Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas Baking

Every Friday evening my family get together at my Gran's house for dinner and a catch up, which I'll quite often go to. This week I decided to pop along, and bake some festive treats for us to enjoy as dessert.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Cutest Festive Outfits For Kids

I had a lot of fun researching for this blog post - kids Christmas outfits are so adorable! A couple of years ago I dressed my niece as a reindeer, and I'll be doing exactly the same to Oliver at some point next week! As well as the reindeer costume, he also has the obligatory Christmas jumper for today's Christmas Jumper Day, and a couple more festive pieces. After searching through the web, here are my top picks of the festive kids outfits out there.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Festive Date Ideas

The build up to Christmas can be full of parties and big meals out, but what about spending quality time just with your loved one? I've put together a list of festive themed date ideas, to suit all budgets and all weather eventualities.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Mini Festive Haul

I always like to treat myself a little bit when I do my Christmas shopping. After all, it's a lot of hard work, so you need rewarding for your efforts, right? Whilst past years have seen me buying the likes of luxury beauty sets and fitness trackers, this year I've been on a much tighter budget - plus I have way too many products to get myself through now - so I just picked up a few bits & pieces that I liked the look of, plus a few cute little decorative things, all of which were under £5.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Best Christmas Jumpers

Christmas Jumper Day is only a few days away now. Although I'm not currently in my usual work environment, I'll still be taking part, and I've dusted off my Primark Santa jumper ready to go! If you're still looking for ideas, I've put together some of my favourites from this years picks, whether you're a fan of full-on-cheese, or prefer something a little more subtle.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Creative Christmas Ideas

Christmas is always a time that inspires my creative side. It's always nice to do some little DIY projects, especially if you've got young ones that can get involved. Making things yourself can also save you money on things you would normally just go out and buy, perfect if you're doing Christmas on a budget this year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Party Outfit Ideas

I don't know about you, but my wardrobe is seriously lacking in party wear at the moment. Not good as we're now heading towards that time of year when the festive parties are in full swing. If like me you're struggling with what to wear, I've trawled the web to come up with a few outfit ideas. I've put together outfits where all pieces are from the same shop, so you don't have to go here, there & everywhere to complete the look. Most are available on the high street, with one online only store, and there's also a budget friendly supermarket option in there too.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Our Home At Christmas

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that as soon as December hit, I started decorating my house for Christmas. I would've done it sooner if I could, but I don't think my husband would've been impressed! The trees went up on December 1st, and I've been adding other little finishing touches in the week since. So, this is what my house looks like this Christmas.

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Under £10 Gift Guide

We've been on quite a tight budget this Christmas, so I've been on the look out for those more affordable gift options. I've managed to find my top gifts, all £10 or less, for him, her and the kids too. Whether your on a strict budget like me, or on the hunt for stocking fillers or that perfect secret santa gift, I hope you'll find some inspiration here.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lush Christmas Haul

There's nothing like a trip to Lush to get you in the festive spirit. I'm not a regular Lush goer, but once their Christmas products have come out each year, you can guarantee I'll be in there sometime soon after. It's not the biggest haul ever, but here's what I picked up this year.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

How To Survive Christmas Shopping

I personally love Christmas shopping, but I'm one of the few people in my family that does! For many it can be a source of stress, and they just want to get it over and done with as quickly as possible - I know a few people that would happily pass on their Christmas shopping to me if they could! Today, I thought I'd share with you my tips for making the process as stress free as possible.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Easy Handmade Christmas Cards

I really wanted to make a few handmade Christmas cards this year. A few years ago, I made cards for every single member of my family, spending a tonne on card stock and embellishments, and sitting down for hours on end to put them together. This year, however, I didn't have a great deal of time, having to squeeze it in to Oliver's nap time, and I had a much smaller budget, so I decided to simplify things and make just a few, with a much simpler but still creative design. After scouring the internet for inspiration, I liked the idea of fingerprint designs, and settled on reindeers. This is how I made them...

