Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lunch In London






As you can see from my latest post I recently was invited to Lunch in London to meet the lovely Pixie Lott. The last event I went to I was heavily pregnant and coming up to leaving work so my outfit wasn't the best shall we say. I wanted to feel better in myself this time, comfortable but with a bit of glam. I had about £20 so I went to Primark, as you do. Pretty much 80% of my wardrobe is Primark...
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#PixieLottXKiss Lunch | Kiss Cosmetics


Friday just gone was a wonderful day but the longest I have been away from my baby. I was surprisingly okay. I thought I would be a lot worse, she was left with people I trust and pretty much slept all day. Typical Lily! She's a sleepy one, she's asleep right now as I'm writing this. Also the fact I was distracted with an amazing party/lunch and London helped. I rarely go to London so I really embrace it when I do.

Anyway back to the day, it started early a 2 hour train journey to London Euston, catching up with Paige from The Last Paige. I hadn't seen her for a while so it was lovely. We were kindly invited to Lunch with Pixie Lott, to ask her our beauty questions and see the amazing products from Kiss Cosmetics. After catching the tube to get to the venue, The Cuckoo Club we waited eagerly in line with excited fellow bloggers and journalists. I've not heard of the club before but it was a beautiful venue as you can see from the pictures. It had a wonderland vibe to it with all the faux plants around the room.
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Friday, 10 November 2017

Buying For Baby: How To Avoid Letting Your New Arrival Cripple Your Finances*

baby, beautiful, bed

It's a pretty well-known fact at this point that the cost of raising a child is pretty significant. In fact, in the modern age, the cost of raising a child to adulthood can range in the hundreds-of-thousands! Because of this, it's pretty understandable that a lot of people work hard to try and save as much money as possible. One of the biggest challenges getting in the way of this is the fact that babies and kids need a lot of stuff, and pretty much all of that stuff costs money, whether you like it or not. However, just because you have to spend money doesn't mean that you need to bankrupt yourself. Here are a few simple things that you can do in order to save money on the purchases for your new arrival.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tips To Help Early Teethers | Parenting


Now, I am in no way a medical professional or experienced but this is just what has really helped me. So don't take this as gospel but a post like this would really help me so I hope it helps any of you new mums out there. Lily started getting her teeth in from about 10 weeks. It was a lot earlier than I expected, I know some babies can be born with teeth but I really thought it would be in a few more months. Lily has had a lot of trouble with her teeth coming through, she really whinges about it and just seems uncomfortable sometimes. Below are a few things that have helped me so far.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Leighton Denny | Party Ready Nails


I do love the classic Christmas colours for nails, red, white and green. However at a party I like them to be more elegant with a beautiful and eye catching colour. Leighton Denny nail varnishes are a big favourite of mine. The pigmentation is perfection, it drys really quick which is perfect for me always on the go. It also goes on so smoothly it makes painting your nails a breeze. They have some lovely colours and beautifully packaged. 

The new Bold and Beautiful Christmas collection is just that. They have a Great Gatsby vibe on the packaging which just screams party, party, party! I tried these out and went 5 days before even getting chipped polish, so a big thumbs up from me. It's a perfect stocking filler gift you can get at about £10 and they have other amazing colours on the Leighton Denny website.  

What is your favourite nail colour for the festive season? Let me know in the comments below.



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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The ongoing re-brand of drainedbeauty | Advice*


I am currently in the middle of wanted to re-brand drainedbeauty. New logo, layout and all the trimmings. I did recently change my logo to a simplistic one which I love and got some business cards printed for events and when I'm out and about. You never know who will ask you about it. I got my business cards from moo.com. I've always used them and the quality is spot on. I love how they have turned out and can't wait to pass them out to people. It gives you a more professional stand point on your blog.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday Summary #22


This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster. It's been very up and down with Lily, she's either been knackered all day and pretty much just slept the majority or she's been fighting to stay awake, having a lot of trouble with her teeth trying to come through. I feel this week I'm starting to find the balance though, so I can get stuff done for myself as well as looking after Lily. She loves cuddles and I could sit there and cuddle her all day in between the feeds and nappy changes. However then I don't have any time for myself, to get the housework done or do a quick post. I've started to put her down once she's asleep and get a lot more done which you will notice from the influx in posts coming your way.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Winter Watch List*


As the colder months are approaching and the impending dark evenings take over, we will be surely spending a lot more time inside our warm and cosy homes. I know I certainly will be, snuggled up with a hot chocolate, a fluffy blanket and my current favourite tv shows to binge watch. As Christmas is coming one of the things on my wish list is the new Panasonic HDR 4K TV. I've been after a new TV for ages. We still have Scott's TV from his bedroom from when he lived at home! This is a sponsored post from Panasonic, but it is a great TV and I wouldn't mind that under the tree on the 25th December.

