The Greenwich Mummy Blog’s #BestNine2018

2018 had brought this little blog much success – a big thank you to all my readers!

I documented my Curly Girl Method hair journey at the end of 2017 to beginning of 2018 which brought a lot of you to my blog. I created a series of follow-up posts of to show you my progress throughout the year and I will continue to do so for 2019.

I also had the opportunity to work with a lot of big brands and companies this year, including Royal Museums Greenwich, Lewisham Shopping Centre, Noughty Hair care, ToucanBox, Bills Restaurants and Peninsular Park West (Ikea Greenwich opening up real soon!). Thank you to you all for selecting me to collaborate with you, I am extremely grateful and it’s been a privilege.

What’s in store on the blog for 2019?

Hair & Beauty: I will be posting a bit more about hair and beauty which like I mentioned above, be about my hair journey, hair hacks and I will try to do more on beauty skincare as I’m back in the spa now. These will include How To posts on skincare hacks, beauty products, etc 🙂

Fitness: I am determined to post more on my fitness journey and on my yoga teacher journey. You can expect family yoga poses and games of the month.

Food: More food reviews, recipes, healthy food inspo and anything else to do with good ol’ food!

I will still of course blog about our family lifestyle, that’s what The Greenwich Mummy has always been about and always will be. 🙂

Our family’s #bestnine2018 highlight:

My 2018 highlights:

  • Seeing my two kids grow closer to each other every day
  • My hair changing from straight to wavy (and getting to work with my fave UK brand Noughty because of it!)
  • Completing my Family Yoga Teacher training and creating many happy moments for families
  • Leading the “Yoga Babies” family yoga session with the book illustrator, Sheena Dempsey
  • Seeing the blog view stats almost double!
  • Daddy P and I had our 12th year anniversary – our night out celebration is still pending as we’ve been busy with work lol

  • And the blog’s best nine posts of 2018 are…

    1. The Curly Girl Method: from straight to wavy hair
    2. 6 months update: My Curly Girl Method hair journey
    3. My haircut experience at Rush hair salon Greenwich review
    4. My 2017 review on Stylist Live London
    5. The Curious Comb Greenwich hair salon review
    6. My type 2 wavy hair care routine
    7. Flyte; Natural and clean energy drink review
    8. Hotel Chocolat tasting club subscription review
    9. Liz Earle botanical skincare review

    (listed in order of page views)

    I look forward to what 2019 brings for myself, my family and my blog! x

    Happy New Year!

    Look Fantastic August beauty box review

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    I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wrote my LookFantastic July beauty box review – it was quite popular review on my blog. I’m not going to deny it, it was a pretty good box. I never got round to posting this beauty box review last year so thought I would do it now… now that it’s August again! 🙂

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    Look Fantastic August Beauty Box

    LookFantastic’s August box has a bold British theme, “Best of British”. I liked this box because it contained products just from UK brands. 100% British, high quality brands! Some brands I had heard of but others were new to me.

    My top three products from this August box are:

    1. REN Flash Defence anti-pollution mist toner (60ml, £24.00)
    2. Balance Me congested skin serum (15ml, no longer available individually)
    3. Bee Good honey & vanilla lip balm (10ml, £4.75)

    REN anti-pollution mist toner
    The REN anti-pollution mist was really nice to use. Whenever I needed to freshen up my face, a little spritz was very welcomed. It felt light and fresh on my skin and because it doesn’t have a scent I could use it again and again without being sick of a smell. It’s the ideal product on a hot, sticky summer’s day. The packaging is sleek and minimal which I really love – let the product do the talking right?!

    What I didn’t like about the spray was that for a sample size it’s teeny weeny at 9ml. I used it daily and it was almost finished in two weeks but saying that, the full size version is 60ml so you’d get six times of two weeks worth (12 wks) which is pretty decent but slightly pricey at £24.00 a bottle.

    If you do fancy giving it a try, I’d recommend going for the REN Urban Grey skin kit which is cheaper at £13.00 and has the mist (in the 9ml sample size) as well as the flash balm 1-minute facial cleanser (15ml) and the anti-ageing day cream moisturiser (15ml). This sample sized kit would be great if you’re travelling or need something small you can take on holiday.

    Balance Me congested skin serum
    This facial serum was also extremely lightweight and easy to use. I love the tube of the serum. In terms of packaging, its tip-application tube means that you could squeeze out every last bit of product before throwing the tube away. Definitely cost-effective.

    I think this product is no longer available as a stand-alone product. Maybe Balance Me are planning to discontinue it… I dunno but it’s a little disappointing because it is actually a really good product. If you’re familiar with the Balance Me range and want to give this serum a try, it’s available in the Deluxe Clearer Skin kit which you can buy from LookFantastic.com.

