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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Argos Christmas Wishlist App

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

At the Cardiff Bloggers Tea, Argos organised a special raffle for everyone who downloaded the Argos My Christmas Wishlist App, which is available on the iphone App store  and Google Play.

I downloaded the android version onto my Samsung.  It didn't take long and was ready to use straight away.  In grown up mode, I set a budget and my e-mail and  passed it over to the kids to enjoy.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Caitlyn couldn't wait to use it and loved the Christmassy music- it really got us in the mood.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

She picked her helper.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Then took a selfie!

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Next, she entered her name and was ready to start choosing her wish list!

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

As I have four kids, I was pleased that more lists can be made.  Here is Danny putting in his details.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Danny went straight to the Minecraft section to choose his wishlist.  It is set out in a very easy way to find the toys you like.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

The kids can leave the app and then come back and pick their list again.
Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android
 Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

The App was easy enough for Izzy to manage with help from her older siblings.

Argos My Christmas Wishlist App Samsung Android

Once they have finished the list they can click "Send" and the list will magically appear in the grown ups e-mail inbox!

This  app is such a great idea.  It keeps the kids amused and is useful too.  

This is my entry into the Cardiff Bloggers Tea Argos Raffle

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Exploring Saundersfoot and Rebecca Turns 8!

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Time to Find the Perfect Hooded Winter Coat

Perfect Winter Wool Coat with Hood Fashion Style

I was quite organised in the Summer Holidays buying my children their "back to school" coats.  I always make sure they each have a waterproof coat, a smart wool coat for special occasions and a hooded wool coat for everyday use.

I did have a browse for new autumn and winter coats for me but didn't commit to buying anything.  Then suddenly, overnight the weather changed from sunny beach weather without the need for any coat to cold, wet and windy storms, during which I need to be wrapped up cosily warm in a thick wool coat.

Perfect Winter Wool Coat with Hood Fashion Style

Browsing online, I can find lots of gorgeous wool coats that I would love to own.  The only problem that I find is most of them don't have a hood and whilst I like to also wear hats during the Winter, when you live so close to the coast you need a hood as well to really proect you from the elements.



Perfect Winter Wool Coat with Hood Fashion Style
Perfect Winter Wool Coat with Hood Fashion Style

As I'm really feeling the cold at the moment, I went on the hunt again and thankfully found a couple of wool coats with hoods that I do like.

On the left, a toggle duffle coat by George at Asda, and on the right a mottled wool coat  by Esprit.  Both coats are also available in other colours.

Perfect Winter Wool Coat with Hood Fashion Style

I really love the mottled wool one, it looks like it would keep you warm but not feel too heavy.  I also like how the hood is out of the way when down- I hate hoods which get in my way and spoil my hair.  Lastly, I adore the colour (and colour name)- Damson Purple- perfect for this season I feel!

Have you found your perfect winter coat yet?  


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Vegetarian and Vegan Food Guide: Paris, Berlin and London

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One of my favourite aspects of travelling, is enjoying the delicious food.  I can remember, in the days before camera phones and instagram, when the only time it was "acceptable" to photograph your meal was when you were on holiday.


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Being vegetarian for many years means I haven't always found it easy to sample the local cuisine.  Whilst on holiday with my family if I ordered "vegetarian pizza" it would arrive covered in fish and a vegetarian pasta dish would contain ham (I know!).  I have spent no end of vacations eating salad and omlette every night, which if I was vegan, would of course be even more difficult.

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I love how nowadays, thanks to the internet and social media, it is far easier to be more knowledgeable about the region we are planning to stay in.  Years ago, we could only go by the guide book and if they weren't up to date there was no guarantee that the places we wanted to visit would still be there or up the same standard.

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Next time I travel somewhere new, I want to be more organised and make sure I actually get to experience some local vegetarian delights.

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One vegan and vegetarian food guide that I will definitely be using on my next travels is this one by House Trip.  It covers three wonderful cities:  London, Paris and Berlin.

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I visit London quite often but have never visited a truly vegetarian or vegan restaurant there.  However, I am increasingly finding more vegetarian friends (yay!) so I'm sure that I will get to try some  out soon.  Inspiral London sounds like an amazing place where I would love to chill out, whilst at Amico Bio I could enjoy vegetarian rich and hearty Italian food .

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Within the food guide, once you choose your city of preference, you can then choose from a variety of filters such as vegan, best for families or special occasions, this is particularly useful for when we go away with our kids and need to find a family friendly restaurant.

In Paris I would love to dine at Le Grand Appetit and can imagine grabbing a bite to eat at Maoz Paris whilst sightseeing.

Meanwhile, in Berlin I would enjoy great vegan food and German beer at Viasko or a family vegetarian meal, quite possibly with dumplings, at Momas.

In other news next month the first vegetarian restaurant will be opening in my local town- I can't wait and will be sure to tell you all about it!  

I think this guide is such a great idea and I hope they extend it to to lots of other tourist destinations.  What city or destination would you like to see added to the guide?


In association with House Trip 

Thanks to my sister, Ceri for the photos. xxx

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Music Brings Me Right Back- Basement Jaxx at O2 Arena



At this time of year, I find myself needing things "to look forward to"- fun things to get me through the dark, wet Winter upon us.




