Monday, 29 September 2014

Planning ahead... a little too much! My 'Busy B - Busy Life Diary' for 2015

Alright so we're about to hop in to October, we're a long way from the end of the year still (at least I like to think so anyway!) so planning for 2015 is just a little bit premature. But the thing is, I like planning, and that's why I decided I wanted a diary.

It all started when I saw someone post, on Instagram, about a gorgeous academic diary which they'd just got - I like attractive stationery, I Really do and so this prompted me to look at some academic diaries myself. I normally just write lists and then appointments go on my phone but I felt that I was missing out on somewhere to write down When I planned on my posts going live, and it all being in order when I looked at that week view.

Problem was, I just didn't fall in love with any of them. There was lots of basic, simple looking academic diaries and there was lots of Really nice ones but none of them had the right mix of looking pretty and having a good layout inside. There was one I loved but the postage made it far too expensive.

In steps the compromise.


I bought a Tiny little pocket diary for £1.14 which will last me until the end of the year and then I bought a 2015, full year, diary which I absolutely fell in love with!

I've found the pocket diary invaluable, even though it's tiny, because it just helps so much to have my plans laid out in front of me rather than squished in to lists. It doesn't have tonnes of space but I can put in enough for blog post schedules as well as any appointments or important dates for Ethan's school.

The diary I opted for is from a company called Busy B - I ordered the diary from Amazon because I'm so used to it being cheaper on there but I wish I had checked their site first because they had some great bundles of products for a really reasonable price and all of their products are really interesting and have some great features.

I fell in love with the diary, first, because of the adorable bird pattern but it's when I found out how it was laid out inside that I realised it was Perfect.

The reason it's called the 'Busy Life Diary' is because for each week it has two pages and at the top of each page it has a space for you to write what that page is for. They suggest that you can have one page for family and one for work but for us bloggers it lends itself perfectly to one for family and one for blog. And just look at how much space there is for each side! I can write in blog schedule plans, plans for scheduling tweets, twitter chats, all sorts and then on the other side I can write in Azii's hours, Ethan's lunch choices at school, doctors appointments and any other reminders. I love the little 'reminder' columns down each side, too, there's always those little extra notes that need a place to go.

Even more impressively these have little dividers at each three month interval which have little cardboard slots in which allow for you to pop in scraps of paper with notes on, business cards, receipts, tickets, anything that needs a home for now, but needs to stay near your diary too.

Yup, I'm in love with a diary - Being the stationery addict that I am it's hardly surprising but these guys have just made it perfect. They've thought of so many little details, all the things that a busy person needs and they've fitted it all in to one, really cute looking journal.

They also do wall calenders and planners etc as well as other home bits. One of the things I Really want to get from them in the future is their chalk board labels which allow you to stick them to your jars and re-label them depending on what's inside - Not to mention they have a lovely, rustic feel to them.

Yeah, I am a bit in love with this brand and so glad that I randomly decided I needed a new diary this far ahead of the new year - They might have all been sold out if I'd looked later and then I would have been very sad, haha.



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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Crazily comfortable, fantastic looking lounge wear from Your Dreamcatcher*

When you suffer from chronic pain/chronic health problems it goes without saying that you enjoy lounge wear. Before Ethan started school (and I had to be up to get him ready for the school run) I used to spend a lot of days in pyjamas - Why? Well pyjamas are made for comfort, they have soft fabrics, aren't too restrictive and tend to not have uncomfortable seams - When you have sensitive skin and aching muscles a lot of the time this is an absolute dream.

I am not, of course, ignoring the need for lounge wear for the healthier people out there - My goodness we all deserve pj days/lounge wear days. We live in a world where it's often go go go so clothing which promotes slowing down, having a quiet day and just relaxing - Well why ever not?!


Your Dreamcatcher are a company that believe that you should be able to wear comfortable clothes, lounge wear, but still be able to look good - A match made in heaven I'm sure you'll agree. They have a small range of beautiful looking clothing which looks comfortable even just in the photos - You can see how soft the fabric looks and when you look at their joggers you can see how soft and padded the waist band is, you're not going to be rubbed and made uncomfortable in those - They just exude comfort.

