October Glossybox

After receiving such a fab box last month I decided to stay signed up to Glossybox to see what little lovelies I would get in October. I already love these boxes for the simple fact that unless you go looking for spoilers it is a complete surprise what you will get in your box each month.

I have seen quite a few people slating this months box perhaps they had slightly different boxes of if you are a long term subscriber then perhaps this box wasn't as good as past boxes but I will be honest I have liked this months box mainly due to the fact I got some imPRESS nails in a nice design. I have been wanting to try these for a while but due to the fact that they retail for £7+ and I haven't had much success with stick on nails in the past I haven't wanted to waste money on them even thought I have heard some good reviews in the past.

There was a little perfume sample again this month and it is one of those tiny little spray tubes so not as good as the Elizabeth Arden sample last month I thought that was a lot better. The perfume is still nice but not my usual scent.

I am also impressed that we had another full size product in the box which is a MeMeMe Cheek tint which I am pleased with just lately I have been steering away from using powder blushes and have been using cream tints so I have been putting this to the test and I am enjoying using it so I may do a full review on this or perhaps venture out and get a couple more tints and do a sort of round up of them.

I also got two skin care products from brands I have never heard about so I was looking forward to trying them I got and Illuminating primer by Monu which I am really please about. I spoke recently in my post about my new No7 foundation that my skin had been looking dull recently so this gives my make up the perfect base. The next was a facial serum by a company called Harmony again I have been enjoying using this as it leaves my face feeling super soft and it is a bit of a multi use product as you can use it under your make up as a primer and you can also mix it with your foundation to create a lightweight BB cream.

I will definitely be staying signed up to Glossybox for the time being. What did you think of this months box?

Teenage Spots in Adulthood*

I was lucky enough to go through my teenage years with barely any spots just the occasional one that would spring up somewhere really noticeable like on the end of my nose. I even managed to go through the whole of my pregnancy with Thomas pretty much spot free which surprised me as people normally go the opposite way and they tend to break out pretty bad due to the amount of hormones racing around your body.

As you can imagine I was not impressed when my lovely hormones gave me spots after pregnancy! When my skin is really bad it is always worse around my chin, I hate it. At the minute they are manageable but if acne was to get worse then I would be tempted to look some form of acne treatment even though laser treatment for acne does sound a bit scary I think I would rather give that a try to try and sort out my skin. Bad cases of Acne can really affect peoples confidence I have seen it happen in friends and can totally understand why people turn to surgery to try and help acne prone skin.

I'm a big fan of funny photo effects to make spot less obvious
Once your acne has been sorted you can look at skin peels which help with acne scars by removing dead skin cells and they encourage new cells to grow which leaves your skin looking fresh again. There are many different peels available so even if you don't suffer with acne there are peels available for such skin problems as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage or hyper pigmentation.

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Something for tired mummys

It's been months since you last had a decent night sleep and it is really starting to show with those big dark bags under your eyes. Sound familiar? Even when you little one starts sleeping through don't get too happy because it doesn't last, it doesn't mean that's it for sleepless nights. There is always something that comes and throws your childs sleeping routine off. I don't need sleepless nights to make my under eye circles look any worse. I could have a good night sleep every night and I would still have dark circles. I have tried countless concealers to try and the only one that has ever really worked for me is the Collection lasting perfection concealer and I have tubes and tubes of that so I thought I might try something different for a change.

A while back now Soap and Glory had some sort of offer on an I wanted to buy their breakfast scrub again as I absolutely love that so I thought I would try something from their make up range. The only thing that caught my eye was the Trick and Treatment concealer.

This concealer claims to have a special yellow pigment which neutralizes the purpley under eye circle. The first thing I thought when I first applied this was that it was very thin and I didn't feel comfortable just wearing this on it's own as I didn't feel that it was giving me enough coverage.

I have found the best way to use this for me is to apply this underneath your foundation as you normally would and then depending on how bad my circles are some days I might need to use my old trusty collection concealer and just dab a little more under my eyes and then blend out to conceal my under eyes as much as I can.

