Friday, 29 August 2014

A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE FOR THE BODY SHOP

Let me first start by saying this is NOT a sponsored post I just really love The Body Shop and wanted to share the love.

I will never forgot the first time I spent my pocket money on beauty items.  I remember walking into The Body Shop after being lured in by that recognisable smell.  I even remember what I bought.....clear lipgloss//clear mascara//brown eyeliner//teatree facial wash.  I was about 12/13 at the time and I remember feeling really pleased with my purchases.  And lets not forget good old White Musk eau de toilette, I bought that a fair few times in my teens along with Dewberry and Ananya.

A couple of decades later and my love for The Body Shop remains.  I love that they always have great offers and the girls that work in my local shop in Truro are REALLY lovely.  And lets not forget that they are against animal testing, support community fair trade, protect the planet and are environmentally friendly.

I thought I would share a few of my favourites


Body Care - The body butters are my absolute favourite.  They are so moisturising and leave a lovely scent.  Im not sure if it really made any difference but I applied this to my belly every day when I was pregnant and didn't get one single stretch mark!  I think I've tried nearly every scent but I ALWAYS repurchase coconut and the scent really does linger on your skin all day.  I really love the fruitiness of Satsuma and Olive is a really lovely subtle scent.

For a lighter moisturiser I like the Shea Body Whip.  I would say Shea is my all time favourite scent from the Body Shop.  I had the travel size shower gel and moisturiser in my hospital bag when I gave birth to Fletcher so it always reminds me of THAT shower I had straight after giving birth when I felt and smelt amazing!
Skincare - I cannot stress enough how much I love the Body Shop skincare products.  The above 3 are my skin saviours.  The Camomile cleansing oil removes every last scrap of make up no problem.  I decant the Vitamin E hydrating toner into a spray bottle and spray it onto my face after cleansing and its so light and refreshing with a lovely fresh subtle scent.  The Vitamin E overnight serum oil is like silk (i've spoken about my love for this previously). I love it, you should all go and buy it!


Cosmetics - Pink Ginger 14 is my favourite lipstick ever.  It is such a lovely colour that really suits my skintone.  Unfortunately they don't seem to make it anymore and I only have one more back up......please make it again Body Shop!!
The eyeshadow in Vanilla Cream 13 is a really lovely matte base colour which can be used under ANY other eyeshadow.  Again this is another product that they have discontinued but Im pretty sure "sand on me" from their colour crush range is just the same.

Do you have any Body Shop favourites that you would like to share?  I hear the seaweed collection is really popular for combination/oily skin.

Keep Smiling
xxx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

MARC JACOBS DAISY DREAM

I entered a competition on Escentuals blog last month and couldn't believe my luck when I won. 

The competition was to win a fragrance set of the new Marc Jacobs fragrance Daisy Dream. 

The team at Escentual were fab and emailed me to inform me that I had won and asked for my address. I replied and it was sent out immediately in the post and arrived a day later. 

So onto the fragrance. It is simply beautiful. If I had to describe it in one word it would be CLEAN! It's a very light, airy, summery, fruity version of the distinctive original Daisy. 

According to Marc Jacobs it has top notes of blackberry, grapefruit and pear. The heart notes are introduced with a bouquet of jasmine, lychee and blue wisteria and a medley of white woods, musks and coconut water reveal the base notes. 

Sounds incredible right. It's basically like summer in a ridiculously pretty bottle!! I layered the scent with the shower gel, body lotion followed by the fragrance and I can honestly say the scent lingered all day. I love it and love that it makes me feel super clean smelling. 

Thank you Escentual for picking my entry. 

Keep Smiling
xxx


Sunday, 10 August 2014

JUNE/JULY FAVOURITES

Unfortunately I never got round to posting my June faves as the day I was getting the post prepared was also the day that Fletcher was diagnosed with diabetes.  But here I am a month later and I'm ready to share my faves.
BEAUTY/COSMETICS
BODY SHOP - VITAMIN E SERUM - I bought this as I had heard many great things about it and there was a ridiculously great offer on at the Body Shop [as there quite often is].  I put about 3 little drops of this into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and smooth all over my face right before bed.  It makes my face feel all warm for a second and feels like silk.
MAC LIPSTICK IN SYRUP - Such a beautiful flattering shade and really lovely creamy texture. Possibly my all time favourite MAC lipstick now.
HAIRCARE
MOROCCAN OIL - Everyone knows how fab this stuff is.  It tames frizz to perfection and smells like tiny oily drops of heaven.  In fact I love it so much I don't know why I haven't tried any of their other products, I might just have to do that.
FASHION/ACCESSORIES
STATEMENT NECKLACES - All from Forever 21.  I've been wearing these things to death.  They can brighten up the most boring outfit in an instant.
DENIM VANS - Just look at them!  Do I really need to say anymore.
MOVIE/TV SHOW
24 - Having watched all the previous series I was thrilled when 24 came back for another series after a very long break.  I enjoyed this so much and REALLY hope they do another.
FOOD/DRINK
HORLICKS - What started as a nice occasional warm drink before bed every so often has now turned into an every night occurrence [Dylan has one every night too] we love it.
FRUIT & NUT - This is the perfect little evening snack.  We usually have this around 8pm.  Its really simple banana chips | fruit mix (tesco value if your wondering) | almonds | cashews.