I have been sent their off their grey off the shoulder top* which I fell in love with before I even knew I was getting it. I love their logo, the dream catcher is something that really reminds me of my younger days when I had them all over my room and had some really treasured jewellery in the shape of a dream catcher too. For this lovely company the dream catcher represents the idea of capturing and following your dreams - Something which we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

As well as the beautiful lounge wear, Your Dreamcatcher have a range of simple, beautiful jewellery. I am very very tempted to buy the necklace or bracelet even if just because it reminds me, so much of the necklace I had when I was younger.

Yup, sadly, my photos are still taken in the same place - I've hunted through the house to find somewhere better, I tried outside but nowhere really worked quite right - So here I am in front of a slightly imperfect door frame again!

Thankfully, the background doesn't detract from the subject and, in this instance the subject is my beloved 'Grey off the shoulder top' - Yes, I said beloved - When you have super sensitive skin and clothing often hurts, something as comfortable as this top is just amazing! And I think you'll agree, as well as being comfortable it looks just great.

I paired it, for this photo, with my Primark jeggings and lace effect pumps as well as some of my favourite accessories; my Olivia Burton watch from Time By Me, my owl clock necklace (which wasn't intentionally tucked in but I actually quite like the way it looks) and a pearl style bracelet from Primark - This is the sort of outfit I'd put together if I was planning on staying home but might want to pop out to the garage for supplies or might need to do the school run. I think it's casual but, to be honest, looks great - Definitely a case of lounge wear with style.

I'm a size 10-12 and I have this in a size 12 which should give you an idea of sizing. It's not the biggest fit ever but it has plenty of room and stretch in it, too; I think that, if I was a more standard 12, this would still fit me. The top comes from size 8-16 so should fit a range of people. The top does have a tendency to crease but that's a small price to pay for this level of comfort, in my mind. It washed well and dried quickly (It's not meant to go in the tumble dryer)

I love the off the shoulder style, I love the shade of grey that they've picked and I love love love the logo - I often avoid clothing with logos but this one I am more than happy to make an exception for. For £19.99 I think this is a good price, it's not as super cheap as places like Primark, but it is cheaper than you'd get for the majority of high st stores and, to be honest, the quality of this clothing is above and beyond a lot of stores. Honestly, in love. I have been really considering the necklace, bracelet and joggers from the range, they may well be going on my Christmas list this year!




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*This item was sent to me for the purpose of review but I promise that my opinions are my own and utterly true*

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Introducing Ben's Beginners - Teaching children and parents how to cook*

I was thrilled when I heard that cooking had become part of the curriculum again; I've come across people who don't know how to cook on a regular basis throughout my life and it's always such a shame. Cooking is such an invaluable life skill as well as something that really can be enjoyed. I used to cook really regularly and have always loved experimenting with recipes and ingredients; making my own concoctions - I don't cook as often as I used to, any more, because my health makes it very difficult - I do want to cook more, though, and my new perching stool should help as should some new, simple recipes that won't be as hard on my hands or my back.

The knock on effect of adults not cooking, of course, is children not cooking and that's an even bigger shame as we'd, then, have another generation that didn't cook, missing out on the enjoyment and the necessary skills that it affords. Despite my troubles, I do like to bake with Ethan from time to time, he absolutely loves it.

Ethan baking crumble with Grandad (Yes Grandad always forgets the apron!)

Some parents might not feel confident to help their children cook and they may be looking for extra ideas or motivation and, thankfully, there's a fun new Youtube channel which is great for children and parents - There's the chance to learn new skills, practice recipes, see where ingredients come from and even enter competitions - And step in Ben's Beginners.*



I, for one, am going to be subscribing the channel and I'm sure lots of you will too - I think it's going to be a great resource for recipes - I've got a  much better chance at being able to cook if I can find some ideas which are simpler and easy to do, plus hopefully less taxing on my hands and less time consuming so it doesn't affect my back.

