Laura & Ted’s Top Picks #2

Summertime Travel – RV – Screenprint by Telegramme

This was meant to be a ‘March top picks’ post to go out two weeks ago, but life and sickness bugs got in the way. Excuses, excuses, eh?

So now it is ‘top picks #2’ – which we’ll get on with, without further ado. This month we’ve got hand cream, lovely art prints, rubber ducks and MORE. You’re welcome.


Aveeno Skin Relief Restoring Hand Cream, £4 – £6

I used to have the hands of a 90 year old Siberian woman who spends her days outdoors chopping wood and her nights scrubbing her house with bleach and wire wool.

My hands were SO dry and wrinkly. I actually wrote for Britmums recently about the perils of constant handwashing when you have a child, when nappy changes are countless and tummy bugs rife. (You can read it here if you like, it’s more entertaining than it sounds.)

Anyway, I finally got sick of looking at my elderly person’s hands and ditched the crap hand cream I’d been using for this Aveeno cream instead – my mum gave me some ages ago and I’d forgotten all about it. Thanks Mum.

Now I have the hands of…a 70 year old, maybe 65 on a good day. It’s progress.

Joking aside, if you’re struggling with dry hands, definitely give this a try.


Freddie Mercury T-shirt, Zara – £15.99

I was never a Queen fan when I was a kid, mainly because they weren’t Neneh Cherry or New Kids on the Block. Now I can appreciate them, and the film Bohemian Rhapsody has made me borderline obsessed with Freddie.

I had to buy this T-shirt, even though the print is already getting slightly stretched over my bump. It’s still available online in size small at the time of writing.

freddie mercury tshirt from zara


Art prints, various

I’m after a new print for our living room and have come across quite a few amazing artists and printmakers recently via Instagram and the like (and also via the lovely Form shop which is local to me).

I love various designs from Telegramme, Sophie Heywood, Hotel Magique (via Cissy Wears) and Paper Joy.

Print by Sophie Heywood


Childs Farm toiletries, various

More toiletries…. I’m really not trying to be a beauty blogger, I promise.

I love the CF kids’ Bubble Bath for Ted – we’re using the raspberry one at the moment, which smells amazing – and I really need to try out some of their Baby Moisturiser. The moisturiser has become a bit of a cult hit after apparently curing people’s eczema and long-term skin complaints.

Ted’s had a bit of eczema around his mouth which has mostly cleared on its own (the doctor gave us a steroid cream which I am not keen to use). But I’ll try out the moisturiser next time I remember to buy some. (And the Rubbish Parent Award goes to…)

All of the CF range is suitable for those with sensitive skin, and for use on newborns upwards.


Jimi Hendrake and pals Celebriducks – Amazon, approx £19.99 each

While we’re on the subject of bubble baths and toiletries and whatnot, I thought it would be a good time to introduce our pal Jimi Hendrake.

Jimi was a Christmas gift and is a firm bathtime favourite of Ted’s. And he is so much cooler than most rubber ducks.

I didn’t realise until writing this that there are TONS OF these Celebriducks available from Amazon. The Prince, David Bowie and Gene Simmons ones are amazing. The Donald Trump and Breaking Bad ones are disturbing for different reasons.


Shorts/pants, Primark – £4.50 for 3 pairs

Moving seamlessly on from rubber ducks to….comfy knickers. WHY has it taken me 39 a lot of years and two pregnancies to discover the joy of big pants? What on earth have I been doing all this time?

Without going into unnecessary and unwanted detail, many of my old pants have been feeling uncomfortable recently. I bought these Primark lovelies and they’re a revelation. I’m not sure of the exact name, but they’re a bit like fitted boxer shorts, and the pack I bought had one bright pink, one navy and one neutral pair. I’m in love.

(Apologies I can’t find a pic online and I’m sure you don’t want to see the pairs I own. Hopefully you can find them in store.)

Bye for now x


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