AVEENO BABY PRODUCTS





Elara has THE most sensitive skin I have ever seen. Michael, Elara's daddy and my soulmate, has super sensitive skin; like you poke him and he has a red blotchy mark. I have sensitive skin prone to eczema so poor Elara was due to have some sort of sensitivity. Unfortunately she has it all. I researched loads of different body wash and body moisturisers for babies while pregnant and I kept seeing Aveeno being recommended for sensitive skin. One day while doing my weekly shop I noticed that all Aveeno products were half price so I nabbed them all. We have only ever used Aveeno products on Elara and nope this is not sponsored, although Aveeno if your seeing this, hit your girl up :) and thankfully Elara has taken to it really well and it has helped keep her sensitive skin happy and she always smells so clean and baby-ish (the best smell there is). 

So daily we use the Aveeno Baby Barrier Cream for after we've changed a dirty nappy, we do not use cream after wet nappies as Elara is always dry and we try not to use too many products on her sensitive skin. We also use the Aveeno Baby Body Moisturising Lotion daily before bed to keep Elaras skin super moisturised. I will sometimes use this in the morning when getting her dressed too if her skin is a little dry. And lastly we use the Aveeno Baby Hair and Body Wash, we do not use this daily more likely a few times a week, when we bath Elara. It foams very nicely and the scent is gorgeous. Elara has had a little cradle cap and this helps to keep the flakiness at bay. Elara's eczema started to get a little worse lately so I also purchased two further Aveeno products aimed more towards eczema but they will appear on here once I have thoroughly trialed them. 

Trying to find the perfect products for your baby can be difficult but Aveeno Baby Products are incredible and I have never been disappointed. I would highly recommend all of the above. If you'd like to read a little more about Elara you can click here for a blog post all about my gorgeous girl. Clean baby smell is the best!

Katie x

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WHAT I READ IN JANUARY 2019


I am an avid reader if you haven't already noticed and thought I would share what I have been reading with you as these are the kinds of blog posts I myself love to read. These posts will just be quick and snappy and not a long review of each book, just literally what I read and a quick what I thought. I will be uploading a post each month of the year updating you on my current reads and how close I am to reaching my Goodreads target. You can read all about my Goodreads target here. So here goes.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
Honestly, I just did not get the hype with this book, I don't know why but I just didn't get sucked in as much as I was expecting; I'm unsure wether everyone hyped this up too much to me or if it just wasn't my kind of book but I gave it a 3/5 rating. 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan- Lisa See
Hands down one of my absolute must reads!! Absolutely incredible, I love every page and read this within 4 days. Doesn't sound so quick? I have a 4 month old baby and I get approx 1 hour to myself each night, and I try to dedicate all of it to reading but ya know, life. 5/5.

Echoes- Laura Tisdall
I really really enjoyed this book. It's not really something I would normally reach for as it's about computer hacking but I seriously enjoyed this. Again, read it super quick and it gets a massive 5/5.

Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food- Gill Rapley
A bit boring for you non-muma's but I loved this. I've decided to try a bit of baby led weaning when the time comes so I was reading all about it. A bit stale in places so 4/5 from me. 

I started another book in January but didn't finish it until February so that will be in Februarys update but overall I think I did pretty good. 

GoodReads Target: 52
Read This Month: 4
Read Altogether: 4

I'd love it if you left me book recommendations below, thanks for reading ;)

Katie x

10 HONEST TRUTHS ABOUT GIVING BIRTH




My previous post 10 Honest Truths About Pregnancy (read it here) went down suprisingly well; I guess people like honesty and I am pretty brutally honest. So; heres another brutally honest review of birth! A little background; I was absolutely terrified of giving birth (think jumping out of a plane terrified, times it by 10,000, and your almost there, not kidding) and wanted to calm myself as much as possible so I tried hypnobirthing. Sorry for all those who used hypnobirthing and it worked, but for me, IT, DID, NOT, WORK!!! I tried, I tried so so hard to enjoy the process and let me tell you I was super excited to meet our baby girl and at 41 weeks pregnant I was just damn right done with being pregnant; but alas I had a meltdown!! BUT, I got Elara out of it so I would 100% do it again.

