Current Favourites.

  
Current favourites.

If you read my post last week, Confessions Of A Sleep Deprived Mum, you will know that Teddy has recently gone back to sleeping like a new born. Having a three hour stretch from 8:30, then up every hour. (the past couple of nights have been a lot better, so I am hoping we are over the worse!)
I spent the days in a zombie-like state, struggling to find any motivation and praying for Teddy to have a decent nap so I could try & get some sleep with him. It never quite works out like that though does it?!

I soon found myself getting used to the lack of sleep and the days didn't seem so hard. I put that partly down to the fact that I would pass out at 8:30 as soon as he did, and also down to finding products, food or TV to get me through the day and help me feel a little more normal! I haven't done a wrap up on my favourite products in so long so I thought I would share with you, what I have been loving recently.

Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish

I picked this up for £2 in my local Boots at the end of July. It was reduced due to the Botanics range having a rebranding! It's the exact same product with all the same ingredients, just a less fancy packaging. My skin has been somewhat neglected since Teddy arrived and become really dry and lack-lustre. I picked this product up on a whim, mainly due to it being reduced and with its promises of boosting your complexion & removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, it sounded exactly like that I was looking for! I use this once a week in the shower, and I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. After using, my skin feels really plump and refreshed. The main exfoliator in this is pumice, which is from a volcano and used mainly on your feet. It is a natural substance and does not contain any parabens, which is great news for people with sensitive skin. The grains are really gritty and if you massage into the skin too harshly, it can make the skin quite sore. I apply a pea sized amount which is the perfect size to cover your whole face and mix with a tiny amount of warm water before very gently massaging into the skin, focusing on very dry area such as my forehead and around my nose.
 

Nivea Stress Protect 48hr Antiperspirant Deodorant;

Those of you who have had a baby will know the absolute JOY that is hot sweats, especially in the early days! The nights were the worse, but even during the day I would be hot all the time and literally living in vest tops & shorts and even then sometimes I was too bloody warm. No matter how many showers I had I still never quite felt clean or fully refreshed. This deodorant literally saved my life. It smells so good and fresh! Obviously now Teddy is three months old and the sweats have disappeared but I still use this religiously everyday. With a new baby the days of leisurely, daily showers are over so this tides me over until Aaron is home from work and I can take a quick five minute shower.

M&S American Style Triple Belgian Chocolate Giant Cookies;

These cookies are by far the greatest cookies I have ever eaten! They have gotten me through MANY a night feed. They are so soft and chewy, which is exactly what I like in a cookie. You get four in a packet which, if you ask me, just isn't enough! I can't even tell you the amount of times I've eaten all four in one sitting. I have no shame. Breastfeeding is bloody hungry work and also, knowing you have a huge delicious cookie waiting for you, during the night feeds makes them a little more enjoyable.

Netflix/Amazon Prime;

I have a new found love for streaming TV & films! Especially, yet again, during those first couple of weeks when you are too scared to leave the house! It also helped me a lot through the night feeds in the beginning, as Teddy would be feeding for HOURS. Literally. Sure, some of the films are cheesy as fuck and nothing to shout home about, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. A mind numbing, cheesy rom-com.
   

The Wonder Weeks App/Book;

This book is a must for new parents! I didn't realise that babies go through developmental leaps, where they are learning new things and discovering more about the world around them. I know exactly when Teddy is approaching a leap, without even checking the app. His behaviour changes so much; he won't be put down, cries more often and just really cranky. You can set the app so it sends you a notification when a 'stormy period' is due! The app is brilliant to check on the go and for simple bullet points for each leap, but if you want more detailed information about why they go through each leap and what they are possibly learning, then you should definitely invest in the book version! I have the e-book so can read it in the night on my phone.

Wet Brush;

This brush is one of the best inventions! After my five minute shower, I no longer have time to sit and blow dry my hair so as soon as I am dry, I literally shove it in a top knot where it stays for a few days until I have time to wash it again! As my hair is so thick and curly, this results in it drying in a knotted mess! The wet brush has literally made it so much easier for me to brush the knots out and gain some sort of control over my hair. The brush stimulates circulation at the follicle due to its unique bristles which gently massage the scalp and distributes natural oils through the hair.

Primark Nail Varnish;

90p for a bloody nail varnish!! 90p! You'd expect them to be pretty crap for that price but they are surprisingly really good! I painted my nails last week and they've only just started noticeably chipping. I obviously apply two coats and a special formulated top coat polish so that probably helps but for 90p, you really can't complain! They have a whole host of colours ranging from bright pinks to moss greens!

What have you been loving recently? Is there anything in particular that has stood out to you this month?