Monday, 24 September 2018

Molton Brown's New Fragrance Jasmine & Sun Rose

When it comes to luxury fragrance and bath, Molton Brown is my guilty pleasure. There's something so luxurious about Molton Brown, something that has always stuck with me from childhood. Whenever my aunt use to travel and stay in hotels where Molton Brown was found in the rooms, she always brought back the miniatures for me and it's something that I have always remembered. I find their products so quintessentially British and my love for them has never faltered. So I give you the brand new fragrance from Molton Brown that I've fallen head over heels for...

Friday, 21 September 2018

Two Beauty Bits from Aveda You'll Love

I recently shared a post on the gorgeous lip line, Feed My Lips by Aveda when I added Morello, a deep cherry shade to my lip drawer. I loved it so much that I now have my signature shade from the range and a treat for my lashes too. Aveda are a brand I've really invested my time in over the last couple of years, I adore their hair products so it was inevitable that I'd venture into their makeup too.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey Facial Peel

If there is one thing I always make time for, it's a face mask whether it's during a hot bubble bath or at 11am and I'm trying not to terrify Joshua while I'm wearing a sheet mask. I just love a good mask and so does my skin. In recent weeks, I've been giving my skin the once over with the Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey Facial Peel  (£29.99) and my skin is eternally grateful for my good deed. Aimed to help revitalise tired and dull looking complexions, this stuff should be handed to new mums along with their baby.

Monday, 17 September 2018

The NEW Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

I'm a self confessed lipstick lover but if there was ever a product to replace my first love it would have to be foundation. I feel like I've always been on a mission to find something that perfectly applies to my skin to leave a beautiful blank canvas to work my magic on. I have a love hate relationship with Clarins Foundations so when the Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (£30.00) was launched with a new formula I wondered whether this would finally be the one for me and my makeup sense were right, I love the stuff.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Baby Spake is Eleven Months Old

We have one month, just one month until my main guy is one and I am not ready. I keep crying because it's getting so close so I've been channeling all my feelings into throwing Joshua a pretty extra birthday party. I have a few party planning buddies that have all wanted to help so it's been so lovely to be able turn my idea into a reality. If I was in Hey Dougie I'd be getting my Pinterest badge. We've had a big month of changes, we've had more teeth, steps and a really disappointing dietitian appointment but it's all gone so, so quickly once again. 

We have nine teeth! The pesky tooth that I've been on about for ages has cut and come through so we have four bottom teeth and then when he threw his head back laughing one day I discovered a top molar. The poor little lamb must've been in so much pain and we didn't realise as we thought it was just the one coming through. 

He'll be eating steak before we know it. 

We FINALLY had the dietitian appointment for Joshua's allergy this week although it was a complete waste of time and we're no nearer to finding out if it's lactose or cows milk protein that's the issue. The woman we saw was nice enough but had we seen a specially programmed NHS robot, I wouldn't have known the difference. It was a sales pitch, nothing more, nothing less. We were told to start Joshua on the milk ladder which went a bit like this - biscuit, muffin, scones, pancakes and so on. Hardly the most healthy way of doing things and a complete waste of paper. I accidentally gave him something with dairy in just six weeks ago and he was so poorly but she didn't take this bit of information on-board at all and again pushed the milk ladder.

I questioned why we would we give Joshua something that we know makes him ill when if we were raising him vegan, they wouldn't question us and she had no answers. I'm so glad I took my Dad with me because he was able to say about the family history as my mum, sister and I are all the same when it comes to dairy but she didn't really see the relevance. Once I confirmed with her that I was okay to switch Joshua to soya, almond, coconut or oat milk that was it. Our decision was made and he would continue to be dairy free while I continue to have zero faith in the NHS. Calm restored.

Sleep is a bit rubbish at the moment but those teeth aren't giving any of us a break so we'll snuggle as a three and get through it together. The new mattress is still a hit so at least that's something. Now just to do something with the practically brand new one that is in our hallway at the moment. 

Joshua's hair is starting to come through thick and fast, at last. He has the fairest blonde hair and he's definitely not my dark haired baby I thought I would have. He is just so, so fair with beautiful blue eyes. 

September has seen a flurry of new sounds, words, hand gestures and WALKING!! The last one was a big shock as we didn't expect him to walk so soon but his drunk man waddle is the cutest thing I have ever seen and he looks so proud of himself when he gets up, sets himself straight and walks towards us all by himself. 

He's started to hold things to his ear saying hello or he waves at us saying hello and he also said bye bye to my Nan last week at the right time. Who knew baby babble could be so adorable. It's just been an entire month of firsts and it's been so lovely to watch him grow as much as I want to cry every time something new and big happens.

