CONFETTI FLOWER FIELD AT WICK, PERSHORE.



Amelias outfit - Dress: Next/ Cardigan: Asda / Trainers- Converse. My playsuit is Primark

A few weeks ago we headed along to the Confetti Flower Fields in Wick, they are only open for 10 days of the year to the Public.  I thought i'd share a few snaps from the day!









LIFESTYLE: THINGS TO DO WITH A TODDLER NEAR SOLIHULL THIS SUMMER

With the summer holidays nearly here I thought i'd share a few days out that we have done recently or intend to do over the next few weeks. It can be overwhelming choosing things to do especially during the summer holidays as places can get really busy and you can end up spending loads of money trying to fill your weeks with things to do with the kids. As Amelia is only 1 we don't have to worry about the school holidays just yet but it's nice to have a few things planned whilst the weather is good! Most of these days out are affordable and within 2 hours of Solihull/ Birmingham. 



DAY AT THE BEACH - Our nearest beach is Weston Super-Mare which is about a 2 hour drive and I think it's totally worth it if the weather is good! There's a huge beach so the kids can make sandcastles all day long. Loads of arcades, fish and chips and donkey rides! Such a good day out, you just need to fill the car up but don't really need to spend loads of money. Why not bring a picnic along! 


If you don't fancy a 2 hour drive then try Bosworth Water Park, its about 45 minutes away from Solihull and they have huge lakes, sand, peddle boats, mini golf! It's great, we went a few weeks ago on a really sunny day and it was fab, Amelia had a dip and played in the sand! We brought a picnic along too! The only thing is the car parking is quite expensive so take that into account. 


If you don't drive but fancy a day on a beach then head into Touchwood because their Safari beach is now open!! They have loads of buckets and spades, deck chairs and it's free!! 





 Amelia absolutly loves feeding the ducks! We take her to Brueton/ Malvern Park in Solihull town centre. We head over to the Parkridge nature reserve where they sell duck/bird seed for 50p a bag and go along to feed the ducks. Sometimes we bring a picnic and make a day of it and sometimes we just go of an afternoon to kill some time.


St Nicholas Park in Warwick is one of my favourite things to do in the summer. It's a great day out! The parking is cheap, bring a picnic (there is a little cafe) Theres a sandpit, climbing frame/ park and the paddling pool, theres also some fairground rides. This is such a great cheap day out especially when the weather is good!


Strawberry picking, we did this right at the beginning of the season and we want to do it again. Another cheap day out! We went to Manor Fruits Farm over Tamworth way but theres a few dotted around. We liked Manor Fruits because they had a little cafe and kids bouncy castles too!



FARM - This is Umberslade farm which is our absolute fave! It's such a good day out, theres loads to do pony rides, tractor rides, holding the small animals, brushing the ponies, feeding the calfs! It's about £9 for an adult but such a lovely day out, you can spend all day there, theres a cafe and the prices are reasonable or theres loads of picnic benches to bring a packed lunch!

We also liked Atwell Farm, this was a bit cheaper but I found there were less animals. They so however have a huge soft play area, a good playground and outside bouncy castle, fire engine and tractor for the kids to play on. There's a coffee shop and gift shop too!

Sheldon Country park is fab too! They are currently renovating the kids playground but it's meant to be ready for the holidays. The farm is free and its small but cute. Theres a little tea room here. 


A few days out we have planned over next few weeks include, Alton Towers Waterpark, I want to visit a Lavender Field for cute pics obvs, Strawberry picking again and Stratford Upon Avon Rec.
Is there anywhere else we need to check out this summer? We are trying to keep to a budget so not mega expensive places.  What do you have planned for the summer? 

BEAUTY: THIS WORKS PERFECT BODY RANGE



I've been loving the This Works perfect body range and though i'd share my thoughts on the collection so far.  I've been using these products for a few weeks now and wanted to let you know how i'm getting on.

First up is my favourite product from the range, Perfect Legs Skin Miracle! OMG this product is amazing!! It's a moisturiser for your legs and it leaves them feeling super soft and hydrated. Enriched with Vitamin C and E to even out skin tone and restructure the skin, caramel for a warmth adding tint and Arnica to even out skin tone and fade brusing. It's leaves the legs feeling super soft and hydrated and leaves them with a subtle glow! It's just gorgeous! It's blends in so well so leaves no streaks. It gives you a soft, natural glow. You can actually use this all over too!

