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Yesterday was a tough day.

The morning started off great, but then come the afternoon with an overtired new baby and a whinging toddler it all got too much for me.
Once I finally had the baby down, the toddler needed a nappy change and whilst struggling to control him on the changing table and after numerous threats, he kicked me square in the face, full force. In a flash of rage I lashed out and skelped him on his bare leg, it was a complete chain reaction and within a split second, the damage was done. He had red finger marks on his porcelain skin, his tears came flowing and my nerves unraveled. I put on his fresh nappy, dressed him, went into the bathroom, closed the door and proceeded to rinse off his dirty cloth nappy. All the while he cried outside and woke up his sister.

When I came out of the bathroom we gave each other a hug and I wiped his tears, I picked up his dinosaurs and handed them to him and while he made his way downstairs I wearily made my way into my bedroom to soothe Juno back to sleep.

The afternoon consisted of the toddler playing outside, a visit from a lovely lady to collect some baby clothes and Juno waking up screaming every 20 minutes. Ross came home at 5 and honestly the rest of the evening is such a blur.
I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained.

I gave up trying to soothe Juno at 7.30/8. Ross was downstairs washing up after leaving Finn happily playing away with his dinosaurs in bed.
I went outside to take in some laundry whilst Ross went to try and put Juno to sleep.
I cried, I couldn’t help it, the tears just kept coming. I felt like I’d failed at parenting that day.

But… There’s only so many hours you can tolerate being cried at before it breaks you…

Ross managed to get her off to sleep, he held me tight and told me to cry as much as I needed. He told me I was doing a fantastic job and that our toddler practically put himself to bed. So I cried…

Yesterday was a tough day, but tomorrow will be better…

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe-Outfit 5

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Spring is definitely in the air as we move into March but it’s still only 6°C out so I paired this light t-shirt  and jeans with a navy long sleeve thermal underneath for an extra bit of warmth. Threw on a pair of brown flat ankle boots and there you have it. Easy, comfy and casual. One of my go to outfits in my capsule wardrobe.


I also got my hair cut for the first time in about 10 months 🙈🙊

I’ve been badly in need of one for a while now and I finally got my ass in gear. My hair was down to my hips!

2 months after I stopped breast feeding my hair started to fall out. Another 2 months later the hair loss slowed and my hair started growing back with a vengeance! It was so heavy and long and was such a chore to wash and dry, Also I went through so many hair bands, seriously, a LOT! 

Nothing like a simple haircut to make you feel amazing.

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Striped t-shirt// Primark – Similar here & here
Jeans// Massimo Dutti
Belt// Primark – Similar here, here & here
Boots//Primark – Similar here & here

Project333 – Capsule wardrobe challenge

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Welcome to my Project 333 Blog Post.

Saying it’s a challenge is a bit of an understatement, especially in Ireland. Trying to curate a capsule wardrobe with just 33 items, in our climate, is nearly impossible! When it’s not raining it’s raining, or raining with the occasional bit of sunshine, followed by rain and yes, sometimes even snow. All in the space of an hour! So I’ve been following the rules of the project 333 challenge loosely. In other words, instead of including my basic long sleeve tops (Thermals etc.) or outerwear (Winter Scarves, jackets) I’ve decided to only feature the items that will be a part of my wardrobe for the whole 3 months.

‘So why start a capsule wardrobe?’ I hear you ask. Well…

 

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The comfiest, sexiest, maternity dress ever!

When I found out I was pregnant, I’d came across a blog that recommended sorting through your wardrobe and removing any item of clothing that wouldn’t fit you past the three month mark. Anything that didn’t stretch or that wasn’t comfortable, I packed it away or donated it. (I was ruthless when it came to giving away clothes)

Thankfully I was so *bloated 8 weeks into my pregnancy that I looked like I was about 5 months pregnant anyway, so  It was very helpful when it came to sorting through everything.
*This will calm down at about 10-12 weeks, don’t worry 😉

So with my wardrobe cleared and after investing in some key maternity pieces, like the dress above, along with a few donated maternity tops and jeans (Thanks Julie ;*) I practically lived with a capsule wardrobe throughout my pregnancy.

