10 Free & Easy Activities to Keep the Kids Happy

10 Free & Easy Activities to keep the kids happy

I worked out recently, my average visit (with two children in tow) to the local soft play costs me on average £40 per visit.  Add this to the odd £10 activity here and there and before you know it, you’ve spent enough to bankroll a mini break! However, it is possible to keep the kids […]

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Recommended: Paraben-free skincare

Recommended: Paraben free skincare

Paraben-free – the proud badge beauty products have increasingly been spotted wearing.  Here are some of my favourite paraben-free products…

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Setting the Tone – why you need to use a toner

Setting the tone - Why you need to use toner

Cleanse, tone, moisturise.  The holy trinity of the skincare routine.  Whilst the benefits of the first and last steps pretty much explain themselves – many are often left questioning, what the heck is toning and why do I need to use a toner? Toners are ‘enriched’ liquids that take mere seconds to use after cleansing […]

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Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?

Being mindful - Is mindfulness for you?

Whenever somebody mentioned mindfulness meditation to me previously, I always imagined people sitting around barefoot and cross-legged sporting tie-dye clothing in a room full of dream catchers chanting ‘om’ and banging mini symbols together with the smell of burning sandalwood incense sticks penetrating the air.  Whilst perfectly acceptable – having never been in touch with […]

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Recommended: Facial Cleansers (For all skin types)

Recommended: Facial Cleansers (For all skin types)

It’s really important to love your cleanser – especially as we often have to use one at the time of day when we have the least want or energy to!  So I’ve selected my recommended facial cleansers based on a range of application and removal methods – a key criteria in selecting the best cleanser for you.  

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Stopping Self-Sabotage – a journey to break the habit.

Stopping Self-Sabotage: a journey to break the habit

The plan had been to sit and write this article at 10am today.  It’s now 11.02am.  On my way to my office, I stopped to water the garden plants, do the washing up, put the washing away – all jobs that can wait.  None of them as important as my actual work, but all tools […]

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Days Out: Tower of London 

Days Out: Tower of London

On the North bank of the River Thames, in the heart of Central London sits the nearly 1000-year-old Tower of London.  Steeped in the type of history that even the most reluctant non-historian will struggle not to find – at the very least – intriguing; this is a day out guaranteed to be a multi-generational […]

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Identity Crisis: The importance of being you

Secret Identity: Being you

I recently watched the film ‘The Danish Girl’.  (Yes I know where have I been?)  For those who don’t know, it’s about the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe.  It took nearly an entire lifetime for her to be true to who she really was.  Despite living in an era where you were liable to be certified […]

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Job Vacancy – Parent – would you apply?

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 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood 

5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood

Our moods often dictate the tone of our day.  They govern the types of interaction we have with other people and form our perception of everything.  Whilst acknowledging that we can’t feel happy all of the time – if you do find yourself in a bad mood – it’s important to dust off the cloud […]

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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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