Friday, 12 October 2018

This Month's Netflix Original's To Watch This Weekend


It's Fri-Yyay and for the London Mumma household, that means a night to Netflix and Chill! If you are planning on taking it easy and chilling at home this weekend or even have a sleepover, we have got some great movies and shows to kick back too. 

Friday's are great, as that is when the latest shows and movies get added on. We have been loving Netflix originals for a little while now and the recent few that we have been watching have not disappointed. 

So I suggest for a cosy night in grab some funfetti popcorn and some Chinese wings to chow down on, cosy blanket and relax.

13 Reasons
The girls in the office have been banging on about this show for ages, how amazing it was and how it highlighted mental health and felt since they have watched the show, that they or people they know have been able to speak more openly about what they are feeling. 

Angry Birds
Since going to Chessington, Leanora and myself cannot get enough of these funny little guys. A great fun filled movie about green piggies trying to steal the bird's eggs for the king to eat. A great family movie.

Travels With My Father
This brilliant documentary starring Jack Whitehall and his father is utterly hilarious. The first season starts with Jack's father accompanying Jack around Asia on Jack's gap year, but Jacks father an uptight hilarious foul mouth 70-year-old man, has a few choice words for Jack. This season sees the tables turned where Jack's father takes the reigns and Jack accompanies his father on a tour around Europe, expect freakish dolls, that become apart of the family, a lot of lol, and nudity.

Somewhere Between
Now if you are looking for an amazing nail-biting binge, then Somewhere Between is your show, it literally just came out this week and I watched it in mere hours, I even woke up last night at 11am to watch an episode, only to watch the whole series until 4:20am this morning, downside, I had to be up at 5:30 am. Clearly, that shows you it is that good a must watch this weekend.

Next Gen
This is our family movie tonight, an animation about a little girl, who has recently lost her father, growing up as a young teen with no friends can be tough, that is until she finds herself in a lab where she should not be and awakes a robot, who follows her home. About love and friendship and support and I can not wait to curl up and watch this later. 

What are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below. 


London Mumma

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

6 Ways To Enjoy Your Period


Ladies, let us take a minute here to come together and admit, we all hate our periods. That monthly devil creeps upon us, whilst at times it is a treat to of swung by, it can also be frustrating. 

Menstrual cycle! I just cringe on hearing the word, as I know, I am about to bloat like a mo fo! My hormones are all over the place, moods swings here I come! As well as our skin taking a little hit, along with the pain that can at times be a little crippling, to add final insult to injury the heavy flow is a burden to much to bare at times. 

Exercise
Do not let being on your cycle stop you from getting in a workout. I can honestly say, when I have been on my period, I've felt like a fat slug and there was nothing in the world that I dreaded more than knowing that I had to go and work out. It is unfortunate that I felt like that, but I get my mind right and think what my end goal is and that is to have a flat tum, so regardless of feeling sluggish I know at the end of that work out I feel great and knowing that my cycle has not held me back I feel even better, so I always stick to a plan and back my kit and go.  

Step away from the junk food
Give me all the chocolate, and crisps that I can get my hands on to make me feel good and give me a little comfort, sure it is easy just to nip to the shop or order takeaway but remember all those fatty, salty foods will only leave you feeling worse. Get yourself organised, have a planner and even meal prep for the week you know you are going to be due on. Another great way to eat healthily and to keep on track, is if you have a friend that has the same cycle as you or not, having a support buddy to check on you is great, plus if you cave in you can blame them!

Meditate
Whilst it may be a normal morning routine, mediating can be done at any point of the day, no matter where you are, be it on the tube (god knows we need to be doing it, in rush hour)

Facial
As our bodies go through changes and are hormones are bouncing around, it is so important to take care of our skin and maintain its glow. Drinking lots of water to help it keep plump and a good facial be it a fancy smancy treat or an at home pampering session is in order.

