Dylon machine dye review

At 32 weeks pregnant I’m starting to nest. As I was folding away clothes in the nursery this week, I noticed we have so many plain white baby bits and white just doesn’t do it for me when it comes to boring things like muslins and vests. I had a look on You Tube to see how easy it would be to dye them myself and it turns out, very!

I love dark colours, especially as we’re having a boy so off I went to Amazon and purchased Dylon machine dyes in Antique Grey and Navy Blue. I couldn’t wait to get colouring!

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Once they arrived, I took the instructions out of one of the boxes and read very carefully – I didn’t want to mess this up! I needed rubber gloves and salt – lots of salt.

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Luckily we already had a huge 1kg box from the cash and carry, so I weighed out 500g in a bowl and looked at the next step to continue.

 

  • Wash the items you plan to dye thoroughly – even if brand new to remove any residue (I did a 40 degree machine wash)dylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dyedylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • Remove items from machine after washing and pour the packet of dye directly into the drum (not the detergent drawer)dylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • Pour 500g salt into the drum, covering dye powderdylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • Put damp, prewashed items in drum, unfoldeddylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • Run a full 40 degree cotton cycle – NOT a short cycle, half load or pre rinse etc and watch the dye get to workdylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • When that cycle has finished, leave clothes in machine, add detergent and run another full 40 degree cycle to remove excess dye
  • Remove items and put out to dry
  • Add more detergent to the empty machine and run another 40 degree cycle to fully clean your machinedylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye
  • Wait until dry and admire your items!dylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dyedylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dyedylon, diy, machine dye, muslins, dye your own muslins, dye baby clothes, washing machine, bosch, rubber gloves, navy blue dye, grey dye

Once I’d repeated these steps with both colours and saw just how easy it was, I have since ordered Intense Violet and Velvet Black (I love babies in black). I can’t wait to try them and see the result – I’m especially looking forward to bright violet muslins!!

These machine dyes really couldn’t be simpler and you don’t need to get your hands dirty whatsoever. The dye comes in a powder and the gloves are a precaution, I got no marks on them whatsoever. One day very soon I’m going to get a hand dye and see what fun I can have with that….I’m thinking of experimenting and trying my hand at tie dye!

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Bank holiday weekend away – Mocketts Farm review

As a little treat before the baby arrives, Grant and I decided to join the family on a trip to Kent for the Bank Holiday weekend. We were after a quiet, relaxing break and that’s exactly what we got at Mocketts Farm.

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After an hour and 45 minutes in the car, we approached a long winding country road on the Isle Of Sheppey and knew we must be close. We arrived at a cluster of farm cottages in the middle of nowhere and it was stunning!

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We got there at tea time on Friday and noticed some lovely fresh bread, cake and wine laid out in the gorgeous kitchen. The bread and cake were complimentary, but worth mentioning the wine needs to be replaced if used.

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After we’d had a look around, our first thought was the nearest supermarket. We needed to stock up the fridge for the weekend and pick up some supper for our first evening. Two of us were nominated to head back out, so naturally we asked Google where to go. It told us the nearest Tesco was 25 minutes away, but since we’d already driven a long way we opted for the local Costcutter 5 miles away to get essentials for that evening. BIG mistake! We were hoping for a mini supermarket but what we actually got was a tiny newsagents – no Costcutter in sight. When we couldn’t find it, we thought we’d taken a wrong turn so ended up driving around in circles for quite a while searching for a non-existent Costcutter – bad Google!!

We did manage to find some essentials in the newsagents, but not exactly what we were after. We grabbed some bread, biscuits, cheese, crisps, milk etc but our big food shop had to wait. For supper that evening we had nothing and the corner shop definitely wasn’t going to cut it, so fish and chips it was! £60 later we had a takeaway for 8 people. Off we went back to Mocketts Farm to tell our tale to the rest of the family.

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The first night was exhausting what with the long drive, unpacking and our shopping nightmare so we all ate our cod and chips on the huge dining table, watched a bit of tv and relaxed before bed.

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The first thing we all said when we came down for breakfast in the morning was “OOHHHHHH THE BEDS!!!!” They were the most comfortable things any of us have ever slept on and we all confessed to looking at the label to see where the mattresses were from! (Dunelm Mill if you’re wondering).

