you Beauty Box March

The March you Beauty Box was named The Best of British! This was to be my last you Beauty Box as I like to swap to different boxes to try new things, so I had my fingers crossed for some good selections!


skinade Drink Travel Sachet – I reveived 2 samples of the skinade drink. Its a skincare drink that you add to water which nourishes your skin from the inside. It had a citrus taste when with water. But I cant really comment on if it works or not as I dont think 2 drinks did anything! A 30 day course costs £105 so its not probably something I would try again as I couldnt guarantee I would actually get anything for it. Nice to try though! 

eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – I love an eyeliner thats like a felt tip and this one was especially good as it was not to thick and also draw on very easily! It is an absolute black and it lasts all day without fading. Definitly a repurchase! Below is my everyday look using the eyeko Skinny Eyeliner on the top!


Katherine Daniels Essential Micellar Face & Eye Make Up Remover – I may have mentioned in a previous post that I am a user of micellar waters. My go to is usually the pink Garnier one, but I like trying others. This water was great on waterproof makeup and even removed some makeup when I thought I had taken it all off! It didnt leave my skin too dry which is a bonus but it does have a slight floral smell which is nice but my skin can be very sensitive to floral things!

MONU Eye Cool Gel – MONU describe this is an all round miracle that leaves your eyes brighter and skin rejuvenated. The gel reduces puffiness and dark circles, whilst lifting and correcting skin tone! Luckily Im not prone to circles or puffiness so I have not used this gel to its proper use. But I have found it great after taking my makeup off after a long day on my laptop! 

The Hero Project Vit C-30 Ultra Brightening Serum – A vitamin C serum that helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles. I have only used once so far and I put on before bed. It has a dry oil texture and left my skin very smooth. However, it played havoc with my “adult acne”. 

I am sad that this was my last you Beauty Box. But i an sure I will be back! 

Luv Kayley 

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Rare Breeds in Kent

I have had a full week off this easyer holidays, as has JC and we have days out planned for Nancy nearly everyday! 

Our first trip was to Rare Breeds which is a petting farm type centre with alot of countryside around. Prices are £10.75 for an adult and £9.50 for a child! We have been before so knew we would have a good day, plus with Nancy only being 4, she cant remember too much of it! 


Rare Breeds have a great selection of animals for children (and adults) to touch, including goats, rabbits, piglets, cows and ferrets! My favourite was seeing all the sheep and baby lambs in the lambing house! Nancy loved the giant pigs snoring in the mud. 


As I mentioned, Rare Breeds is set in the counteyside so there is alot of land to venture through. We went for the blue route which is the longest but it helped me get my 10,000 steps! 


We ventured theough the bluebells, found the Rainbow Wood and even discovered a little frog! Nancy enjoyed being the leader and finding the blue arrows to find the path to follow! 

Our long walk took us in a giant loop and we ended up back at the play park for an ice cream. 


A day at Rare Breeds always ends with the piglet race. Great entertainment where tou see 4 piglets with coloured spots on their bums chase 2 kids out the crowd up the hill. Then 8 other kids have to get their coloured pig back down to the pig sty. The first pair to get their pig down is the winner! Great fun to watch! Our pig (red) won 🙂

If you fancy a visit check out http://www.rarebreeds.org.uk/

Luv Kayley

Easter at Leeds Castle

Today has been another beautiful day in Kent! Not wanting to sit indoors we ventured to Leeds Castle where Nancy took party in the Easter Egg Hunt! 


The aim of the hunt is to find all the pictures on the woodland walk and count how many Easter themed objects are on the board. By finding them all and writing her numbers on her hunt for, Nancy won herself an egg! Happy Nancy!


As usual, Nancy also fed the ducks, spent a long time playing in the park (shoes full of sand) and ate a picnic! 

Everyone seemed to have the same idea as us today as it was quite busy, but Leeds castle has so much land you can get away if you want to. 

My favourite part is walking through the gardens in Spring as all the pretty flowers are out! 


We had a really lovely day in the sun! There was even ice cream 🙂 And even better is that when you buy tickets for Leeds Castle, you get to go ALL year!!

