Top Social

A FAMILY LIFESTYLE BLOG

Ideal Interior Design Ideas for a Family Home

|
Interior design can be a lot of fun, and tends to involve the whole family. However, it also requires a little forward planning.

Brown Wooden Center Table

Play with color

Family homes should grow with their occupants, so don’t be too caught up in the idea of theming rooms or using block colors. Family homes work better when they’re changeable. Use neutral and forgiving colors on your walls and flooring, and consider bold, bright accessories, furnishings and fabric to add some sparkle. Feature walls are fabulous, as are cushions, throws and wall decals. There’s plenty of time for you to create something more permanent once your family has grown up.

Experiment with texture

Family homes are supposed to be fun, cozy and functional. Playing with textures is a great way to introduce a little warmth and depth into your home while ensuring that your children are able to enjoy sensory experiences every day. Consider wooden or carpeted flooring paired with fluffy rugs, exposed brickwork and wooden beams, and plenty of cozy throws. You’ll be raring to get home each day.

Explore super-savvy storage

Clutter is the scourge of many homes, turning comfortable pads into a hoarder’s dream. While some people can live with piles of paper, towers of washing and item upon item stacked without rhyme or reason, clutter doesn’t make for a fun or functional family home. Gift your children a toy box and hanging storage, which is likely to inspire them to clean up after every playtime. In the meantime, explore under-the-stair storage, floating shelves, storage units and hidden shelving.

Crates Mounted On Wall

Make the most of natural light

Rather than spending a fortune on artificial light bulbs, fairy lights or candles, consider the ways that natural light can be harnessed in your home. Smaller spaces can appear larger and more inviting when they’re illuminated by the sunlight. Window shutters are a great way to harness natural light, enabling homeowners to control the sun’s rays as they enter the home. What’s more, shutters can add a cooling breeze during the summer and keep rooms warm in the winter – as well as preventing nosy neighbors from peeping in. Those wooden window shutters will look fabulous in a shabby-chic, rustic or villa home.

Keep things functional

Sure, you’d like your home to be fun and comfortable, but make sure that the spaces are going to work for you at every turn. Open-plan living is great for family life, helping routines and activities to flow. If your home is divided into rooms, then try to keep walkways and corridors free, and think about how every space is going to be used as you decorate and furnish. Include your children at every turn, ensuring that they have a space to play if you’ll be working, cooking, or having some downtime. Try to keep paintwork and furniture easy to clean and maintain – you know what sticky fingers can do!

Your family home is your haven, your place for fun, calm, reflection and work. How you decorate your home is up to you, of course. However, there’s no reason why you can’t be inspired by some of the amazing interiors that are out there.

Save Money on Your Next Trip to an Extended Stay Hotel

|
For many people, being on the road frequently for business is a regular thing, and they often take advantage of extended stay hotels while they are away. There are many advantages to opting for an extended stay hotel, including some of the many amenities offered. But, the prices can vary, and you need to make sure that you’re getting the most for your money. Today we’re going to look at a few things to ask about before booking your next long-term stay in downtown Edmonton.




Kitchenettes – Look for an extended stay hotel in downtown Edmonton that offers a room with a kitchenette, preferably with a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. It’s even better if they supply things like dishes, pots, pans, etc. This way, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on take-out food while you’re away. Even if you only have a room with a mini fridge and a microwave, you’re still able to prepare small meals for yourself.

Wi-Fi – Don’t forget to ask for free Wi-Fi. This is particularly important if your trip is for business purposes. In a sense, your long-term stay hotel room is going to be your office for an extended period of time, so you need to know that you’re going to be able to communicate with your team and clients. Most extended stay hotels do offer free Wi-Fi, but there are still a few smaller operations in downtown Edmonton that do not unless it is requested.

Parking and Transit – Whether you will be bringing your own vehicle or using a rental car, you may have a need for parking. Your extended stay hotel should be able to offer free, on-site parking so you don’t have to pay an extra fee to use a parking lot. If you’re not going to be using a vehicle, you’ll need to rely on public transportation, including buses, subways, and cabs. In this case, be sure to look for a long-term stay hotel that is close to transit stops.

Laundry Services – Unless you plan on bringing your entire wardrobe with you, you’re going to need laundry services. Rather than having to go to a local laundromat while you’re away, look for an extended stay hotel that offers laundry services. You may have to pay a bit extra, but it’s still going to be less expensive than the laundromat or having your clothing dry-cleaned. Some long-term stay hotels even offer laundry services as part of the amenities for long-term clients.

Your hotel room is going to be your home for an extended period of time, so you need to know that you’re going to have all of the comforts of home, without having to spend a fortune. You can save a lot of money when you use a long-term stay hotel that offers the above amenities. Of course, it’s always good if they offer even more, but make sure that you aren’t going to be charged a lot of extra money for things that you may not even really need all that much.

This post is written by Canterra Suites Hotel, an extended-stay hotel in downtown Edmonton for corporate, vacation, short or long term stays.

Key Equipment To Develop All-Round Fitness Without Setting Foot In The Gym

|
If you’re passionate about exercise or simply trying to improve your health, then you may have noticed that going to the gym is a major drag. Whether it’s annoying commutes, expensive memberships, or crowed workout areas, many people find it much easier to exercise elsewhere. What’s handy to know is that much of the equipment found in a commercial gym is superfluous. You actually don’t need that much equipment to get in a good workout. If you do plan to workout at home, then you should consider getting the items shown below.



A Yoga Mat

It sounds too simple, but a good mat is all that’s needed to undertake almost every ab exercise. From sit-ups to leg raises, all you need is a comfortable way to get down on the floor. You will also find that a mat is crucial for a variety of stretches.

A Pull-Up Bar

A simple and highly effective way to develop upper body strength is by doing pull-ups. Even if you can’t do one yet, you may be able to do more basic variations, such as jumping or assisted pull-ups. What’s best is that to do them, all you need is a sturdy bar that can handle your weight.

