2) Post 12 fun facts about yourself in the blog post
3) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you in their post
and then create 12 new questions for the bloggers you plan to tag
4) Tag people
5) Let them know you tagged them
12 Facts About me
 I have never ever been abroad. In fact, I have never left England. Thankfully, that will have changed by September…Rome here I come!
 Like Emma, I used to want 4 kids,but after having one, I’m not sure if 4 is the right number anymore.
 I love being organised but I am also incredibly lazy at times i.e when I’m feeling ill or haven’t had enough sleep. I could have organised the whole house the day before, but two days later, it will be in worse disarray than before.
 I always said I’d never get Twitter. Now I don’t seem to stop tweeting (@OhNoItsBex if you’re interested).
 I like entering competitions. There’s no shame in that, although some people think that people who enter loads are weird. Whilst on maternity leave, entering competitions kept me sane – and also won me some great stuff!
 I am probably the worst person for taking off my makeup at night. I know I should, but that pillow seems so much more tempting.
 I thought I had a large family. Then I met Steve’s. When Jack gets christened, it’s going to be horrible – it’s only a small church and our families will pack it out, so we’re having to establish a routine. Invites will go out, if people can’t make it, then the next person on the list will get invited. Harsh, but it has to be done…we won’t be able to fit in both families AND friends, so some people just can’t come…eek!
 I never appreciated sleep as much as I do now. When I was younger, I thought nothing of staying round a friends house, going to bed at 6.30am then getting back up about five minutes later realising I needed to get ready for work, then working my whole shift with no sleep. I left my friend drinking vodka and cokes in the kitchen that morning, he hadn’t been to sleep yet either!
 Having a baby means you find out who your true friends are. It’s sad but sometimes you just have to accept you’ve outgrown some people.
 I was a ‘greebo’ when I was younger, much as I hate labels, and I laugh when I think about the way I used to act, even some of the people I used to hang around with. I speak to possibly three of them now?
 The one drink I despise but will never turn down especially when drunk is tequila. Although I dislike it, a friend and I had a Friday night thing of having a couple of shots of tequila. I hate it now, but won’t refuse it if bought one…silly girl!
 I used to have more boy mates than girl mates, then more girls than boys, now it’s back to boys again. Most of the girls fell by the wayside when I was pregnant and haven’t spoken to me since :/
My Questions from Emma
1. What is your goal for this year?
Mainly to lose my baby weight.
2. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My Auntie for battling so bravely through cancer before she lost her life too early, my brother for battling cancer and making it through the other side with a new lust for life. They inspire me because they suffered so badly but never complained♥
3. What was your nickname when you were younger?
Smithy. I think the reasoning is quite obvious. Also, Rebecki, Blueberry Muffin…
4. What is your all time favourite film?
Oh no, I can never choose this. Toss up between Finding Neverland, Ten Things I Hate About You & Music and Lyrics.
5. Favourite way to relax?
Having a bubble bath or a Lush bath with a good book or my phone to catch up with the latest blog posts on Google Reader.
6. Best holiday you have ever gone on?
Well, since I’ve never been abroad, it would have to be Great Yarmouth. I’ve met some great people there over the years!
7. If you only had one day left on earth, what would you spend your
Saying goodbye to everyone I loved, go aboard the Orient Express…
8. Can’t live without beauty product?
Lip balm, without a doubt.
9. Favourite childhood toy?
I loved my Polly Pockets! Oh, Pokemon cards too!
10. Craziest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know, I never really did crazy stuff, even when I was younger. Possibly the no sleep before work thing, I suppose – I still didn’t sleep until 5am the next morning!
My questions for you
 If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
 What three items would you save in a fire?
 What is your biggest regret?
 If money were no object, what would be the first thing you would buy?
 Which Friends character are you most like?
 What do you like most about yourself?
 If you had a time machine, where would you go first?
 What is your favourite takeaway?
 What is your dream job?
 Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
 Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book?
 Name your most loved item (fashion, beauty, book, whatever…)
The idea for Shea Mooti came to Violet Reid after the birth of her son, Alex. He had dry skin, cradle cap and was prone to eczema. After rushing him to a local GP, Alex was prescribed some creams and shampoos containing some harsh chemicals. She tried branded ‘natural’ products but they only made the condition worse. Violet realised that the only way she could guarantee that the creams she used were free from harmful chemicals and all other nasties was to make them herself. Thus Shea Mooti was born.
As you may guess by the name, an important ingredient in all of Violet’s products is, of course, Shea Butter. The origin of the company name is ‘Shea’ because every product contains the purest form of Shea Butter, and ‘Mooti’ which is derived from ‘Muti’, which means tree in Zimbabwe, Violet’s native country.
Just like Rachel from Life of A Sweetaholic, I am a sucker for pretty packaging. This product certainly ticks all the right boxes – pretty and practical. The cream comes in a generously sized pump bottle, meaning you don’t have the risk of pouring out too much product – you can just pump the amount that you need.
