15 August 2018

Willow Loves Mister Maker Club

Willow is a big fan of Mister Maker, which goes down well in this house as well love crafting and making things together. At the beginning of 2018 I came across a monthly subscription service which was absolutely perfect for Willow, the Mister Maker Club box, and just had to sign Willow up.

It's a fortnightly subscription box which you can also opt to have monthly, which is how often we receive ours, each with a fun craft to make with your little ones. We always enjoy having our monthly Mister Maker Club box pop through the letterbox and Willow has had loads of fun crafting and making them each month.

A review of the Mister Maker Club Subscription Box
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12 August 2018

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Ever since Kat Von D launched in the UK, I've had my eye on the Shade + Light Contour Palette and it's been my most reached for face palette over the past few months, so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on this hugely popular contour palette.

A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
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8 August 2018

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation

I've shared my thoughts on the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation before, in my feature on high-end foundations worth splurging on, but having recently repurchased, I wanted to dedicate a full review to this incredible base, which really does tick all of my boxes when it comes to the perfect foundation.

A review of the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation
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7 August 2018

Brand Spotlight: Antipodes

It's no secret I'm a skincare adorer and Antipodes has been one of my go-to brands for effective skincare for many years now. I'm a huge fan of their face masks, with the Aura Manuka Honey Mask being one of my most repurchased skincare items, with the newest face mask addition, the Halo Skin-Brightening Mud Mask, being a firm favourite too. The Divine Face Oil is another product holy grail skincare product I always make sure to have in my skincare stash and the Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum has played a huge part in improving my confidence.

Over the past 6 weeks, I've been testing some new Antipodes products to join my daily skincare routine, covering cleansers, toners, eye creams, a daily SPF and a lip conditioner. Have they impressed me as much as my long-time Antipodes favourites?

A review of Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner
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6 August 2018

The Unmumsy Mum Book Review

Although with a toddler in tow it takes me a lot longer to get through books, long gone the days where I could read a book cover to cover in one night, reading is still a huge part of my daily routine and something I simply cannot give up. I've been a self-confessed bookworm my entire life, something I've thankfully passed on to my daughter (did you see my post on Willow's growing library?) and my day wouldn't be complete without reading at least a few pages of one of the many books adorning my bedside table.

A review of The Unmumsy Mum Book
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5 August 2018

Summer Days at Bradgate Park

Living in the East Midlands means we're surrounded by beautiful British countryside and one place we're lucky to live quite close to, is Bradgate Park. I've always been a country bumpkin at heart, even when I lived in London for University, I missed living in the countryside and I'm glad we're bringing our little girl up surrounded by such natural beauty.

A review of family friendly Bradgate Park
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4 August 2018

Wymeswold Fruit Farm Review

Something I always remember from my own childhood is spending hot summer days picking fresh just-ripened strawberries. I have fond memories of those carefree days plucking strawberries and popping them proudly into my fruit box and so it was something I really wanted to do with Willow, one of those 'I'm sharing one of my favourite childhood memories with you' moments, and so I took her to the very same fruit picking farm we used to go to all those years ago, Wymeswold Fruit Farm.

A review of family run Wymeswold Fruit Farm
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3 August 2018

Big Sister Announcement Sign Review

When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted a special way to 'announce' the news that our family was growing and so I spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect way to share our happy news. I browsed Pinterest for hours, thought up elaborate ideas of things we could do, themed photoshoots we could try and even big extravagant balloons and matching t-shirts. Then I came across a simple yet beautiful wooden sign and it was love at first sight, the perfect way to share our news.

A review of the Here's to Us I'm Going To Be A Big Sister wooden sign
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2 August 2018

Michael Kors Twilight Shimmer Review

Over the past couple of years, Michael Kors has become one of my most beloved brands when it comes to fragrances, with beautifully unique scents housed in bottles that bold and like the scents, ooze confidence. The latest limited edition scent is the perfect summer evening scent, straying away from the usual sickly-sweet fruity scents which overpower summer, with a really special fragrance that'll have everyone asking what you're wearing this summer!


A review of Michael Kors Twilight Shimmer
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1 August 2018

Plus Size, Pregnant & High Risk

This pregnancy is very similar to my pregnancy with Willow when it comes to symptoms, but how I'm coping with it is very, very different. My baby bump isn't as obvious, due to being several stones heavier in weight than I was when I was pregnant with Willow. I'm 3 dress sizes bigger than I was when pregnant with Willow and that is largely down to a much bigger stomach; I piled on 6.5stone when pregnant with Willow and didn't lose any of that weight for 2 years.

