Thursday, 16 November 2017

MINTD Winter Skincare

I don't know about you but I am pinching myself with excitement over this month's MINTD box. I have been getting them for about a year now and every month I am truly blown away. This month's box contains 4 full size and 1 deluxe sized luxury beauty products, all tailored for the winter month's ahead, aimed to help protect, repair, balance and nourish your skin from the winter air and god knows that mine is in of need of protection since the temperature has dropped.

It is all about keeping my skin hydrated and nourished in the colder months, unless you live in warmer climates, but then you would still need that extra attention, as we all know how bad air-conditioners can be and can cause havoc on one's skin, especially as it will be extra sensitive to the change in air. 

The value of the Winter Skincare box is £207, but only costs £65 a whopping saving, leaving you with a few extra, well £100+ extra to spoil yourself for the Christmas period or in the black Friday cyber sales which is fast approaching, plus for those that are ordering for the first time with my code WELCOME17 you will get free delivery, no matter where you are in the world to help you combat the winter chill. 

Ok, so let's dive in shall we....

What I love and the best part about MINTD box, neatly inside you have a manual a brochure even, all about your goodies for the month and we when best,  day or night to use them to give your skin that winter warm up and to help maintain a nice healthy glow all whilst keeping your skin protected.

As the weather drops, so can the look of your hands and I've raved about it before, the African Botanics Hand Cream and I am going to rave about it all over again. This stuff is perfect and gives you just the boost of hydration that you need from this rich cream, it is also a great treatment for those that suffer from chapped, sensitive and irritated skin. So if you do suffer from irritations do not be put off by this hand cream which smells insane thanks to the calming ingredients of geranium and rosemary, I assure you, even I who suffers from sensitive skin, I've reached for this product time and time again, it has even helped calm my dry hands and bring them back to life thanks to the nourishing oils, butters and botanical ingredients.

I've been taking the POTION London hyaluronic acid for a few weeks now, 3 to be precise! Did you know that almost half the body’s hyaluronic acid is found in the collagen of your skin! It is the moisture retaining properties of hyaluronic acid which keep the skin hydrated and looking plump and smooth. So needlessly to say, you know i've not been a fool to let these go, yes I can say that it has worked for me and it will for you too, but I think that is a stretch as everyone reacts differently and notices different results, for me I have seen a change not a drastic one but a good one, and I have faith that if I keep on taking these supplements my skin will reap the benefit of it. 

Guys! I have been waiting I mean waiting to A see if we would get this product and YES the MINTD Beauty Gods have answered my prayers B does this product live up to all it's hype. Well, first of all, let me say this, it is pricey, Rodial Skincare Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream at £75 hence why I've been reluctant to buy it myself, but that is the great thing about MINTD the SAVINGS! For those in there 30's or for those that suffer from red patches, then guys this is the product for you. This cream is rich, but no way at all greasy I've noticed that my skin in the morning
as I like to use this cream at night does look plumper and hydrated and less red in the morning, is it worth its weight in dragon blood? Yes, every penny.

Winter is a total nightmare on our skin, the cold weather strips off our natural moisture which can leave our face very vulnerable, but with Tula's, exfoliating treatment mask which I like to apply a thin layer of, as a little goes a long way a few times a week after my nighttime cleanse, this mask just gives it that extra cleanse and exfoliation all whilst restoring moisture back in to your skin. Something I've recently noticed is that mud mask does not put back moisture, but instead I find that it dries out the skin further, and that is not what I want in winter or any other months.  The exfoliating treatment mask is a great step to add to your beauty routine to help prepare your skin for the next.

Up next, is the darling deluxe sized Ila Spa beauty balm which I am obsessed with, it is not just aimed for women but men too and this is the perfect treat for your feet a few times a week at night, or before you go to bed even (i hate wearing socks in bed). Whilst this balm can be used all over your body, I like to use this on my feet once I've gotten out of the bath, pull some nice cosy socks on and let it just work its magic and restore hydration back into your feet, elbows and knees too.

