Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Exploring East Village, Tale Trail

              


On Sunday morning Leanora and I jumped out of bed, full of excitement for today's adventures. To where you say on a Sunday morning? Well come on down with me or continue reading should I really say, as we are heading off to East Village, for a Tale Trail to find some mischievous trolls. 

We are big on being an outdoorsy family, nothing better than enjoying the fresh air, scooters and bikes peddling down the beaten path, but today they were left behind and we ventured the tube like true Londoners to Stratford.

The first stop on arrival after a busy morning of travelling a pit stop and a refuel at Fish House restaurant, we all opted for traditional fish and chips and I have to say it was super fresh non-greasy and the best I had since a kid on Brighton Beach.

Leanora enjoyed it.

Nannie Too!

All gobbled up, it was time to head off with outdoor explorer Anja Phoenix to begin our family fun walk based on the fun story Hobgrumble Joe of the Waterglades. 

It is a 1-2 hour walk full of fun tales and adventure for the whole family, armed with our colourful hand drawn map, which Leanora took charge of, off we set in search of  Hobgrumble Joe the troll. 

There is so much to see and spot from little ducks in the beautiful pond to leaping crickets to Joe's bubbly swamp and a whole lot more to keep you all entertained. 

The kids got really stuck in which was a delight to see. Leanora's creativity and imagination was working in overdrive. Having a little toddler who can be easily distracted loved this Tale Trail adventure and was mesmerised and totally engaged from beginning to end, she loved spotting the butterflies and was determined to find that pesky Joe, but unfortunately, he did not make an appearance as we kept on missing him, lucky for him!

It felt great being outdoors and doing something new with Leanora and making lovely new friends who were on the hunt with us. To put technology down and not have L on the IPad was great. Yes she has an Ipad at 3, it is my secret modern-day babysitter for when I need to get things done but I can honestly say that when we got home after the trail and heading to Signorelli's Bakery for some tasty treats she did not even ask for it, but wanted to go through the whole Tale TRail again and talk about her new friends. 

I have to say if you are looking for something new to do with the kids, this summer holidays then this free family Tale Trail adventure is the one for you. plus if you head down on a Sunday you can enjoy the East Village market and entertainment on offer. To get involved just simply head to Signorelli's Bakery to pick up your free map for a day of exploring. If you see that slippery Hobgrumble Joe, tell him I said we will catch him next time.

A massive thank you to East Village & Anja for having us and sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own, especially about Hobgrumble Joe.

London Mumma xx

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Monday, 14 August 2017

The Recovery Edit With MINTD BOX


The summer sun is truly glorious, our skin feels and looks great and we want that summer glow to last. So how can we maintain are golden glow, well with a little TLC and little healing and a whole lotta love from MINTD.

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should FYI!!) you would know how much I love my MINTD Box. You'd think I would have had enough of them and they me, but each month I am astounded, they always exceed my expectations and every month I fall in love with them a little, ok, ok, a lot more! Plus I am always excited to see Mr Postman with my little box at hand (don't worry we've come to an arrangement where I don't bite).



This month's box is all about the Recovery. Helping protect and revive our sun damaged skin all whilst keeping it fully hydrated and silky smooth.

Here is what is in this months box.

Cocolux Australia Tonka Bean & Lime Zest Candle
There is nothing more exquisite than opening a box to get a glorious waft of fresh tropical coconut, to take you bake to the sandy white beaches. This luxury candle by Cocolux Australia is sourced from Australia and is completely natural and sustainable. This glorious scent, helps calm and relax your mind for a quiet evening of pampering or unwinding after a long day at work and is super inviting and cosy, perfect to help relax your mind body and soul. 

Cleansing is such a vital part of my skincare routine and when I want something a bit more hydrating for my skin on those busy days and feel I need a bit more of an uplift or if I have been wearing heavier makeup, this deep pore cleanser by Sajal Balans is ideal to clear the days impurities or any residue makeup. Personally this can be used day or night, but I like to start my day with it, giving my skin the boost it needs in hydration for the day, plus leaves my face feeling super clean and soft thanks to the fig, African whitewood and precious metal extracts also infused with anti-microbial properties that leave my blotchy red skin looking and feeling calm in the morning. 

After cleansing, I reached for Earth Tu Face, Hydrate & repair face balm, it is perfect to help boost dehydrated skin and this super botanical balm increases cellular regeneration and facilitates tissue repair, perfect as I recently had a breakout or those that suffer from skin problems, plus the rose petals infused helped calm the irritation. If you sit in an office all day with pesky air-conditioning I would certainly recommend this balm for you or be it you just got back from your summer holidays this will certainly help quench the thirst.

