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  1. Style Challenge: Dressing the man in my life with Jacamo

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    I was recently set a style challenge by menswear clothing website Jacamo to style the man in my life with their clothes for £100.  I managed to kit hubby Ben out from head to toe with brand new jeans, a shirt, a parka jacket and even a pair of casual hi-tops for said budget.

    I’ve never really dressed Ben before.  He works at the head office of a large fashion brand so gets a lot of clothes from work, meaning we never have to shop for clothes for him.  Buying from another retailer was quite tricky at first as I’m so used to seeing him in the same clothes, but Jacamo have loads on offer. 

    They stock affordable clothes as well as well-known brands such as Firetrap, French Connection, Nike and many more.  When I realised I could get a whole outfit for £100 I rose to the challenge.  The challenge of dressing him head to toe, as well as attempting to find an outfit he’d actually want to wear.

    I chose black jeans as he only wears blue jeans.  Click here to see all the jeans.  He’s actually worn them since they arrived so that was a great choice.  Go me!  The shirt is a flannel feel, so super soft and cosy for the winter months in a festive red colour.  Hi-tops are always brilliant for keeping the wet ground away from feet and ankles warm so I reckon he’ll get a lot of use from these the coming months. 

    The jacket is quite lightweight, but perfect if you’re already wearing a stack of layers underneath, I’m thinking long sleeve tee with festive knitted Christmas jumper over the top… tis the season.  So if you’ve already got a few layers on, this jacket is great and you won’t feel so Michelin man like and unable to move.  That's the one thing I hate about winter - being so padded up in clothes I don't feel free.  View the jackets they stock here.

    I don’t think I did too badly and I reckon he looks pretty good.  I told Ben he can have the clothes so long as he poses for some photographs for my blog post.  He’s definitely more comfortable than me with having his picture taken, but I think he does feel like a plonker trying to actually pose for a clothes photo!   So we had a bit of a giggle and took some of his version of model poses as well as some more serious ones.

    Enjoy!

    Style Challenge Dressing the man in my life with Jacamo (3)

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    Style Challenge Dressing the man in my life with Jacamo (5)

    And here's little Reuben wanting to get involved too:

    Style Challenge Dressing the man in my life with Jacamo (1)

     

    *I was sent these items for review by Jacamo – they sell some great menswear (see fabulous model hubby Ben above)

     Here are some more of my brilliant fashion blog posts:

    Do you dress like a mum? How my style is changing now I’m in my 30s. 
    Five Other Ways to Use Your Fashion Scarf 
    A peek at my new outfits from affordable fashion website LOTD

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    Style Challenge Dressing the man in my life with Jacamo

  2. A peek at my new outfits from affordable fashion website LOTD and a 30% discount code

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    Last week I was approached by online fashion website lotd.com to see if I wanted to try some of their clothes.  It’s so rare I buy myself a bunch of clothes now as a busy mum with different financial priorities compared to my younger years, so I thought why not?  That will be nice.  A lovely treat for myself! 

    In my early twenties I wouldn’t have thought twice about blowing my wages on clothes on a weekly basis!  Now I’ve been living in one of my favourite jumpers for around ten years as it’s just so comfy.  Oh how times change!  I have decided this week, upon arrival of my new lovely clothes from LOTD, to part with said jumper which now has around no less than five holes and to dress a little less homeless like (how my hubby Ben lovingly puts it).

    It took me over one hour to scour the LOTD website!  There’s a huge choice and clothes start from only £5, so you can get a good haul for your money.  I did wonder if the clothes would be of really poor cheap quality for such a small price, but I’m actually quite impressed. 

    For 30% off at LOTD, scroll to the bottom of this blog post for your discount code!

    I also worry about tops fitting me as I’m 5 foot 7, so quite tall.  Usually t-shirts are so short I always have to go for longline versions, which are then just normal on me!  I chose three t-shirts from LOTD (which stands for Look Of The Day if you were wondering) and they all fit just fine, no belly flashing here!

