Friday, 9 October 2015

Review | Stella Artois Cidre Elderflower and Peach*

I know cider is seen more of a summery drink, but I think there’s nothing better than chilling in front of the telly once Darcy has gone to bed with a refreshing chilled glass.

Stella Artois Cidre comes in the most yummiest flavours; Apple, Pear, Raspberry. They have recently added two new flavours to their range, Stella Artois Elderflower and Stella Artois Peach. You can find out more about their different flavours here.

Each bottle of Artois Cidre is 500ml, 4% vol and is best served chilled over ice, but I normally add fruit to mine because I am extra like that.

Elderflower is described as “fresh and lively aroma complemented by crisp apple, star fruit and bergamot tones” Elderflower is one of those flavours which you either love or hate. I personally like it. As you open the bottle the well known floral scent hits you, however, it’s not overpowering at all. It’s crisp, very refreshing and not overly sweet.

Peach is described as “fruity taste perfectly contrasted with subtle citrus and rose floral tones, and is satisfyingly light” It has a lovely colour to it and a stunning peach smell. It has peach juice rather than flavouring which really gives it a true fruity taste.

Out of the two, peach was definitely my favourite!

Have you tried Stella Artois before? What is your favourite flavour?

Enjoy Responsibly

Monday, 5 October 2015

National Wall Paper Week with Graham and Brown*

Netural Bedroom Moodboard

Heya Everyone

When I was younger I wanted to be many things including a Interior Designer. So when Graham and Brown got in touch with me and asked me to take part in their National Wall Paper Week campaign. I was like "Hell Yeah!"

Monday 5th October sees the start of National Wall Paper Week. A week of celebrating all things wall paper from history to design.

As part of the campaign Graham and Brown have developed the 7 Feelings of Wallpaper, and throughout the week bloggers will be posting about the products they have used in their home and how they evoke a particular emotion.

Monday will be Date Night, Tuesday Calm, Wednesday Inspired, Thursday Nostalgic, Friday Funky, Saturday Glamorous and finally finishing on Sunday 11th October with Social.

Make sure you are following Graham and Brown on Twitter and National Wall Paper week along with the hashtag #nationalwallpaperweek as they will be sharing what other bloggers have chosen as their inspiration.

My mum has given me free creativity to redecorate her bedroom as I feel fit. I have chosen to go with a calming, serene feel. She works very long hours and needs a chill out area where she can unwind and relax.

Below is a mood board I made to give me some inspiration

I picked Fresco Mia Cream as I love the neutral colour with the pop of cream from the flowers, which we will be using on all four walls. The brown, gold, cream furniture and accessories create a serene mood and I will be adding lots of scented candles and a chandelier

Not only does Graham and Brown sell Wallpaper they also sell Wall Art, Paint, Kids Decor and Home Accessories.

So what do you think of my ideas for my mum’s bedroom?

Friday, 2 October 2015

What I Wore | Bonprix Turtle Neck*

Autumn is my favourite season, the leaves changing colour, long, cool walks, nice smelling candles and all those seasonal Starbucks drinks. I’ve been back from Turkey for almost a week now and I’m still not used to the weather. It’s sunny but it’s chilly, but not cold enough for enough for a coat.

Before I start let me apologis for the state of my skirt, I had been wearing it all day so of course it would be a little creased but anywayS…..

Bonprix asked me to take part in their bloggers style challenge and of course I jumped at the chance.

Having browsed their plus size knitwear collection, I was drawn to this olive green turtle neck jumper. I’m loving the 70’s comeback at the moment, especially the colours and textures. I teamed it up with my faux suede skirt, tartan scarf and trusty knee high boots.

What are your autumn fashion staples?

Monday, 7 September 2015

Haul | Lush

Heya everyone,

if you follow me on Instagram you will know last Wednesday I visited Lush store in Liverpool Street.  I was only planning on buying one bath bomb as a little treat for myself, however, ended up leaving with a bag full of goodies. So of course I had to share them with you.

