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How to Enjoy a Spa-like Day at Home

Spa days are the ultimate indulgence, but let’s be honest they’re few and far between. However, recreating them at home can be done any time you like and it’s so much easier on the bank balance too. Just because you’re doing them at home doesn’t mean they can’t feel just as relaxing or indulgent. All it takes is a few small steps to create the ultimate spa day from the comfort of your own home. And today I want to share my top tips for turning your home into a spa-like sanctuary.

Peace and quiet

The best thing you could probably do for your spa-day at home is attempting to book it in when no one else is home. That way you have free run of the house and don’t have to worry about being pestered by anybody else. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, set that time aside to know that you’re going to really treat yourself to a pamper and relaxation.

Bubble bath

A peaceful, tranquil bubble bath is sometimes all you need to wipe away the stresses of everyday life. So why not find out the stash bubbles or bath oils that are normally saved for special occasions and spend some time in the bath just doing you. Whether this is reading a book, listening to a podcast, enjoying a glass of something alcoholic or just taking the time to close your eyes and relax.

Ambient lighting

Candles are of course a given when you want to create a spa-like feeling at home, but we also think there’s some small changes to the lighting in your home that will continue to leave you in a spa-like state. The installation of Firstlighting floor lights in the bathroom can create a gorgeously serene feeling in the bathroom, as can shower lights or plinth lighting.

Some form of entertainment

Enjoy your pamper time with something to look forward to. Now this could be a new book, a magazine you’ve been dying to read, or a new series you have been meaning to start or a film you’d like to watch. There’s no shame in enjoying your time alone spending it watching something you’ve been looking forward to. Something that is a complete must is making sure that your phone out of the way, because let’s face it, we can all get lost in scrolling through Instagram any day of the week. So to ensure that your pamper time is purely for pampering and taking the time to rest and recuperate leave that phone alone.

Sheet mask

I must admit, sheetmasks are worth every penny. And thankfully some o our favourite high street beauty brands like Garnier and Simple have some of the most affordable and high quality products available. The biggest plus we have found with sheet masks is that they force you to sit down and relax, as it’s pretty difficult to move around with one of these on your face.

Fresh clothing

Once you’ve had your bath and applied your favourite body moisturiser, make sure you have some fresh clothing or pyjamas to wear. You could also invest in some comfortable lounge wear to ensure your as relaxed and as comfortable as can be. Forget gym clothes, forget pyjamas but getting some clothing that has been especially designed to wear to lunge around at home. They will make you feel really comfortable, feel relaxed yet keeping feeling stylish that you won’t mind going out to the shop if need be.

Our Life Story: A Diary For a Whole Life Time of Memories.

 Every person has a unique life story. There is no such thing as two life stories being the same. As a blogger, I believe that everyone should take the time to put their story on paper or to write blogs. There are parts of my family life that I like to capture and share. The milestones, the events and all the exciting adventures we like to explore together. I know that by writing our life story we will be able to get a better understanding of one another, understand each others hopes and dreams individually as well as a couple. It a chance to see our relationship grow as the years fly by. It's also a great way to leave a legacy for family and friends. We all get so busy and never have enough time to sit down with family to tell them about our story.  Seeing as we will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow what better way to celebrate those five years together than encouraging my husband to unleash his creative mind with the perfect gift; Our Life Story.

With so much packed into our life together, it's a great idea to keep track of our hopes, dreams and achievements. Five years ago we both stood at the altar, and made our promises to one another. We were filled with so many hopes, dreams and looking forward to all the memories we were yet to create. Before getting married we knew that our life would be different, our marriage would be different and in the throes our creating our life together I began to realise we have had so many fantastic memories to look back on. Holidays, weddings, parties, unexpected events, arrival of our daughter and many big adventures as a family of three. However, we want to be able to experience all the moments again and again and that's exactly what we plan on doing with Our Life Story.

With Our Life Story we will be able to record our adventures and lifetime together. We can document our travels and even fill in a world map as we go, not forgetting to fill those pages with our dreams as a family, record achievements and our ambitions as a couple and individually. Making plans to create lists of our favourite places to go together, hello Cuba our dream places to visit and even things we like to eat. This will be a place for us to record events through our years together. Seeing as I started a bullet journal for all my blog work, this will be the perfect way to record all those moments that we want to remember. 

