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The Best Clothes To Wear During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase as you’re bringing life into this world. Your body goes through drastic changes, one of which is physical transformation. It then becomes difficult to find nice comfortable clothes that flatter you.

Dressing up can be fun and it will make you feel good too! It’s important to choose the right clothes and it doesn’t necessarily have to be maternity wear. Here are the best clothes to wear during pregnancy:

Dresses

Maxi dresses, shift dresses, wrap dresses, all types of flowy (and stretchy bodycon) dresses are best to wear for pregnancy. The best part is, you don’t need to buy them in the maternity section! Wearing dresses are not only an all-year-round fashion item, but it gives you the comfort of being able to move around freely and accommodates to your growing belly. Even great for the frequent toilet breaks!

Stretchy pants

Pants are a little difficult to choose when you’re pregnant. That’s why maternity pants exist.  Foldover waist yoga pants and Leggings are non-maternity labelled clothes that you can wear during your pregnancy. These super comfy pants are breathable and stretchy so it can mold to your body shape. You can easily fold or slouch the waistband to sit underneath your belly as it grows.

Drawstring Bottoms 

You can imagine already how drawstring pants can accommodate to your round belly. The ease of wearing drawstring bottoms means you can loosen or tighten up your pants around your waist as you wish, without having to worry about it being too constricting or tight.

Tunic Tops

There are different styles of tunic tops, ranging from jersey to jumper to cable knit styles. These tops are great to wear during pregnancy as they sit well over your belly and most tunic tops have enough space for your growing belly too. So you don’t need to worry about the need to buy clothes to adjust to your body change. Just be sure to pick soft and comfortable fabrics.

ALL T-shirts 

T-shirts of any kind, are a basic addition to your maternity wardrobe. You don’t necessarily have to purchase from the maternity section. You can choose from over sized styled tees or general stretchy t-shirts that are a size or 2 bigger. The choice is up to your comfort. 

Long Stretchy Tank Tops

Tank tops accentuate your figure and can stretch easily over your belly. Look for ones that have microfiber blends (super soft) and can accommodate your chest area.  These are great for wearing it underneath other clothing or just a regular top.

Extra tips: 

When looking for the best clothes, ask yourself:

  • Does it stretch? Purchase clothes that allow you to move and give you more flexibility as you continue to grow through each trimester.
  • If I bend over, does it go sheer? The last thing you want is to have sheer clothes! Especially when you’re bending down to pick something up or stretching. Test clothes for sheerness before you wear/ buy them.
  • Can I use it post pregnancy? Think about items of clothing that has a built in breastfeeding features or can still be of use after your pregnancy.

Also, keep in mind to choose natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool, spandex etc rather than polyester and pick light weight, loose fitted clothing that can be easily washed.

Most importantly, remember to wash your clothes before wearing them to avoid any uncomfortable skin irritation or simply book a laundry service to make your life that much easier.

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How To Stay Productive During Winter

I don’t know about you, but when winter comes, it just makes me feel super unproductive. The weather becomes colder, days become shorter and darker. These factors make me want to stay in the warm indoors and do nothing all day!

However, to stay indoors all day because it’s cold is unrealistic and it’s definitely not the solution to avoiding the cold weather either!

If you’re one who feels less productive during winter, here are some ways which you can stay productive during the cold months:

  1. Be healthy
  2. Stay Warm
  3. Catch up on household chores
  4. Attend festivity events
  5. Spend more time with special people
  6. Set goals for yourself

Be healthy:

  • Get physical: I know it’s ‘too cold to exercise’ but exercise keeps your body and mind active, so it will avoid you feeling unmotivated. Why not go for a walk as an exercise alternative? This will at least keep your body from feeling sluggish and will give you a head start on productivity.
  • Eat clean: Winter is one of the seasons where the temptation to eat junk is upon us all and not just because it’s the holidays. This is one of the reasons why we feel so lethargic during the winter. Keep your plate clean and eat foods that give you energy!

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Stay warm:

Work your winter clothes and wrap up properly. Whip out your parka, trench coat, fur coat, your wool jumpers, turtle neck jumpers, boots, etc etc. Stay warm yet stylish, because the better you feel in your winter clothes, the more you’ll want to spend time doing things you need to do.

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Catch up on household chores:

Something that will surely keep you productive is catching up on household chores that you may be a bit behind on. Whether that’s dusting or scheduling your laundry to Laundryheap whilst you clean out your closet and make room for winter clothes.

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Attend festivity events:

  • Winter fairs: As winter months typically fall between December-January, this only means festivity! You’ll find that there will be many ‘magical’ Christmas events like Winter Wonderland.
  • Winter markets: All around the main cities of London, there will be Christmas markets that vary between November- January. Major cities within the UK also hold these festive markets that are sometimes grand than the ones around London. Check out these top Christmas markets within the UK.