Time For Tea
We all wish for a genie to grant our wishes to help reduce the bloat that can come along with our cycle, but whilst there is no genie nor am I claiming to be one, I find that fresh cut ginger in a hot cup of water, reduces my bloat and stomach fatigue and I certainly recommend giving it a go, doesn't work at least you gotta a nice cup in hand.

Bridget Jones it 
I have to confess I love a big knicker, there is nothing cosier than a nice pair of big knickers, comfort is key and this is the way to go, with so many great styles and shapes for all out there I totally recommend it and rock it like you just don't care. 

What are your PMS remedies or cures? I would love to hear in the comments below. 


London Mumma

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

2 Simple Steps To Help You Stick To A Plan


I always end up deviating on plans, be it New Year's resolutions, Stoptober, to pushing goals to the wayside for other things that I feel is more important at the time. What is important is those plans that we make, those goals that make us happy, nothing wrong with making your dreams a reality.

Life always throws a curve ball, just because it can, but it is how you manoeuvre that curveball back in to play that counts and setting that plan back into motion! 

It's official, I am putting my plans back into action and I couldn't be happier about it and you can too. Positivity is key in situations like this, but at times its negativity that can set those wheels back in motion, it did for me, use it to your advantage to kickstart that positive plan back into action.

Weigh up now, against later
It is so easy to put something off until later and later never happens, to arranging that play date, booking yourself into the dentist, meeting with the bank, to answering that email on time. But think about it, and weigh up those options, how does putting something off until tomorrow, the day after or next week make you feel? SHIT! Am I right? It takes you one step backwards to achieving that plan and hell to the no, should we be doing that, it's about getting your big girl/boy pants on and taking that step now. DO IT!

Set that goal
Go back to the drawing board, or Pinterest board to give you that push to keep you on track, it's a great, no, positive reminder as to why you are taking the necessary steps, no matter how out there they may seem, just remember to have fun. You can add to it, mark it off, being able to visualise something helps put things and your mindset into perspective to get yourself organised and keep you on a steady track to then plan.

No drawing board or Pinterest, then get yourself a diary, nothing better than being able to carry something around with you, day in and day out which is super easily accessible to help you push yourself further in order to achieve your plan.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Autumn Reads


With pumpkin spice lattes adorning coffee shops, leaves are turning into golden hues, the air a bit crisper you know that you have arrived in the Autumnal months, with that comes cosy cashmere knits, blankets and of course delightful new reads.

This month I've got two new favourites that I suggest curling up on the sofa to read.

Bad Blood, A really well written eloquent book, that I simply could not put down. Filled with murder, memory loss, twists and turns, Bad Blood will keep you guessing all the way through to the end, a great page-turner about a dying man seeking answers from a psychologist, wanting to remember and know answers about a bloody night where he woke to find a murdered woman in his hotel room, how did he get there, who is this woman......

Circe, a mythological story of a lesser god Circe, who is banished to a remote Island which she may never leave, as ordered by Zeus and her father, the God, Helios. Circe was not born with any powerful powers like her father or beauty like her mother, she was a strange outcast, destined for not much until she finds a mortal to love, to keep and claim as her own. This love makes Circe realise that she has a witching power, does it work in her favour!

Did you read these, how did you get on, what did you think?

London Mumma

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

3 Of The Best Nuxe Skincare Products For The Autumnal Weather



It's officially Autumn, you can feel the chill in the air the moment you wake up, extra layering is required, from cosy knits to heavier jackets to heavier moisturises and skincare needed.

With the change in weather, your skin needs boosting as it becomes more dryer and dehydrated than usual, we've all been there with our lips craving moisture from chapping, a heavier face cream to give you that extra glow through the bitter cold times. 


No one wants to walk around with chapped lips, it is literally the worst thing ever, we all want the perfect pout, in order to get that and combat this weather, you got to get those lips looking just right! Personally I am not a lipstick wearer, still trying to find that right shade, but for those that do and do not want flaky peeling lips with lipstick on, I would certainly recommend investing in Nuxe lip balm to prep and bring moisture into your lips, the botanical oils to lock in the moisture and honey will help rejuvenate, nourish and repair chapped lips. This is a great size to fit into your handbag and certainly would recommend using all year round. The texture is great, it simply just melts into your lips and leaves it silky smooth and feeling uplifted thanks to the subtle hint of grapefruit. 

