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SIX STUDIO

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SIX is a new modern maternity British underwear brand launching this month.  Founder Kate has had many years experience in the fashion industry and like many of us found there was a HUGE gap in the market when it comes to good maternity underwear, so SIX was born.

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There are no labels in the garments, all care instructions are printed directly on to the fabric for comfort.  Everything is made in Portugal, All fabrics are Premium quality Italian Jersey and the Laces are all French Leavers Lace.

The range is minimal and clean in design, and prices range from £27-£72 reasonable for something you wear every day pre and post pregnancy.  I’ve always liked underwear, and the only other maternity I have liked is Storq which isn’t available in the UK.  Looking forward to buying something from this new brand when it’s released.

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Coral from 42 Juice

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Excited to have this guest post from Coral, one half of 42Juice.  The Brighton based company aim to make juicing accessible for everyone and to cleanse and heal people in a beneficial and natural way.  Coral is pregnant with her second child and gives a little insight into her daily diet during pregnancy.

Where 42 Juice began:

We started 42 Juice in 2013 and our shop opened in September 2014. We started the company after my brother fell seriously ill a few years earlier, we saw first hand that through diet and nutrition he managed to heal himself and come off a lot of medication. We wanted to be able to share this with other people and make organic juices more easily accessible after we had seen what a positive impact they had on our lives.

Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my daughter and her father in Brighton, just by the lovely seaside.

What is your favourite juice at the moment?  Does Ava like them?
My favourite juice has to be our Healing Green juice, its packed full of dark green leafy veg like spinach and Kale – but also has an apple to sweeten slightly, The balance is just perfect and you know you are getting some goodness into your bod. Ava surprisingly loves all our juices… She says that she’s grown a little bit bigger and stronger after every juice!

Where is your favourite place to eat and thing to do as a family at the moment?
I have 2 favourite places to eat in Brighton, one is the restaurant where one of our juice bars is based called ‘SIX’ in Hove, it has the yummiest selection of Organic food. Another is a place called Silo where they source all their food as locally as possible and make everything on site, they aim to have no waste and have such positive ethics and values.

Our favourite thing to do at the moment is going to visit my dad, who lives in a log cabin – completely off grid in the forest. as spring is starting to appear its just becoming so beautiful, to watch it all come to life. I feel like Ava learns so much being surrounded by nature and I love watching her confidence grow.

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Coral:

With regards to my daily routine when it comes to pregnancy and diet, It has gone up and down so much within the last few months. You may think that owning a juice bar means that I’m constantly guzzling the green stuff. Well… Sorry to say it, but during the first trimester of this pregnancy the smell of Kale kinda sent me sideways! I was really confused and a bit upset as I felt guilty that my little baby might not be getting all the nutrients he/she deserves, was I just being a wuss?!
Luckily, week by week my healthy appetite came back and that feeling has now passed and I’m actually loving my fresh green juices again! I’ve found that juicing has really helped with my energy levels and are a really easy way to make sure you are getting a load of raw vitamins and minerals to me and the baby.

I’m 18 weeks pregnant at the moment and my daily diet looks a bit like this:
(obviously changes a lot from day to day depending on where we are and what food I can get my hands on…)

7am
Green Juice (made with Ava’s help – I find that if she helps to make it then she’s more likely to drink it.)
Handful of spinach and Kale, a cucumber, 1/2 an avocado, a slice of fennel, a stick of celery, 1/2 a lemon, a handful of alfalfa sprouts, a thumb of a broccoli stalk and an apple.

9am
If I’m at work then I’ll often make a smoothie packed with berries and banana, throw in loads of hemp seeds and spirulina for protein, add some coconut oil then blend with our home made almond milk.

We also sell the best shots of tumeric, ginger, lemon and orange. These are Amaaaazing as tumeric is a fantastic superfood and has SO many healing properties. So I’ll often have one of these mid morning too.

11am
If i’m peckish then and apple and a handful of nuts normally keep me going until lunch.

1pm – Lunch
Roast vegetables are my calling at the moment, with some lentils or aduki beans a dollop of hummus and toasted tamari seeds… Works so well! I’m loving sweet potatoes, aubergine and cauliflower with loads of garlic at the moment. I also try and add some kind of fermented food into the mix, like sauerkraut so that I know we are getting some raw, live probiotics, which are really important for anyone, especially when you pregnant.

