Thursday, 16 July 2015

Favorites - Make Up.

I've always tended to stick to the same make-up. I find something that I like and never really venture out and try something new. Until now that is.. Over the past few weeks I've done a lot of research, watched a lot of YouTube videos and spent so much time staring at the make up shelves in Superdrug and Boots.. I have found some great new stuff though so it's all been worth it :)

My favourites...

Maybelline Lash Sensational 

This mascara is the best I have ever tried! It makes your lashes look longer and fuller and the best part? No clumps! I've always just picked up the cheapest mascara, not really giving it much thought but this was worth the extra £2.

Max Factor Bronzing Powder

I am naturally very pale so bronzing powder is a must for me. This one I love! I use a tiny but and it gives me a little bit of a glow.

Barry M Powder Brush

Truth time? I've never bothered with make up brushes. Every thing got applied to my face with my hands and fingers.. Classy right? :) I now have a full set of make up brushes but this powder brush by Barry M is by far my favourite. As well as looking great it applies my powder perfectly and takes the shine of my face in the middle of the day. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter

It's taken me ages to find a descent concealer.. I think I've done it though. It helps hide the dark patches under my eyes, tones down any redness on my face and hides any spots that I have. I also apply it to my eyelids as a primer for my eye shadow..

What's your favourite make-up item? 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

One Pot Pasta.

Pasta.. It's a staple in our house and one thing that I know that everyone will eat. It can get a bit boring and tedious though so when I found this 'One Pot Pasta' dish I couldn't wait to try it. Two things I love about it? It takes ten minutes to prepare and ten minutes to cook.. Also you can use anything that you've got lying around.. Got some carrots that are about to go past their best? Throw them in! Out of onions? Fine, leave them out :)

Here's what I used for mine this week.. It was a hit with my fussy eaters.. 

1 table spoon of olive oil
1 small bag of Tagliatelle
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 whole Matteson sausage
1 onion - diced
1 tin of peas
1 tin of sweetcorn 
Enough water to cover.
A generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese at the end. 

1// Heat the oil
2// Add all the ingredients except the water, tomatoes, cheese and pasta. Fry for about two minutes.
3// Add the tomatoes and pasta, then cover with water and bring to the boil,
4// Simmer until the pasta is cooked. Most of the water should be gone but in my case I just drained what was left.. Serve and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Voila... Enjoy! 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Sunday Currently.

R E A D I N G  I'm still reading One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner. It's part of my July goals to finish it.

W R I T I N G  Blog posts and lots of lists.  

L I S T E N I N G  I'm watching my friends two boys today so that makes for a total of four kids currently running around my house. I love the noise and craziness though. 

T H I N K I N G  That the rain that has just started is a nice change from the heat we've had the past week. 

S M E L L I N G  That smell that you can only get when it's warm and rains.. I can't describe it but you know what I mean. 

H O P I N G  That the orders that I've placed today arrived this coming week! 

W E A R I N G  I started off in dungarees but it's gotten cooler so I've changed into trousers and white tank top. 

L O V I N G  American Girl.. If only it was easier to get it delivered to England. The weather - the sun has been amazing. Salads - Lots have been eaten this week. 

W A N T I N G  A shower and to straighten my hair. It's got to that 'haven't washed it in three days stage'.. Yeah, not cool.  

N E E D I N G A holiday would be so awesome right now but alas we are staycation-ers this year. 

F E E L I N G  Happy, inspired, motivated. 

C L I C K I N G  Through lots of blogs. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Five On Friday.

It's been a while since I've taken part in this link up but I love it so I thought, why not? :)

1// It was sports day at James' school this morning. It was lots of fun and I was a proud Mama but it was oh so hot! James ended up having to finish early because it was just too hot for him. He was a bit upset but sometimes I have to be the bad Mummy to keep him safe. I have no idea why the sun is a trigger for his epilepsy but it's just something we have to deal with which is hard during the warmer months of the year.

2// I purchased Emilie's first birthday present today. A little pram. She is going to love it! She loves taking care of her 'babies.' Yesterday she was feeding them and then lying them down for a nap, all the while talking away to them. It was the cutest. Off course as soon as I turned my phone onto video to try and record it she stopped straight away!

{Loving James' cool dude pose}

3// Am I the only person that didn't realise that Zara sold kids clothes? I think I was.. I recently found out (via a You Tube video of all places..) I may have been perusing their website all week looking at everything that I want to buy for James and Emilie...

