New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

We have all said it, we have all thought it… and we have all heard it said by someone else and rolled our eyes. Its the cliche of the a New Year. This Year will be my year… Or will it be the same as every other year? (Lets hope for all our favourite celebrities – if there even any left?? That 2017 is better than 2016..)

As horrible as 2016 was for celebrities, it wasn’t a bad year for me. It had ups and downs but no different to any other. I am sitting on my sofa (well perched on my side as my coccyx is bad today) typing this and feeling pretty grateful for what I have and achieved this year.

For one.. I have my beautiful son, and my god he is amazing in every way. He has his moments and can throw a paddy that would make even Satan wince haha especially if he can see unmelted butter on his toast. He started nursery though and has loved it, he’s not socially awkward like me so I think he is winning at life better than me so far!

I have my modest house, a car… and a family that I would choose, I am not sure a lot of people could say that. Without my family, more so mum and dad I wouldn’t of been able to deal with the anxiety I have sometimes, I say sometimes because I have more good days than bad and thats something I couldn’t say at the beginning of last year. It has never stopped me being a great mum though. There I said it… I AM A GREAT MUM! I doubted myself a lot and still do at times.

So that leads me onto my ”resolutions”

  1. Wake up and be grateful every single morning.
  2. Not give a sh*t on other peoples opinions.
  3. Look after myself a bit more.
  4. Spend less time on my phone.
  5. See as many concerts as possible.
  6. Drink a lot more water and eat healthier.
  7. Do more Yoga.
  8. See friends and family often.
  9. Do more of what makes ME happy and not feel guilty about it.
  10. Complete my facials course and start doing nails again.

So as you can see I am not trying to be a new me, because why would I want to be New?? I have a pretty good life and I just want to better myself, mainly I just want to chill out, I need to chill out!!

Hope you all have a lovely New Year and let me know your resolutions if you have any. xx

Our Christmas Day

Our Christmas Day

Another Christmas over, seems I forever count the days down until the festive time for it to be over so quickly. Once Boxing Day is done I have the urge to take the tree down and feel sorry for myself I have to wait so long to put it back up haha.

This Christmas was lovely, very relaxed. We spent the Friday with James’ brother which was really nice, had dinner and a few presents. Christmas Eve we headed to James’ sisters and spent some time there to see them and our niece. Always lovely catching up with James’ sister as don’t see her as much as we should! We have promised each other this will change in the New Year!

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Christmas Eve evening was perfect, Jacob opened his Christmas Eve box which had a book, chocolate, reindeer food, Santa plate, new PJs and Finding Dory Dvd in. We got ready for bed, read the book, set everything out for Santa and chilled and watched Finding Dory… and wow is it emotional?! Haha I cried so much. Hormones at large haha.

Once my little man was in bed, I set his presents out under the tree… Cried a bit more (there seems to be a theme here doesn’t there lol) I then drank the milk and ate the cookies… I know.. no shame!

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In the morning, Jacob woke up and the first thing he said was Happy Christmas Mummy, Jakey opened his stocking in our bedroom and was excited by the bubbles, chocolate coins and other random bits. We then went downstairs to see if Santa had been. Jacob was so excited and he tucked straight in and got more and more excited with every present opened. When all the presents were opened and the front room looked like a scene from hoarders we tidied up a bit to make room to play. After breakfast Jacob and I got ready and James got ready for work. We then went to my mums and James went to work.

Jacob and I had a lovely time at my mum and dads, missed James so much though but he popped up to see us Boxing Day morning. We ate lots of food…and chocolate. I went to bed quite early after our little walk Jacob was so tired so thought I should sleep too haha. The mood was a little somber though after finding out the tragic news about George Michael, my mum completely idolises George and I have grown up listening to him, I listen to him all the time still and very lucky to of seen him live in concert. Special memories were made those nights. Just hope he is resting in peace now. My brother, his wife and my niece came round to my parents on Boxing Day and we had another Christmas Day, lots of giggles, reminiscing and playing with Jacob and Chloe!

