Friday, 14 August 2015

#DressingTheBump My week in Uniqlo


As I am more than halfway through my pregnancy, my bump has decided to make an appearance!

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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Antenatal classes edit


I have been researching antenatal classes to help prepare myself (and MrL) for labour, giving birth and being parents. 

The idea is that you are prepared in order to have a better experience of birth and after pregnancy. I have never done this before, and I like to arm myself with as much literature and education as possible, so I will be looking into both NHS and paid for classes...

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pregnancy Workout DVDs Edit


I have always been ‘a little bit’ active, and being pregnant reminds me that I need to have my body in peak physical condition. Peak physical condition for me, not compared to athletes or anything!

I am well aware that labour isn’t how Hollywood portrays, you don’t suddenly have a gush of liquid, 5 minutes later you’re yelling and then baby is born. Labour is a marathon, not a sprint, in most cases. First time mothers like me, may experience active labour for up to 8 hours, this is an average, so it could be shorter or longer than this. So, I am preparing for labour, the same way that one would prepare for a 5k.


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Monday, 3 August 2015

Baby on board



So, you have baby on board, what does that mean in terms of finances? You are entitled to have up to a year off for maternity leave , can you afford that?  Or , do you not have to worry as your company has a generous maternity leave scheme? How long will you take off for maternity leave? What is adequate? How long will your partner take? So many questions!
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Statutory maternity leave, means that all women who are employed can take up to 1 year off for maternity leave; a combination of 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave, plus 26 weeks additional maternity leave. 

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Chemical Free home cleaning

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I LOVE TO CLEAN! There I said it, but being pregnant has kind of taken the pleasure out of cleaning. 

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Eating through the trimesters


I was extremely lucky I think! During the first trimester some women experience loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss due to extreme vomiting and more. I, on the other hand, lost my sweet tooth, craved more spicy and savoury foods and the only heartbreaker for me was that I lost my love of cooked (not smoked) salmon.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Girl, Boy or Surprise?



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Usually, around halfway through pregnancy, and even a little earlier, when you have announced your pregnancy, you get asked ‘do you know what you’re having?’

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Changing and Taking Shape

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Whenever we think of pregnant women, we think big belly, possibly how a woman looks at around 8 or 9 months of pregnancy. 

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Almyra BabyMoon in Month 3



MrL and I had booked our week away to the Almyra in Paphos, Cyprus, well before we knew I was pregnant. In fact a pretty expensive lesson I learnt this year, being the incredible planner that I am, is to NOT book all of your vacations for the year, at the beginning of the year. 2015 was the year that I had planned to experience Istanbul, relax in Cyprus and become a Mal-diva… I have and will be doing all of that, but they now evoke different feelings. Istanbul was the last trip where I could have drank if I wasn’t #CleanAndLean, Paphos was the first time I slept through a holiday (and in the sun) and the Maldives has been renamed ‘usual November anniversary trip’ to ‘BabyMoon in September’, or how others have affectionately called it ‘the last hurrah!’

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Jacava London, 9-Free Nailfie



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Jacava London, Lincoln Street Nude Nail Polish


I recently received the above nail polish at a baby shower event, and couldn’t wait to try it. I am terrible when it comes to nail maintenance, but being pregnant, I have become more conscious of how my nails look, and how they could potentially look to anyone who catches me rubbing my belly! I am even more conscious of anything that I use potentially harming my unborn child, so keen to learn of safer options.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Sleeping Edit



In my first trimester, I think all I did was sleep! In fact according to my Jawbone, I slept on average 12 hours and 20 minutes a night...which in other words is a lot! Pre-pregnancy I couldn’t even imagine sleeping for more than half a day, usually getting around 7.5hours sleep nightly, but I soon learnt that it takes up a lot of energy being knocked up.
When you’re sleeping that much, being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to ensure that I was sleeping ‘correctly’; I had read that in the second trimester, sleeping on your back could make you feel faint due to the pressure on the major blood vessels (Okay, no sleeping on my back, check!); that I should become a habitual left side sleeper , maximising the nutrients that my baby receives (Got it, swap from my usual right side, to my left, check!) and buy a pregnancy pillow which ensures that you sleep on your left side, check I need a pregnancy pillow too!  
Lots of advice, lots of reading and lots of things for me to modify.
MrL and I made the trip to John Lewis to purchase the DreamGenii, and that was that. I don’t know where I had read that I needed a £48 pillow to ensure that I slept on my left side,  but I bought into it and bought it! In my defence, I have used it for well over 100 days now so the cost per use has vastly decreased…


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Magazines, Blogs and Apps edit: What to expect, when you’re expecting


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A continuation from an earlier post, see a few magazines, blogs and apps that now supplement my usual reading of Tatler, CN Traveller, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s...well, you get the gist!

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'Walk-Commuting'



I have always been fairly active, from waterbabies to 100m sprinting, to pole fitness. Since moving from Canary Wharf to the opposite eyot, I have found a new love of walking. Walking is brilliant exercise, not just for pregnant women but for all; you get the cardiovascular benefits without putting too much strain on your knees and joints. Living in SW London with the office on Oxford Street, means that I can ‘walk-commute’…and what a beautiful commute it is! Along Kensington High Street, through Kensington gardens and Hyde Park, and lastly through the smells of Soho!

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Prenatal Vitamins



Wheatgrass, Chlorella, Baobab, Spirulina, Bee pollen...

These were some of the superfood supplements that made it into my morning green smoothie. Baobab kept me energised, wheatgrass promised me healthy skin, spirulina supported my immune system and so on. Pregnancy happened, then a trip to the GP changed everything, and I couldn’t find anything on the internet that said I could keep up with my supplements at all. The advice was conflicting and I couldn’t put my first child at risk, so I popped along to Boots to make a purchase of the ‘UK’s no.1 pregnancy supplement brand’ Pregnacare.

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My Pregnancy Skincare

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Whenever you think of a pregnant woman, you think of a beautiful glowing woman, and I hope for those that have seen me recently, I am not my usual shiny combination oily self? 

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Books and Movie edit: What to expect, when you’re expecting

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What’s the best way for first time mothers to educate themselves? Download 7 pregnancy apps, buy a ton of books to download onto their kindle, start reading every pregnancy blog and magazine, following every mummy blogger and watch movies about having babies and being pregnant… enjoy!

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Announcing Mini L...S & N sitting in the tree



MrL and I are expecting Mini L, arriving this December, I am pleased to announce!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fashion Target Breast Cancer Launch




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Naturally Active Haircare


Last July, I walked into my Salon pulled up to my usual stylist David and asked him to chop all of my hair off. I was looking for low maintenance hair, as well as hair that suited my clean and lean lifestyle. 

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Collagen Boosting Tips



Having a youthful looking mother, in fact, one that many seem to confuse for my sister (Mother is 49 this year and I am 26) has made me slightly anal when it comes to ensuring that when I do hit 49, I am also mistaken for my child’s sister. 

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Istanbul

A little over a month ago, MrL and I travelled to Istanbul for my birthday, a city known for it's history, architecture, food and name changes from Byzantia to Constantinople; I had heard wonderful things about Istanbul before I had even arrived, and with 5 days in the city, I wanted to enjoy Istanbul to the fullest!

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

ABOUT

London Parenting Lifestyle Blog WHIITELIST by Simi Lindgren



WHIITE LIST (noun) a list of brands and places that are acceptable, trustworthy, luxe and ‘cool’ for modern mamas. 


My first trip abroad was to Paris, France at the age of a month old, so my passion for travel was ignited I would say very early on in life. My love of fashion started with print magazines J17 and Sugar (remember those?), which developed into my love of luxury and lifestyle with the Gwyneth Paltrow Tatler cover back in 1998.

Looking for a creative outlet from my commercial career, and a way to document my travel and lifestyle having visited over 20 cities with my husband in our 4 years of marriage, I published my first post here following a birthday trip to Istanbul.

My ‘day job’ which I LOVE (read more here and here) allows me to not only lead a fantastic team maximising business revenue, and working with editorial and marketing teams but, allows me to meet with the media, PR and brands and build relationships and find new loves such as beauty, an area that I was tasked with driving the market opportunity. I am by far no ‘beauty expert’ but I began to dip my toe in the ‘beauty’ pond with my next couple of posts on Collagen boosting tips and Liz Earle’s Naturally Active Haircare (those images need updating ha!Ha!).

“WHIITELIST is an aspirational destination for luxe life and style lists for millennial mothers...or women who just like lists!”

It was 4 days after my last post that I learnt I was 6 weeks pregnant and promptly took a 99-day break from my blog before making the announcement that Mr.L and I were expecting here.
In this time, I was unsure as to the direction of the blog (I am still navigating that to this day) but I knew I wanted to document as much as I could, blogging intermittently and not promoting the posts, mainly because I hadn’t actually announced that I had a blog to the world. It was my own little secret corner of the internet.

It was nearly a month after the birth of my son Chance, and 145 days after my last post that I decided to launch the blog into the world to help any other ‘mummys’ out there like me. My first post Happily Mother After certainly did that, 362 people (from 1 reader) rushed to my blog to hear my story! I couldn’t believe it, but, this was the confidence that I needed to launch my blog into the world (having gone through several name changes) and launch WHIITELIST by me, Simi Lindgren into the world...officially, on the 19th February 2016.

I am so happy you’re here, I hope you continue to return and support me (top 7 ‘Mummy Blogger) and my award-nominated blog.

Don’t hesitate to drop me a line to say HELLO, comment on a blog post, ask questions, or to collaborate on opportunities like these here.
You can email me here, or find me curating the best moments on Instagram, tweeting on Twitter, pinning on Pinterest, liking on Facebook and loving my favourite blogs on Bloglovin’.

SAL xx
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