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School Uniforms with George at Asda**


I know it’s only their second week off school, but I like to be organised you know!

Especially now I have two different types of uniforms to buy. H needs the proper, grown up stuff – blazers, knee length skirts (more on that later) and badges while C is still in the “how long will these trousers actually last” stage. Because both of my kids seem to be extra long and fast growing, I really resent spending a fortune on uniform, especially when they’re all pretty much as long lasting as each other.

I’ve never really tried George at Asda before, usually preferring a different supermarket brand but when I had a look online at their stuff, I was pretty impressed! The blazers (which I bought in M&S last year for over £20 and it is now too small for her) cost up to £12 – up to! As in, that’s the maximum price not the minimum *and* they’re a really good fit, I am a complete convert! I now don’t mind if she outgrows it halfway through the year, because it costs less to buy two than it did to buy the original one. Bargain. Skirts are a little bit harder to find online for us, only because the school needs to them to be knee length and my daughter has legs that rival Naomi and or Bambi. That, or all uniform manufactures think school girls are short. I cannot get a skirt to finish anywhere near her knee, never mind on it. We’re going to take a trip to the good old fashioned uniform superstore that I used to get my school stuff from way back when. If they don’t have the right length then she’s just going to have to walk on her knees or something.

My biggest challenge with the boy is keeping t-shirts white and trousers hole-less. That’s it. Nothing too difficult. The t-shirts in question cost £3 for a pack of two – naturally I stocked up and now own four packs. It always pays to be prepared with a 6 year old boy in the house! Trousers, from the bargain price of £3, I mean, come on!

Of course, all these savings on uniforms will probably be cancelled out by the extortionate price of school shoes, but I stand by my argument of making a saving in one place to spend it wisely in another…….! And, to me, cheap shoes are pretty much a waste of time, I’ll end up replacing them at least twice if not more so I may as well pay out for a pair that will fit the entire school year. That is, of course, as long as the feet don’t grow – C is 6 years old and only 6 sizes smaller than me. I’m picturing HUGE feet in his future.

So, it’s not even August yet and I have almost the entire school uniform sorted, shirts, polo shirts, trousers, blazers, backpacks, socks and sweatshirts. All for less than £70!

All I need to do is hit the shops late in the month to grab the shoes (Kickers have been requested by both) and hunt out the right length skirt. I’d say that’s pretty damn successful.

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Clarins Limited Edition Aquatic Treasures Collection

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Despite the miserable view out of the window at the moment, summer is actually upon us, schools are closing in the next week, holidays are being packed for and a general feel of relaxation is hitting people, especially when the sun appears! With that in mind, and particularly, our holiday in less than 3 weeks, the new Aquatic Treasures Collection from Clarins is perfect. All about sun kissed skin, glossy, nude lips and bronzed eye colours.


Limited Edition Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact (£30) This has to be one of the prettiest bronzers I have ever seen and is definitely the star of the collection. Just look at the pattern on it! May have been putting off using it so I didn’t ruin it……. It has four warm shades, from light through to dark which work on even my pasty pale skin without looking orange. You can use it for contouring (if you’re into that sort of thing) and you can customise your colour to suit your skin tone. It’s a natural looking, matte bronzer that just adds a touch of warmth to the skin. It even minimises fine lines and wrinkles and protects from effects of free radicals and pollution.


Next up are the Limited Edition Ombre Iridescente Eyeshadows (£19) in 01 – Aquatic Rose and 03 – Aquatic Grey. Again, a cream to powder formula, like their other shadows (here) and they are really highly pigmented, a little goes a very very long way. I always tend to use my fingers to apply these, especially these two colours as I think they look better smudged around the eyelid rather than expertly applied, especially in the summer months. The Rose shade is amazing on tanned skin (my daughter is a great model!) it probably suits a tan more than it does paler skin, but it’s still a fab colour. The grey is the perfect smokey eye colour, it’s quite dark so takes a while to get the right shade if you’re just after a wash of colour but they’re so easy to play with.


