Skinade | Better skin from within | Review |

Skinade drink your way to a healthier, better, and younger looking skin. 
Ok so for the past 20 days I have been drinking Skinade
Skinade is a collagen drink, yep you read that correctly. Collagen as in the stuff that's meant to plump up lips. This is just in a form that you can drink. 
Collagen plays a vital role in the appearance of your skin and helps to preserve its firmness, elasticity and youthful appearance. 
Skinade is the only liquid food supplement recommended by beauty professionals, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. 
Skindade has become such a huge part of my life over the past month, I rarely go anywhere without it now. 
I've been documenting my #SkinadeJourney on Instagram & been getting a lot of interest with people wanting to know where to buy it & what it does... 
You can follow me on Instagram here
You can get more information from here 

So what's Skinade made from? 

It tastes like summer. A bit like robinsons orange squash. It's tasty. 

Now the good bit....
What do I really think about Skinade ?

Lets talk skin shall we? I've been fighting with bad breakouts of spots & blemishes forever. Each day my skin has improved & today I'm sat here with a completely clear face. My skin is flawless.
I've always been one to look after myself, I eat healthy & exercise most days. Skinade has somehow urged me on to keep going. Giving me the motivation that some days I lack. 
I would class Skinade as a new way of my life & will carry on using it. 

My legs I've always struggled with eczema. (the joys) Since drinking Skinade guess what! My legs look amazing. My skin all over feels refreshed & the dry skin on my hands has disappeared. 

I can only thank Skinade for this. I haven't changed anything else in my life & i'm carrying on with everything as normal. 

For £90 for a 30 day trial course I honestly think its a brilliant price. 

I'm feeling healthier, happier & hydrated. 

The appearance of your skin will continue to improve for as long as you incorporate Skinade into your daily skincare regime. If you stop taking Skinade for a short period of time like over a weekend, results will be maintained. However, if you stop completely, your skin will begin to slowly lose the benefits you have gained. 

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Individual results may vary depending on genetics and lifestyle. Factors such as smoking, sunlight, diet, including sugar and alcohol consumption, stress and lack of sleep all play an important part in your health and your skin’s appearance.

Disclaimer - I was sent Skinade for the purpose of this review. All opinions & thoughts are my own.

Having to take a step back. Bed rest after operation. Mum life.

Rocking the hospital gown
As a mother it's hard for me to take a step back from my motherly duties that include seemingly everything life throws at us. 
I won't got too much into detail, but after having Hugo three years ago his labour left me with severe damage...being typically stubborn it took me three years living in pain before I decided to get myself to see a Doctor to finally be referred. (Why did it take me so long!) 
Amazingly the referral was quick & they booked me in (after meeting with my surgeon & having my pre op) very quickly beginning of June. 
Then a few weeks ago the hospital rang to say they'd had a cancellation & would I like my operation next week. YES! that would work out so perfectly with May half term the following week. 
Yesterday (20/05/15) was the day. eeeekkk.
I arrived at the hospital at 7:30 to be checked in. 
I did however enjoy reading in peace. 
Then to wait around till 10:30, when I finally got called into theatre I was actually relieved strangely I know, I was so hungry & thirsty! I just wanted it over & done with. 
Once I was in recovery I think it was about 1pm after I woke up.... then given co codamol to ease the pain then also made me go back to sleep again. 
Back on the ward Mr.H came to collect me about 4pm so glad to be back home. 
In recovery now & should be ok 'ish in about a week. 
I just hate the whole not being able to do anything. Sounds crazy but the dishwasher needs emptying & the dinner needs preparing. 
Leaving the children with Nanna & Mr.H is hard also making sure they're dressed ok hair done, teeth brushed. I am such a control freak & hate having no control over the situation.
Bed rest takes its toll too. 
But after being awake most of the night in agony, strong painkillers have worn off. Bed rest it is. Blah blah blah....
I miss exercising already. I miss running with the puppy. 
Think I'll be able to start moderate exercise in 3-6 weeks again. Fingers crossed. 
Here's to a speedy recovery.

