Thursday, 28 April 2016

A day out at West Midlands safari park

I wanted to take my kids to West Midlands Safari Park for ages, so I bit the bullet and booked online and knew that I was definitely going.  For me it was an hour and a half drive so not too far at all. I got there as the gates opened at 10am and queued along with the other cars for about ten minutes to go through the barriers, I have to be honest I don't know who was most excited I couldn't wait to see the animals.  Each section of the park is gated and a sign indicates what you are going to see. A short wait at each section of lights before you can go ahead and see the next group of animals, that helped the kids refocus and discuss what they had seen and what they would be seeing next.  It was really exciting I have never seen some of the animals and to see them so close by was amazing.
My personal favourites were were seeing the Cheetahs, the lions and the new baby rhino, the kids loved every animal but I think they loved the baby rhino the best, but my littlest loved the meerkats as my photo below shows he was over whelmed and asked if he could bring one home as a pet, how do you explain to a 7 year old that you can't, a swift change of subject and job done.

After I had driven round and had a really good look at the animals I drove down into the section where the rides are, parked up and then took the kids to the seating area we had a quick bite to eat and off again.  Next port of call the Land of the Dinosaurs my boys loved this.  All different types of dinosaur with facts about them including fossils which by boy loved being obsessed with dinosaurs.  As we were walking through you hear all sorts of noises which sounds like dinosaurs the flying ones above your head I must have ducked about 5 times.  After this I went down to the rides plenty there to keep the kids busy.  I had booked wrist bands so they could go on everything and they did, the log flume about ten times.....but that was the intention and they loved it.  We had an amazing day out and I was glad we went, would I recommend it yes, the staff were lovely and mostly smily it's something that makes a great memory for your little ones.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Dealing with children who are growing up quick

Hey guys I generally do write makeup and skincare posts and hair obsessive ones as I love all those things but as a mum sometimes I like to add a parent related post every once in a while.
I have three children aged now nearly 14,11 and 7.  Generally all reasonably behaved children with totally different and funny personalities obviously as they are all different but now they are getting older they are definitely finding their feet in life.
My daughter who is nearly 14 is quite good at the moment and I hope she doesn't change but who knows, my middle child is the boy who is 11 is proving to be a lot more challenging he's really finding his feet and is very strong willed and cheeky.  He's very very stubborn and is really acting like Kevin from the sitcom Kevin and Perry.  Omg sometimes he can be the most amazing sweet natured kind boy and then a second later it's like a thunder bolt and he goes nuts.  I always thought girls grew up being harder work than boys but to be fair I'm finding the boys tougher.

Not only that all activities now I suggest to the kids apart from my little one, they roll their eyes and ask if friends can come.  I think to myself NO I want you all to myself.  And they want to do stuff with their friends all the time and not me.  It's so disappointing but I think in my head they are still so reliant on me but the truth is they are to a certain extent but they are growing up and I have to let them.  But I can honestly say omg what a blink of an eye them being born and then nursery and literally they are as they are now it's unreal.   But as I was saying back to my middles ones stroppy antics how do I deal with it.  Sometimes I feel like crying and sometimes I feel like screaming but a couple of deep breaths and counting to 100 I'm ok.

I bet if you have growing children you will identify with this.


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Spring clean your skin

Well hello lighter nights warmer days and brighter clothes spring is a lovely time of year. As much as I love Winter there's something nice about going to work in the daylight and coming home in it to.
So with spring time here what does that mean for your skin?

Warmer days means to some people less makeup as warm weather can make makeup slide and slip off the skin which is never a good look, and also make eyeliner run and make you end up looking panda like at the end of the day to.  There are lots of things you can do to prevent that.  Such as putting a primer underneath your foundation which will not only hydrate your skin but make your makeup last longer.  And also a good powder underneath your eyes is a good idea to, as it will prevent your eyeliner budging.  But be careful in choosing your powder as you don't want to make that area look caked as that will look a lot worse.

Don't forget to chose your skincare with an SPF as this is so important with the increased sunlight.  If your struggling with hydration for your skin a facial mist is nice, and can be really hydrating if your skin feels clammy and sticky.

You may have a selection of products you love as I do, but I also like to change up my products from time to time, as I do get bored and fed up of some and then I use something else and think why I did I change!!!!!

There are a few new products I've seen released from Tarte that I like the look of and also a new range of skincare from elemis

Thanks for reading

Laura x