And it was awesome!

Every morning I’d go to my wardrobe and be able to choose something that I knew would fit me well, look good and be comfortable. I saved so much time and energy by not fretting about stuff fitting. It was great for boosting my confidence in my every changing body.

After Finn was born, I kept up the capsule wardrobe way of life and used the lack of pregnant belly as an excuse to invest in some more key pieces. 😉 These replaced the maternity wear that I’d packed away and also substituted for the clothes that still didn’t fit me.
Once again I had a small range of clothes that were comfortable, fit well and made me feel confident in my postpartum body.

So here I am 11 months on and slowly but surely I’m fitting back into a lot of my pre- pregnancy wardrobe. I got a couple of things altered to fit my new shape a bit better and I’ve also given away more stuff. Over the past few months, I’ve come to realise that I will never be size 6 again, nor do I want to be! It’d take a LOT of effort and  I’ve more important things to enjoy, like, you know, my baby.

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Hello, Finn! Yes, you are awesome! <3

So what is the Project 333 Challenge?
In a nutshell, you take 33 items from your wardrobe and wear them for an entire season (3 months) The aim is to help you be more organised, save time, boost your confidence and to be more with less.

I opted for a mix of everything, from dresses/skirts that could be worn with or without tights, low top DC’s and knee high boots to blazers and leather jackets. Throw in a few accessories, some cosy jumpers and half a dozen pairs of jeans and you’re all set. Sounds so simple! But yeah, It’s harder than it looks!

Like I said. I didn’t include any basics (long sleeve thermals etc.) belts, or (Winter) scarves, but you could add them to your accessories if you’d like. You don’t count underwear or pyjamas and you’re only allowed to wear workout gear to work out.

The Spring /Summer ’16 Pantone palette consists of a lot of pastels as well as a couple of eye catching pinks. I don’t really do a lot of pink, so this was another challenge I was looking forward to 🙂

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A lot of spring/summer trends this year consist of 70’s inspired suede, flamenco frills, floral prints and marled knits.

When I was prepping for my spring capsule wardrobe I invested in a few light jumpers that would work great for layering. As we’re into March now and still clinging onto the last bit of winter, layers are a must!

But I also included some chunky knits because, lets face it. It’s cold!


Stripes never go out of style and are great for any season.
I also added a floral pront shirt as well as a classic chambray shirt and a peach satin blouse.

I’m a huge fan of a good pair of jeans. You can’t beat the confidence boost that a great pair of jeans create. Jeans shopping is one of the most boring activities on this planet, but when you find that pair that make you feel like a million dollahs, it makes it all worth it.


I added a couple of skirts for those rainy days. Tights dry so much quicker than jeans and fleece lined tights are the best invention ever! So WARM!!! Add a pop of colour with an awesome skirt and a leather jacket to add a bit of edge and you’re dressed for the day! 🙂

The skater skirt below is one that I got adjusted after my pregnancy. I got the waistband taken off and got it replaced with a plain black elastic waist instead.
I’m really happy with it and it fits great.

The Jaquard skirt was a gift from my sister. It featured in another blog post here.

My mother in law bought me this dress a couple of years ago and it’s one of my favourites!
I even wore it until I was 7 months pregnant! It fits great and you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. Any colour looks great with it 🙂

The green and yellow dress is from Zara. You can read about it here

A black leather jacket is a staple for any wardrobe. Ross bought me this for my birthday a couple of years ago and I love it. There’s nothing like a leather jacket to make you feel instantly bad ass. 😛

The tan blazer is versatile enough to go with a multitude of outfits and it’s playing a big part on the street style scene! This one belonged to my sister and she picked it up in Dunnes Stores. It’s lined with a floral patterned cotton and is lovely and warm.

