Making Monday is back! I stopped doing this weekly craft post in December because I was finding it hard to fit in a craft project every week. I’m going to give it another go though, as it was a popular feature and it encourages me to do something creative in a busy week.

My latest craft obsession is making hair accessories so I’m going to put together a few tutorials. This first one is ridiculously easy and anyone could give it a try. I picked up everything I needed in Hobbycraft although most of what I used is readily available on the high street.

So here’s how I put this cute headband together….

They take about ten minutes to make, you can also add twine and ribbon if you’d like a bit more detail on them. I can’t wait to pick up more flowers so I can make a few more for the summer. I’m also going to have a go at bun garlands.

Lila ran outside for a cuddle while I was taking my pictures, I love how this one came out!

What have you been making this week? xxx

I had a bit of a quiet week this week, mostly doing mummy stuff and catching up on blog reading.

On Monday Lila and I popped to Primark, I had been after a couple of new skirts which I had seen online, but sadly neither of them was in stock. But I did manage to get lot’s of basics, like tops for the summer, flip flops and sunglasses as well as a few hair accessories, so not a wasted visit!

As usual we did lot’s of baking this week. Lila made some cinnamon fairy cakes in this cute silicone cake mould which Rob picked me up in Lidl.

I started and finished the fabulous Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. I love her books, they are my chick lit guilty pleasure and each one seems to get better. I also bought a huge new mug from Sainsburys, so I can have extra big tea! Yay!

We got out our big wooden train set and have played with it loads this week. I absolutely love building big complicated tracks and now I want more!

The only outing I really had this week so to the Ideal Home Show, as Fay and I had press passes. It was a really great day out with loads of inspiring home ideas and lots and lots of shopping. I didn’t buy much but I picked up a few things that I’ll share on the blog next week. I also filmed a vlog, which I will try to edit when I get a chance.

One of my favourite stalls was Simply Vintage Designs, who actually sold at my vintage fair a couple of years ago. They have such pretty little vintage bits for the home.

While we were there we had a yummy pizza Express, I opted for a Niciose Salad, as I had done a ridiculously gruelling Body Attack class that morning and wanted to be good! It was delicious though and a great change from Pizza.

We also treated ourselves to a cocktail at the show, we each had a Watermelon and Basil Mojito, which was unusual but very refreshing.

I also have another new craft hobby, which is making flower garland headbands. A video tutorial for this one will be up on the blog tomorrow.

I hope you’ve all had great weeks. I’m going to try to make this next one an interesting one! xxx


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Yesterday I met Fay for a coffee, which as usual despite efforts to resist ended up with a trip to Boots. I had made a promise to myself not to buy any more nail polish as I have so many. But as soon as I spotted a two for £8 offer on Models Own all hope of holding on to my pennies was lost. Naturally I had to buy 4 things!

Two of those things were these ridiculously cute Speckled Egg nail polishes, which are part of a set of 5 (I so have to go back for the other 3) I am in such a spring mood that these easter delights just had to be bought.

I have so many pinks purples and reds that I decided on two blue and green toned shades. They also have a pink, a yellow and a lilac, perfect for recreating a little set of mini eggs on your fingers! And these nail polishes are every bit as yummy as their chocolate counterparts.

The two shades I opted for were ‘Duck’ and ‘Magpie’ and I’m so happy with my choice of colours.

I absolutely love the packaging of Models Own nail polishes, they look really pretty all lined up and I love the simplicity of the chunky white lid. I can’t wait to put these along side all my other shades.

Generally I prefer a slightly wider brush than the ones that come on Models Own polishes, and this is my only niggle with them. It definitely makes application slightly harder than some of the other brands I use. However I always like the actual polishes so much that this doesn’t really put me off.

Application wise, I always find I need three coats to get a perfect even finish. I also always use a top and base coat, so that 5 layers of polish and it does take a really long time to dry. I find it’s best to use a quick dry spray after the final coat to help it on it’s way.

I’ve only had the polish on for a few hours, so I’m not sure exactly how long it will last, but I generally find with Models Own  polishes that they last about 3-4 days without serious chipping, obviously I’m a really busy mum so I find no polish stays perfect for particularly long on me.

I tried the shade ‘duck’ first and I absolutely love how the colour came out. The little speckles really built up with the 3 coats of polish I put on, for a slightly more subtle look 2 coats would probably be fine.

