Christmas, Life of a Mum

Christmas gift guide

I think it’s a time of year where we all struggle to know what to buy our kids! What do they actually need or want; after all we don’t need more stuff in the house.

I love to use the saying; ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ So this may be a shorter a list/blog then you are used to seeing when it comes to Christmas lists.

Something they want- Tonies. Dorothea loves her Tonie box, she’s had it for a couple of years now, but never bored of it. It’s plays songs and stories, depending on which Tonie characters you get. You can even buy a Personal Tonie that friends and family can record stories and messages on. Tonies

The actual box is super sturdy (ours was dropped down stairs and survived) and simple and easy for little hands and minds to use. The box sits on the charger/stand, but had a good life off of charge so can be taken on journeys too. <a href="http://<a href="https://tidd.ly/313FE2g&quot; target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Tonies (aff link)

Frugi

All items from Frugi

We love Frugi- and they can tick boxes for wear ✅ and need ✅ hoorah!!!! we love their water bottles for school or trips Water bottle (aff link) and their rucksakes are awesome quality too. We have this stunning festive dress- Dot loves it because it’s tailor, who wouldn’t, and the bow is removable too. Frugi Christmas dress (aff link) Both items I’ve linked too are also in the sale!!!!

Something to read this has got to be one of our favourite Christmas books, reminds me of being little and I think every child should have one The jolly Christmas Postman

A few other bits: I appreciate the above may not be to your taste or what your child wants, here are a few other ideas we’ve bought Dorothea

Hape- scales
Phonics dominoes

I hope this short; but perfectly formed gift list helps, remembers Christmas isn’t about ‘things’ it’s about making memories. Drop me a comment if you’ve enjoyed this and/or purchased any of my recommendations

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Plastic Free Periods

In the past few years my approach to periods has really changed; it started gradually, but now I’m totally plastic free, with a range of products that I love and get me through that time of the month.



I have a short cycle, 19 days, so have more periods than most, its sucks a bit. So that’s 19 periods a year, bleeding 5 days a time- 95days bleeding per year (eeeek!) In ‘old money’ that would be 380 pads or tampons per year!!!!! Not only is that lots of ££££ (which could be better spent on new shoes) but alllllll the waste: plastic wrappers, pads, tampons, boxes.

So I thought I’d introduce you to my ways; I use a range of different products, so hopefully something to suit everyone, or at least something you may be willing to give a try.

Period Cup I’ve tried a few different cups, all have a very similar design; a simple silicone cup, with a ‘wick’ at the bottom to aid removal, and a flexible silicone ring at the top. The favourite cup I’ve used, and I’m sticking with is the CUP IT kit from Secret Whispers. This kit is great becomes it comes with two cups; a smaller blue one and a larger pink one- so you have the option to try both, instead of wasting your money on the wrong size. Most cup brands offer a couple of cup sizes- one for younger women and/or those that have not had a vaginal birth, and a second for (you guessed it) older women and/or those that have had a vaginal birth, but this is obviously just a guide, and you may find you need the other side.

Cups are simple enough to use, but take a little practice: but by the end of my second period I had no leaks. Whilst experimenting with cups I’d advise to also ‘double up’ with a pair of period pants or a reusable pad (see below). You only need one cup, take out; empty (rinse/wipe), and reinsert. The cup it kit comes with a small material bag to keep your cup in your bag whilst expecting your period.

My tips for cups are:

  1. Fold the cup ring in half, squish between your thumb and index finger of your dominant hand an insert- try and push a tiny bit further up.
  2. You may need to ‘trim the wick’ for comfort
  3. When removing, squeeze the base of the cup (so there’s no vacuum) before gently pulling the wick
  4. Try both sizes to see what suits best
  5. Stick with it for 2/3 periods before you decide whether its for you.
  6. if you don’t get on with one brand, try another
  7. Enjoy the £££ you save

Shop at secret whispers use ‘ivfninja-10’ for discount

Period Pants I held off trying period pants for ages, as I just didn’t get how they could be effective. I always preferred tampons to pads, so a cup felt more my ‘normal’. Then Wuka (Wake Up Kick Ass) sent me some pants to try ~(AD-pr product)- and WOW!!

There are lots of different brands available, but I’ve only tried WUKA and couldn’t pick fault with them, so haven’t tried others. They have a range of different pants from thong, to high leg bikini, to shorts, and they come in different absorbencies too; their super heavy can hold 60 mls of blood!

They are super comfy, absorb the blood away from your body, so you don’t feel sticky and stinky, and they’re really discreet too. on a ‘normal’ flow day I wear one pair all day and then change for the night- yes, they’re that good, they keep me sorted for a 12.5 hr shift on my feet. Shop at Wuka

My tips for period pants:

  1. Wear when expecting your period to avoid any ‘oh no moments’
  2. Buy a range of fits and absorbencies to suit your flow
  3. great for post partum
  4. use with a cup whilst getting used to it
  5. Try with your daughters as easier/less daunting then a cup



Reusable/washable pads Probably the easiest of swaps, as you literally swap disposables for these much prettier and eco friendly version.

I was really apprehensive again, but after being gifted some Bloom and Nora pads I love them. Great for extra reassurance when wearing a cup (or tampon) or on their own.

They come in a range of shapes and sizes for everyday of your cycle-and they wash easily and retain their colour. Bloom and Nora do a great wet/dry bag as well, so you can store used pads with no mess or smell.

Shop at Bloom & Nora

Let me know what you think?