Monday 25 January 2021

Say it with Champers - Review and Giveaway


 Each year there are always so many things you need to celebrate. Birthdays, Christmas, Mothers Day, or maybe the arrival of a new baby. Say it with Champers is one way to make a celebration even better by gifting or having some personalised champagne or prosecco bottles at your party. 

Say it with champers offers large or mini bottles and even hampers with the bottles personalised to match your celebration. 

I was sent some mini bottles perfect to celebrate the fact that I am having a baby boy! I think they are such a good idea because they can be used for gender reveal parties, baby showers, gifts for after the baby is born, or for the parents to celebrate the arrival of their baby. I plan on using mine as prizes for my online baby shower I am going to be having. 

The bottles are so cute! I got them so they are personalised to welcome a baby boy. The labels are blue and say Celebrating a Baby Boy, with my due date underneath. 

I do also love that they are mini sized, as they make a perfect little prize for my party games. 

The personalisation on the website is really easy to do. You can have up to 16 characters on the label on the neck of the bottle and then 4 lines of writing on the main bottle label. The amount of writing you can have on it is great with line 2 giving you 55 characters to use. Which is perfect for writing EG - Congratulations on your new arrival. 

If your going for a bigger bottle there are also other options of champagne you can have inside your bottles, Including Rose Champagne which would be lovely for celebrating a baby girl. 

Each mini bottle is £8.63 to buy and the more you buy, the cheaper the bottles get. 

If you want to see more of what Say it with Champers has to offer then head to the website to see their great selection.

What would you use your personalised Champagne / Prosecco for? 

Who would like to WIN 2 bottles of Mini prosecco personalised how ever you would like? Enter below on your Gleam app and you could be the lucky winner of 2 bottles! 


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Monday 18 January 2021

Celebrating my 5th Bloggiversary

Well, This year has certainly flown by. I celebrated my actual birthday 10 days ago and today I celebrate 5 years of having my blog. But yet it does not feel 2 moments ago since I was celebrating last year. 

5 Years is a huge milestone for me. Each year I always say that when I started my blog, I didn't think I would make it this far, But I love my blog, I love to write and I am not giving up yet!

This year on the blog has had a few changes. I haven't posted as much, but then the pandemic has definitely not helped with that. Life has most definitely got more busy for me, and as much as I would like to be constantly posting on the blog, finding the time is difficult. As a know a lot of you have been doing, home schooling was one thing that has been keeping me busy, but this did also give me the opportunity to let you know about some fun home schooling activities. 

I have managed to post most of my home schooling and life updates onto instagram, so if you have been following there then that is where you are able to keep up with the Life of Lily the best!

Also if you are a follower of my blog, you will know that I am expecting baby number 2. This is super exciting and will also see some changes to the blog as some of my focus goes towards the baby side of parenting. I do still plan to write about Lily, Education and still provide you with some great toy reviews though so please keep following for that. 

So each year I usually look back on things such as stats of the blog. But first is always a look at how Lily has changed in a year. She is the star of the blog after all. 

So here is a picture of Lily from last year, 

and here is a picture I took just the other day. 

One huge thing about Lily that has changed is that she has become so much more independent and fearless. It really feels like she has become a much more grown up girl. She is going to make such a good big sister when her little brother comes. But she really hasn't grown much in size, she still fits into that Christmas jumper bless her. 

Now for the blog growth.

My total number of posts now stands at - 916 posts. 

I have been really focusing on my Instagram, and so this has grown incredibly for me, and just as I turn 5 years old, I reach past 5000 followers. So thank you to everyone who follows me. 

So here is a stat over view - 

Instagram Last Year - 2990
Instagram This Year - 5027
Total Gained - 2037

Facebook Last Year - 3733
Facebook This Year - 3915
Total Gained - 182

Twitter Last Year - 8199
Twitter This Year - 8346
Total Gained - 147

As for my tot score. I am happy for the number to be staying above the 200 mark. It is currently at 154, but I have seen it go to 125 at some point this year which is great. 

I plan to pop back to this post and do a little competition for you all to celebrate my blog birthday. So keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Here is to another year of blogging. Hope you all enjoy my future content! 

What have you enjoyed from my blog this year? What would you like to see next? 

Monday 11 January 2021

Have a Pampered Pregnancy with Zita West

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Pregnancy can be tough. So anything that helps us through it is a real bonus. There are lots of lovely products on the market that could help us out but one company that is worth a real look at is Zita West. 

