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Why Pay More?

19 Oct

Hi folks,

Hair… we all spend so much time on our hair. Washing it… drying it… styling it…. etc… And wow, do some brands exploit our love for our locks. Some of the prices right now on the market are crazy. Brands charging the earth for a styler or dryer. But why are people paying such huge prices? Sometimes I think that people are scared to try a new brand or simply because they feel brand loyal.

Imagine being able to get a better quality styler with amazing results for almost half the price? Well, you can. I am a HUGE fan of SHE Hair. I’ve been using SHE Hair styling tools for around 6 or 7 years now. Back in the day I was a massive GHD fan, until my straighteners broke. So I went to the shops to purchase a new GHD Iron. They were well over £100 & they pulled & snagged my hair so badly. I felt literally stuck… where did I go from here? I have such long thick hair – I need a hair straightener I can rely on.

I’d seen online & heard good things about the SHE Hair Straighteners... so I bite the bullet & I purchased a pair. I’ve never looked back. I’ve been brand loyal to SHE Hair ever since.

These last few weeks I’ve been trying the New Ice White Styler which is a reincarnation of the original 3.1b straightener. I’m in love.

First of all… they’re gorgeous to look at & come in a lovely box & very well packaged. I’d also like to add that delivery is free too. I always like to mention the packaging, because it’s the first thing you see. Good packaging always makes a big difference.

I love that you can choose the temperature best suited to your hair type. After trying them… I’ve decided 180 best suits my hair.

Being able to set the temperature yourself is great for anyone with very fine hair or extensions.

The floating ceramic plates are perfect for minimising any type of dragging or snagging. That is a huge deciding feature for me. Any snagging or dragging & it’s an instant no no from me. But this styler is perfect. It glides so smoothly through my hair.

It took hardly no time at all to get my hair perfectly smooth & straight. The ultra-smooth ceramic plates with far-infrared heat are loaded with more negative Ions, this repairs over charged positive Ion damaged hair, reducing frizz and providing better, longer lasting results. It all sounds very technical doesn’t it. But when you use a styler/straightener every day, you want to feel confident with it. The dual hinge also allows for movement on both the styling arms, which again helps to avoid dragging.

Now… here’s the exciting bit… They’re priced at just £89.99 with free delivery. So whether you’re treating yourself or someone else for Christmas… it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Also… SHE Hair have a fab range of accessories too.

If you want to find out more about this fab company, you can read here.

Thank you as always for reading & hope you’ve enjoyed tis review.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Candles And Giveaways

3 Sep

Hi folks,

Over the last week I have been filling my home with some lovely fragrances from the Classic Candle Company.

Whilst I was opening the box they arrived in, I could smell them. The scents are stunning… & that’s even before anything has been lit!

So… What did I receive?

  • 6 Mini Lights in fragrances: Berry Burst, Rose Petals, London, Relax, Classic Cotten & Colourful. Each will last 10-12hrs
  • Reed Diffuser in Orange & Anise. Lasts up to 12wks
  • Medium Jar in Belgian Waffle. Burns for 50-70hrs
  • Wax Melt Bar in Tiare Flower. Lasts for 48-60hrs

First of all… the one thing that stands out to me is the clean, crisp look of the products. With the wax being white & having a transparent casing, it just gives it an elegant feel & look. Any of these products would blend into any home decor. With other fragranced candle brands they may be coloured, which is lovely, but sometimes it deters you from certain fragrances if it means it won’t match your colour scheme.

With this lovely, clean white look… I can’t help but think of Wedding centre pieces.

Imagine a beautifully dressed room with these stunning candles all lit in the centre of the tables. It would look so elegant & it’d smell divine. Or, if not a wedding – a Christmas table. I think I’ll be getting one of the festive fragrances for the centre of my table on Christmas Day. Simple but stunning. This Belgian Waffle fragrance is beautiful. But then I do love sweet, foodie kind of fragrances. I lit this in my dining room & I could smell it all over the house. I have a 4 bedroom home too, so the fragrance had plenty space to spread out & try to fill. I can also say that there was no black smoke… with some cheaper candles I have found you can get a little black smoke. This was a nice clean burn. Also, with this candle almost being like a pillar candle, it doesn’t take long for the wax to pool & spread, giving an even burn – no tunnelling at all.

The mini lights are perfect for a little burst of fragrance. In no time at all after lighting, you’ve got an even pool of wax across the top scenting your room.

