Seasonal delights at Camma’s Hall Farm Essex 

Firstly I have been totally shite at posting! Oh my goodness I have no one to blame other than myself being part human, part Zombie with the lack of sleep my little human is allowing me to have! However, here we go!

Camma’s Hall Farm is a cute little farm located near Bishops Stortford on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border. I have driven past the signs a few times but have never visited. Today we decided to venture out to pick a pumpkin for Halloween! I am a huge Halloween fan and LOVE pumpkin carving too so what a fab seasonal day out and an excuse to take more gorgeous pics of my tiny one. 

As you walk through the tea barn (totally went for lunch as it smelt delicious!) you are greeted by the most wonderful display or perfectly picked pumpkins laid on crisp hay for you to pick up and buy. However we wanted to physically pick our own and decided to hover about until the next tractor ride was ready to leave and head over to the pumpkin patches!

It was a glorious day for it and I highly suggest getting there early. We spent just a few hours here arriving at 10am, but by the time we had left at about 12, it was heaving with keen pumpkin pickers so if you want to have the place a little more to yourself, arrive early! There were a team of Camma’s Farm staff on hand so when you found your perfect pumpkin, the staff would cut it off the stalk and give it a clean for you to take home. 

I opted for a mid size pumpkin. Although if I had it my way, I would have got an absolute monster, which would have given me great enjoyment carving and eating it ready for the 31st. Post tracker ride we popped our pumpkin into the car after purchasing and decided to head to the corn fields to pick some corn on the cob for dinner! There is something awesome about picking your own produce, I mean it would be better to have grown it but I am such a rubbish gardener so I opted for the next best thing! 

All that picking gave us an appetite for some home cooked food. In the tea barn is a small cafe serving various tasty lunch goods and I went for the home made pumpkin and chili soup with toasted brown bread! Yum!! The little lady opted for a smoothie! (Chilli probably not a good idea for a weaning babe!)

For a fab morning/afternoon out, I would definately suggest Camma’s hall farm. There is no entrance fee but you pay for what you pick. Over the duration of the year there are various seasonal goods to be picked such as apples, strawberries, corn etc. Take a look at their website that can be found HERE



8 Essential baby items when traveling overseas

August 2017 marked the first time I would be going away with my daughter at just 4 months old. Ensuring you have all bases covered with the packing can be stressful (as I found) and overpacking is a simple mistake (as I did!). So I am sharing with you, 8 extremely useful items that I found very useful and wouldn’t travel without in the future with a young baby.

1. Calpol.

We were at Gatwick airport wandering round the shops in departures. Little one was getting grizzly, irritable and red in the face. At 4 1/2 months, teething was definitely happening and she started to cry. Overtired and refusing to nap was an additional bad combo but thank goodness I had packed in my rucksack Calpol. Gave her a dose and it helped to settle her before take off. You just never know when you may need it!

2. Sanitising Water 

Why have I not discovered this sooner? Don’t get me wrong I’m all down for a little germ exposure to help boost and build her immune system but obviously don’t want her poorly and so at times things need sanitising. Dummy. Hands. Sippy cup.. just simply spray this water onto whatever needs sanitising including hands, et voila! Well done Aquaint! Safe for in the mouth and germs are gone! Brilliant! Especially on those highly germ ridden planes. Can be purchased direct from their Website or simply from Boots.

3. Koo Di Travel Bassinet

I have both the bassinet and the cot. Koo Di Are a very clever company that have the most Lightweight, practical and handy travel sleeping bassinets and cots! They literally pop up and take less than 2 minutes to assemble. We travelled round Italy and slept in various hotels so I would have to take down and put up the bassinet on several occasions but I can say it honestly wasn’t a problem. The bassinet even has a mosquito net built in ideal for tropical climates! I honestly love their products and very affordable too.

4. Skip Hop Changing Station

Firstly why did I not purchase this before rather than having to always stick to my huge changing bag and plain rubbish free mat inside the bag? Not only is this Skip Hop changing station a compact bag filled with everything you need, it is light, easy, affordable and looks fab. I could change my baby in the smallest of areas hassle free such as on the plane and in the car. The great thing about this is that you are not always having to search through your bag for what you need, but you can transform any bag into a baby bag! Woohoo! It’s so good I think 4-5 of my friends have purchased since I have had it. Amazing!

5. Pampers

Obviously you need nappies. I am definitely one for reusable she where possible but when you are on the move with limited wash and dry facilities there is no better nappy than Pampers. From explosive poops to long sleepy nights we had no accidents at all. There are other brands that I am sure are fabulous however I love these nappies and have never had nappy rash. Says it all really. However I would suggest buying them prior to your trip as they were quite s bit more expensive in Italy. 50 nappies did us for the week.

6. Baby Banz Sunglasses

Most people don’t forget a sun hat for a small baby but what about sunglasses? According to Made for Mums babies eyes are highly susceptible to harmful UV damage from the sun and that children under 1 must wear them to protect their eyes. I understand that this can be tricky to keep on with little hands grabbing and pulling, but we defo found that Baby Banz we’re practical with 100% protection and comfortable and stay on snugly with the adjustable strap. Look how cute they are too!

7. Car seat check in bag


If you’re not hiring or using a car than you can skip this one, but if you are than this was so handy. With the need for a car seat for my little one on our Italian road trip I was worried our car seat would get completely destroyed in the check in luggage. We only have one! I invested in one of these red check in bags to protect the car seat and it worked! No spills, damage and came off of the conveyer first! You cannot miss it! I purchased mine from Amazon here.

8. Haakaa Silicone breast pump

This breast pump is awesome. I decided to take it away for a few reasons: to carry on practicing with her sippy cup and just incase I started to feel engorged at any time to prevent any mastitis when I could have just pumped a little to keep it at bay. It is small enough to be sterilised whilst away, it squeezes into small spaces and does the trick! I have recommended this product to friends that have amazing results too! Haakaa Can be purchased here.
So there you have it! Just a few essentials in my opinion that have helped with my travel experience with a young baby. It’s all about adapting and being flexible to enjoy it fully! We even bathed in a bidet! I hope this blog helps! Happy holidays!

How to survive your first flight with a baby!

I have recently embarked on my first trip abroad with a baby. As an avid traveler, I was keen to get back in the driving seat so to say and restart my travels after being heavily pregnant and learning to be a mum for the first few months of my daughters life. At 4 months old, I felt comfortable enough to be able to give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen? 🙄

Starting off gently (no 13 hours flight to Singapore just yet!) we opted to fly to Italy. We love the country, it’s beautiful, the food is incredible, friendly and no too far for our first flight. We also had a friends wedding so thought we could kill two birds with one stone.

 We chose to fly with Easyjet not just because we are frequent fliers with them pre baby, but because the flight went to Pisa our base for the trip. Being August one of the peak months to fly, we headed to the airport slightly earlier to allow time for security, food and all things baby if needed – feeds, poo explosions, you know the score!

In a nut shell we had two very different experiences on the flight out and inbound. So what is the worst that can happen? Screaming, uncontrollable child for the whole flight that was delayed, came with poo explosions and dirty looks from all directions. Yes. This was our flight to Italy. On the way back, we had a sleepy and giggly baby that was happy to smile at every passing passenger and I even managed to watch half of the movie bridesmaids! Result! After surviving my first flight, here are 10 tips to help you if you decide to go – which I highly recommend and encourage!

  1. Preparation 

Babies can be very unpredictable. Who is saying they won’t projectile vomit, be happy, be sad, struggle with their ears or decide to sleep for the entire flight (we can wish!). So pack your bag carefully. I had a rucksack type changing bag from Amazon by Bebemour. It’s fab and has loads of sections to pack everything you need for both you and baby. Think about changing mat, calpol, dummies etc – I will blog about essential travel items soon.

