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Upping My Brow Game

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Eyebrows are big right now and I’m not talking about big as in, big and bushy! I’m talking about the fact that brow makeup has pretty much exploded. Those days of thin, over plucked, arched eyebrows are long gone and big bold brows are in. Many brands are getting on the brow train so you are kind of spoiled for choice and there a bunch of different products out there so you can get those fleeky looking brows. 


But I have to make a confession. My brows are not something that I have been making time for, literally minimal maintenance. However with the new year I made a few new beauty promises to myself and upping my brow game was at the top of my list. I started playing around with all the different tools and techniques you can use to try and improve the way my brows look. From spoolies, gels, highlighting the brow, all-in-one pallets, anything that is going to put you in the running for those perfect eyebrows really. I have tried some good products but like any part of your makeup routine it can take a lot of time and practice to perfect your brows. And I think I have finally cracked it.


Eyebrows help frame your face well and also enhances your overall look. So if you wish to flaunt those gorgeous brows, make some changes and up your brow game The most important thing to remember with brows is that they need regular maintenance. Always keep your eyebrows groomed even you don’t have enough time to visit a salon by using tweezers. But don’t just use any pair tweezers. Choose a good quality pair of tweezers, as they will help you groom your brows better.

I started with these Rubis Tweezers which may come as some kind of surprise as tweezers are not something that people use about anymore. Many prefer threading in place of a regular plucking or waxing, but threading hurts so I’ll stick to a pair of tweezers for my regular brow maintenance. I tend to use tweezers to shape the under and over brow area and the odd stragglers here and there. However if I have neglected my brows for some time, I'll wax and keep on top of them with tweezers. These gorgeous rose gold tweezers are made of surgical steel, acid-proof, anti-magnetic and even rustproof. These tweezers are slanted perfectly to create a precision grip, meaning it makes brow maintenance quick and precise. 


Always brush your eyebrows with brow or lash comb when you wake up in the morning and before you put on any eyebrow makeup. It really helped to keep them in place and you are able to keep on top of maintenance too. The most important part of any brow routine is filling in your brows is, in my opinion, it’s the fun part. Your brows frame your face, and you’ll be amazed at the difference such a simple step makes. 


You can simply use an eyeliner or eyebrow kit to fill your eyebrows. Just remember to blend. Take a spoolie brush and brush gently back and forth a few times before smoothing all the hairs in the same direction. This keeps the brows from looking too drawn on or dark. For this I really love using Soap & Glory Archery™ Brow Tint and Precision Pencil to get precise brows as you can use the pen to outline and the pencil to fill in. The colour 'brownie points' is perfect colour for me. Personally I really love the pen side as it delivered natural brows in seconds and was much easier than using eyebrow/eyeliner brushes that often appear too thick for brows to look natural, plus they really avoided looking drawn on. This was genuinely amazing. The pencil side was pretty standard which I use only to fill in the front of my brows. 

My favourite step with my brow routine are adding the powders as I am able to fill in my sparse eyebrows and build them up gradually so they appear natural. I use L'OrĂ©al Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit and it's become a faithful. Inside this kit you get a tinted wax, setting powder, a mini pair of tweezers and a double ended brush which comes with a firm angled brush on one end and a spoolies on the other. The kit is so neat and compact and comes with a mirror in the lid so it is perfect to pop into your handbag. 



Lastly adding a brow gel is perfect for keeping those on fleek eyebrows in place. This clear formula grooms bow and adds shine without flaking, clumping or crunchiness. You can either use these over brow for a more natural unruly look or on top of other brow products to help give the extra staying power. I love browcote!! I use it pretty much every time I do my makeup now. It seals in all the product I use and keeps my brows in good shape all day without leaving them feeling heavy or crusty. Even though upping my brow game is only something I have started I really am so happy with how they look. I have to say with my new brow routine I am able to get those on fleek eyebrows on a daily basis, so much so I never leave the house without my brows on. I honestly think that this is down to these products that have helped me up my brow game, I have perfected my technique. 

