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?


Monday, 16 October 2017

Unicorns & Ponies Halloween Ready

So..We have kinda gone a little bit Unicorn and Pony mad in the London Mumma household, not my own doing, but toddler related. Whilst I love the magical creatures and real-life ponies too, Leanora has been going crazy over it. Whilst before I never thought I would be for it, I am totally indulging her every magical whim......Well, how else am I going to get my glasses back!

There is no real reason for this post, but I love these pictures so much, I just could not resist sharing, plus we had a blast this weekend, partying it up with BFLF we just had to share it with you. 

I think as parents and being a single parent I just want to capture every single moment of my little Cha-chi, so when she is older I can show all the pictures, which she will undoubtedly think is totally shaming, but I rule the roost..........hmmmm! So she has to endure it and strike a pose. 

With Halloween not too far off, the stores are awash with fab kids Halloween inspired clothing, from Leanoras unicorn jumper dress from good old M&S to sleepwear from LIDL (my new fave store). I mean have you seen the new range of clothing H&M has to offer for kids, us big kids too. For those who are not the dressing up type i.e ME there are wearable clothing and accessories out there too.

We had a little tastier of dressing up on Saturday gone, we got down and party liked rock stars at Big Fish Little Fish, a good time family rave. One thing I miss about pre-Mumma days was just to get up and go out and shake my money maker like there was no tomorrow, and then probably stumble in tomorrow! But gone are those crazy single days, it is a new story now, which takes me weeks of military precision of getting a babysitter, reconfirming, then having to get the grandparents in or sister down from Notts, which can all be a pain in the arse, but I guess that comes with parenting. But not one to miss out on a party and one that is not just catered to adults, but most importantly the kids, it makes for a great family day out, where you get to meet other parents just like you, and with loads to do from face painting, disco raving, to various arts and crafts, you are spoilt with loads of things to keep everyone happy and entertained, plus they have a bar, so if ordering a glass of your choice, no one frowns upon it, whilst living it up with the kids. Big Fish, Little Fish is something that I would honestly encourage any family or 80's babies, with babies to go and get your party on!

A massive thank you to Big Fish Little Fish, for having us and looking forward to the spooktacular events coming up.

Stuck on ideas on what to get the kids to wear this Halloween, check out my shoppable real for inspo or check out my Pinterest page.

I am still deciding on what to wear this Halloween, do you have any ideas?

London Mumma xx



Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday Favourites

Whop whop, my arms are wide open and I am running towards the weekend, with the wind in my hair and toddler over my shoulder, and we are racing towards the last hurdle before we can get down and have some fun, some much-needed fun after a long week. But before we kick off the weekend, keep scrolling lovelies as I am sharing these weeks Friday Favourites. Here we go...

This week, the cold has truly set in and I've fallen in love all over again, thanks to my dad, who has for the past 4 weeks gifted me with Butternut Squash, god knows why your guess is as good as mine. But with a mountain pile of squash at home, I gotta cook it up and I've been making my super tasty and warming butternut squash soup, and something every so tasty, which is currently top secret until next week, so why not warm up your cockles this weekend with this great recipe.

Super excited about the Erdem x H&M collaboration, hitting the stores in November just in time for my birthday, I am totally coveting the whole dark floral collection and lace dresses and looking to treat my self to a few gorgeous items. 

Well, Halloween is fast approaching and I am going Pinterest crazy and getting loads of inspiration for our decorations and I am loving these sequined pumpkins from Sugar and Cloth.

Well, that's it, that our Friday Favourites for the week. Let me know what has been your favorites.

Happy weekend everyone!!

London Mumma xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Night Time Beauty With MINTD

A seasonal skincare switch up is essential when we reach the Autumnal months for both day and night. The cool dry air can leave our skin feeling and looking parched, therefore we need, no our skin craves for some extra hydration and moisture.

We require that little extra TLC in the cooler months, whereas in the summer months we need a little more protection from the sun, but fast forward to Autumn our skin can become dry and be more subject to breakouts, I know I have seen a change in my skin's health, have you?

For me, especially when I wake my skin can look a bit my duller and lifeless, so it's important that I can help boost moisture into my skin overnight, so finding some great darling some products to help restore moisture, calm and radiance in to my skin, whilst working overtime overnight to aid the process of regeneration and rejuvenation, helping it look healthier from night to day.