I've always preferred boxsets over films, it lasts longer and you can get more invested in the characters story. Netflix is perfect for a boxset binger like myself.

//01 Riverdale

Riverdale is my current favourite boxset, I've caught up so I'm having to wait each week for the next episode to come out, which can be annoying but it gives me something to look forward to on Thursdays. I think it is amazingly set out, has a thrilling and enticing storyline, I will certainly be rewatching the whole series soon too. It's about a town with a north side which tends to be the privileged part of the town and the south side which is full of crime, drugs and a biker gang.

There are four main teens the story follows, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. It's full of drama, fall outs, cliff hangers and love, of course.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stoptober | Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine*


October has officially ended, halloween is over, Autumn has begun and a lot of people gave up smoking and drinking for the month. Hopefully they were successful, I'm sure a lot of the people who gave up alcohol will be hitting the pub for a pint or G&T with there friends. I used to go out a lot and drink but I rarely do now.

Part of my reasons are I have seen first hand the bad aspects of drinking having an alcoholic in the family and all of the drama that accompany that. In October I tried the Eisberg alcohol free wines. I've had them before and love them. I do like the occasional white wine spritzer or glass of rose for a special occasion. Sometimes if I've had a particularly stressful day I like to sit with some chocolates and a white wine spritzer, in my Pj's and watching TV. Couldn't think of anything better.

Especially now I'm a mum I wouldn't want to drink while looking after Lily, it's irresponsible. These wine's are a perfect alternative. They taste so similar to wine, that crisp fresh taste is just perfection. Here is a rose cocktail that I've been loving this month:

Rosaquiri (Rose/Daquiri)


  • 2oz Eisberg Rose
  • 1oz Your favourite Rum ( I used Bacardi)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • drizzle of syrup
  • Have with ice and garnish with lime slice

Since I last tried Eisberg that have now got two new additions sparkling rose & sparkling blanc in some very aesthetically pleasing bottles perfect to have on display.

Find out more about the wines here.


What is your favourite wine? Have you ever tried alcohol free? Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Lily's Three Month Update | Early Teeth & Explosive Bums


Another month flown by, it really makes you think about how fast time flies and how short life is. I've been really thinking about how I want to cherish every moment. I want to be able to give Lily all the things I couldn't have as a child. We weren't very well off at all so I missed out on a lot of things, school trips, holidays, I've never even been to a theme park.

At the moment obviously theres no point taking her somewhere like that but as she's getting older each day I can see her getting stronger, trying to sit up and gurgle at me. I just want her to experience the world and do whatever she wants. The last month has been good and bad. Around 9 weeks I saw two teeth buds starting to a appear and by 11 weeks there were 4 quite obviously there. They still haven't cut through but you can tell sometimes they are playing her up. She just wants to cuddle all the time, chews her hand and if she holds your finger it goes straight in the mouth to be sucked and chewed on.

Another adorable addition to her ever-growing little Lily personality is how extremely happy she is to see you when she wakes up in the morning. She starts to wriggle, I can hear her tossing and kicking her legs, my eyes slowly open thinking please don't be the middle of the night. Normally she sleeps through and wakes about 6am when Scott's alarm goes off for work but very rarely she will get up about 4 for a feed then sleep til about 9am. As soon as I sit up and say "Good Morning" is a slightly higher pitched voice, that smile just grows across her face and she lights up. It's such a nice feeling having someone be so happy to see me although I probably look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards, messy hair and no make up. She doesn't care, she just wants milk and cuddles with you.

One of the unexpected things was the first overflowing poo. I managed nearly 3 months without one but alas it has happened. We were just sitting on the bed playing with her on a Sunday morning, making her giggle and then you heard it. We took her to the changing mat and it seemed to just leak out, everywhere. It was certainly a two man job, she was giggling after and thought it was funny. Straight in the bath for the little monster.

Stats:

Weight - 12lb5
Clothes - 3-6 (although some of the bodysuits are too big, she's like in the awkward middle sizing)
Feed - Still drinks normally 6oz per feed
Favourite thing - Her playmat still and a baby sensory video of dots (she gets frustrated if you turn it off now sometimes)


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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Halloween Candy Bark


Candy bark is an easy cheap treat perfect for a halloween party and to make with your children. It so simple and you can change it around and put whatever toppings you want on it. I went for the typical halloween colours, orange, green and yellow. Very similar to the colours of the changing leaves so also have an autumnal theme to it. Me and Scott enjoyed this for a movie night where we watched some halloween episodes of The Simpsons.

You will need:

  • 2 bars of Milkybar/White Chocolate
  • Chocolate M&M's
  • Jellybeans
  • White Oreos
  • Marshmallows
You can obviously swap and change the toppings to suite you. 