A Set Of Dumbells

Whether you want to do overhead presses, curls, rows, and everything in between, you will find that a good set of dumbbells will do the job. They are one of the most versatile pieces of weight-training equipment, so make sure you include them in your home gym.

A Barbell And Bench

If you can afford it, consider getting a bench with a full-length barbell. Even if you’re not a bench-presser, you will find that both pieces of equipment have a variety of uses. A bench can be used for chest flies, dumbbell rows, stretches, and much more. A barbell can be used for curls, presses, deadlifts, rows, clean, and much more. 

A Skipping Rope

You surely learned to skip as a kid so consider learning again as an adult. Skipping is an effective cardio workout for just about everyone. Boxers used it for decades for good reason. If you don’t believe it, then try skipping hard for ten minutes to see what we mean. Of course, some people may prefer to purchase a pair of running shoes or the best beginner mountain bike so that they can do their cardio outside. Nothing wrong with that! The choice is up to you, but if the weather is bad you can always stay home and skip!

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to drag yourself to the gym if you can’t afford it or simply don't feel comfortable in a gym setting. It can be a lot more enjoyable to work out from the privacy and comfort of your own home. What’s best is that you don't need to spend thousands on fancy gym machines. When setting up your home gym, all you need is basic equipment to get in a great workout.

Believe it or Not Being a Blogger Makes Me A Better Mum

|
Yep, you read that title right. How can being a blogger make me a better mum? After all so many people who are not familiar with the whole bloggersphere don't get it, and I'm not entirely sure that they will until they become a blogger themselves. But believe it or not, being a blogger makes me a better mum. 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT BEING A BLOGGER MAKES ME A BETTER MUM

It was a weekly cup of tea and a catch up with a friend that I realised that blogging means so much more to me than just a place to write. As we chatted about my blog and the many opportunities that have come my way I never actually realised exactly how passionate I was about my blog, my job, my corner of the internet. Whatever you want to call it. I realised that I don't just write in the hopes to empower parents in their whirlwind journey of parenthood, I actually write for me because I WANT to. That little tea date opened my eyes to the fact that I have finally found my passion. But me being so passionate actually inspired and encouraged my friend to being own personal journey in blogging. And that feels great. To know that with my passion for blogging, lots encouragement and a little push she decided to start her own blog in the hopes to make a difference to someone somewhere in the world. This blogging job is pretty amazing that you can actually go as far to help and encourage others to bite the bullet and become their own person in their own right. To share their story, to share their honesty, their passion, their love and to share their life even the hard parts. I don't think I have ever been so passionate about a job. As cringe as this may sound I do think that blogging is part of me and who I am now. I don't think I could ever not be a blogger. Even if I won the lottery I would probably blog about it. My little corner of the internet gives me an outlet. A way to be me, be honest to the point, not only with the world but myself. 

My blog and my platforms have really blossomed lately, and it's really helped me deal with some tricky parts in motherhood, life and so much more. Yes, I tend to use social media more than others mainly because my income depends on the shares, comments and likes. But even if I am not I do love social media and getting lost in all the beauty of pretty pictures, baby spam and food. But even if you can't understand that being a blogger makes me a better mum sit tight because I will tell you exactly why.

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

When I pressed the publish button for the first time I had no idea that it would have lead to me getting some real and genuine friendships, it's strange to think that you can build an amazing relationship with someone without actually meeting face to face. There is a whole community who understand the whole passions of the perfect Instagram photo. They understand the pressures of followers and engagement and making sure that your SEO is on point, even though many of us have yet to master the whole idea of SEO. But being a blogger has opened up many doors to new friendships who are always on the end of a twitter rant or there to offer advice in those Instagram pods. But that aside, there is always someone there to offer advice or encouragement when it comes to being a mum. I know only too well that being a new mum can be pretty lonely and isolating experience and my blog helped me feel part of a community of parents and I am a better mum because of it. 

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

Using my blog and sharing content has help me stumbled across so many great blogs that offer some amazing advice when it comes to this whirlwind journey of  being a parent. And by connecting with different parents online has opened me up to a whole world of parenting ideas. Now I am not talking about becoming to the perfect pinterest mum or making sure that I get the perfect photo of the little lady for Instagram but actual advice on being a parent. From figuring sleeping patterns, dealing with milestones, weaning recipes or just something that we can all resonate with as parents. 

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

My blog has open so many new ones that I never ever envisioned in my pathway to success. It really has. I am actually making myself a brand and by writing about my life as a mum I have realised my passion, writing. It means so much that people actually read my posts, it makes me appreciate myself so much more and to realise my worth. But it doesn't just stop there. Becoming a blogger can help with so many careers, not just writing your blog. If you wanted to get involved with social media marketing, become a freelancer or work in PR, writing a little blog can help steer you in the right direction.  As a woman, I have seen myself grow. As a mother, I have seen myself achieve. Trust me, being a woman cannot be easy at times, but being a woman is the most magical thing that could happen to a woman. And I want to show my daughter that anything is possible. Yes I may not have a traditional job but nonetheless I get to earn whilst spending as much time with her. Can Mother's have it all? Sure as hell they can!!! I’m proud of the fact that I’m working from home and I’m living an ambitious life. I’m proud of the fact that after I became a mother, it gave me the strength to do something so that it sets an example for my daughter that she could live and look up to.

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

As well as getting many opportunities to discover new toys, new gadgets or new apps we have also discovered new places, had amazing days out and even gone away as a family thanks to this little blog. I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has given me and my family. We have discovered so much more, and things that we wouldn't normally think about doing if it wasn't for this blog. My blog and my social media platforms has opened up a completely new world for me and my family. And I couldn't be happier about it. 

