How on Earth are you? It has been a while. I know the news hasn’t brought much joy recently but I hope you’re all doing well.
As you probably know, I have been off on maternity leave, so I suppose a little introduction is required if you don’t follow me on social media:
This is my baby girl Beatrice…she was born on her due date, 10th July, weighing in at 8lb 15oz.
She never lost any birth weight and her cheeks just keep getting chubbier… lovely! I am also absolutely loving buying all the cute clothes for her… I have to reign myself in a lot of the time.
The first few weeks were tough but things have been pretty good since then. She is now teething, though, so that’s presenting some challenges for sure!
I know lots of you asked on social how Monty dog was finding life now and I’m happy to say he’s been pretty good. He’s had to get used to a bit less attention that he got when he was an only child but so far he’s been very gentle with Bea and wants to know where she is all the time. Also Bea absolutely loves him and her face lights up when we come down to see him in the morning or when he is playing with us in the living room…it makes me very happy to see it.
I promise he’s happier than he looks in the photo… he was half asleep!
Anyway, what with staying at home since March to keep us both safe whilst I was pregnant, it’s been around 8 months since I last entered QVC towers, so I am really pleased to say I will be returning in just 2 weeks’ time! My first shows back will be on Wednesday 18th November so I hope you can join me then. I am so excited to be back on your screens… I’ve missed you all!
Now, onto a few things I’ve been using and loving recently. Imagine this time last year if you told me I’d be recommending a hand sanitiser on the blog! Anyway, that’s what I’m doing. I’ve obviously had a lot of appointments over the past few months and, more recently, have been going to a few safe baby classes (Bea’s absolute favourite is swimming… she adores it) and so I’ve tested a fair few sanitisers out and I’m not surprised that the lovely folk at SBC have risen to the top of the pile. I really like this Lemon Myrtle & Thyme Hand Cleansing Gel, firstly because it smells divine, but also because it doesn’t make my hands flaky. I have very dry hands and most of these gels make my hands so sore with lots of use, but this one doesn’t do that because of the macadamia oil and glycerin that SBC have included in the ingredients. Very handy to have a duo with a bigger one for home and a smaller one to take out and about and top up too.
Another thing that I have tried many versions of is face coverings. They are certainly going to be part of our “normal” for a while to come, so I think it is important to find some that are comfortable and that you don’t dread wearing. We’ve got a set of 5 from Smug that come in a storage bag, which I think is a great idea because let’s face it, a mask that’s been floating around the bottom of your handbag or glove box isn’t exactly hygienic.
These feel lovely and silky against your skin and can be adjusted for a snug fit around the ears and that means they stay put so you don’t keep having to mess around with them.
Lastly, something that’s been really great for me recently is this Pill-o-Pad. I have always Facetimed my Mum pretty much every day and now she wants to talk even more… not to me, but to her granddaughter! In a household with a baby and a big dog, lots of iPad cases with built-in stands just aren’t steady enough so this is great because it is very stable but super lightweight. The design is really clever, so there are 3 different angles without any adjustment and even a pocket for your phone on the side.
Great for Facetiming anywhere but also perfect for watching catch-up TV in bed because it is so light. It has helped me get through the night feeds in the rocking chair watching trashy telly too!! Sorry to mention Christmas again (not really, I love Christmas!) But I do think this is a great gift for those hard-to-buy-for types. I have found it even more useful than I originally thought.
So, that’s it from me for now. I’m finishing writing this while Bea is asleep in her cot next to the bed and I must get some shut eye too. I am so excited to be back on screen on the 18th and look forward to lots of fun shows leading up to Christmas.