Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Trying To Be The Best Possible Role Model For My Daughter- Can’t Be That Hard Right?

If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you... don’t disappoint her ~ Author Unknown.

When you become a parent, you automatically also become a role model. It’s a title that’s stowed upon you, whether you are ready or not.

As a mother, I am my daughter’s first role model when it comes to self-image & I want to show her that there is nothing “model” about it. There is no such thing as perfection. Or rather, she is perfect as she is. I want her to grow up being conscious of her behavior, not her physical appearance.

As her mother, I see perfection when I see her & her siblings, as I’m sure all mothers do when they view their children.

I also feel like a complete hypocrite. As I do not practice what I preach. I’m not comfortable in my own skin- there I said it.

I pick out everything that is ‘wrong’ with my body, my face, my hair, my capability. I’m worried now as she has gotten older she will end up picking up on the little comments about my weight, the little put me downs I mutter to myself.

For my daughter to understand that girls & women come in all sizes & shapes, that there is no room for judgment based on appearances, I have to lead by example & to show her that, I need to stop judging myself.

MR.B & my children look at me & think I’m beautiful so I need to start looking at myself the same!

I mean come on look at the way she is looking up to me here, how can I let her down? Ps. We are loving our matching ‘Besties’ Tees from Lovetree Design.


My Mother’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

We have entered the beautiful month of March. Can you believe it? The month where spring is just around the corner, blooms of daffodils & bluebells, my birthday & of course the most important day, where we celebrate Mother’s of all kinds. 

Mother’s Day is almost here! Whether you are a Mum for the first time this year, celebrating your Mother/Step- Mother/Nan or spending time with your children, Mother’s Day is always a great day, bursting with love & fun. 

Even after nearly 10 years (yes Jamie, my biggest baby, is coming up the big 1 0 in about 11 weeks!!! I’m still in shock!) I sometimes can’t believe that I have three beautiful children that call me Mum. I have definitely been blessed & love spending Mother’s Day soaking up their love. 

I usually get spoiled with a lie in, breakfast in bed, flowers, lots & lots of handmade cards & a little present to open. It really is the cutest thing seeing how much the children have put their all into every detail, just for me, brings a tear to my eye & makes my hurt burst just thinking about it. 

Mother’s Day really is a great time to pause & say thank you to those who raised us, we all have a lot to thank our Mum’s for, right? & what better way to show our love than with the perfect gift? So I’ve put together a little gift guide, you’ll be sure to find a gift that your Mum will love.  

Why not spoil her before she has even opened her eyes up properly, to breakfast in bed? This Personalised Slate Tray from Luxe Gift Store, would make a wonderful extra surprise gift along side with the mug of tea/coffee, croissants, flowers & cards that you could beautifully arrange on it. 

This is something my children have done for me these last few years & it really is such a thoughtful start to the day. 

You could personalise this tray with their initials & have a choice of three different designs. As you can see we choose the circular design with the initials spelling ‘MUM’ as we thought it was extremely fitting! 

Luxe Gift Store has a wide range of amazing gifts, you should definitely check them out!

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving little beauty treats, I’m always trying out new products & these super nourishing Organic Lip Exfoliators from Banks-Lyon, are no word of a lie- Amazing! Not only will they hydrate & soothe dry, cracked lips, they smell absolutely heavenly too! These would make such a cute little gift as not only are they a pretty practical gift (especially with the way the weather is at the moment- Brrr!) but what woman doesn’t like adding to their beauty collection? 

You can check out more of Banks-Lyons gorgeous products on their Instagram page. 

If you are on Instagram you will see letter boards are all the rage right now. Everyone seems to have one & for good reason. It is simple to change out the wording & have a beautiful quote or funny saying that fits your mood for that day! I love my board from Get Ginger SnapSuch a simple concept but adds a lot of character to my decor!

This Soothe Mama Gift Set from Ermana, would make the perfect pamper gift for an expectant Mama To Be, or any Mother really. Although the oil & balm are made to soothe & hydrate a baby bump & also helps to prevent stretch marks, I have found that the Body Oil is brilliant for my skin, especially for my face, I tend to suffer with dry skin around my nose & forehead, after about 2 days of using the oil, my dry skin has cleared right up! Would highly recommend this brand!! 

If you wanted to see more of Ermana’s fab products you should definitely check out their Instagram page. 