The recipe episodes are taught  by DJ BBQ, who you can see in the intro video above, who strives to make them fun and compelling (and to be honest they really are - Ethan's still quite little to be doing much himself but I can see these videos really making him want to help me and be involved)



The skills episodes are lead by Lisa Faulkner, who won Celebrity masterchef in 2010, and she teaches things as simple as chopping an onion and preparing a pepper - These are things that will really help children progress in their cooking and make the recipes more accessible.

As I said before, as well as the recipes and the skills there are episodes which include taking the children out to see where ingredients came from, this includes eggs, honey and fish - I'm really interested to see what else. This is the sort of thing that'll really intrigue children like Ethan and educate older children who might be viewing.

The recipes that are live, thus far, are chilli, sweet & Sour chicken, steak burritos (Ethan recently tried his first burrito and I know he's going to want to watch that episode) and the veggie omelette - I think the variety of recipes is really good and it's great to be able to find recipes for such favourites which are healthy and child friendly.

A recipe which I'm looking forward to seeing is the 'Perfect Fish Finger Sandwhich' the recipe looks delicious and Ethan and I definitely need to try it on one of my better days (though it'll have to be when Daddy isn't there as he's not the biggest fish fan ever) The recipe is as follows if anyone wants to try it out:



If any of you give this a go I'd Love to find out what you thought of it? As well as letting me know you can let them know over at Ben's Beginners - They have a competition section where they encourage people to cook their recipe's and winners can get cooking equipment for their school which is fantastic.

And as if all of that wasn't enough you can follow Ben's Beginners over on twitter @BensBeginnersUK which is a great way to interact and see what's going on if you're not logged in to YouTube constantly (I know plenty of us are twitter addicts which may well remind us to log on to YouTube for new episodes!)

So there you go - I hope I've given you enough information. If it's not obvious, I'm really impressed with the channel and I'll definitely be trying to keep up with it and stay subscribed so that I can try to make use of it as a resource. Even though 1/4 parents admit that they don't cook with their children there's still those 3/4 of us that do so I know we'll love the channel and hopefully those remaining 1/4 will be converted once they see how simple it all is!

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*
This is a sponsored post but I am only sharing it with you because I believe in everything above. Cooking with children is so important and I'm genuinely impressed with how this new channel can support the new addition to cooking to the curriculum*

Monday, 22 September 2014

A wee Asos haul - September 2014

I do love haul posts, I don't have them as much as I used to as I am spending a lot less than I used to but I do still love a good Primark or a sale haul. I bought these things not long ago but, sadly, a couple of them went out of stock very soon after I bought them - The nature of Asos and sales, I guess!


I often end up getting jewellery in the Asos sales, it goes down to some crazy prices but is always really nice stuff. I actually missed out on some items by falling asleep whilst browsing of an evening, waking up and finding them out of stock! But thankfully I managed to get these bits!

I'm going to put the out of stock bits, first, and this is the first of them. I don't know what it was but something about this Jewel Friendship bracelet really caught my eye, it's just a bit different and I really like it, especially as it was only £4.


The other item which is, now, out of stock is this really pretty Faux Pearl 'Hand Harness' - I absolutely love this style of bracelet, I have a gothic style one that I used to wear but not one that's more fitting to fashion - This one is perfect. I got it for £4.50.

The last piece of jewellery, and the reason I absolutely Had to make the order, was this Owl watch necklace - I've never been particularly crazy over owls but I do quite see why some people are. That aside, this piece just Really caught my attention and I wanted to get it so badly. I've worn it loads since and it's very handy to have too. I got it for £4.50 (previously was £12!) which is a bit of a bargain. 




The last thing I got is this beautiful Pull&Bear Mesh Insert Floral Sweatshirt - It was one of those 'true love' moments. I live in sweatshirts at this time of the year when it's, mostly, too warm for thick jumpers but too cold for short sleeves. I am obsessed with floral things and this monochrome print really caught my eye. This is out of stock in small but still available in medium and large - It's £6 but was £19.99 previously.