If you reside outside of the UK, I’m sure there will be many festivity events that are just as ‘magical’ for you to check out too. Just do a quick google search. 🙂

These events will surely keep your energy and spirits up for the winter!

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Spend more time with special people:

Since it’s school break and holidays, it’s a great chance to spend time with family and friends! Have a catch up over a warm coffee, go ice-skating, attend a winter market/fair. Just enjoy each others company! Give yourself something to look forward to doing over the winter.

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Set goals for yourself:

Winter means a year is ending and a new one will soon begin. Why not take the time to note down things you wish to achieve in the upcoming year? This could be work or school related and even general personal development. Anything that will motivate you to work hard to achieve a goal or aspiration. You can also try and learn something new, like a language for example.

There may also be some tasks that you planned to do but never got around to doing like visiting a place you’ve always wanted to see or reading a novel you’ve always wanted to read. Why not do it now to keep yourself productive in the winter?!

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How do you stay productive during winter months?


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Laundryheap Giftcard

You can now send a Laundryheap gftcard to someone who struggles with (or despises) doing laundry! Cool, right? I know.

It’s easy! To send a Laundryheap giftcard, all you need to do is:

  1. Enter your recipients name and email address
  2. Choose the amount you’d like to send 
  3. Add a personal message (opt.), something like ‘Merry Christmas, you don’t have to do laundry today.’
  4. Enter some of your personal details
  5. AND SEND

Oh, and don’t forget to make sure we serve in their area first!

If you’re from:

  • The UK, choose to send between £25-£100
  • Ireland or Netherlands, choose to send between €25- €100
  • The US, choose to send between $25-$100
  • The UAE, choose to send between AED 100- 400

So, what’re you waiting for? Help take a laundry load off that special someone for a day or two by sending them a laundryheap giftcard!

 


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How To Make Chores Fun For Kids

Kids are full of energy, but when it comes to doing chores… not so much. It’s just not a fun and appealing activity for them (just as it isn’t for us either!), but it’s gotta be done!

Here are 5 ways to make chores fun for kids:

Make it a game

Kids LOVE playing games! So what better way to make chores interesting for them than to incorporate their favourite games within the chores you want them to do. How about a game of throw the laundry into the basket (like basketball) or the floor is lava, so they have to pick up their toys before it ‘melts’. If they’re washing dishes, add some rubber toys in there or a floating boat to make it fun.

Just be creative!

Friendly competitions

Turn those games into competitions! The one who gets it done first will win or the one who does the most chores will win! Whether you have one or many kids, friendly competitions are not only fun but a great distraction from the thought of it being a chore. You can also use these competitions as a way of training and developing their skills; they can try to do their task better/ quicker the next time.

Reward them

Make your kids feel proud of their accomplishments by rewarding them for their efforts and hard work. Take them out for a treat, or create a reward system where they’ll have to do a certain amount of chores to be able to get an item they’ve always wanted.

Praising your kids for their achievements will encourage them to do more and will give them a sense of positivity when completing chores.

Make sessions quick

 Kids can get bored and distracted easily when activities become less interesting. It’s best to keep their chore time short and switch up their schedules every so often; exposing them to different tasks.

Add some music

Gather a list of your child’s favourite music and let them sing and dance to it whilst they’re doing their chores. This will surely keep them entertained and motivated! You can join in too and it will feel like they’re having a mini party.


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5 Online Shops To Buy Unique Gifts

Christmas is coming and that means spending quality time with family stressing to buy PRESENTS! Well that or (and?) you’re doing last minute birthday/anniversary shopping. Nonetheless, what gift are you going to buy for them this year?!

Here are 5 online shops to buy unique gifts:

  1. Etsy 
  2. Uncommon Goods
  3. ThinkGeek
  4. PrezzyBox
  5. Firebox

Let’s find out a little bit more about these online shops shall we…

1. Etsy

Etsy is a well known E-commerce website, where you’ll find hundreds of creators and designers selling handmade and vintage goods. Items include anything from clothing and jewellery to art and decoration, and they’re at an affordable price!

How cute is this fairy night light though!

2. Uncommon Goods

Just as it’s name says, Uncommon Goods sells… uncommon goods! They have unique items crafted and designed by independent designers and artists that you’d rarely find in high-street retailers and shopping centres.

Check out their couch arm table, perfect for putting drinks, snacks, remote controls on when you don’t want to reach out all the to the table.

