Win a bundle of Jojoba Company products worth £90

As women, our bodies inevitably change in pregnancy and whether through pregnancy or not, every women will experience scars or stretch marks at some point in their life. These can cause discomfort and insecurity, whether it be acne scarring or stretch marks from pregnancy but stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of.

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You call them stretch marks, I call them Tiger Stripes

We might have earned our tiger striped but I couldn’t quell my excitement when I came across a new deeply moisturising skin care oil, made with 100% organically grown Australian jojoba. The beautiful 100% natural jojoba + rosehip oil by The Jojoba Company (£16.95, 30ml) is a superfood for your skin. This all natural formula combines a powerful mix of naturally occurring antioxidants, vitamins and omega fatty acids to deeply moisturise skin and smooth the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Benefits include

  • Deep moisturisation
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Penetrates deeper than just rosehip oil
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Longer shelf life than rosehip oil

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The Jojoba Company have a range of products including the luxurious Intense Overnight Renewal Cream, which is Jojoba’s newest overnight skincare treatment that’s just arrived in the UK. This cream is designed to work its magic while you sleep and is enriched with concentrated, powerful natural actives renowned for their beauty benefits.  (Something that works while we sleep … I love the sound of that). I have personally been using it for a week now and honestly can’t believe how hydrated my skin feels when I wake in the mornings.

We have been lucky enough to try some of the Jojoba Company range and we are therefore excited to be able to give one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of gorgeous samples.

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The giveaway bundle will include the following samples:

  • The Jojoba Company Intense overnight renewal cream – RRP £34.99
  • The Jojoba Company 100% make up remover – RRP £19.99
  • The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream – RRP £22.99
  • The Jojoba Company 1005 Natural Australian Jojoba – £12.99

RD - Win a bundle of Jojoba Company products worth £90

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The Prize: Bundle of Jojoba Company products worth £90 RRP (The Jojoba Company will endeavour to provide the products noted here but alternatives maybe sent due to availability)

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End Date 07/08/2017 at 12am

Pregnancy Myths from TV: Fact or Fiction?

We all know that TV shows may have taught us about different aspects of pregnancy and child birth and while some of the experiences shown on TV may be true to a certain extent there’s far more that are myths. In the piece below we have separated facts from fiction, so even though you may experience some of the things you’ve seen on television the chances are they certainly won’t be as dramatic!

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Crazy Cravings

You may experience cravings like Phoebe from Friends who craved meat during her pregnancy with triplets. But it’s not just food some pregnant mothers crave, chalk and dirt and odd ball things have also been reported. There’s lots of myths about determining the sex of an unborn baby by the cravings the mother has, but these are just myths. Approximately 1 in 3 expectant mothers have cravings, so you may or may not experience them.

Eating for Two

A healthy diet is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby, but you certainly don’t have to eat for two. This is purely a myth and really shouldn’t be listened to.

Dramatic Waters Breaking

If you’re terrified that your waters will break in a dramatic way you’re not alone. Lots of mothers feel like this and while it can happen it isn’t the norm.

Rushing to Hospital as soon as Water Break

The mad dash across London carried out by Bridget Jones as soon as her water broke isn’t really necessary. Your water breaks once you’re in the active part of labour so you would have already been experiencing contractions and should be preparing to get to the hospital. Of course there are exceptions, so be prepared!

Doctor will Never Leave You

In reality your doctor won’t be with you the whole time, but the midwife will be close to hand and keeping an eye on you and your baby.

You’ll Scream at Your Partner

You won’t necessarily scream at your partner during childbirth. Yes, childbirth can be stressful and sometimes very painful, but you’re not obliged to scream and shout like you see on the television.

Your Partner will Faint

Again your partner fainting is highly unlikely but not unheard of, especially if the baby is exceptionally large.

Continuous Pushing

This is a myth. Yes, you will have to push and sometimes it may seem like hours, but the medical staff will intervene if the labour isn’t progressing as well as it should.

Laying Down is Best

This is definitely a myth. Laying down to give birth is for the doctors convenience, not yours.

You get a Feeling of Euphoria

Not necessarily, many mothers experience postnatal depression or the ‘baby blues’ 3 -5 days after giving birth.

Every pregnancy is unique and special to you. Don’t listen to the myths and ‘old wives tales’, listen to what the medical staff advise and your pregnancy and childbirth should be a rewarding and satisfying experience.

3 Big Celebrations For You And Your New Baby

Having a baby is a big cause for celebration. Before you become a mother, you may not understand why so many people refer to the birth of their child as a ‘miracle.’ But when you see the little line on that pregnancy test, or when your newborn is placed in your arms after labor, the rush of love you feel really can make it feel like a true miracle. Naturally, other people want to share in this love and excitement too, and your friends and family will want to be involved if they can be. Every mother (new or expectant) needs some time on her own to get used to either being pregnant or being responsible for a newborn. After all, both are huge lifestyle changes, and they can take a while to get used to! But equally, celebrating your new baby with friends and family, and celebrating those first early milestones, can also be an enriching experience. Thankfully, there are plenty of them – and you will probably find yourself throwing you into them in a state of baby-related bliss! Here are a few examples of those causes for celebration, and what you can do to make the most of them.

