Great days out Worcestershire with kids – Eastnor Castle

What’s not to love about a castle? Especially one that is practically on my doorstep. It’s been a good few years since I’d visited Eastnor Castle and we have never been with the kids. So a sunny day was the perfect time to pack a picnic and visit.  Eastnor Castle

Small castle big adventures.

Eastnor castle isn’t really a castle but a fortified grand stately home. It really is quite stunning to look at but we hadn’t even made it up the path to see it before the boys were off on the adventure assault course. This is a new addition and it’s a great one if you have boys like mine who need lots to tire them out.
Eastnor Castle
Once we’d finished on the assault course we took a trip round the maze another new addition. Unfortunately youngest needed a wee halfway round so only the eldest and me made it to the mini castle in the middle.Eastnor Castle

Inside Eastnor Castle.

This was all before we had made it to the castle. The boys were suitably impressed as we approached through the well maintained, tree lined grounds and in the main gate.
 Eastnor Castle
Once we got in the house though, they were less interested and tore through it at a breakneck speed. A fast pace was acquired as were went from room to room with only the occasional break to look at armour or stuffed animals which seemed to be the only things of interest to our boys.
 Eastnor Castle
Once we were back outside the pace slowed a little and they boys enjoyed the lakeside walk to the woodland playground. They loved the chance to be inventive with the materials. Soon den building and and imaginary knight scenes were being enacted.
After this we stopped by the ice cream parlour and had a well deserved dairy ice cream. Well worth a stop with a great range of flavours. Before our final visit to the third play area, which was by far our favourite. Although tired from the long day and lots of walking. We all threw ourselves into the equipment and loved the rope bridges, zip wire and play vehicles.
 Eastnor Castle

Worth a visit?

We loved our day at Eastnor and will definitely be making a return visit. Probably with the boys and our nephews so they can all wear themselves out again.

Eastnor castle

With thanks to Eastnor Castle for providing the tickets.

50 foods in one week?

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Over the last two and half years I have become so much more aware of the foods I eat and what effect this has on me. Not just that I must avoid gluten and how badly I can suffer when I’ve been glutened but also the variety and sources of my food. I eat a vegetarian diet and cook 90% of my food from scratch. So I was keen to join in with Taymount clinics 50 foods challenge.50 foods one week challenge

The idea behind the challenge is that you try and eat 50 foods that are all different in seven days. No repetition. So if I ate bread, I couldn’t then put bagels or buns down as well as they would count as the same thing. You can however list each individual spice or oil etc.

I was pretty confident I could do it as I felt that I ate a wide and varied diet. I wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would hit the fifty target.

Starting on a Sunday and after breakfast of cereal and toast I was already up to 18 foods. The reason I did this was because of my gluten free diet. Where most peoples cereal might contain one or two ingredients, mine contained five and the toast had thirteen! This continued and by day two of the challenge I had hit the 50 foods. So I continued on for the remaining five days and although the list of new foods slowed as I inevitably had some repetitions of things. I was really pleased to have hit seventy five different foods in one week.

50 foods breakdown.

Protein.

  • Soya milk
  • Egg
  • Cows Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Quorn
  • Red Lentils
  • Baked beans

Fruit and Vegetables50 foods one week challenge

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Apple
  • Satsuma
  • Plum
  • Peach
  • Banana
  • Cabbage
  • Parsnip
  • Leek

Grains

  • Oats
  • Chickpea flour
  • Maize flour
  • Potato flour
  • Tapicoa flour
  • Rice flour
  • Corn flour
  • Psyllium Husk

Nuts and seeds50 foods one week challenge

  • Coconut
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Linseed
  • Millet seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Golden flaxseed
  • Almonds

Oils

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Palm oil

Condiments50 foods one week challenge

  • Sugar
  • Sprinula
  • Maca
  • Honey
  • Yeast extract
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Vanilla
  • Basil
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Parsely
  • Celery seed
  • Turmeric
  • Mace
  • Lovage
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Cacao
  • Agave syrup

As you can see my choices and use of herbs and spices really boosted my range. The idea of trying to eat 50 foods in seven days is to increase the amount of different bacteria in your gut. The more diversity you have on your plate the more diversity you should have in your gut. For example if you ate 50 foods that is equal to approximately 1,500 different bacteria in your gut.