Enjoying reading before the op.

Busy is the new Happy

Yep this pretty much sums up my life, I've been crazy busy but wouldn't have it any other way. 
Family, friends & being busy with life. I want to say hopefully everything will calm down soon & I'll be able to catch up on the blog properly but at the moment I'm just not sure when my crazy busy life will settle down....

Contemporary Mediterranean Living in the English Garden

Heritage Gardens, the Premier UK Online Garden Centre & Garden Buildings & Furniture specialist, announces a range of outdoor living products designed to capture the al fresco mood of the Mediterranean this Summer.
As well as a range of Solid Teak Patio Dining & Bistro sets there are three ranges of luxury rattan garden furniture which have proved especially popular over recent years according to leading UK garden specialists, Heritage Gardens. For 2015 they are especially promoting their own Garden Lover brand of competitively priced all weather rattan furniture sets.
The company, which specialise in low-cost, high quality garden furniture, buildings and other garden products, also sell a range of outdoor living accessories for Summer. Personal prompt service from the Customer Service Team is key to keeping customers happy & they can submit product enquiries via online live chat or by calling Freephone 0800 694 1841.
Founder, Gilbert Stedham, comments: “By combining say a rattan patio dining set with a contemporary chiminea such as the Ellipse, the ambiance of a Mediterranean setting can be achieved in the typical English garden. For those who like to relax in sun or shade, a colourful hammock from Amazonas will certainly fit the bill.”
There is a wide range of garden arches, arbours, pergolas, gazebos, and similar structures available from the Heritage Gardens website, catering to everyone from keen gardeners looking for top-of-the-range tools, greenhouses, potting stations and cold frames to families seeking to entertain and relax in the garden. Heritage Solid Teak or Oak benches make a superb & durable investment for any garden but there is also a choice of benches priced more economically.
Heritage Gardens stocks superior brands such as Rowlinson, Mercia & Gardeco in both traditional and contemporary styles. Pretty summerhouses are on offer as well as garden office buildings such as the contemporary Rowlinson Carmen Pavilion. A surprising aspect of the Heritage Gardens business is that they are able to sell many of their brand name garden buildings & structures at less than the multiple retailers such as B & Q & Homebase for identical products.These opportunities are brought to customers attention by way of Offers on the website Home Page.
Gilbert Stedham continues, “Traditional garden games are also a popular seller in the Summer months where giant games such as chess, draughts and mega Connect 4 are ideal for keeping both children and adults occupied." 

Heritage Gardens is a fast growing UK online garden centre specialising in garden buildings and furniture that stocks a comprehensive range of upmarket garden furniture, garden buildings, ‘Grow Your Own’ products, exotic plants, roses and garden games.
Founded in 2009 by Gilbert Stedham, Heritage Gardens is a website designed by gardeners, for gardeners – providing unique, professional monthly gardening tips and advice through blog posts and social media, as well as supplying low-cost garden products to consumers and the trade.
The ethos since the early days has been to offer an unrivalled personal, prompt and efficient service to all customers and provide advice and gardening help to anyone, through the Freephone number or the online live chat.
 Heritage Gardens comes highly recommended, chosen by The Times Gardening in 2011 as one of 'Six of the Best' and the company is also an authorised supplier to The National Trust, where you'll find its all-weather rattan furniture at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, near York. A listing in The Good Web Guide 2014/2015 is further endorsement of the Heritage Gardens website as a reliable source for consumers seeking to buy quality garden products online.
Heritage Gardens also supplies to the trade, working with garden designers and landscapers, as well as the hospitality industry including hotels, pubs, holiday cottages and historic houses. A number of Memorial Benches have been supplied to the Bishop's Palace Gardens, Wells in Somerset..
Heritage Gardens is associated with the Into Gardens App created by celebrity garden designer and RHS Judge James Alexander Sinclair, supplying a Solid Teak Lutyens Bench as a competition prize in 2013, and look forward to further collaboration with Into Gardens.

