Wednesday, 17 July 2019

My Pro Teeth Whitening Journey




Hey guys, my name is Lindsey and I am a coffee addict! Phew I’m glad I got that off my chest!! For years, since I was probably 15 , I’ve been drinking coffee, from espressos, to chai lattes and milky office made coffees, years of drinking my fave cuppa has caused my teeth to stain and it’s never bothered me too much until recently and thought crap, do I really want yellowish teeth all my life, duh! Hello no! Especially as you see pearly whites swarmed of Instagram.

A true and funny story, my best friend, he refuses to date guys with teeth not as pearly white as his, he has even taken his partner to go have his teeth whitened haha! My kinda guy, I kid! But yes whilst I’ve not gone to the dentist to have them professionally done, I’ve found a more affordable way to achieve it, teeth whitening strips.

Want a killer smile of course you do, I certainly do, so when Pro Teeth Whitening reached out to trial their 14 day charcoal teeth whitening products I was ecstatic to give it a go and take my first step to achieve a glorious pair of pearly whites.


These peroxide free, charcoal activated teeth whitening strips have been developed to safely whiten your teeth, remove stains and bring back that radiant smile. I am always a little bit dubious about teeth whitening strips, I feel so they really work, the first few days I did not notice too much of a difference, but I was still guzzling coffee before and after each use, you have to leave them on for 30 minutes and goes without saying you shouldn’t eat or drink when in use. But I had to get strict I really wanted to see results, so I got smart, days after that I limited myself to one cup, one large cup of coffee in the morning to get my caffeine fix then applied the strips and followed the steps, no coffee for me after that and in honesty I did notice that they were getting a little lighter, not massive amounts but enough for me and even Leanora to notice, bless her! Well the strips are charcoal activated so when she saw me each morning, she did get a little freaked out saying why are my teeth all black and I look great-grandad with no teeth and are my real teeth stored in a glass haha! Bu always once removed she was pleased as punch.

My thoughts on the Pro Teeth Whitening strips, they are good, don’t know if you’d even achieve pearly whites with them, but if your strict with yourself as I had to be, you will notice a slight difference.


You can snap these whitening strips over at Amazon, they retail for £19.99 more affordable than others brands, plus you can get 10% off with code: WHITENING

Now I’m off to have my first cup of coffee and use my last strip, will I continue to use them? I think I just might!

Have you guys used teeth whitening strips before? Have you tried Pro Teeth Whitening or any other brands what have your results been like?

Lindsey

Disclaimer: I was sent these strips to review and all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Lunch In Clapham, Megan's




An utterly new charming restaurant has recently opened in my home town of clapham. Hungry as always and eaten in pretty much every restaurant in Clapham for lunch, I was pleasantly surprised to find a new restaurant nestled in the heart of Clapham Old Town, Megan’s.

I met up with a few friends for lunch, for a little catch up and we are all big foodies, so it was the natural choice to come here for lunch, that way we can all get something different and able to share the Mediterranean delights that Megan’s have to offer, well they didn’t know it, but I’m always thinking ahead, well belly first.

Limited to an hour, we didn’t bother with starters we got stuck in to mains straight away.

After a night out drinking and partying, I always will be naughtily found in a kebab shop, I mean who doesn’t love a good kebab, but the next day you can be left feeling very questionable. We’ll roll up to Megan’s and they too serve kebabs, ‘Posh Kebabs’ to be precise, so it would be rude not to order these.


2 lamb doners, served on the fluffiest of flat breads, with harissa hummus, pickles, feta and pistachio with the most mouth-wateringly delicious fall off the bone lamb shoulder was simply divine and melts in the mouth, was followed by a lot of ‘mmms’ and ‘aahhs’ and lot of eye rolls. If I could I would be more than happy to just eat a bowl a hefty one of this lamb shouler.

Beth went with the moorish chicken, served with peanut dukka, it was nice and light and fresh, but don’t be fooled it sure packs a punch in flavour, I did end up eating this with her or for her, however you like.