Potted plants will always be a winning gift for me, I just love having greenery & blooms around the home, just makes the room feel more fresh & cheery, don’t you think? These Hyacinth plants from Waitrose are super cute & are a steal at just £3.00 each!!! 

How about a luxurious Pampering Box as a gift? I for one know that there are a lot of Mamas out there that are secretly screaming for an hours (or two) break, to unwind & just relax. This Mum’s Gorgeous Pampering Box from Vital Touch, will help them do just that! As a Mother I know how easily it is to put myself on the back burner to make sure that everyone else’s needs are met & forget to take care of myself. 30 minutes alone in the bathroom, what is that? Haha! 

You can get 15% off on this gift box at the moment plus several other selected gift sets! Have a browse through Vital Touch’s website here to see what they have to offer. 

Every Mother deserves a good t-shirt. It is even better when you can have a tee that twins with one of your children. Gracie-Mae & I love matching our outfits & these Mother & Daughter Besties Tees from Lovetree Design are just brilliant!

There you have it! Some super amazing gifts that any Mum would love to have!! What are you asking for Mother’s Day?

*Disclaimer- I was ever so kindly gifted all items (apart from the potted plants) for the purpose of this gift guide, however all thoughts & opinions as always are that of my own. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Give Yourself A Fresh Spring Look With Divatress!!

“Disclaimer- This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own.”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been cursed with unruly & at times unmanageable thick curls, curls that at times even my beloved GHD’s can not tame. 

Oh how I wished I had lovely sleek, smooth locks like my little sister- I envy her for her hair.  Its always the way though, if you have straight hair you would dream of bouncy curls, & if you’re like me with wavy curly hair, you are forever spending time trying to straighten all those kinks out- haha! 

Although saying all that, I honestly do not even have the time to do my hair properly anymore, the majority of the time it’s a quick spray with my trusty dry shampoo & scrapped back in my go to ‘Mum Bun’ do. 

I’ve been wanting to change the style of my hair for a while, something that’s more manageable but still looks like I have made the effort. But I’m a creature of habit & as soon as I’m sat in the salon chair & asked what I would like doing, I always end up chickening out & go for the same. 

So when I discovered Divatress, I was literally so excited! Divatress is a leading beauty e-commerce company that offers thousands of wigs & hair care products. With a wig you can change your entire look in an instant! 

Their Outre Xpression Crochet Braids really caught my eye, especially this one- The Dominican Blow Out Straight...

You can select your choice of hair length & suitable colour. This particular braid is very quick to install & is also a low maintenance piece, which is brilliant for a busy Mother like myself! 

What do you think about wigs? Would you wear one to change up your look, without having to go with something permanent? 


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mother’s Day Letter Board Quote Ideas Ft. Get Ginger Snap

Have you caught onto the letterboard craze yet? If not where have you been hiding, under a rock? Haha!

 Letterboards have been all over Instagram & this is one trend I adore, there’s something very appealing about their simplicity & vintage style. 

I had been after one for quite a while, so you can imagine my delight when Get Ginger Snap ever so kindly gifted me one for review. 

To begin with I didn’t think it would get used that much, but it’s become an object of delight in our home. The children love creating their own funny little messages- the majority of the time you can hear them giggling hysterically away because 9/10 they have made up the words ‘butthead’ & ‘poo’ on them- kids will be kids hey! 

And I’ve enjoyed putting together inspirational quotes, marking a special occasion to using as a photo prop. Needless to say, it’s a keeper & looks gorgeous in my newly decorated bedroom! 

I was gifted the Small Wooden Framed Vintage Grey Letter Board, which comes with 300 white letters, numbers & symbols- so you know you are never going to run out! The price for this board i personally think is reasonable, as you can tell it’s all been made of very high quality. I’ve choosen to use this freestanding as I move it around quite a lot, but you can also have this board wall mounted.  

This letterboard also comes complete with a branded gift box, making it the perfect present to gift to someone. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve made up my board with a few quote ideas for you... 

You can follow Get Ginger Snap on TwitterFacebook & Instagram to hear more about their latest products! 

Do you own a letterboard? If so I would love to hear what you write on yours in the comments below! 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Mum Guilt- I’m Trying To Let It Go, & So Should You!

I know it’s been a while since I wrote my last personal post, I’ll admit I have been finding it quite hard to get in the zone- writers block, if you will. 

I’ve been feeling highly unmotivated of late, not just with my blog, but all aspects of my life- that’s the ugliness of depression I suppose, it makes you go up & down & swing in round-a-bouts. And one thing I’ve been feeling a lot lately is guilt, guilt, guilt! Why?! 

