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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?


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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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!}



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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Half Term Week – James Bond

I love half term. It’s a week (not too long!) of less rushing around and time to relax with the kids. I’m not such a fan of the six weeks holiday, I don’t care how much you love your kids, by the end of it you don’t want to talk to them for at least 3 weeks.

This week we have something to do almost every day, which is really nice. None of them require getting up early either, which is even nicer!

Yesterday was all about London as we had tickets to see the James Bond exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden. All the times we’ve wandered round Covent Garden, I’ve never noticed the Film Museum before, but it’s definitely on my radar now. The kids and I met the bloke in town and headed in that direction. It was, typically, p*ssing down so by the time we got there, we were soaked, but it was meant to be an adventure, so you know, all part of the fun…?

Having been bought up watching James Bond and now loving it myself (hello Daniel Craig) I was looking forward to seeing the cars, C was especially looking forward to it, he’s a serious car lover already, so I knew it would keep his attention, despite it not involving Minecraft or Xbox!

It wasn’t as big as I was expecting, when we were told to start off upstairs and work our way down, I think I was expecting upstairs to be more than a few framed images, but it was still interesting none the less. Downstairs is where everyone was mingling and snapping pictures, so we headed down there instead.

The hardcore fans out there would probably know which car was driven by which Bond without reading the accompanying descriptions, but it was a good touch to have the scenes playing behind each one. My personal fave was the car from Quantum of Solace, an Aston Martin DBS, complete with missing door and bullet holes! C was all about the green Jaguar with missiles from Die Another Day, with H also falling for an Aston Martin. Never let it be said I don’t raise kids with expensive tastes! (It’s a skill)

There was, of course, a gift shop on the way out, full of posters, pens, pencils and the Bond aftershave, but we managed to swerve that with a promise of hitting M&M world on the way home! Which I kind wish we hadn’t done because it was absolutely HEAVING in there! Imagine Ikea on a crazily busy 99% off sale day and times it by 2. What the hell!? Anyway..

It was interesting, and C loved it but I would have been annoyed if I’d headed there for an entire day. I think it took us just as long to get there as it did to walk round it, which was fine as we had planned it to be part of the day, not *the* day. But then I suppose it all depends on how long you decide to stay there, if you added in coffee and lunch in the cafe and took the audio tour I’m sure you’d be there a couple of hours.

The concession prices were pretty reasonable, £9.50 per ticket, but for larger families it still adds up! It was an experience though, and it’s pretty cool to say you saw Bonds car in the half term!






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Chocolate Fix

I love baking. Like, real baking, cakes, biscuits and more cakes. I don’t find it enjoyable sharing the baking with the kids, I’m not that sort of parent (which I think I’ve discussed before!) The mess, the fact that they just want to lick the bowl more than anything else and the fact that the cakes never quite turn out right. I know, I know. I’m a terrible person! It doesn’t mean they don’t bake, it just means they have their cakes, I have mine and never the twain shall meet.

Apart from the cake we made for Valentines Day.

Usually, I make my cakes from scratch, I find it really relaxing weighing everything out and sifting it all into my bowl, but the kids like to get it from bowl to plate as quickly as possible, so ready to mix kits are a godsend, like the Devils Food Cake mix from Betty Crocker. Hello simple but tasty!

I just left them to it. H being the sensible one (cough) was in charge, and C was the gofer. Between them they managed to add the missing ingredients of egg, water and oil and combine it together to make a pretty good looking batter. We (the royal we!) then transferred it to the cake tins, whacked it in the oven for the required time and got on with the important jobs of cleaning the kitchen and licking the bowls, spoons and anything else that seemed to be covered in raw cake mix.


Once the oven had pinged and the cake was cool enough to ice (and we’d sorted out the argument over vanilla or chocolate flavoured icing) we set about filling the two cakes with buttercream and then smothering the entire thing with even more. Both kids started off icing, but once they started dragging bits of sponge with them, they decided to let me take over! I ended up using an entire tub of the ready made icing, because I thought it would be better than letting it go to waste, but to be honest, the cake was probably swimming in it! A little flourish of a heart in sprinkles and it was good to go! Nice and easy, quick and kept them quiet for at least half an hour! Plus I got to eat a slice of chocolate heaven with my cuppa. Not too shabby!

They’re going to attempt cookies and brownies in the half term too, at this rate I won’t be fitting in my jeans when they go back to school!




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Bioskin Junior Range

Bioskin Junior is a range of natural skincare products for babies and kids by Salcura, designed to be used by those with dry skin and eczema. Neither of mine suffer with eczema but they do occasionally get patches of dry skin that irritate them and take a while to go, so we always use moisturising, unscented products in the bath for them.

