Sunday, 30 December 2018

Semi Permanent Lashes at Essentially For You

Before Christmas I was treated to a lovely pampering session at Essentially For You where I  received semi permanent lashes. I've never had them before so I was keen to see the results. My eyelashes have always been short so I couldn't wait for some length and volume. 

Essentially for you is located in Llanishen village which is in North Cardiff. There is free parking outside (if you can get a space) or there is a free car park just around the corner, less than a 5 minute walk. 

My beauty therapist was Shelley who was friendly and professional. She explained everything perfectly. 

The treatment can take a while as each lash is placed on individually (it's extremely intricate) but I didn't notice how long it took as I was incredibly relaxed. I lay on the bed, closed my eyes and listened to the calming music. If I'm honest I almost nodded off, I was that comfortable. 

When Shelley showed me the finished result, I couldn't believe it. I'm almost too embarrassed to show you the before picture as I literally look like I have no lashes at all. I knew my lashes were short before but I didn't realise they were that short!! We went for a more natural look which was ideal. I adored them, so much so I couldn't stop looking at them in the mirror. 

They usually last around 2 weeks and then you can have infills if you require them. There's no need to wear mascara with them which I think is amazing although you can still wear it if you wish. 

Mine lasted about a week and a half which saw me through 2 Christmas parties which was great.

I'll definitely be going back to have them again. I would have had some infills sooner but with the chaos that Christmas brings, I have been too busy. I'd highly recommend Essentially For you as they offer a wide range of treatments in a quiet, relaxed setting, just what us busy mums need.

*I received this treatment free of charge, however all words, opinions and images are my own*


Monday, 24 December 2018

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Kids

If you need some inspiration for some last minute Christmas gifts for kids then take a look at the list below.

Last minute Christmas gifts for kids:

Wannabees Role Play Packs
Wannabees promotes role play in a special way. Children always love pretending they are teachers or shop owners and Wannabees packs allow them to do just that. There are 3 packs available so far which are teacher, doctor and cafe owner. The teacher pack is a particular favourite in our house. The pad comes with a register, lesson planning, reading records, weather chart and more. They are £14.99 which is very reasonably priced. 

Fab Hair - Galt Toys
For someone that loves having their hair done then fab hair by Galt Toys is a perfect gift. You can make hair extensions and then wear them. It also comes with hair coloured hair chalk which can be washed out.

Hair Accessories/Jewellery - Claire's
Claire's always have fantastic things that are suitable for stocking fillers such as hair bands, clips, bobbles, earrings etc. They also always have great deals so it's worth stocking up.

Hot Water Bottle - Potwells
If you're looking for a unique gift then the long hot water bottle from Potwells is ideal. It's designed in the UK and it has 3 different designs which are a Zebra, Unicorn and Dinosaur. It stays warm for around 6-8 hours and it is machine washable. 

Rainbow Lab - Galt Toys
The Rainbow Lab is for ages 5 and up and encourages early STEM learning and scientific thinking. You can grow crystals to make a colourful rainbow. It includes a colour lab book with 12 experiments to try.

Unicorn Poo Bath Bombs - Prezzybox
Children seem to adore bath bombs and unicorns are everywhere at the moment. The Unicorn Poo Bath Bombs are available from Prezzybox and they'd make a perfect stocking filler.

The 3Doodler 
For a really cool gift, have a look at the 3Doodler which is a 3D pen. It was actually the world's first 3D pen. It comes with 75 refills in 15 different colours. You can design and create whatever you want. There are various pens available, suitable for different age groups.

Maileg Mice - Hurn and Hurn
The Maileg Mice collection from Hurn and Hurn is super cute. For any child that enjoys make believe play and looking after dolls then these would be a great addition. There are lots of different sets available to collect.

101 Small Ways To Change The World Book - Lonely Planet
101 Small Ways to Change the World by Lonely Planet is a great book that shows children ways in which they can make a difference from recycling to planting a tree and much more. It also has ideas on how to care for yourself.

