Friday, 23 February 2018

Elegant Touch Glue on Nails

I love having my nails done but I don’t have either time or money at the minute to spend on them and so to save my little sausage fingers looking completely like stubs, I live for false nails. I’ve tried pretty much every brand out there from Primark to Home acrylics but there’s only one brand that wins time and time again and that’s Elegant Touch. 

With lots of different designs suitable for everyone and everything, their nails are also one of the few that actually fit my fat fingers and still leave me with a few spare! I love the glue that comes with too as it doesn’t dry up and I know that if one unexpectedly pops off, I can still use it and not have to battle with a crusty, dried up stick of glue. 

elegant touch stick on nails

Launching a new collection which has 4 different designs, the Nocturnal Dreams collection is a beautiful range of both dark and nude nails which all have a little added something to the nail. My favourite have to be the Twilight Dreams Nude Crystal nails which are perfect everyday nails yet the accent nail gives it a little sparkle and a little added extra if you like to add something else to your nails. 

There are 2 other designs that I’m yet to try and I’m dying to get my hands on the Midnight Blues set which is a gorgeous duo-chrome, Blue set - right up my street! And there is also a grey set too so there really is a colour for anyone. 

The application of the nails is super easy too - you get a small nail file included and then 24 nails which range between 10 different sizes to make sure there is a size that will fit all nails. Like I said, I have quite large nails so I usually struggle to find ones that fit but these fit absolutely perfect and they’re super quick to apply. I firstly sort the nails into the sizes I need for each hand and then I buff my nails using the file and shape my natural nails a little so they can’t be seen at all, I apply a little glue on the false nail, wait a few seconds then press onto mine and voila. Done. 

I’ve had my set on now for 10 days and have only lost my thumb nails (which are usually the ones to come off first regardless) but I’ve reapplied them and they’re all still going strong! You can buy these nails from most Boots or Superdrug stores or online from Feelunique

elegant touch stick on nails

elegant touch nocturnal stick on nails

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

What to watch with the Kids during Half Term

The February Half Term is strange - half the country had last week off but we seem to be a week late and have this week off. So along with planning our days for the rest of the week, it’s nice to know that we can relax a little bit when we’re all out of steam and pop the TV on. It’s good to have a backup plan too incase the weather isn’t kind and it decides to rain off our outdoor plans. 

We’ve had an arts and crafts day already (because it meant that I could tidy up after and the house would say relatively tidy for the remainder of the week) and we’re also off trampolining, to the farm, swimming, soft play and we’re also going on a Gruffalo hunt too! But for a bit of a chill out time for the kids (or me) in-between we’ll have a living room picnic and stick some television on. Of course, it’s nothing like being at the cinema and we don’t have a fancy 4K Panasonic Television to watch in awe, although I do wish we did, we’ll stick to what we’ve got a choose from a range of shows and films that are suitable for us all.

We’ve all got our favourites so I usually give Millie an option and she can choose what she wants, with the help of Netflix and an ever-growing DVD and Blu-Ray collection, we’re never short of things to watch! 

Some of our favourite DVD’s are: 
The Lion King
Despicable Me
Toy Story 
Beauty and The Beast

Some of our favourite films on Netflix are:

Some of Millie’s favourite programmes to watch are:
The Furchester Hotel (available on cBeebies and Netflix)
Paw Patrol (NickJr + Netflix)
Bubble Guppies (NickJr + Netflix)
Dora the Explorer (NickJr + Netflix)

What we’re going to watch this week on Netflix:
Night at the Museum
Trolls (The beat goes on)
Nine Lives
Rise of the Guardians 

kids netflix shows

(Collaboration with Panasonic)

Friday, 16 February 2018

5 Money Saving Tips for Mums

There isn’t a right time to start saving but it’s good to know that you have a little stash of cash put aside for all those things that happen all at once, you know, the MOT fails, the kids need new shoes or a coat, the dog eats a teabag, yeah, those. I’m sure I’m not the only one to admit that I struggle to save money if I don’t have something in particular to save for... Book me a holiday and I’ll pay it off in a few months, yet tell me to put money aside and I’ll find it difficult not to dip in it every now and again.

Now I’m a Mum, I do find that saving money is a little easier knowing there’s 2 little humans relying on me for various things and it’s just a peace of mind knowing there is a little bit of money set aside incase we need it. I’m useless at the whole credit card thing and have quite a bad credit score, which I *think* is what most people would use if they had money issues and even though some companies offer loans for those with bad credit which can help you out if you’re desperate but, I wanted to share some everyday money saving tips that we can all do to help save money in the long run and make it aimed more towards Mums or Mums - To - Be. 

money saving tips for mums

1 - Buy second hand
If you’re a first time Mum then you will probably have had a lot of help from friends and family in regards to buying all the things you need but, if not, a great way to save a lot of money is to buy second hand. There are some great shops and second hand boutiques out there that have the more expensive items in for a fraction of the price! I bought Mylo’s travel system and saved over £500 yet it looked brand new! I think the term ‘second hand’ tends to put people off but if you look around enough and find the good bits, you can really save yourself some dosh! eBay is a great place to start and to save more money, narrow your search results down to your location so you don’t need to pay for P&P! You never know what someone around the corner is selling! 

