Coffee Stop (Project 366 – Day 14)

This weather is the pits! Is there really any need for wind and rain AND snow all at once?! It’s so tempting to just hide away indoors but Omar’s like a puppy and needs regular exercise. So just go get out of the house we went for a walk today to our local High Street. Bad decision. Not only was the wind stinging our faces but my hair turned into a massive frizzy Afro and threatened to team up with Omar’s Afro to create some sort of super-Afro frizz bomb. 

Anyway, the only one who didn’t get wet was Zaki, who was all cosied up in his pram snulgy and smugly pleased with himself, I’m sure. 

  

We stopped off in a coffee shop to regroup and allow mine and Omar’s hair to calm the hell down before making the perilous 10 minute journey home. 

Apart from the dreaded soft play has anyone got any ideas for winter activities for toddlers? I’m really not a fan of mud though. 

Project 366 – Day 1

My sister gave me a fancy new camera for Christmas so I’ve decided to do Project 366 this year. As far as I understand at, all I need to do is take a photo everyday for a year. Sounds doable, although I can’t guarantee the quality of the photos or how interesting they’ll be. Let’s be honest, I also can’t guarantee I’ll get past the third week in January with this project but I’ll give it a shot. 

So here is day 1’s photo

 
Believe me when I say, this was the best of a bad bunch of 73 photos I took of the kids in the bath. And the reason this was my subject matter is because I only decided to try Project 366 while they were in the bath at the end of the day. So it was either them or me in my pj’s and nobody needs to see that. 

Oh well, it can only get better!

Sisterhood of the World Award

The wonderful This Mum’s Life has nominated me for this award (haha that sounds like I’ve done something to deserve the nomination and I might win something. Neither of which are true, sadly), which means I answer her 10 questions and then pose 10 of my own questions to 10 other bloggers. It’s a great way to find other interesting blogs plus the 14 year old in me loves this sort of self indulgent quizzy stuff!

This Mum’s Life really is worth checking out and I especially recommend this hilarious post about those ‘perfect’ crunchy mums we’ve all come across at those god awful baby groups.

  

The Rules of this award are:

1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog

2. Answer the 10 questions given to you

3. Nominate a further 10 bloggers for the award

4. Write 10 questions for those nominees to answer

5. Display the award on your blog, or post

Simples!

So here are the questions I’ve been asked and my answers…

1. What is your biggest blogging highlight so far?

I haven’t been blogging long but I’ve found some pretty brilliant blogs and virtually met some like minded people since I started blogging, but the highlight has to be the response I got from the post about my baby’s heart condition and the tumultuous journey during his first 6 weeks of life. The well wishes from and kindness of strangers has been truly overwhelming. 

2. What is your favourite city in the world?

I think London is pretty special and I have a soft spot for Liverpool but I have great memories of Amman in Jordan, where I have family, so I have to say that’s my fave.  

3. What are your top 3 tv series of all time?

When I was younger tv series’ seemed to have more of an impact on me than they do now, so I’m going to pick the 3 I remember the most about:


Pugwall’s Summer.
What an amazing programme with an amazing theme tune! Remember?! If not, have a listen here and reminisce about how great early 90’s kids tv was!

My So-Called Life  I absolutely LOVED this programme and full on fell in love with Jared Leto. It was full of teen angst and gritty issues like homophobia and teen alcoholism. In fact I’m going to check Netflix to see if it’s on there because I fancy watching it al again!

    The Mindy Project

    This got me through my second pregnancy when my SPD was horrendous and I felt constantly nauseous for the first 6 months. It was on E4 everyday at my oldest’s nap time so instead of tidying up I used to have a cuppa and indulge in some light-hearted American rom-com sit-com cheese. 

    4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

    Initially I wanted to be a hairdresser (I still think I’d be good at that) but then when it became clearer that I was academic I wanted to be a Solicitor. I did become a Solicitor and it wasn’t all Alley McBeal and Silk, let me tell you. 

    5. If you could go back to being a certain age in your life, what would it be?

    21. Without a doubt. It was a great year. I was at uni in Leeds studying for a degree in Classics, I had loads of free time, a great social life and brilliant house mates. Life was pretty peachy. I had all the freedom of an adult but didn’t yet have many of the responsibilities. Plus I was thin!

    6. Who is your favourite comedian?

    This was probably the easiest question for me to answer and the answer is, Russell Brand. I find him hilarious and I love his politics. I know some people think he’s cocky but that’s just his style. He makes me pee my pants! And he’s very handsome.

    7. What was the last thing you saw at the cinema?

    I can’t actually remember! I haven’t been to the cinema since 2012! I don’t really miss it either, I never really enjoyed sitting still for that long 😂. Occasionally I’ll see a film advertised that I fancy seeing but it usually comes out on DVD or Sky Box Office before I get my act together to go to the cinema to see it. 

    8. What has been the most romantic moment in your life so far?

    Err… these have been few and far between to be honest. My husband is about as romantic as a plank of wood. On our first Christmas as a married couple he totally surprised me with diamond earrings and a designer handbag that he’d had hidden in the loft. That was pretty romantic I suppose. 

