Car Seat Info

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There are so many things to consider when you have children and if you drive a car – one of the most important ones is a car seat and there are so many of them to choose from and there is so much advice to follow.

Children up to the age of 12 or 135cm (whichever happens to come first) need so use a car seat from when they are brought home from hospital and the car seat needs to ensure that is meets EU standards in the UK.

A while ago, the UK changed their car sizing system to I-size which now means the system is based on height rather than the traditional weight system and it must be rear facing until the child is 15 months old.

All new cars also come now with Isofix fittings (and if you have an older one – you can get them adapted, we did the first time that we used one) in them now which is an international standard for the car fitting system. I just happen to love this! I worry to much about car seats and I will hold my hands up and say that I couldn’t cope with using the seatbelt system, which I know has been used for so many years – but it’s just not for me. The Isofix system is a simple “plug in” system that clicks and on some Isofix bases lights up green to tell you that the seat is fitted correctly! This is perfect for me, I can happily drive around knowing that my children are as safe as they can be in their car seats.

You can check out the latest information on government websites as they ensure all the up to date information is on there

Here’s Asher in his rear facing I-size Car seat that I reckon he loves as he’s always asleep in it!

If you’re looking for help choosing your very own new car head over to Cars.com which is a great resource and full of info on all sorts of models.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

This year is going so fast already and I cannot believe that in just a few weeks time, (15 days to be exact) it will be Mother’s Day yet again. I struggle at the best of times knowing what to buy people and Mother’s Day gives us an opportunity to gift something that someone wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves or treat themselves too.

I’ve been taking a look at what’s around to gift this year and I’ve found some amazing companies that offer products that are treats for mums/completely unusual purchases and products that might just give mum a little bit of time off (or at least an easier day). I’ve also chosen some alternative/niche gifts that you might like and these are truly worth a nosey at.

First up are Cheshire Home Fragrance who had a fab rebrand last year and I have to say their monochrome products are very appealable aesthetically.

I chose the Blackberry and Bay fragranced set and the smell was stunning. The candles are extremely well made and these particular ones burn for 40 hours and in my opinion rank way up there with certain expensive brands but for a much more sensible price. I’ve recently been burning the Shortcake candle too and it was gorgeous, with so many different fragrances to choose from, it’s hard to pick my favourite. The set also came with a reed diffuser and an in car fragrance, two products that were completeley new to me. Placing the reed diffuser at the top of our stairs has given the landing a wonderful aroma when you pass. Take a few minutes to have a wander around their website as there are some beautiful products to treat your mum to or spoil yourself with. If you are local, you can also visit the lovely Caroline herself who makes all these lovely handmade candles as she has a lovely showroom in Hazel Grove.

Next up is some kitchen storage 🙂 I’m a complete sucker for kitchen utensils and gadgets and I came across this amazing egg hutch which I absolutely loved, even more so because they are handmade to order in Stockport and are available in a range of colours (mine matches the new paint I have bought for my kitchen). I love the fact that they are so unusual and I’ve never seen one in a shop like this before and that’s what appealed to me. I had a boring wired egg rack (no offence to anyone who has one of those) that I’d had from before I’d even moved in with Dan 8 years ago, finding this gave me an excuse to finally get rid of the old one and get a funky new one in our nearly new home!

Available to fit 12 or 24 eggs in and they can be delivered free to Stockport and surrounding areas you can send your queries/orders through to pwardjoinery-handmadegifts@outlook.com and they are taking Mother’s Day orders until Friday 2nd March (although they are available all year round too).

Michelle from the fabulous Crystal Company based in Macclesfield introduced me to this gorgeous gift set that made our bathroom smell absolutely exquisite. I am not joking, three days later our bathroom still smelt as though I had just taken the bath. This particular set was Rose Quartz and came with a Rose Quartz Crystal, a gorgeous candle, a few chocolates and two bath bombs that leave you with a smaller Rose Quartz after you have taken your bath. The aroma in the bathroom with this particular one was a stunning floral scent and I can’t wait to use the second one. These boxes make a great gift at £16.50 and you can also purchase the bath bombs and candles individually so there’s something for everyone. Click here to purchase or visit them on Instagram.

