Amelia Salmon

UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Monday, 14 January 2019

Small Business Monday - Blue Rock Living


Blue Rock Living are a business which make environmentally friendly toothbrushes, we all need to do our bit within looking after the planet and one thing I've been working towards recently and for the new year in particular is reducing how much plastic I am using. I was super happy to support this great business and thought it was a fantastic idea, it helps that they look great too, waaaay better than the horrible character toothbrushes you see in the shops for little ones. 
I think the one of the greatest things about this business is that they are a subscription service so you don't need to worry about running out to the shops when you need to get a new one as they make them for adults and kids, such a reasonable price as well which makes me wonder why I am using a plastic toothbrush over something that would reduce the plastic waste on this planet.



Here is what Blue Rock Living had to say about there business.


"We are a small team of two, a mum and son team.
A few years ago our family learnt that our precious oceans were under great threat from plastic pollution. We started by reducing our own plastic consumption but soon realised it was difficult to keep a plastic-free home, especially in busy family life. We knew we weren’t alone and that there were many other ocean lovers out there so we set out to simplify sustainable living. We have created a straight-forward, flexible subscription for replacing your household’s toothbrushes with biodegradable, plastic-free brushes.
Since launching in 2017, we have sold over 10,000 bamboo toothbrushes, and are delighted to announce the launch of our new subscription service inspired by modern families to help streamline the process of buying new eco toothbrushes (see image below).
New features include:
·         Coloured Bristles – adds style but also ensures there’s no confusion
·         Simple new subscription service – straightforward and flexible, from a single user to a family of adults and kids
·         New BlueRock minis (Child bamboo toothbrushes)
·         Marine life conservation donation with every toothbrush sold"

Please do go over to there website and take a look at the amazing toothbrushes they have.

Amelia
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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Things To Do Before Your Child Starts School


Darcy starts school in September which I can hardly believe! I've recently been trying to think of ways in which I can make the most of our time together before she is away 5 days a week. She will be one of the youngest set of children in her year with her birthday being in June so I do worry whether she is ready for school or not but I am sure it is just a case of getting used to it.
So, like I was saying I really want to make the most of our time together and make sure we are getting out lots, not only do I want to be going on lots of days out I also want to find ways to be able to prepare her for the routine of school and practise the type of things she might be doing such as phonics and numbers.

I asked a few fellow bloggers what there ideas were on this and if they had any advice for me.

Make the most of the cheap weekday entries at the cinema and soft play! Enjoy the quiet times in the park before the hoards of children come after school. - Ayse
Really agree with this one, entry prices are so expensive plus you're paying more without guaranteeing you'll be able to see everything if it is so busy.

Spend lots of time having fun with your little one! It's a time you will never get back! We recently got an Early Years Fun box full of activities and it was great! - Star
Trying to make a consious effort to spend more time with Darcy playing with her toys with her, I've never been the best at 'playing' with her but I love doing craft activities and also baking.

Take them on the Forestry Commission woodland trails to find the Gruffalo - Sarah
I love going on walks, it's a great way to do a little bit of exercise but also run that energy out of little ones, however my daughter seems to have an endless amount of energy?! I've never been on a Gruffalo walk before, but sounds like something Darcy would enjoy so will definitely look into it.

Go on a mini break mon-fri during term time because once they are at school, everywhere will be expensive and busy! - Anna
Similar to the first point, we are hoping to have a holiday in June which would be something we wouldn't be able to do when she goes to school as it will be in term time when the prices are ALOT cheaper.

Try and get into a routine of getting dressed in the mornings when they either get up, or after breakfast. This can help massively to get them into the school morning routine - Beth
This is a really good one, also a point made that I need to get better at. We will definitely start doing this.






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Monday, 17 December 2018

Lapland Letters



This time of year is so exciting and I get so much more joy out of it now than I ever have purely because of Darcy. I am always looking for more ways to make Christmas more magical for her, because seeing there little faces light up is just everything! 
Lapland Letters really do this because not only do you get a lovely letter personalised to your child, you can also add on little magical extras too which include a Santa Stop Here Poster, Colouring Activity Sheets, Good Child Certificate & Wishing Stars. 
It makes for some lovely activities for Christmas Eve too so i'm going to pop them in her Christmas Eve box which should be exciting.
Like I said above the letter is personalised to your child so you can tell them their best friends name and add a little note at the bottom, I decided to tell them about Darcys recent outbreak of chicken pox because I felt like she would be amazed at how Father Christmas knew and that she was! I was so impressed in the envelope too as it was super realistic! A letter costs just £5.95 and with the magical extras I described above it's an extra £2.95 which I think is great value when you know how much they're going to enjoy it! Overall I was so pleased with this and will definitely be ordering one next year!




Amelia
xxx

*This was a collaborative post with Lapland Letters*
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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Win Ghost Perfume With Wow Free Stuff


With Christmas just around the corner, still with lots of presents to buy? WOW FreeStuff are offering you a chance to win Ghost Perfume. Why not keep it as a present for yourself or have you got a relative you know would love this? Besides, you've got to be in it to win it!

I've smelt the fragrance myself and it smells divine! I'd love for one of you to win it so please enter and let me know if you do!

To enter the competition all you have to do is click the link here Wow FreeStuff and like the facebook page & enter your name and email address, super simple!

Amelia
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Monday, 10 December 2018

Small Business Monday - Made By Me Craft Parties

Source: Made By Me Craft Parties

I recently realised that there wasn't enough avenues out there for small businesses to be seen. Now days you need a huge amount of money to spend on marketing and advertising which seems hard when you're trying to make money. I decided to make it a feature on my blog from now on, that every Monday I will feature a small business in the hope that it will help them in some way.
It may not seem much but sharing is caring so please show your friends if it seems like a business they'd like! 
This week I have an amazing business called Made By Me Craft Parties. As soon as I saw this, I just knew I had to pop it on here as it's such a great idea! What child doesn't love crafting, I know my daughter would love this.
The amazing thing is that she doesn't stop at childrens parties, she caters for all ages and there is a party for everyone. Such a cool idea!



Here is a back story behind Made By Me Craft Parties:

My name is Lexy and I run Made By Me Craft Parties, my passion is to create fun, beautiful and personalised craft parties for children, teens and adults.  I've run craft parties for birthdays. weddings, 'mummy' get togethers, team building days, yoga retreats, blogger events and well being sessions. 

My most popular party for younger kids is the Craft Mania party, while the older girls enjoy the Spa of Our Own party.  Other popular themes are fairy, pony and balloon parties and Stationery Crazy, but a big part of my business is being able to personalise parties - so if a child wants a unicorn themed craft party, I can arrange for sparkly horns, flowers and ears to be attached to tote bags, note books or even mini hot air balloons (true story).

I've always been creative, but I was happy working at the Student's Union at Bournemouth University until my children came along.  Then everything changed, I didn't want to work 5 days a week and it turned out that working part time on a job you used to throw your heart and soul into isn't very easy!  When Izzy (my firstborn) was 9 months old, I set up a small business selling rubber stamps and accessories and running adult card making classes (I did this as well as working at the Uni).  

It wan't until my daughter turned 4 years old that my party planning skills surfaced!  I absolutely love a theme and the first proper party I did for Izzy was a Minnie Mouse party - cue lots of black mouse ear making!  Friends began to comment that I should run kids parties as a business and before long, customers of my card classes started requesting kids craft parties.  

After the third friend asked me about a craft party, I decided to do a bit of research and found a gap in the market, so Made By Me Craft Parties was born.  I was found my card classes quite stressful and time consuming and I didn't particularly enjoy the selling aspect.  A year after my son (Austin) was born, I decided to hand in my notice to the Uni and concentrate on Made By Me.  

It wasn't as easy decision to leave the University, but I found working 3 long days a week with 2 young children, a husband who worked very longs hours (meaning, morning and evening routines were all on me Monday - Friday and we didn't have any family near by to call on for help -  it was all a bit stressful.  The trigger point was when I found myself on the landing at home with both children crying at 6pm in the evening, not knowing who to sort out first.  We were all hungry, we were all tired and miserable and I wasn't loving my job, not to mention child care costs!  I felt like I didn't want to miss out being there for Izzy in her first year at school or watching my babies grow up, so I left my Uni job in October 2014.


I love running my business - I decide what to do, how to do it and I can choose my hours.  I'm there for (most) school drop offs and pick ups, most of the school holidays, I can attend the assemblies and help at school trips.  I do work some weekends, but I balance it so it's not every weekend and I involve the kids in my business as much as possible - after all, they're my chief testers for new craft party ideas and activities!  


Negative points about running a small business, it can get lonely, but I do lots of networking and co-working.  It can be overwhelming and hard to make business decisions, but I have a business coach and lots of lovely fellow small businesses to turn to for advice and support.  Most of all I have THE MOST supportive husband, children, family, friends and customers, they're a pretty awesome bunch!

I've had both children at school for a year now and my business is going from strength to strength.  This year's highlights include, 
  • Winning Best Creative Business at the Devon and Dorset Successful Women in Business Awards in May,
  • Being asked to run craft activities at a blogger event in the summer for the TV show Oddbods.
  • Starting up toddler classes called Mini Makes and Bakes with the wonderful Biscuits By Sarah B.  We run 30 minutes of crafting and 30 minutes of biscuit decorating and they have been very popular. 
 I'm now deciding where I want Made by Me Craft Parties to go in 2019 and I'm really excited to see what happens! 