Along side the Perfect Legs Skin miracle I use the Perfect Legs 100% Natural scrub, this is an exfoliating balm which naturally exfoliates and restores moisture! I like to use it every few days/ once a week to get rid of any dullness. It smells incredible too and is an Eco-friendly scrub. Use this and the Perfect Legs Skin Miracle for the most amazing pins ever!!


The Perfect Cleavage Firming lotion is lovely, it's a lightweight moisturiser designed for the sensitive skin on the neck and chest! This is an area that women find goes wrinkly and can cause us to look older that we want to let on. Apply this daily to brighten, tighten, firm, and nourish damaged skin. This is an area that can be overlooked when applying moisturiser. I've been using this for  afew weeks and it's just such a lovely product.

Last but not least is the Perfect Heels Rescue Balm. This product is perfect for bringing back the moisture and repairing damaged heels and feet. Massage it into the skin to combat dry cracked heels. It's a nice product not too greasy/ balmy. It dries into the skin well and quickly, I tend to pop it on before bed or if i'm wearing sandals I will apply it during the day.

There's loads of great offers on right now so head over to the This Works website to check out the Perfect body range!

* all products were gifted










[AD]: URBAN VEDA RADIANCE HYDRATING RANGE


I've been loving the Radiance hydrating range from Urban Veda, it's perfect for the warmer weather were having as it really hydrates the skin. The range includes a day and night cream, hydrating toner and even a body wash and body lotion. I've been using the radiance day cream and radiance hydrating toner so thought i'd share my thoughts.

First up both products smell incredible, even Clint has commented on the scent as it's just so lovely. It's a fresh, clean, floral smell, it's just gorgeous but not overpowering. The range is enriched with brightening Tumeric extract to brighten even the dullest complexion. 

The day cream is light-weight which is perfect for the summer months, it dries into the skin super quick and preps the skin ready for the day. UrbanVeda Tumeric is designed to naturally balance environmental factors with botanicals to help skin lock in moisture and retain it's natural glow. The papaya and Goji berry extract is enriched with a cell-repairing amino-acid complex to help correct signs of hyperpigmentation, boost complexion and balance skin tone. I've noticed a real difference in my skin, it has more of a natural glow and feels more plump and hydrated. I've also noticed the wrinkles on my forehead appear less prominent, this is due to the Ayurvedic arjuna extract which is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The hydrating toner is lovely, I apply it to the skin with a cotton pad in circular motions as instructed. It removes all traces of make up and balances the PH level of your skin to boost hydration. It's a really lovely, gentle product. It doesn't sting and leaves the skin feeling really clean and subtle. Again the Tumeric, Papaya and Goji berry work together to hydrate and brighten the skin.

I'm really enjoying the range so far and have noticed a real difference to my skin straight away. I have been using both products morning and evening, I think I will invest in the night cream as the day cream is lovely and i'm sure it won't disappoint. If you shop over on Fragrance Direct right now you can Save 10% if you spend £50 and you can also get a free gift if you buy 2 or more products from Urban Veda. 



LIFETSYLE: HOW TO INCLUDE LUXURY & FUNCTIONALITY WHILST RENOVATING

Expressing your sophistication through the interior design of your house whilst also creating a functional space at the same time can be a whirlwind of confusion. Many features look absolutely wonderful yet serve no purpose other than their aesthetic value, essentially rendering them useless. However, there are ways of creating a design that you love inside your home, whilst still ensuring it contains all of the necessary pieces you need to live comfortably. If you want to find out how to renovate your home to the best standard in all respects, read on for some top tips to guide you through the process room by room.