Being a big fat pregnant person, I usually have at least 3 toilet breaks during the night. As well as that, my hips have been terrible as I have a pregnancy related condition called SPD/PGP. This makes it impossible to sleep soundly as I toss and turn constantly, which also wakes up my husband in the process. For the first time in months I managed to sleep for a full 7 hours without even waking up for the toilet – miracle! I woke at 6am feeling like a new person – and with an undisturbed, very happy husband! I staggered to the toilet half asleep and came back to bed for what turned out to be a very long lie in. We rolled out of bed around 10am to be greeted by a gorgeous view from the bedroom window. Needless to say we might well be purchasing that miracle working mattress and bedding in the near future…

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We went downstairs for a bacon sandwich and a little pyjama cuddle with our nephew Charlie. The rest of the day was spent playing card games, beating each other at table tennis and pool in the games room and eating lots of rubbish food which was kindly purchased by some of the family that went to Tesco that morning. As for me, I didn’t actually get dressed all day. Perfect!

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In the evening we watched the football – something about Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. Real Madrid won, then lots of men on TV cried and before we knew it, it was time to head up to bed again. Yes!!

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Sunday morning brought another lazy lie in – no surprises there!  Once we were up, we put Charlie in the buggy and went for a walk around the cottages, pond and local land. It is such a peaceful place!

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The weather was lovely, so we decided to put some picnic food together and bring it out to the benches by the pond, just outside the cottage. I was a tad envious of my family also enjoying a glass of wine with lunch in the sun, I must admit! After lunch we retired to the sofas to watch the Formula 1 in Monaco and had yet another snooze. Lovely stuff.

Later in the afternoon, my husband and I popped down the road to the local pub The Ferry House Inn for a drink in the sun. When we got there it was incredibly windy which made it freezing but like true Brits we still sat outside and enjoyed the views. We couldn’t help but wonder if it would be the last time out alone together before the baby arrives, which was a very exciting thought!

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We only had a quick drink but really wish we had booked for food, it looked AMAZING! Roast dinners were being eaten all around us and if we hadn’t just had lunch, we definitely would have ordered one! The sea air made us sleepy and what with us not having had a snooze for at least an hour, we finished our drinks and headed off back to the cottage.

Our very relaxing weekend ended with another night in front of tv and a late supper made up of what our family like to call ‘bits and bobs’. This is basically a scaled down buffet formed of whatever is lying around. We ate up everything we had left that we didn’t want to drag back home – quiche, sausages, pittas, salad, ham and crisps.

We were due to leave by 10am the next day, but after a lovely lazy weekend we all fancied staying a bit longer. My mum mentioned she had read that it’s possible to pay £25 for late checkout if available, meaning we could stay there all day and pack slowly rather than being rushed in the morning. I phoned the number for the manager but it was no surprise to hear that people were arriving the next day, so late checkout wasn’t possible. We were asking at very late notice so we expected it to be unavailable especially with it being half term too. Worth a shot though! We all headed upstairs for one last night in the comfiest beds in the world before getting up bright and early to pack the car before heading back home.

We had an absolutely lovely stay at Mocketts Farm and would highly recommend it.

If you like the look of it and fancy staying there, click on the link for the website or phone Victoria on 01795 510214 and dial option 4.

If I’m being picky, the only thing I’d point out is that the wifi connection in our cottage was very poor. We couldn’t connect to it all weekend – only occasionally but it would then disconnect again shortly after. This was only a problem as I had brought a bit of work with me to do on my laptop, so was unable to do that. Some of the family had also brought their iPads/tablets which need a wifi connection to work, so it was a bit of a shame that we couldn’t make use of our computers. We all had good phone signal though, so mobile internet was fine for social media and web browsing, just a little slow! Overall it was a little annoying not having proper wifi, but was hardly enough to ruin our stay – we will definitely be coming back!!!

Mocketts Farm is a fantastic place to bring children and all the family. A peaceful patch of land in the middle of nowhere and the cottages are luxurious and lovely to be in. We could have easily stayed a fortnight!

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01795 510 2101795 510 214, option 4If I’m being picky, the only one downside is that the wifi in the cottage we stayed in was very poor and we couldn’t connect to it for most of the weekend. This only caused a bit of an issue as I’d brought work with me to do on my computer during the stay, and some of the family had brought their tablets with them, which don’t work without wifi. If it wasn’t for me needing to do work it wouldn’t have been the end of the world and we all survived fine without it really. The phone signal was fine however, so we used the internet on our mobile phones for social media and web browsing.