What is a 'boys boy' toys; say NO to gender stereotyping

My two dressed up

My spider babies.

Today this hit me slap bang in the face - 
"No to pink. 'Cause my son is a boys boy, he goes for cars over the sparkles lol"
So tell me what is my son then? Not a boys boy? Because he likes dressing up & enjoys playing with dolls? 
What am I then? 
I love all the colours, I love having my hair & make up done, I love dressing up looking girly, I also love getting my hands dirty, doing D.I.Y & gardening. I'm not afraid to change a car tyre either. 
If we are here to label then what the eff am I? 
A Tomboy? or a girly girl? Or am I confused?
NO I am a female.  
Who are we to label out our children?

I thought after my blog about Say no to gender stereotyping I had calmed & recollected myself. Then whilst cooking dinner tonight I read the above....

In my eyes I'd actually class my son as a complete lad. 
He's loud, loves football, loves & adores cars, loves play fighting, loves dolls, loves playing mums & babies, loves barbies, loves pink, black, blue, purple, loves duplo & lego the list is endless. 
The whole say no to gender stereotyping what i was trying to get my point across this morning is exactly what this particular lady totally missed. She obviously doesn't get it. 
Toys are toys & colours are colours. 
Our children don't care & as we have seen majority of the time its adults that are telling children "no thats for girls or no thats for boys".... Blah blah blah. 

We should be teaching children yes your a boy. yes your a girl. 
none of this 'you're a boy so you must do what boys do.' 
You're a girl so you must do what girls do. 
It's simply bull.

My dream job? I would happily be a female lorry driver (If it didn't cost so much to actually get a lorry licence now) 

What have we learnt here today then? The fact that to children there's no such thing as 'girls toys' or 'boys toys' to them there is just 'toys toys' well unless they're taught otherwise.

I should do a diagram 
I'll put my neck back in now. Sorry for ranting. Frustrating when things are aimed at MY SON.... 

Say NO to Gender Stereotyping

I was shocked to see this morning, shall I call her 'small minded' human comment on the main Quinny Facebook page about my son. Quinny had posted "Before the 40s, pink was typically a boy's colour. Do you think a pink stroller and a baby boy go together?".... 
of course do. Hugo had a choice between this Coral pink buggy & the lime green buggy. He wanted pink. No questions asked, we got the pink.
Then I woke up to see this comment this woman had the audacity to slate my son - 
 "pink quinny + long hair = poor lad". HA! 
What the actual Eff?
Why exactly is my boy a 'poor lad'? 
Pink for girls & blue for boys? Seriously? 
Long hair for girls & short hair for boys? 
Oh my goodness we would all look like clones if that was the case. 
How narrow minded can someone be? 
All I care about is, my children are happy. 
Yes I allow my son to wear pink, he dresses up in dresses & ballet costumes. 
He also has his nails painted & asks to have his hair plaited to 'snap' his big sisters. 
I would never in a million years stop my son dressing the way he wants. 
We are a family who love colour. My children dress themselves & pick the clothes they want to wear. 
As for his HAIR... yes he has long curly locks. Will he let me cut it? No. He loves his hair. 
My children have their own personality & brains.
Back in 2014 I blogged about "boys in dresses? does this 'turn them gay?'" 
Why, just why do people care so much about colours? pinks, purples, blues, greys, A colour is a colour. 
We as adults shouldn't be saying pinks for girls & blues for boys. 
& If your son wears pink... thats WRONG. That could be so damaging to the poor child, I couldn't imagine telling Hugo that he's done something wrong for wearing X, Y or Z....
It's just a colour. 

Say NO to gender stereotyping. 

