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Bio-Oil for glowing skin all over 💛

I have tried and tested lots of creams and lotions over the years, and I used to believe that oils were always to be avoided. They were for super dry skins and would cause my combination skin to become oily and cause spots.

But with the ever growing popularity of oils to treat and nourish skin and hair, using oils is now my number one choice.

This year I’m continuing to try and streamline my skincare. Sometimes by using too many products we can lose the benefits of the key products available to us.

Bio-Oil is a perfect all round beauty provider as it can be used on the face, body and hair and give you the nourished glow you deserve.

The Product –


Bio-Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio-Oil has won 309 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 23 countries since its global launch in 2002.

The Bio-Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. This ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.

What can this magic oil be used for?


Scars 

Scars are an integral part of the healing process and result from an over-production of collagen at the wound site. Scars go through numerous changes as they mature, but they are permanent in nature. Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, but it can never remove them.
Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the scar, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. On new scars, Bio-Oil should be applied only once the wound has healed, and should not be used on broken skin.

Stretch Marks  

When the body expands faster than the covering skin, the skin tears, forming a scar as it heals. These scars are visible on the surface of the skin as stretch marks.

The likelihood of developing stretch marks varies according to skin type, race, age, diet and hydration of the skin. Those most prone to stretch marks include pregnant women, body builders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and individuals who experience rapid weight gain.
Stretch marks are permanent in nature, and although Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve their appearance, it can never remove them.

Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the stretch marks, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. During pregnancy, it should be applied from the start of the second trimester to areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs.

Aging Skin

Wrinkled skin commonly associated with aging is largely caused by the weakening of the collagen and elastin support system in the skin. Bio-Oil contains numerous ingredients that help to plasticize the skin, making it softer, smoother and more supple, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkled skin. Bio-Oil also moisturizes, which improves the texture, tone and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydrated Skin

The surface of the skin has an invisible oil layer which acts as a barrier to stop moisture from escaping. In a very dry climate this lipid layer is often unable to cope and too much moisture is drawn out of the skin. Daily bathing or showering may exacerbate this by stripping away the lipid layer due to the astringent effects of soap and water. Bio-Oil supplements the skin’s natural oil layer, helping to restore its barrier function of retaining moisture.
Fantastic Key Ingredients –

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Calendula Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Chamomile Oil

Verdict –


I loved it! Bio-Oil is the perfect all over moisturiser. It also comes in a super handy plastic bottle which is perfect for travelling with.

My skin literally glowed when I used just a few drops in my normal moisturiser both day and night. 

Watch how I apply Bio-Oil to my face daily. Video coming to my Youtube channel very soon. 

In the meantime find out more about Bio-Oil below –

https://www.bio-oil.com/en/
 

The Flat Tummy Club Diet by Kate Adams ❤️ a book review 📚

I have tried every diet under the sun!  When I was a model I tried every diet possible – the cabbage soup diet, the ice cream diet, even one diet where I had to cut out fruit completely. What I learnt from all these crazy fads is none of them really work and the best diet is ‘no diet’! In other words eating everything in moderation.

The Book –


Depressed by her expanding waistline, Kate Adams set out to lose weight – and keep it off for good. 

Six months later and over two stone lighter she decided to share her experiences and set up the Flat Tummy Club. 

Now you too can become a member by following the foolproof Flat Tummy Club Diet: 

1. Do the Flat Tummy Inquisition to work out where exactly your spare tyre comes from. 

2. Beat the bloat and shed up to 7lbs in a week with the 7-day Jump Start. 

3. Swap in the Top 20 Flat Tummy Foods to keep you on the straight and narrow-waisted.

 4. Keep your flat tummy forever with tips to help you maintain your willpower when stress, holidays and work start getting in the way.

Verdict-

If I were to write a dieting book it would have to be something like this!

I absolutely love Kate’s approach to eating, it’s logical and totally not fadical.

The best tips Ive picked up from this book is eating porridge for breakfast for weightloss, enjoying sourdough bread and filling up on wholesome healthy soups.

Its a lovely book to dip in and out of and it also has some fantastically healthy recipes. The banana & dark chocolate loaf is one of my all time favourites!

Healthy eating & everything in moderation at its best! xxx

British Airways serving M&S food ✈️

My boys and I have checked in and are ready to fly. We are on the first flight out of London Heathrow, flying to Istanbul, then connecting in Istanbul to our domestic flight to sunny Antalya to see my lovely parents. 