Bumbo floor seat cover review

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This week I purchased a Bumbo floor seat from a local second hand selling site on Facebook. I decided to buy one from there after looking online and seeing that a brand new Bumbo would set us back around £25-£35, which I think is rather a lot for what it is! I know they’re great little seats, but in all honestly it’s just a bent bit of rubber with a brand name on and with everything else you have to buy for a baby, we’re starting to learn how much you can save by shopping around!

The second hand Bumbo was only £5 which made me wonder if it would be a bit battered since they usually seem to pop up on that selling site for around £12. I was right, but for £5 can I really complain?! The Bumbo had some superficial damage – some discolouration and a few tiny little holes on the outside. It was OK, but if it is going to sit out on show in my lounge I’d rather cover it as it looked a bit old and shabby. Off I went to Amazon in search of a Bumbo cover and luckily they exist! Only a few patterns available on that particular site, but I found a blue one with sea creatures on for £9.99. I pressed order and it arrived the next day – good old Amazon!

It took me a minute or two to work out which way the cover went on, what with all the bumpy bits on the seat but I got there in the end. The cover has elastic at the bottom and is made of a breathable fabric. I stretched it around the seat with a little difficulty and I must say, it wasn’t as tight and neat as I’d have liked. I would have hoped for the material itself to be much more elasticated so that it settled around the curves of the Bumbo snugly. Instead, when fitted the cover is a little baggy in places and it definitely doesn’t look as neat as it could. Still, it covers up the marks on mine and makes it look very pretty so I’m pleased!

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To conclude, the Bumbo floor seat cover is a lovely colourful item which definitely brightens up a room. It is a really fantastic product for people in my situation who have an old stained/discoloured Bumbo that doesn’t look top notch on it’s own – it provides a great looking cover and no one would know it’s less than perfect underneath. For people with a perfect looking or brand new Bumbo, I’m not sure why they’d want this cover – maybe if they simply want to liven up their seat with a bright, funky pattern or maybe if they keep the seat in a conservatory and want to avoid discolouration from the sun. The Bumbo itself is made of a wipe-proof material meaning any water, milk or food wouldn’t stain, so no need for a cover for protection of spills. If for any of the reasons I’ve listed, or for your own reasons you’d like one then the cover is fab – just be prepared not to get a totally snug fit.

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How to get a half price frappuccino at Starbucks! #frappuccinohappyhour

I heard about a half price offer on my favourite ever drinks, so of course I headed straight down there with my sister after our picnic at the park. When I arrived we bumped into our auntie, cousin and their baby and had a quick catch up!

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Now down to business…

About 8 years ago when I lived in London, I used to pretty much live off the mint choc chip fraps until Starbucks grew an evil streak and took them off the menu. Not gonna lie, it was the worst day of my life. They also discontinued the chocolate chips (or java chips as they called them), meaning I couldn’t add them to any other flavour either. Unacceptable. Every time I have been to Starbucks since – which is quite a lot, but obviously not as much since they ruined my life by taking away my favourite drink option – I ask if the java chips have come back yet. Every time they say no and my heart breaks a little bit more.

As I went to order my half price frap this week, I thought I’d ask again even though I’ve been getting the same answer for nearly a decade. To my surprise they said yes!!! I nearly kissed the strange looking student behind the till. I think they have them back in stock due to the new-ish flavour mocha cookie crumble, but who cares why, THEY’RE BACK IN STOCK!!

The mint choc chip flavour is still not on the menu, but I can beat those Starbucks fat cats by making it myself. I ordered a vanilla cream frap (large, obvs) with peppermint syrup and chocolate chips. The lovely barrista lady even added chocolate sauce in too! I think she could sense my excitement and quite rightly was probably a little bit scared of the fat pregnant woman screaming for her custom made heart attack in a cup. I took a sip and I nearly fell over. It tasted just like it used to in London and what has been a distant memory for all these years.

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Not gonna lie, I went back the next day and got another. And still half price. Am I dreaming? Is this whole situation real?! I will most likely get one every single day for the rest of my life (or at least until the half price offer runs out). Maybe just until this baby comes out – at least while he’s still living in me I have an excuse for drinking 48,000 calories per day. Once this baby comes out, I’ve got nothing. I’m just a fat woman drinking herself into a sugar coma.

Now – I know what you’re thinking. How do you get yourself a half price frap? Simply walk into Starbucks between 3-5pm (or until 6pm if you have a Starbucks card) until 25th May and give your order. Really is that easy! I strongly suggest you order the mint choc chip creation and you can thank me later.

