As you all know I love beauty products. Since my teens I have been an avid follower of cleansers, toners, serums, creams which promise beautiful hair & skin. Looking after your skin & hair is the only way to ensure it looks good at all times.
But as you approach 40 meerly cleansing, toning & moisturising is never enough. Yes the lines will begin to appear no matter how expensive the products you are using are. It’s common sense, there is gravity on this earth we live it.
There is always botox I hear you say! But I have an immense fear of needles so that is a definite no go area for me.
So my latest trial is ‘Liquid Collagen’ – the way forward in beauty and looking young.
The Product –
This high strength liquid supplement is scientifically formulated to help maintain healthy skin, improve skin hydration and promote healthy hair and stronger nails.
The formulation is intended to help support hair and nail growth.
- Marine Collagen – 7,000mg of high quality hydrolysed Peptan collagen which has high bioavailability. Collagen is the most abundant, naturally occurring protein in the human body.
- Silicon – Choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid is a source of highly bioavailable silicon, a mineral found in hair, skin and nails.
- Resveratrol -LQ Skin, Hair & Nails uses high grade resveratrol extracted from red grapes.
- Vitamin C – contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin. It also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Selenium – contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails.
- Biotin (Vitamin B7) – contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and hair.
- Vitamin E – contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
The LQ comes in very light and handy plastic bottles. It taste of a citrusy apple juice. So consumption couldn’t be easier!
It’s half term at the moment so I need all the energy I can get with my two boys, and we just spent a very busy few days in Edinburgh. I felt full of energy and went make up free for the whole trip. My skin felt illuminous and fresh.
I will definitely continue to take LQ supplements especially through the winter months.
You can purchase LQ Supplements at Boots, Holland & Barrett stores Nationwide.
Find out more below –
I cannot believe it is Halloween this time next week! Time surely does fly when you are having fun!
Halloween has got to be one of my boys favourite holidays. Anything gruesome ghoulish and ghastly and they will be in horrid heaven.
They were a bit disappointed to find out Halloween falls on a school night this year so half term seemed the perfect time to get into the spooky spirit of things.
The Book –
Everyday recipes for the living, dead and undead.
For hundreds of years, the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop has been supplying quality goods for the monster community from its premises in east London – and this, its classic recipe book, has been in use for just as long.
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies was established in 1818, though the exact details of why, and by whom, have tragically been lost to history. They pride themselves on being London’s, and quite possibly the world’s, only purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind.
Due to a rather inconvenient curse, all of their profits go to the Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring charity for young humans. They are doing everything in their power to rectify this intolerable situation.
Now, for the first time, the recipe book has been adapted for use by humans as well as monsters. So whether you’re entertaining trolls, hosting a vampire soiree or expecting zombies round for tea, you can make delicious treats to suit every occasion.
Fallen out with a friend? Bake them some 1000-year Curse Cookies!
Want to woo a zombie? Try After-Gorging Breath Mints!
Unexpected ogre guests? Make Fresh Maggot Brownies or Spiced Earwax Pie!
With recipes and handy hints for monster housekeeping, this classic tome is an essential addition to every home, lair, cave, swamp or fiery pit.
Such an awesomely cool book! I think I was just as excited as my boys to try out some creepy recipes.
As we have just received this super fun book and I wanted all you lovelies to get it in time for halloween, I will be trying our favourite recipe from the book this week with my boys.
In the meantime order your copy as soon as possible on Amazon now.
Visit the super cool Monster Supplies website below –
And definitely take a look at these fangtastic videos demonstrating the terrifying recipes….
The weather is definitely cooling down out there, so it’s back to warming soups and teas. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, snuggling up in warm knitted jumpers, under cosy blankets with a cup of my favourite tea.
I do love coffee but herbal teas are a perfect way to increase the amount of water your body consumes. Herbal teas don’t need to be boring or tasteless, the variety on the market these days means that teas are full of so many different tastes and flavours.
The Product –
Ahmad Tea is a very well known brand in the world of teas. They are experts in their field and their teas are very popular in my household with the grown ups and my little ones. My boys love herbal teas with a little honey added in.
Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, drawing on four generations of tea blending and tasting experience. Founded on a passion for the finest tea, they are dedicated to the unique place that tea drinking commands at the heart of daily life in Britain and beyond.
The latest offering from Ahmad Tea are teas inspired by desserts! When I first heard about this range I thought it was such a fabulous idea. We all love desserts so what a great idea for a flavoursome tea.
Sugar free, calorie free, and with very low levels of caffeine, the 6 dessert inspired recipes have been beautifully crafted by master tea tasters working closely with top home chefs. Their combined expertise of tea and desserts has created exquisitely delectable blends, balancing the flavour of our signature high quality teas along with moreish dessert recipes, enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.
