January 2016 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

A New Week - Loving Lately.

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I've spent the past week wanting to write. I have so many ideas of things that I want to do. A review of the Urban Decay/Gwen Stefani pallet. A hair care routine. A beauty favourites post but I want what I write here to be perfect and if I'm not feeling it 100% then I tend to shy away and do nothing instead. So today I thought rather than force it I'm just going to write. Some of the best writers in the world have said that you need to write everyday. Even when you don't want to. Even when you think that what you're writing isn't very good at all. Just write. Sit down and do it.



I feel like I haven't stopped for a week but if someone were to ask me what I've been doing or what I've achieved in that time then I wouldn't be able to tell them. Life with two kids.. It's a whirlwind.

Life & loving lately...

We had snow.. It came overnight and was gone by lunch time. Both James and Emilie thought it was the best thing in the world though.




In four weeks James turns seven (How on earth is he seven already!) He is still set on a Chinese meal with his family so this weekend we booked the restaurant for nineteen people. I think he may be slightly more excited that there is an ice cream bar. 



Ballerina hair.. I don't think there is anything cuter..


This past Saturday was her 3rd lesson. The previous two weeks she amazed me by how well she followed the instructions and got stuck straight in. This week though she was a typical two year old. Half way through she decided she'd had enough and spent the rest of the lesson hid behind a curtain.. Toddler life, the struggle is real.


Anthony surprised me by ordering the new palette from Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani. For anyone on the fence about whether it is worth the £40.. Go buy it! It's that good that a full post dedicated to this will be coming soon :) 



Last week may have been bad but what's good about bad days or weeks is that there is always a fresh start. A new day, a new week, a new sunrise. 

Happy Monday! 







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Office Goals & A Lack In Motivation..

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Motivation is something that comes and goes. I'm either overflowing with it or I have none. Luckily when it comes to blogging I'm normally more motivated than not, but the past few days I've been lacking in that department. Maybe it's a lack of structure to my day, or because I worry about working during the day and taking time away from James & Emilie. There just never seem to be enough hours in my day. I feel like I'm rushing from one job to another and never finishing anything. I also have a feeling that my lack of writing space could be contributing to my recent slump. I write wherever I can find the space.. The sofa, the kitchen table, my bed. It would be lovely to have a space dedicated to my MacBook and my blog but space just doesn't allow for it.. However a girl can dream right?  


Making use of under the stairs. I love it! 


I've seen a lot of these workstations in the kitchen and would love it. It's said that the kitchen is the hub of the home. 


What a cool way to make a working space in a cupboard! 


I love how simple this area is. I could imagine getting so much work done in a space like this. 


This is just me all over. The colours, the shelving, the cushions.. All of it.. 

How do you overcome a lack in motivation or make space for working at home? Any ideas welcomed!

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My New Addiction.

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My name is Liane and I am addicted to Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes. 


I can't help it. They are beautiful shadows. The colours are gorgeous and they are not expensive and easy to find in Superdrug stores. I already had a few, then Anthony brought me some for Christmas and now my addiction is in full swing. 


It's so hard to choose some of my favourite palettes that are among my collection but here are a few.. 

Icon Pro 2 - £6.99

Iconic Pro 1 - £6.99






Affirmation - £ 8.00

The packaging is simple yet classy, plus each palette has a full size mirror which is just the icing on the cake for me. 

If you're looking for eyeshadow palettes that are under £10 and last all day then Makeup Revolution is definitely worth looking into. 

Anybody else have an addiction to this brand?! 

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How Do You Know When Enough is Enough..

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About thirty minutes after James was born I declared that I was the happiest I had ever been but I was never doing it again. The pregnancy had been hard and his birth was traumatising to say the least. I was on cloud 9 but there was no way I was putting myself through that again..



I kept saying never again for three more years until one day I decided that it couldn't have been that bad. I thought back to the pain of labour and decided that it really couldn't have been worse than period cramps..

This time it was ten minutes after Emilie was born that I announced never again.. I had one of each now. My pigeon pair. I didn't need anymore children.