    I’m not the best in front of a camera so I was just going to write a wish list type post, but then I thought hey, why not just brave up, face the camera and show you the clothes on me. 

    So below is my at-home fashion shoot with not so professional photographer hubby Ben.  I think we actually got some OK photos.  Usually this sort of scenario ends in a few cross words as Ben can’t be bothered to take photos of me for the blog so just points and shoots, like that will do, and I look bloomin’ awful in the photo and get upset.  This time he tried to get a little more arty and we had a bit of fun posing around the house.  Oh yes, he had to pose too as I have a upcoming blog post featuring Ben too!

    I also have to mention how uncomfortable I am with my photo being taken!  I’m still wearing my brace so my mouth is basically out of action.  Trying to smile with brace on is just impossible without me looking so smarmy and silly.  Anyone who’s had a brace will understand.  Even just trying to pull a straight face makes me look ridiculous.

    So here goes, my very unprofessional at-home photo shoot!

    But I must say, I love all these clothes from LOTD and have been wearing them already! 

    Guess which one I’ll be wearing on Wednesdays…

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    And finally, for the very arty shot which makes me look as tall as the room...

    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD - Lylia Rose

    Voila.

    I hope you enjoyed my fashion shoot with LOTD.  I love all the clothes and can't wait until Wednesday to rock my new t-shirt!

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    My at home fashion shoot with affordable fashion website LOTD

    * I was kindly sent clothes of my choice by LOTD - save 30% with discount code BLOGLOVE30

  3. Natural Mums: An Introduction to Eco Friendly Cloth Nappies with Me Becoming Mum

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    Today I have a guest post for you from Naomi who blogs at Me Becoming Mum.  As you may have guessed I am very into healthy living.  This extends from the healthy food choices I make right through to what I choose to put on my skin and the products I use around the home.  One thing I didn’t use with my children was cloth nappies. 

    If I had my children again I would absolutely consider it.  I hate the terrible impact we are having on the environment every day and this is why I choose to use natural products on me and around the home.  Everything eventually ends up back in the environment at some point.  I have started using natural tampons and pads which are organic and biodegradable.  There are so many choices we can make every day to protect ourselves and the environment from unnecessary damage.

    I’m going to learn a thing or two myself today.  Enjoy!

    Natural Mums An Introduction to Eco Friendly Cloth Nappies with Me Becoming

    Using Cloth Alternatives

    Hi, I’m Naomi and I blog over at Me Becoming Mum. I like to write honest posts, keeping it real about the truths and realities of my life from pregnancy and parenthood, to being a wife and running my own business.

    I am a 26 year old wife of six and a half years and mummy to two beautiful little girls, my eldest turned three in February 2017 and my youngest who will be one in December 2017.

    Now before I get started, I want you to know something. I am not some crazy hippy chick, who loves to dance around a camp fire and live in a cave. I am a true representation of the technology generation (I guess I would have to be to be able to keep up with a blog, business and the 6+ social media accounts that accompany them!) At the same time, I do use cloth alternatives to the disposable products that a lot of women and parents opt to use. These include cloth nappies for my children, cloth sanitary pads and cloth breast pads.

    I didn’t always use them. To be honest, if you had asked me five years ago if I would be now, I would likely have laughed in your face. The idea of having to wash anything with bodily fluids of any kind on would have repulsed me. It kind of still does, but I do it anyway. The reality is that it is likely I would be doing so anyway, as how many people have had to wash clothes after a messy night out; and how many parents have had to deal with those epic baby poo-spolsions that cover you and the child and require nothing short of a full on shower to clean you both off?

    Now that I use them, I wouldn’t go back. I decided to share with you my top five reasons for using cloth; so here we go:

    1)      You should use cloth alternatives because... they are so much cheaper!