Each section is clearly set out to ensure that we feel inspired when we write about journey. Our life story begins with a section about us which is the perfect opportunity to write facts about each other such as names, dates, jobs and education. You also have an opportunity to write about your skills, meaning that you can pin points certain achievements throughout our life. There is also a suggestion page full of ideas of places to visit, places to eat and so much more so you certainly won't be short of inspiration. There are pages for your ideas, hopes and dreams as a couple so you can tick these off as you. Personally, there are a few countries that my husband and I want to visit as a family, such as Thailand, Italy and in a few years we would love to take our daughter to Cuba to show her all our adventures on our honeymoon.

Each year is set out quite nicely with spaces for writing your stories with the changing seasons finishing with highlights of the year. I can't help but think that most of our stories will consist of many events centred around the little lady and feature many photos of her beautiful smile. There are over one thousand pages to write our life memoirs so there is plenty of opportunity to ramble for a page or two. I must admit writing our life story is something that I have been meaning do since our wedding day, it's just something that has always intrigued me and a a gift like this is such a sentimental gift to give. I'm pretty sure that my husband will really adore this gift.

This book allows you to create your own diary and record all the highs and lows, trials and tribulations, times that are good and bad in your life time. The book allows you to capture all the different events during a lifetime in one book instead of buying a new diary every year. A place to record different milestones within life, which could include events such as the places you have visited, the times you have moved house, started university or even the people you met throughout life.

This could be given as a gift for a wedding to capture the new chapter in someone's life or a Christening for the parents to fill in during their child's younger years and passed on to them to be continued as they grow. It also comes with a slip case, which will protect it from wear and tear throughout your and its lifetime. A few years from now you will be able to look back at your family holidays, shared experiences, unexpected events and big adventures, through the good times and the bad. With over one thousand pages, there's enough for a lifetime.

People choose to write about their lives for a variety of reasons, including a desire to leave something for their children and future generations, to create a record for themselves so they can be reminded of their youthful adventures when they're old and forgetful, and to offer something of value to the rest of the world. Writing a life story is a very personal experience, but if you're willing to share your life story as a couple, it can be incredibly rewarding. Have you ever thought about writing your life story? Or your story as a couple?

Shopkins Happy Places - Building Their Own Dream Home.

We have become some what obsessed with Shopkins lately. I must admit there is something about these little plastic toys that are addictive and make little people go crazy when they see them in shops. Even though our little collection of Shopkins is fairly small I know that it isn't going to take long for the obsession to set in, she already has her eye on more Shopkins. They are pretty cute, so it's not hard to see why she's becoming obsessed. When we discovered that a new app was being released we couldn't wait to see what it was all about.

Moose Enterprises and Kuato Studios have launched their first official app, Shopkins Happy Places and we honestly couldn't be more excited. The app is aimed at children age 4 + and even though my daughter is three and half we decided to download the app anyway, and to my surprise she figured it out very quickly, probably quicker than I did. The Shopkins Happy Places app is aimed at children who want to build their own dream home. Not only do they have a bathroom, bedroom and living area but a kitchen as well. We found the app so easy to setup and we both had loads of fun moving into the Happy Home filling our rooms up with all our Shopkins.

I think that children born into the digital generation are lucky and are far more intelligent that we ever were. My daughter, like other children are drawn to technology like moths to flame. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's a smartphone, tablet, electronic game or the television. As soon as it lights up, their eyes do too. Have you ever watched a young child use a tablet for the first time? It's actually quite fascinating to see how quickly they can figure out how to navigate around the app or tablet. I sat with my daughter with this app and I was quite surprised at how quickly she figured out how to get around the app and even told me that I wasn't playing her game properly. Well, that certainly put me in my place, that's for sure.

How does the app work?

The Shopkins Happy Places app is set in a fictional town called Happyville. The game begins with Lil’ Shoppie Jessicake who loves to wear pink and rocks a lovely blue hair do move into her new home. Once Jessicake has moved in and her first parcel is opened that's where the fun can begin and you can allow them to unleash their inner interior designer. Children can help decorate and design the inside of their own Happyville house by collecting ‘Petkins’ which are cute furniture and everyday items from a number of different themes arranging them as they wish. Whether that's designing a bedroom equipped with all the necessary accessories such as standing mirror, lamps and cushions or putting their own stamp on in their brand new kitty kitchen with some of the most adorable kitty accessories.

