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  1. Why I took a break from blogging because of hyperemsis gravidarum

    I have thought of writing this post for a while but was debating it as it’s a lot more personal than anything I’ve written before (mainly things I like and reviews).  But for those who wondered where my blog disappeared to, here goes…

    I last blogged in July, so quite a while! It’s because I have very exciting news – I’m pregnant with my second child, a beautiful baby boy due in March!

    I had to take a big break from my blog as I sadly suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum.  This is extreme pregnancy sickness, not the standard morning sickness most people seem to think the condition refers to.  I was sick several times per hour from around week seven, regardless of whether I ate or drank.  This condition is so severe it means the usual remedies for morning sickness do not work, such as travel bands, ginger, peppermint, etc.  You name it and I bet you I tried it all in my first pregnancy!

    This time round it was far worse.  I became so sick I could barely stand up without almost blacking out.  Within four weeks I went from just over 9 stone to 8 stone becoming terribly weak.  At 5'7 I looked skeletal on my frame. I finally gave in and went to the doctors who immediately admitted me to hospital, popping me on a fast flowing drip! Wow. Drips are amazing!  I felt better within one hour!  I was kept in for 24 hours and filled with the drip goodness, after which I felt like a different person.  The women beside me in hospital could not believe the difference.

    You may wonder why I waited so long to go to the doctors. 

    During my first pregnancy I was non stop back and forth to the doctors who constantly sent me home with another set of tablets that did not work.  I was never dehydrated enough to warrant going to hospital so had to just suffer the sickness.  I feared this would just happen again this time so didn’t want to waste my time or very little energy!  By the time I could barely stand up I knew things were much worse this time.  I had dangerous levels of ketones so I was kept in until these had disappeared.

    The sickness continued once I left hospital, but nowhere near as bad. Stronger sickness tablets were fed through the drip and they actually worked (most of the time).  Luckily I have stopped them now as I really detested taking them.  I’m now only sick around once a day. Yay!  The nausea has gone and I don’t always 'feel sick’ so I can kind of get on with things as normal, well until the tiredness hits me around 5pm! The joys of pregnancy!  I’m 30 weeks pregnant this week and I just don’t think the sickness will stop this time.  It ended by 22 weeks with my first.

    So that’s my giant personal update of why I stopped blogging.  As I am not my usual size (or self) I have not felt like doing any fashion posts.  I am mostly in huge pairs of tights, long vests and baggy jumpers… comfort all the way!

    Why I took a break from blogging because of hyperemsis gravidarum

    My blog direction is changing too

    Regular readers will notice my beauty posts have started to change too.  I have become concerned with the levels of chemicals in most products leading to me going SLS and paraben free.  Well, this has somewhat become a passion, or perhaps obsession, in recent months (along with more chemical free wholesome organic food).  I now only use natural chemical free skin care products.  I have started changing my makeup to organic natural based products.  So far just my primer and concealer – one item at a time as it’s rather a costly process!  My skin is definitely thanking me for it and has improved greatly, 99% spot free now, finally!

    I’m not sure where exactly I’ll go with my blog from now on.  I have become very passionate recently about healthy eating, adopting mainly a plant-based whole foods diet.  This has led to recent purchases of a juicer and blender as well as far more cooking from scratch. 

    Oh and we have now have Abel & Cole organic fruit and veg delivered weekly – very impressed so far!  We made our first wholemeal pizzas the other day which were totally delicious & so easy to make.  I also made some healthy raw chocolate brownies which would totally satisfy any chocolate cravings and only had four ingredients – yum!  So I think perhaps my blog will be taking a more wholesome turn. 

    I may start sharing my natural beauty finds along with some scrumptious smoothie, juice & food recipes.  What do you think?

    As baby is due in March I will no longer blog as often as I used to (sometimes several times per week), but will perhaps aim for once per week.  The posts may become a little sporadic once the baby arrives!  I am certain a new born and two year old will keep me very entertained for a couple of months :)

    So there it is - my first lifestyle blog post and explanation of where my blog posts disappeared to!

    (Update - Since writing this I changed the direction of my blog dramatically as well as my lifestyle choices. I deleted hundreds of old blog posts which no longer representmy natural wholesome beliefs)

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  2. Gloucester Mumpreneur gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

    A Gloucester based home business recently received a business boost from ex TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

    Last week Victoria Sully, owner of Lylia Rose (www.lyliarose.com) tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly. 

    Theo re‐tweeted Victoria’s message to his 450,000 followers and as a result, the business has received over 250 more Twitter followers.  They are also now profiled on a Theo’s SBS website www.theopaphitissbs.com that is exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.

    Gloucester Mumpreneur gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

    Lylia Rose sells ‘amazing and affordable’ ladies fashion accessories.  Second class delivery is free and many items are under £10.  The products are perfect for a spot of female gift shopping.

    Victoria said, “The past week has been amazing thanks to the #SBS competition.  I have received numerous messages of support and my website hits have noticeably increased.  It’s also wonderful to join such a great network of likeminded businesses.  Theo hosts an annual networking event for the winners and we also have our own Twitter networking hour as well as a Facebook group.  I believe the win will really benefit my business in the long term.  If you have a small business and Twitter profile you should definitely enter.’

    Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5pm and 7.30pm including the hashtag #SBS.  Six lucky businesses are retweeted every Monday at 8pm. 

    For further information about Small Business Sunday please visit www.theopaphitissbs.com.

    For further information about how Lylia Rose was set up by a stay at home Mum please visit http://www.lyliarose.com/about.html

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  3. This was meant to be a Soap and Glory review

    I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to Soap and Glory products so soon.  I only started trialling them a few months back and had been really impressed.  The scents are just scrumptious, the products last forever and the results seemingly fantastic.

