April Favourites

April Favourites

April has been a bit of a month for beauty and well-being with three out of four of my favourites being focused on body and mind. As I get nearer to the end of this pregnancy I am definitely starting to feel like I need to get prepared which I think is reflected in this months finds.

1. Mindful Hypnobirthing Book

The closer we’ve gotten to our due date, the more I’ve started to feel like I need to start getting myself mentally prepared for birth. We practiced hypnobirthing the first time round with the little lady, and whilst we didn’t quite have the birth we had hoped for, hypnobirthing helped us feel well equipped to ask the right questions and make informed decisions. This time round I’m hoping that with a bit more practice on some of the exercises, a renewed sense of purpose and a body that has already birthed one baby, we may have more chance of an easier and better birth experience. I’ve still got all my books and materials from the first time round, but I decided to get a copy of Sophie Fletchers Mindful Hypnobirthing book which felt a bit more of an easier and more relatable read. So far I’m really enjoying it and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering Hypnobirthing.

2. Lush Let The Good Times Roll Facewash

I am forever in Lush buying bath bombs for the little lady who can’t get enough of them. She loves them because they are fun and delicious smelling. I love them because they are great natural products that are also a great incentive for getting the little one into the bath. We’ve only really started shopping there in the last year, but in all that time I’ve never actually tried any of their products for myself. So when I ran out of face wash this month it was the perfect excuse to pick up a tub of their Let the Good Times Roll cleanser to try. Conceptually it is a little different with the cleanser being presented in a tub that you create a paste with in your hands rather than the traditional tube of squirty face wash that I am used to. But I have to say I was pretty instantly impressed with this and how moisturised it left my skin feeling so don’t mind the change in application. As with all Lush stuff it smells pretty great and is reasonably priced too at £6.95 for a 100g tub.

3. The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist

When I’m pregnant I’m always really conscious of the fact that your body absorbs any products you put onto it, so I tend to start changing some of my body products opting for more natural and less perfumed products. I love the Body Shop Coconut range and have used their Coconut Body Butter for as long as I can remember, so when I was in one of their stores earlier this month and noticed that they had extended their range to include a Coconut Body Mist I decided to grab a bottle to try. Last time round I didn’t stop using perfumes until after the little lady was born, but have decided that I could try to stop using them now by substituting them with this. It’s a bargain at £7.50 for 100mls and smells pretty amazing. A bit like summer and holidays decanted in a bottle which makes me smile every time I put some on.

4. Baby Gap Sweatshirt

I picked up this very cool little sweatshirt that I’ve had my eye on for a while for the newest and littlest member of our family from Baby Gap. This has been on my new baby clothes wish list ever since I first spotted it a month or so ago, so I was delighted when I spotted this in their sale a few weeks ago. The little lady lived in baby grows for at least the first three months of her life so I picked up this sweatshirt in 6-12 months assuming I’ll follow a similar approach to dressing this little one. Plus, as I found the first time round, summer babies don’t wear much more than vests for the first few months anyway!

So those are my favourites for April, all things that are making me feel calm and refreshed. I cant wait to see what we find in May! What things have you found this month that you love and bring you joy?

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  1. April 25, 2016 / 6:03 am

    I love the little sweatshirt, too cute! I was the same with my girls, the lived in rompers it’s so much easier in those early months and they look adorable x
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks lovely, its such a sweet little sweatshirt. Its so lovely dressing summer babies in rompers, I cant wait to do it all over again this summer πŸ™‚

  2. April 25, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Lovely collection of bits. I really love the sweatshirt from gap. Soo cute πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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  3. April 25, 2016 / 6:55 am

    I’ve never used lush but I always hear about it so I might pop into their shops and see what’s about. Cute sweatshirt too it’s always exciting buying for your baby x thanks for hosting

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Oooh you really need to! I bet your littlies will love it πŸ™‚