How do you know when to stop having children though?

Recently I've been experiencing the symptoms of menopause. At the ripe old age of thirty, I've been seeing a doctor and undergoing blood tests to find out if all my symptoms really are pointing to menopause. At my first appointment the doctor asked me.. "Have you completed your family.." I answered quickly, "Yes.."

Once I got home, I sat down and for the first time the implications of menopause really hit me. If I really was coming to the end of my child bearing years, was I ok with that? It's one thing for me to sit there, with a baby in my arms, having just given birth and say that I was done. It's a totally different thing to have that decision taken away from me. To have my body say, "Okay, you're done now.."

Other women have said to me, you just know when you're done. You can still cuddle a baby and think it's adorable but you don't get that longing for a baby yourself. Other women have told me that they would always want more. My Mum has always said that she loved being pregnant and giving birth and would have done it over and over again. I'm actually surprised that she stopped at three!

I've watched a lot about the Radford family over the years and I've always watched them feeling equal parts admiration for how they dedicate their lives to raising such a large family and also thinking that they are crazy! I might be confused as to when to know when to stop having babies but I know for definite that I don't want 16.

I guess it's different for every woman and one of those things that is personal for each person. I do know though that all my life I wanted to be a Mum. I never had major career aspirations, everything was all about becoming someones Mummy. Now I get to do that everyday, so if my body does make the decision that enough is enough then I'm still one lucky person.
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Loving Lately.

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Monday again! I some times wonder why Monday and Tuesday do not go as fast as Saturday & Sunday seem to go. It feels like I'm picking James up from school on Friday and rushing to Gymnastics and the next minute I'm sending him back to school on Monday morning. 

This weekend was quiet but good. Anthony had to work all of it so it was just me and the kids. We've pretty much just hung out at home but a certain little lady did have her first ballet lesson! It was amazing and she loved it :) 

Things I've been loving this weekend.. 


Ballerina Tutu's.. Is there anything cuter? I don't think so... 


Sticky fingers... 


Cute hair clips.. Growing a fringe out on a toddler is no joke. The struggle is real! 


Drinking Coffee just got a lot more fun.. 


Little hands that try and help me fix things whilst his Daddy is at work.. 



Finally getting around to cleaning my dressing table up...


 Deliveries on a Sunday. Thank you Amazon :)


I'm looking forward to this week. Nothing special is planned but I'm feeling motivated and happy. I'm hoping the motivation sticks around for a while. 



Happy Monday friends. Have a great week!

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Currently.

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Reading - I am re-reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, trying to find some inspiration and motivation. I'm glad that I took 5 days off over Christmas but it's hard to get back into the swing of things!

Watching - I've been watching series one of Fargo on Netflix and finished the last episode yesterday. I loved it and didn't want it to end! I'm excited to try season 2.

Eating - I had a bacon and hash brown roll this morning. Sinful but oh so good!

Writing - Lots of blog posts in my head; now just to get them onto the computer...

Loving - Emilie had her first ballet class today and it was so great! She loved it, listened to the teacher and followed the other girls.

Wishing - Is it bad if I say that I am wishing for warmer weather and for spring? I know we shouldn't wish time away but I am a girl that needs the sunshine.

Excited (for) - Anthony ordered me some makeup yesterday! I'm going to give the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation a try and also Champagne Pop by Becca & Jaclyn hill! I am such a fan girl when it comes to Jaclyn Hill.

Planning - James' birthday! He turns 7 next month and has requested a meal at a Chinese restaurant with all of his family. The restaurant we were originally going to scored a 0 on their inspection, so that is definitely out the questions so we are now venturing further afield.

Appreciating -  Central heating (it's cold!), warm drinks and the amount of hours Anthony has worked this week.

Inspired - I've been watching a lot of people on YouTube lately and they always inspire and fascinate me in equal measure. I would love even half of their confidence.


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Breastfeeding in Public - A Modern Controversy.