So, if you want to up your brow game go and search for some new products and make some changes to your routine. You may be surprised what a few steps can do to your brow game. 

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5 Tips That Will Instantly Boost the Quality of Your Sleep

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Being able to sleep well at night is essential; we all know how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep when you have children. The evening rest allows the body to regenerate and heal itself at a much faster rate. This is why you get that refreshed feeling when you wake up from a good night’s sleep. 


Fortunately, the quality of your sleep is something that can be improved. There are small tweaks and simple tips you can implement and we are going to take a look at some of them in this article. 

Enough with the Phone 

After being busy all day, the evening is when we get to do some catching up on social media or playing games on our phones; I know, because these are the things I do to unwind after a long day. However, staring at your phone prior to going to bed has a negative effect on the quality of your sleep. Ideally, you want to stop using your phone at least a couple of hours before going to bed. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible with so many fun things to do on our phones. The next best thing is using your phone’s Night Mode to reduce the amount of blue light hitting your eyes. It is not perfect, but you will be able to sleep better at night. Try to put some more time between using your phone and going to bed to further amplify the effect. 


Get a Good Bed 

Another thing that greatly affects the quality of your sleep is, well, your bed. The mattress and bedding you use are actually crucial to the quality of sleep you can get. This is why investing in the best mattress is a fantastic thing to do. The benefits you get in return far outweigh the cost of getting the best mattress. If you are not sure about which mattress to choose, you should visit mattressnerd.com/mattress-buying-guide/ for a complete guide on how to get started. This site has a detailed mattress buying guide as well as reviews and tips. 

Don’t forget the bedding too. Forget about filling your bed with pillows that you don’t really use and replace them with comfortable memory-foam pillows that support your neck properly. Adding a comforter and a nice blanket that feels soft and comfortable on the skin will complete the set and provide the best environment for an improved night’s sleep. 


Make Changes to Your Diet 

One thing you want to stop doing immediately is having coffee late in the day. Caffeine is great for improving focus and boosting your level of energy, but having a cup of coffee late in the afternoon isn’t something you want to do. The effects of caffeine will influence the body long after you have finished your cup of coffee and having one late in the day could affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. 


Keep in mind that caffeine can continue to affect the body for up to six hours. This means you have to stop drinking coffee at around 4 p.m. if you want to sleep well at night. If you still need to have a cup of coffee late in the afternoon, switch to decaffeinated coffee. You can also add milk or substitute coffee with hot chocolate. 

Maintain a Pattern 

Your existing sleeping pattern is another thing to focus on when you are trying to improve the quality of your sleep. Your body reacts better to patterns, especially when it comes to body metabolism and the way the mind works alongside those patterns. Have you ever had a long nap? Did you notice how sleeping at night after that unusually long nap became more difficult? That’s because you are breaking a pattern that the mind already recognizes. 

You should always limit naps to no more than 30 minutes. Short naps are far more effective anyway; they allow you to refresh and recharge while maintaining your sleep quality at night. More importantly, stick to a pattern that works for you; going to sleep at a certain time at night is a good start. 


Use Supplements 

If you still find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep after making these adjustments, you have one more thing to try - supplements. Melatonin supplements are great for improving the quality of your sleep. They are harmless thanks to the lack of side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and they are effective in helping you fall asleep faster and better. 

Improving the quality of your sleep is not difficult. These tips can help you get a good night’s sleep in no time. As you work towards getting better sleep at night, you will notice other improvements such as better stamina, better focus, and many more during the day too.

The New Year Brings Big Change

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With a fresh new year comes fresh new goals and as cliche as it sounds but I have made some resolutions, however I prefer to call them promises. Towards the end of the year I seemed to eat, sleep and breath in bread but over indulgence hasn't been the best for my body. So keeping healthy and getting fit is something that I need to do this year. As of the first of January I decided to go it alone with Slimming World, mainly because I far too tight to part with £5 a week. But I actually want to try something that may actually work for me and hopefully once I get my head around how it all works, I know it will become easier.