I definitely feel that when I use this my under eyes look a lot brighter, even though the formula is quite thin it does last pretty well, I might sometimes need a little touch up later on in the day. If you have really dark circles like me then this definitely does help and if your dark circles aren't that bad then this will probably be a great product for you.


Thomas's 17 Month update

I feel like this month has been the month of tantrums, Thomas has been having tantrums for a while I think that is just Thomas at the minute he wants to be a very independent little boy and he doesn't like it when boring mummy comes along and disturbs him playing because he needs to have his nappy changed. This month though we have been having tantrums almost daily, not mega tantrums but just getting annoyed and throwing himself around the floor and bashing in to things which does worry me because I'm scared he is really going to hurt himself.

New Tricks
I have been looking at past monthly updates and realised that I haven't mentioned before that Thomas has learnt some body parts. For the past couple of months we have been asking him where different body parts are and he points to them. So far he knows head, nose, eyes, ears, mouth, handies and fat belly. I have been trying to teach him toes but he gets confused and points to his nose so I will have to change that to feet.

It seems like Thomas hasn't had any new teeth for a while now but then David noticed 2 molars that seemed to have both sprung from nowhere which I wont complain about as it mustn't have hurt Thomas this time as he didn't let us know as the molars are suppose to be the worst.

Thomas's speech is coming on all the time and his words are beginning to sound like proper words not like baby words if you know what I mean? 
So far we have...
this "dis"
that "dat"
whats this "wa dis"
oh dear "oh dea" 
Juice (duce)
there (dere)
Where gone
where andies (handies when we putting arms in sleeves)

Hmm what else, what else... Thomas is finally in mostly 12-18 month clothes most of the jeans are still too long and baggy for him. I suppose at least we get a lot of use out of his clothes as they fit him for a good many months before he grows out of them.
Thomas has learned how to roar and scare people lately and he thinks it's hilarious to scare people so we have to pretend to be scared. 

I need to keep note of everything Thomas does during the month whenever I come to write these posts I can never remember what he has been doing.

Maternity Wear Do's and Don'ts*

Pregnancy changes just about every part of you and your life and it's obvious you will change A LOT physically. Getting use to your every growing body means that you have to change the way you dress, many things you loved to wear before you go pregnant may just not suit a pregnant body. I personally loved being pregnant and actually felt it was easier to dress my pregnant body and I felt a lot more comfortable in myself than pre-pregnancy.

Wear Maxi Dresses and Maxi Skirts
The lose-fitting fabric of maxi dresses and skirts is ideal for a growing bump, as they can be incredibly comfortable items of clothing to wear in the daytime. I had a maxi-dress when I was pregnant with Thomas, it wasn't very expensive but the material was super stretchy so it grew with me. Towards the end of my pregnancy it was super hot so wearing a maxi dress was a god send. You could also dress a maxi dress up for a night out by adding a blazer or some accessories.
 Anastasia Gown Long (Eclipse Blue) from Tiffany Rose. £225.00.

Invest in a Maternity Support Band
The maternity support band is a staple in many expectant mother’s wardrobe. They really help to take the strain from your lower back, whilst buttoning to your regular trousers – so you could even get away with having the front open! Even sitting in an office at work made my back ache and I thought sitting down would make the pregnancy easier but it definitely didn't in fact I wish i could have walked around more.

Wear Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses are much a staple of a maternity wardrobe as the maxi dress, as they’re equally as versatile. A great choice for weekends and workdays alike, these dresses will flatter your new body shape so well every pregnant woman could pull off a wrap dress. I will definitely invest in more of them for work for my next pregnancy as they are so much better than having to wear trousers or leggings as even pregnancy trousers with a stretchy band can still feel a little tight across your belly especially towards the end of pregnancy.
Image Credit: duematernity.

Wear your regular old t-shirts
As Tempting as it is, your favourite tops and t-shirts are better left in your drawers. Your regular clothes are likely to become too short at the front as you progress; revealing more than you might be comfortable with! I'm sorry if I offend anybody here but to me there is nothing worse than showing your belly off because your top looks 2 sizes too small.
Image Credit: SarahgPhoto.