    We started using cloth nappies when we discovered that our eldest daughter was allergic to disposable nappies, but when we made the calculations we worked out what a good idea it was. The initial outlay seems expensive (on average a birth to potty collection of day and night nappies will cost between £200 and £300) but in the long run it is so much cheaper, as you only have to buy them once. Those nappies will not only last until your child is toilet trained; but any other children that you have too! The same goes for breast pads (for those of us that breastfeed) and sanitary pads (which will work for every woman!).

    2)      You should use cloth alternatives because... they are so much more comfy!

    This goes for the items that I use as well as the nappies. Soft cottons and other fibres are so much nicer to wear than the paper used for disposable items. After all breast pads, sanitary pads and nappies are all going in some of the most sensitive areas of our baby’s and our bodies. A lot of places offer different linings too, I have some minky sanitary pads that are the most comfy things to wear, especially when I am super uncomfortable in the first place.

    3)      You should use cloth alternatives because... they look so much nicer!

    When I first started looking into cloth nappies for our daughter, I was expecting (like I imagine most people do!) to find a whole load of big sheets you need to wrap around your baby, and nappy pins to seal them. This is not the case. They look no different to normal nappies, plus they come in so many different designs. Just like everything we buy there are different brands, but the one thing they all have in common is the fact that they have an amazing range of colours and patterns for you to choose from. The same applies to the breast pads and sanitary pads. Although no one except you will see them, I have everything from flowers to rainbows on mine!

    4)      You should use cloth alternatives because... they can be used again and again!

    The one thing that I love about cloth is that no matter how many periods and children I have I will never run out of sanitary pads, breast pads or nappies. There will be no running down to the shop in a panic because I have run out and if I had more than one child in nappies at the same time it will not cost me any extra because I already have the stash to cover them.

    5)      You should use cloth alternatives because... they are better for the environment!

    This may be a really obvious one, but not chucking a load of nappies, sanitary pads, tampons and breast pads into the bin to end up on landfills is so much better for the environment. Even though you are using the washing machine a few extra times it is still more environmentally friendly to use cloth rather than their disposable counterparts.

    You can find me in the following places:

    Website: www.mebecomingmum.co.uk

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/mebecomingmum

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/mebecomingmum

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/mebecomingmum

    Thank you so much to Naomi for popping by today and sharing all she knows about cloth nappies.  Would I make the switch if I had another child or could go back in time?  Absolutely.  I really think I would.  I dread to think of how many nappies I’ve thrown out and into a landfill.  It’s quite a disgusting thought!

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    Natural Mums- An Introduction to Eco Friendly Cloth Nappies with Me Becomin  

  4. Where to get affordable family travel insurance for a pre-existing medical condition

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    We recently came across our first stumbling block with Reuben’s heart condition.  Our little boy Reuben has a heart condition called pulmonary stenosis.  It’s not something we ever notice as he seems perfectly healthy on the outside.  He’s had two operations so far and will need another at some point. 

    Once he’s an adult he’ll need a valve replacement in his heart, so for now it’s a case of keeping the pressure in his heart to a safe level until he’s a fully grown adult.  We’ve had several check-ups to monitor the pressure in his heart, in fact we had one last week.  Luckily the pressure hadn’t gone up for six months so this time they’re happy to not see us for another year, which is brilliant news.  One year is the longest we’ve had between appointments.

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    Where to get affordable family travel insurance for a pre-existing medical

    As you can’t tell Reuben has heart disease from the outside, we really do forget about it until each check-up rolls around.  This was until I had to book us some annual travel insurance recently.  We’ve been to Germany a few times with Reuben to visit my husband’s family, but we’d not got travel insurance before.  In the next year we are going on our first beach family holiday abroad to Fuerteventura as well as a UK holiday, so I thought it best to get travel insurance to cover us for any accidents and emergencies. 

