Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hello Summer

Hello Summer!!

The first proper day of the summer holidays is done and I am already shattered. The last few weeks here have been pretty hectic and I feel like my poor blog has been so neglected. I have been trying a number of different products and reading some new books to bring you some nice reviews but I just haven't got around to writing them up yet. I was very busy last month, myself and Owen went to Galway for the bank holiday for my Mams birthday and we stayed in the Raheen Woods Hotel. Then I was helping Danielle Lilliwhiterose organise a blogger meetup for the Irish Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers Inspire group in Wexford which was a great day out. I will tell you more about them in another post as soon as I get organised. The wind down of school had begun and there were concerts to attend and school tours to prepare for and then poor Ella was very sick and needed looking after. With all of that going on I just didn't seem to get a minute and whenever I did all I wanted to do was sleep!

So here we are its the start of a new month I have a lot going on at the moment and with the girls off school my focus will be on them first but I hope to get a few hours a week to get some blog posts up. You can always keep up to date with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat as they are my quick blogging on the go places. Just a short and sweet update from me to let you know what I am up to and that I am still about.

Here's hoping you all have a lovely summer xx

Friday, 26 June 2015

My Dragon And Me - Netflix

This week we were sent out the very cool Toothless from Dreamworks Dragons ahead of the release of the new series Race to the Edge which is now streaming on Netflix.

Ella was home from school sick when he arrived so this really cheered her up and as we were asked to take care of our dragon it provided a great distraction for her. Our Dragon has spent a lot of time by her side this week and even snuck some of her toast for breakfast!

He came shopping with us and protected our trolley..

Ella showed him how to fly, she knows Toothless had a hard time with his tail and reckoned he needed more training after being strapped in a box.

He proved to be very good at guarding things, who needs a dog when you have a dragon protecting your castle?

And watching over you while you have some chill out time..

Ella showed toothless her inhalers and had him check out that they were working ok for her.

As this morning was the first real day of Ella's school holidays she got back into bed after breakfast with her Dragon so she could watch the all new episodes of Race to the Edge.

Ella and her Dragon have a lot more adventures ahead of them this summer.

(Disclosure : I received this toy as a member of the Netflix StreamTeam. All opinions are my own and I am not payed to give them.)

Monday, 8 June 2015

What I Wore - OOTD

I never really get to share Outfit of the Day posts because I don't go shopping for new ones that often but I have been very social so far this year and have attended an awards ceremony, a blogger event and a big family party and all of that called for new dresses and shoes so I thought I would share the details of what I wore.

To the Irish Parenting Blog Awards back in April I wore a dress that I picked up last year and it has been hanging in my wardrobe with no where to go ever since. It was a long sleeve black kind of glittery Lipsy dress that I ordered from Littlewoods. I got it on sale at the time and it was something I never thought I could wear as it is short but I was feeling brave. I must say it was very comfortable and the material is also nice and thick so it is good for keeping you warm. I paired this with a pair of shoe boot heels I picked up in Heatons which took me a little while to get used to but they were comfy and I kept them on all night, I loved the gold detail on the back of them.

For the Into The West Blogger Network Event and 1st Birthday party I had my eye on a pink asymmetric Michelle Keegan Lipsy London dress, I wanted this one as the theme was Hollywood glamour in The G Hotel and the hotel is very pink so I knew it would go well. I ordered this from Littlewoods and again it was on sale which was great and I loved it. It was very comfortable and the length was perfect for a daytime event. I paired this with another pair of shoes from Heatons, black with a nude trim, pointy toes and a block heel, I loved how they looked.

Lastly I went to my Mams 50th birthday party in the Raheen Woods Hotel. I wanted something fun and light so I wore this black skater dress that I snapped up in H&M for only €10, I had worn it only once before so I knew it fitted well and even though it is short it is comfortable and I love the cutout detail in the middle. I wore the same shoes that I wore to the awards as I knew I would be on my feet dancing and I managed yet again to keep them on for the whole night dancing away. I loved this outfit as it was light and fun and I felt very comfortable in it.

So now I need some good excuses to get more dresses and heels as I am loving getting dressed up and having a night out, it's nice to get a break from the everyday Mom duties, let my hair down and have some fun. Do you like getting dressed up for a night out?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Colourstick - Makeup for your roots

You know those moments when you are not quite ready to colour you hair again but your roots are starting to show and those pesky greys are making their presence felt. Normally in these times I throw my hair into some sort of messy bun and avoid the mirror, I also avoid going anywhere other than school runs or grocery shopping! But sometimes events/meetings are unavoidable and what can you do then?

This is where Colourstick comes in, an instant root touch up stick covering your grey roots in a hurry. I came across this amazing product on Twitter and just had to try it, a lot of people are surprised that at 28 I already have quite a lot of grey hairs and I can tell you keeping them covered is hard work and some days I get fed up and just wear a hat! I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with the Coloursticks they almost sounded too good to be true, lasting for up to 50 applications and it's waterproof so it won't run in the rain!

They come in four colours :
  • Caramel Crème - Light Brown
  • Mellow Mocha - Mid Brown
  • Hello Cocoa - Dark Brown
  • Liquorice Kiss - Black

I was very lucky to be sent two colours Mid Brown and Dark Brown. I was between hair colours when I tried them so the Mid Brown suited best. The packaging is lovely and it looks just like a lipstick so it's easy to fit in your bag for touch ups on the go. It went on very easily and I just brushed it through, I wiped any excess off with a baby wipe. I was pleasantly surprised just how much of a lift it gave to my colour. I can definitely see this coming in handy for those days where I need to be somewhere and don't want pesky stray greys getting me down. Also it washed out very well with shampoo, I did shampoo twice just to be sure and I had no problems with it. As with all hair colouring products I would recommend you do a skin test first, now it doesn't say on the packaging that their is a need for that but myself personally I always think it's a good idea.

The Coloursticks are €9.99 with free P&P worldwide. You can buy them here at

Have you tried these before, what did you think?

(Disclosure : I received this product for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

What's In My Makeup Bag?

I am joining up with LilliWhiteRose Linky to share what's in my makeup bag.

As my love for makeup grows the contents are always changing as I like to try new products and put together new looks. I picked up this cute pink makeup bag in Penny's (Primark) recently and it is just the right size for the different products I need. At the moment this is what's in my makeup bag..
  • No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Calico
  • Sleek Garden of Eden Palette
  • Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette
  • Sleek Brow Kit
  • Sleek Flick It Liquid Liner in Dazzling Black
  • Sleek Barely There Lipstick
  • Rimmel Special Eyes Eyeliner in Black Magic
  • Rimmel Colour Rush Lip Balm Nude
  • Rimmel Concealer Stick in Ivory
  • Essence Eyebrow Pencil Brown
  • Babylips Hydrate Lip Balm
  • Benefit POREfessional
  • Wet n Wild Mega Plump Mascara
  • Real Techniques Brushes

The latest addition to be added to my makeup bag is The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet stick, this stuff is amazing, I have it in Poppy Red and it gives great colour while leaving your lips soft, I paired it up with a Wet n Wild Lip Gloss in Cherry Glaze because I love a gloss and I was really pleased with how it looked. I received both of these in my #itwbnbloggerevent goody bag last month.

So there you have it that is what is currently in my makeup bag, what's in yours? Click the pic below and head to Danielle's Linky to link up!