I hope you are all enjoying today with friends, family and loved ones! Here’s a few photos of what we’ve getting up to leading up to the big day…
If you don’t celebrate Christmas then I hope you’re having a lovely day off work. 🙂
Santa’s Grotto at Lewisham Shopping Centre
Here’s a couple of photos from our Santa’s Grotto visit at Lewisham Shopping Centre. It was one of the few free Santa visits around Greenwich.
What’s most interesting is that this Santa is actually available for hire from The Holly Jolly Co. It’s not only Santa you can hire, the team can conjure up anything you dream of for the kids, from Frozen’s Elsa and Ana, to a range of Disney princesses or superheroes! Visit their instagram page to check out what they do: @thehollyjollyco
It took me a few days to do all of the Christmas shopping (I didn’t buy that much, it was just very busy and challenging with the kids in tow!) but I managed to get a few lovely things for the kids from a few of the high street stores.
Organic cotton pyjamas, £9.99
Kind Natured curly hair shampoo, £2.99
Wooden cutting fruit set, £11.99
Brown low boots, £26
Glittery pink strappy pumps, £15 (not shown)
Elsa pyjama top, £6
Fleece lined reindeer leggings, £4
Frozen nail polish set, £4
MARKS & SPARKS:
Doctor’s kit play set, £14
Dinosaur activity book, £8
Then on Christmas Eve, we had a little fun with some cookie kits we got from Lidl – there’s a xmas tree kit and a xmas jumper kit. The kids had fun with decorating the cookie but it was quiet difficult with the icing pen. In the end, Ams just ate the icing straight from the pen and left me to eat the cookie.
Lots of love, The Greenwich Mummy & Co.
Photo Credit: Papier
NB. We received complimentary shopping vouchers to use at Lewisham for the purpose this blog review. All opinions, photos and content are my own and cannot be reused without permission.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
With less than a week to go until C-day, what better way to celebrate than to let you guys know what’s on my Christmas wish list for my favourite hair and beauty products! 🙂
Some of these brands I’ve discovered through my new workplace (I’m working in a spa again, yay!) and from recommendations by other hair and beauty bloggers. I always find the blogging community a great place for finding new products because the reviews are great and I trust the reviews. Being a blogger myself and writing brand collaboration reviews, I always write from the heart and it’s always based on my own opinions.
If I really unlike the product/service I reviewed, I would usually not post the review because if I do have to post it, it wouldn’t be a totally positive one.
For my wish list, there’s 10 things I’d absolutely LOVE to receive this year. There’s actually loads of products I’d love to get my hands on but these ten things are my ultimate must-haves this Christmas…
MY HAIR & BEAUTY WISHLIST
1. Book my appt with Lashes by Linda
This is probably number 1 on my beauty wish list – to get my lashes redone and ditch the eye makeup! I love a natural look and nothing beats a set of individual lashes by my family friend and fellow beauty professional, Lashes by Linda. She is amazing and a master at her craft! If you live in London, she offers appointments at her home otherwise you can find her at the nail salon in Sittingbourne where she can also do your nails too!
You can choose from a classic full set (light and natural look) or a Russian full set (volume and dramatic look) – I’ve tried both and personally prefer the classic, natural look. I have decided that I love the C and D curl and alternate between the two but I keep my lengths short because I wear glasses. If you don’t wear glasses or are a contact lens wearer, go for your maximum length to really get that beautiful fluttery look. Linda also does LVL treatments which is popular and really helps to lift the lashes. I had this treatment once before and it looked good but my lashes are quite short so I do prefer having the lash extensions.
2. Cinq Mondes dry body oil
Cinq Mondes is a popular French brand that smells great and feels fab on the skin. I am super in love with their hair & body mist, especially the Eau de Siam which smells absolutely amazing! That combined with the Cinq Mondes Universal Ayurvedic dry body oil is totally amazing! The dry oil is great for all skin types especially oily skin as it sinks in immediately and doesn’t leave a greasy film. For dry/mature skins, use when skin is slightly wet and combine with a moisturising cream.
3. Noughty intensive hair mask
There’s a lot of Noughty haircare products that I love but my ultimate fave is the Noughty To The Rescue intensive moisture hair treatment. This mask will give you heavenly soft hair that you won’t be able to resist touching. I love using it as a deep conditioner and especially after a clarifying cleanse, this moisture mask puts back all the needed moisture into my hair. There’s no protein ingredient in this hair mask so if your hair needs protein, you’ll need to alternate with another product.
