Ordering flowers online can be a daunting process. Having never done it before I wanted to give it a try but I didn’t know exactly where to start, There are plenty of mail order florist at the moment and choosing your first one, much like ordering the flowers in the first place, can be a scary idea.

More so if you cannot make up your mind, like me.

Appleyard Flowers is a London based luxury flower delivery company. They offer a wide range of beautiful bouquets at various prices. They made ordering and choosing which flowers to buy easier than I expected, I wanted something simple and clean but that smelt amazing.

The bouquet that I picked is called Purity, a beautiful collection of ammi, avalanche roses, bouvardia and white antirrhinum. I can honestly say that walking into my living room with these flowers sitting on the table has made the morning a lot brighter and better scented. Along with the basic bouquets that you can buy one off, Appleyard offers a wonderful subscription service that can be posted directly through your letter box. Which frankly sounds like a delightful thing if you love getting flowers every month. All completely different and equally stunning.

Appleyard offers a free next day delivery service if you place an order before 7pm, my beautiful bouquet arrived neatly packaged in a box. The flowers themselves with their stems inside a plastic packaging along with a sachet of flower feed to place into their water.

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The only major issue I had with the delivery was that it arrived very late in the day and may have been stuck on the back of the post lorry for longer than it should be so my flowers didn’t last as long as I hoped they would but I wouldn’t blame Appleyard for that and more of the delivery boy or dropped them off. But other than that slight issue they are a beautiful bunch of flowers that brightened my day when I opened up my living room and while they lasted smelt so amazing.

If you are after some flowers of your own I highly recommend you give Appleyard a go, they offer a wide range of options for different occasions as well as a ‘flowers and gifts’ service too with chocolates or champagne. I am definitely going to give the subscription service a try next year and enjoy these beautiful flowers all year around.

 

 

 

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Sleep and my child do not mix. Since its been summer we of course have slept with about five different fans on, and naturally being a child, Robin has developed an addiction to white noise. Which is unfortunate for us because now its cooler, the fans are going off and our sleep is reducing.

In comes MyHummy and their wonderful range of white noise toys, I had thought that perhaps Robin had outgrown all those little quirks a newborn has and wouldn’t rely on the things new parents use to get a newborn to sleep. that was until then fan situation, So I decided to put these wonderful white noise toys to the test.

How does it work..

MyHummy’s main goal is to help get babies to sleep, Babies are used to sounds so when you place them into a quiet and dark cot, they clearly do not like it. Inside the adorable bear is a heart which emits the sounds that last for 60 minutes, which I learnt the hard way when, finding how it all worked, turned it on and couldn’t figure out how to switch if off again, but does also have a non stop mode for continuous white noise throughout the night.

What I found lovely is that the little humming heart had a sensor in it, for when your baby starts to stir, it hums again, which sounds so handy if your children often get disturbed sleep regularly, and with Robin, shes often up and down throughout the night because if silly things. Along with five different sounds to use.

What I think..

Honestly I love it, the bear has been welcomed into Robins bed with her other bedtime friends, and while we don’t turn it on for her as she falls asleep, it will be switched on if she wakes herself up during the night. It truly is something that I wish we had brought when she was a newborn as out of all my children, shes been the worst one with sleeping, we have used all sorts of remedies to help her sleep better, one of which has been white noise videos on YouTube but placing my phone in her cot every night wasn’t a good idea in the long run, phones can overheat if covered with blankets and you cant really stop the obnoxious glow by locking the screen.

Along with the beautiful bear, we received a lovely and soft blanket, which I cannot wait to get her under when the weather gets colder.

A Good Nights Sleep..

Since using our MyHummy, who is in fact called Fleur and switching off the fans, she has slept a lot better than expected. She has of course continued to wake up during the night but, settling back down again is no longer such of an issue. Often she would sit up and scream at us at 1am because she just didn’t want to sleep, but with the combination of Fleur and her regular night time routine, shes settled back down again quickly. Also whats funny is that I myself have been benefiting from our friendly white noise bear. I often use rainstorms to settle myself when I am finding it difficult to sleep but thanks to Fleur, I have found falling asleep a lot easier.

If you are on the hunt for a beautiful white noise toy, or even give a gift to someone who is expecting then I recommend looking into MyHummy, they have a range of different styles of white noise bears and toys to choose from, I truly wish we had got this when she was smaller and I know that when we get around to having another baby in future, I will definitely purchase another.

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Have you ever tried anything from the MyHummy range?

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Disclaimer - Myhummy was kindly gifted to us, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Life has a funny way of completely screwing with you, at the minute its summer holidays, I am parenting on my own while my husband is away, and I am exhausted.

I had such a good start with the month of August. I felt productive and excited for my month ahead, but what I didn’t expect was my mental health to take a little bit of a downward spiral. Things suddenly turned good back in June, something changed and I didn’t feel anxious daily, the panic attacks died down and I started to feel positive. But then, summer holidays happened, and mainly August has been a hard month with Mr S being away for most of it. I felt like we weren’t spending any time together, and it really took a toll on me coping and being mentally healthy.

So I decided to sit down and write some tips to deal with the issues that come hand in hand with anxiety and dare I say it, depression, as the doctor who saw me about my anxiety also suspected I had some underline depression with it.

Take Time Out – 

I usually do a lot in the evenings, I game on my Xbox or even write on my phone but this past week I haven’t done anything. I have sat down on my sofa and enjoyed the silence of the children being asleep and the gentle jingle of my wind chimes. How often do you sit down and enjoy the simple experience of silence.