Overall it was another amazing Christmas with family!! We were all very spoilt, I got a lot of Lush, Nuxe and make up! Very grateful to have the people I have around me!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas – Sorry for the long post! xx

Christmas Tag

Christmas Tag

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Its that time of year where Christmas is everywhere, including my blog. I love Christmas, I think about it all year from budgeting to present ideas to decorations… I love it. I had a ban on me this year that I couldn’t speak about it until September! Then the festive tone came out like word vomit! I try and resist putting the tree up until the 1st December.. also the festive oven mitt and tea towels make an appearance. I also have a santa bath mat.. anywho… these are my answers to the Christmas tag 🙂

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s? Elf has to be my all time favourite, but I love Home Alone, Love Actually, Bridget Jones and The Holiday.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? When I was younger we used to open one on Christmas Eve evening and then the rest Christmas Day morning.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? I have had some amazing Christmas’ growing up being with family, a big dinner, the excitement of present opening and getting annoyed at my brother because he won’t get out of bed. The best Christmas’ have been since Jacob has been born though, children really do make it magical.

4. Favourite festive food? Christmas lunch, the chocolates and mince pies!!

5. Favourite Christmas gift? Aside from little sentimental things it has to be the signed Lee Ryan poster my parents got me when I was 18. I still have it!

6. Favourite Christmas scent? Anything spicy or cinnamon.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? Since Jacob has been old enough to know we have done Christmas Eve boxes. With Pjs, chocolate a film and a book.

8. What tops your tree? Usually a massive star. When I was little it was a fairy.. although my mum now has a little plastic George Michael on the tree haha.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received? I can honestly say I don’t think there ever was!

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you? Spending time with family, and the food…. oh the food. Also most people are in better moods and I love that!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas tag, if you do it please tag me so I can see your answers! Xxx

Aduna and Byron Bay Skincare

Aduna and Byron Bay Skincare

Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail saying I had won an amazing competition that Aduna and Byron Bay Skincare were running, I rarely enter these competitions as I never win. I have made my love for Byron Bay Skincare no secret as I have fallen in love with their Gel Cleanser. To win this bundle was the perfect Christmas present. I thought I would share my thoughts so far on the products I received, and I may do individual posts on some products.

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Lets start with the Aduna powders I received, I had my eye on these powders as was looking for a natural product to add to my smoothies, or just healthier alternatives. The Aduna Moringa Powder is a green superfood made from the leaf of the moringa ‘miracle’ tree. I added this to my green smoothie as soon as I received the package and this morning. It doesn’t taste bad (although to be fair I haven’t yet made a green smoothie that made me upset when it was finished haha) however, I added a teaspoon of this powder. To see the ingredients and check all the powders out go to aduna.com

The Baobab superfruit powder I haven’t yet tried but claims to be energizing so I think I will be using this after the festive season and getting me back to work. The third powder is the super cacao, this looks like cocoa powder but I assume a healthier alternative haha, I am going to try this tonight with Almond milk. I think I will do a separate post on these powders once I have tried them properly.

Right, now….. I received in the bundle a Gel Cleanser which went straight into my back up box for when my one runs out, I kissed the bottle haha I have a blog post about this and use this on my chin in the evenings when I have breakouts. Also in the box was the hydrating lotion, exfoliant and mask, lipbalm, hand wash, blemish gel and the shampoo and conditioner.

The blemish gel has tea tree and willow bark (the same as the cleanser) which will be great for my next breakout although thanks to the gel cleanser my skin is doing well at the moment, the hydrating lotion was amazing when I used it, smells incredible as has Davidson plum and hempseed in, and a little goes a long way! The lip balm is coconut oil and cocoa butter and made my lips smooth. The handwash I havent tried yet.

I used the exfoliant and mask last night when I had a pamper up and was really nice, I used as an exfoliant, washed it off then applied some more as a mask. My face feels so smooth this morning and it smelt amazing. It contains Jojoba oil and Lychee shell.

I mentioned before I have been using the Head and Shoulders shampoo and it is really working for me, however, I wanted to try the BB shampoo and conditioner, thinking it being natural probably wont be overwhelming. They are good though, peppermint and tea tree so made my hair smell and feel so fresh!! My hair is certainly more shiny and was easy to manage after using the conditioner which I left in for 10 minutes. Also with these a little goes a long way, the shampoo lathered nicely and the conditioner coated my hair root to tip nicely.