2 - Bulk cook meals from scratch 
It’s easy to take the easy way when it comes to cooking - whether you’re cooking for your weaning baby or your picky 5 year old, it’s so much cheaper to bulk cook and make food from scratch. We’re lucky that both kids will eat almost anything but a lot of the time, it’s some sort of pasta dish that’s being made. I try and feed Mylo the same as us or as Millie but if not, I boil some vegetables up and pop them in the fridge so that he has something to eat on an evening if he doesn’t eat the same as us. You can also bulk make and pop into the Heinz/HIPP jars and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you’re struggling for recipes, just use the same ingredients as what you’d find in the jars if you were to buy them from the shops! It’s easy to do and cheaper too! 

3 - Use Loyalty cards 
A lot of places these days have some sort of loyalty scheme, whether it be Boots, Superdrug, H&M (this is new but it’s pretty good if you buy their kids clothes, which are fab!) or Nandos, using the loyalty scheme will often mean that in future, you get discounted products or, quite often, money to spend. Boots is a great one as you get 10 points for every £1 spent with 100 points = £1 to spend in store. If you join their parenting club, you also get seasonal vouchers sent through too which can again, save you a heap of money on all of the essentials. 

4 - Free activities - Use your community 
Rather than splashing out on trips to the Zoo, Meals out, take advantage of your local community. More often than not, there are community centres that run family activities whether it’s for babies, younger children or youth clubs for older kids, there’s always something to do even if it’s just a couple of quid. Get out and about and visit the park more too! Millie loves running around the park and although it’s a little boring to sit and watch, it’s burning their energy and gives you a little ‘you time’ too! Plus, doing this you’ve saved yourself money and are using the community too! 

5 - Don’t be afraid to buy non-branded items 
There is SO MUCH stuff out there for babies and children, a lot of it made by the big old brands but, some of our favourite products have come from home brands including nappies, baby formula and even snacks! You will notice a considerable difference in price with a lot of necessities, one being baby formula. We actually use Aldi’s home brand of baby milk which is £4 cheaper than the alternative (read my comparison post here)

Do you have any great money saving tips that could be added to this? Let me know in the comments below or Tweet me @emmaloub_ 
(This post was in collaboration with CashLady)

Monday, 12 February 2018

Buckley London Jewellery

Whether it’s a treat for you or a gift for someone else, jewellery is always a good choice. I’m quite picky when it comes to jewellery, not really owning or wearing much of it apart from my Pandora bracelet and my gold triple stone ring, earrings are usually my own from Pixel Stones and that’s about it. I think it’s usually because I forget to take it all off when I go to bed and then either loose it or break it but if I do get something or wear something new, I love to show it off and keep it for best.  

Buckley London have a huge and gorgeous range of jewellery that suits all budgets! If you’re looking for a certain thing for someone else or fancy buying something new, you’ll definitely find something over on their website. With Valentines  day and Mothers Day  coming up, it’s also a great time to have a browse and see if there’s something on there which would be great for someone else too! 

buckley london necklace

I’m a huge lover of gold - I don’t usually wear silver as I just prefer the look of gold against my skin but with a mixture of the metals, I can wear them both. My Pandora bracelet is the rose gold version so with it being mostly silver, there are subtle rose gold aspects to it and I love it. The same with this Angel Feather Pendant Necklace. The perfect split between the gold and silver, with the additions of the gorgeous gems, it’s a cute necklace to wear to give any outfit just a little something different. It’s also the perfect length chain and I think it would make a great gift for Mothers Day as the feathers could symbolise Mother and Daugther/Son. Any jewellery on Mothers day is going to be a winner but something as beautiful as this will really give you top marks! It also comes beautifully packaged too with a little hook on the box so that it can be hung and doesn’t get tangled! 

If you’re more into bracelets and bangles, the Pimlico Rose Gold bracelet is just the thing. Its elasticated so will fit most people and the beads are a gorgeous rose gold colour with 5 added beads that are crystallised with gems. The beads sit on a grey rope which I think is the perfect contrast of colours and works so well together. I wear mine daily as I think it can be dressed up or down and usually double it up with my Apple watch which is on a Rose gold strap. Such an affordable item too at just £15.00 - if you’re looking for ideas for Valentines day then this is the perfect thing! 

There’s so much more to look at on the websites with gift sets, bangles, earrings and more - you can definitely bet that you’ll find at least one thing you love so make sure you tab the page and drop a hint if you’re looking for something sparkly! 

buckley london bracelet

buckley london jewellery