I’ve been lighting these ones on an evening once my little boy has gone to bed. I think my favourites have been Classic Cotten & Berry Burst. They’re all lovely… But I do love a fruity fragrance & you can’t beat that clean laundry scent.

These beautiful little candles would make amazing Wedding favours. Or Baby Shower favours; Baby Powder would be the perfect fragrance. With Christmas just around the corner too, these little mini lights would make a gorgeous little gift for your christmas dinner guests, or if you’re making your own crackers – they’d make a lovely little surprise.

I do love a wax melt, I’ve been melting the Tiare Flower wax melt bar in our kitchen.

It’s great that you can split the bar into 6 cubes & burn 1 at a time. This fragrance has been great for banishing foodie cooking smells.

If you’re not a big fan of candles, then maybe the Reed Diffusers would be perfect for you.

This fragrance is so stunning. Admittedly, this wouldn’t be a fragrance that I would choose, but it’s so fresh smelling. I opened this & popped on the windowsill in our office. When my husband came in from work a few hours later, he said he could smell it as soon as he walked into the porch. Our office is at the other end of the house. I think he got excited thinking I’d been baking some fancy cakes lol.

With the orange scent in this, it’s almost got a festive feel to it. It really is lovely & strong enough to fill the whole of my home. With so many fragrances to choose from, you could find the perfect fragrance to suit any room. One of the fresh classic fragrances would be stunning in the bathroom.

If you head over to their website, you can view their full range of fragrances & styles. They’ve actually just launched a new 2 wick candle too! Now here’s the exciting part… you can WIN a 2 Wick Large Candle worth £24.50 in the fragrance of your choice, delivered to your door for FREE!!! Enter HERE. Competition will close Mon 24th September 2018. UK Only.

If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on some beautiful candles then use code: ixxypoco at checkout to get 20% off!!! But be quick, as this discount will only be valid for 7 days!

Thanks so much for reading & don’t forget to enter this fab competition!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

Being Organised is the Way!

2 Sep

Hi folks,

I’ve been on ‘super organising mode’ for the last few weeks. What with the new baby arriving very soon… Seth’s hectic social life… The new academic year starting so we have nursery applications & the hubsters workload getting heavier… Family life just being chaotic… My work load mounting up & then lets not even mention Christmas! Even though it sounds a lot… I do love to be busy. I love how hectic life is around here & I do thrive on making lists, booking stuff & generally getting everything organised so it runs like clock work.

I’m all for technology & I do love my gadgets… I mean I couldn’t be without my iPhone & MacBook, but for me, when getting organised, digital just isn’t it. I like pen & paper. I ‘think’ better on pen & paper. I like lists I can consult. I like a diary I can thumb back through the pages to check dates. A nice neat little diary always used to do the trick for me, but these days, I’m organising myself, The Hubster, Seth, the new Baby when he arrives & even the Dog! Yes… even Coco has appointments & engagements! So I need something substantial… I need a family Bible everyone can consult to see what’s happening & when. That’s where the Personal Planner comes in.

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This will be the 3rd year in a row that I’ve been using a Personal Planner to keep everything organised. But as our family is growing… so is our planner! But that’s okay… with Personal Planner you can customise every single aspect… that includes size! This year I have gone for the A4 Planner… just to make sure I have enough room for every single detail.

When I say every detail… you choose your size, front cover, string/fastening colour, ruler colour, page layout, page colour etc… like literally EVERY DETAIL. You also get some handy stickers to use & you also get a plastic wallet. I love a plastic wallet in a planner as they’re super useful for letters, receipts, coupons etc…

These planners are literally amazing. You can add important dates, add a ‘To Do List’ section, Meal Planner section etc… Perfect for just about anyone. I always tend to get the academic calendar, purely as, we run on the academic calendar in this house. I worked in education for such a long time, my husband works in a University & now we have kids… it’s just natural for us. But you can get a normal ‘Jan to Dec’ type of planner if that suits better. I think this size, would be perfect for anyone planning a wedding too. So much room for lot’s of information.

Our A4 Planner (Family Bible) stays in our home office, purely because it’s easier that way for everyone to be able to consult it. But you can get smaller sizes that may be more convenient for on the go. I’ve used the Square Planner & the Wide Planner in the past. Both are excellent. But for family life now… the A4 is the one for us.