Shoes, shoes, shoes. Like I mentioned above, I tried to cover every type of weather. I have nude heels and my trusty black ankle boots, tan Chelsea boots, my knee high leather Clarks boots and a pair of flat top DC’s.


These bags are great and they’ve featured in a number of blog posts already. They hold all the essentials.
The necklace goes with a lot of outfits and the colours match the spring palette for 2016. The scarf again so many colours in it, it’ll jazz up any outfit.

So as you can see, I tried to cover every type of weather and event over the spring months. I could have added more accessories if I’d left out a pair of shoes or a pair of jeans, but to be honest, I don’t usually wear a lot of jewellery, a few sentimental pieces and that’s about it and sentimental jewellery isn’t included in the list of 33 items.

So there you have it.

Hopefully you’ll find the links in this blog post helpful.
Project 333 has definitely helped me stay confident in my changing body and it’s saved me time and money. I’m not sure if it’s since becoming a mother (I’d rather buy clothes for my baby) or whether I’m now content with what I have, but I now walk into a shop and I don’t feel the want or the need to buy anything as I have everything I need in my 33 items.
Highly recommended for you budding minimalist’s out there

– A x

Essential delicates for the small-busted, postpartum momma.

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Hello all you sexy mommas!

Pregnancy is beautiful and it’s certainly got it’s perks (pun intended)

But then pregnancy ends, you may or may not have breastfed and before you know it your perky, voluptuous new boobies have returned to their pre-pregnancy size… yay.
On the plus side, after almost a year of sharing your womb with a tiny human, you finally have your body back and your breasts are almost your own again! YAY!!!!
If you’re thinking about revamping your underwear drawer. It’s a nice excuse for getting out of the house and leaving your man savour some quiet baby time 😉

It’s recommended that you wait for 2 months after weaning or giving birth (If not breast feeding) before you start investing in a new bra and “It can take up to a year for those excess underarm bulges to disappear”, according to the lovely lady who took my measurements.

So what next?

I had it in my head that I needed an underwire bra to offer me support and a bit of lift (Especially now) but then I looked in the mirror in that changing room after an hour of trying on and adjusting different bras and I was like, screw it, who needs lift! Before I got pregnant and indeed throughout the whole pregnancy and during breastfeeding, I lived in braletts.
‘A bralette is a bra without wires or molded cups, think on par to a sports bra, but without the intensity to hold you in.  They have thin or lacy straps like a regular bra, and provide a reasonable amount of support for small to average busted women.  Microfiber, lace, or a cotton blend are the common fabric contents.’ – BraFitAdventure

They’re comfy and they offer more than enough support, they’re sexy (especially when worn under a shirt with the top button left undone.) I didn’t have to wait until two weeks before having my baby to purchase nursing ones as there’s no pesky cup sizes and they’re relatively inexpensive. So I dug out a few that I’d packed away and purchased a few more inexpensive ones. Et Voilà! Comfort, support and no bulges. I wasn’t trying to squeeze myself into anything! The freedom was liberating.

As stated in the link above: ‘If you are between a 30A to 38 C you can get away with it.’

They’re the comfiest thing in the world and you can get so many different types!

Below are a few links to different styles and where you can buy them.
I bought a few nursing ones in Primark/Penneys. They’re super comfy and cost about €4 each.

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Blush and Powder Blue Bralette: : €7 & €5 Both Primark

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Lilah Bralette: €22.35 –  Nasty Gal

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Floral Lace- Trimmed Bralette: €9.00 – Forever 21

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Teal Scallop Lace Bralette: €11.99 – New Loo

– A x

Day to Night- Summer Dress

So we’re still waiting for our summer to arrive here in Ireland. But last weekend was Spraoi, a three day annual festival of street acts, art and music. It also marked 5 years since myself and Ross shared our first kiss! D’aww!!!! (It’s ok to be soppy on your anniversary!)

I wanted to wear a dress. Something light and summery and I happened to pick up this stunning little bargain in Zara. 