The design is sleek, eyecatching but inoffensive. Muted blues and pinks form the background, with the brand name in distinctive black italics and the product name in a bold almost fuchsia colour. The ingredients are easy to find and Shea Mooti’s ethical trade is also described well on the bottle.
As like all other Shea Mooti products, the Mama’s Soothing Leg & Foot Cream is not tested on animals and suitable for vegetarians. Described as luxurious foot and leg conditioning cream with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Niaouli Oil, how did I find the product?
I pumped out a generous sized amount to begin with and applied liberally to my skin. My feet aren’t the nicest, if I’m being perfectly honest, years of retail and bar work have seen to that – plus being a mum means spending a lot of time on my feet too! My feet have definitely seen better days, so it was nice to be able to sit down and try this product on them.
The product is very creamy but not greasy at all, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturised. The cream is scented but I can’t quite put my finger on what the scent is. It smells a little like other aloe vera products I own, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that aloe vera was definitely the fragrance.
After applying, I settled down to watch a film with Steve and put on some slipper socks to let the cream do it’s magic. Just from applying the cream, my feet felt better and whilst it was soaking in, I definitely felt less tension in them – it was nice to be able to relax and let its soothing properties take hold.
Once the film had finished, I checked to see how my feet felt. Remembering that this product is designed to soften and rehydrate skin but not necessarily aid dry skin, I found that although I still had some dry skin around my heels, overall my feet felt extremely soft, moisturised and hydrated. I’ve never really used foot products, lacking the time and money involved as sometimes products can be pretty expensive for an ineffective outcome.
Would I repurchase?
This cream works wonders for sore and tired feet, leaving you feeling refreshed and uplifted. The packaging is pretty and practical, the cream obviously creamy but not greasy like other products. Would I repurchase? Although I don’t normally buy foot products, I would have to say yes. This cream soothed my skin, just like it claims to do – unlike a lot of foot products.
You can buy the cream from the Shea Mooti website (find the product here), retailing at £12.99 for 100ml of product.
Have you ever tried any products from the Shea Mooti range? How did you find them?
(I’ve also changed my review layout – do you prefer my reviews set out this way? Let me know)
I was sent this product for the purpose of review. Although I am trying this product for free, as always my review will be 100% honest. I have not received any monetary compensation for the purpose of this review.
Of course, this little lot is not what you’re getting in the giveaway – I’m keeping those as a surprise! I saw that there was 30% off yesterday so took advantage and bought myself (and you!) some stuff!
Pictured above are the eyelid primer in ‘Champagne’, Luscious Liquid Lipstick in ‘Bark’, lip balm SPF15, their gorgeous purple nail polish and a mineral lip liner from their range.
I’ve already tried the lip balm and I love it already. I really shouldn’t have bought any lip products, because as pictured here, I have far too many of them already! However, I’ve been coveting some of these products for quite some time – and seeing as some of them were finally back in stock, why shouldn’t I have treated myself too?
Would you like to see reviews of any of the above?
Recently, I’ve been struggling. Struggling to find my voice amidst all the other voices out there. My motivation for blogging has hit a record breaking low, yet I’m still posting every day. I’ve got ideas for posts coming out of my ears, metaphorically speaking, and reviews of products that I need to put up asap – yet I can’t find the energy to do so.
Some may say that the lack of energy is down to having a two month old baby, but I don’t think it is. I quite enjoy the brief time I set aside each day to spend posting, reading my favourite blogs and checking various social networks. I enjoy sitting down in front of the computer for that brief time per day, especially if I can get a post or two out. However, I have been severely lacking motivation recently and I don’t feel my posts have been up to the best quality they can be.
Luckily now I feel refreshed. I scheduled a couple of posts a few days ago to give me a little break from posting (except for my Project 365 posts). I quite enjoyed this little break, and now I’m back, feeling better than ever.
Staying at home all day makes it seem like I have all the time in the world to blog, but in fact I have a very tight window in between feeds, changes and naps – and sometimes I feel like I’m rushing myself to get a post out to you, my readers and it sometimes isn’t as good as it can be.
I’ve got a few ideas that I plan to use regarding time keeping, and I hope that you all continue along the ride with me. Expect bigger, better posts and hopefully some fresh features coming your way very soon!
This Valentine’s Day, Shea Mooti wants to celebrate women by asking loved ones to upload a 30 second clip showing #whatshemeans to them. The best clips will then be pooled together into an online tribute to amazing women (and babies!) everywhere.
I haven’t personally taken part, however if you’d like to take part in something as special as this, visit www.facebook.com/sheamooticlub and click on the #whatshemeans tab for more information. All you need is a phone with a video camera function. You can also search the #whatshemeans hashtag on Twitter.
Some more good news – for those of you that submit a clip, you’ll recieve a voucher code entitling you to 10% off any purchase from the Shea Mooti website – perfect for treating your loved ones.
Are you going to upload a video? If I could, I’d submit a clip about my Mum – she’s my rock 🙂