Be Real Body Image Pledge with Dove

As readers of my weekly series ‘She Loves Herself’ will know, each guest ends their post by completing the statement: ‘I pledge to love myself a little more today by…’ 

From “drinking more water” to “appreciating just how much my body can do” these pledges are something we should all try to make (and stick to) for ourselves everyday. I’ve written here and here previously about my own thoughts on the pressure to strive for physical ‘perfection’ and it’s fair to say that even today body confidence doesn’t come naturally to me – I’m still a work in progress.  Continue reading

Gettin’ Hygge With It- Boxcitement Giveaway

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s pronounced hoo-ga but that doesn’t stop my brain from seeing hygge as in ‘jiggy’ so just humour me ok?


A relatively new arrival to the UK, this Danish concept celebrates all things cosy and heart-warming. Think hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire with wooly socks and a good book and you get the idea. A more stark contrast to the recent trend for kale shots and courgetti you could not find. I’ll happily give myself to a lifestyle that encourages me to lie under a duvet and eat cinnamon rolls by candlelight. What’s not to like?

This time of year was made for Hygge. The days may be cold and dark but simple pleasures like a warm bath or some mulled wine (or a warm bath of mulled wine) can make it all better. Who knows if it’s here to stay or if come January we’ll have ditched it quicker than you can say ‘All Inclusive to Benidorm’ but I’ll be hygge-ing the hell out of everything in the meantime.

Thanks to Boxcitement I’m all over it too, this month’s happy mail delivered a parcel bursting with a whole heap of Hygge! From the oh-so comfy wooly socks (essential Hygge attire) to a nifty candle holder that doubles up as a Christmas decoration this little box is such a treat. The theme changes monthly and you can see previous box contents (I want them all) on the website. My box was the ‘Oh How Hygge’ priced at £18 for a one off but there are various subscription options or mini-boxes available from £9.50 with free P&P. Use code YOURBOX  and you’ll even get a cheeky 10% off*

Every buyer of a 3/6/12 month order or subscription as a Christmas gift will also receive a complimentary package of stationery and gifts for themselves as a thank you for ordering from Boxcitement- hooray!

If you like this particular box (scroll down for photo’s of what I received) you’ll need to be quick as it’s almost sold out. As Teacher/ Colleague/ Secret Santa presents go this is a perfect option and laughs in the face of a Fuzzy Peach gift set.

Fancy being one of the first to receive the next Boxcitement surprise box through your door? To be in with a chance of winning a one off box worth £18 enter the competition at the bottom of this post. Contents are top secret but I can say it is perfectly timed for Christmas party goers!

As promised here are the contents of my Boxcitement delivery!

Beautifully packaged parcel – lemme at it!

Oh so cosy toes and felt zip pendant (immediately stolen by small girl)

Lined notebook, cute bookmark and 2 Hygge themed cards with envelope.

Double sided print for framing and door hanger. Candle and candle holder which comes apart to make a fab Christmas tree decoration- I like it!


Aaaaand relax.

To be in with a chance to win a one off Boxcitement box just click on the link below to take you to the entry form! Ends 03/12/16 UK entries only please.
Click Here To Enter – Good Luck!

*Cut-off dates for December are Dec 10 for international orders and Dec 18 for UK orders. Any mini boxes or past boxes purchased will be posted straight away.






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Disclosure: I was kindly gifted a one off box for purposes of this review. As always opinions are my own and honest.

She Loves Herself – Simply A Mama


This week I’m delighted to welcome SamSam who blogs at  Simply A Mama , documenting the crazy ride that is motherhood! She lives in Kenya with her husband and adorable son who just celebrated his 1st birthday (awww). Samsam is relatively new to blogging so please pop over and show her some blog love.


Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?

 My lips I believe that they are nice and naturally full which is great now that big lips are really in trend.

My eyes because they are big and bright, they are truly the window to my soul. I’m glad my son got his big beautiful eyes from me.

I also love my hands because they are soft and delicate. I get to hold my precious baby and hold my husband’s hand with them. I usually get a lot of compliments on how soft they are. Continue reading

Blogfest, an honest review.

Sooooo Blogfest. One of the biggest, most anticipated blogging events of the year hosted by Mumsnet and offering a day of sessions, seminars and keynote speeches.