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, it took me 1 minute. I then continued to stir until all the lumps were gone.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper or clingfilm
  3. Spread out the chocolate into a rectangle or to suit the shape of the tray
  4. Add the toppings onto the chocolate while it's still melted
  5. Pop in the freezer to become ice cold
  6. Once it is cold and hard, break into pieces
  7. Enjoy
What would be your favourite toppings? Let me know in the comments below.



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Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Reading List #1


I'm going to start a reading/book review section on my blog. I will be buying a few books to read then will be reviewing them on the blog. I've been wanting to read more and I've been struggling to find a book that I can really get into. I have always been a massive fan of Harry Potter story but never read the books. They were 3 for 2 at WHSmiths so I thought I would give it a go, all 3 books for £16, bargain!

I've heard a lot of good stuff about these books and can't wait to review them, I've already started reading the Philosophers stone and its amazing how different it is to the films. Even small minor details, the books certainly bring more atmosphere and magic to your imagination of the story.

Reading used to be a big part of my life and TV seems to have just taken over. You can't expand your mind and vocabulary as much as you can with reading. I'm hoping I'm able to stick with it while also looking after Lily. At the moment I seem to be able to read the most when I'm in the bath, my lovely relaxing alone time.

Any book recommendations for me to move onto afterwards? Let me know in the comments below.

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Ten Things I Want To Do This Autumn


As many of you are aware, Autumn is my favourite time of year. If you don't know, well, now you do. Cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice, cold and dark mornings, halloween episodes of The Simpsons and the crunchy leaves when you walk down the street. What's not to love? I've never been a fan of the heat, I find it a lot easier to snuggle up and get warm than I do to cool down.It's our first Autumn with Lily as well so even more excuses to stay inside and cuddle with the little munchkin while binge watching Netflix. Although as much as I like to stay in all cosy there are a few bits I want to do this Autumn to get out and about.

//01 Go to a pumpkin patch
//02 Go for a costa friend date when the new Christmas drinks are out (black forrest hot chocolate is the ultimate drink) 2nd Novemeber, not long!
//03 Watch a scary film
//04 Go for an Autumn Walk around Memorial Park (maybe take some cheeky blog photos)
//05 Have an evening watching tv/Netflix with hot chocolate and cuddles with Scott and Lily.
//06 Do some Autumnal inspired baking
//07 Buy a new jumper
//08 Buy some new boots (floral ones from primark are my current favourite)
//09 Dress up for halloween (I haven't since I was about 10)
//10 Have a big roast dinner with Scott (Thanksgiving inspired, bringing the tradition to the UK)


Khaki Leather Jacket, Dark Orange Jumper & Leggings - Primark | Mulberry Dupe Scarf - Amazon | Orange/Red Boots - Newlook | Emily Necklace - Very

What do you want to do this Autumn/Fall? Let me know in the comments below!


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Thursday, 19 October 2017

What I Eat In A Day & Review | Healthy Eating*


Breakfast: French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Poached Eggs

Sausage and eggs are my favourite breakfast on the weekend but sometimes if Lily is asleep I might be able to have it in the week but it's harder if Lily gets hungry so I wouldn't risk it normally. It's a very protein filled breakfast but with this sausages you get some vegetables hidden in there and they taste amazing. I love veggie sausages anyway. It keeps you full and ready for the day.



Lunch: Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice

As a new mum I'm finding it really hard to eat properly in the day and it be healthy, it's so easy to just grab crisps or something snacks. I've recently tried this ready meal, normally they are unhealthy but this one if 3 of your 5 a day which is really good to get the nutrients in your body. Its really important to look after yourself as well as your newborn. Even in general it's important to look after yourself and your body. I've never had cauliflower rice before but I was pleasantly surprised, it was really quite nice and with the curry it gave it a really nice kick to the flavour.



Dinner: Mushroom & Spinach Kievs with Salad

It's easier to cook meals in the evening when Scott is home as I can take time to really focus on it. I love cooking and being in the kitchen. A quick meal for when I want to get other stuff done is this Mushroom and Spinach Kiev's with creamy cheese filling with a side salad. I do like kievs but the garlic butter normally deters me as I don't like a greasy buttery filling, these however have a creamy rich filling which is much more suited to me. These were by far my favourite products of the Goodlife range. Amazing rich cheese flavour with a crispy outside, goes perfect with a side salad maybe even some fries if you feeling cheeky.

Goodlife are stocked in sainsbury's and a perfect way to get children to eat more vegetables without losing good taste. They also have Falafels with Cumin and Coriander. I've tried these as well and they are extremely tasty as well. I had these in a pita with some bell peppers and salad. It's a perfect lunch and you can take it on the go as well.

Snacks: Throughout the day I had a banana and chocolate fingers. Also about 3 cups of coffee!

What's your favourite healthy snack that's easy to make? Let me know in the comments below.


