What I Wore: Swishy pleats and shiny sneaks

It’s Wednesday..

..so it’s what I wore

(Although technically, this is what I wore on Monday for a Patisserie Valerie date with my favourite bearded man.)

What I Wore Wednesday: Swishy pleats and shiny sneaks - Mostly Yummy Mummy Blog

Denim jacket – c/o Zalando, white linen tee – M&S, grey pleated skirt – La Redoute, silver Bussey sneakers – c/o Air & Grace, brooch – vintage, watch – Michael Kors

I love the whole skirts with sneakers look but I have to admit that this is the first time that I have been brave enough to try it for myself. And I think I like it. I totally fell for the midi this summer and I’m keen to see how I can carry the look into autumn and I think this skirt is a great way to try.

I’m probably too dumpy to get away with a skirt like this but I don’t actually care! It’s pleated and swishy and twirly and girly and I love it! The weather here is still remarkably good for September but I’m starting to feel a bit of a nip in the air and the addition of a denim jacket is always an easy way to eke out your summer wardrobe I find. I have been loving this amazing weather I must admit. Every day of sunshine feels like such a bonus that I’m really not in any hurry for the autumnal weather to arrive. I usually can’t wait for autumn with its promise of cashmere and boots and chunky knits but this year feels different somehow. I want to cling on to summer for as long as I can.

I think it’s fair to say though that the real star of the show here today is the Bussey sneakers from Air & Grace. Just look at them in all their shiny silver gorgeousness! Man I love these sneaks I think they are the coolest thing I have ever had on my feet! Months later they still have that new trainer feeling too thanks to the clever bouncy stuff in the soles, it really is like walking on clouds.

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? Are you still keen to cling on to summer too?

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Say bye to #MorningFace with Avon

When Avon got in touch about their new #MorningFace campaign I must admit that it couldn’t have come at a better time. The September blues had hit me hard and every morning was feeling like an almighty struggle, you know?

Avon have tapped into the fact that I’m not the only one who doesn’t much like what they see in the mirror in the morning and have come up with a new collection of easy to apply essential products that do exactly what they promise. Mornings with a house full of children are hectic, I think that goes without saying. I know I certainly don’t have a huge amount of time to apply my make-up before we have to run out of the door but I always feel so much better when I do. So when Avon said that with their help I could be ready to face the day in 5 minutes, I couldn’t resist taking them up on the #MorningFace challenge!

Taking the #MorningFace challenge with Avon over on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

All products shown here are available at avon.uk.com or from your local independent Avon representative. 

So first of all let me run through the products that I was sent. This new ‘True’ brand from Avon is a collection of easy to apply products. Obviously the secret is in getting your morning make up routine down to a tee but to do that, you need all the right products to hand. So in the kit I was sent we have the True Colour Flawless Cream-to-Powder Foundation (£12), True Colour Perfect Reds Lipstick (£7.50), True Colour Glimmerstick Eyeliner (£6), True Colour Wide Awake Mascara (£8.50), True Colour Illuminating Pearls (£10), True Colour Eyeshadow Quad (£9) and the all important timer! The thought of slapping on a whole face of make-up in 5 minutes suddenly didn’t seem so daunting with everything laid out for me like that.

So I can’t really put this off any longer, can I? Here’s the scary before photo..!

Taking the #MorningFace challenge with Avon over on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Ready, steady, go..!

The foundation was really lovely to apply. It is a cream to powder finish and I found it really really quick and easy to blend in. I must admit that I sometimes skip blusher if I’m in a rush on a morning as I normally make a mess of it and then don’t have time to fix it but the illuminating pearls added that perfect bit of shimmer to my cheeks I love it. The eyeshadow quad I was sent was in ‘Stone Taupes’ and they couldn’t have picked a more perfect colour pallette for me. I normally stick with dark browns when choosing mascara and eyeliner so the black ones I was sent were a little out of my comfort zone but actually I quite like how it turned out. And last but by no means least was the lipstick. I was sent ‘Scarlet Siren’ which was picked for me from the new Perfectly Reds collection which allows women to find the perfect shade of red to match their skin tone and hair colour and I love it. I would never have picked this for myself in a million years I am always a bit scared of red lipstick but this one is a keeper!

