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Friday, 30 December 2016
safest carseat reviews

watch my first impressions and review of the innovative Doona Car Seat, the only one in it's kind to have the ability to transform from car seat to pushchair with just one button - making parenting simpler!

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*this post includes PR items that have been sent in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, 23 December 2016

Review of the Mother & Baby gold award winning Nomi Highchair by

A beautiful, minimalistic Scandinavian design that seamlessly becomes part of your home. A highchair that can be used from newborn to toddler & beyond.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Wednesday, 14 December 2016
*I was kindly offered this product in exchange for an honest review. As always the opinions expressed are completely my own.


Sunday, 11 December 2016

After uploading a photo of Ella & I by the Christmas tree on Instagram (here!) I've had lots of requests to do a post for my tips on how to decorate. I'm by no means suggesting my tree is harrods worthy, however I do think my method of decorating works well & gives it a full, finished effect.

So without further ado, here are my top tips to festive finesse!

1. Have a Theme

This is probably the most important tip of all. Whether you're starting from scratch or you've had the same box of decorations for years, it is crucial to have a theme or colour scheme. Personally, I think it always works best if you keep the same tones as you already have in your living space or wherever your tree will live for the next month. My tree is in our living room where I have a fairly neutral palette with some champagne and silver tones. By carrying the same colours over to my tree decoration it means the tree doesn't look out of place and makes it one cohesive space. This simple tip  adds value to your overall finished look and appears well thought through.

2. Start with Simple

Once you're finished the dreaded unravelling of branches and you're finally ready to start decorating I always think starting with your simple bauble packs works best. Roughly sort them out into groups of the same decoration and spread them evenly across your tree. These are the ones that you can afford to have at the back and leave space at the front for your special decorations. I bought 5 x 6pack boxes of large baubles from B&M a couple of years ago & they were only £2 per box. They have similar in store here :- Luxury Christmas Baubles. The size I use is 80mm, I tend not to go any smaller than this as you don't get the same fast fullness with smaller decorations!

3. Touches of Texture 

A tree filled with the same plastic baubles is well, a little bit boring. By adding in decorative touches of different textures you can really make your Christmas tree look expensive! Include beaded, metal, glass and fabric decorations to your tree to give it the wow factor. I found that ASDA & Matalan had lots to chose from in their christmas ranges and they're very reasonably priced. Buying in 3s and 4s works best for evenly spacing them out. 

4. Festive Fillers

Once I have all of the simple baubles on & I've placed on my more special decorations like the glass baubles and the textured pieces, I like to fill the gaps to give my tree that fully iced look. I picked up  little snowflakes from ASDA Home last year (similar here) and I don't hang them on the tree, instead I wedge them in the spaces between branches to give it a fuller effect. I also try to create a little bit of dimension by putting some decorations on the inside. I have 30 glitter pine cones that you can purchase from B&M or make yourself and I just place these inside the tree and again in-between branches. This is good for when you run out of branch hanging space and also for when you're at the end of you decorating shift and have lost the will to live! 

5. Make it Personal

One of my favourite parts of looking out the Christmas decorations is having a nosey through the personal bits & pieces we have collected over the years. We have one for our dog, Lola that we were given by my brother & sister-in-law, a few 'My 1st Christmas' baubles and the most special one of all is the trinket bauble I have with mine & Fraser's initials on it where he popped my engagement ring in last year to propose to me - aww what a hopeless romantic! (queue the 'boy did good' nods of approval). It's so nice to have a story behind some of the pieces you put on the tree, so as much as the creative and decorative flare is important, I think having some sentimental value is what makes your tree extra special.

I hope you all enjoy putting up your Christmas trees & making them look beautiful. If anyone has any tips on how to take them down when it's all over then let me know! If only I had the space to just wrap it in cling film and store it fully dressed.


