Thursday, 31 March 2011

A bedtime lullaby

Seeing as my last post was my angels with dirty faces asleep, it lead me to think that I really need to write down our bedtime lullaby in case we all forget it in years to come.

Firstly, I must explain, my lovely mum always used to stroke my hair whilst singing (or rather La, La, La-ing) along to the beautiful Brahms Lullaby it is a piece of music that makes my feel so happy and secure and I found myself doing exactly the same thing to Beansy when he was a tiny baby (funny how we all turn into our parents the minute we have kids, that's a whole other blog post!).

As he got older and I was La, La La-ing away, he used to say "words Mama, words" and so it evolved that the following words (I will not use the word singing, have you heard my voice?!) accompanied this lovely piece of music:

"Go to sleep, Beansy Beans, go to sleep little Beansy
Mummy loves you, very much,
you're the best boy in the world
I love you, yes I do, you're the gorgeous Beansy Beans,
I love you, yes I do, you're the best boy in the world"

This has evolved over the years to include Beau Bo and Pixie and now is in family folklore.  It's a ritual that now comforts my kids and they all want their lullaby!

What's your bedtime rituals??

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Wicked - A spectacular theatrical experience

Last night will go down as one of my most memorable theatrical experiences.  I have spent a LOT of time over the years in various theatres as both a performer and spectator and was utterly delighted when I was offered 3 top tickets by Superbreak.com to see Wicked.

I have been almost reluctant to see Wicked as I am a massive "wizard of Oz" fan and I was concerned that the magical feeling every time I watch the movie would somehow be broken if I "knew" what the real story was.  Like most people I was aware that the story was based around the witches but didn't really know the full story.

I took two girlfriends with me, one of whom only saw the show in January (and couldn't wait to go again, surely a good sign!) and one who like me was a bit dubious in case the wonder of the original film was somehow tarnished.

From the moment I walked into the Apollo Theate at Victoria, I was captivated.  I hadn't been there for at least (maybe more) a decade when I took clients to see "Starlight Express" and I had forgotten just how beautiful the theatre is.  Originally built as a cinema in early 1930 is had all the splendour and glamour of the Art Deco period. 

We settled in our seats and from the opening scene I was captivated. 

"Wicked" looks at the relationship between Glinda the good witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.  They meet at Shiz University where Glinda is your arch typical, ditzy, popular blonde whilst Elphaba is the social outcast because she is green. 




Initially they are arch enemies but after a lovely gesture by Elphaba they become best friends.  They then go on a journey that alludes to "The Wizard of Oz" in so many subtle ways, you find out who and why the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are and how they came to be in Oz.  It is a story of love, rivalry and friendship.   I am not going to say any more on the story as I really don't want to spoil it for you.

Several times during the performance I had goosebumps and the score, magical effects, costumes and superb storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final curtain.  It got a very well deserved standing ovation.  I can't wait to go again.

If you fancy a weekend in London then have a look at London Hotels and don't forget to check out this really insightful guide London Theatre Guide but my advise is see "Wicked".  I can honestly say it is the best show I have seen in a very, very long time.

It's not just wicked, it's awesome, amazing, enthralling, enchanting, spine tingling, spectacularly great!

Peace and Love

S.A.M

Monday, 28 March 2011

The Future??

Every night before we go to bed, we go into each of the kids bedrooms to give them a final kiss and cuddle.  This is what greeted us in each case last night, is this a sign of future dreams/aspirations/jobs?  Will I have a showjumper and Wildlife Expert/fashion designer (it was my Louis Vuitton after all!) and Rugby Superstar????

Pixie, aged 2 with lollypop the pony


Beau Bo aged 4 with a Louis Vuitton scarf and vintage lion




Beansy aged 7 wearing his Rugby kit and with a book!





I'll love to show them this in 30 years time to see what their current dreams have lead them to!

Peace and Love

S.A.M

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Naked Saunas, White outs and Igloos!

Hello lovely people,

I have just spent a crazy 5 days with HAW in Germany.  We left London on the red eye from Gatwick and were in Munich by 9am,  We collected our hire car ready for a 2 hour drive to the Mountains.  The plan was to ski for 2 days and then chill in Munich for another 2 days.

By the time we had got to Eibsse Lake the weather was pants: grey, rainy and so, so cold.  We took the cable up to the top and by the time we got there, visibility was zero and HAW had altitude sickness.