So like I said believe it or not being a blogger makes me a better mum. And blogging has opened a new world for me and has shown me what I am really passionate about. I’m proud of the fact that I’m working from home and I’m living an ambitious life. I’m proud of the fact that after I became a mother, it gave me the strength to do something so that it sets an example for my daughter that she could live and look up to.

Explore The Adventure: Wells-Next-The-Sea

|

I have to say that I do feel so lucky to live so close to so much of the beautiful coastline. Breathing in the fresh sea air of the tranquil Norfolk coast, walk on unspoiled sand where my little girl can build sandcastles, paddle, have a picnic, walk the dog, you are certainly not short of a few ideas. So whether you prefer the beach with beautiful cliffs in Hunstanton, beach huts and boats in Wells-Next-The-Sea, peaceful walks along the promenade at Walcott, or action packed adventures at Great Yarmouth, there really is something for everyone. As a family we have created so many beautiful memories of all of these places. But today I wanted to tell you a little more about our little adventure with the family at Well-Next-The-Sea.


Wells is one of the most attractive towns on the North Norfolk Coast. From the long sweeping beach bordered by pine woodland, along the gentle harbour with small fishing boats and children fishing for crabs, past the shops on Staithe Street, to the tree-lined park with Georgian houses, quiet pubs and restaurants . Wells is an unspoiled seaside destination, waiting to be discovered.



My brother, sister and I have so many fantastic memories at Wells-Next-To-Sea as children. I can remember spending so many weekends together as a family at the beach with picnics and games. We would also normally go to a small boating lake and trampolines, however I sadly discovered last bank holiday weekend that this is now a caravan park. But there is so much more to discover and explore.



The beautiful sandy beach, with its pine trees, sand dunes and colourful beach huts, is most poignant feature. Not forgetting the gorgeous pebble free sands and clear blue sea. So whether you decide to collect shells, fly a kite or build a sand castle, Well-Next-The-Sea is the perfect choice. 


I must admit my favourite part about visiting the beach is the colourful beach huts and no visit to Wells is complete without a visit and a picture or two. The beach huts are set against a backdrop of mature pines, planted over a hundred years ago. Wander through the woods and you might spot grey squirrels and rare birds. The pinewoods can be accessed via the Wells beach car park, or directly from the beach via numerous sets of wooden steps. There are quite a few of them. 


Not forgetting the only way to travel in style is by train, well a miniature one anyway. The Wells Harbour Miniature Railway takes you a mile or so down to the beach. Four steam and diesel trains (Edmund, Densil, Howard and Weasel). They run approximately every 15 minutes from the town and harbour, down to the Pinewoods Holiday Park and beach. It is THE way to travel down to the beach, and children absolutely love it. The best way to return to town is by walking along the raised footpath which affords great views over the channel and salt marshes, the harbour and the town itself.



The Quay and The Granary are also great locations to take your family. You could go crabbing, play in the arcades, grab an ice cream, or pick up some candy floss and rock. You can also buy cockles and crab sticks from the fish stall and watch the fishing boats come and go. The freshly caught seafood is a speciality in many of the local restaurants, and eating fish 'n chips on the quay is a popular pastime, and one that we loved to indulge in. Have you ever been to Wells-Next-The-Sea? If you have, what was your favourite part?

BIRCHBOX - June 2018: BIRCHBOX IS FIVE

|
Can you believe that Birchbox turns five here in the UK this month? I'm pretty annoyed that I was late to the Birchbox party, like why? But, I am definitely a Birchbox girl now and I knew that if Birchbox were celebrating their fifth birthday then this month's box would be pretty good. So much so, I actually wanted to wait in for my delivery. Sad, I know but so worth it. Birchbox most definitely wanted to celebrate their birthday in style with the very cute keep sake tin full of goodies by channeling the most British occasion, the tea party! And who doesn't love a traditional English tea party. But this box is not like any other, not only does every subscriber receive six, yes six products in their box, but they will also get a beautiful keepsake tin inside of the normal drawer boxes. Seriously this is such an adorable tin, I'm in love with the pattern. Every subscriber will receive the Ella Eden Compact Eyeshadow in either Julia or Faith. Being a girl who is all about the subtle pink shades this time of year I decided to go for Julia and I am really impressed with the pigment too I can't wait to try this shade with some summer looks. So let's take a closer look, shall we?

Birchbox June 2018 Review

Ellen Eden. Compact Eyeshadow in Julia. RRP | £12.99

Ella EDEN’s mineral pressed eye shadow gives you a versatile base of color you can easily add to, or wear alone. The creamy consistency is easy to blend, and the deep hues create the perfect look for conservative daytime wear, or bolder statements to highlight your nightlife. Being a girl who is all about the subtle pink shades this time of year I am really impressed with the shade Julia as the blend and colour has been formulated for all skin types and long-lasting wear. I also love that it's cute and compact for on the go as I can easily pop this into a handbag for those top ups.

Benefit. POREfessional Pearl Primer. RRP | £27.50

I do love primers and I was really eager to try this one, however I was slightly disasspointed with the size of the product that I came in my Birchbox. I only had just enough for just two applications. This is probably the smallest product that I have got so far, come on now Birchbox!!! But the primer itself is pretty good and I think I will probably will make a purchase. This soft-radiance face primer instantly minimises the look of pores, locks on makeup and helps skin look bright, boosted and awake. It’s the same oil-free, lightweight, silky smooth texture as the original the POREfessional: Pore Primer PLUS a hint of soft pearly pink. 

Birchbox June 2018 Flatlay


Number 4. Jour d'automne Smoothing Balm. RRP | £24.50

I came across Number 4 a couple of boxes ago with their sugar spray and if was amazing and gave my hair a lot of texture, and I pretty sure that this soothing balm will be pretty good too. This soothing balm mimimises frizz, restores softness and protects against humidity and heat damage. Fluoro Technology makes it all possible with the ability to create the tiniest smoothing molecules that enable the finest Number 4 ingredients and Liquid Complexes to go into the hair’s core and work faster, reducing drying time while creating a shield of humidity resistance and heat protection. Have you ever used Number 4?