  

   
   
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don’t usually do sleeveless, but I fell in love, It’s just so different and it was on sale, so I snapped it up for €20. WIN! 😉

I paired it with a pair of my comfy, reliable sandals from Primark and a yellow clutch bag from Stradivarius.

 
 I love the orange detail on the sandals. They’re so simple yet they add a nice little pop of colour.

       
  
  
The clutch I picked up years ago and I never really knew what to pair it with. Of course that’s all changed (Hello Pinterest <3) I’ve only used it a few times, but it’s one item in my wardrobe that I just can’t bring myself to purge. Believe me, when it comes to my wardrobe, I’m ruthless!

  
To jazz the outfit up for a night out I ditched the flats for nude heels and a dark green blazer from H&M.

   
  

   Like the clutch bag, I’ve had this blazer for a few years. But unlike the clutch bag, I’ve worn it so many times. It’s one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.

  
   

   The nude heels are another wardrobe staple, like the black blazer mentioned in an earlier post.

I’ll be aiming to do a post on creating a capsule wardrobe. So watch this space! It may take a bit of time 😉

– A xx

Dress- Zara, Similar here
Sandals – Primark/Penneys (old), Similar here & here
Clutch- Stradivarius (old), Similar here
Nude Pumps – Barratts (old), Similar here
Green Blazer- H&M (old), Similar here

Chambray and Mint with Lace Details

It’s summer! Well almost Summer, here in Ireland we tend to get the best weather the first 2 weeks of June (during exam season) and the first two weeks of September (Back to school season) Everything in between is a mixture of torrential summer showers, not the warm kind, blustery winds and overcast days. I long for some Vitamin D!

  
But to hell with it! It’s mid July, it’s 16 Degrees and You can’t go wrong with Chambray!

One of your wardrobe staples and definitely an item worth investing in. Whether it’s a shirt, a dress etc. If you search chambray on Pinterest you’ll see from the results just how versatile it is.

  
I don’t usually do sleeveless shirts, but I love this because It’s nice and loose, it’s cool and the lace detail is so pretty!

  Sooo Pretty!!!

I picked up the shorts in Penneys/Primark for €3! Seriously. I’m going back to get a few more pairs. Very few things in my wardrobe fit my I between sizes, post partum body, so obviously I needed shorts for the amazing summer we’re having (Its my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) and I saved €9 on these babies!


They’re nice and loose and comfy, but they still make my bum look good so it’s a win win!

The necklace is old. I picked it up in Zara 2 years ago. As I mentioned in an earlier post. Zara is my go to for amazing statement pieces.



The sandals are from Penneys/Primark and I love them because they’re so understated. I don’t usually do diamanté either, but they can dress up any outfit and they’re super comfy. I’m all about comfort these days! They cost me around €10 and the blush colour means that they go with pretty much everything!


  
Shirt- F&F for Tesco, Similar here & here
Shorts- Primark, Similar here & here
Necklace- Zara
Sandals- Primark, Similar here

Girls Night Outfit Details

Last weekend was my first proper night out in over a year! It was long overdue.
I won’t lie to you, it was fun! So much fun in fact that my head and my voice the next day were a bit worse for wear. There was a lot of talking and laughing and catching up with people who I hadn’t seen in so long. Most of them didn’t even know I’d had a baby! I took that as a compliment 😉

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I wanted to feel sexy but keep it somewhat casual and seeing as we’re still waiting for our lovely Irish summer I decided to keep the shorts, but skip the bare legs and opt for patterned tights instead.

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A gorgeous top, shorts, tights and heels are my go to outfit if I want to feel glam yet laid back. Add a tailored blazer for that sophisticated edge and there you have it!

There’s one rule that I always follow when choosing an outfit. Don’t show too much flesh. If I’m wearing shorts without tights, then I’ll wear something that covers me up on top, or if I’m wearing something low cut, then I’ll pair it with jeans.

You can make an exception for a killer dress, depending on the style and the weather.

I picked up this shirt in Spain last year and I’m so in love with it. The silk is nice and cool and it flows really nicely. I love the detail on the sleeves and the zip detail on the front.

