It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in the Richmond household, I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t fully unpacked from our trip to Italy (we got back two weeks ago today… shocking!) and as for making time to get blogging, sadly it hasn’t happened. But, I’m starting this week with new resolve to be super productive and get on top of everything. So, kicking off this sunny but chilly Monday, this week I’m loving…
Since having Richmond Baby, I have suffered a myriad of aches and pains, we’re not just talking the inevitable ones after childbirth (or c-section birth in my case), but the ones they don’t really tell you about when you’re preggers, namely backache. Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, nappy changing, bathing baby, cuddling baby, bouncing baby up and down while singing Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, blowing raspberries on baby’s chubster thighs while she’s lying on the floor…. they all contribute to the mother of all backaches. Permanently. It’s not fun. So, I was delighted (and desperate) to be given the chance to try these warm patches from Bodytox, which promise to “relax, relieve, renew” – just what I needed.
The patches use a warm heat pigment and patented microcapsules to deliver increased levels of infrared energy to the target area. In my case, my shoulders and upper back. Super simple to use, you just peel the backing off a patch and pop it on to the area in need. Best to get someone else to help with that if you’re going for your back otherwise it can be tricky! You can use them on your tummy, hands and wrists, shoulders, lower back, knees, between your shoulder blades, ankles… essentially anywhere you’re feeling discomfort. You get the picture.
When the patches are applied to the body, the “far infrared energy” warmth and active ingredients can provide temporary relief to soothe aches and pains and maintain good blood circulation around the targeted area. I’ve been using them on my shoulders and back, popping them on before I go to bed at night and taking them off come the morning. You can leave them on for a maximum of 12 hours.
What I liked about these is that they don’t get hot, like other similar patches I’ve used, so they never become unbearable and cause you to rip them off in a fit of anguish when you feel like you’ve been branded with blazing hot coals. No, they don’t feel like that at all. Thankfully. In fact I hardly felt any heat – this is because of their whizz bang technology, not because they weren’t working – so I found them easy to sleep in and when I awoke my shoulders/back did feel a lot looser and less achy.
Given that the feeding, changing, bathing, cuddling, bouncing, raspberry blowing activities are all still in full swing, I suspect I’ll have got through the 14-patches in the box in no time at all. If you fancy giving them a try you can buy them direct from Bodytox online (a box of 14 patches is £23.99 and there’s a buy 3 get 1 free offer on at the moment).
One of the things I have been most paranoid about (and believe me, there’s a long list), is protecting Richmond Baby’s skin in the sun. Should I put a hat on? Should I cover her up? Will she get too hot and sweaty if covered up? Is too much skin exposed? etc etc. and of course, “when should I put suncream on?” – the reason I’ve often held back in slathering her in suncream if it’s not blazing hot sun is because the few different sun lotions for babies that I’ve tried have been chalkier in consistency the higher the factor, which makes them really hard to rub in and they end up all over her clothes and all over me. Not ideal. One of the reasons then that I am pleased to have discovered Ultrasun Family Formula….
Put it on once (bonus!) and it gives high all day protection and the big bonus is that it is non-staining and non-greasy, as well as water-resistant and free of any emulsifiers or perfume (reducing the risk of allergies and making it perfect for sensitive little ones’ skin). I found it really easy to apply and rub in, it didn’t make baby (or me) sticky and chalky, which I was particularly thankful for, and the bottle has an airless pump, which is rather novel and means that it prevents product deterioration.
Given the fact that anywhere we go these days we do not travel light, I’m delighted to have found a product that can actually be used by all of us, baby included, so from now on I’ll only be taking one bottle into the
shower sunshine. Stock up in time for the Indian summer (ahem, one can but hope)… available from retailers including John Lewis and Waitrose or order direct on 01737 245 499: £18 for 100ml, £24 for 150ml.
Rightly or wrongly (only time will tell), I have decided to be brave and make Richmond Baby’s christening cake for this weekend. Eeek! I have never made a fancy pants cake before, certainly never one for a special occasion that will be seen (and eaten!) by lots of people. But for some reason, I feel compelled to make the cake myself for baby’s big day (hopefully this will not be disastrous!). So, I enlisted the help of the very lovely Hannah, who runs Yummy Mummy’s Cakes to teach me how to make said fancy pants cake and she swung by my house last week to instruct me in the basics for a couple of hours. It was BRILLIANT fun! Hannah is from a family of bakers and is a genius when it comes to cake making masterpieces, she was very patient in showing me how to prepare the cake for icing (by crumb coating) and then how to get to grips with fondant, we (well she) even made a super cute pink teddy bear cake topper!! Here’s the basic cake/design we created…
And here’s an example of what the marvellous Hannah can do when she’s not being held back by me:
Now it’s down to me… I’ve been pondering my design and I think I’ve decided upon all the finishing details and I’ll be making my practise cake tonight, icing it tomorrow, then it’s time for the real thing this Thursday/Friday in time for Saturday’s christening. Here’s hoping it’s not a disaster or I’ll be making an emergency dash to Waitrose! Will let you know how I get on next week.
Tell me what is it that you’re loving this week?