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Love is in the Hair

21 Oct

Hi folks,

I do love this time of the year… autumn is firmly upon us… Halloween, Guy Fawkes & Christmas are just around the corner… eeeeeck!

However… with the cooler weather… comes the damp, rainy atmosphere. As a curly haired girl who tends to wear her hair straight… this can be an utter nightmare.

I dread washing my hair. I really do. It’s like a full on commitment. My hair is super thick, washing it, conditioning it… followed by half an hour of holding the hair dryer in place while I blow dry it. I always get so hot & bothered & I feel like the dryer just fry’s my hair. I actually read something really interesting about when you can tell your hairdryer is on its way out & all of the damage it can do to your luscious locks & the warning signs to watch out for. You can read the article from Which?, here. After reading this… it was so unbelievably clear… I needed a new dryer!

I am so completely in love with my new Shehair® Professional Hair Dryer 

Why… I hear you ask… It has a powerful 1800-2000W professional-strength motor with Homogeneous heat to minimalise damage, delivering a high pressure air flow for super-fast drying, while reducing frizz and flyaways to give a smooth salon-style finish. It’s actually true!!! Because my hair is naturally curly, when I blow dry, my hair seems to go so frizzy. But after only 9minutes with this fantastic dryer… my hair was fully dry & it was so much smoother!!! Yes… it wasn’t straight, however, it was so much more manageable & took time off the hair straightening side of things.

Variable power and temperature controls, allow you to tailor your blow-dry to your hair type, while a cool shot button helps lock your finished style in place with a blast of cold air… keeping your hair in Tip Top condition. This is the first time I’ve ever blow dried my hair & not been sweltering. Normally I’m bright red & so hot. But even though I used my new dryer on the hottest setting… it still feels cool. And… I couldn’t smell burning hair… now that’s always a plus!

Ergonomical balance and design makes it a breeze to use & comfortable to hold for both left & right-handed users. It’s so lightweight. It makes blow drying your own hair so much easier! You also get 3 attachments as standard too!

I simply cannot convey to you just how amazing this hair dryer is & how much time it’s saved me. I also feel like my hair feels nicerI don’t feel like it’s so scorched anymore. Since having Ted, my hair hasn’t been great… I feel like it’s not looking as glossy. But with the help of some thick, nourishing shampoo & conditioner, drinking plenty water & now my amazing new hair dryer & gold styler from SHE Hair... I really feel like it’s getting back to its glossy former glory. I haven’t dyed my hair in over 5yrs & try my best to keep it in tip top condition.

This week, SHE Hair are launching their new Platinum Range… I simply cannot wait to try those. They look utterly stunning. Perfect for gifts under the Christmas tree!!!

If you head over to the SHE Hair social media pagesyou’ll see that they’re currently running a competition to win yourself a new Hair Dryer!!!

Thank you so much as always for reading & I do hope that you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Any Excuse For a Party!

8 Aug

Hi folks,

You all know what family life is like here at Thorne Towers… hectic, busy, fun & full of giggles. You also know that we don’t need an excuse to celebrate & have a party.

Since Seth is becoming a big brother in October, we’ve been trying to get him to understand that we’re having a baby join our family. He’s only 2 year & 5 month old… sometimes I think he totally gets it & other times I think he’s still not quite sure.

So… what better way to get him excited? Have a little tea party! And what does every party need? Well, cake of course!

bakerdays are a fantastic company who make letterbox cakes… yes that’s right… a cake delivered through your letterbox! How fab is that!?

Yes you read that right… they can make you a stunning personalised cake to celebrate any occasion that comes in a lovely tin & fits through your letterbox. They also offer gluten free, wheat free & dairy free options!

Seth was sent a cake to celebrate the fact that he’s going to be a Big Brother. I can’t even begin to tell you just how stunning the photograph was. The detail & quality was so high. And Seth adored having a Ace with his face on… he’s such a poser.

Seth’s cake was a plain sponge – simply because that is his favourite. But you can choose other options. You also don’t have to choose a letterbox cake. They offer 4 different cakes sizes as well as cupcakes.