Polaar. Velvety Sun Fluid Face & Body. RRP | £25

The most important part to a skin care routine is sun scream, however even though it's super important so many of us forget. Don't be fooled by the lack of sun in the UK you need to still protect yourself and your delicate skin from the harmful UV rays. We are now going into the summer season with many of us booking holidays abroad and family getaways to the seaside, so don't forget your sun cream and add a thin layer into your daily skincare routine. And so I was happy to see this in my Birchbox because I was actually looking for a sun cream that would be good for my sensitive skin,. So far it's been great for my skin. But if you're like me you will feel like putting on sun cream becomes a bit of chore because it takes so ling to sink into the skin. I really like this one from Polaar because it goes on so smoothly and quickly sinks into the skin to help protect you from the harmful UV rays. It's light non greasy formula applies easily without leaving any white streaks. Perfect balance of UVA and UVB filters to help fight against sunburn and helps protect the skin from premature ageing. Gimme that sunshine!

Lord & Berry. Strobing Highlighter Pencil. RRP | £14

The concept of strobing is pretty new to me, and I have yet to use this on my cheekbones, cupids bow, or nose. I have used it to outline the corners of my eyes and it made my eyes look much brighter and that I looked refreshed and awake. This little pencil help give me the beautiful radiant glow that most of us desire during this time of the year. It's precise tip allows for targeted, foolproof application so you can highlight the positives while the creamy formula blends seamlessly into skin, thanks to vitamin C and E. It's also buildable so you can go from a subtle radiance to a high-voltage glow with just a few strokes. We are all about the glow. 

Whittard of Chelsea. Teabags. RRP | £5.50 for 25 Bags

It's time for tea! Celebrate Birchbox's 5th birthday with three different tea blends from Whittard of Chelsea. I love tea and I am pretty sure that if you have stumbled across my blog before you will know I have a tea problem, so I immediately boiled the kettle when I saw these in my Birchbox. In my little Whittard of Chelsea box I got three individually wrapped tea bags; Earl Grey, Mango & Bergamot and Lemon & Ginger.  Yummy!

Birchbix June 2018 and Tea Cup

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month.

Don't forget to check out our previous Birchbox boxes...





My Blogging Inspirations

|
A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and a hell a lot of hard work. But an inspiration or two along the way is a great way to keep focus for achieving that dream. I take my inspiration from everyone and everything. I'm inspired by beautiful and honest blog posts, photography, social media but most of all I am inspired by people dedicated to their dream. The hard workers, the grafters, the dreamers, the believers and the achievers. By sharing my blogging inspirations in the hopes that you may become inspired by them and perhaps remember why you love this wonderful world of blogging, just in case you're in a blogging slump!


Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

I have also been an avid reader of blogs, actually you could say that I has become somewhat obsessed with them, spending many nights binging on post after post after post. But I do have to say that bloggers are the reason why I started a blog. As I like to google everything, when researching 'how to start a blog' I came across some many posts talking about all the good things and bad things that come with blogging. I decided that blogging for me would be an outlet to talk about my life as a mum to one and exploring all the adventures as a family of three. Especially a place to talk about my journey into motherhood, and talk about the fact that it was probably one of the hardest things my husband and I have ever gone through. By sharing my story I hope to empower others who have struggled with infertility and to know that they are not alone in their journey and hopefully reach out. I must admit, it's a journey that I am apprehensive about. I started my blog because I was feeling so lonely, so low and felt the need to share my story. Blogging for me has been therapeutic. It's not been easy, but I do feel comfortable within my own skin to share my story to empower others to share theirs too. 

I have always been obsessed with beauty blogs, spending hours and hours scrolling, bookmarking and shopping through affiliate links. And I remember dreaming about starting my own blog and becoming my own boss, but I never really has the courage to go and put myself out there. However, something made me think it was time to start a blog. Three years on and I now make an income from my blog and this year I become self employed all from setting up my little corner of the internet. It's thank to these three blogs that I decided to step out my comfort zone and build up the courage to click that publish button. It's a step that I know I will never ever regret. 


Dizzy Brunnette: Way before becoming a blogger myself I would spend hours and hours scrolling through Corrie's blog, it's just so beautiful. This girl, is legit an inspiration. Corrie loves to share snippets from her life, beauty, fashion (she rocks those instagrammable walls), talking about her pretty in pink wedding and her beloved labradoodle Frankie! Who is the cutest pooch about. What I love about Corrie is how she comes across in her blogs and Youtube videos, it honestly feels so genuine and she seems super friendly. My favourite videos are her beauty hauls, and her tips and tricks with beauty looks. Another reason why this girl is pretty amazing is those luscious locks she maintains, she is most definitely a hairspiration. 

Jordan Bone: Jordan is a makeup and motivation Youtuber and published author who lives in Norfolk. WOOO! This girl is most definitely one of the most inspiring Youtubers out there at the moment and I have seen her brand go from strength to strength and I know it will continue to do so for many years to come. Back in 2005, Jordan was involved in a car accident which would change her life forever. Ever since that day she has been a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down, she has also been through depression because of the reality of her injury. However, despite how difficult her life as a quadriplegic can be she is super positive and has a drive to live a full life and created her own YouTube videos about positivity and motivation to hopefully inspire at least one person. She has even released her first book My Beautiful Struggle where she shares her incredible story which is truly inspiring.