You can see the smaller Quartz in my hand here that I was left with after the bath.

Heading off to get my nails done (as seen in the photo above) is one of the only “mummy time” things that I get to do in a month. The ever friendly Mel at Composure & Harmony in Bramhall offers Bio Sculpture nails and the thing I love about her is that she is fast but the nails are amazing. As much as I love my mummy time, I still only get very little of it and this helps me out a lot! Mel and her team also offer lots of other beauty services and one that I’ve recently experienced is the Caci Hydrating Skin Boost which only takes around 15 minutes and is just £15. It is so relaxing, smell gorgeous and makes your skin feel beautiful (it does take a little longer and a few more pennies at £45 if you choose to have the Caci Ultrasonic Peel on top) and they are very much worth a try and I can’t wait to have another one.  Composure and Harmony have gift vouchers available for Mother’s Day gifts and always have special offers on for those special treats.

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One of my favourite companies that I came across during this research was Cooks at Home. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love cooking, genuinely I do and from scratch as I always find it tastes better. As a Mum though, sometimes you just want a night off from cooking but to still have a good meal but in my house it hardly happens as Dan is so busy with other jobs that I’ve given him 😀. Kelly from Cooks at Home popped round to my house and left us with three samples. Prior to this, I’d had a phone call with her so she could determine what to make us. This involved telling her of foods that we didn’t like and foods that we couldn’t eat. Mushrooms (bleurgh) and fish (allergies) were off the list for us and this led to Kelly making uo three lovely meals, Carribean Chicken, Lasagne and Chicken Satay.

The best thing is that I didn’t have to prepare them! They were dropped off frozen and went straight into our freezer and I was able to pop them in the oven straight from frozen and just add a bit of veg or rice to them. The food was extremely tasty and I was shocked to find that my favourite was Chicken Satay as I wouldn’t usually say that I am a huge fan of food with peanut butter in but it was so yummy! The lasagne was meaty and juicy and the Carribean Chicken was perfect with the meat being very tender. Cooks at Home don’t only prepare off site, they will actually come to your come, prepare and cook in your kitchen, clean up and leave you with a freezer full of food. You can book a personal chef for the evening for any occasions, hire them for outside catering, after school cookery clubs and join them in a cookery class (which is something I hope to be booking on soon). Take a look here for further details.

Stickerscape are a company that I came across last year when we were decorating Asher’s Nursery as they make wall stickers, these turned Asher’s Room into a gorgeous little haven for him, you can see this here. As well as stickers, they also sell some unique gifts that I’ve been taking a look at. I actually bought my Granny a shopping bag from them for Christmas because I loved the fact that I could find something for her with Granny on as that is what I call her, the best thing was is that she absolutely loved it. The same goes for their Mother’s Day products, I was sent a gorgeous bag with “Mama” on it as that is what Leo calls me (see the pink bag below with chief bottom wiper on it) and it’s lovely that you get things on with Mum, mummy and Mama! They have lots of different products to chose from and I’ve shown some of my favourites below.

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They have many variations of styles and in lots of different colours. I love this #mummyfuel gift bag, it’s fab and reusable when you’re visiting other people with wine! Check out their shop here.

If you are looking for something to keep forever, head on over to Daisy Imprints. The lovely Amanda makes beautiful, solid silver finger/hand/foot and animal print charms, jewellery, cuff links and other gifts.

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You do need to book an apointment (at her home in Cheadle) for fingerprints but she is able to send out inkless wipe kits for all other prints to be captured easily in the comfort of your own home. Gift Vouchers are available.

Please contact Amanda on: 07963 906698 or email: amanda@daisyimprints.co.uk or message via Facebook or Instagram or Twitter

Synerva CBD oils are offering products that are made from the finest organic, zero THC,CBD Hemp oil. I received the RELAX Chamomile CBD Oil and before you start to get worried after seeing the word Hemp, that you could get high, don’t worry, you won’t!

