That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures
1. JACK AND EMILY FROM EMMA’S CHANNEL// 2. LIP OF THE DAY – MUA LIP BOOM IN ‘CHEEKY’// 3. YUMMY CHINESE TAKEAWAY
4. PASSPORT FINALLY ARRIVED! ROME, HERE WE COME!// 5. MUMMY & BABY POSING// 6. FUNKY NEW SPEAKERS (REVIEW COMING SOON)
7. FAMILIAR FACE IN MOTHER&BABY MAGAZINE! IT’S EMMA-LOUISE!// 8. SOME OF THE LOVELY GOODIES EMILY GAVE ME// 9. EVEN MORE – I’M BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH LOVELY FRIENDS

This week again hasn’t been the easiest. My Dad is still in hospital; we still don’t know when he’s coming out; my Mum’s cousin is just about hanging on, my brother & sisters Mum is in another hospital – it’s all go at the moment! 

I’ve been to visit my Dad a couple of times but I’ve been trying to keep myself busy when I’m not seeing him so that I don’t worry about him. I’ve met up with fellow blogger & my work colleague Emily from Emma’s Channel, spent a lot of time on the computer and planned ahead for Rome. We have a list of places we want to visit and things we want to buy, but do you have any suggestions for any landmarks or beauty brands we should visit/try?

On the blog this week, you, of course, saw the regular features; Like, Love, Loathe, A Picture… and Friday Letters. I introduced you to my August Advertisers, gave you a brilliant guest post from Elysa, told you who my blog of the month for July was going to and also finished off my Purity Organic Skincare reviews.

This coming week, I have the next instalment of my bucket list, the weekly features, a book challenge update, a long overdue book review and an update on my Project 10 Pan challenge. 

What have you got planned for the week ahead?

Purity Organic Skincare – Part Deux

Purity Organic Skincare – Part Deux
I recently posted a review on some of the lovely goodies Purity Organic Skincare sent me to try out (find the post here). I was incredibly impressed by the items I reviewed last time and thought that today I would bring you the rest of the products I received. I am constantly impressed by the brands blogger outreach – they work incredibly hard at maintaining a relationship with bloggers which I think is fantastic!
 FACIAL EXFOLIATOR* – £5.99
It may sound strange but I am not too familiar with exfoliators. I have used them on the odd occasion but having been slack with my skincare up until this year, I never really saw the point in them. Fragrance free, the exfoliator carries the tagline synonymous with Purity, ending in ‘less is more’ and also lists the ingredients in an easy to read type on the back. Containing coconut oil, sweet almond oil and aloe vera, I knew I would be in for a treat.

Claiming to give a deep clean, I applied this as the instructions suggest and what can I say? I could really feel it work its magic and it left my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bum after use. I’m considering adding this to my regular buys once I run out.
I have a vast array of cleansing products, ranging from lotions to creams to gels, so I was interested to  see just what this cleansing lotion makeup remover could bring to the table. When using this, I applied a generous amount to my face and gently washed off with a cloth. Slightly creamy in consistency, it did feel like it was doing something and when removed, had taken off my makeup to a reasonable extent. It  is a great product but I’m afraid it just isn’t going to knock other cleansers off the top of my list just yet – it was lacking that little something for me.

FACIAL WASH* – £4.99
Described as a combination of Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerine and a gentle Coconut & sugar based foam, this product is a winner for me! I have been using this night and day since I received it. You need only a small amount to let the wash do its thing; a pea-sized amount is plenty. I did experience a little tightness around the face for the first few days which I took as my skin getting used to a new set of skincare products, however this feeling soon vanished and I was left feeling super clean every single use.

Purity Organic Skincare products are available to buy online here and a number of Superdrug stores, a list of which can be downloaded from the Purity website.

What are your thoughts on organic beauty products?

Friday Letters

Friday Letters

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Dear Dad,
So you are still in hospital…Mum’s lost without you & it is definitely weird not being able to ring your house phone and hearing you on the other end of the line. I’m going to try and visit you today, providing they don’t transfer you to the other hospital without telling me!
Dear Emily,
It was great spending time with you yesterday, we should do it more often.
Dear Teresa,
It was great to see you this week & Jack adores you! I’m sure you’ll be disappointed to know that he hasn’t started saying Auntie Teresa yet but he did start saying Nanananan today…
Dear Mum,
I know it is a little strange without Dad at home but remember that I’m here, okay?
Dear Laura,
Have you disappeared off the face of the earth?
Dear people who are critical of my mum tum,
Bore off. You’re starting to get on my nerves now. I even had a little Twitter rant about you kind of people yesterday evening. 9 months on, 9 months off and all that…
Dear Jack,
You are changing before my eyes every single day! I can’t believe how much you’ve grown and that you’ll be attending your first baby birthday party this very weekend!
Dear Bailie,
Happy 1st birthday for this weekend, lovely!
Dear Michelle,
Sorry I didn’t get to see you on your birthday – promise I’ll make it up to you!
Dear lady who did my passport interview,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I now no longer need to worry about the holiday as I now hold my passport in my own hands… I was beginning to worry that you didn’t want me to leave the country or something!
Dear Steve & Jack,
Four weeks to go! Eeek, so excited! Rome won’t know what has hit it!
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Who are your Friday Letters to this week?

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures
No pictures this week, I’m afraid. It’s been a weird one…Steve’s Mum had to go in for an operation on her back this week, my Dad kept having dizzy spells and went to the doctor – it turns out he has diabetes and has had to be admitted to hospital as he’s got an infection and they need to calm it down before he can come out.
Needless to say, taking pictures hasn’t really been at the forefront of my mind.
I shall have plenty next week though, I may be making my very first vlog!
Hope you’ve all had a great weekend so far!

Friday Letters

Friday Letters

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Dear Jack,
You got your big boy car seat yesterday and boy, do you love it! So much so that you fell asleep in it just minutes after it has been fixed in to the car! You were so patient as Mummy & Daddy looked for the best one for you, so you deserved the new toys you got too. I can’t believe how big you’re getting too!
Dear Dad,
Why couldn’t you have listened three years ago? You’re lucky that it’s all being sorted now. Love you.
Dear Phil,
Thanks for being the best brother there ever could be. No matter what, you always check in to see if I’m okay and I really appreciate it. Thank you.
Dear Emily,
The vlog idea is a must! Who wants to see me & Em from Emma’s Channel? Let me know!
Dear Anon,
Thank you for giving me my first ever hater comment…I was wondering when it was going to happen but wonder no more shall I. Anywho, please show yourself out – I don’t care for Anon’s round here.
Dear Twitter,
Why must your app on my phone break so goddamn regularly? Don’t you know I’m addicted?
Dear British weather,
Are you actually going to give us Summer now??
Dear GB Olympic athletes,
You, simply put, are inspirations. Amazing people and to be able to share the atmosphere at the Olympic Park last week was just incredible.

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Who are your Friday Letters to this week?