If you read my blog you’ll know I’m a huge fan of animals especially safari animals! We were very kindly asked to go to Chester Zoo and try out the new PLAY! space as well as obviously seeing all the animals. As Johnny’s still a bit young to try the PLAY! areas we took our friends and their little girl along to really test it out!

Chester Zoo Play!

Chester Zoo Play!

Chester Zoo Play!

Chester Zoo Play!

Chester Zoo Play!

On arrival at Chester Zoo, I couldn’t believe how busy it was on the car parks! The weather wasn’t great but it hadn’t put people off which shows how great it can still be in the rain. There’s plenty of parking space and it didn’t feel too busy once we were in the park. I never realised how big the zoo was, they have every animal imaginable. I hadn’t even heard of some. Of course mine and Johnny’s favourite are the Giraffes!

There’s plenty of places to buy food and we couldn’t resist a cheeky ice cream once the sun finally came out. We went to the Madagascar PLAY! space where Gracie really got to try the area. There’s a sandy beach as well as a river bed where the children can cool down on hot days or just get a bit wet anyway! Gracie told me she really liked the play area, there was lots to do but not much for younger children. Also, if the weathers bad it wouldn’t be useable.

I really enjoyed walking around the Islands at Chester Zoo, it was definitely something different! However my feet were aching from all the walking at this point so we didn’t see as much as we’d hoped. I would have loved to have taken a trip on the boat to really explore. I think it’s a perfect excuse to go back soon once Johnny is a little older.

 

Have you been to Chester Zoo?

Ta Ta for now,

*Free trip but all opinions are my own

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I’ve been MIA since returning from my holiday in Barcelona but I’m trying to get back on track. I always seem to lose motivation with blogging after a holiday and it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things! We had an amazing first family holiday with Johnny, so much so we’ve already booked another holiday for September to Tenerife! Another first coming up is Ryan’s first Fathers Day! Mr Nutcase kindly offered to send an early gift over for him so I chose a photo of the four of us on a gorgeous mug.

Mr Nutcase Gifts

Mr Nutcase Gifts

I’m really struggling for ideas for Fathers Day gifts, Ryan is so hard to buy for! I’d like to get him something special as it’s his first one. Mr Nutcase has some great ideas including the personalised mug or even a phone case where I can put some photos of Johnny on. I love personalised gifts so Mr Nutcase is perfect for special, unique gifts. They have so much choice including glasses and even newspaper books, I’d love this rugby one!

It’s really easy to use the site too to create your personalised gift. Simply choose the product you’d like, I chose the latte mug* as it’s a cute shape and different to anything we own. You can then choose your image from Facebook, your computer or Instagram which is always handy. From that, you can add text, colour or even use more than one image if you can’t decide on just the one. I chose an image of all our little family, you may even be able to spot Daphne being used as a scarf for Ryan! The mug is made from ceramic material meaning the photo won’t fade as quick and its also heat resistant and dishwasher safe.  I know Ryan will love his Fathers Day mug and I’m on the hunt for some more personalised gifts to make his day extra special.

Have you got anything planned for Fathers Day?

Ta Ta for now,

* This post contains PR samples

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Hi, I’m Heather and I blog over at Of Beauty and Nothingness *catchy I know. I’m here to bring you a post all about my hero products. By ‘hero products’, I mean products that I have used for years and I will always use and buy as they are fantastic!

Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes

Let’s start with my three favourite haircare products; the first is one I’ve used for years, it’s the Moroccan Oil Light Hair Oil. I love this hair oil either on damp hair or on dry hair as an oil treatment an hour before I wash it. It leaves my hair smoother, softer and less frizzy without weighing it down or making it greasy. The second haircare product is the opposite, the Colab Dry Shampoo. I used to hate dry shampoo but now I use it every other day to refresh my hair and the Colab dry shampoos are perfect for those with dark hair as it doesn’t leave a chalky residue. Lastly, in the haircare category is a hair brush; the Tangle Teezer which is a much raved about detangling brush – it’s an essential for my thick, tangle prone hair (The Wet Brush is also great!).

Now onto skincare, my skin is dry, sensitive and prone to eczema so finding skincare is a little difficult for me but through my blog and the wonderful blogging community I’ve found some amazing products that don’t irritate my skin. The first is a ‘bloggers made me buy it’ product and it’s the amazing Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which is so gentle but so effective!

One brand in particular that has been amazing for my annoying and temperamental skin is Antipodes which is the best skincare brand I’ve ever tried. I have been lucky enough to try a lot of their products through my blog and I’d recommend everything!

Lastly for my hero products is the Silky Underwear Dusting Powder from Lush; this product is basically just a heavenly scented talcum powder but to me it is so nostalgic as I first bought it while I was in sixth form which is about six years ago now! I use it as a talcum/baby powder as well as a linen refresher.

Thanks so much to Heather for another great guest post!

