Thursday, 24 August 2017

Milk Ocean children's clothing - A Review Post

I've often found it much easier shopping for the teen that the little prince, namely because of the wide range of girls clothes available on the high street in comparison to boys.  That being said times are changing and the way we shop is changing with the times.  Spaces like Instagram are making it increasingly easier to find clothes in a style that appeals to you and online shopping means that you can be sitting slouched on the sofa with a cup of tea in your pyjamas (as I am now) and ordering the latest fashions from around the globe.

One of my resent finds for little man is a brand called 'Milk Ocean' who have just launched an etsy store featuring their first line of knitwear.

We were sent a super soft white hoodie made from 95% organic cotton a 5% elastane.  The hoodie features water-based eco-friendly ink tattoo prints which gives it that little edge to make little man feel like 'the man'.

Since receiving the jumper little man has not wanted to take it off.  He's only just started getting into fashion and will now tell you if his clothes look 'cool' or not, although he still does seek the approval of his big sister, this hoodie has definitely made it onto his cool list.

I too love the jumper, my only criticism would be that it comes up at just the right fit so if you're like me and like your children's clothes to have a bit of growing room I suggest going for the next size up.  Milk Ocean currently stock sizes from 1-5 (although little man is wearing age 6).  Helga, the store owner, has assured me they will in time be looking to expand the age range as the brand grows.

We haven't yet washed the hoodie so that will be our next test let's see how it does!

We were gifted the hoodie in exchange for this article, all opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

Monday, 21 August 2017

My little fish - Epaderm Junior review

My quest to help my little man learn to swim began when he was just a few months old with mother and baby swim classes, although I started with the best of intentions these classes didn't go to plan.  For one reason or another we were unfortunate enough to have them cancelled or moved to days when we couldn't attend.  A few months ago we decided to start again with an intensive swim week, then followed these up with weekly swimming lessons at a local private school pool.

Daniel has gone from being afraid to put his head in the water to being a little fish and swimming both on his front and his back.  I'm one very proud mother.

The one negative to all this is the effect the chlorine has had on his skin.  For some with eczema chlorine can have a positive influence as recent research has shown mild bleach can reduce bacteria on eczematous skin, for Daniel the chlorine has had a drying effect therefore causing him irritation.

So what did we do to counteract this?  
Applying Epaderm Junior, which is the newest addition to the Epaderm family and is specially developed by dermatologists, washing the chlorine off his skin after swimming then re-applying his cream.  Thanks to this process and continued use of the cream and ointment after a couple of weeks his skin was no longer dry and symptoms of irritation had stopped.

We were used to using a thicker prescribed ointment from the doctor, which for the most part worked well so I was sceptical about the light Epaderm cream, his skin however loves it.  

Although we were exclusively using Epaderm for 4 weeks we now alternate between the doctor prescribed hydromol ointment and Epaderm because we've found that Daniel's skin requires a variety of different moisturisers at different times.

As for the swimming, we're off to our local pool today to enjoy some summer holiday swimming fun.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hello Strangers

I promised myself I would write at least one blog post this summer, in the aim to get myself blogging again.  Having written this I will have achieved that goal, I'm certainly not one to break a promise, except sometimes when that promise is to myself.

You know like the promises you make yourself never to let anyone treat you badly again, or the promise never to be fooled into buying something you don't need because the deal sounds too good to miss out on.  Those promises are more difficult to keep.  I can promise myself not to let anyone treat me badly, the problem with that is I'm not in control of the actions of others, so instead a better promise would be to promise myself that how I handle someone who treats me badly will be better than I handled it before.

One promise I have managed to keep for myself though is the promise to keep fit, don't get me wrong I've not always managed to get to the gym and I've definitely enjoyed a doughnut or two (or the whole packet on a good day)  but despite that I've kept my steps up, exercised at home, maintained a somewhat healthy diet and enjoyed some healthy alternative forms of exercise.

For the rest of this year my promise to myself is to write; be it one or two blog posts a month, a poem on a scrap of paper, a story for the little one or a play script for the teen, I will write.  I would love if you can help me out with encouraging words, tweet reminders or a little nudge in my inbox every now and again because sometimes we forget to do what we love because we are so caught up trying to love what we have to do.