    So why would I be giving them up?

    It’s to do with my ever increasing quest to use more natural based products and stop using those containing potentially harmful chemicals.  I’ve cut out parabens over the past year or so by reading every single ingredients list for the products I use/want.  Sometimes I have to research this online as the products are too small to list the ingredients. 

    I recently discovered my favourite Rimmel concealer contained a whole parade of them whilst researching the ingredients online so immediately stopped using it.  Well, Soap and Glory bath products don’t contain parabens as far as I am aware, but they do contain something called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES))

    soap and glory clean on me blog review lylia rose shower cream gel

    I've noticed a lot of natural and handmade beauty products state they do not contain SLS so I did a little research to see why.  ‘According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.’(quote from www.livestrong.com) 

    So why would anyone put this in shampoo or shower gel? 

    It's a detergent that makes them foam.  If you’re like me you may well love a good foamy shower gel or shampoo, but the ingredient that often causes this could actually be a total hazard!  SLS is also used in engine degreasing, garage floor cleaner and car wash soaps.  It is corrosive.  I’m not sure I want to rub this all over myself, not matter how small the amount!

    I really did enjoy using The Scrub of Your Life and Clean on Me; both smelt fabulous and gave results as expected all for a bargain price.  This was intended to be a blog post of me raving about how awesome I thought these products were, until I became wise to SLS and so read the ingredients.  I will not repurchase these because of this.  I have seen their Glad Hair Day does not contain SLS and this is clearly stated.  Hopefully they will be removing it from all of their products ASAP and other mainstream brands will follow.

    For now I will be buying from smaller handmade companies who use natural ingredients.  I have already been trialling a lot of Isa Marie skincare and I'm so impressed with the results (new blog post coming soon).  

    I feel a natural revolution coming on!

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  4. Patchwork Pawprint Review: Handmade Personalised Bunting from Etsy

    My daughter, Bella, turned two at the beginning of June.  I stumbled across this beautiful personalised handmade name bunting back in April or May whilst browsing Etsy for birthday gift ideas.  The pink and green had a sweet, girly cottage feel to it.  As we were due to move house I thought it would look just perfect in Bella’s new bedroom.  We actually ended up moving house over her birthday weekend, so needed to buy presents in advance so we could still celebrate her birthday amongst all the house move chaos!

    Bella is quite girly so this design is perfect for her.  The best thing about ordering from small handmade folk is they are often open to custom orders so you can get exactly what you like.  If you want different colours or themes, perhaps more boyish bunting, then all you have to do is pop the maker a question with your requirements and they'll often be able to meet them.  You really can get something 100% personalised and bespoke to your requirements.

    I ordered in plenty of time to ensure delivery for the birthday girl's big day (the shop also stocks off the shelf products, but I think it’s worth the wait for the personalised touch!).  The bunting arrived and it is so totally adorable, perfectly stitched to the highest finish.  It looks just right in Bella’s new bedroom, hanging proudly above her cute cot bed attracting positive comments from all who see.

    If you are considering some similar personalised fabric bunting I would definitely visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/patchworkpawprint who come highly recommended by me!  If you haven't yet discovered the joys of Etsy then what are you waiting for?  Find amazing unique gifts, home accessories and so much more!  It's the perfect place to support small businesses and stop buying mass produced products.

    patchwork pawprint etsy review bunting handmade lylia rose blog

    patchwork pawprint etsy review bunting handmade lylia rose blog

    patchwork pawprint etsy review bunting handmade lylia rose blog

    patchwork pawprint etsy review bunting handmade lylia rose blog

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  5. Fashion Review: Whistle & Wolf Beautiful Orchid Print Dress

    The amazing brand Whistle and Wolf let me (very gladly) choose an item for review from their fantastic website www.whistleandwolf.com.  I literally had to revisit the website around ten times before making my decision as I just couldn’t choose!  I could have had the lot!  In the end I was torn between the cherry blossom prints, lace colour blocks and this stunning orchid print.  Eventually I decided I would probably wear the orchid print dress more often and for such a variety of occasions; evening out, date night and perhaps even a wedding (especially an evening do).

    Fashion Review: Whistle & Wolf Beautiful Orchid Print Dress

    The dress arrived very quickly and I was incredibly impressed with their branded packaging.  The dress was wrapped in tissue paper with silk branded ribbon.  This was within a branded canvas shopper bag featuring their rather cool logo.   I’ve been using the shopper almost daily so extremely useful too!  Inside all this delight was the dress; beautifully folded and screaming to be worn!

    Whistle & Wolf : Orchid Print Dress : lylia rose fashion blog

    This beautiful shift dress oozes high quality.  It is fully lined with premium feeling material.  The dress features a hidden zip at the back, a striking orchid print with neon hints, bright jade piping, capped sleeves and a rounded neckline.  These features create a perfectly finished dress in a very flattering cut.  

    The dress is comfortable to wear and not too tight at all.  I even managed to do the back zip up by myself.  The length is quite short on myself (I’m 5’7”) so I definitely wouldn’t take part in too much stretching or bending if wearing with bare legs!  I’m quite tall so it would probably be a more decent length on most.

    The whistle and wolf orchid print dress is an LBD with a difference; a bold and striking beautiful print.  It has a bright contemporary feel with a cut and print suitable all year round.  I would team it with high heels and bare legs for a girl’s night out, tights and boots in the wintery months and even alone with flip flops for hot summer days.   The print is so eye catchingly fantastic you don’t even need to accessorize!

    The dress retails for £55 on their website which seems reasonable to me for such a well made piece.  I imagine this dress will last me years and will no doubt be my dress of choice again and again!

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