 I love live music and theatre events so booking a few of these dates always cheers me up.  I also start looking out for "what's on" after Christmas, ready for Christmas gifts to give to friends and family - personally I love being gifted an experience to look forward to.  My favourite ever Christmas present was my weekend in Cardiff watching Phantom of the Opera.  It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Dave and I had a hard week this week both feeling under the weather, cold, tired and busy at work.  On top of that I've had car and eye trouble (conjunctivitius again!), so I've been forced to spend most of the week in a dark room, which meant Dave had to help out with school runs as well as running a busy business (sorry Dave!).

Anyway, we were both feeling quite defeated and down until Friday (pay day) when Dave decided to bite the bullet and get us tickets to see Slip Knot and Korn in Cardiff.  We have seen them quite a few times before and can't wait to see them again.  A lot of our metal-head friends have also got tickets so it is likely to be quite an experience (read total carnage!).  

As well as musicals and metal I also love different types of music and would go to see many other acts if time and money were no object.

I never really class myself as being a fan of dance music, but once it's on, if it's a good tune, then I just can't help but dance along, releasing endorphins and creating that super happy, feeling.

When we were looking at upcoming music events I noticed that Basement Jaxx Tickets are now available at The O2 Arena on 11th December- ideal for an early Christmas present maybe!



I last saw them live at a festival a while back and when they play tunes like "Do Your Thing" well, you can't help but move your body and err do. your. thing. 




I just know there would be an amazing atmosphere at this gig with everyone dancing, singing and screaming along:  "Where's Your Head At?!" and so much more.



I think their newest single, "Never Say Never" sums it up for me with the line "Music brings me right back...".  

(Ignore the thumbnail- the video is completely different to how it looks!)

It never fails to bring me right back to happy, carefree times and while tickets cost money, the experience is priceless.

Which concert tickets would you love to see in your Christmas Stocking?


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rimmel Rocky Horror Magenta Halloween Make Up Tutorial

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Halloween Rocky Horror Rimmel Make Up Look




As it's very nearly Halloween, I thought I'd share with you my Rocky Horror Magenta  inspired make up look, using Rimmel make up products which can all be found at your local Boots.  This look is very versatile and can also be used for many Halloween looks.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look Memories

As most of you know, I am a huge Rocky Horror fan.  I love to see the Live Theatre Shows, attend Picture Show Sing-a-Longs and have Rocky Horror themed nights and parties.  I love dressing up, taking part and the wonderful atmosphere at every Rocky Horror event.  The crowd are always fun, open minded and a little bit naughty, plus we all get to do The Time Warp together which for me can never be a bad thing.


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Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look


Currently, my make up bag is in crisis and everything needs replacing (thanks for that kids!).  Therefore I had to pick up some new pieces for my Magenta Make Up look.  Luckily, you don't need too many different products to recreate this look and you will get good use out of all of the products again.

We headed to our local Boots store.  The make up section was near the front of the store and we soon found the Rimmel section which I knew had everything I needed and all in great colours and at good prices.

The Products


Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Pictured above is everything I used to recreate the Magenta look (bar an old blusher which was so empty I chucked it before taking the photo!).

I used:

Rocky Horror Magenta Make Up Tutorial

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

I applied white face paint with a sponge and then blended it using a foundation brush.  I only applied one layer as I wanted a pale look rather than a clown face.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Draw on black eyebrows using eyeliner.  Extend them slightly further than your own eyebrows.  Blend using an eyebrow brush or fingers.  


Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Use an eyeshadow brush to apply Purple Eyeshadow all over the eyelid.  Extend this into the crease of the eye and up to the brow bone in a half moon shape.  Leave a gap between the eyeshadow and the eyebrows.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Apply black or brown eyeshadow all over the eyelids and in the crease.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Line all the way around the eyes (even in the corners) using Khol Eyeliner.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Apply mascara.  I can't use false eyelashes, they really irritate me, so I use a false eyelash effect mascara.  Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black is great for this.  Apply two coats, allowing it to dry inbetween.  Comb eyelashes with an eyelash comb.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

Line and fill  lips with a red lip liner pencil.  Apply red lipstick, blot and powder and reapply. 

Use a red lip stain, such as Rimmel Provocolips.  Once dry use the clear stain to set the colour and make sure your red lips last all Halloween night.

Halloween Rocky Horror Magenta Rimmel Make Up Look

For Magenta hair in the past I have slept in plaits and then frizzed my hair out the next day, or I have crimped it and frizzed it out, other times I have worn a wig, which I again (you've guessed it!) frizzed out.  

If you are short on time, you can just back comb your hair all over and scrunch it up messily for a Goth French Maid effect.  I love Halloween hair- basically the messier the better!

I also applied a little bit of blusher to create more shape on my otherwise white all over face and a little highlighter at the top of my purple eyeshadow to exaggerate it.


Rocky Horror Halloween Magenta Fancy Dress Rimmel Goth Nail Polish

I did my nails using one layer of Black Cherries (far left) on top of a layer of Black Cab (far right).  This made a very wearable Goth shade, but I love all the colours pictured for Magenta or general Halloween.  Rimmel Glitter Bombs would make amazing nail polish for anyone recreating a Columbia look.

There are great magenta costumes online but as long as you have a little black dress, you can find french maid accessory kits in your local fancy dress shop, add some stockings and suspenders (ooh la la!) and you're done!

Have a great night and always remember my favourite quote from Rocky Horror:

"Don't dream it, be it!"
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