Saturday, 10 December 2016


Thursday, 8 December 2016


Wednesday, 7 December 2016
I can't quite believe my last update was 3 weeks ago, this pregnancy is just flying in. At this point when I was pregnant with Ella I was ready for tearing my hair out - I was just so desperate to meet her! Not that I'm not just as desperate or excited to meet my little man in the next 8-9 weeks but I feel like I'm so distracted with Ella & working that the weeks are passing by without me really noticing!
It probably helps massively that the last leg of my pregnancy has fallen at this time of year. The buzz of the festivities and all of the plans that go with it are helping me to keep in perspective that it really does suit me to have him here next year. Again, with it being winter, I'm finding this time round that I can dress sooooo much easier than the dreaded Spring/Summer months with Ella. A simple dress, tights, boots & coat combo seems to be my go-to look these days!

Mum baby and dog photos

I'm sorry if I keep making comparisons to my first pregnancy in a bid to describe this one but it's sometimes the only way I can. I feel so different this time round in every way - sickness, appetite, energy & even the way my bump looks. I'm definitely a walking ad campaign for the 'you carry boys to the front & girls all round' as this time I can still see my waist and hips & almost remind myself of the pregnant barbie doll (weird I know) that I had when I was little where the bump just detaches... did anyone else have this? Of course I am in no way saying my figure resembles a barbie doll, a girl could only dream... but this little guy does seem to be like his own little (large) island on my tummy & I could literally draw a big circle right around my bump but flat to my skin and still see it looking straight forward if that makes any sense at all like it does in my head.

At my latest midwife appointment I was told that baby is lying 'transverse' which is just a fancy word for sideways, he's basically planking! He is also back to back meaning he is facing outwards towards my belly button. Because of this I have many weird and wonderful little limbs poking around the front of my tummy - we can even sometimes feel tiny hands/feet wiggling about. It's so strange! I'm not really worried at this stage that he is not head down because he still has time to turn - failing that I will have to get out that birthing ball shortly & get bouncing away! People often ask what it feels like when he is kicking, I try to explain but it's like no other feeling you would ever experience. Sometimes it amazing and others it's a little bit uncomfortable. I swear I feel like he could explode out of my tummy when he is having a big stretch which is only going to get stronger as the weeks go on.

32 week pregnancy update blogger

I'm still suffering from the usual heartburn/indigestion/acid reflux that I have been experiencing from quite early on with this little guy. I did have these symptoms briefly with Ella but nowhere near as bad as what I have this time around. He will end up having withdrawals from the Gaviscon when he is born at the rate I have to take it. I can only live in hope that he will come out with a full head of gorgeous hair to make it all worth it, if he is bald I'll be looking for some sort of explanation! At this point I'm fortunate I've not got much in the way of swelling although I am so paranoid I have a 'fuller' face. I think everyone gets this, my friend & I were chatting about it recently and it's not until I look back on photos of me before I finished up for maternity leave with Ella that I notice how puffy my whole face was. Someone teach me to contour pronto...

Everyone keeps telling me how big I am, often comparing my bump to a bowling ball/ football/ watermelon & any other large circular shapes you could you to describe how rotund I am! They're right though, I am pretty big. Some people might find that mildly offensive but I just can't help but think it's true anyway so what's the big deal?! At least the opinions are consistent unlike the ones of a few months back where I felt I went from speaking to someone one minute saying how big I was getting and then 30 seconds later speaking to someone else who would say 'gosh you're so neat'. I never used to know who was the fibber!

Generally I'm keeping fairly well. My iron count is good & I'm not being sick as often. I'd say my appetite is much better but still for all of the wrong things. I'm beginning to feel a bit more organised too as we have started his room albeit he won't be in it right away but we do need a space to put all of his things like clothes and baby toys etc. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel for 'Project Nursery' and watch the transformation as it unfolds!

I have so many new pregnancy products I have tried this time round which have really made a difference & I'd like to chat to you about but I will do this in another post really soon.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments & supportive messages you have sent to me recently, especially after my 2nd Baby Guilt Video (click here to watch). I was so overwhelmed & touched with all of the private messages I received. Thank you again  



Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Friday, 2 December 2016
how to make lips bigger

I've recently noticed my Instagram blow up with lots of girls using the 'NUDE by Nubyen' Lip Augmentation Gloss & their results look amazing! Since lip products are kind of my thing, I was so excited when Nubyen got touch with the opportunity to review this product for myself! Having tried lots of lip products with claims to boost your pout and never been that impressed, I was hoping this wasn't going to be another fad that I'd fallen for in a bid to get a Kylie Jenner kisser.

