Mama’s Little Monthly Treat…

Nope not that treat Mother Nature send you….

Anyone who knows me knows I am a self confessed cosmetics and make up junkie! I have about 30 red lipsticks…all very similar in shade. 

For the last 3 years I have subscribed to glossybox to get a little beauty fix once a month. I normally always upload a pic of the contents to my personal social media and every month I get at least one person asking how to sign up. Here’s how it works…each month you pay £10 plus postage (£3.25 I think) and they send you a pink box of goodies! It’s normally 5 products the majority of them full sized and a few sample sized products. The products range from make up brushes, make up, hair products, face masks, hand creams, face serums…the list is pretty much endless. The brands include high end products from 111skin to cheaper end products like sleek make up. You can set your personal preferences so they know your skin type etc. It’s a great way to try new products and not spend too much. 

So this month I received 6 products and a preview of a new book by fellow mummy blogger Louise Pentland (seeing this is so exciting as I’ve preordered the book)!


This little pink box is great for other uses after you’ve emptied it. 

This month I got a FULL Sized bottle of heat protect from batiste – I didn’t even know they did anything other than dry shampoo. There was a FULL sized hand cream from a brand I’ve never heard of before ‘Eness’ but I’ve just tried it and it’s already made my hands feel like a babies bottom. A FULL sized lip crayon from Sleek. A SAMPLE sized eye serum from 111Skin (this is a brand I can’t normally afford so the little luxuries are very welcomed. A SAMPLE of a charcoal peel face mask by beauty pro and finally a SAMPLE of highlighter from Manna Kadar Cosmetics which I’ve heard amazing things about and so excited to try. 
Every month you get a card telling you about the new beauty treats you have to try and how much they normally cost and where to purchase them from. 


The quality of the promotional material, the box, packaging and products make me feel like I’ve got a real bargain for £10 + p&p each month. It’s a real Mama treat and something just for me….nothing in here for you kids soz! 

If you want to sign up here’s the link to the page https://m.glossybox.co.uk/home/?gclid=COWUhNX5stQCFQYo0wodsp0B9w

This is in no way an Ad I just like sharing things I love with fellow Mama’s! 
Happy Saturday everyone! 

Party Bag Ideas…

My fave part of kids parties are the party bags. Every year they have a theme and for Alberts 6th Party this year the theme was lego!!

I always fill the bags with sweets from poundland – haribo fun packets, chocolate bars, lollipops and whatever else I can see to bulk out the bags. I do tend to struggle when it comes to themed toys though. So this year I checked out pinterest for ideas on Lego party bags. I found a tutorial for crazy crayons. So heres what I did.

I went onto Amazon and I bought a pack of 288 crayons crayons for £14.99. 288! I hear you say – well 288 crayons helped make about 100 shaped crayons – but I never want to see another crayon again!!!

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I also bought some Lego block and people shaped ice cube trays from Amazon for £9.99. I removed the labels from the crayons and chopped them up using a sharp knife – only 2 cut fingers so statistically its quite safe to do. I then put them into the trays slightly over filling them. Making sure I used all different colours.

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I put them into a preheated oven for about 8-9 minutes. until melted.

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If there were any bubbles I hoped them with a needle before the wax had time to cool down. Once the wax started to solidify at room temperature I put the trays of wax into the freezer to harden. This made it easier to op the crayons out of the moulds without breaking them. Being thrifty if I did break them I left them in the mould for the next batch and just tried again. The finished product was so cool and all the kids loved them! I put 3/4 crayons into a small bag and then popped them into the party bags.

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The ones I had left over I gave to the nursery of my youngest boy who were over the moon!

It’s a great way to use up broken or left over crayons and super super easy!

Birthday Party At McDonalds…

As a child I only ever had one birthday party which I was only allowed to invite one friend – I swore when I was a Mama I would make sure my kids would have a party or celebrate every year!

So with it being Alberts 6th Birthday we decided to book a party at our local McDonalds. I mean what could go wrong right? The answer to that question is – A LOT.

It started with me baking a chocolate cake at the birthday boys request – I dropped it – FML. I baked another and it turned out okay – I mean it wasn’t actually that hard, tasted okay and no one died as a consequence of eating it! Go Mama! 18892928_1903241909951608_431761519928431876_n.jpg

We arrived at the party and I was so glad I brought a photo booth props with me because it kept the kids entertained for a little while! It literally cost me a couple of quid and I kept the frame to use again. I bought a blow up frame from eBay and some props on sticks. The props on sticks were a bit flimsy but for one party it was still worth it. I even managed to get the adults to join in and have a few selfies taken.

