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Friday, 16 June 2017

7 Dating Ideas In Somerset

Whether it is your first date or you've been with your partner for years, dating is so important!

I know myself that whilst I've been with Paul now for 4 years it's really crucial that we still allow ourselves to have dates even though we've got a two year old which can be proven difficult. 
Today I've put together a few ideas of some great dates that you could have in Somerset and surrounding areas. So, whether it's your first date or you've been together years they'll be something for you here. 

1. The Standard Meal With A Romantic Twist.
Perhaps you just want to go for a standard meal but with a more romantic location and setting, then I could recommend a lot of restaurants in the South West because I am a real foodie but I will narrow it down to three. 
The Greyhound is your typical just lovely country pub with a warm and cosy atmosphere inside, really nice all year round, romantic and cosy in the winter, but lovely and chilled in the summer in the beer garden. Located in a small village called Staple Fitzpaine on the outskirts of Taunton.
The Willow Tree is very romantic, it's French and the food is just divine! It's candlelit too. Perrrfect. It's located in the centre of Taunton although very hidden so I'd Google the directions first as it's a hidden treasure!
Sotto Sotto which is an Italian restaurant in Bath. It's not your usual Italian such as the likes of Prezzo and Zizzis it has something much better than that. It's Italian romance. It's super friendly and just has an amazing atmosphere. Amazingly presented food too!

2. Bristol Hippodrome.
Why not do something different and go to the theatre! There is always something on and it might be nice to see something you don't usually see. Check out what is on here. Finish off with a lovely meal after?!

3. Bowling
This is definitely a good date to break the ice! If you're feeling nervous and it is your first date well I'd say this is the place for you. A really fun date, even I'd go bowling now with my partner! This would also be good as a child-friendly date if this were to be the case. There are plenty of Bowling alleys all over the county.

4. The Zoo
This is again a great child-friendly date but if not, who needs kids to go to the zoo! It's for everyone and can again be a great ice breaker. Personally this would be my ideal first date as I looove the zoo! Bristol is great well looked after zoo and cute animals too.

5. Spa Day The Cleve Or Thermae Spa In Bath.
Why not relax together? There are plenty of Spas all over Somerset but a couple that I would reccomend are The Cleve Hotel in Wellington Somerset and also Britains only natural spa, the Thermae Spa in Bath. You can both chill out and also gives a great chance to get to know eachother.

6. The Beach
This again is another favourite of mine, just simply going to the beach can just put you at ease. It's a relaing place to have fish and chips on the beach, maybe an ice cream too. Have a go on the coin machines. Lovely.

7. Hestercombe Gardens
Take a walk through the gardens here, on a beautiful day it's gorgeous and romantic. Have a cream tea afterwards, it's bliss.There is lakes, temples and woodland walks.

Should you be looking for love? Take a look at these sites which can help you experience these gorgeous dates...

All local to us so you're bound to find someone in the area!

Is there any first dates you can recommend?
Thanks for reading

**This post is a collaboration however all thoughts as always are my own**

Friday, 9 June 2017

5 Tips For A Smooth Transition From Cot To Bed

So, around two weeks ago now we decided to take Darcy's cot sides down and turn it in to a 'big girl bed'. This was something that Darcy was certainly ready for but me?...No not so much ha! This sounds terrible but I thought she would totally abuse the being able to get out of bed thing and be in our room constantly but actually that was a really stupid thought that really didn't need to cross my mind at all.
From the moment she first saw her bed she loved it, I bought her a duvet and cover so it felt very grown up and she is at the age where she likes to feel very independent so at this stage I was just like oh okay what was all the worrying about.

Anyway, first night in her bed and I was very nervous ha ha, and as to be expected Darcy got in to bed and around 10 minutes later I heard her door creaking and opening, she was running around upstairs for around an hour and a half which felt like a lifetime but like I said as to be expected. We've only had one night since then where she has been up and down and this has purely been down to perhaps having too late of a nap in the afternoon.
I thought I'd put together a few tips if you're thinking about making the transition from a cot to a bed.

1. Get her excited about it buy a few books.
If you feel like it possibly could be a challenge, why don't you leave it and put it off a little longer and instead buy a few books and prepare him/her properly. There are so many books out there a few I will link here.

2. Buy a new duvet or let the child choose so its all exciting.
If its for you why not make it a big thing and let him/her choose a new duvet cover as this can be really exciting for them. Especially character duvets as I have learnt!

3. Gro clock so they know when time to get up.
I haven't got one of these personally so don't know if they're amazing, however I am certainly thinking about buying one. From what I gather I assume that you set the time and it helps them understand when it's okay to wake up. I suppose it's like anything, it will work for some and not for others.

4. Make sure they're ready.
I think this is an obvious one but just make sure they're at the right age and would deal with the change well and just simple making sure they're ready.

5. Stick to routine
This is one we did, and couldn't recommend you did more. The change of a different bed can be a big thing so sticking to the same routine is only a good thing. I think without sticking to the same routine the transition wouldn't go quite as smoothly.