    9. If you were to blog about another subject, what would it be?

    I don’t really have a theme to my blog, it’s just my random mumblings really. If I had the inclination to blog more seriously with the aim of getting loads of readers the only things I really know about are make up and false eyelashes!

    10. Snog, marry, avoid: Mr. Bloom, Andy Day, Ben Cajee?

    Good grief, what a question! In case you don’t know, these three are CBeebies presenters and all look about 17 (with the exception of Mr. Bloom perhaps, who is now on Hollyoaks btw. Weird.)

    All I can say is that if I came into contact with any of them I’d be too busy concentrating on not punching them in the nose for being as irritating as thrush, to do any snogging or marrying!

    Phew. Ok, so my questions are:

    1. What made you decide to start blogging?

    2. What would you choose for your last supper?

    3. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

    4. Where is your favourite place that you have been and what’s so special about it?

    5. How did you come up with the name for your blog?

    6. What is your favourite book ever?

    7. What’s your most embarrassing guilty pleasure?

    8. Who would play you in the movie of your life?

    9. What would your super power be?

    10. What is your proudest achievement?

    The bloggers I’d like to nominate are:

    The Accidental Hipster Mum

    Chico in the City

    The Comeback Mum

    Picking Up Toys

    Through the Glitter Glass

    Handful of Half Pennys

    Something Crunchy Mummy

    Little Hearts Big Love

    Darly Darly

    Teaching Mum 81

    If it’s not your bag please don’t feel pressured into taking part. I know this is some people’s idea of tedious hell! But I look forward to reading the answers of those who fancy it. 

    Thanks for reading! 😊

    Make up staples – Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation 

    Since I was 13 I’ve been wearing a full face of make up and unless I’m made up I don’t fully feel like myself. It’s not that I hide behind make up or that it’s a mask, it’s more just part of who I am. And now that I’m older, have children and am sleep deprived, good concealer and foundation are things I really rely on. 

    Like most teenage girls I started off with the cheap stuff – Collection 2000 and Rinmel. I can still remember the smell of the Rimmel concealer stick and matt foundation I used to cake on every morning before school. Then when I got a Saturday job at 16 I thought I’d hit the big time and used to buy Max Factor, L’oreal and sometimes Body Shop make up. 

    It wasn’t until I started university in Leeds that I really discovered the delights of Mac, Laura Mercier, Dior, YSL, etc and I have to confess that a probably unreasonable wad of my student loan was spent at make up counters in House of Fraser and Harvey Nicholls. In my defence I did work on a Dior counter for a while and made huge use of the staff discount. 

    I’ve tried a lot foundations over the years, from the very cheapest to the decadently expensive, but I always go back to this one: Estée Lauder Double Wear.

     I’ve converted a fair few of my friends to it too and they’ve all thanked me, without exception. A few months ago I gave Georgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation a try after hearing marvellous things about it, but for me, Estée Lauder Double Wear still comes out on top. 

    So what’s so good about it? Pretty much everything! Except perhaps the price (around £30 for 30ml). But I think it’s well worth it. First of all, the coverage is amazing! You can apply a second layer if you need to but I never have. My skin tone is naturally uneven but this foundation covers all of that and leaves me with a good complexion. Secondly, it lasts! It really truly does last for a full 15 hours (at least) without having to be touched up. It doesn’t budge! Thirdly, and very importantly for me, it’s oil free. I have very oily skin so if I don’t use an oil free foundation I soon become shiny in a sweaty-looking way. Not a good look! And finally, a 30ml bottle goes a long way. Because the coverage is so good I find that I don’t use as much per application as other foundations, so I only buy it two or three times a year.   

    Because it’s oil-free and fairly dense (there is a more lightweight version available but I prefer more coverage) it’s important to moisturise really well before applying. To apply I use a brush; I find that this method achieves the best coverage quickly and evenly. I then use a setting powder and that’s it, I don’t re-touch for the rest of the day! 

    I also use the Double Wear Concealer under my eyes. As well as the usual I’m-a-mum-and-I-get-no-sleep dark circles, I also still have the remnants of the dreaded melasma from my last pregnancy underneath each eye. Double Wear Concealer coupled with the foundation totally covers them! 
    Everyone loves a before and after so here’s me pre and post application of concealer and foundation this morning. I didn’t use a colour corrector and the after shot is before I dusted on the setting powder. The photos were taken with the front camera on my iPhone and aren’t edited in any way. Pretty impressive hey?!

    Do you see why I love Double Wear so much?!
     
    I purchased the foundation and concealer yesterday in Boots (gotta love the advantage points!) and received a free gift in the shape of a lovely red cracker. I haven’t opened it yet but I’ll share its contents when I do. Oh and I also got 500 bonus advantage card points too, win!  

    I realise this post probably sounds like a sponsored big-up of the products but I promise you it isn’t, I wasn’t given anything or paid for writing this, I really do just genuinely rate them highly and wanted to spread the joy!

    If anyone thinks there’s an even better foundation out there please let me know but I doubt I’ll like it as much as my beloved Double Wear!