen for its style and quality, bringing beautiful colours and exotic textures to every home, with several lines that have been created exclusively for Rooi.com by wonderful companies who share the love for luxurious, high quality fabrics.
Another great thing about blogging is you do get to discover some amazing sites that you never would of come across previously, Rooi is another i will come back to again when i  want to shop for some luxurious bedding or even to find a special gift, maybe for Mother's day, as there are some lovely things on the site that would make an ideal mother's day gift, take a look guys. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Routine in the womb

BABYOPATHY CAMPAIGN – Routine begins in the womb!

Congratulations to the Carter’s and what a fabulous way for Beyoncé to announce her latest pregnancy ‘I have three heartbeats!’ and that’s not the only ‘multiple’ she will be experiencing over the coming months!

Babyopathy is all about you and your baby’s sensory journey and for your baby this of course begins in the womb when all of your baby’s senses first develop. One of the best sensory tools both mum and baby have to connect is touch, or more specifically the movements your baby makes in the womb and you will feel.

My focus for this campaign is all about those movements and the routine they develop over the pregnancy and how you can use their sensory world to nurture their wellbeing and routine for when they enter our world.



Routine during pregnancy is very rarely spoken about other than “is baby active” and maybe “when do you notice the most movement”. If the answer to these questions is ‘baby’s movements keeps me awake all night’ then it is more than likely your baby will be up all night and sleeping all day when they arrive. However, we can nurture that and work on a routine that is more conducive to ‘day and night’ and ‘bedtime’ when they arrive. That’s in my next blog.
First though is the most important part of my ‘Routine in the Womb’ campaign, focusing on knowing your baby’s routine, and in particular their pattern of movements, as it is this that you should be aware of and any subtle changes as this is how you follow your baby’s well-being.
From the stunning images she posted Beyoncé is heading towards approximately 24 weeks and as with most pregnancies this is when she will feel definite movements and kicks and those movements will start to strengthen and form a routine for baby Carters in the womb.

So why is this so important for Beyoncé and all pregnant mums?
The new recommended way to know your pregnancy is healthy & progressing is to become familiar with the baby’s regular daily pattern of movements, hence our Babyopathy Campaign - The ‘Routine in the womb’.

Learn your baby’s usual routine in the womb, there will be certain times of the day (or night) that your baby will be more active and times when they will not seem to move at all and are most likely sleeping. If the routine that you know is usual for your baby changes suddenly then raise this with your midwife.

Having spoken to a number of midwives recently through my Mentor Mum duties they have stressed that they do not count the kicks any more. They focus purely on your baby’s usual routine and any changes to that is what makes them take a closer look, or listen as they case may be!

This campaign links very closely to and supports my other Babyopathy messages for mums when pregnant:

·        Stress during pregnancy can have a direct effect on your baby through the cortisol you produce when stressed that passes through the womb to your baby. This can not only have a direct effect on their development (most importantly brain development in the womb and post-natal mental health well-being) but can also cause your baby to become distressed in the womb causing a change to their usual movement routine. Babyopathy provides mums with ways to help them deal with stress and find a routine that works for them.

·        Routine in the womb – routine when born. The routine your baby has in the womb is pretty much the routine they will have when they are born. So if your baby keeps you up all night with movements you can expect a baby who is awake in the night once born. The routine that you follow can have an impact on the routine your baby develops as your baby’s behavior is influenced by any hormones you may produce. If you are very active and even stressed in the evenings on your journey home or attending an exercise class, those hormones will be making your baby more active at night. Babyopathy provides mums with ways to nurture their baby’s routine through their own routine using Babyopathy influences such as music, meditation and aromatherapy etc.

·        Reading, and in baby Carters case I am sure love of music, begins in the Womb – as baby’s senses first come alive whilst in the womb so does the foundation for every avenue of development. By reading or playing music to your baby in the womb they will recognize the familiar voice, tones and patterns when they are born that not only provides a sense of security and well-being in an sensory overloaded world but will also be building on the foundation for language, literacy and music!