So yes, I spent a little over £15 for this lot and it was worth almost £50 so a very bargainous sale shop! I do love Asos sales, those and Primark are my main source of clothing and accessories. Love it. 


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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Supporting Macmillan with Crabtree & Evelyn - The World's biggest coffee Morning 26th September

Throughout the month of September Crabtree & Evelyn will be helping to support Macmillan Cancer Support in a variety of ways. On the 26th of September shoppers will be able to participate in the 'World's biggest coffee morning' by attending their local Crabtree & Evelyn store - There'll be a variety of things going on including tea, cake and biscuits for customers who donate, a free Crabtree & Evelyn mug for spends of £25 or more, free gift wrapping, free luxury hand treatments, 50g hand therapy for £3 (with 50 pence of that going to Macmillan) and fun games and products to try. It, honestly, sounds like a really great way to get involved with helping a great charity as well as having a lovely time - You can find your local store here: http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/stores/viewall/?pid=header
 

As well as the events, on the day there are ways you can be involved throughout the month of September (ie from now onwards!); all full sized Verbana & Lavender products sold in store or on the website will include a £1 donation to Macmillan. As well as that, travel sized products (such as the soap above) will have 50p from each sale donated to Macmillan.

And that's not all! As well as the Verbana & Lavender range, Crabtree & Evelyn will also be donating 50p from each sale of the Hand Therapy collection - An example of which you can see above. In all  honesty I am Not a lavender fan so I wasn't sure what to expect from the soap - The combination of Lavender and Verbana, though, is actually rather lovely so I'll really enjoy using this soap. The Pomegranate, argan & grapeseed Hand Therapy smells divine and I absolutely love anything that has argan in it so I think this is great.

If you want to take a look at some nice products, maybe do some shopping (early Christmas shopping, dare I say it?) then this'd be a great time to do it - The Hand Therapy creams would make lovely gifts, or stocking fillers and you'd also be helping charity. Plus the Verbana & Lavender range  might be a nice surprise for you too!

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*I was sent these products to be able to illustrate an example of the products that have part of their sales going towards Macmillan*

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Supporting Macmillan with the Jacques Vert Group's - Coat Walk on 4th October 2014

The Jacques Vert group have their second, annual Coat Walk in just under a month, on the 4th October 2014 - The event is limited as it only has 300 tickets available, and the £27 price of each ticket is donated to Macmillan, which really is a fantastic cause. It's not something I can attend as it's so far away and our funds are limited at the moment But I thought that it might still be something that you might all want to know about. 



If you've not heard of it before, it's a charity walk around St. James's Park, London, which is, then, followed by a celebrity-hosted fashion catwalk  and will showcase the new seasons coats from brands owned by the Jacques Vert group - Including Windsmoor, Kaliko, Jacques Vert, Planet and Precis Petite.


As well as the 40 minute walk, and the fashion show, there will be photo opportunities for the attendants, with the celebrity host, afternoon tea refreshments and the chance to buy a new coat in the shopping area with £10 from the sale of each coat going to Macmillan.

It seems like a fantastic day out for the fashion oriented amongst you, as well as the chance to meet new people and learn about the upcoming trends for the season - Above all, though, so much of the proceeds go towards Macmillan which is a fantastic cause, making this a great way to raise money for charity as well as being a fun day out.

If you want any more details, or to sign up, then go to www.coatwalk.com 


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*This post is written because it's something I think is worth promoting, I wasn't paid for this post in any way*

Monday, 15 September 2014

New 'Tin o'Tint' flavour from Miners Cosmetics - Strawberry* !

The first time I had hear of/seen anything about Miners was when I used to see the 'Tin o'Tint' tins in a pharmacy - There's something rather iconic about them, they're one of those items that many people seem to have heard of, even before they actively know of the brand.


The 'Tin o'Tint' balms already come in lots of flavours (Cherry, Mango, Watermelon, Grapefruit and Cocoa Bean) but it's just been released in a new scent/colour and that's Strawberry*!


