Take the Hassle.com out of cleaning!

If you’re anything like me, you’re not that into cleaning the house. I mean I’m not totally useless, but I’m also not very good at cleaning and don’t enjoy it that much. Being 29 weeks pregnant too means that it’s an increasing struggle.

So when I heard about Hassle.com I got seriously excited! It’s essentially an on-demand cleaning service where you can find a cleaner in your area for either a one-off clean, or something more regular. The cleaners are reviewed and rated and even have a profile on the website, so you know what you’re getting into. There is a flat rate of £10 per hour and you book and pay online, so for busy people, it’s a dream! Continue reading

The Body Shop Blogger Event

Last week I was invited to an amazing The Body Shop Blogger Event at their store in the Manchester Arndale. I absolutely adore The Body Shop, so snapped up my invitation straight away.

The evening was a private showcase and shopper event, in-store, after hours. About 30 bloggers got to come along and hear the awesome Store Manager (sorry, I didn’t catch her name, but she’s in a pic below!) talk us through the range in store, the new products and how everything benefits your skin and body.

There were cocktails and mocktails on arrival (I loved my strawberry milk), white chocolate fountains, make-up demos and lots of lots of products on offer! If you had a Love Your Body card (or signed-up for one on the evening), you could have 30% off in store. Yes, 30%!!! I totally made the most of this little treat…ah thank you. Continue reading

Blog On 2015

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Blog On 2015 conference at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

I’d booked my ticket last year at a bargain price of about £30 and the next thing I knew, it was May Bank Holiday and the blogging event was upon me. I had no idea what to expect, never having attended in previous years, but the Facebook group and bloggers on Twitter all seemed a friendly bunch, so I knew I’d be in good hands.

I turned up with my roller suitcase (yes, you heard me right, we were told to bring a suitcase for all the goodies we’d be getting) at 9am and made my way to the registration area. Straight away I bumped into a couple of familiar faces – lovely bloggers that have attended my #WeBlogMCR meet-ups.  Continue reading

Benefit Roller Lash – Curl’s Best Friend Tour

Now I am by no means an expert in cosmetics or doing my own make-up, but I absolutely adore the Benefit brand! And their new product Benefit Roller Lash is the latest mascara you need in your collection.

I’m a sucker for good packaging and harping back to the 1950s, so when I had the pleasure of booking the Benefit Curl’s Best Friend Tour at Spinningfields, I was on countdown to see their 1950s salon-inspired pop-up. And it didn’t disappoint!

Pink, pink and more pink. There was checkerboard flooring, pink blankets and a cocktail/mocktail bar. This was the setting for the Benefit Roller Lash ‘make-uppers’ that they’d be offering across 3 days in Manchester. And there were little sample freebies on offer…What more could a girl (or mascara-wearing guy) want?! Continue reading

Basement Interior Design Inspiration

With a baby on the way and a basement full to the brim with crap, we decided a while ago that we would renovate our basement. This would give us the much needed extra room and storage. Then when we found out we were pregnant, it was all hands to deck to get it done!

So at the moment, we’ve got a house full of builders, plasterers, electricians and plumbers, who all have the task of creating us an office and washroom, with plenty of storage and that’ll double-up as a spare bedroom when we need it. There’s about 2 weeks to go before it’s completed and I just can’t wait. In the meantime, I’ve been tasked with thinking about how we decorate it and have been seeking inspiration online (where else!).  Continue reading

Nursery Inspiration

I don’t talk much about my pregnancy on this blog, but I do like to share my DIY and Interior design inspiration posts, so this one is relevant.

So I’m definitely getting into the nesting phase of the pregnancy and can’t stop thinking about decorating and getting the nursery sorted! We’re having our basement renovated to create another room, which will be an office and spare bedroom with ensuite WC. I will be posting lots about that soon! But until this project is done, we can’t really start on the nursery, which is starting to drive me wild. So instead, I have to settle with Pinterest and window-shopping for now.  Continue reading

Our 2 year anniversary

I couldn’t let this day pass without an ode to my boy.

2 year anniversary

Hubby, you have been the best thing to ever happen to me and you continually are my rock. You hold me up.

You are brave, ambitious and motivated.

You are loving, compassionate and kind.

You are incredibly talented and I am always in awe of the things you achieve.

2 years ago today, I got to keep you forever, officially. That was, and still is, the best day of my life yet. But I think that day might get a run for its money this summer and I can’t bloody wait.

With all my heart, always.

x

Driving to Tuscany – what you need to know

on April 26, 2015

This Easter we decided to holiday in Tuscany to hopefully get a bit of much need sun, rest and relaxation. And that’s exactly what we got.

Hubby, the girlies and I decided to drive (yes drive!) over, which if you’re interested, takes approx 18 hours door to door. But that’d be solid driving, so we always break up the drive with an overnight stop-off in Geneva (which works about half way from Calais). This means it’s about 5 hours from Manchester to Folkestone, then we cross over on the Eurotunnel (brilliant, as you can drive straight on and take your doggy if you like), then it’s about 6-7 hours to Geneva. Continue reading

Nola Spritz Girls Night In

So firstly, this post is long overdue as I enjoyed our Nola girls night in last Winter (before I fell pregnant I might add). But secondly, you really need to try this awesome vodka spritz!

Obviously I can’t currently enjoy Nola Sprtiz, as I’m pregnant, but I’ve recommended it to plenty of friends who have enjoyed it since our girly night in last Winter. Continue reading

Chorlton Green Brasserie

on March 21, 2015

Being a Chorlton-ite, I love pretty much everything on Beech Road and one place that is creeping up to being my favourite eatery, is the Chorlton Green Brasserie.

Located at the top of the road, just before you reach the Horse and Jockey, this little gem is nestled just before the corner and if you blink, you might miss it. But it’s understated elegance and chic but comfy interior, make it always welcoming.  Continue reading