Wear a shapeless blouse or dress
It’s unfortunate that shapeless clothes in general tend to be extremely comfortable and they are so unflattering. Pregnancy is a time to be proud of your blooming body so show it off.

Wear short dresses/ tops
As your belly starts to grow your clothes will obviously start to rise up at the front so make sure that your clothes aren't too short as you may end up showing a little too much off.
Image Credit: natsumom.
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Beauty bargains in poundland

I love Poundland, I'm not embarrassed to admit it a lot of people can be quite snobby about shops like this they just wont set foot inside or then there's those that just wont admit they shop there. I can't understand why to be honest who is the clever one the one who goes bargain hunting or the one that gets ripped off paying full price for things you really don't need to.

You can pick up pretty much anything in Poundland as you probably all know but just recently you have been able to get some really good beauty bits. Some of the products that you find in Poundland and just cheap crap which you could probably guess but if you dig deep enough then you can find some right little gems. You may remember recently I did a post of Rimmel's cheek tints and I got the wake me up tint from a Poundland and I just found the other tint so of course I had to buy it.

I bought these two Revlon nail varnishes there were a lot more different shades which I could have got but then I thought I would just be buying them for the sake of it so I just bought the shades I really wanted.

I think I'm a little addicted to going in to Poundland now just to have a quick look at their beauty section just in case they have any good bargains.

Have you managed to pick up any good bargains lately in Poundland?


Are you safe online?*

I have been using various social networking sites since the days of Bebo and Myspace from the age of around 14/15 when they first really became popular and then later I started to use Facebook and Twitter. I guess I have always been pretty sensible when it comes to sharing personal information over the internet even when people use to ask your "A/S/L" I would never even say the name of my local town I would only ever say England or the county that I lived in. Even now I am older I make a conscious effort not to reveal too much about where I live, where I work or where Thomas goes to nursery.

There are so many horror stories around where young teens have started talking to much older people who have lied about their age over the internet and they have agreed to meet up and terrible things have happened. It worries me that I have younger cousins on Facebook are they being safe do they know not to share too much on social networks? Are they aware that people aren't always who they say they are? Maybe online dangers should be something that is introduced at school if it isn't already especially after the news that Facebook is lifting restrictions for sharing amongst teens Before they use to only be able to share updates between friends and friends of friends but now they have the choice to change their privacy settings so they are able to share things publicly.

It also surprises me how many people publicly share when and where they are going on holiday leaving their houses empty and open to burglars.According to an article on Norton's website a third of people in the UK will post when they are going away and leaving their house empty and then in their next status update they will brag about the new 42" TV they have just bought. It makes the mind boggle just what some people will do without thinking. 

I think bloggers are particularly known for sharing or perhaps over sharing some might say but one thing I will be extra careful about when Thomas grows up is when I take photos to be careful that there is nothing revealing in the photos like a book bag in the background with a school logo showing. I've seen photos on somebodies blog post in the past where they have been reviewing something and have the packaging to the product showing with their address and they haven't noticed.

When Thomas is old enough to start using the internet I will definitely be monitoring what sites he goes on and I will be putting parental controls on the computer. It's not just to stop him from talking to strangers over the net but also I don't want him venturing on to sites that young eyes shouldn't be looking at because what could be an innocent search could lead him on to inappropriate sites.

What do you think? Are you as safe as you can be online? Do you worry about your children when they use the internet?

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Autumn/Winter Bucket List

I recently saw a blog post by Mama Owl where she shared her Autumn bucket list and thought it sounded like a lovely idea so I thought I would create one for Thomas and I to work our way through over the next couple of months.