    I always assumed the European Health Card would cover us for injuries, but this isn’t always the case.  In my blog post 6 important things to do once you book a family holiday abroad - A checklist before you board that flight I explain how my Grandad hurt his ankle when abroad this year and the hospital he was taken to didn’t accept the E111 card.  Yikes !  Luckily he had travel insurance and was able to claim back the costs of the medical attention he received.  Another reason to always have an emergency fund saved too as he had to pay upfront for the care he received and then claim it back later.

    So, as I would usually do for insurance, I set about filling in my details on comparison sites such as Confused.com to find the best quote.  I’d never thought about Reuben’s condition affecting anything before, but I was so surprised to discover we couldn’t get a comparison quote because Reuben has a pre-existing medical condition.  Quite crazy considering it’s not even something that affects his day to day life!

    Thankfully a quick internet search pulled up some travel companies that do travel insurance for pre-existing conditions and one that stood out was Get Going Travel Insurance.  Their whole ethos being you should just be able to ‘get going’ on your holidays and not have any stumbling blocks because of any conditions.

    I also checked my favourite cashback site and we were able to get 22% cashback on a new Get Going policy by clicking the link via Top Cashback here!

    Perfect!

    As a family of four we were able to get an annual policy to include all of Europe (interestingly policies cost more if you want to include Spain, Cyprus, Turkey & Malta, which we needed to) for £44.12.  Plus we’ll get 22% cashback, so really our policy was only £34.41, just £8.60 per person for a whole year’s worth of travel.   As this takes into account Reuben’s medical condition too, I don’t think it’s a bad price at all.  I’m pretty sure as a single adult I never got a year’s policy this cheap before.

    Thankfully getting a policy wasn’t the palaver I thought it was going to suddenly be.  I also realise Reuben will always be faced with the question of whether he has a heart condition for so many activities in his future life.  I’m so used to ticking ‘no, no, no’ on all the forms I fill out about my own health I barely read the questions and skim through.  Reuben will no doubt have a lifetime of ticking yes in places and then forever explaining his condition to people!

    Luckily we now have insurance and are raring to go on our 2018 holidays.  I’m going to write a blog post soon sharing our travel plans and travel wish list for next year.

    If you’re struggling to get a policy because of a medical condition, click to Get Going today!

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    Where to get affordable family travel insurance for a pre-existing medical

  5. Nutriseed Goodies: Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules

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    The benefits of Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu (plus a £5 Nutriseed discount code for you)

    It’s been such a long time since I posted about the healthy things I’ve been trying and eating.  I’m a health freak and love trying new superfoods as well as researching such topics every single day.  Back in 2015/2016 I was writing a lot on my blog about the things I was trying and their incredible benefits.  I haven’t stopped trying them at all.  In fact, I’ve got more obsessed! 

    This year, 2017, I’ve been refined sugar free all year.  I’ve had a couple of slip ups.  I do treat myself to chippy chips every 1-2 weeks and I did start getting mushy peas on them thinking surely they are just peas.  WRONG!  After trying to get some in the supermarket one week when they were a strange luminous green colour from the chip shop, I discovered they ALL have sugar added!  Crazy!  Another thing I’ll have to make myself without the added sugar.  It’s so annoying they put sugar in EVERYTHING!

    If you want to read more about my healthy living journey and why I recommend going sugar free, check out these blog posts:

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    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules Benefits and discount c

    My favourite online store for superfood goodness is, by far, Nutriseed.  Not only can you use code 5friend for a £5 discount off your order, but they stock one of the most vast ranges of superfood items I’ve seen.  Plus they’re nearly all organic which is a bonus.

    I use their green superfood powder every morning in my smoothie and highly recommend it.  My latest purchase though is for camu camu capsules and hemp seeds.  I’m not a stranger to hemp seeds as they’re an ingredient in my green powder, plus I’ve had the hemp powder before for my smoothies. 

    Camu camu is new to me and I purchased it as I was reading an article all about their benefits and amazing vitamin C content.  I knew straight away to check Nutriseed for them and decided to go with the capsules as an extra vitamin C boost for the winter months.