Now for the important bit… how did it taste?

As you can imagine… Seth takes his role as cake testing rather seriously. After snaffling his first piece… he hastily demanded another. I can therefore confirm that he did indeed think it was “Nommy Nommy” lol. That’s a direct quote right there. This 2 year old knows good cake when he tastes it.

Everyone agreed it was really lovely & super fresh. I have to admit that I was thinking “will it be fresh?”… but it really was! Plus it’s such a fantastic novelty having it delivered through your door. You could send this to any loved one for a special occasion & it would most certainly make them smile. You don’t even need an occasion really… just simply treat someone who needs a pick me up perhaps?

Thank you so much bakerdays for making a little boys day. What better way to become excited about being a big brother than with cake!

Thanks as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Planning the Perfect Play Date

30 Nov

Hi folks,

Life is so hectic & fast paced these days… especially when you’re a parent. Planning your life around classes, play groups, work, housework, socialising etc… yikes… how do you fit it all in!?

I like to arrange regular playdates for Seth with all of his little best friends. Plus, it gives me some much needed time to have a catch up & have a cuppa with my fellow Mummy’s. The easiest way for us to arrange our playdates is with the use of Doodle. Doodle is so user friendly! Also, when scheduling an event – your invitees don’t even need to have the app as you can invite them via Text Message, Email, Whatsapp & Facebook Messenger. I usually opt for Facebook Messenger as we’re all on that social media platform.

Getting started is super easy… the app is free to download & very user friendly.

When creating the event you have free reign to choose time, date, location etc… the great thing about this scheduling app is that you can send your invitees multiple dates. That’s the main thing that I love about this app. When planning an event – you always need a few options. Like I said earlier… Life is super busy these days.

Once you have created your event/time poll you will be able to invite people. You do this by clicking the icon in the top right corner that looks like a little person.

You can also add messages & start discussions with one another via the speech bubble icon also in the top right corner. It just keeps all correspondence in the one area & it also means that no one is left out of the conversation.

Each time someone responds & participates in your time poll/invitation you will receive an alert via the app & an email notification.

Once everyone has responded – you should have a clear idea which date is most suitable.

Every busy parent needs this app. Myself & my husband have been using this app for arranging Christmas nights out too – it just cuts out all of the needless text messages. It’s quick, easy & precise! Like your very own personal assistant that lives inside your smart phone!

Happy Scheduling!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fantastic Fizz! 

5 Oct

Hi folks,

With the party season fast approaching – I can’t help but start getting all excited. But… there’s also so much to get organised! Obviously this means… stock up on sparkles! 


Let me introduce you to Premier Estates! If you’re looking for good quality fizz that won’t break the bank – then look no further. 

The Grand Rosè is absolutely stunning. It’s nice & dry with an ever so sweet edge. I always think a glass of pink sparkles suits any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating, buying as a gift or simply toasting the weekend. This fizz is perfect. At the moment you can buy a case of 6 bottles for just £47.94!!! Spectacular quality for just £7.99 a bottle.


I’m a big Cava fan & I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. A glass of this is perfect on its own… but it’s also beautiful with freshly squeezed fruit juice. Imagine how amazing this would be with some fresh orange for your Christmas morning breakfast. What a gorgeous little treat. Who doesn’t love a little Bucks Fizz. No matter what the weather is doing outside – this lovely Fizz will always make you feel like you’re somewhere beautiful & exotic. At only £47.94 a case… it’d be rude to say no!


Would it even be party season without the perfect Prosecco??? If you’ve got a lovely little break planned or a fun girls weekend away – don’t forget your mini bottles of Prosecco! Perfect for popping into your handbag & sipping whilst you’re on the train. A case of 12 will cost you just £41.88!!! Such an utter bargain. Imagine how amazing these beautiful little bottles would look on your Christmas table with a name tag… stunning little place settings. I guarantee you’ll be the most popular party host! Or how about party favours or wedding favours? The list is endless of how these gorgeous little bottles can be used to treat your nearest & dearest.