  4. April 25, 2016 / 7:53 am

    Lush products sound lovely – I must check them out. Love gap baby bits and the sweat shirt is so cute! πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      They have some really lovely bits, both for adults and children. They are definitely worth checking out the next time you go past one of their stores πŸ™‚

  5. April 25, 2016 / 8:01 am

    I love Lush products – my hubby bought me a Lush pamper pack after baby was born and I’ve just finished the last bath bomb so need to get some more! That sweatshirt is the cutest, I love baby Gap! #marvmondays
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Oh wow, what a lovely hubby πŸ™‚ Their packs look amazing, what a treat! Will have to have a little whisper in my Mr’s ear πŸ˜‰

  6. April 25, 2016 / 8:04 am

    We love coconut oil and used it on the gremlin when she was tiny. Smells amazing too! I hope you are starting to feel a little better and ready for your birth. I think if you are relaxed and prepared you will be better. Second ones tend to be faster and smoother so sending you lots of luck xx Thanks for hosting xx
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thats what everyone keeps saying and im really hoping thats the case! I think properly practicing hypnobirthing second time round will also help. I completely agree about being relaxed and better prepared πŸ™‚ Hope you are starting to get your energy back now and feeling a bit better too!

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I used to find the strong scents really over powering, but once youre in the store its actually quite nice I’ve found. Definitely a trend amongst the young ones, in fact, it was only because of my 13 year old niece that we went into Lush in the beginning!

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      I’ve heard good things about the No 7 range, I think I am going to have to check them out after! Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

  7. April 25, 2016 / 8:50 am

    That sweatshirt is so sweet!! And I LOVE lush products, I can never pass a store without buying at least something! My girls are obsessed with the bath bombs, I cam see them costing me a fortune over the years! #MarvMondays
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Oh I know! All the children seem to love Lush these days. We definitely seem to spend a small fortune in there too πŸ™‚

  8. April 25, 2016 / 9:36 am

    I used hypno birthing and loved it. I want that coconut mist, sounds great #MarvellousMondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Oh really! I’d love to hear more, how did it work for you? Did you enjoy it? I love hearing about others experiences with it πŸ™‚

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Oh they have such lovely bits. Even though I got some great boys bits, I was so envious of all the cute little girls rompers and sandals! I bet you got some lovely bits πŸ™‚

  9. April 25, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Hello! Happy Monday (: Hypnobirthing book sounds fab, I’ve read so much positive stuff on Hypnobirthing lately. It looks amazing, has inspired me already and I’m not even pregnant. Good luck with the preparations, such an exciting time! #MarvMondays
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    • April 25, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      It really is! So many people have such great experiences through it, but you have to practice it which I wasnt very good at first time round. I’m definitely trying to apply myself more second time round so fingers crossed it makes a difference πŸ™‚

  10. April 25, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Even your photo evokes sheer tranquility! I haven’t been to the body shop for ages and was just reminiscing about the popularity of white musk and morello cherry lipbalm in the 90s. That sweater is too cute X #MarvMondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Oh white musk is totally 90’s! I remember it being everywhere, although for some reason white musk brings Avon to mind for me πŸ˜‰

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Its absolutely divine, and thats a great idea! Never thought about layering scents.. clever lady πŸ˜‰

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks lovely, its really sweet, so pleased I managed to find one in the sale πŸ™‚

  11. April 25, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    The Body Shop have some lovely stuff, the coconut mist sounds brill!
    I used a hypnobirthing CD during my pregnancies and loved it. I hope it helps you again this time around.

  12. April 25, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    The Body Shop have some lovely stuff, the coconut mist sounds brill!
    I used a hypnobirthing CD during my pregnancies and loved it. I hope it helps you again this time around.

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Its really lovely, and definitely something I’d recommend. Its really nice and light to wear πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed and positive thoughts for a better second birth!