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Once everyone was seated they spent a few minutes colouring in the activities provided by McDonalds, then it was time to start the party games. Now this is where I am slightly (okay quite) critical the kids didn’t seem too bothered but they were playing musical statues without music, not to the fault of the entertainer but it seems like the branch we were at are unorganised when it comes to kids parties. The games continued for about 45 minutes and then it was time order food! Yayyyy the kids were hungry by now. Each child was asked what they would like as a happy meal and drink. Once the meals were finished the face painter returned and he started painting faces.

Time to cut the cake! And there was an accident – of course there was an accident *Head in hands* one of Alberts friends tripped and smashed his nose on the floor – cue blood (lots of it) and an ambulance being called (apparently the paramedics were the highlight of the party when the kids were asked at school on Monday).

5pm came and the party bags were handed out and the party was OVER!!! (There will be another post about party bags!)

One of the lovely mums picked up her daughter and gave me a bottle of prossecco and just said ‘I know….as a Mum I understand – you will need this no doubt’. BEST SCHOOL MUM EVERRRRR!

It’s done!!!! Kids parties are done until next January!!! yayyyyyyy! (I secretly love them 😉 ) x

 

Love Not Hate ❤️

As our babies slept last night, my Hubby and I sat in bed and watched the tv with absolute horror, seeing families with small children being evacuated in their pj’s and having to run around London with hundreds of other people because no one is safe from acts of terrorism. 

We now have to teach ourselves and others to ‘run, hide and tell’ but how can we teach our children this without telling them what has happened in the streets so close to where we live. I refuse to live in fear and I certainly refuse to allow hatred in to the bubble my family and I live in. 


Let’s teach our children that the greatest weapon in life is love. ❤️ Don’t allow these terrorists to win. Don’t let the hatred in. Love always wins. X

6 Years Ago….

This time 6 years ago I gave birth to our first child.

It was a scary time but something I like to look back on this time every year. I feel it was one of my biggest achievements to date.

I felt all sorts of emotions and of course pain – but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did tell the midwife she was evil for making me push I was too tired…it was nearing midnight and I was used to being asleep by 9pm. I was lucky enough to be supported by my Mama, niece and of course my hubs.

It was a turbulent time for us. I was told when I was 17 I couldn’t have kids unless I went down the route of IVF, my ovaries were scarred from PCOS. I decided at 17 I didn’t want kids – I wasn’t putting myself through IVF for it to fail. So when I found out I was pregnant I knew it was a little miracle and meant to be. Jamie and I had only been together a few months before I got pregnant. It wasn’t the ideal time for a baby but it turned out to be the making of us as individuals and together. We both had to grow up pretty quickly. There is a saying that there is never a perfect time for a baby….well isn’t that true!

So yeah anyway 6 years ago at 00.01 I had Albert Thomas Nicholas at 8lbs, the midwife was pissed off with me because I couldn’t manage the final push before midnight…no pleasing some people, but I had been in labour for over 24 hours, having been sent home twice from the labour ward because I wasn’t dilated enough. No one had actually told me that to see how ready I was to give birth a midwife would be putting their entire hand up my flower…I WAS NOT READY FOR THAT!!!!! Nor did they go into detail of how my waters would be broken for me…*covers eyes with hands and shakes head*. Oh and if anyone tells you they didn’t poo while pushing – they are lying!!! There is a part of every midwife pack for labour that is specifically for poo!

I was scared the hours after giving birth, just like all first time mums I did not know what to expect! My legs felt like jelly and I vomitted like a 13 year old drunk on cider in the park from all the gas and air I had abused during the last 5 hours…AND I had to look after this little beautifully perfect baby boy who was just a few hours old. I had stopped being just Jade and I was now a Mama. It was the best feeling in the world.

