Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Home Living - Red and Brown Accessories

Hello!

I hope you all ok.

We moved house in 2012 and we have got what we call our dream home, also we do not want to move anymore. I think it was the most stressful thing in the world, apart from planning our wedding back in 2005. We did have help from a moving firm, which was great, but I think they make it more stressful as your possessions are in their hands and I can remember I was watching from the window as they were handling our things and how they were handling them.

We had settled in, unpacked most of our boxes, so we could carry with a bit of normality. We moved on the Friday and was back at work on Monday, so we unpacked clothes, kitchen things etc, mainly things we needed on a day to day basis.

It was about February when we moved, I know we had a lot of snow and it was freezing. We started decorating in the March, as we wanted to get cracking as soon as we could and to what we could afford, seeing as though we had just spent a lot of money on our new house. But we did what we could at the time and made it our own.

Our living room wasn't too bad when we moved in, but it's not what we like and is pretty plain. So this year we are planning on decorating, which excites me so much. I'm like a child at Christmas when it comes to purchasing things for our home, and I know what I like. Myself and my husband like mostly the same things, but I think it's normal to have different opinions on things.

I like warm, cosy, vintage type things where as my husband likes very futuristic, man cave things, which is fine, but I do try and get my own way when it comes to decorating our home. We do incorporate some things we both like so we are both happy, which I think is only fair, as it is both of our homes.

Anyway, I have been looking and looking at lots of different things, as we would like to get things which are going to last until the next time we decorate, which won't be for a very long time, so it's nice to do it properly.  We have both agreed on a Red, Brown, warm colours for our living room, as we use that room almost all the time and we want it to be cosy.


Below are some things I have seen from The Range and Dunelm Mill, which I absolutely love.


THE RANGE 

Butterfly Blossom Canvas - NOW £14.24 - The Range
 Bronze Leah Dish - £6.99
Bronze Leaf Dish - £6.99 - The Range


 Red Chenille Throw - £18.99 - The Range
Red Chenille Throw - £18.99 - The Range


Red Heart - Was £11.99 - Now £10.00 - The Range

Wooden Heart - £3.29 - The Range

DUNELM MILL
Red Wooden Love - £3.99 - Dunelm Mill

Red Hour Glass Vase - £8.99 - Dunelm Mill
Red and Brown Twig Light - £9.99 - Dunelm Mill
Wooden Door Stop - £10.99 - Dunelm Mill













I hope you like my selection of home accessories. There are lots of lovely things out there, I really can't wait to start decorating.

Big Smiles
Rachael
xxx 

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A Shoe House

Hello

I hope your all ok.

Last weekend was a very crafty one for our son Jack.  He's in the Foundation or Reception year at Primary School.  He's 4 years old, he will be 5 on the 5th May, so I think for him to do the majority of this he has done very well.

As part of the "Let's Imagine" topic that they are doing this term, the activities are based around the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." They wanted all the children to make a home for the Three Bears to live in.

We had lots of fun, although it was very messy, it was lovely to see him enjoying himself. We made one big room with a Fireplace, Three Beds and a Dining Table with Three little bowls for their porridge.

Below are some pictures of his fantastic work.


Well Done Jack, Mammy and Daddy are very proud of you.

Big Smiles
Rachael
xxx


Thursday, 16 January 2014

What am i WEIGHT-ing for!

Hello everyone,

I hope your all well. It's nearly the weekend!

This is what i say now
From this
To this
My weight has always been up and down like a yo-yo! when I was younger, around the teenage point in my life I was a size 6-8 uk size and was frequently picked on by girls at my school. They would whisper as I walked past them in front of my whole class a make judgemental remarks like "Oh my god, she is so skinny I feel sick, she must have an eating disorder, NO! I never have had one, I like my food.

My self-esteem was quite low at that time in my life and I felt quite paranoid that everyone was staring at me because I was slim. I ended up going to school with an extra pai
r on trousers to fill my legs out a bit (sad I know). I was just one of those girls that ate and ate and never gained weight when I was young, plus when your younger your metabolism is alot faster because your on the move everyday at school, no wonder I never gained weight. 

Nobody ever knew I used to wear two pairs of trousers, but it made me feel better about myself. Girls can be so bloody bitchy at times, it makes me so angry. I think to myself now that they were probably jealous because they weren't a size 8.

My parents broke up when I was around 12 years old and everything just turned upside down, which effected my weight too. My mum then asked myself and my slightly younger brother "who would you like to live with me or your dad" I mean come on!, what a question to ask!.  We picked my dad as my mum had my baby sister at the time and my dad was on his own.  Over the next few years I went back to live with my mum as my dad liked to drink alot and I was unhappy where I was, so I went back to my mums which took her a while to accept me back, but that's a whole other story. 

I left school at 16, with very little qualifications as I didn't study that well at school because of my world being turn upside down, but I did get into college where I did get a GNVQ qualification with distinction in Leisure and Tourism which I was pleased with myself for. 