SkyDancer - Far From The Madding Guns This is a Lush charity bath bomb called 'Skydancer - Far from the madding guns. It will not be available for long all profits go towards supporting Hen Harrier conservation organisations, by providing financial backup to satellite tag as many young Hen Harriers as possible!  A bright yellow bomb with bird motif that glides across the bath and leaves a lime green water. It's a lovely scent that I personally can't get enough of but liquorice and lemon isn't everyone's cup of tea!

Yoga Bomb Is very simple looking bomb, however I have been told by friends that there is a colourful surprise in the centre and it leaves the bath water orange with a gold lustre. It has a woody, frankincense-esque smell to it which is great for just relaxing.

Intergalactic Full of glitter, minty scent, moisturising,and immensely blue. This has got to be my all time favourite bath bomb!! (okay, so far lol) it left my skin so soft afterwards I might have to get myself another one soon.

The experimenter I have been itching to get my hands on this for ages, so much so that I bought two when I could. Previously it was only available in their Oxford Street flagship store. The Experimenter Bath Bomb is a fun multi-coloured product, with a glitter shimmer to it. And contains Vetivert oil, Tonka absolute and vanilla absolute, giving it a spicy, smoky and sweet scent it also has popping candy in it.

Pink Flamingo As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Pink Flamingo is a reusable bubble bar. I don't normally buy bubble bars but I thought I would try something new. If you like sweet scents you're going to love this. It reminds me of bubble gum and is full of sparkles

Karma Is another bubble bar I was drawn to. I love the purple and gold, it's rather big so should last a while also. Karma contains Zesty lemongrass, orange and patchouli. 

Kinky I have been wearing a weave for a few months now. I’m loving the versatility of the Brazilian curly hair, however it needs a moisturising treatment every other week. The sales assistant suggested I try Kinky which is a hot oil treatment for curly hair. You place it into a pot add some hot water and stir it for 5 minutes till it melts. You apply it to dry hair and leave it for 20 minutes.

Queen Bee Darcy’s hair is getting thicker and longer and I was looking for a product to help style her hair. I try and use natural products on her at all times and was drawn to Queen Bee hair honey. It is aimed for Afro, Mixed and curly hair and contains Cocoa butter, African honey, Argan oil and Lemon oil to name a few natural products. It smells of honey and almonds. I’ve used it on Darcy a few times now and it has really helped controlled her frizz. It’s a tad expensive at £9.95 per 100g but a little bit goes a long way, so i’m sure this will last a while.

Are you a fan of Lush? What is your favourite product?

Friday, 28 August 2015

Out & About | Belmont Farm

Last month we took Darcy to another farm to explore. This time it was Belmont Farm in Mill Hill, North London.

My friends tease me that we’re always at a farm, however Darcy truly enjoys visiting them. She really loves seeing the animals and enjoying the space and fresh air which comes with the farming environment.

Belmont Farm is open 7 days a week, admission for under 18 months is free. Adults are £6.50 each and under 12s are £4.50. They also offer family ticket deals and yearly membership.

There are the usual animals to look at – sheep, cows,pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and other birds etc. Dotted around the farm are many other animals such as wallabies, Grey Rhea and Reindeer's. The farm also offers petting sessions, milking demonstrations and tractor rides for £2.50.

A lot of the birds were wondering around the farm, which meant I was a nervous wreck as I hate birds but it gives the farm a country feel. Darcy loved seeing all the animals, the pigs were her favourite and she kept making pig noises every time she saw one.

A bag of feed is £1.60 however there are some animals you cannot feed, but these are clearly labelled. It’s great fun Darcy really enjoyed feeding the animals with her dad. There are also lots of places to wash your hands afterwards and antiseptic hand gel dispensers are dotted around the farm.

Another reason why I wanted to visit was because of their Waffle Cafe. To be honest I wasn’t impressed with the food. We ordered Darcy a children meal which included a cheese and ham sandwich, a drink and a play pack. The sandwich was dry not even a little bit of spread on it, it arrived without her drink or the play pack. T’s meal was really greasy and they forgot his latte and my waffles were just MEH which is a shame as the person serving us was really lovely.

