Eight years ago today, I published the first post on this blog. Granted, a lot has changed since then – it was hosted on Blogger with a blogspot.com back then before I bought my vanity URL and then eventually got it moved over to WordPress. It went from being something I started as a little hobby to being my saviour from boredom during the latter stages of pregnancy to the reason I am now doing my dream job of writing.

It’s hard to believe that this blog is now eight, that it is older than my oldest child and is closer to ten than it is to five! So much has changed over the years, I can hardly believe it!

To celebrate, I am planning on running a few different giveaways over the next few weeks. The giveaway today is for some fab items from the team at MAGIC Bodyfashion. They sell a range of lingerie accessories, shapewear, bras and even a little active wear. So what can you win? (Just a note that some of these items are certain sizes so please be aware when entering – or you could always pass them onto a family member or friend if they aren’t your size). You can win some Magic Shoulders Sporty in the colour Latte which come in one size fits all – they stay in place perfectly due to the hidden opening on the inside that you can easily move your bra strap into. There are also some S/M silicone nippless covers up for grabs, in the colour Latte. So many of us have those outfits that we want to wear that just don’t look right without a bra – these are the perfect accessory to ensure you feel comfortable going out without a bra.

Next up we have some Famous Footies which are one size fits all and in the colour black lace. These invisible socks are perfect for flat shoes, loafers and high heels. The anti slip silicone on the soles prevents you from sliding in your shoes. Finally, we have a lUve bra in the colour Chocolate and size B which is 32C/34B/36A/38A in UK sizes. It is strapless, backless and perfect for those nights out where you want your bra to be invisible underneath your clothes. It has an amazingly low U-plunge in the front and looks great.

If you’d like to win, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 2nd of February 2019. UK only! Good luck!


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Once Upon A Time In Birmingham : Women Who Dared To Dream | Review

Last year I didn’t really read much and that is something I really want to change this year. I’ve just finished my first book of the year – Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream by Louise Palfreyman {affiliate link} and I wanted to share some thoughts about it.

This book is an introduction to thirty awe-inspiring women, past and present, who’ve made Birmingham what it is today. Some names may be instantly recognisable such as Denise Lewis, Elizabeth Cadbury and Malala Yousafzai and others may be new names to you like they were to me.

It is truly an empowering collection of women who’ve helped to shape the city into what it is and who’ve pioneered in fields such as technology, athletics and activism.

What I love about this book is that the stories about them are so quick and concise but leave no details out. You find out exactly how these women have changed the world without the author rambling on. She keeps it snappy and interesting.

I also love that there are a number of different illustrators who have worked on the book. The beautiful illustrations add to the charm of the book and really help you feel like you are getting to know the women that are being spoken about.

Something else I absolutely love about this book is the space given to write your own stories. The book is extremely inspirational and I think this is a great addition so that you can jot down your thoughts. I also really like that the selection team were included with their thoughts about the book.

Whether you are from Birmingham or not, this is a fascinating piece of non fiction which talks about some amazing women and what they have done, not only for the city but also the world. I’d definitely recommend you read it if you get the chance!

Exploring Your Laser Hair Removal Candidacy

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You have probably heard the buzz about laser hair removal. It has been a popular method for removing unwanted hair for many years. However, hearing about it and determining if you are a good candidate for it are two very different things. To decide if it is right for you, you must understand the intricacies of the procedure.

How Laser Hair Removal Devices Target Hairs
Most laser hair removal devices target hairs because they are designed to hone in on the dark pigment in dark hair follicles. For that reason, a typical laser hair removal is best performed if you have light skin. That way your darker hairs will stand out. There are laser devices that can treat darker skin with some degree of success. However, they do have limitations. Therefore, you must talk to your skincare clinician to see if you are a good candidate.

One issue with laser treatments for dark skin is the lasers target the melanin in each hair, as well as the skin. Melanin is a substance that gives hair and skin coloration. If you have dark skin and the laser manipulates too much melanin, you can develop patches of lighter skin in the treatment area. That is why you must have a specialized treatment designed for dark skin and conducted by a trained clinician.

Laser Hair Removal and Skin Type
Your skin type can also affect your laser hair removal candidacy. That is because hair-removal equipment produces both light and heat. If your skin is too oily, the heat can react with your skin oils, causing you to develop burns or blisters. The thickness of your skin may also impact your chances of laser hair removal success, so you must discuss your options with your clinician before scheduling an appointment.

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How Soon You Should Expect Laser Hair Removal Results
Another factor influencing your laser hair removal candidacy is how soon you want to see results. An individual laser hair removal appointment is quite short, generally lasting less than an hour. Some hairs may fall out 10 to 14 days after treatment. However, it can take many sessions spread over several weeks before all the hairs actually fall out. If you are looking for immediate hair removal results, a standard method like waxing or shaving is a better option.

How Long You Want the Hair to Stay Gone
If your biggest concern is how long the hair will stay gone once it falls out, laser hair removal might be right for you. In some cases, it can take months for hairs to regrow after treatment. However, results are different for everyone. Nevertheless, since regrowth occurs within a couple days after shaving, laser hair removal is an improvement, if you are trying to spend the least amount of time possible focusing on hair removal treatments over all.