Splash in puddles and play in the rain
Crunch in fallen leaves
Fall in love with reading again
Carve a pumpkin
Go on a autumnal walk
Play in snow
Burn wintery candles
Take long bubble baths at least once a week
Make our own Christmas cards
Find creepy crawlies
Snuggle up in bed and watch Disney films
Fall in love with hot chocolate again
Make lots of lobby
Go to a fireworks display & eat candy floss
Finish Christmas shopping before December
Go on a Christmassy day out

Looks like we have got a busy couple of months ahead!



Happy Baby-Led-Weaning Birthday Baby Bean! - Guest Post

 Today I am bringing you something a little different a guest post from feedingbabybean.blogspot.co.uk Hope you enjoy :)

Today my Bean turns 18months old, which means she has now been eating solid food for two thirds of her life. Yet somehow it still feels like we’re just figuring out what we’re doing! There have already been so many phases and milestones in our weaning journey – some easy, some hard and some too messy for my mind to bear remembering – so I thought I’d take this chance to remind myself just how far my beloved Bean & I have come.

We started 3 weeks “early” as Bean was showing signs of readiness and I’m very impatient :) The intention had always been for baby-led, yet somehow her first taste of solid food was plain old baby rice. I knew the reasons not to give it, had instinctively planned on giving banana first, but it was the “norm” and so that’s what we did. Bean was happy enough (perhaps more with the spoon and pot than with what she was eating!) and three days later we did it properly and gave her cubes of carrot to play with. The concentration was amazing! Her little fingers tried so hard to pick up carrot and get it into her mouth and I really didn’t think much had got there, but was so thrilled to see her trying. 

And then the next day, Milestone Number 1 – our first solid-food nappy. Oh yes, she had definitely eaten carrot...
From here we went through a series of phases:

1)  Chasing-food-off-the-tray-as-she-tries-to-grab-hold-of-it. The particularly applies to peas which were Bean’s vegetable of choice for practicing her pincer grip.    

2)Storing-food-for-winter-in-her-cheeks. Ah, the hamster phase! A lovely one which usually required a sweep of Bean’s mouth before removing her from the highchair as she inevitably wanted a breastfeed and couldn’t manage it without biting me, thanks to the extra supplies stored in her little mouth!  

3) Learning-that-an-entire-banana-can’t-be-swallowed-in-one-go. AKA, the dreaded gagging/choking phase. L Fortunately we didn’t suffer this one for long and Bean was completely unfazed by it, but we ate several meals on the edge of our seat and seriously considered whether our highchair allowed us quick enough access in an emergency.    

4)  Pushing-food-to-the-front-teeth-for-chewing-but-spitting-it-out-instead. Now this one lasted for MONTHS and had us completely flummoxed! Bean was around 7months old and had been happily swallowing for weeks. Then suddenly everything was being pushed back out?! We looking into whether her tongue thrust or gag reflexes could be an issue, or whether her tongue tie was still a problem, and then finally figured out what was going on when one day Bean got her hand to her mouth just in time to stop a piece being ejected and started chewing it instead. Eureka!

But the hardest thing for my husband and I was keeping out of it. All around us traditionally weaned children were picking up the pace and polishing off several ice cubes of puree at each meal, while our Bean half ate, half squished one chip! It wasn’t til she was 11 months when things changed, almost overnight, and suddenly food was Serious Business. From then it’s been milestone after milestone – eating with a bowl, eating with cutlery, learning not to throw (only after the 1001 throwing phases had been gone through of course!), mastering sandwiches and requesting specific foods. Until we reach today, where almost no food hits the floor, most gets eaten and Bean can eat most meals without a bib because she’s so non-messy :)

But for me personally, the biggest milestone has only just been passed today – accepting and believing the First Rule of BLW: that my baby will eat as much as she needs. It was my inability to trust in this that meant I spent the first 5 months of weaning periodically making and freezing batches of purees. And even occasionally defrosting them and trying to spoonfeed her (never successful and always far messier) in an attempt to up her solid food intake. Why? Because my expectations of how much food a baby should be eating have been wildly inaccurate! Fuelled by the size of a baby food jar, I’ve been expecting Bean to wolf down toddler-sized portions of pasta, chicken dinner and thai curry, when in reality if she ate enough to show in her nappy, she was doing fab! And if she ate next to nothing for the first year but had loads of milk, that was just fab too. So this evening I have dumped my purees and promised my blender that it will only be used for smoothies and soups. I feel free! I am no longer a closet wish-I’d-done-purees feeder but a fully fledged Baby Led Weaning mamma!