During the last 6 years I have learnt so much from our little Albie Bear, I’ve learnt to enter his world, I’ve learnt to be a different kind of Mama, I’ve learnt to be patient (not as often as I would like to be), I’ve learnt how to fight for what he needs in order to thrive in the world, I’ve learnt that there is good in everything, I’ve learnt that although not everyday is as I would like it to be it does get better, I’ve learnt all about phonics, I’ve learnt about roblox, I’ve learnt how to love unconditionally, I’ve learnt to forgive and I’ve learnt to choose my battles. Oh I’ve also learnt more swear word combinations than I thought possible, I’ve learnt how to get by on virtually no sleep, I’ve learnt how to walk across a carpet of lego in the dark and not scream blue murder and I have learnt that kids are bloody tough and resilient (and can cry for ever until they get their own way – you think you’ve won by not giving in but I secretly believe thats what they wanted all along).

So on entering the 6th year of Mamahood I want to thank my darling Albert for helping make me who I am today.

Day One Of Half Term

So it’s not been great but I did say I would keep you updated…read on because believe me you will feel amazing about your half term experience…

It started early. The arguing of the kids could be heard from about 3am (my poor neighbours). On my numerous trips of getting out of bed to ask them to return to bed and be quiet I was given the double. Now I didn’t know what the double was but my almost 6-year-old has used it 7 times today….the double is double middle fingers. Well they do say you learn something new everyday. Cue Albert being told off for kicking Sidney and every single toy they own was thrown out of the boxes and the boxes thrown out of the bedroom and into the hallway. Once he calms down he asks if we are going swimming as we didn’t go on Sunday (Mama and Daddy were ‘poorly’/hungover). I decided I was going to be firm and say NO. I explained swimming is now a treat and only for little boys who behave and listen to their parents. Well. Lets just say WW3 kicked off in Highbury. He cried for over an hour. Called me MotherFer, told us he hated us, he hated everyone, we were a-holes AND he gave me the now infamous double. He finally calmed down and had a nap. It was the best 2 hours of the day. When he woke up he was his lovely angelic self again.

We decided to stay in today because I had party bag fillers to make (my poor fingers). It was a big mistake the boys fought and fought so I’ve spent my day putting them in separate rooms and hoping I get some pixie dust to make them lovely, well-behaved children delivered soon and wishing we had gone to the park.

Oh and the highlight of my day….noticing Sidney probably has chicken pox. F MY ACTUAL LIFE!!!!

IF I hadn’t got so drunk on Saturday night I would have drunk the bottle of prossecco in the fridge I had to cover with a tea towel yesterday because the sight of it sent me green.

 

But tomorrow is another day…Wish me luck!

 

This Mama is Decorating…

Thinking of decorating on your own?? DON’T!!! Pay someone, blackmail someone…just leave it (can’t be that bad can it?)

If you must do it on your own though…here are some tips!

  1. Buy a Harris paint pad kit…It was the BEST £12 I have ever ever spent! Easy to clean too AND you don’t get splash back from the roller.
  2. Make sure the kids are at school, asleep, tied up in another room because decorating is stressful , kids are stressful the two of them together is an awful combination.
  3. Don’t have a breakdown! you can always have a tea break or an afternoon off from it, its okay – just make sure you go back to it sooner rather than later.
  4. Look online for tips and hacks – I joined a Facebook page about DIY and it has been a godsend however just so you know glitter is a huge trend right now so expect loads of people suggesting to add glitter to your paint for added sparkle! (I didn’t do this). My fave hack was to put a carrier back over your roller tray before you put paint in because then you don’t have to wash it out…thank me later.
  5. You will develop OCD. Not about your appearance though (I’ve had gloss in my hair for a month now) but about the walls – My kids aren’t allowed out of their room and if they must exit it they best not be touching the walls with those filthy hands (even if they have just got out of the bath).
  6. Buy overalls or realise that there will be a pair of bottoms and t shirt that will never ever be worn again. RIP Victoria Secret joggers.
  7. Realise your home won’t look like a magazine if you have kids and doing the decorating yourself…you get called away so much that you forget to do the last bit of skirting board, or to clean the paint off the floor (Sorry hubby I promise I will get the gloss off the bathroom floor…..eventually!).

 

The last month or so I have decorated the bathroom and toilet (do you call it a toilet room or just a toilet?) hallway and the spare room…I still have lots to do BUT I am getting there and I kinda enjoy watching the transformation although the bank balance doesn’t!

P.S I don’t have any pics of our lovely newly decorated place just yet but heres a pic of the paint pad kit…

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