The Shampure aroma is made up of 25 pure flower and plant essences and smells absolutely divine! I love using the composition oil on wet skin just after a bath or shower. It’s a great multi-functional oil that you can use on hair, body and oils. The hand relief serum smells less of the Shampure aroma and a bit more orange which is nice and refreshing.
5. Boucleme hydrating cleanser (low-poo)
I first saw this brand at Stylist Live 2017 and didn’t really know much about the brand. However since my wavy hair journey I’ve been discovering it more and more. It’s a UK brand made for wavy and curly hair that’s free from chemical nasties, silicones, sulfates and parabens. I would love to try the Boucleme Hydrating Hair Cleanser (blue packaging) which is made for wavy hair. Their original conditioning cleanser (green packaging) for curly hair has had nothing but positive reviews from curly bloggers.
I’ve tried the US’s popular Devacurl and found that I only really like their hair styling whip, Wavemaker. Their ‘Delight’ range for wavy hair hadn’t really impressed me as the hype did, which is a shame because I wanted to love it. Boucleme also offer a 30-day money back guarantee (UK only) if you purchase directly from their website and are not satisfied with the product.
6. Birchbox’s December edition
I want to get my hands on the Birchbox December edition because it looks great and I am really in love with the box itself! It looks really Christmassy and the products seem like all new products I haven’t received before from past boxes.
I’ve actually already ordered the box so it’s on its way to me as you read this so I’ll get the review out for it by Christmas. The subscription boxes are usually sent out the beginning of the month but if you’re new and have just subscribed for the first time you’ll receive your box a week from your order date. You can read my past Birchbox reviews here.
7. Spa day gift voucher
This month I started my new job as a spa therapist! I’m so glad to be back in spa therapies again but I’m not going to lie, it’s taking its toll on my body and I’m only working part-time on the weekends! People don’t realise that spa therapies can be strenuous/exhaustive work. A spa looks glamorous but there is a lot going on to make it look like that (think of duck gliding along the water but its feet paddling like crazy to keep it looking effortless). If I could, I would love to be treated to a spa day complete with treatments – lunch included would also be fab!
I LOVE the OPI brand – the polishes are super glossy, the colours are opaque and beautiful and the names are quirky! I came across this beautiful OPI 6 piece winter collection on the QVC and fell in love straight away. It has one of my favourite dark purple shade called “Lincoln Park After Dark” which is what caught my attention. A collection set is always cheaper to buy that individual ones as OPI polishes are around £15 a bottle. Best thing about QVC is the instalment payment plan – that’s really helpful at this time of year to be able to split the cost over a period of time to make the cost more affordable.
9. Packs of Flexi-rods
These cheap and cheerful styling tools are a wavy (and curly!) girl’s best friend when you want a really defined curly look minus the damage. As the CG method doesn’t allow for heat styling, flexi-rods allow you to create curvy or wavy styles easily without heat. They have always worked for me and I can get several different curly styles from them.
I would love to do a really tighter ringlet style like in the photo below but need a lot more rods to achieve the look as I’ll need to create the curls with thinner strands. Chunkier strands create more wave and body, thinner strands create more curl and definition. There’s so many ways to use the flexi-rods – they really are a curly or wavy girl’s best friend! Natural hair Youtuber, Actually Ashly (@actually_ashly) does an amazing tutorial on how to style/set your hair with the flexi-rods as below. Defo check it out her vids if you’re looking for some curly hair inspo!
10. Swiss Clinic Derma Roller
I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I would really love to get my hands on a derma roller. It’s a small beauty tool that has lots of tiny needles which pricks the surface of the skin to encourage collagen production and helps increase skin cell regeneration. It’s also a tool that can help push in your skincare products deeper into the skin’s layers. It’s supposed to be fab for acne scarring especially ice-pick scars which I actually have quite a few of. I’ve enquired about the derma-pen treatment at SK:N Clinics but the price is around £300 per session which is not cheap and more painful than the at-home versions.
The derma roller I have my eyes on is the Swiss Clinic skin renewal kit for £89. It features a 0.2mm microneedle derma roller, a storage box to keep the derma roller in and a rejuvenating serum to use with the roller. The Swiss Clinic website has a little online quiz you can complete to see which product is best for you as a guideline on what to purchase if you’re also interested in purchasing one.
Don’t be tempted to buy cheap ones – sometimes if it’s too good to be true, it really is. I know Amazon has some great reviews on their £20 roller but it’s a little risk to take. The price is amazing but maybe the roller would need replacing more frequently hence the lower price. I won’t use mine frequently but at least once a month so I’d like to have one that lasts a little longer.
I love finding a good bargain so when things I like go on sale, I try my utmost to grab a bargain. However, what I hate most about store sales are the long queues, the messy sales racks, and simply… the crazy shoppers.