Monday, 4 December 2017

Tanya's Christmas Review

I'm not one to jump at the latest YouTuber book release, but when I heard about Tanya's Christmas, I was very excited. I've been subscribed to Tanya Burr's YouTube channel for quite a few years now, and her Vlogmas videos are probably my favourites to watch, mainly because her love of all things festive is so infectious. Every year, when I watch her video from her annual Christmas party, I think I'd love to be able to host a gathering like that one day, so I was really interested to read her take on Christmas, and what tips she had to offer.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

My Christmas Bucket List

I know lots of people who have written bucket lists, but I never have. I was browsing the internet a few weeks ago and came across a few festive themed lists, which seemed to be more generic, so I decided to create one personal to me and the things I'd like to do this December. As it's our first Christmas as a little family, there were lots of new things I wanted to experience and traditions I wanted to start for when Oliver is old enough to understand what's going on. Hopefully you'll find some inspiration for things to add to your own bucket list too.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

December Makeup Menu

I like to switch my makeup collection up a bit on a regular basis, just so that I don't have products that sit in my drawers forever, going unloved. Now we are into December, my makeup bag has had a bit of a festive makeover. Here are the products I'll be reaching for most over the next few weeks.

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Reading List

It's December, time to dust off those Christmas novels! I've built up a small collection of Christmas books over the years, but when it comes down to it, I've never actually sat down and read many of them! I'm making it my mission this year to have a bit of me time before bed every evening and try to get through three books in the run up to Christmas. So here's what I'll be reading this month.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

50 Blogmas Post Ideas

I can't believe we are almost in December already! Although I'm still getting back into the swing of this blogging thing again, I've decided to give Blogmas a go this year. I've always enjoyed it when I've done it in the past, and I had quite a few post ideas that I wanted to be able to share with you. If you're thinking of taking part in Blogmas yourself, but are struggling to come up with enough post ideas to fill the 24 days, here are a few to give you a bit of inspiration.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

My Newborn Essentials

When you're pregnant you're bombarded with giant lists of things you absolutely must get for your little ones arrival. Whilst most of it can be useful, some of the items are just completely unnecessary. I'll probably do a post soon on the things I regret buying, but today I'm focusing on those that I really couldn't have survived those first few months without.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion Review

I've been a really bad sleeper ever since my early teens. Every night without fail, as soon as my head hit the pillow, my mind would be racing with things I need to do and remember, or something that has been troubling me would suddenly pop back into my head, and that would be it, I'd be lying their for hours, wishing my brain would just switch off. I tried changing up my pre bed routine from time to time, banning technology after a certain time, slowing myself down by reading or colouring, which helped to a certain extent, but I would still never fall asleep particularly quickly, and I would still often wake in the night. Back in the days when I could nap whenever I got home if needed, this wasn't such an issue, but looking after a baby all day is exhausting, and I can't just rest whenever I want. Since Oliver started sleeping through the night, I thought it would be best to start taking advantage of it and try to start getting as much sleep at night as I could. This is where the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion comes in...

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Typical Day At Home With Oliver

I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet with this picture, honest! When I think back to the early days with Oliver, it was pretty much take each day as it comes and roll with it. Now that he's much more settled and growing up, we've managed to get ourselves into a bit of a routine. Obviously, not each day is exactly the same, and we do like to get out and about with friends, but I thought I'd share with you what a typical day looks like when it's just the two of us.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Motorola MBP49 Baby Monitor Review

Making the big baby purchases can be a daunting experience. You want to make sure you're getting the best for your baby, without completely blowing the bank. I already had an idea in my head of which brands I wanted to opt for when it came to most things, but the baby monitor was a tricky one. I thought the one my sister had was a really good choice, and I knew it came recommended, but when I browsed the internet I discovered it had been discontinued, so it was either completely out of stock or the websites that still had some were charging the earth for it! Whilst scrolling through the products in one of the Mothercare baby events, I spotted the Motorola MBP49 Monitor at half price (£99.99 - it's now £199.99 but may go in the sale again!) and decided to add it to my basket. The blurb looked impressive, and with it usually being so expensive, I thought it had to be good. Oliver's been in his own room for four months now, so how have I been getting on with it?