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The debate about breastfeeding in public is going strong. It seems like every other article I read now is someone putting their point of view across. What baffles me though is that for millions of years women have been using their breasts for feeding their infants but in recent years our society seems to have sexualised them so much that now women are being asked to feed their children in the bathroom or in the car when they are in public.. You only have to turn on the music channel to see a half naked women in a video, however that seems fine and no one bats an eye lid.

I watched Alyssa Milano's interview with Wendy Williams today and was genuinely shocked. Wendy, a Mum herself, admitted that she has an issue with women breastfeeding in public but she has no problems seeing women's breasts in the media. Alyssa has documented her breastfeeding journey with her two children on her Instagram account and has received not only positive encouragement but also backlash. With that she's become an advocate for breastfeeding in public and right now I want to give her a high five for how she handled herself in the interview. It's a natural thing. It's why women have breasts. To feed and nurture their children. As Alyssa said in the interview, "Would you want to eat under a blanket?"

I breastfed both James and Emilie. Only for a small amount of time, due to medical issues, but when each time I had to stop I physically grieved not being able to have the breastfeeding journey that I had hoped for. During the time I was feeding them myself though, if I was out with them and they were hungry, they ate. From Costa Coffee to Hamley's Toy Store in London. Of course I was as discreet as I could be but there was no way I was going to put a blanket on their heads or sit in a bathroom cubicle hiding. When Emilie was 3 days old I had to feed her in a doctors waiting room and the looks of disgust that I received were shocking. Our society is so obsessed with breasts but if you use them for what nature intended them for then you run the risk of being called out and judged.

It honestly feels like Mothers can do no right. You breastfeed and it's called disgusting. You are told that you should cover up, that you are looking for attention. You don't breastfeed and you are called selfish. You obviously don't want what's best for your baby. You use cloth nappies and you are a hippy and a martyr. You use disposable nappies and you are destroying the earth. You choose to stay at home with your children and you are then called lazy but you decide to go back to work and people say that you're selfish and letting other people raise your children.

Civilisation has advanced so much is recent years. Medical advancements, scientific achievements. Just last month we sent the first UK publicly funded astronaut into space but it seems that with regards to something so natural as nourishing our children we are going backwards, not forwards.



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Arbonne - Makeup Primer.

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A few weeks ago I was sent this Make-up Primer from Arbonne and honestly it has not only changed how well my make-up goes on but also how well it lasts through out the day. 

I never really bothered with primer. I was always happy with my skin routine and then using foundation and concealer seemed sufficient. Then I tried this primer and from the very first day I was shocked.. Pleasantly!   


I apply this after my moisturiser and before my foundation and the difference in my overall skin tone is amazing. My foundation goes on smoother and stays in place all day. A little goes a long way with this so these two tubes have lasted me weeks. I plan on buying the bigger pot soon which retails for £27.00. I personally think it is worth the price :) 



From the Arbonne website -

"At Arbonne, we take natures gifts as inspiration, and blend it with high science and true innovation. Each and every product is carefully formulated and crafted with potent botanicals to enhance your beauty, health and and wellness. And improve your life, inside and out." - Dr Peter Matravers / Chief 

As someone that's never really used a primer before I wonder if I've been living under a rock all these years?!

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.  I only share products with my readers that I honestly love and am passionate about.

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My Husband Takes Over My Blog..

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& now for something a little different…

A discussion occurred today which has resulted in Liane not writing today’s blog post. Instead this post has been written by me, Liane’s husband, real life devoted follower & her all round biggest fan. As readers of Liane’s blog you are kept up to date with her thoughts & feelings about daily events good, bad or indifferent. However, what you may not have considered is the perspective of the silent partners in this blogging arrangement. The spouses, partners & children. Today I’m hoping to share what it’s like being married to “a blogger”.