As it turns out, Baby Bean has weaned me.


No7 Instant Radiance Foundation

If youhave been a follower of mine for a while you will know that my favourite foundation is Rimmel's wake me up and I am now on to my third bottle of the stuff which is unheard of for me. Lately I have been feeling like my skin has been lacking something, I think it's because of the change in seasons but it has really dried my skin out leaving my face looking dull.

Boots have recently been doing the No7 money off vouchers again so I thought I would try out one of their foundations. No7 have also recently started offering a colour match service where they use a skim a nifty little gadget on your face to find which No7 shade would be best matched to your skin. I must say the woman in my local boots was really nice she asked which foundations I was interested in and I said that I wanted something to perk my face up a bit and give me a bit more of a glow and she recommended this one which is what I was looking at to begin with.

I instantly fell in love with this foundation, it is so easy to apply and I have found that it applies really nicely with both brushes and a blending sponge. This foundation is a medium coverage foundation but it still feels so light on your skin definitely not cakey or drying in anyway.

This foundation claims to revive tired skin which I definitely think it does I love the finish that this foundation leaves on my skin I look dewy but not shiny of glittery and it leaves a really nice colour not orangey in anyway.  Has this foundation become a favourite? Yes it has I do really like but I have just bought another bottle of my wake me up just in case.


Sleepy Puppy Bedtime Book*

This month the bookbuddies book Thomas has been sent is the Sleepy Puppy Bedtime book. The book is such a lovely little bedtime book written as a lullaby.

It's a little board book which is safe for little hands as there wont be any rips or tears,

It’s not too long and probably a book you will learn off by heart after a couple of nights but it’s a book you and your little one will enjoy from when they are a baby.  I must have read this book with Thomas about 50 times already he keeps bringing it to me when we are sitting in his room and then he will sit on my knee so we can read it and Thomas points to the puppy and barks. Thomas also enjoys sitting and looking through the book himself.

Thomas loves snuggling with the little puppy comforter.

This book comes in a lovely little set along with a puppy comforter so your little one can snuggle with their comforter whilst your read the book and hopefully it wont be long until they are falling asleep. I am really impressed with this set it would make a lovely gift for a little girl or boy and I am sure they will enjoy it.


"That's for girls"

Thomas is having a kitchen for Christmas mainly because I am always being told that he loves playing in the home corner at nursery and also because I can’t really want to play with it with him. When I have told people that Thomas is having a kitchen some people still have the views that children can only play with gender specific toys.

Thomas already has a hoover which he hoovers round upstairs with every day and he loves it but it took me ages to find a unisex one all the ones I could find were pretty pink things with flowers on specifically aimed for girls now to me that isn’t setting out the right message is it. Girls aren’t the only ones to do housework these day roles around the homes have changed more and more women are going back to work after having children and more men are becoming house husbands and looking after the house.

I hate that in this day and age people think children should only play with gender specific toys what on earth do they think will happen if a girl decided she wants cars for Christmas and a boy wants a doll? Who are they hurting?

It’s not just gender specific toys that bug me it’s also activities that children can get forced in to. Some mums are desperate to have girls as they think their little girl will automatically want to do all the “girly” things, bake cakes, go on girly shopping trips and become best friends. They automatically assume girls will want to do these things like this just like David is desperate for Thomas to want to play rugby but I have to keep reminding him that he may not want to do that, he may want to go to dance classes or he might want to spend his Saturdays shopping and having lunch with his mum.  (I wouldn’t blame him rugby is painful and messy)

I wish people could just allow children to be children and to have fun playing with what they want while they can.