Now when I see halloumi fries on a menu, anything halloumi in fact, it would be rude not too order. They were crispy on the outside and salty and delicious on the inside, followed with a pot of normal fries of course.



A superb lunch spot, the decor is amazing and the staff are friendly. I know I will be back, to try there tasty cakes plus brunch menu.

Now time to walk off the lunch, always a good sign if you've left content and fancy a little snooze.

You can find Megan's at: 55-57 The Pavement, Clapham, London SW4 0JQ

Lindsey xx
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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

10 Steps For A Healthy Work & Dating Life



We know it’s hard to find a balance with work and dating life, especially when you reach a certain age! Now, in my 30’s and my 40’s fast approaching my outlook on my career and dating life are far more different than that of my 20’s.

My 20’s were fun, I spent it running wild and free with one guy, until it no longer worked out, to heartbroken and angry to give others a try, I was content, to be free and single and that suited me just fine, fast forward a few years later I decide to focus on my career, my daughter and Milo I was not interested in settling down but building a good foundation around us, plus I love my independence.

Recently I woke up in the middle of the night crying, me crying can you bloody believe it, not bawling, but a little tears! I’m far for the emotional type, but I thought of a guy who I loved, I mean truly loved, like the moment I saw him lost for words love, but that too due to cultural differences it was not destined to happen. it got me thinking and speaking to my bestie for a bit of support, he turned and said to me Lind’s, you’ve got beautiful daughter, career on the up, you give your time to everything but you and in fairness he was not wrong, but can it be done, I mean, be a single parent who works full time, who spends her weekends ferrying her kid from activity to party, to laundry and homework and everything in between can I dare wonder if I could actually have a home, work life and dare I say it dating balance?

Read on to find out how I and you can find that perfect equilibrium between work and dating.

Make the time
We all have busy life’s, and busy days but who says that you don’t have the time! Forget making excuses and shoulda, coulda, woulda’s, make the time for you and what you want to do.

Stay present
Yes we are ambitious and it’s super easy to get swept up in your own thoughts of what should, could of been done, but be it at work or on a date stay present in the here and now.

Evaluate priorities
We all have them, but the first should be you, I’m not saying to neglect anyone or anything but put things into perspective and priories what is important right now for you and what and who is around you, how else, will you be able to achieve those goals.

Set boundaries
There is a time and a place for everything and everyone. Nothing wrong with keeping work and personal life separate, no one has to combine the two or even share the two, remember it’s your playing field.

Have fun
So easy to forget to do, I’m all serious in my 30’s, but serious is not fun, well not all the time, so live a little and step out of our comfort zone and simply enjoy it! A great way to have fun for those older or  over 50s dating sites, can be a lot of fun, check out older-dating.com.

Don’t negotiate
Rule number one, your a boss, a girl boss, I know what I want and I work hard for it, so no more negotiating on my time and spending it with someone that simply is not worth it!

Ditch the rules
We’ve all heard the rules, but are there really any dating rules that work? I think not! I’m old and mature enough now to know what I want and what works for me! Instead of over thinking it connect with the person meaningfully you will get a better result.

Have a set time
It’s easy to get carried away at work, you want to leave with a clear inbox and before you know it it’s midnight! A great way to have a set time and stick to it, is by making a to-do list, prioritise what’s important, what you need to get done and work your hardest to stick to it.

You need your own life
Yes we’re are ambitious, career and family minded, but in order to enjoy those things and have a healthy balance of everything, it’s super important to have your own life, meet up with friends, giggle, gossip, shop and simply catch up, to going out and meeting up with that someone and even doing something just for, be it a hot bath to going to the gym and getting in on a class. You have to remember to have your own life you only get one after all so make the most of it.

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance, let me know in the comments below!

Lindsey

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post!

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Friday, 3 May 2019

3 Ways To Wing It As A Parent


I remember the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was in utter shock, totally unplanned in all honesty I thought me and my then flatmate just had a bad bottle of wine the night before, but no, it was much more than that, that was the day my life changed.

