Alice’s weaning journey update

This post has taken me a long time to put together. Mainly because a weaning journey is something that is constantly changing and updating as much as your child grows and learns. Alice’s weaning journey has been a very successful experience in my opinion, and although I haven’t had much to go on being my first time, I think I’ve been incredibly lucky with how Alice has done. She took her first taste of purée at around four months. I felt she was ready, and by the way she started to grab the spoon and feed herself almost immediately I’d say that was a great indication. I’ve listed three categories below to help break things down, and hopefully you will get a good insight into Alice’s weaning journey update.

The tools Alice uses

It’s a little bit daunting when you first enter a baby aisle and see the huge array of products and feeding tools on display. The most important thing to remember is that there isn’t a right or wrong way to approach feeding your baby. Choose what you like, and if it doesn’t work out, that’s ok. We went through quite a few bottles before we found one that Alice liked, so trial and error is your friend!

Here are some really handy NUK tools by Annabel Karmel. Alice just loves the spoons, fruitsicle lolly holders and also the stackable pots below. It’s so easy to fill them with different snacks when out and about rather than taking a whole packet and then having to deal with a half open bag after lunch. These store fruit, crackers, whatever your baby is munching on at the time.

The bibs Alice wears

We are such a fan of the Bibetta bib range. Their neoprene like material make them sturdy, pliable and super easy to wash and clean. We didn’t get on with hard plastic bibs, the paper travel bibs lasted about two seconds before she ripped them off, so these are the ones that fit just right, as Goldilocks would say!

I must also give a quick mention on our clever Bamboo plate, which sticks to our high chair and makes for rather cute insta snaps too!

The food Alice loves

So, we started out with purées and pouches to begin with, and we found that Alice loved this selection from Babease the most. Each pouch has an amazing mix of ingredients which has definitely inspired me in my own kitchen too.

We moved onto things like wafers and soft fruit pieces by the time she was five months. By six months Alice had learnt how to drink through a straw, and so much preferred to suck on a pouch rather than be spoon fed from it. In fact, from about six months she didn’t want to be spoon fed at all. Hand her a chip or slice of pear and she was happy!

We have been doing three meals a day plus snacks for quite a while, she loves anything I give her including marmite covered crumpets!

Here’s one new discovery we have been enjoying recently… they are frozen baby cubes from Lickalix (available at Waitrose + Ocado).

These handy frozen cubes are perfect for adding into any meal to boost fruit/veg portions. Mix the broccoli spinach cubes into some mash, or add the strawberry mango cube into a plain yoghurt. They’re a lot of fun, and Alice is a big fan!

One last group of products I must mention on Alice’s weaning journey update are Piccolo Foods. This Mediterranean inspired brand produces the finest range of meals with flavoursome tastes, and we are loving the new Piccolo squares as well! Harder and larger than the regular baby cracker, these are great for teething tots and keeping them occupied a little while longer I have found!

Tell me all about your weaning journey if you are weaning right now. Pop a comment below or feel free to message me on Twitter too 🙂

Saharasplash x

Fancy some more baby-related blog posts? Then head to my Aldi Baby and Toddler post next!

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what’s coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event

It’s always a privilege to be able to work with your favourite brands as a blogger. I’m always blown away when I am contacted by the likes of Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, and also supermarkets like Aldi too. It’s been almost a whole year since I brought out my first post on the Aldi Baby and Toddler event when I was expecting Alice, and it’s so nice to keep bringing you new and exciting content and sneak peeks from their collections. So here’s what’s coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event (and there’s the full list of items and prices at the end for you).

Food time

I thought I would separate the items out into categories, so depending on what items are on your list you can make your way through each section. Lily&Dan never fails to bring out a lovely selection of bibs and clothing and I’m a sucker for a cute pineapple design. What’s also really popular right now is bamboo style dinnerware for kids. This sweet mouse dinner set is just £5.99, I can see this going fast!

Bath time

Now onto bath time. You can never have too many bath essentials when it comes to that time every day. If you’re like me and travel to see family quite frequently, I always make sure to leave some baby bath products wherever I go so I’m not bringing the kitchen sink each time! I can’t get enough of this strawberry shampoo, it makes Alice even tastier. We can’t wait to use our wind up bath toy too, this looks like a lot of fun.

