web analytics

Teenage dreams…..

Both the husband and I love our sleep. Like, when we were childfree and obviously carefree we would spend hours in bed at the weekend, reading magazines, having a nap, watching tv, having a nap, eating a really late brunch, having a nap, you get the idea. So having an almost teenager who I’ve never had to wake up, literally *never* because she doesn’t actually need that much sleep and would be up at the crack of dawn regardless of what day it was since the day she was born was quite a shock to the system! (Since then we’ve had the boy who likes his sleep just as much as we do, thank god!)

When we moved to this house and she got her own floor, we thought we could create a room for her that might make her want to chill out up there, have her own space and maybe, just maybe sleep a bit longer!

It’s been an ongoing process. As she gets older, her tastes are changing, but the basics are the same. A decent bed, a good mattress, nice furniture, a chill out zone, room for her books, pictures, make up and so on. Basically a room that I’d be happy in, but teenage style.

We bought a new bed for our room, so H decided she wanted our old bed frame, an iron, four poster bed. Which was fine, but we needed to change her mattress from a single to a king size. We decided to go with a memory foam mattress, because it’s soooo comfortable, and, you know, anything to make her sleep! We added a gorgeous, fluffy, feather filled duvet and enough cushions to give the husband a heart attack each night and she was set. I have to admit to laying on H’s bed while she’s doing homework (probably distracting her) because it’s so comfy!

Obviously style is important as well as substance. And not just for H! The furniture is all white, with plenty of storage space, it’s all pretty much Ikea based stuff, sturdy, simple and nice to look at and it all doubles up as shelf space. My daughter is my daughter. She has make up, nail varnish, hair & skin products coming out of her ears. She also seems to “borrow” a lot of my stuff, never to be seen again…..! As for clothes, don’t even get me started! I’ve decided not to fold her stuff anymore, because it doesn’t seem to make it from the pile to the drawers/wardrobe in the same condition. It’s a talent she has. And yes, I’m aware of how old I sound right now….

teen room

So, has it worked? Well, she doesn’t come downstairs to wake us up anymore, because she has everything she needs in her room. TV, iPad, phone – I think if she was allowed a mini fridge up there I probably wouldn’t see her unless it was dinner time, but does she sleep longer? No. Do I have to wake her up in the mornings? No. Is she still dressed and ready to go before I even have both eyes open? Yes, of course she is. I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my daughter just doesn’t need that much sleep. But she does love her room & spends a lot of time up there being a teenager and doing whatever teenagers do. So it’s pretty much win win!

Thanks to Dormeo for sending H the fab mattress!

 

Read More

Horse Riding in Wimbledon

horse4

Horse riding in London, in the sunshine. Doesn’t get much better than that does it? The kids were invited along to Ridgway Stables in Wimbledon a few weekends ago (I told you I’m behind on posts) by the RSPCA.

They’ve both had a couple of riding lessons, the longest one being at when we were at Center Parcs a few years ago, but neither of them had had a full, proper lesson so I knew they would love it.

We drove into Wimbledon and I have to admit, I thought I’d written the address down wrong because we couldn’t see where on earth there would be a stable never mind a few horses, but, tucked away down a side road there were loads of them! Right next to a pub, which, we found out, was an old coach house years ago. It used to own the stables and let the travellers drinking there keep their horses overnight. Love a bit of history!

The kids were introduced to their horses, C was on Toby, the oldest (and smallest) horse in the stables and H was on Bob. A huge, gorgeous horse that I would have happily taken home with me! They mounted them in the side road and then were taken off with their instructor on her horse in the middle, to hit Wimbledon Common.

We had the option of sitting in the pub having a drink or following the horses, and, for some strange reason we decided to follow the horses. Which, of course, was quite hard work because obviously, horses can walk further and faster than we can! Pub next time, definitely!