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Love the little things, week 2 #littleloves

This is my second week doing love the little things – a brilliant linky started by Morgana at but why mummy why. Here are my little loves from this week:

Read

Whilst on holiday in Greece last month, I started reading the ‘I heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk. They’re fantastic and remind me of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, which I love! On holiday I read and finished ‘I heart New York’, ‘I heart Hollywood’ and ‘I heart Paris’. This week I have started ‘I heart Vegas’ and it is just as good as the last few!

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Watched

I finally got round to catching up on the new-ish series ‘The trip to Italy’. Being a hardcore Alan Partridge fan, pretty much anything Steve Coogan touches impresses me and this didn’t disappoint! He and Rob Brydon are a genius pairing and their suppertime banter genuinely makes me LOL. Get involved!

Wore

I’ve been trying to save money the last few months by painting my own nails instead of getting gels at the salon each fortnight. To be fair it does save £50 a month so I’m in the husband’s good books, but painting my own nails means they chip after two days whereas gels last 2-3 weeks, so I’m trying to find some products to help stop the chips! I already use Chanel nail polish which is great, but am now trying OPI base and top coat which is definitely helping. This week I gave this a go and it’s safe to say it’s going to need some practice! wpid-2014-05-16-09.14.39-1.jpg.jpeg Heard

Been listening to this loads lately!

Made

We’ve had a few family weekend bbq’s over the last month or two but tonight was our first evening bbq, just the two of us. I love eating in the garden in the summer and really loving the fact it’s starting to get hot enough for it! Tonight was bbq chicken with gnocchi and wild mushroom sauce. wpid-2014-05-16-09.13.07-1.jpg.jpeg wpid-2014-05-16-09.12.48-1.jpg.jpeg And lastly…

I’ve been loving Sainsbury’s baby clothes! A fair bit of tat to look through, but lately have been finding a few really cute bits at ridiculous prices! Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset TO COMMENT ON THIS POST OR SEE PREVIOUS COMMENTS, CLICK ON THE HEART AT THE TOP OF THE POST – THANK YOU!

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What’s in my hospital bag?

As with everything during my pregnancy, I’ve been far too over excited to wait and have been doing everything for the baby super early! I started to gather bits and pieces for my hospital bag when I turned 7 months pregnant and here is a little look inside, as well as a copy of my packing list:

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Above is pretty much most of what will be going in my baby bag. List as follows:

  • Ewan the sheep (plays noises from in the womb to help settle the baby)
  • 4 muslins
  • 2 cotton hats (July/August baby makes me think wooly hat not needed!)
  • One pair of scratch mitts
  • 2 dummies (I am unable to breastfeed, so no worries about the baby getting used to a teet)
  • 5 newborn nappies and 10 tiny baby nappies
  • Baby wipes – for me to wash myself quickly or mop up spills etc
  • 4 short sleeve tiny vests
  • 2 short sleeve newborn vests
  • 4 long sleeve tiny baby vests
  • 3 sleepsuits
  • 2 favourite outfits. One for hospital photos and one as a going home outfit
  • A toy bought by my mum to put in the hospital cot
  • Baby blanket

I chose to pick tiny baby nappies and clothes to put in the bag as I tend to find that even on big babies, newborn clothes look massive! If I had taken newborn and they were too big, I’d end up getting stressed trying to explain to my husband where the tiny baby clothes are in the nursery at home and which styles I wanted bringing back to the hospital. I decided I’d take a punt on me not birthing a whale and stick the tiny baby ones in the bag. Even if the baby is 8 or 9lbs, I’m sure tiny baby clothes would fit until we got home, as even those don’t look too tiny to me! In case tiny baby ones do end up too small though, I have covered all bases. To avoid sending the husband home and trusting him to bring back the right things (all the while not having a meltdown about him raiding the nursery, leaving it in a mess and then arriving back to me with clothes fit for a 6 month old), I have packed a very small bag containing 15 newborn nappies plus vests and sleepsuits to keep in my car boot. That way if the tiny baby clothes are too small, he just has to pop downstairs to the car park and bring up the bag of pre-packed bigger stuff. Control freak, me?!

The bags I will use for the baby will be ones I already own – a blue polkadot Cath Kidston holdall, plus overflow into my Cath Kidston changing bag as below:

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The bag I will use for myself and my husband will be a plain black hand luggage sized suitcase and will contain things like 100,000 pairs of knickers, spare trousers, straws, iPad, phone charger etc. I am yet to pack that – no doubt I will do it this week so watch out for that!