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This balm is insane, it literally melts into your skin. This balm also from the RĂªve de Miel collection is for the face and body, but I like to keep it as a treat for my face, but another bonus is, is that it is paraben free and I can also use it on Leanora too, perfect for the whole family and children over 3 years of age! Leanora suffers from eczema and this time of year, is when it can flare up quite badly, so thanks to the 6 botanical oils, honey and Shea butter, it locks in the moisture and keeps our skin nourished all day. 

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My legs, in particular, get extremely dry in the colder months as well as my body being very sensitive, this cream does not irritate it. We all have different skin types and it is so important on finding what works for you and your skin, but I whole hardheartedly cannot recommend this cream enough, it absorbs into the skin immediately, which is great and is non-greasy better for you and your clothes, plus the smell is incredible and so calming. 

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Autumn Workwear Outfit Ideas


A few weeks ago the sun was shining and the sky was bluer than ever, with fall now here we prepare for darker less brighter mornings. Never one to make colder days shun me from some brighter favourites there is no reason why you can't adapt some few items into your fall wardrobe for work.


I simply adore a good blazer, be checked, camel to basic black the blazer is not just for work, it can be dressed up for Fri-yay drinks, down for the school run and perfectly goes well teamed with a dress! Just in time for Autumn, I bought this straight cut checked beauty for less than £25. A size up I find is always best, so come later on when it gets really chilly can wear it with a chunky knit. 

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There are endless perfect jeans in life, you just got to know where to look for them, from trusty Topshop, & Other Stories, mango and Zara, whilst depending on where you work and the style, you may be able to get away with a good pair of high waisted jeans, if not opt for a neutral shades of trousers this autumn teamed with some pointy shoes, a blazer and you are good to go. Another big trend to help uplift your trousers is a good belt, you can not go wrong with Gucci.


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They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but trust me no sane girl would turn down a good pair of shoes and when at work all day you want comfort, these block hill white shoes are a godsend and see me through from 9-5

This season it is all about the animal print and this bag, the moment I saw this snakeskin chain bag I just had to have it. Retailers all over are going insane for animal printed items and who can blame them. Now snakeskin, is not the only animal print having a big moment Zebra too, which you may have spotted on my Instagram, tiger and leopard are also in a big way too.

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Ending Summer At Chessington




Last weekend we spent the day at Chessington World of Adventure's, courtesy of 365 Tickets, nothing like a fun weekend riding roller coasters, face painting, stuffing our faces with doughnuts and a whole lot more, especially after a long week and Leanora starting school plus it is a great end to the summer, the perfect send-off.

Going to Chessington with Leanora has been on our list this whole summer and finally, the day came, to share a fun day out with her as I used to when I went with my Mumma and brother when I was a kid, it was literally the last thing to check off.



We jumped on the train, 3 generations all super excited, and within an hour we had arrived! I love theme parks, the thrill of the rides, the endless hot dogs and Leanora's favourite....the arcade, Chessington is just bursting with so much to do and explore, they have Sea Life,  a Zoo, daily shows, meet and greet with the Gruffalo and a few extra things for the whole family. 



Honestly, we took so many photos, nearly dropped the camera thankfully that morning I put the strap on earlier that morning! I mean I am no baby, but Christ some of those kids rides were a little scary even for me and I have to admit that even though I struggled,  Leanora and my mum were both in their element, to cheer me up, mum and Leanora bought me a doughnut. Clearly, I'm a big kid. 




A little rest from the rides, we went for a stroll to meet some of the animals. We were in luck as we spotted a new addition to the gorilla family the sweetest baby gorilla, full of beans playing with family, it was lovely to see that the whole family got stuck in to care for the baby, whilst dad took it easy.




