It seems like a long time since I did a Lately I'm Loving round up (in fact my last one was March), it's not that I haven't meant to, but things have been so hectic recently I've not had time to sit and get bits together. Hopefully, though the wait has been worth it.
Kingdom of You*.
Kingdom of You is the latest book from Lost My Name and I was kindly sent a copy to pass to my cousin Sophie who is both a mother and a childminder and this is what she thought on it:
As a childminder and a parent, I find that Children always love to be read colourful books that draw them into the story. A story that feels real and makes them feel that they are really there. A story that can make them giggle and continue to help promote the joy of reading. Kingdom of You does just this.
Three children (aged 6 years, 2 years and 5 months!) listened to the story from start to finish, hanging onto every word and each child turned into this story at their own level. The 6-year-old joined in reading keywords, the 2-year-old roaring just like the pizza monster and the baby amazed at the excitement this story brought to the room!
What makes this book unique is that it is personalised, this particular one has been personalised for my little 5-month-old boy. I’m sure he will enjoy reading it himself one day and treasure it forever with a special message printed inside the cover from Mummy and Daddy. The main character is our little boy Logan and we chose his favourite things to be incorporated into the storyline. His story is all about King Logan and the kingdom he wishes to rule.
This book is well made and uses thick, high-quality paper. It is illustrated with beautiful and colourful images. The captivating story appeals all ages. It is a lovely keepsake and makes a great, unique gift for someone special.
Agni Prasada Burning Pixie House.
I've spoken before about one of my favourite local shops, Lichfield Bespoke and of course I have been back there a number of times over the past couple of months and it wouldn't be a Lately I'm Loving post, without including a couple of my favourite buys. This particular one comes from Agni Prasada Burning.
You may have seen a piece of her work on my blog before, as I've used her “We Believe in Magic” star as a photo prop before. However, I just had to add this beautiful little Pixie House to my collection when I saw it in the shop the other week.
Agni Prasada Burning really makes some interesting pieces; I think the next up on my list might be one of the wooden snails she offers. However, her range includes a whole host of burnt items, she really is someone to check out if you are a fan of such things.
There is so much excitement around at the moment about Despicable Me 3 coming to the cinemas, this summer and hey that's nothing surprised about. As part of their own celebrations Haribo have made a subtle change to their ranges of Minions and as you may have worked out by the packaging, they have added a candyfloss flavoured Fluffy to both the tangy and normal minion sweet packets.
Now I can tell you it is well worth picking up both packets of sweets, as they are absolutely delicious and would make the perfect movie snack for rewatching Despicable Me 1 and 2 with, before heading off to the cinema to see what the all get up to in their new adventure.
Campsodella Pet Portrait Pendant.
I featured the amazing Campsodella, in my Just Dreaming round up post a couple of weeks ago and while I absolutely adore the designs she does herself, I couldn't help but order myself one of her custom pet portrait pendants.
How beautiful does Sal look? Campsodella is able to make all pendants, keyrings and other items, using both bronze or silver coins. If you are looking for a piece of jewellery that offers something just a little bit different, I would definitely suggest you check out her Etsy page, you never know what you might fall in love with.
Natura Siberica Alladale Modelling Natural Body Scrub*.
We finally had a shower put in last month and I finally feel able to play with different body products again, the first one on my list was this wonderful scrub from Natura Siberica. This unique brand offers natural & organic products and are the first organically certified brand to harvest herbs from Siberia.
This particular product contains Wild Thistle, the national flower of Scotland, alongside wild Organic Siberian Sea Buckthorn from Natura Siberica’s organic farm in Khakassia.
This gorgeous scrub is a beautiful strawberry red in colour and has been made to cleanse and define the skin. It is said to be particularly well suited for those with a normal skin type, which is in need of lifting and firming.
I personally found that the scrub worked well, it was gentle on the skin while still leaving it feeling more cleansed, soft and nourished. It offers up a light natural scent of the herbs and ingredients included and really to me feels like a premium product at a pocket-friendly price. In fact, this huge 400ml tub comes in at just £11.99 and can be bought from the Natura Siberica website.
White Willow Art Mouse.
This is another offering from Lichfield Bespoke, this time from White Willow Art. I noticed these little mice being shared on the Facebook page, and knew straight away I needed one in my life, so was thrilled there was one left when Ash and I popped in last week.
I have little curio shelf that this was destined to go on, but then I left it on the side after taking the photo and Ash accidentally knocked it off, so now it's a one-eared mouse, waiting for a bit of DIY to hopefully put him back together, but I couldn't not include him.
Tropic Wild Mint, Lime and Pineapple Body Wash*.
I've included Tropic Skincare on my blog before and I was really excited to get to try something else from this fantastic natural brand. This particular body wash contains wild mint, lime and pineapple, which gives it a really unique scent, that is partly citrus and part mint, which while I wasn't sure what I would think of it, actually offers a really unique fragrance.
The body wash is a rich, creamy formula, which turns into a luxurious lather when in use. The formula in this product uses a mix of gentle, natural cleansers from soapberries and coconuts, alongside guava and bamboo water to refresh and hydrate.
This all round amazing body wash comes in at £10 and can be bought from the Topic website, alongside a whole host of other fantastic natural products.
Pins and Needles Collectables.
I included the amazing Pins and Needles in my June Etsy Wishlist and I did say I would try and include the items I had on order from this lovely lady in my Lately I'm Loving post and here we are. First up I have the Vampire Bat doll, which I've been after for ages, I think it is such unique collectable and will be perfect for Halloween when it rolls around.
Next up is this amazing Sloth, I actually won this beauty and it isn't something she offers in her shop at the moment. However, if it was something you fancied yourself, you could always drop her a line and ask if it was going to come into production.
Now I just feel like I need a blue sloth (as well as a little green ghost) and my crew will be complete.
Sanatio Naturalis Orange Blossom Floral Water*.
I don't cope with hot weather at all, my body seems to go into overdrive and I would do anything to cool down a little. One of the things I've been relying on of late, alongside the fan, is Sanatio Naturalis Orange Blossom Floral Water. I've kept this refreshing and soothing bottle of Orange Neroli Water in the fridge, which means every time I use it I get a cooler pick me up.
The scent of this facial water is absolutely lovely, it offers a soft scent that perks you up, yet doesn't linger around on the skin. Personally, I think this is a must for everyone in this heat, I've even thought about depotting a little into a plastic spray bottle so I can carry it around with me during the day, as it really does help when I'm feeling overly hot.
If you fancy trying this skin calming facial spray yourself, this 100ml glass bottle of Orange Neroli Water comes in at £26.
Odylique Superfruit Concentrate*.
Since I've hit my 30s I have suddenly realised that I need to take care of my skin, so cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise has finally become part of my daily routine. Part of the fun of this is getting to try lots of different items to find out what is right for me and one thing I have noticed is my skin seems to like more natural products.
This particular serum is from Odylique and is 100% natural and 100% organic, it is vegan-friendly and is certified to Soil Association organic standards. Now that is some resume! This particular serum includes rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, which means it includes 5 omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and nature’s miracle phytosterols. It is said to be perfect for dry and ageing skin (yup that would be me now).
This Superfruit Concentrate comes in at £33 for 30ml and while on the face of it that may seem like a lot of money, they suggest you only need 1 or 2 per use for your face and neck. Though of course, that will differ person to person.
Personally, I've found this a really good serum, that has helped rehydrate my dry skin and now I'm in more of a routine, although I am still getting spots, they seem to be a lot calmer than before.
So there you have a few things I have been loving of late, does anything catch your eye from this list, or have you tried any of it before?
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