4// James has just two and half weeks left before the Summer holidays! I'm looking forward to it so much. Especially because this year Emilie is a little older so hopefully we can do more :)

5// This week has been so hot that I haven't been to the gym at all.. Big fail.. Who wants to go and exercise when just opening your front door makes you break out into a sweat?

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a good weekend!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

July Goals.

I used to make monthly goals all the time and then somehow I got out of the habit of doing it but I want to start again. I like having little goals that can be accomplished in a small time frame. It makes me feel like I'm getting something done! 

1// Finish the two books that I have on the go.. Yep, that's how indecivive I am. I couldn't decide which one to read so I started them both. 

2// Organise and celebrate Emilie's second birthday. (Also, try not to dissolve into a complete mess at the idea of my baby turning two.)

3// Capture some photos at James' sports day.

4// Organise the kids bedroom. They is no organisation what so ever in their room. The downside to two sharing a tiny bedroom.. I have a feeling that storage will be the key here. 

5// Finish making our summer bucket list :)

July... Here goes... 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Sunday Currently.

R E A D I N G  One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner. It's one of those books that has you hooked right from the start. 

W R I T I N G  Blog posts mainly, trying to get back into the swing of things. 

L I S T E N I N G  The kids have some cartoons on at the moment whilst I write this. In my eyes Sunday mornings are for PJ's & Cartoons :)

T H I N K I N G  That I'm excited for the coming week. The weather is meant to be in the 30's! 

S M E L L I N G  My new shower gel from The Body Shop. I have the matching moisturiser and it smells A.MAZ.ING. 

W I S H I N G  That I had cleaned more of the house yesterday so I didn't have to do it today. 

H O P I N G  That Emilies antibiotics help her kick this urine infection. She is a lot better than she was but still not 100%.

W E A R I N G  We've woken up to rain so my boots have come out from their hiding place. 

L O V I N G  The photos that I took yesterday of my friends little girl. I've really developed a love for photography. 

W A N T I N G  The school year to hurry up and end. James is tired, cranky and in need of a break. 

N E E D I N G The new hair straighteners from GHD.. Anthony has said that there is a chance I may be getting them for my birthday in August!

F E E L I N G  Happy, motivated, blessed. 

C L I C K I N G  Through a lot of blogs. I like connecting with other bloggers and finding new ones to follow is always fun. 

Friday, 26 June 2015

A Change Of Attitude.

Yesterday afternoon, I ended up in A&E with Emilie. She hasn't been right for a week, high fevers, crankiness and several other symptoms had me pretty sure that she was suffering from a urine infection. Her GP wouldn't do anything without a urine sample, which I tried for four days to get but she wasn't giving up the goods. When she started vomiting yesterday I bundled her up and off we went to hospital. 

As we sat in the waiting room, with her lying on my chest, her body burning up and the hours ticked on by, I found myself getting more and more impatient. It was past her bedtime and she was exhausted. I kept thinking about the knock on effect this would have on her in the morning. 

Then a man came running in.. He shouted that he needed help and that a man was having a seizure in the car. A Nurses went running out and a while later they wheeled the man in, whilst his Mum walked beside him. This man had brain cancer and this was the second seizure he'd suffered from since being diagnosed. Right in front of me I watched this mother take care of her grown son. I watched her hold his hand and explain that everything was going to be okay. I could see the pain and desperation etched onto her face. 

And as I sat and watched this all unfolded in front of me.. I felt ashamed. 

Just moments before I had been moaning to myself about how Emilie being three hours late for bed was going to make her over tired the next morning. How she would be more difficult to handle. I was sat there worrying that they were taking so long whilst her little body was burning up on top of mine. 

After I watched this Mum with her grown son my perspective changed.. Yes my baby girl was unwell but it wasn't life threatening. Who cares if she would throw tantrums all morning from being tired? At least we would be going home that night. I would give her some medicine and tuck her into bed and know that the antibiotics would start doing their job whilst she slept. 

They took the man back into a cubicle and I watched his Mum follow him. Part of me wanted to go and give her a hug and part of me wanted to say thank you for changing my attitude on that Thursday night. It's so easy to just see your own problems and think that everyone else has it all sorted and you're the only one with struggles. When in fact everyone is dealing with something. 

Sometimes our perspective just needs shifting.