Have I missed anything from my baby list? Do you have any tips for having a summer baby in hospital – long sleeves, short sleeves? I’d love to hear!

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Love the little things, week 1 #littleloves

This is the first time I’ve tried linking up and attempting to learn what a ‘linky’ even is! I’ve chosen to link up with Morgana (butwhymummywhy) and her #littleloves linky using her headings to let you know what I’ve been loving this week…

Read

A few weeks ago I started this blog and have been playing around ever since trying to get it right and learn all the blogging terms! I have spent the week reading other people’s blogs and have come across some great ones! Obviously butwhymummywhy, plus Twinmummyanddaddy, letstalkmommy and many more! I’m really enjoying learning all about the world of blogging and finding some great writers!

Watched

My 4D scan video! Recently we went to a clinic in Banstead, Surrey to get a private 4D scan and it was amazing! As usual, he was hiding his face so I had to eat some chocolate and jump around for 15 minutes before going back to try again. Luckily it did the trick and he had changed position, meaning we could see him perfectly! We paid for a package that included 4 photos and a 10 minute dvd. This week I can’t stop watching it!

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Wore

At nearly 30 weeks pregnant, not much fits me anymore! As I have chronic SPD/PGP – a condition brought on by pregnancy, I’m living in maternity joggers and comfy tops lately. The condition means I can’t leave the house to go further than my mum’s house in the next road and even then I have to drive there, as walking even around the house is too much for me now. Basically my hips and whole pelvic area has completely siezed up and makes every movement agony! It really does kill, but I know that very soon he will be here and it will all be so worth it!! Here are my H&M maternity joggers that I really do live in – I truly believe they were sewn together by angels.

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Heard

This is unreal. A duet by Marcelle Antunes and Dan Barrett, they are part of the worship team at my Church. On Sunday, they performed this and pretty much blew everyone’s socks off. One of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time. You really, REALLY must listen and see just how amazing the talent in my church is…

Marcelle and Dan duet

Made

This week (and the last couple of months) it’s been all about sweet foods in this house. I have been a savoury person my whole life and would never ever have chosen to have pudding, I don’t usually like chocolate and sweet things just never interested me. However, the third trimester has changed that and now all I want in the whole world is sweet stuff. This week my invention has been American waffles, banoffee ice cream and belgian chocolate sauce. I have been making one every day after supper and if anyone even attempted to remove the ingredients from my house, I could not be blamed for my actions.

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And lastly….

Washing all of our reusable nappies and muslins! Sounds a bit boring, but having them all hung up to dry in the lounge makes it all very real that in a matter of weeks we will actually have a baby. A real baby to keep! Eeeeeek!

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The Body Shop camomile waterproof makeup remover review

I found this makeup remover whilst browsing in my favourite beauty product shop. I’ve used many different make up removers over the years, but none have been quite strong enough to remove without lots and lots of rubbing, multiple attempts or making my eyes sore so I thought I’d give The Body Shop a go since I love all their other products.

I was looking for something different after years of using the girly staple of Johnson’s baby wipes. These work, but do take a lot of rubbing and sometimes need more than one wipe, depending on how much make up I am wearing that day. If I had on anything other than mascara, it could take 4 or more wipes just to get my skin clean and am someone that wears minimal make up. I don’t even use foundation, only a thin layer of tinted moisturiser some days.

In between using wipes, I tried many others including Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear remover which is £17.50. There was me thinking buying something pricey had to be great. WRONG. It was so greasy, plus more importantly it gave me burns/seriously irritated skin under my eyes which scarred me for weeks after stopping using. Awful experience!

A few months ago I was in The Body Shop doing my usual beauty browse, when I came across this for £8:

The body shop waterproof makeup remover reviewI was worried it might be greasy since I was so used to plain wipes and because it was a clear liquid, much like the hideous Bobbi Brown one that nearly took my face off. However, I was intrigued at the thought of it being a waterproof makeup remover – something I’d never thought of buying before. I don’t use waterproof make up, but I figured it must be a better product for non-waterproof products if it claims to remove the waterproof ones. You keeping up?!