      2.   Take someone.

Obviously this can be impossible if you have to travel alone for whatever reason. If that’s the case, just bear in mind there are some incredibly supportive people out there that I’m sure will be in your flight. We had people asking to hold her, smiling, general distracting which is all helpful. If you can, take someone! I traveled with my husband and it helped to pass the baby when one needed the loo or carry a bag etc. It makes flying much easier!

      3.    Hygiene

A little extreme but on our flight home someone projectile vomited down the aisle. With no windows, I had to just breathe through my mouth and sit tight till we landed. That flying tube is FULL of nasty germs and with people sneezing, coughing and not washing their hands I defo don’t take risks even more so with the bubba in tow. I packed sanitising gel, wipes and ensured that prescious dummy was well attached to the little one. This tip is a precaution rather than having a sick bubba whilst you are away.

     4.     Temperature

Many planes crank up the A.C once you are airborne and the plane turns into a flying fridge. I definitely feel the cold so the baby is too. Layers and a change of clothes are a good idea with a thin blanket to keep snug if it becomes cool. Layers to peel off if you are like us and sit on the runway delayed for an hour sweating! Don’t forget those socks or babygrows to keep those tootsies warm! 

     5.     Check Baggage Allowance

Flying with easyjet meant that we were entitled to 2 extra items to check in plus a changing bag in the flight. We opted for the car seat (as we were hiring a car) and a stroller (with an ergo baby stuffed underneath!). The car seat was checked in and the stroller used around the airport and dropped at the gate – very handy! Check this useful guide by Sky Scanner that shows all the airlines and luggage for babies. A good tool!

     6.    Flight Time

Sounds obvious but we didn’t book a 6am flight. This would mean getting up at silly o’clock to drive there, check in etc and would result in super tired parents as well as a potentially grouchy baby. Bad combo. If there is a particular time that your little one turns into a little devil, avoid that time. Some say witching hour is around 6-9pm so if that’s the case for you, avoid. 

     7.     Little ears

Babies and small children have much smaller ear canals and do not know what to do if their ears pop on take off or landing. Swallowing is an easy way to pop ears back to normal so encourage this by feeding or using a dummy particularly when the flight is going up or down. This made a huge difference to us and I didn’t notice any discomfort from my little one. Another tricky one is if your baby has a cold. Flying is very uncomfortable for an adult when stuffy and can result in painful ears so just to bear in mind on your next flight. 

     8.     Distraction and comfort

Your baby is likely to be afraid or require more comfort than usual so don’t forget that favourite toy or comforter. We took her favourite Lamaze firefly toy as she can spend long periods playing, chewing and looking at it. I also downloaded a baby app on my phone called Baby View that is just high contrast images of ladybirds and butterflies that she is mesmerised by. Very handy when she decided that she wanted to scream and throw a tantrum before take off! Very useful! Just use anything! We even resorted to the inflight magazine that she found highly interesting! 

So definitely go for it! We are hoping to jet off on a long haul destination at the end of the year so it will be different again to this short 2 hour flight. Good Luck! ✈️❤️

How to keep your baby cool during British heatwaves. 8 handy tips!

Oh my goodness how warm has it been lately? Don’t get me wrong I love the sunshine but when it reaches a certain point (with no air conditioning or pool) it gets really uncomfortable for me, let alone my poor baby! It’s the first summer and first experience with anxieties and worry of “is my baby too hot?!”. With links to SIDS with overheating, which can be particularly troublesome at night, I have really looked into ways to keeping my baby cool.

So here are my 8 helpful tips!

1) Strip them off! 

Sounds obvious but if you’re feeling warm, more than likely your baby is warm and cannot tell you! I was literally in my bra and knickers yesterday and as a result, my bubba was in just a nappy. Simple! Especially at night, I have been stripping off to either just a nappy or a sleeveless body suit using just a light cotton muslin to cover when the night temperature does start to dip but it’s still warm.

