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Let’s Talk Teeth – Invisalign

So as the years go by and the fine lines on my face are making themselves known, one thing I think can still make a difference the older I get, is good teethypegs.  Whilst holidaying with my mother she mentioned that my front tooth was starting to push forward and shock horror she was right.  A swift trip to the dentist confirmed that your teeth do shift with age and although I had joined the train-track brace gang in my teens, I would indeed benefit from a little straightening out.  Vanity got the better of me and I opted for Invisalign.  In short the dentist takes a mould of your teeth and attaches little ‘buttons’ to your teeth that then fit a series of bespoke clear aligners.  You have a course of treatment which includes a number of aligners and come away with nice straight teeth at the end.

Invisalign is a financial investment so you are best to have a consultation and see how you feel.  I go to Pure Smiles in Fulham and so far my treatment has been a lot easier than the old train track variety.

Some things worth noting though –
– Invisalign is a commitment, for results you have to wear your aligner 20 to 22 hrs a day even if it is a special day like attending a wedding etc.
– You can’t eat with your aligner in which means no more snacking (I consider this a mega plus as it has stopped me hoovering up the kid’s leftovers!)
– Sadly it is goodbye to Shellac nail varnish – it chips as you remove your aligners.
– Even worse it’s goodbye to lipstick too.   I had a disastrous first outing trying to wear my beloved Mac Lady Danger and it smeared all over the front my new aligner.
– It is likely that at the end of your treatment you will need a retainer of sorts to stop them moving again.

I have also upped my dental hygiene armoury to include the Oral-B Pro 2500 Toothbrush. It comes in either black or pink and includes a handy travel case so no excuses when on holiday.  My dentist also recommended Tepe flossing brushes which I find a whole lot easier than the old dental floss type.

Will keep you posted on my quest for the perfect smile.

All in the detail:

I go to Pure Smiles in Fulham for my Invisalign Treatment – 0203 613 3343 
They have practices on Fulham Road and New King’s Road 
Oral-B Pro 2500 Toothbrush available on Amazon

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Perfect Party Prep – Aromatherapy Associates

If you are already suffering from Christmas party fatigue, I may have the perfect little pick-me-up for you.  Recommended by a somewhat ‘spiritual’ friend of mine, this Aromatherapy Associates bath/shower oil is the perfect tonic to combat the post war-zone/kids tea slump after 5pm.  If your hair smells of fish fingers and you would rather slob on the sofa than don your glad rags for the night ahead, then add a couple of drops of this to your bath or shower and you will raring to go again.  The perfect recharge for the evening ahead… you just might have to fish the bath toys out of the way first.

All in the detail:

Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil, £45
Click here to view
Also available at John Lewis
I have the Evening version but there is also a Morning one too
Would make a great stocking filler 

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Tidy Talons – nice nails for new mums

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If you are in the sleep deprived, early days of life with a newborn and in desperate need of a pick-me-up, or simply low on the childcare front but would love to get out for a mani pedi then there is a little App you need to download now.  At the click of a button you can order your manicure and pedicure on the go and instead of traipsing to and from a salon, an expert technician will magically appear at your door.  You can continue to watch your kids or keep working, all in the comfort of your own home, whilst your hands and feet get some much needed TLC.  You pay via the app too so perfect if you have been too busy to get out the cash.  Most of LeSalon’s expert technicians are mums too so LeSalon works well for women ‘on both sides of the polish pot’ as they say.
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With a couple of clicks on your mobile and your chipped, tired, hands and toesies can be given a new lease of life. Get downloading.

All in the detail:
They use ESSIE nail varnish
Express mani & pedi – £40 (20mins)
Classic mani – £25
Classic pedi – £35
Classic mani & pedi – £50 
They also offer Shellac too
CND Shellac mani – £35
CND Shellac pedi – £45
CND Shellac mani & pedi – £70 
Find LeSalon at the AppStore 
Currently covering Zone 1&2 in London

 

 

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Soft as a baby’s bottom – Sudocrem’s new cream

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No nursery seems complete without a pot of the good old Sudocrem, but if your pot is looking a bit icky then check out their new Care and Protect ointment for nappy rash. Not only a barrier cream, this little gem also conditions the skin and fights infection too. Love the tube design as it is great to pop in the changing bag and a lot more user friendly. A good all rounder I say.

All in the detail:

Sudocrem Care and Protect
Available at most pharmacies/supermarkets
£3.99

 

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Things that go with a Bump – London Antenatal Classes

bcI cannot believe that Little B has hit the 6 month mark already.  Time has flown and I am already cooing over friends’ newborns and eagerly awaiting my niece to be born so I can get my teeny person fix.  For those out there expecting babes – 2014 is going to be a life changer.