Back ready for action we headed to meet the Gruffalo, in the deep dark woods, well a little boat which took us round where the Gruffalo roams. 

I really like the fact that Chessington is not all about crazy rides for us big and little kiddos, but it is educational with talks throughout the day, about sea life and the other wildlife too.





The whole experience is brilliant and totally recommend you should go, no matter your age! Have you ever visited Chessington before? Great that the fact that is open all year round, if you do not happen to live near Chessington and live further afield, 365 Tickets have you covered no matter where you are in the world for some theme park fun at affordable prices. 



A brilliant way to spend the summer wind down.


London Mumma


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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Two Books You Must Read This Month


My friends, I have just found and read the most amazing this books this August! I'm talking mind blowing good and I encourage you to snap these beauties up, from gruesome family murders to those craving the handmaid's tale, these books will keep you guessing to thinking of the future and what if.....

I like to spend time in bookstores, ever since I was a kid, armed with my first ever library card and wanting to venture outside of teen valley high or goosebumps I'm always looking for something thrilling, engaging and fearsome! A writer be it there first novel to something educational and keeps your mind ticking of the endless possibilities is what I look for and before the end of the first sentence that's how they should make you feel and these three books, this August certainly had me feeling that way.

Dark Places, what can I say, but this for me is my book of the month, thrown straight into the scene from the very first page it had my heart beating my head guessing from start to finish. Libby Day witnessed what no child of 7, scrap that anyone should witness and have to live through, the slaughter of your family! Her sadistic brother prosecuted for the murder of his struggling mother and two other young sisters was sentenced to life, Libby had no doubt in her mind it was anyone else, until the donations of people were about to dry up, never had a job, friends, felt as though she had no real purpose, that's until a group of loyal supporters, fanatics judged her and challenged her to find out who the real murderer was of the Kinnakee family slaughter.

Guys, I got to confess, I've not watched The Handmaids Tale, well a few episodes of season 1! I know your thinking WTF What has she been doing with her life, well I don't know, but after reading VOX I'm gonna be downloading it this weekend and binge-watching, sorry Gossip Girl, xoxo! But enough of that this book is insane, insane because if this ever took place, I'm kicking butt! But enough of that, I get way too into it, but that's good, that's what a book should make you do and feel, am I right and VOX does not disappoint. Women forced to be silenced by men, men who want to take over the world and in order to do so, they give Dr Mcellan her voice back for a limited of time to serve a purpose in destruction, if she gives in, goes on the run with her lover leaving her husband if 21 years, her boys her only daughter, what becomes of her, her little girl armed with only 100 words per day, the outcome of destruction is for her daughter to have no words. VOX a tale of women's survival in America in slaved by men, armed with a limited amount of words each day, go over that and receive a shock, a story about a woman's survival for her and her daughter an amazing first novel from Christina Dalcher.

So I never read books twice, don't see the point, but guys my heart is beating and I want to read Dark Places again, but I won't, this time I'll be watching the movie, which I never knew was out until I wrote this. Has anyone seen it starring Charlize Theron, is it any good?

Will these books be on your reading list this August? Let me know what you are reading!

London Mumma

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Monday, 17 September 2018

Gazpacho



So, summer is drawing to a close and we prepare for Autumn weather, we are not quite there just yet, even though we may be having cold starts to the day, from mid-morning to early evening the summer sun is still shining bright and hotter than ever.

With temperatures on high it can be hard to decide on what to eat, whilst trying to be healthy and do not want to succumb just yet to a hearty lasagne, I've been finding comfort in Gazpacho, extremely surprising as it's a tomato based soup and I have to say I am not a fan, but this soup is served chilled and packs a punch in flavour and takes no time to whizz up at all in a trusty blender.


This bowl or a shot of soup is a perfect all-rounder served as a starter or with doorstop wedge of bread in a bowl and goes down a treat with the kiddos too as you know they can be a bit fussy.

