I grew up with a real love of reading and I hope Daisy does too. There’s something so comforting about curling up with a good book. I try to make sure Daisy ‘reads’ everyday, which normally happens before bedtime. She loves her books and will quite happily sit there flicking through one after another. We always read to her when she goes to bed and while I love this time with her, it always helps when the book you’re reading is enjoyable for you too.My absolute favourite author ever, is Roald Dahl. Even now, if I’m not sure what to read I can always rely on one of his stories. It may seem childish, but the dark humour and wit of his books are fantastic and I don’t know how anyone could not enjoy the likes of Matilda, The BFG or my personal favourite, The Twits. Daisy has my copy of The BFG, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (although it’s on a shelf away from toddler hands at the moment) and I’d love to pass it down to her children someday.My lovely brother bought Daisy the Dr Seuss collection for Christmas and it’s become one of our bedtime staples. We read these regularly and I can’t wait for Daisy to be old enough to laugh at some of the mind boggling stories in there; Scrambled Eggs Super anyone?!Beatrix Potter. Ah Beatrix Potter. Again, I read these growing up and whilst not funny and sometimes a little sad, they are beautifully illustrated and so well written.  I also love this collection as it was one of the first things I bought after finding out I was pregnant. So practical, I know!I picked these gorgeous books up in TKMaxx a while back, but are available here. Giving variations on the classic fairytales and written in rhyme, these are enjoyable for the reader as well as your little one. Daisy particularly likes The Princess and the Peas; spoiler, princesses are supposedly allergic to peas!Lastly, another Roald Dahl, but I couldn’t miss out my absolute favourite book ever. Similar to the previous books, Revolting Rhymes put a twist on some of the classic fairytales, but in ways you’d never expect. Did you ever think you’d read “Her head went crashing to the ground, It bounced a bit and rolled around” in Cinderella? Or “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers” in Little Red Riding Hood? Genius!Any of these amazing books make bedtime much less of a chore and I’m always on the hunt for some fun new tales. I’d love to hear any recommendations.

Emma  x

I’d love to be one those people, who are able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Jon is like this and I often find myself lying there, silently turning green with envy. Even after the longest of days, I still find it difficult to nod off. Ironically, the best sleep I ever had was when I was pregnant. Granted the numerous nightly bathroom trips and feeling like you’re shifting a wardrobe towards the end didn’t mean it was consistent, but for the most part it was fantastic.

That all ended after having Daisy and if you’re a mama, you’ll know that sleep goes out the window for a little while. With lie ins a thing of the past, I try to stick to a relaxing bedtime routine, that helps me fall asleep quicker.img_9937I’m a huge fan of cosy interiors and our bedroom is no exception. We always have a few cushions on the bed and at least one throw (I have a problem!). With a few different textures and layers, this makes for the perfect spot to curl up in. I like to light a scented candle upstairs while Daisy is bathing (usually lavender), so that everything smells cosy and inviting when it comes to bed time. This one smells gorgeous and was a Primark bargain!img_9938I always make sure to remove my makeup at the end of the day, as my skin has always been prone to flare ups and acne. I’m using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at the moment and can honestly say, my face feels cleaner than ever. I vary my night cream between a Lidl one I currently have or the Homebargains version of Bio Oil. I don’t use the oil every day, but it really helps to heal any breakouts I get and has improved previous acne scars.img_9943I’ve recently been using this works deep sleep pillow spray and it really makes a difference to my sleep. You only need a few spritzes on your pillow or duvet and it smells amazing. I’m not sure whether it’s an association thing, but as soon as I smell it now, it relaxes me and makes me feel all cosy and sleepy. I highly recommend this if you have trouble switching off before bed.img_9942I’ll normally have a read to unwind, but if I’m still quite awake I listen to a short mindfulness meditation. There are lots of free apps available and I’ve tried a few, but my favourite is Breathe. There’s a two minute sleep meditation which really helps to clear your mind and relax your body. Once I’ve listed to this, I feel super chilled and drowsy and I’m able to drift off much easier.img_9939What do you do to help you get a better sleep?

Emma  x