Zita West is a Midwife who focuses on Fertility and Pregnancy and has produced a range of products that nourish the body allowing it to work at its best. 

Being 32 weeks pregnant my body is definitely in need of some help and so Zita West sent me some lovely products to review. 

I was sent 3 Zita West Pregnancy Oils to try. 

I was sent a restore and relax bath oil, a back ease massage oil, and a Preconditioning down under oil. 

Firstly let me say that the bottles they come in are beautiful. You really feel like your instore for a treat when you hold them in your hand and know they they are luxury products. Pampering at any time I think its important to feel like the products your using are of high quality and so to still feel the desired pampered effect from pregnancy products is lovely. 

Each bottle has 100ml of oil in which after using the oils a few times, I can certainly say will last you a decent amount of time. 

First I tried the massage oil. I am pretty lucky that my partner loves to give me massages but since I have been pregnant he hasn't been able to do it as much. Firstly because of course its trickier to get into comfortable positions for a massage but also because we can't use the usual oils that we would normally do due to them perhaps not being safe for pregnancy. So the great thing about the Zita West oil is that its perfectly safe for pregnancy and there are no concerns about the oils being absorbed into your body. 

This oil is perfect to be used for the general aches and pains of pregnancy, for relaxation, and it also helps stimulate your circulation, which can be a problem for some during pregnancy. It is also safe to be used while in labour which may help ease some of the pains your body can go through. 

The oil was lovely to use and smelt amazing. It has a lovely scent of lemon and lime which my partner said he loved and later commented how I smelt like a sherbert lemon (one of his favourite sweets haha) 

The bath oil was next to try and at the moment I must admit I am really enjoying a lovely bath. This oil you add 3 cap fulls to running water to create a lovely relaxing bath. Straight away you can smell the lovely aroma of Lavender, which is great for relaxation. I was really impressed with how much the scent of the oil lasted and I could smell it for my entire bath. The oil also felt lovely against my skin, and after getting out the bath, it didn't leave me feeling oily which is great. 

Another great thing about the oil is again its safe for pregnancy. You may already know that women can be very sensitive to things such as Thrush during pregnancy meaning they have to be careful what they place in their bath. Even when not pregnant I am unfortunate to have to be careful to what I put in my bath but I am happy to report that the oil did not irritate me at all. Which is a HUGE bonus. 

Last but not least is the Preconditioning down under oil. This is to be used for Perineum massage which can help your down below parts prepare for birth. If you don't know already, your perineum is the area between your vagina and anus and this is a very common area to tear during childbirth. Unfortunately when I had Lily I ended up with a small tear down there and it wasn't the nicest to recover from. Tearing is something that most women really want to avoid and so this oil and massage could really help with that. 

The oil when used will help the area become more supple and elastic giving it more chance to stretch when needed, and the massage itself will also help aid this. It is advised to be done 6 weeks before birth recommending it gets used from 32 - 34 weeks. It can be done by yourself or if you find it easier then your partner could also try do it for you. The oil is also plant based making it safe for your body and suitable for pregnancy. 

I really wish I would of known about this oil before having Lily. I obviously can't comment on if it works or not, as I have not had the baby yet. But I am going to be trying this for sure from now to the end of my pregnancy to be given the best chance of not tearing and I would 100% recommend anyone else who is pregnant to try it. 

If you are interested in any of these products then they can be bought from the Zita West website at the following prices. 

Massage Oil - £12.76
Bath Oil - £12.76
Preconditioning Down Under Oil - £16.96

Which of these products would you like to use while pregnant? 

Saturday 2 January 2021

Win a Squibbles Colouring Book

As its the start of a new year, I think its a great time to add some fun and positivity into our lives. So what better way than with a super fun colourful colouring book. This isn't just any colouring book though. Inside it also has space for your child to jot down positive words, phrases or even add creative writing or use the space as a thought journal entry. 

Lily loves both colouring and writing so this is the perfect book for her. She has already coloured in quite a few pages. I have left it completely up to her to what she wants to write and so far she has written "I like dancing", "I like to fly" and "I love Jelly Fish" 

The characters inside the book are all super creative and fun, full of expression and cuteness. Just perfect for colouring! 

You can see more about Squibbles over on the website

But nevermind a book for children, this would be amazing for grown ups too! I don't know about you but I love colouring and we all also need some positivity in our lives. 

So who wants one? 

 I have one of these books to give away, All you have to do is enter the few entry options on the Gleam app below. 

Good Luck!

Win a Squibbles Colouring Book