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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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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Taking back some control over PMS

Taking back some control over PMS

Let’s be honest, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) is a b*tch!  Every month a little gremlin (the evil variety that has been exposed to water) invades your body and completely takes over – everything!  Well, that’s how it made me feel at least.  Sound familiar to you? PMS can start to rear its ugly head up to […]

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Moments: Winning the internal fight

Happy Moments on livingprettyhappy.com

Every fibre in my body did not want me to go for a run today.  I haven’t for 3 weeks now and have felt the negative effects.  I internally argued with myself.  I came up with so many reasons as to why it was best that I shouldn’t, despite the fact I knew if I could […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Lux* Belle Mare – Mauritius

Living.Pretty.Happy @ the Lux Belle Mare Mauritius

‘Welcome to heaven’ is the sign that should adorn the front gates of the award-winning Mauritian getaway known as Lux* Belle Mare. Located on the east-coast of Mauritius about 45 minutes by car from the airport, the Lux* is a stylish and contemporary luxury resort that will suit honeymooners and families of all ages alike. […]

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Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

The world as I knew it stopped the day my mum died.  We knew it was coming, she’d been given two years, but my heart imploded when I was informed in a hospital corridor that actually only 24-hours remained.  I would like to say it was a nice goodbye; it wasn’t. I couldn’t find the […]

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You are not going bald! (overcoming non-hereditary hair loss)

You are not going bald

Are you noticing that your hairbrush seems to contain more hair than usual?  Are you pulling larger quantities of hair from your shower plug-hole?  Is your ponytail diameter feeling thinner?  Are hairs falling very easily from your head whenever you touch them?  And is all of this making you feel panicked and worried that you […]

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Days Out: KidZania – London

Kidzania - London

Over the Christmas period I introduced the children to one of my all-time favourite movies, Bugsy Malone.  I was delighted when they loved it as much as I do.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s a movie full of children acting as adults, holding down jobs, driving pedal cars and firing custard tarts out of ‘splurge […]

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Recommended: Nars Bronzing Powder

Nars Bronzing Powder

Labelled as a Cult Classic and with the reviews & sales to back this claim up, it shouldn’t surprise you that Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna is my favourite go-to in helping create a natural healthy glow.   I was first introduced to this product back in 2011, when I was fortunate enough to have […]

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48 hours in Abu Dhabi

48 Hours in Dubai

The capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi – can be reached in under 90 minutes by car from Dubai Airport.  It has a more laid back and accessible feel than Dubai and is perfect for visiting with children in tow.  There is so much to do, but here are our highlights from a highly […]

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Only human

Only Human

Today has been a rubbish day.  Why you ask? No reason. Perhaps walking into the bathroom and stepping on an upturned plug along the way, set my day on it’s course.   Frustratingly enough, I can’t even claim pre-menstruality (if this isn’t a word already, it really should be).  I just noticed I was in […]

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My tips for travelling long haul with children

Tips for travelling long haul with children

Whenever we mentioned to our friends, family or even random strangers that we were embarking on a long haul flight with our children, the collective response was usually horror and disbelief. ‘How will they cope? – how will you cope?!’ Thankfully, my husband and I had absolute faith in our kid’s ability to cope (and […]

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Recommended: No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil

No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil

Remember the days when the ‘fashion’ for eyebrows was to pluck them within an inch of their lives?   Thankfully now we can covet fuller, more natural brows, still beautifully sculpted but a lot less painful to maintain! Since being introduced to the magical transforming powers of an eyebrow pencil, they have become as essential […]

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How to feel happier about Valentines Day

Every year at Primary School, I used to receive a Valentines card marked only with a mysterious and highly exciting ‘X’.  I would spend long afternoons looking dreamily at every boy in my class (except for my cousin) trying to guess who it could possibly be from – turns out it was my Dad.  Cringe. […]

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10 Beauty Tips for New Mums*

Really this should be titled – * 10 Beauty tips for new mums (and some which apply to anyone who could do with a bit of extra time, whilst still remaining gorgeous) – but perhaps that’s a bit too long winded?  Just know that you are welcome to indulge in these tips – no child […]

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

One of my inner circle is pregnant.  She is 36 years old.  A few years ago, her then fiance decided 6 weeks before their wedding to call it all off.  He wanted them to stay together, but he did not want to get married.  Her heart was broken.  She took the very brave decision to […]

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A little bit Potty

I tried to switch off opinionated mode yesterday when I was informed that the new craze sweeping the world of parenting was potty training from birth.  Yes, from birth! Nappies are permitted during the night, but for the majority of the day, mums would watch their newborn bundles of joy for signs of the need […]

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