Day and night I reached for Su-man rehydrating toning essence. It is a real treat, a water like gel, that instantly refreshes your skin and glides on with ease, the perfect elixir balance of rose petals packed with hyaluronic acid perfect for balancing out the tone of your skin, all whilst keeping it refreshed and hydrated the perfect combo for dewy skin.

Last little gem in this months box, is a brand and firm favourite of mine, I've recently spoken about this before in their travel trio collection, but Ameliorate smoothing body exfoliant is just perfect in all ways, it helps to buff and smoothen your skin and what is better it comes full sized in this months box.





I have to say, this month's box is perfect for your skincare recovery, all products offer and do something different in restoring your skin and I have noticed a big difference in it's clarity. 

To snap up this month's box costing £65.00 with a massive saving of £80.00 you can buy it here, plus for those that are ordering a box for the first time, get an extra 10% off with using the code WELCOME17 and a further little treat for those signing up to a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, you will be sent a free Argentum Illuminating Hydrating Bar worth £104.00, not bad hey!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and your favourite brands that help your skin recover, or if you have and what your thoughts are on this month's MINTD Recovery Box! Please leave your comments below. 


London Mumma xx

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Friday, 11 August 2017

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Weekend


One of the best things to do, is enjoy yourself and make the most of your weekend. Working weeks can leave little time for actually doing what you want to do with friends or family or quite frankly on your own. So why not make the most of it with these few handy tips this weekend.

Rise Early
Do not waste the day get up and enjoy your weekend, yes I know you want to lie in, but trust me, you and your mind and body will feel better for rising early and seeing more of your weekend. Not a fan of rising early, you will be when you head to your local cafe or farmers market for fresh coffee and croissants and a bit of people watching.

Plan Ahead
Nothing better than making a plan, this way you can cram in as much much as possible, know what you are doing and actually get what you want done.

Disconnect
This is possibly the hardest thing to do, but trust me a few days off from social media, will do your mind wonders and give your fingers a rest too! You want to enjoy your weekend after all not cram it with more social obligations and taking your from the real world.

Bike It
Get out and see your city, be it on a boris bike or your on bike! Just get on your bike and explore, you never know what you may find! Plus it's a great way of spending time on your own clearing your mind and reconnecting with you or loved ones. 

Stop Worrying About Monday
Monday can wait, the office, the travel worry! Push it to the back of your mind there is nothing you can do right now to resolve it, and do you want to on YOUR weekend I think not!?

Have A Party
Getting to see friends can be tricky, life is tricky. So why not have a party get all your friends over, that way you can kill a few birds with one stone and see them all!

Do That One Thing You've Been Dying To Do
We all have that one thing we've been dying to do, be it painting the living room, seeing a show, heading out of your city and going to the countryside, simply just do it! Rise early and get up and go after all it's your weekend let's not spoil it for ourselves by over thinking things, lets make the most of it!

We've made it guys and gals its Friday, just a few more hours of work and the weekend is ours!  How will you be making the most of your weekend? I would love to hear, so please leave in your comments below or tweet me

Happy weekend.

London Mumma xx

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

6 Traits Of A Kick Ass Single Mumma



Truth be told, I never set out to be a single Mumma, I did not even set out to be a Mumma! I thought I was sick and caught the lurgies from a girl in the office, took me 8 times of peeing on a pregnancy stick to remotely convince myself that I was in actual fact pregnant! In all honesty, I didn't know what to do, where to go and how to even tell her my daughter's father. But I had a decision to make and one that needed making real quick, and you know what it was the best decision I have ever made in my life and one that changed me for the better.

Yes being a single parent can be frustrating, I mean you can't go for a crap on your own, morning coffees the one to get you going for the day you wanna make and enjoy in peace, to realise that there is no bloody milk in the house and the babe is still asleep, so you have to wait until they rise to go and get milk, then they are up and know you need milk, but wanna take their sweet merry time to get ready, then wanna dress up as Elsa, shoes and everything then dress the cat up too as Olaf and put him in the toy buggy, which god knows why he sits in! Those frustrating single parent dramas, you know the ones I mean. But for all, it's downsides, where your child leaves the house looking like a clown and you just think MEH! The best bit about single parenthood is all the cuddles and unconditional love, that sometimes you think do I deserve this?! Well yeah I do, I mean for the past three years I've had an audience whilst crapping.



But jokes set aside, us single Mummas deserve a lot more credit after all we are totally kicking this single parenthood arse/ass. How can you tell well I am sharing 7 Traits of a Kick Ass Single Mumma, guaranteed you are already nailing most of these without even knowing it.

Resilience
Nothing now fazes us, you got something that needs doing, we get it done you learn not to depend on anyone and we recover quickly from bullshit.