Joshua starts a new baby class next week called Adventure Babies which is a song and sensory class. Arran is taking him to the first session as I'm on a press trip and then I'll do the rest of the term, I can't wait as it's a little different to what we've done previously. I'm still in two minds whether to find something else too but I need to do some research, we have a great group of mum and baby friends we now meet up with weekly so that definitely helps as does the coffee. 

I can't believe the next post will be Joshua is one!

Joshua is wearing 
Navy blue top from F&F Clothing 


Friday, 14 September 2018

Why We Love Jurlique Baby Skincare

Caring for your babies skin is so important, with Arran and I suffering with sensitive skin as children I was very aware of what we would use on Joshua's skin from the get go. We love brands such as Aveeno, Sebamed and Mustela but when it comes to massaging his little tum and keeping his cheeks super soft we always turn to the Jurlique baby range.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush

I have loved and used Lee Stafford hair products since I was a teen which was a pretty long time ago, and whenever I see the hot pink bottles and cool packaging I can't help but feel a little nostalgic. I had the Lee Stafford Cactus Crush collection arrive in August for me to try and it was love at first smell, boy does this collection smell good. I put the shampoo and conditioner straight in my bathroom so I don't think I even showed those two products in my unboxing because I was already using them. 

You just can't beat a bit of Lee Stafford hair care. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

8 Reasons to eat at Gusto Lounge

Eating in Southampton is one of my favourite things to do, hell eating is one of my favourite things to do so when Gusto Lounge in Southampton got in touch with an offering of delicious food, a cocktail menu and the promise of a fabulous evening, I said yes. Obviously. 

Gusto Lounge is an Italian restaurant situated in the city centre and serves warming Italian food, yummy seafood and the best warm bread and oil you'll find in Southampton. Seriously, it was something else. I've walked past Gusto many times and have never been in and now I'm kicking myself because WHAT a surprise, I can tell ya. 

If that's not reason enough to try Gusto then here are eight more...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Your Menstrual Cup Questions Answered

I really recently shared My Experience on using a Menstrual Cup and I was asked so many questions on Instagram that I thought I'd share them within a post. I made the decision to start using a menstrual cup after I found tampons really uncomfortable after having a baby and so I started looking at other options and with the impact of tampons on the environment and wanting to start leading a greener life, a cup was the obvious choice. So grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read over my answers to some of your questions. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

My First Time using a Menstrual Cup

What do you think of when you hear the words menstrual cup? 

Gross? Messy? Disgusting? I thought all of those when I first heard about them, I'm slightly squeamish and at the time, they just weren't for me. I liked the convenience of grabbing a tampon and getting on with my day but as I've got older and taught myself more about my period, my cycle and my body I kept going back to the idea of using a cup especially since having a baby. 

If you're not into blood, mess or TMI details then this post isn't for you...

Sunday, 2 September 2018

August in Instagram

Another month has been and gone and now we're on the fast track to Autumn, my favourite season ever! As I've said before my Instagram round ups are my least popular posts and they don't get many views at all but I love them and having a record of what I shared each month. So with that in mind, I'm going to continue sharing them, mostly for me. If you ever want to have a nose at some more then I've added an Instagram Round Up tab to the categories above. Now for August 2018...

Friday, 24 August 2018

A Helping of French Skincare Sanoflore

French Skincare is something I haven't really delved into apart from Bioderma because I haven't known where to start or what I'm looking for. I discovered Sanoflore recently, a best selling French brand which arrived in the UK in June and so I've been trying out some of their hottest products for some time now. The certified organic brand combines the best of what nature has to offer with a modern scientific twist plus I am obsessed with that packaging.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Bobbi Brown's Beach Eye Trio

Bronze eyes are my jam so when this gorgeous little thing from Bobbi Brown landed, I was very happy indeed. Bobbi Brown is unbelievably a brand I have never explored until this year. I know, where the hell have I been?! I don't even have the excuse of not having a counter in Southampton because we do and it's full of the most helpful babes ever who helped me pick out even more of the cream shadow sticks recently. I've pretty much concentrated on eye products from Bobbi Brown so far and I haven't been disappointed so World Duty Free whipped up a treat with this one. 

