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Friday, 29 July 2016

The BLU Beets Key Finder | Review


Today I wanted to do something a little different and talk about something I luckily received recently.

That would be the BLU Beats Bluetooth Key Finder. I cannot believe I hadn't heard of these before, it's what I have always needed. 
If you're anything like me and you lose your keys or have an on-the-go baby that likes to relocate them often because she likes the noise.. then you probably need this in your life! 
Basically what happens is you pop the device on your keyring. Switch the bluetooth on your phone, download the app, pair the two together and bam.. you'll never lose your keys again! As simple as that.. I've been using this for a good couple of weeks now and I have already used the device around 5-6 times which I consider to be a fair amount..says a lot about how much I lose my keys though doesn't it! It's super easy to set up and all of the instructions are on the box, however one thing I would say is the instructions could be slighter bigger or slightly clearer. I'd also say that you can only use this within the range of your home, so if you were to leave your keys in the car or something then you wouldn't be able to do that..but overall this is a great device and very discreet too!

Is this something you would use?
Thanks for reading
Amelia
xxx


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Monday, 25 July 2016

Mummys Makeup




I was unsure on what to name this post because everyday is a mummy day! However some mummy days are lazier than others and you don't always feel like putting much or any makeup on your face.
However today I thought I'd tell you about what products I like yo apply if I'm not doing much but still want to look want to look presentable if I did need to pop out.

First of all my go to is always concealer I never leave the house without a little smidge of concealer which is probably down to skin confidence ect. At the moment I am loving the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, it's a real brightening concealer which I feel really picks your skin up. I apply this around my eye area as well as my cheeks as I sometimes have blemishes. 
I then add a touch of my Nars Laguna Bronzer, this just adds a little something to my very pale skin and stops me looking well... dead.
 A recent addition to my makeup collection is my MAC Blusher in the shade New Romance, this is great and everything I love in a blush it is also a highlighter so it gives you a skin an extra glow. I've only been using this a couple of weeks but so far... loving it.
At the same time as buying my blusher I also bought my new Eyebrow Gel in the shade Dirty Blonde which I am loving. I used to use the Benefit Browzings but there was something about it I didn't like, this fills in my brows without looking too much or too harsh. Perhaps I was using Browzings incorrectly though. 
I then use my Chanel Eyeshadow Stick and literally cover it all over my lid..simple. It's a bronze colour and I think it looks perfect for all seasons as it's subtle.
To finish off I use my trusty Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I'm loving this mascara at the moment as it gives so much definition and really separates your lashes.

Hope you have enjoyed hearing about what I wear on my low key days, I've enjoyed writing this.. something a little different.
What do you wear on homey days? Or are you a no-makeuper?
Thanks for reading
Amelia
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sudocrem Care & Protect: Review






Sudocrem is the most popular choice for most mums out there when there looking for something to clear up their little ones' nappy rash, it's been around over 80 years and has been used by our parents and possibly there parents too.
 We've been extremely lucky that Darcy hasn't suffered with too bad a case of nappy rash however she does flare up when she is teething which has happened recently which has meant I've been able to give a clear review of this product, we've also found that she's slightly red first thing in the morning after wearing her nappy all night, so on those occasions Sudocrem has been first choice for us and always cleared it up straight away.

Recently we were asked to try out a more recent Sudocrem product. It's the 'Care & Protect' formulation. Now I was thrilled to try this because the name gave me the idea that it was slightly more sensitive on skin, and with Darcy having more on the sensitive side of skin I was more than happy to try this on her. When the product arrived I did a little research on it, it turned out I was right, it not only prevents nappy rash, it also conditions the skin. Not only was I happy that this was gentler on skin, I liked the fact it came in a tube easier to use with one hand I find. 
One thing I don't like about the original Sudocrem was the tub, if you've got longer nails, you get it all stuck up the back of them which obviously not the nicest thing in the world. Care & Protect is also a thinner formulation than the original so it soaks in quicker knowing that you haven't got the product rubbing on the nappy and not doing it's job properly. I should admit I haven't used this at every nappy change however I have used it when ever she has been red and it has done the job quickly. It's also a lot more compact, easy to care around with you than the larger tubs.

So all in all I was really pleased with this version of Sudocrem & will be definitely sticking with it mainly because its more sensitive. However I will continue to use the original Sudocrem if Darcys bottom is very sore as I feel as it's thicker its more of a treatment where as care & protect is as it says protection.

Have you tried this product? Did you like it?

Thanks for reading
Amelia 
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Darcys First Birthday

So a couple of weeks ago my baby (or now toddler??!!) turned one! After a couple of weeks of having to get used to that very sad fact I thought I would tell you about what we did to celebrate.
On her birthday (Wednesday 22nd June) we woke up or Darcy woke us up .. opened some presents and off we went to Longleat Safari Park in Warminster. I'm pretty sure Darcy had an awesome time here as she absolutely loves animals. Unfortunately I was suffering from an infected wisdom tooth this week so I wasn't very well, however I did try my best to enjoy myself.

When we got home we watched the cbeebies we had recorded so that we could see if her card was shown on telly, and there she was!! I was so happy, i don't think she understood though..
My mum and dad came round in the evening to give her her present which was nice.

On Thursday 23rd June we got up and set off for a couple of days in Newquay, I don't think i'd ever been here so I was super excited for some new scenery. When we got here we had some lunch and walk around the town and onto the beach before heading to our hotel. We stayed in a Travelodge and we were so impressed, it was only around £70 and thats with all you can eat breakfast for us all. We even had a sea view room!
The rooms was lovely, simple and clean and just what we needed for one night. We got some dinner that evening by which point Darcy was getting tired from all the fun, and I took her back for some sleep. Paul went off to get some shots of Fistral beach. He got some really beautiful ones too. Check him out if you feel like doing so.. i've linked his name to his instragram ;)

The following day we headed to perranporth beach for a bit of a chill on the beach before we had to head home. Things didn't go to plan though, Darcy was in a bit of a funny mood so we finished early. We took the two hour journey home and Darcy was happy to see her toys again.. on the Saturday was Darcys birthday BBQ which she loved however the dress I had bought for her to wear was too long and she couldnt crawl so I had to take it off. The weather wasn't on our side in the morning but it got better for the afternoon.


Enjoy the pictures :)












Thanks for reading
Amelia
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Darcy | Twelve Month Update






I have a one year old!! Really?!! I don't understand where that last year has gone..I expect this will be it now until she is eighteen months old as my main goal was to document her first year. However I am sure you will still hear how she is getting on in other posts. A couple of new things I think this month.


  • She is walking a lot more now, still with support or with her walker but she is definitely gaining confidence.
  • She weighs around 22lbs and is still in size 4 nappies. She is still in some 9-12 month clothing and also 12-18 months.
  • She still has around 2 naps a day, first one will be around 2 hours and the afternoon one will be 1 hour.
  • She still sleeps through the night 7pm - 6am.
  • In terms of eating she is doing so well and we have given up on jars and she is having what we have. She has only her bedtime bottle now and maybe sometimes one in the afternoon.
  • She loves her food and will eat anything although she does have her favourites!
  • She loves the washing machine and cbeebies.
I think that is roughly it, i cannot believe that she is one! I have a special post coming up telling you all about her first birthday which is why I haven't mentioned much in this post. 

Thanks for reading.
Amelia
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