As you'd expect the balm is a strawberry red/pink shade which is rather beautiful. The balm is a really sweet smelling strawberry, it's quite strong but in a nice way - It sticks around on the lips for a little while too.


The balm is really sheer if you apply just a small amount, in a thin layer, it'll add just the tiniest touch of  a tint. 


It doesn't take much more to build it up to a darker, more strawberry, shade - I really like the colour, not too red, not too pink, it really does look like you've been stained by strawberries. The balm isn't heavy on the lips and it feels nice to wear - I can see why they're such a well loved product.

These tins only cost £2.99 which is a great price - You can pick them up from the Miners Website as well as various pharmacies.

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*I was sent this item for mention on the blog but all opinions are my own*

Glossybox UK - September 2014 - Unboxing / Review

My Glossybox just arrived and I was so excited by it that I decided to photograph it Straight away rather than waiting for Doctor Who to finish... anyone who knows me knows that it's a big deal if something makes me want to do something whilst watching the Doctor.


The box, alone, this month, is absolutely stunning - It's an absolute work of art and that's because it was designed by Karen Millen which is a little bit special! 


My only disappointment, with the contents of the box, is that there's a spoiler on the other side of the 'coming next' card. I don't like spoilers, I avoid them like the plague and I wish I didn't know. I do like the idea of knowing next month's theme, though, and the idea of a Warhol inspired box is a little bit exciting.

I had a bit of a 'WOW' moment when I saw the Origins, I've never tried any Origins before despite Really wanting to so seeing that there's a sample in here was very exciting - Little did I know that when I looked past the Origins I'd see some other amazing products! 


First we have a bottle of the L'Oreal Professionnel 'Mythic Oil' - I like hair oils a whole lot so I was more than happy to see this in there, I like the brand L'Oreal, too, but haven't used a Lot of their hair products. This is a really impressive sized sample, you're only going to need a small amount of this so 45ml will go a long way. The full size is 125ml and costs £15.95. 


Yup, only a Full Sized Nails Inc polish next! I do like Nails Inc, as a brand, so I was very happy to see this in there. I have a Matte top coat but it's pretty old and was very cheap - I will be More than happy to try Nails Inc's offering! This is worth £12. 


Yay the Origins next! I have heard Lots about the 'Plantscription' range so to be able to try a 2 week sample of the 'Anti-aging Power Serum' makes me Very happy! 15ml is a nice sized sample, for a serum, so I do think 2 weeks is an accurate length of time. 


Another full sized product next - Model Co's 'More Brows Fibre Gel' is my next item and it's in the shade medium dark which is a darker, cool toned shade which should be perfect for my brows. 


I'm not 100% sure about having additional fibres in my brows but I'm happy to give it a go. This is worth £14.95.

I definitely don't mind getting some sachet samples when I've got two, good value, full sized items and two good sized samples in the box too. These are samples of SkinPep's 'Enzyme and Acid Peel' and 'Dark Circle Eraser' - The card lists that the 3.5ml sachets of the peel are worth £3.05 and the 2ml sachet of the eye cream is worth £6.49... And yes, I mean the sachets, not the full sized products. Safe to say they're the highest value sachets I've ever owned!!

Anyway, yes, I love the box. Surprise surprise. I like the variety of products, the types of products that they are and the value is very impressive. I also Love the box which will have to find a nice home in my collection. Very good month for me! 


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Sunday, 14 September 2014

My week in Instagram pictures - 14th September 2014

I'm stretching the term, a little, calling this a week in Instagram pictures but I don't think 'A week and a half in Instagram pictures' has quite the same ring to it so I'm just going to allow myself a little creative license I think! If you don't already follow me on Instagram, please do (HERE), I'm really starting to use it more. I want to use it to share blog posts more, I just need to get in to the habit - But even without that I use it to post little snippets which might be the pre-cursor to blog posts or just nice little things in life.