Consider the Cost of Laser Hair Removal
A final issue that may affect your laser hair removal candidacy is cost. A single session can cost up to $2,000 and, in rare instances, more. However, the exact cost depends on the part of your body you want treated and the specific clinic you select. Since prices vary widely, do not assume you can’t afford the treatment before checking with local clinics. You may find a treatment within your budget, especially if you do not live in a major city where such treatments are widely popular. But do not sacrifice quality for cost. Always check the reputation of the clinic before having a treatment performed.

The Top 7 Tag

I was recently tagged in this by my lovely friend Amy from Amy Georgia, someone who I met through blogging but is now an IRL friend too! The tag asks us to share our 7 favourite blog posts from last year, 7 things we loved in 2018 and 7 things I am looking forward to doing in 2019. I tag anyone who wants to complete this to give it a go! Here goes…

7 favourite blog posts from 2018

Visiting Paradise Wildlife Park Over The Half Term – Paradise Wildlife Park is one our favourite places to go as a family but we hadn’t been since the dinosaur section had been added. It was such a lovely day out as a whole family!

Seven – I can hardly believe my boy is seven now. Here’s a little post I wrote for him for his birthday.

Happy Birthday, Olivia – I wrote this post to celebrate Olivia’s first birthday – such a milestone!

A Day Out At Diggerland, Kent – I’ve got a few of our days out on this list, I love spending time together as a family.

Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm – This was my first time visiting Mead Open Farm and it was such a lovely experience, especially with the Halloween activities. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Christmas Crafting With Baker Ross – I loved doing these crafting activities with the kids.

Why You Should Go and Get Your Smear Test – This was a post I really felt the need to write – smear tests are so important and we shouldn’t put them off.

7 things I loved in 2018

1 Celebrating Olivia’s first birthday – it was so much fun!

2 Likewise, Jack’s seventh birthday was a lot of fun – we headed to the cinema with some of his friends.

3 I adored all of our days out together, we did so many different things and had so much fun!

4 I got to see Jack’s learning grow – he is telling me new things every single day.

5 I got to attend a fantastic restaurant launch in Harpenden, the food was delicious.

6 I got to spend some fun times with friends

7 Seeing Olivia grow so much in just a short space of time

7 things to look forward to this year

1 Hopefully paying off most – if not, all – of our debt.

2. Lots more fantastic days out as a family.

3. We are hoping to go on holiday somewhere nice this year.

4. Hopefully building upon my business and growing.

5. More days/nights out with friends

6. Do amazing things in the summer holidays

7. Try something new

So here are my answers for the top 7 tag, what would yours be?

3 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Invest In A Family Photoshoot

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Everyone knows that part of childhood is begrudgingly standing still for family photos when you’d much rather be off causing mischief.

Refusing to smile, pulling ugly faces, pinching your sibling when no one’s looking… it’s all part of it and makes for some hilarious pictures to look back on.

These days, it almost feels like the magic of family photos is being lost. We’re living in the technological age. So instead, we find it much easier to snap pictures of our children sneakily and ad-hoc rather than getting everyone together and creating a lasting memory.

When we do remember to take family pictures, it is even more rare for every member to be included. Mums or dads are usually stuck behind the camera, shouting ‘say cheese!’ but being greeted with a range of moody expressions.

These are just some of the reasons why investing some time to attend a family photoshoot is a wonderful idea. All you have to do is choose a good outfit, drag your kids along (good luck) and follow instructions. But what you will leave with is professional and high-quality photographs of all the family which are sure to last a lifetime.

Your kids will most definitely thank you later!

Let’s have a look at the three big reasons why booking in for a family photoshoot is worth your time and money.

1. Recording memories and growth… 



The first big reason why going for a family photoshoot is a great idea is for the lasting memories that they create.

Photos might just capture a certain moment in time, but when your family look back on them, all the memories from that time will come flooding back. Having family photo shoots at different stages in your children’s lives is an amazing way to capture their growth on camera – it’s shocking and pretty sad how much information our brain lets go.

As well as being a beautiful thing for parents to look back on, your children will be grateful to have photos to remind them of their cute, interesting and some downright hilarious phases.

Capturing memories in a professional setting will also benefit not just your family but future generations to come. Although smartphones these days are capable of producing relatively high-quality pictures, we are all guilty of having far too many photos stored on our phones. This ends up meaning lovely family snaps end up getting lost in the abyss.

Going to a photography studio and spending money on a family photoshoot means the pictures that come out of it will be printed, framed, sent around to various family members and more. They definitely wouldn’t be forgotten about.

2. Have fun together…



A family photoshoot doesn’t have to be the bog-standard boring type either, with everyone standing in a group with cheesy grins. They offer a bonding opportunity for your family of all ages to get together and have some fun.

In today’s society, we are all about capturing ‘candid’ moments, but why not let someone else worry about this part for you?

Nousha are a professional family and child photography company based in London. They take a fun and unique approach to the typical family photoshoot by encouraging all families to just let loose and be completely themselves in the studio. Having this relaxed and fun nature means that all the pictures produced are real and represent your family’s individual character.

3. High-quality pics… 



The third and final big reason why you should get cracking and book in for a family photoshoot is just simply the quality. It is highly unlikely that you have fancy camera equipment just lying about the house and it is definitely not worth going out and buying any. At professional photography studios, top of the range equipment is all there, set up and ready to go.

The extremely high quality of the pictures and the range of forms that you can have them printed in, makes a family photoshoot well worth the investment. You can order your prints blown up onto canvases to decorate your home or even just use a few as greeting cards. Whatever your preference and budget, the option is there with a professional family photoshoot.

(All images included taken by Nousha themselves)