How quickly did the month of April speed past? April for us is such a busy month with lots of birthdays and of course the half term that landed at the start of the month, I have so many wonderful things that I call my favorites this month so rather than babble about nothing i am just going to jump right into it.

H O M E –

Cereal Dispenser – I got this after I watched SprinkleofGlitters speed clean vlog, I saw it and thought that I had to get it and thankfully when I did look for it on amazon I found it at good price of £9, Mr S thinks I am being rather stupid when this thing turned up but I can see he loves it now, it holds two types of cereal, mine I have the children’s multigrain hoops in one side and some porridge in the other and I just love how it looks in my kitchen.

Painting my kitchen – While this isn’t exactly a ‘item’ but for the past two months since I did up the children’s playroom I have been addicted to decorating and once I sorted out the bathroom floor I wanted to attack my kitchen, which hasnt been touched since we moved in almost 8 years ago now so it needed some much needed TLC. I picked some paint I liked from the shops, this lovely dark grey called Storm Cloud and have slowly been working my way around the room and its really started to make me enjoy my kitchen a lot more than I used to.

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M A K E – U P –

Maybelline Brow Drama – I have probably mentioned this before in one of my favorite posts, I know I talked about it in my ‘Whats in my makeup bag’ tag post that you can read here but its been one of my favorite makeup products that I have owned, I don’t really have eyebrows, they are really fair and when I don’t have anything on them, I look extremely odd, I have been looking into Micro blading but the price is so off putting, but Brow Drama is literally the next best thing, its basically a mascara for your brows and come in a collection of colors, I honestly do not know how I lived without this product in my life.

Angel Perfume – My mum got me this for my birthday, along with a large amount of chocolate, this has been my favorite for a while now and I love how it smells even after the day as gone on, the bottles are always adorable, the one she got me is the refill one so when it runs out I can get the girls at the perfume shop to put some more in there for me.

G A D G E T S –

Nikon CoolPix – This month was my birthday month, Mr S asked me what I wanted and while I knew it was expensive I asked for a camera, I have had my eye on the coolpix for a while, it has the option to record video as well as take photos and while I dont plan on vlogging at any time, I love taking videos of the children and wanted something I can just drop into the nappy bag and not be so cautious about it like I am with my Nikon D60, the camera is fantastic, the only down side that I have is that it wasn’t rechargeable batteries so I have to get disposable ones, I am planning on buying some rechargeable ones so I am not endlessly changing them over and they feel like a complete waste.

The camera itself has such a fantastic zoom on it, I can sit in my house and get a wonderful clear picture of the bus stop that is just over the hill and the quality of the images I am getting are perfect, not as clear as the D60 for obvious reasons but I adore it, it comes out with me during the school runs and as its been beautiful here lately we’ve been going for walks and I’ve been snapping away.

O T H E R –

Bullet Journal – I tried to do one a while ago, the start of the year but I felt utterly non creative that it never got anywhere, but last month I sat down and ignored my self doubt and just had at it, and I love what I’ve created so far, its just mainly for blogging but I have added a monthly diary so I have somewhere to add dates and things, my favorite month cover page I have done so far is May, its just so pretty plus I think that my wonderful Mummy group online also do their on bullet journals really inspired me to do mine again, seeing all their creations.

Cars 3 – Kai was given this for Christmas and it honestly has been on repeat since, Robin loves it and it feels like I am living with a mini Kai again with her coming up to me with the controller asking for it to go on again, and I don’t mind it going on endlessly, its actually a good film and I love how in the end the female car wins the race and shows her mean boss and the other cars that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can do whatever you want to achieve, plus the growth of Lightning McQueen (who it turns out is actually called Monty) from the first film being this show off and self centered idiot into this person who he never expected to be, its such a great film and I often find myself a little weepy at the end.. blame those hormones haha

Grimms Wooden Toys – April was also Robins birthday and the one main feature that I wanted for her as she became two was the fantastic Grimms Wooden Toys, made famous for their beautiful rainbow, One of the things that this toy company is known for us open ended toys to allow children to explore their imagination and shes is loving all these bricks and pots which also look stunning on shelves.

And I Will Kiss – Underworld – I don’t know if you are aware but I am an actual crazy person, This amazing song appeared on my YouTube suggestions and I forgot how amazing this whole thing was, so much so that I went and found the footage from the 2012 Olympics that London hosted and I honestly sat there and got a little weepy, how amazing was that time? here is the song.. and I hope you enjoy it too.

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and there we have all the things that I have enjoyed this month and forward onto May, what sort of things have you considered favorites?

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Oh boy here we go..