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I’ve had these shorts for years! Right now they’re the only ones in my possession that fit my postpartum shape! So I guess you could say that they were a sound investment and probably only cost less than €10
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You can’t go wrong with a black blazer, it’s a staple for any wardrobe. The blazer is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there and it’s worth investing in one… or six!
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This bag was a birthday gift from a very special friend of mine (Hello China Doll) and it’s perfect for adding a splash of colour to any outfit. It also comes with a cross body and a wrist strap!

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I fell in love with this necklace as soon as I saw it. Zara is my go to for an amazing, affordable, statement piece.
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The shoes! Admittedly they’ve seen better days, but they cost me €20 and they’re still going strong. I’ve had them for about 8 years and they’re still my go to heels. You can’t go wrong with black patent and a cheeky bit of leopard print.

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Silk Shirt: Massimo Dutti – Similar here & here
Shorts: (old) Primark – Similar here & here
Longline Blazer: (old) Primark- Similar here & here
Bag: Mulberry
Necklace: Zara
Shoes: (old) Shoe Rack – Similar here & here

Hospital Bag Essentials for the expectant mother

Lets face it, picking out those teeny tiny baby clothes, washing them and adding them to your hospital bag is one of the most exciting things about the nesting instinct kicking in. It certainly beats the overwhelming urge to clean the oven!
But the main question you end up asking yourself is, where do I start?

Pinterest is a great place to start, there’s countless checklists and posts out there. One thing I found was that there were loads of blog posts from the US, many of them were about packing enough for a 1-2 night stay.
Here in Ireland, if it’s your first baby, you’ll most likely be staying in for two to three days after the birth, if you’ve had a cesarean you could be in hospital for five to seven days. This post will be your one stop checklist on what you’ll need for your hospital stay.

Out of the countless checklists I found online I was still stumped as to what to bring, I had 3 bags packed, one for the labour ward, one for myself and one for the baby gear. As great as the internet is, I recommend asking someone who’s been through the whole process for a bit of advice. My friend Sophie got me down from three bags to just one with everything packed into it.

One thing I would do differently, is pack a separate bag for the labour ward. The items highlighted in Blue are what I’d add to it.

Most of these things could be found in Penneys/Primark
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1. Towels – Bath and hair towel. You’ll want to shower!
2. Flip Flops (for the shower)
3. Wash Bag:
– Travel Sized Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower gel (Boots have a great range of travel products)
– Toothbrush and Toothpaste
– Hand and Face Wipes – Super handy and saves loads of space, I picked up these tiny packets from Penneys.
– Moisturisers (Face & Body)
– Nipple cream
Distilled Witch Hazel – You’ll hear many things from the different midwives, but the veteran ones that have years of experience were all for the idea of adding some witch hazel to you Sanitary Pad. If you’ve had an Episiotomy it will soothe the stitches, help with any swelling and will speed up the healing process. There’s so many recipes online for ‘Padsicles’ (Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Gel and Lavender Oil on the pad and stick them in the fridge/freezer) I’m sorry I didn’t try it!
Facecloth – Put this in your labour bag (Trust me) Some of the best advice I got was that a cold, wet facecloth against your forehead during labour will save your life. It’s true, and it helps your partner feel useful! 
4. Sanitary Pads- These are from Earthmother. They’re biodegradable, made from natural materials and super soft. There’s 10 pads in each box and you’ll need about 5 Boxes for the hospital and the weeks that follow.
5. Nursing Nightgowns x3 – I picked these up in Penneys in Waterford but they’ve since discontinued their maternity wear department to just a few stores in Dublin. They are however continuing the maternity underwear range- Nursing Bras, Nursing Tanks, Maternity Briefs and Belly Bands. The size 10/12 were quite big on top, if you’re on the smaller bust size then the 6/8 size are plenty loose but not gaping on top!
6. Nipple Shields– Do a bit of research on different brands. Another great website is: Once Born, the mamivac nipple shields were recommended to me in one of the breastfeeding groups on Facebook.
7. Dressing Gown
8. Button down nightshirt (For the labour ward) Pick up something cheap that you won’t mind throwing out after. Even if you’re not planning on breast feeding, skin to skin contact has some great benefits for you and baby.
9. Nursing Tanks x2 – I found these in Penneys, but you can pick up similar ones Here and Here  These ones are really good quality, they’re super comfy and they don’t break the bank, if you’re breast feeding you’ll be living in these for the next few weeks. If you’re usually a size 6/8 pick up the tanks in size 10-12, they’re quite a tight fit and the 10/12 size are longer and don’t ride up as much.
10. Mens Boxers- Pack of three. Soooo comfy!!!! Just pick up a pack, you won’t regret it.
11. Big Briefs – Pack of 5- super handy and comfy for after the birth and they’re way more practical than the disposable ones they give you in the hospital. Add one pair to your labour bag.
12. Slippers
13. Breast pads- This is a pack of 80 that I picked up in Tesco. You’re going to go through a lot of these especially if you’re breastfeeding. These are nice and soft but the boots brand are pretty good too. You can also get reusable breast pads and biodegradable ones for the eco- conscious.
14. Light, Cool & Comfy Pyjamas- The post labour ward is HOT and thanks to those PostPartum hot flushes you’ll feel SUPER HOT (and not in a sexy way) if you have guests, it’s nice to be able to cover up without feeling that you’re sweltering!
15. Socks– Pack these in your Labour bag. I can’t say I remember my feet getting cold or whether or not I was even wearing my socks. But it’s no harm to have them in there anyway.