Since I’ve gotten older I just find sales shopping really overwhelming, overbearing and claustrophobic. Nowadays I just shop online from my mobile or computer and enjoy the fact that I don’t have to step foot into a store, queue up for hours or interact with anyone. Just me and my computer/mobile. Happy times.
I recently came across a sales site called lovethesales.com. They’re a bit like a Google search engine for sale items. From what I’ve gathered, the website pulls through thousands of sale items that are currently on offer from hundreds of online retailers for us to ogle at and buy. The website caters to all departments; womenswear, menswear, kidswear, home & outdoor furniture, kids toys… the lot. The retailers the site pulls through ranges from cheap and cheerful high-street stores to your high-end retailers like Ralph Lauren, French Connection, etc.
However like any good deal, the items are only on the site for a limited time then new ones are added. Once that happens, if you’re too late you can miss out on a really good deal. I had my eyes set on a brilliant train set from Toys R Us that was £24.99, down from £49.99 but as I was too busy contemplating for a couple of days whether it’d be a useful gift, when it came to the day I wanted to buy it the deal was gone. Bummer. Continue reading “LoveTheSales.com: The place to go (online) for shopping sales!”→
Everybody loves M&S Foods, it’s a well-known fact. I’ve yet to hear someone telling me that they don’t like their food or drink. When I found out that Marks and Spencer were returning to Woolwich I was so happy. I’ve only been a Greenwich Mummy for a couple of years, I’ve actually been a Plumstead Common/Woolwich resident for over a decade so knew the old M&S store very well. I was very fond of it too, as was my dad.
When LO was born, we were still living in Plumstead Common. It’s not the greatest area to live in and the estate was practically derelict but the one thing it had a lot of was the sense of belonging – feeling like a part of a community. Something a lot of these flashy new-build flats and estates lack. Anywho, for as long as I can remember there was always a Marks and Spencer in Woolwich so when it closed its doors in 2014, we all felt a little very disappointed.
Marks & Spencer Christmas Food To Order: Last day for orders is December 15th by 5PM Don’t forget you can choose delivery or collection at your local store
Last Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 10am M&S store manager, Calvin Sheridan reopened the doors of the high street store. What I loved most about this reopening was that a lot (maybe even the majority) of the staff members were from the original store that closed down. To me that demonstrates that M&S cares for the community and its employees. As an ex-M&S Foods employee, it makes me happy to know that the values and ethics of the company are still be upheld by new management.
With Christmas being just under seven weeks away, now is the time to start making those presents lists, budgeting for the food, gifts and booze (if you drink)… oh and of course the family gatherings and work do’s. Luckily for our little family of four, Daddy P and I don’t drink so we will be able to save on that and I’m still on mat leave so we’ll be able to spend more on the presents instead. There’s a few more new babies in the family this year so the children’s presents are at the top of our agenda.
LO really loves books. He has done for a very long time and I like to think that it’s because it has been a part of his bedtime routine for as long as I can remember (practically when he was born) and we used to have quiet time where we would just snuggle together and read his favourite books back to back. We’ve been doing less of this since Baby Girl was born as she’s taken up a lot of my time but no more excuses, I need to re-introduce quiet time back into LO’s day. TV and Netflix has literally taken over our lives these past few months.
To be honest, I think we’ve gone a little overboard as we ended up spending so much on LO and not much on anyone else this year. I feel a bit guilty but I’ve been strapped for cash and Daddy P wanted to splash out on him so we got a few good things and a few extravagant things all from the lovely kids store, Smyths.
*prices are correct as from when we bought them on 02/12/15*
Overall, we didn’t spend too much I guess (under £100) which is pretty decent for 5 toys. Daddy P picked out the quad bike as it’s something he’s wanted to get LO for a little while (must be a man thing) and the guitar and dough activity case were items I thought he’d like as he was playing with them so much on a recent play date with a friend. We saw the garage and thought he would definitely like that as he always plays with the one at nursery and we don’t have anything like it at home. The fire station set was a cheap spontaneous present as he loves anything that is to do with fire engines and thought it’d make a great extra gift.
… and what did mummy & daddy get each other?
Daddy P hasn’t gotten me anything yet but I am not too fussed as he’s promised to take me to dinner at Gaucho’s on Boxing Day which I shall hold him to. 🙂 I’ve got him a little cologne for men for Christmas which I think he will like (fingers crossed).
If you’re still looking for last minute presents or stocking fillers at Smyths, they’re open until Wednesday 23rd or order online by Monday to get your delivery in time for Christmas.