I have said many many times that I am one of the biggest make up newbies on the planet but that still doesn’t stop me from enjoying and buying makeup, I was tagged in this wonderful tag by the fantastic Clare at Freddies Mummy to share with you want exactly is going on inside my holographic makeup bag.

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Honestly, not a lot, but I do have a small collection of goodies from Glossybox and when I got it, Birchbox but I am going to talk about whats going on inside just my main makeup bag that I use daily.

FACE

Boots Almond and Coconut Body Butter – I know this isnt exactly a face cream but I love how it smells and often pop in onto my face after I wash my hair as my skin can get super dry and sore, but I also use this before I pop any makeup onto my face, it leaves my face feeling all smooth, soft and not forgetting that Coconut reminds me of holidays so it smells amazing

Maybelline Creamy Concealerand Satin Liquid, which I mention on my monthly favorites that you can give a little read here, I pop the Creamy Concealer under my eyes to hide my hideous dark circles that my children have created and blend in.. sometimes it does the trick but others not so much and on top of it all I have the Satin Liquid, I used to use an Elf foundation but I found it made me break out into spots but this one hasn’t.

My powder is a Rimmel Clear Complexion powder and as you can see by the look of it, its well loved and used, I have been meaning to grab myself a new one but as its half term I haven’t had the time to pop into town without three children in tow.

EYES

I used to do daily some beautiful winged eyeliner, I mastered it and it would come out perfect every time, but then hayfever season hit last year and I sort of gave up doing it, and now I settle with simply having some mascara on my eyes to which I use is another Maybelline product, Colossal Volume Express Mascara, I am not 100% sure if I like this one yet, it does have the brush I like but it doesn’t seem to coat my lashes as good as other mascaras I’ve had from Maybelline.

BROWS

Eyebrows are the biggest issue I have in my life at the minute, I dont have any.. well I do but they are so fair that if I didnt do anything with them I look really odd, and it was one of my biggest insecurities growing up as an awkward teenager, Oh how I wish I knew about brow makeup when I was in school, it wouldve been the end of all my troubles!

I use, Maybelline again, Brow Drama along with Brow Satin, I learnt when I was about 20 a neat little trick with a slightly dried up mascara brush and to back comb your brow hairs with it and it will coat the hairs with any makeup that sat on it, and when I saw that there was an actual product out there that did the same thing, I was excited!

and that’s all that was inside my holographic makeup bag! I did say I didn’t have a lot but what I have is used daily.

I tag –

Becca

and I ask you to do this too! a free for all tag if you fancy!!

Until next time

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March was another one of those crazy months, the weather was so unsettled, one minute it was sunny and beautiful and the next minute the snow had fallen, March was definitely a better month than February, I don’t know what was wrong with me but I was completely blue and non motivated during Feb which explains why I missed out on doing February in Photos, for one I just didn’t get out much and two I was also really sick with the flu.. Now I feel a lot better, mentally and physically but I just have the dreaded hay fever to look forward to once Spring finally kicks into gear!

The buds are blooming, the birds are mating and the bees are out getting the pollen, March also marks my sons 8th birthday which we went out to a Mexican restaurant and had the most beautiful table in the place and had such a fun time swimming.

Whats funny about this time of year is that we usually go for walks in the woods and I am snapping away photos of the bluebells, but when we went there last weekend there wasn’t a single flower, perhaps we was too early going to the woods or perhaps it was just the cold and snow delaying them from growing.. but expect April to be full of beautiful photos of those woods, I am also going to try and get some lovely photos of my children to include into the post too, I am very nervous about sharing their photos but I will keep their privacy hidden for my own personal reasons but I feel that they need to be added into the end of month shots too.

 

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I know I know, I forgot to do February’s monthly favorites, I have a perfectly good reason for that and its purely because I was sick for most of that month and my mental health wasn’t exactly perfect either (when is it ever?) but this month I am feeling a lot better and I have things that I have used/watched that I can add to a favorutes list! so here goes.

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Beauty

I have always been a big fan of Maybelline products, its average price and have always been kind on my skin, so when I went to look for some new foundation I had to try this one, I have tried their Matte Mousse before but after being pregnant for the third time it caused my skin to become really dry so I wanted to switch to more of a liquid foundation and this Satin Liquid foundation was on a deal in my local tesco’s so I thought why not! it doesnt feel heavy and I like how it goes onto my skin along with the Brightening Creamy Concealer, both work really well with my awkward skin and are able to hide all those black circles produced by being woken up in all hours of the night.