1. It fucking hurts!! Like body ripping open can't escape it fucking pain. Honestly I do believe that some women don't feel pain in labour but my contractions were HELL! I had an epidural :)

2. You lose all sense of shyness, completely, you will probably have a few 'checks' and your legs will be open ALOT. When Elara entered the world my legs were strapped into stirrups and there were around 15 people in the room, how wonderful. And if you plan on breastfeeding you will have a lot of nipple touching, not the good kind though sadly. 

3. It is the single most incredible moment of my entire life! Even though I had a pretty traumatic labour and birth it was incredible as we got our beautiful baby girl. Going into theatre as a couple and coming out as a little family was just the absolute best. Honestly I am crying AGAIN!

4. Epidurals are incredible! I am a needle phobe, not clever enough to know the correct term soz, and I still had a needle into my spine to stop the pain of contractions. I was in labour for  3 days :|

5. Pushing is fun. Obviously I couldn't feel the pain as I had an epidural in and couldn't feel below my belly button; but I really enjoyed the sensation, kinda like a big poop. I had to have forceps in theatre (with the possibility of an emergency c-section) as the monitor to read Elaras vitals stopped working and the doodad (some weird wire on Elaras head coming out of my vagina lol, also, not a technical term) on Elaras head also stopped working so they wanted her out asap.

6. You bleed a lot after having a baby. I don't know why, but I had never really heard of this. I feel like I knew nothing about actual birth or what followed birth when it came to MY body. I'd read lots about the baby and pregnancy but it seems like everyone skirts over the 'horrific' bits. But, you cannot comprehend the amount you bleed. It is the same to a period that a bird is to a plane. 

7. It can be absolutely nauseating. I felt sick the entire 3 days that I was in labour and for 2 days afterwards. I could barely eat anything, well I literally ate nothing while in labour for 3 days, but afterwards I could eat one piece of toast and then would have to stop. 

8. The aftermath makes you feel like you've been hit by a double decker bus, but it's weird as you're in this little love bubble and it doesn't bother you. It's only when people ask how your feeling and you think about it that you actually realise. I think a lot of pregnancy, birth and even motherhood is like this. There are bad bits but the good outweigh the bad and you just know that your child is just the best little thing ever.

9. The love is intense. You will cry. You will be overwhelmed. It is absolutely incredible seeing their little faces for the first time. Looking at every hair on their bodies, feeling their super soft skin and looking into their beautiful eyes. Every moment is incredibly precious. 

10. It will forever be your greatest achievement! Always! No matter how hard it is, how many scars you're left with, how tiring it is, you will always look back on that day as being one of your best. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it a little funny and interesting. I sincerely hope (if any pregnant ladies are reading this) that you have a wonderful birth and honestly it'll be worth it if it's hell anyway. If you've had a baby and can relate to any of these please let me know, I'd love to hear from you. Do you think there was anything I missed? I wanted to add a little truth to the whole birth process, from my point of view and really enjoy reading posts like this. The more honest the better. Hope you enjoyed :)

Katie x

SPECTRUM MUST HAVE MINIS SET

~GIFTED~




Spectrum Collections are a gorgeous make-up brushes company based in Wales; incase you didn't know I am actually Welsh so this lovely little company run by two beautiful sisters is close to my heart. I love supporting smaller businesses and am actually dedicating a little segment of my blog to supporting cute kitch businesses that I have tried and tested myself, wether the items are gifted or bought by myself. You can search the tag "Small Businesses" at the top of my blog to be directed to all of the posts I have written. 

I was very kindly invited to an amazing Spectrum Collections Blog event back in May 2017 and in our fabulous goodie bag we received the Must Have Minis Set, which is sadly no longer available, I did find this set which is similar though and it all comes in a gorgeous heart shaped reversible bag. *I may or may not have ;) just purchased this for myself* It was only £22.50, half price so be quick. I got to meet the gorgeous founders of Spectrum and they were so down to earth and lovely and really bloody talented. Trying out their brushes that night I knew I would never purchase from another brush brand, they are incredibly soft, vegan and cruelty free. There are so so many gorgeous styles to choose from and Spectrum have really upped their game lately with their collections with Disney and Mean Girls. 

