What we’ve discovered through Tots Play developmental play class

I’m sure you’ve all been keeping up to date with Alice’s progress on social media. Not only does she have her own Instagram page which gives you daily doses of baby spam, she also appears frequently on my on socials too. I think it’s really important to document her journey so she (and I) can look back on what she got up to and when. This post is all about what we’ve discovered through Tots Play developmental play class over the past six weeks, and what a difference it has made for Alice.

We were contacted to come and enjoy a taster session at our local play class with Carly at the Havers Community Centre. Tots Play classes are unique, multi-activity, developmental play classes held all over the country, so be sure to look up yours if you’re interested after reading this post!

There are different classes for all ages, and when we started Alice fell into the 8 weeks – crawling category: Discovery Tots. Discovery Tots is a weekly class for babies who love to learn using their whole body and all their senses! This includes baby yoga, movement and music, baby sign language, multi sensory play and wind down time. It’s a lot to take in for a baby in just one hour, but for them I’m sure the class feels like a lot longer.

We met with the other mums and dads in the group and easily joined in singing songs, learning new moves and trying some baby signs.

After our welcome and warm up, the next part of the the class was themed which is ideal for a baby’s sponge-like brain. There is always something new to explore, be it sensory toys, books and lots of different things to touch and hold.

Just look at this fabulous sensory tent filled with lights galore- Alice was mesmerised! 

New things we’ve discovered which Alice now loves:

  • Parachuting material up into the air and down onto her
  • Bubbles- we went out and bought a bubble machine after the first class

The big differences in Alice from week one to week six:

  • Alice is much more confident when interacting with other babies her age
  • Alice has come on leaps and bounds with her ability to move. She was only just about rolling over when we started, now she is on all fours and moving about (very shaky and falling lots though)
  • Alice can now recognise the sign for milk, and she is able to wave hello and goodbye thanks to Tots Play and Carly

Here are some shots from a more recent class- definitely more hair and so much stronger!

If you want to find your local Tots Play class, head over to the website here for more details.

We have just loved being a part of this group, and what we’ve discovered through Tots Play developmental play class is priceless for both myself and Alice. We’re so looking forward to our next session tomorrow! Look out for it on Alice’s insta story (@thealiceiris).

Saharasplash & Alice x

Find out what we got in the latest Aldi Specialbuy event! 

 

Aldi Specialbuy Baby Event is back

Yes that’s right, the Aldi Specialbuy Baby Event is back, and this one’s even better than the last! Brand new additions such as the mamia baby carrier, fun new books and beautifully designed sleepsuits are ready and waiting for you. Bigger furniture items such as the cot bed and changing unit have already sold out online, and the eagerly anticipated ‘Accent rocking chair’ is set to be the hottest seller. Before you rush off to scope it all out, take a look at some of the things Alice and I are loving from this specialbuy event…

These are such beautiful cloths and available in a range of colours in sets of three. In the middle are some rather fun finger puppets. Notice the monkey is missing from this set as Alice has already claimed it and it wasn’t available at the time of photography 😝

Muslins- 3pack (£2.99) and jungle finger puppets (£4.99)

Alice just adores any book with a big button to press for sounds. How strong is your sanity mums- 100 pushes or 1000???

Head, shoulders, knees and toes singalong book (£1.79)

Next up is a rather scrummy shampoo. If you’re already in danger of eating your child due to scrumminess, be warned as this makes their heads smell even more amazing.

Lacura strawberry shampoo (85p)

Below is one of the many adorable dinner set options. You could also go for shark, butterfly, monkey and giraffe!

Owl Dinner set (£5.99)

Now this next item (again in other styles) just takes the cake for awesome design and paracticality points. These are individual bumpers for your cot bars! Super clever and we got the lion bumper bar set as pictured below:

Lion cot bumper bar set 8 pack (£8.99)

I think we have ended up with an average of two and a half blankets in each room and car we own. This is useful as well as time saving- who wants to be running round trying to find a blanket when you’re already half an hour late leaving the house because duh, you have a baby!

Lily and Dan grey baby blanket (£3.99)

The sale has already started online and it’s heading in store for April 19th. There are hundreds of items available on the website and some are in store only so you’ll have to pop down to your local Aldi if you see something you just have to have!

Alice says ‘quick, head down to Aldi this week!’