Lastly the Limited Edition Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 04 – Apricot and 05 – Golden Bronze (£26) I have to admit I was nervous of using these because they’re *so* far off my natural skin tone, but they’re amazing! You can use them alone or under make up, I’ve actually been mixing the apricot shade in with my tinted moisturiser now that I have a little bit of colour to my face and I will be using the Golden Bronze when we’re away mixed with normal SPF moisturiser instead of full on make up. It blends beautifully and just adds a glow to your skin without looking like you’re caked in make up. I am hooked on these, they take pride of place next to me original Instant Light!

This is a gorgeous collection, but, it is limited edition so if you’re off on holiday or having a staycation this year and you want to give yourself a bronzed boost, grab them before they go! Available now from Clarins.

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Summer Dress Wish List

DressesI’m not really sure what’s happened to me this summer, usually I live in my jeans, come rain or shine. Not because I hate my legs or want to hide them away, just because it seems to be my staple wardrobe item. This year though I am obsessed with dresses. Has to be floaty and relaxed, has to be comfortable, apart from that, any length goes!

The whole ‘pick one thing to wear and throw it on’ is very appealing, there’s no finding vests to go with jeans it’s literally a case of grabbing the dress and going out. They’re *SO* comfortable, they hide a multitude of sins (really didn’t get very far with my weight loss plan, wondering if I should just forget that idea and get on with life!) and they just feel like summer.

Because I’m an ASOS girl through and through, hello free next day delivery & a gazillion things to choose from right there on my iPhone I thought I’d throw together a few of the dresses I have stored away in my “love list”. All of these would be perfect for our holiday in a few weeks. Relaxed, casual, full on chill out time. I can’t wait!

1: If H and I were the same dress size, she would be fighting me for this Superdry Dress £54.99

2: The curve range from ASOS is fab if you’re size 18 or over – love this vest dress for it’s simplicity and the fact that I could have it quite baggy, more room for all the cheese and bread I plan to eat…. £14.00 in the sale.

3: On holiday, strapless maxi’s work. Not sure if the green would work on my pale skin but I still love the colour. £20.00

4: Obsessed with denim shirt dresses, they are just the epitome of throw on and go! This one is £40. Perfect.

5: And for something a little bit dressier/smarter, this striped shirt dress is gorgeous. I’d still probably team it with flip-flops or sandals but it’s just slightly more structured in case of a nice restaurant! £45.00



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The perfects night sleep…….

Well, it’s over! College is officially over for the summer. No essays to hand in, no exams to revise for and no presentations to prepare. I can finally switch off and maybe stay up past 10pm…… that will make a change!

Even though I’ve been crashing out early I’ve still been having crappy sleep. Waking up in a panic that I haven’t double spaced my essays or revised the right things, the other morning I woke up at 5am with a nose bleed! Stress levels were *through the roof* I’m not exaggerating – if you saw my last post, you’ll know!

I am SO looking forward to a decent nights sleep, I’m all about the fresh sheets and open windows, a late movie once the kids are in bed, decaf tea (I know, I know, I am sounding ridiculously rock and roll here…..) and a gorgeous candle to make the room smell amazing – they all add up the perfect nights sleep, for me anyway!

The Fine Bedding Company are doing some research into the recipe for the perfect nights sleep themselves, they’re also giving away £750 worth of goodies to help with it, including bedding, pillows, a Lumie BodyClock, Neals Yard gift set, herbal teas, yoga kits and more. All you need to do is complete the sentence “To help me get a good nights sleep I do/have…..” and the most impressive or unusual will win! All the entries need to be tagged with #sleepingredients. Easy peasy! And, if you don’t win, you’re going to get some amazing sleep tips, it’s a win win! The comp closes on Friday 10th so get going!

Ingredients prize


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These are a few of my favourite things…..

Since I had my babes I’ve become very sentimental, almost stupidly so, and things have become more special to me. Obvious things like drawings and paintings by my gorgeous ones, little messages they leave me, stickers that appear on my bathroom wall……. I blame the hormones completely!

I have a tattoo dedicated to them and now I have their initials on my necklace thanks to AnnaLou of London. I’ve been searching for the right initial disc necklace for *ages* I could picture it in my mind but nothing ever lived up to my expectations so when I was offered a piece of jewellery from the personalised range and I spotted the necklace I was so happy!