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There was zero chance of skiing so we had no choice but to go for some apres ski action.  We had a lovely lunch with vin chaud and beer and met the rest of our group who were also staying in the igloo village.  The village is built into the top of the mountain and has around 10 igloos that are all connected with a central bar and dining area.  It was built into the mountain and was truly magical.  Have a look here Igloo Village for inspiration.  

We went to "our" igloo which had a snow bed with furs and a double survival sleeping bag.  It was very pretty to look at but I was already cold by this point.  We went to the bar, met the rest of the occupants (all German) and settled down for some Vin Chaud and a cheese fondue.

We LOVE a fondue but it was serious cheese overload so we swiftly moved back to the bar where we were given shots of "Willie". (Still don't know what that is).  The night then went a bit mental.....Germans as you know LOVE their Rock music and were all rocking out to lots of cheesy soft rock whilst getting quite drunk. 

There was nothing to do but join in!!  I LOVE this video so,so much, rocking out to Wild Boys, it still makes me laugh out loud watching it......


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After a jacuzzi to warm up (we spoke about English vs German chavs, very weird) HAW and I retired to our igloo to sleep.    It was the strangest experience ever, HAW had indulged in to much fondue and was letting of cheesy trumps which was doing my head in as we were stuck into a double survival sleeping bag.  We were both struggling to sleep at this altitude and we had to seriously talk me out of a panic attack (haven't had one for years and was very scary).  At one point I was hallucinating and talking to my old school teacher but at the same time I knew it was nonsense...WEIRD!

We slept fitfully and at 7am we were the first at the door ready to leave the village for a day of skiing!

So, the question is, would I recommend it?! Absolutely, there are not many people who could say that they have slept on Germany's highest mountain in an igloo whilst drinking shots of Willie and dancing to soft rock with Germans before having a naked sauna!

Just another crazy escapade in the rich tapestry of  our life! 

If you enjoyed this, just wait until Part 2 coming shortly!!

Love S.A.M

xxx







Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Lion King - West End Extravaganza and grubby gym kit!

I was delighted last Wednesday when I was offered the opportunity to review The Lion King Musical and offered two tickets for a 7:30pm showing.  HAW is not interested in musicals, Beansy prefers sport and my little Pixie is too young.   I spent a LOT of time in theatres as a child as both a performer and spectator and it has riled me for years that HAW would rather have hot needles poked in his eyes than see a musical. 

However, at the age of 4 my wonderfully charismatic Bo Bo is looking to be my "luvvie" in the making.  Since he could walk he has been performing, my dad has taught him all the old songs and he can do a fabulous Gene Kelly impression. 

He loves the Lion King and was so excited when I told him we were going.  I decided to drive as he had school the next day and I figured he could fall asleep on the way home.  However, in true SAM style we were stuck in the most horrendous rush hour traffic (we live 10 miles away) so at Clapham Junction, I decided to park the car and catch the train into Waterloo. I made a split second decision to change my clothes as had my new Jimmy Choo boots on (6 inches) and a lovely DVF wrap dress.  I ended up putting on my gym kit and trainers (yuck) but at least I was now dressed ready for mortal combat during rush hour. 

Sadly, in my rush to get us out of the car and onto the train to get there in time, I left my camera in the car and so sadly no photos to accompany this blog post!

We arrived with 10 minutes to spare, collected our tickets and found our seats.  We were then transported to the Serengeti Plains as we joined the young lion prince Simba as he starts his epic journey to become the King of the Pride Lands with help along the way from friends Timon and Pumba.

For those of you who don't know the story, it goes something like this:

"After the birth of Simba to King Mufasa and his Queen Sarabi Simba's evil uncle Scar hatches a plan to kill both Simba and Mufasa and proclaim himself as rightful King. Scar tells Mufasa that Simba is trapped and in need of help, Mufasa rushes to rescue his son, but is caught up in a stampede of wildebeests. Simba believing his fathers death is his fault flees the kingdom leaving Scar to reign over the Pride Land. The Lion King Musical follows Simba as he grows up and decides whether to return to the kingdom which has been almost destroyed believing he is to blame"

It was quite simply a rollercoaster of a musical, my Bo Bo was transfixed and on the edge of his seat the whole way through, the scenery was simply stunning and the amazing costumes were out of this world.   It is no surprise that over 50 million people worldwide have seen this and that it is one of the most popular family musicals to date.

