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AirMotion Pro

I have very, very thick, wavy, almost waist length hair so washing and brushing it can be an almighty battle. I’ve always struggled to find a brush that can get through the hair, not give me static and doesn’t feel like it’s ripping my head to bits.

Recently I’ve been using Tangle Teezers as they have the sort of rubberised bristles that I like but because they are lacking in the handle department, I always end up flinging them across the room, because they caught in my mane and I lose my grip on them. And, FYI they’re bloody dangerous at high speed!

I was sent the AirMotion Pro to try out and I was a little bit skeptical at first, such a flashy name for a hairbrush, but I thought why not! It’s been designed by experts that understand the factors that contribute to daily stress and strain on your hair. It is designed to redefine brushing, gliding along the contours of your head like no other brush. The patent pending in built Air-Shock unit reduces the strain on your hair by providing an air cushioned revolutionary hair brushing experience. Sounds good no? It claims to leave hair smooth, detangled and stress free. That is what I need from a brush!

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I have been using it instead of my normal TT, even in the shower because it is rubberised so it doesn’t slip around and it’s fab. There are three different lengthen bristles so it really gets to the scalp, it doesn’t pull on knots and it doesn’t give my hair the big, pouffy static look – love!

It’s actually become my every day brush now, because of the handle and the way it gently brushes, and I’ve kept my Tangle Teezer in my bag for when I’m out and about as it’s so compact.

Costing £11.95 and available from here – it’s definitely a brush to consider if you’ve got hair. Cos, you know. You need one.

 

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LD Teen Style

It’s quite hard having an almost teenager. Especially one who has always looked older than her years. For a while now it’s been a case of having to dress in clothes that are adult styles and adult sizes because she’s so tall. Which is great for her, but just because it’s in her (adult) size, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for a 12 year old to wear.

We do the usual mother daughter argument over what she should wear, at the moment she’s into trackies and t-shirts which suits me just fine, on most occasions, but sometimes it would be nice to see her in something girlie, but not childish. See the dilemma?

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When she’s not in tracks, she’s in skinny jeans and cropped tops, so finding some decent tops to go with them is always a bonus!

Tommy Hilfiger double layered top, £33.24, Monnalisa Pineapple vest £67.00 and Lee Two Tone Top, £21.91 all from Melijoe are on the list. I know for a fact the pineapple one will be a massive hit, as she’s currently coveting a pineapple duvet cover and lamp. I might add I am also after a pineapple lamp stand but that’s neither here nor there!

These tops, skinny jeans and her Nike Air Max. Then we just need to disagree on the amount of make up she tries to sneak past me……!

Post written in collaboration with Melijoe.com

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Planning a Family Holiday on a Budget ~ GP

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Life can get a little hectic sometimes. Remembering to breathe and take a break now and then helps with productivity as well as with your own mental health. In a world where everyone is trying to do everything in terms of work, looking after children, socialising with friends and visiting family, it can be easy to forget that we all need time to relax. So, why not take a minute to step off the work/life balance beam and book a family holiday?

Magazines can often fall short of catering to families, with pictures of women in glitzy bikinis and inserts on how to get the perfect beach body. Unfortunately, tips for saving money on family holidays or how not to bankrupt yourself on ice cream and lilos can sometimes be few and far between. Here, we’ve compiled a list of five tips to help you plan a family holiday on a budget.

1. Flexibility is key.

Researching and comparing different holiday types, holiday durations and airports online is one of the best ways to find a bargain. There are also a variety of websites that can help you out in your quest for saving money and finding cheap holidays, even over the impending Easter break. Be flexible and you will find a great deal.

2. Use a budget planner.

If you want to afford more than a postcard on your family holiday, you need to budget and save. Using an online budget planner will help you sort out what you are spending and where you can save money. Lose the luxuries now and treat yourself when you’re surrounded by sunshine!

3. Travel to somewhere different.

Family resorts and holidays to popular countries can often work out a lot more expensive. Some destinations that may not immediately strike you as family spots can turn out to be great, with sun, sea, safety and several delicious cocktails! Be open-minded about your destination and you can find some amazing bargains.

4. Go all-inclusive or full-board.

It may work out more expensive now but, with multiple people to feed and water, choosing to go all-inclusive is a great option for families. It means you don’t need to worry about having enough spending money or dipping into your savings. More importantly, you know the kids can run to the hotel staff for an endless supply of sugar rather than you!

5. Research tourist deals.

Family days out are a must on holiday, so researching zoos, aquariums and water parks can be beneficial. Looking for tourist deals online or vouchers for excursions is a fantastic way to save money before you travel, and you don’t get hit by expensive charges when you reach your destination.

