July 2019, Lifestyle

July 2019

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As if we are officially half way through 2019 already! Where has the time gone?

July is when we finally have summer up north, and thankfully the sun has decided to appear at last! Hip hip hooray!

Runner beans are meant to be in glut this season but we put ours in very late meaning they have yet to come, but the raspberry bushes are keeping me well fed and the strawberries are plentiful, we just need them to turn from green to juicy red and pray the birds keep away!

I’m also hoping to make Summer Vegetable and Feta Pie this month and some homemade lemonade to wash it all down with!

What do you have planned for July?

 

 

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Archive, October 2018

Empties: Summer 2018

So here is a new little thing I thought I would do.  Rather than post my monthly empties or monthly favourites I thought I would just start a new series where I post what products I have used up through the previous season and how much I liked or disliked them. I know, the clue is in the title, however it may be a long post so grab your favourite drink some snacks and get settled cos here we go.

Skin care

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First up I want to talk about the Pixxi Skintreats Glow Tonic and Rose Tonic that I discovered this season. Both of the bottles I have used up are the 100ml sized ones which I used in the evening (glow tonic) and in the morning (rose tonic) for a more gentle cleanse. I have seen a dramatic change in my skin since using these products and I will purchase them again but in the bigger bottle’s next time so they last a little longer.

No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser is something my mam has had lying around her room since christmas and I asked her if I could nab it. It is quite a nice cleanser and feels thick and creamy in texture and applies well. I didn’t actually use this as the way it is intended when you pop a hot cloth over your face and relax long enough for your pores to open (I’m a busy working full-time mother when am I meant to find the time for that?) but I did enjoy using it as a second cleanser once my make up was removed on a night. Yes I would purchase this but to be honest I might just hold out until Christmas to receive it in a No7 gift set.

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Lush’s Jelly face masks! I have done individual reviews of these in the past (remember my face mask friday series?) which I will link if you want further info. I quite like these jelly mask’s if truth be told, and although I am not keen on 1000 millihelens  I would buy Bunny moon and The Birth of Venus again.

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Lastly for skin care is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream moisturizer. My god this stuff is amazing! My skin felt firmer and softer and looked more plump and healthy when I was using this tiny little sample pot as a night cream. It also smelt wonderful and relaxing compared to other moisturizers which can smell a little chemical. However, as much as I would LOVE to purchase the full size of this product and add it into my face care routine I can not justify spending £70 on a 50ml jar, so unfortunately it is a no from me.

Hair Care

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Tiny little hair care section here as I am always swapping and changing my hair care products so I never actually end up with many empties. The Banana body shop hair mask though is a product I would buy again for the smell alone! This product smelt like banana milkshake and felt very creamy in texture when I was applying it to my hair and it left my hair feeling replenished and rehydrated (aka my hair looked less like that of a witch who lives alone in the woods without a hairbrush).

The Batiste Dry Shampoo in cherry is one I am hit and miss with. I probably will buy this again out of convenience however I much prefer the Lush dry shampoo and I think I will continue to invest in that instead of this product.

Shower / Bath

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Good god there is probably a few bath bombs and bubble bars here that I have used over the past few months but have no evidence or memory of what they were. One lot that I have photos of so I will mention is the new Lush shower bombs. I purchased one of each of these to try them out as I was quite excited to how they would perform in the shower, especially as an alternative to shower gel. However, I was highly disappointed in every one of these products from how they crumbled upon removing them from their box to how badly they performed in the shower. Big N-O from me.

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Snow Fairy Body conditioner is not a product I was rushing to use but seeing as Lush’s Christmas products are now available I thought it was about time I used up last years stash. Surprisingly I really liked the scent of this after years of disliking most of the snow fairy products in general and as a body conditioner it meant I applied it in the shower, washed it off and wallah no need to moisturize as I already had done so. Yes I will buy this again but probably in a bigger tub this year.

Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub is up there as one of my favourite lush products so it is a no brainer that I will buy this again. I think I will buy another 665g tub as it has lasted me a lot longer than the traditional 250ish gram tub and I full recommend you try it for yourself as it is a gentle body scrub that leaves you feeling wonderfully clean.

Make up

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This should be named make up that made it into the empties pile and not straight into the trash can. Foundation wise I have both Bobby Brown’s skin long-wear weightless foundation and MACs pro-longwear nourishing waterproof foundation. Both excellent foundations however due to both companies testing their products on animals I will not be buying these foundation again now that they are empty.

There is also an Urban Decay Naked skin weightless complete coverage concealer here which is a decent concealer but I am currently using the Kat Von D concealer and I will admit I am way preferring that one for how well it sits on my skin, so this is an unsure if I will buy it again or not product right now.