What more could anyone with a sweet tooth ask for? Here are the available flavours –
- Mango & Lychee Souffle
- Strawberry & Basil Coulis
- Citrus Mint Sorbet
- Strawberry Velvet Cake
- Pear & Cinnamon Strudel
- Moroccan Orange Slice
I have a terribly sweet tooth, and as an after dinner treat these teas completely and utterly hit the spot. I added a tiny teaspoon of honey to my cup of Moroccan Orange Spice and the taste was just fantastic. Warming, sweet and just so scrumptious.
The perfect end to any dinner party, your guests will love choosing their favourite dessert to try. I’m looking forward to trying the Strawberry Velvet cake next.
Find out more about these yummy teas available online now –
I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t want or who doesn’t appreciate a tidy house. What is not to love? Everything in its place, tidiness, calmness.
I have always been a firm believer that a tidy home leads to a clear and uncluttered mind. Where we live is infact a true reflection of our inner thoughts.
So when I came across this book I just had to find out more!
The Book –
Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo provides a step-by-step life-changing method for transforming space by tidying the home in the correct order, all in one go, and quickly. Left after this with only the simple choice of keeping or binning, more energy and motivation can be achieved in life overall. As well as solving a practical problem faced by many Brits, cultural interest in the Japanese way of life is guaranteed.
MARIE KONDO started reading housewives’ magazines from the age of five and loved the order and beauty of the well-organised spaces she saw in them. Then, from the age of 15 she started studying tidying seriously. She started with her own bedroom and then moved onto her siblings’. Today she runs a highly successful business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of beauty, peace and inspiration.
Everyone has their own way of tidying. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic cleaner who tidies and declutters for me on a weekly basis. But I have always loved tidiness.
This book is a fantastic way to start the process to getting organised. It has some great tips on organising and sorting things in your home although some may say a lot of it is common sense. Well it is to me but may not be to others.
This lovely encouraging read is available now on Amazon and at major bookshops.
I read in the latest issue of my favourite magazine today that frills & ruffles were back in fashion and they were here to stay for another season.
Splendid timing as I was recently sent the most beautiful blouse by one of my husbands favourite shirt makers Hawes & Curtis.
Hawes & Curtis was founded by two accomplished outfitters, Ralph Hawes and George Frederick Curtis, who opened the first store at 24 Piccadilly Arcade in February 1913. From the beginning the heritage brand has been acclaimed by aristocracy and Hollywood’s elite. Notable customers have included the Duke of Windsor, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Lord Mountbatten, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire.
So in many ways I was sent a piece of timeless workmanship.
I like to mix in classic, almost vintage styles in with my more practical items of clothing. And this beautifully designed fitted blouse by Hawes & Curtis is just wonderful.
This elegant blouse features a turquoise and pink paisley design and a distinctive neck tie. Crafted from a soft fabric, this semi fitted shirt effortlessly combines style with comfort.
At first glance it reminded me of my late grandmother Nelly Wilson, who took great pride in her appearance and wore this exact style of shirt. And now the same style of blouse with a neck tie tied into a bow at the front is back in fashion.
I’ve styled this blouse with my favourite denim skirt for a practical yet vintagely classic look. Adding that little bit of je ne sais quoi to my day. Style and elegance, colour and class.
Matched with simple pearl earrings it will give you a classically elegant look.
A perfect gift for any lady with style. Find out more & have a browse at their wonderfully chic collection-
I don’t know whether I like movie adaptations of books or not. If there is a book I really enjoy and I find out it’s going to be brought to life on the big screen, I do get excited! But there is always a bad adaptation and in those instances it can been pretty heartbreaking.
The Movie –
Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who divorced her husband Tom after she caught him cheating on her, takes the train to work daily. She fantasizes about the relationship of her neighbours, Scott and Megan Hipwell, during her commute.
That all changes when she witnesses something from the train window and Megan is missing, presumed dead.
I had read the book a long time before the movie came out, and luckily I haven’t got the best memory and the complete plot had escaped me.
For those of you who haven’t read the book or like me had forgotten the plot, the story is filled with twists and turns.
The two hour long movie is definitely entertaining but I think without the masterful acting skills of Emily Blunt the plot itself would not have been enough.
A movie I enjoyed with my lovely friends one afternoon at the cinema but not a movie I would put up there with the likes of Gone Girl or other adaptations I have enjoyed in the past.
I definitely think the book version was better.
The Girl on the Train is showing at all cinemas nationwide.
I have always been a firm believer in not wasting food. Since I was little I’ve always been taught to finish everything on my plate, and I teach my kids that same thing.
The same goes in the kitchen. There are so many things you can do with the left overs after peeling your fruits and veggies.
One great way to use the peel of cucumbers, avocados and even mangoes is as a super natural facial brightener.
My mother has fabulous skin and ever since I can remember after peeling a cucumber or avocado she will keep the skins and rub them all over her face. The kids might wonder what you are up to, with bits of green creamy avocado or cucumber over your face but it is so so good for you. Not only will it give your pores an all over glow, the smell will refresh and revive your senses.
I read in a magazine article just recently that the pit of an avocado is actually where most of the nutrition lies. Also that it is edible and quite delicious. So I just had to try this for myself. My whole family loves avocados, on toast, in salads or just as it is with a good squeeze of lemon juice. I use the peels on my face as a natural face mask. So the pit is all that’s left over.
The avocado pit has apparently got more soluble fibre than any other fibre provider out there. It also has 70% of the actual avocados antioxidants, and it the oils within the pit actually increase the collagen in our skin to keep us young and wrinkle free!
The best way to eat the seed is to cut it up with a sharp knife, it is easier to cut up than you would expect. Place it in a food processor until it forms a powder like consistency. Then place it in a jar in the fridge. When making smoothies just add a large spoonful to the smoothie. It can taste a little bitter on its own so make sure to add lots of yummy exotic fruits to mask the bitterness, and just let your body enjoy all the nutrients. I even added a teaspoonful into my overnight oats mixture and it was just perfect!
Don’t waste anything, there is always a way to use it! x
There are some childrens books that when I see them, or receive them from publishers to review for all you lovelies, I think, ‘I just cannot give that gorgeous book to the kids just yet, let me keep it hidden until they are a little older, and can appreciate it.’
This is one of those books.
In a beautifully illustrated hard back with a pretty royal blue sleeve, this book will definitely take pride of place on my bookshelf until the kids are a little bit older.
Of course we read the story together, but after it was read and enjoyed it went back on my bookcase.
The Book –
Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it’s up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolical plot!
The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis… But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?
The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this charming novel from bestselling authors Santa and Sebag Montefiore, which proves even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.
Written jointly by Santa Montefiore – author of seventeen adult novels, her novels have sold over one million copies in the UK. And her historian husband Simon Sebag Montefiore – with many famous books under his belt, his latest book The Romanovs went straight to the top ten. Illustrated by Kate Hindley – known for illustrating Claire Freedman’s The Great Snortle Hunt.
This book is exactly as a expected. One to read with the kids at bedtime, cherish and enjoy, put away on a beautiful bookshelf to be admired by friends and family alike, then after a while take out, read and cherish all over again.
My older 8 year old son especially loved the adventures of the rabbits.
The words bring to life the adventure, a story so masterfully told by two wonderfully descriptive writers, experts in their fields. Authors at their very best. Their first ever collaboration and first novel for children. I’m hoping this is the first of many to come…
I understand that the film rights to The Royal Rabbits of London have already been optioned! Now that will be a movie not to be missed!
The Royal Rabbits of London is due to be available for purchase on 6th October 2016. It is available for preorder on Amazon UK now.
Published by Simon & Schuster
I do like cooking the same things. Either baked salmon with an accompaniment of broccoli and asparagus. Another favourite is oven cooked goijons of chicken with a side of new potatoes and carrots.
But sometimes it’s good to step outside your culinary comfort zone and cook ingredients you don’t normally cook and experiment with unusual flavours.
My lovely parents are staying with us at the moment and my mother mentioned how much she loves fennel. So after some investigation I discovered how simple fennel was to prepare and what a wonderfully delicate flavour it has to offer.
It couldn’t be simpler to prepare! Recipe below –
– 3 whole fennels
– Drizzle of olive oil
– Sea salt
– Wash the whole fennel
– Cut off the green shoots at the top
– Cut into quarters
– Place on a baking tray, drizzle over generous amounts of Extra Virgin Olive oil
– Put in a preheated oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 25minutes or until cooked
Just delicious with baked salmon fillets or Seabass.
Anyone who knows me or has been reading my blog will know about my love for France, well not just France, but mainly Paris. In my opinion Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world!
Lately I have been craving the city of lights even more! I am definitely overdue a visit and am actually planning a day trip with a very good friend of mine. It is almost like an addiction now, I need my Paris fix, and now!
Anyway, so in the meantime I am reading some books set in Paris which can transport me to those beautiful tree lined street and let me take walks along the Seine without having to take a step outside my from door.
The Book –
A delightful new twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes readers on a tour fraught with culture clashes but rife with insight and deadpan humour – a charming true story of what happens when Sarah Turnbull meets a very French Frenchman.
I am going to be completely honest, I have read this book not once, not twice, but three times.
That’s what I love to do. If I enjoy a movie I will watch it as many times as possible. The same goes for books.
I love everything about this book. Sarah Turnbull writes so naturally she transports me to my favourite city everytime I read the words she has written.
Her Parisian experiences make me laugh and the things she endures amazes me.
A book every Francophile like me needs to buy and read ‘tout suite’ as they say in France.
You can purchase Almost French at all major bookshops and online at Amazon UK now.
I look forward to reading about Sarah Turnbull’s next adventure in her latest book – ‘All Good Things: From Paris to Tahiti: Life and Longing’.