There are three themes to consider when it comes to collecting accessories for their dream home. The Dreamy Bear Collection that has been designed especially for the bedrooms with over 31 different accessories to collect. You can choose from beds, trunks, dressing tables to the smaller accessories like vases, makeup cases and cute cushions. The Kitty Kitchen Collection is a range of accessories designed for the kitchen which happened to be my daughter's favourite collection because she adores cats. With over 44 accessories to collect you really are spoiled for choice. You can choose from the practical items such as a oven, kettle and dining table to the more fun ones like a kitty cookie jar, eggs cups or bread bins. Lastly The Puppy Palour Collection have been designed for living areas and décor with over 46 to collect you be sure to find something to add into their dream living space.

As they go through the game and find their feet they will be able to earn more Petkins, Happy Places and Lil’ Shoppies characters (Poppette, Coco Cookie and Bubbleisha). And with their Lil' Shoppie designing their dream home players will be able to see what their characters are thinking as a little thought bubble appears above their head. They will soon figure out when she wants to do. Jessicake likes to sleep, eat, drink and apply lots of lipstick. My daughter enjoying buying Jessicake lots of pizza slices. As soon as you have done things with your Lil' Shoppie 25 times you will get a parcel delivery containing three new Petkins. My daughter got really excited when the new boxes needed opening, as in the same way as the traditional shopkins, the items inside can be common, rare or ultra rare. She has managed to find a few super rare items so far, and got herself very excited when the words appeared on screen! Obviously the more you do the more you can collect but you are also able to buy a box of 5 Petkins for £1.99 as an in app purchase which we did a few times.

As well as following the Lil’ Shoppie’s thoughts, you are also set occasional House Goal challenges which involves slightly more complex tasks to complete in a specified sequence to earn a specified prize. With a little help, my daughter set to task straight away. As you go though the tasks and the sequences the apps unique TalesMaker technology records key moments from the play session and then presents these to the child as a record of their day, something that my daughter liked to play with. Children are able to alter the images, their sequence, the captions and even add their own words. These images are then added to your device. I do have a feeling my camera roll is going to get crazy.

Grown Ups' Corner

For me I thought that the Grown Ups' Corner was a brilliant part of the app. It's a part of the app designed just for grown ups where you can access by entering a four digit code. They do ask for your year date of birth, but it's up to you what you enter. In the Grown Ups' Corner there are quite few tasks you can change such a limit their time using the app, asking permission to save pictures to your device, adjusting the sound and music, and even restoring any purchases. I am a parent who will allow their child to have screen time and I wouldn't normally allow her no more than 20 minutes at a time. So the Grown Ups' Corner gets a big thumbs up from me.

In a nutshell...

This app is probably one of the best thought out apps aimed at 4 year olds on the market at the moment. It's an app that is engaging with the bright, colourful characters and illustrations that will be sure to encourage an interaction. My daughter found navigating herself around the app and it's content easy and thoroughly enjoyed the fact that there was just so much to choose from, we are still getting through some activities.

What the little one thought?

As I'm sure you can imagine my daughter absolutely loves Shopkins Happy Places and sometimes I struggle to get her off it! I'm really glad that my daughter took to the app pretty much straightaway and this has become her go to app now, which means I can get rid of all the ones that have those annoying adverts! When I asked my daughter what she liked most about the app she said that she loved getting the accessories for her Kitty Kitchen and would sit there for some time happily playing. But while we discover all the new activities not only is my daughter is being entertained but she is learning! As a blogger to a little one we are always been offered opportunities to try new apps. There are a countless number of amazing apps that can actually help enhance your child's development, promote motor skills, enhance memory and pattern recognition. I must admit it took me by surprise at how quickly my daughter took to the app, but I am in no doubt that this app is helping with her overall learning skills, whilst making it fun. But as with anything, screen time should be limited everything in moderation is key. You can download the Shopkins Happy Places app here in the App Store.

Ascot Brown Waterproof High Leg Riding Boots

 Even though there are many ever changing fashions trends that come and go with the season, there is one that can stand the test of time and is suitable to wear at any time of the year. Boots, you can't deny it, boots never really go out of style. Whether that's a style that is waterproof, that has inner lining or choosing to wear a shorter style that is lightweight to see you through those sunnier days. The same can be said for riding boots with offering a beautiful range of boots from some of the best brands that give a luxurious country look and are built to such high standards that they will last and last. These Ascot Brown Waterproof High Leg Riding Boots from Chatham are perfect hybrid between the yard and riding boots that offer great practicality whilst giving a truly distinctive and striking look.