    Bee Good’s honey & vanilla lip balm
    This lip balm smells absolutely divine! I love the smell and the consistency of the lip balm. It goes on very smoothly and feels very lightweight on the lips. The packaging is cute – the yellow colour I guess represents the honey and vanilla and the honeycomb design goes well with the bee logo and the brand name, “Bee Good”.

    The honey and vanilla provides a good amount of moisture for the lips however for me personally I felt the lip balm was too lightweight. I’m used to the thicker consistency of Carmex balms but most days I can overlook this because of its delicious scent. 🙂

    The other products in the box:

    RENU Lip And Eye Active Lift (25ml, £11.00)
    This is a lightweight lip and eye cream. The natural ingredients in this eye cream helps to stimulate collagen in the skin which plumps and firms the skin. The arnica extract in this product will also help to combat puffiness. If you have ageing skin or looking for a product to help give you a more youthful appearance, this RENU lift cream is right for you.

    Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm (75ml, £18.00)
    A great little hair saviour. Percy & Reed is a brand that I am familiar and this wonder balm has some great reviews. It can be used alone or as a hair primer for other styling products. It’s best to apply it to towel-dried hair but can also be used on dry hair sparingly to give volume.

    Bloom And Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz (100ml, £15.00)
    Two facial spritz in the same box! This one was bigger than the REN one which was my personal favourite out of the two. This Bloom & Blossom spray has a scent which smells quite earthy but don’t let that put you off because it’s a very light scent. The spray can be used over make-up and at anytime of the day. The aloe vera extract soothes the skin and leaves it soft to the touch. This spray is made without any parabens, SLS or synthetic nasties and is not tested on animals. Perfect for those who are looking for a green and ethical product.

    And that’s it!

    Out of all the six products, I had three faves but that’s not to say the other three weren’t good they just weren’t to my personal taste. If you liked this review, check out my other box reviews using the search bar at the top of the blog page.


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    My thoughts on: “What is Home?”

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    This post was inspired by Wayfair UK’s post on “What is Home?”

    I recently read an interesting article on Wayfair UK. They conducted a street survey asking people what “home” really meant to them. They were met with similar responses – home is all about family, comfort, and happiness. Out of 400 people Wayfair spoke to, 71% said that the sofa was the most important item of furniture in their home.

    We do love our sofas and TV moments! 🙂

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    To me, home and family are synonymous. One cannot be without the other – remember that there is a difference between a home and a house. As much as I love my peace and quiet, I love the feeling of lots of friends and family coming over for a social gathering. A home also can’t really be complete without a sofa, to be honest.

    “We hit the streets of London over the Easter weekend equipped with an armchair and a microphone to find out what home really means to us! The findings were both insightful and heartwarming, exposing that our homes are much more than just buildings or places, they are family, comfort, inspiration, happiness and much more.”

    – Wayfair.co.uk

    I remember when we first moved into our home in Greenwich.

    Baby Girl wasn’t born yet and LO was still a baby. We had no sofa for a month and had to sit on the floor for dinner and TV time. We didn’t mind as it was only short term but it definitely didn’t feel warm and inviting without a sofa around so I completely understand why it’s the most important furniture in the home.

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    Do you remember the first time you moved into your home and the point when it started to feel like a home instead of just a house?

    What does the word “home” mean to you?

    Let me know your thoughts below…

    My Kaya Jewellery Wishlist + Amazing Giveaway!

    Hi all!

    It’s been a while since I made a wishlist or hosted any giveaways so I am over the moon to be hosting a brand new jewellery giveaway! 🙂

    You can be in with a chance of winning a £40 gift voucher to spend at Kaya Jewellery – a UK handmade and personalised jewellery company with a conscience. Part of the company’s project goes towards the Eduki Foundation which helps children in Gambia get an education. Personally I am a big advocate of improving children’s education and I think the company is doing a great job to help out – last year, the they donated 2,500 euros to the Eduki Foundation.

    I want to kick start the giveaway with my top 5 wishlist items to give you guys a glimpse into what Kaya Jewellery offers.

    They have a fabulous range of both silver and pearl jewellery but not much is available if you’re more of a gold jewellery fan. There are a few really nice gold pieces on the site but I think the majority is silver jewellery. Being a fan of both gold and silver, I find that silver jewellery stands out more against my skin whereas gold jewellery blends in with my skin tone a little bit more. Right now… I’m a fan of silver jewellery.

    So without further ado, here are my top 5 wishlist items:

    1. Jasseron Bracelet with initial engraving

     

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    This beautiful silver Jasseron bracelet has solid soldered links which makes the bracelet stronger. It’s available in both women’s and baby’s size and can be engraved with one or two initials. I love the heart and pear charm – it’s so adorable. I wouldn’t purchase it for Baby Girl because she’s only 13 months old so a little too young in my opinion to wear jewellery accessories but it’d make a great gift for an older child or teenager.