Thanks to these tips, your last minute family holiday doesn’t have to break the bank. You can manage to find a fantastic deal and plan out your break on an affordable budget. With you and your family happy, it’s time to get back on the work/life balance beam and start crossing off the days until departure!

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Mothers Day Gifts with AnnaLou of London & LD Discount!

It’s Mothers Day on Sunday, a chance to spoil your mum and let her know how much you love her, and want her to have a lovely lie in, beautiful flowers and breakfast in bed….. (don’t even try and tell me that’s just me!)

If you’re on the hunt for something special for the mum (or wife if your kiddies are too small to be picking up on mummy’s hints!) then AnnaLou of London is a good place to look. Full of fab jewellery and collections, they have gorgeous personalised pieces, offer engraving and even have a section for last minute gifts. Not that you should be forgetting of course, just in case.

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I am absolutely in love with initialed jewellery at the moment, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect necklace with H&C on it, so I adore the initial disc necklace from AnnaLou, available in three colours, silver, rose gold and gold (the golds are both plated) it’s on my wish list…! I also love the name discs in the picture above, great if you have shorter names in your family! I think, if I get the necklace, I’ll be adding the sideways initial one to my collection as well, perhaps a T for the bloke, or even a K for me! It looks great layered with other styles. The names necklace costs £67.50 and the sideways one £54.00.

Both rings are available in the three colours, and cost between £30 and £40.

And….! AnnaLou have given all my readers a fab 20% off all orders if you use the code MUM20 at the checkout!

Please remember though, anything personalised won’t arrive in time for Mothers Day now, as it can take up to 14 days to come through.

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A bit of an Animal….

Dyson Animal that is. Dirty buggers.

Now, before I start this post I would like to make it known that I am not the type of person who likes to clean. No. I can think of a million more things I would rather do with my time than clean my house. I do, of course, like the end result and sometimes I can REALLY get into it and go mad with the whole thing, but for the most part, no. Cleaning isn’t my thing.

After moving from a ground floor flat to a three storey house I also discovered how much I hate vacuuming stairs. I mean. There’s no easy way of doing it is there? Balance the vacuum with your head and use the weird shaped attachment, or, use a small handheld vacuum and run out of power before you get to the top. And oh my god do our stairs attract fluff and dust and everything else two kids and two dogs can distribute around the place. Loom bands, sequins, small pieces of lego that you can’t actually see but will dig into your foot like a razor blade? Check. I always said I needed two vacuums, one for downstairs up, and one for upstairs down. But you know, never actually got round to it. Until, last month, the new Dyson Animal DC41 available from John Lewis arrived on my doorstep. Queue lots of excitement from C, he’s definitely not his mothers son, that kid *loves* cleaning for me!

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Once the beast was put together (it’s not really a beast, it’s just what we nicknamed it, cos we’re crazy like that) I obviously had to road test it. Now, it was late February when it arrived (ish) so I was already starting the little spring clean I like to do each year, nothing mental, but it involves getting the bloke to change the entire front room round for me so it feels lighter, brighter and more ready for sunshine. We fluff up the sofa and cushions, dust everywhere (nearly wrote everyone then, that would be interesting) get rid of wintery stuff and replace it with spring like goodies. The heavy scented candles go away and I gently hint about the room needing some pretty flowers to brighten the place up. That kind of thing.

So, I’d already given the whole living room a serious vacuum, as much as I dislike cleaning, I’m not going to live in filth, so when furniture moves I am right there sucking up every last bit of dust before it’s replaced. After using the Animal for 5 mins downstairs, I wondered if maybe I’d vacuumed with a toy instead. The amount of  crap it picked up was incredible! Which then meant I had to do the entire house just to make sure it was clean!

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The animal isn’t the lightest of vacuums, but it’s a hell of a lot lighter than my other one, and the huge rollerball in the middle meant it swivelled off in all sorts of directions without even a grunt of effort. The size of the ball does mean you can’t get under furniture but that’s where one of the many attachments would come in handy. It switches between carpet and wood easily and the lead stretches to 9 metres before you have to hunt down another plug socket. The suction power on it is insane (it boasts the strongest suction, largest bin capacity and longest cable length of all Dyson upright vacuums) I was giving the downstairs loo a quick once over and it was still on max, which meant I was practically stuck to the floor! It really does live up the Dyson name, I know so many people who say they wouldn’t look at another vacuum, but being so expensive (albeit worth it) it’s not something everyone can invest in outright. Owning this baby now, I can see why people love them. I’m also imagining I’ll save a fortune on vacuum cleaner repairs as it doesn’t seem to be a brand that crumbles after a few uses!