As well as the magnificent mini bottles, you can buy the full size bottles. Again, a case will only cost you £47.94!!! I simply love this Prosecco. This beautiful Fizz has won 8 individual awards! A tasty tipple that will go down so well at any festive get together.  

All of these gorgeous sparkling wines would make great gifts. Whether you’re treating your team at work or you want to treat your friends & family, I can guarantee no one will be disappointed. You can buy mixed cases too, just in case you can’t make your mind up! Did I also mention that you will get FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY too!!!??? 

I will most deffinitely be treating us to a few mixed cases for the party season. Stunning sparkles at perfect prices, delivered to your door! What more could you ask for!? So what are you waiting for!? Head on over to Premier Estates now to get your Fizz!

You can find Premier Estates on Facebook to keep up to date on offers & how to spruce up your fizz with delectable cocktails.  

As always – thanks so much for reading!  

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Premier Estates 

7 Nov

Hi folks,

Well… now that Halloween & Guy Fawkes is out of the way, I’m officially on a Christmas countdown! I’ve been trying & testing some fabulous products lately… products that will make perfect Christmas treats to yourself or for gifting to others.

Let me introduce you to a fab ‘sparkly’ company called Premier Estates. They have some amazing award winning wines & sparkles on offer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my term ‘sparkles’… I basically mean bubbly/fizz/champs/champagne/cava/prosecco… Drinkies that sparkle.

I was lucky enough to sample their delicious Prosecco & divine Grand Rose. I have to say that both were utterly stunning! But… my favourite was most definitely the Grand Rose. I don’t do sweet drinks… both of these sparkles are deliciously dry with a very light bubble. Right now there are some great offers on their website, but, if  you use the links in this post to buy, then add the discount code: IxxyPoco you will receive  an additional 5% off the listed price. So… that means, you can get a case of 6 bottles for £37.05!!! Thats a teeny tiny £6.18 per bottle!!! This is better than any supermarket bargain Prosecco! Now… you could buy a case & use them as gifts… the bottles have a classy look to them & these bottles cannot be bought at your local Asda. Or… you could do what I do & buy a case for yourself & keep it all for yourself lol. Or… if you’re planning a festive party, these sparkles in a fancy flute would be a gorgeous treat for your guests upon arrival.

Premier Estates don’t just sell sparkles though, they have a range of Reds, Whites & Rose too. With my discount code you could get yourself a case for £25.65!!! Thats only £4.28 per bottle! You can buy mixed cases too. Also… next day delivery is totally free!!!

Oh &… they also do a a case of 12 mini bottle of prosecco! Each bottle is 20cl in size. These mini bottles would be fabulous individual gifts for on your table on Christmas day. You could pop a little name tag around the neck of the bottle & use them as place cards. Or, you could buy them for party bags for the office party, hen party etc… With my discount code you will get this case for £34.20!!! Thats only £2.85 per bottle!!!

Fabulous wines at fabulous prices.

Thanks for reading folks & keep your beautiful peepers peeled for more fab Christmas bargains & reviews!!!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Ps… I said ‘Fab’ & ‘Fabulous’ like a million times in this post lol… Sorry!

 

 

Bubble Club

25 Oct


Hi folks,

Sparkles! Well… you all know how I love a glass of sparkles… So you can imagine my glee when I got to try the October Bubble Club Box! If you haven’t heard of Bubble Club – they are a bubbly subscription treat box. You can choose either a monthly or a bi-monthly box.

What’s in the box? You will receive 2 beautiful bottles of sparkles, you will also receive tasty treats such as chocolate, savoury snacks or a cocktail ingredient. The bottle of sparkles you receive aren’t generally a brand you’d find in the local supermarket either. Oh!… you also receive an issue of Bubble Magazine. And…! With your membership you will receive 15% off in the Bubble Club Shop! So if you fancy that case of sparkles to put away for Christmas… then do it!!! Treat yourself & your loved ones… You deserve it!


