Saturday, 31 January 2015

Me & Mine - Family Portrait - January

Me & Mine
The Family Portrait Project

January 2015

All snug in our home, out of the cold, snapping selfies with the selfie stick.




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Kids #OOTD - 31-1-2015

Kids #OOTD
Kids Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...


'Super Cool' Long Sleeved Top - River Island
Navy Joggers - Next (£6.00)
Beige Striped Bib - Boots Miniclub
Navy Striped Socks - Next



Today, Bradley wears...


American Flag Long Sleeved Tshirt - Debenhams
Pull On Jeans - Next (£16.00)
Adidas Gazelles



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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Simple everyday #FOTD


Simple Everyday Face of the Day


It's been a while since I did a Face of the Day so I thought I'd snap a few selfies and show you which products I used.

It's Sunday, I have NO plans but to relax and spend time with my boys. So my look is a very simple, natural one. Please ignore the state of my brows, I'm in desperate need of a brow appointment and it's first thing on my list tomorrow morning!! So bear with me... ;)


These are the products I used:


My base was Revlon Colorstay in Nude (£12.49), look out for a full review of this as part of my Premium VS Drugstore Beauty series soon. I then swept my all time favourite Sephora Limited Edition Sun Disk all over and popped a little W7 Bronze Shimmer (£4.95) on the apples of my cheeks.
For my eyes, I attempted to shape my brows, as best as I could in there state, with my Barry M Shape & Define Brow Kit (£5.99), another one to look out for on my Premium VS Drugstore series soon. A quick brush of MAC Mineralise Eyeshadow Duo in Joy & Laughter (£17.00) over the lids and lined my lash line with Bourjois Intuitive Liner (£6.99). On my lashes I prepped and conditioned with MAC Prep & Prime Lash (£13.00) then coated my lashes with a few coats of MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash (£14.50).
I then gave my lips a glossy sheen with Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for Lips (£11.50).



What are your go to products for a natural, every day look?



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Monday, 26 January 2015

Our Charity of the Year : Well Child

Rather than giving out donations to lots of different charities, we've decided that as a family we're going to pick a charity each year to support and raise money for.

This year we've chosen to support:


Throughout the year we're going to be supporting the charity, raising awareness and taking part in personal challenges to raise money. I hope that you'll support us and I'd love for you to join in with us if you can.

Who are WellChild?

There are 1000's of children and young people here in the UK living with a long-term or complex health condition. WellChild are a national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for these children and their families, wherever they are and whenever they need it.

They do this by providing practical and emotional support to seriously ill children and their families so they can leave hospital and live comfortably at home, funding research and projects to ensure parents, carers and those working in the healthcare sector are better equipped to support those with complex needs, and influencing the future of health, education and social care policy to ensure it meets the needs of these families.


Look out for more blog posts about this amazing charity, the work they do, our fundraising and what YOU can do to help.

First, we need to think of our own personal fundraising challenges. 
We've decided that James is going to do a sponsored leg wax - I'm extremely excited for this!!!
Bradley and I are still deciding...
I'm wondering if I could arrange a sponsored buggy walk locally?
Maybe Bradley's school could get involved and we could arrange a games console competition one lunch time?


Do you have any ideas for what myself and my 10 year old could do?




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Saturday, 24 January 2015

#BOOTD - 24/1/2015

#BOOTD
Baby Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...



Buzz Lightyear Tshirt - Next
Grey striped joggers - Next
Blue striped bib - Boots




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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel | Review


The Parent Agency
by David Baddiel


Bradley and I love reading. It's super important to me to spend time with him and read. I'm pretty busy during the day with Taylor, so I make a conscious effort to read with Bradley at the end of each day before bed, and it's OUR time. I work from home every evening when Taylor has gone to bed, so I take a break at 9pm and we read for 15 minutes before he goes to sleep. 

Reading is such an important skill, in my opinion, so it's also so important to keep building on this skill with Bradley. He's a great reader though, and loves it, which is great. I do wonder how long this will last for before he gets to an age where he no longer wants to read together before bed!


So, we were sent The Parent Agency to read, the fourth novel, yet first childrens novel, by TV comedian David Baddiel. 

About a 9 year old boy called Barry who hates his name, is fed up with his family, and wishes he has better parents.
Upon making this wish, Barry's bedroom begins to shake and he soon finds himself in a different world, a place aptly named 'Youngdon', where parents don't have children and children get to choose their parents, after giving them a test run of course!