2) Keep them hydrated! I exclusively breastfeed and it’s amazing that they need nothing else but breast milk. I have been offering it more frequently and she has been feeding more and my milk is almost more watery to hydrate her. It’s amazing how breast milk changes depending on the weather, but I need to ensure that I am also very hydrated to prevent dehydrating myself. 

3) Cool bathing. If you have access to a paddling pool when outside, brilliant! Just ensure it is in the shade. We went to a BBQ for Father’s Day and we did exactly that and she loved it! I still made sure she had suncream on to prevent any UV exposure. Also switch that warm toasty night time bath just for a cooler bath. Instead of 36-37.5 degrees take it slightly cooler and you will be surprised at how cooler it will keep your baby ready for bedtime.

4) Stay indoors in extreme temperatures or under a UV protecting parasol. Why even risk heat exhaustion or heat stroke for your baby? I tend to stay indoors during peak sunshine hours (11-3) and keep blinds shut, windows open and a fan on. I have also recently invested in a Bugaboo Parasol for my buggy that has a silver UV protection of 50+ that ensures the UV doesn’t penetrate through cheaper simple fabric ones. 

5) Use a fan. They are only cheap and get one before the mad rush that happens each year during a heatwave! They don’t need to be a super posh one, a basic stand up fan does the trick. Even better, this year I have discovered the use of a bowl of ice placed in front of the fan that than blows out cool air rather than circulating the same hot air in the room! Think of it as a home made air conditioning unit, just like Gatsby!

6) Magicool . It’s a cool water spray in a can and you can spray it on your skin, on children, babies and even pets! It’s ideal when things are super hot and provides instant relief! I brought a can for when I was in labour!

7) Cool compresses like placing a flannel in the freezer, ice packs and even placing some baby wipes in the fridge. They are good for sweaty babes and especially good on pulse areas such as wrists and neck. 

8) Use the grill rather than the oven when cooking at home. The oven will generate so much heat when preparing meals so maybe try alternatives. Pop on the BBQ, prepare a salad rather than those slow oven cooked meals.

So enjoy the summer, be sensible and have fun! 

Millie’s Beach Huts – A Fantastic Family Day Out!

I’ve not posted about anything travel related just yet and the fact that I gave birth to my first child in March, means I have been adapting to motherhood ever since. At around two months old I feel I am settling in well and have learnt about this motherhood lark so I feel a little more comfortable to venture away. As I am not going away till the summer, I decided to head to the coast to get a taste of summer (wheather depending) and have a family day out in a cute beach hut! Break her in gently! 

I stumbled across Millie’s Beach Huts based in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex after a google search for Beach Huts. They look so cute and made me smile with their bright colours and seaside themed decor, I had to snap one up for the day. I have never been inside a beach hut or hired one, but decided to take the plunge and go for it! In fact, I had never even been to Walton-on-the- Naze but the beach looked very clean and quaint so it was a good location to try and hire a beach hut! 

It’s always a gamble booking things in advance when living in the U.K, as one day the weather in June could be torrential rain or gales, but I got lucky and it was a glorious 23 degrees with blue skies as you can see by the pics! 

The beach hut of choice (and availability as they get snapped up quick!) was Millie! Millie is based in Southcliffe promenade and was a beach hut of the year finalist due to its quirky and colourful pink and sea green decor! To be honest I was so glad it was available as it was my beach hut of choice! 

It’s a Cath Kidston paradise with vintage floral plates, cute polka dots and kitsch interior design. It is full with amenities too for you to use such as a whistling kettle, chairs, gas stove, umbrella and even the buckets and spades are included to use! Vicky (the owner of Millie’s Beach Huts) has pretty much thought of everything, so even if the weather was bad, there are board games, cozy blankets, colouring in (ideal for kids) and even a glass jar of doggy biscuits for your furry friend should you chose to bring them along as they are more than welcome! 

It was actually really warm inside the hut so even on a cooler day you wouldn’t be freezing but I spent much of the day relaxing on the balcony! Based on the second row and up 5 steps, you have an uninterrupted view of the sea and what a glorious view it was! I honestly felt I was away on holiday for the day! 

