Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Long Weekend in Devon

Being a teacher, the endless summer means that as well as our big holiday, I have to persuade the husband to take us on a few long weekends away too. One of those trips back in May half term was a trip to Devon. I am super lucky to have my in-laws living in a gorgeous UK holiday destination, so it means we get to mini break here numbers times a year. It is a long drive, especially for littles ones, so we decided to set off after the bedtime routine hoping that Sophie would fall asleep for the journey.

As little S has become not so little it was also the time for a new car seat, and this long journey was to be its debut. We opted for the Maxi Cosi AxissFix which you can set as either forward or rear facing. The safety specs are all super high - but what I love most is that it swivels so getting the little lady in and out whist carrying a million and one other items in a dream. Sophie must have senses the enormity of the occasion and decided that looking out of the window was far most exciting than going to the land of nod…. but as we hit the A303 she gave in to her heavy eyes for the rest of the journey.. 

As we were heading down for nearly a week I had a long list of activities I was keen to do with Sophie new she is toddling about and loving exploring the world around her. Paignton Zoo was on the hit list so we packed up the car and headed on our adventure. Giraffes, big cats, elephants and gorillas were all out to be pointed at by my girl as the sun shore down on us. Although the ‘big animals’ are the ones you go wanting to see - my favourite were the giant tortoise and a cheeky peacock who followed us for a while. 

As Sophie has an afternoon snooze in the shade we enjoyed yummy ice creams and lay in the sunshine - bliss. 

 The other main time on my holiday to-dos was a trip to the beach. Sadly, we did not pick the best day weather-wise, but in true British fashion we headed out with our bucket and spade none the less. 

This was Sophie’s first proper trip the the beach and she loved building and knocking down sandcastles with Grandad before being popped on daddy’s back in the Baby Bjorn for a walk along the shore spotting windsurfers and dog walkers. Ideal.

We've got another little trip to Devon planned next month  which I'm really looking forward too as our week away in Rhodes (which we only returned from last weekend!) seems forever ago! I hope you all have some love Summer trips planned too.

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Zoo Sophie 

 Zoo Emily 

 Beach Sophie 


Monday, 18 July 2016

Getting Hot - How to stay fabulous in the heat

So, today has been HOT and the mercury is promising to rise even higher over the next few days. Whilst this is lovely if you are laying on your lilo and have a pool to dip into (can you tell I’m missing Greece already?!) this heat can be pretty intense when you are trying to get on with your day-to-day and you can end up a sticky melting mess. I thought I’d share a few tip to help deal with the 30+ temps we are expecting this week so you can be your fabulous best.

 Going light on your moisturiser is key. Caudlie Vinosource have a range of different intensities so I have been opting for the lightest (Moisturising Sorbet £23 SpaceNK) to help minimise perspiration. Don’t forget your SPF - go for the highest factor you can find for your face to protect against ageing such as Clarins UV Plus in SPF 50 (£28.80 Debenhams) which feels like a moisturiser it is so light. I love Radical Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30 (£38 SpaceNK) which you apply over your moisturiser which mattifies the skin as well as protecting it. Facial SPFs are much better than the more greasy body versions.

If you are getting your limbs out, you are going to want them looking good, but hold off body butters and thick moisturises as your only going to end up all clammy. I recommend SBC Vitamin ACE Gel (£23.52 QVC) moisturising gel which is so much lighter and limits sweaty legs. I actually always were hold up in the summer to work however hot it is, as well as looking more professional than bare legs it prevents you getting sticky legs.

 I recently suffered from prickly heat rash on holiday but found that La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water (£7.50 Boots) was amazing at cooling my skin down and getting rid of the pimples. It is a great pick-me-up when spritz over your face too.

 To keep your hair going a little longer, spritz in some dry shampoo straight after washing - preventing it getting going limp in the heat. I like Co-Lab Active (£3.99 Superdrug) which is a bit lighter than Batiste.

