I was introduced to the Little Brian paint sticks back in September 2018 when I attended the blogging conference BlogOnToys in Manchester. With a little lady that loves to get creative and crafty their mess free, versatile and super fun method of painting which was being exhibited appealed to me instantly! Infact they are still very much a favourite in our craft box and so I was very excited to be given the opportunity to try out the new Little Brian Art Face Paint Sticks which have recently been launched.
Greaterskies create beautiful, high quality custom star maps which will capture thousands of stars, the moon, the sun and the planets, seen from your chosen place, date and time. What an incredible way to cherish those special moments, with a truly unique, personalised keepsake that would make a tremendous gift of the stars for loved ones and a great way to cherish a special time of your own. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review one of these fantastic prints and celebrate our own special time and treasured moment with a Greaterskies Little star map.
Hiya you lovely lot and Hello 2019! So we are entering our 2nd week of January…already and we are now fully back into our normal routine, hubby and I were back to work on the 2nd and Little lady returned to yesterday after a lovely festive break and seemed to be raring to get back to see her friends.
We had such a great Christmas and in many ways it has seemed to have flown by however it is nice to get back to a routine aswell.
It’s mixed emotions though as although I’ve definitely had a few of those “can’t wait for Preschool to start” moments during little madams toddler tantrums and teenage like attitude (I get the whole threenager thing now for sure) I missed my mini me for the few hours she was away and was soooo looking forward to hearing about what she got up to.
Her response was “playing” when asked and she seemed to have had a fun morning, she was a little tired but in a very good mood. She absolutely loves Preschool and having the routine definitely improves her behaviour.
So New year is that time alot of us reflect and focus on making resolutions and setting certain goals to change and/or improve certain aspects of our lives. Of course not something everyone does, it’s not always something I have done and for me it’s more lifestyle changes rather than set goals but I suppose these are sort of like my resolutions for the new year which I thought I’d document and share. Here i have listed 5 lifestyle changes I want to make, there maybe some more I want to add however we’ll start with these and I intend to document how I’m getting on here on the blog. So here we go….
Get outside more.
We live in the beautiful Cotswolds and are so, so very lucky to be surrounded with stunning countryside and picturesque places to visit. All three of us love to get out in the great outdoors and explore however in the latter part of last year my anxiety worsened and we didn’t venture out anywhere near as much as I would like. This year I want us to get out even more, discover new places and revisit are favourites, walk more of the stunning countryside and adventure around the Cotswolds and beyond! I’m so excited for this and as well as being fantastic family time I’m certain it will be a massive help with getting me back on track with my anxiety.
Drink more water!
This is something that I’m incredibly bad at sticking too but it’s so so very important for so many reasons! Some days I will literally just have a couple of cups of good old English breakfast tea and most days I will get no where near the recommended 8 glasses. I’m certain it’s a huge factor in why I feel so sluggish at times. There are so many health benefits to staying hydrated and feeling more energised is one of them! This is something I’m determined to stick to.
Eat more fruit and veg.
When it comes to mealtimes I will make sure that little lady is getting her fruit and veg, since weaning it’s been a priority, she doesn’t always eat it of course, she’s great with her fruits, not so good with the veg but is improving. I concern myself with how much she is getting however I don’t share that same concern for myself! Why? It doesn’t even make sense, we need to look after our bodies too right so I intend to make more of an effort with my own diet and get those nutrients! Getting hubby to eat anything green though…now there’s a challenge.
Improve skin/hair/bodycare routine
Now as a beauty therapist I spend a great deal of time pampering others and i love all things beauty but don’t tend to find the time or put the effort into doing it for myself. Since becoming a mummy my skincare routine is non existent, wet wipes are my main cleansing product, I can’t remember the last time I used a body lotion and the only product I use on my hair is little ladys shampoo!! I can’t believe I’ve just admitted that but that’s how it is! However now I’m getting older, ladies and gents, I’m just not getting away with it anymore… my skin is in desperate need for a solid regular routine! Also I love discovering and using new and favourite beauty products!!! I can’t wait to share my favourites with you.
