11 December 2018

One Month of Hadley

On December 7th Hadley was exactly one month old. Her one month update is a little later than planned but I wanted to share an update with you all, as I so enjoyed writing Willow's monthly updates when she was a baby. Babies change so much in their first year, it really is lovely to document everything and it will be so special to look back on and read all about their early weeks, months and years when they're older. 

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1 December 2018

The Christmas Tag 2018

As a self-confessed lover of all things Christmas, The Christmas Tag is right up my street. It's been quite some time (a good few years!) since I last did a 'blogger tag', but in with Christmas just a few weeks away I thought it'd be a fun little post to share. If you want to take part too, just answer the tag questions in the comments below!

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30 November 2018

5 Things I Did Differently in my Second Pregnancy

My second pregnancy is over and Hadley has been here for three weeks (did you catch her birth announcement and one week update as a family of four?), so I thought I would share some of the things I did differently during this pregnancy. For me, although symptoms wise my pregnancy with Hadley was almost identical to my pregnancy with Willow, emotionally, mentally and physically, it was very, very different.

A photo for a feature on things I did differently during my second pregnancy
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27 November 2018

Bold in Blue

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As 2018 starts to draw to a close, Willow's birthday in January is looming ever closer. I can't believe she'll soon be three years old; in her second year, so much has happened. She's hit toddlerhood at full steam and amazed us as she has grown and developed; she can keep a conversation going better than her chatterbox mama and holds onto information in a way that leaves us in awe, she's getting more and more confident at swimming and the biggest change? She's become a big sister.

Review of Small Stories Painted Dot Blue Dress
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15 November 2018

One Week Old: Double the Love

Yesterday, baby Hadley turned one week old and today marks one whole week at home as a family of four. There are a few things I wanted to share with you about her first week, as well as Willow's first official week in her role as a Big Sister.

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12 November 2018

When Three Became Four

We are absolutely delighted to share the safe arrival of our second baby with you all!

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6 November 2018

Mama Notes 12 Week Mama Diary

Over the summer I came across a product that I truly wish had been available when I had Willow, as it's something I think would have been beneficial to me in those first few months of motherhood. The Mama Notes is a 12-week Motherhood diary, which for the planner adorer in me was smitten with at first sight, but once you really look into what this 12-week diary includes, it's something I felt really strongly about having ready for the birth of my second baby.

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19 October 2018

Overcoming Water Wobbles

We've always been quite lucky that Willow loves water, whether it's bath time or swimming, she absolutely adores it. Since she started swimming at 11 months old she has amazed me at how well she manages in the water and how quickly she picks things up, too. So imagine our surprise earlier in the year when we hit the dreaded water wobbles. Trips to swimming would be protested with screams and hysterical tears, she'd do whatever she could to avoid going in the water and when in the water, she'd do whatever she could to climb back out again.

A photo of a swimming lesson for a feature on overcoming water wobbles
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17 October 2018

Pumpkin Picking at Wymeswold Fruit Farm

Over the summer I took Willow to a childhood favourite of mine, Wymeswold Fruit Farm, where we picked strawberries that were perfectly ripe and absolutely delicious. With Halloween fast approaching, we decided to pay another visit, this time to pick our first family pumpkin!

A picture of a pumpkin at Wymeswold Fruit Farm
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15 October 2018

Planned Caesarean VS VBAC

When I had an emergency caesarean with Willow back in 2016, I didn't know anything about caesareans, what the major abdominal surgery actually involved, what the healing and recovery process would be like, or the implications it may have for future pregnancies.

A photo of a newborn babygrow for a feature on choosing a planned caesarean or VBAC after an emergency caesarean
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1 October 2018

The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill

I have very openly discussed my increased anxiety with this pregnancy, particularly over on Instagram (@TattooedTealadyand The Positive Birth Book started to be a regular recommendation from other mamas who thought it would help, particularly with making me feel calmer about the birth of this baby.

A photo and review of The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill
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30 September 2018

Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till Review

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Willow has always enjoyed a trip to the supermarket and as soon she was old enough to help me with 'scan as you shop' system in Tesco, she has helped me pick items, scan them and pop them in the trolley or basket. She especially loves the little mini trolleys at Morrisons and the Coop, where she really feels like a proper independent shopper.

A photo and review of the Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till

One thing I've tried to get her more involved is by asking her to see if she can find specific items and also explaining that at the end of our shopping trip, when we have everything on our list, we have to pay for everything before taking it home. Over the past couple of weeks, Willow has had the chance to practice exactly that, after kindly being sent a Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till* alongside a Food Shopping Basket Toy Set*, both from the Little Shopper range.
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28 September 2018

MAMA Academy Wellbeing Wallet

When I was pregnant with Willow I was given a Bounty pack by my midwife at my 8-week booking appointment to keep my maternity notes in, that broke within weeks of having it and was more a walking advertisement for Bounty that anything for me. This time around, I wanted to use something that would keep my maternity notes safe, would have some beneficial information for me and would also benefit other expectant mamas too. That's why as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I ordered a MAMA Academy Wellbeing Wallet.