What did I receive… I received a bottle of Augusti Torello Mata Gran Reserva Brut & a bottle of Alain Robert Vouvray Brut. As well as those beautiful bottles I got a small 20cl bottle of Bramley & Gage Quince Liqueur, La Higuera Rabitos Royal Fig Chocolates & a bag of Coconut Merchant Coconut Crisps. I’ve not tried the Quince Liqueur yet, but, if you pop a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute then pour enough liqueur over it to soak in, then top with sparkling wine you will create a Golden Quince Cocktail. Now… that just screams Christmas party to me!

The chocolates were utterly delicious!!! Now… if like me when someone says “fig” you think of those awful fig biscuits that taste kinda damp… well they do don’t they? You can only imagine how I felt about the thought of these chocolates lol. I honestly didn’t want to try them… but wowzers! They’re BEAUtiful! Out of the wrapper they look just like a little Jack O Lantern. The mix of chocolate & fruity fig just really works with the a mouthful of dry fizz at the same time. I was totally won over by these little morsels.

Coconut crisps… Whats not to like? They taste like a naughty snack… but the fact that they are fruit makes you feel so much healthier. We all know the benefits of Coconut as it’s literally in every health magazine & beauty magazine going.

Bubble Magazine – I loved this glossy little read. I literally love sparkles, so what better way to spend an afternoon than reading about sparkles. In the magazine this month there was an in depth guide to everything in the box & where it’s from. There was also an article on spooky party foods for your Halloween parties. Along with competitions to win fizz, and article about fizzy cocktails etc…

Now… The Sparkles!!! They were so delicious. As they weren’t something I’d tried before nor ever seen in a shop… it felt like a real luxurious treat. It was like I was celebrating something – when in fact it was just a regular weekend. I’m actually very tempted to order a case of the Alain Robert Vouvray Brut. It’s probably one of the nicest sparkles I’ve had…. & that is VERY high praise coming from me as I can be a tad picky.

These boxes would be a perfect Christmas gift. They come really well packaged – so there should be no worry of anything being broken in the post. You can gift these boxes as well as simply treating yourself. If you think monthly is a little over indulgent (Not in my eyes) but if you’d rather, then you can order them Bi Monthly. And… Even better… for your first order you can get your box for 25% off! Simply click this link & add coupon code: Bubblebox at checkout. So rather than being £32.99 you will pay under £25!!! I’ve loved this box so much that I’ve actually signed up myself! I will be reviewing the November box on my YouTube Channel… so there’s something to look forward to!

Thanks so much for reading as always!

Cheers!

Hayley xxx

 

Festive Fun with Friends

20 Dec

Hi Folks ✨

Sunday once again… I do love a slow paced relaxing Sunday. I’m feeling thoroughly Christmassy… Not that I wasn’t already, but, since we had such a fun, festive Saturday – I’m now feeling feeling ‘super’ Christmassy! 

 I’m sat blogging from my dinning table & I can smell our fresh Christmas centre piece arrangement… it smells so nice. It’s really putting me a fantastical mood. We also bought some little snowmen on sticks from the florists yesterday to pop into our house plants in case they were feeling left out with not being all dressed for Christmas 🎄

 Yesterday evening we had friends over for a catch up. We headed into the Village for a stunning Indian Meal. I really meant to take lots of pics of the yummy food, but we got chatting & laughing  & it completely slipped my mind. So I’m sorry I have no pics to share. After a gorgeous meal, we headed back to our home for more chatting. I drank sparkling water all night with one glass of cranberry juice… I actually felt really giddy & tipsy! I think I was having such a lovely time I got caught up in the Christmas spirit. See… who says you need alcohol to have a good time. Not drinking really doesn’t phase me at all. I didn’t drink at all during all of my surgeries, so this time round I just see it as a happier reason not to be drinking. Having said that… I do have some gorgeous Moet waiting in the pantry for me when our little Prince arrives. That shall be my little tipple of choice when I feel I want to celebrate his arrival 💙 