The DC41 Animal comes with a Tangle-free Turbine tool. It’s meant to be the only turbine tool that doesn’t tangle, with counter-rotating heads with brushes remove hair and dirt from carpets and upholstery. There’s no brush bar for hair to wrap around. But, I have serious amounts of hair, and it has got wrapped around the bristles but that’s nothing new, I just grab the scissors and cut it out!

So, back to the one vacuum upstairs, one down, the Animal is living downstairs with us, where we use it on the whole downstairs, the stairs, the 1st floor (yes, I know I sound like I live in a mansion but I really don’t!) and then it goes all the way up to the top. If for some reason H decides she wants to vacuum her room (NEVER going to happen) she grabs the oldie out of the cupboard up there to save time.

Look at me, cleaning-phobe and I’m in love with a vacuum. Who would have though it!

Disclosure: I received the Dyson Animal Upright Vacuum for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions and images are my own!

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LD Mini – Spring Fancies

It’s still cold. Wet. Grey. So miserable. In other words we’re still in the middle of what seems to be the longest winter ever. I mean, I love winter, but this is getting silly now. So, in the interest of trying to feel a little more springlike, I thought I’d do a little daydream shopping, this time for the boy.

At the weekend, if he’s not staying in his pjs {just like his mother!} my son knows exactly what he wants to wear, and heaven forbid anyone who tries to tell him otherwise. I love that he knows what fashion he likes, thankfully we’ve always managed to avoid the god awful cartoon character stuff, I had to put my foot down, when I found out he was a boy I could just see Postman Pat tees coming at me in all directions. Anyway, we like to go for the classic, but slightly off beat look. Always classic skinny trousers because he’s tall and skinny so anything else just looks like he’s wearing his big sisters jeans, or sweatpants. Good quality tees and a jumper or sweatshirt of some kind. Then of course we have to add another 5 layers to be warm enough to leave the house, but we’ll forget that for now.

I had a browse of Melijoe and managed to find a fair few outfits for them both {I’ll be doing GG’s post next month then!}

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Faded black tee from Japan Rags, Levi Skinnies, Adidas Originals {what else!} and a Kate Moss sweatshirt from Little Eleven Paris – I want this in my size! This would be, pretty much, his ‘uniform’ at weekend and during school hols, comfortable enough for him to throw himself around in, stylish enough for me to be happy. Sorted!

Post written in collaboration with Melijoe.com.

 

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Luxe chill out time with Christy Candles

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had an obsession with candles. Back then, it used to be about the best shaped candle I could get my hands on, so I was all about the tacky ones, in shapes of buildings, animals, random, weird things that candle makers thought looked good. I had them. A huge shelf in my bedroom full of crazy candles. And I didn’t light a single one.

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Now, as a woman in her 30’s (still not mid 30’s, not for another year) I am still obsessed with candles, but now they can only be in heavy, glass jars. Burn for a good 40 hours+ and make my house smell amazing. I do have the odd Ikea candle dotted about here and there, just for effect, but the ones that matter take centre stage on either my dining table, bedside table or bathroom. Because those are my three favourite rooms, and they have to be luxury candles. I will happily pay between £30-£50 for a decent candle. It’s one of my things and they last long enough to make it feel worth it.

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Christy sent me one of their candles last week because it was half term and they knew how crazy busy my week was, with two kids, work and family life so they wanted to give me something to use when I got a bit of ‘me time’. The candle I received was No.3, which is a blend of rose pepper, layered with bergamot on a base of wood and vanilla. It’s their relaxing candle, and it was bloody perfect timing! We had an amazing half term, filled with activities and seeing friends and family but by the end of the day, entertaining an almost 6 year old and an almost teenager while trying to do all the usual stuff I do when they’re at school, I was absolutely knackered! A hot bath & trashy mag called to me each evening!

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The candle itself is in a simple, stylish dark grey glass container, smells amazing. It’s not overly flowery or floral, it’s almost a masculine smell, which I prefer, and it melts evenly – a sign of a good candle – none of that melting down the middle leaving a pool of wax either side that never burns away. Christy Candles are made using high quality wax, and it’s obvious in the way it burns and smells.

I’ve bought the candle downstairs now, and have it burning next to me while I’m working at the dining table. Our downstairs space is pretty much open plan, so the scent from the candle carries pretty much round the entire ground floor, it takes a while to build up, but once it’s filled the room, it lasts for ages. After the smells of Christmas candles, heavy, cinnamon/clove based scents, it’s lovely to have something that’s so different.

I’ve also been a Diptyque or Neom girl but I think Christy will be making their way into my list of faves now!

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