What I love about Spectrum is that their brushes can come in a collection with a completely wearable and stylish bag, I mean you only have to check out their Instagram pages to know that they are some seriously stylish women. Hearing about their journey from a tiny home run business to currently having a beautiful store in London is so inspiring; Supporting them means supporting a really lovely 'smaller' (they are actually pretty famous world wide now) business that have worked so so hard to be where they are. The ladies at Spectrum really truly deserve all the success they have seen and I hope they continue to grow and smash it! 

Katie x

MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE 2019


If your an avid reader like myself you have probably heard of Goodreads; if not, Goodreads is a site/app where you can store books you have read, want to read or currently reading, and once you've finished reading them you can review them and score them out of 5 stars for other readers. Each year, Goodreads start a reading challenge. You can chose how many books you would like to read in the year and challenge yourself to read more than you usually would. This year I have challenged myself to read 52 books, one for each week of the year. As you may know I have a 4 month old baby and am currently on maternity leave looking after Elara (the 4 month old) so this may or may not be a good idea.

I have always been an avid reader but in 2018 I did not read much, maybe 5/6 books. I had a lot of routine hospital appointments whilst pregnant and decided one day late in my pregnancy to take a book to distract myself while waiting and the bug set back in and I was addicted again. So when the Goodreads Challenge popped up on my account I decided to really challenge myself with 52 books to read. So far this year I have read 5 books and am half way through the sixth so hopefully I will continue to read at this rate and reach my goal. If you would like to add me as friend on Goodreads feel free to add 'katiefloss'. I will be posting which books I have read each month also as I love sharing great books that I have found. Click here to read an old post about my current reads to see what I was reading 3 years ago. Let me know what books I should add to my 'want to read' category and what have been your favourite reads lately. Have you set a goodreads goal this year? Let me know in the comments below,

Katie x

LOREAL PARADISE EXTATIC MASCARA



Loreal is one of those brands that just keeps hitting it with their new releases. Time after time they get it right and release something that everyone wants and needs without ever knowing about it. If you'd like to read more on my experiences with Loreal you can read them here. They have all been positive and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands. Loreal's Paradise Ectatic Mascara, which can be purchased here, has the most beautiful Summer inspired packaging, with its rose gold and bronze packaging it'll look good on any bloggers vanity. I've heard a lot of people mention that the Paradise Ecstatic mascara is a Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara dupe; and I must agree. Better than Sex mascara use to be my go to mascara but unfortunately it creases and transfers onto my lids after a long day; I could try the waterproof version to combat this but haven't as of yet as I always find waterproof mascara so hard to get off at the end of the day.

The Loreal Paradise Ectatic mascara has become my staple everyday over the last year. I love the brush wand, and the way it separates, lengthens and thickens my lashes. I like big thick long eyelashes that are nice and separated and this works like a dream. Most days, being a new mum, I cannot be bothered with a full face of make-up so I have been reaching for tinted moisturiser and this mascara just to give me a little colour and open my eyes. Loreal releases have been incredible over the last couple of years and I really am excited to see what the brand do next. What have been your favourite brands lately? Any products I NEED to try?

Katie x

ELARA


Elara has arrived. The most anticipated little person in my life. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (instagram twitter) then you will know that Elara has arrived and that she is now a huge 4 months old. Time has absolutely flown by and it's honestly been the hardest and the best 4 months of my life. Becoming a mummy has been everything I have ever wanted; as long ago as I can remember I have wanted a child. I'm not going to overwelm you with too many photos of Elara, there are already ALOT of photos on social media, especially my Instagram stories. She has been an absolute dream and has slept through the night from 5 weeks old; we are super lucky that she enjoys her sleep as much as mammy and daddy.

My birth wasn't exactly fun but I will be posting about it soon, if you want to know, but it won't be pretty and I won't be holding back. I'm not going to lie it has been hard trying to find the time for katiefoss lately and that is why it's been very quiet on the blog front; but, I am coming back and taking the time to get lots of posts and photography ready to go. I am really enjoying posting a lot more on Instagram at the moment and hope to be just as active on here. Thanks for all your support whilst I've been MIA.

You will notice a slight change in the direction that katiefloss will take in the future as I post more family life as well as a lot more lifestyle content. There will still also be a mixture of Beauty and Fashion as my passion for both still exists. You can read about my pregnancy here. I hope you enjoy my content as much as I enjoy creating it. Huge thank you for all of your support and love,

Katie x
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