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading ‘Aldi Specialbuy Baby Event is back’, I hope you pick up some amazing deals and don’t forget to show me what you get!

PR samples included 

Here’s Paul’s latest post- husband takeover spring wardrobe wishlist 

Alice’s first snowfall and Cari’s Closet

This week we have seen a huge amount of Christmas spirit with the big event right around the corner. One bottle of mulled wine gone, bank balance a little shorter due to inappropriate cheese purchases and of course all the snow! I am not a fan of snow normally, it means icy roads and slushy mess on the ground, but this week I got excited. I’m finding the love in the first good snowfall of the year all because of Alice. Here is a little bit about what happened during Alice’s first snowfall and Cari’s Closet.

Cari’s Closet is an Irish born brand with stores based in Malahide Co. Dublin, Cork City and Galway City. Its new website rivals all the best ones out there in my opinion. A recent discovery, but this is a place to be for fashionistas and for finding that all important New Year outfit.

I decided to get dressed for the occasion after peeking out the window to discover a blanket of fluffy white wonder. Alice was still asleep at this point, so I got myself all dressed and ready while she was sleeping. I pepared to brave the cold in a red poloneck from Zara and put on my matching faux fur gilet* from Cari’s Closet. I put Alice in her fluffiest snowsuit and we were ready!

She was so curious about the bright white snowfall, she found it hard to focus on just one spot. I kept her hood nice and high as the snow was still coming down. We just about managed to get a lovely photoshoot in before we took her back inside into the warmth.

Then it was time to do a few by myself!

red poloneck: Zara

faux fur gilet: Cari’s Closet

bag: Boohoo.com

skirt: H&M

boots: Nasty Gal

Thanks to daddy for all the amazing shots!

Saharasplash x

*PR Sample

Thanks for enjoining Alice’s first snowfall and Cari’s Closet. For more baby cuteness, check out my post all about Alice’s personalised cake from Bakerdays.

Husband takeover- what it takes to be a BoohooMAN

I love it when my family gets the opportunity to take part in my blog posts. Remember when we did that video where Paul did my makeup? Well he has certainly loved getting involved, and now it’s time to show you a different side to him in my husband takeover- what it takes to be a BoohooMAN.

BoohooMAN launched its first full range of Big & Tall clothing this season, helping to deliver a one stop fashion destination for men of all ages. There is a sizeable age gap between my husband and I, but that doesn’t mean we don’t work together in life or through our style. When Paul wants to be, he can be dapper, handsome and just as youthful as me!

Big and Tall Space dye zip hoodie size XL

Big and Tall Man Dash tshirt size XL

To me, here is what it takes to be a BoohooMAN:

A BoohooMAN is someone you can share your worst fears with and who doesn’t judge you.

A BoohooMAN is someone who will always stay true to what he believes in, and won’t let anyone steer him down a different path.

A BoohooMAN will be honest, supportive and will make you see sense when you have lost your sight.

To me, Paul is the definition of what it takes to be a BoohooMAN and always has been. 7 years ago (give or take a few months) I knew I had met someone very special. He proves this to me every day and sees me through my crazy mood swings without any sign of stress or anger.

Skinny fit rigid jeans size 34

Canvas plimsolls size 10

Big and Tall Black shirt with rolled sleeves size XL

Basic joggers colour grey size L

I plan to have a few more husband takeovers on my site and social channels soon, so let me know if you enjoyed this husband takeover- what it takes to be a BoohooMAN. See what others are saying about BoohooMAN over on BritainReviews!

Saharasplash x

Fancy a more female-orientated blog post? Here’s one full of nails, lashes and a party with Pixie Lott! 

My Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2017

Happy Friday guys!!! I’ve got something really exciting to bring you this fine November day wherever you may be. If you are getting into the Christmas spirit, my Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2017 will be sure to help you on your way. I’m guilty of watching a few festive films and having a mince pie already so go on, get your tinsel and Shakin Stevens turned up!

Leighton Denny Expert Nails AW17 Heritage Collection

I’m in love with these vibrant yet classy colours from Leighton Denny’s AW17 Heritage Collection. The nail polishes are available at £12 each or you can get the whole beautiful set of 6 for £65.