8 months later, the love of my life was born, an easy labour, well depending on what side of the bed you look at it, I did have my mother in a headlock, kicked the poor midwife in the face whilst I probably looked like Regan from the exorcist, quite frankly I thought I was a treat ha!


With my wolf baby in my arms (she was very hairy - kinda guess from all the acid reflux) I felt right there and then my life had only just begun.

Every parent all over the world has them! A brilliant shortcut to make your life easier, a lot less stressful and by goddamit to have something for yourself.

Hiding treats like a pro
Now, I must confess I’m not a chocolate fan, I prefer chewy sweets like Haribo, but on the odd occasion I fancy a sweet treat from time to time, I can’t keep anything for myself in the open, as sure enough Leanora and Milo (cat) will find it and scoff the lot! I learnt my lesson last year with my Ferrero Rochers. So I found the perfect way to stash my loot! Kale crisp bags! Leanora won’t go anywhere near these beauties which is great for me as anytime I fancy a little treat, I am guaranteed to have one.


Artistic Mess
Honestly, I can’t stand it, whilst I’m more than happy to have L paint in the house, it never ends up on the paper, more like the walls, tv and even the cat! So for a little less cleaning in my life and a lot more money saved in the form of white paint for my walls, I get Leanora in the garden and paint out there, so any mess she makes won’t be in the house and what ends up on the floor will be washed away when it next rains, plus an added bonus I’m able to the gardening and keep an eye on her at the same time.


Snack time
We all can agree too much snacking is bad for you especially when it is the unhealthy kind, but don’t beat yourself up about it, be kind to yourself. Rather than have L kick off in public wanting something to snack on, I always make sure to have a bag of snacks in my Ikea freezer bags. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mind her having a chocolate here and there but a great shortcut I find that works for me and Leanora is making something at home, say our cheese and chive scones together or even having a bag of carrots or cucumbers and what is better, I find she will be more inclined to eat more healthy treats if she helps prepare it alongside me.

I recently read a post by another blogger Lucy post called the Fucket List a really great read, on cutting shortcuts and just owning and embracing all things that come with being a parent. 

How are you winging it in parent life, do you have any great shortcuts or hacks even? Let me know in the comments below!

Lindsey 

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Moji Pops | Kids New Best Friend



Are you ready for them? Make way, there is a new colourful toy on the scene now, it’s the loveable Moji Pops! Have you heard of them? Neither had we until recently. They are a fun new range of toys made up of everyday objects brought to life as fun characters with an array of colourful emotions based on popular emoticons.

I knew Leanora would love them the moment we got them and I must confess I enjoyed playing with them too, my favourites are the limited edition rare sparkly ones.



She was super excited to receive her gift pack and couldn’t wait to open her blind bags, it’s the unknown that kids love the surprise of not knowing which emoji pop you will find hidden in the bag. It was also great to see her get right in and create a story play it’s the I like Playset, she was able to build on that with the Story Playset, she was able to jump from a beach party to a sing-off between the cat and teapot, with Mr television acting as Simon Cowell.

There are a whopping 90 different characters from cats, ice creams, tea pots and even a television to collect which means endless fun and role play set up for the kids, which is great to get there imaginations going in the form of play, with loads of emotions and moods thanks to the interchangeable faces its a great way to get the kids creative as well as learning about different emotions through the art of play.


My thoughts on these cuties are great, not just for the collectibility but helping Leanora with any emotions she may have, for example her teacher told me the other day that she and her friend squeezed out and used all the soap up in the toilets at school, so by using these Moji Pops, I was able to express to Leanora that it is not a good thing to do, which makes everyone sad, but if she wants to use hand soap in the future, don’t forget sharing is caring and using a little is good, plus it will mare her happy knowing that there is soap to help clean her hands to protect her from germs #TrueStory

Not only are the great for expressing our feeling and exploring the world of play, but they are also affordable too as the blind bags are only 90p perfect for the kids to buy if they get pocket money along with Story Playset SD as they are only £2.50. The large play sets are £12 each and the Blister Glitter Surprise are £10 each. Leanora is desperate for more playsets and with her 5th birthday coming up, she may jus5 be in luck, well as long as there are no more soap accidents at school.