Monday, 20 August 2018

The app that'll change the way you shop

What do you think of when you hear the word highstreet? It's dead? Behind the times? Everything is now online? It is definitely something that has rapidly changed over the years and with more and more stores heading towards administration you'd be right to think that something rapidly needs to change. I'm a highstreet shopper, yes I love Amazon for ease and use it regularly but I also love browsing the highstreet and with the excuse of getting out the house because of Joshua, I use it more now than I ever did before. Jisp, for me is something that I never knew I needed but it has quickly become something I check daily so why should you download Jisp too? I'll tell ya... 

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Baby Spake is ten months old

We're having a quick break from beauty today because my little squidge is ten months old! I've been an emotional wreck the last week because ten months for me is pretty much the entire time I carried him and we're edging even closer to his first birthday which I'm not emotionally prepared for either. People always say that the months fly by and they really do. I say this every month but Joshua has changed so much in just four weeks. Arran and I have spent more time saying "Omg did you just see that!" than anything else this month because he is just growing up so fast.

Friday, 17 August 2018

The £25 mascara worth every penny

It is not often I fall head over heels for a mascara on the first use but the Hourglass Caution mascara has well and truly wowed me. I have quite short lashes so I always need to use a bit of mascara to achieve any sort of wow factor to my look. I'm also quite particular about what I use and have some firm favourites I don't tend to move away from, until now. The Hourglass Caution Mascara (£25.00) landed in my hands by complete surprise and as my first ever piece of makeup from Hourglass, I was VERY excited to try it. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Evercalm Skin from Ren Skincare

When it comes to skincare, Ren are one of my favourite brands to rely on because you know exactly what you're going to get. Their targeted ranges make finding what's right for you super easy and with over ten ranges to choose from, you're guaranteed to find something that will work perfectly for you. One of my all time favourite products is the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask but with my skin changing so much since I've had a baby and becoming more sensitive again, I thought I'd explore more of what is available and that is how I came to discover the multi award winning Evercalm range. 

The Evercalm range is full of wonder products to pamper sensitive skin. Focusing on soothing and calming, the products help reduce redness, calm irritants and help restore the skins barrier against environmental stress which does more damage than I think we sometimes realise. Choose from individual products or make the most of their saver bundles and allow your skin to become the best it's been. I need Evercalm to over haul my entire life, not just my skin. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Be a Beach Bronzed Goddess

Ah bronzer. It can take some time to find your ideal bronze shade without looking muddy or as if you've used none at all. Highstreet wise, I stick to Maxfactor but some of my favourite bronzers are higher end such as Nars Laguna and Benefit Hoola. I much prefer a matte bronze over a shimmer so that I can use it to contour my face and add some definition when I've snuck a biscuit too many. Urban Decay is a brand I've loved for years and so it was inevitable that Beached Bronzer would eventually join my collection of matte bronzers. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Matte Lip Heaven with Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet

Oh hey, it's me back with more lipsticks, more matte lipsticks to be precise and I don't want you to freak your bank account out but you're gonna want to nip to Clarins ASAP. I LOVE a matte lip, I've tried various brands, formulas and shades, I know my favourites and I know what doesn't work so when Clarins came along with a matte lipstick which gave the incredibly matte finish I desire while moisturising my lips better than shea butter, well I sat up and took notice.

Friday, 10 August 2018

MAC Cosmetics Look in a Box Be Sensational

MAC Cosmetics lipsticks have been my jam for years now, I bought my first lipstick when I was fourteen when they were only £10.50 and the love continues all these years later. I have quite the collection and some firm favourites so even I was surprised to discover that I didn't own a single one of the shades in the MAC Cosmetics Look in a Box Be Sensational, exclusively available from World Duty Free.

There's some killer shades inside...

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Five Travel Favourites

We're in the throws of summer and the weather has been beautiful for once so it seemed only right to share five travel favourites I've been relying on over the last month that all fit perfectly in my carry on. We have a few trips planned over the coming months so finding my favourites now has really saved some time. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Glow Bright with Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo

If there's one thing I strive for daily, it's a fabulous glow thanks to one of my many trusty highlighters but recently I've been falling a little out of the love with then norm and a sudden urge to find something new. It was as if the Pixi fairy gods heard and before I knew it, the Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo landed and I was set to glow bright for ever more. There are two duo compacts available from Pixi and you're probably gonna need both because they're bloody beautiful! 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bringing my skin back to life with Pai Skincare

A new season brings a new skincare routine for me as my skin begins to feel dry and lacking hydration in the summer months. Pai Skincare is a complete new brand for me, we use their baby skincare on Joshua so it was inevitable that I'd find some products to try for myself. I started with the basics for any skincare routine, a cleanser, facial oil, serum and moisturiser and as my skin takes a slight battering in the heat, despite my use of factor 50, the only thing giving it some life at the moment are four products from Pai. 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Feed My Lips with Aveda

When it comes to lipstick, you guys know I like a bold lip so when Aveda introduced their Feed My Lips collection my ears pricked up. I've used Aveda haircare for a few years but I didn't know they also sold makeup so a whole new world of products have been opened up to me and let's just say, the bank account groaned a little. 