Feeling guilty for staying at home with the children & deciding not to go back to work just yet, guilty for feeling like I’m not giving the children enough equal attention, guilty for not being more present with MR.B, feeling guilty for planning an upcoming night out with my friends, guilty that the majority of the children’s half term was taken up with decorating & not spent solely with them- the list goes on & on.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term ‘Mum Guilt’? It SUCKS!

Feeling guilty is what we’re supposed to do as Mum’s though, right? At least, that’s what seems to be implied at every given turn. 

Last week I was in tears, I spoke to MR.B about all of these overwhelming feelings of guilt that I’ve been having & he put things into perspective & asked me this... "what's one thing that isn't going good for you/us as a family right now, what's one thing you are unhappy about...?" & I actually couldn't say one thing! 

Reality Check! 

Mum Guilt is an easy game to join in, & one that I have been playing for quite a while now, but I’ve decided I don’t want to be a part of that game anymore. And if you, reading this are feeling this ‘Mum Guilt’ for what ever reason it may be, my advice would be to LET IT GO. 

Feeling guilty implies wrongdoing. 

Is it wrong for you to take some time away from your spouse & children to go out for dinner with friends? NO- it’s a chance for you to recharge yourself & to just be YOU! 

Is it wrong for you to spend money on yourself instead of your children ie. getting your hair/nails done? NO- the children’s needs have been met, you DESERVE to treat yourself! 

Is it wrong for you to decide to be a stay at home mother or a working mother? NO- you are doing what ever is BEST suited for yourself & your family! 

If you believe that the choices & actions you’re taking are the best for yourself & your family at this particular time, despite what any other family is doing or not doing, then guilt has no place in your life! 

Be kind to yourselves Mama’s, you are all incredible! 


Thursday, 8 February 2018

My Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

It’s the Month of Love. 

It’s that time of year again & it may feel like Christmas was only seconds ago, but February 14th is fast approaching & it’s pretty hard to miss the fact that Valentine’s is just around the corner. 6 days away now peeps!

Whether you like to splash out on heaps of presents & a fancy meal or have a more low-key celebration like cooking a romantic dinner at home, Valentine’s Day is a time for showing your favourite person how much you love & appreciate them.

Although, you should be doing that anyway, right?! In any case it’s still a day where it’s the perfect excuse to spoil that special someone. 

I have to admit something, even though I’ve put together this little gift guide for Valentine’s Day, as MR.B & I have gotten older we don’t tend to give into the hype of this overly commercialised day anymore. For instance this year we are putting the money towards something abit more practical, we are currently in the midst of redecorating all of the bedrooms, so the money is going towards that. Super Romantic, I know. But we need new furniture & paints etc (which doesn’t come cheap!!) but we don’t need gifts, so it works for us. I’m sure we will just order in a takeaway, drink wine & watch a film. We know how to keep the romance alive- haha! 

That being said, I’ve put together a list of gifts for those who are struggling to think of what to get their other half. 

For The Romantic

Flowers are one of the main gifts received on Valentines Day. This is of no surprise, after all most women love flowers. I know I do. Nothing beats flowers being delivered to your door to make you feel special. Prestige Flowers have a gorgeous range of bouquet flowers like the one I was kindly gifted above, & if you were to order by 9pm they will be delivered to you the very next day. This is great, if you are a last minute gift buyer. The bouquet that I was sent was the Valentine’s 12 Luxury for £34.99. For £5 extra you could get a box of chocolates, or if you really want to push the boat out, you could spend an extra £10 & get chocolates & a cute cuddly bear. 

Another most brought gift for Valentine’s Day is wine, oh glorious wine. And well, why bloody not. Give me wine & I’ll pretty much love you forever- Haha! Even though it may not be the most thoughtful of gifts, I’m pretty certain most women will love a bottle of wine to enjoy of that evening. 

Chocolate- It’s a Valentine’s Day classic for a reason! Again give me chocolate & I will love you forever! 

This Large Valentine’s Chocolate Heart from The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company would be perfect for your crazed chocolate lover. I mean come on, look how cute it is!! Would match perfectly with that bottle of wine & flowers now, wouldn’t it?! 

Some women may well be on a New Years Resoultional Health Kick, so you will think chocolate would not be an ideal gift. You can think again.