Ever since I can remember I have always had an issue with my weight. No matter what I am doing my weight is always a thought in my mind. A few weeks ago I came across some old diaries and a common theme throughout was my body and my weight. Reading through them made me feel quite sad, I really didn't think much to myself and would constantly refer to myself with unkindness. My weight was a kind of obsession. I was often called ‘fat’ at school despite being a normal weight meaning that my relationship with food wasn’t the best from an early age and it didn’t get much better as I got older. It effected me in ways where I would try and make myself sick, reading these diaries of my younger self certainly brought back memories and raw emotions. Now that I'm a mama I don't want my daughter to ever feel that she isn't good enough and I most certainly don't want her to think she's fat. It's not a term we use in our household. So it's all about positive body image, and being healthy in a bid to battle those demons. 








We’ve all been there staring in front of the mirror wishing our hips smaller; our waist thinner; our arms more toned. Luckily, over the past few decades, society has moved towards a new way of thinking. Rather than simmering with unkind thoughts of ourselves, we are slowly learning to accept our bodies. My body has done an amazing thing and gave me my beautiful baby girl, if anything I should feel empowered. But when it comes to body image is can be a personal thing and everyone is different. Some people are happy, comfortable and confident in their skin and their weight or size doesn't define who they are as a person. Then there are some who want to hide away under baggy clothes and consumed with self-doubt. 

Even though I am comfortable with who I am, there are times where I wish I was smaller, healthier and fitter. I want my whole family to be healthier, personally shedding those extra pounds may even improve our chances of conceiving. My ultimate goal is to try and shed three stones in three months, not with a crash diet or some fat burning secret. But I want to completely transform my diet, begin a fitness routine in the hopes to help become completely comfortable in my own skin. 


A couple of years back my husband and I went on a diet together and I shed two stones and he shed an amazing six stones, he is most definitely an inspiration. We were very restrictive with our food choices and eliminated pasta, bread and skipped breakfast in the morning. I can't say that I am a breakfast person anyway. But gradually over time, it wasn't a diet I could stick with and it's then when the snacks started to creep in my day to day and a year on and I'm slowly putting the weight back on. Sure you can lose weight but as soon as you stop it’s easy for the weight to pile back on. If you want long-term results then a diet isn’t the answer, it has to be a lifestyle change. I have successfully lost weight but keeping it off is much harder for me. It goes back again to the unhealthy relationship I have with food. It makes my eating habits erratic and food has become less of a necessity to survive and more of case that it's normal to overindulge. If I am having a bad day or my anxiety is at an all time high, I like to drown myself in crisp sandwiches. Habits like this are hard to break and certainly won’t change because of a fad diet. So it's more to do with my lifestyle and I'm not sure why but I feel more determined more than ever and I am ready for the challenge and to change things up. I want to feel confident, comfortable and happy. 


STARTING SLIMMING WORLD

So I'm going it alone with slimming world. Some many of my friends attend meetings and group, however personally I don't think they are for me, just yet! The idea of going to the meetings alone to a group of people give me anxiety and it also costs £5 a week which is quite a lot to be weighed. However there are so many fantastic books, websites, and facebook groups available which is more than enough to help me go it alone with Slimming World. I am finding the online community amazing so far, and only a message away for some inspiration with meal plans and food choices. It's going to take a little time to get my head around the Slimming World plan, but I know that once I mastered that side of the plan it will be pretty straightforward. I will be posting my Slimming World updates as well as sharing recipes, tips and tricks for success so don’t forget to subscribe to my email list (scroll until you see 'Stay in the loop' in the side bar) so you don’t miss a post. 


I don't think I have ever been so motivated to want to lose weight until this year, it's so strange what a couple of different numbers with the start of the new year can do, I'm motivated, I'm enthusiastic! Let's do this! 