So did I pass the #MorningFace 5 minute challenge? Almost. 5 minutes and 17 seconds later, I looked something like this..

Taking the #MorningFace challenge with Avon over on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

I have never used Avon products before and have to say that I was really impressed with the range of essentials that I was sent. The eyeliner wasn’t as smudgy as the type that I would normally pick for myself, being more of a stick than a pencil if that makes sense, but it’s nothing that I couldn’t soon get to grips with. The rest of the products were a dream to apply and the thought of being able to say bye to my morning face in 5 minutes (give or take 17 seconds) is always going to be a winner for me!

Are you going to join me in taking the #MorningFace challenge?

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post, I was very kindly sent this range of products from Avon so that I could take part in the #MorningFace challenge but all words and opinions are my own 

Birchbox Heroes up for review

September is the time to step it up, tick off your to-do list and get organised after a fun summer – it is back to school season after all! So, for a little motivation through darker evenings, Birchbox are celebrating heroic women who inspire us all with the launch of their inspiration gallery. You can find out more here about how to nominate your hero and how you can both win amazing prizes. In the meantime, this month’s box is packed with heroic beauty must-haves – from iconic brands to problem solving cult favourites, you won’t know what you did before discovering them!

Birchbox Heroes up for review by top blogger Mostly Yummy Mummy

Birchbox Heroes up for review by top blogger Mostly Yummy Mummy

Now first of all as you can see this month’s Birchbox is actually has a nifty little pull out drawer design. Perfect for storing beauty products on your dressing table or anything else of course! I love that the boxes themselves are always so pretty I reuse them for all sorts of storage.

Birchbox Heroes up for review by top blogger Mostly Yummy Mummy

Inside the box we have five amazing products this week. First of all is the Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray. This lightweight spritz is a styling superstar – volumising, smoothing and texturing all in one. Sea buckthorn berry oil contains nourishing antioxidants to strengthen and repair damage too. Next is the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil which I was so excited to try as I am a huge fan of the iconic Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. My daily shower just got a whole lot more luxurious thanks to this skin-softening oil and it smells gorgeous.

Next we have the Starskin Eye Catcher that brightens the delicate skin around your eyes. This bio-cellulose mask is infused with vitamin-rich coconut juice and brightening licorice root extract to instantly brighten, smooth and de-puff. Then we have the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Blemish-Less. The appearance of midday shine can totally disrupt your look but this water based gel holds your base in place for longer, controlling breakthrough shine and helps hide pores and blemishes too. And last but by no means least we have the ModelCo Highlighting Trio which is a full size product. Blend this trio using your fingertips on to cheekbones, brow bones and eyelids for an instant glow.

As always, a subscription to Birchbox costs just £10 (plus £2.95 p&P) and you will receive five personalised beauty treats each month. If you sign up today, there is a full-sized make-up product in every September box.

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was kindly sent this month’s Birchbox free of charge but I would only ever recommend a product or service that I hand on heart truly love and I really do hand on heart truly love Birchbox 

Monster High Draculaura up for review

Monster High is unlike any high school out there. Where else can you attend classes like Mad Science, Home Ick and Dragonomics? But the classes aren’t what make Monster High special, it’s the fangtastic students! Monster High students come from all walks of life. From ghosts and werewolves to vampires and sea monsters (and more!) everyone is welcome at Monster High. Meet Draculaura!

Monster High Draculaura doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Draculaura is the daughter of Dracula and she loves gossip, freaky fab fashion and fanging out with her friends. She is also a strict vegetarian who faints at the sight of blood! My daughter loves the little factsheets that comes with these dolls. They never fail to make her smile!