What are your hero products?

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Hi Glossy-Boutiquers, so I’m not the lovely Emma, but I’m super excited to guest post on her incredible blog. I’ve been a massive fan of Glossy Boutique for a long time now, so when the opportunity came up I couldn’t turn down the chance to feature on one of my all-time favourites. My main problem was deciding what to write about, beauty is generally my go-to and my favourite topic to write about so I went straight there.

Ultimate Makeup Repurchases

Ultimate Makeup Repurchases

Ultimate Makeup Repurchases

Lately I have been re-purchasing a lot of my holy-grail products. For some reason, everything seemed to run out around the same time. Poor, poor bank balance. As such, I thought it’d be fun to run through all my ultimate repurchases and explain why they’re such holy-grail items for me.

The Kiehl’s Microblur Skin Perfector has become my ultimate primer. I think I’m on my fourth, or fifth bottle now, and nothing has ever matched up. It just smoothes my skin like nothing else, neutralises any redness and helps my make-up go on smoothly and last all day. It also keeps my face looking pretty matte, which for an oily gal is the ultimate goal. So for me, even though it’s about £24 a pop, it’s definitely worth it. The Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser is another, pricy, but absolutely necessary make up item for me, especially when it’s getting warmer and I’m heading on holiday. It’s the ultimate summer base. Generally I wear a tinted SPF for the day on holiday, but in the evenings (or when I’m at home and not going anywhere) this is a lovely low key base. It’s light to medium coverage, but very buildable, the shade match is spot on for me, and it’s long lasting. The finish gives a dewy glow, but because it’s oil-free you get no oily patches and there’s no wear in my oily spots.

While we’re on the topic of bases, there’s two concealers I keep buying again, and again. The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is one of the most hyped of all time, and rightly so. It’s my go to for covering blemishes and redness. I’ve been using this for years, but a fairly new discovery for me is Rimmel’s Match Perfection Concealer, which is my new under eye, brightening concealer. It brightens up my bags so well, lasts all day. These are both super affordable products, but really high quality.

Moving up to the eyes, there are two products I think I’ll be wearing, and buying until the day I run out of money. I’ve tried a few different liquid liners over the years, and for some reason they always transfer onto my upper lid. Enter Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner. I first started using this after my wedding make up artist suggested it, and I’ve never looked back. It’s super black, easy to use, and lasts ALL DAY. Like, all day, with no transfer. It’s my ultimate product. On top of that, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is my go to mascara all year around. It lengthens, curls and adds volume. Again, it holds my lashes in place all day and keeps them looking long and fluttery. It’s also super affordable and easy on the purse strings.

As a beauty blogger it’s hard to really settle on one product for something, you get to try to many different things, and you’re addicted to trying different products. But, it also means when you repurchase a product, you know it’s a holy grail for you.

Thanks so much to Lisa for doing a guest post at such short notice, please go visit her blog at Topaz and May!

What are your holy grail make-up products?

Ta Ta for now,

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Unfortunately my full paid maternity pay has finished now so my statutory pay starts this month. I definitely live outside my means so I’ve been trying to save and make money whilst I’ve been on maternity. I’ve found a few ways which have been a huge help in saving up some money so I thought I’d share them incase anyone else is in a similar situation.

UK Freebies

Loyalty Cards
I’m obsessed with Subway salads at the moment and I seem to build up quite a few free ones with their card. Of course we all know and love the Boots advantage card too which has been great for buying nappies. They also have a parenting club where you get 10 points for every £1 spent. Another great card is the John Lewis one as you get free cake and a hot drink every month just for being a member.

Matched Betting
I know a few mummy bloggers are into Matched Betting and it’s definitely helped me pay some bills! If you want to start but not sure where, join up to Profit Accumulator for the free trial and watch the videos to get you started. It isn’t gambling, it’s actually guaranteed profit! If you do sign up please use my referral code 141507.

Freebie Websites
I’m a sucker for a freebie. When I was pregnant I collected all the free bags and boxes, I couldn’t get enough! I’ve found some fab UK Freebies* on many sites including Gratisfaction UK. From Kitchens to perfumes, you can apply for all different kinds of great free items on this site, it’s amazing!

Surveys and Mystery Shopping
My favourite survey site is Yougov as it doesn’t take too long to reach £50 along as you complete them when they’re emailed. I also like WhatUsersDo as you review websites and record your thoughts through voice so it’s easy to do whilst I’m looking after Johnny. Other sites include Toluna, Prolific Academic and Swagbucks. I also did a lot of mystery shopping when pregnant and I need to start again. My favourite site is Marketforce but Red WigWam are also good.

Compare your Bill Tariffs
Definitely use sites such as YouSwitch to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff for gas, electric and even your mobile phone. I know Martin Lewis always talks about switching but it’s definitely worth some of your time for massive savings.

Have you got any money saving or making tips?

Ta Ta for now,

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