Sweethearts Hair Detangler Spray

This is a super sweet treat for a really different stocking filler to your usual chocolates and socks. Wow your friends and family with a little haircare essential for that friend with frizzy and knotty hair- that’ll be me! Sweethearts Hair detangler is just £5.75.

Bloomtown Christmas Beauty Baubles

To add that wow factor to your gift giving, Bloomtown have combined a bit of festive cheer along with some of their amazing beauty products. All 100% cruelty free, you are definitely spoiling someone’s Christmas tree with this charming bauble trio at £25.

Dr Botanicals Apothecary Collection

Another perfect idea for a 100% natural and vegan friendly present- here are a few from Dr Botanicals new Apothecary Collection. There are ten different products to choose from in the range- here are the kale, artichoke and pomegranate superfoods! £17-£32.

Makeup Revolution MYSIGN Elements Collection Eye Palette

Such a great concept for a quick and easy but personalised gift. Inspired by your zodiac sign, Makeup revolution and MYSIGN have created a makeup range tailored to your star sign- how cool!!! The palettes are £6 each, so why not get one for yourself too?!

Anovia Head Candy Haircare Range

The Head Candy range has been a long standing favourite of mine- these are well used in salons and so you’ve probably seen and tried at least one of these ranges before. They smell divine and you can purchase smaller sized bottles at a great price- under £5!

ProBlo CurlMe Collection

This gift is for someone truly special in your life- maybe a sister, best friend or someone you really want to treat this year. The ProBlo CurlME set comes with six different sized barrels, the detachable handle, clips and a neat little travel bag. I featured ProBlo in my top beauty picks this summer so it’s a range that comes highly recommended by me. Preorder the CurlME set now at £35.

Sadly we have come to the end of the magic- I hope you loved my Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide as much as I did creating it for you. Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on getting any of these gifts or putting them on your own Christmas list!

Saharasplash x

Why not stay for one more quick post- I’m talking about even more beauty products in my post celebrating National Spa Week with Q Hotels.

PR samples included 

My top five summer brands

My top five summer brands were a little hard to narrow down as you can imagine! It’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty related post as I’ve been trying a huge amount of new and wonderful products over the past few months. Skin and hair changes caused by pregnancy mean that it is such a good time to be trying new things, and I’ve got a bunch of super products here that will have you set from head to toe!

Sebamed

Sebamed is a really unique brand that I discovered this year and has been so great. All the products (hair and skin) have a pH level of 5.5 to match the value of our own skin- how cool! This means that it can help to restore the body’s natural balance whether you have dry or greasy skin and hair types. I’ve definitely found the shampoo and conditioner a real treat to use, my hair and skin being much drier throughout my pregnancy journey.

Bio-Essence

I’m sure that you can name a huge list of products you have at home right now when it comes to skincare if you are anything like me. I go through quite a lot of cleansers, toners, and moisturisers as it is a part of my daily routine, and has been since I was about 18. However, I have never tried a range of products quite like the Bio-Essence 24K bio-gold range before. There’s something about opening a jar of cream to discover that it has little golden pieces inside! These break down and absorb into the skin as soon as you start a circular motion so don’t worry, you won’t be left with a golden face! These products stay on the skin for hours and help it feel radiant and glowy.

Dorco Eve 6

I had grown tired of using the same old disposable razors and was ready to try something a bit different. Dorco razors have introduced their first female razor- the Dorco Eve 6- to their collections so I wanted to give this a try. The pack comes with the handle and 8 replacement blades, not to mention the packaging was stunning! I’m a sucker for great presentation so I loved opening the big box to discover little boxes inside.

Lansinoh

Now this may not be in your average beauty blogger’s makeup up station, but this has literally been a lifesaver this summer. I’ve never had any issue with dry or cracked nipples before, but this little gem has sorted everything out after only a few weeks of usage. I cannot recommend this highly enough, pregnant or not, if you have sore or chaffed nips!

Pro Blo

Lastly we come to this brush duo from Pro Blo. I discovered the brand after getting involved with an FBL Twitter chat and was kindly sent these products. I love the concept of the interchangeable heads, and the big roller brush makes it so easy to blowdry my hair. The smaller brush is so handy for separating my hair into sections with its super fab pointy end. If you’re in need of some great new hair tools then give these guys a try!

Thanks so much for reading about my top five summer brands. Let me know if you’re going to be trying any of these products out to freshen up your beauty routine!

Saharasplash x

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