It is used for many different things from anxiety & depression to pain relief, sleep issues and cancer. It’s wakes up your endocannabinoid system and works to put your body back into a state of homeostasis and don’t worry it is legal in the UK. CBD oils are still very new to the UK but I’ve already started to notice them when out shopping. I remember about 20 years ago when a well know high street brand made Hemp Lip Balm and people couldn’t believe it! This is something new and worth taking a look at.

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The appealing thing for me was the benefits for sleep as mine is awful! I’ve just started to use this, so I will bring you an update on another blog soon.This product is a food supplement and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition. For more information and to purchase, click here.

Loretta Douglas, a local provider of Temple Spa products sent me a package which basically has everything in for an indulgent pampering session for yourself and you can choose products to match your skin type. This is basically a “spa in a box” and you can purchase specific products for different skin types and the best thing is that it has instructions on the inside of the box of how to use the products and in what order to have the most amazing “me time”. I often buy things or get given presents of beauty products and don’t have a clue as to which order they should be used in or which should be used with which, this is why these instructions were perfect! I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who does this, if you do it too – you’d love one of these boxes.

The products smelt divine. They literally made you smell like you do when you have spent the day in a spa being pampered – they definitely have the luxurious feel to them. I have to say, my favourites were the Purification Deep Cleansing Mask as it made my skin feel amazingly cleansed and fresh and the WORK IT OUT muscle tox bathing and massage oil smelt lovely and made my skin feel really soft after my bath. Oh and the last thing, the ALL TALK moisturising lip balm is fabulous. Around 8 years ago, I ended up with an infection in hospital and it scarred my lips and I find it hard to find a good lip balm, but I think I’ve just found my new one! It made my lips feel soft, took the roughness out and felt like it stayed on a good few hours as I often find they feel like they wear off quickly! I’ve also been lucky enough to try out their award winning Skin Truffle range and I’ll certainly be using it again as I love the way it made my skin feel and as a bonus it smelt fab too. I’m extremely impressed with this range and I’ll certainly be trying more of it out.

Take a look here at products available and to purchase.


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I also found out that Loretta offers a portfolio of ‘spa wherever you are’ classes in the comfort of your own home. All free of charge and all guests are guided through a luxury spa facial. It’s perfect for Mum’s who are desperate for some very much needed ‘me time’! I’m very much looking forward to booking one of these!

The last thing that I’m giving a recommendation for are Himalayan Salt Rock Lamps. Cheshire Energy Therapies sent me one over to test out and I have to say it was very relaxing having the lamp on in the evening, the light that came off it was a bit like the glow that you’d get off a camp fire, it reminded me of sitting on a beach in the Maldives on our honeymoon with the locals playing guitars around a beach camp fire 💕. One of the benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps is that they cleanse the air which for me is great having asthma.

img_5372 To read more about the benefits of these lamps, take a look here and visit Cheshire Energy Therapies to purchase.

So that’s it for my Mother’s Day Gift List 2018, I hope that you’ve found something interesting in here that you can gift on Mother’s Day, or treat yourself too! Go on, I’m giving you permission xxx

No payment was taken for any of these reviews and all thoughts are my own.

If you would like me to do a full review of a product or include you in a gift guide, please contact me using the details below;

Email: samepersondifferentme@gmail.com

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One Fit Mama

One Fit Mama

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I know that many of the mums reading this will be able to relate to not having the time or energy to exercise.  Some mums are lucky enough to get to the gym 5 times a week but in reality for a mum who has young children, a lack of sleep, no help with the housework and all the cooking to do, it’s hard, it’s really hard.

I recently came across a fitness DVD called “One Fit Mama”, I was intrigued when I read that it featured real mums and wanted to know more.

The DVD has been developed by Sophia Cooper who founded One Fit Mama in 2010 after she herself suffered from Post Natal Depression and as many of you know, there are many studies proving that exercise helps your mental health and I for one I truly believe that exercise does help when you are having a tough time emotionally. Sophia wanted to support mums on their journeys to healthier minds and bodies.

