Friday, 28 October 2016

Bloom & Wild Letterbox Flowers






There's something so satisfying about having flowers around the house, it's like an instant pick-me-up whenever I catch a glimpse of them and remember exactly why they are there, because flowers are such a meaningful gift, whether your sending them for a birthday, valentines day or just to say Thank you, flowers induce so many emotions and knowing that a bouquet of flowers are there for those very reasons is a instant mood booster! So when I was contacted by Bloom & Wild the flower delivery company and asked if I wanted to review one of their Bouquet's I felt so lucky and of course happily accepted!

Now a florist I am not but I have always loved the idea of being so, I really enjoy the concept of taking items, putting them together and relishing in the beauty that is the final piece and with Bloom & Wild you actually feel like a florist as you get to experience the flower arranging of your chosen bouquet! Presented in a slimline box, the perfect size for fitting through your postbox (no waiting in required) the flowers are neatly displayed in cellophane with a gorgeous gold bow tied around them, it's the little things isn't it? with the larger flowers individually protected by netting. After opening up the flowers and mixing my flower food sachet with water, I got to work arranging my flowers with the tips on the information card which I actually found very therapeutic to do. I love that with these letterbox flowers comes an experience!

I opted for The Quinn bouquet* as I loved the Autumnal Hues, featuring gorgeous orange spray roses, orange carthamus, limonium, burgundy bloom chrysanthemums, kangaroo paw and wheat, this harvest bouquet is simply beautiful and really brought that cosy autumnal feel to our home! The flowers arrive in bud which keeps them safe as they travel and it's lovely to watch them open, this also means that they last longer than your typical store bouquet. They can be enjoyed for 7 days or more if a little TLC is given, simply prepare as instructed on the box, refresh their water every few days and keep them away from radiators, cold draughts and direct sunlight. I have had my bouquet for a week now and although the carthamus are starting to wilt, the chrysanthemums look they still have weeks left in them so I intend on placing these in a smaller vase to enjoy for a little longer once the rest of the bouquet has gone.

If like me, you love having flowers in the house regularly, Bloom & Wild offer a subscription service where you can choose to receive or deliver if your feeling generous, flowers in a weekly, fortnightly or monthly gift bundle for 3, 6 or 12 months and if you really love your flowers, you can choose an on-going subscription.

There is also an app especially for Bloom & Wild, its really simple, easy to navigate and even has a handy occasion app which allows you to enter birthdays, anniversary's and other special dates, it will then give you a reminder before the day to send your flowers, this is perfect for people like me who often forget occasions and then panic buy on the day, I swear I never used to be this unorganised, is baby brain still an excuse after nearly 16 months?!

I love my bouquet and although they are more expensive than your store bought bouquets, ranging from around £20-£50 the beautiful hand selected arrangements and service make them feel extra special for those occasions and I will definitely be using them next time I need to send a bouquet. I may also give Dan a nudge towards The Harper for our anniversary coming up as it is simply beautiful!

Have you enjoyed the Bloom & Wild experience yet?

Love Abbie x

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wishlist Wednesday | Pink to Make the Boys Wink

Wishlist Wednesday | Blush



Pink - the prettiest, girliest, harmonious colour, a colour that somehow makes me happy, a colour that makes me think of romance, lust and love but the right shade of pink, blush pink to be exact. 

I always find myself drawn to blush pink when shopping for underwear, nightwear and accessories and I find it such a complimentary colour that works well for all seasons. Whilst perusing the Next website recently, I found my basket (that one I constantly fill up and delete, please tell me it's not just me?!) filling up with so many items in the same shade.

This scallop edge handbag is the epitome of prettiness, the colour, the shade and the scallop detailing are so sweet and sophisticated, (Dan if your reading this, take note!)

I think finding the perfect knitwear is every girls mission come A/W and these knits are dreamy, I love waterfall cardigans especially as they compliment my figure well and with lace-up detailing being so on trend I had to include this lace back sweater.