A picture of the MAMA Academy Wellbeing Wallet
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26 September 2018

Breastfeeding: Will I Try Again?

Feeding your baby and how exactly you will do that is undoubtedly one of the first thoughts you have when you find out you're pregnant. Whether you've grown up around proud breastfeeders or formula feeding was the norm in your family, there is no avoiding the highly heated topic of 'breast vs formula', which is played out on social media and in mainstream media day in, day out.

A picture of a baby for a post on breastfeeding struggles
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24 September 2018

Autumn is my favourite

When I was much, much younger, spring used to be my favourite season. It would bring with it the promise of a hot, fun-filled summer ahead, memories to be made, festivals to attend. I loved the pastel hues and the way it made me feel so carefree and happy, as the days started to warm and the sun shone brighter as each day passed.

When I hit my mid-20's, that all changed, instead I longed for quiet cosy nights at home and autumn became the season I longed for with it's cooler, darker days and rustic hues as nature changes all around us. All year round, autumn is the season I count down to, the season I look forward to the most; autumn is my favourite.

A picture of crunchy autumn leaves
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12 September 2018

10 Thoughts on having another baby

Going from one baby to two feels like a huge change and adjustment to make. I keep thinking about every single scenario that might arise when we are a family of four. Things that might change, things that might be harder, how I will manage, how it might change the relationships and dynamics of our little family. Thoughts that I am sure every parent expecting another baby has, some silly little worries, other big worries which keep me up at night.

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10 September 2018

Our Favourite Moments of Summer 2018

2018 has been a rollercoaster year for me so far and so when I saw Lisa from Oh Luna share a post on the things she has loved doing this summer, it seemed like a wonderful idea and such a positive thing to do, too, looking back on a record-breaking heatwave summer and remembering all the best moments. So without further ado, here are my favourite moments and memories of summer 2018.

A picture of Wymeswold Fruit Farm
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3 September 2018

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Review

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It's no secret I'm a big fan of Bobbi Brown makeup, but did you know they have a pretty impressive skincare range too? I've raved about the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse before, which is one of my favourite cleansing balms, and I'm a pretty big fan of their Hydrating Eye Cream too. The latest skincare treat to join my daily routine from the range is the Vitamin Enriched Face Base and I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed, considering Bobbi Brown is predominately a makeup brand, they really know how to get their skincare products right!

A review of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
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30 August 2018

Second Pregnancy Second Trimester Experience

I am now over a week into the second trimester, currently 29 weeks pregnant, so I thought it'd be a good chance to update you all on how I'm doing and how the second trimester of my second pregnancy compares to that of my first pregnancy. The second trimester lasts until the end of ypur 27th week, with the third trimester starting on the first day of your 28th week. For me, it always feels like the longest, with so many weeks where it feels like time is dragging by at a super slow rate, but a lot happened for me since I shared my update on my 'second pregnancy first trimester experience', so we have quite lot to catch up on.

A post about my experience of the second trimester of my second pregnancy
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28 August 2018

We Love Bambinista

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When I was pregnant with Willow and first had to navigate the world of baby clothes, I was surprised by just how much gender stereotyping played a part in what was on offer from high street brands. The lack of variety on the high street had me turning to the Internet to find unique, stand out and non-gender specific clothing and over the years I've found some absolute gems when it comes to outfits full of attitude for Willow.

A review of the Cribstar Space Romper
I've recently been introduced to Bambinista, an online retailer which ticks all of my boxes when it comes to clothes for little ones. Unique picks, bold patterns, stand-out designs, fashion which lets little ones express themselves through the clothes they wear. Stocked full of some pretty awesome, and extremely high-quality brands, Bambinista should be on everyone's wishlist when it comes to updating your little one's wardrobe. 
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22 August 2018

Tackling Toddler Bedtime with Groclock

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It's no secret that Willow has always been a good sleeper, something I discussed in a feature last year, 'I'm not sorry our daughter sleeps well'. Whilst Willow is still a great sleeper, once she's down she sleeps through till morning unless unwell, now that she is a fully fledged toddler we do find both bedtime itself and waking up in the morning a little bit trickier. That's where the Groclock comes into play, a wonderfully simple yet effective sleep trainer for young children that has helped us get Willow into a really good nighttime and morning routine and it's so easy to use!

A review of the Groclock sleep trainer for young children
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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