A post about being plus size and high-risk whilst pregnant

At the new year, I told myself enough was enough and decided to crack on with the weight loss, but I had only lost 1 stone before finding out we were expecting this little baby, so I was still extremely overweight and much larger than I would like to have been when we conceived. I knew even before I made it to my booking appointment at 8 weeks that I would be classed as 'high risk' for this pregnancy, not just because of my weight, but because I had an emergency caesarean with Willow. Since then it's been quite the emotional rollercoaster and being high risk and under consultant led care has been daunting and at times, difficult for me to process.
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31 July 2018

Erborian Bamboo Glow Review

One thing I've struggled with in pregnancy is lack-lustre skin, with that 'glow' that everyone talks about deciding not to make an appearance this time around, instead relying on skincare and makeup to keep my skin looking healthy and happy. One product I've been using over the past few weeks is a new release from Erborian, the Bamboo Glow Dewy Effect Cream.

A review of Erborian Bamboo Glow Dewy Effect Cream
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28 July 2018

Willow is two and a half

Two and a half years, where has the time gone? It's crazy to think Willow is already two and a half, that her 3rd birthday is now edging closer or the fact that in a few short months she'll be a big sister.

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23 July 2018

Exploring Twycross Zoo

Is there anything more fun than spending the entire day exploring Twycross Zoo, a great place for families and children of all ages and a really fun day out for all the family. Like most toddlers, Willow adores animals and a lot of our day is spent reading about animals, playing with animal toys and watching programmes about animals, too (any David Attenborough fans?). With Willow now 2.5 years old, a trip to Twycross Zoo, which we're lucky to live quite local to, was the perfect way for her to learn more about animals, see them up close and personal and also learn a bit more about how we can protect endangered species.

A review of Twycross Zoo
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8 July 2018

Second Pregnancy First Trimester Experience

If you spotted my recent post, A Family of Four, you will know that our little family is growing, with baby number two due this November. We are so excited to be expecting another little one, now over the halfway mark with just a few short months to go until our baby arrives.

During my first pregnancy with Willow, I shared a weekly pregnancy post; this time around I have a few posts I want to share with you all, covering my birth plan after a previous emergency caesarean, my hopes and fears for our growing family and pregnancy essentials which have made this pregnancy easier. I'll also be delving into the more personal side of pregnancy, sharing my experience of a second pregnancy, how we're preparing Willow for sisterhood and how my second pregnancy has been compared to my first, kicking things off with my Second Pregnancy First Trimester Experience.

A personal blog post about my Second Pregnancy First Trimester Experience
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6 July 2018

Daily Planners Are My Saviour

If you analysed my life, you'd see I'm not the most organised of people - I prefer to call my life organised chaos! - but there are a few things I do like to keep in order, such as ideas and features for the blog, family appointments and general family life. I'm now into my third year of using daily planners, something which has not only become a natural habit but something I really enjoy doing.

For me, using daily planners and diaries makes keeping my life that little bit more organised and easier, and I much prefer writing things down to using apps on my phone or web calendars. I like writing, I like using different pens and making things look a little bit fun with stickers (yes, even at my age!) and I like making my planners more personal to me. For me, using daily planners is an absolute saviour in keeping my organised chaos, well, organised!

A review of the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
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28 June 2018

A Family of Four

For someone who is incredibly bad at keeping secrets, my little family has managed to keep this secret for 16 weeks. As you may have already guessed from the title of this post, and the photos, our family is growing, with our little trio growing into a family of four!

A picture of a Big Sister announcement
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19 June 2018

Willow Loves Splash Babies

Learning to swim is an essential life skill and something we knew we wanted our daughter to learn early on. Although my partner and I both learnt how to swim in school, it seems not all schools do this anymore and so a swimming class was the route we wanted to take.

A review of Splash Babies swimming classes
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14 June 2018

Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist Review

I recently shared my thoughts on the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster, a hydration boosting serum which has been sorting out pesky areas of dehydration for me, so today I wanted to share another product from Hylamide I've really been enjoying.

A review of hydrating toner Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist
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11 June 2018

Where next, Teddy? Personalised Book review

We're big fans of personalised books in the Tattooed Tealady house, a great way to get little ones engaged with reading and also a lovely keepsake too. We've encouraged Willow to read all the way from birth and she just looks settling down with a big pile of books for us to work through together. Stories about pirates, fairies, animals and Princesses, dinosaurs and old-time classics, no matter what the story, she'll sit there avidly listening and soaking up all the pictures as you read to it, it makes my heart swell. If you're looking for books to add to your little one's library, you can check out my feature on Willow's Growing Library.

