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  1. Westonbirt Arboretum Photos / October 2015

    We visited Westonbirt Arboretum today for the first time.  I’ve wanted to go for a while, but for some reason it was a place I always forgot about.  As soon as someone mentioned it I would remember all about this place.  It’s in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, so not too far from us.  The drive there was lovely, up to the top of a steep hill and through picturesque countryside with plenty of Cotswold stone properties and walls to admire.

    We chose the short walk as we had our three year old, Bella, in tow.  One hour is recommended for this walk, but I’d recommend longer!  We took nearly two hours and cut it short!  We must have seen only half of this trail!  There are so many amazing trees to look at (and photograph) and wooden houses, tree stump trails and more which Bella stopped and played on.  You really could spend an entire day walking around and that’s exactly what I plan to do with a picnic in the warmer weather next year.

    Bella had great fun playing in the wooden children’s park before we set off on our walk.  There were plenty of food stalls plus a café and a restaurant to satisfy all.  Bella enjoyed a delicious stone baked pizza to fuel up!  Sadly their card machine wasn’t working and we only had enough money for Bella’s pizza, which is why we cut our day a bit short!  Me and Ben had to eat our snacks as our lunch and we ran out of water!  Bella was also quite tired after a couple of hours walking and as it was muddy, Ben didn’t fancy muddy boots all over his jacket with a shoulder carry!   We’ll go back for longer next year as there is SO much more to see.

    Here are my favourite photos:

    amazing flowers leaves westonbirt arboretum october 2015 blog post

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  2. lylia rose reopens press release the grand appeal

    Mumpreneur Reopens Online Shop & Supports The Grand Appeal
     
    Mum of two, Victoria Sully of Gloucestershire, has reopened her awarding winning online women’s fashion boutique www.lyliarose.com after taking a maternity break.  Lylia Rose stocks beautiful printed scarves and costume jewellery which would make perfect Christmas gifts.  The website has also won a Small Business Sunday (#SBS) award from ex dragon Theo Paphitis.
     
    Owner Victoria will donate a minimum of 2.5% of all sales to The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, better known as The Grand Appeal.
     
    Victoria says ‘My baby boy, Reuben, has had two stays in this wonderful hospital since his birth in March.  The whole team were simply fantastic - they provided such a friendly, welcoming environment and much needed support during stressful times.  Reuben has pulmonary stenosis and has undergone two heart procedures at the children’s hospital and will likely need open heart surgery next.  I always knew I wanted to support a charity, but never expected it to be a cause that would be a real part of our lives.  I now couldn’t think of a better charity to support.’
     
    The Grand Appeal aims to ‘transform the lives of sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation.’  Being one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals, they treat a staggering 100,000 patients every year.
     
     
    To find out more about this brilliant charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk
     
    To view the Lylia Rose shop visit www.lyliarose.com/ourshop
     
    To read the Lylia Rose ‘mumpreneur’ story visit  www.lyliarose.com/about.html
     
     
  3. fundraising for the grand appeal at bristol childrens hospital - lylia rose

    Lylia Rose supports The Grand Appeal

    As of 30th October 2015, I will be donating a minimum of 2.5% of sales to The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, better known as The Grand Appeal.

    My baby boy, Reuben, has had two stays in this wonderful hospital since his birth in March 2015.  The whole team were simply fantastic - they provided a welcoming environment and much needed support during such stressful times, as well as plenty of useful facilities for our stay.  Reuben has pulmonary stenosis and underwent two balloon dilation procedures to his heart within the first six months of his life. 

    Reuben’s valve is sadly very thick and knobbly, so we were informed they will never fully relieve the extra pressure in his heart with this procedure.  Unfortunately the second balloon dilation made little difference so as they've tried twice, they will not repeat this procedure again.  The next step will be to cut the valve in order to reshape it which means open heart surgery.  Truly scary stuff.  Reuben will also need a valve replacement once he is an adult.  For now they will monitor the pressure regularly.  There’s a chance it could stabilise as he grows, but the pressure is currently on the borderline of needing to take action.

    Once the Lylia Rose shop was making regular sales I always knew I wanted to support a charity.  I never expected it to be a charity that would actually become a real part of our lives, but I now couldn’t think of a better cause to support. 

    The Grand Appeal aims to ‘transform the lives of sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation.’  Being one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals, they treat a staggering 100,000 patients every year.

    To find out more about this brilliant charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk

    To visit the Lylia Rose shop visit www.lyliarose.com/ourshop

     

  4. purple carrots abel and cole organic veg box - benefits differences - lylia

    We’ve Been Eating… Purple Carrots!

    We recently received a few bunches of purple, yes purple, carrots in our Abel and Cole veg boxes.  How fantastic!

    Before this I’d only ever eaten orange carrots. I read that orange carrots are actually quite a recent thing.  Back in the day everyone would have been eating purple carrots and would have found orange ones as bizarre as I find the purple variety!

    Although they are called ‘purple’, they are actually still orange on the inside.  This two tone colour makes for a colourful attractive display on the plate.  To me they taste just like ‘regular’ orange carrots, but they have a few slightly different properties.  The purple colour is caused by something called anthocyanins, and they are really, really good for you.

    Here are a few health benefits of antioxidants called anthocyanins found in purple carrots:

    • Strong anti-inflammatory effects, possibly even stronger than aspirin!
    • Great for eyes –  including enhanced night vision and increased circulation in capillaries in the retina
    • Improved memory
    • Anti carcinogenic properties by protecting the body from free radicals

    Have you tried purple carrots?  I think I’m going to try and grow some next year as they are meant to be even easier than growing orange carrots, which are pretty easy anyway!

    Here are a few articles for further reading:

    http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/purple-carrots-nutrition-vs-orange-cultivars.php

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/04/carrots-used-to-be-purple-before-the-17th-century/

    http://www.purple-carrots.com/

     

     

  5. preparing for a baby - lifestyle blog uk - lylia rose

    So, you want to have a baby? Be prepared for...

    Being inspired by a great recent Twitter chat by Mumsnet called #familymoments which asked what people were most surprised by when they had a child, I decided to write this blog post so you are perhaps not surprised, but a little more prepared!

    Here are a few things you will need to be prepared for (!!)

    • Endless amounts of washing
    • How normal it becomes to talk about poo
    • Having a never ending to do list
    • Changing several outfits per day on you/baby due to food/sick/wee/poo
    • Wondering if you'll ever get a good night's sleep again
    • Feeling tired.  All. The. Time.
    • Listening to advice from anyone and everyone about how to raise a child
    • Saying 'it goes so fast/they grow so fast' at least a zillion times 
    • Having an audience when you shower/wee/cook/clean/anything...
    • Drinking cold cups of tea
    • Taking up to 45 minutes just to leave the house
    • Watching reruns of Peppa Pig for at least three years
    • Becoming a taxi, PA, cook, cleaner, dietician, nurse, doctor, teacher, carer...

    But, that’s not all, you must also be prepared for…

    • Feeling the most love & happiness you have ever felt for anyone ever
    • Having the best, most rewarding job in the world
    • Never being bored again
    • Finding simple things so incredible again
    • Appreciating time with your partner or by yourself so much more
    • Laughing and smiling every day
    • Feeling the most pleasure you can ever imagine when your children smile/laugh/learn something/be themselves/hug you, etc
    • Seeing the world through a tiny persons eyes and how much amazement it holds
    • Enjoying life so much more 
    • Not being able to put into words how much you truly adore your children 

    Because, really, having children is the most amazing experience ever :)