    Read on to see the amazing benefits of these two products and why they’re now going to be a staple in my cupboard.

    Hemp Seeds

    I’ve been watching so much about cannabis recently and how the whole plant is an incredible medicine.  Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a medicine and has the most incredible healing properties for many daily complaints as well as horrific illnesses and disease like cancer thanks to its cannabinoid content. 

    Unfortunately the government concentrated on its getting high qualities and made it illegal to grow and use for some time.  Only now is cannabis getting the recognition it deserves as such an incredible plant for so many uses and the stigma is beginning to change. 

    I really want to get my hands on some CBD oil to add a drop to my smoothie each day.  I’m hoping it may clear up my skin and be a preventive for many diseases.  I’ve watched several stories of people with 20 years+ of chronic pain being able to relieve the pain in 20 seconds with the oil.  There are also several stories of it helping people with much worse disease.  If you start researching it, you’ll be amazed at the life changing stories you find.  Sounds incredible doesn’t it?  Plus it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain nasty ingredients like most prescription medicines do.

    Unfortunately Nutriseed don’t stock the CBD oil, but they do sell hemp powder and hemp seeds.  These aren’t going to have the medicinal properties of the oil, but they are both a nutrient powerhouse! 

    Hemp is from the same plant Cannabis Sativa, but don’t worry, eating the seeds won’t get you high!  The seeds contain only a trace amount of THC (the psychoactive compound that gets people high when smoked) and are actually highly nutritious and healthy to eat.  I have some in my smoothie everyday already in powder form and now I’ve been adding these hemp seed to my home made muesli each morning and also chucking a teaspoon to my smoothie for a more nutty flavour.  They can also be eaten as a snack on their own and would be a great replacement for those with nut allergies.

    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules The benefits of Hemp Se

    Let’s look at the amazing properties of the product I bought, hemp seeds:

    • A full protein source containing all 21 amino acids, making it a healthy non meat source of protein
    • Rich in several minerals including zinc (great for immune system), phosphorus (good for bone health), magnesium (also good for bone health) and iron (delivering oxygen around your body in the blood).
    • High in essential fatty acids and containing the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6.  Our bodies can’t make these itself so we must rely on a food source for these fatty acids.
    • Rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, D and high in vitamin E.
    • They contain the rare gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is linked to several health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease.
    • Good source of fibre.
    • Vegan friendly.
    • The Nutriseed version is organic.  Read more on my thoughts about organic food here:

    3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
    Organic vs 'Normal' Food

    For 6 evidence based health benefits, check out this article from one of my favourite websites: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#section2

    Camu Camu

    This can also be purchased as a powder, but I went for the capsules to make sure I take one every day.  I already have two smoothie superfood powders on the go, so didn’t want to add another just yet.  The capsules are filled with 100% camu camu powder so I’m still getting the exact same goodness.

    Camu camu is a shrub found in the flooded parts of the Amazon rainforest and it’s the berries that are full of nutritional goodness.  The fruit is said to be ‘excessively sour’ so is ground into powder to mix with other things.

    Here are some of the incredible benefits of camu camu:

    • One teaspoon or one capsule provides 1180% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, that’s more than any other natural source of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is produced by our body so must come from food.  It’s also not stored by the body, so a daily source is required.  These capsules will make it super easy for me to get enough on a daily basis and from a natural source.
    • The Nutriseed version are organic certified by the UK Soil Association
    • High in vitamins and minerals, particularly in essential trace mineral manganese which supports bone health and normal brain function amongst many other health benefits.
    • Rich in antioxidants

    For me I’m all about getting my vitamins and minerals from natural sources, so this is now my vitamin C tablet.

    Nutriseed £5 Discount Code

    To save yourself £5 at my favourite online superfood store simply click here.

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    The benefits of Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu (plus a £5 Nutriseed discount code