I was offered the opportunity to review a product from Saaf Skincare and after looking through the site I chose the Super Hydrating Body Balm.

 For the past two years I’ve had really dry, flaky and itchy skin on my arms. It became so bad that I was scratching throughout the night and waking up with sores and scabs all over my arms. Last summer I did not wear short sleeves and I was expecting the same this year. I’ve been to the doctor and was prescribed steroid cream which helped a lot, but because of it’s nature it can only be used for seven days then you have to take a break. So, although it was effective for a while it didn’t help long term. In-between I’ve been using a BP cream, which doesn’t really help much and is very greasy.

After reading about the Super Hydrating Body Balm from Saaf I thought that it may be the product to help me. The ingredients are: Safflower oil, sesame oil, beeswax, shae butter and black seed oil. Ylang ylang, patchouli, lavender and clove essential oils are added for their softening effect and fragrance.

It claims to provide care to prematurely ageing skin, to soothe and repair skin and to hydrate and restore suppleness.

The packaging is very classic looking, you get a mostly white box with a green stripe and a beige stripe. The logo is in gold and their is a gold trim around the inner jar giving it a luxurious look. The jar holds 150g of balm which is a fair amount for the cost.

The first thing I noticed on opening the jar was that the balm was solid, not a cream, this is because of the beeswax. The second thing I noticed was the smell, the essential oils were quite strong and I did worry that they may be a little too strong. It was a nice smell but I usually go for products with little or no smell, I don’t like things to smell like perfume. Once applied, however, the smell is much less noticeable and is really pleasant and soothing.

The balm is easy to apply, although at first you may want to warm your hands a little to melt the beeswax. It sinks into the skin beautifully and leaves behind no lasting residue, just a soft silkiness and a delicate smell. I have used the balm on my arms only so far but it is meant to be used all over, paying particular attention to especially dry areas like elbows and knees.

Saaf skincare is very pure and made with natural organic ingredients and no alcohol, fragrance or chemicals. Even the name Saaf is persian for pure. They sell products for the face, body and haircare.

I love beeswax products so as soon as I opened my balm I was happy. I was worried about the strong smell, but it did fade a little once applied, and it was actually an nice smell of essential oils which have a relaxing therapeutic effect. I found the balm easy to apply and it was not greasy but left me with a soft silky feeling. I noticed straight away that it calmed the poorly skin on my arms and the itching fading dramatically after just a couple of uses. Two weeks on and I am happy to report that I have not been scratching and I have no scabs or sores on my arms. My skin is softer, in fact my elbows are the softest they’ve been in many years. My skin feels soothed and supple rather than dry, flaky and itchy. I still have the scars from before but I am hoping they too will fade in time. I will wear short sleeves this summer and hopefully a little sun will darken my arms and make the scars less noticeable. It is such a relief not to be itching all the time, even my family have commented on my lack of scratching my arms. I am so happy that I had the chance to review this product, I would recommend it to anyone with dry, itchy skin.

I was given a jar of Saaf Hydrating Body Balm for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

It was a lovely day so we decided to walk down to the duck pond. It’s only a five minute walk and it’s a lovely place to visit. Once the bread is finished and we’ve walked around the pond we like to go to the playground. If it’s a really nice day we venture a little further and go across the fields to the stream where the little ones like to paddle. We’ll save that for another day though.

Excited Children reach the duck pond

Walk in line and waddle like a duck

When we arrive we walk around the duck pond avoiding the fishermen and find a spot where we can sit by the water. Then we feed the greedy ducks, who are definitely not shy, they will come up and take it out of your hand if you let them, but a peck off a duck is not very pleasant so I don’t encourage that practice.

Hello duck!

While we were there we witnessed a rather ugly duck get into a bit of a squabble. The other ducks very loudly gave him his marching orders and forced him out of the pond and up over the grassy hill. I couldn’t help but start singing;

“Quack, Quack, get out, quack quack, get out, quack quack get out of town”

Maybe that ugly duck will come back one day as a beautiful swan. (I doubt it somehow)

As you can see the littlies had fun feeding the ducks

After feeding the duck we took the littlies to play at the park. They had loads of fun and it was a lovely way to end our day.

The Little Man Keeping Watch

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Where we live there is a castle at the end of the road. It was never actually a castle but a fortified manor house, it was quite impressive in it’s time. The area was named after it.

