Thursday, 31 July 2014

Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair

Morning Loves,

These day's my eyes tend to receive a battering with early mornings, and being so busy all the time and lack of zzzz. I know beauty products don't always perform miracles, but if something can give me a boost then I'm happy! This Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair came in a set with some cleansers, and I have been using it daily for a few months.

Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair £ 14.75 10ml

It actually brightens up the eye area, so I use this as a primer under my makeup. It also hydrates and just smoothes out the bags. Its very lightweight and is made from natural ingredients. You only need a smidge and as a result this has lasted ages ( since March). Also, if having a day off make up, I put on a moisturizer and this over the top.

Love Ellie x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My secret food weapon - White Truffle Oil

Morning dolls,

It's been a while since I've written a food post, so for all you foodies out there it's your lucky day! I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food. I will try anything and have quite a varied pallette. I've been to some amazing restaurants and I've been to some shit restaurants. Truffles are often referred to as 'the diamond of the kitchen'. This could not be any further from the truth. Black and white truffles have such a distinctive taste, and when collaborated with the right ingredients,this can cause an orgasm in the mouth! I don't even know where you buy them to be honest, but Ive discovered white truffle oil by merchant gourmet. Oh my days! It's just as good as an actual truffle, and cheaper.Now I've had different varieties of truffle oil. And to be honest you can't really taste the flavour in most.The merchant gourmet white truffle oil is genuinely infused with white truffle. And just a little sprinkle can add that Midas touch to a dish. It's great with pasta, risotto, meat, salads,sauces, and with bread. Honestly this is now one of my staple kitchen items.


Merchant Goumet White Tryffle oil £11.99 250ml

What are your staple kitchen items?

Love Ellie x

Monday, 28 July 2014

What I'm lusting after- The Home Edition

Morning my lovely readers,

I am currently in the process of updating my home. Since I've had a baby, and stay at home now, I think I've ended up gaining real vision on how I would like things. Not major renovations, but simple , subtle touches to give it a real homely feel. We have just had our conservatory finished, and some new decking and a feature area of stones and plants. I'm waiting for the garden/conservatory furniture to be delivered this week. Here's a few items on my lust list I'm after,,,

Mason Jars - can be used for anything! Flowers, drinking glasses, storage, or general display. Love them!

Bath & body works candles- gorgeous packaging and unusual scents. I love a scented candle.

Air Plants - I recently discovered these.they require low maintenance as they get their nutrients all from the air. They also look so cute and can be displayed a number of ways.

Still haven't got this candle yet! I still want it. I love the smell!

Now we have baby Jack, I want to put our pictures up all over the house, but in a stylish manner. I like this arrangement.

My coffee table is coming this week, and I want a stylish feminine display. I love this!

Love Ellie x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Our month in photos - July 2014


It's been a while since I created a photograph post. I always love these because I treasure our memories we make.Time flies and is so precious and I'm so thankful we live in an era where photography is so accessible. This month has been quite exciting,as we started weaning, and Jack can now sit up, and he has done the odd toll but I kept missing it argh. Here's our month of July..

Love Ellie x

The perfect Raspberry shade Nail Polish - Koala beary-y

Evening honeys,

Sorry it's been a while since I blogged. I've had a pretty busy week, waiting for deliveries, having to run errands, trying to do some work whilst looking after my bub. We also attended Royal Ascot Racing which was a lovely day out. I thought a pink polish would be perfect for Ascot. Feminine, summery and with the rest of my outfit in subtle colours, this worked well. It also went with my Korres lipgloss! I found OPI Koala Beary-y ! OPI host a massive range of colours, but with very weird names. I'm not normally a pink girl, but I'm loving this colour!

I really love this colour and it gave me a real feel good factor when wearing it! It would be perfect for a day out like ascot, a wedding, even a party. I think sometimes we need bright colours in life. A little bit of flair can do so much for your mood.

Love Ellie x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Am I a good mother?!

Afternoon Readers!

Do you ever question yourself as a mother? Stupid question! I know we all do. I know for a first time mum, I am new to this, but I like to think I am doing a reasonably good job. So why is it that I constantly question myself? For example, I feel strongly I should be spending every second of the day with Jack playing with him, putting him in the bouncer, giving him tummy time, ensuring he has enough naps etc. I feel guilty if I spend a bit of time on twitter. I feel guilty if I haven't been on his mat playing with him all day. I feel guilty if I haven't taken him out for a walk. Am I hindering his development? I know they say drop the housework etc, your baby is more important. This is true, but does that mean its ok to leave the kitchen in a sh*thole all day? Is it ok to not have part of my life too? I love my son so much, but I cant do everything all in one day. Its really hard work being a mum. I even felt bad doing some washing today, as I had to leave him to play by himself for 30 mins. Have I become really insecure? Or do I need to change my ways? I want the best for him and I am driving myself crazy to ensure I am the best mum ever and really beat myself up. How do I get out of this mindset? I am trying so hard to do everything for him. Maybe I need to take a chill pill. He is a very content baby, maybe I should thank my lucky stars. I am constantly looking for new ways to stimulate him, to help him move on and develop into a great human being. The other day I had a total meltdown because he still isn't rolling yet, and I felt so upset with myself that I hadn't pushed him enough, i hadn't spent enough time with him, or i had bought all the wrong toys for development, or rather not bought them. I felt so defeated.

 I also find it quite stressful when other women really exaggerate about how great their child is. Yes, we are proud as mums, but the constant boasting that  their child has to be better than everyone else really grinds me down. Why are we as women in competition with eachother? We all know what a hard job parenting is and the men don't really have much of a clue as to what we do as they don't spend all day with a little one. So lets all stick together. Is it perhaps everyone else that makes me question my mothering skills and not me?

I would love your input!

Love Ellie x

Monday, 21 July 2014

The start of our weaning Journey - Stage 1

Evening dolls,

I know I said I would wait 6 months, but Jack is nearly 5.5 months, and I got the feeling he was ready for solids as he started wanting an extra bottle of milk a day in the last 2 weeks and was waking up at 4am hungry. I had read a lot on the subject, and was still confused as to how much to give, how many times a day, at what time each day etc.. By following the cow and gate weaning plan, and researching online, I finally found a plan that was easy to follow and understand and it's working well so far.

Week 1

Give all the normal milk feeds, but inbetween feeds, try some solids. Try and do this same time everyday,when baby isn't overtired, or starving hungry. So I've decided to do it around 10:30-11. This  about an hour after a feed and when he has had his morning nap. I also put him in the mamas and papas snug, a bib on,and give him a cup of water at the same time.

Foods tried so far:

Baby Rice
Butternut Squash

Foods to try:

We have been pureeing our own ( mixing with his milk or boiled water which we have varied) and
also using Ella's kitchen pouches. I have also frozen quite a few portions in small plastic food bowls.

I have to say he seemed to prefer the fruits! But I know how important it is he has vegetables so will try a variety. He has also gagged on the occasion,but that's to be expected. Some food went over his chops, some on the floor, some over his hands, but he did swallow some as well, so that's a good start.

Week 2 will be introducing breakfast. I will try a porridge or weetabix morning time, and then move the purée to the afternoon afternoon (veg or fruit). Will update you!

Love Ellie x