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Two Marvellous Months


Another month gone, I know people say time goes fast but this is purely expeditious. I didn't even realise how big she was getting until I looked back at pictures from when she was born and compared. People still see her and think she looks so little and my brain just goes she was a lot littler, just wanting her to stop growing.
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Tips While On A Budget*



Money, money, money. The solution to a lot of problems but a problem in it self when you don't have a lot. As most of you are aware I'm on a budget now as I'm on maternity leave. Maternity leave isn't great money wise but amazing that I get time off with my lovely Lily. I've started picking up little bits to still enjoy life and scrimp while having less money coming in.

//01 Free days out
One of the main problems since being on less money is feeling like you can't do anything, go to the cinema, go out for dinner or even getting a coffee with a friend can be a stretch sometimes. You can make small adjustments to be able to do this. There are offers all the time for cheap meals like wowcher and o2 priority. You can go to majority of museums for free and it's an interesting fun day out. Instead of going to costa and paying upwards of £6 for a coffee and cake have friends round, have a drink and catch up at home, maybe even a movie night with a bottle of cheap wine from Aldi.

//02 Freebies and offers
Always keep an eye out online, there are always offers and samples up for grabs as well as competitions on companies instagram and twitter. The famous Freebie Friday hashtag which has so much up for grabs just by retweeting something. There is so much free stuff as well so have a look around online.

//03 Store cards
Store cards are something you don't really need to think about, they do pile up in your purse and become a pain to carry around but if you have them for your go to stores they can really help you out. Boots is a good example, if you are part of the parenting club then you get extra points when buying anything baby related which I do, ALOT. I've totalled up £10 of points just from when Lily was born.

//04 Bulk buy
Buying in bulk can save a lot of money, I've been buying massive 3kg of pasta and rice to stock up in the cupboard rather than buying little and often. If you have a costco membership as well they are perfect for buying in the masses but you can also find big quantities of products on amazon like coffee and sweets.

What are your tips for scrimping and savings? Let me know in the comments below.


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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Aspirations In The New Chapter Of Life


Life changes, sometimes very suddenly, sometimes by surprise, sometimes you don't even realise a major shift has happened in your everyday. Recently for me the big life change was expected but also unexpected in ways. Being a mum, you don't realise how much it can affect you and almost rewire your brain. 

Now when I watch TV and I see a girl in heartbreak I just think that could be Lily and it genuinely upsets me that one night in the distant future she could be absolutely shattered by a boy. Everything I do now is for her and our family. I want to improve our lives, I want to lose weight and be healthy for me but also so I can run around and play with her. But most importantly live as long as possible and always be there. A shoulder to cry on, a dance partner or even just a cuddle buddy if she's not feeling well. 

Having Lily has made some already strong aspirations become more in the forefront of my mind as well. I really want to be able to focus on my blog and grow it. If I can grow it to the point where I can almost have even half an income from it, I can reduce my hours at work, work more from home and spend a lot more time with Lily. I want to be there for her always, unfortunately bills and rent need to be paid which means come April time I will be back at work and handing her to someone to spend the day with. 

I really want to go back to school as such. I have been looking at open university but as I have a passion for blogging I feel literature or marketing would be a good road for me to go down. I love learning, I miss school and college and coursework. I'm such a nerd but I just think you can never learn enough. It's important to always expand your mind. Not just get a job and then become stagnant in life. 

So my main aspiration as the moment in a round up is look into going back to uni part time or from home, get fit and lose weight and just be happier in life.


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Monday, 18 September 2017

4 Big Ways to Get Your Life in Order Before Your Baby Arrives*

When you have a baby on the way, you have a lot to think about. I know from experience that it's a time full of excitement but also fear. It's a frightening thing to do if you've never done it before! No one really feels like they're completely ready for a baby to arrive, but you can still try to prepare before you become a parent. Feeling like you have your life in order can be really helpful, even if you're not completely confident that everything is the way it should be. There are a few things you can do to organise your life before the big day comes and everything changes forever. Here are my top big considerations for the arrival of a baby.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Summary #21


Not only are Sundays my favourite day in the week, we are approaching my favourite season which makes them just that little bit better. Baking, relaxing, reading, pampering, duvet days with Netflix. The day is just full of potential. I also love Sundays to prepare me for the week ahead, whether thats pre preparing some dinners or just writing a to do list. 
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Autumnal Boot Wishlist



Autumn is upon us, it is my favourite time of year, snuggly jumpers, hot chocolate, cosy nights in, cold dark mornings and nights and of course the boots. As a fashion lover, boots are one of my favourite pieces for Autumn, keeps your toes nice and warm and you can wear big fluffy socks without anyone knowing. I have chosen my top 3 boots on my wishlist this season. The first a classic back heel boot. These are from love the sales where they are discounted Dorothy Perkins. Everyone needs a black boot with a heel, its just the way it is. 
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