Before Christmas, I had time to have a coffee with a couple of ladies who very much play a part in preparing the ladies of London for the arrival of their wee ones – the girls behind The Bump Class.  Sisters Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle, inspired by their own prenatal experiences, launched their very own version of practical antenatal classes to prepare parents for the ‘birth and beyond’.  Aided by their team of experts, which include a breastfeeding specialist, a physiotherapist and working midwife, The Bump Class offers non judgemental and unbiased advice covering all aspects leading up to childbirth but also crucially they focus on life at home once your baby has arrived. I totally subscribe to their ethos that the more knowledge you are armed with, the more informed decision you will be able to make. Their classes inspire that precious confidence so needed for any mummy-in-waiting.  The support network and friendships built at the Bump Class far outlast the 8 weeks of the ante-natal course and a Father’s Evening should ensure no comedy fainting come delivery. So if you are excitedly expecting a new arrival this year then take a look and get involved.

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Bump Class founders Marina and Chiara with their Little Ones

 

Princess asked Marina…

 

 

What are your 3 favourite things in life?
Running around Hyde Park at sunrise on a frosty morning with my dog Maggi.
Taking the children for a ride around the fields in our ancient Land Rover with no roof, lovingly called Neville.
Snuggling up by the fire with the children in their pyjamas for a story before bed.

London’s best kept secret for kids?
On a sunny weekend, Brunch at The Drawing Room Café at Fulham Palace – there’s seating outside and wonderfully large lawn surrounded by ancient trees – a natural playground to keep your children entertained while adults have a relaxed brunch.

Best tip for impending motherhood?
Above all trust your instinct, that is what it’s there for.

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All in the detail:
The Bump Class
Click here for website
What:
8 week Course: £450 (small classes and each session is 1.5hrs)
Father’s Evening: £120 per couple for the 2 hr class
Paediatric First Aid: £75 per person
POA for Private Courses in the comfort of your own home
Where:
29 South Terrace
London
SW7 2TB
Nearest Tube: South Ken
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The milk police – breathalyser for your boobs

MilkscreenSo most of my friends reach for that celebratory glass of champers once their babes have been born and after 9 months of abstinence it is only natural to fancy a glass or two in those early weeks. If you are breastfeeding and are concerned about the effects then have a gander at this.  My American galpal trotted round with these Milkscreen strips in my first week home with Little B, and I have to admit it did make me giggle.  The Milkscreen kit is essentially a home test for alcohol in breast milk.  You simply dip the strips in your bottles of expressed milk and it will detect the presence of any alcohol. Good for peace of mind, it also might mean you carry on breastfeeding for longer. An amusing addition to any Baby Shower pressie.

All in the detail:
Milkscreen available at Amazon, click here to view
£28.99 for a pack of 20 strips
You don’t need me to tell you that is product is aimed at responsible mothers and not prolific drinkers etc etc.
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Princess ♥ Water Wipes – super gentle baby wipes

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One thing I remember being a little tedious when Little A was a tiny wee thing was the endless ‘cotton wool balls dipped into water’ that I used during nappy changes as recommended in any mummy-to-be manual.  This time round I was very pleased to be introduced to Water Wipes.  Suitable from birth and a whole lot easier to use, Water Wipes contain none of the nasties found in other wipes and so you can rest assure you won’t be aggravating your little one’s new skin (which incidentally is a whole 5 times thinner than adult skin).  Even certain brands of ‘sensitive’ or ‘pure’ wipes contain a number of chemicals which when you could be wiping bottoms up to 10 times a day is not the nicest of thoughts.  I have been ploughing through my stash of Water Wipes and Little B has no complaints so far.

All in the detail:

Kiddicare currently have 25 % off so you can get a pack of 4 for £6.74
Click here to buy
Also available on amazon

 

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Happy Feet – mobile reflexologist in London

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Another entry for your address book is the fabulous Georgie of Retreat 4 Your Feet.  My feet certainly took the brunt of it this pregnancy and an hour of Maternity Reflexology with Georgie certainly sorted them out.  You can either have her visit you at home (London only) or book into her Putney studio.  I opted for a post 7pm (kiddiwinks in bed) slot so I could slope off to bed in my relaxed zen-like state afterwards.  She also offers a type of Facial Massage which I will be trying out next.

All in the detail:
For prices click here to view
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A Mothers’ Meeting – an alternative to NCT

luluSad news to hear from a friend that Christine Hill is ceasing her fantastic ante-natal classes.  I really enjoyed her no nonsense approach and specialist advice.  Good news however to hear of a new course on the block from the ladies behind Lulubaby.