Aveda's new long wear, nourishing lip collection is designed to compliment your hair colour and features 23 show stopping shades that you'll want to fall in love with. The naturally derived, cruelty free and plant infused lip treatments are housed in post consumer recycled packaging using materials sources from certified woodland. One of the many reasons I love Aveda. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Urban Decay Born to Run

If there's one thing that gets me hot under the collar, it's a new palette from Urban Decay and when Born to Run fell into my mitts, I did a little squeal. The Born to Run collection is available nationwide and features everything you need when you're on the run from a 21 pan makeup palette to lipsticks and setting spray. It's a collection I never knew I needed and now I'm frantically trying to justify buying all three of the lipsticks, especially shade 66.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July in Instagram

It seems 2018 is whizzing by and now we're on round up number seven of the year! As I've said before my Instagram round ups are my least popular posts and they don't get many views at all but I love them and having a record of what I shared each month. So with that in mind, I'm going to continue sharing them, mostly for me. If you ever want to have a nose at some more then I've added an Instagram Round Up tab to the categories above. Now for July2018...

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Afternoon Tea at The White Horse Romsey

If there is one thing I love doing with friends, it's going for afternoon tea and this was all started by my Nan a few years ago. My Nan took all her grand-daughters for afternoon tea and we had such a lovely time that it has become something I do quite regularly now, it's just a really great way to spend time with the ones I love. The White Horse in Romsey have recently been awarded highly commended in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018 so with that in mind, I spent a rainy afternoon curled up in a huge armchair with friends sipping tea and eating warm scones. 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Why we upgraded to the Sleepyhead Grand

Sleep is a big topic when it comes to babies and it doesn't let up the older they get. I've been asked how Joshua sleeps by shop cashiers, waiters and strangers and it's something I always find a bit odd. We become obsessed with how babies sleep whether they're ours or not and it's something I really try not to discuss. If there is one way to bring out the sleep deprived green eyed monster in other parents, it's having a child who sleeps relatively well. 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Our Weaning Favourites

Weaning is an absolute minefield and nothing can prepare you for the fear of your little one choking whenever they put the slightest crumb near their lips. It's partly why we went down the traditional weaning route of purees. That way we knew exactly what Joshua was eating and there was low risk of choking as it was smooth purees. Now Joshua is nine months old, we're much more adventurous and he has a variety of finger foods and fruit and vegetables alongside his puree meals. We make some bits of his food ourselves but we love the ease of what is available in the shops.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

He's Crawling! Home Safety with Fred

If there's one thing we've learnt this month it's that babies move really fast and our home is incredibly unsafe. It seems like only yesterday Joshua was a little cute lump not really doing much and now he's whizzing around, trying to eat chargers and push the tv off the stand so we've had to go full scale home safety to stop the little devil from hurting himself and us having a heart attack. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

The new illusion show on P&O Cruises

In June, Southampton Bloggers headed down to Ocean Terminal in Southampton for an astonishing day with P&O Cruises at the official premiere of their brand new magic and illusion show produced by Stephen Mulhern and Jonny Wilkes. The brand new show combines the talents of both to create an incredible and interactive show to get guests exclaiming wow from their seats on P&O Cruises. 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Step on-board Celebrity Silhouette

A few weeks ago, I was invited on to explore another cruise ship with Hays Travel and you guys know I like my ships so I obviously jumped at the chance. This time it was Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette which was docked in Southampton before a Baltic cruise which FYI I am dying to do! 

It was another gloriously sunny day and after meeting at Mayflower Terminal, grabbing our passes and heading through security, we made our way on to the ship and into Ocean View cafe for fresh pastries, coffee and juices before we went off in our own tour groups for the day. I took my mum on-board with me for the day so we mooched around, escaped out on to the deck for photos and had lots of fun. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Take a bite of Mexico at Wahaca

I've never been a huge fan of Mexican food, I don't mind an El Paso kit on a Friday night but that's usually my limits, Arran however loves it so over the years I've had to accept him and his love for nachos, enchiladas, tacos and more. We first visited Wahaca last year in the early stages of my pregnancy and I hated it, nausea and tacos aren't a match made in heaven so when Wahaca recently introduced a new menu and invited me back, I thought why not?! And do you know what? I loved it! You can imagine the smile on Arran's face when I told him. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The ultimate cider experience at The Stable

If there is one thing that get's me in the mood for summer, it's an ice cold cider but my knowledge of cider goes as far as Crabbie's. I've spoken of The Stable a few times on this blog because it's somewhere Arran and I love to eat and recently I headed back for a Southampton Bloggers event which involved cider tasting and of course plenty of pizza. We chose a very sunny Sunday to head into our local Stable so an refreshing cider went down a treat! 