Bed time

Bed time routine is so changeable for us all. Every baby needs something a little bit different and so here is a selection of products coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event. A great (and short!) book with hidden items under flaps along with a snuggly blanket should help set the mood. Also our top pick this time round is the silicone rabbit night light. It’s so different to anything else out there I’ve seen, creates a soft light in different colours and also doubles up as an interesting toy during the day time! Bye bye boring plugins, hello Mr Rabbit! Also available in pink and white for £6.99

Here’s the full list for you so you can get your shopping list sorted. Products available online from Sunday the 12th August and in store from Thursday 16th August.

Saharasplash x

Femme Luxe Finery awaits you in my latest fashion post- click here for the full post

Top tips for moving your makeup safely

How many times have we seen that shocking Instagram story where a brand new bottle of foundation has smashed all over the floor? It’s hearbreaking to watch, and quite frankly I now have some sort of crazy phobia that it will happen to me. I move about a lot, as my Instagram locations can tell you better than I can no doubt, so I thought I’d share my top tips for moving your makeup safely.

Store products with similar products

Pack your lipglosses and lipsticks together, nail varnishes, palettes and flatter products together to maximise use of your space.


Get lots and lots of bubble wrap

Bubble-wrapped postage bags are really handy (you can get 3 for £1 in poundland which are fab!) and you can save boxes from online orders and subscriptions which are generally quite strong.


Sellotape lids closed

Secure those lids on all your nail varnishes and liquid makeup. It seems like a pain but avoids leakage which is even more of a disaster when it happens. I don’t wanna see casualties in your stories!


Newspaper is good for absorbtion

Lining every box with newspaper or kitchen roll is one of the best top tips when moving your makeup safely. It will stop them falling apart if it does leak without damaging the rest of your goodies. Keep your regular makeup in a travel bag and don’t pack it until last minute. Also, keep your brushes safe by wrapping them in newspaper or by keeping them in specialist brush bags/cases.


Clean everything while you pack

– it will make unpacking easier and far more enjoyable once you get to your destination!

Extra tip: don’t let your child have your makeup brushes! They will be returned wet 🤣

If you are looking for a reliable and speedy removals company, TFM Removals are based in Essex (moving all around Europe) who provide storage facilities as well as movement of large or unusual household items, like pianos, large furniture and much more.

Saharasplash x

Did you enjoy my top tips for moving your makeup safely? If so, you’ll love my newest summer skincare routine

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First experience of the Henley Regatta with Debenhams

It is not your average day when you open up your daily inbox to find a shiny email with an invite to the Henley Regatta. As if this wasn’t cool enough to begin with, it was in fact made better by being sent from the lovely team at Debenhams. I had exactly one month to prepare and plan my outfit down to the last detail, and for those who know me, this was just about enough time! Read on to find out all about my first experience of the Henley Regatta with Debenhams and what I wore…

The day was just glorious, puffs of white clouds scattered over the stretch of blue sky, a wonderful buzz of excitement from our girl gang as the day was about to commence. I chose to wear a traditional fascinator for the event and went with a colour palette inspired by the scenery. My floating dress from Debenhams was effortless to wear and I matched some of the yellow in my dress with mustard accessories…

Ariella London Green ‘Arden’ strapless stripe high low dress

Yellow patent ‘Jessica’ high block heel ankle strap sandals

Quiz Black Loop Jewel Fascinator

The races were underway in no time at all, in one and a half glasses of rosé to be exact!

Our riverside enclosure was situated at the very start of the race so we could watch everything get going, many spectators were crowded round the riverbank to cheer on the teams.

Lunch was served shortly after, and we were treated to a three-course meal which catered perfectly to my gluten free needs.

Oh yes, we brought Alice along for some fun as well. I managed to sneak her into the enclosure just long enough for the Debenhams teams’ hearts to melt, then she went back to having fun with dada.

Here we are at the end of the day, ready for an air-conditioned ride home!