I met a boy called David when I was about 17 in 2002, we became good friends and after a short while were inseparable. We were a very young couple who became in love so quickly. I moved in with him after staying over so much, it felt like I was living there already so why not. We brought a couple of kittens to add to our home and we got engaged when I was 19 years old in 2004, in Spain which was so romantic. 

We got married a year later when I was 20 years old in 2005. I got so content in the relationship that I didn't even notice the weight going back on so quickly and I was a curvy looking 12-14.

In 2008 I became pregnant with our beautiful son Jack. I went right up to a size 16, which being pregnant you can understand putting some weight on, but after breast feeding the little darling it dropped straight off and I went right back down to a size 12.

Around the year 2011 I experienced some awful anxiety and panic attacks, which really affected my appetite and I lost alot of weight quickly and went from around 10 stone 6 pounds down to 8 stone 3 pounds. It was a drastic drop and I looked ill.  I got my anxiety sorted quite a lot, but it stills there somewhere and it does show its ugly head now and again. But over time sure enough it went back on again.

I went on holiday last summer, which was the first time for my 4 year old. It was a lovely break, but I did eat an awful lot, I gained half a stone in a fortnight. ooops!. Then leading up to Christmas and during the festivities I have gained such alot and I am currently at 11 stone 10 pounds, which does put my in the overweight category for my height at 5 foot 4 inches.

So this year is "watch how much I eat", so I am taking the dog out for a extra walk everyday - so hopefully my belly might go down a bit soon.

I would like to get back to a health BMI of 10 stone 5 pounds.

I might mention every week in a post what I weigh, just to let you know where I'm at.

I you have gone through or going through anything like this at school or out of school, then please leave a comment.


Big hugs and smiles
Rachael 
xxx

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesdays Wardrobe

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing wonderfully.

I thought i would start doing a weekly Wednesdays Wardrobe, to share with you what items of clothing i'd like to put together and my make myself a lovely outfit that would look great in my wardrobe.

Here is a selection of items i have chosen.

G21 Leather Look Jacket - £30.00 - George at Asda

Navy Stripe Long Sleeve Top -
 Was £5.99 now £3.99 - Newlook
Washed Effected Skinny Jeans - £14.00 - George at Asda




Multi Facet Necklace - £6.00 - George at Asda

Navy Quilt Bar Crossbody Bag -
Was £19.50 now £12.00 - Dorothy Perkins
Molten Metals Metallic Nail Polish Shade 5
(Colour - Party Animal) - £2.00 - Asda
I love Navy and Tan, so i would definitely love to purchase these for my wardrobe. I have added some accessories and have seen these things in a variety of shops.

I hope you all like my selection off clothing i would wear.

Big Smiles
Rachael
xxx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Potty Mouthed!

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well.

I had dropped my 4 year son off at school this morning as i normally do, and i could not believe what i heard. 

There i was crossing with the lollipop lady, who is really nice and polite and this woman in her beaten up Peugeot 206 and smoking away with her young Daughter in the front, who for one didn't look that old to sit in the front seat and she was shouting at the top of her voice with the window wide open, " this f**ing lollipop lady will stand there forever letting people cross, she f**ing useless.  I mean her Daughter was sat right there and what a superb role model she must be for her child. 

I looked at her in disgust as she looked back at me and shouted " well she's a f**ing stupid lady.  I mean how vulgar and potty mouthed can you be.  It really bugs me when i hear people like that, especially mothers with little ones. There is a time and a place for that.

When i went to pick him up, i wore a lovely pick knitted hat from Debenhams, which i had off my in-laws for Christmas one year.  I'm sure people look down at me because i have nice things and i make myself look presentable, but one of the mums told me she liked my hat, so i said thank you and said that it was from Debenhams. and i got such a sarcastic remark back. She said "OOo how posh" then a group of them laughed. 

Just because i work to get nice things, they can all F-OFF.

Well that feels better getting that off my chest.

Stay tuned for another rant soon lol.. 

TO BE CONTINUED... 

Big smiles 
Rachael
xxx

Tuesdays Tip - How to care for your hair.

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all in tip top shape for a Tuesday.

I wanted to start doing a Tip Tuesday every week, so if i hear of any tips about beauty, hair etc, i would love to share it with you, as i love to hear tips from others.

Tuesday tip for today is on how to look after your hair, which i have been practising myself as i try anything on my hair to get it healthy and strong. 

1. How to wash your hair
  • There is actually a correct way in which you should wash you hair. Try not to wash your hair every day as it will destroy all your natural oils from your scalp.
  • With your shampoo and conditioner, massage your scalp thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt and grime. If you have a really oily scalp and your hair gets greasy really quickly then repeat the process of massaging your scalp with shampoo and only use conditioner on the ends of your hair, but if you have quite damaged hair then you could run the conditioner through from root to tip and leave it in for a couple of minutes.. When you rub your fingers through your scalp it will increase the blood flow and also helps to prevent dandruff.
  •  If you have hair that is curly or wavy, then try and use a sulphate free shampoo.
  • When rinsing your hair, try and get the water on the coolest setting or to the coldest temperature you can stand.
2. How to dry your hair
  • Try and stay away from hair dryers if you can, its always best to air dry your hair, as it won't get damaged as much as it would if you were to use hair dryers.
  • If you were to use your hair dryer or any other heat devices then always use heat protecting products to protect your hair from getting dry and damaged.
  • Try not to wring you hair with your towel when it is wet, as your hair is more delicate and it could cause your hair to break or fall out.