Mind the Gap Game
Mind the Gap Card Game is perfect game for all of the family to play. It's a quickplay game based on the London Underground. It's available from all good toy retailers. 

Pass The Pud Game 
Older children and families will enjoy playing Pass the Pud which is suitable for ages 8 plus. It requires 4 or more players which are split into teams. As you hold the Christmas pudding there may only be seconds available to beat the timer and come up with an answer. 

Giant Snakes and Ladders Puzzle - Galt Toys
This is suitable for children aged between 3 and 6 years. You first have to make the giant puzzle and then you can play the game. 

*The above items were gifted to me to be included in this gift guide. All words and opinions are my own*

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Steer Clear Of Danger This Winter: Top Tips For Drivers

It’s going dark in the middle of the afternoon, and more commonly than not, mornings involve de-icing the car and cranking the heating up. Winter is officially here, and for drivers, that often means being aware of a whole host of hazards. If you’re gearing up for a road trip, you commute to work, or you do the school run in the car every day, it’s wise to be aware of the risk of driving in cold climes. Here are some top tips to help you steer clear of danger.

Watch your speed
We all know that speeding can kill, but in wintry conditions, driving fast can be particularly treacherous. Exceeding the speed limit can increase the risk of accidents, but it can also lead to trouble with the law. Restrictions are in place to protect you and those around you, so take notice of them, and be prepared to adjust your speed in line with driving conditions. The speed limit may be 70 mph on the motorway, but if it’s snowing, the roads are slippery, and visibility is poor, it’s not safe to drive at this speed. Slow down, make sure you have your lights on, and keep well back from the vehicle in front of you.

Check your car
Before you make any journey, it’s advisable to give your car the once-over. Have a look at the tyres, check the tread, and top up your water and oil levels on a regular basis. Make sure you have a scraper with you just in case it’s frosty, and pack warm clothing and blankets. If you do break down, at least you can keep warm while you wait for assistance. If your car is due a service, don’t hang around and wait for something to go wrong before you call the garage. Routine services can help to lower the risk of complex problems, which can be expensive to fix.

Don’t drink and drive
Figures from the Department of Transport suggest that over 9,000 were injured or killed in accidents involving a driver who was over the legal limit in 2016. If you want to have a drink, don’t get behind the wheel. Even if you feel fine, and you think you could operate a car with no trouble at all, it’s not safe to drive if you have consumed alcohol. There’s a degree of uncertainty when it comes to the legal limit, as everyone processes and tolerates alcohol in a different way, and even a single drink could impair your ability to drive safely. Arrange a lift with a friend, take the bus or train home, or call a cab. If you’ve been drinking, and you have an accident, you’ll face legal charges, and you may also get a call from a personal injury solicitor, as the other driver will have the right to make a claim against you. Stick to soft drinks or organise another way to get home in advance.

Listen out for warnings
In the UK, we don’t often bear the brunt of extreme weather, but if storms are forecast, or snow is set to fall, listen out for warnings and take advice from the police force and highways agencies on board. If the weather forecast is terrible, and the roads are set to be dangerous, consider postponing your journey. If you don’t need to travel, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Keep your eyes on the road
We live in an age where multi-tasking is the norm. You only have to watch people walking down the pavement to see that using a phone, listening to music and talking at the same time is par for the course. When you’re driving, it’s dangerous to try and do too many things at once. You might think that it’s perfectly safe to send a quick text, but it’s not. Not only is it illegal to use your phone, it could also end in disaster. During those seconds that you’re staring at a screen, rather than looking at the road, the environment around you could change dramatically. A car could pull out, an animal or a child could run into the road, or a tree could fall without falling. You never know what is going to happen, so keep your eyes firmly on the road at all times.

Winter can pose serious problems for drivers. It’s not possible to prevent every accident, but over 90% of crashes occur as a result of errors made by drivers. Take these tips on board, and stay safe.

*This is a collaborative post*


Monday, 17 December 2018

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Men

If you're anything like me and you've been struggling to find Christmas gifts and you still haven't finished your shopping then this guide will help you. It's all about Christmas gifts for men. I always find them the most tricky to buy for but hopefully there'll be something here to inspire you.