Conclusions.

I can’t say that as of yet I felt any significant change in my tummy. That is probably down to already eating such a wide range of foods. However this challenge has got me thinking, about the diversity in my weekly diet and not falling into the trap of eating the same things combined different ways each day. My aim will be to continue trying to hit that 50 foods target each week. 50 foods one week challenge

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Creative corner – Twysted Roots wire sculpture

This week in Creative corner I’m featuring a craftswoman whose wire sculpture work caught my eye. Exceptionally intricate and beautifully detailed. Clair from Twysted Roots is the next person to take part in my interview series.wire sculpture

1. Introduce yourself.wire sculpture

This part always feels like I’m standing up at some group confession! Hello, my name is Clair and I make bead and wire sculpture trees. I’m also a mum, a carer, a home educator, dog walker and home baker just to name a few. I have also been recently diagnosed as Autistic.

2. Tell us a bit about your business.

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I launched Twysted Roots at the end of April this year (2017) and I sell handmade tree of life bead and wire sculpture. I have a large range of both bead and wire colours and welcome custom orders as well as create ones ready to buy.

3. What made you start your own business?

When I moved to Cornwall nearly 4 years ago I discovered that leaving everything behind that was familiar to me, that created a routine, it had a negative impact on my mental health. I knew I needed to have something that was not reliant on other people so I started exploring my creative side again – I have so many paints and art materials I could probably open my own shop!

I was also learning guitar around this time and in the process of restringing and making loops with the old strings, it made me think wire art might be fun to try. That sparked off a search and purchase mission over the course of months for wire and beads to try out different ideas. Actually that part hasn’t worn off yet – I’m still buying wire and beads and trying out new ideas, only now they’re tree related! After many months of trial and error in making self supporting trees (and having lots of positive feedback), it was a natural progression to start thinking about the possibility of making it into a small business, and after a lot of research, that’s what I did.

4. Did you have any formal training for wire sculpture or are you self-taught?

I took higher Art and Design at school but that’s as far as it goes in terms of formal training. For wire sculpture I’m entirely self taught. I find self directed learning works best for me; I struggle with other people’s explanations at times and find it really frustrating when I don’t understand something. Frustration in turn causes mental blocks so learning in my own time means I can take breaks from it and try again once I’ve mulled it over. With doing it this way, I’ve found out practically what works best; wire thickness, bead size, lengths of wire needed, tools and their different uses, and of course putting it all together.

5. Explain your creative process.

For new ideas, I’ll rough sketch what I envision the end result to be, what shape I can make the leaves or floral bunches to make a certain visual effect, or how I’ll assemble each branch. Sometimes I’ll take photos of trees when I’m out walking the dogs.

I gather up all my chosen colours of wires and beads and start threading the seed beads onto the wire in order to form the leaves. The height of the tree is dependent on the length of wire used so I use my lap tray as a rough guide when measuring out. Again, dependent on size, I’ll do as many leaves as needed and once I feel enough have been made, I’ll then twist them together to form the tree.

This varies slightly for larger trees, because they require a thicker wire core to add stability. This is needed to hold the weight of the beads as the more there are, the more top heavy the tree becomes. There is nothing more soul destroying to have spent hours on something that you can’t get to stand up! Once the tree has been formed, I will spend around one to two hours on the roots, twisting them together then making the intricate patterns to create a pleasing finishing effect and also strengthen the root base.

6. Describe your typical day.

I take the dogs out as soon as I wake up. Once I’m back in I have a cup of tea or two while checking emails and catching up on anything social media related. The rest of the day depends on what my boys are doing but it generally involves more dog walking, cooking at some point and house related stuff. I make use of the daylight and paint during the day when I have that to do, and at some point I’ll spend at the very least, 2 hours on tree making. Bed around midnight,sleep any time from 2am -4am and repeat the following day.

