Being you: The importance of being true to yourself

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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Becoming a parent for the first time: Parent Job Description

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 anytime & anywhere

5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood

Before we look at how to boost your mood, let’s quickly explore why it’s so important to boost your mood in the first place… 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 […]

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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 Superstar Products

Recommended self tanning superstars

Here are my favourite self-tanning products for achieving a beautifully natural looking self-tan… [This article contains affiliate links.  To find out more here] 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 […]

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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 in Dubai with kids.

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 in Dubai with your kids?  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! Here are […]

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From lost to found: How to find what you’re looking for

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 be […]

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Breaking the age barrier: Why you shouldn’t let your age hold you back

Breaking the age barrier

Do you feel your age is a 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 […]

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The beauty of a beauty box and how to know which beauty box is 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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Motivational Moments: releasing anger, re-balancing & re-framing

Motivational Moments: Releasing anger, re-balancing & re-framing. Image of white shabby chic photo frame displaying the post title. The frame is surrounded by lots of pink flowers

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.  Maybe even the need to let out […]

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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 before I reveal my recommended under eye concealers, let’s go back a step… If you find yourself […]

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Happy Days Out: Cadbury World review

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. Chocolate bars at the ready? Here’s my Cadbury World review… When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews.  Boasting visitor numbers of […]

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5 Easy ways to add volume to fine hair

5 Quick tips for adding volume to fine hair

When your hair is fine, the ultimate goal is to create the illusion of thicker, fuller locks! Here are some really easy ways to add volume to fine hair: [*5 Easy ways to add volume to fine hair contains affiliate links.  To find out more click here] 1. Get the style right Your first stop on […]

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Recommended:  Best Shampoos and Conditioners for fine hair

Recommended shampoos & conditioners for fine hair

As I mention within my article – 5 Easy ways to add volume to fine hair – a crucial step in gaining volume is starting with a good shampoo and conditioner.  I’ve tried a lot of volumising shampoos and conditioners over the years and these are my recommended best shampoos and conditioner for fine hair. […]

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Motivational Moments: Wo-man up

Motivational Momets: Wo-man up. Image of a white shabby chic photo frame displaying the post title. The frame is surrounded by pink flowers

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, am afforded the same rights as men.  Immediately after feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards them, came a […]

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How to Overcome feeling overwhelmed (in 4 simple steps)

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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