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Recent Beauty Favourites

Usually I have real trouble when it comes to beauty favourites, trying to narrow down my new purchases, but I have to say I've not really bought too many new things over the last few months, so it was pretty easy to select just a few new products I've been enjoying recently.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

My Labour Story

Apologies for the extremely unflattering photo, but it's one of the first we have of Oliver, and the first as the three of us as a family so I wanted to share it, no matter how bad I look! I wanted to share with you my labour story. I researched quite a few of these whilst I was pregnant, purely out of curiosity as I know every labour is different, but I had quite a positive experience, much better than I was expecting, so I thought it would be good to share for those of you reading pre-baby.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Life Update - Meet Oliver

Well it's been a long old time since I've sat at my computer to write something for you feels kind of odd to be back but I've been itching to do this for a while, so I thought I'd just bite the bullet and do it. As you can probably tell, my life has change a lot since my last post, so here goes...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Recent Beauty Favourites

I was going to call this my February favourites, then I realised it had been a heck of a long time since I'd actually done a favourites post on my blog, and that a lot of the products I have to share with you I've been loving for a lot longer than just the month of February, so recent favourites it is!

Monday, 27 February 2017

February Primark Haul

It's been quite a long time since I did a good old Primark haul on my blog, way too long! I went in recently to pick up a few essentials for my hospital bag (post on that coming soon!), but it kind of turned into a full on splurge, so I thought I'd share with you all of the bits and pieces I picked up.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Tips For Decluttering

In the last twelve months my husband & I have moved house, and had the arrival of a new addition to our family to prepare for, so we've had our fair share of big house clearouts to do! Having lived in our previous property for over five years, these were never a regular thing for us, and we soon came to pay for it when moving day approached! I'm now a firm believer that we should be doing this on a much more regular basis, just to keep on top of things and ensure we don't end up with just so much unwanted clutter again! I've actually come to enjoy a good clearout - it's quite a therapeutic experience, and seeing just how much more space you have in your home afterwards is great. Here are my top tips that I've learned to do when approaching decluttering your home.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Gestational Diabetes & Pregnancy Update

Apologies for todays post going up a bit late, I'm sure you'll all understand though. This post was just meant to be a gestational diabetes update after my last round of appointments on Wednesday, but a lot has happened in terms of the pregnancy in general since then too, so I thought it best to fill you in on everything.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

My Favourite Drugstore Face Masks

Whilst I do like to splash out on the odd skincare item now & again. it's always great when you can find something from the drugstore that works well for you too, and means you can save those spare pounds for other things. I've tried quite a few different face masks from the drugstore in recent years, with varying results, but here are three I would most definitely recommend buying, all of which are £10 or less.

Monday, 20 February 2017

My Baby Shower

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen already that 12th February was my baby shower. I had a really lovely afternoon with a relatively small group of my closest friends & family at home, and I think my mum & sister did a brilliant job of organising the day. I thought I'd share with you the highlights in pictures.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Winter Weekend Pamper

Whilst we've had a couple of sunny(ish) days recently, it's still been pretty damn chilly outside, reminding me we are still very much in the middle of winter. To make me feel much warmer and snuggly after a long day sat in the cold yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a little bit of a wintery pamper session, and here's what I decided to use.