Luv Kayley

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Disney on Ice 100 years of Magic

In June we will be returning to Disneyland Paris for Nancys birthday. To get her excited we decided to book tickets for us all to see Disney on Ice at Wembly Arena, London! 


Nancy was fully prepared in her Anna dress and she loved seeing all the other little girls also in their princess dresses. On arrival we scouted the souvenir desks. Nancy chose a wand that lights up (£20) and myself & JC chose a programme (£10) that Nancy could show the family and have a reminder of the show!

We had great seats at the back of the rink on the right hand corner. Plus on a lower tier which meant we could see everything! 


Throughout the show Nancy was singing and clapping! Her favourite scenes were all the Genies from Aladdin, all the Disney Princesses & Lion King! 



My favourite was either Finding Nemo as Dory was hilarious or the Green Soldiers from Toy Story! I was joyfully singing along for the while show! It literally was 100 years of song, happiness and magic in 2 hours!


The skaters were amazing! Some amazing lifts and jumps! There were 4 falls theoughout the show, all in the same spot! But the crowd were great and cheered them when they got up 🙂 How can you fall full force on your knee but get up and look so graceful as you carry on! Pros!



We had an amazing evening & are now ready for Disneyland Paris!

Luv Kayley

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Pink Parcel February Edition

What do we receive in the post every month . . . . subscription boxes. And what do women also receive every month . . . their periods! so what better than a box that gets delivered a few days before your period each month. Inside each month is the toiletries you request, e.g. pads or tampons. Plus a selection of treats to help you relax and pamper yourself! Such a great concept!

It has taken me a while to subscribe (this was my first), but every month I have seen pictures from those who had already subscribed, and each month the boxes have got better and better!

February was an absolute cracker of a first box! Inside the main box is 3 smaller boxes and a little black fabric bag. The fabric bag is labelled ‘for now’ and contained some small day pads and some tampons. There is a small box labelled ‘for night’ which contains night pads. then 2 larger boxes. One was labelled ‘for later’ and contained more tampons. Lastly was a box labelled ‘for you’ and contained the below:

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Yuyo Yerba Mint Tea – Nothing beats the bloat better than a mint tea! This particular tea is a mix of peppermint, lemon and garden mint. I drank mine whilst in a bubble bath!

Divine White Chocolate Bar – This nearly didn’t last long enough to get into the photo! I am a huge fan of white chocolate and had heard good things about Divine. Its not a Milkybar style white chocolate but taste a lot more luxurious.

Lavolia Fondant Lovelies – These very quickly followed the Divine bar! Sugar rush! In the pack was 3 individual sugar fondants each with their own flavour. I could see these being a cute little pillow treat in a posh hotel!

Ciate Paint Pot in amazing gracie – I have a few Ciate varnishes in my collection. Some large pots like this one and some small pots. I love the application brush as it is flat and wide, so 2 strokes and my nail is covered. amazing gacie is a very pale pink, just right for spring (when it arrives). I found that one coat gave a manicured look. But 2 coats gave is a solid pale pink colour!

Pom 925 Heart Hoop Necklace – This is a new jewellery brand, Peace of Mind 925, which is a UK based company who create delicate on-trend accessories! This dainty silver necklace has a silver ring on the chain and a small gold heart in the middle. Looks create with scoop neck tops.

Trifle Cosmetics Hydrating Body Lotion – Buttercream body lotion . . . I want to eat it! Literally smells too good to put on your body. However, it really helps to hydrate your skin. Its also a great travel size, so I have stashed it away for one of my work trips!

Vitamasque in Acai Berry – I love a face mask as you may have gathered from previous posts. Its great that they are everywhere at the moment. Vitamasque is another Korean brand that has come to the UK. The Acai berry had a great essence and made my skin super moist with a glow.

SoapNSkin Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts – Infused with lavender, lime and calendula oils then topped with dried lavender buds. Pink Parcel have really popped a lot of bath goodies in this months box. Again it smells amazing, which helps not only when its that time of the month, but also after a long day at work! bliss!