7. What’s your biggest seller?

Being a new business plus because I make ‘one off’ creations I can’t really answer that one. Everything has been received really well and I’ve had a lot of positive responses, the most popular being this one due to a recent feature on Deviant Art. wire sculpture

miniature trees

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8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

I get ridiculously happy after finishing each tree. I wondered if that part would wear off or I’d become less enthusiastic after going from hobby to business, but I still love it. Meeting other creative people through doing this has been fantastic and the support that I’ve experienced within the crafting community has been incredibly touching. And of course that literal happy dance after each sale – I don’t think that will ever wear off either.

The lows for me have been the anxieties in the run up to opening up the business and after it was launched because I’m not a naturally outgoing presence online or in life. The day I announced it on Facebook, notifications came flooding in and it was so overwhelming I burst into tears. Not because that was anything bad, just the thought of all those people looking at something I’d done… it was the equivalent of walking into your house after a long day and having 100 people jump out and yell “Surprise!” (I hate surprises. Run away!!) The other downside is the inner critic and the self doubt which I think everyone feels to some extent at some point. Perfectionism is a double edged sword; it drives you to be better but it can also render you stuck and unable to move forward.

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Do lots of research! Creating things is just one part of it. Getting your work out there takes time so be prepared and know what you’re getting into. It can feel overwhelming when you start out but each thing you accomplish gets you that bit closer to your goal.

Take good photos. Nobody is going to know what you’re offering if your product shots look like you took them in a dark room as you ran past, or if you hide it behind three house plants and a candelabra.

Love what you do. You don’t have to love the paperwork but love what you create. Even if I never sold another tree, I’d still make them.

An important tip is don’t be scared to ask for advice if you feel stuck with something. It’s ok not to know a thing and you’ll often find you’re not alone in that. A support network can be a huge help!

10. What are your aspirations?

I’d quite like to stock some of my trees in a physical high street shop. I’d also love to do more tree wedding cake toppers. My dream would be to create something really big, person sized big, just because I love massive projects. I think I’d need a lot more in the way of arm strength for that though.

11. Where can we find you?

https://www.twystedroots.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/twystedroots/

https://twitter.com/TwystedRoots

https://www.instagram.com/twystedroots/

Google +

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3 great 5 minute beauty fixes

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If you are anything like me, you will find it hard to carve out any time to spend on yourself. Let alone any time for your beauty regime! Since having kids and hitting my thirties I recognise that any time spent on me and my appearance is precious. Which is why I love things that can be done in five minutes or under but have great effects. Why do I love things that are five minutes and under? This is exactly the amount of time for the kids to realise I’ve disappeared to my bathroom and for the to be banging on the door with apparent urgent questions that need answering. So these are my favourite three great 5 minute beauty fixes.5 minute beauty fixes

Beauty fix number one.

5 minute beauty fixesI love a hair mask! I have the kind of hair that is prone to drying out and looking like a ball of fuzz on the top of my head if not given enough moisture. Especially after the summer, my hair is crying out for some extra love. Which is why I would put this Hair Jazz masque at the top of my 5 minute beauty fixes. 5 minute beauty fixes

Easy to apply and smelling great. This Jazz Hair masque is rich and thick. I can feel my hair sucking all the moisture up as I slather it on. The great this about a hair mask is that if the kids do come knocking on the bathroom door. Wrapping your hair up in a top knot you are able to answer the most urgent questions with some dignity intact.

Beauty fix number two – Painting my toenails!

I really love to paint my toenails. Even in the middle of winter. There is something quite special about doing something so frivolous, that no one might see see them. Once they are encased in thick tights and boots. But I love to waggle my painted nails at myself when I lie in bed.

Finally, painting my toenails is achievable in under five minutes thanks to Nails Inc. Gel effect polish.

It drys like a dream and if your really pushed for time one coat can be enough to give great coverage. I am currently loving Portobello Terrace as it goes so well with the last of my tan. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than getting gels done and a lot less damaging to your nails.

Final 5 minute beauty fix – face mask.