And there you have it, this month's Winter Skincare box from MINTD! Have you tried it yet, what are your thoughts, the above products even?

London Mumma xx

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Sweet baby cheesus, I have gone in to comfort heaven this Autumn and I am not gonna lie, I am loving it, bring on all the comfort dishes I say. The cold chill has finally reached us and all I am looking for at night, is some cuddles and a little tlc from a bowl of my new autumn dish, butternut squash man n cheese, whilst wrapped up in my new mermaid blanket.

A little twist on a classic and boy is it a good twist. Of late, my dad has been coming round every week, with butternut squash, god knows what that is all about, you would think he has opened up a squash shop, but not one for wasting food I gotta cook it up before it spoils, but trust me, I am not moaning about my squash drop off's, as I am sure to be making a big batch of this every week.

For the past few weeks I've been feeling shattered and tired and a little over worked and now I am currently poorly, so stuck at home, feeling groggy there is nothing better on a cold sick day, than this to cheer you up and warm up your cockles, plus it is great for the kids and is always a big hit in my home.

1 butternut squash 
1 small onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/4 cup vegetable stock
4 oz. shredded cheddar or a mix of cheese
2 oz. cream cheese

Directions1. First, peel the butternut squash, remove the fleshy insides along with the seeds. Dice remaining squash in to small cubes, peel and roughly chop ur onion, followed by your garlic, place in your deep pot and top with stock mixture and bring all to the boil, then turn down, place your lid on top, the aim of the game is to cook until so soft that when forked the vegetables (squash) falls off, so for around 20-30 minutes.

2. Boil some fresh water in another pot and cook your macaroni as per instructions of the packet. You will notic I do not use salt, as my stock, I used bouillon is quite salty, so no need to add! Once macaroni cooked, drain and place to one side.

3. Vegetables all nice and soft, grab your blender, pour in vegetables with stock into your blender whizz up for a minute, you are after the consistency of a soup. Pour back soupy squash in to your pot, place over a low heat. Pour in your cooked macaroni, bung in your cream cheese, your mountain of glorious cheese, I go for a mix of shredded mozzarella and cheddar. Give it all a stir and serve immediately!

Fantastically tasty, comforting and oh so good for you and perfectly winter warming!

Any left over, makes for a great work lunch.

Tuck in!

London Mumma xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

4 Reasons To Love Mondays

I know most are not fans of Mondays, but they can be the best day if you let it. So today let me help you change your mindset by giving you 4 reasons to love Monday's.

I know the feeling, of not wanting to get out of the bed, you want to just take it easy, lie in and hit the snooze button on repeat and wish you had a three day weekend,  but who said this couldn't be a weekend day on a Monday which you can love and enjoy!

Set new goals
Monday's are the perfect day to make and set new goals, routine's, workout plans to managing the kids or your home, they do not have to be boring goals, but fun things to do or to try something new for the week, the world is your oyster and Monday's can be too.

Weekend Kick Off
If you have had an awesome fun productive weekend, you will feel like a million bucks come Monday and feel super productive, so why not take the Monday to set a goal or fun thing to do over the weekend, to help make you love your Monday's and go on as you mean.

Healthy Start
You are what you eat! Yes, Monday's can be depressing and we cheer ourselves up by tucking into chocolate or your naughty vice treat, but step away from that kit kat and reach for that healthy fruit and meat-free Monday dish, you will be raring to go and not feel lethargic, by eating healthy it will give you that extra spring in your step, ready to power through the week.

Try Something New
Mondays are great to experiment and try something new, be it a new book, a new recipe or even a new route to work, or surprising a loved one with flowers or a card so that not just you, but they too can love Monday's. Nothing better than making someone else's day too.

What are your best tricks to help you love your Mondays? I would love to hear in the comments below. 