3pm – afternoon slump
Beetroot juice is great at giving you energy and I love our ‘Unbeetable’ juice at 42. Its cold-pressed carrot, beetroot, apple and lemon.
I’m pretty addicted to hummus at the moment so as an afternoon snack I love cucumber and carrot sticks dipped in organic hummus.

6pm – dinner
Okay, raw broccoli and kale salad might not sound appealing, but if you marinate it right – this really works and is SO good for you, Kale is high in iron which is super important when pregnant.
This is nice with avocado, sprouts and sprinkled with hemp seeds with falafel or almond cakes lightly cooked in coconut oil – adds a bit of density to the salad.

Evening – If I get that late night urge ( which is more often than not) I LOVE booja booja cacao dairy free, organic ice cream. Or a coconut based yoghurt, fruit and granola.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my diet every day and as I said, I’ve only just got back into my healthy self.

Its really important to try and remember to take a good quality pregnancy mulitvitamin throughout pregancy, to make sure you aren’t missing any nutrients that are vital for the growth of your growing baby. And don;t hold back on healthy fats… ‘low fat’ diets are complete B.S and aren’t good for anybody, especially not pregnant mamas.

Its all about balance and trying to feel comfortable and healthy in your body, it will make your pregnancy a whole lot easier. Gentle yoga classes are a great thing to incorporate. Just try not to worry about whatever you are doing, you are growing a human being inside of you and that can be EXHAUSTING. Don’t give yourself a hard time about any of it, the baby can sense your happiness… And we all want a happy baby!!

Follow 42Juice on instagram here.

Follow Coral on instagram here.

Visit 42Juice here.

CULT of YOUTH

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Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.05.31I’m in love with the new Cult Of Youth collection, hand made by trained silversmith Kelly Seymour.  Kelly is London based and was inspired by her pregnancy for the collection, hence the MAMA and MOTHER necklaces.  I’m drawn to rose gold so that would be my pick, but there is also gold and silver to choose from – or mix it up with the chain and letters.  The necklaces caught the eye of many on instagram for these necklaces in particular and the waiting list grew.  As did Kelly’s tummy and is now a week away from her due date 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 20.05.44Kelly says: I was inspired by how superhero like you feel becoming a mama, if you can grow a human, you can take on whatever the universe has to throw at you.  I wanted to wear the word ‘mother’ like a big yellow S on the front of my shirt…

I like people that put a personal touch in to things, it brings a story and background to a collection or brand.  Kelly also takes custom orders for necklaces upon request.

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Nom Nom Organic Skincare

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A few weeks ago, we went to an opening of a local yard to meet some small local businesses that will be based there. One of which was Nom Nom a company that produces organic skincare products for pregnancy and babies. Founder Jayne, has twenty years experience working with women, pregnancy and babies as a massage and nutritional therapist.

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Nom Nom uses therapeutic oils, are free from chemicals, free from animal products (apart from beeswax in the perineum balm), and of course organic. The company launched in December 2013, and have already been given TIPS awards for a couple of their products.

The products smell delicious, and feel gorgeous on the skin. The baby oil with starflower is great for cradle cap and the baby balm butter is great for any parts of the body that need a little kiss of TLC.

There are a few lovely children’s skincare brands around at the moment, but be sure to try this one and add it to your list.

Fair and local pop up

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This week we have our first Christmas Fair, opening a local Christmas pop up shop, have a lil’ bean’s 2nd birthday and a baby due date.  Quite a busy one!

We will be at Cabbages and Frocks Christmas Market in Marylebone with Little Hanbury on Wednesday, as part of their Lights Festival.

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On Friday we are opening a Christmas Pop Up Shop in Crystal Palace with a few other small local businesses.  One being the lovely Magpie and Hen and I will post more on this later in the week.

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Happy Monday x

happy friday!

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Any guesses on what Lil’ Bean 3 will be?  Due 23rd November 2013.

If any of you are free this morning, you should head to Pram Jam’s event at Screen On The Green 11am.  It’s a baby friendly screening of ‘Birth Story’: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives.  You can watch a trailer here http://birthstorymovie.com/trailer/

Hope you have a happy and sunny weekend x

sounds of the lil’ bean

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My eldest and I were playing with my phone the other day,  recording the lil’ bean eating because he likes to vocalize how much he is enjoying his food!  In doing so, we came across these other ‘sounds of the lil’ bean’.  Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that can make you smile.


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