I imagine there are already a lot of reviews floating around out there and almost a week after the event you’re probably sick to death of hearing about it so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’ve purposely tried to avoid reading anything Blogfest-related since Saturday as I was really struggling to figure out a way to put my thoughts into words. In fact to be entirely honest I’ve been struggling to know what to make of the event at all.


So I won’t bore you with every detail but here are a few things that have been bouncing around my brain since Saturday: Continue reading

She Loves Herself – Mum Muddling Through


In 10 months of blogging I’ve been lucky enough to discover a whole bunch of awesome blogs and bloggers who have made me feel completely welcome in this strange new world of online shenanigans. I quickly discovered the world of linkies, an opportunity to share and discover blog posts and so once I’d figured out how they actually worked I decided to dip my toe in with #coolmumclub, which is co-hosted by Sarah at Mum Muddling Through. Ironically, while wandering around St Pancras this Saturday (en-route to Blogfest) Sarah was also the first of my online blogger buddies that I met in actual real life.  It’s just as well she recognised me really, what with her being an international woman of mystery and all I’d struggle to recognise her from her profile pic. This week she’s very kindly offered to take part in the series and talks about the different stages of womanhood and how these have directly influenced the relationship with her body and her view on body confidence in increasingly positive ways.

Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?

Now this is hard, isn’t it? If you asked me to name my three worst parts it’d be easy, but what I love about this series is how it’s challenging us to embrace positivity about our bodies so here goes nothin’. Continue reading

I’m going to Blogfest!


So tomorrow morning a whole gaggle of excited blogger types will be alighting at King’s Cross Station for one of the biggest blogging events of the year: BLOGFEST. This year I’m more than a little bit excited to be one of them! Excited, but nervous. Luckily the monumental effort that goes into organising the rest of the family in order to allow this to happen is keeping my mind busy enough that I don’t have time to stress about it too much.

Here’s how  today is looking: Continue reading


When it comes to kids magazines we have a love/hate relationship. The kids love them, I hate them. Gone are the days where I could carefully select a magazine for its educational and developmental benefits, nowadays it’s ALL ABOUT THE FREE TAT! Who cares about the actual content when there’s (another) free fairy wand or miniature skateboard thingy on offer eh? Fair to say I’d fallen out of love with the lot of them until I was recently sent some issues of ‘OKIDO- The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids’.

This is not your average kids magazine. For starters I’m a bit jealous of just how cool it looks. The whole design and illustration is fun, modern and enticing. Spud and Flump instantly recognised the characters from the hit Cbeebies show ‘Messy Goes To OKIDO’ and couldn’t wait to get stuck into them, pouring over the pages and pages of stories, puzzles and (secretly educational- shhhhh!) fun ideas.

The usually flimsy pages are replaced with high quality heavy paper giving the magazine a more book-like feel and making the cut-out activities sturdy and durable. Usually I try to get the kids magazines into the recycling bin as soon as possible without them noticing but I’m more than happy to keep hold of these for their reading baskets.

Each issue focuses on a topic (eg. water, dinosaurs, bodies, feelings) and offers lots of engaging and fun ways for children to learn and discover through stories, activities, games, doodles, recipes and poetry.

We learnt all about different types of dinosaurs and even have one of our own now!


We followed the story of the water cycle, made our own boat and spent a soggy Saturday afternoon fishing from our own ‘indoor pond’!

Like most kids both mine are fascinated by anything to do with the body and there was lots of cool stuff for them to discover and do, the highlight of the entire magazine (for an 8 year old boy) being a game which involved farting – you can imagine the endless hilarity that caused between the pair of them!

There is so much to do that we haven’t managed half of it yet but so far OKIDO has been a huge hit with both the kids (and me!). It’s aimed at 3-8 year olds and although this seemed like a wide age range to me at first, looking through the issues I can see that this is probably true, younger readers would just need a helping hand from a grown up. In fact I’d even say children over 8 years would enjoy it too. It’s a bi-monthly magazine which retails at £4. You can subscribe for £19.99 for 6 copies which is fantastic value for money given just how much is crammed into each issue. To be in with a chance to win an annual subscription (6 copies) just click on the link below to take you to the entry form!

Ends 11/11/16 UK entries only please.
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If your little one is already a fan of Messy Monster and OKIDO you can find lots of lovely gift ideas on the website including adorable stationery (want), prints (want), toys, books and more.


Disclosure: We were kindly sent these magazines for purposes of this review. All views are my own (and the kids!). 

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