You can purchase the Moji Pops now at Amazon and The Entertainer.

London Mumma

Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Magic Box Toys

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Cheese And Chive Scones




Cheese and chive are a match made in heaven, they go hand in hand and these scones are a perfect treat. Every day I struggle on what to have for 
breakfast, I have to say I love a bacon sandwich, I’m also partial to a cheeky sausage roll from Greggs from time to time, whilst these are not great foodie eats to have on a daily basis, I really struggle on what to eat, I’m not a cereal person, I can just about manage granola and hell no to porridge! But a freshly baked scone, a cheesy one, now that’s my jam!





A scone is not only just for breakfast, it’s a great snack to enjoy any time of the day, served hot or cold and with a slither or chive butter spread on top when hot is a game changer, pressed for time this is the ultimate go-to dish that delivers total full flavour and can be made early in the morning before you head out and all you need are a few supermarket staples.




7, that’s it and that is the amount of ingredients you need to make these scones to eat on your own whilst hot out of the oven, serve up to friends and family at tea time or to score some brownie points with your colleagues, and a great after school treat for the kiddos, these cheese and chive scones are simply life changing!

Ingredients to make 12

2 cups of self raising flour
60 grams of butter
1 cup of milk
A pinch of salt
3 tbsp of finely chopped chives
1 cup of grated cheese
1 beaten egg

Directions

1. Preheat your over to 220c and pop in your muffin tray.

2. In a mixing bowl, pour in your flour, butter and salt, rub together until it forms a breadcrumb consistency

3. Make a well in the centre of your dough and pour in your milk, add your chopped chives and cheese. Using a flat cake knife, stir until it almost comes together, mine was a little wet, but don’t be put off.

4. Flour a clean surface and turn out your mixture and gently knead until dough comes together.

5. Press out your dough to about a 3cm thickness, I don't have scone cutter, but you can use a small drinking glass, or as I did, I tore off a handful size amount of dough rolled it into a ball popped into a muffin tin and brushed them with the beaten egg.

6. Place into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until light and golden on the top.

London Mumma 

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Monday, 29 April 2019

This Week's Reading List



Hey guys, this weekend we bagged ourselves some great new books to read, as you know I don’t go anywhere without a book in my bag and whilst most nights I try to Leanora, she kinda enjoys reading aloud on her own, especially when we are tucked up in bed. I’m a big advocate of getting kids to read more and step away from the iPad and other electronics, if you can’t get out to your nearest book store and pressed for time, you can get some great free ebooks to download too.

Leanora and I’s favourite book, A Patch Of Black, by Rachel Rooney and Deborah Allwright, is one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a long time, the illustration is not only beautiful and vibrant the story is wonderful too. If you have kids who do not necessarily like the dark or do not want to go to sleep, this is a story about encouraging your child not to be scared as a new adventure awaits them, this makes for the perfect bedtime book!

Chéri, a beautiful book about devouring of the flesh written Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, this books is as sensuous and passionate as her real life. A book that devoured in a mere two days, it’s about an ageing courtesan who meets a handsome playboy half her age who she is forced to give up, but the flesh wants what it wants.



Which little girl does not love unicorns, this book Ten Minutes To Bed Little Unicorn, another perfect bedtime reading, the little unicorn is reluctant to go to bed and wants to stay awake and explore, sound familiar? Well, little unicorn stresses she is not tired and gallops off it into the magical forest causing a little trouble along the way where, she meets a troll a dragon and other mythical creatures before realising she has gone too far and forgotten to get home, a little upset she makes a wish and rainbow appears helping her to guide her way back.