 These Superfood Chocolates from IQchoc are completely guilt free! IQ Chocolate make super delicious brain healthy chocolate from bean to bar. Their chocolates are- Nut Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soya Free, in fact all chocolate is free from all 14 allergens, & it is low on the Glyceamic index. In addition it is: High in fibre, copper, manganese, phosphorus, a source of magnesium & iron. 

So go on, get your girl that chocolate she is so desperately craving, she will love you even more for it! 

For The Charmer

If your not all for showering your loved one in flowers, chocolates & wine. But still unsure on what to get, than jewellery is definitely a good place to start, you can rarely go wrong with a lovely bit of jewellery. Like this gorgeous Heart & Arrow Bangle from J&S Jewellery. It’s also now in the sale for only £7.20!! 

Or how about these stunning Hermatite Metallic Valentine’s Hoops from My Hart BeadingA pretty combination of metallic soft rose pink & hermatite semi-precious stone hoop earrings, handmade in London. They are simply gorgeous, I’ve had so many compliments when I’ve worn mine & they would truely make the perfect gift this Valentine’s, all without breaking the bank as these little beauty’s are only £18!! 

For The Practical

If you wanted to buy a gift that wouldn’t be expected by your loved one, than this Simply Hearts Personalised Wooden Tea Light Holder from Make Me Something Special would make the ideal gift. These candle holders are all handmade to order & from scratch out of the highest qualify & locally sourced Prime A Grade English Oak. They are also available in three sizes, the one I was kindly gifted here is the 5 Tealights for £49. You could also make it that extra bit special by having a message engraved onto the back for only an extra £10! 

His & Hers (or His & His, Hers & Hers) Coasters Set, would make a lovely gift for Valentine’s. They are not your usual go to gift but your other half will be sure to love it. I love this cute spots & stripes design & will be perfect for the bedside units. These are only £7 for the pair & you can find them from Paper Plane Designs.

Now we’ve got the gifts out of the way, how about cards? There are so many sickly lovey dovey cards stacked up high in all of the supermarkets, so why not try one with abit of comedy? Like this one here...

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather much give MR.B a card that will make him smile & laugh. You can find this hilarious card (which is £4.95) & others from Bubblegum Balloons.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide- have a great day, whoever you spend it with!


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

My Daily & Weekly Skincare Routine + Review

As a HUGE skincare junkie I love finding new brands & products to try. The stress of daily life & having 3 children (one of which is ultra feral at the moment!) means my skin takes a total beating. 

Black tired panda eyes, yep I’ve got those. Fine lines around the eyes, I’m sad to say I’ve got those too. Tired, uneven skin tone- yep that’s me. Teenage spot flare ups, you guessed it, I get those too! 

 So anything that fights the sign of ageing, evens out my skin tone, & generally just makes me look a little more human is a winner for me.

The last few weeks I have been testing out some fab products, & I know you are going to love them, so I just had to share them with you guys! 

Your Good Skin- Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser

I've been using this Hot Cloth Cleanser for just over a month now & I thought it deserved a little spot on my blog as I've really been enjoying using it & its been leaving my skin looking radiant - which is something that I think all of us want & need. This cleanser is really reasonably priced too & is on offer at the moment for £5.99 which you can pick up from your local Boots. It also comes with 2 muslin cloths. Bargain!

What I really love about this hot cloth cleanser is that it’s so easy to use & the cleanser itself has a really rich & thick texture to it, which feels lovely on your skin. You only need to use a small amount for one application & as you get 125ml in each tube I can see this lasting me for some time. The lotion, as thick as it is covers your face easily & it feels quite luxurious once on your skin - as it has that spa sort of smell to it, making this skincare product feel a lot more indulgent. It’s also great for sensitive skin, I haven’t experienced any form of irritation whilst using this lotion. 

Eyewake Skincare Collagen Eye Serum

Let me start off by telling you a little bit about this serum- 

“The Eyewake Skincare collagen eye serum is a luxury eye gel formula that combines powerful ingredients to target the eye area. It has collagen, cucumber & elderflower to instantly awaken & soothe & vitamin E to moisturise the skin. The serum is rich in antioxidants & uses natural products to boost skins vitality. All skin types can use the eye serum & it contains no alcohol”.

When I came across this product I was obviously intrigued, who doesn’t want to get rid of their eye bags & have a fresher look- am I right? But I was also a little skeptical as I’ve tried other various lotions & potions in the past which haven’t worked. So I’ve been using this serum for about 2 months now & I must say I’m very impressed! 