The Kitchen 

When it comes to renovating your kitchen, there’s so much scope to create a modern, classy room whilst still retaining all the essential fixtures and fittings. Try to keep all of your white goods from the same brand to ensure continuity, and invest in the entire range with regards to toasters and kettles as mismatched items can deduct from the overall look of your kitchen. For your sink area, opt for a stainless steel tap with a hose arm attachment to upgrade your technology and add a more modern feel. A range cooker will push those positives even further, and also give you more space to serve a greater number of guests when entertaining. The surfaces in your kitchen can make or break the design. Choosing granite or marble will be luxurious for sure, and their sturdy nature means that they’re sure to last a lifetime and look amazing throughout. It’s also a good idea to install some spotlight LED’s, as not only do they look sleek but they can be bright enough for you to be able to get your chef on and present every dish perfectly. 

Living Room

Your living room doesn’t need to provide that much other than seating and some kind of entertainment system, so you can let the design side of things take a stronger hold. Leather sofas can be an amazing option to include comfort as well as luxury, and can make a great statement centrepiece. Partner these with some fur throws and oversized cushions to increase relaxation and stop the sofas from becoming dull and plain. For your entertainment system, bigger is not always better. You may be attracted towards the latest and largest sound system with it’s huge speakers, but if you won’t actually be using it on a regular basis there isn’t much point in wasting the space or money. Many TV’s are now smart, meaning they basically contain a whole host of different features such as film subscription services, internet access, as well as recording programmes both whilst you are watching and when the device is switched on. Combining all of these together is convenient and efficient, and they even come with 3D capabilities if you want to take it a step further. The lights you choose in your living room should reflect your lavish tastes whilst still serving their purpose, so go for a new age voice activated option to reach a whole new level of opulence.

Bedrooms 

The bedrooms in your home are some of the easiest spaces to renovate. Focus on main pieces of furniture, such as your bed and vanity unity. A queen sized bed may seem the height of luxury, but the room it will take up may not warrant the investment. If you’re a little more classic or vintage in your tastes, why not consider a 4 poster bed to feel like a royal every night. A vanity unit is an essential feature, and there are so many different ones available to suit your own tastes. Opt for one that includes its own drawers and compartments to store makeup and other accessories, so you can keep everything that you need within reach and speed up your morning routine. Take a lot of care when you renovate each bedroom, as they should have a certain atmosphere and feel dependent on whoever resides inside. The main goal should be to achieve a space that helps you to relax and unwind each night to drift into a restful sleep, but still contain what you need to wake up and prepare yourself properly the next day.

Bathroom & En-Suite 

Most people’s inspiration for en-suite or bathroom renovation comes from various hotels they have visited or scrolled past online. These are great ideas to base your own designs on, as they are usually very luxurious and quite easy to imitate at home. One of the best items to invest in to create the ultimate feeling of splendour is a free standing bath. They are amazing additions to any bathroom that can warrant the space, and the different tub and feet types can match in with other aspects of your bathroom to increase the aesthetic value too. If you choose gold coloured feet, continue this through the entire theme with other fittings such as taps and small accessories like soap dishes and various handles. To continue on with a perfect theme throughout, try and keep the same shape for both your bathtub and your sink(s). Although it may take some time to find the right pairing, this will wow any guests that happen upon your bathroom, and the effort you have gone to will reflect upon the style so positively that it will be so worth your while. Stick to one block colour such as a delicate peach or duck egg blue for walls and floors, and use different tones if you want to switch it up a little.

Renovating your home to a luxurious standard doesn’t have to mean that you have to substitute function for style. You can include many rich features in your house that also serve their purpose sufficiently, you just have to put a little more thought and effort into researching and planning your design. These useful tips should help you get set in the right direction and help you to achieve the home of your dreams. 


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EVENT: JOHN LEWIS SOLIHULL WEDDING SHOWCASE


I was kindly invited along to the John Lewis store in Solihull for their first wedding showcase event. We are not planning a wedding just yet, still waiting for someone to pop the question but I've got a lot of friends and followers who are getting married soon and I wanted to show what John Lewis have to offer. I also think it's a good way to start planning a wedding as you can get loads of ideas and inspiration. So whether your planning a wedding or just want to get some ideas i'd say head on down to your local John Lewis to find out more, or head on over to their website. 

There was lots going on in store which was open to all shoppers but you could also book a place at the wedding showcase, you get a glass of bubbly and a very generous goodie bag! The showcase took place all day and things such as the fashion show and beauty demonstrations were repeated throughout the day so it didn't matter what time you arrived. There was lots going on throughout the day! As I walked into the store I could hear live music, they had the Boogaloo Babes performing, they were fab! They have a very unique sound and were just lovely! Would be perfect as a wedding band, they had alot of energy! 