Here is how it looked before:

We go and visit quite often, they have special events there throughout the year like falconry days, family days, tours and even plays. There wasn’t anything special on today but we decided to go for a walk with the girls.
It was dry but a little cold, the girls had fun running around and exploring. They just love being outdoors.

Behind the Castle, look carefully and you can see the bricks!

The path behind the castle leads right into the next district, hidden from view with houses either side. It actually runs alongside a dried up canal. Some parts are overgrown some quite passable. We like to follow it right up through the park to the main duel carriageway. From here it goes underground and it’s not possible to follow it. It’s a lovely walk on a nice day.

There isn’t really much left of the castle itself. In recent years there was a grant which was used to preserve and repair the area. It’s mostly fenced off to the public unless there is a special event on. There is a viewing area though and you used to be able to see it from the top of the number 29 bus until they stopped doing double decker buses on the service. You can see it from the road but it’s mostly hidden by bungalows. When I worked in the local library we often had people coming in to ask if there was, or had been a castle in the area.

As the weather brightens up I’m hoping to bring you more photos of our time exploring our local area. We really are quite lucky living in a big city and having some lovely country like places to visit right on our doorstep. 

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When my older children were born baby showers where unheard of in this country, along with finding out whether you are having a boy or girl by scan and pregnancy tests that give results in a minute. I had to wait four hours for the results of my first pregnancy test!

Now we find more and more British parents having baby showers and they are growing all the time in popularity. So what are baby showers? They are parties thrown for the mum-to-be before the birth to celebrate her pregnancy and shower her with gifts. Some choose gifts for the baby, some choose gifts for the mum-to-be. There are also usually games and cake involved.

You can find this cake on Dee Cake site

The baby shower is usually arranged by a non family member, this could be a friend of the mum-to-be or a work colleague. They are held usually in the later stages of pregnancy when the mum has found out that baby is doing well, but they can really be held at any time, even after the baby has been born.

How you hold the party is really up to you but first you decide on a budget and go from there. You may want a theme and tie in party food and decorations and it is traditional to play party games, like Stick the Dummy on the Baby; which is like pin the tail on the donkey. Or you could play charades or even have a baby quiz.

You could even have a gorgeous Pinata like this one:

You can find this on My Baby Shower site
In the USA baby showers have been popular for a long time and celebrities often have them. Jessica Alba, the star of Sin City recently held a competition in aid of Mother’s Day where she hosted a baby show for a lucky winner in Los Angeles. The mum-to-be Jessica Turner chose a hippo themed party.

I’m not sad that I didn’t have a baby shower myself, but I would love to host one for someone else…maybe when the grand kids come along?

Did you have a baby shower or do you think they still very much an American thing?

From the very beginning of our lives we are learning how to interact with other people, how to respond to a smile, how to talk to each other, how to ask for things and many more skills that help us to get on with other people. For some the learning is not as natural as it is for others. This may be because of  special conditions such as autism, attention deficits and other learning disabilities.

Star is such a person, she talks out of turn, talks only about what she wants without consideration to others, has difficulty in seeing things from another person’s perspective, zones out into a world of her own and generally finds it difficult to understand other people. She has received a lot of help with this and is learning these skills that often come naturally to others.

We were asked to review a short show about how we can learn these skills. The Show is called Flummox and Friends and you can see a pilot episode here. The show focuses around three inventors and their friends and neighbours. While they invent things to help them with their interactions it’s often their friends and neighbours that show them how it’s really done. The show also has musical pieces and animations which help to re-enforce the messages.

It took Star while to become engrossed in the show but I think that was mainly because it was something she was unfamiliar with. She particularly loved the music and animations. She laughed out loud at the characters silly dances and tried to copy them. When we talked about the show afterwards she was more interested in talking about the silly dances than anything else. I could see a lot of her behaviour traits in the main characters of the show and I do think that if it was a show she watched regularly then it would help her with her social skills. I’ll definitely be watching the website for when more episodes are available.

Along with the show there are downloadable guides for extended learning for both parents and schools. These focus on the messages Tune In, Connect and Have Fun. Each section has guidelines for talking and learning about these particular social skills.

Tune In is about tuning into yourself, those around you and the world around you. This involves self-awareness, perspective taking and and assessing the social context.

Connect is about communicating, predicting feelings and sharing and appreciating unique qualities.

Have Fun is about using play to re-enforce social skills and aid interaction with others.

This is a Sponsored Post, All thoughts and opinions are my own.