Each day throughout the week, Barry gets to trial a different set of parents, with completely different personalities.


We really enjoyed the story, it was perfect for Bradley's age, and he found he was very much like Barry, being of similar age to him. Apart from hating his parents of course!!! ;) 
Each day bought a different adventure with different parents, the comedy flowed well throughout the book and we both had a few giggles at times.

Bradley really got into the story, asked lots of questions, predicted what he thought would happen, and explained with delight when he realised the characters in the new world were actually his friends and family from the real world. He worked this out by reading into the description of the way they looked and acted, which I thought was great and proved he was taking the story in.


I loved the hidden message behind the story, to respect and appreciate your parents! Bradley kept saying how lucky he was to have great parents, and how much he loved me, so it definitely worked on this little man!! ;)

Bradley's review...
When we first started the book I couldn't get into it, but when we read it every night I loved it! , I would recommend it to my friends. ;)



The Parent Agency is available to purchase now at all good book stores.




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Saturday, 17 January 2015

#BOOTD - 17/1/2015

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Baby Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...


Long sleeved stripes vest - F&F at Tesco
Grey Marl Joggers - Nutmeg at Morrisons
Bandana Bib - Blue Zoo at Debenhams
Chequered Socks - Mothercare




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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

December Empties & Mini Reviews

I'm a little late with this post, but better late than never...

Below are the products I finished during December and what I thought of them...


Skincare


Vichy Idealia Life Serum (£22.12/Boots)
I think I recieved these samples in a beauty box a while back and gave them a go this month. Serum's are strange ones for me, as I can never really tell if they're doing anything, yet I like to use them. This product promises to help make your complexion look fresh and radiant, and my skin is looking pretty healthy right now, whether it is down to using this serum, who knows, but I very much doubt there was a drastic change after only a tiny amount from these tiny samples.
Would I recommend? It felt nice on my skin, not at all greasy, sunk into my skin well, it was a nice product so yes.
Would I repurchase? While I like using a serum, it's not something I buy, so probably not.

Aromawakenings Lift & Tone Facial Serum (£18.00*)
I really enjoyed using this serum, it felt lovely on my skin. I'm not sure if it lifted or toned my skin in any way, but I liked the way my skin felt after use which has to be a plus!
Would I recommend? Yes I would, and check out their other bits too, lovely site!!
Would I repurchase? As I mentioned before, serums are not something I usually buy.

Olay Essentials Complete Care Plus Multiradiance Moisturising Lotion (£9.99/Boots)
I bought this as an alternative to my usual CC cream by Olay, and although it didn't have the benefits the CC cream did, I enjoyed using it as an everyday moisturiser. It smoothed into my skin well, smelt lovely and fresh and my skin felt great. My skin has looked really fresh and healthy lately with no breakouts, so thumbs up!!
Would I recommend? Yes, its a great drugstore product at a great price!
Would I repurchase? Yes I would!

Soap & Glory Drama Clean 5in1 Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.80/Boots)
I LOVE my micellar waters and usually use Garnier's but the Soap & Glory one was on offer, cheaper than my usual so I had to give it a try. At first I wasn't a big fan, I couldn't quite get used to the fragrance. I'm used to my cleansing water being unfragranced so the cucumber and peach was quite overwhelming to begin with, but I soon got used to it. As a product, it did what it should. It removed my make up well, and my skin felt fresh and clean afterwards, with no dry patches, tightness or residue, so overall I really liked it.
Would I recommend? Definitely, it's a great cleansing water. If you're not too fussy about the fragrance of your skincare, give it a go. 
Would I repurchase? When it's on offer cheaper than my usual Garner, then yes!


Bath & Body


Ted Baker Sweet Treat 'Mia' Purse Spray (£15.00*/Boots)
I can't explain how amazing this stuff smells! If you have a bit of a sweet tooth like me, you'll love this!! It smells ah-mayzing! A cute little bottle that looks lovely on your dressing table, or fits perfectly in your clutch or bag for quick spritzes, it's absolutely gorgeous!! I just wish it lasted longer! :)
Would you recommend? Yes definitely!
Would you repurchase? Yes!