 In terms of make up, I’d love to just go bare faced on hot days, but if I’m not on holiday - I know this won’t happen. So trying to lighten it up is key. Using bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (£31 Boots) instead of a full foundation is perfect as it still gives a light coverage whist hydrating the skin, waterproof mascara is a god send when your on the northern line (I love Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara (£19.50 Boots) and I’ve recently been loving Clarins Ombre Iridescente Waterproof shimmering eyeshadow in Golden Peach (£18 Clarins), dusting my new fave Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Bronzin Powder in Deep (£28 Boots) as I feel sunkissed and ready to go. My last final tip is keeping this all set and stopping any oily patches in the T-zone. I am OBSESSED with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (£21 Boots) which does this perfectly - if you haven’t tried it you must - although don't go for the Illuminating version, it is too sparkly.

 So enjoy the next few days, it will probably rain again next week!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Scents for Summer: Home

I love to change the scents I have in my home with the seasons and whatever the weather is doing outside, it is July so I’m going to get my summer even if it is lashing down! Beautiful florals tend to be my favourites this time of year and here are the beautiful that have been filling my home with fragrance in the last few months. 

You may have noticed that I have a love affair with everything Jo Malone and their diffusers are a enjoyable to smell as they are to look at. I only wish they offered a wider selection of fragrances in their diffuser range, that said, I do love the bright and fresh, yet golden aroma of English Pear & Freesia (£62) wafting around my home. It reminds me of late summer evenings sat in the garden with friends and family. 

 The White Company also release a candle each season, but sadly this one is long sold out - but I also love Fresh Fig (£20) as a perfect fragrance for my favourite time of year. A warm aroma that makes you feel like you’re abode surrounded by the ripening fruit trees. 

 Molton Brown have recently brought our Home & Linen Mist (£24) in a few of their most popular fragrances - perfect for spritzing before guests arrive. Gingerly is an exotic fragrance which will bring the Tahitian shores into your home. I currently have the diffuser, candle and home mist in action getting ready for my holiday! 

 Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Candle (£22) is a beautiful take on this classic fragrance. This modern take is summer in Provence rather than old lady lavender, and how beautiful is the glass jar? 

 My final scent of summer that I am LOVING is Feel Refreshed from Neom (£30). As well as transporting you to the heart of Sicily with the sunbaked lemons and basil the therapeutic benefits work to help clear thinking and concentation - so maybe one to save for the return to work!


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Mum Fitness Solution

After having baby Sophie I was keen to get back in shape, but having had a c-section I also needed to take it pretty slowly, opting for mum & baby pilates and yoga session where Sophie could come with me and hopefully sleep through the sessions. As she has got older, more alert and needing more entertaining it has been trickier rather than getting easier to get active. I’ve worked out that as much as I love going to classes, they are going to have be reserved for the weekend when daddy-care is on tap. So during the week, running is a great option; there are no fixed times - so I can nip out if I have time between finishing work and picking up baby from day-care or be ready to go as soon as my husband walks through the door. Solution found. 

If I’ve got time, I try and squeeze in a few ab or leg exercises too - planking and squats tend to be the go-tos as they are pretty easy to get right and I’m not likely to injure myself in the process! As I’ve been donning my running vest and lyra I’ve also had to get my underarms out of hibernation - who knows who you might run into at the local park?

I hate having prickly underarms so I am enthusiastic with the razor, but was shocked to find out that every time you shave you are also shaving off 36% of your own skin. So to avoid red and irritated underarms it is important to choose an anti-perspirant that also nourishes this forgotten part of your body too. Dove Original Anti-perspirant provides superior care for your underarms as it contains 1/4 moisturising cream. Helping take care of this sensitive area, it has become of my daily beauty, and pre-run essentials. I know I am vein, but I do tend to pop on some mascara and spray away 'in need of a wash' locks with dry shampoo if I'm going for a run first thing too...

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Adidas Basics Long Running Tights Reduced to £19 John Lewis 
Sports Bra Top (similar) Primark £6
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Trainers (Similar) Nike Flex 2015 Run £38 Sports Direct

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