I have loved face masks ever since I was a teenager and have tried them all. From jelly like ones to clay masks and more recently sheet masks. A great one to do with your girls friends or one your own. One plus point I’ve found about having a face mask these days is it’s a great way to scare your kids! Especially the peeling ones!

My two current favourites would be Barefaced Dead sea mud face mask. For total relaxation.

Or if your prefer sheet masks. I like TONYMOLY’s I’m Real sheet masks for great hydration.

Do you have any great 5 minute beauty fixes? I’d love you to share them with me.5 minute beauty fixes

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Inspired wallpaper giveaway

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I love a spot of DIY and love to redecorate my house. We have moved three times whilst we’ve been married and I have always loved putting our own stamp on our new homes. After a while the bug to freshen things up hits me again and I’m soon flicking through paint charts and looking at Inspired wallpaper samples.inspired wallpaper

If you could redecorate, what would you do?

Inspired wallpaper have got a great article on How to create a Pinterest Perfect home. I know I am like many that have a whole host of DIY pins that I may or may never get round to recreating. It’s such a common addiction it’s spawned so many memes.

If I had the chance to redecorate my bedroom right now, I’d be opting for serious luxury. I’d love to recreate the mood of a bijou chic hotel but on a more reasonable price range.

This is how I’d do it.

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I’d go to town on the cushions. In reality I know they are a pain  and all you really do is move them from the bed to the floor every night. But for me they give a great sense of luxury.

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Finally, I’d stick to soft tones for the furnishing and decoration. Teaming little splashes of colour with natural materials and soft textures. If only I had a room big enough to fit in this amazing bed!

Inspired wallpaper giveaway.

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Creative corner Interview – Eweniverse

I love a good pun. The cheesier the better in my case, which is why I was so pleased to have Craig from Eweniverse kindly take part in my Creative corner interview series.creative corner interview

1. Introduce yourself.creative corner interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, I’m Craig and I’m the guy behind the sheep (that sounds wrong) of Eweniverse. Originally from Wales, I now live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire with my amazing wife and 2 boys and a very strange cat called Bert.

2. Tell us a bit about your business.creative corner interview

I create funny, punny illustrations and funny/cute gifts and have a lot of fun doing so. I create and sell prints, coasters, badges. Jigsaw puzzles & more!

3. What made you start your own business?

Working a boring finance/IT day job can be hard work – I needed to make something of what I love doing. So why not challenge myself and set up my own brand!

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I studied at Art College in Wales as a mature student but always had a love of art and in particular cartoons and illustration. The old Beano and Dandy comics are a huge inspiration!

5. Explain your creative process.

My work usually starts as either an image or a pun/play on words. I will then develop it as a pencil & ink sketch then scan into a digital file to draw & colour digitally. Although a few are painted with watercolours or acrylics.

6. Describe your typical day.

Sort and pack orders from the previous night. Open the sketchbook, put some good music on, some coffee and then get creating. This usually happens when the kids are out of the way! A lot of the time, the evening is my most productive time!

7. What’s your biggest seller?

The Ewenicorn is possibly my most recent big seller – a cross between a sheep & a unicorn! The enamel pin badges went down really well!creative corner interview

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8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

Highs – seeing people enjoy something of completely your creation – when people “get” your stuff it’s a brilliant feeling!

Lows – The amount of time in a day – someone needs to do something about this!

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Don’t get hung up on competing with other creatives. Never compare yourself. Always do your own thing – it’s unique and is yours alone. Also challenge yourself and take that leap of faith!

10. What are your aspirations?

To turn Eweniverse into a household brand and my full-time job.

11. Where can we find you?

My shop

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Creative corner interview giveaway!

Craig has kindly offered the chance to win one of his Chocolate Baaa! Ltd edition pin badges

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by Eweniverse to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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August stats and September goals

Wow, where did August go? After the slow drag of the first week of the summer holidays. Suddenly we hit our groove go into relaxing and now it’s back to school! I can’t believe it. It’s all change her at Craft with Cartwright as I will be trying to run this, teach, be a mum and wife and to top it all off, we’ve just embarked on our newest challenge of restoring a vintage Bailey caravan to hire out as a wedding photo booth. Lets see how the August stats went down. August stats

August Stats.

