Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Chloe's Party Mixed Feelings

Chloe’s birthday party
Hey girls and guys, As some of you know I won a competition called second chance.
The competition ran by oceans finance, for second chance of something.
I chose a party for chloe as she has never had one before.
because I won ocean finance paid for it.

So Chloe turned 6 and this was her first ever party she was so excited bless her.
she loved the fact she was going to have her first very own cake and bouncy castle
So here's the low down.

The preparation

the preparation was so stressful at first, this is the first party I have had to plan and organise which was really hard with prices to make sure everything fit in with the budget of 300 pounds.
£300 may be a lot of money, but trust me some of the party related things i saw added up to more than this with some djs been 150 alone, by time you add on face painters bouncy castles food party bags it does all add up.

So what did we do for chloe party?


We did it simple really, we hired a scout hut from 12pm till 4pm  which was only £50.
This was amazing because the money goes to the scout's which is great as it helps them.
So thank you to  3rd st pauls cray scouts for letting me hire your hall.

Bouncy castle

we hired one from jumpabouts based in sidcup kent.
the bouncy castle was a tiger castle cosy but still fun the kids loved it.
this is around  £60 for the day, which is great as the people drop it off to you set it up then come back to collect at end of party so you do not have to worry about hiring vans to collect castles etc. Thank you Jump abouts for letting me hire the castle.


Music this was simple we borrowed my little brothers speaker which lets you connect by bluetooth or cable etc to play your music this was great even though the children was more into the bouncy castle the music was nice to have in background rather than it been really silent.

Face Painter

We hired a lovely lady called Peppa, who based in Orpington.
She was really friendly and kind she was really amazing at facepainting.
she moved to Orpington from london with a few years experience,
she is going to set up her own face painting company to put her amazing skills to good use.
I must add she was really amazing at what she does the children was happy.


My hubby shane geach from think milk design catered for our little chloes party.
Shane made sandwiches, marshmallows covered in white chocolate dipped in hundreds and thousands. oh and sandwich roll around wraps, also cooked up some sausage rolls.
then we added crisps to a bowl and put some party rings on table too.

Disney Frozen Cake

My hubby shane from Think Milk Design not only baked the cake, he decorated it too.
it took a few hours but it was worth it even if we both didn't go bed till gone 1.30 am the night before the party.

The cake figures on top the cake are from Gameseek for £15 for the set which was fab they arrived the day after i ordered them which was great meaning one less worry.
The same figures can be found in harrods, and a few other stores also on amazon individually.

Getting set up

We got to the hall at 12 to get set up blowing up balloons, and to meet face painter to get the paints set up etc, thank you to my best friend amy's hubby for helping us transport the cake food and everything to the party and staying at party to help us bring back stuff afterwards.
Big big thank you to my friend donna for helping us get the venue and for opening up the gates.

The Party

Party started at 1pm, we invited 20 something people, but less than 10 turned up.
But in way this was good 5 people came and 2 of them brought siblings which i said was fine as its nice to see chloe smile and meet new people too couple of the children invited she never met before but she got on so well with them.

With there been only a small amount of children who came it meant they didn't have to queue to go on bouncy castle so got more time bouncing on it as well as, not having to wait long to get their face painted oh and less mess to clean up at the end so it kind of worked in our favour although it would of been nice to see more kids having fun and enjoying playing with chloe.
Anyway the kids wasn't really fussed about not having clowns running around or those really annoying party entertainers who make you do silly dances that you don't really want to do.
just a little bit of music in the background, a table of food,  facepainter at back of hall and bouncy castle outside was more then enough for the children.

The idea of not sitting down at table for the food part worked really well, after all no one likes been forced to sit down and eat when you're not hungry the food table works well because, if you are hungry help yourself eat when you are hungry.
The kids came over ate something had juice went and played outside etc.

When it was time to do the cake, this was fun because chloe blew out the candle before we could even sing happy birthday and this made me smile such a lovely moment to capture.
The children and parents sang happy birthday to chloe and she then blew out the candle again.

so overall despite there not been many kids, chloe was happy that she had a party.
she is happy that those that came had fun and enjoyed themselves.

party was meant to finish at 3pm but we let it overrun slightly as the bouncy castle wasn't due to be picked up until 4pm so few kids who was still at party i said they may as well enjoy the bouncy castle for bit longer.

I would like to add the kids who turned up was very pleasant kind and polite.
I have never seen so many kids in a room who say please and thank you this was even more fantastic as there was no need for parents to be telling their kids off etc.
So hats of to the parents.

Just a bit more for you to read if you haven't fallen asleep already.

So basically that was her party I do feel disappointed not many came,
As chloe had always wanted a party with all her friends there.
As well as been disappointed, I am also pleased that some came at least.
I am very grateful for winning and been able to have a party for her.

