Redhead Roundup – Health and Beauty {August 2016}

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Here are a few health and beauty products I’ve been trying over the last few weeks:

Little Butterfly London Illuminating Day Cream

I don’t use many creams and things as in the past I’ve found they make my face greasy or my skin feels heavy but the Little Butterfly London Illuminating Day Cream is so light and hydrating that I’ve been using it every day. It leaves my skin really nice and smooth without any residue and really moisturises the skin.

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The Little Butterfly London Illuminating Day Cream contains precious oils like borage, peach, cucumber and papaya seed to hydrate and nourish and acai berries which help to protect the skin. Argan leaf helps firm and passionflower, pomegranate and green tea extracts help smooth fine lines. I’m hoping that if I use this every day going forward that it will keep my skin looking healthy.

So far I’ve been using it in the morning before putting make up on and it leaves a really nice matt texture, the perfect addition to my morning routine.

Little Butterfly London Stretch Mark Butter

Like most mothers I have my fair share of stretch marks but, since having the children, I haven’t used anything to try and reduce the look of the stretch marks, resigning myself to them being something that will always be there.

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But the Little Butterfly London Stretch Mark Butter promises to deeply nourish, deliver long-lasting moisture and optimise skin elasticity, all helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. I have been working to lose weight over the last few months and I’m hoping that the Little Butterfly London Stretch Mark Butter will help tone and repair the stretched skin on my stomach. I’ve been using it for a few weeks so far and it’s definitely making the skin nicely moisturised but only long term use will tell if the stretch marks have improved or not. I’m willing to give it a go!

Barefoot SOS Daily Rich Body Lotion

One thing I do like to use regularly, especially after a bath or shower is body lotion. The Barefoot SOS Daily Rich Body Lotion has been great to use every day, going on easily and having really good coverage too. I’ve been using this all over and it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

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Barefoot SOS Soothing Face and Body Wash

I admit it, I nearly always forget to take my make up off in the evening – such a bad habit of mine. But since I started using the Barefoot SOS Soothing Face and Body Wash as part of my routine I have been religiously taking off my make up before I wash my face each night.

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The Soothing Face and Body Wash cleanses really well, leaving my face feeling soft and clean – such a nice feeling before I go to bed. This has been great for daily use and even on my skin, which can get irritated at times, I haven’t had any problems with the Face and Body Wash – great for even the most sensitive of skin.

Barefoot SOS Face and Body Rescue Cream

As I mentioned above, I don’t use many creams at all but I am gradually starting to use them when I feel my skin needs something to give it a bit of a fix or boost. The Barefoot SOS Face and Body Rescue Cream is used to highly moisturise and soothe all kinds of dry, sensitive, uncomfortable and problem skin.

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I’ve been using this over the last couple of weeks to hydrate any problem areas – elbows and knees for me mainly but I also get dry patches on the tops of my feet too. It works really well, leaving my skin really hydrated and it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling either. A really lovely cream that works instantly.

Disclosure: The above products were sent for inclusion in this post however all opinions are my own.

Kit & Coco Back to School Giveaway!

*This is a collaborative post

After fun filled summer holidays, getting the kids back into the school routine can be quite a challenge.  With the added worry about head lice and nits, which can be rife on the return to the classroom, September can be a stressful month for parents. But, ready for the start of the new term, KIT & COCO have compiled some great tips to help you avoid the little critters when the kids go back to school. They also have some simple processes to avoid them and also treatments to deal with them.

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Here are KIT & COCO’s tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up

Head lice can’t fly or hop – the only way head lice can be passed on is through head to head contact; whether this is during playground games, selfies, sharing hairbrushes, or even when two hats or scarves touch on the communal coat rack.  Even when detached from the hair, they can live between 12 – 24 hours. Keeping your child’s hair tied up in a ponytail, plait or bun is a great start to preventing head lice.

  1. Use a protective spray or mousse

Free from alcohol, parabens, silicone and insecticides, KIT & COCO’s gentle protective mousse and spray provide 24 hour protection against lice.  Perfect for school time or sleepovers, families can opt for the mousse or hair spray with a fashionable head band to ensure hydration and protection.

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HOW TO FREE little heads from lice and nits

  1. Identify the critters

Although itching is the first symptom, only 30% of children are aware of an infestation so it’s worth carrying out a full hair inspection under good lighting on a regular basis.  Nits (the eggs) and head lice especially like the nape of the neck and behind the ears as these are the warmest parts of the head.  Nits are easier to spot than lice, which are speedy little critters and the best way to make a correct diagnosis is by using KIT & COCO’s ultra-efficient fine toothed comb!

  1. Act fast

Lice can produce around 10 eggs a day which take around seven days to hatch so one small problem can escalate into a larger issue very quickly!  The KIT & COCO complete treatment kit includes everything you need to combat head lice and nits from treatment shampoo to a gentle ergonomic nit comb, applicator brush, protective shower cap as well as surprise treat for little ones!

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KIT & COCO have harnessed the unique qualities of coconut oil and rich botanic oil to deliver gentle yet effective prevention and treatment for head lice and nits.  KIT & COCO has utilised plant based active ingredients – to totally eliminate head lice and nits through asphyxiation, which head lice simply can’t develop any resistance to.

It sounds like KIT & COCO are the way to go if you find yourself with a head lice infestation once the new term starts – I’ll definitely be having some on hand and using their tips, spray and mousse to try and prevent head lice too.

