I love doing posts about my newest Glossybox, but I have resisted doing them lately. I thought as this was the birthday edition, I would do a quick post, with my thoughts.
May Glossybox 2013
For me, its been rare that I receive a box, I haven’t liked. I think I have been signed up for well over a year, and had only one box, that I was disappointed with. It was purely because they weren’t products I would use, but that meant I could give the box as a gift to someone I knew would love it!
So what did I think of this months?
Well its another LOVE box for me. Going through the products, I would definitely try all of them. I am most intrigued by the tiny pot at the front of the picture which is a prime and create mixing medium by Beautiful Moments Cosmetics, which basically means you can add it to a powdered cosmetic to create a liquid one. It can also be also as a primer. It is just the kind of product I think that really works in a glossybox, it gives the user the ability to experiment with something completely new.
I also received :
Givenchy Perfume Dahlia Noir L’eau : It smell divine, I can’t wait to use this. It smells of roses and peonies.
My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream : A daily moisturiser, I received the unscented version. A new one on me, it was developed by Salisbury District Hospital for patients recovering from burns and plastic surgery, any profits going straight back into patient care.
Caudalie Devine Oil : for body, face and hair. I love hair oils, so this is going to be another great one to use, I also love the idea of using it in the bath too.
Headline Colour : Nail varnish, this is a great colour for me, perfect for toes as I don’t wear polish on my hands.
There was also a Glossybox set of handbag nail files, which are a great idea, and a little bar of Green and Blacks chocolate…mmmm my favourite!
So all in all I’m impressed. Happy Birthday Glossybox!
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This sponsored post, was brought to you in association with Richardsons Boating Holidays.
When both myself and my husband were growing up, we really enjoyed family holidays, where we could enjoy nature and wildlife. It’s only now really that I can look back an realise what an impact this had on both of us, and the way we parent and spend time with our own children.
So what holidays in the UK would help you to achieve this? Well how about a trip to the Norfolk broads!
The Broads lie in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk in the east of England. It is Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland and is also a member of the international family of national parks. It has pretty towns and villages, and these are surrounded by rolling farmland and countryside, woods and marshes, and of course the nearby coastline is undoubtedly spectacular! My Husband (Tall Dad) and I have both spent some time on the Broads, we really do realise how relaxing it is to have a family boating holiday there. In fact Tall Dad’s family had a boat on the broads that they holidayed, and had weekend breaks on, for over 15 years. There is something so captivating about these kinds of holidays. Whether you are enjoying the landscape, or enjoying the nature around you. It is a fantastic holiday to relax and unwind.
The Norfolk broads, really feels like an unspoilt idyll, that you can cycle, walk, canoe or sail around. If you are interested in bird watching or fishing it is an incredibly popular location. It is also a perfect place, to learn and discover, as it has some of the rarest wildlife living in it.
There are many great nature reserves, which are fantastic places to go to, as a family. You can visit most of these by walking, and going on your very own nature trail. Amongst these is the very family friendly, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Fairhaven is 53 hectares (130 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland ( including a 950 year old King Oak) water gardens and a private broad. You can visit the newly built bird hide, designed for visitors with disabilities. It has a solar powered ‘audio interpretation panel’ which helps visitors identify the names of the different bird species, and even plays their individual birdsong. There is also a sensory garden, and many different species of butterflies and dragon flies have been attracted to the area. The swallow tail butterfly, is the largest British butterfly, and is only found in the Broads.
Boating on the broads is one of the best ways to enjoy the area. You could choose a sail boat or a cruiser. Its a good idea, if you haven’t sailed before to get a little instruction before hand. In actual fact the Norfolk Broads is a great place to learn and there are often taster sessions, at local sailing clubs. Once you know your way around the boat though (you actually will receive instruction once you hire a boat for a holiday) you then can relax and enjoy the landscape as you pass through. One of the most famous things you will see are the many windmills along the route, some of which are open to the public.
Have I wetted your appetite?
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We’ve all seen the adverts for Lalaloopsy toys. I’ve got say they have always intrigued me. Maybe its my obsession with buttons…as this is what they have for eyes. I just think they are ridiculously cute!
Well the excitement when Miss A (3) opened her new Lalaloopsy Littles Silly Hair, she was so excited, as she has seen the adverts too, and had requested one for her birthday next month. You can see from the photographs, how delighted she was.
This was not a standard Lalaloopsy, but a Lalaloopsy Littles Silly Hair. Now my daughter Miss A, really does have the silliest hair, it’s curly, and she is very proud of the curls. It can be very tricky to keep neat and tidy though, but we like to leave the curls looking wild, as it really seems to suit her nature. So I think this was the perfect Lalaloopsy for her to try.
Included is the doll, lots of silly hair, some hair accessories and a little pet. It took her a little time to perfect the art of adding the hair, but once she got the hang of it, we made lots of silly hair styles.
Because we were being very silly whilst we were playing with it, we were in fits of giggles, trying to out do one another’s hair! I just love this photograph.
Overall Miss A was most impressed with Lalaloopsy Littles Silly Hair, and at approximately £25 for the fun and laughter we have had from it, I would definitely recommend it.
Thank you for reading
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A sponsored guest post for you today brought to you by Luxe Models, London.
Any mum knows that motherhood is one of life’s busiest jobs. Between school runs, cooking meals, washing uniforms and entertaining little ones, there simply isn’t much time for browsing the shops at leisure; one needs to go where to go for what pre-shopping spree. Further, being a mum brings with it expenses, meaning that many are familiar with working with a budget when it comes to clothes.
When people think ‘shopping on the high street’, they think ‘cheaper than designer’; but when looking for bargains on the high street it is important to be aware of where to shop; simply avoiding designers doesn’t necessarily mean budget outfits. Take, for example, Topshop. The big boy of high street fashion has gotten gradually more and more expensive over the past few years, and what’s more, its clothes have gotten more and more high fashion, less and less stylish casual wear. Whilst good for party buys and treats, it might be a good idea to consider somewhere like H&M for more day-to-day outfits.
H&M offers stylish basics such as jeans, leggings, blouses and jackets for a much cheaper price than Topshop. Their adult range (they do teen too) is great for outfits that you want to pick the kids up in.
The next store I come to is one that many avoid more than the plague. On a Saturday afternoon the shop floor in this mega money saver is positively riotous. Cheap tops are flung and fought over, bags and shoes are littered across the floor, and the great shopping public start to resemble a pack of animals that have escaped from the zoo. Of course, I can only be talking about Primark. However, Luxe Models is a firm believer in the cheap fashion supplier, and is here to tell you that you can have a pleasant shopping trip at Primarni. The key is to pick the right time. A Monday morning after the school run is the perfect opportunity. The clothes from Primark are what they are: cheap but on trend. They may not last very long, but you can buy them in ample supply. Currently they have some fantastic maxi dresses and skirts as part of their range, which are easy to dress up and dress down.
For high street items that you want to last, it’s best to hit shops like Zara and Gap. Many of their items exude ‘timeless classic’, and they are of a quality that will last for years. So, there you have it, a little guide to the high street for all of your school gate style needs. When it comes to high street it’s all about maximising your money’s potential. If you want a dressy one-off outfit, Primark’s your gal, but if you want that perfect pair of jeans that you’ll wear to many a school run without wearing out the knees, Gap’s a better option. Think smart, and you can have a wonderful, on-trend wardrobe!
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