Views 8708. I am really pleased with this considering it’s been the holidays and I’ve only worked on my blog for two hours a day max. Again I have run a fair few giveaways so this is the main part of my traffic.

Twitter followers 4335  up 263 this month. Not such good growth as last month, but I’m still really pleased it’s in the upwards direction.

Pinterest followers 1247 up 100 This is great since this still remains my least worked at platform. I am slowly getting better at my descriptions and the pics that I choose to pin, so this is obviously having a positive impact.

Facebook likes 434 up 65 Facebook is picking up for me and I am actively spending more time in blogging facebook groups.

Instagram followers 1346 up 165 so very pleased with this. I have been absolutely rubbish at posting this month.

HIBS 100 ranking 324 down 56
TOTS 100 ranking 804 down 294 I didn’t expect to see an improvement with the summer holidays but this is shocking 🙁

Top posts

Unsurprisingly my top three posts were ones that included a giveaway
Songomics ottoman giveaway

Superwings airport giveaway

Handmade wedding gift giveaway

Reviews:

Grace foods, Men’s society, Dandelion Interiors, Songmics, Specspost, Jamberry and Lapasa
I also continued my work as brand ambassador for Breakfast by Bella, YippieYo and Superwings.

Giveaways.

I have run three giveaways this month, they really do generate alot of traffic but I have been working hard on the promotion of them as well.

Guest posting.

 

What Are Some Great Children’s Activities For Summer?

Why Does Handwriting Have a Positive Effect on the Brain?

My August goals were:

 

  • To try and maintain my following on all social media I’ve achieved this and made some good progress in growing my following
  • To blog once a week I did much better than this posting roughly every other day.

My September goals are

  • To regularly post three times a week and stick to my rough plan of recipe posts Monday, Creative corner Interviews Wednesday, Review Posts Friday. This way I can hopefully manage it when I go back to teaching in September!
  • To post on Instagram more regularly and again stick to a plan of every other day.
  • Look into sorting out optin’s for my blog
  • Continue to SEO old posts, not very glamorous but needs doing.

August stats

 

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Creative corner – No Frills Cosmetics

Something a bit different this week in creative corner. The first cosmetic crafter to take part in my interview series. Ann from No Frills Cosmetics has an inspiring story and amazingly scented products. I love the Rose Geranium Moisturiser! no frills cosmetics

1. Introduce yourself.

No frills cosmetics Hello everyone. I’m Ann and I make natural moisturiser. I live in Liskeard, Cornwall. I am happily married with 2 dogs with which we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

2. Tell us a bit about No Frills Cosmetics.

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I started making natural moisturiser a year ago so my business is in its infancy. I have 4 fragrances and I sell through my website and also locally through a health shop in Liskeard ‘The Natural Way’ and ‘Trevallick’s Farm Shop’ in Pensilva.

3. What made you start your own business?

This venture started when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During treatment I was advised to be careful what I used on my skin as it would be very sensitive. There are a lot of natural products on the market but they are often very expensive. Having been involved in manufacturing for over 30 years, I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘I can make this myself’. I am passionate about making affordable
natural products.

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I am a registered Pharmacy Technician and have worked in product manufacturing for over 30 years. Having manufactured external products including creams, ointments, lotions and potions. I have transferred these skills to natural moisturiser, but of course it is all a learning experience
with different ingredients and different regulations to work with.

5. Explain your creative process.

Has included reading the European Cosmetic Regulations (no
mean feat!) which includes information about good manufacturing practice, what ingredients can and can’t be used and in what percentage, labelling, safety assessments. I have produced a technical file with all the necessary information including worksheets and labels.

My moisturiser has a safety assessment and preservative challenge test and is registered on the European Cosmetics Portal. That may not sound creative but is necessary for user safety. The best and most creative bit is making the product and the lovely aroma of essential oils.