The products contain at least 92& natural ingredients which means they’re not harsh on the skin and they’ve got to be kinder than any steroid based stuff that most people have to use when they suffer with eczema. (I have it on my hands and the cream for that is bad enough)


We were sent the Face and Body Wash and Bathtime Shampoo (which is my favourite of the two!) The face and body wash smells gorgeous! As the name suggests it’s suitable for face and body but I didn’t use it on The Boy’s face, we stuck to using it as his shower gel/soap. It didn’t leave his skin feeling squeaky, which I hate, but it also didn’t leave him as slippery as a baby eel, which is probably worse! I also loved the bottle, once I figured out how to open it! No fiddling around with screw tops, you just push down and the lid pops up. Which would be a huge help if you’re holding onto a tiny baby!

The Junior Shampoo cleanses and nourishes hair and scalp areas whilst being kind to dry, flaky and eczema-prone skin. Had this been around when both mine were teeny babies I would have used it while we were going through the cradle cap phase, GG suffered for ages with it, I remember covering her head with olive oil! It’s recommended for babies from 3 months up, and they suggest using the Shampoo as a maintenance product alongside the Daily Nourishing Spray to cleanse, soften and soothe the skin at bath time. Again, it smells delicious! Lavender is the main scent, which I always hope will help send The Boy to sleep that little bit quicker…! And, alway a winner, it doesn’t sting the eyes. Even though TB is 6 in March we still battle with hair washing, I’m the only one allowed to do it because he can’t stand water going in his eyes (even though he will happily spend the whole time under water in the swimming pool….!) We didn’t use it on GG because she has long, thick hair like me so she has to use the same products as me, but it works fab on TB’s hair.

Both products cost around £7 for 200ml and are available here.

PR Sample

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Fancy dress, fancy competition!


We are big fans of Halloween in this house, ever since I can remember I have loved doing a pumpkin each year, loving all the scary stories, witches and ghosts! GG was even due on Halloween (but obviously came 3 weeks early!) so we love a bit of fancy dress and face painting! I’m still determined to have a proper adults only Halloween party one year…. need to get round to that!

Pink Lining are holding a competition at the moment to find inexpensive, homemade costumes. They’re looking for sheet ghosts, toilet paper mummies and ever sock octopi! The best costume is going to win a fab Pink Lining Wheelie case!

Now, while I love Halloween and the kids love dressing up, I have to admit our costumes have always been shop bought! Doing the weekly food shop, stick a costume in the trolley for less than £10, done, so I’ve never attempted to make my own before. I had a look at Pinterest and was *AMAZED* at the efforts out there! Thank god I didn’t get the kids to look because I could have been stuck with some seriously complicated outfits! In the end I decided on skeletons. Nice and simple, and they always look good. Plus, it fitted in with the inexpensive side of the comp!

I grabbed two t-shirts from the mens section in Sainsburys, plain black, short sleeved tops for £5 each. Bargain. Then, I printed out a rib template that I found via Pinterest, via Martha Stewart. Good old Pinterest!

To save you from having to cut out the template twice, while the t-shirt is laying flat on the table, pick up two centre points, top and bottom, and fold down the middle so you just have the left side of the front, and the right side of the front (no back) to cut out. The more arty way of attaching the template would have been to stick it with adhesive spray, but I decided to do it free hand and copied the template straight onto the t-shirt with white chalk, this meant that I could also adjust the size of the ribs for The Boy, because his needed to be a lot smaller than GG’s!


Now, in a more organised house you would be able to find your craft knife and use that, you wouldn’t be presented with a clay knife (plastic of course) by your daughter as a suggestion…! If you live in a house like mine, then you’ll have to use sharp scissors to do the cutting out! I started at the bottom and worked my way up, cutting through both sections so they were a mirror image of each other.


Keep going until finally, you open the t-shirt out and you end up with something like this:


We layered ours over a plain white t-shirt to get a better effect, but you could do it the other way round, whatever you like!

No skeleton is worth his weight in bones without a decent scary face so I attempted my own version of face painting, using my own black eyeliner and shadow! Probably would have been better to get a pot of black face paint, which I’ll probably buy for the actual day, but as practices go, this wasn’t too bad for a first attempt! It was just a case of circling the eyes and filling them in with black eyeshadow, then drawing on the jaw, cheekbones and colouring in the nose. I was quite pleased with myself!


There we have it! My very own scary (if slightly grumpy?) skeleton! All for £5. We’re going to team it with some black skinny jeans and a couple of accessories and he’s good to go. I might even make myself one! If you want to enter the competition, all you need to do is make your own costume, take a picture of it and upload it to the Pink Lining website. You can find all the comp details here.




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