    2. Personalised ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ star necklace

     

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    This silver engraved Twinkle Twinkle chain is so cute and perfect for little girls. There’s something I find really innocent and child-like about star pendants on a chain. This one even comes with a coloured pearl charm which you can choose the colour of. This silver necklace can be engraved on both the front and the back but it’s limited to 9 characters so bear that in mind.

    3. Matching Mum & Me necklaces

     

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    This silver Mum & Me necklace set would make a really good Mother’s Day gift or a birthday gift for yourself and/or your daughter. I love the design concept of the child’s heart pendant fitting into the mum’s pendant. It’s so clever. Like the previous two items in my wishlist this one also has the pearl charm… I think I have a secret thing for pearls! 🙂

    4. Silver ‘Entwined’ necklace

     

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    This silver necklace ‘entwined’ design is very symbolic – to me the larger ring represents the mother and the small one represents the child. As stated above, you can personalise the rings if you want to (why wouldn’t you?) with up to 20 characters on the large ring and up to 8 characters on the smaller ring. The engraving is also done by hand by the company owner, Tanja – it doesn’t get any more personalised than that. I chose this necklace because even though it’s quite a simple design, sometimes the simpler ones are the most beautiful.

    5. Silver baby bangle

     

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    No wishlist for baby jewellery can be complete without one of these. It’s a staple jewellery piece and one of the only things I would buy for Baby Girl at this age as it’s simple and can’t be a choking hazard due to the design. A silver baby bangle is one of the ultimate baby jewellery gifts you could buy and the engraving option makes it extra special and extra personalised. I wanted to get one of these for Baby Girl’s first birthday but didn’t have enough money as we spent it all on her birthday party so it’s on our list for this Christmas instead.

    About Kaya Jewellery
    Kaya Jewellery is a UK company that specialises in handmade, personalised jewellery for mumsmum and daughterbaby / children and “3 generations” (nan, mum, baby). They offer personalised engraving, gift wrapping and gift boxes.

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    GIVEAWAY TIME!!

    This competition has now ended.

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    Winner: Kim Neville (Congrats!)

    Giveaway expires: Friday 30th June

    NB. This post was written in collaboration with KayaJewellery.co.uk in exchange for hosting a giveaway. All words, opinions and content are my own. Photos of the jewellery have been credited to the source.

    5 things to remember when going on a toddler’s first holiday

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    LO and I enjoying our first mini-family holiday

    Lately I’ve been thinking about booking our little family of four a new holiday – a proper family holiday this time as the last time was more of a mini one than anything as Daddy P didn’t come with us to Fuerteventura. LO, bump and I went around late January and it was lovely. The temp was nice, not too hot, we got to do a few things and enjoyed what was pretty much a chilled out holiday.

    As I was six months preggers and so sure I would be going into early labour I didn’t book any activities. I also don’t drive so couldn’t hire a car which is said to be the best way to explore any one of the Canary Islands. However I just wanted to share with you the 5 most important things I think any mum should think about when taking your toddler on their first holiday.

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    What was the last thing your child needed?

    I read a post on the World Vision blog and a couple of other mummy blogs answering the question, “what was the last thing your child needed?” and wanted to give my little response and thoughts on the question.

    The last thing my children needed was pretty much the basics… food and changing. Changing nappies for Baby Girl, changing clothes for LO.

    Baby Girl did her morning poop and needed me to keep her clean and fresh. She’s such a good baby and doesn’t complain much when it comes to a dirty nappy. She’ll happily stay in the nappy for hours but obviously I’d smell her way before that time. However something as easy and simple as this could’ve been difficult if I didn’t have the right things to hand ie a nappy or wipes. Fair enough, it’s possible to change a baby without wipes – I could just use cotton balls and water but what if I didn’t even have those? In countries where clean water is hard to come by, keeping a baby clean can be a difficult task in itself. Continue reading “What was the last thing your child needed?”

    Recipe: Low-carb Prawn Pad Thai Salad

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    Since I started my fitness journey last August 2016 I’ve been eating much healthier than before. I’ve cut out a lot of the processed foods I used to eat before and try to consciously opt for complex carbohydrates over simple carbs. The reason for this is because of my high-risk for developing Type II Diabetes later in life. Diabetes runs in my family, both on my maternal and paternal side then to top it off I had Gestational Diabetes in both pregnancies.

    So yeah… really high risk.

