The Greenwich Mummy | Manicure Mondays

Gold – H&M nail polish in ‘The One’
Black – L.A. Colors nail polish in ‘Black Velvet’

Black and Gold


£2.99 each

Ease of application:

Drying time:
15mins touch-dry, 30mins fully dry

Why I like it:
This is a new technique that I love to do. It’s called a crescent moon design as the base colour (gold) peeps through the nails which I’ve made it contrast against the dark black polish. It’s a twist on the traditional french tips technique. It’s easy to do, just a little bit fiddly to get the crescent moon (smile line) nice and neat.

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

How My Shellac Nails Looked After Two Weeks…

CND Shellac
Photo Credit: Google Images

So two weeks ago, I had my nails done with CND Shellac in Tropix. I am happy to say that two weeks on, they’re still pretty good! Shellac is definitely worthy of a try if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet. I’ve converted my youngest sister to it as well as her friends already. 🙂

Here’s the photo from my #ManicureMonday post last week:

My Shellac's Still Staying Strong
My shellac 4 days after application

Please excuse the excessive shine, I had just applied the cuticle oil around my cuticles. I actually painted these about 4 days before I posted it up – you can tell slightly as the polish has grown away a tiny bit from the cuticles.

Here is the photo of them 12 days on, almost two weeks after application:

My Shellac After Two Weeks
My shellac 12 days after application

Sorry it’s not a great image (indoor lighting + iphone = crap images) but you can see from the nails that they have grown out more and the free edge has also worn away slightly which can be typical if you are very heavy-handed like me and do a lot of things without hand protection i.e. washing up without gloves, picking or scraping objects with your nails. It’s still just as shiny as the first day of application.

The photo doesn’t do the nails much justice, I will try to upload a better photo soon! I can’t wait to take this colour off and do another colour now. I really love CND Shellac and hope I’ve made you want to try out a gel polish too! You really don’t have anything to lose and if you, like me, like to get your nails done regularly but hate the chipping/smudging/drying time then it’s time to try out the gel polishes. I can’t comment on the other brands out there like OPI’s gel polish or Gelish etc as I am very loyal to CND. AS a nail tech, I find their system really easy to use and hassle-free.

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

Monday Morning Catch Up #13

Woo hoo! What a week it’s been?! We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather – some days were a bit unbearable with temperatures soaring to over 30 degree Celsius in London. A little too hot for my liking to be honest but it was great to get some nice sunshine.

Unluckily, on Friday LO came down with Hand, Foot & Mouth disease – a virus that mainly affects children and symptoms include blisters on the hands and feet, white patches/spots/lesions on the tongue and ulcers inside the mouth. After seeing the GP, they told me that as it’s a virus, nothing can really be done about it apart from trying to encourage LO to carry on eating and drinking, keeping his mouth clean by brushing regularly and to give him liquid paracetamol to help with the pain. If the ulcers become infected (secondary infection) then he’d need to see the doctor again to get antibiotics. I am hoping it doesn’t get to that stage.

So this weekend, we’ve just been indoors. LO’s been really cranky and clingy since he came down with HF&M however when he is feeling a bit better, he is playing like normal which is good news. On Thursday I took LO to the children’s playground at Greenwich Royal Park. It was brilliant and not too busy, probably because it was a Thursday evening. Here’s a few snaps from our evening that day:

Monday Morning Catch Up

Monday Morning Catch Up

Monday Morning Catch Up #12

Hello everyone – sorry for the late post, my shifts at work have changed again so I’m working on Mondays again and it was a late one. I’ve just got home at 8:30 today, made the dinner (yes, we eat really late in our household) and finally was able to jump on the PC and do some blogging – YAY!

During the week

My volunteering days were fabulous as always. The children are doing so well with their reading and we’re having so much fun. We’ve been playing Junior Scrabble “Dora the Explorer” edition which is really fun. One side is in English and the other in Spanish which is quite cool as the children are learning some Spanish words without even trying or knowing! 🙂

LO is doing so well at nursery as well. I had a little meeting with his new key carer last week as they’re starting to move LO up to the toddlers room which is fabulous news as in our nursery it’s a little crowded and a lot of the kids around LO’s age can’t move to the toddlers room until September so we’re very lucky. I think LO will really love the new toddlers room but he’s got a massive habit of sleeping for a long time late afternoon which is a problem as he does the afternoon sessions at nursery so I’ve been told I need to make LO nap at home before he goes…. not that easy if you know how stubborn LO can be but I’ll definitely give it a try as I don’t want him to miss out on fun stuff there.

On the weekend

Saturday was a really chillout day for us – we didn’t do much. It was warm weather from what I can remember and just took LO out to the nearby locations and to the shop. We did pass by Woolwich as there was a mini festival going on; there were food stalls, face painting, make-your-own-masks for children, and even Tai Chi lessons for the public to take part in.

Sunday was a much more fun day. We had met up with a friend and went to The Greenwich Centre to test out the new swimming pool. It’s family swim from 09:00-13:00 every Sunday in the teaching pool which has just a shallow depth of 1 metre (0.7 metres at both ends of the pool). LO was having so much fun and it’s been so long since our swimming days with Water Babies. We were there from 11am til closing time which was 1pm as they need everybody out to clean and maintain the pool, getting it ready for the next sessions. There was a good number of mums and dads swimming with their little ones but not too many to cause one to feel over-crowded in the water which was great.

LO started misbehaving and tried to jump into the pool, run on the sides of the pool and have fun with the steps into the pool. Usually I wouldn’t mind his crazy behaviour but with possible dangers so close by, I felt like I was having mini panic-attacks each time he did something. I’m hoping that this ‘crazy’ phase will pass and it’s just because it’s the first time he’s been in a pool in ages so hopefully with a few more exposures he’ll be as good as gold again!

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature