Sophie & Co Giveaway

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For or those of you who have been following
my pregnancy journey here on IG or over on my blog, you'll be well aware of my fan-girl relationship with Sophie from Sophie & Co . I discovered Sophie's account very early on in my pregnancy
and immediately bought as many gender friendly pairs of bloomers as I could!! They're adorable!! If you haven't seen, Sophie produces some of the most beautiful baby wear all by herself and her own live in model (and daughterLuna showcases them across her accounts. She's definitely one insta-mum I've been heading to for mum-spiration! So with that, to celebrate her new Summer 2016 collection, and the birth of Baby Ferguson (which hopefully isn't too far away) we decided to team
up to run a giveaway with a win a Sophie & Co  Summer Wardrobe, 3 items of your choice, we're asking you to share your thoughts on what parenthood has taught you/is teaching
you. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us cringe (think we've all been taught a lesson from a pint-size human that makes us cringe huh) keep it short, or go for an essay...but keep it honest, reflective
and use the hashtag #youvetaughtmethis tagging both @Sophieandcoshop & @sarah_louise_ferg so we can see your posts! If you're private send either of us a DM. // Competition ends Monday 30th May at 8.30PM, Sophie & I will choose our favourite share shortly after!
Spread the word mamas! 

Happy Monday Guys! 

Sarah x 
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Promptly Journals

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This week i received the sweetest parcel from Promptly Journals.  A diary of sorts, that documents your baby's life from the First Trimester until their 18th Birthday; upon which you gift the journal to your child.  Now i've seen many, many baby books and diaries over the last nine months, and i do have one for to keep for myself, but i just love this idea.  
Jayne Swallow of Promptly Journals talks a little on her site about How and Why she came up with a journal that 'Prompts' you rather than an ordinary  blank page book.  She describes herself as a bit of an 'organisational nut' keeping a normal diary herself through her first pregnancy, but finding that the blank pages were too time consuming trying to get all the important details down.  She then tried mobile apps and Instagram in a bid to never forget the journey her and her little one were taking together, but ended up finding that 'too much' and being back to square one...  Now however, here we are, a second child and a brain wave, a way to document (easily) the milestones and important parts of your child's life for the next 18 years. Easy and doable for all your children, so you'll never get the guilt of not doing for one what you did for another! 

I absolutely love the idea and concept of these diaries, they are a great gift for you, or for an expecting friend looking to jot down the pregnancy flutters and thoughts.  I'm dedicating some time just now to jot down my thoughts on my pregnancy in the first few pages, before i forget, and before the next chapter of the next 18 years begins.... 

Sarah x 

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Big Chocolate Nutella Bueno Cake

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You may have seen that whilst Calum was away it was his Birthday, it's about the 3rd he's missed in a row, so i decided that  he'd need a pretty big cake for when he got home. i don't think he was expecting it to be quite so big however... 
He requested a Chocolate, Nutella/Bueno Cake, which i had never heard of before in my puff.  So i did a bit of research and decided to go with a plain Chocolate sponge, which Nutella Butter Cream icing, decorated with Bueno... he had to be happy with that right? 

For two Plain Chocolate Sponges you'll need : 

6oz/170g unsalted butter, softened

6oz /170g caster sugar
4oz/115g self-raising flour or plain flour with a teaspoon of baking powder
3 large egg
2oz/ 55g cocoa powder, not drinking chocolate
pinch of salt

  • Method : 
  1. Preheat the oven to 190c/170c fan or gas mark 5. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix until creamy and lighter in colour, using a spoon, hand held mixer or frestanding mixer.
  3. Sieve the cocoa, flour and salt into a bowl and crack one of the eggs into a cup or ramekin. Stiring all the time, add the egg and a third of the flour mixture into the sugar and butter, add the second egg and third of the flour and add the last egg and flour mixture in to the butter and sugar. You should have a smooth thick batter. If your batter is sift, add a splash of milk and stir.
  4. Put even amounts of the mixture into the tins and spread using a knife. Put into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until springy to touch. Take out of the oven at leave them in their tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

I let my sponges cool, and left them overnight before icing them the next morning. I wasn't sure if a butter cream with Nutella would melt in the heat we've been having so decided it would be safer for the day Calum was home. In hindsight, i think i'd ice the same day if i made it again, as i found (my sponges atleast) to be quite dry... maybe too much cocoa powder? Who knows, but for that reason, we served with Double Cream... purely to wet it a bit. 

For Nutella Butter Cream You'll Need : 

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3½ – 4 Icing sugar, sifted
½ cup Nutella
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons half-and-half, heavy cream or whole milk
pinch of salt

Method :
  1. Cream together butter and ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar at a time. After each cup of sugar has been added, add Nutella 1 tablespoon at a time, then add vanilla and then beat on high for about 20 seconds to lighten the frosting.
  2. Add half-and-half, one tablespoon at a time until the buttercream has reached a consistency where it will hold it’s shape. Add pinch of salt and whip on high for a final 20 seconds.

I'd be lying if i said we managed to finish the cake this week, but it's for certain that every morning there were less and less of the topping... in the end, we ate what we could and the rest was bound to the bin. Maybe i'll just do two layers next time! 

Happy Saturday Everyone 

Sarah x 

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Multi Purpose Belly Boob and Bum Butter

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I've been using Young Living Essential Oils for around 5 months now.  After watching and hearing from a dear friend how brilliant and versatile they are for using around the home, in cooking and for health and wellbeing, i decided to give them a go.  And I wont be stopping.  Young Living has allowed us to live a little slower, a lot less harsh, by eliminating potentially harmful products from our home, and more simply, as i'm about to tell you about here.

I decided that i wanted my maternity leave to be fulfilling and as productive as i felt was enough.  I wanted to cook more, bake more and take a little more time with my day, as when Calum is away i need to find things to do to fill my time.  Part of this has been  researching which products we feel are right for us and for the baby throughout the pregnancy and beyond. I decided i wanted to have a bash at making some of my own, as i've read so many articles, testimonials and Pinterest blogs on the things people make at home with their oils.

First on my list, has been this cream; a cream for Bump, to moisturise my skin and keep the marks at bay (which has worked so far) for Boobs, as any pregnant or breast feeding mum will know, they can be our own worst enemy during this time; and lastly Bums... not mine, but Baby's.  A natural and soothing cream to help moisturise and care for nappy rash, dry skin or eczema.  

First of all, oil obviously isn't the only ingredient that goes into this cream, you need some extras for the 'cream' component. I sourced most of this from Amazon, making sure it's Organic and Food grade, meaning that it's safe to ingest.

For one large Jar (ikea swing top) of Cream you'll need.

Beeswax - One Bar
Shea Butter - 200g
Cocoa Butter - 120g
Coconut Oil - 2 Table Spoons
Almond Oil - 1 Tea Spoon
Vitamin E - 1 Tea Spoon

Lavender Oil - 10-15 drops
(I used Peace and Calming too, but whichever you think, e.g Gentle Baby would also work)

  • Melt the Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Beeswax together in a pan on a high heat.  Being careful not to burn or boil.
  • Add in your drops of oil 
  • Once oils have combined and are all completely melted stick in a bowl and put in the fridge for around 1-2 hours. 
  • Remember this is hot oil so be super careful when you're carrying it!!!! 
  • After a couple of hours remove from the fridge and the oils should now be cool and soft. 
  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed, begin to whisk up your oils. 
  • Add in your vitamin E and Almond Oil. 
  • Keep whisking until your mixture makes soft peaks and looks white and creamy. 
  • Be careful not to to whisk too hard or for too long as the mixture can stiffen and curdle slightly. 
  • Store in an air tight jar, and keep in a cool dry place. 

There we have it, a nice big jar of multi purpose cream for Mama and Baby.  Saving money, space and completely free of any nasty add ins.
Has anyone got any other tips for using their oils at home?  Do you have any recipes you'd like to share?

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine as much as me and my swollen feet.

Sarah x

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BBHugme - Review Pt 1

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If you follow me over on Instagram, you'll have seen that i got the most treasured gift from BBHugme last week.  When they got in touch to offer me one of their pregnancy pillows i jumped at the chance to have one! I'd been entering every Instagram competition possible in order to get my hands on one and when they got in touch, it was a dream come true.  If you own one of these pillows, you'll know why i'm expressing the amateur dramatics, and agree when i say, they are every pregnant woman's answer to a good nights sleep.  

BBhugme was originally developed by three Norwegian chiropractors, all female and working in close collaboration with award-winning K8 Industrial design.
Between the three of them they have many years experience as chiropractors and have given  thousands of treatments to pregnant women and women with newborn babies.  After discovering for themselves that 9/10 woman experience some sort of pain in their back during the nine months of pregnancy (which btw is really ten if you think about it) they decided to act.   The back pain pregnant woman experience can be replaced by neck pain and shoulder pain after having given birth, due to the feeding positions adopted by mothers and lets face it, they need to be pain free for all the love they need to give their babies.   
These wondrous women developed this pillow so their clients not only would have the relief on their visits to see them but also in the home, and i have them to thank whole heartedly for the week of blissful, comfortable sleep i have had, which 2 weeks ago seemed a million miles away at 36 weeks pregnant with a back to back baby!! 

Not only has this pillow got the needs of the Mama answered but as soon as baby is here, they can start using it too.  I can't wait to show you how we incorporate our pillow in to our nursing life with baby, for feeding and for napping... if i can prize it away from Poppy that is. ;) 

Please do follow this link and take a look for yourself, whether your pregnant or looking for something to make feeding time a bit easier on your back and neck... Heck, even if you're not pregnant at all and you're just looking for a comfortable nights sleep, take a look!! There are some great colours for covers and pebbles available, when baby comes we'll be choosing another. 

Sarah x 

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Crafted Sisterhood Meet Up

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Hey again,  i thought i'd treat you all to some of the cuteness that happened last Wednesday at our first Edinburgh Mums Meet up.  But first of all, i'm going to tell you a little bit about how it came about;  Since i found out i was pregnant i have been scouring the web and Instagram for ways to reach out and find other mums near me to befriend.  Haha, it sounds weird, but i've heard how isolating becoming a new parent can be and i wanted to make sure that i was surrounding myself with supportive mums and people i would come to call friends.  
I found the Crafted Sisterhood blog online and on Instagram and i loved what they were about.  Setting up meetings with mums and their babies, enjoying shandy's and cake, coffee and chips, regularly, in order to make sure that none of them ever feel alone.  The blog itself contains inspiring birth  stories, recipes and parenting advice written by real mamas with real time babes.  Which brings me to how we managed to set up our own Edinburgh addition to the Crafted Sisterhood movement.  

I 'met' Megan from Bramble Bites on Instagram a while ago, and started following her great ideas for baby and toddler meal times, we got to tagging and chatting through each others photos and not long after we got my BFF Sophie involved.  Not too long after that, we started to discuss with Jody, creator of the Crafted Sisterhood about an Edinburgh meet, as we soon realised that we were too far away to join in hers! 

Jody helped us set up an instagram messaging group, which quickly led to a Wats App messaging group that very quickly came up with a time and place for us all to meet.  
The destination was Babies and Bumps Cafe located in Morningside in Edinburgh.   Sophie had visited before and it seemed perfect for our get together.  It was.  If you haven't visited, then you definitely should and take your little ones along, there is plenty to keep them occupied whilst you sit and enjoy a coffee and home made slice of cake!  Mamas came from far (Dundee) and wide (Glasgow) to meet up with us and we had the best time, i only wish i had my own little one with me, as i was the only one sporting a bump, haha.  The next time we set one up, will hopefully be for mid June/July and i will for sure have them with me then.  

If any of you reading this have babies, or toddlers, or you know someone who is in need of some mum chat, then please get in touch.  We'd love to have you join in with our meets, and trust me, these girls are a hoot, hilarious and witty.  A complete pleasure to have met, and people i now consider to be friends, and bonus, we talk daily! Its such a great support system, and one i encourage any new mum to pursue. 

Sarah x 

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Project Nursery & Nesting

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Hello, and welcome back!! I've had a slightly longer hiatus than i had planned, but as it turns out, being pregnant is quite hard work! Now, however, i am officially on Maternity Leave and have a bunch of time on my hands, for the next 4 weeks or so anyway, so i am back with some new planned posts and some sneaky peaks into the nesting currently taking place around here. 

We've just finished the Nursery, which really we wont need to use straight away but it's so nice to have it all ready, and we both just walk in and out of here daily imagining who will be occupying it soon.  I'd like to take some of the credit for the way this room looks, but really i can't.  Calum has plastered, painted, fitted, built and finished this room himself, i just picked the stuff to go in it.  I will never stop appreciating how handy my husband is. 

We've tried to keep the room as neutral as possible, being that we don't know the sex of the baby it's always easy to go with white, cream, grey, or any colour you can develop and add to for a boy or a girl.  
We've also tried to keep the toys and accessories simple and natural. These little  rollers are made from natural wood, with soft white details and non toxic paint, so perfect for chewing (haha).   Eventually, these will be great for learning 'pushing' and 'pulling' but thats surely a while off yet... surely. The toys here are from Pinch Toys check out their Instagram here too. 

We've heard so many good things about the Sleepyhead Deluxe, and i'm really excited to use it.  A lot of my new Mum friends have sworn by these for getting their babes to sleep, the cushion soft walls mean that baby can lay flat on their back or on their tummy without rolling off, so you can have them snoozing right next to you on the sofa whilst you enjoy a cuppa... which will most likely be cold because it took you so long to get them to snooze in the first place.  The Sleepyhead is also great for when you move baby into their own room and cot, it gets them used to their own space, without giving them too much to roll into the bars. 

Dummies, or pacifiers have always been something that i've been apprehensive about, there are so many myths and rumours about the sins of using them but i think all come from people who maybe haven't had to use them. Funny that huh?   So we've stocked up on a couple, just incase, and plan to use them very responsibly. These ones are from Natursutten, a Danish design made in Italy from natural rubber, BPA free, and available in lots of sizes.  The round base in this design gently touches the tip on babies nose, simulating the nudge of boob from mum for breast fed babies.  This style is the Orthodontic style which is great to adapt to the natural movements of the babies mouth.  

The first part of our pram delivery is sat upstairs in the Nursery.  The actual pram is at my Parents, not that we're superstitious at all... but having the pram there means i wont be tempted to run it up and down the street, practicing being Mummy.  Our whole set is from Mamas and Papas, The Armadillo Flip XT coming with car seat, buggy, pram and most importantly... cup holder.   The set all matches and looks super slick with the mustard blanket we've picked up from Repose which i loved so much, i bought two after i found out the lovely BonTot stocks them right in Edinburgh. 

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for some more frequent posts. 

Sarah x 

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