There were 6 of us in total (baby included) and it was just enough room for us to enjoy a cold drink and fish and chips before we left in the evening! The Huts are to hire for long hours in the summer season so you could stay from 9am till 8pm. Booking is simple and quick online and access is via a code and key safe attached to the hut itself so no faffing about before or after! It also is incredibly affordable so most certainly won’t break the bank!

My little one enjoyed her first day at the seaside and I highly recommend coming to Walton-on-the-Naze for your traditional British seaside retreat for the day and Millie’s Beach Huts are an ideal base for the day! 

My Birth Story

I left it a few weeks before posting up my birth story as I have been in the newborn baby bubble! So better late than never, this is what happened when I gave birth to my first child!

At 41 weeks and 3 days I was booked in for an induction. After two unsuccessful sweeps, shows, strong Braxton hicks and trying all the birth inducing natural remedies, medical intervention was my only resort in getting the baby evicted from my womb! I called the maternity day assessment ward at 8am to check if there was a bed free for my induction booked in for that day. Fortunately there was and I was informed to come in right away to get the process started. I knew a little bit about induction and that it was to begin firstly with a vaginal pessary to help ripen the cervix in the hopes to kick starting labour before any other intervention would be used. I was examined and told my cervix was around 1-2cm before the pessary was inserted and that I would need to be monitored for 6 hours after. It also meant that my ideal birth plan of a water birth was out of the window due to the infuction and need to have the baby monitored the entire time. At this point I didn’t really care too much as I wanted it to be over. I was exhausted, ached, felt ginormous and eagerly awaiting to meet my daughter. A midwife connected me to a monitor so they could observe her heart rate and movement and it was quite simply a waiting game. 

6 hours passed and I didn’t feel any different. It was around 5:30pm and the midwife told me to go home and that I was booked in for the next morning at 11 to continue the induction process, which would be an oxytocin drip. We left the hospital and I starting to feel some twinges that were different from before. I still knew that the best environment to be in would be at home, to try and relax and let nature take its course. It was a good 30 minute drive from hospital to home and those twinges felt like they were getting stronger on the way home. 

It must have been about 5 minutes after getting home that I started to panic (yes the opposite of what I should be doing) as the pain went from 1-2 to a 8-9. I remember feeling panicked as if I was in the early stages now, how on earth am I going to cope? Am I a complete wimp? I mean I have cried in the past from having bad period pain and this was off the scale and not even like period pain really. My hubby decided to time what I knew were contractions. One minute on, one minute off and I was rolling around in crippling pain. A quick phone call to the hospital and it was back in the car for that 30 minute drive back! 

I cannot remember much of the drive there to be honest except I kept my eyes closed most of the way and was trying to focus on my breathing. I hadn’t taken any pain relief, not even a paracetamol so I felt like I needed something. Once we had arrived, the pain had gone from 8-9 to a definite 10. The worst pain I have ever experienced. I almost froze in the car and could barely move my legs to get out. Again the contractions hadn’t slowed down and were around 1 minute on and off. It took so long for me to walk across the car park and into the maternity unit stopping every 5-10 steps to hold on to a wall and just be hunched over in agony. Once I had arrived, I needed to go to the day assessment unit so a midwife could assess me and see what was going on. I just remember being in a side room, feeling the need to strip off my clothes as I felt so hot and was gripping onto the bed in pain. My husband kept telling me to calm down and relax but I quite simply wanted to punch him when he said to calm down! I was assessed by the midwife to check my progress and I was praying it wasn’t just 1cm dilated. The midwife examined me very quickly and simply said:

“You are in active labour, which explains why you are in so much pain. You are around 5-6cm and your waters are bulging and about to break”. 