Clean Around the Home –

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, people on Instagram have been going cleaning crazy all thanks to one woman and her grey home Mrs Hinch shares all her cleaning tips and like everyone else, I have followed suit and scrubbed what I can. It really has helped me clear my head a bit and dare I say it, I now enjoy cleaning my home.

Getting Creative – 

Finding the time to be creative can be a tricky one but I always feel that taking the time to get my camera out for just photography rather than blog photos really helps my mental health. Even something simple like editing photos or creating something on Photoshop can do wonders for me.

Watching Something you Love – 

This is something I do a lot, even if I have seen something a hundred times, being back with something you love can help in more ways than you think. A while back I was dealing with something that really dragged me down, and the one thing that helped was really helped, was Top Gear. As stupid as it sounds, it really helped me and even managed to put a smile back onto my face.

Go Outside –

I woke up the other morning feeling like a complete failure. I felt like my blog wasn’t working and nothing I did was good enough. So we went for a walk, I turned off my 4G and stepped outside for a little walk around the block. It felt amazing just to clear my head and just enjoy my children’s company. We explored the woods, ate blackberries and picked up some pinecones. We came home and I felt so much better.

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A new day always dawns and its so important to remember that its completely okay to feel not okay, take time to deal with things.

What things do you do to help when things just simply get to much?

 

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Plan and Prepare.

Going back to school after the long six weeks off can be a scary thing, but if you prepare and plan ahead it can be a easy transition. On top of simply sorting out the school uniforms,  and the all important school shoes, preparing your children for the return is important too, so here are my top tips for preparing your children for going back to school.

Keeping that Routine 

Often we forget that when they are off school, they get settled with staying up a little bit later, or even waking up later than usual, The one thing I have found that’s really helped my children, is to simply keep their school term routine in place, Bed times the same time and bath times on the same days. It really helps them jump back into the new term.

New Term, New Year, New Picture 

I do this every year since my children went to preschool, get them lined up in their uniforms all clean, pretty and ready for the day, take some photos of them starting their new year or even new school, its always wonderful to look back at them growing throughout the year. I also find it wonderful to snap some photos at the end of their year to compare how they look. I expect to see plenty of front door shots of excited children on my Facebook this year.

Keep money aside 

We all know the school is after the pounds as soon as the children go back, so stock up on them in an old jam jar, perfect for dipping into throughout the year whenever there is a non uniform day. I wish I had done this last year as its such a good idea for when they remind you that its non uniform and you have to dig through the home to find any change.

Prepare for All Weather

My children go back to school at the very start of September, and sometimes it isn’t always warm and sunny. So its always best to make sure that they return to school with a rain coat and some warm shoes. Mid September is when autumn officially starts and because of living in England, the weather isn’t exactly the best. Even if they don’t wear it, its always better to be prepared for a rainstorm than not.

Trial run the School Run

This one I always find handy, a week before back to school, start preparing the children to get up and get ready early, you don’t need to go anywhere but it allows you to get them used to early starts and rushing about. Leaving their next day clothes out for them so they can get themselves ready, get yourself ready and time everything to when you aim to leave the house, I found this one best for me when I had Robin as it got us all used to getting everyone sorted, Baby and all.

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Do you have any hand tips and tricks for getting them back into the mindset of back to school?

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Who doesn’t like a good bag? How about a bag that’s not only good for the environment but can help you up your selfie game? This is where the Cotton Bag Co’s wonderful Selfie Bag comes into play.

The Cotton Bag Co is an amazing company that specialize in cotton eco friendly reusable bags. Which is wonderful in at the minute, what with everyone trying to reduce their single plastic uses and protecting our beautiful seas, and I guess what better way to help the environment than use our Selfie Bags, plus they are British made and we all know how important it is to support our local companies and help prevent more pollution.

Their one main rule is ‘No More Plastic!’ and I 100% agree with them.

NO MORE PLASTIC!

The bag itself is made with 100% cotton and comes in two different designs; a beautiful black bag with golden swirls, stars and hearts, and a more natural tan with pretty leaves, which I feel would be perfect for those autumn selfies coming up. The bag feels sturdy and strong, and I was surprised to find that it was bigger than I expected too, its perfect for every day use and because its made of fabric you can fold it up and store it away safely.

The bag has one large compartment which you can pop your phone and any other valuables, a little pocket to place a mini tripod or selfie stick and a reflective sheet to help create more light for better selfies, and as I said was big enough that I could use it during a shop and not have to get any plastic bags.

First Impressions..

Once I got my hands on the bag, after a fun journey to find our nearest package drop off, I fell in love with it, I will be honest that I am not the biggest selfie take out there, so the idea of a bag to help selfies seemed sort of silly for me, but I love the style of the bag itself and the fact that I can use it in every day life, and has been used when we walk to our little shop for much needed snacks.

While the idea of the selfie bag sounds a little silly, I have found myself using the reflective material for other uses aside from a selfie, its helped add extra light into some photos that I have taken out and about, so its not completely lost on me, I understand the importance of light in photos and has come in handy.

Where to buy..

You can find The Selfie Bag on the Cotton Bag Co’s website here, at a pretty good price of £9.99, which I feel for a good canvas bag is a pretty decent price, where you can select what design you like and enjoy a new and pretty handy bag for shopping.

Also I recommend taking a browse around their website to see if there are any other bags that might take your fancy, after all its so important to do your best and remove plastic from our world.

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What do you think of the selfie bag?

 

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The Selfie Bag was gifted to me for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.