Set up by ex Goldman girl, Louisa van den Bergh, Lulubaby’s antenatal classes guide you from birth, breastfeeding and beyond.  She has a team of pros on board (GP, Paediatrician, Midwife Breastfeeding Consultant, Obstetric Physio and Nuturionist) to talk through it all and answer those never ending questions first time mummies have.

Classes are held in SW London (Fulham) where you can meet like minded mummies over tea and most importantly cake.

Spread the word.

All in the detail:

Lulybaby.co.uk – click here for web
Tel: 0207 371 9383 / 07789 726208 / 07970 700012
Course cost : £350 (7 sessions of 2.5 hrs)
Father’s evening: £50
Classes in Fulham are held on Chiddingstone Street but they have also opened a branch in Wandsworth for those south of the rive (Melody Rd).

Also for those mummies already check out their fab First Aid course for Baby & Child. It’s a morning with a GP who has seen and treated everything!  Sign up now to get on the course 7th June (9.30am – 12 noon) – also a good opportunity to meet some new mummy buddies.

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Going Potty – potty training begins

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As I type this I keep glancing tentatively to my right.  Little A is currently perched on his new potty for Day 1 of the dreaded Potty Training.  With babe no.2 on the way, now is the time to embrace the big boy pants and at 2yrs 5mths I feel he is ready for the challenge.  At his 2yr health check, the nurse said not to rush it and that girls were generally ready to train and quicker to learn than the boys.  Now Little A is talking lots and and I feel he has grasped the concept of “bye bye” to the nappies it was off to Waitrose to pick up our John Lewis click and collect oh-so-special Dinosaur Big Boy Pants.  I think the key is to buy lots and I have heard that Primark also do some good bulk packs.  We chose three packs of 5 mixed Dino ones for variety and the brain washing started a week ago with the arrival of our very smart Baby Bjorn party – we got the grey.  It definitely has a wider seat than most and it is really comfy for Little A and so far he has enjoyed sitting on it for relatively long periods.  The bear on the front is a help and I love the fact you simply pop out the inner potty to empty and clean it.

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Potty training in One Week by Gina Ford, £6.99 at Amazon
Ok so it might have an ambitious title but that’s fine by me.  Keeping Little A in the house for 3 days straight is like keeping a tiger cub in a hamster cage.  You may or may not be fans of the Gina way but this book contains lots of great case studies of what to do when things don’t go to plan alongside Gina’s straightforward approach.
Aquaint 100% Natural Steriliser Spray, £3.00 at JoJo Maman Bebe
Obviously germs are playing a big part in the potty training week and cleanliness is the top priority. Loving the discovery of this Aquaint spray in this handy travel version. Perfect to pop in the nappy bag (might have to rename that now!) and as it is 100% natural it is completely safe to use around babies and children and harmless should it be ingested.  You can use it on your little one’s hands, highchair trays, table tops, dropped dummies and teething rings, any grotty surfaces and it kills 99.9% bacteria in seconds.  Great to give Little A’s hands a quick spray if we can’t wash our hands when out and about.
BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer, £28.95 at John Lewis
Towards the middle of next week I am hoping that as well as mastering the potty Little A will have learnt how to go on the ‘big boy’ loo.  So he doesn’t disappear down there, I have bought a trainer seat which slots straight onto our loo seat.  Ours is this ‘toilet trainer’ (above) from BabyBjorn and as well as being the most aesthetically pleasing it adjusts to different sized loo seats and I think worth the money.
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Onto the next genius invention to grace our home for this crucial period.  My Carry Potty is the brainchild of a mother of 3 and is perfect to take with you out and about. Sadly with no lawn to speak of in London Town we will be heading to our usual circuit of parks and playgrounds and this certainly fixes the quandry of what happens when Little A will need to ‘go’.  I am sure my mother would have just turfed me outside but alas urban living and revolting public loos mean I am very pleased that Little A will have his own travel potty.  Its bag free design means it is faff free and you simply empty it when you reach home.  100% leak and odour proof and with a cute handle which Little A has been constantly road testing, I think this will be invaluable once he is potty trained enough to leave the confines of our house.  It is also working a treat as our ‘upstairs’ potty so you don’t have to go to town buying lots of different ones. Perhaps one of the most clever aspects of the My Carry Potty is the fantastic book and sticker chart that comes with it.  Little A really responds to learning from characters in books and seeing George and Hollie’s adventures with their Carry Potty has definitely smoothed the whole process.  So far we have had 2 misses but more promisingly there are 3 stickers on the chart so things are looking up!

My Carry Potty with free Potty Training Storybook is £24.99 and available from Cheeky Rascals.  We got the blue.

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