Tanya Burr: It was her night time routine that first got me hooked onto her channel, and I have pretty much followed her since them. I guess that's what I love about blogging, is that you see bloggers grow up, you get to see them through all their life changes. Tanya Burr is a British fashion and beauty blogger. She grew up in Norwich and completed a short course as a make-up artist before working behind the beauty counter. In 2009, she launched her YouTube channel, uploading make-up tutorials, telling people how to recreate celebrity looks at home.. Tanya launched a line of cosmetics through Superdrug and released a non-fiction beauty guide and others books. I just love how honest and open she is about everything, there was a daily vlog where she completely broke down and cried. Everything got too overwhelming for her, and she poured her heart out. And that in itself takes courage and I completely admire her for that.

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

Dilan and Me: I discovered Lauren through a blogging group and was enthralled by her gentle and gorgeous Motherhood blog and Instagram feed with her son Dilan. Honestly, her photography is so beautiful and Dilan is just the cutest little man. I must also note that she has recently embarked on an incredible company with her partner of Adam Robertson Photography empowering women through the message ‘We Are Enough’. Aside from this empowering message for women she has also has been brave enough to share a parts of her life that show nothing but courage, and everything she writes is so beautiful. One to watch, that's for sure. 

Beauty By The Bunny: Do you ever just want to scroll through and get lost in beautiful, floral photos full of beauty products? Well then this is the lady for you. Angela is an Instagram queen. She loves makeup and beauty products and always gives the low down on the best beauty products and shares some of the most amazing tips. And her complexion, is actually amazing. But what stands out the most for me, aside from the completely gorgeous flay lays is her sheer honesty. Whether this is on a personal level or just life in general. Angela has seen some really dark moments in the life but with all the support of friends, family and her blog she is working hard to move forward and that's so inspiring.

Tigerlilly Quinn: Tigerlilly Quinn is a lifestyle blog brought to you by Fritha Strickland; a professional blogger, freelance social media-type-person and shop owner. She blogs about her family life, interior design, fashion, travel, vegetarian recipes and lots more besides! Fritha is a mum of two children under five who are completely adorable. This lady is like superwoman being able to run a multi-award winning lifestyle blog, as well running a successful shop and doting on her two little ones. Her story started seven years ago where she and her boyfriend bought a run-down house in Bristol. With little more than some savings in the bank, a few good friends with DIY skills, and lots of cups of tea – they decided to do it up. Add to the mix a their two gorgeous children and two fat cats, and they are constantly adding to their dream home. And her Instagram? Literally has one of the best aesthetics out there at the moment, all her posts are super dreamy.

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

Georgina Gardner: I'm so obsessed with Georgina, and all those pretty darn cute flay lays. Gee is 20 something year old, sleep deprived girl Mum to Eloise and Lily, wife to be to Ben who has been blogging for five or six years.  I have been questioning why have I only just discovered this beautiful blog now? And her photography is so pretty, delicate and very feminine. I really love the way to takes her photographs with the compositions, the theme and not to forget to mention how bright and beautiful they are. I really love her style. 

Little Paper Swans: I came across Cathryn in a Instagram hashtag and pretty much since there I have ever so slightly fallen in love with her photography. I love the style and it's very the aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Pastel colours and florals are her thing. And I think that's why I find it do easy to gravitate towards her beautiful photography. Over on her blog she shares lots of tales of motherhood, gives amazing tips about Instagram and of course photography, being a photographer and all. I have also seen that she has launched her course over on Etsy for those who are interested in upping their phone photography game. 

Gemma Louise: This blog shares tons of advice that any millennial woman will love. The blog covers all aspects of 20-something life such as blogging, photography, beauty, style, and her personal life as a mum to her gorgeous little boy. I find the content on this site to be super relatable and love that she answers every questions or comments from her readers on her site. And her photography is INSANE! I must say her photography just keeps getting better and better and she is definitely someone that you should admire and follow. I must also note that she is amazing with graphics and illustrations too. I love the fact that she is going from strength to strength with her brand and is going to be one of those you need to watch for, all this success whilst being a single mama to her little boy is actually pretty inspiring too. 

Amadeoâ„¢ Regular

Pouting in Heels: Pouting In Heels is an award winning lifestyle & family blog written by Katie Portman. Covering everything from motherhood to style, women's issues to travel, Katie aims to inspire women with her writing by speaking openly about the things we often find the most difficult to say or talk about. The lovely Katie Portman and her beautiful blog will be one you remember, the header immediately grabs you, don't you think? But there are a couple of posts that have really stuck with me in my journey into motherhood. You know the type of posts that are raw, honest and completely open. Yep, this lady inspires me to want to be comfortable in my own skin, to love my body and more importantly love myself. 

The Inspiration Edit This is a blog that you cannot help but feel inspired after visiting. I literally love her. The writer behind The Inspiration Edit is Angela who lives in Lancashire with her husband John, her very photogenic daughter Sylvia and their pet dogs Yoda and Casper. I came across her when I first started out and but Angela blogged under a completely different name, Days In Bed. And I must admit she is someone that will always chat if you want to and gives some of the most amazing advice. But after making the big decision to take her blog into a completely different direction and so The Inspiration Edit was born. Way before Angela became a blogger she was an Early Years Teacher living in New Zealand with her daughter and husband, however her life soon took a dark turn where her marriage became abusive. Angela had no choice but to get her daughter away from that environment and move back to the UK. In 2013, Angela married John, who is a wonderful step father and completely dotes on Sylvia. But it wasn't long after their wedding that Angela was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency and since then has been trying to live her life the best she can with this chronic illness.

You Baby Me Mummy: The wonderful Aby Moore. I honestly cannot tell you how important this lady and her Mamapreneur revolution has been for me and my blog. If it wasn't for stumbling across her amazing blog and channel I don't think my blog would be what it is today. For those who are seeking to turn their blog to a business then look no further than this wonder blogger. I am not just saying this, but Aby has helped me so much personally and professionally. But for me it was her journey before blogging that made me really fall in love with Aby and her incredible blog. A few years ago Aby and her husband were blessed with a beautiful baby girl after trying so hard to conceive, they were blessed a month before their first IVF appointment. A miracle. But soon after the birth of her daughter Aby sunk deeper and deeper into Postnatal depression and that's when she started her little corner of the internet and turn her blog into a business. A inspiration and someone to definitely admire. 