* Please note this post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Slimming World or any other company. As always all opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional or dietitian. You should always consult your GP before undertaking any change to your diet. This information is not intended to replace the advice or information provided by a medical professional. If in doubt speak to a healthcare provider or dietitian.

My Goals, Hopes and Dreams for 2019

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Happy New Year! Well what a year 2018 was for our family trio. It's been full of family fun, adventures and we have created so many wonderful memories that we will cherish. We have explored some of the most wonderful places, celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. In the midst of all the happy times there have been quite a few sad ones, but we are certainly stronger because of it. 


Some of our favourites without a doubt would be our celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary, our girl turning four, holidays and a last minute trip away to celebrate my husband leaving his 20s. Our daughter became a fully fledged little girl and started school. A milestone that she had certainly smashed and as parents we have seen our daughter come on leaps and bounds overcoming many milestones along the way. She is becoming one confident, fierce and very independent little girl making us the proudest parents. In 2018 I made the plunge and became self employed with my blog and my brand and I couldn’t be happier. I hope that my blog and brand continues to grow with more success. Along the way there have been some hard life lessons and losses that have really changed us as a family. So in 2019 we only want to be around the people who love us, not the ones who pretend they do. It’s funny how a few numbers can change your whole outlook in life, this year is going to be nothing but good fun, adventures and full of amazing moments. It's an exciting year ahead and we cannot wait for a fresh start full of new adventures. 2019 we are ready for you!

With a fresh new year full of exciting new adventures and plan yet to be made, I also find that it's the perfect time for reflection on the past year. For me, it's a great way to see how far I have come and this year has been full of amazing moments but also our family has seen a few harder moments. But it's surprising what’s possible with great family and amazing friends beside you along for the journey. 2018 has taught me so much and so let's see how my goals, hopes and dreams for 2018 panned out.

With my blog…

Hitting a big milestone with my social media following was something very important to me, it's no where near where I want to be, but I completely smashed last years goals and I actually couldn't be prouder of myself. The same can't be said for my regular series, the kinda fizzled out. But it's not the direction I really want for my blog anymore. In 2018 I made the plunge and became self employed with my blog and my brand and I couldn’t be happier. It crazy to think that I am earning some kind of wage in a job that I love, I honestly feel so lucky right now in my work life. I hope that my blog and brand continues to grow with more success. 


With parenting…

Preparing little lady for school - One of the biggest milestones for any parent is preparing your little one for school, and I have to say this was probably the hardest milestone yet. It took me a long time to adapt to the change, but  my daughter adapted so well. There are tough days where she doesn't want to go to school and stay with me, but the days I meet her excited little face at the school gates and she tells me about the exciting activities she has done at school is worth it all. Being a parent can be a whirlwind. Finding the joys and smiles is easy but sometimes it’s a little harder. My husband and I were blessed with our little miracle baby who we love with everything we have. It’s important for us to raise a little girl to be independent and become her own little person. But a big part of allowing her to becoming her own person is to loosen those reins a little, even though it was hard.

Sign up to ballet classes - Now, I don’t know about you but I have a little girl who is completely obsessed with signing, dancing and loves to put on a show. Seeing her little eyes light up at every opportunity has left me wondering whether we should put her confidence into some ballet lessons, and so we signed her up and she starts in January and she's so excited. Talking of learning new things something that we didn't manage to do was teach my daughter to ride her bike, she still needs the stabilzers but this is something that I will smash. Bring on Spring...

With life…

Baby - The new year marked a big milestone in the fertility journey and something that we have kept close to our hearts. After the birth of our daughter it was then we started to tell people and the whole world through this blog about our fertility problems. And being a parent is the most amazing thing and so last year we decided to add to our family, but here we are again. I honestly thought that I wouldn't have problems when it comes to conceiving another baby. After all, I have already prepared my body and you pretty much know how it all works so it should be a walk in the park right? Well, I can definitely tell you, it's actually worse. I cannot seem to get it into my head that just because I have had a baby doesn't automatically guarantee that we will be able to have another baby. 2018 has seen a lot of heartache for us. We have had one negative test after another. However there was a glimmer of hope with a positive pregnancy test that was short lived making the heartbreak that much harder. So throw all positive vibes our way for a sibling for a very desperate little girl who is eager to be a big sister.