Even though it wasn't much but it was enough for the amount of kids who came.
I think next year a party will not be on the cards due to the cost though and that.
But might sway more towards doing something somewhere where the kids can explore maybe seaworld or something like that.

Special thank you to the following people

Peppa The Face Painter - no page yet but feel free to ask for details

Also a big thank you to
Dean for helping transport things to the hall and helping out.
Donna for helping find a perfect hall, opening the gates and helping out.
The parents and children for attending and making chloe's day special.

Thats all for now sorry for the style of writing today I always try find the best style for the post i am writing for you all to read, I should be back very soon with a post about something sweet.

Thanks for reading

Ps if you would like another post on tips for party planning please let me know in comments box or by email, facebook comment etc always love your ideas,comments and emails.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Chloe turned 6

Quick Personal Post
Hey guys and girls so my little girl turned six years old.

feels crazy how time as flown by
It doesn't feel like it was 6 whole years ago,
when u gave birth to my beautiful chloe. 

Anyway We took her to her first ever cinema trip, we went to see cinderella.
cinderella was a really good film though chloe was abit tired in cinema,
she was overwhelmed by it all as it was her first time there.

As some of you may know we are having her first ever birthday party next week.
the party is courtesy of ocean finance with the competition i won. 
They sent me the money to pay for the bits needed for it.
So sorry havent been on much party planning is stressful,
making my own sweet cones, hubby baking a cake and doing all the food.

So apologies again if I am not around much, 
But I will be blogging about her party and who got involved.
Chloe is really excited to be having her first ever birthday party.

here is a few photos of her birthday

blowing up a balloon first thing in the morning

ten whole pounds she is over the moon and wants to save it.
she knew what was in the box before opening it

elsa and anna sent her a card 

so now her birthday is done just the party to finish planning.
I am so excited to share with you how her party goes.
chloe is really really excited to share a party with friends for the first time.

do you have any tips on children's parties?
is there anything i shouldn't waste money on?

your tips and advice would be much appreciated. 

Thank you for reading 
Be back very soon

Friday, 24 April 2015

Giveaway Nonstick Mats

Has some of you know i recently reviewed some nonstick baking mats.
You can read the review on the non stick mats here if you havent already. 
Anyway the company have been so kind and have said one of my lucky readers,
can have a chance of winning some for themselves.

So feel free to enter the giveaway I always doing giveaways.
As its good seeing my lovely readers win and making their day makes my day.
so what you waiting for feel free to enter.

To enter you must be following me 




Comment below with what you would bake 
so I can see you have entered and will be able to contact you 
if you're the lucky winner

competition ends may 20th 2015

small print terms and conditions
The lucky winner will be selected by myself.
please bare with me after winner announced as i will have to get in touch with company to get them to get in touch with you with voucher code or for them to pass code to me to pass onto you.

 the amazon voucher code makes the mats free,
 its done this way purely for your own piece of mind when ordering it.
please note there may be shipping costs involved.
Winner is not to resell the goods company may take further action if you're seen doing so.

So now you have entered would love to know what you would bake 
with your non stick baking mats if you was the lucky winner.
competition ends  20h may 2015

please note winner will be picked at random anyone caught cheating will be disqualified.
please note anyone caught cheating their name will be logged and
 will be instantly disqualified from all future competitions.

Cheating is classes as entering with more than one account.
getting friends or family to enter for you after you already entered
using a profile that looks freshly made ie fake profile.

Thanks for reading
Good luck 

competition now ended 9.23 am 20th may

winner is priyanka gajwani

thank you to everyone who entered 

SimpliFine Nonstick baking mats

Hey guys and girls hope your all ok sorry havent been here much trying to plan that birthday party for my daughter its very hard as i am juggling 101 other things as well the joys of multitasking aye.
Anyway I am here and I have perfect nonstick baking mats that are not only nonstick baking mats they can be used for different things keep reading to find out more.

First impressions

when it arrived I was very impressed by the minimal packaging perfect size for what it is.
Once I took the product out of the jiffy back inside was a box, and inside that box was 3 nonstick baking mats perfectly rolled up inside the box.

After I unrolled them I began to sniff, touch, and place them on my oven trays to see how well they fit, the small and medium fit perfectly but the large was abit too big for my small oven but i found a couple of fantastic uses for the larger one which will make your life easier.

Find Out More Below.

Small and Medium Non Stick Baking Mat.
perfect for cooking/baking  ie chips or even biscuits whatever you choose to cook these matts are very handy easy to clean and mean you don't need nasty cooking oil etc to cook your oven chips with or butter or grease to grease baking trays with to bake biscuits with.

Large Non Stick Baking Mat.
The large one did not fit properly in my oven this wasn't a problem though for those that know me I do like finding other uses for some things so I have two useful other uses for it which work for me very well.