These Chatham Ascot Brown Waterproof High Leg Riding Boots are the perfect hybrid between the yard and riding boots. They are waterproof and feature a zip closure top line, an elasticated back panel and an adjustable strap for an easy fit, which is perfect for those days on the field. A well-designed pair of high leg boots can make you feel confident and either ensure that your silhouette is long and elegant and with rubber soles and a padding in sock they will certain be a great addition to any collection of boots.


A good pair of riding boots is pretty essential of any equestrian's wardrobe. It's super important to ride in a sturdy boot with a small heel to help protect your feet and ensure that you don't fall out of your stirrups. As with everything there are a wide range of different types of riding boots, different shapes and of course different prices. What you choose all depends on what you're doing with, your style and what your preference is. I think that's why I like these high leg riding boots so much. They will cover the calf and protect more of my leg and they look really elegant which is a bonus.

At first glance, I must admit these boots looks pretty good as they are smart enough to wear walking around, or popping to the shops, yet practical enough to carry out your yard duties in and ride in. So as you can imagine this would save lots of time when it comes to changing boots before and after riding, that's for sure. Not only that, these riding boots are also waterproof so if they do get muddy, which they will, they can easily be hosed down ready for next time. These ones are far more stylish that some that I have seen, for me I think the quilted look makes then more fashionable than conventional yard boots. A part of me, doesn't want to use them in a muddy yard.

As I have mentioned at first glance they seems really sturdy and seemed to have an outstanding quality about them, however when it came to trying them on I was slightly disappointed with their fit. Even though they are comfortable parts of boot, their fitting around calves were slightly snug. Now this is a problem that I always have to face when it comes to boots, however there's an adjustable strap at the back which made the boots feel more comfortable.

I have short legs so it comes to no surprise that these high length boots came under my knee, as they come in a standard fit, however I would benefit more if you could customise the leg. I would like a slightly shorter length in the leg and a tighter fit around the ankle for the best fit. However, as someone who takes a slightly larger calf measurement they have elasticated panels that would stretch to give the perfect, comfortable fit. These Ascot Brown Waterproof High Leg Riding Boots are a great dual-purpose boot, however they are slightly let down by their fit around the calves. The adjustable strap is a bonus but when I got used to them the did still feel snug fit. But even this may be the case, they would still be a great addition to any boot collection.

Remembering you...

Remembering you....
To be honest with you, I have struggled with this for some time. It has been the one thing in my life that has scared me beyond what I ever imagined. You expect to lose your grandparents, it's evitable. But the crippling fear that over came me that day was completely unexpected. Being the over thinker I am, I still to this day ask questions; questions that will never be answered. Questions that can never be answered. I simply cannot understand, but it's something that I have come to accept. It's been four years since you left us. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and remember those funny quirks of yours. It feels like an incredibly long time that I actually had a conversation with you and heard that infectious laugh and watching everyone's faces light up when you walk into a room. Four years. It's always this time of year that I find myself incredibly sad but I thought that this year I would actually sit and write something to you, I know that you won't be able to see this but I will somehow feel some kind of comfort in doing so. This is for you Nannio....