Conservatives are in and so is Tax-free Childcare

Conservatives are in and so is Tax-free Childcare
The votes have been counted and the Conservative party have won a majority in the 2015 General Election. This has been one of the closest and most unpredictable elections in decades. Many topics have been at the centre of this election campaign including the NHS, the economy, housing and childcare. Childcare costs have considerably risen over recent years, becoming an ever-increasing burden for working parents. High childcare costs can deter parents from returning to work and all parties have cited childcare costs as the main barrier to increasing female employment.
The Conservative party’s childcare policies are to increase the free childcare entitlement for three and four year olds to 30 hours a week and to introduce Tax-free Childcare. The Tax-free Childcare scheme in the autumn will provide parents with savings of up to £2,000 per child, each year. This new scheme will see the closure of the current Childcare Voucher scheme, which enables each parent to save up to £933 per year, to new entrants after the autumn. 

Looking at the savings available, Tax-free Childcare seems to be the obvious scheme for parents to use to maximise on childcare savings.  However, with Tax-free Childcare, the Government will be subsidising 20% of a child’s childcare, on costs of up to £10,000 per year.  Therefore, to get maximum savings, parents must spend £8,000 per child, each year.  To get the maximum savings using Childcare Vouchers, parents are only required to spend £2,916 each year.  Both parents can use Childcare Vouchers; therefore savings could double to more than £1,800 at an outlay of only £5,832 per family to get maximum savings.
Your family’s circumstances will determine which scheme is best for you.  To use Tax-free Childcare, both parents have to be working, whereas with Childcare Vouchers, only one parent needs to be working to access the scheme.  Therefore, if your household has only one parent working, Childcare Vouchers are always the best option for your family.
Childcare Voucher provider, Busy Bees Benefits, have been offering parents individual assessments of their circumstances to help them decide which scheme will be financially better for their families. From these, Busy Bees Benefits have found that at least 80% of parents will be better off continuing to use Childcare Vouchers after Tax-free Childcare is launched in the autumn.
Parents were asked to supply their child’s details including their age and childcare costs, as well as parents’ earnings. From the information provided, Busy Bees Benefits were able to calculate whether they would be financially better off using Childcare Vouchers or Tax-free Childcare. John Woodward, Busy Bees Benefits CEO said “we knew a lot of parents would be better off using Childcare Vouchers, however we were surprised at the figures we calculated. Childcare Vouchers already help over 500,000 working parents, it is now time for employers to increase their responsibility to employees by promoting their Childcare Voucher schemes to ensure all eligible parents can join the scheme and benefit from the savings before it’s too late.”
After Tax-free Childcare is introduced, the existing Childcare Voucher scheme will be closed to new entrants, which means that parents wanting more affordable childcare will only be able to use Tax-free Childcare to make savings.
Parents who will be better off using Childcare Vouchers include those falling into the following categories:
  1. Middle-low earning parents if not eligible for Working Families Tax Credit
  2. Basic Rate tax payers spending less than £9,336 on childcare each year
  3. Families with only one working parent
  4. Families with low childcare costs e.g. only using a few hours per week and before and after school clubs
  5. Families using Childcare Vouchers for extra curriculum activities through an Ofsted or Independent School provider
  6. Families using childcare for children over the age of 12
  7. Families who want to start saving towards childcare costs as soon as their baby is born
  8. Family run businesses where savings can be made on PAYE, Employers and Employee National Insurance and Corporation Tax
  9. Families where one parent earns above £50,000, can use salary sacrifice to reduce their salary, which could enable them to receive more child benefit
Are Childcare Vouchers better for you? 
You will need to join a Childcare Voucher scheme now to retain your right to choose and to ensure you do not lose out in the future, making one deduction from your salary from now until August to guarantee access to Childcare Vouchers. Once on a scheme, you can start accumulating Childcare Vouchers now for as little as £10 per month, even if they aren’t needed until a future date.
If your employer doesn’t offer a Childcare Voucher scheme, you can contact Busy Bees Benefits who will get in touch with your employer to set up a scheme. For more information about Childcare Vouchers and the savings they provide, please visit

