Monday, 23 October 2017

Aspire Lounge At Gatwick North Review

Do you fly much? I probably travel by plane 2 or 3 times a year, and the thought of flying terrifies most of the time  EVERYTIME! But the thrill of being at the airport is exciting. Once you have the stress of checking your luggage in and going through security, then its time for you to relax before you board your flight. This is actually where your holiday starts, so why not make it as relaxing as you can. Recently we flew to Antalya in Turkey, so we had to check in 3 hours before the flight left and then it was time to relax.

We chose to book into the Aspire lounge at Gatwick North because we wanted a quiet environment to wind down after the stress of security and we wanted somewhere that we could charge all of our devices ready for the 4-hour plane journey. We were booked into the Aspire lounge through Holidaygems.co.uk because that's who we booked our holiday through and it was easy to add some extra requirements like lounges, car parks and airport hotels onto your booking.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

An Adults Only Trip To Alba Resort, Antalya

Oh My Days! Three weeks with no blog posts? Wow, how did that happen? I had a holiday to Turkey and just simply 'forgot' about the blog for a few weeks and then after returning at 4am last Tuesday, I was just so exhausted. Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, aren't they? I don't actually think me and my friend Lin got that memo.

I work all year in Superdrug and as well as working on the blog. Sometimes I find myself working 7 days a week to keep up. Then I have to put Tilly first before myself and I didn't realise how much I needed to make time for myself. Lin is a bit older than me and she looks after her mum with dementia at home. Caring for an elderly parent is extremely exhausting, both mentally and physically. So we were both ready for a holiday. I was told that I wasn't even allowed to think about blogging whilst I was away and that we were to use this as a complete break from reality. Little did we both realise that we REALLY needed this break. For the first two days of arriving in Turkey, we slept, ate and sunbathed - both totally drained!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Rory's Story Cubes Review

We love to play games in this house, we play a lot and even though there is an 18-year difference between Kim and Tilly, they still love sitting down to play a game. This month as part of the Blogger board game club, we were sent a game called Rory's Story Cubes.


Friday, 29 September 2017

Airhogs DR1 Micro Race Drone Review

When I was a child, I would play with dolls and read books but then I was a child of the 70's. Children of this era are children of scientific and technological advances and the toys they play with are so much cooler and better than ever! Tilly has wanted a drone for such a long time and that wanting only got more intense when she attended an Airhogs Drone launch, that Luke Bannister (world champion drone racer) also attended.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Four Beauty Trends This Autumn/Winter

I haven't written about my beauty therapy work for a while, although I qualified a couple of years ago, I only do a little bit from home but having this back ground ensures that I am up with the trends for my job in retail too. I work on a fragrance counter and cosmetics, so its important to know what is the latest fashion or trend. So here are my predictions for This Autumn/Winter.

Metallic lips

This is going to be big huge this autumn and winter. The colder and darker months make you feel a bit pants, doesn't it? Your face feels dull, your skin feels dull. It's good to make yourself feel better with a bit of make up, metallic lips look amazing for each different time of the day because you can go for a more subtle metallic look throughout the day and then when you're ready to party in the evenings swap for a brighter more intense colour.

I love metallic lips because they make me look completely different and metallic lipstick or stains seem to add dimension to your lip shape. I have already chosen my metallic red lip colour for December as it's so Christmassy. The metallic lip colours seem to last all day and use a lip liner to emphasise your lips too.


Hair

With programs like Game of Thrones being so popular this year I think fancy hairstyles I've been seeing more and more.  You can dress fantasy hairstyles up or down to suit your mood or occasion and to see her after all can be anything from having curly hair when your hair is usually straight or the other way round. We all wish we had different hair don't way. So with a bit of colour spray and gel we really can be who we want to be, I love the extreme fancy hair and watching games of throne's makes you want to be part of the fantasy.

Fantasy hair is so easy to do, my hair is brunette but recently for work I was asked to colour it, a rose gold colour.  A year or two ago this would have been looked at as odd but now it's normal to go mermaid colours or unicorn or anything to feature fantasy. You really need to give fantasy hair a go because after all you only live once. Add some glitter on your face to match fantasy hair!


 Nails

Having our nails done makes us feel so different it makes us feel elegant and ladylike and these days there are so many options of different ways to have you done.  As well as acrylics and gel nails we can go for a shellac nail polish like CND, which gives us more options.  As a beauty customer I would be able to have more  shellac done more often than I would have a full set of acrylics or gel nails I feel that shellac nail polish is would be more popular this year because it also enables you to do your nails at home because it's more affordable. Although I do my own nails with CND and have a fantastic seven-day coverage I do feel often but it's always better and last longer if a beauty therapist does it. You get a huge range of colours In shellac nail polishes. Nail polishes are a big thing at the moment and companies bring out new Colours all the time, so make sure you keep up to date with all of the latest colour trends this autumn and winter.


Eyes

 This autumn and winter it is absolutely all about the eyebrows. There are more products than ever to help you shape and colour your eyebrows to give you the HD eyebrows affect from home.  There are so many products on the market from brow pencils, brow pomade and brow kits, you just need to find the product that suits you. It is easy to get the HD effect on your brows and it really does make your eyes stand out, you can even get stencils to help you achieve the right shape. A good tip is to watch some YouTube videos to teach you how to do this, or pop along to your local salon where they will do this for you at a small cost.

What are your beauty predictions for Autumn/Winter 2017. Pop over to Ellisons Beauty Wholesalers and see what they predict for this coming season.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Keeping Cosy In The Autumn And Winter With Snuggle Sac From Ollie And Leila

It's definitely Autumn! The colder nights are drawing in and the best part of the colder months is the snuggling up on the sofa watching tv together with the kids. My house gets really cold in the winter so we often have duvet days too. We grab the duvets and slouch on the sofa, watching movies and eating junk food. There really is no better way to spend days off!