First up I headed to the beauty department as Chanel were doing a natural wedding make up demonstration.The Chanel consultant took us step by step though what she was doing and why and what products she was using. It looked really simple but effective and the model was actually part of the fashion show later on and looked lovely! If your interested in hearing more about Chanel skincare and make up products for your wedding then head to the counter on the first floor. They actually have one of their regional make up artists on the counter next week so contact the counter to find out more.

Whilst in the beauty department I popped over to Bobbi Brown as they were also doing beauty demonstrations on the day. They offer a Bridal Make-Up Lesson, this is £50 but fully redeemable against products. They teach you how to apply the make-up. This is perfect for someone who wants to do their own make up but learn more... Maybe your on a budget so don't want to book a MUA, this way you can learn some tips and tricks on how to apply it yourself. There's some how to's over on the Bobbi Brown website. 

After the Chanel demonstration I headed over to fashion for the Wedding fashion talk! This was like a fashion show, the lovely ladies from the personal shopping team had picked out a great selection of wedding outfits. There was something for everyone. I really liked that they picked from a selection of different brands and even mix and matched across brands! The fashion show was really informative. I liked that they shared the brand, price and colours that each item comes in. I saw a few lovely dresses that I want to check out for an upcoming wedding. They also covered outfits for Mother and Father of the bride/ groom as well as guests and flower girls! They also introduced Rainbow Club who do Complementary colour customisation, which is something i've never heard of. Rainbow Club actually hand dye accessories such as shoes so you get the perfect colour for your special day! All of the models were actually Partners so all work within John Lewis which was lovely!

I didn't even know that John Lewis did personal styling! It's free you just have to book, which you can do online. They have a few different options so whether you are just after some bits for an upcoming holiday, maybe for your honeymoon? Or whether you need to revamp your whole wardrobe!  They call you ahead of your appointment and get some information about you so that they can have some outfits ready for your arrival! They are then on hand to get more clothes, sizes and offer advice etc and there's no obligation to buy or minimum spend but they hope that you will love their styling and get loads of inspiration!! 

After the fashion show I headed down to the basement floor where they had a selfie wall and then a home designs talk. The lovely home designs team talked about some lovely table setting ideas. It was really on trend and not your typical wedding table set up! It looked incredible! I loved the China and the glasses were gorgeous! The team talked about using products like hessian and sprigs of lavender and Ivy to add a little something to the table! I loved the name tags too, such an affordable idea but so effective!! 

The home designs team also mentioned the John Lewis experience cards. They are like a gift card but a little more personal. You still load on the amount you want to gift but it's for a specific area, for example as a wedding gift you could give a Home Experience card, there is a 90 minute in store Home Design appointment. You will sit down with the home design team and they will help you spend your gift voucher. They also offer a Style Experience, Beauty experience and Nursery experience. 


I had such a lovely time at the event and didn't realise how much John Lewis offer for weddings! From flowers, rings, and cakes to wedding fashion, gifts and much more. The website has loads of great products and ideas, you can also head down to your local store where the staff will be on hand to help! This was the first Wedding Showcase at the Solihull store and it was fab, I doubt it will be their last! 





* I went along to the event to feature the event on my blog. I haven't been paid to feature the event, I was kindly gifted a goodie bag as was everyone else that booked onto the event.


  











LIFESTYLE: REASONS TO TEST DRIVE A NEW CAR



When you are looking to buy a new car this year, there are a lot of different factors which will come into play that you need to consider. There’s the price of the car and the insurance; how often you’ll be driving; and also the make and model you want to own.

During the search process for your car it is incredibly important that you take the time to view the car in person. Online adverts can sometimes be a little misleading and even if you are loving the car online it might be a different story when you see it in person.

Today we are going to take a look specifically at test driving your car, and the many reasons why you need to take your car for a spin before you hand over your money.


Is it comfortable?