Board games with my husband | Starting my Bootea teatox | Daddy letting Ethan play with is lego
Ethan in a Pokemon plane | Ethan's first Day of school | Mummy reminiscing about 4 years ago
My Stunning new Olivia Burton watch from TimeByMe | Selfie with Ethan | Ethan's new shoes

It's been a tough few weeks, with him starting school (as illustrated in my last post HERE) - I just don't feel ready for him to be at school and with someone else more than me. He's still part time until October and he might be part time longer due to toilet troubles but I still just feel totally unprepared. The fact that his attitude stinks does not help but not much I can do about that other than be consistent and still sneak in as many cuddles as possible.

But on the flip side it's also been a great few weeks, some time with Azii, some family time, being Insanely lucky with some ops and with meeting some incredibly generous people. I still feel so so sad at him being big enough to be at school, and building a bond with a teacher whilst he's naughty with us at home... but I want to keep things positive - I'm going to use the time that he's in school to really get my blog in order, market myself more, be more social. I'm also waiting on some books I've ordered to try and lure myself in to getting that creative spark back - On being able to write fiction again, like I used to do many years ago.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

It seems that getting Myself ready for school is hardest of all* - Fairy 'The softest they'll ever be'

So Ethan's started school...

I am not coping with it entirely well, to be honest, he's four and a half now but it feels like it was only yesterday that he was born - I miss those new born cuddles, I miss his little baby face. That said, I quite love his little 4-year-old face too, so it quite makes up for it.

I was given the chance to write a post to promote a concept that Fairy's trying to share and that's that they're 'The softest they'll ever be' - With Ethan going to school and with my internal breakdown every time I think of my baby growing up I thought it was a Very apt post for me to agree to do. So, before I get on to my inner turmoil, here's the video (be warned, it makes me cry I am a silly wreck so you're probably safe, but keep it in mind)



As you can see, the video they've made is beautiful but it is rather sad - It reminds us How quickly they grow up and How important it is to cherish, enjoy and make the most of every moment. But here's the thing... every day they're Always the softest they'll ever be because the past is the past, they'll never be this soft and cuddly again because they'll always be a day bigger. It doesn't matter if they're not a snuggly little baby because we already did that bit, they're now teens, tweens, school-kids, pre-schoolers, toddlers or maybe they are still your baby but just not a newborn anymore - Whatever they Are, though, is the youngest they'll ever be and every day you have that day to make the absolute most of it.


Looks like butter wouldn't melt, right? Well, as it happens he's actually quite difficult at the moment, I think it's one of those 'I'm going to school so I know best about Everything... something like that anyway.

Despite his tricky behaviour I've been determined to make the most of our last few weeks together - The fibro limits what I can do so I've not been able to do crazy big days out but we Have had lots of snuggled up on the sofa time, readings books, watching movies together - We've been doing lots of talking and spending time together, and oh yes the cuddles! After the wedding he went on holiday with my Mum and when he called me he told me that he missed the cuddles so I think I must have got through with those cuddles.

I want to be able to give you some amazing advice if you're struggling with your little one going to school but I don't have it - I am not coping. But I AM trying to make the most of our time, I just want to cuddle him all of the time. When we cuddle he asks me if he'll still be able to have cuddles when he's a grown up and I promise he'll Always be able to have cuddles. Whatever it is that you're doing with your little one - Be it feeding your newborn, giggling with your baby, playing with your toddler or reading with your pre-schooler, make the most of it. And, if like me, you are despairing over your little one going to school... make the most of it. Read their story books with them as much as possible, cuddle them, talk to them, play with them - They don't need big days out or flashy things, they just need us, and we need them.


We were also sent these lovely gifts, from fairy (Fairy Non Bio Gel and Fabric Softener), which I used to wash his clothes in ready for school - I love how the detergent smells and I love the softener - I've never used softener before but it makes him extra cuddly. I know this doesn't have much to do with the topic of the post but I genuinely enjoyed using the products so I wanted to keep it in here.

And as for that little guy on the left?


