Monday, 23 February 2015

Hugo Boss



Hugo Boss fragrances for him and her are absolute classics aren’t they?

I remember first owning a bottle back when I was in high school and the scent of fruit and flowers instantly takes me back.

Hugo Boss for him is so distinctive (I get wood and the sea) and is a really sexy smell on a bloke, in my opinion.

I like it when Pete and I both wear the matching fragrances to complement one another, and the understated design of the bottles look pretty nice on my 1920s dresser cuddled together like they are in love.

I think Hugo Boss is a great gift idea for either sex. If you are looking to treat somebody to a fragrance but perhaps want to play it safe – everybody loves Hugo. I also think this scent is pretty ageless too; by that I mean it suits all ages so it’s such a great all-rounder.


Have you ever owned a bottle of Hugo Boss?



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Friday, 20 February 2015

Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat


Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review

I review the Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat

I think the Rainforest Friends Take-AlongSwing & Seat (£79.99) is the upgrade of the Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker (which I reviewed here); the former rocks itself and the latter: well, Mummy has to use her foot.

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review
Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review
Yes, that’s right; this swing has a motor which rocks itself, vibrates, and plays a selection of 12 different tracks! 

That’s impressive.

Now I say rock, but this is a massive understatement. This swing really goes for it! There are 6 speed settings and the highest is pretty darn fast! It scares me a little but Art seems to love it.

Assembly
Once again, I am proud to say that I assembled the swing all by myself. It was a piece of cake to put together really; even easier than the Rainforest Rocker.

Style
Too cute. The lion cub is uber sweet, as is the elephant and not forgetting the monkeys. I love that it matches the Rainforest Rocker too. I like a good theme.

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review

Design
I love it. I’ll admit, I feel a little bit posh having a motorised swing for my baby, and I really wish we’d had this from birth.

Art is really interested in the animals and grabs at them, so the shapes and colours are helping his development. However, I can’t find a way of removing the animals, as sometimes I think he wants to swing to sleep with no distractions, and other times I would like to hang different toys on there but I can’t.

The swing will take a weight of up to 25lbs, so that’s an average age (I think) of 9/10 months, so you do get a decent usage out of the equipment.

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review


Music
I’m impressed with the number of different tracks there are. My favourite is the rainforest nature sounds. I don’t know about the baby but it certainly chills me out and I can do yoga to it - ommmmmmm.

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review

Safety
I’m really confident that Art is safe in the rocker as the straps are secure and easy to adjust.
Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review



Storage
The swing folds down so it’s portable and easy to store.

Overall, I really like the design, style and functionality of this swing.

Compared to the Rocker - this more expensive version is simply better. However, the rocker converts to a toddler chair so you will get years out of it as opposed to a few months out of the swing. If money is no object I'd say get both, but if you are on a budget I'd probably recommend the rocker, for longevity,

Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat review


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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Life Lately // Arturo is 4 Months Old

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Life with a four month old baby

Hi everyone,

Sorry that I’ve not been updating my blog very often; the boy barely sleeps during the day, and obviously I would rather be playing with him than sat at a computer!

I post daily piccys to my Instagram and Facebook and tell you what I am up to, so if you use these platforms at all, come and say hello!


Onto the vlog: I filmed a typical day in the life of me now Art is 4 months old…..



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Monday, 9 February 2015

L'Oreal True Match Foundation

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L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review

They say:
“The silky texture of True Match blends seamlessly with the skin. It automatically adjusts to the texture of the skin to create a flawless finish. “

I say:

Always on the hunt for that perfect foundation, I picked up L'Oreal True Match after the recommendation from Victoria In the Frow, as a decent drugstore foundation.

The foundation is rather thin; therefore it goes onto the face very lightly and looks really natural; no flakey cakey horrible patches. It reminds me a lot of Nude Magique Eau de Teint (remember the Giorgio Armani Maestro dupe?)

 When applied with a decent foundation brush I find the finish to be very good (when used over a primer of course).

Now I don’t believe that the colour automatically adjusts to your exact skin tone, but the shade I picked up is probably the nearest my-skin coloured foundation I’ve ever used. Bit of a coincidence that!

It’s lovely for the daytime but I found I needed to add powder for a more ‘set’ evening look.