3. ThinkGeek

If you want to give a gift to someone who is a computer enthusiast or in to the ‘geek/nerd culture’ in terms of being a fan of comics, video games, movies etc. Then ThinkGeek is the place to shop! They cater to StarTrek ‘geeks’, Harry Potter fans, retro gamers and more!

4. Prezzybox

Prezzybox is a place to find original and innovative gifts as well as stylish home and garden furnishing. The shop caters for all types of individual interests from Disney fans to adventure seekers, you’ll be able to get personalised gifts!

5. Firebox

For a very, very unusual gift idea, Firebox is the place to check out. Do you have a friend that’s always wanted to try dragon tears whisky? or want cheese on toast popcorn? Well, you can find all that on the Firebox website!

You can also be even more innovative and pay for a laundry collection and delivery for someone as a gift. HOW? Easy, just send them a laundryheap giftcard via email and voila, their laundry day is sorted! Just make sure we serve in their area first though!

If you know/have shopped at any other unique websites, let me know in the comments section! 🙂

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Why You Need To Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Question: You just bought fresh, new clothes and you’re super excited to wear them out!

Do you:

A) Put your new clothes in the wash first? or,

B) Prepare them to be worn without washing?

If you said A, congratulations, you’re right. If you said B however, I think you better re-think about how ‘fresh’ your new clothes really are.

Many of us think that it’s okay to wear newly bought clothes straight away without washing because it’s already ‘clean’. Truth is, new clothes are dirtier than they seem. They’re full of chemicals and likely germs, so you NEED to wash your new clothes before wearing them.

Here are the reasons why:

  1.  Exposed to harmful chemicals

    During the production process of your clothes, most synthetic fabrics are dyed with azo-aniline dyes, and a preservative chemical gas called Formaldehyde resin is used on the clothes to prevent wrinkles and mildew from developing. These chemicals are not particularly skin friendly and can cause severe skin irritations and reactions, especially to those who may be allergic to them. The reaction will create rashes which are liken to that caused by poison ivy. 

  2. Transferable germs

    It is often that you find people trying on clothes in the store because what better way to decide to buy it than to see how it looks on you?! The problem with that is, you don’t know how many people have tried on the item of clothing you bought, let alone how unsanitary those people may be. Just think about the possible ‘invisible’ bacteria that may have been transferred onto the garment from multiple people. Also, other bacteria such as fungus and even head lice may be transferred onto the garment/s on too. 

Final thoughts…

Though these issues may not be as alarming as you might have thought them to be, it’s best to stay on the safe side and ALWAYS wash your newly bought clothes before you wear them. Keep up with good hygiene and keep your skin safe from unwanted chemicals.

If the thought of laundry is the reason you’d rather not wash your clothes, then schedule a laundry & dry cleaning collection with us today and we’ll get that sorted for you for tomorrow!

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Laundry Tips For New Parents

You thought doing laundry for yourself was challenging enough, but now with the little one, it’s become a completely different story.

Your days have become even more hectic and you find yourself having to adjust your time to match your baby’s schedule. That means constantly having to clean baby mess and wash baby clothes. The only alone time you get is when the baby is sleeping and that’s when you’re most likely catching up on sleep too.

We understand that life becomes more challenging when you’re a new parent, especially when it comes to laundry, as babies tend to need a change of clothes every so often a day. Their clothes also require extra care and time to clean.

Here are some quick tips to conquer laundry as a new parent:

1. Always wash newly bought baby clothes/blankets

Your baby’s skin is delicate, so you want to wash away any harsh production chemicals and germs trapped on clothing and blankets before they are used. 

Opt in to using hypoallergenic or non-bio laundry detergents that is great for sensitive skin to avoid unwanted allergic reactions.

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2. Avoid using fabric softener

Whilst fabric conditioner is made to leave clothes feeling soft, you should avoid using it on baby clothes! Baby clothes are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener will only strip it of it’s properties, not to mention it can cause a likely chance of irritation to the skin.

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3. Spot clean on the go

Babies create MESS and that’s OK! Whether you’re out or even just lounging at home, it’s a good idea to have baby wipes with you at all times to immediately spot clean any small ‘accidents’ your baby has made. This method will save you time pre-treating stains and will add just a bit more extra time until the baby has to change clothes again.

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4. Instantly rinse out poop/vomit stains

To avoid poop and vomit stains leaving what will appear to be a faint yellow-ish mark, rinse the stain out as quickly as the stain was created. You’ll still need to pre-treat but at least it will be easy and less time consuming.

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We at Laundryheap can take care of cleaning your baby’s clothes should the load be too much for you to handle. We take utmost care in dealing with clothes for sensitive skin. You can have the option to choose between bio or non bio and let us know of any other special requirements.

Have any tips for dealing with laundry as a new parent? Share them in the comments section 🙂