SONG/ALBUM
MAGIC-RUDE
BLOG
MAKE LIFE EASIER - How beautiful is Kararzyna? That girl has style and I get the vibe that she is really sweet and lovely and I wish I was her friend so that I could steal her wardrobe.
BAREFOOTBLONDE - Amber has just recently given birth to her baby boy Atticus and I really enjoyed seeing all her pregnancy fashion posts and now all the pictures of her gorgeous son. She also has amazing hair and she REALLY knows what to do with it.
RANDOM
GETTING FIT & HEALTHY - I joined a gym in June.  It is conveniently situated on my way home from work so I can just pop in after work and spend an hour there working up a sweat.  I've also very recently started the Kayla Itsines BBG too.  My aim is to be strong, toned and healthy. I'm not aiming to lose weight if anything I would prefer to add muscle.  I'm also being a bit more selective about what i'm putting into my body, more fruit and veg, water, no alcohol, lean meats and less sugary treats. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SATCHEL BAG

How beautiful is this bag?  I spotted it a couple of weeks ago on Dorothy Perkins website and nabbed it this week online LINK. It's a beautiful soft mint green colour and is just perfect for summer.  Unfortunately this colour is currently out of stock but there are lots of other gorgeous colours to choose from. I love it!!

I would just like to also say thank you for all your well wishes to Fletcher and your lovely messages on here and on Instagram.  Fletch is doing great and we are all adjusting to our new life with type 1 diabetes thrown into the mix and making it as normal as possible.

Keep Smiling
xxx   

Saturday, 12 July 2014

JUST ANOTHER LIFE CHANGER - TYPE 1 DIABETES






































On Sunday May 29th 2011 I discovered I was pregnant.  I will never forget that day, Dylan was away for the weekend and I eagerly awaited his arrival so that we could do the pregnancy test together.  It was to be one of the happiest days of my life.  I did everything right, I had taken folic acid for 3 months prior to conceiving, I hadn't drunk any alcohol, I didn't smoke, I avoided shellfish, blue cheese etc, I attended the antenatal classes, had the most amazing pregnancy ever.  I went into labour on Friday 3rd February 2012. My waters broke at around 10:00hrs (you can read my birth story here) I had a normal birth with only gas and air as pain relief and Fletcher came into the world at 19.57hrs - THE happiest day of my life.  I breastfed my baby for 12 months, determined to give him the best start in life.  Life was pretty sweet.

On Thursday 3rd July 2014 at approximately 11:50am our lives changed forever........Fletcher was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the ripe age of 2 years and 5 months.

I knew something was up.  He had been drinking the sea dry and couldn't get the toilet quick enough.  He had been with my mum the days leading up to the diagnosis whilst I was at work and she had also noticed the amount he was drinking/weeing.  She actually text me on the Wednesday whilst I was in work to say he was weeing every hour.  My mum has diabetes herself and I knew what she was thinking.  I rather conveniently work in the Paediatric Department as a medical secretary so had a word with the Paediatric Endocrinologist just to ask what they class as excessive fluid intake/urination.  He asked me if Fletcher was unwell at all (which he wasn't in the slightest).  I explained that he's always liked to drink a lot.  The consultant gave me a couple of sample pots and told me to get a urine sample checked, if it was diabetes it would be throwing out sugar all over the place but he suspected that I just had a toddler that liked the taste of juice, because other than the thirst/weeing he was completely well in himself, apart from his behavior which had been extra bad over the last 2 weeks, we put it down to terrible twos.

Thursday morning we woke up as if it was any other day.  I sat down had my breakfast, Fletcher watched CBeebies and when he asked to have a wee wee I stuck him on the potty and got my urine sample.  I then called the surgery to see if I could bring the sample in to be checked.  Fortunately they had a cancellation for an appointment at 11:40am and I was able to see a doctor.  So we went about our every day business, I cleaned my bathroom as I do every Thursday, Fletcher played with his cars and at 11.30am we set off for the surgery.

We were called in, I explained Fletcher's symptoms and the GP dipped his urine to which she informed me he had a lot of sugar in it (I knew what this meant) she then checked his blood glucose with a finger prick test which came up as high, it didn't give a number it just said high, the doctor informed me that this meant it was over 25 (It should be around 4 - 6 in a normal healthy person) my poor baby must have felt like total crap.  After a call to the hospital we were admitted to the Children's Unit at the hospital urgently.  They checked his blood glucose on admission and it was 29.1!! So Fletcher had a cannula inserted in case he needed an IV, which thankfully he never did.  We were given the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, I can't remember my reaction, to be honest I don't think there was much of a reaction as my suspicions were right all along, it was like they were telling me something I already knew. Nothing prepares you for the aftermath though, the anger, the feeling of sadness, the hurt, anguish, emptiness, sorrow,  the dull ache in your heart.  I don't think there is a word for the emotion that I felt.

The days are ok, but when he sleeps and he's so innocent and peaceful, that's when it hits me.  I made a child with crappy pancreas that don't work properly, is it my fault? Why him? What did he do at 2 years of age to deserve this?  And then I see happy families out and about with their children and all I can think of is 'my kid has diabetes' and I can't help but feel jealous of them......you know, that was me a couple of weeks ago, enjoying life without a care in the world with a completely normal toddler and now that's been robbed from me, in the blink of an eye.

If you know me personally or have read my blog for long enough you will know I'm not one for negativity. I like to keep positive and I know that when life throws a curve ball at you it nearly always brings people closer, makes you stronger, more capable, more able to cope under the pressure.  I know for a fact that Fletcher is going to have the most amazing brilliant fulfilling life, because Dylan and I will make damn sure of it.  We won't let anything hold him back, especially not a stupid autoimmune disorder.  The Paed Endocrinologist is convinced that there will be a cure for diabetes within Fletcher's life time and where there is life there is hope.

Keep Smiling (no matter what)
xxx      

Sunday, 29 June 2014

SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS












DRESS/DOROTHY PERKINS>>NECKLACE/FOREVER21>>FLIPFLOPS/HAVAIANAS
SUNGLASSES/RAYBAN AVIATORS







Talk about bipolar weather we're having in Cornwall at the moment.  One minute its blazing sun the next its torrential rain.  We've had the most amazing summer so far though so I can't really complain.  We took advantage of the sunny weather and took Fletcher to an open day at a local Agricultural College last Sunday when we came back from our mini break to St Ives, purely so he could have a ride on a tractor (which was actually a ride on a trailer attached to a tractor).  Turns out Fletcher prefers to sit on static tractors rather than moving ones so he had a great time jumping on and off all the different tractors.  We finished the day off with a visit to the park because this kid can't get enough of the swings.

I love how the sun instantly lifts my mood.  It has been so nice to wear summer clothes and walk around bare legged with flip flops and there is nothing better than that feeling after having a shower when the sun has been shining down on you all day and your all fresh and clean and discover you have little tan lines appearing on your body. NOTHING BETTER!!

So when I heard the forecast for Thursday and Friday was rain I was a little disappointed.  But in actual fact it was just wonderful.  Fletcher woke at 7am on Thursday, waved off his daddy to work and then jumped in bed with me.  I had the windows open slightly as the nights are so humid and we ate our breakfast in bed to the sound of the rain beating down outside.  I swear I have never felt so comfy and content as I did in that moment whilst we sat there in silence in our PJ's bundled under the covers whilst it poured and poured with rain.  It was marvelous.   

Friday, Fletcher decided he wanted to be a rascal for the majority of the day and spent a fair amount of time on the naughty step (terrible twos are real people) but we did manage to bake some chocolate orange cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book.  Fletcher repeatedly asked "can I lick the bowl now" obviously his favourite part of baking!  They turned out great, but the mixture made 24 instead 16 so I sent some over to my friends and family, who were more than pleased to take them off my hands.  

Moral of the story..... although the sun brightens my mood, the rain makes me feel cosy and forces me to embrace indoor activities and to get crafty or bake which is never a bad thing.  I hope you are all enjoying summer as much as I am.

Keep Smiling
xxx

        

Thursday, 26 June 2014

MAKING A STATEMENT

Top/Forever21>>Jeans/Mango>>Sandals/H&M>>Necklace/Forever21>>Bracelet/Pandora

Just a quick outfit post today.  I am absolutely loving statement necklaces at the moment.  They bring a little something extra to a simple outfit, like this very simple grey top and jeans combo (which I wore a good couple of weeks ago as its been far too hot for jeans recently).  I've been chucking these things on with everything and I don't think i've had so many compliments on a necklace, considering it was only about £7. Just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune to make a statement.

On a totally unrelated subject, today I noticed that I have to sing the alphabet in my head if I'm putting stuff in alphabetical order?  I'm not alone here am I? Am I??

Keep Smiling
xxx