REVIEW | Kids Headphones

We were sent a pair of the Snuggly Rascals headphones to review, and my goodness have I been excited to share this product with you guys! And the best news: You can WIN a pair too! Continue reading “REVIEW | Kids Headphones”

Flavour of the month | Beauty. Skin. Hair

Hi lovelies!
It has been a good long while since my last “Flavour of the month” post!
I am so sorry about that! I am super excited to share this lot with you though! Hope you enjoy, let me know if you try any of them and what you think…

Starting with the most important: Skin care. Because it doesn’t matter what you put on your face to pretty it up, if the base coat (your skin) is not clear and glowing, well then nothing will look all that good, will it?! Continue reading “Flavour of the month | Beauty. Skin. Hair”

Avon Anew Reversalist Night Cream | Review

I was asked to be part of the #AvonAnew30DayChallenge and trial the revolutionary new product from Avon: Anew Infinite Effects Night Treatment Cream. This could not have come at a better time as just before I got the mail I was hounding my hubby to please allow me to invest in some skin care that actually helped me with anti-aging, as after a stressful build, move and sick kiddies, I was feeling old and haggard, and my skin was looking worse than ever before.
You can even see how depressed I am in the below no-make-up-selfie:
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Spotty, aged skin was really getting me down, never mind the fact that I didn’t recognise the texture of my skin! Applying make up was both a blessing and a curse; I felt relieved that I had it and didn’t need to go out in public looking so spotty and old, but I also struggled with feeling like I was a fake, because I was hiding so much underneath those layers. Lastly, I hated the feeling of my own skin. It felt like nothing went on smoothly and my foundation almost vanished on my face by lunch time, revealing all my dark spots and wrinkles.

In walked the Avon Anew Reversalist Night Cream (with a door-to-door courier guy ;), and I was so excited to give it a go. Cautiously optimistic.
The excitement behind this little gem was that it was different to any other night treatment I have ever used. The bottle came with two tops. Two lids. Two squirt nozzles. The side named “1” contains a phyto-based moisturiser which prepares the skin for renewal and production. Side 2 is contains super retinol, the number 1 ingredient for anti-aging.

Each side is used for only 7 days and then you rotates to the next side. Research has shown that the reason most night creams work well for a while and then appear to become less effective is because the skin becomes used to the change and then improves no further. With this in mind, the Avon Anew treatment continually alternates between Side 1 and Side 2, continually prepping and then activating the skin.

My thoughts after 30 days:
Whilst using the product there were things I really enjoyed.
– I loved that the two creams came in one easy to use tube as opposed to two different containers of some sort. I enjoyed that they were clearly marked and different (red and black)
– I loved the excitement attached to knowing I was prepping and then activating my skin, alternating the sides weekly
– I liked the texture of the creams and particularly loved the feel of side 2.
– I absolutely loved waking up every morning with my skin feeling supple, soft and looking more radiant than I have experienced in a good long while.
There were also things I didn’t love as much:
– I struggled some days to remember which side I was on and had to work back to remembering the week it arrived (Hey! I am a mom of 3 – be gentle!)
– I didn’t love the smell of the creams. I didn’t dislike them at all, just didn’t love the smells – I am someone who LOVES pretty smelling things, and this just doesn’t smell like much

As we look at our selves in the mirror everyday, it isn’t always easy to recognise a change when it happens gradually, but looking back at before and after pics, I am so surprised and elated at the change in my skin in just 30 days!
Take a look and let me know what you think!!
AFTER (no make up):
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BEFORE (with make up):
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AFTER (with make up):

Please excuse this last pic. I look hilarious – just woke up and still half asleep!! But I took this pic because I woke up two mornings ago and I couldn’t believe how good my skin looked! I have never really had great skin, and NEVER want to go out in public without foundation on, but looking at my skin lately I can imagine getting to a place where I can start to go out without wearing foundation to cover blemishes and dark spots! How awesome is that?!
I still have post-preg pigmentation I need to sort, and my forehead wrinkles are cray cray, so I am still looking for that miracle anti-wrinkle cream 🙂 but THIS glowing, supple skin is just like a piece of heaven for me! I have never EVER before woken up and had my skin glow like this. This was before washing face and hadn’t applied anything since the Avon Anew the night before:
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Weekend in Pics |May 18-20

What a wonderful weekend we had! One that left the love tanks feeling full and hearts warm.

Here it is in pics:

FRIYAY:
Friday afternoon I fetched kiddies from school and the boys had Chloe come to play. We went past KFC on our way home for their favourite treat: Sprinkle Pops, and then they played all afternoon. Jackson called me over to see he had spelt out his name on the fridge, and then he worded out the letters too. So proud of this little man. He just loves learning.

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Pregnancy Shoot | Jordy

The only pregnancy we did a shoot for was our precious little piggy in the middle – my Jordan Rock! Looking back at these pics makes me so wish we had done one every time. The shoot was a special gift from Adrian Shields before him and his special wifey left for the Cape.

And what a gift this was 😍

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Birth Story | Jackson

I was made aware of the fact that April is caesarean section awareness month, and because I have been promising to share my birth stories with you, I figured – what better time than now? I say “now”, yet it has honestly taken me at least 40 attempts of sitting at my computer for any length of time longer than 7 minutes before being interupted by my life of 3 beautiful c/section-born babies! It has taken me 3 days to get to this point in the writing…

This is a 3 part post, starting at the beginning, of course – our first-born son; Jackson.

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Our weekend in pix

In the hopes of trying to be a bit better at regular posting {now that my life is starting to become more manageable again!!} I thought I would share our weekend in pix 🙂

FRIDAY:

Jordy, still in his PJs, came in with flowers for me – no idea who’s garden he took these from 😀 :
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Justin & I ran to MICA to get a few things for the house and tried this little barista, hiding inside MICA – such a vibey, happy lady named Bule – WOW! One of the best Flat Whites in Ballito:
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Got home to find that Jordy gave himself  blue “tattoos” ALL OVER his body: Continue reading “Our weekend in pix”

Brooklyn’s 1st Birthday Party

It was the perfect ONEderland for our ONEderful little girl x

I will let the gorgeous pictures taken by the very talented Samantha Maber do most of the talking, but our little princess’s first birthday party was just the most special and wonderful day. She was in her element and loved all the attention – far more than either of my two boys on their 1st birthdays! I think she is going to be quite like her mama and live for celebrations 🙂
My favourite moment of the day was without doubt watching her face light up as if a million fireflies started glowing inside her soul when we all started singing Happy Birthday to her… she loved every single moment of it <3

Theme: ONEderland
Venue: Brooklyn Estate Clubhouse
Cake & gorgeous biscuits: Toni Seery from T and Cake
Photos:Samantha Maber Photography
Welcome Sign, Cake Topper & Bottle Labels: Danielle Barrie SmithBROOKLYN.TURNS.ONE-328 Continue reading “Brooklyn’s 1st Birthday Party”

Brag post | Bloom COLOUR RUN

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I would like to start this post with a little brag.
The subject of all this bragging:
Well… I happen to know this girl… well she was a girl when I met her, but she is a lady now. A wife and a mom. But as I say, when I met her she was just a girl. Continue reading “Brag post | Bloom COLOUR RUN”

WIN | My Little Picasso Experience

The day before schools went back a couple friends and I decided last minute to take our littles for a fun outing. We threw around a few ideas and then settled on the new “My Little Picasso” we had heard a few moms raving about at Cornubia Mall. We headed to the new-ish mall (it opened doors 28 September 2017), five kiddies to three mamas (I left Miss B home to nap).  Continue reading “WIN | My Little Picasso Experience”