Tigerlilly Quinn

Friday, 27 November 2015

Black Friday Wish Lists

Being 39 weeks pregnant and being told at my last midwife appointment that I shouldn't expect to go into labour anytime soon (apparently the baby is even less engaged and she'd expect me to go at least a week over..*weeps*)

So all I've been doing over the past couple of days is internet shop. This baby better come soon or I'll be penniless! I thought I'd share some of my favourite sale picks (as it is Black Friday after all). Hope you like them!

black friday sale picks bode joules clarks cath kidston

1, Orla Angelina (all the Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes are now 50% off - I want this pair so bad!)

2, I seem to have become obsessed with PJ's lately! mainly because getting into bed at night it sometimes I look forward to all day lately. Plus I know I'm going to be in them for a few days post birth and you still want to feel nice don't you? Love these ones from Cath Kidston.

3, I'm really loving LaRedoute lately. They used to be a big part of my childhood as they were the only place my mum would order from via catalogue. I remember pouring over it and imaging what I'd buy when I was a grown up. I love this bag and it's currently 50% off.

4, I saw this dress at the Boden Christmas press day and fell in love. It comes in black too and feel so 60's and perfect for the season.  I really miss fitting into normal clothes!

5, This coat, ALL the love for this coat

black friday sale picks for children

1, Guards Kids knitted jumper (40% off selected items at Cath Kidston

2, I've wanted a BlaBla doll since I was pregnant with Wilf, I can never decide which design I love the most but this unicorn is amazing!

3, Want/Need this dress in my size, but might have to buy it in a one year old size in advance

4, I love these A Mini Penny necklaces from my friend Morganna's shop, I can't decide which one I love more this one or the giraffe, or the elephant, or..

5, Another Cath Kidston find but oh so cute

6, Another of my favourite indie shops is having a big sale, we got this Fisher Price camera for Wilf from there a couple of Christmases ago!

7, I have this little Christmas jumper for the baby! Can't wait to put her in it. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Floor inversion - Interior inspiration

When it comes to interior design in my own home, the most adventurous I've ever been with my walls is wallpaper. I even wallpapered our living room a few weeks back in some sort of crazy nesting urge, a friend came round whilst I was half way up a ladder and asked what I was thinking being that I was 7 months pregnant at the time. 

Recently a new interior trend has popped up called 'floor inversion'. The idea is that instead of limiting flooring to, well, the floor, you use it in a more unexpected place like the walls.  Whilst that idea might sound crazy (it did to me at first) after browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I've really come round to the idea!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

My pregnancy, labour and postpartum essentials

Now that I'm only a week-ish away from my due date I thought it might be fun to share some of my 'essentials' when it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Obviously this is just my opinion and what I found helped me and not a definitive list but I hope you might find it useful!pregnancy essentials
Pregnancy Essentials

1, Bravado - Body Silk seamless nursing bra - When I was pregnant with Wilf I tended to just choose the cheapest options for nursing bras and not really do much research. I figured I wouldn't need them for 'that' long. In fact I ended up breastfeeding for two and a half years so I really should have just gone for the best quality to begin with, after all you're wearing them everyday! This time round I've tried a few bras from both Medela and Bravado, I have to say I prefer the Bravado ones but of the three styles I've tried I also much prefer the Body Silk seamless nursing bra. Towards the end of my pregnancy my diaphragm is much bigger so I've had to add a bra extender but I've been told after birth it should go down a little and fit perfectly again.

2, Pregnancy pillow - I didn't buy one of these until my third trimester but I wish I'd got my act together a bit sooner to be honest. It's definitely improved my sleep and whats more it acts as a barricade for a certain little 'almost four year olds' legs against my tummy when he climbs into our bed at night. I ended up buying the Theraline after hearing good things from friends, I imagine there isn't much between them but I have no complaints!

3, Gap maternity tops - Gap is the only place I've found that does long enough maternity tops. I have a longer torso and so with every other company I've found that tops are almost immediately not long enough, even in the early stages of pregnancy. I'd really recommend stocking up with a few of these, they are nice and stretchy too!

4, Slip on flats - These ones are from Toms but basically any easy to put on flats will do. If you're pregnant in the winter months you might need to go for some Ugg type boots to keep out the wet. I wasn't able to put my shoes on with ease from about 6 months. My feet have also swelled a little so shoes made of fabric that can stretch are a winner!

5, Gaviscon - not very glamorous but something I glug on daily, get the Peppermint flavour its the only one that's bearable!