What do  you think

Best driving views

Although I wont admit it very often I love it now David can drive and I can be the passenger so that I can spend the journey gazing out of the window. There are some amazing views around the UK sadly I never think to take my phone out to capture any of it.

Carcraft are currently holding a competition called Vroom with a view to find the best driving views of the UK. Sadly like I say I haven't got any photos worthy of being entered.

If you have a photograph that you would like to enter then simply do one of the points below.

• Email us your photo to marketing@carcraft.co.uk
• Tweet us your photo with the hashtag #VROOMwithaview
• Post your photo on your blog/website with a link back to the Carcraft website

The lucky winner will receive a Nikon Coolpix S3500
Be quick though as the closing date is 18/10/13 go to the carcraft website for full terms and conditions


Saving energy in the home*

I don't know about you but I never actually think about how much things cost round the house to use. It was interesting it actually see this infographic below because you can start to think how money you actually waste around the home. I already new things like cooking a potato in the microwave is cheaper than using the oven but I think it's definitely time to start thinking smarter energy wise

Saving Energy in the Home [Infographic] Saving Energy in the Home Infographic
Brought to you by Ovo Energy the cheaper, greener and simpler energy supplier


Nutmeg Halloween review and competition*

 With Halloween just around the corner I am starting to think about what costume I can dress Thomas in this year, last year Thomas was a pumpkin so this year I am wanting to get something different. Nutmeg at Morrisons have got some really cute Halloween items. That sounds a bit weird doesn't it cute Halloween items but they are!

Thomas was sent this Trick or Treat outfit complete with a super cute spider hat to get him in the spooky Halloween mood.

This little set is lovely and comfy perfect for a mischievous toddler who likes nothing more than to scruff around the floor.

I'm afraid Thomas isn't a hat person which a shame because I love this hat he looks adorable in it but he just wont keep it on.

Have you ever tried any of Nutmeg's other clothes? We have had quite a few bits for Thomas since Morrisons introduced their clothing range and I must say I have always been impressed with the quality so I would recommend you give them a try they are super affordable too!

Today I am bringing you the chance to win 2 items from Nutmeg's Halloween collection just in time for Halloween all you need to do is complete the rafflecopter form below. The competition will close on the 22nd so there is time to get the prize in time for Halloween.

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Recent Favourites #3

For my recent favourites from now on I am going to try and include some non-beauty favourites for those of you who don’t really care about beauty products. I am also going to be including some of Thomas’s items that either has been enjoying of I have found helpful over the month.

So without further ado what have I been enjoying this month? Quite late on in the month we received this cute little book “A little goodnight book” it is such a cute little book that I will be reviewing soon but what I will say is that we have read this about 50 times so far.

I have been absolutely addicted to Nescafe’s Gingerbread Latte’s they are so good just like taking a trip to Costa but without the same price tag. I will definitely be stocking up on these as they are only limited edition.
Rimmel’s Cheek tints, I have been using these every day since I got them I have well and truly been converted from powder blushes.

I have been trying to find a way to make my skin look healthier and hydrated recently as I think the change in weather has made my face look really dull so I have been using A’Kin’s Hydrating mist as a soft of setting spray when I have done my make-up and not only has it kept my skin looking better but it also makes my make-up last longer.

My favourite body scrub not only recently but of all time has got to be Soap & Glory’s Breakfast scrub. I absolutely adore it, it smells divine I literally want to eat it! But it actually works; it really does leave your skin feeling so much softer.

I sometimes think that Lipcote is that product that gets over looked, you never really hear people mention it but over the past few weeks I have been using it practically every day to keep my lipstick in place and to help it last longer as I don’t know what I do but lipstick never lasts on it’s own for me. The great thing about Lipcote is that it’s super cheap and will probably last you ages, like I said I’ve been using this pretty much every day and it looks like it has hardly been used.