Over all I am really happy with this product so far, and have no intention of resisting the other shades which I will be picking up on my next visit to Boots. I’ll try to show you the other two products I bought in a future post.

You can buy the Speckled Egg range from Boots here.

Have you tried Models Own products before? What did you think?


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I get offered a lot of stuff to review these days, and often have to say no. However one thing us girls really can’t resist is gorgeous stationary. So when Santoro London got in touch to see if I’d like to review a few products from their website I just couldn’t resist. I was particularly drawn to their Watercolour Birds range. The design is so pretty and matches a lot of things I already have. They sent me a notebook, sticky notes set, gadget case and a very pretty tin of lip balm.

The package came beautifully wrapped along with a lovely note in one of their very pretty greetings cards. While looking through their website I was really impressed with the extensive range of designs and gift ideas, as well as offering wrapping and cards so it’s a great one stop for things like birthdays and mothers day. Of course you could just treat yourself to something nice.

The overall quality of everything I was sent was excellent, and I’ll definitely be using the website in the future especially for things like notebooks as I get through so many. I also have my eye on this iPod sleeve to match the gadget case which I am using for my iPhone.

The notebook was a lovely hardback one with an elastic strap to keep it closed. The pages are beautiful and thick with lines. This a perfect blogger notebook as you can tuck notes and business cards inside without them falling out in your handbag and getting lost.

I love the design and the pretty spine, makes it perfect for tucking into my bookshelf until I’m ready to use it. I laos love how many matching items are available in this print. I really love the idea of having a matching notebook and phone cover. There are several other notebook designs to choose from, including a rather lovely cloth-covered one.

The notebook is priced at £9.99

The little book of sticky notes, comes with a range of designs and sizes. I use sticky notes all the time and have used absolutely loads of these since I got them. They are great for little notes and reminders as well as organising my very packed diary. I’ve had to keep these away from my girls or I know they would have used them all by now!

I like that they come tucked away in a little book, which has kept them all fresh and new looking and not dog-eared at all. They are also very pretty!

The Sticky Notes are priced at £7.50

As someone who has smashed far too many iPhone screens, a good cover or case is an essential for me. This one is quite padded making it a very good protection for my precious phone. It’s really smooth inside so there’s no fear of scratching the screen.  It’s quite stretchy so would also be suitable for other similarly sized phones or iPods. I’d love to get the matching cases for my other gadgets too.

The Gadget Case is priced at £5.99

The pretty lip balm tin is from one of their other ranges and is so pretty! This is another thing that I will be carrying around in my hand bag at all times.

The balm itself is a lovely watermelon flavour and feel really smooth on the lips. I think this one would make a great base to put on before applying a coloured lipstick. This wins over my other lip balms simply because I love the packaging so much!

There are a huge range of tin designs and also a few different flavours so definitely something for every taste.

The Lip Balms are priced at £4.99

All in all the experience of working with Santoro London has been fantastic, the people and products were both absolutely lovely and I’m definitely giving them my stamp of approval.

Check out their gorgeous website here.

On Sunday I visited my new favourite London event, The Classic Car Boot Sale. I really love the mix of classic cars and vintage things for sale and the location on The South Bank is absolutely perfect. I met a few friends there and had several glasses of Pimms from the double-decker bus bar and then spent the rest of the afternoon looking through lots of fantastic vintage stalls.

The selection of vintage clothing and accessories was absolutely fantastic with lot’s of beautiful early pieces. Prices varied from stall to stall but most were pretty reasonable. I bought a gorgeous early 60s dress and 5 pairs of Nylon stockings which I will feature in another post. My favourite spots of the day were a few pairs of 1940s shoes and a very beautiful 1930s dress which sadly were a little out of my price range.

There were also lot’s of fantastic classic cars on show, as well as camper vans, scooters and motor cycles. It was great chatting to the stall holders about their cars and the vintage bits they were selling. The whole event had a great atmosphere.

I had such a busy morning with the kids that I literally spent 5 minutes getting ready, I threw on this vintage 80s does 50s dress with a white cardigan and plimsoles. The weather was so beautiful, and it felt great wearing a summer dress again! I did however feel a little boring next to some of the more fabulously attired vintage ladies.

I made a little video while I was there to capture the spirit of the event a little…

Did you go along to the event? What did you think and did you buy anything?


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