Merci Handy Toothpaste – This product was a shocker for me. I received a liquorice flavoured toothpaste . . . it smelled like Sambuca. Really? Its bad enough having that taste in your mouth after a night out, let along  waking up fresh and then putting that taste in your mouth. Sorry not for me.

Overall, I was mega happy with the February Edition. Even better was that it was my first box so only cost £6.99. Payments after the first go up to £10.50!

If your interested in trying Pink Parcel check out https://www.pinkparcel.co.uk/

Luv Kayley

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a little treat for Mother’s Day

This year will be my 5th Mother’s Day since Nancy arrived! Each year I receive a ‘surprise’ gift which Nancy gets very excited to give me. I say ‘surprise’ because usually JC gets a little hint about what I would like. Last year’s was a cute charm for my Pandora bracelet!

I have been searching around for this years Mummy must have gifts. I’ve managed to find some good ones and want to share . . .

Emma Bridgewater Mummy mug

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Emma Bridgewater mugs have been around for a while now so this is not a NEW gift idea. However, personally I still don’t have one 😦 and I’m sure I cannot be the only one. You can order in a range of colours and patterns, and have it as Mummy, Mum or personalised with whatever you would like. Mugs cost £12.95 with an additional £5 delivery. There is still time to order online and get before Sunday. Follow the below link:

http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/en/uk/all-seconds/seconds-pink-hearts-mummy-12-pint-mug/invt/2pih010002

Harls&Ted Winging Motherhood jumper

jumNobody can teach you how to be a mother, no matter how many books you read or classes you attend. This jumper describes my being a mummy method . . . Winging! I absolutely love this jumper. Its a great casual wear that I can see myself wearing on cosy weekends! It retails at £24.99 and can be found at:

http://harlsandted.com/products/winging-motherhood

Sanctuary Spa Gift Set, exclusively at Boots

bootsI first saw this gift set on This Morning earlier this week. I am a fool for a pampering gift set, especially one that comes in a fancy box. I also like that all the goodies are travel sized which means that as a working mummy that’s travels regularly, I can take the pampering with me! So in the box you get:

  • Sanctuary Signature Candle 200g
  • Sanctuary Signature Diffuser 160ml
  • Gentle Polish Body Scrub 50ml
  • Luxury Bath Float 75ml
  • Cleansing Burst Body Wash 75ml
  • Velvety Hand Cream 30ml
  • White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash 75ml
  • White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion 75ml

This gift set is only £22 which is a bargain for such a selection and can be found following the below link:

http://www.boots.com/sanctuary-with-love-mothers-day-gift-10226798

Bloom and Wild flowers

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Bloom and Wild are a flower service that is hand created, packaged securely and delivered through your door as either a one of purchase OR you can subscribe to regular deliveries.

This years Mothers day creations are named the Zara (£23), the Elsie (£28) and the Adele (£30). There are other options if you think your Mummy would like something different.

the Zara is described as rainbow bright, with a tropic touch and includes 19 stems of scented lilies, long lasting astroemerias and some colourful foliage.

the Elsie is described as sweet smelling blooms with a soft, meadowy texture and includes 21 stems of scented freesias and stocks, long lasting astroemerias and wildflower foliage.

the Adele is described as peachy pinks and fluffy petals with wisps of meadowy foliage and includes 19 stems of roses, spray roses and apricot lisianthus.

Fancy ordering a one-off delivery, or treating someone more regular, check out:

https://www.bloomandwild.com/send-flowers/tagonly/mothers-day

Candle from Aldi

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Now these candles have been ALL over social media this week. Reason being . . . . its a candle . . . very similar to those of Jo Malone which cost £44 . . . but these ones are from Aldi and only cost £4!!!!! I am yet to get my hands on one of these. Maybe I will get one Sunday 😉

Aldi have created 3 candle scents; Pomegranate Noir, Freesia, Pear & Lime, as well as Basil & Mandarin. They are hard to find, but so worth it according to the reviews I have read!

