Baby Shower

Baby Shower
Now, seeing as I have been raving about it for weeks now, you can’t have failed to notice that I held my baby shower last night. It was quite a low-key affair, with just a handful of my friends turning up but that made it all the more personal and special to me.
Unlike most baby showers, I didn’t really go for decorations as it was just a little do in my local pub, however I did have a few games for my friends to play, and provided food and of course, cupcakes!
This was the first game of the night (and yes, that is my baby’s scan picture at the top). I asked everyone to bring a baby photo of themselves, and all but two did. My Mum was the ‘adjudicator’ of the game, shall we say, and passed the pictures around for us to write down our answers. I failed miserably!
I was so sure I would get my friend Michelle right, but I didn’t! What was worse was that she got me right! However, my friend Sophie was sure she’d get me right, and she didn’t – I got her though!
It came down to a tie-break between Sophie & Michelle, and a few of us pooled a few more photos together to do a tie-break round. Whoever got it right won the prize – Sophie won.
I promised you pictures of cupcakes, so here’s a picture of the gorgeous cupcakes the girls from eatcakelove lovingly made for my baby shower.
I did try to get pictures of my friends eating them, but they went down so well, I wasn’t quite quick enough.
You’ve already met this little beauty on a previous post – and I will tell you, he was absolutely yummy! 😉
I didn’t get pictures of the other food, because to be quite honest – I don’t think you’ll be interested in three platters of sandwiches and three bowls of crisps, would you?
There was so much food that my Mum and I brought back a whole platter for my Dad & Steve to munch their way through!
Although it is customary for the recipient of baby shower gifts to open them at the baby shower, I only opened a few – saving the bigger gifts for when I got home.
Would you like to see what I received?
First of all, I received some lovely cuddly toys from my friend Sophie – which I haven’t got a picture of, because my Mum fell in love with them & has hidden them away until the baby is born…Crazy Mum!!
Next, I received these:
My other friend called Sophie bought me this gorgeous cot bumper and quilt bedding set – Steve was ecstatic at receiving these because we’d literally been looking at bedding yesterday afternoon, & had just managed to resist buying any – so she’s definitely bought us something that we need! I did tell her off slightly, though, because she had bought so much for the baby – and she’s a uni student – she needs to save her pennies!
This is a mixture of gifts from Sophie, who gifted me the above, & her Mum, Celia.
The Cuddle & Dry robe is from Sophie, and the buggy blanket from her mum – very useful!
Another mix from Sophie and Celia – the plush from Celia, and the shower gel and body butter ( a gift especially for me!) from Sophie.
This beautiful box of essentials came from Michelle and her mum Debbie, and aunt Tracey.
It’s filled with all the little pieces we’ll need like baby shampoo, baby powder, soothers, a teether, a little bit of everything really.
& how gorgeous is the box they put it all in?
By far my most favourite item in the box pictured above was this little thing though:
Would you like to see whats inside?
It reads: Bex and Steve, here’s a little guide to be perfect parents…
The message is very personal and touching from Michelle, and I don’t want to share it all here as its something incredibly personal to me, but it basically says that to be perfect parents, me and Steve just have to be ourselves and that she loves us whatever we do.
Believe me, it almost made me cry! It was such a sweet touch, and I’m so thankful to have her as one of, if not my best, friends.
I also received some money from my friend Steph and a little feeding set & flannel from my friend Karen, who you may recall me mentioning when she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last month.
All in all, I had a great night, with some great people. Although it was a very intimate affair, it was great to spend some girl time with my best friends.
Have you ever had a baby shower? I’d love to read about them!

The simple 4-step guide to Boots Treat Street

The simple 4-step guide to Boots Treat Street
Most females nowadays possess a Boots Advantage Card. They use it for every little purchase they make in Boots stores, whether it be whilst paying for their lunch, those little essentials or splashing out on a big treat. But how many of you that currently have an Advantage Card use it to its full potential?
I have two words for you.
You’ve probably heard those words bandied around blogs, social networks and the like – possibly even your local Boots store.
But how much do you understand about the concept?
Boots Treat Street is designed to benefit those of you who love to shop online. You can collect Advantage Card points on a variety of items on a variety of different websites and online shops.
Are you a film & DVD geek? Collect points on your purchases!
Do you love an auction? Earn some points whilst perusing Ebay!
Are you a mum, and need yours & baby’s little essentials? Stock up whilst earning Boots points at Mothercare!
Plenty of big name brands have joined the Boots Treat Street venture, including brands such as Laura Ashley, Dorothy Perkins, Early Learning Centre, Evans, H Samuel, Halfords and HMV to name but a few.
I always tend to go through Treat Street if planning to make a purchase from any of the above online shops, but when I’ve mentioned it to some people, they’re completely oblivious to how it works and what to do. Hence why I have created this quick four step guide to navigating yourself round Boots Treat Street.
1. Log on to the website.
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If you do not already have an online account with the Boots website, then just register on the right hand side and edit your profile with your Advantage Card details and you’re good to go!
Lets just assume you already have an online account with the Boots website for the purpose of this post, though. Sign in with your account details on the left hand side.
2. Once logged in, hover your mouse over the Offers button where you should find Treat Street under the Advantage Card offers.
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Once you click on offers, and onto the Treat Street offer you will be taken to the Treat Street homepage. Providing you logged in on the website in the first step, you shouldn’t have to submit your details again.
3. You’ll find yourself on the Treat Street homepage. Click on A-Z of shops.
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This gives you an idea of the amount of companies Boots are working with. This is where you choose the shop that you wish to browse or purchase from.
4. Click on the shop you wish to go to, and you shall be taken to a page like this:
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For the purpose of this post, I used as I often buy stuff from their website, so it seemed apt.
Above you will see the Play logo and a little button underneath saying Shop Now. To the right, there is a section with the different categories, which take you straight to your category of choice on the Play website, rather than the main page.
Also, at the bottom are the current offers going on at Play, or offers from Treat Street in partnership with Play, such as a points bonanza.
This is where you choose whether you want to go to the main homepage, to a specific category or whether you want to take advantage of the current offers. To be directed to the website, just click on any of the Shop Now buttons.
This is the same for all the shops on the website 🙂
I must explain also that you do only earn 1 point per £1 on Treat Street purchases (unless there is a specific points offer going on), however if you’re always buying stuff online (like me), this is definitely worth checking out! Watch your points build up in no time at all 🙂
I hope this post has helped those of you who didn’t understand before, to understand the concept a little better.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me them – just leave the question in the comments, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!
This is NOT a sponsored post, and I am in no way affiliated with the website or the Treat Street programme. I simply think this is a brilliant concept, and wish to help the rest of you benefit from your online shopping – why not earn a little something back?