London Mumma xx

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday Favorites

Can you believe we are in November, not long to go until Christmas, 51 days to be precise! But before we start going frantic present shopping and get rid of our darling Pumpkins and delving into the whole Christmas spirit, lets take this time to relax, and grab some woolly socks on and relax by the fire or radiator, as today we are sharing a few of our Friday Favourites from this week's findings....

Falling in love with Autumn night air, we are eyeing up and getting ready into the party spirit and what better way to sparkle the night through than with Anthropologie's darling sequined skirt.

We were invited to see the new collection of ClubL, who are currently stocked in Asos and soon to be Topshop and we fell head over heels in love with the brand and all that work there. What intrigued me was, not just the designs but the quality is insane, plus they do not think of the Club doll just being one type of size or body shape they cater to the masses, those of us that are, slim, medium or more voluptuous, to the shorter lady to the taller lady and to see some of the great designs on offer check them out over on ASOS.

With the Autumn air, our skin is in need of some saving and with a little helping hand from the fabulous natural skincare brand Trilogy their products are a total lifesaver for your skin this Autumn.

What are you favourites that have caught your eye this week? Would love to hear in the comments below!

London Mumma xx

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Discovering Trilogy

When it comes to beauty, I know what I like and I am liking trilogy! Ok, that's a lie I am loving Trilogy

Always up for trying new products, do not get me wrong I have my staples but I always find it exciting learning and using a brand/products that is new to me and my skin! 

In fairness beauty products are more important to me than makeup, I'm busy, were busy and I am too darn lazy to perfect makeup, I mean that cat eye, I am still trying to master in a few minutes, but cut a gal some slack, after all I'm a busy single Mumma (totally using that as an excuse).

But I digress, I and who else doesn't strive for a great dewy skin, that's now just glowing but firm and wrinkle-free, without the help of Botox! 

The change of season has quenched and dried out my skin, leaving it requiring some much need hydration, I found that by continuing to use my current products were not benefiting my skin, god knows why it took me a few weeks to realise, that as the season changes my skincare routine needs changing too. So I was excited to try Trilogy's naturally formulated Ultra Hydrating Body Cream. It glides on like a dream and smells heavenly, it is the most intensive body moisturiser from Trilogy thanks to it being packed with deeply hydrating plant oils to help enhance your skins natural radiance. The ingredients within it is not overpowering, evening primrose, jojoba and reship oils are all subtle enough to make you feel all kinds of relaxed and helps moisturise and nourish your skin, along with sunflower oil and manuka honey to soften and help protect your skin from harsher weathers, great to use day and night and is surprisingly quick absorbing so no-grease marks when you put your clothes on!

If I am honest, of an evening, I just want to grab my micellar water to cleanse my face, remove my make up and dive into bed next to Leanora and read a good book before I doze off! But I thought I should be a bit more proactive and really take care of my skin, after all, it too needs protection throughout the night, so thought I’d give the make-up be gone cleansing balm a go. It comes in a solid brown tub, which is great, so if I knock it over it won’t spill everywhere (one less thing to lean up). The texture looks really hard, but it is cloudy soft to the touch and melts all over your face and leaves your skin feeling a like a dream once massaged in. I was a bit skeptical about using something new on my face as I have sensitive skin and suffer from a few red patches, but after use and even in the morning, I noticed that the redness was reduced and my face looks so much calmer and nourished and it removes all traces of makeup. The cleansing balm is something that I would certainly recommend to anyone with normal to sensitive skin to use, particularly throughout the Autumn and Winter months. 

I was so excited to try when I saw this in my bundle you all know how much of a fan I am of serums,  so when I spied the Rosapene Radiance Serum I could not wait to try it out. Hold the phone, it came out as a cream, no serums are traditionally oily, so imagine my shock to see a cream, I even had to unscrew the lid just to make sure and then check the website and you know what it is meant to be! Is that such a bad thing….? Well frankly no, this serum is great for those who do not like to use oils but want something so much lighter. I like to use this after I applied my oil, to the airs that get extra dry such as my forehead and apples of my cheek to give it that extra hydration and radiant boost, thanks to the repairing and strengthen and hydration from the rosehip oil. I would certainly recommend this to those who just need an extra boost and to apply day or night. 