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The baby shower

This classic North American tradition has slowly been seeping into other parts of the world over the past couple of decades. Now, baby showers are a regular part of pregnancy and offer the mother-to-be a chance to gather with her closest friends and female relatives to discuss all things maternal. They are particularly important for first-time mothers, as it is customary for the host to receive gifts as part of the baby shower. No new baby comes with a complete guidebook or equipment list (how useful would it be if that was the case!) so it can often be a big help if your friends and family can gift you some new baby items. This also helps take some of the financial pressure off you a little – no one wants to be worried about money in the run up to birth. Traditionally, the baby shower is organized by friends of the mother and is sometimes held as a surprise – but you can be as involved as you like. Either hold it at your home, at a friend’s place or rent out an event space or cafe (many frequently cater for baby showers these days). If you like, you could also invite your partner and his friends over for the latter part of the day and do the gender reveal (if you’ve chosen to find out, of course). A popular way to do this is by cutting open the cake to reveal either blue or pink sponge inside, and it can be fun keeping all your friends in suspense!

The christening

If you are religious, you have probably been thinking about having your child christened. A christening is a great way to welcome your child into the church, especially if you are particularly close to your local religious community. Meet with your local priest or vicar to discuss your options and then, when you are ready, book the date. Your child’s baptism is the first opportunity you have to bring all your loved ones together to celebrate (baby showers are typically women-only events), so get started making your guest list. It can be a nice touch if you design the invitations yourself as well, as they may be something your guests want to keep as a memoir. This doesn’t mean hours spent sat on the floor, cutting and sticking (exactly what you don’t have time for with a newborn in the house!). Companies like Pure Invitation offer personalization services on their website so that you can put your own spin on your invites with relative ease. Once the ceremony is booked, and the invites are sent out, you may want to start considering any optional extras to include in the day. The ceremony itself typically doesn’t take that long, so you may want to host a meal or a reception afterward to continue the celebrations. Your child’s christening is an important milestone, so ensure that you make the most of this special day – after all, it won’t come around again.

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Their first birthday

The first year of your child’s life can be a peculiar one. One minute they’re a tiny newborn, swaddled in a blanket as you bring them home from the hospital – the next they are almost a year old, sitting up by themselves and crawling around everywhere they can get to. Although your child won’t remember their first birthday, it can still be worthwhile celebrating it from a sentimental point of view. You can also use the event as a way to look back on your first year of parenthood, and all the obstacles you have overcome. Print out various photos from the past year and display around your home or venue with bunting. Your friends and family will enjoy going around looking at these various moments, and don’t forget to take plenty of photos on the day, too! It is always best to host your child’s birthday party during the afternoon so that you don’t disturb your baby’s sleep pattern. Plus, there might be other children in attendance too, in which case you don’t want any of them getting over-tired and subsequently playing up. When you have a lot of guests in attendance, cooking a sit-down meal can be a bit hectic, and you may find that you don’t get a chance to mill around and speak to everyone. Having a buffet instead is often a much more practical way of doing things, as this way people can just pick at the food they want and the whole event isn’t too formal. The first year of your child’s life may have shot by, so host a party that sees it off in style.

Baby Meets World: Ideas For Baby’s First Family Outing

As much as you want to keep your new bundle of joy all to yourselves for a while, you also want to start making fun memories with them as soon as possible. The idea of going out with a baby might be daunting at first, especially if it’s your first, but seeing them interact with the world will make it worth the effort. Here are a few suggestions to get your little one exploring this summer.

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Meet your neighbours

If you’re particularly nervous about going somewhere with the baby, then you can start off small by taking them around the neighbourhood in the pram. During the summer, plan these little walks for early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not at its highest. You could even take the gentle exercise up a notch and start jogging when you get the all-clear from your doctor.

Zoo

Kids of all ages love visiting the zoo, but babies will especially enjoy seeing new animals, and perhaps inspecting other people going about their day. Children under three go in for free, so there’s really no reason not to witness their awe and delight at the exotic animals. If you’re worried about overwhelming them, or about spending most of the day out in the sun, then why not take them to the aquarium, or to your local petstore for a few hours. Some quality time spent petting a docile rabbit will engage your baby’s senses and makes for an adorable photo opportunity.

Fun for the whole family

If you have an older child who wants to have a more active day out, it can be difficult to find something that is suitable for your newborn that won’t bore your older child. Fortunately, there are a variety of Fun Family Activities that can cater for everyone; some trampoline parks host Toddler Parties for children under the age of three, as long as they can hold their own head up. Your older children and one parent can enjoy the rest of the park, while the other parent gets the baby exercised on some age-appropriate trampolines. When you all have lunch together afterwards, you’re showing your oldest that there is nothing too different about the new family dynamic.

Swimming

With the summer sun growing in intensity, the best place for everyone to be is cooling off at the public pool. Nothing is as enjoyable as watching the baby splash about in the water and getting excited by the infectious laughter of other happy children. You could also take the chance to find out if there are any swimming lessons available for your baby’s age group – it’s never to early to start learning such an important skill.

Library Story Time

Many public libraries have a special mother and baby story time session in the early morning. This is your chance to introduce your children to the wonders of the literary world, and to some classic nursery rhymes. The best part is that they’re absolutely free.