2 months down wearing the new ADM's. Talipes

We are almost 2 months into Hugo wearing his Boots. All night, every night! 
Can I do a little happy feet dance? 
I blogged when Hugo was two weeks into wearing them here
It's just such an amazing turn around. 
After 3 whole years of no sleep & him not giving up now we are here & he's wearing them. 
Ok so not every night goes as smoothly as I would like it to, he does still fight me when its time to get boots on but it's so much better & the fact he won't scream all night & he will wear them till morning is amazing, amazing, amazing. 
Some mornings he doesn't want them off, it's fabulous, i'm typing this smiling. Really beaming with pride. 
I think he's pretty proud of himself too if I'm honest. 
With us having such a hard start to the ponsetti this was just a far away dream of the land of 'what if'.... 
I always aspired to it becoming our reality but with night by night going by horrendously it seemed too far into the future to ever believe. 

All I can say is I truly believe his previous boots hurt him. He told me night after night he was in pain & I had that awful decision to make heart take them off or head he must keep them on. 
Now he rarely cries with pain & if he does I loosen them slightly. 

Positivity all the way....

iCandy donates another ten thousand pounds to The Lullaby Trust

iCandy donates another ten thousand pounds to The Lullaby Trust 

(Biggleswade, UK) – 8th May 2015 
Continuing to support bereaved parents, iCandy, the luxury British pushchair manufacturer, have kindly donated £10,000 to The Lullaby Trust.
iCandy continue to support their key charity, The Lullaby Trust who supports families by offering them a unique range of services. Their experienced team provides a free bereavement helpline, offers one-to-one support to newly bereaved families through their Befriender Programme and organises family days out for families to gain a support network in their local area.
iCandy recently launched its luxury changing bag collection, consisting of a special edition ‘The Emilia.’ Exclusively designed for the charity close to iCandy’s heart, The Emilia takes inspiration from the beautiful English actress, Emilia Fox, the ambassador of The Lullaby Trust. £10 from every ‘Emilia’ sold goes towards the charity. Beautifully designed, the special edition features rose gold detail on the zips, buttons and hooks, adding to the finishing touch to whichever colour chosen – Ivory or Royal.
Warren Appel, Joint CEO of iCandy World said: “We believe our responsibility extends beyond our travel systems, and take our position as a leading figure in the parenting arena seriously. We strive to support parents and their children on their life journey wherever we are able to through our patronage of key charities such as The Lullaby Trust.”
The Lullaby Trust’s, Corporate Partnership Officer, Mary-Ann Todd, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with such an iconic nursery brand. iCandy is a family business that we work closely with, and £10 from every sale of the iCandy ‘Emilia’ bag goes directly to support our work. Their generous donation will help us to reach new parents with crucial advice on how to keep their babies safe during sleep and provide much needed funds for our bereavement support service.” 

"I don't have the energy to exercise"...Live a Healthy life with Blend Active.

My excuses used to include :
"I don't have the energy to exercise"
"I'm too busy to exercise"
"I'll start tomorrow"
"I wish I had someone to exercise with"

These are excuses. But no more, no more excuses...

Eating healthily, Drinking water & living life. Is what life is all about. 
I know love exercising, It makes me feel fab & after a run or a gym session I'm ready for the day.

My Blend Active is a daily part of my life now.
You can buy Blend Active HERE
It's perfect for on the go life style I lead.
I've been running & exercising for just over a year now.
I feel amazing for it too.
My first blog post was this time last year ... Lazy Exercise
Then I blogged about Clubfit; that was awesome.
I have my new running buddy. Meet Coco my puppy. She is the best running partner & makes me carry on even if I feel like I want to give up.

Running through the bluebells.
Oh she may be little but she is the fastest & best running partner <3 nbsp="" td="">
 So no more tomorrow & start today.
You don't even need to make a huge amount of time for it either. 
My exercise routine is 
Tuesday morning run/gym
Wednesday morning run/gym
Friday morning run/gym 
& Sunday morning run. 

National Stationary week The Dodo Jotter #lovestationery #getbritainwriting

The Dodo Jotter
National Stationary week is upon us & I want to share this absolutely perfect Dodo Jotter pad with you. 
I'm probably in the minority these days as we own iPads, iPhones & a mac book however I still use a pen & paper most days. I own a diary & simply love the 'realness' of writing. 
I panic that I'll put a note in my phone & shortly forget it. 
My life is hectic. So crazy that I need a real diary to write everything down at short notice. It probably makes no sense to you if you use your smart phone for everything. 
I just can't get my head around it, I suppose I'm still quite old fashioned. 
Nothing beats a pen & paper.... in my eyes.

The Dodo Jotter

Why do I love the Dodo Jotter so much?
Well it has different sections to it. 
The blank calendar in the corner is perfect. 
Then the doodle area is totally me specially if I'm on the phone I quite like a doodle. 
The To DoDo today area
I love a good to do list. 
I added the meal planner bit for my own use, the blank space is perfect.

Being able to jot my blog ideas down... Perfect.
The Dodo jotter is available in two sizes; the A3 desk jotter (this one) & then the B5 size perfectly portable.
They're designed to alleviate boredom & keep even the scattiest desk-dweller on the straight & narrow.
They're made with 50 sheets of high quality 100gsm paper. No pen will be able to get through it. 
My favourite bit is designated biscuits & coffee zones.
I also love that the bottom edge is glued on rather than the traditional top, this saves the corners from rolling up & becoming crinkled & unsightly. PERFECT.
The Dodo Jotter

I'm delighted to tell you that this product was made locally in Cornwall, England where Dodo Pad is based.

Somedays you've just got to sit back and relax

Yep, you heard correctly. It's Saturday & we are a house full of exhausted'ness. 
Earlier I felt bad because we haven't done a great deal today, I took the puppy out for our usual run around the woods, then I took my little people to the park but my head started to really hurt & I knew I just needed to get home to chill & relax. 
I hate feeling like this & specially using Peppa freaking pig as a baby sitter. Drives me insane. 
Mr.H is working long hours & I'm exhausted. 
20 minutes later I look over to the sofa to see... not one, not two but all three of them fast asleep cuddled up together. 
It makes me feel a lot less guilty that we aren't doing too much today. I think school is catching up with them. Coco the puppy will sleep all day usually though. 
I shouldn't be so hard on myself, we all need a break. 
I could easily go back to bed myself. 


I've never had a BirchBox before so I was super excited when it arrived. 
I actually ordered it after seeing a special offer in a Mumsnet email 'Mumsnet swears by' & thought I'd try one. 

I've got to say I'm impressed.
I received....

1 - Laura Mercier Mascara from | £17.50
The mascara is fabulous, It makes my lashes fuller & defined.

2 - Lola Barcelona nail polish in born | £7.50
Lola Barcelona nail varnish is a beautiful colour & stays chip free for days for me this is almost unheard of. 

I've used this a few times now & its amazing. So great that I'm going to order the full sized bottle when I run out of this one. My hair is full of volume & bounce after I've used it.

My new best cleanser, this Liz Earle cleanse & polish is amazing. My skin feels fresh. 

I love this remedy balm, I've been using it on my lips, as they get really dry. 

Warming clay mask. Fabulous. My skin felt warm & wonderful. 

I can't even sit here & give you a favourite. 
They are all fabulous. 
I love my nail varnish & so does my son Hugo. 

I love the box its adorable. The Royal edition.

Inside the box...
Would I buy it again? Yes, yes I would.

If you like what you see, Order Here.


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