Get healthy - I managed to ditch pasta and bread for most part of the year but healthy eating and weight loss is still a goal for 2019 I still have quite a bit to lose. But something that I really want to focus on is exercise. A goal that I did manage to completely smash was setting days where I switch off from blogging and social media; Wednesdays and Sundays and this is something that I am keen on sticking to. It's been so great for me personally and professionally, it's actually makes more proactive. 

Now to set some fresh goals, hopes and dreams for 2019…


Work on my blog…

Now this is something that needs a little work. I need to go self hosted, if I am being honest I hate the thought of change and I am being a little lazy because I have no clue where to start. My theme, I am so over it now. It's no longer fitting in with my blog direction. I want something that works for me and my style. As for other blogging aspects I would love to improve on my photography in the hopes to grow my Instagram account. Something else that I am really interested in this year is more portrait photography to try and build a portfolio for some other projects than I am a little excited for. Last year, I joined some blogging community groups which have been amazing for encouragement and these groups really helped with being confident with opportunities, pitching and knowing my worth. This is something that I would love to continue with. I want to be more confident with pitches and want to pitch every single week because I want to work with as many brands as I can for 2019.


Get healthy, get fit…

Last year, as you know, I ditched the bread and pasta. However, towards the end of the year I seemed to eat, sleep and breath in bread but over indulgent hasn't been the best for my body. So keeping healthy and getting fit is something that I need to do. As of the first of January I decided to go it alone with Slimming World, mainly because I far too tight to part with £5 a week. But I actually want to try something that may actually work for me and become more of a lifestyle that a diet. So wish me luck. A diet is pretty pointless without some form of exercise. As a family we have made promises to become more active with weekly walks in the wild on our adventures. I will also start running again, it's been a good few years since I did, so it's going to be hard to begin training again. You may never know I may even run a marathon!

Explore more adventures...

This year we want to keep on exploring more adventures and travel more as a family. There are so many places that we want to discover with some many being right on our doorstep, I just want to go and discover new places. We are planning on going on holiday with family this year, but looking for some weekend getaways throughout the year. Ireland is somewhere that has always appealed to me, listening to family stories of life in Ireland sounds so dreamy, so a trip with my family would be so exciting.



Always make time for family & friends

Over Christmas and New Year I cannot tell you how lovely it was to get everyone together. And so it make complete sense to make a regular get together a thing. It can be so hard trying to organise a get together, but life is for living right? So a regular family get together is something that we plan on doing every three month where we either take a trip to a park, organise a game night or venture on a woodland walk. As for friends, this year I want to make more of a conscious effort to go out for coffee and slimming cocktails. I feel as if I have lost myself ever so slightly in the midst of motherhood which has made my anxiety worse. I want to try and push myself to go out and see people, step out of my comfort zone every now and again.

Have you made any New Year goals?

Christmas Toilet Roll Crafts

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If you’re looking for some Christmas crafts for children then you’ll love these Christmas toilet paper roll crafts. Ever since my daughter started school she has been obsessed with using our recycling items for crafts, especially with toilet paper rolls. You can really do so much with these, nothing seems to get me in the mood for Christmas than getting crafty with my daughter. 


These Christmas toilet paper roll crafts are so simple and easy to make, you'll make them again and again. All you need is a little time, patience and glitter galore. From the big boss Santa, to an Elf creating these will be such a big hit with everyone, I really enjoyed making them with my daughter. So I want to show you how to turn your toilet paper rolls into 4 different Christmas characters and we know you will just love how they turn out! So please meet the big boss, also known as Santa, Rudolph, Elfy and Wally the friendly snowman! 


