Beauty – My Perfect Summer Nails 

Sun, sea, sand and the perfect exotic cocktail. That’s what I’ve been dreaming about this week. It’s less than two weeks now until we fly out to Santorini and I cannot wait to get away from this poor excuse of a summer we’ve been having here in the UK.  Destination2, who offer tailor made luxury holidays, recently asked me to show them my ‘Perfect Summer Nails’. I love to paint...

Wedding Wednesday – Behind the Bride – Victoria  

This week’s Behind the Bride is with Victoria from Lylia Rose whose laid back wedding sounds fantastic!  Hi Victoria, first of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?  Thank you very much! It was Tuesday 18th August 2015, so two years ago this weekend!  Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?  I’m Victoria and he’s Ben. We met...

Travel & Tourism Tuesday – Our Trip to Weymouth Sealife Centre & The Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers Event 

Cameron and Carly absolutely love the Ocotnauts. They have a few of the DVDs and they often play with the octopod Cameron got for one of this birthdays pretending to be Kwazii and Peso. They also both love animals, and sealife in particular. One of their favourite places locally is the oceanarium so when I was offered the chance to take the children to Weymouth Sealife Centre to review their...

Mummy Mondays – Making a Splash – The Happy Nappy from Splash About 

When Carly was a baby, I took her to swimming lessons with a local franchise of Turtle Tots. It was brilliant and I was confident enough, even after leaving the classes, to continue helping her to swim and even go under water (something I still can’t master myself at the grand old age of 28!).  With Benjamin I had high hopes of doing the same, but with a wedding to...

Food & Fitness Friday – Date Night at Las Iguanas Bournemouth 

Ever since the restaurants were revealed for the BH2 leisure complex I’ve been excited for one in particular. Ed and I first came across Las Iguanas just over two years ago when we went on a mini break to Devon. Stopping off on the way, we ate at the Exeter branch and loved the laid back vibe and Mexican dishes on the menu.  I recently went to the Bath branch...

Beauty – Taking my Lush Virginity 

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve used a few Lush bath bombs before, I’ve never actually bought myself anything from the shop, having relied on gifts from friends and family for my fix.  Walking into the Bournemouth branch of the store last week I was a bit intimidated by how many different products there were. I knew I wanted a bath bomb but I had no idea which...

Wedding Wednesday – Our Santorini Wedding – 3 Weeks to Go

How is it only just over three weeks until our wedding day? I know it’s a cliche but time has been absolutely zooming on by of late. I think the summer holidays being just before we fly out to Santorini has made the last couple of months go by in a whirlwind as I’ve been travelling up and down the UK with the children fitting in trips to see family...

Mummy Mondays – The Ultimate Insult Generator – A Review 

Well here we are, entering week three of the school summer holidays and surviving *just*. Keeping the children occupied wouldn’t be so difficult if the weather would just play ball, but this is Britain and after a week of mostly rain, I have lost all faith in making plans for outside.  Fortunately the children love reading and drawing, both activities which can be happily carried out inside where it’s dry...

Food & Fitness Friday – Encouraging Children to Keep Fit & Healthy

Being quite into keeping fit and eating *semi* healthily, I realised recently that I haven’t actually been very good at encouraging the children to follow in my footsteps. In fact, ask them what their second favourite meal is and they’d most likely say chicken dippers or fish fingers (although a much more socially acceptable spag bol takes number one spot).  I decided it was time to make a change and...

Beauty – How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

Back in the day I only ever applied makeup using my fingers. Having discovered foundation brushes last year, I now can’t imagine going back.  I got a Ted Baker makeup brush set for Christmas last year and I fell in love with the look and feel of the brushes. My foundation and powder brush are the ones I use most often and, after a while, they tend to get sticky,...