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Fashion

The one thing I have worn near constantly during this month has been my pandora bracelet, I got a couple of new charms for mothers day and I decided to wear it a little bit more, I got it for my 23rd birthday and thanks to work I never really put it on much, but now that its gaining more charms I wanted to show it off a little more, not all of them are pandora brand because frankly they are super expensive for me but I found a good company on amazon that sell sterling silver charms at a good price (and sent them over to my husband)

I have also been loving these printed T shirts from Printsome, which host a whole range printed garments including children’s clothing, so if you are off out to a event as a group then these would be perfect!

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Baby

Last month Bugaboo announced the launch of their new pram called the Fox, and sadly discontinued the sale of the beautiful stunning Buffalo which has been my dream pram since I saw it but it was been something I was sure I would never call my own, I explained to my husband that it would be my last pram, and would be used for the next baby (yes I am mad) and how it was also being removed from sale on the Bugaboo website and he agreed to buy it for me and its amazing! I am actually in love with it!

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Randoms

Gaming –

This month I have played a few games, one has been Rainbow Six Siege who have done a month long mode with zombies and I have thoroughly enjoyed it, Played it with my good gaming friends and its been a blast just being stupid while playing a game mode, you take over one of the operatives from the main game and go through events to help a doctor or find the source of the virus that’s causing the outbreak, its been an enjoyable experience learning how to use different operatives and I have actually gained a little more respect for some of the support characters which has then helped me in the main game.

I have also been playing Minecraft with my husbands website lot, they set up a server and its been a lot of fun getting back into Minecraft and building things, its being made into a modded Minecraft server too so once its all set up I cant wait to get back onto it and do what I said I was going to do and make everyone else a breakfast burrito!

Tv –

Amazon prime has been my friend for the last month, it has had me addicted once more to the fabulous series called Scrubs! I have binge watched all of it up until season 8 and stopped there, I know I should watch season 9 but I remember hating it when I first saw it so I will end this months favorites with my favorite moment from Scrubs..

and there we have it! How fast did March go compared to January? this year is going by faster than I expected but I am excited for next month because its both my birthday month and Robin will be turning 2!

Heres to another fantastic month!

Until next time

 

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We all know that around this time of year, well if I am brutally honest just after Christmas, Easter is on everyone’s mind what with the shops getting stocked full of eggs that sadly go out of day before the actual Easter day, and while now that my two are a little older I am more comfortable with them having chocolate and sweets, but this year I thought it would be a fantastic little idea, that I have seen many other wonderful bloggers do as well, is create a basket full of things that are Easter related.

One slight issue, which you will see as you read along is that I picked up the baskets before I picked up anything else so it explains why not everything fits perfectly inside it.. my bad!

Yes I did get chocolate, and quite a bit which I am surprised by, I am usually extremely strict with what chocolate my children have and now with the added worries of choking on a mini egg I now want to be even more careful of what ones I get, but on a bright Monday morning I popped along to the most fanciest store in our town, Poundland, and got some treats, a ‘small’ collection of chocolate eggs that if you don’t wish to just hand them over are perfect for Easter egg hunts and some little models made out of chocolate that rattle, so I expect more chocolate is hidden inside, as well as some drawing pads, coloring books and some wonderful paint your own eggs to decorate with, which I feel saves me the trouble of blowing the contents out of an egg as well as some crayons, you can never go wrong with some cheap crayons!

I then thought it would be perfect if I also get some stupid headbands and while I was looking for those found these adorable little dancing puppets of a bunny and chick, I remember having a soldier version of these as a child and had loads of fun with them.

Up next I headed along to Tesco for the main event eggies, they have a good sale on at the moment with these smaller, children sized eggs and they are £1 each, which I think is perfect seeing as everything else I got came from Poundland! I also being the sneaky chocolate thief that I am grabbed myself a white chocolate egg to enjoy that evening, I like being an adult and not having to wait to eat Easter Eggs.

Once I got home it was time to assemble everything, this is when I realized that I didn’t have the right sized baskets for all the goodies I got for the children to enjoy, but after a little thinking I figured that it didn’t matter in the long run as everything will be ripped out of there once they see it all.

and here we have the final product..

.. I know it isn’t exactly the most ‘instagramable’ photo of them all and I didn’t do myself proud with what image I had in my head but I feel like Kai and Amelia will love them none the less, and Robin herself didnt get an egg as she is still a little young to have them just yet, she picked up herself (and didn’t let go) this cute little cat toy she found in Primark, so I guess that’s her Easter egg.

Are you making anything similar for Easter this year? If Kai and Amelia love it then I am excited to do it all over again next year, hopefully with a bit more creativity and a much larger basket!

Happy Easter and Zombie Jesus Day.

 

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