Was there anything you did that helped the transition go along easily?
Thanks for reading

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ideas For 2nd Birthday Presents

With Darcys 2nd birthday fast approaching (I just cannot believe that she will be two soon!!!) I am now starting to think about (and buy) her birthday presents. We have decided that we will be going to Peppa Pig World for the day and I have already bought her a scooter and a playhouse so I have almost basically finished. I just want to get her something to play with inside on those rainy days.

I have created a gift guide for a 2 year olds birthday however I should say that these are presents that my little girl would love and might not necessarily suit someone else's child and if you read my post on gender stereotyping you'll know I hate stereotyping girls and boys toys but I suppose I should say that they might be suited to a girl because unfortunately we live in a world where girls colour is pink and boys are blue. :(

So as you can see above these will be the  bits and bobs I am getting Darcy for her birthday or that I know family are going to buy her.

I thought this was a pretty reasonable price and Darcy is really getting in to her puzzles now and she really likes one to one activities. I must admit I enjoy doing them too..hehe. Plus she is getting something out of it.. learning!

Darcy absolutely loves babies at the moment! She has one but I wanted to get her one that makes noises and is a little more interactive.. I'll probably regret that though! Ha.

I've been wanting to get Darcy a nightlight ever since her transition to her 'big girl' bed. Plus she loveeeees anything Peppa Pig at the moment. These are quite good too as they're not too bright but still enough light to see where she is going.

This is super cute, she'll love this to use with her baby. It's so realistic too and it has a changing bag which is cool.

Like I said on the first one, Darcy is loving her puzzles at the moment and she loves Bing so i thought this would be a good puzzle to challenge her and to do as a one to one activity.

I'm not sure if Darcy would be interested with this or not, but she does like having a handbag and pretending she is going shopping so I presume she would. I'm 100% I'll get her this actually, might just save it for Christmas.

This one is something my mum is buying her for her birthday, I cannot wait for her to open this as I just know that she is going to love it. I've wanted to get her a playhouse for a little while now. This is on sale now at such a good price! 

I've already bought this and unfortunately she saw me when I bought it but I am hoping she will have forgotten! I think she will have though. She did try the one on the display and she reeeally liked it so I am excited for her to see it again and remember it. 

What did you buy your little ones for there 2nd birthdays?
Thanks for reading 


Friday, 5 May 2017

My Current Makeup Favourites/Routine

It is only recently that I have felt like I am becoming myself again since becoming a mum which was nearly two years ago now. When I have Darcy I lost my love for makeup a lot which is a shame and I just quite simply didn't care about it. The last few months I have found a love again and today I am going to talk about my current favourites and talk you through my routine.

Before anything I apply a primer/moisturiser which smooths out my pores to create a nice base for my foundation, one that I really like at the moment is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.
I'll apply this all over my face and neck, I'll then use my Beauty Blender to apply my foundation. The foundation that i've loved since forever is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I change my foundation up a lot as I like to try new things but this one has always been the one that i've fallen back to in the end...aww cute.

After foundation comes concealer, which I actually use two! Under my eye area I use MAC Mineralize Concealer and just below my eye area I use Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer to brighten ready for a highlighter.

After this I apply my Nars Laguna Bronzer which I just absolutely love. I'm currently touching pan so time to buy some more unfortunately. I use this all over my face but concentrate mainly on the contour of my cheeks and temples as well as my nose. Next up, it's my MAC Mineralize Blush.. I love that not only is this a blusher but also a highlighter and it's such a pretty colour too.

Once my face is complete, I then begin colouring in my eyes, ha. I currently use the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita. It has the most beautiful colours. Generally I only use two colours from this palette but which colours does depend on how I'm feeling. I then use the Charlotte Tilbury Dark Pearl Eye Pencil as an eye liner above my lashes and also below. This gives me a really nice smoky eye.
To finish off my eyes I use the Maybelline Sensational Mascara In Black this mascara is amazing and sooooo much better than some high end brands I have used!
Finally to end off this look I have to pop something on my lips so I use the MAC Spice Lip Pencil.. this is honest my holy grail lip pencil you can use it with so many shades of pink I just looove it. With it I have been currently been using MAC Twig Lipstick a lot. It's a lovely pink nude shade and really makes a difference to how your makeup looks when it is on.

So there we have it, what I have been currently been wearing on my face most days and absoloutely loooooving!

Any makeup products you've been loving recently?
Let me know!!
Thanks for reading 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Gender Stereotyping

Ever since Darcy was able to interact with toys I have always encouraged her to play with all sorts of different toys from baby dolls to train sets. She even owns a train set herself, she also enjoys playing with toy cars as much as she does dolls and it may seem sometimes she would rather play with what is stereotyped to be a 'boys toy' more so than a 'girls toy'. I've always tried to stay away from 'the dress her from head to toe in pink' even when she was born which I think she has been called a boy more times than she has been called a girl but thats a whole other topic right there! Although I do always remember a time that I did dress her in a tutu which in hindsight probably looked ridiculous on 3 month old baby and she still got called a boy by an elderly lady! Besides anyway Darcy really suits yellow we have now discovered.

