Pregnancy Update - Week 14

pregnancy diaries

So as I write this I am actually around 14 1/2 weeks into my second pregnancy journey. Thankfully most of the morning sickness and nausea has now passed but to be honest I am still craving very salty food and have not been eating as healthy as I normally would and I have put on weight quicker than expected, unlike my first pregnancy were I actually lost weight, but who knows maybe it means we are having a girl? I have been struggling with fatigue of late due to slightly lower iron which I have supplemented with Pregnacare and Spatone which does seem to be making a small improvement. Also I thought it would be fun to see what I looked like around this time during my pregnancy with Mr A - I love this photo which was taken on a little day trip to Tintern and the Wye Valley - I think both John and I look a lot younger.


Because my waist is starting to get a little wider this week has been all about getting in top of any possible stretch marks, I have to say I was extremely lucky last time to not have one single stretch mark but I think this was down to three things - 1. Good genes 2. I was younger with supple skin 3. I religiously applied stretch mark oil from day one

It's really important to me to use products that are either organic or natural based and have good ethical stand point so when the lovely people over at Mustela sent me a little pack of things to try out. I had never heard of Mustela before but apparently they are causing rave reviews and I can see why, I was very happy to see the Stretch Mark Care Oil made from 99% natural ingredients as well as being mineral oil-free, silicone free and hypoallergenic.

stretch mark oil

It goes one really easy and doesn't leave a greasy film afterwards. So far everything is going well and I am using this twice a day. The great thing is because it's a high tolerance hypoallergenic it can be used during breast-feeding as well.

baby products

I am really happy with the oil and cannot wait to try out the rest of the products when the time comes such as the Vitamin barrier cream and multi sensory bubble bath for newborns, all of which do not contain paraben's, phthalate and phenxyethanol and priority given to ingredients of natural origin with the barrier cream being 98% natural ingredients, plus the products are designed to minimise the impact on the environment which are things that are of concern to me

I was kind enough to be sent these products to review

Creating a fabulous bathroom and Pebble Grey Giveaway

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Love this fresh and stylish bathroom (image)

When we moved into our new little cottage one of the main things letting it down was the bathroom. It had awful carpet tiles on the floor in a totally uninspiring grey/brown shade. So of course the first thing that had to go was them, which we replaced with some simple repurposed tiles which have already made a huge difference in the transformation of our small bathroom in the eves. That's the thing about small spaces such as bathrooms that even simple changes can have a huge impact and by keeping the floor one colour and uncluttered it's made the room feel more spacious and airy.

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Our bathroom before we laid the tiles

The next step was to do a complete repaint it looked like it hadn't been painted in years and really needed to be freshening up. We decided to go for Jasmine white on the walls to create a more bright and fresh feel and opted for Farrow and Ball egg shell blue on the woodwork, keeping things simple, subtle and stylish. Between the new tiles on the floor and a fresh coat of paint our bathroom feels like it's really starting to take shape, although we are not completely finished.

bathroom floor tiles
Our bathroom after the tiles have been laid - much fresher and cleaner finish

We still need to replace the glass shower panel which has probably been up there for the past 10 years and is well overdue an updated as well as the taps on the bath and sink which are somewhat outdated and buy investing in some high quality traditional style taps it will really transform the bath and sink without actually having to replace them altogether.

chic bathroom
I love unusual, simple and stylish mirrors (image)

Something else that has been on my mind a lot is the mirror, since every bathroom has a mirror it's a rather important accessory and should not be overlooked as every guest will be looking at it at some point when they come over the visit. Again we want something simple and stylish as less is always more and investing in a quality mirror is very important and Pebble Grey have a beautiful and inspiring collection and also offer some unique choices that you would otherwise struggle to find on the highstreet. They also stock a large selection of bathroom accessories and lighting.

So top tips for redesigning a bathroom

  1. Work with what you have and only replace what you need.
  2. Go for neutral and simple shades that make the bathroom feel bright and airy
  3. Address storage issues and keep bathroom clutter to a minimum
  4. Invest in a stylish bathroom mirror – you will be using it daily
  5. Less is always more

Savio mirror
Giving away this Savio Mirror worth £119

I also giving away a stunning Savio mirror worth £119 courtesy of Pebble Grey to one off our readers. It's a smart LED mirror and is designed with energy efficiency and practicality in mind and the Savio effortlessly illuminates your bathroom, plus it's really simple to enter via rafflecopter

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Swatch Watch Love

colourful watches

 I think there must be very few people who don't know about Swatch Watches (if you don't seriously where have you been for the past 40 years?), with their creative and colourful designs and great prices they are the perfect fun accessory. Luckily there is an amazing store in Cardiff and I was kind enough to be invited to a little blogger shindig the other day to see a few of their new pieces and basically have a proper look around the store. Johns first watch was actually a swatch and I have owned a few in my lifetime as well.

stylish watches

fun watch

Swatch watch jewellery

Two of the things I was really impressed and surprised with was the lovely jewellery they also do - the beaded bracelet and necklace really reminded me of similar pieces I used to pick up in markets in South Africa when I was younger - something to do with the bead designs I think, they also had a stunning ring. Another thing was there slightly more grown up and classical style watches most of which were unisex and oozed quality without costing thousands. Also seeing there kids range made me think that perhaps it was time for the little man to have his first proper watch and with his birthday around the corner this might just be the right time to get him one. Did you ever own a Swatch Watch as a kid?

designer swatch watch


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