I recently signed up for Glossybox again, you may have read my recent post about it. Two of the products I have loved from the box are Elizabeth Arden’s Untold perfume which is a really nice “grown up” scent totally different to perfumes I would normally go for. The next is Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm yes really, it makes a brilliant lip balm, it’s super thick so you don’t need to use much. I’m really considering buying a full size tube but I am getting Elizabeth Arden’s Eight hour cream for Christmas which is meant to be the same sort of product so I don’t know. Perhaps I will keep the nipple balm in mind for future babies if I try breastfeeding again.

Last but by no means least my favourite mascara of the moment I have done a full review of this which you can find here. It is one of the best mascara’s I have used in a long time and I would highly recommend it.


Rimmel Cheek Tints

I have never really dabbled in cream blushers or cheek tints before so I don’t really know what made me buy the Stay Blushed cheek tint by Rimmel but I wanted to see if they had better staying power than my usual powder blush, it seems like most of the time the blush has disappeared by the time I get to work in the morning.

The consistency of these cheek tints is a bit thicker than a liquid foundation and I find the easiest way to apply these is to squeeze a bit out on the back of my hand and then I apply three dots on each cheek and then blend in with my fingers. I got the shade “Pop of Pink” it’s a gorgeous everyday  pink shade that is subtle enough for even the palest of skin tones like me but then you can build up the colour. I just wish there were more shades to try in the range at the minute there are only two and I will be buying the "Sunkissed Cherry" shade soon but hopefully Rimmel will bring out more in the future.

The staying power of the Stay Blushed for me is so much better than your normal powder blush and lasts a lot longer. I also love how easy these are to apply on the go as you don’t need to bother with a brush if you don’t want to. 

I have also recently come across Rimmel’s Wake me up Instant radiance shimmer touch in Poundland and had to buy it as I had wanted to try it out for a while but it wasn’t something I ever got round to buying. I got the shade “Radiant Rose” which when you squeeze it out the tube looks a bit scary and dark but when you apply it to your cheeks and blend it in it goes to more of a very faint rosey shimmer which highlights your cheeks really nicely. You do need to be careful as if you apply too much it can look glittery in some lights.

Again the Wake me up shimmer touch only comes in 2 shades but I’m not sure if Rimmel plans to bring out anymore shades as these have been out quite a while now



I have seen this term mentioned quite a few times in parenting magazines it is the effect that having a baby has on a relationship. I personally think you have to be quite naïve if you think having a baby wont effect your relationship in some way. Having a baby is a massive life change possibly the biggest change of your life and it will change even the strongest relationship in some way.

I would say that David and I hardly ever argued before we had Thomas and we have a strong relationship but since Thomas came along there have been so many times when we have argued and disagreed over things that in heat of the moment seemed like the most important thing in the world and then the day after I thought what was the point in that argument.  

In the early days after your baby is born it can become like a competition for who is more tired. In our relationship I did all the night feeds as David was going out to work and doing long shifts but then I don’t think Dads realise just how tiring it is staying home with a small baby all day. Doing 2 or 3 night feeds a night and then having a 5:30am wake up isn’t easy. I can probably count on one hand the amount of lie ins I have had since Thomas was born and this has always been my biggest bug bear.  When we have another baby in the future I will definitely be kicking David out of bed more in the mornings so I can have a lie in after all I will need it looking after two babies!

Another thing that changed massively is obviously the amount of alone time you get with your partner. In the first couple of months any sort of intimacy went out the window for the simple fact that having a baby is bloody tiring and as soon as Thomas went to bed so did I. Most women also hate their partners seeing their body after having a baby for me this has never been a problem, the way I look at it is David is the one who got me pregnant so he can’t complain and my body is the way it is now because I have given him a beautiful son so he can either like it or have a slap.

I think David and I have been out on our own twice I think since Thomas was born we don’t have a baby sitter on tap but to be honest when we go out these days we would rather go somewhere with Thomas and take him to different places.  The only thing I do miss out is being able to go for a night out together but I suppose we can do that again when Thomas is a bit older at the moment I don’t feel ready to leave Thomas with somebody overnight other than David but saying that Thomas will be having his first ever sleep over with his granddad in December when it’s my work’s Christmas party and I am staying over and David will be working late.