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion & Shower Gel (£4.00)
I got these in my advent calendar and loved using them over the Christmas period, they made me smell and feel super festive and the glittery finish of the lotion was a nice novelty!
Would you recommend? You'll only find them in the sale now, but if you want them, go snap them up quick and save it for next Christmas!
Would you repurchase? Maybe next Christmas.

Sure Women Compressed Bright Anti-perspirant (£2.10/Boots)
I usually use a roll on, I never liked the idea of spraying aerosol every morning, but when I ran out of deodorant I asked James to bring me some home from work and this is what he came home with. I actually really liked it, no white marks, no waiting for it to dry, and most of all, it works! I really liked using it!
Would you recommend? Yes.
Would you repurchase? Yes.

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub (£11.50/Boots)
I love this stuff, it's super scrubby and moisturising at the same time! A great product! It contains dead sea salts, coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oil to exfoliate, refine and resurface the texture of the skin and my skin has felt really smooth afterwards. Great product! I got a few of these sachets in a gift set, you get quite a good amount in them which is fab. The full size product comes in a lovely glass kilner jar which would make a great gift!
Would I recommend? Yes, great body scrub!
Would I repurchase? It's quite expensive for a full size product but I may purchase a few sachets again.


Baby



Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath (£3.95/Boots)
Johnson's Bath products really dried out Bradley's skin as a baby, but thinking it was a one off, I bought some to use with Taylor too, and let's face it, you get tons of Johnson's products as gifts too, but they've actually done the same to Taylor's skin too so I won't be using Johnson's Baby Bath products again unfortunately.
Would I recommend? On my experience alone, no I wouldn't. They've dried out both my boys skin so  it can't be as gentle as they make out.
Would I repurchase? No, I'll be using more gentle products from now on.

Johnson's Baby Nappy Cream (£3.29/Boots)
This however, is a Johnson's product that did work well. Taylor got a little sore in his creases and introducing this cream worked wonders and cleared the redness well. It also protected from any further redness in the nappy area.
Would I recommend? Yes I would.
Would I repurchase? If I'm ever out of nappy cream [which wont be for a while] I'd be happy to pick this one up.


Hair


Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo (£16.55/Feel Unique)
I wasn't as impressed with these as I should've been. I thought it was going to be pretty amazing on my hair, but I was disappointed. I couldn't use both the shampoo and conditioner together as the build up was just too much, my hair felt like it had too much product. So I had to use one or the other, with something else. James ended up using this in the end as I just couldn't get on with it.
Would I recommend? Give it a go, it might just be my hair, but I wasn't impressed.
Would I repurchase? Nope.



Have you used any of these products before? 
I'd love to know your thoughts?

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

End of Year Sales | Haul

I'm not usually a fan of 'Sales'. I can't think of anything worse than fighting through crowds of people and searching through clothes rails. BUT I am a fan of online shopping! So when the end of year sales started on Boxing Day, I made the most of the discounts!

I picked up some clothes for the boys and a few bits for me.

I thought I'd share with you what I bought...

For Bradley:


Blue Zoo Navy American flag printed top (£5.00/Debenhams)


Ted Baker Deconstructed Tshirt (£10.80/Debenhams)


Amazing Spiderman Tshirt (£6.00/River Island)


Marvel Mesh Tshirt (£8.00/River Island)


Blue Zoo Hoody (£8.00/Debenhams)


Green/Navy Stripe Tshirt (Next)



Angry Birds Black Bird All in One (Next)


For Taylor:


J by Jasper Conran Navy Romper Suit (£9.80/Debenhams)


Blue Zoo Tractor Jogging Bottoms (£5.60/Debenhams)


Blue Zoo bibs (£2.00/Debenhams)


Turquoise Super Cool Tshirt (£5.00/River Island)


New York City Tshirt (Next)


Tres Cool Slogon Sleepsuit & Smile Slogan Sleepsuit (Next)


Buzz Lightyear Tshirt (Next)





For me:



Coco Soft Laguna Knit Striped Jumper Dress (£15.00/Boohoo)


Jess Mid Rise Busted Knee Skinny Jeans (£12.00/Boohoo)


Kiki Grind Print Tapered Trousers (£15.00/Boohoo)


Alexa Houndstooth Oversized Scarf Cape (£10.00/Boohoo)


Dillan Knitted Fluffy Jumper Dress (£17.49/Missguided)


Alexia Cleated Sole Chelsea Boots (£27.99/Missguided)




Did you pick anything up in the sales at the end of the year?




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