Not Pictured above, but add a TENS machine to that list. I didn’t actually rent one, I borrowed one from the hospital and only for the fact that one lady didn’t want it, I would have had to do without, they have a very limited supply.  It saved my life! I swear, between that and Gas and Air, it’s a magical combination!
You can rent one from Boots or Mulligans.

What to pack for baby:
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1. Nappies– Pack a couple in your labour bag.
One pack contains 20 nappies which should be plenty for the 3 days, but it’d be no harm to have some on stand by at home if you run out. These are biodegradable ones, they have 30% less chemicals than any other nappy on the market. You can read a bit more about them in a recent blog post here
2. Nappy Sacks – Again these are biodegradable and lightly scented. They’re so handy for lots of things!
3. Biodegradable wipes– I used cotton wool and warm water for the first few weeks. The warm water is the best thing for getting that tar like substance (Meconium) off for the first few nappy changes. It’s so impossible with wipes, you end up using a ton! But yeah, these wipes are really gentle and contain zero chemicals! Also Water Wipes are a super alternative to cotton wool and water. You can buy them in bulk here which is much cheaper.
4. Cellular Blanket – These allow air to circulate and are recommended by the HSE, The Irish Sudden Infant Death Association and the National Paediatric Mortality Register . You can pick them up here.
5. This is the tricky part! I packed 4 baby grows and 4 vests. I thought four would be fine, It wasn’t. As it turns out, Finn was a pukey baby so the burp cloths, baby grows, bibs and vests that I packed lasted about 1 day! But you want to be able to fit everything else into your bag, yes? Pack another bag of baby stuff and leave it waiting at home. Just in case you need it.
6. Burp Cloths/Muslins pack about 6-8 of these, they’re light enough to fold up really small.
7. Mittens and Hat- A hat isn’t really necessary until you’re heading home. Some baby grows have mittens sown into the sleeve, but bring about 2-3 pairs if you have them, if not then that’s ok too, they’re not a necessity.
8. Bibs- Pack about four for starters but have more in the back-up bag!
9. Vest and babygrow for the labour ward. A friend of mine suggested bringing a resealable A4 sized bag to put the first outfit into, Vest, babygrow, mittens, as a keep sake for a memory box. They will hold the first scent of your baby and you can remind yourself of that memory. I didn’t do it, but I think it’s a sweet idea. 🙂 

The Storage bags that I packed the nappies and breast pads into are from IKEA. They’re super handy and come in 6 different sizes. They were perfect for saving space. But you can pick up similar ones anywhere.