The Lion King Musical features moving vocal performances from the whole cast and some of the most memorable songs from the film such as the phenomenal “Circle Of Life”. This wonderful show is complete with giant giraffes and antelopes and many more animals brought to life by striking puppets and special effects.



On leaving the theatre, my little luvvie asked "Can we come back tomorrow?"  He is my boy alright!!

If you want to find out more about London shows from where to eat, what to wear and how to act, then have a look at this really informative guide Superbreak 


Break a leg!

Love and Peace

SAM

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Blog Nightmare

Have a look at my blog, have been fiddling now for weeks but can't get it right.

It's driving me insane as I am such a technophobic.  I don't HTML, I don't know what a gadget is, I don't know what a widget is.  I have struggled and struggled and this is the best I can do.

It needs a bit of assistance, can you tel me how to get my header bigger and how to ensure that my shabby background is the right size??

Thank you!

Friday, 11 March 2011

One Word Wonder

I've been tagged.   

Luckily it was a tag from the fabulous Kate at Kate Takes 5 who has been blogging for the same time as me.  We always have a giggle, namely at out inept facebook skills/html *stuff* and  end up having a glass of wine instead (I likey!).  Anyway, It's a goody because you all get to tell me what you *really* think of me. 

Aha, I thought you might like that, trouble is, you can only do it in one word, hence the "One Word Wonder".

The idea originated from the lovely Mummy from the Heart who says the following:

This got me thinking about an email I received a few years back, one of those circular things that I normally hate but this one I loved and have never forgotten.  It was about the power of positive affirmations and how knowing what positive things others think of you can boost your own self-esteem.  It talked of an inspirational teacher who got all her children to write one positive word down to describe the other children in the class and then they had to hand them in.  The teacher then collated all the positive words for each child into a special sheet for them and handed it to them to read and keep.  They learnt that their peers saw them in ways they had never imagined and it had an immense effect on them.  The story goes that one of them died and a number of them attended the funeral and it was found that they all still had their lists 20 or so years later as they had been really touched by this loving gesture.  Did this really happen?  Who knows, but I love the sentiment of this story and therefore it does not matter to me if it was real.
Well, what about if us bloggers and virtual friends did something similar?




So what are you waiting for?!  Let's spread some love........

Super Amazing Mum is......................................

I am tagging the following: @Manicmum4, @helloitsgemma, @fastandluce @dulwichmum @msalliance @honestmummy @cafebebe @amodernmother @aresidence @relaxkids @mostlyyummy @helloitswendy @choc0range @mmelindor @alysonsblog

Please feel free to spread the love, remember kids, make love not war.

Peace and Love

SAM xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Where's my *bleeping* keys......

Something happens very frequently in our house.  It drive me absolutely insane and I have tried many, many times to rectify this problem.  It is getting to the stage where I am wondering if I am alone, am I the only person who suffers from this dreadful condition (disclaimer it is definitely hereditary as my mum has the same condition) it is driving a wedge between HAW and I and if I don't sort it soon, I fear our marriage may be over........

What can this condition be?!  What is so dreadful that I of all people (being superamazing and all that) can't rectify?

I'll tell you in the hope that someone can cure me.....

I can't stop losing my keys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, those things that are so small yet such an important part of life. 

Take today for example, I rushed out of the door, all three kids were clean, pressed and fed, I was looking half way decent thanks to my mummy saving masterpieces (more of that to follow) and I hadn't raised my voice once. 

I dropped the kids off, came home and could I find my keys?! NO I COULDN'T.  I re-traced my steps to no avail, the school office didn't have them and my bag was empty (well apart from lots of used tissues, make up, my diary, 3 nappies, 4 pens, my ipad, my phone and a water bottle plus numerous receipts).

Luckily, having been in this position more times than I care to admit (ok it's more than 10 and less than 100) I called my key holders.  Fortunately my dad was in and so off I trotted, got the spare key and home I came.   However, once in, I couldn't find the key so presumed it had fallen off my key ring.

Fast forward to this afternoon - Rush out the door at 3pm, pick up the angels with dirty faces and then home.  Guess what, this has never happened twice - no bloody key!!

We all trot into the garden whilst I try the back door (pathetic really as I remember locking it before going on the school run) but I had to be seen to be doing something.