I was relieved! Relieved that I wasn’t being a complete wimp and I had a good reason to be in agony! I was straight away assisted into a wheelchair and wheeled straight to the delivery ward by another midwife and student that were going to be the amazing people to help me reach the end. I just wanted this to be over. I was in side room 12 that had an en suite bathroom and I could see the baby examination heated table thingy, which reassured me this is it. The midwife was old school and I love that. Plenty of experience and knowledge with a relaxed way about her. The student was extremely thorough and showed so much encouragement and reassurance I couldn’t have asked for a better pair of midwives. I was asked about pain relief and was offered gas and air. I knew I didn’t want anything stronger if I could help it, I mean I had got this far with no pain relief at all. I was just praying the gas and air didn’t make me feel sick. I was connected to continuous monitoring for me and the baby as I had been induced. The midwives were saying my contractions were very strong and almost back to back so I just puffed away on that gas and air and tried to go with my body. All the things I wanted in delivery such as music, massage, position all went out the window and the only thing that helped was my breathing techniques and the gas and air. 

My waters still hadn’t properly broke. I think they were trickling but had no huge gush or awareness of them breaking. The pressure was so intense and I wanted them to break so much. With some gentle assistance from the midwife my waters broke and it was like Niagra Falls! Unfortunately my baby had a poo inside me so I would need more monitoring once she was here and she would require to be assessed straight after delivery. After 2 hours or so, I had the most intense feeling to push. It was like the ultimate biggest poo/melon was right by my butt! The midwife said, just go with it. I assumed I was fully dilated at this point so I pushed and pushed on every contraction. I was getting so tired and remember having the driest mouth so I had frequent lip balm and sips of water throughout. I also had an IV drip of fluid to help with mouthfuls of honey for energy. The midwife popped out and returned with some pink knitted baby hats. This must be it, I am so close. Every time I pushed she went back in and I was so exhausted. The midwife stated that if I didn’t deliver the head soon, I would require further assistance from a doctor. I really didn’t want any interventions and so that next contraction I pushed so hard and they could see the head! My husband looked and started to cry. The next contraction was the hardest push I had done and felt like I was going to burst! I felt a pop and the head was out. I could see and the midwife encouraged me to feel the head so I did and it was absolutely incredible. My pushing needed to slow down and I had to gently breathe the rest of the baby and within a few more pushes, she was delivered and placed on me.

That feeling of love is unbelievable and overwhelming . I had finally met my beautiful daughter and she was perfect.

My hubby had to jump in and cut the cord before she could be assessed, although it took a while as he is left handed with blunt scissors!!

There she was. No words can honestly describe this moment and every mother says the same thing, but you don’t understand unless you have experienced it personally.

Weighing in at 7lb 8oz at 2:59am.

After she was assessed and everything was ok with those loud baby cries, I delivered my placenta with a little help of the injection in my thigh and was back on the gas and air just when you think it’s over! I additionally had a second degree tear so had 6-8 stitches and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief! My first birth experience was over. I was emotional, ecstatically happy, fuelled with adrenaline and felt like I had been hit by a bus between my legs. 

From start to finish it took just four hours and I only had gas and air as pain relief shocking myself that I could actually do it! How do your stories compare? I feel that I was very lucky compared to many women but certainly am in no hurry to do it again just yet! 

Pre and post birth products. No bullshit just good honest reviews!

With so many products floating about on the market for absolutely everything especially during pregnancy and after, it’s easy to believe anything and end up buying stuff that isn’t that great. I have had some very positive experiences with certain products whilst I was carrrying my daughter and after she was born and I would love to share my experiences with you! I have picked 8 amazing products and written a short review that I feel definitely made a huge difference and are worth the purchase!

1) Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream

There are no alternatives to good effective nip cream in my opinion. I have used this since my little one was born applying twice a day morning and night as a barrier and I have never had sore or cracked nipples. I understand that poor technique can cause this too and was de latching my little one in the beginning of breastfeeding felt painful but I do feel this has made a huge difference. It is thick and almost like a petroleum jelly type greasiness to it that does soak in. It has no scent and is 100% natural with no need to removed before feeding. Perfect! I highly recommend this wonderful Nipple saving cream!