My boys haven’t always been a fan of in flight meals. Well I tell a lie, my older son is more adventurous and happy to try what is served but my younger son prefers to buy a sandwich before boarding and enjoy that on board.
I’ve always accepted the meal served but I seem to eat it because its there, rather than eating it because I really like it.

Well all that has changed now on board British Airways flights. There are no complimentary drinks or meals served, instead you get to choose from a specially designed Marks & Spencers menu and pay on board for what you choose.


The selection is very good. Cheese sandwiches, a roast beef sandwich, fruit salad, yoghurt with granola, those little snack packs of cashew nuts or wasabi peas (which I love) and even a healthy grains & chicken salad! The drinks on sale  range from soft drinks, teas & coffees to all the alcoholic beverages you could think of.

Payment can be made by Credit or Debit card, or with your Avios points if you have an Executive Club card with BA. No cash is allowed.

Verdict-

So my boys and I got on board, our flight time was 4 hours , so not really long, not really short. The trolley of M&S goodies was brought through.


At this point it was around 8am for us. We’d already had a breakfast of croissants & coffees at the airport so were quite full. If complimentary meals were being served Im sure we would have accepted and eaten some of it. But I think this way we are not eating unnecessarily, and we aren’t wasting food. 

We ordered 2 fruit salads for the boys, 1 fruit & nut flap jack, a water & I had a nice cup of peppermint tea which all came to a reasonable sum of £9. More or less the same as you would pay at M&S.

I paid with my BA Executive Club card as we collect avios, so was all easily sorted out.

All in all a fantastic idea. The cabin didn’t smell of airplane food, we didn’t eat & waste unnecessarily and the boys were more than happy.

I think as long as BA keeps its short haul trips at a reasonable price this M&S menu idea is good. My boys would love a ‘kids snack box’ with a small cheese sandwich, carton drink & fruit. 

Find out more on BAs website below –

https://www.britishairways.com

French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain ❤️ a book review 📚

I am writing to you sitting in by favourite coffee shop enjoying a frothy cappuccino in sunny Antalya on the Southern coast of Turkey. It’s half term so the boys are off school and we needed to get some sunshine and escape the freezing February weather of London.

I love to read on the plane and when looking through my library at home on what to take on the trip, I always prefer shorter novels, and when it was a novel by one of my favourite authors Antoine Laurain, the choice was easily made.

The Book –


The arrival of a letter delayed by 33 years sparks off a quest that leads both on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and right to the heart of France today. 

Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter – thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Overcome by nostalgia, Alain is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed…where could his quest possibly take him?

Verdict-

I don’t know what it is about Antoine’s books, but there is definately a sprinkling of magic dust in there! They just make me happy, bring a huge smile to my face.

The Red Notebook, The President’s Hat and now French Rhapsody. They are special books, unusual, fun and definately full of love.

Set in Paris, Antoine’s hometown, his books transport you away to the beautiful city of lights. And what makes these books so special is the originality of the stories told.

French Rhapsody does not disappoint, it is the story of a failed musician, now a doctor, amd his quest to find his long forgotten band members. 

I finished it in one sitting amd could not wait to see what happened next.

I absolutely recommend it as I do all of Antoine’s other novels. I cannot wait to read more in the future.

Also follow Antoine on his Instagram page for the most gorgeous pictures of Paris – 

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French Rhapsody is available to buy at all major bookshops & on Amazon now!

Help build a new Hunterian Museum! 💙

Any budding doctors out there? Then your kids will love this museum !

What is The Hunterian Museum in London?


The Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK and is based on the items assembled by John Hunter, surgeon and anatomist (1728-1793).

 The collection comprises more than 3,500 anatomical and pathological preparations, fossils, paintings and drawings and also includes specimens donated by Edward Jenner and Sir Joseph Banks. 

Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum include the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne, a collection of surgical instruments dating from the seventeenth century, carbolic sprays used by Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, the tooth of a megatherium (an extinct giant sloth) donated by Charles Darwin – and Winston Churchill’s dentures.

Looking for something fun to do this half term?

The Hunterian Museum in London is looking for families to take part in valuable audience research this February half-term.
If you are a family who hasn’t visited the Hunterian museum before – but would like to – and you have at least one child in the 7-11 age range, would you be happy to work with the museum and use your family visit to help them find out more about your visitor experience as a family – so that the museum can put this information towards the new museum that will open in 2020?