Progrigio from Asda

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If women around the world continue to consume Prosecco as they currently are, it is soon to be extinct. So, Asda have decided to try something new and that is Progrigio . . . a mix of Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. Personally I love it! Its sparkly which looks great in a flute glass, and its got that dry wine kick which always makes me think of quality!

Asda are also selling this at a bargain £5 a bottle OR a special offer of 6 bottles for £25 (you can treat Mummy, Nanny & Great-Nanny with that)!

https://groceries.asda.com/product/sparkling-wine/progrigio-premium-italian-sparkling-wine/910003039732

Cushion by Tillyanna

cushionI don’t care what JC says, you cannot have too many cushions. And what better than a cushion that means something. I found the above creation on notonthehighstreet.com. A lovely monochrome theme cushion which can be personalised with the families names.

I find it so cute . . . definitely too cute for anyone to actually use as a cushion!

If you fancy a personalised cushion, any of the other personalised home wares that are on offer, please check out:

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/tillyanna/product/personalised-penguin-family-cushion

Well, there you go . . . my 7 Mother’s Day wish list items! Either drop the hint Mummy’s or get the hint Daddy’s! Happy Mothers Day!

Luv Kayley

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Beauty & the Beast . . .

Those who know me well, know that I am a massive Disney fan. I have every classic on DVD, I got engaged at Disneyland Paris and I even have a Steamboat Willy (aka Mickey Mouse) wobble head statue in my from room. When Disney first announced that they would be remaking classics into live features, I thought ‘come on . . . why ruin a good thing!’ First I saw Snow White and the Huntsman and I really hoped that they didn’t mess with too many. Unfortunately, Kristen Stewart is no Snow White. But then I saw Cinderella and was mesmerised. Being a fan of Lily James from her role in Downton Abbey, I knew she would play the Princess that Cinderella is . . . and that dress! Wow!

So when Disney announced that next was Beauty & the Beast (totally in my top 5 all time faves), I was nervous but fingers tightly crossed it would be good!

I believe its all about the right cast, and gosh did they find a good one! Dan Stevens, another Downton fave of mine and Emma Watson, another Princess material actress, as Beauty & the Beast themselves! Along side them was also:

  • Luke Evans as Gaston . . . I was a little unsure at first but he plays him brilliantly
  • Ian Mckellen as Cogsworth – his voice fits so well with a clock
  • Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts – I didn’t realise it was her voice until she turned back into Mrs Potts at the end and instantly I thought Nanny McPhee . . . perfect match
  • Ewan McGregor as Lumiere – again I didn’t realise it was his voice

Plus, many many more that I kept saying ‘oooo I didn’t know she/he was in this!’

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We pre-booked to make sure we got to see one of the first viewings . . . I just couldn’t wait. I was a little worried that Nancy would be scared as some of the trailers were quite dark but its also one of her favourites & she loved it! A couple of bits did make her jump but she just giggled and carried on with the Haribos!

Beauty & the Beast (2017) is near exactly the same as the original classic. The order of scenes, the words and the songs. If it had been any different, I would have been disappointed. The bonus was that Disney have added in a few extra scenes which add context such as what happened to Belle’s mother and what happened to the enchantress that turned the Prince into the Beast?

From the very first scene as Belle walks out of her little house and sings the “Belle” song (slight shock that it was actually Emma Watson, never knew she could sing) my face totally light up and I even had tears in my eyes. Sooooooo happy that Disney did not meddle with a Beautiful film! Now, Cinderella’s dress was amazing, and Belle’s was just as good! All yellow and swishy . . . and a touch of modern day accessories! Love it!

The soundtrack all the way through was great. Each song was given an update but not changed too much. My favourite has to be the classic “Beauty & the Beast” which was remade my John Legend and Ariana Grande . . . amazing! #downloaded!

The only scene that I’m not sure on was “Be Our Guest”. When I was little, this was totally magical. A bit like the first scenes in Fantasia. Yes Disney have added special effects of flying plates etc. but I just wanted  little bit more, not sure what though!

Overall, I am mega happy with the remake. A truly magical film which I will be adding to my collection once released. Bring on the Beauty & the Beast memorabilia when I go to Disneyland this year 🙂

Luv Kayley

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