Wednesday, 25 March 2015

NELSONS Rosehip oil - A glowing report - A review (3)

NELSONS Rosehip oil - A glowing report

A few weeks back HRH Kate, happened to admit to the press that she uses Rosehip oil, which apparently has the power to reduce wrinkles and turn you into a princess.

Obviously, I was more than happy to put this to the test on behalf of Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy Skincare Range.

I did my research - i.e. tried it for a week, and loved it. I applied a few drops in the morning after cleansing my face, rubbing it in gently to the wrinkly laughter lined areas.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Backwards musings of a 6YO

E: Mummy, I've heard there is going to be a solar eclipse in the morning, so will you please remind me that I have to walk to school backwards?

FOOTNOTE - added Fri 20th

The morning's much anticipated solar eclipse was not visible on the walk to school today due to very cloudy conditions. 

Esme understood that as a consequence of the cloud, there was no chance of her damaging her eyes by accidentally looking at it. 

She still felt the need to walk all the way to school backwards. 

Thank goodness we live pretty much next door. 

I ask you. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Yorkshire Pride - England’s favourite holiday destination

Camping in Yorkshire with kids

For the last couple of months, I've been telling hubs that we ought to visit Yorkshire again. I have such fond memories of our last trip there, years ago. 

Pre-kids we had enjoyed a stunning holiday to Whitby, and all at once fell in love with each other and the destination to boot. It was in a gorgeous hotel on the cliff top that we had lain for a few days, and that our lives had been as wildly beautiful as the nearby moor. But before I go all Wuthering Heights on you:

STOP PRESS. Kids happened. Haven't been back since.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Is ultrasound safe in pregnancy?

This post sheds some light on the truth about the recent claims made about ultrasound, and to advise parents-to-be whether or not these techniques are safe on their unborn babies

Photo courtesy of Miracle In Progress

Back in the Autumn of last year, I met with a pregnant Sam Bailey and her midwife from Miracle In Progress. It was the launch of a product that could look at babies in the womb in 4DHD and they were encouraging the press to pick it up - advertising the HD part of it, which was the new thing at the time.

I mention this as the current news about so called 'Souvenir Scans' took me back to that day - although Sam was well over the 10 week mark.

The Royal College of Obstetricians has recently advised that 'souvenir scans' should be banned for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy due to the potential harm of the high-frequency sound waves. A new scientific review has claimed that ultrasound – which uses sound waves to provide images of the fetus – could expose the unborn baby to unknown risks.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Honest musings of a 3YO

S: Mummy, I think I love you. Mummy, you have a big bottom.

M: I love you lots Sofia. And yes, I suppose it has spread somewhat - since allowing me to carry my two beautiful babies.

NB For the record, I was bending over at the time and Fia glimpsed a whole new angle of my backside. Also for the record, I think my arse is far too skinny and would love a whole lot more booty to shake.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

11/52 The GraceFaith year long art project - a mother's day special

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year, and today capturing our
LIFE AS IT IS at home on Mother's Day... celebrating me, the best mum ever, who obviously shouts a lot and makes their life utterly miserable!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Whilst I'm on the subject of a new me... Rosehip oil review (1)

...I've been sent this Nelsons Homeopathic product to try

It has sold out everywhere because HRH Kate, happened to admit to the press that she is using it.

Apparently, Pure Rosehip oil has the power to reduce wrinkles, and, give you that pregnancy glow.

(I'm wondering, can it get rid of that one stray wiry hair that insists on returning to my chin every so often too?)

Of course I'll give it ago. And I'll keep you posted.

And for the record, I just need the glow not the pregnancy.

I've not turned into a quite yet... but day one of using oil & it's looking promising

A revolutionary new me... a CYCLING epiphany


January 1st is not a necessity.

Routine and childcare are.

Hard work and dedication and motivation are.

I finally have the first two in place.

And I've always been dedicated and motivated to work hard - only sat at a type writer.

Not on a bike.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Your child can EXPLORE LEARNING for free this Easter hols

Did you know there are FREE Creative Writing and Maths Workshops over Easter at Explore Learning?

Parents looking for ways to entertain their children this Easter can sign up to any number of creative writing and maths workshops taking place at Explore Learning centres across the country.  

Monday, 9 March 2015

Fishy died...

...just saying.

Meanwhile the big one ate all of the little pipey stripey ones.

And then bullied fishy.

Fishy that was in recovery and a lover of mushy peas.

Fair to say, from this point on, we'll be a one fish family.

A one big fish family.

Friday, 6 March 2015

LIFE AS IT IS World Book Day - and a MorphCostume review

Last year for Halloween, Life As It Is was sent an alien MorphCostume to review. For Esme, it was a huge fancy dress hit, although a few of the little ones weren't too sure. What I hadn't mentioned at the time, was the fact that there are countless other designs available - for adults and children - to choose from...

FRAMED - Currently my 1Grace1Faith - World Book Day

Sofia Faith  
Esme Grace

Thursday, 5 March 2015


So what should one be expected to do for their young child on their birthday? Don’t panic that’s what. And do the party at home if that's what you want, try not to feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and relax. 

These top ten tips will help...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A guide to party etiquette for small children...

...And 10 top tips to a stress free birthday party

If I wind the clock back a year, when Esme Grace was a 5YO, I can remember a conversation about birthday parties that went like this: 
5YO: Mummy, have you ever been to a birthday party that was rubbish?  
Me: I don't think so. Is there such a thing?
5YO: Yes there is Mummy. When there aren't any party bags to bring home.
Are all children as selfishly egocentric at five? My daughter clearly had a lot to learn regarding party etiquette back then, for rather than look forward to celebrating the child in question’s birthday, she’d look forward to whatever she could get out of it. For a long time, (to my embarrassment), this was all about the balloons.

Monday, 2 March 2015

What have you done today to make you feel proud? (Get a wiggle on)

Are you a nursery or school that can help Action For Children?

Did you know about the Giant Wiggle? A sponsored walk for children aged five and under, raising money for Action for Children. 

It takes place on the 19th of March, coinciding with the birthday of Eric Carle’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Because of this, Action for Children are suggesting a short nature trail as part of the wiggle or even  encouraging a caterpillar conga line? Either way, they are definitely putting the 'fun' into fundraising.

To find out more please visit

Sunday, 1 March 2015

9/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year

The 1st of March heralds the arrival of Spring flowers - here is Fia's beautiful interpretation