A review of personalisable children's book Where next, Teddy?
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9 June 2018

Bedside Beauty Essentials

Ever since my teens, I have always had a little stash of beauty products by my bed. It started when my mum used to give me Avon hand creams and Olay moisturisers and all those funky lip balms you buy when you're in your early teens. I'd pop them on before I went to sleep and feel all grown up with my little stash of beauty products.

A review of essential beauty products for your bedside table
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7 June 2018

Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 Review

Lumie is a brand that is well loved by my family and a brand which has featured on my bedside table for many years now, with the SAD light being an absolute essential for me in the darker months, a tremendous aid in battling my SAD; seasonal affective disorder.

It's not just autumn and winter where Lumie helps me though, it's all year round with numerous features that help me wake feeling energised and more alert, as well as night time features which help me drift off to sleep peacefully and easily.

A review of the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250
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5 June 2018

It is not my responsibility

A change in perspective can come from the smallest of moments or a truly life-altering catalyst that shifts your priorities and makes you see every little detail of life in a drastically different way. For me, it was the latter, a realisation that the way I was living my life at that time was, quite frankly, not good enough, things had to change and there was simply no way to continue the way I was.

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31 May 2018

Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Mud Mask Review

As a busy mother to an active toddler, my time for pampering is limited, but face masks are one thing I have kept in my routine and always make time for. The wonderful thing about using face masks is they can quickly treat and pamper skin without you needing to sit still. You can multi-task, popping on your favourite mask or treatment and leaving it to work it's magic whilst you get something else done.

A review of the Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask
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29 May 2018

Breathe Magazine Review

Although I feel like I never have enough time to fully immerse myself in mindfulness, it is something I try and make a part of my everyday life, if only to ease the strain of my anxiety and depression. One of the ways I find easiest when it comes to being more mindful is choosing to consume media which is more beneficial for my mind and soul. This includes reading; reading more, reading broader topics and reading books and magazines specifically tailored to mindfulness, just like Breathe magazine.

A review of Breathe magazine for mindfulness and wellbeing
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28 May 2018

May Birchbox UK Review

Palm trees and a warm breeze, that's the summer dream, right? With warmer days and glorious sunshine just around the corner, the May Birchbox is gorgeously themed with a calming palm leaves box design and products which are perfect for that end of spring beauty pamper. Featuring 5 beauty products and the chance for subscribers to make their May Birchbox extra special, this is one box I couldn't wait to get stuck into.

A review of the May Birchbox UK beauty subscription service
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21 May 2018

Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster Review

Although I follow a great winter skincare routine with products that target skin woes day and night, this spring I have found it a little harder to shake off the dehydrated areas which dominate my forehead and cheeks. Always eager to try anything that promises to rehydrate and repair my skin, I've been putting Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster* to the test. Is this hydrating serum powerful enough to make my skin happy and healthy again?

A review of the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster
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2 May 2018

smarTrike, worth the investment?

If your toddler is in that in-between stage where they don't quite want to sit in the pushchair all the time for trips out but their little legs can't quite handle walking long distances yet, then you might be looking for an alternative mode of transport for them. There are all sorts of options out there from trailers to balance bikes and a huge variety of trikes and we've been putting the smarTrike to the test, to see if this hugely popular trike brand makes a good alternative for Willow.

A review of the smarTrike 5-in-1 Trike Infinity

We're no stranger to smarTrike as they're an extremely popular brand and seem to be leading the way when it comes to trikes and bikes for little ones. They're also a brand I was familiar with before having my own daughter, as my nephew used to cruise around on his very own smarTrike when he was a toddler. 
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1 May 2018

We all need a healthy balance

When I started writing Tattooed Tealady I was just 24, starting my second year of University and still navigating the world of adulthood. My responsibilities were few and far between, I still went out clubbing at every given opportunity and festivals were my holidays, as many as I could get myself to each summer. I lived a care-free lifestyle and made the most of every chance to make happy memories and have the best time possible.

A picture of high end makeup palettes
Tattooed Tealady started as nothing more than a beauty blog, somewhere to ramble about my makeup obsession and share my latest beauty purchases, a very different space to the one it is now, which features more than just beauty, a place I shared my first pregnancy and now my experience as a first-time mum with regular parenting features, memories of days out and favourite family recipes, restaurant reviews, books I've been devouring and everything in between. Tattooed Tealady has changed a lot in six years - and so have I.
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19 March 2018

Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm Review

I am a big fan of multipurpose products and I've had my eye on the Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm for a while, receiving rave reviews from the beauty industry since it's release. An award-winning product from a brand renowned for their natural organic skincare, I've spent the last four weeks putting this cult beauty product to the test - is it really as good as everyone says?