To Make These Christmas Toilet Paper Roll Characters You Will Need: 

6 Paper Rolls ( 4 for Characters and 2 for extras: Santa's Face, Snowman Nose, Elf and Santa Hat, and Reindeer Antlers). 
Paint – Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, White and Brown. 
Paint Brushes
Glue
Tape 
Red Glitter 
Green Glitter 
Artificial Snowflakes 
Tinsel Pipe Cleaners 
Small Googly Eyes 
Cotton Balls 
Medium White and Red Pom Poms 
Black Sharpie 


How to Make Christmas Toilet Paper Roll Crafts: 

Now remember you'll have to be patient and have tonnes glitter when making these Christmas characters. I have created some step-by-step instructions on how to make these. We spend an afternoon making these characters and it did take a whole afternoon with waiting for the paint to dry, but they are so worth the wait. So here is a step-to-step guide for this cute little toilet paper roll characters. 


Santa: 

1. Paint the paper with a lovely bright red and before the paint dries sprinkle on some red glitter all over the toilet paper roll. I found if you put your fingers inside the roll was the best way to paint the character and add the glitter. 

2. Set aside to dry and take the extra toilet paper roll and try and make a hat. To make the hat start by cutting out a small circle. Cut one slit into the circle so that you can form the hat. Cut off any extra paper when you roll around to form the hat. Then glue or tape the hat to the top of the paper roll. 

3. Stretch out some cotton balls, something that my daughter really enjoyed and then glue to the brim of the hat and the top of roll. Glue the white pom pom to the top.

4. Set aside to dry and take the extra toilet paper roll for Snowman Nose, Elf and Santa Hat, and Reindeer Antlers. In this case we need to make a face for Santa. Simply cut out a small square and glue into place. The take more of the stretched out cotton and give him a beard. You can be as creative as you like, we preferred a short beard. 

5. Glue on the googly eyes and pom pom nose. 



Snowman: 

1. Paint the toilet paper roll white. 

2. Before the paint dries, roll the toilet paper roll in the artificial snow, it really does stand out. Set aside to dry. 

3. While your snowman is drying, with the extra toilet paper roll cut out a triangle shape for his nose, and then paint orange. However, for ease simply use orange coloured paper or colour in the nose with an orange felt tip. Once dry glue to the snowman. 

4. Glue on two googly eyes. 

5. Using two different coloured tinsel pipe cleaners and twist to make a a scarf and then wrap around the paper roll and glue down if neccessary. 


Reindeer: 

1. Paint the toilet paper roll brown, we gave our Rudolph a couple of coats. 

2. For the antlers take your extra toilet paper roll again and fold in half cut a small rectangle. Keep the piece folded and cut your unique antlers, remembering not to cut the bottom. As the two antlers will be still attached to one another, simply use a little tape and glue into place on the back of the toilet paper roll. 

3. Glue on two googly eyes and a red pom pom nose.


Elf:

1. Paint the paper with a lovely bright green and before the paint dries sprinkle on some glitter all over the toilet paper roll. Similar to the Santa's hat. 

2. Set aside to dry and take the extra toilet paper roll for the last time. Make the hat by cutting out a small circle. Cut one slit into the circle so that you can form the hat. Cut off any extra paper when you roll around to form the hat. Then glue or tape the hat to the top of the paper roll.

3. Stretch out some cotton balls, something that my daughter really enjoyed and then glue to the brim of the hat. Glue the white pom pom to the top.

5. Glue on the googly eyes and pom pom nose.

6. Using two different coloured pipe cleaners and twist to make a a scarf and then wrap around the paper roll and glue down if neccessary. 


So there you have it, a cute little Christmas craft to do with your children to get them in the mood for Christmas. I loved doing these with my daughter. They were really simple and easy to do and make fantastic Christmas decorations. So if you have any toilet paper rolls spare, be creative and make some cute Christmas Characters. 

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