Baby shower cupcakes…

Baby shower cupcakes…
Just a quick preview of my baby shower cupcakes made by the lovely girls at eatcakelove 🙂
Or rather, my own special cupcake.
You can see pictures of the others after my baby shower tomorrow…but here’s a little glimpse at the little piece of gorgeousness the girls made for me…
How cute is that?
It has MY name, and looks like my boyfriend.
It’s amazingly cute 🙂
Check out the eatcakelove blog to find out a bit more about their cupcakes!

Current Crushes

Current Crushes
Bit of a silly post today. But I thought I would introduce you to my three current crushes: one major girl crush, and two very shouldn’t but would crushes.
I give you…..
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….The Doctor, Rory and Amy!
Or, more precisely, Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan.
Now, as many of you may know, I am a major Dr Who geek, and whilst Matt Smith may never be my favourite Doctor (David Tennant, please stand up!), I have to say he has certainly grown on me.
Matt Smith has recently been named the thinking womans crumpet. He isn’t your typical crush, but there is definitely a sense of something about him, I just can’t put my finger on what…
Rory, or Arthur as he’s known in real life, has made it into the list just because he’s a little cutie! When he’s playing Rory, you can almost believe that whats hurting Rory is affecting him too! I always find him adorable in the sad episodes such as last Saturday’s The Girl Who Waited.
Lastly, Karen Gillan. Need this be explained? The girl is GORGEOUS. Her style is bang on trend, and she’s a brilliant actress too! Again, as Matt doesn’t quite make it as my favourite Doctor, as much as I love Miss Gillan, she doesn’t quite make my top three of the Doctor’s companions (those accolades go to Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith and Captain Jack Harkness, obviously).
However, you can hardly deny the girl is absolutely stunning!
As I said, this is quite a silly post, but do you have any strange shouldn’t but would crushes? Or who is your current girl/style crush?
I’d love to know, just leave me a comment and I’ll reply 🙂

Makeup haul & perfume freebies :)

Makeup haul & perfume freebies :)
Now, you may recall me recently telling you about my little shopping trip where I bought a ton of new makeup that I didn’t really need.
I also promised to show you the aforementioned makeup. So here we are –
Astor lipstick in 205 Paris, £1, Poundland
Astor Shine Delux lipstick in 030 Nudie, £1, Poundland
Boots No7 Stay Perfect lipstick in 72 Tangerine Touch, £10 down to £5 with No7 voucher, Boots
MUA eyshadow in Shade 18, £1, Superdrug
MUA lipstick in Shade 12, £1, Superdrug
MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1, £1, Superdrug
Rimmel eyeshadow in 698 Modern Blues, £1, Poundland
Vaseline Rosy Lips, £1.99, Boots
This is my first experience with MUA and Astor makeup, so instead of including swatches in this post, I thought I would do separate posts for each with my thoughts on each brands products. Although I didn’t really need any of this makeup, I cannot deny that the prices are extremely reasonable for what you’re getting in regards to all of the above. Whilst I was rooting around in Poundland looking for some of the items above, a rather snooty man turned to his wife and muttered something about not being able to find good brands of makeup in the store. His face was a picture when she pulled out some Rimmel and Max Factor products! I know a few people don’t like buying makeup from discount stores such as Poundland but I’d like to point you in the direction of Fee’s blog, and in particular to her posts here and here. Often the products have just been discontinued from bigger store names such as Boots and Superdrug and find themselves in Poundland where they are snapped up by people like me & Fee.
I digress.
In the post recently, I also received two perfume samples. Both are reasonable sizes for a sample, however I’m sure you’ll agree that Burberry surprised us all when distributing free samples of their new fragrance Burberry Body. I don’t think anyone was quite expecting the generous 4.5ml sample we received, in comparison to normal free sample sizes of 2ml and below.
Packaging and sample of Burberry Body
I apologise for the state of the packaging – I actually received this before I moved out of my old place, and it has been resident of my handbag for the past week and a half as I love it so much! My mum and I also tend to disagree on fragrances, and even she loves it! Described as a luxury fruity chypre, it certainly does smell fruity and the brand name Burberry no longer makes me think of the ‘chavs’ wearing the fake stuff of yesteryear. A great fragrance, and I would love the full sized bottle of this. (If the boyfriend reads this…HINT HINT!)
Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance packaging and sample
As you can see, the Britney sample is more of the size you’d expect from a freebie. I received the sample this morning, and although it is a nice fragrance, I’m not overly impressed. It smells a lot like her other perfumes to me (one of which I had to bin the other day – sob!) and although I do like Britney’s other fragrances, I feel she could have spiced it up a little.
Have you received any beauty/perfume freebies recently? Or have you recently posted about your haul?
Leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