Well this little guy was such a lovely surprise because Ethan's school run a teddy bear theme during their first weeks and they need a teddy to take to school with them for the first week and a half - It was So nice being able to send a new, cuddly teddy that I was able to give to him with him... I can't go with him but teddy has - What a lovely idea of the school's, something for them to take with them to keep them company and remind them of home - So, thank you, Fairy for having sent something, without meaning to, that's actually helped this first couple of weeks.

They'll never stop being our babies, but they will keep insisting upon growing so we have Got to cuddle them, smell them, tickle them and just cherish those tiny moments - Thank you for reminding us of that, Fairy - I hadn't forgotten but another reminder is always amazing and the video Really does put things in to perspective (oh and makes me broody but that's a whole other kettle of fish haha) 

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*This is a sponsored post but I actually Do love that video, I love the message and I really Am having a breakdown about my baby going to school - Everything in this post is honest*

It's a well known truth that tea cures many ills - Pukka tea*from NutritionCentre.co.uk

If you know me at all you'll know that if a company offers me tea... well it's tea! We like tea a lot in my house and we drink it all throughout the day - Water and tea are my main forms of hydration. I used to drink my tea strong, two sugars and a splash of milk... but then one day I suddenly couldn't stomach milk anymore, it made me incredibly bloated and made me feel sick. In stepped black tea. Previously I'd never liked my tea black but now I always have it that way and I just Love it.


There were lots of great tea to pick from from NutritionCentre.co.uk - various herbal offerings which would have done my stomach, or head or various other parts, a lot of good but when I saw that there was Earl Grey* I was swayed. There's a bit of a story there, you see, when we went out for tea for my 'tea and cake' hen do I was daring and I tried Earl Grey for the first time - I enjoyed it So so much! So when I saw the chance to get some for home I just had to (I know I could've picked some up from the supermarket but I forgot)

I've tried a few different Pukka teas, before, ones that have come in beauty boxes and the likes - I've always really enjoyed them as they've been beautifully balanced and really great quality. I actually wasn't entirely sure what gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste but it turns out that it's bergamot - You learn something new every day. It's very nice to know you're getting organic and fair trade when you go for Pukka tea too.

As I said above we love tea, we really do, but there's something even more special when you have a delicious cup of tea on a cooler day, as the weather begins to lean towards autumn and winter I find myself wanting to curl up with a cup of tea more than ever - And this Earl Grey was just the perfect drink for doing that with.

It's got a softer taste to a standard tea but as well as that is has a beautiful fragrant, herbal, floral sort of scent/taste to it. I wouldn't want to drink Earl Grey with milk in (even back when I drank milk) but as a black tea its just perfect. This stuff is my special tea, now. 




The people over at NutritionCentre.co.uk have some really great information regarding the benefits of 7, different, herbal teas so I said I'd be happy to share their info. It proves how naughty I was going for a basic tea, rather than anything herbal, as all of the tea on here have some really impressive qualities:

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*This product was sent to me for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own. The information from Nutrition Centre is in their words, entirely, and has no input from me, other than turning it  into an image to make it workable for this post*

Friday, 12 September 2014

Birchbox UK - Unboxing / Review - September 2014

Told you it was subscription box season, I was rather excited to see the delivery man put something in to my porch earlier (though good job I saw him seeing as he didn't knock haha!) If you like the box as much as I do and I know others will then please consider using my code to sign up http://birchbox.co.uk/?raf=19096


The theme of the September box is 'Happy Days' - It's suggesting that we enjoy looking back on our memories whilst making new ones as well.


And look at what was in the box! I was, very much, taken by surprise by how much was in there, a really broad variety of products and some real stand out ones too.

First up is a 4ml sample of this 'Healing Oil Treatment' by Agave - It's only a small sample but with things like this you only need a small amount - I'd think I could get 3 or 4 uses out of this one as long as the little tube allows you to dispense a small amount at a time.

One of the lifestyle extras, next, this bag of pineapple pieces by Urban Fruit was a welcome addition to the box, for me. I'm trying to introduce more fruit in to my diet and things  like this are a great way to do so.