The winner, not that they all are not but let me start off by saying is if you have not tried the Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + STOP the sheer madness and after you have read the review go and purchase total game changer!! Firmly in my 30’s I feel that my skin needs a little extra TLC and I have to say after using this oil for a little over a month now, I can honestly say that it reduces those little pesky lines that I’ve noticed creeping up and gives my skin that pop of a glow leaving me ready to conquer the day whilst leaving my skin protected against environmental free radical damage.

If there is one thing you do this month, then make sure to spoil your face with Trilogy. 

Have you tried any of Trilogy's products? How will you be brightening, hydrating your skin this season?

London Mumma xx

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Ghost Pretzels

For a spooktacular treat to make, eat and share with the kids or for your Halloween Party, why not whip up these super quick and delicious ghoulish ghost pretzels this Halloween. 

With Halloween a mere day away and the Halloween weekend just passed, there is still so much time for ghoulish-scares and treats and these salty and sweet ghost pretzels will certainly be a winner for you and your guests plus your trick or treaters too.

The ghost pretzels are a big hit in the London Mumma household and they never last long and we've made these 3 times over the weekend just gone, plus it is great that I have a handy helper who loves helping me out. So if you have kids or nieces and nephews, get them involved, nothing like spending time together and getting creative, plus they can help wash up too, not that you will have much washing up to do. 

60g Schar Gluten Free Pretzels (or any other)
200g White Chocolate
25g Edible Eyes

Microwavable bowl
A Fork
Parchment paper

1. break up white chocolate into small pieces, par one for you to eat! Place broken white chocolate into a microwavable bowl and hit up for 30-40 secs and take out occasionally to give it a stir, to make sure that it has all melted.
2. Lay out your parchment paper and set to one side.  Drop in your pretzels one at a time, take your fork and make sure it is all coated, then place your coated pretzels on to your parchment paper. Take 2 eyes and place on the top holes, repeat until all pretzels are done. 
3. Place your parchment tray with your ghost pretzels into the fridge for 10-15 minutes until hardened, then serve.

We hope you enjoy these ghoulish ghost pretzels, as much as we did. Happy Halloween!

London Mumma xx


How To Reduce Stress At Work

Ever wondered how to reduce stress at work? It is not easy! The very mention of work and deadlines is enough to send chills down your spine, and no matter the role you do, you can find yourself becoming stressed.

Work stress is very common and more people suffer from anxiety, even depression from work-related stress than you know. Whilst it is easier said than done to just forget about it all, sweep it under the rug as it were, that is simply not the right or healthy way to deal with stress, but finding a balance that works for you whilst at work and away from it to help you manage any fears and anxieties that you may have. 

When you are feeling all kinds of down and negative towards your work, let us be honest, that is not great, that leads to you taking your eye off the ball, which then can create further problems for you, be it in attendance or performance and no one wants that, the key is to be successful, perform your duties and show your bosses that you can excel at whatever may come your way, in a cool, calm and collected manner. 

We have decided to compile a list to help manage those work-related stresses and tensions, to help you become a better you and help you relax and reduce stress whilst at work.

Yes I know, this may sound like a big cliche, but it is true/. Step away from your desk, go to the bathroom if you have to but breathe, You can not focus on the matter at hand, without a clouded and frazzled mind. So what better way is to find a quiet place, close your eyes and simply breathe. You will find that this little practice even for 5 minutes will get you back on track.

Drink a cup of tea
Now, I am no tea lover I must confess, but a cup of herbal tea or a nice coffee always helps relax me, that warming sensation, with a biscuit or two, is great and is sure to cheer anyone up.

Nothing better than letting off a bit of steam than by a good old chat. Have a work colleague that you trust and connect with, share how you are feeling with them or a friend outside your work environment, better out than in I always say, and you will feel so much better, but letting it all out and confiding in someone. 