The kids absolutely loved the entire hour and we are so tempted to send them back to Ridgway Stables for some more lessons. I really want to have a go myself too, but it’s quite an expensive hobby so we might have to hold fire for a while!

The whole point of the visit was to promote the RSPCA and their rescue horses and ponies. Everyone knows they re-home dogs and cats, but I personally hadn’t thought of horses needing new homes, so it’s such a good cause. Obviously not everyone can re-home a horse (if only!) but you can donate, either money or equipment. You can find out lots more info on their website.

horse1

horse2

horse3

horse5

horse6

 

Read More

Boujies London – Pink Pomelo *Discount Offer*

I think by now everyone knows how much I love scented candles, I’ve written about it enough and everyone in my real life knows, give me a decent candle over a box of chocs or a bottle of wine any day!

candle3

Give me a scented candle that hasn’t been released yet, and has the most amazing citrus-y, summer scent and, well, VERY happy!

Boujies create hand poured, aromatic candles in England, using only natural wax, the best essentials oils and fragrances inspired by nature and they’ve now created their 8th fragrance, Pink Pomelo.

It’s a really uplifting, fresh scent. It just smells of summer, with notes of grapefruit, sweet lemon and pink pomelo. It’s a really clean smell, it’s perfect for when the sun is shining (unlike today) and you want to feel energised and awake. This is a real day time candle for me, which I love, as I always light them in the evening, so now I have both!

Available from May, in either their candles, diffusers or gift set. The 100g candle is £16.00 with free standard delivery on all orders. Plus, I can give my readers (you, hi!) an exclusive discount on the new fragrance,  just enter the code BOUJIESLOVES for 10% off on order placed between the 1st and 17th May 2015.

candle1

candle2

PR Sample

 

Read More

Birchbox with Tatler Review

Before I start this post, I have to say how late it is. I’ve been literally (and yes, I’m using the word literally and I *mean* it) snowed under with insane amounts of college work, real work and general life stuff. So everything you read in the next few days or weeks is probably going to be slightly out of date.

But you’ll forgive me. I’m sure….

Anyway! Beauty box lover over here, as much as I love them, it does take something a bit special to grab my attention, so this months BirchBox UK did good! They have partnered up with Tatler magazine to created a limited edition box with brands direct from the UK.

Tatler

In the gorgeous box we have:

Travel size Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish + Muslin Cloth £14 – Always a firm favourite. I’ve given this one to my daughter to get her started with it. I love that it even comes with a cloth, you can never have too many of these!

Aromatherapy Associates – Renewing Rose Body Cream £36 – Such a lovely cream, I didn’t think I’d like the rose smell, but I do. Love aromatherapy associates products and this is a good sample size.

Dr Jackson’s Natural Products – Face Oil 03 £30 – LOVE a face oil, who doesn’t! And this smells divine! The packaging is amazing, think apothecary bottles and printed labels – it looks as good as it smells. It works even better!

Bamford – Geranium Hand and Body Wash £22 – Again, smells LUSH.

Ciaté London – Paint Pot £9 – Mine is Maybe Baby, I’ve seen a few other images and it looks like they’re all the same colour but don’t quote me on it. Gorgeous, mushroom-y chocolate brown colour.

Percy & Reed London – Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray £14 – This is full size and doesn’t fit in the box but I’m assuming everyone gets one.

There isn’t one single product I don’t love in this box. The colour of the nail varnish down to the body cream, every single one of them is fab, and it pretty much covers you head to toe for a weekend away!

This box is the best yet, of all the boxes I’ve had through my door. Major success!

If you want to order your own Tatler BirchBox you can do so here for £25.00 – bloody bargain when you consider the contents is worth over £73!

Read More

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!

brush1

brush3

brush2

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.

 

Read More

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?

Melijoe2

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

Read More

Planning a Family Holiday on a Budget ~ GP

yjA2So4sRtmdLFRSkD5t_moulin-fisk_jpg_1_050×700_pixels

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!

Image credit.

Read More