I’ve had some time out blogging recently due to taking in pregnancy and finishing work.
Now that I’m on maternity leave, I seem to have a new surge of positive energy and I am making the most of it!
I have quite a few things to talk about and wanted to kick start my first blog post of 2018 (bad I know seems as it’s already February!) with a little reflection post.
I had lots of really beautiful memories from last year and one reminded me that I hadn’t shared them all over here. In Summertime 2017, I exhibited two limited edition screen prints in my first ever gallery showcase at New Ashgate Gallery, part of Making Space’s 10 years of craft showcase. It was a beautiful little showcase and one that I am super proud of.
Here are a few snaps I took!
There are a couple of screen prints left in each design so if you are interested, do pop me over an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a little while since I’ve gotten back into my blogging zone and much of that is linked to this very blog post. So, in case you don’t already know, I am expecting!
Pregnancy so far has been both very exciting but also very new and unknown. From the excitement of finding out, the nausea and sickness at week 7 through to our first scan and hearing our babies heart beat, everything is very surreal and pretty amazing.
Now, at 20 weeks, I thought I could you give anyone who is interested, a little run down of a few things that really helped the baby and I get through our first trimester!
Much like my wedding diaries last year, I totally get that this isn’t going to be of interest to everyone so will be mixing up my posts with my usual Kroma inspiration and design posts for those who prefer them.
So, I thought I’d kick things off with some skin and body products that have really helped through the first few weeks of pregnancy, all of which I’m still using now.
- Pregnancy Vitamins. – Something that your GP and midwife will advise you to take on a daily basis from the very beginning, these have been helping both us of get the best start possible. I was given a packet of Pregnacare vitamins along with my notes at my first NHS antenatal appointment and, although they are the recommended brand, they are a little on the pricey side. If you’re needing to find a cheaper alternative, most supermarket and drug stores will offer their own brand of pregnancy vitamins and you can double check on the back that they are still giving you the right dosage of particular important vitamins including folic acid!
- Body Oil – Not just for those stretch marks that may begin creeping in as your body makes room for your growing babe, body oil is also great for just moisturising dry skin in pregnancy. I haven’t been a fan of most pregnancy belly creams and balms because of their cocoa butter scent (it’s too sweet and sickly for me!) So, an alternative that I’ve been using and absolutely loving (onto my second bottle already!) is the SUKIN BioNatural skin oil. The sukin brand is an all natural, vegan brand which I love and this particular oil smells great and leaves skin super smooth and soft with no grease. The oil includes some pretty great ingredients too such as Rose Hip Oil (which I also use on it’s own on any potential stretch mark prone areas), Carrot seed oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin F, Avacado Oil, Lavender Oil, Vanilla Extract.
- Primrose Oil– Although not a necessity, I have always taken primrose oil everyday since my late teens, to help with hormone levels, skin and hair growth and have continued to do so in my pregnancy to keep everything well balanced.
- Lavender Oil – Although many say to avoid lavender oil in pregnancy, I have been adding a couple of drops to my bath and on my pillow to allow me a good night’s sleep and get through the first month of fatigue. The lavender scent also helped really well with morning sickness (which was actually all day long nausea from week 7 – 10)
Next up are a few clothing and accessories that have really helped me from week 7 on wards.
- Maternity Leggings – Although I didn’t gain a huge amount of weight in my first trimester, it was pretty amazing how quickly my usual favourite high waist jeans became particularly uncomfortable on my waist and belly. For just £9.00 per pair, my sister-in-law recommended these black cotton maternity leggings from Peacocks with over the bump support and they have been great! – I was able to wear hers for a few weeks to try them out (would definitely recommend this if you can) then proceeded to purchase 3 pairs for myself. I would also recommend sizing up, giving yourself some space for your bump to grow.
- Sports / Cotton Bra– When all of the focus is on your bump, it seems to be forgotten that in fact, one of the first signs of pregnancy can be your growing boobs and boy do they grow! On top of you no longer fitting into your pretty lace bras, your boobs can also become pretty sensitive and will need some decent support. That’s where I found that any non-wired, soft cotton bras or sports bras helped out a great deal. I also wore these to bed for the first few weeks for extra support.
- Nausea and Sickness Wristbands– Something that another sister-in law recommended to me for my nausea, these acupressure wristbands seemed to help a great deal for keeping sickness at bay and are really cheap so worth giving a try, even if you’re not convinced in the beginning. These little things came everywhere with me from work to wedding receptions.
- Water Bottle – So it might seem obvious that, when pregnant, the best liquid you could drink to stay hydrated would be water and that’s great because I love the stuff. However, in my first trimester, I hated it and really struggled unless it was ice ice cold! That’s when an insulated water bottle came in handy, keeping my water cool on all outings and allowing me to get the right amount of fluids. I’d also recommend a re-usable straw!
- Back pack – This might sound strange, but a back pack has been really helping me with any pregnancy back pain by evening out any weight I need to carry with me when out and about. This burgundy velvet back pack by Glamorous is both a great size and sleek design.
Finally, I thought I’d go through a few food and drink essentials that helped with my nausea and things that I just craved eating in the first few weeks.