 This morning I sorted out our menu for the coming week… lol… it’s so not a healthy one! Tomorrow is our 4th Wedding Anniversary. Normally we either go away for the weekend to celebrate or we go for a lovely meal somewhere… but as the hubster doesn’t finish work until 23rd Dec for Christmas, then with Coco recovering from surgery & with me being up & down with sickness… we made the executive decision to celebrate at home for a change. So… It’s gonna be some kind of naughty take out for tea & for pudding we’ll be cutting our Christmas cake which was lovingly made by my Mammy. Wednesday evening shall be party table snacks as we’re having our neighbours over for a festive drinkie. Christmas Eve will be spent with our best friends for a meal at lunchtime followed party food in the evening & copious amounts of pink lemonade & Christmas films! Then Christmas Day will be a day of consuming homemade Christmas Dinner followed by lots of chocolate lol. Eeeeeck! I just can’t wait!!! ✨ 

   
Ooooo… Today I’ve started using my first item that The Journal Shop kindly sent me. I’m using my small Un Jour De Reve notebook from the Iconic range. It’s a gorgeous little book that is stitch bound down the spine. It’s a great price at £2.95.  I’m using mine to keep track of the items I’m sent for reviews. It’s the perfect size to fit in your handbag. It’s so light meaning it won’t be a chore to carry around. In fact, it’s so slim & lightweight that it’ll fit quite nicely in the inner zip pocket you tend to find in most hand bags. It’d be great for making your shopping lists in! I love the little cute rabbit design too. The paper itself is very good quality. I like writing in liquid gel ink & sometimes you find with a low quality paper that a black ink will come through the pages which I utterly hate! But there’s no chance of that happening in this little beauty! It also comes in 4 different designed covers… so you can choose the one that most suits you. Or… at £2.95… why not buy all 4!? I’ve also been using my Iconic Sticky Book too. Priced at only £4.95… This is another little bargain. It’s so slim & lightweight that it’ll fit inside the front pocket on my personal Filofax. So it’ll fit comfortably in any A5 organiser. There are 3 different sized sticky notes – great for little reminders or tabbing up pages making them easy to access during meetings when you need to find facts & figures fast. This book is also from the Iconic range & my book is the ‘Antique’ design cover… but there are 9 designs to choose from. This is another item I can thoroughly recommend. When you’re working between two sites like I do – everything needs to be ‘travel’ friendly… I hate having to lug around a heavy bag. So both these little stationary items are brilliant for on the move as they’ll tuck away neatly & won’t add any extra weight. I’m going to use my Un Jour De Reve medium notebook this week… I have some little ideas of what I’ll use it for… so stay tuned for a little breakdown & review of that. I LOVE this stationary!!! It’s just such good quality & well… It looks & feels fancy. I work in a University library… so I can be a bit snobby with how a book is put together & I have to say… I love a stitch bound book. Now… does that sound sad!? Lol. 

    
    
  

After a lovely slow relaxing morning it was time to get a bubble bath. I’m making the most of my bubble baths right now as I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m finding it difficult to get in & out of the bath & will have to make do with just a shower. I decided to use some festive bubbles from Avon… But opened a new bottle of Molton Brown for my ‘wash bubbles’. I love this scent – Black Peppercorn… It’s my favourite Molton Brown fragrance 🛀🏻 

 There’s nothing nicer than a lovely soak in the tub ✨

This afternoon had been spent watching Star Wars 

 There’s nothing cosier than snuggling on the sofa on a wintry day watching films ❤️ 

Tomorrow marks our 4th Wedding Anniversary & I simply couldn’t be happier. We’ve been spoilt with gifts as usual. The hubster surprised me with the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette – so there’ll be a full review of that coming up!!! My parents buy us Champagne & Truffles every year, so even though I can’t drink it right now – they didn’t want to break tradition.  

    
    
 So… What a gorgeous little Sunday today has been! I’m off now to watch another Star Wars film lol ✨

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday & thanks for reading 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx