Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Beauty bits - what I'm using right now

I am a real hoarder when it comes to skincare, make up and hair products (but I am trying to get better!) and enjoy trying out new things. Over the past few weeks, I've been enjoying some new buys and wanted to share them with you in case you might like them too.


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Monday, 26 February 2018

Happy half term memories

This half term was only the second we've had during Ethan's time at school, and again, I had to work so Ste and Ethan had lots of daddy and son time together. It's only just struck me that now Ethan is in school, we only can have two days together at a time - sometimes one or two more due to Bank Holidays - until the next half term rolls around, and even then, hubs and I have to split these between us to cover as much as we can from both our annual leave allowances.

I know this shouldn't really have been a surprise, but it was more the sense that I felt really sad when leaving them in the morning, hearing about their plans for the day, and thinking to myself how much I can't wait to have a week of the Easter holidays with my little man, just us two, doing whatever we fancy.

I can't wait.

Last week, Ste and Ethan played games, did his homework, watched films and on Thursday, they went to The Old Rep theatre in Birmingham to see a family show and take part in a puppet workshop.


I love unique events such as this and it was a great excuse for them to get out of the house and to do something different together.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Harry Potter haul from Primark

If you've never read my blog or followed me on Instagram before now, you'd be forgiven for not knowing how much of a Harry Potter fan I am. I'm not completely obsessed (although I do have the deathly hallows symbol as part of one of my tattoos), but I am a fan of the books and films, and the whole magic of it all, and seem to have amassed quite the collection of HP related artefacts and accessories.


It all started on my birthday last year, with tickets to visit the studios again and a print from the Pottermore store, and, well, it went from there...

We had a lounge update last year (see part 1 and part 2) with a distinct Harry Potter vibe and I've been picking up bits and pieces here and there from Primark to add to my home and my wardrobe.

Accio more HP goodies please!

I thought I'd share a Harry Potter haul from Primark, as they have been bringing out some great pieces so you can wear a Hogwarts uniform every day or add some finishing magical touches to your home.

I've seen many of these items still in store, so if you jump on your hippogriff, you might find them for yourself...
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Five faves from February - #FiveFaves

Spring is almost in sight, don't you think? Maybe it's wishful thinking, but when February rolls around, I start to get excited for the first signs of spring and feel desperate to freshen things up - at home, in my routine and with the things I wear.

In the hopes of some brighter days ahead, here are #FiveFaves from me for the month of February:


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Monday, 19 February 2018

Oh My Disney haul

I don't think it will come as any surprise that we are BIG Disney fans in the house (our DisneyLife posts / subscription and our Planet Hollywood Disneyland Paris reviews are just two examples) and it's great how being a Disney fan when you're not eight years old isn't frowned upon at all. In fact, it's pretty cool for us grown ups to embrace our inner child and celebrate the characters and stories of our childhood long after we outgrew the costumes. Just look on the high street, and there's a huge range of Disney related items that aren't just for little ones to enjoy. Hurrah!

In the words of Peter Pan, lets 'never grow up'!.



That's why I let out a shriek of delight during our last trip to the Disney Store. They've just introduced the Oh My Disney collection over here and there's plenty of stationery, homeware and accessories to enjoy for us older fans.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

#MySundayPhoto - superheroes and suits

I've shared a post already of my smart little mister wearing his new suit, but had to share this particular photo for #MySundayPhoto as it's captured the cheeky side of Ethan's character and I like the perspective, with his superhero toys in frame too.


It's been really fun playing with my camera again, and capturing just an average Sunday but in such a nice way.


Photalife
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Suited and booted - Roco Clothing review, formal wear for children

I love dressing Ethan up and trying out different clothes and looks with him. Sometimes, it can feel like boys clothes are more limiting, but it's worth looking a little further afield for something different, with personality, or indeed for something smarter.

When we had two weddings in one summer, the year before last, we did wonder what we would get for Ethan and found it hard to find smarter clothes for young boys - beyond basic options from high street stores.

Recently, Roco Clothing got in touch to see if there was anything that little bit special we would like to pick for Ethan and I had great fun looking through their formal and occasionwear collections.


We'd been trying to find a black leather belt for Ethan's school uniform (he has no hips whatsoever, and needs a belt to hold his school trousers up!), but we found one from Roco Clothing. I was keen to find some nice brogue style shoes, so this blue suede pair (from £19.99) were perfect.

I also wanted to see if I could find a mix-and-match suit for him that could be combined in different ways to make it more versatile and to get plenty of wear out of it. This four piece suit (jacket, waistcoat, shirt and trousers, between £49.99 and £59.99 depending on size) was ideal; the light grey tweed style is smart but quite adaptable too, and I think that this will be just as nice in sunnier months as it will in winter.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Dining at Disneyland Paris - Planet Hollywood review

I'm still in denial that our Disneyland Paris adventure is over as we had such a fantastic time as a family and who wouldn't rather be at Disney than at home in this freezing weather?! I promise I will share more about our trip at the start of the year, and our top tips for travelling there as a family and making the most of your visit (and money), but to start, I want to share a review of the delicious meal we enjoyed at Planet Hollywood.


We stayed in a Disney hotel (and have done on our previous two, child-free, visits) so we were familiar with Disney Village and Planet Hollywood is one of the main restaurants here, and one that we would want to go to. We like American and Mexican influenced food, enjoy a cocktail (of course!) and say bring on the big puddings (who doesn't like an all singing all dancing ice cream?!). So naturally, Planet Hollywood is our kind of restaurant, and when you throw in the movie memorabilia that adorns the walls, it really is a great choice for us as we love our films and it makes for a really fun dining experience.

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