A review of the Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
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17 March 2018

Mothering a Daughter

Let me tell you a secret. It's something that I've sort of said before, but in a very roundabout way because, well, people like to jump on you when you say something which society would consider un-motherly, don't they? If you feel or think a way that isn't expected as the typical way for a mother to behave, it's kind of frowned upon (a lot), but here goes. I wanted a boy.

A post about being a mother to a daughter when you wished for a son
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16 March 2018

Guest Post | Introducing The Mum Conundrum

Whilst this blog is a space for me to share my own family and experiences as a mother, I wanted to do something to show the true diversity of families. I wanted to show the beauty in each family unit and how different they can be, and how no matter the circumstances, every family is incredible and unique. What better way to do this than introduce some fabulous guest bloggers, who could share the story of their family, the highs, the lows, the difficult moments and the small victories. Today I am handing the reins over to Kate, who writes over at The Mum Conundrum.
A picture of Kate Evans, blogger and writer for The Mum Conundrum

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13 March 2018

Willow's Growing Library

As a self-confessed bookworm, reading to my daughter was something I dreamed about when pregnant. I imagined all the stories I would share with her from my own childhood and hoped she would love reading as much as I do.

A post about the best books for toddlers
My love of books is hugely influenced by my father; his encouragement to read and learn when I was younger has stuck with me through to adulthood and I have him to thank for my love of literature. It was really important to me that this was something I encouraged in my own children and so we have read book after book to Willow ever since she was born.

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12 March 2018

Willow is Two

At the end of January, our little baby turned two. It still feels weird to say I have a two-year-old. As cliche as it sounds, I feel as if the last two years have flown by in the blink of an eye and Willow's baby days seem like a distant memory. We now have a fully fledged toddler who has come on leaps and bounds since I last updated you on, back in October when I shared Willow's 21-month update.

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6 March 2018

Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò Review

Back in February, I introduced the Mumsnet Book Club, as throughout 2018 I am taking part in their monthly book club as one of the Mumsnet book bloggers, reading and review a new book each month. In February I shared a review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a story which has stayed with me and I know it won't be long before I read it again. After devouring the February book, I was eager to get stuck into a new read.

A review of Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
The March book of the month is Stay With Me, a debut novel from female author Ayòbámi Adébáyò. Set in Nigeria in the 1980's where political and social tensions are high, Stay With Me follows the story of a young married couple struggling to conceive.
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27 February 2018

Cutting Sugar Made Easy

Over the past few years my sweet tooth has become harder to satisfy, the older I get the sweeter I like my tea and the more sweet treats I seem to indulge in. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen me talk about wanting to lose weight and change up my diet a little to get healthier, something I'm working hard towards and part of that involves making small easy to manage changes in my everyday diet.

Easy ways to reduce sugar
c/o Gareth Sambridge and Hermesetas
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25 February 2018

Beauty Through the Decades with Birchbox

We all know I love a good Birchbox theme, so when I opened up the February Birchbox, I instantly thought of 90's TV shows like Saved by the Bell, with a design that is wholeheartedly my favourite box design yet - yes, I'm drawn in by packaging, aren't we all? This is one Birchbox I'll be keeping and using to store little beauty bits in, I love it. It perfectly fits the February theme of Beauty through the Decades, with a throwback to the 70's, 80's and 90's.

A review of the Birchbox UK February 2018

Of course, it's the contents we all care about when receiving a subscription box like Birchbox, which features 5 beauty products covering skincare, body care, makeup and hair care, delivered straight to your door. The February box I received includes 5 products, two of which are full sized products with the other three being very decent travel sizes.
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2 February 2018

Willowberry Nutrient Boost Skincare Review

I love to use natural products where I can, so the addition of Willowberry Skincare to my daily routine has been welcomed with open arms, with my skin reaping the benefits! Launching in 2017, Willowberry is a natural skincare brand dedicated to protecting, nourishing and nurturing the skin with high-quality, natural ingredients rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids our skin loves.

A review of the Willowberry Nutrient Boost Cleansing Balm
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31 January 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Review

Read more, that's what I always tell people. Take every opportunity to read, encourage your littles to bury their heads in books and get lost in worlds that are interesting, magical, exciting. Books feed my soul, they are a place to escape, a place to explore, stories to become a part of, I call myself a bookworm with pride and I adore seeing Willow show such love and excitement over her books, just like I did when I was a little girl.