The museum asks that you allow up to 2 hours for the visit, though you won’t need to stay the full time – unless you want to! Your visit will be observed by one of the museum staff researchers and then they will give you some refreshments and ask you about your time in the museum.

All families get a ‘goody bag’ and museum guidebooks worth £5 each to say thank you.

Observations will take place from Tuesday 14th-Saturday 18th February 2017, 10am-5pm

If you would like to take part, please contact Beth Astridge on bastridge@rcseng.ac.uk to timetable in your visit.

The perfect marshmallowy treat 😋

With the weather being chilly I seem to crave sweet things even more, especially when Im having coffee mid morning. I don’t have a super sweet tooth but when I do I like to choose snacks which are either home made or those that are filled with natural products.

The Product –


Mallow & Marsh was launched off £250 and no sleep and has kept up that approach ever since. The geniuses at Mallow & Marsh have spent hours perfecting and experimenting with their recipes in order to create these awesome culinary delights. A melt in your mouth, light as a feather, delicious experience.

They don’t make normal marshmallows. They make creamy bundles of gooey deliciousness. On a scale of jelly to nougat they sit as close to nougat as is marshmallowy possible. Using the highest quality ingredients from 100% natural raspberry to organic and fairtrade vanilla extract and they have made sure there are no additives or preservatives. They melt in your mouth and people are encouraged to experiment when they eat them.

Mallow&Marsh bars are –

  • 100% natural
  • Wheat, gluten & egg free
  • Under 150 calories
  • Low in fat
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Packed full of flavour

Verdict –

I think I’m in Marshmallowy heaven! When I was little I used to eat these marshmallow balls covered in a thin layer of chocolate, I have been on the lookout for something similar, and I have found it!


The Mallow & Marsh bars are just scrumptious! I had the Raspberry Marshmallow Bar, which is coated in 70% dark chocolate with my cappuccino and it was so yummy. Light and fluffy with a naturally sweet taste of raspberry.

My boys loved the Vanilla Marshmallow bar which I cut up into little pieces and they dropped into a steaming cup of hot chocolate for the most deliciously vanilla treat.


You can buy Mallow & Marsh bars in most supermarkets Nationwide & I have also seen them in my local Starbucks!

Find out more below –

https://www.mallowandmarsh.com

 

My favourite fashion magazines ❤️ 

Since I was very young I have loved magazines, especially fashion magazines. It is one of my most anticipated pleasures to bring home a brand new magazine and open the glossy cover.

I have several favourites – Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Elle. But my favourite by far is Red Magazine.

For those of you who are new to the world of fashion magazines you have to understand that each type of magazine has it’s own type of readership. Almost like a blog or a television programme, each magazine will have articles inside which will interest different types of people. 

So for example if I read Cosmopolitan Magazine in my teens, it was because Cosmopolitan Magazine had articles I would have found interesting then. But now I am 40 and a mother, I have different interests. I want to read about celebrities in my age range, I want to read about fashion and trends specifically aimed to me.

Red Magazine is a favourite because it is such an all round magazine but with class and elegance. There are recipes, stories from 40 somethings like me and great fashion & beauty tips! 

Vogue is another but my favourite has always been French Vogue. It is pure elegance in a magazine.

Give them a look next time you are in a book shop, you will see what I mean! xxx 

Keep Scooters off the floor & out of the way! ❤️🛴

These days pretty much everyone with a child seems to have a scooter.

I’ve always had a bit of a love hate relationship with scooters, they can be very dangerous but then again the kids love them, and with the right precautions – helmets for safety and not going too fast, they are super fun and seem to be an essential part of a family’s day out these days.
My boys both have a scooter each and my younger son rides his to school everyday.


For me the most annoying thing has got to be is when after a day of cleaning the house, my kids arrive and put the muddy wheels of their scooters all over my shiny clean parke floors. It’s just heartbreaking.

So when I heard about a new product on the market which enables you to put the scooters “on the wall, off the floor, out of the way” I could not wait to give in a try for all you lovelies!

The Product –


Scooterpeg is designed specifically to clear some of that clutter, enabling you to keep your kids’ scooters tidied away and free up some of that precious floor space. It even means you can use the scooter deck as a handy shelf for their shoes when their scooter is hung up.

The new solution by Scooterpeg is designed to help clear the clutter by keeping kids scooters on the wall, off the floor and out of the way, and restore a little bit of your sanity, not to mention reducing the incidence of stubbed toes and sprained wrists.

When a scooter is hung on Scooterpeg, the scooter deck then becomes a shelf to put shoes and wellies on, and the handle a hook for their helmet meaning everything is in once place and makes getting back out the door for the school run, trip to the shops or just a scoot around the block that little bit quicker and easier.

It comes in four signature bright colours;

  • Brighton Blue
  • Bubblegum Pink
  • Sunshine Yellow
  • Fake Grass Green

With some more grown up colours too –  limestone, regency blue and cornish slate – for the more interior design conscious who want to keep their hallways more grown-up looking.

Scooterpeg is proudly Made in the UK from high quality prolypropelyne which is suitable for use both indoors and out. It is currently patent pending.

Verdict –

All I can say is ‘Thank you’ to the genius’s at Scooterpeg! What a simple yet super affective idea. Especially for those of us living in the UK where homes are not huge and space is always an issue.

I am not super handy when it comes to putting things up around the home but this was so easy to put up! Simply drill in the two solid screws to keep it securely in place, to give you a clearer home and hallway, and give your kids somewhere to put their stuff.  


There are also some super cute extras – a discreet little wallguard to protect your wall from muddy wheels, and a cute fitted name label so no arguing about which peg is whose.

My boys are going to love hanging their scooter up!

Super cool! Buy yours & find out more here –

http://www.scooterpeg.co.uk/

 

 

Lion ❤️🎬 a movie review

One of the greatest nightmares of any mother on earth has got to be the fear of losing a child.

Whenever I enter a crowded place I seem to instinctively hold my kids hands tighter. I cannot even imagine the devastation of losing one of my children.

So when I read an article in The Times recently about the latest movie adaptation of a true story, the story of Saroo, a 5 year old boy lost in India, I had to find out more.

The Movie –


This movie tells the true story of 5 year old Saroo, who gets lost. He gets on a train which takes him thousands of miles away across India. When asked the name of his mother, he replies simply,”mum.” Saroo must learn to live alone in Calcutta , before being ultimately adopted by an Australian couple in Tasmania.

Twenty-five years later armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology called ‘Google Earth’  he sets out to find his family and home. Eventually finding his birth mother and family.

Verdict –

My younger son is more or less the same age Saroo was when he got lost. So watching this movie touched me in an unbelievable way.

My friend and I cried pretty much through the whole movie; tears of sadness, shock and joy. This movie will take your emotions for a rollercoaster ride unlike any other.

The biggest factor I think is that it actually happened, Saroo is real and at the end of the movie we see the real Saroo and the emotions swell up even more.


A fantastic movie, with perfectly cast actors. Nicole Kidman plays her role as Saroo’s adoptive mother with perfection. She has always been an amazing actress and the feeling in this very emotional role fits her perfectly. 


Dev Patel, who was born and lived very close to where I live today, is an amazing actor, and plays Saroo very well. He is very different from the Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire; older, more manly, a definate change.

A movie not to be missed, and I think it needs to be watched on the big screen to be experienced fully. I am hoping Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman get the Oscars they definitely deserve.


I just read that Dev Patel is taking his mum to the Oscars and Saroo is buying his birth mum a house. How lovely is that! If Dev does win the Oscar, he will be the first actor of entirely Indian heritage to win!

I have ordered the book behind the movie “A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly” which I cannot wait to read.

Lion is now showing at cinemas Nationwide. Don’t miss it! 

 

 

 

 

My favourite biographies ❤️📚

Like my parents, I love reading autobiographies, they are the perfect way to delve into the lives of people you admire and find out more about their lives. Film stars, politicians, historic figures. 

Reading about their lives makes us see that things are never as they seem and everyone has problems no matter how rich or famous they are.

So here are a few of my favourite biographies to date about people I have admired.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Barbara Leaming


Who doesn’t know Jackie Kennedy, and with the movie now showing on the big screen, I am reading this book again. 

My Life in France by Julia Child


Julia Child is a person I have loved for a while now. I must admit I watch the movie Julie & Julia first. Then I bought Julia’s cook books and because of her love for Paris I just had to read about her life. It was a wonderful book full of adventure, love of life and wonderful food. 

Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen


Coco Chanel is my style icon. Elegant, strong and extremely feminine. Her life was definately an exciting one. There are many books about her on the market but this one is by far my favourite.

Even if you are more of a fiction kinda person, give a biography a try, you might be plesantly suprised ❤️