When faced with a dilemma on what to use for your nighttime beauty routine, look no further this month than to MINTD Box. This months edit is all about perfecting night time beauty sleep, with products formulated with active ingredients, natural oils and aromatic and therapeutic scents, perfect for the Autumnal months, assisting in relaxation and the preparation for a good nights sleep. So sit back grab a cuppa and a cosy knit and let us get stuck into what is inside this months MINTD Box.

Nothing makes a home, mind, body, and soul feel more relaxed than with a candle burning. This Neom, English lavender, sweet basil & jasmine plus 16 other essential oils all blended perfectly together in this Tranquility scented candle is perfect to unwind with 20-30 minutes before bed, this luxurious candle's fragrance just oozes pure luxury. I like to light this before going to bed, whilst relaxing in the bath and filling the whole house with its desirable scent and this little beauty burns up to 20 hours.

Aromatherapy Associates is a brand that I am extremely familiar with and love dearly and this light relax bath and shower oil, currently takes centre stage in my bathroom, high up enough from Leanora's little toddler fingers. The perfect oil, a few drops needed only to help aid a peaceful and relaxing nights sleep, after a busy day, plus it leaves the whole bathroom smelling like heaven thanks to the restful powers of Lavender, Ylang-ylang and Petitgrain ingredients.

Once out the bath and moisturised, I spritzed Supermoods, sweet pillow scent over my pillows, honestly with all the gorgeous aromas, filling your home, it truly feels like you have brought the spa into your home. A light spritz goes a long way, I like to close the door once I have done this, to not let any of the aromatic scents leave the room, as I find that helps me have more of peaceful and tranquil sleep.

The piece de resistance, out of this whole box and something I have been dying to get my hands on, is Sunday Rileys, luna sleeping night oil! A little thicker than most, but totally not greasy at all, it is formulated with a derivative of trans-retinoic acid to minimise the appearance of pores, loss of elasticity and slow the development of wrinkles, I use a few drops once my cleansed face and allow it to soak into my dehydrated skin. I've been using this for 2 weeks and I have to say I have noticed a difference in the appearance of my now glowing and nourished skin when I wake.

Omorovicoza is the perfect at home facial wonder and any beauty lover would certainly agree. Applied 2-3 times a week, only a little is needed and the gel-like consistency helps calm and plump skin and trust me when I say when you wake in the morning your skin looks amazing, my skin looked more balanced and radiant. Plus a little tip thanks to Leanora, I went on a hunt for this last Friday after I went out and found it in the fridge and thanks to miss sassy pants, my skin was glad for it, the perfect travel-sized companion.

Overall, I have to honestly take my hat off to MINTD Box this months box is super exciting and I am loving all the products and brands in this box, it truly did not disappoint, I know I say it each month, but hands down guys and gals, get your beauty hands on this box for £65 is a total daylight robbery for all the right reasons. I have to say a big thank you for MINTD for working with me on this months box, honestly I've had the best nights of sleep the past few weeks and looking forward to tonight, as I've no Leanora, so Mumma is gonna have a glass of wine and enjoy these products all over again, roll on 5 pm!

I'd love to know if you have tried this month's box and what you think thus far, or maybe if you've not bagged the box, which ships worldwide for free on your first box order with the code WELCOME17 what you think of the products? I would love to hear your comments below.

London Mumma xx


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Strawberry And Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Everyone should start the day off in a great way and the best way possible. What better wait to kickstart the day than with a strawberry and vanilla breakfast smoothie bowl. 

With busy days and always in a hurry it is easier to just pick up something unhealthy filled with bad sugars. But with this super tasty and healthy breakfast smoothie jampacked with nuts, fruit, dairy or not, a smoothie is a great way to start the day and help keeps you fuelled  all the way up to lunch.

This super easy super quick strawberry and vanilla breakfast smoothie takes no time at all, a quick whizz in my snazzy new Blendtec blender or any other good strong blender that you may have, it can be done in less than five minutes and in your stomach within three, so no excuse to not have best breakfast to start your day and can even be done whilst you're in the shower getting ready, putting I load of washing in, or quick zip around with the hoover, so there is no excuse not to make the super tasty dish.