Friday, 17 February 2017

My Maternity Leave To Do List

So today is my last day at work before I head off on maternity leave, and I cannot wait! I'm so looking forward to having the option as to whether I get up and go out somewhere, and being able to stay in bed if I'm having a pants day, as I'm starting to get really uncomfortable and could do with some rest - I can now see why my sister chose to start her maternity leave much earlier than I am! As well as some much needed rest though, I've still got a few jobs that still need doing before little one arrives, and I thought that as today marks the start of my leave I'd share them with you.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Exciting New Beauty Releases

I guess I could call this a bit of a wishlist too, as I'm actually excited about every single release I'm writing about! I feel like the beauty world has absolutely exploded with new launches over the last few weeks - why is this happening when I'm trying to save money for my maternity leave?! I may treat myself to a couple of things here, but I thought I'd share the lot with you nonetheless, so here are the beauty launches I'm most excited about at the moment.

Monday, 13 February 2017

How I've Become More Productive This Year

Those of you that have been long time readers may have noticed that last year I was very much on and off with my blogging. There were various reasons for that throughout the year, but one of the main ones was that I just wasn't giving myself enough time to get any blog related work done. I wasn't very organised at all, and as a result my productivity suffered. Fast forward to this year, and I feel like I'm in a much better blogging mindset. I've really worked to make sure I'm the most productive blogger I possibly can, whilst also growing a child inside me and continuing my full time job, and as a result I've been able to keep up a regular upload schedule so far. Here's just a few changes I've made to achieve that.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

New Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks

It wasn't that long ago that I shared with you my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection, but after seeing her new lipstick releases, I couldn't just leave it at that and had to get both of them! So, as a little add on to my collection post, I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on the two latest additions to my lipstick stash.

Friday, 10 February 2017

My Favourite Ways To Pass Time Without Technology

I'll admit, one of my favourite ways ever to spend my spare time is having a good old YouTube marathon, but I've become a firm believer that we should be spending less time with our gadgets, and more time doing the simpler things that we used to do, especially in the late evenings, as too much time on our phones etc before bed can disrupt our sleep. Here are my favourite things to do when I need some time away from technology.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Date Night Makeup Menu

I must admit, I don't go on many date nights anymore! I think it's still important to make the effort now & again, but a lot of mine & my husbands money is being poured into baby prep at the moment, so I'm hoping once he's here, we'll be able to sneak out for a few date evenings to make up for it! However, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you what products I'd currently wear for a date night with my other half.

Monday, 6 February 2017

What Excites & Terrifies Me About Having A Baby

As I'm now approaching the final few weeks of my pregnancy, it's all starting to feel very real now. The nursery is almost finished (tour coming soon!) and all of the big baby purchases have been made. Plus, it's now less than two weeks until I go on maternity leave!! It's got me thinking about all of the things I'm going to love about becoming a mother, and also the things that terrify me ever so slightly. They are only little worries, so this post in a way is meant to be taken a little lightheartedly!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

*CLOSED* Beauty Blog Sale

As our spare room is currently being turned into a nursery, and my beauty setup has had to find a new home within our house, I decided it was the right time to have a huge clearout. I have way too many beauty products, I was just never going to get through them all in time before they became really gross! So, I've decided to put just a few (yes, this is not everything!) of the bits I'm getting rid of up for sale so you guys can grab yourselves a bargain!

Friday, 3 February 2017

DIY Valentine's Gift Ideas

The other day, I posted my Valentine's Day gift guide, with lots of beauty and lifestyle goodies that you could treat your loved one to/ask for this Valentine's Day. However, not everyone wants to splash the cash, so I've come up with a few do it yourself ideas, if your budget is a little lower, or you just want to add a bit more of a personal touch. It will certainly show your Valentine that you've put a lot of thought and effort in.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

What's In My New Acrylic Storage

So I'm using the term "new" in the title quite loosely here - I actually got this acrylic storage set off my in-laws for my birthday, in July, but it's taken til now, and a little furniture move around, for me to get around to chucking out my manky old Muji, and putting this to good use. I have to say, I prefer this much more to my old Muji setup. I can fit so much more in here, plus I absolutely adore the space to store lipsticks etc on the top. So, here's a little tour around my new storage system, and which of my most used products I'm currently keeping in there.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