You can find Personal Planner on social media… a great way to keep up to date with announcements & promotions… FacebookTwitter , Instagram

So there you have it… that’s how I try to keep a head of everything. Don’t forget, that they also do gift cards – perfect gift idea’s if you’re ever stuck on what to buy someone. Why not give them the gift of being organised. I definitely know a few folk who could benefit from one lol.

As always, I really hope you’ve found this review useful & thanks so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Looking Good Without Breaking the Bank!

9 Aug

Hi folks,

These days… we’re all on a budget… saving a few pennies wherever we can. So who wouldn’t want to look good on a budget? Everywhere we look we’re inundated with stunning celebs & models with perfect hair. I mean… does anyone have the perfect hair… naturally? I know I certainly don’t. Especially in this hot, humid weather! Well actually, by little boy has pretty perfect hair… but that’s beside the point.

Anyway… looking good on a budget. Who can remember when I reviewed She Hair UK last year? Well, for anyone who can’t remember & hasn’t heard of them… here’s a little background; Shehair, hair straighteners are manufactured by Unil Electronics Corporation – the ORIGINAL manufactures of the GHD hair straighteners brand 2001 to 2008! That’s right… the manufacturers of the original GHD iron. Below is my review from last year.

I was so excited when they got in touch again for me to review them. So… 1 year on & they’re still my favourite hair styling brand. They make 4 different irons:

I’ve embedded the links so you can read more & find out where to buy them. I love love love the pink ones… but I’m very much a pink girly girl.

The first thing you’ll notice when heading on over to their website is that they’re retailing for £54.99… that’s like half the price of the more well known brands!!! Normally when you need to invest in new hair irons you need to save up a bit… you have that inner convo with yourself about should you really be splurging right now? But at a price like that, you can buy a luxury without the guilt!

Now… as you all know I have super thick & super long hair that is very curly & frizzy naturally. My hair is much longer now than what is shown in the youtube video above that I did over a year ago. I shall enclose a before & after pic below. I have tried most of the big brand straighteners & none of them grip my hair the way I want them too. Instead they tend to snag & pull which isn’t good. The She straightener just grips & glides smoothly. My hair is so poker straight & shiny after using them.

I used the wide plate straighteners in the above pic. It took around 40mins from start to finish. Normally I’d be looking at over an hour with a pair of Cloud 9’s. For me, as a busy Mammy… any time saving is a winner. On a morning I’m looking at like 5mins maximum to get rid of any waves. But I wash my hair once a week & straighten from scratch. I only wash once a week, as my hair just does not go greasy. I put that down to how thick it is.

£54.99 sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? Well… what if I told you that right now you can get a further £10 off using the discount code: Summer ? I mean come on… £44.99 with FREE DELIVERY! Treat yourself & everyone else! The £10 off is for a limited time only… so get in there while its on! Hey, you could even stock up & buy some in as gifts for Christmas. You can access the web shop here.

So… not only is there £10 off right now with the above discount code, but they’re also running a competition on their social media pages to win a pair of Ice White Straighteners. But you’d best enter sharpish, as again it’s only on for a limited time! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can enter as many times as you like!!! Closing date is 22/08/18.

So… what are you waiting for!!!!? Get buying! 🙂

Thank you as always for reading & I hope you’ve enjoyed this review.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Glammy Mammy Manicure 

10 Jan

Hi folks,

I’ve always loved make up, nail stuff… basically all the the girlie stuff. I’ve always gotten up on a morning & put on a full face of make up. I’m the same with my nails. Whether I’m having my nails done professionally or doing them myself – I like my hands & nails to look at their best 

Since Seth arrived – I’ve still made the time on a morning to get my make up on & hair done. But my nails… well they’ve kind of been neglected a little. For a few reasons really…

I used to love going to a local salon to have my gelish done. But, whilst pregnant I was so sickly that I couldn’t stand the smell of nail products. Then after Seth was born I didn’t start going again as we have no child care for me to pop out to get my nails done & on a weekend when my hubby is home – I simply don’t want to waste an hour sat with foils on my fingers melting the gelish away.

Being a Mammy – your hands are constantly in water either washing bottles or simply washing your hands from that epic nappy change. Regular nail polish just seems to chip so much quicker these days. Probably because I simply do more these days. Even my trusty CND Vinylux lifts after a day or so. 