1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of vanilla yoghurt/plain or vanilla non-dairy yoghurt
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1 1/4 tsp vanilla

Sunflower seeds
Chia seeds

1. Add all of your ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth

2. Pour your blended smoothie into a bowl, and sprinkle your sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and cornflakes.

3. Tuck in!

Super easy and super quick and extremely tasty breakfast to start your day, perfect not just for you but family and friends too.

How do you like to start your day, what is your go-to breakfast superhero? I would love to hear in the comments below!

London Mumma xx

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Monday, 9 October 2017

WearAll | Doing Something For You

Guess what, Mumma got out! I hardly go out now, but I just had to and I enjoyed it. I was at work on Friday and a friend messaged and said, gurl lets go grab a cheeky drink, I just saw your mum and I know she has Leanora tonight, I was in two minds, you may remember me asking you over Instagram do I stay in and do the washing or go out?! Stuck  on a decision on what to do, I spoke to a friend, who gave me some inspiring words, that her mother quoted her 'Your cup is half full, and each time you take a sip, for work, for motherhood, for friends and home, you are slowly emptying that cup, in order to prosper for you and be a better you, you have to fill it up, so why not go out for you and fill your cup back up' Feeling truly inspired and empowered, off out I went. 

Being a single parent and my daughters father hardly around, be it though I have a great support network around me, I hardly go out, I feel bad that I am busy working, then blogging, then cooking, parenting and everything else in between, so when I do go out or decide to, I think I should be spending that time with my daughter, but my friends mother was right about refilling your cup, be it if you are a parent or not, once in a while its good to do something for you and that is exactly what I did, something for me, after all I would be no good to anyone, if I am burnt out and not recharged, but don't worry I am lightweight now and I had work the following day and I was safely in bed by the stroke of midnight.

Now the question is what to wear, now still struggling with my Mumma tum, which I am currently working on reducing, I needed something that A, I looked good in, B, more importantly, I felt comfortable in. Who was a saving grace, WearAll, I spotted this fun flirty bardot top, girls moderately upright, a little bit billowy at the bottom, but hey, that is what high-waisted jeans are for right, to hold you in and make you look elongated. 

Safely looking like a normal decent lady and feeling good, a much needed night of cocktails and laughter was in order in London town, and all guilt was left at the door. Just remember that self-care should not be last on the list, it should be at the top of your list. Because we all want to be the best version of ourselves.

What do you do for you, to recharge? I would love to hear in the comments below. 

London Mumma xx

Bardot Top - WearAll
Jeans - WearAll
Trainers - New Look  - Also now in the sale for £11
Bag - Radley


Friday, 6 October 2017

Friday Favourites

TGIF....Anyone else looking forward to taking it easy and relaxing this weekend, I know that I certainly am. After a busy working week, then getting ill I am looking forward to slobbing out on the sofa with Leanora and Milo and watching Strictly come dancing, not before we do the weekly shop, a bit of cake eating and some afternoon play, but before all that jazz and 5pm rolls on, I am sharing a few Friday favourites from the week.

I have a new found love of Pinterest, and I have been pinning like crazy and in need of some darling new friends, so come on over and stop by to say hi. I have a few new boards which I am super proud of, my love of this seasons box bags, Halloween inspo and home inspo, do come check me out.

Ok, I know I say this every month, but I have literally fallen head over heels with this month's MINTD Box truly I have, there have been a few things that I've been lusting after and they have truly delivered. This month is all about nigh time beauty. Ok, ok I've said too much and I'll be sharing with you whats inside next week, but for now, all I am saying is SUNDAY RILEY ok, ok ok NEOM! Phew, that is it I am keeping my mouth shut. Until next week, obvs!

As you know, I am currently updating the house and I recently stumbled upon this fab online store and I am loving there fabulous dining tables, which are perfect for the whole family to eat, plus sit and do the kids homework, which you can find here.

New favourite fashion find for this Autumn, is my new pearl biker boots from Bershka, perfect for trudging around plus how great do they look, check these similar pair from Stradivius, which you can find on my shop page.


New recipe and another sneak peek of this delicious creation thanks to Blendtec, my Strawberry N Vanilla Breakfast smoothie, look how scrumptious it looks. So stay tuned and check back next week, for the full recipe.

Ok, so I better get going, as I am about to lick the screen so I better go make up a new batch of smoothies. 

What are you all up to this weekend? I would love to hear in the comments below!

London Mumma xx
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