Nightwear is my biggest weakness, there's nothing quite like snuggling up in new nightwear and slippers. This pink jersey lace slip reminds me of the kind I buy to wear on holiday, its so girly and is perfect to wear whilst doing your makeup as well as wearing to bed.

What's on your wishlist?

Love Abbie x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

BigJigs Fairy Figure of Eight Train Set Review







A few days ago I posted a picture of the Bigjigs Fairy Figure of Eight Train Set on my Instagram which we bought for Emme's first birthday and everyone seemed to love it, so I thought that with Christmas very quickly creeping upon us, it was time that I reviewed it!

I adore wooden toys and seem to have made it my mission to ensure Emme has as many wooden toys in her playroom as possible! Although some of the wooden toys that we have bought for Emme are a little too old for her yet, I love that wooden toys grow with your child! Not only that but the quality ensures that they will last for so many years to come and they also encourage your children to use their imagination!

Emme has only recently taken a great interest in her wooden train set but she is already getting so much enjoyment from it and I only hope this will grow as she becomes older and starts to fully understand the toys that she is playing with and learns to use her imagination. I love how Emme gets excited every time I wedge a fairy between the train carriages, that she loves to help push the train over the bridge and she gosters with laughter each time the train falls off the track! Watching her play with wooden toys gives me that warm fuzzy feeling, I guess its because it feels very nostalgic to me, it reminds me of being a child and using my imagination, it makes me feel so proud and it makes us both so happy! If there's one thing I want to encourage Emme to do, it's to become fixated on her toys and not electronics!

Being a train driver Dan was adamant that Emme was having a train set for her first birthday and I thought it was so sweet when he found her this one, he originally wanted to buy her the Bigjigs Fairy Town Train Set but I don't think that she would appreciate that one until she's a little older.

Bigjigs is a family operated business which was founded in June 1985, their mission is to 'deliver quality, safe and affordable products which are responsibly sourced and complement childhood fun, exploration and learning.' They have a variety of amazing toys which encourage creativity and imaginative play, making them a great company to start your child's wooden collection.

The quality of this train set is fantastic, the wood is sturdy, and the pieces fit together well. The designs on the accessories are perfect and it is very easy to put together, even without instructions (i'm pretty good at losing them,) It has so far survived many drops, water spillages and Emme treading all over it, I could not be happier with our purchase.

The Fairy Figure of Eight Train Set consists of 40 pastel play pieces, including a train, two carriages, trees, houses, fairys and toadstools, with additional accessories available to purchase to expand your collection, we will most definitely be expanding Emmes for Christmas, however it is also compatible with most other major wooden railway brands. This train set is for ages 3+ so we only allow Emme to play with this in the presence of either Dan or myself.

You can purchase the Fairy Figure of Eight Train Set here for £22.50 from natural baby shower and if you sign up to their emails, you will recieve 10% off!

Have you tried anything from Bigjigs? Will this be going on your childs Christmas list?

Love Abbie x

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wishlist Wednesday | Zara baby girl

Zara baby girl wishlist

                 



I'm back with my Wishlist Wednesdays and I'm having way too much fun putting Emme's A/W wardrobe together right now, although we have not long received our latest Zara order, I'm already curating my next collection so I thought I would share my latest findings with you guys!
 
I actually tried to order this sweet red gingham dress with my last order but all of the sizes were out of stock, cue my order arriving and typically they were all back in stock!
 
I am obsessed with Zara baby knits, they are super chunky and so well made, with colours that complement the season and the whole wardrobe, so it's no wonder I'm lusting after more, having just ordered two already! Luckily Emme loves them too and actually demanded she wore one this morning, pulling it out of her wardrobe and throwing a tantrum until I figured out what she actually wanted and put it on her! It's so sweet that she's started having an opinion on exactly what she wants to wear, she is such a girly girl and she loves getting dressed, definitely takes after mama, at least the pre-emme mama!

I'm loving the soft neutral tones for autumn with the odd mustard, red and checked item thrown in! Are you having fun putting your little ones A/W wardrobe together? What are your go to shops for toddler clothes?
 