Eat right
We can all have a tendency to have a sweet tooth when stressed, but step away from the junk food guys, and eat yourself healthily which will lead you to feel a lot better.

Schedule your day
Get organised, an organised mind and work plan, leaves you feeling my relaxed and ready for what the working day may bring. 

Have you ever had stress from work? How do you overcome it? I would love to hear in the comments below!

London Mumma xx


Friday, 27 October 2017

Friday Favourites

      (pic from 'A place for us')

The week can be a serious drag, but finally its FRIYAY! So with a hop skip and jump in our step, we are dancing our way into the weekend, but before we sashay on through, this week we have some great finds for you that we are utterly loving, from beauty to fashion and everything ghoulishly spectacular in between. So with out further ado, here is our fabulous finds of the week!

Heading out this Halloween weekend and in need of a party dress, why not opt for something romantically floral or even a sequin dress to dance the night away in, but make sure to grab something quick for a spook-tacular weekend.

A little throwback to last weeks event with the glamours team and fabulous bloggers at Bobbi Brown's New HQ in Soho, showcasing a new Autumn makeup look, which we have been trying out this week and you know what I love it, their foundation stick is simply divine and glides on like a dream, but I have had to hide my goodies from Leanora, as she is now obsessed with all things makeup I mean the girl has become fascinated with YouTube as one does, and I've even caught her applying makeup to poor Milo, because he likes it and they are getting party ready! Go figure! Toddlers ! But thanks to Bobbi Brown's night, I also got to meet a lovely lady,  Melissa who's blog I follow and adore and you must check her out here.

Not yet got your pumpkins and wondering on how to decorate them, then look no further at this weeks no-carve pumpkin decoration ideas, or hit up the Pinterest page for some inspo.

Today is the day, if you are wondering why the office is eerily quiet it is because some people have pulled a sickie to binge on this year's most anticipated cult 80's inspired scary show Stranger Things and we are so freaking excited! I do not have Leanora tonight, so I've got my popcorn all ready, some ghoulish treats which we will be sharing with you tomorrow, so keep those eyes peeled new pj's for the occasion and I am diving right into bed to watch the whole thing!

After a few hours binge on Stranger Things and hoping if there would be a 3rd series and needing something to quench that thirst, head on over to Topshop they have some great Stranger Things merchandise that I've got my eye on, and if in Oxford Circus you have to check out their store-front, totally amazing I'll also show it to you over on my Insta Stories too.

Happy Halloween everyone!

London Mumma xx


Floral Dresses That We Can't Get Enough Of Right Now


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Half Term Little Dates

Ok, so we are halfway through Octobers half term holiday and there is still so much to see and do! From Halloween party makeup practice to going nuts at Kidtropolis and so many other great family fun days out and fun things to make, so why not make the most of it with the kids, ┼Áith a few half term treats.

Looking to get away and pack up the car, the kids the dog or cat for the last few days this week before the kids go back to school and you return to work, nothing beats heading into the country for some fresh autumnal air, but before you do! Safety comes first in the form of car maintenance, it is so simple and so basic but these things can easily be forgotten when piling up the car with luggage, necessities, and let's not forget to not have a home alone situation, the kids! A quick simple check of your engine oil, brake fluid levels, car tyre tread, keeps your car happy and you all safe, plus can have you saving loads on repairs, with simple car maintenance check-ups on a regular basis, think of it like going to your doctors. Here are the top most important car checks according to me:

•  Tyres: It is extremely crucial to make sure that all four tyres are in good condition and there is a spare as well in case of a flat tyre. Make sure there are no cuts or bumps in any of the tyres and tread is also in legal limits. Since tyres are the only part of the vehicle that is in contact with the road, it is essential that they are in top notch condition
• Brakes: Another very important element is the brakes. Make sure your brakes are working fine and that there is enough brake fluid in the car to keep them working properly
• Exhaust:  car exhaust helps in keeping the harmful fumes away from the cabin, if the exhaust is broken down or not working properly it can lead to a buildup of harmful gases inside the car which can be very harmful. Make sure to check your exhaust before going on a trip, if you live in or around the area  you can book your car exhaust replacement  in Dundee from Fife Autocentre 

Now, we are not far off from Halloween and if you and the kids are still needing some inspiration, why not look no further than the professionals and the magnificent show, then Cirque du Soleil! They have a great tutorial video for you to master your makeup skills for Halloween.

