Sunday, 26 November 2017

How to do Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with Younger Children

As soon as Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens its gates, to me, it's like Christmas is officially on! With the Christmas market, ice rink, fair ground rides, beautiful festive decorations and mulled wine wafting through the air I challenge you not to feel festive.

We visited Winter Wonderland last year and although we had a great time there were things I vowed I would do differently if we went again especially with young children.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

KeraCare Thermal Wonder - Does it really work on afro hair?

keracare thermal wonder on afro hair

I keep seeing videos popping up on Facebook of women with similar afro hair as mine using KeraCare Thermal Wonder and saying how great it is, that their straightened hair lasted for a week and after washing their hair their curl pattern was not damaged. Now, I have been suckered in before by Facebook ads, remember the heated ceramic hair brushes? Well, my hair just looked at it and sniggered and left even frizzier than before I started, it was not made for my hair type!

So, I wanted to try out the Kera Cara Thermal Wonder myself to see if it really works on my afro hair.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Paddington 2 - A Family Review

Paddington 2 Review

We were really lucky to be invited to a special screening of Paddington 2 before it's released in cinemas on the 10th November. We absolutely loved Paddington and have watched it more times than I'd care to admit and I know the little lads especially would be harsh critics of the sequel so I thought this time we'd write this review as a family.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Red On Red Style And How To Wear It

red maxi dress
Dress Newlook | Necklace Alex Monroe
First pink this summer and now red this autumn, these are colours which do not usually grace my wardrobe, but this year I can't get enough of them! I am loving the all red trend at the moment, I am not one to worry about colour coordination but there is something really satisfying about wearing red lipstick, a red dress and classy red nails.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

On Blackheath Festival WITH KIDS (and without)

On Blackheath Festival was our finally family festival of the summer and what a way to say goodbye!! It was my favourite festival of 2017!! Maybe deep down I know i'm not much of a camper so being able to go home and return showered well rested and fresh faced was definitely a bonus, for us as a family the jury is still out on whether we are a family that likes to camp.


Monday, 28 August 2017

Back to school shopping, the fun part!

Tigers back to school range

I can't believe it is only a weeks before the little lads return to school, the summer has flown by! About this time i'm usually in a mad panic trying to buy new school uniform and preparing for the big return but this year i'm feeling rather smug as i've already done it all! Every single thing, sorry I know no one likes a bragger but this never happens.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Festival Styles you can wear again

If you have been following me on Instagram Stories you will already know that I'm slightly obsessed with buying clothes and accessories for Camp Bestival.  The theme this year is rock and pop stars which to me means cool band t-shirts, glitter, sequins and more glitter.

While it is easy to choose bright colourful clothes for the kids which they will wear again and again it's a little harder for us mamas and personally I like to get lots of 'price per wears' for everything I own. So I have been busy choosing festival styles I will happily wear throughout the summer. Here are some of my faves


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Top 5 Things We Are Looking Forward to at Camp Bestival 2017

Camp Bestival Family Friendly Festival

Eeeeek!! We are so excited to be able to announce that we have been chosen as Camp Bestival 2017 Official Rockstars and we can't wait to go!

Earlier this year I talked about doing more things with the kids that I will enjoy as much as they do and going to a family friendly festival was top on my 2017 bucket list.

I've heard so much about Camp Bestival from previous years and everyone I have spoken to about it has loved every minute of it. We've literally studied this years line up and it sounds like it's going to be the best one yet!

Here are our Top 5 Things we are most looking forward to experiencing at Camp Bestival 2017.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Toy Story Family Movie Night

toy story family movie night

Family movie night has become a bit of a tradition for us, almost every weekend we take it in turns to choose a film, get lots of sweetie treats and snacks, snuggle up on the sofa and watch the film together.

This weekend we watched Toy Story, a classic and a firm favourite for everyone in our family. I remember first watching it with my youngest brother, can you believe the original Toy Story is over 20 years old! Then watching it again with Violet ten years later, next with Tiger and finally then with Beaux, I must have seen it a million times but it never gets old.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Just wear the dress!

Maxi Dress JD Williams | Sandals JD Williams | Basket Sun Jellies

During the summer months I will wear dresses (or a jumpsuit) pretty much every single day, I find them so easy to wear. They are comfortable and take no forward planning, no trying to find a top which compliments it, just pop on a pair of sandals and i'm good to go.

While my mum uniform for the autumn/winter month might be a pair of high waisted jeans, a t-shirt and Converse, during the summer its dresses all the way. I'm totally in love with this JD Williams maxi dress and have happily popped it on in the morning, done the school run and continued with my day.

To me, this is no big deal, I love the dress, I feel comfortable, I feel good! But I was really shocked at how many comments, looks and stares I got at the school gate, which actually prompted me to write this post.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Bargain Designer Sunglasses

ray ban discounted sunglasses

Sunglasses are my weakness and my moto is the bigger, the more unusual, the better! Some women have a cupboard full of handbags but for me it is sunglasses! I have a trunk (yes trunk) full of them! I never get EVER get rid of the them, they are definitely my thing! So when Smart Buy Glasses asked me to become an ambassador for them it was obviously a match made in heaven!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Carissa's Camera - Exciting New Project

lifestyle product photographer
Carissa's Camera - Lifestyle Product Photographer

Firstly, let me apologies for my silence this past month, I have been working really hard on my new project Carissa's Camera and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you all.