Monster High Draculaura doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Monster High Draculaura doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Draculaura can transform from a teen ghoul to a vampire bat in an instant – and over and over again! Simply pull down the lever on Draculaura to see her shimmery pink overskirt unfold into body-sized wings. Then push down the lever to return to a regular ghoul. It’s such a crazy outfit my daughter absolutely loved it!

Monster High Draculaura doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Draculaura is available now for £22.99 RRP which is great value for such a fun transformation doll. It is certainly a lovely addition to my daughter’s ever increasing collection of Monster High dolls she adores it! And as crazy as these dolls are, the thing that we really love about Monster High is the story behind the ghoulish characters. Monster High is a place where students embrace and celebrate what makes them different. It’s all about accepting their friends and their unique qualities because that’s what real friendship is all about, which is such a great message to pass on to our kids.

You can find out more at monsterhigh.com where you kind find out more about all the characters including Draculaura, play games and catch up on webisodes. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review we were very kindly provided with this Monster High doll from our friends over at Mattel 

 

Make the great taste of summer last with teapigs

I don’t know about you but I am loving this whole summer in September thing. Every day of sunshine just feels like such a bonus, doesn’t it? I’m in no hurry for autumn to arrive in fact, I’m happy to hold on to that summer feeling for as long as possible. The mini heatwave we have been having this week has brought melting temperatures even here in deepest darkest Yorkshire and the lovely people over at teapigs sent me a little treat so that I could make the great taste of summer last.

Teapigs tea temples contain the very best quality real ingredients (whole leaf teas, whole herbs and whole pieces of fruit and spices) they are essentially little bags of intense flavour which you can use to make all sorts of things – including teapops!

I couldn’t wait to give this a try with my favourite tea temples but the method is so simple that once you’ve cracked it, there really is no limit to what you can create. Here is how you make darjeeling earl grey milky teapops.

teapigs milky teapops recipe from Mostly Yummy Mummy blog

You need:

  • 4 teapigs tea temples (depending on how strong you like your flavour!)
  • 100ml boiling water to brew
  • 350ml milk
  • 4 tsp runny honey (more/less to taste!)
  • some optional extras to make them even more brilliant would be fresh fruit, agave syrup,coconut milk, cinnamon or vanilla (I used a drop of vanilla in these ones!)

Method:

  • Brew your tea temples for at least 4 minutes – the longer you leave them the move flavour you will get. I used a teapot for ease.
  • Sweeten with honey to taste. You might want to add more or less of course.
  • Remove the tea temples then leave to fully cool before topping up with the milk.
  • Prepare and add any extras that you want to include.
  • Pour the cooled tea into your ice lolly moulds and pop in the freezer overnight to set.
  • Take out of the freezer and ENJOY!

teapigs milky teapops recipe from Mostly Yummy Mummy blog

The same method can be used to make any kind of teapops of course it’s so simple. These milky teapops would also be great with matcha or chai. Or you could even substitute the milk in the recipe for more water and make fruity pops instead with rhubarb and ginger or super fruit tea temples. So yummy!

You can find teapigs tea temples in Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and key retailers across the UK. The teapigs range has 28 different flavours from traditional black teas like everyday brew and earl grey to punchy herbal teas like peppermint leaves and chamomile flowers. Have you tried them out yet?

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this recipe post I was very kindly sent a hamper of teapigs goodies

Barbie Star Light Adventure up for review

We are Barbie mad (as you might have already gathered!) so the release of a new Barbie movie is always exciting for my girls! Having already seen the adverts on tv for the new Barbie Star Light Adventure DVD my girls were over the moon (pun intended) when we were sent this amazing new doll to review.

Barbie Star Light Adventure flying doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Barbie Star Light Adenture comes with this space age looking doll and her little sidekick pet who really flies. Yes, I did say she really flies! Barbie has a wand that attaches to her hand, you press a button on the her leg and up, up and away goes the flying cat! It has propellers attached to the pet’s space suit that spin and it flies up and around in the air. I must admit that I wondered if it really would fly as well as it does on the tv advert (I mean, we are talking about a flying cat here!) but it really really does! We couldn’t believe just how brilliant it was! (It was also quite tricky to capture a photo of it so I hope you get the idea!)

