5 unusual beauty treatments that really exsist

5 Unusual beauty treatments that really exist

Men and women have always been willing to do some very strange things to make themselves more attractive. From poking your face with needles to pouring wax on your body and ripping it off, hair and all. You have to wonder who came up with these treatments and how drunk the first person who agreed to undergo them was. Spurred on by celebrity endorsements, social media, and the hunt for the fountain of youth… or at least the leaky faucet of wrinkle banishment… The general public have become increasingly willing to try absolutely anything that promises to lift, firm, or […]

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Baby’s grand nursery tour

Baby's grand nursery tour

When you’re expecting your first baby, one of the most exciting jobs to look forward to is decorating the nursery. Nearly every expectant mum in my pregnancy group spent hours planning their baby’s first bedroom, pouring over paint, obsessing over furniture, and deliberating whether to buy the circus or the zoo themed accessories. My experience was slightly different. Although I could plan to my hearts content, I was unable to put any of my plans into action because we were also expecting to move just a couple of weeks before my due date. This less than perfect timing meant that […]

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Review: Nude pearl jewellery

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Pearls are my favourite jewel, after diamonds of course! They’re elegant, timeless, and extremely tactile. So, when Nude asked me to take a look at their pearl collection I was more than happy to oblige. About Nude pearl jewellery Nude use freshwater cultivated pearls in several different sizes and colours for their handmade jewellery. Each earring or necklace is set in either silver, gold, or rose gold and can either be ordered from their catalogue or their London boutique if you have something unique in mind. The items I will be reviewing today are a pair of medium ivory pearl […]

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13 tips to help you give up smoking in 2018

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Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, so why not make 2018 the year that you kick the habit for good using these helpful tips. Identify your motivation Giving up smoking because everyone says you should isn’t terribly motivating, so sit down and work out why YOU want to give up. Maybe you want to feel healthier, you want your kids to grow up in a smoke free environment, or you want to save money. Whatever your reason, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere safe so that you can remind yourself why you […]

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2018 Grumpy Mum Life Goals

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It’s January again and time to join the New Years resolution band wagon. Last year I set several resolutions, all of which fell by the wayside very quickly. I could give any number of excuses for this, but that would be pointless. I don’t want to look back at the failures of the past, but forward to the successes of the future. With that in mind, this year I will be scrapping resolutions and making goals which are hopefully achievable. To my mind a resolution is something that you tell yourself you will do, while a goal is something that […]

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Coolsculpting, cosmetic surgery without the surgery?

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I’ve been overweight my entire life, thanks to the diet of junk food and takeaways my parents deemed a balanced diet. But with my wedding fast approaching I’m desperate to lose my flab and fit into my beautiful wedding dress. Something that is going to require a LOT of hard work! I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve often thought of cosmetic surgery. But having researched it, I’m just not willing to go through the trauma of having my fat brutally removed, my abdomen cut from one side to the other, the long recovery times, and the chance of infection […]

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Incontinence After Childbirth

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**This is a guest post A guide to what it is, why it happens and what you can do about it The birth of your child is a magical and exciting time, but the pregnancy journey can leave its mark on your body. Along with the visible signs of stretch marks, baby weight, and the bags that accumulate under your eyes. You may well suffer the less visible and more distressing side effect of incontinence. When you’re pregnant, it’s easy to assume that once your baby is no longer tapdancing on your bladder everything will go back to normal. But […]

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What’s in Baby’s 2017 Christmas stocking?

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With just a few days left before Christmas day, I’ve been busy packing up Baby’s oversized Christmas stocking. Last year Baby was only 4 months old and tiny enough that she could have been squeezed into her stocking along with her gifts. She’s grown a lot since then and even if she hadn’t, there’s no chance that she would fit in amongst the huge haul of stocking stuffers she has this year! Related Post: Christmas gift guide for 1 year olds What’s in Baby’s stocking? Christmas Micky and Minnie Mouse Hallmark Itty Bitty’s I rarely buy Baby cuddly toys because […]

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How to untangle Japanese knotweed from your house move

Japanese knotweed

There’s no doubt about it, moving home is stressful. There’s the mad dash to find your perfect home, the worry of getting a mortgage, the mountain of increasingly puzzling paperwork, and the nightmare of packing years of accumulated junk into a tiny van. The last thing you need while all this is going on is to discover that one little plant could call a halt to the proceedings. What is Japanese Knotweed? Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant species which unsurprisingly came from Japan. The plant was brought to Europe in 1850’s as a curiosity and from there made its way […]

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Top tips for gardeners who can’t garden

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It’s the middle of winter and no one really wants to be thinking about gardening, but spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to get planning if (like me) you want to get your garden in order this summer. My gardening woes When Grumpy Dad and I bought our home in summer 2016 we were both excited about having a garden again after so long. We rushed out to buy a composter and started making plans to dig vegetable patches, install a path, and completely overhaul the front yard. Fast forward to today and the composter is […]

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