Job Vacancy – Parent

Job Vacancy - Parent

I’ve been going through a few slightly stressful situations with one of my offspring recently.  These are all things that are beyond their control, but that I as a parent feel immense pressure to handle correctly.  It got me to thinking.  Parenthood – if thought of in terms of a ‘job’ – is a pretty […]

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5 Steps to a (well kept secret) self-tan

5 Steps to a (well kept secret) self-tan

Whether you want to achieve a tan minus the sun-exposure, a bronzed boost or if you’re anything like me – you just want to constantly look one step above anaemic ghost – a self-tan could be for you.  Self-tanning products with their dramatically improved formulas, have come a long a way from the days of […]

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Recommended: Self-Tanning Superstars

Recommended: Self-Tanning Superstars

Here are my favourite products for achieving a beautifully natural looking self-tan… Garnier Summer Body  A moisturising lotion with a hint of tanning ingredient to gradually build a natural-looking tan.  Enriched with natural extract of apricot, this light, fast-absorbing formula is easily applied and smells like summer in a bottle.  A great starting point for […]

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Aquaventure vs Wild Wadi – which waterpark is best for you?

Aquaventure vs Wild Wadi

So you’ve booked your holiday to Dubai and now you’re in the rather enviable position of deciding on which waterpark to visit whilst there.  The usual main contenders are Aquaventure – an award winning and record breaking waterpark located within the 5-Star Atlantis the Palm resort or Wild Wadi – an Arabian themed waterpark which […]

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10 fun things to do with kids in Dubai.

10 Fun things to do with kids in Dubai

So you’ve booked (or you’re thinking about booking) a holiday to Dubai and you want to know fun things to do with your kids whilst there?  Well, firstly congratulations (or if you fall into the latter camp – what the heck are you waiting for?)  you are in for a fun-filled family holiday and here […]

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From lost to found

From lost to found

I have this great little sheer black camisole top that is an absolute staple in my wardrobe – it goes with so many things and is a mandatory requirement in the make-up of a lot of my outfits.  A new day dawned and another opportunity arose to wear said camisole.  But it was nowhere to […]

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Breaking the age barrier

Breaking the age barrier

Have you ever shelved a dream you held because you believe you’re just too old?  Do you harbour regret that the opportunity has passed you by because you didn’t grab it when you were younger?  Well, here’s some news for you, whilst some things have a minimum age limit, hardly anything in life has a […]

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The beauty of a beauty box (and how to pick the right one for you) 

The beauty of a beauty box (and how to pick the right one for you)

Since beauty boxes first launched many moons ago, they have progressed from a potential passing craze into an accepted and (in some cases) staple part of the beauty product buying routine.  With an increasing number of beauty retailers/industry bigwigs introducing their own mini beauty product treasure troves to market, we as consumers are now spoilt […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire.

Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

In need of a short family break, we wanted to go somewhere the kids could have fun, but that would allow us some time to ourselves for a bit of pampering and relaxation.  Oh yes, I nearly forgot, we also wanted luxury.   And we wanted all of this somewhere in the UK.  Yes I […]

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Win a Family of 4 Gift Voucher to Cadbury World.

Cadbury World Twitter Competition

To share the love of all things chocolate, I’m offering one lucky person the chance to WIN a Family of 4 Cadbury World UK admission gift voucher. Entry couldn’t be simpler: Head over to Twitter RT the competition tweet Follow @liveprettyhappy Like and comment telling me your favourite chocolate bar Entry closes at 6PM (UK) […]

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Moments: releasing anger, re-balancing & re-framing

Moments: Releasing anger, re-balancing & re-framing

When thinking about an event, situation or person you’re not so happy with, you can start to feel annoyed, frustrated, wound-up or just down-right angry.  The more you dwell on it, the more angry you become.  You feel the emotions rising, the physical tensing, the black clouds descending and maybe even the need to let […]

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Recommended: Under eye concealers

Recommended: Under eye concealers

For me, beautifully made-up skin is built upon a flawless base.  However, foundation alone is rarely sufficient to cover dark circles and brighten up your under eye.  This is where a great under eye concealer comes in. But first let’s go back a step.  If you find yourself questioning, which should I apply first – […]

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Days Out: Cadbury World

Days out: Cadbury World

Calling all owners of a sweet tooth, gather round and get ready to enter a world dedicated to the ever-so-delicious – Cadbury’s chocolate. When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews.  Boasting visitor numbers of over half-a-million every year, I am so pleased to report […]

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5 Quick tips for adding volume to fine, flat hair

5 Quick tips for adding volume to fine hair

The ultimate goal when your hair is fine is to create the illusion of thicker, fuller locks.  Here are some really easy ways to add volume to fine, flat hair 1. Get the style right Your first stop on your journey to more volumised tresses is a mandatory trip to the hairdressers.  Aside from the […]

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Recommended:  Shampoos and Conditioners for fine hair

Recommended: Shampoos and Conditioners for fine hair

As I mention within my article – 5 Quick tips for adding volume to fine, flat hair – a crucial step in gaining volume is to start with a good shampoo and conditioner.  I’ve tried a lot of volumising shampoos and conditioners over the years and these are my favourites.  Let me introduce you to […]

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Moments: Wo-man up

Proud to be a woman

I was fortunate to attend an exhibit at the Museum of London focusing on the Suffragette movement.  I was greatly moved by the self-sacrificing actions taken by these brave women so that I, as a woman, may be afforded the same rights as men.  Immediately after feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards them, came […]

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Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Every morning a close friend of mine and I exchange texts as to what we’re each getting up to that day.  Sometimes (or as she might say, often) my message to her can be quite long.  I’m a busy girl. In an average week, I need to juggle my family, work, the house, a fitness […]

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School Holidays Hack: Activity Selection Bag

Thinking of things to do each day of the school holidays can often prove tedious and taxing, especially when nobody seems to want to agree on what to do – you can’t please everyone right? Maybe you might like to try something I’ve been doing with my kids for awhile now. The activity selection bag […]

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From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

It’s probably not an inaccurate assumption that most people have at least one person in their life who they have a conflictive relationship with.  It may be a family member, ex-partner, neighbour, acquaintance or colleague.  Things between you can feel intolerable, the mere mention of their name can cause irritation or anxiety.  It seems that […]

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Moments: Be defined by your actions not your circumstances.

Happy Moments on livingprettyhappy.com

Picture this: you wake up in the morning full of good intentions for the day.  You’re going about your business as planned and then the universe/God/a unicorn/whatever you believe in decides to place a nice hurdle in your way.  You stop in your tracks and that’s when it’s decision time – turn back or jump […]

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