As always, I must stress that babies are all unique and whilst some may fall in to the routine you nurture straight away, others will not. Above all, do not get stressed and do not think you have ‘failed’ as you have not. You should use all of these tips as things to try to encourage and nurture your baby’s own will and personality and eventually you will both get there. Individuality is a beautiful thing, embrace it and nurture that too!



So, join our campaign to spread the new message that will nurture babies through their sensory journey and support us using the hashtag #RoutineintheWomb and join our Facebook community at www.facebook.com/routineinthewomb

Information from NHS.UK website:
Do I need to keep track of the kicking?

It is recommended that from 24 weeks of pregnancy that you become familiar with your baby’s typical daily pattern of movements. It is important for you to know the amount of movement that is normal for your baby.  A change in the level of activity of your baby, either reduced or excessively active, may indicate a problem is developing and should be reported to your midwife/doctor.

Author
Angela J Spencer -Babyopathy Ltd

Angela has owned and operated children’s nurseries for over 20 years opening her first in 1993 at the age of 21. After neither of her children slept through the night for their first three years, Angela decided to research deeper in to child development and everything that can nurture or have an adverse effect on it. This research quickly took the route of sensory stimulation and the first programme called Natural Care was introduced in to her Angels at Play nurseries in 2000.
This research did not stop there though, however, and from using her own natural imagery within the nurseries, Angela began researching the impact of the natural world on development and came across the biophilia hypothesis which is also now incorporated in to her newly named Nascuropathy Programme and Babyopathy (for pregnancy and under 1’s).
Angela is not a doctor and cannot give medical advice. Babyopathy and it’s components should be used as a compliment to medical advice and not as a replacement for medical care.






Friday, 17 February 2017

Indigo Herbs Pregnancy Care and Well-being Gift Set Giveaway

Indigo Pregnancy Care & Well-being Gift Set


Being pregnant is one of the most amazing experiences you will go through in life, but can equally be the most exhausting and life changing, it is not always easy and some find it easier than others, i think one thing all expectant mothers will agree on is the toll it takes on your body and energy levels, so any little bit of help in relaxation and nurturing is greatly appreciated. One of the best and only herbal products that has been proven to be an amazing help during pregnancy is Raspberry Leaf. It assists the internal workings of the body in pregnancy  and is extremely beneficial to the uterus.


Here’s a great idea for a mother’s day gift with a twist! This is a beautiful gift set for the mum to be from Indigo herbs. This kit contains some herbal helpers for the second and third trimester, including the womb tonic raspberry leaf, which has had thousands of years of traditional use in preparing for a birth. The essential oil blend is deeply relaxing and can be added to a hot bath, the massage oil can be rubbed over the bump, and both contain only natural plant oils that will nurture mum and baby inside and out.



Gift box includes:
  • ·         Raspberry Leaf Tea & a single cup tea leaf strainer
  • ·         The Pregnancy Care Essential Oil (10ml):  Mandarin, Lavender and Geranium.
  • ·         The Pregnancy Care Massage Oil (100ml): This massage oil consists of Almond oil, Wheat germ oil, Marigold oil and Pregnancy Care essential oil blend. (Mandarin, Lavender and Geranium).

Starting at £19.99 from



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If your partner is going to be a first time mum or is a pregnant mummy this would make a lovely gift for Mothers Day, it can often be difficult to find a gift for a pregnant lady as they can be off certain foods, unable to drink and clothes are just not the same in maternity sizes! A relaxing bath with essential oils or burnt in an oil burner to inhale, followed by a relaxing massage, and of course there is the raspberry leaf tea to help prepare for birth. 

During my first pregnancy i used Raspberry leaf capsules but the tea is so much nicer and adds to the relaxation theme if can sit for quiet five minutes to relax and drink it, the essential oils smell great in the oil burner and completely relaxing as is the massage oil, this is a great gift set for any mum to be.

For your chance to win one of these gift sets simply enter below, closing date Fri 17th March
Indigo Herbs Pregnancy Care and Well-being Gift Set Giveaway