I'm a total sucker for cute packaging, aren't we all? So I wasn't disappointed when I opened this cute little tube in the mail. The sleek, monochrome design made me instantly fall in love with Nubyen's whole branding concept - it's so simple yet effective. Inside there's a 2.5g lipgloss & a few little leaflets about the ingredients.


Basically, it's a clear gloss that can be applied over lipstick or used alone to amplify and intensify the volume of your lips. It does this with the use of natural ingredients :- cinnamon, lemongrass & hyaluronic acid which help to boost natural lip colour, plumpness and fullness as well as keeping them supple and healthy.

full lips without injections

I applied the product over my lipstick as suggested, I just feel during this season there are too many beautiful shades that you don't get the opportunity to wear any other time of the year so to opt for a natural lip colour with gloss was just too fresh & summery for me.

The formula smells lovely, like honey & lemon. When you apply it, it feels really thick and sticky which was good to keep control of where the product was being placed. I must admit you don't need much of it, in fact, I'd actually say be careful how much you apply because if it drips on to the skin on your chin it can make it feel a little irritated.


Almost instantly after applying you can actually feel the product working. I can only describe it as a sort of nipping & tingling sensation but not uncomfortable in the slightest. This feeling does wear off after about 2-3 minutes.
how to get big lips like Kylie

Big lips

The product definitely gave my lips a much fuller appearance. The usual little lines and creases I find on my lips were completely gone and my lips looked and felt significantly plumped as you will see from the photos. The effects of the gloss lasted for a few hours before I had to reapply which I thought was pretty good going considering I'd been out & had a few hot drinks. 

The only thing I could say I didn't enjoy about this product was that the wind kept blowing my hair into it while I was out shopping which was really annoying however that is hardly a criticism of the product itself as this would naturally happen with any gloss. Note to self : wear hair up next time! Another thing would be that Ella kisses were off limits, in fact, so were Fraser kisses... so beware of the mistletoe location when you're wearing this because not everyone wants lip filler effect!

This being said, I feel that the pros faaaar outweigh the cons I have listed and this product has definitely delivered on it's claims. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to achieve a fuller lip but does not want to go to the extent of having fillers. This gives you a short term result of the desired look and at just a fraction of the cost!


Thursday, 1 December 2016


Can you believe it's the December already? I say it every year & I always feel like it's such a cliché but where has this year gone?! It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about my lack of summer wardrobe to accommodate my growing baby bump. I must admit, Winter is definitely the easiest month to dress when you're pregnant as I find myself just hiding away in big cosy jumpers and dresses with tights. The only downside being that sometimes I feel like I'm resembling something of a baby elephant when there is no 'bump definition' and the line between looking with child and overweight gets a little blurred!

Since this is our last Christmas as a family of 3 and the first one where Ella is at a nice age to get involved in the festivities, I wanted to make a bucket list of activities we can enjoy together. 

Because Ella is only 18 months & I'm heavily pregnant, we are quite limited in the things we can do - Ice Skating is definitely one to save for next year! 

Put up our Christmas Tree
Visit Santa
Watch a Christmas Movie (or 5)
Go to a Christmas Market
Go to a Pantomime 
Make a Gingerbread House
Buy matching PJ’s
Write Ella’s Christmas list
Make our own family Christmas Cards
Deliver our Christmas cards
Build a snowman (fingers crossed for snow!)
Bake Christmas Cupcakes
Make Ella's Christmas eve box

It's not an exhaustive list of plans but it's definitely a start and no doubt we will end up adding things that we hadn't thought of before. I think making family traditions around this time of year is so important, it's what makes the festive season so special! It doesn't need to cost the earth but just a few staple yearly traditions are all that it takes to make your Christmas memorable for all of the family.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?


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