Love Abbie x

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Loving Lately #1


Taking the time to enjoy the things that I love is something I have to consciously make the time and effort for, as being a mum means that I often get caught up in what everybody else needs/wants/loves, so it's nice to take time out for myself and discover what I really love and enjoy, things that make me feel like me! I used to do a monthly favourites post which I loved writing and sharing with you but I just don't find that I have enough for a monthly post anymore so I thought I would do a Loving Lately series instead in which I share with you what I'm currently loving when I actually have a decent sized pile. This time I also plan to share with you food and home items, books and whatever is floating my boat at that time, aswell as beauty products, because lets face it, when you have a little one 90% of your money goes on them and your makeup pile very quickly dwindles, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

On with the post...


I never seem to get my hands on collaberations with amazing brands so i was pretty chuffed when I managed to get two of the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks on the day they came out, I may not have been quick enough for the two I really wanted and I can't afford them now that they are back in stock, but I'm still going to give myself a pat on the back for getting a hold of these! The shade muse is my current favourite, as it's a great transition colour from Summer to Autumn. This pink toned nude/mauve lipstick is such an on trend colour right now, the formula is so smooth and lovely to apply and it has fantastic staying power, I'm hooked!

Yves Rocher Noix De Coco Coconut Eau De Toilette

I love coconut, the fruit, the scent, the oil, to be quite honest, I don't get that some people don't love it! What's that all about?! Dan hates the fruit but loves Malibu and the scent.. that to me, is a crazy ass concept! Anyhow, I was seriously excited when I opened my My Little Box a couple of months back to see the theme was infact coconut and this Yves Rocher perfume was waiting inside for me! I have spritzed this all over almost every single day since I received it and it smells so freaking good! It reminds me of being on holiday which instantly lifts my mood and its the perfect size to pop in your handbag for an instant pick me up throughout the day!


This lash-multiplying mascara makes my teeny tiny lashes look sensational! I have such a love-hate relationship with mascara, often they give volume and sometimes a little length but because my lashes are quite ridiculously tiny, they never give me a great deal (unless were counting panda eyes that is) but this mascara actually gives me visible lashes and then some! I'm already starting to panick about this running out so I may just have to go buy a stash!


I am a girl that loves my brows, even on my no-makeup days, I like to at least have my brows done but I often find when I have a busy week that I end up turning to brow pencils for ease! However just recently I have fallen in love with doing my brows again with my ABH dip row pomade and I have been taking the time to do them properly! There's not much quite like grooming, filling and setting my brows and the benefit ready set, brow! has been perfect for keeping my brows in place. This is so easy to use with the combed brush and keeps hairs in place all day!The snazzy packaging is a nice touch too!


This book has literally had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions, I even think the other half is starting to think he's missing out as I have now started having to repeat said hilarious phrases/sentences/chapters out loud so that he too can be in on the lols! I love how much I nod along to this book, knowing I've been there, done that and feel sane for knowing that I am not the only mum to encounter such experiences. Sarah tells it how it is when it comes to motherhood and makes you realise that your not a crap mum for admitting that it is hard, we all find it hard, some of us just find it easier admitting it than others and there is nothing wrong with that!

Home Inpiration by Yankee Candle Vanilla Frosting Wax Melt Cubes £3 Asda

I spotted these new melts by Yankee Candle in Asda the other day and was seriously impressed that you get 6 melts for just £3! I love the sickly sweet scents so Vanilla Frosting was straight in my basket and I'll definitely be back to get some more soon. I love that these smell just as good when lit as they do when you smell them in the shop, there's nothing worse than a candle that doesn't create an aroma which is why I usually stick to Yankee Candle!


This is my new current obsession! If you haven't tried snog frozen yoghurt yet, get yourself to Sainsburys, it's only £3 and I promise you won't regret it (if you like passionfruit and frozen yoghurt that is) and if you actually eat it the way your supposed to (and not eat the whole tub in one go, guilty!) it's only 100kcal for 100ml (roughly 2 scoops) so it's relatively guilty free and a nice treat for the last of the summer heat! Just add wine!

What have you been loving lately?

Abbie x

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