3. Brushing your hair
  • When your hair is wet it is alot more susceptible to breakage if you were to brush you hair whilst wet. I don't think brushing your hair so many times a day will do your hair any good, i think they say 100 times a day, but i know if i were to do that then i would be bold.
  • I use a wide toothed comb or my fingers and also i use some de-tangling spray which makes it alot easier.  You could also use some leave-in conditioner if you like it, but I'm not a fan as it makes my hair very oily. 

4. Give your hair some special TLC
  • You can purchase some good hair treatments for your hair like: Argan Oils, Conditioning Treatment, Coconut Oil, there are many more out there.  After all the blow drying, curling, straightening and mother nature, from time to time you need to treat your hair, maybe 1-2 times a week. 

5. Go easy on heat products.
  • Try not to use heat devices on your hair as it will damage your hair.
6. Eat healthy and take vitamin supplements
  • Eating essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 foods like: Salmon, Tuna and other fatty fish.
  • Also some other foods that promote healthy skin, hair and nails are Flax seed oil, Walnuts, Almonds and milk. If your intolerant to dairy or allergic to nuts, then you could try taking some supplements to help you along like: Vitamin B-6, B-12 and Folic Acid.  They are important to your hair.
  • Vitamins are also found in certain foods like: Vitamin B-6, you could eat some bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet)  and spinach. Vitamin B-12, you could eat some meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. Folic Acid, you could eat some tomatoes, whole grain, beans and lentils.
  • Protein is also very good for promoting healthy hair. Eating a daily dose of eggs, soy, chicken and fish, if you like that sort of food. 
I hope this information will come in handy for some of you, as it has given me some pointers and hopefully if i carry on with this information that i have heard about over time will work wonders down the line.


Big Smiles
Rachael
xxx

Monday, 13 January 2014

I'm Red!

Hello everyone,
HAPPY MONDAY!
I hope you are all doing wonderfully. 

As i have mentioned quite alot, i get so bored with my hair and i have been changing the colour quite alot to sort out the mistake of the Blonde ombre.

Well before Christmas i went Red, i was so so nervous, my little tummy was doing somersaults.  BUT, i wanted something completely different and festive, so i thought why not. 

I have been watching quite a lot of youtube videos, with people going from Blonde to Red, and how it has turned out.  

The first time i went Red i used a semi-permanent hair dye, just incase i hated it.  So i used Loreal Casting Creme Gloss in Black Cherry (No.360)


I got this from Sainsburys for around £6.49
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1389608734734

The picture below is how it turned out.



 After about 3-4 weeks the colour had really drained and turned a light brown colour, which was ok but i wanted a more deep red.  So i decided to go Permanent, for a longer lasting and more intense Red colour.  

I went to my local Sainsburys and got on offer the Garnier Olia Permanant Hair Colour in 4.6 Deep Red.

I got this on offer at £5.99, but the original price is £6.99
 http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1389608907938

Apparently It's a oil Powered hair colour which doesn't just condition you hair, i will give it a extra boost of colour, so it will look more intense.

Although my scalp is a tiny bit sensitive when i dye my hair, this is very gentle on your scalp.  I hardly had any irritation.  Obviously i did a skin test 48 hours prior to dying my hair, just to be on the safe side.  You can still have a allergic reaction even if you have never had one before.  You see these horror stories of these girls and how their faces have swollen to the size of a football.  I would rather be on the safe side always.

Anyway, this is a picture of my hair now.  It has faded a little as it will be 3-4 weeks since it was applied, but it still looks nice and red.  In certain lights it look purple, but then in another it looks really deep red



I going to get some red shampoo which will apparently keep the colour looking more intense rather than faded, so i will nip to my local Sallys and have a look.

Also one more thing, if you are thinking of going red and it does fade quite quickly and is high maintenance. Always wash your hair with cold water, or as cold as you can stand it, as this will help the colour to stay in alot more. I found that if it was the slightest bit warm then it would be a blood bath when washing my hair.  I would shower first them stick my head over the bath or basin to wash it.  

The pictures above i have some extensions in, which are a very similar colour to give it a bit more volume and length. My husband got me these for Christmas and i will put them in my "What i got for Christmas" post very soon.

Big smiles
Rachael
xxx

Monday, 6 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  I can't believe it has been and gone so quickly.  I haven't posted anything for a while (SORRY) as i have been busy with my job and i have had family things going on, so i have been on my feet quite a lot.

I just wanted to say that one of my top New Years Resolutions is to do more posts on my blog and just see where it will go.

I would like to share with you all what i had for Christmas, which i am so excited about.  

My wonderful Husband got me a Portable Photo Home Studio, so my pictures should be looking a bit more professional.

So you will be hearing from me very soon.

Big smiles
Rachael 
xxx