6, A pregnancy bath soak. For when you feel like a bit of relaxing in the bath with a magazine. I love this one from Natalia 

7, Headache Strips - I suffered from really bad migraine in my first trimester (along with all day sickness, oh the joy!) and the only thing that helped were these strips, you can get them from pretty much any pharmacy.

Labour essentials

labour essentials

OK so clearly this is going to differ from person to person so I can only say what really helped me!

1, A stool - random one I know but I accidentally discovered in my labour with Wilf how much I LOVED being in the shower. We have a stand alone shower and so I able to just close the door bring in a stool and direct the shower head onto my contractions. It helped so much I was able to sit on the stool and have little naps. You can pick up a cheap one like this one from IKEA

2, A heat pack - I had lower back ache for a while during my previous labour and this was a brilliant relief from that sort of ache.

3, Hypnobirthing - I had this book by Marie Mongan and I also listening to the 'rainbow relaxation' CD. You can read more about my hypnobirthing experience here but I really do credit it for helping me having a super chilled and pain free labour.

4, Birth pool - even if you're not planning a home birth I still think it would be great to have a birth pool at home as labouring at home for as long as possible is recommended with most births. We bought the pool and full kit from La Bassine here which comes with everything you need

5, Isotonic drinks - This is literally all I had in labour as well as water. I did try to eat some toast at one point but it didn't agree with me and I found swigging from these drinks really brilliant at keeping my energy levels up!

6, Aromatherapy oils - I chose to differentiate between Clary Sage for speeding up contractions and Lavender to Calm. You can burn them using an oil burner (although you can't do this in a hospital I imagine you could probably put some on a flannel?). 

Additionally I'd also say a good calming play list to listen to. A darkened room, maybe some fairy lights or candles and some mats of cushions to kneel and lie on in-between contractions.


postpartum essentials

1, Arnica Cream - Arnica is such amazing stuff, it's really useful to just have around the house but it's amazing for bruising 'down there' after giving birth!

2, Cabbage leaves - Whether you breastfeed or not your milk will come in after a couple of days and your boobs will probably feel massive and hot. The best thing I found for this was cold cabbage leaves!

3, Nursing Pads - I've recently stocked up on these in bulk, it all depends on how much milk you produce I suppose but I still needed to wear them 18 months on due to a very full milk supply! I found some brands quite itchy and uncomfortable and really got on with the Lansinoh brand.

4, On that note, Lansinoh Lanolin Cream - essential for cracked or sore nipples (I'm really selling this whole after birth to you aren't I!).

5, Nice PJ's - You'll be recovering in bed and around the home for the first few days and there is nothing nicer than clean sheets and new PJ's!

6, Maternity Pads - very unglamorous but very necessary (sorry!)

So that's it off the top of my head!
What would you add? 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Cook 4 Me

A few weeks ago I headed up to London for an afternoon of cooking with some of my favourite blogging pals. I have to admit when the invite initially landed in my inbox I thought that anything to do with me actually cooking wasn't really going to work. I'm not THAT bad, I'm just it doesn't really come naturally to me and my signature dish is pretty much pasta..

Luckily we were going to be aided by Tefal's new gadget, a 'Cook 4 Me'.

In a nutshell the Cook 4 Me is pretty much the opposite of a slow cooker in that in cooks your dinner fast, super fast! On the day we demonstrated this by cooking a risotto in 8 minutes, something I've replicated since then a couple of times at home. Usually I love the idea of something like risotto but am put off with the fact it takes about 40 minutes of slowly string in wine (Tom would argue this is what he likes about cooking, hiding in the kitchen drinking the wine whilst he's making it ;)).

We were lucky enough to be supplied a machine to take home with us and I thought I'd share a simple meal I made with Wilf using it. Although this meal is listed as a starter in the recipe book I thought it was the perfect weather for a hearty stew. This recipe was for a sausage and bean stew but I replaced the sausages with Quorn ones for a veggie option.

(a little bite taken out by a certain 3 year old before I got to take a pic!)

The machine has a set of inbuilt recipes that you can follow or you can set it to manual and use it like a pressure cooker.

After the stew we decided to make some chocolate molton puddings. This was one of the deserts we made together on the day and I was so impressed with how easy and quickly they could be used by the machine steaming them.

Because I have baby brain I forgot to actually cover these ones with foil before they started steaming but they still worked out OK! The below picture is of the ones we made on the day with Tefal and we also made a poached pear pudding in red wine in less than ten minutes too!

My little helper, all covered in chocolate!

I'm SO impressed with this gadget and I think it will be the perfect thing for when the new baby is born, quick and easy dinners but made from scratch!

I received a 'Tefal Cook 4 Me' for review per purposes but all words and thoughts are my own
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