Shea Sugar Body Scrub: The Body Shop – pure indulgence for mum

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It’s not often I get time to myself to indulge in a skin care routine. So when a parcel arrived for me from The Body Shop I felt my heart leap a little.

I’ve tried plenty of products over the years but, as motherhood sets in, I’m more inclined to invest in baby lotions and oils than something to pamper myself.  I’m quick to race upstairs and close the bathroom door (a novelty in our house) and settle down to my first 10 minute pamper session and see what happens.

The Body Shop, Shea Sugar Body Scrub 200ml

I unwrap a huge tub of Shea Sugar Body Scrub . 200 ml to be precise! On opening it I’m hit with the most heavenly scent and dip into an ivory coloured very luxurious looking cream. What I’ve always loved about The Body Shop ingredients are how natural they are, and sure enough this Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree in Ghana. It smells totally edible so I’m not surprised to find out it’s in fact used for cooking in Africa and even used by the Egyptians in their beauty regime.

The Body Shop beauty products, Shea Sugar Body Scrub

I smooth the body scrub over my skin and I’m surprised to find it’s creamy yet grainy –much like the natural sea salt scrubs I’ve used before in Egypt. Is it up to the challenge of softening my over-used, very dry and somewhat wrinkly hands?

After exfoliating I wash off the scrub and I smell utterly divine. I find there’s an oily residue left on my skin and, just as I think uh-oh this is going to be greasy, it immediately absorbs into my skin leaving it feeling silky and moisturised. Best of all I feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

The Body Shop, Shea Sugar Body Scrub for mumsAll in all this might just be my simple beauty treat of choice. It’s now my third day using it and it’s somewhat addictive to use. I’ve got a week to go till I bare my legs on a beach and I’ve got high hopes for this one.

SHEA Sugar Body Scrub, 200ml is available at The Body Shop for £13

I’ve spotted a 25% off your order available from 4 Sept 2014!

The Body Shop


Cahootsy Update: Getting the most out of Cahootsy and how to claim rewards?

It’s an exciting summer ahead on Cahootsy with a ton of sizzling new features being added to the site so watch this space!

Cahootsy is rapidly growing into THE go to place for mums and dads to share shopping advice and find the best tips – all tried and tested by other parents. Packed full of recommendations on what to buy, where to find it and even where to get it at the cheapest price.

Most exciting of all the more you help the community the more you get rewarded! We’ve got lots of new offers for you with up to 60% off your favourite parenting brands, all personalised just for Cahootsy parents. So make yours a profile to be proud of and the offers will come to you.

Cahootsy siteThis blog is devoted to explaining how to use the Cahootsy website and, even better, how collaborating on Cahootsy can reward you and your family.

How to use Cahootsy:
Cahootsy is an online shopping community that has been developed to help parents collaborate and share advice on products they know about and love.  You can post tips for other parents, ask for help from the community or advise another family on anything from baby feeding products, toddler fashion to your favourite lotion. Simply sign up here, create a profile and start browsing some of the latest posts like this one:

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Special Offers and how to redeem them:
The more you collaborate on Cahootsy, the more perks and rewards you and your family will receive. Some of our top partners right now are: Kickers, Vertbaudet, Littlewoods, The Body Shop, Merino Kids and Cuddledry. By interacting on Cahootsy, you get exclusive discounts, free delivery and much more from your favourite parenting brands. The more points you earn on Cahootsy, the more rewards you will receive.

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Flaunt your profile to attract offers!
Here’s how you look now. The more you get involved in the community the more impressive your shopping profile. Build it up to get discovered by the brands you love for being such a fabulous parent. You’ll soon get personalised offers flooding in. Here’s one of our favourite mums on the site right now and her gorgeous bubba.

Cahootsy profile, meeting other mums


We have been listening to your feedback and the next update to the site will be a brand spanking new profile page designed specifically for you. Your yummy new profile will have some awesome new features, let you connect with other like minded shoppers, and will be personalised to you. Your new profile will be available soon so bag your place on Cahootsy now!


Want to know what others are saying about Cahootsy. Check them out here.


Jamie Oliver Chic Dada Daddy Fashion

Who doesn’t love Jamie Oliver? This lovely Dad is now a daddy to Buddy Bear Maurice, Poppy Honey Rosie, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Daisy Boo Pamela. That is some names right there! Here is some inspiration from this daddy’s style book:

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Bayfield Twill Cargo Trousers

Wool Rich Zip Through Jumper with Cashmere 

Adidas, Turf Royal, Navy

Grey Classic Crew Shirt 

Quiksilver Sterns Hat 

Canon Powershot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black) 


Wedding Survival Kit for New Mums

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You’ve had your gorgeous baby and are just about coping with the nappy changes, feed and sleep schedules and then The Wedding Invitation arrives at your door.  It’s the must attend wedding of the year (or one of many this year) but how will you manage with your newborn baby? Fear not, we have compiled the ultimate Wedding Survival Kit for New Mums so you get to be part of the action too.

Weddings tend to be long socially packed days and there can be a lot to think about and plan for as a new mum. There is always the possibility that you wind up an hour away from your hotel, with sick all over your dress, one nappy left and a cute but screaming baby that is tired and was ready for bed way before dinner is over. Rest assured we’ve been there too and having consulted plenty of new mums about their most recommended tips here’s the best of the bunch.

Spare baby grows: Chances are, wedding days will be THE day that baby blows out the nappy. We recommend taking two spare baby grows just in case, one short sleeve in case the weather decides to crank up the heat. We love this summery 5 pack from John Lewis that should go with any outfit.  Remember to pack a spare outfit too, you never know what might happen.

Muslin Squares: These are key if your dress will survive the day. We recommend you pack 3 – one that will inevitably be dressed in vomit, one spare for you and one for all the cooing friends who want to hold your baby at the worst burping moment. Look stylish with these muslins from Aden and Anais. Good enough for Kate Middleton they’re good enough for you. Better still they can double up as a blanket or mat for your little one to kick around.

Wet wipes: The golden rule for any mum – don’t leave the house without wet wipes. In fact you simply can’t clean up anything on the go without these whether it’s a snotty nose, sick or sweat from mummy’s brow. I still go to work with a pack for emergencies! These two items are staple for the survival kit and we recommend at least a pack of 100 wet wipes.

Nappies: Pack more than you need and then some. Babies generally tend to poo more when they are out of their usual environment/schedule and weddings can be exciting occasions. The rule with nappies is you would always rather have more than not enough. Pampers have a good range for nappies and wipes.

Blanket: If you are lucky you might get away with an impromptu nap in your arms or in the carry car seat and for this you will need a nice comfy blanket. Try this gorgeous revers-able cotton Mini Star Baby blanket from The White Company. Remember their favourite cuddly toy for naptime and even a spare. We know from experience that if Dodo the rabbit is left at home or lost en route there will be hours of screaming.

Breast pads: Nobody enjoys the thought of a leak mid conversation with the father of the bride… It is definitely up there with one of those mortifying moments in life. Be sure to pack spare breast pads to avoid any embarrassing moments, we recommend Lansinoh, and have a look at these ideas for what to wear so you look yummy-mummy gorgeous.

Entertainment: With weddings being a full day event you’ll need to put your baby down at some point to stretch their little legs or even for some alone mum and baby time. A great thing to pack is a mini baby activity mat. This one from Kiddicare is great as if you’re travelling light just detach the mat and roll it up to carry with you. This is a great moment to pass baby to their uncle or aunt FYI ;-)

Need a specific tip as a new mum? Share your question on www.cahootsy.com and see what other mums and dads have to say.  Tell us below on connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.