  13. April 25, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    I love anything that smells of coconut or vanilla. I also haven’t been in Lush for ages, actually,


    • April 25, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Oh you and me both! I definitely recommend the body shop coconut range if you havent tried it already πŸ™‚

  14. April 25, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Super cute sweatshirt…pretty sure it will now adorn lots of blogger children! Good luck for the end of your pregnancy, hope it goes smoothly #marvmondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I completely agree! I love this sweatshirt soooooo much. Its is a blogger-ish isnt it πŸ˜‰

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Its so funny as I would have said exactly the same thing about a year ago! I used to find the smells a bit overwhelming when we walked pass their stores, but its actually really lovely once you go in. I challenge you to go in and come out empty handed! πŸ˜‰

  15. April 25, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Love the look of that hypnobirthing book, may have to get it after I finish my Katherine Graves one (it’s a bit wishy-washy). Brill idea with the bath bombs too; I’m always looking forways for A to enjoy his bath (as he still has a plastic one as we don’t have a bath) and I didn’t realise they used natural products, shall check it out. Also, LOVE the baby gap sweatshirt, one of my favourite places to buy baby shiz! xxx

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Oh you so need to get yourself into a Lush store! I think you’ll love it πŸ˜‰ I’ve been watching Katherine Graves videos on You Tube, shes really calming and I really enjoying watching them. I think the original book that I had last time round is by the american lady that kind of invented hypnobirthing, but its a bit wishy washy too. The Mindful Hypnobirthing book is definitely a bit more now I think, so you shuld definitely check it out πŸ™‚ x

  16. April 25, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Lovely list hun – the sweater is adorable! And like you, I love the coconut body mist it’s scrummy xx #MarvMondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks lovely! I cant wait to see our little man in it, although I dont want him to grow too quickly πŸ˜‰

  17. April 25, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    That face wash from Lush sounds great! I used to use their products all the time. I just found this great moisturizer at Sephora by First Aid Beauty called Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer it works well and is free of most harsh chemicals, smells etc. #KCACOLS

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Oooh, that sounds nice! I love discovering new products that work well with my skin, I might have to check them out πŸ˜‰

  18. April 25, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Oh you can’t beat the smell of coconut’s to take you back to that lovely holiday feeling and boy do we need it as it still feels like winter! Lovely list #MarvMondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      I totally agree! So lovely and summery πŸ™‚

  19. April 25, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    All those products sound so lovely, and as you have spoken about them so well that now justify a me going put and buying them all! #marvmondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Ha, ha! Thanks, love that you like them too πŸ˜‰

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Totally! Super cute and amazing sales, love a bit of Baby Gap πŸ™‚

  20. April 25, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I had a September baby, and the month seemed to be unseasonal hot so she lived in vests for the whole month! I love Gap clothes too they are ace! #KCACOLS

  21. April 25, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I had a September baby, and the month seemed to be unseasonal hot so she lived in vests for the whole month! I love Gap clothes too they are ace! #KCACOLS

    • April 25, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Oh wow! Our little lady was born in late July and by September it was still pretty warm so she was in vest for a while too. Typical unpredictable British weather! πŸ˜‰

  22. April 25, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    That sweatshirt is lovely πŸ™‚ Baby clothes are so lovely πŸ™‚
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    • April 25, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks lovely, I cant wait to be able to put it on our little one (in the distant-ish future!) πŸ™‚

  23. April 25, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    My daughter has quite sensitive skin so I tend to avoid bubbles etc but I wonder if Lush bath bombs might be ok? Will pop in next time I smell one! She’s never keen on bath time either so it might help x
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    • April 25, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      My daughter is exactly the same and has recently had pretty bad ezema flare ups, but Lush products have been great on her skin. So far we only use the bath bombs with her and they’ve been absolutely fine πŸ™‚

  24. April 25, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Great list. I think I’ll have to check out Lush the next time I see one, I love to change up my products now and again and my skin can be on the sensitive side, any excuse really! x #MarvMondays

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Im exactly the same, I love discovering new products that work on my skin. Especially natural ones! Give it a go, would love to hear what you think πŸ™‚

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Isnt it just! Hypnobirthing definitely seems to be getting more and more popular πŸ™‚

  25. April 26, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I didn’t use hypnobirthing with T but would LOVE to next time, tres interested to see how it works for you once bubba has arrived! And that sweatshirt….very.cool.