Barbie Star Light Adventure flying doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy Barbie Star Light Adventure flying doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy 082

Barbie has glittery silver streaks in her hair and is wearing a super cool space outfit with silver boots. The wand can be clipped on and off her hand which is great because you can play with her as a proper doll too. The little pet cannot be removed from its space suit though but I have to say that this hasn’t spoilt how my daughter has played with it. The fact that it can fly makes it an awesome toy and it spends most of its time in the air! Priced at £22.99 RRP I think it is great value given what tricks it does. We have never had a Barbie quite like this before! (I must add though that the doll does need batteries that are not included.)

Barbie Star Light Adventure flying doll up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

In her brand new DVD adventure, Barbie Star Light Adventure, Barbie is a cosmic princess who flies high on her hoverboard through a far-off universe with her adorable and devoted pet sidekick Pupcorn. One day, everything changes when the twinkling stars start to dim and slow their dance in the sky. Barbie travels to a beautiful new planet to join a special rescue team on a mission to save the stars. Once there, she teams up with a group of talented new friends who work together to save the galaxy through exciting hoverboarding adventures. Barbie soon discovers that if she listens to her heart, and with the help of her friends, she might be the leader the whole universe has been waiting for!

Barbie Star Light Adventure in available on DVD and digital download from 5th September and you can visit barbie.com now for your own cosmic adventure or to download the Barbie Life app. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review we were kindly provided with this new Barbie Star Light Adventure doll from our friends over at Mattel 

Finding my feet

The back to school thing always hits me really hard, I can’t pretend otherwise. You’d think that after all these years and all these children that I would be used to it by now but I don’t think it is a feeling that I will ever get used to.

I love our summers together and I will always feel so lucky to have this time off with them. This summer was a little different for us this year with my eldest now being out there in the big wide world since starting his apprenticeship earlier than first expected, but we soon found our new rhythm. When my other three broke up from school in July, it felt so great to have the whole summer ahead of us. Six weeks feels like forever, doesn’t it? In a good way I mean. But before I knew it, it was time to go back to school and for whatever reason, it just felt like a really short summer this year, despite all of the wonderful days and amazing holiday that we managed to fit in. It just didn’t feel long enough.

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As September rolled in and my social media channels began to fill up with those proud photos of smiling kids in their brand new and ever so slightly too big new uniforms, I could have cried knowing that it would soon be us. I wanted to hurl myself on the floor and throw the mother of all I don’t want them to go back to school tantrums. But somehow I don’t think that would have made a difference. Thanks to a couple of very fortunately placed teacher training days, we didn’t go back to school until last Wednesday so we made the most of every minute of those bonus days. The kids were actually fine about going back it was just me that didn’t want them to. But of course that’s a good thing. I think if they had been reluctant to go back, it would have killed me sending them! It was hard enough as it was!

Actually the first day that they went back wasn’t the hardest. It was the second that was the killer because it was then that it hit me that this is it. Back to school. Back to the old stifling routines. The stressful school runs. The uniform to iron. The homework to fight over. The endless forms to fill in. The money to send in. Back to school with an almighty bump. So I allowed myself those couple of days to feel sorry for myself. Then it was Friday and I could look forward to the weekend. And it was a particularly lovely weekend it has to be said. I think we all needed it. It helped that the weather was so gorgeous it felt we could cling on to that summer feeling for a tiny bit longer, if only for the weekend.

So it’s today that I feel like I need to brush myself down and find my feet again. Fall back into our old routines while gladly counting down to the next school holiday. Survey the flea pit that was formerly my house and give it the cleaning of its life. Find the bottom of the laundry pile. Catch up on writing stuff that got forgotten over the summer. Clear my emails before my inbox actually explodes. And remember that as much as I miss having a house full of children, I really am very good at filling these pockets of time in between school runs.

I’m ready for you now, September.

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