Urban Decay Perversion waterproof fine point eye pen (not pictured) is another product I used up this season but it ended up straight in the bin. As good as this was for applying my winged eyeliner I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the pen tip from the start. Again I am currently using the Kat Von D Tattoo liner so I will see how well that works and if it outperforms this eyeliner then I won’t be changing back.

 

 

Archive, Lifestyle, October 2018

50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4s pt1

Lists. Lists have helped me a lot these past few months, they’ve helped me keep sane or sometimes even find my sanity during the dark days when anxiety had full control of my brain. I bought myself a wonderful book and it contains multiple lists, all positive and full of things I have achieved week in week out.

One day when scrolling my way through Pinterest I stumbled upon:

50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4.

Well, upon reading the different sub categories I realised that at 28 and 1/4 there was things on this list I had never even achieved never mind little legs who had only just turned 11! I have never skimmed a stone, nor have I ever ate an apple straight from a tree. Plenty of blackberries, cucumbers and tomatoes have been demolished straight from their vines but never an apple. No, this was not on. So off I went dead set that we would complete this list from scratch which means nothing can be crossed off until we complete it after the list has been written. I thought this might be a nice bonding session between me and LL’s who if truth be told is growing more and more into a teenager as the hours go by. Ever seen the BBC comedy Kevin becomes a teenager? Yeah that is currently LL’s.

So here is what we have currently completed, photos and all!

 

Climb a Tree

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This one I thought would be fairly simple but if truth be told I have to take my hat off to LL’s for getting so far up that slippery branch with nothing to hold onto for support! With every photo I took to document his achievement he seemed to climb further and further up the branch. What was lovely to see was the look of absolute terror from when he first attempted the climb melt away with every step / shuffle as he made his way up the tree branch.

Roll down a really big hill

This one was so funny. When on holiday we decided to go for a spontaneous walk to get charcoal for the marshmallow toasting that was going to occur later that evening which is when we stumbled upon a steep hill right in the middle of three cabins on the site. It hadn’t even occurred to me that this could be the hill we had been looking for as I had walked past it a few times, however LL’s ran right to the top of the said hill and rolled all the way back down again, as the name of the task suggests much to the bemusement of our fellow holiday neighbours.

Run around in the rain

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We didn’t so much run around in the rain, but instead we went on a long walk on the weekend the weather had changed from glorious sunshine to torrential downpours. Something I have learned this year is that I quite enjoy being outside in the rain, it makes me feel as if all my worries are being washed away, even if it is just temporary. I convinced LL’s to go for a walk with the promise of puddle jumping, and by god did he puddle jump! Regardless of the rain, he was drenched from head to toe in muddy puddle water to the point that it took us 5 minute’s to peel his jeans off him at the front door which had absolutely nothing at all to do with us falling about giggling as we realised he was stuck in said jeans. Off he went for a wonderful warm clean bath, and by the front door I stayed to pour out the puddle of water he tried to sneak home with him in his walking boots.

 

Play Pooh Sticks

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This has always been our favourite game to play when we go on walks to our local park, to the point that we have named the bridges , ‘the first bridge’ , ‘bridge two’ and ‘pooh stick bridge’ which probably doesn’t sound right if you don’t know what we are referring too. On the day we completed this task it seemed like a HUGE achievement as unfortunately my anxiety at the time meant (and still often means) I fear leaving the house, on this day we left just with the attitude of ‘we will see’ when it came to how far into the park we could get. The goal was bridge two, but I had barely managed to get to past the ‘first bridge’ on our last visit a month earlier. This time however, we managed to get all the way up to ‘Pooh stick bridge’, play pooh sticks AND go even further into the woods to play in the stream! All in all a fantastic day!

 

Go Star Gazing

Again, this was one of the many achievement we crossed off our list on holiday. Due to being in the middle of nowhere and the removal of all street lights, we discovered that when you sat outside on the decking late at night you could see what seemed like hundreds of tiny stars in the wonderfully dark night sky. It felt magical sitting and pointing the stars out and listening to the bats and other wildlife that were waking up for their night-time activities. LL’s thought he had seen a shooting star, but it turned out to be a plane.

 

Cook on a campfire

Okay, so I am classing this as cooking on a campfire, even if it was just roasting some marshmallows on a disposable BBQ tray. And oh my it was delicious! 10 out of 10 would do again and also I fully recommend you try it for yourself, in fact I may even do this again in the back garden on bonfire night when watching the fireworks.

 

Pick Blackberries in the wild

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What is better than going out into the wild with a Tupperware box and coming home with it filled to the brim with freshly picked fruit? This summer we have picked Strawberries, Raspberries and now Blackberries too. This is definitely something I’m going to keep doing year on year as it was so much fun. You can read more about our blackberry picking adventures here.