It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to buy a small corsa to get you around the roads or you’ve been to a Mercedes C-Class & E-Class Cabriolet Event and fallen in love with the model; test driving is crucial. The first thing you will want to ensure when you are driving the vehicle is that you are comfortable and you are able to drive in the right position for you. If you are a small person and you try to buy a huge car, it might be difficult for you to reach the pedals and had full visibility comfortably. Make sure that you check that your head and neck and back are comfortable at all times in the car.

Get used to the Handling

As you may or may not already know, every different car you drive during your lifetime will feel different. There are a lot of different cars which you can drive which should have a different way of handling and it is important for you to try it out and see if you like it before you buy. Make sure that the way the car moves feels right to you because this will allow you to be a better driver behind the wheel when it does come to it.



Understanding the perks

As every car is unique and made by a different manufacturer and to a different standard, there are going to be unique perks for each. When you are looking for the ideal car it is important for you to think about the perks and gadgets inside, and trying them out in person is always the best way. There might be an onboard computer and Bluetooth speaker, a sun roof or a sat nav panel; and trying this out for yourself will allow you to see whether or not this is something you want.

Feel for space

When you look at a picture of a car online, photographers have the uncanny ability to make it seem larger and more spacious than it really is. It is important for you to give a few checks when you get to the vehicle to see if the car is as spacious as you want it to be.

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LIFESTYLE: TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE

Saving money on your car insurance doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, it is now easier than ever before, and by following the below tips, you can be sure to make the best decision.

Shop Around

It’s so important that you get at least three quotes when shopping for your insurance. Some companies will sell through agents and others will sell through independent providers. Either way, it doesn’t matter who you go with, as long as you take your time and choose someone who is able to meet your requirements. Remember that cheaper isn’t always better when choosing your policy, and if you are not careful then you may end up with cover that doesn’t actually do anything for you in the event of a crash.


Understand your Policy

Taking out a policy is vital when you have your own car. If you don’t know anything about auto insurance, then you need to make sure that you understand exactly what you are paying for and you also need to know what you are covered for too. If you don’t then you may end up wasting your money.

Increase your Deductible

By choosing a higher deductible, you can then significantly lower your premium and you can also really save money too. Of course, if you do happen to get in an accident then you will have to pay way more to repair your car, so you have to make sure that you can actually afford this before you pay for your policy.


Bundle your Insurance

Insurers will often give you a discount if you take out more than one policy from them. This can
include homeowners insurance or even auto insurance. Some companies will also give you a price break if you are a long-term customer and this can really work in your favour. If your insurance company is not able to offer you this kind of discount then that doesn’t mean that they are not the right choice for you, as they may offer more bonuses to make up for it.

Get a New Car

Sometimes, there is no way for you to lower your policy because the car that you have is too high-risk or because it is too old. If you want to get around this then you need to invest in a new car. If you want to get some ideas then consider searching for “Vauxhall dealership near me”.

Credit History

Establishing a good credit history will certainly come with its benefits. You may even be able to take advantage of lower insurance costs too. A lot of credit issuers will check your report to try and get an idea of the policies they can offer so it certainly does pay for you to keep an eye on the amount of debt that you have and even the store credit that you take out. By doing this, you can then be sure to save a huge amount on your policy, pending the provider you go with.

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EVENT: STILA SUMMER LAUNCH EVENT



Today I went along to Harvey Nichols Birmingham for the Stila Summer Launch. Their new products include 12 brand new lipglosses and 2 brand new eyeshadow palettes! The event was great and the lovely Sascha went through the new products with us and did a whole make up look using the new products and some Stila must haves!

The new Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss comes in 12 amazing shades from those everyday nudes, red and pinks to a more bold bright pink, purple and darker shades like Bonus Baby and In The Black. 

'Stila's new lip gloss features the next generation of light-refracting, iridescent pearls to create intense shine, pure color and amplified dimension. The hyaluronic filling spheres and luminous oils add natural-looking volume and glow, without burning or stinging

The packaging is gorgeous, similar to the glitter and glow eyeshadow packaging but longer in length. The applicator is lovely and you get a really decent amount of product. The formula isn't really sticky, it's smooth on the lips and leaves them feeling hydrated.  They are £14 each which is such a good price as you get alot of product! 