It's just over two weeks to go now until Valentine's Day. I don't know about you, but it only seems like five minutes ago that we were packing away our Christmas trees, so having this occasion so soon after can make it a little difficult to think of fresh gift ideas. Whether you're here looking for something to hint at your loved one, or looking for something to buy your wife or girlfriend, hopefully you'll find some useful ideas in this guide.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

What I Learned From The Little Book Of Hygge

Hygge is a word that's been throw around quite a lot in the last few months, particularly in the blogosphere. If you've never heard of the concept (pronounced Hoo-ga) before, it originated from Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world. Whilst it has been translated in many different ways, it is essentially all about creating a cosier, more intimate environment, and better quality of life. After reading a few blog posts, and thinking the whole thing sounded amazing and just what I needed to incorporate into my life, I decided to learn a bit more and treated myself to The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

Friday, 27 January 2017

My New Look Maternity Picks

If you read my Body Confidence in Pregnancy post, you'll know that one of the things I've done to improve my confidence with my changing shape was to invest in a few pieces of proper maternity wear. One of my favourite brands has come to be New Look. It's definitely the best brand I've come across in terms of good value (I'm was seriously praying that Primark would come out with a maternity range, but no such look) and some of the pieces are really pretty and flattering. Here are some of my favourite picks after having a little mooch on their website recently.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

My February Photo Challenge

Since the Christmas holiday started, I tried to make more of a conscious effort to actually use my Instagram profile a lot more. My contribution to it during 2016 as a whole was pretty poor and I wanted to improve on that. Whilst it's definitely been getting a lot more use recently, there are still times when I skip posting for a few days. I remembered right at the start of last year, I took part in another photo challenge, and that really got me using my account more - I actually managed to complete it. So, this year, rather than finding another one to take part in, I thought I'd just make up my own!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Gestational Diabetes - One Month On

I've actually known I have gestational diabetes for a few days longer, but today marks one month since I had my first appointment and got my bloody sugar testing kit from the hospital, so I thought I'd share with you my experiences and feelings so far, and how I've been getting on with managing the condition.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection

I've had the photos for this post ready to go for quite a while now, but due to my blogging break I never got round to uploading it! Oops, better late than never I guess! I mentioned in a post not too long back that Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks were fast overtaking the MAC ones as my new obsession. Whilst the shade range is obviously nowhere near as extensive, I do find these lipsticks to be my absolutely favourite formulas, particularly the super comfortable matte ones, and the shade range that is available is absolutely beautiful.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Body Confidence In Pregnancy

This is a bit of a sensitive subject for me to write about, and a post that I considered scrapping on many occasions. I've suffered with body confidence issues, on and off, for around half of my life. I used to think that when I got pregnant it would go away - there was a wonderful reason that I was getting bigger, so the fact that I was wouldn't matter. Unfortunately those sorts of feelings don't just switch off, and I've battled with mixed feelings about my body often throughout the last seven months.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

High End Products Worth Splashing Out On

I really like saving up and making a high end makeup purchase. The packaging always seems prettier and more luxurious, and there's just something so satisfying about walking away with that new designer purchase. Don't get me wrong though, there's a few pricier purchases that I've been less happy with, and plenty of drugstore items I've loved just as much, so it can be tricky to know when to splurge out, or when to save your pennies on a cheaper alternative. Here are my top higher end purchases that I've loved and would definitely make again.

Monday, 16 January 2017

My Dream Office Space

My desk space has been exactly the same since my husband & I moved in together almost six years ago. The only thing that's changed is the desks location after we moved house last year. I've been thinking for quite a while that it's time for a bit of a refresh, so I've been researching new decor ideas to made it look a bit more clean and crisp, and just generally more aesthetically pleasing! As I'll be going on maternity leave in a few weeks, who knows if this dream will become a reality any time soon, but I've picked a few more budget friendly options just in case!