Really all of the above relates to the importance of self care. I’ve spoke about my desire to dedicate more time to self care here on my blog before and that’s often where it will stop…I talk about wanting to do these things but never put it into practice. It’s making me rubbish and ultimately these little changes combined is sure to make a huge difference to me, my struggles with anxiety, make me feel better about myself overall and improve my health and mental wellbeing. Self care, It’s something that we all deserve. For many of us, parents and non parents alike life is busy, stressful, at times overwhelming and whether it’s taking a long hot bubbly bath, ensuring you’re getting enough water, reading a book or simply just taking 5 minutes to yourself…it’s important. My family is my number one priority, that won’t change and I’m sure that’s the same for most but it’s not selfish to look after yourself too and that’s something I’ll be working on throughout this year in order to be a better person for the ones I love and for myself. One of my favourite quotes is “you can’t pour from an empty cup” in order to give your best to your loved ones you have to look after you too.
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Do you have any New year’s resolutions? If you have I’d love to hear about them, pop me a comment below.
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Hello and a very, very happy New year to you all! I hope that 2018 was kind to you and whether you’re looking back on the last year with a smile or glad to see the back of it I hope you had lots of fun welcoming in the new year and I really hope that 2019 will bring you even more happiness, laughter love and fond memories.
On Friday the 14th of December we had a lovely, festive and certainly enchanting evening at the very beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum for there annual event Enchanted Christmas.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the run up to the big day. Yes, we are certainly well and truly into the the festive season in fact as i’m writing this there is less than 2 weeks until Christmas day and although we’ve definitely been alot more organised this time around December seems to be flying by just as quickly as the rest of the year! Family traditions are in full swing, Christmas preparations are full steam ahead and excitement is building in anticipation for the 25th of December and the festivities ahead.
For many years now we have done the majority of our shopping in the larger chains of supermarkets. We occasionally pop into Asda and Morrisons but do most of our main food shop in the giant of the supermarket world Tesco. I suppose one of the main factors for this is simply convenience because Tesco is our closest store and it’s just what we’re used to. However lately it seems we have been spending a small fortune on our groceries and with Christmas fast approaching and home improvement plans on the cards we are determined to become more shopping savvy and save some money.
I’ve been considering trying our local Aldi store for a long while now and after some quite wonderful reviews from a few family members and friends and hearing of their incredible savings Luke and I decided it had to be done. So last weekend we went along to check out what Aldi had to offer!
I’ll be honest, I was quite excited, definitely more so than my husband who does tend to prefer the big brand names (I call him a brand snob) however lately he has been more open to trying the more budget friendly options. First Impressions of Aldi are very positive, we didn’t go with a full shop planned and had no list it was more of a little top up shop and mainly to do a little recon of the store to see if we thought a switch would be possible for us.
We came out with 2 full bags, a large pumpkin, because me and little lady convinced Daddy we must have a practice run with our design, and a Halloween craft kit which i’m going to insert a photo of because we were so impressed with it!
It’s a decorate your own witches hat and wand and little lady (and myself) had so much fun with it! For £1.99 you can’t go wrong.
We was also thoroughly impressed with The final total of £20.23p for the goods that we brought which included fresh produce and we’ll definitely shop there again, however could we do a total switch?
Now for a confession ….We did head into Tesco the following day, I know, another day another supermarket, we needed a few things for little ones lunch box and some other bits that we didn’t pick up from Aldi but as I said we never went along with a list or wanting anything in particular so I’m not saying we couldn’t of found it there. On my last online shop with Tesco I noticed a few new budget friendly brands and during our quick shop on Sunday we picked up some things from these ranges and was quite surprised with how inexpensive they were.
We only picked up a few products including a couple of ready meals, which we don’t normally buy however if they are as tasty as they look they would be great alternatives for me on my work days. There is alot more available from these ranges most of which is under £1. So with the discovery of these budget friendly brands such as Hearty Food Company, The Grower’s Harvest and Molly’s and sticking to the more inexpensive products could we save just as much as if we made a switch to Aldi? That’s what I intend to find out over the next few weeks and what I’ll be documenting on the blog in my new Budget buying series.
Now I will admit that both myself and Luke are impulse buyers, we never take shopping lists and tend to buy alot more than what we probably need so this is also factors we’ll be taking into account and working to change in order to be able to put some pennies (hopefully pounds) aside for other things.
I had quite alot of interest on Twitter on my opinion of Aldi which was lovely (if any of you are reading this I really enjoyed chatting with you all) and so I am planning a grocery shop price comparison where we’ll comprise a shopping list of products we buy regularly, we’ll document the cost from Tesco and them buy the same or find close alternatives from Aldi and compare the final total. I can’t wait to find out the outcome and share it with you and see if we are going to go ahead and make the switch to Aldi! I’ll keep you updated.
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