2) Burts Bees Hand Cream (mum to bee)

I really felt the baby glow after having my baby. What I mean is after she was born, my skin went from plump and pretty much flawless to shit within days. I have never suffered with dry skin but my god it was seriously dry. From my hands (big time) to my arms, legs, you name it it was flaking! I got brought a Burts Bees Mama to bee gift set for my baby shower and all the products are good. But I especially liked the Honey and grape seed hand cream. It wasn’t like any other hand cream I have used. For starters it is really thick and slightly oily. I would only recommend using this if your hands are really dry as it works hard to remove the dry patches. It is a wonderful product that I would purchase again but there is so much in the squeezy tube, I think it will last such a long time. It doesn’t have much of a scent, because it is natural but a slight honey smell to it.

3) Femfresh Intimate Wash

Any woman that has had a baby knows how important it is to stay clean and fresh especially downstairs! I had a normal delivery with some stitches and along with the dreaded Lochia (see my past blog post) I really wanted something to help keep me clean and fresh along with it being gynecologically tested to be ok to use there. The daily intimate wash is ideal being pH balanced, soap free and helped me feel so much better downstairs! There is no obvious scent to it. A must buy post birth or for anytime in my opinion. I love it!

4) Batiste Dry Shampoo

The king of dry shampoos! I have been using Batiste dry shampoo for years and have no preference to any of the wonderful scents/types as in my opinion they all work and give you a few days of unwashed hair! Especially once your beautiful baby is here and you simply do not have time to give your hair a full wash as often (well I don’t!) and this gives you at least a days grace. It’s also fab for adding volume to limp hair like mine tends to be! If you haven’t tried this, go for it! You will be hooked!

5) Aveeno daily after shower mist

I haven’t really used many of the Aveeno products but purchased many of them when they were on offer! 🙈 I am so glad I brought this one in particular, the daily After shower moisturising mist. I am one of those unfortunate women that really suffer with scaly dry legs in particular especially the shins. Quite unsightly. I have tried many different moisterisers but this actually works and my dry shins have gone! It really is a fabulous product that is both easy to apply, dries in really quick so no need to wait about before getting dressed, leaves no residue and no greasiness. A subtle fresh scent to it but most importantly if you have dry skin this works! 

6) Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

I am no stranger to Liz Earle and have been buying the Hot cloth cleanser for a few years now. I suffered with pretty bad adult acne and tried many cleansers on the market, some of which were very strong and had adverse effects. Liz Earle product are natural, smell incredible and removes the toughest of make up including waterproof mascara. I simply apply over a full made up face, rub in circular motions over the entire face including eyelids and neck and wash off with the muslin cloth in warm water and that’s it. It doesn’t make my skin feel dry, it leaves it feeling clean without that nasty stripped off feeling and my skin honestly has been so much better, probably because the make up has been properly removed. The smell is beautiful and I simply love it.

7) Secret Saviours Stretch Mark Cream

I was kindly sent a bottle of the secret saviours anti stretch mark night cream to try. I was around 6 months pregnant when I began using this at night time and had fabulous results. It wasn’t the only stretch mark preventer I used (see my next review) but I feel it definitely made a difference. It soaked in beautifully without any greasy residue, smelt incredible and came in a handy easy pump bottle. I would loved to have tried some of the other secret saviours products, but I fortunately had incredible results none the less and didn’t get a single stretch mark!

8) Bio Oil

I was recommended this product from my family that also gained no stretch marks during pregnancy. I understand genetics does play a part however I religiously used this product from 12 weeks pregnant through to birth and did not get a single stretch mark. Not one. I never really got that itchy stomach during pregnancy, my skin felt hydrated and it worked. I would just say you need to give it that little bit of time to thoroughly soak in as it is an oil based product but trust me it was worth the wait. Bio oil Recommends this product during pregnancy and from 12 weeks. It honestly is well worth it in my opinion with stretch mark free tummy, boobs and thighs! Woohoo!