Christian Aid’s Big Brekkie 2017

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I'm finally back for a new post and today is all about helping others and charity. I know that lots of us get a buzz from helping others and it really makes me feel good inside knowing that I have made a difference to somebody's day. Today marks the first day of 'Christian Aid's Big Brekkie 2017' which runs from 14th - 20th May. In a similar way to holding a Macmillian coffee morning at work or at home, Christian Aid are asking us to hold a breakfast morning where ever you fancy it and to show your support to the campaign and to refugees.

You can hold the breakfast where-ever you like,invite whoever you like and most importantly - eat whatever you like! You could charge a small entry fee to collect some spare money for the charity. You could be creative and have a tropical themed breakfast with mocktails (or the real deal) to pretend you're on the beach or go for a good old traditional fry up, the choice is yours. You can sign up here to receive a completely free fundraising pack which will include recipe cards and balloons.

Let me know if you or anyone you know decides to sign up!

*SP
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Lee Stafford Academy Hair Straighteners

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Recently I was lucky enough to try out and review on my blog a lovely new pair of Lee Stafford hair straighteners. I've always loved using Lee Stafford hair products over the years - I remember using them religiously as a teen! However I was yet to try any of their electrical products as I tend to stick to what I know. The straightener I was given to review is the Academy Ionic Flat Hair Straightener from Amazon. I currently use my GHD's so I promise to give you a proper review as the Lee Stafford straighteners are a bit more reasonably priced depending on your budget. 


As you can see the straightener arrived in gorgeous, sleek box with the classic shades of brightly coloured pink boxing around the actual pair of straighteners.There's nothing like a bit of gorgeous packaging is there? It gets my attention straight away and always gives me that little buzz of having something new - and double brownie points if there's pink involved! The straighteners themselves are sleek, black and matte and they heat up super quickly by heating up in just ten seconds which is perfect for when we're in a rush in the mornings before work! You can choose the heat of your straighteners from the lowest temperature of 80 to 230 - I'm afraid I always go to the highest temperature to make sure my hair gets as straight as possible - not forgetting my heat protection spray of course! I found that the straighteners worked really quickly to make my hair smooth and I felt that the nano silver iron plates really glided through my hair without leaving it feeling damaged. Please excuse my poor describing skills here – but I feel the plates have a firm grip on the hair meaning that my hair will straighten quicker and I then use less heat as I don’t have to keep going over the same strand of hair to make sure it’s completely straight. I also noticed a difference in how long my hair stayed poker straight – sometimes my ends can go a little flyaway throughout the day but not with these! The straighteners also come equipped with a heat protection guard making it easier to carry the straighteners with you when you travel and have only just used them – I think they could have improved here by including a heat protection mat too?



The straighteners currently retail at £79.99 which may not be dirt cheap if you’re on a budget like I am – but so far I honestly think they have more staying power than my current GHDs which retail at around £115, so I am happy to honestly say that I believe they are worth the money- and I’d never say that if it wasn’t true as we all know how frustrating it can be to spend a lot of money on a product that you then don’t get on with at all. 

What's your favourite hair straightener? x
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Home Decor #3: The Garden

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Spring is finally upon us and as the weather is gradually beginning to brighten up, my fiancé and I have been giving our first ever garden a makeover. When we first moved in, we pretty much neglected it at first as it was full of overgrown bushes with lots of work to be done and of course the most important thing was to get the inside of the house looking spotless before we could even think about starting on the outside! My partner has been hard at work over the past month or so, digging out all the old bushes, cutting trees down, putting down gravel stones, making a rockery and soon we’re pulling up the old patio and replacing it with a brand new one. So whilst he has been hard at work on the physical side of things, I’ve been busy wondering how to decorate the garden! I’ve seen this lovely furniture set from Fishpools which would look amazing next to our patio doors. I am so excited for when we can finally sit outside in the evenings and enjoy our garden when it’s all ready to go. I’ve also been thinking about the smaller decorations such as ornaments, plaques and I couldn’t believe how cute this picnic condiment set was from B&M – perfect for a barbeque! 

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Home Decor #2: Silver Glitter Bathroom

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 Bath Accessories // Mirror // Bin // Blocks // Relax // Sparkle Plaque // Toilet Brush // Glitter Tile Grout

I've always loved making wishlists and if you've been following my blog for some time, you'll know that already! I've recently become interested in following home decor posts and creating new themes and ideas that I can use around my home and also share with others. When we moved into our house, we completely renovated the bathroom and I decided on a theme of black glitter. My fiance did it all by himself and did an amazing job - I love it so much! I have sparkly black glitter tiles and of course I then accessorized with lots of glitter accessories. You may be thinking that decorating a bathroom doesn't sound too much fun but once you decide on a theme, it's all systems go and you get to choose lots of pretty things to make it look as cosy as possible - especially if you have a bath, you want to create a nice and cosy environment. 

We had spotlights fitted to the ceiling of our bathroom and we also bought a huge Hollywood mirror for the wall which is very similar to the the one linked above. It looks amazing if I do say so myself and really adds to the glamours effect of the room. Pebble Grey have a wide range of mirrors available to help you complete this - you could either supersize like I have or have a smaller version on display as you do your makeup each morning! As I said, my bathroom is black glitter themed but for a change and an excuse to go nosing at more house products, I decided to go for a silver glitter theme for this post - I hope you enjoy! x

*SP
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5 Things That Happen When You Become A Cat Mum

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My boys: Arnold (L) & Sylvester (R)

1) You are a mother now.
So, you may not have given birth to your cat, but they love you as if you did, so let's go with it anyway. Being a cat mother comes with many responsibilities - take them to after school clubs, packing their lunches etc - ok not really, but you still need to fill up those cat bowls three times a day (no Whiskas for mine unless I'm in the mood for cleaning up interesting things in the litter tray), provide them with fresh water, clean their litter trays, let them out and back in - the possibilities are endless, but they come first now!

2) I can't come out, I have a cat.
Ok of course you can go out in the nights and leave your cat to roam about the house freely - in fact they probably wouldn't even notice you left the building never mind care - but you might just find yourself wanting to stay in more and more because, well, the cat needs you.

3)You will become cat obsessed.
Ooh, a cat magnet! A cat mug. Oh my gosh, a jumper with cats on it. That's how your life tends to go. So much so, that I even subscribe to a cat magazine. Yes, you read that right. Ooh look a cat! Stop and cuddle it immediately.

4) You'll become overprotective.
A cat in your garden, how cute! Wait, he must leave immediately - he's stepping on my cat's turf! Shoo! Shoo! My cats will be going outside for the first time next week so I'll be watching them from the window like an overprotective mother and making sure they have a kiss each before they go!

5) You'll choose to buy them treats rather than yourself.
A new lipstick with my last fiver? Oh but my kittens could really do with a new bag of Dreamies and a new toy mouse, so I better go with that choice instead! Who'd have thought it eh?! 
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