Deliciously Ella, Every Day may not be her latest, but it’s certainly a tasty recipe, lifestyle book. I’m finding that the older I get, my body inside is changing, of late I’ve been feeling a little bloated which is uncomfortable, to say the least, so I’m looking to change my diet and lifestyle and Ella’s book is packed with meals for every day, and perfect for the spring season. As she herself has dietary requirements to help her manage day to day, I’ve found that these recipes too help my digestive system,especially with her juices packed with ingredients such as ginger or turmeric which is great for the gut plus they packed with loads of fresh fruit and veg, plus for those looking to eat a little less meat but still want to get the fuller meatier taste sensation her dinner dishes fuelled with beans and other pulses I cannot recommend enough.

Let me know what you think of these books have you and your children read any of these? Let me know in your comments below.

London Mumma



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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Dining In London? Why You Must!



We’ve all had the chat, pretty much on a daily basis, for me it is probably the one of the most talked about discussions that we have in the office! Where to eat and drink in London. 

With so many restaurants, pop up’s, dining events, food markets, tv shows (my favourite, Come Dine With Me) even to those that love cooking for friends and family be it at home or a new thing which I love is, hosted dinner or brunch in a private dining rooms, we are simply spoilt for choice. I love to be adventurous and enjoy trying new dishes and cuisines from all over the world and I find that my hometown London offers that.

Honestly going out to dine in London is one of my favourite things to do here, be it on my lunch break, out and about with Leanora or friends and family, it is like each week something new and interesting is opening up on the streets here, it’s so diverse and I have to say I am quite spoilt for choice. I think for us Londoners or those that come over here for holidays, love and know that you can find a great place to eat and drink here, be it for a family get together to a reunion and catch up with friends, or those that crave a little something new  or a little bit more intimate for date night, you know that you have come to the right place!

To keep me up to date on what is new and trending and helping me find something a little different I can always be found scouring the squaremeal website for something a little different and innovative, be it a 10 piece tasting menu being offered, which does not only tickle my taste buds, but also makes for a great present for a friend. You will also find restaurants that have popped up in your local area, or if you fancy something a little further afield.

Another great source of finding something new and different is via Instagram, with restaurants and cafes all vying for the perfect instagrammable decor be it cafes with bright pink exteriors, flower walls, futuristic egg shaped toilets, to horticultural inspired eateries for people to come eat and drink and take a selfie or two, it anther great source and friendly place to start for the perfect London dining experience.

Speaking of yummy food, I’ve loads of tasty dishes that I’ve made which you can find on my recipe section here or you can also find what I’ve been whipping up on my Bloglovin page and inspo over on Pinterest, plus keep your eyes peeled and check back as I’ll be sharing a new dish this week on the blog.

I am always in the hunt for something new and interesting to try so if you know if any great spots be it new or old, I would love for you to share it with me in the comments below.

London Mumma



Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Squaremeal.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Why I Am Wearing Back My Glasses


That feeling of waking up in the middle of the night, grappling with your bedside lamp, hard to locate as you can barely open dry irritable eyes, all thanks to the contact lenses you were too lazy to take out, sound familiar! You! That’s me pretty me much most nights.

I’ve been blind as a bat since the age of 8 years old, where I spent most of my child and teen years looking like Penfold from Danger Mouse and now that I am in my 30's I have finally decided to embrace wearing my glasses. 




Whilst life can be a little trickier with glasses, I mean the number of times I've left them on my desk or bedside table in a mad dash can be somewhat frustrating, however I find that they are more comfortable than my contact lenses, but saying that it did take me a day or two to finally adjust back to wearing glasses again. 

With the right pair of glasses, you can feel your best, but with so many shapes and styles it can be hard to find the perfect pair, for me I say embrace them all, don't just stick to the bog standard owl, cat eye, square shapes, but be experimental and get creative, be it with colour, metal you name it. 




If you are fading it hard to find the perfect pair of sunglasses in store, you can even by your own pair and have your prescriptive lenses installed at your local opticians. If you are looking for something a little luxurious then Net-A-Porter / Net-A-Porter USA have you covered something a little more affordable then ASOS /ASOS USA have an abundance of designers stocked, they even have their own range with various affordable styles. 

Shop Glasses




Lindsey

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