The kids are running amok, checking the Robin's grave (we had to bury one yesterday, very sad) and generally enjoying this unexpected jaunt into the garden of mud.

I am sitting in the gazebo with my bag turned out (same stuff as before but add 6 apples) and something tells me to shake it.  It sounds like Aladdin's cave but again under inspection it is empty.  I can now feel numerous things in the lining and it dawns on me that there must be a hole somewhere.

Lo and behold there is a hole which I can just about put my finger in.

Joy of Joy - not only have I found one key but 3 (yes dear reader 3 front door keys) plus £11.98 in change, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses a mascara and 2 more pens.

I am in key heaven!!

So my little word of advise to anyone who loses keys on a regular basis, check the lining of your bag!

Peace and Love

SAM x

Boys - The Gallery


This was taken last year on the beach at Camber on the Kent Coast.  It's about a 90 minute drive and we go very regularly staying at one of our four favourite haunts.  There are NO amusement arcades, tat shops, slot machines (unless you go into the holiday camp) but there are sand dunes galore and a lovely cafe selling ice creams.  You have to make your own entertainment which is why we love it so much.

We are going for our first visit in three weeks and I can't wait!

If you want to link up then please do so here;

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Buggysnuggle

There are some products that should be handed out to all parents on the way out of the hospital.  The all new design Buggysnuggle is one of them!

The new design Buggysnuggle, a footmuff for pushchairs. Fits almost all pushchairs, comes in 40+ fabric designs, is very easy to fit, the top can be zipped off for use in warmer weather and the zips open at the bottom allowing muddy feet to stick out.

I have been a fan since I inherited one from my sister in law about seven years ago which has stood the test of time on all my buggies across the world.  It had been skiing in the alps, hot to trot in the Maldives (obviously unzipped) and on numerous trips out and about.  It was admittedly getting a bit grubby so when we were offered the chance to review the all new design Buggysnuggle, I jumped at the chance.

We were sent the funky cow design which suited my little moo very well!  It also went beautifully with my Mountain Buggy which any style conscious mother wants.   Pixie was so excited and couldn't wait to get into her buggy:




We have been road testing this now for around 3 weeks.  Everything about it is great from the lovely, soft fur (faux of course) but the biggest improvement from the original  is the fact that the zip opens at the bottom so muddy feet can stick out!  This was something that used to really grate me about the old style design, but even if it does get muddy it is washable and quick drying which is an absolute must if you are a heavy buggy user.

 I also LOVE the new addition of a hand warmer pocket at the front although Pixie has been using this to put her toy phone and dolly in.

The buggysnuggle comes in several different designs from hearts and flowers to stars and stripes and you can now accessorise with matching hats and blankets.  They are also nice and roomy and easy to fit on all sorts of buggies thanks to the elasticated back and one size fits all strap insertions.

I'll leave the final word to Pixie - when I asked her what she thought about her new buggysnuggle, this is waht she did :




*MWAH* and that gets my seal of approval!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Listography - take 5 children's books....

Goodness me, what a week of blogging about literature.  Firstly, I blogged about world book day Here and then earlier today (yes another post on the same day, impressed?!) I blogged my story telling abilities (or not) Here.

Now the lovely Kate at katetakes5 has decided that this weeks topic for Listography is 5 favourite children's books. 

In no particular order, here are mine (not the kids, mine I tell you!)

1) Where the Wild Things Are - I LOVED this as a child and it's not surprise what my eldest darling son is called!  Yes, inspired by my love of this book.




2) Any of the Enid Blyton St Clare's books - I wanted to be a twin, I wanted to go to boarding school.  Instead I had a younger brother and went to a little prep school with not a hope in hell of boarding!


3) Piggly's Play Truant - utterly transfixed me as a child, the fact that they skipped school.  I was such a goody goody I enjoyed their naughtiness!  I am re-reading this with the boys and they love it as well.


4) The folk of the faraway tree - Another Enid Blyton CLASSIC.  If you haven't read this, then please, please do.  Beau Bo is enraptured by the goings on of moonface at the age of 4.



5) Peepo - Pixie LOVES this and I had forgotten how good it is - it's also beautifully illustrated with lots to look for.  We both adore this.


Love and Peace

SAM x

Kidney Stones - an unusual cure!