My first experience of the Henley Regatta with Debenhams and these amazing influencers will go down as one of the highlights of my blogging journey so far. Such a diverse range of talent and charm, and I cannot thank the Debenhams team enough for hosting us.

Cheers!

Saharasplash x

Have you ever been to the Henley Regatta? Let me know in the comments below or if you’re dying to go after this blog post 🙂

Are you caught up with my previous post on the SEBC meet at Jump Street Chelmsford??

 

My Summer Haircare Routine

Since releasing my summer skincare routine last week, I thought it was only fitting to post about my summer haircare routine as well. I have a mixed relationship with my hair, and I’ve posted about this a lot whenever I cover this particular topic. On one hand, my hair is very manageable, no frizz or major blowdrys needed to tame my simply straight locks. But on the other hand, it is incredibly fine and can be prone to tangling if I don’t maintain a regular haircare routine. So here’s what I’m using right now for my summer haircare routine…

Step One: L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Shampoo

This organic shampoo is just the thing my hair needs to start my summer haircare routine off the right way. It’s got the most wonderful citrus tang to wake my hair focicals up and give it a refreshing boost. I’ve almost run out so next week I’ll be doing a restock o clock.

Step Two: Organic Shop Moroccan Argan & Amla Conditiner

This conditioner from Organic Shop is just perfect for my hair type, it just glides through effortlessly and is a lightweight and nourishing conditioner. My hair texture feels so much better as soon as this product is on, and I rinse out after about 5 mins.

Step Three: Prep and Dry

This is probably one of the most important steps to my summer haircare routine. I always give my hair a post-wash treatment, and at the moment I’m using Dove’s youthful vitality BB cream for hair. Just two-three pumps through the length of my hair makes it so easy to brush out any knots with my trusty Tangle Teezer and then I wrap it up with an Aquis hair turban.

Step Four: Unwrap and Brush

About 30-40 minutes later, depending on how quickly I have to dash out the house, I unwrap my hair and give it a quick brush through. No heat needed as my hair dries pretty well in the hair turban, and no straightening required either- but that’s just my hair type!

What’s your haircare routine like right now? If it needs a refresh, then definitely try my method out and let me know how you get on!

Saharasplash x

If you missed my summer skincare routine, read it here

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Being Mum without losing your style

Being a mum is terribly great. I use the adjective terribly as sometimes it is the most challenging thing spending hours tying to get a baby that needs sleep to go to sleep when they just don’t want to. But all hardships aside, when I wake up every morning and she’s there to greet me, it’s the best feeling ever. Although a lot has changed in my life, I’m not willing to relinquish my style in the process. With the help from some of my favourite lingerie brands, I can stay true to myself and my inner fashion guru (yes, she’s always in my head and never really left).

1. Auralure

Auralure is a fabulous business owned by a mum just like me. Her eye for detail in flawless matching sets just calls to my style and taste. It makes my job being a breastfeeding mum so easy with front detaching clip, plus no nursing clips on the straps mean more versatile wardrobe choices.

2. Cake Maternity

I’ve raved about this brand before on my blog, and I’m here to show you a bra from the truffles collection, available in cup size B-F. A deep purple is so much better than opting for black ah-gain. Redefine your wardrobe starting with the first thing you put on, but ironically no one sees. You’ll know what you’ve got on under there though, so make it beautiful.

3. Tutti Rouge

This bra below is not a nursing bra, but I must say its design and elastic material makes it as good as any other when breastfeeding. I love the V neck at the front and back, making it a chic decision if you want to rock a tank top or lower cut top. This brand is a must-remember for all the busty ladies out there, they stock up to a HH!

4. Hunkemöller

Hunkemöller are again another favourite of mine that appeared on my blog when I was 6 months pregnant– one year ago now how crazy is that?! Now 8 months post partum I’m still going back for more with their unique and wonderfully made designs. The detail is stunning on this Marie longline bra, and guess what? It’s now on sale!

And if all of that left you wanting more, see the women’s underwear at Knix for some fabulous, seam-free choices to make your inner fashion guru smile.

There are many ways to handle being mum without losing your style, do you have a secret style tip you’d like to share? Leave a comment below if so!

Saharasplash x

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