I went home and gave it a try and was instantly sold! The instructions state you must shake the bottle up to activate the ingredients each time before using, so I did this and poured it out onto two cotton pads (about 5 or 6 drops per pad). I was only wearing mascara and eyeliner that day, so thought I’d try one pad for each eye. I picked up the soaked pads and pressed them simultaneously onto each closed eye. I held there for a couple of seconds, then rubbed side to side three or four times. I then opened my eyes and quickly rubbed along my bottom lashes in the same way. The top half of each pad was covered in black makeup, so I turned each pad upside down to a find the clean half, then shut my eyes again and used the soaked clean areas of the pads to rub each eye a couple more times and I was done.

No smudging, not a trace of make up left on my eyes, no greasy feeling whatsoever and not even an ounce of stinging, even though I could feel whilst using the pads that some of the liquid had gone into my eyes (use less product or don’t press onto eyes as hard to avoid this). It was so nice to have no stinging after removing makeup, it felt like I could pour the bottle straight into my eye and it would feel just like water! (Don’t try this at home, kids…)

On the days I am wearing tinted moisturiser, I use an extra two pads by pouring drops in the same way and use to wipe each side of my face all over. It removes every trace brilliantly. I then follow up with the rest of my night time routine, which is using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E cleanser, toner, night cream and voila! Silky smooth face, not a trace of make up and yet the whole routine before bed is done within 2 minutes.

I love this product and highly reccommend it. The Body Shop always seem to run a 3 for 2 offer, so I recently made the most of this and got 3 bottes for £16. A bottle seems to last me a long time – a good couple of months! Get yourself down to The Body Shop and give it a whirl.

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Reusable nappies. It starts….

Grant and I decided once we knew I was pregnant that we’d give the eco/hippy/money saving thing a go and now I fear I’ve sparked the start of an addiction. Not so money saving after all. There are quite a lot of brands out there and when you first start to look in to it, it is a minefield of confusion. Which brand? Which liners? Which wet bag and pale? How do I wash them? How often do I change them? SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. Luckily a few people on Twitter I know are ahead of the game and helped me out with all the questions. I think Tots Bots will be my favourite brand, but will definitely try a few and see which works best for us. They range from around £6-£20 per nappy and I think we’ll need about 24. It seems like a large expense, but they see you through from when the baby is about 9lbs right up to potty training, so if you think how much money you’d spend on disposable nappies in those two years, reusables soon make sense! We didn’t want to buy too many at first, or stick with a particular brand as it depends on the size and shape of the baby as to which will fit best and not leak. We had a quick look on Ebay to start with as some come from China that are much cheaper than the big UK brands. We found a brand called Coolababywhich were about £6 each, so we ordered a few to start off our collection. Not sure how they’ll go as reviews are mixed, but some people love them so we’ll see! These are the colours we chose: Processed with VSCOcam I also wanted a plain black nappy and couldn’t find many options, but then came across a company called Three Little Imps on Amazon that did them in black so we ordered one of those as well as some fleece top liners from http://www.easypeasynappies.co.uk. Processed with VSCOcam     Processed with VSCOcamI’m excited to start using them and all sounds easy enough once you learn about it and do some research. I think…. With some help from a friend, today I learned that you need to wash them about 4 times in a row when they’re new to fluff them up and give them maximum absorbancy, so I have spent today putting the washing machine on constant cycles! I’ve also recently learned that you usually have a bucket (pale) to store soiled/wet nappies in. The pale also has a mesh bag inside, so you put all the dirty nappies in there (you can have seperate pales for wee and poo nappies if you want, but I don’t see the point), then when ready to do a wash you take out the whole mesh bag full of nappies and bung in the machine at 40 or 60 degrees, remembering to leave the mesh bag open for nappies to fall out during the cycle. Also, you can have what’s called a wet bag to put the cover in until it’s ready to be washed. These don’t really get soiled – only wet if you get a bit of a leak so they can go on a lower temperature if you wish. Other than that, you have another 1 or 2 wet bags kept for when you’re out and about to put dirty nappies in before bringing home to wash. Sound simple enough?! I’m still getting my head around it all…. One thing I have found, is that the big brands that people tend to trust and who have great reviews, just don’t do enough patterns/styles. One of the reason we loved the idea of reusables was because the bright colours and nice patterns, instead of boring old disposables. But once we started looking, we found they all seem to be plain in one colour, or have trains, cars and the usual images on them. Not much imagination! If I had the money and could be bothered, I’d have a good mind to set up a big brand of quality reusables but do some decent designs. Skull and Crossbones anyone?!

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