    I am human and sometimes I do slip up and have chocolates, cakes and biscuits but try to have a really small portion. After all, eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean eliminating treats 100% out of your diet. Healthy eating is about balance, sustainability and having a positive association with food. Basically if you eat a large slice of pizza (or the whole pizza), don’t put yourself on a massive guilt trip for it and ‘punish yourself’ by eating less the next day or putting your body through hours of cardio trying to ‘burn off’ the added calories. Instead acknowledge that you’ve been able to enjoy yourself that day with that meal and eat a little better the week ahead to balance it out. Remember, one pizza won’t make you fat nor will one salad make you healthy.

    I’m currently increasing my calorie intake to build up my muscle size and strength. As my weight loss stalled in December (plateaued at 51.8kg despite me increasing workouts and cutting a few more calories) I decided to reverse diet (where your aim is to gradually add back the cals in an attempt to kickstart your metabolism) which is going well. I’ll be writing up a progress post soon and will be going in more detail about this on there. Look out for it! Continue reading “Recipe: Low-carb Prawn Pad Thai Salad”

    Gender Labelling: “Purple is for girls”… why hearing this really rattles my cages

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    I don’t usually write posts like this and usually leave the serious stuff to the better writes but I just wanted to share some of my thoughts and opinions on gender labelling.

    Last week LO and his cousin Lils were playing with the Paw Patrol puzzle my friend Coco got LO for Chirstmas.

    The next thing I heard come out of Lils’ mouth was:

    “purple is for girls” 

    I stopped my instagram surfing to look up and say in defense, “Purple is not just for girls. Purple is for everyone“.
    Yes. I made sure I placed heavy emphasis on everyone. This is because it’s not the first time it’s happened.

    There’s been other times when they’re playing together – happy as Larry – before my little nephew decides to tell LO that something he likes is “for girls” which really pisses me off. It’s something that I’m a little hypocritical about because I don’t have a problem with buying Baby Girl pink clothes and LO blue clothes when he was a baby BUT (and that’s a big but) I would not avoid ‘boyish’ colours for her and I certainly didn’t avoid ‘girly’ colours for LO. In fact, LO had a few pink, pastel and purple baby grows and shirts. Maybe not a whole pink outfit but he had touches of pinks etc in his little wardrobe. Continue reading “Gender Labelling: “Purple is for girls”… why hearing this really rattles my cages”

    Happy New Year! My Goals for 2017

    Happy New Year everybody! 

    I can’t believe a year has come and gone already – it has gone so fast and so much has happened since last year.

    I’ve had a new baby, LO turned three, Baby Girl had her first Christmas and is now standing and cruising at 7 months, I started my yoga practice, fitness journey, and Daddy P and I had our 10th year anniversary. I’ve also found out on of my closest friends is expecting. Such joyous times!

    2016 was not really a bad year for us. I’ve seen loads of things on my SM feeds like “f**k 2016 and its negativity, etc” so maybe it wasn’t the best year for some. We did experience slightly more money problems this year but that was to be expected as we now have an extra person added to our family.

    Life Goals 2017

    I set myself some pretty achievable goals for 2017. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolution because the term gets used a lot for novelty goals that people never really stick to. For me, 2017 is all about adopting a sustainable lifestyle; eating a balanced diet, keeping fit regularly, adding in a few minutes of meditation here and there, and to be mindful in everything I do. Continue reading “Happy New Year! My Goals for 2017”

    Marks & Spencer Foodhall returns to Woolwich in time for Christmas!

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    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.

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    Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!

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    I can’t believe that the half-term holiday is almost over! 😦

    I wanted to take LO and Baby Girl to so many places this week but unfortunately it wasn’t possible as my plans changed quite a lot during the day and it’s hard taking two kids out… well, that’s how I feel anyway. Maybe I’ve also been a bit selfish as I’ve still been going to my morning fitness classes and the gym and even managed to get away one evening to go out for a girly meal with some old friends. *hides face*

    I do think I deserve one night early evening off at least… 🙂 

    If you’re stuck on Halloween ideas for this weekend, here are a few that I’ve come across for Friday to Sunday. I do apologise for posting this so late… I’ve been procrastinating with this post as I have a few other product reviews lined up which I need to start working on. Also my Polaroid Camera giveaway is still running but will end on Monday 31st October – the winner will be announced the day after. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so here… check out the blog post now

    So without further ado, here are the few events around Greenwich and surrounding areas that may be of interest…

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    The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Things to Do Halloween Weekend
    Spooky Halloween Fun Day at Greenwich Market

    Spooky Halloween Day

    Where: Greenwich Market, Greenwich SE10
    Time: from 12:00pm – 6:30pm

    Lots of music, workshops and fun at every hour from 12pm until 6pm including a zombie party with Diddi Dance, family yoga with The Flying Mat, a scary fashion show, pumpkin judging and lots more. 

    For more info: http://www.greenwichmarketlondon.com/events/story/spooktacular-halloween-day Continue reading “Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!”