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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Recommended: Dior Capture Totale Cream (Night)

Dior Capture Totale Night Cream

This Night Cream is what sweet-dreams are made of! A rich, intensive cream that sinks deliciously into my skin.  Leaving me in the satisfied knowledge that those little Dior microparticles (or Longoza extract – as Dior calls it) are working hard, waving their little anti-ageing magic wands for me. Smooth, un-stressed and well-rested skin is […]

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The end of Cleansers?

Afterspa Magic Makeup Remover

For years, I have religiously removed my makeup every night.  Granted, sometimes (especially after I’ve fallen asleep on the sofa) the idea is as appealing as sticking pins in my eyes.  However, I am very aware that skipping it results in clogged pores, breakouts, mucky pillows and eventually can lead to prematurely aged skin.   […]

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Recommended: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

As highly tempting as it is to try the new Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation (who am I kidding? I will try it) it would need to be pretty special to claim the space in my makeup bag, currently filled by Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light. If you are looking for a foundation that is exceptionally […]

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Recommended: Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Balm

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

I am so grateful to have this product in my life! I own two (yes it’s that good!)  I was searching for a product that: Was in a colour that was day appropriate and would suit my skin tone Would not require a mirror to reapply Would hydrate my lips like a lip balm I […]

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

I have lived a lot of my life ‘under the duvet’ – my little head poking out witnessing enough to be able to interact and function, but ultimately hidden away in a cosy, warm, safe environment avoiding change and sticking to what I know.  Sound familiar to you? When I did venture out, it might […]

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