Stila have released two very impressive eye shadow palettes, one of which is limited edition! They are £48 each which I think is a little pricey however you get 12 really decent sized shadows! They are amazing quality and you get a great selection of colours and textures so it's well worth the money. 

Happy Hour is a limited edition luxe palette of 12 shades!

All 12 shades are specially formulated with micronized, silicone-treated pigments for superior blending and ultra-rich, uniform color and dimension.'

They are full size shadows so you get a lot of product in the palette, there's a good mixture of matte, shimmer and glitter shadows so this palette can create so many looks! Happy Hour has a pastel colour pallete, theres a gorgeous rose matte and nude matte shade, a black and cream/white matte shade. Theres a gorgeous lilac glitter shade which looks fab! The deep gold shimmer on the top row is beautiful! This palette has such a fab range of colours to play with. 

The After Hours palette is a little more me! There's more shades that I would wear and I think most people would feel the same. I love the burnt orange and peachy shades!! These are beautiful. There's some nude and brown matte shades that you can use along side the gold and champagne glitter and shimmers! The colour pay off of each shade is gorgeous and the glitters and shimmers are so pigmented and creamy! They are seriously beautiful palettes. 

We also had a look at some 'must have' Stila products for the summer! Such as the Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Primer and Skin perfecting colour. These create the perfect base for those warmer days! Heavens Hue Highlighter is such a gorgeous highlighter to add some glow to any look! 

It was such a lovely event, we have kindly been gifted a couple of the new lip glosses! Excited to try them as I'm not normally a fan of a lipgloss! 








AD REVIEW: THE LITTLE OWL SOLIHULL


[AD-Gifted]- Our meal was kindly gifted in return for a review. My review is honest and my own views and opinions.


This evening we headed to The Little Owl in Solihull, it's on Bickenhill Parkway, so super close to the airport, International rail station and the NEC, so a great location if your in Solihull or surrounding areas and looking for a little pub for food and a few drinks.

The Little Owl is our local Vintage Inn pub, they boast about their burning log fires and beautiful beer gardens. They serve hearty pub favourites as well as a seasonal menu so there is something for everyone. They also have a great selection of drinks, even their own Cask Ale. They also do Sunday Lunch so if your after a traditional roast then check out your local Vintage Inn. 

We pulled up and it's such a lovely looking pub, I can't wait to head back in the summer and have a few gins in their beer garden. It's a very pretty pub and inside didn't disappoint either. It is so cosy and rustic! The log fires and brickwork are lovely, even the chairs and artwork on the walls were just so charming. 

We ordered drinks first, I had a Pink Gin and Lemonade and Clint had a Pint of Doom Bar which is one of their Cask Ales. 

We then had a look at the Menu, as well as a main menu they have daily specials and also offer a Lunch and Dinner time set price menu so be sure to head on over to their website and check out their offers. They also have a Childrens menu and Vegan Menu. 

I ordered the Wagyu Burger and skin-on fries. The Wagyu Burger is made from Premium beef and served in a Brioche Bun with Salsa, mixed leaf and horseradish served with onion rings! It was an impressive burger. It was so tasty and the horseradish was lovely!! You can create the perfect burger for you as they have a good list of add on's for the burgers. 

Clint opted for the Lasagne, (surprise,surprise) he loves a good Lasagne! and this one ticked all of his boxes. He said it was delicious! He basically scraped the bowl clean! It comes with Triple cooked chips and is a really good portion size. It looked so good! He also said his Doom Bar Ale really complimented the food. 

We didn't have starters so that we would have room for deserts! There was a really good list of deserts full of your usual pub favourites. I had the chocolate brownie, and Clint had the Banoffee Pie! Both looked amazing and were really well presented and good sizes. It was lovely and rich but not too rich! The Banoffe Pie looked lovely and Clint really enjoyed it! If your not one for a big pudding, why not order a hot drink with a mini pudding?!

Overall we had such a lovely evening at The Little Owl, the atmosphere was really nice, it was chilled and their was a really nice vibe! The food was great and it is such a stunning pub. The staff were all really friendly and our server was so helpful and offered recommendations. I really want to go back for a Sunday Lunch as it looks fab!! I also think we may spend a few afternoons in the summer chilling in the beer garden! Would defo recommend!