6. Describe your typical day.

This is at my day job as Deputy Production Manager in Pharmacy
in the NHS, but you don’t really want to know about that! I don’t work on Wednesdays so I devote this time to No Frills Cosmetics. I get up early because I am a morning person. Try to get as much as possible done before lunch so I can take my dogs out in the afternoon. Then I continue until I am happy with what I have achieved.

I may be manufacturing a batch of moisturiser or I may work on marketing which I find the most difficult – getting my product known about. A local regional magazine is currently interested in writing an article about No Frills Cosmetics which is fantastic. I may visit my suppliers hoping to top them up with stock. I may have orders to pack up and send off, so a trip to the Post Office is necessary.

7. What’s your biggest seller?

No frills cosmeticsRose Geranium Moisturiser (RG) closely followed by Neroli (Ne). www.nofrillscosmetics.co.uk

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

High points are when a customer gives me some positive feedback. It gives me a boost. I approached my local health shop in January and they agreed to stock my product. They excitedly rang me on the first day to say one had already been sold! I give a donation to my local Breast Cancer Support Group to say thank you for supporting me during a difficult time. It’s nice to put
some money into their account. Low point, My first foray into at a charity fun day. No sales and hardly anyone came to look at my wares! It was a good learning experience though.

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Never give up. Believe in yourself and your product. Take what others say with a pinch of salt. Advice may be useful but not always.

10. What are your aspirations?

To have a range of natural cosmetic products which may have to wait until I retire. Currently I am dipping my toes into the water.

11. Where can we find you?

www.nofrillscosmetics.co.uk
www.facebook.com/NoFrillsCosmetics Twitter @AnnNoFrills

Giveaway.

Ann has kindly offered a chance to win one of her Moisturisers.

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MUA lipstick review

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Often Lipstick appears in many women’s must have lists for makeup. However, until recently it didn’t come high in my makeup priorities. Mascara would be my go to item of choice, then followed by lip balm. It wasn’t until I hit my thirties and suddenly I felt the need for a little more make up. Then I got to love the power of a good lipstick. Which is why I was happy to do this MUA lipstick review. MUA lipstick review

Power of a good lipstick

I love how lipstick can change the look and mood of your whole being. I love a great red for nights out and a bit of drama. Mocha colours for the winter months to warm up my skin tone and Nudes for the summer.

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MUA lipstick review.

My thoughts on this MUA lipstick shade 14 bare. It goes on really well and gives great coverage. It didn’t dry out my lips which I find some lipsticks do, it also didn’t have a strong smell which I can find off putting on lipsticks. The only downside was the shade, which at the moment doesn’t go with my tan. I will definitely be rocking this lipstick by the time Autumn rolls around and my tan has faded.

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Back to school shoes review

It’s that time of year again. Parent’s suddenly realise their children’f feet have grown from the freedom of sandals all summer. Now it’s a mad rush to buy school shoes before term starts. This year I’ve had not one but two lots of school shoes to buy, therefore I was thankful when my eldest was sent a pair of dobell school shoes to review.school shoes

School rules

I can’t comment on everyone’s school policies, but from my experience of teaching and the five years my eldest has been at school. I do not know of any schools that allow trainers to be worn. So why on earth do we see so many of them in the shops? It’s very easy for parents to fall into the trap and buy something that does not fit the uniform rule.school shoes

School shoes

I was so pleased when the eldest’s shoes arrived. They are what I would call ‘smart shoes’ and exactly what all the boys wore when I was at school. They look tough enough to withstand the hard wearing my eldest will give them. A big plus point for my was they are laced and at eight I think he should move on from velcro. He learnt to tie his shoes a couple of years ago but kept opting for velcro out of laziness.

My sons thoughts.

Surprisingly he thought they were really nice. No complaints that they didn’t have a toy in them or lights or velcro. He thought they were very comfortable and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing.

Now we have less thing to tick off the list before it’s back to school. Where did the summer go!school shoes

I was sent the shoes by dobell to review in exchange for my honest opinion. To find out more you can read my advertising and disclosure policy.

Accidental Hipster Mum