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VOOM 2018 Pitch // As someone who struggled with fertility before having children, who has been overwhelmed by parenthood, who has suffered with postnatal depression, who is passionate about helping others, Apples & Pips is a shop with a unique spirit and ethos.

An unashamed plea for your support

A few seconds of your time could catapult my business – will you help me? As a mum-of-2 I have rather rapidly discovered the products that I do and don’t need in parenthood, the ones that are amazing and the ones that are useless. Thus, Apples & Pips was born. I hand-pick the best products from small and medium sized UK brands, as well as creating my own ranges of slogan products which are hand designed by my husband, however my shop goes so much further than simply selling nice products.

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My Red Shoe Makeover Photo Shoot

“When women support each other, incredible things happen” // My Red Shoe Makeover Photo Shoot

“When women support each other, incredible things happen” Sarah – the incredible photographer behind Red Shoe Makeovers – uses this quote when she shares the stunning photographs she takes of her Red Shoe Girls, and it has fast become one of my favourite quotes. A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Chester with a bag full of clothes and a belly full of nerves, to meet Sarah and make up artist Mandy and have my makeover photo shoot. This is what happens when women support each other…

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BookTrust Bath, Book, Bed campaign and giveaway

Our crafty bedtime routine // BookTrust’s Bath, Book, Bed and Peppa Pig Bedtime Giveaway

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you’ll know that sleeping has been a bit of an issue for us for approximately 3 years and 9 months. Can you guess how long we’ve been parents for…? One thing that does help when it comes to getting both Toby and Martha to sleep, is a consistent bedtime routine. They may not stay asleep for the 12 hours we daydream about, but on the whole both children are actually really good at going to bed in the first place.

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Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies // Review and Giveaway

Bambo Nature Eco Nappies // Review and Giveaway

While I cannot claim to be saving the world, I try to do my bit in reducing waste and being more environmentally friendly. My philosophy is that if we all make even small changes, it will have an impact. When Bambo Nature got in touch asking if I would like to try their eco disposable nappies, I was really intrigued to give them a go; I’ve used washable nappies with both children but have felt guilty at not keeping up with it and instead piling regular disposables into landfill. Could these be the solution?

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Mother's Day Gifts Debenhams

My Top Mother’s Day Gifts from Debenhams

A shopping trip and have afternoon tea with my mum – that sounds like a wonderful day to me! Debenhams wanted us to have some treats in advance of Mother’s Day, but my own children decided that now was the time to come down with chicken pox, halting our plans in spectacular fashion! In advance of my long, long period of cabin fever coming to an end, I’ve been scouring the Debenhams Mother’s Day selection to see what takes my fancy from their huge selection of products.

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