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    My current daily makeup.

    Despite working in the cosmetic industry for the past 8 years, I am quite minimal when it comes to applying makeup on myself. My preference is for a glowy base that still allows my skin to show through, defined brows and enough concealer to hide the fact that I haven’t slept since 2018. The products I use change up periodically but I am trying to use up all of the half used bits in my stash which means unfortunately some of the products I recommend are sadly discontinued. I will try to recommend alternatives wherever possible. Dior Glow Maximiser: Very sadly discontinued, Glow Maximiser is the OG radiance in a…

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    6 of the Best Winter Candles.

    I love candles. From low end to high end, fresh and floral to spicy and warm. Over the years I have tried so many different scents and brands, here are a few of my current favourite candles for winter. The White Company – Winter Botanical Large Candle. (£38) Probably the most aesthetically pleasing candle I own, scented with cinnamon, oranges and cloves, the sturdy wax walls of this candle are filled with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and berries which stay in place even after the middle has burned down. We get this one every year and it always makes me feel super festive. Slightly less practical now that Rosie is…

  • Christmas

    10 Christmas things that other people love but I don’t.

    This tag has been flying around Instagram this evening, the original template was from Lucie at lucieandthebump‘s Instagram but I have seen it on Alice and Ruth‘s stories too. It looked like fun so I fancied taking part. Please let me know if you join in and I can link to your answers too. Oh and the photo is one of the most festive I could find in my camera roll and despite the post’s title, I absolutely LOVE a glass of fizz! Christmas Eve night out: My little sister would always meet her friends at the pub on the evening of the 24th, returning home after midnight. I don’t even know if…

  • Food

    Project Doughnut Review.

    What better way to enjoy a box of doughnuts than in your pyjamas, without having to leave the house. One of the positives that has come out of the last 12 months is that during lockdown, so many great independent bakeries have diversified in to offering home delivery. I have a massive sweet tooth so this has been a real treat, although I am not sure whether my waistline would agree.   The first one I wanted to share is the Derbyshire based Project Doughnut. I really wish the photograph showed how absolutely massive the doughnuts were. They are so huge that I would honestly recommend only eating half at a…

  • Parenthood

    Mess free painting with toddlers.

    I first made these ‘mess free paintings’ when Rosie was about 9 months old. It was a rainy afternoon and I was looking for something that would keep Rosie occupied, could be used as a gift for Father’s Day and used things that we had in the house so that I didn’t have to brave the supermarket. The great thing about them is they are completely customisable and dont take much time (or effort) at all – they would make a fab homemade Christmas present! You will need: Paper or Card Paints Glitter, Glitter Glue, Sequins etc Scissors Large Ziploc/Click and Seal bag Photo frame Sellotape To begin, trim your…

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    The BEST Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe.

    When I think about the perfect brownie, it needs to be gooey but still hold its shape when cut in to chunks. It needs to be rich and decadent but not overly sickly. I have been using this recipe, based on this recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery for the past 10 years, and I dread to think how many brownies I have made (and eaten) in that time! Ingredients 200g dark chocolate (I tend to use the cheapest supermarket brand as they tend to have a high cocoa content. 150g salted butter 300g caster sugar (In a pinch I have used granulated which worked fine) 130g plain flour 3 eggs…

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    November Favourites.

    In the month where we all stayed home, unable to visit family, friends or non essential shops there were a few items that made my life at home that bit easier. The temperature has dropped and we aren’t spending as much time outside as we did in the first lockdown – this month has been all about keeping cosy at home. Rose and Bee Textiles Liberty Fitted Face Covering. (Yorkshire Meadow).   I first discovered Caroline’s shop via her Instagram on one of my late night scrolling sessions when I was up with Rosie. I added a few things to my mental wishlist but finally took the plunge and ordered some…

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    Christmas: December 1st Box.

    On the lead up to Christmas, Instagram is full of parents proudly sharing the contents of their children’s Christmas Eve boxes. Now that Rosie is getting old enough to be really aware of Christmas, I was really excited to make her one of her own. All being well and dependant on current regulations, we will be staying with my parents on Christmas Eve. With this in mind and with Rosie still only being 2, we decided that instead of a Christmas Eve Box, we will start our tradition as a December Box. On the morning of the 1st of December, Rosie will come down to a box filled with goodies…

  • Parenthood

    Play: Update your puzzles with this quick step.

    A while back I saw on Rebecca from northyorkshiremama (https://bit.ly/2IDPsH) share that she had put some photographs behind the pieces of one of her little boy’s peg puzzles. As they are a similar age, I made a mental note to try it for Rosie but then life got in the way and I completely forgot.  I was having a browse in our local charity shop and spotted the Melissa and Doug Latches Board, in perfect condition for £2. I had been looking at similar busy boards previously but thought they may have been too grown up for Rosie, especially as they advertise being suitable for 3+. With it being such…

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    Midweek Meals : Speedy Veggie Curry (Toddler Friendly)

    This curry recipe started off as a recreation of the Leon Coconut Chicken and Petit Pois Curry which you can find in their Naturally Fast Food cookbook (or see it here bit.ly/3hKDW8i if you don’t have a copy on your bookshelf). I really don’t like peas so straightaway I swapped them for some edamame beans which we had in the freezer. I trialled making it without chicken when planning a vegetarian supper for family and realised that it is just as great without, and much cheaper! This curry makes use of loads of store cupboard essentials and by using frozen vegetables, means that we mostly always have the ingredients at…