    Faye x


    • April 27, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Ill have to an update after baby arrives! I really need to get into practicing more regularly or it wont work – you definitely get out what you put in πŸ˜‰

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Monthly favourites seems to actually be a thing! I thought I’d started something new, but it seems lots of bloggers have been doing these types of posts and blogs recently πŸ™‚

  26. Tori
    April 26, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    I never thought of buying bath bombs for our kids baths! They would go absolutely nuts over them, since I am forever pouring bubble bath in. Bath bombs would be icing on the cake. I may have to look into a hypnobirthing book. As a labour nurse, I would love to be able to help moms achieve their goals, including if they wanted to use these techniques.
    Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS! I hope you come back next Sunday!

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Oh you absolutely should look into hypnobirthing. I believe it was orginally started by a US based nurse.. Bath bombs are definitely lots of fun for little ones, give them a go πŸ™‚

  27. April 26, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    That hypnobirthing book is brilliant, I read that before my first last year, however we didn’t get the birthing experience we wanted as I was induced, but I definitely think it helped me stay calm and think about beaches! I love the Baby Gap jump too. For me my April favourites are actually for my daughter, and a pretty silly but effective – breadsticks and a Tommee Tippee straw cup. Claire x #KCACOLS
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      I had such a similar experience with hypnobirthing the first time round too! Really interested to see how it all turns out second time round πŸ™‚ I totally get the breadsticks and tommee tippee cup thing – when you find those things that are a game changer for your baby then they are totally worth putting on your favourites list! x

  28. April 26, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I’ve got that Hypnobirthing book, I’ve found it really good to read, definitely calms me. I love anything from the Body Shop and Lush, they always smell so nice! And I LOVE that Gap top, it’s so cute. I’m like you, just got babygros for the first 3 months, although people have been giving me dresses for newborns – argh! xx
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      I came across the hypnobirthing book in one of your posts so thank you for the introduction! I mentioned you and how I found it in my last bump update πŸ™‚

  29. April 26, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I love anything that smells of coconut, it definitely reminds me of holidays. #twinklytuesdays
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Oh me too! It is totally the best kind of smell.. πŸ™‚

  30. April 26, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Love the little sweater, it’s very cute! I haven’t been to Lush for ages, but I love their products. Going to have to have a Lush binge soon for sure, might try that face wash. #TwinklyTuesday
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Oh Lush have so many lovely bits at the moment, definitely get yourself into one some time soon! πŸ™‚

  31. April 27, 2016 / 10:26 am

    I am really starting to become interested in hypnobirthing! The coconut body mist sounds lovely #kcacols

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      It is really interesting, but I think you buy into it or you dont, its that kind of thing. Definitely check it out for yourself and see what you think πŸ™‚

  32. April 28, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Oooo! Coconut body mist sounds lovely and my girls love Lush bath bombs too (even though the bathroom does actually look like a bomb site by the time theu have finished with them). Lovely.

  33. April 30, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Can’t ever beat a bit of lush and also loving that little sweatshirt. so cute!
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  34. May 1, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness Lush! I’d totally forgotten about that brand…ugh this is when I miss living the UK! I’m loving the name of that product too. Thanks for the recommendation! And I stopped going to Body Shop years ago…I just moved on after uni I guess but you’ve got me rethinking that. I’ll be going back. #marvmondays
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  35. May 2, 2016 / 9:36 am

    That sweatshirt is so gorgeous. I love Baby GAP clothes. We stupidly put Little Miss H in quite a lot of outfits when she was first born. And most of them met an unpleasant end once they’d been put on. So this time I think we’ll be going the same route as you and dressing Little Mister H in a lot of all in ones and rompers. And the Body Shop Coconut Body Mist sounds divine and as you say much better for baby than normal perfume. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays and I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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