Last minute Christmas gifts for men:

Sock Gift Set - London Sock Company 
Is Christmas even Christmas if you don't gift someone socks? The London Sock Company offers luxury men's socks which come in either gift sets, individually or as a subscription. There are lots of gift sets available containing a small or large amount of socks in various designs and patterns. I actually bought my husband a set of these last year and he thinks they are very smart and perfect for work under his suit.

Personalised Garden Beer Trug - Prezzybox
This personalised gift from Prezzybox is something that can be used over and over again. I always think personalised gifts are extra special. For someone that enjoys gardening (and beer of course) then this is ideal. It's made from sustainable pine wood which holds 6 bottles .

Calendar - Danilo
The men in my life are extremely disorganised, especially my husband. He now works from home so I think a calendar would be a good idea for his office. Danilo have a fantastic range available from Sport, Music to Disney. They come in all different types such as large, slimline, desk etc. There's something for everyone.

The Summerton Club Subscription 
The Summerton Club is a unique spirit subscription company where you will receive a unique, aged bottle of spirit delivered to your door every month. The bottles are specially selected and can't be found in supermarkets. There are whiskies, brandies and rums that you probably wouldn't have heard of which is what makes them so unique and a great gift.

Dash Cam - Nextbase
If you have someone that spends a lot of time driving/commuting every day then a dash cam from Nextbase would be a perfect gift for them. There are various ones to choose from but the 112 is the smallest, lightest and most compact model on offer. It's very reasonably priced for what it does. It has a 120-degree viewing angle and is combined with a magnetic click and go mount. 

Fitness Diary - Toad Diaries
Toad Diaries offer personalised diaries and notebooks. If you have a fitness lover on your to buy list then the Fitness diary is ideal. There are various covers to choose from and you can also personalise the front with a name. You are able to choose how many months you would like, what year it should start and what date it should start from. 

Chipolo Card
The Chipolo card is a match made in heaven for the man in your life that loses everything. I'm talking keys, wallet, remote, phone, the list goes on. You can attach the Chipolo card to anything you don't want to lose. It's the world's loudest and thinner item finder. It works by connecting to an app on your phone. It would make a fab stocking filler.

Biltong - Woza
There's something about men and meat (well unless they are a veggie or vegan). Woza offers South African Charcuterie and Biltong in lots of flavours such as Beef, Peri Peri and more. They come in snack size or sharing size, either of which are ideally sized for a stocking.

Guitar Case Lunch Box - Suck UK
Suck UK is fast becoming one of my favourite websites. Its tagline is The Greatest Gifts on Earth and I'd have to agree. They have the most unusual but amazing gifts for everyone. I saw this Guitar Case lunchbox and instantly thought of a family member of mine who's in a band. It can be personalised with stickers (that come with the box), making for a unique, cool gift. There is currently 25% off everything too.

If you need more gift inspiration then head over to the following posts:
Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids
Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

*Please note that some of the above items were gifted to me for the purpose of this gift guide. All words and opinions are my own*

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids

If you have any Disney fans in this house then this post is for you. You may have already read my Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids guide or watched the video on my youtube channel.

Here's my Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids guide:

Mickey Mouse Ears - Claire's 
We're big fans of Mouse Ears in our house and that's why we love the range from Claire's. They are very reasonably priced and they are comfortable to wear. They come in various, fun, sparkly prints. My personal favourites are the Unicorn ones. 

101 Dalmatians Lamp - Truffle Shuffle 
This cute lamp from Truffle Shuffle is a fantastic but practical gift. It can serve as a night lamp in a child's bedroom. It's powered by USB and you can turn it on and off with a gentle pat to the puppy's head. 

Where's Mickey? - Studio Press Books
This has to be one of my favourite things released for Mickey's 90th anniversary. You may have already seen it mentioned in my Mickey's 90th anniversary top buys post. It's a search and find book by Studio Press Books which is all about the main man himself including his much loved gang. Be sure to see if you are one of the lucky 90 people in the UK that has the special edition book which features a golden Mickey.