- Elderflower – Recommended by my mum, whenever I would struggle with getting water down, I would have an elderflower with soda water, ice and mint. The soda helped with settling the nausea and the elderflower and mint added a nice fresh flavour.
- Lemon and Ginger – Liquid or food form, both of these were great in the first several weeks of pregnancy. Ginger biscuits, lemon and ginger tea, lemon sweets, and even just the smell of lemon scented cleaning products really helped!
- Apples – A fruit I am still loving now, I craved the dark red delicious apples but they had to be nice and cold! Raw, cold carrots also helped and are something I still love snacking on now!
- Snacks – You may hear your midwife speak the words “little and often” quite a bit when it comes to your diet in your first trimester. This is when snacks come in. Things that got me through the day included plain crackers, wholemeal toast, salted or cheese crisps and cocoa and orange nake’d bars (which made me feel better knowing that I was getting a bit of goodness)
I think that’s it for now! – I’d love to hear what your first trimester essentials were/ have been and hope that this helps anyone who is struggling. Just know, we are all learning as we go, just do what’s right for you.
It was our one year wedding anniversary last week (where has this year gone!?) so we travelled across the water for a little getaway to the Isle of Wight.
We wanted our stay to be memorable, so we decided to hunt down some unique accommodation and unique is what we found! After staying in an airstream caravan on top of a hotel in bristol for valentines, we simply fell in love with the airstream life and wanted to find more places that offered a vintage inspired travel experience in one of these beautiful pieces of history.
After searching through Instagram, I came across Vintage Vacations! – Set amongst the countryside on a farm in ryde, vintage vacations offers a whole campsite of vintage caravans dating back to the 1940’s!
We stayed in the eldest caravan on site, the 1946 Spartan Manor and it was an absolute beauty. Keeping original features and decor with an update of amenities meant that we could live on board for the week, cook, shower, stay warm in the most authentic of ways possible.
Having stayed just after the summer holidays meant that we actually had the whole campsite to ourselves! It was pure bliss with days of reading, chilling, napping (a pregnant woman has to nap!) and lots of little trips out around the island.
Helen and her partner have done an incredible job and we would thoroughly recommend this unique experience to all!
We also took a trip to Ventnor botanical gardens, which was a dream! You may now know that we love our botanical garden trips, and ventnor lived up to my hopes.
So, here’s a few photos of our stay!
I thought I’d try out another new series over here for you guys all about inspiring places that I’d love to visit. It could be a shop, cafe, Gallery, island…..anything that I’m currently dreaming about. So, to begin, I thought I’d start with a biggie! ….Salvation Mountain!
Now, I could just round this up and list the many different places in Palm Springs and California that I am so in love with, but I think they deserve their own little write up.
I’ve always been drawn to Salvation Mountain through photography and I think it’s mainly the mix of beautiful calming colours in a desert location as well as the wonderful message it portrays. I always feel a sense of tranquillity, completion and literal salvation whenever I see the beautiful piece of artwork by Leonard Knight, who created his masterpiece over three decades as his tribute to God and it must be 1000 times better in person.
So, yes, Salvation Mountain in my first #wednesdaywander
Photo by Kaya Danae who wrote about her visit to Salvation Mountain here
Morning Gals! Spring is here and it’s officially my favourite time of year.
Today I bring some simple styling ideas to you for new season spring wearing. Think “throw on” pieces with easy shapes, light layers and softer colours. Plus, everything chosen is from TKMAXX so you can shop in one place! All details below…
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It all started with an excited comment on Kat William’s instagram page when she was holidaying in a beautiful tropical paradise last year.
I’d recently come back from my honeymoon and had major wedding blues. So, seeing those tropical photographs just threw me straight back to our big day again.
Thankfully, great timing meant that Kat saw my comment and checked out my account in response. Having already posted a few of our professional couple shots from our big day on there, Kat commented on a few of my pics and asked me to submit to her beaut of a wedding mag.
If you haven’t come across Rock n Roll bride before, which I doubt, then let me explain…
Rock n roll bride is a wedding magazine and online blog filled with inspiration for current alternative brides to be and includes a whole bunch of creative inspo from real weddings through to suppliers, DIY’S and ideas towards your big day.
The main difference this mag has above the rest on the high street is its celebration of unique wedding design for those who truly want to be themselves and have fun with their day.
Rock n roll doesn’t just mean crazy cool rock chick! It’s for anyone who dares to be different and that’s why I love it!
So, a few months have now passed since that initial invitation to submit and I can proudly say that our tropical DIY wedding now sits proudly in Issue 13 which is out in stores and online NOW!
A massive thank you to Kat and her team for featuring us and for anyone who is pondering whether to submit to a magazine, read the submission details and GO FOR IT!!
While I’m here, I just want to thank all our wonderful suppliers again from our big day….
Ami Lowman of Lo & Behold– Who did all our Wedding Styling & Styling Photography!
Oana Damir – Who photographed our big day!
Karen at Vinnies Vintage Vehicles– Who drove us round in her powder blue beetle.
Carl at Carl Christian Cakes– Who made us the most beautiful 3 tier marble cake ever!
Soraya and her team at Ultraviolet- Who bought my wild protea bouquet to life!
Sarah at Rosies Vineyard– Who did all our catering and reception details!