Leanora and I were invited to attend Kidtropolis, our first ever time going and boy was it fun, plus I wish I wore jeans than a dress! A great family fun day out, filled with shows from an all-time fave sooty, dancing act by flawless, plus Leanora fave a performance by PJ Masks and Octonauts, who she got to meet too. With plenty of time in between shows, why not get crafting with ..... or go roller skating, the Dj will certainly have you all in a spin (FYI, I totally owned that floor, thanks to channeling my 8-year-old self who had no fear), or try the bouncy castle assault course, just don't wear a dress, so your butts not in the air, super embarrassing I must say, especially having to run after a toddler, then the whole of flawless seeing your arse, but they said nothing to my surprise, I would have totally roared my head off, but the gents they were helped Leanora round (thank you) well a little, they couldn't keep up with her little legs, neither could I! But if you fancy something a little bit more relaxed you can go golfing or peruse all the shops or grab a bite to eat.

With the days being a little dark and Halloween only a few days away, why not get your creative juices going and make these easy peasy no-carve pumpkins or head over to my Pinterest page for some more inspo.

For those looking to source Leanora's blue dress, knee high socks and mary-jane shoes you can find them over at Base Fashion and Next.

Happy Half Term.

London Mumma xx


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Autumn is officially here, Instagram and Pinterest are awash with Autumn pics and pumpkins have been making an appearance in time for Halloween and with a hovering toddler of my shoulder, we were both eager to get into the spirit and make our own.

Beware our hands or home will never look the same after you have finished decorating your pumpkins this year, but they will certainly look fabulous and make a great centre point in or outside the home, plus it is great fun for the kids and little less mess than carving and a lot less dangerous too, plus food for thought, don't be lazy and get over excited like we did, throw on a cosy knit, grab an old sheet or newspapers and get creative outside!

As you may of not of known, i've recently signed up to Pinterest and have been going mad for it, brain is bursting with decorating ideas and I just can not believe we have not got involved sooner, but we are certainly making it up right now, so please do come over and say hi.

House filled with pumpkins which we bagged at Asda, the large ones for a £1 the little ones for 50p, a total bargain, even if they did not look super great, but the end result will have them looking great in no time.

A tub of acrylic paint, some gold glitter, a little PVA glue and you are set to make these super easy no-carve pumpkins. 

1. Wipe down your pumpkins with a dry cloth, then paint twice with your acrylic paint and leave to dry for around 20 minutes.

2. Grab your PVA glue with a little spatula, then thinly apply your circle or striped design, then spring like mad your gold glitter, or fairy dust as Leanora likes to say (we seem to be moving on from unicorns) and leave to dry for a few hours.

There you have it super easy no-carve pumpkins, all sparkly designed and the look great in or outside the home, all in time for the Halloween festivities.

Once you have made yours let me know what you think! not bad for a first timer hey!

Why not pin the pics for some home inspo for you! or check out these super tasty extremely spooky Halloween party food to make after.

London Mumma xx


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

When Science Met Bio-Extracts For Glowing Skin

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons of all time, and with a new exciting season, comes new exciting beauty products. So when science met Bio-Extracts a cruelty-free, vegan brand, which you tailor to suit you and your skin's needs, I just had to give it a go. 

