Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Birthday Boy!

Our gorgeous baby turned 1 on the 23rd August (2011), and whilst I'm {still} very much in denial that his first year has flown by so unbelievably fast, I am so proud of my little man, and of Colin & I for being darn good parents! 

I've posted photos many a time over the course of this year, so I shall keep the photos brief, but our son has gone from this... this...

We celebrated his birthday by throwing a big garden party for our closest family and friends (not all of whom were able to be there, and were very much missed), and luckily Mother Nature was on our side and provided just the right amount of warmth and sunshine for Jamie's special day. We had a great turnout, the food, cake and activities (for the children, naturally) went down very well, and most importantly Jamie really seemed to enjoy his party!

On his actual birthday Mother Nature wasn't quite as generous with the weather, and the rain put paid to our plans of going to a local farm and activity centre, but we stayed at home with PLENTY of pressies to unwrap and entertain, and a good time was certainly had by all. Jamie was incredibly lucky and got so many generous and thoughtful gifts, and it was so wonderful for me to see the effort people had put in, and the love that was lavished on my little boy. If you're one of those people, then thank you, SO much, it is very appreciated.

Jamie's first year has been undoubtedly one of the best times of my life, ever, without a doubt. He's such a delight, and really lights up our lives. I can't wait for what the next year, and every year thereafter have in store, and with my cheeky little monkey by my side I'm sure it'll be plenty of fun!

*Disclaimer: I should probably have forewarned you all how gushy and soppy this post was. Oops. My bad! I could just burst with pride and love ♥

Monday, 29 August 2011

A Review: Kenzo FlowerTAG

Kenzo FlowerTAG
Eau de Toilette

What Do I Think?
I'll admit, when I think of purchasing a new fragrance, Kenzo is not a brand that would spring straight to my mind. I'd probably be enticed more by the giant powerhouse brands like Gucci, Dior and Armani. Having said that, I tend to chose my perfumes on scent alone, not just because I like the brand/packaging/marketing. This works in Kenzo's favour, because this scent is instantly appealing to me, and the fun packaging and marketing behind it also come up trumps. I'll have to rely on the official scent description, because although I have a sensitive noggin, I've got a limited knowledge of scents! This fragrance "starts with fruity blackcurrant, rhubarb and tangerine notes, before unfolding a floral heart of peony, jasmine and lily of the valley. The Kenzo note appears in the sensual base of tea, vanilla and musks". Ah, that'll be why I like it then, it appeals to the vanilla lover in me! This perfume, for me, is just the right amount of floral and musk, it lingers for a long time on the skin, and although it is definitely subtle enough to wear as a daytime fragrance, I think it's also sexy enough for night. Now, I have to say, I'm a little perplexed by the marketing behind this, which is bringing graffiti into the world of scents. I think the meanings behind it all are a little lost of me, but the press release does make for interesting reading. I'm shallow, I just like it for it's smell, not for it's brains or moral compass! I fear that my somewhat lacklustre description of the marketing campaign has sullied this review a little, but it's what on the inside that counts, right?!

Where Is It Available?
Kenzo FlowerTAG is available to buy nationwide from September 2011.

How Much Does It Cost?
30 ml will cost £31.00, 50ml will cost £47.50 and 100ml will cost £63.50.

Would I Recommend It?
Yes, I would. If you'd like something that'll look a little different on your dressing table, but with a very wearable and feminine scent, this will probably be right up your street. 

Star Rating:

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review consideration purposes. I am not affiliated with Kenzo in any way and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I used my own nose to sniff it too! 

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Sanctuary Series #4

Sanctuary Spa Essentials
Salt Scrub


What do I love about the Sanctuary Salt Scrub?
Well I adore the scent and the super soft oil that stays on your skin afterwards, without being heavy or greasy. Scoop out a handful after dampening down under a warm shower, and gently massage on. The oil is absorbed and after you've exfoliated, you rinse off the salt residue. It's best to just pat yourself dry with a soft towel afterwards or you remove all that lovely moisturising almond, coconut and jojoba goodness.

I've been using it for two to three years, once or twice a week and there has been a huge improvement in my skin, which used to get dry and flaky, especially in the winter, with wind and central heating to contend with. If I'm feeling really in the mood to pamper my skin I finish off with a slick of Age Repair Hydrating Body Serum which is another of my 'must have' Sanctuary products, I'm never without at least one spare in the cupboard.

Cost - just over £10 from Boots but it lasts quite a long time and they often do 3 for 2 deals, which is a good time to stock up, plus of course, you get Boots points, so you can save those up and get more Sanctuary goodies!
*Disclaimer: My Mum is a bit mad, but she wrote all of these words by herself, and emailed them to me, so I don't think she is under the influence of anyone or anything except the aromas of Sanctuary products :)

Friday, 5 August 2011

A tale of two bloggers...#2

I'm sure you'll be aware of the lovely Lydia, and our friendship initially blossomed when we met online via our blogs and Twitter, and we have since met up a few times. We always have lots of fun when she comes to play, and I thought I'd share some photos of her most recent visit this week. 

 We didn't get to do too much, but there was plenty of playing, pressies (belated birthday for me, and early birthday for Jamie), sunbathing, a walk to the duck pond (with a sad lack of ducks), blackberry picking (with me nearly falling head first into a very prickly bush), a VERY hot and sweaty Zumba session, home-made pizza cooking, cupcake/biscuit/cake baking and eating, photo taking and hugs!


 We love you Lydia ♥

Monday, 1 August 2011

A Review: Soap & Glory 'Glam-A-Lot'

 Soap & Glory Glam-A-Lot
Body Spray

What Do I Think?
I have one main thought about this product: it's love. I'm not one of those people who sticks to a signature scent, I prefer to have a few perfumes and fragrances on the go at once, to keep it interesting. However, if I could only have one more fragrance to spritz all over myself for the rest of my days, from what I've tried thus far in my life, this would beat everything else hands down. Heavy stuff, I know. This is indeed a humble body spray, but don't let that deceive you. It has pretty darn decent lasting power on the skin, and the smell is actually good enough to eat - although I strongly recommend you don't try. This probably appeals to my nose buds because it has strong base notes of vanilla musk, and we all know how much I love that scent. I personally think this fragrance is very sexy and oozes femininity, but being a body spray it's not too overpowering to wear during the day, and can easily be layered more for nights. The packaging is standard Soap & Glory, simple but retro and fun, with an easy to use spray top. This lasts a long time too, even if I do probably spray on slightly more than is really necessary. I really do love this, and I hope that filters across in this review. In my opinion, a good fragrance can instantly boost your mood, and that my friends, is never a bad thing. 

Where Is It Available?
You'll find Soap & Glory products in Boots, Harvey Nichols and at

How Much Does It Cost?
£6.38 for 250ml - perhaps more than you'd expect to pay for a humble body spray, but as I said, it has surprisingly good longevity and the scent alone is worth the money.

Would I Recommend It?
Most definitely yes, I am in love with this fragrance, I quite literally douse myself in it whenever I wear it - which is pretty often I can assure you.

Star Rating:

*Disclaimer: This was purchased with my own money, and all words and opinions are my own.