This has been a bit of a long post, so I think I’ll save some more of my current fave bloggers for another time. I hope that you liked this post and it maybe gave you an insight into the reasons why I started my blog and what keeps me inspired to keep writing. I would really love to know who inspires you to blog, to write or be you. 

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil

|
The Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is amazing. I could just leave it there, but that wouldn't make me much of a blogger now would it, so I want to tell you why it is amazing. I received my bottle in May's Birchbox and I have spend the past month falling more and more in love with it. Caudalie is a French brand that uses no parabans, Phenoxyethanol or sulphates and is not only cruelty free but it doesn’t use any animal derived raw materials. Big thumbs up from me!

caudalie cleansing oil

But I seriously loves this little wonder bottle. Micellar waters seemed to becoming quite popular in the beauty world with lots of brands bringing out their own product to take on the trend Micellar waters are.free from oils, alcohols and fragrances, the products work without the use of water by containing micelle cleansing molecules that pull oil and dirt away from the face. As far as makeup removers go, the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water is my favourite. The product did a wonderful job of removing makeup from my face, without leaving my skin irritated or overly dry. In fact, it left my skin looking clean and refreshed. However, as much as I love my Micellar water I can't help but feel as if it's drying my skin out, I also love to layer my lashes and Micellar waters are not quite cutting it when removing my makeup. 

So you could say that this Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil came at the right time. I have been using it daily. It’s a lightweight oil that emulsifies when you add a little water – standard procedure for most cleansing oils. It removes make-up effectively, although I need two cleanses to completely remove heavy eye make-up. Then again, I find this to be the case with all cleansers and I double cleanse anyway. But I am finding this one is perfect for getting rid of stubborn mascara and eyeliner without pulling on the skin too much. Using 3 pumps of the oil and rubbing it gently into my skin, the cleansing oil easily breaks down makeup, even the most stubborn eyeliner. Once you have broken down all the makeup, apply some water to wash the product off. At this point I tend to remove the final bits of oil with a flannel to make sure the skin is completely clean. I also find using a fresh flannel each time helps with your complexion too, I have one for each day!

I have been using this all over my face as part of my cleansing routine. Something that has had a real shake up to battle my dry patches, breakouts and dark circles. I can honestly say that it has made removing all of my makeup so much easier. I don’t tend to layer that much makeup on my face as I prefer a natural base, but I do go in hard on the eyes. There will be eyeshadows, liner, highlighter, blush and then layer upon layer of mascara, so a cleanser has a lot of work to do. Wearing makeup, and just life in general, can result in clogged pores and your complexion looking dull and this cleansing oil tackles that with ease. It dissolves the debris that clogs the pores, reduces excess oil in the skin, tackles micro-pollution particles and leaves you with a bright and calm complexion. Your makeup is instantly dissolved and you don’t have to spend 15 minutes scrubbing away at your eyes.

If however you have oily skin, I wouldn’t say this is the best product for you. Caudalie suggest that this cleanser is more suited to dry, sensitive or combination skin. If your skin is really dry, you need to replace the lost skin lipids with an oil-based product to help repair the integrity of the skin; the drier the skin, the richer the product you should use. So for me, this one is perfect. I am already a huge fan of Caudalie and I intend to add more of their products into my life, that's for sure. So this is a welcome addition to my stash, I must say I am completed converted to an oil based cleanser.

Have you tried Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil? If so, what did you think? I am also looking for some other recommendations from the Caudalie range, so hit me up with your favourites. 

Gift Guide: Perfect Gift Ideas for Father's Day

|
Can you believe it, it's less than a month until Father's Day! I never have a clue what to get my husband or my dad, mainly because getting gifts for a man can be so difficult. They never like to give you ideas, not like subtle hints us ladies like to drop. Nope, none whatsoever. Are you stumped for Father's Day? Well fear not, I have complied a little list of gifts that would be perfect for that special man in your life.


Clothing

I think the most obvious idea for Father's Day is clothing. Whether is pyjamas, socks or a simple t-shirt you can't really go wrong. Just make sure that you get the right size, last thing you want to do is make them feel bad with a t-shirt that is too small or too big. Now my husband is pretty picky when it comes to his clothes. But I guess being with him over ten years you could say that I have got to know his style a little and I have found the perfect t-shirt for him that I know that he will love. This Lyle and Scott Mini Square Dot Pocket Polo is perfect for those causal looks but can be great for a smarter look with chinos for a date night. Get The Label is a great place to discover so many great brands at brilliant prices, and now if you sign up you can get 10% off.

Personalised Gifts

Getting something personalised is normally the way to go for Father's Day. There are hundreds of unique personalised gift you could get both Dad's and Grandad's from a frames, pillows, coasters to key rings, books and even hammers - you are really spoiled for choice. Something a little more personal is always a great way to show your loved one you care. Now there are so many different personalised gifts that you can seek out for them but I think that something that could come in handy, or useful would be a great gift. Just like this personalised Tea Mug from Bags of Love. A personalised tea mug is a beautiful gift, which can feature a few treasured photos or designs, custom printed mugs will be a family favourite in any household and make an extra special gift. Tea makes everything better, but this personalised tea mug will definitely make any brew experience even more enjoyable. Normally I like to get a small gift from the little lady for him and I have to say that a personalised keyring is a cute idea and so we have picked out a couple as he has so many keys. However, for my Dad I have been formally warned that he is all mugged out over the years. My parents cupboards have become a little crazy over the years. 