Well… you can imagine my giddiness when I came across a nail product that does indeed last!  I applied this product on December 20th & guess what… it’s still there! Flake free! Chip free! No lifting! What is this fantastical product I her you ask!? JAMBERRY! Jamberry to the rescue & providing me with 21 days of flawless leopard print nails!

Now, I only applied to my ring finger on both hands. Simply as I’d never used Jamberry before so thought I’d start small. I’ve had to re-apply nail varnish on my other fingers, while the Jamberry leopard print has stayed perfectly in place. 


They’re very easy to use too! You simply choose the right size that fits your finger nail best, peel… then warm slightly. You could use a lamp or… I used the heat coming from my hair straighteners lol. Then I applied direct to a clean bare nail. Jamberry Nails will come with a leaflet showing full instructions. I also happen to know a fabulous Jamberry Rep! You can buy direct from her & ask as many questions as you’d like. 

If you fancy a looksie.. then check out her shopping link here. If you want to keep up to date with new launches & offers then check out her Facebook page! 

What can I say… long lasting beautiful nails at affordable prices that you can do yourself at home. What’s not to love!? 

Thanks once again for reading folks ✨

Love & Huggies,

Hayley xxx

Staying Up to Date 

3 Jan

Hi folks ✨


Just a little reminder of all my social media channels.

Website

Facebook 

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube 

Also, I’m in this weeks New! Magazine… eeeeeck! Double page spread on pages 66/67.


Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Bubbles and Vlogging 

14 Nov

Hi folks

I’ve posted a new video to my YouTube account all about the November Bubble Club Box!

 

For anyone wanting to give Bubble Club a go… simply follow this link & use discount code Bubblebox to receive 25% off your first box!!! bargain!

Hope you enjoy the video!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Bloom and Wild

1 Nov

Hi folks,


A week a go I received some absolutely gorgeous flowers from the online flower delivery company, Bloom & Wild. The bouquet I received was: Anoushka. I’ve still got this bouquet in a vase in my lounge over a week later! All of the flowers are hand picked in bud to last that little bit longer.

The great thing about this delivery service is that they are packaged in such a way that they can fit through your letterbox! So you never have to worry about the recipient missing the delivery time. The flowers were so carefully packed. They were delicately wrapped with a light net around each flower head to protect it. Not one of the flowers were snapped or damaged.

There’s little add ons you can tag on too, such as chocolates or scented candles. Flowers always make such a lovely birthday gift or simply a little pick me up for that special someone. They’ve got a fabulous range of Christmas flowers too!

Unlike some florists, Bloom & Wild  offer FREE delivery! Yes, thats right… FREE delivery! Also, if you like a bargain, you can get 20% off your first order with coupon code: PETAL. So, now you don’t have an excuse not to buy a beautiful bouquet. 

They’ve also got an app. With the app you can sync it to your calendar so you can set up reminders for birthdays etc… There’s also app exclusive promotions & offers. If you send a lot of flowers – the app is most definitely worth having.

Bloom & Wild flowers are blooming’ beautiful!

Thanks for reading folks!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Separation Anxiety, Good News, Good Luck & Change

20 Jul

Hi folks ✨

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the Summer sunshine? We have ☀️ Going for walks around our village with this beautiful weather makes me feel like I’m living in the South of France.

So, this weekend I learnt something new about myself: I have major separation anxiety. This weekend was my friends hen party. I’m bridesmaid next month for the 5th time. As the hen party has been approaching I have been feeling a bit anxious about leaving Seth. It’s not that I don’t think he’ll be well looked after… It’s more that I just can’t bear to be apart from him. The plan was to stay in York overnight. I managed to do the day part… But as soon as it crept up to Seth’s bedtime, I just needed to be home. I could feel an overwhelming ball of hurt filling my chest… So much so that I couldn’t breathe. I literally had a panic attack on my way home & cried the whole way. As soon as I got home, the feeling went. I’m just simply not ready to be apart from my little bambino. Now I definitely know I cannot return to a workplace even for part time hours. It’s just not going to happen. No way can I leave him several times a week. So watch this space for that blog post coming soon… New Career… New Chapter 💙

I’ve had my hair chopped!!! Eeeeeeck! It’s so short – well for me it is. I decided to go for the chop as it’s such a chore washing & drying my ridiculously long, thick curly hair. I was spending 2 hours straightening my hair to then tie it up. My hair is so long that it was getting in Seth’s face etc… I’ve been so paranoid about it becoming wrapped around his fingers & toes & potentially hurting him. So, it’s been cut. It’s so much quicker to do. I’ve made the decision to keep it shorter while Seth is little. Makes sense. 