The serum is a surprisingly thick gel. Despite being so thick a tiny amount goes a really long way. I don’t even need a full pump to cover both under eye areas & the eye lids as well. (Hence still have quite a lot left after 2 months of using daily!) It soaks in really quickly & doesn’t leave a sticky residue. Because of this I don’t have to wait long before applying make-up. I’m finding it makes a great base for under eye concealer & eye make up.
From the first use i found it soothed my eyes & they felt cooled & refreshed. I use it every morning & any puffiness from a bad nights sleep (which is a regular nightly occurrence with the littlest at the moment, grrr!) is instantly reduced. As soon as it dissolves my skin feels soft, plump & supple.
You can purchase yourself one here, also for every Eyewake Gel sold, a donation is made to Women’s Aid- how brilliant is that?! 

Luvenesco- Luxury Retinol Hydrating Cream

This Luvenesco Hydrating Cream was far too appealing to not try out during these winter months. I am forever chasing products that will keep my face hydrated, soft & youthful during the winter. There is nothing worse than dry skin in my opinion. 

I can be quite reluctant to try new skin care products that I have not heard of before, as most usually don’t live up to what they are meant to do. I must say this one did not disappoint in the slightest. I have actually found a cream for my face that works for me! Hallelujah!

I tend to suffer from very dry skin, especially in these winter months & this cream goes on so smoothly, sinks right into the skin (no oily residue!) & completely hydrates.

Retinol Cream is meant to fight the signs of ageing by diminishing wrinkles, fine lines & uneven skin tone. Although I haven’t seen much difference to my ‘deeper’ lines especially on my forehead, there is definitely a noticeable difference to the fine lines around my eyes. But I am really enjoying using this as my day cream & will continue to use! 

Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask

Who else has seen this Australian Pink Clay Mask by Sand & Sky doing the rounds through social media? 

Let me be honest about something. I’m a sucker for good marketing. I’ll be happily scrolling through my Instagram feed as I wind down before bed, then BOOM. There it is. An ad pulling me in with it’s pretty pictures & snappy caption. I can’t resist having a little nose & before I know it, I’m researching why I should buy this life changing product I’ve never heard of before.

So I put this Clay Mask to the test...

This cruelty free face mask is a 4-in-1 formula that promises to tighten pores & boost radiance, protect from damage caused by pollution & brighten & detoxify your skin, all in just 10 minutes. Sounds pretty incredible, right? So what did it do for me?

I admit I couldn’t wait to try it, so I washed & exfoliated my face then whacked this mask all over. The mask has a slight smell to it – nothing unpleasant & it’s very subtle. It’s a soft, lavender pink colour & is very thick. It goes on nicely with the brush & starts to dry pretty quickly. Once completely dry, after about 10 minutes, it’s completely white & you do look a little terrifying!

 I could really feel it working & see it drawing some of the blackheads out of the skin on my nose, so felt really positive about its impact on my complexion. I was expecting to see major, clear results after washing it off & was all set to do a bare-faced celebration selfie, but in all honesty, my skin just didn’t look that different. 

That’s not to say this product doesn’t work because I definitely noticed an improvement in the texture & brightness of my skin – it felt SO smooth, but it was just nowhere near on the level of the women featured in the brand’s promo videos. Whilst some blackheads had certainly cleared, my cheeks and chin were still rather pink, my spots still looked a bit angry &  I didn’t feel like taking a picture of my naked face at all.


I used the mask a couple of days later & rather than the recommended 10 minutes,  I left the mask on for about 30 minutes to really give it a chance to work. So the second time around I was MUCH happier with my results, my skin was much brighter, much smoother & my pores visibly smaller, especially on my nose! 

I thought I should say aswell that it is advised to use this 2-3 times a week depending on your skin, I have been using it to the max at 3 times a week. 

I love the feel of the mask when it’s on my skin, it’s like a little pot of luxury. It’s perfect for easing the stresses of the day away & it’s great to use right before applying your makeup for a night out to maximise the longevity of your look. 

But most importantly, when your skin looks clearer & healthier, you feel better about everything. At £39.90 a pot, it’s got to be pretty damn good, but I think it’s going to prove itself to be worth the price. It’ll last a few months, it comes with an adorable application brush & it’s helping my skin look better & better after every application. 

Okay, so I didn’t experience the crazy instant results seen in so many videos, but it’s certainly getting there for me & everyone’s skin is different. Long may it continue! 

Have you tried out any of the products mentioned above? Let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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