Grooming 

For Father's Day we normally opt for form of voucher, something personalised or the little lady likes to try and create a masterpiece that he can treasure forever. But can you really go wrong with a razor? It's something that they need and can never have too many of them. Just like this Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Chrome Edition Razor which features 5 anti-friction blades for a shave you barely feel, and a chrome effect handle that lets you shave in style. With FlexBall technology, ProGlide responds to contours and gets virtually every hair. You could even get a subscription for them like this great one with The Personal Barber. Perhaps get him something that he hasn't tried before and after a spritz or two in the perfume shop I settle on this Lacoste Live Male Eau De Toilette. For the Dads and Grandad's something that they seem to love is good ole bottle of Old Spice, like some Bearglove Old Spice.


Style

When it comes to Father's we also have to consider their personal style. A wallet is something that makes complete sense to add this into a gift guide for Father's Day. This black wallet from RJR.John Rocha+ is made from premium Italian leather with a tabbed popper fastening and a fold out pass holder and it all comes in a gifted box, making the perfect gift. I adore this Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Men’s Watch they will most definitely stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Globenfeld have designed a Super Sport Series to improve on its overall toughness and masculine style. Featuring a 51mm case, adjustable stainless steel comfort band, and scratch resistant mineral crystal glass make it large and noticeable yet durable and comfortable without being too heavy or disruptive. Extra sports features give you the practical functions to go along with your sophisticated sense of style. You’ll look and play the part in the boardroom, on the track, and everywhere in between.


Gadgets

Most men love electronics, so this is sure to be a safe bet for sure. First up let's talk about phones. Whether he loves an iPhone or an android is more their thing there is something out there for them. With the recent release of the iPhone X everyone wants or is at least talking about it. But be prepared to dig deep for one of these beauties, but this does mean you may be able to get some fantastic deals on the older versions so don't forget to compare. Now don't forget the all important accessories to go with their brand new phone, why not try these all important essential bundles. However, if you're looking for something a little more budget friendly, a gift such as these Bench Bluetooth speakers could be more suited, making it an ideal gift for guys who love to listen to their favourite music anywhere, anytime. I also think that gifts from Zippo offer some really great ideas too. A leather wrapped hip flask or these Zippo engraved lighters a keepsake for a dad to have forever. The one pictured is in Black Ice so why not surprise a Father or a husband with a customised gift that is not only eye-catching, but also carries the lifelong Zippo guarantee? 


So there you have it, a couple of gift ideas for Father's Day. I am more than sure you'll be able to get something for him to make him smile. What have you got your Father for Father's Day?

GLOSSYBOX - June 2018: French Riviera!

|
Grab your sunnies and your striped tee because this month Glossy are heading to the French Riviera! At the moment, Glossy can't seem to put a foot wrong with their monthly boxes and their special edition oh my word, seriously one worth getting! June's box is all about the chic and sophisticated French beauty essentials right to your door step, with a collection of beauty products to make you feel at home among all those beaches, beautiful surroundings and amazing cuisine. So sit back and dream all about the French Riviera with June's GLOSSYBOX. If receiving your June GLOSSYBOX isn’t exciting enough, this month Glossy also have an exclusive collaboration with hair care brand REMINGTON. They have hidden 5 very special golden tickets in this month’s GLOSSYBOXES! Eeeek!


If you're new to Glossybox, it's a monthly subscription box that comes packed with both full sized products that cover all areas of beauty from skin care, hair, nails, makeup and everything else in between from brands we all love to those new discoveries that we wouldn't normally get to try if it wasn't for Glossybox. Each box costs £13.25 per month and contains contents that are always over the cost of the box. In a nutshell, you get a box full of goodies all for that monthly price.

So without further ado, let's see what's in the Glossybox for June.

LARITZY Cosmetics. Shade Stix in Aloha. RRP | £18.00

Isn’t this just the perfect shade to give that sunkissed glow? This buildable formula gives off the perfect sun kissed glow, regardless of how bright it is. Simply swipe where you want some radiance, blend with fingers, and you’ll be a silky smooth goddess in no time. This Shade Stix is perfect for hot summer getaways, are you jetting off this summer? Then this is a travel bag must-have. I have tried out quite a few products by LARITZY Cosmetics and haven’t been disappointed. And since I am a huge fan of cream-based formulas, I know this will be my go-to summer bronzer to give me that radiant yet smooth bronze goddess look in no time. 


Monu Skin. Eye Cool Gel. RRP | £24.95

A refreshing gel to instantly restore hydration and refresh the sensitive eye area. A unique blend of Arnica, Vitamin C, Sodium Hyaluronate and Ginseng ensures the Eye Cool Gel effectively reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eye whilst lifting, plumping and correcting skin tone for a fresh, flawless look. My hunt for a perfect eye cream appears to be never ending however, one little bottle may halt my search with this eye cool gel, which is a clear liquid that instantly soothes the skin and is even better when stored in the fridge before use. So watch this space. 



Nip + Fab. Glycolic Scrub Fix. RRP | £9.95

This 3-in-1 micro scrub is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energises + awakens the skin. I have dry, sensitive skin so I'm normally cautious with face products but this product says it's suitable for all skin types. I have to say for me, it's pretty good and doesn't irritate my skins whatsoever. My skin feels cleaner, smoother and super fresh. This is one facial scrub that I will always have in the bathroom. 



Novex. Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask. RRP | £11.95

Now this not a brand that I have ever come across before, which is why I adore these beauty boxes so much. When it comes to hair care I am a little lazy, I will change shampoos and conditioners every now and again, but never give my hair the treatment it deserves. So I am very excited to be able to try this hair mask. We all need to indulge in some T.L.C when it comes to our hair too ensure that our hair feels hydrated, nourishds, free of frizz and split ends. This mask is enriched with baobab oil and it's free from any nasties, making it an even better choice.