Strength
We are a lot stronger than most, we man-up and get on with it, no moping (that's what Friday nights with prosecco is for, after a long week with work and the kids, whilst gossiping on the phone)   around. Even our bodies are stronger, you carry a sleeping kid, that's dead weight peeps, plus you got a gazillion heavy shopping bags, the ones with the 4-pint milk, cat food, tin sh*t, fresh fruit and veg you know those bags.

Multitaskers
We have mastered this and got this down to a T! To making a packed lunch for the days adventures, at the same time whilst booking the vet, putting a load of washing on and thinking about dinner and heading to the hardware store, to buy that shelf you wanna put up later.

Forgiveness
Now, this has been the hardest pill for us Mummas to swallow, but by heck, we do it well and with grace! Check this, Leanora found my nail varnish the other day I said I'll paint her nails but later, it's blue, so in her eyes its Elsa blue, so I put it up high on a shelf, I am in the kitchen all is quite, cats not running around being chased, something is afoot! Half the bleeding bottle had only fallen out on to my bloody expensive sofas, yes sofas, not one but the both of them, to top it off she painted her nails dodgily and was just about to paint the cats, poor Milo! What did I do? Well, my eyes literally rolled into the back of my head I thought I was going to pass out! Instead, I said a little prayer with Madonna and went out and did the gardening, aggressively! Told Ya forgiveness, plus I was able to get the garden done, win-win. Yes, I did clean it up later and wash the sofas, not all out, but that's what my new throws from H&M are for.

Laugh
You gotta be able to laugh, I mean you've read my 10 Things I said since becoming a parent. After all, you don't laugh you'll cry and you gotta find that strength to get through, not for you, but the kids.

Patience
I mean, the kids have little legs, after all, you're running late for work, they wanna walk crazy slow knowing you gotta get sh*t done, but hey, that's how you master the art of patience.



There are probably a lot more traits I've missed off, but these are the important ones and the one that we learn to master quickly and well. To all, you other single Mumma's and pa's too out their I salute you. After all this list could go on, but it's 6:30 am, the babe will soon wake, and we have to leave the house in an hour, I've got this post to publish, kid to take to preschool, go to the post office, sort the cat out and get to work before 10 am, oh yeah and Instagram stuff to do! Never ends ha!

Here is to you all have a kick ass day.

London Mumma xx

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Next Series


Sometimes it's hard finding the perfect outfit for Leanora and me! Ha! Yeah Right! But no truly it can be hard to find something that A you feel comfortable in, especially as you spend half your day running around chasing your toddler like a scene from the walking dead (the toddler is the civilian screaming their head off and your the blood thirsty zombie chasing after them) B You both still want to look cool.



Next are totally killing that cool Mummy and Mini twin style right now with so much to choose and mix and match from. Truth be told, I was not a fan of next growing up, well I mean I've always loved their homeware! But it is always somewhere my old girl shopped (mum). But fast forward now that I am in my YOUNG 30's I've grown to love and appreciate Next's collection, plus they are totally having a fashion moment from the instagrammable pom pom mules (super cheesed I didn't bag a pair)  to dresses and by heck, they are reasonably priced too!

Leanora kept it cool and easy breezy in this adorable embroidered blouse worn with these super cute red military shorts. The look was cute and complete with a blue pair of Mary Janes which she now refuses to take off LIKE EVER (her words, God help me).

I went for a red striped top, it's ever so light and soft and something I shall certainly be wearing under some dungarees, quite possibly a dress version which I am currently on the hunt for, if you spot one do let me know! I've teamed my striped top with a relaxed boy friend cut jeans (my first BF Jean) the comfiest trainers which like L I never want to take off LIKE EVER!! And no outfit is complete without a bag and being a lady-parent it has to be a cross body so I can free up my zombie arms to catch the toddler, plus I just love the ring handle adds a total statement to it which instantly adds a more fashion forward element to the look.



How do you style your Next looks - I would love to hear in the comments below!

The perfect pick with Next, perfect for our summer adventures. Until The Next Series.......

Thank you to Next for letting us select some outfits for this post. We carefully picked them, ok Leanora choose them! I mean I'm a parent who has no rights, after all, I'm just here living in her world paying the bills ha!

London Mumma xx

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Monday, 7 August 2017

10 Tea Dresses Under £50






With summer slowing down here in the UK and being the UK, the weather is unpredictable and can be known to spoils us with a nice sunny day here and there, but as sun seekers we are always off on holiday (even wander lusting in our mind, whilst sat at the office desk) and plus we are women and we always need a new dress!