Recently I've got in to batch cooking and this is ideal, I've actually stored it in my cookuts, Miam pancake maker, it's a great travel companion and have been taking it to work with me for lunch perfect to brave the hustle and bustle of the commute to work, which is great as I tend to go for the unhealthy options on my lunch break, like you do not like a fat Friday treat!! But knowing this is packed with vitamin c, as well as a helping of 2 out of my 5 a day, I feel good knowing that I am feeding my body and nourishing my soul, Leanora's too with the good stuff.


Honestly, this takes no time to make up, so great to prepare from the night before, or early in the morning, if you are having it later in the day. Depending on how strong your blender is you can just simply chuck in all your ingredients and zap, otherwise, it's simple as 1, 2, 3, chop and drop.


Ingredients

5 large ripe tomatoes

3/4 large cucumber, peeled, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 green pepper, deseeded, roughly chopped

2 green onions, trimmed, roughly chopped, more for garnish

2 garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped

olive oil

1 lemon or large lime, juice of

Salt and pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Fresh basil, stems removed, ripped or chopped


Instructions

1.Chop up your tomatoes, cucumber, celery, pepper, green onions, garlic, basil.

2. Place all other ingredients, along with your chopped ingredients into the blender, then blend at high sped for 10 seconds and then pulse your desired consistency.

3. Pour Gazpacho into a bowl, cover and leave to chill in the fridge, until ready to serve!

Enjoy, and have a soup-erb day!

So, will the gazpacho be making it into your weekly staple for you and the family? Also I here you can try this with different fruit too, let me know if you have and what you like!

London Mumma

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Monday, 20 August 2018

Kew Garden's, Garden Inspiration




Last weekend we had a great experience and got lots of inspiration exploring the wonders of Kew Gardens

The last time I went was 20 something years ago when I was at school and I do not know why I waited so long to go back. My sister-in-law and I took the kids for a day of learning all about the beautiful flowers and some fun, whilst enjoying this British summer before it starts winding down. 




For those that are fortunate to have a garden, even if you don't, Kew Gardens offer up loads of inspiration, to revamping your lawn to updating your flower boxes. I've been meaning for a while to update our garden, totally not child-friendly with it being paved, but I never knew what I wanted or how I wanted for it to look, that was not until I went and saw all the beautiful landscaped areas and beautiful flowers at Kew Garden.





With some much wonders and tropical botanical gardens to see, it will certainly help boost your creativity and will turn you into the garden whisperer. 

For me a garden is a communal place, it is truly peaceful, I want to wake up in the mornings with a hot cuppa and just breathe in its beauty and the morning air with Leanora running around chasing Milo and I plan on doing just that with a little revamp, thanks to Kew Garden's Inspiration.




Instead of me fighting about how awful tiles or slabs can look, I've decided to give the whole garden a lift and add a lot of greenery to it. Now, I do not have a mower and I certainly won't be getting on my hands and knees to trim the grass, however opting for artificial grass is a lot better, it looks just as good and a lot easier to maintain, plus great for the kids too all season out and is low maintenance and there is a big range of style and colour for you to choose from. 



I am not one to shy away from getting my hands dirty, so planting flowers in my garden to brighten and give it an instant lift is a must. We found some stunning roses that smelt like geranium, honey and myrrh fragrance in Kew Garden's our fave had to be the Gentle Hermione, Rose. Whilst we could not take these away with us, we will certainly be heading to our local flower centre to grab some delights to brighten up our garden, plus it is a great way to attract wildlife such as bees. 



You are going to need some tools to help prep your garden, such as a garden gloves to brooms and I've literally gone nuts for the stuff, TK Maxx has a great selection of chic utility items for the garden, I'll give you an update in a few weeks on where else you can purchase that attractive compost bin to the stylish hose. 



If you are starting out with a blank canvas or not but just need a little inspiration, Pinterest has a lot of amazing pictures and links to guide on where to start on creating your dream garden. You can follow my Pinterest Garden Board here, for some help!



I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, I'll be back with some more useful updating tips, but for now, how have you updated your garden or are you thinking about it? I would love to hear in the comments below!

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