Next up is a Benefit product, yay! I have a sample of the 'It's Potent' eye cream already but I have a friend who's told me she absolutely swears by it so I am looking forward to trying it and happy to have another pot to add to my collection so that I can use it for longer.

Next up is a little 5m tube of Skin&Co's 'Sicilian Light Serum' which is something I've not heard of before. It's supposed to even out the complexion whilst brightening, tightening and softening the skin which is a rather impressive list of claims. It's only a very little tube but with serums it's not so bad as they tend to last a really long time anyway. 


Next is the second lifestyle extra for this month. I knew we were getting one of these cute little picture frames and I thought it was a lovely idea - I really want to get some of my photos printed in a polaroid style and I think one will look great in here. It's very fitting with the theme of the box.

Next is one that I know will excite lots of people - The 'Beauty Blender' is back! I got one of these last year and have used it lots since then, so much so that it's probably seen better days so I am more than happy to get another one! As well as the blender there's also a block of solid soap to clean it with which is something I've not tried before. This duo is worth an impressive £29 so that's the box more than paid for. I've, also, just had a mail to say that all new sign ups for this month are guaranteed a beauty blender in their box, so don't forget to use my code if this tempts you and you sign up! (http://birchbox.co.uk/?raf=19096)


Lastly is a Lip Laquer from ModelCo in the shade 'Morocco' which is just the sort of mauvey neutral which I love. This is a cute little tube that may well end up living in my handbag as it's definitely not going to take up too much space but should give plenty of uses, very nice.

The box didn't make me go wow, for some reason, but I don't really know why as it's an amazing box. I wasn't excited by the beauty blender, to begin with, But I realised I really could do with a new one so I'm really pleased to have got one now. Everything in the box is useful and everything's very relevant to my needs. A good box, indeed. 








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You Beauty Discovery Box - Unboxing/Review - September 2014

Woohoo I do love subscription box time! It really is a-go-go from here on in, I've got the few boxes I've bought myself but I've got just as many exciting ones to review for you, too, a couple of which I've not shared with you before so I can't wait!

Today's time for the You Beauty Discovery box for September - It's been a good month this month!


September is the Birthday Special month for You Beauty boxes so there was some extra treats to be had, yay!

For the smaller samples, that everyone got, there was a £25 Hello Fresh card, two Crabtree & Evelyn tea bags and a little makeup sponge.

In addition to this, everyone also got sent the Toni & Guy ' Glamour Volume Plumping Whip' as as Birthday special extra - Definitely a nice additional item from my point of view. I do already have one of these so it'll probably become a gift or a giveaway prize but it's a full sized, good value item which is nice to use.

The first of my chosen items is a 'Wild About Beauty' lipstick - It was listed as a sheer lipstick with spf15 and I was excited to see what shade I'd get.

I got sent this beautiful nude shade which is called 'Bobbie' - I really have had a thing about nudes this S/S. I'd been crazy about going back to peaches and corals but instead I went for nudes 90% of the time. I probably have more than enough, already, but this is a welcome addition.

It's not too pale a shade and, so, should be nice and wearable, especially because it's sheer and should let some of the natural lip colour help dictate the sort of shade it'll be.

The second item I went for was one of the mini Pixi 'Tinted Brilliance Balm' pencils. The one I got is in the shade 'Unique Pink' which, as you can see, has almost no colour to it at all and has a slight transparency about it.

I assumed, to begin with, that this meant it was just for gloss rather than colour and that was confirmed by the swatch I did that was totally see through but had a nice sheen.

But, when I looked down at my hand a short while later I noticed that there was a hint of pink in the swatch. As you can see it's not much but it definitely wasn't there before. And then my brain did a bit of whirring... and clunking... and ticking... and I realised it was one of the shades that adapts to the PH levels and I checked and I was right! I popped it on my lips and got a slight hint of pink which looked really nice - Very glad I got this shade!

So, as you can see, a definitely winning box. There's a problem with my account, this month, and I can't seem to re-subscribe so I've made a new account so I can still get next month's box, hopefully it'll be good!











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