Monday, 23 July 2018

Make the most of ParkLives this summer

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For the last few years, I've been making the most of Park Lives which is completely free and the ideal way to get out in the fresh air in the beautiful local parks we have in Southampton. Park Lives from Coca Cola is now in its third year and you'll find numerous activities to take part in across the city, you'll get to meet people from all walks of life and you get to feel good about yourself by getting outside.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Seaside in the Square Southampton

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea! We're all familiar with the song but what if I told you the seaside has come to the centre of Southampton? In the middle of various restaurants, bars, coffee houses and offices there is now a beach and and it's going to be the place to be this Summer in Southampton. From 20th July to 22nd August in Guildhall Square, Seaside in the Square will be playing host to over a hundred events for all ages from yoga to beach football and outdoor cinema nights to a Nandos takeover. You are guaranteed to find something perfect for you.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Simple Home Styling with Desenio

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Making a house a home can take love, care, attention and especially some time. I'm very much the interior queen in our home, I have a soft spot for candles, lanterns and storage baskets much to Arran's annoyance but one thing we haven't quite found our way with is wall art and prints. We have a couple we love, a canvas of us on the night of our engagement party and of course snaps of Joshua but we haven't quite found our style throughout the rest of our home until now thanks to discovering Desenio.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Baby Spake is Nine Months Old

Another month has passed and with that, Joshua is creeping even closer to turning the big O N E! I am definitely not ready but we have already put an order in for his cake with our favourite baker and I've started a secret Pinterest board to create the perfect first birthday for our little squidge. How Joshua has been here an entire nine months now, I don't know. This time last year I was waddling around with my big ol' bump and lazing around in front of fans. Time has gone oh so fast. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas

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Cruising has changed massively the last few years, what was once the ideal holiday for older generations has fast become an option for all ages and to keep up with the demand ships are getting bigger, better and more magnificent. Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas has recently come back from an incredible refit so I grabbed my pass and hopped onboard to discover the 154 tonne cruise ship while she was docked in Southampton. We had glorious weather, clear blue skies and temperatures pushing the thirties it was as if we were already on holiday. It was just a shame we had to get off. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Pork Lovers Tour 2018

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Over the next coming weeks, up and down the United Kingdom you might spot something big, something pink and something to satisfy the foodie in you! The Pork Lovers Tour has arrived in the UK for the largest travelling promotion of Spanish pork, something I am a huge fan of after my many years of living in Spain.

You just can't beat Chorizo.

Monday, 9 July 2018

A South East Delight by Jane Devonshire

Last week, I spent an evening with a group of fabulous bloggers, Marks & Spencer and 2016 Masterchef winner, Jane Devonshire. Over a delicious spread of speciality cheeses, sweet chutney, summer delights and of course Percy Pigs we talked food, food and more food. Hampshire based chef, Jane Devonshire has come up with the M&S Best Ever South East Burger using ingredients from Marks & Spencer so I headed into store to pick up everything I'd need to recreate the burger at home in time for the football last weekend. 

Sunday, 8 July 2018

8 Reasons to visit The Mulberry Bush Nursery

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We're coming up to the time that nurseries are a main topic of conversation and after our visit to The Mulberry Nursery last month it felt like a good time to look back over all the information from the day and reasons as to why we really do love it so much. 

The Mulberry Bush Nursery recently held their latest open day at their Bitterne Park home and with the nursery now complete, it was the perfect time to head back and take a look around. The Mulberry Bush Nurseries first opened in 2013, located in Locks Heath between Southampton and Portsmouth, started by husband and wife team, Oliver and Rachael with their most recent nursery opening in Bitterne Park offering premium daycare for babies, toddlers and young children.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Come onboard Holland America Line Zuiderdam

Hi, my name is Alice and I love cruise ships! You know those weird and wonderful facts you discover about people? Well that is one of mine and in the last few months I've been getting to live my happy cruise ship obsessed life by hopping on to a number of cruise ships to explore. A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Holland America Line and one of their ships, MS Zuiderdam which is a Vista Class cruise ship and like nothing I've ever seen before. 
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