My birthday haul!

It was my birthday this week (33 – that’s still early thirties isn’t it?!) and I thought you might like to have a nosey at what I got…
Husband did an amazing job this year and got me these from Janine Basil who makes awesome accessories

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I’ve been admiring her stuff for years – since I tried setting up my own Etsy shop. My husband stumbled across it himself – unprompted – so he gets double Brownie points!
He also found these earrings – which match our (matching paper anniversary) tattoos…

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These are so adorable! I’d never even heard of Clorty Cat and I was super impressed with the sentimental significance of these.
My daughter chose this cute little radio clock from Paperchase

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which, as you can see, looks right at home with my kitch little jewellery box record player (which I bought in a ‘antique’ shop when I was 12). Impressive present selection for a 3 year old! 🙂

I also got a load of hair pretties and smellies from my sisters-in-law.

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You can’t beat a bit of Soap and Glory, in my humble opinion!

I also got these:

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And finally,  I also asked for money so I could pay for some sessions of cognitive hypnotherapy to address my (terrible!) relationship with food. I’ve been using Slimpods for a while but I realised (with the help of Sandra from Thinking Slimmer) that my deep seated issues with food would need a bit of extra support. She referred me to Dawn at Think It Change It who is able to give a bespoke personal service over Skype. So I’m looking forward to seeing how it will impact on my eating habits and my self esteem.

I’m very excited! I hope to be able to share my experiences here too. 🙂

So, all in all – I’m sure you will agree, I’ve been a lucky lady this year. 😉

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Birchbox #1

I received my 1st Birchbox this week! I’m not really much of a beauty geek to be honest, but Debz at Wannabe Princess shared a link for an awesome offer via Living Social which meant I was able to subscribe for 6 months for a grand total of £38* including postage! I’m a sucker for a bargain! 🙂 (*if 3 people buy using my link then apparently I’ll get mine for just £8!)
So here’s what I got in my first box:

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I haven’t managed to try it all out yet, but it all looks lovely and smells nice! I’ll let you know if I find something amazing – but I suspect at those prices, I’ll be sticking with Boots own brand products in the long term! I’ll keep you posted!

My 1st Collectif Order – The Verdict

I collected my 1st Collectif order from the sorting office this morning! I thought you might be interested to see my purchases and see what I thought of the experience.
I’ve admired Collectif from a far for quite some time, since I heard about them from the gorgeous George via her blog,  Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. But I was worried about the sizing (a lot of lines only go up to a 22) and they’re generally a bit out of my price range. For me, over £50 for a dress is a bit too pricey for general day to day stuff! So when I saw their 50% off code I thought ‘this is my chance!’.
I ordered 3 dresses – the Tallulah, the Polly and the Cynthia. A couple of days later I received an email saying that they didn’t actually have the Tallulah in stock (a system error apparently). So after a brief period of mourning I got over it and eagerly awaited my mew friends Polly and Cynthia instead!

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Polly

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Cynthia

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Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish but my 2 yo kept photo bombing, you can see evidence on Instagram!
I’m really impressed with the quality of the dresses – they’re beautifully made, with good quality fabric. As always seems to be the case with plus size dresses, the belts are NEVER quite long enough! The white isn’t wearable at my current size.
Both dresses fit well in the waist but are too tight and gaping around the boobs. I might sew up the front to stop the gaping so I can just put it over my head. (Button front dresses and blouses always tend to pop open for me anyway – one of the occupational hazards of an ample bosum!)
I’m very impressed with the dresses but I think I’ll have to stick to sale items and special offers to make it work with my budget.
Did you get anything in their sale?! Tell me tell me! 🙂 🙂 🙂

DI(Y)-Wagon-Alley

Possibly the worst pun known to man, but it’s the best I can come up with on a Friday evening after a long week! 🙂
This is a little share of our DIY wagon pimping – nothing to do with Harry Potter, I’m afraid! 🙂
So we bought a wagon off Amazon – similar to this one although this is a different seller.  It arrived like this:

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And I managed to put it together fairly quickly and easily:

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A few of the reviews I read suggested treating the wood as it was a bit rough and wouldn’t be very water resistant so I decided to use a chalk board paint (suitable for outdoor use) so the wagon could double up as entertainment or a creative outlet if we needed it!

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We used it as a chalk board at the tent but not so much when we were in the arena – there was other things worthy of their attention then! 🙂
I also made a mattress and pillows so they could snuggle down for a nap if need be… we’d planned to be revelling into the early evening but, if you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that it didn’t exactly pan out like that! Maybe next year if there’s less whinging!
But here’s some photos of me making the snuggle accessories:

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If anyone wants more info about how I did it then I’m happy to elaborate! 😉

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You can kinda see the edges of the mattress folding up the sides of the wagon here… H isn’t actually asleep – just resting!

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Honestly, I did pull it too – I just couldn’t take a good picture of myself! 😉

Having a wagon was really handy, particularly for lugging our camping equipment (and World’s Heaviest Tent) in and out of the site. The kid’s loved it and loads of families had various versions (many were pimped too!) which was great to see. I’m not sure how long the canopy will last – it already has some minor damage. I’ll probably be making a new canopy (ideally transparent – E didn’t like being closed in!) for next year. And the bolt holding the handle on kept coming loose. But for a £40 wagon and a bit of a bling up I think it stood up to the challenge – and looked pretty stylish too!
I’d love to know what you think – or show me your own pimped wagons! 🙂