My advice I would give to new parents is that getting through the first couple of months of parenthood is definitely give and take and be considerate to each other.  Tiredness can make even the smallest things seem like the end of the world. If you are building up to an argument step away take a breather and think about whether the situation really matters, is it worth falling out over? 

Has having a baby changed your relationship much? What would be one piece of advice you would give to new parents?


Holiday gift guide with Blurb

Since having Thomas I have become a typical parent when it comes to buying other family members Birthday or Christmas presents I go for the easy option a nice photo of Thomas in a pretty frame. Yes it's a nice gift but not much thought behind it. Where as creating a photo book from Blurb you can show a family member that you have put a lot more thought in to their present.

You may remember I posted a review of a Blurb book I created a while back and this  holiday gift guide from Blurb shows you how you can create your very own photobook to make a lovely gift. They is also a section in the gift guide where you can see the books available fro the Blurb Store. There are a couple of books on the fashion pages that look like they could be really nice.


John Frieda 3 Day Straight

John Frieda's 3 day straight is a hair product that I have been wanting to try out for ages but I just couldn't part with the £7+ on something that probably wouldn't work. When I recently saw John Frieda's products on offer in Morrisons for 2 for £7 I knew I had to buy it and give it a go as that was a bargain I couldn't pass up.

The directions on the bottle are spray in to wet hair and comb through before drying and straightening your hair as normal. So I did firstly they spray is actually pretty good it doesn't feel sticky as all which I hate there is nothing worse than making your nice freshly washed hair feel dirty.
I blow dried my hair how I normally would and it already looks straighter than normal.

After I straightened my hair it was super straight there was no frizz to it either but it did feel a little dry which wasn't great. Throughout the first day my hair strayed straight but it didn't feel in any way weighed down

The photo above is on the third day and as you can see it is still pretty straight just the bottoms flick under which I kinda like, my hair has also stayed completely frizz free. I do really like this product and have been using it after every hair wash, it isn't some miracle product it doesn't keep your hair poker straight but it does help.


Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

I am a big fan of Rimmel's Wake me up foundation and have been for nearly 3 bottles now so I thought it was about time to give the concealer a go. My holy grail concealer is Collection's Lasting perfection and I have actually lost count of the amount of bottles of that I have gone through since it was first released.

This concealer claims to visibly awaken and illuminate your under eyes and completely conceals other spots and blemishes but then I think if it's illuminates your under eyes what if it illuminates and blemishes you try to cover?

I have been enjoying using this concealer and I find that it does work pretty well at covering my under eyes. I would show a before and after photo but I absolutely detest my dark circles (Yes I know I have posted photos of my stretch marks before but trust me you don't wanna see my face with out make up) I haven't got to use it on any spots yet as I haven't had any for a while but I think I would probably stick to my old trusty collection concealer for that.


CLOSED - Special K Multi-Grain Porridge Review and competition*

Special K are launching their first ever porridge! It’s a multi-grain porridge containing barley, oats and rye, to make sure you get the best start to your day. Now I'm not  a big fan of porridge all year round as I don't like eating warm breakfasts in the summer but now the cold mornings are here again it's porridge time again. I was a looking forward to give Special K's Multi-Grain porridge a go as I love Special K cereal and I knew I wouldn't be let down.

At the minute there are 3 different flavours, there is original, red berries and almond and honey. All 3 are super yummy even though they are super filling they don't feel heavy if you know what I mean. I especially like the original as boring as it seems but I add banana and blueberries in and it's so tasty.

  You can purchase all 3 flavours from all the usual places and they retail for £1.99 and you will also be able to buy the individual pots for 99p.

One lucky reader will also get the opportunity to win 3 months supply of porridge to get your through the upcoming winter months. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment below with the following details

1) Your email address
2) Your favourite breakfast

For an extra entry you can tweet the following "You can win a 3month supply of Special K porridge with @mummytraining27 http://bit.do/cAKR" Just leave a separate comment to say you have done so

Competition ends 19/10/2013
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