Carissa's Camera is my new website for my Lifestyle Product Photography aimed at small businesses who would like some creative product images for their website and social media. Or larger businesses who may want some lifestyle photography for upcoming new campaigns.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Introducing MWNCI & Co for Monochrome Lovers

MWCI & Co Sweaters
Although we've had a few nice sunny days under our belts we must remain calm and remember that it is still only April and this is England! I always remember to keep a few sweaters and hooded jumpers in the Little Lads wardrobes for those chilly days.

I love the Little Lads in black, firstly because it looks pretty damn cool! And secondly it doesn't show all of the grubbiness of the day, so I'm a bit head over heels about these sweaters MWNCI & Co have sent to us.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Cheap Family Holiday in Bournemouth with TIPS

Bournemouth family holiday

We just got back from a lovely family holiday in Bournemouth, we have already booked our main holiday for this summer so we wanted a holiday that was cheap and cheerful.

Bournemouth is only an hour and half drive from us and we have been a fair few times before, actually it was the beach I use to visit with my family when I was a kid so it holds fond memories for me.

The beaches are lovely and sandy and in the summer the sea is warm(ish) And even in April the Little Lads were paddling up to their waists, we were really lucky with the weather and it was lovely and sunny for the majority of the time.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Wild and Gorgeous Ambassadors

I am really excited to introduce you to Wild & Gorgeous, Wild & Gorgeous who were previously known as iLoveGorgeous relaunched in Sept 2016 with the introduction of awesome boys clothes. Wild & Gorgeous is all about beautifully made, high quality, classic children's wear with a fun and cool twist and we were absolutely delighted when they asked the Little Lads to become ambassadors.


Monday, 13 March 2017

10 Ways to tell if you are in fact a Magic Mum

Moonpig Heyland and whittle candle
Moonpig Heyland & Whittle Candle
With Mother's Day just around the corner, I'm working with Moonpig to uncover all of those Magic Mums out there! Besides already being an awesome mum, chef, taxi driver, teacher, doctor, toy fixer, monster banisher we can also add magicians on our mama CV. We have all sorts of magic tips and tricks up our sleeves to make this thing we call motherhood just that bit easier. Here are 10 ways to tell if you are in fact a Magic Mum:-


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

An Edinburgh City Break with Children

Over the half term holiday we spent a few days in Edinburgh with the Little Lads, neither myself or The Mister have ever been before and have always wanted to go. We had visions of cosy restaurants, lots of long walks sight seeing and cheeky hot toddys. But who were we  kidding? Beaux complained his legs ached after 10 minutes of walking, Tiger thinks restaurants are so boooooring and while we managed to visit some lovely Scottish pubs a few times, they came with fizzy drinks and crisp snacks as bribery. We soon realised we were going to have to be a little more organised and plan a few proper days out that the little lads would enjoy too.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Muddy Puddles and The Bright Company Collaboration

Muddy Puddles and The Bright Company

If you are a regular reader you will already know about my love for Muddy Puddles, we are an all weather family and Muddy Puddles provide practical cool children's clothing made for playing in whatever the British weather is! While we love the quirky prints and designs Muddy Puddle use on their clothing and footwear, I was super excited about their collaboration with The Bright Company on their Puddle Pac-a Macs.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

5 Easy Ways to be Kinder to Yourself when you are A Mum

Mum guilt is a real thing, we worry our children spend too long in front of the TV or on their tablets. We worry we spend too much time looking at our phones. We worry we don't play enough with them. We worry we don't read enough to them. We worry they don't do enough after school activities. If we have more than one child we worry we don't spend enough one on one time with each child. I know this because I personally worry about every single one of these things. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Prestige Flowers Review - Valentine Roses and Thistle Bouquet

Prestige Valentines Roses

Fellas, Valentines Flowers are always a good idea! Never have I ever heard a friend of mine complain they received a beautiful bouquet of roses on Valentines Day, even those who claim to not like flowers! And you don’t even have to set foot outside, get them delivered online, next day! 

Prestige Flowers asked to send me a Luxury Rose and Thistle Bouquet for me to review, I know tough gig but someone has to do it,right?! Obviously I love Roses but Thistles are actually one of my all time favourites and the thorny two compliment each other so much and look absolutely gorgeous in a Valentines bouquet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lighthouse Clothing - An All Weather Family

We are an all weather family, living close to the river means we go for family walks come rain or shine. But in all of this time I am yet to own a proper wet weather raincoat! Previously I have just worn faux furs and fashion parka coats and although warm once the rain shows up I end up returning home a bit wet and soggy! So when Lighthouse Clothing contacted me and asked to send me a PROPER raincoat I jumped at the chance.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Happy New Year - A False Start

Happy New Year you gorgeous lot! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and fabulous start to the New Year. We had such a lovely time, I took a little social media break and have really paid attention to being present and enjoying my family and friends. 

For me it all flew by really quickly and before I knew it everyone was celebrating the start of the new year and are set with their cool diaries and planners full to the brim with their goals and wishes for 2017. After reading several inspirational posts it dawned on me that I haven't set any for myself and to my surprise I actually felt quite content about that. I'm still in a little happy haze and not feeling ready to set myself targets. 
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