Source: Made By Me Craft Parties

It's amazing to see that her business is getting stronger and stronger and what an inspirational lady juggling being both a mum and a successful business woman! I really hope you'll go over and have a look at her website.
Amelia
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Wisdom Tooth Removal

A couple of weeks have passed now since having my wisdom tooth removed, before having my procedure and also after, I did a lot of 'googling' I mean, who doesn't? I'm a bit of an anxious person but also a realist so I always want to know every outcome of what could happen so that I am fully mentally prepared.
Whilst I found quite a lot of information in forums, I couldn't really find a huge amount of personal experience. I don't really care about statistics, I like to know every detail of somebody elses experience. I had geared having my wisdom tooth out to be something a lot worse than what it was and whilst it was not the nicest experience I feel like now I can give a real insight to what it was like.
My dental surgeon who was removing my tooth was fantastic, he made me aware of the risks but not only that, he really reassured me too which I think is quite important because dentists can be a scary place and I think he knew that. After being numbed and given the local anaesthetic which was probably the worst part of the extraction process, everything was simple, the tooth was removed pretty easily with what looked like a shoe horn! I thought it was going to be cut up into small pieces which I think is something that does occasionally happen, worryingly mine came out a bit too easily.
I bled a bit after and sat down, I was actually shaking more after the surgery which was strange, I think i was really shocked over how easily the tooth came out! 

Here comes the worst part 


After going home for the weekend feeling a little bruised & swollen (no where near as bad i thought I would be, mind!) On Sunday evening, I  felt like I needed something a little sugary, yes stupid I know, i'd just had a tooth taken out, but ice cream is okay right?! To be honest, karma really because as I stepped outside that door and walked to the shop I had this horrible intense pain across my cheek all the way to my ear.. like a dull shooting pain.
It was worse at night too which I now know is because the pressure of lying down which makes sense really, anyway the dental centre were good at getting me in and I got a next day appointment although annoyingly I had to take the time off work. 

Basically what I had was a 'dry socket' which is where the blood clot didn't form & its bone and nerve on show which you can probably imagine and then filled it with a substance that tasted like clove leaf oil which wasn't the nicest. The girl that did this, I hadn't seen before and I personally don't think she did the best job because I was in pain still afterwards and unfortunately the next day I had to go back again, this time seeing the lovely dentist that took my tooth out who filled the hole again really well. and even gave me another injection to give myself a rest for a few hours! 

I was so impressed with my NHS Dental Care and really wanted to find out how I could send a letter of praise to NHS. Unfortunately there website only gives details on how to complain, how negative, Ha.

In order for this blog post to be as informative as possible I really wanted to give you some tips and advice on the whole procedure so I also asked some fellow bloggers on there experiences and what they would advise.

It was a long time ago now but I remember taking a straw everywhere with me and living on soup for the first few weeks afterwards - Jen

I’ve had two removed and my advice is have lots of painkillers ready, a heat pad and cold pack! I found alternating between them all helped - Becka

my advice would be to stock up on pain killers! I was also told not to use straws for a while after as the sucking action can dislodge the clot and lead to dry socket afterwards! My mouth also felt super sensitive after so if eating yoghurts etc take them out of the fridge for a little bit before eating them so they aren't really cold, same with hot food allow to cool right down before eating. - Sarah

As foul as the salt water rinsing is, make sure you keep up with it and follow the after care advice to the letter.  - Rebecca


Amelia
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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lots Of Girlie Fun With Girlzone







Darcy seems to be growing up at a much quicker rate than I ever remember growing as a child but I do wonder if that is just the next generation of kids. I struggle to think of what to buy her especially with Christmas coming and it seems like she has a lot of toys already. Girlzone very kindly got in touch and asked me if I wanted to test out anything from there newly launched products and with an extremely girlie 3 year old I did jump at the chance. I chose the nail art set and the sequin pillow, that sequin pillow was a major hit and she wont sleep if it's not on her bed now, she thinks the colour changing aspect of it is magic, i just love that.



This is aimed at older girls (8+) but it didn't stop my 3 year old getting involved. To be honest, I had to have a go too and secretly I really enjoyed this. It comes with a wide range of nail art and pens to create your very own designs and even a little nail salon which we did! Everything is is non-toxic so perfect for little fingers. Darcy enjoyed having lots of spots decorated on as well as the stickers it comes with. Additionally it comes with a little makeup bag which is such a good idea really because after the first time of using it you can pack it away in the bag rather than trying to squeeze it all back into the box. The colours are really bright and do come out with the same pigmentation on the nail which is such great value for money. Overall I'd really recommend this set as a Birthday or Christmas present idea.


As I said above, this was a bit hit with my little girl, she absolutely loves this product. It's super colourful and I love that on the front you have the sequin design however on the back you have a soft velvet cover which is comfortable to sleep on. I think as a present idea, it's a bit different and something a child wouldn't usually receive but would be equally delighted with it. It's also perfect for us parents as the cover is easily removable proving to be easily washable! It really brightens up Darcy's bed and is the perfect accessory.

There is a huge range of products at Girlzone, so many gorgeous presents that I'm not going to be able to resist buying as I quite possibly have the girliest girl in the entire world! 
I'm really excited to be able to offer you a 10% discount on both these items.
For the Nail Art Studio use: Amelia10
For the Sequin Pillow use: Amelia11

Amelia
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