A Lush Haul

I often wonder if my Lush addiction will ever die down; it's been going quite a good few years now and shows no signs of stopping, whenever I pass a store I pretty much have to go in and treat myself to a few new bits. It's mostly bubble bars and bath bombs that I head for, but Lush also have some seriously good skincare, hair and shower ranges too.

I used to be aaaaaall about the fresh face masks, but when I found myself having to waste a little as they don't tend to last very long at all, I stopped buying them for a while. I've bought myself a couple ones I haven't tried before recently and I either slap a whole load on in one go, or make sure I use it a couple times a week. The latest buy is Oatifix (£6.95) which I bought to try and help out my current dry, flaky skin issues. It smells so delicious, I could honestly eat it. I also picked up Dirty (£5.75) shaving cream for Kane, the boy who cares so little about caring for his skin that he's recently been using shower gel to shave with. It has some great hydrating ingredients in there, so it's like secretly making him use skincare at the same time, sssshhhh.

I ran out of The Comforter Shower Cream recently and usually I head straight for what I know in the Lush shower deparment, but I thought I'd mix it up a bit (oh, the excitement of life). I noticed Prince Charming was back in from their Valentines range but then I spotted Yummy Mummy (£9.75) which I thought was obviously so appropriate for me (I kid, I kid). It a bit more of a subtler scent than the sweetness overload that I usually go for, but it's really lovely. I used it yesterday and my skin felt so soft afterwards, which is perfect considering I can never find the time to moisturise properly anymore!

And of course, I couldn't leave without a couple bubble bars. It's a given that The Comforter (£4.95) always heads straight into my basket, it's definitely my most used Lush product. I also got the Sunnyside (£4.95) bubble bar which has a really nice zesty citrus scent, and of course I love the glitter, even though it literally gets everywhere. 

Have you done any Lush shopping recently?

A New Bedroom Addition

Yep, my bedroom, once my sanctuary and retreat from all things stressful, has been well and truly taken over. Ada's extremely generous Uncle and Auntie offered to buy her a cot when I first found out I was pregnant, and considering one of them works at Marks & Spencer, that seemed the obvious place to shop. We decided on the Hastings Cot Bed (£349.00) and the Natural Mattress (£149.00) both of which arrived last week.

I was surprised at the size at first, but it makes sense as it converts from a cot to a bed so will take A right into her toddler years. It seems like a really well made, solid piece of furniture, with good details such as teething rails along the edges for when your baby starts trying to bite everything in sight! It comes with a handy pull out drawer on wheels underneath too which I love, so far Ada's room has a serious lack of storage space so it'll come in handy. I'm really impressed by the mattress too; it is incredibly good quality and feels really firm, so I know it'll last for years to come. It was delivered, assembled by two men in the room and all the packaging was taken away too, so a great service comes with the price.

I was a little nervous that Ada wouldn't settle going into a cot so early after being used to a cosy moses basket, but she seems to love it. Somehow, despite only being 5'2 myself, I managed to produce a much taller than average baby so most mornings I'd find A at the top of her moses basket with a bit of a crooked neck, and I'd always hear her during the nights flailing her arms about in the night, hitting the sides and waking herself up! She's been in a few nights now and slept at least seven hours straight each night, whereas she used to wake up after about 4-5. I always wake up and see her lying like a starfish, so I think she's loving the extra room.

Because it is such a big cot and Ada is a real wriggler, I'm a little nervous of her getting under her covers, so she's been wearing the Pure Cotton Floral 2.1 Tog Sleeping Bag (£18.00) which I really love. It feels like really good quality again, and it's nice and thick so keeps her warm during the cooler months. I went to John Lewis for the sheets and picked up a couple sets, including the Spotted and Floral Printed Fitted Sheet Pack Of 2. The prints are just so pretty, they feel lovely and soft. The mobile was a Christmas gift, and is the Millie & Boris Musical Cot Mobile from Mamas & Papas. When wound up the stars spin and play twinkle twinkle little star, and it absolutely fascinates Ada! I've actually woken up a couple days ago to find her awake and contently staring at her mobile, trying to reach out for it. Anything that gives me a little longer asleep is a winner in my eyes!

What do you think of my buys? 

A Lazy Valentines Morning

I've never been one for going out on Valentines day (busy restaurants and competing for the most over the top gesture, no thank you!) and now with a baby in tow, it's even less likely to happen. I'm more than happy on the day to laze around the house; eating too many chocolates, perhaps with a little bunch of flowers, watching films cosied up on the sofa. So I was thrilled when Debenhams got in touch asking if they could help me celebrate the day with my loved ones. 

Pyjamas are possibly my favourite thing to buy and receive, so a new slinky dressing gown is perfect to start the day. Typically you'd think of underwear for Valentines day, but as I'm breastfeeding, the pretty sets I'd love to buy are really out of the question! This Butterfly Print Kimono Gown from Ted Baker is such a pretty alternative, I'll definitely be wearing that whilst cuddling up to Kane and Ada in the morning. I don't need any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast, but it's definitely allowed on Valentines Day, and I know we'll be tucking into these delicious Ferrero Rocher!

When it's finally time to go downstairs, Debenhams have got us sorted on the cooking front too. I'm a generally terrible cook (trying to improve!) so I leave most of it to Kane. I'll probably request some pancakes this year, which we'll tuck into at the table staring at these gorgeous dozen red roses from Debenhams Flowers. Debenhams have well and truly sorted me out this year! They're a perfect place to shop for your gifts if you're looking to spoil someone, you can see their entire range here

How will you be spending Valentines Day this year?

Catherine // 25 // Manchester



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