Longevity wise, it wasn’t that great over the Nude Magique Blur Cream, and by the end of the evening I looked like I was going foundation free.

Overall, I would repurchase, but I am still on the hunt for that elusive holy grail….



What’s your favourite foundation product of all time?




Sunday, 8 February 2015

Changing Bag Hero

Oh So Gawjess - Manchester blogger and Vlogger: Changing Bag Hero supermarket baby wipes co op

I think my changing bag hero has to be the humble baby wipe.

I buy in bulk now to save pennies but I’ll admit that I start to panic when I get down to the last packet!

Obviously, wipes are good for cleaning a dirty bottom, but I’ve found some weird and wonderful uses for mine:

Oh So Gawjess - Manchester blogger and Vlogger: Changing Bag Hero supermarket baby wipes co op


Beauty:

Make-up removing – a fraction of the price of expensive make-up removing wipes and just as effective. Also easy to do with one hand whilst nursing your bundle of joy. At 3 am.

Smudged make-up or lipstick? Only applied makeup to one eye this morning and now in the middle of the grocery shop? Never fear; use a handy wipe to remove the makeup so you can look terrible on both sides of your face.

Fashion:

The one time you make an actual effort to look presentable you wind up with baby sick (or worse) on your new dress. Wipes actually remove the offending bodily fluid without smearing it in massive circles like a bib does, or ingraining the stain further into the material if you use a muslin cloth.

I like to use the mantra 

‘If I can’t see it, nobody can” 

when it comes to baby sick over the shoulder and down the back.

Cleaning:

These bad boys clean up anything! Dusting, doing the coffee table, window sills, the whole house! Also great for cleaning your nursery skirting boards as you don’t want baby breathing in harsh chemicals.

Oh So Gawjess - Manchester blogger and Vlogger: Changing Bag Hero supermarket baby wipes co op

What weird and wonderful uses have you put your wipes to?


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Friday, 30 January 2015

Little Bird Nursery Tour

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It was love at first sight when I spotted the Little Bird by Jools nursery range in Mothercare.

A little bit shabby, a little bit chic; Jools has based the Little Bird range around a primary colour palette with modern retro prints, all centred around a sweet little fawn motif which takes me right back to my own 1980’s babyhood.

Basically, Jools has created my dream nursery; extremely vintage whilst still being practical yet beautiful.  

I’ll love her forever.

Better still, all the items were on sale at time of purchase as they have now been discontinued (why!?) so we bought the lot.

We painted the nursery walls Jade White, which is a gorgeous pale blue shade, and I got busy sourcing a few key vintage pieces to complete the room. This involved going round to my Grandma’s and basically saying “please can I have”. She was thrilled; she had been trying to get rid of her stuff for the last 10 years but only now I was a grown up did I realise that her tatty old junk was actually pure vintage gold.


So, let me show you around…….

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This shabby wooden Baby's Room heart plaque came in my Newborn Hamper from Burble baby.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

I’m using this basket of toys as a door stop at the moment but I think Art’s toys look really cute in this wicker basket. 

I’m enjoying them being neat and tidy, for now….

burble baby Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

If you follow me on Instagram you may be aware of my love for wooden toys at the moment and this wooden tractor (which also came in my Burble Baby Newborn Hamper) is one of my favourites.

The Cot

The cot and mattress is from Mothercare. 

Mothercare do a "buy now pay later" plan which is interest free and was great for us at the time as we wanted to grab the cot whilst it was on sale in addition to all the Little Bird stuff which were about to be discontinued, but didn’t have enough money to get it all on that day.

The cot is layered with as much Little Bird as I could possible fit in there; sheets, quilt, blanket, cot bumper, and then I started decorating the outside with bunting and cot pockets. Arturo still sleeps in his Moses basket next to me so when he moves into the cot I think I will strip it all back removing the bumper and bunting as they can be a choking hazard.

Our mobile is Mamas and Papas and it previously belonged to my niece and nephew.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideasLittle bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas


Baby Changer

Our Baby changer was given to us by a neighbour, and Pete’s Dad varnished it all up long before Art was on the scene but I knew it would come into it’s own a few short years later, so we kept it in the garage, waiting. When I think about all the pine furniture I sent to the tip over the years because it wasn’t fashionable any more, I could actually cry!