Setting the scene

Nearly twelve years ago, I walked into a bar with the sole intention of turning some bank notes into small change & following my kebab home like a compass, when my train of thought was interrupted by a very pretty lonesome looking young woman. A conversation was struck & unbeknown to the pair of us that was the beginning of our beautiful relationship. From the very beginning I always knew that Liane had a passion for writing. It had been the one constant in her life, unfortunately possibly the only one until this point. As time went on Liane would occasionally share stories of how she would write short novels as a child & the old typewriter that she had. We amassed a small library within a short space of time because we both enjoy reading. A sign of things to come…

Things got serious

In 2004 Liane had what would be one of many laptops &we would spend time watching people saying & doing silly things on this relatively new website called YouTube. When we weren’t watching clips Liane would be typing away furiously & of an evening she would be doing the same, only pausing briefly to eat chocolate spread on toast & have a mouthful of tea. Eventually I asked her what she was doing? With a puzzled look almost like I should have known better for asking she would look up & say “I’m doing my Live Journal?!”. From that moment in time Liane morphed like a caterpillar into the blogger that you’re all familiar today. So what changed? Well four years ago Liane said that she had out grown Live Journal & moved to the more public platform of Blogger. I disagree, I don’t think she outgrew Live Journal, instead I think that she has become more confident as a person over the last twelve years & eight years of semi private writing on Live Journal may have played a small part in that. However, the move truly came from her self confidence growing & her desire to share her writing more publicly. Now we are four years into blogger & it’s firmly established in our lives. Liane is content that Blogger can provide her the platform to express her creative side & with the help of her new found friend & fellow blogger Samantha she has decided to take her blogging to the next step.

Blogging the trials & tribulations

As the spouse of a blogger you have to endure the failures & burdens of which 10% is writing & 90% is promoting (or so I’m told), equally you get to observe their successes. For example when Liane was offered her first sponsored post on behalf of Argos for Maxi Cosi products. Liane went through a range of emotions in less than thirty seconds from elation & surprise through to confusion. After the initial bout of crazy had ended she asked me if I thought it was fake or genuine. Obviously it was the latter. Then she was asked to write a post for Women’s Connect which she wrote about having a second child. Little did she know at the time that she was already pregnant. Another milestone was the legendary task of getting a domain name established for her page. I’m told that all serious bloggers have this or aspire to it. It’s one of those things! 
A good demonstration of the emotional attachment to blogging for bloggers is Liane’s birthing story post. This post as indicated lays out the events leading up to & beyond our daughter’s arrival. Something very emotional, personal & special. 

I have pondered on what drives a blogger? Honestly I don’t know, I do think that for Liane at least it’s the influence of such writers as: Elizabeth Gilbert, Jodie Picoult & Mary Oliver. Whether they had small children & a demanding schedule to contend with I don’t know. What I do know is that most bloggers say that it’s a hobby, some want it to be a career, most look at someone else who is blogging with envy & all admit that it’s a way of life for them. As a mere mortal & not a blogger that’s my humble opinion.


The meat

All of this is truly just the prelude I will get to the crux of my post now. So the question still remains: What is it like being the silent (sometimes unwilling) partner to a blogger? Well here goes…

Everything in our lives has a hashtag as a prefix, #husband etc. I’m still not sure what that is but what I can tell you is that more stuff around our house now has a hashtag on it! I seem to remember the only place you ever saw a hashtag was on the old dial tone telephones. It was the cleanest button because it was basically redundant. It may read like I’m complaining about this however, I can promise you that I’m not, I just don’t get it.

Your lives are meticulously documented with photographs & captions. I think this is by far one of the things that I’m most cautious of & at the same time grateful for. I always complain about “David Bailey” (Liane) following us around wherever we go. However, the net result is that we have a beautiful back catalogue of photos & video footage from the last twelve years.    

For a few hours a day you’re a widower to a keyboard with an occasional snap inspection on an app at least ten times an hour to ensure that the world of social media hasn’t forgotten you. As a serious point to this whimsical statement what is overwhelmingly apparent to me is the shear investment of time required to maintain the “blogger lifestyle”. The image is one of Costa coffee on the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi casually throwing a post together. When the reality is a notebook & pen, screaming children & a thousand distractions. So due to normal everyday life commitments those few hours in the evening are essential if any headway is to be made.