Bag: H&M Similar here and here

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What special must have item did you pack in your hospital bag?

The Deal with Cloth – A Newbies review on Cloth Nappies and eco alternatives

Cloth or Disposable? Which is better? It’s a never ending debate and like everything they both have their pros and cons.

I’m not going to get into all of that, this website has some pretty good info that can help you make your own mind up.

I’m relatively new to the whole cloth thing. So I’m only going to cover the types/brands that I’ve used and what I personally think of them. When I got pregnant I started searching for an eco alternative to disposables. The fact that it takes a single disposable 500 years to degrade scared me so I did a bit of research.

The Cloth Nappy Library is great and they’ve loads of information, everything you could ever want to know and no stupid abbreviations that newbies like myself can’t understand. Man I hate abbreviations.

Anyway…
I found Little Lamb and heard some great things about their nappies, so I decided to buy one of their Nappy Kits in their online sale back in January. These are known as Two-Part Systems. You have the nappy and then the separate waterproof cover. I got 20 Microfibre Nappies including boosters, liners (Fleece and flushable disposables) a laundry bucket and some tea tree oil (For disinfecting them thoroughly from time to time) I invested in 6 wraps and have since then purchased some cute little designs. See the images below. They also have free postage to Ireland so that’s an added bonus! IMG_0505  IMG_0506 IMG_0507 IMG_0508 IMG_0509 IMG_0510

I have to say, I love these nappies. They’re so soft and because they’re microfibre they come out of the machine practically dry! The covers are so cute and they’re so easy to put on with the velcro tabs, they’re known as bombproof because they hold in even the most explosive poos. They’re just great. And just look at this cute little bottom! 🚼⤵ IMG_0504

The one thing about them is that they’re quite bulky, he’s a pretty big baby anyway so I have him in some 3-6 month clothes already at 10 Weeks, but the vests are quite snug when he’s wearing the nappy. Also when he’s sitting in his car seat, he doesn’t seem to be able to bend fully, it looks uncomfortable but It doesn’t seem to bother him in the slightest. So maybe that’s just me over-thinking it too much.

Little Lamb All in Ones
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They’re the most value for money, you don’t have to fork out for a separate cover, you can adjust the size so they fit from birth until the toddler years. These are just fleece lined waterproof covers that you add the boosters and liners to. Again I got 6 just to try them, but I can’t handle all the snap buttons. They’re a pain in the ass. But as the baby gets older we all know how exciting it can be to pull at velcro so with the snaps you’re guaranteed the nappy will stay on!

Bambino Mio Pre-Fold Nappies:
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I picked up a little starter pack at Aldi’s Baby and Toddler event. The pack included two wraps, the one above and a white wrap, and four nappies (See Below) The Nappies are 100% Cotton and you fold them to fit into the wrap. There’s different folds for  baby boys, girls and newborns. You can check out a handy video here

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They’re not quite as bulky as the Little Lamb ones, the cotton nappy is super absorbent and Finn seems comfortable enough in them. You can buy All in Ones* too, which unlike the Little Lamb have velcro fastening as opposed to the poppers/snap fastening.

*These I haven’t tried.

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Bambino Mio Woodland Fox Cover over Little Lamb Nappy

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The gNappy!

I ordered this one to try (plus 50% of the proceeds of this Gentle Giants cover went towards a great cause)
It’s basically a cute little cover with a waterproof snap pouch (Which can be swapped out), that you add a cloth or biodegradable insert into.
They’re relatively the same size as a disposable and they just seem to be super comfy. It contained a poop explosion and didn’t leak overnight. I haven’t used the cloth inserts, yet, (I’m planning on buying a pack) but I bought a pack of disposable inserts that you can compost or bin, you can use the cover for up to seven nappy changes and the velcro closes at the back, so little hands can’t pull at it.