Splash back ?
picture coming soon
With someone who cleans the kitchen a lot ocd problems  I get very angry with grease stains on my tiles, Not only do they look horrid they are a pain to clean not to mention making the sponges all gooey and disgusting when cleaning.

Anyway the mats stick to my tiles brilliantly because the large one was to big for my oven i tried to stick it on my tiles and it stuck no problems and acted well as a splash back making it easier to clean afterwards to.

Chopping board support ?
picture coming soon

Well recently I sliced my finger on a knife whilst preparing a nice homemade chili chunky soup.
the chopping board slipped meaning i ended up cutting my finger which was scary, anyway when my mats arrived and noticed the large one was too big for my oven to also test it under a chopping board and to my surprise it worked effortlessly the chopping board stayed where it was put meaning no more nasty knife accidents for me.

Overall Verdict!

Well what can i say non stick mats that make baking less stressful.
Not only are they baking mats they also make great chopping board supports to stop the bored moving when you are chopping, as well as making great splash backs.
I am very very impressed best baking buy of the year so far.

Where to buy?

I brought mine from amazon I am not sure where else stock these ones.
But all good kitchen goods retailers sell simular sort of mats.
If you are wanting to buy these non stick baking mats they can be found here on amazon.

Additional information

QUARREL FREE GUARANTEE - Though we know it's highly unlikely that you WON'T be satisfied with these life-saving versitile baking sheets, we have no problem giving you a 100% refund of your purchase price if you aren't satisfied. No questions, no hassle. It's our "Quarrel Free Guarantee".

Thank you for reading

little experiment I did daughter loved them
hidden fruit muesli inside them too.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Contouring Makeup Brush

My very first contouring makeup brush

hey girls and guys, I have my first contour makeup brush a few years too late but yay i have one.
I want to show you because  lets just face it some of us if not all have things on our face that we aint 100% happy with and obvs surgery is not cheap and is not the best way to deal with it sometimes.

Many celebs such as kim kardashian contour  their face when doing their makeup many people do it unless you know what that person looks like without makeup no one will really know you contoured your face and just think your wearing makeup.

contouring is pretty the in thing in the makeup industry everyone wants to look like kim kardashian or another celeb but in reality I think the media should be posting before and after pictures of celebs as its affecting the way we see ourselves in the mirror each day.

Anyway it is good to talk about what we are not happy with with our bodys its good to talk be open rather than lie and act like we are all perfect because nobody is perfect not even models or celebs we are all human and should learn to love ourselves a bit more and help each other to love our bodies etc.

So What I Am Not Happy With?

I am not 100% happy with my nose so obvs a nose job would not be ideal 1 because of the costs involved and 2 because surgery can make things worse complications, or ending up with a nose much worse.

Anyway as some of you beauty addicts know there is contouring where you use makeup to highlight areas of face to attract the eye to them and darken areas to hide them using shadows. contouring is like photoshop in a way but easy to do although i'm still new to contouring as I am still learning i have included some pictures of the brush I used and pictures of my makeup.

Introducing My Contour Brush

The contouring brush I used which can be brought from amazon its where I brought mine.
I really love the brush it feels so soft and gentle and looks pretty hot for a makeup brush.
Yep thats right I called a makeup brush hot I am weird like that.

Heres a Few Pictures of the brush so you can see it in its glamorous glory.


Makeup You Say?

Even though back in school I gained an NVQ in makeup and nails my brain has been rusty for while now they call it baby brain when you have kids anyway in other words I am not as good as doing makeup as I would like to be but anyway practice makes perfect right?

I love changing my look since the blue hair I found my makeup don't take as long 
the blue Hair seems to be very complementing for some reason.

Anyway below is a few photos I took of my makeup bare in mind I am still need to doing contouring and using this wonderful contouring brush and need to get myself a decent contouring makeup kit as I used just foundation and bronzer etc to contour my face which does kinda work but not as good as a proper contour kit.


Excuse the brows growing them
so when I next get them done can get better shape
(Bare In Mind I Am Still New To Contouring)
I am still new to contouring and need to get myself a good contouring set
As for this I used foundation and bronzer and blusher.
Hopefully with more practice and with the right makeup I can get better at doing contour.

Overall Review

Overall I really love the contour brush I just need to get a decent contour makeup kit to go with so I can get better results anyway the brush is lovely and soft and pretty decent it comes in a plastic thing inside the box which is very hygienic also inside my box was a leaflet with a link to a website which gives tips on how to contour etc which will be helpful to a few people who are new to contouring.

Anyway I wont keep you any longer just a quick post to show you my new contour brush.
Know loads of you beauty addicts love a good makeup brush its my first contouring brush so would be good to try others to see if they are just has good or not.

Thanks for reading
Love hugs and kisses

Do you contour your face?
What contour kits are your faves?
what contour brush do you use?