When we think of our nans or grandmothers we are normally met with an image of a warm, kind caring lady who loves nothing more than fuelling us with sugar and spoiling us rotten. And even if this is the case for you. You were far more than just a nan to me. Not only was you kind, caring and loving you had the best quirks, some that even my own daughter imitates.  We had a really good bond, I would like to go as far to say I was your favourite but we can't really tell the others because it will just cause havoc. So one of your favs is probably the best way to describe me. You use to call me your little princess and even though that crown has well and truly slipped, seeing cards written by you calling me your little princess still makes me smile from ear to ear. We had the best bond, it was such a strong one, you were a friend, a second mother and a person that so many of us loved. Remembering you this time of year is always tough. It's a time that reminds me that you are no longer here, no longer living in the moment, creating the memories or seeing us through the milestones. It's tough.
Last year, as a whole was probably one of the toughest times that my family and I have ever been through. It is times like these that I need you more than ever. You were such a good listener and gave amazing advice, even at times where deep down I knew you were right, but I was too stubborn to see at the time. I know that I get that from you. You were always there no matter what. You would always know the exact words to say and I know that in a way you were there with us all in those troubling times, but it's hard times like that that I really miss you. You have left a great big whole in my heart and even though four years on I thought that it would somehow ease, the pain is just as raw as it was four years ago. I know that you are there sitting down with a strong cup of tea and your knitting no doubt watching over us. But it actually breaks my heart, even now, that you are no longer here to see us through these tough times, to laugh at the good times and giggle at the silly times at my expense no doubt. Some days I will sit there and watch my little girl and think about how she didn't get to meet such an amazing person like you. It was such a shame you couldn't hold on longer to meet her. She is pretty amazing, you would love her so much. I miss you every time we crack open a bottle of fizz on Christmas morning (you loved a glass of blue nun)  or even see an almond slice. I miss you most of all when I feel like there isn't anyone to talk to because they just wouldn't understand, like you did.


We all knew that your time was going to come, as we watched you go from a strong woman and saw what heartbreak can do to a person. Losing Grandad was super tough on everyone. When someone suffers from an illness, you think you’ll know what to expect when they eventually pass away; you like to imagine that you’ll be somewhat emotionally equipped for it. I was under this impression too, and for the most part I was right. I was composed when we  received the message that he had passed away, and rushing to the hospital to say our goodbyes. Watching your goodbye was the hardest. I can't even imagine the pain that you went through that day, but as strange as it may seem you were also the strongest women I know. You was there for everyone else. I think along the way you forgot about yourself. You did so well to wait a whole four years without your love, I know it was too painful at one point where you basically told me and Tony that you were finished with fighting, you just wanted to be with Grandad. You held it together for so many years, more than I would be able to bear. In a way, most of us wanted Grandad to go peacefully, it was hard to watch someone who was strong, wilful and a hero for many of us grow to such a weak and frail man. But your passing was wicked, it was awful and it still feels raw. It was so quick, it's cruel. I didn't have the time to say goodbye, we didn't have time to get use to you not being there anymore, it was too soon. You have missed out on some of the most important milestones in my life, you never got to meet our incredible little girl, the one you prayed and prayed for. That fills my heart with hurt and pain.

My sadness for you comes over me at the most inconvenient times. The other day I saw an almond slice, A BLOODY ALMOND SLICE and I got so teary. Oh how you adored these. Last year we went on a holiday to Yorkshire with Mum and Dad and that was tough. Yorkshire somehow feels completely empty without you, and I think that's why I find it so hard to visit. It's not the same. I appreciate and feel grateful for all those beautiful memories we made a family, I know we never had much money when we were growing up, but you and Mum never let on. We have those memoires that we cherish and even giggle at. I will never forget the holiday where we all went camping five adults and us three children, however I don't think you can class Uncle Paul as an adult though. I will never forget the first night when Mum came running into the tent and she tripped up and jumped onto the blow up bed for you to go flying into the corner of the tent. One of the best memories. Not forgetting when the boys came into the family, you adored my Tony. You accepted him as if he was your own grandson and I have to thank you for that. You have helped him so much than you ever realised. You are still, one of the most important people in his life and he will never forget what you did for him, and neither will I.
When we lost you, I know I find myself scanning all those beautiful memories that we have of you. We tend to want to remember the big and brilliant, for the sentimental and the sensational. But I often overlook the charm of the wonderfully ordinary moments in between. Those moments watching you make a cup of tea in the caravan on the many holidays to the dales, those moments watching you knit with your leg wobble, trivial things we take for granted but would kill to experience one more time when it’s all over. It those forgotten memories that I want to savour from now on. So I wanted to end this post to you all and ask you to savour those moment where loved ones are stood in front of you in the flesh, touchable and huggable and real. Embrace the image of them cooking or drinking from their favourite mug or smiling as they walk through the front door. These are the moments which punctuate every beautiful, understated day, so hold on to the value of each moment before it becomes a memory. I want you to remember those moments because one day, it will be the last time you'll ever experience them and you'll find yourself in my position yearning for one last kiss, one last hug or to even hear a laugh that is completely infectious on those around.

As the stars shine tonight and that moon glows,
I shall look out for you on the other side of the moon.
I love you.
God bless.

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