The downside: They’re more expensive than the Little Lamb nappies and Bambino Mio and the postage can be a bit steep, you have to make sure to change the disposable inserts quite regularly, (every couple of hours) but in saying that, they’re not as bulky and Finn just looked comfortable and content in it.
I’m definitely going to invest in a few more!

The eco alternative: I don’t use cloth all the time. When I’m out and about and at bed time I prefer to use disposables. The brand I use are Beaming Baby Nappies. They’re 75% Biodegradable and degrade in 4 years as opposed to 400! They’re not 100% biodegradable hence why I only use them from time to time, but still it’s handy having a stash especially for babysitters (Cloth can seem a bit daunting) I order them through Earth Mother and they usually arrive the next day! They’re a great nighttime nappy! 

Like I said above, this post only covers what I’ve personally tried and tested.
Please feel free to comment below.
I’d love to read your suggestions on other brands of Cloth/Eco- Disposable nappies.

A x

Date Night Details

I decided to keep my outfit comfy with jeans and flats and fitting into one of my pre pregnancy tops was a pretty good feeling! 😀

The jeans I purchased in Spain last August when I was about 8 weeks pregnant, I was so bloated that it was the perfect time to try on a few pairs to last me well into the pregnancy and after.
I did invest in a couple of pairs of Maternity jeans (H&M Godsend!) but for the most part I made do with wearing my own clothes, comfortable clothes. So I bought the jeans in size 10 an they were really soft, and stretchy as a result I fit into them straight after the baby was born and I wore them up until I was about 7 months pregnant.
It was the best investment I made throughout the pregnancy. Having a nice pair of jeans that were comfortable, fit really well and looked good made a huge impact on my confidence and comfort and it meant that I didn’t have to go down the whole lounging around in my pyjamas or throwing on a tracksuit/pair of sweatpants.* I was able to pull an outfit together, which I know might seem like the last thing on your mind, but trust me. Get in that shower and get dressed. Even if you’re just going to be sitting on the couch with your new baby all day, you’ll feel ten times better!

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*Note: There is absolutely nothing wrong with lounging around in your pyjamas or sweatpants. I’ve just never been a tracksuit person or staying in my pyjamas all day. But, to each their own and there is definitely no shame in it. You just had a baby!!!!

The top was an old top from Penneys/Primark. I’ve had it for about 5 years now and It’s my go to. I always feel amazing when I wear it. It’s such a lovely fit, it accentuates my waist and covers up any bloating/lumps/bumps you may have after a big meal.
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The leopard print flats were another Penneys purchase and I recommend everyone invests in a pair. I wouldn’t be a huge fan of animal print but these are the one thing I’d wear. They’re super cute and add a bit of edge to any outfit.

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Definitely a staple piece in my wardrobe!

My hair and make-up I kept really simple.

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I’m quite lucky when it comes to my hair, I wash it and dry it and it pretty much turns out this way.
My lovely friend Mark over at Eden has been doing my hair for years and he always does a wonderful job. He pretty much gets free reign to do whatever he wants at my annual haircut :O I know, I really need to visit him more often.

I’m not really one for crazy make-up everyday. My skin is quite clear for that very reason, so I don’t feel the need to cover it up. I do however believe in protecting your skin and I always use a tinted moisturiser with SPF! I know I live in Ireland and 90% of the time it’s overcast, but still, It’s important. BB creams are the bomb! and my favourite at the moment is Rimmel’s 9 in 1 BB cream, it’s SPF 25 too and it’s light, it covers well and is just an all round great product. I use it every day and it’s relatively cheap.

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Tip: Boots do great 3 for 2 offers on make-up every now and again so I make sure to stock up on a few of my staple products.

For my lips I used Max Factor Lipfinity in No.6 Royal Plum.

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Again a great product, it’s non sticky and long lasting. It’s my go to, especially when it’s a really windy day and you don’t want your hair sticking to your lips!

Jeans: Massimo Dutti
Top: (old) – Similar here and here
Shoes: (old) Similar here