They do have a picnic area in the middle of the farm itself if you preferred to bring your own food.

Over all Belmont Farm is a hidden gem, with a lot to offer. The farm is well maintained and the staff are so friendly. Excellent day out for all ages,and a great chance to get up close to the animals and feed them. Definitely worth a visit

To keep up to date with everything happening at Belmont Farm, you can like them on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you a fan of city farms? where is your favourite farm to visit?

Monday, 17 August 2015

What I wore | M & CO Floral Trousers

Heya everyone

As a mum, i've noticed my style has changed alot. I don't have time to flap around looking for a outfit. I want to be able to throw something on that looks fashionable and that is comfortable. I spend a lot of time chasing after my little diva and I don't want to be wearing something that is restricted or needing specialist cleaning.

I recently went to visit friends in Wolverhampton and I wore this outfit on the train journey up there.

These trousers are totally out of my comfort zone, I would never go for a pair of patterned trousers, however when the guys over at M & CO offered me the chance to pick a item from their plus size range. I decided to change that!

I have to say these trousers are so comfortable, I don't usually wear trousers. Being apple shape and tall I always have issues finding the perfect fit trousers. I'm 5'10, so yes these trousers do come up shorter on me, however, I still think they work with flats, trainers as well as heels

I'm aware you can see my bra strap in one or two of these pictures. On the day, I wore it with my trusty black biker jacket so no one saw!

I love this print because of the simple colour palette these are easily dressed up or down and will go with lots of things which are already in my wardrobe.

I'm so in love with these trousers, I'm actually thinking of wearing these on the plane, when I go on holiday next month not only due to the relaxed fit due to the elastic waistband, but in addition there are pockets for tissues etc

M & CO have a great range of plus size clothing which goes up to a size 30, I have been eyeing up some of their kimonos. Being a catalogue they also sell a wide range of other things including Homeware, Men and Children clothing.

Are you a fan of pattern trousers? Have you heard of M & CO before?

* These trousers was kindly gifted to me, however all opinions are my own

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Review | Chemist Direct*

Heya Everyone,

As you all know I love online shopping, it's so convenient and you can always find a bargain or two.

So when the guys at Chemist Direct asked me to review some of their items I jumped at the chance.

Chemist Direct is a online chemist (obviously) they sell everything from online prescriptions, skin and body care items, baby essentials and even pet food.

Straight away I headed to the skin care section as I needed to replace a few of my items. I've been using the Eucerin products for a while now and have noticed such an improvement in my skin. The facial wash doesn't dry out my skin out and the toner really does take away any leftover oil. I especially love the facial scrub which helps with my oily skin and the ingrowing hairs I have around my jaw and chin area due to waxing.

I've heard good things about these razors from Bic, they have 3 blades which makes shaving a much more enjoyable experience with less chances of nicks and cuts. I also ordered some shaving gel.

Now let's not pretend we don't use feminine hygiene products. It's summer time, we're getting hot and slightly sweaty and we want to keep fresh all day long. I love the Femfresh Intimate wash I use it all the time and always have a packet of Canesfresh Feminine wipes in my bag for those times when I need to freshen up.

I got Darcy some changing bags essentials. She is still teething bless her, I used Bonjela in the past however, these Nelson Teetha Teething Granules are amazing. They are herbal which works for me as I try and use as many natural products with her as possible and they seem to work better than the gel on her. I also picked up some handy wipes as she is such a messy little monkey nowadays and sometimes you just want a little wipe compared to rumbling in your bag looking for the packet of baby wipes. Oh and I popped some Aquafresh toothpaste and Sudocrem Care & Protect into my basket too.

Last of all I got some Pirtieze One A Day Tablets for myself .My hayfever have been awful this year and these really work without making me drowsy. Chemist Direct have their much cheaper version of the tablets,  however, they were out of stock at the time of my order.

Over all I found the site really easy to use. My order came well packaged, everything was wrapped and sealed.

I will be definitely be ordering from them again.

I received £50 credit to spend at Chemist Direct for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own

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