You don’t understand or are behind with the latest abbreviated sentence lol etc. (I don’t know anymore of them) It seems that the internet is a wash with all of these crazy abbreviations & if you’re not up to date with it you will never understand bloggers as this is an integral part of their dialogue (even if they don’t use it). Sometimes it feels like you don’t speak the same language.

NCIS would be jealous of the detailed analysis that a blog post can cover in a situation. Although I’m not a blogger & this post is no exception. Blog posts are always forthcoming with the levels of detail they provide for a situation. Interestingly watching “your blogger” when they have writers block can be frustrating & or amusing. Generally amusing though.

Anyone, anywhere at any time knows about your lives across all social media platforms. This has always been a concern of mine & more so now that we have children. There’s always an article in the news about the “dark web” so I often voice my concerns about what content Liane is sharing.

Anthony’s final thought (Why not it’s good enough for Jerry right!)
It’s not difficult to live with a blogger but like all creative people they are strange. Not stalk you down an alley strange (maybe some are), but arty strange. I think that bloggers are born bloggers. It’s certainly part of their personality & I wouldn’t change that about Liane. It’s one of my favourite things about her. Sometimes it can be intrusive & sometimes they forget that for the sake of their art. However, bloggers never fail to capture the important moments in your family’s lives. So if you’re just starting out with someone & they are blogging (& serious about it) then buckle in because it’s going to get weird!

Spoiler Alert
So What can you expect to see from Liane in the future? Well without giving too much away there will be vlogs, beauty content, reviews & more “bloggy” stuff.


For all of you who read Liane’s blog thank you for supporting her for all of these years & making her dream of a blog come to life. From myself & the children.


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January Goals.

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Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a lovely time last night. We spent our NYE watching movies and eating pizza and neither of us made it to midnight. Oops! 


January is here though! A new year, a new month and a new set of goals. A quick recap of last months goals which I didn't do too badly with. 

1// Continue to post five times a week here. I've gotten into a groove and I like it. My month working with Samantha was worth it's weight in gold and she has taught me so much.  I'm going to go ahead and call this one a win. I did take five days off over Christmas but apart from that I was a Monday to Friday kind of girl :) 

2// Sort the kids toy cupboard out. With Santa's impending visit I think I need to get rid of the old (& broken) and make way for the new.  Done! And now it is filled with new toys. I may need to make this a monthly goal! 

3// Read two books that I haven't read before. This past month has been so busy that reading has had to take a back seat. Not only that but I have a habit of re-reading books that I love. That isn't a bad thing but I want to read some new books. Big fat fail. 

4// Write and actually send Christmas cards. I always buy them. Most of the time I actually write them. It's not very often I end up sending them though. I always forget and then it gets too late so I just give up on them. This year I actually want to send them! Another fail. I didn't even buy Christmas cards.. 

5// Relax over Christmas. I am one of those people that always has a million and one things on the go. Places I want to be and jobs I need to finish. I want to take the Christmas period and forget about the to-do list. I want to watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate. I want to bake with the kids and make meals from scratch. I mostly managed this one. I took some time off from the computer. We watched movies. We drank hot chocolate. We had dance parties in the kitchen. It was much needed. 



1// Get back into exercising. I just haven't been able to find the time recently with everything else that I have going on. It's a poor excuse and something that I am desperate to change. I am a different person when I exercise regularly. 

2// Organise my blog schedule more. Occasionally I will schedule a post in advance but most of the time I write it on the day. Actually, most of the time I don't even know what I'm going to write about until that day. I want to plan my time better with regards to blogging. I don't think I will ever be one those people that have four weeks worth of posts all ready to go.. (Oh how I envy you!) but I would at least like to know what I am going to write for the current week. 

3// Work on my patience. This doesn't really need explaining, I guess. I want to have more patience with James & Emilie, more patience with myself. I don't want to get worked up over all the little problems that occur in everyday life. 

4// Organise James' birthday presents. I cannot believe he turns seven in February. It is mind boggling.

5// Read one new book. I know I wanted to read two last month and failed so I'm going to be realistic and set myself the goal of just one book for this month. 


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