Last Thursday I woke up in a FABULOUS mood, I had my shower, put on my slap and was just getting the kids ready for school when I dropped my cup of tea as I was suddenly doubled up in agony.

You can read about that day Here but the long and the short of it is I have kidney stones.

I have spent the weekend in pain, in bed, tweeting on my ipad and watching iplayer whilst HAW has taken over (and although the house is so, so messy, he did an awesome job).

I had an appointment today with the Dr to discuss the next move.  I was still in pain and they hadn't passed. 

HAW did the school run and was taking to one of the other dads who told him about a natural remedy to cure the stones.  If anyone else had told me this I would have poo-pooed it but this dad knows kidneys as had gone through a lot. (not my story to tell).

Here is his remedy (you can also google this, pages and pages of people agree!)

6 cans of full fat coke
packet of asparagus

You basically drink 1 can of coke every 20 mins and then after the last can, you eat the asparagus in a soup form. 

The science behind this was that the acid in the coke would break down the stones and the asparagus would act as a diuretic.


The pain was so intense I thought I would give it a go.  Drinking that much coke was hard.  I was belching like a Brit in benidorm and was so bloated.  It was difficult I have to admit.  When it was time for the asparagus, I was ready for some goodness:




I downed that followed by some water and waited.   Within 20 minutes I could feel something happening, I went to the loo and nothing.  I carried on drinking water and during the next 5 hours, peed out tiny granules. 

Unbelievably, I am now pain free!!! 

I still cannot believe that this worked but if anyone is suffering from the same agonising ailment, please, please give this a go.  I couldn't believe the almost immediate relief!

Peace and Love

SAM x

Please rate my story telling!!! Judge me, Judge me!

I have always loved books, the magic of a story, the thrill of a good book.  This is something that I have always loved, I have very fond memories indeed of both my parents reading to us from a very young age.  I hope (!) I am passing the same love of books and stories onto my children, I am certainly enjoying the ritual of reading to and with them.

I blogged about my love of books on World Book day last week HERE and my lovely mum has sent me the link to a talktalk competition that she thought I should enter.  Now, I must say, I LOVE reading stories to the children and the lure of being known as "Britain's Best Storyteller" definitely excites me!  Imagine dining out on that one for the rest of your life....

"I was Britain's best storyteller you know in 2011".....

However, I have just read the terms and conditions and it seems that to get into the final 10 you need votes.  So, dear readers, I am putting myself on a limb here, you can rate my story telling abilities out of 5.......

I would be honoured if you could please vote for me HERE

Thank you so much!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Win lots of lovely No7 make up!

I was lucky enough to win a No7  facebook competition by submitting a picture of me winking!  They sent me a huge hamper of No7 goodies to add to my ever expanding collection of make up/beauty products.   Unluckily for me but luckily for one of you, the make up isn't my colour and so rather than let it languish in one of my many make up boxes, I have decided to host a giveaway!!!


All of the products are full sized and have never been used.  Up for grabs we have:

1) Moisture Drench Lipstick in Mulberry £10.00
2) Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Palette in Cappuccino £10.00
3) Stay Perfect Single Eye Shadow in truffle £8.00
4) Instant Radiance Foundation in new ivory £12.50

Wow - over £40 worth of loveliness for one of you lucky people!

All you have to do to enter is this:

1) Follow my blog using google friends connect (mandatory)
2) Like my facebook fan page Here or you can use the button on my blog (I hope I have done this properly!) (mandatory)
3) Like me via networked blogs - there is a button on the right to do this (1 extra entry)
4) Subscribe to my blog (again using the button) on the right hand side m (1 extra entry)



Please leave a comment below to tell me what you have done and how I can contact you if you win.  A winner will be chosen at random on the 31st March 2011.

My silent Sunday post - caught in the act




- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, 4 March 2011

More painful than childbirth??

Yesterday I spent the day assuming I had a S+D virus, Pixie had been sick the night before and so when I got stabbing pains/cramps in my left side, I thought I was getting a virus as well.

WRONG.

By 5pm I was doubled up in pain, I got the kids into bed, took some very strong painkillers and tweeted and blogged.  HAW was at a work do, some launch or the other and so I wanted a early night.  I had been drinking lots of water throughout the day and as I was going up to bed I realised I hadn't peeded very much.