Anna Lou of London’s creations have made a mark on the jewellery and accessories scene – being snapped up by department stores and luxury boutiques like Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Harrods, Fenwick (UK) and if I could have one of each, I would!

My necklace is the gold initial disc necklace with a H & C on each disc. I went with the longer chain length because I don’t like feeling strangled by jewellery or clothes and it sits just under my collar bones so it’s perfect. I think it would look fab teamed with a couple of others, in a layered effect.



It comes in three colour ways, gold, rose gold and silver and costs £67.50. Because it’s personalised it can take up to two weeks for delivery but it’s worth it, and I love having my two favourite people in the world around my neck at all times.

Also from AnnaLou of London is my new silver ring, which arrived a few weeks ago but I had to resize it because between us, the husband and I couldn’t get the sizing right…..! (All down to us and nothing to do with the website!) I was debating going with our wedding date on the ring, or something to do with us as a couple, but because I was going through my “I can’t do this” phase with college I wanted to get something that was inspiring and special to me, I love a good quote and one in particular by C.S. Lewis is my favourite, so, on my gorgeous silver band is “Courage, dear heart” I know it’s cheesy to some, but it’s special to me, it reminds me to suck it up and get on with it when I’m having a panic and it will remind me that I can do these things,*did* do those things, and did them well. Everyone needs a little boost every now and then. This is my little reminder.


I decided to wear it on my middle finger, I have my wedding band on my left hand and it’s the only ring I wear on that side, so it’s on the right hand next to my Pandora rings. I only ever wear silver rings as for some strange reason I am allergic to anything else, even white gold. Yet to try platinum but that’s an expensive test…..!


The ring costs £81 and can have up to 21 characters on it so you can create something unique and special to you. I absolutely love AnnaLou of London and it’s a brand I am really proud to be an ambassador of.


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Love a slogan……

Ahhh. School (college) is out for summer and I can finally catch up on everything that I’ve put off!

Ages ago I was asked if I’d like to design some hoodies from LeaversHoodies for all four of us, and, being a slogan lover, I couldn’t say no! I gave the kids the colour choices but I knew what I wanted theirs to say, my two little AG’s, and I had an idea in mind for the bloke and I although I did end up changing my mind, several times…..! Nothing new there! But to their credit, they didn’t once tell me to get stuffed, which shows amazing patience!

We all went with sweatshirts in the end, fire red for C, charcoal for H and good old black for the adults. The quality of the sweatshirts is really good, so soft. It’s the kind of thing you’ll throw on when it starts to get chilly on a summer evening, or when you’re snuggling down with a good book on a rainy afternoon, one of those comforting jumpers. We all went for a baggy size as well, us because we were all about the comfort and the kids because they grow faster than the speed of light so these are going to fit for a good while yet!

Slogan wise, I toyed between several different designs but in the end settled on Mr & Mrs T. Straight to the point! On the back we went with Est 2001. Pretty damn unique if you ask me! I’m all about feminism, but I love having my husbands name smack bang in the middle of my sweatshirt. For the kids, it was nice and easy. AG and their year of birth on the back.


Of course, the whole point of LeaversHoodies is that they can customise your hoodies to whatever you want it to say, they’ve got so many different designs and styles to choose from, I’m pretty sure H’s leavers t-shirt last year came from here (via her school) and it’s such a lovely keepsake. The designers are fab, they literally move things around until you’re happy and they never tell you to stop being so fussy (are you listening husband…!) I am now eyeing up the trackie bottoms, they look so comfortable…..!



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Summer Sale at Melijoe*

There is a huge summer sale over at Meljoe at the moment, unto 60% off baby and kids stuff, just in time for the summer holidays.

With fab prices and brands, there’s something for everyone on there, I am in love with the baby stuff, if only I had a baby to buy for…..!

I’ve already done a bit of browsing for the boy, I can see him in this outfit, Stella McCartney T-shirt, Scotch & Soda shorts and red Toms, in fact, I think I’ll be adding a few things to my basket…..



I love a summer sale! If only we had a holiday booked for August……!


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