To make sure you’re prepared for the new term I have teamed up with KIT & COCO to give away a 24 hour protective mousse and spray to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Review: Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass

There are some toys that childhood is made for. Some toys that are so simple and yet bring so much joy and the Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass is just that sort of toy. Unlike many toys, the Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass actually works. It’s a real magnifying glass that children can use to look at literally anything.

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The Wooden Magnifying Glass is really well made, with a chunky handle to make it easy to grip and plastic glass to look through that incorporates two different strength sections in the main glass to view things at different magnifications.

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Little Man absolutely loved this magnifying glass. He spent time looking at so many things in the garden – flowers, fruit and bugs. Gradually he learnt to not hold the magnifying glass right next to his face and instead hold it further away.

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I love how the Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass not only lets Little Man have fun on a different level than he is used to but it’s also educational, letting him explore things close up, investigating the intricacies of plants and flowers that he may not have been aware of before.

The Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass has opened up a whole new world to Little Man and I know that he’ll be using it for years to make so much of the world around him that much bigger.

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We are huge fans of wooden toys but we also love toys that help the children learn through play and the Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass is just that. It’s the right balance of fun and educational that let’s LP and Little Man learn without even thinking about it. A really great toy for at home, in the garden or even on holiday.

The Bigjigs Wooden Magnifying Glass has an RRP of £8.49

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Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

Living Arrows – 35/52

Here’s another week of Living Arrows! If you haven’t joined in before, Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same as part of this linky.

Each week I share two pictures from our week – one of each of our children – but you can share one or more pictures that capture a moment of childhood. The following week I’ll share my three favourite photos from the week before, linking back to the owner’s blogs.

So if you would like to link up, grab a badge and post around a photo of childhood from the previous week. I look forward to reading your posts and make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment too!

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Here are a few of my favourite photos from last week:

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Very Much So

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Hot Pink Wellingtons

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Life as our Little Family

This week the photos were taken over a weekend of celebrating LP’s Birthday. She turned five yesterday and we had a soft play party to celebrate. She loved it, all of her friends came and it couldn’t have been a better day.

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The night before Hubby and I took the kids out for a meal to have a family Birthday dinner for LP. Little Man has an obsession with having grown up drinks – anything that’s in an open top cup with or without a straw. I think drinks like this always make him look so much more grown up!

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I’m looking forward to reading your posts – thanks for taking the time to link up! This really is such a big part of my blogging week and I love that so many people stop by each week.

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Today, LP is Five

Dear Little Pickle,

Well, here we are again. Another year and another letter to write. I know I say it every year but it feels like yesterday you were turning four, having a party in the back garden and getting so excited about having your face painted.

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A year ago you hadn’t yet started school and now you will be starting Year 1 in a matter of days. You have grabbed school with both hands and have done your absolute best at everything that has been put in front of you – from being a sheep in the nativity, to sports day and even making friends. You have aced it – and you have loved every minute. Your school report couldn’t have been better. I had worried about you being a summer baby, being the youngest in your year and I worried that you may struggle to keep up but you are right on track in every aspect of your education and I am so proud of you for that.

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A year ago you couldn’t hold a pen and now you can write your name, your brother’s name and so many other words. You guess words you don’t yet know by sounding them out and you do the same with reading, breaking down words, sounding them out and giving each one your best shot. I am constantly amazed by you – for someone so little you just know so much.

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This year has been a pretty big one. Not just for you but for all of us. We went to Scotland, to the Isle of Wight and on our first holiday abroad, to Lemnos, Greece. You loved your first time on a plane and were just so good throughout, trying everything and being just so happy – even with the long days and constant activities. You loved the kids club and came on so far with your swimming whilst we were there too – I’m sure next year you’ll be leaving the floats behind.

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Smaller things happened this year too – you had your nails painted for the first time, which you loved and you also chipped one of your front teeth, another of those things that makes you look different but still the same. You now have so many marks from your five years – a scar on your lip, a chipped tooth and so many freckles that all seem to have appeared this summer.

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You are still a petite little thing. You are about 105cm tall, a couple of cm taller than your brother, and you and him weigh exactly the same – 32lb. You have size 9 feet and you are still pretty much in age 3-4 clothes although you wear 4-5 they are always big on you and we have only just put away the last of your 2-3 clothes. Although you’re petite, it suits you perfectly and you have a personality of a much bigger person – full of laughter and so confident. Your confidence makes me wish I were more like you – you talk to anyone, make friends easily and have no fear. Never change LP.

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Five seems like such a big age. Half a decade. In another five years we’ll be onto double figures and yet we seem to have got to this point just so quickly. The days are long but the years are indeed so short. But, over each of those short years, every month that has passed, it has been a pleasure to watch you grow, see your smile and watch your brain working as you learn new things. You’re a sponge, soaking up information, hearing things, seeing things and processing it all. You are at a great age and I think five is going to be one of the best years yet.

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LP, you are so polite, so well mannered and so friendly. You are creative, sociable and you love My Little Pony more than anything else. You look like me when I was younger but you are very much your own person, not much like me at all. I love getting to know you as you grow into yourself and I love that your face, surrounded by messy hair, is often the first thing I see in the morning. I hope you won’t grow out of morning cuddles in bed just yet.

Happy Birthday LP. Four has been a great year and I am sure that five will be even better – these years do just keep getting better.

Love always

Mummy and Daddy x

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