The DVD is suitable from 6 weeks postnatal and is split into sections with a fab warm up section that really gets your heart rate going before you start your main workout. For you main section, you can choose to do one of the following;

  • 6-12 weeks
  • 3-6 months
  • 6 months plus

When I started this DVD, I fell into the first section and I’m now a few weeks into the second section and I really am enjoying it. It will be a few months more before I get into the final section of the DVD but I am sure that I will enjoy it just as much.

Sophia gives a warm and friendly introduction to the DVD and explains what will happen in each section thoroughly.

The great thing about all these sections are that they are only 10 minutes long, so if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you can do the other section later on in the day. The main workout section is split into 3 different levels, which you can move on with throughout your postnatal journey, as you and your baby get stronger.

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There is obviously a warm down section to ensure that you don’t have any unnecessary aches and pains and there is also an optional section that you can do to concentrate on your abs/core that is based on Pilate moves. I really enjoyed that section and I wasn’t actually sure that I was going to because in my pregnancy with Asher, I suffered from Diastasis Recti (split abdominal muscles) which affected my back too, apparently around two thirds of women suffer from this condition especially when they have had more than one child. I was very surprised to see that I didn’t seem to have any discomfort when doing these exercises. I was very pleased with this as it gave me a little more confidence that enabled me try the harder moves in the DVD.

So when did I fit this DVD in with two under threes at home? Many of you know that Leo doesn’t sleep at all during the day and hasn’t done for me for about 18 months, so I knew he was going to be awake but I didn’t know what he was going to be like when doing it, keep reading, that was interesting. Asher does take naps, no longer than about 45 minutes at a time, which gives me just enough time to complete the DVD.

With Asher sleeping, I took on the DVD! With Leo happily amusing himself, I started to enjoy it. You don’t really need any special equipment, you can use an exercise mat if you need to and Sophia does use small dumbbells in some sections, but if you haven’t got these, you can use tins of beans! Leo found this highly amusing and started to copy mummy lifting the tins of beans up and down himself.  It was so cute. As long as he was happy and laughing, this made me feel like I could carry on and not feel as guilty for taking some time to do something that I needed to do for myself.

I really enjoyed following Sophia during the DVD and what made it lovely was the way that she spoke and laughed with the girls doing the DVD with her; it made it feel like they were right there in the living room with you. The best thing about this DVD was that it really was real mums in the DVD, real mums of all different sizes that are at different stages of their post natal journeys.

Sophia is keen to remind you throughout the DVD to ensure that you are following the correct person if you have just had a baby, I think is very helpful to remind mums that they need to take it easy and not worry about aiming too high when they first start the DVD, there’s plenty of time to get to where you want to be, slowly and safely.

I couldn’t stop laughing at Sophia constantly reminding you about your pelvic floor, I think she secretly throws that in to make you laugh so you can be tested on how strong yours is! On a serious note though, it is a good idea to ensure that you are doing these specific exercises on a regular basis, especially when you have had a baby (or three)!

So if you want a real down to earth, feel good front room fitness DVD that makes you work hard and that you can have done all before the baby wakes up, this is the one for you.

The DVD has been released in conjunction with the success of One Fit Mama Fitness Classes where you can take your baby with you, there are lots of locations in the UK. Click here to find out if there is one near you.  I am especially pleased to see that they have made it to Stockport and I am very much looking forward to starting them in March, if you are local to myself and want to take a look at our local Facebook page, you can see it here.

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I have a One Fit Mama DVD to give away, courtesy os One Fit Mama Stockport. All you have to do is head back to my Facebook Page by clicking here and tell me by reading the blog what Leo used to lift up and down that made me laugh whilst I working out.

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The competition will run until midday on Saturday 3rd Feb and the winner will be contacted later that day.

  1. The winner will have 72 hours from the announcement to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen.
  2. The prize is a copy of the One Fit Mama DVD and is not exchangeable for cash.
  3. Open to UK residents aged 16 and over and excluding relatives of @millieleosmum and One Fit Mama employees and their families.
  4. Entries must be received on Facebook
  5. Winner will be notified as an announcement on the Facebook Blog Page for Same Person Different Me and a private message to their Facebook account.

By participating in this competition, entrants confirm that they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

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