I am all about keeping my skin happy and healthy, I do have a tendency to snack at times on naughty sugary things, which if I've overindulged can cause my skin to break out, plus it does not help with the autumnal chilly air on my skin, then subjecting it to the daily transport on the tubes either, with the stuff air causing my skin to clog, it is nice to know that there is a brand that can help maintain healthy skin, especially from a cruelty-free brand.

Now I have to say, I am no scientist, but am super intrigued to learn more about bio-extracts, it is a formulation, a tailor-made if you like, solution to suit your skin's needs. Bio-Extracts knows that no two person skin is the same, we all have different needs and different targeted areas, for me for instance, living a busy parenting and work life, I feel that my skin needs, a good boost and what better way to boost my skin than by a healthy glow for my tired skin and brightening booster, to make me look more awake and tackle those dark red patches, plus for good measure to help protect my skin from the days impurities, than with the anti-oxidant booster

Bio-Extracts have a range of creams, each formulated with there Multi-Lamellar System, which works in the same way as our skin in a structural layered way. The cream mimics the layering. somewhat like a patch to protect our skin like a barrier. I choose their light cream, for my sensitive skin and I have to say I have tried it on its own and it is incredibly hydrating and calming. 

The neat thing about Bio-Extracts is that it has loads of serums for those issues you are looking to tackle, and what I love is that when layering with a booster, my skin gets that extra protection, that most wouldn't have and works great day or night, and it smells heavenly too, plus I am grateful for the extra hydration, my skin feels quenched, like I've drunk a gallon of water in one go,  as well as helping tackle the issues that my skin has with the lack of dullness, redness, and protection from the days dirt and grime.

Have you tried Bio-Extracts and their boosters, what do you think?

London Mumma xx

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

How To Keep Your Individuality When A Single Parent

When you are a single parent, the most important thing that you can do, to be the best single parent that you can be is to keep hold of your identity and personality.

It took me 3 1/2 years to realise that I had lost both my individuality and personality, I mean how did this happen, how did I, the fun-loving party girl, allow herself to become lost and lose this much. Well, simply, parenting took over, everything and everyone myself included took a back seat and parenting for obvious reasons became my driving force.

Being a single parent can be bloody tough, all that you face on your own, from running back and forth on school pickups, making sure your child is happy and healthy, provided for, cared for, you read all the books, buy all the books, that extra pressure as much as you love it, can cost you and that is what it did, it cost me my individuality and personality.

When faced with being a single parent, you can not move without making sure your child's needs and wants come first, gone are the good old days you can pop to the shop, be it for the smallest of things. Take for instance, at home yesterday cooking dinner and realised I had no onions and needed them, I had to wait for 1 hour before Leanora woke just so that we can pop up the road, that little quality time with you and only you do not come round as often as it once did.

So to reclaim me and my power I had to put myself in check, put aside the nighttime nappies, take some time off from the pre-school run and work my feet out of those Mumma essential trainers and let down my hair and rope in some family and friends to help Mumma get her groove back. Now it took me sometime, I was having loads of excuses, I mean I have loads of jobs, after being a parent, so when I do get some free time, I really like to spend it with Leanora on days out, or at home getting the every growing mountain pile of washing done.

Be A Little Bit Selfish
Now, this sounds harsh, but in order to get you back, you gotta be selfish, you put your kids and they will always be 100% your priority, but how can you give them the best you, if you are not recharged, so get  the other parent, family or friends members to give you a night off and be selfish to your babes, for a night out or in!

Get Out With Friends
the best way to find you, is by heading out guys, what better way to feel free and a little like your old self, by meeting up with friends, be it dinner or drinks or both, your head might be a little sore the next day, but your mind will feel great.

Slow Down Rents
Guys, just take it easy, forever running around and mind working overtime, will do you no favours, get organised and do not sweat the small stuff.

Get A Hobby
Be it exercise, which is great, not just for your body, but mind and soul too, plus it is a great way, especially if you take up a class and meet new people! New people, means new friends to connect with.

Are you a single parent, how do you maintain your individuality?

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