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My boys and the bluebells! - Renishaw Hall

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Since going back to work we're finding it hard to have family days out at the weekend. Craig often works Saturdays and working Sunday is part of my contract. So when we do get the chance, like this bank holiday weekend, we really do like to make the most of it!

Regular readers of my blog will already known that we like to explore and discover new places but we actually stumbled across Renishaw Hall on google maps, of all places! And within about 20 minutes of being there it became one of our favourite places, one I know we will revisit over and over again as a family like we do with Potteric carr etc.

We were lucky enough to visit when the bluebells were in bloom and my gosh was it a magical sight.
The walks/garden weren't the most pushchair friendly in places but as this is an award winning garden we didn't expect them to be. There was something new to discover around every corner and I have a feeling we didn't even find half of it.





The courtyard, shops and café are so quaint and totally me. So much so I let my healthy eating guard down and had a slice/slab of coffee cake..it didn't disappoint!

Happy 3rd Birthday Rio!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

On Friday Rio turned three. I was going to write a sentimental post but words don't do the last three years any justice at all. The truth is life didn't change that day..it started!


We couldn't decide whether to celebrate the day by going to Chester Zoo or heading to the Peak District for a spot of horse riding. The weather was glorious and in the end we just dug out our National Trust pass and stuck to an old favourite...Clumber Park!





Craig and Rio played football for the majority of the day, while me and Niall watched from the comfort of a picnic blanket. It doesn't sound much in the terms of birthday celebrations but for our family it was perfect.



The birthday boy and his bubbles :)



I love how this picture captures our family. I'm always behind the camera so its nice to have a moment froze in time for me to remember forever ..even if I am wearing Craig's hoody and sporting a top knot..but again, that captures us brilliantly as i'm so nesh!


And a birthday isn't a birthday without a cake!

Avene Cleanance Mat review

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

I love the dewy look as much as the next women, but my oily skin has been known to take that to a whole new level. During my teens my make up melted off my face quicker than Olaf on a summers day. How I found my other half and the father to my children during this time I will never know!

I outgrew it, for a while, then Niall came along and with him a whole new batch of crazy hormones. To combat the problem id been using a mattifying powder on top of my usual makeup. But I know with summer fast approaching this isn't the best or a light weight solution. The only cake I want in summer is on my picnic blanket! And that's why, even though new products can irritate my skin, I took the risk and jumped at the chance to try out these two Avene mattifying products!


I should start by saying that both products were extremely gentle on my skin. The toner made my skin extra clean after cleansing, and along with the smell, left me feeling refreshed. Ideal for a morning skincare routine! Being Paraben free is always and added bonus too.

Using the two products together helped my make up to stay in place and keep oil at bay virtually all day. On one accidental occasion even after a gym class! I found it was the moisturiser that gave my make up the staying power and that I only actually needed to use a pee sized amount. Which is great as, in my opinion, you need to purchase both products (at £10 each) to get the best results.

If you've got oily/combination skin id really recommend giving this range a try!

An early Mothers day!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Now that I'm a parent and a 'grown up', other than play dates, there's nothing I love more than quaint little places that serve coffee and cake!





That, and family days out, so combining the two for an early Mothers day treat as I work Sundays was a bonus!




I vlogged the day for the first time if anyone is interested..please be gentle with me I didn't realise how hard filming and editing actually was!!

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