I am not just saying I love these products because I won them, I wouldnt say I liked a product unless I really do. I like that the products are 100% natural and for every bottle bought a tree is planted. The gel cleanser is certainly a staple and I really hope they never discontinue it! (Please dont Byron Bay! Lol) xx

 

Small Nuxe Haul

Small Nuxe Haul

Until about 3 weeks ago I had never tried a Nuxe product and now I’m wondering where the hell I have been hiding.

My mum gave me a little bottle of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil and I instantly fell in love… at first I was just using it on my face, this escalated quite quickly to my hair and body. It’s incredible!! Which is why I popped onto the Nuxe website and grabbed myself these…


I wanted the 100ml bottle of the dry oil because the thought of running out of it made me want to cry. So handy in the spray bottle too.

I also ordered the lip balm as heard so many rave reviews and thought why not. I am so glad I did as it’s great. I have a lot of lip balms and nothing ever seems to beat my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, well I have been using this every night instead since it arrived and my lips feel so soft.

As I spent over a certain amount I got a free candle which smells amazing, I haven’t burnt it yet but I will on my next pamper evening. Along with my free candle I received a small bottle of the dry oil but with a bronzer in, this will be amazing for Christmas party nights for legs, shoulders etc.

In the three sachets was a sample of the perfume (that smells like the dry oil) hand cream and moisturising cream.

Byron Bay Gel Cleanser

Byron Bay Gel Cleanser

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After discovering the skincare brand Byron Bay on Instagram and reading up about the natural ingredients I couldn’t resist treating myself on the Black Friday sale. I wasn’t sure where this would fit into my skincare routine as been using the No7 gel cleanser in the morning and a balm in the evening or my LE cleanse and polish but oddly enough this has fitted in quite nicely. It’s great for the morning it wakes me up and makes my skin feel so clean and fresh. I use it in the evenings when I’ve had a no make up day or I’m being lazy and it’s a quick swipe with miceller water, wash with this, an oil and bed. (I know… that’s me being lazy)

It contains tea tree and willow herb too so great for blemishes and I’ve been having a few stress breakouts last couple of weeks. Cleared them right up though.

Only downside it does make my skin a little dry but nothing too extreme and I think it’s because I’m used to balms or creams. I am a definite gel cleanser convert though as tried 2 in the last month that are great! This wins hands down though (sorry No7..) this Cleanser works best for my chin area though as that’s where I get breakouts mainly. 

If you like natural products and nice packaging this is certainly a brand to look at! X

Winter Essentials 

Winter Essentials 

Winter is the season for jumpers, fluffy socks and cosy nights in. We all have to go about our lives especially if you have kids and go to work. You have to battle the cold and have scarfs and hats on.

As much as I love all those things it can play havoc with your skin. I always try and drink lots of water when it gets colder as I tend to drink more tea, lattes and hot chocolate. I always try and avoid caffeine too as this doesn’t agree with me. Drinking water is key all year round and it’s something I have really stuck to this year.

Oils, any oils.. coconut, argon… literally any oil. I use it on my face in the form of facial oil, de stress oils, lavender oil.. you name an oil and I’ll have a use for it lol. I find oils so hydrating in winter and find they play a key part in keeping my skin smooth and dry skin free and rubbing oil into the cuticles for a little treat. Oil for the hair too… the L’Oréal extraordinary hair oil is incredible and recommend it.

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, it’s no secret I love this I have used it for years and have tubes of it dotted around the house and in my bag. It’s perfect to keep lips soft and smooth, rubbing in the cuticles and any dry patches… for anywhere. It’s an amazing all round product in winter.

Fluffy socks, ideally Christmas themed ones.. I don’t think I need to explain this one… right? Lol.

Candles… oh my the candles.. any candle but ideally a festive spicy scent is perfect for the winter season. I love my houses (in my main picture) they make my living room feel so cosy! 

Christmas Jumpers, I am one of those people that start wearing Christmas jumpers from the 1st December, and they are an essential for me in Winter.