A review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Throughout 2018 I will be working alongside some wonderful bloggers with the Mumsnet team, as part of the 2018 Mumsnet Book Club. Now in its 11th year, the book club is a wonderful place for bookworms to unite online, reading a book together each month before joining in a discussion about the book, the characters, the story, your feelings on all those pages filled with words of another world. If you love reading like me, you can find out more here.

The first book on the reading list for 2018 is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a debut novel by Gail Honeyman winner of a Costa Book Awards for 2017 and a book which I simply could not put down!
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30 January 2018

Sharing Childhood Favourites With My Daughter

When I was pregnant with Willow there was a running theme in soft toys and nursery decor we were looking at getting her; a lot of it was themed around one of my own childhood favourite, Winnie-the-Pooh. It's something I find incredibly lovely as a parent when you are able to share things with your child that you grew up around and loved.

It's been 92 years since A. A. Milne first shared the world of Winnie-the-Pooh and all the characters of Hundred Acre Wood are still hugely popular today, I love that Willow has the chance to fall in love with characters and stories which give me such fond memories of my own childhood.

A review of Posh Paws Snuggletime Winnie-the-Pooh Plush Toys
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15 January 2018

Does My Body Hair Offend You?

I remember bargaining with my mum in my early teens; she wanted me to do something and I said I'd only do it if she let me get my eyebrows waxed and let me start shaving my legs. You see, being Cypriot, I've grown up with very dark, very obvious body hair. Although I dodged the worse of the stereotypical Cypriot mono-brow, my arms and legs were a source of great insecurity for me, particularly when most of the girls in my school had fine blond hair, barely noticeable compared to mine. I dreaded PE lessons and just wanted to fit in with the other girls; they were allowed to shave their legs, so why couldn't I?

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11 January 2018

Safely Co-Sleeping Worked for Us

When pregnant, if you asked me what I thought of co-sleeping, I wouldn't have had much to say. We planned to use the SnüzPod2 3-in-1 Bedside Crib, but that was our entire plan - to have Willow next to our bed. Moving her to our bed, what I like to refer to as bedsharing, wasn't in the plan at all, but it turns out it was the best decision we ever made.

How to safely co-sleep and bedshare
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7 January 2018

3 Things I Didn't Do

When I was pregnant with Willow I had all these ideas and expectations of what parenthood would be like and things I would do, now that I was a Mother. Turns out, with the best intentions at heart, there are some things I just never had the time to do, things I completely forgot about and occasionally feel a twinge of guilt about. Here are three things I didn't do when I became a Mother.

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4 January 2018

Sleeping Peacefully with Feather & Down

A good sleep is essential for me, otherwise, I start to slow down throughout the day, I only get half of the things I need to do done and by the time Willow is asleep, I'm ready for bed too. I have a few things I do as part of my 'bedtime routine' that all go towards helping me get a peaceful night's sleep and recently, I've added a few products into that routine from Feather & Down, a brand that promotes sleeping peacefully with their gorgeous range of Sweet Dreams products, but do they really help me sleep better?

A review of Feather & Down Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray
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3 January 2018

High-end Foundations Worth Splurging On

Although I believe the high-street has a few great options when it comes to budget bases, it's high-end alternatives I rely on and have consistently turned to since my mid-twenties. High-end brands offer a greater variety when it comes to formulas, finish, their shade ranges often far more diverse with a bigger range of shades available and the quality, I find, is just better.

I find high-end bases easier to apply and blend, usually more weightless on the skin giving a more natural looking finish. Longevity wise, when it comes to my almost-thirty dehydrated skin that has it's combination moments, high-end bases are my go-to favourites for a base that will last from morning to night.

A review of Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
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2 January 2018

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

As a little girl poems didn't interest me and by the time my GCSE's came around, with poetry top of the syllabus for English, I found myself quite adamantly disliking anything to do with it. Yet here I am, 7 months away from turning 30 and somehow, I've found myself at peace with poetry. I enjoy poetry, I like poetry, so what better way to bring more poetry into my life than with a nightly read of A Poem for Every Night of the Year.

A review of A Poem for Every Night of the Year
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1 January 2018

Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner Review

I've been really into using planners and journals over the past couple of years and 2018 will be my third year using Erin Condren to organise life, work and blogging. I attempted so many diaries growing up, after a few months getting bored and forgetting them at the back of my desk drawer, but these planners work wonderfully for me, something I've kept up and really enjoyed doing.

For 2018 I have opted for the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner, a planner I used in 2017 and found really beneficial for keeping on top of all things blogging - it's now an essential for me and something I really recommend for anyone looking to get more organised, whether you use it for blogging like me or for family and work life, it's an incredibly diverse planner.

A review of Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
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