I drank a pint and watched and waited as the pain got worse.  I spoke to HAW who was just about to jump on the tube, in the meantime, I called the out of service Dr who said I needed to see someone right away.

Luckily my parents are close by and so my wonderful mum came over to watch the kids whilst I went to A+E.  how I drove there I have no idea, by this time I was doubled up in agony.  I was seen straight away, a urine sample was taken, and I was diagnoised with Kidney Stones.

Treatment nowadays is to pee them out with pain management and anti inflamatory and antibiotics to prevent infection.   I got home and was sick, the pain was unbearable and HAW bless his cotton "drunk" socks was about as useful as a chocolate teapot.  He tried his best but I was so irratable and restless (quite common so google has since told us).

I don't know if any of you have experienced kidney stones but the pain is worse than childbirth.  It really, truly is and at around 2am we called the hospital, a Dr came out pretty quickly and administered a shot of something (morphine/tremasomething) that within 10 mins took the edge of the pain.

I am still in agony, still waiting to pass these goddamn stones, and if they haven't come out in the next 2 days I need to go into hospital to have them out.

Bah humbug.  very pissed off SAM.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

World Book Day - a celebration

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.

World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who worke together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.

A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

I couldn't NOT blog on World Book Day as we are voracious readers (except HAW but I blame the fact he works on a newspaper and reads all day long) in this house, it's a very important part of who I am, as I constantly have books on the go and I hope I am passing my love and passion for the written word onto my children.  So far they are all loving books and we are currently re-visiting my favourite childhood books.

Beansy is 7 and currently relishing the Famous Five and Secret Seven.  He is reading his way through my collection and I can't wait to get the little ones into bed so we can snuggle down for a chapter or two with lashings of lemonade and ham sandwiches ;-)

Beau Boo is mesmerised my vintage ladybird collection - classics such as Chicken Lickin, Aesop’s Fables, Cinderella and Snow White and Rose Red.  The illustrations are superb and as well as looking at my old collection, quite often we pick them up for pennies in the charity shop.

Pixie is just getting into fairy tales and seems to be fascinated by fairies - I cannot wait until she is old enough for Malory Towers and St Clare’s (I have been known to have a sneaky read every once in a while)

They ALL love the magic Faraway tree but not as much as I do I have to say.  I am so grateful to my parents for preserving my collection.

There will always be a special place in my heart for books and I hope that World Book Day reaches out to others in the same way.




What are you currently readind with your children??

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Nip + Fab Shower Fix


I have fallen in love with the new Nip + Fab range, I have already reviewed the Tummy Fix which surely must be the closest you can get to a tummy tuck without the surgery.  Next up to be tested was the Nip+Fab Shower fix.
Here's what they say:
"A daily rich and indulgent shower oil which cleanses, nourishes and protects the skin’s natural moisture balance. It keeps skin soft and velvety smooth for longer with this rich and indulgent shower oil.  Enriched with gentle oils which cleanse, nourish and protect the skin’s natural moisture balance and toning, refreshing orange this delicious shower buddy also contains mandarin renowned for its ability to activate circulation and refine fine lines.  This original and unique texture is perfect for re-energising dry skin, leaving a satin-like softness all over the body"

So basically it cleans, protects, tones, refreshes, activates circulation and refines.  Phew, so did it do what it said on the tin? 

Firstly, expect the unexpected,  It's a totally different experience to any other shower gel I have used.  I think we are so conditioned to expecting a nice foamy lather that when you put this on (to dry skin is recommended) it is like using a body oil.  You then emulsify with water and it changes into a cream. It doesn't lather and it doesn't foam despite claiming that it does.

I really didn't like this as a shower gel as I love a good foamy lather up (the more bubbles the better) but HAW absolutely raved about it.  He loved the fact it hydrated his skin whilst cleansing.

However, there is one thing that I don't like that foams up - that is Shaving Foam.  I can't bear the mess, the texture, the scum in the bath, the fact you can't see where you are shaving but it's a necessity if you want to get a good clean shave in between seasons. (wax in Spring/Summer shave in Autumn/Winter, don't ask me why) 

I have suffered for years using shaving foam (ok, pinching HAW's) and if you use soap your end up with very scaly, dry legs.  In Nip + Fab Shower Fix I have found the perfect solution.  This is the PERFECT shaving oil for the legs and underarms.   It left my legs feeling silky, soft and the scent lingered for a fair few hours.   It also makes a lovely bath oil and as it emulsifies doesn't leave an oily film around the bath.