The pale blue spotty changing mat is from Mothercare, and yes I bought it before I knew we were going to have a boy! Art has a lot of products, and I keep them all in another little basket, whilst I store a few other bits in some cloth Little Bird bags – toadstools, rainbows and fawns, awwww.

 Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas 

Did I mention that I love the sweet fawn motif? I must have gone on and on about the damn deer because one day when I got home from work, Pete had painted me a large version of the fawn, in a childish style, to go on the nursery wall, and it was so perfect it made me cry.


The Wardrobe

The wardrobe was my Grandmas and it’s old. At least 50 years. Probably older. 

We tried, and tried and tried to get the wardrobe down the steep stairs of my Grandmas house but it wouldn’t budge. We tried to disassemble it like a cheapo Ikea thing but it was impossible – this old wardrobe was solid! How the hell did my Grandparents get it in the house in the first place? Well apparently, in the good old days, they used to take the windows out by the frame and use cranes to swing them in! Mental.

We finally decided this wardrobe wasn’t going to shift and I was crestfallen. I so wanted my baby to keep their little clothes in their Great-Grandma’s wardrobe. Pete saw how upset I was (and heavily pregnant and hormonal) and so decided to go Shit or Bust: with the two Dad’s, Pete smashed up the wardrobe with a hammer, dangled bits of it out the window on a bungee rope and tied it to the roof rack of the car. 20 miles later at home, it was nailed back together and its absolutely fantastic! Solid as a rock once more. I’m so grateful to the men in my life for helping me with my Grandma’s wardrobe. It’s a beautiful piece and it means the world to me.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas


The Curtains


I really struggled to find any Little Bird curtains. I’m not obsessed with having everything matching but I needed as much of that gorgeous fabric in my life as I could possibly get. In the end, after ringing round and round the stores, I found some curtains and peace was resumed. Look at the tab tops – so sweet!

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas


The Frog

I’ve got to mention this little chap. He’s a Silver Cross Webster Frog Wobbly Stacker and I found him in a charity shop for £2.50. I just loved him and couldn’t leave him there. 

Obviously, I didn’t know where Mr Froggy had been, and so had to stick him in the washer with Dettol Laundry Cleanser. The instructions said to wipe clean only, but it was another case of shit or bust and he came out perfectly! Even better that my £2.50 bargain was originally £26.00.

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Blind

Unfortunately, the curtains are not thick enough to block the light so we chose this pretty blue blind with birds from B and Q. I don’t rate this blind very much as it has fallen down once and the stick to raise and lower it has snapped! Also, when it fell off, the material got creased and so it looks pretty crap now to be honest.



The Chair


Another of My Grandma’s treasures, this lovely white wicker chair looks perfect in Art’s nursery. I remember being sat on my Grandma’s bed, not old enough to talk properly, and watching her get ready. She always used to sit on this chair whilst she put her roll-ons on. We also have the matching laundry basket which is on the landing. I can’t wait to sit on this chair, Art on my lap, reading him stories and telling him all about his Great Grandma and Grandad.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas


The Reading Tree

Around the Little Bird tree motif I used Ikea spice racks to create shelves for Art’s books (thanks for the idea Charlotte Write Like No One’s Watching). I wanted one shelf to be so low that his little arms can reach out for books as soon as he is able to toddle. Books are so important and Art is going to explore our world and the imaginary through them before he even goes to nursery school. If he wants to.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

I love the little Gro egg, letting us know the temperature is ok, and casting a comforting glow in the night.

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

One of the nicest gifts we received was this Peter Rabbit ‘ART’ from Pete’s cousin. I love Peter Rabbit and I’m sure Art will too.


Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

The lightshade is a vintage treasure from, you’ve guessed it, Grandma’s house. I didn’t realise the sunbeam effect it casts until I was lying on the floor taking photographs!

Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas
Little bird by jools nursery tour blog review ideas

What Next?

There’s a few more items I’d like. 

We need some shelving and a nice big rug, but I haven’t found anything that will complement the d├ęcor as yet. If you have any ideas in mind please let me know!

Overall, I’m really happy with this room; its such a nice space for a little boy and it’s a place to make memories for us all. 


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