Disney Doorables Rapunzel's Tower 
Disney Doorables are the latest collectable craze. They have mini and deluxe playsets which have a surprise behind every door. You can see the mini set on this post, Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids. There are lots of different sets which can be stacked and built in many combinations meaning you can build a perfect magical kingdom. They are available from all good toy retailers.

Star Wars 2019 Collector's Box Set - Danilo
This deluxe box set is a must for Star Wars fans. Its from Danilo and it includes a diary, calendar and a pen which is presented in a keepsake box.

Disney Princess Photo Prop Set - Primark
This is a fab set from Primark and will put a smile on everyone's face on Christmas Day. It'll make wonderful pictures to remember the day.

Christopher Robin Piglet Soft Toy - shopDisney
There has been an incredible range of Winnie the Pooh items available this year since the release of the new Christopher Robin film. The soft toys that are available from shopDisney are super soft and a must for any Winnie the Pooh fans. They are a collectable which can be passed down generations. 

To see more gift ideas, head to the following posts:
Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

*Some of the above items were sent to me to include in a gift guide, however all words and opinions are my own*


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Be Organised for 2019 with a Cards and Wrap Giveaway from Danilo

With the Christmas rush it's easy not to be prepared for all the birthday's in 2019. I'm usually pretty good at having a stock pile of cards and wrap but with my eldest now in school, there seems the be birthday's at least a couple of times a month.

The wonderful people at Danilo (and myself) would like to help you get organised for the year ahead by giving you the chance to win a card, wrap and tag bundle, similar to the one show in the picture below. How incredible does that sound?!

This year Danilo are celebrating their 40t birthday which is an amazing milestone. They have been industry leaders for years producing high quality calendars, diaries, cards and more.

To enter the giveaway (ending 19th December 2018) all you have to do is use the rafflecopter form below and make sure you leave a blog post comment and tick the box on the form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway terms and conditions:
  • Open to UK entrants only aged 18 plus.
  • Winner will be selected at random via RaffleCopter and their details displayed on the widget on this page. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The bundle will be sent directly to the winner by Danilo. No cash alternative. 
  • Only one entrant per person will be accepted, multiple duplicate accounts will be disqualified. 
  • Please read full terms and conditions. 
  • Ends at midnight on 19th December 2018. 
  • Good Luck!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

If you have Disney fans in your house then you'll be spoiled for choice for stocking fillers this year as all of our favourite brands went into Disney fever with Mickey celebrating his 90th birthday. 

Here are some ideas for Disney stocking fillers for Kids.

Hallmark Itty Bitty's*
Itty Bitty's are the perfect size collectable, stocking filler. They are available from Amazon and there are many much loved characters available such as Disney Princesses's, Star Wars and more.

Disney Doorables
Disney Doorables Mini Stack Playsets would make great stocking fillers. They are the ideal size, they are fun and they provide a surprise. All of the sets can be stacked and built together in various ways making endless adventures. They are available from all good toy retailers.

Ralph Breaks the Internet Official Guide 
Ralph Breaks the Internet is currently showing in the cinema and it is fantastic. The official guide by Dorling Kindersley fits nicely into a stocking and is a must for any fans of the film. It's full of film facts and character guides from the much anticipated sequel.

Mad Beauty Disney Princess Face Masks
Mad Beauty do a fantastic range of Disney face masks which are available from shopDisney. They have Belle, Aurora, Jasmine and Ariel available.

Danilo Slimline Calendar 
Danilo offer a wide range of Disney slimline calendars which are a great stocking stuffer. 

Mad Beauty Tinkerbell Bath Fizzer Wand 
Lots of children adore bath bombs and fizzers so this Tinkerbell wand from Truffle Shuffle is sure to put a smile on their faces.

3D Stormtrooper Soap On A Rope
Soap on a Rope was all the rage when I was younger and it seems it has made a comeback. This apple scented Storm Trooper Soap is available from shopDisney.

You can watch the Youtube video for this post below:

* Items in this gift guide were sent to me for the purpose of this blog post. All words and views are my own*
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