Even if I ever have a boy I would never discourage him from playing with dollies because one day that could potentially play a big part in him becoming such an amazing daddy and I'd love to think it was down to that! Darcy loves to to climb, explore and get mucky so who am I to tell her to stop, it's wonderful that she is so eager to learn.

I think that there needs to be more encouragement in the world for this. You see adverts on television with boys playing with cars and lego and girls playing with dollies. Why can't girls play with cars and lego too.

Recently Darcy has discovered a love and passion for all things pirate, I saw a dressing up costume in Asda the other day and she absolutely loves it. Now, traditionally Pirates are a boys thing too but I really hope one day they won't be.

I suppose you're wondering where I am actually going with this post and I think that I am too.. I think I just wanted to say why am I still seeing things advertised as boy/girl toys as we are in the 21st century.

What are your opinions on this? I'd love to hear your thoughts?
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Mummy & Darcy's Friday Favourites #1


Today I thought I would set up a new series of every Friday posting what me and my 22 month old little girl have been loving this week.
The reason that I even set up this blog in the beginning was to talk about all the things that I am hugely passionate about which was at the time beauty, however whilst time has changed and different things have happened in my life, this blog has subsequently changed but I really want to bring this element back.

So, here are a few things we have been loving this week:


Her slide.. on good Friday I woke up after my legs had been used as a slide for many months now and decided to go out and buy one as it was getting slightly annoying.. can I say that? ha ha. As soon as it was put together (which was very easy to do, might I add) she was on it and playing with it for a couple of hours which in toddler world is a rreeeeallly long time actually! They have the attention span of well... a very short attention span anyway. She has been on it everyday since throwing all her toys down it too.

Ice Cream.. Darcy has been loooooving Ice Cream, not sure if its the fact she can say the word Ice Cream though but she loves it, any type will do she isn't fussy! The only problem here though is that she keeps running to the freezer to ask for it, which obviously isn't ideal when its only half an hour until dinner time!!

Bing.. so Darcy has this robotic type of toy called Bing.. you know the one off of Cbeebies. Well, anyway it talks, walks and she just loves him, he provides hours of giggles and at full price it is £40 we got him in a amazing pretty much brand new condition for £5 at a car boot sale! I do love a bargain!

Easter Eggs.. Wellllll this one was obviously going to come wasn't it. Seeing as last Sunday was Easter Sunday Darcy received a scary amount of eggs from family and they are being stored somewhere where she can't access so that she gets them very gradually. Also it's great because I can help her eat them too! Ha.


Skincare.. I have a new found love for skincare, I've been guilty for not being too great at not only forgetting to take my makeup off some nights but also looking after my skin altogether. Well these last couple of weeks I have been getting it in to my routine every night and been feeling so refreshed. I'd like to do a skincare routine here on my blog at some point.

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Pencil.. I recently went to London for the day with my mum, sister and niece and whilst I was there I went to the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges. I wanted to get something that wasn't an eyeshadow pallette or a lipstick and I came across this gorgeous purpley eye pencil which I have been wearing pretty much most days since. It really suits my brown eyes, I'm usually a  girl that goes for standard black eyeliner so it is great that something different actually suits me! 

Strawberry Laces (Fizzy ones, actually, any!).. Yeah I am such a sucker for sugary sweets and at the moment theses are my favourite. I love laces the only thing is that they make me feel hugely crappy and bloated afterwards, but they're good the time, right!?

Holidayyyy (Annual Leave).. Yay I am currently off work for almost two weeks which is definitely a massive thumbs up from me. We aren't going anywhere but I decided I didn't want to work on my birthday.. so just extra time with my gorgeous little girlie.

What are you loving currently?
Thanks for reading 


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Our Easter 2017

Whilst we aren't religious or really celebrate Easter for religious reasons I do enjoy the Easter holiday and bank holidays itself and really like getting Darcy into the whole 'Easter Bunny' and 'Easter Egg' fun.

I know that some people buy there children presents ect but I don't want Darcy to think it's another Christmas because, well, quite simply I couldn't afford another Christmas so I decided to buy her an Easter basket and fill it with Easter treats such as an Easter Peppa Pig book, a light, a snowglobe, a bunny.. This cost me no more than £12 to buy.

From family such as Grandparents she received a little pocket money and some chocolate. The problem is how do you give the chocolate out gradually??!! She knows its there.. it's just keeping her away from it that is the problem.

We went to my mums for a little buffet lunch and an Easter Egg hunt which she really enjoyed.. and really got stuck in to.
We had a great day and I just love now that she is at an age where she's beginning to understand these special days. 
What did you do at Easter?
Thanks for reading and enjoy the photos.

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