This last week has consisted of lunches out, playing in the garden & sparkles. There’s been lots of good news here in the Thorne Household ✨ after many years of surgery & bed luck… Good news is such a welcome! I can’t share our good news bits right now, but soon… Very soon I shall be spilling the sparkly beans. We just need to sort out a few things first. 

The weightloss is still happening. Well, it’s slowly coming off… But I’m fine with that. I’d rather lose it slow & steady to make sure it stays off. These walks in the sunshine are definitely helping ☀️

Well, I had best go as I’ve so much work to do ✨

Thanks so much for reading as always… I do need to start blogging more regular again. Things have just been so hectic here with all of these new changes I shall be telling you all about soon 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Time for Reflection and Time to Achieve

31 Dec

Hi folks ✨

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to each & every one of you for your continued support. In Sept 2012 I started my weightloss journey as a UK size 24. I wanted to lead a healthier lifestyle in the hopes of gaining my confidence back & becoming healthy enough to conceive. I got down to a UK size 12 last year & managed to maintain with the support of my family, friends & you lot!!! In July of this year we found out it’d finally happened… We are going to be PARENTS!!! 💙 It’s been an up & down journey with lots of complications, but I’m now at 27wks & a UK size 14/16. So 2016 will see the birth of our miracle boy & me getting back to my target size of a size 12. I know I can do it with everyone’s support. Once again… Thank you! This blog has helped me to overcome my weight issues & you’ve all inspired me to keep going. So… My resolutions for this year are:

  • To be the best Mammy I can be
  • To continue blogging… This blog is almost 6 years old
  • To continue with my healthier lifestyle
  • Be as successful as I can be & build our business
  • Be more assertive & strong  

It’s so overwhelming to know that you’re reading this blog in 64 different countries. This blog began in 2010 as a Wedding blog to help me document our wedding plans… but with everything life has thrown my way since then, it gradually transformed into my lifestyle blog. It’s just nice to know that you’re reading… enjoying… & supporting me. 

 This morning I received more goodies to review!!! I have been sent the most beautiful travel toiletry set for my hospital bag when I go in to have my baby, from Gilchrist & Soames. Talk about luxury… the bag itself came in a lovely dust bag… I simply love it!!! The set included: Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel, Bath Salts, Face Mist, Lip Balm, Body Soap, Face Soap & a Loofah. It’s gorgeous & looks right at home in my hospital bag. You can get free UK delivery with code: FS2015. I also received an Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. I wear a lot of eye make up on a daily basis & I have to say that Eyeko is my favourite liquid liner brand. If you’re not very good at winged liner… then this is the liner for you! It’s so easy to use… Much easier than a separate wand & pot. The Eyeko Liner is just like a felt pen really & it also holds it shape. It stays put all day too… I always get compliments on my eye liner. Right now you can save 25% on all Eyeko purchases quoting code: NYE25

    
   
Talking of discount codes… Top Collar are doing an amazing deal right now where you can try their home baked doggy treats for FREE!!! They use gluten free flour… all fresh ingredients & are great on sensitive tummies! You even get them delivered to your door in a personalised box for your pooch! If you fancy giving them a go simply follow this link: http://www.topcollar.co.uk/#!book-delivery/yqpgz then add code: COCO. My Coco is a very fussy little furbaby & she absolutely adores these biscuits. I’d seriously recommend giving them a go. 

 So… what are our plans for tonight? Well, we shall be having a lovely snuggly night in. Just me, the hubster & Coco. I have party snacks & yummy nibbles… I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else ❤️ Tomorrow I’m going to be cooking a Christmas Dinner & then at teatime we’ll be heading round to our neighbours for snacks. Nice chilled celebrations for us this year ✨ I’ve put make up on… but I’ll be seeing the New Year in, in my pyjama’s. I had to take this pic to show just how long & thick my hair has become… It’s growing so fast. It must be the pregnancy hormones. 

 Oooooo… well the postie has just dropped the latest issue of Elle & Elle Decoration through the door… so I think I’m going to go & give those a read! 

 Enjoy your evening whatever you get up too, thanks so much for reading & continuing to do so &…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ✨ 

 Love & Huggles,

Hayley 😘 xxx