SAM Rating:

Branding/Packaging:  8/10 Great, clean, clinical with clear explanation
Smell: 8/10 Clean and fresh it lingered for a few hours
Consistency: 7/10 lovely oil that turns into a creme
Result: 3/10 as a shower gel 9/10 as a shaving oil or bath oil
 Likely to use again: Yes but not as a shower gel (HAW loves it though although I doubt he is the target market)
Would I recommend this product - as an alternative to shaving foam, absolutely.
Priced at £12.25 for 200ml you can buy this here Nip+Fab

Nip + Fab Tummy Fix

As a massive beauty junkie I was delighted to have been sent some Nip + Fab products to review.   Nip + Fab is the latest beauty launch from Maria Hatzistefanis who is also the owner behind the premium body sculpting brand Rodial.   

While not everyone can afford the high-end price tags attached to the Rodial products, this new NIP + FAB line targets more budget-conscious shoppers as everything is less than twenty pounds and promises to deliver measurable results at prices that don’t cost the earth.  So far, so good (and that's from the woman who once spent £200 on a moisturiser!)

First up I tried the Tummy Fix which  (here comes the science) "features a revolutionary 'amarashape' formula which will help in toning, smoothing and tightening of the tummy area in both women and men. AmaraShape combines fat burning actives such as caffeine and synephrine which aid the breakdown of lipids in fat cells of the adipose tissue".  My tummy has always been my problem area and so I was really looking forward to seeing if this would work.

I have been using this for 3 weeks now and although they recommend you use 2x a day, tI have only managed this on a couple of occasions but I have rubbed it into my tummy every night.   I am utterly amazed at the results - I have lost 2 inches from my tummy, my stretch marks are visibly reduced and my tummy is most definitely smoother.  Now I have a LONG way to go in getting rid of my mummy tummy so anything that helps is a good thing in my mind. 

SAM Rating:
Branding/Packaging:  8/10 Great, clean, clinical with clear explanation
Smell: 8/10 Clean and fresh
Consistency: 4/10 It is quite gloppy but with results like this, I am not complaining and it did sink in quickly.
Result: 10/10 Does as it says on the packet, a rarity these days!
 Likely to use again: Sign me up!
Would I recommend this product - Absolutely!
Priced at £19.95 for 100ml you can buy this wonderstuff here Nip+Fab

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

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Pet Hates

This weeks topic is pet hates, if you want to join in then please click on the badge above.

1) Bad Manners

I cannot abide bad manners.  Whether this is in children or adults, a simple "please" "thank you" or even a smile makes all the difference.   DO IT.  Please ;-)  Whilst I am on the topic of manners, can you also please remember that we have two ears and one mouth, so listen 2x as much as you speak and don't interupt when others are talking.  When eating, close your mouth, chew your food and use proper cutlery.  Do not even attempt to give me supper on a lap, I like to sit at a table with proper cutlery.  Thank you.

2) Lateness

How on earth HAW and I ended up together and happily married is beyond me, I am a control freak whilst he is Mr chill.  His time is always "manana" whilst mine is bordering on the obsession of getting there 10 minutes early "just in case".   He drives me nuts daily, always in bed until the last possible moment, then running around disorganised, you get my drift.   I think it is incredibly rude to be late - FACT

3) Dirty Floors

I have lovely wooden floors throughout my house and I can't bear to see marks on them.  Not easy when you have 3 kids who despite taking their shoes off in the hall, still bring in all sorts of manner of dirt.  I like to see clean floors and hoover downstairs 2x a day.  I have just discovered a solution - a gtech sweeper.  You know those things your Granny used to have? Well it's an electric version and it's FANTASTIC!

4) Plastic Toys

Drive me NUTS, they are taking over my house and I can't wait to move and have a playroom so I can chuck all the toys in there, shut the door and ignore them.  Despite me putting an amnesty onto plastic toys for the past 2 years, the collection grows and grows.

5) Plug in Air fresheners.  They are awful.  They don't smell nice, they don't mask smells, they are overpowering.  If you can't afford decent candles (cheap candles as well are too overpowering) then pick some lavender, dry it and make your own pot pourri.  Or burn essential oils.  Natural and pleasant.

That is all, I could go on.........

Love Grumpy Old Woman