Tilly loves fleece blankets, I think it goes back to when she was a baby and I always used fleece blankets on her because they are so warm. Now whenever she is upset or poorly, she reaches for a fleece blanket.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Roald Dahl's Fantastical Characters Books From McDonald's

Trying to get Tilly to read is extremely hard because of her dyslexia, I am not using it as an excuse but when numbers and letters are jumping about on a page, you wouldn't want to read either would you? So I try to encourage her to read whenever I can. I am really happy that McDonald's have put books into their happy meals for the next few weeks and you can collect the whole set of 8. The books are inspired by the Roald Dahl stories of Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They are small paperback books containing the fantastical characters, that also have stickers and quizzes in them. Which kid doesn't love stickers?

Monday, 25 September 2017

How To Make Some Extra Cash For Christmas On Ebay

I'm not sure about anyone else but as soon as tilly goes back to school after the summer holidays, I know that it's time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I know, right! It's like September and here we are there isn't an increase in toy adverts on the TV, the shops start bringing out their Christmas catalogues and new toys are starting to be launched in time for Christmas shopping! There really is no escaping from Christmas as of September.

Being a single parent I am the always looking to do Christmas on a budget so maybe starting in September isn't that bad because you can pick up loads of bargains before the prices start increasing nearer Christmas. One of the best places to start your Christmas shopping is eBay. You can get some of the most amazing bargains at a huge discount and quite often the items for sale or new orange new condition. A lot of companies within the UK also advertise their products on eBay, so you will find companies like Argos have an eBay shop as well as selling from the shop floor. Even my local charity shop use eBay as an outlet for selling their more premium products, there really is money to be made from selling your unwanted items online.

Buying Your DIY Tools From FFX


Have you ever ordered your tools and DIY accessories online? I live in a small town and there really isn't much choice for DIY shopping, the shops that we have are a long way from my home and it would involve a taxi home, this then adds cost to my shopping. So sometimes there is no alternative than online shopping - and to be honest, I like the stress free aspect of online shopping!

You simply go online, order what you want and then you get it delivered to your door. Recently we were asked to order some things from ffx.co.uk, based in Folkestone in Kent and review the ordering service and products that we ordered.

The website is easy to use and we found what we were looking for straight away. I needed a drill, so you shop by category and then choose what you're looking for. It then narrows down the search and takes you to what you're looking for. You can buy anything that you need from screws to lawnmowers and it is free delivery, So whether you need it for personal DIY or whether it's your trade, you will not be paying extra for the delivery.

They offer over 80,000 products on their website and that's more than you would ever see in a store. And you can buy from them 7 days a week. So what did we buy from FFX?

A Sealey Steel BBQ

I am ashamed to say that we don't have a Barbeque, With it only being me and Tilly at home it hardly seemed worth buying one, but this summer Tilly asked me for a Barbeque. So I guess, I really had to order one! The barbeque comes as a 'flatpack' and you have to put it together but it comes with everything to put it together. The barbeque has a lid and it means you can cover it up when you have finished it. If you have a lot of people visiting you can even use both sides of the barbeque to cook on. It is advertised as a portable barbeque but for me, it wouldn't be too portable as I don't have a car and it is quite heavy. The barbeque clips closed for when you're not using and it is very weather resistant as we have left it out in all sorts of weather. The barbeque is a really good price at £30.99 and it is low to the ground barbeque. It absolutely suits the needs of a small family or as a starter barbeque.







Einhell EINBTCD18 BT-CD18 18v Cordless Drill Driver
The second thing that I ordered was a drill, of all the things that I ever need - is a drill! I am really independent and I hate asking people for help, yet when it comes to drilling I need that little bit of help. I wanted a cordless drill because you can reach all the hard to reach places without being attached to a power cord. The 18 Volt cordless drill, comes just as the drill and you buy your drill bits separately but that means you get to buy drill bits to suit your budget and purpose. The drill comes in a carry case, making it easy to store and carry around.

It takes 3 - 5 hours to charge up to full capacity and the charger is included in the set. The drill is used as a screwdriver as well as a drill, so it is a multi-purpose tool for you. The drill is £37.17, which is a really good price and even if you have to buy the drill bits separately, you can get a drill bit from as low as 95p. The drill is fitted with a 10mm single -sleeve keyless chuck that holds the drill bit more securely so there is no slipping when tackling the most demanding of jobs, I like the idea of the keyless chuck because I am rubbish about losing stuff so now I don't need to worry. It is easy to control and any beginner could feel confident using this drill.

I am happy with both products and found them to be of a good quality. The website was easy to navigate and the delivery was in a few days by courier. I was very pleased with the email contact that I received at every stage of the sale and delivery. I would recommend FFX to companies, tradesmen, and DIY enthusiasts.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

A.D.I.S.N Secret Journal Review - Get Spying


All kids aspire to be something, some kids want to do something quiet and others want a really exciting job. But whatever job they choose, they have taken their inspiration from someone they have seen on tv or have met in real life. YouTube is a real inspiration for many of the youngsters these days and Tilly loves to watch Project Mc2 on YouTube as well as on Netflix. If you're not familiar with Project Mc2, then let me give you the lowdown, they are a group of friends who go to school together and are secret spies! The secrecy of the spying job really appeals to Tilly but the girls are great role models because they show the youngsters that girls can prove to be as good as men in some more male-dominated careers like maths and science.

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