Something fun and flirty is always a hit and I'm currently loving tea dresses, be it dressed up with sandals and nice hat to dressing down in trainers and a denim jacket. The weather should never let it stop you from wearing that cute tea dress, I mean as we are not too far off from Autumn, you can always wear it with a jumper? But no matter how you like to rock it we are always trying to hold onto summer like our lives depend upon it, throw caution to the wind, buy a tea dress, in any colour or design, that tickles your fancy and rock the hell out of it, after all the tea dress is perfect to wear for any occasion!

To be fair I actually forgot about this tea dress, that I picked up for a bargain from Missguided and should have blogged it weeks a go, maybe even a month or two (oops) it is now sold out, but you are in the right place as I've some alternatives for you in different lengths and designs!



I've scoured the web to find you 10 of the best all costing under £50 leaving you a bit extra with some to purchase two, after all, you so deserve it.

Let me know what you think of the top 10 and would love to hear how you like to style your tea dress! Please leave your comments below.



Here is to an awesome week ladies and gents too, after all the fellas can always treat their lady! Also if you are currently on the hunt for your little girl's dresses, then I would certainly check out ODS Designer Clothing.

London Mumma xx

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Chill Crab Linguine

With all that relaxing on the beach soaking up the glorious sun rays (don't forget the sunscreen) it can be a hungry job lounging around. 

But on a summers day, we are going to need a tasty dish which packs a punch at the same time as tickling our taste buds, all whilst dreaming and wishing we were right back by the sea and what better dish to eat on a summers day than a chilli crab linguine and I promise you, after just one bite, you will be wanting to it this dish all summer long. 

This is the perfect meal be it for lunch or dinner to enjoy with family and friends with a nice ice cold bottle of plonk (you know me Prosecco or Sancerre) and an elderflower cordial for the kiddies (Leanora loves the stuff, thinking of making my own, is it hard, or do you have any good family recipes?).

Now I must say, I did make this with both white and dark crab meat as I wanted to really taste the salty sea (makes sense in my mind) but you can opt just for the white glorious fatty flesh of crab if you wish.

Ingredients (serves 4)
400g Linguine
A handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
300g Fresh white crab meat 
4 Stems of parsley finely chopped
1 Green and red chilli chopped
Half a lemon
50ml of olive oil
1 Garlic clove finely chopped

Directions
1. Cook linguine in boiling water (you can add salt, but I don't) for 8-9 minutes.

2. Whilst linguine is cooking away nicely, in a pan, through in your olive oil, crab, chilli (as much as you like), tomatoes, and garlic and lemon juice and cook over a medium heat until all warmed through. 

3. drain pasta, but save a little of the water for your sauce and pop back into your pan, pour in your warmed through ingredients and gently toss together.

4. serve amongst 4 dishes and sprinkle over your chopped parsley and serve.

Do you have a tasty summery dish that you and your friends and family like to enjoy?

London Mumma xx

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Bioderma, The Ultimate Sunscreen For The Whole Family






We recently hit the beach for a little weekend getaway and a little salty air, sun chasing, crab spotting, wave riding and sun lounging. With the weather being an utter babe, Leanora in her element collecting sea shells her throwing caution to the wind and trying to bury her sun hat, it got me thinking about that good old Vitamin D, whilst it is great for sensitive eczema prone skin, her delicate skin, mine too needs some protection, that's where Bioderma comes in hand!



Not wanting to burn and become peely and protecting our skin from the sun and helping me reduce the risk of skin ageing, Bioderma's sunscreen's are perfect to protect the families skin. I always go for the maximum SPF 50 for both of us, I want us to get as much protection whilst out and about on a hot sunny day.

I find choosing a spray bottle for us both is perfect, this way you can keep track of where you sprayed, so no spots are missing, plus it's fun for the kids to get involved! (Leanora since being back has taken to try and spray Milo, God help me!)

Bioderma Spray for children is Hypoallergenic so perfect for Leanora's sensitive delicate  skin, it glides over smoothly, it does not leave her skin looking or feeling chalky and whats better is that it fragrant free so I know it won't give her a bad reaction, as well as being paraben free and can also be applied to dry or wet skin and is great to reapply after a ton of frolicking in the sea, and this can be applied to her face and skin.

For me, I go for the Dry Oil. It helps generate a natural tan, it is fragranced but is so light and in no way over powering, plus it helps absorb moisture back into sun parched skin. Just like the kiddies spray it is paragon free and alcohol-free also, as well as being non-sticky, it too can be applied to wet or dry skin.

Both are perfect to store in your beach bag, knowing that you and your family are protected on your summer holidays with one brand are brilliant and a little goes along way.



A massive thank you to Bioderma for sending us these fab sun protectors to shield us from those sunny rays on our sunny holidays, now just need to plan the next sunny adventure.

Which sunscreen are you using, have you found a brand that works for you and your family?

London Mumma xx

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