Gatineau. Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. RRP | £21.00

Now this is a French classic beauty brand, founded years ago by none other than Madame Jeanne Gatineau. So I was more than happy to see this. Micellar waters seem to have become quite popular in the beauty world with lots of brands bringing out their own product to take on the trend. For those who don't know. micellar waters are a type of make up remover that is a lot kinder to our skin, especially with the eye area and is therefore a really effective make up remover that doesn't leave an residue on your face. Not forgetting that it will help cleanse and tone your skin too. For me I have been an avid user of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. However, I have finished my bottle and this make up remover came at the right time. This gentle eye makeup remover is oil-free and formulated with cucumber, green tea and Aloe Vera. 


July Sneak Peek:

All subscribers will receive sea water hair spray from SENHOR, and seeing as it's nearly summer, this sounds like the perfect gem to embrace those natural beachy waves. 

You can see more of what I’m loving over on my Instagram
Come say Hi!

A Morning Skincare Routine Shake Up That Actually Works

|
My skin and me have not been getting on lately, it's red and sore, full of blemishes, super sensitive and I can't seem to find anything that helps. And so I have decided to have a skincare overhaul and adapt a new skin care routine and chuck out everything I used and started from scratch. I am two weeks into the new routine and so far my skin is feeling more nourished and certainly hydrated, however I still have a long way to go with battling my dark circles and breakouts. But I think I may have finally cracked it and created the perfect morning routine that actually works. It's been a long journey and left me with an empty purse but my skin is getting better and better. So it's worth it!


We all know the importance of night time skincare, but a solid morning routine is just as crucial. A night time skincare routine aims to help skin issues before the regenerative process of sleep begins, but daytime skincare is all about protection and preservation. One of the best routines out there seems to be a routine full of twelve steps for the blemish free complexion, but who really has time for twelve steps everyday. So today I wanted to share my quick and easy morning skincare routine shake up that actually works. 


First thing in the morning, cleanse your skin with water, then a foam based cleanser. Water removes the few impurities that settle on the face during the night, and keeps skin hydrated, too. Foam cleansers are just that: cleansers that have some sort of foaming, sudsy quality to them. They’re usually suggested for oily and acne-prone skin types since they are meant to deep clean the skin by getting rid of excess oil and sebum, as well as work to uproot any debris stuck in your pores, helping to keep your skin clean and refreshed. My favourite one is this Aloe Calming Foaming Facial Wash from the Body Shop. Now I must admit, their Aloe range is my absolute favourite. This gentle cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and calmed. And it's amazing for those with sensitive skin. I have been using this facial wash every morning for the past two weeks, and I can already feel the benefits. I'm not going to sit here and write that I have a clear complexion that's blemish free, but this foaming cleanser has most definitely made a difference already. 


Toner is easily the most misunderstood skin care product and way more important than it receives credit for. Toner is the first barrier product you apply – good toner balances your skin’s PH, and is intended to hydrate – not strip your skin. But balance the skin's pH levels, it's important to apply toner; otherwise the skin can become dry and dehydrated. Toner further helps to absorb the next products you apply. My favourite toner is from the body shop and their Aloe Calming Toner that gently tone, prime and refresh your skin with our soothing toner. Aloe effectively removes residual impurities, to refresh and clarify sensitive skin. 


However I much prefer using an essence. Now this is some what a new discovery. The essence is really the heart of a Korean skin care routine, a step that is credited to their culture and probably seen as the most important part of the a morning routine. I'm so glad that I made the discovery.  Essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum. It works perfectly to hydrate the complexion, aiding cellular turnover for a youthful appearance. One that I have been using is this LUMENE Valo (Light) Glow Boost Essence. When we want to achieve a glowing finish we often reach for a dewy foundation to do the trick. But what if instead it was as simple as the skincare we used beforehand to guarantee a hydrated and beautifully glowing base? Introducing this Valo Glow Boost Essence from Lumene- a foolproof solution for reviving fatigued and dull looking skin and instead swapping it out for a glow. I love this essence! I've been using it to prep my skin before make up or if my skin needs an extra moisture boost. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and looking really lovely and dewy. And it's smell so good. 


The most important (and expensive) step in your morning skincare routine is a serum. Let's be honest throughout the day you are faced with many things that can affect your complexion; pollution, the elements, dirty hands, your phone screen and even makeup and top ups. Serums see to it that none of those affect your skin. These concentrated formulas with an unprecedented amount of active ingredients, target specific skin concerns like wrinkles, dark spots, and dehydration. The Skin Chemist 24hr Aqua Repair Facial Serum is perfect for a high dose of moisture to set you up for the day. This 24 hour repair facial serum has been formulated to soothe and hydrate the skin. I think for me, this was something that I was really looking forward to putting into my morning routine. My skin has been battling the elements this year so it needs some extra T.L.C and it has done just that. 


There is no such thing as skin that is too hydrated. Applying a soothing moisturiser in a light layer across the skin for long lasting all-day hydration is a must. I decided to relive my youth and try some new products on the market, namely Simple's Water Boost Hydrating Booster. Specifically designed to reverse dehydration signs such as dry, rough, tight or dull looking skin, making it ideal for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. Lightweight formulation instantly quenches thirsty skin, making it look and feel healthy, supple and soft to the touch.


Now we have the basis for hydrated and moisturised skin, let's go all in and talk primers and in particular this pore perfecter. Lately, I have been really struggling with my foundation, in that it never likes to actually stay on my face. By the end of the day my makeup has either rubbed off or my skin looks red and patchy. So I need something that may help with my complexion. This Figs & Rouge. Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD+ Matte Veil is designed to keep the skin shine free, blur pores and help reduce impurities and tackle breakouts. It can be used along or as part of a makeup routine, something that I have been using under my makeup and it's made such the difference. The product comes out of the tube silky and super lightweight and left my skin completely matte, perfect base for my makeup. Once it dries, I will then begin my makeup routine! 

So that's it! A morning skincare routine shake up that actually works. Have you used any of the products that I mentioned in my routine? You'll have to let me know in the comments. Now don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for my night time routine. 

Post Signature